My laptop computer has an extremely sensitive touch pad. Sometimes just my scrolling over a page causes other sites to open and I unwillingly agree to have cookies deposited on my hard drive or some other unwanted nonsense. This morning I was on Facebook and suddenly a page popped up with options to select a different language. As my mouse traveled to the top of the page to go “back” I apparently hesitated over Chinese and inadvertently selected it as my primary means of communication. Now all my settings and tools are printed in foreign characters and I have no idea what to click on in order to get back to English. Continue reading ‘Touchpads, Temptation and Mark 14:38’
You constantly pursue me. The depths of your love and mercy wait for me in your outstretched arms. I surrender and allow myself to be captured by you and your infinite grace. Here in your presence I am secure–there is no fear or condemnation only peace. My sins are thrown into the sea of forgetfulness and your compassionate tenderness fills me with a sense of wonder. Amen
Exo 15:2 The LORD is my strong defender; he is the one who has saved me. He is my God, and I will praise him, my father’s God, and I will sing about his greatness.
I spanked my dog for the first time today in eight months. Oh, I’ve spoken to her sternly when she’s gotten a bit out of control but, beyond that she has never felt a slap on the behind from me. She is so cute and sweet but I’ve noticed she is listening to me less and her bad behaviors still have not gone away.
This morning I went too close to her after giving her a new spare-rib bone (which she loves). She lunged for my face, growled and snapped. Instinctively I spanked her bottom about three or four times while scolding her in a loud angry voice. She trembled in fear. Continue reading ‘Dog Bones and Psalm 119:29’
Peace is what I leave with you; it is my own peace that I give you. I do not give it as the world does. Do not be worried and upset; do not be afraid.
I was a member of Hope Community Church in Amherst Massachusetts and loved to hear our Pastor, Carlos, teach his lessons. In one particular sermon Carlos talked about Jesus’ infinite wisdom in sending us the Holy Spirit or the Comforter,
“Imagine what it would be like,” he said, “How would we be able to communicate with God otherwise?” Continue reading ‘Jehovah Shalom, Peace and John 14:26 – 27’
There is so much to do before moving to Massachusetts. Every time I’m certain my inventory is complete I remember another task needing to be done: car repairs, reducing my belongings in order to fit them in a small four-cylinder car, shut off notices and changes of address are just a few. My “to-do” list gets longer each day instead of shorter. I am overwhelmed when I see the entire picture—calmed when I sit in silence listening for His prompting. Continue reading ‘Psalm 91:15 And the Journey Home’
I have been very disheartened lately, so much so that as I realized that my plans and dreams would not materialize I had no where else to turn except to trust God–He truly was my last resort. I prayed and surrendered the outcome of my situation to Him–I believed my finances, my car repairs, my lack of medical insurance and fear and worry were doomed to continue with no end in sight. I gave up my plans for my future and finally and completely relinquished control to my Heavenly Father asking Him to do His will in my life. Continue reading ‘Trust…Do Not Despair Psalm 27:14’
Jas_1:3 for you know that when your faith succeeds in facing such trials, the result is the ability to endure.
Ever since I adopted Dixie from the local animal shelter eight months ago I have been unable to entice her to do what I want by offering her dog treats. Dixie’s usual response to a culinary luxury is to sniff and then turn away with what appears to be a look of disdain. Unfortunately, most of the obedience training manuals use these canine delicacies to teach ones pet how to be social in a human world. Dixie has come a long way but she still wants to chase squirrels and cars, bark at the birds outside her favorite window and jump up delightedly on all visitors. We will persevere. Continue reading ‘Dog Treats, Trials and James 1:2-3’