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Fearless Stability verses Empathetic Harmony

How does one acquire fearless stability?

Some people are just born with rocks in their head. Over time the rocks flow through their bloodstream lining the rest of their organs creating a force to reckon with.

An inner depth of dogmatism and resolve is a result of a personality trait automatically -built in. The sequence of productivity lends itself to their goals or purpose; and standing in their way is not a good idea.

Proverbs 1:7 “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge.”

This admirable quality has its down sides. Harboring tenacity and fortitude can be a pre-requisite to becoming a workaholic or a perfectionist if not kept under control. However, their presence under certain circumstances commands a certain adherence and backbone. One may benefit from their unleashing courage especially in a heated or potential volatile event.

The tenacious and unyielding vigor of one who possesses such an attribute are feverishly active, at times overbearing and busy. Slowing down is not in their vocabulary. Accomplishment is a noted effort by attacking head on lists of things to do in a day. They make it their business to get things done.

Many are not born with this natural instinct to be headstrong and determined but quite the opposite. This trait goes against their internal clocks of inborn characteristics such as empathy, the gift of mercy and harmony.

A daily to-do-list is not their agenda. Rather the motive for life in general is to offer emotional and spiritual help in the form of words; comfort and a lifeline of care.

Laid back and quiet, many are fine with a good book. Accomplishment is not an active duty as much as a fulfillment of offering peace and joy to others. Not necessarily hands-on but are happy to bake a cake or a casserole for a grieving family or a new neighbor.

The empathetic soul is one who thrives on uplifting conversation along with consoling the downtrodden or backslidden. Forget killing a spider; they will go out of their way to somehow get it outside as their sympathetic heart sees a purpose in its life.

Living in harmony is viewed as a goal in itself; keeping the peace is a job even if it doesn’t work. Contentment can be a detriment if given into laziness, but used as an example for good for those who do not know how to be content.

Matthew 5:5 “Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.”

The merciful are often labeled as lax or undemanding by the strong willed to the point of weakness at times. This can be misconstrued with a God-given gentleness and graciousness unknown to the discontent.

While both parties are needed in this world, God would prefer a balance of the two.

So, why didn’t he create us balanced?

My answer is the learning process requires his presence, guidance and direction. Much would be lost or never understood without it.

Isaiah 55:8 “”For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the LORD.”

This “meeting of the minds” is a God-given design. While he preserves the good qualities, he carefully and clearly shows us his way of changing or removing aspects of our traits that require his attention. Examples of these 2 opposites together can be an added dimension of study.

A fundamental component is a willing heart that is teachable. Pride doesn’t belong near this classroom and must be thrown out before one can become a student.

The end result are disciple’s in-training combining wisdom, knowledge and understanding of whom and what God intends them to be.

The faith journey of God’s intellect alters the fearlessly stable and empathetically harmonious to become fearlessly empathetic and harmoniously stable.

In other words, new creatures in Christ.





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Growing Up is like the “Handwriting on the Wall”

When is a good time to grow up?mad

Ugh…..18? 21? 30? 70?

Kids/teenagers rush to grow up; can’t wait for this and that.

All of a sudden around the age of 25 reality alters the desire to act like an adult; except you are an adult according to age. The clock ticks forward, not backwards.

Some may be slower to gravitate towards this fate; some never get there. After all, growing up is hard to do.

Responsibilities take over the carefree, fickle lifestyle, or it should. For many that day never arrives. One may choose to ignore the accountability that comes along with growing up; only it leaves you behind in a fast paced world of getting ahead.

But…don’t we need good examples of growing up?

Shouldn’t those in positions of authority set a precedence of maturity?

You would think so. That is not the case. Not in America today.

How can we expect our young people to mature when the leaders of our nation act like a bunch of bumbling idiots?  The arrogance and insolence presented from the top down in our principal authorities has become the norm.

The slaps on the wrists made by controlling figureheads is like a teacher punishing 7 year old “Johnny-boy” for pulling “Polly’s” hair in class. They are children; not adults; they are supposed to act like children because they are.

Yet we have elected officials who deem themselves above the law, makers of all things legal and disagreeing with them is punishable by hanging.

When or who declared them God? That’s just it; they aren’t. No one has the jurisdiction of God’s order. Implementing such a false decree is subject to…. remember King Belshazzar?

Mene, Mene, Tekel and Parsin..” (Daniel 5)

Watching grown men and women fuss, feud, argue and slander each other is not only embarrassing but a sad example of what we have become. The pettiness and triviality being placed on issues such as keeping within a budget, not wasting money or borrowing beyond our means without paying it back is ungodly and not Biblical.

Psalm 37: 21 “The wicked borrow and do not repay, but the righteous give generously.”

It is time to grow up.

It is time to establish moral principles and ethics back into our afflicted and deranged culture.

It is time to show our youth who God created America to be in the first place.

It is time to read the “Handwriting on the Wall” lest we become Belshazzar’s descendants.




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And the Nation stood still….


There is a sense of community that has been born that wasn’t around last Thursday.teddy bear

The nation stopped in its tracks all of a sudden Friday.

Sitting in church yesterday, you could feel it.

“Quiet” swept the room as the Pastor revealed the front page of a newspaper that read, WHY?

He set the stage with the verses from Psalm 72:1-7

 Endow the king with your justice, O God,
the royal son with your righteousness.
May he judge your people in righteousness,
your afflicted ones with justice.

May the mountains bring prosperity to the people,
the hills the fruit of righteousness.
May he defend the afflicted among the people
and save the children of the needy;
may he crush the oppressor.
 May he endure as long as the sun,
as long as the moon, through all generations.
 May he be like rain falling on a mown field,
like showers watering the earth.
 In his days may the righteous flourish

Fairness in Jesus is not the same as the world’s view. Based on “righteousness”  or doing that which is good, results in good. Jesus performed many miracles due to his righteousness. What does that say?

When “unrighteousness” is prevalent, evil will prevail.memorial service

It matters who you follow. It matters who is in charge and what they represent.

If a leader has abolished the truth, so will his people leaving doors open for the battle to rage on.

King Solomon wrote these words with God almighty as his leader.

Our Pastor gave 3 specifics regarding these verses:

1: God will give justice to the afflicted.

2. God saves the children; all of us who follow Jesus are his children. We are all needy.

3. God will crush the oppressors. No tyranny has reigned forever. Evil only lasts for a season.

True justice is found only in Jesus. The cross redeems all wrong, hurt, pain or loss. No evil can remain because of what Christ did on the cross.

In a court of law, fairness/or justice is used according to evidence that is weighed. The balance of impartiality is tried.

The reason evil occurs is we are in the middle of battle. Good and evil are fighting against each other; and for those of us who know Jesus, we know how it all ends.

God knows what it is like to lose a child. The choice as it was, remained with Jesus as he determined to walk up that hill and be the sacrificial lamb for us all. And he had no sin. He was righteousness in human form.

The non-believers will never understand the existence of God because it is based solely on the cross.

Questions will rise and fall as time passes. As believers we don’t need to know everything because no matter what the evil, justice was served at the resurrection. When Christ died, it was finished; every possible wrong doing was redeemed.

As the world stood still absorbing what could not be absorbed, Jesus was hanging on the cross again for 26 people who were unjustly taken in the middle of a tempestuous conflict.

Therein lies the answers, the grace and mercy God extends to everyone.

Jesus gave his life for us, and that is what makes it fair.

If you would like to hear Pastor Clay Smith of Alice Drive Baptist Church’s sermon in its entirety, please log on to www.adbc.org.





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There is a point my blood will boil.

The Church of Scientology is not the “church” of the God I serve.

Not that I care about Hollywood or the drum roll for Tom Cruise, I am however glad Katie Holmes has seen some kind of light. What kind of light, I am not sure but at least she hit the switch.

Leaving her controlling, manipulative self-absorbed Tomkat was a move well done. Her exit has opened the door to expose the Scientologist’s for who they really are.

I am no expert by any means on their so-called lifestyle, but reading more about it lately reminds me very much of Jehovah’s Witnesses.

Researching in-depth the perverse “Watchtower Group” has made me almost cynical to any group resembling their notions of ideologies.

The sole purpose is to feed the pockets of those in authority through mind control or brainwashing to a dictatorial power struggle. You do as they say or you get punished. The rules change as necessary for the “power hungry” to continue their rush of conquering the helpless. Don’t ever believe you are as good as you can prove; it won’t happen. Your class level is based on performance. And forget ever leaving.  They have the art of Shunning perfected along with watching your every move.

Katie Holmes should be wary of those whom she has left. She may or may not have an easier rode depending on ex-hubby Tom. If there is any indication of his prior sense of protection as he referred to it, she won’t be free anytime soon.

Having read many real-life stories of Jehovah’s Witnesses who tried to leave or successfully did so, life was no piece of chocolate cake afterwards. On an average now, 60,000 are leaving each year. Mostly due to the cataclysmic hardships the Watchtower places on them along with the unruly demands. Those who do escape are left alone without their families; some never see them for years or at all.

Sadly, many of these people are very nice; at least the ones who use to come to my door. The annual Jehovah’s Witness conference is held in July in Columbia SC which is not far from where I live. Usually in April of every year they send out their missionaries to knock on doors of the surrounding areas to speak “their” gospel and invite people to their conference.

It is interesting I have not had one show up this year. Maybe the word got out to stop visiting me because they didn’t get away from my doorstep without hearing the “truth.” And one of their core beliefs is to stay away from those who do not agree with their twisted teaching.

In the wake of the recent split between these two Hollywooder’s I hope Katie’s bold move will awaken people to the truth of Scientology. What better person would God choose to expose this group but the wife of Tom Cruise who is one of their biggest donors and authority figures?

It is also my hope, that Tom will see the light as Katie has along with the many other headliners who indulge the practice of Scientology.

Any group who uses the word “church” to identify themselves without the representation of Jesus Christ as the Savior of the world and God’s only son is an open door to the enemy. It is another tactic of Satan’s to discredit God.


In my study of Jehovah’s Witnesses along with those I have met, God revealed to me how empty these people are. Their lives are an embodiment of a made up story leading them nowhere. Most are hungry to be loved and accepted but have allowed themselves to be caught up in a false sense of security by greedy domination from people who propose to love them; only with strings attached.

God wants us as Christians to love them into the Kingdom of God. The next time one shows up at your door be kind to them. Show them something they don’t have which is the truth. Even if they argue the point of the truth, you have planted a seed. Once they leave ask God to take that seed and water it with his love and compassion.

You may never know how far the seed you planted may grow, but the seed you gave them may be the only one they will ever get or needed to receive Jesus as their Savior.





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Run the Other Way

When it comes to the helpless, something shatters me. The little spider crawling across the floor or the bee I am allergic to enters the house.

The thought of killing either is 2nd place. Open the door so the bee is given freedom and gently sit the little spider on the back steps. Don’t dare ask my daughter to do anything with spiders; she will run the other way.

In the midst of our country’s Armageddon right now it was nice to accidentally find a decent movie on TV last night.

Dolphin Tale” is about a dolphin washed up on shore with her tail caught in a trap. Saved by the local underwater wildlife hospital she is restored to health but without her tail.  The story is based on truth with a cast of wonderful people such as Harry Connick Jr., Morgan Freeman and Natalie Judd.

If you have the time and need a break please watch this movie. You will hurt, cry, laugh and be blessed as this story sends a message of hope and courage through one of God’s sea miracles. And yes, it is a family movie without all the garbage.

Isn’t hope what we need right now? A simple movie grieving the pains of a dolphin that changed the world around her without knowing it giving life saving hope for man and beast.

Stories of priceless loss throughout history have shed light on what appears to be hopeless.

Yet, all it takes is one voice, one act of kindness and a desire to pursue a miracle.

Romans 12: 1“Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.”

How often do we “run the other way?”

How often do we see the ailing dolphin washed up on shore and leave it to die?

There is something to be said for “hanging in there.”

Naturally speaking sometimes a physical “hanging in there” isn’t possible, but never does that negate the prayer language of God.

Psalm 107:20 “He sent out his word and healed them; he rescued them from the grave.”

The endangered species of hope is not forgotten but lately may be hidden under the rocks of cruelty, fear, doubt and the unknown. We fail to see beyond when we are crouched underneath the cross instead of on our knees in front of it. In other words the price of hope is found above ground after the resurrection. We must be willing to crawl out from our sadness, sorrow and lamenting to see the hope and grab it.

Much was lost for hope to reappear.

Much was endured for hope to become a vision.

Much was spent for hope to remain a vision.

The vision of hope is seen in the darkness of life’s most miserable moments. Hope is that flash of light in a vile word, a bitter rejection or a back-stabbing betrayal.

Hope isn’t running the other way; running into the hurt or the pits of fueled hate imposed by others. It is release; it is running as a storm chaser into the storm but with the peace, rest and guidance of the Holy Spirit.

Hope knows deep down is a glimmer of the lantern of Jesus standing in the dark saying,

“Come. Follow me. This is the way.”





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The Cat’s Claws

Chilean Mockingbird (Mimus thenca)

Chilean Mockingbird (Mimus thenca) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

She finally did it. This morning I woke up to two dead mockingbirds in the back yard. Not 1, but 2. Most likely the two that have “mocked” our cat for weeks and they must have gotten too close….

Swooping up and down over the cat for sleeping in her own yard, these birds had become annoying.  She patiently waited for the moment of revenge and got it.

Whenever we walked outside, these birds let us know we were not welcomed. I kept yelling at them repeatedly informing them they were in my yard not theirs!

Maxi is 10 years old, but evidently quite spry for her age. These two birds should have known better than to continue their assault upon her. In the end she revealed who was boss.

The Killer Cat

Like some people I know, Mockingbirds mock. As I have written in past posts, in case you haven’t figured it out I don’t like them. Being the animal lover that I am, these fowl are just that; fowl……

My confession here lies I was not sorry she used her “hunting skills” on two such adversaries. Had it been another species of birds I would have scolded her. Not that she would have understood or retracted her proud authority of ageless accomplishments.

Another confession and I hope many of you would follow along here, I can think of people I would like to sick my cat on. The stage of “bullying” or society “caste system” is out of control. Unlike her, I can’t go around attacking the enemies of our jungle by swatting them with my claws, pulling out their feathers and leaving them for dead on the door step. Maybe I should let her do that.

Anyway, this is where I have to change my attitude about enemies. You know the Bible tells us to “love our enemies.”  Those mockers, betrayers and backstabbing gossipers whose lives are so empty they get their “kicks” by fueling the fires of low self esteem in others they are threatened by.

Proverbs 11:13 “A gossip betrays a confidence, but a trustworthy man keeps a secret.”

So, if you think about it, how can you consider them opponents, traitors or slanderers?

People who bully or “kick you when you are already down” are their own worst enemies. These insolent pests are fighting battles within they can’t win. Besides making fools of themselves, slanderers, etc. are slowly falling off a cliff they created on their own. Deep inside their plagued hearts is a willingness to hit the other cheek as often as possible unaware the ground beneath the cliff is their demise waiting to happen.

The outer covering of the tormentor is thin and unstable. Waiting for a fight, the words “turn the other cheek” and walk away disturbs that inner frustration and anger. It is not what they want.  Fighting is their means of gaining strength and power or so they believe.  The enemy of keeping our mouths shut triggers a force of willpower they long to possess.


Proverbs 10:8 “The wise in heart accept commands, but a chattering fool comes to ruin.”

Silence can be golden when used properly.

Silence can be the tool to reach a hardened heart waiting to be softened.

Silence represents that which is unleashed self control and love.

Silence gives God time and space to accomplish what humans can’t.

In other words, keep your mouth shut and allow the Holy Spirit to do the talking for you.

Proverbs 14: 3 “A fool’s mouth lashes out with pride, but the lips of the wise protect them.”





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The Soap Box of Love or Tolerance

Love: 1 Corinthians 13:4-8

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.  Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.  It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.

Tolerance: The capacity for or the practice of recognizing and respecting the beliefs or practices of others. A fair, objective, and permissive attitude toward opinions and practices that differ from one’s own.

Two words with different meanings but have been construed to mean the same. Or….one without the other is not possible depending on who is speaking.

Tolerance has been overused, a cop out, a selfish motive for erroneous behavior. If you are intolerant you are unwilling to support the opinions, practices or beliefs of others.  Not only has tolerance become a misrepresentation, it has been taken to extremes.

Tolerance has become the powerhouse for offenses. If you negate the opinions or beliefs of others in any way, shape or form you may as well put yourself in the stocks.

Relationships are ruined or lost, friends are no longer friends, and divisiveness has become the norm. Don’t step over the line or you will fight a battle of wills.

The truth about tolerance is many sit on it as a “Soap Box” for their mode of conduct requiring others who disagree to accept it or be sent to the gallows. You are labeled as intolerant, hateful and in my case have been called, “blasphemous.”

Sadly tolerance is seen as a scapegoat for the “it’s all about me” syndrome making it appear to be good when it is simply justification for a selfish pity party.

Martin Luther King

James 3:16 “For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice.”

There is no love in a pity party of self indulgence. If love was available, it left when we declare our “rights.” Rights become a promotion of our needs, our wants and fuel for the fire of our desires leaving no room for God.

The out-of-control offenses have surfaced due to the deep lack of a Godly relationship of love. As it were the enemy preached in the ears of many the enigma of selfish ambition over Godly living resulting in an all out war of words of intolerance to that lifestyle. Blindly, so many have fallen for his perjury and falsifications as if to adopt them as their civil liberties.

As Christians we do not have the right to withhold the truth from those who sit on the “Soap Box” of personal decadence.

We as Christians must not own up to such distortions or fabrications. Yet in perfect love there is no place for a door mat either.

Loving and tolerance fit when we do it in the name of the Christian walk Jesus exemplified. “Go and sin no more” is the perfect tone of love and tolerance.

Jesus forgives, but doesn’t condone the sin. Jesus gave mercy, grace and justification to many diverse groups of people with love as the foundation. Our efforts should follow his example.

And if you aren’t making the effort to follow his example, maybe you should check your tolerance level.






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The Long and Short of It: Lost or Found

Lately I have been trying to wrap my brain around how different my thinking is now than the unbelievable mess that used to center my life so many years ago.

So many years ago sounds like I am old. I am not. Or not as old as I could be. Yet.

Years pass by before you know it and you wonder how you got where you are, and what did you do to get here?

People walk in and people walk out of our lives. Jobs come and go. And for some of us, moving from one place to another appears to be the next best thing.

How did I or anyone believe for one minute we were meant to live this life without God?

Or maybe a better question is who dreamed up living without God was remotely possible?

I’d like to know who started that thinking so I can knock some sense into them.

Such a ludicrous thought impedes the judgment of many. Especially the young who are so called, “invincible” live as if nothing can touch them. What a false sense of security.

The epiphany when one wakes up and smells the sweet roses of Jesus is a turning point of authenticity. The joy and illumination of that moment awakes in us the actuality of our past sins. The measure of our sins is a determining factor in our heart’s condition. And that condition is only purified through the blood of Jesus.

Once we reach this great emergence of our souls, we see the tunnel of truth is infinite. Reaching for the light at the end is the journey for the rest of our lives.

The boundless wisdom of God is like a slap in the face of what we thought we knew. That crushing blow to our miniscule intelligence and foresight is the first form of humility.

In other words, until we reach the plateau of understanding we don’t know anything, is the beginning of learning everything.

The only class taught on everything is between the pages of God’s word. Pouring your heart out before the cross makes you teachable. Abiding in his spirit, leaning on his presence, serving him daily is the result of humility.

The process is one you will never finish. In knowing such a revelation your knees may become weary from kneeling, but the scars that appear will be reminders of how God gave his time to be with you.

Our heart’s desires change as we get to know God on a personal level. What use to be important loses its clutch of power on us. Gradually self gets stamped out and replaced by his grace and mercy. The “will” of it all is the bottom line of our growth.

The movie screen of our behaviors is photographed in our memory. Learn from our mistakes, and expand on those that have cushioned our future.

Thanking God daily for the behaviors and changes I see in myself is a reminder of how awesome he is. This is not to say I have arrived by any means but a yearning to continue this process.

Leaving behind or unloading the baggage of the past is freedom.

Truly I am in awe of how God has worked in my life. Knowing without a doubt I could not do this myself, is a testament to his power.

The person I use to be doesn’t exist anymore. I don’t know who she is or was.
If you are looking for her, you won’t find her.

By God’s grace, she is nowhere to be found.

2 Corinthians 2: 17 “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!”






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Spiritual Cooking?

I have a problem with a family who always asks,

“What are we having for dinner?”

As if it isn’t enough this question is the first words to come out of their mouths as they
walk through the door, it is repeated every day.

What am I? A restaurant?

Beside the fact cooking is a real chore for me, I don’t enjoy it. My mother, sister and sister n-law could open their own café. Food is a great joy to me as long as someone else is standing over a hot stove.

The issue arises that cooking a meal or preparing lunch for certain difficult appetites is not my cup of tea and yet they continue to ask me,

“What are we eating today?”

You‘d think after starving they’d get the message “I don’t know!”

The knack for planning, buying and cooking a meal is like getting an Act of Congress passed. It takes me forever.

So why should I have to feed my family? They are always hungry. They depend on me to do it since I am the wife and mother as if it comes with the territory? Ugh……

I admit my husband is an excellent grocery shopper. He should be; he managed grocery stores for years so he does the weekly trip to the store and manages to save a great deal. He knows how it works and does it very well. And it is fine by me!

But then I am expected to take this food he buys and create gourmet meals from Paula Deen, Emeril Lagasse and the entire Food Network!

Oh Jesus give me some Bread and Fish please and multiply it so I can feed it to them 7 nights a week!

So why write about my food cooking rant?

Our bodies require nutrition, water, chocolate, and cake. Ok maybe not the chocolate and cake but we do need food and water. I can live without the cake but not chocolate. I wonder if God made up some recipe for chocolate for Adam and Eve. Oh, sorry; my train of thought somehow was stuck on chocolate.

God designed us to need food and water for nourishment, strength, good health and to be happy…..so what about our spiritual health? We don’t feed it food like broccoli, meat and water. No brussel sprouts please.

If we were to get our spiritual food through eating dinner, or snacks most people would have about 10 minutes a day of spiritual growth. In other words we eat on the go!

Is God a God on the go?

Ugh, no. Thank goodness.

God planned it so we would have to get still,  read his word and spend time alone with him. Not ride through McDonalds to get your spiritual word for the day devouring a Big Mac.

I am glad God has a sense of humor or I would be in a lot of trouble!

I am also glad God chose to express himself and character through words, prayers and the gifts of the Spirit.

Those are so much easier to digest than brussel sprouts.

Acts 2: 42 “And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.”






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