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How much is seven? 06-28-2019
The strangest things pop into my head sometimes. Last Sunday morning in church, “007” (double oh seven) popped into my head. Don’t know why, so I wrote it down. A little while later my brain started to swirl around the number.
Anyone that knows me, knows when something is stuck in my head, I don’t let it go. Here’s a bit of interesting trivia. Ian Fleming, in 1952, wrote the first novel whose main character was James Bond, code number “007”. READ MORE>>>
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How Perfect Are You? 06-13-2019
The last weeks have been a flurry of activity. A family reunion in Ohio, camping over Memorial Day, a graduation ceremony and hosting a graduation party. In addition to all the regular appointments and church. Whew! How did I ever work?
That’s what happens to all of us though. Life keeps us busy. It seems we wake up thinking of all that we have to accomplish in this day and then fall asleep thinking about tomorrow. Or, we play the day over in our heads to be sure we didn’t say or do anything “wrong”. How often have you looked back over something you said or did or didn’t say or do and question yourself? READ MORE>>>
The Old Rugged Cross 05-23-2019
I’m a little behind the times. But what else is new? 😊 Easter was a month ago, I bet you already knew that. For me it was a busy day. Church in the morning and 17 of us for Easter dinner. And, the Easter Egg Hunt!
The past 3 years we didn’t have a yard, so no hunt. The grandkids were excited to do it this year, even the teenagers. Before the hunt, there is always the telling of the Easter Story using Resurrection Eggs. If you aren’t familiar with Resurrection Eggs, they are numbered plastic eggs with little things in them, each a hint to part of the story of Holy Week, Jesus last days. Crucifixion and Resurrection. The last egg is empty to represent the empty tomb. READ MORE >>>
The Great Reunion 05-08-2019
Normally, I try no to re-issue these inspired messages. However, over the past few weeks, there have been some losses, and anniversaries of losses, that have prompted me to resend this particular message.
You may have already seen it, but I feel it is just as needed today as it was when I wrote it over 2 years ago with the passing of my uncle. In essence, it's a poem to those of us left here after our loved one has gone to be with the Lord. May it comfort you to know, that even though we mourn the loss, we who believe, will all be reunited. READ MORE>>>
Inspired Words - In Conclusion 04-16-2019
Over the past weeks, I have shared with you some words that hopefully gave you pause to think. And, to reflect on things in your life that these words may apply to.
Are you reconciled with God?
Do you accept that Jesus recompensed us for our sins?
Have you practiced discernment in your life?
Is your heart diligently seeking these things?
All these words present huge challenges in the world where words like “collusion”, “treason”, “obstruction”, and “fake news” permeate all aspects of media. Like white light filtering through a prism, we are fractured and separated into many hues, being labeled for every opinion we express like Crayola Crayons. READ MORE>>>
Inspired Word 4 - Diligent 04-9-2019
diligent (adjective): characterized by steady, earnest, and energetic effort: PAINSTAKING*
Our hearts are the center of our being, physically, emotionally and spiritually.
Our physical heart pumps our life blood through our bodies, without which, life ends. Oh yes, there are medical devices that can simulate its’ task, but not without an external source of energy.
Our emotional hearts “ache” with loss, they “break” with tragedy, they feel “empty” when we bid someone farewell. We give “heartfelt” gratitude, our hearts “go out” to those facing adversity, our hearts “rejoice” at good news. READ MORE>>>>
Inspired Word 3 - Discernment 04-02-2019
God by His divine power has given us everything we need for living a godly life.
Real life situations test God’s children. They reveal, prove, expose what is in the heart. >>> READ MORE
Inspired Word 2 - Recompense 03-26-2019
Definition*1. To award compensation to, 2. To award compensation for; make a return for
As in “reconcile”, recompense, in the business world, equates to dollars and cents. Employees are recompensed by their employer. Civil suits are filed, and victims are recompensed for losses. What if God recompensed us for our sins? We would all be doomed to eternal death instead of eternal life.
Remember Word 1: reconcile? Well, recompense is what happens to those not reconciled to the salvation of Jesus Christ. READ MORE >>>
Inspired Word 1 - Reconcile 03-19-2019
Definition*: 1. To reestablish a close relationship between, 2. To settle or resolve,
3. To bring (oneself) to accept, 4. To make compatible, harmonious, or consistent,
5. To compare (one financial account) so that it is consistent or compatible with another
In the business world, reconcile equates to dollars and cents. Bookkeepers reconcile statements to balance accounts. However, to be reconciled reaches much farther into our lives than our checkbook balance. Our eternal lives depend on God’s reconciliation. READ MORE>>>
Inspired Words are coming... 03-12-2019
Words.... They are what our entire world of communication boils down to. Something I haven’t been able to gather here of late. But a change is coming…
Over the past week or so, I have been putting together a series of e-mails, each addressing a word. The words are in scripture, but not the words that you think about on an everyday basis. be sure to sign up for my "Inspired Messages" e-mails to receive your Inspired Words. READ MORE>>>
Keep on Keepin' On 02-11-2019
Most of you know I write from my life and try to be encouraging. Reminding both you, the reader, and me, the writer, that God is with us always. Well, sometimes life just “sucks”.
Every day God is with me. I know that because it’s the only way I get through. But, good grief! Recently it seems I have struggled to just get through a day. That doesn’t mean I doubt my faith or that God isn’t with me. It just means I don’t know where He wants me to go or what he wants me to do. I try to “be still” and listen. My mind just doesn’t seem to shut off to the world around me. READ MORE>>>
The Armour of God 01-30-19
Today is Sunday, January 27. Of course, by the time I get this finished and out, it will be the middle of the week. What does it matter? Because as I sit and write, I celebrate 63 years on this earth. As part of BibleGateway.com, I receive a daily scripture. This is what I received today, my birthday:
Belated Happy New Year 01-15-19
Oh my gosh! Here we are in mid-January already! There have been so many distractions over the last couple of weeks that my New Year’s e-mail never got written. So…Belated Happy New Year!
This year started off with the funeral of a good friend, Cyndi. She passed on Christmas Eve morning. She knew the Lord, so I know I will see her again. Her mother, husband, three daughters and grandchildren remain on this earth mourning her loss far more than I. January 2, at the funeral service, I hugged them all. Little solace for what they will face in the days, weeks and months to come. READ MORE>>>
Are you a fruitcake? 12-18-18
Here we are less than a week from Christmas Day. Are you ready?
It’s the most wonderful time of the year…until it’s not! 12-2-18
This time of year, we seem to feel things more deeply than at other times. Good and bad, happy and sad. It’s the most wonderful time of the year…until it’s not.
In between all the joy and celebration, a touch of melancholy can creep in. Often our minds go back to times gone by. People, places and things that are no more. We all go through it. What we must remember is that it’s OK. It’s part of the human experience. READ MORE >>>>
Does Peter Pan Have Your Marbles? 11-7-18
I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.
1 Timothy 2:1-2
The mid-term elections are finally over. Halleluiah! We can, hopefully, get back to enjoying television, radio, social media, and whatnot without being accosted by ads for politicians. However, even though the elections are over, there is still a division in our country that isn’t just going to go away. It’s going to take a great deal to heal the chasm that has developed into a war on decency. READ MORE >>>>
Thanks for the Save! 9-6-18
A few weeks ago, I had asked for someone to throw me a rope. Thank goodness someone did! I was drowning in life. (Read "Help! I'm drowning here".)
This Inspired Message comes from Gina Riggs (name used with permission). Gina lives in Florida and has been through some very trying times. Through it all, she has seen what God can do even when you don’t think you are worth it. Please read her story and think about how God has touched you. READ MORE>>>
HELP! I'm drowning here! 8-15-18
As you can see, it’s been well over a month since I have gotten an “Inspired Message” out. My days have all just run one into another and I have been bombarded by a multitude of life’s little events. Appointments, travel, grandchildren, assisting others with their needs, work (no I haven’t retired yet), house guests, planning a baby shower and just the everyday chores. I am drowning in life and I need your help! Throw me a rope. Please! READ MORE >>>
fAlthough my attendance at Sunday services can be called sporadic, I try not to miss a message. As those done at Littlestown Chapel are recorded, I try to watch if I missed the “live” performance. Why? Because I get such inspiration and uplifting from them. Yes, if I am in attendance, I sing, I praise, I fellowship…all of that is uplifting as well. But, hearing the word of God and having the pastor expound on its meaning is what it’s all about. Every week there is something that just gives me an “ah ha” moment. Even with scripture I’ve known for years and thought I knew its’ meaning. My writing is often inspired by what I learn. For example, while out with bronchitis for two weeks…READ MORE >>>
The last time I wrote, it was Memorial Day, now we are coming to the 4th of July. This past month has been a flurry of packing, moving and all the little details that are involved in that process. We only moved a mile and a half from where we were, but it is still overwhelming. (See our new address in the header.) Of course, life doesn’t stop and there are always unexpected “adventures’ along the way. READ MORE>>>>
Happy Memorial Day 2018
Get that potato salad made, put that tea on ice and fire up the grill! Happy Unofficial Start of Summer! (Meteorologically, it’s not until June 20th.)
This is what Memorial Day is actually about…READ MORE>>>>
The Mystery Revealed 5-17-18
In this fourth and final message regarding hope, I’d like to dispel the mystery that it seems to be.
Hope is something internal, it is something felt and not seen. It is the knowledge that “all things work together for good to them that love God*…”.
When you look at the Gospels, you know that hope is not a mystery. The mystery of eternal life and salvation were revealed through Jesus Christ. Not just that he lived, but by his death and resurrection. READ MORE>>>>>
Hope Brings Blessings 4-16-18
This is the third Inspired Message of “Hope” in this series. This time, I am addressing the blessings we can have when we “Hope in the Lord”.
Easter has just past and, as Christians, we celebrated the resurrection of Christ. That resurrection is what gives us hope. And, with it the blessing of knowing that we have eternal life through Christ. Not just that we have eternal life, but that we have Christ with us every day through the Holy Spirit. Trusting Him in all things.
As hard as it can be sometimes, every day we are blessed in some way. On social media, I have seen several posts that mention being blessed in that just waking up is a blessing. Each day presents itself with an opportunity to be blessed and to be a blessing. READ MORE>>>>
Hope = Happiness (3-20-18)
Continuing with the topic of “Hope”, of the 133 times hope comes up in the King James version, Psalms has it mentioned 26 times, the most of any book of the Bible. The very last verse listed says it all….
Happy is he that hath the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope is in the Lord his God: Psalm 146:5
Hope vs Hopelessness (3-7-18)
Over the past few weeks, time and time again, I have heard the word “hopeless” used to describe many situations. People have become hopeless on many levels. It especially saddens my heart when a young person says that they feel hopeless. In my seemingly never-ending quest for scriptural guidance, I decided to see what the bible had to say about “hopelessness”. say about “hopelessness”. So, I went to one of my favorite tools, biblegateway.com and did a word search in the King James Bible* for just that word, hopeless. It turned up 0 (zero) matches. Then I put the word “hope” in and searched. I got 133 results. Hmmmm…what does that tell you? READ MORE>>>
Knowledge is Power! (2-17-18)
A wise man will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels: Proverbs 1:5
Often times I write about prayer. How important it is in our connection to the Light. How, through prayer, we are strengthened and can overcome the beatings that life gives us. There is something else that sustains us as well…learning.
Knowledge is power. I am sure you have heard that before. When it comes to being a Christian, learning is more than power, it is salvation. Without the knowledge of Christ, his teachings, his death on the cross and resurrection, we are nothing. READ MORE>>
Has everyone lost their natural minds? (1-23-18)
In recent weeks we have been bombarded with a number of news reports that have caused conflict in our country. A congressman has said this, a senator has said that, the president tweeted this, some foreign leader tweeted that…it just seems every day there is more and more dissension in the ranks. No matter what your political affiliation or personal views, having a civil conversation is limited to talking about the weather. Sometimes even that can be a controversial subject if climate change creeps in. One might ask… “Has everyone lost their natural minds?” READ MORE>>>
2017 – What a year! BUT… (1-1-18)
Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. 2 Corinthians 5:17
Here we are at the beginning of another year. 2017 is behind us and with it were days of uncertainty, sorrow, sickness, loss and tragedy. BUT…there was also much joy, generosity, recovery and love.
As the years pass by, we always want the next to be better than the previous. Sometimes that happens, sometimes not. Then again, it depends on your point of view. We can wallow in the negative or we can rejoice in the positive.
Last year at this time I was so sick from chemo, just getting through a day was challenging. Add to that the loss of loved ones, the illnesses of others, the turmoil in the world and the heartache of life; well it would make anyone want to crawl in a hole and cry. BUT…READ MORE>>>
What are you waiting for? (12-8-17)
We the few... (10-14-17)
It’s been almost two months since I distributed one of my penned pearls of wisdom, such as they are. I have truly struggled with what to write. My goal is to try to bring the real world into perspective and encourage folks, through the Light of Christ, to plow forward, no matter what. Over the last 8 weeks there has been more havoc and chaos in the world than I know how to address. Read More....
And the mountain endures (8-18-17)
And God saw everything that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. Genesis 1:31
The cicadas are vibrating, birds are chirping and the leaves are rustling as a slight breeze passes. This morning I write sitting on the porch of my camper on the side of a mountain. Tap tapping at the keys and sipping coffee in the splendor of God’s creation. ... Read More...
A trip to the dentist.(7-15-17)
Ah Lord GOD! behold, thou hast made the heaven and the earth by thy great power and stretched out arm, and there is nothing too hard for thee: Jeremiah 32:17
Lately I have been remiss in my writing. Every time I sit down, thinking I’m going to write, there is something that presents itself that needs to be done and I procrastinate. Through BibleGateway.com, I receive a scripture every morning to start my day. These are often times reminders of the Lord working in my life. The above scripture is one such inspiration. ...Read More...
Who has time? (6-25-17)
Summer officially started a few days ago. The longest day of the year, actually it’s the most hours of daylight in a 24 hour span. Every day has 24 hours in it; the only thing that changes is how much daylight we get. Summer is awesome because it feels like the days just last longer.
Here in Pennsylvania, experiencing four seasons, it seems summer goes all too quickly. We jam in picnics, cookouts, vacations, family reunions and three holidays. Staring with Memorial Day; then the Fourth of July ...Read More...
Knock, Knock! (6-4-17)
The weeks have been zipping by and I hadn’t realized how long it has been since I sat down at my computer to do some spiritual writing. Oh, I sit at my computer every day…working, doing e-mails, reading, checking social media, and occasionally shopping. My mind seems to be preoccupied with things other than getting my thoughts together to write.
This morning, for the first time in 9 months, I attended Sunday Services. It felt so good to be in the house of the Lord….singing, praising and listening to the word of God. Although my faith remained strong during my months of illness, my body was just too weak to go out. In being there, at church, it reminded me how important it is to not just hear the Word, but to share it with others. Read More...
Do you have the antidote? (4-26-17)
Spring has finally arrived. Well, mostly. The flowers are blooming, trees are budding and birds have returned with their songs. So have the bees!
Do they make you fearful? Do you cower when you here that Bzzzzzzzzz near you? You are not alone, especially if you are allergic. A sting can be fatal for some if not prepared with an antidote at hand.
When my son was young, maybe 3 or 4, he tumbled down a creek embankment and landed in a hornets nest. My husband, at the time, ran and pulled him out. Both of them were stung multiple times. We wound up in an emergency room Read More...
Stripes of Salvation (4-12-17)
Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed. 1 Peter 2:24
Holy Week began this past Sunday with the celebration of Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem. We know it as “Palm Sunday” as palm leaves were carried by the crowd that had gathered.
On the next day much people that were come to the feast, when they heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem, Took branches of palm trees, and went forth to meet him, and cried, Hosanna: Blessed is the King of Israel that cometh in the name of the Lord. John 12:12-13
As we know, through scripture, the week that started with such jubilation did not end that way. Read More...
To answer a few questions... (3-21-17)
Know therefore that the Lord thy God, he is God, the faithful God, which keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love him
and keep his commandments to a thousand generations; Deuteronomy 7:9
In recent weeks, I have had several people ask me how I have gotten through these last 6 or 7 months of chemotherapy treatments, the complications that have ensued and life in general with these things. Have I had periods of anxiety or fear? Have I ever questioned “Why me?”. Read the answers here.
The Great Reunion (2-28-17)
"Blessed are those who mourn, For they shall be comforted. " Matthew 5:4
On February 14th, usually a day to celebrate love here on earth, my Uncle Johnny went to celebrate the love of Christ in heaven. My comfort comes from knowing that he is not only in Glory, but that he is reunited with those who have gone before. Uncle Johnny was the last of his generation of my mother’s bloodline. What a reunion it must have been. His parents, his brother and his sister, my mom, were all waiting for him. Read More...
Buckle up! It’s going to be a bumpy ride! (2-14-17)
If you have a television and have had it on at all, you will know that there is a great deal of dissention in this country. Not just in this country, but across the globe. Well, get ready, because it’s just starting.
And when ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars, be ye not troubled: ...Read More...
Fight, Flight or Faith? (1-20-17)
By the end of the day, a new president will sit in the white house. This has certainly been a tumultuous process. No matter what your political affiliation, there has been a great deal of division among the people of this country. As Christians, what are we to do? Love one another.
If we say we love God, but hate others, we are liars. For we cannot love God, whom we have not seen, if we do not love others,
whom we have seen. The command that Christ has given us is this: whoever loves God must love others also. 1 John 4:20-21 (GNT*)
It doesn’t matter who you voted for, whose agenda you support, what law the government enacts, or how you interpret the constitution, it all boils down to the fact that we are “one nation under God”. Read more...
Is 2016 really over? (1/6/17)
These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have
overcome the world. John 16:33 (KJV)
Tribulation (noun) www.thefreedictionary.com
1. Great affliction, trial, or distress;
2. An experience that tests one's endurance, patience, or faith.
As we start a new year, we leave behind the tribulation of 2016. Or, do we? Read More...
A Different Christmas (12/22/16)
And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered. And she brought forth her firstborn son,
and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn. Luke 2:6-7
This has been a very different Christmas for me. No cards went out. My tree is a wall hanging. No shopping excursions for Black Friday sales. No cookies got baked and the traditional mince pie will be replaced with something store bought. Read More...
HAPPY THANKSGIVING (11/23/16)
This article was written by yours truly a number of years ago. As I was reviewing what to write for this message, I came across it. It is just as pertinent today as it was then, perhaps more so.
Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name. For the Lord is good; his mercy
is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations. Psalm 100:4-5
Ack-k-k-k!!!! Thanksgiving is tomorrow followed closely by Christmas and then the New Year. Food to cook…family to see…parties to go to…gifts to buy…read more...
Happy Election Day? (11/07/16)
Yes…it is finally Election Day! That means several things. After today, we will have a new president elect. After today, we may have a new political party as majority in the legislative branches of government. But, mostly, we won’t have to endure any more commercials for the candidates or receive junk mail endorsing one person or the other! Yes, I vote. However I have never voted for a particular candidate because I saw an ad on TV or received junk mail.
This journey I am on will not stop me from going to the polls. The chemo I receive not only depletes my...read more...
Connecting My Journey (10/21/16)
Connecting the Light is the name of this ministry. But, lately I’ve been stuck. My mind just doesn’t seem to want to pull things together and my gift of words feels like it has gotten lost in the cosmos somewhere. The journey I have been on for nearly 2 months seems to have pre-empted my usual programming. Then, a few weeks ago, I was talking to one of my Sisters in Christ and she made a suggestion… “Why not use the journey you are on and connect IT to the Light?” So, here goes…this is a long read, but please indulge me and read to the end.
Do not boast about tomorrow, For you do not know what a day may bring forth. Proverbs 27: (NKJV)
There was never a truer statement than that! A few short months ago I was enjoying a bright summer with plans for vacations and travel. Now my travel consists of the occasional trip to the store, weekly visits to the doctor and bi-weekly trips for chemotherapy. Read more...
Happy "Be a Millionaire" Day
Every day is a day to celebrate life. However, I like the little quirky days that come up. Recently I found a website that lists all kinds of weird days. (holidayinsights.com) According to them, today, May 20th, is “Be a Millionaire Day”. Imagine that….being a millionaire. Often we dream of having money enough for everything we want and want to do. Read More...
Happy Mother's Day!
Have you ever ridden a donkey? I haven’t, but I can’t imagine it would not be very comfortable. Yet it is believed that Mary rode upon a donkey as she and Joseph made their way to Bethlehem, carrying in her womb, our Lord Jesus. Read More...
How taxes fulfilled a prophecy!
Have you filed your taxes? In the U.S., today is the deadline. But, taxes are certainly nothing new and they are certainly not an American concept.Had it not been for the tax decree from Caesar Augustus over two thousand years ago, the prophecy of Christ’s coming could not have been fulfilled. Read more...
April 1st…April Fool’s Day…
A day set aside to be foolish.
Wouldn’t it be nice if we were fools only one day out of every year? I don’t know about you, but I can play the fool any day of the year. Though I am not as limber as I once was, putting my foot in my mouth happens all of the time. Read More...
What Happened to Easter?
I don’t understand. This is odd. At Christmas time we celebrate the birth of Christ. There are Christmas trees, lights, decorations, carols…all in the stores months before December 25th. Nativity scene and crèches pop up in yards and on mantels. We send cards decrying the great joy of the season; the birth of our Lord, Jesus Christ. But, what happened to Easter? Read More...
Happy Father's Day, even if you are not one!
Not only to those men who are fathers, but to men everywhere. You don’t have to have biologically produced a child to be a father figure. Father’s come in the form of grandfather, stepfathers, uncles, brothers, cousins, neighbors and even the guy at the grocery store. On occasion, even mothers are fathers. The bible provides instructions for fathers in Ephesians 6:4…
And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. (KJV)
What does that mean exactly? Read More...
verb: yearn to possess or have (something).
synonyms: desire, yearn for, crave, have one's heart set on, want, wish for, long for, hanker after/for, hunger after/for, thirst for
In this day and age we hear so much about the “one percenters” or those who are the top 1% of earners in the country. We hear about the bankers making millions of dollars in bonuses, we hear about the financial wizards on Wall Street, the golden parachutes. All while many of us struggle to make ends meet. It's hard not to want what they have. It’s hard not to covet. Read More...
Are you a wanderer?
It’s been a busy summer for me as well as a lot of other folks. School has already started and all of the kiddies will be cracking those books. From kindergarten through college, young minds that had been on vacation are being put back to work.
My mind never seems to be on vacation. Always thinking about the next thing I have to do or what I need to accomplish. Even when I try to vegetate in front of the TV, my mind wanders off, especially during commercials. While watching football the other evening (yes, I love football) I missed an important play because my mind was somewhere else. Thank goodness for instant replay! Read More...
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