Archive | September 2014

Hug Someone with Your Prayers

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I saw this on Facebook a few minutes ago and just loved the sentiment of it.   It is one of the wonderful posts from Smoky Mtn. Christian Village that a family member posted.

Hugs are such wonderful things.  They tell the person being hugged that they are loved and cared about.  But what about all those family members and friends in our lives who we truly care about and love?  How can we hug them?   We can give them what I call “virtual hugs”.  Many years ago, I worked in a shelter for young boys aged 11-17, from troubled backgrounds who were brought to us until they were transferred to other homes. There stories were all different but all very sad, to say the least.   Of course we could not have physical contact with them so no hugs.  One night I was sitting with two 12 years olds (yes really!) who were on suicide watch.  How heartbreaking!  These boys felt so unloved and could have used a lot of hugs, so I taught them how to give themselves hugs.  Put your right hand on your left shoulder, your left hand on your right shoulder, and squeeze tight!   I told them that it was a virtual hug from me, but more importantly it was a real hug from themselves. The message it hopefully gave was that they are special, they are important and they are loved!

Many times I will still use that method when talking or writing with someone from afar and it usually gets them to smile, at least for a few minutes, and hopefully plants a seed in them that they are loved and cared about when life seems to be throwing unhappy things their way.

As this little cartoon above portrays, there is another wonderful way to hug from afar, a more important way, if you will.   Prayer!   What a wonderful feeling it is when we know others are praying for us; that they think we are worthwhile enough for someone to pray for.  I remember when I had my knee surgery last spring and people from far and wide, including fellow bloggers on 5 continents were praying for me!  Wow!   Can you imagine how loved I felt and how far that took me in my recovery?

Hug your friends, family and acquaintances and even strangers today with your prayers! Be sure to let them know you are praying for them.  You just may turn someone’s day around and give them smiles for a time instead of tears or worry.

Praying for all of you today because I care about you!

Gold Star Mothers Day

In honor of all the Gold Star moms, those Moms who have lost a son or daughter in the service of our country. God bless them all for the sacrifices made by them. Thank you!

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The Gold Star Mother’s Club was started after the First War to End All Wars.

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A living serviceman has a blue star on the banner, the deceased troops are assigned the gold star.

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The single most famous Gold Star Mother (and rightly so…) was Aletta Sullivan, mother of the 5 Sullivan brothers.

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Memorial at Stanton Plaza, Manchester, NH Memorial at Stanton Plaza, Manchester, NH

The Gold Star Mothers deserved our honor and respect and especially on this day.

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Current WWII news – 

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fig_05.jpg.CROP.promo-xlarge (800x569)The island of Kiska, Alaska, in the Aleutians was the site of Japanese invasion and battles.  Today it is the site of untouched relics from those days.  These photos were taken by a research team allowed on the island by special permission.

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FOR ANYONE WHO OWNS A CELL PHONE!!

*or has a child that does *

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Oh the Joy!

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I found the following quotes  on a blog post I was reading this evening —

“Joy runs deeper than despair.” ~ Corrie ten Boom.   and

“There is nothing dreary or doubtful about (the life). It is meant to be continually joyful…We are called to a settled happiness in the Lord whose joy is our strength.”                                              ~ Amy Carmichael

http://myspiritualbreakfast.com/2014/09/20/will-you-choose-joy/

It got me to thinking about this wonderful thing called JOY.  What is it?  Does it mean we go around all the time with a smile pasted on our faces despite what may be going on in our lives?   No, that would be unrealistic.   We are human after all.  Webster’s dictionary definition of Joy is 1) to experience great pleasure or delight : REJOICE, 2) the emotion evoked by well-being, success, or good fortune or by the prospect of possessing what one desires: DELIGHT.

Upon Googling the word Joy, I came upon Theopedia, an encyclopedia of Biblical Christianity, that states simply Joy is a state of mind and an orientation of the heart. It is a settled state of contentment, confidence and hope. It is something or someone that provides a source of happiness. It appears 88 times in the Old Testament in 22 books; 57 times in the New Testament in 18 books.

Joy is a gift from God, one of the fruits of the spirit that God gives so freely to all believers.

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness…”  (Galatians 5:22 ESV).

Joy is also a fundamental part of God’s kingdom.   It exists wherever you see God’s people present.  “For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking but of righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit” (Romans 14:17 ESV).

So what does Joy mean to me; to each of us?  As I said at the beginning, it doesn’t mean we spend our days with a smile constantly in place, at least it is not that way for me!  We smile often, of course, but I think it is more of a mannerism; it is how we go through our days; how we act and react with others on a daily basis.  I feel that how we respond to circumstances  in our lives shows our Joy, or our lack of it. as well.

Are we whining and playing the “poor me, life is never good” role often?  Are we one of those people whom you prefer not to ask the common question “how are you?” because we will be sure to tell you and probably include all the gory details?

If we have Joy in our lives, we are very likely to be the opposite of the person I just described in the previous paragraph.  We still have difficulties and trials in our lives.  Everyone has them.  However, our attitude about them is so much different.  I love that word ATTITUDE!  Especially positive attitude!  Despite our trials and tribulations, we choose to look at life as something to be thankful for.  We know that things could always be worse and with the grace of God, we can handle the circumstances that come upon us.  No matter what the circumstances are, we know that God is with us and He is in control.  He is stronger than any trials; He is above all.  I praise the Lord and I thank Him for the Joy  he has brought into my life!

God’s Most Notable Attribute

Great food for thought! Restraint is not a word I would have thought of, at least not my first thought of God’s greatest attribute.

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I originally ran this post back on August 16, 2013, yet I thought that it may be of interest to you again today, particularly since so many of you weren’t readers of this blog back then. This is a critical point in understanding Scripture, a point that is well worth reconsidering every so often, so here goes. I hope you find re-examining it as useful as I have…

I used to ask seminary students this question, “What is God’s most notable attribute from the ancient Hebrew point of view?”

Nobody ever got it right the first time around!

I got answers that contained wonderful divine attributes and these always included love, mercy, kindness and the sharper ones would chime in with faithfulness.  But theologically speaking, these are all subcategories of the one I was looking for.

To the Hebrew, God’s most notable attribute is restraint.

Without restraint, God (and man, for…

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Average — is there such a thing as average?

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This post is a part of SoCS, Stream of Consciousness Saturday, found on this blog http://lindaghill.wordpress.com/2014/09/19/the-friday-reminder-and-prompt-for-socs-september-2014

This is the first time I have ever participated in a prompt.  I’m not sure why, other than the fact that often I am not aware of their existence, not having run into them a lot.  This particular one, about the word Average, was found when I read the response of one of my fellow bloggers and it just popped into my head that it would be fun to take part!

My first reaction to the word average was and alway is “is there such a thing? What is average?”   What is an average day in my life like, especially now that I have retired?   When I was still working, I could say going to work took up most of my average day.  But silly me, I don’t like being average, I don’t want to be average and I hope I am not — I think!   told you–silly me!

Like everyone’s day pretty much, mine starts with getting out of bed and getting a cup of coffee and breakfast, and checking emails and Facebook.  Anything after that is fair game!   Some days I may get dressed right away and go out to see people or do errands.  Another day I might just vegetate in front of my computer for the morning in my jammies and then decide what to do next, and that is always subject to change on a whim!   Do I want to sew or quilt, do housework or laundry, curl up with a good book for the afternoon and be lazy?  Visit someone or take a nap?  take a walk or hibernate indoors? Cook a great meal or go out to eat instead?  I just don’t always know.  (being single and living alone, I have this luxury).  🙂

I guess all of that is to say that this is what is “average for me”, and every one of us has our own definition of what average is for us and that makes us all so much more than average.  It makes us unique individuals!   How wonderful is that?

Have a wonderful Saturday everyone!   God bless you all.   🙂

A completed project — Finally!

0914142306aLove the feeling of completing a project started quite a while ago.  As my kids and granddaughters know, this quilt is to be set aside to be given to my first great grandchild when or if either of my granddaughters chooses to add a new member to the family.  Someone reminded me that now I need to make a 2nd baby quilt as well, since I have two granddaughters!   The fabric for this one is from the old Dick, Jane and Sally books that many of us learned to read with in school!  Fond memories!

What fun it is to be back to quilting and sewing again!  For a couple of years, I had set aside my quilting and sewing pretty much.  Depression and working my way out of it has a way of doing that to a body!   Thankful for the Lord placing some good motivators in my path to work my way back to enjoying life and being content with my life!

Dear President Obama

A friend reblogged this on his site and after reading it, I had to share it as well. We should all be praying for our president to lead us in the right way, not for political gain. Politics has no place in this situation.

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Dear President Obama,

I pray that in your moment of silence today that you reflected on the events of this tragic day in history. I pray that when you closed your eyes, you were taken away from your hectic day for just a moment to pause and become reflective of what happened on this day thirteen years ago. I know you have a lot on your plate, but I pray that you in your humanness would place yourself in the shoes of those who have lost loved ones and be in their pain with them. I pray that this will bring to your remembrance the reality of evil and the terrorist organizations that seek to destroy our country and its allies. I pray that God shows you the faces of those victims and reminds you that He has placed you in this position of authority. I pray that God humbles…

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