It’s Sunday Morning

I give all I have to God for He has granted where I am in life.

It's Sunday Morning


I listen to the coffee perking in the darkness. I open an eye and peek between the blinds, thinking how these covers feel mighty comforting. Consciously I pray, God thank you for this cold winter’s day so I may replenish my body that I have so badly destroyed. But today feels different…. it’s like angels arrived and worked all through the night to bring me the comfort that I feel, right now. Relinquishing, I give all I have to God for He has granted me an exquisite place in life.

My biography highlights, which I write about in my blogs and books, are proof that God exists in a world full of doubt. Miracles shared in fairytales do come true; but to actually be a character in one, though, is beyond my wildest imagination. Dreams, you see, do come true…just stay in prayer! I count my blessings, as I think it looks like snow outside. I thank Him most of all for you, my friends!

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Most never know what lies deep behind the subconscious. Thinking I need to be somewhere else this morning, my Lord, I know, is here with me. So, I light a candle in my house–my mental sanctuary. Oh, God, you are so awesome to wake me with wisdom, for there are times I drift off to sleep in doubt.

The clouds begin to thicken and I wonder if the weatherman is right or will the snow miss us. I am more than so thankful that God is not like a meteorologist. Bundled in my sweats and slippers, my comfort resonates from inside. I need another cup of coffee, but God and I are having a deep conversation. I’ll have to wait…. His presence takes precedence.

Isaiah 43:7
Bring all who claim me as their God, for I have made them for my glory. It was I who created them.

 

 

God Shines!

…and Physical Body Signs of Glowing In God’s Light. Do You Have The Light??


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On a bright, sunny day, I see so many things that remind me God is not very far away. From the sparkling blue sky where you can see forever the galaxies, to ripples on the water; makes me think God has cast a handful of diamonds across the surface of the seas. The brush strokes of cumulus clouds shed light too and could only be by God himself. If there was a heaven here on Earth, it’s at the edge of tranquility. There is nothing more picturesque than a meandering shoreline that God has created.

So you cast your lines. The dock doesn’t look so big for the seas are calling. The gentle swells and a pod of porpoise follow close to your destination. Anchoring at the first buoy, you inspect the dive gear before you hit the water. Now good to go, you make a splash into the water. The porpoise think you want to play. Off into the deep you glide…..

The reflections of multi-colored coral and even the sand in the salt water are breathtaking. All fish shine in God’s light of day. Diving downward you notice lurking in the shadows, a moray eel hiding in a crevice. The deeper you swim, life changes from happy schools of sergeant majors to the gloom of stingrays and sharks lurking on the bottom of the ocean floor.

As I swam, a thought occurred to me….where God shines, there is peace and joy but in the darkness, evil swarms. Carrying that thought back to the surface, the same applies to people as God shines in the light of day.

Those of unscrupulous values – the Jeffery Dahmer’s and Stephen Paddock’s – they are the thieves of life. Within the absence of God and His light, they lived like Piranhas, attacking with such ferocity.

But God does shine in most – from the flowers and trees to the exquisite sea fans and coral. Love abounds where God reigns. Striving to live as He commands, our hearts become compassionate for our fellowman. You kindly hold the door for the elderly or help a friend that’s in distress. Our consciousness is filled with God’s presence.

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There’s a simple test of God shining his light inside humans. Have you ever watched the faces of those you know, the faces that glow? They are full of God’s eternal glory! In contrast, others that exude that look of hatred….well, let us just pray hard for them since they know not what they are missing! God’s love and grace is a peaceful, glorious place to reside!

 

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Physical body signs of glowing in God’s light:

Shiny, healthy hair
Bright, clear eyes
The skin has a physical glow of health due to increased blood flow and circulation.
Clear, shiny nails
Always smiling and little frowning
Relaxed and confident posture
Lips remain soft and supple

 

Physical body signs of a lack of God’s light:

Jaws remain clenched together, sometimes gritting of teeth
Red neck – sign of enragement
Increase of sweating, particularly on the forehead
Constant smirk or frowning
Stiff posture and lurching as walking.
One visible vein, usually in the neck, that throbs.
Stares at others, quite often with a blank expression
The eyes show very little emotion. Tend to be bloodshot.
Clenched fists or hands

 

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Seen God Lately?

and Signs of God’s Presence In Your Life….

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In our furious world, we are all set to deadline some thing or somewhere. There’s little time to stop and think about much more than work and family. But my burning question arises, have you ever seen God or felt his presence?  I bet you have and never realized it!

Watching the forecast, you begin to wonder….the winds swirl and rain comes at you with blunt force. Hunker down to protect yourself! Brutal weather is nothing compared to the imagination of Satan. You must realize he will take any opportunity to reign. It seems that gloomy gray and having a bad day coincides in some way. Your disposition and your attitude do seem to parallel with the oncoming shades of gray.

For hours, or maybe even days, we find our souls hibernating as the weary weather penetrates our bones. Then one afternoon the clouds subside and horizontal lines of blue break through. Your heart smiles at last! God has shed His grace over what was once a reign of terror. He calms the weather as if laying His hands upon the stormy seas. Sighing deeply, we now feel His ever-presence knowing only our Father in heaven could bring us this peace.

 

“You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.”

Jeremiah 29:13

 

Relaxed in these moments of peace, we grab something refreshing and step outside. Here in His sanctuary, you see His hands raise the sad, droopy flowers from Satan’s reign. Even the birds come out to frolic at the feeder.

Oh yes, God is more present than you’ll ever know. Noticing the swirling winds, you wish you were on His pristine waters sailing out to another port. Lord, what an awesome feeling to know you are right here beside us as we tack! Especially when we need Him the most.

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If you feel God is trying to tell you something, consider He is preparing you for a greater in the future. Embrace it…look closely at it and don’t wish it away. Pray for His divine wisdom in your life.

 


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Signs of God’s Presence In Your Life

 

Is God talking and you’re not listening or are you not familiar with His messages in your life?  Here are some eye-opening signs that God is speaking and you must pay attention:

God will use people to send you messages. Interested in pursuing something but you’re uncertain? If ordained by God, natural events will begin to occur that gives you the extra push to run with it. Particular people will come to you with encouraging words or information that you need to move into the right direction. People are not placed in your life by accident.

Ever seen a message in the sky by the clouds? Or by birds or butterflies? Allow me to share a personal experience with you. My editor was recently sitting on the back porch and a WILD bird flew down to within two feet of her and began chirping. Thinking they wanted some food, she threw bread onto the ground for them but they didn’t come down to eat it. When she went back to her computer, one of my writings was waiting for her and it turned out to be one of my most popular pieces. Not only that, this piece mentioned birds in it!

Financially broke but money appears “out of nowhere”? Not a stroke of luck….coincidences are from God!

Have you ever been in or saw a death-defying accident but walked out alive? Was there someone mysteriously there that helped but later disappeared when an ambulance arrived on the scene? God’s angels, my friends.

Ever had an uncomfortable feeling or a feeling like you shouldn’t be doing something? God will never lead us to do something that is wrong. There is a sign to find in the turmoil.

Dreams will be very vivid when they are a message from God.

 

“My sheep know my voice.” (John 10:27)

 


 

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Why??

….nowhere does the Bible promise that all our questions will be answered this side of heaven.

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Have you ever looked at life and thought , why…… just why? There’s nothing more to ask of God but, why?? The questions are endless.

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Why do we grow older, not younger, or lose our sight or maybe hearing? Our knees wear out, our arms hurt, and arthritis contributes to youthfulness that once resided.

 

But the sun shines beautifully and sets on the sparkling waters. Nature remains connected to heaven as we get sneak peeks of reverence. From 9 to 5, it’s mighty stressful. Sadly, we watch those less capable struggle as life has dealt them blows like a hurricane in their heart. Their frustration is incomprehensible and disruptive. Why??

 

The seasons change and the foliage falls. The most joyous times are in the dead of winter. I wonder, why?

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We pray to our Father and beliefs run deep, proclaiming love to God in heaven. So we follow our own faith. It makes us strong, or so they say, and we abide by the rules of the road. Hopefully, we prevent a collision with karma.

 

 

Oh, yes, of course….there’s Capitol Hill. Laws are made, bills passed, all to enforce the Ten Commandments. So why in the world do people act like animals? Why? Wild creatures show more respect than the next generation.

The sun sets in the west, not in the north so why did He create the earth this way?

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God restores the sinners’ souls. Why? Is it His love for us and if so, why are we the chosen ones?

 

 

 

Only God knows the answers to our “why” questions!! But during the times when you and I can’t trace God’s hand of purpose, we must trust His heart of love. When we don’t understand why, we must trust Him because God cares for us more than we can possibly know.

 

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It’s important to know that nowhere does the Bible promise that all our questions will be answered this side of heaven.

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What “why?” questions will you ask God one day?

Be Counted

Life is just so precious!


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Life is a precious commodity when a world can somehow find harmony. I look at love maybe differently. It’s in the many shadows that stretch across our lawns as the fragrance of beds could be bottled. It’s the cat snuggling with the family bird and even the wild deer eating from the dog’s bowl as he lays there submissive.

I watch the flock of birds that hatched in spring. They never wanted to leave their domain. They perch on the fence behind the house; their bellies full, waiting and watching for the neighbor’s cat.

Closing my eyes, I smell the flowers that brighten my morning and I realize how precious life really is.

Sitting in the setting sun though, my heart goes out to all those experiencing this hell of a storm. The trees destroyed and colorful flower beds by the newly mowed lawn have washed away. The fury is bearing down. I wish I could do more but prayer is all anyone can do at this point.

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As landmarks tumble, the fright of life hangs in the balance. Signs used to help navigate through old towns will never be as they once were. So sad to see Satan still tries to rule the world. There’s no love shown in 130 mile per hour winds.

Here, the gentle winds remain as sailboats luff out upon the lake. A romantic night that God has blessed and lovers kiss under the moonlight. It’s so quiet, so peaceful. It’s hard to believe that a few hundred miles away, the eve of destruction exists in the night. Life is just so precious!

Night comes….it’s a new moon shining on a disastrous situation. Those that can, count their blessings and try to find what’s left of a congregation. They hold hands, praying and give thanks for what is left. Life again, so precious.

But it’s not just Texas – we all should wake and give thanks. A new day, another chance, born again, and dawn awaits. My heart goes out not just to Texas but all that have lost their signs.be counted 5

As life turns, we come to appreciate how things once were. I think back to going my grandmother’s home after church for dinner. Boy, I hated that! But I never understood until now; or the Christmas mornings my brother and I sat and waited for our parents to wake. The things we think that never made sense then, seems to portray when wisdom tells the story.

It’s a new day. The sun is shining on my world so it’s time to give thanks giving God the glory. Praising his name, faith keeps us all in check. So I listen to the choir once again, a carnival of lyrics; a melody we remember, a battle hymn, a call to duty. We are all God’s children, like it or not.

Be counted as life is so precious….. and over before you know it!

 


Let us continue to pray for the Hurricane Harvey victims –

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Learning To Trust

…..go to God where trust originates.

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Sitting at the kitchen bar, watching the sunlight in the clouds, I’m deciding what to wear. Listening to the weatherman, I wander, what crystal ball is he looking into? For sure, not the one in his hands! He’s saying clear but I swear it looks like rain. The only thing warm is the coffee cup against my palms. I hate this kind of weather because you never know how to dress. Throwing on my winter coat, I grab a sweatshirt, cap and gloves and think to myself, now I’m prepared. But are we ever? Our best guess might be the worst case scenario.

Not looking back, I start to back out of the garage. Trusting there is nothing behind me, I pull out into the street. I guess I should have looked but for the millionth time, I will be fine. Like kissing my bride good-bye, I trust today will be like tomorrow and like yesterday.

It’s noon and wanting to send my love, I reach for my phone. There’s no answer. What comes to mind? A million thoughts – the “what if’s” are haunting and all of a sudden I’m wondering… hmmm. But I’ve been married for years; I’m certainly secure but there’s a little inkling that something is wrong. I’ll shake it off and go about my day.

Arriving home, I see she’s beat me. What a surprise, or, what is she up to? Dinner’s nice but a little too quiet. Suspicious, I’m afraid to ask. I’ll get my shower and slip under the covers….the place where no bars are held. She’s putting her back to me! My trust is on the line and comfort zone infiltrated. Reminded of the weatherman, I’m trying to prepare for the onslaught of the night. All these years are wrapped up in an instant. There’s no time to ask for prayer unless I’m trying to save myself. So I go to God where trust originates. A clap of thunder and it’s not just three of us anymore – God, her, and I. Now I know it’s four!

Learning to trust, it’s faith that’s granted but still, there’s doubt after all these years. Feeling for my life, I’m trying to prepare but there’s no way my heart isn’t broken. I’m trying to trust with suspicion arising but it’s like painting rust… hopefully it will go away. Trusting in a can of paint is much the same as believing in the honesty of a liar.

So it’s back to square one. I don’t know how to cope with the elements at hand. Now it’s me that wishes I had a crystal ball. But the only peak I see is that which God determines. Protecting me, God wards off the evil spirits. Staying diligent in my Father’s faith, He instills in me, Learning to Trust 101….

How trusting are you??  Share your experiences….

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