Where’s The Mentors??

“Train up a child in the way he should go, Even when he is old he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6


 

Lying on tWhere's The Mentors 1he living room floor with my coloring book and crayons scattered about, I watched the infamous Mighty Mouse on TV. Though it was only cartoons, the message instilled was a foundation to the rest of my life. The Three Stooges was very entertaining but later I would read the caution signs, “Don’t try these things at home.”

 

Growing up with Hollywood and the silver screen, we intently watched our favorite programs. We became attracted to the John Wayne’s of our time capsule. When Vietnam broke out, G.I. Joe was kid’s best friend (Hasbro made a fortune, didn’t theyWhere's The Mentors 2?) but the bloodshed toyed in our life’s hardships. So, we ultimately found actors to admire instead. The good guys! Life was simpler when the media wasn’t at everybody’s door step spreading gossip about Who’s Who in their columns.

 

The greatest part of our younger years was following those of Christian backgrounds. They, too, looked up to others who also devoted their lives to the Lord.

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We had great sportsmen with integrity too – Boog Powell, Jackie Robinson and Willie Schumacher, to just name a few. Nonetheless, with pride for our heritage, we looked up to them as thoughWhere's The Mentors 4 they were related to Washington, Jackson, and even Francis Scott Key, a Brit, who loved what our flag stood for. They were the founding fathers, the mentors of our great grandparent’s generation; believers in Christ whose values and morals meant more than money.

 


Hebrews 13:7

Remember those who led you, who spoke the word of God to you; and considering the result of their conduct, imitate their faith.


 

Now, in stark contrast, the children of today wildly waves intergalactic weapons as their mentors do on the TV and movie screen. Their message to save the world is now about “taking someone out.” Riot gear has become the fashion, a presence of destruction….evolution at work. And as history dictates, these “biblical times” display our kids burning down the cities to prove their strength. Archeologists today will spend a lifetime trying to recover the forgotten history.

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Patrons stand in awe as our children’s mentors kneel in the presence of God to rebuke everything our heritage stands for.

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Sadly, life is now changing drastically and not for the good. These mentors, rebellions to our way of life, show little respect for our heritage. Their lack of faith in God are NOT examples to young followers. My first thought is, “very little pride”….

God, our Father, has blessed us with peace and grace. He, my friends, is the greatest mentor of all! Maybe it’s time to look up to Him and follow His Holy Word concerning how we are to raise our new generations. Don’t let our confused children be led astray by bad mentors. Give them the greatest gift of life…..God!

Proverbs 22:6

Train up a child in the way he should go, Even when he is old he will not depart from it.

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A Place Of Peace, Thank God

Ecclesiastes 5:19 – “It is a good thing to receive wealth from God and the good health to enjoy it. To enjoy your work and accept your lot in life—this is indeed a gift from God”.


 

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The Last Dance

God watches the intentions that connects the spirits of the heart and instills hope….


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With best intentions, my integrity precedes and daily obligations manifest. Never would I ever believe the twists and curves I’ve been through. My life has now led me down a path of heaven’s way. From the gates of hell to the silver reflections as oceans wash ashore, God has certainly protected the innocence of my heart.

With riches from gifts that cannot be assessed, blessings pour from my writing hand to yours. Wanting to do my best for readers to share, my wealth now lies in God’s hands. In all the years of tribulations and trials, only a couple of bright spots exist in my mind – my son and daughter. My life appears as a child’s chapter story book. And I know many of you can relate.

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God watches the intentions that connects the spirits of the heart and instills hope. Though we wait in frustration, our souls hold on to faith. He allows our tough times to happen to test out our dreams before He gives us our gift. It is against all logic that He then places certain people in our lives to carry out His purpose. How can one not be in awe of His works??

 

As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.
~ Isaiah 55:9

 

Personally, in my eleventh hour, hell appeared to be an avalanche of no escaping. Miraculously, God heard my dreams that rang out years before. Saving the best for last, as an old Philco of songs we knew every word to, she waltzed back in for the final dance. A Scandinavian blond, with babes in hand, brushed my conscience with her poise and presence. The embryo of unforgotten love was held on to as the years moved onward.

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As seasons gray and gravity plays games, 20/20 reminisces with bifocals. But the band still plays our favorite tunes. Now embraced, I’m dancing my last years with her! Cheek to cheek, looking into teary eyes, I see dreams of fulfillment.

 

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Pray for your dreams and hopes and see what happens. Share it with me – I would love to hear your story! For it is He that now controls my destiny and yours too. What an awesome God we all serve!

And whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith.
~ Matthew 21:22

 


Related Verse:

Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen.
~ Ephesians 3:20-21

God Cries With Us

God will help us all to try to recover from this history…..


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I listen to the rain as it dances on my rooftop…. and God cries with us.

 

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But now I see…. God cries with us.

 

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Reverently our hearts are one. Harmonizing our battle cry we will never salute those who sit and do nothing….as God cries with us.

 

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We must unite….as our God cries with us.

 

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Knowing times like these…. even God cries with us.

 


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Trials and Tribs

We all claim to have “wisdom” yet it’s the least used word to appear in the Bible.


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It’s early Saturday morning and I have a lot to do today which primarily includes making someone happy. But before I start, I give thanks to God just to be able to sit and absorb the quiet. Wandering through the cobwebs that linger from the night, a thought has emerged on a partially cloudy morn. So pondering, I go to recover the stats and now my only question is, why?

We all claim to have “wisdom” yet it’s the least used word to appear in the Bible. Reading on, I ask, why would a word that means having knowledge be rarely used? Further, the Old Testament shows this most influential word of credibility about 166 times and the New Testament around 52 times.

Now perplexed at all the messages related to wisdom, my guess is it is kept in Siloam. Drawing a conclusion is like seeing the sun resonate in the clouds above. Asking for understanding, I seek a higher power. Knowing trials and tribulations are the passages we enter into, I ask for comprehension.

If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. (James 1:5)

Oddly enough, the older of the two Testaments used the word three times as much. Though for all intended purposes, I would think the writings would explore more the creativity of wisdom. There’s no explanation of the lack of interpretation. Feeling a chill from my discovery, I’m wondering where wisdom comes from. It’s certainly not connected to teeth like they were pulled out when I was young. But the trials and tribs we experience gives us all a gift to share.

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Every morning that I wake, I ask God for the wisdom to make it through the day. Like to study the heavens or a faraway land, I’m reaching to learn or comprehend.

Wisdom, the application of God’s word, is that which gives us common sense and productive choices. It is the beginning and the end of fearing God and thus obedience to His word.

I pray you will be blessed with His infinite wisdom too! As the word “OK” is utilitarian, wisdom is the language of experience in any country.

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Related Verse:

Blessed is the one who finds wisdom, and the one who gets understanding, for the gain from her is better than gain from silver and her profit better than gold. She is more precious than jewels, and nothing you desire can compare with her. Long life is in her right hand; in her left hand are riches and honor. Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace. … (Proverbs 3: 13-18)

 

Nightingale

and Fun Facts About Love

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Sitting by a candle, I hear your gentle voice. I watch your shadow, like a Nightingale, as you wisp across the living room floor. I sit and begin to write. Reflecting as I so often do, I wonder why God wanted us to wait so long to find each other. A lifetime, practically, from youth and vitality to the weary, weathered wilderness. We are left to try to explore what’s left of life. The babies are grown and raising their own as we try to remind ourselves of our own childhood.

I love you as though our whole world belonged to us. My Nightingale in the shadows. The candle still burns after thirty some years. I can only imagine if we were able to rewrite the past.

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Watching now, you are a silhouette against the memories of what I so dearly wished for all my days. My life, has been so full of disappointments only to realize so was yours too. How I wish I could have known your mom so she knew her baby girl is so dearly loved! I guess now it’s only God who passes her the messages.

I’ll just sit in the candlelight, praying and watching you wisp by me again. Every day there’s another incident that reminds me of the times we missed. Now I ask God to grant us those moments.

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It’s late. I should have gone to bed an hour ago. Though my heart yearns for your passion, I must be patient. Love, like a letter, is bottled and sent adrift as I wait for your arrival. Yeah, we both execute our mornings differently but we pray for each other and bury the hurts from yesteryears. I’ll call at midday just to say, “I love you”.

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God has answered prayers as we never could have imagined. Here we are in each other arms and thanking Jesus for walking with us. Everyday Lord, we bless your Holy name. So appreciative, we now have each other….

 


Do You Know…..

  • Engagement rings are often worn on the fourth finger of the left hand because the ancient Greeks maintained that that finger contains the vena amoris, or the “vein of love,” that runs straight to the heart. The first recorded wedding rings appear in ancient Egypt, with the circle representing eternity as well as powerful sun and moon deities.
  • The enduring symbol of love, Cupid (or Eros) is said to have come from Chaos (“The Yawning Void”) and represents the primitive forces of love and desire.
  • Since ancient Greece, the apple has been a symbol of love. The Celts believed that the apple represented love because it lasted so long after being picked.
  • A four-leaf clover is often considered good luck, but it is also part of an Irish love ritual. In some parts of Ireland, if a woman eats a four-leaf clover while thinking about a man, supposedly he will fall in love with her.
  • When someone looks at a new love, the neural circuits that are usually associated with social judgment are suppressed.
  • Timing significantly influences love. Individuals are more likely to fall in love if they are looking for adventure, craving to leave home, lonely, displaced in a foreign country, passing into a new stage of life, or financially and psychologically ready to share themselves or start a family.
  • The maple leaf is a symbol of love in China and Japan—and in North America, it was often engraved on beds of early settlers to promote peaceful sleep and pleasure.
  • The longer and more deliberate a courtship, the better the prospects for a long marriage. People who have intense, Hollywood-type romances at the beginning are more likely to divorce.
  • Romantic love lasts just over a year, perhaps because the brain cannot eternally maintain a revved-up state of romantic bliss. As romantic love wanes, attachment love, a more stable love, sets in.
  • The heart is a common symbol of love and can represent the wings of a dove, which was sacrificed in ancient Israel as a gesture of love and which also served as a symbol of Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love.
  • Scientists suggest that most people will fall in love approximately seven times before marriage.

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Prey

….it’s waiting to score its first kill of the day.


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In the seemingly quiet, I listen to nature. I wait on the first crow and other creatures to come alive. It’s still dark and a calm has settled over my world. Out of the blue a dog across the way barks; the air conditioner’s fan kicks on. Waiting on dawn just doesn’t seem to have the same effect. The maples turn, early signs of fall, and a flock of geese get ready for their journey. I love to watch nature’s instincts, especially vultures circling high above, looking for prey. God shines light for them to hunt.

Closer tPreyo home, I’m inundated with the nuisances of wildlife. The neighborhood is quiet and tranquil. Lingering like Satan himself, a pesky darn cat dressed in black never sleeps in the night; looking for its first prey, my naked eye barely sees his corralling like a cougar. At first glance, things seem normal in the morning. God grants me another anointed day of life.

On my back porch though, the flower box tells a different story. Broken stems reveal where he (or it) had bedded down; keeping a watchful eye on the innocent birds as they wake to enjoy their morning. The black cat preys quietly under the porch. Unbeknownst to man, it’s waiting to score its first kill of the day. Prey 3

Leaving little left but a carcass, it’s too late. An innocent bird, a mother or maybe an offspring, is eaten as if by a vulture. Shooing the varmint, it runs away; while jumping the fence it laughs at me, “I got another one!”

Aren’t there some people who do the same? Preying like a vulture? It makes me wonder…. are we no better? Is our instinct to kill? I thought God made us better than that! They’re likened to vultures on a branch…. waiting on its next victim. Maybe it’s time to take evasive action.

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I quietly watch as people’s actions and unscrupulous minds linger, just like my neighborhood cougar; sneaking and creeping under the bushes, trying to attack that which it can. Even my neighbor’s dog shows more respect for life.

This cuddly creature, like a little fur ball lying on the couch waiting to be pet, becomes another story once you kick them out into the wild blue yonder. So sad…. aren’t there those that are much the same? Are we no different than a cat with no conscience? I wonder….

Those who look for only the meek
Want to capitalize as if they’re weak.
God is watching…..