Eye of the Storm,Troubled Relationships,Center of the Storm,Coping with Depression

In the Center of the Storm

This is an article that I originally wrote on April 16, 2011. A lot of things have changed since then… I am not a single mother of four…I am a VERY happily married mother of six. I am in a home and in a community where I feel like me again. Things are not perfect,…

“Loves Me Like Jesus” – Makes Me Want to HURL

I have A LOT to do today…but I can tell that I am not going to be able to concentrate until I get this off of my chest. Please don’t misunderstand me…I am a definitely a Jesus loving, Good- Ol’ -Country girl. I’ve lived in Tennessee, Texas, Florida, Georgia, Alabama…I love me some country music radio – and the countrier…

“I have decided to stick with love…” MLK

In honor and commemoration of Martin Luther King, Jr. I wanted to offer you a few of his quotes to consider today. “Darkness  cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate;  only love can do that.” “Our  scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and  misguided men.”…

I Have Seen Yesterday, and I Love Today

My writing and my life are often mirror images…one and the same. My writing reflects my thoughts, feelings, hopes, pains, worries, and my dreams. I haven’t written lately…not because  I don’t have anything to say, but because I have so much  to say that I feel frozen.  I  feel frozen  in my life right now too. I have so…

Sand Castles,Signs in the Sky,Positive Affirmations,Thinking Positive

Signs in the Sky, Sand Castles, and A Destination

This morning on the way to school my youngest daughter asked me, “Do you remember the time that we saw all of the Sea Gulls in the sky?” It was an amazing spectacle. One of the biggest “WOW!” events that has ever happened to me to be sure…but they weren’t sea gulls, they were Pelicans.…

Sacred Poems and Prayers

Psalm 1… a good place to start a much-needed read-through of the Bible. When I decided that my first New Year’s Resolution was to spend daily time with God it seemed important that I have a plan. Time with God could mean anything really – an acknowledgement that I made it through another night and woke…

“Essential Prayers” to Start it ALL Right

HELP  THANKS  WOW  the Three Essential Prayers  … by Anne Lamott  – That is the title of a book that my Mom gave me for Christmas. Christmas 2012. Twelve days ago. Christmas. Has it really already come and gone? Again? How can that be? And tomorrow my children return to their classes after a great…

Sex and the Church,God's Plan for Sexuality,Intimacy, and being Equally Yoked

One Lost Soul, Sister

Sex and the Church,God's Plan for Sexuality,Intimacy, and being Equally YokedTina Turner, Baby, all I have to say is, you got it ALL wrong! It’s not difficult to look at lives surrounded by easy come/easy go sex, drugs, alcohol, money, abuses of all kinds… just general hard-“living for the moment”… and understand why some people ask, “What’s love got to do with it?…” I always hated that song by the way. I don’t know what year it came out, but I remember I was still a kid, and even then I knew that it was MESSED UP….it was sad. It was bitter. It was lost. But in my youthful innocence I didn’t realize that  for some people”love” could be wrapped up with so much pain.

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A Life Time Ago – In the Beginning Part One

“Thou shall not try to relive yesterday for good or ill, it is forever gone…” # 7 ~  from The 2nd Ten Commandments. My oldest son brought home a couple of pieces of card stock paper a while back. He had gone with some friends to hear an inspirational speaker, the basketball coach for Northern…

Unexpected Gift,Surprise Gift,Sweet Gift

“Love Her” ~ If You Can’t, it is YOUR Issue, Not Hers

Unexpected Gift,Surprise Gift,Sweet GiftToday, like yesterday, I am re-posting an article originally published in March of 2011. This past summer I removed many of my earlier articles from public viewing until I had a chance to re-read them and revise them. There is nothing in them that was wrong substantially…there were just some things that were too much for some people to handle…as Jack Nicholson says in A FEW GOOD MEN, “You want the truth? You can’t handle the truth!” … I am going to give people only what they can handle. It is still REAL – it is just more palatable. And, again, I am not in the same place (literally and figuratively) as I was back then. It is less important to me whether you know or understand my story specifically as it is important to me that you understand that there are injured people in the world that need help and support and love. They are trying to feed and protect and care for their children and at the same time ward of attacks from every angle. My new friend Megan has written important messages in the blog www.cryingoutforjustice.com. Her article “Love Her” sparked me to re-post an article from September 2011 yesterday and this article from March 2011.   I hope you will look up Megan’s articles, and read this one as well. Thanks.

Each of us HAS and IS a gift.  The ONE Gift that I appreciate the most, especially right now in my life,  is the person who has the ability to approach any one… no matter how unapproachable a person seems… or how good or bad a person’s life is going in that moment. It is a Great Gift to be able to treat others with generosity, dignity, respect, concern and LOVE. If there is one lesson I want to learn in this life, it is how to look beyond a person’s circumstances, to remove my own preconceived notions about good/bad or right/wrong and TO SEE the PERSON… not their “problem”. I want to have the confidence to approach that person and still be me… to reach out with a spirit of giving and caring and compassion and let them know that I KNOW that they are more than where they are at the present. They have a past, and they will have a future and that I care for them no matter what. That is really how I want to be…I am not there. And in a perfect world, that is how I wish that people would be with me.

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