Archive for September, 2015
If you need to have a conversation with yourself to face the enemy, go right ahead. Talking to yourself occurs as we age. To some, it is a sign of maturity. Just don’t answer back! (Smile). So to you out there in the universe who are trying to defeat me; to make me stumble and fall; watch me “boss up!”
I know that you have probably glanced into your crystal ball. Perhaps, you thought that I would allow you to put your finger on my invisible and visible shortcomings. No ma’am! No sir! I outsmarted you this time. I will not permit you to enter my mind. My previous instantaneous reactions without thinking are a thing of the past. Sorry Charlie! You didn’t get what you thought; what you predicted.
Don’t you dare try to push my button! I will stop your fingers with my mind! It’s mind over matter!
Contrary to your belief, I will not explode like a nuclear bomb. That was the old me! I will not allow you to win! With God’s help and prayer, I am now in complete control! I have made a complete transformation.
Somewhere in time and space, since your last attack, I followed the admonition of the Book of Ephesians. I am wearing my suit of armor. I recognize you as the enemy. I see you as a walking devil roaming around. I will not succumb and place myself on your level. I am the victor, because I know that God can place my enemies at my foot stool. I have grown! I am strong in my faith! I am in control, but you are demonstrating through your actions that you are not! Stop! Look! Listen! Hey there … Clothed in my spiritual warfare garment, “How you like me now!”
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Most of us have special touches that we utilize to decorate our homes. Without question, my photo collection is mine. Even if I may brag, it is quite impressive! I have assembled photos that tell a story. It depicts my family’s history … in the making. I just added a vintage piece of my great-grandmother Minnie that my Mother “handed down” to me. I am thrilled at the thought of placing such a prized possession on my walls. It’s a family heirloom. Many guests stay on the landing of the stairs for an extensive period of time viewing my photographic collection. I have portraits, photos, and collages of the majority of my family. Assembly of the photographs is a continuous and meticulous undertaking. Recently, my six year old great niece was photo gazing and said, “Aunt Verna loves us because she has our pictures on her wall!” How observant! That comment paid for the frames and my efforts!
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Nothing has changed! The behavior is the same. Some folks never learn their lessons. It is difficult to teach an old dog new tricks. They see no need to change the “flavor” of their conduct because in their perfect world, nothing is wrong. If anything should change, it should be you! Why upset the apple cart! It is the “same soup warmed over.” It tastes the same, because it is the same! Soup and behavior can at times be similar. Both can be bland, spicy, cold, warm, hot, unchanged, and unappetizing. Just taste and see! And lo and behold, some days, you just don’t desire the soup or the person!
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Double standards eventually present conflict and problems. Normally, they are classified as hypocritical. Are you a “Do what I ask; not what I do” type? Bottom line: Don’t expect what you are not willing to give / do. It simply doesn’t add up. As the bankers say, “You can’t take out more than you deposited.”
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Growing up in the country, you learn the art of driving by cruising down gravel roads and dirt roads before graduating to the two lane highways. As you travel in one direction facing the traffic in another, you learn to stay in your own lane. Swerve too far to the right and you are liable to end up in a ditch. Move to far to the left and you are subject to have a head on collision with the other vehicle. This precision teaches you much about life. In order words, if you mind your own business and stay out of other folks’ affairs, it is smooth sailing. When you meddle, you cross the line! Where you end up is where your intrusion takes you. “You are an accident waiting to happen” when you start interfering. No speed will keep you safe in those types of circumstances. Fender bending becomes your outcome regardless of your destination! Crash!
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It’s a saying that the “means justify the end!” There is truth in the quote! However your actions don’t always qualify you for the Medal of Honor. What happens when you fail to do what is morally right? What if you do not do what you should have done? There are some who take their reckless or unsupportive behavior and justify it! They convince themselves that they were right when in fact they were as wrong as “two left shoes.” If the U.S. Government has three branches as its checks and balances, it certainly justifies that our actions should not go unchecked. Why can’t we consult with a respected authority and get an outside opinion? The answer is simple. They might tell us that our actions were wrong. And of course, being wrong can’t be a correct response to a person who is never wrong! Hearing the words don’t rest well with their ears or souls! It really doesn’t matter when they have already justified that their wrongness was right! Check this out! Saying “I’m sorry” is a phrase that doesn’t exist in their vocabulary. That is why they take the steps to appease their conscience while caring less that others were hurt by what they said or done. It does not exempt being thoughtful and considerate! Just ask the person who was hurt and offended! Their feelings were injured while the offender’s feelings are in a nonchalant state. Something is wrong with that picture!
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I’m not in the dragging business. Thus, I refuse to let you drag me down. I will not be on your lowly level. Speaking of dragging, neither will I assist you in dragging someone’s name through the mud. I do not subscribe to those dastardly measures. Let people make their own moves without intervention of negativity. Neutrality beats meanness. Sometimes, doing nothing when you could do something is just as bad! Looking the other way requires movement! If I cannot lift you higher, I refuse to drag you downward. For those people who are always trying to bring people down, let me share with you a fact! It takes as much energy, strength, and force to push as to pull; to lift up as to lower. The weight is the same. I hold my head up. Looking down or behind has no value. Either you will be a help or a hindrance. It’s your our choice as it is mine!
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Even with unpleasant situations, there can be an ultimate benefit! Better days can lie ahead! The Bible tells us to not worry about tomorrow because each day has its own anxieties. In
Matthew 6:26-34, we find the following words of advice.
26 Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? 27 Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?
28 “So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; 29 and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 30 Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?
31 “Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. 33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.
Praise God for his guidance, love, and provisions. He never leaves us to bear our burdens alone. He is always there for us! Brighter days can lie ahead. Truly, there is a silver lining in the clouds even if it rains. You just need to keep God in your plans. Let God be in control. Keep looking up to the Father! He will never steer you wrong! Happy Sunday! God bless!
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Yesterday, I was in a crowded check out line at Walgreen’s.
Noticeably, the customer in front of me had a big three ring black binder and a shopping cart full of items. After seeing about 10 containers of Tide detergent in her cart, I asked if the detergent was on sale. “Yes,” she energetically replied. As we engaged in a friendly conversation, she showed me her fascinating coupon system. Her binder was full of organized coupons in every conceivable product category. I took this to be a lot of work! Then, I was converted when I saw the end results. She had about $100.00 worth of items for which she paid only $12.00 … after her coupon discounts. Incredible! Proudly, she said, “I use coupons for all my purchases. Everything! The savings are tremendous!” I ‘ll say, they are! As we exited the store, she rolled her cart to a gorgeous luxury vehicle. “My coupon savings bought me this,” she yelled! “Great… you go girl,” I shouted back! Hmmm. Raking in additional savings is not a bad idea. Maybe, I should start clipping those discounted coupons myself. It may be classified as an unconventional savings method, but it’s a proven system that works. The dividends add up! Every little bit helps! Besides, it’s time for me to get a new vehicle! Cha Ching!
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It ceases to amaze me how some people do not understand the meaning of the word NO! It is such a simple term. If you ask me a question and I respond with the reply, “No,” that is my answer. If you care to negotiate, influence me, and see if you can persuade me to change my mind, that is entirety up to you! Merriam Webster defines the word NO as being used to give a negative answer; reply to a question, request or offer. So, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out the meaning of this two letter word. Therefore, read my lips! The answer is still NO! If you wish to interpret what I just said, be my guest!
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