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By Vernalee
We use metaphors from time to time to bring home a point. They tend to help us see a situation clearer.
“An Elephant in the room” is an metaphorical idiom that refers to an obvious truth that is going unaddressed or to an obvious problem or risk that no one wants to discuss. It is so profound as the expression is focused around the idea or thought that an elephant because of its sheer size would be impossible to overlook. Agreed? Although a truism, it occurs; frequently at that!
The impossibility of this carefree ignorance makes it all the more interesting. How can we ignore a problem or issue that is clearly right before our eyes particularly when the problem is blatantly obvious or too big to go unnoticed? Because it is a big problem/issue/truth, how can we push it under the rug? We can’t! We are only fooling ourselves and others! If we don’t deal with the elephant, it will continue to take up space in our minds, our lives, and our homes.
We will remain uncomfortable because there is no comfort when the elephant is blocking our view and our reasoning! It’s too big to evaporate through osmosis! Why do we refuse to acknowledge the elephant’s presence? There are many reasons. Denial is a predominant one! It may take some effort and time, but we can remove the elephant from our view; from our space. Whether it is a relationship problem or any salient life issue, do know that it will not fade away in the sunset. We have to address it; remove it. Until that is done, there will not be peace or comfort in our lives!
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PostHeaderIcon When an enemy sits at your table!

By Vernalee
Artist Leonardo da Vinci’s depiction of Jesus’ last meal, called The Last Supper is a renowned masterpiece. For us Christians, it represents, in part, the path to everlasting life. All of the Gospels provide an account of the last meal that Jesus shared with his disciples. The book of Luke 22:19-20 tells us: “And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me. In the same way, after the supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you.”
Today, January 3, the first Sunday of this New Year of 2016, many of our churches will offer us Communion; some in a ceremonious fashion.
Being the visual person that I am, my mind historically traveled back in time to our Savior Jesus Christ as he sat at the table for his last meal. Place yourself at the scene and mentally walk through the account. Because of his infinite wisdom, Jesus knew that one of his disciples would betray him. Though they all denied it, Judas Iscariot is specifically identified as the one.
Theologians have debated how long Judas was there, but In the Gospel of John, when asked about the traitor, Jesus states: “It is the one to whom I will give this piece of bread when I have dipped it in the dish.” Then, dipping the piece of bread, he gave it to Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot. As soon as Judas took the bread, Satan entered into him.”
Can you imagine the hurt that Jesus felt to be betrayed by someone purportedly in his inner circle? Think about it! When friends and loved ones have violated our trust, we become dysfunctionally bent out of shape. Thus, everyone who sits in our midst need not be there! Their presence can be treacherous; disloyal to say the least. So when we take communion, reflect upon all of the pain and sacrifices that Jesus suffered and endured for us to live. What a mighty God we serve! Happy Sunday! God bless!
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PostHeaderIcon I’m addicted!

By Vernalee
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I must confess! I cannot get going in the morning without a pick me upper. Join my girlfriends, sisters, relatives, and tons of others who need that shot of caffeine to get them started. I am dragging until I have my Cup of Joe. The world just doesn’t look the same without it. If I wait too long, I get a headache which is my internal signal that I have not sipped my Arabica beans yet. Yes, that’s right! I’m addicted!
Coffee keeps me and others focused, increase our concentration, boost our memories as it keeps us awake. It is one of a few selected products that has no specific demographical following. Old and young folks drink it. All races and nationalities sip its robust flavor. It is indeed a universal drink with an aroma that smells as good as it tastes.
Statistically, there are approximately 100 million daily coffee drinkers in the United States. Most Americans drink 3 cups of coffee daily. Suffice to calculate that $18 million is annually spent on specialty coffees alone.
Geez…The coffee varieties are incredible. It can be consumed hot or cold, with or without cream, with or without sugar; or integrated into specialty drinks like lattes, cappuccinos, and Frappuccino’s. French vanilla is one of my favorite flavored coffees. Do know that a double shot of espresso cures most hangovers! Coffee houses are everywhere. Crowds sit around Panera Bread and Starbucks chatting and drinking for hours because coffee relaxes us as it facilitates conversation. Once I have my first cup in the morning, I showcase a smiley happy face just like the one pictured in the above coffee cup. Most coffee addicts do!
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PostHeaderIcon An Outsider’s eye

By Vernalee
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Recently, I participated in a photography session. Upon leaving, the photographer commented about the pleasantness of the staff. He said that he has been in a number of offices where the tension could cut through the walls. It’s amazing what outsiders see when they look inside. It is further astounding what we cannot hide. You may think that hostilities, anxieties, frustration, discontent, among other intangibles are not externally apparent, but they are very visible to the naked eye. They are difficult to hide and / or conceal. To say that you wear your “emotions on your sleeve” is an understatement for many. You can’t hide or disguise what illuminates your being!
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PostHeaderIcon The house of the Lord

By Vernalee
“Do not forsake the gathering of yourself.” Giving praise to God and hearing his word will strengthen you. It is your spiritual food. If you don’t want to be a CEMF (Christmas, Easter, Mother’s Day, and Father’s Day ) church goer, find yourself a place of worship where you feel comfortable with the congregation and the message. Attend! I have so many things to thank God for; his blessings engulf me. Thank you Lord! I share with you one of my favorite scriptures.
Philippians 4:13 – “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
“Our God is an awesome God!” Get to know him! Keep him in your heart and he will order your steps!

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