Happy 31st of March to you!
How do you start your day?
I read “A Spirit-lifting Devotional” each morning called “Daily Guideposts.”
Each morning as I meditate on the day’s message, I summarize the “Take-Away” for that day in one to seven words- and write it on the blanks provided on two pages at the end of each month.
I also use that page to pray about what God wants me to do that day. I plan the day out at the top of the page. Sometimes it happens just like that. Other days, God intervenes and unexpected things happen. Here is today’s plan:
I write the chosen words on the page provided and review the messages for the month. These are the 31 “Take-Aways” for this month of March:
Prayer for Today:
Today I am praying to keep a humble spirit.
I ask God to help me see the Extraordinary in the Ordinary.
I remember that Jesus hears and answers us every time we pray.
He may not always say YES, but if we pray with a humble heart,
and ask Him to put a right spirit in us, and we pray in His Will,
we are more likely to get a positive response.
What is your prayer for today?
Have a blessed Sunday, my friends!
Are you in sanctuary or synagogue or temple or church today?
God Bless You!
In my quiet time this morning, Carol Mackey reflected on 1 Cor. 1:10 in which Paul wrote to the people of Corinth, “Now I plead with you… that you speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly joined together in the same mind…”
Carol wrote in Guideposts’ Mornings with Jesus, “Sunday morning at eleven o’clock is the most segregated hour of the week.”
I was prompted in thinking about that statement to create this Haiku x4:
most in Sunday morning pews.
Where’s our unity?
Race and culture,
Ideology and thoughts
Pull worship apart.
It must sadden God;
It must grieve Jesus’ heart
To see divisions.
Instead of focus
On our obvious fractures,
Focus on One God!
Many people are unaware that the first five books of the Bible are the Jewish Torah.
Everything on earth is created by our One God.
On that we who worship the One God can agree, right?
As we worship God,
how can we use that worship time
as a time of
Day 4 of the A-Z activity of “What Makes Me Happy.”
Little did I realize when I chose Dogwood for my D word what I would learn about this beautiful tree (now a large bush)!
Dogwood and Daddy are in the same pocket of my heart. This picture of my daddy was taken under the dogwood tree in my brother-in-law’s back yard in central California about two and a half decades ago. I treasure it because it captures my father’s sweet disposition and kindness so perfectly. That tree is not gnarled and twisted as the Legend of the Dogwood tree suggests. But the blossoms are as the legend describes in this poem I found on the Internet this morning:
I didn’t know this legend until now. How did I miss it all these years? Did you know it?
What’s the D word that makes YOU happy?
There’s a gorgeous orange
In the sunrise this morning.
Quick! Grab the camera.
Before I could click
The vivid color was gone,
But the sun will last.
Like the Haiku above, I find sadness, frustration, and anger are those fleeting sunrises. Let the moment pass. Grab your spiritual camera filled with gorgeous, colorful memories. The sunlit days will last. The vivid colors of their happiness will crowd out the gloom. As you reflect on the joy, let the Son’s Light shine through you.
Quick! Grab the camera.
How vivid are the colors in your happiest memories? Tell me about one of them.
For the past two weeks
I’ve spent most of my days
Entertaining an elderly friend
Who’s light’s a dull haze.
She doesn’t know her daughter;
Doesn’t know where she lives;
Can‘t tell you her birthday;
Takes back the things she gives.
She thinks she sees her husband,
But he’s been gone three years.
She searches for her lost things;
Frustration turns to tears.
While I still have my marbles,
And awareness still is keen,
Please keep the light on, God.
Dementia is soooo mean!