My short story hopefully has a beginning, middle and ending!
My short story hopefully has a beginning, middle and ending!
People are funny that way!
Noticing now in my prime,
when dreaming of what they would rather be doing.
The youth often thinks of something in the future—middle
age thinks of something in the present, and the very elderly
think of the past.
If I were ten, I would rather be swimming.
If I were sixteen, I would rather be flirting with the boys.
If I were thirty or forty, I would rather be on my vacation.
If I were sixty, I would rather be retired
If I were eighty-one or older, I would rather be done.
If you believe in coincidences believe this one! Recently the other day I was trying to explain to another person that Catholics DO NOT worship Mary, here is proof right in the Bible. Even the Protestants have it written there.
Luke 1; 46 Mary speaks, “And Mary said: My soul doth magnify the Lord.”
In other words the more you honor her, she magnifes your love for her Son. Your love for her increases love for her Son.
Impossible to love Mary more than her Son, because as the Bible states she always increases your love for her Son, always. As you love her, your love for Jesus grows, which is why Catholics love to meditate on the suffering of Jesus, He redeemed us and He is OUR WAY!
The question today is: “When and where do you do your best thinking? Why is that?”
Speaking for myself, it seems I am always thinking, from the time I awaken, my first thoughts are of my dreams; I usually say, where did that come from? The next thought would be, thinking of what I want to accomplish today!
Blogging is an everyday, something to think about, activity. I read, and ideas appear; either the prompts inspire me, or they don’t. When inspired, I say to my friends living in heaven, “please inspire me to write well what you want me to tell.”
I love reading profound things that inspire; mundane reading posts do not inspire me; who cares what you had for breakfast!
The value of a moment years past, thinking it was only grief at that time, but knowing today the moment was valuable.
How can grief be nostalgia become of value, it can!
Grief to most of us always means sorrow, a loss, tears, a broken heart.
As time passes, acceptance of the crisis is different for each of us. Speaking for myself, my worse experience was watching my daughter — her husband both suffering over the death of their three-year-old son; while dealing with my own grief. I remember that first Christmas after the fact, walking through the store, looking at the variety of toys for my grandchildren, and bursting into tears at the thought of him who was no longer with us.
Now twenty-two or so years have passed, I finally see God’s hand, His will. He has truly blessed us all; we still have him; he is our sinless little saint in heaven! We know this because we ask him to talk to God for us when we need a favor, and it is done. The child was adopted; he was the answer to many prayers at that time, now he helps us when we pray.
God gave him to us for a little while; he was indeed God’s chosen one.
I wrote the story on my blog in detail about this child; if you would like to read it, you might better understand why we are so blessed. You can find it here –> below.
No matter what side of the fence you are on, the below text is for your benefit, in my opinion. Please read it! BECAUSE I CARE!
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How can we use this information to prepare for the American Freedom Convoy? Currently, Freedom Convoys are organizing around the world, including in the United States, so it’s important to watch what’s happening in Canada right now and prepare accordingly. We can predict what the responses might be here based on what is happening there. We can be guaranteed that President Biden is taking notes on Trudeau’s actions (albeit in crayon) and considering taking those same actions here, perhaps pre-emptively. These are my suggestions. Many of them are relevant whether you are pro-Freedom Convoy or anti-Freedom convoy. We’re all going to feel the effects. Prepare for greater supply chain issues. Get a month ahead on medications, food, and other essentials. If you think the shelves are bare now, just wait until the trucks stop moving. For advice on building your food supply, check out our free Quickstart guide. Get some cash out of the bank. Instead of waiting for everyone to announce a bank run, be proactive and get as much cash on hand as possible. Expect the rules to change. The situation changed rapidly in Canada and a rarely invoked law was brought back to allow unconstitutional punishment of those going against the government. We could experience martial law, suspension of the Posse Comitatus Act, unconstitutional executive orders allowing for asset seizure, and other punishments to shut down the dissent. This is not a case of “if you aren’t doing anything wrong, you have nothing to worry about.” Those types of actions will affect all Americans. If you plan to participate in the convoy, protect your supplies. Lock up extra food and gas and consider a locking fuel cap. You don’t want to end up in a battle with the police, so make sure your supplies are not easily accessible to just be seized. Decide where you stand. If you are on the fence, you need to decide where your allegiances lie. I recommend keeping that information to yourself if possible because sentiments are heated enough in the US. At the same time, be aware that if you donate, support, or participate it’s entirely likely you will be “outed” so make sure. Be prepared for the consequences of your actions. Whatever you opt to do is up to you. But note that the demonstrators from January 6th were prosecuted and tracked down in a very different matter than demonstrators in Portland and Seattle. If you feel compelled to participate, I’m certainly not here to discourage you, but I want you to be aware that you could face some unpleasant consequences, and only you can decide if that is something you’re prepared to do. If you go against the current administration, it’s entirely likely you’ll be considered a terrorist. (If you’re not already.)
Looking back in time, I wrote this last February; a — C.S. Lewis Screwtape letter! C.S. a British writer. He is best known for his works of fiction, especially The Screwtape Letters, The Chronicles of Narnia, and The Space Trilogy, and for his non-fiction Christian apologetics, such as Mere Christianity, Miracles, and The Problem of Pain.
I posted this last February, but find it interesting it is so relative to today, I can’t help to wonder why it is; (not all) but most liberal thinking people are falling for the government and media’s voice. Of course, this letter is fiction and not meant to judge the soul of anyone as to what the devil thinks of us. C.S. Lewis wrote these words in his book “The Screwtape Letters” years ago. Amazing how this could have been written today:
Now the letter to follow:
′′One young devil asked the old devil, “How did you manage to bring so many souls to hell?” The old devil answered: “I instilled fear in them!”
Answers the youngster: “Great job!
And what were they afraid of? Wars? Hunger?” “No, they were afraid of the disease!” “Does this mean they didn’t get sick? Are they not dead? There was no rescue for them?”
The old devil man answered: “but no . . . they got sick, died, and the rescue was there.” The young devil, surprised, answered: “Then I don’t understand???” The old devil answered: “You know they believed the only thing they have to keep at any cost is their lives.
They stopped hugging, greeting each other. They’ve moved away from each other. They gave up all social contacts and everything that was human! Later they ran out of money, lost their jobs, but that was their choice because they were afraid for their lives, that’s why they quit their jobs without even having bread.
They believed blindly everything they heard and read in the papers.
They gave up their freedoms, they didn’t leave their own homes literally anywhere. They stopped visiting family and friends.
The world turned into such a concentration camp, without forcing them into captivity.
They accepted everything!!!
Just to live at least one more miserable day . . . And so living, they died every day!!! And that’s how it was very easy for me to take their miserable souls to hell….. ′′devil!
C.S. Lewis in 1942
The End, of the letter I meant!
What is so odd about a bare tree? It is that time; time to protect certain trees through nature dropping the leaves leaving them bare. This activity gives the plant, as defined in the word “SPRING” a fresh start! Another word might be recycled.
Fandango asks! Hmmmm!“Given the matter how much control we have over our own lives, my provocative question this week is…
Looking at your own situation, how much of your life is formed by things that are outside of your control versus things that are within your control? Please elaborate to the extent you feel comfortable.”
I live according to this adage, “Man Plans, and God Laughs.” Not to say I don’t plan, I do. Every day while sipping my coffee, I talk to God, not a formal prayer, just talk. I plan my day and end it with, “according to your Will, not mine.” Sometimes I beg, knowing that He is in charge, and of course, I always (try) depend on His HELP!
So far, looking back on my life (soon to be 82). It has been about as good as it gets — with many complications and snags. The worse of my years was between 1969 – 1982. Those were the years I did not depend on God’s HELP! I even doubted the existence of God. Like so many other Catholics, I was led right out of the Church into a new modern way of thinking. (Novus Ordo=Vatican II)
I realize I am getting away from the provocative question, so back on track, I will end by saying I now know that nothing of my life is under my control, except my daily prayer for HELP! I learned the hard way when my dependence on God was on the back burner; everything was chaos. The horror of it was, I didn’t know how disordered my life was; I only knew I was not at peace.
Prayer will always OBVIATE despair.
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Waking up today, a little sad remembering Valentine's Day, I would find a big box of candy, but he is gone now, living still but high in the heavens; looking for something to cheer me, I found * cherished happiness right here on UTube. Music meant for me! It's called "Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah." Even that title of song frolics with joy, don't you agree? It speaks of a Wonderful day with a Bluebird on our shoulder. The song goes on to say that everything is satisfaction! There is plenty of Sunshine, and we all need that to melt the Winter away. ♫
*Cherished Word of the Day Challenge linked above
The text below is taken from another blogger who is on challenge number 6 of Whatsoever is Lovely, a new prompt each week, today my Lovely is a Valentine.
“This challenge is simple: step back for a few minutes each week to find a lovely thing, a precious moment, anything you find lovely. Then post about it. You can just post a picture or you can go into detail and tell it as a reflection, story or poem.”
Saint Valentine, officially known as Saint Valentine of Rome, is a third-century Roman saint widely celebrated on February 14; he was martyred and then buried on the Via Flaminia to the north of Rome.
Valentine did really exist, because archaeologists have unearthed a Roman catacomb and an ancient church dedicated to St. Valentine. In 496 AD Pope Gelasius marked February 14th as a celebration in honor of his martyrdom.
Becky proves sometimes its good to be a square; check here
Fandango invites us to go back and see what we wrote on this very day. Looking back, I found this. It is not my intent to offend anyone, but if you only knew the importance of not forgetting. The word MNEMONIC was the word of the day!
Several years ago when my blog was just beginning on this day, February 11, 2018 inspired by a word: MNEMONIC — A mnemonic technique is one of many memory aids that is used to create associations among facts that make it easier to remember these facts. Popular mnemonic techniques include mind mapping and peg lists. These techniques make use of the power of the visual cortex to simplify
Below was my post in 2018 or press this link
Other tools to remind us of “things” are useful, but the Cross of Christ is a treasure indeed! The Cross of Christ is seen today in images, pictures, hanging in churches as smooth, slick straight sample of wood that was sanded and made perfect. The Cross on that Good Friday; imagine instead wood knotted, splintered, gnarled, rough and damp. Why is it that many Christians see in their own way the cross without the suffering? Their cross scarcely a remembrance, symbol of His instrument of death. If you consider yourself Christian, recognize the cross for what it is. The only MNEMONIC you will TRULY NEED. We read in the Bible how Our Lord called St. Peter, Satan! Because even St. Peter refused the idea of crucifixion. St. Peter did not wish the suffering Jesus. Our Lord words, “He turning, said to Peter: Go after me, Satan, thou art a scandal unto me: because thou dost not relish the things that are of God, but the things that are of men. [Matthew 16:23] also in: The Haydock Bible it is explained of 1 Corinthians 1 Ver. 18. For the word of the cross. That is the preaching that the Son of God, both God, and man, died nailed to an infamous cross. Folly is looked upon as ridiculous and incredible, by all obstinate unbelievers that perish: but it received as the work of God, and an effect of his divine power, by such as are saved. (Witham) “And he said to all: If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.” [Luke 9:23] Traditional Catholics of today and Catholics from all centuries; the past, understand this to mean, we are to get up on that Cross with Christ, do this by offering yourself to Him and accepting His Will not running away from it, nor removing His Body from the cross. Face His suffering. “And taking bread, he gave thanks and broke; and gave to them, saying: This is my body, which is given for you. Do this for a commemoration of me.” [Luke 22:19] Many Christians believe that God loves you when He showers you with riches or with no problems in life. One wonders why so many wealthy people give in to suicide, despair. In truth, God loves you when He allows you to share with Him in His life, His pain. “Come follow Me; “I say to you: but unless you do penance, you shall all likewise perish.” [Luke 13:3] Let us never forget; there is a MAN on that Cross.
GirlieOnTheEdge and Sunday’s prompt word reveal for Six Sentence Stories!
Reading this morning from one of my many meditation books, “What is worse than the crime of denial?”
These days, the world is in great distress; look at the various reports and read them ALL.
“But when these things begin to come to pass, look up, and lift up your heads, because your redemption is at hand.” Luke 21:28
Adam forfeited his right to heaven; thereby, we are born into spiritual bankruptcy. From pure LOVE for us, Christ made the sacrifice of His blood and gave us back the right to heaven, but He gave us conditions to that right! Anyone can say “believe in the Lord God;” even the devil believes!
This is my third time participating in this fairly new challenge known as:
This week I found two Lovelies from my pictures stored in my computer, one is a tree that reminds me of a dancer so I incorporated one into the image. The other is SNOW, that white fluffy stuff hanging onto my bird feeder waiting for Spring.
Before I die, something that is before me constantly.
Realizing most people these days feel that everyone goes to heaven, there is no hell, they want to believe. That is what makes them comfortable. I pray not to be so presumptuous; I know that only a few get to heaven, those who die in the State of Grace, without severe unrepented sin. Mathew chapter seven “Not every one that saith to me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven: but he that doth the will of my Father who is in heaven, he shall enter into the kingdom of heaven.”
My post here; knowing well it is impossible to change anyone; only God can do that when asked of Him. For me doing God’s Will no matter how difficult it is, not making excuses to do MY will instead of the Will of God is what I must continue living for, praying, and depending on Him. Before I die, I MUST NOT FALL!
Two in One PromptS today the words are number ONE (1) MAVEN
and (2) OVERTHINKERS
Just a simple poem with seven syllables in each line and a little rhyme.