Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Enjoying your home...

Good day Y'all! Being greeted by this beautiful yellow begonia plant lifts my spirit and already brightens my day. (Thank you to the lady and her sweet Mom for gifting this to me)

I always say that home/condo/apartment owners should make their homes a place where they enjoy being. I don't entertain much, but I like making home a place that is warm, cozy, and enjoyable by surrounding myself with the things I love. It's not about making it a showplace, but making it a safe place for you and your family to relax, enjoy and to be refreshed from the outside world. Some of my fondest memories is my husband saying very often after a long, hard day at work, "I like being home." It gave me great pleasure to know that I had made a house...a home for us...and I enjoyed it!

It doesn't take much nor does it costs much, it starts with the desire to create it for yourself and your family. Have a great day and remember..."Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They [mercies] are new every morning Great is Your faithfulness!" Lamentations 3:22-23

Time for some oil y'all

Yard work on this beautiful windy morning. Thinking how I can buy expensive garden tools and also cheap garden tools but eventually they all need a good oil/lubricant treatment every now and then to keep on working. A little maintenance on a regular basis will extend the operative life and make it give an optimum performance when it’s needed.

So it is with us...being in quarantine may have worn the patience thin of a Mom or Dad of school age children; may have caused strained relationships between husbands and wives who aren’t used to being in the house with each other all day, some may have become depressed with no distraction to keep them from drudging up not so good memories; tempers may easily erupt, boredom may be setting In (Proof with everyone creating their avatars lol) .

You ask can all this come from just being in isolation? You betcha. So I am saying all this to just remind you all that sometimes we just need some maintenance, a good oiling. Sometimes we need to kick back and allow Yah (God) to help you to refresh yourself, because when you rest in Him, He will help you to “perform “ your duties at the optimum when needed and give you peace that will extend your life by calming your depression, anxiety and irritability. Let Him be your “Oil of gladness”, (Psalms 45:7) yes even in this time of social distancing and isolation. This is our maintenance time. A time to regroup, be built up and strengthen to be prepared for the next season. 

“Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of Yah (God)” Acts 3:19

Monday, April 6, 2020

Snuggle in...

"But let all who take refuge in You be glad; let them ever sing for joy. Spread Your protection over them, that those who love Your Name may rejoice in You." Psalms 5:11

Early this morning as I sat on the back porch in the quiet as the sun began to rise, my dogs joined me. The little one shivered in the cool morning air, so I picked him up and wrapped him in my shawl. I could feel his little sigh of relief as he snuggled even deeper...he felt safe, warm and secure. We as humans want that feeling feel protected,

When my husband passed, one of the most challenging steps of grief for me, was the feeling of being unprotected, feeling lost, vulnerable, exposed to harm and danger. I felt that I had lost my covering and was left without any protection. However... the most challenging step was not the longest one to get through. Through the prayers of myself and others, and getting to know Yahuah (God) more intimately, I came to know that HE is my Protection, my Refuge, my Strong Tower. Our protection from Him is an individual plan as we trust in Him.

I've learned that I can cling to Him and He will wrap His Presence around me making me feel protected, safe and secure. During these times of the pandemic, I have seen so much fear among people. I dare not dismiss the severity of current conditions, but I also know that for those that take refuge in Him, submit to Him and Love and honor His Name, He WILL spread His protection over you, on that you can depend. Him today, snuggle up in His Arms, settle in, so that you can give a sigh of relief and assurance.

Thursday, March 26, 2020

I AM MORE than enough !

During this time of semi-seclusion, we have been in a position to do a lot of thinking; there is something about slowing down the routine that causes time for reflection.

 During my prayer time this morning, many people came across my mind; people that have lost loved ones recently or in the past, people that have sick loved ones, people that are ill themselves, people that have experienced loss through separation or divorce, loss of jobs, financial woes. People that have wayward children young and old that are in trouble or worse that are incarcerated. People that are being abused mentally, verbally, emotionally and physically. People that need healing in their minds, hearts and souls...deep healing...and as I began to pray for these needs I became overwhelmed with the burden of it all and then a still small voice spoke to my heart "I AM MORE than enough."

 Funny how we think that somethings are just too much for Yah (God) to handle; we put limits on Him and then we try to carry them ourselves. Well, He is saying to me and some of you out there "I AM MORE than enough." He's Big enough, His capacity, resources and love is limitless, and as we submit to Him, He deposits the Power in us to believe that He is able. Trust Him today with your needs, your life. Don't try to carry it yourself...

 "Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest..." Matthew 11:28

Sunday, March 22, 2020

The Race is not given to the swift!

I remember when I was a lot younger, I used to wonder why older folks moved so much slower; whether walking or driving, the old folks seemed to move slower than honey pouring out of a jar fresh out the fridge! 😀

Now that I am a member of that group, the older group that is I understand. It's not that we are intentionally slower, it's just that certain parts of our anatomy don't seem to operate as fast, even though in our minds we are cruising as usual. I was thinking that though the older you get the slower you may become, there is something that seems to become stronger and that is CONSISTENCY. I believe that King Solomon had it right when he wrote in Ecclesiastes 9 "...the race is not given to the swift.." meaning you don't have to be fast to always win the "race" of life.

 Consistency in us old folks can sometimes be referred to as "stuck in our ways", but consistency, according to the dictionary has synonyms like: reliability, stability, steadiness and dependability...not so bad huh? In the story of the Tortoise and the Hare there are many great life lessons but one stands out to me...the Tortoise may have been slow, but he was consistent. He just kept plodding along, he didn't let any distractions take him off his path and he stayed focused...and he won the race!

So for all you "seniors" out there and for those that aspire to be someday, take a tip from a Tortoise (Me), in these days stay focused, don't worry if it seems you can't keep up with everything that's going on, just keep going at your pace, don't get distracted by all the bad news on the media, stay in the race and with Yahuah (God)'s help , you will win. "and let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart". Galatians 6:9

Thursday, March 19, 2020

Be of Good Courage!

"Be of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart, All you who HOPE in YAHUAH (the Lord). Psalms 31:24

I watched my little 6 pound Chihuahua brave the cold pouring rain as he walked into the early morning darkened yard...alone to do his business. He was donned in his rain gear to protect against the elements, but did not have his bigger "brother" to accompany him. Knowing he had to go, he peeked out the opened door, hesitated for a moment, then with resolve, trotted out. Upon his return, soaking wet and panting, he never whined or complained, he just did what a dog had to do. I rewarded him with oohs and aahs over his bravery and a nice warm blanket of course.

Just thinking how with the present events happening now, we have been placed out of our comfort zone in many ways. Restricted in how we shop, work and live. Our "normal" everyday living has changed, even watching TV has become a chore, the reports of the local and world situation leaves you tired and weary; it moves you from your familiar "warm and cozy" routines to a going out in a cold, dark rainstorm kind of feeling. Some of us complaining the whole time...uh oh.

Here's a tip: Try not to complain, it will only make you miserable. Instead, do like my Buster (appropriately named) did, he braved the storm, did his business and didn't whine (or woof) one time. COURAGE. If you are truly trusting in the One True Yah (God) then you are not alone and you can do this. Out of your mouth speak the good things that you have been blessed with! Be of Good Courage! Don't put your hope in the government, the economy nor any man, but HOPE in the Only One that can Deliver us! Halleluyah!

Saturday, March 14, 2020

Why Worry?

While shopping a few days ago, the unusual over crowding and sense of panic could not be missed. People running to and fro gathering up extra essentials to prepare what the media has proclaimed as a pandemic. I do believe in being prepared and for years have made having "extras" on hand a way of life; but I also have made it a way of life not to panic. Trust me, I've had a share of bad news and times of trouble, but this I am learning: worry, anxiety and panic gets you only in a worse fix than the real issue. I know that it may be hard for some of us not to be worried, but in our concern over not having enough toilet paper (still trying to figure that one out) let us not forget that those of us that are believers in Yah (God) and His Son Yissa'Yah (the Messiah) then we have an obligation, a calling to be Salt and Light in this World. We are not suppose to follow the crowd in panic nor are we to speak hopelessness in darkness. We are to be the light to show that there is Peace, His Peace even in the midst of the Storm and we are to be the Salt that preserves and sustains order in the chaos. Be a part of the answer not the problem. Be prepared, use wisdom and sow Peace not panic.

"Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow; it empties today of its strength."

Enjoying your home...

Good day Y'all! Being greeted by this beautiful yellow begonia plant lifts my spirit and already brightens my day. (Thank you to the lad...