ReflectionThe Winds of Fate – by Salesian Missions
I looked in the mirror,
My face reflected there
Showed lines of fear and worry,
The strain of daily care.
I looked into a quiet pool,
Green branches framed my face.
Snow-white cloud passed overhead,
Some care seemed to erase.
I found myself in a shady nook
My cares confessed to Him.
I felt Him near and knew that He
was looking deep within.
I looked into His loving eyes;
Reflecting back to me
Was one I’d never truly known …
The “Self” He’d helped me be.
I looked into the mirror.
Sweet peace reflected there.
His perfect love had touched my life.
He had erased all care.
Anna Lee Edwards McAlpin
Look into His face, my friends.
Let Him into your heart.
Let Him erase all cares.
Feel His loving arms around you.
Live in His peace.
His Enormous Heart
Ready to share now
Sending to you
the Love, Joy and Peace
that are mine through Christ.
Have a blessed day!
Archive for the ‘Aging Gracefully’ Category
“A merry heart makes a cheerful countenance,
but by sorrow of the heart
the spirit is broken.”
Use your merry heart
To be like an umbrella
Protection in storms
At the end of day
Your sweet, merry countenance
Is a lovely sight
Your positive view
Shines through the dark clouds of gloom
Lifting others’ hearts
You’ve an extra dose
Merriment is contagious
You infect others
David Jeremiah’s entry in today’s devotionalThe scripture selected, Proverbs 15:13, fit the story perfectly.
in Ever Faithful was titled “A Merry Heart.”
It gave me the incentive for today’s post:
“After Richard Norris was badly disfigured
by a gunshot wound in 1997,
he remained hidden at his parents’ home for years.
They covered the mirrors
to keep him from glimpsing his face.
But a team of doctors…
gave Richard a new countenance.”
Richard’s spirit was broken.
His sorrow of the heart was understandable.
David Jeremiah went on to link
Richard’s sorrow to us all:
“While Richard’s story is unusually dramatic,
there’s a sense in which we all need a new countenance.
Study the faces of people you meet every day…”
Oh how I love those
Last two pictures of my friends
Study every face
David Jeremiah goes on to suggest,
“Steal a quick glance at your own face
as you pass a mirror or reflective window.
…Our emotions inexorably flash through
the forty-three muscles in our face
and we communicate our feelings
through our eyes, brows,
and the set of our mouths.”
“One smile can light up a room;You know I play the accordion, right?
one frown can darken a day.
“The Bible tells us a merry heart
makes a cheerful countenance.
Rejoice in the Lord today
and let the joy of Jesus shine through.”
Well this is a concertina… buttons on both sides.
Aren’t these kids adorable?
Open up you Merry Heart!
Mine is open for you!!
Open heart + Open hands = Merry, Cheerful Countenance
Are you afraid of death?
I posted this blog about 4 years ago… and that fellow in the photo below has since gone to his eternal home. We all will meet again someday if we are believers. Are you? Let’s explore this topic together this Thanksgiving week as we thank God for each day He gives us, OK?
When I asked this friend, “Are you afraid of death? he quickly responded, “Nope!” with assurance.
2018… yesterday, I had an ultrasound. The radiologist not only took a million pictures, but then she called in her senior partner and asked for her assistance.
Oh my! What were they seeing? How many angles did the image need?
By the way, it was my kidneys and bladder areas, not something less complicated – like my hand. (By the way, this year I broke my little finger in a fall… and believe me, I have learned there is nothing simple about your hand!!)
Later in the afternoon I received a call from the medical center. It didn’t surprise me when they asked me to schedule an appointment ASAP for an MRI. They needed a more definitive picture of whatever is in there. Something that’s not supposed to be, of course.
Would your mind do what my mind did under the circumstances?
Would the big “C” word enter your mind? And would you contemplate your own mortality?
I did – and I am!
When I go to the medical center tomorrow and they receive the MRI results, and they say, “Your days are numbered. You are full of cancer,” would I panic?
Why not? Well, all our days are numbered, aren’t they? Nobody’s going to get out of here alive.
But, would I like to live a healthy 100 years
and then die peacefully and unexpectedly
in my sleep one night?
But, what are the chances? Pretty slim!
However, in today’s world, a person who has enjoyed good health and is living a healthy life style should expect to live at least into his/her 80’s. Don’t you agree?
After all, my parents lived into their late 80s, and so did both my in-laws. Genetically and socially, I expect to do the same. Wait, though… I’m not quite 80 yet. (That was 2018… I am 82 or 83 already… but who’s counting?)
How would I feel about an eminent death sentence?
How would YOU feel? Have you faced such a challenge and overcome it?
My husband, Bob, was diagnosed with prostate cancer about a dozen years ago.
First step: We called my older cousin who is a Prostate Cancer Survivor “Poster Child.” We received tips from him. He recommended we get on line and learn everything we could about the disease and the treatment options. Go to renowned specialists (he named two). Get a second opinion. Keep a positive outlook. Pray. Share. Ask friends and family to pray with you. Seek professional advice. Research your options. Be your own best advocate. Remain positive.”
Second step: We did all those things, and Bob chose cryotherapy – he had his prostate frozen – and he is “in remission.” Cancer free – and living the “Golden Years” with me!
If I should learn that my days are short, I would miss my loved ones here on earth, of course. But would I be afraid of dying? As my friend said when I asked him that question, I can emphatically say, “Nope!”
I know where I’m going. I know my Redeemer lives and has a place reserved for me in Heaven. And, I pray you BELIEVE, too. Then, we can be assured we will see each other in Paradise and we will enjoy eternal joy together.
See you there someday …Hopefully not too soon!
Have a very Happy Thanksgiving, my friends.
We certainly have much to be thankful for, don’t we?
Four years ago I posted this blog, feeling grateful for my lifetime partner, dear, precious, faithful Bob Beekman.
Today I am reposting it with even greater gratitude and a few more photos for the fun of it.
Partners add dimension
To our self-focused lives.
They draw us out
To form a bigger circle.
If we are blessed indeed
With a loving partner who
Accentuates our strengths
And helps us build up
Our areas of weakness,
Then we have cause to
Celebrate with abandon!
Everyday is a gift
Of celebration with
My life-time partner,
I wish for you
the blessing of
in your life!!
Have a blessed Friday
and come back
and see us again this weekend.
1 Corinthians 13:4-7 – Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.1 Corinthians says love endures all things. Thank God, Lordy, Lordy, my Bob certainly has endured all things! What a blessing that he put up with me all these 60+ years!!
It was September two years ago when we were in the midst of the pandemic, isolated, sequestered, missing friends and family. I posted this blog titled “Smile.” It’s time this cold, snow sparkling in the sunshine day in November to repost it. I hope it makes you smile. It brought a smile to MY face!
Smile when your heart is aching
Smile even though it’s breaking
Though there are clouds in the sky
You’ll get by – if you’ll just smile!
Do you know that song?
I’ll share it with you …
Along with some things
that made me smile today:
This is one of Nat King Cole’s songs that I loved the most.
Its message is so important for us in this world today.
You’ll find that life is still worthwhile, if you’ll just smile!
Thanks for visiting JanBeek.
See ya tomorrow.
Reblogging from my 2020 “Embrace” series… the word for today is JOY. Pass it around!
Want to be happy?
Just embrace contagious joy.
Hang with happy folks!
Find reasons to smile.
Folks will smile back at you.
Smiles are contagious!
“Happy are the people whose God is the LORD.”
The Good News:
God is the true source of
Those who are in His favor
will always have these things.
Just as mopey people can pull you into the doldrums,
Happy People can lift your spirits and make you smile.
Happiness is a choice… choose it!
See ya tomorrow (of course, God is willing)
Today is the last day to join NanoPoblano2022 … an invitation to look back at your favorite posts and reblog one each day.
I began blogging here on JanBeek more than a decade ago. I think it will be fun to go back and choose 29 of my favorites and tag them each day with NanoPoblano2022… and join the others who are accepting this challenge, too. My reblog for today will be titled “Reblog #1”
Look for it!
Meantime, Happy November 2nd to you. I am praying for my friend, Marcia, who fell (tripped on her way to bed) and broke her hip last night and had to have surgery – and is in the hospital in Bozeman, MT. Please add her to your prayer list for comfort and rapid healing! Thanks.
I shared with Marcia that I relate to her predicament… I tripped last April and broke my pinky. If you’ve followed my blog, you know about that. I was walking too fast and not looking where I was going. That little finger has not healed properly (in spite f weeks of physical therapy)… and I can’t make a fist with that left hand. It’s amazing what you can’t do if you can’t make a fist! It’s not just handy in a fight… you need it for wringing out clothes, or for scrubbing something, or for carrying something heavy. Ah, the lessons we learn the hard way!!
Slow down and watch where you’re going!
Have a Happy and safe November.
See you at Reblog #1…
Come on back!
Dig deep in your brain
Remember November now
It’s gratitude month
In Novembers past
Remember who you shared with
Then count your blessings
Time has changed a lot
Large gatherings here are gone
I hope they’ll return
Family is so precious!
Family: the people you choose to love
Remember the days
When decorations were seen
All around the house?
Will we still create
A festive mood this season
Without the big crowd?
Don’t cry for me!
We won’t gather round this table this year
for our Thanksgiving celebration…
but we will be with dear friends –
and our son will be with family
in a lovely California destination.
My heart goes out
to family and friends
who will experience
The Empty Chair
Several of our friends
Relate to the empty chair
Missing who was there
If you’re only two
And the group is not around
Be grateful for two
Thank the Lord you have
One another and rejoice
Then join friends of choice
Have a Memorable and Blessed November!
God bless You!
My “friend of choice!”
I’m so grateful to have him here…
(That was our 60th anniversary photo!)
It is well with my soul
Each day is a blessing
Whether coughing or resting
It is well with my soul
It is not my circumstances
That determine my demeanor
It is the joy inside
Even when life gets meaner
I am praying it is well
with your soul today, too, my friend.
God bless you!
When have you waited?
Waiting well = watchful waiting.
We’re asked to do that!
Hurry up and wait:
The MOD of travel.
Relax! It is what it is.
We cannot change it.
Impatience doesn’t help it.
Waiting’s part of life.
Bob was asked to wait –
Prostate cancer diagnosed
A decade ago.
So watchful waiting
To see if the spot would grow:
Don’t let it stop you!
Remember to keep living.
Therapeutic use of cold –
Froze all the prostate.
Don’t just cut it out!
Edges left can reproduce.
Freezing is the best.
Live to see your grands
Happily loving and wed.
Live while you’re living!
“Wait patiently for the Lord.
Be brave and courageous.
Yes, wait patiently for the Lord.”
Know living in joy
Is a choice we all can make
No matter the pain.
Find yourself suffering?
Wondering how long you’ll live?
Praise every morning!
Praise every sunrise.
Pray for memorable days.
Look back “greatfully”
Set aside the “If Onlys” –
Live while you’re livin’ !
Mike on honeymoon
With his sweet new bride, Tania,
All seven of us
Enjoyed fun times together.
Livin’ the good life!
We waited so well
For our trip to Switzerland.
God sure blesses us.
God blesses you, too.
He wants you to live the good life.
So pray and wait well.
Good things come to those
Who pray and believe in Life.
Believe and “Wait Well” !
What are you waiting for?