I just HAD to share this with you! I was mesmerized by it!
Have a good Tuesday night.
See ya tomorrow.
I just HAD to share this with you! I was mesmerized by it!
Have a good Tuesday night.
See ya tomorrow.
Welcome to Day #12,
the “L” Day
on the A-Z series,
Add Greater Meaning
Ya Gotta Love Life
Life is Light
Light is Life
Without Light, we’d all die
Laughter adds Light to Life
It makes Life Lighter
Ya Gotta Listen for and Join the Laughter
Need a little laughter today?
This one cracked me up!!
I shared this one with my husband and got a chuckle outta him.
This could be my niece’s husband, Bill’s head:
Maybe you’ll laugh out loud at this one:
without Laughter, we might
be at a dead end!!
Love Life; Be the Light
Sparkle with Light and Laughter
Color my Purpose!
People who sparkle with color that lights the path to my purpose are like angels.
Dr Jimmy Walters, a fellow blogger whom I admire and follow,
wrote about Michaelangelo yesterday in his blog.
He told in his article titled, Set Free Your Inner Angel,
how Michelangelo, the famous Renaissance artist,
approached sculpting as a process to “set free” angels.
Dr. Walters said, “He would pick the right block of rigid stone,
and through a discovery process,
chip away until he set the angel,
or statue, free.”
He went on to say,
“You are called to be the hero of your own life,
and as a result, a hero for others.
The road to the light begins with your dreams,
and accepting them as a mandate.
At times, these dreams are finally welcomed by you
because of a crack to your armor.
At other times, dreams are pursued
because you are finally ready to be your true self.”
My friend, Art, who is in our Madison Valley Writers’ Group,
shared a beautiful essay on the subject of LIGHT today.
In my estimation, he is a man
who has pursued his dreams and has set his true self free.
As I listened to Art, one sentence that brought
a beautiful image to mind was:
“I write with the fervor of a bee born to die.”
I write with that fervor, too. Do you?
My husband, Bob, is a retired beekeeper.
Today he is helping to install bees in a new observation hive
at our school here in Ennis, Montana.
He continues to find purpose in life by
teaching people of all ages
about the life of honeybees.
Like all of us, bees are born to die.
Honeybees sting to protect themselves,
their queen or their hives.
Drones (male bees) have no stinger.
But, the female worker bees, do, of course!
If she stings you,
Living to love, listening for/sharing laughter,
and learning to “Bee the Light,”
gives my life purpose.
What are you willing to die for?
Listen for the ideas you love,
and let them add meaning to your life.
Will you share one of those ideas with me?
CRACK THE DOOR OPEN
See yourself opening doors to joy, peace, healing, prosperity, and love.
Doors to understanding, compassion, and forgiveness.
Doors to freedom…
Doors to self-worth and self-esteem…
Doors to self-love…
It is all here before you…
Which door will you open first? ~ Louise L. Hay
I have a lot of crackpot friends
Who make me laugh and sing
They say good friends always are
Half-cracked (if there is such a thing)
It’s through the cracks that light
Can sneak in and add levity
To the darkened places in
The hearts of you and me
We need those crackpot friends
Like we need doors that open wide
To let the light shine in our lives
And erase the shadows we try to hide
So, crack the door open, friends
And invite your light to shine bright
I need it in my life each day
I need it today; I’ll need it tonight
For life can be filled with darkness
If you close yourself into a knot and stay curled
Open your heart to the blessings out there
Crack the door open and welcome the world!
On a cold and frosty Montana morning
I sit in my sanctuary – surrounded by angels
And the stillness within and without
Takes me to my inner sanctuary
Come and join me this morning
In the beauty of a winter day
From the warmth of my Angel Room
My place of respite, where the Holy Spirit dwells
The sky is dark and we’re in a cloud
The angels within sing quietly; they’re never loud
Jesus prays with me from His place in my cloud
And reminds me that FAITH is not for the proud
With humble appreciation, I think of the faces
Who surround me with love in these heavenly spaces
I thank God for the trees all frosty with glitter
I dream of the people gone before me – they flitter
In and out of my prayers, like the three angels here
They remind me of prayer partners far away, yet so near.
I think of the gifts of poets and artists
The angels surround me – sending thoughts that are part of us
Some are melancholy, reminding me of my sins
Others are joyful, and my gratitude spins
I remember the angel who decorated this egg
And all the other creative friends – Watch over them, I beg
Help my friends who are ill and need special care
Shine Your light on them… let them know You are there
Bring them comfort and health and wisdom galore
Hold them close to Your Heart, Lord, give them so much more…
… than ever they dreamed of; like the birds of the air
Let them know you are with them; show them how much You care.
As the darkness subsides and the blue sky emerges,
Send them all Your GREAT LOVE that in my heart surges…
Great love for the angels that brighten my day.
And now, my dear friends, I send some your way!
If you’ve been following my blog awhile, you know I take notes in poetry as I listen to the sermon in church on Sundays.
If you’re new to my blog, welcome! Thank you so much for following. You help me know with your “likes” and comments that I am not just writing into cyberspace. There are real people out there – my blogging “friends” – who may be touched, encouraged, tickled, or illuminated by my posts. If I help you somehow along this rugged path of life to step a little lighter, see a little brighter, or love each other “righter”, then I have accomplished my purpose.
Here are the notes reflecting the message I gathered from yesterday’s sermon. After the service, I told Rev. Jean Johnson, our pastor at Madison Valley Presbyterian, “Your message spoke to me. I think I’ll blog this one.”
So, here it is:
Prophets – Bah Humbug!
Who needs a prophet?
They are annoying, I think.
At best, they are pests.
At worst, they stink!
Tell ’em to take
Their soapboxes away
To some other place.
They harp doom everyday.
Isn’t it enough to try
To be good to each other?
Isn’t it enough
To love sister and brother?
Here we are this Advent
Being called to goodness and hope.
John the Baptist says we
Need baptism and repentance to cope.
He persists in saying
Mountains must be flat.
Paths must be made straight.
Who needs all that?
We like our high mountains.
We like crooked paths, too.
Who needs these prophets?
Do they annoy you?
Well, to be honest, I must
Tell you these truthtellers
Are important to us.
They’re really not such bad fellers!
They call us to be humble.
They show us the Christ-like way.
They remind us of past errors
And guide us to a better way.
Prophets help us discover
How love is better than hate.
They show us what really matters.
Heed them. Invite them in. It’s a date!
Be the love to the loveless.
Don’t worry and think you’re too small.
Listen to the wisdom of the prophets.
Their message is good for us all.
Let God’s light shine through you.
Be the prophetic face of love.
Go out and BE a prophet.
Share the message from God above.
Spreading Christmas Joy – Ennis, Montana – Community Christmas Stroll 2018
‘Tis the season for caroling,
A time to spread the joy
Of Christmas and its meaning
To every girl and boy.
So tune your voices, friends,
And get in the Christmas mood.
Join the bundled-up singers, and
Share some holiday food.
Open up your hearts, friends,
And see what you can do
To spread a little Christmas cheer
To more than just a few.
Wash away the loneliness
By spreading infectious smiles.
Let your Christmas joy be genuine
And be felt for miles and miles.
Merry Christmas Season to you!
Be generous and sincere.
Help to keep this season’s light
Shining brightly though out the year.
Get out the real message
Of Jesus and His grace.
Paint love, peace and happiness
On every person’s face.
God loves you –
and so do I!!
“… the simultaneous occurrence of causally unrelated events and the belief that the simultaneity has meaning beyond mere coincidence.”
Has such synchronism happened to you? Can you think of a time when there was a coincidence in time/events/things that was too synchronous to be coincidental? I can!
Just last weekend, I watched a movie on my Amazon Prime Video that was titled, Lightkeepers. It was a delightful film starring Richard Dreyfuss in which he played the role of the lighthouse keeper. Love lost and love renewed, life lost and life renewed, heartwarming and real. I highly recommend it.
But what does this have to do with synchronicity? Well, in the four days since I watched that movie, I have seen lighthouses at least once each day… in a TV ad, in the newspaper, in the centerfold of my November issue of In Touch Magazine… this photo by Charles Stanley:
I posted it accidentally in a post of its own, titled Lighthouses, just a few minutes ago. I was trying to save it to use in this post and I ended up posting it alone – – – and losing everything I had written so far on this subject of Synchronicity. Hmmm…
Then, this morning, before I could redo the post that I started, my friend who comes once a week for prayer, praise, study and devotional sharing time with me, arrived with a new cloth bag in which she carries her books, etc. What do you think the bag had pictured on the cover?
What do we do with such synchronicity? Does it make you think? Do you ask yourself, “What are these reoccurrences trying to teach me?” I do!
Charles Stanley’s photo had this scripture printed below it:
“O send out Your Light and Your Truth, let them lead me; let them bring me to Your holy hill and to Your dwelling places. Then I will go to the alter of God, to God my exceeding joy; and upon the lyre I will praise you, O God, my God.” Psalm 43:3-4
I don’t play the lyre, but I play the accordion. Upon the accordion I will praise You, O God, my God. I will bring exceeding joy to the people in our local nursing home. I will accept the call, and be the light that God has given me. Yesterday I wrote about Reciprocity … receiving and giving back. Today it’s time for me to “Walk the Talk.”
Come – and Go shine forth!!