Living under clouds
Of fear and trepidation
Renders us helpless
What will you do to
make life more beautiful for
someone else today?
Living under clouds
Of fear and trepidation
Renders us helpless
What will you do to
make life more beautiful for
someone else today?
I hope the link above will take you to this very inspiring post. In the face of a world-wide pandemic, our lives seem at peril. Our world is changing. So many events are being cancelled. We’re told not to shake hands and to keep our distance from others. We’re worried about whether we might be carrying and spreading the Coronavirus. The National Basketball Association just cancelled future games until further notice. Tom Hanks & his wife are filming in Australia and they just found out they have the virus.
We can live in faith or fear. The choice is ours. Be prudent. But, be positive, too. Choose happiness – and make that contagious! Go up and click on that link. It’s just what I needed to see/hear tonight.
God bless you.
See ya tomorrow.
My child, you are worrying too much. remember who I am there is nothing too hard for me. You may not see it, but I have everything planned out for you.
“Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”
Each morning I begin my day sitting in this old rocking chair that Bob’s great-grandpa built. It’s up in the corner of my favorite room in the house – my sanctuary.
You can see Mornings with Jesus, my #1 devotional, on the chair in front of my “All Things Grow with Love” pillow. The picture above the photo of room is today’s page. My bookmark reminds me daily of my 2020 resolution: “Walk the Talk.”
Prov. 3:5-6 is the verse on that card. It’s one of my favorite scriptures. With it tucked firmly under my belt and in my heart each morning, I read the daily devo and write in large, fat letters the 2 to 6 words that are my “take away” for the day. You can see “SIMPLY TRUST HIM” is today’s message.
At the top of my devo page I write my plan for the day … the part of it that God directs to my angelic perch from His heavenly Holy Spirit’s leading. It helps me to “Walk the Talk” when I put my trust in what He has “up His sleeve.”
What are your plans for this beautiful Sunday? I hope you take time to pray. The Faith Step that’s partly covered by my bookmark in the devo picture says, “Recall the times when Jesus answered your prayers in ways you didn’t expect. If you’re praying for something right now, don’t keep Him in a box. Expect Him to answer beyond your expectations.”
Go ahead. Listen for His leading. Step out confidently today with plans God sets before you.
Jesus responded, “ Didn’t I tell you that you would seeGod’s glory if you believe?”
Pray with me, “Thank You, Jesus, for praying with us and for us. Thank You for Your presence in our lives. Now, as we walk the talk, guide our feet where You want us to go today. Help us meet who You want us to meet. Whisper what You want us to say. Help us be who we were made to be. Show us what You want us to do as we walk in Your will. Amen”
We ALL want to make a positive difference in this world – right?
One way to make a difference
is simply to be kind and helpful!
But there is no “simply” about that.
It takes a concerted effort sometimes
to respond with kindness.
Our natural, almost automatic, first response
when someone is being mean or unkind to us
is to snap back…
at least that’s the way it used to be with me.
It has taken me 80 years of living to learn to guard my tongue!
And sometimes, even now it gets the best of me.
But I usually am quick to realize it when that happens,
and I am never reluctant to ask for forgiveness.
The problem is sometimes
I am too self-centered to even realize
I have hurt someone with my words!!
That never happen to you, does it?
I guess I’m not perfect yet.
Another way to make a difference is simply to plant love.
But there is no “simply” about that either.
Sometimes the seeds
of adversity and division
get the best of me.
I watch something on TV
or I read something in a magazine or newspaper
that is hateful or just plain false and deceptive.
And I let that simmer in my soul.
I want to lash out at the TV person
or rip up the newspaper.
But surely that never happens to you!
Just Love One Another
It’s easy to say, but ever so hard to do!
But if we want to make a positive difference in this world,
it has to be all about
first and foremost!
Be Forgiving of Yourself
Even when we try hard,
we may not always be
the loving person
God intended us to be.
But we can make a difference
if we learn to forgive ourselves
mistakes of character.
Others see and are encouraged
by our ability to overcome!
Be Forgiving of Others
Another way to make a difference in this world
is simply to be forgiving of others.
But there is no “simply about that either.
Sometimes I want to use a “mad” icon.
“Sad” just doesn’t do it.
It’s not enough.
I want to show the world
that what was said or done just makes me angry.
But anger never solved any of this world’s problems.
It only exacerbates them, ya know?
Forgive the ones who anger you,
Pray for your understanding of their position.
Try to figure out where they’re coming from.
Forgive their ignorance (hah!)!
Disagree without being disagreeable!
Be a PeaceMaker
And yet another way
to make a positive difference in this world
is to be a PEACEMAKER!
that it takes to be a peacemaker,
and to make a positive difference in this world.
It’s not a task for the Lone Ranger,
the Lone Stranger,
or the Lone YOU!
It takes the LOVE of the
working in you.
Know that God is your heart…
Pay attention to His Leading!
He will always lead you to
Making a Positive Difference!
Thanks for visiting JanBeek.
I’m headed off to TOPS.
(Those are my friends who help me keep the weight off.
They make a difference in my life!)
See ya tomorrow.
Are there any absolutes left? Or is everything in the world relative? Is there such a thing as right and wrong?
In her blog today, Barbara Franken
“As the weeks, months and years roll quickly by, we observe how the world around us widens the separation of people, organisations, countries, opinions, beliefs… all warring against each other. Extreme opposites and deep conflict is being forged. Yes – No, Light – Dark, Good – Bad, Right – Wrong, This – That, Mine – Yours… each side adamant they are correct!
So who is correct, which side do we choose, which way do we go?“
Barbara Franken went on to say,
“Choosing for oneself means choosing love.
Love has no sides, no conflict and honours all.”
It’s interesting that I was reading her blog right after relishing the words of Wm. Coffin and Joanna Macy in Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat’s book, Spiritual Literacy. They quoted Coffin and Macy who wrote:
Yes, we ARE radically interdependent. The actions of each of us has an effect on the rest of us. And there ARE absolutes. There IS right and wrong. And when we see things headed the wrong way:
… then we know it is time to step up to the plate and do what we can. Do you think, “The problems are too big; who am I to make a difference?”
If so, just look at Greta Thunberg, the Swedish teenager who is leading global protests demanding action on climate change.
Greta was quoted as saying,
“We will do everything in our power to stop this crisis from getting worse…”
God bless her! Today’s Bozeman Chronicle carried this article about her:
What issue are you passionate about?
How can your voice make a difference?
What can you do? Think about it.
Know that we are indeed
“One World… Radically Interdependent”
… and each of us CAN make a difference.
It’s easy to get caught up
In the ABBAABBA CDECDE
Rhyme Scheme and Rhythm
Of the Italian (Petrarchan) Sonnet
That I have written below.
Petrarchan is fun!
I chose the Italian Sonnet as an exercise today
Because I do love Italy!
My maiden name is DeAngeles, afterall …
“Of Angels” – always seeking higher ground!
I remember a “step to higher ground”
My husband and I took a few years ago:
To this beautiful city of Venice …
A step out of reality
Into a dream world
Where only the blessed tourists and
The residents struggling to make
A livelihood seemed to venture out.
Here’s my step into the higher ground of poetry,
Trying my hand at a Petrarchan:
What’s Your Next Step?
A text from a friend of more than fifty years:
“What’s your next step?” she wrote to ask.
I’m retired, I thought, find sunshine in which to bask.
But, though she’s my age, I sensed some tears,
And figured she’d missed some steps in her latter years.
I wondered if she had some sort of task,
A favor perhaps, but her question was a mask,
Designed to seek help while hiding her fears.
So I waited awhile to send her a reply,
Didn’t want to be flippant or seem like a jerk.
“What step do you have in mind?” I inquired.
She picked up the phone, and I heard her cry,
“I just lost my job. I can’t live without work.”
What help could I be to a friend who’d been fired?
It was fun to try and create a “Petrarchan.”
You should try it!
This was a fiction account,
With a shred of truth;
For indeed I am blessed
With health and security
And a choice of next “steps,”
While I know friends who
Indeed are not and cannot!
Who will you reach out to today?
And will you try a Petrarchan?
“Love must be sincere.
Hate what is evil; cling to what is good.
Be devoted to one another in brotherly love.
Honor one another above yourselves.
Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord.
Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.
Share with God’s people who are in need.
…. Romans 12:9-13
No better Valentine’s message of love ever has been written. To add to it, go to your Bible and read the next few verses, Romans 12:14-16 … and get caught up in the wonderful message of Jesus’ love!
Happy Valentine’s Day!
Day #20 – T = Trust
It’s been quite a ride! My A-Z series on “What Makes Me Happy?” Is drawing near an end, but today I TRUST you’ll continue reading, and I’ll continue to be inspired with new, pertinent topics. Thank you for being here. The ability to TRUST makes me happy 😃
T rusting brings
R espect and
U nderstanding and
S afety to vulnerability
T rusting is essential
In a world where parents feel a need to teach their children NOT to trust, we must be the models of trustworthiness. We must exude the love 💕 and safety we wish covered the earth.
The opposite of trusting is mistrusting, of course, and that creates worry and anxiety. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could feel free as a people to just trust? To just teach trust?
It’s probably Pollyanna thinking… unrealistic, you say. But, can’t we teach caution without teaching fear? Without causing worry and anxiety?
My go-to guide is Scripture. Jesus shows us the way. He talks about the birds being clothed so splendidly, so why worry about what we’ll wear. He showed us how He fed the multitudes, and told us not to worry about where our next meal is coming from. “Do not fear,” He taught us.
Philippians 4:6-7 is Paul’s message to the people of Philippi in which he cautioned them about worry. “Don’t worry about anything;” he wrote, “instead pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank Him for all He has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.”
So, the way to live in TRUST is to read, study, and apply the TRUTH of Scripture. Trust in God. Trust in what Jesus taught us. Sounds simple, huh? No, it’s not.
In today’s world we worry about safety. We hear of innocent people being murdered all the time.
In today’s world we worry about international affairs, divisiveness, wars, prejudice, and how it’s tearing us apart. We feel helpless to create that peace Paul wrote about. God’s Peace. Where is it? How can we exude it? How can we be the change we want to see in this world? How can we trust those people and situations that seem so untrustworthy?
My only solution is to remember the words of Paul, “Pray about everything.”
And remember/think about the words that remind us of how our simplest acts can make a difference to those we touch… and to those whose lives are affected by what we do.
R. Buckminster Fuller wrote, “Never forget that you are one of a kind. Never forget that if there weren’t any need for you in all your uniqueness to be on this earth, you wouldn’t be here in the first place. And never forget, no matter how overwhelming life’s challenges and problems seem to be, that one person can make a difference in the world. In fact, it is always because of one person that all the changes that matter in the world come about. So be that one person.”
Like tomorrow, if you’re in the USA, we can each make a difference. Go vote (if you haven’t cast an absentee ballot already). Every vote DOES matter!
Reach out to your neighbor in love. Reach out with help to a friend in need. Reach out to a fellow blogger with affirmation. Tell them that the words you just read made a difference for you. They resonated. Trust that your small acts add up to big differences.
Don’t be afraid to be vulnerable. In your shared weakness, you exhibit trust and you strengthen others.
He’s gotcha in the palm of His hand. Here’s my mantle in this season of Thanksgiving. Remember to thank God for all the ways He loves and protects you. Trust Him!
May the peace of Christ that surpasses all human understanding be yours today.
Day #15 in my A – Z series of “What Makes Me Happy?”
Should not ever be wasted
Grab onto one now
What opportunity might you take advantage of today?
Share with me an “O” word that makes YOU happy.
Oh, and Happy Halloween!
Mother Theresa said, “Peace begins with a smile.”
I believe it.
Shortly after we
Moved to Montana,
I joined the
Smiles helped me
Get to know
One another better.
Here is a poem
I wrote back then.
It’s still pertinent
(maybe even more so)
“If you see someone without a smile,” the old saying goes,
“Give ’em one of yours.” It’ll chase away their woes.
It won’t hurt you a bit and it don’t take no time.
Might even be returned, and won’t cost you a dime.
If you see someone without a smile, maybe they just need
The kind of cheer you got – to bring ’em up to speed.
You might throw in a handshake, or a “Howdy, how ya be?”
Might be their first friendly touch in a day or two or three.
Might be they’d like to tell you how they truly are,
‘Cuz usually when folks ask that, they don’t really car.
So, add some hospitality to the smile you send their way,
And shucks, you never know, ya might just make their day!
Oh, and by the way,
That’s my DollyWolly,
Ain’t it great?
“Peace begins with a smile.”