GODDESS BEE

Heard the latest buzz?

Queen Bee has issued decree –

Worship “Goddess” Bee.

(Oh my, the whims of the female species!)

(Written for Ronovan writes haiku challenge (use words worship and goddess)  but I cannot link to that site because I am banished to the library again, so I can’t get past Ronovan’s privacy to make a link.  I’m putting it on my blog anyway.  It was too much fun to write for me to trash it!)

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WHAT’S THE KEY?

BEFORE GOING FURTHER WITH OUR SUBJECT FROM YESTERDAY,LET’S TAKE A JOURNEY through the Bible and see what is outstanding about successful Bible youth.  We will find:

Isaac  – What a model of submission!  We hear of Abraham’s great faith, but what about Isaac.  Could he not have taken his old father, Abraham, down and bound him rather than submitting to being bound and laid on the altar?  I wonder if Isaac had faith in his father  – perhaps, he just didn’t believe his father would do it!  Or, perhaps, the faith of Abraham had been instilled into Isaac so that Isaac himself also believed God would deliver  –  God would supply!  I guess Isaac was blessed by his submission to an arranged marriage also!

Joseph  –  Joseph’s positive characteristics are lauded making him a model of perfection but he was not born that way!  His braggadocio as a youth substituted his coat of fine colors for a cloak of drudgery and humility!  He paid a fine price as God elevated him to the second place in the kingdom.

Samuel  –  A protégé of Eli who surpassed his teacher.  This is one of the few men about whom no negative incident is recorded.  Well done, indeed!

David  – David had seven  brothers about whom little is said except that they looked good and they harassed David.  We have no reason to think Jesse spoiled David even though David was the youngest  (as Jacob did Joseph).  Jesse may have even been a bit hard on David.  So how did he achieve his status with God?  Perhaps it was the long hours alone on the hillsides.  Perhaps we overload our children with activities.  It seems that God himself was David’s mentor.

Maid to Naaman’s wife  –  Young Hebrew slave girl who directed Naaman to Elisha.

 Joash  (Jehoash)  – Mentored by Jehoiada the priest.  Repaired temple and did good while Jehoiada, his mentor, lived, then he fell into idolatry.

Josiah  – Became king at 8 years old.  He was a good king.  No mention of who taught him right.  His father, Amon, and grandfather, Manasseh, were evil; however, Manasseh did repent and corrected his evil deeds as much as possible.  Josiah’s mother was mentioned.  Did she influence him?  We are not told. Since Amon only reigned two years, Josiah would have been under Manasseh, his grandfather, during Manasseh’s good years.  That would have meant Josiah’s first six years would have been during Manasseh’s good years.  Perhaps that was crucial to his loving God.

Esther  – Bold, courageous, and obedient protégé of uncle, Mordecai.

Jeremiah  – Father was a priest named Hilkiah under good king Josiah.  Jeremiah said of himself that he was “just a child” so he was a young man when God called him. It is likely that his early years were productive and blessed since he ministered for eighteen years while Josiah was king.

Daniel  – Daniel and his three comrades are spoken of very highly in a positive way.  They were pure, upright, and intelligent.  We do not know the names of the people who influenced them, but they were raised as royalty.

Rhoda  – Rhoda was a young maid who was present at a meeting where prayer was being made for Peter when he was in prison.  She had faith enough to believe it was Peter at the door, in spite of the adults telling her it must be his ghost!

Timothy  – Paul’s protégé who was from a “mixed” marriage (Jewish mother and Greek father); he was taught the scriptures by his mother and grandmother.

A SURVEY OF THE BIBLE YOUTH NOTED ABOVE will be encouraging to youth in almost any circumstance of life.  Almost all were from what we might call problem situations.  Joseph had a group of jealous brothers ready to kill him.  Samuel was not raised in the home of his father and mother.  David’s brothers belittled him and his dad more or less had to be reminded that he was around!  Maid to Naaman’s wife taken captive to a foreign land.  Joash escaped an evil aunt who was out for his blood.  Josiah’s grandfather was noted for his evil in spite of his Godly change.  Esther was an orphan.   Rhoda may have been a poor girl, at least some translators call her a servant girl.  Timothy’s father was a foreigner.

WHAT DID THESE SUCCESSFUL KIDS GET IN COMMON?  ALMOST ALL HAD GODLY PARENTS OR GODLY MENTORS FROM WHOM THEY TOOK INSTRUCTION!

 

 

 

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LOVE MAKES THE WORLD GO ROUND

 

 

Man/woman relationships are established in Genesis. Marriage, including sex, between one man and one woman is God’s plan. The book is replete with cases that are not one man/one woman, but I can’t think of any that did not result in pain.   Love is shown as a beautiful relationship without regard to age:  Young folks, Isaac/Rebecca; old folks, Abraham/Sarah.

Biblical marriages condoned marriage between family members but not between believers and unbelievers.  Lots of trouble caused by Jewish men who married foreign wives; that was because of foreign wives’ influence regarding idol worship.  That is not the same as marriage between races or ethnic groups in which both parties worshiped God; examples were Moses and Zipporah and Boaz and Ruth.

Sexual relations between and husband and wife is a part of God’s plan.  For a glimpse of what God thinks of that, read the Song of Solomon.  Do you still blush?  😀  (But I sure don’t understand why God used Solomon to write those words.  He is not my example of a Godly husband!  Just an example of God doing a God-thing not an Oneta-thing.)

But sometimes lust comes disguised as love.  Better beware of sex used as a tool to achieve one’s desires:  Judah/Tamar, Lot/daughters, Shechem/Dinah, Potiphar’s wife/Joseph, Reuben/father’s concubines, Samson/Philistine wife.  

With this background regarding marriage, I want to begin a subject current to our day.  Why do young people turn to violence?  What can be done about it?  How does that affect our need for legislation regarding gun-control and gender issues?

 

 

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WAIT A LITTLE LONGER, PLEASE

 

There are three Bradford pear trees on a corner near my home. They are loaded with white blossoms. One of the trees is a little more advanced than the others so the green is overtaking the white. I want to yell, “Wait a little longer, please.”

My grandchildren come to my house.  Picture perfect, bows in hair, matching clothes.  The older one and I share a secret.  We watch.  I think of her at that age.  She thinks about how much she knows that they don’t know yet.  We smile at each other.  I want to yell,  “Wait a little longer, please.”

I turn into the drive way and see the jonquils in bloom.  They will not be here in a few days.  I want to yell, “Wait a little longer, please.”

I sit with my friends from the senior center.  I glance at each of them and think of the pleasure them give to me.  I know one of us will b gone soon, to sickness or death.  I want to yell, “Wait a little longer, please.”

The trees are going to change, the girls are going to grow older, other beautiful flowers will take the place of the jonquils, and we seniors are going to go into eternity. By experience, I know I’m still going to like the trees and flowers. By experience, I know I will still love my girls and they will fill me with delight whatever their age.

By faith, I accept death as another natural move forward. As I see change in this world and the continuing beauty that follows, I remember Psalm 116:15 which says that the death of saints is precious in the sight of the Lord. So it can’t be all bad!

But I still say, “Wait a little longer, please.”

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WHAT GOD VALUES

candle

Is it beginning to be old hat 

My constant harping. – that

You can be a friend of God.

Don’t you think that it is odd 

People turn down such an offer

Choosing rather to be a scoffer!

 The Bible tells of people who

Stuck with him, like sticky glue

Enoch, Moses, and Abraham

 David, Jeremiah, and Adam

All such different sorts of men

But God called each of them his friend.

Some are known for flagrant sin,  others seemed to be very good men

Some military geniuses, others not; some rich, others not;

Some educated, others not; some political, others not;

Some powerful, others not; some well-known, others not.

So what DID they have that WE have got?

We all have in the same measure

What to God is his pleasure.

They returned to him, what he gave to them.

And he wants from us, without fuss,

just what he has given to us!

T I M E

Much easier said than done

But it’s possible and fair to everyone.

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GONNA DU UT!

cell phone

moor uf mi kdz with nu fonz.  i got 2 lern 2 tex.  i haf tene-ajers lernin me.  Thx, kdz 4 yur lernin me.  Nou kan i rite so yu kan reed rite?  Sumtims i donnut spel rite – hoap u donnut mined.  2 mi minters & uthur techurs, haf i spelt okae? Thx 2 u tene-ajers hoo r lernin

me.  Nou du git the fon r naut?  Mabee nauit 4 a wile.  i mite need moor lernin  Wat du u thank?

Pee ess:  i luv u!  Ur gramma

I MUST DOWNGRADE SO I CAN UPGRADE MY PHONE AND COMMUNICATE WITH MY OFFSPRING – ages 4 to 65.

*****

A merry heart doeth good like a medicine, but a broken spirit dryeth the bones …  Prov. 17:22

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INVITATION TO ALL

good shepherd

Equal chance for all

The Good Shepherd, invites “Come”

To all troubled souls.

Isaiah 40:11  “He will feed his flock like a shepherd; he will carry the lambs in his arms and gently lead the ewes with young.”

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Dear Readers.  As I write this this morning, I  confess to the question in my mind, “Lord, do all have an equal chance?  Really?  What about those in third world who can’t even read?  Is their chance equal to mine – one who has been blessed to read, teach, learn, listen about you all my life?  My answer still only falls on my faith.  My faith that answers “For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son that whosoever believes on him, shall be saved.”   EVERYONE WHO BELIEVES ON HIM.  No matter the advantages I have had to hear about him, I am just as lost as anyone else if I do not respond to the call.  In fact all the advantages I have had makes me more liable if I choose to ignore the call.  “To him who is given much, much is required.”  Luke 12:48

 

https://ronovanwrites.com/2018/03/19/ronovanwrites-weekly-haiku-poetry-prompt-challenge-193-chanceequal/

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WISE AND LOVING CHOICE

birth mother
29 years ago I made the most difficult decision a young mom could have made. I chose to place my son for adoption, signing my rights away as a mother. 
In all these years my heart has longed to fill that missing piece…. that void… that emptiness. Though the grief was tremendous, the love was greater. 
I’ve gone through 29 Mother’s Day celebrations always thinking about him… wondering the what if’s and the what’s he doing now thoughts.From the very day I signed those papers on March 19, 1989, I remember the day vividly. I remember that solemn first and only drive with my son to the adoption agency. That day I held out hope to meet him one day in the future.
That one day still holds true. Though it seems I’ve met or been in contact with everyone around him over the years I’ve never actually met him. From what I understand he has no desire for that long awaited reunion I’ve wanted all these years.

As a birth mom, even though I’ve known where he lives, finding out accidentally who his adoptive parents were I’ve never crossed that line of what seems to be an invasion or disrespect on his life. Though I’ve wanted to, for selfish reasons… to somehow ease that pain of life long grief for me. Not for him. 
And now, even decades later… I could easily message him on Facebook, but I won’t. 
I won’t because I can rest easy knowing he is secure in who he is. He is secure in his parents love for him. To this day, this adoption has continued to teach me about love… as I was taught years ago about the meaning of love… its willing the highest good for that individual.If I have to wait another 29 years or even not in this lifetime… its ok. It’s not about me. I gave him life and entrusted his adoptive parents to love and give him a life that I wasn’t capable of giving him 29 years ago.

Here’s to birth moms and adoptive parents. Happy adoption day.

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THROUGH THE EYES OF A CHILD

eyes

“When will I have to stop going to church?” asked the little boy.
“What?” I responded, not believing I could have heard right.
“When will I have to stop going to church?” he repeated.
Noticing my bewilderment, he clarified, “When I get bigger, when will I have to stop going to church?”

 

This a not a child in a country whose government is about to close up Christian churches, nor is he a child with a debilitating disease which will stop his leaving his home. He is not a child whose parents are poverty stricken, drugged, uneducated, or untrustworthy. No, he is a healthy child of Christian parents who are comfortably well off and who love him dearly, who would do anything for him including working endless hours, sometimes even seven days a week.

I guess he believes it when the adults in his life say, “I can’t go to church because I have too much to do.”

Luke 21:34 And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with…cares of this life,….

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LOVE NEVER DIES

fire

The summer tradition had begun several years ago and was cherished by Todd’s family long before the tragedy occurred.  Cyan had sweet memories of summer camps with candles burning until the paraffin gradually melted to the nubs.  The elders would vaunt about their yearly achievements  and others shared familiar family stories.  The children loved the stories about Todd falling in love with Cyan, their beautiful  blue-eyed mother.  As they mumbled their good nights, Cyan put blankets over the scantily clad children who would nod and fall asleep in tees and shorts.

Those were good years before the accident that started the fire.  Todd rushed to bring water from the faucet to extinguish the flames.  The strain was too hard for him.  Todd had warned her in the early days – those days of koi no Yokan when then knew that love was inevitable – not to fall in love with a man who had such serious heart defect.  But words couldn’t stop love.  Neither could his death.  Nor had that love yet died.  Cyan sighed lovingly as she tucked their children – the fruit of their love – into their beds.

WORDLE: cyan, mumble, tragedy, vaunt, paraffin, nod, asleep, faucet, scantily, koi no Yokan, tradition, gradual  – Use at least ten words in a story.

https://any1mark66.wordpress.com/2018/03/12/wordle-15/

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