HEARING IN THE STILLNESS

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I listen in His stillness

     Bask in His quietness

     Learn in His kindness

     Cleanse in His holiness

     Submit to His loveliness

     Rejoice in His nearness

Then I hear Him in His stillness.

And I am prepared for the day.

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Image: Orchid from Pixabay

https://onewomansquest.org/2019/01/21/v-j-s-weekly-challenge-32-stillness/

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WEEKEND COFFEE SHARE

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I’ve been hesitant to join a “coffee share” talk because if you happened to have coffee at my house it would be because my husband made it for you.  Can I still be your friend?  He drinks it quite regularly (Re-rooted Englishman that he is.)  No hot tea unless a member of his family visits.  That doesn’t happen much any more.  But I’m drinking tea.  Sweet tea from KFC.  Terribly sweet.  I thin it with instant tea and lemon-aid.

I learned something about myself today.  The Rams/Saints NFL game was on with about 15 min left to play.  Rams was 10; Saints 20.  I did not care one whit about which team won; I don’t even know anybody who cared.   What I found was that I like to see anybody be successful.  Every play by either team, I rooted for.  I like that.  I think that shows up the teacher in me.  Might be part of the reason I “like” almost every blog I read.  I like to see people try.  Those who already have skills, good for you.  Let’s go with your honed abilities.  Those who are weak in communication skills, how much I admire your wading out into these blogging waters with all these real, even professional, writers and authors.  Read more, write more, achieve more, you’ll get better.  Why would I not “like” you.

I owe many of you an apology today.  I read very little.  I think there are bloggers who left me likes today without my getting back to you.  I will, however, get most before the night is over.

There were only five of us in my class this morning (very cold).  But we had good participation; it was well worth the time.  Isaiah 30 and 31.  God did not like it that his people were looking to Egypt for  help.  They were to seek Him for the help they needed.  How is that different, or is it different, than what our country does now when our leaders seek out “alliances” with other countries?  Stimulating question.  Does God want nations to be isolationists?  I don’t think so; it is largely a matter of motivation and attitude.  Actually God does not even want us to depend on ourselves for victory; he tells us not to look to “chariots and horses.”  Super power that we may be, it is only in as far as we depend on, acknowledge, and give thanks to our Lord God.

I have a birthday coming up Thursday.   You will be hearing more about that.  This blog is long enough for coffee share.  I’m outta here.  Sunday hugs to you all.

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Thanks to Amie Writes for leading me to the link below to whom I owe this submission:

https://eclecticali.wohttps://eclecticali.wordpress.com/2019/01/18/weekendcoffeeshare-birthday-weekend-shenanigansrdpress.com/2019/01/18/weekendcoffeeshare-birthday-weekend-shenanigans

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CHICKEN LITTLE? OR IS THE SKY FALLING?

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Her name was Cherry; his was Barry.  So it was quite natural for their first date to be at the local drive-in where they ordered Cherry-berry drinks.  It had been thumbs-up for two years.  Natural for marriage in the making, and plans began.

“This is not a ‘Chicken Little – The Sky is Falling’ tale,” thought Cherry.  “It can’t be that drastic; life will go on. But maybe it would be better to go on without Berry.”

For three months, they had made wedding plans.  Trouble came with every decision.  Berry was so traditional.  He couldn’t see past roses – roses – roses.  For him R O S E S was the only way to spell romance!

“What right does he have to make decisions about my wedding.  Weddings are for brides,” she mumbled to herself.

He wanted gold wedding rings; she wanted silver.  He wanted embossed invitations; she wanted engraved.  He wanted a honeymoon; she wanted a down payment on a house.  He wanted to be married in church; she wanted to be married in the park.  He wanted to get married on February 14th; she wanted May 4th.

That was the problem in a nutshell.  He wanted two hearts intertwined; she still wanted some independence.  A wedding is not the way to celebrate independence.

Was she just being Chicken Little?  Or, was the sky falling?  What say you?

************  The sky didn’t fall.  They got married.  She settled for gold rings; he agreed to engraved invitations.  They decided to save for a honeymoon cruise, and made a down payment on a house.  They got married in the park in June when all the new roses were in bloom.

************  Fourteen years later, Berry’s best friend, Hank, laughs at him when he says he will have to talk to Cherry about whether to join the tennis club.  Their twelve year old, Dana,  sighs when mom says she will have to talk to dad about whether Dana can go to a sleepover.

But the marriage is going and growing long and strong, because Berry and Cherry found out that marriages are made more solid by learning to compromise on wedding plans.  

A side note, Hank and Patty are divorced.  Dana, is learning the value of marriage partners who respect each other’s opinion.   

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Fiction, fiction, my blogging friends.  No Cherry, Berry, Hank, Patty, or Dana known by this author who loves fairy tale endings.  😀

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Tell the Story Challenge:

I was nominated by Yinglan to participate in this challenge. The rules of this challenge are: 1) write something in response to the photo you are given, and 2) pick a picture of your own and nominate three people.  (Sorry, Yinglan, don’t have time to pass this on.  Thanks for sending it to me.)  If anyone wants to join in this challenge, use Yinglan’s picture above, and pass on the challenge.

https://yzhengblog.wordpress.com/2019/01/17/tell-the-story-challenge-guardian-angel

Photo by Oleg Ivanov on Unsplash

I also received nomination from https://teleportingweena.wordpress.com/2019/01/17/tell-a-story-challenge-traffic-cop/       Perhaps you would like to take her picture and keep her challenge going.

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GOOD BUSINESS PRACTICE

broken glass

“I’ll see if they will bring out a new door to replace this one,” said my husband.   He knew he would have to carefully preserve all the broken pieces to prove his point.  If all the pieces were in place, it was obvious that there was no contact point from which it broke.  Sometimes the twisting of the frame even if only slight puts pressure on the middle panes and caused them to break.

Fortunately we had done business with this company before and knew they would stand behind their products and service.

Know those with whom you do business.

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This is fiction.  But this situation came to my mind, because my husband does replace glass and he does guarantee his service.  Sometimes glass breaks because there is tension at some point.  Often the glass company we do business with will replace the glass; husband re-does the work.  I think.  The situation is true as far as I know.  If not, I’m at home and don’t know what I’m talking about!  I plead innocent and dumb.  😀

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PHOTO PROMPT © Dale Rogerson

https://rochellewisoff.com

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WITH UNVEILED FACE

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2 Cor. 3:18 “And we, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory,…”

While reading this scripture in my Bible,  I noticed that at some other time I had underlined it—except for the part between the commas. I wonder why I did not underline that phrase; it is very important. I guess I liked thinking I was being transformed into his likeness sort of automatically. But am I?

This scripture is translated in many ways and I found little to “pin it down” in commentaries I have read. I believe it is a good example of a scripture applying to me for my need at a particular time.

Today I am thinking how much faster we can be “in his likeness” if we come to him open-faced to behold his glory.

Come to him in innocence, not hiding in shame;

Come to him in humility, not with any degree of arrogance;

Come to him in holiness, realizing how much we lack in any “holiness” of our own making.

How much easier to become like him when we demonstrate true innocence, humility, and holiness rather than pride, arrogance, and self-righteousness.  

And if we lack innocence, humility, and holiness, He is the place to go to receive such.  Then we can “contemplate his glory” with unveiled faces.

If we looked to our Father as this baby looks to his father, we would find it easier to become like Him.

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Thanks to Pixabay for the image

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NO DECISIONS, NO RESPONSIBILITIES, NO WORK-AROUND-THE-CLOCK

Elstal/Berlin, Northern Germany, Germany, Europe

 

Her destination was Anywhere Else, USA.  Truthfully if she could she would leave this good ole USA.   Leave behind the responsibilities, the decisions, the work-around-the-clock world.  Head held high with eyes blurred by tears un-shed, she stumbled and skinned her knee.  She could use some of those band aids left behind.  Too late now.

She spotted a family pitching a tent in the park; a baby squealed with delight.  She was already missing Bobby’s laughter and the the feel of his chubby legs across her hips.  She hoped…..

“No, don’t go there.  Mom will take good care of him.  Better than I can do with all the hurdles I have to go through.”

“That car must belong to the family.   No one is looking.  I’ll take it.  I’ll leave it so the police can find it easily.  But it will give me a rest for a few miles.  Nice that I remembered to wear gloves.”

Fate took a turn for the worse at the fork in the road.  If she goes left, the car will be too easy to spot.  Going right gives her a few more minutes of rest.  She goes right.  Bridge out.

“Ok, I need to leave the car anyway.  Certainly don’t want any car theft charge.  Only a little stream.  I can jump across.  I know there’s an RV park up here before long.”

Near the RV park, two uniformed men, Barry and Jackson, sat filling out paper work, getting ready for the day’s end.

“Look there, Jackson, see that woman limping along the ditch back there.  We better see if she needs help.”

“Hello, Lady, checking if you need some help.  Looks like you have been having a difficult walk.  Got any ID?”   

“Yes, here.  I’m Jill,  Jill Beaver.  I’m just going back to my RV.  Thanks.  I’m right close to home.”

“Thank you,” said Jerry.  “You probably need to have someone take care of that messed up knee.  Good day.”

Back in the car, the radio signals,

“Found stolen vehicle.  Has blood on the seat.  Watch out for suspect who may be walking with some kind of bloody wound.”

Two months later the Judge rules:

“Mrs. Beaver,  since you have many responsibilities I will make it as easy as I can – one year with time served.  A positive note is that your mom seems very capable of giving your baby good care.”

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Image: Getty Images

Thanks to M for prompt Jan. 17 “Fate took a turn for the worse at the fork in the road.”https://puttingmyfeetinthedirt.com/2019/01/01/january-writing-prompts-2/

Thanks to VJ for weekly challenge.  Use the word:  “destination.”   https://onewomansquest.org/2019/01/14/v-j-s-weekly-challenge-31-destination/

 

 

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WAITING FOR THE BRIDEGROOM

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Brad said to wait. Jenny read aloud to the sounds of the crashing waves far below.  She read the story of the bridegroom coming.*

Seeing her silhouette, Brad crept quietly behind her. Timing was perfect, as he heard her read,   “Behold the Bridegroom cometh.”  With great love he put his arms around her and whispered, “May I be the bridegroom?  Will you be my bride?”

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* Matthew 25:6

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M’s writing prompt:  January 7  “She read aloud to the sounds of the crashing waves far below.  https://puttingmyfeetinthedirt.com/2019/01/01/january-writing-prompts-2/

Also for the Weekend Writing Prompt:

 https://adelectablelife.com/2019/01/12/weekend-writing-prompt-89-silhouette/

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HIS WORDS ARE EXQUISITE!

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I’m looking at three issues in Chapter 19 NIV:

1.  Verses 1-4 Everyone has been exposed to some knowledge of God via nature.  Everyone has “heard the voice” of God in that way.  If you respond and tell him you want to know better, trust him and listen.

2.  Verses 7-11 The benefits of God’s law: Since they are perfect, they revive the soul; since they are trustworthy, I gain wisdom from them; since they are right, I receive joy; since they are radiant, I receive light to my eyes. For me that means truth, excitement, anticipation, adventure.

Since his ordinances are sure and righteous, more precious than gold, sweeter than honey, I can follow them; I can be warned, be cautioned, be guided, and also be sure of great reward!

His words are exquisite!  (Hey, Bloggers, I worked in a word of the day. :D)

3.  Verses 13-14 Prayer against both hidden and willful sins. May my thoughts be pleasing to God, my Rock, my Redeemer.

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Word Press word of the day “exquisite.”

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REGARDING “FOLLOW”

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After four years, I’ve decided to give some blogging advice.

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If you are new or if you are just seeking more followers, please take note.

  1.  I take my blogging friends seriously – even those of you whom I take humorously.  I want to know you.  Welcome you to my community.  But if you don’t read and “like” something I have written before you mark my follow, I will probably not return your follow.  If you read it and didn’t like it, why follow?

  2. I suggest you read my “about” before deciding to follow.

  3. If you have read something and marked “like” (or left a comment) I will come to visit.  I will read your “about” if you have one.  I will either “like” or make a comment if you are a new blogger or if you do not have a large following.  If you already have hugh numbers, I will probably pass.

  4. That is not always true.  I do have some followers who have large numbers.  I treasure them, but they have a very special way of making me feel significant.  😀  That’s why they have large numbers.

  5. If you have left a follow but I suspicion you are only out to add numbers, I will probably not leave a follow back with you.

  6. If you are a person trying to get me to join something or buy something, don’t bother to put yourself on my list of followers.  I’m well over eighty.  If I haven’t done it yet, I’m not likely to.  😀

  7. I like to know bloggers by name; I like to address followers by name.  It is hard for me to personalize “plzBmybuzumbudE6509.”  Doesn’t mean I won’t follow, but don’t be surprised if I call you “plzB.”

  8. If I go to your profile and don’t find a web to go to, I leave.  I don’t sign up.  Don’t know why; don’t have a reason.  I get much more than I can read through WP notices.

  9. When I follow you, I go to manage and mark your blog as an instant follower so I will recognize you right away.  I will return visits and often make comments.  After my brain gets a real good hold on you, I move you to daily and try to catch you that way.

  10. I give priority to bloggers who leave comments, those who leave likes, those I see on other friends’ blogs.

  11. When I started I knew nothing about the “challenges.”  They are a great way to get new friends who probably have much in common with you.  If you want to know some of my favorites respond in the comments below; I will give you some links.

  12. I’m only adding this because I had too many to stop at ten, and who ever heard of stopping anything at eleven, so I’m stopping at a dozen.  😀

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WHY PINK? DON’T KNOW…

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“Strange how they leave me in here.  Why pink?   I don’t know.  I understand the shells.  There’s four inches of water in the tub.  I swirl the shells around.  Take the blue ones to make a geometric design.   Then take the top jar; take out a colored paper; copy my design; drop it in the bottom jar; put the top jar back.  Repeat, repeat, repeat…. I wonder why pink…. Swirling is soothing.  I’ve always liked geometry.  Back home I made figures on grids.  Drew figures in the sand.  I’ve always liked geometry.  I’ll do it again…. Why pink?  Don’t know.”

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Thanks, Rochelle, for the 100 word prompt, and also thanks to Priva Bajpal for the picture.  Rather baffling this week.  Stretched my imagination.  😀

https://rochellewisoff.com/

 

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