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I’m Not Lucky

cardsShe’s lucky in love, his luck is changing because he won the lottery, they are an unlucky couple, and so many other “lucky” sayings abound in our social atmosphere. Your life doesn’t depend on a toss of the coin or a throw of the dice. It doesn’t depend on winning the jackpot, or walking away from a table with a roll of cash in your pocket. Your life is already predestined before you are even born. Every hair on your head, every freckle on your face, how tall you are, what color your hair and eyes are does not depend on chance.

I don’t play the lottery so I will never win the jackpot, and I don’t bet of sports so my team will never wind. I don’t play cards or bingo, so I will never walk away with a pocket full of cash. I know that no one will show up at my door and say I won the Publishers Clearing House and I have no rich relatives to leave me a bundle of money.

I don’t consult the stars or look into a crystal ball. I don’t have my palm or my cards read, because all of that is just a bunch of malarkey, and I know it is all a scam to get someones hard earned cash, but I have know people who lived by their horoscopes and visited fortune tellers on a regular basis, and their lives were never changed by what they were told.

When I was younger I used to repeat and believe the things I heard as a child. I thought, maybe there is something in finding a four leaf clover, maybe a lucky rabbit’s foot will help me out. Maybe I shouldn’t walk under a ladder and maybe I should knock on wood, but I was never convinced that luck and chance really had anything to do with my life.

My choices determined what my life would be, and boy did I make a lot of wrong ones. Getting involved with the wrong people actually put my life and the life of my son in danger for many years, and it wasn’t until I remembered how to pray that things changed and that’s why I am here today.

I have a roof over my head and food to eat. I have clothes to wear and shoes on my feet. I have people around me who genuinely love me and care and I have the most important thing in my life, more than all this, I have Christ.

No, I’m not lucky, I am blessed

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older woman prayingEvery year I participate on Facebook with all of my friends on the 27-28 days of being thankful. Each day we put up something we are thankful for starting on November 1st and going until Thanksgiving Day. While this is nice, and we all should be thankful for a lot of things, I thought it might be a good idea to try and put up one for each day of the year.

In January I am planning on doing this, and hopefully I can get them up. Sometimes things get busy, especially around the first week of the month because of paying bills, doing grocery shopping etc. We also have Rich’s visit every 48 hours to the hospital for his infusions, ER visits when he has an acute attack along with various doctor visits throughout the month.

It seems like we are very busy for two people who are not in the work force anymore. With Rich’s health concerns and mine there are days throughout the month that we call down days, when we do nothing but try to relax, rest, reset and de-stress.

If you would like to participate, you can friend me on Facebook or make a comment on a blessing or something you are thankful here and I will share it on the website. I will be trying to post on FB and on the blog site “More of Positive Mornings” each day, because I am sure that I have something to be thankful for every day of the year, even on the days that are packed full of stressful situations. I will post a reminder before the first of the year and let’s see if we can show God just how thankful we are for what he does for us on a daily basis instead of just at Thanksgiving.

If you friend me on FB be sure to send me a PM with the word “Thanksgiving” and if you leave a comment here, just start it with “I am Thankful”, and you also need to let me know if it is alright to post your first name, whole name, or none at all.

On Facebook, after you have “friended” me, you can put up a new status of your own, or you can add your “thankful” to the comments on the status I put up. Let’s fill up the internet with how thankful we are to our God.

Be Blessed, and don’t forget to watch for the reminders. It will be fun to see how many people decided to participate in this.

I will be putting up other articles as well in between the other posts.

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The Power of the Word

bibleMost people, especially Christians would assume this article is about the Word of God. It is true that there is power in the Word of God. There are passages, verses, stories and instruction in Gods Word that applies to every aspect of lives, short term and long term. Getting into his word daily gives you the tools, instruction, inspiration and even the weapons to handle anything that might come your way as your day progresses.

I try to get into Gods word twice a day, every morning for sure. I usually read form the Old Testament and the New Testament and I have constant reminders all throughout the day when I log onto Facebook from shared status’s from my Christian friends.

But, I want to talk about the Power of the Word from another source. That source is the bumbling, often intentional, many times unintentional words that are uttered by the human mouth, often said in haste and without forethought. We, the children of God, believers and unbelievers, have the power of the word that can utterly change , influence or destroy the life of another human being.

When used with kindness and forethought, we can lift up a person who is in the deepest pits of depression, those who are distressed, feel lost, unwanted, unloved, uncared for or are just having a bad day. With words of love and encouragement, we can, in just a few words change their outlook from the worst ever to a brighter, more hopeful outlook.

We are all taught by repetition, adults and children alike. We can influence a child to learn respect, kindness, love, understanding and mercy with the spoken word, repeated often enough as they grow and mature. We can teach them how to reach out to, lift up and help others. They can learn and grow in a healthy environment, develop a sense of self worth and good morals, and acquire the tools to live their life to the fullest. We can give hope to others by speaking to them with loving, kind words like “I love you”, “I’m here for you”, “I am proud of you”, “you have done good” and “I will help you”.

But, we can also destroy a life with this Power of the Word for children and adults alike. Words spoken in haste, in a heated moment, spoken in hate or anger, spoken often enough can destroy a persons will to interact with others, the will to explore, grow and learn and sometimes destroy the will to live.

Words and phrases that hurt, belittle or demean like “you’re dumb, or stupid, or ugly” “you’re fat, you stink, you’ll never amount to anything, I hate you, I don’t like you, I don’t love you” and so many cruel and unnecessary words and phrases, repeated often enough can and will destroy a persons self respect, and willingness to strive for something better in their life.

Children raised in verbally and/or physically abusive situations often grow into either shy, quiet, introverted people who are afraid to go past where they are in life to seek something better or they can grow up with a disrespectful, hateful attitude that can often turn them into dangerous and violent people.

Unfortunately the human tongue is the hardest working muscle in our body, second only to our heart and we need to strive to control the less than desirable words that can be uttered before thinking that can have a lasting effect on someone for the rest of their lives.

Ephesians 4:29 “Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.”

James 1:19 Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger;”


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Some Advice from a Not Quite Crotchety Old Lady

pruple fieldI wake each morning in pain in several different areas of my body. At 63 years old, I have come to realize just how quickly your body can decline, especially if you don’t start taking care of it early on. I wasn’t raised knowing that eating right and exercise would extend you life. Unfortunately none of my foster parents or mother ever taught me anything about this. We had three meals a day that we were expected to eat, a snack once in a while if it was affordable or if it was a special occasion, and candy once in awhile if we earned an allowance. (Proverbs 22:6 Direct your children onto the right path, and when they are older, they will not leave it.)

Sure, we ran around, played outside, climbed trees, rode horses and such, so we got a lot of exercise. None of us ever turned out to be obese. Yes,we put on weight once in awhile, as we got older, sometimes from pregnancy, other times from bad habits like alcohol and being sedentary, but for the most part both my sisters and I were on the thin side.

As I have gotten older, I have learned that there are habits you need to form, that you need to pass on that can extend your life, and these aren’t just the habits of eating right, exercising, staying away from alcohol and drugs, but daily habits that affect your spirituality, your emotional well being and your belief in God. ( Job 12:12 Wisdom is with the aged, and understanding in length of days.)

As I sat out on the porch this morning with my coffee, which is my habit on days that the weather is nice, I watched the sun trying to peak through some clouds to the east of me and listened to the birds chirping and singing in the trees in the front yard. Even though I ached, and hadn’t yet taken any of my meds, I thought what a wonderful life I really do have.

I love living in this small community where rural life rules, where your neighbors are far enough away you can’t see into each others windows, where there is room for the elements of nature to impose themselves into your hearing and sight everywhere you turn. I love this place, where there is not high-rise apartment buildings or businesses, where there is no building over four floors high and you can actually look out any window of your house and see the trees and skies.

This little town, where there is the lack of concrete structures stuck up against each other, where there is no crowd of people pushing and shoving in their hurry to get from one place to another, where there are only two traffic lights in the whole town, and the jail is a converted, metal outbuilding, where you can walk around the square in 5 minutes flat, and everyone waves and smiles at you, even if they don’t know you, gives me the peace and comfort I’ve needed in my life for such a long time.

Now as I write this, I realize just how much I missed out on the little blessings in life that can be had, free of charge, if you just slow down and take the time to notice them. I didn’t spend as much time with my son as I should have when he was younger, but that was through the wrong choices I made in my life. Getting us involved for years in an abusive situation, having to work nights and double shifts or two jobs did a lot of damage, not just to me but him as well.

Again, I didn’t spend as much time with my grand kids as I should have before I moved here. Yes, I took them to church and they had the occasional sleep over at grandma’s house, but again I chose to work long hours and sometimes for two different places, when I should have been taking them to the park, or a carnival or for a ride in the country.

I am in touch with all of them, sometimes on a daily basis, and while they go through tough times, there is nothing I can do to ease their circumstances except give them advice and pray. We all have to learn tough lessons as we grow up and grow older, and we can’t always blame them on other people. Sometimes they are the result of another person, and often they are the result of our own failures, our own bad decisions, and our own actions and attitudes.

Many great people have emerged from abusive situations, from the ghetto, from poverty and many who have started out on the wrong foot pulled themselves up by the bootstraps and made their life and the lives of many more better. (1 John 1:9  If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness”).

To the young people, middle aged people and old timers, I will say this. Learn from the mistakes that others make, but learn the right lessons. Learn not to make the same mistakes. Always be honest, always be kind, always be helpful, always be friendly, learn respect for others and find a goal to work toward.

Choose your friends wisely. Don’t hang out with hoodlums, drug addicts, alcoholics or liars. Find a church or youth group and get to know Jesus. You can achieve anything you want and you’ll feel great when you do it yourself and don’t take it from others. You can be a professor, a doctor, a social worker, an advocate for human rights, a politician or start your own business, but you have to learn to rely on God for strength, direction and making choices. (2 Corinthians 9-11 Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.) (Philippians 4:13I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me)

It is never too late to change your habits. Get some exercise, for the body and the mind. Read books, especially the Bible. You’d be surprised at some of the stories and information in there. Eat healthy foods, and stay away from all the substances that can hurt your body, change your thinking and eventually change your actions. (Proverbs 23:21 For the drunkard and the glutton will come to poverty, and slumber will clothe them with rags. )

Reach out and grab the peace that is available in nature. Take hikes, walks, drives in the country. Look at the trees, the sky, listen to the birds, watch the insects going about their daily life and drink in the fresh air that isn’t polluted with the exhaust of cars and the waste from factories. Actually look at the beauty in this world that God created, not the man made buildings, technologies and habitats that block out the natural things of this world.

Spend time with your loved ones. Make memories that can be shared for a life time. Don’t become the crotchety old grandparents that can’t stand the noise that children make. Don’t become the parents that don’t have time to do things with their children or with their elderly parents. Life has so much to offer if you make the decision to make the right choices.

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The Best is Yet to Come

older woman prayingI borrowed this from Facebook awhile back. A Christian site had shared it and after I read it, I though this is what it’s all about. It’s not about what we accumulate in wealth while we are on this earth, it’s not about our social status or our reputation. It’s about what our reward will be when we have lived in faith, done what we could to lead others to Jesus, and the example we set for others as good Christians,

There was a woman who had been diagnosed with a terminal illness and had been given three months to live. So as she was getting her things “in order”, she contacted her pastor and asked him to come to her house to discuss certain aspects of her final wishes. She told him which songs she wanted sung at the service, what scriptures she wanted read, and what outfit she wanted to be buried in.

The woman requested that she be buried with her favorite Bible. Everything was in order and the pastor was preparing to leave, when the woman suddenly remembered something very important to her. “There’s one more thing” she said excitedly. “What’s that” came the pastor’s reply. “ This is very important” the woman continued. “ I want to be buried with my fork in my right hand.” The pastor stood looking at the woman, not knowing quite what to say. “That surprises you , doesn’t it?” the woman asked. “Well to be honest, I’m puzzled at the request” said the pastor.

The woman explained, “in all my years of attending Church Socials and potluck dinners, I always remembered when the dishes for the main courses were being cleared, someone would inevitably lean over and say” keep your fork”.
It was my favorite part because I knew that something better was coming, like velvety chocolate cake or deep dish apple pie. Something wonderful and with substance. I just want people to see me there in that casket with a fork in my hand and I want them to wonder ‘What’s with the fork’ then I want you to tell them “Keep your fork…the best is yet to come”

The pastor’s eyes welled up with tears of joy as he hugged the woman goodbye. He knew this was would be one of the last times he would see her before her death. But he also knew this woman had a better grasp of heaven than he did. She KNEW that something better was coming.

At the funeral people were walking by the woman’s casket and they saw the pretty dress she was wearing, and her bible, and her fork placed in the right hand. Over and over again, the pastor heard the questions “what’s with the fork” and over and over again he smiled.

During his message, the pastor told the people about the conversation he had shortly with the woman before she died. He also told them about the fork and about what it symbolized to her. The pastor told the people about how he couldn’t stop thinking about the fork and told them they probably wouldn’t be able to stop thinking about it either. He was right.

So when you reach down for your fork, let it remind you, oh so gently, that the best is yet to come.

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The Little Things

lakeWe live in a very fast paced world. Our technological advances have gone through the roof over the last decade alone. Computers, i Pads, iPods, cell phones, tablets, microwaves, computer controlled cars, trucks, planes, and drones just name a few. Cablenetworks with hundreds of channels and the capability to record any program for later viewing, smart phones that show you the face of who is calling, internet that allows you to search multiple sites at one time, moving from place to another in seconds are just a few others.

We stay busy from the time we wake up until we lay our heads back on our pillows for the night. Jobs, school, children, sports, shopping, cleaning, social events, doctor appointments, and with some church functions seem to keep our every minute filled with something to do.

We live in concrete jungles where sometimes you never see anything green or flowering, unless you live in a rural area. Building upon building stand in lines along the streets that are paved and lined with cars, some of them are towering high above the sidewalk as if reaching for the sky.

Streets are lined with stores, shops, schools, gyms, bars and restaurants, and this is the normal view for a vast majority of the world’s population. People walk out of their apartments, get in their cars, a taxi, and hop on a bus or subway to get to their appointments, jobs or extracurricular activities, and it all starts over again the very next day.robin

So how do you find those little peaceful moments, where everything is quiet and the world seems to disappear? How do you find the little things that matter the most? Maybe it’s taking a walk in the park, a drive in the country, or just a quiet spot by the water. It’s then that we notice the little things that can bring God back into the focus for us. It’s then that we stop and wonder about all that he has created, all that he is. It’s times like these that we remember just how great and wonderful he is.

It might be the robin that lands on your front step or the beautiful blue butterfly that all of sudden decides to land on your hand. Maybe it’s the soft breeze, blowing on your face when you take your lunch by a small pond in the park, or a lake or ocean nearby. It could be the crickets you hear on an evening walk, or the stars that start blinking once the sun has sunk beneath horizon.

blue butterlyMaybe it’s that pat on the back from a co-working or boss, saying “job well done”. Maybe it’s that prayer answered that was constantly on your mind. A giggling baby, a hand shake, a hug, “I love you” spontaneously said without forethought or effort, and that phone call from someone special that you have been waiting for are all of the little things that can make life so much more worth the effort and time.

It’s the little things in life that often seem to be the most important, and we need to take time to acknowledge them, embrace them, enjoy them and thank God for them.starry skies

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Pray Without Ceasing

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I fully believe in the power of prayer. The more prayers said for a certain need, the more attention the Lord pays to that need. There are many times I have asked for prayer, not just for myself but so many others and so many circumstances. I have had prayers answered before I was even done praying.

Sometimes the answers are not what we really want, but they are always what the Lord determines are best. For example, my late husband Ken suffered from a severe cardio myopathy and diabetes mellitus, probably one of the worst types you can have. By the time both were discovered they were very advanced. He was given 6 months to a year to live. By the grace of God he actually lived five more years and continued to touch the hearts of many during that time.

I always believed that someday God would do a miraculous healing of his body and he could go on preaching the word, which he so loved to do. No matter how sick he felt he was at every Church service and even worked in the Church during the week in the food pantry and other positions where he felt close to God and could share Gods word.

The night before he passed away, as I talked to the doctor on the phone, I prayed that God would either heal him or take him home. I didn’t know how much more he could take. God took him home the next morning, not the answer I preferred. It was a non-Christian who finally pointed out to me that my prayer had been answered two fold, he took him home and he healed him because he gave him a new body.

I read prayer requests off and on all day on Facebook, and it is assumed that if you like the status, you are agreeing in prayer. Somehow or another, just liking the status, to me, doesn’t seem to be enough so I always leave a comment that I am praying, and then immediately I pray.

Several times I have put up prayer requests and am sometimes amazed at the responses I get from my Face Book family and friends. The prayers are usually answered in a short amount of time. Recently I made a prayer request that involved adults and children in three different states. The main concern was the safety of the children and the second concern was the path that the adults were following.

Praise God that some of these prayers have been answered. The children are in safe havens now, and one of the adults has been put in a place where they can get the help, encouragement and love that they so badly need. I am still lifting the other adults up in prayer and I know that those prayers will be answered, hopefully soon.

I often think of how many times David prayed to the Lord and understand now why he never stopped. No matter what is going on in your life, good or bad, pray without ceasing. Pray with thankfulness for all he has done for you, pray for what you need, not want, and pray for those that you know not only need help in many ways, but also need to know the lord.

Ephesians 6:18 – Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;

Matthew 21:22 – And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.

1 Thessalonians 5:17 – Pray without ceasing


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