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Time to write about a certain “faction” (for lack of a better term) within the US–only a shadowy glimpse. A certain lawyer turned preacher has passed away or that is what I understand. From my perspective, he was very bigoted and hateful which seems to be the most ironic thing coming from someone who professed to be Christian. I am trying not to find fault but it is very difficult.

 

There are people who have steered away from any religion—all faiths—because of the words from this man–so much pain he and his followers have inflicted—so many bad seeds they have planted. I was shocked to see how proud they were of themselves for doing such–pride in telling people that God hates us. If this man was trying to bring “justice” to the world, he succeeded in ways I don’t believe he meant to. But if he was trying to further Christianity or his beliefs, I believe he failed. Rather ironic in several ways.

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My heart hurts not just for what he did but more of what he could have done—good things—but he abused his leadership—his power. I want to scream! I must grab myself before I let the hate consume me. Hate grows and it feeds—it consumes everything in its path. We can control it but we choose to feed the beast—well, often times we do.

 

I think he narrowed my focus and helped me to see that we cannot judge others—really judge. We have—HAVE—to extend a hand and not shout from the sidewalks. We can’t think of ourselves as perfect and believe we are the only right things in life. We should be willing to stand with a brother or sister, ALL of them and not say no because we believe they are “unclean.”

 

We can choose to help others or we can choose to hinder. I have this belief that if we begin to show kindness all of the time then the hate has less food to eat and will wither from starvation.

 

How would you want to be treated? Whatever your faith or religion, or absence of, no one deserves to be treated with lack of respect. We need to quit being hateful…even to those who spread hate. 🙂 Hugs…

 

Blessings… 😀

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Do we do things because we are expected to or do we do things because someone needs us and we want to help? Do we love because we are told or because our hearts love one another? Do we perform acts of kindness because we desire glory or do we try to do things behind the scenes so that others do not know?

We should give freely to all who need never looking to see if we are receiving the same amount or accounting for another’s actions. If we could just love and give of ourselves without restrictions… ❤

Love and be loved. Don’t judge. Here is my hand–take it. 🙂

Happy Gardening! 😀

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Dear Most Gracious God, Heavenly Father, and Blessed Savior, I come to You with heavy heart. Your mercy is abundant and more than I will ever fully understand. I seek not understanding but peace. I seek not retribution but love. I seek not vindication but hope for a better world and brighter tomorrow. I cannot put a face on evil because it lingers everywhere and not just in the hearts of a few lost souls. I cannot ask why because I know why. You do not promise a perfect world here and now. Bad things happen to good people and it will continue until You return. You do not wish bad things on us but when they happen we need to pull closer to You and not separate ourselves from You. You are our Joy, our Longing, our Love. You sustain us when all else is dark. You give us hope when the Light seems to be hidden. Help us to reach out to each other not separating ourselves from one another, not judging, and not seeking justice. We are fallen—each one of us. We cannot judge one another and we are no better than the other for we all bear sin. Help us to seek forgiveness for our sins, our misgivings, our spiritual lacking, and for rushing to judgment. Purify our hearts, cleanse our minds, and immerse our souls in the peace that only You can give. Let us not rise above one another but seek to be equal and shoulder responsibility for all mankind. May Your Love bind us to one another and help us to live within Your shadow. I pray this in Your Holy Name,

Amen.

 

This prayer was written in light of the tragedy of 14 DEC 2012 and the aftermath. It was to appear in My Letter to God (morningletters.wordpress.com) but will appear across all 4 of my wordpress blogs today… I have seen injustice not only in the deaths of precious children but by adults lashing out from all angles including nasty media coverage. Love is what God is about. Please embrace this as it is meant. We all fall short of God’s glory but through HIM we are made whole—each one of us. May your day be blessed and may we all thank God each and every day for our many blessings!

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Today is my baby’s birthday. I am so ecstatic that she is now 21, a true adult by all of today’s standards. She is a bit timid and shy to an extent but so smart—extreme wisdom. I am a bit sad but this is her day, and I am so proud. If you read my blog much, you will see that I am so proud of my children. Some parents never get the chance to feel this moment, but they are heroines in my eyes. I know things aren’t going perfectly for them, but it is how they are dealing with the troubles that makes me proud. I could not have raised 2 more loving children. I give thanks for them each day.

 

Today, I am reminded of Hannah in the Bible who was without child and wanted a son so badly. I can identify with that. I couldn’t have children for a long time, but back in Hannah’s time, if a woman could not bear children she was almost worthless, maybe even worse than worthless. She became another mouth to feed and that’s not good.

 

Eli, the priest observed Hannah praying to the Lord asking to be blessed with a son. The passage of scripture says that Eli observed her praying in her heart, her lips moving, but the prayer was not heard. He accused her of drinking but Hannah explained her situation. Eli blessed her and the passage says that her face was no longer downcast.

 

Here is the prayer Hannah prayed:

Lord Almighty, if you will only look on your servant’s misery and remember me, and not forget your servant but give her a son, then I will give him to the Lord for all the days of his life, and no razor will ever be used on his head.  1 Samuel 1:11 (NIV)

 

There is so much to this story, how she was looked down on by her husband’s other wife and how Hannah was favored by her husband. God heard her prayer and answered it accordingly. We don’t know why she was not able to bear children but her prayer tells of the selfless love she had. She was willing to give the child to God and did so. This is how Samuel came into the world. Imagine if this hadn’t taken place.

 

God has a plan. Sometimes we must go through the worst of times in order to enjoy the true jewels of life. My baby is a true jewel. I love her with all of my heart! Happy Birthday!!!! May you find true happiness in everything you do. I love you!

 

For everyone else… Happy Gardening in all of your many ventures! May you find peace and happiness always! 😀

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If you would like to help me pray for someone please see my “Feed My Sheep” blog (link). There is a personal appeal for prayers. I felt compelled to ask for these prayers. Faith and prayer are two of the biggest parts of my life. I can’t have one without the other. Thank you!

Happy Gardening and may you be blessed always! 😀

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I have to share this with you…

 

All of the times I have asked my husband over the past many months what he wanted I wasn’t asking if he had chosen me. I was asking if he had accepted me. There is a difference.

 

I was my husband’s gift from God—he was mine. It isn’t a choice. You don’t choose—you accept. You accept just like accepting grace from God. God sent His Son to die for the mistakes WE all make—He gives us grace—we cannot earn it and we sure don’t deserve it. We cannot do anything but try to live the best we can because of it. Grace is sufficient. We cannot add to it nor take away from it. We either accept it or turn our back on it. It isn’t a choice—it is a lifestyle. Love is a lifestyle. Love is grace.

 

May you have a most blessed Sunday! Happy Gardening! 😀

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Reblogged from Feed My Sheep…

 
Even after the “feeling” of love has melted away many years down the road in marriage, LOVE never fails because it is what we want it to be–what we make it. Love between a husband and wife is the physical embrace of God’s arms. When the two grow old or cannot do for whatever reason, what is left between the two? Love is there to carry them through. At times one or the other must carry the spouse but it should be done without complaint and reservation. As long as a couple has been true to each other, love will carry them through to the very end. And, if they aren’t true to each other then they pick up the pieces and put them back together–not throw the other away.

 

God speaks to us very clearly but are we listening? 

 

Life is precious. Love is even more so. And, love is the fuel that is supposed to take us not just to the end of this world but into the next. Our whole lives we are supposed to be giving of love–not taking–ensuring that the other is emotionally and spiritually taken care of no matter what. Only we know what is in our hearts…and God.

 

We must each walk with God to have peace. God cannot live outside of our hearts, he must live inside and own it completely.

 

If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but do not have love, I have become a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy, and know all mysteries and all knowledge; and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. And if I give all my possessions to feed the poor, and if I surrender my body to be burned, but do not have love, it profits me nothing.

Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrongsuffered, does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

Love never fails; but if there are gifts of prophecy, they will be done away; if there are tongues, they will cease; if there is knowledge, it will be done away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part; 10 but when the perfect comes, the partial will be done away. 11 When I was a child, I used to speak like a child, think like a child, reason like a child; when I became a man, I did away with childish things. 12 For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face; now I know in part, but then I will know fully just as I also have been fully known. 13 But now faith, hope, love, abide these three; but the greatest of these is love. — 1 Corinthians 13 (New American Standard)

 

Note:  I believe this was my dad’s favorite passage in the Bible. I can still hear him recite this and the last time I heard it in person was over 30 years ago. I carry this memory with me in my heart especially verse 7.

 

 May your day be richly blessed today and the next! :D

 

Happy Gardening! 😀

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It was a working weekend and I overdid. The person who used to share my life (and our my bed) came to help my daughter clean the yard Saturday morning. Shocking, right? She asked him one more time to come to help but thought he would not come. I had places to be (tatting class for one) but opted to stay home to make sure things went ok—right choice. The neighbor lady came and helped us on Sunday and I paid her yard man to haul the yard waste away Tuesday—YEA!!!!! The front yard does not look like a jungle anymore but the back…well, I’ll get back to you on that. The individual who came Saturday cut that big limb and cut the weeds in the backyard. It is the most work this man has done in years–real work–really. We pruned the bushes in the front so bare that there are only about 20 leaves per bush now.

 

I passed out Friday morning…the increase in depression medicine is not going well. I was washing my hands in the kitchen sink then reached back for a towel and back I went—straight back—wham on the floor. Not a great feeling. Last night, I fell on my way back to bed. Two pills made me extremely moody, agitated, and I was having muscle tremors and the headaches were worse. I was supposed to increase to 3 pills this week, but I have decided to go back to one pill to help me sleep like it was originally prescribed and possibly go off this medicine. I can see why they say to watch for suicidal tendencies. I have never been able to take any type of depression medicine–too many side effects and other meds interfere with them.

 

  • Things are coming together—finally—at least in the virtual world. There are links to my other two blogs but the one with the book is not quite ready—so close that I have butterflies—notice the photos to the right.
  • I have added a page for my bucket list and will keep it updated–possibly better than my memory quilts and other projects.
  • Some of the plants are ready to be set out for our fall garden but I need to get azaleas and whatever else.
  • And, I have decided on a cell phone–I delayed it to this week when the foot traffic is a little less than it was last week due to the I-phone 5. No, I do not want an I-phone… 😀 Today should be the day. I’m excited!!!!

 

Have a great day (and rest of the week) and may you have a wonderful harvest from all your gardens! Happy Gardening! 😀

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As stated in yesterday’s post, the Feed My Sheep series has morphed into its own blog. This post begins here and is linked to its new home.

 

STEPPING OUT ON FAITH

  • Scripture from Matthew 14 (NIV)

Faith is a sometimes risky subject to discuss. It is difficult to explain to someone who has not experienced faith. Think about it. If you have faith (true Christian faith), how do you tell someone who doesn’t? It is not something we can just explain, or read about, or something that can be mimicked. And, it is more than a state of mind—it is a state of being. One has to experience it to really understand. That is the wonder of it all.

 

Peter’s actions should speak so loud to us. He was like a child who wanted to do the right thing but found himself in his usual routine of life. Jesus sent the disciples on across the sea. Later, as He walked out to them on the water, the disciples cried out in fear. And, Jesus said…

  • 27 “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.”

 

SEE:  Feed My Sheep at breadandmanna.wordpress.com (link) for the rest of the story…

Happy Gardening! 🙂

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I hate dislike change. I really do. I like to get into a routine and stay that way, but life is not like that. My blog, which has been a mirror of my life lately (to some extent), is changing. I am not sure if it is a good thing but I hope it is.

 

Number one change:  The series I began in July entitled, Feed My Sheep (link), has turned into a blog all by itself. This way, it has its own space with room to grow, and I can make posts as often as I like. It is called Feed My Sheep at breadandmanna.wordpress.com (link). If you are interested, check it out. It will focus on the spiritual aspects of life, life’s little wisdoms, scripture, etc., and of course, my perspective on things 😀 . It is just beginning. I am not sure where this will lead but there is a big denominator in my life right now and it is called TRUST. Trust in God and step out on faith…remember Peter stepping out of the boat…(link)

 

What does this mean for the Garden2day blog? With any luck, I will go back to sharing more sewing and crafty things. Posts about my medical issues will continue because I think it is important to share that information in the event someone is interested in this “thing” I live with. And, there will be plenty of other info including things about Simon, my girls, the farm, and other such topics–more pre-January 2012.

 

I feel that this is an important move for me to make at this time. Things are changing. My blogs will change with them. What does this mean in my personal life? Well, I am not ready to share that yet basically because the end of the story has not been written. In reality, we are always changing. What is important is what we do with those changes.

 

Happy Gardening in all of life’s adventures! 🙂

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