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Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Life

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In every life a little rain must fall
like tears of joy  how does one embrace
the tears of sorrow
life on this earth is not eternal
yet, we strive to prolong it
hold on to it
sometimes forgetting to
cherish it
life
love
laughter
and absence...

The absence of so many who have gone on
year after year
another rose blooms
ushering in a fragrance
beauty
memory
of how precious life
and 
loss
can be
like us
roses bloom and then
wither away
leaving only the memories of
a love
to precious to forget
and the hopes of an
eternal life
to come
In memory of Johnny Murphy...


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Thursday, September 9, 2010

Testimony







Something and someone I'm striving to be.

  God's living testimony. 
I don't want to take for granted the time He's given me. 
I no everyday is a blessing, and the realization of that is only heighten,
 when one only has the memories of love ones who've passed on.
The memories remind us of our capacity to love
and be loved.
 Every day is a gift from the father
let us make good use of the gifts and precious time He's give 


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Monday, September 6, 2010

What To Do

Have you ever had those moments when all is going well and all seems right with the world (a cliche I've heard many times)?  You know those moments when you really feel your on top of the world, you get it, or at least you think you do.  Those moments when you acknowledge the change God has made in you and for some reason you feel like everything you touch could literally turn to gold?  Those rare occasions when things are really good, the storm appears to be over, and that inner stir in your spirit that use to be a whirlwind is at peace.  


So tell me, what's next?


Do you thank God for the moments out of the storm and wait for his guidance? 
Or do you take staff in hand and see what giant YOU alone can defeat?  
Think about your response very carefully because in it lies your next blessing or trial.



 2But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.
 3And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper. 
psalm1:2-3



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Tuesday, August 31, 2010

In Memory of Lepatrick Knighton

It's been a little over a year since my uncle passed away.   I miss him dearly.  I miss his laugh and the expressed joy that grace his face every time he was in the midst of family.  To him there was nothing better and being around him made you feel as if there was nothing greater.  Every holiday is a constant reminder of him as we could always expect him to be the first one to call and check on the family.  
It funny the things you remember and appreciate after a love one has gone on. Without realizing it he set a standard that for him appeared effortless, but because of him family has become the unit we strive to keep together.

We miss you uncle RIP....

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

No More Fear

2 Surely God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid. The LORD, the  LORD, is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation."
 3 With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation.
Isaiah 12:2-3


If you're worrying your not trusting, and if your trusting, I guess there's nothing to worry about.
 I wonder how many of us can honestly say we've mastered this concept?  How often do we refuse to allow the problems in our lives to take residence and look to the the problem solver?  When troubles arises do we honestly take into account we have the Father, son and holy spirit living within us or, as soon as something troubling shows it ugly face do we allow fear and worry a place in our soul?  I can honestly say I've been a victim to that.  I find that inkling of fear that always wants to visit in times of trouble to be a constant reminder of the busyness of the devil but most importantly the goodness of God. The devil is good at his job.  He strives on trying to make us worry and fear.  How many times have you been in a situation and thought there was no way out? How many times have you tried to change a situation and felt defeated because with all your best efforts before you you weren't able to solve or even change the problem?   If your anything like me I'm sure your answer would be quite often.  It's not purposely but, the one thing I've learned about myself is as soon as trouble arises that inkling of worry or what some call dis pare began to sets in the pit of my stomach.

Thanks be to God it doesn't rest there for long anymore.  He's opened my eyes to all the wonderful thing he's already done in my life and how miraculous he's captured every fear and changed situations I'd thought were impossible to change.  In those time when I couldn't see a way out He provided one.  When I had no idea of where to turn He directed me.  When I was down to my last He reversed the situation and when I thought things were hopeless he gave me the strength and view of hopeful .

Many, O LORD my God, 
are the wonders you have done
The things you planned for us no one can recount to you; 

were I to speak and tell of them, 
they would be too many to declare. psalm 40:5



 How awesome is our father. He has the ability to take us to heights unimaginable and levels unreachable but, what I truly find amazing is the gift of knowing he's not finished yet.    Our worries and troubles are like a walk in the sand for him. Our problems and fears are most challenging for us and the least challenging for God.  The greatest problem is not the obstacle we see as a fearful or troubling situation for God as it is our willingness to let the obstacle appear to be bigger than or too challenging  for God.


Proverbs 3:5-6
5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own
understanding;
 6 in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight. 


Thursday, July 22, 2010

Memories

I was changing my blog around today.  I figured that would be less stressful than the some of the work I could have been doing.  I visited a site I hadn't been on in a long time and came across some family and friend photo's I hadn't seen in a while. I decided to add these photo's to my blog an as I previewed the slide show a couple of them really struck me as I realized two family members from the slide show have passed away.  A lot of the pictures are from 2008 which was the year we'd traveled to GA for our family reunion and my mom, and aunts class reunion 'Ram Round-up' they call it.  We'd had so much fun looking at there year book pictures and and listening to the stories they'd told about all the fun they'd had growing up and of course how things had changed.  I'm so thankful I was able to capture a little of bit of that in my photo's as I look at the smiles on uncle Le Patrick and aunt Van's face I'm grateful to God for the good times he allowed us to share.  Though it saddens me because I miss them, I take comfort in knowing there in a better place.

I am truly thankful for the  memories.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Tune-Up

Let's face it, life is hard, and the older I get the more challenging I find it to be.
Lately I've found myself sitting and pondering over the choices I've made, which, at times leave me feeling empty, sad, and questioning my present choices.

When I think of my many hopes and dreams that just didn't turn out as I thought they would it leaves me questioning how I could have been so far off.

Yet, when I think of where God has brought me from and I'm truly amazed.


Though I did not grow up in a Christian home I realize there were a lot of things my parents told me I should have listen to. The bible says to train a child in the way he/she should go... My mom use too say,
'A hard head makes a soft behind.' I believe, 'A hard head makes a weak mind.'

Weak when we know the truth but refuse to listen and or obey it. Weak when we choose to be follower of every fad or fashionable earthly thing with the goal of being seen and/or envied by others. Weak when we believe alcohol,drugs or even food will wash our cares away, and weak when we know we're doing the wrong thing and proceed anyway.

It's taken me a long time to realize what my priorities are. When the goal is about pleasing the father instead of  giving into the worlds weaknesses, I know that being that stronger and better individual can only flourish when I've take the time to sit,listen, and be in his presence.

When I take the time to fill my spirit with His words instead of the distracting words of the world I'm reminded that my past is something I can't change yet, it's because of that past I can truly thankful for where He's brought me from. Because of him my today and even my tomorrow can be so much brighter.

Isn't it good to know we have a father who cares and knows us?
What or who would we be without that revelation?


Psalm 9:10-11 (King James Version)

10And they that know thy name will put their trust in thee: for thou, LORD, hast not forsaken them that seek thee.

11Sing praises to the LORD, which dwelleth in Zion: declare among the people his doings.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Thought For Today (72010)



I really enjoyed the blogs on this page. Thought I'd share. God Bless

http://predestinedgoodness.blogspot.com

Monday, July 12, 2010

In His Arms Blog

Hello everyone. I guess I've been missing in action for quite a while but don't give up on me. Just wanted to let you know about my blog devoted to prayer as the livenlife-today has vanished on me. Please visit 'In His Arms'
http://liven-life2.blogspot.com

We have much to be thankful for and pray about. I hope you will join me.

Friday, June 4, 2010

TGIF

The sun is shining, birds are chirping and the smell of flowers and freshly cut grass seem to take over my senses. As I sit here alone in silence suddenly recognizing ... It's quiet...peaceful and pleasurable... I am surrounded by the splendor of Gods talents. The rest in Him. Nothing seems to be stirring or troubled. Nothing out of place or out of the ordinary, just tranquility, silence and shear thankfulness for the opportunity to truly say 'Thank God It's Friday'

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

People say if you’re not alert, if you’re not present in the moment, or thankful for the big, as well as the small. The encounters that are humdrum, as well as the things that take your breath away. Life… .As we know it will pass you by.

When some one close to you dies, the realization of that statement hits you harder than one can imagine. How often have you heard someone say. I should have done or said one thing or another in reference to someone who is now gone.
I should have…
I should have spent more time.
I should have told him I love Him
I should have listen
I should have talked moreI should have …I should have…I should have…
And how often have you heard it said time stands still for no one…
Or present those flowers while the person is alive.

These simple things we often take for granted believing in a tomorrow that may never come.
It saddens me as I reflect on the many love ones I lost. I’m starting to learn that if we truly live as God has intended being those vessels and givers of love we can limit the I should have in our lives. If we take the time to give of our self with love as our key focus the regret of knowing what we should have done will be minimal.

God Bless…