God Is Superior Over All

Earth Has No Sorrow That Heaven Can't Heal
“And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.” Revelation 21:4

Some weeks are harder than others. So, this week, I have been praying for strength, compassion, tolerance, and a word of enlightenment from the Holy Spirit to instruct me on how to bring comfort, peace and hope to all those who come my way, looking for some relief from life’s miserable dilemmas.  And it happened that during my quiet time, I distinctively heard a still small voice whisper, “Earth has no sorrow that heaven cannot heal”.

What brought all of this on…it’s a sign of the times…

Now that the worldwide Covid-19 virus has morphed into a Delta variant, more and more people are becoming depressed and disillusioned.  Hardly a day goes by that someone in my sphere of influence does not approach me with a gloom and doomed report of a dear friend, family member, neighbor, loved one, a friend of a friend, or simply a news health statistic reminding us all that someone has died from Covid.  And now it is affecting our children. Since this unsolicited bit of information is dumped on me so often, I came to realize that if I am not careful, I will allow such conversations to infiltrate my spirit and cause me to become depressed, too.

(I had a scary thought…the enemy began taunting me by repeating…it’s your fault…it’s your fault! You had no business praying for your Maker to make you an instrument of his peace!)

That was the exact moment I knew it was time for me to have a little conversation with God using Scripture. Here is some of the reinforcement the Lord gave me.

Davis Sisters – He’ll Understand And Say Well Done – YouTube

After listening to that encouraging song, I recommitted myself and vowed to the Lord that I would continue researching the scriptures in order to fortify myself with the teachings of my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, so that I might persevere in becoming a beacon light to all those who find themselves on the verge of giving up on life and the cares of this world.

At-a-girl, I heard the angles shout!  We knew all along that you were God’s salt-flavored seasoning to infuse the people on earth who were beginning to lose their saltiness.  You were meant to be a light in situations where darkness is creeping in.  You have been sat on a lamp stand in order to shine brightly.  You were meant to encourage other people to put their trust in Jesus and to remind them that there is no sorrow on earth that heaven cannot heal.  For by carrying this banner on your shoulders, you will find honor in the kingdom where the Lord has gone to prepare a place for you. For our God is superior over all!!

My prayer for you…

Dear Heavenly Father, your children sincerely thank you for calling them to become a beacon light in a dark and unbelieving world. Help them to love and assist all those who love You and desire to learn how to trust and depend wholly upon You and Your teachings. Instruct Your workers on how to pray more specifically for what they desire to accomplish through the aide of the Holy Spirit for their fellowman. If necessary, remind them that some things come only through prayer AND fasting. Teach them not to be afraid to rebuke the enemy and all other situations that are not according to Your will and Your ways. And when it is all said and done, my Lord, we will not forget to give You all the praise, all the honor, and all the glory until our traveling days are done. In Jesus’ Name we ask it all. Amen and Amen.

Scripture Lesson: “The Sovereign Lord has given me an instructed tongue, to know the word that sustains the weary. He wakens me morning by morning, wakens my ear to listen like one being taught. The Sovereign Lord has opened my ears, and I have not been rebellious; I have not drawn back.Isaiah 50:4-5

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God Is Good…All The Time!

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Bless me Oh Lord, for I have barked up the wrong tree. Woof!

Yes, even Snoopy receives blessings from the Lord sometimes. This week, I thought I would blog about a little humor in print. Why? Because that is how the Lord has dealt with me all week. God is not only GOOD…he has a sense of humor, too.

For the past few days, I have found myself day dreaming or just plain wondering about the most mundane things in my life. In between washing dishes, dusting, making up my bed and sweeping, I would pause…lean on the broom handle I was holding and ask God a simple question; Lord, where did I put that book of stamps I bought on Monday from the Post Office? He didn’t answer me right then.

Much later, after I had finished tidying up my apartment, I decided to wash a load of clothes. I went into the laundry room, moved the laundry basket closer to the washer and started to sort the clothes into the machine. All of a sudden, a silent voice in my head whispered, the stamps are in there. What? Who said that? The stamps are in where? What stamps?

Suddenly it hit me…I was holding a pair of slacks…just about ready to toss them in the washer…when I found myself digging down into each pocket. Sure enough…there in one of the pockets, was the newly purchased book of stamps! I looked up and shouted…found them. Thank you, Lord!

Yesterday, I was thinking to myself, Lord, it is time for me to start thinking about what I will write about in my blog for this week. My posts are getting good reviews each day, but I was wondering why my readers do not add their comments. Again…suddenly…I heard a still small voice that whispered the name of a good friend of mine. About an hour or two later, I said to myself…Let me call Dorothy and see how she is doing. Honestly, I did not connect my actions at that time to the earlier thought I had experienced.

As my friend and I engaged in small conversation, the subject of my blog came up and Dorothy asked me how she could add a comment to my blog if she so desired. She also did not know she could ‘follow’ me and automatically receive an email notice each time I posted a blog. WOW! I was shocked. Just then, it dawned on me that perhaps some of my other friends were not computer savvy either, and perhaps needed to be informed on how to leave comments or to automatically receive my blogs each week.

THEN I REMEMBERED JUST WHO HAD OPENED MY EYES AND WHO HAD HEARD MY INQUIRIES.

The moral of this story is…Take your burdens…both big and small…to the Lord and leave them there!

Scripture Lesson: “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7

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God Speaks While We Muse…Our Thoughts Matter!

Speak, Lord. Thou servant is listening.

What an odd thought, I said to myself.  Where did that come from? I know what ‘muse’ means, Lord.  What is it You want to converse with me about this evening?

Don’t you know, my child, that I can read your thoughts, was His reply.  I can also feel your pain and sadness.  Yes, I see what is going on down there on earth with an all-seeing eye.  And, yes, it’s very sad and alarming to the masses.

Dear readers, before I begin to write my blog for this week, please allow me to define for you the meaning of the word ‘muse’.  The dictionary defines this word as; to turn something over and over in the mind meditatively and often inconclusively.  To wonder or marvel over a situation.

For months, now, I have been praying about the devastating wake of Covid-19.  And now, because of the unlawful assault on the Capitol Building in the USA seat of government, Washington, DC., I have piled on a new situation of burden bearing in my heart and in my psyche.

As I sat in my office chair, holding my head in my hands, I felt the Holy Spirit’s breath of comfort envelop me.  Hold on, He whispered.  Communicate with a prayer for understanding, for your musings are resounding loud and clear up here in Glory.

So, after a few seconds I began praying…

Dear Heavenly Father, I thank You for just being You.  I praise You for being Omnipotent…all knowing and all caring.  I praise You for sending the Holy Spirit to comfort us and to lead us onto the right path.  In my search for peace, Lord, in the days ahead, may You allow Your relentless and abundant love to envelope me and lift me out of this deep despair.  

As the coronavirus mutates, and people become more cruel and more careless and more opinionated, may You become just that much more loving and discerning towards your people. Teach me and my fellowman, Oh Lord, to become more dependent on You, and open up our understanding of Your ways, so that our faith may increase as despair creeps in. 

Bless me, Lord Jesus, so that my mouth and heart speak with precision; so that I might pray with power and conviction.   And above all, to stand with courage and in hope.  For I know, now, that my meager life and thoughts do matter to You and that You hear and answer my prayers.   I pray this prayer in the precious Name of Jesus…Amen and Amen.

Scripture Lesson:  “When she speaks, her words are wise, and she gives instructions with kindness.”  Proverbs 31:26  

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God’s Gift…Today, Friday, January 1, 2021, Your New Beginning!

NEW BEGINNINGS FOR 2021

STOP! In the name of love…

Why are you praying that the new year will usher in a new order of business in the world?  Why are you filling up your calendar with new appointments that you hope will bring you different results than those appointments you engaged in during all those months in 2020?  Why are you making new resolutions when more than half of the ones you made in 2020 are still not accomplished?

BAH!!  HUMBUG!!  BOLDER DASH!!

Now, let’s get real.  Since your initial conversation/prayer is addressed to God, why not start off with a little praise and honor and thanksgiving.  Why not solicit his plans for your life to come.  Why not just be still for a moment and wait for him to acknowledge and examine your true heart desires.

Now, let’s start again…

Dear Heavenly Father, on bended knee I come to your sacred throne of grace, sincerely inquiring if You will open the windows of heaven and give me a glimpse of any new beginnings you have assigned to this mere mortal for the coming new year that history will record as 2021.  

I am approaching Your throne of grace at this time so I can begin to examine my faith walk and repent of any and all disappointing thoughts and misdeeds that I might have committed against You.  

For I truly want to faithfully and earnestly be a good steward over any and all assignments that You make me charge over.  I also want You to know that I cherish all of the tasks and obligations that came my way in the past, and hope with all my heart that I was found trustworthy and true.  

Just knowing that in all things accomplished, whether with or without divine understanding, You and You alone was pleased with my efforts would bring comfort to my soul.  For I realize that You were with me then and that You will be with me in the year to come and that You will not fail me.  

So, without any doubt or hesitation, I sing for joy and declare that I fully trust You with all of my tomorrows. 

Amen and Amen!
To My Beloved, from God!

SCRIPTURE LESSON: “You go before me and follow me. You place your hand of blessing on my head. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too great for me to understand! Psalm 139:5-6

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God Is A Lifter Of My Head

Snowstorm in Northeast New England States in USA.

This morning I spared with God.  It happened just after I had finished my telephone devotional time with about 25 other believers from 6-7:00 a.m.  As I lay in bed at the conclusion of prayer time, I turned on my TV to listen to the early morning news.  The first report given was a weather update on the first big snowstorm descending on the upper northeastern states.  I heard the weather announcer say something like this: “Reports are coming in that due to the heavy snowstorm and the automobile pile ups on the highways, the delivery of the Covid-19 vaccine might be delayed.”

WHAT? I exclaimed as I sat up in bed.  No, my Lord, no!  How could You do this?  You just unshackled the government, endowed scientific and medical minds to perfect the vaccine, empowered the regulator committees to approve the vaccine, and harnessed the transportation systems to deliver the vaccine to the first defenders, nursing homes and critical masses.  Now look what You have gone and done! Manufactured more delays. What’ssss Up!

By this time, I was under the covers hiding…expecting God to zap me at any moment.  I glanced to my right and to my left to see if the strong presence I was feeling was to become a live aberration and Jesus Christ Himself would appear with a rod in His hand.  I stayed hidden under the blanket for a while, eyes wide open, nervously unsettled, listening for a squeak in the floorboards, expecting a soft breeze to flutter through my bedroom from the closed windows…and then I regretfully and quietly whispered an apologetic prayer.

“Forgive me Lord, for I have sinned. I changed lanes.  I forgot this was a one-way street.  And You and You alone have the right of way.”

After sliding out from under the covers, I immediately grabbed one of my devotional books and turned, without faltering, to pages 152 and 154 of Susie Larson’s devotional book entitled Blessings For Women (Sub-titled, ‘Words of Grace and Peace for Your Heart’). There I discovered the following 2 verses:

“The Lord gives his people strength.  The Lord blesses them with peace.”  Psalm 29:11 NLTHumble yourselves before the Lord, and He will lift you up in honor.”  James 4:10 NLT

That’s all the Holy Spirit conveyed to me.  That was His complete conversational message. Thus sayeth the Lord…He did not scold me are zap me dead.  He just commended me for returning back into my own lane and allowing God to do His thing.  Once again, I was reminded that God and God alone is in control of this pandemic business, and it ain’t over until He says it’s over. Amen!

Scripture Lesson: “But thou, O Lord, art a shield for me, my glory, and the lifter up of mine head. Psalm 3:3 KJV

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God Stretches People Like Rubber Bands

I’ve got to empty this closet. With it’s rent money, I could donate to a non profit.

At first, I didn’t realize what was happening to me. I did not know that God was in the mix. But when I finally sat down at my computer last night to write my weekly blog, I heard His voice loud and clear. “It’s not about you, my child, it’s about Me!”

Right then and there, our conversation started…

“What’s that you said, My Lord?  Were you talking to me?  Wait.  Wait.  Let me get my head on straight.  I hope I haven’t kept you waiting too long.”

To be honest, I had not prayed like Jabez.  You know that guy in the Bible who prayed for God to enlarge his territory.  But I had been thinking about and agonizing over those families the news commentators were highlighting in stories about the loss of jobs and empty pantries, and homelessness.  I had asked the Lord to search my heart and show me where I could tighten my belt and dig a little deeper to share some of my blessings with those in need.

The first thing the Holy Spirit did right after Thanksgiving was to urge me to start getting ready for Christmas.  I had no idea why.   So, with little thought, I went to my rented storage room and began to pull out storage bins filled with brand new gifts I had received over the years and brand new items I intended to give away but never did.  My eyes got big.  My heart started pounding.  I was surprised at the ‘stash’ I had collected over the years.

How does that taste.

Next, I uncovered bags of brand new Christmas wrapping paper, tissue paper, ribbons and stickers and gift boxes in all sizes.  In the corner of the closet were some never-before-used Christmas tree ornaments and lights.  Good googly-woogly I thought, I can start a Hobby Lobby Store with all this stuff.  “Those are not your thoughts,” I heard a small voice in my head say.  “That was Me,” said the Lord!

It took me several trips to cart all that stuff from the storage unit to down the hall to my apartment.  But with a great big smile, I managed it.  With every step, I was thinking, I know what I am going to do.  Since Covid-19 has all of us seniors pinned down here in our apartments, and nobody is going out to do much shopping, I’ll hold a flea market sale in the lobby and turn ‘trash’ into a ‘treasure’ for someone who can appreciate shopping in safety.

Thank you. You made my day.

In the ensuing days, I heard that my church was also sponsoring a clothing drive for all ages, including furniture and small household items.  They were also collecting on behalf of Mission Arlington.  So I also joined their efforts because Mission  Arlington would be providing a truck to come to the church after the clothing drive to receive everything.

May I suggest, the very next time you handle a rubber band…stretch it…look up…and say…”Lord, do me like you did that blogging lady.”  You too, can make somebody’s day.

Scripture Lesson: “She stretcheth out her hand to the poor; yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy.” Proverbs 30:20 KJV

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God Has A Sweet Tooth…I mean, A Discerning Nose

“All I Want For Christmas Is More And More Of You, Lord”

Legend has it (according to Google) that in 1670 a choirmaster named Mr. Schildhaus, who conducted young singers at the Cologne Cathedral in Germany decided to entice them to remain quiet during the Living Creche ceremony (dialogue only, no singing) by awarding them with a stick of homemade sugar candy. On a whim, and in honor of the occasion, he bent the candies into shepherds’ crooks. To learn how the crooked candy cane gets filled with a peppermint stripe, click the website below, next click the peppermint picture, then watch the 2 minute Youtube video.

https://www.history.com/player/21088928?autoplay=true

THERE IS NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN

Well, I had a short conversation with the Holy Spirit and He revealed to me that human beings are not the only ones who use a cane for correction and sweet morsels to pacify. He reminded me of something God set in order before the beginning of time.

For it is written in Exodus 30:23 (RS Version) the manner in which the Israelites should atone for their sins against God. The statute explains how the Israelites were to take their finest spices and perfumes (including cane) and mix them with olive oil and anoint Aaron and his sons and consecrate them so that they might serve God as his priests. God himself refers back to this particular form of atonement when he reprimands his people Israel when they were unfaithful:

“You have not brought me your sheep for burnt offerings, or honored me with your sacrifices. I have not burdened you with offerings, or wearied you with frankincense. You have not bought the sweet cane with money, or satisfied me with the fat of your sacrifices. But you have burdened me with your sins. You have wearied me with your iniquities.” Isaiah 43:23-24 Revised Standard Version

So, during this Yuletide Season, let us all remember how closely connected our dear Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, is aligned to the Evergreen tree (they nailed Him to a tree); to the newly born (the manner in which He entered the world and the state we must become (as a little child) to receive all of His glorious wonders); the elaborate gifts (we were bought with a price); His journey into Egypt (our life of darkness prior to seeing the light); His journey out of Egypt and baptism into His ministry; our journey out of darkness and baptism by the gift of the Holy Spirit readying us for discipleship; and finally the sweet aroma of the cane preferred by God as an atonement for disobedience; and our penchant for the taste of sweet peppermint to remind us that Jesus is the reason for the season.

ALLOW GOD TO BLESS YOU WITH MORE AND MORE OF HIM

Finally, my friends, my prayer for you today is that you all rediscover Christmas anew. When you dress up in your ugly Christmas sweaters, be reminded to unravel the ugliness that is harbored deep down in your souls. Also, when you wrap those Christmas gifts to send to loved ones, remember to also wrap hope in sunshine and allow your message to penetrate somebody’s dark cloud of despair. And last but not least, when in that shopping check-out line, look backwards into the basket behind you, lift out an item and ask if you can be a blessing today with God’s goodness (even if it means you putting something of yours back on the shelf). Become a candy cane with a sweet aroma and a sweet taste in the mouth of someone to lift the spirits of a total stranger. Amen!

Scripture Lesson: Isaiah 9:6

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(What ?) God Is Leaving You

Finding Solitude and Privately Communing With God

May I ask you 4 questions…no, maybe 5? 

Are you in communication with God on a regular basis?  In your relationship with him, has he promised you certain experiences by his might and all-performing hand?  Has God communicated to you that he will rescue you or a loved one from the jaws of the adversary?  If so, please remember this if all of his promises have not yet been fulfilled:

“I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.  I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go, and I will bring you back to the land.” 
Genesis 28:15

And another thing…

During this virus pandemic that noted scientist have cloned Covid-19, if it has run amuck throughout your family and friends both near and afar, hold on to this promise, too:

“I will not leave you as orphans.  I will come to you.” 
John 14:18

There is more…

Do you find yourself on the receiving end of charity and asking creditors for concessions or lenience during your financial crises?  Are landlords and or financial institutions threatening legal action against you; especially now that you are without employment?  There is no consideration given you even though you have always paid your bills on time.  No compassion given that you have made it a habit to share your lot with the less fortunate all your life!  Well, be reassured that God knows all, and he says:

The wicked lie in wait for the righteous, seeking their very lives; but the Lord will not leave them in their power or let them be condemned when brought to trial.” 
Psalm 37:32

  God sure ‘nuf sees this next plea…

Have you been down on your knees since February 2020, bombarding heaven’s throne; partitioning God to make it plain about lessons his people have failed to realize?  Have you searched the scriptures for comfort and direction and come away wanting?  Have you done everything, including standing in front of your mirror and pointing your extended thumb on your fisted hand backwards?  My comforting words to you are just this; hold on to God’s unchanging hand and remember what he says:

“I am leaving you with a gift of peace of mind and heart.  And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give.  So, don’t be troubled or afraid.” 
John 14:27

Last question…

Do you believe that your life has a goal?  If so, can you identify your goal?  Have you declared “Yes” to your goal?  Especially if your goal is a spiritual one.  Now comes the hard part!  Do you know how to bring your goal to fruition?  Listen prayerfully to the lyrics of the song below: than read the scripture below:

“Let your manner of living be without covetousness, and be content with such things as ye have.  For He hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee”; 
Hebrews 13:5

Scripture Lesson: For strength, please memorize all scriptures given in this blog.

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God Desires For You To Keep Your Covenant Vows

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God’s fingerprint…sealing his covenant promises. What does your signature look like?

About 25 years ago, I was asked by the leadership of my church to prepare an assessment tool that members of various outreach programs could use to see if their volunteer services were truly adding value to the ministries that they had committed to support.

The problem the clergy was having was that most of his flock were bench warmers and members whose life-style-fate would end up being like those animals in the children’s fairy tale entitled “The Little Red Hen”.  If you have forgotten this rich life-lesson, just click the website below to refresh your memory.

So, after prayerfully considering my Pastor’s request, I immediately went to work devising a handbook to be presented at a Saturday Workshop for all church volunteers assigned to various organizations that they had chosen to support.

Needless to say, as I sat at my computer this week and thumbed through my files, searching for a subject to blog about, I came across my finished project compiled more than a quarter of a century ago, entitled “Self-Assessment/Covenant Booklet”, and sub-titled (A Self-Evaluation on How to Keep Your Covenant Vows Before God).

The Holy Scriptures reveals to us that God instituted this ‘covenant’ business shortly after he designed the Garden of Eden, formed man and gave him instructions, and deluged the world with the Flood. And to this day, God has not allowed one word to depart from his promises.

Conversely, many Christians made vows (and made confessions of faith) to God shortly after receiving an invitation extended to them by the Holy Spirit. They joined a house of prayer and also made commitments to receive nurturing, abide by certain doctrines, act in the capacity of disciples, and contribute to the well being of widows and orphans.

HOW’S THAT BEEN WORKING OUT FOR YOU?

Listed below are 6 categories of Church Membership Disciplines that you can measure your participation by. Score each category from 1 to 10 as it pertains to your involvement as a member of the army of the Lord’s. A perfect score would be 60 pints. Anything less than that…well, you decide.



1. Participation in personal growth and development.
2. Participation at church activities/meetings.
3. Participation in Worship Services (or Zoom).
4. Participation with other church members.
5. Participation in the Church’s outreach ministries.
6. Financially support the church ministries/budget.

(Choose one frequency and corresponding point for each topic. Add your score plus any bonus points.)

Regularly = 10 points
Sometimes = 7 points
Seldom = 3 points
Never = 0 points

BONUS POINTS: Ask yourself this question: “What did you do to change
the world today? Or, to lead someone to Christ today?
You decide the number of Bonus Points you want to award yourself.


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God is look for your honest answers, your score and your signature.

A word to the wise…do everything as though you are doing it for God and because it is written and sanctioned by his Son, Jesus Christ.

Scripture Lesson: “So when you talk to God and vow to him that you will do something, don’t delay in doing it, for God has no pleasure in fools. Keep your promise to him. It is far better not to say you’ll do something than to say you will and then not do it. Ecclesiastes 5:4-5

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God Wants You To Thrive Not Just To Survive

Covid-19….Hear me now! You wont succeed. We will survive!

There is no doubt about it!  Living with COVID-19 for the past 9 months has caused all of us to live life at a new level.  For one thing, it has deepened our reasoning and understanding of the word survival.  Once upon a time, you may have defined this word as ‘out living’ someone.  Or perhaps you internalized a definition that embraced the thought of ‘escaping’ from a dire situation and rebounding while standing on both feet.

Well, during this world-wide pandemic, that has invaded the United States for soon to be 256 days(*), ‘survival’ has taken on a whole new meaning.  We have been forced to carry-on in spite of hardships, traumas, financial stresses, the loss of family members and friends, just to name a few.  Our resilience has been remarkable for many of us.  But for others, ‘Life for them ain’t been no crystal stair’(**).

The key to being able to ‘thrive‘ while going through the pains of survival is to deal with confidence those things that contribute to the situation. You cannot bury your head in the sand, or pretend that the conditions are a hoax or that no preventative measures need to be instituted. According to Google, a new statistical Pew study tells us that nearly 30% of the USA population are in this frame of mind.

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I‘ll think about it tomorrow. Where’s my remote and bone?

For believers in Jesus Christ, scripture reveals that in most cases, man’s ability to thrive in the Lord is not an external enemy (in this case Covid-19). Nor is it a struggle against our fellowman, or against world leaders, or among domestic rulers, or in the spiritual atmosphere! God has divinely suggested that in order to ward off our enemy we must put on his full armor, so that we may be able to stand our ground (both feet) against life’s threatening temptations from within that lead to (spiritual) death. God does not want us to physically be ‘just barely surviving‘. He wants us to be ‘conquering soldiers‘ with the shield of faith…peaceably thriving against the flaming arrows of destruction. In other words, check out your own character traits! What are you striving for? For whom are you striving to honor and please? YOU, ALONE, MAY BE YOUR WORST ENEMY!!

Poetically…My Own Personal Reckoning in Character building


Mr. Character, your life is an open book. It’s an interesting book extended to all those who care to read it. There is no discrimination; from the smallest child to the oldest human being alive you have a message.

Thus, Mr. Character, I salute you for those unselfish efforts you have attempted to perform in the lives of others. You know, you are really like a mirror…that is, you reflect in every mood. Every experience you encounter is automatically revealed.

For those who can’t read, there are pictures or shall I say reflections that one can pattern after as he or she molds their way of life in this trying world.  For the more advanced reader there is a plot to follow which oftentimes may have you bickering with yourself and causing you to put it aside as if it was philosophy.

Thus, in everyone’s library this book is essential. It is a must to take an interest in Character.  It is a compelling obligation that we must encounter if we are to advance and know truth and enjoy the better things of life.

Conversely, the characteristics one displays depend upon oneself.  The expressions one wears will disclose their disposition.  The moods they dress in will uncover their personality.  The words they send out will reflect their intelligence indicate their knowledge of divine reasoning.

Come unto me, Mr. Character is calling, and I will mold for you the sweetest disposition known.  Come unto me, He beseeches you, and I will shine for you the brightest star of personality.  Come unto me, He is beckoning, and I will give you an understanding and peace of mind. 

I will give you advice…such as pick your friends, but not to death.  Remember to laugh with others, but not at them.  Work with initiative, but not against it. Never put off until tomorrow those things you can do today.

This remarkable Book can be yours for only a glance.  Mr. Character is a reflection in your nearest mirror.  Look it over.  The character you see just might be YOU!
(Written by Sonja F.)Mr. Character pic.jpg Scripture reference: 2 Cor. 3:18  “But we all, with unveiled face [not looking through a glass darkly], beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed [into servant managers] into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, [Who also gives us] the Spirit.”
COVID-19 IS TELLING US SOMETHING…GET RIGHT, GET RIGHT WITH GOD

Scripture Lesson: Ephesians 6:10-18 “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.”

Notes:  (*)  March 1 thru November 12, 2020   (**) A line borrowed from Langston Hughes’ poem, “Mother To Son”

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