Inspiring Words

This is my very first post. I hope to inspire you, the reader, to look at the words written all around.

I recently received a plaque from a friend which says, “Friends are the family you choose”.  I have it sitting on my credenza by the TV.  I see it a lot and have pondered on it.  Friends can sometimes be closer than family because of distance.  I have two sisters who live in north Texas and I only get to see them about once a year.  I try to call and talk to them but I know I don’t do it enough.  I have one son and his family who live about an hour and half away from me.  My other son and his family live about twenty minutes away.  I don’t see any of them as much as I would like to.  They have their own very busy lives.

My friends live in different areas around me and it seems I see them all the time.  We get together for dinner, movies and games.  It’s fun being with them.  We have different backgrounds.  Two of my friends were born and raised here.  The rest of us are from all over the United States.  It seems the military have brought us here.  I met these ladies at church.  So, we have the Lord in our lives and we pray for each other.

So, what makes a friend become “family”?  I believe God place these ladies in my life years ago so they would become my family during a very difficult time in my life.  They were there when I needed to talk.  They didn’t judge me when I cried.  With my friends, I can tell them how I feel and know they will help me see things in a different view point.  I thank God for these very special friends.

Look around you at the people in your life.  Are there any friends you could consider family?  If you do, let them know how much you appreciate them.

To my friends family,  I love each of you and thank you for your friendship all of these years.

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Memories

This past week brought on many emotions because my Mother-in-law went home to be with the Lord.  Mary Edgington lived to be 95 years old.  Near the end, she was losing her short-term memory and asked the same questions repeatedly but she could remember her past.  She was born in Kentucky and lived her married life in Ohio, Florida, and Texas.

Mary left behind two sons, a daughter, six grandchildren, eleven great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandson. Many hadn’t seen each other in quite some time and some of the great-grandchildren had never met before because of distance.  Family members came from Kentucky, Hawaii, Mississippi and several places in Texas.  We celebrated her life here on earth and are rejoicing because she has finally gone home to heaven where she wanted to go for years.  She left memories for us to cherish.

Think about all the changes Mary saw in this world during her lifetime.  The cars of 1922 and today are vastly different except they get us where we’re going.  She did learn to drive but quit when she broke her wrist and had other health issues. She lived through WWII and the great depression.  She graduated from high school and worked outside the home.  She watched television in black and white and saw a man land on the moon on a color television.   During her years on earth, she traveled by horse and buggy, car, bus, train, and an airplane.

Mary Edgington had a gift of music and taught guitar which is how she met Daun Edgington, who became her husband.  She taught her son, Roger, to play guitar and now he is a renowned steel guitar player and has written and recorded songs.  Roger is in the Texas Steel Guitar hall of fame since March of this year.  Mary has many grandchildren and great-grandchildren, who are gifted with musical ability.  She left a legacy.

This picture was taken in 2014, Mary’s great-granddaughter, Ashton, received a bass guitar for Christmas and “Granny” was showing her some cords.

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Laughter is the Best Medicine

I love a good laugh.  Do you?  There are some special people in my life who make me laugh.  I always feel better after being with family and friends and having a good time together.  My grandchildren can always make me laugh with joy.

I think back to some of my favorite stars who made me laugh: Red Skelton, Jerry Lewis, Danny Kaye, Lucille Ball,  and Carol Burnett.  Do you remember these people?

I always loved some of the characters Red Skelton did in his skits; Junior the Mean Widdle Kid (who was famous for his expression, “I Dood It”), country boy Clem Kadiddlehopper, Sheriff Deadeye, and drunkard Willy Lump-Lump.  I always loved his closing line on the television show, “Good night and may God bless.”

Jerry Lewis was always in funny situations.  Some of my favorites are: The Nutty Professor, Rock a Bye Baby and The Ladies Man.  Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis starred in some shows together and all of them made me laugh.  Jerry Lewis is known for his support for MDA and hosting the Labor Day Telethon for 45 years.  He will be missed.

Danny Kaye was a very talented actor, singer, dancer, comedian and musician.  He appeared in one of my favorite show, White Christmas with Bing Crosby and was hilarious in The Court Jester.  He was the UNICEF ambassador which showed his more serious side.

Lucille Ball and her humor is always good for a laugh.  I remember watching Lucy and Ethel working in the chocolate factory and it made be laugh so hard.  The TV show “I Love Lucy” was always one of my favorite.  I knew I would be laughing at the antics Lucy did.

I think Carol Burnett is my favorite of all.  Her weekly show always had me in stitches. She too had many characters in which she showed her humor: Mrs Wiggins, Eunice, and Nora Desmond.  Some of the episodes had me laughing so hard my stomach hurt and tears would run down my cheeks.  Carol once said ” There’s laughter in everything.”  She would always close her show with the tradition of tugging her ear.

So, when was the last time you laughed so hard your stomach hurt and tears poured down your face?  If you can’t remember, make an effort to be with people who make you laugh as it could help you live better.

May the Joy of the Lord be with you.

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Love is a Sweet Word

Does the four letter word “Love” make you feel warm and fuzzy or maybe it has brought you hurt and disappointment?

1 Corinthians 13:7 NKJV says;

” Love bears all things” – God’s love is bearing my pain.  His love will get me past it.

“believes all things” – God believes in me and knows what I’m capable of.

“hopes all things” –  the love of God gives me hope for a life full of goodness here on earth and in heaven.

“endures all things” – Without God’s love, I couldn’t endure my storms of life.

Yes, God’s love is sweet to me.  I feel His presence in my life and I am grateful for this love which transcends all understanding.

The verses before the one above says: “Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth.” 1 Corinthians 13: 4-6 NKJV

How do you show love to others?  Do you love from the heart or is it surface love?

Ask God to give you the sweet love to show others so they’ll see His love for them.

Dear Lord,  Your love is sweet to me.  You have given be a special feeling which I cannot explain.  I pray I can show others how much Your love means to me. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

 

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True Friends

When I saw this plaque this week below, I knew it was true in my case.  My friends probably know more about me than they want to know.  I’m grateful to be able to talk openly with them and they still like me.

Do you have friends who like you even when you’re at your lowest?  Friends come and go but when you find ones who will stand by you in times of grief, trouble, happy and sad times, and ordinary days, they are true friends.  Real friends don’t judge, but will be by your side in good times and times of need.  They support, love, and help anyway they can.  So, when you have friends like these, treasure them and be there for them in their times of need.

Jesus is my truest friend.  He’s been with me my whole life.  He’s been by my side in my every day of my life.  Sometimes I don’t feel He’s there but in hind site, I see He’s been with me, sometimes carrying me.  Like the song says, “What a Friend we have in Jesus”, I know He will never leave me.  Jesus gave His life for an atonement of my sins.

John 15:13 says; “Greater love has no one than this; to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.”

Jesus did this for me.  Thank you Jesus.  Hallelujah.

If you don’t have Jesus as your friend, all you need to do is to ask Him to be Lord of your life and you will receive a friend for life.

Dear Lord, thank you for loving me, being my friend, my Lord, and my Savior.  I feel confident as I go about my day knowing You are by my side.  In Jesus’ Name. Amen.

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Home is Where the Heart Is

“Home is where the heart is” Do you believe this?  I do.  I have lived in so many places in my life and they were always home to me.  I’ve lived in Texas, Alabama, Florida, New York state and Brussels, Belgium.  Each place was different but I’ve made where ever I’ve lived my home.  I’ve lived in rented houses, base housing, apartments and homes I own. I’ve always made sure it comfortable and homey.

All the places I’ve lived are temporary, but there is a home I know where I will live forever. I’m looking forward to going there.  No, I’m not moving again.  I’m talking about my heavenly home which Jesus is preparing for me.  I’m not in any hurry to get there as I do have my grand kids I want to see grow up, but I do wonder what my heavenly home will be like.

Jesus says in John 14:2-4 “My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. You know the way to the place where I am going.”

What a wonderful time it will be when I see Jesus coming to take me with Him to my heavenly home.  It will be a reunion with all my loved ones who have gone before me. My heavenly home will be so amazing, it’s beyond my imagination.

Do you know if you’re going to a heavenly home?  Jesus told us in John 14:6 “I am the way and the truth and the life.  No one comes to the Father except through me.”

I pray dear friend, you know Jesus loves you and wants to prepare a home for you also.

My heart is with Jesus and my home will be in heaven some day.

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Prayer

20170620_110758-e1498247436842.jpgThis plaque is in the window of Resources for Women where I volunteer each week.  These words struck home with me as I’ve been through a very difficult situation in the past two years.  I did find myself praying hard everyday, and now the situation is easier, but do I still pray hard for everything?

I can look back in my life and see I was praying but was I praying hard?  I do pray everyday for my family, friends and for little and big things which need prayer.  But the question is, did I pray hard?  I do remember times when I was on my knees with tears running down my face, praying.  Was this praying hard or praying in desperation for a solution?

What does it mean to pray hard?  I think it means to pray when my emotions are out of control, my words can’t express what I’m feeling, or when I feel at a complete loss as to what to do.  I just have to let Jesus know what’s on my heart.  I can’t hold back anything because He already knows my desires but needs me to tell Him what it is in my heart.  I see Jesus has answered my prayers, maybe not in the form I expected but it was His answer.  Which reminds me to rely on Him to know what is best for me.  As the song says, “Thy Will be Done.”

How do you pray?  I can’t physically get on my knees anymore, but in my heart, I’m on my knees praying to Jesus everyday, all day long.  I lift up prayers as I go about my day, doing housework, writing, or crocheting.  I say little prayers for His protection when I drive to be with family or friends, going to church and Bible study or just to the grocery store.  Prayer is communication with Jesus no matter where you are in your life and giving Him thanks for the answers.

I’ll leave you with these verses, 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, NIV  “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”

SMILES

SmileI saw the above saying at Resources for Women where I volunteer and the words hit home.  “Of all the things you wear, a Smile is the most fashionable.” How many times have you been worried about something and it showed on your face?  When you put on a smile, it can brighten your face and make you feel more confident.  So, yes, a smile can make you look better.

I did a little experiment today while I was shopping at HEB.  I decided I would smile at everyone I passed in the store.  I wanted to see how many people would smile back at me.  I’m happy to say, every person who made eye contact with me, smiled back.  Some of the people had a long face until they saw my smile.  I know their smiling back made my day.

So, next time you feel down, uncomfortable, or unsure of yourself, put on a smile.  It can help you and you’ll never know how many people you may touch by smiling. God made only one of you and gave you a special smile, so use it to bless others.