Sometimes we dream dreams for a lifetime....
Glimmers of roads we want to take, things we want to do,
Stay latent, hidden beneath the surface until they burst forth.
Sometimes it may be a mighty explosion, or tiny bubbles.
More often.... a tiny trickle from a place far away and
Beneath the burden of other things till suddenly...
You find yourself re-inventing yourself ---again.
This is called -----
Come dream with me...
"There is a castle on a cloud,
What is heaven to you? When you are suffering, what is it that you need to make you better? We aren't ever promised that life will be fair, or that we won't have to suffer.
I know a place where no one's lost,
Heaven. A dream, a hope... a promise.
Jesus said, " Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.
And he will wipe away all tears- Revelations 21:4 ----- In Heaven.
Lots of dire warnings today. Ice, wind, snow, no electicity, no groceries.. GET READY! Seems like everyday there is something new to make us do a lot of work, jump through hoops, and just plain worry about... But on the other hand... help calls. I mean, the phone rings, and someone says... "I'm there for you, I love you. " Are you prepared today? Are you ready? Have you called and offered help. --- BTW... Thank you for loving me, and caring about me. I love you to. :)
Facing the Fire
Yummm,… sitting down to lunch with you, and a plate of Spanish Stewed Beef on Noodles. (I finally figured out how to make it sans tomato. YAY!!! ) In my mind today, I am harking back to my grandmother's kitchen. Mary Etta Faulkner Horton could feed an army at any meal on any day. A great cook, even if it seemed like simple food. It was all amazing. I think she always cooked so much, because from depression times till the the seventies, she often had many people at her table. Neighbors, extended family, passersby, many - in need; Richard and Etta, always welcomed anyone and everyone to their table. They worked as hard to raise and farm that food, as they worked to generously provide the hospitality and meet the need.
Etta at her stove was a wonder to behold. So many pots, pans, and skillets were cooking on the top and in the oven of that wood stove, with no concern for how the fire would burn her face, or age her before her time. The fire was being stoked; pots stirred and juggled for space, the whole cook top, hot and productive, the oven filled with warming or baking. I think maybe that is where we learned it ... Bessie and I - To think about so many things, and manage so many things at once.
Hope - was born this day! Without Christmas we are in a world without answers to the darkness that invades our lives invoking only more hatred. Without Christmas we wander in a world without hope. The Incarnation is a mystery. But it provides us with joy and hope for the future...
And Yesterday... This happened....
I was at work, and one of my co-workers was relating a story told her just moments before by a "customer'.
She said, "She just started talking telling me this story, using her hands to interpret...
"I, we, are from Vietnam. We come here. I was in Vietnam. On the street. So hungry. No food, No bread. There were Vietcong. They beat us. [Hands elaborate]. We not have food. Go on street, look for something eat. The Vietcong...They beat us. [Hands elaborate]. So frightened. So hungry. We not know anyway. The Vietcong they still beat us. They take my friend, twenty years for begging for food. When he come out he [Cut throat - hands elaborate]. I so afraid. I look in sky and pray to Budha. Nothing happen. I so afraid. I think, maybe pray to Yeshua. I look in sky and pray Yeshua, [Hebrew name for Jesus] help me. I look in sky, see face, crying, tears [Hands elaborate] falling down face. I look at face, I start to walk. I walk and walk, and come here. I want to build a statue to Yeshua".
Hope. The power of the Incarnate Christ brings us hope in the darkest times, filling our hearts with peace, joy....and hope.
Sooooo..... Maybe NOT SO HOT??? - Global Warming data errors - Why the rush to give us data covering 2% of the earth? Why the rush to give us data so fast that.... it changes when all the data comes in? Who would trust this kind of source for data analysis?- But then a partial degree from the HOTEST is still ... HOT. Article
A Lost Child
And the promise of home.
The Story of Pedita... her fears
journey and the love that finds her.
By Tina Steele Penn
"Perdita" now available in print, or Kindle
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Also available in Large Print
Music Lessons for all ages...
Jim Demint startled many with his announcement of leaving the Senate for the Heritage Foundation. Here is an insightful article from the Washington Post on his departure, what it will mean to the Heritage Foundation as well as our national government. Article
Early and Exagerated Rumors of Demise...
So... The JEEP was dying, or trying to anyway. Early in the morning on Tuesday I ventured out in the frigid air trying to get to answers. The jeep choked and coughed and crawled to the repair shop.
The highly reccommended and "honest" mechanic/owner checked out the vehicle. I told him, "When it is cold, it just will hardly go, and will get real hot, but IF I get it up to speed AND turn on the heat... the temperature goes down... Can you tell me how much to fix it?"
"I'm sorry Maam, I just can't in good conscience take your money. There is a cracked block or a leaking seal, and the car is definitely dying. If I were you, I wouldn't drive it another mile, and if you do, don't put more than 5 or 10 dollars in it - but I can't take your money for repairs that won't help you. I did a block test on it, and you better be finding a way to get new transportation."
Fearing the worst, sad and confused, I left. I spent all day Tuesday and Wednesday going over the books and accounts trying to figure out what I would do without to find a way to have transportation. But I just felt like there had to be another way, so...
This morning I braved the drive to Charlotte to go the my old mechanic.
It would barely run, but I was praying hard as I got it up to speed, turned on the heat and sure enough, the temperature went down.
So it was with great relief that I got to the shop.... I was in the shop for 20 minutes while I waited for them to check it out, then, -----
"No charge, it's all better."
I felt so good - I went ahead and got it inspected - since it is overdue... and it passed.
You see, I think they were both honest men. But one saw my real need. That all my life and income is dependent on getting to work - today!
That is the thing about truly caring and loving our neighbors. We must see their needs, ahead of our own need, even if it is our need to BE good. It is about them, not us.
The other man - not sure what he did, or if it will last - KNOWS I don't have many options out there. Yes, I'm sure at least half of you readers out there are ready to tell me why it was an easy fix, and how it probably isn't long till - yes - it will die. But it did not die today and apparently is going to live to die another day!
Yes I'm sceptical, but I sure did enjoy the ride home humming...." Someone saved my life tonight..."
12/19/2012 1:00 p.m.
Last Friday, it seemed I was receiving minute by minute updates on my phone regarding the evils taking place at Sandy Hook. I felt like I was on the curb watching everything.... And then the debates started, whoever wanted a share of the press feeding frenzy - jumped in.
in Charlotte and Cornelius,