The Ultimate Fireman

Good evening friends. On our church property there is a old house (nearly 100 years old) we have used for many different purposes but the foundation was getting is disrepair and was deemed unsafe after too much longer. After consulting with our fire department, we donated it to them for training purposes. When I came out of church on Wednesday, there was smoke billowing out from the upstairs windows. The smoke was from a machine but it gave them a real life scenario in dealing with the real thing. It reminded me of our Ultimate Fireman…

Our Ultimate Fireman may not be dressed in a fireproof suit like this but he tenderly holds each one of us like this and saves us from the burning fire of hell. 

But while we need to understand this, we don’t need to dwell on this because of His gracious gift. 

This morning Oswald Chambers’ devotion reminded me of the power of our salvation. How that we need to always be looking to Him, during good times or bad. 

The basic lesson of the Sermon on the Mount is to narrow all your interests until your mind, heart, and body are focused on Jesus Christ.   “Look to Me, and be saved….” Oswald Chambers

When I was a new Christian, I remember some advice I got from a more seasoned Christian that said “Life is a series of hills and valleys. While we love being on the hill top, the valleys are inevitable and it is the bottom of the valley that makes us appreciate the hilltop even more. So let us never forget the journey we made to get to that hill top and always keep our “eyes on the prize” – Jesus.

Looks like we are going to get some more of that white stuff this weekend. But I guess I cant complain, it is January in Iowa. As we get through these colder months, waiting so patiently for spring, let us remember the beauty of Kindness, even in the snow.

Our Creator’s Love

I reposting part of this message from Pure Glory and while the heart formed in the wave is amazing, the words really rang true with me. Go read the rest of the message and feel its love.

God is our Creator and desires a close loving relationship, combined with reverence and respectful awe.  He is so much more than someone to grant all your requests. He doesn’t let you become a spoiled brat but goes with you through your challenges. He is Almighty God, your refuge, the Truth, strength, help, Father, and all you need. He defends, corrects, counsels, and keeps us safe from harm. God is Love, Life, Light, Fire, and Holy. He is Supreme, All Knowing and More than Enough

Crown of Glory International Ministries, http://pureglory.net

My daughter made a cross-stitch picture for me years ago that shows just how much God loves us. It’s a love we really can not begin to really understand but we hang on to that love through faith that was instilled in us at rebirth.

“Faith is how we plug into the grace of God. Think of it like a lamp; The lamp can only give light if it is plugged into a power source.” Quiet Times with God Devotional

Feel His love this evening and while we can never fully understand it, accept it and soak in it’s peace.

And as always, remember, Kindness carries a peace and love all its own with the power to touch people in a safe and profound way.

Always Be Kind

Tuesday Writing Prompt Challenge

Devereaux Frazier and Beth Amanda are currently hosting the Tuesday Writing Prompt Challenge which was started by our star writer Christine Ray.

Today’s prompt: Write a haiku about being lost, without using the lost.

Which Way

We passed by here once

How do we get out of here

Going the circle

Its been a while since I wrote on Tuesday’s prompt. Thanks for the fun. And as always remember to be kind…even if lost.

Being Kind During The Holidays - Texoma with Kids

Amazing Beauty of Nature

Every season has its own beauty but to me the stoic yet amazing constant in all seasons is the tree. Today I wrote a poem in honor of the beauty of a tree. Hope you enjoy.

Oh, To Be A Tree

Oh, to be a tree, sometimes I wish I was thee

Especially this time of year, when the sky is not clear

Oh, to be a tree, it would be great to be thee

In the long winters keep, all you would do is sleep

Oh, to be a tree, that’d be the life for me

When weather begins to warm, the bees begin to swarm

Oh to be a tree, the honey would drip from thee

With your leaves so green, and the birds sit to preen

Oh to be a tree, the beauty you would see

As your leaves grow thick, the shade is the trick

Oh to be a tree, the laugher just for thee

Of children come to play, making joy of the day

Oh, to be a tree, sometimes I wish I was thee

Then the leaves turn brown, as they fall to the ground

Oh, to be a tree, the beautiful colors you would be

When the snow starts to fall, go and sleep for us all

Oh, to be a tree, how magnificent that would be.

Anita Neal

And as a reminder that I always close with, never forget the beauty of Kindness, in all seasons of life.

Beauty in Cold

The temperatures get cold and we feel it upon our face

Cold you don’t see but it gives you a beauty to embrace

As the moisture in the air clings to objects it may touch

On the cheeks of the people it will create a rosy blush

But the true beauty of cold lies high up for to see

As moisture comes to rest on the out limbs of the tree

With the sun glistening off ice on objects up above

Reminds you of God’s proof for each season of His love

So embrace each season of life that is coming your way

And remember the beauty of each and every day.

Anita Neal

We are reminded through all the season of the year, how similar they can be to our own life as we go through them. While winter itself can be harsh, it has a beauty all its own. Photographers around the world have shown us the amazing beauty of winter. These are a few I took yesterday and this morning. When we think of the winter of our lives, remember the beauty you can still share to encourage others of the beauty we all can see. All seasons have a beauty to give and be seen.

And as always remember the beauty of kindness. It can leave a lasting impression through all seasons.

Always be Kind

The Speech of Ping

Its here and I hear it, with the loud pinging voice

We really don’t want it here but we have no choice

We gasp at the voice of ” “, a voice so soft it’s not really heard

And soon the voice of ” ” will appear, a voice much more preferred

So we must not worry and we must not fret

For ” ” will soon cover ping’s slippery threat

Once ping is down it crunches under your feet

Where ” ” sounds like cotton rubbing together of sheets

And while this jot makes absolutely no sense

It is the first of January and in my defense

I write the sound difference between the sleeting ping

And the soft gentle sound when it is fully snowing.

It’s coming soon…

Come join in on the fun of JusJoJan with Linda Hill and lets give this new year a proper start.

And as always, remember to be kind.

New Year Encouragement

As we get ready to close out another year, a challenging year, a year some of us would like to forget, we look forward hopefully to a new and better year. But what will make it better? Will we have more material wealth? Will we have less pain? Will we not lose anyone we love? Will we find more joy?

I think if we could answer any of those questions we would not need faith; faith in a God who loves us more than we can imagine or deserve.

Chapter 11 of Hebrews is probably my favorite chapter. It assures us how much we are loved and that all will be okay. Will things be hard, yes but we will get through it. All through the bible we are given hope of getting through this life if we put trust in our faith.

Faith

So as we face a brand new year, let us hang on to the truths of God knowing he has us where he wants us as long as we trust in his love for us.

I wish you all a most wonderful new year. May we all be safe, feel loved and be kind to others this new year.

Internal Battles

Good morning. I sincerely hope everyone had a peaceful Christmas. I normally don’t write an encouragement this early but as I sit here and look at the fresh fallen snow I felt moved to share. Yesterday’s devotion by Oswald Chambers spoke about the many battles we all face and how we win or lose them.

As I was coming home from church, I saw something that truly brought that devotion front and center. It was not as cold as it was on Christmas but it was still 35 degrees. Sitting on the wall in front of the police station was a large, and I assume homeless, woman in shorts, sweatshirt and coat but no shoes. Her hair was in multiple braids of black and blonde and she was strumming an electric guitar(that was not plugged in) and to her I guess she was singing, although it sounded more like cats fighting. I was stopped by the red light so I was able to watch her and pray for her for a few minutes.  She was definitely fighting a battle, either one of her own creation or one created  by others around her. We  are all fighting battles, some small and some large. Some of our own creation and some created by those around us but it is how we handle those battles that lets us know if we won or if the battle won.

Our battles are first won or lost in the secret places of our will in God’s presence, never in full view of the world.  Oswald Chambers 

Oswald reminds us that these battles can last from a minute to an ongoing lifetime. We all know of Paul’s battle with his thorn was a life time although we don’t really know what the thorn was. One battle I fight of my own making is opening my mouth when I know I should keep it closed. And one battle that was made by others that I deal with is the instant fight mode I can get into when snarky or aggressive attitudes come my way that came about as a result of an abusive marriage. I give these examples to show that we all have battles and that we all need to pray for each other because we understand that once the battle is won before God we become victors of the issue.

Nothing has any power over someone who has fought the battle before God and won there. Oswald Chambers

But why does it seem some battles last forever, that no matter how many times we lay it at His feet we still have this battle? That is only a question God and you can answer but my theory is the strength we gain through the battle itself. We then can understand how to help others as they fight their own battle.

Plus it drives us through the battle, back to the cross, back to His love where the real peace is found.

So as we start to think about the new year, let us walk closely with God so that we are ready to share our battles with Him. And when God shows you a battle being fought by others, be in prayer for them. Even in a year where we can’t touch physically, we can’t touch spiritually through prayer and encouragement.
And as always remember to be kind, especially when it is obvious a battle is being fought. That kindness may be the strength someone needs that day to fight their battle.

I also wanted to share with you the trailer of my new book. If you are an animal lover, you might enjoy it. Totally fiction about our dogs who are in heaven waiting for us to arrive and the things God has them doing to better the kingdom.

For Dog Lovers

Dittims, aka Junior

This is a picture of Dittims. His given name was Junior but he had so many handicaps that he earned the nickname of Dittims. Dittims was a 185 pound Harlequin Great Dane. A marvelous breed. I wish I had discovered the breed sooner as they are gentle giants that think they are lap dogs. They can be clowns and some individual ones are very protective of the home. Due to Dittims’ being mostly deaf, fully blind in one eye, only 80% vision of in the other, this made him an unbelievable gentle spirit…that loved to sit in your lap; front legs fully planted on the floor but his butt would be in your lap. Those who are familiar with danes know this is a fun quirk that many of them do.

How many of you know what the Rainbow Bridge is? Is it real? Could it really happen? Those of us who are avid dog lovers pray and believe it is a real possibility. Two years ago I started writing a book about the fun adventures of my life for my children through the eyes of the dogs I had all through my life. The book’s main character was Dittims at his arrival in heaven at the Rainbow Bridge. Once he was in heaven, he met with all previous dogs I had had and they told him stories of my life while they were with me. The book also brings in God’s love of all creation and how God uses all creation for his purpose of showing love and kindness. The book, Our Home of Love, got such great reviews from friends that read it that I wrote a sequel about Dittims further adventures in heaven. The sequel includes many of my friends dogs that they loved that have gone to heaven and how they are all working together to enrich all of heaven with the canine love all of us dog lovers know is a real thing. This book, A New Understanding, is more about the Christian beliefs of what we believe is God’s love of all of creation. None of us really know what heaven will be like but studying the scriptures gives us a glimpse. I took the opportunity to try to explain God’s love of all creation from an animal’s point of view to give some fun and truth together to show God’s infinity love for all of us. We are his creation.

If you recently lost a furry member of your family, this fun book may bring you a little comfort. While I am not one to push my books on anyone, a neighbor told me that I needed to share with others in case they may be interested and need the comfort. So here you go, including few pictures from the book of friends Dittims meets in heaven.

And as always, remember the value of kindness. It may be the one thin g that get a person through the day. Always be kind.