Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Can You Sing and Dance in the Rain?


It's easy to dance and sing when the world is right for you and all goes your way.

But what happens when the skies turn grey without warning? What do you do when life becomes weary? Streets are muddy? Each step is an effort?



That's a different story, isn't it?


Smiling, singing and dancing are tough when life isn't going well. Tears may come daily.

Gene Kelly is a long-ago movie danced and sang in the rain, but he was happy and in love.

Gene Kelly in the rain 

I've heard from friends today. One just found she has breast cancer. Another discovered heart blockage. One told me her hubby had passed away. Three are dealing with chemo. Our daughter with dementia is hallucinating and sobs more now than ever. She has enough brain sense left to know it's getting worse for her.  She said, "I want to die."

And the list goes on.

These folks are in the rain. Some are singing and dancing, but others are crying. What makes the difference? Probably a day in our life and an attitude. A positive outlook comes and goes.  It's difficult to be upbeat during dark circumstances.  That's okay.  We're all like that. One day we're up and the next, we're down.

God understands. Trust Him and ask Him for a moment-by-moment change in thoughts, hopes, and body.

A popular quote says, "Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass. It's learning to dance and sing in the rain."

Linda Randal sings about the dark valley.

Linda Randle


Another quote I'm fond of says, "Don't worry about tomorrow. God is already there."

God loves you.

Believe it.

Faith and Humor

Sunday, October 25, 2020

Waiting on the Lord

 


Waiting is hard.

I don't like it.

I'm not alone, most of us don't like waiting. 

We have a microwave mentality. 


In fact, I tap my foot while waiting for the microwave to do it's thing.  I sometimes open the door and take out what is warm rather than what would be hot if I waited.

Are we lukewarm? Do we jump the bell and take out a meal that is not quite ready?  We do that with the Lord, too. We take off running with part of an idea. God has the entire concept in mind, not just the bare outline.

We expect instant gratification, so when the Lord says, "wait."  We shout, "No, not now.  God, Give me an answer this moment!" By the way, who are we to order God around? Can we control Him? We sometimes try.

In His Word, Isaiah tells us when we wait upon the Lord, we will renew our strength, and mount up with wings as eagles.  We shall run and not be weary. We shall walk and not faint.  Isaiah 40:30-31.

What are you waiting for today?

The nation and world is holding its breath, waiting to see who will win the American Presidential Election.

A ruler or leader will be in power a short time. God is forever, and He alone moves rulers about. When Assyria threatened Judah in the 6th Century, God removed 185,000 Assyrian soldiers in one night.  Later, Nebuchadnezzar, the King of Babylon, lost his mind and lived as an animal eating grass.  Trust God to control the ruler.

The world is waiting for the Covid-19 to end. We tire of shutdowns, masks, and fear of disease and death. 

We wait for 2020 to end. It's been a hard year. Hurricanes, fires, shutdowns, loss of jobs. Loss of important events: weddings and funerals. We want the time of hardship over. And we want it NOW!

Chin up my friend. Let's wait on the Lord together. Let's expand our wings like eagles. God is in control.

Teach Me to Wait 

I Don't Know About Tomorrow

Faith and Humor

Thursday, October 8, 2020

Pumpkin Time




 That time of year is here again!

And that means cooler temperatures!  Yay!

Down here in Houston, it will only be 90 degrees today 
That's Fahrenheit. 
What is that in Celsius? About 38?



As the weather cools, I usually decorate for fall.

   

I haven't begun yet to get out my decorations. Many neighbors have interesting stuff out. Some do pumpkins, others are definitely into Halloween.  

Skeletons abound. 

don't do the Halloween stuff.  I once dressed up as a witch. With my long, black dress, pointy hat and white hair, I looked real.  


For months after the "trick-or-treat" time, 
kids would go by my house and say, 
"That's where the witch lives."  

I don't want to be remembered as a witch, 
so I quit all Halloween craziness.

Now we do trees, pumpkins, fruit, 
and scarecrows.



What do you plan to place inside and outside?

Lots of choices.

Choose this one.

Or this one

Choices are wonderful, aren't they?  
I wrote a book about them. Mattie's Choice


Dear, sweet Mattie. Other than her blue dress,
She didn't choose too well, but that's okay. She makes better choices as she goes along.








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