Ask for HELP!

You know those times you see or read something that unexpectedly takes your breath away?

I’ll admit, it has been a stressful couple of months.

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I have no idea where my thought process was headed this morning; but, when I read today’s Bible verse of the day www.biblegateway.com as it popped up on my computer screen, I felt like the weight of the world was lifted from my life – literally!

“O Lord, you are so good, so ready to forgive, so full of unfailing love for all who ask for your help.” Ps.86:5

I read it again.

I am certain I’ve read this verse before.  After all, it is in the Psalms and, at some point in my Sunday School past, Psalms was required reading! I probably have a “completed Psalms” badge somewhere in some bottom drawer.

God has unfailing love for all who ask for His help!

In December we desperately asked God for help when our son-in-law was in a serious accident. God performed miracles and Bob is on the road to complete healing. (Thank you for your prayers!)

I know I have prayed for help many times in my life.

However, this morning, the “so full of unfailing love for all who ask for your help” words jumped out at me as if for the first time ever.

December Did Not Go As Planned…

Going into the holidays, I usually have a perfect picture in my mind of how things will play out. I absolutely love Christmas! In the past, hitting the ground running as soon as the Thanksgiving dinner is cleared away, I know exactly what I need to accomplish each day to complete the December of my dreams!

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Every year, there is a new theme for decorating and, this year, Silver Bells were ready to don our home! I come up with lofty goals- including Christmas decorations, parties, presents, productions, guests and food – all falling into place within my anticipated timetable.

The first week in December, however, life threw us a big curve. Our son-in-law, in the middle of producing a huge Christmas program, was in a very serious accident.

Temperaments: RED EMOTIONS

RED temperaments are, out of four human temperaments, the ones most accused of being “emotionless!” REDS accomplish much in this life! If they would only slow down a bit and smell the proverbial roses- they might show an emotion or two, and become accessible.

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The RED temperament is smart, strong and focused. REDS are the presidents of companies and governments. They are CEOs, CEFs, CFOs and CEGs. (You get my point)REDS are also brash, aloof, abrasive, gruff, bossy, always right and uninvolved…and, with a loud temper or short fuse.

If you have RED in your temperament, you are blessed with amazing leadership qualities and enough energy to succeed at whatever you attempt.

Temperaments: BLUE Emotions!

I loved hearing about my dad’s growing up years in small town, Lyons, Nebraska. I loved hearing about the general store his dad had owned. (My grandfather I never met.) He talked about the downtown red brick streets and his mom (my grandmother) who was the high school English teacher and the Post Mistress of the Post Office.

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Dad was an amazing story teller of memories.

My dad was all heart. Traditions were important to him. His predominantly BLUE temperament was obvious to all who knew him. Dad loved God. He was the number one man in my life as far back as I remember. I compared every boyfriend to him. Each one always came up short- until I met Duane, also a predominantly BLUE temperament.

BLUES are the most sensitive of all four temperaments. They have a difficult time letting go of unpleasant memories, but quickly enjoy making new ones. Emotionally, they run the deepest of all four temperaments.

My sister, also predominantly BLUE, explains it this way, “Traditions are more than just events. To a BLUE, traditions are about people. Holidays, reunions, birthday parties are very fun – but pretty much empty rooms – without people to celebrate. We are not so much interested in the ambiance as the people.”

Regarding kids, she remembered- “little BLUES care about connections made during special occasions.  Adults involved can actually play a part in making the little BLUE into the person he/she will become. These events can also be scary to BLUE children if no one takes the time to connect with them, to acknowledge they are there. Little BLUES will disappear into the woodwork if told to stay back and be quiet.”

My sister finished by pointing out, “Things are connected to memories – which are connected to people.”

I didn’t know very much about temperaments when we first married. I did, however, recognize that I (YELLOW) was more interested in lavishly decorating and preparing for a party than Duane. Once the guests arrived, Duane would visit with the people he enjoyed.

He also would remember every conversation he had after the event was over – especially, rehashing things he wished he had said differently. BLUES have an uncanny ability to remember moments in their past and, positive or otherwise, enjoy sharing their memories with those they love.

A personal note: YELLOWS crash when each party is over, convinced it was far better than the last- and deflated until the next event is on the horizon!  Ambience is EVERYTHING to a YELLOW! “Rehashing” is not in our vocabulary.

BLUES are the best friends to have – loyal, trustworthy, honest and true. I have heard BLUE husbands are the least likely ever to be unfaithful. BLUES are born with a moral compass: right or wrong, black or white.  They have great respect for integrity in others.

BLUES, though often quiet, are recognized by how intensely they attack any project. They tend to be perfectionists, and can be harder on themselves than others are on them. They have the ability to focus tightly on a project and set high standards, for themselves, to see it through.

For emotional growth, BLUES need appreciation for thinking projects through and for their quality work. They love to be appreciated for simply being responsible. They need acceptance, stability, security and to belong.  Because, of his/her fragile self image, a BLUE is nurtured by praise and appreciation. Encourage them away from negativity.

BLUES are great planners and organizers. Since they need help overcoming negativity, structure and organization are critical.  They will adhere to a well thought out, and clearly stated, calendar.  Details are important to them.

If you have a BLUE in your life, you are truly blessed. They are dependable, gentle giants. It is extremely important to treasure those BLUES – and say so- because, they WILL remember!

Perfect scripture for a BLUE, Psalm 32:1,2 & 10,11. (The Message)

“Count yourself lucky, how happy you must be—you get a fresh start, your slate’s wiped clean.

 Count yourself lucky—God holds nothing against you and you’re holding nothing back from him.

God-defiers are always in trouble; God-affirmers find themselves loved every time they turn around.

 Celebrate God. Sing together—everyone! All you honest hearts, raise the roof!”

 

 

 

 

Thanksgiving Traditions

When I was a child, everything seemed bigger and more special at Thanksgiving.

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Our family celebrated Thanksgiving dinner at my grandparents’ home in Los Angeles. I remember them having the biggest dinner table in the world, with a beautiful tablecloth and lots of extra silverware. There were relatives who smelled nice, especially Great Aunt Grace, and cousins we rarely saw during the year.

Looking back, I am certain it was my Grandparents’ regular dining table; but, it seemed huge because of all the food displayed at once. The ‘extra silverware’ I remembered was probably an extra salad fork and dessert spoon that were not on the table during the rest of the year.

Everyone Has a PASSION for Something!

As a young child, my passions varied from designing paper dolls – and, playing next door with my best friend – to decorating my half of the bedroom. (My sister had the other half).

Dictionary definition of the word passion.

Paper dolls came in book form, with the various outfits to be punched out from inside pages. There were never enough clothes included for any ONE paper doll; so, I started designing outfits of my own. This kept me busy throughout summers – even while at our grandparents’ home for two weeks each school vacation.

I’m not sure when my passions switched to real live boys; but, I assure you it happened.

God REALLY Answers Prayer!

Every day, a different Bible verse comes across my computer. Today’s ‘verse for the day’ is “Oh, Lord God! You Yourself made the heavens and earth by Your great power and with Your outstretched arm. Nothing is too difficult for You!” Jeremiah 32:17

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I need to write this verse on the walls of our house. It is very easy to forget. Life is full of ups and downs. Have you noticed? Hello! I am in the middle of some right now.

This summer we are privileged to be going to a nephew’s wedding and friends’ baby showers. These are definitely in the ups category!

God Does Not Take Vacations!

I clearly remember asking my parents WHY we had to go to church during the summer. I could not understand why, if we were on vacation from school, we couldn’t be on vacation from church!

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My mom explained, more than once, “God doesn’t take vacations from us.”

Hebrews 13:5b – God has assured us,

“I’ll never let you down, never walk off and leave you.”

A Lesson S L O W L Y Learned!

My verse for the day- James 1:19, “Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters: You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry.”

Good thing this isn’t the only verse in the Bible; because, it is a tough one for me to keep! My nature is to be slow to listen and quick to speak, which can cause everyone around me to be quick to anger!

My wonderful husband is building us a patio in our back yard. He got some scrap lumber and decided we need a patio.  Presto!  Looks like we will get a patio outside our kitchen window.

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He had explained how and why he was going to assemble the project; but, I hadn’t been listening. Now I was focused on this large amount of ugly wood being carted – by some men I didn’t know – to my backyard! We need this wood? When did we talk about this? He is going to WHAT?

Do You FEEL Forgiven?

I heard a story about how a child, on his first trip to Washington DC, became fixated on the Washington Monument. After taking the tour twice – and, seeing how big and incredibly impressive the monument was – he decided to buy it.

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He gathered his spending money and marched up to the information booth. He told the lady, at the counter, he wanted to buy the Washington Monument.

She tried to hide her smile and told him it wasn’t for sale. He then dumped a baggy full of dollars and coins onto the counter, telling her he had almost nine dollars to pay for it.

When she told him it was worth far more than he had, the boy offered to work for the rest of the cost!

She was obviously impressed with his intentions and asked him an interesting question, “Young man, are you an American?” “Yes!” he proudly shot back.

“Then, you’ll be delighted to hear the Washington Monument already belongs to you.”

The boy gasped, “It does? It doesn’t feel like it.”