Monday, June 27, 2011
This morning I got an email from a good friend, asking me what I do when I hear the voice of God.
My first thought was when I am walking a sad time in my heart, God sends me a bird, singing sweetly in the uppermost branches of a tree, so I have to look UP to see it.
It makes me remember to LISTEN.
The second thought is when I am full of anger, resentment, self pity and the like, God sends me Winsten, my Golden Retriever. I look at his wagging tail, see his grin and his gentle brown eyes.
It makes me remember to LOVE OTHERS.
The third is when I am going through a lot of stress, God sends me a beautiful rose to ponder. I notice the beauty of each petal, the intricate design of it, and sniff in the fragrance. I see the thorns, too.
It makes me remember to ACCEPT that life has beauty among the thorns .
Fourth, when I hear the voice of God within, I can stop and acknowledge, or I can push it aside in favor of worry.
It teaches me AWARENESS.
Fifth, when I am feeling hopelessness and despair, God sends me Rainbows.
It reminds me of God's Promise that tears go away if I change my FOCUS.
Sixth, when I am feeling alone and forgotten, God sends me an email from a friend, saying just what I need to hear.
It teaches me VALUES.
I have lived a long, interesting life. Not all of it has been good, not all of it has been bad. Overall, the "good' far outweighs the bad.
In fact, the GOOD is with me all the time, and when that gets interrupted by a "BAD", I go in to a sort of shock. My reactions get all cattywampise.
I allow my feelings to overtake my brain, I immediately look for the blame of the "bad", and generally get all wrinkled up, focusing only on the "bad", and finding more "bad" to add to it.
"Bad" is a rather rare stranger in my life, so when it comes, I over-react with fear and defiance.
Once I get my feathers all smoothed out again, I can take an honest look at the "bad", and see that, most of the times, it is something that is either solvable or none of my business, and the outcome belongs to God.
The best thing for me to do is fall on my knees and ask God to take the doubt, fear and blindness to His goodness away, and help me do HIS Will, not MINE.
Some "bad" things have happened in my life that have no explanation. I have to wait until God and I sit face to face over a cup of coffee to have them explained as to "why?".
In the meantime, I am here for a purpose. I am not an accident. I am part of the whole, and part of the solution.
It all depends on my Spiritual conditioning of the moment.
I DELIBERATELY search for the WONDER OF LIFE in each day, and acknowledge GRATITUDE that I am here to see it.
It's all in the ATTITUDE OF WILLINGNESS.
Sunday, June 26, 2011
I finally got a few minutes to post a photo of the quilt I made for GD Ally. I think you will like it.......................
I'm quite pleased with it, if I must say so myself!
I am now working feverishly on the quilt I am putting in the Sun Bonnet Sue Quilt Show July 115-17 here in Sequim. Once I get the binding and sleeve on it, I will post a photo of that one for your judgement.
Sewing right along!!
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
In 1887 Alexander Tyler, a Scottish history professor at the University of
Edinborough, had this to say about the fall of the Athenian Republic some
2,000 years prior:
"A democracy is always temporary in nature; it simply cannot exist as a
permanent form of government. A democracy will continue to exist up until
the time that voters discover that they can vote themselves generous gifts
from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for
the candidates who promise the most benefits from the public treasury, with
the result that every democracy will finally collapse over loose fiscal
policy, (which is) always followed by a dictatorship."
"The average age of the world's greatest civilizations from the beginning of
history, has been about 200 years. During those 200 years, these nations
always progressed through the following sequence:
From bondage to spiritual faith;
From spiritual faith to great courage;
From courage to liberty;
From liberty to abundance;
From abundance to complacency;
From complacency to apathy;
From apathy to dependence;
From dependence back into bondage."
The Obituary follows:
Born 1776, Died 2008
It doesn't hurt to read this several times.
Professor Joseph Olson of Hamline University School of Law in St. Paul,
Minnesota, points out some interesting facts concerning the last
Number of States won by: Obama: 19 McCain: 29
Square miles of land won by: Obama: 580,000 McCain: 2,427,000
Population of counties won by: Obama: 127 million McCain: 143 million
Murder rate per 100,000 residents in counties won by: Obama: 13.2
Professor Olson adds: "In aggregate, the map of the territory McCain won was
mostly the land owned by the taxpaying citizens of the country.
Obama territory mostly encompassed those citizens living in low income
tenements and living off various forms of government welfare..."
Olson believes the United States is now somewhere between the
"complacency and apathy" phase of Professor Tyler's definition of democracy,
with some forty percent of the nation's population already having reached
the "governmental dependency" phase.
If Congress grants amnesty and citizenship to twenty million criminal
invaders called illegal's - and they vote - then we can say goodbye to the
USA in fewer than five years.
If you are in favor of this, then by all means, delete this message.
If you are not, then pass this along to help everyone realize just how much
is at stake, knowing that apathy is the greatest danger to our freedom.
This is truly scary! Of course we are not a democracy, we are a
Constitutional Republic. Someone should point this out to Obama. Of
course we know he and too many others pay little attention to the
Constitution. There couldn't be more at stake than on Nov 2012.
If you are as concerned as I am please pass this along.
Thursday, June 09, 2011
Just giving you a quick update. I am teaching class #3 today, and it will be a long one.
The students I have had are terrific people. Very talented and creative, too. This makes these long teaching days worth while.
I will post photos later..........right now just wanted to let you know that I still have wind beneath my wings.
Love you guys!
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