PASSIVITY

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“Technology teaches passivity. Absorbed in our devices – at any age – we are absorbed in someone else’s perspective.”   Julia Cameron

Hiding our heads in the sand when the world is out of control is not the answer. I’ve been trying to avoid any semblance of “news” for the past few weeks, but its unavoidable.

Last week a congressman was the target of an assassin’s wrath and continues to fight for his life, while a newsman claims that this might have been caused by the victim himself.  The claim was astounding to me and obviously many others, yet the news anchor was able to  spew this out to an audience just waiting for something else to pin on the Republican party.

In a time of such tragedy, we owe it to ourselves to rid the air waves of this kind of misrepresentation.  I’ve been trying to bury my head in the sand, but this back and forth bantering is everywhere.  It sickens me to think that our children are learning how to deal with problems in such a negative way.  They are being taught to enrage, attack and demean others.  It’s no wonder there’s an epidemic of bullying in our nation.

After several days of trying to avoid, I was bombarded with negative news on Monday.  A Syrian warplane was shot down by the United States – but little information about why. A local police officer acquitted of all charges in the shooting of a black man – demonstrations followed.  A black man acquitted of all charges in a case which occurred several years ago and not reported until recently.  Children are being murdered because they refuse to become sex slaves.  A continual smearing of our current administration goes on.  Crime in the streets is rampant.  Children are being left to fend for themselves in this crummy environment for the summer.

Whatever happened to the Walter Cronkites of old? The journalists who asked important questions – like who, what, where, when and why?  Who got every piece of information they could muster before even airing a story.  We have become a nation of enquiring minds that want to know right now!

We can’t sit by and do nothing about this.  I don’t have the answers, but it seems to me that we should unsubscribe to the news organizations – boycott their sponsors – refuse to put up with false news and news that incites.  However, we are so much a party to it.  We are feeding on this stuff.  Our people have devoured every negative piece of news they can get their hands on. They then spit it out in the form of rhetoric and hatred and we have become a nation divided.

Do we remain complacent and let others fight over this junk?  Do we stand up for the truth?  We owe it to ourselves to research every piece of news that comes to us.  If we don’t, we’re looking at a short future for our country.

“Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger;  for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God.” 

James 1:19-20

 

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FRESH AS A DAISY

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ORIGINAL ART & POETRY BY KATHY BOECHER©

Filtered light kisses the petals,

Morning mist embraces each leaf,

Golden rays enliven,

Breathing,

Inspiring,

Giving hope,

Fear and anxiety,

Drowned by the beauty,

Bringing peace,

Lifting up,

We start anew,

We gasp for air,

We believe,

We know,

We are convinced,

We can look forward,

Little faces of joy,

Spring forth,

From the dirt of the earth,

Cleansed and renewed,

A new day,

A fresh start.

 

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L’CHAIM

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Today I’m blessed to have survived 75 years of life.  As many of you know, I am at an age where many of my friends are already in heaven or are facing the near possibility.  For some reason, God has other things in mind for me.  I’m thankful for this time of grace.  I so grateful that He’s given me chance after chance while I’m here.  He’s spared my life many times – for His purpose.

I pray that during the rest of my days, I will come to know Him better – to share His love with others – that He would keep refining me so that when my final day arrives, I’ll be ready to meet Him face to face.

In the meantime, I thank Him for blessing me with a very good life.

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JUNETEENTH

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Way back in 1865, America was reeling from the effects of the Civil War.  Texas, however, had no part in the conflict.  In fact, many slaves moved to the Lone Star State to flee the battle.  When the Emancipation Proclamation was signed, it took some time for the news to reach Texas.  Thus slavery continued a while until Union General Gordon Granger, read General Order Number 3 from a balcony in Ashton Villa.

“The people of Texas are informed that, in accordance with a proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free. This involves an absolute equality of personal rights and rights of property between former masters and slaves, and the connection heretofore existing between them becomes that between employer and hired labor. The freedmen are advised to remain quietly at their present homes and work for wages. They are informed that they will not be allowed to collect at military posts and that they will not be supported in idleness either there or elsewhere.”

The slaves in Texas were the last to be freed. This was a day of joy for them.  Freedom always comes at a cost.  The blood shed during the long conflict for emancipation was superfluous.  Years passed, lives were lost or changed forever, brothers fought against brothers.  In spite of that loss, we still continue to fight the Civil War in different ways.

Today, freedom is available to anyone who comes here seeking it.  Our doors are open to those who have been oppressed by other governments.  We extend the arm of friendship, but still bias and segregation remain.  Maybe not in the same way as before, but in the undertones of prejudice, anger, selfishness, narcissism and hatred.

Have we forgotten that America is a free nation?  Have the tables turned in the last 150 years?  Are we still engaged in a Civil dispute?  No matter what the case, it’s time to put away malice, fear mongering, news that incites people into violent behavior and begin to heal.  Freedom is a precious commodity and should be revered as such.  Once we have it, we should not abuse it.  Once we have gained it, we should be willing to give up old ways and start fresh.

We don’t have to wait until the war is over.  The battle has already been won.  We’ve been freed from a life of sin, by God, the Creator of the Universe.  In the end, we know the result of that battle.  It has already been won, by Jesus, our Savior!

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WRITERS’ FUNNIES

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This doesn’t really have anything to do with writing, but I thought it was pretty funny.

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HAPPY FATHER’S DAY, HONEY!

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When I first met the man I’d someday marry, I had a pretty good idea that he was the one I wanted to spend the rest of my life with.  He had a great sense of humor, confidence, he knew what he wanted out of life, he had a strong faith in God, he wasn’t afraid of hard work, he had a sense of humor (oh, did I mention that?) A sense of humor is vital, in my opinion, if you are going to share a lifetime with someone.  When you’re blessed with children, it is imperative.

My husband was the fellow in our neighborhood who enjoyed having kids around.  He made them laugh, showed them how to play catch, how to run bases, how to handle disagreements, how to whittle something amazing out of a piece of wood.  When we had children of our own I knew he was going to be a great dad and I was proven right.

He was first on the scene when there was an injury.  He knew exactly how to stop the bleeding, make a tourniquet, soothe bruised muscles.  He really should’ve been a doctor.  He had a calming influence on our children in all their panicky moments.  I on the other hand was worthless.

He was a great example of what a husband should be as well.  I think it is really important for our children to know that their parents are a team and that they hold each other in great esteem and respect.  This man set some high standards for our children.  He never forgot an anniversary or birthday and flowers were always involved.

Our children also learned about struggle as their dad showed them how to handle defeat, failure, illness and sadness.  He made sure they all went to church each week and got a Christian education – even when they fought it.  He gave them the gift of a wonderful work ethic through his own example.  They could see his faith in action throughout their childhood and even more now as he continues to turn to the Lord for all his needs.

I love this man.  He has made so many sacrifices for us through these many years.  He always places his God and his family before anything else.

I could go on and on about what a wonderful man I married, but the fact is I’ve been blessed with a real gem.  God knew he would be good for me.  We have built a family together, shared our successes and sorrows, grown old together and become closer to our Lord and Savior together.  I thank God for this amazing treasure He has given me and my children.

HAPPY FATHER’S DAY, HONEY!

“In the same way husbands should love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself.”  Ephesians 5:28

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YOU ARE A MASTERPIECE

If you feel that your role in life isn’t important – if you struggle daily with thoughts of failure – if you believe that whatever you do, it isn’t going to be enough – it’s time to put your confidence in something other than yourself. 

Some turn to self-help books. Others think they can hide their feelings of inferiority by putting on a mask to cover up their shortcomings. Some turn to drugs or alcohol to deaden the pain. Many simply give up. There are also those who do not lack self confidence, but still struggle because they are trying too hard to find the answers all by themselves. That’s precisely the time we need God’s encouragement the most.

We’ll never be able to please all the people in our lives. We won’t always be successful in our work. We may feel left out or lonely at times, but there is One who loves us despite our failures – our brokenness – our insecurities. 

 He’s the One who created us. He also had a plan for our lives mapped out in advance of our birth. He formed each and every intricate part of us before we were ever born. He crafted each cell, each nerve, each drop of blood. I would say that’s a masterpiece.

If you’re feeling insignificant today – read Psalm 139. It not only praises God for His handiwork, it shows the intimate relationship David had with his Creator. This is true for us as well.

You don’t have to take courses in self-improvement or take pride in yourself and your accomplishments. You don’t have to live by the accolades of others. The true secret to success lies in the fact that you’re a unique creation of the God of the Universe. He loves you – and so should you.  

Use the gifts He has given you. When we put the focus on others, we Forget our own problems.  When we focus on Him instead of ourselves, we’ve got it made.

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ARE WE LIVING IN HELL?

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I am trying my best not to tune into the news.  I feel ignorance can be bliss.  At least I have a temporary respite from the ugliness of our world.  We can’t really escape all the darkness surrounding us by the flip of a switch, but we can seek comfort in the one who never changes.

I tend to lose it when it comes to the state of affairs in or country and the world, but then I realize there is nothing I can personally do to change it.  Even the wonderful knowledge that Jesus came to the world to fulfill the promise of salvation, is not going to change what goes on here – not until the last day.

So what do we do when it seems like evil has invaded planet earth and seems to be gaining momentum?  What do we do when it looks like there’s no hope, no peace, no solace?  How do we overcome the evil of this world?

We need to remember where our hope lies.  God is our refuge in all kinds of adversity – even in the state of our world.  He places his protective wings over us and gives us hope for the future.  Maybe the future is on the other side of eternity, but so what. It’s the truth that life will go on, even after death.  It’s the affirmation that God has forgiven everyone’s sins and when they believe in Him, they will share in paradise.

I had an aunt who used to say that our lives on earth is really our hell, but I believe that it’s really our time of grace.  A time which God has given us to share His love with others, to serve our fellow man and to leave the legacy of God’s holy Word to our children.

The Christian knows that this is not our permanent home.  We can move ahead in confidence, knowing that God has a much better place waiting for us.  Face this life with confidence that God is in control.

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