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Posted By Sharon

I have to laugh when I think of how many different passwords I have for the different areas of my life.  Some people use the same ones but not me.  Don't get me wrong, I started out using the same ones but then the rules changed.  'You need 6 characters...one must be capitalized...no characters please....at least one character..." You understand what I'm saying, I'm sure!  It gets so confusing we have a list and whenever one is changed or a new one is created, the list gets updated.

We have a lot of passwords when it comes to our day-to-day lives too.  "How are you? I'm fine" "Boy it's hot today!" "When are you going to take care of that? Later."  We use them so often we don't need a list to keep track of them...they're already part of our vocabulary.  The difference between our passwords for computer (banking, billing, etc.) activities is they have no real meaning.  They may be based on something that is personal to us so we will remember them more easily but to the receiver, they're just numbers, letters & characters.  Our day-to-day passwords often carry a much deeper message.

They may protect us from getting too close to someone by not sharing our deepest thoughts.  They may be used as excuses because we don't want to do what someone is asking of us.  They may be a way to say what we're thinking without the other person hearing what we're really saying. HUH?

Remember when you were young and you would create 'secret messages' from your own message code for you & your closest buds?  Why did you do that? Because that was a way to share what was deepest in your heart with someone you trusted.  Now that we're adults we do the same thing except it's a little more sophisticated...we choose our word 'passwords' more carefully.  I suppose there's really nothing wrong with doing that but it becomes a problem when it moves into our relationship with Christ.

We 'assign' our own definition to Who He is and what He'll do based on our own beliefs.  Big mistake! We might be talking about Him to someone & find ourselves using old cliches instead of sharing Biblical truths. & sharing what's truly on our hearts! And what about when we mess us?  How do we relate to God? Do we hide or try to 'sugar coat' our situation when we tell Him about it?  Why do we do this? Fear, anger, self-justification?

'Passwords' are great when it comes to protecting us from others seeing sensitive information that could put our financial lives in jeopardy but when it comes to our lives and relationships with others, we need to be more honest. I remember my mom telling me when we lie, it creates a lot of chaos because you always have to keep track of the first lie so when you tell the second (third,fourth, etc.) you don't contradict yourself.  Pretty hard to do! And when it comes to God, there's no reason to use 'Passwords', He already knows everything about you, loves you anyway and there's nothing you can do about it! 

Everyone wants to simplify their lives! Just lighten up on the day-to-day 'Passwords' & you'll be amazed how much simpler life can be!  :-)

~Blessings~


 
Posted By Sharon

The past two days  have been somewhat stressful...well kind of.  You see my brother was to have stents placed in a couple of arteries leading to his heart yesterday but...well, let me just explain.

After arriving early and going through the regular pre-op routine, he waited in a surgical waiting room with his family for several hours.  At that point, he was escorted to a room with a bed where he could rest and wait some more.  During this time, he laughed and joked with all of us and was not in the least bothered by the delay of his inevitable surgery.  After 2 hours, he was moved to a pre-op room and we all thought...AT LAST!  By this time he was several hours past the scheduled operation but he continued having one of the best attitudes I'd ever seen.  Another 2 hours passed and the doctors were still tied up with another surgery that had not gone as expected and they told my brother his would be postponed to today.  Honestly I was at my breaking point but continued to smile and be encouraging (God knew what was really going on in my heart!).  But you know what?  My sweet brother turned to me and asked why would a guy with a hang nail get bent out of shape over the doctors caring for someone who was having heart surgery?  He continued with "It's ok to wait til tomorrow...everyone will be more rested anyway."  After that he returned to smiling and joking.  He really made me stop and think.  I can only hope and pray that God will give me the grace to have the same attitude whenever I approach the roadblocks of life.  How blessed I am to have witnessed such a great display of kindness and mercy in a very stressful situation.

BTW...he had his surgery this morning and it went quite well.  We continue to pray for a quick recovery and I pray that God will always help me remember the gift I was given while waiting for my brother's surgery...to recognize everything is in His control just as my brother did.

Have a great one!

~Blessings~


 
Posted By Sharon

So the weekend held some exciting news for us! We had been looking for a 'Yorkie' mix for several weeks and had yet to find the perfect fit for our fam.  This weekend changed all that!

tillie

Tillie is a 2 year old Chorkie (Chihuahua/ Yorkshire Terrier Mix).  In her previous home there was a Boxer and her owner was afraid she would be harmed so because she loved her so much, she decided it was time to find a new home for Tillie.  On Thursday night she placed an ad on Craigslist.  Within 20 minutes I found it and within an hour we were arranging a meeting and pick-up for Saturday afternoon.

This little girl has definitely been loved. She is approximately 5#, is crate trained and loves to cuddle.  What fun we've had with her already.  Of course I had to buy her a pink collar with 'diamonds' (LOL!) and a coordinating leash as soon as we got her.  She loves Pedigree puppy food, treats and her toys!  She's also curious about the cat but as of right now, the cat prefers keeping her distance. :-)

I feel very blessed having found Tillie...she fits right in. Her previous owner has passed on all her medical info, her likes & dislikes and has asked us to keep her updated with pictures. 

In Psalm 37:4 it says "Delight yourself in the LORD and he will give you the desires of your heart." I can't help but feel this scripture is applicable in our case! Tillie wasn't a need for us but she definitely was a desire of our hearts.  Thank you God for bringing her into her lives at just the right time.

~Blessings~


 
Posted By Sharon

I've been reflecting lately on how we all believe everything has a beginning and an ending.  I've decided that's a false statement...at least in some ways.  For example: Life begins and ends when we die.  True or False?  Some who don't have the hope of heaven may say that's a true statement yet if you look into various religious ways of thinking, we see most believe there is 'something' in the hereafter.  Parenting never ends, it just evolves throughout the life of the child.  Those are just two examples but if you think about it, everything we do is always based on what we've done. Huh?

Beginning with birth we have basic needs: food, water, clothing & shelter.  Does that ever change? No.  We learn to talk and even though the words may change (or even be lost) we will find a way to communicate.  The same with walking...even if we can't use our legs, we will find other ways to be mobile.  We are constantly changing yet we are building upon whatever we already know.  Is there really an ending when it comes to the human life?  I don't think so.  Even after we die (and I believe continue on in Heaven) we leave a legacy on this earth that no one else can leave.  It's sort of our own personal 'carbon footprint'.  And the question is what will we leave behind?

You may find this post somewhat perplexing...thinking I'm 'thinking' too much but let me explain.  I mentioned a couple of weeks ago about volunteering to take responsibility for an area of an upcoming event.  Since that time I find myself migrating into other areas because help is needed so I'm asking myself why am I doing this and I realize it's because I never want to see failure if I can help prevent it.  Some might call this the 'savior' complex and if I'm not careful, it could easily turn into that....been there, done that.  But I realize now I can't fix everything nor save every circumstance, only God can do that.  I can only give my best and pray with His grace, the outcome will be a good one.

Beginnings and Endings....Yes we all have a beginning but it appears to me once our lives are set into motion, there is never a defined ending....only a 'let's see what comes next' phase.  That's why it's so important to continue building on what we've been taught so we're ready for that next phase because only God knows what that might be.  Let's continue to learn and grow and place our trust in the saving grace of Jesus...many say the 'best is yet to come'.  I beg to differ...if we live our lives to the fullest TODAY each day can be the 'best'.  Yes, I'm looking forward to seeing Jesus but if I read the scriptures correctly, the day I accepted Him into my life was the beginning of forever with Him.  I don't like to wait so that is a very appealing thought to me. What about you?

~Blessings~


 
Posted By Sharon

Over the years I've heard & read in the scriptures that God is good.  Now don't misunderstand what I'm about to say but I've really struggled with this.  No...not about God being good but using the word 'good' to describe Him.  Maybe it's our use of the word in the English language. "Be good or you won't get a present."  "Ah...she's such a good girl."  "How are you? I'm good." (not appropriately used but used nonetheless.)  How can such a common word describe God? 

When I think of God, words such as Holy, All-knowning, All-caring, Ever Present, etc. come to mind.  But good?  It's just so...well...I don't know...human I guess.  Over the weekend we had things happen that if God wasn't present, the outcomes would have been devastating...a b-i-l had a motorcycle accident without his helmet, a very sick child who is hours away from us, a repair surgery on another family member....yet God made sure the outcomes of each of these situations were positive.  What if one or all had gone a painful way for us?  What then? Would I still say He is good?

Is He good (and good all the time) as so many proclaim?  Of course He is but He is so much more.  He's not equal to the 'good little girl' or 'I'm good'. He's above, beyond all of that.  He is Author, Creator, Savior, Friend, Everlasting, Ever knowing, Ever caring, Ever present, Righteous.  That's so much more than just describing Him as 'good'.  That's my problem with just calling Him, 'good'.  It's not enough...it doesn't come close to Who He is but because our minds are capable of comprehending so little, that is how Jesus described Him in Mark 10:18.  Since it's a word we should use to describe God, maybe we should be a little more careful how we use it. We use the word 'good' to describe behavior but when the Bible uses it to describe God, it is used to describe His character.   He never changes, He never needs to be 'bribed' into being good, He just is!  

I'm not saying we should never use the word to describe people or to describe God but that we should be aware when we say 'God is good' it has nothing to do with His behavior. It's Who He is.  Is He good all the time? Of course! What else could He be?

Til Next Time,

~Blessings~