A Time to Live
A Time to Live
Picture and paraphrase by DiVoran Lites
Isaiah 43, Revelation 1:1-6
I’ll tell you how and why you’re afraid.
Then I’ll tell you how you are redeemed from fear.
You’re afraid when you don’t know what to do.
It may be difficult to admit that you are helpless and know nothing.
You start figuring. What will happen next?
How can you protect yourself and others?
This is how the world, the flesh, and the devil think and act.
Their thoughts are damaging.
You look at the past. Has anything like this happened to you or to anyone you know?
You go online to read everything that remotely applies to the problem.
You listen to the opinions of many counselors.
Some have solid ideas, but some harbor false perceptions,
You try to sort them out.
You remain in a state of the hyper alertness as though you were standing on a highway with cars whizzing by.
You fantasize about crashes, falls, accidents, hospital visits, and dying.
You invite guilt: what did you do to deserve this?
You ask if I am angry with you.
You slip in the miry clay and fall into self-pity.
Fear and worry kill your joy.
Breathe in Spirit
Be still and know that I Am God.
Thank me immediately.
That is my signal to go into action.
That is how I know you want my help.
You can do it from the start and skip all the nonsense.
It’s how I know you value kinship with me more than anything else.
I am able to make everything fresh.
I light your path, one step at a time.
It is the day of freedom, truth, and abundant life.
Watch for miracles. Give and receive love
Rejoice and be glad.
I give all the strength and wisdom you need.
I impart understanding, counsel, might, knowledge, reverence, and obedience: the fruits of the Holy Spirit.
Taste and see that I am good.
From the Heart
God loves you because of who God is.
not because of anything you did or didn’t do.
He can give you a peace this week
that surpasses all you ever knew.
Life does present its challenges-
of this we are all aware,
but the Lord is there throughout it all
to comfort in our despair.
Seeing past the pain of the present
is a recommended state of mind.
God lifts us up above our circumstances
and gives us “vision” of a special kind.
Are you going through a rough place?
Don’t give up in despair.
Look to Him who created you.
His presence is always there.
“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything
by prayer and supplication, with thanks-
giving, let your request be known unto God,
and the peace that passes all understanding
will keep your heart and mind in Christ Jesus,
our Lord.” Philippians 4:6
A Slice of Life
Day 8 (Thursday, Oct.6, 2016)
Last night was a little hectic. DiVoran and the rest of my family were all dealing with hurricane Matthew, as it heads for our homes in East Central Florida. And here I was, trying to do my part to help them by remote control in Indiana. It was after midnight when I finally got to bed. I was only able to sleep until 3:30, when I had to get up and make notes about more things I needed to remember to tell DiVoran about house preparations.
So, this morning after I talked over my list with DiVoran, I got ready and headed east to visit the Studebaker National Museum, located in South, Bend IN. This was an absolutely fabulous museum, consisting of three levels of beautifully restored Studebaker automobiles and associated vehicles/products, which the Studebaker Corporation has manufactured over the years.
The chronological history of the Studebaker Corporation, there at the museum, begins with the original hand-built Conestoga type wagon that John C. Studebaker designed and built, around 1835, to move his family from Pennsylvania to Indiana.
By the time I got finished looking at all of the fabulous Studebaker cars and associated vehicles/products, the morning was almost gone. So, I decided to skip The History Museum there in South Bend (which was just around the corner from the Studebaker Museum), and head straight for the Basilica of the Sacred Heart, at the Notre Dame University located in Elkhart, IN. To my regret, I discovered that vehicle access near the Basilica area was restricted, so this photo, from a distance, was all I could get.
Next I checked out the National New York Central Railroad Museum, also located there in Elkhart, IN. This turned out to be a very small museum with mainly local historical railroad memorabilia and a few pieces of well-worn rolling stock. I didn’t stay long.
Yesterday while visiting the Old Michigan City Lighthouse, a couple I met there, mentioned that if I was heading to Elkhart, I should be sure to visit the National RV Museum while I was there. So, that is where I was headed next. This turned out to be a very interesting museum, consisting of examples of RV type vehicles dating from the early 1920s to the present day. It has always amazed me how creative people have been, when it comes to designing and building mobile recreational vehicles over the years.
By now time was getting short, and I headed for my next visit at the Hall of Heroes Museum, also located there in Elkhart. This amazingly small museum was really fascinating (Check out the “Hall of Heroes” website for the amazing details of this unusual museum). The owner and curator, Allen Stewart, gave me a private tour of his museum, which houses over 60,000 comic books, 10,000+ toys and figures, and tons of other superhero related memorabilia. Allen’s collection includes a copy of the very first Action Comics comic book, which introduced the Super Hero, Superman, in 1938.
Recently I’ve been watching the “Fast N Loud” TV series, on the Discovery channel, and was surprised when one of their episodes happened to be when Richard Rawlings (Owner of the “Gas Monkey Garage” in Dallas, Texas), went to Elkhart to buy Allen Stewart’s ”65 Iron Man Shelby Cobra” from the Hall of Heroes Museum collection.
I had been told that this area contained a large population of Amish and I was anxious to try some Amish food at a local restaurant. As it turned out, I had researched this idea before my trip, and had decided to try the Amish Acres Restaurant Barn, located some 15 miles south of Elkhart, in Nappanee, IN. This restaurant is part of an 80 acre Old Order Amish* farm, homesteaded by Moses Stahly in 1873, and whose nine original buildings have been relocated and restored to create an attraction. The Amish Acres attraction includes a restaurant, the Round Barn Theatre, a one-room school, a blacksmith shop, an apple cider mill, a maple sugar camp, a mint distillery, an ice house and bank barns.
* Wikipedia: The Old Order Amish are a North American ethno-religious group consisting of some 2000 local churches. There is no formal church organization to bind them together, but they are linked by common faith, traditions and ancestry. In 1693, led by Jakob Ammann, the Amish separated from mainstream Mennonites.
I was pleasantly surprised with the food, but disappointed because it was served family style. There was way too much food for me to eat, but I was not allowed to take any of their delicious food back to the motel with me. They did however let me take a slice of their wonderful Shoofly Pie with me for dessert. Go figure?
So, with a full tummy, I headed for the motel to check on the status of Hurricane Matthew, see how DiVoran was doing, record today’s activities, and prepare for tomorrow’s adventures.
—–To Be Continued—–
A Life to Live
Picture and paraphrase by DiVoran Lites
Do the best you can, with my help, to love people.
Be discerning and let me show you who to trust.
Work with your hands, heart, and mind.
Serve and give.
Find your own niche and enjoy life to the fullest.
Each of my children is different from my other children so never compare yourself with someone else.
Do not campaign for other people to measure up to your expectations.
Pray for others and let Me correct them if correction is needed.
I’ve mentioned before that I grew up in Albuquerque, New Mexico. And yes, that IS one of our 50 Unites States – check out your U.S. atlas. It’s between Texas and Arizona. It’s actually a pretty large state.
The culture there is a mixture of Native American and Mexican. It’s a nice blend. Of course, growing up, it just seemed natural to me. In fact, it almost surprises me to find Native American culture in other states. I guess I thought it was just contained in New Mexico. I’m not always very bright….
In the course of writing this post, I would like to share some of my memories of New Mexico. But my thoughts may jump from one subject to another without any connection, so please bear with me. It’s going to be a fun ride for me…..
I always liked the New Mexico flag:
From Wikipedia I gleaned the following:
The yellow field and red symbol colors are the colors of Spain. First brought to New Mexico by Spanish explorers in 1540. On New Mexico’s flag we see a red sun with rays stretching out from it. There are four groups of rays with four rays in each group. This is an ancient sun symbol of a Native American people called the Zia. The Zia believed that the giver of all good gave them gifts in groups of four. These gifts are:
The four directions – north, east, south and west.
The four seasons – spring, summer, fall and winter.
The day – sunrise, noon, evening and night.
Life itself – childhood, youth, middle years and old age.
All of these are bound by a circle of life and love, without a beginning or end.
I’ve mentioned the Fiesta dresses (or Squaw dresses) please see my post on December 9, 2012 -we wore. They always remind me of New Mexico.
I had a funny “One of our 50 is Missing” episodes – please see my post of March 3, 2013 post – I don’t speak Portugese.
The mountains to the East of Albuquerque, part of the Rocky Mountain Range, were always my delight. I loved those mountains, and miss them here in Florida. Please see my post for February 15, 2015 – The Crest.
Back in my growing-up days, we didn’t have cell phones, and sometimes not even TV. My family didn’t get our first TV until I was about 15 years old. So we had to find other means of entertaining ourselves. Both before I met Fred, and after but before we married and moved away, one of our favorite things to do was to drive out to the west mesa rise, turn around and drive back into town, looking at the city lights. Especially at night, when all the lights were on. It was truly a beautiful sight.
~~~~~~~~~~To Be Continued~~~~~~~~~~
Walking by Faith, Not by Sight
Janet Perez Eckles
(February 10, 2017)
Is he ever a type A personality! Driven, zealous, bold, and often forceful. I’m talking about Paul’s commitment to win souls for Christ.
Can’t help it, but often he moves me with his unwavering faith, and he wins my admiration for his endurance. But sometimes he baffles me with some statements he makes, like this one: “Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong” (2 Corinthians 12:9-10).
He delights in weakness? In suffering? Boasting about our weakness is an insane contradiction to the world’s standards where we need to appear strong, in control, all together, and have our success shine before others.
Paul shouts the total opposite. But a little pondering brings logic to his thinking. Boasting in areas in which we’re weak brings us to our knees to recognize our vulnerability, our powerlessness, and our feeble ways. And voila! That’s when God’s power bursts through with His ability to do the impossible, level walls of opposition, and remove hurdles we never could on our own.
Celebrate with me; let’s dig out those weaknesses, insecurities, the I-don’t-measure-up feelings, and toss out the inhibitions they caused. And with Paul’s same boldness, wait in expectation for God’s power to be made perfect in them.
How quickly will you celebrate your weaknesses?