Happy Hour!

Monday, October 21, 2019

Welcome!!

It’s another great Monday, my friends and just one more opportunity to find the good in it! Mondays can be a little rough…yeah, like once a week, right?  Naaah, just kidding; however, Mondays can be that way, if we allow ourselves to fall for it. Don’t!

How about this: Every Monday, have yourself a little “Happy Hour”. Give yourself a little something special to end the day with and go to sleep on…it doesn’t even have to require alcohol. It can be anything that helps us to relax and look forward to tomorrow.

For me, my happy hours involve a nice, ice cold beer before dinner.  What can I tell ya’? It hits the spot and it actually invites me to sit down and take a few minutes to ponder both the moment and the day’s accomplishments. It works for me!

Whatever suits our fancy – just so we stop the day’s momentum and wind down for a little relaxation. Just try it! It’s a good thing we do, when we stop and take out a few minutes for us.

My prayer for us all this week, is that we’ll seek the Lord’s help in showing us how we can honor both Him and ourselves as well, and be better for it. He knows our hearts and our needs. He loves us so much and He is always there – talk to Him!

GOD is Good! GOD is Great!! Always!!!

I love you,

Margaret

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LIFE – I LOVE IT!!

 

September 16, 2019

Happy Monday my Friends and welcome to my Blog!

You know once in a while we’re blessed to come across an old friend, acquaintance or colleague that we’d long since forgotten. Well, maybe not forgotten, but certainly not thought of in a long while. This past week, I had one of those, “reunions”.

I was in Target, one of my favorite stores in the whole wide and believe me when I say, “I know shopping up-close and personal!”

I was busy examining some make-up products and had the feeling someone was watching me. At first I thought I’d just had too much coffee, even though I only drink Decaf, or maybe it was the horror movie I’d watched the night before – either way, very shortly I realized it was not my imagination and I proceeded on over to the make-up counter to sample various new make-up products for about fifteen minutes or so. I took a quick cursory glance in the mirror in front of me on the counter and as my mind was on the “stalker”, I was unaware of how I was mindlessly applying various make-up products and frankly I scared myself when I glanced over into the mirror! Immediately I began removing the extra eyebrow I had applied, then onto the layers of mascara on my eyelashes which had somehow joined my cheeks?! I had tested so many shades of lipsticks that the last application resulted in a deeeeep shade of purple, resembling Morticia. YIKES!!

By the time I had literally scrubbed my face to a bright apple-red, I was asked politely by the floor attendant if I was alright. Lovely lady! As I was franticly cleaning up the pile of Kleenex, lotions, creams, etc., I was certain I had an audience…not a big one, just one or two. Darn!!

I took one more glance in the mirror at the fading Morticia and gathered my personal belongings. I was just about to pull an Elvis when I felt a gentle tap on my shoulder, followed by an “Excuse me, but I believe I know you.”  I turned around and saw my stalker…FACE-TO-FACE (ugh!)  once more. Oh brother!

Turns out, this was my first true love  (I had several) from 9th grade in high school and of course he didn’t even know I was alive back then. I’m still wondering how he could have possibly recognized me – must have been Morticia he recognized. Either way, we chatted for a few minutes and then once again parted ways…for another 50 years, hopefully. Oh, I’d love to be a little hovering, mind-reading Bumble Bee, as I watched him through my blurry irritated eyes until he was out of sight. I can only imagine what he was thinking. Well I say, serves him right! He had over fifty years to notice me, but NO, it had to be today!! Did I say “serves him right?!”

Hers’s what I really think, my friends:

Love yourself, warts and all and believe in yourself because God doesn’t make mistakes! The depth of his Love and Grace is incomprehensible!

“If God is for us, who can be against us?” – Romans 8:31

My prayer for us all this week is that we will all embrace the love of our heavenly Father, thank Him for the miracle of us, and remember no mater what, He loves us, unconditionally!  Amen!

LIFE – I LOVE IT!! BELIEVE IN MIRACLES!

GOD is Good! GOD is Great!! Always!!!

I love you,

Margaret

My spiritual thriller, “That Melvin Bray”, is available on Amazon

 

 

Labor Day – A Very Special Day!

Monday, September 2, 2019

Welcome to my Monday Blog, everyone!

Hope you all had a wonderful Labor Day weekend and holiday! It’s a great time to reflect also.

May each of us continue to respect and treasure all the greatness our hard work and labor-of-love have bestowed upon us throughout our heritage! Let us all continue to honor and respect the need to remain diligent and grateful for the drive to succeed in this effort for our beloved United States of America …”one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”

This week, let us all pray for our Country and for one another. Amen!

May God Bless us and God Bless America!!

GOD is Good! GOD is Great!! Always!!

I love you,

Margaret

My novel, the spiritual thriller, “That Melvin Bray”, is available on Amazon;

 

 

What’s Your Problem?

Monday, August 12, 2019

Welcome to my Monday Blog, dear Friends! I appreciate each and every one of you – YOU are the reason I sit here on Monday’s, causing me to consciously reflect on yesterday, today and tomorrow. Thank you!

Today’s image represents us all, doesn’t it? Life is a challenge at best. It just IS! The thing is though, is that we must always remember that Life is our most precious gift. The Gift of Life, given to us, whether we deserve it or not, is a gift like no other. And, by the way, how often do we go to the Lord with a big “Thank You” ? Once a day, once a week, once a month? I’ll stop. Regardless of the answer, I’ll ask us all this: Are we just too busy asking God to come to our rescue, and save us from this or that big problem? Probably.

What if we focused on all the big problems God has already worked out for us? All the prayers He’s already answered for us? All the unsolvable situations He has shown up for and solved for us? Our problems are not with God, rather our biggest problem lies in our own hearts and minds. It’s called a lack of faith…in our BIG God! Our big problems are tiny when you compare them to the power of our BIG God! Think about it, embrace it and walk this faith in Him, our BIG God!

My prayer for us all this week, is that we will all be mindful of the Power of our BIG God and what we must do to deserve His gifts to us? It’s very simple…our humankind relationship with God…it consists of FAITH, HOPE and LOVE. May we all hold this in our hearts going forward this week, being mindful that if we want help with our big problems, we must be deserving of that help from our BIG GOD! Amen.

“And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.” – 1 Corinthians 13:13

GOD is Good! GOD is Great!! Always!!!

I love you,

Margaret

 

The Ten Commandments and Politics

Monday August 5, 2019

Welcome to my Monday blog, my friends, and thank you for sharing your time with me today…especially today! You know I usually stay away from the political arena as I’ve learned  I am more blessed when sharing my religious views.  Frankly though, I believe my main purpose here on God’s earth is to share His only begotten Son’s everlasting love for all who walk His earth. With that said, I’m going to break my own rule by sharing an article I found over the weekend which one may feel has a political tone to it; however, it is indeed related to my faith and God’s Holy Word:

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                                       Socialism Violates All Ten Commandments  – by Robert Knight

“With a couple dozen Democrat presidential hopefuls vying to see who’s pinker, perhaps it’s time to contrast socialism with something more helpful and permanent: The Ten Commandments.

Socialism teaches that wealth should be held in common owner ship, controlled by the state. Hence, the Democrats’ constant push to have government confiscate ever more income and power.

By contrast, the Bible teaches that God owns all things and that we’re merely stewards of His creation. When we look at each of the Ten Commandments, we see that they’re directly at odds with socialism:

You shall have no other gods before Me.

Socialism and it’s offshoots – Communism, fascism, democratic socialism and National Socialism (Nazism)  – enshrine the state above all other powers. There is no room for God, which is why socialists are in a permanent war with the church and are bent on creating a faith-free society.

You shall make no idols.

Idols are anything that takes the place of God in the hierarchy of values. Under socialism, sheer power over one’s fellow man is an idol. Another is building utopias – the unicorns of government because such perfect societies do not exist.

You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain.

When socialists take over a culture, it becomes depraved and perverse. To enforce their new immoral order, socialists openly blaspheme God and particularly Jesus Chris. Hollywood, which is famously leftist, has taken the road since Christian review boards abandoned their role in the 1960s, opening up films to any and all ways to shock audiences.

Keep the Sabbath day holy.

Sundays are no different from any other day in socialist societies. In fact, people going to church on a Sunday are identified and often persecuted in places like communist China, where atheism is the official state religion. Even in our market-based society, materialism – a necessary precept of socialism – has pushed respect for the Sabbath to the margins.

Honor your father and mother.

Socialism has been at war with marriage and family since the French Revolution in 1780. Unlike America’s revolutionaries of 1776, the Jacobins sought to wipe out Christianity and establish an all-encompassing government that supplanted the family. Fredrich Engels, co-author with Karl Marx of “The Communist Manifesto,” later wrote about the need to do away with marital fidelity and to assign children to communal rearing. He, Marx and other socialists correctly identified the family as a competing source of authority and bulwark of the church. Both stand in the way of collectivist regimes.

You shall not murder.

Many people misread this commandment as a broader order not to kill for any reason, which denies the moral difference between taking innocent human life and executing murders. Socialists have long promoted abortion – the direct taking of an innocent human life – as a way to “liberate” women and men from parental responsibilities.

You shall not commit adultery.

In the 1960s, Americans became familiar with the term “free love”, but socialists have been promoting it heavily since the early 1800s. Sex outside marriage, prostitution, pornography and abortion all militate against marriage fidelity. Socialists deploy euphemisms like “choice ” and “sex work” to cover the retreat from Biblical morality.”

You shall not steal.

Socialism is a grand theft. It uses the state to take earnings from productive people and redistribute it to create dependency and thus political power for those handing it out. Slavery is 100 percent taxation – when someone else controls the fruits of one’s labor. Socialist countries first control and then seize private property. Mark summed up “The Communist Manifesto” in one sentence: “Abolition of private property.”

You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.

This is not just about telling lies in a witness situation but also about using lies to advance one’s well being. Socialism is built on a mountain of lies about human nature, which is why it eventually must resort to violence. Marx wrote that “the ends justify the means,” which means you can do or say anything as long as it advances the revolution.

You shall not covet.

Socialism’s main engine is envy, stoking resentment against others who have more, even to the point of using violence to get it. In Genesis, Cain killed Abel out of envy for Abel achieving God’s favor. Envy was also on display when Satan promised Adam and Eve that if they defied God, then “ye shall be as Gods.”  Coveting divinity got Satan kicked out of Heaven, and it’s what he and his minions continue to peddle in a variety of forms – including pride, envy and socialism.  

Of Satan, Jesus said, “When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.”

God originated life, natural marriage and love and gave us The Ten Commandments. It shouldn’t be a mystery as to where the deceptive cake of socialism was baked.”

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I just found this article so very interesting and also quite telling. As a Christian, devout Jesus-lover and follower, I love everyone – everyone – the good, the bad, the ugly-in-heart; the saved, the unsaved, the Democrats, Republicans, Independents; however, I don’t agree with everyone and I’m certain you don’t either! With that said, I hope you’ll receive a blessing from this article…in some form or another.

My prayer for us all this week, is that we’ll all get in touch with our hearts and minds and see where we stand on certain issues. We know there’s a right and wrong, yes and no, but there’s no “maybe” with God. Amen!

GOD is Good! GOD is Great!! Always!!!

I love you,

Margaret

My spiritual thriller, “That Melvin Bray” is available on Amazon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Are YOU A Softy?

Monday, July 29, 2019

Hello my dear Friends,

It’s Monday Blog time and I’m just darn glad to be here!! I love my Life and I’m so grateful God gave me one. I’m blessed with a sense of happiness and a soft heart! Yep, I’m a softy, alright! So let’s check out a few thoughts from Merriam-Webster about the traits of a “soft-y”:

SOFT; noun:  ENGAGING, KIND, UNASSUMING, LOW-KEY (to name just a few)…

OK now, let’s see what Proverbs 15 says about happy and soft hearts:

1.  A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. 

2. The soothing tongue is a tree of life, but a perverse tongue crushes the spirit. 

3. A happy heart makes the face cheerful, but heartache crushes the spirit.

4. The discerning heart seeks knowledge, but the mouth of a fool feeds on folly.

5. A hot-tempered person stirs up conflict, but the one who is patient calms a quarrel.

6. A person finds joy in giving an apt reply-and how good is a timely word!

7. The Lord is far from the wicked, but he hears the prayer of the righteous.

8. Light in a  messenger’s eyes brings joy to the heart, and good news gives health to the bones.

9. Wisdom’s instruction is to fear the Lord and humility comes before honor.

You know, if we all were to put these into practice on a daily basis, I believe we could surely change the world!

All of us need encouragement from time to time and we never know when we might have the opportunity to don our “Softy Hat” and perform an act of kindness. Shoot, I could write a book about the kindness I’ve received in my lifetime…so wonderful, and there’s no better feeling than the gift of kindness, whether you’re the giver or the receiver.

This week, my prayer for us all is that we will walk with a sense of care, concern and kindness in all we do, and that we’ll be conscious of those around us and how we might offer even one word or gesture of kindness. Remember that having a soft heart in a cruel world is courage, not weakness. Amen!

Thank you for visiting with me here today and I hope this week is a Blessing for you.

GOD is Good! GOD is Great!! Always!!!

I love you,

Margaret

My novel, the spiritual thriller, “That Melvin Bray” is available on Amazon:

 

 

 

                                               

 

 

Summertime at Grandma’s House!!

To all the grandparents…I know you feel my JOY!!

Author Margaret McBride

Monday, July 16, 2018

Welcome, Everyone!!

Happy Monday and thank you for sharing some time with me today! If you ever feel like leaving a comment or two, please do so and I’ll be grateful.

So I woke up today excited about my blog and as soon as I sat down at my desk, I ran across the image above and instantly I knew I was to share some “grandma moments” with you all today.

When I had my first child I thought, “Thank you, God, how incredible!” Then, a few years later I had my second child and felt even more grateful and ask God what had I ever done to deserve these two precious gifts he had bestowed upon me! The love a parent has for a child is indescribable…if you’re a parent, you know what I mean.

As my gift of Life continued to unfold, my two precious gifts gave me…

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