How’s Your Heart?

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October, 15, 2018

Hello, my Friends and welcome to my Monday Blog! First, here’s a big THANK YOU for sharing your time with me here each week! I’m so grateful to you all and today I have a special hello to all you new-comers: Uganda, Norway, Palestinian Territories, Croatia, Uzbekistan, Colombia, Algeria, Qatar, Morocco – Welcome, dear hearts!!

My Blog is simply a tool for me to share my heartfelt feelings about my relationship with God and the incredible power of forgiveness. I may not know you personally, but I love you just as if I did.

Along the way, I’ll share a few stories here and there, about just how good Life can truly be when we walk on certain paths. One of those paths and certainly the most important path is the Path of Righteousness:

“You will make known to me the path of life; In your prescience is fullness of joy; In Your right hand there are pleasures forever.” -Psalm 16:11

“I have directed you in the way of wisdom; I have led you in upright paths.”     – Proverbs 4:11

“So you will walk in the way of good men and keep to the paths of the righteous.” – Proverbs 2:20

“You have made known to me the ways of life; You will make me full of gladness with your presence.” – Acts 2:28

“Make me know Your ways, O Lord; teach me Your paths.” – Psalm 25-4

“Make me walk in the path of Your commandments, for I delight in it.               – Psalm 119:35

“And many peoples will come and say, “Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob; that He may teach us concerning His ways and that we may walk in His paths.”  – Isaiah 2:3

I refer to the Path of Righteousness as the High Road and when we start out each day on the High Road, we can’s miss the Path of Righteousness!!

With Life, fear, doubt and sin are always hanging around…we have to be focused on God and diligent in guarding our hearts from all the misery and temptation Satan is constantly throwing at us! This is serious. WE, alone, are responsible for our actions. Satan may certainly be behind our missing the path of righteousness, but WE will take the heat for our bad decisions, not Satan…trust me.

“Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the well-spring of Life.” – Pro. 4:23

This week my prayer for us all is that we will seek the Path of Righteousness at every step we take and that we will guard our hearts with all our being – remembering that Satan has very persuasive powers and is the Liar in Chief here on God’s Earth. Don’t fall for his tricks. Ask God to help you GUARD YOUR HEART!!

God Is Good! God is Great!! always!!!

I love you,

Margaret

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Too Young To Be 70, I mean 71!!

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Monday, October 8, 2018

Welcome to my Monday Blog my friends! Thank you for sharing your time with me and I appreciate each and every one of you! I’ve been traveling for a few weeks now and as always, it’s good to be home! I actually turned 71 on this recent trip and I admit it seems like yesterday that I was turning 70!! Holy Moly, Batman, I’m too young for this…

*”I’m Too Young to Be Seventy…

Deep in my heart I believe I’m too young to be seventy. There are times when I’m wearing my baseball cap and my jeans that I even can imagine that, glimpsed from the rear, I might be mistaken for someone who could still be in her teens. Or maybe the mother of teens. Late thirties? Earlie forties? Middle fifties? I think I could do the middle fifties just fine, like that actress who, when asked how she could be fifty-four when her son was forty-eight, replied, ‘My son lives his life and I live mine.’

In the life that I’m living I’m too young to be seventy. The woman I see in the mirror is not the real me. When I elevate my chin, when I suck my stomach in, when I throw my shoulders back, when I tighten all that’s slack, I can’t be any more than sixty-one. And a half? Sixty-two? Okay, sixty-three.

As long as we can agree I’m too young to be seventy. Too young in my heart and my soul, if not in my thighs. Too Hopeful. Too eager. Too playful. Too restless. Too insufficiently wise. Too young. Did I mention too young?  Too young to be seventy?” 

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When we actually ponder the longevity part of living our gift of Life, we’re made to be more conscious of our lives…how we live, where we live, what we do, who we do it with, and always, WHY As a Christian, the last one there, the “why”, has always been the easiest one for me…well, since I was eleven. My answer to the why is simple: “Because He told me so”…now I’m not saying I don’t have difficulty sometimes, with the Lord having His way…but thank Him, I’ve learned to be more patient, listen longer, get on my knees more and pray without ceasing, and let’s not forget…I’m seventy+!!

No matter how old or smart we are, we must trust that God’s timing is all that maters here on His earth. We control zip! Aw, we think we’re in control, but no matter how hard and smart we work, how much we think “we got this”, our plans may not be what God has in store for us. His timing and our timing don’t match perfectly. When the best laid plans don’t materialize as we think they should have, that’s precisely when God is showing us He has a better plan…and that’s when we need to step back and seek God’s will and trust His timing. We’re all quite capable of wanting something so much that we can’t imagine any other option. That’s when our faith comes in…that’s when we show our Heavenly Father we love Him and trust His wisdom, not ours. As the old hymnal goes…there’s Victory in Jesus! Amen.

My prayer for us all this week is that we’ll pray for God’s wisdom and patience. Actually, let’s ALL pray not just for ourselves, but for each other in this prayer. What a Blessing!! Amen.

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

I love you,

Margaret

*A special “Thank You” to author, Judith Viorst for her humor, talent, wisdom and the excerpt above from her book, “I’m Too Young to Be Seventy and Other Delusions.”

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

Ya Gotta Have Faith!!

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Monday, September 17, 2018

Welcome to my Monday Blog, dear hearts!

First, I give thanks for all of God’s mercy during this past weekend. As a result of Hurricane Florence, many have suffered great losses and have had their lives turned upside down. It’s times like these when our faith is tested and we may become vulnerable to the Devil’s tricks and promises. We mustn’t fall for the lies he spreads. He’s very clever and creeps in when we we’re at our weakest.

When disaster strikes too close to home, it’s these times when we’re weak and dismayed. Yet, it’s also these very times when we can get on our knees and praise God for all He’s already done for us, and continue to rely on His love and genius to get us through the present challenge we may now be facing.

In other words, this is not the time to run from God and be blasphemous – on the contrary – this is the time to show God just how much we do indeed trust in Him.  These are the times we use our FAITH in Him to get us though it:

“Sing to him, sing praise to him; tell of all his wonderful works.”                     – Psalm 105:2

Often I’m reminded of the incredible faith my dear Mother not only spoke of, but showed my siblings and me by the way she lived her life. Whether a disaster had just landed in her lap on a rainy Monday, or we were all enjoying a great meal after Church on a sunny Sunday…her faith was real and intact, no matter what she was faced with. (Thank you, Mother!)

My family and I were not harmed in this hurricane; however, we’ve lived through several prior to this one and we know what it’s like, first hand. I know the feeling of despair and loss…I know how emotionally and financially tragic a tragedy like this can be. It is indeed a feeling of grief and despair. It can also create a feeling of strength and courage if we can hold onto our faith!

Yes, we must pull ourselves up and keep going with a lust for life and an unwavering faith in our creator, God, Himself.

* “Faith:

Hebrews 11:1 tells us that faith is “being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.” There is no other component of the Christian life more important than faith. 

Faith is a gift from God, not because we deserve it, have earned it, or are worthy to have it. It is not from ourselves; it is from God. It is not obtained from our power or our free will. Faith is simply given to us by God, along with His grace and mercy, according to His holy plan and purpose, and because of that, He gets all the glory. God designed a way to distinguish between those who belong to Him and those who don’t, and it is called faith. Very simply, we need faith to please God. God loves to bless those who are obedient and faithful. Faith is what sustains us to the end.”

My prayer for all of us this week, is that we will all share whatever we can, no matter if it’s a heartfelt prayer, labor, food, time, money…whatever we may have to give or share…to show our faith in God, ourselves and each other in this time of need, fear and doubt.

Anything we may do to lift someone up and help them in any way possible is when we truly grow in our own humanness. God loves to bless those who are obedient and faithful.

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

I love you,

Margaret

* A special ‘Thank You” to Bible Faith for scripture contribution to today’s message on Faith.

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God Bless America!

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SEPTEMBER 11, 2018

My fellow Americans…

Today is one we’ll never forget!

Please keep all the victims & their families in your prayers today and do whatever you feel led to do…to bring Joy to anyone you know who was personally touched by this tragedy.  Remember, the tiniest heartfelt prayer goes a long way with the Lord. Amen.

Thank you so much!

Love,

Margaret

 

 

 

 

 

THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD

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Monday, September 10, 2018

Welcome to my Monday Blog, my friends! I’m grateful for your visit and I invite you to leave a comment. I’m always open to your thoughts and  questions and I’ll  consider it a blessing to hear from you!

I’m always looking for profound information which I can share with you in an attempt to enlighten, encourage and bless you in some way. This morning a dear friend sent this to me by way of Heaven and I knew I was to share it with you

“AS THE WORLD GROWS INCREASINGLY DARK, remember that you are the light of the world. Don’t waste energy lamenting bad things over which you have no control. Pray about these matters, but refuse to let them haunt your thoughts. Instead, focus your energies on doing what you can to brighten the place where I have put you. Use your time, talents, and resources to push back the darkness. Shine My Light into the world!

I am the Light that shines on in the darkness–even in the most terrible conditions. Your light originates in Me and reflects from you. I have called you to reflect My Glory! You do this most effectively by becoming more and more fully the one I designed you to be. Spend ample time seeking My Face, beloved. Focusing on My Presence and My Word helps you to grow in grace and discern My Will. Your time spent with Me nourishes your soul, providing comfort and encouragement. Thus I strengthen you and enable you to be a source of strength for others.”  – Matthew 5:14 NKV: John 1:9; John 1:5 AMP; 2 Corinthians 3:18

WOW!! When I finished reading this profound advice from On High, I was  well aware of the gift of this message to me…that’s right…to me. This is exactly what I needed today.

So, here it is…I share my gift, this profound message. with you today. If it speaks to you, then embrace it without question and follow His Word – spend more time with Him. Time spent with God is time well-spent!!  And when God says, “you are the light of the world”, we are to rise to the occasion and wear this as a cloak of honor in His Holy name. Hallelujah!

This week, my prayer for all of us is that we’ll embrace the profound message of the scripture above, as often times we go astray and ultimately can lose our way. Amen!

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

I love you,

Margaret

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It’s Called LOVE!

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Monday, September 3,  2016

Welcome to my Monday Blog, my friends! Near or far, I hope your day is a Joyous one and that you’re blessed in ways you haven’t even thought of; so, do your part to make it happen!!

It’s a beautiful day here in Atlanta, GA and my little community is up and at it bright and early, as usual…and the long Labor Day weekend has renewed us in many ways!

I have a short and simple message for all of us today…It’s Called Love! Ya know, if we all had love in our hearts all the time, no doubt we would experience some incredible miracles! There’s just nothing like LOVE!

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

“Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. ” – 1 Corinthians 13:4-7

“Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins.” – 1 Peter 4:8

“Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.” – 1 John 4:11

“Let all that you do be done in love.” – 1 Corinthians 16:14

Many of us have read and reread these profound Bible verses for years, yet, we too, become a little complacent and our love light doesn’t shine as brightly as it should. We get so caught up in “living” that we may forget the how we’re living and the example we’re setting to those who are truly in need of love.  When we add in the fact that some folks truly have no idea how this “Love Light” even works…they don’t know the Joy of Jesus…well, all I can say is that for those of us who do know Jesus and His undying love, it is expected of us to share our love for Him and His love for us…every opportunity we have.

There’s no other feeling like LOVE. No matter what kind of LOVE…nothing else on this Earth compares. I love loving, I love being loved and I love sharing my thoughts and feelings about love.  You know I’m right!

This week, my prayer for all of us is that we’ll step out of the madding crowd and show our love for each other, as Jesus has told us to do. Amen!

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

I LOVE you, (see, there’s that love word again!)

Margaret

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

 

 

 

Shine Your Light In the Middle!!

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Monday, August 27, 2018

Welcome to my Monday Blog, friends! Thank you all for your visit and a very special welcome to some of our new friends from outside the US – here are just a few: Mexico, Canada, Turkey, Brazil, Georgia, Jersey, Macedonia, Vietnam. Awesome!!

Today, I’m all wrapped up in the business of being the best me possible and there’s one area of my gift of Life where I’m certain I can receive more happiness. I know that one of the best feelings in the world comes over me when I’m in the act of doing something for someone other than myself. When I observe another’s kindness, that too, inspires me. You know it’s true and here’s a profound statement by a very young soul who was filled with pure goodness and light…”No one has ever become poor by giving.” – Anne Frank

What if we all lived by the rule of “getting more by giving more” ? I’m not referring to money either, but rather, acts of kindness towards others…including strangers if the situation calls for it. You know, just to be selfless sometimes when we see someone in pain or need.

Can we take the time to be kind to someone in need? Of course this goes back to the idea of “The Golden Rule”: “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”  For me, this puts it all in the proper perspective, especially when we consider the fact that there simply are no guarantees on this Earth.  Oh yep, we’ll say that “there’s life and then there’s death”...true, but the important part is how we live in the “middle” part. What kind of person are we? Do we take more than we give? Are we all about I, I, I or Me, Me, Me?

What if we found a way to SHINE OUR LIGHT IN THE MIDDLE part?

I believe that we’re all gifted…every single one of us. Let’s think about that and let’s cultivate our gifts…let’s shine our light at every opportunity we have to  use them for goodness…and not just for ourselves.

“The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.”     – Pablo Picasso

“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”       –   Mahatma Gandhi

“A gift opens the door and ushers the giver into the presence of the great.”           – Proverbs 18:16

“Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” -2 Cor. 9:7

KINDNESS: Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest accomplishment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.

My prayer for us all this week is that we’ll open our hearts and minds and ask God for His favor in leading us to someone for whom we may be a shining light, through an act of kindness.

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

I love you,

Margaret

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