Do Over!!

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Monday, January 21, 2019

Welcome to my Monday Blog, dear Friends! Thanks for visiting and know that I appreciate each one of you. Please feel free to drop me a line now and then and share some of you with me!

I was just thinking about the fact that we all make mistakes – All of us! We’re human…that’s the reason. No one holds the patent on mistakes. No matter how hard we work, how careful, thoughtful or responsible we are, sometimes we just need a “do over”, right?

I’m pretty sure that today alone, I’ve made at least…let’s see now…OK, at least eleven mistakes…and that was before noon. What have I done about them, you ask?

Well, a few of them were totally harmless and fixable…some were an immediate do-over and some are still in the process of being remedied; however, none of them were earth shattering. I have had days though, where a thoughtless, but honest mistake took more time than I was ready to commit in that moment, to fix, and I put it off. By the time I was ready to “fix it” it was a bit more “costly” than I was prepared for and nothing to do with money. This was one of those human errors that I failed to react to in a way that my actions (or lack of) would not be misinterpreted.

In my busyness, I was only thinking of myself and had not considered the fact that my actions or lack of, at that specific time, could have caused pain to another. When I was made aware of this, my first thought was DO OVER!! I picked up the phone, sincerely humbled myself and ask for forgiveness for my thoughtless behavior. That’s all it took. Of course, I hadn’t even realized my behavior was thoughtless; however, it was perceived as thoughtless. I couldn’t take that because it hurt my heart to think that I had hurt someone’s feeling over “nothing.”

Intentional or unintentional, when we’re the cause of someone’s pain, we must take a do-over and make it right…apologize, ask for forgiveness and move on. That’s the right think to do.

“Then Peter came up and said to him, “Lord, how often will my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? As many times as seven times?”

Jesus said to him. “I do not say to you seven times, but seventy times seven.             -Matthew 18-21-22

This week, my prayer for us all is that we’ll ask our Savior to cause the Him inside us, to be thoughtful in all our actions so that they will not be in any way hurtful or thoughtless to others…and to help us to share a Christ-like personality in all we do. Amen!

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

I love you,

Margaret

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

How’s Your Heart?

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Monday, January 14, 2019

Hello, my Friends! Welcome to my Monday Blog and THANK YOU for sharing your time with me today. I love it and my heart is filled with Joy!

Ya know, we all need a little comfort now and then – a kind reminder that we’re not alone in this world…a feeling that there’s someone in our corner, ready with a hug, a compliment, a sweet little kiss…no matter what.

It may seem small to some of us, but there are some who would benefit greatly to hear that they’re being thought of, cheered on, and loved for exactly who they are – a precious soul who may be hurting, but just can’t express themselves for fear of rejection or even embarrassment. Trust me, I know things and this is one of them: We never know how the shoe could easily be on the other foot and we all have the need to be loved for exactly who we are in any given moment – Someone who is beautiful and wonderfully made, because God doesn’t make mistakes — That’s our failing, not His.

A beautiful heart can change the world – Literally – Even if it’s just one person’s world at a time. 

When we willingly open our hearts to bring joy to another’s, we’re sharing our blessings in a way that can bring great joy – to both of us! We never know what’s truly going on in another’s life but we don’t have to know, if we live our lives with a heart of love and kindness for all…in any given situation.

It’s a fact none of us will escape pain and sorrow before we leave this world; however, it’s up to each one of us as to how we choose to live our lives regardless of good times or not so good, while we’re here. We have the incredible Gift of Life inside us and only our own mirror to look into each night before we go to bed. Before we hit the sack each night, maybe we should ask ourselves, “Did I share my beautiful heart with someone today?”

My prayer for us all this week is that we will cherish and honor our goodness by sharing ourselves with someone in need – anytime, anywhere we have the opportunity. Amen!

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

I love you,

Margaret

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

 

 

Be A Warrior!

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Monday, January 7, 2019

Wow! Did I just write 2019 …again!? It’s always like this…takes me about a month to get used to the New Year!

So, Happy New Year my dear friends and welcome to my first Blog of this new year! Actually, some days I don’t know if I’m going or coming no matter what year it is. One thing’s for sure, though…I do know who loves me, baby, and that my friends is what keeps me going – in the right direction!

When we’re clear about the how we want to live our lives, the gift of Life is so much easier regardless of the mountains we must climb. That head-in-the-sand routine just never works out very well. I’ve been at the top of the mountain and at the bottom as well…the view from the top is so much better! I choose to consider myself a Warrior. ‘Course, Warriors have bad days too, but if you’re a Warrior for Jesus, you may lose a battle now and then, but you’ll never lose the war!! You’ll never be alone, you’ll always be loved and you’ll have your true best friend right by your side 24/7…imagine that! Maybe this new year, 2019, is your year to reach the top of your mountain. Be a Warrior for Jesus Christ. He died for You! He’s the real deal and He’ll never, ever, never leave you!!

Be a Warrior and live for Him. Amen!

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

Happy New Year and I love you,

Margaret

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

 

Rudolph!!

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Monday, December 17, 2018

Welcome to my Monday Blog, my friends!!

*” “As the holiday season of 1938 came to Chicago, Bob May wasn’t feeling much comfort or joy. A 34-year-old ad writer for Montgomery Ward, May was exhausted and nearly broke. His wife, Evelyn, was bedridden, on the losing end of a two-year battle with cancer. This left Bob to look after their four-year old-daughter, Barbara.

One night, Barbara asked her father, “Why isn’t my mommy like everybody else’s mommy?” As he struggled to answer his daughter’s question, Bob remembered the pain of his own childhood. A small, sickly boy, he was constantly picked on and called names. But he wanted to give his daughter hope, and show her that being different was nothing to be ashamed of. More than that, he wanted her to know that he loved her and would always take care of her. So he began to spin a tale about a reindeer with a bright red nose who found a special place on Santa’s team. Barbara loved the story so much that she made her father tell it every night before bedtime. As he did, it grew more elaborate. Because he couldn’t afford to buy his daughter a gift for Christmas, Bob decided to turn the story into a homemade picture book.

In early December, Bob’s wife died. Though he was heartbroken, he kept working on the book for his daughter. A few days before Christmas, he reluctantly attended a company party at Montgomery Ward. His co-workers encouraged him to share the story he’d written. After he read it, there was a standing ovation. Everyone wanted copies of their own. Montgomery Ward bought the rights to the book from their debt-ridden employee. Over the next six years, at Christmas, they gave away six million copies of Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer to shoppers. Every major publishing house in the country was making offers to obtain the book. In an incredible display of good will, the head of the department store returned all rights to Bob May. Four years later, Rudolph had made him into a millionaire.

Now remarried with a growing family, May felt blessed by his good fortune. But there was more to come. His brother-in-law, a successful songwriter named Johnny Marks, set the uplifting story to music. The song was pitched to artists from Bing Crosby on down. They all passed. Finally, Marks As the holiday season of 1938 came to Chicago, Bob May wasn’t feeling much comfort or joy. A 34-year-old ad writer for Montgomery Ward, May was exhausted and nearly broke. His wife, Evelyn, was bedridden, on the losing end of a two-year battle with cancer. This left Bob to look after their four-year old-daughter, Barbara.

Within a few years, it had become the second best-selling Christmas song ever, right behind “White Christmas.” Since then, Rudolph has come to life in TV specials, cartoons, movies, toys, games, coloring books, greeting cards and even a Ringling Bros. circus act. The little red-nosed reindeer dreamed up by Bob May and immortalized in song by Johnny Marks has come to symbolize Christmas as much as Santa Claus, evergreen trees and presents. As the last line of the song says, “He’ll go down in history.”

Johnny Marks approached Gene Autry. The cowboy star had scored a holiday hit with “Here Comes Santa Claus” a few years before. Like the others, Autry wasn’t impressed with the song about the misfit reindeer. Marks begged him to give it a second listen. Autry played it for his wife, Ina. She was so touched by the line “They wouldn’t let poor Rudolph play in any reindeer games” that she insisted her husband record the tune.

WOW!! What a wonderful and inspiring story about our beloved Rudolph, the red-nosed reindeer! I hope you all enjoy this tidbit of our history and maybe even share it with others!

This week, my prayer for us all, is that while we certainly can enjoy uplifting and fun and encouraging Christmas stories like Rudolph, more importantly, as Christians, we will feel the tender tug on our heart strings as we embrace the true meaning of Christmas, and feel the enormous blessing bestowed upon us all, with the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen!

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

I love you,

Margaret

*A special “Thank You” to my buddy, Phyllis McCubbin, for sharing the story  of “Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer.”  Awesome!!

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

 

The Blues

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Monday, December 10, 2018

Welcome to my Monday Blog, dear hearts! Thank you for your time and I always welcome your comments. I appreciate all of you and hope you know how important you are to me!

Have you ever had one of those days when you felt un-well and just too weary to go out or interact with the outside world – you know, a touch of The Blues? Truth is, we’ve all had those days, from time to time…we’re not robots, are we? The important thing for us to acknowledge and consider is how we deal with the blue days when they stop by for a misery visit. The how we deal with the situation usually determines how long the visit will last.

Our Gift of Life comes to us in many forms and “The Blues” is just part of it. Many times God is placing us precisely where we need to be and in certain situations, that very place will be joined by challenges – some great, some small. It’s how we deal with the potential crisis that is so important because this is when God is teaching us to trust in Him. I can’t tell you how many times in my life I’ve wiggled and wobbled around a situation only to come to the conclusion that once again, I thought I knew best…even though in my heart-of-hearts, I had my doubts. In His mighty wisdom though, God just sat back and allowed my will to move forward. Oh, I forgot to mention the fact that in each instance I would end up with a bad case of The Blues and hide out for a few days until I came to my spiritual senses. Thank God He knows what we’re both doing!

When all’s well and we least expect it, something comes out of the “blue” and we’ll end up with a case of The Blues if we don’t handle it properly. Being human is basically our biggest problem – we think we know best –  Not always the case, is it?

So, how do we stay well and keep The Blues at bay?  Funny you should ask…

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.” – Proverbs 3:5

“In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.”    – Proverbs 3:6

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.” – Romans 15:13

WOW!! All we have to do is…BELIEVE IN HIM –  a sure-fire way to keep The Blues away!

This week, my prayer for us all is that we will put our faith and trust in Him. Words can come too easy; however, God wants actions to match our  words of testament and promise. Let’s pray for each other that we will keep our promises to Him and in doing so, we may be worthy of our Gift of Life He has bestowed upon us. Amen.

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

I love you,

Margaret

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Giving & Taking

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December 3, 2018

Welcome to my Monday blog, dear ones! Thank you for your time, support and comments. I love you and appreciate you today and always.

Thanksgiving has come and gone now and hopefully we were all reminded of just how thankful we are for all that we have. As for me, I was reminded of the good ole’ bad days when times were not so plentiful. Many times while growing up, Thanksgivings would have been rather bleak at my house had it not been for the kindness of good friends and neighbors. We were poor and we knew it. We were grateful for our blessings and learned early on in life that “it could be worse”…my darling Mother would remind us of this fact every once in a while…”children, we must be grateful for what we do have and remember that there are those who have even less.” 

Thanksgiving has become my second favorite holiday (Christmas is first for obvious reasons), because Thanksgiving is the day which touches my heart in a way that causes me to want to be a giver and not just a taker. In my book, giving and taking go hand and hand and if you’re going to take, you must give back…in some way. Period.

We don’t have to wait until Thanksgiving each year to show our kindness by giving something to those who are less fortunate. Kindness is an act which is just waiting to happen…in any moment at any given time. WE may have to stop once in a while and take inventory of all we have and how we might be a giver to one less fortunate. I see myself as a giver; however, I know that I need to do more to walk-my-talk in the eyes of my awesome Lord.

My prayer for us all this week is that we’ll challenge ourselves with one question: “Am I giving or taking?”

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

I love you,

Margaret

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

 

 

 

 

 

Peacemaker?

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Monday, November 26, 2018

Welcome to my Monday Blog my friends! I appreciate each and every one of you and hope your Thanksgiving was one of Joy and Peace.

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.”             – Matthew 5:9

We all know and understand how our World is changing…frankly, it’s difficult to imagine, let alone embrace the recent tone and temperament which has befallen our daily lives…right before our very eyes! Nothing is ever simple…but we mustn’t allow the hate and anger brewing all around us to attach itself to us.

We do have choices, don’t we, my friends? Of course, we do! We may choose to be selfish, reckless and angry, or we may elect to walk on a path of Peace. If we have peace in our hearts, we have a special gift to use – WE are children of God…His Peacemakers!

My prayer for us all is that we’ll choose to embrace the idea of PEACE in all we do this week…our thoughts, our words and our actions. Let’s walk-our-talk and be a light for all those we encounter as we go about our daily lives, trusting that each one of us can in fact, be a Peacemaker.

Nothing is ever simple, but Peacemakers are sure special in the eyes of God and therefore, we must be Joyful in our actions and spread that Joy in His holy name. Amen.

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

I love you,

Margaret

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