Monthly Archives: June 2016

The Lord’s Prayer

June 27, 2016

Happy Monday Blog, Everyone…Let’s PRAY!!

Well, it’s been Summer, officially for about a week now and I’m wondering…is it me, or is it really HOT?! I don’t remember a summer when it’s been so hot, so early! I love my deck but it’s just too darn hot to sit out there passed 9am! Last weekend though, we headed to the beautiful Shenandoah Mountains for a week to attend my niece’s wedding. It was simply breath-taking  and the climate was most tolerable. There were about a hundred of us and we stayed in the coolest cabins all up and down the mountain. A few Black Bears were spotted throughout and fortunately they didn’t care any more for us than we them…they were kind though, as we were in their neck ‘a the woods, so to speak. The garden wedding was more than I expected…in every way—I love weddings!! The newly weds left the next morning for a fabulous honeymoon in St. Lucia. CONGRATULATIONS, Vicki and Evan!! You guys ROCK!!

I was talking to my baby sister a couple of weeks ago about a paper she was working on for her Religion class. As we discussed it briefly, I felt led to ask her to send it to me when she finished.  Over the weekend she sent me a copy of it and told me she had turned in the paper and had received something which is foreign to me…An “A”— She’s always up to something and finishes what she starts…Congratulations, Little  Sister — YOU!!

After reading her paper, I wanted to share this with all of you today, because I’ve always thought The Lord’s Prayer was such a simple, yet powerfully-worded prayer. Well, of course it is…these are the holy words of our Heavenly Father!

“The Lord’s Prayer” (Matthew 6:9-3) by L. Manderson

The Lord’s Prayer is such a special and deliberate prayer, and one which compels Christians throughout the world to recite and teach their children. The tradition of teaching this beautiful prayer continues, but with few knowing who first spoke these words and the historical and spiritual values. Jesus knew that His life would be short on this Earth, and that made the meaning of every word that He spoke to His disciples and those who followed and wanted to hear His teachings, even more crucial. In the repetition of reciting the Lord’s Prayer, we become complacent and do not consider the meanings of these powerful words spoken by Jesus, the Son of God.

In the New Testament, in the gospel of Matthew, it tells of how Jesus knew the importance of His disciples and all others to know how to pray and not just in repetition to God. Teaching His followers how to pray might have led to His great Sermon of the Mount.

The Lord’s Prayer—(Matthew 6:9-13)

Our Father which are in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.

Thy kingdom come,

They will be done, in earth, as it is in heaven.

And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.

And lead us not into temptation,

but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom,

and the power, and the glory, for ever.  Amen.

The first petition of The Lord’s Prayer – Matthew 6:9

Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name:  Jesus is teaching his disciples most importantly how to first, address God. Jesus referred to God as “Father”, and He wanted all of God’s children to do so also. “Our” Father refers to God, the adjective, as used by us, does not express possession, but an entirely new relationship with God. God is the “Father” of all, so we began our prayer to Him with “Our Father, in heaven”. Hallowed be your name is specifically reminding us that God’s name is holy and sacred. To speak of God’s name is to speak of the way God has chosen to be revealed through His actions in history.

The second petition of The Lord’s Prayer—Matthew 6:10

Your kingdom come: Jesus devoted His brief life on earth to His ministry about God, our heavenly father, and about His kingdom. The disciples misunderstood many of the teachings of Jesus. God’s kingdom was interpreted by many at the time, as a kingdom on earth, instead of God’s kingdom in Heaven. This petition was primarily about a request  that God bring His kingdom to earth, so that all of His children would know the true God, submit to Him and have salvation.

The third petition of The Lord’s Prayer—Matthew 6:11

Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven:  We believe that there is a heavenly kingdom and God is the ruler of all. Those of us living on earth, by the graces of God, should acknowledge that in our daily lives, and let Him know that we want His will to be done to perfection on earth as it is in heaven. We can only imagine how wonderful God’s reign is in His kingdom in heaven and the love for Him must be overwhelming.

The fourth petition of The Lord’s Prayer—Mathew 6:11

Give us this day, our daily bread:  It is extremely imperative to have our physical needs met with food and water to survive. I believe that when praying this petition, there are equally important meanings. Our spiritual needs must respectfully be met daily, also by God. In order to stay in the arms of our heavenly Father, we must continuously have His words and guidance in our lives. Bread is sustenance for our bodies, but God is the sustenance that we need for our souls.

The fifth petition of the Lord’s Prayer— Matthew 6:12

Forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors:  This relates to the act of forgiveness of anything that keeps us from the Lord and His work. We ask for forgiveness of our sins that we have committed against someone, but at the same time, we must forgive those have in some way hurt or harmed us. We must forgive in order to be forgiven. It is not always easy to do that, but we are to obey the word of God at all times.

The sixth petition of the Lord’s Prayer—Mathew 6:12

And lead us not into temptation: The final test could also be stated as temptation. We are asking God for strength and guidance that we will stay with His word and His path for a spiritual life that fills us with enough of his love that we are not tempted or subject to the final test that could break our spirit and take us away from God.

The seventh petition of the Lord’s prayer—Matthew 6:13

But deliver us from evil: The evil one in this final petition refers to Satan, the angel who God kicked out of heaven. When children of God are tempted, as humans will be, it is Satan who is there urging us on to do something stupid and that would get back to God that we had disobeyed Him. It is because of the power of evil in Satan and his demons that we pray and ask for God to protect us from this evil one.

The Lord’s Prayer was to be a prayer from Jesus that would teach us how to pray to God, reverently, and without babbling. It says so much, but in very few words. Most importantly, it starts by telling us about the holiness of the One that we have come to talk with appealing to his grace, respectfully and gratefully. The relationship that Jesus had with His heavenly Father was one of kindness and love and Jesus wanted all of God’s children to have that wonderful relationship with God. It is important that God can trust His children, as His heart was badly broken when Adam and Eve disobeyed Him in the Garden of Eden. Even though we can’t undo that tragedy in history, we can at least not follow in steps that will alienate us from God.

“When Jesus finished these words, the crowds were astonished at this teaching, for He taught them as one having authority, and not as their scribes” (Matthew 7:28-29).

The words of authority that Jesus spoke came from God, and the words of The Lord’s Prayer gave them hope and understanding of a loving God who only wanted the best for His people.” L. Manderson

This week my prayer for us all is that we’ll reacquaint ourselves with this incredible,  everlasting daily prayer. And also, let’s remember to thank our Savior for loving us so much that He made sure He left us with a such a Gift!! Amen.

God is Great! God is Good!! Always!!!

I love you,


A big “Thank You” to my dear sister, L. Manderson for her awesome contribution today with The Lord’s Prayer.

Here’s one for us all: “Pray more, complain less and love like crazy!’








HATE. It’s A Really Bad Thing!!

Monday, June 13, 2016

Welcome to my Blog, Everyone!

Today, I’m all over this heinous travesty in Orlando, Florida which happened this past Saturday night! Such HATE expressed in the most devilish and less than chicken-hearted way, that it’s hard for any of us who are not maniacal heathens to understand. I’m just so angry that I’ve got to do some serious praying to deal with this hate-filled insanity in a rational way! But hey, there’s nothing rational about all this. IS there? Hatred is not rational.

HATE: verb – intense hostility and aversion usually deriving from fear, anger, or sense of injury

These haters would have us believe that we have no right to be here. Clearly, they are wrong-headed and filled with such a hate, they can no longer exist in a world of logic and love. They are nothing more than pathetic mis-guided human beings with murder running through their minds. Black hearts!!

HATE. It’s A Really Bad Thing!!

Now, here we come, the God-Lovers…and we are to “LOVE our enemies.” What that means to me, is that I am to love their souls, and “pray faithfully for them”. The Bible, however, says this:

Mathew 5:27 – “You have heard that it was said of the ancients, ‘Do not murder, and anyone who murders will be subject to judgment’.” This is GOD’s judgement.

Matthew 5:43,44 – “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ “But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.” 

I admit that I’m filled with rage – pure unadulterated rage!! Frankly, I’ve only gotten worse, not better, over the past two days! I cannot get unwrapped around this Hitler-esk ideology, that one race, creed, gender or personal preference is better than another! Who the hell do “they” think they are? Oh, I get it, “they” are the world’s keeper, judge, jury and executioner— Right?

WRONG!! They are the supreme devil-esk haters and their day of reckoning is coming. This is the day they will stand before God our Maker and ‘give an account’ for what they did with their lives. The day of reckoning refers to the Last Judgment of God in Christian belief, I repeat, Christian belief, where everyone after death is called to account for their actions committed in Life….and another meaning is “an unpleasant or disastrous destiny.” No thank you!

The way I see it is this: GOD in Heaven is the world’s keeper, judge, jury and executioner…GOD… and what we, as humans, cannot do here on Earth to survive these haters, GOD will deal with them on HIS day of reckoning.

“I have decided to stick to LOVE…Hate is too great a burden to bear.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

It’s so important that we honor GOD’s word, not to hate the haters, but to LOVE them, pray for them, turn them over to God and stay committed to this no matter what. Amen.

Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” —Luke 23:34

This week, we’ve got our work cut out for us, don’t we? ALL of us—Let’s stay in LOVE, not Hate. Whatever works for you, may you find a peace about all the horror of hate that has risen to break our hearts, destroy our Faith and steal our gift of Life. We also must PRAY for the victims and their families. May GOD have mercy on them all.

“Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.” — Matthew 5:4

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

I love you,


PS Following Jesus in this world takes a determined effort. His righteous path is the way to love and peace. It’s never been the easiest path (ask Jesus), but it’s always been the only path to Eternal Life. God is Love.  – MMcB


A New YOU In Three Months!!

Monday, June 6, 2016

It’s Monday…time to Blog—Let’s hit it!!

First, I hope you all had the kind of week-end that fills your heart with LOVE and JOY and your brain with excitement and motivation!! We have a glorious family wedding to attend this month and we’re all pumped for what will hopefully be close to an awesome family reunion—putting the final touches on our plans and we’re so excited about seeing everyone!! Thank the good Lord for those nieces, nephews and grandchildren!!

So what if someone said to you: “In three months you’ll be someone different from who your are now.”

How would that impact your life…if at all? Does the world need a “new you”? Do you need a “new you”? Are you where you want to be, doing what you want to do? Are you satisfied with what’s presently on your mind and in your heart?

What could possibly happen to actually create A New YOU In Three Months!?

“It’s impossible,” said Pride.

“It’s risky,” said Experience. 

“It’s pointless,” said Reason.

“Give it a try,” whispered the heart.

I go with my heart, and as for me, I know how such a transformation can take place, but can’t cause that to happen in anyone else…not really; however, it’s not like climbing Mt. Everest—that’s physical, this is emotional and mental—we must be honest with ourselves to make the necessary changes in ourselves to be better in every area of our lives. I do know that in order to make a change in any direction we much be willing to look at the present “me”. Are YOU happy with YOU? I mean really happy…because if you’re not, why not turn yourself around? You’re worth it, trust me! Life is so precious and actually our time here is very short and every day is worth living to the fullest. Certainly “some days are diamonds, some days are stones”, but every day is worth making it the best day we possibly can, to get the last little tidbit of happiness out of it, while giving out the same happiness to others along the way. Amen!!

This is what works for me, and it’s not that difficult:

Focus on the disciplines that truly light up your heart and mind. First, what does your heart desire or yearn for in this Life? If your heart is not fulfilled, your brain may take you to places you may not really want to go. Be honest! This is about you and no one else.

Ask yourself if you are both giving love, as well as receiving love.  This is a biggie!

Do you know Jesus? This is the main ingredient for a Life worth living!! Yes, I’m a devoted Jesus-Lover. I admit it, am proud of it and couldn’t live my gift of Life any other way. Period.

That’s it. That’s all I got. Life is not that hard. Sadly, we sure can make it harder on ourselves, though. It boils down to what YOU want out of your gift of Life.

YEP!! It’s totally possible to be A New YOU In Three Months!!

Have at it, my Friends–It’s your Life—Why not make the absolute best of it?!

My prayer for us ALL this week is that we will be silent and listen…for direction from the One who can truly put us on the right path to a joyful Life here and eternal Life hereafter!!

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

I love you,


PS God didn’t call on us to be confused, used, abused, lost, tormented or fearful – He knows what we need way better than we, ourselves. He’s the Boss of us and He knows what’s best for us. Have Faith and be willing to give up what you’ve got to receive what you really need. You know, sometimes we get so caught up in the turmoil of wrong we just can’t see what’s right for us… it’s “the forest for the trees” syndrome.  Remember this?  faith the size of a mustard seed”        — Matthew 17:20