Monthly Archives: February 2018

The Hearts Have It!!

Monday, February 26, 2018

It’s another great Monday, my friends – Welcome !!

This past week we said a tearful good-by to one of the greatest human beings to ever walk the face of this Earth. Of course, I’m referring to the incomparable, Reverend Billy Graham. What a MAN and what an incredible Life he lived!! Oh, how I would just love for him to whisper something heavenly in my ear…ya know like: “Margaret, ole’ girl, you have NO idea just how heavenly Heaven truly is!! ” Who knows, he just might!!

If there was ever a man of God, with a heart for God, it was this gallant crusader, who lived for God! The most incredible thing about Billy Graham was his beautiful heart. Here was a man who walked his talk, lived his faith and loved his God…first and foremost. I’ve heard it said over and over again how humble and devoted to God he was. This man was filled with the holy spirit and had a heart for God. He dedicated his life to the discipleship of saving souls. He did this for one unselfish reason: so these precious souls would have the gift of life after death with God in His mansion on High.

To some, this may sound incredulous, but Billy Graham traveled near and far, all over the world, for one purpose only: to share God’s word and promise of Eternal Life after death. Billy Graham knew that the hearts have it and that one must commit his heart and soul to Jesus in order to enter the gates of Heaven for Eternal Life.

“If you remember only one thing I’ve told you tonight, remember this:

GOD LOVES YOU!” – Billy Graham

Amen!

My prayer for all of us this week is that each night before we go to sleep, we’ll talk with God and tell Him how much we need Him. It’s up to us to surrender all of ourselves to Him. We think we know what’s good for us, but He knows exactly what we need and when we need it. He wants our obedience and We need His mercy. He wants us to love Him with all our hearts.

The Hearts Have It!!

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

I love you,

Margaret

I dedicate this Monday Blog to the one & only… Reverend Billy Graham:

Thank you for the exemplary life you lived for our Lord Jesus, for the lost souls you led to Him and for the unforgettable courageous memory you have left in the hearts and minds all around the World.  What an Angel you’re going to make in Heaven, Billy. Hallelujah, YOU ROCK!!

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Always Be Yourself!!

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Monday, February 19, 2018

Hello and welcome to my Monday Blog, Everyone!

It’s always my pure JOY to sit down here at my desk each week and share my thoughts and a bit of my heart with all of you! I’m very grateful for your comments and most of all your prayers stuffed with pure love and kind words. We all know that old John Denver song, “Some days are diamonds and some days are stones”…The trick is deciding how to handle both, right?

When I was a little girl, I was filled with such excitement and so thrilled with the thought of my very next breath, that sometimes it was hard to contain myself. I was blessed with a loving Mother who truly loved me so much and convinced me that no matter what we had or didn’t have, I could accomplish anything if I respected my self and others. She also was very clear on what the word respect meant. I had the energy of that little pink Eveready Bunny and was simply thrilled with my gift of Life. I readily embraced my Mother’s loving lessons and that has never changed and with that energy, I went forward with a genuine lust for Life.

As I grew older, I became aware of the fact that in Life there are those who do not possess the same gracious outlook on Life as my dear Mother had instilled in my siblings and me. It wasn’t rocket science, it was something way more important – Mother called it The Golden Rule. With nine children to rear and teach right from wrong, The Golden Rule was her greatest “weapon”.  She also taught us what being proud meant and the difference between pride and false pride. That was also a very important lesson and a bit more complicated for us kids than The Golden Rule; however, we all learned the difference.  

Since these two lessons were instilled in us at very young ages, my siblings and I were armed with “protection” from those who were not as blessed with our dear Mother’s teachings, and therefore lacked hearts of kindness towards those who were less fortunate as they, by worldly standards.

I’ve learned that self-respect is mandatory in order to live a life of abundance. A loving, forgiving, peaceful and kind spirit is what makes the difference in a good life and a life. God gives us His gift of Life and it’s totally up to us what we do with it, how we live it, and how we leave this world as a result of how we actually lived that gift.

Let’s all remember this:

“You can please some of the people all of the time, all of the people some of the time but you can’t please all of the people all of the time.” …however, the way I see it is:

You can be the best you that you can be all of the time and never apologize for being you any of the time.  Always be yourself!!

My prayer for all of us this week is that we’ll embrace the unique individual each one of us is in God’s eyes, live our gift of Life by The Golden Rule, and remember to walk with self-pride, not false pride, as we are all equal in God’s holy eyes. Amen!

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

I LOVE YOU,

Margaret

“I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” – Psalm 139:14

For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” – Romans 6:23

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Half Full, Half Empty

Monday, February 12, 2018

Welcome to my Monday Blog my dear friends and those of you who are visiting here for the first time, here’s a special Thank You!! I invite you all to leave a comment and let me know how you feel about today’s blog or anything else you may have on your mind-I’m all ears with a big heart.

Today I was reminded of the proverbial “CUP”…you know the one that’s either half full or half empty? So, the more I thought about it, the more I realized just how full my own cup is. This little exercise took me back…way back to my childhood. I realized that my first blessing was my gift of Life and my second blessing was my incredible Mother.

God gave me my Life and my Mother gave me her love and devotion. She was determined to teach her children about the Love of God and she sure did. She taught me about God and His son, Jesus, and what a blessing my Life truly is because of Their undying love for me.  She taught me the difference between right and wrong. She taught me the Ten Commandments and the importance of these in order for me to live my gift of Life in God’s holy light. She taught me to do my best to live one day at a time, and to make the best of every day by claiming the specific blessing (s) in each day and to thank God for them. She taught me the importance of searching for the best in everyone and if some one or some thing is too big for me, then I must turn that situation over to God because nothing is too big for God. She taught me The Golden Rule – “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” She taught me to never go to bed angry with anyone. She taught me the undeniable importance of forgiveness. 

My little exercise this morning has reminded me that my “cup” is not only FULL but it’s overflowing with so many blessings it literally brings me to tears in this very moment…I’m so not worthy, however, I know God loves me unconditionally and that all He wants from me is my promise to LOVE and FOLLOW Him and in doing so, live one day at a time the very best I can.  For this commitment, He promises me an eternity with Him when I leave this earth. I call this the most important Blessing in my Cup. Amen!!

“Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life. He does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life.” – John 5:24

“And this is eternal life, that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.”    -John17:3

My prayer for all of us this week is that we’ll check ourselves as we sip from that Blessing Cup each one of us has, and be mindful not to take it for granted. It’s so easy to do, believe me, I know. Let’s just be the best ME we can be.

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

I love you,

Margaret

I invite you to check out my novel, the spiritual thriller, “That Melvin Bray”  on Amazon:

 

Living Good!!

Monday, February 5, 2018

Welcome to my Monday Blog, my friends! Once again, I thank you for allowing me both the opportunity to share some of my heartfelt memories of my childhood through my spiritual novel, That Melvin Bray, and also whatever’s on my mind on any particular Monday. Thank You, Thank You!!

When my novel was first published, every week I blogged excerpts from each chapter (30) until we had covered all thirty chapters. I thought I’d been to hell and back the four years it took me to finish the book and get it published. Oh, but that was just the beginning, believe me!

Once the book was published, a book signing tour began. This is really awesome for many reasons, but there is a potential downside to it as well…certainly in my case. A book-signing tour allows the author to relive the book over and over and over again…and over! This can be great as well as…well, the word scary comes to mind right now. Yes, scary; however, the word cathartic  works  also. Yep, these are the two adjectives I use now to describe what four years of my life turned into once it was all out, on paper, in black and white.

I love that word… cathartic…

cathartic -(adj.) – emotionally purging or purifying, cleansing; psychological relief through the open expression of strong emotions. 

This is precisely what happened to me and I highly recommend both scary and cathartic, for in my case, once I’d faced the fear attached to the scary part, the cathartic part kicked in. Trust me, you have no idea how freeing that fours years proved to be for me. It was like a mountain of  water wildly rushing over an inpentratable dam. Scary! The deeper I reached inside myself, forcing myself to relive the past, the scarier it got and before I knew it, I was at the point of no return. I just had to face my fears, once and for all, and literally relive my hauntingly sad and confused past.

I’m sharing this today because I enjoy feeling good about myself…who doesn’t, right? It’s very freeing and liberating to pick up my book now and read over certain chapters with a smile on my face, as opposed to a sad and tearful emotion embracing my whole body. I call this “Living Good.”

I’m not suggesting one must write a book to be free of deep seated grief or emotions buried deep inside one’s heart; however, I do believe acknowledging such, and releasing it once and for all is very powerful and gratifying to the soul. And in doing so, we allow God to work His miracles in our lives. Amen!

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“That Melvin Bray” – Chapter 29 – I Love You The Most – Excerpt

“We arrived at the property and took the long road up to the house, passing the old well on our right.  It looked so different. Todd parked under the even older and more mature pear trees in the side yard-the same old pear trees that Mother had walked under each night at about eleven fifteen, when her ride would drop her off from work. As we got out of the car, I could feel her presence, and for a moment, I noticed a wonderfully familiar, powdery fragrance floating around my head.

As we walked down to the well on that old driveway, I realized something was different. I looked down and noticed the road had been paved all the way from the main road up to the house. Oh my, how nice. Then another thought occurred to me: if that road had been paved back then, the old Chevy wouldn’t have gotten stuck in the mud, I wouldn’t have seen what I saw, and none of us would have been there that day, looking for That Melvin Bray!”

“Back at Lizzy’s car, which was still parked by the old pear trees, I got behind the steering wheel, and for once, Lizzy accepted her role as passenger. She was drained, and I knew it. I put the key in the ignition, started the car, and turned on the headlights. As I was backing up with my head turned around so as not to run into a ditch, Lizzy was looking forward. She asked me what was in the pear tree. I hit the brakes and turned back around to look up at the old trees. Sure enough, there was something faintly reflecting light in the middle tree..

I put the car in Park, left the motor running, got out of the car, and walked over to the old three-tree pear orchard. I saw a single pear dangling through the scraggly old limbs and realized the headlights from the car were making it appear as though it was glowing – at least that’s what I thought. However, as I reached for the pear, I realized it was illuminated by its own power.  It was a huge ripe pear – one huge, ripe pear. It was hanging low on a leafless branch of an otherwise fruitless tree – in late Fall. Further, I knew those old pear trees had stopped bearing fruit many years ago.

I carefully plucked the pear from the branch and walked back to the car and showed it to Lizzy. I could tell that the reflection of light was actually a soft halo hugging what was obviously a divine specimen of fruit. Lizzy didn’t say anything. The fruit was still glowing as she took it from me and looked back up at the pear trees. Other than the illuminated halo from the pear and a soft-shadowed moon, the only light in the otherwise pitch-dark grassy knoll was coming from my headlights. Lizzy looked at the pear and then pressed it to her face and smelled it. “Maggie, I believe it’s the dears again – your dear mother, my dear mother and dear Bubbee.”

With both hands, she lifted the giant, juicy pear up to her mouth and took a huge bite of it. “Here Maggs, take a bite, it’s delicious?” She handed the pear back to me and I took a big, juicy bite too. It was delicious!

Instantly, we both looked up at the old pear trees, and this time, the moon shown so brightly that we could make out all three trees. We each savored our keen awareness of the Holy spirit all around us through a mouthful of that juicy pear.

It was obvious to us that this unusual pear was a gift from our mothers and Grandma Bubbee. It all seemed so natural, but actually, it was more than that –  the five of us had all just enjoyed a celestial moment together. They knew our hearts were heavy and wanted us to know we were not alone on this heavenly mission.”

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My prayer for all of us today is that we will search our souls for any unresolved issues in our own pasts and willingly pursue inner peace, resolution and ultimately forgiveness, because our heavenly Father cannot help us if we refuse His help, love and guidance…WE NEED HIM – “fear not; for I am with thee; be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.” – Isaiah 41:10  (so sayeth the Lord).

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

I love you,

Margaret

I invite you to check out my novel, a spiritual thriller, “That Melvin Bray” on Amazon: