Looking Up- When There is Nowhere Else to Look to be Okay!

When 2019 began, my message was about looking up!  I didn’t know at the time that I would have to do that so much. Just over a month later, my husband went Home to his rest eternal. My husband and I were very close. His passing made me more curious about Heaven and just what he might be doing up there. Of course, I received no definite answers to my questions. But, I did get closer to God in this process. I have had the wrong impression of Him. When I was little, I used to think of Him as a stern, corrective and rather joyless Father. My thought was that He could not wait to show us our mistakes, keeping a tally of each one. I felt as though God spent most of the time being greatly disappointed in everyone, especially me!

However, I am starting to really understand the grace given to you and me by His death on the cross and resurrection. None of us really deserve His love and grace, but we get because He is not only a kind and loving Father, a Dad, but an understanding friend. Grace is defined as “The love and mercy given to us by God because God desires us/me to have it, not necessarily because of anything we have done to earn it.”  Another lesson that is finally sinking in is that getting into Heaven has nothing to do with our/ my own own good deeds. Good deeds come from wanting to please God and a desire to be like Him.

I don’t want to cram my beliefs down the throat of anyone, I am just sharing my thoughts with you, but I hope it is helpful to you. With the Covid-19 going on, so much is beyond anyone’s ability to control it. Some also say that the days of the U.S. being the most powerful nation in the world are few now. That is why we don’t appear in the book of Revelations. There is much talk about the New World Order, perhaps, there is truth to it; some signs are there for sure. In the meantime, I will put my hand in the hand of the Man from Galilee! I would rather think positive, especially since Barry is no longer here to lean on – not in the physical sense anyway. So why not look up and ask for His Help and protection. Let me know what you think!

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Ode to Cold 2016 and 2019

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Bright and sunny though it may be,

Winter’s here – it is clear to see.

The sun lies; it’s not warm in the least

Temperature is not fit for man or beast.

It threatens to snow

As the northern wind blows,

Oh no, here comes a blizzard

I’m COLD right down to the gizzard!

It is not very cold in 2019 so far!

Snow has yet to make a real mark.

Is this but the calm before the storm?

Before the cold arrives and takes its true form.

Or will it be a winter gentle and mild?

Similar to that of a newborn baby child.

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Nature vs. Nurture

The age old debate

of nature versus nurture.

I say its equal!

In my opinion,

Fifty percent each is right.

Though nobody knows!

In response to:

Ronovan Writes #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge #279 Nature&Nurture

by Ronovan

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Nature – God”s gift & Genes

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Nurture –  family, friends, life events and environment

Love & Peace Haiku

Love and Peace – What the World Needs
By Katherine Baker, October 1, 2018
I do pray for peace
May we rediscover love
The signs of both – Doves.

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ABC Poem – What the World Needs More Of……

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A = Abundant hope, health, faith, joy and love

B = Beginnings anew like the freshness of Spring,

C = Comforting words to calm the anxious mind and heart,

D = Daring to soar like eagles

E= Exalting people with words and deeds,

F = Faith the size of mustard seeds to move great mountains (Luke 17:6).

G= Grace to try to forgive

H = Humbleness is not weakness, but strength.

I = Inner peace and contentment.

J = Joyous laughter that fills the room.

K= Kindness and empathy.

L = Love and loyalty aplenty.

M = Majestic beauty appreciated

N = New creation, new attitude.

O = Obedience in greater measure

P = Pondering before doing something regretful

Q = Quell the impulse to hurt others

R = Radiant smiles to brighten the day.

S = Sweet serenity of the spirit

T = Taking time to appreciate blessings

U = Understanding that we all have trouble in our lives.

V = Vicarious joy watching kids play.

W = Wonder as we look up at the sky.

X = Xanthous is the color of the sun on a fun summer day. Enjoy it!

Y = Youthful exuberance is a gift we should all share.

Z = Zest for love, hope, faith and life