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Posted By Harolene

I wrote about a terrible thing yesterday, a dad that had killed his five young children out of fear that they were going to kill him, cut him up, and feed him to the dog, yeah sure. On the news there are images of war, of public beheading of innocent people and the threat of more. Those stories plus reports of crimes, massive floods, storms and fires give us enough fear and stress to keep us awake for days! That being said, I decided to write about something that might help.

“There’s a place for us, somewhere a place for us, peace and quiet and open air, wait for us somewhere.” (Stephen Sondheim) These lyrics were written for a young girl to sing when a rival gang member on the streets of New York City has killed her lover. When I hear that my thoughts go to another song, “Peace in the Valley”, which then bring thoughts of my dad who sung it so many times. The past week, and few days, have been very chaotic, a time when a few moments to just sit down were few and far between, and when I did sit down, my eyes closed in the sleep my body was so hungry for.

The lyrics to those two songs came wafting through my mind, tangled in and out of each other, during one of those moments. Isaiah 26:3 You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you.

Things happen to us quickly, the way a tornado suddenly appears in the sky and makes a day, perfectly beautiful only moments before, become full of wind, rain and destruction. Sometimes our lives feel like a combination of hurricane, tornado, and earthquake that have hit us all at once!

I was praying for a desperate situation and God spoke into my heart, I am going to share it with you as best I can. "When a tornado comes you are hit by the front of the storm, it is terrific in it's intensity when suddenly everything becomes very calm and still. You might think that it's all over, that you can go back out and play! You might go out and for a little while things are nice, when suddenly, BANG you are slammed down by the back wall of the storm, which is worse than the front, and you are flat on your face or worse you might be picked up and tossed around in the air, mingled with all the other debris, then dropped on your head, breath knocked out of you if you can survive it! When you are in the calm, the eye of the storm, it is like being in My perfect will. If you move with the eye, you will stay ahead and safe from the backside of the storm. Stay in the center of my will and you will weather the storm without injury." After God spoke that into my heart I took pause to think it over and I Googled "the eye of the storm".  I have always been a let-me-fix-it kind of person, if there is a problem I try to find the quickest solution and go for it, but God was telling me to sit still in the center of His will, to let go and let Him take care of me. 1 Peter 5:7 Give all your worries and cares to God, for He cares about you.

There are some things that only God can solve, it's like having an abscess in your tooth, it hurts, you can take medicine to try to calm it, the infection might come to a head on your gum and burst, offering relief for a few minutes but ultimately you will have to go to a dentist to clean it out and fix it at the root.


Posted By Harolene

Is the front wall of a storm slamming you? Hang on, because when the eye passes over you know that God is guiding you into His perfect will! Don't try to walk out of it by yourself; all the other debris, which is being thrown around like tossed salad, will pound you! God will get the storm under control and give you strength to face whatever it is that you need!

Psalm 121:1 I look up to the mountains; does my strength come from mountains? No, my strength comes from God, who made heaven, and earth, and mountains.

From Psalm 91 His huge outstretched arms protect you—under them you're perfectly safe; his arms fend off all harm.

When we have huge storms like we have weathered in the past few years, school slaughters, wars, financial crisis, and general unrest just know this, “There’s a place for us, somewhere a place for us, We'll find a new way of living, We'll find a way of forgiving, Somewhere”.  NOW is your “Sometime!” 

Posted By Harolene

Today I read an article that literally made me have to vomit. The five children, ages one through eight, who were missing in South Carolina were killed by their own daddy. His excuse was that he thought they were going to kill him, chop him up and feed him to their dog. OH MY GOD! I can see it all now, an angry one-year-old with a gun chasing down his dad to kill him, then maybe the eight year old was going to chop him up and then they were all going to feed him to the dog! He had buried them all in separate garbage bags having transported them to Alabama to bury them. It was the luck of a traffic stop that caught him as the policeman saw a lot of blood and saw notes on “how to kill and mutilate a body” in his car.

I thought of the miracle of creation we were able to witness this past Spring as four small babies came from the insides of one tiny creature that didn't look "full growed" herself. What a good mother she was, reaching out to pull them close, bathing them constantly and patiently letting them pull at her body for their own milk. Funny that no one had to teach her what to do isn't it? It was God given in her to be nurturing of her babies.

I thought of all the human babies who have been abandoned by the mothers who have left them perchance to be found by a stranger who might take them in, or the mothers that willingly let their womb be opened and the small beginnings that are curiously formed,

*Psalm 139:15, sucked out by a vacuum or scraped out by a doctor.

Creation is beautiful, it is a miracle and whether the baby was implanted in the mother's womb by choice or accident of passion it is still a small human with a soul and a spirit. 

As I stood at my kitchen sink this morning before daylight waiting for the coffee to finish dripping, it was beginning to get just light enough to see the beautiful trees right outside of my window that stand there as if someone planted them right in that spot for me to enjoy as I stand there. It brought to mind the article that I have published more than once about the beautiful flowers that come from the brown sticks called gardenia bushes and took a moment to notice the white and purple blossoms on the Rose of Sharon bushes that have volunteered all along my property line and thanked God for giving them to me, not delivered in a box by a florist but planted, fed and watered without my having to do a thing except enjoy them.


Posted By Harolene

Some of the larger trees are actually in my neighbors yard but since there are no windows on the backside of their house they can't enjoy the view but I was standing here and taking the beauty into my soul as if they belonged to me and the truth is that they do belong to me to enjoy because they are God's creation and my eyes have access to them!

I pass my musings on creation whether it is the miracle of the birth of four kittens, a human baby or flowers from a stick on to you, think of them as you will and know it is all from "for God so loved the world..."

Psalm 139:13-16 Oh yes, you shaped me first inside, then out; 
 you formed me in my mother’s womb. 
I thank you, High God—you’re breathtaking! 
    Body and soul, I am marvelously made! 
    I worship in adoration—what a creation! 
You know me inside and out, 
 you know every bone in my body; 
You know exactly how I was made, bit-by-bit, 
 how I was sculpted from nothing into something. 
Like an open book, you watched me grow from conception to birth; 
 all the stages of my life were spread out before you, 
The days of my life all prepared
 before I’d even lived one day.

And I know God received the souls of those five dear children into His arms for safe keeping for eternity, may God have mercy on their daddy’s soul.

Posted By Harolene

Having had two family birthdays this past week all of these thoughts were crowding into my mind and now I will deliver them to you, my friend!

A birthday is a marker, a day to look at the year behind you and remember all the things that have happened in that twelve month period. Maybe your year had successes, failures, death of a loved one, perhaps an important graduation or even a marriage. Having examined it carefully you can then look forward to the twelve months ahead and in looking back you saw some things that need to be changed, some things you might do differently, a chance to start over, kind of like the way we feel on New Year's Eve. 

With Christmas behind us we say, "Here we go again” We watch Times Square, New York City, which is teeming with people who are celebrating, and from the looks of some of them, they will never remember when, nor how, the New Year came in!  Everyone will make resolutions and as usual, my own resolutions will have to do with health plans and getting myself more organized! So, Day 1 of the new year whether it is the coming 2015 or day one of your own birthday new year you say, "What will I do?"

Isaiah 43:16-21 This is what God says, the God who builds a road right through the ocean, who carves a path through pounding waves, "Forget about what's happened; don't keep going over old history. Be alert, be present. I'm about to do something brand-new. It's bursting out! Don't you see it?"

There it is! It has been a theme for the past few days to say that I think some of us spend way too much time thinking about things in the past. I know that I tend to think on the way things "used to be" and all it does is to tug at your heart until it drags you down, down, down into the doldrums of depression! I am going to make an effort to spend more time thinking about what I can do to improve myself on a day-to-day basis, trying to stay positive!

An old song says, "Yesterday's gone, sweet Jesus, and tomorrow may never be mine, so help me today, show me the way, One Day at a Time" I think the author of that song must have read Matthew 6:34 "Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don't get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes."  Start a new day, week, job, year, whichever applies, on a positive note by deciding that you will not worry about things but take them to the Lord in prayer and remember 1 Peter 5:6-7 "So be content with who you are, and don't put on airs. God's strong hand is on you; he'll promote you at the right time. Live carefree before God; he is most careful with you."