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Posted By Harolene

I was in the kitchen cooking and instead of the TV being on the Hallmark Channel, it was on TBS, the classic movie channel. I wasn’t paying much attention to what was playing but suddenly a phrase caught my attention and clutched at my heart. I turned around to see what was going on, it was a dad talking to his son about dying and he said, “You’re gonna miss me when I’m gone.”

The backstory on why that stopped me in the midst of pressuring chicken and cooking meat for tacos is this: One day I went into my parents room to take some things and as usual I was in a hurry. My daddy said, “Haro, sit with us for a while and talk to me.” I stopped and looked at him leaning forward in his recliner looking up at me and said, “Daddy I would love to but I need to go back downstairs right now.” He smiled and looked up at me and said, “You’re gonna miss me when I’m gone.”

I can’t tell you the times I have heard that phrase in my head and every time I have I do exactly what I am doing this minute as I write, I cry. I look back and try to remember what was so pressing that I couldn’t stop and sit for a few minutes when it seemed so important to him and for the life of me I don’t know what it was, it couldn’t have been that important. There is nothing I can do to bring that moment back and change it, so why dwell on it or let it niggle at my mind? I think the importance of remembering things that we have done that we aren’t happy about is so that, knowing that we cannot change the past, realize that we can change our future. We used to sing a song that said, “Yesterday’s gone and tomorrow never comes, what will you do my friend with your today?”

Maybe this is a time for us to make some realizations about our lives and what it is that we want from it, what we want to give to it. While there's time to make a change  do it so that today won’t be the yesterday you regret tomorrow.

 

 
Posted By Harolene

If you had to describe yourself with three words, what would they be? I heard a commercial for a local newspaper that made me rethink my cancelled subscription! They described themselves as being "Credible, Compelling, Complete". Then the news came on, they did the same thing, describing themselves as "Dedicated, Determined, Dependable".  I am wondering how I would describe me? I'll give it some thought before I end this article, are you thinking about yours? I immediately thought how the "C" words described Jesus; Credible: John 1:14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth. Compelling: Mark 11:15-18 So they came to Jerusalem. Then Jesus went into the temple and began to drive out those who bought and sold in the temple, and overturned the tables of the moneychangers and the seats of those who sold doves. And He would not allow anyone to carry wares through the temple. Then He taught, saying to them, “Is it not written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer for all nations’? But you have made it a ‘den of thieves.’Complete: Matthew 16:15-17 He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter answered and said, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” Jesus answered and said to him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in heaven. He was Son of God and flesh man; I would say that made Him Complete! Then I thought about the "D's", Dedicated: Hebrews 4:14-16 Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need. Determined: We know that when Jesus took the challenge of the cross, he was determined to take the keys of death and hell away from Satan, Dependable: Hebrews 13:8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.

There is no way to measure up completely to the man that Jesus was in the flesh, I'm thankful, He loves me just the way I am. A song says, "When He was on the cross, I was on His mind"! What are my three words? Soulful, Seeking, Sincere!

Tag, you’re it, what are your three words?

 
Posted By Harolene

I was listening to a song today, the words were beautiful, “Peace shall come, Quiet as the morn, Bathed in dew, Like a day newborn, Let not your heart be troubled, Never be afraid, For thy God has promised, Through the dark to make a way.” At the end of one of the verses Gloria Gaither reads a “letter” from God to us, hearing her read it touched me and made me “Selah” or “stop and think on these things”.

I wrote once about what God might say if He sent a text to me, now I was wondering what He might say in a letter. Yes I can imagine getting a letter from Him because I feel like I know Him up close and personal, no not because I have been the poster child for perfection, far from it, but because I believe that as Jesus was dying on the cross and looked down through the ages, he saw me sitting here in my daddy’s old T-shirt with my computer on my lap and loved me just the way I was, warts and all! The text I imagined was “stop stressing and worrying over everything!” Of course, and that is scriptural isn’t it? "Casting all your care on Him for He cares for you" 1Peter 5:7 That being true, why be unhappy and fret about things we have no control over? One thing I have had to learn is that when there is nothing I can do about a situation I hold my hands palms up and mentally stack all those things I can’t handle on them and then lift my hands to present them to God to let Him handle them for me! We worry about our homes, our jobs, our relationships but when it comes right down to it we just need to remember, Psalm 127:1-2If God doesn't build the house, the builders only build shacks. If God doesn't guard the city, the night watchman might as well nap. It's useless to rise early and go to bed late, and work your worried fingers to the bone. Don't you know he enjoys giving rest to those he loves?  King James says, "Give His beloved sleep." Isn't it nice to know we are the beloveds of the Lord? Then let me ask you this, “Why are you walking the floor at night instead of sleeping? Psalm 37:1-4 “Don't bother your head with braggarts or wish you could succeed like the wicked. In no time they'll shrivel like grass clippings and wilt like cut flowers in the sun. Get insurance with God and do a good deed, settle down and stick to your last. Keep Company with God, get in on the best. Open up before God, keep nothing back; he'll do whatever needs to be done. He'll validate your life in the clear light of day and stamp you with approval at high noon.” Verse 4 King James says: “Delight yourself also in the Lord: and He shall give you the desires of your heart.” The desires of my heart? That's what it says! Verse 39 of that Psalm says: “But the salvation of the righteous is of the Lord: he is their strength in the time of trouble. 40. And the Lord shall help them, and deliver them: he shall deliver them from the wicked and save them, because they trust in Him.”

I guess then my letter would say, “I already told you to quit worrying and stressing, I am reminding you of that and saying to be at peace, I have got everything that concerns you under control, Your heavenly Father, God” So back to the words of the song, “Peace shall come, Quiet as the morn, Bathed in dew, Like a day newborn, Let not your heart be troubled, Never be afraid, For thy God has promised, Through the dark to make a way.”

 

 
Posted By Harolene

August 12, 1894 a baby girl was born in Armenia, her given name was Margaret. She came to this country as a young girl, to escape the massacre the Turkish Empire had ordered for the Christian Armenians. She became a naturalized citizen of this country, married and raised five sons and a daughter, having lost two baby boys during their infancy. Three of her sons became ordained ministers of the Word and her daughter married a minister! This was a household of faith. She raised these children during the depression and had to make the most of every penny her husband brought home. Her face lives on in at least one of her granddaughters and her eyes and spirit was in the son that was my dad.

August 12, 1907 a baby girl was born in South Georgia, USA, her given name was Addie Mae. She grew up in the country and learned to sew; this is from her mouth to my ears, so that she wouldn’t have to go out in the fields to pick cotton along side of her sisters. Proof that she didn’t spend the same long hours in the sun as her sisters was evident in her beautifully smooth complexion, as she grew older! She raised four girls and two sons. Both of her sons were ordained ministers of the Word and her daughters married ministers of the Gospel, whether by preaching over the pulpit or working in the ministry of the church. This was a household of faith. Her face lives on in at least one of her daughters and her dry wit most definitely in her younger son.

Aside the fact that both these women of faith were born on the same day, what is the common thread that brings them to this article? Their children went to a convention in Birmingham, Al, one came from LA, California, the other from Cleveland, Tennessee, there they met and within three hours of this God-connection, Margaret’s son asked Addie Mae’s daughter to marry him and she said yes! These two young people were both raised to honor the Word of God and to serve Him was their highest calling.

Excerpts from Psalm 31 a good woman is hard to find, and worth far more than diamonds. Her husband trusts her without reserve, and never has reason to regret it. She’s up before dawn, preparing breakfast for her family and organizing her day. First thing in the morning, she dresses for work, rolls up her sleeves, eager to get started. She makes her own clothing, and dresses in colorful linens and silks. When she speaks she has something worthwhile to say, and she always says it kindly. She keeps an eye on everyone in her household, Her children respect and bless her; 
her husband joins in with words of praise: “Many women have done wonderful things, but you’ve outclassed them all!” Charm can mislead and beauty soon fades. The woman to be admired and praised is the woman who lives in the Fear-of-God. Give her everything she deserves! Festoon her life with praises!

These two women, born thousands of miles from each other, different cultures, both raised children to be proud of. These women were my grandmothers and today was their birthday!

As a parent, I hope that my children will always be proud of me, will continue to call on me when they have a need for prayer, and will follow the perfect will of God for their lives.

Proverbs 22:6 Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.

We have all done things we aren’t proud of, and our children will also, but just as you are striving to do your best, they will too! Feel the love tonight!

 
Posted By Harolene

It could have been an awkward situation, I would have been so embarrassed but because of a gracious answer I was spared…

Proverbs15: 1 A gentle response defuses anger, but a sharp tongue kindles a temper-fire.

I am convinced that there are people that love drama so much that if it isn’t happening in their circle of friends or family, they create it! I don’t like confrontation and run as fast as I can to get away from a person like that.

Matthew 5:9 Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.

Are you wondering what happened?

I picked my third grade son from school and had a little surprise for him. He had been asking for the latest fad, all the kids had them, a giant pair of orange and lime green sunglasses, over-sized clown-like plastic ones. He was so excited and put them over his green eyes immediately. I needed to go by the funeral home to visit the mother of a twenty-one year old son who had been killed in a horrific traffic accident so I told my son about it and asked if he minded going with me. He shook his head back and forth, silky bangs flying and asked if he could wear his sunglasses inside, I agreed. We went in and walked over to the casket where the mother stood. As I was talking with her I noticed her eyes get big and I turned to see what happening, to my horror I saw that my little boy had placed his great big orange and lime green sunglasses on the face of the corpse. I reached to get them and looked at the mom not knowing how she was going to react and to my surprise she was smiling, she said, “Oh Stephen would have thought that was so funny, he would have loved it! Don't be upset it's fine!” I now had the sunglasses in one hand and my son’s hand in the other, thanked her for being so gracious and I left! I thought the mother handled the situation with class and saved me as well as my son from being terribly embarrassed.

Knowing that I told a group of preacher’s wives that my parents weren’t really married, I deserved that one. The next time you have the chance to save someone’s face think about how you would feel in the same situation and bring peace, not war!