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Posted By Harolene

Do you want to know what it's like inside of my head? If you have a good blender, I have a Nutra-Blend, which is a large Bullet, you can put any variety of veggies or fruits in it, crank it up and in a matter of a few seconds everything is blended into one delicious smoothie, my choice of a guilty pleasure. There you have it if not in a nutshell, a Bullet! As I wander through my day doing all the chores I need to get done there is usually a song running through my brain and I won't even realize it until it pops out of my mouth and usually at an inappropriate time.

Today there was a song that was with me all day but the words I kept hearing were not the word to that song, I keep hearing "true love waits", maybe it was from a long ago forgotten song, I couldn't remember so I did what I always do in a memory crisis, I Googled it. I did find a song that was titled "True Love Waits" but it wasn't anything I had ever heard, however when I read the back-story on it I thought perhaps the song called out to me instead of the other way around. The song by Thom Yorke is written from the perspective of a child, between the age of 5-8, who has been left alone for a week to survive on lollipops and crisps while his parents went on a holiday. The article I read said, "Then it hits you like a ton of bricks- He is singing from the perspective of a young child- That no matter how abandoned you feel as an adult, there is still a part of you that loves so much, the child inside of you- you will go through anything, even starvation- waiting for that love to be reciprocated." (Found on BlogSpot but couldn't find the name to give credit) 
Having read that my own heart swelled to the point of bursting, I know that true love will wait and wait even when you know it might never be reciprocated; and then there is the love of an almost ninety year old woman who waits on her sweetheart to come home, knowing the only way she will ever see him again is for her to go where he is, not the other way around. I spoke with a dear soul that needs for their loved one to realize how much they crave a touch, a soft look, some show of real affection and would gladly forgive all for a soft caress.

Genesis 1:26-28 God spoke: “Let us make human beings in our image, make them reflecting our nature So they can be responsible for the fish in the sea, the birds in the air, the cattle, And, yes, Earth itself, and every animal that moves on the face of Earth.” God created human beings; he created them godlike, Reflecting God’s nature. He created them male and female. God blessed them: “Prosper! Reproduce! Fill Earth! Take charge! Be responsible for fish in the sea and birds in the air, for every living thing that moves on the face of Earth.”  When I read that verse it makes me swell with pride that God chose to create us in His image but then I want to shrink with shame as I realize that He has waited for us to come back to Him. The Gaithers penned it beautifully, "His love went on longing and His love went on reaching; Right past the shackles of my mind and the Word of the Father became Mary’s little Son; And His love reached all the way to where I was." 
The child sits and waits alone and hungry for someone to come and love them, knowing we are made in the image of the Father makes me believe that the child is only shadowing the way God waits for us!  Psalm 42:1 A white-tailed deer drinks from the creek; I want to drink God, deep draughts of God. I’m thirsty for God-alive. I wonder, “Will I ever make it—arrive and drink in God’s presence?”  I don’t want God to be disappointed in me as He waits…I want to come to Him as He waits for me with open arms, accepting me just as I am…

Posted By Harolene

I saw the movie "Forrest Gump" when it was in the theater, I watched a little boy being ridiculed for wearing braces on his legs and feeling sorry for him, as I munched my popcorn. But suddenly the popcorn was put down and I was searching for a way to keep from embarrassing myself in a public place. It was when some bullies were chasing Forrest and Jenny, his close girl friend, was yelling to the top of her voice "RUN FORREST RUN!" As that little boy ran and she was yelling encouragement to him, I was overwhelmed and burst into crying out loud tears. Why did it hit me that way? Because in this life there have been many times that I identified with Forrest and other times that I was Jenny, calling out encouragement to someone who seemed to be sinking. We all go through heart aches/breaks for one reason or another and I have heard it all from abusive, alcoholic mates, victims of rape, rent due with no money, no groceries to the heartbreak of a sweetheart saying they can't "do this anymore" and I have been the encourager and the person being encouraged!  Reminds me of an old song from my radio days by Joni Mitchell, “I’ve looked at life from both sides now, from win and lose and still somehow its life’s illusions I recall I really don’t know life at all."  Looking at life from both sides can give you perspective on what the "other” side is thinking, meaning: When you are in a disagreement with someone, honestly try to put yourself in their shoes to see if they are really being unreasonable. Think about the way a lot of people blame God for everything that goes wrong in their life, from bad relationships to losing a job. Maybe you actually did something to bring it on, yes that is possible! Jesus gave His life for us, why would He want us to live in misery. I have spoken several times lately about the "cloud of witnesses" mentioned in Hebrews 12:1 and when I think of them I can hear them, as Jenny, saying RUN Harolene, RUN! So I pick up myself up and keep moving! God was talking to Jeremiah, 12:5 "So, Jeremiah, if you're worn out in this footrace with men, what makes you think you can race against horses? And if you can't keep your wits during times of calm, what’s going to happen when troubles break loose like the Jordan in flood?  I think He might be asking us that same question today!

As we read the news and see so many things going wrong in the world and all around us, up close and personal, if we want to give up now, what would happen if you were to face a terrible tragedy such as the victims of "Katrina", or earthquakes or the tornados that struck the mid-west recently? What if your dearest loved one died? We have to learn to put our hand and our cares in God's hand, 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.

I don't want to be a "downer" I am actually trying to encourage you to "keep on keeping on", to "stay steady in the boat", (quotes courtesy my granddad and dad respectively) now for mine, just be strong, don't give up, and trust God. I read something that caught my attention it was "If at first you succeed, try something harder!" Now that is another take on it, isn't it?

Hear me calling out to you, RUN READER RUN

Posted By Harolene

Because I am a Dreamer of the Impossible and believe it can happen!

To Dream...the Impossible Dream... what does that mean to you? What seems out of reach in your life? In the play for which this song was written, The Man of La Mancha, Don Quixote explains his quest and the reasons behind it. He saw windmills and believed they were dragons which he fought believing that he was doing a noble deed. 

To fight...the unbeatable foe... Sometimes I feel like I am fighting against the wind and it feels as if nothing is being accomplished then suddenly things begin to fall in place and I know that because I am striving to do the right and noble thing in all I do that even though people might deem me crazy, as they did Quixote, I will be proud of myself. You cannot ask for more than that can you?

To bear...with unbearable sorrow...When a mother gives birth it is with agonizing birth pains. You are told to push and from personal experience it feels as if the pain is tearing your insides apart, but the result is the tiny baby to whom you give your heart and are able to hold in your arms. Giving up a relationship that you know isn't right, walking away from friends that you know are leading you down a garden path that leads straight into hell and causes you a world of trouble isn't as easy as it should be, to walk away without looking back is painful but the peace you feel in your heart, mind and soul is well worth the pain as the baby is to the mom.

To run...where the brave dare not go...I remember my "Pop" saying that my dad, "the Champ", would go places on his motorcycle that he wouldn't even dare to go! Sometimes it is with fear and trepidation that we go into a situation knowing what needs to be done but being fearful to be the one that speaks up!

To right...the unrightable wrong...When I read that line I think of someone who is trying to clean up a mess they have caused by opening their big mouth when they should have kept it shut! I did something yesterday that I almost regretted very much. I was trying to bring a group of people together by sending one message to them all asking for peace and goodwill, not thinking that anyone would actually respond, just read and think. One of them wrote and made some statements that could have incensed some of the group to wrath! I wanted to break my own fingers for thinking I had done a good thing! It's better to think long and hard before you open mouth and insert foot!

To love...pure and chaste from afar...This is a very hard one to put into practice. People say the heart wants what it wants, but I say when it wants something that is going to cause someone else pain then it is very wrong, just walk away. There is nothing wrong with you feeling love it is putting it into action inappropriately that is wrong.


Posted By Harolene

To try...when your arms are too weary...I think we can all identify with just being bone tired and sometimes I feel I have given everything inside of me to help a situation and then I am asked to do one more thing, so I am learning to say "my arms are too weary to tote that load today". You have to know when you have gone the stretch to try as hard as you can and then give it up to God.

To reach...the unreachable star...That is the hope for everyone listening to the ramblings of this old girl. That star for me is named Hope, the hope that I can live in such a way as to make myself proud that I actually attained the Impossible Dream.

Reading the first line to each paragraph gives you the words to the most familiar verse of that beautiful song. 

Be inspired to get your dream out, dust it off and start all over again to dream the impossible dream!

In case you are wondering, after sweating bullets for awhile, my faux pas worked out just fine!

Posted By Harolene

Have you ever heard that saying about the silk purse and the sow's ear? It was one of my grandmother's favorites. It generally had to do with a young man, or lady, that seemed unsuitable to date, I, however, think it applies to situations in life that seem impossible, too bad to turn around, just plain bad! When I am in a bad situation, I try to think about what could be the worse thing to happen. Sometimes it already has and I feel that I need to "wrap myself in the rags of my life and lay it at the cross"!

All through the Bible we see stories where a good solution seemed impossible. Look at the Children of Israel caught between the Pharaoh and the Sea, but God opened the water for them to walk across on dry land, and the enemy couldn't follow because, they drowned! Daniel was in the Lion's Den and God shut the mouth of the lion! So many examples, such as we find in Genesis 50:20 "You meant to hurt me, but God turned your evil into good to save the lives of many people, which is being done." These were the words that Joseph spoke to his brothers after the death of their father.

Yes, it would be nice if we could make silk purses from sows ears but if you have a “sows ear” you might just need to like it the way it is! My Dad used to tell me that there is always a little sour with the sweet, however I only wanted the sweet!

We only get to go through life one time with out any do-overs and we must learn to make the most by learning a lesson from the mistakes that we make.

Mistakes? There are mistakes that no amount of fixing can help, such as my Pineapple Up-side Down Cake! When I was learning to cook, and doing a pretty good job with "noodle dishes" and casseroles, desserts were yet to be learned. My mother called and told me they were bringing home the Senior pastor, they were working for, for coffee. I told her I would make a cake to go with it! I didn't, yet, know the difference between baking soda and baking powder and, you guessed it, making the cake "from scratch" I used the soda instead of the powder, no need to tell you that it was quite obvious and was HORRIBLE! I thanked God the coffee was good and poor old preacher was no worse for the terrible bite of cake, except it took several minutes for his mouth to un-pucker! It reminded me of the apple pie a lady made for us to have, at her house, after a church service. She was famous for her apple pie! Somehow, whether aging eyes or her mean younger brother played a dirty trick, the salt and sugar canisters contents had gotten switched! My dad was offered the first piece and she was watching his face to see his delight, and asking him if he would like some cheese to go on top of it, all while he was trying to hold a straight face and making an attempt to swallow the briny apple pie. He held his expression until another of her brothers had tasted the pie. When he took his bite of pie he spewed it out and a shout of laughter went up, the rest is history!