It is hard to believe but fall will be here soon! Summer’s heat and dry weather has been hard on our plants in Northern VA and many annuals are very tired looking. Now is a great time to refresh with fall color. We invite you to visit the Fall Plant Sale at Monroe Technology Center In Leesburg, VA where you will find beautiful mums, pansies and other plants to inspire and students eager to assist. Plant sale proceeds support scholarships, so please stop by and enjoy. Sale days and hours are: Wednesday, Sept. 21, 10-6pm; Sept. 22, 10-5pm; and Sept. 23, 10-4pm.
Encouragement from St Paul. “First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for everyone, for kings and all who are in high positions, so that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and dignity.” 1 Timothy 2:1-2, NRSV
A Psalm of David. (101 ESV)
”A I will sing of steadfast love and justice;
to you, O LORD, I will make music.
I will ponder the way that is blameless.
Oh when will you come to me?
I will walk with integrity of heart
within my house;
I will not set before my eyes
anything that is worthless.
I hate the work of those who fall away;
it shall not cling to me.
A perverse heart shall be far from me;
I will know nothing of evil.
Whoever slanders his neighbor secretly
I will destroy.
Whoever has a haughty look and an arrogant heart
I will not endure.
I will look with favor on the faithful in the land,
that they may dwell with me;
he who walks in the way that is blameless
shall minister to me.
No one who practices deceit
shall dwell in my house; no one who utters lies shall continue before my eyes.
Morning by morning I will destroy
all the wicked in the land,
cutting off all the evildoers
from the city of the LORD.”
As my Nation, USA, traverse through a stinging political presidential cycle my reading, “no one who utters lies shall continue before my eyes” gives me a lot of thought. I hear some calling one of our candidates “a liar”. May be true, I don’t know. But, I do know that at times some at my social table setting that so pridefully proclaimed this theory lies themselves many times before the meal is over. Therefore, my question is if this Psalm applies to us today and we have a candidate lying and their opponents being the average voter while accusing the candidate join in by lying about their basic activities of the day, have we built our house on the sand?
Does etiquette ever interfere with your spiritual mind and growth? It does mine big time. Sometimes I feel the need to focus on spirituality, feelings, and soul care development? About the time I read a few great popular books and get the freedom to be me, so they tell me, I stumble across a passage of Bible Scripture that I read many times but now it starts to interfere with my new self help books. My new modern etiquette gets a little test.
Here is an example that muddles my mind taken right from the Bible:
“But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, and the blind.” Luke 14:13, NRSV
Why, if I might ask? “He said also to the one who had invited him, “When you give a luncheon or a dinner, do not invite your friends or your brothers or your relatives or rich neighbors, in case they may invite you in return, and you would be repaid… 14 ) And you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you, for you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.”
No, something is really wrong here. I want to be invited back. I believe that is owed to me. I want to enjoy the sharing and rewards of gathering. Don’t you? Or, is this just me?
Thanks to all my new Lilly friends for making me a center piece of your vision and mission, HOPE PEACE JOY! This is day three of my journal entry. I will not post daily. As you know a girl needs a few secrets. I wanted you to see my photo trek journal of rags to riches which I think shows a dimension of your mission, HOPE PEACE JOY.
“Sheba” aka as Tilly Pearl, and her last two kittens, Oreo and Dusty…This was the abandoned house where she lived …under the porch….doing everything a loving, caring feral does to protect her kittens. Look a kitty peaking from under the steps. They are safe. Wanda, my BFF has found them loving forever homes.
Sheba seems like a trillion years ago. I was told Sheba did a lot of good things under duress and danger for her babies which gave her a new life and name, Tilly Pearl! My MOMMIE, Patti, tells me I am a back Pearl that worked through many obstacles to become her black pearl. Don’t you just love my MOMMIE, Pattie? Always remember my BFF, Wanda! I love her!
My new friend, Sara, spends all her time telling Bible stories and wants us to know the BIble has lots of things to say about pearls:
”Matthew 7:6 ; 13:46 ; Revelation 21:21. The pearl oyster is found in the Persian Gulf and the Red Sea. Its shell is the “mother of pearl,” which is of great value for ornamental purposes ( 1 Timothy 2:9 ; Revelation 17:4 ). Each shell contains eight or ten pearls of various sizes…”
I hope my new MOMMIE reads these stories to me. My new friend, Sara, wants her to.
Love to all, your friend, Tilly Pearl
Day 2… (See day 1 in blog below) I looked in the mirror and saw a scissor clip on my ear. I rested on my back and realized my body had been altered for life. Yet, I felt a joy and peace packed in a package of pink that gave me a comfort beyond a feral cat’s purr diary. Can you see?
I’m healing well, says my MOMMIE, PATTIE She talks to me a lot. She feeds me on time. I know soon I will meet my three new fur brothers. I have learned one human word well, love! I want to thank my first responders that first rescued me. https://www.facebook.com/Peggys-Purrpose-the-TNR-Group-of-Grifton-1499135613736020/?pnref=story
I’m from eastern NC and hope to be your friend as we work together to bring love to humans and animals alike. Until next purr diary. 💕 Tilly Pearl
My name was Sheba or that was my street ID! I gave birth to three beautiful sets of kittens. Good meaning thoughtful rescue humans captured my babies and found them forever homes. They tried so hard to capture me but I was scared and untamed. A lady named Wanda and team one day finally captured me. They took me to a Vet to neuter me only to find out I was with kittens again. They gave me anesthesia to take care of me. My ear also was clipped so I could be id’d as having been neutered and would be returned to busy streets.
A good lady named Patti heard my story and wanted to adopt me. But, most of us know that is almost impossible with a feral like me. But, remember I am a “Black Cat” and some believe we have intuition beyond our means. When I awoke from my surgery I was calm, loving and accepting of humans and love.
Patti agreed to give me a forever home. It was a little difficult decision in that she has three other kittens as well as two big doggies. She had to financially squeeze to fit me in. She has faith that all will be well and has turned me into Princess Tilly Pearl!
I am hoping some will feel to support others like me.
Love, Tilly Pearl