Quote for Deep Thought

“Every man’s life ends the same way. It is only the details of how he lived and how he died that distinguish one man from another.” — Ernest Hemingway

Often I find ‘Holiday Hoopla’ are the least spiritual days of a year. Or, maybe I should say of a life story. It seems blood family worship happens in the minds of many that are church goers. We worship ‘King Santa’. We adore ‘Elf Gift’. We sing praises to ‘Amazon Prime’ and kneel to the latest ‘Easy Clean’.

Past wounds fester with a contagious infection. While, new knocks are seen with blood running scabs. When we start the blame turkey game and stuff it with names , my kids, my Mom, my Dad even had the audacity to die? The parade to entertain must go on.

Did or does anyone say to us, “He was wounded for our transgression, He was bruised for our iniquities. Surely He bore our sorrows and by His stripes we are healed. Or, are these words as tried as an old stick of gum or silly as a ball on a tree. It’s a lot more soothing to watch a feral kitten unwind our knitting ball or a wounded dog wear our winter wonder land shawl as the fire warms the sore. It only takes a spark of God’s love to get a fire going. That how it is with God’s love when we pass it on. 🎼🎹

“…It is only the details of how he lived and how he died that distinguish one man from another.” — Ernest Hemingway

I have been thinking on this quote and granted I’m on the older side rather than the new born side and I feel shame about many of my ‘Holiday Hoopla Shenanigans’.

Now, before you call me cynical or religious or out of touch let me just say I’m all in on Santa, reindeers, gifts, family and beer. (I don’t drink beer because I don’t like the taste neither do I like spinach) You name it, it’s all good. I’m in for fun. Now, about the details of how we live our lives that just might distinguish us from one another is the point. I made myself a little flash test to see how I score on details?

Spiritual Craft-who taught me spiritual craft-what does their life look like? Who is my now spiritual traveling companion-what does their life look like at this moment?

More specific to my life details-holiday Hooplas-do they separate me from my daily family, friends and communications? Do I live my life in a cage of fear and intimidation? In keeping my holidays real, do I treat others as I would/do treat Jesus? Does honesty and trust from my being sound like the thrill of hearing church bells chime on a chilly starry night? Welcome one and all. Or, does my family and I say to some, there is no room in our Inn, but if your desperate take the stinky stable. Leave the Eternal King in the stable and crown my kids as I teach them my way and not His?

O Holy Night the Stars are brightly shining, 🌠


Kindness Two

I received this quote from a friend this am. Whoa! I just love this quote:
“Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.” — Mark Twain

As you know (from my blog One on Kindness) my focus of ‘Thanksgiving 2018’ has been about Kindness. I have been so blessed being in relationships with kindness givers. I want to take the challenge my friend confronted me with this am…”30-day Kindness Challenge” encouraging me to perform one small, random act of kindness every day. She says, “random acts of kindness can lead to more creativity and joy. These acts also help us shift our focus from ourselves to those who we are showing kindness.”

I am adding my reminder and helper, Psalm 123 to be my 30 day daily prayer to help me focus on God’s mercy and how He will shower others through acts of kindness by all that join in the challenge. I sure need mercy to keep my focus on ‘acts of kindness’ when I get tired and anxious. But, I have the manuel, Philippians 4:5 “Let your gentleness be apparent to all. The Lord is near. 6) Be anxious for nothing, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7) And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.…”

Love to hear your ♥️ Stories on act of kindness. 


Happy Thanksgiving! What are you extremely thankful for this Thanksgiving, 2018?

My list is very lengthy as I imagine yours is as well. I decided to break my ‘Thanks’ down into an action, kindness.

2018 has been an abundance of goodness for me and my family and friends.

I’m pausing in my action wrap to focus on ‘kindness.’(Dictionary “kind behavior: I will never forget your kindness.”) One of my focal points in my Spiritual journey has been found in 2 Peter 1:7 KJV. “And,…add to godliness brotherly kindness; and add to brotherly kindness charity.”

This action, kindness, is conveyed throughout the Word of God. As I focus on godliness I must use my thoughts to add kindness before I leap into charity.

Therefore, in giving thanks in 2018, I am thankful for those who speak truth. I am thankful for those who find no comfort (including me) in using the mind to darken my vision by trying to circumvent truth with Words that are given to deceive. Pride and Arrogrance are twins from the heart that finds their way to the tongue so often.

This Thanksgiving I give Thanks for those that care enough not to rattle off sentences set to deceive. Kindness! Read about kindness in the Book of Life, God’s Word, Bible, as it spreads it’s wings like a Dove through the pages and births it’s young in hearts of gold! I give Thanks!

First They Came

The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum quotes the following text…

First they came …” is a poem written by the German Lutheran pastor Martin Niemöller (1892–1984

“First they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a socialist.

Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a trade unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.”

MG’s Piano

In an earlier post a few months ago we posted MG’s piano. MG was a gifted piano player and when her earth time came to an end God had a protege ready to pick up and play in the same gifted way she played for many years. Jerry has her piano now and shared his success with us which helps keep her memory alive. Thank you Jerry. And, we are so proud of you! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻