Friday, July 31, 2009

CRASHED THRU A ROADBLOCK

I'm really excited .... I have found the path for my novel and I know that it's right. It has everything that I want to convey to the public, should the "public" ever have the opportunity to read it. I've prayed a very long time, and I've been in "writer's block" status for longer than I can remember. I go to the beach, I lie awake one evening when all are asleep and the epiphany is revealed!

I am a sinner, first. And, I was concerned about being too honest in writing of my experiences. I even had a long talk with my daughter, not wanting her to be blindsided when she read this quasi-autobiography. Rather, I tell my story with all humility, leading the reader to where I returned to my FAITH. Gosh, I'm so excited about it and I even wrote three paragraphs this afternoon before everyone came crashing in and interrupted me. But, I have time, at least I hope that I do. God willing and the creek don't rise, it will become my reality, my dream come true.

I've been with my family at Panama City. It's been so refreshing - no clocks, no timetables, no set plans, everyone "doing their thing" without interference. It's been cathartic and I head home tomorrow feeling rejuvenated, full of fuel, and with a whole lot of purpose. Sweet Lord, life is so wonderful and I love YOU for all the blessings You have given to me, without strings, but with LOVE.

Peace be with you,

Abbey

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

DEAR FRIENDS IN CHRIST

On a brief sabbatical searching my soul for substance. I will return very soon. Please pray for me, and don't give up on me.

Blessings,
Abbey

Thursday, July 16, 2009

THIS DAY'S . . .

What better than a quote from Pope John XXIII to inspire us to live a Godly life, looking toward our final journey, to our final destination, in His presence in the place that He has prepared for each of us?


There is a moment in every man’s life when he has to make ready for a departure, and at last the moment comes for him to leave his earthly home, and to give an account of his labor. May every one of us then be able to say: I have not darkened immortal souls with suspicion or fear, I have been frank, loyal and trustful; I have looked those who did not share my ideals straight in the eyes and treated them with brotherly affection, in order not to impede the carrying out of God’s great purpose, in his good time- a purpose which must bring about the fulfillment of the divine teaching and command of Jesus, “that we may all be one.”

~Pope John XXIII

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"Blessed are those whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered; blessed is the man against whom the Lord will not reckon his sin.”

~Romans 4:7-8, The Revised Standard Version

Saturday, July 11, 2009

HEARTLIGHT

I BRING TO YOU GOOD NEWS!
Let us rejoice and be glad,
Abbey

VERSE:

He that handleth a matter wisely shall find good: and whoso trusteth in the LORD, happy is he.

~Proverbs 16:20

THOUGHT:

Those who seek the instruction of God's wisdom and who trust in God for their life's blessings and values will find joyful prosperity. While this philosophy doesn't play well in the world of commercials, this understanding is the key to a blessed and prosperous life!

PRAYER:

Wise and Eternal God, open my mind to your wisdom and my heart to your gracious presence. I trust my future with you. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Friday, July 10, 2009

ROLLER BABIES

You've gotta see this. No explanation required!

Blessings,
Abbey

HEARTLIGHT


Good morning, Friends in Christ! The birds are waking and my resident squirrel is hopping around the gardens, seeking the remant food that he apparently planted last fall. I love watching and hearing God's little creatures awake for a new day.

I wanted to comment on today's WISDOM, below. It reminds me of a lot of people I know or have met who pray, yet they remain in anguish over their troubles, bad health, financial affairs or relationships. If one truly BELIEVES in Him, then once his/her troubles are given to God through prayer, living in FAITH means that one no longer worries because you know in your heart that the Lord is going to take care of you. If you pray to Him, yet still worry, are you then truly Faith-filled? Think about that as you read today's Heartlight. Not to lessen today's verse, which is also profound. Being happy in one's station in life IS Godly.

Blessings,
Abbey

VERSE:

Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.

~Philippians 4:11


THOUGHT:

Paul tells Timothy that one of life's greatest treasures is to find contentment in godliness (1 Tim. 6:6). With this treasure, our physical circumstances become far less important to us than the character we display in those circumstances. Our bottom line is less important than loving God from the bottom of our hearts. Those who are wealthy and show godliness, a very difficult challenge according to Jesus, are those who have demonstrated that they are content to be godly and will be that kind of person with or without wealth. Those who are poor and are godly have demonstrated the same ability. So the bottom line is not how rich are we in money, bu thow rich are we in grace!

PRAYER:

Steadfast and faithful Father, still my restless and sometimes covetous heart and help me find my contentment in your presence and character in my life. In the name of Jesus. Amen.

WISDOM:

But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

~Hebrews 11:6, King James Version

Thursday, July 09, 2009

QUESTIONABLE HUMOR

Okay, I am human, and I laugh - A LOT! I find humor in places where no one would ever think about. Who coined that phrase "Laugh and the whole world will laugh with you"? I love a good joke. I can't help it; it's part of who I am. If offended, I apologize that you feel offended. In the meantime, someone sent this to me today and I thoroughly enjoyed how poignant it is.

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GEOGRAPHY OF A WOMAN

Between 18 and 22, a woman is like Africa : half discovered, half wild, fertile and naturally beautiful.

Between 23 and 30, a woman is like Europe : well developed and open to trade, especially for someone of real value.

Between 31 and 35, a woman is like Spain : very hot, relaxed, and convinced of her own beauty.

Between 36 and 40, a woman is like Greece : gently aging but still a warm and desirable place to visit.

Between 41 and 50, a woman is like Great Britain : with a glorious and all conquering past.

Between 51 and 60, a woman is like Israel : has been through war, doesn't make the same mistakes twice, takes care of business.

Between 61 and 70, a woman is like Canada : self-preserving, but open to meeting new people.

After 70, she becomes Tibet : wildly beautiful, with a mysterious past and the wisdom of the ages, an adventurous spirit and a thirst for spiritual knowledge.

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GEOGRAPHY OF A MAN

Between 1 and 90, a man is like Iran , ruled by nuts.

THE END.


THIS DAY'S . . .

And if you will here stop and ask yourself, why you are not as pious as the primitive Christians were, your own heart will tell you, that it is neither through ignorance, nor inability, but purely because you never thoroughly intended it.

~William Law

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Trust in the Lord for ever, for the Lord God is an everlasting rock.

~Isaiah 26:4, The Revised Standard Version

HEARTLIGHT


VERSE:
Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies.

~Proverbs 31:10


THOUGHT:
What would happen if we valued our spouses? What would happen if we publicly valued a faithful wife more than a voluptuous starlet? What would happen if character was valued more than money? I believe it would transform our culture, enhance our marriages, and produce stronger and better adjusted children. I know God would be pleased!

PRAYER:
Thank you, Holy Father, for the great women of faith I meet in Scripture. Thank you for the godly women I've met in your Kingdom. Please use me to show that I value godly women in my life, especially those who are wives of virtue and godly character. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.


WISDOM:
But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.

Matthew 6:6, King James Version

Wednesday, July 08, 2009

DEEP THOUGHTS

I wonder . . . do you ever consider that country way down south, not Africa or the Middle East, or even Australia (though the same can be said for them) - but the one below the Panama Canal called South America? Thought: Their government and citizens are living their lives and going about their business relatively quietly, while the USA and other nations in the Northern Hemisphere are thumping their chests - feigning intimidation at one another - arguing, planning strategies, negotiating nuclear arms limitations, engaging in wars on foreign soil as they play chess with the citizens of OUR country? I suddenly have a case of longing for Rio!

PLAYLIST CHANGE

The former playlist was kinda worn, I think you'd agree. I've put on a new one today and hope you enjoy some of my favorites. Have a blessed day!

CHEESE!

A little humor to tie you over until I can get caught up at home and get down to some serious writing!

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THE LORD'S TEST

Greetings my dear friends! I am back from a most excellent vacation. I now have to get my head back in gear, and begin my quest to lose 40 pounds! Keep me in your prayers; I'm going to need them. Thought I'd start back with this sweet story that was sent to me by my granddaughter, Hannah Irelynn. God bless and hope that everyone is well, filled with joy and loving the Lord more than ever!

Abbey

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THE LORD'S TEST

I woke up this morning and knew that today,
The sun would not be shining
and the clouds would be gray.

As I stepped outside,
Rain fell upon my head..
My car wouldn't start
so I walked to school instead.

I forgot all of my assignments
I failed all of my tests.
I dropped my head in disgust
and asked the Lord for one request.

'Lord, why is it that
things won't go my way?'
He gently replied,
'Dear child it is because
you didn't thank me yesterday.

I woke you up and enabled
you to see the sun again.
I gave you shelter,
protected your family, and even let
you make a new friend..

I blessed you far
greater than I ever had before.
But you were too busy
to thank me once more.

You didn't feel sick
because I maintained your health.
You had money in your pocket
because I maintained your wealth.

You had shoes on you feet
and clothes to wear, too.
You had plenty of food to eat,
and what did you do?

You ignored me and went
about your tasks.
But when you wanted something
you never hesitated to ask.
I was there when you needed me
and that wasn't too long ago.
But when things started going your way,
it was me you did not know.

As if that weren't enough,
I provided our favorite luxuries..
This was something I didn't have
to do-they weren't even necessities.

And when it was time to get on your
knees and show your gratitude,
You decided that after such a
fulfilling day, you weren't in the mood.

So I decided to
give you just a little test.
To show you how it would feel
to stop being blessed.'

I began to realize what
the Lord was saying.
And when I got home, I fell
to my knees and started praying.

He said, 'My child, you have
learned and you know I do forgive.
But remember to remember this day
as long as you shall live.

I love filling your life with joy,
and your pain I'll alleviate it.
But just a simple thank you
would show how much you
appreciate it.'