What I Learned From My Mom

Just listening to a program on 102.9 KAJN-FM, Crowley, LA (one of my fav radio stations) and the hosts of the program Family Talk are bantering back and forth with tell-tale stories of their moms. Their storytelling got me to thinking about my mom and mother’s day.

My mom is in her eighties: vibrant, beautiful, fiery, polished and a little ‘streetish’. Our relationship is interesting. I am the elder of three kids:  our relationship is love, tolerance, high strung, emotional, and borders on the side of something I really can’t describe. I know my mom loves me. Even in the hardest periods of our relationship, I always knew and felt my mother’s love and support, and I am reminded of scripture that reads,Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land that the LORD your God is giving you.” It is a commandment with a promise.

My mother cleaned other people’s homes for a living and boy, did she clean well. To this day, I cannot replicate the perfection in which she makes any bed. There is never a wrinkle to be found on any bed my mom makes – not in the sheets, pillowcases nor bed coverings. She taught me to clean, and to be clean. We Louisianians have a saying, “Don’t eat everyone’s food; don’t eat at everyone’s table.” A lesson learned from my mom – if you wanna know if someone is clean – check out their stoves and their toilets: a clean person will have a clean stove, and a clean toilet. I taught my children the same, and I pray they teach the same to their children.

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His Hand on You

Spring is in the air and I absolutely bask in this time of year. The fragrant smell of spring on a clear (without the checker boarding of the ‘now-too-often-seen’ chem trails), breezy day is so refreshing. The best part is hearing the birds singing away:  the cardinals (their presence always gives me hope) whistling, the mocking birds mimicking their neighbors, the woodpecker, well, pecking. It is amazing how they just chatter all the daylong in what I describe as utter perfect praise! Their ‘voices’ are so encouraging for me.

spring4Another thing I like about this time of year is the sound of lawn mowers. That is such a cool sound for me. Ahhh, and the smell of fresh cut grass … I can offer no words describing its fragrance!

Everything about spring effortlessly brings a smile upon my face. The birds, flowers, breezes, storms, clear blue skies and butterflies – they offer, to me, comfort and reassurance that all is well. I see the effects of the wind and I am reminded that just as I don’t see God, I see the effects of His actions in my life – His faithfulness; His goodness; His answering of so many of my prayers; His hands upon me and mine. Continue reading →

What A Beautiful Day!

Did you happen to look, or walk outside this day, and see what a beautiful day it is? The weather is great:  the sky is beautiful blue, and the breeze is cool. It made me want to laugh, to smile, to open my arms wide and almost cry. Such a beautiful day! Did you happen to feel the hope that is in the air? Do you feel the changing of the season? This morning, as I awoke to the brisk air, I fell on my knees in thanksgiving, praising God for such a wonderful and pleasing gift. Does Scripture not say that He has given us everything for our enjoyment?

beautiful dayHow can we not look at a day like today and not rejoice and be glad in the day that the Lord has made? Sure, the stock markets around the world are tumbling, people are losing material things, and people are struggling with whom to vote for in the upcoming presidential elections; we don’t know what tomorrow holds, some of us are sick and dealing with health issues, some have financial and family issues, BUT  how can you not see God’s handy work when you see and feel a day like today? How can you not see God’s controlling hand in how things function and how they work together for the good of those who serve the Lord? How can you not see the hope that God has for His people? I say this day, as in Psalm 118: 24  This is the day the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. James 1: 16 – 17  Don’t be deceived, my dear brothers. Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. Today, as is everyday, is a good and perfect gift from He who sustains us.

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Lord, no matter what happens, no matter what my circumstance, Your hand is at work. Let me rejoice and be glad in knowing full well 1prayerthat You are in control. Let me not be anxious for nothing, but let me look into the beautiful and lovely days and nights and see how wonderfully made everything is; how precisely everything flows together. Father, how you hold everything together. You make everything work. I just have to look into the night and see the stars and the moon to know this. I am reminded of Scripture which says that everything works together for the good of those who serve the Lord! For every breath I breathe, let me remember that You are the creator of all that is. Use me Lord, as You see fit. Holy Spirit of God, wrap Yourself around me and let me feel You. By the Blood of Christ Jesus, I pray. Amen.