A Year in Review
Hello for those of you who visit the website. It’s been a while and I thank you for your reading these posts. Although Thoughts & Prayer is a part of my ministry, it is also very therapeutic for me. Writing has always been a form of exhaling, a tension reliever, a door opening, or closing, just plain exhaling … letting go of those things that appear to want hang on.
Thoughts & Prayer, this website, is a gift. A good and precious gift I have neglected. I have not written in T&P for some time. Why, I honestly do not know – maybe laziness, being non-committal, unfocused, distracted, not caring, lack of confidence in my calling, probably a little of all those things. The Holy Spirit is indeed my pen and these days I wonder if he has abandoned me; if he has forsaken me, but then I am reminded that it is not he who has pushed me aside, but I who have pushed him aside. I have neglected my gift, but with this year going out I pray I discipline myself to do, and to write, and to be led as before. One of the Pastors (Omar Thibeaux) whose sermons I study, once said that when he first began ministering on the campus curbs of LSU, someone advised him, “Do your ministry even if you don’t feel like it….” That was good advice.
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The New Year is around the corner and I usually take this time to reflect upon the events of the past year: to ponder how, once again, God was good, and as in years past, He did not disappoint. This year for me saw protection (God’s hand upon my life), good health, abundance, answered prayers, some struggles, spiritual growth, and guidance: yep, God is faithful; He is truly good. Philippians 3:13 comes to mind: “but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead…” 2017 is nearing its end and I am, prayerfully, looking forward to a most wonderful, most rewarding, most joyful and adventure filled new year!
My sister and I recently discussed her pastor’s Christmas day sermon; it was not about Christmas, or the birth of Christ, nor about gifts or anything like that: it was about death. Pastor Banning of Braeswood Assembly’s prayer is that God take him peacefully in his sleep. And driving to work today, Chuck Swindoll’s sermon on 105.7 KHCB radio was again not about the joys of Christmas, but of death, specifically, where we go when we die. Continue reading →
Ugh, going to the dentist is an absolute terror for me. I hate needles and blood and what’s interesting is that at one point in my life ’twas my dream to work as an anesthetist. Whenever I visit the dentist, I pray while lying on the dentist chair; I speak scriptures; I listen to sermons – anything Godly that takes my mind off those needles, the pressure and those scary dental tools!
This last dental visit, although pretty much the same as previous visits, God spoke to me. He said, “This is what surrendering to me is like.” I pondered surrendering my entire being to God (in Christ) who created me, who sustains me, who provides for me.
How does being in a dentist chair compare to surrendering to Him? When the dentist says turn left, I turn left; turn right, I turn right; move your head just a little, and so I move it, just a little, or when the dentist gently takes my head and turns it in the direction she needs – I go with the movement of her hand – I humbly succumb to the gentleness of her touch, the sound of her voice. “Are you ok?” I shake my head “yes” even though I am sure my eyes show terror. Continue reading →
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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Hello all! May God’s favor be bestowed upon you and yours and may all your prayers be answered in accordance to God’s will for your lives! Amen!
GOD IS FAITHFUL!
Having gone through some stuff, with a word of encouragement, my sister-in-law sent me a text message with just those three words … God is Faithful – and I recall thinking hmmm and repeating the words to myself… God is Faithful. I was in awe of those words. I’d heard those words before. I’d seen those words time and time again in scripture, but with her text, those words took on new meaning.
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