Thursday, April 30, 2015

Xenophobia - A Product of Inadequate Immigration Reform?

Xenophobia, intense dislike or fear of people from other countries, seems to be growing in the United States. 

Our southern borders are porous.  Deported criminals keep returning to commit more crimes.  Citizens on the Texas border are disappearing without being heard from again.  Some groups are entering quietly and doing who knows what...

It is said that "good fences make for good neighbors."  What do you think?

What Are "They" Thinking?!

I learned today that cursive is no longer going to be taught in our schools.  Thank you very much, common core...not.

Cursive is an art.  It brings connection of thoughts.  Without it, one will never be able to read the writings of the founding fathers, grandma and grandpa's love letters, Mom's recipes, and so much more I am not able to think of right now.

Common core has some good points to it but it is going too far too fast.  My niece is a teacher.  When she and her fifth grade teaching colleagues took the practice tests, they each came up with different answers to the math questions.  Oh, by the way, my niece is certified to teach math.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Under the Wire

Yup, once again, I am under the wire in finishing this A to Z challenge.  Hey, I was doing well until I got sick!

Even in college, I was a last minute person.  I planned out a paper in my mind before I wrote it out.  I have read that this is one of two kinds of people.  The other  takes their time, writing it out as they go along with a lot of time to amend and correct.  I already amended and corrected in my mind.

One area that I have changed in this last year is in preparing for my small group.  Being a leader, it would be unfair to the people I am mentoring and discipling to cheap out on my preparation time.

It is true that people who teach learn as much if not more than those they teach.  Good stuff, eh?

Tuesday, April 28, 2015


No matter how old I get I still can not believe the indecency of humans against other humans.

Bad things happen.  They have been happening since Cain killed Abel.  In what world does injustice make it right to hurt innocent bystanders?  To steal from your community?  To stop first responders from putting out fires?

When I went to Costco today, I wondered if I would be safe.  No, I am nowhere near any of the rioting and demonstrating going on around the country.  But maybe it is just a matter of time.  What else can you expect from a country that has murdered over fifty-six million innocents in the name of convenience.

As was mentioned by a friend of mine, if things don't change fast, it is going to be a long hot summer in the United States.  God help us all.


This past year I stepped out of my comfort zone in faith to apprentice and co-lead a women's group.  Last night I attended a Leadership Training class that our pastor tries to hold monthly.

I could have sat it out.  I could have attended without leading.  However, God wants us to step out of our comfort zones and, yes, "walk on water" as Peter did. 

My group just finished a study on this very topic (water walking).  People talk more about Peter's failure to have faith to keep on walking.  However, as the book points out, Peter was the only one to get out of the boat!  Everyone else huddled in fear inside of the boat.

Yes, I attend leadership training.  My toes are feeling a little wet.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Singing and Obedience

Singing is one of the most beautiful ways God gives us to express ourselves.  We can sing of sorrow, joy, pain, delight, healing, longing, any emotion actually.

As I mentioned in a previous post, I have been singing since I was a small child.  We used to put on shows to raise money for charity.  Then choruses and choirs throughout my schooling and church.

This year I finally was obedient to God's call and joined my church's worship team.  It had been years since I was in front of a microphone and I was afraid.  However, I know that obedience brings revelation and blessings so, after fighting God for years on this issue, there I stood there, knees knocking.  It took a few Sundays but now it is comfortable and fun.

What has God been calling you to do that you have stubbornly be resisting? 


This past year started off rough.  I won't get into details but personal issues caused a schism that was difficult to crawl out of.

Ever been in that situation?  "Crawl" is the perfect word because it is so very hard to forgive and work out what hurts us.  On my own, I can do nothing.  It is only by the God's mercy and grace, through His Holy Spirit that the years the locust have eaten can be restored (Joel 2:25).

Restoration is hard but, with Christ, all things are possible.  Give Him a try if you haven't already.  We can talk if you like.