Let’s go to the pond.
Fairytale fishing is best-
when Gramps comes along.
No buckets, no boats,
And no carrying large totes.
Just Grandpa and me.
A pole in each hand
Crickets wait by the pond bank
Gramps catches our bait.
A nibble, a tug-
A fisherman feels the line-
Waits to jerk the hook.
A flip-flopping, splash
Reeling in a big fat bass.
Little ones go free.
is an alien,
not the kind from outer space
but another place.
Tock-Tick, tock-tick, tock
Grand's house mingles with the past
Time ripples backward
What, no game controls!
Grand's and electronic foe
But, I'm never bored.
Grand swishes me off
to hunt for hidden treasures
with only one clue.
Treasures lie within.
Only the bravest of braves
She's a game wizard
I'm the assigned scorekeeper
We battle with cards.
Grand's the marble champ
Her marbles have names-Galaxy
Star Dust, Jupiter.
The universe rules.
She's the brightest star around
I believe it's true.
We follow all rules
though we rearrange a few
Mom is cool with that.
I pick the veggies.
Cheesy cheese and pizza sauce
topping my deep crust.
Peel, double whop-POP!
Biscuits laid out, cut in half.
Fried, light, and golden.
Crispy and warm, Yum!
Sprinkle on sugar dust for
a delicious treat.
Sometimes, I forget
Hold your tongue, hang your towel
after the shower.
Growing up is hard.
Every day learning is new.
But I'm not alone.
Grand's shoulder is there.
Reminding me of blessings
in following rules.
Mom's dismayed to see
fingerprint flowers displayed
on the windowpanes.
Leave them there, my dear.
They remind me Hope was here.
Then Grand winks at me.
We made those flowers
with air breaths and fingerprints
We watch old movies
reels, tapes or DVDs.
How can that be me?
But it was Momma
giggling with Granny Sue
swinging from my tree.
Tock tick, tick tock tick
The clock chimes it's time to go
Love you, see you soon.
Mom, I hear you say
that Grand is an alien
Is that really true?
Just bits of silliness, dear.
Grand said the same thing
about Granny Sue.
We were best buddies.
She loved me like Grand loves you.
Granny was special.
to another time and place.
Now, I understand.
rite of passage for all
parents to become
A mind free to think
Imagines, reasons, then decides
to act with forethought.
Haiku by RL Brown
CS Lewis said that imagination is key to reason. But your mind must be clear, lucid; looking beyond instant gratification to see a reasonable danger. Reason trains the mind, imagination helps you see beyond what you know. Reason will test, decipher, and separate subtleties that snare. You are ready to think -to act beyond just yourself.
The drug trap. A mind clouded by dreadful need. The loss of love for others and cherished memories turns to disdain. Careless attitude of life that drags you down into the depths of despair. Despair, so great that it takes you over an unimaginable cliff. Drugs trap you in a body and steal your life and freedom.
To imagine means to explore possibilities, reasons is to weigh actions with consequences with a depth of understanding and proceed with full knowledge, ready to bear consequences. Marx was an elitist fool who lived off others and yet abandoned his children to starvation. Marx was a type of man who celebrated the death of his uncle, so he could live off his Uncle’s wealth without producing any of his own. China and Russia only pulled out of poverty because they allowed for free enterprise. Our country is not perfect but it allows for everyone life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness… and all that goes with that, great success or great failure.
A mind free to think will imagine, reason, and then decide to act. R L Brown
Philippians 4:8 Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.
Romans 12:2 Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
Wind rustles the leaves.
Trees shimmer yawning deeply,
the balance of light and dark,
time juncture converts.
Turn your face eastward.
Fall moon on the horizon
blazing golden hues.
A migratory birds last song.
Light wanes for evening.
Nature splendor yields
a harvest of abundance,
Inner autumn calls,
time to embrace season’s change.
The wind howls for rest.
Light narrows yet shines.
Truth displayed for all to see,
God’s bountiful grace.
Rapture of the church
The last harvest, winter comes.
Weary souls find rest.
Take care in what you say.
Take care in what you hear,
Take care in what you see.
Take care in what you taste and eat.
Take care with what you think.
Sticks and stone
May break my bones
But words will never harm me.
This poem is about your head protecting your heart, shielding your heart from stinging words that go deep.
The truth is your heart and mind are a balancing act. They work together to decipher facts.
God doesn’t measure you by what others say.
God doesn’t measure you by how you look.
God doesn’t measure your worth by success or failure.
God measures beauty by the kindness of your heart and the renewing of your mind.
Imagine if you were as tall as you were kind. You grew an inch for every ounce of kindness.
You would be mighty tall, and some would be very short.
Imagine you were as bright as your depth of knowing God’s Word. God’s word allows you to reason, question, seek and learn.
God measures a man by how he was made. You are wonderfully made, and God knows it very well.
You have gifts, talents, strengths, and struggles define who you are. God says not to covet what others have. It is because they are on a different road than you are and will need their God-given ability to meet the challenges they face. Everyone will make an account of how they used their talents to glorify God.
Take care with what you think. Lace it with God’s word.
Compare what you hear by the truth of God’s Word.
Avoid, run from evil sights and sounds that entice and trick you into false confidence.
Take care not to compare yourself with others today. Take time to praise God just for how you are today-
Take care to spend time with God today and know who you are.
"I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well." Psalm 139:14
My mother and aunt love to visit estate sales. (Reading Kate’s blog brought them to mind, they are both with the Lord.) They usually came home with an antique from bygone days. They bought a memory. I have even purchased furniture, thinking I would pass it down. My family has great memories of sitting around an oak table. My daughter’s trinket box is full of flattening pennies from the places we visited.
It is not the things or object but the memories tied to a moment in time that fleshes out echos of the past with family.
It is not the object, memories of a moment, echos of the past.
God established the family as the basic unit in society long before He established the church. Worship begins at home and sets the heart toward God. Raise a child correctly; when they are old, they will find the truth again.
Worship was the responsibility of the head of the household. Cain’s refused to worship God but instead offered his work, offering instead from the fruits from cursed ground. Only God saves and offeres forgivness. Our efforts always fall short. The ten commandments proved our need for Jesus’ death on the cross. Aftter the flood, God removed the ground curse but the other three remained.
Through progressivism, Marxism, and a few more isms, the family as the basic unit in society has been under attack for the past 100 years. From Woodrow Wilson to allowing pornography to be blanket everywhere, removing prayer from schools, teaching false history to abortion, the family is suffering.
The family is a child’s first clan, first home, the first taste of love and security. The family is worth saving as an independent unit, separate from government interference.
These comments may seem like a weird direction for the blog, but as a teacher who has taught the significances of the family- it just flowed out.
Rescue the perishing, care for the dying. Jesus is merciful. Jesus will save. The word rescue brings this song to mind immediately.
The twentieth anniversary of 9-11 is upon us, and Americans still need to be rescued from Afghanistan. Our country needs saving from a socialist/Marxist agenda. Our school children need protection from the indoctrination of radical thinking. They need rescuing from social media, movies, and music. People need to be rescued from apathy and busyness. The church needs rescuing from adopting worldly philosophy. Victims need rescuing from trafficking, drugs, lies of worthlessness. Still, so much rescuing is needed.
I pray for the rapture to come quickly but what about those who still need rescuing.
Jesus will rescue you- from drug addiction, from trafficking, from terrorist, from apathy, from cruelty, from empty thoughts, from lies of all kinds. How?
By renewing your mind, it is transformative; it is healing. It brings peace. Romans 12: 2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
The consequences are not gone, your free will still exist, but your eyes are opened to Truth. Truth heals. It will be painful, and trust must be rebuilt, patterns of behavior altered, changes in your lifestyle. On the road to recovery, you will face difficulties. As you strengthen your heart and mind, you will find courage. This time you are not alone. Your faith in Jesus is your rescue. He will walk with you on your road of recovery. You are no longer alone.
The first big city I ever visited was New York city. It was crowded, noisy and full of life.
I was preparing to go overseas with Campus Crusade for Christ. The training session diverted to New York City. Teams were assigned to study various ethnic groups; my assignment was to observe the Russian-speaking community. We traveled by train, subway, or walked. I will admit to having a headache at the end of the day from the noise.
Surprising was, as soon as I entered the Russian Burroughs, the atmosphere changed. Signs were in Russian; everyone spoke Russian, the food, the smells, people’s dress, and mannerisms took on a very different cultural feel. It was utterly foreign to me.
I experienced the same thing when I rounded the corner to Sak Fifth Avenue. The business district was ablaze with lights, crisp, warm, and inviting. Each borough had its feel and a community that brought it to life. I will admit, too, that I thought the city was full of separatists. Everybody seemed to stick to their community. But each community had its take on life.
Nine months later, I’m Manilla, capital of the Philippines: God prepares you for where he will take you. I traveled all over Manilla by Jeepney. The craziest drivers in the world were there. Jeepney drivers never stop until you tap the roof indicating you want off. Traveling across the world as a missionary allowed me to see people as they lived. I lived where they lived, and that experience taught me to value life. People love their homelands.
Now imagine heaven full of Burroughs with every people group imaginable. Each borough fulls of scents, spices, and flavors—flowers from every region on display, children at play—a calm and peaceful reign in the air knowing that our Lord Jesus is here.
Life is like a vapor
Death grins when the pulse is weak.
Smiles when breathing ceased.
Light gleams in darkness.
Shatters the stillness of time
Death, where is your sting?
Past and present one.
Dominions lost victory.
His love sets us free.
Desperate times call for desperate measures.
Arms yours self with the Gospel; it is time to fight.
How? Prayer and fasting is the key to winning this fight.
Find your prayer closet, your church pew, and get on your knees.
2 Chronicles 7:14: If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.
As a teacher, my first thought when I saw the word teach was Bloom’s Taxonomy which is very applicable to the Christian life.
Knowledge is remembering, discovering, naming, and labels. Hearing the Word is the first step. Matthew 28: 19 & 20, Go, therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always even to the end of the age. (This is the church’s directive now and will again be Israel’s directive after the rapture with the 144,000 Jewish men.)
Comprehension is understanding and discussing. I Peter 2:1-2 Therefore, putting aside all malice and all guile and hypocrisy and envy, and all slander (judgmental attitude) like newborn babes, long for the pure milk of the Word, that by it you may grow in respect to salvation if you have tasted the kindness of the Lord.
Application or applying is your testimony, young and immature but yours. Allow the Holy Spirit to work in your life to change the desires of the flesh. 2 Peter 1: The whole chapter. As you grow in God’s Word, expect a more profound understanding, but you must move away from things found in I Corinthians 3:2-3.
Analysis or analyzing is to break apart the whole to grasp a deeper meaning. Inspect God’s Word compare scripture to scripture, don’t rely on others to tell you what to think. Romans Chapter 5 illustrates this progress or growth beautifully- Peace, introduction by faith, tribulations produces endurance or perseverance, to proven character to hope. And hope does not disappoint. Also, read Romans 5:8-9
Evaluation- measure what you know by God’s Word with understanding, with application to your heart and soul by standing on the solid rock of God’s Word, not being an ignorant doormat—calling sin a sin. It’s adultery, fornication, murder, and it’s a lie, it’s is a depraved mind, it is witchcraft, etc. It is a deception, subtle and insidious. John 14:6 Jesus said, “I am the Way, the Truth and the LIfe, no one come to the Father but through Me.” Time to measure scripture by scripture, if you believe there are many ways to God; know that it is not so. Scriptures call for you not to be subtly deceived by the empty philosophy of this world. God calls for the renewing of your mind by faith and understanding will come. Hebrews 5:14 But solid food is for the mature, who have their senses trained to discern good and evil because of practice. (Ouch!) Colossians 2:8.
Synthesis. Go and tell the world with full meaning and understanding, no longer babes on the milk of God’s Word but dine on the meat of God’s Word with full awareness, able to stand against the winds of empty philosophy.
I moved this paragraph to the end instead it being the first paragraph because blaming teachers for what a student isn’t learning is just wrong. Kids must come to school with basic skills. I will say teaching children to be quiet on Sunday morning is a skill that kindergarteners need. I agree that a teacher is full of knowledge but may not have excellent classroom management skills. Management skills comes with experience. Today, teachers are not allowed to discipline students, fail students, and are mandated what to teach. But that story is for another time. But even an inexperienced teacher can teach what they know, they may not manage a class well at first, but they can still teach. What a student learns is always up to them, not the teacher. The rate one learns is always depends on the individual: willingness, ability and determination. Teachers know this. So does God.