Waters

water W imageaters, born from above

gurgle and babble, stumble and tumble.

Bubbling, dodging, splashing against        

obstacles in the way, as a springboard,

                      running between deep and shallow,

                      flowing like sinews and muscle

                      then

                      leveling, slowing,

                      sliding into silken pools

                      gliding sedately in their paths,

                      nodding and yielding to immoveable rocks.

                      Deep underneath

                      tribulation, distress, leaps and joys tangle,

                      rising to the surface as lines of grey,

                      and forming ripples and swirls

                      like wrinkles

                      as time suddenly catches up.

                      It straddles the precipice, clinging to moments

                      before its swooping descent, splashing

                      in streaks of wild white strands

                      plunging with reckless abandon

to its end

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water W imageaters born from above

                                                      gurgle and babble stumble and tumble.

                                                      Bubbling, dodging, splashing against

                                                      obstacles in the way, as a springboard,

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Maureen’s Bad Day

Maureens bad day Fall 2012

While I am immensely glad to be retired, and I very much enjoy staying at home, I will say there were many perks in my special ed teaching job. Those almost always had to do with my students. I had a great bunch, overall. At the high school level, I received new students at the age of 13 or 14; because we were a self-contained classroom, I kept them all day, every day, until they turned 21. I got to know them and their parents pretty well.

One student in particular became close to my heart. That was Maureen. Maureen and I simply liked each other. We were kindred spirits. Her dad was the ROTC teacher at my school. Maureen had really cool parents – both of them, and a really cool family.

Each morning in our classroom the students would come in from the buses and hang up their stuff in their individual cubbies. This area was a new addition, and I had designed it so that each student had a coat hook, and a small area above the hook to put their books or other belongings. The students had supervised free time before the bell rang.

Promptly at 8 a.m. the bell rang, and everyone was herded over to sit at the tables in the calendar area. Everyone was expected to participate in calendar, when we went over what day is today, what happened yesterday, what today’s schedule would look like, counting, colors, patterns, etc.

One morning I had started on calendar, and I noticed that my aide, Gloria, was looking a little harassed. She came over to the other side of the bookcase between the calendar area and the coat area and flagged my attention. I went over, and she explained that she couldn’t get Maureen away from her cubby. I gave an inquiring look, and Gloria simply pointed. I peeked around the bookcase and beheld Maureen, la plus pathétique.

I don’t know if it was the parent in me, or the teacher, but I immediately and silently started to laugh. Not one to let a good situation slip away, I grabbed the camera and took the shot.

Gloria explained that a bus driver had told her that one of the other kids on the bus had screamed all the way to school, and Maureen hadn’t taken it well. Mind you, school bus rides are often longer than an hour. I had Gloria take over the calendar while I ministered to Maureen.

I went over and gave Maureen a hug. It didn’t seem to help much. I asked her if she needed a hug from her dad. She looked hopefully at me. I took Maureen to my office area within the classroom, and talked to her about the picture I had just taken of her. Together, we decided on some words to go with it, and I printed out the picture with the caption: “Dear Dad. I’m having a no-good, very bad day, and I need a hug.”

I gave the picture to Maureen, and together we walked down a few hallways to her dad’s classroom. He came to the door when he saw us, and we explained what had happened. Maureen got her hug, Dad kept the picture, and the rest of Maureen’s day was much better.

I e-mailed that picture to a fellow teacher who knows Maureen. She got quite a kick out of it. She printed the picture to put by her desk; her caption was, “Some days are just like that!”

Liebster Award

Liebster Award other pic

Liebster Award!! Well this looks fun.

Thank you to Stu for nominating me – Stu, you’re so cool.

Here are my answers to Stu’s questions:

  1. Besides the Bible what is your favorite book you have ever read?

Oh, oh, oh. So many favorites, it’s hard to pick one. The Secret Garden (Frances Hodgson Burnett) was a favorite for years and years. I still love it.  The Wild Swans (Hans Christian Andersen) took my heart at an early age. A Shepherd Looks at Psalm 23 (Phillip Keller) – wow. Another wow: The Shack (William P. Young).

  1. What, in your opinion, is your greatest achievement in life?

I’m pretty mundane. I love and respect my parents. People who know me know I love Jesus and that He’s my Savior.

  1. What is your reason for blogging?

I wrote a book: Book I, In Which We Meet Maggie Tiggles. That’s where the blog name came from. If I ever do anything with the book, I wanted to make sure I got the blog name before anyone else thought of it. I like to write, and my stuff was gathering virtual dust on my laptop. God gives me some great devotions sometimes, and that’s mostly what I write. The blogging presence I’ve encountered has taken my breath away – so encouraging and uplifting! I feel like I’m having devotions when I read all those blogs.

  1. What is the best advice you have for newer bloggers?

I am a newer blogger; I still don’t know what I’m doing!

  1. If you could change anything in the world, what would it be?

I would make it clean again. I despair and grieve over the pollution in our air, water, land, and food, and the fact that we are poisoning ourselves with chemicals.

  1. Do you color with crayons or markers?

Oh, crayons, absolutely. I’m messy, and crayons are more forgiving.

  1. Besides Jesus, who is your favorite biblical figure?

I don’t know that I have a favorite character, but one of my favorite moments is when Hezekiah, confronted by fierce-looking Assyrians, and receiving a letter from Sennacherib, goes to the house of the Lord and humbly spreads the letter before his Lord.

  1. Who or what makes you yearn to be a better person than you were yesterday?

The Holy Spirit. Each day He teaches me something new, and I yearn more and more to be like Him.

  1. When you go out on the town, what is your attire?

The closest I get to “out on the town” is our small-town, once-a-month summertime downtown block party. Comfy is key. I do like to dress to the nines once in a great while, and it’s usually some kind of to-do with my mother.

  1. If you have children, where is your favorite place to take them?

My son is 35. When he was little, one of our favorite things to do was go out to dinner. He was always so well-behaved, and he really enjoyed it. We still do.

Ten Random Facts About Me:

  1. My husband asked how he can vote for me for the Leibster Award.
  2. I was 52 when I married, he was 53; first marriage for both of us. We’re coming up on ten whole years!!
  3. I was a single mother for 27 years.
  4. I am an Air Force brat. I graduated high school in Wiesbaden, Germany. 40 years after graduation, in Rapid City, SD, I happened to meet Bruce, with whom I graduated.
  5. It tickles me to no end that the word “stuff” is in the Bible. Several times.
  6. I dislike cleaning house.
  7. I enjoy cooking and baking.
  8. I belong to a Facebook group: Topical Steroid Withdrawal – Red Skin Syndrome. We are people from all over the world who suffer from steroid addiction/sensitivity and who are withdrawing from all steroids. It is a rough process. The stories and pictures that I see break my heart, especially the little ones. If you are interested, please visit https://itsan.org/ .
  9. I don’t think I like television as much as most people.
  10. Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve written my own scripts and choreographed my own dances for movies, all in my head.

All nominations are voluntary and if the blogger chooses to accept the nomination, please read the full rules here.  (It’s a good idea to go there and read about this.) https://theglobalaussie.com/liebster-award-2018/

The short-list of rules is:

Thank the person who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.

Answer the questions you were asked.

Share 10 random facts about yourself.

Nominate at least 3 blogs for the award.

Make up 10 questions for your nominees and inform them of the nomination.

 

I nominate these for the Leibster award:

Maria Tatham https://pilgrimsprogressrevisted.com/

Greg Holt  https://inspirationalchristiansfortoday.com/author/writinggomer/

Cheryl Zelenka  https://inspirationalchristiansfortoday.com/author/cherylz1961/

Crystal Gaudet  https://blogsbychristianwomen.com/author/crystal-gaudet/

Danielle Marcantel https://girly-christian.com/author/girlychristian/

Lois Robinson  https://loftforum.wordpress.com/author/loftspeaker1/

https://heavensreef.wordpress.com/

Cindy Dawson  https://realchristianwomen.blog/

 

Here are your ten questions:

  1. What makes you gasp in awe/delight?
  2. What weather makes you sparkle? Are you out in it, or watching?
  3. You know how a smell can trigger a memory and instantly transport you? Describe a vivid experience.
  4. Do you have a favorite idiom/saying/quip you use or have heard? Explain.
  5. What does the word, “speed” conjure up for you?
  6. Describe the tastes and textures of a favorite meal.
  7. Have you had one of those moments where the presence of God was strong? Describe.
  8. You are at a large picnic in a meadow; a barn and a small creek are nearby. The tables are spread with gingham cloths, and full of scrumptious, homemade food. Who is with you?
  9. City lights or down-home country?
  10. What was the best way you ever spent money?

 

3-Day Quote Challenge – Day 3

Change Philippians

A final thanks to Amy Blount for the nomination. 🙂 ❤

I’ll Keep the Change

Change ain’t what it used to be.

Change only moves forward:

What is now cannot be put back to what was.

Look for change, recognize it and embrace it,

For this is life, it’s how we grow

And become strong

And recognize our need for each other

And for God.

Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded: and if in any thing ye be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this unto you.   – Philippians 3.13 – 15

I nominate Vanessa for the 3-Day Quote Challenge! 🙂

Here are the rules (should you choose to participate);

Thank the person who nominated you.

Post a quote for 3 days and explain why it appeals to you.

Nominate bloggers each day!

 

3-Days of Quotes: Day 2

Know Jesus Know Peace

My thanks again to Amy Blount for the nomination. You haven’t read her??? Seriously, go and read and be enlightened.

The Quote: “No Jesus, no peace. Know Jesus, know peace.”

My Peace I Give Unto You

Peace is not something we deserve

Or can earn

Peace is not in us,

Not something to learn.

 

In storms of life, through sorrow

And trial,

We gnash our teeth

And cry and revile.

 

We plead and beg

“Oh, change my life!”

So we can have peace

And control the strife.

 

But Peace is a Person

Peace is the fruit

Peace is a gift

Only God can impute.

 

Peace is Jesus, and He

Longs to give

The release, the quiet

And wisdom to live.

 

If you have Jesus, then you

Have peace.

This fruit of the Spirit

That never will cease.

 

I nominate Danielle Marcantel for this 3-Day Quote Challenge. She has some very insightful writings, and I recommend a good sit-down-and-read.

Here are the rules (if you choose to participate);

Thank the person who nominated you.

Post a quote for 3 days and explain why it appeals to you.

Nominate bloggers each day!

3-Day Quote Challenge – Day 1

First, my thanks to Amy Blount for nominating me for the 3-day Quote thing.

For those of you who have yet to read Amy’s posts, please make your way over there for some insightful reading.

My quote for Day 1 is the life verse I claimed upon my baptism.

DrawNearToGod

James 4.8: Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you.

The picture I took of the hibiscus in my yard was a real close-up: I drew near to it. You know how, if you get too close to something, it starts looking all fuzzy?

God is different. The closer you draw to Him, the more clear He becomes.

Drawing near to God isn’t a condition He imposes. He’s just reminding us that He’s always right there, with you, loving you. If you turn and look, come closer, you will be amazed at how close He is. He’s like that.

As for nominating another blogger for three days in a row, whew! I am a newbie and am still working on gathering resources. Amy’s already taken, as is Stu (both very good).

I have been blessed by, and nominate, Lois Robinson  at https://loftforum.wordpress.com/

Here are the rules;

Thank the person who nominated you.

Post a quote for 3 days and explain why it appeals to you.

Nominate a blogger or bloggers each day.

Do I Even Matter???

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I came upon James 4.14 in my devotions this morning, and I jumped over to 1 Peter 1.24, 25.

James 4.14: Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away

1 Peter 1.24, 25: For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away: But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you.

My life here is as the grass, as a vapor, both of which appear for a little time and then vanish away. God created within man a deep desire to make a difference in the world, to know somehow that he will live on somewhere, somehow. And then He tells me I’m as grass? I will wither and vanish?

Yes, if I live all the while for me. What I do, day to day, may not matter a lot to many people. I’m doing laundry right now. That matters to me and my husband (and to those who won’t have to hold their noses when they’re near us). Tomorrow I’ll have my regular visit to my little group at the assisted living place. That matters a lot to me, and I think it does to them, too.

But whatever I do, day to day, I can carry out in the name of the Lord. I can give thanks and praise to Him in all I do.

Then God can do with it what He will. Sometimes I’ll find out in this world what kind of a lasting impact I’m having on others (I get these kinds of kudos once in a while at the assisted living place, from my parents, husband, and friends). I think there’s a whole lot we’ll never know about until we reach glory. And there, when we can finally properly worship God, we will see what He was up to all this time, how He worked through us to others, to bring glory to Himself and joy all around.

Colossians 3.17: And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.