FOLLOWING THE WINDING PATH

OFF THE CUFF Writing

Today finalizes June, which spread a chaotic wave of two sides arguing, slandering and hating each other with no compassion and conflict resolution in sight.  The media goes nowhere, it just wants to crush us, and that can be demoralizing.  I shout out ‘Bunk!’  Instead it suffices me to hear just one hour of news from each side daily, then cradle a Bible verse I can mull over for guidance.  Like moi, why not try this to realize how much more peace will permeate your daily living.

“The one who prays is not afraid of the future.”  –-Mary at Medjugorje

Like the Centurion spoke to Jesus, “Lord, I am not worthy to have you enter under my roof; only say the word and my servant will be healed.”   –Matthew 8:5

Let us be like Jesus who with compassion:  “Took away our infirmities and bore our diseases.”  —Matthew 8:-17

And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have obtained the requests made of him.”   —1 John 5:15

Prayerfully may July be less notorious and families enjoy some kind of summertime fun.

A RE-BLOG POST Trust in the Process……….

Dear Kamal, this is such a good topic to remind us that simplicity of things brings the better enjoyment in life, and worthy of a re-blog here, thanks so much for this.

Boundless Blessings by Kamal

Pin by Manisha K on Relationship,Trust, love & life Quotes (With ...

We must always remember that:

Grapes must be crushed at all times to make wine.

Diamonds form under pressure.

Olives are pressed to release oil.

Seeds grow in darkness and germinate in soft soil.

Hatred breeds out of anger.

A child is born after nine months.

Copper and Iron are melted at very high temperature.

Smiles and laughter kills every negativity.

Whenever you feel crushed, anger, under pressure, pressed, negative or in darkness you are in a powerful place of transformation.  Always learn to trust the process. Everything that has come will soon pass. Learn to have immense patience and act with love and kindness with one another. We all need each other.

Sometimes we must express our gratitude for the small and simple things that are given to us. There is a calmness to a life lived in gratitude, a quiet…

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FAITHFUL DEFENDER

Joan of Arc  (1414 – 1431) Patron of France and Soldiers

When I was growing up in France I marveled at the sites Joan is famous for – Orleans and the Rheims Cathedral.

She was only 13-year-olds when she began to hear heavenly voices and obeyed them because she tried to do what she thought God wanted of her.

The English and French were forever battling to claim the French throne.  Joan determined to reclaim Orleans and have Charles VII crowned Dauphin of France.  A year after this victory, the English captured Joan, charged with heresy and burned at the stake on May 31, 1431.

“She (Joan of Arc) put her dreams and her sentiment into her aims, where they ought to be; she put her practicality into her practice.  In modern wars, the case is reversed.  Our dreams, our aims are always, we insist, quite practical.  It is our practice that is dreamy.”

–G.K.Chesterton

FLOWING CREATIVITY

Self Portrait of Patricia Govenensky

Patricia was one of the first artists to inspire my writing with her bright colors and graceful contours.  I hope the following writing quotes will spark your interest.

Writing comes from reading, and reading is the finest teacher of how to write.”  –Annie Proulx

Read a thousand books, and your words will flow like a river.”  –Lisa See

One sure window into a person’s soul is his reading list.”  –Mary B.W. Tabor

“Write what disturbs you, what you fear, what you have not been willing to speak about.  Be willing to be split open.”  –Natalie Goldberg

Write what should not be forgotten.”  –Isabel Allende

Everything you need to know can be achieved by attempting to write”  –Danny Shapiro...and so I do

Happy reading and writing this summer!

 

SUMMERTIME ADVENTURE

SUMMERTIME ADVENTURE

Evil is all around – time to rise up and fight it!

There are many things we can do when we take a step of faith.  That’s when Jesus builds us up to victory.  I kindly propose these suggestions:

How will I bring light to the world around me?

Who can I lessen the burden of loneliness?

How can I help my next door neighbor?

There is power in God’s Grace to rise up against evil.

PS: my to-do list is forming.  What about yours?

“Try to be a rainbow in someone else’s cloud.”  —Maya Angelo