Dandelion Dreams

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Is there something that you really want?

Something that you have longed for, for a very long time?

And have you also sometimes felt selfish, undeserving or just plain crazy in even wishing for this thing?

I’ve been there.

But something I recently read by Holley Gerth (You’re Made For a God-Sized Dream) made me realize that it is God Himself Who often places those wonderful wishes and hopes within us! Those HUGE, GOD-SIZED, impossible dreams!

I’m not, of course, speaking of things that would abuse God’s grace, but of dreams to do the noble or the magnificent, or to put to use your God-given talents in amazing ways; things that often sound almost too outlandish to be spoken out loud. (I’m thinking of Eric Liddell and Walt Disney right now.)

So, is it possible? With God, always! But two things, I believe, are required from us:

Perseverance; we cannot give up! Even if all we can muster is that lasting ember of hope that maybe, just maybe someday… and Faith, that the Lord God hears every precious thought of those that are His, of those that have completely embraced salvation in His Son.

The Lord tells us in Matthew 7:7: “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.”

So, don’t give up, dear friend! Keep wishing! But wish prayerfully, in faith. Go to God for help in making those hopes and dreams a reality; go to the Lord Who adores you,  He Who created you, the One Who will listen, and answer in unexpected ways!

And, if you need a little musical inspiration, go to YouTube http://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=to+dream+the+impossible+dream+youtube+elvis&view=detail&mid=E7CEF3243940085E907AE7CEF3243940085E907A&first=0&FORM=NVPFVR

to listen to Elvis singing the heartfelt words of “To Dream the Impossible Dream,” that excellent piece from “Man of La Mancha,” the stage adaptation of Don Quixote which has been acclaimed as the best novel ever written. Cervantes himself, using his God-given literary talents, surely dreamed impossible dreams!

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11

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Wholesome New Year!

Bicycle View lo resWell I have just thoroughly enjoyed watching the Rose Parade today again.

I never was a big fan of the Rose Parade while I lived in Southern California. But, I miss my home. Terribly. So I started watching this iconic New Year’s Day offering to get some glimpses of palm trees and Pasadena scenery.

But even if I didn’t miss SoCal, I’ve grown to appreciate the Rose Parade as inspiring, creative and interesting. The floats are truly magnificent works of genius in vegetation execution.

But the Rose Parade is so much more. It is heartwarming! I doubt there was a dry eye as the “Canines with Courage” float rolled up carrying a US soldier directly from Afghanistan for a surprise homecoming with his wife and young son. This same wonderful float conveyed a loyal German Shepherd who had recently lost his paw in service to our country.

The Rose Parade is exciting! My heart thrilled ~ even as watching from my home ~ as the stirring Korean War memorial float glided down the route timed to precision with a B2 flyover.

The Rose Parade is inspiring! The “Jesus, the Way to Heaven” float was not only breathtaking but expectant in its beautiful glimpse of heaven for believers in Christ. Also delightfully uplifting was the “A Child’s Magic Carpet Ride” float, built by the altruistic Kiwanis and carrying Miss Wheelchair of California.

The Rose Parade is fun! Who could help but chuckle when viewing Trader Joe’s “Recipe for Adventure” float, a cleverly constructed ship floating atop a sea of fresh fruits and veggies and utilizing kitchen utensils for the ship’s masts, platforms and propellers.

The Rose Parade is nostalgic! Lots of excellent worldwide school marching bands and more horses and costumed riders than at a rodeo. The atmosphere hearkens back to a more wholesome era and you get the impression you just might see good ol’ Ronnie Reagan saddled up alongside Roy Rogers. Themes range from sweet and fun to patriotic and the clothing is generally modest. Nice. Real nice.

In this day of removing nativity displays from public property, anti-American sentiment, over-exposed celebrities and exceedingly sub-par entertainment it’s both a blessing and a miracle that the Rose Parade has survived. So, thank you, Lord, for a great start to a New Year!

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Gratitude

pumpkins and sunflower lo resToday I am thankful for many things but mostly for the blessed assurance I have in Christ. My prayer today is that God may richly bless all my friends and family with the fervent embrace of salvation in Jesus Christ alone.

In honor of Thanksgiving I thought I would share the proclamation given by George Washington on October 3, 1789:

Whereas it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of  almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to  implore his protection and favor — and Whereas both Houses of Congress have by their joint Committee requested me “to recommend to the People of the United States a day of public thanksgiving  and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many signal  favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to  establish a form of government for their safety and happiness.”

Now therefore I do recommend and assign Thursday the 26th day of November  next to be devoted by the People of these States to the service of that great  and glorious Being, who is the beneficent Author of all the good that was, that  is, or that will be — That we may then all unite in rendering unto him our  sincere and humble thanks — for his kind care and protection of the People of  this country previous to their becoming a Nation — for the signal and manifold  mercies, and the favorable interpositions of his providence, which we  experienced in the course and conclusion of the late war — for the great degree  of tranquility, union, and plenty, which we have since enjoyed — for the  peaceable and rational manner in which we have been enabled to establish  constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the  national One now lately instituted, for the civil and religious liberty with  which we are blessed, and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful  knowledge; and in general for all the great and various favors which he hath  been pleased to confer upon us.

And also that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and  supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations and beseech Him to pardon  our national and other transgressions — to enable us all, whether in public or  private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and  punctually — to render our national government a blessing to all the People, by  constantly being a government of wise, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly  and faithfully executed and obeyed — to protect and guide all Sovereigns and  Nations (especially such as have shewn kindness unto us) and to bless them with  good government, peace, and concord — to promote the knowledge and practice of  true religion and virtue, and the increase of science among them and us — and  generally to grant unto all mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as He  alone knows to be best.

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Green pastures….

Not another death. Why another funeral? My husband’s dear Uncle, another in a long line of funerals over the past 2 1/2 years. The 7th one, to be precise.

He was another of that fine generation, a brave soldier who fought to protect our country, our freedoms, in WWII. My husband has such fond memories, as a child, of his uncle pulling quarters out of his ear and indulging him with his time.

The “good times” certainly pass, but the wonderful memories, now bittersweet in the face of death, live on.

Death is our enemy. But the Good News is that Jesus conquered sin and death once and for all. We have only to accept His free gift of eternal salvation to be saved. May all who read this know Him.

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters. He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness For His name’s sake.

 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.

 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; My cup runs over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me All the days of my life; And I will dwell in the house of the Lord Forever. Psalm 23

 I enhanced my watercolor graphically to look like an impressionist piece. It was used as an illustration for a poem written by a talented friend, who helped draw me to Christ many years ago, Larry Randall. His poem appears below: 

NATURE’S SPRING by Larry Randall

Willow trees sway softly,
Deer graze in the meadows,
Soft clouds roll by slowly,
While casting giant shadows.
As streams of misty air,
Creep gently over hills,
A cloud’s ballet reaches upwards,
Fleeing the morning’s chill
The sun quickly rises,
After night has finally gone,
Birds begin their dance on air,
Then start singing nature’s song,
Jasmine adds such a sweet bouquet,
As its aroma perfumes the day,
Beautiful flowers compose an array,
As sparkling dew decorates its display.

No part of this poem may be use without the permission of the author.

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Nearly Perfect

     It was nearly perfect.

You know the sort of day. Summer. Late afternoon, the low 80s. The sun still warm and inviting…not harsh, not too bright. The breeze….tender, caressing, so gentle; perhaps even imagined? Block out the street noise and hearken to the faint little bird melody, the  soft chatter of playful squirrels and the crickets’ sing-song tune. Drink in the jewelled tones of summer flowers against the backdrop of trees and grass arrayed peacefully in green, touching honeyed willows… and breathe.

So I close my eyes and breathe deeply, contentedly, sighing….

Was this Eden? In the moment before sin entered, when the Almighty God, creator of every one and every thing, walked with man? No, Eden was incomprehensibly better. No sin, no sadness, no debt… But this, for me, was a little glimpse, a shadow of things to come. Thank you, Lord. How nice. How refreshing.

Eyes open again, I gaze to the heavens, the clouds form fleeting images, seeking to capture my imagination…and doesn’t that one look just like Jesus smiling?

“Every good and perfect gift descends from above…” James 1:17

“For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in
part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.” I Corinthians 13:12

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Splendor Awaits

Two little boys. Brothers. Both swept away by a current in Yosemite a few weeks ago.

A few friends at my old church contacted me and asked me to pray for this family who are part of their congregation. My heart breaks for them. And, as I pray, I can’t begin to imagine how tremendous their grief. Dear Lord, please carry this family through this hard time.

As my heart shifts to a heavenly focus I try to imagine what these two little boys are doing right now. Perhaps they are playing and laughing. Or maybe they are holding the nail-pierced hands of Jesus Himself, gazing at an incredible image of God’s handiwork, as I depicted, above. One thing I do know, however…these beloved little children are having the most splendid and wonderful, bliss-filled time imaginable. They are with Jesus… their King, their Savior, their Friend! And, thinking on this, I pray, brings peace and comfort to all.

“Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to Myself, that where I am you may be also.” John 14:1-3

“We are of good courage, I say, and prefer rather to be absent from the body and
to be at home with the Lord.” II Corinthians 5:8

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Death, again

I was just praying for him this very morning. He was someone, along with several others, who were part of a world that usually didn’t include Jesus or any thoughts of God. And now, I can scarcely believe the reports that he is dead. Suicide.

Tony Scott was a wonderful person to be around. His signature faded “red” baseball cap ~ which decidedly looked more pink than red ~ and cigar made him recognizable from any distance on the set. And when you came closer you would see that he almost always had a smile, too. He would often hit you with some silly or saucy comment, as well, but he was invariably kind. That is what I remember the most. In a world where people generally are so wrapped up in self, Tony Scott never seemed to be too busy to offer encouragement or a thoughtful word.

It is rumored that he had inoperable brain cancer, which was probably the reason he felt suicide was his best or only option. I find it so sadly ironic that another good friend of mine recently passed away this last May of the same disease. This precious woman who had put her faith in Christ decades ago, however, chose to let God’s timing take her life. She is now with Jesus, enjoying a blissful eternity. I can only hope, oh how I hope, that Tony somehow accepted Jesus as his Savior, too, before his tragic death. How we miss you, Mr. Scott. I hope with all my heart that you are in heaven.

“Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me
will live even if he dies, and everyone who lives and believes in Me will never die. Do you believe this?” John 11:25-26

“And I heard a voice from heaven, saying, “Write, ‘Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on!'” “Yes,” says the Spirit, “so that they may rest from their labors, for their deeds follow with them.” “Revelation 14:13

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