There comes that moment when your heart rhythm changes. The heart of the spirit, and there is a fire coming from within that awakens. That is the moment when action screams, and you are best to not overlook it. It will get stronger and when you try to silence it you stop reflecting, and become bitter or blind. Just trust your heart rhythm as it knows when change must come. God is calling you to action.
I normally have something to say. I normally will put something out there so I can reflect on the week but right now I have a hole. I am wondering about our voices and are we afraid to raise them.
On Sunday Afternoon, I told a stranger, "I LOVE YOU. We may never see each other again but I LOVE YOU." She replied, "You never know, we may see each other again."
That is one of the hardest moments I had in a long time. I am still speechless but maybe I'm not. Let us raise our VOICES in body, mind, and spirit and know GOD IS ALWAYS PRESENT!
Four are my photos taken Sunday after church. I was unaware that a Baltimore Sun Reporter was going to be present. Thank you for being our VOICES.
This is the plant from my Pop-Pop's funeral in June 2009. It was once a community but life happens and it was only one leaf. I put in water and let it re-root itself and then returned it to the soil. I was overjoyed when a second leaf came. I looked a few days ago to see a third. I am in awe of the miracle. I will need to increase it's community. LOVE...This plant is LOVE.
We need to grow and support each other. We all will struggles but love is patience, courage, and strength. Thank you for walking with me through all my concerns and joys, my companions
CELEBRATE our moments,
Our connection maybe brief or a lifetime,
But it is the effect that...
Can last a lifetime!!!
NEVER SETTLE & LOVE WASTEFULLY <3 <3 <3
Courage is a dance of faith opening a door yet we say courage isn't in all of us. For some, courage is saying Hello to a stranger and for others it is coming out as who you are. In this month of Pride, I was proud to be in LGBTQ and non-binary community. I feel the courage to embrace my identity and stand a little taller. I am proud of my community and our courage.
Courage is also people who see the world through other lens. They open their minds to new possibilities, knowing the risks. They understand the importance of diversity and that growth comes it. They plant the seeds and they grow. I am proud of this community.
Courage is everywhere and can be only a moment. That makes all the difference. Are you a difference maker? How strong is your faith? Do you have courage?
You open the door...
You place an order...
You share thoughts and opinions...
You share who you are and understand who I am...
You have time to look and said,
Simple perhaps but makes all the difference so...
We move forward...
That's what counts <3 <3 <3
I watch the news or someone will comment on an events when I'm not able to catch the news. I see the meaning of worth. Was it "worth" it? Was it "worth" the cost? Is it "worth" the effects to the communities around us?
We so often sit silent and do nothing over what we can do. The simple act of making someone feel "worth" something could make a difference. It's the small things that are the biggest difference. I know It is not that simple but it is a beginning. Your "worth" to me as a community or family is greatly appreciated and I find it wonderful to know that sense of connect still exists. The world of interconnectedness is priceless and "worth" more than you know.
I'm not what is expected
I live as I am and I am me...
I am not a fashion plate
nor am I a head-turner
and yet I am real
I make mistakes...
I misjudge things...
Man is forever learning
Being real and accepting the real-ness
of what one is in the beginning,
the middle, and the end.
Embrace your real-ness
and find the path to your self-truth.
I am not the weather
I am not a brief "Hello."
I am not a side conversation
I am not to be talked at but to
I have a lot to say...
It may not be earth-shaking
It may not be your favorite subject
It may make you uncomfortable
What do you think I feel?
I want my voice heard over...
Can you take the time?
Or Will you?
Really, Will you?
Today, May 2nd, going to morning shift I heard an interest fact. It stated that the loneliest people are no longer the elderly but between the ages of 18 to 22. The radio hosts stated "could it be social media." At that point I was almost at the light but the thought lingers in my head.
I work in service (support) industry and that is my source of income. That is not to say no one else works with people. People are disconnected but connection is present if we look for it. Yes, social media is connection but it's not physical. Yes, retail is connection but your job decides how much connection you have. Health, Education, Ministry, and volunteerism is more people-based. It is the same in our personal life.
Recently, the importance of connection was reinforced. The recent death of our church member, Sherry, was all about connections. She spoke up and stood up for the greater community when many people are too busy being self-absorbed. She put fire under people's feet and pushed by being presence. Thank you is too little to say. Pass it on...Pass it on and continue!
Every year, I attend 2 free fleas at a church in Severna Park. This year, my friend named Mary stated her prayed for me to get a full-time job and I have. We connect only twice a year but we are happy to see each other. This year was different as I had a friend call in need and her family is going through another member passing. I let my friend know I trusted Mary and they prayed together. They connected. Mary commented, "People don't talk face-to-face anymore." I have to agree and I miss a good conversation. We are now connected by more than just the free fleas and prayer
I use social media a lot and in a way this is social media. I use it for people I rarely see as we have busy lives and live in other areas. I do feel the disconnect but I know with some I can physically connect through phone or direct contact. It is still very difficult. I see the struggle to find connection when more of your interactions are not physical. I understand what it takes to reach out.and I have to improve in my personal life.
How to solve disconnect? It won't get better unless we put the phone or other devices down. We need to stop and listen to each other from body language to spoken. We need to trust each other and not fear what we don't understand about each other. We need to be able to disagree and still embrace each other. Disconnect is not easy to solve and I will not make it easy to solve. I will say just being presence in the space, really in the space, is connection. This is why I enjoy my work...I can share and embrace of beauty of connection.
How do you measure invisible? Is it measured by how many friends you have or don't have? Is it measured by what you do today? Is it measured by who's in contact with you? Or, if you are on social media? Is it???
Invisible is impossible to measure. Everyone feels invisible, yet we choose not to see it. Have you ever had a moment when you're with a group of people and they're making introductions, and somehow your introduction gets overlooked? You know distraction is easy and once somebody starts talking to somebody well.... We all have done it. Recently invisible and individual have clarified itself to me. It is surprising that the simple act of listening, engaging, and experiencing can do for a person. It is surprising how invisible isn't discussed.
I have held many jobs in my life. Most of my jobs have been with children, but I also have worked with adults in all facets of my life. It is surprising how when you become the Wallflower that you notice so much. You know your own story, and how and why you have experienced invisible. When you stand back and see how others experience it, it is gut-wrenching and makes you wonder... Wonder, Wonder, Wonder.
I wish I had an answer to break the invisible. This is an answer I don't know. But I know what is important is to not fear or get so angry that you feel like punching a hole in a wall to bring out life from it. Invisible is not a bad thing, there are times we have to become invisible or have quiet times so we can punch a hole and pull that life out. When you do that you'll find some of the most beautiful people all around you and the bond of warmth, love, and encouragement will grow. So dance with the invisible and see the beauty that lies deep within.
I am a Dandelion
I am strong...
I am tough...
I don't know the meaning of...
My faith is present...
My seeds will spread...
My faith will grow...
So will our faith...
If we are a dandelion!!!
"I declare I am a Dandelion."
I attend the Applebaum Training Institute training, Love Play Grow, on Saturday April 7th. The presenter, April Vernon, spoke of many topics including attention of children, respect, stress management, millennial parents (18 to 34), and activities. Here is what I found interesting about this training which took me aback. I hear people talking about putting God back in the school would solve our problems yet I heard the principles of God at the training.
Here are some of points:
1. Engage the child or group and really listen to their concerns or problems. Did God not that?
2. Be the example of how to act. Is God open and welcoming to all despite what or where they are? Or how to treat each other?
3. Mindfulness: the awareness of being in the presence. Creation Spiritually speaks of this and how important we need to be mindful of each other and ourselves. In more tradition structure, the quote "You are a difference maker" has been used in many christen songs to show anyone has the ability to change the world. This is a form of mindfulness.
4. Box of Love is an activity with kisses. The child paint a box and blows kisses into the box. They close the box and place a small note of top. They give it as a gift to someone they love. Is this not an act of faith? No one can see blown kisses yet you have the faith they are in there.
5. Educators are persistence and know the importance of never giving up. Mindfulness came back on this one as well as a few thoughts: "Fear is the opposite of faith. Believe in the best. Let go and forgive. Resentment is a poison that you swallow."
6. Connections are another. God build connections into the plan. The millennial parents value the strength of relationship and want their child/children to have choices. One way is not the only way. One group is not always right. Faith does not come in one package. People do not look or act the same yet we can find a connection or connection points.
How can we say God is not in education when the principles are present... What we need to understand is God is everywhere but are we seeing or searching God out? That is a question to consider. Is that one we are willing to consider? Is it?
You have traveled and the road is rocky
standing becomes difficult and you are tired
Your voice grows weak from being overdriven
You have to look deeper than ever before
A funny peaceful feeling comes over you
You have faith that God does have a plan
You understand, really understand the power of God.
When all is say and done
the season of Lent and Easter
is about Hope.
Hope through each other
as our voices and bodies
united together create
Community and Family.
When all is say and done
Lent and Easter
can be a time for change...
Doing Lent Study has been both challenging and helpful. I have been in a strange place like Alice in Wonderland. I have been pushed to a breaking point until recently. The Lent study has been challenging because I had to see through other eyes and express my viewpoint. Am I not open-minded? Yes, I am open-minded but fearful to express my opinion as many devalue your viewpoint. They overpower you and make you feel invisible. It was a welcome change to feel like I matter and my importance in this community counts.
Job was challenge as answers were thrown out to Job to why he was in the position he was in. He tried to get his friends to listen but no avail. They laid everything out at Job's feet and did not comprehend the injury to Job. He was still strong enough in spirit to withstand the blame. When the young man did the same thing, he still withstood but the frustration build. Have any of you had that happen? Have you done that?
The discussion points to pride and pride is many things. Pride is having a high opinion of oneself. Pride is not just knowing-it-all but feeling invincible and that leaves a bitter aftertaste. Answers are easy when you think that way but listening can give answers as well. Community get broken when pride overpowers listening. Pride can rebuild community when you give it back. The selflessness can foster pride in others and help them to discover their answers.
Answers to some degree are always open-ended as they require input and that is the greatest community builder. They require wisdom and knowledge, respect and understanding, and faith and courage. We can't invisible when we know we have a community to help support each other and see each others struggles and strengths.
How can I begin? First if you would have told me that I would be a part of spiritual active community I would have said no way. It was only though many years of personal growth did I come to this place.
Breaking into Job is like present day to me. It appears the problem is the lack of listening to each other. The parties all see their viewpoint of what faith and God is but yet fail to understand the harm in the constant over driving Job. He is in a battle but is not faithless when he should have every reason to be. We all have our thin places and they matter. Job makes you think what makes a friend. How can you be a better friend even to yourself.
American Prophets points out anyone can make a difference. It doesn't matter what your upbringing is but you can be a prophet with open hearts and open minds. It doesn't matter if your world was based by God or not as we know God is everywhere. It is our personal belief that matters and the willingness for health discussion. American Prophets highlights the differences as well as the similar between people. The common bond is community. We all love the strength of our communities.
Last Sunday morning, our group discussing Job 28:20 got involved in what is knowledge and what is wisdom. It was one of those moments when you think the more I know, the less I know. We could have had a full discussion on that one point. I am still pondering the question...
Wisdom is already known. Wisdom is passed down from experience. In order to gain wisdom, you need knowledge. Sounds simple, correct? It is but it is not... Wisdom is positive and in order to gain it you must go through the challenges to establish a solid understanding to pass on the blessing of this knowledge. It is an equal partnership. Knowledge is going through the process of learning and builds on itself. It is time consuming but once established benefits all who enacts with you.
We can never really establish where God got Wisdom but that discussion I would not want to enter. What matters in the wisdom God shared with man to be successful in following the guidelines to a solid understanding of life. Thinking, processing, and accepting is a gift given which continues to grow. Thank you are my final words.
It was the first word that hit me. First are Eliphaz, Zophar, and Bildad really his friends. They scare me as they continued to not listen to Job. He was venting and frustrated that life had taken some difficult turns. He was faithful despite everything that hit him. He still believed that God would be present ever if the outcome was not a benefit to him at the time. Job was a remarkable individual.
Let us move forward to present-day society. We are not Job. We are ourselves. We do have the same problem as to his friends. How many times have your friends not listened to your struggles? How many times have they stood in judgement? How many times have you not listened to your friends? How many times have you stood in judgement? This is a timeless fact and we need to shut our mouths, open our ears and hearts to our friends. If we give them time, we are being present in their time of need. It only takes one moment to make a difference. I remember one of those low days and my friend called to see if everything was alright. That made a difference. I remember crying on that phone call and at no time did she say it was wrong to cry or make judgments. Thank you is too little. Her friendship is priceless. We all are priceless and need to know how we handle each other.