Never Disingenuous

Drawing by Lisa Hardy

Gracie, our Golden, is an open book,

And she is never disingenuous.

For all to see, just take a look…

Her face, her mood, quite generous!

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Word of the Day: Disingenuous

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Moments of Expressions

Weekly Photo Challenge: People

This weeks photo challenge is simply…people.

Below are some of my favorite photos with expressions of happiness. I love it when the click of my camera happens at the right time and place to capture expressions that fade into oblivion within a matter of mere seconds. These make me smile and my hope is that they will do the same for you.

Ms Carrie
Mama and her Elf
Studious Selfie
Kisses at the Beach

…having done all to stand…stand

Oak Island NC

When you remember that you are fighting in God’s power and that He will help you…you can stand strong. When you have only what appears to be a slingshot and stones to fight with, hang on: The Lord will deliver you just as He delivered David. (365 Devotions for a Thankful Heart)

Lord, remind me of who I am in you. Remind me that I am hidden with you, within the Father, and that nothing can separate me from your love. Remind me that you will take whatever is in my hand and use it to do wondrous things for you. In your wonderful name I pray, Amen.

The Question of the Day

Well, here we go again! Rain!

Ugh, I am so tired of the stuff, so much so that I’m getting downright depressed.

Truth be known the dreary weather is not the true culprit of my depression, but heck, it sure doesn’t help it one I-otta.

Things have been a little unsteady for the last week, or so, and it has taken its toll. I hate it when I get into this funk.

Nothing inspires me…not even the things I enjoy doing like gardening, running, cooking etc. Also, all the stuff I’m not so fond of like, cleaning the house and laundry, gets pushed to the side because I just don’t have the umph to get up and do it. So things pile up and that makes me even more depressed.

It’s weird, I see the mess but I don’t know how to go about fixing it in an orderly fashion. That part of my brain has succumbed to lethargic apathy, and it’s having a hard time processing.

It’s a vicious cycle and one that only I can break.

So how do I go about doing it?

Now that’s the question of the day!

What say you, friends?

Cooking The Goose!

Is it possible that mean people are a blessing in disguise?

I’m not talking about evil people…certainly those that abuse and hurt others are never a blessing! I’m making reference to those people who “rub us the wrong way” or “get under our skin.” You know the ones…forthright, and tactless. Their words are sharp and hurtful, and they never use their tongue to uplift and edify, instead they use it to tear down and debase.

No one likes to be around someone like this. In fact, we go out of our way to avoid them.

But… Perhaps we shouldn’t.

You see, our patience is put on trial every time they grace us with their presence. Our patience literally gets a “work out” just as our muscles do when we exercise.

The apostle James writes in his book, chapter 1, verses 3 and 4, “Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.  But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.”

Trials are never fun, but sometimes they can be beneficial in the growth to become a better person. I love the way Joyce Meyer puts it:

“Learning to walk in love with unlovely people and learning to be patient in trials are probably the two most important tools God uses to develop our spiritual maturity. Believe it or not, difficult people in our lives help us.”

Yes, mean people suck, but let’s “cook their goose” by allowing them to make us better!.

FYI:

Idiom- “Cook Your Goose”

Just for fun: “Use Your Noodle”

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FOWC Forthright

Word of the day: Noodle