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Fine Tuning

“We cannot change our past. We can not change the fact that people act in a certain way. We can not change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the onestring we have, and that is our attitude.” 
~ Charles Swindoll
Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord.
~ Psalm 27:14
The Spider Tunes its Web
Make Music With What Remains
These are two very different short clips.  One opened my eyes to the wonders of a spider building and tuning its web.  The vibrations give it the information it needs to move to retrieve dinner or to find a mate.
The other clip reminds us to not give up no matter what you have left, but to make music with what remains.  Indeed Charles Swindoll’s quote came alive for me. What lies before me is unknown, but if I trust the Lord’s “vibrations” and use what I have and one more thing :
Wait on the Lord –Rosephanye Powell.  Yes, wait on the Lord for timing, just as every musician, every spider, every creature waits on the Lord for direction.
Lord, tune me.  Help me to feel, hear, look to you for direction.  Help me to use every thing that I have (left) and every new thing for your glory. Amen
Because of Him,

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Lord, I Need You

Peace is more precious than a piece of land.” 
                                               ~ Anwar Sadat
There’s more: God’s Word warns us of danger
    and directs us to hidden treasure.
Otherwise how will we find our way?
    Or know when we play the fool?
Clean the slate, God, so we can start the day fresh!
    Keep me from stupid sins,
    from thinking I can take over your work;
Then I can start this day sun-washed,
    scrubbed clean of the grime of sin.
These are the words in my mouth;
    these are what I chew on and pray.
Accept them when I place them
    on the morning altar,
O God, my Altar-Rock,
    God, Priest-of-My-Altar.
                                                 ~ Psalm 19:11-14
     It is so easy to see the ridiculousness in other people’s problems.  It is easy to argue your case when you absolutely know you’re right.  It is easy to ask others to have an open mind when considering your case, but not so easy otherwise. What’s hard is giving it back to God.
     With land, if a survey is involved, you ask an independent surveyor to come in and find the boundaries agreed upon so long ago in a town or hamlet.  
     With things, having peace with one’s relatives is more important than the things. Even when there is injustice because ultimately, you all have to find peace with the choices you made, or that were made for you and so does the other.
     With politics?  Losing battle.  Nothing can change another person’s heart except God, except time, except age and wisdom, even if (which is nearly impossible) one engages in civil, informed debate which is a dying art.
     With trying to help God?  We never seem to stop trying to advise.  Sometimes, what God asks of you means that all God wants is for you to be willing to do that hard thing.
     With rejection?  It is true that being kicked to the curb hurts, the hard part is loving that person when the clearest thing you can see is there boot sole. Or rather, allowing God to love them through you.
     Oh Lord, help me to place it ALL at your feet, help me to praise you no matter what, and trust your hand, wisdom, judgement. Instead of “Uncle” let us cry “Abba, Father, thy will be done.”
Lord, I Need You – Chris Tomlin
Because of Him,

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The Air That I Breathe

“If it sounds like writing, I rewrite it.” 
                                   ~ Elmore Leonard
God, the one and only—
    I’ll wait as long as he says.
Everything I need comes from him,
    so why not?
He’s solid rock under my feet,
    breathing room for my soul,
An impregnable castle:
    I’m set for life.

                                     ~ Psalm 62:1-2
     I am so thankful.  In 2010, I submitted an application to Adelphi University to pursue a Masters in Creative Writing with a concentration in poetry.  As a part of my interview, I was asked what I wanted to do with that writing.  My answer included that I wanted to write for God, for children, and for adults.  I could not have dreamed that my writing would include all three in very unique ways.  I graduated in 2012 and that gift has changed my life, my writing, my future.
     The first poem I ever had published was for the Lord, and the first book Robes the Art of Being Covered was launched at Samantha’s Lil’ Bit of Heaven in East Northport among friends and family, for the Lord.  This has been a challenging school year so far, but in the midst of the challenge, there is a new book coming out The Air That I Breathe.  It, too, is for the Lord and is a reflection of the air that I breathe and all the places in which I breathe it.
     This is not so much a plug for me as a thankful moment.  He is indeed a rock under my feet, breathing room for my soul.  You are never too ____ to do what you dream.  Thank you Lord for giving me this opportunity to praise You and the gifts you have given.
     Because of Him,

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Broken Things

“The unity that binds us all together, that makes this earth a family, and all men brothers and the sons of God, is love.” 
         ~ Thomas Wolfe

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,

        ~ 1 Peter 1:3 KJV

     How did Jesus stand it?  Leaving the joy of Heaven to experience this life as a human, he came to bring light, truth, love.  And God’s children fought.  A precious few heard him, and even they fought.  How are we to negotiate this world and these times if we keep spreading hate?  
     Social media is a wonderful tool, and a very wise poet told me that I shouldn’t poo-poo the tool.  She told me that I should find a way to use it for the good.  And so I do my best. I post positive quotes for all, I post a devotional that I pray uplifts. I take my role as an educator very seriously and do not post political opinions, or atrocities that occur at the hands of my brothers and sisters who cannot see how sometimes the reporting of hate fans the flames. 
     I am no angel, but I do want to bring God’s people together. I want to bring an empty, worn out me to heaven, spent in the service of the King.  I get in the way so very often.  The joy is that every time I fall, when I look up, I see heaven, I see the goal.
     Today, let us  bind together in love and spread heaven.
     Because of Him,
Matthew  West- Broken Things

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You’re Beautiful


“How lovely that everyone, great and small, can make a contribution toward introducing justice straightaway!”

Anne Frank

The fear of human opinion disables;
trusting in God protects you from that.

~ Proverbs 29:25

You’re Beautiful

The first poem I ever had published was inspired because I saw my pastor’s sister’s picture at their family home in Tennessee.  I commented on how beautiful she was and his mom showed me a picture of her in younger days.  She was pretty, but the picture with no make-up and no fancy hair do was much more striking. She met Jesus and the transformation began.

Just like you.  You are more beautiful today than you ever were because of the time you have spent worshiping God.

Because of Him,



( by Linda Trott Dickman)


His livelihood was photographs,

developing them to please

the patron’s whole appearance

he altered with great ease.


Their blemishes and birthmarks

every stain and every scar

with some slight manumission

they now appear unmarred


He saw them from the inside out

continuing his trade

touching up God’s handiwork

letting ugly features fade


He was at war within himself

for deep inside he knew

his subjects bore Creator’s mark

The love mixed through and through


His customers were faithful so

and their numbers grew and grew

“You’re sure to look more beautiful

when He gets through with you!


There came a time, when he desired

to cease his alterations

His studio was world renowned

His work in publications!


One day while he was seeing friends

two photographs he spied.

This woman looks familiar,

who’s this beauty Ms. McBride?


They are one and the same dear sir

Candy my granddaughter .

One long before her faith

took root, the other as God wrought her.


The difference in her countenance

aside from lack of make-up

is the joy  she  feels inside

since Jesus did a shake up!


Returning to his studio

He said a heartfelt prayer

determined now to photograph

God’s beauty every where


the world would dare not look for it

no lens or filter grasp it

each seeming mark or blemish showed

unique in every facet


The words he spoke were kinder now

and filled with Godly caring

each customer reminded now

it isn’t  what they’re wearing


The beauty of each countenance

preserved in natural glory

his camera now an instrument

to showcase every story.

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Let Your Light So Shine

“I think your whole life shows in your face and you should be proud of that.”
     ~ Lauren Bacall
If God gives such attention to the appearance of wildflowers—most of which are never even seen—don’t you think he’ll attend to you, take pride in you, do his best for you? What I’m trying to do here is to get you to relax, to not be so preoccupied with getting, so you can respond to God’s giving. People who don’t know God and the way he works fuss over these things, but you know both God and how he works. Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. Don’t worry about missing out. You’ll find all your everyday human concerns will be met.
~ Matthew 6:33
      It just takes one.  One face.  One face looking up at you, looking down at you.  One face filled with that look of love, pure delight, unconditional love.  And that bit of light is absorbed, and it goes inside and builds on what is there.  Every
time you look at another, in love, that light comes up on your face and is multiplied.  The little guy in this photo was trying to capture a fairy.  He had the idea right! Capture the light.  His face  (which I was not permitted to photograph) reflected the joy in the capture and the light that was his prize.  Look for that face today.  Look for that light. 
     Remember that for some, YOU are the light that reflects on them. You are that ounce that keeps them going.  Let your light so shine as you push back the dark.
     Because of Him,

Pushing Back the Dark

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Higher Than My Best

“Always dream and shoot higher than you know you can do. Don’t bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself.” ~ William Faulkner
I write this, dear children, to guide you out of sin. But if anyone does sin, we have a Priest-Friend in the presence of the Father: Jesus Christ, righteous Jesus. When he served as a sacrifice for our sins, he solved the sin problem for good—not only ours, but the whole world’s.
~ 1 John 2:1
     The known world was small by comparison to what it is now.  That is a lot of sin.  And yet, Jesus paid it in advance.  I carry lots of  books around.  They are heavy. I carry less now than I used to carry. My rota-tor cuffs cry out when I don’t pay any mind to them.  And that is a fraction of what the library holds.  Jesus carried the weight for the entire world in a singular act.
Each time the cross dropped, I imagine a reverberation in the earth not unlike a volcano dropping or a giant walking  
Jesus did not just put the giant to sleep, he silenced the effect of sin in the entire world.
     It is not a license to go about our business and just be.  It is an invitation to rise up and walk in Him, whose mercy is higher than the heavens, wider our wanderings, deeper than all our sin.
Rise up and be better than ourselves in Him. We must aim for Jesus, but not her version of Jesus, or his version of Jesus…better than ourselves in Jesus. 
Today, let me put down the judge’s gavel and look in the mirror to see the best me I can be in You Lord
Almighty and most merciful Father, we are thankful that your mercy is higher than the heavens, wider than our wanderings, deeper than all our sin. Forgive our careless attitudes toward your purposes, our refusal to relieve the suffering of others, our envy of those who have more than we have, our obsession with creating a life of constant pleasure, our indifference to the treasures of heaven, and our neglect of your wise and gracious law. Help us to change our way of life so that we may desire what is good, love what you love, and do what you command, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 
Let Them See You
Because of Him,

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