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You’re a good good Father

“I have spread my dreams under your feet
tread softly, because you tread on my dreams.” 

~ William Butler Yeats, “He wishes for the cloths of heaven,” 1899

 “Don’t bargain with God. Be direct. Ask for what you need. This is not a cat-and-mouse, hide-and-seek game we’re in. If your little boy asks for a serving of fish, do you scare him with a live snake on his plate? If your little girl asks for an egg, do you trick her with a spider? As bad as you are, you wouldn’t think of such a thing—you’re at least decent to your own children. And don’t you think the Father who conceived you in love will give the Holy Spirit when you ask him?”
     ~ Luke 11:10-13
     We grow up, watching our parents, choosing the things we don’t like about the way they “parent us” claiming “I will never do that when I am a parent.  And then we become parents.
     We may not do the things we dreaded that our parents did, but somehow we come up with our own special glitch. Some that make our own children say, “When I am a parent, I will never do that.”  We try to step outside of our worst nightmares and do wonderful things for our children, and those are not to be discounted, but we also say things out of fear, hope, anger, dreams we never fulfilled that guide or sting our children.  Then they say, “I’ll never do that when I have kids.”
      The bottom line is: we all make wonderful choices, and awful mistakes.  It is so hard to give ourselves a break, and not focus on the things that hurt, the things that we would do differently.  The one thing that redeems us (my opinion) is that we have trained our children to know and love God, who is the perfect parent, the perfect friend.
     That is a wonderful thing.  When they look up, when they get to know God, God will fill in the gaps that we have missed, remove the splinters (if they allow it) that they have gotten caught on.
     Lord, you’re a good good Father and we thank you for straightening our course, tending our wounds, healing our hearts.
Because of Him,

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You, God, are my God,
    earnestly I seek you;
I thirst for you,
    my whole being longs for you,
in a dry and parched land
    where there is no water
                                                     ~ Psalm 63:1
A beauty lights the fading year. 
                                                   ~ Phebe A. Holder, “A Song of October”
     Last night I dreamed that I was looking for a lost page of a poem, in a raging storm, in a haunted house.  Only the house was this one, the storm was in Florida and I had just a few hours to hand in the second page of a poem that I lost in the disheveled classroom, that and – read the day’s New York Times, write a new poem and have it all done by class time.  I was so far behind.  My parents were both alive and trying to help but I could not see them, I could only hear them.  The house cried out in its own way there was so much water.
     Reality?  There is a hurricane battering the coast of Florida,  I have a deadline for a poem, and the subject is Haunted Houses.  I sat through a day long class in how to adapt education for special needs children.  The terms describe things I know, but, as with many things, people have changed the terms I know into new terms that are not necessarily better.  I left there to work out, come home, visit a friend, eat and go to choir rehearsal.  So much tumult in my brain!  Certainly I was not feeling parched, I was feeling flooded, especially after I watched the weather!
     However, there was only one place I could repair.  That was to the rock in a weary land.  Certainly after all of that, I was the weary land.  This anthem started to pulse through me when I woke up from that dream this morning.
Jesus is a Rock in a Weary Land, a Shelter in a Time of Storm.
     No matter where you live, what storm you are weathering, in Jesus, you live and move and have your being.  He is the rock and you can be sheltered there, in fact, you are.  Find that place inside of you, and find that place in which you are inside, Jesus.  Stay there until you know you can find your way back in the midst of all the storms.
    Lord, you know my storms, my deadlines, my tumult.  You know what haunts me and where I need to be.  Help me to always be in You no matter what else calls.  In the name of Jesus, Amen.
Because of Him,

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I Will Trust In You

A dream has power to poison sleep.  ~Percy Bysshe Shelley, “Mutability”
“This is the crisis we’re in: God-light streamed into the world, but men and women everywhere ran for the darkness. They went for the darkness because they were not really interested in pleasing God. Everyone who makes a practice of doing evil, addicted to denial and illusion, hates God-light and won’t come near it, fearing a painful exposure. But anyone working and living in truth and reality welcomes God-light so the work can be seen for the God-work it is.”
~ John 3:20-21
Trust In You
    I woke up from an awful dream.  I was being accused of things that were not true, my classroom was out of control and when I tried to do the right thing, I was threatened and a visitor vowed to never return.  These are things I do not associate with myself or my professional norm.  In my dream, I had no defense, and no one would listen.  This on the heels of a crunchy day at work where there was some professional conflict.
     I like the chorus of Lauren Daigle’s song “Trust in You”:
     If you don’t move the mountain, I’m needing you to move,
     If you don’t part the waters I wish could walk through,
     When you don’t give the answers, as I cry out to you,
     I will trust, I will trust in you.
    Ultimately, it comes down to trusting God.  I got good advice yesterday, I followed it, and though it got results, this is an ongoing challenge.  The other person will not change, I know that God is changing me and that I am learning from this other person.  Important lessons for the next challenge.
     I will trust, I will trust in you.
Because of Him,

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Keep on Keepin’ On

There is no telling how many miles you will have to run while chasing a dream. ~Author Unknown

God didn’t set us up for an angry rejection but for salvation by our Master, Jesus Christ. He died for us, a death that triggered life. Whether we’re awake with the living or asleep with the dead, we’re alive with him! So speak encouraging words to one another. Build up hope so you’ll all be together in this, no one left out, no one left behind. I know you’re already doing this; just keep on doing it.
~1 Thess. 5:9-11
     We don’t want to live here…
I ‘ve Got to Use my Imagination – Gladys Knight and the Pips
     … way too much ‘tude for us to see the light, to keep moving in the Spirit.  Enough anger to get out of the whole, but the sustaining energy we have is so much deeper.  Chasing a dream may mean expanding your vision to see that where you are is not where you were meant to be.  
     Take a walk, or a drive. Sit out in your yard if you can, or on your balcony if you live in a highrise or garden apartment.  Bring a piece of paper and something to write on, or, speak this into your cell so you can read it back later.  Make a list.
A list of what your dream is, not who it is.  ( I mean, I always wanted to marry Paul McCartney, but that is not reality.)  
     What does that dream represent?  Does it build up?  Does it edify?  Make the list as real as you can.  Lay your hands on it and pray it to God.  Keep the list so that you can see the miracle unfold.  But instead of asking God for it again, thank God for it.  Every time you think of it.  We are alive in Him!
So it our dream.  So is everyone else’s here.  So once you are praising God for your dream, encourage others dreams as you walk the walk.  Build each other up.  God acknowledged that we are doing it through Thessalonians, keep on keepin’ on!
     You may end up here:
Keep on Keeping On – Curtis Mayfield
and that is on my list…
     Because of Him,

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Only a Dream

The commandments, “You shall not commit adultery; You shall not murder; You shall not steal; You shall not covet”; and any other commandment, are summed up in this word, “Love your neighbor as yourself.” 10 Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore, love is the fulfilling of the law.
    – Romans 13:9-10
Contempt is the weapon of the weak and a defense against one’s own despised and unwanted feelings.
      – Alice Miller, psychologist and author (1923-2010) 
Only a Dream

I stood in a line that I had no time for

two deep in three columns

to have something appraised that I did not bring
bought things I could not afford
distracted from the line
 to find it was gone
taunted by children 
who were only following their elders
only to have my quilts dismembered
my baskets empty
overcharged for Old Spice and many jewels
admonished by an old friend in a white colllar,
who was not a gemologist
reaching home to worry about returning everything
cleaning supplies were discarded, mocked
replaced with an older group just as expired
discovered that all were family
was forgiven 
only to find that it was all
only a dream, well almost.
                     by Linda T. Dickman
This poem is what I woke up with. It is the dream I survived.  I take it to mean that my life is way overcrowded and things are changing everywhere.  No matter what, I need to follow the rules I know, in love.  For truly, no matter what, I am loved.
Because of Him,


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