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Psalm 39:4-5 (NIV): “Show me, O Lord, my life’s end and the number of my days; let me know how fleeting is my life…Each man’s life is but a breath.”

Psalm 39:4-5 (NIV): “Show me, O Lord, my life’s end and the number of my days; let me know how fleeting is my life…Each man’s life is but a breath.”

Psalm 39:4-5 (NIV):  "Show me, O Lord, my life's end and the number of my days; let me know how fleeting is my life...Each man's life is but a breath."

Psalm 39:4-5 (NIV): “Show me, O Lord, my life’s end and the number of my days; let me know how fleeting is my life…Each man’s life is but a breath.”

As I sit here alone in this dark, unfamiliar and lonely space filled with disease, decay, and death, I find my mind searching for answers to questions that no one will ever know until we meet the Lord face to face! I try and persuade my racing mind to focus on the volumes of research material that is stacked before me in order to graduate in a couple of months, but I’m so exhausted physically, emotionally and spiritually that I find it hard to comprehend.  I decide to do what my blog’s intention is meant for and that is share all of these thoughts and struggles that needlessly attach themselves to our daily lives so we might find solace and strength together from the Source that never runs dry; and that is Jesus!

You see, I just got done scaring the morphine right out of my girlfriend who was asleep in her room when she opened her eyes to follow the voice that was praying over her. There is something so bizarre about this Grammy Tammy’s voice that when I’m praying and singing to the Lord, the gong sound that reaches your ears turns into angelic tones (NOT); but whatever it is, even my Princess Ella would look for me when she heard her grammy’s singing.

As my girlfriend opened her eyes, she was scared because as I am going through my own treatment in fighting this BEAST, the side effects are anything but pretty. This shall soon pass as I try and remind myself through every painful word that comes from my cracked smile as I explain to my girlfriend the reasons for my appearance (2 Corinthians 4:17-18). She is seeing me for the first time since her surgery. As we laugh and cry together, she asks, “Why is this happening? Why do some people go through life unscathed while others live on the frontlines of the battlefield?”

After pondering that same question myself last night, especially after encountering my doctor’s reaction and the frightened looks from my wonderful healthcare team yesterday (and I bring them gifts?), my mind reflects back to the time when the Lord shared with my heart that I was to give up my career being a single mom, after rehabilitating from cancer and several back surgeries, and go back to school and obtain my pastoral degree. His leaders required confidence and I lacked that trait!

Mind you, at first I thought God was crazy in asking such a feat, but I had just witnessed firsthand the love of Jesus being poured into me during my own time of great suffering through the comfort and care that my chaplain and home nurses brought into my life. I was never alone. My provision was always provided! My familial relationships were such that minimal help was there to receive, but God allowed it this way so I would develop trust and perseverance that He would provide daily as I claimed victory through these battles. It developed the faith and compassion in identifying and sharing with others the love and strength that only God can provide, if we allow Him.

Initially, I was courageous with walking by faith and not by sight (2 Corinthians 5:7) in being obedient by enrolling back in school and wondering how I was going to support my kids when even my pastors thought I was crazy because what was required of me was too great a sacrifice; but at that time I was so gracious for the awesome and beautiful chaplain that God blessed to walk alongside of me, I looked joyfully into what it would take in order to become a hospice chaplain. A Master’s of Divinity didn’t seem like much of an undertaking with my many years in the law profession; but here I sit 52 years young and think, “What in the world was I thinking?”

Bible BlamelessThe voice of Psalm 39:4-5 instantaneously screams, “Show me, O Lord, my life’s end and the number of my days; let me know how fleeting is my life…Each man’s life is but a breath.” I am sadly reminded of that as I grieve my own losses in life, but I quickly resort to knowing why applying the Truths found in the Word of God has so much power; and that while the world may be full of disease, evil and betrayal, I can move forward joyfully equipped with confidence by pressing into the Lord and receiving my daily strength and satisfaction through helping others draw from the ONLY living well of life while I’m here. Heck, the more people I can get to dance with me the better!!!

Blameless bucket_of_a_wellI don’t know about you, but I want my legacy to be LOVE!  I have made my fair share of mistakes in life, and can forgive the most heinous of crimes against my life, but I have learned through them all what has enabled this overflow of the well of love that resides within me to pour into others and give back! Pain can be a beautiful thing!

No, God did not plan for me to be a hospice chaplain.  After being commissioned by my church and working as a chaplain didn’t suffice, even going through law enforcement chaplaincy academy didn’t fulfill my calling (oh, but the men in uniform ♥), and with the hospice chaplaincy being tossed out the door because my new friendships started going home to Jesus before me and I was left dancing by myself, that’s when I realized the Lord wanted me to continue to explore my calling. By utilizing my gifts and sharing my experiences through pain and transparency, I can pour into others the LOVE while applying the Word of God to our lives for strength!

We have the ability to rise above our own situations and give back to others! No, I don’t have all the answers, and no matter what level I attain scholastically, Doctorate or just B.S. in Religion (hey…….that means a Bachelor of Science in Religion, FYI ♥), I will never know all the reasons why God allows certain things to occur. What I do know is that God loves me and He loves you; and that if we will allow Him to love on us through others and be used as vessels to share His love, there’s no mountain high enough that we can’t climb together.  And hey, with this robotic body and superhero strength and a desire to share my pain through transparency, I know we can do all things through Him who strengthens us (Philippians 4:13).

My girlfriend and I will both be fine, and she may regret going through this journey with my strange humor and belief that a girl just wants to have fun like Cyndi Lauper sings with HUGE faith and expectation in believing mountains can be moved while singing and dancing; but if we can go through tragedies being strengthened and encouraged from the love that God sends down, it helps make each and every day easier to walk through. We all need others to love on us, and it’s time those of us who profess this amazing inheritance that is so freely given by grace through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ that cost God so much realize that it carries a responsibility; and that is to LOVE one another through action and deed!

Ooooooppppsssssss………. Tammy Tangent! I’ll save that for Tammy Tangent Tuesdays!  ♥  I love you, I really do; and so does Jesus; let Him in!!! He’s knocking!

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A smile is the most beautiful curve and asset on a woman's body!  Work it, girlfriend!

A smile is the most beautiful curve and asset on a woman’s body! Work it, girlfriend!

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Smile, Beautiful!

Proverbs 15:13 (NIV): “A happy heart makes the face cheerful, but heartache crushes the spirit.”

It’s time to make peace with that beautiful smile of yours again!  It was so successful last month, we’re doing it again!

Did you know the more you smile, the better you will feel; and smiling creates an inviting, magnetic and interactive force that will draw others to you.  You will be surprised at how this natural quality of yours attracts blessings to your life, so let’s do it again!  

Now that you realize how to use your natural and inner beauty while bringing blessings to others just by being “Beautiful You,” your challenge for the week is to go back out into the community and smile, Beautiful!  Our communities need some cheer right now!

Proverbs 15:13 (NIV) tells us:  “A happy heart makes the face cheerful, but heartache crushes the spirit.”  So whether or not you feel cheerful, smile, you’ll feel better in no time; especially when you go outside your comfort zone and smile at others and the other person reciprocates! It’s a given, it’s contagious!!!

smile flowerWeekly challenge for this week’s Tammy Tangent Tuesdays…….Make it a point to smile several times a day (at least 10), especially to the least deserving person you can find (you know, those grumpy and mean looking people or even the homeless; they need love too), and see how it changes not only how you feel, but you will find others complimenting you on your new vibrant look and your sense of confidence!!!  Plus, you’re spreading love and joy that will bring about blessings across America!  Pay it forward!  

There’s a reason the Holy Spirit is called an Encourager, a Comforter, and even a Counselor (John 14:15-17; 15:26). If the Holy Spirit resides within us, we should be able to reflect that through our actions in how we engage and interact with those around us. Your smile reveals your inner spirit, so let the world see Jesus illuminating from your smile!

You’re so amazing and beautiful, it’s time to fall in love with and embrace your greatest asset and curve! Don’t believe me, take a look in the mirror and see how you’re transformed when you smile.  Simply radiant!  

Post this to your Facebook page and share the good news to all your friends.  Together we can change the world through being our Beautiful selves!

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Proverbs 3:5-6 (NIV) says: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.”

As I prepare for the beautiful spirit that will be arriving soon, I find myself filled with so much anxiety and fear. It’s kind of silly actually because she is a gentle spirit that loves Jesus and is learning daily herself how to discern the Lord’s gentle tugging. She has just navigated through a journey of her own that has prepared her for this very task. Since she looks up to me as her mentor and seeks guidance for ways in how to gauge obedience to God’s calling, I will not be able to offer her my opinion because this decision is solely between her and the Lord.

This time together tonight is sacred; besides enjoying her beautiful spirit and digging into the Word of God as we fellowship with one another, tonight I will be asking her if she would like to become part of the team and be on the board of directors for this new ministry that the Lord has been leading me to develop. It’s a huge task for anyone to commit to, exciting with many opportunities, but one that requires discipline while being still for that whisper that can only be accomplished through prayer and quiet time. It’s a lesson I wrestle with myself; being quiet and still during excitement is and can be brutal and exhausting!

pathway-back1.jpgWhat exactly each person’s role and job duties will entail is not something I know at this time; but with God, isn’t that typical? He doesn’t give us a five-year plan, much less a detailed and spelled out one. There’s no room in this ministry for control freaks, that was a painful lesson; this is where total surrender with faith and trust coexist (2 Cor. 5:7). Plus, I have another Sista, a scholar to boot, to also ask so this is quite overwhelming and pushing me outside of my comfort zone. With knowing these two amazing and awesome women that the Lord keeps tugging on my heart to ask to join the team, I see how dynamic and powerful this ministry could be with pouring into women in all stages of life and how many Beautiful Beloveds God will touch through our obedience. Definitely walking by faith and not by sight (2 Cor. 5:7), but I’m anxiously being obedient to the call I have surrendered to do (John 9:4).

Honestly, the fear that resides inside of me, I am scared of the unknowns and the rejection. Just being obedient to my calling is fearful enough (God has done major transformation here), much less inviting others to join you through all these unknowns. I guess that’s called Faithful Warriors, huh? God requires trust in leading and requires complete surrender of control without the reassurance of, “By the fifth year, I will have fulfilled X, Y, and Z while I winked at C.” As I keep pondering these negative tapes filling my mind from the enemy, the Lord brings to my heart Psalm 56:3-4, “When I am afraid, I will trust in you. In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I will not be afraid. What can mortal man do to me?”

But God, hello, this is catered to women and women are known to be vicious and catty and they might laugh and make fun of me as I speak and share and, worst yet, call me the foolish things of the world in moving forward. But isn’t that the trap of the enemy to thwart and paralyze the moving forward action by highlighting the insecurities that lie within me, not them? I’ve already rebuked every negative word that has EVER been spoken over me, so……. This bold and courageous woman has you all fooled; I’m just as fearful and wrestle with the same issues we all do, I’m just willing to pull the trump card of victory by sharing and being transparent because I know where my worth and value derives from!!! Do I hear an AMEN!!! With one hand on my hip and the other hand pointing my finger in a circular motion, I was preaching those words! Ha!!! Attitude at her finest!!!

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Thumbs Up!

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Seriously, though, when that insecurity surfaces and my eyes lose their focus on the Lord, that’s when Jesus reassures me with, “Beloved (be-loved)…I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit – fruit that will last…” (John 15:15-16). Wow……… Thank you, Lord; thank you! So I’m walking by faith now and remembering, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:6-7).


Oh, she’s here! I’m moving forward by believing in what Proverbs 3:5-6 (NIV) says: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.”

Once she has time to pray about it, I will let you know the outcome and we’ll watch all of this develop together. I have another girlfriend who is so full of wisdom and is sassy like me, and one whom I hold the highest regard for; she is next. I’m shaking in my boots! I pray they both say yes; but if not, it’s just another step in faith and experiencing firsthand what an exciting journey this is!

Tammy Tangent Tuesdays

Tammy Tangent Tuesdays

 

Tammy Tangent Tuesdays

 

Okay.  I heard you; thank you, Lord, for the great idea!  Since a lot of you have no idea what I am posting on my Facebook page, I’m going to add my Tammy Tangent Tuesdays to my blog in addition to the weekly reflections.  We’re all in this together, so let’s embrace these challenges with a cheerful heart (Proverbs 17:22).  

These challenges are to stimulate and encourage each other to give back to the community and bring unity by tapping into that beautiful spirit that resides within you, that Beautiful YOU, while pouring into each other.  It’s inexpensive, oftentimes will be free, and encourages you to step outside of your comfort zone and share that BEAUTY that resides within Beautiful You!

I challenge all of us this week to go out and share the beauty and joy that simple flowers bring. Let’s show the world by sharing how a simple gesture of handing someone flowers or attaching them to a car’s windshield or your neighbor’s front door will illuminate a smile across America! And when mamas are happy, everyone’s happy!  I challenge you to go out and buy a bunch of flowers, $3, $4 a bunch (if finances are tight, buy one flower or cut one of your own), and attach an anonymous note saying “Just because…You’re Beautiful! Pay it Forward.”

Find that neighbor that you don’t know and drop them off on their porch, give them to your pharmacist, a nurse, or the checker in any retail establishment, or how about the waitress that serves you.  Trust me, you will be amazed at the reactions to what people say and do.  Flowers bring smiles; and that smile will be transposed on others naturally and it will bring joy to a dark world.  Come on, let’s spread the love of Jesus to a world that needs a bright spot.

Share this post on your FB page and let’s get this started. Every time you receive a bunch of flowers, take one flower and give it to someone else.  I would love to hear how this simple token of love is brightening up others’ lives!  Embrace that beauty within you and let it shine!  Remember, we may be different in color and style, but without each other, there is no beauty in the bunch!!!

 

 

Proverbs 17:17 (NIV): “A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.”

Proverbs 17:17 (NIV):  A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity."

Proverbs 17:17 (NIV): A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.”

Proverbs 17:17 (NIV), “A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.”

 

Interrupting the grumblings and complaints that occupied much of the space in the room from the woman in the kitchen was the sound of the ringtone from the telephone that brought an eerie halt to all the tension. Though it was welcome in muting the harsh and selfish words that compounded the anxiety from the past few days of waiting and “what-ifs,” you would not have thought that after looking at the pale look on my girlfriend’s face as she gripped ever so tightly to my hand while answering the phone.

 

The voice on the other end of the line was rushed and sporadic between inquiring about the results of the biopsy and the reasoning for her absence. My girlfriend’s reaction to the caller’s tone and excuse for not fulfilling her promise of presence was received with tears and despair as her girlfriend spewed out her line of defense. She spent over five minutes elaborating how she only had a couple of minutes to talk because she was entering a meeting and was “so busy,” but managed to find a lot of time in making sure she wiped her guilt-ridden conscience clean by “calling” all the while solely vomiting her own frustrations and dilemmas!

My girlfriend was devastated. Why was this woman calling to begin with if she was “so busy”? Was it to relieve her guilty conscience or give her credible testimony when she met with other girlfriends in saying, “I helped her out.” She took five minutes to share how busy and stressed out she was, but she never even took one minute to find out how my girlfriend was holding up, and that hurt. Everyone was so busy spewing out their own frustrations about how this cancer would “demand” more from their already depleted lives, it was no wonder my girlfriend felt alone, abandoned, and rejected. This was about her, not them!

 

As I reached for my girlfriend’s hand to offer support, that blaring voice came out of the kitchen again, only louder. She approached the table with, “That wasn’t the doctor? All this waiting is going to kill me! I am so sick and tired of having to take care of everyone else! Who’s going to take care of me?” As she stormed off, flailing her arms about with an obnoxious sigh, acting as if she was the one being afflicted with the disease, I squeezed my girlfriend’s hand and shared that I loved her.  I also shared that it would be an honor to be there with and for her no matter what. She was not an imposition or a burden to bear; I believed friends walk alongside of each other with cheerful hearts to receive the best medicine (Proverbs 17:22).

 

 

Proverbs 17:17 (NIV):  A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity."

Proverbs 17:17 (NIV): A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.”

As she grasped for breath between sobs, I asked my girlfriend what she was really worried about. She confided through uncontrolled tears that she was afraid of going through this battle alone; that she did not want to impose more burden on others; and that the sense of guilt and shame transposed on her by family and friends made her feel unworthy to receive love and help. As a matter of fact, she admitted to pushing away those who loved her because of this fear of letting others in and seeing her deep need when she was always the one giving.

 

Prayer and Reflection:
What kind of friend are you? Are you like the bemoaning one that is filled with so much anger and bitterness from life, that the mere thought of helping others consumes and depletes you turning your gesture of love into venom; or how about the woman on the telephone who is full of guilt and pride trying to justify her absence by selfishly clearing her conscience through all the reasons and excuses of being “too busy” to slip others into the schedule and only feels “obligated” to check in because of the many ugly motives for why people do so, like gossip or staying in the know-all; or are you more like the woman that is present, spiritually, emotionally and physically, and able to let go of your own needs and desires to be a “true friend” who loves at all times by allowing God to manifest His love to others through your life?

Honestly, I have been all of these women! I have played a part in each of these characters. I know what it’s like to be overwhelmed with responsibilities while caring for others which surfaces underlying anger; I know what it’s like to carry the guilt of “not enough time” and/or the other person is not a priority but feel the need to be in the loop; I have also been the one who was in need and surrounded by people who loved me and meant well, but their lives were so consumed with guilt, anger, bitterness, jealously, etc., the way they loved came across as controlling and absent; and lastly, I’m trying to be the friend that Proverbs 17:17 (NIV) encourages: “A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity” by being cheerful medicine (Proverbs 17:22).

Genuine friendship requires hard work, loving at “all times,” and that requires us to be the kind of true friend that the Bible also encourages (Proverbs 17:22). Let’s be the cheerful medicine that only time, touch, enthusiasm and encouragement can bring; that’s powerful pain relief that promotes only positive side effects!

Ephesians 3:17-18 – Love That Has No Boundaries

He Loves You Just The Way You Are!

His Love Has No Boundaries

Ephesians 3:17-18 tells us:  “…And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ…”

 

        Are you wanting to be loved, wanting to know what real love is and feels like, and yearn for the anticipation of that void being fulfilled?  Are you coming up hurt and broken while looking for it in all the wrong places like I used to and would do almost anything to have that aching fulfilled?  Sadly, I can remember how I used to start the New Year off in pursuit of claiming that satisfaction like so many tender hearts do through relationships or vices such as eating disorders, alcohol, drugs, shopping, being a workaholic, and ended up feeling rejected, unfulfilled and abandoned in the end.

Why is the need to be loved so intense after the holidays?  Is it because people realize how lonely and unfilled they really are after all the busyness the festivities and celebrations that the holidays Beautifulbrought are over; or the perceived love and companionship from family, friends and even coworkers bring (even after complaints about the hustle and bustle); but now without all the noise and activity, we become restless and sense that void which magnifies the loneliness.  This gives birth to seeking out another person or vice to fulfill that void of warmth and true love that never leaves.  I remember that sense of loss and purpose and how it led me to the wrong “people” and “vices” to fulfill that loneliness that only true love can.

 

Bible BlamelessThe Bible’s definition of love is beautifully articulated in 1 Corinthians 13:4-8: “Love is patient, love is kind.  It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.  It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.  Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.  It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.  Love never fails.”

 

I wish I could love like that!  I am trying!  I am trying because I have received and embraced this kind of love.  It is patient and kind; it does not easily anger and it keeps no record of my mistakes (hello!); it always protects, but most of all, this Love never fails.  It is there every morning when I arise and it is there every evening as I snuggle up good night!  It’s always there!  I can’t leave its presence no matter what.  The Lord’s love is as wide and deep as the ocean.  It never ends!  Watch the sunset at any beach and you will see there is no end in sight.  God is faithful and His love endures forever!His Love Has No Boundaries

I don’t know about you, but I love hearing “I love you just the way you are.”  Every imperfection!  Spending time with the Lord, reading scripture and getting to know who God really is, He will overwhelm and satisfy your deepest longing with love that you had no idea existed.  He will also show you your value and worth. There’s nothing you will have to do or change or perform or conform to “be-loved.”  This is why God calls us His Beloved, He designed us to be-loved.  He wants us to be loved, and He loves you just the way you are…….

God wants to love us with this love that has and knows no boundaries that Ephesians 3:17-18 tells us:  “…And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ…”

Let Him in.  He’s tugging on your heart for a reason.  Receive and embrace His love; God longs to fulfill the desires of your heart (Psalm 37:4).  He puts them there for a reason! 

James 1:2-4 ~ Suffering and strength for perseverance!

James 1:2-4 talks about, “Consider it pure joy, my brothers {or sisters}, whenever you face trials of many kinds...

James 1:2-4 talks about, “Consider it pure joy, my brothers {or sisters}, whenever you face trials of many kinds…

James 1:2-4 says, “Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance.  Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”

My son and I were having a deep conversation, one in which I seem to remember verbatim while running over and over every word along with every awkward moment, pause and emotion that was exhibited through numerous heart palpitations and overt body language.  It was uncomfortable!

Have you ever had a conversation where it was so piercing and deep, that even with prior experience as a chaplain and continuing education and wisdom, you could not answer or offer up any condolence?  I mean, here I am, just completing my B.S. in Religion while simultaneously working towards my Master’s of Divinity, so obviously I must have some theological knowledge stored somewhere, right; but here I was tongue-tied and speechless with raw emotion and bursting passion.

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If you know me, you know I’m not a woman of few words.  I’m that socialite butterfly with a Motormouth who loves people and will strike up a longstanding conversation whether you are prepared or not; and whether I know you or not, having an encounter with me will probably leave you with knowing and divulging more information than you were prepared to embrace!  One thing is generally certain, I will leave you smiling!  That is my gift from God and I’m proud of it!

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But here is my son; a man with a tender heart full of love and hurt; filled with more painful experiences and great loss than a dozen individuals put together might experience throughout their lives who was associating the life following Christ with extreme pain and suffering.  He was even discounting his powerful baptism by just continuing life believing in God (at the most, with rare appearances at church due to his love for his mother only) and that was it.  In his mindset, he correlates all the suffering that occurred to when his mother began walking intimately with the Lord, compared to the people who did not believe in Jesus Christ and their lives seemed unscathed and full of worldly blessings.  Between divorce, disease, death, loss of career and home, familial strongholds, it seemed following Christ brought on more problems than what he considered worthy!

I tried to explain that the Bible talks at length about suffering; even how James 1:2-4 says to “Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance.  Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything”; and that I agreed, the trials have been exhaustive; my life testifies to what Philippians 4:13 states, “I can do everything through Him who gives me strength.”

You know, a lot of us are suffering in many different ways and we are walking by faith and definitely not by sight (2 Corinthians 5:7); but please, let’s come together and share our testimonies of survival and strength while supporting those who are hurting so we can tap into the power of God that has been laying dormant for so long.  Sharing and transparency is powerful medicine!  I love my testimony and am extremely proud when God uses me to glorify Him in His strength and deliverance!  Life is hard at times and we need others to walk alongside of us while we’re struggling to help carry the load of pain!  It’s too heavy to go at it alone!

            DSC01014I am happy to say that my son and I left the conversation wide open with him pondering the statement that he initiated:  “Only weak people go to church and depend on God”; because that’s when my testimony downloaded with love by saying, “Do you think your mom is weak?” to which he replied, “No, you’re the strongest and strangest person in the world.”  Amen!  I rest my case!  When I am weak, He is strong (2 Corinthians 12:9-10).

            Let us not forget during our seasons of suffering to call upon and reach out to the Lord and others while remembering what James 1:2-4 talks about, “Consider it pure joy, my brothers {or sisters}, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance.  Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”  Hallelujah, 52 years later and I finally grew up!