Encouragement

A Blue Moon

 

 

We hear the old saying that somethings happens only “ONCE IN A BLUE MOON.”

  • There was A BLUE MOON last night.
  • I decided to get up before day break to see it.
  • When we truly examine ourselves, it seems like more often than not we tend to sleep through unusual events that occur in our lives.
  • We may miss entirely the lesson that is being taught.

If we are alert to her message, nature all around us speaks about life.

  • She has words that apply to both your life, and mine.
  • There are lessons to be learned, if we are observant enough to see them and listen to what is being spoken to each one of us.

The definition of A BLUE MOON means an extra full moon.

  • Whether one month has two full moons or one quarter of a year, or a season has four instead of three.
  • This month just passed, July 2015, there was a full moon on both July 2nd and 31st.
  • A BLUE MOON comes along about once every two and one half years.
  • The last one was in 2012 and the next one early 2018.
  • They are not extremely rare, but happen infrequently.

What was the lesson of July’s BLUE MOON?

  • To me, it was to be alert and watchful.
  • Don’t just cruise through the events of your life.
  • Pay attention to the occasional happenings you experience.
  • Whether the times are difficult or joyful: observe, make good decisions, and put to practice in a positive manner any new lessons learned.

Sometimes we are so asleep with what preoccupies our time that we miss the small things of life that are before us.

  • The companionship of a family member or friend.
  • A phone call to someone that is important to our lives.
  • The pleasure of playing with a young child or spending time with a teenager.
  • Sitting with a loved pet and stroking them.
  • Listening and enjoying the words of a beautiful song.
  • Turning the television your tablet or phone off, and giving your full attention to someone who may need it.

In short: giving our time to someone else.

  • Don’t let this be a rare or infrequent event in your life.
  • Some opportunities only come along “ONCE IN A BLUE MOON.”

 

“What am I to do?

I expect to pass through this world but once.

Any good work, therefore, any kindness, or any service I can render to 

Any soul of man or animal, let me do it now.

Let me not neglect or defer it,

For I shall not pass this way again.”

–An Old Quaker Saying

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Life's Journey, Seasonal

The Song The Angels Sang

 

…..December 20, 2014

 

What is this that I hear?  

A sound like never heard before.  

Yet, if I am still and listen, 

Something begins to take form in the emptiness of my life.

And I can begin to hear the music.

 

  • It’s a new song, never heard before.
  • It’s the song planned ever since the world was formed.
  • It’s a song that came to earth because of the garden.
  • It’s the song of the season.
  • It’s a song of a gift given.
  • It’s a song of celebration.
  • It’s a song for you and me.
  • It’s a song of peace.
  • It’s a song of joy.
  • It’s a song of forgiveness.
  • It’s the song of eternity.
  • It’s the song the angels sang to the shepherds
  • It’s a song of goodwill to all men.
  • It’s a song of prophecy.
  • It’s a song all can hear if they listen.
  • It’s a song of restoration.
  • It’s the song of redemption.

 

Isaiah 9:2 & 6        “The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light: they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined…… For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given: and the government shall be upon His shoulder: and His name shall be called Wonderful Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.”    **

Luke 2:8-15

2:8…………The message was first given to the common people

2:9-10…….Fear not, it’s good tidings of great joy

2:11………..It’s a message of good news to all mankind

 

Romans 5:1  “There is no other name by which we may be saved”    

Matthew 28:5-6    ”And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified……He is not her for He is risen, as He said.  Come, see the place where the Lord lay.”   

 

This is the Song the Angels sang.  The song of hope and of a destiny for those who hear the music and accept it’s message.

IT CAN BE YOUR SONG.

 

“Faith consists in believing

when it is beyond the power of reason to believe.”

(Voltaire)

** kjv

 
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Life's Journey, Seasonal

Fall

……October 11, 2014

 

We are now newly entered into the fall season and nature is changing all around us.

  • She is adorning herself with one last show of beauty before her winter’s rest.
  • The colors are everywhere. On the trees, in the countryside and even in our homes.

 

This is in many ways a refreshing time of year.

  • You can smell the cool crispness in the air.
  • The seasons change and the heat of summer is but a memory.
  • The days are shorter and the nights longer.

 

We decorate our yards and homes with scarecrows, pumpkins and fall flowers.

Children romp and play in piles of leaves that have to be raked up allover again.

It’s time for football, homecomings, hayrides, bonfires, wiener roasts and of course roasting marshmallows and making smores.

We try to soak in as much time as possible outdoors, before we have to be sheltered from the blasts of winter.

 

Just as nature changes her appearance, we are in the process of changing ours.

  • Most of us get busy cleaning out our closets and getting ready for a change in temperature.
  • Old summer clothes, pass times and entertainments are put in storage for another year.
  • Warmer clothing, coats and boots are now the prominent items in our closets.
  • Some of use even prepare our homes.  Check the furnace, collect wood for the fireplace, seal any areas where cold can intrude and maybe even protect outside water faucets.

 

At this time, maybe we need to think about cleaning out the drawers and closets of our lives. Too much stuff is there that is not needful for us to keep.

  • In fact, it’s probably been there far too long, and has become a point of stress.
  • Most of this “stuff” is clutter “we shouldn’t have let collect there to begin with.”
  • Things that we don’t know how to handle, so we just keep it stored in our memory, and it effects our lives.
  • Get rid of it and create space for newer and better things.

 

We enjoy life more, are more contented, relaxed, and rest better, when the old things we surround ourselves with are thrown away.

  • Clean out worry, disappointment, anger, fearfulness, old wounds, insecurities, disillusionments.
  • These things are a hinderance to the way we talk to ourselves and how we live our lives.
  • All of us carry unnecessary baggage. It weighs us down like a ton of rocks.
  • Life just seems a lot better when we let go and look at the world with different eyes.

 

As the seasons change, so does our lives change. 

  • Days, weeks, months and years pass; sometimes we wonder how it went by so fast.
  • Children want to finish school.
  • Teens want to be own their own.
  • Couples want to wed, start a family and the cycle begins anew, just as nature goes from one season to another.

That’s what life is: a cycle that is ever changing. 

RIGHT NOW you have the opportunity to go forward to the next season with a different perspective on life, YOUR LIFE.

After all………..“IN SOME LIVES WINTER WILL FALL.”

 

“God is forever and forever beginning again,

He is forever and forever getting:

New mornings out of old nights,

Fair beginnings out of dismal endings.”

(Anonymous)

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Life's Journey, Poems/Songs

September Song

…..September 13, 2014

“Oh, it’s a long, long time from May to December

But the days grow short when you reach September,

When the autumn weather turns leaves to flame

One hasn’t got time for the waiting game,

Oh, the days dwindle down to a precious few, September, November,

And, these few precious days I’ll spend with you

These precious days……I’ll spend with you”**

This will date me, but I really don’t mind; so here goes. I first heard this song when I was 9 years old, and for some reason this piece of music has always stayed with me.

It’s comprised of a beautiful melody and haunting lyrics. It’s a song of romance, but for my purpose today it speaks to the seasons of life.

We are well into September now.

I spend the summers looking forward to this month because if in name only it’s a time of relief.

The hot days of summer are close to drawing to an end.

The nights begin to get cooler and the early fall days are around the corner.

The word September just sounds good to me.

Before long many parts of this country will be ablaze with color.

The trees will change their shades of greens for that of reds, golds, oranges and yellows.

The coming of winter will be challenged by a final stage of beauty that has to be seen to really be appreciated.

Somehow I believe the trees are so alive with the splendor of color in the fall; to send a message to winter. Just wait…it isn’t over yet...I’ll be back clothed with the beauty of resurrection.  

Their budding glory in the spring will announce the defeat of winter yet again.

It is the same with the seasons of our lives.

However, we need to recognize that we have more control over these same seasons; personally speaking.

Nature, the sun and moon dictate the timing and duration of spring, summer, autumn and winter on earth.

Age wise the passing of the years places us in a season. Our mindset determines which season we are in spiritually, mentally, emotionally.

It may be a short season or it can be long and tedious.

I’m in what I now consider to be the autumn of my life.

Through the years I’ve seen many springs of rebirth and many summers that were hot, dry and endless.

I’ve seen the beauties of the fall and felt the cold, hard stings of winter.

These times of life are not designed for us to park ourselves in and camp out.

They are to spur us on, to get us out of our comfort zone, to teach us so that we can help others out of whatever season of life they have let themselves become trapped in.

Hopefully, each of us has learned, become stronger and have become wiser through these seasons ourselves.  “Oh, the days dwindle down to a precious few, September, November”…..**

“We turn not older with years but newer every day.”

Emily Dickinson

**Composers Kurt Weill and Maxwell Anderson – Album Stardust

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