Friday, October 16, 2009

Operation get real

Christmas cards framed by Picnik's halloween graphics, strange post title, I am sure you are wondering what was I thinking, but there is a rational thought behind this post.

It's on my mind a lot that we who live in America are just so fortunate, even those of us who are in the midst of job insecurity, life insecurity, family insecurity, strife, greed, ignorance...ect ad infinitum...and it is because we live in a protected land. We have a military system in place who is commanded by the president, and we sleep at night in a free land in relative peace.

I enjoy the banter of both sides of the political coin (see my twitter list of odities) because people are flawed, and both sides, demo or repub have major opinions to exploit and reveal, and I along with many other people will never believe a word that is said, a promise that is made, a vow that is taken without seeing some action taken on it. But there is a reason I can enjoy that banter, and that is my freedom that is provided for me sight unseen most days.

During the green revolution, I think we were all made aware of the dictatorship that exists in Iran, those NON savage people who long for democracy, but were hoodwinked out of an honest count on their vote. Their dissenters were put in prison because of their peaceful protest and now punishment is harsh and severe for those who opened thier mouth for the cause of freedom. They don't enjoy banter in Iran, they are punished.

Well it's true, Iran may be the latest in the headlines but It's an ongoing battle, freedom vs opression. And there is an ongoing presence that ralleys to the side of freedom, no matter if its 1911, 1945 or 2009 and that is the military. Right or wrong, America's military (meaning the actual inlisted soldier) goes for freedom.

I admit I don't really do much except try not to take it for granted, I don't go to town halls, or on mission work to reform and educate, but I do donate in several worthy areas. I have a pet group who takes it and makes it real. Get real!! These folks who are defending our country can use some support from us, open up your heart and click the link below and see if you can be a part of this group. It's up to you how much time you can spare, you can help on many different levels, be it personal or be anonymous.

Go go go to: . Quick. The deadline for Christmas cards is November 1. !!!!! Even if you don't want to contribute a card, you will be blessed to read about all the good they are doing.


Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Storm approaching

Outside my window is a blustery windy day. Soon it will rain. I see the wind in the trees through the breaking dawn, and I see many shades of gray. Green gray, silver gray, brown gray, blue gray, and it might just be like any other dawning day except for the wind which has arrived like the conductor to command the orchestra. Under his lead the symphony begins, the branches are bobbing the trees are swaying and the leaves are twisting and fluttering on the branch holding on for all they are worth as they are still green.

In true God fashion, I was led to a great blog post this morning and it has been such an encouragement to me. Here’s the sharing link: She is a favorite of mine.

She says, “In the midst of all that we are going through revelation falls out of the sky like rain. Hopefully you are not covered with an umbrella you will miss it.”

I can’t even sit to think anymore, without thinking of hurting people. I know of so many who are in need. So when she says ‘in the midst of all’ I see the vastness of the ocean, dense and wet. Money, health, peace of mind, trust and betrayal…we seek shelter.

She makes the point that our world is backwards to the world of God, our thoughts are not always His thoughts and stresses let the Spirit rain down, be covered by the Spirit of the Living Word.

“We need Gods open heaven on us, all that he has for us. That why it says in the bible Psalms 91:1 HE who dwells in the secret place of the Most High Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. Psalms 91:2 I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress;My God, in Him I will trust.” We will hide under his shadow, His shadow!!

Time for Holy Spirit rain, cover us Lord, let us be refreshed.

P.S. Life inside a music box ain't easy... :0)

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Life inside the music box ain't easy
The mallets hit the gears are always turning
And everyone inside the mechanism
Is yearning
To get out
And sing another melody completely
So different from the one they're always singing
I close my eyes and think that I have found me
But then I feel mortality surround me
I want to sing another melody
So different from the one I always sing

...but when I do the dishes...

I run the water very very very hot
And then I fill the sink to the top with bubbles of soap
And then I set all the bottle caps I own afloat
And it's the greatest voyage in the history of plastic
And then I slip my hands in and start to make waves
And then I dip my tongue in and take a taste
It tastes like soap but it doesn't really taste like soap
And then I lower in my whole mouth and take a gulp

...and start to...

Feel mortality surround me
I close my eyes and think that I have found me
But life inside the music box ain't easy
The mallets hit the gears are always turning
And everyone inside the mechanism
Is yearning to get out...

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Button sadness

Mini little sculptures, mini little works of art one and all... click the pic and just marvel at their delicateness, their detail. sigh.

Well I had an idea, (excuse?) and that was... I have gone through so many changes lately, taken a few hits to the psyche, come to some conclusions about the way things are, you know made a maturity leap. boo...scary. I think that is part of the reason for my button obsession as of late.

Something that was saved from bygone days before fast food, plastic wrap, suv's, when women would sew clothing for their family, the men and children as well as for themselves.

This is a group that got away. It was an unusually large ebay listing from the civil war and Victorian times. I was instantly entranced... bid to my max... and lost. I just had to make a little feature so that I could look at them one last time. sniff. Click the pic, they get big.

Hold on to what is good even if it is a handful of earth.
Hold on to what you believe even if it is a tree which stands by itself.
Hold on to what you must do even if it is a long way from here.
Hold on to life even when it is easier letting go.
Hold on to my hand even when I have gone away from you.
- Pueblo Blessing

Next time....I'll get you next time my pretties!!


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