In the Dark, Unafraid

My daughter still struggles with the dark. Despite lessons on security, despite reassurance. She struggles with fear of the dark. And I think how silly that is until I realize how real it is for many/most adults too.

I cannot tell you how many of my patients (mostly geriatric) are scared of the unknown, being in the dark. They get a cancer diagnosis and fear rushes in like a cheetah on the hunt. And adults I know are worried (a sweeter way to say afraid) of losing or changing a job or having to move to a new place where they are largely in the dark. People are afraid of not knowing.

I have good news. No need to struggle with fear of the dark or the unknown. You can let go of that fear. How? You simply stop clutching it so tightly and let go of it. Lift it up, visualize yourself lifting it to God. Tell Him you know He is in control, ask for help, and let it go. Things in life are as easy or difficult as you chose for them to be. Life is a series of choices and this is just one of the many. Give up and stop focusing on what you are afraid of. Quit giving it power. Face it with God and His Truth that you have the Holy Spirit, stronger than any force on earth living right inside your heart when you got saved. You have nothing to fear, just a conversation with God to have. No worries. No fears. Reject them both. Know Whose you are. Child of the One True God, all powerful and all loving.❤

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Historical Freedom

What we as Americans sink our teeth into is freedom. We have it on the backs of thousands and thousands of courageous men and women who went before us. We love our freedom. We breathe it. Our freedom has been threatened many times, sometimes from foreign threats and much more often by traitors with horrifying agendas. We have been saved, I firmly believe, directly by God in response to prayer and fasting of Christians who care about freedom. And God blessed us with a President, unlike the few we have had before that destroyed more than helped, who loves and protects freedom and knows the truth that God got us here. Freedom always has a past, a back story. It never stands alone. It is like a tall, beautiful, huge flower on a singular stem whose leaves have been plucked off. It cannot stand without support. History is that support. We must find the truth of it, teach our children and live in such a way that honors our forebears and keeps our freedom very much alive and protected and beautiful. D-day is a huge historic event that happened today at Normandy and along the French coast that helped freedom eventually win and proved the will and spirit of the good guys conquers more than the might and numbers of an evil force against it. This is worth every honor we give it and when we tell our children, we celebrate the warrior’s passion for freedom which put freedom before even their own life. They are incredible and I am so thankful for them. We must remember.❤

Enormous Baby Steps & Faith

My children were quite different in their approaches to learning to walk as babies. My daughter did not try or want to walk until she was 16 months old. She was talking in sentences by the time she was 12 months and organizing and putting Legos together and everything else a baby does early, way ahead in cognition and everything but walking. She liked being carried, it was not a priority to her. She didn’t even try to walk until she could do so quickly and proficiently. She was safety conscience, careful, contemplative, wary. And she runs and jumps and dances with the best of them now. My son, in stark contrast, was walking and talking and balanced by 10 months and was running by 12 months. Huge steps of faith. When met with safety, steps became bigger and bigger and running was a viable and more efficient option and off he ran. These are differences in development and temperament and personalality. Nothing wrong with either, just different. But in our faith walk, we are to choose either, depending on our current level of faith for FAITH plus STEP equals SUCCESS. There is no success apart from faith so it is unwise to step out until your faith grows, right? Well, seems logical but faith is spiritual and not logical. Faith is believing what we cannot see. So taking that step after a humble prayer is exactly what builds our faith and makes our steps count. That is truth.❤

Boycotting Hollywood

Now, I know they are pawns. But it is still their choice. I will not support and purchase tickets and watch Hollywood movies or mainstream media channels anymore. I won’t support Facebook or Twitter. These companies are run by people evidently against unity in America. They want war, want derision, want chaos, was division, have gotten quite rich selling their bodies and running their minds for profit. They cannot seem to be able to support unity and our duly appointed President. And I refuse to send my children and pay for college at these universities bowing down to these entitled, spoiled, divisive brats. Why are people bowing down to these ingrates? Why are they protected? It is backwards. There is no good reason to promote this negativity. I thought it would die out and go away where it should be but it is not. Do not support these thugs, meaning the billionare owners of these people and companies. Their power is like a little twig God can snap anytime He chooses. Their money is filthy rags next to the glory of God. Our souls are more valuable than one decision to do evil and the Holy Spirit living in us is greater than any evil principalities ordering these puppets around. 

The Woman Stands

A throng of men have called her doll

And many used her will so tall

To capture what they could from her

They fought the desire to keep her.

So used and left became her life

Always a mistress, never a wife

And on the lonely nights she kept

But the woman says “I stand.”

Now many lonely nights she cried

Once wounds had finally multiplied

And their fruit of labor could not be denied

And through her tears and broken heart

Abused by all and then thrown out

Aside she whispers to the wind “I fold.”

And does she know or massage her mind

The God Man did she dare to find

To tell her the beauty she left behind?

And when she folded, she allowed

The One who made her to arrive

He held her through her tears and cried

“I am not broken but I was for you”.

And with new peace and joy and love

Her beauty flowing from above

She grabs His hand and humbly smiles

And now she says with thankful life

“We stand.”❤

Playing Piano for Worship 101

I was taught piano by my mom (music conservatory trained) from a young age, before preschool, to play the piano. I am classically trained but also trained to play for church/worship. These are two differing philosophies. While both are fun and rewarding, one, classical, is played to show off your skills and the composer’s skills and one, worship, is to show off God. The key to being successful in leading hearts into worship lies in whether or not you have adequately prepared, and I do not mean having the chord sheets or notes ready or memorizing the song, though that is a tiny part of it. “You cannot teach what you do not know.” You will never lead another to worship if you are unfamiliar with the concept. You must worship as a lifestyle. Loving God, studying the Bible, praying, serving Him and others, loving people are all forms and extensions of worship to God. When you live in that and keep humble, God will play through your fingers when the time comes to smooth out any imperfections or distractions during live worship after you have practiced ahead of time and lived in this state of worship. As you are diligent to God, He rewards with blessings of being able to share that and draw them in. And do not underestimate the power of a sustain pedal and inflection- building up a song vs. quiet moments of contemplations. Be ok with pauses. Be comfortable in your skin. You play for God and not people. That is a key ingredient. I always sing, out loud or in my mind, while I play. When you mean it, you play from the heart fearlessly and just play for Jesus, like it is you and He in the room. I do this whether I play for Jesus alone or play before thousands of people gathered to worship Jesus. Same thing. Numbers never matter, but your heart does. I detest emotionless playing for worship. God deserves our passion, our putting of ourselves and intention into what we play for Him. We represent His worthiness to be worshipped when we play so it must reflect that. It is an honor and a privilege to lead worship from the piano and He blesses those who do it well, meaning from a heart of constant worship and dedication to God. Nothing is better, so do it right, do it well. Go with God!! ❤

People Warriors

Most people are not naturally warriors. I am and have had to learn to trade that fighting spirit for a peaceful one. But I believe we all are warriors in our way or at least have the potential to be. Not everyone is called to bloody warfare or physically stopping a bad guy, but everyone I know has some kind of battle and can wage war against it. There is always a battle between good, those loving God, and evil, those against God. There is no middle anymore. And so there is a fight for everyone’s soul and life. God wants to love us and care for us in heaven forever. Evil wants us dead and defeated and separated from God forever. So we have choices to make, sometime little tiny ones like telling the truth in a situation instead of lying or big ones like not allowing someone to hit you again or git your kids. And everything in between. That horrible person trying to bust up your marriage, that irritating and disheartening employer, that annoying neighbor playing loud music at late hours, that one discouraging person, your onternal fears or addictions. And I believe every person not only has it in them to be a warrior but humbly with God’s help, to win. God is a winner, THE winner. He has won the war and helps every person who asks Him to win whatever little battle still waged. “Nothing formed against me shall propser” with God’s help. That is a promise, a guarantee not a possibility when you reach out to Jesus for help. A warrior is only as good as his weapon and the Bible and prayer but mostly Jesus is our weapon. No one stands a chance against Him who means you harm. Fight renewed, loved warrior!