Third Day: The Testimony of Reprieve

via Daily Prompt: Reprieve   I share this writing on the third day before the blessed celebration 72. The best way to describe the feeling of getting to this point is to compare each event and experience as a reprieve. I believe each day I wake up is a  spiritual lifting. That is my testimony that I am still standing when there were times I fell down and gave up with pain. I believe it was a test but the reprieve gave me “temporary relief from evil and trouble.”  I made these seventy one plus years by grace from God’s supernatural reprieve.IMG_0041

Eighth Day: The Heritage of Education

via Photo Challenge: Heritage   My heritage of Education is my focus eight days before Celebration 72.  I share that the formal education that I have pursued comes from my love of reading and writing.  I still remember my first grade teacher at Magnolia School and her words about the importance of being educated. I was always drawn to teachers who shared their self, soul and spirit to help me achieve my education. I keep pictures from several of my College/ Universities graduations on my Vision Board. They range from 1972 AD, 1984 BSN and 1991 MS.  They represent my love of life long learning. .20170520_164659_Burst01

Ruminated and Muted Moments of Prayer

The definition I have chosen is, “ruminate is Figurative. to think or ponder; meditate; reflect.” Today I experienced a muted moment of prayer as I listened to a group of prayer warriors give praise reports and prayer requests. I have chosen to make this observation in response to the prompt: ruminate. I am working  to write a “one hundred words” post  via this Daily Prompt: Ruminate  so I share a page from the group’s prayer journal. When we started we offered the option to mute and listen if people chose to join in. I admit this is rare for me.IMG_0914

The Doubt and Division of Drama

via Daily Prompt: Doubt   I think you will understand how painful drama is when people use it to gain favor. We do hear that “favor is not fair” and I say it is used as a dramatic put down to others who may not be as fortunate in materials. I sometimes will work to remove my own doubts when I hear these words. I believe it is a trick that may have worked before. I am growing older which I like to call a seasoned sister friend, so I will point out what I think is drama designed to divide.IMG_2201

Lush Living and Grace Giving

This is my idea of lush  as in the definition of “producing abundantly.” I know that you will zoom in on the eight slices of lemon pie  but this picture was taken because of the Amazing Grace  pot with the beautiful centerpiece flowers. I am amazed at how we were provided with substitute and real sugar, lemons, and hot and cold tea as we took on more food than we needed but we did not refuse any of the provisions. I had my first encounter at the Guest House at Graceland and enjoyed the lush atmsphere.img_0908via Daily Prompt: Lush

WWOW: I heard You The First Time

WysSurvivorWOWGracefortheGriefhandoutvia Daily Prompt: Heard  I heard you the first time! These words are sometimes used in love, anger, hate, pain, happiness, grief and grace. I have been writing about listening well and so I add my “hear” story. When I was younger, I heard a wise woman say to always pause after speaking to my elders so that they can process what they heard and prepare their answer. I now understand these WWOW statements so much better as I meet the elder status. I decided to post words again from my “Survivor” article from three years ago in Divine Magazine.

WWOW: Craft And Crossed Double Lines

via Daily Prompt: Craft    This  picture shows my need to practice my craft of writing one hundred words and have you understand my pain. The definition of craft is “special skill.” I was on my way to an event called “Live! Just As We Are” and saw the blue lights behind me. I have been fortunate to have only two tickets in fifty years driving so I pulled my license and prayed for grace and mercy. I decided to say nothing and use the craft of listening well without giving excuses. I received a courtesy warning and a lesson learned.img_0906