Wonderful Post -Panda Lessons by Ruelha

Have you ever observed a panda? They have no secret propaganda. Cutely chewing on bamboo. Falling of the trees in a zoo. They’re just so fluffy and cuddly. Huge, yet they wouldn’t even hurt a bunny. I wish I knew a panda, or a being with no hidden agenda. If I were sleepy… rest my […]

Panda Lessons — Ruelha

Memories of Minneapolis

Memories of Minneapolis are still vibrant for me even though it was 26 years ago that I lived there while attending Bible College. It was there that I worked part-time as a janitor for Billy Graham’s World Headquarters. It was there that I met Billy Graham, and that I prayed for him and his crusades as I cleaned his office area.

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It was also there that I met Bill Bright the founder of Campus Crusade a college ministry. The night I met him was the night Jesus impressed upon me to join my current home church where the Lord has led me to the ministry I have now.

I still remember the Megastorm snow of October 1991 when it snowed for four days a total of 28 inches of snow and shoveling several times. It was only three weeks later that a 14 inch snow came.

Even though Minneapolis represents hardship in my memories, because it was while a student there that I first began to experience severe effects of chronic illness, those years I lived there impacted me in many ways. My experiences there led me to the ministry I have today.

I left Minneapolis in April 1994 to return to my home city because I was too sick to continue my studies. At the time I thought I was perhaps returning to my home city to die.

Now as I watch the news coming out of Minneapolis I am so saddened. I am saddened and enraged by the callous officers killing an unarmed innocent man. I am also saddened by the riots, looting, and destruction happening there in response.

All I can do is pray from afar for peace in Minneapolis, write posts in my blog, and share posts in social media. My voice is a small one, but I hope to add it to the chorus of people outraged by the murder of George Floyd at the hands of police officers.

Praying for Minneapolis while also realizing the truth of what Dr, Martin Luther King Jr said-“A Riot is the language of the unheard” which he followed by asking the rhetorical question- “What is it that America has not heard?”

What we have not heard, really heard, is that racism still exists and our African American neighbors, friends, co-workers face it in subtle ways and overt ways all of the time.

Praying for Minneapolis. Please join me. Thank you for reading. God Bless

The Original Outstanding Blogger Award

My little sister in Jesus Lydia nominated me for this. The reason I am doing it is because her high school graduation party is tomorrow. Please click on the link to her blog and congratulate her 🙂

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I enjoy Lydia’s blog as she shares about her faith and life, recipes I could never pull off, and fun posts. Her blog is inhisserviceandlovingit.wordpress.com.

Rules:

  1. Provide the link to the creator’s original award post. (very important: see why in step 5)
  2. Answer the questions provided.
  3. Create 7 unique questions.
  4. Nominate 10 bloggers. Ensure that they are aware of their nomination. Neither the award’s creator, nor the blogger that nominated you, can be nominated.
  5. At the end of 2020, every blog that ping-backs the creator’s original post will be entered to win the 2020 Outstanding Blogger Award!

This award was created by Colton Beckwith.

Lydia’s Questions for me

  1. Which of the 4 temperaments are you (Sanguine, Choleric, Melancholic, or Phlegmatic)? It depends on the day. I can be any of the four.
  2. If living on another planet was an option, would you move there? It would be so fun as long as there are other people going with me. 🙂
  3. Is there a movie that you have memorized from start to finish? If so, which one? Lord of the Rings and Star Wars the first 3.
  4. Do you prefer to be a leader or a follower? Depends on the situation.
  5. When you have a spare hour on your hands with nothing to do, what’s the first thing you would be found doing? Either listening to worship music or taking a nap 🙂
  6. What’s your favorite holiday and why? I love Christmas because of why we have Christmas and also Easter because of celebrating the resurrection of Jesus 🙂
  7. If you could make a new law that everybody would have to obey, what would it be? That members of Congress must live by the same rules and laws they impose on the country and term limits for Congress.

My nominees are anyone who would like to answer Lydia’s questions and go to her blog and congratulate her. 🙂

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

Story Time- My Best Friend in 7th Grade

“Hate cannot drive out hate. Only Love Can Do That.” Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Normally my Thursday Story Time posts are humorous, but my heart is heavy after watching the video of a man being murdered by police officers in Minnesota. Yes I said murdered because the man was already down on the ground, in handcuffs, and could not do anything. The officers could have placed him in the car and gone to the station but persisted in callous abuse of a helpless human being. The officers standing by were equally guilty for not intervening. I hope all of them are prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law under 1st Degree Murder charges.

It sickens me to know that my friends who are African American worry about their sons going out for simple things like going to the store. It causes me to think about Lorenzo my best friend in 7th grade.

“We Must Learn to Live Together As Brothers Or Perish Together As Fools.” Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

My first realization of how hideously ugly racism is happened when I was 12 years old. My paternal grandfather was a racist. I was not aware of it when I was a little kid but something happened that opened my eyes.

When I was 12 years old and in 7th grade, my best friend at school was Lorenzo. As a 12 year old I had my best friend on my street, another best friend in Boy Scouts, but at school it was Lorenzo. Our lockers were next to each other the whole school year. We shared treats with each other. I visited his home a few times where his grandmother had cookies ready and waiting for us. Lorenzo and I laughed a lot as most boys do when they are 12. Lorenzo also happened to be the only African American kid in the school.

That was not an issue for me until one day I was in my grandfather’s car as he was driving. He pointed out the African Americans and used the N word saying there is one. It bothered me so I told him, “grandpa my best friend is black.” He never gave me a birthday present again. In his mind I was the black sheep of the family. I had defied him and his racism.

Racism is a terrible sin against God and our fellow human beings. It is saying to God that some people are inferior which is an insult to our Creator who loves all people equally. There is beauty in diversity of people. God in his artistry created us different, but we are all beautiful to him.

To put it bluntly, Jesus would not be welcome by a racist because he would have had an olive complexion while on earth along with probably black hair. I say that because he was born to a Mediterranean Jewish woman.

There is no room for racism in the Christian faith.

Lorenzo moved away after 7th grade. I never saw him again but have never forgotten him and pray for him when he comes to mind. I wonder how he is doing. I am so thankful he was my best friend in 7th grade.

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

10 Of My Favorite Feelings Tag

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Before we start, favorite is spelled favourite in British English, but I am an American. 🙂

I want to thank Pooja of lifesfinewhine.com for nominating me to 10 of My Favorite Feelings Tag. I enjoy Pooha’s blog where she shares about university life, mental health issues, fun posts and more. She is my fellow Jedi Star Wars fan, chocolate fan, night owl, and more.

The tag was created by Xandria. I think this is a fun tag and one that can help us focus on positives at this time. 🙂 Please include Xandria’s link in your post.

The Rules

List out 10 of your favourite feelings! It’s honestly just that simple!

My Feelings

Listening to worship

Worship music helps me feel connected with God, start my day, and clear my head of negative stuff. When I listen to worship music, it helps me write and have new ideas.

Visiting my friends from other countries and seeing my students

I love visiting my friends from other countries in their homes. It lets me experience their cultures and share life. We share a lot of laughter at times and at times their are poignant moments as their share their struggles with me.

Oh and I also love eating the food in their homes 🙂

I love to see my students whether in person in a classroom or online. We share fun adventures in learning and yes you guessed it sometimes they bring me food 🙂

Seeing my friends at church

It has been a few months since I have been able to go to the church building. I love being there on Sunday mornings and seeing my friends. I am thankful I can stay connected with some of them via Zoom meetings.

Taking naps

I love naps. Naps help me get through rough days with chronic illness.

Having chocolate

HELLO CHOCOLATE my old friend I’ve come to enjoy you again. I have an old Simon and Garfunkel song in my mind now. haha

It is my companion that gives me the simple pleasure of indulging myself. 🙂

Hanging out in coffee shops

Coffee shops are fun places for me because I can people watch, write in my blog, meet new people, read a book and all over a nice cup of coffee or occasional hot chocolate or both. 🙂

Traveling

Being in another country and learning about the culture for me is energizing. It gives me a whole new perspective on life. International travel is a fun adventure for me and has given me friends in other places especially Brazil.

Sleeping in late on rainy or cloudy days

When I do not need to wake up early to teach a class, I love to sleep late.. Rainy or cloudy mornings help me sleep. In fact yesterday I woke up at 10am. 🙂

Seeing former students

I love it when I see former students and can hear about their lives. It is a joyous occasion to run into them at various events or just in normal life like at a market.

Connecting with other bloggers

For me connecting means meaningful comments shared. Reading posts of other bloggers, I do have an eclectic taste, broadens my horizons. I have also enjoyed connecting with some with Zoom blogger chats.

I will, like Pooja, nominate some bloggers. I have started opening up for anyone who reads when I do these because it allows for more people to have fun. If you are not one of my nominees, please feel free to join in.

My Nominees are

Dawn

Deandra

Beverley

Vanessa

Alimw

Tina

Tracey

Lydia

Barbara

Herry

Rhuela

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

Jesus Understands Sorrow

Sorrow is a word we do not hear used much. It runs much deeper than simply feeling sad. Sorrow is defined as- “a feeling of deep distress caused by loss, disappointment, or other misfortune suffered by oneself or other” -online dictionary.

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During this time of global pandemic, there is a lot of sorrow being experienced. There has been loss of life, loss of jobs, disappointments such as canceled graduation ceremonies, weddings, and much misfortune.

Jesus understands sorrow. He experienced it the night before he was crucified. He knew what was about to happen, so he went to pray. In Matthew 26 we read:

“Then he said to them, “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.”

Jesus felt great sorrow. His agony and distress was so much that he sweat drops of blood. But he endured it because of his love for us.

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Jesus also defeated death through his resurrection. He understands our sorrows and struggles. Because of that, he is our sympathetic High Priest as Hebrews 4 says:

“For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin. Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”

Dear reader, we can come to Jesus in prayer and give him our sorrow knowing he understands. We can come to him just the way we are and be honest with our thoughts and feelings. We can find grace to help us.

That is so comforting to me during this time of global pandemic.

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

Liebster Award

I would like to thank my fellow chronic illness warrior Tracey of traceysworld.com for nominating me for the Liebster Award. I enjoy her blog as she shares about living with chronic illness and just life in general.

The Rules

  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  2. Answer the questions they give to you.
  3. Nominate 5 – 11 bloggers.
  4. Ask your nominees questions.
  5. Notify your nominees once you have uploaded your post.

What is your favourite food?

My favorite food is food I eat when I visit the homes of my friends from other countries 🙂

What is your heritage?

I was born in the USA. I joke about me being the European Union because my great great grandparents came from France, Germany, England, Italy, and Sweden.

What have you only recently formed an opinion about?

I have always thought this it but it is more real to me now. We do not need a fancy building for church. My church has met online for two months.

Who has impressed you most with what they’ve accomplished?

Jesus because he defeated death after dying for us.

What quirks do you have?

What others might consider quirks I consider part of my charm lol 🙂

What job would you be terrible at and why?

Anything task oriented because I would get bored quickly.

What movies title best describes your life?

Overcomer

How different was your life one year ago?

So different. I was not staying home all day and teaching online. I was teaching in person, visiting people in their homes, and hanging out in coffee shops.

I would like to open this up to anyone reading my post with the same questions.

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

Music Mondays- Miracles by Alisa Turner

The one who made the blind to see
Is moving here in front me
Moving here in front of me
The one who made the deaf to hear
Is silencing my every fear
Silencing my every fear

Jesus works in our lives to make us whole in him. He takes broken lives and make them whole. He heals the broken hearted.

He invites us to give him our worries. He invites us to give him our problems.

The same Jesus who healed the blind and deaf wants to work in our lives. He still works miracles.

During this time of a global pandemic and financial hardship, Jesus is still the God of miracles. He is alive on his throne in heaven. Let’s look to him,

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

Others Watch How We Handle Hardship

A conversation last night reminded me of something that has been a theme in my life. Since I devoted my life to Jesus in July 1989, it has not been an easy road. There have been difficult times, chronic illnesses diagnosed, times of financial hardship and more.

2 Corinthians chapter 1 has been a theme for my life- Blessed be the God of comfort who comforts us……. so that we in turn my comfort others.

The verse in the image relates to Paul’s suffering and how it blesses others.

Last night I had a Zoom chat with a friend in Brazil. I shared with my friend about what happened in March when I lost three weeks of income because of the shutdown but also how God helped me. I also shared with my friend about my autoimmune flare this week. My friend’s reaction was, “You have all of that happening and you still teach us the bible on Sunday morning. You are a model for me for following Jesus.”

I was not expecting that comment at all. All I could say was thank you. No one had ever said that to me at least in person or video chat.

Other people watch how we handle hardship. They watch how we treat other people. They watch what we do.

This is something I wish more Christians would stop and take in at this time. Our focus should be on showing the love of Jesus at this time, trusting him in this crisis, and helping others not feeding into conspiracy theories or arguments.

Let’s be the church and show the love of Jesus.

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

Saturday Smiles

During spring break for my morning classes, the second week of March, I had the thought that maybe I should get a haircut. I dismissed it and decided to wait another week.

Well then the shutdown happened. I could not go anywhere for a haircut. Now I really need one. I was planning to get one this weekend now that the barbershops are open again, but then my doctor had me get tested for COVID-19, which is really only a precaution, and now I have to stay home until the results come back negative which I certain they will.

Why is this an issue? I usually keep my hair short enough that I never need a comb. In fact, I do not have a comb. I have not used one in years.

So what is a boy to do? Entertain myself of course. Besides taking silly pictures of my out of control hair, I got a book from Amazon that I plan to read.

It should be a fun book to read. Perhaps you are thinking I have gone stir crazy. Maybe so, but I want to have a little fun.

This morning I will have blogger chat on Zoom. Maybe I won’t wear my cap to hide my out of control hair. If I get the test results, I will go to my favorite markets and tell some jokes.

Yes my morning will begin will prayer and listening to worship music. Yes I will ask Jesus to bless my interactions with others.

I should be back to my serious self for posting tomorrow, MAYBE.

Thank you for reading. God Bless. 🙂