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TODAY THE WORDS are ANGELS WALK AMONG US



TODAY THE WORDS are ANGELS WALK AMONG US. A lot of people have a belief that angels walk among us and for some of us, we have met them, felt the love radiate from them, and became better people because we have been blessed to share time with them. One such lady lived in my hometown and I felt like she was related to me, and many others felt this same way. It never mattered to her how much or how little a person had, they were welcomed and loved. She never had an easy life, but you wouldn’t have known a minute of any difficulty as she was busy spreading the love of God to anyone that would come into closeness to her. She was called by many names, Sister Ruby, Granny Holton and especially Mother by seven of her children. I never remembered anyone speaking an unkind word relating to her, but I heard hundreds of people speak of her gentleness, her love, but especially of her faith. No one was going to be in her midst that she didn’t share her testimony and remind you of how good her Savior was to her and to all that believed in Him. I was reminded today of one of many sayings that she shared with others, “God will smooth out the rough places and will light the dark places”. She lived by this faith and encouraged all to share in this love.

I heard that she would break out in song in church when the spirit moved her. She didn’t hold back like many of us would. That is one of the reasons that she was a walking, loving, caring angel. I don’t know if she could have held back as she was overflowing with a heavenly spirit. Many lives have been changed by her love and even when she left this earth leaving behind a family who sang for her in her final hours; she was happy to go to Heaven. Granny Holton, left her mark in this world and is singing her songs in Heaven. Her children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and on to great-great children miss her, but they, like me and so many blessed people, can say “If I ever met a real angel on this earth, I think it was Granny Holton.” May her life live on through the ones she loved so much and gave so much and may we remember her long life of keeping the faith for 90 years. Now, for the deeper thought….. May we live up to our belief and trust in our Saviour and let Him smooth out the rough places and light up the dark places for us and may we try with all of our might to be as angelic as we can in our lifetime.

DAILY FEATURED VERSE:

Hebrews 13:2. “Be not forgetful to entertain strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.”

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TODAY THE WORDS are LOOKING OUT THE REAR VIEW WINDOW.

 

TODAY THE WORDS are LOOKING OUT THE REAR VIEW WINDOW.  When we were children, we loved to sit on our knees and look out the rear window of the car (probably wasn’t not safe, since children are now buckled into car seats) but we loved looking backwards at things going by. We saw it in reverse from looking out the front windshield, which would have been difficult with all of us in the car. Trees got smaller, houses that started out huge diminished to small matchboxes through the rear window and fields became patchwork quilts. As a child, I failed to see a lesson in life through the rear window. As an adult, it is quite clear what the rear view window represents, our past. When we “leave things behind” they are only seen through the rear view window of our life and become smaller and less significant the farther down our new road we travel. They can absolutely disappear into obscurity by distancing ourselves from the things we no longer need in our lives. Are you beginning to see how relevant this can be as we grow older and maybe a little wiser. What was present and in our immediate vicinity in our youth, may not be as important and necessary with the new things on the horizon as seen in our future destination from the windshield of life. We are all going to travel in our lives, some are going to take the short route and leave us, some are going on many trips and they will see lots of different routes, some are steadfast and never leave the home place so their trips are limited and most of the time their lives are “main thoroughfares”.  Now, for the deeper thought……when we travel, do not be discouraged by the rear view window (or past thoughts, actions or deeds or better stated….regrets). In time, God will move your vehicle or soul down the road and those regrets will diminish or sometimes disappear. God gives us a clear road ahead for making the most out of redemption. I experienced regrets for many years, until I understood the total forgiveness of God. I want to keep my eyes on the road ahead; I may feel a bump in the road occasionally, but the thrill of the new routes that I will travel keep me smiling. May you have a safe journey and arrive at your destination of eternal peace when God puts on the brakes!
DAILY FEATURED BIBLE VERSE:
Joshua 1:9           
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

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TODAY THE WORD IS PRESENCE



TODAY THE WORD is PRESENCE.  The opposite of presence is absence and today I think a lot of people have become absent in the world’s behavior. Being present and accountable is vital to our existence and being aware of our surroundings is crucial . All of us remember the one kid in school, maybe more than one, who came everyday, sat in the classes, sometimes was the class clown, never made good grades, and back in my time, received a spanking nearly everyday for some antic. The odd part was he received the Perfect Attendance award….imagine that! He was present, not for learning, but for a need for attention. He felt a compulsion to attend, be present, and definitely made his presence known by everyone else. This is not the presence I am referring in this message; I am referring to a conscious presence in all phases of our lives. I have employed people who had all of the talent and ability to do a job well done, but sometimes they failed to show up mentally present. They were not focused and it reflected in their positions and production. Everyone has an off day and their body shows up without the mind and this is a temporary situation. Outside problems, health issues, family situations, and financial matters can affect one’s “presence” and as long as we can resolve them, put them aside temporarily, and now for the deeper thought…..Pray for resolution or solution. Our “Attention Seeker” is always present with His Almighty presence to help us on those days, situations, problems, or difficulties. If God is absent in our lives, so will His Presence be hidden. He will always be there waiting on us to trust Him, call on Him, show our Love for Him and our need for Him. He is ever present and secure. He can call us to “attention” when our focus is not on Him and can allow us the focus and presence we need to have in our faith, our families, our work and all other needs. Be present in your life by allowing God to be the most important presence. Today, allow God to show up and call roll!

DAILY FEATURED BIBLE VERSE:
Psalm 86:7
In the day of trouble I will call you, for you will answer me.

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TODAY THE WORD is SLOW COOKED GRITS


TODAY THE WORD is SLOW COOKED GRITS.  Here comes my southern roots with “grits” topic this morning. I lived with my family in Chicago for a few years when I was very young and I still remember my Mother trying to find grits in the supermarket. No where to be found and they had plenty of hominy. That definitely wasn’t grits and we learned to buy grits when we came to Georgia for a vacation and take them back to Chicago when we returned. It is strange to me that not all southerners know how to make grits perfectly and therefore the lumps and sometimes not enough seasoning, but the biggest problem is some people cooking them too fast. Grits were made to be cooked slow and easy. Otherwise, and a lot of cooks will relate to this problem; they sputter and spit at you. Anyone who has been hit by flying grits volcano eruptions knows what I am talking about, hot and fast lava coming straight toward you. My daughter and I visited a fine resort close to St. Augustine FL. and were privy to a fantastic breakfast and they had grits on the menu (this was funny since it is a 5 star resort). We were astonished at the taste of their grits, amazingly smooth and rich with plenty of great taste. Me, being the inquisitive soul I am, asked the waitress if she could tell us how they cooked their grits. She went to the kitchen and came back with instructions to cook them really slow, really slow, with cream and butter added after the initial cooking time. Wow, did this change the way that we cook grits and believe me, it makes an incredible difference and that brings me to the deeper thought………We need to slow down and take the time to “cook” our lives. When we refer to “the good ole days”, we are referring to a slower paced life. It was a time to slowly stir our pans of family, church, friends, and work. More families seasoned their lives with trips to the country, zoos, parks, ponds, trails, or sitting around a fire and topped the “meal” with lots of laughter and chatter. We had plenty of stress but we didn’t seem worried and worked through the ordeals. Good southern grits as well as life should be stirred and simmered to enjoy the best of the best. God has given us one life to live and we need to remember it deserves to be given the proper preparation for eternity. As you hear me say, “Live to love, love to live, and live life to the fullest”.

DAILY FEATURED BIBLE VERSE:
Proverbs 15:17 ESV     
Better is a dinner of herbs where love is than a fattened ox and hatred with it.

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TODAY THE WORDS are BISCUIT PUDDING


TODAY THE WORDS are BISCUIT PUDDING.  So many of you have probably not experienced the taste of biscuit pudding, but our Mother used to make the best biscuit pudding in the world. For me to relate the lesson, not the recipe, of this pudding, I have to walk you down memory lane to a time when we were kids. Some of you who have been following my blog and/or have known me are aware our family was not wealthy by any means. Both of our parents were hard workers and did the best they could to provide for our family. It was not because of lack of effort, as I never knew of a lazy bone in either of them. We had food to eat, a decent home and was never cold or hungry and that brings me to the biscuit pudding lesson. Momma taught us to save the “last” biscuit which she would stash in a cupboard wrapped up. We would have never touched that last biscuit for we had our goal of 5 biscuits and then Momma would make us the biscuit pudding. I know it sounds strange, but the biscuits had to “age” to make the proper pudding texture. We would keep count of how many were saved and then we got to taste the sweetness of the pudding. What is amazing is Momma was teaching her children several lessons that have been the base of our values. She taught us patience in the wait. She taught us that anything that was worth having was worth working for it. She taught us goals since I can relate the anticipation, the planning, and the excitement when our “goal” of five biscuits was achieved. She taught us how to appreciate well-earned rewards for all of the above lessons. She taught us love in her desire to give us something special. For the world that has not worked for biscuit pudding, you have missed something wonderful in both taste and learning great lessons in a great loving way. My Sister, even grown, when asked what she wanted for her birthday would gladly tell our Momma she wanted her to bake her a biscuit pudding. I finally learned to make one close to Momma’s  pudding, but there will never be one as perfect as her pudding was. Now, for the deeper thought…..we learn from Our Maker’s kitchen…..the perfect recipe for our lives is in His Cookbook. If we follow His directions carefully and measure out each ingredient in our life, we will achieve the rewards of a perfect “dessert” rich with love, compassion, forgiveness, and charity. Let’s bake up some wonderful memories of life with our loved ones today and everyday!
DAILY FEATURED BIBLE VERSE:
John 6:35  English Standard Version (©2001)
Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst.


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TODAY THE WORD is PREDICTIONS



TODAY THE WORD is PREDICTIONS.  We woke up this morning and learned it was Groundhog Day and we watched “Phil” as he was reluctantly pulled from his stump and made his annual prediction of early spring. My mind made its way to predictions and how they play a role in our lives. Now, Phil has only been on target 39% correct which is below 50% but every year, more than 30,000 fans were present and millions watched him on TV. Why are we so interested in predictions? Superbowl predictors are hard at work for tomorrow’s big game. When the horses aren’t even in the stalls at Churchill Downs for the Derby, the odds are flying. Elections, polls, surveys, and predictive meters give us “predictions” and we listen for some odd reason. Some select people, for whatever reason, predict “incorrect” end of the world and even though they have been wrong, people still listen…..what is up with that? Is it that we have a curiosity about these things and want to have confidence in what we are predicting quietly? Predictions are just that, predictions and another word is “guesses”. I always go back to the upset in the election between Dewey and Truman with newspapers printed showing Dewey as the winner and as we know that when it was said and done, Truman become our president……Predictions??…….Now for the deeper thought……can we make a prediction on our eternal destination or can we be 100% sure without the odds? God has promised our place in Heaven if we believe in His Plan. He has reviewed the odds of Satan’s influence over this world, our human weaknesses, and all of the worldly temptations; He has placed His bet on us! With His strength, His compassion, His forgiveness, and His Love, we have the absolute prediction of Eternal Love and Existence with Him. Earthly predictions are good guesses, sometimes right; sometimes wrong but with Our Maker, it can only be right.

DAILY FEATURED BIBLE VERSES:
1 John 3:19-20

By this we shall know that we are of the truth and reassure our heart before him; for whenever our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart, and he knows everything.
 

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TODAY THE WORDS are HOME SWEET HOME


TODAY THE WORDS are HOME SWEET HOME. For some reason, my mind has traveled back in time, not to the home where I was raised, but my Grandfather and Grandmother’s house (on my father’s side). The thought brought to mind two houses as my father and his siblings lived in a huge house with the long center hall going down the entire length of the house. I remember the well off the back porch that water could be drawn from the porch. I remember the fireplace and the kitchen. It was typical of many floor plans in those days. Apparently, when my father was old enough, he and Granddaddy built the house that I remember visiting while they lived there. The “old” big house was visited when it was empty by all of us, but it has intrigued me all of my life. It had a mystique that brought all kinds of spooky stories to my mind. The smaller house had more “modern” features and we had many great meals cooked by Grannie Lott and all of the cousins would play and play. We swam in the pond and laughed. We shared many adventures in the surrounding woods and barns. Neither of these houses were fancy and the biggest difference was one was big and one was small. The biggest similarity was they both were Home Sweet Home. When people say Home is where the heart is, that is simply the truth. Whether it is a mansion on a hill, or a tiny two bedroom wood house built with love, home is all about the love in it and not the materials from which it is made. Now for the deeper thought……We have homes on earth……we can have mansions in heaven. We are to love our families, take good care of them, cherish our relationships, but not to give too much emphasis on material things. Our thoughts and prayers should be preparing to be granted a place for eternity that will surpass all earthly possessions. I go back to the two houses…as long as love is present….does it really matter whether a friend has a bigger, finer, more elegant home. We are to flourish in our lives, but riches are not mandatory; rich faith and devotion is! We appreciate our home that we live in and it is comfortable; we look forward to our Heavenly Home more!

DAILY FEATURED BIBLE VERSE:
John 14:3
And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.

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TODAY THE WORD is MOMENTUM



TODAY THE WORD is MOMENTUMWhen we think of momentum, we probably think in terms of speed and motion. We think of athletes having a lot of momentum to endure the race, the game, the trials and practice sessions. We also associate them as being fit physically and mentally to enable the achievement of high momentum. This is mandatory for them to “stay on top” of their game or event. People assume they come from different genes to maintain such high and fast momentum. Inherited genes may play a part in their make up, but when I see fit, lean athletes with their parents; I wonder! My reference to momentum is not so much physical  momentum as I am writing about individual momentum as it relates to our life in general. I understand that most people are not truly optimistic as a general rule. It would help if more people would exercise more positive assertion or “momentum of life”. I love to see posts from people who find a great reason to live, work, play, love and care. I have always respected people who keep the negative to themselves or ones that are close to them and when I see them, they have a smile on their face. This is the momentum, or the velocity thrust into living and meeting the challenges on a daily basis. This is the strong “athletes” of life. They endure, they excel, they fall and get up again, they run until they are so tired they have to walk, and they love with the strength of Hercules but with the gentleness of the meekest lamb. Now for the deeper thought…..How is our momentum when we are faced with challenges? Do we sink or stand taller in our faith, our work, our family and our friends? Warp speed is how we need to rise when things go wrong. We should welcome when it is us that others call when they are struggling to share our strength with them and most of all, with a smile and an open heart. God loves heroes, as He has set the example of The Greatest Hero of All!
DAILY FEATURED BIBLE VERSE:

Isaiah 41:10 fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

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TODAY THE WORDS are DO OVER



TODAY THE WORDS are DO OVER. I noticed that someone posted the other day she needed a “do over”. Now, exactly what is a do over? Since it is a definite slang expression, I checked and this is what came up….”a second attempt or chance.” Most of us have had numerous “do overs” in our lifetime. If we didn’t get it right the first time, we tried again. Sometimes, again and again was more like it; maybe more like “multiple do overs”. I wonder if we don’t count it as a do over until we get it right and then if we have to re-do something, it becomes a do over. I am not quite sure; I do know some people have a harder time of getting something right the first time. Some lessons are harder to learn and we really have to practice do overs. Since we ladies refer to our hair style as “hair dos” and I see a lot of ladies making regular trips to the salon. Are they getting “hair dos or do overs? Just a little thought provoking before the deeper thought……Do we need a do over in our life and I am not referring to divorce? Some of us had to do that too, but I am talking about all of us that are in marriage, relationships, or actually still single. I had to realize for my marriage to be all that it can be, I had to adjust myself (in other words do a do over on my thinking). Both of us had been single for quite a while and had become great decision makers on our own. This was the big need for a do over as marriage is a partnership, a union, a bond, and a compromise. Our “do over” had to make it possible for us to learn how to make joint decisions or compromise to the one who had more experience to make a decision and it be agreeable for each one of us. Do overs take some time to work and don’t happen overnight. It was worth the effort; do overs work! What have we done in our lives to improve what used to be acceptable; times have changed and have we changed with them? I am not talking about “trendy” changes; I am talking about becoming more dedicated; more loving; more forgiving; more humble; more charitable; and more faithful to Our Maker. Do overs can be exciting!
DAILY FEATURED BIBLE VERSE:
2 Corinthians 5:17 ESV
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.

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TODAY THE WORD is LOVE

TODAY THE WORD is LOVE. I had the honor of congratulating one of my dear friends and her fiance on their engagement and the word love formed thoughts in my mind. Most of us have experienced several kinds of love in our lives. We had our first love and our little hearts pounded even though we didn’t understand exactly why it was pounding. Normally, our first little loves or crushes didn’t last too long partially because we weren’t in a stage where our interests migrate from one to another, usually in the same day. We, as we grew older, many of us thought we were in love when it wasn’t love at all, but more physical attraction with a shallow amount of “love” involved. For some, love did find its way in hearts and it lodged with a life long feeling that never went away. For others, many of us loved several times only to have our hearts broken until “the one” came along. Love also comes in the form of a natural love of our children and in return, love for our parents and this one stays (unless outside factors cause rifts) throughout our lifetime, parents’ lifetimes and some grandparents are like our parents and a deep love happens. Sometimes, true love comes later in life, and for some reasons, we seem to appreciate the later love very much. Now for the deeper thought…..Love has to be nurtured to thrive even if it is strong in its young stage. People are more susceptible to hurt from someone you love and they love you. A stranger’s harsh words do not penetrate the heart as one slight murmur from a loved one can pierce with the cut of the sharpest knife. Love has to cherished by both lovers and doesn’t have room for more people in a relationship. Friends are good but they are included in the friendshp but cannot become more important that the couple. Love has to be based on trust, friendship, loyalty, and I believe faith has to be in the forefront. God seals our love with each other and puts a barrier to protect that love for each other. To me, this is the only other presence that should be in true love. Valentines Day is coming soon and I think if we show our loved ones the same expression of love that we show them on this holiday on each and every day of our “love life”, Love will blossom as the roses that are sent.
DAILY FEATURED BIBLE VERSE:
1 Corinthians 13:4-8 Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away.

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