Enjoy these thoughts, memories and reflections.
Greeting the Unexpected
Have you ever had your week nicely planned, ready to go, and then something happens and it all falls apart? That happened to me this week. I was expecting to enjoy a week-long retreat in North Carolina with my Brigit sisters. We planned this months ago. I bought all the ingredients for the food I planned to prepare for a meal. I bought the food necessary for a Sunday School picnic on Saturday before going to the retreat. Then I got an email...
by Leoma Gilley
John 15: 9 Remain intimately at home in my love. (The Message)
Visitors are met at the door.
Residents just come and go.
Visitors may be invited in.
Residents know they belong.
Visitors are told where they can go.
Residents enjoy the run of the house.
Where is your HOPE?
Psalm 42:11 says, "I will put my hope in God!"
In reflecting on these words, I decided to put the emphasis in different places. Here's what I discovered.
I will put my hope in God. This is a choice that I have to make. No one can do it for me.
I WILL put my hope in God. This is a decision that I must actively pursue. It won't just happen.
I will PUT my hope in God I will turn loose of my fears and worries, and give them to the One who loves me best.
Ramadan begins on April 2, 2022
Reflection for Psalm 31:21
Praise the LORD, for he has shown me the wonders of his unfailing love. (Psalm 31:21 NLT)
When I was young, I knew about your love.
As I faced various disasters and challenges, I felt your love.
As I moved into new and varied cultures, made mistakes, burned out, I learned of your unfailing love.
As I wait on you, listen for your voice, hear you call my name, I begin to behold the wonder of your unfailing love.
A task unfinished
I have a task and there’s a deadline
Don’t know what the deadline is—
Just that there is one.
Happy Birthday, Mom
On this 24th day of December 2021, my precious mother, Frances Mable Christabel Tripp Gilley, would be 103. She left us 10 years ago, and it is hard to believe that much time has passed. I still miss her.
I have a Lover who waits for me;
Offers me love and blessings for free.
He promised any good gift, you see
If I accepted his ransom for me.
I grew up among water and trees
but recently learned forest bathing frees
us from stress, relieves depression, gives rest.
"Come sit with Me at water's edge."
"Maybe later" I always pledge.
But how can I stop? So much to do.
When is there time to follow through?
Prayer, What I Used to Think
I used to think prayer was talking;
Now I know it is more listening.
I used to think prayer was asking;
Now I know it is more receiving.