Walk vs. Talk

Oh Jesus, take the wheel; Not led by what I feel. Oh Lord, be moved by Thee; And not by what I see. Sweet Spirit, by Thy Word; And not by what I’ve heard. It’s then Your Ways I’ll walk; My life much more than talk. WhittledWord August 12, 2015

Safe Space! Not!

Yesterday was a productive day for me. I must have had five items on my to-do list that involved being out and about! I was on my own, as my wife was on the East Coast embracing her three precious granddaughters! To a majority of people that venture into the cauldron of chaos characteristic of…

Goat Busters!

For several hot summer seasons, I’ve noticed that the very dry green belt foliage invites some unlikely visitors! Goats! Apparently, they are less expensive than mowing the potentially flammable foliage.

Dining Delight!

My wife and I have nearly completed the eleven seasons of the Netflix offered “Frasier” sitcom that spanned from 1993 to 2004. I never tire of viewing the series! Despite Frasier’s penchant for high society dining venues, I caught this rare scene of his depressed eating behavior in one episode. This triggered the realization that…

“Death, Where is Your Sting?”

Today I noticed a Facebook post inquiry from a niece asking how long my parents had been married. I remembered and confirmed their marriage of 72 years when Mom passed in 2011, at the age of 91. Dad navigated a daunting year of loneliness and confusion, and then joined her in 2012 at the age…

Grandad’s Training

I was in the midst of scanning childhood photos my mom had compiled into an album for me some time ago. The resulting sketch personalized and lent realism to the picture of my granddad, sister and me. I sat on grandad’s lap to play,       Engrossed in “Birdy fly away.” And when I heard his…

FAUX-ment

FAUX-ment (verb): Sinister, intentional attempt to instigate and stir up a violent political sentiment utilizing false and/or hyperbolic statements. August 22, 2017

Beach Blessing

In early 2010 I joined the celebration of this sweet wedding on the beach in West Palm Beach, Florida. It was such a poignant picture of the Holy Spirit showing up to bless this union between two imperfect people brought together by God’s grace. They were ministers at a local congregation. I added the dove…

Fish Story

It’s astounding when God sets before you a serendipitous day! Undeniably God ordained! Oh, it’s not the bigness of that expression of His love; it is, instead, the utter inability to explain it in human terms. More than coincidence, it is God showing up gently and sweetly, reminding you that He not only puts up…

Nectar

When I got my Canon 20D camera, my apartment complex fence seemed a logical beginning for my new photography hobby. After chasing the hummingbird for quite a span, I decided to set up a tripod and wait. An interminable hour later the elusive creature chose to extract the nectar from the flower I was focused…

Wrestling to Rest

It’s not in our own strength we conquer this day;       It’s only in Him we will find the best way. Surrender and worship: the key to His best.       It’s only in this way we enter His rest.

Need vs. Want

Lord, help me see what I need before I need what I see! For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions. These are not from the Father, but are from this world. 1 John 2:16, New Living Translation (NLT)

My Heart’s Home

Oh, give me a heart with sole solace in You;       Convinced that there’s no other one to pursue. And give me a soul that endures wrenching loss;       Assured of the healing that comes from Your Cross. And help me to rise from my pity and pain;       Releasing the need of assigning the…

Joy vs. Happiness

JOY is BEING God’s possession! Happiness is having possessions. WhittledWord for 4/15/2015

Hyde & Seek

Who’s Hyde-ing behind your Jekyll! Photo by Henry Van der Weyde (1838-1924; London, England) [Public domain], via Wikimedia The Fictional story My WhittledWord for 11/11/2015

Hesitation

REFLECT on the idiom “He who hesitates is lost” wherein I exchange the word “lost” for “bossed.” “One who cannot come to a decision will suffer for it, as in I couldn’t make up my mind, and now the offer has expired—he who hesitates is lost.” Although the idea is undoubtedly older, the present wording…

How’s That Working Out!

Dear friends, you always followed my instructions when I was with you. And now that I am away, it is even more important. Work hard to show the results of your salvation, obeying God with deep reverence and fear. 13 For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do…

Cinderella’s Ball

The first time I felt the magic of dance was when I partnered with a platonic friend for the last waltz of the evening. Raised with a “no dancing allowed” religious restriction marked this as a milestone! You filled aroma’s room, Like roses blush in bloom. I sidled to your side, With heart, that could…

Whittled Words

My Poem that became the basis for my writing! Whittled words, fitly fashioned;        Hesitant but impassioned. Breath of God, humble desire;       Touch these words with holy fire. In 1998, while navigating a challenging life event, I crafted this poem that now serves as a poignant reminder, guideline, and overarching description of my writing:…

Diplomacy Deficit

The phrase “I have a diplomacy deficit!” was conceived in 2007 as my diplomatic description of my not so secret struggle with “foot and mouth” disease! “Open mouth, insert foot!” I am seldom guilty of saying too little, and much more prone to say too much. So I have a diplomacy deficit! How about you?…