Whittled Words

Warfair!

LORD, help me retain and wisely “publish” my reasoned, passionate beliefs, resisting the temptation to ruin the reputation or relationship of a person or entity I passionately disagree with. I cannot do this in my own strength because I find it nearly impossible to separate the person from their position. I acknowledge that many are … Continue reading Warfair!

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

FAUX-ment

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

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.

People, Not a Steeple!

“It’s Sunday. Church day!” In my history, that meant Sunday School, morning church and evening church services. Mid-week service was also mandatory. And when a “revival” was on the schedule, we would attend church every night for up to a week. …I was left under the pew… I literally grew up in the church. My … Continue reading People, Not a Steeple!

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 … Continue reading Grandad’s Training

Desirous Doubter

For over five decades I’ve prayed religiously— I’ve prayed for the restoration of the atrophied muscles in my right leg, injured in a skill saw injury at the age of eighteen. The nerve was severed, and despite a surgical and rehabilitative process, I currently contend with the consternation of a foot-drop condition. My preference for … Continue reading Desirous Doubter

Laughter…

Laughter…CURE FOR THE COMMON OLD! A Cheerful heart is good medicine… Proverbs 17:22 This meme features my Mom at age ninety, celebrating her and Dad’s 71st anniversary, exchanging memories with an old friend. Mom passed the following year. I crafted this phrase just before the end of the year. It is notable in light of … Continue reading Laughter…

Heaven. Can’t Wait!

Several public personalities passed recently. Prominently, at 92, Barbara Bush, wife of our 41st President, George HW Bush. Knowing how beloved she was, and having observed her public persona for decades, triggered a more pronounced sense of loss. On a personal plain, the father of one of my daughter’s best friends lost his battle with … Continue reading Heaven. Can’t Wait!

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

Patio Pearl of Wisdom

Escaping to the patio from the claustrophobic apartment confinement due to the Coronovirus pandemic affords me a calming panoramic view of the outdoors. Cumulus clouds punctuate the rich blue sky. The clean air reflects the result of the sparse street traffic. This surreal season affects my status as a mostly-retired, self-described introvert, much less than most people … Continue reading Patio Pearl of Wisdom

GUILTY! Not Guilty.

“Acquitting the guilty and condemning the just—both are detestable to the Lord.”Proverbs 17:14 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB) On the morning of June 18, 2016, while listening to my daily audio devotions and following along with the printed version, I was struck by the contemporary application of this Proverb passage to today’s headlines. And, of … Continue reading GUILTY! Not Guilty.

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 … Continue reading Fish Story

Amazing Grace!

Oh Lord, let me surrender to Your promise,       While clinging to the knowledge of Your love. Let me not become a doubting Thomas,       Demanding daily manna from above. Instead, let me revel in both good and bad;       Resisting judging how a thing is so. Resting in the wisdom of my Father, Dad;       … Continue reading Amazing Grace!

About David Veliquette

Four-plus decades of various technologies, clients, and projects have, despite my age, deepened Amy sage! During two of those decades of self-taught Graphic Design, I invested in the craft of typesetting, before being drawn by technology into the Apple age. Digital design allows me to work from home or the local coffee shop! Who knew forty … Continue reading About David Veliquette

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? … Continue reading Diplomacy Deficit

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 … Continue reading Cinderella’s Ball

Rip Van Winkled

Am I awake, or do I dream; And has life started anew? Box ajar, broken a seam; How will I know what to do! Elicited by the story Rip Van Winkle. Photo courtesy of House of Themes. When life’s continuity is interrupted or destroyed, a choice emerges to embrace new possibilities or to “go back … Continue reading Rip Van Winkled

Random Quotes

God never flatters Believers. Love is an action, not inaction. Display it don’t just say it. We’re looking for serenity; God is looking for surrender! What we need is PURE pressure; not PEER pressure! When you make anything or anyone everything, it or they become the only thing, and that is idolatry. MAN may contribute … Continue reading Random Quotes

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)

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 … Continue reading Hesitation

New Beginnings

Decisions I’ve made are now all in the past;       And now His good guidance has my future cast. I’ll rise from my knees; leave my pleas of regret;       His Word clearly says He’s not done with me yet. And I am not trapped by my foibles and fear,       So now I will … Continue reading New Beginnings

Likeminded

I crafted this piece in the summer of 1999 after viewing the movie “Runaway Bride,” starring Julie Roberts. The premise of the film is that of a runaway bride failing to grasp, delineate, and delight in her own uniqueness. Enmeshment traps one in the prison of someone else’s opinion of them: their likes and dislikes, … Continue reading Likeminded

Fragrant Flower

A woman, like a flower awakes with morning sun. Her smile will shine each hour until the work is done. But when she is offended, by chance or by design; Her world is then upended she offers no more wine. So here is my wise insight: Embrace these words of mine. Imbue your words with light and … Continue reading Fragrant Flower

Can I trust Him?

Can I trust when I don’t see my way?       Can I trust Him if just for today? Can I set all my “learning” aside;      While believing, He surely will guide? It is good that my mind will craft plans;      That will surely keep busy my hands. For it’s He Who my steps … Continue reading Can I trust Him?

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