The Second Listening Book – Review

Contemplative.  Thought-provoking.   Inspirational.  Funny.  All these, and more, could describe the contents of The Second Listening Book written by James Webb, Pastor, Missionary, and Story-teller.

The book contains a selection of short stories, each written to open the mind and heart to a world different to any we have known.

With titles such as; Be Careful What You Wish For; The Woman Who Couldn’t Keep a Secret; The Parable of the Boy Who Ran With Scissors and The Unexpected Guest, you cannot fail to be entranced by James Webb’s skilful writing, and his incredible imagination.

With more than two dozen tales to broaden your horizons, I am quite certain there will be at least one nugget within the pages that will make you sit up and take notice, or have you laughing unreservedly at the wit, and sometimes, absurd critters that James Webb calls into action.

This is a fun, informative and mind-opening publication, guaranteed to be a favorite with all age groups.

I found the book a very easy, comfortable read.  While entertaining the mind, on occasion it also caused me to rethink similar circumstances in my life, from a different perspective.

A very pleasant book with which to stop, sit and just enjoy.

Recommended for all.

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All’s Well in the Garden

IMG_4483.JPGThis beautiful tree was damaged beyond repair this past winter. Now, everything in the garden is becoming new again.  I love this time of year.  Gone are the grey days of winter as we welcome sunny, warm days again.  DSC00312.JPG

This past winter our garden suffered major damage during the ice storm.  The large tree in our front yard split down the centre, the entire length of the tree.  The break it sustained was bad.  The tree had to be removed.

Discussion was not necessary after half the tree fell into the road and the remaining portion hung precariously over our home.

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With the tree gone, all that remained was the stump.  We decided we would not grind it, but would form a flower bed around it instead.  So, work is in progress to develop a pleasing centrepiece to the front garden.

Here is the beginning.

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Hope you are enjoying a bright, sunny, new day.

Patricia

 

 

 

Why Am I Here?

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I’m sure I am not alone, when I own up to asking myself this question.  ‘Why am I here?’

I am known to move, with great purpose, from one room to another, with a particular goal in mind, only to reach the destination and ask myself, ‘Now, why am I here?’

Can you relate?

I looked out the window this morning to see starlings arrive, and perch in a tall tree.  They chuntered among themselves, looked up and down and all around, and I can imagine each one saying, ‘What did we come here for?  Why am I here?’

You see, for the past few years, they have arrived at this time of year and proceeded to raid a birdhouse, which stood beside the tree.  Whether they use it or not, they would empty each compartment (there were twelve) of the bedding and fly away with it.

Last year, after sparrows had claimed the house, it was removed.  The bird mess on the patio and furniture was pretty nasty, and I got tired having to clean the way, before I was able to use the area.

Hence, the bewilderment of the starlings.  They – presumably – had come to do their annual raid – but, what was it they were to raid?  The birdhouse no longer stood beside the tree, but here they were, but for what?

They hung around for a while, then flew away.  Empty mouthed (or is that beaked)?

In our daily meanderings, I think we all have vague moments.  Oh, come on – yes, you do!  NO?  Well, perhaps there are times when you lose track of your goal, and have to re-route. Nothing wrong with that.  It could save each of us a lot of wasted time and effort, if we accepted that we need to change our focus, and follow a different path in life.

How about you?

Do you like where you are in life?

Do you know what you are supposed to be doing?  If so, is it giving you the satisfaction, and productivity, that fulfills, or do you find yourself asking – ‘Where Am I.  What am I supposed to be doing?’

If so, be reassured in knowing, you are not alone.

Patricia

 

 

 

Four Letter Words

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Four letter word.  The mere mention can conjure up one word that is complete profanity.  It is a word that I have always abhorred.  One of my uncles once described it as a word that is only used prolifically by uneducated people, because they cannot express themselves without its use.

Mm…..  well then, society, as a whole, must be lacking greatly, as it offends the ears, no matter where you are these days.

There’s another four letter word that can strike dismay into my heart.  A weather forecaster recently referred to it as winter precipitation: not wanting to mention it on camera.  Oh – you know – SNOW!  Ghastly, cold, winter ‘rain.’

I loved being outdoors in it, when my sons were young.  We would have immense fun finding hills to toboggan down.  We’d prepare a flask filled with hot drinks for all and off we would go, into the wild, white yonder. Our family had come from England and snow was a winter wonderland made to explore.

I’m not so enamored by it now.  It’s incredibly beautiful, yet treacherous.  Driving can be very difficult, walking well nigh impossible for some. I had the distinct misfortune of slipping on ice last winter; resulting in broken bones.  Now, I consider going out into white weather very carefully.  NOT that I’ve decided to become a recluse.  I’m quiet – not anti-social.  I do, however, choose to stay close to home if I can.  I find white winter weather is not harmonious to my psyche.

There’s another four letter word that can promote warmth and confidence within each of our hearts, if we choose to share it.  LOVE.  It’s God’s declaration and solution for establishing harmony among mankind.  So, while I look out my window and shake my head at the blanket of snow everywhere, I am more inclined to do the same at the state of humanity and the lack of love being shown around the world.

1 John 4:18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts our fear, because fear involves torment.  But he who fears has not been made perfect in love.  (NKJV)

Patricia

25 Ways to Communicate Respect to Your Husband by Jennifer Flanders – Book Review

25 Ways to Communicate Respect to Your Husband (A Handbook for Wives) by Jennifer Flanders, is definitely gracious, and spirit-filled advice for all wives seeking to improve their marital relationship, and especially for new wives who can only cherish the nuggets of information, with which this book abounds.

Initially, I found it to be a sugary, too-good-to-be-true exchange: however, considering the writer has been happily married for more than twenty-five years; is the mother of twelve children, who has time, energy and skill to share the ways that she makes marriage work, I consider her ideas, biblical truths and honest personal disclosures worthwhile reading, and then putting into practice.

The short chapters include such topics as Choose Joy;  Don’t Nag; Smile at Him; Kiss Him Goodbye (and hello); Be Content; Respond Physically.  Each gives clear biblical backup and down-to-earth, easy to accomplish steps to take that can pretty much guarantee, you will have a marriage made in heaven.  Of course, you will very likely have to change, but they will bring benefits worth having.

Easy to read and definitely worth the time it takes to do so.

I received this book free from the publisher through the Bookcrash.com book review program, which requires an honest, though not necessarily positive, review.  The opinions I have expressed are my own.   (Disclosure required by Federal Trade Commission’s CFR Title 16, Part 255).

Patricia E Day

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Hiatus

Just posting a message to explain my lack of activity, as far as my blog is concerned.  I have broken my right wrist – I am right-handed too, so find typing very awkward.  So, taking this into consideration, I am taking a break from posting on my blog, as well as twitter and linkedin.

But, I’ll be back on a more regular basis, as soon as I am able.

My thanks to all of you, who have sent messages.  I appreciate every one of you – and them.

Patricia

Keeping the Christmas Spirit Alive

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It’s time to wish everyone a happy New Year again.  

Christmas passed so quickly, but in that short span of time, we spent many precious moments with family, enjoying every busy, noisy one.

Sadly, not all folk were blessed with the opportunity and so, must dread another same old, same old, year.

A new year gives us time to ponder our lives and how productive we were in the months of the old year.

Myself?  I know I should be able to claim that I did the best I could have done – but, I know that is not the whole truth.  I could / should have done better.  What I can do is try harder and do better in this coming year, than I did in 2013.

My hope and prayer is that we keep that beautiful Christmas spirit alive and well, and spread it generously through 2014 and subsequent years;not keeping it for emergencies only.

Let each of us use our God-given gifts to care about and to reach others.

Patricia

 

 

Last Breath

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The plants in my garden appear to be taking their last breath.

They’d been holding up very well through temperature fluctuations, however, the heavy rain overnight has fixed that.  The flower heads are sodden and sad-looking.  Some plants have fallen down, unable to support the water-logged leaves and petals.  Pretty soon, I will have to resort to cleaning up – which means cutting down, back and clearing out.  It is the time of year I feel a sadness – a kind of loss, and yet the garden and all that is in it needs time to rest from the hard work of growing.

Do you have a sense of loss today?  It could be  a job loss: relationship broken or death of a loved one.  Whatever it is, take the day one step at a time, give yourself time to rest, otherwise everything will overwhelm you.

If you pray – pray to God and ask Him for the strength you need.  He will answer in the way that is best for you.  He is not slow with His answers to your prayers – He is patient with each of us as He leads us to recovery and a new wholeness.

If you have a need and would like prayer, leave your request and it will be done.

Patricia

 

Brooding Mood

After the Storm0010

 

The skies are grey and heavy-looking this morning.  Simultaneously, my mood drops to somber.

I could be thinking of dear neighbors who are dealing with the pending and unexpected loss of a dearly loved father.  Additionally, the mother (his wife – who is disabled), has been diagnosed with aggressive dementia and needs 24/7 care.  She barely knows what is happening around her.  When her husband dies she will need admission to a nursing home.  The family cannot look after her.  So, for them all, it’s a waiting game (not that I mean to make light of their burden).  The home will be sold.  A new life will begin for them all.

Me?  I’ll just have to get used to new neighbors.

What’s your mood today?  Hope it is bright and sunny!

Uh-oh:  the sun has broken through the clouds.   Lots to do.  Bye for now.

Patricia

 

 

Sticking Like Glue

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Psalm 38:9-12  ‘You, Lord, know every one of my deepest desires, and my noisy groans are no secret to You.  My heart is beating fast.  I feel weak all over, and my eyes are red.  Because of my sickness, no friends or neighbors will come near me.’

Reaching for my Bible, the papers beneath it came too.  Not because I wanted them to, but because they were stuck to the cover.  I have no idea which substance was responsible – all I knew was – I had to physically remove the papers as they refused to let go.

Wrong (bad) behavior can do the same.  No matter what the sin (or misdemeanor), you can pretend it is not a part of your life, or that it was not your choice, but it will not leave until you decide to force it to let go.

God can and will give you relief.  Just as you are, with all your bad choices and stinking-thinking, He will gather you up and release you from all your turmoil and despair; but only when you choose to ask Him for help.

Perhaps, because of the way you live, those you love have retreated from you.  They refuse to come into your presence.  They do not want your lifestyle choices to stick to them.

It could be time to choose a new direction.  You can choose to stay where you are – in eventual isolation; or decide to ask God to show you a new way to live and stick to Him and His Word (the Bible) like glue and see where it takes you.

Psalm 38:15-18 I trust You, Lord God, and you will do something.  I said, “Don’t let them laugh or brag because I slip.”  I am about to collapse from constant pain.  I told You my sins, and I am sorry for them.  Many deadly and powerful enemies hate me, and they repay evil for good because I try to do right.  You are the Lord God!  Stay nearby and don’t desert me.  You are the one who saves me.  Please hurry and help.  (Contemporary English Version)

Choose wisely as you choose to change.

Patricia

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Author of A Stolen Childhood, Eleanor’s Story

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