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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REACHING GOALS

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The little grey squirrel ran through my garden toting a large peanut shell in its mouth.  Inside lay the morsel that the creature had diligently sought.  It had hunted for a while but found what it wanted.  It had achieved its goal.  Food.  An essential, needed to guarantee life.

“Seek and you shall find” the Bible states.  (Matthew 7:7) NIV

Of course, the search that we are directed to make, in this instance, is meant to be for God.  The giver of spiritual life.  Squirrels on the other hand, have a dogged determination to never give up on their own particular goal: To find food, no matter how long it takes.

Sin in our lives can be equally determined. We encounter addictions; wants; temptations and more, ignoring the fact that these seek to destroy rather than to nourish.

Nevertheless, a common denominator is persistence.  Sin will find a weak mind or spirit and possess it.  Whereas the food sought by God’s critter nourishes.

We often cannot tell the difference until it is too late.

We need the mastery, and determination of God’s creatures.  They must achieve their goal.  They must win at all costs – or die.

We too must choose to win, because if we give up and give in to sin, we will die.  Oh, not necessarily physically, but definitely morally and spiritually.

We must remember that sin does not seek to nourish.  Its goal and purpose is to destroy.

What goals do you have today?  I do hope they are uplifting and nourishing, and not destructive.

Philippians 3:14 (NIV)   I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.

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

 

 

 

Printed Book Available

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A Stolen Childhood, Eleanor’s Story, is available in print.

Softcover. $15.00 + shipping.

It is a story of one woman’s courage and determination to succeed despite overwhelming odds.  Part biographical and part fiction, through the pages you will learn more about Eleanor, her childhood, and you will discover the source of strength on which she learned to depend.  It was the start of a new life, as she overcame the cruelties and abuses of her life, to become an author of international renown.

Contact me at:  pattersday@gmail.com  to order.

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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

 

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

https://patriciaeday.wordpress.com

Author of A Stolen Childhood, Eleanor’s Story

Available as an e-book at http://www.amazon.com and http://www.smashwords.com

Raw or Well Done

I cooked ribs for supper yesterday.  I carefully prepared the meat with herbs and other flavorings.  Set them on parchment paper and covered them with foil.  Into the oven they went to become what is one of my husband’s favorite meals.

As suppertime approached, I stopped my work to concentrate on the meal.  I fixed the rice.  Set the table.  I pottered.  Meaning, I saw this and that requiring attention.  Checked the meat and brushed a final glaze on the ribs.

My intention had been to switch the oven off and let the ribs rest and finish.  Well, I did finish them off!  I forgot to turn the heat off and when I checked my ‘creation’, I found them drier than they should have been. Not inedible, but not as succulent as I imagined they would be.

Fortunately, with some additional basting they passed the taste test.  But, I knew how close disaster had come.

In much the same way, when disaster strikes, we humans can become frazzled.  One issue too many demands our immediate consideration, and we are hard-pushed to appear ready for action.  We feel as if we are being burned-up, as decision after decision wears us out.  Fortunately, much like the ribs, we can be refreshed if we are blessed with a Christian faith.

We call upon our Lord to HELP.  He always responds to our prayers: although sometimes we are hard-pushed to recognize the results.  His answer is not always our request.  What it is – is the very best option for our life.

The ribs were delicious.  I cannot say that they were cooked to perfection, nevertheless, they were tasty.

God’s response to our prayer requests is to give us the very best.  He will take us from being raw into delightful perfection, if we follow His guidance.

So, the question is:  What are you today?  Are you feeling raw or are you well done?

Patricia Day

Love, Don’t Hate

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Hatred scarred the world, on this day – 2001. The lives of thousands of people, were ended, in horrific manner, by fanatics believing that their hatred of all who do not follow their beliefs are worthless. The Twin Towers were the targets of hatred. It is the perpetrators of the attacks who are misled in that, they appear to have lost the ability to love. Love conquers hatred. Good overcomes evil. The Lord God – the one and only true God commands us to love one another: accept one another just as we are. He does not lead us to kill.

‘There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love. We love Him because He first loved us.’ (1 John 4:18-19 NKJV)

On this day of remembrance, let us assess our thoughts, words and deeds, and let us choose good not evil.

May I suggest that we pray for love to invade the hearts, minds and spirits, of all who would choose to destroy in the name of their god, or who do so, just because they can.?

Patricia

Bad Timing

I am not always good at timing.  I plan a great hot meal for a day that turns out to be a scorcher.  I decide to mow the lawns and it either rains or, it is too humid to move.

Today, I decided I would use a carpet cleaner a friend loaned me to shampoo our floor coverings.  Wouldn’t you know it – today is one of the hottest days we have had for weeks.

I could have left the chore to another day, but my body will not always permit me to do the things I want to do, when I want to do them.  Arthritis limits my activities some days.  Today (thank you Lord) I awoke feeling better than expected, and so carpet cleaning was number one on my list of things to do.

The machine proved remarkably easy to use.  Some can be very heavy and cumbersome.  I began cleaning late this morning, and the carpets are now clean and dry.

It feels great to know the grime and dust has been removed.

Now I can rest, knowing I have eliminated all the bad and dirty stuff and what remains is good and clean.

How’s your timing today?  Have you improved something long neglected?  Is there a place in your life where you can clean up your act?

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Debunk the Junk

Psalm 51:10  –  Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.  (NKJV)

Whenever I check my emails, I see numerous messages of indeterminate nature in the Junk Box!  It doesn’t matter how often I ‘Sweep’ them away or ‘Block’ them, there are still more to replace them the next time I look.  Even the titles of some of these messages make my skin ‘crawl’ and I wish I could completely block them from coming into my ‘box’ – but it is already set on the highest screening available and it is obviously inadequate to deal with the influx of ‘mindless garbage’ that still manages to filter through.

Junk mail reminds me of sin.  It is insidious and ever-flowing.  It respects no boundaries and can be difficult to eliminate from our lives.  It manifests itself in words, actions, deceptions and distractions of all kinds and seeps into our lives, despite our meager efforts to block it.

The best and most effective way to clean it up is to call upon God – give it to Him and trust Him for all we’re worth. When we receive Jesus into our lives, He gives us His Holy Spirit, who then equips us for the life-long battle of discerning good from bad and right from wrong. Often in ways that we would not have recognized or been willing to utilize before that. God’s intervention is the only way to totally clean up our lives. Giving control of everything to Him on a daily basis causes our words, thoughts, and actions to change – they are cleaned up and made acceptable. The junk will not vanish from our lives but we’ll become better equipped and wiser in our efforts to recognize it and seek God’s forgiveness and power to change will become natural to us.

 Isaiah 1:16-17   “Wash yourselves”, make yourselves clean; put away the evil of your doings from before My eyes.  Cease to do evil, Learn to do good; Seek justice. Rebuke the oppressor.  (NKJV)

In other words, stop doing wrong, however insignificant it might seem!  God sees and knows all our rights and wrongs – and as always, right is right and wrong is always wrong!

 Prayer:  Father, there are so many lurid distractions around us.  So many people spend their lives sending out obnoxious or irrelevant messages, attempting to trap innocent and naïve minds. Help us to be guided in Your Ways by Your Word.  Each time sin ‘pops up’, let us be able to block it from our lives, keeping our minds, bodies and spirits pure and unpolluted from the refuse and gossip of the internet and the world!  In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Patricia Day

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