Tin Cottage Journals

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Lost? Learn to Listen!

Life has become more complex than ever. 

On a personal level, we make decisions concerning our health, careers, finances, relationships and parenting choices.  Our families depend on us to tend and guide them well.

Furthermore, we have moral and civic responsibilities.  Should we choose to engage, we can influence the stewardship of natural and financial resources, caring for the less fortunate, and guiding the character of our communities and our states.

On a national level, we are responsible to be honest and informed voters, voices for justice and defenders of freedom for all.  Our vote can determine the fate of the homeless, the disabled, the unborn, the uninsured, the immigrant and the refuge.

Even globally, we, Americans especially, because we have a government "of the people," can address issues concerning war, peace, world hunger, education and more. 

Information abounds.  It's more difficult than ever, without hardening our hearts, to bury our heads in the sand and ignore the sick, the hungry, the oppressed, and the homeless on our doorstep. 

Even on a personal level, the availability of scientific studies, television talk shows and celebrity doctors keeps us thoroughly informed and demands our best efforts as parents, spouses, sons and daughters, to insure our families are educated and healthy, mentally, physically and spiritually.

How can we handle it all?  How can we sort the information and our priorities and discern which choices are best?  Which needs are our God given assignments?

Facing such demands, we need the gentle guidance of God's Holy Spirit to have any chance of choosing well, or even to maintain our sanity!  However, unless we listen for that still, small voice, we will only hear the clamor of our own minds and the voices that surround us.

Isaiah 30:21 offers just the instruction and assurance we need for such a time as this.  The Lord says,

"Whether you turn to the right

or to the left, your ears will hear
a voice  behind you, saying, 
“This is the way; walk in it.”

That sounds like an offer I can't afford to refuse!

When have you been guided by that still, small voice?
What was the outcome?

How have your missed out on this offer?  What were the results in your circumstances?

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Ancient Paths

Our Father,

The ancient boundary lines are covered hidden by the litter of the centuries.  The ancient boundary stones are overgrown by millenia of religious, cultural and political traditions.  We follow maps marked with the lies and errors of those who came before us and continue to further deface them with our own foolish notations.   Even a true map can be "read" to suit the purposes of predators and mad men.

Even what one generation learns the hard way is discarded and forgotten by the next, even while the wounds left by the hard lessons are bleeding still.

We no longer can tell left from right, up from down, sick from healthy, or true life from walking death.

We need your guidance more than ever.  Lead us by your Spirit, in Jesus' name!

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Thursday, October 10, 2013

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If you're anything like me, you spend a bundle on vitamins and supplements.  On top of that, my grocery bill has increased considerably since I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease and must eat gluten free.

To save money, gas and time, I order my vitamins, supplements and over the counter meds from Swanson's Vitamins.  I also order certified gluten free oats, buckwheat (a.k.a. Kasha) and other gluten free foods from Swanson's.  Swanson's carries herbal teas, natural remedies, beauty and skin care products, and many other items most families need and use.

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Sunday, July 29, 2012

I have long suspected I was gluten sensitive or had Celiac disease.  Because I dreaded the idea of such a drastic life change, I never experimented with a gluten free diet.  I had read that doctors are resistant to testing for it.  Perhaps that has changed more recently, because when I did request testing a few weeks ago,  at the prelude to my age 50 colonoscopy, I mentioned it to the gastroenterologist and he agreed to test me without any hesitancy, just because I told him my family tree is full of diseases related to Celiac.  Or, perhaps my blooming red cheeks,  the grooved corners of my  mouth and hypothyroidism influenced him.  The blood test was positive for Celiac and the endoscopy confirmed it.

I'm not glad I have Celiac, but I'm glad to have the diagnosis, because it gives me hope I will soon have more energy and a clearer mind.  As I learn more about Celiac and gluten free living, I will be writing articles about it at Examiner.com, posting on Pinterest, and perhaps keeping you updated here as well!

Monday, August 15, 2011

You may not be aware that I have multiple personalities!  I also write as "Fairelight Silverwings," primarily in the area of spiritual guidance and dream interpretation.  "Fairelight" reaches out to people who are interested in spiritual things but do not necessarily know where to find God in all the spiritual chaos in our society.  She is also available to anyone who needs what she has to offer, but don't expect her to sound "churchy" most of the time.

Anyway, if you want to keep up with what I'm posting, be sure to add subscribe to updates from "Fairelight" as well.  Fairelight Silverwings' Journal of Dreams & Ancient Wisdom.

I have "monetized" the Fairelight blog by allowing Google to put ads on the page.  I'm very new at this and not yet sure how to totally control what type of ads appear.  I'm noticing some ads I do not want, and hope to work the kinks out of it soon.  Please be patient with me.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

I've not been as faithful to write here as I had hoped, but I've begun a new venture that will encourage me to be more consistent. As the new Memphis Christian Perspectives writer at Examiner.com, I will be posting articles I hope will inspire, encourage and even cause you to search your heart at times. Some of the articles will feature local Memphis people, places and events, but most of them will be of a more general interest as well. Please pray for me in this new endeavor.

God bless you!