Beam Me Up, Lord!

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© Jeanne E Webster.  All rights reserved

 

An old ditty that ran through my head today brought some wise thoughts. Are you a little down today, troubled, burdened and just plain tired? Sing this little song and you’ll soon find the blues dispersed and your troubles less weighty.

 

“When you’re smilin’….when you’re smilin’

 The whole world smiles with you.

And when you’re laughin’…. when you’re laughin’

The sun comes shinin’ through.

 

 

 

But when you’re cryin’…. you bring on the rain

So stop your frownin’….be happy again.

Cause when you’re smilin’….keep on smilin’

The whole world smiles with you!”

Writers: Goodwin, Joe / Shay, Larry / Fisher, Mark

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Psalm 128:1 Blessed is everyone who fears the Lord, who walks in his ways!

 

Heavenly Lullabies

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Heavenly Lullabies

 

© 2013 Jeanne E Webster.  All rights reserved

 

“Happy New Year!” is on its way; it’s knocking at the door.  Are we ready with some tried-and-true resolutions to spruce up the old BODY?   Weight loss, new job, quit smoking, kick the drugs and booze habit, smile more at the world, spend more time with the family, lean harder on the budget, sock more money away each month . . .these objectives will certainly tidy up our persona for a better year ahead. 

What about our spiritual features?  Are they on extended vacation from the divine practices and nourishment our sacred nature requires?   Hopefully not. The world distracts our focus away from godly nutrition, pleading instead to the louder more sensual intonations of our carnal nature.  Instead of developing a deeper faith in our Creator, we find ourselves tossed about, clinging to life on a slippery slope and being slapped by one fear after another.

Everywhere we look there is turmoil, anxiety, fear, tension, and dread.  What are we to do? Is this what life is all about?  To put it succinctly, NO!

Life is relying on the Lord for strength and sustenance in the physical body AND in the spiritual body. 

Jesus warns us to quit worrying about things that hinder our walk in the spirit. As Christians, we have precious encouragement, “Don’t worry about what tomorrow will bring you, for it will take care of itself.” (Matt. 6:34)

What’s He saying here? Do not worry or become over-anxious.  Ok, but why does He say this when all about us are fearful distractions? Are we looking in all the wrong places for help?

He adds:  Matt. 6:33: Don’t worry about what you will eat, what you will drink, or if you will be clothed.  Non-believers worry about those things!   “Seek FIRST the kingdom of God and His righteousness…and all your needs will be provided to you.”

In summation, Jesus tells us that God is still in charge of our lives; He knows our every need. “For your heavenly Father knows that you have need of these things.” (Matt. 6:32b)

What assurance! What RE-assurance! Our heavenly Father knows. Think about it. God is the creator of all things, even us, and planned the world’s itinerary from its beginning onward. And here we are, worrying about what’s going to happen tomorrow. “O ye of little faith!” (Matt. 6:30)

Phil. 4:6-7 “May I be anxious for nothing, and in all things by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, may I make my needs known to You; and I know that Your peace, which surpasses all understanding, will guard my heart and mind through Jesus Christ.  Amen.”

 

May the melodious wisdom of our Father saturate and strengthen our hearts and minds as we feast on His bountiful promises.  Let us relearn the heart songs of His Word as heavenly lullabies that trickle into our inner realm, releasing our fears and weaknesses. 

Joy to the world; the Lord has come!  Be refreshed!  Be renewed!  . . . by His peace and joy. 

Alleluia and Amen!

 

Whistler or Wrestler

© Jeanne E Webster

Do you whistle while you work or wrestle while you work?  Sometimes I do both.  When the body holds up and doesn’t complain too much, I whistle.  When I am all crooked and lame from aging bones, I wrestle.

Remember the tune:

Whistle while you work (whistle)
Put on that grin and start right in
to whistle loud and long
Just hum a merry tune (hum)
Just do your best and take a rest
and sing yourself a song

When there’s too much to do
Don’t let it bother you, forget your troubles,
Try to be just like a cheerful chick-a-dee

And whistle while you work (whistle)
Come on get smart, tune up and start
to whistle while you work

~Larry Morey

 

Some days we wake up with a merry jingle in our hearts.  The sun is shining, the baby is quiet, the spouse is non-combative and the dog didn’t barf during the night.  All is well with the world.  We’re whistling!

Those days may be far and few between, so get a grip and face reality.

Remember that term, self-discipline?  Use it.  Practice it.  Wear around your neck.  Cling to it like a life-preserver.  Your world will go a lot smoother if you do.  In addition, you’ll be a kinder, gentler, loving, nicer person for those around you.

Just think… each day you get to make someone’s day brighter or darker–that’s power.  You have the power to add to or take away from someone else’s day.  Why choose glum?  Why choose negative?  Why choose grumpy?  It so much easier being nice.  It takes fewer muscles to smile than to frown.  Make it easier on yourself.  Look at each day as an adventure.  You don’t want an adventure?  Sorry.  You woke up, didn’t you?  The alternative is not so good.

Have a nice day!

Raindrops are Falling

Raindrops keep fallin’ on my head

And just like the guy whose feet are too big for his bed

Nothin’ seems to fit

Those raindrops are fallin’ on my head, they keep fallin’

So I just did me some talkin’ to the sun
And I said I didn’t like the way he got things done
Sleepin’ on the job
Those raindrops are fallin’ on my head, they keep fallin’

But there’s one thing I know
The blues they send to meet me won’t defeat me
It won’t be long till happiness steps up to greet me

Raindrops keep fallin’ on my head
But that doesn’t mean my eyes will soon be turnin’ red
Cryin’s not for me
‘Cause I’m never gonna stop the rain by complainin’
Because I’m free
Nothin’s worryin’ me

~B J Thomas

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It is raining here.  No kidding!  I just returned from the store and the above song came to mind.  Remember that movie a long time ago, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid?  This song came from that movie and plays in the background while Paul Newman (Butch Cassidy) rides around on a bicycle in the rain.

Well…I got to thinking…again…

And…I was wondering…

Does a person get wetter while walking in the rain or by running in the rain?  Yes, I know the question is frivolous, but I’m a wonderer and this is what I wondered today…so far.  I would love and appreciate some answers on this most important, pertinent but flimsy, quirky question.  So if you have a spare moment or two, please offer your viewpoint.

Today is for levity, so lighten up and smile! 

Shalom

©Jeanne E Webster

Whistle While You Work

©Jeanne E Webster

 

Do you whistle while you work or wrestle while you work?  Sometimes I do both.  When the body holds up and doesn’t complain too much, I whistle.  When I am all crooked and lame from aging bones, I wrestle. 

Remember the tune:

Whistle while you work (whistle)
Put on that grin and start right in
to whistle loud and long
Just hum a merry tune (hum)
Just do your best and take a rest
and sing yourself a song

When there’s too much to do
Don’t let it bother you, forget your troubles,
Try to be just like a cheerful chick-a-dee

And whistle while you work (whistle)
Come on get smart, tune up and start
to whistle while you work

~Larry Morey

 

Some days we wake up with a merry jingle in our hearts.  The sun is shining, the baby is quiet, the spouse is non-combative and the dog didn’t barf during the night.  All is well with the world.  We’re whistling! 

Those days may be far and few between, so get a grip and face reality.  Remember that term, self-discipline?  Use it.  Practice it.  Wear around your neck.  Cling to it like a life-preserver.  Your world will go a lot smoother if you do.  In addition, you’ll be a kinder, gentler, loving, nicer person for those around you.  Just think… each day you get to make someone’s day brighter or darker–that’s power.  You have the power to add to or take away from someone else’s day.  Why choose glum?  Why choose negative?  Why choose grumpy?  It so much easier being nice.  It takes fewer muscles to smile than to frown.  Make it easier on yourself.  Look at each day as an adventure.  You don’t want an adventure?  Sorry.  You woke up, didn’t you?  The alternative is not so good. 

Have a nice day!

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