When Tragedy Strikes

sad-black-womanWhen I woke up this morning I heard the news of a shooting that occurred in the community of Charleston in South Carolina. A man with a gun entered an African American church and after one hour, while listening to them pray to God, shot and killed nine people. According to the news, this was clearly a hate crime perpetrated by a young man who obviously is very disturbed. I can’t imagine the pandemonium that took place at the time of the shooting. This man took the lives of innocent people and will affect the nine individuals entire families, friends, neighbors and leave a terrible stain on our nation. Continue reading “When Tragedy Strikes”

A New Direction

When I started this Blog I knew I wanted to inspire people to a season of change.  This is still my ultimate goal but I am moving in another direction. The more I write, I am learning and growing along with my readers. Please bare with me and note the site title has changed from thinking out loud to Scattered Thoughts. Thank you for your comments and support as I continue to develop into the person God has created me to be. Stay Tuned……..

THANKING GOD

sunset-photo_smallKeep Thanking God in the Midst of the storms of life.

Thank him for his faithfulness and for his presence even through

the rough times

knowing you can lean on him through the trials

and testing of your faith

He is refining you like silver to become the person

he has created you to be

Live your life in a manner worthy of his calling

Don’t worry about what you can’t control

for he will perfect all that concerns us

Learn to be content and turn it over to the Lord

Just keep thanking God for all his goodness

Stand firm

A LIFE OF TRUTH

Imagebase30_08A life of truth is a life of freedom to be who you truly are

A life of  truth is a life awakened to what’s going on in our world whether it’s climate change,

deforestation, animal extinction, wars and the likes

A life where you are truly connected to God in mind, body and soul

A life of discernment and wisdom to be the best you can be

A life where money does not define or control who you are based on your socioeconomic status

A life where responsibility is not wearing you down like a wet garment

A life where you are free to be who you want to be without the boundaries that sometimes confine us.

A life where your debts is not dictating your lifestyle

A life where people can share with one another and live in peace and harmony

A life where the color of a person, language, culture, ethnicity or anything that seeks to separate us does not exist

A life of truth is giving to those who are less fortunate

A life where technology, television commercials, and the trappings of this economy does not control our behavior as to who we are, what we want and what we would truly like out of our lives

A life where our souls are not for sale to the highest bidder

A life where we can walk through the flowers and trees and live lovingly and responsibly to all that God has created

A life of truth simply put can mean different things to different people but the bottom line is we are all connected to all that we see around us and as we experience life let us try to leave it a better place as we think about the consequences to our inaction

FEELING FREE

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I look out of my window and what do I see

A squirrel eating nuts on the deck

just looking at me

I think about his life and I wonder how nice it must be

to wander through the trees and feeling free

No cares, No worries, No frustrations of life

He’s on a mission for nuts and feeling alright

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I see him at play while he runs through the yard

with others like him they are playing real hard

Having fun feeling free with no care in the world

Sometimes I think of how nice it must be

to live in a world totally free

Errand Girl

living_with_a_cell_phone_12The name Errand Girl was given to me by my Mom in a fun way  because it seemed like every time she tried to get in touch with me, I was always running an errand. As funny as it may seem, this is a part of my life if given the choice I would prefer to avoid. Unfortunately between my daily chores and my job, there are trips to the grocery store, the cleaners, home projects and all of the other places one has to take their children.

When I decided to create a new reality, I knew in my heart in this area of my life something has to give. If I can implement small changes by inserting trips to a spa, volunteering in order to give back or doing things I truly enjoy and limiting some of the other errands, living in this life would take on a whole new meaning. When I was younger, I don’t recall having so much of my time preoccupied by errands. As  we get older, we have more and more responsibilities, whether its our home, our job or family and other outside influences. Continue reading “Errand Girl”

IN THE STILL OF THE NIGHT

Last night I woke up to a piercing sound, a crying out in serious pain and suffering which scared me out of my sleep. At first I thought it was our toy poodle named biscuit, but as I listened to the sound attentively, I realized it was coming from outside the house. I ran over to the window and looked out into the dark of the night. The loud scream lasted for a few minutes and then total silence. It was the sound of an animal screaming out in intense pain after experiencing some quiet momentskind of trauma.

As I thought about what just took place, it saddened me and in that moment I began to think about the meaning of life. Then I laid in my bed in the still of the night listening to the deadly silence that permeated the air.  I began to contemplate about how much we take for granted in the world we live in whether its nature, animals, people, or the resources on our planet. What’s it all about? God has blessed us with so much and are we really being good stewards to all he has entrusted to us?. Life is precious in all its forms and even though this could have been an accident I thought about that poor animal who wandered into the darkness unsuspecting that his fate would be set that night.

What did I learn from this experience is to appreciate and love life. It is a valuable treasure and as such it’s invaluable. I meditated in the still of the night for a very long time. As I turned to the word I came across this verse in Deuteronomy 30:19-20

“I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore chose life, that both you and your descendants may live; that you may love the lord your God, that you may obey his voice, and that you may cling to him, for he is your life and the length of your days”

Life is fleeting and we all need to try to live everyday to it’s fullest. Let us focus on the things that really matter in life and not sweat the small stuff. Live as if there is no tomorrow and appreciate all that’s been given for life is truly a gift from our heavenly father.