Sylvester vs. The Palm Fronds


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Sylvester vs. The Palm Fronds

Happy and Blessed Palm Sunday

 

 

 

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I don’t think that the Palm fronds are winning!  For 13 Years on every Palm Sunday this is what Sylvester does to my Palm Fronds! I have no idea why he gets so excited about Palm Sunday or rather the Palm Fronds!

 

 

I Wonder if Jesus had kitties attacking the Palm Fronds as he entered Jerusalem?  Hopefully those Biblical cats were more respectful of Jesus than Sylvester!  On the other hand I’m sure that Jesus gets loads of laughs as he watches Sylvester pounce on the Palm Fronds!  Crazy Cat!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Matthew 21:1-11 New International Version (NIV)

Jesus Comes to Jerusalem as King

21 As they approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage on the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them, “Go to the village ahead of you, and at once you will find a donkey tied there, with her colt by her. Untie them and bring them to me. If anyone says anything to you, say that the Lord needs them, and he will send them right away.”

This took place to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet:

“Say to Daughter Zion,
    ‘See, your king comes to you,
gentle and riding on a donkey,
    and on a colt, the foal of a donkey.’”[a]

The disciples went and did as Jesus had instructed them. They brought the donkey and the colt and placed their cloaks on them for Jesus to sit on. A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, while others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road.The crowds that went ahead of him and those that followed shouted,

“Hosanna[b] to the Son of David!”

“Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”[c]

“Hosanna[d] in the highest heaven!”

10 When Jesus entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred and asked, “Who is this?”

11 The crowds answered, “This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth in Galilee.”

 

 

 

 

Watch “Whitney Houston – I Look to You” on YouTube


 

 

Today’s Forgiving Fridays: You are so beautiful

 

 

 

 

I Look to You……

 

This song always makes me cry. I can relate to every word.

Like Whitney Houston I’ve had my share of defeats and failures. So many challenges.   And despite the beating Whitney Houston took in the press. I believe that the Lord called her home and she and her daughter are with Jesus. For God is Merciful.

For years after my mother died I became a prescription drug addict.  This was before the State of New York enacted stricter laws on how prescription medications could be dispensed.  At the time I began receiving treatment from my then psychiatrist doctors used paper prescription pads.  In essence anti-depressants were given out like you give M&Ms or Skittles to kids.  Now everything is done by computer and your doctor electronically sends the prescription to your designated pharmacy.

But between 1999 the year after my Mom passed away until 2007 when I couldn’t get anymore pills because I was jobless and without health insurance, for all intents and purposes I was a functioning Prescription Pill head.  I went to work, school and church probably high on some type of antidepressant or anti-psychotic medication.

Between 2008 and 2016 I was often a guest at various hospitals within New York City which desperately tried to reignite and renew the ties the chains of prescription addiction but my friends alerted to my plight plus the realization that I did not want to return to bondage quickly and efficiently severed and burned those shackles which no longer had a hold on me .

 

Whitney was Elegance and Grace. A Woman with the Voice of an Angel who sadly made some bad choices and was devoured by addictions that she could not overcome. However now she is in the Heavenly Choir

I Look to Jesus and The Author and Finisher of my Faith for all have erred and fallen short of the Glory of God.

For I am that Broken Cupid’s Arrow.  I am that missed mark.  Perfection is not found in me and never will be. I am God’s Poem and Artwork in progress.  Sometime raunchy.  Sometimes Snarky and in judgment of errors I see in others.  Errors that often reflect my self judgment or self worth.  Am I them?  Are they me?

Sometimes on Fire.  Sometimes a Burning Heart against destruction, discrimination, bullying, betrayal and deceit.  Always human.

 

 

 

Forgiveness in Process and Form

The Journey of Forgiveness

Forgiveness Ministry challenges me. It makes me think. I ponder all aspects of forgiveness and why I think the way I do especially with family relationships. I spend lots of time listening to Gospel Music, praying and asking God/Spirit to help me. Forgiveness is a Journey that only by listening to my inner voice. Those feelings and emotions can I hopefully release some of the baggage that has troubled me over many years.

However I must be truthful and honest with my words, actions, emotions and feelings.

I think that Forgiveness is a process depending on who and what hurt you in the first place. I find it easier to forgive non-family members because chances are you’ll never see those people again. Years of separation often makes you forget why you were angry with them in the first place.

Family relationships on the other hand go deep with emotional threads that cannot be unwoven. And sometimes those ties must be cut completely in order to move forward and move on.

Despite a somewhat rocky relationship with my mother I was able to forgive her because we achieved an understanding. For the last three 3 years of my Mom’s life were became very close. Her death was a great blow to me but Love overcame hurt and pain. Maybe because my desire to Love and be Loved by my Mom was so important to me. Realizing that my Mother always Loved me but the schizophrenia and alcoholism often caused us to clash. However time and perspective changes things. Like my mother I began dealing with mental issues, depression, bi-polar, PTSD as a young adult. I’ve been in and out of psychiatric wards, on various drugs and pills, spent time on the mental ward so I understood that my Mom and I have parallel stories. I am bone of her bone and flesh of her flesh. She is me and I am she in so many ways and on so many levels. Even though my Mom has been dead for 20 twenty years in a lot of ways I feel I’ve gotten closer to her because of share stories as well as shared bloodlines.

Now my non-relationship with my paternal cousins well mentally I know that I should forgive them but due to deep seating hurt, pain and betrayal we will never again be close nor will we ever be reconciled to each other. I think in the six years that have passed I’ve become less angry because basically those particular cousins are drug addicted ex-cons who have worse problems than Stephen and I will ever have. After a while they have become non-entities. They no longer figure into the equation.

I think because the past situation escalated to violence and getting the police involved its best that we went our separate ways and hopefully neither Stephen or I will ever have to interact with this branch of the family again. There will never be resolution and Stephen and I will forever be estranged from our sociopath/psychopath family members which in the light of day is a good thing. I don’t hate them but due to their violent and manipulative behaviors that’s a cord that I cut so Stephen and I could have a good life.

Sometimes the best you can hope for is not to hate the person. They are in God’s hands and may they receive the emotional and psychological healing they need.

Sometimes Walking Away and Severing the Relationship is the best policy.  God/Universe/Spirit removes people from you life for a purpose.

 

 

For the Lord will deliver Jacob and redeem them from the hand of those stronger than they.  … Then young women will dance and be glad, young men and old as well. I will turn their mourning into gladness; I will give them comfort and joy instead of sorrow.” Jeremiah 31:11, 13 (NIV)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wellness Warriors ~~ Wellness as a Way of Life


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Today’s Forgiving Fridays: the Incredible Natural Joy of Forgiveness

 

Be Good to Your Body and Your Body Will Be Good to You!

 

Wellness Warriors

 

Wellness ~~ A Way of Life

3 John 1-2

New King James Version (NKJV)

Greeting to Gaius

The Elder,

To the beloved Gaius, whom I love in truth:

Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.

 



Quest for Good Health ~~ Wellness Warrior

 

STILL JUICING WHEN POSSIBLE

Juicing can be expensive but during warm weather I try to juice at least twice a week.

 


 

 

G

reen Smoothies

Eating Oatmeal. Taking Biotin and B12 supplements. Drinking Bone Broth. The chicken flavor is delicious. Now if you’re a vegetarian bone broth would not be a choice. Drinking water.

I must admit that between Thanksgiving in November and those minus zero degrees days in January I nearly ate my way into a stupor. Holiday meals plus had Grub Hub on speed dial during the freezing cold and snow in January.

Now I gotta step up my game.



Who Are The Beloved?


 

 

Today’s Forgiving Fridays: Exquisite Beauty of Life!

 

Who are the Beloved?

 

I am the Beloved. He is Me. She is Me. The Beloved are my Muslim, Jewish, Sikh, Baha’i, Hindu, & Buddhist neighbors, co-workers and friends.  The Beloved are the LGBT Community.

The Beloved are those Single Parents whether mothers or fathers who are penalized for taking a day off to care for their sick child.  The Beloved are those caring for aging, frail, ill elderly parents with no respite in sight.

The Beloved are friends and family dealing with cancer, heart attacks, high blood pressure, vision loss, diabetes & strokes in need of compassion and practical assistance.

The Beloved are those with unseen illness. Disabilities not easily seen and many times not accepted by the family of God.  Disabilities of the mind and soul. The Beloved are those rejected and despised by society who fill the wards of mental hospitals, prisons and halfway houses. Those who don’t fit the Boilerplate of “Success.”

Behold for as Jesus said, Publicans, Harlots and Sinners shall enter Heaven before evangelicals and fundamentalists.  For they have made God’s House a den of thieves.

The Beloved are our Hijabi Muslims Sisters who cover in submission to God but ridiculed for their choice.

The Beloved are Immigrants who live in fear of deportation.

The Beloved are Combat Veterans who risked their lives for this great country, came home in pieces only to find those pieces scattered to ashes by those who know nothing of their true pain.

The Beloved are the vagrants, beggars and homeless seen yet unseen on the streets of most cities and living in the subways with no place to call home.  Lepers and pariahs to those of wealth, influence and substance.

To be One with the Beloved is to become One with those on the outside looking in.

The Beloved are stray dogs and cats.  The Beloved are Lonely and neglected pets who have worn out their amusement factor.  The are Animals hunted to extinction tortured and mutilated to fit the fancy of the latest trends

To Become One with the Beloved is simultaneously a singular and plural experience.  To be the Good Samaritan every day.  Grace and Mercy are the way.

 

 

Luke 10:25-37 New King James Version (NKJV)

The Parable of the Good Samaritan

25 And behold, a certain lawyer stood up and tested Him, saying, “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?”

26 He said to him, “What is written in the law? What is your reading of it?

27 So he answered and said, “ ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind,’[a] and ‘your neighbor as yourself.’[b]

28 And He said to him, “You have answered rightly; do this and you will live.”

29 But he, wanting to justify himself, said to Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”

30 Then Jesus answered and said: “A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, who stripped him of his clothing, wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead. 31 Now by chance a certain priest came down that road. And when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. 32 Likewise a Levite, when he arrived at the place, came and looked, and passed by on the other side. 33 But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was. And when he saw him, he had compassion. 34 So he went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine; and he set him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him. 35 On the next day, when he departed,[c] he took out two denarii, gave them to the innkeeper, and said to him, ‘Take care of him; and whatever more you spend, when I come again, I will repay you.’ 36 So which of these three do you think was neighbor to him who fell among the thieves?”

37 And he said, “He who showed mercy on him.”

Then Jesus said to him, “Go and do likewise.”

Nurt Thursday – Compassion ~ Grace & Mercy


 

 

Today’s Forgiving Fridays: Taking a Leap of Faith

 

Nurt Thursday – Compassion ~ Grace & Mercy

 

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No Matter how broken

Despite all defeats and failures I know that God Loves me As I am. For who I am. For I am His Creation. The Lord is the Potter and I merely the Clay.

Even if none of my earthly dreams come to pass.

No better. No less.  Nothing can separate me from the Love of God. Neither failure nor famine.  God does not measure me by my accomplishments. I have nothing to prove. For with the Lord I can just be.

In today’s cruel judgmental world, Compassion is What’s Needed.  Don’t let a wounded solider die.  Don’t abandoned a Warrior wounded on the battlefield.

 

Who are the Beloved?

 

I am the Beloved. He is Me. She is Me. The Beloved are my Muslim, Hindu, & Buddhist neighbors, co-workers and friends.  The Beloved are the LGBT Community. 

The Beloved are those Single Parents whether mothers or fathers who are penalized for taking a day off to care for their sick child.  The Beloved are those caring for aging, frail, ill elderly parents with no respite in sight. 

The Beloved are friends and family dealing with cancer, heart attacks, high blood pressure, vision loss, diabetes & strokes in need of compassion and practical assistance. 

The Beloved are those with unseen illness. Disabilities not easily seen and many times not accepted by the family of God.  Disabilities of the mind and soul.  

Behold for as Jesus said, Publicans, Harlots and Sinners shall enter Heaven before evangelicals and fundamentalists.  For they have made God’s House a den of thieves.  

The Beloved are our Hijabi Muslims Sisters who cover in submission to God but ridiculed for their choice.  

The Beloved are Immigrants who live in fear of deportation.

The Beloved are Combat Veterans who risked their lives for this great country, came home in pieces only to find those pieces scattered to ashes by those who know nothing of their true pain.

The Beloved are the vagrants, beggars and homeless seen yet unseen on the streets of most cities and living in the subways with no place to call home.  Lepers and pariahs to those of wealth, influence and substance.

To be One with the Beloved is to become One with those on the outside looking in.

The Beloved are stray dogs and cats.  The Beloved are Lonely and neglected pets who have worn out their amusement factor.  The are Animals hunted to extinction tortured and mutilated to fit the fancy of the latest trends

To Become One with the Beloved is simultaneously a singular and plural experience.  To be the Good Samaritan every day.  Grace and Mercy are the way.

 

An Insult to Combat Veterans: Army Chaplains Invite PTSD Denier Kenneth Copeland to National Prayer Breakfast

 

Luke 10:25-37 New International Version (NIV)

The Parable of the Good Samaritan

25 On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?”

26 “What is written in the Law?” he replied. “How do you read it?”

27 He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’[a]; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[b]

28 “You have answered correctly,” Jesus replied. “Do this and you will live.”

29 But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”

30 In reply Jesus said: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. 31 A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. 32 So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. 33 But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. 34 He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him. 35 The next day he took out two denarii[c] and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’

36 “Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?”

37 The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.”

Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Romans 8:31-39 New Living Translation (NLT)

Nothing Can Separate Us from God’s Love

31 What shall we say about such wonderful things as these? If God is for us, who can ever be against us? 32 Since he did not spare even his own Son but gave him up for us all, won’t he also give us everything else?33 Who dares accuse us whom God has chosen for his own? No one—for God himself has given us right standing with himself. 34 Who then will condemn us? No one—for Christ Jesus died for us and was raised to life for us, and he is sitting in the place of honor at God’s right hand, pleading for us.

35 Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death? 36 (As the Scriptures say, “For your sake we are killed every day; we are being slaughtered like sheep.”[a]) 37 No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us.

38 And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,[b] neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. 39 No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.

 



I know one who is even more Blessed and Highly Favored than I. He is my brother Stephen Vincent Palmer. Stephen a Blessed Autism guy,  In Stephen’s eyes I am more than enough.  I am Sister.  I am Home.

Thank you God for Stephen.

Blessed and Highly Favored