the Fall

Greetings All!! Summer break has come to an end and Fall has arrived! My fav time of year. Perfect temps 60’s and 40’s at night, colors changing as the season preps for winter, and time to wear fun socks and sweaters! Did you growers freeze some summer veggies and fruits for winter?  Praise God while my garden didn’t bear as much as last year, it did bear enough for my needs for summer and some to freeze so I can have home grown tomatoes, squash, eggplant, few berries, peppers, lots of mint for my hot teas, & the kale is still bearing for me to dehydrate some snacks.

It was mentioned to me, “bummer summer is over” and I just am not on the same page. I believe it’s a combination of as I transition into the season of my golden years, I enjoy cooler weather, I don’t care about bikini’s on the beach and sporting that tan. No doubt the fact I lived in summer at least 300 days a year in San Diego/Las Vegas for years, has me happy to be living in a place with All the seasons. I’ve been in New York a little over a year, I have experienced all the seasons now. This brought to my attention the  importance of all the seasons. Fall allows you to walk, hike, enjoy all the changes of nature; not to mention the shortening of daylight gears you down some so you can relax, rest, and be restored. After a spring and summer of rushing around enjoying long days our bodies need a rest & yes the almost hibernation of winter. Rest and sleep are when you heal and your body rejuvenates building energy for the once again flourishing spring and busy summer. Here’s a bit more reading on the benefits of Fall: https://hillcrestsouth.com/news/health-benefits-fall-season-0

I noticed as Fall came into play I found myself reading more & reflecting on Life as I looked thru my pictures of my busy summer. It also brought to mind areas I feel I had some “Falls” too. Like slacking off on daily exercise and consistent time with my BFF, Jesus. I let “busy” distract me. No I am not feeling guilty, just aware these areas I “fell” off & they are things I need to learn how to factor in All year round. It hit me, “really Renee’, the days were longer and it should have been easier to maintain these in your daily walk, not harder.”  So what got in the way?? My reflecting revealed exactly what got in my way: I got distracted with the warm weather running around trying to do everything as if it won’t be there next summer, and made excuses of why I didn’t have the time. Silly, I am not moving again, I bought my house this time and Now it’s time to plant my seasonal gardens to include a Daily Routine and stick to it, cause I’m not going anywhere and I do believe God brought me here to enjoy my Golden years with Him, the seasons, and my new East coast friends. Yes, the serenity of the FALL weather is creating a season within of fears, unnecessary rushing, and the old me Falling off. A thinning of my hectic life in the fast paced Southern Cali.  Just like Earths season as the leaves change and fall, it appears I am shedding too and able to see more clearly.. You know how as the leaves fall the view becomes more clear across the landscape? We humans are created of Earth and Spirit and we need to realize there is a reason for the seasons both within and without. There is a time for all things and all things in their season. And there are three  things that should be a part of each and everyday in all the seasons: as God’s Love, Loving ourselves as God loves us, and loving others as ourselves. In these are All we need because His Love includes All the nourishment, cultivation, and guidance we need both inside and out.

On that note, I’m off to Rise from my Fall allowing this season to get me back on track in Fun times with my BFF, Jesus. Kickin’ it off with my Bible study group in 1 John, 20 mins of daily exercise “at least” and began reading ” A Course in Miracles”  Lovin’ it so far!  Together we will Work It All Out!

Oh Lord, Help Me…

How often do you find yourself saying, Oh Lord, Help Me or Lord Have Mercy? I am a believer we are in the end of times as we know it and this plea will come from many mouths more as each day goes by. That said, I found myself trying to remain positive and went seeking prayers that would help me thru the day when I hear myself saying, “Lord Have Mercy…”  Over this last year, lots of changes have been made at my job, changes that were not the best choices, (in my opinion), and now we are reaping the consequences. About the time I was really feeling total frustration I remembered my Dad’s AA plaque:  As I read I realized this segment is Perfect in relation to my Job!

“O God, grant me the serenity of mind to accept the things that I cannot change,
the courage to change the things I can,
and the wisdom to know the difference.
Living one day at a time,
enjoying one moment at a time;
accepting hardship as a pathway to peace; just as Jesus did

Yes, this prayer is so much more than just for the recovering addict. It is appropriate for day to day life’s trials and tribulations that come our way. Now, I have added this segment to my prayers almost daily.

I do ask myself occasionally:  what does this say that I’ve been led to pray the recovery prayer to get thru my days work??? hmmmm.  Something to ponder….

Shalom & may this prayer help you thru any troubles that come your way too!

What’s Love Got to Do with It?

My Legacy sisters & I are digging into “what does God say about Love?”  This question is across all Faiths, what does your Faith say about Love?  Do you walk in that Love? What are it’s attributes? Do you believe in Love? Do you believe God love you? Do you Love others and Show it?  Can Love wash clean Hate?

Like Tina says:  What’s Love Got to do with it ?  I pray it’s not a second hand emotion in your Life. smile

I for one Praise God for all the Love given me by God, family, and friends over the years even when I didn’t deserve it. I can’t say there haven’t been times that I felt like bah humbug Love. Then sure as I get in that mode God sends someone my way extending compassion, forgiveness, hugs, or some other attribute of Love I needed. And always, always “God is on time all the time”

That said, today is a short post because: I would love to hear some of your comments, views, and maybe you will want to do some research digging of your own then click on Reply and Share.

More to come after my digging…..

Shalom

 

When Life tosses you a Curve Ball

As we all know, Life can and will toss you a curve ball sometimes. By my experience, it is right about the time your Joy and Relaxation are on the rise. I have learned there are only a couple of choices on how to handle the curve balls: 1. let my emotions get the best of me and throw a temper tantrum 2. Take some deep breaths and/or a walk all the while asking God show me the Way to catch it, handle it, or toss it back!

I had one of those curve balls thrown at me the last day of my vacation. My vacation had been Great! Even had some unexpected blessings which really had me Full of Joy. I had turned in my rent a car and was waiting on one of my Legacy sisters who lives in Memphis to pick me up for lunch and I decided to call my director/friend from work. Lord have Mercy, did she throw a curve ball when she said these words: ” they’ve laid off Again and sent all your team except you to Offshore services” I was stunned! You see they had already laid off down to skeleton crew and sent a lot of the work to an offshore team months prior.. We were already struggling after that since the offshore team wasn’t doing so hot but, this time there was no preparation and the offshore team had not even had training. My thoughts were: What the heck? Who does that? Once again, life had tossed a curve ball and I was almost dizzy with the news. It wasn’t long I started getting calls from my team with the news. I tried to think and choose encouraging words to calm them and myself down and finally said, ” I will have to call you back, I just need to finish my last vacation day please.” I really just needed a little time to process the news.  In one way I was glad I got the news in advance and another really irritated they couldn’t even wait until my Director & I finished our vacations.. yes, she was on vacation too.

I had so been looking forward to my lunch date with my Legacy sister and for a minute I left it take hold and almost ruin my time with her. But, then God sent a call to her that reminded me, “it could be a lot worse“. You see she works for Catholic Charities with people who are homeless and helps get them on their feet and going. That day she had two calls actually of one who was getting set up with a roof over her head but, concerned that the job she just got was going to knock her out of the help she so desperately needed. The other’s daughter had ran away and they were living in a shelter. These women brought back memories of times I had been in their position and clearly showed me where I am now – out of California & Blessed with a home. I still have my job and even if I were to get laid off I am over 62 and could take my SS and get a part time job keep my home. Both my daughters grew past their troubled teens and are doing well and my grandkids are too… then it flashed across my mind: Look you are even able to take a vacation! We ended up having a great lunch at Olive Garden (which was another blessing, we were both well able to have lunch out) & by the time I got back to the airport I sat there holding back the tears in Thankfulness instead of anger at that ball that had come my way. Then I began to do exactly what I should have done in the 1st place; Pray and call my fellow prayer warriors and ask them to pray. I called the employees back and tried my best to comfort them and assure them God will catch their curve balls too and open doors of provision, never fear…just Trust Him and start sending out those resumes.  As for me, God further blessed me with a wonderful young lady sitting next to me on the plane who had a tough day too. Together threw the curve balls back and took on the attitude of We can do this! (with only a little bit of whining) I got off the plane with a new friend and by day 2 of my return to work I could feel that inner spirit saying, ” do the Best you can do and live in this moment knowing and trusting God’s got your back too”.

Yes, Life can and will serve curve balls and we may have some burdens to bear when it does but, with God we can Survive!  Why because God is a Fantastic Catcher, He’s on time all the time, & will carry you thru to home base – if you will just let Him!

Have a Great Day!

Who is your Audience?

Hello! Hello! I’m Back!  Needed to take a bit of a sabbatical and process the direction I was taking. Something I think we should all do occasionally. In fact, while I was away I was listening to AR Bernard and he said, “every so often we should all ask ourselves these questions: 1. Who am I now? 2. Where do I want to be? (be specific) 3. Why do I want to be there? (this is your motivator that gives you strength) 4. What do I have to do to get there?  Good questions don’t you think?

I also had a very enlightening conversation with the editor of our local Niagara newspaper. In that conversation there was one thing she said that jumped out at me: “that is not so much our audience”.  I knew right then God was using her to guide me back in the direction He wanted me to go. You see I was starting, once again, to wander from the way He wanted me to go. Which was not writing a column for the local paper.  Like I always say, “God is on time all the Time!”. My path is writing these posts &  finishing the second book God told me to do! I must say I am so Grateful for Michelle taking her time to chat with me that one morning at the local coffee shop. I was her audience for that hour and she sure left a deep impression. One that energized me, made me look at my life, and sent me back skipping along My yellow brick road asking, “Who is my Audience? What Audience do I want to reach? and How do I want to reach them? These questions made me dig deep and I realized what God wanted me to see: we all have an audience everyday. At home, at work, each time we step out to interact with others. They are watching, listening, and yes most of the time judging us in all we do. Never think what you say & do has no effect in the lives of others…even strangers. Has it ever occurred to you we all are writers? Storytellers. And we all have a story to tell and do tell it on FB, in tweets, on the phone, in our day to day interactions. Your story may be a drama, a how to, a joke or two, and the list goes on. Think about your actions, what is coming out of your mouth whether it is talking out loud or texting, tweeting, sharing pics, and so on. Now who are you doing all that with? Your Audience! (Unless you are a total recluse) As we all know words & actions create which means you do affect their lives. In some fashion we all are imitating someone in our growth process to become who we are to Be.  Here is an example of a small affect I had today: a man at the store who had been listening to me talk when I reached the register said: ” where’s that southern accent from? It sure sounds nice, calming.”  No, he wasn’t flirting, he took my money and said “have a great day.”  For that moment he was my audience & my accent in my words had a calming affect. And I didn’t even know it. See I did have an effect on his day and he on mine.  It was a nice compliment that made me Smile.

Finally, after all my pondering on “who am I trying to reach? and how can I reach them? I realized as I sat to write this post, it’s whoever God puts across my path. Whoever decides to read my posts and share them. It’s anyone I interact with, those that like my style, & who my words speak to. The only thing I need to concern myself with is this:  that I listen to God, Be my Best ME, and keep in mind, I do have an audience so think before I do or speak. LOL

And if you have read this post; “thank you for being my audience”. I pray you enjoyed and gained something from these words.

Hugs!!! Renee’

 

Remember the Hero’s

As everyone left work Friday for the Memorial Day weekend, I heard these words:

” Have Fun, what plans do you have, boy will it be nice to have a 3 day weekend.” I was of course feeling the same when it hit me: don’t forget to Honor those who died in service fighting for our rights and safety. Memorial Day : a day on which those who died in active military service are remembered.

Then as usual this morning I opened my eyes looking at my picture of my Lord and Savior Jesus. Only this morning, my spirit heard loud and clear: ” And don’t forget God the Father, Jesus the Son, and all those Warriors in days of old as you honor those who died in active duty.”  I had never really thought about it in that way but, that one thought brought about a flood of memories out of my recent studies. You see I have been reading and studying the Bible including the culture, history, and lives of those written in the pages. Not reading from a Religious place but, from a place of wanting to Know & Understand God, to understand how things got from Point A to Now. And I want to understand where things are going and our part in it all. That’s another conversation…moving on.  Has it ever occurred to you how God, Jesus, and leaders chosen by them dedicated their lives to serve & to fight so we could be where we are today?  They too sacrificed to the point of death, no matter what or who came at him. And like our men of service they stood their ground for what They believed in: Love and Righteousness for All mankind on Earth as it is in Heaven. (and They still are!)  There were times Jesus and His disciples had to have secret meetings to discuss how to handle the enemy, times to rest and enjoy the community they were in, & times to share their reason for being there. There were times to heal and console and times to Fight!  When you take the time to read the Bible you will see Life repeats it’s seasons including times of war. In fact, the reasons for the wars haven’t really changed much at all. Only the packaging has changed in how we fight but, not the why. Don’t take my word for it:   Read it for yourself.

I look forward to the day we no longer have to fight and it will come…it’s in the Book.  However for now, I pray you enjoy the three day weekend and just remember to take a moment of prayer to honor All of those who have died in active duty and their families who sacrificed with them along The Way.

Hugs!

 

 

Love Your Neighbor as Yourself

Prior to my moving to Niagara Falls a year ago I was told the crime is high. I was even told you should move to LaSalle or Amherst not Niagara Falls. I highly disagreed. While I was house hunting I met lots of nice people in the Hyde Park community and tons of natural beauty. I had been praying for 7 years for God to show me where to go to semi retire cause I sure couldn’t sustain myself retired in San Diego. I had created a vision board asking & believing for a community with Water Falls ( I just Love waterfalls), lots of beauty of nature, an urban feel but, not big city (I was tired of that), if possible a home under $100,000, & Diversity… For 35 years, I had lived where there are all types of people from all over the world & I do love that. All my friends said, “ You are crazy, you won’t find a place in a city with all that, maybe in the country but, not the city.” My response was, “ The Word says, “ Ask, so I am asking“   I had never really been to the east coast but, Niagara Falls was on my bucket list. I never thought to look at it as where I would settle down as I had always heard New York was just as crazy expensive as LA and San Diego. So when I came here it was to knock it off my bucket list after a women’s seminar I had attended. Low & behold as I drove around I found myself going, check, check, check on my vision board including the home under $100,000!! So, I returned for 5 weeks in February, just to be sure I could handle the cold, I loved it and bought a home and now one year later I still just love it!

The only thing that concerns me is the outlook so many have about the community. Since I have been here, I hear grumbling complaints about the crime in Niagara Falls yet when I ask “ what are you doing to aid in the prevention of crime in your neighborhood?” The answer given is: “that’s the police job or there is nothing I can do about it – it is what it is.Not True. I am so grateful for my home in Niagara Falls and in our little 10 houses here on the end of the street, I do feel the love from my neighbors.

We all need to take responsibility for sustaining our neighborhoods & in making that choice is how we Revive & Create better neighborhoods in Niagara Falls. Actually America. It doesn’t take a bunch of money either. San Diego downtown in the late 60’s & early 70’s was Very much the same as Niagara Falls is now. It needed some TLC. Bit by bit each neighborhood got together and decided to Revive San Diego and create the neighborhoods they wanted. It began with a Neighborhood Watch Program were the neighbors met at the local Senior center and agreed to swap phone # and keep an eye out calling that neighbor if they saw anything odd. Or if saw an actual crime called the police… Not just sit in the house saying, “ that’s a darn shame but, I don’t wanna get involved” Groups also began monthly Walks to pick up trash in each in a 1 mile radius of your home. The walks varied it would be families together or groups in the neighborhood walking and picking up trash. I still keep a plastic grocery bag in my car and wherever I go take my walks pick up trash as I go along. Why?  I am a resident of Niagara Falls and I am responsible to do my part to keep Niagara clean. Don’t like any of these ideas? That’s ok, just keep your own home and yard clean and have respect for your neighbors. Think before you crank up your music. I love music and I turn mine up too but, I do try to keep it at a level it doesn’t rock my neighbor’s house or keep grandma or the baby awake. Smile  If you are going to have a party that could get kinda loud, step over and let your neighbor know and by 9 pm tone it down and take it indoors. And whatever you do, don’t get to yelling and fighting, your neighbors don’t want to be involved in your drama.  These are Zero Cost ways of Improving Niagara. Simply put
“ Love & Respect your neighbor as yourself. You reap what you sow no matter what neighborhood you live in.

So, if you aren’t already taking responsibility and doing your part to Sustain your hood, get started today by saying Hi to your neighbor, get to know them a little… you don’t have to hang out (unless you want to) just show Respect and be Kind.