“I’m Sorry” Poem – Cause You Know You Are!

Give me your hand
And I’ll give you a gift.
A slight little gesture,
‘Cause I know that you’re miffed.

Just open your heart,
And your little hand too.
Please give me a chance
To make it all up to you.

I know I was wrong
In all that I said.
I can’t help but wonder…
What got into my head?

Please accept my “I’m sorry”
And come close once again.
‘Cause it hurts so without you–
You’re my love and my friend!

We’ve all had times when it’s been “open mouth, insert foot.” The question is, are you going to REMAIN with foot-in-mouth, or yank it out with a meaningful and sincere apology? This poem written on a card with a little gift might help. Feel free to use it, all I ask is that you put this on the back of your card: Copyright 2010 Gloria Jean Dewitt (https://gloryjean.wordpress.com)

BTW, if you’re a girl giving it to a guy, then just change the word “little” in the second verse to either “blessed,” “precious,” or “manly.”

Copyright 2010 Gloria Jean Dewitt

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Awesome Abundance

Whenever you’re praying, it’s always best to find a verse that is foundational to what you are asking of God.  I like to start with more than one verse, so here are three that will lay a foundation to request abundance:

 

“I have come that they might have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” John 10:10 NKJV

“Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.” Mark 11:24 NIV

“And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19 NIV

Now pray this prayer out loud…any instructions will be in brackets and bold:

 

“Father, I know it is your will for me to live a life of abundance…a life that is filled with all that I need and even those things that bring me joy. I humbly ask that you meet all of my financial needs, as well as my other needs. That you give me the abundant life that you spoke of in your word.  That you always help me cast doubt aside and yoke up with FIRMLY BELIEVING. With you nothing is impossible! There is no need I have that you won’t meet…all that’s required is that I pray and believe. Make your word large inside my spirit, and help me cast all my cares upon you because you care for me. [Now list all the specific needs you have and frame them up in your mind as being done for you by God.]

I pray all of this in Jesus’ name. Amen!

 

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Getting Reconnected to God

Before you pray this prayer you’ll need to know that any instructions will be put in brackets in bold. Example: [Pray out loud the following prayer.]

Hear my prayer God, according to Romans 3:22-24, “God makes people right with himself through their faith in Jesus Christ. This is true for all who believe in Christ, because all people are the same: All have sinned and are not good enough for God’s glory, and all need to be made right with God by his grace, which is a free gift. They need to be made free from sin through Jesus Christ.”

You say in the Bible that “Whoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved” (Acts 2:21), so I am calling on You. Please become a reality in my heart and mind because it says in Romans 10:9-10, “If you will confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus, and believe in your heart that God has raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart a person believes unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.”

I trust you to open my spiritual eyes so that I can see and receive this truth, and I receive it right now by faith. I confess Jesus as my Lord, and believe that God raised him from the dead.

[Now take a moment and just drink in God’s presence and the reality of what just happened. Also, share any concerns that you might have and be completely honest with God.]

So now I am a Christian, born again by your Spirit…a child of the Almighty God! I am saved and sealed, and since your word says, “If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?” (Luke 11:13), so I ask, please give me the Holy Spirit and fill me with his presence and power, which will be evidenced by me speaking in heavenly tongues according to Acts 2:4.

[Read Acts 2:4: “And everyone present was filled with the Holy Spirit and began speaking in other languages, as the Holy Spirit gave them this ability.” Ponder the truth of this verse and just sit and wait for the Holy Spirit to fill you.]

[Respond to God’s presence with whatever comes to you…don’t edit yourself…but rather, pour out your emotions to the Lord. Let spirit words flow from you.  After all, you have just received the first great miracle of being reconnected to God. Now you will not only have “abundant life” through Jesus, but when you die you will go to heaven, not hell.]

[Find a good church and be baptized. Make sure they teach the whole word of God and that they believe in the infilling (baptism) of the Holy Spirit and the gifts of the Holy Spirit.]

Now let me pray a blessing over you: Dear heavenly Lord, I trust that you will hold this one in the palm of your holy hand throughout all the days of their life and that they will have life abundant flowing through them from the Holy Spirit. May they find their calling and fulfill their destiny while on this earth, and may you meet all of their needs according to YOUR riches in glory by Christ Jesus. May they always be hungry and thirsty for your word and your presence, and have your great favor over every aspect of their life. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen!

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Bump Email! Write a Letter & Send It Snail Mail!

Don’t know about you, but I miss the art of letter writing, and that little thrill that comes from receiving something in the mail.

Email is all fine and dandy, but there is something sort of exciting about getting a letter in ye ole snail mail. I like holding the envelope in my hand and just looking at it for a moment.   Then I open it very carefully, so I don’t damage the envelope…in case it’s a keeper, because I actually have a Memory Box where I store special letters and cards I’ve gotten over the years.

I got a three-page letter from my friend Kay about ten years ago when she was living in Russia that was so special I actually pondered framing it. She told me about how she was cooking pastries in her little oven at home and then taking them out into the cold streets to sell them. She was a missionary over there and that’s how she was earning extra money for the things she needed. That letter was brimming with Kay’s personality and interesting details about her life! If it had been in an email it wouldn’t have had the character of her handwriting, the paper she wrote it on, or the envelope!

I happen to think that people still like getting letters in the mail…and Christmas cards prove my theory, because most people love getting them! Heck, they even like getting them if the person just signed their name and put no note inside! So it must be that it makes them feel remembered and cared for, and in this frenzied million-miles-an-hour world it’s nice to think that someone “took a moment” out for you.

Several years ago I was part of a prayer-gram ministry at the Oasis Christian Church. Prayer grams were little letters we (on the team) would send out to those we had prayed for. What we’d do is take the prayer requests, divide them up amongst us, pray over each one in our own time, and write to the person whatever we felt God wanted us to say.  One day while at church a gal walked up to me and said, “You know I received a prayer gram from you quite a while ago, but I still carry it in my purse to encourage me.” I also had a gentleman walk up to me at another time and pull the prayer gram I wrote to him out of his wallet. He said that he just wanted to thank me and that the words in that letter really got him over some major humps.

Because we are a techno-savvy society, we forget that we’re still human, and that the human heart has not changed! Our hearts remain just as they were before the Industrial Revolution, iPods, and email.  We want to be thought of, we want to be loved, we want to know that we matter to someone.

I would love to see a fresh insurgence of people going back to writing letters, I think it would make a huge difference in civility and sensibilities, and in fact, I am all for turning back the clock to a more simpler time. Maybe that’s why people love retro things, it connects them with a time that went at a slower pace. A era when people stopped, listened, and took time to find out what was going on in their fellow man’s life.

When the mail service first started (thank you Ben Franklin, our first Post Master), it was for the sole purpose of transmitting news in a more efficient way across the miles. Of course it also served to help those who were distanced by miles (families or sweethearts). It wasn’t about bills, advertisements, or cataloges. It was about keeping people informed of important things, and keeping families in-touch.

Loved ones were sending letters to say, “I miss you.” “I love you.” “Wish you weren’t so far away!” Plus they were able to express things in letters that they perhaps couldn’t in person…conveying deeper feelings and emotions without fear of looking foolish. When the mail service was started there was no other means of communicating but the written word…that was all they had, and whether we know it or not, it stills feels darned good to get a letter, it’s just that people have forgotten how good it feels, which is why most people don’t send letters any more.

I don’t know if it’s a mystery, but it must be, because receiving a letter in the mail feels better than receiving an email. So I say, “Bump Email! Write a letter and send it snail mail! Do it today, or write yourself a note to do it later. But whatever you do…DO IT! You’ll be surprised by what you feel during the experience, and even more  surprised at the response you get from the one you send it to!

Copyright 2010 Gloria Jean Dewitt

If you are someone who loves history and interesting people, then you will love the book Ben Franklin’s Almanac, Being a True Account of the Good Gentleman’s Life by Candace Fleming! I own this book and have read it a number of times…each time I pick it up it’s like a fresh read!

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Using Birds as Inspiration for Baby Names

Do you love birds? I do, and I have often found them a source of inspiration and relaxation. They do for me, what a stiff drink does for some…leave my cares behind!

I’ve often reflected on the beautiful names birds have, and recently while doing so I thought to myself, ‘hey, why couldn’t people use some of these as inspiration for baby names?” So here is a small list I’ve come up with:

BOY’s NAMES

Cardinal (photo at left)

Finch (as in Goldfinch)

Hawk (especially if you have a last name that starts with “H,” like Hawk Hastings)

King (after the Kingfisher)

 

GIRL’s NAMES

Dove

 

 

 

 

Egret (photo at left) (name has a nice Swedish sound to it)

 

 

Ibis (photo at left)

Mallory (after the Mallard duck)

Raven

Sora (photo at left)

 

 

 

Sparrow (photo at left)

 

 

 

Swan (photo at left)

 

 

 

Can you think of some other bird names that might lend themselves well to being baby names? Let’s see how many we can come up with!

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The Quest for Love?

“I long for the shape of things to be true to their form, love in a circle, hearts in a line-molded by sacred design.”

This is the beginning of a song by Wayne Kirkpatrick and Billy Simon. It seems to express what’s contained in so many hearts concerning love, we long for it to be honest and something that we can count on. But notice the second line, how love is achieved. It says that it’s “molded by sacred design.” The kind of love that we all yearn for can only be deposited and molded by heavenly hands, which is why we all fail; to one degree or another, when it comes to the art of giving and receiving love. Because unfailing love is molded by the hand of God within us. So the best we can do is to cooperate. “…Lord, you are our Father. We are the clay, and you are the potter. We are all formed by your hand (Isaiah 64:8 NLT).”

All relationships are affected from what we learned in our parent-child relationships. It’s from our parents that we learned to love, or not love. We watched them and mimicked them, whether wanting to or not. Every relationship we have after we leave our parents is impacted in some way by the relationship we had with our parents, and by what we observed them having as husband and wife. They taught us what love is and how it works. Parents have a noble calling, for they are the first teachers we have when it comes to love, but parents are flawed. So whatever we were taught is probably what we’ve become in those terms of love. But God is the ultimate Parent! He longs to shape us for a life of love and to deposit his love within us so that we can pour it out to others. His word reveals the character and attributes of love-they tutor us. All we need to do is educate ourselves in speaking them, and just like it says in the Bible, “Love never fails (1 Corinthians 13).”

In September 1994 Oprah Winfrey did a show on bulimia and how to recover from it. Featured on that show was a young woman named Rudine Howard, along with the actress, Tracey Gold, from the television show Growing Pains.

The appearance of Ms. Howard was certainly such that it would catch anyone’s attention, as she weighed a mere 58 pounds. Yes, you read right, 58 pounds. Tracey Gold sat next to her and was trying to tell her what she had to do to overcome her condition. As Ms. Howard sat there listening to Tracey you could see that she was sincerely perplexed by the advice, groping to latch on to it. Then she finally responded with, “…how do you do it?” Her mouse-like voice sounded off like a bomb, and her message came across loud and clear, no matter how small her speaking voice was. It was a wake-up call to the audience, and for a few brief moments we saw the cold hard reality of what life is for some people. Tracey Gold was touched to such a degree that she began whispering to Rudine while leaning in towards her to make the communication more “private”-acutely aware that this was not for public consumption. The audience was excluded, which actually caused us to be even more included. We were not watching drama-this was someone’s real life!

With five small words Ms. Howard spoke volumes! “How do you do it?” How does one stay strong, brave, or free from addictions? How does one make their way through this life? How does one keep going when they feel like stopping? Through love’s empowering effects! Certainly that’s what Rudine needed most. Even her outward appearance was a testament to her interior starvation. Her lack of loving herself was one of the culprits that led her down the wrong road. Why even Jesus said that we must love others as we love ourselves. Self-love is crucial to healthy emotional survival, and you’ll never be able to love others without self-love!

One of the lines from a Tracy Chapman song goes like this, “Why when there’s so many of us are people still alone?” Because they have those five words in their soul, just like Rudine did. “How do I do it?” Deep down, all of us, at one time or another, wished that someone would come along and say, “I’m going to take you by the hand and show you how to do this. I won’t let you go until you’re strong enough.” That’s love, my friend; and that’s the power of love at work.

Sometimes in our daily errands we meet people that share their troubles with us. Maybe it’s because they feel safe with a stranger; who knows. At any rate, listening is a great way to bless someone, and as we listen they’ll tell us things that we need to take action upon. Personally, I’ll never forget the day that my husband and I were in a shoe store when this elderly lady started to strike up a conversation with us. It seems we caught her attention because we were shopping together as husband and wife, and she really wished her husband would shop with her. She told us that and much more, and in fact ending up sharing quite a few personal details about her life.

As we wrapped up our purchases we all continued to chat and then we ended up walking out of the store together. Since she had mentioned some physical ailments, I told her that we would pray for her. I no sooner finished the sentence when I just knew we were supposed to pray right then and there. After we finished praying, she started crying, then she grabbed our hands in a very profound way and said, “You have no idea what that means to me. That prayer will keep me going for months!”

Love visits people in many ways: a prayer, an affirming word, an act of service, a thoughtful gift, a warm embrace. But the bottom line is this, love is “molded by sacred design,” and all we have to do is make ourselves subject to God’s guidance where it’s concerned.

Copyright Gloria Jean Dewitt 2010

If you’re struggling with anorexia or bulimia, here is a resource that might help: Christian Answers for Those With Bulimia

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Quotes that Inspire

“To climb steep hills require a slow pace at first.” Shakespeare

“The greatest discovery of my generation is that a human being can alter his life by altering his attitude.” William James

“What does love look like? It has the hands to help others. It has the feet to hasten to the poor and needy. It has eyes to see misery and want. It has the ears to hear the sighs and sorrows of men. That is what love looks like.” ~ Mel Rolls

“There are two ways to be wealthy–one is the abundance of your possessions, the other is the fewness of your wants.”  E. Stanley Jones

“…This gracious ministry of giving…is one way to prove your love is real.” (2 Corinthians 8:7-8)

“When you come to a roadblock, take a detour.” Mary Kay Ash

“There are bigger things in life than money—bills.”

“Giving is a thermometer of our love.”

“Bright tomorrows start by making someone else’s life bright today.” Glory Jean Dewitt

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