Education And The School Of Life

Question for Week 25: Education

I was blessed to receive an education.  I grew up with my parents who wanted all their children to go to school. We did accomplish our high school diploma and some of us went on to further our education. We continue in the School Of Life.

I was thinking about my kindergarten through High School years. It’s been 35 years since I completed my public school years on Ascension Day, May 27, 1982. That was a mile marker. I did go on to further my education.

I don’t want to share how far I achieved in my education. I’m still coming on with my school of life.  I keep learning something every day in life itself.

Sometimes, we want people to see how much education we have. It’s okay.  But we can forget about people who don’t have any opportunity to get an education. Education is very important.  And we need wisdom as we journey in life to help ours.

We have to learn as we go in life. I have had times when I lack knowledge on things. I don’t have a PhD. But, I have some common sense. And I’m learning from my mistakes.

We all learn some things in life. No matter where we are in life, we need to want to have some kind of education. We learn by experiences. We can learn from others. We can learn as we are willing make some progress in life.

May we not  share how much education to impress people.
May we encourage and relate to others by what we have learned in our experiences.
May we see the beauty in others and help them on their journey.
Amen.

Thanks for reading.
God bless you.
S.A. Blakley

Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it. ~ Proverbs 22:6

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15th Year Mile Marker: As A Church Volunteer Greeter

Here are five of my greeter’s badges. I had to get a replacement for the big green one. It was the only one I lost in 15 years.

It’s been that long! Oh, how time flies. I enjoy gathering with the church. Specially, when it comes the time for me to greet. I’ve been blessed to have met tons of people over the years.

What an experience to welcome people into the gathering as the church. It’s more than about greeting. We meet and welcome one other as we minster. It’s nice feeling.

We should let people know that they are always welcome. We don’t know what people are going through. We should be a light to them. We are the expression of God’s love to the world in which we are planted in.

Through my years of welcoming people, I’ve learned at that there are people would loved to be greeted. They are the sweetest and kind people. They find their ways to come and greet. Oh, God continue to bless them.

Then there are people who are not as much into being greeted. I’ve learned to smile or and wave at times, it they look in my direction. I know that we all are different. I try to make others feel comfortable. I pray too.

And there are those who walk by as though I’m not there, some times I speak. And other times I ask the LORD is bless them. We can be in our own little world at times and don’t bother to acknowledge those in our pathway. LORD, forgive us.

As I look back over my greeting journey, I took a leave of absent from August 14, 2016 through January 2017. I was caring for a relative. In all, I’m thankful that I have had the opportunity to minister to people as we gather as the church. God places people in our pathway for a reason. May we greet one another in love and with honor.

Happy Summer!
Stay CoOL!

Thanks for reading.
God bless you.
S. A. Blakley

“For a day in your courts is better than a thousand elsewhere. I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of wickedness.” Psalm 84:10

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A Book I’ve Learned From: And Continue To Do So.

Question for Week 24: A Book You Learned From: As for me, it’s the Holy Bible.  And I continue to learn from this book as I’m on my  journey with Jesus.

I can’t remember when I started reading the Bible.  I didn’t grow up in church. We had copies in our family home. I did read a bit of the Bible during my teens years. I was curious about the Book Of Revelation.

I was drawn to read the Bible more during the middle part of Sept of 1993. That was when  I began attending church gatherings on a regular. Through the years, I can’t say I’ve read my Bible everyday. But, I can say that I pray and talk to God everyday. I wouldn’t let a day pass me by.  I acknowledge God.

What I ‘ve learned from reading and hearing and hearing the scriptures.
The Bible, the words; the scriptures come alive when our spirits are alive to receive it. The written words have power that brings encouragement, comfort and healing to my soul, my spirit.  It’s a life changing experience that’s well worth it.

Indeed, there were times when the scriptures came ALIVE to me. They still do. It’s as though those words were written for me in that moment in time.  I can’t say how many times the scriptures have awaken my spirit. Oh! What joy I’ve received from the scriptures.

I’m thankful for the Word of God, Jesus Christ; The living Word made flesh.
I’m thankful for the recording of the Gospel story; the Life of Jesus.
I’m thankful that we can be apart of His story.
I’m thankful that the scriptures were written for us so, they will point us to Jesus.
I’m thankful that God has chosen those who believe in His Son, Jesus.
I’m thankful for the Holy Spirit who reveals the truth to us.

May we grow in the scriptures so, they will lead us in the Way of Jesus.
May the LORD awaken our spirits as we come to Him.
May we know that the Bible can’t save us.
Only, Jesus can save us.
Amen!

Thanks for reading.
God bless you.
S.A. Blakley

“…man does not live by bread  alone, but man lives by every word that comes from the mouth of the LORD.” ~ Deuteronomy  8:3

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Favorite Physical Traits

Question for Week 23: Favorite Physical Trait: 
First of all, I like myself in a balance way. I love myself. I have to live with me. I’m with myself 24/7.  I think, I should get along with myself. 🙂

What are the things that I see as my favorite physical trait?

I like my eyes. They are dark brown. But, they look black. ( I tend to recognize people by their eyes. Though we age, our eyes can connect to know one another.)

I like my height I’m told that I’m about 5′ 10 1/2.  I was 6′ in high school. (I’m shrinking. People still say that I’m tall.)

I like my face. My face is mine. I am beautiful. (People say I remind them of someone they know. And I look like my mother. )

I like my hair. My hair is black with some silver tone. I’m growing to like the changes with my hair. (When I was young, my mother told me I had reddish hair.)

May we have some things about ourselves that we like.
May we not speak bad about ourselves or how we look.
May we learn to use what we have and grow in grace with it.
Amen!

Thanks for reading.
God bless you,
S. A. Blakley

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Something I use everyday: I Use What I Have

Question for Week 22:
Something I use everyday…

Common Sense

I use my eyes to see what I can to see.
I use my nose to smell what surrounds me.
I use my  ears to hear the sounds.
I use my hands to do and abound.
I use my taste to enjoy and wait.
I use my voice to communicate.
I use my insight to make decisions.
I use what can sense with my vision.

I’m thankful that God has blessed me with a place to rest and a place to release myself.
I’m thankful that God has blessed me with senses of sight, smell, hearing, touch, and taste.
I’m thankful that God has blessed me with utilities and running water.

May the LORD bless those who lack the necessities in life.
May the LORD help us to use what we have.
May we not take things for granted.
Amen.

Thanks for reading.
God bless you.
S.A. Blakley

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For everything there is a season: Things I Like About Summer

According to the calendar, Summertime officially starts on Wednesday,  June 21, 2017 at 11:24 A.M. CDT.  There have been times, I felt as though, Summer begun about two weeks ago. But, than again, last weekend, the temperature  dropped into the 40’s. Yep! The seasons have been mixed up all year.

Question for the 21st Week:   Things You Like  About Summer:
As for me….I’ve been thinking.  What things do I like about Summer?

First of all, Summertime is my least like season.  Though, I do to see some good in the season.  Summertime brings on events and matters that only comes during this season. I love home-grown veggies.

Indeed, I’m not a person who lives in the great out doors.  I do adventure out on special days. I do like watching the stars on a cool Summer’s night. I like the 4th of July. I love sitting on the porch with family, shooting the breeze. I like looking into the heavens.

I’m thankful that I can feel the rays of the heat from the sun.  I’ve learned to be careful when I’m out.  I need to avoid the sun as much as I can. I love the shade trees. Thank You, LORD!

I will endure the heat when I really want to. I’ve saved the date, Monday, August 21, 2017. I don’t want to miss that solar eclipse.  It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity. I hope it’s a clear day.

I hope you see the good in each season that God blesses us with. I know that we all have our favorite season.  I do. It’s the Autumn season. I’ll blog about that when the time comes.

For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:
~ Ecclesiastes 3:1


Enjoy the last Full Week of May!
Have a Happy Memorial Day Weekend
U.S.A.!
Hope you enjoy Summertime!

Thanks for reading.
God bless you.
S.A.Blakley

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Jesus, My Closest And Dearest Friend: Thankful for friends

Question for The Week 20: Topic ~ A Friend 2
As for me…My closest and dearest friend is God, The Father, God the Son and God, The Holy Spirit. Thank You, LORD for being my friend!

A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity. ~ Proverbs 17:17

Along my life’s  journey, I have come to be friends with many. There are my church friends, my social media friends, distant friends and a lot acquaintances.  There are some friends, I hangout with. And a selective few, I share some of my burdens with. But, only Jesus, I share every thing about my life.

I’m thankful that Jesus is my Friend. He’s with me 24/7. I can speak to Him about anything that’s on my heart. Indeed, I do. He comforts me and encourages me. What an honor to be friends with Jesus for life.

Some of my other friends.
I’ve been thinking about some of my other friends. The ones I share gifts and have face to face conversations on an ongoing basis. I thank Jesus for them. They bring more than friendship. They allow me to be me. What an honor to be friends who honor one another.

I see my church friends as we gather as the church. I enjoy seeing them. I’m thankful   when we greet one another. We hand shake or give another hugs. I love speaking conversations with them. What an honor when friends meet again; it’s like a breath of fresh air.

I have some social media friends. They encourage me with what they share. I’m thankful for their feedback. There are times, I think God uses the internet to speak to us. I’m built up in ways. I believe God sends His messages to guide us on. What an honor to cross paths with caring people through the www.

I have some distant friends. The ones who speak from time to time. I communicate with them a lot less.  What an  honor to be friends with people who God bring into our pathway.

I have a few selective friends who I share some of my burdens. I’m thankful that they listen and pray for me. We should share our burdens with one another. I do have a lighter load when I write down and share my burdens. What an honor to open up to others.

Out of all my friends, I thankful for the ones who let me be myself.  The ones I can have a two- way conversation. It’s more alive. And the interaction allows us to see how we connect as friends. Friends ask me how I really feel. It’s not the question. How are you doing? But, really how I feel?

We can interact and be open to share, up to a point. The internet in written form and writing letters can do some good. It’s a one way interaction until the other response. It’s not the same. In person and in the flesh brings the person more alive.

I know that I won’t have the opportunity to met majority of my internet friends. I have some that email from time to time. I try to keep up with them. Especially, my DNA cousins, who have become friends. What an honor to stay connected.

I’ve been thinking about my friendships. I’m thankful for the ones that call me friend. I’ve learned that I can’t be friends with everybody. Yes,  there are people who don’t like me.  The signs are there.

There are times when friends drift away. We can lose connections.  It’s sad when we have to depart. What happened to the friendship? I give the matter to God.

Friends are important to have in our lives. We can meet people everyday. Some will become our friends along the journey in life. What an honor we can bring the goodness of God to one another. 

I hope that God is your friend. He’s the best friend that you’ll every have in life.  He more than a friend. He’s our life and Savior of the world.

Thanks for reading.
God bless you.
S.A. Blakley

P.S.
Family members are friends too.
That’s a different kind a friendship.
Family is family.

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