Awakening a Keen Observer

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Needing Rain

It is pretty easy to tell in this part of the world how we are doing for rain. There are several farm ponds that I check on my way to and from work and several of them are very low. It is an easy mark on whether or not it is time for rain.
What if we had a mark like that that would give us a clear measure if it was time for say,
time to eat, or time to pray. What if our lives spiritual depths could be measured in such a clear way. Would it be easier for our friends to say...Hey look her/his spiritual measure is low and I think we should pray for them. What if someone who is usually helpful or kind is crabby check their spiritual depth and see if that is not running low and pray for them.

The next time--every time - you see someone without a smile, friend or stranger, pray for them.
God abides
Bobbie G. McGarey

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Do you Remember?

My husband's father is not doing well and we aren't sure what is next or when. It is always difficult to say good-bye to those we loved. We have all said good-bye to him already. Still...
even still..

I remember good times with him. Fun times. Times when he'd sit at the end of the table and get so amused by what the conversation was that he would laugh so hard he'd start crying.

Those memories that are good will see all the family through and hopefully resting in the grace of God will be enough.
God abide
Bobbie G. McGarey

Thursday, October 23, 2008

"The bird sings no one asks why"

There is a Gary Larson cartoon with a chicken standing on one side of a road the sign says, "Why not?"

Why do we stand
On one side of the road
and just wait?

We are not chicken
but children of God
who have feet and brains and a will to obey.

It does take some will
to obey the Creator
and be who we were created to be.
It does take some will
to say Your way not mine
and remember the plan that's ahead.

We'd rather stand still
and not do what we're called to.
We'd rather be settled and set in our ways.
We confess that with laughter
not recognizing our own sin there.
Someone else can just do it
we'll stay right here.

Or we do too much more than our share
and someone else is left out of giving
because we have done for them
what they could do for themselves
to feel whole
and we assume we are the
Mother/Father of the whole world
and it is our job to take care of everything.
(never admitting that when we do we feel more important)

There are no excuses
about all the ranting
we do without doing all that we can.
God gave us brains and expects us to use them.
Let's get on going -there's no holding back.

God Abide
Bobbie Giltz McGarey

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Why worry when you can Pray?

What can we count on? Friends? Family? Gravity? God--Yes.

But life is never so settled is it really? We think we know what is ahead and we pray for good things to come ahead and we trust. We trust and eliminate doubt or worry. Why worry when we can pray.
I imagine worrying takes more calories...but then again when we worry we stress and eat so I'm guessing that is a wash.
I know that frowning takes more muscles than smiling. That is encouraging ... smiling is good for us too and all around us.
In these days when 'fear' sells. Let us resist the temptation to fall into fear. Let us hold up rather the laws of love and surround all those around us with that love...and if they do the same thing...and the same thing... it will quickly move from middle to the coasts. It's time we gathered ourselves in the love and joy we have and share that every chance we get. Did you try Friday's altruistic challenge? How did it go?
Bless you
Leave me a note at the comment line if you want.
God abide
Bobbie Giltz McGarey

Thursday, October 09, 2008


So I declare Friday Altruist Day. That means you do something altruistic. One thing will feel good--two will be better and three will change the world.
Really this is my theory what if we did this... wouldn't you see the world shifting from a place of
selfishness to ... Altruism.
Imagine if someone asked you what you are and instead of a political designation you said ..Oh I'm an altruist defined as :
----unselfishly concerned for or devoted to the welfare of others (opposed to egoistic).
Animal Behavior. of or pertaining to behavior by an animal that may be to its disadvantage but that benefits others of its kind, often its close relatives.

See I figure if this is an instinctive behavior that we ought to be following it as humankind. Let's try. Good Friday!
God abides
Bobbie Giltz McGarey

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Stones in the Road

Hello friends I've missed you.

I don't know about you but I'm apt to pick up a rock when I'm walking along. I don't know why I choose one over another but I do... We pick up ways of understanding the world the same way. Phrases or words or poems or songs are like stones we pick up and carry with us that help us make sense of the world.

We are going to begin studying Proverbs in our Wed night study. We will focus on the Biblical ones.. Here are few that come from my family and friends came to mind these are not from the bible .

Every man good or bad is just the same when happy or sad - maurice giltz

Smile in sorrow - shank the ball against the wall come back tomorrow maurice giltz -golf/life

Where ever you go - there you are Mike McNeil (where I first heard it)

Every time you climb a mountain you get a little stronger --but it sure is hard on your shoes.
bobbie mcgarey

Double your guard - maurice giltz (applied when things were going good...or bad... )

If you don't know where you are going - any road will take you there... unknown

Change is the very most natural thing-- and life is mostly attitude and timing --sung by jerry jeff walker

The only thing worse than a liar is a quitter. gladys mcgarey from her dad

Some ears have walls - Mike McNeil

What are the proverbs of your life? Surely you have some... leave them in the comment page at the bottom of this message... What do they mean to your life? How have they shaped your life?
What would you write for a proverb you'd leave for others.

Think on these things
God abide
Bobbie Giltz McGarey