When God Wants Your Attention


The following short story is another excerpt from My Precious Life, the book.

A banner heralding the message ‘I’ve found it! You can find it too!’ had been hanging in my teenage son’s room for several weeks. Whenever I looked at it I wondered what it meant. I asked my son but he didn’t know. Someone had given it to him and posters are posters so up on the wall it went. It nibbled at my mind every time I looked at it. One evening my youngest son, then ten, asked “Mom, what does that sign mean?” “I don’t know,” I admitted, “but I’ll find out.”

At that precise moment the phone rang. It was a soft-spoken woman who asked, “Have you seen a sign around with the message ‘I’ve found it, you can find it too’?” The hair stood up on my arms and they began to tingle. I couldn’t believe what I was hearing. “Yes” I timidly replied, “I have.” “Do you know what it means?” was her next question. “No,” I admitted, feeling the tingling sensation overwhelming my body. She went on to explain that it was a message from several inter-denominational churches attempting to lead people to, or back to God and the church.

As the conversation progressed my caller asked permission to pray with me. How could I say no? It was a simple prayer, then she thanked me for listening, saying mine was the first positive response she had received after many calls. When I told her why, she was silent for a moment before quietly stating, “God does work in mysterious ways.” It was to be a life changing moment for me but I didn’t know it then.

Not long after that one of my youngest son’s friends asked him to go to church with him and his mother. He enjoyed going to Sunday school with his friend. One Sunday as he was getting ready to leave he said, “Mom, if you come to church with me today you will get a rose. All the moms who come will get one.” “Not today, dear,” I replied, “I have a lot to do. You run along.” I turned back to reading the newspaper. Suddenly, I found myself racing up the stairs. “Wait for me,” I called, “I’ll go with you!” Slipping into something suitable I was ready in no time. It was the strangest feeling; almost like invisible hands were gently nudging me along.

After the service my son introduced me to his teacher. She told me he had shared the banner story with the class. “When he got to the part about the phone call,” she said, “my senses came alive. It was I who called you, Mrs. Boyes. I made many, many calls that night and yours was the only positive response.” “What a blessing to have you and your son with us this morning.”

That was the beginning of my real spiritual journey. I learned how to listen for the still, small voice of God. I learned how to pray effectively. I learned how to look for the miracles in everyday life. But most of all I learned that when God wants to get your attention he starts with a little nibble, patiently waits until you take the bait then reels you in hook, line and sinker.

My son now works in an environment where helping people is the main criteria. His friend became a full time minister. As for me, I don’t just go to church, I am involved in many ways. I still love listening for the still, small voice and when He says, “You go, girl,” He’s got my attention.

Dealing With a Mouse in the House


Here’s a sample of a short chapter from my book, My Precious Life, published in 2014. It’s about a pesky mouse who wouldn’t be caught dead in a mouse trap.

A MOUSE IN THE HOUSE

We have a mouse in the house.

I call him Mercury because he is as elusive as the substance in a pre-digital thermometer. Have you ever broken a mercury thermometer and tried to clean up the spill? It’s tricky.

And I truly believe the little beastie has been to mouse school. He knows every trap in the book and every food in the trap.

At breakfast I put a bit of peanut butter in the trap. It’s still there at lunch time. I replace it with a piece of cheddar cheese.

Meat loaf is his choice for dinner. None of these foods whets his appetite and I wonder what he is living on. When I’m engrossed in writing my “best seller” I catch a blur of movement out of the corner of my eye. Merc runs down the hall, stops at my door, gives me the beady eye and keeps on going.

My chair hits the floor with a mighty thud as I clumsily jump up in pursuit. But he has disappeared from sight.

Watching the late night news in bed I hear a scratching sound coming from one of the drawers in my dresser. I turn down the T.V. volume to make sure the noise isn’t part of the program.

Nope, it’s coming from the top left drawer. I slowly pull it open and there’s Mercury sitting among my tee shirts. I swear he winked at me. I have to think of a way to catch him.

I grab a beach towel from the linen closet, throw it over clothes and mouse, scoop everything up and run for the door. Mercury jumps out of the bundle, scurries across the floor and disappears once more.

This has been going on for months. He is simply uncatchable.

We’re having a party on Saturday night.

I don’t know whether to warn everyone of the mouse in the house or just let them find out for themselves.

I’m sure Mercury will love the chocolate cake and ice cream. It won’t be set in a trap and he is such a people creature he is bound to be the life of the party.

I can just see the ladies scrambling for chairs to stand on, and the age old question, “Are you a man or a mouse?” being answered once and for all as the gents dash for the nearest exit.

Tomorrow: When God Wants Your Attention

Searching for Quotes


It is a ton of fun researching quotes…just another Covid19 pastime. Here are some I found yesterday:
“When I was a boy I was told that anybody could become President. I’m beginning to believe it.”– Clarence Darrow
“We stopped looking for monsters under our bed when we realized that they were inside us.” Charles Darwin
Diapers and politicians should be changed often…and for the same reason.” Mark Twain
“People are capable, at any time in their lives, of doing what they dream of.” Paulo Coelho (The Alchemist)
“Wisdom is the reward you get for a lifetime of listening when you would rather have talked.” Mark Twain
That’s it for today, who knows what tomorrow will find?

Where Am I From?


On Thursday I picked up a library book, Memories of Heaven, by Dr. Wayne Dyer (one of my favorite authors) and Dee Garnes, who was his assistant at one time. It is a collection of short stories about very young children remembering where they were before they were born. It is a fascinating and easy read.

Many of the related memories are of being with God and choosing the parents they wanted to be born to. Some are of being here for a short time in another life and deciding to leave at an early age, (child deaths). Some related to changing their minds in the womb and not completing their journey, (miscarriages).

Because I have an open mind about so many things it is easy for me to read this book and consider the possibilities of these tiny testimonies. Besides, when my youngest son was just over two years old, he suddenly stated during a nap time, “I died you know, Mommy.”

I had had a miscarriage three years before he was born.

It makes it easy to wonder where am I from? Happy Saturday.

A Way With Words


How many times have we said things we regretted? How many times have we wished we had phrased a sentence differently, or praised someone instead of berating them?

A little mini book came my way yesterday called “Watch Your Language” or … Why You Should Pay Attention to the Words You Use. The author of this intriguing piece of writing is Elena Consear Ramos who has obviously felt first hand the stinging blow of unkind and thoughtless words, as many of us have.

She takes us through how the choice of words can wound, insult, destroy, demean, and in many ways have a debilitating effect on a person’s life.

In her book, Elena carefully lays out the need to think before we speak, and in so doing shows by example that she does have a way with words.

Elena’s mini books can be found on her mother’s (Pam Consear) website: http://www.AllHandsArt.com

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The Earth is Round


The fact that the earth is round is said to have come from such scholars as Aristotle (385BC), Pythagoras (570BC), Eratosthenes (276BC) and maybe others. However the fact is that the prophet Isaiah (740BC) wrote in the Bible: He sits enthroned above the circle of the earth…(Isaiah 40:22)

I once confessed that the Bible is one of my favourite books to read and this is the reason why. I learn so much from it.  Happy reading.

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It Is Good That You Exist


There was a man on our planet who lived his life to the full by learning who he was, what his purpose was, and went forward to serve that purpose in the best way possible….loving the afflicted.

He was one of my favorite people in the world. Jean Vanier was one of the kindest, helpful, spiritual people who lived. He died on May 7th at the age of ninety years. One of his famous messages is,”It is good that you exist.” There is a beautiful interview he did on Tapestry with Mary Hynes on CBC in 2005. It was repeated yesterday in his memory and is so worth listening to. Good-bye for now, Jean Vanier; it is good that you existed.

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It’s About Faith


My life is lived by faith…not blind faith, but supernatural faith. It works for me. Faith means much to many people and means nothing to others.

There are many examples of faith throughout the Bible and chapter one of Hebrews is a great example.

This came to me from the book, Hinds’ Feet on High Places by Hannah Hurnard:

“Faith has nothing to do with intellectual belief. Faith is obedience. Faith and abandonment to God’s will and power are inseparable. Faith is willingness to do God’s will. Unwillingness to abandon one’s own will and to obey God is unbelief.”

Because I believe, my life is lived by faith.

Happy Sunday.

Some Thoughts for a Tuesday


Thinking is a valuable and fun pastime. Here are a few thoughts for today:

Every moment that we are aware of the gift of simply being, with or without activity, is well lived. Catherine Ingram

There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle. Einstein

We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light. Plato

Let no one be slow to seek wisdom when he is young nor weary in the search of it when he has grown old. For no age is too early or too late for the health of the soul. Epicurus

Don’t just say you have read books. Show that through them you have learned to think better, to be a more discriminating and reflective person. Epictetus

Other things to think about: things we cannot see…air, wind, nothing.

Empty space is not really empty, it is filled with air.

Happy Tuesday.