Something About Angels


The topic of angels fascinates me, and today I’m sharing an edited version of a blog I posted May 24, 2014. Happy Saturday.

NED IS AN ANGEL

My angels are numbered.

Let me tell you how Ned got his number. It began with a book I read, The Messenger. In one chapter, titled ‘The 444’s’, angels were identifying themselves in the guise of number 444 to four different people.

In the book, a woman who professed she could talk to angels, told the main character that his special angel’s number was 4. This triggered a memory for me. Many years ago I had been told that the number 7 was very important to me. Could it be that my special angel was numbered 777? I felt that it was, and named the angel Celeste. Before long I believed that many angels were with me and I looked at numbers in a way I never had before.

Once aware of the angels in my life it was interesting the way they became available to me whenever I called upon them. As soon as that awareness crept into my psyche I noticed triple numbers on license plates, telephone numbers on billboards, or even a particular hymn number on Sunday morning. But back to Ned.

The writer of an angel magazine I was reading one morning described an incident where she was having difficulty with a computer program dealing with finances. She mentally asked for help, and suddenly the name ‘Ned’ came to her. Shaking her head at this imaginative voice, she continued trying to conquer the problem. Once again she found herself thinking, I need some help here, and the name ‘Ned’ popped into her mind again. She searched in a name book and found that Ned was a derivative of Edward, meaning prosperous guardian. With that, she found her thinking had cleared and the problem was solved.

Back to my angels. As yet I wasn’t aware of my prosperity angel and the number 999 suddenly came to mind. I wondered if Ned and 999 were connected and looked for that number on my drive to work.

I was vaguely disappointed as I neared my destination and my prosperity angel had not manifested yet. Due to a traffic tie-up in front of me I took a short cut and turned at the first corner I came to. There, parked at the side of the road to my right was a car with the license plate N E D.

I was astounded!

That afternoon a visiting business colleague who knew my penchant for angels and their numbers casually commented, “Incidentally, on my way over here the car in front of me had 999 on the license plate; thought you might be interested.”

That’s how I know Ned is and angel.

For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways; Psalm 91:11

A Name in Vain


Have you ever wondered how and why we use names to describe actions and/or feelings? What I mean by names is not only every Tom, Dick, and Harry, but also dogs, cats, and others of the animal kingdom. Taking a name in vain originates with the Ten Commandments, but as you can see many a name besides God’s, can be taken in vain.

Going squirrely…tending to move around a lot. : very odd, silly, or foolish

Cat’s meow…used to say that someone or something is very appealing

Dog’s dinner…something that is messy or bungled

Sounds fishy…To seem suspicious of being improper or untrue

To the John…The first popular indoor toilet was invented by Sir John Harrington, a poet

The real McCoy…the real thing; the genuine article (but who was McCoy in the first place?)

Down Pat…Thoroughly practiced, rehearsed, or understood

The Patsy…a person who is easily taken advantage of

Patty-cake Patty-cake, baker’s man…an old English nursery rhyme

A Pat of butter…now, where did that come from?

These last four are about taking my name in vain.

Happy Saturday.

Discombobulated


I adore words. They are my happy place when a touch of boredom sets into an unplanned day. Here are a few, with their meanings, that happened my way during a “long word” binge on the Internet.

Hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia is one of the longest words in the dictionary — and, in an ironic twist, is the name for a fear of long words. Sesquipedalophobia is another term for the phobia. (I’ve never heard of this one.)

Antidisestablishmentarianism (/ˌæntidɪsɪˌstæblɪʃmənˈtɛəriənɪzəm/ ( listen), US also /ˌæntaɪ-/ ( listen)) is a position that advocates that a state Church (the “established church”) should continue to receive government patronage, rather than be disestablished. (I knew about this one but have never used it.)

Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious. The Oxford English Dictionary defines the word as “a nonsense word, originally used esp. by children, and typically expressing excited approbation: fantastic, fabulous”, while Dictionary.com says it is “used as a nonsense word by children to express approval or to represent the longest word in English.” (This one is an old favorite from the Mary Poppins movie.)

If you are feeling a little confused by these words, don’t worry, it may only mean that you are slightly discombobulated. Happy Saturday.

In a Word or Two


Two words come to mind when behavior in public or private exceeds the norm of just plain bad behavior: evil, vile.

Note these two words are spelled the same and mean virtually the same thing.

Evil: profoundly immoral and wicked.

Vile: morally despicable or abhorrent 

The time has come to rid society and the world of vile evil; beginning today.

Happy Saturday.

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.

Hung Up on a Word


Some people get hung up on the word, “repent”. It seems to automatically ring a ‘religion’ bell in their head and they are turned off  probably because of Acts 2:38 where Peter tells the people, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins…”

In this regard repent means to be sorry for living in ways that dishonor God.

However,  Professor Robert Wall, Professor of Scripture and Wesleyan Studies, adds that it is “the internal and intellectual act of exchanging old beliefs for new ones.”

To me, this explanation is much more digestible and may appeal to those outside of religion as well as to the religious.

The internal and intellectual act of exchanging old beliefs for new ones…it makes me happy that I got hung up on a word. 

This post was prompted by a blog from Matthew Ruttan’s devotional, UP, on April 29th.

The Unseen Force Revisited


Last Sunday I described the Holy Spirit as an unseen force, the analogy being the wind.

It was brought to my attention that a better description would perhaps have been…a power, a presence, a person…and I totally agree because I also think of Spirit in these terms.

It was suggested that “the force” was often connected to the movie, Star Wars’ “May The Force Be With You.” Funnily enough, I likened “The Force” as the Holy Spirit. As it turns out, the makers of Star Wars were trying to inject some spirituality into the movie to get people to think about God in some way, “the force” being their way of a subliminal message. (I gleaned this from researching the word “force”.)

Among the meanings for the word “force” in The Mirriam-Webster Dictionary are:

strength or energy, especially of an exceptional degree

active power

capacity to persuade or convince.

Because I have always thought of Holy Spirit as a powerful force in my life, who has persuaded and convinced me of many things, I wrote about Him that way without taking into consideration the way others see Him.

And so I stand happily corrected and thankful to my teachers for another lesson learned.

 

 

 

Choosing our Choices


Matthew Kelly. You will get to know that name because now that I have discovered him I am going to post several of his quotes over the next few days. Matthew is an Australian author of many books, one of which is The Rhythm of Life: Living Every Day with Passion and Purpose, from whence I chose today’s quote.

“For the day we accept that we have chosen to choose our choices is the day we cast off the shackles of victimhood and are set free to pursue the lives we were born to live. Learn to master the moment of decision and you will live a life uncommon.”
Matthew Kelly,

Like most quotes, scriptures, poems, essays and books, we only derive the message they impart by delving into the meaning…almost word for word. This quote is power packed!