Excerpt from Many Strange Women by Parker J. Cole

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Yesterday, I celebrated my eighth wedding anniversary. Yay me! We made it without throwing in the towel. Yahoo!

Enjoy this excerpt from Many Strange Women written by…a strange woman!

Many Strange WomenMr. Greene darkened the doorway, his face as unreadable as a blank sheet of paper and yet she sensed the anger emanating from him. It confused her. Why should he be upset? She hadn’t seen him in over a week.

“Mr. Greene, I’m pleased you could join us. My knight and I were just—”

“Having a nice cozy chat,” he finished for her, his voice clipped and in low tones as he came further into the room.

The sensuality that exuded from her husband struck her as potently as a caress. The spiky black hair, the green gold-flecked eyes, and the muscular frame made him pulse-leaping, mouthwateringly sexy. His charisma could have been an extra limb on his body and as tangible as flesh. Stonewashed jeans and a sleeveless T-shirt enhanced his looks, showing off the toned arms.

“I’ll take my leave, my lady,” Goijaart said as he got up from his seat across from her. Celeste returned her attention back to her knight. “Thank you for coming to see me, my lord. I do hope you’ll come again.”

“Verily,” Goijaart answered as he bowed. She noticed as he walked toward the doorway, Mr. Greene frowned at him. Goijaart met his gaze and then left the room.

“Is there something you require, Mr. Greene?” she asked as she took the bouquet from her lap and placed it in a small vase on the side table next to her.

“Why was Gonzo here?”

“He came to spend a few minutes with me. Is that a problem?”

“Yes.” He ambled closer to her and stood next to her chair. His green gold eyes glowered at her from his not inconsiderable height.

“Why is that?”

She picked up her dress and started sewing again.

“How many times has he been here?”

“Three.”

“How long did he stay?”

“No more than thirty minutes.”

“Why—”

“What benefit is this interrogatory, sir?” Celeste interrupted. She forced herself to restrain the nervousness rising in her. Tension radiated from him, palpable as breath. She could see the muscles of his forearms tighten, and his hands clench in fists.

“Why didn’t you tell me he was here?”

“Mr. Batcher did not give you the message?” She jerked her head up in surprise. “Patrick isn’t here,” Mr. Greene breathed out and Celeste noted his stance relaxed. “Yes, Mr. Batcher always notifies you when Goijaart is here. The two other times, you were away.”

“Oh.” His voice had softened to its normal timbre.

“Did you require me, sir?”

“I wanted to see if you would join me for dinner tonight. I haven’t seen my wife in over a week.” Celeste fought to keep from rolling her eyes. Hadn’t she made it clear she did not want anything to do with her husband? Did he not understand?

“No, thank you.” She responded politely.

“Why not Celeste? We’re married for heaven’s sake!”

He waved his hand in agitation. She put down the dress and looked up at him. “I do disdain repeating myself or answering ridiculous questions. But I’ll do this for you. I do not want anything but the barest of contact with you. I do not want your company. I do not desire to be with you. All I have taken from you has been your name and that you gave to me.” Her voice was at its driest, and she knew it.

“You are some piece of work, aren’t you?” A note of disbelief underlined his words.

“Whatever do you mean?” She pretended ignorance although she understood.

The gold specks in his eyes flashed. “You tell me you don’t want to have anything to do with me and yet Patrick gives me the bills of the money you’ve spent in handling your affairs. You don’t want my company and yet I find you in here with Gonzo as cozy as lovers.”

“Goijaart is not my lover sir. Neither are you.”

Before she knew it, Mr. Greene reached down, gripped her arms, and pulled her against his body. His hands scorched her through her layers of clothes. Her dress fell from her lap, and she gasped in surprise.

“What are you doing?”

His lips captured her mouth. Her first kiss—and the shock of it— rendered her immobile, and she stood stunned. He hadn’t closed his eyes but gazed into hers while his lips moved expertly over hers. Weren’t first kisses legendary for having rainbows burst from the air, and stars crash into the ground? None of these things happened. What did occur was a rise in the temperature of the room. Heat, long dormant under her icy will, began to diffuse through her body. This warmth differed from her anger. It cascaded over her limbs, transformed her muscles into mush. His lips were smooth and firm. They plied hers like boys in a playground, rough but teasing. Her eyelids began to grow heavy.

No, this can’t be happening, her mind screamed at her. My mouth belongs to Lord Westwood, not my husband. How could she betray the memory of his lips upon her person?

With icy determination, she damped down the warmth growing in her and turned her body into stone. She stiffened until most of her was as malleable as brick.

Mr. Greene drew back from her, and she missed his lips in spite of her resolve. She had to admit it, if only to herself, he’d taken her for a ride.

“Don’t you wish you were my lover now?” His voice spoke with confidence and male arrogance. There was even a hint of boredom with his tone, and she had the vague notion he didn’t expect anything else but some sort of capitulation on her part.

“After that display of your skill, no.”

About the Author:

Parker J. Cole

 

Parker J. Cole is a writer and radio show host who spends most of her time reading, knitting, writing, cooking, and concocting new ideas for stories. Her first novel, Dark Cherub, won Best of Spring Reading 2013 from eMediaCampaigns. She lives in Michigan with her husband and beloved dog Sarah.

Visit her site at http://www.ParkerJCole.com

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Gems from Pastor Jim by Jim Hughes

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Jim Hughes
Ps. 34:19 The righteous face many troubles, but the LORD rescues them from each and every one.

Anyone who says that the righteous can live trouble free lives is not reading their Bible. God’s Word is full of accounts where the godly endure all kinds of trouble. The way to heaven is a difficult one and very few actually walk it. Why? Because we don’t like troubles. We want as little trouble as possible in our lives. We want everything to go smoothly and for everyone to like us. We want as much as possible heaven on earth.

Life is full of trouble for the righteous because we live in a world that is not our home. We are on Satan’s turf and there is conflict everywhere. Satan is a master at harassing God’s children and he is relentless in doing it. If we stay true to Christ we will always be at war with Satan. If you live a trouble free life you are not living a life that is pleasing to God.

The good news is that we don’t face our troubles all alone. The Lord is with us and saves us from all of our troubles. He doesn’t let us alone in our struggles. If He did, we would not make it; we would crumble underneath the pressure and stress of it all. The Lord helps us through our troublesome times. He uses people and His Word to give us the strength to overcome. He whispers to our hearts to reassure us that He is near and we will make it.

The troubles of life are good for the soul. They cause us to turn to the Lord. They help to develop our faith and make us stronger. They help us to appreciate the Lord and his people more. They help us to know even more deeply that every promise of God is true and that He never leaves or forsakes us.

Yes, the righteous face troublesome times. Life sometimes gets very messy and complicated. Sometimes we are so troubled that we see no way out. Yet, the Lord’s promise for the righteous is that He will save us from our troubles. We may stumble our way through them, but we will never crumble if we trust in Him.
C Through Marriage
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Words of Wisdom from Charles Haddon Spurgeon for May 18th Morning

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Words of Wisdom from Charles Haddon Spurgeon for May 18th Morning

“In him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. And ye are complete in him.” Colossians 2:9-10

All the attributes of Christ, as God and man, are at our disposal. All the fulness of the Godhead, whatever that marvellous term may comprehend, is ours to make us complete. He cannot endow us with the attributes of Deity; but he has done all that can be done, for he has made even his divine power and Godhead subservient to our salvation. His omnipotence, omniscience, omnipresence, immutability and infallibility, are all combined for our defence. Arise, believer, and behold the Lord Jesus yoking the whole of his divine Godhead to the chariot of salvation! How vast his grace, how firm his faithfulness, how unswerving his immutability, how infinite his power, how limitless his knowledge! All these are by the Lord Jesus made the pillars of the temple of salvation; and all, without diminution of their infinity, are covenanted to us as our perpetual inheritance. The fathomless love of the Saviours heart is every drop of it ours; every sinew in the arm of might, every jewel in the crown of majesty, the immensity of divine knowledge, and the sternness of divine justice, all are ours, and shall be employed for us. The whole of Christ, in his adorable character as the Son of God, is by himself made over to us most richly to enjoy. His wisdom is our direction, his knowledge our instruction, his power our protection, his justice our surety, his love our comfort, his mercy our solace, and his immutability our trust. He makes no reserve, but opens the recesses of the Mount of God and bids us dig in its mines for the hidden treasures. “All, all, all are yours,” saith he, “be ye satisfied with favour and full of the goodness of the Lord.” Oh! how sweet thus to behold Jesus, and to call upon him with the certain confidence that in seeking the interposition of his love or power, we are but asking for that which he has already faithfully promised.
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Words of Wisdom from Charles Haddon Spurgeon for May 15th Morning

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Words of Wisdom from Charles Haddon Spurgeon for May 15th Morning

“All that believe are justified.” Acts 13:39

The believer in Christ receives a present justification. Faith does not produce this fruit by-and-by, but now. So far as justification is the result of faith, it is given to the soul in the moment when it closes with Christ, and accepts him as its all in all. Are they who stand before the throne of God justified now?-so are we, as truly and as clearly justified as they who walk in white and sing melodious praises to celestial harps. The thief upon the cross was justified the moment that he turned the eye of faith to Jesus; and Paul, the aged, after years of service, was not more justified than was the thief with no service at all. We are to-day accepted in the Beloved, to-day absolved from sin, to-day acquitted at the bar of God. Oh! soul-transporting thought! There are some clusters of Eshcol�s vine which we shall not be able to gather till we enter heaven; but this is a bough which runneth over the wall. This is not as the corn of the land, which we can never eat till we cross the Jordan; but this is part of the manna in the wilderness, a portion of our daily nutriment with which God supplies us in our journeying to and fro. We are now-even now pardoned; even now are our sins put away; even now we stand in the sight of God accepted, as though we had never been guilty. “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus.” There is not a sin in the Book of God, even now, against one of his people. Who dareth to lay anything to their charge? There is neither speck, nor spot, nor wrinkle, nor any such thing remaining upon any one believer in the matter of justification in the sight of the Judge of all the earth. Let present privilege awaken us to present duty, and now, while life lasts, let us spend and be spent for our sweet Lord Jesus.
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12-Year Odyssey by Staci Stallings

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If you live long enough, you will realize if you’re paying attention, that things don’t always turn out the way you thought they would. That is definitely true with my newest release, “The Easy Way Out.”

This book has literally been a 12-year Odyssey, and what the process of publication has taught me resonates in many other areas in my life.

First the story…

In 2001, I put out the first book in The Friendship Series (it wasn’t called that at the time, that’s an incarnation that’s evolved over the 12 years). The first book was called “Eternity.” At the time I was just beginning in the publishing world. I was eager and fragile. I didn’t realize there were sharks in the water and people who, though they said they were on your team, really weren’t. I had a publicist who thought her job was to run my life from New York. It wasn’t going well, and really, I should have cut that tie long before I did. But again, I was young and eager to please whoever would help me get my writing out there, so I made some very bad decisions in that pursuit.

My publicist read and RAVED about “Eternity.” She just loved it! She booked me on some TV spots and book signings and all of that stuff that makes you think you’ve finally “made it.” I was totally thrilled. I couldn’t wait to capitalize on my budding career, so I sent her the second book in the series, “The Easy Way Out.”

Eternity

Then I waited. And waited. And waited. I didn’t hear back for a long time, and then I got an email. She said she had given the book to a friend of hers who was “in the industry” to read, and they “just didn’t think it was ready” because it “wasn’t up to the standards of Staci Stallings.”

I was crushed. Looking back, I wonder if her game wasn’t going to be to sell me on someone who could “edit the book professionally.” (I’m glad I didn’t!) But I didn’t give her that chance. I was sick of leaving my young children here to go out and do publicity that often turned into a nightmare. I was tired of being told the day before that I was supposed to be at such-and-such the next day and having to round up babysitters at the last possible minute only to find out the appearance was actually for a different day or hadn’t even been scheduled. So I cut ties with her.

That was 12 years ago. I guess a big part of me between here and there lost faith in that story because of what she said about it. That’s why I put out 23 other books and ebooks, not really even considering putting that one out. Then a couple of close reader friends asked about Drew’s story, and I told them about the book. They wanted to read it, and lo and behold, they fell in love with it! So I repackaged “Eternity,” and final-edited “The Easy Way Out” and here they are!

Finally! After 12 LONG years!

“The Easy Way Out” is about making tough choices in life rather than skating by and hoping it will all work out. Drew and Charity are both damaged souls. I guess you could say the book is a life lesson in what happens when “hurting meets hurt” and how making the right decision is much more important than making the easy one. It does have an inspiring ending and a great message, but the getting there, like life, is pretty messy.

The Easy Way Out

So I guess the book is about what I’ve learned in this Odyssey—make good decisions for yourself, your life, and your family even if those decisions aren’t always the easy decision. See, for me, I hate confrontation, and when I started, I didn’t feel like I had any power in the situation. I thought I “had” to do what she told me I should do so I would be a “team player.”

What I didn’t realize was that 12 years later, I would still be here. She wouldn’t. So I made bad decisions for me to make her happy. BAD IDEA!

The good news is, I have learned and I am learning, just like Charity does that others don’t have to like the decisions I make for my life, but I get to make them. And I in partnership with God have to make the decisions that make the most sense for me.

So it’s been a needed Odyssey for me and for my life, my growth and my understanding.

About the Author:

Staci StallingsNow a #1 Best Selling Christian and Inspirational Romance author, Staci Stallings, a stay-at-home mom with a husband, three kids and a writing addiction on the side, has numerous titles for readers to choose from. Not content to stay in one genre and write it to death, Staci’s stories run the gamut from young adult to adult, from motivational and inspirational to full-out Christian and back again. Every title is a new adventure! That’s what keeps Staci writing and you reading. Although she lives in Amarillo, Texas and her main career right now is her family, Staci touches the lives of people across the globe with her various Internet and writing endeavors including http://CrossReads.com, http://Graceandfaith4u.com, and http://StaciStallings.net.

 

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Gems from Pastor Jim by Jim Hughes

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Jim Hughes
Ps. 18:28 LORD, you have brought light to my life; my God, you light up my darkness.

Without Christ the soul resides in darkness. This darkness resists the light. It does everything it can to keep the light out. It will not entertain the thought that Light exists. It will refuse to consider that the darkness is danger-filled and leads to certain destruction. It will rebel against those who want to bring light into the darkness. It will squelch the thought that there are consequences for actions committed. It will keep the door shut to the Light with the thought there will always be time to open the door someday. It muddles the truth so that confusion reigns. It causes the soul to believe Satan’s lie that there is no absolute truth. This darkness causes the soul to fall over and over again. Chaos prevails in it and people constantly get hurt.

Only God can penetrate the darkness. He alone has the ability to cut through all of the affects darkness has on the soul. The Holy Spirit enters into the darkness and overwhelms the darkness. He sheds light on the darkness so that the soul can see Jesus, the Light. When God comes in, the darkness must leave. He brings to light all the sin and its causes so they can be dealt with. He opens the eyes of the soul so it can clearly see it’s way to Calvary.

Praise the Lord for not leaving us in the dark! Praise Him for loving us and reaching deep into our darkness to pull us out. Praise Him for stripping away from us all those things which hinder us from enjoying to the fullest the light. Praise Him for His work amongst us to shed light on our souls! Praise Him for this Light which can never go out! Praise God from whom all blessings flow!
C Through Marriage
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Don’t Ignore the Call by Rebekah Beene

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As my daughter answered the phone this morning I thought I heard tussling and some arguing.  Sure enough it was my granddaughter Stella fighting for control of the cell phone and speaking her unhappiness. It seems that Stella was playing on the phone. When it began to ring she said, “No!  It’s NOT RINGING!” so that her mother wouldn’t take it from her. The power play continued until her mother gained control. Stella was unhappy but she was bound by her mother’s decision to answer the phone.

We do that to God sometimes don’t we? We hear His message loud and clear. Repent. Change direction. Stop doing that. Turn over control to Me. We hear the ringing but we say “No that’s not God. He wouldn’t tell us to stop? He wouldn’t want to be in control? We were just having a good time!”  Truth is we often have our spiritual life and a good time fade into one another. What starts out as just serving God gets clouded as it becomes more fun than ministry. Pretty soon we’re just having fun and not really ministering to anyone. Then when God calls up and wants to change things we try to ignore His still small voice.

Oh beloved, I encourage you today to listen to the Lord’s call!  Take it quickly!  Drop whatever you are doing and answer His request to get in closer touch with you. His call is important. His call is your life source. It’s not “your” ministry anyway. It’s His through you. And if a talk with the Lord makes you crazy then it’s time to slow down and step away from the fun.  God never says His call has to be drudgery. He just wants to stay in close contact with you so He can guide you, watch over you and give you His best.

God loves you and He’s for you. That’s what matters as you reconnect with the Lord. Christ is living in heaven interceding for you 24/7. The Holy Spirit is residing in you to help you answer the call. God’s call is your most important message. His love is why you answer. And His anointing is why you let Him call the shots. God blesses the life connected and in close contact with Him. Rejoice that He’s still calling you! Live in the Light of His Word and watch those calls become the very thing you look forward to most in your day!

1 Samuel 3:9   And Eli said to Samuel, “Go lie down, and it shall be if He calls you, that you shall say, ‘Speak, Lord, for Your servant is listening.’” So Samuel went and lay down in his place.

John 10:3 To Him the doorkeeper opens, and the sheep hear His voice, and He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out.

Matthew 4:4 But Jesus told him, “No! The Scriptures say, ‘People do not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.'”

Jeremiah 10:23 I know, O LORD, that a man’s way is not in himself, Nor is it in a man who walks to direct his steps.

Psalm 16:11 You will show me the way of life, granting me the joy of Your presence and the pleasures of living with You forever.

About the Author:

Rebekah Beene

In a Christian Women’s meeting in 1983, Rebekah was given a prophetic message that she would write books. Several years ago she began writing stories about special holiday memories and travels, sharing God’s love and care through each story. God has gifted Rebekah with the ability to look at the natural and see the supernatural. Both Rebekah and her husband Danny have a heart to share the Gospel and the riches of life in Christ to everyone they meet. They have served in the local church and in ministry to motorcyclists. Danny is an ordained minister and they both have been Bible study teachers for many years. Rebekah also speaks at women’s retreats and conferences. Her tag line says it all “God loves you and He’s for you”.

My website is http://rebekahbeene.wordpress.com

My first book in print is Oh Beloved! Live in the Light of His Word.
Link to buying the book via paypal is on the website.
As well a link to purchasing the ebook on Amazon is there too.
I’m also on twitter @rebekahbeene, tumblr http://rebekah-beene.tumblr.com/
and of course facebook as Rebekah Beene (Warren) I included my maiden name for old friends.
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Do We Pray Against God’s Will? by Lynn Mosher

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What do you think? Do we pray against God’s will? I believe we do. Without realizing it.

We ask God to bless us or someone else, to meet our needs or someone else’s, to give us wisdom to make a decision, or to cause certain events to occur.

But sometimes, God is not obligated to answer…with a yes answer. Why? Because we ask amiss. James said, “And even when you ask, you don’t get it because your motives are all wrong—you want only what will give you pleasure.” (James 4:3 NLT) We ask, by definition, badly, evilly, miserably, or grievously.

Aren’t our motives usually centered on selfish desires, what we want, when we want it, and how we want it? Do we ever truly say, “Not my will but Yours, Lord”?

What about the events taking place around the world or in our own country? Are these things happening in accordance with God’s plan, maybe even to usher in Jesus’ return? So, then, do we pray for peace or other things that may not be God’s purpose?

What did Jesus teach about prayer in the Sermon on the Mount?

“Our Father in heaven, may your name be kept holy.

May your Kingdom come soon.

May your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven.”

(Matt. 6:9-10 NLT)

What were the first three priorities in Jesus’ model prayer? God the Father’s name being kept holy, His kingdom, and His will.

Before any petitions are made…

1) we are to hallow His name.

To venerate, to declare sacred, to honor His holy name. As the Lord told Moses, “You must not treat Me as common and ordinary. Revere Me and hallow Me.” (Lev. 22:32a TLB) http://lynnmosher.com/hallowed-be-thy-name-2/

We celebrate Him in our worship, for He is worthy “to receive glory and honor” (Rev. 4:11), to be held in reverence and praised. David said, “I will call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised.” (Ps. 18:3 NKJV)

2) we are to invoke His kingdom to come.

Where is the kingdom? Jesus said, “The kingdom of heaven is at hand.” (Matt. 10:7 NKJV) At hand, where? “The kingdom of God is within you [in your hearts] and among you [surrounding you].” (Luke 17:21 Amp) http://lynnmosher.com/your-kingdom-come-2/

We pray not just for His kingdom at hand on earth now but also for His heavenly kingdom to come to earth again. We pray that earth will be made more like heaven through the observance of God’s will.

3) we are to ask that His will be done. The observance of His will is that it should be obeyed. On earth as it is in heaven.

God’s will is what He desires, purposes, and has determined to be done on earth. It is His established kingdom rule in heaven being accomplished on earth by, for, and through His people. http://lynnmosher.com/your-will-be-done-2/

Later in the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus said, “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” (Matt. 6:33 NKJV) What things? The things Jesus mentioned right before that, the things we eat, drink, and wear. Those things necessary to living.

The three things listed above should be first in our hearts before petitions are presented at the throne of grace.

Then, petitions can be made for all that sustains life.

Prayer is not just a list of one’s requests for God to do something. It is time spent in the presence of His holiness, at the foot of the throne of heaven. Sitting. Listening. Communing. Presenting our requests in faith. And relinquishing our hold on them.

All prayers should be wrapped in faith’s envelope and sealed with the kiss of thanksgiving.

All our prayers should end with the thought of the words Eli spoke to Samuel, “It is the Lord’s will…Let him do what he thinks best.” (1 Sam. 3:18 NLT)

Lord, Your will be done. Do what You think is best.

So, what do you think: do we pray against God’s will?

From His feet, Lynn

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Lynn MosherBio:

At a time of physical upheaval in 2000, Lynn Mosher felt led of the Lord to take up her pen and write. With this new passion, she has embraced her mission to reach others through Christ-honoring literature, encouraging them in their walk and offering comfort through the written word. Lynn lives with her hubby (since 1966) in their Kentucky nest, emptied of three chicklets, and expanded by three giggly grand-chicklets, and an inherited dog. You can find out more about Lynn by visiting her website http://lynnmosher.com

 

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Snapshot or Mirror by Sherry Chamblee

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Ever look at a picture of yourself and wonder, ‘what was I thinking?,’ ‘Why was that look on my face,’ ‘how did I not know I had that extra chin,’ or ‘goodness, I look like that in that outfit?’

I’m hoping more of us out there have felt this way, because I have to believe I am not the only one in the world that wonders about pictures.

Look, I’ve seen pictures of people, and thought that person doesn’t look like that in real life, why is the picture so skewed?

So that’s where I got the title for this post.

A picture is a second in time. It catches and cements a look, a glance, the beginning of a thought forming, the angle can be just in the place to make you look awful, or it can capture a side of yourself you didn’t know existed.

A mirror, on the other hand, is a fluid image. It allows for those angles to be readjusted, the thought to form fully without judgment, it allows us to spot the problem, but then gives us a chance to fix the problem without holding us to that negative for the rest of our lives in some glaring mockup of Instagram collages. 😀

So I was thinkin’,

That’s just like us, isn’t it?

We can see another person (or ourself) as a fixed, stationary image, or as a fluid image that allows for adjusting.

Do we judge someone for the glance? Do we see people in the snapshots or in the bigger image of the entirety of their day/week/year?

When someone gripes at us, do we take into account what their current whole is? Do we remember that they just lost their dad, or they’re running late to pick up their child from school after dealing with demanding clients all day, or that maybe they’ve got a struggle going on that they can’t share with any other soul on earth?

When someone says something rude to us, do we remember that time we said something rude to them, and that maybe they now think we don’t like them?

Do we think of people as if they’re only in this moment with us…a snapshot?

Or do we think of them as having an entire circumstance surrounding that moment, letting angles change and shift and play out, letting movement account for a different viewpoint?

Which image do we hold people to? The snapshot? Or the Mirror?

About the Author:

Sherry Chamblee

More by Sherry Chamblee can be found at http://www.sherrychamblee.weebly.com or connect with her on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/authorsherrychamblee or on Twitter https://twitter.com/SherryChamblee Her books can be found on Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/Sherry-Chamblee/e/B00BA06RJ2/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_pop_1

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Snapshot or Mirror by Sherry Chamblee

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Ever look at a picture of yourself and wonder, ‘what was I thinking?,’ ‘Why was that look on my face,’ ‘how did I not know I had that extra chin,’ or ‘goodness, I look like that in that outfit?’

I’m hoping more of us out there have felt this way, because I have to believe I am not the only one in the world that wonders about pictures.

Look, I’ve seen pictures of people, and thought that person doesn’t look like that in real life, why is the picture so skewed?

So that’s where I got the title for this post.

A picture is a second in time. It catches and cements a look, a glance, the beginning of a thought forming, the angle can be just in the place to make you look awful, or it can capture a side of yourself you didn’t know existed.

A mirror, on the other hand, is a fluid image. It allows for those angles to be readjusted, the thought to form fully without judgment, it allows us to spot the problem, but then gives us a chance to fix the problem without holding us to that negative for the rest of our lives in some glaring mockup of Instagram collages. 😀

So I was thinkin’,

That’s just like us, isn’t it?

We can see another person (or ourself) as a fixed, stationary image, or as a fluid image that allows for adjusting.

Do we judge someone for the glance? Do we see people in the snapshots or in the bigger image of the entirety of their day/week/year?

When someone gripes at us, do we take into account what their current whole is? Do we remember that they just lost their dad, or they’re running late to pick up their child from school after dealing with demanding clients all day, or that maybe they’ve got a struggle going on that they can’t share with any other soul on earth?

When someone says something rude to us, do we remember that time we said something rude to them, and that maybe they now think we don’t like them?

Do we think of people as if they’re only in this moment with us…a snapshot?

Or do we think of them as having an entire circumstance surrounding that moment, letting angles change and shift and play out, letting movement account for a different viewpoint?

Which image do we hold people to? The snapshot? Or the Mirror?

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Sherry Chamblee

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