My Indian friends

What is happening presently
To my Indian friends?
Where are they gone?
I had so many of them;
Many, I do not see;
Have they left or what?
That is what I seek
To know;
Who can give me a gist?
I want a renewal
Of our friendship;
To make it strong again;
To make it wax again;
To make it steam again.
To make it what
It used to be.
Because I loved it
As it was.
It brought me great joy;
Those Indian guys are good;
Just like you.
I value them as I value you.

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Your people

I have some people
Who are so very special;
I call them my people;
I trust them;
They are
The people I rely on;
The people I count on;
The people who never
Let me down;
They are the people
Who make things move
For me;
They are
The engines of my life.
Do you have such people
You can rely on?
Whom you can trust?
Whom you can depend on?
Who will serve as
The engine of your life;
You cannot go far in life,
If you don’t have
Such people;
They will make things move;
They will pull you along.
They will help you succeed.
You can call them
Your people.

My cyber family

To you, my cyber friend,
I send blessings;
To you,
My cyber brother,
Let God grant you
Riches this 2020.
To you
My cyber sister,
Let 2020 offer you
the love of your life;
Someone
Who will bring you
Happiness
You never imagined.
To you
My cyber son,
May all the doors
You knock this 2020
Be opened to you!
To you
My cyber daughter,
May the sky be
Your springboard
This 2020.
To you
My cyber parents,
May you age gracefully,
Enjoying the love
And care
Of your progeny!
To you
My entire cyber family,
Love, sunshine
And happiness to all.

Entitlement

Today’s society is bombarded with many slogans that portray us to be “deserving” of something. Such self-focused messages are:

            “You deserve a break today…” used by McDonald’s

            “You owe it to yourself…” used by cruise lines

            “Treat yourself to take the break you deserve” used by Hilton HHonors

In the dynamics of families and relationships, how many times have you graciously gave a gift and never received a “thank you” of any kind? How often have you heard the stories of parents passing away, and the children fought over the estate and money? If a sibling or parent is near their deathbed, do they deserve to be treated with respect if they never reciprocated love to family members in a state of healthiness? What if a husband and wife purchase a home with their hard-earned money – should their children feel entitled to the parent’s assets?

Within the business world, employees arrive late and perform their duties with little ambition. They demand pay raises and better benefits. Are they really deserving of it? Or, a parent scrapes and works hard to grow a business, and their grown children now believe they’re entitled to run it when the parent is deceased.

Churches also run into the same dilemmas when the congregation feels entitled to receive answers from their pastors or to hold positions within the house of worship. And, while I walk down the path of religious connotations, many believers feel deserving of God’s blessings. Speaking of this, do you know why much of humanity walks away from God and stops believing in Him? They prayed for an answer they wanted to hear and didn’t receive it. He was a means to get what they felt entitled to in life! Ironically, I believe our church leaders are responsible for this incorrect train of thought. They stand on the pulpit and preach God will meet all our needs and give them their desires if they pledge their soul to Jesus. The fact is our sin separates us from the Lord.

Entitlement is a dangerous walk in life – it’s Godlessness. Let me be frank here – God, parents, and employers owe us nothing. God blesses us with things because He wants to – an unconditional love of grace. A selfish demand for His generosity will reap no benefits. It’s that simple!

Jesus’ ministry spoke of loving others with a grateful heart. This includes treating each other with respect, even amidst our differences. The well-being of gratitude promotes healthy relationships, both in our walk with the Lord and relationships with others.

In the subject of parenting, fewer children today respect their elders. They ignore the recognition parents deserve for years of hard work and dedication to their families because they live in the “gimme, gimme” world. These generations are gifted with their heart’s desires, and they expect it from the parents. Thus, the slogans I mentioned at the beginning of the message above, come into play. As the children grow older, they feel entitled to life. Little do we know, it promotes laziness, ungratefulness, and the subject of this blog – entitlement. What are we teaching our children and others?

So, how can we live a life feeling less entitled to things and people?

•          Humbly give thanks to God for all we receive. “Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” 1 Thessalonians 5:18

•          Remember the grace of God, for Jesus died on the cross for our sins. We do not deserve to be treated with graciousness for our sinful attitudes, but the Lord’s love and grace reaches out to us, anyway. “At one time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures. We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another. But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy.” Titus 3:3-5

•          Set your mind on eternity with the Lord and not on this world. Money and physical possessions mean nothing, for they cannot be taken with you to heaven. “But, as it is written, what no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love him…” 1 Corinthians 2:9

•          Continuously pray for discernment of entitlement. Why do I feel entitled, and how can I change this train of thought?

In summary of today’s message, expect little, receive with a grateful heart, and always give thanks. Give God the glory for your unexpected blessings!

Written by Anne Bicks, Editor and Marketing of Bicks Books LLC


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In The Spirit

So often we look over the obvious and miss the big picture in life. We become wrapped up in living for the moment and cannot see the signs. Let me connect some dots and bring you the wisdom God revealed to me today about being in the spirit. Do you think this may not apply to you? Think again, for it applies to everyone who walks the earth.

Have you ever watched four or five-year-old children put their little hands over their hearts and fumble through the Pledge of Allegiance? How adorable this is to witness! As they grow, they find other activities to cultivate their minds, such as Cub Scouts, Brownies, and sporting activities. They are living… in the spirit of competitiveness and good citizenship.

Some mature young men and women take an oath to defend our country. Do you know why? They are entrenched… in the spirit of preservation, duty, and honor.

Doctors and nurses work endless hours hustling and bustling among patients. Their high energy is formidable and do you know why? For the love of people… they live in the spirit of caring.

Christmas is a wonderful time to give to others. This past holiday season, the Saturday before Christmas, was the largest shopping day in history. Why? Because shoppers were in the spirit… the love of family and friends.

Let’s take a second and think about the thirteen men who, in 1787, wrote the guidelines of the U.S. Constitution. They were not making a grocery list; in deep Christian faith, they carried their pens and drafted this American historical document. Only five men had a formal education, so how could they skillfully devise a draft to protect a nation for years to come? Our founding fathers were in the spirit… their beliefs led them to write collectively and defend the principles of God’s chosen people. Ironically, other than adding the Bill of Rights, it has never been changed or contested.

Now, I’ll turn my thoughts to the greatest book ever put together, the Bible. Some of it was written five hundred years before Christ, such as the Book of Job. Other books were written during Jesus’ life of thirty-three years on earth and before His crucifixion. But most of the Bible was written many years after His death. Who were these scholars of great wisdom? Who was on their Board of Education and honored them with a Ph.D. to write these sacred and everlasting scriptures? The Bible was written in the spirit… mostly men, but also by some women in love with the Holy Spirit and His greatness. God divinely visited them and ordered their thoughts to be placed in writing for future generations. Spiritually grounded to Jesus Christ, they endured the wrath of all those who did not believe in our Savior. Those who could write did so… in the spirit.

Paul, the Apostle (or Saul from Tarsus), never met Jesus while He was alive, but God’s spirit confronted him on the road to Damascus. As a result, Paul wrote almost half the New Testament, and with no education. He was in the spirit… so, God gave him the strength and guidance to deliver His Word throughout the land.

Conversion of Paul, the Apostle courtesy of Sweet Publishing/Freebibleimages.org

Every one of us can be in the spirit. Life is a journey, and we must follow God’s lead when He gives us a nudge. We will become the bearer of the Holy Spirit’s fruit if we pay attention to the signs.

I look back on my own spiritual walk. God awakened me in the middle of the night and told me to write His messages. I challenged His request but in the spirit… my award-winning book, “There in God’s Grace,” graced every brick-and-mortar store. My strong Christian beliefs led me on a path I can never deny.

Those who walk in the Spirit are united with Christ. Do you have the spirit too? It will fill you with thankfulness, joy, and a life of righteousness. Trust this promise!

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.”

Galatians 5:22-25


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HAPPY GREGORIAN NEW YEAR!

With the changing of the calendar there are disagreements about if it is really a new decade.

What a silly disagreement.

Humans feel they control time. They can catagozie and contain it. However, as diverse as Humanity is, there are as many ways to contain time as there are civilazations.

I Celebrate three New Year’s. My actually new year is aligned with my pagan beliefs with the start of the year on Samhein, Halloween.

Then I recognize the Gregorian New Year, which most of the world, particularly the Western World, follow. Then, finally, I celebrate Chinese New Year. This is out of appreciation for Asian culture.

I once owned a Tibetan Buddhist Calendar. It being based on the moon as opposed to the sun. It was definitely different.

My friend in South Korea has two ages. One which is “western,” one which is based on her culture.

Not only are there calendar and time controls within different cultures, there are different views of time in various religions.

Growing up in the United Methodist Church we followed the Christian calendar (hint we are still in the Christmas Season until Epiphany). There are specific traditions and practices associated with certain times of the year in every religious practice.

And don’t even get me started on the different political calendars across the globe.

Sometimes this societal agree on the meaning of time is to our detriment. More and more people are having sleep problems and health issues because they are no longer in tune with their own physical, internal clock, their circadian rhythm.

It is worth remembering for all of the different views and beliefs on time, it is all fabricated by our brains. It is simply a way for our brains to catagozie and barely begin to understand our place in the Universe.

This Gregorian Year of 2020 I suggest we all take a step back and allow the Universe to speak to us, to reset our clocks to its time, instead of the chaos of societal time.

People I admire

I admire people who are courageous. In fact, I like anyone who is courageous. Courage is not given to everyone. Hence, anyone who displays this rare quality enjoys my esteem.

Confidence is another admirable quality I find in people.I admire people who have this quality. They speak and act confidently.

The world respects people who are bold. I am not left out. If you speak boldly, people will respect you.

I admire people who are humble; who do not think too highly of themselves; and do not look down on others.

I admire people who are kind of heart; who feel for others; who have compassion.

I admire people who are considerate. If care how others feel, and like to see others well treated.

Overthinking

Overthinking

“We are dying from over thinking. We are slowly killing ourselves by thinking about everything. Think. Think. Think. You can never trust the human mind anyway. It’s a death” Anthony Hopkins

Over thinking is exactly what it means,thinking too much.

11 quotes to remember when you over think:

1. You will never be free until you free yourself from the prison of your own false thoughts.

2. Before you talk, listen. Before you react, think. Before you criticize, wait. Before you pray, forgive. Before you quit, try!

3. Stop worrying about what can go wrong, and get excited about what can go right.

4. Overthinking – the art of creating problems that weren’t even there.

5. There is nothing in this world that can trouble you as much as your own thoughts.

6. Worrying is like sitting in a rocking chair. It gives you something to do but it doesn’t get you anywhere.

7. Stop overthinking. You can’t control everything, just let it be.

8. Dear mind, please stop thinking so much at night. I need sleep.

9. Overthinking is the biggest cause of unhappiness.

10.Don’t ruin a new day by thinking about yesterday. Let it go.

11.A quiet mind is able to hear intuition over fear.

Can you escape from overthinking ?

My feeling is that you can not escape from overthinking.but you can bring down the stress level by having a positive attitude,trying to recollect the above 11 quotes.

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Truly a great figure

He was a great figure
From head to toes;
Truly a great figure;
Looking at him,
You saw a great man
Who towered above all
Around him;
The way he walked;
The way he carried his body,
And comported himself,
And talked
Bore the airs
Of a great man;
And indeed,
He was in and out
A great man.
By all standards
A great man of our times;
A truly great figure, he was.

The Rant of Racism

The origin of racism is a fact many are clueless about because it did not start in the city streets of any town. In my opinion, racism should be best described as similar to chickenpox – a thing of the past. I spent my entire life listening to this language of division. It was not math but hatred which divided humanity. Six decades later, I wonder what, if anything, have we learned about the division of people? The consensus says “nothing,” and in fact, we may be reversed in our knowledge.

I ask you, friends, what would you do if Jesus reappeared in your church on a Sunday morning or in your living room in the darkness of an evening? Is your soul cleansed, or is it consumed with bitterness for the differences in people? I spoke to my educated neighbor on the porch one day and asked her why descendants of color (such as herself) relate themselves as African Americans? She could only reply with, “That is how they like to be identified in society today.”

Dark-skinned people are no more African than I am German! Our descendants have nothing to do with the parentage who are born and raised in the United States. Racism, a word derived in the days of slavery, should have been abolished with the civil war. Jesus was of orient descent. He was not white, so I wonder, what was His take on the division of humanity?

I start the rant of racism with the church for this is where the word racism all began – shocking, isn’t it? In the first century AD, churches divided the Jews and Gentiles. The apostle Paul addressed the problem head on:

“There is no difference between Jew and Gentile—the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him.” Romans 10:12

Moving ahead two thousand years later, and in the United States, the church began racism once again – the ‘blacks’ sit upstairs, and the ‘whites’ enjoy the service below. Are you kidding me? The House of the Lord actually provoked prejudices? It makes sense to me why so many believers and non-believers think religion is filled with hypocrites. God is about unity, not separation! One day, as Jesus speaks of in the Bible, a totalitarian church will be built, and churches will fall under God’s guidelines – not their own rules. Christ will be our ultimate Pastor, who shall lead us not into temptation, which is where we are headed now.

I was in a McDonald’s in Hong Kong, many years back, and no one would take my order. People of other religions stepped in front of me as if I wasn’t standing there trying to get food. I know how it feels to be at a disadvantage. It’s incredibly sad the ignorance which rears its ugly head in the world!

I am blessed to go to work today, in a place where I am a small minority. My co-workers are like my family. So how do we make it work? Though everyone comes from different backgrounds, we have one thing in common – we believe in Jesus Christ. Reverence reassures our quality of life. We work in unison to protect our covenant of faith in God.

Let us work together as one under Jesus Christ!

It’s the love of God I rant about today. Why do we go against His cautions and make ourselves divided? Our evil thoughts and slang verbiage for differences among people aren’t uttered in God’s house. It’s only in the profound gutters of dirt and filth which lies in a littered mind. We are not any better now than two thousand years ago. Can’t we at least respect all of God’s children?

Far beyond the wars of separation, let us come together in peace and bear the love of God. It is there you shall be cleansed.

“I solemnly command you in the presence of God and Christ Jesus and the highest angels to obey these instructions without taking sides or showing favoritism to anyone.” 1 Timothy 5:21


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