Shabbat Shalom

Posted by on Jul 24, 2021 in All Posts, Family Affair, Our Family | 0 comments

Shabbat Shalom

SHABBAT SHALOM

Today has many meanings … of course, today, July 24th is Shabbat – she rises to the top!

Another aspect of July 24th, if you follow the Hebrew Calendar, is this would be Av 15. A very interesting date in the Hebrew Calendar. According to Jewish historians, the 15th of Av was when the generation that came out of Egypt under Moses’ leadership died out int he desert. They wandered 38 years through the wilderness until a new generation of Israelites stood ready to enter the Holy Land. It was the 15th of Av of the year 2487 from creation, or 1274 BCE.

Another 15th of Av memorial was the Inter-Tribal Marriage was lifted in the 13th century BCE. This had been put in place to ensure the orderly division of the Holy Land between the 12 tribes. The restriction was lifted on the 15th of Av.

Another marker is that beginning with Tu B’Av, many start preparing themselves spiritually for the month of Elul, the prologue to the coming Days of Awe. It is a time to take spiritual stock of your life and begin preparing for the fall holidays.

There are many more memorial markers for the 15th of Av and you can read all about them at Aish.

And finallyon a personal note... this particular July 24th would have been my 51st Anniversary with my high-school sweetheart, Jim Staley, Jr. He left this time realm 3 years this coming December…but he is forever in my thoughts and heart. Jim was a much sought after heart throb in our younger years, but the Father had a mission in mind for us and we were united in marriage July 24, 1970 … just 2 months after I graduated high school, and only 6 months after I turned 18. Was it all a piece of cake? Certainly not! There were many times I thought we would not make it ….. but we did! Come hell or high-water – we survived and our legacy is part of what kept us going forward.

And now, memories abound in our legacy, and is centered around our eight beautiful grand daughters that our sons, Jim III and Jason Scott blessed us with.

What more could one ask for…..

Judging…not Judging

Posted by on Jul 12, 2021 in All Posts | 2 comments

So – someone sent me this video and at ‘first glance’ I’m like WHA??? … so I closed my eyes and just relaxed and swung to the rhythm……. then I opened my eyes and just couldn’t quit smilen…. you just never know WHO will touch your heart….ENJOY!

 

 

Psalm 47….Ponderings…

Posted by on Jul 11, 2021 in All Posts, Pams Ponderings | 0 comments

Psalm 47….Ponderings…

 

God the King of the Earth.

For the Chief Musician. A Psalm of the sons of Korah.

Psalm 47

Oh clap your hands, all ye peoples;

Shout unto God with the voice of triumph.

For Jehovah Most High is terrible;

He is a great King over all the earth.

He subdueth peoples under us,

And nations under our feet.

He chooseth our inheritance for us,

The glory of Jacob whom he loved. Selah

God is gone up with a shout,

Jehovah with the sound of a trumpet.

Sing praises to God, sing praises:

Sing praises unto our King, sing praises.

For God is the King of all the earth:

Sing ye praises with understanding.

God reigneth over the nations:

God sitteth upon his holy throne.

The princes of the peoples are gathered together

To be the people of the God of Abraham;

For the shields of the earth belong unto God

He is greatly exalted.

Today, for me, was a day of pondering .. a day of contemplation .. a day of meditating .. on the state of the world and especially in my little corner of the world.
As I sat on my patio drinking a cup of coffee, listening to the goldfinches chatter next to me as they filled their tummies and drinking in the stillness of the morning, my thoughts drifted to how great God is.
No matter what we see in this realm of time, no matter how bad it may appear, how sick things may look….He is still in charge. He is the KING of all the earth! And when it is all said and done………ALL the peoples of the earth will bow their knee to Him!
Just a pondering by Pam … 

A 4th to Remember 2021

Posted by on Jul 8, 2021 in All Posts, Pams Ponderings | 0 comments

This past weekend we celebrated the Independence of our Great Country ~ The United States of America. After being subjected to an unprecedented ‘lockdown‘ by the powers that be for over a year, patriots let loose in multi-colored fashion!

All across the nation – from sea to shining sea Americans held the colors high and celebrated with a passion I have not seen …. well, ever! And believe me, we celebrated like crazy back in ‘my’ day. But this was different – there was a call for freedom in the air, a passionate, soul-searching desire to prove to the world that ~ ‘our flag is still there`!

The neighborhood where my family celebrated was only one of many across the land where rockets roared and music blared and children danced in the street. Neighbors joined neighbors and laughter filled the littered streets as each person experienced the exhilaration of truly ‘being free’ in the land of the free.

As the National Anthem was played and replayed….the last stanza of that wonderful song seemed to epitomize the essence of the evening….let’s read it together and reflect on the truth within:

O, thus be it ever when freemen shall stand,

Between their lov’d homes and the war’s desolation;

Blest with vict’ry and peace, may the heav’n-rescued land

Praise the Pow’r that hath made and preserv’d us a nation!

Then conquer we must, when our cause is just,

And this be our motto: “In God is our trust”

And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave

O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

Who are we? Who are you?

Posted by on Jun 30, 2021 in All Posts, Pams Ponderings | 0 comments

Who are we? Who are you?

HISTORY UNVEILED…

As I recline this calm humid night, the ‘tv box’ flips thru channels … it lands on the History Channel and a program called “America“.

Everyone, young and old alike, should take time to watch this drama packed, revealing program that will challenge your memory of school time history class. There are more than few surprises to ‘our’ history that I simply don’t remember being taught in school. One of the most notable points of the show are the commentators …. every culture represented the rise of this land we call America as ‘ours‘ or ‘we‘ and each one was inclusive on recognizing the strength of all of us working together; no matter skin color or culture, together we are better – working together we can accomplish the impossible.

Watching this movie, envisioning the many ancestors that came before me and bringing it to life in my own mind, brought me to the edge of a distant, past realm. The emotions and feelings of past difficulties, tragedies and trials of those ancestors who paved the way …. threatened to overwhelm my senses as storm clouds and bellows of lightning threatens a perfectly peaceful, sunny day. But just as quickly, sentiments of long silenced memories filled with courage, dedication and optimism overrode those previous emotions and a sense of peacefulness and confidence in the future flooded in.  Admiration rose to the surface and my heart was lifted knowing that our country has been through decades and decades of turmoil and seemingly impossible scenarios that would have defeated others and yet we persevered and thrived!

Bottom line…..from the 1600’s to the 21st century….AmericansALL Americans are a peculiar people, a people that consider the “WE” and the “OUR” as a unique and obtainable battle-cry.

Today we are going through another growing phase and many are indecisive as to how it will all end. Will the various descendants of all those immigrants, who fought together and against each other but came out united – be defeated by those trying to divide us once again?

Will the people of this country forget or worse, dismiss the unprecedented mountaintops that were scaled and those who fought valiantly through her infancy to become the great melting-pot of all cultures? Will ‘we the people’ whose long-gone ancestors formed a government and took on the greatest military of the time, that was OF the PEOPLE, BY the PEOPLE and FOR the PEOPLE secede those accomplishments to a small group of powerful and self-motivated demi-gods?

Or … will WE THE PEOPLE stand united, determined to work together and prove once again to the whole world that, yes, we are a peculiar people. A peculiar people that lead, a people that unite when freedoms are threatened, and a people who believe that our collective history is worth saving.

I know I am….are you?

The Back Roads…..Have You Been There?

Posted by on May 10, 2021 in All Posts, Journey thru Garden, Journey to Health | 0 comments

The Back Roads…..Have You Been There?

The Back Roads…..Have You Been There?

Speaking of those back roads…..have you traveled any? Can you look in your rear-view mirror of life and draw from your past? Most, probably all of us, are able to do a look-see. Those smooth sailing, easy joy riding times were actually …. truth be told are the ones when you were on vacation! The back roads are our typical day to day journey – juggling this and maneuvering around that and screeching to halts when something appears in the middle of the road.

At least, that’s how I feel about all the back roads I’ve traveled. One of my early back roads was taking a detour from my predetermined road of a religion. Leaving the Catholic Church was not an easy decision….and yet, it was not difficult either. As one who has always been a searcher of ‘truth‘, always searching for answers and open to more than one opinion, I’ve never been  one to stay on the main road. Ever. And to be honest, those back roads are so much more interesting than whizzing by on the interstate with everything going by in a flash of color!

Taking the unconventional side road has led me many times to the various countries – Mexico, Costa Rico, Hawaii, and best of all Israel – many times! Each back road adventure equipped my tool kit with newfangled wrenches, hammers and whatchamacallits. Those tools equipped me to share my deepest passion, truths that I found along the way. Truth in organized religion, truth in equality, truth in life.

That first big side road that was taken away from organized religion led me on twists and turns and finally back into the first pages of the Bible. While I slowly turned those ancient pages, the stories of my ancestors came alive, questions arose that needed answers and a new side road emerged around the corner. Those stories, became my story … and I’m still walking them out along those ever emerging side roads. Come on, join me!

Highway or Back Roads?

Posted by on May 9, 2021 in All Posts, Journey thru Garden, Pams Ponderings | 0 comments

Highway or Back Roads?

HIGHWAYS OR BACK ROADS?

Some say we travel on the highway of life. And most would agree – as they hit the gas and go full speed, never looking back. However, some of us find ourselves somewhere down a lonely back road…a well rutted, dusty, well-traveled back road. Those ruts seem to tell the story that many have gone before us. We have left the fast lane, the truckers, the various exits to this and that and have chosen our own way. Our way is undetermined, unproven, and sometimes, even uninhabited. But, it’s our road. A road that we have chosen to follow when common sense would have said stay on the highway – but we are the adventurous type. The trail-blazing type. That was years ago. Now, it’s time to slow down and take a look in the rear view mirror….a slow sigh of relief escapes and a smile traces its way across my face all the while saying, ‘wow, what a trip’.

‘Wow….what a trip’

And trip it was, and hopefully there is still a little more tread on the tires to keep us going for a few more years, but if not – ‘wow what a trip’.

Happy Mother’s Day

Posted by on May 9, 2021 in All Posts, Journey thru Garden | 0 comments

Happy Mother’s Day

To my Mother of 69 years … and my grandmothers before her…

Thank you Mom for being there for me in every little thing in my life!

  • Thank you for raising me in a safe and loving environment, giving me a childhood full of hope, and joy and miracles.
  • Thank you for steering me through those teen age years, those learning to drive times and helping me figure things out ‘with those boys’.
  • Thank you for being supportive and loving and giving your all when I decided to marry my highschool sweetheart at the tender age of 18
  • Thank you for being there when my first baby was born and staying with me that first week …. and always be a phone call away.
  • Thank you for giving me your undivided attention whenever I called with a question or needed encouragement when I didn’t know how to handle a situation being a ‘mom’ myself.
  • Thank you for being there through my children’s adolescence, through my concerns about them getting married themselves and lending a helping hand as we became empty nesters.
  • Thank you for opening your home and hearts to Jim & I when we came back from Costa Rica and had no place to hang our hats
  • Thank you for being there for me when my own son, Jason, went thru his time of leaving us and passed into the next time realm….and holding my hand when a year later Jim joined him.
  • Thank you for being so kind and open to being there for me in this last leg of our journey.
  • Thank you …. thank you …. thank you … for just being you!

 

Stopping in the middle of the road…

Posted by on May 5, 2021 in All Posts, Journey to Health | 0 comments

Stopping in the middle of the road…

STOP AND LOOK

Yes, life is full of pot-holes and the road you are on will always have twists and turns, ups and downs. Always. It’s a guarantee in a world of non-guarantees.

But there is a difference on how you travel that pot-filled road…a difference between smooth-sailing and stalled out. It’s all in how you approach the road. Approaching the terrain full of trepidation, negativity and apprehension will always make those pot-holes seem a whole lot bigger than they actually are.  Traveling the same road knowing that your tires are in good shape, your navigation system is working and you have confidence in the outcome makes a world of difference. It’s all in your perspective!

So as we travel those rocky paths, or pot-filled roads, looking for those green fields or smooth roads, let’s remember what Psalm 23 says … from a different perspective. I think you’ll get the picture!

Potholes…what are they good for?

Posted by on Apr 27, 2021 in All Posts | 0 comments

The Other Side

So let’s look at the other side of the pothole….or is there another side?

Well, I guess if you want to look at the other side, you would most probably have to be on the other side….right? And to be on the other side…well, you’d have to be IN the hole looking out. That’s an interesting concept to wrap your brain around isn’t it?

But, let’s take a deep breath and think about this for a moment. If you’re on the other side of the situation/circumstance/pothole …. than you’ll have a totally different perspective of that issue. Right? So, let’s try to ‘see‘ it from within and find out what happens.

First of all – looking at it from this angle, should definitely give us a totally different perspective! Our viewpoint from this angle should widen and deepen in ways we would not have expected. From the other side of the pothole the hole widens as we view the situation differently. Instead of looking down into a narrow hole, we are looking UP into the great expanse! Oh my….ponder on that for a minute my friend…we are LOOKING UP! And if we are looking up, than there is an automatic great advantage!

That advantage? Well, it’s the One who is looking down 🙂 … we are meeting each other eye to eye and we are now looking up to find the answer rather than staring down into a dirty old hole. As we gaze up into the great I AM … scriptures run through my mind. Scriptures such as:

Proverbs 3:5-6  Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.

Psalm 40:17  But I am poor and needy; yet the LORD thinks upon me. You are my help and my deliverer; do not delay, O my God.

Psalm 115:11  You who fear the LORD, trust in the LORD; He is their help and their shield.

Psalm 121:2 My help comes from the LORD, who made heaven and earth.

Isaiah 41:10 Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.

Isaiah 41:13 For I, the LORD your God, will hold your right hand, saying to you, ‘Fear not, I will help you.

So what’s the take away? Next time you faced with a situation, a pothole, a circumstance that looks, from all appearances, to big to go around ~ look at it from a different perspective. ‘See’ it with His eyes!