Ms Crooked Halo











What are you currently feeling pressure to do that you don’t particularly enjoy?

If you know me at all, you know the answer to this one: Work.

I am the self-proclaimed Queen of Lazy.

If I can be bothered to do any self-proclaiming, that is…seems like a lot of work.

And for those of you who don’t know, it takes a lot more work to have a successful blog than simply justing writing the posts.

Finding a design that I could live with took months.

And blogging is just one of my jobs so…

Yeah, I loathe working.

But if I do not work, I do not eat.

So says the Bible or Hinney Penny or…someone please look that up for me…

I’m too lazy to do it myself.

~MsCrookedHalo

NaBloPoMo January 2014

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{August 14, 2012}   God works wonders in one week

I have a friend who has been struggling from homelessness for over two years.

Not the kind of homeliness that you are probably picturing…

Dirty with a shopping cart sleeping under a bridge.

No, this is the kind of homeliness that practically goes unnoticed in society.

One of a hard working mother who just cannot seem to save up enough to pay a deposit so she moves her and her kids from friend’s to friend’s house.

But on this faithful Sunday, our Pastor calls a prophecy.

He says that he doesn’t know who he is talking to but the person who has been struggling for two years and still has been faithful to God, that person’s season of hardship is over.

On that very Monday, she gets notice from her social worker that they can pay her first month’s rent and deposit.

That very day she calls landlords and finds one just down the street from me who is aware of and takes that type of payment.

By the evening, we have viewed the apartment and she has completed the application.

By that Tuesday evening, he has confirmed her income and approved her for the apartment.

By that Wednesday, social services has written a promissary note and she has keys!!!

For the first time in Years!!

But is God done?

Nope!

On Thursday, the water is on.

But there is a problem of an overdue electric bill.

And do you think that a $600 power bill can stop my God.

NOPE!

Because God put it on the heart of just one of the dozen of customer service workers at dom.com to turn on her power if she can pay just $200 of that bill.

And here’s the kicker…the power was on even before she made the payment.

Yep, on Thursday night, she and her three daughters spent their very first night in the comfort and security of their own home!!

On Saturday, with the help of an Explorer, Expedition, and a pickup truck, her furniture was moved in her new home and out of storage.

A new home in one week.

From one Sunday to the next, you went from homeless to being a tenant in good standing.

You can’t tell me there is no God and that my God ain’t good!!!

 

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I am being so inspired by my friend.

No, she is not rich.

A happy woman

A happy woman (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

No, she is not famous.

But today, she has moved from living an impoverished life to a life with more substance.

She has a good source of income.

She found a good man.

She has moved out of public housing.

She is traveling.

She is living a wonderful life, in God and in the world.

In truth, the secret to her success is God.

And remember, the key is not to envy someone else’s good life but, instead, to be inspired by it.

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{June 20, 2012}   The privilege of touch

Touching another human being is not a right, it is a privilege.

Woman cuddling her dog.

Woman cuddling her dog. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Touch can send shivers up your spine.

Shivers of appreciation.

Shivers of revulsion.

I almost racked a guy on church property who touched me without permission.

It was not the touch, per se, but the intention behind the touch.

To cop a free feel.

Blech.

At the most, I would have given him the Church Hug.

Y’know the one.

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NEW YORK, NY – AUGUST 27: Julissa Fugeuroa (L) and Arianna Guzman (R) hug friends as they evacuate from the Jacob Riis Houses, located in a mandatory evacuation zone in Manhattan, on August 27, 2011 in New York City. There are approximately 370,000 city residents in low lying areas are under a mandatory evacuation order ahead of Hurricane Irene. (Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife)

Where you take all of your good bits and lean them back so they cannot even accidentally touch any of his.

It can also be referred to as the All We’ll Ever Be Is Friends Hugs.

You know that you have been given or received that hug. LMAO.

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{May 21, 2010}   Time Tithing pays off

One of my most personal beliefs is in the spirit of tithing.

Now, when most people think of tithing (if they know the word at all), they think of only money.

Yet money is just the beginning of your obligations to tithe.

Sometimes the hardest thing to tithe is yourself.

Giving of yourself without the anticipation of receiving anything in return.

Not even a smile.

Not even a thank you.

And of the giving of yourself, what seems to be the most improbable to give (after money, of course) is time.

I do this every Thursday morning from ten to twelve and sometimes every Thursday evening as well…if I’m needed.

I carve that block of time into my schedule as a weekly obligation.

And yesterday, I was richly rewarded.

Ok, let me preface this by saying that I cut up (bad!) while volunteering at my local church‘s food pantry.

I believe in being happy and having fun no matter where I am so, yay, my friends and I are in there cutting jokes and laughing uproariously.

Often we get the “clients” involved in our tomfoolery.

And yesterday, I was so touched when one of our patrons says to me that we brighten her day every Thursday because we are always so light, fun-loving, and helpful.

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I don’t know what struggles these ladies and gentleman are going through in their life outside of those walls but I am so moved that just by being my dumb, sweet self that, just for a moment, we can lift them out of their dark doldrums and into the light.

And I hope that they then take the which of our blessings with them and use it to light someone elses life.

Yeah, Time Tithing definitely pays off.

In a big way….

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