Author: Nancy W. Boyer

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TRUST…What is it really?

  • If one looks up the word, TRUST, used as a noun, it has to do with confidence, belief, faith, certainty, assurance, conviction, credence, or reliance.  I’d like to start with the word, “assurance”.   Can we really be assured that we can trust someone or something to be all those words?    Confidence is a very strong word.  It gives the feeling that we do not need to doubt because there is total confidence. 
    If the truth be known, there is probably a little doubt in any of these  words that we equate with trust.
  • Think about this for a moment.  We get in our car and drive somewhere in the world. Here, in front of us in a bridge…perhaps like this one below if we happen to be driving in China, which is not recommended. sidu-river-bridge in China  Hubei ProvinceWhile we are on the subject of bridges…made by human beings; constructed by human beings; maintained by human beings…we might also be driving across the Millau-Viaduct Bridge in France.  This is not for the faint of heart or those who have a fear of heights, because this is considered the world’s highest bridge. millau-viaduct-bridge Tallest in world in France in Massif Central Mts

We get to the airport and once again we are asked to trust:   Trust that the security has been checked correctly and thoroughly; trust the pilot has not had a rough night;  trust that the mechanics have  performed their duties for our safe flight.

I remember getting on a Russian airlines, flying out of Ukraine at a small airport.  The attendant at the gate checked my ticket and passport and we boarded.  The flight crew decided that the runway would be safe enough to take off with holes in the runway and weeds growing out of big ruts.  Having a second thought, he moved the plane over on the grassy area, gunned it and took off… while from inside I watched a very large screw dangle over my head. Immediately I wondered who serviced this plane?   Looking at the man next to me, from Amsterdam, I asked, “Do you think we’ll make it?”   He answered, “I trust we will.”    Oh my, his trust was better than mine. This is only an example of how trusting we are with our lives.  If we were not, we would surely miss the adventure that goes with seeing the world and exploring new places.  Even staying at home in our bed has its risks.  A man in Florida went to bed; a sink hole opened up and swallowed the whole house. (This is true.)   As far as I know they never found him because the sink hole was so deep and this is his grave to this day.

Another one of the words about trust, is “reliance”.  Almost everything in our lives has a reliance on others to do the right thing.  We eat at a restaurant and we rely on the fact that the kitchen is clean and not filled with cockroaches or that the food has been properly refrigerated so that we don’t have an evening of agony from food poisoning.  I usually check out a new restaurant’s bathroom…for a dirty bathroom usually means a dirty kitchen.  This is not for certain, but possible a good connection. It has not worked a few times and tainted food does mean “I think I’m going to die!”  We also rely on those who grow our food to not have a sewer ditch right next to where our vegetables are growing soaking up the water nearest them.   Hopefully as you read this, you are not going soon to your next meal. Trust me…wait a while.

Saying the words, “Trust me” is something we often hear someone say.  I think they mean that we can have confidence in what they are saying or doing.  It is a glib statement that carries little weight…yet we do often “trust”…regardless.

All in all, to trust is a very scary thing.  Even in relationships, we marry the person who promises to love us always.  Many know that those trusts can be broken.  For those who have found the person who also makes their way of life a trust-worthy one, we are most fortunate indeed.

Some of the people we trust the most are those in the medical field.  We want to be certain that the nurse or the lab technician is careful to give the exact test asked for by the doctor as well as the correct results.  When it comes to diagnosis, this is critical.  Our physicians must have up-to-date training and knowledge as  the average person must trust their opinions and proper treatment.

The family of the elderly must be certain that their loved ones are going to be cared for properly when they can not care for themselves. More than once I observed, when my Mother was in an assisted living facility, that she had to trust herself to be given the proper medicines. I had to step in, as her advocate, to assure that mistakes were not being made with her.  Either the nursing attendants were overwhelmed with work or were simply careless when passing out the little cup with several medications.  Once my Mother said, “No, no I don’t get that one.”   It is sad to think of those who are in wheelchairs and mentally unable to challenge those whom they should be able to trust.

Even in faith, we are asked to trust.  One of my favorite verses from the Holy Scriptures is Proverbs 3:5, 6.  “TRUST in the Lord with all your heart.  Lean not to your own understanding, but in all your ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct your paths.”

Back to the people we trust everyday: the restaurant owner, the engineer, the pilot, those responsible for our safety around the world and in our homes…those who care about us enough to protect us, I have one thing to say.  Do your jobs diligently and even in the smallest details!    Your job may not be important in your own eyes, but you may be a life saver to others.  There are people out there trusting you.  Never forget it.

“Whoever is careless with the truth in small matters cannot be trusted with important matters.” —Albert Einstein

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We were Meant to Soar

Many of my readers have been watching the hatching of baby eagles in Washington, D.C.  They were little fuzz balls.  Now they are teenagers.  Oh, such an awkward age!  Not so cute anymore as they were when they peeked out from under the parent eagle’s feathers.

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© 2016 American Eagle Foundation, EAGLES.ORG

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We know that if the parent eagles do not teach the little ones the lesson of soaring, they will forever act like a chicken, groveling in the dirt…never becoming what God intended for them to be.  This is the lesson of life that all of us must learn…that we were meant to soar and so were our off-spring.

Once we have been liberated from a life of dependency, it is up to us how we spend the next years.  The lesson that the parent eagles give to their young is one of “tough love”.  The lesson is for the young eagles to learn what it feels like to be lacking in order to become independent.  The parent eagles may  soar around a nest with  food  that they, themselves had hard-earned through their own efforts. As cruel as it seems, they often do not offer any of it to their young, who are calling from the nest.

No, there are no cellphone connections to the lake where they were catching fish. “Mom (or Dad), can you loan me a few dollars? I’m really hungry up here.” No, the adult eagles don’t respond to such cries for they know that their little eaglets were meant to eventually fly on their own and find their own food…to glide and soar in the beautiful blue skies…to dive for their own fish or prey.  They had to be taught and it seems that God has put into their existence the need to pass this lesson on to their growing eagles. (It appears that our Washington Eagles may be at this stage for there is no food in the nest as there used to be.)

We in the human world find these lessons hard to teach.   Withholding is very difficult for us as parents. If withholding was never in the “academy of life’s lessons”, dependency would always be the way of life, as it would be for the eagles.   It may be hard, but teaching young ones to soar will have its own rewards.  That is because “We were Meant to Soar.”

The lives of eagles can teach us some important principles.

Explanation: The video below has some information that may be more of a myth than the truth.  Below video is a link explaining the actual life or rebirth of an eagle.  However, the video is a good comparison to life.  (If the reading is too quick, put it on pause for a few seconds until continuing.)

Click to   Watch the Washington Eagles

Explanation about rebirth of the eagle      2nd explanation

 

 

Quotation Challenge Nominations

I have a blogging friend in the UK.  We enjoy reading each other’s blogs and find friendly ways to agree and disagree.  Stephen has nominated me as for a quotation challenge and I, in turn, have nominated bloggers who are worthy of note.     (Thanks, Stephen)

Here are some of my favorite quotes:

  • Hans Urs von Balthasar of Switzerland What you are is God’s gift to you. What you become is your gift to God.  Hans Urs Balthasar   (Priest from Switzerland 1905-1988)

 

  • sir winston churchillCourage is what it takes to stand up and speak. Courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.  Sir Winston Churchill   (Prime Minister of the UK. born 1874- died 1965)

 

 

 

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  • As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is  not to utter words, but to live by them.  John F. Kennedy (1917-1963  35th President of the United States who was assassinated at the age of 46.)

 

I always like quotations that are uplifting, challenging and inspirational.  If they are politicians, I may not be on the same thought wave…but appreciate any words that have meaning to me personally or to this troubled world in general.

Here are the rules for the Quotation Challenge and my nominees, who have blog sites worth notation.  If you have not seen these sites, please take a look.  You’ll be glad you did.

The Rules:

1.) Either once a day for three days, post a quotation, or post all three quotations at one time. It is your choice.

2.) Nominate and notify three other bloggers of the challenge.

3.) Thank the blogger who nominated you.

The nominees are under no obligation to complete this challenge, but it would be fun if they do. Plus, this will introduce them to a whole list of new readers.

My NOMINEES for the Quotation Challenge are:

Mimo Khair Photography 

Dimitrii Travel Photography

Ramona Crisstea

 

The fuzzy Eagles are Growing Strong

 

Eaglet-hatched-eagle-cam2 Early 2016

Some time ago I blogged about the eagles nest at the National Arboretum in Washington, D.C.   At that time they were little fuzzy balls hiding under their parent’s wings.   If you saw them then, but not since, you will be surprised at their growth.  It may still be a while before they fly, but it has been an adventure watching them…in the sun and rain.  You can enlarge the screen for great viewing and get it started by clicking on either Cam A or Cam B on the link below.

(After thought:  Today is Mother’s Day here in the U.S.A and it was interesting to see the Mother…or Father Eagle sit on the eggs day and night without concern for storms coming their way.  Isn’t that often the case with our own little ones that we care for from their very first day.  Happy Mother’s Day to all Mothers everywhere.)

No more fuzz!  Eagles are growing up!  For your live viewing pleasure, click this link:

THE EAGLES GROW

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What does it take to heal a nation?

There are many voices saying what is right or wrong with the United States.  These voices come from every walk of life. They are strongest often during an election year.  The worst and the best come out in the candidates for the highest honor in our government and in those who would speak for or against those candidates.  Regardless of this, there are also spiritual leaders within our country that speak out with warnings that many will reject.  This warning is that our nation must be healed or it has dire consequences to follow.

Recently an article was written by Michael Chapman,who quoted The Reverend Franklin Graham, son of the renowned evangelist, Billy Graham.  Franklin  Graham has been leading open-air prayer meetings throughout the United States called Decision America.  He has seen the cross-section of Americans and what they believe.  During these trips, Rev. Graham reports that over 2,021 people have indicated that they have decided that they needed a spiritual awakening and have made a decision to follow Christ. He is asking them to not only pray for themselves, but for our nation.  Here are a few of Rev. Graham’s words worth paying attention to as we face the future:

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They come to Decision America because they are angry or dissatisfied with the way things are going in our country. Then they hear the Gospel ( of Christ) preached, fall under conviction, repent of their sins, and turn to Christ. Praise God!….There is no doubt that the tens of thousands who have attended know that America is in deep trouble and on the verge of total moral and spiritual collapse—unless God intervenes. …They know our only hope is in Almighty God. In this secular age, the influence of Biblical principles and values has diminishing impact upon education, government and politics.  More young people than ever before claim no religious affiliation at all. We Christians are not just simply tolerated—we are under constant, unrelenting assault for our beliefs and practices.

 

Rev. Graham continues, “We are a people and nation in imminent danger,” said the reverend. “We mock God, ridicule His Word and 
His ways, and flaunt gross 
immorality.”

In conclusion, said Franklin Graham, “Only Almighty God can deliver us, and it is our fervent prayer as we go across America in the months to come, that He will hear our prayers and heal our land.”

Rev. Graham wonders if the handwriting may be on the wall for America as it was in older days for the Babylonian king, Belshazzar, that foretold a doom unless the people changed their ways.

He added that the United States may be in a situation like that of the Babylonian king Belshazzar, who saw the mysterious handwriting on the wall foretelling his doom but did not change his ways.   They did not and his kingdom was handed over to a new world order.

As for politics, Rev. Graham has stated that he has been greatly disappointed by both the Democrat and Republican parties. This is why he refuses to endorse any candidate. He knows that the people throughout the United States must turn to God in order for our country to be healed.

“I think Americans across the board are fed up with the shenanigans that go on, politicians who go to Washington to benefit themselves, who promise one thing and deliver another…..Only Almighty God can deliver us, and it is our fervent prayer as we go across America in the months to come, that He will hear our prayers and heal our land.”

Samaritan's Purse Franlin Graham  Uganda

Rev. Franklin Graham is president of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and also heads up Samaritan’s Purse, which ministers to the needs of people around the world through relief.  “Samaritan’s Purse stands ready to respond at a moment’s notice whenever and wherever disaster strikes. We specialize in meeting critical needs for victims of conflict, disaster, famine, and epidemics throughout the world, often working through ministry partners on the ground. We provide food, water, shelter, medicine, and other assistance in the Name of Jesus Christ.”    These acts show the love of God and the healing of nations.

 

Franklin Graham’s  father, Rev. Billy Graham is now 97 and lives in North Carolina.  The video below is what Rev. Graham would  like to say to the nation, calling it his last address to our country.

It is how to be healed…individually and as a nation. It is the story of how God takes individuals and makes them new.  This is the message that people in our country and throughout the world need to hear.  This is how our nation can be healed one person at a time.

 

 

 

An Unusual Tour of St.Paul’s Cathedral, London

st paul's cathedral London

If one has had the opportunity to worship at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London, it is most likely that this part of the Cathedral was not seen.    The construction of such a place is even more dramatic when one has climbed to its highest peeks.   For your Sunday, enjoy this unusual tour.  After the tour, return and be inspired by St. Paul’s Cathedral music.

MUSIC AT ST.PAUL’S CATHEDRAL   Psalm 150 sung with full choir and orchestra

Psalm 150: Praise ye the Lord. Praise God in his sanctuary: praise Him in the firmament of His power.

Praise Him for his mighty acts: praise Him according to His excellent greatness.

 Praise Him with the sound of the trumpet: praise Him with the psaltery and harp.

 Praise Him with the timbrel and dance: praise Him with stringed instruments and organs.

 Praise Him upon the loud cymbals: praise Him upon the high sounding cymbals.

 Let every thing that hath breath praise the Lord. Praise ye the Lord.

 

Released Detainees have gone where?

Just 90 miles from the state of Florida, USA, is Guantanamo Bay detention facility.  This has been a prison for those persons expected of being a part of the 9-11 attack on the United States.  Most people don’t know anything about them: where they are from or how dangerous they are to the free world. Over a period of time, many have been released…(to where?)…one may ask.

President Obama has called for the closing of the facility. Here are some facts that should interest everyone about those released.  As of March, 2016, 147 detainees have  been released by Mr. Obama.  It is known for certain that at least 6 of those set free have returned to terrorism and military activity.  There are 91 detainees still being held at Guantanamo Bay.

Another question one may ask is  “How many of those released, that we do not know about their activities,  are re-engaged in terrorism toward the  entire free world? How many of them have been directly or indirectly a part of the terrorist plots around the world?”
It also may be interesting to know some facts about where these released people from Guantanamo have gone.  The New York Times has identified  58 countries  as the places the released detainees have been sent.  Whether they stayed there is not known.   Perhaps one or more of these former prisoners  are living in your country and in your neighborhood wherever you live worldwide. There is little optimism that time spent at Guantanamo Bay has rehabilitated any of the prisoners. Those for maintaining the facility believe that it keeps terrorists away from the planning of more destruction and death worldwide.   Those opposed keeping it and agree that it should be closed, think that it only hardens the prisoners to become more radical in their beliefs.

Reading this list of countries where the released detainees were sent should make everyone in the world concerned about their homeland’s national security.

Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Yemen, Oman, Algeria, Britain, Morocco, Sudan, Kuwait, Albania, Tajikistan, France, Kazakhstan, Slovakia, Russia, Iraq, United Arab Emirates, Uruguay, Georgia, Qatar, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bahrain, Spain, Jordan, Turkey, Bermuda, Belgium, Germany, Switzerland, Somalia, Tunisia, Iran, Ghana, El Salvador, Italy, Libya, Mauritania, Ireland, Portugal, United State, Australia, Senegal, Canada, Bangladesh, Maldives, Sweden, Uganda, Hungary, Bulgaria, Cape Verde, Latvia, Denmark, Estonia, Egypt, Montenegro, Chad.

Guantanamo Bay detainee

Information and Credits:   GUANTANAMO BAY, CUBA –  ( Image has been reviewed by the U.S. Military prior to transmission.) U.S. military guards move a detainee inside the American detention center for “enemy combatants” on September 16, 2010 in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. As of 2016, 91 detainees remain at the detention center, which was opened by the Bush administration after the attacks of 9/11. The facility is run by Joint Task Force Guantanamo, located on the U.S. Naval Station at Guantanamo Bay on the southeastern coast of Cuba. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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