Headlines are everywhere in this digital age.  There's headline news on TV along with a bunch of "news" stations.  Then, there's the Yahoo home page with lots and lots of headlines.  If you have a phone or some type of tablet, there's many applications for reading news.  And yes, the daily paper.

Unfortunately, the high percentage of headlines is pretty depressing.  The economy, political battles and scandals, countries either at war or full of unrest, murders, abductions ... I could go on. But I'm thinking most would agree there aren't too many upbeat or happy headlines.  Then again, I'm a firm believer that bad news gets higher ratings.  Scandals sell.

How do you cope?  I mean, really.  What do YOU DO to not get caught up in the "circle of doom."  I mean, really, isn't that what it is nowadays.  You click on one story and then you may see a link and click on another, and another, and another.

If you have a close, personal relationship with Jesus Christ, then you know where you should be looking.  And I know, we'd have to live in a bubble to NOT know what's happening in the world.  Still, taking our eyes off the circumstances and placing them on the Creator is the best place to begin.

These words from Ephesians don't come with screaming headlines.  But they are words we can begin to apply to our hearts.

Be prepared. You’re up against far more than you can handle on your own. Take all the help you can get, every weapon God has issued, so that when it’s all over but the shouting you’ll still be on your feet. Truth, righteousness, peace, faith, and salvation are more than words. Learn how to apply them. You’ll need them throughout your life. God’s Word is an indispensable weapon. In the same way, prayer is essential in this ongoing warfare. Pray hard and long. Pray for your brothers and sisters. Keep your eyes open. Keep each other’s spirits up so that no one falls behind or drops out. 
Ephesians 6:13-18, The Message

Blessings, Francine
Absence makes the heart grow fonder.  Or at least, that's what an old saying says.
Unfortunately, my absence has gone on far too long.  I must confess that I've let my full time job overtake my desire to share God's words and beauty in my writing and my photography.

Scottish author George MacDonald was a Christian children's author best known for his popular fantasy stories, fairy tales, and memorable young protagonists. MacDonald was an inspiration for writers of children's fiction such as C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkein, Madeline L'Engle, Lewis Carroll, and even Mark Twain.  He was one of the most respected authors of his generation in 19th century Scotland. He wrote over fifty books, nearly half of them novels for adults, along with some theological studies, several volumes of essays & criticism, a few volumes of poetry, and three best selling children's novels accompanied by a couple more volumes of fairytales.
Two quotes by George MacDonald sum up my desire for all of my writing and my blogs:

If I can put one touch of a rosy sunset into the life of any man or woman, I shall feel that I have worked with God.
If, instead of a gem or even a flower, we could cast the gift of a lovely thought into the heart of a friend, that would be giving as the angels give.
Blessings, Francine
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