Monthly Archives: February 2015

Emerging, Yet Unfinished

Emerging, yet unfinished

“Emerging,” 2015, graphite pencil drawing by Felecia R. Weber, OntheWingofaDove.com

Emerging, Yet Unfinished…I am emerging, yet still unfinished.  I am realizing more about myself than I ever have in the past.

“Yet you, Lord, are our Father.  We are the clay, you are the potter, we are all the work of your hand.”  Isaiah 64:8

Emerging, Yet Unfinished

I am emerging, evolving, becoming.

I am in a place where I’ve never been before.

I am emerging, coming out of my shell.

I am traveling toward the place where I am meant to reside.

I am emerging, yet still unfinished.

I am realizing more about myself than I ever have in the past.

I am emerging, I am excited about who I will become.

I am not certain what my final picture will look like, but that’s okay.

I am emerging, and for now, that’s all I need to be.

I know that when I am complete…I will be the true me.

Felecia R. Weber 2015, OntheWingofaDove.com

Life never stands still and neither do we.  In fact, we are constantly emerging, evolving, becoming the persons we may never have thought we would be.

Who is it that your life is shaping you into being?

Peace and love,

Felecia

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To Be A Soldier

to be a soldier

Private Myers, 1981, photograph taken during my eight weeks of Army Basic Training at Ft. Dix, NJ.

To Be A Soldier…with God’s help, enabling and guidance, I can move forward with confidence and grace, no matter what the task…

“For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline.”  2 Timothy 1:7

I Remember When…

I am not sure who was more surprised when the US Army Recruiter left our house on the evening that I seemingly “signed my life away”— my family or me.  Joining the US Army Reserve during my senior year of high school was a commitment I made only after much prayer and consideration.  Indeed, it turned out to be one of the wisest decisions I’d ever made.   That evening, however, I was not so sure.  All I knew was that if I was really going to be a soldier, it was not something that I could accomplish alone.

I had always been shy and quiet as a child; I wasn’t always eager to step outside of my comfort zone.  Needless to say, facing eight weeks of Army basic training was not a small task for me.  I was not worried so much about my abilities.  Academically, I had always done well in school and was an honor student at the time. I’d already had years of classical ballet training and I joined my high school track and field team in preparation for the physical demands I would encounter.  I was disciplined, determined, level-headed and serious about my commitment…but could I?  Did I really have what it takes to be a soldier?

That question, along with several others followed me throughout my entire time of training at Ft. Dix, NJ.  From day one, I realized that I was nowhere near my comfort zone“What am I even doing here?  The harder the tasks that I was required to complete became, the harder I prayed. “How will I ever complete this?” The more my prayers were answered, the more greater challenges seemed to present themselves.  “Do I really have what it takes to be a soldier?”  By the final week of training, I had dwelled so much on those questions that I lost sight of all the positive things that I did accomplish.  More importantly, I didn’t fully realize how much God had worked through this very challenging time in my life, to change me into a more confident person than I’d ever been.

On the morning of my basic training graduation day, my drill instructor barked, “Fall in!,” and my fellow recruits and I scrambled into place for roll call and our final inspection.  I stood at “Attention” so firmly that I could barely feel myself breathe.  When my drill instructor made his way to me, he started out by saying, “Private Myers, I don’t remember much about you during these past eight weeks…” I think I did actually stop breathing briefly at that remark!  He continued, scrutinizing my tightly made bunk, highly “spit-shined” boots, crisply ironed uniforms, and other belongings that I’d proudly displayed for approval.  Finally, after a long pause, he continued in his heavy Southern drawl, “…except that I believe you have what it takes to be a pretty darn good soldier.”

“What am I even doing here?”  “How will I ever complete this?”  “Do I really have what it takes to be a soldier?”  Hearing those words from my drill instructor made the answers to those questions perfectly clear.  As I put my trust in God and His will for my life, the answers do not depend solely on me.  With God’s help, enabling and guidance, I can move forward with confidence and grace, no matter what the task, knowing that He will accomplish what He has determined for me to finish.

“If God is for us, who can be against us?”  Romans 8:31

May you soon discover the soldier in you and with God’s help never allow your enemies to defeat you.

Peace and love,

Felecia

 

 

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On Confidence

On Confidence

on confidenceA Quote to Carry You

February 23, 2015

“You wouldn’t worry so much about what others think of you if you realized how seldom they do.”   Eleanor Roosevelt

On Confidence…Confidence is a quality that is somewhat like a double-edged sword.   Without enough of it, you may never reach your potential.  On the other hand, if you have too much of it, you may squander the chance to reach your potential, because you think you’re already there.  Hmmm, definitely something to consider.

Peace and love,

Felecia

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How Can We Know For Sure?

how can we know for sure

Photograph courtesy of Martin Watson

How can we know for sure? What is your standard that guides your life?

“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”  Romans 8:28

How can we know for sure?  That is a broad question I know, but when it comes to discerning what is the absolute best for us, it encompasses virtually everything we do in life.  We make decisions constantly throughout each day.  Obviously, some are more important than others and they impact our lives in varying ways.  I do believe, however, that we all have some standard, an absolute foundation, upon which we base our decisions.  In fact, that standard is what guides us…period.

I remember how, as a young child attending Sunday School classes at church, I loved listening to all of the stories that were read to us from the Bible.  My mind would instantly fill up with vividly colored images of the people and places that were described in detail inside its pages.  Sometimes the words seemed to come to life as the characters acted out their parts on my private stage.  Although I could never really truly envision what God actually looked like, He was always there in each story guiding and instructing, protecting and providing for the Bible characters.  No matter how each story began, or what happened in between, I always knew that God would make everything work out well in the end.

Now, more than ever, there is nothing of greater importance than knowing what God’s will and purpose is of me.  For without His guidance and presence in my life well, I truly have no life!  When it comes to making decisions, or doing anything really, my foundation and standard for living is based on His Word, the Bible…it sustains me with life-giving hope.  Unlike when I was a little girl listening to the Bible stories, I don’t know what is going to happen “in between” my own life story.  Many things have happened thus far that I truly had no idea would.  But I can honestly say with confidence, that I know for sure, that God will make it all work out beautifully.

How do you know for sure?  What is your standard that guides your life?  If you haven’t an answer…I can assure you, the Bible is a good place to start.

Peace and love,

Felecia

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In His Will

In His Will

“Magnolias and Irises (Detail),” c. 1908, Louis Comfort Tiffany. Image from the 2015 Desk Calendar, courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art Store

In His will…when there, I am at peace.  With my arms opened wide…I await His blessings to release.

“Trust in the Lord and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.  Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of the heart.”  Psalm 37:3-4

In His Will

In His will,

A place that I long to be.

It’s not a thing that I can touch;

nor with my eyes can I see.

In His will,

When there, I am at peace.

With my arms opened wide…

I await His blessings to release.

In His will,

Not just for a day or an hour.

No, it will take more than a lifetime,

to experience the depth of His power.

In His will,

It’s the only thing that is true.

Nothing on earth can compare,

to the glorious things He can do.

Felecia R. Weber 2015, OntheWingofaDove.com

Discerning God’s will for our lives requires us to trust Him enough that He knows what is the absolute best for us and to relinquish control of our desires to Him.  To trust Him is to know Him.

“You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”  John 8:32

Do you know the freedom of trusting in Him?

Peace and love,

Felecia

 

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On Discernment

On Discernment

discernmentA Quote to Carry You

February 16, 2015

“Discernment is not a matter of simply telling the difference between right and wrong; rather it is telling the difference between right and almost right.”  Charles Spurgeon

On Discernment…I’ll admit it, I don’t always have the answers when it comes to making certain decisions.  Sometimes situations are such that the right choice isn’t so obvious.  That is when I find myself having to search for a deeper understanding.  Discernment, the ability to detect or perceive with the eye or mind that which is obscure, is an invaluable gift.  It goes beyond mere intuition in that it not only provides keen insight, it also allows one to determine what is true and what isn’t.  Discernment goes deeper than bodily instincts…it touches the spirit, and that is where it matters the most.

May you explore the spiritual quality of discernment and let it guide your actions today.

Peace and love,

Felecia

 

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Love Is a Language

Love is a Language

“The Musicians (Detail),” c. 1595, Caravaggio (Michelangelo Merisi). Image from the 2013 Desk Calendar, courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art Store

Love is a language that everybody speaks.  However you express it, may it be received and spoken back to you.

“The limits of my language are the limits of my world.”  Ludwig Wittgenstein

Love is a language that everybody speaks.  Love is our voice.  We can shout it out to all the world, or keep it silent and all to ourselves.  What is love, this language that we possess?  When we speak it, is it interpreted by others in the way we’ve intended it to be?  Do others respond in kind?  Indeed, love is a language that everybody speaks…but is it one that is truly understood?

“If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal.”  1 Corinthians 13:1

When love is spoken, it can be relayed in countless ways.  We can demonstrate our love for another without having the words, “I love you” ever pass through our lips.  Many times when our love is spoken through our actions, it is received by others more deeply.  Being a “doer,” I often say “I love you” by taking the time to send a card expressing how special someone is to me, or giving a gift that I know will make that person’s day.  Sometimes, just reaching out and “being there” for someone can express so much love that it leaves them speechless.  Whatever way we choose to say it, love is a language that everybody speaks, and understands at some level.

What about you?  How do you say “I love you”?  However you express it, may it be received and spoken back to you in a way you will fully understand…and enjoy.

Wishing you a Happy Valentine’s Day…

With love,

Felecia

 

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Love – What’s in a word?

Love - What's in a word?

“The Parting of Lancelot and Guinevere,” 1874, Julia Margaret Cameron. Image from a page of the 2013 Desk Calendar, courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art Store

Love – What’s in a word?

“Love encompasses so much, it cannot be put inside a bottle.  No, love needs to be scattered all over the world, so that everyone can share a part of it.”  Felecia R. Weber 2015, OntheWingofaDove.com

Full, luscious, desirable, sweet,

Love is a feeling that cannot be beat!

Warm and fuzzy, a sensual kiss,

Love is something you won’t want to miss!

Affection, fondness, attraction, desire, tenderness, devotion, of the heart, romance, bond…

Love…what’s in this word for you?  If you can tell me, please do!

Love to me means fullness and life, for both are born out of love.  My heart feels as though it may burst when love fills and resides within it.  My being feels alive with renewed vitality when love surrounds me.  Love truly has the power to change any circumstance into the most beautiful thing in the world…

May the love that fills your heart create a beauty of its own…when you share it with another.

With love,

Felecia

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