Smitten

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“Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.”
‭‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭13:7‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Smitten

One meaning of smitten is an intense love for someone that exceeds all boundaries. In the most positive sense, it exemplifies the true meaning of loving with all your heart and all your soul and all your mind. It is absolutely unconditional, requiring nothing, but giving everything. As a hopeful romantic, I still believe it exists and should be the ultimate goal. But, it is not flesh and bones; it is spirit and commitment. For feelings alone will always fade, but true love endures.

New Year’s Resolution

14BCF8B6-C084-4E2B-B379-D5B3FDB0EFD1“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.”
‭‭Jeremiah‬ ‭29:11‬ ‭ESV‬‬

The New Year brings so much to mind. Mostly I am thankful for all the blessings in my life—Faith, family and friends.  Just to be alive to experience it is a joy and I know that God’s plans are far beyond my wildest dreams. My resolution will be to strengthen my faith and follow His ways more nearly. Each new year, indeed each new day, we have a new opportunity to improve ourselves. I pray for strength to honor this commitment to obey His commandments, and to enjoy the process.

Surveillance

C7D50894-6A0D-47BE-9297-6C19D2EE3039“I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you.”
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭32:8‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Surveillance
The average American is caught on camera about 70 times a day! The numbers of hidden cameras have grown astronomically due to the low cost and availability. One must assume that everything in public has a high chance of being recorded. Properly used these cameras have tended to deter crime. Obviously certain behaviors are changed when the threat of being captured on camera is real, but many people for whatever reason continue to break the law. Many of these criminals are true sociopaths who disregard societal rules. The Bible tells us that God is ALWAYS watching us and yet we all break some of His commandments. For people who believe in God, that makes no sense—knowing He is watching should deter us from sinning. I guess we all have lapses in our faith or denial when certain temptations arise.