I wrote the content on this blog with sincere and holy intentions with the knowledge that I had at the time... We live, learn and errors are exposed and more truths are revealed...

Only GOD is perfect. It's vital that you seek the Lord to expose any errors that you've embraced. Please ask Him to expose any areas of darkness to you and for what is necessary to do to dispossess what's NOT of truth.



Flames of fire dance joyfully as dreams of fervor conjure up images of red hot passion for the gusto of life.

Sizzle, spark, explode -

Fireballs light up the sky. Wow! a thunder flash with a clap -

The flames are vivid with the awesome glow of orange colors blended with yellow highlights that accent the blaze.

This display is the bomb torched with a rocket plan. Such rapture has lit our fire. We are dynamite on this journey.

Come on fire, fall on us. Pour your liquid potency. Ignite our souls that we may be engulfed with magnified intensity.

Blow up our hearts. Dance with us....


Copyright 2010


Copyright 2014 - Content on this blog, except content from the King James Holy Bible, which is in the public domain.

Also, excerpts from the works of other authors here is in compliance with section 107 - Fair Use - of the U.S. Copyright law - and/or by permission of the authors.

Note: You can certainly share content from this blog. At the end of each post, share options -- e-mail, Facebook, Twitter, etc. are listed. Each share option contains a link to this blog. Using the share options shown below each post does NOT violate copyright law - since links to this blog are included in the subject share options.

Additional note: Copyright law does allow others to use, without prior permission from original authors, brief excerpts from the work of original authors. Brief excerpts from this blog may be copied and pasted elsewhere, provided the name of the original authors be included in locations where you choose to post. Copying and pasting elsewhere - ENTIRE posts without the permission of original authors ISN'T in compliance with U.S. Copyright law.

If you elect to go beyond brief excerpts from this blog, please use the share options shown after each post. All of those options include links to this blog.

Thank you.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011


Washington Monument

Greetings -

Scriptures are from the King James Bible.

Photos compliments of Sandra - Copyright 2011

Recently, I saw another age spot and became concerned.  Is that vanity?  Pray for me, please, people, on that.  Anyhow, before my concern grew roots, our Lord reminded me that I am beautiful.  Later He told me that age spots are SON spots.  That made me smile.  Oh the joy of the voice of the SON of the living GOD!  Our Lord's words encouraged me and He led me to share this because He revealed that some of His other children are concerned about their aging processes.    

Here is the link to a post that was originally posted on April 16, 2011, titled, "BEAUTY IS HEART DEEP."  Some interesting comments were entered under that posted topic.

Here is the content from the subject post (click on the link above if you desire to read the comments that were entered):


Greetings -

This post is primarily for more mature audiences; however, young bloods are welcome to partake.

Joshua 14:10-13
And now, behold, the Lord hath kept me alive, as he said, these forty and five years, even since the Lord spake this word unto Moses, while the children of Israel wandered in the wilderness: and now, lo, I am this day fourscore and five years old.

As yet I am as strong this day as I was in the day that Moses sent me: as my strength was then, even so is my strength now, for war, both to go out, and to come in.

Now therefore give me this mountain, whereof the Lord spake in that day;...

And Joshua blessed him, and gave unto Caleb...for an inheritance.

Numbers 13:30
And Caleb stilled the people before Moses, and said, Let us go up at once, and possess it; for we are well able to overcome it.

A few days ago, I grew concerned as I viewed, on me, new signs of physical aging.  Quickly, our Lord dissolved my doubts when I went on someone's blog and read these words, "You are beautiful just as you are."  That particular blog is one that I don't recall ever visiting.  That made it all the more special that our Lord sent me to that post.  Update: Karen commented under this post that it was her blog that I visited

About mid-week, the doubts crept in again.  Our Lord told me to search in His Scriptures for the word beautiful, and to write some of those subject citations.

Here are the ones that our Lord led me to write:

Psalm 48:2
Beautiful for situation, the joy...

Ecclesiastes 3:11
He hath made every thing beautiful in his time:...

Song of Solomon 6:4
Thou art beautiful, O my love,...comely as Jerusalem,...

Isaiah 4:2
In that day shall the branch of the Lord be beautiful and glorious, and the fruit of the earth shall be excellent and comely...

Isaiah 52:7
How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace; that bringeth good tidings of good, that publisheth salvation; that saith unto Zion, Thy God reigneth!

The Acts 3:10
And they knew that it was he which sat for alms at the Beautiful gate of the temple: and they were filled with wonder and amazement at that which happened unto him.

Later that day, I went to Lidj's blog and our Lord led me to one of her older posts.  Guess what it is titled? - "Beautiful."  Tears welled in my eyes as I marveled at how our Lord so dearly met me where I was.

A bit later, I went out and walked.  I had on earphones as I listened to a gospel selection.  Our Lord so moved upon me that, right there in public, I got demonstratively happy in the Holy Spirit.  Tears flowed down my cheeks in glorious gratitude to our Lord.  At one point, I was so filled that I stopped walking and lifted my arms in holy adoration.  I'm not ashamed to praise our Lord in public places. For those who are inclined, here is a link to a post that I did called,


As I continued to walk and cry in love to our Father, repeatedly I sang these words, "We're beautiful."  I was overcome in the Spirit in a wondrous way.  Glory to GOD'S amazing name!

American society, for the most part, does not promote love, respect and appreciation for those who are mature in age.  They label "old" as unappealing and unattractive.  That is NOT what GOD believes nor should we, HIS children.  Hey people, GOD'S Word says:

Psalm 74:12
For God is my King of old,...

Psalm 92:14
They shall still bring forth fruit in old age; they shall be fat and flourishing;

Luke 2:36,38
And there was one Anna, a prophetess,...she was of great age...

And she coming in that instant gave thanks likewise unto the Lord, and spake of him to all them that looked for redemption in Jerusalem.

Yes, when we get older, things do "go south," but hey folks, Florida is in the south.  It is called the "Sunshine state."  We older ones are in SONSHINE STATES.  We must purpose not to let the younger folks dismiss us.  We must refuse to believe that we are less attractive because of physical aging factors.  And we should not be obsessed with outward beauty.  That is worldly conduct.  Of course, we should do our best to look attractive and appealing but obsession is sin.  1 Samuel 16:7 says, "...for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart."

About four years ago, I stopped coloring my hair.  Yes, I would look younger if I colored it.  I reached a point when I said, "It is what it is."  One of my then coworkers approached me about my gray hair.  She expressed concern that it wasn't attractive.  I kindly informed her that "It is what it is" and that I wasn't going to color it anymore.  I'm confidently satisfied that it's attractive to the Lord, as well as to me.


Crowned in our
LORD'S gray glory

Also, our Lord led me to streamline my possessions and to, overall, simplify my life.  He revealed that my time investments were too much focused on stuff.  I testify here that streamlining and simplifying has allowed me to put more emphasis on the more meaningful things in life - most especially - time with our Lord.  My gratitude is immense that our Lord shared that with me.  The benefits are priceless!

Each age category has benefits.  We are to be thankful to our Lord, regardless.  Since the focus of this post is primarily about the more mature in age, here I will share some benefits to remind us of our value.  The more mature oak trees provide shade.  The seeds and saplings haven't progressed to that level yet.  We more mature agers have wisdom chests - accumulated over years.  The saplings gain from our wisdom.  We, those who love and serve GOD, know more about who we are - for the most part, we have found ourselves.  We have loved and lost - been there done that - and are wiser for the experiences.  We are more apt to recognize and discern those who are up to no good.  We are typically not inclined to feel entitled - rather we are appreciative of the gifts from GOD.

Below is a report that made me chuckle:

This a.m. I saw a headline on that said, "Man 81, 'went to work' on intruder - tough senior fights off intruder." The man, Bobby Smith, a stroke victim, was interviewed on video.  He fought the attempted robber with a pan in which he was cooking potatoes when the intruder came into his kitchen.  Smith said, "I hit him upside the face...  He sank to his knees...I hit him with a #2 frying skillet and it was red hot..."  Smith then got a pitchfork.  He said, "...then I went to work on him."  Smith finished by saying, "Nobody is gonna scare me..."

Here next I will share about outward image pressures.

Particularly, in the entertainment industry there is a focus on outward beauty.  Entertainers, and celebrities are pressured to look good.  They do Botox, peels, and surgery in desperation to retain outward beauty.  It is such bondage to be obsessed with physical appearances.  I feel, particularly, for those in the entertainment industry because they are "forced" to engage in the outward beauty chase to continue to make their livings - at least, that is what they believe.  When JESUS is not Lord in lives, deception is a major presence.

GOD calls us beautiful.  His witness surpasses all others.

This made me smile:

I saw a woman with a t-shirt on that stated, "I'm not fat, I'm fluffy."

The other day when I was out and about and walking, our Lord had me to approach people and address them as beautiful and handsome.  One question I asked some folks was "How long have you been beautiful?"  I approached men, some with numerous missing teeth, and said, "Hi handsome."  So many people smiled.  It was such a pleasure to express to them about their beauty.

At one point, I came upon a man who was heavily drunk.  He was sitting on a step drooling, and he looked barely conscious.  There were a bunch of people yards away.  I walked up to the drunken man and said, "Hi handsome.  How long have you been handsome?"  He seemed to quicken a bit.  One thing that I know is that our Lord told me to say those words to that man.  I believe that the spirit in him heard what I spoke.

As I walked away, two women looked at at me incredulously because of what I spoke to that drunken disheveled man.  I kindly said to them something like, "We can see his dysfunction but some of us are jacked up on the inside where it isn't outwardly visible."  Later our Lord shared with me that that man is somebody's son, somebody's father, somebody's loved one.  We don't know, he could be a future minister.  GOD called him handsome for a reason.  Romans 4:17 says, "...before him whom he believed, even God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were."

1 Corinthians 4:18
While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.

We, as children of GOD'S kingdom, should not focus on the things of the world.  Our holy roles are not to subscribe to the world's standards.  Romans 12:2 says, "And be not conformed to this world: but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God."

Colossians 3:1, 2
If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.

Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.

1 John 5:9
If we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is greater:...

Love, Sandra
your mature aged sister who is immensely glad to serve GOD, our "King of old" - Psalm 74:12.

Note: A portion of this topic is available for copying/printing/distribution. It has been posted on blog, "FREELY RECEIVED FREELY GIVEN" at  Conditions for usage are posted there, as well.


Original post date April 18, 2011

Today our Lord gave me these definitions for those of us, in His body, who have matured in age:

1.) Wrinkles = Life paths - or (added Tuesday August 2nd) map lines 

Psalm 23:3
...he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.

2.) Gray hair strands = glory crowns

Psalm 8:5
...and hast crowned him with glory and honour.

3.) The things on us that have "gone south" = southern hospitality

Song of Solomon 4:16
Awake, O north wind; and come, thou south; blow upon my garden, that the spices thereof may flow out.  Let my beloved come into his garden, and eat his pleasant fruits.

The words "old age" are NOT, necessarily, bad terms - not according to GOD'S Word, the Holy Bible.  Isaiah 53:1 asks, "Who hath believed our report?..."

And remember that GOD is old, young, and middle-aged.  We, His people, all gloriously fit.  Let us sing, rejoice, and celebrate, and do as instructed in Philippians 4:11, "...for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content."

Well, my fellow members of the body of Christ, I hope that you enjoyed my "southern" hospitality (laugh).


Written Monday April 18, 2011

Note: Please read the post directly below this one titled, "IT'S LIGHT - NING."  Thank you for your indulgence.


  1. I might have shared this with you before.... I have had moments in my life when I was sorta "cute" - this getting older definitely isn't one of them... however....


    I see another wrinkle
    Around my eye
    One more smile line?
    The clocks ticking faster as the calendar counts
    More gray hairs I find

    Jogging's a drag
    But my clothes don't fit
    Even when I lose pound by pound
    My crazy body's rearranged
    What used to be up slipped down

    New aches here and there
    Which I never had
    I could go on and on
    But somehow I know there's more

    Lord, You're not bound
    By place, dimension
    Or time
    It surely isn't my earthly body
    You're working to make Thine

    'Cuz You've promised
    In Your Word
    Written in many a place
    You'll give us glorified bodies
    When we meet you face to face

    You allow
    The falling apart
    that's taking a toll on me
    To polish up my rough cut soul
    And draw me closer to Thee

    A complete creation, I wasn't at birth
    Nor even at 53
    Perhaps not until
    Death comes around
    To set your servant free

    Thanks for helping me
    Refocus in You
    By knocking at my vanity
    By destroying some of my self concern
    You helped me look at Thee

    "Thy hands fashioned and made me,
    Now thou dost ....destroy me."
    Thy servant Job wrote down.
    All those many years ago,
    I believe the key he found.

    Sand me, buff me,
    Destroy me
    To create
    A faithful, loving servant
    You'll greet at heaven's gate!

    (C) Marijo Phelps all rights reserved. Use with proper credits.

  2. Greetings from NJ and a dedicated summer to the LORD Jesus!

    You wrote:
    "Also, our Lord led me to streamline my possessions and to, overall, simplify my life. He revealed that my time investments were too much focused on stuff. I testify here that streamlining and simplifying has allowed me to put more emphasis on the more meaningful things in life - most especially - time with our Lord."

    Let me say that God is showing this same 'word' [to simplify] to many -- but not all are listening. It is not only for you to spend more time with HIM and to keep your focus on Him - but it is also to PREPARE for HIS COMING! The tachometer [spl? ] is ticking and the signs are coming closer together as we approach the day that only our heavenly father knows!

    I pray you will continue to share the Love of Jesus on this site as the Holy Spirit seeks to bring in the lost and save them!

    Choosing JOY in this season, stephanie

  3. Greetings -

    Nifty poem, lady. You are indeed plentiful with the poetry creativity. It is a delightful gift from our Lord that is indeed appreciated, Marijo.

    You expressed, "It is not only for you to spend more time with HIM and to keep your focus on Him - but it is also to PREPARE for HIS COMING! The tachometer [spl? ] is ticking and the signs are coming closer together as we approach the day that only our heavenly father knows!"

    You are right on with that, lady. I have been reading/hearing the message about PREPARATION from various Christian people. Yes, that is right on.

  4. Would you believe I wrote that poem when I was in my early 30s? (only the numerical part of it has been changed as I get more "vintage" GRIN)

  5. Hi Sandra,
    Oh yes, I believe the original post was the very first one I ever read on your blog! It so inspired me that first time to write a poem on aging gracefully which I posted on June 18th on my blog!
    What I need help with is whenever someone compliments my looks I laugh at them and seriously am concerned about their eyesight and/or mental state. (This happend just sunday)
    Like I state in my poem: what will we see when we look in the mirror; the unfolding beauty that is revealed as we grow closer to the Lord, or just the effects of aging?
    (not exact words from my poem)
    Thank you for reposting this as I was too shy to comment the first time around:)

  6. Greetings -

    That is interesting that you wrote that poem when you were in your early 30's.

    @Never Forsaken
    People can see GOD'S glow on His children. GOD'S glow is beautiful on all who shine for His awesome glory!

    You are certainly welcome. I never would have guessed that you are/were shy - smiles.

  7. Hi Sandra,
    God's wisdom is upside down to the wisdom of the world. God counts old age as glorious and a treasure; grey hair is a crown of glory. It is just like the world to honour and glorify youth, outer beauty and strength.

    I am so glad to not be a citizen of this world for my citizenship is in heaven where truth is and where real beauty, the soul full of the Holy Spirit, is appreciated and respected.

    Worldly wisdom and beauty is fleeting but God wisdom and beauty will last forever and ever.

    You are beautiful sister, inside and out! :)

    Good post!

  8. Sandra - I loved this post! I think that my age spots will forevermore be known as "son spots"!
    PS - you are beautiful!

  9. July 24th I achieved the biblical three score and ten.

    The days of our years are threescore years and ten; and if by reason of strength they be fourscore years, yet is their strength labour and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away. (Psalms 90:10 KJV)

    Each and every day brings me closer to one of two things: His return, and my homegoing. Don't know which one will come first, doesn't matter. Age is a number kept only here on earth. It is unimportant in eternity. What I appear to be here won't be accompanying me to the perfection that awaits us.

    Took me quite a while to achieve Titus 2:3 status and I'm going to enjoy it!!! I know you will, too.

  10. I've never heard them referred to as son spots, but I love it! I agree that as we get older, we should downsize. God's beauty is all that matters! I want His fragrance to follow everywhere I go!

  11. Greetings -

    @Child of God
    You expressed, "Worldly wisdom and beauty is fleeting but God wisdom and beauty will last forever and ever."

    Hearty Amens to that.

    Thank you for your kind words. I'm delighted that I'm in beautiful company, as well.

    Yes, I loved it when our Lord gave me SON spots to encourage me that I'm in the SON - and walking in SONSHINE... He abides in us and we abide in Him. Praise and glory to Him forever!

    @Grammy Blick
    Your words are encouraging.

    I went and read Titus 2:3 - KJV. Thank you. It stirred my spirit indeed.

    I love this that you expressed, "I want His fragrance to follow everywhere I go!"


  12. You are beautiful. In more ways than one.

  13. Sandra, like you I also am growing old with grace and beauty. I believe that wholeheartedly - the word of God clearly says that God desires us not to put such a high premium on outward adornment... for indeed those things are fleeting, but rather to pursue inner beauty, a gentle and quiet spirit, which in His eyes is precious!

    You are beautiful! Wear those glory crowns with pride!


  14. Greetings -

    Thank you so much for your kind words, Clint.

    @Crown of Beauty
    Yes, Amen - growing old with grace and beauty.
    I love how you expressed those treasured beliefs.

    Thank you for your words of kindness and encouragement. I deeply appreciate it, Lidj.


Greetings -

Thank you for visiting and commenting. It is my pleasure to read from your heart places. We are all students and teachers and I so enjoy, precious people, the beneficial engagements with you.