Hodgepodge 4 the Soul™

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Direction? Not A Problem

For as long as I can remember, I have had a love for words, there meanings and origins because I always felt like I was learning about a new culture while learning a new word.

And since the Spring of 1990, I have had a fascination with Hebrew.

About a month or so ago, I was getting ready for my personal devotion time, but I wasn’t “feeling it.”  (I’m so darn sensitive, sometimes life and some people in it, get under my skin too deeply.) Staring at my Bible, thinking about where I was going to start reading, one of my favorite verses came to mind. I had heard it quoted during Christmas messages before, but I suddenly wanted to physically lay my eyes upon the verse for myself.

Unzipping the Bible case I opened to Isaiah 9:6 and read,

“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.” ~ King James Version

My heart started pounded, immediately, when I read the word Counsellor.  And I needed to find out exactly what that word meant.

(Now, I personally do not believe that I need a typical Dictionary when it comes to Bible studies.  I use a Strong’s Concordance {Hebrew and Greek Lexicon.})

So when I looked the word up, and read the definition, one word stood out.  It was the last word of the definition:

A primitive root; to advise; reflexively to deliberate or resolve: – advertise, take advice, advise (well), consult, (give take) counsel (-lor), determine, devise, guide, purpose.

I felt, excited, happy, light and, most importantly, FREE. You gotta understand, for years I had wanted to be in ministry.  And I found that writing and blogging, is indeed a ministry.  But some people in my life don’t view it that way.  It’s viewed as lazy and unproductive and a non-contributing waste of time.

*Warning: the following contains very opinionated views.  And it’s not intended to indoctrinate anyone, but to encourage those who are in deep need of encouragement.*

So when I read this, it was as if my thoughts and views about my walk with the Lord, and where I believe He’d lead me was validated.  It occurred to me that Jesus, Himself, is my purpose.  He truly is everything.  And I didn’t feel the need to struggle for others’ approval.  I instantly knew that simply following Him was and IS the only purpose that I need.

And as long as I keep my eyes on Him, and continue putting my trust in Him, and obey, I’ll be taken care of.  So many times, we Christians, especially Westerners, still judge people, (believer in Jesus), based on “status.”  It’s as if some Christians that no job equals no anointing, or proof of God working in someone’s life.

People, an individual, is God’s business.  And if He has chosen you to be a vessel to touch others, then you are doing a very important work; regardless of what others may say.

God always has the last word..





So, I’ve been following this particular blogger  for quite sometime.  It all started shortly after I had started this blog. I had been blogging for only a few months when I happened to stumble upon the monthly photo challenges that she had created.  And since I love photography and wanted to expand my blogging horizons, I started participating.  But since then, I’m kinda embarrassed to admit that…I think…I have developed a blog crush.

I positively love this blog.  It’s cheerful, warm, and full of playful, fun and informative posts.  This blogger doesn’t know how inspiring her writing and sharing truly is. (Have I tried to copy this blogger?  Not at all; at least I don’t think so. I am always inspired and encourage to find my own blogging voice.)  And I was so moved and inspired by her latest post that I felt the compulsion to share it-a little nugget of wisdom from an exchange that she had with her little one:

Photo Credit: Helga Weber (featured image on the original blog post.)

“You don’t have to be beautiful to have lunch…”

“I know, I don’t wear make-up to be beautiful. I do it because…”

And before I could finish the rest of the post, my eyes were wet and I had a lump in my throat.  In and instant, I was recalling all those moments, over the years, where my kids, especially my youngest, would say something so genuinely innocent and sincere concerning how she viewed me.  And how in those moments, all negativity was erased.

It’s difficult having negativity thrown in your face.  And equally as difficult when it’s being throwing by someone who should be doing the exact opposite.  And to be a mom of 4 adult kids, 3 of whom or girls, I always hope that I’m a good role model for them.

I guess parenting never actually stops.  It grows and changes; but never stops…





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Well, it seems that I ran across a photo that brought back so many fun memories.  (I love how a photograph can do that-POWER!)  And I wanted to share with you.

©Hodgepodge 4 the Soul™ {and to be fair, Disney. But this IS MY photo. And MY family is the subject.}

This was taken in ’08.  (Doesn’t feel like it was that long ago, yet feels like ages ago.)  It was so much fun and I’m thankful that my parents were able to join us.  Good times…


Thankful Thursday

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It’s Thursday and the weekend’s almost here-yippee! I love the weekends.

So what am I thankful for besides the weekend?  Well, being the spoiled So. Cal. woman that I am, the beautiful weather today, is something that I’m very thankful for!


©Hodgepodge 4 the Soul™ – 2014

Yes, I’m sitting behind this laptop, writing a blog post, but it’s the principle.  I love the sun and the warmth!  A beach lover is always so, I suppose. :)

Photo Credit: mediawebapps.com


 “It is a good thing to give thanks unto the LORD, and to sing praises unto thy name, O mostHigh: …” ~ Psalm 92


Photo Credit: Google Images

I want to give a shout out and BIG THANK YOU to all of you who take time to visit like and follow.  I appreciate each and every one of you! :D


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