These are times that make me wonder what I am wired for. It certainly is NOT the twenty-four hour news cycle! We just aren’t wired for this much information, my friend observed.  

A true truth: as the world enters its third week, more than a few of my wires feel fried!  

Checking and rechecking my wiring 

Suggestions I try to follow:

Ration the news — the radio news, too; limit social media
Take a walk
ENJOY the day
Write a friend
Call a friend
Pull weeds


Read, listen, learn. (Be teachable)
PRAY and

Do the next thing — dishes, laundry, bathrooms. 

Breathe — and  if I feel a pulse, I still have a purpose!   

 For I have come to understand powerlessness doesn’t mean uselessness, but giving into fear, does. 

Because God has granted me — and thee dear reader — time, and peace, and strength — may we use these gifts wisely. 

Nothing new is happening — that’s what hurts so. 


“Everybody has to do something,” Yo-Yo Ma said on the Russian invasion into Ukraine. (Yo-Yo Ma plays Ukraine’s National Anthem NPR )

So, let’s just  do the next thing — which means 

We can do what we can, with what we have, where we are. (Theodore Roosevelt) 

He also said:

In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing. Theodore Roosevelt

Offering a cup of cold water, then,  could be a  really big deal.  

So is not complaining. 

What Do We Have?

Tonight I have a bed, clean water, heat — loved ones — health, stability; never has this all seemed more priceless —or ephemeral.  

Powerlessness is NOT uselessness; having a pulse means I have a purpose. You, too dear reader, you, too! (Deliberate repetition!)

This really is the day the Lord has made— rejoice, be glad and be useful! 

One Way to Be Useful

Figure out who’s doing what effectively and give. (Time, talents and MONEY) And pray some more. 

Check you local church or denomination —Here’s the PCA’s:  Ukraine Crisis 

We are wired to love God and others . . . today’s a good day to just do it.


Turn us around and bring us back to you again! That is our only hope! Give us back the joys we used to have! (Lamentations 5:21)


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