Wednesday, November 23, 2011


This morning these beautiful thoughts rolled out to me through a sister .... what a way to kick off the morning, huh?

"To be thankful is to be humble and beautiful. It gives rise to praise, which rolls into worship ~ your lifestyle not just your songs ~ which then persevered, brings you to a state of dwelling in the secret place of the Most High, the very presence of GOD. So be thankful. Not only in this season of America's Thanksgiving holiday, but always, in everything, be thankful."

"In everything give thanks, for this is the will of GOD in Christ Jesus for you."
~I Thessalonians 5:18 NKJV

This is by far, my favorite holiday after Valentine's Day every year! And ....
I give you thanks today for so much, but the focus of my gratitude is that you are God and Your love is so rich and deep and powerful.....Your grace and mercy sustain me constantly...minute by minute....
Thank You for creating me just as I am....for loving me without any conditions....and just for each and every breath of every day. For this and so much more.....I thank You, Father.

I love You......

Sharoni voice to those with none....

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

more about.....grace

And the thoughts just keep rolling through me about Your grace.....much like the tide of the ocean I sit beside today, the current gently continuing the movement. While what we see with our eyes appears as a gentle driver, the current actually carries immense power. That is the part hidden to the natural eye. But when we actually study what's going on underneath the depths, overhead in the gravitational pull, it can blow our minds!
And that's a pretty good picture, for me anyway, of Your grace.
Many years ago, a friend who is a really great Bible teacher gave us a definition of grace that captured the essence of this concept. It literally changed my life! She said, and I held in my heart from that day forward, that grace is "GOD's ability to do in me, through me, and for me what I cannot." Pretty simple summation of something that is so immense in reality. And from that day forward, I learned to literally walk in that grace and Your mercy.
She also taught me that grace is not something that is a one time deal, or that which we receive an occassional dose of, but a part of Your love that carries us through our life moment by moment. I can't even use the word daily here because it is truly a momentary thing!
You showed me a well that I can come to at any time and draw grace from.....that spring of life that only You provide that sustains us. And it is always there, and it always carries me. I memorized Hebrews 4:16 ~
"Let us then (boldly) approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need." NIV

These words, the concepts and the power within them have carried me every day since I learned them. I remember when Holy Spirit dropped them into my heart and they literally became "rhema" to me. Grace is a bit like that manna You provided Your people back during the exodus..... "gather only what you need for right now, today." I believe those were Your instructions. Anything left over or hoarded for a "tomorrow" was spoiled.
Like the manna, grace is there for the "just when we need it."
Now here's the thing....I have become almost unable to conceive of a day without it! And I don't want to approach anything in life without .... You. And grace is a part of that.
My heart is so ..... well, full for lack of a better word, with all this. So I'll end this blog today, because I just feel that I will throw words out here without much substance should I continue.

Sharoni voice to those with none....

Monday, November 14, 2011 Grace

Overwhelmed by grace.......I hear it all the time...... I see it in so many titles but seldom am I able to really get the author's true feeling of grace. I hear their stories, I see in my mind's eye their situations, and I feel their pain......but where is the true grace? As the focus is so often, even in my own telling, on everything but the grace that carried them through, or at least it feels that way in the reading, how do we walk away with anything other than a thought of 'and?'.............

Okay, I am guilty of the same. But today I do not want to be ..... today I want to truly be able to express how I am daily, minute by minute..... second by second really overwhelmed by Your grace. Because I am......humbly.....I am. When I look at the man lying beside me faithfully for over 25 years now, I am overwhelmed by grace. As I look back at our life together and all our experiences both those that felt wonderful and those that hurt like heck......I am overwhelmed by grace.
As I consider the birth of each and every child You placed in my womb, both those that lived and the one that lives eternally with You at this very moment ...... I am overwhelmed by Grace. When I consider the absolutely amazing and lovely life I have lived and how immensely I have been blessed by You ..... I am overwhelmed by Grace.
When I consider the outstanding upbringing and mentoring I have had as Your child .... I am beyond overwhelmed by Grace.
And ..... when I consider You..... just You and Who You Are...... I am speechless, almost breathless as I am truly overwhelmed by Grace.
I think about the miracles.......dozens and dozens of miracles You have performed in my life, our lives.......emotion wells up in me and I gasp for breath, again, at the overwhelming concept of that Grace.
And it's all because You love me. That's all......You. Love. me.
And I am ..... overwhelmed by grace.

Sharoni voice to those with none....

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Where's Your Focus?

"What we see depends mainly on what we look for...."
~John Lubbock~

This morning I asked myself....Sharoni, where is your focus? where???

I received a lovely insight from this little book I read occassionally - Chicken Soup...Count Your Blessings....
the thing about insights is that they are usually what you already know, but just needed one of those great "Ah-ha!" moments to accompany them. So, I 'remembered' that I should:
...focus on what I do want forgetting what I do not want. :)
and as if by magic those little "gnats" of "issues" will seem to disappear....
the road will seem smooth.... aches and pains stop ......
this allows me to soak in every ounce of beauty and.........
life becomes incredible......


So, then GOD speaks to me thru scripture: (He does that you know!)

"...the lines of purpose in your lives never grow slack, tightly tied as they are to your future in Heaven, kept taut by hope...."
Colossians 1:5
The Message

Then He reminds me that He gives me "glory-strength.....strength that endures the unendurable spills over into joy" ..... and that He makes me "strong enough to take part in everything bright and beautiful" that He has for me.
paraphrased from Colossians 1:12, The Message

Much needed beauty of thought ......

Sharoni voice to those with none....

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Holy Crap!

I looked and that last date is June!! Seriously?? How did this happen that I have not visited myself to talk about....myself? Whassup with that anyhow? Well, I have to get back to it. All my best thoughts have been journaled, and so many mornings I thought, "what a great blog idea" but did nothing about it. Probably because I just didn't really want it out there.
There are so many creative and inspired ideas that I have, but people steal off blogs and they can't have my wonderful as they are. At least to me..........
So, for now, I am resolved to post something weekly. Let's see how that goes, shall we? In the meantime, in my 'spare time' (ha!) I shall see about redesigning this lovely little site all by myself. That ought to be a gas!
Over and out!

still giving voice to those with none but getting a little hoarse! :)

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

The Cure.....

Wow....did I ever need to hear this on this morning! Father always, always knows exactly what I need. ..... kinda like He's GOD or something, huh? :)
I have been so frustrated with pressures of my life.....and then doing what I do when pressure hits....running from it, from obligation. Well, the good news is that it was a very short run this time, kinda just around the block so to speak. Thank God! Literally.....thank GOD. So, after a night of absolute nervous break down, lack of concentration and etc......the sun arises on the new day. Thank You, Father for these new starts....fresh starts every sunrise.
And ... encouragement comes from my friend, Max Lucado.....again.

"I Am the LORD, the GOD of every person on the earth. Nothing is impossible for Me."
Jeremiah 32:27 NCV

"We need to hear that GOD is still in control. We need to hear that it's not over until He says so. We need to hear that life's mishaps and tragedies are not a reason to bail out. They are simply a reason to sit tight.

Corrie ten Boom used to say, 'When the train goes through a tunnel and the world gets hard, do you jump out? Of course not. You sit still and trust the engineer to get you through'....

The way to deal with discouragement? The cure for disappointment? Go back and read the story of GOD. Read it again and again. Be reminded that you aren't the first person to weep. And you aren't the first person to be helped.

Read the story and remember, the story is yours!"

The story is mine.............

Sharoni voice to those with none....

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

the mommy

WOW! From the heart of dear sisters :

"having a child is like carrying your heart outside your body and letting it walk around"

Amen!! and amen...... :)


lessons of a butterfly

fly .... allow yourself to be sustained on the breeze .... relish the beauty around you ....
allow your beauty to be seen and shared by all around you .... gently .... quietly ....
no more than a whisper, peaceful in its effect .....
these are lessons from a butterfly ...
their beauty is engaging .... their time of celebration, short ...
their life span but a season ....
like a whisper a whisper...

sharoni voice to those with none...

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Character Creates Courage

This is so lovely I thought to share it here....from Max Lucado, "The Applause of Heaven:"

"A legend from India tells about a mouse who was terrified of cats until a magician agreed to transform him into a cat. That reslved his fear . . . until he met a dog, so the magician changed him into a dog. The mouse-turned-cat-turned-dog was content until he met a tiger - so, once again, the magician changed him into what he feared. But when the tiger came complaining that he had met a hunter, the magician refused to help. 'I will make you into a mouse agian, for though you have the body of a tiger, you still have the heart of a mouse.'
Sound familiar? How many people do you know who have build a formidable exterior, only to tremble inside with fear? . . . We face our fears with force . . . or . . . we stockpile wealth. We seek security in things. We cultivate fame and seek status.
But do these approaches work?
Courage is an outgrowth of who we are. Exterior supports may temporarily sustain, but only inward character creates courage."

See?......... Let us live the life of the courageous!!

Sharoni voice to those with none.....

Thursday, March 24, 2011

The Challenge of Beautiful I'm just gonna say it....this challenges me because I so love beautiful things. It's ok to love them, just not to live to get them. But the clothes.....yes, I like looking nice & stylish. And that's okay....You made me to care because I am royalty and have a certain image to uphold. I thank-You for allowing me to shine, because I am Your daughter. Thank-You for that! These words of Jesuss help me keep it all in perspective....

"...but you both know GOD and how He works. Steep yourself in GOD-reality, GOD-initiative,'ll find all your everyday human concerns will be met. Don't be afraid of missing out. You're My dearest friends! The Father wants to give you the very Kingdom itself. Be generous. Give to the poor. The place where your treasure is, is the place you will most want to be, and end up being."
Luke 12:30-34, The Message

Oh...don't worry honey, this is not an excuse for me to shop! I got balance :) (laughing here!)

Sharoni voice to those with none.....

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Hope and Blessing

There are days when the heartbreak over concern of those you love is overwhelming. This is one of those days. Circumstances are not important and certainly not the is the concern for the heart.

Then a prayer unfolds and hope springs forth again! And the encouragement provided through eternal words never ceases to calm the internal storm and gives rise to lightness and joy....because that's what hope does.....

"You're blessed when you're content with just who you are ~ no more, no less. That's the moment you find yourselves proud owners of everything that can't be bought."
~Matthew 5:5~
The Message

Historically we have known this as "Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth."
Interesting twist, huh?
I like it.

Sharoni voice to those with none.....

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Each Person....

The Message says that, "Each person is given something to do that shows who GOD is." (I Cor 12:6ish) WOW!

Okay, so what if Joe Cool or Sally Something Else just can't figure out what the heck that "something" is, or is supposed to be? So many people are walking around and waiting for a postcard from Heaven saying, "Dear You, quit being an idiot and just go feed someone hungry today." Or it could go a little something like this: "Dear Person whom I love, but want to smack upside the head right now because you just don't understand that all I want is for you to _______" And the blank comes not filled in!

Well, GOD did send us all a letter. And it very specifically tells us what He wants each of us to do. He has shown me a trail through His letter to us and it is consistent. is the trail:

"You are a child of GOD and GOD will give you the blessing He promised because you are His child."

"Children, let me give you a new one another. In the same way I loved you, you love one another. This is how everyone will recognize that you are my disciples ~ when they see the love you have for each other."

"Most of all, love each other as if your life depended on it. Love makes up for practically anything."

"Watch what GOD does and then you do it.....mostly what GOD does is love you. Keep company with Him and learn a life of love."

"Observe how Christ loved us.....His love was not cautious but extravagant.....He didn't love in order to get something from us but to give everything of Himself. Love like that."

I get Love love love love love love (in a funny voice) :)

So, one may be wondering, "yeah, what does that look like exactly? How??????? am I supposed to "love?" glad you asked......
There is a very famous passage in a letter to the Corinthians that discusses exactly what love is and what it is not. I never realized just how much, how many things it is not until recently. Or maybe I knew, but just became "aware" of this. Whatever.....there are some cool things here.
When something is written in one language and translators carry it into another language, there is no way to capture the entire gist of the something unless you have an understanding of what each key word or phrase meant in the original language. We call that amplification (big word...whatever!) So.... love .....

Well, in another post I wrote what love is and is not. So now I wanna talk about this "most excellent way" (of the greater gifts we have been given - reference 1st sentence of this blog)

.... always trusts..... trust = having faith in someone
Well that seems simple enough. Just do it.

.... always protects.... protects = to cover over in silence
Very cool. Basically, keep their stuff to yourself, stand guard, provide a safe place for them and a safe place for their heart with you.

.... is kind..... kind = to show oneself useful
This is interesting. Kindness is being "useful" to someone else. I call it helpful, but it's not so much just the what we do, but the how we do that matters. It is pliant....easily moved to compassion and concern.

.... always hopes.... hope = to expect with desire, to expect the best from someone
That is simple enough...I really like to think of hope as having that expectation of something coming around the corner just anytime now....the best of whatever, the promise of yes.

... always perseveres.... perseveres = to remain under
Hangs in there! Regardless......

Well, that is so simple anybody knows that. Really? Why aren't we doing more of it then?

"Each person is given something to do that shows Who GOD is."

Uh, to coin a wonderful phrase: Just DO IT

Sharoni voice to those with none.....

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Watch What GOD Does

This morning I was reminded to
"Watch what GOD does and then you do it. Mostly what GOD does is love you. Keep company with Him and learn a life of love." Ephesians 5:1-2 The Message

A life of love, huh? My first thought was to say, well, what does that look like? But I already know the answer to that! I Corinthians 13 spells it out so nicely, and Jesus walked it out for us. He had compassion on people, He met their felt needs whatever they were, there was never judgement for the people ~ only for religious tyranny. His only gripe was with the perversion Jews had made of GOD's law, thereby hurting His people. Everything GOD does and says is motivated by love, because that is Who and What He is. So..... living a life of love? Well ..... it's simple .... or rather, simple to understand (sometimes challenging to do!) :)

LOVE is:
not envious
does not boast
not proud
not rude
not self-seeking
not easily angered
keeps no record of wrongs
does not delight in evil
always protects
rejoices with the truth
always trusts
always hopes
always perseveres
never fails

WOW! I never realized how much it does not do! What it is not is obviouly as important as what it is.

In "God Came Near," Max Lucado shares this poignant look at the sum of "Christianity" (the art of being like Christ / or the art of being a Christ-person or a Christ-follower)......
Are we literally what we see? Paul described the enemies of Christ thusly:
"Their god is their own appetite, they glory in their shame and this world is the limit of their horizon." Philippians 3:19
Oh what a horror!! 'augh!'

We were never meant to "dwell in the stale fog of the lowlands with no vision of our Creator .... "
"Seeing Jesus is what 'Christianity' is all about.
Christian service, in its purest form, is nothing more than imitating Him whom we see. To see His majesty and to imitate Him .... that is the sum of Christianity."


Tomorrow or the next day I'm excited to share a little more word study about what love is. Wha-hoo!!

This is just groovy stuff right here....oh yeah.....oh yeah....doin' the happy dance.....uh huh!

Sharoni voice to those with none....

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Overwhelmed By Love.....

I love that I want to do this more than Facebook. Yay!

The title is basically what my life has been about for the past two years. I mean.......I have always been enamoured by Your love, LORD, but.......since we've been back here, out of the darkness and oppressive spiritual climate we lived in for a decade, I have an amazing new appreciation for every little teeny tiny thing of beauty that life has to offer! Is that because I asked You to let me live here a bit longer when I had the opportunity to cave in to cancer and come home? Did that open up new perspectives for me? Or was it that heart attack? Or is it a combination of all of those things and then just a new-found appreciation for Your creation? Whatever it may be......I am so thrilled!

On a page topped with a little blue daisy (I am a sticker fanatic!) I copied these words because they touched me so deeply and because it is truly how I attempt to live my life daily.....
Max Lucado is an amazing teacher and author.....his gift with words and the fact that he actually captures practically my every thought just continues to astound me. Year after year after's like he and Beth read my mail and put it out there for all to share. So I share now:

"There is a rawness and a wonder to life. Pursue it.... Don't listen to the whines of those who have settled for a second-rate life....they just want to drag you into their misery so as not to feel guilt.....
Your goal is not to live long .... it's to live."
"You can build a fire in your hearth, stay inside, toasty warm ..... dry ..... safe.... OR .....
Or you can hear the voice of adventure ~ GOD's adventure. Instead of building that fire in your hearth ..... build a fire in your heart. Follow GOD's impulses."

Jesus told us and it is recorded in Luke 17:33 that "Those who try to keep their lives will lose them. But those who give up their lives will save them."

Words to live by, huh?

Sharoni voice to those with none....

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Watch What GOD Does

I have been so moved by GOD's great love this year.....really for the past two years, in ways I never thought possible. It has become my life to look at people and see the children He has created and how He loves them. Wow....who knew that such a person who has never really known great suffering could empathize so completely with others? Only GOD. And it has come about only because of His gift ..... the grace to see people as He sees them (to a certain extent) and to care about their pain and situations in a small way. Nothing compares to the depth of love and concern He has for us, but you know when there is a significant difference between what you would personally feel about somebody and when it comes from GOD Almighty. There is no comparison. And there are no words of thanks I have to express my gratitude for such a gift.

These words from The Message captured my heart yesterday morning, and they still reverberate thru my spirit:

"Don't grieve GOD. Don't break His heart. His Holy Spirit, moving and breathing in you, is the most intimate part of your life, making you fit for Himself. Don't take such a gift for granted. Watch what GOD does, and then you do it, like children who learn proper behavior from their parents. Mostly what GOD does is love you. Keep company with Him and learn a life of love. Observce how Christ loved us. His love was not cautious but extravagant. He didn't love in order to get something from us but to give everything of Himself to us. Love like that."

~Ephesians 4:30 - 5:2

Daily I amazed by the depth of His love.

Sharoni voice to those with none....