April and May, 2015, mark a century of peace efforts by the women of the world. According to http://womhist.alexanderstreet.com/hague/intro.htm the International Congress of Women for Permanent Peace brought together women from all over the world to "promote peace through personal diplomacy." (Personal diplomacy meant negotiation rather than the use of weapons.) The first such Congress was in April-May of 1915, the time of World War I. It was popular to call the organizing women names such as "sensationalists" and "Peacettes." But, their message was heard loudly and clearly. Jane Addams, Emily Greene Balch, and Alice Hamilton were delegates to the Congress.
The back-story of the peace movement is demilitarism, setting down weapons and stepping up meetings between combatants. Recent female Pulitzer Peace Prize winners have fostered the formation of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF). They speak eloquently about their personal successes in bringing about peaceful solutions to violent struggles. We don't hear much about these women. Hopefully, we women can bravely spread the word and put forth our own ideas about how to solve problems peacefully and end bloodshed.
~ Submitted by Frosty Kroening
I wanted to create.
When I thought of creating a work of art for my patio,
I began to sketch and plan and gather supplies.
As I fleshed out the idea, I felt what was being called forth
was a Guardian Spirit of my garden.
I wanted a vision of beauty and color and passion,
something to delight my soul every time I stepped outside,
a connection with the Divine Feminine.
And so I began one afternoon with music playing amid the paints.
First a midnight blue splashed on my board,
as the moon’s glow silhouetted my dancing Devas.
The hues of the rainbow light began to move thru different sirens
as the sisters danced.
The power of the images began to pour thru me,
drawing out emotions and power long left dormant.
Ancient images raced thru my head
as the drums of Beltane rumbled thru my hand and brush.
The women began to dance and weave to forgotten powerful rhythms.
A sisterhood arose unadorned and joyful.
As they moved I found I was reclaiming myself,
splashed onto this palette of color.
I felt myself expanding, growing,
and becoming more of my true self.
And so now every time I step into my yard,
I am blessed with my sisterhood and the power of me.
~ Submitted by B. Daily
I, J. B. W. H., have been married to Fear (Devil, Satan, Mortal Mind, Error) for 66 years. In that time, it has limited my choices and kept me from my true potential. I have spent those years fighting to overcome challenges with the most courageous decisions but at great mental and physical expense.
This marriage has lasted so long because despite the abuse, I have gained much. If Fear had not been the decider, many wonderful things might not have occurred in my life, e.g. my 2 children and their families; my current marriage to a wonderful man; and my deeply searching for God.
But, in all things past, great sacrifices and obstacles have been overcome because God was always there for me. “I have girded thee even if thou hast not known me.” I have been able to face unsurmountable dangers (seeming) as an angel message would appear at the very moment I needed it. I would surely have gone down into the pit if God’s grace and mercy had not appeared. I have come to the decision that for some reason, I needed Fear in the past, I need it no more. I hereby demand my freedom from Fear. I have no more use for it. I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me.” Besides, I cannot obey Fear and love God at the same time. One of them has to leave! Choose you this day who you will follow, is it Baal or God?”
So, on this day, June 26, 2007, I hereby divorce my long-time companion, Fear, not without some trepidation, and thank its spirit for molding me. I fooled you in that I was never totally faithful. I always had a true Love surrounding me and protecting me from being fully possessed by you.
And now, my True Love has been patiently waiting in the wings. I hereby declare my faith, trust, obedience, adoration, worship to the One Sustaining Infinite. I pray that I may be worthy of your Love and that You will give me the strength and ability to do Your will. I look forward to the limitless peace and joy that has always been mine to claim.
Father, Mother God, I accept You as You have accepted me as Your beloved child and heir. And I am Honored to be welcomed into your Kingdom.
Lovingly, Ruth (my Biblical name)
P.S. Since my EX (Fear) and I had such a close relationship, he still comes to visit me more often than I care. It is then, I have to follow the words of this day’s Daily Word…”Bravery makes me unstoppable.”
~ Submitted by Jean Humburg
We are snowflakes, you, and I.
Unique creative winter ones.
Individually patterned personalities -
and not one of us alike.
We are angelic singular designs
drifting down from heavens,
Holding firmly onto our outwardly
frozen solid forms.
But our individual geometric selves
we will eventually lose.
Everything that has form, will change,
tempting us to cling fiercely
To save our form, begging us to believe
we are forever losing us.
Eventually, we will look
at this ongoing process closely
And see a process more than us -
one journey falling into earth.
We are melting together
into an essential oneness.
The only safe thing we can do
is to surrender
And melt magically
into each changing moment;
surrendering our form
and becoming formless.
So, breathe deep. We are safe.
Seek the tenderness within.
in new sun-kissed mornings.
Embrace extraordinary newness
in ordinary days.
We have only this moment to melt.
It will never be again.
It takes courage to trust this process
but trust we must.
So, go melt. Do it now.
Don’t wait. Let go.
Remember who you are truly are -
a snowflake for all seasons.
~ Submitted by A. Eveland
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