Category Archives: Monica Dale Staples McKinzey

Christmas, Seeking The Lord’s Heartbeat

Remembrance of Joyful Times

My mother’s favorite Holiday was Christmas. She loved everything about Christmas: the shopping, she was a shopper all year anyway, shop till you drop kind of gal, the decorating, her entire front yard as well as every room in her house, the baking and cooking, and buying everyone a Christmas gift. The Christmas gifts were purchased the day after Christmas for the next Christmas.

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Valiant, Seeking The Lord’s Heartbeat

Fearlessness

Judges 6:12And the Angel of the Lord appeared to him, Gideon, and said to him, The Lord is with you, you mighty man of, fearless, courage.

Bobby and I enjoy hiking but not just any hiking, waterfalls. Our hiking quest is always in search of outstanding waterfalls. We have hiked many of the norms, Abrams at Cades Cove, Vogel, several around Vogel State Park, but we have such a thirst for out of the norm waterfalls.

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Arise, Seeking The Lord’s Heartbeat

Today Starts Anew

In Psalm 68:5, God tells us that He is a Father to the fatherless.

On this day sixty years ago, you, my husband of forty years, began a journey of unforeseen winds of adversities. These winds of adversities prepared you for the springs and streams you have had to cross and the valleys and mountains you have had to climb.

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Remembrance, Seeking The Lord’s Heartbeat

Birthday Prayer

Seventeen years ago today, you arrived into a world of many uncertainties. However, there was one certain fact. You were loved dearly then and you are still loved dearly now.

Being the first Grandchild is like being the first born child, but with one major difference. Grand means love without all the responsibilities.

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Seasons, Seeking The Lord’s Heartbeat

The Seasons of My Heart

From the time I was twelve until I graduated from high school, I lived in an environment of verbal and emotional abuse. During that time, I learned to stay within the safety of the four walls inside my bedroom. As long as my music could not be heard or my one friend who could come to my house was quiet, I was shielded from the abuse.

As the nails of adversity were continually being pounded into my heart, I taught myself how to escape through my dreams and I developed an increasing desire for chocolate. God had been pushed to the back for a season because Mother and I no longer went to church nor did she and I read God’s Word together anymore.

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Spurning The Lord’s Heartbeat

This Really Is Not Sinning

Genesis 3:1Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, “You must not eat from any tree in the garden?”

Satan is the master at making sin come across as pleasing, beautiful, and brings freedom to fulfill the inner desires of our hearts which say that we are entitled to go after whatever we see and take from others what they have as well. He implies that God is strict, stingy, and selfish and wants to keep us from our freedom to pursue our hearts desires.

As the winds and rain of adversity continue to beat down hard on Bobby and me, we are on the mountain road of a seemingly endless war of anxiety and anger. We constantly are seeking, asking, and knocking at God’s Heavenly door for answers to our circumstances that are running down a slippery muddy mountain road heading straight for the cliff. We keep asking where are the brakes and how do we stop this moving disaster?

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Contradiction, Seeking The Lord’s Heartbeat

The Bridge From One Scripture To Another Scripture

As the inner battles continue, I am in a constant quest for a discerning heart to walk by faith and not by sight.

Proverbs 2:6, 10-11For the Lord gives wisdom, and from his mouth come knowledge and understanding. For wisdom will enter your heart, and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul. Discretion will protect you, and understanding will guard you.

Recently, God has put Bobby and me, for the third time, back in the path of a dear loved one. This winding, twisting, turning path we have been on since January 2013 has had more detours, roadblocks and just plain out confusion for us than walking blindfolded within the deep dark forest in the middle of the night with total darkness all around.

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Pain, Seeking The Lord’s Heartbeat

Unrelenting Pain

Psalm 48:14For this God is our God for ever and ever; he will be our guide even to the end.

As Bobby and I continue to search and ask why God has brought the unrelenting pain of isolation and separation into ours lives, we turn again and again to the only guidance and guide we can rely on for complete truthfulness. God’s Holy Word is our map for our guidance, and the Holy Spirit is our constant companion and guide.

With the guidance of the Holy Spirit, God has brought us to the Book of Job before, but recently, God has directed us back again to this surprising book of suffering, Satan’s attacks, God’s goodness, and our own pride or others and trusting in God.

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Rebirth, Seeking The Lord’s Heartbeat

A Birthday Prayer

My Daughter-in-Law

As I am preparing this post for my Blog, Hurricane Irma is creating a strong destructive path through our country, and she will leave her mark in history that cannot and will not be forgotten. The number of lives, property and possessions that are destroyed cannot be measured with money, words, or emotions.

Just as Irma will and has caused devastation beyond our human ability to fully understand, the Hurricane Irma’s in our personal lives can and do have lasting scars as well.

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History, Seeking The Lord’s Heartbeat

Learning From The Past

Ecclesiastes 1:9What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun.

Tomorrow is my earthly father’s birthday. It is difficult for me to view him at the age of eighty nine since he left this earth at the age of thirty seven. I have limited memories of him since I was just seven when he died.

          Monica’s Dad and siblings

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