Comfort, Console, Encourage, Strengthen

I have been away from this blog since March 2018, unsure of my motive for the blog. Meanwhile, I have completed the memoir of my friend, Lee Edward Atterbury – circus performer, WWII radioman and gunner, and carnival game entrepreneur, and am in the process of publishing It’s All Show Business. I also moved to a new physical address, took a two-week trip to Israel and Jordan, and have spent the last three months interpreting the historical/archeological notes that I took on that trip. So, I have certainly not been idle.

Yesterday, I received my flu shot and was “for some unknown reason” feeling achy and just not well. As I lay trying to sleep, suddenly the above caption came to mind, and now I know the purpose of my blog.

My name, Connie, usually derives from Constance, meaning “a constant personality”. (Although in my case, Connie was derived from Cornelius McGillicuddy, better remembered as Connie Mac, a famous baseball player who as a young man, my dad wanted to emulate.) Nevertheless, it has been my goal since young adulthood to be constant and an encourager of others.

Therefore, I am making a pledge to myself to be more constant in the presentation of this blog, and to constantly comfort, console, encourage, and strengthen those who read it.  If you are reading this and are discouraged, perhaps even inconsolable in your circumstances today, let me offer courage. The Almighty Creator God of the universe, so mathematically precise that we can plot the stars eons into the past and into the future, LOVES YOU.  In His Word, the Bible, He says, “I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a future and a hope.” God longs to be a loving Father to you. He longs to protect, guide, and provide your needs. Even though you may doubt this, or perhaps have never known this, I invite you today to address Him as Father, and ask Him to reveal Himself to you.  He is faithful and willing to do so.

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