Monday, December 09, 2013
"Can a man hide himself in hiding places so I do not see him?" declares the Lord. "Do I not fill the heavens and the earth?" declares the Lord." ... Jeremiah 23:24
Remember how that Haley Joel kid said, "I see dead people"? Well, I see God everywhere. Been seeing Him pretty clearly for years, in fact...
... when a singer blows me away, I see the God who placed that marvelous voice within him/her.
... when an actor is so real in his part that I must convince my mind that he isn't that character, only playing him, I'm glimpsing the God of all talents.
... when I hear outstanding police officers, chefs, doctors, janitors, teachers or campground managers say they bounce out of bed because they love their jobs or when people live steady and joyful, not shaky and bummed-out, I see God there.
... when gymnasts, ice skaters or dare devils perform impossible moves, when excellent parents raise excellent kids, when love motivates sacrifice and when the sinking sun turns a blue sky an intense orange, instead ...
... when words in a book are so beautiful that I must read them again, when I glimpse buildings or bridges with amazing lines, when I walk past imaginative yards and huge country gardens which make me gasp, well, I see God there, also.
... His hands, imagination, talents, power, ability and smiles.
Seeing dead people? Eh. I guess that might be something unique. But seeing God everywhere? Spending entire days with Him, my eyes watching Him? That's even more incredible, at least to me.
"For the eyes of the Lord move to and fro throughout the earth that He may strongly support those whose heart is completely His." 2 Chronicles 16:9 (Oy! I think that's my new favorite verse.)
"And one called out to another and said, "Holy, Holy, Holy, is the Lord of hosts, The whole earth is full of His glory." ... Isaiah 6:3
In times of trouble, people ask, "Where's God?". I would say He's still everywhere and those who seek Him with all their hearts, find Him.... as Jeremiah 29:13 has always stated.
Sunday, December 08, 2013
Since I firmly believe laughter is incredible medicine (and that there's way too much bad news shared daily), here are some recent 'lighter side' entries from our local Police Blotter. Enjoy:
A woman walking her dog on ______ Drive claimed
she heard pounding coming from the basement
of one of the homes. Police found that it was the
homeowner’s pet monkey hitting the basement window.
A ______ Road resident told police a man and a woman were
acting suspiciously. The man told police he
and his girlfriend were playing hide and seek.
A resident of _____ Avenue claimed that a neighbor was
shooting arrows in his backyard. The man told
police he was showing his fiance how to shoot arrows and
promised to stop.
A resident of _______ Drive reported a suspicious-looking
man walking around the yard of a neighboring
home. When police questioned the man, he told them he
was looking for his date, who had not shown
A man reported that a woman who was wearing sunglasses
and had blonde hair stopped and stared at
him for a long period of time while he was on ______
Police responded to a report that a man was slumped over in a vehicle parked on ____ Avenue. The man was leaning over to scratch off instant lottery tickets.
A ______ Drive female reported her children were
playing in the house with improvised
A ______ Lane resident reported garbage had been stolen
from in front of the house for the
fourth time in eight months.
A _______ resident flagged down an officer and reported suspicious activity outside a local bar. The officer found a female coloring on the sidewalk with chalk.
Two sisters, ages 22 and 23, were having a loud argument
over bacon in a ______ Road residence.
A road obstruction was reported on _____ Drive. The patrol removed a rake from the road.
An _______ Street female requested a checkpoint on her
house, because her husband would be
out of town, and “strange things happen when he is gone.”
Oh my goodness. Police officers must be very patient people, indeed. (And some people really need to lighten up and get a life. Soon.) :)
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Wow. Just wow.
A glad heart makes a cheerful face, but by sorrow of heart the spirit is crushed." ... Proverbs 15:13
"A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones." ... Proverbs 17:22
Friday, December 06, 2013
Something 'for serious':
(Thanks, Judy, for sharing that at Facebook in memory of Nelson Mandella.)
And something for fun ... my yearly posting of this:
There's this verse in Proverbs about four things the author doesn't understand:
"There are three things that are too amazing for me,
four that I do not understand:
the way of an eagle in the sky,
the way of a snake on a rock,
the way of a ship on the high seas,
...the way of a man with a maiden."
And here's what Debra would add:
"...and the way people put those silly, gigantic inflatable Santas, snowmen and reindeer on their lawns."
I mean, really. Come on.
Everyday I take my walk around the neighborhood and everyday I see poor ol' Santas sprawled across lawns like spread-eagle pancakes beside their deflated plastic friends.
I don't understand the Christmas cheer of that.
In my mind, I always imagine the abominable snowman at night, tromping across all those lawns, committing mass murder. Or that Santa and his friends got so cold, they decided to impale themselves rather than take one more long, freezing night while having to keep those goofy grins upon their faces.
It's like, what are people thinking? Who wants to blow-up gigantic plastic characters over and over only to wake up in the morning and discover them strewn, pancake-style across the lawn--again? Or see half-inflated Santa and friends tossing in the wind, appearing like they're writhing in pain?
Not me, anyway.
So I guess, like Solomon, there are just some things which must be too amazing for me to understand, as well. :)
Here's some good news.... By way of radio, tv and the Internet, I've already heard the word 'Christmas' spoken more than I did the whole holiday season last year... yay!
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