Tuesday, October 06, 2015

Funny Thing Happened at the Dentist's Office ---

" ... but David encouraged himself in the Lord his God."   ... 1 Samuel 30:6


I just returned from the dentist's office and to keep things simple I'll copy and paste the email I sent to Tom at work:

"I actually had fun at the dentist's office! Wow. Even though I had a filling done. Even though I'm going to have to have *two* teeth pulled later. And even though my whole mouth situation is pretty bleak. Even so, it felt more like fun than drudgery.

There were Disney posters everywhere and lots of dental workers (one was his daughter) and lots of patients and it felt more like a circus. Everyone was laughing and super nice! And the young guy who pulls teeth (and who grew up with the older dentist's son) seemed so sweet and explained to me how he'll pull mine. He came in to work just as I was leaving and took the extra time to take me back to the room to look at the x rays and my actual teeth.

Amazing that this place is so close--what a blessing! One of those God-things, definitely, and reminded me why I love New York so much."

I often encourage you to expect good things, and well, this weekend I 'encouraged myself in the Lord' to do the same. Even though I'd never been to this dental office and even though I've got some scary problems inside my mouth. Even so.

I'm glad I did and oh my--God has again shown himself so very good, far better than I deserve. Indeed.

             "Be it unto you even as you have believed."  Matthew 8:13

          "You have turned my mourning into dancing for me."   ...Psalm 30:11



What's cooking in my crockpot today?  Barbecued pork necks.


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Monday, October 05, 2015

Miracles You're Probably Not Noticing --

                                         "And be ye thankful..."

It still feels like a miracle.

For five months our water pressure went all two-thirds lower than its former self. Tom called the City a few times ('the squeaky wheel getting the oil'), they came out, knocked at the door and said our pipe had broken. On their side. 

More calls and more weeks later, oh my! The workers repaired the pipe on Friday and now water gushes from our faucets. The good way. The way which feels like a full-blown, can-you-believe-it? miracle. No more standing at the sink, feeling like I slid into eternity while filling a pan with water.

And yes, this is a reminder for me to be oh-so-thankful for tiny things in daily life. They are the important, vital things, after all and there's no guarantee that always they'll be around. 

It is a good thing to whittle down our future regrets.

But today, as today is, these (mislabeled) small things make every hour worthy of a confetti-throwing, soda-drinking celebration.


I've written before (like here) about dicey dental office visits, but you probably didn't even notice that I've not said a word about dentists lately. That's because (frankly) I was enjoying not needing to go see ours. All my teeth behaved for ever so long (relatively) so I ignored the dental receptionists' pleas/post cards/phone calls to get my teeth cleaned (they missed me, they insisted. Riiiiiight.), and instead, reveled wildly in my tooth-problem-free, happy-as-a-lark years.

Of course, it caught up with me. I knew it would. But oh, how good it felt to not have to go to the dentist all the time.

Anyway. Over the last few months I lost a filling and majorly broke a tooth, both which didn't bother me till last week. Sigh. 

But the good news? 

Within an even-Debra-can-walk-it distance of Hobbit Cottage, there's now a dentist's office. Kinda feels like another miracle, actually, because rather than have to get out of the house at the ungodly hour of 6:30 a.m. (as Tom does), drive him to work, hang around our previous Autumn Cottage Town for hours till the dentist office opens, go there, drive all the way home, then later, drive all the way back to Tom's work, pick him up, then drive back home through rush hour together--instead--

...tomorrow I'll just take a pleasant stroll beside the river to the new office whose receptionist sounded ever-so-pleasant over the phone this morning.

Oh, if only we could keep our eyes open for the daily miracles which surround us!  If only we constantly thanked God for every small joy. 

If we could? I'm sure our heads would not nearly so often defeat us.

"Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you who belong to Christ Jesus."  ... 1 Thessalonians 5:18


Speaking of dentists--please keep praying for my friend, Anne. Something appears to have gone wrong with the procedure at the oral surgeon's office last week. She really needs our prayers. Thanks so much.

And thanks for keeping Naomi in your prayers. She's officially in London now and will be there the next few days.


Need something for which to be thankful today? Go here. This woman lives in just 86 square feet (albeit in Paris, but hey...) and though she's been ever-so-clever about the whole thing, still---

Oh, and all those stairs! No, no, no. (Don't they have elevators in France?) heh.

(A special thanks to my niece, Melissa, for sharing this story with me at Facebook.)


What's cooking in my crockpot today?  Pork and vegetable soup.

Friday, October 02, 2015

Another Day After---

"...be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand."   ...Isaiah 41:10


Some days it's difficult being a blogger. Like the mornings following yet one more school shooting--it feels almost wrong to write about joy when you know others are suffering fresh wounds. 

But then I remind myself that every single day people, somewhere, are feeling devastated. Always, in some place, there are wars and floods and tragedies and unspeakable crimes and if I let that silence me (as satan would prefer)? Then I'll not fulfill this calling of God as a writer of everyday life with Jesus. 

And then that would become a (albeit smaller) tragedy of its own. Anytime anyone fails to do what God asks, ripples of repercussions wash over lost, searching people. Always someone, somewhere, will suffer when we do nothing, even if our something seems ever so small.

If God asks us to do a thing, then how can that thing even be small? It can't. 

In His sight, all is important, weighty. Every detail works to fulfill the huge plan He has for the history of this world, a history we'll comprehend and gasp in appreciation for only after we've been in Heaven awhile. But only now can we contribute our part of that history still unfolding.

At least, that's what I believe.


And yes, I've been praying for the victim's families of this latest school shooting, one that felt more jarring because Christians were targeted. And I believe it goes much deeper than just the 'mental health' issue in this case: the spirit of the anti-Christ is roaming around, searching for anyone willing to open himself up to him. 

We were warned of these times centuries ago.

"For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places."   ... Ephesians 6:12


Over at Facebook this morning I saw this, probably for the hundredth time, but it seemed more fitting in Today's world than ever:

No matter what's happening or who bails out of our life or how we're feeling--we must do the right thing. Stand strong. Shine our light.

When we stand before God someday, we will, after all, stand there alone, with no one else to blame. Our excuses will die even before they reach our tongue. And oh, the accountability of it all!


And now I'll end this rather heavy post with a smile. Three, actually:

And this:

Ring Bearer and Flower Girl Marry 17 Years Later.


Oh, and tomorrow (Saturday) Naomi will fly to New York City where she'll meet her friends (a married couple) who have a band. The three of them will then fly to London where they'll perform for a week or so. Any prayers for their safety would be appreciated so much--thank-you!