Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Are We Awake Yet?

"For anything that becomes visible is light. Therefore it says, “Awake, oh sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.”   ... Ephesians 5:14

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I enjoy watching tv with God. I do that all the time, sit beside Him on the red couch and feel very loved. Another reason I like it? Sometimes He has me push the pause button, consider what my eyes saw and take it a bit further. "What did you learn?" He asks. " Did you notice  _____? Was there a valuable lesson for your daily life? Your blog?"

Yes, that really happens.

Anyway, after watching the X Files episode, Field Trip, (via Netflix ... major spoilers ahead) my brain absolutely swirled. The 'stay awake Bible verses' exploded into little plumes inside my head, you know, like this one:

"But stay awake at all times, praying that you may have strength to escape all these things that are going to take place, and to stand before the Son of Man.”   ...  Luke 21:36


... because, through most of the episode, Mulder and Scully only thought they were awake. They kept returning to their 'normal' lives where things seemed very right and real.  But in reality? Both stood trapped inside a cave, in darkness, having hallucinations, dreams. And worse? Slowly they were being eaten by a plant's digestive juices.

Ever so slowly they were being duped into thinking all was well! That they'd returned home to Washington D.C., solved the case, even, when really, everything they believed was wrong and they were dying.

Eventually they are yanked-up from the ground, by their hands,  into the light of day. And see the truth.

My, my, my.

May I stay awake, living in actual truth, not the supposed kind (sleepy, religious-sounding lies), and making the most of all the strength and joy and peace of mind in hard times that God provides to those who love and obey Him and His word.

May I not arrive at the end of my life being more often stubborn than open, so wrong and in the dark, clueless, yet believing I'd been awake and dancing in the light all the while.





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"Therefore, stay awake, for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming."   ... Matthew 24:42


"See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ."   ... Colossians 2:8


"They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. For this reason God sends them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie."   ... 2 Thessalonians 2:10:11


There are hundreds of ways to learn and be ministered to and may we never criticize another person's method just because it doesn't match our own.


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Monday, July 21, 2014

Extreme This and That

More grocery encouragement, just a sampling from some recent purchases:




2 Butterball turkey bacon:  Free
2 Seafood Snackers:  Free
Ajax dish liquid:  Free
Goya seasoning:  .29 cents
10 Starkist tuna packets:  .30 cents each (I get two sandwiches from each, not just one)
4 Barbeque sauce:  .50 cents each
2 Natural Bliss creamer:  .50 cents each (I usually make my own, but for .50 cents I'll splurge on Natural Bliss.)
4 Kraft salad dressing:  .50 cents each
6 Chicken of the Sea tuna cans:  .50 cents each
2 Reynolds heavy duty foil:  .50 cents each (2 others not shown)
Peter Pan peanut butter:  1.25

Lots of great items for my stockpile so that I can shop from that when I need something, rather than running to the store and paying full price.

My best advice remains the same: find a couple of local coupon bloggers who will match-up coupons and sales at your supermarket for you. They'll even provide links to the best coupons!

Remember--we can complain about how ridiculous grocery prices are or we can do what it takes to keep paying very low prices. 

Or as Joyce Meyer likes to say:  "We can be pitiful or powerful, but we can't be both!"  

Amen to that. 


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After my post on saving money, my buddy, Susan, asked questions about how I cut my hair. Well, I've been cutting/trimming my hair since I was a teenager (with maybe just 4 salon visits since) so I've never considered it a big, I-should-be-nervous deal. Instead, I've chosen to think about all the thousands of dollars I've saved over the past 40 years. 

Of course, I've read the articles which declare you should NEVER cut your own hair, but you know who writes those, right? Anyone who profits from the hair salon industry.

I ignore them. I mean, that's like saying, "Never leave your comfort zone! Never try something new. Never take a chance, a plunge, a risk."

Mostly I've always given myself easy blunt cuts. I just place a paper bag over the bathroom sink, divide my hair in half from a back part and start snipping away. And I don't allow fear to paralyze me from making the first cut.

Does it come out amazing, like I paid $300 to have it done? No way. But then, to me, hair is just hair and the world never ends if it's not perfect. Also, it grows back if you make a mistake.

(And yes, I realize not everyone can cut their hair, nor wants to and some women would rather die than cut their own hair. This post is not for those people. heh.)

Want some better directions and info.? You can start here. (What did we ever do before the Internet?)  


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Aww ... this was inspiring:

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Sunday, July 20, 2014

Our Neighbors From The Twilight Zone


"Do not be quick with your mouth, do not be hasty in your heart to utter anything before God ... let your words be few."   ... Ecclesiastes 5:2

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I'm thinking our neighbors, Paul and Robin, moved here from the Twilight Zone. Why? Because they've been married forever like Tom and I have, they're both home nearly all the time, yet they never run out of things to talk about. 

Whenever we have gorgeous weather (which is, like, the hundreds of non-winter days), Paul and Robin sit outside on their covered patio behind the fence we share and they talk. With each other. Both speaking for hours.

I've never heard anything like it. I'll leave to go shopping, hear them chatting quietly, and then when I return and put my key into the backdoor, they're still conversing. Still. Morning and afternoon after morning and afternoon. Evenings, too.

During our nearly 3 years at Hobbit Cottage, I've never heard them argue(!) The only times they raise their voices is to yell at their new pesky little yip dog (they're currently training him. He annoys me and I'm positive I annoy him. Alas.).

But other than that? No, they read the newspaper and share stories and well, they just quietly converse. What about I'm not sure--it's not like I'd try listening. I mean hey, I'm not weird that way.

No, I'm just flabbergasted. I mean, when Tom and I Skype daily, we average 12-minute conversations and often we rack our brains to keep the conversation going that long. We even scribble notes beside our computers so we'll remember what to tell the other person later the next day. And usually there's a whole lot of, "Well, that's about it. All I can think of. I guess I'll let you go."

Did you see that Bible verse at the top of this post about letting your words be few? I think Tom and I have that one down, pat. 

And you know?That's ok. We love each other deeply as only old married couples can, but our talking style is more spur-of-the-moment. More here, there, don't-need-to-share-every-tiny-detail-and-certainly-don't-need-to-fill-in-uncomfortable-silences. We don't have those. We're comfortable.

Also? There's loads we try hard not to chat about:

Gossipy subjects.
Peoples' negative qualities.
Forecasting bad things that might happen.
Mean things spoken to us by others (unless it really hurt and we need to share the burden. But that's rare.).
Complainy, whiny topics. Things we cannot change, especially politics and clueless people in the news. Etc.)

Well, you get it. 

Anyway, I think Paul and Robin's steady stream of conversation is a wonderful thing! They're super neighbors and I'm grateful for them. 

But I also think Tom's and my style of communication fits us just right and is special, as well. It works for us both and that's what matters. Trying to force our way into others' godly abilities, attempting to fix things which are not broken, both tend to only lead to problems.

And haven't we all got just about enough of those already?  :)






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"Whoever keeps his mouth and his tongue keeps himself out of trouble."   Proverbs 21:23



"... whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable--if anything is excellent or praiseworthy--think about such things."   ... Philippians 4:8



If we try to act like others, we never discover what God created us to be.





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R.I.P. James Garner. Tom and I especially enjoyed his work on The Rockford Files (and oh, those tacos for breakfast on the beach!). 

Here's a very complimentary article about him.