Thursday, March 26, 2015

Snow What ? :)

"I am the Light of the world."   ... John 8:12


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When your March 26th begins this way:




... this truly needs to be reality within your heart:




And I'm almost there. Yesterday, though, the clouds got to me and I drooped awhile (when our frequent sunshine disappears, how I miss it!). But I yanked open our warm-mustard curtains, switched on the lamps, lighted candles, gazed upon our yellow walls then recalled the Spring fever that oozed into my soul two weeks ago. And felt better.

Sometimes you must create your own Springtime. Inside, outside, upside down, not waiting for Prince Charming, someone else or the weather to do it for you.

Anyone can complain. The butcher, the baker, the candle stick maker. But I believe as Christians we're called to higher, tougher things like excellence and living with hearts flooded with a hopeful anticipation of what God will do next---and never complain about what He's done so far.

And oh, the difference living this way has been. Hasn't made me popular (the opposite, actually), but it's certainly created a brighter daily life. Even grey, snowy March days like this one can never darken the Light of the world. The Light of my very soul.









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I forgot to tell you that I signed up at Pinterest. The first day I went bonkers and set a record for burning out.  :) I've returned a couple times since then and puttered, but there's no fear of any Pinterest addictions (now Facebook ... That's different.).

I do enjoy the organizational 'cubby-holing' thing of Pinterest. In some areas I've taught my brain to think differently: rather than swimming around in a jumble of info and emotions, I try to move from one-subject cubby to one-subject cubby. You know, the way that men supposedly think. :) 

In some ways, becoming many-closet-brained is cool and simplifying, especially when one reaches her mid-50's in a complicated, fast-spinning world.

Anyway, if you'd like to visit me at Pinterest, go here. (I believe that's the link, anyway.)


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----- Lydia M Child quotes


  Never cut a tree down in the wintertime. Never make a negative decision in the low time. Never make your most important decisions when you are in your worst moods. Wait. Be patient. The storm will pass. The spring will come.





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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Humor and Preppers and More, Oh My :)

(Come here most afternoons and you'll find Daniel and me soaking in the sunshine.)

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The older I get (and the more insane this world becomes) the more I appreciate been-there-done-that-laugh-aloud writing. You know, like this.

I hope you'll go there and see what tickled me yesterday.


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Veering in a whole other direction, via Netflix I've been watching Doomsday Preppers (though some of those people do make me laugh, so there is that). So far, I've most appreciated 'Doris Day Prepper' for her and her husband's sense of balance (and oh, what a pretty yard they own!).

But mostly? These preppers challenge me to--at the very least--aim to prepare for future adversity of all types, you know, like either the end of the world (as we now recognize it) or the end of Tom's job. Hey. Once you've experienced a lay-off, you tend not to shrug off this staying prepared stuff like you did when you were young and silly.

My favorite way of prepping is to lug home free or cheap groceries by way of sales and coupons. Yesterday I brought these groceries, below, home to add to my stockpile cupboards (of which Tom and I will be seeking more via Craig's List and yard sales when he arrives home in a couple weeks):



The 5 bags of pineapple were free as well as the Pom juice and two packages of guacamole.

The cake mixes (enough for a year or more for us) were 6 cents each.

The taco mixes were .25 cents each and the butter was $1.49.

Oh, and I got two cans of Goya pinto beans for .24 cents each.



In this way, 'prepping' has already paid off grandly: grocery prices continue to rise sharply, but still, I'm more often paying 1970's prices or even better. High grocery and gas prices (gas, due to store promos) haven't affected our budget in years.


One thing I've seen? When God asks us to do something, anything, He always provides the way to do it. The money. The courage. The time, ideas and instructions.

No, really! The main reason we don't always see/get/hear all that is because we're more tuned into our own heads rather than His. We're still more about me, me, me rather than Him, Him, Him.

But oh, things turn exciting when we die to self and awaken to a suddenly-different life.  One where God leads and we humbly follow along on pre-ordained adventures only we, ourselves, probably find interesting, dare I say thrilling? But it's enough--more than, actually.

Yes, seriously. There are, of course, many other ways to live, but I prefer that one.





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"Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come."   ... 2 Corinthians 5:17

"Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong."   ... 1 Corinthians 16:13


Here's a pretty balanced article about prepping for anything.


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Oh, and speaking of Daniel the Cat-- last night I had another of my rare nightmares and was calling out a name. Daniel, sleeping beside my legs, got up, walked along my arm and awoke me. After seeing I was awake, he stepped back down the bed, curled up and went to sleep. 

His doing that always feels like a gift, a rescuer, from God. Happy sigh...



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Monday, March 23, 2015

How's Your Own Personal Real Estate?


“Image and appearance tell you little. The inside is bigger than the outside when you have the eyes to see.” 
― Wm. Paul YoungCross Roads


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When I drive down the street to Dollar Tree, always I expect to find one good book there. Or two, even, on days when I have great faith. 

Now, do I skip away with a just-what-I-wanted book every single visit? No, it's more like only 60 percent of the time (perhaps less). But still, the expecting is what matters, the having faith that God--somehow--placed a book upon those usually-messy shelves singularly for me. 

So this past Friday at Dollar Tree? I unburied this:




I'd not even heard of that book, but you should have seen my eyes widen when I realized the author of The Shack had written it. Wow. All mine! And all for only $1.

For the next two days at our glass-topped table (which I shove closer to the windows during winter so to feel the sun) I read this book and went all sorts of places in my mind.

I think I'd enjoy an in-person Mr. Young. He hears things like Jesus said we'd hear things if we'd listen:

"My sheep hear my voice..."

Mr. Young doesn't just write from his imagination (though it's a pleasant thing when other authors do that). No, he writes what he hears while plugged into Jesus. You can tell. All those words arranged in ways you'd never heard of, splattered over all those pages, spinning your brain around. My, my, my.

I turned the final page there in the sunshine and tried not to cry. I hadn't understood every sentence, but I do know what shook me most: it's the idea that all we do (good or bad), all we think/speak/give/keep/ponder/complain about/forgive/not forgive/hate/love, etc., creates real estate within our hearts. We are building an abiding place, a house, growing gardens, creating landscapes (and on and on) by the way we live our thousands of days. It's a place, a land we share with Jesus, acres where we converse, growing to know each other more deeply.

Or it can also be an echo-ey, thirst-like-crazy desert place, barren because of our ignorance and ignoring what matters most. It's our call. It's a result of our millions of choices, not what happened to us along the way, but rather, our reactions.

What a book, the kind that haunts you the week after you finish it. Many of you, I'm thinking, would be shaken by it, also.






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"What I am anxious to see in Christian believers is a beautiful paradox. I want to see in them the joy of finding God while at the same time they are blessedly pursuing Him. I want to see in them the great joy of having God yet always wanting Him."

    Author: A.W. Tozer



"Those who live in the shelter of the Most High will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty."   ... Psalm 91:1


'Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and will dine with him, and he with Me."   ... Revelation 3:20



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Interested in reading Cross Roads? Amazon's kindle store has it for just $2.99. A terrific deal for such a book.

Oh, wanted to add this-- not till the end of the first chapter did I feel I'd even like this book. Then I got pulled in and couldn't put it down. So to my kindred spirits--don't quit reading before the second chapter, ok? :)

And here is a link to The Shack.


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