Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Give Me A Silent Ride

I often wonder about God's sense of humor.  His answers to my prayers are...well, funny...sometimes!  I share about one of those times today at Women Walking With Jesus.  Head on over and let's have a laugh together!

Friday, June 27, 2014

Girls Just Want to Have Fun!

I treated my man to a breakfast buffet at the casino this morning and did we splurge!  My plate was filled with scrambled egg & cheese, homemade biscuit and honey, chicken fried steak, a slice of ham, bacon and yogurt and nuts topping it all off with pastry and coffee.  On our way out to the parking lot, we passed a Native American woman who hit the jackpot and won $1,000.  We watched.  She didn’t bat an eyelash.  She just kept playing her machine.

We then headed out for an adventure.  I’m looking for a round, small outside table for my back deck.  I already have two chairs, but I need a table for those special occasions when the evenings are cool and we want to eat dinner outdoors and watch the sun set.  I don’t want to spend a lot of money so picking up something used and refurbishing it to my taste would be ideal.  We followed the bright painted signs to garage and yard sales in the area. 

I started having fun when I met an eight year old girl who had all the talent of a professional salesgirl.  Her section of the yard sale was filled with Barbie dolls, Princess books to read and to color and lots of toys, mostly pink.  She had everything laid out neatly and asked me if I had a little girl.  I told her I had a five-year old granddaughter and wondered what to buy her.  With that, she carefully chose a Barbie sing-a-long player and demonstrated how to use the buttons and microphone.  She sang the lyrics to the song “Girls Just Want to Have Fun.”  That song always makes me want to rock out, so I danced along as she sang and that’s when her grandmother arrived on the scene to get a closer look!  Yes, I did buy the toy for our little Sookie and I’m hoping she will enjoy it as much as I did with my little friend! 

I never did find a table so my plans for the back deck are on hold.  Of all the people we met sailing from yard to yard, we both smile when we think of that little gal who gave us a sales presentation that deserves an award!  I think it’s funny, too, that I can’t get Cyndi Lauper’s song out of my head!  Yeah, girls they want to have fun!

This post is linked to Friendship Friday.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Pondering Old Glory

I admit it.  I’m a news junkie. The reason?  I love America.  I feel blessed to live in this nation.  I’ve been privileged to travel abroad and like so many Americans, I’ve returned home to embrace the beauty of this land.  My heart flows with gratitude to live in a free country.  I appreciate our rich history of men and women who feared God and passionately shaped our nation with courage and faith.

Getting back to cable news, I’m frustrated when some of our leaders approve policies that lack integrity and promote a New Age agenda that scoffs at Christianity which our nation was founded on.  It’s against the law to destroy the eggs of a bald eagle but it’s ok to destroy the fetus in a woman?  Personally, my blood boils when I watch crooked politicians opening up the door to oppression rather than supporting our foundational principles.  Our borders are far from secure, suspicious emails go missing and the same standards of taxation expected of citizens do not apply to our leaders. 

The answer is not in bashing anyone.  In fact I’m encouraged today.  This morning I studied the first chapter of Ephesians.  I’m remembering that Jesus is above every power and every principality and dominion.  His Name is higher than every name that’s named!

So who is really in control? God, bless America once again.

21 Now he is far above any ruler or authority or power or leader or anything else—not only in this world but also in the world to come. 22 God has put all things under the authority of Christ and has made him head over all things for the benefit of the church. 23 And the church is his body; it is made full and complete by Christ, who fills all things everywhere with himself.    Ephesians 1:21-23

This post links to The Friday Five at the Watered Soul.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Rescued from another Nasty Habit

What do you do when your LDL Cholesterol is way too high and you can’t tolerate the meds the doctor prescribes?  This is what I’m doing to get healthy…read more of my journey at Women Walking With Jesus, Click here.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Dad was a Romantic

The best thing about my father was the way he loved my mother.  Dad was a romantic. 
My mom told me she met my dad for the first time at a family gathering.  She said he was the most handsome man in the room.  He was pretty dapper in his day!

I loved his happy temperament.  My kids always got a kick out of his excitement when we arrived at grandma and grandpa’s for a visit.  His favorite saying was “How sweet it is!”  He loved the simple things:  a home-cooked meal, family, playing cards, watching the ballgame with my mother.  We teased the heck out of him for being such a staunch Cubs fan, but he would laugh it off and say that somebody has to be for the underdog.  They were his team and he was loyal even though they hardly ever won.  That says a lot about a man!

My dad was the best dancing partner a girl could have!  I remember a beautiful waltz with him at my wedding.

Whenever I am missing dad, I don’t have to look too far.  Both of my brothers are clones!  They look like him, walk like him and are faithful husbands in good times and in bad.  They chase those “I miss dad blues” away, every time.  It took me and my siblings a while to figure out what true boldness is.  We finally realized later in life, that it is “consistent strength under pressure.”   That’s boldness to us.  It was not always easy to get along with our spirited mom, but our dad demonstrated a bold love that stays the course and his calm, loving ways made it look like a piece of cake.

As Father’s Day approaches, I am thankful for my earthly father.  He left behind a legacy of a man who knew how to love his wife and children and grandchildren.  No wonder it was so easy for me to believe and accept my Heavenly Father’s love!

This post links to the true stories at “Tell Me A Story.”