Showing posts from January, 2010


The Cheesecake Factory is a favorite of mine! My husband and oldest daughter picked me up at the Phoenix Airport today at Noon...just in time to celebrate my birthday lunch at the Cheesecake Factory. Yes, I left room for dessert...the cheesecake with the red velvet cake in the middle! You bet! We all shared my piece. Get this: when I was in San Diego yesterday, my youngest daughter and I had lunch also at The Cheesecake Factory! Two days in a row!
Thank you my online friends and family who sent emails or left messages for me this week. I loved your birthday wishes and loving thoughts and prayers. Oh, how I wish I could scoop you all up and have cheesecake together! Last week when I was in San Diego I went out to breakfast with Carrie, Susanna and the neighbor next door, Daisy. She, also, was celebrating her birthday! At 92, She's become a very special friend to us and we joked about the large gap in all of our ages and here we were, partying together at IHOP! It does make me ponder …

Spiritual Sunday ~ How to Know if You are in the Right Church

You Might Be In the Wrong Church If....
You have to pass through a metal detector to get inside.
The choir performs "A Mighty Fortress is Our God" - as a polka!
A week before Christmas the pastor announces the church will be "closed for the holidays."
New "Purpose-Driven" mission statement includes vague reference to Jell-O-wrestling.
On your second Sunday as a visitor they ask you to be their pastor.
On the offering envelopes is printed "Please make checks payable directly to the pastor."
The organist is Boris Karloff or appears to be his stunt double.
The floral arrangement on the altar is in the shape of a big horseshoe... that reads "Hollywood Park."
Everyone is handcuffed together at the ankles before preaching starts.
You are the only person in the sanctuary and its 15 minutes after church is scheduled to start.
The baptismal fount has bubbling water, is large enough to hold two or three seated adults, and looks suspiciously like a Jacuzzi…

Friday Funnies

$5.37. That's what the kid behind the counter at Taco Bell said to me. I dug into my pocket and pulled out some lint and two dimes and something that used to be a Jolly Rancher. Having already handed the kid a five-spot, I started to head back out to the truck to grab some change when the kid with the Emo hairdo said the harshest thing anyone has ever said to me. He said, "It's OK Sir. I'll just give you the senior citizen discount." I turned to see who he was talking to and then heard the sound of change hitting the counter in front of me. "Only $4.68" he said cheerfully. I stood there stupefied. I am 62, not even 65 yet?" A mere child! Senior citizen? I took my burrito and walked outside & into the truck wondering what was wrong with Emo. Was he blind?
As I sat in the truck, my blood began to boil. Old? Me? I'll show him, I thought. I opened the door and headed back inside. I strode to the counter, and there he was waiting with a smile. Be…

Spiritual Sundays ~ Got Coffee?

It was early Sunday morning and much of our town wasn’t up yet. We stopped the car suddenly when we saw her. She pushed aside the boxes in the back seat and climbed in and thanked us for rescuing her from the cold. We talked a little bit during the drive. So you’re on your way to town heading for church” she said. “Why do you go to church?” I paused, realizing that she was dead serious.
I've been thinking about this middle-aged hitchhiker whom we met last week. Her slacks were worn and her big sweater wasn’t adequate enough for the cold morning. I was glad we could give her a lift. Rarely am I ever face to face with someone who has never been to church. Her question caught me off guard.
I thought about this…Why do I go to church? I go to worship God. He saved my life; I need Him and want to sing Him my praises. The Bible teachings are inspirational and measured with a plumb line of accurate biblical truth. I need direction for my life! The love of God flows through the people who con…

Friday Funnies

Friday Funnies is featured by Kim at Homesteader's Heart.

Spiritual Sunday ~ The Lesson Of The Camel

My girlfriend Jeeni’s love language is gifts. So as a result, when she wants to express her appreciation for me and our friendship, I can receive anything from a hand-made necklace to a free ticket to an event. That’s just the way we are, isn't it? We tend to express our love in ways we like to receive it. Recently Jeeni stopped by the office, but it was a day that I wasn’t working. One of the shelves in my bookcase displayed a little figurine of a camel. “How cute is that” I thought to myself the next day, realizing immediately that I missed a visit from Jeeni.
I’ve been gazing at that camel, thinking a lot about the lesson of the camel. Have you heard about it? To explain it to you, I have to get a little help from my favorite Woman of Faith go-to girl, Sheila Walsh. She included The Lesson of the Camel in her book, The Heartache That No One Sees. She wrote about a friend she met in a coffee shop who felt a God-nudge to share a Bible verse with her. “Commit your works to the Lord…

New Year ~ New Trust!

Happy New Year everyone! May the coming year bring in a new season of hope for our nation and may the Kingdom of God expand beyond our wildest dreams. On a personal note, I’m targeting trust and delight in the Lord this year and Psalm 37 beckons my spirit:
1 Don’t worry about the wicked or envy those who do wrong. 2 For like grass, they soon fade away. Like spring flowers, they soon wither.
3 Trust in the Lord and do good. Then you will live safely in the land and prosper. 4 Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you your heart’s desires.
5 Commit everything you do to the Lord. Trust him, and he will help you. 6 He will make your innocence radiate like the dawn, and the justice of your cause will shine like the noonday sun.
7 Be still in the presence of the Lord, and wait patiently for him to act. Don’t worry about evil people who prosper or fret about their wicked schemes.
8 Stop being angry! Turn from your rage! Do not lose your temper— it only leads to harm. 9 For the wicked will be de…