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Spiritual Sundays ~ Not Just For Prophets

I smiled when I heard Pat Robertson on the 700 Club make this remark: “Doesn’t everyone talk to God?” He was referring to the jab that Joy Behar gave to Christine O’Donnell, running for Senate in Delaware. Christine was asked by one of her supporters why she goes out on a limb defending her conservative Christian convictions in such a hostile campaign. “Because God told me to” she replied. And for that, Joy called her crazy because she hears from God.

The cry of my heart is to be able to hear God’s voice. When God speaks personally, there’s nothing else like it in the whole world.

I studied the 25th chapter of Genesis this week and noticed how troubled Rebekah was during her pregnancy. She said “Why is this happening to me?” She was referring to the jostling in her womb. So she went to inquire of the Lord. And the Lord said to her:

“Two Nations are in your womb,
And two peoples from within you will be separated;
One people will be stronger than the other
And the older will serve the younger.…

Friday Funnies!

It's Friday. Yay! Time to smile big with Kim and the funny gals at Friday Funnies!

Eight Lofty Thoughts

The best day of this past week for me was yesterday when I worked at the office all day with my hubby. It was a cloudy, cold day and I loved being out in fall weather at lunch time running errands with him. He took me out to lunch to a Mexican restaurant that recently opened. The food was as good as the company!

The best quote I heard this week was by Susan Lapin who mentioned in her blog “It’s like having a demanding toddler with you all the time, insisting on an instant response.” She was referring to the urgency of answering her cell phone!

Speaking of toddlers….the Best Email I received this week was when my daughter sent me a photo of Susanna modeling the purse I gave her:

Now the lamb purse my mother sent her for her birthday goes well with this ensamble. Don't you think?

The best news I got this past week was when my husband’s doctor discussed his blood work. His cholesterol dropped from originally 240 to now 176. His new exercise routine at the health club is having a good eff…

Sprirtual Sundays ~ When God is Silent

The best devotion I read this week was on the topic of God’s silence:

Some prayers are followed by silence because they are wrong, others because they are bigger than we can understand. Jesus stayed where He was – a positive staying, because He loved Martha and Mary. Did they get Lazarus back? They got infinitely more; they got to know the greatest truth mortal beings ever knew—that Jesus Christ is the Resurrection and the Life. It will be a wonderful moment when we stand before God and find that the prayers we clamored for in early days and imagined were never answered have been answered in the most amazing way, and that God’s silence has been the sign of the answer. If we always want to be able to point to something and say, “This is the way God answered my prayer,” God cannot trust us yet with His silence. Oswald Chambers

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Friday Funnies

Maxine and I are keeping with the theme of Autumn today. We wish you all a fun-filled fall day! Kim hosts Friday Funnies; be sure to stop by!

Random Smiles!

I heard a good quote this week: “Repentance is a gift from God. It’s like taking a shower for our soul.” Tiz Huch

I smile when my husband comes home from the grocery store with boxes of cereal I would never eat if you tied me down and forced me and then he only eats my granola! I’m looking for a good homemade granola recipe.

Even though I gave a lot away, containers of Granny Smith apples fill my kitchen counters. I made an apple streusel yesterday. The recipe is on my cooking blog. This season, I received an apple corer gift and it speeds up the slicing. Plus it’s fun to use!

We ate the streusel dessert while watching Dancing with the Stars last night. My favorite dancer is Kurt Warner! Talk about a smile.

Fall has been delayed in Arizona this year. I did see a few yellow leaves on the Cottonwood trees by the river. Big deal. Temps are supposed to drop and rain is predicted this week. My thoughtful brother-in-law knows I love autumn. He sent me a photo from Chicago that he snapped. I f…

Spiritual Sundays ~ Haughty Eyes

A haughty spirit can really trip you up! At times, I'm sure I am thinking correctly only to find out that it is not so.

An example is yesterday. Have you ever played traveling Scrabble? You can change only one letter to make a new word. The rule is you can’t make up a word. Then you send it to ten others along with the one you received it from. My sister-in-law, Tammie, challenges me in this game. I thought I had her last night when I received her email back. She typed in a word I never heard of before. I was just about to call her on it. Sure enough, just like last time, it was a legitimate word. I laughed so hard. What a smarty.

I wasn’t laughing last month when my husband corrected me in a matter that I had a strong opinion about. I was wrong, though. Looking back, I’m grateful for that correction. In the end, he saved me from embarrassment.

God hates pride, too:

16There are six things the Lord hates,
seven that are detestable to him:
17haughty eyes,
a lying tongue,
hands that shed in…

Friday Funnies ~ Church Ladies Dinner

A group of country friends from the Bluffton Church wanted to get together on a regular basis, socialize, and play games. The lady of the house was to prepare the meal. When it came time for Al and Janet to be the hosts - Janet wanted to outdo all the others. So Janet decided to have mushroom-smothered steak. However, knowing that mushrooms are so expensive, she told her husband, 'No mushrooms -- they are too high.' He said, 'Why don't you go down in the pasture and pick some of those mushrooms? here are plenty in the creek bed.' She said, 'No, some wild mushrooms are poison'. 'He said, ' Well, I see varmints eating them and they’re okay.' So Janet decided to give it a try. She picked a bunch -- washed, sliced, and diced them for her smothered steak. Then she went out on the back porch and gave Ol' Spot (the yard dog) a double handful. Ol' Spot ate every bite. All morning long, Janet watched Ol' Spot and the wild mushrooms didn't…

Spiritual Sundays ~ The Tabernacle

All week long I was looking forward to my Friday lunch date with my girlfriend, Maureen. Our plan was to eat in Sedona and then take the tour of the traveling miniature tabernacle exhibit that is currently on display there.

We did have a wonderful lunch in Tlaquepaque in Sedona, but I was disappointed when Maureen told me the bad news. No tour for us. The Tabernacle suffered structural damage when the heavy rainstorms hit our state hard this week closing down the exhibit. I had hoped to write about my experience and share it with you today for my Spiritual Sunday post!

Why was the Old Testament tabernacle significant? It was a tent made with human hands. It was a highly detailed way that God wanted Israel to worship Him. It taught the children of Israel about salvation. It was a foreshadow of what was to come.

In the New Testament, Jesus is revealed as the fulfillment of the tabernacle system:

When Christ came as high priest of the good things that are already here, he went through the g…

Friday Funnies!

It's Friday and time to join Kim at Friday Funnies and laugh! Have a good weekend, friends.

Why I Count It All Joy Wednesday!

I’m counting it all joy because I live in America. My freedom of speech allows me to disagree and write letters to companies like IHOP for suing International House of Prayer because they use the same acronym (after ten years! C’mon.)

I’m joyful because I called my 95 year old mother in Chicago and she’s still sharp and I thank God that we had a great conversation this week.

I’m joyful because I had a wonderful visit to San Diego. My daughter insisted that I sleep on her Tempur-pedic bed every night. I felt so good, not to mention young!

I’m joyful because we enjoyed a safe road trip back to AZ even though it would have been better if we could have stopped at IHOP with the baby and ate pancakes! No IHOP for us. We’re serious about this.

I’m joyful because I love apples and I have tons on my tree this year. They are wonderful for baking!

I’m joyful that our family was together at my home last weekend to celebrate Susanna’s second birthday, which is actually today! Her aunty choose a princes…

Spiritual Sundays ~ Identification

Though all the peoples walk each in the name of his god, As for us, we will walk In the name of the LORD our God forever and ever
Micah 4:5

I have to watch how I speak around Susanna these days. She’s an eager-to-learn two year old who repeats my words and actions. Oh, how nice to be admired! Likewise, I hope Father God views me with affection when I speak like Him. It’s even better when I make a decision that mirrors His holy ways. God understands that we humans long for identification. He sent Jesus!

I’m aware, too, that not everyone embraces Jesus. Some “walk” a different way, and their god is different like the woman I met on the playground the other day. I was pushing Susanna’s swing when she approached me with one of those printed handouts that look like a page from a primary reader. Soon I knew that I was speaking to a very friendly lady who was unusually interested in my life and not just selling her god to me like most in cults. Nonetheless, I’m concerned for her. I’m glad she …

Friday Funnies!

I was walking down the street when I was accosted by a particulary dirty and shabby looking homeless woman who asked me for a couple of dollars for dinner. I took out my wallet, got out ten dollars and asked "If I give you this money, will you go shopping instead of buying food?" I asked. "No, I don't waste time shopping," the homeless woman said. "I need to spend all my time trying to stay alive."

"Will you spend this on a beauty salon instead of food?" I asked. "Are you nuts!" replied the homeless woman. I haven't had my hair done in 20 years.

"Well, I am not going to give you the money. Instead, I'm going to take you out to dinner with my husband and me tonight." The homeless woman was shocked. "Won't your husband be furious with you for doing that? I know that I'm dirty and I probably smell pretty disgusting."

I said, "That's okay. It is important for him to see what a woman looks like …