A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART

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THE LITTLE NOTES
Remember Waylon Jennings & friends in their OUTLAW days?  They did a song called, “Put Another Log on the Fire.”  I guess really it was Tompall Glaser ‘cuz he wrote it.  Well, Daddy used to walk around the house singing this to Mama. They were crazy and I really miss them!  Go over to You Tube and listen to that song – it’s really funny.

I guess I can post the lyrics without getting in trouble.

PUT ANOTHER LOG ON THE FIRE

Put another log on the fire.
Cook me up some bacon and some beans.
And go out to the car and change the tyre.
Wash my socks and sew my old blue jeans.
Come on, baby, you can fill my pipe,
And then go fetch my slippers.
And boil me up another pot of tea.
Then put another log on the fire, babe,
And come and tell me why you’re leaving me.

Now don’t I let you wash the car on Sunday?
Don’t I warn you when you’re gettin fat?
Ain’t I a-gonna take you fishin’ with me someday?
Well, a man can’t love a woman more than that.
Ain’t I always nice to your kid sister?
Don’t I take her driving every night?
So, sit here at my feet ‘cos I like you when you’re sweet,
And you know it ain’t feminine to fight.

So, put another log on the fire.
Cook me up some bacon and some beans.
Go out to the car and lift it up and change the tyre.
Wash my socks and sew my old blue jeans.
Come on, baby, you can fill my pipe,
And then go fetch my slippers.
And boil me up another pot of tea.
Then put another log on the fire, babe,
And come and tell me why you’re leaving me.

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I love being married. It’s so great to find that one special person you want to annoy for the rest of your life. – Rita Rudner

My Mom was a note writer, a hugger and very vocal with praise and support. It’s just who she was. God is a great matchmaker because He blessed her with a man who loved and appreciated all of that! Daddy was not easily embarrassed by it and actually encouraged her in that way. I loved watching my parents – love. They knew how to enjoy married life. They knew the secret – don’t be so serious and have FUN with it!

My Daddy found little notes all over the place. One year for Easter, my Mama put quotes and little tidbits of quotes on slips of paper, folded the paper and stuck them in plastic eggs. She hid the eggs all over inside the house (I think it rained that year). She had Daddy and I hunted all over the house for the eggs! When they were all found, we sat down at our kitchen table, opened the plastic eggs and read aloud the quote or saying enclosed. That was my favorite Easter! Oh, and of course there was a little “kiss” inside the egg too – just to sweeten the deal a bit!

Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. – 1 Peter 4:8

After Mama died, I found many journals, books of poetry, verses, words of wisdom and miscellaneous diaries in a kitchen drawer. Mama was quite the philosopher! She knew how to turn sadness into gladness and was so clever and wise in her decision-making. In other words, she had a Master’s Degree in… LOVE!

A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART

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GREEN TEA FROM A PINK POT

Tea for Two…  when I was a little girl, mama and I had tea parties.  As I got older, we sat out on the screened-in porch at her house and sipped tea and discussed the weather and other assorted topics.  Nothing earth-shattering, just mother-daughter bonding.  I miss that.

The longer I have to live without my Mama, the more precious her things become to me. I cherish the antique rocking chair that my Grandpa sat in when he relaxed out on the farm. I appreciate the handmade quilt that Granny and Mama made back in the late 1930’s. There is one more piece of the past I have clung to… a pink tea-pot!

If that tea-pot could talk, what stories it would tell. Stories of how my Granny LaVella finished her chores out on the farm and came indoors to unwind with a cup of Earl Grey and a good book. She used the tea-pot that her family brought to America with them from England so long ago. Great Grandpa Phillips insisted that they bring it with them. The English love their tea, you know! The Phillips family had a pink Jubilee tea-pot.

So many times I think, “They came from England to America and settled in Oklahoma – how does that happen?” It would make more sense for them to settle closer to where they landed. But Oklahoma? Really??? But that’s what happened. I remember Mama telling me that her Grandfather “ran” in the Cherokee strip. When I was very young I did an essay for school about it. Obviously I have slept a lot since then. ❤

I know that Grandpa Frank and Granny LaVella inherited the farm from Grandma’s dad, Great Grandpa Phillips. So the teapot stayed there and was used by Grandma & Grandpa Steward. They enjoyed Earl Grey tea in the evening before bedtime.

By the late 1960’s the teapot came to live at the house I grew up in. I remember Mama brewing tea in it, but she didn’t seem to have a favorite brand or flavor. One funny little side note though, I could tell when she was having a rough day when she drank a second cup of tea.

Now that sweet little tea-pot is mine. I enjoy a cup of hot green tea before bedtime. I drink my tea and then take my insulin. How lovely! 🙂

A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART

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LOOK AHEAD

The Apostle Paul… I look forward to meeting him one day in heaven! He is the one who wrote the great word pictures in the Bible. The life of a Christian is like a race, and there is a prize at the finish line. It almost makes me want to go out and try to run. Hey, I said almost!

It’s my guess that Paul was a fit person. I imagine he must have been a runner. He certainly knew how to get people excited and enthused about Christianity. He knew how to be a leader with diplomacy and tact. Even when he had to clamp down on some of the churches, he did so with the love of Christ in his heart. Every letter included Christian compassion and brotherly watch care.

We are encouraged to look ahead and leave our sorted past where it belongs – in the past. If we try to drag the past around with us it can only do one thing – weigh us down. We need to give the past to God. He knows what to do with it. He will throw it into the sea of forgetfulness and never remember it again. I wish I could forget my past as completely, don’t you?

If I could forgive and forget as well as God does, wouldn’t that be wonderful? How much faster would I run without the extra weight? How much further could I run if I didn’t get winded as easily? Would I be a better witness for Christ if I was free of the weight?

I’m encouraged by what Paul says and I will try to leave the past in the past and run with a renewed strength and purpose from my heavenly Father. Then one day, I can say along with Paul:

I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.
– 2 Timothy 4:7

That’s really what it’s all about.  🙂

HAPPY EASTER

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(4) HAPPY EASTER FROM THE STEEPLE

You never saw Him, yet you love Him. You still don’t see Him, yet you trust Him—with laughter and singing. Because you kept on believing, you’ll get what you’re looking forward to: total salvation. – 1 Peter 1:8-9

You’ll get what you’re looking forward to: total salvation.

We were not there to see the death, burial and resurrection of our Lord, yet we know without a doubt that He was raised from the dead and sits at the right hand of His Father. And yes, we trust Him with every moment of our lives. We laugh with Him and sing praises to His wonderful Name!

But I am certain that he who will take up my cause is living, and that in time to come he will take his place on the dust. – Job 19:25

I know – I am certain. On that point Job desires to express the utmost confidence. We need to have that same level of trust about our God’s plan of salvation.

But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept. – 1 Corinthians 15:20

The firstfruits of them that slept? Well, just as the sin in the garden of Eden made us all sinners, Christ’s resurrection assures that all who accept His saving grace will rise at the appointed time. When Christ comes back to earth for His children, the dead in Christ will be risen from the grave, go to heaven to live forever with the Lord in heaven! And yes, heaven is for real (you knew I’d have to make reference to the movie, right?)

Now THAT is something to celebrate!

What is the goal of the Christian life? Isn’t it to know Christ and to be more like Him? If we don’t do that, then Christ died in vain.

I gave up all that inferior stuff so I could know Christ personally, experience his resurrection power, be a partner in his suffering, and go all the way with him to death itself. If there was any way to get in on the resurrection from the dead, I wanted to do it. – Philippians 3:10-11

Have you given up all that inferior stuff?

I thought there were Easter EGG hunts today – but this little gal is hunting golf balls!  LOL!!!

Too cute!  Happy Easter!!! 

HAPPY EASTER

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THE EASTER EGG HUNT
This is what Easter is all about.

Today I have a tale to tell of an Easter egg hunt that was, shall we say…  memorable.

I’m trying to remember what year this happened. It must have been the early 1990’s because my husband and I were attending a Nazarene church at the time and I was teaching a children’s Sunday School class. Pastor Chris was our pastor. The church was in a really good place then. Everyone was so enthusiastic and vibrant and growing by leaps and bounds! They needed volunteers to go out and hide the plastic Easter Eggs during the children’s church hour, so when I got finished playing the piano, I slipped out to play Easter bunny.

It had rained the night before, but Easter Sunday morning was beautiful! The sun was shining and it was a perfect day for an Easter Egg hunt! The church had about a half-acre of land just to the South of the parking lot. There was a small piece of land to the West and the driveway took up most of the East side. The large piece of property was almost useless because there were sand burrs growing there. That is not something you want to explain to the children’s parents – how their child got sand burrs on their socks during the Easter egg hunt!

I was careful to stay in the area that was not burr-ridden! I was trying to hide the eggs in plain sight so that the little kids could see them too.

As I was finishing up (I had only 3 eggs left to hide), I felt the heel of my new white shoe sink into the ground! It was stuck for sure! How do you stand in the middle of a side yard with your heel sunk in the ground and still look cool? The answer: You don’t!   Wink!  😉

GOOD FRIDAY

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WITH TEARS FOR JESUS

It’s difficult to explain to people why Good Friday is good, but this explains it well.

It’s called GOOD FRIDAY – but somehow that just doesn’t seem to be good enough, does it?  Good just does not begin to cover it.  If you came up with the most eloquent name for this day, it would still fall short because of the deep meaning behind it.

My faith runs deep and emotions run high at Easter. This is the combination that makes me want to do more for Him and be a better Christian. I don’t strive to be better so I can stick my nose up in the air and say – “Hey look, I’m better than you.” I don’t compare my progress with anyone here. I stack it up against God’s Holy Word. How close can I be to where GOD wants me to be? That’s really all that matters when it’s all said and done.

To call this Friday GOOD FRIDAY falls so short of how I really feel about it. He took the sins of the world upon His shoulders – His human shoulders. Yes, He was divine, but He was also human. He felt every bit of the pain He suffered and the blood He spilt – that was very real too. That was love. That is the only love needed by man in this life. That is the only true love any of us will ever have! Christ provides pure grace, mercy, unchanging love and light for our journey!

I hope you will take a moment to meditate on the sacrifice Christ made for you. Watch PASSION OF THE CHRIST or JESUS today. I have both movies and will probably watch both of them this evening. If you do not know Him as your personal Savior, I hope you will turn your life over to Him. He’s waiting for you. ❤

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WIND

Back then, Topeka got to know the wind a little too well.  Here in Kansas we hardly notice it because it is so commonplace. The wind. We just wear our pony tails to keep our hair from blowing in our faces and go on. There was a mighty wind in God’s Word, the Bible – in the book of Acts. Now that was a wind that would not be ignored – could not be ignored!

Part of the Holy Trinity, the Holy Spirit (or Holy Ghost) is the comforter that Jesus left with us when he ascended into heaven. The Holy Spirit is God’s power, discernment, wisdom and the strength we gain as believers. In Galatians there is a passage that talks about what the “fruits” of the Holy Spirit are:

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. – Galatians 5:22-23

Later in verse 25 we are reminded to not only live in the Spirit but to walk in the Spirit. We are to not only talk the talk, but walk the walk. What a concept.

As we go on to Chapter 6 we are told to restore one who has fallen with a spirit of meekness so we don’t go down with them. We are to bear one another’s burdens and have a humble spirit. We learn that God is not mocked. Whatsoever we sow, we will also reap:

For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting. – Galatians 6:8

We are admonished to continue doing good and reminded that we will reap in due season if we “faint not” – we are to do good to fellow believers in particular.

But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world. – Galatians 6:14

Welcome Holy Spirit! ❤