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ONLY GOD ALONE KNOWS
There are so many questions that I think I will ask when I get to heaven. In reality, I know by the time I get to heaven – none of my questions will matter. Nothing that concerns me at the moment will matter in the least! It won’t matter why mosquitos were allowed on the ark. I won’t care why flies and snakes were ushered aboard either.

God writes the Gospel not in the Bible alone, but also on trees, and in the flowers and clouds and stars. – Author unknown, commonly attributed to Martin Luther

For every unanswered question there are hundreds of affirmations from our heavenly Father – every day! We see the blessing of dawn and realize that we have been given yet another day to get things right! When we see flowers grow and bloom in our garden, it seems as though the Lord is letting us know that all is well, regardless of how much bad news we hear from the media. Some days it is a good idea to turn off the T.V. and go sit in the garden, isn’t it?

If you are hungry for food, you are prepared to hunt high and low for it. If you are hungry for information it is the same. Information is all around us, now more than ever before in human history. You barely have to stir or incommode yourself to find things out. The only reason people do not know much is because they do not care to know. They are incurious. Incuriosity is the oddest and most foolish failing there is. – Stephen Fry

It’s fine to have a healthy curiosity about things. We just need to realize that we won’t know the answers to everything because there are simply some answers we are not supposed to have.

There are questions I have asked that begin with “Why” – those are the ones that usually remain unanswered. Those are the ones that will fade into thin air once I reach heaven. I’m sure when I get to heaven, my curiosity will be replaced with a great sense of wonder! It’s best to remember that God is so good.  All the time.  ❤

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TRUST

Those who represent us in government agencies will be judged more harshly by God than others. The more power you have, the more upstanding you’d better be. Do you really think God will not judge the ones in authority?

If we are not able to trust, what is left? Most of us quickly equate the word trust to marriage and infidelity. Today I would ask you to broaden your horizon to include situations such as the workplace, or maybe even our government.

A skeptic is a person who would ask God for his ID card. – Edgar A. Shoaff

I’m not suggesting that anyone become a complete skeptic. We all have to trust to some degree or we will go mad. I am wondering if we all might open our eyes more to the complete LINE of scandals that have headed up news reports for over a year now: The V.A. scandal, the I.R.S. scandal, Benghazi, and others. Never in the history of our country have there been so many laws broken, lives lost – with no accountability or consequences resulting!

Trust – we need to be able to trust in those who run our country. The American people deserve at least that much. It’s as though we are all wearing blinders to what is happening in Washington! When did we become so unconcerned and uncaring about our country?

There’s a sort of self-centered focus, but we need to snap out of it and realize that if we don’t begin to care and step up for some changes, the lawless behavior will one day – one way or the other – directly affect YOU. By the time you realize that, it will be too late to do anything.

Each one of us should lead a life stirring enough to start a movement. – Max Lucado

It’s time for America to vote in people with INTEGRITY and VALUES. We need to demand a government we can TRUST. ❤

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OLD AGE
Is your hearing as good as it used to be?  Listen to this simulation of hearing loss:

It is usually very quiet in my house; unless you take into consideration the sound of wheels turning in my brain as I crank out another blog post, or the sound of my husband going quickly here or there to do yet another chore that has to be done around the house.

Some days I just sit and watch him go from project to project in amazement! I’m so proud of the progress he’s made health-wise. I try to be the kind of positive support I’m supposed to be. He has a stubborn determination to keep going. He has fought to regain his health – and I admire that.

Something really funny happened the other night. We were sitting out on our deck and he asked a question out of the blue. I’m not sure if I didn’t hear the question or if I was just zoning, but for whatever reason I said, “Huh, what’d you say?” Then he said, “Huh?” We both just started laughing at that point! Is this what it’s like to grow old with another person? Your conversation turns into a stream of “huh’s”???

To be able to ask a question clearly is two-thirds of the way to getting it answered. – John Ruskin

I could blame him for not asking the question clearly in the first place, but since I don’t even remember what the question was, I can’t in good conscience do that. I was zoning – I do that a lot. More than likely I had an idea for a poem flying around in my mind. You know, the older I get, the more I realize that I need to get those ideas written down quickly or they will disappear – poof! Oh well, such is life. I’m alive and have had the privilege of getting older.

You are as young as your faith, as old as your doubt; as young as your self-confidence, as old as your fear; as young as your hope, as old as your despair. – Douglas MacArthur

I think the key to growing old gracefully is to laugh at moments like that, don’t you?

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NOW I VOW
This morning I’m sitting here drinking coffee and thinking about the past. I’m thinking about the old friends I have and the new ones I’ve made. My mind was rambling through events of the past and I began thinking about the surprise gift my husband gave me for our 20th wedding anniversary.

Awe!!!

He made arrangements with the folks at Silver Dollar City to schedule a time at their little chapel so we could have our vows renewed. Of course I knew we were going to SDC but had absolutely no idea we were going to the chapel. It was so beautiful, in that down-home country way! The parson was quite a character and wow the lady who played the little spinet piano was amazing! It was quite a ceremony! We stood there with three other couples to renew our marriage vows.

It’s a good idea to renew vows once in a while. By renewal, we are reminded of commitment and the things that are really important in life. When we renew vows, we have a priceless opportunity to step up and show true integrity in our moral fiber. It’s our chance to walk the proverbial walk and not just spout off with a lot of phony talk.

Love is a symbol of eternity. It wipes out all sense of time, destroying all memory of a beginning and all fear of an end. The vows we make to our spouse mean something special.

But what about those promises, or vows, we make to God? Shouldn’t they mean even more? I think so, however; it is not my job to tell you how to keep your vows any more than it is your job to tell me how to keep mine.

Just remember, there’s a right way and a wrong way to do everything and the wrong way is to keep trying to make everybody else do it the right way. – M*A*S*H, Colonel Potter

I’ll leave you with a gentle reminder. Pray and read your Bible every day.

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WHILE IT IS STILL CALLED TODAY
Remember the old saying, “You can’t judge a book by its cover” – ??? Well, the same principle applies to people. We have a tendency to look at those that have nice things and think that they don’t need for any THING, so apparently they don’t need people in their life either. To quote my dear daddy, “People mean more than things.”

Respect your fellow human being, treat them fairly, disagree with them honestly, enjoy their friendship, explore your thoughts about one another candidly, work together for a common goal and help one another achieve it.   – Bill Bradley

Sometimes when people hold so tightly to objects, it’s an effort to find value in themselves. They think they have value because they own this or that. Most of us realize that stuff may have some value, but it does not define who we are as a person. Don’t dismiss people based on what they have or don’t have. A person could live in a mansion, but that does not mean they are happy there. If a person seems “rich” to you, look more closely. Maybe they are poor and lonely, hiding behind the gates of their mansion.

In everyone’s life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit. – Albert Schweitzer

Of course, that’s not to say that the Holy Spirit of God goes away – that will never happen. I think everyone just goes through times when we feel a little encouragement would be nice. I can think of specific times when God has made it clear that He wants me to pursue someone for a friend. I’m not always obedient to His prompting, but there are many rewards when I am. God has allowed some wonderful people to cross my path.

Love people. Someone could be lonely and need your friendship.

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SANDWICH
Let’s make a spiritual sandwich. The top slice of bread is God; specifically, WHO GOD IS. You think your bread is enriched? Well, this bread is the BREAD OF LIFE! Think about that – Who IS God?

God’s answer was I AM. So, He is everything – literally.

God doesn’t owe us anything yet in His grace, He still gives us good things. – Billy Graham

The bottom slice of bread is equally enriched with spiritual nutrition! This slice represents WHAT GOD WILL DO. This is where we need to exercise our faith in Him. The longer we have trusted God to take care of us, the easier it is to trust Him with all of our problems and burdens! So what is faith?

Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. – Hebrews 11:1

We were saved by faith and our faith in God is what we come to rely on throughout our lives. This slice of bread is very important for our spiritual sandwich.

What goes between these two slices of bread? Every problem, care, doubt, sin, temptation to sin needs to be there. The prayers we pray are placed there – even when you are faced with troubles, trials and temptations, ask God to give you a hunger for Him.

Prayers of faith and repentance are part of the sandwich as well. Without repentance, we remain apart from God. Repent and get back on track with Him. God is a just and Holy God and cannot look upon sin. He does not adjust His standards to meet our lifestyle. Our lifestyle must adjust to meet His standards.

Any concern too small to be turned into a prayer is too small to be made into a burden. – Corrie Ten Boom

Place your burdens and the prayers you pray to God in-between WHO GOD IS and WHAT GOD WILL DO on your behalf. There’s no better place for them to be!

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I believe Jesus died on Calvary’s cross for everyone. The church is not a country club, special place for those who have arrived, or a building where you have to speak Bible-eeze to enter.

The church is made up of humans who have come to the end of themselves and decided to ask the Lord Jesus to take over. We’ve said

“I’m done trying to control everything. I know You have wisdom and strength when I am unwise and weak.”

Jesus, God’s only Son, died on the cross for everyone. There is not one sin that cannot be forgiven. No one has gone too far into sin – God’s wonderful grace can reach the most vile sinner. We not only believe in Jesus, but trust Him with our lives.

The church is the great lost and found department.
– Robert Short

You know, some folks think they are not good enough to walk into a church. They think they have just blown it completely with God and there’s not a chance that they could be accepted by Christ. It’s not true. The enemy of your soul is the one telling you that.

Others think they are too good to walk into a church. Well, that’s not true either. That’s a dangerous attitude to tote around with you. One Bible verse comes to mind when I think about that:

Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall. – Proverbs 16:18

As long as everything you do is for God’s glory and not for your own, there will be no destruction and no painful fall.

Walking into a church doesn’t make you a Christian any more than walking into a garage makes you a car. That’s not an original thought – I borrowed it – from someone – can’t remember who said it – but it stuck with me.

What I’m saying is, true Christianity is in your heart. It’s not what church you go to or how many church activities you take part in. Here in Wichita we learned that lesson when BTK was finally apprehended. The man was a “well-respected” member of a local church. He used that to “hide” his evil from others.

It’s not about church. It’s about asking the Lord Jesus into your heart.

Dear God in heaven,
I come to you in the name of Jesus. I acknowledge to You that I am a sinner, and I am sorry for my sins and the life that I have lived; I need Your forgiveness.

I believe that Your only begotten Son Jesus Christ shed His precious blood on the cross at Calvary and died for my sins, and I am now willing to turn from my sin.

You said in Your Holy Word, Romans 10:9 that if we confess the Lord our God and believe in our hearts that God raised Jesus from the dead, we shall be saved.

Right now I confess Jesus as the Lord of my soul. With my heart, I believe that God raised Jesus from the dead. This very moment I accept Jesus Christ as my own personal Savior and according to His Word, right now I am saved.

Thank You Jesus for Your unlimited grace which has saved me from my sins. I thank You Jesus that Your grace never leads to license, but rather it always leads to repentance. Therefore Lord Jesus transform my life so that I may bring glory and honor to You alone and not to myself.

Thank You Jesus for dying for me and giving me eternal life.
It’s in Your Holy and matchless Name I pray,
Amen.  ❤

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HOME IMPROVEMENTS
Oh the joys of home ownership! It seems like yesterday we were enjoying our custom-built home. Suddenly, nine years passed, and we are in the “home improvement” stage.

Good for the body is the work of the body, and good for the soul is the work of the soul, and good for either is the work of the other. – Henry David Thoreau

I admit, I enjoy home improvement. I like seeing things look and work better than they did before. The part that is not so great is the cost of home improvement.

I thought the worst news I could hear was that the cost of coffee was going up. I was wrong. We got an estimate on house repairs about this time last year and had one set of figures in mind, but this year the cost was much higher. I suppose some of that increase is due to the rising cost of gas and other materials needed to do the job.

In spite of the cost of living, it’s still popular. – Kathy Norris

Lord willin’ and the creek don’t rise, we plan to have the exterior of our house replaced and sealed properly against the rain. Our original exterior was not properly sealed which resulted in some wood rot. I could use a little “Home Improvement” right now.  Of course, I mean the TV show.  You can watch episodes on You Tube.  I can’t post them here.

Home is the one place in all this world where hearts are sure of each other. It is the place of confidence. It is the place where we tear off that mask of guarded and suspicious coldness which the world forces us to wear in self-defense, and where we pour out the unreserved communications of full and confiding hearts. It is the spot where expressions of tenderness gush out without any sensation of awkwardness and without any dread of ridicule. – Frederick W. Robertson

God’s got this! It’ll be ok. 🙂

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ON THE SUBJECT OF CHEESE
The poets have been mysteriously silent on the subject of cheese.
– G.K. Chesterton

There is nothing better than to be going through a dry spell in my writing, then see a quote like this one! Thank you, G.K. Chesterton, for saying that – I am breaking the silence today! I wrote about my love for cheese.  What an awesome writing prompt!

Poetry is just the evidence of life. If your life is burning well, poetry is just the ash. – Leonard Cohen

Is it a poem that could have remained unwritten? Well, yes it is, but I chose to write it anyway. I have been to Wisconsin and at times I’m tempted to make another trip back for no other reason than pick up the best cheese in America!TL COLUMBO ABOUT CHEESE

If you ever get to Nelson cheese shop in Nelson, Wisconsin, I promise you will not regret visiting there. They have a variety of cheeses and once you taste them you will not want to buy cheese at your local market ever again.

These days I use cheese sparingly. I like to add a little to my salads or chili or soup. Melted cheese melts my heart! Most dishes are not complete without a little cheese for garnish.

A truly happy person is one who can enjoy the scenery while on a detour.
– Unknown

Since 1994 when I was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes, I have been more selective about the cheese I use. For example, I can no longer eat Velveeta due to the sodium content.

I do believe that a diet should be inclusive of all food groups, so I use cheese more sparingly than I used to, but have not cut it out of my diet – nor would I.

I need no reason to melt cheese. – Linda Palmer

I measure the portion, I count the calories, I count the carbohydrates, I melt the cheese! It’s the little things – it really is.

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THE SEASONS OF THE YEAR
Today is the first day of summer. I have enjoyed seeing vacation photos as well as kids at the pool posted on facebook. I am enjoying the day indoors under the fan in my living room. After I finish the round of antibiotics I’m taking I may venture outdoors a little more. For now, this is my spot to stay cool.

My motto was to keep swinging.  Whether I was in a slump or feeling badly or having trouble off the field, the only thing to do was to keep swinging.  – Hank Aaron

A few people have told me they enjoy the hottest days of summer, but most of us dislike the extreme temperatures I think. Just as the coldest days of winter are uncomfortable, so are the hottest days of summer. Whatever you prefer, nature has seen fit to offer a variety. I guess God does not want us to get bored!

If a June night could talk, it would probably boast it invented romance.
– Bern Williams

Romance is the fault of June, as is baseball and people on diets eating ice cream. I’m just extremely glad we can get outside and do things! I still remember last March when cabin fever nearly drove me over the edge! There are only so many jigsaw puzzles you can put together, ya know!

What is one to say about June, the time of perfect young summer, the fulfillment of the promise of the earlier months, and with as yet no sign to remind one that its fresh young beauty will ever fade. – Gertrude Jekyll

The best weddings happen in June. Ball games and fireflies entertain us on a June evening. It’s the beginning of summer. We all give in to our wanderlust this time of year. We almost feel like celebrating by the time we make it to summer. After all, we survived the harsh winter months and we deserve a prize for that!

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Wow – learning makes me hungry! How about some ice cream??? 😉