WE LOVE ELVIS

TL 5-25 WE LOVE ELVISThings are popping in Memphis, Tennessee at Graceland!  August 8-16 is ELVIS WEEK!  There will be all sorts of events and special stuff happening.  For a full schedule and more details, click this link:

https://www.graceland.com/elvisweek/

I’ve been to Graceland and it’s such a memorable experience.  I wasn’t there for Elvis week, but I think it’d be great to be there.  The next best thing would be to hop on this link and do the live stream – yeah!  That’s my plan.

I like the idea of having the children’s karaoke – kids 17 and under are invited to sing their favorite Elvis song.  It’s weird to think that anyone doesn’t know who he was, I mean – the generation right after mine was clueless about Elvis (and most things political – but I digress…) Isn’t it a great idea to keep Elvis alive, so to speak – keep his music alive by having the little ones sing it?  That’s brilliant.

Does anyone else appreciate the “human” side of the legend?  I mean, sometimes we build up a legend until they seem almost more than just human.  I found this quote and thought I’d share it – just to remind us that while yes, Elvis is a legend – he actually was, in reality, very human.

When one of Lisa’s baby teeth fell out here, the tooth fairy left her 50 cents. Another tooth fell out when she was with her father in Las Vegas, and that tooth fairy left her $5. When I told Elvis that 50 cents would be more in line, he laughed. He knew I was not criticizing him; how would Elvis Presley know the going rate for a tooth?  – Priscilla Presley

As you know, my favorite Elvis impersonator is John Coyote.  He’s done some of my favorite Elvis songs and some funny skits.  I hope you enjoy these.

That made me hungry for shrimp…  LOL.

That made me thirsty for…  water – a glass of WATER.  LOL – you thought you caught me, didn’t ‘cha?

Enjoy ELVIS WEEK…  uh huh huh…  uh huh huh!  🙂

 

 

 

 

ROMANS 8:7-8 ON 8/7

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The mind governed by the flesh is hostile to God; it does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so. Those who are in the realm of the flesh cannot please God.  – Romans 8:7-8

Did you read this?  Okay…  now read it again slowly.  If you don’t believe there is a spiritual battleground, think again.  Each of us have a mind, and it is governed either by flesh or by the Spirit.  You may think if you’re a really GOOD PERSON that there’s no need for God’s power in your life.

You cannot govern your own mind for the long haul.  If you are not giving God control, then your mind is governed by the flesh, and you are hostile to God, His laws, His way of thinking and His wonderful plan for your life.  What may have you missed out on by not letting God guide you?  Hmm…  there’s a thought.ASK GOD TO BE YOUR POTTER

Have you ever spent time watching REELZ?  It’s about celebrities and their real lives.  Their drama extends beyond the silver screen.  I think that’s putting it kindly…  these people are so good at acting because they get plenty of practice being dramatic in real life!  I’m sure their acting jobs could seem boring compared to their real lives in some cases.

I don’t embrace drama.  I don’t want drama in my life.  I can enjoy a dramatic film once in a while, but when it comes to my real life, I want simplicity and I don’t want my mind governed by the flesh.  I want God’s guidance, His law and His wisdom.

When I was a girl growing up, they called it “walking the fence.”  It’s when people think they can keep one foot in the world and one foot in the spiritual realm.  And yes, I’ve heard the saying, “So heaven minded they’re of no earthly good.”  That happened to be a favorite saying of one of my least favorite aunts.  She has since passed, and I wonder if she’s changed her way of thinking?  I can’t say for sure, but there’s no evidence that she died in the Lord.  She accomplished a great deal here on this earth, but what good is it doing her now?

I believe I’d rather stay in God’s good graces and have the world think I’m worthless than to have the world think I’m amazing and have God think I’m worthless.  We all walk a different path and will make the decision for ourselves…  I can’t decide for you and you can’t decide for me.  That’s the beauty of having a personal relationship with Christ Jesus – it’s personal.  That doesn’t mean you just hug it and keep it to yourself and say “I’m saved and that’s all that matters.”  There is a command given to us –  God wants us to GO and TELL…  Reach out and Teach wherever we are planted.  Share with others and care about their circumstances.  Pray for others and stay tuned for updates.  I won’t walk in the flesh because God’s way is higher and better – free of stress or drama.

This is the verse I wanted to share with you today.  I pray that you will consider a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

I’m not being nosey…  I’m being exactly what I’m supposed to be.  🙂

 

 

 

1 CORINTHIANS 8:6 ON 8/6

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…yet for us there is but one God, the Father, from whom all things came and for whom we live; and there is but one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom all things came and through whom we live.  – 1 Corinthians 8:6

Lately I’ve heard about different gods.  In this verse we are told that there is one God – the God of Abraham, Isaac & Jacob.  The Father of our Savior, Christ Jesus.

There are terrorists running around the world trying to kill everyone who does not share their belief in Sharia Law – the infidels.  They hate Christians and want to kill us.  They yell the name of their blood-thirsty God before they start killing – and they don’t think it’s a big deal to die and plan to be rewarded handsomely  on the other side.

Isn’t it sad that they are rewarded for murder by their god – and I’m rewarded for loving others by mine?  Have you ever seen the annoying bumper sticker that says COEXIST – ?  Sigh…  well – I can’t think of a way that Christianity and radical Islam can do that – seriously.

It’s messed up to think that it could ever happen.  I’m not going to go looking for trouble, but neither do I condone letting this cancer spread until it gets bigger and bigger.

My God is just.  Life may not be fair – but I’m sure that God is.FIX OUR EYESAllah is not my God.  My God is about love, not hate.  My God is about life, not death.  My God loved the world so much that He gave His only begotten Son, Christ Jesus, to die for everyone.  If you believe in Him you will be saved for eternity and when you die you will go to heaven to live with Him.  John 3:16.

Forgiveness, not revenge.  We accept diversity, but share our faith.  If any deny what we say, we accept it and walk away – but we continue praying for them.  We don’t hate or kill anyone who disagrees with us.  We just share – we plant seeds and pray that God will help those seeds to grow.

THEY'RE NOT GONNA WINGod is faithful and the battle is His.  He has a plan for you and one for me.  Be very vigilant in prayer and confident in His ability to take good care of you.  We serve a mighty God who is good and strong.  He knew from the beginning what was going to take place in the last days.  He will walk with us every step of the way.  🙂

 

AMERICAN ARTIST APPRECIATION MONTH

TL AUGUST IS AMERICAN ARTIST APPRECIATION MONTHBalance, peace, and joy are the fruit of a successful life.  It starts with recognizing your talents and finding ways to serve others by using them.  – Thomas Kinkade

https://thomaskinkade.com/

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Who is your favorite American artist?  My favorite was Thomas Kinkade.  Since his death in 2012, I’ve seen many works that look similar and have the “painter of light” look, but there will never be another Thomas Kinkade.

The power of prayer is like turning on a light as it illuminates God’s purpose for our lives.  There is no greater connection to knowing His will other than the word.  – Thomas Kinkade

https://thomaskinkade.com/art/the-garden-of-prayer/

I adore the painting called THE GARDEN OF PRAYER.  When I sit and look at it, I’m inspired to begin yet another conversation with my Heavenly Father.  The water looks as though it’s flowing and the sunshine and shadows are placed perfectly – which we expect from all of his paintings.

Rather than set aside daily time for prayer, I pray constantly and spontaneously about everything I encounter on a daily basis.  When someone shares something with me, I’ll often simply say, ‘Let’s pray about this right now”.  – Thomas Kinkade

https://thomaskinkade.com/art/remember-me/

When I see the painting REMEMBER ME, it reminds me of the fact that nobody is beyond hope and too far gone to be forgiven and escorted into Paradise when this life is over.  It also reminds me that although there is evil in this world, God’s love and light will win in the end!

You have to expect spiritual warfare whenever you stand up for righteousness or call attention to basic values.  It’s just a matter of light battling the darkness.  But the light wins every time.  You can’t throw enough darkness on light to put it out.  – Thomas Kinkade

When my mother passed away in 2004, I decided to buy the Kinkade painting called THE BRIDGE OF HOPE.  I felt as though I was standing on one side of the bridge alongside my mom, but with a bit of HOPE I would be able to cross the bridge and have the courage to embark on new adventures on my own.  I can’t tell you how many times I have sat alone in my living room staring at that painting.  I also appreciate that it looks different at various times of day and the shadowing changes according to the weather.  Those are the qualities that make Kinkade art stand out from the rest.

https://thomaskinkade.com/art/bridge-of-hope/

Beautiful objects, ideas, even beautiful people all share the power to lift the spirits and motivate creativity while at the same time soothing the soul…  – Thomas Kinkade

There are so many more works I’d love to talk about (I could talk all day long), but I definitely want to show you one of the cottages!  I’m such a romantic at heart, and if I could afford to fill my house with these, I would.  Here’s my favorite – don’t ask me why – but it is.

Every conversation, every cuddle, every kiss and caress, even every disagreement, adds another brush stroke to the picture of home you paint with the days and hours of your life.  – Thomas Kinkade

https://thomaskinkade.com/art/friendship-cottage/

Romance makes a radiant sunrise out of every moment.  – Thomas Kinkade

If I had to choose just one of the “cottage” collection paintings (and I would – I’m not rich by any means), it would be FRIENDSHIP COTTAGE.  Maybe it’s the little pathway or the bridge…  maybe it’s the name of it, or more than likely, it’s the colors, shading and that magical way that Thomas Kinkade had of drawing you in…  it’s as if the cottage is welcoming me to go in and stay a while.  It says, “Come in and sit down.  Relax and have a spot of tea whilst the world turns, oblivious to you for now.”  Yes – I want to go there, don’t you?

The most important key to a more romantic life:  you have to be willing to pay attention.  – Thomas Kinkade

Oh, I’ve seen people try to duplicate the warmth, light, romanticism and genuine talent that Thomas Kinkade put into every painting, but they are a long way from capturing my attention or my heart.

To be romantic is quite simply to allow yourself to fall in love with life – all of life – and experience it fully, openly, passionately, and purposefully.  – Thomas Kinkade

God’s house is beautiful and nobody captured that as well as Thomas Kinkade.

https://thomaskinkade.com/art/sunrise-chapel/

Isn’t SUNRISE CHAPEL beautiful?

Beauty is found in anything that delights the senses, nourishes the soul, fires the imagination.  – Thomas Kinkade

I appreciate the colors, textures and shading in Kinkade art.  Whether it’s a print or a painting, let his work speak to your heart and soul.  Enjoy American Artist Appreciation Month.  🙂

 

SATCHMO DAYS

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The legendary Louis “Satchmo Pops” Armstrong is the most recognizable icon in music history.  There’ll never be another like him.  The Satchmo Summerfest will be happening in New Orleans.  There will be music dedicated to the great man himself as well as seminars and great food.  http://www.fqfi.org/satchmo

All music is folk music. I ain’t never heard a horse sing a song.  – Louis Armstrong

Here’s a bit of his book entitled Satchmo:  My Life in New Orleans

“In all my whole career the Brick House was one of the toughest joints I ever played in. It was the honky-tonk where levee workers would congregate every Saturday night and trade with the gals who’d stroll up and down the floor and the bar. Those guys would drink and fight one another like circle saws. Bottles would come flying over the bandstand like crazy, and there was lots of just plain common shooting and cutting. But somehow all that jive didn’t faze me at all, I was so happy to have some place to blow my horn.” So says Louis Armstrong, a tough kid who just happened to be a musical genius, about one of the places where he performed and grew up. This raucous, rich tale of his early days in New Orleans concludes with his departure to Chicago at twenty-one to play with his boyhood idol King Oliver, and tells the story of a life that began, mythically, on July 4, 1900, in the city that sowed the seeds of jazz.

I have a friend who can imitate Louis Armstrong’s distinctive voice and if you were to close your eyes and hear him sing “Hello Dolly” you would not be able to tell it was not the late great Louis Armstrong!  Can my friend play a horn though?  Nope – sorry.

If anybody was Mr. Jazz it was Louis Armstrong. He was the epitome of jazz and always will be. He is what I call an American standard, an American original.  – Duke Ellington

Hello Dolly!  Um…  I mean…  bye!  Enjoy Satchmo Days!  🙂

FRIENDSHIP DAY

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It’s FRIENDSHIP DAY!!!  What does it take to be a good friend?  Every person you ask will have a different answer, but since it’s my blog – you’re going to hear my answer.  LOL!

It’s my belief that you have to be a good listener and very fast to forgive in order to keep a friendship afloat.

It is easier to forgive an enemy than to forgive a friend.  – William Blake

It’s horrible to be hurt by a friend, but if you want to salvage the pieces and give the friendship another chance, you must be quick to forgive.  It’s not easy, but it’s worth it.

So many people come through the revolving door of your life…  not many will stick around for the long haul.  A cast of thousands will appear.  Some will use you and leave when they have gotten what they want from you.  They’ll leave you wondering what you’ve done to “scare” them away.  You have to forgive that too.

Nothing but heaven itself is better than a friend who is really a friend.  – Plautus

Do you have friendships that reflect the likes of Lucy and Ethel?  Does it seem you get into fixes every time you get together?

Even though they were not playing HUMANS, I like the friendship that Tess and Monica had – even though once in a while Tess had to put her supervisor hat on.  All of the angels on TBAA seemed to get along so well…  on-screen and off.  ❤  Enjoy their video featuring a song by THE NEWSBOYS.

In the early 1970’s we were introduced to a couple of independent women living life in the big city of Minneapolis.  Mary Richards was a successful career woman in the TV newsroom.  Her job was fast-paced and filled with excitement from all directions.  When she got back to her apartment, she often got visits from her upstairs neighbor, the brash girl from New York, Rhoda Morgenstern.  Mary from the Midwest was rather conservative and soft-spoken, opting to be nice.  Rhoda from the East was familiar with the fine art of speaking out with wild abandon.  They complimented each other somehow.

I was still in school when the TV show “Laverne & Shirley” was aired.  They made it seem like fun to be a grown up.  I thought everyone graduated high school and moved to a different state, got a job, made a friend and ended up sharing an apartment close to where you work.  I thought that as friends, every morning you link arms and sing a catchy tune about independence as you skip to your place of employment.  To say the least, I was a bit disappointed when I found out that it was all a fairy tale and real life is not near that much fun.  But on the positive side, most of us don’t have Lenny and Squiggy living in an apartment upstairs.

How about Oscar and Felix?  Wow – they had quite a strange friendship.  They were at odds about everything and that’s what made them The Odd Couple.  There are some friendships you look at and shake your head and say, “huh”???

Have a great FRIENDSHIP DAY!  🙂

 

 

 

 

A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART

A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART

When Jesus walked this earth in human form, what was the last act of good will and fellowship?  It was THE LAST SUPPER.  Jesus ate with His disciples and attempted to explain the drama to follow, though they understandably did not comprehend what they were hearing.  I’m not quick to judge them – I’m not sure I’d “get it” either.

What have Christian churches considered tradition since the beginning of Christianity?  It’s a POT-LUCK DINNER.  Everybody brings a covered dish (preferably with food inside).  We stand in line after the church service, tummies growling and eyes enlarged as we carefully examine the good stuff we have to choose from.  We communicate and laugh and if somebody says they forgot or they think they should not stay – we talk ’em into stayin’ anyhow, right?  We tell them there’s plenty of food.

Nobody knows how to make good relationships into better relationships like the followers of Christ.  I believe that most people here in Wichita still believe that America is a Christian nation, founded on the values and principles of Christianity.  We love, we mentor, we pray for everybody (except maybe ourselves) and yep – we EAT TOGETHER.  We break bread and with true concern for our fellow person – we communicate and laugh and with a sincere heart, we try to listen to the views of everyone and come up with solutions when there is any conflict.  THAT is what we do.

I could not be any more proud of Wichita right now.  While race relations are escalating across the country, in Wichita, our officers are taking a cue from the Christian community around them.  They are meeting with the group Black Lives Matter at a cookout.  Food – the breaking of bread (and hopefully some hamburgers inside – and hot dogs) along with meaningful dialogue, communication on both sides which includes some listening – real listening, and I hope and pray some moments of levity – laugher perhaps.  We need to initiate some conversation that leads to some answers – not for one side or the other – but answers we can all LIVE with.

We all need to LIVE to our greatest potential – because LIFE is a precious gift and not to be carelessly taken by anyone.

Let’s all have conversations at a cookout.  Christ knew how to talk with His crew about serious stuff.  Christians know all about making good fellowship into great fellowship.  Please America…  stop the violence.  Instead, let’s have a real conversation at a cookout.  Talking, listening – and FOOD.  🙂

ROLL, FOLD OR FILE

WE'VE PACKED OUR DUDS... LET'S GO!

When you pack a suitcase, do you roll or fold?  Rolling causes more wrinkling but takes up less space.

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Folding does not cause wrinkling but takes up more space.

16291949977_ee9891f8c7_qLet me introduce you to a third method that does not wrinkle and takes up less space – I call it filing.

IMG_1322It’s fold – and flip!  It’s not purty, but you can fit a bunch of stuff in there!  I know it looks like this would be a wrinkled mess – but trust me, it really isn’t.  Think of it this way – if you put the luggage in the vehicle handle-side up, then the clothing is basically folded and stacked – facing the way it would in a drawer – right?  See what I’m sayin’?  I have room to fit two pairs of shoes there in the upper R.H. corner of the bag.  I put the shoes there so the WEIGHT of the shoes won’t smush the clothes.  So I can fit ten days worth of clothes plus two pairs of shoes in one suitcase.

Everyone has a certain item that goes with them on vacation. For me, it’s my pillow!  Most pillows in hotel or motel rooms leave me with a sore neck and cranky disposition – just what you want while you’re trying to have a good time, right?  I tote my pillow in its carrying case, so that’s probably the only item that is a total no-brainer.  Everything else is trial and error.  There are two of us trying to use two bags for a ten-day trip.  It’s insane, but we worked it out.

The trick is to convince your suitcase that it can hold more than it thinks it can.  Bring out the best in it.  It has so much potential…  talk nicely to it.  Suitcases have feelings too, ya know.  Whoa…  I think I need a vacation.angry-suitcase-doe-eyed-suitcase

Do you usually fold your clothes and stack them like you would in a drawer?  Most of us do that – and that’s great if you’re going on a short trip or if you’re packing one person’s stuff.  We packed ten changes of clothes each – in two suitcases – yep.

If you fold the clothes but put them in the case as though the clothes were “files” and your suitcase was the “file cabinet” – you can get 22 items packed without smashing it too badly.  We never wear anything that is very high maintenance – in other words, we wear a lot of cotton / poly instead of 100% cotton.  That bit of poly can make a big difference in the wrinkle factor.  Most hotels have hangers and drawers, so if you are overly concerned about wrinkles, you can take things from the suitcase and hang them up or put them in the drawers.  Then hope you don’t forget anything when you leave.  :-/

When all the clothes are packed in the largest suitcases and our toiletries go in the smallest case – we just have those three and my pillow bag to mess with.  We rarely fly, but I would think that would be the way to go if you are flying.  We just don’t like to carry a lot of luggage around – and the file drawer way of packing works best for us.  🙂