PREPARE YE THE WAY OF THE LORD

TL 12-1 PREPARE YE THE WAY OF THE LORDThe birthday of Christ will arrive whether we are happy or sad, rich or poor, loving others or embracing hatred toward those who are not like us.  Our Savior will offer His love, mercy, grace and peace to our hearts whether we are willing to accept them or not.  He never changes – His mercies are new every morning.  We are offered a new day with no mistakes in it.  Will we accept this gift at Christmas?  I will accept it with open arms and pray that you will too.

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As we accept these wondrous presents in addition to the presence of God’s Holy Spirit in our lives, may we endeavor to share all of it with others.  There is another gift we have been given and need to be eager to share – it’s the gift of laughter!

Yes it’s a scary world we live in.  This is the first time in history I’ve heard the term terrorism thrown around as readily as the word smile.  We’re in the last days and we need to hold on to God’s strong, unfailing hand.  What can you do to make a co-worker smile and laugh today?

Humor can help people de-stress, but it can often be offensive.  Approximately 70% of those polled reported that workplace jokes they’d heard centered around making fun of co-workers based on factors like age, sexual orientation and even weight.

YOUR LITTLE SANTA BABY

Is there any hope for good clean humor in the workplace, or are we all doomed to have long faces and live in fear of offending a co-worker?  Well…  let’s see what we can come up with.

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This is a birthday cake for vegans. LOL!!!  I know some vegans who would think that was really funny!
I thought this was cute. It's for a birthday, but how cute would it be to have a SANTA that looks like a co-worker setting in their chair?
I thought this was cute. It’s for a birthday, but how cute would it be to have a SANTA that looks like a co-worker setting in their chair?

This could only be offensive if you made the middle too big – LOL!!!  Of course, if it’s a Santa type deal – that should not be offensive…  ‘cuz the St. Nick – he’s got a belly – let’s admit it!  There’s always an “artist” in a group of co-workers – let them use that hidden talent to make a great look-alike face with sharpies.

These are just a couple of ideas to have a little fun in the workplace this Christmas.  Thanks to Pinterest for the cute photos.  I believe we can be fun and funny without being nasty and offensive in the workplace.  Let’s be honest – nobody wants to be there – and nobody wants to be offended by our co-worker’s attempted stab at humor.  If you’re going to do something funny – make it good – but think of the golden rule, do unto others and you’d have them do unto you!  🙂

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INTERNATIONAL HAT DAY

WHY DO YOU WEAR A HAT?  – a blog poem sort of thing for International Hat Day by Linda Palmer © 2015

Do you wear a hat to feel good?

Does it make you feel like you’re great?

If that’s the reason, it’s okay,

Put it back on – don’t hesitate!

girl-204326Do you wear a hat to cover

Your head where there used to be hair?

Don’t worry, I won’t take it off

To reveal what’s now under there!

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photo courtesy of Dave Mock

Do you wear a hat to dress up

For Christmas or Easter Sunday?

It’s a form of Christian worship

To Jesus Christ, Who is the Way.

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Do you wear a hat to show folks

That you can be easy going?

Is it your way to be relaxed

And show that with life you’re flowing?

 

Do you wear a hat that’s funny

Just to make other people smile?

I admire those who use humor

To help others walk the next mile.

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Do you wear a hat to go with

An entourage on wedding day?

The attention will be focused

On you for sure, what can I say?

 

Do you wear a hat to honor

This great country’s military?

Is it part of a uniform

As you serve civilians like me?

hats-557581Do you wear a hat just for fun?

Is it just what you want to do?

Far be it for me to change things,

God just wants for you to be you.

 

Do you wear a hat to keep warm?

A sock cap can be very nice.

Winter is coming and it’s cold,

There will be so much snow and ice.

girl-15715Do you wear a hat in summer

To keep the sun off of your face?

That’s a very good idea

Along with sunscreen everyplace!

fashion-985556If you like my little hat verse

I wish you’d leave a comment here.

Your comments mean a lot to me,

They fill my heart with love and cheer!

HAVE A VERY HAPPY INTERNATIONAL HAT DAY!  🙂

 

 

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY

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I’m not a Democrat, however I do wish Bill & Hillary Clinton a happy wedding anniversary!  They have enjoyed wedded bliss for 40 years today!  Bill & Hill tied the knot in Fayetteville, Arkansas on October 11, 1975.  This blogger was 14 years old and in Jr. High School back then.

Let’s have a little good-natured fun, shall we???  Bwahahaha…

Since they are so poor now (not only broke, but in debt since they left the White House), I’m not sure how they will celebrate…  but I have an old Coleman pup tent they are welcome to borrow.  They have to bring their own sleeping bags, blankets and lanterns A campout would be fun – but I do recommend taking a few blankets because it’s a little nippy at night.

I feel sorry for folks who graduate from Yale and become successful lawyers – then become career politicians…  don’t you?  It takes a special breed to stay in politics as long as these two have.  I can’t imagine having every little thing in my life and especially my marriage put under a giant microscope for God and everyone to see.  I hope it’s been worth it for them.  That sure is not the life I would wish for myself – not for any amount of money.  It’s amazing that they have stayed married – jus’ sayin’…  so many lies and so much deceit.  Do they know truth if it bites them?

Here’s a link of traditional and modern wedding gifts through the years:

http://www.factmonster.com/ipka/A0770817.html

None of these things seem quite right for this special couple.  What is the right gift for Bill & Hill…  for their 40th wedding anniversary???  Wow – what should we get them?  Let’s see…  well – there are a few things on Amazon that look like good choices.  How about pillow cases – one says Mr. Always Right and the other one says Mrs. Always Right – ???

There’s a T-shirt for Bill that says, “I don’t need GOOGLE my wife knows everything.”

Or this T-shirt:

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Oh wait…  that’s the T-shirt I’m giving my husband next year.  LOL!  I’m kidding – I’m kidding.

Ah – I see a ball cap that says, “After 50 years she still puts up with me.”

Yes, this is their 40th wedding anniversary…  but I’m pretty sure it feels like 50.  :-/  I’m kidding…

I do wish Bill & Hillary a lovely 40th wedding anniversary.  I hope they get to spend it with friends and family.

I do very seriously pray for this country and for future leadership.  I pray everyone wakes up to the truth – God’s truth – very soon.  I hope one way or the other, they learn that what they do matters and they are not above the law.  🙂

 

 

 

BIG WHOPPER LIAR DAY

TL 9-19 BIG WHOPPER LIAR DAY

A minister told his congregation, “Next week I plan to preach about the sin of lying. To help you understand my sermon, I want you all to read Mark 17.”  The following Sunday, as he prepared to deliver his sermon, the minister asked for a show of hands. He wanted to know how many had read Mark 17. Every hand went up.  The minister smiled and said, “Mark has only sixteen chapters. I will now proceed with my sermon on the sin of lying.”

Big Whopper Liar Day is a wacky holiday that even Pinocchio can appreciate!  It began back in 1988…  every third Saturday in September, people have gathered in New Harmony, Indiana to celebrate fish tales!  The event was started by local trickster Aubry Robison, Jr., and even after his death the event lived on.

Here’s how it works.  About fifteen contestants take the stage in front of a crowd of four hundred folks.  Each contestant gets four minutes to spin the most incredible yarn they can come up with.  A team of judges award points for exaggeration, humor, stage presence and storytelling ability.

It only costs $5 to get in (for spectators and contestants).  It’s a small price to pay to hear or share a great whopper lie!

The event is now a part of Kunstfest, a weekend-long German period festival in New Harmony.

Give a man a fish, and he’ll eat for a day.  Give a fish a man, and he’ll eat for weeks!  – Toshihiro Kawabata

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 If you’re looking for a great coffee table book, this is a favorite of mine.  Published in 2004, this book of fishing tales will keep you “hooked” from cover to cover!  It’s a series of books entitled THE GREATEST (fill in the blank) EVER TOLD.  There are only twenty-eight fishing stories, so it is a quick read – but if your family is like mine, we like to pick up books from the coffee table when it’s cold or blustery outdoors – and just thumb through, half-reading, hoping to escape to a better climate.  It’s not a book about big whopper lies, but extraordinary true stories about fishing excursions.

A monastery is in financial trouble, so it goes into the fish-and-chips business to raise money. One night a customer knocks on its door. A monk answers. The customer asks, “Are you the fish friar?”  “No,” he replies. “I’m the chip monk.”

Are you a fisherman who exaggerates the size of the fish that got away???  Today’s the day you have permission to tell a WHOPPER lie!  While you have the chance, you’d better tell your best story.  Tomorrow will be too late!  Wink!  😉

DAY TRIPPIN’ AROUND KANSAS

DAY TRIPPIN' AROUND KANSAS

Ah…  we had so much fun today!  I need to share.  While the country focuses its attention on the Republican debate, we decided to go to our KANSAS STATE FAIR in Hutchinson, KS.

I made a little photo journal…  I hope you enjoy it!  Have FUN!

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Whew!  I’m tired tonight.  I think sleep will come quickly.  Goodnight everyone!  Sleep Well.  Remember, give your worries to God – He’ll be up all night long!  🙂

A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART

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The very fact that we humans have a sense of humor indicates that God does, too, for we are made in His image.   You can’t look at penguins, platypuses, and puppies without thinking that God has a sense of humor!  Jesus, as the Son of God, shares the Father’s attributes, including a sense of humor.

As the Son of Man, Jesus shares in the full human experience. We cannot imagine life without laughter; even those in dire circumstances have known seasons of joy. Everyone laughs and appreciates good humor. To say that Jesus never expressed joy through laughter is akin to denying His full humanity.

Yes, I watched the Republican debate and there were certainly some funny moments, but when it’s all said and done I have to say…

NO MATTER WHO IS PRESIDENT, JESUS IS KING!

We have to learn to laugh, and for me this video did the trick!  I really dig that little Donald Trump, don’t you?  Love the rug!  The wee little Rand Paul is too cute as well.

You know, there was a time not so long ago when the ideologies of Democrats and Republicans were minimal.  They seem to be polar opposites these days.  That’s why I believe so strongly that conservative Christians need to wake up and pay attention to what’s going on.

For years I’ve heard friends and family say there’s nothing we can do about it, so why pay attention?  Well – maybe a few years ago we could have taken that attitude, but now…  I don’t know.  It seems to me we need to follow current events closer now.  And if you wonder what you can do…  as a voter – you can pray before the election – then vote your conscience.

The “real” debate (with the so-called grown-ups) was entertaining at times, but I just had to share the kid’s version because it’s just so darn cute!

Life gets heavy and weighs us down.  When we can find a reason to smile and laugh, why not share it?  I don’t believe God expects us to be less than joyful because we know that He has always seen us through – and will continue to lead us going forward.  We have nothing to fear because He is in control.  🙂

 

 

 

 

A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART

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It really is the little things that bring happy sparkles into your life!  Laughing is at the top of my list, but there are certain events that come to mind – and won’t likely be leaving my mind anytime soon.  I hope I can hang on to all the happy sparkles and think on the positive aspects in every circumstance.

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If we can re-live these little moments when the going gets tough, it not only brings a smile to our face, but it puts a little more courage and self-confidence in us.  These are moments when we were successful and happy and ready to high-five everybody!

  • One morning I tried for the umpteenth time to flip an egg over without breaking the yoke.  In 54 years of life I have never flipped an egg over without the yoke breaking, but guess what?  I carefully scooped the egg up with the spatula and flipped it over – and it was intact!!!  That was the best egg sammich ever!
  • Writing is my passion and music is my life.  Imagine my surprise when I was asked to write about music and got paid for it!  It’s not even about the money, but it’s about the words I write being read and appreciated.  There’s no better feeling to be sure.  Everyone wants to be appreciated.
  •  A friend recently asked if she could come to my house and listen to me play the piano.  I asked how long she had exhibited signs of instability – and she laughed and told me she was serious.  What a boost it was to know that she enjoyed hearing me play.  It gave me more confidence in the face of uncertainty.

Happy sparkles are gifts that God gives us.  He delivers them to us in many ways, through others or even when we’re alone with Him.  When we count our blessings and remember the happy sparkles along the way, we become the joyful Christian that Jesus wants us to be!