COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART

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John sent me a great video!  He said this is a hidden creek 10 miles Southeast of Augusta, Kansas.  His appreciation for God’s creation makes me want to go out and plant a garden.  Okay, at the very least, it makes me want to go outside and make mud pies!  🙂

Under the giving snow blossoms a daring spring.  – Terri Guillemets

FLOWERS IN THE SNOW

It was quite a sight to see snow on Easter morning, but isn’t that just like God?  You know, when I taught Sunday School, my favorite lessons were object lessons.  Maybe it’s because I’ve always been a visual learner.  You can talk me to death, but until I see something and have it click in my own mind, talking just doesn’t do much good.  Don’t make me read boring statistics either, or you’ll lose me completely.  I believe God sent that snow to remind us that on Easter, the plan of Salvation was completed and He is more than able and willing to wash our sins as white as snow.

 If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.  For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.  – Romans 10:9-10

Spring is a time of renewal – a time to begin anew.  What a great time to ask God into your heart and life.  He wants to be the Lord of your life.  Let’s pray this simple prayer together.  If you already know Jesus as Lord and Savior, what a great prayer of rededication and recommitment to Him:

Lord Jesus Christ,

I know that I have sinned
and done things that have hurt you.

I am willing to turn away
from what is wrong in my life.

I want to go where you lead in the future.

Thank you for dying on the cross
so that I might be forgiven.


Come into my life this day;
Come in as my Saviour and Lord:
Come in to be with me for ever.


Thank you Lord Jesus.
Amen.

You know – sometimes God’s children just need to laugh.  Before it gets too far away from Easter, I want to share a poem with you.  My friend Deanna posted a photo and said it was a naked peep taking a bath in her cup of hot tea.  I thought I’d split a stitch, I laughed so hard!  How could that not become a poem?  Laughter is one of many…  gifts from Heaven.  🙂

GIFTS FROM HEAVEN

 

 

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LAST DAY OF WINTER

TL 3-19 LAST DAY OF WINTER

I’m so ready, aren’t you???  Lately, I’ve been awakened by birds and sunlight streaming into my room.  Once we get past the initial shock of Daylight Savings Time, that’s when the real magic begins.  We look forward to tee-shirt weather and longer evenings.  Some of us also muddle through allergies, but it’s still worth it.HE'S STILL CREATING

In Kansas we’ve learned to approach the first day of spring with a cautious optimism.  I have memories of April snow storms!  One year I was hosting a birthday tea on April 2nd – and had to call around at the last-minute because there was a winter storm raging outside!  But I don’t feel that doubt this year like I have in years past – maybe because Easter is so early.  I think we’re safe from winter’s sneaky game this year.

The first day of spring is one thing, and the first spring day is another.  The difference between them is sometimes as great as a month.  – Henry van Dyke

I took my first walk outdoors yesterday.  For starters, I survived – yay!  I wore sweats and thought that would be warm enough, but the breeze was still fairly chilly.  My ears felt a little sore when I got home, but I’m no worse for wear.  There’s something special about knowing the walks will be outside.  I don’t enjoy walking on a treadmill and find it very dull.IT'S A PERFECT DAY TO FEEL GREATOur local Lowe’s is getting all set up for spring and summer in their garden center.  Whether you plant vegetables or flowers, there’s an excitement about playing in the dirt!  Even after we’re adults, we make mud pies – oh, come on – admit it!  You still like to make mud pies!

It’s spring fever. That is what the name of it is. And when you’ve got it, you want — oh, you don’t quite know what it is you do want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so!  – Mark Twain

Will you fly a kite this month?  It’s been years since I’ve done that!  I used to live across the street from a popular park where people would go to fly kites.  Those are good memories.  I used to take my Sunday School class to the park to fly kites and have a picnic in March.  I made them promise to show up for Sunday School – and most of them kept that promise.GOD HAS POURED OUT HIS LOVEWe plant the seed and God provides everything that little seed needs to grow into something wonderful.  It’s true for plants, flowers and people.  When we plant the seed of God’s Word, He makes it grow!  Just keep on plantin’…  that’s what we’re here for, right?  🙂

INTERNATIONAL FANNY PACK DAY

TL 3-12 INTERNATIONAL FANNY PACK DAY

On this day in 2007, Nick Yates gave a homeless man in Portland, Oregon some fruitcake he had in his fanny pack.  So many questions come to mind – such as:

  • Was the fruitcake leftover from Christmas?
  • Who carries fruitcake in a fanny pack?
  • Why are we celebrating fanny packs?  :-/

Fanny packs are a variation on a buffalo pouch.  Buffalo pouches may also be worn on the wrist or carried on the front of the chest, hanging by a strap or lanyard.  Native Americans used buffalo pouches instead of sewing pockets into their clothing.

Shoulder bags can cause serious damage to shoulders over time and women with arthritis have a difficult time carrying handbags without experiencing pain.  The answer for many women is the fanny pack.

Fanny packs also make a great dog carrier…  well, sort of.

enhanced-buzz-13708-1246032015-1I don’t have to drive anywhere to workout, but a lot of folks like to walk at the park.  Since you have to drive to get to the park, you need to at least carry your driver’s license.  Fanny pack to the rescue!  They’re just big enough to hold a few things – like your license and a few bucks maybe.

Where will you go with your fanny pack today?

Getting through airport security is a breeze with a fanny pack because it keeps your pockets empty.  The tiny things that you pack in your full-size purse (like fingernail clippers), are easier to find.  The fanny pack is small enough to pass unnoticed and doesn’t count against your allotted carry-on and personal item.

Fanny packs are made of all different materials – I saw a leather one for $150 and nearly fainted!  There are polka dots, stripes, Hello Kitty, Captain America, and many more!  They are for both men and women.  Most run from around $10 – $40 and some are machine washable.

Here’s my favorite:il_570xN.569883429_gn7gI like birds and these colors are beautiful.  I don’t have a fanny pack, but I do have some shoulder pain from carrying a traditional shoulder bag for my whole adult life.  Some days the pain encourages me to consider buying a fanny pack.  Pain can be quite persuasive.FOLLOW ME, FANNY PACK

Whether you’re planning a flight or going to your local carnival, if you want to travel light and prevent shoulder pain in the future, consider wearing a fanny pack!  🙂

I want to remind you to SPRING AHEAD tonight!  Move your clocks ahead one hour for Daylight Savings Time!

Lucinda reminds us in this cute poem!SPRING AHEADSo, along with the rabbits, kangaroos, lemurs, penguins, frogs and dolphins – I plan to SPRING into spring!  How ’bout you?  😉

 

 

A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART

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“But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord,
    whose confidence is in him.

They will be like a tree planted by the water
that sends out its roots by the stream.
It does not fear when heat comes;
its leaves are always green.
It has no worries in a year of drought
and never fails to bear fruit.”  – Jeremiah 17:7-8

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Karley holding her mammoth cabbage… wow!!!

 

That’s a lot of coleslaw…

I have the most COOL facebook friends!!!  Can you believe the size of this cabbage???  She posted this photo the other day and of course it got me to thinking about how much BIGGER our blessings are when we belong to God.

Bigger blessings???  You bet!  God has blessed His own in a big way since the beginning of time.

Have you ever heard the saying…  I’m too blessed to be stressed – ???  It’s true!  When we focus on all of the many blessings from the LORD, we just spend time loving our family and friends – instead of thinking about the things we lack.  With God in our corner, we lack nothing.  We have what we need because we know He provides for our every need.

You know, if there is something you think you need and God has not brought it your way (like, say…  a million dollars) – it’s because He knows it’s not what you need.  How many times do we hear about folks who win the lottery and have nothing but grief after they get all that money?  I’ve heard story after story about tragedy that stems from having too much money and being used – or some even lose their life over it.  God wants the very best for us – we have to trust His wisdom for our lives.

Money doesn’t solve every problem – it really doesn’t.

 The LORD gives strength to his people; the LORD blesses his people with peace.  – Psalm 29:11

Bigger blessings from God – of strength and peace.  Strength to face our daily trials and peace as we keep living.  🙂

A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART

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May-Day is never allowed to pass in this community without profuse lamentations over the tardiness of our spring as compared with that of England and the poets.  – Thomas Wentworth Higginson, “April Days,” 1861

In many countries, May first is a national holiday.  May Day is a day for a festival and a saint’s feast day.

These days we celebrate May Day by enjoying our surroundings.  Just like clockwork, the tree in our front yard is blooming and seasonal allergies have a firm grip on a percentage of my friends and neighbors.

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Part of the history of May Day includes a degree of protest and radicalism.  History has a lot to teach us about the roots of our radicalism.  Did you know that people were shot so we could have the 8-hour day?  Did you know that homes with families in them were burned to the ground so we could have Saturday as part of the weekend?  Victims of industrial accidents marched in the streets protesting working conditions and child labor – some as young as 8 years old.

The day will come when our silence will be more powerful than the voices you are throttling today.  – Engraved on the Haymarket Monument

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The rights we enjoy today were fought for and some gave their lives to ensure them for the rest of us.  We should not take these sacrifices for granted.  The dignities we enjoy today came at a high price.  If we take these advancements for granted, we will end up fighting for the same gains all over again.

So what is going on today – in 2015?

On May 1 — May Day — we will launch a platform to support the biggest citizen lobbying campaign we possibly can. Together, we are strong enough to create the political incentive for our elected officials to do the right thing and support reform. Ending the systemic corruption in Washington, D.C., will create space for fair, honest, and productive debate on the issues that matter most.

Citizens are launching a lobbying campaign against systemic corruption in Washington, D.C.  Wanna know more and get involved?

https://mayday.us/

Sometimes protesting and standing up for rights is a good idea.  What if people had not stood up for child labor and fought for 8 hour work days on a May Day long ago?  The American people deserve to have a smaller government that serves them without deceit and corruption.  🙂

I STILL BELIEVE AS I GRIEVE

I STILL BELIEVE AS I GRIEVE

 

Last week my husband and I were in Blackwell, OK, just about an hour south (via the turnpike) of Wichita.  He was getting gas at the Conoco station because it was 20 cents a gallon cheaper than gas back home.  We don’t typically drive an hour to save money on gas, but it was a nice perk since we were going that way anyhow.

I had nothing in particular running through my mind – (for all of you who know me in real life, this comes as no surprise) – then I saw a robin holding a very long blade of grass, hopping between two cars.  It struck me as funny – there were vehicles everywhere and there’s a bird – a very busy bird – making a nest in the eave of the building!  I felt privileged to be given the opportunity to witness it and thanked God.  I love spring, don’t you?

The sight took me back in time and made me think of something I have not thought about for a long time.  Tears began to stream, as they are as I write this now – but it’s okay because they are happy tears, the kind that come when a sweet memory is revisited.

When I was about 7 years old, I spotted a bird’s nest on a low branch of the pine tree in our front yard.  I excitedly ran into the house to let mom and dad know about my discovery.  Daddy sat me down to explain some ground rules.  I listened intently.

  • You can’t go too close to the nest
  • You can’t touch the nest (I remember thinking, “If I can’t go close to it, how can I possibly touch it?”)
  • You can borrow my binoculars to stand on the porch and look into the nest.  I felt so grown up.  Daddy didn’t let just anybody borrow his binoculars.
  • You can’t tell the neighbor kids about your discovery. (Did he KNOW those kids, or what?)
  • If you see something that doesn’t look right, don’t try to do anything yourself.  Find me or mom to help you.

Okey doke – I got that!  I used my daddy’s binoculars to check on the little nest every day.  The pretty blue robin eggs just stayed in one spot for what seemed like forever.  Then one day I checked on them – and the eggs had hatched – and there were 3 of the cutest baby birds!

Daddy wanted to name them Larry, Moe and Curly – but I wouldn’t hear of it.  They were Dexter, Samuel and Robbie.  No, I don’t know why – don’t ask me!

It was such fun to watch mama robin come back to the nest and feed them.  I’ve always been so impressed with the instincts and intelligence God endowed birds with – I mean, to me they are very smart!  I don’t understand people who use the phrase “BIRD BRAIN” – I take it as a compliment – LOL.

One day I peeked in on them – there were two baby birds.  I knew it wasn’t time for them to leave the nest yet – so I rushed in the house and screamed bloody murder to get someone’s attention.  Daddy was having his morning coffee but came running anyway.  I reported my findings to him with panic in my voice.  If that baby was not in the nest, it meant it had fallen out – and who knows if it was still among the living!

Daddy told me to stay in the house and he would go check things out.  He came in with the baby bird, miraculously breathing, in a small container.  He said, “Robbie fell out of the nest.  I think we need to help him, don’t you?”  I nodded my head in fervent agreement.  The task was at hand, and we were up for the challenge.  We prayed for our feathered friend and got to work.

We used a dropper to feed Robbie.  He did okay and I was tickled.  He grew and thrived!  I knew I could not keep him, but the day we had to set that bird free was the most difficult day.  Robbie knew he could not stay with us.  It could be my imagination, but I think he gave us a nod as if to say “Thank you for helping me” before flying away.  God answered our prayer.  Our baby was gonna be okay.

Once in a while, especially in the evening after working on the lawn, as we sat together as a family at the picnic table out in the back yard, my dad would see a robin and say, “Hey Linda, I think that’s Robbie!” 

Well, only God knows if our little Robbie ever really came back to see us, but I’d like to think he did visit us on occasion.  Wink!  😉

A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART

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Of all the places in the United States, God touches Maine first with sunlight every day.  Some people think it’s so we’ll get up early.  I think it’s because He likes us best.  – Stephen King

It is finally the first day of spring!!!  The bug to get out and garden, mow and even pull weeds has been irresistible for the past few weeks because we went to our local lawn and garden show on March 6th at Century II here in Wichita.

No winter lasts forever; no spring skips its turn.   – Hal Borland

We came away from the show with so many ideas and plans to improve our landscaping.  I can hardly wait to dig in and start.  Yes, pun intended – LOL!

Do you have a spring in your step today???

There were exhibits of all kinds this year, but the old favorites always catch our attention.  This year a local nursery was there and we got to go through some books looking for trees to plant.  We’ve had trees planted in our yard two times already.  The first trees died and the second ones were not the kind we wanted.  The last trees we got were supposed to be redbuds, but they are mulberry trees.  Yes – we know because we have mulberries in the spring, and subsequently, purple bird poop.  Lovely.

Springtime is the land awakening. The March winds are the morning yawn.  – Quoted by Lewis Grizzard in Kathy Sue Loudermilk, I Love You

Obviously, we are not dealing with that company again.  No, it’s not a life or death thing, but when you pay good money to get trees, you at least want them to be the right kind.  Jus’ sayin’… 

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Hopefully the third time will be the charm and next spring we will get to enjoy pretty pink or white flowers instead of purple mulberries and purple bird poop.  One can only hope.

Another spring.  May we enjoy it with wild abandon!  Breathe deep and capture as much warmth as the sun will give us.

May your spring be light and airy with less cares and more laughter.  May God bless your days with sunshine and the happy songs of the birds in your moments of solitude.  Happy spring!  😀