A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART

TL A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART (24)

FROM MY KITCHEN WINDOW
If I could dismantle any misconception, it would be the one that says folks who do not have children do not LIKE children. I have heard that time and again. It is not the truth! Please don’t buy into that lie. Sometimes it’s just not God’s will that children be in some of our lives. But I love children – they crack me up!

I was standing at my kitchen window and saw the cutest thing – our neighbors had one of their grandsons over. It was such a warm day – a perfect day to have the little plastic wading pool in the front yard. When I was a kid I had one of those too. Of course as I watched him splashing around, I thought about how much fun I had when I was his age in my little plastic pool.

Choosing moments of bliss is something I’ve tried to do more often. That was definitely a great moment. I enjoy watching kids playing because it makes me feel younger.

In childhood, we press our nose to the pane, looking out. In memories of childhood, we press our nose to the pane, looking in. – Robert Brault

As I watched him splashing around, I couldn’t help but smile.

You know, back in the early 1980’s I had a hamster named Heather. Heather didn’t like to be cooped up in her cage, so I put her in a plastic ball so she could follow me around the house during the day. These big inflatable ball things for the kids made me think of Heather’s little plastic ball! No, I never put her in a pool – her little ball had air holes – that would have been bad… very bad.

Children just have a way about them that make adults smile. They don’t pay much attention to the impression they make and I wish I felt that comfortable. I wish I could just run through the sprinkler. I have a feeling someone would think I had lost my mind if I did that. I wish I didn’t care. Kids don’t care what you think of them – they’re kids. I miss that.

Maybe we should develop a Crayola bomb as our next secret weapon. A happiness weapon. A beauty bomb. And every time a crisis developed, we would launch one. It would explode high in the air – explode softly – and send thousands, millions, of little parachutes into the air. Floating down to earth – boxes of Crayolas. And we wouldn’t go cheap, either – not little boxes of eight. Boxes of sixty-four, with the sharpener built right in. With silver and gold and copper, magenta and peach and lime, amber and umber and all the rest. And people would smile and get a little funny look on their faces and cover the world with imagination. – Robert Fulghum

Watch some children play today… and smile. 😀

FINALLY SUMMER DAY

TL 6-21 FINALLY SUMMER DAY

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How can anyone say there is no God? Look at this awesome creation!

It’s the first day of Summer, also known as FINALLY SUMMER DAY!!!

When God paints your attitude with His sparkle paints, you notice an immediate change; a good change; a lasting change for the better! Will you let God paint your summer? How about your attitude? Once God has had His wonderful way with you, inside and out, you become positive and passionate and perky!

Maybe Mr. Grant (from “The Mary Tyler Moore Show”) did not like perky people, but God does! He inhabits the praise we return to Him because we are so filled with His Spirit!

Remember Mary Lou Retton? At the 1984 Olympics in L.A. she absolutely glowed! The 16-year-old acrobatic gymnastic’s bright smile grabbed us! Her sweet hairdo that bounced around as she jumped melted every American’s heart. That’s perky and that’s What God does for His children every day!

Another example of perky and sparkle persona is the one and only Shirley Temple! I recently read that just before the director would call for action, Shirley’s mother would whisper the word SPARKLE in her daughter’s ear. It was her way of reminding Shirley to focus and give every scene her very best effort. Did it pay off? You bet it did! There are loyal Shirley Temple fans to this day who still watch those wonderful movies she made so long ago.

God’s Holy Spirit is so obvious in a Christian’s life. It just has to ooze out, like when you put too much peanut butter and jelly on the bread and squish the sandwich. What happens??? That’s right – you have peanut butter and jelly falling out! You either learn to put your sandwich on a plate or you clean up a lot of sticky messes.

The Holy Spirit of God has a face painting booth. He uses the most brilliant colors and they are sparkle paints! I don’t know about you, but that sounds like a really good deal to me.

Be a brilliant child of God and SPARKLE! 😉

GO FISH DAY

TL 6-18 GO FISHING DAY

FISHING WITH DAD

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Many folks have had some pretty hot temperatures lately, so it may not be great fishing weather. Daddy taught me that you don’t want to fish when it’s too hot because the fish will go to the bottom of the lake to stay cool. Here in Kansas the weather is perfect to celebrate GO FISH DAY!!!

I have a couple of cute fish tales to tell today. The first one is from my friend, Vicki LaFleur Lazrine:

Once when our whole little family went fishing, it was mom dad and us 4 kids. I never desired to catch a fish cause I felt sorry for them, so I would just take a walk in the woods while everyone would fish. When we would get home and they would be scaling the fish and all, the little fish that I saw which were waiting in line doing their little fish lips I thought they wanted some water so I would just squirt the little fish with the water hose. I think it kept everyone amused to watch me do that.

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This is my own tall fish tale:

When I was a little girl we lived in an area where there were sand pits all around us. Once the sand was dug out, the area was filled with water and stocked with fish. Today that area is surrounded with very expensive homes and the lake is called “Crystal Lake”, but back when I was a kid – it was known as THE SAND PIT. We knew the owner of the sand pits, and Mr. Miles gave my daddy a key to the gate to get into the “lake”.

We went there almost every weekend during the Summer months. We not only fished, but swam as well. Actually, I just put on my life jacket and bobbled around in the water. It was some fun quality time with my folks. Mama never got in the water. She sat on the bank and read a book.

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If you have a child in your life, why not take some time to go fishing today??? I know it’s a Tuesday, but so what??? Those kids won’t stay little forever. Today is the day – GO FISHING!!!

And let’s all keep being fishers of men! ❤