A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART

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THEY NEED YOUR STRENGTH
I live in Kansas and have never seen the great lakes. To be honest, when I hear “Lake Erie”, an old song by Gordon Lightfoot pops into my head. Remember the song, “The Wreck of the Edmond Fitzgerald”??? Yeah, there’s a line in it that talks about “…Takes in what Lake Erie can give her…” and that’s my experience with the great lakes. I hope that will change one day soon. It’s still on my bucket list.

But Lake Erie is not being very nice today. I’ve read about how Toledo, Ohio is having what they are calling a “water crisis”! Apparently, there was not enough rainfall and the algae has grown and now the water supply is not fit for consumption by man or beast.

We take water for granted, don’t we? I can’t even imagine having to go out and buy my water from the store like I do milk and coffee creamer. Since I don’t own the trucks or equipment necessary to help them in any tangible manner, I did what I knew to do – I prayed. I hope you will join me in praying for these folks. We can’t give them water to drink, but we can pray that the living water stay close by their side through this crisis.

One case of bottled water per family. I have a family of two and I know we go through at least two of those every day! The one sermon we hear preached to us by our diabetic doctors is that we need to hydrate! My prayers go with these people. I’ve never walked in their shoes and I can’t imagine being without water, especially in the summertime.

Dear God,
Please touch these families and bless them I pray. You alone know how to fix this problem and we humbly ask that You would do that for them.
In Jesus’ Name,
Amen. ❤

http://www.toledonewsnow.com/story/26178506/breaking-urgent-notice

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A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART

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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??? 😉

A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART

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VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL

An interesting question came up today in my facebook group, A SECOND HELPING OF WELLNESS… WITH A DASH OF HUMOR & A PINCH OF FAITH. I posted a photo for Throwback Thursday – of me in my little Bluebird uniform, standing in front of my piano teacher’s house in the late 1960’s (I think – not sure of the exact year). The question was, “Did you get to go to Bluebird camp?”

The question brought a flood of memories to my mind – some good, some bad. I was raised in a Southern Baptist home and was not always allowed to do everything my friends got to do. I was not resentful or rebellious about it when I was that young. As I got older things got more interesting, but no, I did not get to go to the Bluebird camp, but my parents let me join Bluebirds. I was not allowed to join Girl Scouts – my folks had reservations about it and I didn’t ask what they were. I was obedient and grateful to get to do a school activity.

My summers were filled with Vacation Bible School at my church. As a child, I attended and by the time I was ten years old I was helping my mom take care of the worker’s babies in the nursery. When I was twelve I was asked to play the piano for VBS. I did that for many years. Shortly after my first year playing for VBS I was asked to play for the children’s choir. Then I played for the teen group. I played for weddings, funerals and they adult choir before long. Finally I was the pianist for Sunday morning and evening services as well as pianist for children’s choir, teen group and adult choir. In other words, my plate got full very quickly at a very young age.

Let’s just keep sharing the love of Jesus! Keep giving it away!!! ❤

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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! ❤