A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART

PROVERBS 10-8 BANNER

PROVERBS 10-8

I confess:  I am an ID (Investigation Discovery) addict – a closet addict – well, former closet addict.  Now the world knows!  Seriously, I see people make the worst decisions of their lives on this network – and end in ruin.  You don’t have to look very far to see examples of chattering fools who are living in the fast lane and crashing into brick walls at a young age!  When you live in the fast lane with no compass, it never ends well.  People who take the lives of other people always think they’ll get away with it – and they never do.

No fast lane for me, thank you!  It’s not because I think I’m better than anyone else, but because I have chosen to listen to God through His Word.  He knows what I need and exactly when I need it.  We have choices to make in life – and I choose a slow, steady, joy-filled life – with God in the center of it.  I love His Word and His ways.  I’ve been teased about my beliefs by others, but so what?

When this verse says ACCEPT COMMANDS, does that mean we listen to anyone who gives a command?  I don’t believe it means that.  God gave us an ability to discern good from bad, and you can bet that there will come a time when you are commanded to do something that goes against God’s Word and His ways…  when that happens, choose God’s way.  I’m not going to jump off a cliff to my death if I’m commanded to do so.  Um…  nope.

Of course, the commands in God’s Word are there for us to obey.  If we are wise, we won’t balk at them, but work throughout our walk with God to embrace His ways.  We learn that His ways will keep us filled with His joy and we know that Jesus loves us and wants His best for us.  If we are wise, we want His best too.

In the end, remember that God’s going to prevail.  Why would we not love Him and His ways?  He wants to help us with every aspect of our lives – the big things and the small things.  God is love and He loves you so much.  His Son, Jesus, died on a cruel cross just for you.  His commands (not just the ten) are there to protect us.  I hear so many say that the Ten Commandments are there to keep us from having fun.  Not true – they’re there to help us stay out of trouble.  I need all the help I can get.  Just sayin’…  🙂

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SQUIRREL APPRECIATION DAY

TL 1-21 SQUIRREL APPRECIATION DAY

 

1-21 CASEY & LACEY

These little rodents run around the back yard and make chattering noises at your dog.  They are squirrels and they are so fluffy and adorable, especially in the autumn and winter months.  Their little cheeks get filled with nuts and they go scurrying back to their home to stock up for the cold weeks to come.

It’s SQUIRREL APPRECIATION DAY!!!  I’ll do my best to appreciate them as long as they don’t run in front of my car.

Some folks eat squirrels and I guess it’s all a matter of how you are raised.  We don’t catch them and make pets out of them, but we don’t go out and shoot them for food either.  I know Miss Kay would think I was crazy for not eating them, but it’s just not how I was raised.

The squirrel that you kill in jest, dies in earnest.  – Henry David Thoreau

I hit one with my car one day by accident.  I felt so bad about it – poor little critter.  I thought I’d miss him ‘cuz he sort of came halfway into the street but then turned around to get out of the road – but then at the last second he turned again and…  well.

You know what song is runnin’ around in my mind, right???  Go on over to You Tube and watch the great Ray Stevens sing “The Mississippi Squirrel Revival”.

I contend that the revival only took place in Mississippi because the town’s name rhymes with Hallelujah.  LOL!!!  That just cracks me up.  If you had asked me before that song came out if you could rhyme it, I would have said no you cannot.  Guess I was wrong about that.

There are more than 200 species of squirrels.  Around here we have those nimble little brownish ones.  I’ve seen photos of gray squirrels and red squirrels.  They can leap 10 times their body length.   I can believe that because at our old house they used to jump from tree to tree and it really was pretty impressive to watch them.

I found this to be mildly disturbing – LOL

Are all Irish people afraid of squirrels???  Hmm…  I may need to research that.  Wink!  😉