A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART

TL COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART (21)

THE ESTATE SALE

Estate sales are so much fun because, like a treasure hunt, you never know what you may find!  There may be a house filled with things that you are sure you can’t live without at bargain prices, or it might be full of things that you can easily walk away from and leave behind.

All decoration is about memories.  – Mrs. Henry Parish

The last estate sale we went to left quite an impression on me.  There is a housing development just south of ours that we laughingly refer to as “the high rent district” because the homes sell for over $500,000.00 and the HOA dues are about triple what ours are.  We’re talking about a very nice area!

Ah!  There is nothing like staying home for real comfort.  – Jane Austen

I was first impressed by the landscaping as we approached the beautiful front door.  Obviously these people did not do it themselves.  It was professionally done.  At the door there was an intercom.  I suppose that is to announce your arrival.  We walked in the door and the foyer was lovely with tile floors and textured walls.  I turned to the left and saw the master dining room, separated from the living room by two columns!  Yes, I said columns!  Do you have columns in your house?  Yeah, me neither.

He is happiest, be he king or peasant, who finds peace in his home.  – Johann von Goethe

I thought about removing my shoes, but as I looked at others, I realized that I should probably leave them on or look like an idiot walking around in sock feet while everyone else was wearing shoes.

A little house, a house of my own, out of the wind’s and rain’s way.  – Padrak colum

The sale was fairly ordinary actually…  it would seem that even wealthy people use items such as cotton balls and heating pads.  I must admit, however, that the massive stained-glass window in the oversized master bath took me aback!  The his and hers walk-in closets made me think of our own closet space – and our bi-fold doors.  To those of you who don’t know – having bi-fold doors on your closet means that there are items in your closet that are hidden forever because you will never be able to reach them!

An open home, and open heart.  Here grows a bountiful harvest.  – Judy Hand

Back to the estate sale…  yes, let’s go back to those lovely walk-in closets!  I could see each item of clothing and for a moment I just imagined what that must be like.  I think I could stay there and find out…  her clothing was all too small for me, which came as no surprise.  Most rich women are skinny.  It seems so unfair somehow, doesn’t it?  To have money and be thin…  that’s just almost too much good stuff for one woman!

I wondered through the five more than adequate sized bedrooms, the fireplace room and a few rooms that I don’t even know what they were – not sure they knew either.  The man had a very detailed train set in a train room in the basement – it was marvelous!  The woman did crafts and sewed as there were supplies and some quilts that I’m sure she made.

In the very back part of the basement, I saw it.  That is when reality slapped me upside the head – finally.  The heart pillow – you know, that heart pillow that they give folks who have open heart surgery.  I recognized it.  I knew immediately what it was and what it meant.

Surely people with wealth don’t have health problems, do they?  Are they really human like me?  And, this is an estate sale, so…  either they are downsizing or they no longer need this beautiful home for some other reason.  Suddenly my discontentment was replaced by empathy and sympathy.  There’s a reason these things were being sold and a reason the house was being auctioned.

Isn’t it strange how we can look at things more than people?  I admit it – I had house envy and was jealous of the nice closets and the size and beauty of the place.  When I saw that little heart pillow, something clicked inside of me – because I remember our experience with our own.  My mind went back and I finally put two and two together.  Reality came rushing back.

May God help us all to look beyond the temporal to the eternal.  That house will crumble and fall one day, but those people will live for eternity.  No matter what background we come from or how much education we have, one day we will be called away from this planet.  May God help us to stay focused on the things that really matter – and those are not things at all.  ❤

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NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS WEEK

TL NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTIONS WEEK

EMPTY OR FULL

The Bible does not speak either for or against the concept of New Year’s resolutions.  It seems the most common resolution has to do with breaking a bad habit or two, such as smoking or lack of exercise.  The Bible instructs us to keep exercise in perspective.

For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.  – 1 Timothy 4:8

Most New Year’s resolutions have to do with the physical realm, and not the spiritual realm.  As Christians we can do better.  Maybe we should resolve to read the Bible every day or to attend church more regularly.  The problem with these resolutions is that there is no real power behind them.  The way to make resolutions matter and stick to them is to pray for the power source to come into your heart and life to kick-start the change.  Ask God’s Holy Spirit to help you keep your resolutions – if you really want to keep them. 

I can do everything through Him who gives me strength.  – Philippians 4:13

If God’s Holy Spirit is the center of your New Year’s resolution, it has a better chance to succeed, depending on your commitment to it.  If it is God’s will for something to be fulfilled, He will give you everything you need to fulfill it.  If a resolution is not honoring God or does not agree with God’s Word, we won’t receive the Holy Spirit’s help in fulfilling the resolution.

I am the vine; you are the branches.  If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.  – John 15:5

It’s okay to make non-spiritual New Year’s resolutions, but it’s the spiritual ones that have the added power of God’s Holy Spirit behind them.  How about asking the Lord for more wisdom this year?

 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.  – James 1:5

Pray for wisdom about how to keep your resolutions.  Rely on God’s strength to help you and find an accountability partner to help you along.  There will be weak moments and discouragement, but those are the times you just have to get up, dust yourself off and begin again.  Learn from mistakes and move forward.  Don’t become proud or vain with success, but give God all the glory.

Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him and he will do this:  He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn, the justice of your cause like the noonday sun.  – Psalm 37:5-6

We are faced with choices every day. Will we ask God’s Holy Spirit for wisdom in decisions or will we try to navigate these choppy waters on our own? Most Christians will tell you the reason they don’t get really worked up about anything is because they know where their strength comes from. It comes from God. There’s something about knowing that He has control of absolutely everything! That brings such comfort and joy to my soul. It helps me relax when things get a bit sticky in my life.

So what will your choice be today – empty and uptight, or full and contented?

The choice I make today is FULL – and I’m going to go on to say – FULL TO OVERFLOWING! I need the love of God in my heart and in my life. Bring it on, Lord! With Your help, I can do ANYTHING!

 A New Year’s resolution is something that goes in one year and out the other.  – Author Unknown

This year we will make spiritual New Year’s resolutions and pray for God to help us to keep and maintain them.

God bless you in 2014.

WATERMELON DAY

TL 8-3 WATERMELON DAY

Ah!  The joys of summer…  swimming, biking, walking, painting the house, playing in the dirt anytime I want to.  And there are certain foods that just go with summer like strawberries, cantaloupe, honeydew melon and of course, watermelon!

Today is WATERMELON DAY!!!  I have to be very careful about portion control with watermelon since it is very high in natural sugar!  I keep asking God if He would please make a watermelon just for me with Splenda in it – I haven’t heard back yet – I’ll keep you posted.

In my family it’s the little things that bring happiness.  We like watermelon, but the fun part is the seed spitting contests.  You have to be careful not to inhale with that seed in your mouth.  Don’t ask me how I know that.  :-/

Is it just me, or did some of that instructional video seem like TMI???  Uh…  whatever.

Finding happiness is a lost art. People today feel as though other people owe them happiness and that’s not necessarily the right attitude to have. Happiness must be pursued – not expected. It will not just drop in your lap and certainly no one will just hand it to you. Your happiness will not be a gift from anyone but you. It is inside you – but you have to want it and make it happen. Happiness is not magic and will not just “poof” appear to you. It is not an accident waiting to happen, but a choice that you will either make, or you won’t.

I am determined to be happy in my life and make the most of every moment I’m given. Life is short and I’d rather spend my time laughing and smiling than crying and frowning. It is a choice – a purposeful decision I make every single day – and no one will stand in the way.

Now – if you’ll excuse me, it’s time for dessert.  I think we will have some small slices of watermelon!  🙂