NATIONAL AWKWARD MOMENTS DAY

TL 3-18 NATIONAL AWKWARD MOMENTS DAY

And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.  Romans 8:28

I’ve lived on this planet for nearly five and a half decades…  and believe me when I say I’ve had my share of AWKWARD moments!  With every one of them, I’ve learned to shake it off and move on as I laugh (and pee a little…)  sorry – TMI.

There’s a reason that Taylor Swift’s song, Shake It Off resonates with the masses.  We’re all too human and that means we are not perfect, which means that at times we are all awkward and experience awkward moments.  The good news is – our awkward moments in life are not life-altering.  We know that God works ALL things for our good – and by all, I mean – ya know… ALL! 

That’s why we must not give up – on anything!  We have to remember that every day will not be filled with roses and violin music!  If it was, we’d have precious little to share in the way of life experience – let alone, things to look back on and have a hearty laugh!  Some things make us more human, and the humanity is the part that we all have in common.  It makes us more relatable to one another.

So, with a humble heart and blushing cheeks, I share my most awkward moment in ministry.  I wouldn’t trade this day for anything, yet I definitely would not like to relive it either.  :-/

I GUESS IT'S TRUE

Being part of ministry in any capacity is never a waste of time.  Remember the words to the old hymn…

Only one life, so soon ’twill be past.  Only what’s done for Christ will last.

There can be – shall I say, “awkward moments” along the way.  We know that God leads the way and He gave us many safe trips for sure!  Awkward moments happen though – with people and situations.  :-/

From the mid 1980’s through the mid 1990’s, my husband and I were part of a gospel quartet.  We spent time traveling around and ended up in a small town in Kansas for a Sunday evening service.  I decided to wear blue jeans and a tee-shirt for traveling, certain that there would be a place to change my clothes.

When we got to the church, we got all set up and was ready to practice to adjust the sound and so forth…  I casually looked around the small church, but did not see a restroom.  I began to panic a little and pray a lot.  I needed to put my dress on for the concert.

About that time, the pastor walked in – all smiles.  I was nearly in tears.  I was embarrassed to ask, so had my husband ask if there was a restroom.  When my husband came back to tell me – I could tell by the look on his face – this was not going to be good.  The restroom was an outhouse.  Yep – and that’s where I changed clothes.

I got ‘er done, folks!  Dignity intact, I’m happy to report.  Then we played a few more songs in the sanctuary – and noticed a scraggly old dog had walked into the church.  He decided to lay down in the aisle and listen.  We played one song – then the dog got up, turned around and walked right back out the door.  LOL!!!

My husband said…  Now THAT’S a critic!  🙂

 

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A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART

TL A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART (3)UNCONDITIONAL LOVEWe’re mourning a loss in our family.  Our precious fur baby passed away on the 22nd of January and our lives are so different without him.  He had diabetes and cancer that was very aggressive.  He was 91 years old in people years, and had a wonderful long life with us.  The 13 years he was with us were the happiest of our lives – that’s for sure.

I hate disease…  just flat hate it! 

What a beautiful prayer my friend Mark wrote:

Dear Jesus, Divine Physician, Healer of the Sick.
We call upon You and ask Your help for our loved ones
Who are suffering from cancer.
We entrust them to Your loving care.
They are Your children and they are in pain.
Give them the ability to know in their hearts
that You are with them in this difficult time.

Give them strength and healing.
Comfort them in their fears,
soothe their anxiety,
and let them rest securely in Your arms.

Help those who care for them.
Give insight to researchers that they may discover cures.
Give patience and energy to doctors and nurses so that
they will care for them with grace and love.

For us, their families, their friends and their community,
we need Your courage and strength,
to be with them and help them bear their burdens.
Give us joy, peace and confidence in You
so that like Mary, Your mother,
we may stand with them in faith and trust,
witnessing to Your healing love.
For you are blessed, for ever and ever.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen    – Mark Farouk

I received a sweet poem from Lucinda Berry Hill and it brings me comfort – thinking of God’s heaven and eternal life always brings me comfort.  Thank you, my sweet friend!

HEAVEN'S GIFTWe don’t have children, therefore, we don’t have grandchildren.  I like to think that Casey is in heaven playing with all the little children there!  If you’ve read the book, “Heaven is For Real” or seen the movie, you know that little Colton saw his family in heaven – but they were young, not old.  All the residents there are free of pain and the burdens of this world.  It’s selfish to want them back here, isn’t it?

I’ll miss my furbaby – I won’t lie.  He had the sweetest disposition (like his mama – lol).  He loved everyone and never growled at anybody.  When people came to the house, Casey was just sure they were there to see him, not us!  Such a funny little fella…  I’m gonna miss him, but he’s not in pain and is at peace.  God will take care of him… and He will take care of us too.  🙂

 

NATIONAL DOG BISCUIT DAY

TL 2-23 NATIONAL DOG BISCUIT DAY

2-23 CANDIESOur dogs are priceless, aren’t they?  I’m so thankful to God for making animals to keep us company.  They are so sweet and cute and sometimes downright funny!

The great pleasure of a dog is that you may make a fool of yourself with him and not only will he not scold you, but he will make a fool of himself too.  – Samuel Butler, Notebooks, 1912

We’d do anything for our best friend.  Have you ever thought of baking your own dog biscuits?  These are delicious and nutritious!  Well, I assume they are delicious from the response I get when I bake them!

Ingredients:

3 Cups of Whole Wheat Flour

1 Cup of Rolled Oats

1/2 Cup of Shredded Cheese

1/2 Cup of unsweetened Apple Sauce

1 Cup of any of the following: 1 can of salmon or tuna, drained; shredded beef, chicken, turkey or liver; ground meat or ground turkey or chicken

3 Eggs, beaten

Directions:

Mix all ingredients together. You can roll out the mixture and using a cookie shape, cut out a size suitable for your dog. Or you can drop by spoonfuls on a baking sheet. Warm oven to 350 degrees and bake. Check after 10 minutes. You may want a softer cookie or leave in another 5-10 minutes for a crispier cookie. Cool on a rack. Put cookies in a container and refrigerate some and freeze the rest. You can take them out of the freezer as needed. They are good for 2-3 weeks in the refrigerator (if your dog doesn’t finish them before that).

There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face.  – Ben Williams

And then there’s bath time – oh boy.

 From the dog’s point of view, his master is an elongated and abnormally cunning dog.  – Mabel Louise Robinson

It’s surprising what ingredients are used in our dog’s treats and bones.  At least when I make them, there’s no doubt about the nutritional value my dog is getting.  Pet food is finally beginning to be a little more healthy, but there’s nothing quite like homemade dog treats!  Wink!  😉

LOVE YOUR PET DAY

TL 2-20 LOVE YOUR PET DAY

Today is LOVE YOUR PET DAY!!!  You know, life gets busy and sometimes our pets get a little lonely when we are out doing other things in our lives.  This is the day set aside just for them – so pamper them and treat them like the special animals they are.

I honestly don’t think it’s about buying the most expensive squeaky toy in the pet store, but about the amount of time I spend with my dog, using that adorable baby talk that gets his undivided attention.  After that, he thinks I’m the greatest person and follows me everywhere!  – Linda Palmer

 

Linda & Casey
Linda & Casey

 

My baby is so spoiled rotten because he’s the only kid I have!

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Sheri & Mittens

 

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Moo is on Sheri’s leg… awe

 

Here are a few suggestions for the day:

  • Take a nice walk at the dog park or along the beach if you’re lucky enough to live near one.
  •  Casey loves to take a ride in the car – we will probably drive somewhere.  I like to take him to the bank because they always give him a treat!
  • Stores like Pet Smart let you bring your pets.  It would be fun to take your pet in and let him / her choose something like a special toy.  I try to guide Casey toward the clearance table.
  • Watch a movie with a great pet in it – sit with your pet and let him / her know how much better and smarter they are.
  • Fix a bit of steak or bacon for your pet.  After all, it is a special day!

God gave us these critters to love and care for, and they give us so much joy!

Animals are such agreeable friends — they ask no questions, they pass no criticisms.  – George Eliot

Kelly & Alex
Kelly & Alex
Kelly the Cat Lady
Kelly with Pepper, Troubles & Sugar
Charlotte & her Santa Baby
Charlotte & Duke
Charlotte and her sweet dog
Charlotte and Otis
Charlotte holding her little dog
Charlotte holding Chloe

 An animal’s eyes have the power to speak a great language.  – Martin Buber

licks, tails, and snuggles

unconditional and true

every one’s best friend.

– Lucinda Berry Hill,

author of “Coffee with Jesus”

& “A Second Cup with Jesus”

A very special THANK YOU to the folks in my facebook group, A SECOND HELPING OF WELLNESS…  WITH A DASH OF HUMOR & A PINCH OF FAITH, for the awesome photos they let me use of themselves with their pets.  I guess none of them own hamsters, rabbits, birds, reptiles or goldfish.  LOL!!!

We make the most precious memories with our pets, don’t we?  The sad part is when they get older and in poor health.  Our Casey is almost 13 years old, so we know the day is coming when he won’t be with us.  If you have recently lost a pet, I hope these poems will bring comfort to your spirit today.

PURRING IN HEAVEN

LOSS OF A FRIEND

Even though I know Casey won’t get to stay with me for the rest of my life, I love the fact that I got to rescue one abandoned and abused animal, give him a good home, provide excellent care and see a smiling face and wagging tail every morning when I wake up.  Man, that’s living!  🙂

CHRISTMAS DAY

TL 12-25 CHRISTMAS DAY

 

P&P MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM THE STEEPLE

 Blessed is the season which engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love!  – Hamilton Wright Mabie

Nothing touches the heart quite like those wonderful (corny – my husband would add) Hallmark movies!  They are a large part of my Christmas tradition.  I keep the little package of Puffs right beside the recliner where I can reach them quickly and easily!  Hey, I know there will be “puffs” moments along the way – that’s what makes these movies so great – am I right?

 Love is what’s in the room with you at Christmas if you stop opening presents and listen.   – Author unknown, attributed to a 7-year-old named Bobby

My favorite Hallmark Christmas movie for 2014 is THE CHRISTMAS SHEPHERD.  And yes – there is a dog (well, duh!)  You know the drill – wear Christmas jammies and fuzzy socks.  Get comfy with your favorite snack – and let’s get this show on the road!  Yes – look it up on You Tube – to post here would violate copyright laws.

 Remember
This December,
That love weighs more than gold!
– Josephine Dodge Daskam Bacon

I hope you enjoyed the movie.  And yes – I used the Puffs…  I admit it! 

“Let Every Day Be Christmas”
by Norman Wesley Brooks  

Christmas is forever, not for just one day,
for loving, sharing, giving, are not to put away
like bells and lights and tinsel, in some box upon a shelf.
The good you do for others is good you do yourself.Peace on Earth, good will to men,
kind thoughts and words of cheer,
are things we should use often
and not just once a year.Remember too the Christ-child, grew up to be a man;
to hide him in a cradle, is not our dear Lord’s plan.
So keep the Christmas spirit, share it with others far and near,
from week to week and month to month, throughout the entire year!written December 17th 1976
by Norman Wesley Brooks
U.S. Design Engineer (1923–2002)

I wish you all a very Merry Christmas!  May this day be filled with love of family and renewal of spirit as we celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ!  ❤

It’s not too late to order your copy of Lucinda Berry Hill’s new devotional book!  Everybody needs a new devotional book to begin this new year, right?

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Click on the link below to get your copy!

http://bookstore.westbowpress.com/Products/SKU-000952694/A-Second-Cup-with-Jesus.aspx 

SUMMER COOL OFF DAY

TL 8-20 SUMMER COOL-OFF DAY

8-20 WAGGING TAILS

Today is SUMMER COOL-OFF DAY!!!  In 1630, lemonade was invented in Paris.  That’s certainly one way to stay cool this summer.

These awesome photos on my poem were taken by my friend, Ian. He is fortunate enough to live close to a beach. Of course, going to a beach is on my bucket list. One day I will get there, Lord willin’ and the creek don’t rise.

It’s obvious his dogs enjoy going to the beach to frolic and play. Our beagle mix, Casey, is too old to frolic much anymore, but he still enjoys a good walk around the neighborhood. No matter where we live, we all like to take our pets out for some exercise because it’s good for them.

I talk to him when I’m lonesome like; and I’m sure he understands. When he looks at me so attentively, and gently licks my hands; then he rubs his nose on my tailored clothes, but I never say naught thereat. For the good Lord knows I can buy more clothes, but never a friend like that. – W. Dayton Wedgefarth

I care for Casey by using a homemade flea shampoo. Most bottled dog shampoos have added toxins that could hurt him, so I make my own.

Flea Shampoo

1 c. Dawn dish soap
1 c. vinegar
1 qt. warm water

Massage in and leave for 5 minutes before rinsing clean.

You ask of my companions. Hills, sir, and the sundown, and a dog as large as myself that my father bought me. They are better than human beings, because they know but do not tell. – Emily Dickinson

We try to feed Casey the most healthy food, but it’s fun to make treats for him!

Peanut Butter Pumpkin Dog Treats
Yield: About 2 dozen small treats

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 30-40 minutes

Total Time: 35-40 minutes

Ingredients:
1 cup pumpkin purée
2 eggs
1/2 cup oats (optional if your dog is on a grain free diet, sub an extra 1/4 cup grain free flour)
3 cups whole wheat flour, brown rice flour, or gluten-free flour
3 Tbsp of all natural peanut butter
1/2 tsp cinnamon (optional)

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
In small bowl, stir together the flour, oats, and cinnamon
In a separate large bowl, whisk together the eggs, pumpkin and peanut butter until combined. Stir wet ingredients into dry.
Pour onto a floured surface and roll dough out to 1/2 thick. Cut out using cookie cutter. The dough will be a little sticky, a dusting of flour for your hands and the rolling-pin will help! Bake for 30 to 35 minutes until golden brown.
Place on cooling racks and let cool thoroughly. They will harden as they cool.

Notes:
*These are the treats that are pictured.
*1/2 tsp of salt can be added to these treats to help extend the shelf life but, it is optional.
*Cinnamon is fine to use in recipes for dogs, however do not use a pumpkin spice blend or anything that could contain nutmeg. It is toxic to dogs and even in small amounts can make them sick.

I need to share one more heart-warming video. OK, two more… LOL!

Heart-warming. Five hearts from me! ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤

WORK LIKE A DOG DAY

TL 8-5 WORK LIKE A DOG DAY

The only place where success comes before work is in a dictionary.  – Vidal Sassoon

https://youtu.be/xR6j32R87gE

Go to You Tube today and listen to the Beatles sing “Hard Days Night”.  Watch the movie too if you want to.

WORK LIKE A DOG DAY is a day to show appreciation for those who carry more than their load, and work like a dog.  Why do we say that?  I’ve watched my dog and he seems to spend a great deal of time sleeping or eating.  Really, on this day, be the shining example of promptness and productivity with a positive attitude and a smile!  Who knows, it might inspire everyone around you to be as enthusiastic.

God gives every bird its food, but He does not throw it into its nest.  – J.G. Holland

What will you do for those hard-working people in your life?  My husband recently treated me to a chair massage!  He noticed that I was spending a lot of time typing and suggested that it might be time for me to get my tired, achy muscles massaged.  I appreciated not only the massage, but the fact that he noticed how hard I work on this blog to bring my readers the best possible material and inspiration every day.

The difference between try and triumph is a little umph.  – Author Unknown

Maybe the breadwinner needs a well deserved rest this weekend.  Breakfast in bed at about 10 am on Saturday might hit the spot.  Fix all the favorite breakfast foods and serve them with a single red rose – voilà!!!  Instant appreciation!!!

Hmm…  some people really DO take their dogs to work – and they work!

http://youtu.be/DSbgIPBMA5A

How cool to have dogs on a college campus!  I think that is great.  There are people and dogs in our world that do more than the others.  We celebrate today the dogs who work for the police, for blind people, for people with diseases like diabetes and the wonderful people who train them.

http://youtu.be/csCNmPDLADc

Some dogs really DO work like dogs – then there’s my baby…  he just loves me unconditionally 24 hours a day, 7 days a week!  That’s hard work…  I think my baby needs a bone.  ❤

CASEY (10)
My sweet angel