A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART

Lucinda says it all here in her poem, doesn’t she?  Before we knew God’s way of living, we all dressed in dingy duds with holes in weird places.  We were unaware of anything better until we met Christ.  He stood us up, dusted us off, set us straight on the right path.  The clothes we wore before weren’t even good enough to give to charity – they had to be burned.

We have a brand new wardrobe, thanks to the mercy and love of the Lord.  He teaches us every day about His ways and His will for us.  He loves us just the way we are, but He loves us way too much to leave us there.  It’s His desire that we grow in our faith and discover all the opportunities He sets before us – and yes, some of those are very scary – but once you give it to God and trust Him for the outcome, it gets less frightening.

Remember when God told Moses to speak to the people and Moses said, “You got to be kidding, Lord – I stutter!”  It may be paraphrased – okay – it’s definitely paraphrased heavily…  but basically – isn’t that what he was saying?  He said there’s no way he could take that on because he was disabled.  Can a dyslexic person write a blog?  You wouldn’t think so…  but God has other ideas sometimes.

Once we burn those old duds and put on the ones God wants us to wear…  weird stuff happens – weird in a good way.  Miracles happen that you would not believe – except you do believe it because you know how good God really is.

As you take on the attributes that God wants you to have, you don’t look at what is best for you, but what is best for someone else.  How can I help?  What can I pray for on your behalf?  When do you need my help?  Who can I tell about Jesus today?  Where can I share my faith?  The answer to God goes from “I can’t do that” to “With Your help, I can do anything if it’s Your will for my life.”  🙂

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IRON SHARPENS IRON… FRIENDSHIP

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I appreciate my online friends so much!  I let them know that I was having some technical difficulties in the kitchen due to my inability to stand for more than a few minutes lately.  It’s weird…  some days I’m just fine and others, well…  not so much.

Do you look forward to autumn?  I do (except for the pain, of course), but I especially like that our meals begin to get a little more substantial and hearty.  I’ve been looking for meals that are healthy but simple to fix.

My friends came through with a quick and easy meal.  I’d like to share the recipe with you.

FRIED CABBAGE WITH SAUSAGE (Makes 8 servings)

1 stick butter or margarine
1 small head of cabbage, chopped
1 small onion, chopped
1 pound smoked sausage, sliced into round pieces
1 (15 ounce) can diced tomatoes  (if you use Rotel it will be a little spicy)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
Melt butter in large skillet. Add cabbage, onion, and cook on medium high for about 5 minutes stirring to keep from sticking to pan. Add remaining ingredients, cover and simmer for 20 – 25 minutes.

My favorite question when I get a recipe that feeds an Army is…  do the leftovers freeze?  Thankfully the answer was YES, they do!  So, I imagine we could eat two or maybe even three meals, which is great!  That means I don’t have to do anything except defrost and serve!  Excellent!

Is it wrong to want to laugh when you are in pain?  I don’t think so.

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I love Christian friendships, don’t you?  Even when we’re having troubles, we just try to sharpen each other’s iron as much as possible with Christ in the center.  God sure knew what He was doing when He established friendship.  He must to this day be smiling down and saying, “It is GOOD!”  🙂

 

TELL A LIE DAY

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No man has a good enough memory to make a successful liar. – Abraham Lincoln

Today is TELL A LIE DAY!!! Can you believe there is a holiday dedicated to doing something that breaks a commandment? Yikes! Well… it’s all in fun.

She is right.  Most of the time when I say I don’t know – I do know.  I say it in an effort to “get along.”  I let others make decisions – especially ones that are not that important.  If I eat something that I don’t particularly want, I figure I’ll get what I really want tomorrow or whatever.  I am so guilty of “going along” and not expressing an opinion about little things.

Let’s see… there is also that one little white lie I tell myself from time to time. When I put my jeans on and they are a bit snug, I say, “Hmm… I think the dryer shrunk my jeans again.” Of course, I don’t dry my jeans in the dryer, but I conveniently forget that part.

Here’s a classic. I’ve eaten all the calories I’m allowed for the day, but there is that one little piece of something yummy in the fridge. It’s calling my name. I do my best to ignore it, but pretty soon it is screaming at me! Finally, I take the piece of paper I wrote my list of foods for the day on – and toss it in the trash, pretending I do not remember how many calories I ate. Then, to shut the food up, I grab it out of the fridge and eat it! Guess I showed it, huh?

Do you ever lie to yourself in the mirror? Yeah – that’s always good for a laugh! Wow, I’m having a really great hair day, when really your hair looks like you just stuck your finger in a light socket. Sometimes I can talk myself into believing things are better than they are. It’s a gift.

The “Little White Lies” don’t really count, right??? Um… well…  then I can keep telling myself that I’m looking more thin in the full-length mirror and that the calories I eat during commercial breaks don’t count.  I’m sure I can think of more as I go along…

God knows what our intentions are.  He knows that we are trying to be helpful and good in our heart. ❤