A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART

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For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted; a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; …   – Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

Today is the 63rd day of the year.  Can you believe how quickly this year is going?  Wasn’t it just yesterday we were celebrating New Year’s Day?  Did you make resolutions?  How are they going?  Maybe you just want to go to sleep.  Yes…  that sounds nice, doesn’t it?

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This portion of Scripture reminds us that there is a season and a purpose for everything that happens in life.  It’s not really about the day you’re born or the day you die, but it is about the time in-between.  That dash on the tombstone really speaks volumes.

How do you spend your time, or more to the point, who do you spend it with?  People are here for each other and spending time with another person is never a waste of your time.

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We were put here to be a source of encouragement and support for one another.  I think it makes God smile when we are kind and loving – even when we’re funny.  Does God have a sense of humor?  Hmm…  well, I think He does!  How would we recognize a sense of humor if He had not instilled it in us?

Today’s post is to remind us (yes, me too) – we have 302 more days left in 2017, and we need to be more mindful of how we manage our time and who we spend time with – and how uplifting we are for others.  You’re welcome!  🙂

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INTERNATIONAL HAT DAY

WHY DO YOU WEAR A HAT?  – a blog poem sort of thing for International Hat Day by Linda Palmer © 2015

Do you wear a hat to feel good?

Does it make you feel like you’re great?

If that’s the reason, it’s okay,

Put it back on – don’t hesitate!

girl-204326Do you wear a hat to cover

Your head where there used to be hair?

Don’t worry, I won’t take it off

To reveal what’s now under there!

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Do you wear a hat to dress up

For Christmas or Easter Sunday?

It’s a form of Christian worship

To Jesus Christ, Who is the Way.

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Do you wear a hat to show folks

That you can be easy going?

Is it your way to be relaxed

And show that with life you’re flowing?

 

Do you wear a hat that’s funny

Just to make other people smile?

I admire those who use humor

To help others walk the next mile.

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Do you wear a hat to go with

An entourage on wedding day?

The attention will be focused

On you for sure, what can I say?

 

Do you wear a hat to honor

This great country’s military?

Is it part of a uniform

As you serve civilians like me?

hats-557581Do you wear a hat just for fun?

Is it just what you want to do?

Far be it for me to change things,

God just wants for you to be you.

 

Do you wear a hat to keep warm?

A sock cap can be very nice.

Winter is coming and it’s cold,

There will be so much snow and ice.

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To keep the sun off of your face?

That’s a very good idea

Along with sunscreen everyplace!

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I wish you’d leave a comment here.

Your comments mean a lot to me,

They fill my heart with love and cheer!

HAVE A VERY HAPPY INTERNATIONAL HAT DAY!  🙂

 

 

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY

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On this day in 1899, William D. Middlebrook of Waterbury, CT patented the popular Gem-style paper clip.  The humble paper clip remains virtually unchanged in all this time.  There are plastic-coated clips nowadays, but the familiar round edge is unlikely to change.  The round edge keeps papers from tearing.

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Nearly 20 million pounds of paper clips are produced every year in the United States.  The machinery that makes the paper clips is original from the 1930’s.

Paper clips are not just for the office anymore.  There are several uses for these office essentials:

  • Does the paper tab on your tea bag slip into the hot water?  Weigh it down with a small paper clip.
  • I hosted a party one afternoon for pet parents.  I wanted to display photographs of my sweet dog, Casey, but did not want to put any holes in my walls.  I made a garland of paper clips, attaching a photo on to every 5th paper clip.  The garland easily attached to my fireplace mantel.  I was able to hang the photos at eye level and it was quite a conversation starter!
  • Instead of using the flimsy plastic tool included in the dye package, use a large paper clip to dip eggs into the dye bath for an even color.  Open up the clip, bend one end into a circle, then push the other end up to make a handle.  Place a hard-boiled egg in the circle and dunk.  Your Easter eggs will look fantastic!
  • Have you ever lost a screw from your glasses?  You can replace the missing screw by sticking a small, opened paper clip in its place.  Snip the excess metal with wire cutters.
  • If I had a nickel for each time I had to fix a hem with paper clips, I’d be rich.  Paper clips can keep a hem in place until you get home from work and can get to straight pins and a sewing machine.

Today we celebrate the paper clip – and all the many jobs it does!  🙂

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY

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All deep things are song. It seems somehow the very central essence of us, song; as if all the rest were but wrappages and hulls!  – Thomas Carlyle

Cole Porter was born on this day in 1891 in Peru, Indiana.  Cole Porter’s name derives from the surnames of his parents, Kate Cole and Sam Porter.  He had an advantage in life because his family was wealthy.  He was raised on a 750-acre fruit ranch.  His wealthy, domineering grandfather did not like the fact that Cole wanted to pursue a career in music.

His mother introduced him to the violin and the piano. Cole started riding horses at age six and began to studying piano at eight at Indiana’s Marion Conservatory. By age ten, he had begun to compose songs, and his first song was entitled “Song of the Birds”.

Cole was classically trained and very talented.  He was drawn towards musical theatre.  He didn’t have immediate success, but eventually achieved success in the 1920’s.  By the 1930’s he was one of the major songwriters for the Broadway musical stage.  The impressive fact is that he not only wrote the music, but the lyrics for his songs.

He wrote over 800 songs and had a flair for wit.  He composed toe-tapping songs like “Night and Day” and “I’ve Got You Under My Skin.”

In 1937 his life was marred by a riding accident that left him unable to walk.  In spite of that, he continued writing and was quite successful – going on to write some of the best-loved standards of all time.

Today let’s celebrate Cole Porter’s birthday by watching the wonderful movie, “Mr. Holland’s Opus”.  Here is the final scene.  If you don’t own this movie – you really should get it.

I’m such a fan of show tunes.  Cole Porter’s light-hearted humor and sophistication shine through in his compositions.  I enjoy playing them and listening to other musician’s interpretations.

Happy Birthday, Cole Porter!  🙂

 

 

A COMENTARY FROM THE HEART

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There are times in life when everything seems to be going wrong.  We don’t lose our faith to be sure, but it just seems as though nothing is going in the right direction.  When we go through the rough patches in life, it’s a good idea to try to find some humor along the way – I know it won’t make things better – but it helps!

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Today’s post is dedicated to the humor we need.  I found some pretty cute jokes that I hope help you over the speed bumps of life.  I’m driving over a few of them myself right now – so I need a little funny bone therapy too!  😉

A minister had a horse for sale. A man came to see about buying him . The horse seemed perfect and the price was right. But the minister said “There are two things to remember. He only goes to PRAISE THE LORD and only stops to AMEN. ” The man starts trotting and then cantering the horse but he realized they were headed to the cliffs. WHOA, STOP, STOP NOW but the horse sped up directly to the edge of the cliff. The man suddenly remembers and yells AMEN. The horse stops at the very edge and the man was thrilled and yelled PRAISE THE LORD.

How about the stubborn determination of a little girl in kindergarten?

A Sunday School teacher was walking around observing her kindergarten classroom of children while they were drawing pictures.  As she got to one girl who was working diligently, she asked what the drawing was.

The girl replied, “I’m drawing God.”  The teacher paused and said, “But no one knows what God looks like.”

Without looking up from her drawing, the girl replied, “They will in a minute.”

I love this joke about the atheist showing God how he can create.

An atheist scientist came to God and said, “We’ve figured out how to make a man without you.”

God said, “OK, let me see you do it.”

So the atheist bent down to the ground and scooped up a handful. But God stopped him and said, “Oh, no you don’t. Get your own dirt!”

I pray that God will use these jokes to make you smile and lift your spirits.  We all face challenges of all sorts in life but if we can find some humor along the way and believe that God will help us through, we know that it’s gonna be okay!  Wink!  😉

 

ANSWER THE PHONE LIKE BUDDY THE ELF DAY

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Elf is a 2003 film about a man (Will Ferrell) raised by Santa’s elves at the North Pole is sent to the America in search of his true identity.  Today I want to challenge you to begin a new Christmas tradition based on this crazy elf’s life.  I know we have time-honored traditions, but there’s room for one more (especially if it’s something off the wall and fun!)  Today is ANSWER THE PHONE LIKE BUDDY THE ELF DAY!!!  So – this is the day you can mess with the mind of a telemarketer or make your husband laugh (as he rolls his eyes in disbelief).  It may make your mother-in-law wonder if you are cracking under the stress of the Christmas season – but who cares?  Today we all need to answer the phone like this: 

 Buddy the Elf. What’s your favorite color?

Fair warning – you may get this greeting if you phone in an order for pizza today.  :-/  Be prepared to say something witty instead of the standard, what, or huh???  

I asked my group on facebook, A Second Helping of Wellness…  with a Dash of Humor & a Pinch of Faith, to give me a witty response to “Buddy the Elf, What’s Your Favorite Color???”  Here’s what they had to say:

Ally:  RED & WHITE WITH SANTA ALL OVER!  :-p

John:  RED & GREEN, OF COURSE!  😀

Valerie:  WHITE AS SNOW BECAUSE YOU CAN COLOR IT EVERY COLOR THAT EXISTS!  🙂

And what am I prepared to say?  Well – I’m going to say CHRISTMAS PLUM PUDDING COLOR!  😉

There are two possible scenarios really – the caller could just be taken aback and there will be awkward silence or you will hear a “huh” or “uh” sound.  Possibly the caller will actually tell you what their favorite color is, so you will have to be prepared with a witty and funny response, or possibly a statement such as “that is not a color, but a shade”, which will start a debate with the caller.  A debate could be something fun and different today!  🙂

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I know why we will snuggle after eating a whole roll of Tollhouse cookie dough – our blood sugar will be so high, we’ll be close to diabetic coma!  That’s my story and I’m stickin’ to it!  Wink!  😉

If you are looking for a perfect Christmas gift, may I suggest a new devotional book by Lucinda Berry Hill?  Everyone needs a new devotional book to begin the new year!

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Click on the link below to order your copy!

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

NATIONAL SUNDAY SCHOOL TEACHER APPRECIATION DAY

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Today is NATIONAL SUNDAY SCHOOL TEACHER APPRECIATION DAY!  I started teaching Sunday School when I was only 12 years old, about the same time I began playing piano for church.  Believe me when I tell you it’s not for wimps!  God gives us what we need, and most of the time we need a sense of humor!

I appreciate those times when you have worked all day Friday, come home to fix supper for your family, get your Sunday School packet out and begin to organize the lesson in your mind – and put together all the fun games included in the lesson packet.  Hey, we do laundry and cook-ahead on Saturday, so the lesson plan has to be done on Friday night.

I appreciate the moments when you realize that there’s no way you’re going to teach this lesson on a level that is going to be understood by your kids.  Sometimes you literally have to take the words used in the lesson book and re-write them.  It’s a definite waste of time for you, but the kids will benefit from it  because at least they will get something out of it.

I appreciate the days when you smile even though you walk into your Sunday School class and Tommy has already spit gum into Suzie’s pretty brown hair.  See what I mean about praying for a sense of humor?  You handle this rather sticky situation with grace and finesse – you send Suzie to her mom and set Tommy in the corner for a time out.  Yep – all better now.  Of course, the first bell has now rung and you haven’t gotten around to doing any teaching, but hey…  stuff happens.

I appreciate the dedication you have for your kids.  They are a charge given to you.  When you walk in ready to evangelize to them and let them know they are loved not only by their Savior, Jesus Christ, but by you as well, it’s a very good and productive day.  Well done!

I appreciate the time you take to teach children.  In our church we had a lot of bus kids – kids whose parents didn’t think it was important to bring their kids to church, but they could ride our bus.  One little girl will be in my mind forever – Virginia.  For some reason, Virginia decided I was her favorite person on the planet.  She never wanted to go to Children’s Church after Sunday School.  She wanted to go into BIG CHURCH with me.  I think she would have come home with me if she could get away with it.  I’ll tell you a little secret – I would have let her!  That little girl is not so little anymore.  She’s probably a mother herself now.  I pray for her every day.  I pray that the words she heard in Sunday School (and in BIG CHURCH) stayed with her and that somewhere along the way, she accepted Jesus into her heart and life.  ❤