Big Decisions

When women are describing their dream mate, what is it they say – ???  Tall, dark, handsome, and non-communicative – right???  The sad truth is, most women don’t think much about how well a man can communicate, either verbally or non-verbally.  We find out after we marry just how important that quality is!  Frankly, in my humble opinion…  communication IS everything!

There’s a choice I had to make in college that I think may have altered the course of my life.  No, it’s true.  I had to choose between debate and interpersonal communication.  Well, no way was I going to get up in front of a bunch of talented speakers and try my hand at debate as a freshman!  It was a no-brainer…  interpersonal communication, here I come!  I don’t think I did myself a favor by going that way.  I should have thrown my shoulders back and charged ahead.  Now, I wish I would have; however, it does absolutely no good to second guess a decision that I made so long ago.

When one introvert meets and marries another introvert…  communication can be a bit sketchy for a while.  I’ve coined a phrase and use it often:

I am not a mind reader.  I’ve never been a mind reader.  I’ll never BE a mind reader.  Use your words so I will know what is going on.

Every decision as a couple needs to be discussed — not just the big ones.  It’s a matter of respect for one another.  With every year that passes, communication gets easier – you find your own way, and every couple communicates differently.  As long as it works – hey – that’s what matters!

Dear God, we know that marriage can be tricky sometimes because there are two people to consider.  Two sets of values, emotions, and baggage carried around from the past.  Help us to be considerate of one another and respectful in our decision-making.  Help us to make all moves together as a unit instead of as an individual.  You have declared that married couples are ONE.  Remind us, as only You can, that what You have joined together, no one can tear apart.  Thank You for being so good to us.  We love you, Lord.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Sometimes it helps to think about a couple that you really admire – and try to mirror some of their actions in your own marriage.  I loved being around my parents.  Those two could just give one another a look and they’d know and understand each other.  I want that in my marriage – and I think that’s the goal of most couples.  It’s those unspoken moments that we cherish the most, I think.  The smiles, grins, silly faces…  I love to remember all that!

Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away.  – 1 Corinthians 13:4-8

I’ll bet I could have been a great in debate class…  I hold my own fairly well on facebook!  Ha!  Does that count??? 

Today is Superbowl Sunday, of course.  I have one thought to share about it. 

One more example of a big decision…  to get excited about Jesus, or get excited about football.  Is there room for both?  Well, yes, of course there’s room for both in our lives.  I’m still angered by the behavior of the players, so will not be watching the Superbowl this year.  I’d rather get excited about Jesus.  He never lets me down!  🙂

 

 

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APPLE MONTH

tl-10-4-apple-monthSo what do you think of when you see apples???  You’ll never believe what I think of – go ahead, guess.  Nope…  guess again.  Oh, you’ll never guess right.  Well, don’t laugh, but here it is:

I told you you’d never guess!  I think the dead-pan comedy of Bob Newhart is the best!

Speaking of the best…  how do ya like dem apples???

golden-delicious-applesI don’t eat apples often, since I’ve cut carbohydrates from my diet, but when I do get a chance to eat one, it has to be a golden delicious!  Last Summer’s crop looked so nice and juicy.  🙂

I’d probably use a red delicious if I were to make caramel apples for Halloween.  It might be weird to bite into one and discover a green apple.i-have-an-apple-basket

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Apples, Apples, Apples!!!

Like apples of gold in settings of silver is a ruling rightly given. – Proverbs 25:11

It’s not only true that an apple a day keeps the doctor away, but it’s also true that the tongue of the wise is health.  May we let our speech be filled with grace.

If you have an apple and I have an apple and we exchange these apples then you and I will still each have one apple. But if you have an idea and I have an idea and we exchange these ideas, then each of us will have two ideas.  – George Bernard Shaw

Do you have ideas about apples???

It’s been a challenge to find apple recipes that are low carb, but here’s one of my favorites:

LOW CARB GRAIN FREE APPLE DUMP CAKE

Serves 12, 11 carbs per serving

INGREDIENTS:

1 c. coconut flour

1 c. Splenda

2 tsp. cinnamon

2 tsp. baking soda

6 eggs, beaten

1/2 c. butter, melted & cooled

1 tsp. cinnamon liquid stevia

4 c. Gala or Fiji apples, peeled, cored, sliced

INSTRUCTIONS:

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.  In a large bowl, whisk the flour, Splenda, cinnamon and baking soda together.  Whisk in eggs, butter and Stevia until combined.  Stir in apple slices until covered.  Spread mix into a greased 9 x 13″ baking dish.  Bake for 45-50 minutes.  Enjoy with Reddi-Whip.

Happy Apple Month!  🙂

 

 

 

COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART

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Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.  – 2 Timothy 2:15

KEEP THE GOVERNMENT OUT OF MY RELIGION!!!  Amen???  Well, how about KNOW WHAT YOUR BIBLE SAYS – for real.  It astonishes me to hear what folks think they’re quoting as Scripture…  when no, it’s really not.

 God helps those who help themselves.  – 1 Americanians 17:76

We’ve all heard this!  Shoot, my parents said that about as often as they said The Lord’s Prayer – well, maybe not as often, but I heard it a lot growing up.  It’s probably the most quoted saying that is attributed to God’s Holy Word – but guess what?  It’s not in there!

Spare the rod, spoil the child.  – 2 Abuse 19:50

I was spanked maybe once or twice in my life, but they were not beatings with a rod by any stretch of the imagination.  I used to tell my parents they “talked me to death” as a punishment.  It was effective, because I towed the line just to avoid that.  And, I was one of those kids who did NOT want to disappoint my parents.  I’d rather eat chalk than to disappoint my folks.  Nobody in the Bible ever told a parent to hit their kids!

Cleanliness is next to godliness.  – Obsessive Compulsive 20:14

OK, I’m sure God wants us to live above the fray and the dust bunnies; however, to obsess over it – ???  I’m guessing He just wants us to obsess over Him!  Praise Him, keep your mind on His precepts – His real precepts, not the ones made up by well-meaning folks with a fetish for housework.  Ugh…  that sounds like a problem for a therapist.  It’s a problem that I, thankfully, have never had.  Ask my husband.  No, wait – don’t ask him.  Bad idea.

Yea, verily, God wants you to be happy.  – Oprah 1:1

Sigh…  life as a Christian does not mean you are given lollipops and roses every day!  In fact, if we are to be followers of Christ, we are to take up our cross and follow Him.  God is not like SPA DAY…  and happiness is not our goal as a Christian.  God will most assuredly give us a deep settled PEACE and JOY if we give Him full control.  For control freaks, that’s very difficult – it’s not easy and should not be taken lightly.  It’s a battle of wills sometimes – and I’m speaking from personal experience.  There are days when I want to be in control, but I know that giving God the steering wheel is ultimately going to mean the outcome will be best for me.  He loves me and will not let anything overtake me.  I’ll cross over the waters and not drown because He loves me and won’t let me perish.  Happy?  No – it’s so much more than just happy.  Happiness is temporal and conditional.  Peace and joy regardless of circumstances of life…  now that’s what God wants for His children.  Don’t ever settle for happy when you can have so much more from God.

We’re all God’s children.  – Unity 13:13

Well…  we were all created by God.  I agree with that; however, we are only His child when we have come to a saving knowledge of His Son, Jesus Christ.  Once we have accepted the death, burial and resurrection of Christ, and know that He did all of this because we have transgressed and need to be forgiven and restored unto God – then and only then do we belong to God.  He doesn’t want anyone to perish, but He wants us to come to Him – of our own free will.  God gave us a free will because He did not want a relationship with robots, but with people.  He wants us to want to love Him.  He didn’t make us to have to love Him.  See the difference?

God will not give you more than you can handle.  – Optimist 10:10

This one sets my teeth on edge!  When I hear it, I want to scream, YES, YES sometimes He does give us more than we can handle!  I know they are thinking of 1 Corinthians 10:13 when they say it, but that is talking about TEMPTATION, not BURDENS!  Newsflash…  in this life I will have burdens, and there will be more burdens than I can handle by myself.  But here’s the good news…  I do not have to bear those burdens because I have a friend who carries all of them and gives me assurance that no matter what happens, He will be there with me and He is working all things for my good.  He’s making me stronger and increasing my faith every day.  It’s a good thing!  Life is not easy, but God is good!

Who started the rumor that there was an apple on that tree of life?  The Bible doesn’t say what the forbidden fruit was, but we sure found out what the consequences were for picking it, didn’t we?

And that little drummer boy at the stable where Jesus lay – who drove him to Bethlehem?  He wasn’t there.  There is no mention of a little boy with a drum standing beside Mary and Joseph and Jesus.  He wasn’t playing his best for Him…  per rum pa pum pum…  nope.  Sweet little Christmas song and nice thought, but totally fabricated story.

I was listening to Bill O’Reilly the other day.  He was talking about how sloppy journalism has gotten since technology came on the scene.  He said there is not thorough fact checking like there used to be.  They just get on the internet and assume everything they read is true.  It struck a chord with me.  How sloppy have we gotten as Christians in our study of God’s Word?  When was the last time you actually took your Bible (the actual Book, not your computer) out, dusted it off, and read from it?

We have so many voices talking in our heads these days – celebs claiming to be Christians with less than sage advice to give us.  When did we trade the words of King Solomon, the wisest man to ever live, for the words of Oprah?

False prophets are everywhere these days.  I don’t know about you, but I want the real deal, and I’m not willing to settle for fake quotes that may or may not tickle my ears and make me happy happy… when I can have the meat of God’s Word – His sovereignty and His majesty and His TRUTH.  Have a great day in the Lord!  🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SEPTEMBER IS CHILDHOOD CANCER AWARENESS MONTH

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TIME TO READ THE BLOG!!!

 

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We do what we can financially to help.  We change our profile photo on facebook to a comic book hero to raise awareness.  We do what we can…  but the most important thing we can do is talk to our Father in Heaven on behalf of these little ones and their parents.

Loving Lord Jesus,

You were the One that said let the little children come unto me, and You placed Your hands on all – and blessed them.. I come to You today to ask that Your healing hand would touch the life of this little child, who has been diagnosed with cancer. Lord their little body is racked with pain and life has become so difficult, as the cancer is encroaching through their tiny frame. Be close to this little one I pray, and hold them close to Yourself. Lord, I ask that they may be healed and spared any from more pain. Be close to this little one each hour of the day, I pray. I lift up the parents, who are baffled by this disease and I ask for Your comfort and strength to uphold them as they seek to care for the little sick child. May they rest in You and be comforted and strengthened in this difficult time – and Lord, give them both the wisdom and skill to nurse their child back to full heath, I pray that they may the find their sufficiency and comfort in You, Whom to know is life eternal.  Thank You Lord Jesus, Amen.

What can my blog do for these sweet children?  I know there are some kids and their parents looking at this right now.  With help from my group, A Second Helping of Wellness…  with a Dash of Humor & a Pinch of Faith, we are giving you gifts of beauty, encouragement and hope.  We know that we can’t take the cancer away (how we wish we could), but we can bring a smile to your face or give you a moment of calm.

This post will be up from September 22nd through the end of the month.  Our group hopes you are encouraged and filled with renewed hope after you look through this post.  Grab your umbrella because a shower of HOPE is on its way!

Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.  – Marcel Proust

HE IS OUR PEACE

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Remember the story of David and Goliath?  David was just a little boy, but with God’s help he sure did kill the giant, didn’t he?

This photo from my friend Stephanie Guier Lutz put a big grin on my face!

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And remember that you are never alone…

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I PRAYED FOR YOU

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LOL – this pup is reading COFFEE WITH JESUS!  Photo courtesy of Barbara Dunn.

And this photo from Lucinda Berry Hill:

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ARE YOU MY MOMMY???

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ICE CREAM FOR BREAKFAST

Strawberry, Vanilla or Chocolate???  How about all THREE???  Yum!!!

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And wow…  enjoy this from my friend, Valerie McKinney!

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How cool is that???

And how about this cute picture taken by Lucinda Berry Hill?

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I’M SO COMFY, MOM!!!

We care about those with cancer!  Right now, Lucinda is helping those battling breast cancer.  Find out how you can help here on her facebook wall:

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Our patients become our heroes.  – Lisa Newman, M.D., director of the University of Michigan Breast Care Center

To all the wonderful folks fighting cancer…  we want you to know we love you and we care.  Our thoughts and prayers are with you. 

A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART

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THE LITTLE NOTES
Remember Waylon Jennings & friends in their OUTLAW days?  They did a song called, “Put Another Log on the Fire.”  I guess really it was Tompall Glaser ‘cuz he wrote it.  Well, Daddy used to walk around the house singing this to Mama. They were crazy and I really miss them!  Go over to You Tube and listen to that song – it’s really funny.

I guess I can post the lyrics without getting in trouble.

PUT ANOTHER LOG ON THE FIRE

Put another log on the fire.
Cook me up some bacon and some beans.
And go out to the car and change the tyre.
Wash my socks and sew my old blue jeans.
Come on, baby, you can fill my pipe,
And then go fetch my slippers.
And boil me up another pot of tea.
Then put another log on the fire, babe,
And come and tell me why you’re leaving me.

Now don’t I let you wash the car on Sunday?
Don’t I warn you when you’re gettin fat?
Ain’t I a-gonna take you fishin’ with me someday?
Well, a man can’t love a woman more than that.
Ain’t I always nice to your kid sister?
Don’t I take her driving every night?
So, sit here at my feet ‘cos I like you when you’re sweet,
And you know it ain’t feminine to fight.

So, put another log on the fire.
Cook me up some bacon and some beans.
Go out to the car and lift it up and change the tyre.
Wash my socks and sew my old blue jeans.
Come on, baby, you can fill my pipe,
And then go fetch my slippers.
And boil me up another pot of tea.
Then put another log on the fire, babe,
And come and tell me why you’re leaving me.

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I love being married. It’s so great to find that one special person you want to annoy for the rest of your life. – Rita Rudner

My Mom was a note writer, a hugger and very vocal with praise and support. It’s just who she was. God is a great matchmaker because He blessed her with a man who loved and appreciated all of that! Daddy was not easily embarrassed by it and actually encouraged her in that way. I loved watching my parents – love. They knew how to enjoy married life. They knew the secret – don’t be so serious and have FUN with it!

My Daddy found little notes all over the place. One year for Easter, my Mama put quotes and little tidbits of quotes on slips of paper, folded the paper and stuck them in plastic eggs. She hid the eggs all over inside the house (I think it rained that year). She had Daddy and I hunted all over the house for the eggs! When they were all found, we sat down at our kitchen table, opened the plastic eggs and read aloud the quote or saying enclosed. That was my favorite Easter! Oh, and of course there was a little “kiss” inside the egg too – just to sweeten the deal a bit!

Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. – 1 Peter 4:8

After Mama died, I found many journals, books of poetry, verses, words of wisdom and miscellaneous diaries in a kitchen drawer. Mama was quite the philosopher! She knew how to turn sadness into gladness and was so clever and wise in her decision-making. In other words, she had a Master’s Degree in… LOVE!

DR. SEUSS DAY

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It is DR. SEUSS DAY!!!  I grew up with his books and the wisdom and truth they held.  My favorite story was Horton Hears a Who.  I remember mama taught me about my indoor voice with that little movie.  She said, “If Horton had not been listening so quietly, he would not have heard the who.”  It made sense to me.

How many times have you quoted Dr. Seuss, even as an adult?  I know there are several quotes that I still fall back on.  Here are just a few:

“Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.”  Yes, I’ve tried to hang on to that one for sure.

 “Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You.”   That is true.

 “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”   I certainly hold out hope for the “going places” part.

“Teeth are always in style.”   What a wonderful way to encourage kids to brush and floss.

 “A person’s a person, no matter how small.”   That’s from “Horton Hears a Who”, of course.

“Why fit in when you were born to stand out?”   Yes – I happily agree with that!

 “Oh, what a day. I will make it a holiday.”   That’s what I try to do!

“I do not like green eggs and ham.  I do not like them, Sam I am.”

“To the world you may be one person; but to one person you may be the world.”    Awe…

 “The people that mind don’t matter, and the people that matter don’t mind.”   Don’t mind me.  LOL!!!

 “Everything stinks till it’s finished.”   Oh yeah…  I totally get that.

 “So the writer who breeds more words than he needs, is making a chore for the reader who reads.”    Indeed!

There will never be another Dr. Seuss.  The stories and quotes are just as fresh and meaningful today as ever. 

 

 

 

 

NEW YEAR’S EVE

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For me, this day is a time of reflection. I do a lot of thinking about the past and all of the times I’ve heard the song AULD LANG SYNE in my lifetime. My most vivid memory is sitting in front of our black and white Zenith television watching the Guy Lumbardo New Year’s Eve special, eating popcorn, roasted hot dogs and toasted marshmallows. We used to roast wieners over the wood-burning fire in the fireplace then toast the marshmallows for dessert.

When the clock struck midnight, my little family would hold hands and pray the new year in. There was something so comforting about knowing we had invited God into our lives for another year. We knew that everything would be alright at that point.

There’s something so sad about the song “Auld Lang Syne”. I cry every time I hear it! The very meaning of the title is sad to me. It means “Times Gone By” in Scottish. Although it was written back in the 1700’s and transcribed by Robert Burns so we in America could sing it, the tradition is so deeply rooted that we just don’t realize it is a new year without singing that particular song at midnight on New Year’s Eve. These days, I usually go to bed before midnight to avoid hearing it.

The words “We’ll drink a cup of kindness yet for times gone by” just about kill me inside. Those really were good times and I can’t stay there very long. I must look ahead toward the new year. I am determined to make these my best days. My future looks very bright and exciting!

So what lies ahead for Linda? I am praying about that and waiting on God. That’s a great plan to have. Until it is time to realize my dream, I will keep preparing for it. When God says it is time to move, I will be ready. I will have my ducks in a row, for to pray for a dream to be realized is more than just wishing and hoping. It is hard work and preparation. It is knowing that you have poured the very best of yourself into a project. But the timing is in God’s hands. I leave the timing to Him.

Year’s end is neither an end nor a beginning but a going on, with all the wisdom that experience can instill in us.  – Hal Borland

I will not write the next great novel, but I would like to publish a book of poetry, prayers and quotes. Thus far, I have over 80 poems, about 10 quotes and 20 prayers written. I just keep writing and waiting. When it’s time to do something with them, I will know.

I pray God blesses you richly in 2014. Happy New Year! 😀