A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART

TL 2-16 A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEARTYOU'RE THE SPRINKLES ON MY LIFEWho are the sprinkles in your life?  Who adds that special something to your everyday life?  Husbands, wives, children, grandchildren and even great-grandchildren for some.  Aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins.  What about friends?  If you have a best friend, you are especially blessed!

Are you a sprinkle to anyone?  God sprinkles you with His love and you sprinkle family and friends.  Have you ever thought of it that way before?  Don’t you love how God works???

At a potluck dinner in the fellowship center one Sunday morning after service, my pastor and I were standing in line looking at the desserts.  There was a very happy plate filled with cupcakes – topped with icing and sprinkles.  He laughed and said, “I like SPRINKLES – but not BB’S.”   I knew exactly what he was talking about.  If those cupcakes had been decorated with BB’s, forget it – I wouldn’t have taken one! 

1467492_771456416204141_1783276352_nJust as there are many kinds of toppings or decorations for cupcakes, there are many types of people in the world – and it made me ask myself – “What type of person am I with others?”  Am I a yummy sprinkle, or am I at times a tough little BB???  I so want to be a sprinkle!  I prayed that God make me a sprinkle.  What a prayer to pray, huh?

God allows so many opportunities every day for us to sprinkle, sparkle and shine!  As we receive His character traits, we share those traits with those in our realm of influence – or we should.  While we will never be perfect, with God’s help, we can be better than we were before we knew the Father.

Please Heavenly Father,

Help me to be a sprinkle to those around me.  Even when I’m having less than a good day, may I always remember to be soft, gentle, kind and loving regardless of my personal issues.  Keep all jealousy, envy, hate and negative, unproductive emotions at bay as I forge ahead to be Your child.  I truly am too blessed to be stressed, and I thank You for everything good in my life.  May I never take it for granted and may I never be unwilling to share.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

BB’s (fake friends, haters, negative people) are challenges that are bound to appear once in a while.  We have a choice at that point to be a BB or a sprinkle in return.  I sure hope God helps me to be a sprinkle.  🙂

VISIT A CEMETERY DAY

TL 10-26 VISIT A CEMETERY DAY

My father died very suddenly at 63… For a long time afterward, I’d ask myself, Why didn’t I ask him to play golf more?  Why didn’t I spend more time with him? …  There’s nothing you can do about it.  So you just forge on.  – Clint Eastwood

My daddy died at age 63 also – weird.  I called him at the hospital the evening before he died.  I suggested that mom and I should come visit, but he insisted that we wait until the next day as he was scheduled for surgery.  He died during the night – I wish we had made the trip to the hospital to visit him.  But – we do indeed have to forge on and find a way to forgive ourselves.

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Today is VISIT A CEMETERY DAY!!!  There are more obvious days to visit our loved one’s final resting places – like Memorial Day, but today is a day to set aside to honor our loved ones again.  Even though those who have passed do not know we visit them, we know.  It’s important to honor them in any way we can.  On occasion I like to visit cemeteries to photograph unique gravestones and read epitaphs in an effort to know the ones buried there.

I am a confessed taphophile  (“taph” from the Greek for tomb and “philia” meaning an inordinate fondness).  The art involved in engraving gravestones fascinates me.  My husband and I have purchased our plots and our gravestone.  These days, a gravestone is a personal expression of who you were in life.  When a person reads your stone, they should get some idea of what your values and personality was – would you agree?   My husband had his badge engraved on his side and I had an angel and the treble clef  first line of the song PRECIOUS LORD, TAKE MY HAND engraved on my side.  We also had our names (obviously) and wedding date engraved.  There was not much space left – especially on my side.  LOL!  Once I can no longer speak, I want that stone to speak for me.

Everything comes to pass, nothing comes to stay.  – Matthew Flickstein

Taphophilia involves epitaphs, gravestone rubbing, photography, art and history of famous deaths.  Many taphophiles enjoy walking cemeteries to find lost relatives.  They are the ones who are seriously engaged in genealogy.

The cemetery my folks are in is cared for and has large, mature trees.  It’s beautiful year around but especially in the spring and fall.  Shortly after my mom died, we bought a cement bench with a verse engraved on it.  We put it next to my folk’s graves.  I don’t go there to sit and chat with them like I thought I would, but it’s nice to know I could if I wanted to.  I’ve had a few picnic lunches with them, I admit.  I know they are not there – they are in heaven with Jesus.  I would never wish them back here after seeing the pain they suffered.  In heaven they are young and in no pain.  I miss them but I’ll see them again one day.  ❤

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What was your parent’s favorite song?  My dad used to sing this to my mom all the time:

It makes me smile to think Daddy might be singing this to Mama in heaven…  hmm – now that’s different, huh?

Hey – on a fun note – Halloween is around the corner.  Have you ever wanted to know how to make those spooky tombstones?  I’d probably make one that was funny – but that’s just me – LOL!  Here’s a tutorial on those tombstones:

 

 

 

 

 

HAIRSTYLE APPRECIATION DAY

TL 4-30 HAIRSTYLE APPRECIATION DAY

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Why worry about a bad hair day? Just put a toilet seat cover on your head and carry on!

 

Before I talk about women’s hair, let’s focus on the guy’s styles.

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There are a lot of verses in the Bible about hair, particularly in the Old Testament. There is one in the New Testament that I like.

But not a hair of your head will perish. – Luke 21:18

This is a promise from Christ about enduring persecution. It is meant to bring us great comfort.

Today is HAIRSTYLE APPRECIATION DAY!!!  In Kansas, we need a hairdo that can withstand wind gusts of up to 30 mph on any given day!

My Aunt Mary was a very successful hairstylist in Hollywood during the 1950’s – 1970’s, I got the most trendy and popular hairstyles.  Sometimes the hot new styles in California were not so hot in Kansas.  I got teased about my hair – a lot.

She did what she loved to do, which is the real key to success in any business.

It’s not always easy to get the style you want once you leave the capable hands of your beautician.  I found this photo of a hair dryer from the 1920’s and it made me appreciate my styling tools!

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Hair dryer – 1920’s

When my hair is frizzy, I put on a cute headband and roll with it.  – Carrie Underwood

One thing is for certain, whether you have a feather cut, pixie, bob, wedge or shag, the basic health of your hair is what matters most!

To keep your hair healthy, it is important to follow some simple rules.  My Aunt Mary taught me that what you eat and what you do to protect your hair impact it more than the type of products you apply to it. 

  • Omega 3’s are an essential part of maintaining healthy, shiny hair!  Salmon is one of my favorite sources.  I also take Flax Oil capsules every day.  Other sources are avocados, walnuts and pumpkin seeds.
  • Limit the amount of time you spend in the hot Summer Sun.  I know we are sun worshippers, but if you have to be out for an extended amount of time, at least wear a hat.  
  • Drink water!  Your skin and hair need to be well hydrated.
  • If your hair is color-treated, beware of the chlorine.  One Summer I had color-treated my hair and after swimming, it turned green!  Be careful!
  • I refuse to fry my hair.  I do not put chemicals on it except to color treat (and I leave that to my hairstylist).  I will not use a flatiron or blow dryer!  Those are two tools that can fry your hair and wreck your hair’s integrity permanently.
  • Be careful when choosing your method of root touch-up.  Some are better than others. 
  • Trim the damaged ends of your hair about 1″ every 3 months.
  • Don’t over-brush your hair.  It creates more damage.
  • Don’t color your hair too much.  Avoid bleach completely.
  • Take your multi-vitamin every day.
  • Eat more protein.  Legumes, beans.  Protein shakes.
  • Give your hair a break!  Don’t wash it every day.  Try washing every other day.
  • Use a sodium-free / sulfate-free shampoo.
    Now that my hair is finally “my own”, I’ve decided to let it grow longer.  The ability to wear my hair up is a new adventure for me.  When my hair was shorter, it did not take as long to style, but I just allow more time when getting ready to go out.  
    Even though I wore some trendy tresses in the past, I’m enjoying my longer locks now. ❤


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My favorite teacher was Miss Covel.

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I wanted to wear my hair the same way as Miss Covel – LOL!

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. – Charles Caleb Colton

Wink!  😉