A SUMMER OF PSALMS

In 1975 my thinking about suffering in life was challenged in a profound way.  A film depicting the Ten Boom family during WWII called “The Hiding Place” was playing at a local theater.  Once I saw it, Corrie Ten Boom became my favorite person on the planet.  I’m thankful to everyone involved in the film.  Nobody understands why my favorite movie is about such a horrific time in history.  Well, I suppose it’s because this film taught me about adversity in life and how to react when bad things happen.

We don’t like to think about storms, do we?  And yes, I guess this movie could be considered a “downer” to some people, but I walked away with the thought that if Corrie Ten Boom was able to lean so heavily on God and trust Him to see her through something so unbelievably evil, then I can trust Him for any bad situation I find myself in!  I was not depressed after watching it – I felt a peace and a hope that God is sufficient for any circumstance in life.  He is and always will be enough.

One day a psychologist friend asked me how I’m able to function in life.  We had talked a bit about how bumps in the road of life can affect us in negative ways as Christians.  The first thing people notice about me is that I don’t have children.  They become uncomfortable at that point.  Nobody knows what to talk about with me because the “go-to” subject of any conversation is kids.  How old are your kids?  What school do they go to?  It’s the most predictable conversation people have when they meet for the first time.

But when they ask if I have children and I say no, they’re at a loss.  They have no idea what to say next.  Once in a while I hear, “Oh, then you probably have fur babies then, right?”  Well, yes I did – but we lost our fur baby a while back.  Sometimes I just smile or nod yes to save face.  I don’t want two pity pauses in the conversation.

I was chatting with a friend recently and the subject of childlessness came up and I said something to the effect that I felt like a freak.  She said, “It stinks.”  It’s true – it does!  There’s not a thing I can do about it, but it does!  Sometimes you just want someone to acknowledge the fact that something stinks, ya know?  I felt better after she said that – I felt understood.

When I was younger, it was difficult to be around the women my age who were having children.  I kept thinking it would get easier as I got older, but now those same women have grandchildren and no…  it’s no easier to deal with that either.

The Bible says that children are a reward… which makes a childless person wonder if they are being punished Everyone’s quick to tell me that’s not the case, but that’s not how it feels.  One of my friends told me that the Lord may have saved me from worse heartache because perhaps a child of mine could have had serious health issues or something like that.  Well – I guess that could be true too.  I just don’t know – but I have to trust God.  He knows what He’s doing and I need to accept it.

God does surround me with songs of victory.  He helps me cope with all kinds of loss.  I can’t really explain it except to say I know in my soul that God’s helping me.  When it storms and I’m tempted to give up, I hear that sweet song of victory and I know it will be okay.  The Lord is with me.  Oh, and even though Corrie Ten Boom is no longer alive, she’s still my favorite person.  🙂

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WE LOVE ELVIS

TL 5-25 WE LOVE ELVISThings are popping in Memphis, Tennessee at Graceland!  August 8-16 is ELVIS WEEK!  There will be all sorts of events and special stuff happening.  For a full schedule and more details, click this link:

https://www.graceland.com/elvisweek/

I’ve been to Graceland and it’s such a memorable experience.  I wasn’t there for Elvis week, but I think it’d be great to be there.  The next best thing would be to hop on this link and do the live stream – yeah!  That’s my plan.

I like the idea of having the children’s karaoke – kids 17 and under are invited to sing their favorite Elvis song.  It’s weird to think that anyone doesn’t know who he was, I mean – the generation right after mine was clueless about Elvis (and most things political – but I digress…) Isn’t it a great idea to keep Elvis alive, so to speak – keep his music alive by having the little ones sing it?  That’s brilliant.

Does anyone else appreciate the “human” side of the legend?  I mean, sometimes we build up a legend until they seem almost more than just human.  I found this quote and thought I’d share it – just to remind us that while yes, Elvis is a legend – he actually was, in reality, very human.

When one of Lisa’s baby teeth fell out here, the tooth fairy left her 50 cents. Another tooth fell out when she was with her father in Las Vegas, and that tooth fairy left her $5. When I told Elvis that 50 cents would be more in line, he laughed. He knew I was not criticizing him; how would Elvis Presley know the going rate for a tooth?  – Priscilla Presley

As you know, my favorite Elvis impersonator is John Coyote.  He’s done some of my favorite Elvis songs and some funny skits.  I hope you enjoy these.

That made me hungry for shrimp…  LOL.

That made me thirsty for…  water – a glass of WATER.  LOL – you thought you caught me, didn’t ‘cha?

Enjoy ELVIS WEEK…  uh huh huh…  uh huh huh!  🙂

 

 

 

 

A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART

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What does 10-4 mean?  It’s the APCO 10-code for “I understand your transmission.”

Cobra CB Radio
Cobra CB Radio

From 1980 – 1985 I drove a Pontiac with a moon roof and about a dozen long antennas!  I had a citizen’s band radio in my car back in the day (quit laughing, you had one too).  We didn’t have computers or facebook, but we got acquainted with a lot of interesting people – I guess you could say it was the social media of the day!

What was your handle?  Mine was SASSY LADY – and I was (and am).  As time goes by, we tend to forget some of the good times we used to have.  Along with the CB craze came movies and songs centered around it – we listened to tear-jerker songs like Teddy Bear by Red Sovine.  We went truckin’ down the highway to Convoy by C.W. McCall.  When Smokey & The Bandit came to Wichita, I remember standing out in the rain to get into the theatre!  It was showing at the old Crest theatre (which has been gone for a long time).  Of course, they made parts II and III.  They should have quit while they were ahead – in my humble opinion.

As long as we’re reminiscing, do you remember this?

This tin is now being sold on ebay for only $100
This tin is now being sold on eBay for only $100

When I saw that they wanted $100 for this, it made me want to kick myself.  I had this back in the day, but as I grew up and my sense of style matured, like many others, I got rid of it!  If I had known back then that some of this stuff would be collectible…  I would have hung on to it!

Back in the day, we drove the double-nickel and kept the bugs off our bumpers and the bears off our tails.  CB Radios were the coolest thing for vehicles since the 8-track tape!  We had fun as we drove, but sometimes we would scan the channels and do some ambulance chasing or storm chasing.  Trust me, in Kansas there are plenty of opportunities to chase storms!  There’s always a tornado brewing somewhere in the springtime.

Do those memories put a smile on my face because back then I wasn’t in as much pain?  Is it because I was happier then?  I don’t really think it’s either of those.  I’ve always romanticized the past for some reason.  I look back and think of the good parts – and maybe that’s a good thing.  I know the past was not better because life is so much better now.  I guess I just think nostalgia is fun.

We may not have a CB Radio anymore, but I don’t want to forget what 10-4 means because if I hear the Lord speak to me, I always want to be ready to say, 10-4, Holy Spirit – I understand Your transmission.  🙂

A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART

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Of all the places in the United States, God touches Maine first with sunlight every day.  Some people think it’s so we’ll get up early.  I think it’s because He likes us best.  – Stephen King

It is finally the first day of spring!!!  The bug to get out and garden, mow and even pull weeds has been irresistible for the past few weeks because we went to our local lawn and garden show on March 6th at Century II here in Wichita.

No winter lasts forever; no spring skips its turn.   – Hal Borland

We came away from the show with so many ideas and plans to improve our landscaping.  I can hardly wait to dig in and start.  Yes, pun intended – LOL!

Do you have a spring in your step today???

There were exhibits of all kinds this year, but the old favorites always catch our attention.  This year a local nursery was there and we got to go through some books looking for trees to plant.  We’ve had trees planted in our yard two times already.  The first trees died and the second ones were not the kind we wanted.  The last trees we got were supposed to be redbuds, but they are mulberry trees.  Yes – we know because we have mulberries in the spring, and subsequently, purple bird poop.  Lovely.

Springtime is the land awakening. The March winds are the morning yawn.  – Quoted by Lewis Grizzard in Kathy Sue Loudermilk, I Love You

Obviously, we are not dealing with that company again.  No, it’s not a life or death thing, but when you pay good money to get trees, you at least want them to be the right kind.  Jus’ sayin’… 

YELLOW WARBLER

Hopefully the third time will be the charm and next spring we will get to enjoy pretty pink or white flowers instead of purple mulberries and purple bird poop.  One can only hope.

Another spring.  May we enjoy it with wild abandon!  Breathe deep and capture as much warmth as the sun will give us.

May your spring be light and airy with less cares and more laughter.  May God bless your days with sunshine and the happy songs of the birds in your moments of solitude.  Happy spring!  😀

 

 

 

SQUIRREL APPRECIATION DAY

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These little rodents run around the back yard and make chattering noises at your dog.  They are squirrels and they are so fluffy and adorable, especially in the autumn and winter months.  Their little cheeks get filled with nuts and they go scurrying back to their home to stock up for the cold weeks to come.

It’s SQUIRREL APPRECIATION DAY!!!  I’ll do my best to appreciate them as long as they don’t run in front of my car.

Some folks eat squirrels and I guess it’s all a matter of how you are raised.  We don’t catch them and make pets out of them, but we don’t go out and shoot them for food either.  I know Miss Kay would think I was crazy for not eating them, but it’s just not how I was raised.

The squirrel that you kill in jest, dies in earnest.  – Henry David Thoreau

I hit one with my car one day by accident.  I felt so bad about it – poor little critter.  I thought I’d miss him ‘cuz he sort of came halfway into the street but then turned around to get out of the road – but then at the last second he turned again and…  well.

You know what song is runnin’ around in my mind, right???  Go on over to You Tube and watch the great Ray Stevens sing “The Mississippi Squirrel Revival”.

I contend that the revival only took place in Mississippi because the town’s name rhymes with Hallelujah.  LOL!!!  That just cracks me up.  If you had asked me before that song came out if you could rhyme it, I would have said no you cannot.  Guess I was wrong about that.

There are more than 200 species of squirrels.  Around here we have those nimble little brownish ones.  I’ve seen photos of gray squirrels and red squirrels.  They can leap 10 times their body length.   I can believe that because at our old house they used to jump from tree to tree and it really was pretty impressive to watch them.

I found this to be mildly disturbing – LOL

Are all Irish people afraid of squirrels???  Hmm…  I may need to research that.  Wink!  😉