TL A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART (28)Garage sales are EXHAUSTING!!!  We’re in the midst of a community-wide sale right now.  My husband and I are just ready for it to be over…  we’re so tired.  I think the part I hate the most is digging around in the recesses of my closets for items that I wasn’t aware I owned because they’ve never been used or worn or whatever.  Have you ever seen a bamboo pole with a back scratcher on one end and a shoe horn on the other end?  Well, me neither…  but I apparently had one!  I say I HAD one because I sold it today – I no longer have it.  It can go live in the recesses of someone else’s closet for a while.

It’s a lot of work, but at the same time it’s a bit like taking a deep cleansing breath of cool mountain air.  After being surrounded by what can only be categorized as JUNK for over ten years, I’m now free to buy new STUFF to replace the old JUNK.  Of course, in another ten years that STUFF I buy now will be considered JUNK.  And so the cycle continues…

It’s fun and keeps us out of prison.

I’ll be honest, along with the work of gathering the junk, tagging the junk and organizing the junk – there is a huge sigh of relief when you have finally SOLD the junk.  When we counted up our earnings today, I looked at my husband and said, “It would have taken me two weeks working full time to make this much!”  It’s a sort of high when you see how quickly the pile of dough stacks up.

Of course, the other side of that high is the trip back to reality – when you realize you sold two recliners and now must replace them with two others – from somewhere.  It’s fun to sit on an orange crate to watch TV – for about a day.  The novelty has worn off and I really need to get myself in gear and get a new chair.

Here’s a chair similar to the one I want:

_35It’s selling on eBay for $300.  I can probably do that.  I’m not sure.  Has anyone heard of the brand POUNDEX?  See…  sometimes if I don’t recognize the brand name, I’m like…  um…  but the price is definitely not bad.  I don’t know – I’ll keep lookin’.  I like to actually sit in a recliner before I buy it – I’m funny that way.

Garage sales are exhausting – but there are rewards to follow.  We just think about the rewards.  Alrighty then…  I’m gonna go soak my feet.  🙂








MATTHEW 11:28 ON 11/28


TL 11-28 MATTHEW 11-28 ON 11-28

Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.   – Matthew 11:28

If there was ever a time when we need to be seeking opportunities to REST, it is this time of year!  Thanksgiving in our rearview mirror, and Christmas around the corner.  Some folks are now officially in STRESS MODE.  What descriptive terms do we see in this verse…?  Weary, burdened.  Does that sound familiar to you?  Do you want rest?  Have you gone to Jesus seeking rest?  Maybe now is the time to let go of everything and hand it to Jesus.

How much luggage do you haul around with you?  Doesn’t it get heavy to carry?  I know a man who will gladly take it and lighten your load.  There’s not a time when you will ever have to take it back either.  Once you give excess stuff to Jesus, you’re done with it.


I love this poem, The Baggage Carrier, by Lucinda Berry Hill.  I don’t understand why it takes us so long to get to the point where we will let Christ take the excess baggage of life – and trade it for the light yoke that He happily gives us.

As we face the busy Christmas rush, may we take a deep breath, keep a good attitude and continue to be grateful to God for His blessings in spite of all that happens.  Christmas will come regardless of whether the family gets everything they wrote on their Christmas list or not.

Let’s be quick to ask God to help us this season.  It’s easy to stress out in a crowd or yell at people who cut in front of you in traffic.  Let’s not lose sight of what this lovely Christmas season is all about, the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

How wonderful would it be if we began our Christmas shopping by letting Christ have our old bags that weigh us down every day?  When we give them to Him, we are lighter and more free to be the sort of person He wants us to be.  I’d say that’s the goal, wouldn’t you?  To God be all the glory – now, go tell someone else this good news!  🙂




I try not to think about the bad days – the sad days – the anniversaries that muster up all sorts of images in my mind that I wish would just go away forever. I can’t help it. For the past 25 years, November 4th has been a dark, sad, gloomy day for me. My father lost his battle with pancreatic cancer on this day 25 years ago. Time does not heal all wounds. I still hurt and expect I probably always will.

This year was better for a couple of reasons. I was busy on vacation so my mind was not able to “dwell” on things. Staying busy is very important at these times. Many people feel the need to get back to work after loss for this very reason. There is something blissful about jumping back into a routine. There is something about regaining some sense of “normalcy” that helps the hurt. Finding your new “normal” is one of the biggest challenges after experiencing loss.

God takes such good care of me emotionally – I just have to praise Him for that! We traveled over 1,200 miles to get back home! We felt exhausted both mentally and physically. Even when you take breaks on a road trip, there is still a certain amount of fatigue associated with vacation – especially the ride home. It takes forever to get home!

We walked in the door and I headed for my favorite chair. I missed that chair! I’m not sure why I was ready to sit down after being in the truck all day, but anyway – there I was! Larry came in with a week’s worth of mail. There were bills – well of course there were bills! Duh! But I spotted something different. There was a manila envelope mixed in with all the others. It was for ME – just ME! I don’t mean to sound immature – but I never get mail! It was not addressed to Mrs. Larry Palmer. It said Linda Palmer. Then I looked at the return address. It was from my friend, Lucinda Berry Hill! Well my spirits lifted immediately!

I whispered a prayer – “Thank You, Lord, for my very good friend Lucinda!” It was Christmas for me. I could not wait to open my gift! Dare I hope that it was… could it be??? It WAS!!! She sent me one of her beautiful napkins with her lovely poem monogrammed on it! I had seen photos of them, but honestly once I saw it for real, it is simply stunning! The best quality available. What a wonderful reminder of the fact that we serve a risen Savior. God is not dead – He is ALIVE! And – He is in control of everything.

Suddenly it dawned on me that my dad is with Jesus. How could I possibly be sad about that? Thank You, Lord, for taking such good care of my dad. Thank You for Your plan of salvation. Thank You for the sacrifice You made for all of us because You love us so much!

If you would like to have one of these beautiful napkins, go to www.lucindaspoetry.webs.com to order. Imagine how stunning they would look at your women’s ministry Christmas function. I can envision these adding just the right finishing touch to a Christmas high tea. In our church we have a Christmas tea and quilt show. How ideal to have Lucinda’s napkins as part of the décor.