Friday, October 31, 2014

So ...this happened...

...in 1960 two little girls dressed up in flannel angel costumes, which their smart mother had purchased for them.  Smart because this garb doubled as Halloween costumes and warm nightgowns throughout the winter months.

On Halloween the two little girls, one six, one nearly three donned their angel gowns. However, their mother did not take them trick or treating for she was too busy.  Instead of going trick or treating with her daughters she went to the hospital to have another girl.

The six year old and the almost three year old went trick or treating with their dad.  Rather than saying 'trick or treat' to their neighbors, they said, 'we have a baby sister!'.

I remember that night well.  Best Halloween ever.  Happy birthday lil sis!

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So this happened......


                           


Overnight.

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So this happened.......

I have blogged every day in October.  Personal challenge met.  I'll be taking the weekend off, but plan to continue blogging 5-6 days a week.  

I think.



                           

Another 3-4 hours of work and I should have this, my 8th stocking, finished.


Thursday, October 30, 2014

Time


      


Another interesting day at the Needs ministry pantry yesterday.  Oh, the stories I could tell you!

But in the interest of confidentiality, I won't share.  Suffice it to say there are many broken, hurting people.  So we pray, we encourage, we provide clothing and toiletries for free; coffee and baked goods and a listening ear.  One lonely gentleman stayed for almost three hours.

One thing we don't provide?  Bail money.  Yup.  Somebody called our director and asked to be bailed out of jail.

One thing I have been pondering as I read and re-read John 2, is Jesus' lack of limitation by time.  He changed water to wine, a process that takes months ordinarily, in an instant.  

But people are messy.  Christ can change a life in an instant but then there is a process of growth.  Breaking old habits.  Making good choices.  Dealing with the consequences of prior decisions.  That takes time.

The One who turned water to wine sees our messiness.  He forgives and redeems.  In an instant.  Then, we need to be willing to spend the time it takes to turn from the past and embrace our new life in Christ.

And the reward?  

Eternity with Him.  Talk about rising above the limitations of time!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

What she said

         




We are slowly making our way through the book of John in our ladies' Bible study.  Slowly, as in after over a month of studying together we have progressed all the way to chapter 2.

But that is okay.  There is much to savor, ponder, reflect upon in John (I say that about whatever particular book of the Bible I may be studying).

These words, by Mary, mother of Jesus, stopped me today:

His mother said to the servants, "Do whatever He tells you."

And you know what?  They did.

And they were privileged to not only witness, but be part of Jesus' first recorded earthly miracle.

The changing of water to wine.  And not just a little bit of water into a little bit of wine.  He changed somewhere in the neighborhood of 120-180 gallons into wine.

And not just any kind of wine, but the best wine.  When folks were too inebriated to care.  Still, only the best.

Mary's words echo in my head.   "Do whatever He tells you."

Even if it is inconvenient or awkward or doesn't make sense?

Yup.

You may just witness a change.  Maybe not water to wine, but perhaps a changed life or a changed circumstance or a change of heart.  

Or a changed attitude.  Maybe even your attitude (or mine).

 "Do whatever He tells you."


Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Powerless

Scheduled power outage this morning.  We've assembled flashlights and lanterns, filled water containers and moved the car out of the garage.  Devices are all charged.

Go ahead and throw the switch, guys!  We are ready!


Monday, October 27, 2014

Unafraid



I heard the familiar crunch of leaves as I swept out the garage. I looked up and saw a fawn staring at me.  

She stared at me, cautiously.  I contined my chore, thinking she would lose interest and leave.

She didn't.  She actually followed me around the yard.  She kept her distance, but watched me - no longer cautiously, but curiously.

I went in the house and came out with the end slices from a tomato.  I tossed one toward her.  She flinched, but didn't bolt.

She nuzzled through the fallen leaves, found the slice and munched on it ; now looking at me boldly.

I tossed the other slice her way and she gobbled that one down as well.  She eventually sauntered off, unafraid.

It is pretty amazing when you have a close encounter with a wild animal.  I hope she does eventually develop a healthy fear mechanism for her own safety.

But as she lingered near me, sometimes as close as 10 feet, she seemed very comfortable.

She made me think of the command issued multiple times in Scripture: "Fear not!"  

Fear can be paralyzing, but when you walk with your Heavenly Father, who loves you with an everlasting love, there is no place for fear.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Sabbath rest

       

Mom often quoted Psalm 122:1, "I was glad when the said unto me: let us go to the house of the LORD."

Sunday has always been a day set apart.  For church, for quiet, for rest.  When the kids were little I would start on Saturday night making sure that all the clothes were clean and laid out, Sunday school lessons ready, Bibles accessible.  This minimized Sunday morning craziness (note: I did not say it eliminated it).

With an empty nest, the pace is very different, but we still need to set this day aside for worship and fellowship.

We are not legalistic about this, although we generally avoid shopping or eating out on Sundays we will do either if circumstances dictate.

And setting the Sabbath apart doesn't mean it is not busy.  Today I am teaching children's church and bringing food for the potluck after church.  It is Pastor appreciation today and we certainly do appreciate them!  (Especially, but not exclusively the ones we raised.)

So. Take time today.  Stop the regular frantic pace of life.  Go to church.  Worship, fellowship.  Relax and enjoy this special day GOD has given you.

You'll be glad you did.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

A walk in the woods






Yesterday was gorgeous.  Too nice to stay in the house, so I went for a walk in the woods.

But I didn't trespass.
                              can you see the pileated woodpecker?






Get outside and enjoy the great outdoors!  Winter is coming......