Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Okay. So I Cried When Sue Graduated.

"Anxiety in a man's heart weighs him down, but a good word makes him glad." ...Proverbs 12:25


Tom and I felt a bit like the writers and actors of The Middle were 'phoning it in' during Season 6, so we hadn't watched much lately. (Though I hate to criticize...)

But finally we saw the season finale, you know, where Sue graduated from high school and wow. If I'd watched it alone, I'd have positively sobbed all over my favorite spot on the couch.

(Major, major spoilers ahead.)

See, for Sue Heck, this was supposed to be The Year of Sue, but not much went her way. For Sue, not much ever does, but still she perseveres, believing next time, things will be better. 

That's why we love her. Sue's so darn resilient that, even if she turns a tad morose, it's for moments--not months like with some of us. Er hem.

Her photo finally appeared in the yearbook, but alas, another person's name was beneath it. Sue's face was barely identifiable in a couple other pictures. Then her yearbook became lost(!) and Sue spent much of the episode asking others if they'd seen it.

Terribly discouraged, Sue's parents had to literally drag her to graduation and there she sat in cap and gown amongst her classmates, defeated and yearbook-less.

Then suddenly from rows behind her, Sue's yearbook gets passed up to her and she's thrilled to simply have it back. She opens it and oh my! It's filled with signatures. Person after person wrote things like, "Sue--Just seeing your smile in the hall each day encouraged me." And, "You always inspired me to never quit." "I'll never forget the way you kept going no matter who tried to stop you."

Oh. My. Goodness. Immediately Sue became her happy, glowing, Sue self and I became a tearful mess.

How often do so many of us just keep marching on, doing what we're called by God to do, wondering if we're truly helping others? If we're doing it right? How many times do we remind ourselves during the Silent Weeks that God appreciates our hours and hard work--and that should be enough? Then lecture ourselves if we feel a bit of encouragement from people would be nice, also, but to ask for it would sound too weird, like we're the needy whiner type?

Anyway. I wasn't surprised to see over at IMDB (and here) that that scene touched folks deeply, given we all have a need for appreciation. And I'm glad it reminded me to faithfully, daily, express my appreciation to others marching along beside me. 

You just never know when a kind, timely word will change everything.


"And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works..."   ... Hebrews 10:24

"Therefore encourage one another and build one another up..."   ... 1 Thessalonians 5:11

The Year of Sue Ends As It Began--Heartwarming As Heck


Uh-oh! Now I want to live on a houseboat.  :)


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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Your Heart. What Are You Gonna Do With It?

"Above all else, guard your heart, for it determines the course of your life."...Proverbs 4:23


So! Naomi arrived home on Friday evening for a 2-week visit (so the house is relatively clean), Italian vegetable beef soup is already in the crockpot this morning, the open areas around the air-conditioners have been 'sealed' (oh, the flies lately all over our picture windows!), the dishwasher is chugging away and my outdoor plants are watered because of all our crazy June rain. 

All is right (mostly) with my world.

Yet the carnal outside world! Oh dear--that's worse and more sneakily deceptive than ever.

But you know? I've decided to guard my heart from all that. To pay attention to what's happening, yes, but to not soak my heart (and head) in The News. I'd rather choose to soak in the presence of God where there is fullness of joy, the kind that doesn't shrink into a tiny ball if people everywhere are acting cluelessly/badly/like godless meanies.

Someone has to' keep their head while others are losing theirs', right? Especially in the troublesome days ahead when, more than ever, wisdom and love will be our saving graces...

...and God will still know what He's doing, even though others insist that He doesn't.


“For I the Lord do not change..."  ... Malachi 3:6

“Blessed are you when people hate you and when they exclude you and revile you and spurn your name as evil, on account of the Son of Man ...." (who said of others) ... “You are those who justify yourselves before men, but God knows your hearts. For what is exalted among men is an abomination in the sight of God."    ...   Luke 6:22, Luke 16:15

"You will keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on You because he trusts in You."   ...Isaiah 26:3


I've been meaning (and meaning!) to tell you I'm considering trying this:

Little Free Library

If anything would be a more perfect fit for ol' Debra, I don't know what it could be. What an opportunity to provide a bit more light in my tiny corner of the world.

Anyone else want to consider doing this, as well, in your own yard? Have any of you already set one up?


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Saturday, June 27, 2015

Go Here Instead---If You Dare

"Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits."   ... Proverbs 18:21


My very good friend, Anne, wrote a truly inspired blog post which, ok, some of you, uh, might hate. (But oh well.) Others of you won't know quite what to think, while others will, as I do, just plain love it.

So because I have nothing better to say today, I hope you'll zip over to Anne's and read what I would have said if only I had the courage, especially the part about Mrs. Obama, because oh my goodness... many's the time I've gone all bug-eyed livid when Christians (especially) criticize her so cruelly. 

Oh, the prices we unknowingly pay when we speak such words. The bad days, the bad headaches, the bad lives--for by our words we will be justified, by our words we'll be condemned (Matthew 12:37).

But don't get me started. Just go read Anne. If you dare.


"Whoever would love life and see good days must keep their tongue from evil and their lips from deceitful speech." ... 1 Peter 3:10

“But I say to you who hear, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you."   ... Luke 6:27-29


And to reinforce Anne's noticing grace all around her? Here's more proof that Grace is alive and well on Planet Earth. That not everyone is out to ruin The Good Old Days.


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