Saturday, March 06, 2021

Where She Hates Being Told What To Do



"It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery."   --- Galations 5:1


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So here's what I shared at Facebook:


Yesterday after I opened the mail, I took this to Tom, looked side to side then whispered, "Shhh... My evil contraband arrived. It's one of the banned books! Shhh...." We both laughed.
Bought it last week for a whopping $4.50 at Ebay. Checked there today and they're all $20 to $25,000. (Give me a break, People.)


Do you know what's wild? The cloak of darkness over people's eyes.

A couple (pleasant) Facebook pages celebrated Dr. Seuss' birthday and his stories and while reading down the (many) comments, I agreed with those ridiculing the banning of six of his books. But other commenters insisted, "It's not censorship." Over and over, "It's not censorship."

Oh really? Here's the first definition of censorship I spied online:

Censorship: the suppression or prohibition of any parts of books, films, news, etc. that are considered obscene, politically unacceptable, or a threat to security.

Dr. Seuss' own company stopped printing six of his books. I can no longer walk into a book store and buy them either at all or for a sane price nor (most likely) find them in libraries. They've been pulled, culled, deemed racist and not fit for me to read.

My right to decide and think for myself was snatched away. How is that not censorship?

2020 was a shocking year, yet what's shocked me most? The way tons of folks haven't minded being told how to live. What to do, to think. The way mature adults became afraid and appreciated being guided like 6-year-olds at a new school!

Frankly, it makes me sick. There, I said it.

This nearly 62-year-old lady has lived on this planet long enough to recognize censorship. Tyranny. Loss of freedom. Lies. Confinement. Cheating. Communism. Evil.

And will you find me hiding in my house waiting for the corruption to simply go away? No. Will I just say, "God's in control," put everything off on Him and then do nothing to push back darkness or expose it (Ephesians 5:11)? No again.

Instead, I'll continue doing what God asks of me to remind people He created them to be free--

--and to show them how to discover true, led-by-the-Spirit freedom found only in Him, the freedom Jesus died to give all of us even during our temporary stay upon Earth.





And no, this post is not just about Dr. Seuss. If that's all you gleaned, please reread it while asking for additional clarity.

"As for you, the anointing you received from him remains in you, and you do not need anyone to teach you. But as his anointing teaches you about all things and as that anointing is real, not counterfeit--just as it has taught you, remain in him."   --- 1 John 2:27

It's (past) time to begin acting like the grown-ups we are.





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Now, here are some folks who didn't put all responsibility upon God. They took Jesus seriously when He told us to go, teach, give, visit, heal, love, preach, pray, serve, work, sow, share, clothe, learn, feed, encourage, etc.







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Don't you love it when you open your egg carton and you see a Bible verse? I do.





See these?



Guess who finally ordered a couple from Etsy near Winter's end? Yep, me. The grey and blue ones. Love their warmth!  I just might need to order two more. 









Please remember: My posts are ALWAYS about more than they appear to be. 

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 "For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses." ... Matthew 6:14,15

Tuesday, March 02, 2021

My Shortest Post, Ever (Yet It May Change Your Life)



"And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony."   Colossians 3:14



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What if instead of often thinking, "I wish more people would help me," we said, "I wish I would help more people,"?

What if ?




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Yes! What impossible things are you open to God doing through you?

"Your fingerprints will never fade from the lives you touch. Therefore, be on the lookout for someone that needs to be inspired and encouraged, then use your strength, hope, joy, and love to help them! Every act of kindness to others is an act of kindness to Christ."   ---Justus Ondieki



Oh, and this is Read Across America Day in schools, but Dr. Seuss (March 2nd is his birthday), has been officially canceled by Biden and other  (brain-washed) liberals. 

When I read about this days ago, I immediately went to Ebay and bought Dr. Seuss books then purchased another one today. So there! And I'll continue to fight in this way (and others) whenever I see injustice and stupidity-shared-as-truth.

No, you leftists will not rule me. I will keep making the same choices I've always made. I will keep ignoring you.





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Movies which blessed Tom and me this past weekend:







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"Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins."   ---1 Peter 4:8


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Please remember: My posts are ALWAYS about more than they appear to be. 

 *** "For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses." ... Matthew 6:14,15

Friday, February 26, 2021

Where She Sat In a Snowbank Reading a Book (Sorta)



As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God's varied grace..."   --- 1 Peter 4:10


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So there I was snuggled beneath our couch blanket Tuesday afternoon. Watching Youtube. Again. As usual. Yawn.

Then uh-oh. That dreaded 'this feels eternal' awareness struck. The taunting one that whispers, "Life will always, in some way, reflect the isolation of corona madness. Face it, you're stuck."

Anyone else ever felt that? 

Like you're slithering, disappearing, beneath the rut you've created? It's especially bad when you've told people via your blog to never go there. Cough. Cough. シ

Well, after rolling my eyes, I visited that young guy (on Youtube) who bought a ghost town up on a California mountain. I'd not checked-in on him in ages, in fact, I hoped he was still alive (eegads, it's dangerous up there).

First I watched his video here. Then one there. Wow, I sat up straighter, eyes wider, for I felt challenged and inspired. Grateful, also, especially for Tom's and my adventures of our younger years which--had we waited--would've been too late if attempted now. (The farm adventure, anyone?)  

The best words Ghost Town Guy spoke --

"This month more than any other in my life, I feel like me again... This whole month I've felt a comfort and ease of 'this is who I am.' I haven't always felt like that."

Oh, how this lady needed to hear that!

His spoken words proved such a reminder. May we all finally realize the vital-ness of sharing ourselves, our gifts, with others. God so wants to use us, our experiences, our words, especially during these times the Earth 'slips off its axis' and people struggle with unknowns.

Anyway, right there I climbed out of my rut! Determined to change things up, to reclaim much of my pre-corona-madness life.

And that's why yesterday while in my long black wool coat, I sat upon our driveway, reading a book. In just 34 degrees. Surrounded by snow on the ground, but feeling warm because the winter sun glowed upon the cement and the white garage door. No gloves, even--they remained in my pocket. 

I sat there quite awhile. Read my 1930 book and gazed up, all around at houses and snow and held a reunion with quirky me.

Oooo, memory-making afternoon moments.

This our-Country-is-royally-messed-up time? It needs you. Desperately. There's a reason God has each of us here at this moment: when we fulfill His divine purpose, much darkness is pushed back. People come away encouraged, lifted-up and inspired to help others.

All this happens when we are exactly who God made us to be. 

And these rough days while much is being stolen from us, please don't let anyone snatch the real you away, ok?






"And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him."   ---Colossians 3:17


"Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change."   --- James 1:17


If I'm in a rut? It's my own fault. Always. And only I can fix it, shake things up a bit.

 

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This February? The sunniest I remember here, ever. That's the good news, but the bad is that clear skies mean colder days and colder days mean the ice and snow take longer to melt.

In fact, I've walked over to the cafe only twice this month! Icy sidewalks and streets plus a lady who's not getting any younger, well, they spell trouble. 

But I did make it there this morning and oh! I keep forgetting to tell you that Amy often leaves notes at Facebook saying she's run out of scones or muffins. Her business appears to still be doing terrific. 

A true answer to prayer.


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And as I wrote at Facebook--

These tracks (beside our house) kinda freaked me out. It's like a large animal jumped at least four feet, paused, then jumped four feet again. Then again. Wow.






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Oh! My sister (hi, Corrine!) recommended the best movie. It's called The Map of Tiny Perfect Things.

Wow. Both Tom and I found this perfect, inspiring, even. Only around 3 'naughty words', but I can't recall a single other problematic thing.

Delightful. Just simply delightful.



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"Your uniqueness matters... God wants the real you... God has designed each of us uniquely and purposefully because He wants a relationship with us exactly the way we are. "  -- Joyce Meyer


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Please remember: My posts are ALWAYS about more than they appear to be. 

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 "For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses." ... Matthew 6:14,15