Monday, January 23, 2017

Well, My Saturday Was Different

"But you, Lord, are a shield around me, my glory, the One who lifts my head high."   ... Psalm 3:3


My winter Saturday afternoon? I brought my wicker chair down from the front porch onto our sidewalk where sunshine splashed upon it. Then, before I sat down to read, I searched our yard in our remarkable 60 degrees for fallen branches which I tossed away.

Then, picking up my copy of Blandings' Way (the sequel to the movie I'd recently re-watched for the 15th time), I alternately read, lifted my face to the sun and thanked God with all my heart for His goodness toward me.

What a rare gift on a Buffalo January day! When I later stepped back into the kitchen I told Tom, "That warm, sunny hour outside certainly did this body some good."

But of course, meanwhile in Washington D.C. (and elsewhere), women screamed and ranted and said they marched and spoke for all women.

Well Honey, no thank-you! 

You were not marching nor speaking for me, nor representing my personal spirit. Heaven forbid! I choose, instead, to speak for myself and allow God to defend me when the need arises. (No one tops Him at that. No one.)

So there you go.

"From the Lord comes deliverance. May your blessing be on your people."   ... Psalm 3:8


Speaking of Blandings' Way, here's something I shared with Tom from it. He said he'll have to try this. heh.  

(Mrs. Blandings was dropping off her husband at the train station so he could ride to work.)  ---

"The heavy mountain locomotive rushed in, dragging with it five noisome cars and an intolerable breeze of newspaper scraps, dead leaves and stinging dust.

"G'bye," Mr. Blandings shouted. He kissed his wife's cheek and could not hear some injunction she was shouting at him.

"I'll try to," he bellowed. Years of marriage had revealed this as a response that rarely went wrong."

Ha! Don't you love that? (This isn't the best book I've ever read--and there's occasional 'language'-- but there are some delightful passages.)


Back in 2004 I watched the second Growing Pains reunion movie and, instantly, regretted not video-taping it. The first reunion movie had disappointed me, but not this one! 

I recall thinking, "Man. This is the kind of tv movie which never gets put on DVD. If I see it again, it'll be a miracle." Sometimes I tried to believe I'd re-watch this movie someday. It was hard, though.

Well, 13 years later (13 years!) the miracle happened. 

I bought the recently-made DVD of Return of the Seavers and Tom and I watched it over the weekend. Oh, how sweet was the viewing.

It's good for us to wait for things. To not always receive them instantly, learning, instead, to wait really well, patiently and full of hope.

Never, ever give-up! (Well, unless God tells you,"Move on, already! I'm finished with that area and you should be, too.")   :)


Sunday, January 22, 2017

Oops! Your Fence Fell Down.

"Though one may be overpowered,
    two can defend themselves.
A cord of three strands is not quickly broken."  ... Ecclesiastes 4:12


Well, you can't say 2017 isn't interesting, anyway!

I found the inauguration, awesome. I cheered a lot, especially over the Bible verses, prayers and mentions of Jesus, and Daniel would look up as if to say, "What? What's so exciting? I don't get it."

And like Daniel The Cat, lots of people don't get it, either. We really do, I believe, live in two different America's (as I heard on the news this early morning). 

Since 2004 I've shared tons of posts warning us all to prepare for spiritual battles ahead, to keep our armor on, to spend time with God getting to know Him and His ways. The preparation, I've said, will someday matter Big Time. 

Now, is one of those times.  

No, really. We're being asked (I feel) to take a stand for our basic beliefs--stands which will cause us (more) lost friendships in the weeks ahead. To which I say--oh well! 

See, in my 12 years of blogging, I've lost friends because of my words here, words I used to hide in social settings. And today (I'm thinking) the days have died when we could easily step silently upon a fence. We're now at the threshold of Boldness Required Days, with all fences tipped over, left or right.

Yet can I tell you something? Be not afraid. With each friend I've lost via blogging, God's introduced me to one (or two) new friends who, in turn, help me stand stronger than the gone-away-ones ever did. 

And united we stand, after all. 

Especially when we stand with that 'third cord' who binds us together and makes us invincible as we walk-out what His Word so clearly states.

And He'll never leave us alone.

"  ... then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve  ...  But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord."   ... Joshua 24:15


You are only going to be as good as the people you surround yourself with. So be brave enough to let go of those who keep weighing you down."      --Unknown

"Be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might."   ... Ephesians 6:10


I'm feeling all new-year-and-new-purpose-ish, so something's gotta change with my out-of-date blogroll. 

Too many blogs over there  ------->  

.... haven't been updated in months or no longer speak good, relevant things to me.

So, well, it's snip, snip, snip time.  And I'm going to probably hurt some feelings. (Hate that.)

But you know? Grace is always lively and pertinent and I wish to keep my blogroll the same. 

So please, if you have plans to return to blogging, let me know. I'll keep you there for now-- I'm all about giving people a chance to do and become better! (Hint, hint re: our present administration, also.)

And do you have terrific blogs to recommend? Please leave links to them in my comment box or at Facebook. I'm always excited to find uplifting blogs!

We all need each other's stories, as well, in these turbulent times.


"Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, ..."   ... Ephesians 6:10-18


And no. What we're seeing today is not just about politics. It's about more. Far, far more.


Thursday, January 19, 2017

The Inauguration Tomorrow (And All The Other Tomorrows)

"There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love."   ... 1 John 4:18


After watching news reports about possible inauguration violence, I glanced over and told Tom, "I'll be glad when Friday is over." But whenever I say, "I'll be glad when ...", always I hear Joyce Meyer's voice saying, "Instead, why don't you just be glad now?"

Love that. Would rather choose that.

Frankly? I've felt bad for my Christian friends who nearly lost their minds after Hillary lost the election. And super-frankly? Some of the rabid chatter--on both sides--made my eyes nearly pop.

Some Bible verses become incredibly-relevant at certain historical times and here's one of them, I believe, for this moment:

"Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it."  ... Proverbs 4:23

Oh, baby. Please, please guard that heart of yours in all the tomorrows ahead. Never forget that--

God has a huge, specific plan for our Country. For you, also.

God provides for His kids who love Him and trust Him to do so.

No man can close a door God, Himself, has opened.

In hundreds of verses, God tells us,"Stop fearing stuff!" (Debra's paraphrase). And personally, I believe it hurts His feelings when we skip courage and choose chicken.

God said He's overcome this world and given us peace, instead, which was meant to cheer our hearts. (So cheer-up, already!)

And how much more to list! These truths aren't just Bible verses to me--they became my life decades ago. They've never disappointed me. God has never disappointed me.

In fact, they've set me upon a solid foundation which--good gracious! Certainly will not crumble (or make Truth, untrue) because of an incoming political administration.

The God I serve is far mightier than anything this world could ever toss my way. Ever.


"Oh come, let us sing to the Lord; let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation! Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise! For the Lord is a great God, and a great King above all gods. In his hand are the depths of the earth; the heights of the mountains are his also. The sea is his, for he made it, and his hands formed the dry land. ..."   ... Psalm 95:1-11


"I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”   ... John 16:33


And yes, believe me, I've been praying about tomorrow's inauguration and all the tomorrows afterward for President Trump and his people.

And will continue to do so------!

"In the Lord's hand the king's heart is a stream of water that he channels toward all who please him."   ... Proverbs 21:1