Thursday, July 24, 2014

One Strike and You're Out(?)

"If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal...   And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love."  ...  1 Corinthians 13:1,13


I view each day as special, almost holiday-like, but here around my blog, tomorrow will be extra-special and will even include a gift card giveaway(!)

Stay tuned ...


See the above photo? I bought the little shelf at Salvation Army, spray-painted it (though what I really wanted was a more mustard color like the curtains, but couldn't find that) and bought the Fiestaware cups from Ebay.

And speaking of Ebay, a friend bought something, but when it arrived, it wasn't the brand that had been advertised. So she asked us at Facebook what she should do because both Ebay and the seller refused to pay the return shipping cost.

What surprised me? The number of women who told her they had a bad experience at Ebay, they never shop there anymore, choosing to buy from Amazon instead. They encouraged my friend to do the same.

Good gracious. Talk about throwing out babies with bath water! To me, it sounded like just one more example of how we've become a "one strike and you're out society." You know:

"You hurt me last week and you're not my friend anymore."
"I forgave you once, but I refuse to do it again."
"Show mercy? Not after what you said to me."
"I never thought you'd do that. I'm outta here."

Yep, comment after comment recommended my friend buy from Amazon, instead, but hey! Can you even buy vintage, used items there? Besides, books, that is? What if you want something only Ebay sells?

And get this: in the last 12 years I've never had a problem with Ebay, but 3 times I've filed claims for items which did not arrive through Amazon.

Gasp! Yes, the perfect, much recommended Amazon. (I still shop there.)

Why is it so hard to remember that nothing on Earth is perfect? Nothing and no person will every be 100 percent perfection. And personally? I believe God planned it that way so that we'd only seek Him for the kind of perfection our souls crave and so we'd remember that our Perfect Home can never be here.

I think that's also why He told us Love is the most important thing, because oh my ... do we ever need to walk in it. We need the kind of love which helps us to forgive "seventy times seven", to show new-every-morning-mercy toward others (especially if we wish to receive it, ourselves), to understand why people do what they do and to give them more than just one measly strike before they're out, forever.

Love. The most needed and the best and highest choice down here upon this oh-so-imperfect world.


I also painted Tom's side table, red. Finally.


Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful ..."   1 Corinthians 13:4,5

1 John 4:7-8 ...  Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God.  Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.


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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Are We Awake Yet?

"For anything that becomes visible is light. Therefore it says, “Awake, oh sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.”   ... Ephesians 5:14


I enjoy watching tv with God. I do that all the time, sit beside Him on the red couch and feel very loved. Another reason I like it? Sometimes He has me push the pause button, consider what my eyes saw and take it a bit further. "What did you learn?" He asks. " Did you notice  _____? Was there a valuable lesson for your daily life? Your blog?"

Yes, that really happens.

Anyway, after watching the X Files episode, Field Trip, (via Netflix ... major spoilers ahead) my brain absolutely swirled. The 'stay awake Bible verses' exploded into little plumes inside my head, you know, like this one:

"But stay awake at all times, praying that you may have strength to escape all these things that are going to take place, and to stand before the Son of Man.”   ...  Luke 21:36

... because, through most of the episode, Mulder and Scully only thought they were awake. They kept returning to their 'normal' lives where things seemed very right and real.  But in reality? Both stood trapped inside a cave, in darkness, having hallucinations, dreams. And worse? Slowly they were being eaten by a plant's digestive juices.

Ever so slowly they were being duped into thinking all was well! That they'd returned home to Washington D.C., solved the case, even, when really, everything they believed was wrong and they were dying.

Eventually they are yanked-up from the ground, by their hands,  into the light of day. And see the truth.

My, my, my.

May I stay awake, living in actual truth, not the supposed kind (sleepy, religious-sounding lies), and making the most of all the strength and joy and peace of mind in hard times that God provides to those who love and obey Him and His word.

May I not arrive at the end of my life being more often stubborn than open, so wrong and in the dark, clueless, yet believing I'd been awake and dancing in the light all the while.


"Therefore, stay awake, for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming."   ... Matthew 24:42

"See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ."   ... Colossians 2:8

"They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. For this reason God sends them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie."   ... 2 Thessalonians 2:10:11

There are hundreds of ways to learn and be ministered to and may we never criticize another person's method just because it doesn't match our own.


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Homecoming: A Novel

The Pastor's Heart

100 Easy Camping Recipes

The Places We've Been

Love to Write?


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Monday, July 21, 2014

Extreme This and That

More grocery encouragement, just a sampling from some recent purchases:

2 Butterball turkey bacon:  Free
2 Seafood Snackers:  Free
Ajax dish liquid:  Free
Goya seasoning:  .29 cents
10 Starkist tuna packets:  .30 cents each (I get two sandwiches from each, not just one)
4 Barbeque sauce:  .50 cents each
2 Natural Bliss creamer:  .50 cents each (I usually make my own, but for .50 cents I'll splurge on Natural Bliss.)
4 Kraft salad dressing:  .50 cents each
6 Chicken of the Sea tuna cans:  .50 cents each
2 Reynolds heavy duty foil:  .50 cents each (2 others not shown)
Peter Pan peanut butter:  1.25

Lots of great items for my stockpile so that I can shop from that when I need something, rather than running to the store and paying full price.

My best advice remains the same: find a couple of local coupon bloggers who will match-up coupons and sales at your supermarket for you. They'll even provide links to the best coupons!

Remember--we can complain about how ridiculous grocery prices are or we can do what it takes to keep paying very low prices. 

Or as Joyce Meyer likes to say:  "We can be pitiful or powerful, but we can't be both!"  

Amen to that. 


After my post on saving money, my buddy, Susan, asked questions about how I cut my hair. Well, I've been cutting/trimming my hair since I was a teenager (with maybe just 4 salon visits since) so I've never considered it a big, I-should-be-nervous deal. Instead, I've chosen to think about all the thousands of dollars I've saved over the past 40 years. 

Of course, I've read the articles which declare you should NEVER cut your own hair, but you know who writes those, right? Anyone who profits from the hair salon industry.

I ignore them. I mean, that's like saying, "Never leave your comfort zone! Never try something new. Never take a chance, a plunge, a risk."

Mostly I've always given myself easy blunt cuts. I just place a paper bag over the bathroom sink, divide my hair in half from a back part and start snipping away. And I don't allow fear to paralyze me from making the first cut.

Does it come out amazing, like I paid $300 to have it done? No way. But then, to me, hair is just hair and the world never ends if it's not perfect. Also, it grows back if you make a mistake.

(And yes, I realize not everyone can cut their hair, nor wants to and some women would rather die than cut their own hair. This post is not for those people. heh.)

Want some better directions and info.? You can start here. (What did we ever do before the Internet?)  


Aww ... this was inspiring:

105-year-old Oldest to Throw Out First Pitch


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Where's My Son?

A Horse Called September

Alkaline Foods

A Well-Worn Path


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