humor, Life

Enjoy the Simple Things

A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.      Proverbs 17:22

I am amused pretty easily. It really does not take much. I try to find enjoyment in simple things. Cute road sign. Corny joke. Few years back when my daughter was sick we happened upon a cartoon called Postman Pat. (Not to be confused with movie about him awhile back–haven’t seen it but sounded like they added stuff that took a little away from the wholesomeness of the show.) Anyway, as I shared with my class awhile back when they were teasing a kid who liked a certain cartoon–I am a grown-up who really likes Postman Pat. There is no shame here. Poor guy delivers packages for a living and every possible (ridiculous) thing goes wrong. I enjoy it. Theme song, my “go to” ringtone. (Makes me smile.) Continue reading

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Life

You Can Do It The Hard Way

“You can do it the hard way. You go right ahead and do it the hard way. Sure.”

Those words were said to me awhile back in reference to my struggle against some things that God is doing in my life. They came from a gal I love dearly. I’m involved in a Women’s Group at church. We aren’t your typical “My life is perfect, I’m the perfect Christian lady, but would you look at her…” (eyebrows raised) group either. We’re more the “So, I’m a mess…and by the way, God’s way sure seems to suck right now, pass me some of that licorice” kind of group. Kleenex box pretty much has my name on it…although it does get passed around a bit. We are all different, with distinct personalities, a nice blend of different seasons of life, and varying opinions on any given topic. And yet, God has woven our hearts together in an incredible way that only He is capable of doing. I love each one of them with a fierce and loyal love, and I’m convinced they feel the same. It is a safe place to love God and live real life together (with all of its struggles and heartache). We pray for each other. We laugh. We cry. We love enough to speak truth to one another. I think Jesus’ words in John 13:34-35 have pretty much become reality in our group. I’m blessed beyond words to have them. Continue reading

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Resolve

Calling upon my God

I get David. I get how one minute he is out there trusting God to take down a giant, and the next struggling with some pretty serious stuff. I get his pain and brokenness over his sin. I get his cries of desperation to God. I get his yearning for God’s presence. I get him calling his soul into submission when it was disturbed and beaten. I get his worshipping with ALL his might. I get his trust when all seemed hopeless. And, I get his struggle to trust when all seemed hopeless. I find such comfort and hope in the many real and raw things he said and sang. Continue reading

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Life

Pedestals

Pedestals. Why do we put people up on them? And when people put us up on one, why do we think we need to maintain our balance up there? And start acting a certain way? And fake it when we realize we can’t? My thinking is—let’s stop! We need to figure out how to respect and admire others without the use of a pedestal. Continue reading

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humor, Trust

There are bugs and then there are BUGS!

Last year the management at our apartment posted notice that they were going to inspect for bed bugs. Before I get into all that, let me go back several months prior to that, right after we moved in. There was a notice outside our door that, in accordance with their ongoing commitment to providing us with a bug-free environment, they were going to come spray for any pesky insects the very next day. I remember it clearly. Our first week here, the exterminators knock and come in. Ask if we’ve noticed any bugs around. “No, but we just moved in.” They sprayed and asked again. Now, I’m starting to wonder, “Is there a bug problem here? Did we pick the wrong place?” Turns out that the apartment management very kindly has a company come in every three months or so to keep our apartments bug free. (And it works!) Continue reading

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