Friday, March 16, 2018


All physically fit folks know that there is good fat and bad fat. They ignore bad "fatty" foods.
Even dieters know about good fat but sometimes we tend to disregard it when we smell the aroma of fried foods.

Here's some "fat" to chew on this Friday.
ENVY is a bad fat. Many women and men feed themselves with this sin. (Proverbs 6:16-19)
It seems to be deeply ingrained in human nature. 

ENVY eats nothing but its own heart. (German proverb)

FAT as used by Billy Graham's son, Nelson, at his father's funeral was "fat" of the good variety.
"My father was F-A-T. He was Faithful, he was Available and he was Teachable.....may we all be that way.

Consider the "fats" in your diet! 
I'm just sayin' or maybe I'm singin' to the food choir!

Wednesday, March 14, 2018


So much to consider! Considering "consider" verses that is.

According to online King James Bible Dictionary, the transitive verb consider is used 67 times. 
Impressive for My One Word for 2018.  

The first time consider is used in God's word is in Exodus (after Israelites left Egypt) and the last time is in Hebrews (after Jesus' resurrection). 

Now therefore, I pray you, if I have found grace in your sight, show me now your way, that I may know you, that I may find grace in your sight: and consider that this nation (Israel) is your people. (Exodus 33:13, KJV)
For consider Him that endured such contradiction (hostility & opposition)of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds. (Hebrews 12:3)

Those two verses alone are enough to have me change to the noun form with an er suffix and become a "considerer" of these 2 verses today.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018


"Physician heal thyself." A common Adage. What about, "Teacher, teach thyself?" Even the tough lessons. Suffering can be a hard lesson to swallow and to teach.
Benjamin Franklin is the one noted for saying, "nothing in life is certain but death and taxes." 
I would add suffering. I assume the teachable truth here is acceptance and preparation.
Suffering is a "given."
All suffer. Overtly or hidden. 
Everyone I know has suffered in one way or another. 
Yesterday while meditating on Psalm 107: 17-22, notes from a 2017 Taylor Park sermon and a 2014 blog entry fueled my thinking on suffering. 

**Will  finish my pondering and share final thoughts after my time withOwen.

Friday, March 9, 2018


Pansy Pot. A neighborly gift.
The best part is my "green thumb" neighbor's understanding of my deficiency in this area.
Master Gardener extraordinaire. She believes in "helping," not shaming, the less inclined.
So....when the temps were due to drop, I got a text that it would be okay to take them in out of the elements, even hard rains. When the deadheading was needed, I received the info on the best place for pinching. Now that's a good neighbor.
Pansies for the Patio. A right neighborly gift for sure.
Growing up in a small town, Daddy had a way of recognizing those on our block who were "right neighborly." In fact, he's the originator of the term for me. Christine and Pappy, who love me as a grand daughter, were "RIGHT NEIGHBORLY in all caps! (Galatians 5:14)
Daddy also spoke of "old" Dr. Dade being "right neighborly." I suppose sometimes it's more difficult for the elderly to be "right neighborly" when a 6 year old girl picks, without permission, their beautiful King Alfred daffodils because she wanted to give them to her mother who had always admired them. Being said little girl, I was required by Daddy to "march" right over to the Dades' home and apologize, that was more than the neighborly thing to do, it was the right thing to do. (Exodus 20:5)

Dragging my feet, literally, and pleading "right" motives was not an acceptable excuse.
I marched. (Matthew 19:19)

Dr. Dade accepted my apology and said the right thing to do would be to let him know when I needed flowers for my mother and he would help me choose the right ones from his yard. (Romans 13:8)

That was above and beyond being right neighborly!

Wednesday, March 7, 2018


Tendance is a word in and of itself. Who knew? Not I.
At least not until this morning.
 Here's what I found---
n. - The act of attending or waiting; attendance. 2
n. - Persons in attendance; attendants.
Waiting jumped off the page and into my psyche. Visions of a "waiting room" loomed.
No one was dancing for sure as waiting is difficult even if it's God's waiting room. For us, this week has had people "waiting" with us. Prayerfully in "attendance" from coast to coast and across the "big pond, " they call and text and encourage.
Sarah Young's reminder in Jesus Always March 4 entry was so timely!!!
  • Blessed are his who wait for the Lord. (Isaiah 30:18)
  • Waiting patiently does not come easily but can be good for us.
  • Those who obediently wait can build up equity for not-yet blessings.
  • The waiting process can be beneficial. 
  • Waiting keeps your "soul on tiptoes" as you look up to Me in hope! (emphasis mine)
  • Acknowledge the One who is in control and rest in His goodness.
May all of us in this "adoption" waiting room put on our "dancing" shoes and allow Him to lead us in our tenDANCE that we might glorify Him as we wait!

Monday, March 5, 2018


Friday's blog entry concerned "new" to me words....and phrases! They kept stewing in my mind. I cooked them up much as I'm doing our food leftovers for tonight. Trying to use them in a palpable way.
So...today as I turned the corner from West Street to Poplar Avenue, I did a double take at a "new" to me restaurant with a "new" to me offering.

I recognize that righteousness is a little scarce among humanity these days. Our pleasure-seeking, self-serving culture seems to have given up watching out for his fellow man. 
For me, the good I want to do tends to not be what I do. (Romans 7:15)

But a chicken? Righteous?

I have no idea what a righteous chicken is! Can you just  pick it up at the drive-thru?
If any of you blog readers have a clue, let me know. I might need to add righteous chicken to our Monday night menu. 
I've got some roasted chicken I can heat up---I just don't know the recipe for righteousness.  
Apart from God's word that is----righteousness meant for humans, not chickens!

Oddly enough, I ran into the new owners at lunch today (3/8/18) across the street at West Street Dinner. I asked what righteous chicken was and they said come in and we'll show you! I'll keep you posted once I take them up on the offer. Not sure why they were at a competitor's establishment. Maybe they ran out of righteous chicken. and were looking for an ordinary substitute.

Friday, March 2, 2018


There are so many new words that even the Oxford English Dictionary and Webster add new words annually. Lately most of them are concerning our digital age or are words I have never even heard before. Of course, even we elderly know "fake news," selfie (a 2013 word), baby bump and brexit.
Here are a few new ones to me......
blamestorming---the word coinage might be new & very political but it sounds like the blame game siblings play in their early years of "not me."
"ping me"---Not sure of that---does that mean text or just any digital communication whose notification involves a "ping" sound?  I can't distinguish my phone pings from hubby's phone pings.
worstest---that just sounds like bad grammar to me
Friendsgiving---I like the sound of that if one includes inviting international friends or friends w/o family to their Thanksgiving table, but if the focus is more on alcohol with friends (OED) than giving thanks, then count me out.
fitspiration---I'm too old for that word to be in my vocabulary---it describes people or photos of fit folks that are inspiring. At my age, old people who are still sane and mobile inspire me.
word salad---sounds like the way I talk when I'm talking in circles and hubby and others don't have a clue to what I'm saying. 

But God introduced a "new word"  for our family this past week via Pastor Cole, who's really good at word creation! A fitting one as we "wait," with our daughter and her family, for adoption news.
Pop Pop's Hands
Hopetimist----I like the sound of it.
Not just an optimist, or an immature cock-eyed optimist---who thinks that thinking good thoughts alone, or working hard will make all things "perfect," because that's not always true.

HOPEtimist. (emphasis mine) One who is hopeful and on their knees trusting the outcomes to the Lord. (Zephaniah 3:17)

Be strong and take heart all  you who hope in the Lord. (Psalm 31:24)
That's Bible-speak for a hopetimist!

Wednesday, February 28, 2018


What do we do while we're waiting is a question asked in Beckett's "Waiting for Godot?"
While Bernie and I were "waiting" for the 2nd act to begin......the word absurd came to my mind.
Yet, I was intrigued by the premise of this play. Silence was prevalent.
The pauses were long and l-o-n-g-e-r.
For an impatient-type gal it was an eye-opener. There was a depth of understanding that one could only glean through the silences.
Silence can tend to make extroverts uncomfortable. But....words are not always the answer.

Even scripture "speaks" to this conundrum, even speaking to the futility of many words.(Ecclesiastes 6:11) "....but he who restrains his lips is wise." (Proverbs 10:19) Is there no limit to "windy" words? (Job 16:3)
Often, too much empty prattle robs the true listeners of understanding especially in the quietness of a theater.

One can only imagine how much loquacious folks "miss" by filling every moment of silence with chatter. ( I know.....I'm typing to the choir here!)

Friday, February 23, 2018


Where does one find a diet consistent for "soul" feeding?
After a discouraging start to my morning, I found my daily bread in Psalm 107. Though I've been considering the truths in this psalm for several weeks now, today I "tasted" a new version, NKJ.

4/ They wandered in the wilderness in a desolate way;
They found no city to dwell in.
5/ Hungry and thirstyTheir soul fainted in them.

6/ Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble,
And He delivered them out of their distresses.
7/ And He led them forth by the right way,
That they might go to a city for a dwelling place.
8/ Oh, that men would give thanks to the Lord for His goodness,
And for His wonderful works to the children of men!
9/For He satisfies the longing soul,
And fills the hungry soul with goodness. (emphasis, mine)

Think of it as trying a different food brand. Cereal or tea come to mind.The nutrients are still there but sometimes the variety gives us a new flavor to nibble on though the ingredients are the same.

Reading of the wanderer in Psalm 107:4-9, it became so evident that my "mood" this morning was as one in a dry place looking for a dwelling place. Hungry and thirsty for peace in my soul.
But God, in His word, showed me the He is my dwelling place and He will satisfy me, and others for whom I am praying today, with His redeeming love.

Today, "taste and see" (Psalm 34:8) with me the goodness of the Lord.
Real soul food for a hungry heart.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018


Billy Graham died today, February 21, 2018. Christians worldwide know that he just changed his address to a heavenly abode.
What a life! What a legacy! https://memorial.billygraham.org

The way we live, what we believe and care about are all a part of the legacy we leave. Billy Graham lived out his beliefs before his family and the world. 
Such a spiritual heritage that is rare these days.

"If we don't intentionally pass on a legacy consistent with our beliefs, our culture will pass along its own." (Focus on the Family)
One cannot leave what they do not possess. (B. Liles, ABC)

Therefore I intend always to remind you of these qualities, though you know them and are established in the truth that you have. I think it right, as long as I am in this body, to stir you up by way of reminder, ......... And I will make every effort so that after my departure you may be able at any time to recall these things. (2 Peter 1:12-15, ESV)

Like the apostle Peter, Billy Graham's life of belief in the love of God and the gospel of Jesus Christ is reminder to all generations to live a life that is worthy to be recalled by our world, after their passing.

May considering Graham's legacy reminded us to consider the importance of our own---a spiritual heritage worthy of recall.