WHERE IN THE WORLD IS DOTSY?

WHERE IN THE WORLD IS DOTSY?
...searching for Delta-syle tamales (for hubby) in Memphis. SOLD OUT by 1:30 PM.

WHERE IN THE WORLD IS DOTSY?

WHERE IN THE WORLD IS DOTSY?
Enjoying a walk in the cool temps of October!

Friday, October 20, 2017

CHOOSE: TEA FOR TWO


Tea for two---had been on my heart as a way of sharing time with a dear widow friend. Yet, an overbooked schedule made that time beyond the limits of my schedule restraints.
But God, heard my heart cries for help and it happened.
"In their hearts, humans plan their course, but the LORD establishes their steps."(Proverbs 16:9) David Lloyd-George once said, The true test of a civilization is the way it treats its old people.” Hopefully, in the Judeo-Christian community, care for the aged is seen as both a privilege and a responsibility.

God is there for widows and He wants His people there for them as well. A ministry that is emphasized in the Bible.

Jeremiah 49:11".....let your widows trust in me." 
Psalm 68:5 "Father of the fatherless and protector of widows is God in his holy habitation." 
James 1:27 "Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.” 
Today's Tea For Two---a choice made possible by the Lord's "overruling and rescheduling" events in my life, was truly an answer to the prayer of my heart. How special to "brew" a cuppa with Miss Ann and enjoy that redeemed time as she regaled me with stories of times gone-by. Times with her Bob in Bloomington, IN when he worked for RCA. 
She smiled as she recalled those times---a smile that I had not seen in a long time.
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Thursday, October 19, 2017

CHOOSE: TO TASTE AND SEE

Finding God references in unusual places always delights me. 
I found Psalm 118:24 in an Aldi egg carton several years ago. The verse was written out and though I'd used the product for years, I never "saw the truth" until I so needed that encouragement on 4/12/12.
This morning as I was once again icing cupcakes to take to a friend I noticed Acts 4:12 on the "tub" of Caramel Factory caramel. It was if I was truly noticing it for the first time, though http://dotsydetails.blogspot.com/2017/01/choose-good-news.html showed me otherwise----a regular occurrence in the minds of folks in their 7th decade. It allows us to be happy all over again, at least that's what my friend, JoLynn tells me.
I love caramel and their icing is better than Mrs. O used to make for me in her black iron skillet. The factory is in Batesville, MS, home of our good friends, the Ferrell's, so we have ready access even though friend, Diane's, Gift Emporium, a Germantown supplier, is now closed.
All that to say, I love it when companies "advertise" their faith.

Though I in no way want to make light of scripture, one of my favorite verses came to mind, "Thy words were found and I ate them and they became for me the joy and delight of my heart." (Jeremiah 15:16)

I love it when a citation can send me to God's word where I can truly choose to "taste and see the goodness of the Lord! "
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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

CHOOSE: TO SEE

Choose to see what's right before your eyes even if it's in an unusual place in the morning paper.
How blessed we are to have a newspaper that still print's God's word----at least it did today! 
Humility is the fear of the Lord; its wages are riches and honor and life. (Proverbs 22:4)
One thing for sure, humility is at the opposite end of the self-promoting spectrum and today's verse said absolutely nothing about fame, power or stock market portfolio.

I think a cuppa humil-TEA will go well with today's Bible verse in the Commercial Appeal.
May I choose to ponder what I have seen in print this morning.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

CHOOSE: TO RELY

In my weird idiosyncratic way, I have a 3x "heads up" system on appearances of a word, verse or events. If something occurs just once, I probably rarely notice. Two times becomes a head tilt often with an expectation of #3. This past week, the word rely has been on my radar. First seen, In All to Jesus 10/11 devotional entry. At Monday's Prayer for Revival time, our passage was 2 Chronicles 15:1-7, great verses for meditation so relevant to our nation today. Opening my Bible, 2 Chronicles 14:11, on the opposite page already had, "Help us O Lord, our God for we rely on you" underlined, with some words highlighted. Rely emerged again......That's two.......and I WAS counting.
Last night as I finally picked up Sunday's Commercial Appeal to try and calm my mind for bedtime, I came across the Clue for 40 across, "Hinge (on)."
And the answer was.......rely! Of course it was!
Nudged by 3x rule, today I began a word study on rely. A quick glance at my Strong's Concordance (KJV) showed me 14 uses in the parent tense and 2 past tense entries in the Hebrew with 3 uses in the Greek. I'm sure this varies with Bible versions. 
One definition was used over and over---to trust. Therein was my life lesson. 
I need to trust Him rather than relying on my own strength. I am definitely a work in progress but being armed with His word which is the sword of the Spirit (Ephesians 4:17) is the truth I can "lean on to support one's (my) self" another biblical definition of rely.

In my own life, I have run out of strength in many areas and I need more than ever to rely on Him just as Asa did.
Then Asa called to the LORD his God and said, "LORD, there is no one besides You to help in the battle between the powerful and those who have no strength; so help us, O LORD our God, for we rely on You, and in Your name....(2 Chronicles 14:11)....
(My paraphrase of the remaining words...."we come against all the multitude," I see multitudes as synonymous for struggles which life can bring, in my life, especially as I age. DAL)
Robert Morgan, author of All to Jesus, says, Rely on the grace of God. He says he can rely on the Lord who is the all-in-all all his life and quotes the verse, "I have relied You all my life." (Psalm 71:6) 

I cannot say that I have relied on the Lord all my life but I can say, I chose to rely on Him today.

Monday, October 16, 2017

CHOOSE: TO PRACTICE SIMPLICITY IN CONVERSATION

Deceit does not please God. God checks the heart for motives. To be honest is marked as being free from deceit. That includes motive.

That's why 1/2 truth is a WHOLE lie when one's motive is to deceive.
O, what a tangled web we weave when first we practise to deceive! Sir Walter Scott
Scripture advises, let your yes be YES and your no mean NO. Is that simple enough?  (Matthew 5:37) For those who don't keep a tight rein on their tongues even deceive themselves. (James 1:26)

Choose to simply live a life of integrity that pleases God.

Friday, October 13, 2017

CHOOSE: A CUPPA speciali-TEA

Many of us need a good morning cuppa to start the day. For me it can also take on a TEA-rrific element of fun as I love word play!

A "Tea with Thee" quiet time of sorts as God helps me plan my day with my Bible open and my cuppa in hand.
Often the day's agenda helps choose the most needed brew. But.....no matter my plans, I need to ask the Lord to direct my steps. (Proverbs 16:9, NASB) Sometimes I have such a full schedule, that I cannot see a way to check everything off my list. But God.....
Today's choice for me was a cuppa sensitive-TEA. The Lord directed my FULL schedule so that I was able to spend extra time with a widow friend who needed a listening ear.
I left her sipping a cuppa sereni-TEA!!! PTL!

Thursday, October 12, 2017

CHOOSE: TO MAGNIFY YOUR FAITH

Magnifying the Lord is the way to magnify one's faith.
Even sweeter is having that loved one, family or friend, to come alongside and magnify the Lord with you.
That's what fellowship entails. Coming alongside the brethren.
O, Magnify the LORD with me and let us exalt His name together. (Psalm 34:3)
Together in the faith makes it so easy to choose to magnify the Lord.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

CHOOSE: POSITIVE THOUGHTS ABOUT MEMPHIS

Watching the "nightly news"can rob me of my joy.
So I continue to subscribe to the Commercial Appeal, my local paper and "look for" good in "my" city, where the Lord has placed me. He determines the "exact places where they (I & you) would live." (Acts 17:26)  I am thrilled when I see hopeful info like last Friday's list of areas all over Memphis where the Tennessee Shakespeare Company would perform "Shout-Out Series" in public spaces. Admission Free. Hubby and I went downtown to Shake(s) Rattle and Roll at Madison Avenue Park. Click here for the TSC Shout- Out schedule. You'll be glad you did!
Who knew there was a park in this itty bitty green space at 151 Madison Ave. ?
They wove Shakespeare into the music and lyrics of Memphis music. Think, Soul Man. Sittin' on the Dock of the Bay and Blue Suede Shoes. Creative!! Great performance---worth the drive!
This morning's CA newspaper had a picture of the performance with the back of hubby's head in the foreground.
I would know that glow in the dark head full of gorgeous white hair anywhere, even from the back, CA  10/11/17 p. 4A
Today's Commercial Appeal made it easy to choose positive thoughts about Memphis. 

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

CHOOSE : EXACTNESS

How does one choose exactness?
Need a blueprint? Need specifications of where to walk? How to walk?
(Psalm 119:3, Psalm 128:1, Micah 6:8)

An architects rendering to good relationships?
How to build one another up? There's a a blue print in God's word.(1 Thessalonians 5:11)
A voice coach? Choose right words---let yes be yes and no be no---(Matthew 5:37)
....with the right tone and voice inflection.
Speak the truth in love. (Ephesians 4:15)

Often in difficult places and conversations, it's important to choose exactness.

Monday, October 9, 2017

CHOOSE: ONE DAY AT A TIME

A daily choice. One day at a time.
Let go of the if only's and the what if's and celebrate the day, one moment at a time. We hear it at every turn. That idea seems to be pasted all over self-help book sections and gift shops display plaques, wood blocks and even tea towels with the message.

Yet, it is not some sweet sentimental thought, it's scriptural.
Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes. (Matthew 6:34, MSG)
Some churches choose to post it on their message boards.

So....if God's word chooses it and the people of God choose it, it must be a good daily choice to make.