Just a short little post today…..something that caught my attention.
For Christmas, two of my dearest friends gave me a necklace that was handmade by an artist one of them knows. They had been to her studio and picked out a piece, so they got me one, too. (Oh, I like it when friends think like that!)
So here’s a picture of the necklace…
Then, today, while I was scrolling through my Pinterest feed, I came upon this verse.
Wow! Isn’t it amazing to think that Almighty God cares enough about little ole me to choose me..to want me in my sinful nature…to appoint me to do His work on Earth…and to set me right smack down here in Dothan, AL.
Well, I don’t know about you, but that just makes me feel all kinds of special! The God of the Universe, the Creator of Life, The Mighty Savior, The Great Protector…He…yes He did all this for ME!
Oh, I’m so undeserving and so unworthy…but you know what makes me feel better? He doesn’t think that about me! He cherishes and adores me! And, I thank Him with all my being!
And I’ll tell you a little truth…..He did the very same thing for YOU!
Because this is posted on my personal blog, I can voice my opinion on whatever topic I choose. Isn’ it amazing that we as Americans have such freedom? Not only personal blogs,of course…but Facebook and Twitter and so many other opportunities.
Now this post won’t matter a dime to anybody but me…but I get so burned up about it…I need to say my piece. Do you ever feel like you just have to speak the words inside you that are begging to get out?. Matters not if anyone agrees or even hears…they just need to be verbalized. So many times in this world all people want is validation. Just to know their voice is heard. It may not change anything, or even be thought wise or worthy, but it has been spoken aloud. We all have a point of view. We all should be heard. (Blogs are perfect for that…you can write it and put it out there. It may get read or it may not…But, you’ve said and its there forever!)
I think all these folks that are saying they won’t sing for the inauguration, won’t play their music, won’t pray, won’t speak are silly and childish. OK, so you don’t like DT. Well, I didn’t like BO. But, if I had been given the chance to attend his inauguration, I would have surely gone! What a majestic presentation to be a part of. What history is taking place each time we change leaders. BO had his chance to change the world. You get to decide if he did or not. However, as far as him achieving the honor of POTUS, I respect that. And I respect the office of President. If I had ever had the chance to meet him, you better believe I would have gone. I am a Christian. I should show respect to others. Do I admire him? No. Do I think he’s honest and truthful? No. But, he was my president in spite of all that. And, I prayed for him for 8 years. If we call ourselves Christian, it is our honor to behave as Jesus would have. It is our mandate to show God’s love to others. It is our privilege to conduct ourselves so all will know what we stand for. (And, for the record…8 years ago, none of us knew how we would view the man 8 years later.)
People are refusing to attend by dropping out of lifetime careers. Just saw where a women quit the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, for Heaven’s sake! And, the Rockettes. How hard did they have to work to get there? And, they are dropping out. Band members and directors refusing to play or lead for the parade. Treating a young 17 year old girl so unkindly because she gets it. She sees the honor it will be to sing for the inauguration of the President of the United States of America! And, now there’s uproar because a black university from Alabama is playing in the parade and they are getting all kinds of threats! We just had a black president, people! But, this director understands what an opportunity it is for his students to be a part of the historical value of this day! Good for him and good for his students.
So DT may not have been your choice. He wasn’t a lot of peoples’s choice. Did we even really have much of a choice? I certainly do no want to debate that. I’m just not smart enough. However, we do owe him the respect of the office. I think he’s rude and quite bullish at times, but I sure respect what he’s done in business and with his family. I don’t respect all he has done personally, though. But, I don’t know if things reported are true. Who am I to say? Or you? Wouldn’t you and I both hate it if people were crawling through everything we had ever done to find some thing to criticize us for? But, a good leader is one who surrounds himself with the right kind of people as helpers and advisors. So far, he’s done quite a nice job, I think!
Where is people’s sense of fairness? DT will be president. Let’s wait and see what he does. We may think we know…but politics has surprised me many times before! He will show us who he is. He will show us what kind of leader he can be. He’ll show us how much he loves America? He’ll show us if he’s fair and honest? He’ll show us if he truly loves and respects the differing people groups. BC showed us. GB showed us. BO showed us.
And those refusing to be a part of the inauguration…I think you are petty and silly. I think you are passing up the opportunity of a lifetime! Regardless of all the accolades and achievements DT has received up to now…he is the president elect of The United States of America…the greatest country in the world! He should be proud! And, he deserves to have a fantastic inauguration.
But, all these people who are against him are trying to show the rest of us what a mistake we made. According to them. Who are them? Mostly those in the entertainment industry who depend of the people of the USA to go to their movies, buy their music, watch their theater, etc. It seems to me they have forgotten something very important. They were not elected by us. They have their positions for whatever reason they do. We have our favorite actors and actresses…we have our favorite type of music, favorite musicians…we have our favorite talk show hosts and even newscasters. But, those people are in my life to entertain me. To make me cry at a movie, or laugh out loud. They are there to sing songs that bring up sweet memories or make me feel like moving across the floor. They give me information if I chose to turn on and hear…when I decide. Other than that, I don’t care about their opinions or political persuasion or what they do in their own homes. I don’t want to hear their religious views, or who they cohabit with. I have never thought but a very actors had enough depth to them to do any real thinking. If they did, they would be smart enough to realize DT will be our President…like it or not. And, instead of trying to divide our country more…why not use their platform to help bind wounds, heal hurts and bring us together.
So…when DT’s people call me and invite me to attend, I’ m gonna say yes! Don’t know if he wants me to sing or dance or play music. But I’ll be there! Just a seat filler ? I’ll be there. And, you can bet I would thank God for the opportunity and sing The Star Spangled Banner to the top of my lungs…..with the rest of the crowd, of course.
So, I’m just gonna wait here and hope my phone rings! I can be ready on a minutes notice! I already have enough clothes to wear. Yep…when it happens…you’ll be the first to know!
Yesterday was the last day of Levi’s Christmas Vacation. Today his school starts back. We had plans to go to a movie yesterday with Pa, but Levi decided he just wanted to stay here and play. Fine with us!
After his breakfast, I showed him a project I had found on the internet, and he was anxious to get started. It was a Star Wars thing. We sat at the big table and worked together. It required some concentration. (This is BB8..in case you don’t know such things…a good guy droid…from Star Wars.)
So, I began talking to him and asking him some general questions. He was in a talkative mood and happy to answer. I had some extra paper nearby and I scribbled his answers as we talked.
Here, then, is a look inside his mind yesterday.
Now you are in Kindergarten. Is is harder? Just a little…but I do good work. Except when I make noises out loud. My teacher does not like that! (We’ve discussed that with his teacher several times! Levi says he doesn’t mean to make noises…they just slip out!)
What do you like to do the best at school? play outside.
Who are some of your friends? Laney Brooke, Lydia, Slade, Ty, Jackson, Cal, Vance and lots more. I have lots of friends!
Tell me about your teacher at school? My teacher is so kind. And, she loves hugs, too! (We love you, Mrs. Parrish!)
I know you like to go out to eat. Can you tell me some of the places you like to go? I Hop, McDonalds, Chick Fil A, Blue Plate, China Wok.
If you could only choose one, which would it be? Chick Fil A. (And, the playground there propels it in to first place!)
What is something fun you have done with your parents lately? We went to movies and saw Star Wars Rogue 1. Uncle Alex went too. That was fun!
Anything else? We went to Callaway Garden to see the pretty lights at Christmas!
What do Mom and Dad do that makes you laugh? Tickle me.
You like to visit with Papa Clyde, don’t you? I sure do!
What is it that he says about you? He tell me I am a clever boy! I am, too!
Tell me what you do on a really fun day. It’s when my Daddy is home and he and I play and go to Toys R Us and have fun!
Tell me about spending time with Mia and Papa (other grandparents). I like to play with their dog, Buddy. (A Jack Russell terrier). We exercise. I like to ride the tractor with Papa. Sometimes, I drive! They have berries for me to pick sometimes. They’re so good! I shop a lot with Mia. She buys groceries every day! And, she cooks good, too! Uncle Brian swims with me.
What is something fun you do with Pa (Don) . I like to go to Dothan Powersports with him. I have my own office and I like to work at my desk. Then we ride my motorcycle and sometimes we go on trails by the railroad tracks. I like Pa’s good breakfasts he fixes for me. I help him, too!
OK. Well what do you and I do that is fun? We do art together anytime I want to. And, we make things. You like to play with me and I like it when we sing together. Lulu, you are kind. And, you take good care of me. And, you make me and John Thomas a Boogaloo Camp! It’s the best fun! We like to play in the pool when it gets hot outside!
Did you go on any trips last year? I went to Disney World…YEA!!!. And, I went to the beach a lot. I went to Louisiana to see my cousins. And, Boogaloo Camp, too!
What did you like best about Disney World? I liked the Jedi training. And, next my favorite was It’s A Small World. I love Disney World. Can we go again? I already know what I want to do!
What makes you laugh? Funny jokes. And, I like to make funny pictures on your phone! Then you laugh, too, Lulu!
(He’s right! He’ll confiscate my phone and without my knowing, he’ll make pictures of different people and put silly hats on them or glasses or some such nonsense. Sad thing is, I have not a clue how he does this!)
Do you like to sing? Yes, I do!
What do you like to sing? My favorite is the Star Wars music…but I can only hum it because it doesn’t have any words. I like the songs I sing at school. Some are funny. And, I like Christmas songs, too! I go to choir at my church. Oh, Yeah, I like the jazz CD you have that I can hear all the instruments, too! (He and I are learning about instruments and the differing sounds they make.)
You love books. You have lots and lots of them. What are some of your favorites? The Little Blue Truck, The Pout Pout Fish, and every book I have is my favorite! (His Mom has read to him every single night since he was a few months old. It has paid off big time. He really appreciates books and treats them as treasures! Smart Mom.)
I know you and your Mom read every night. We do. We read some of my books and then a Bible story. Then we pray.
What is your favorite story in your Bible book? When Jesus dies on the cross to save us. He didn’t stay dead. He lives in Heaven.
Are you a happy boy? Yes I am!
Why are you happy? I do fun things. And, lots of people love me! Do you want to now what makes me sad?
I like being with my Mommy. I like it when she is out of school and we can be together all day. I really miss her when she has to go back to school. I cry sometimes when we talk about it.
I can sure understand that, Levi. Your Mommy takes good care of you and does lots of things with you. But, you know what? Mia and Lulu are sure glad we have a chance to take care of you while she works! You’re a fun boy to be around!
What do you think is the prettiest thing God made? Animals and birds. And, people. People are beautiful. I would not even be on this earth without God.
What do you know about God? God is strong. He has power to protect us. He loves us.
You have a big family. What does your family do for you? Let’s count how many there are. I think there is about a hundred. And 4 pets. I like them, too. They all take care of me and do fun things with me.
And, suddenly, the mood was broken. He finished his project and was off to do what little boys do. And, I was left to clean up the art supplies we had used. I often wonder what goes through the mind of a child. Today, 1/3/17, I know. It’ll all change as he grows, but what a sweet reminder of what was in his heart today!
It was a grand and glorious two day celebration! Our Adam (who is a paramedic) had to work on Christmas Day. So we had our immediate family celebration on Christmas Eve! Because of God’s great goodness, Alex was feeling well enough to be up with us the whole evening! He so enjoyed time with his brothers, as they did as well! Isn’t it wonderful how God just drops in a miracle to give us joy and happiness. We all truly doubted Alex would be able to join us. But, God came through. Praise His name!
A little African drum solo to add to the merrymaking!
Remember the old Operation game? It’s still fun!
Me and my boys….
The whole crew…look carefully…Don is in mirror!
On Christmas Day, Don and I attended worship service at our church. It was lovely! We sang all the old Christmas carols, had an inspiring message, and then shared communion as we departed. How blessed to be able to attend worship on Christmas Day!
Back home, Ian and Don and I began to prepare dinner for the extended family. I had put in my JENNIE-O COOK IN THE BAG TURKEY 🙂 in the oven before I left! (By the way, it was as delicious as ever!)
Family began arriving around 4 and from there on it was a cacophony of laughter and squeals and paper tearing and singing and love…lots of love! (Alex was here in spirit, but unable to be up today…we missed him so).
First order of business, make the little boy’s pics in their Christmas pajamas! They were really not in the mood to pose for pictures…but we cajoled and threatened and promised and managed to get a few good ones!
Silly boys..climbing around like monkeys!
Joy and her girls…
The keeper of the trash! Thanks, Ian!
And to our parents, who are celebrating Christmas in heaven…we love you and honor you and miss you everyday…and especially at Christmas.
Thank you, God, for sending your dear son, Jesus, to us on earth. He is the reason there is love and hope and happiness in the world. He is the one we strive to be like. He is the one who cares for us and cherishes us and forgives us and saves us! To Him be all glory and honor and praise!
(To preface this post, you should know that I’ve attempted to wrap 43 Christmas presents for friends and family today.)
I get it. Every retail store (well almost all) have to price their product. Fine and well. They should put the price where it is easily found and easily read. Some of the higher priced stores have begun putting the tiniest of prices at the very bottom the product description tag. Which insures it is always priced….but causes those of us with tired eyes lots of trouble. If you can find the price…you can’t always make out the numbers. You know…you’ve seen it…is that a 9 or a 7? Is that a 3 or a 5? It’s not fun! But that’s not even what the rant is about….so that’s just an extra little opinion I’m passing along…no extra charge.
What is driving me up a wall are those big sticky squares that are on all the other products. You find them on picture frames, glasses, toys, dishes, decorative items, jewelry, food products, shoes, ornaments, mirrors, books, etc. Almost anything you can name has one. Which is good, because you can usual see it well.
But, it’s way more bad than good for me. Ever try to get one of those suckers OFF? Well, of course you have. Have you ever in your entire lifetime had one peel off nicely and leave no residue? Why of course not. They tear off in strips so you have half the words and the other half glue mess. Or the top layer comes off and then you start all over. I suppose that is why God gave us fingernail to scrape at minute pieces unit they change residence from the item to under our fingernails and then we have to dig them out. And do that over and over again to get it all off. Or you can just mark it all out with a Sharpie…which is such a nice addition to your beautifully wrapped gift!
Use Goo-gone, you say. The Goo Gone folks say it takes off everything…it does not. Use Goof Off, you suggest. Some times it works, mostly does not. The latest I read on the internet was to rub with Dawn dishwashing liquid and it would just dissolve, pretty as you please. Don’t buy that one either. I’ve heard try rubbing alcohol…it takes off the paper, but not the glue. I’ve heard to use a hairdryer…or even nail polish remover, or WD40. They perhaps will work if you happen to have the glue they will dissolve. If you don’t, it’s still a search mission. Use a knife and you’re libel to slice off a finger! Here’s one I made up myself…if it is on a solid object like a glass or plate…pull off what you can and then rub a piece of heavy duty duct tape over the remaining glue. When you pull the tape off, all the glue should come off too. ‘Should’ being the important word here! Sometimes it does, other times it doesn’t. Don’t ever use this idea on something made of paper, like a pretty box you lovingly chose as a gift for someone special. It could, perhaps, maybe just pull off a big piece of the box the size of the tape. Never do that! Then you have to go back out in the horrible Christmas traffic to find another gift.
This will cause extreme agitation, let me tell you! Cause every single driver is on a search and destroy mission to get to a certain store and get a certain gift at a certain price! They are so certain it is waiting patiently for them there, they do not see anything but the road in front of them. Their lips are pursed, their eyes are fixed. You can forget if you are attempting to get out of a parking lot or onto a street. They will not allow you into that line leading to the goodies. Don’t even try to ease out slowly in hopes of coaxing them to do a kind deed and allow you into the line. They are so tuned in they do not even know there are other drivers on the road. The true fact is …most everybody in that line that stretches all the way from Wiregrass Commons Mall to Northside Walmart over to Barnes and Noble feels that way! I’ve seen it for myself and it’s not pretty! But, I digress…
Have you ever purchased an item with tags like these below? Been discounted so much, it should be given away! Beware, though…sticker glue resting upon more sticker glue is double the trouble! Flee from this sort of aggregation…it is not worth losing your sanity over trying to make a gift presentable to the receiver!
Occasionally, I will have a moment of unbridled joy when a sticky tag comes off easily. This doesn’t happen very often. Very rarely, as a matter of fact. I’ve only had the experience once or twice in my lifetime. I think whatever retailer has this type of sticky tags should be honored near and far. Obviously, they care about the mental health of their customers.
It seems to me that the manufacturers of sticky tags for the world of retail should all get together and choose one type of glue. One type that will peel off with no residue. There are many types of glues in the world…bone glue, fish glue, hide glue, hoof glue, albumin glue, casein glue, meat glue, natural resin, coccina, gum arabic, latex, library paste, methyl cellulose, mucilage starch, urea-formaldehyde resin, acetone, hexane, citrus terpenes, ethanol, acrylonitrile, cyanacrylate, acrylic, resorcinol glue, epoxy,polyamide, polyvinyl acetate,polyvinylpyrrolidone, rubber cement….and on and on. Perhaps some of these I’ve listed are toxic and we don’t want that, of course. I am not smart enough to understand all the chemical makeup.
What I am, though, is smart enough to know it has been done…and it can be done again…and retailers can copy each other and use a glue that would make the lives of their customers easier. Perhaps if we asked the check out clerks to remove all the pricing before bagging our merchandise, we may hear a bigger outcry.
OK…so in the grand scheme of things, this is not a major problem…unless you have a gift to wrap quickly. Forgive yourself if you think some unkind words about the tag makers of the world…it happens. Forgive yourselves if you break a nail and some of those words escape your mouth…it happens, too! Or you can just get a box of generic stickers and slap one over the offending tag residue and leave it to the recipient to wonder why there is a wonky placed sunshine sticker on the bottom left corner of their gift!
Once a teacher, always a teacher!
I have always loved the music to the Christmas carol, Good King Wenceslas. It has an odd, moody sound that carries me to a cold, dark winter’s night…snow on the ground and a full moon casting shadows all around. It also makes me think of those Old World Santas that are so elegantly clothed with layers upon layers of clothing and a big hood covering the head. But, here is an artist’s rendering of what King Wenceslas looked like…
Not quite like the Santa figure, I’d imagined!
I must confess that I have learned the words to the first verse only by osmosis. I’ve heard it a lot, but it is not one that I can ever remember singing. Hearing it so many times in my lifetime, I guess those words just stuck. But, since the words are very unlike today’s spoken language, I’ve just never bothered to read more of the verses or learn about the song. It certainly is not among the more popular Christmas songs. And you may have only heard it in a collection of Christmas music.
King Wenceslas was a Catholic and was martyred…assassinated by his brother Boleslaw and his supporters. His Saint’s Day is September 28th, and he is the Patron Saint of the Czech Republic.
The words to this carol were written by John Neale in 1853. The music itself comes from Finland some 300 years earlier. King Wenceslas was the King of Bohemia in the 10th century.
What is most unusual about this Christmas carol is the fact that there is no mention at all of the birth of Jesus or any of the Nativity story. St. Stephen’s Day is September 26, which is why this song is sung as a carol. The words do lead you, however, to see a miracle occurring and it reiterates the Christian values of aiding the poor and needy. Interesting how the King went on this mission himself and didn’t just send his page to deliver the goods.
Good King Wenceslas looked out
On the feast of Stephen,
When the snow lay round about
Deep and crisp and even.
Brightly shone the moon that night
Though the frost was cruel,
When a poor man came in sight
Gath’ring winter fuel.
“Hither, page, and stand by me
If thou know’st it, telling,
Yonder peasant, who is he?
Where and what his dwelling?”
“Sire, he lives a good league hence
Underneath the mountain
Right against the forest fence
By Saint Agnes’ fountain.”
“Bring me flesh and bring me wine
Bring me pine logs hither.
Thou and I will see him dine
When we bear him thither.
“ Page and monarch forth they went
Forth they went together
Through the rude wind’s wild lament
And the bitter weather.
“Sire, the night is darker now
And the wind blows stronger
Fails my heart, I know not how,
I can go no longer.”
“Mark my footsteps, my good page,
Tread thou in them boldly.
Thou shalt find the winter’s rage
Freeze thy blood less coldly.”
In his master’s steps he trod
Where the snow lay dinted.
Heat was in the very sod
Which the Saint had printed.
Therefore, Christian men, be sure,
Wealth or rank possessing,
Ye who now will bless the poor
Shall yourselves find blessing.
And, that’s today’s lesson. Merry Christmas!
Oh! My! Isn’t it just the most glorious thing when you experience a serendipitous moment!
I have been helping out at the preschool this week helping to get the place all spiffed up for Christmas! It really is such a joyful place to be! And, I do so love decorating with the children (and parents and teachers) in mind. So, I had almost finished and just lacked a couple of things to put the finishing touch in place. Since it was ‘Levi’ day, I decided I needed to make a run to ACS (a certain store) before he was out of school. I also needed to pick up a gift for a Christmas Wish our Sunday School class was doing.
So off I went with my list of 4 …just 4…things. Found them all quickly and for some unknown, crazy reason…turkeys came to mind. Perhaps the adventure from Thanksgiving was on my mind, or perhaps I remembered that I usually get my favorite turkey at W M. Any way, I made my way from one side of the store to the other.
Now, I don’t know about you…but it is dangerous for me to be turned loose in ACS. I just pass by so many things that I had forgotten I needed. (I used to favor the one with the big red circle and still like it better than ACS, but that’s another story for another day. Sure do miss that store. ) Anyway, by the time I had made my way to the other side of the store, I had picked up a blanket, 2 candles, a box or two of cookies, toilet tissue, paper plates, a magazine, 2 candy bars, 2- 6 packs of Coke, 1 -6 pack of diet Dr. Pepper, 6 bottles of Fanta orange, 8 bottles of regular Dr. Pepper, a gallon of Gold Peak Tea, and a bag of white mini doughnuts and 2 containers of chicken salad and a box of Wheat Thins! Along with the 2 robes for the Christmas class, and 4 tiny trees for school…and a ‘partridge in a pair tree‘! Why there was scarcely any room for a turkey if I did find one!
I looked around and didn’t see any turkeys at all! Finally I asked a lady who was in the process of putting something out in the freezer section. WAIT! I held my breath and said a prayer at the same time. “Ma ‘am, by any chance would they be Jennie-O Turkeys? “, I asked. “Honey, I don’t never even look at labels…they’s just turkeys all I know.” she replied. So, I thanked her and stood back by the cheese counter and waited for her to open the box. She had to go and find a box cutter! Of, course! And, I had to pick up Levi in 45 minutes! Back she came…she opened the boxes and began heaving turkeys over her shoulder and into the freezer section. I stepped closer and ‘what to my wondering eyes should appear…but 5 Jennie-O turkeys…right there! so near!’ Then, just as fast as my heart soared…it fell to the floor. There they were…Oven Ready Jennie-O turkeys…CAJUN STYLE ! CAJUN STYLE ? Who ever heard of a Cajun Style turkey? (Yes, I know many of you would like that!) She turned to walk away and I asked her if that was all. She looked at me with weary eyes and said, “Nope, these 4 boxes is filled up with turkeys. But, I bout threw my back out putting those in so I think I’ll go on my break before I finish.” I decided to be bold and asked her if they were all Cajun Style. She sighed and said, “I don’t know…but if’n you want me to, I’ll check.” “I would be so appreciative, ma ‘am…if you don’t mind…” She sighed and began opening the boxes. First…more Cajun Style…Second…Cajun Style, Third…Jennie-O, but not the Oven Ready.
She opened the last box and little blue birds flew down the aisle…and the top of the store opened up to a cloudless blue sky and the sun shone brightly…I even think I may have…perhaps…possibly, heard an angelic chord or too! And, there was my Jennie-O turkey. Oven Ready. Just snip 5 holes in the top of the bag and put it in the oven and stand back and bask in the compliments! “That’s my turkey!” I said. “Well, good for you,” she said…not at all as if she really meant it. She then asked how many I wanted. “Only one, “ I answered. “Huh, figured you want 4 or 5 way you ’s waiting around and all. These any good?” And, I started to tell her my story…but I could tell she really wouldn’t be amused…so I just said, “The best I’ve ever cooked.” “Humph, “ was all she said.
I thanked her profusely and asked if she needed any Tylenol for her back. She had some. I told her again how thankful I was for her. And, then I said, “You know, I’ve searched everywhere for these turkey…for several months. I even prayed about finding one. I think the Lord just planted you right here in ACS today to answer my prayer!” She smiled, “Well, to be sure, no one has ever said I was an answer to their prayer before!” And, since the opportunity was there, I asked her if she was a Christian. She said, “Dearie, I don’t know much about much. I’m tired and don’t have much money and got a bad back. I got children to feed and bills to pay. I wonder every day about making it on to the next. But, I’m shore of one thing…I will see Jesus one day! He saved me and He saved my children. And, if that’s all I ever have, then it’s fine by me!” I said, “Wow! what a testimony! Not only did I find my turkey, I got an uplift to my spirit.” I told her I would pray for her…and she said, “I wisht you would.” Then I slipped some money into her hand and walked away. She said, “I can’t take this.” I said, “It’s to buy yourself one of these turkeys…and not the Cajun Style!” And, I quickly slipped down the next aisle.
I practically floated to the check out aisle. And, this is how I know it was a God thing that happened to me. When I got to the checkout… I didn’t have to wait in line!!!!! I have never in the 44 years I’ve shopped at TCS, ever walked up and paid and didn’t have to wait. See they have about 25 registers, but only about 3 or 4 people working them….strangest thing.
Anyway…come Christmas time…I’m ready. No thawing. No heat gun. No patting. No dancing with my turkey by the moonlight…she cooks from the frozen state.
Friends, I don’t like to cook. I don’t even like to be in the kitchen. I despise grocery shopping. But, I am smart enough to know that of the things I do cook well…it’s best not to go trying to change them up. Stick with what you know. And, wait for the turkeys to finally make it to the store. And, perhaps, if you’re lucky…the Lord will meet you there with one of his angels!