Keep Fit and Enjoy Long Life

“These are farm eggs. See how big they are. Daisy came by with eggs today and handed them to me to give to my friend Rebecca. “No one wants them because they’re yellow in the middle. People are used to the pale yokes. Those pale ones have chemicals added to the feed they give to the chickens. These are from chickens that eat grass and whole grain and corn. That’s it.”

“Really people don’t want the farm eggs? They would be more nutritious.” I opened the carton and examined the big eggs.

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With Freedom Comes Responsibility

Freedom. What do you think about when you hear the word, freedom?

I used to think that freedom meant doing what I wanted. Then I realized that freedom only comes when I set limits and say no to things that are not good for me and even harmful to myself or others.

As I think about the freedom that comes from discipline, what we watch and think comes to mind. I believe as individuals we need to exercise restraint in how much we focus on darkness, harmful and destructive behavior simply for the sake of sensationalism or because we’re bored or curious.

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Into the Jungle ~ A Tribute to My Dad, A Man of Courage

I can still see the picture in my mind of my dad seated on a “kapoi,” the carrier four Africans transported him on into the jungles of Africa. He did not have the stamina the Africans did to walk for three days. The sweat gathered under his helmet and ours as we swatted the never-ending flies.

Mom tucked several loaves of fresh-baked banana bread into his belongings because banana bread kept longer than most food items. I caught a whiff of the aroma and I looked forward to fresh slices of the tasty treat later.

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Someone is Tender With You

When you feel weak, sad or lonely Someone has tenderhearted compassion and mercy for you.

This is not an ordinary someone but Someone who sits in high places and happens to be the Highest Ruler of the Universe.

Usually we think of a higher authority as someone we’d be intimidated by but not this Ruler.

When you feel weak and in need of strength, you can come to the Ruler of All and you can count on His tenderhearted compassion and mercy for you.

Others may let you down and disappoint you. He won’t. He will always be there for you. He is reliable.

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Ageless Beauty

“What is your name?” She smiled at me as I sat down my plate at the table to eat my lunch. I glanced over to the booth next to me and saw an elderly woman smiling at me.

“My name is Sharon,” I walked over to her booth thinking she must know me.

“My name is Marilyn,” she smiled at me. I realized when I arrived over there that I didn’t know her but to be gracious I went along with her.

“Good to see you!”

“I used to own a dress shop downtown so that must be where I know you from.”

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Someone Cares When You’re Distressed

Do you have the freedom to accept yourself and express your feelings of stress or distress?

Too many people and especially in our culture, it’s not considered acceptable to express feelings of deep distress or grief. The result of this is when we feel these feelings we often suppress them or think there is something wrong with us.

However David the Psalmist frequently referred to his distress or grief and anguish. By doing so, he frees us to be human. When things are not going well for example in the family, at work or some other distressing life situation, David frees us to express those feelings, if not publicly at least before the Lord.

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How Cleaning Up Crayons Makes You Strong

What does cleaning up crayons have to do with growing stronger?

My grandsons scattered crayons all over the floor as they colored, ran off and left the mess.

I yelled after them, “Come on over and clean up this mess you made and put the crayons back.”

They protested.

“Come on, it makes you strong to clean up your own messes. So come over here and get strong by taking responsibility to clean up your mess.”

They ran to the mess of crayons all over the floor and started putting them away.

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Beauty in Character ~ How to Have More Beauty

“You’re styling. You look fabulous!” I complimented my young friend at a recent graduation party. She loves the latest styles and has a creative touch in the way she dresses. On her limited budget she searches out the sales and local resell shops to put together the cutest outfits.

Her mother, a friend of mine always looks like she stepped out of a fashion magazine. I enjoy their expression of creativity and beauty in the way the way mother and daughter express their individuality in their dress.

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3 Steps to Create Something New Out of Difficult Situations

Would you like better health, more provision, less stress or improved relationships?  Do you wish you could find hope, create something new or reverse a bad situation into something good? Do you worry about the way the world is going?

If so, read on ~

There’s hope!

God as Creator grabbed my attention in a fresh new way this new year. In my Reading Through the Bible Facebook group, we read Genesis 1 today. I’m struck by how God created something out of nothing.

There was no form to the earth.

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How to Overcome Evil

How do we respond to evil in the world such as the massacre of 26 children and teachers at Sandy Hook school in Newton, Connecticut?

We don’t deny the intense pain which results.

We grieve deeply.

In the midst of that grief, we gain power and hope by renewing our efforts to do good, to release love, kindness and compassion in a greater measure to our families, communities and the world.

David the psalmist had good insight into a healthy response to evil when he wrote Psalm 37:1-3. He advises us not to fret because of evil doers but to instead trust in the Lord and do good.

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