Ever get caught doing something, when you thought no one was looking?
Or find your tail feathers are showing more than you'd like?
Or some days you're just plain irritated?
There's a solution. Start thanking the Lord for the blessings in your life. I know, I know, that sounds so flippant, but it's true. If you're breathing, you have something to be thankful for. And somehow, the burdens ease, the mood softens and you might just crank out a smile.
"God is all mercy and grace-not quick to anger, is rich in love. God is good to one and all; everything he does is suffused with grace. Creation and creatures applaud you, God; your holy people bless you." Psalms 145:8-10 (MS)
I never know what will be out my front door on any given day. Today I saw an Ibis feeding just a few feet away. Of course you know, I ran back inside to get my camera. They feed on insects and worms in yards or small fish or mollusk in the water.
When I rounded my car, I saw the whole flock. They do like to go in groups, but at times they separate. Their long slender legs, long beaks and necks make them appear graceful, much like a swan. Until..
they start to fly away. Then it's all teenage awkwardness. Please ignore the dark streak in the pictures-that's just a palm frond in my way. I hurried to take the shot before they flew away. Ha, or maybe I just didn't notice it at all because of the birds.
"Therefore, be careful how you walk, not as unwise men, but as wise." Ephesians 6:15
Wonder what else I've done that I just didn't take the time to notice. ooops...
Thank goodness, the Lord gives us second chances, and third and fourth, and...
Here's a GREAT fudge recipe for Valentines Day. Pay no attention to the picture, I just grabbed the nearest paper, which happened to be a food magazine to copy this recipe from the Barefoot Contessa show. Can't read it? Okay, okay.
Cinnamon Chocolate Fudge
1 Can of Condensed Milk
2 Teaspoons Cinnamon
2 1/2 Cups Bittersweet Chocolate Chips
3 Tablespoons Butter
1 Teaspoon Vanilla
Combine and melt over low heat, then add the vanilla. Pour into parchment paper lined pan. (Optional-sprinkle lightly with kosher salt flakes.) Put in refrigerator to set-oh about 20 minutes or so depending on how thick the layer was poured.
That it! Easy Peasy and sooo good! You could even cut the shapes into hearts with a small cookie cutter.
Now I had never made fudge with cinnamon or salt and it was delish! But I'd only put salt on part of it in case you don't like it. AND leave it out of the frig once it's set, in an air-tight container. Otherwise the salt will turn to liquid. Trust me, I know.
"O taste and see that the Lord is good; how blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him." Psalm 34:8
If once you try the Lord, you'll see He is good. And there's no other fudge refuge like Him. Trust me I know.
I looked at the napkin the same way I looked at this African Bull Toad. Yucky!
Hubby and I were at a nice restaurant and it was busy as usual. Our waiter seemed a bit frazzled but attempted to be cordial. He placed beverage napkins on the table and went to get our drinks. Meanwhile, I didn't realize I had brushed my napkin on the floor, until I couldn't find it. Before I could reach down to retrieve the little thing, "Mr. Waiter" swooped in with efficiency and picked it up and put it on the table with my drink on top! UGH!
Am I alone, or do you put things from restaurant floors back on the table? I guess he thought he was helping. I picked it up with two fingers and hid it. I wanted to say, "Hey, what are you doing? No telling what's been on that floor." But I didn't. He still had our food to bring.
"With promises like this to pull us on, dear friends, let's make a clean break with everything that defiles or distracts us, both within and without. Let's make our entire lives fit and holy temples for the worship of God." 2 Corinthians 7:1 (MS)
Father, may I put away, not just hide the things that don't bring You glory. I want a clean table/temple.
Ha, I bet you never guessed this one! One banana at a time!
Then add a few fruits up high.
Then sit back and wait.
Yep, that worked all right!
And if you're lucky, you might just get two.
Especially if you are at Busch Gardens in Tampa.
Now, kids don't try this at home. It won't work. Although you might attract a rat, raccoon or some other type of animal which you don't want. It's all location, location, location and food.
Did I mention food? What about spiritual food? How do you feed your soul?
"God always does what he says, and is gracious in everything he does. God gives a hand to those down on their luck, gives a fresh start to those ready to quit. All eyes are on you, expectant; you give them their meals on time. Generous to a fault, you lavish your favor on all creatures." Psalms 145:13-16. (MS)
This refers to physical and spiritual food. Thank you Father for your favor and for making bananas.
Update: As of Wednesday, only 37 pythons have been killed, with more than 1,000 people signed up. Sneaky little snakes, they are. (See post below.)
Guess what? Florida is holding a python competition! Reckless snake
owners tend to let these reptiles go in our Everglades when they get too
big. Now our small wildlife seems to be disappearing. Even other
regional snakes and small gators. Estimates are that they have wiped out
more than 90 percent of our mammals in the Everglades.
According to the experts and hunters, pythons are expert at camouflage.
hunt began January 12 and ends February 10th. There is a $1,000 reward
to the hunter who bags the most reptiles. (There are rules, of course
and you have to sign up.)
Okay, who's with me? Bwuaaahaaa. NOT!!!
"A common sense person lives good sense; fools litter the country with silliness." Proverbs 13:16 (MS)
help me pick up my physical, spiritual and emotional litter. May I not
be a reckless owner of the gifts that You've given me for living.
I'm gonna call this one little squirrel, "Come-on-big-boy." He is always teasing my dog, Major.
"COBB" seems to know when it's time for Major to go out to do his, well, ummm, business. So Cobb and his buddies decide to scamper up and down our trees which go completely around our back yard and into the neighbors. Then Major forgets what he was let out for...sigh.... That squirrel also knows just how low he can go before Major reaches him. Then Cobb sits and stares, or eats another acorn, dropping the shells which makes Major even more excited. I can tell it's the same squirrel because of his face markings.
Now I love squirrels and all, but it's not always convenient for me to chase my dog around right before work, or when I need to leave.
I seem to have Cobbs in my life too, beckoning me to do things other than what I know I need to do. Sometimes throwing just an idea in my head distracts me. It might be as easy as a load of wash that beckons, irritating me. Am I alone?
"O Lord, you have searched me and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways." Psalm 139:1-3
The Lord knows just what will distract me, yet He waits with watch-care over me, until I realize what I should be doing instead. Then He leads me back onto the way. Thank you, Father.
I stopped to get gas today after work. First off, it's gone up in price again. Snarly face. I got out and swiped my gas card, entered the info and the machine read, "see cashier." What? I thought maybe I hit a wrong number on my zip code. So I tried again. Hurumph. Same message.
So, did I go to the cashier? Nooooo, I thought I'd try another pump. So pulled around to a different pump, got my Shell card off the dash and realized...yes, you guessed it, I was at the Mobile station! Sigh....
I was all stirred up about something that was my fault. Know what I mean? Stomping about, blood pressure rising, getting a sweat going. A tad humbling, isn't it?
I wonder how my life would be if I always dashed about in all things? Whoooeeeee.
"And here's why: God gives out Wisdom free, is plainspoken in Knowledge and Understanding. He's a rich mine of Common Sense for those who live well, a personal bodyguard to the candid and sincere. He keeps his eye on all who live honestly, and pays special attention to his loyally committed ones." Proverbs 2:6-8 (MS)
Thank you Father, for being my guard and common sense. Keep giving me that free Wisdom!
I was born in cajun country. I now live in Florida with my husband Mike. My daughter Shelly, and Dan her husband, live close. My son David and his wife, Melissa, along with my three grandchildren live in Virginia. I love them all and thank God I have been so blessed.
I wrote tips for Focus on the Family "Teen Phases" magazine and have a short story in the "God Encounters" anthology. I have a story in the book, "Fighting Fear; Winning the War at Home When Your Soldier Leaves for Battle".
I once kissed, danced and swam with dolphins, and falcons have landed on my arm. Love my English Golden Retriever. I'm a sucker for chocolate and salsa.