TODAY THE WORDS ARE TOOLS OF THE TRADE

TODAY THE WORDS are TOOLS OF THE TRADE. When I was a young girl, I loved to be outside and if my Daddy was busy with his head under the hood of the truck, I was right there with my head under the hood too. Of course, I didn’t understand what he was doing, but I watched and I learned. He asked me to hand him the correct tool he needed and sometimes, I would hand him the wrong one an he would show me the tools and their names. It didn’t take me long to know the names and what job he was using them. Each tool had a distinct use and it didn’t matter how great the other tool was; it had to be the right one for the job. In those days, my Daddy could tune an engine to a point where it purred. Only ones of our ages are going to understand what I mean by purring, but when he set the idling of the engine, it ran so quiet, I had to listen very intensely to hear it running at all. I learned all of kinds of things with my head under the hood that helped me later with my own vehicles; mostly I had fun learning about how to pick out the right tools for the different tasks. Those are precious memories along with hunting and fishing, but that was further training about the right tools for the job. In life, no matter what we do, it requires using the right tools in completing a task. Maybe the tools are not the same ones I gave to Daddy as technology has progressed immeasurably since that time. The fact still remains; the right tool for the right accomplishment from your efforts. Now for the deeper thought…..We need the right tools for our minds, heart, and souls. In this busy life and materialistic world, it is not hard to find “tools” but are those tools the right tools for our eternal life. I speak from the heart on this matter; it is too easy to pick up the wrong tools as bad habits, friends, places of sin, temper, and a bad attitude. It takes a dedicated heart to show love instead of hate; a committed heart for charitable giving; a forgiving heart to forgive and forget; and a loyal heart to God, family, friends, and employers and/or employees. These are the right tools to insure that our souls “purr” in eternity and as my Daddy always said when he was making the idling adjustment, “If you can hear it running, you need to idle it down.” In our lives, we need to idle down our reactions and let our engines “purr” with love and understanding. (a side note: Tomorrow will be our Daddy’s birthday that he is celebrating in Heaven and I hope they let him idle a truck or car once in a while as he was happy when his head was under the hood. Love you Daddy and miss you!)
DAILY FEATURED BIBLE VERSE:
Exodus 20:12          
“Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land that the Lord your God is giving you.

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TODAY THE WORDS ARE MAGICIAN’S SET

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TODAY THE WORDS are MAGICIAN’S SET. I never had a magician’s set but I saw them on television and I am going to admit, as a child, using a stick and doing the impression of being a magician. I would take a scarf and place something under the scarf and say “Abracadabra” and hoping that when I looked underneath the scarf, the item would have disappeared. Maybe, it was the absence of a real magic wand or it was the inexperience of the “magician” or maybe, it was reality that it is impossible to actually make something disappear. It certainly wasn’t due to lack of effort. If I could tell you how many times, I would reposition the coin or bottle cap or whatever I used as my prop, put the scarf over it once again, and then I must have said Abracadabra a million times (or at least it seemed that many). Nope, it still was there. Maybe it was that I didn’t have a top hat, but somehow I think not. From everything I have seen, as an adult, magic tricks are exactly that…tricks or slip of the hand. You have heard the hand is quicker than the eye and I have turned in my make shift magic attire a long time ago. Now for the deeper thought…….some of us still believe in magic and we think we can tap our magic wand and our problems and situations will disappear and life has taught this “amateur magician” it doesn’t work that way. I have learned through life, there is only one Universal Magician and that is God. He can make “magic” or as we like to say “miracles” and he can help us with wisdom, guidance, support and comfort in moving us in and out of situations. He doesn’t depend on the magic wand but he has The Creator’s touch; he doesn’t need to cover us but He embraces us; and He doesn’t need to use words like “Abracadabra” but He tells us He is the Alpha and Omega. There is a mystique about magicians and magic tricks and we always try to figure out how they “got one over on us” but with God, there is no mystery as He does what He promises us He will do and that is all of the “magic of life” we need. If we trust in Him, do as He has commanded us, and live our lives in a manner pleasing to Him, all of our worries and troubles disappear with prayer, dedication, loyalty, and no “Abracadabra” necessary. All that is needed is prayers of thanks to the Master of Ceremonies in Heaven.
DAILY FEATURED BIBLE VERSE:

King James Bible (Cambridge Ed.)
I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.

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TODAY THE WORDS are THE LIFE OF A DAY LILY



TODAY THE WORDS are THE LIFE OF A DAY LILY. For all of you that know me, I know you are already thinking, she is going to dedicate this to her Mother. You are right! Momma loved her day lilies and the photo is one of her favorites. My thoughts went to the life of a day lily when our beautiful day lily plants, mostly were given to us by Momma, are starting their way through the ground and their bright green leaves are making their entrance into the world. Greg has already fed them the bone meal, having been given good instructions from Momma on the times you feed them and when you don’t. The day lily stays for a while with petals intact and protected while it grows strong and firm. The blooms shoot up toward the skies in a pod of blooms similar to the family of brothers and sisters with the plant being the parent and the blooms their offspring. We watch; we get excited and we anticipate the day when the bloom finally opens and we have to see each one; stand in awe over its unique beauty; and we take pictures as if we will never see it again. Day lilies, however beautiful, are so fragile and if it rains the day they bloom, they are destroyed. If the sun shines brightly, it is an array of incredible beauty for that day. When Momma started her collection, I was not familiar with “day lilies” and was astonished that they only last one day; hence the name “day” lily. It seemed like a lot of work to see them only bloom for one day but we quickly got on the day lily train. It was wonderful seeing the excitement on Momma’s face when one of her favorites, and yes, she had favorites, bloomed. Momma knew their names and was so proud of them. Now for the deeper thoughts….Momma, through the day lily process, was exercising the “parent” role. She tended them, pulled weeds, gave them nourishment, watched over them, split the plants at the appropriate time, and most importantly loved them. Throughout my life, she had shown us even more love and supervision. My thoughts, while thinking about the day lily, is that Momma lost two of her children too soon in life and experienced that incredible loss. She missed her two sons and even though she showered my sister and I with an abundance of love, we knew she was never quite the same. She had suffered as the day lily parent does when after the short day, the beautiful, magnificent bloom dies. What God did for our Mother is give her day lilies and people to shower that extra love and kindness. Make the most of your day lily short day as life is short; blossom into the best bloom in life!
DAILY FEATURED BIBLE VERSE:
Song of Solomon 6:2-3
  My beloved is gone down into his garden, to the beds of spices, to feed in the gardens, and to gather lilies. I am my beloved’s, and my beloved is mine: he feedeth among the lilies.

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TODAY THE WORDS are A LITTLE SIP AT A TIME

A steaming cup of coffee on coffee beans
 

TODAY THE WORDS are A LITTLE SIP AT A TIME. When Greg brought me my cup of coffee as he does every morning with a little sip to insure that it takes just right, a thought came to my mind about taking a little sip at a time. In this life, we sometimes get so thirsty, we forget to take small sips and try to gulp down as much as we possibly can trying to stop our thirst. When we take big gulps, sometimes it is hard to swallow and we can choke on the liquid. Also, if it is a hot drink, it can burn our mouth, tongue or even our throat going down. Sipping small amounts slowly helps the process and helps insure a satisfactory taste and pleasure. Greg also asks me, “small cup or big cup” and sometimes my answer varies with the day of the week. During the week, I am writing the blog, sending a report for work, and getting ready for work; therefore the need for a smaller cup. On Saturday morning, especially, I have my “Arline” time and a big cup is needed for me to sip while I am catching up on news, family, friends, and much of “nothing important” things. I take small sips, savor life, and recap the week’s progress. Now for the deeper thought……I also use this time for a recap of what God has done for me and also what have I done for HIM. I think my life is summed up in “a little sip at a time”. If I really stopped and thought of the condition of this world and all of the prophesied future events, I might choke on the big gulp of reality of this world as it stands and eventually will fall. If I believe, which I most certainly do, I know that if I sip each blessing as it comes, each trial as it comes, each little sip of life, and I savor the great taste of love; my cup of life is so delicious and satisfying. Some people don’t drink coffee, but think of the glass of water, lemonade (oh, I could use the lemons as a great reference) or whatever is sipped as your guide. A little sip at a time is a good idea and we should take the time to thank Our Maker for the opportunity as God gives us a cup of life every day, takes a taste to make sure it is good, and warns us if it is too hot to drink. When we heed the warnings, take little sips, and as I do with Greg and thank God for each cup bestowed on us……LIFE can be so wonderful!
DAILY FEATURED BIBLE VERSE:
Isaiah 44:3          
For I will pour water on the thirsty land, and streams on the dry ground; I will pour my Spirit upon your offspring, and my blessing on your descendants.

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TODAY THE WORDS are GIFT OF SHARING


TODAY THE WORDS are GIFT OF SHARING. One of the truest gifts we can give is sharing. When sharing came to my mind, it brought back one of the sweetest stories my Mother ever shared with me. If you think I have gone down my memory lane, this one is going to go deep in the times around the depression. Mother was born in 1924 with her being the second child of a large family of nine children. These were very hard times, hard times indeed of which my generation and several afterwards have not seen. Momma and her siblings had usually a baked sweet potato and a biscuit in their pail for lunch and were happy to have that to eat. She, according to her, was slightly embarrassed as others brought better lunches causing Momma to sit away from the others to avoid them seeing her slight lunch. One young girl, an only child, whose family were affluent, came over to Momma and asked if she could sit with her and eat lunch. I can still see Momma when she was telling this, she was both excited to have a friend but somewhat caught off guard as this girl had great lunches. The amazing part of this story comes now. Momma’s new friend wanted to share her lunch and she had sausage, ham, and chicken (depending on different days) and sometimes sweet treats as cookies or cake. She insisted on Momma having lunch with her and it was delicious according to how Momma told it with a big smile on her face. As years passed, and they both married and went into different directions, they didn’t run into each other. Momma was in her mid 70’s when the chance meeting occurred in Holt’s Bakery (owned by Momma’s family’s restaurant) and while Momma was there having lunch, in walked the school friend from so many years. Momma, not able to walk fast at this time, managed to go to her friend’s table and started to tell her thank you for being so sweet and for sharing her lunch with her and the surprise reaction was incredible. Her friend stopped Momma and said these words, “No, it is me that should be thanking you. I was an only child and didn’t have brothers and sisters to play with and I was lonely. I looked forward to our lunchtime as the best time of the day and your friendship meant so much to me. I only shared my lunch; you shared your love.”
When Momma told me this story, and she told it several times, she would have a glow of love that made her eyes twinkle. Now the deeper thought…..it is not about money, it is not about what a person has or has not; we each have so much to give to each other. It doesn’t have to be wrapped and it doesn’t have to cost a penny, but God gave us the biggest gift of all when He gave us love. Even if we give away a ton of love; it replenishes with even more in its place.
DAILY FEATURED BIBLE VERSE:
Luke 11:3
 Give us each day our daily bread.

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TODAY THE WORDS ARE DOODLE BUGS



TODAY THE WORDS are DOODLE BUGS. This topic should convince even the hardest skeptic that I have no idea of what the topic of the message beforehand as doodle bugs are right up there with the other one that I still get amused when I typed “fat lighter”. So goes the plight of the doodle bug.
The doodle bug never received glory or fame like the prettier lady bug. More favorable visually, the lady bug has been deemed lucky while the doodle bug just kept getting less attention. Then, on a whim, the VW bug got pegged as a “doodle bug” and the doodle bug saga began. I know of people who have nicknamed a child “doodle bug”. What exactly does the doodle bug do with its life? It eats any decaying vegetable and unlike the termite, it will bore its way into mortar or masonry, but it doesn’t eat it like its competitor. So why the topic of the doodle bug? I thought of how it is a pretty ugly little bug, but it can’t help its homely look. It is not held in high esteem in the insect world. The doodle bug will never achieve Nobel peace prizes, it is not an entrepreneur, nor will it be a celebrity in its life. It lives a pretty normal life for a bug. Now for the deeper thought…..So do most of us! Not many of us will find fortune and fame; not many of us will have a lot of things named after us; maybe none of us will win the Nobel peace prize; and not many of us will lead a life like Mother Theresa; but we can live a good life full of normalcy. Why is there so much attention paid to celebrities, politicians, and the Donald Trumps in the world? Media folks, media talks and we listen foolishly to people that are media magnets. I say, pay attention to the little lady that has had a hard life; a man who fought in wars defending what he believes in; a teacher who has seen times change and not necessarily for the better; or the couple who have been married for half a century and I assure you that any of these people can teach us more about life and share wisdom far beyond any hype story you will see on television. We can use a good dose of the “doodle bug” medicine and be happy with our normal life. We can love our family and friends; pray for those in need; share our memories and thoughts to others; and most importantly, remember who we really are and not who we think we need to be. God is Our Creator and if he didn’t make us ladybugs, we can still do the best of what is the best for us. I remember something my Mother said, “There is nothing to be ashamed of if you are a ditchdigger; just be the best ditchdigger you can be.” See that is some of the little lady wisdom and we can learn from others.
DAILY FEATURED BIBLE VERSE:
Isaiah 40:22 ESV
“It is he who sits above the circle of the earth, and its inhabitants are like grasshoppers; who stretches out the heavens like a curtain, and spreads them like a tent to dwell in;”

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TODAY THE WORDS are DRINKING FROM THE OLD WELL


TODAY THE WORDS are DRINKING FROM THE OLD WELL. I know that some of my regular readers are smiling and thinking, “well here she goes again, back to the good ole days”. I am taking the journey down the path to my childhood and that is becoming year after year a longer journey as I am getting older. One of the best memories was when we, as children, had played our hearts out in the country and had gotten hot. Instead of going in the house for air conditioning, oh wait, there was no air conditioning; we went to the old well out back. For some reason, and maybe it is only because we were so hot, the water that came out of the well and was dipped into a metal dipper was absolutely the most refreshing water in the world. We passed the dipper around and shared water and laughs with each other. Sometimes, we had to have the dipper passed around again for another taste of that water. I get a little tickled when I see bottled water thinking about the well water from long ago. At my desk the other day, I picked up the bottle of water and looked to see where it came from and believe it or not, it was my hometown, Douglas, GA and I smiled and thought, “had they tapped into the old spring?” I had gotten out of the habit of drinking water when city water never seemed to taste as good as the well water. Since I drink bottled water now and it has a good taste, but honestly, it doesn’t compare with the water from the well. Now, for the deeper thought……I had never had my thirst for life quenched until I drank from the living well! For all of you that have received this wonderful, refreshing, life changing God given water of life, you already know how it quenches your thirst and your life becomes a “well” for sharing this water with others. The water from the old well pales in comparison to one little drop of the drink from God’s well, so drink up, enjoy the refreshing change in your life and thirst no more.
DAILY FEATURED BIBLE VERSE:
John 4:14
King James Bible (Cambridge Ed.)
But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.

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