Good Tuesday morning everyone! It’s a drizzly morning in the PNW, at least in the part where I live, but that’s OK. Better now than on the weekend, right? It was supposed to rain all weekend long, but we were blessed with beautiful weather so we could enjoy some outdoor time with Miss B. I’ll happily take the rain now, rather than when she was here. I would also prefer it now over this upcoming weekend, or the NEXT one! We have this upcoming weekend to get a bunch of yard stuff done, and some other stuff around the house, and we have plans the following weekend, so seriously, some prayers for good weather would be appreciated. It’s a slow day in celebration land – it’s OK though – sometimes these drizzly days call for slowing down and taking it easy.
Verse of the Day
Do not offer the parts of your body to sin, as instruments of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God, as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer the parts of your body to him as instruments of righteousness.
Thoughts on the Verse of the Day
This long verse boils down to a very simple message: We are to glorify God by what we do with our bodies. We were dead in our sin, but God has made us alive through our participation with Jesus in his saving death, burial, and resurrection. How can we go back to the hideous sins that master us and lead us to death? We shouldn’t! We mustn’t! And by God’s gracious help, we won’t. Our commitment to live for his glory and the power of the Holy Spirit will help us live for him!
Food for Thought
I just finished an extremely thought-provoking book, and it’s really gotten into my brain and is rattling around in there. Do you ever read something that just sets you on the precipice of shifting your way of thinking to perhaps broaden the limited views that were set in place when you were being raised? This is one of those books for me. I know it was written as fiction, but the thought process of the writer was really interesting, and it makes me wonder, how many of us close our eyes to possibilities outside of the box of how we were raised, whether it is about religion, family values or our view of the world? If you suddenly found out that absolutely everything you ever believed was different, not necessarily WRONG, but different, how would you feel? Unsettled? That’s sort of the way this book left me feeling, but not necessarily in a bad way.
Sewing Machine Day – Before the invention of the sewing machine all clothing was made by hand, one laborious stitch after another. Today we celebrate the machine that changed all of that, and simplified clothing production, forever. The first sewing machines were made in France in the 1830s, but it wasn’t until 1846 that they were patented in the United States. The people who are good at using machines are dwindling in number. Our Grandmothers and Great-Grandmothers all likely had a sewing machine, and they were very good with them. My aunt and cousins carry on that tradition, and though I have a machine, in no way am I proficient at using it. One of these days I may actually buckle down and take some lessons! Do you remember that saying, “A stitch in time saves nine.”? I thought I know what it meant, but I looked it up anyway, and basically it means that taking care of a problem right away when it starts can save a lot more work later when it gets worse! Makes sense!
This Day In History –
1983 – Pioneer 10 becomes the first satellite to leave the solar system.
Kitchen Klutzes Day – Not everyone is comfortable in the kitchen, and wouldn’t know how to boil water if it came with written instructions. There are even people I know who have joked that they only have a kitchen because it was in their house plans (yes – I know you’re reading – I mean you). Remember when on “I Love Lucy” that loaf of bread shot out of her oven and pinned her against the cabinets? hahaha If you identify with that moment for her, then this day may be just the celebration you need. www.food.com has set up these super-simple dishes that even the biggest stranger to the kitchen should be able to master.
- How to Make Perfect Hard-Boiled Eggs
- Super-Easy Pizza Sandwich
- Easy Cake Mix & Cool Whip Cookies
- 1-2-3 Apple Crisp
- Quickest Cocktail Meatballs
- Super-Easy Roasted Potatoes
- Simplest Tomato Sauce Ever (Marcella Hazan)
Time to go to work! I’d rather stay home and clean the house, bake, watch Hallmark movies . . . but such is life. We need to do what we need to do! Have a good day – no matter how you celebrate it. God bless you and I’ll see you tomorrow.