It is Friday. I cannot tell you how happy I am. We will be VERY busy this weekend getting some pretty important projects done around here, so there won’t be much lazing around, however I don’t have to set my alarm for 5:00 tomorrow morning either, and that’s always a good thing. Once my lists of things to do are made up, I’m hoping I can summon up some ability to be organized with my time so that it all comes together without stress. There’s just been too much of that going on inside of my head lately, and quite honestly, I can’t take much more tossed into the mix. We just have to get through this day so we can focus on what needs to be done!
Verse of the Day
This is what the LORD says: “Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls. But you said, `We will not walk in it.’
Thoughts on the Verse of the Day
Temptation is a choice between the old path (God’s will for us) and a new path provided by Satan. So often Satan’s path is presented to us as a shortcut to happiness, prosperity, and accomplishment. However, this path leads us away from God and the blessings he longs to give us. Let’s not be like the people of God in Jeremiah’s day who refused God’s way and said, “We will not walk in it.” The outcome of their choice was their own destruction.
Food for Thought
Have you put up a wall between you and God, blocking your ability to allow for His grace and forgiveness for the people in your life? I’ve been meditating on this a lot lately, and have shed a lot of tears over it, as I peel away the onion-like layers that protect the vulnerable places of my heart and soul, I have to say that I think I have been. I remember when I was younger, during my later years of high school, I was very in tune with God. I felt like I could hear His voice and feel his leading throughout every waking moment. When I turned 18 I went through the metamorphosis from normal human to rebellious human overnight, and I felt myself walking further and further from the path I was supposed to be on. It was easier and in the moment more fun. That lead to many years of walking my own path, one filled with bumps, thorns and obstacles. It also lead to building up walls between myself and the things that can hurt me. We probably all are guilty of this in one way or another. There are two people in particular in my life that I harbor a great deal of anger and resentment against and though one of these people I won’t see again voluntarily, the other one I should be able to see without grinding my teeth and feeling these feelings welling up inside of me. Until I can resolve these emotions of anger and my inability to forgive I cannot expect the people I love to do the same. Today I pray for God’s grace in your life, in my life and in the lives of those we love. I pray that He reveal Himself to you in a very profound way that knocks down your walls and gives you a clear path to following His leading of forgiveness, love and grace. Isn’t that all we should ever really want for ourselves and those we love?
Ladies’ Day (Baseball) – This one is so much fun that I cannot believe I’d never heard of it before I started writing this blog. The next time you are in a packed stadium watching a baseball game, imagine how it was, once upon a time, when women could not attend baseball games. That policy was changed at some point to allow women to attend, but only if they were with a male companion. The game was so popular with so many women, that single women would gather around ballpark entrances before games and look for a man who appeared to be respectable, and sidle up to him, and enter the ballpark by his side. Some women declared that those women were not ladies! Our Nation’s capital was one of the first baseball cities to try to get women to come to the ballpark. The owners of the Washington ball club sponsored the very first official “Ladies Day Game” in the summer of 1897. There were posters and newspaper ads inviting women to come and enjoy a peaceful afternoon at the ball park, for free! They were expecting a few dozen, or maybe even a hundred, curious women to show up. Management was not prepared for what happened. About 1,000 enthusiastic women took the ball park gates by storm. It did not take long to figure out that most of these women were not there to learn about baseball, but to see a handsome, charismatic baseball star – Washington’s pitcher, George “Winnie” Mercer. And that’s where the problems began. Throughout the early innings, every time the pitcher struck out a batter from the opposing team, the women would enthusiastically clap and cheer. Every time he stepped into the batter’s box, tapped his bat on the plate, and twirled his mustache, they would either swoon, or jump up and down. So far, it was all fine – everyone was having a great time. The troubles actually started in the 5th inning. The heartthrob pitcher had a bit of an argument with a popular umpire by the name of Bill Carpenter. The umpire had called “ball” to a pitch that Winnie believed had been inside the corner of the plate. They exchanged words and before long tempers began to heat up. Carpenter threw up his right fist, and threw Winnie out of the game. The women, already excited, were instantly incensed, and launched a vigorous protest that grew loud and rather heated. This continued through the rest of the game. When it was all over, ending with a home-town defeat, a horde of women poured onto the field, chasing the umpire with their parasols. Fortunately Bill Carpenter managed to escape into the clubhouse, which was off limits to women, without getting hurt, but the grandstands were left in a shambles. After this, it was quite some time before the Washington ballpark management even considered another Ladies Day Game. Over time though, things did calm down, and by 1912, it became quite fashionable in Washington for Friday afternoon ballgames to be free for women and any small children in their company. Obviously from that time forward baseball has continued to grow in popularity with women everywhere . . . I imagine a great number of my readers are women who love the game! Celebrate this one by going to a local game if you have one happening. One of my favorite summer time things to do is go to a local college game at the fairgrounds – the game food is really inexpensive when compared to the food at the Mariner’s games, and it’s more like what good old-fashioned baseball is – lots of fun, happy spirits and a true love of the game.
National Flip Flop Day – Ah flip flops . . . is there anything that screams summer more than when people break out the flip flops and start exposing their toes to the sun? Flip flops aren’t anything new, though they may feel that way with all of the new styles we see every year. The truth is that people have been wearing flip-flops for thousands of years, with the earliest known wearers being the Ancient Egyptians in 4000 BC. Since that time people have worn them throughout the world, and they have become a favorite for people who are relaxing at the beach, or just walking around in the sunshine. They got their name from the slapping sound they make when you walk around in them. There is something to remember though – flip-flops can be wonderful to wear on a fun, casual day out, but don’t wear them for too long. The lack of support in flop-flops and the thin soles, can lead to sore or injured feet. Trust me, I’ve been dealing with plantar fasciitis for several years now, and it’s miserable!
Ugliest Dog Day – Beauty, they say, is in the eye of the beholder, but let’s just be honest here. Sometimes what we are actually beholding is just plain ugly! And for this special celebration, that’s a good thing! Ugliest Dog Day is the day that all dogs, even the world’s ugliest, get to be treated like the prettiest pooch at the ball! This contest has been held every summer for the past 27 years, and it takes place during the Dog Lover’s Festival in Petaluma, CA. The winner of the contest earns prestige, $1,500, a trophy, a professional photo session and a catered dinner for both the winner and the owner at a luxury hotel! Between 25 and 30 dogs usually compete, and include combinations of Chihuaua, Chinese crested, boxer, terrier, poodle and Peruvian. What started out as a homegrown sort of contest has grown beyond anyone’s wildest thoughts. While this whole contest is done a little tongue in cheek, the truth of the matter is that we as people, and especially it appears, as Americans, love an underdog. When you go into a shelter and see a dog that probably won’t be adopted because of how it looks, your heart just reaches out to it. This contest is a humorous relief that makes the world a little lighter, put smiles on faces, and tails to wagging. Chinese Cresteds have taken home most of the Ugliest Dog titles over the past 10 years. My dog couldn’t ever compete in this competition because he’s absolutely beautiful (yes, I’m slightly biased), but I find myself torn between horror, laughter and sympathy for these sad little dogs! Honestly, do a bing search for them. Some of these pictures I couldn’t bring myself to post. They look horribly similar to demons in horror movies in some of the cases. Yeesh!
Work At Home Father’s Day – Fathers who work at home and take care of the house and family used to be an unusual thing. They were sometimes called Mr. Mom, or Soccer Dad, and honestly some people looked down on them. The fathers who stay home these days are acknowledged for contributing to parenting and providing a balanced workplace and community. Let’s honor these dads as they step up and do what needs to be done to raise their families up right while providing a stable income. Good job Dads. You deserve the recognition.
This Day in History –
1989 – The premiere of Ghostbusters II.
Food Celebration of the Day –
Fresh Veggies Day – So many people claim not to care for vegetables, something that seems to start with childhood. I remember when my daughter started eating solid foods – well solid is relative – but you know what I mean. I would take a spoonful of peas, green beans, carrots or squash, and like magic it would vacate her mouth and land all over the front of me before I could take cover. Amazing projectile abilities in that one! As she grew up she began to experiment with different vegetables that she would eat – and for many years she decided she would eat raw vegetables in the form of salad, or even frozen – such as peas. It wasn’t until she was all grown up that she began to eat wonderful things like stir-fry, and taste new fresh foods that she had never tried before. She found out what most of us already know – that fresh vegetables are the best, and something to be savored and appreciated. Today would be a good day to make a promise to add fresh veggies to every meal, and for our snacks! They not only taste good, but they are so incredibly healthy and nutritious. Enjoy this day by stopping at a local farmer’s market and finding some locally grown, delicious, crunchy vegetables for your table.