Keep in touch….

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Earlier this year, Alan and I decided to join a different church. We had visited this particular church and felt welcome. This change had come after many prayers, questions and discussions with each other and with friends and family. The decision was made to start attending the new church and get involved in activities and then, join the congregation. We are very pleased with our decision.

One of the main questions we discussed with each other was “How can we glorify God through attending a different church? How can we shine His light to others?” Seems like simple questions to some people, but, to us, this is serious business.

Alan and I both want to show God’s love in all we say and do. We want other people to know we love Christ and that Christ loves us and them, too.

Isn’t that the way God wants us to show love to each other? In our words and our actions, we can show His love each and every moment of the day. A smile, a friendly hello, a phone call, a letter, and in many other ways we can show His love.

One example is to keep in touch with friends at our former church. We know someone who always says, “A friend is a friend for life. We will keep in touch.” That friend is showing God’s love.

Think of ways that you can shine His light to others. Can you think of someone right now who might need love? Call that person, send a letter, or better yet, go visit them. 🙂

Have a wonderful day and yes, let’s “Keep in touch”

Matthew 5:14 “You are the light of the world.”

Blessings,
Mimi

 

 

“Did you call the number….?”

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Imagine the panic I felt realizing that my debit card was lost. I had made a purchase the night before and was sure I had placed the card back into my wallet. After searching my wallet, emptying my purse onto the bed and finding all sorts of “stuff”, but not my debit card, I raced around the house with lightning speed. Well… it felt like lightning speed to me.

Everything was in a blur. I don’t like to lose anything and this was an important item. Checking the clothes hamper, the pockets of the pants I wore the previous day, the desk, the dining room table, the floor, even checking places where I knew the card could never be, like inside a book, I finally took a deep breath and called my dear sweet husband at work.

“Alan, I can’t find my debit card anywhere. What will I do? Should I call and cancel the card? Do you remember where I left it? Do you know where it is?” I spoke so fast that he couldn’t get a word into the conversation.

Finally, after my fast, worried talking, I paused. Very calmly and quietly, Alan was able to speak to me.

“Dear, did you call the number on the back of the card? Wherever the card is, it will beep.” I was amazed at his calm in this situation.

In my state of panic, I did not realize that his question made no sense at all.

“Oh, can you really do that? I didn’t know about that.” I answered and was really impressed. For just a moment, a brief moment, I thought “Wow, that chip thing in the card is really cool. It does a lot.”

Then, with a flash of clarity, I realized Alan was kidding me and trying to make me laugh.
He began to chuckle and then, I began to laugh, too. Silly me. How could I call a number on the back of a card that I didn’t have? The card was still lost.

This is what happens when fear and panic set in and take over my thoughts. There was no need for panic. All I needed to do was stop and pray. Guess what? I found the debit card in the washing machine in the pocket of the pants I had worn the previous day. The card was washed and yes, it still works. Good thing it did not get placed in the dryer.

Whenever you are having a moment of worry, stop and pray. God is listening and sometimes, God even sends you giggles to help you become calm again.

I thank God for my silly husband. And…. yes, sometimes, I am just that gullible that I would believe I could call the number on the back of my debit card and it would beep.

Silly Mimi.

Have a blessed week,
Mimi

8, yes, 8 pounds of sugar

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What happens when I attend Bible Study one evening, and ask Alan to go to the grocery store and purchase the weekly “Buy 3 and get the lowest price” items? Yes, I end up with 8 pounds of sugar.:-)

I do like to use sugar in iced tea(I am a Southern girl), a teeny bit of sugar on my healthy cereal and yes, I use a bit of sugar in baking. Do I need 8 pounds of sugar at one time? No, I do not.

Last Saturday, I mentioned to Alan that we should take advantage of the great “Buy 3-get low prices” at the local store. He said, “We don’t need that many eggs or that much sugar or that much cheese.” Smiling, I replied to him that if we purchased one pack of eggs, one pack of cheese and one 4 lb. bag of sugar, we would really be saving money in the long run. He didn’t agree and so, I decided to go along with him, secretly knowing that since Tuesday is Senior day, we would get the items then and save even more money with our Senior discount.

Tuesday evening, he drove me to Bible Study and then he went to the store. There was even a list for him to follow. Sweet man, he tried so hard to get the correct items.

After class, as I sat down in the car, Alan asked me to please, please not send him to the store alone anymore. Funny thing is that he always goes to the store alone, when I am not feeling well. Sweet, sweet man.

He explained that he found most items on the list, but, the store was out of cheese. My first question was, “Dear, did you look for the nice display of cheese? ” Then, “Did you ask anyone for help?” No, he did not ask for help. Sweet, sweet man.

His response was that he went through the check out line, and while the cashier was ringing up the items, he noticed on the computer screen, that he was being charged full price for the eggs and sugar.

The nice cashier explained that the special was for buying 3 of certain items. After discussing with him about getting another package of eggs(Thank you, dear sweet husband, for not bringing home 36 eggs), the decision was made to get another 4 lb. bag of sugar. That would make 2 bags of sugar and 1 package of 18 eggs. Sounds like I need to do some baking, doesn’t it?

The line behind him grew longer, as the cashier asked another employee to get a bag of sugar. They must have thought something was wrong with this first bag, because after going to the “sugar” aisle, that person came back with one bag.  “No, no, we need two bags of sugar.”

Back to the “sugar” aisle, and back to the check out line, finally 2 bags of sugar.

Good thing Alan likes to chat with people, as the line grew longer as everyone waited for this sweet husband of mine to get his 3 items. 🙂

Alan is the sweetest husband. He didn’t really complain about the situation. He just requested that next time I have “special” items, that I would go to the store with him.

Now, I must use up that sugar. It won’t go bad, just knowing that 8 lbs of sugar is sitting in our kitchen, makes me feel the need to bake. haha!

We could have been grouchy about this little situation. Instead, God gave Alan and me a sense of humor and the ability to laugh at ourselves. We thank God for His humor and His love and mercy.

The next time something happens that could make you grouchy, just take a moment and pause and look for the joy in the situation and then, laugh out loud. You might just make someone else happy. And, if you need help finding something in the grocery store… just ask. It might prevent you from having 8 pounds of sugar on your kitchen counter.

Blessings and giggles, and baking,
Mimi

 

“Newbie”

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Yes, you read that correctly. I am a “newbie” to writing. So, what exactly do I mean by that?  Well, I was introduced to the love of reading and writing by my parents. At a very young age, I watched both of them reading the newspaper, magazines and books. Sitting on the floor next to the recliner, my parents would hand me whatever they were reading. I soaked in the information like a sponge. They took me to the library each week. We visited the bookmobile in our neighborhood. There was always a love for reading in our home.

In elementary school, teachers blessed me with their love of stories, poetry and the art of writing fiction. One of my favorite things to do is to read a good book, and I read a LOT of books. I also enjoy writing reviews for books.

As my love of reading strengthened, the love of writing strengthened as well. I have written several children’s stories, but, have never pursued publishing them. Illustrations are needed and that is not my gift. God has another plan for me right now. I am writing my first inspirational fiction story. The writing process is definitely a learning experience and I am gleaning everything I can from Christian authors.

I am very thankful to the authors who are encouraging  and uplifting me while I attempt my first story. Where would I be without those precious prayers and words from family, friends and special author friends? The words of wisdom from authors are very important, as they have been on this path already.

Also, other “newbie” writers are very encouraging. They know exactly how I feel. There are times of great inspiration and times that the page in front of me is empty. That is the time for many prayers.

My goal is to write stories that inspire and encourage people and show the love of God and His glory. My belief is that a story can be told and God’s message can shine through that story.

So, if we meet and I can’t stop smiling and asking you questions about reading and writing, please understand. I am so excited about writing that sometimes keeping my feet still is a hard thing to do. Dancing with joy! That’s me!

One day, I won’t be a “newbie” to writing. I thank God for all His blessings in the journey of writing.

Do you have something that you have put off pursuing? Maybe now is the time to ask God for His guidance with that special project. 🙂

Have a glorious September day,
Blessings and writing and reading forever,
Mimi

 

 

Hand holding…even after 37 years

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Alan and I like to take walks together. Sometimes we walk around the block, sometimes we walk farther around the neighborhood. Whenever you see us walking together, we will most likely be holding hands.

This all started on our first date and now, we have been married for over 37 years. Our first date was a trip to the movies. Of course, Alan didn’t pick a nice romantic movie. He picked a wild, rough, cowboy western. Honestly, I don’t think he knew what the movie was about. He just knew that a famous actor was the star and he thought that guy was cool.

So, there we sat, in the theater in the dark and the movie trailers began. He reached over and grabbed my hand. We held hands during the whole movie. Yes, we both were nervous as that was our first date. Yes, we both ended up with “sweaty hands”. That didn’t stop us. We both knew we were sweaty, but, what do you do when you are on your first date? No one was going to be the one to pull away and say, “Gross… your hands are sweaty.”

True love blossomed. We watched the entire movie holding hands and even today, we hold hands. We hold hands while walking in the neighborhood, while walking in the stores, while praying…. and sometimes just because we want to hold hands. Sweaty or not, we love to hold hands.

People we know and people who are total strangers to us have commented how sweet it is to see a couple holding hands. Love, love, love…..

Have you held hands with your loved one lately?

Have you thought about how God is always holding your hand? He gives comfort and love by holding us in every moment. What a wonderful gift!

Isaiah 41:13 – “For I, the Lord your God, hold your right hand: it is I who say to you “Do not fear, I will help you.” NRSV

Blessings and hand holding…..
Mimi

 

 

 

Mouse batteries low….

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Have you ever seen this notice on your computer screen? “Mouse batteries low”. I have been watching that little box on the right side of my computer screen for a couple of days now. I am trying to wait to change the batteries and hopefully  squeeze out the last bit of energy from these batteries.

This reminds me of day to day life. There are times when we exhaust ourselves and know that we need to rest, relax and refresh. But, we keep on going, trying to squeeze one more thing, activity, appointment, “to-do” item on our list, and thinking that we will feel better when all the “things” are done.

Not true. When we get that feeling that our batteries our low, our bodies are tired, our minds are exhausted…. God is sending us a message. He is telling us that we need to rest. We need to share time with Him. We need to stop, even if just for a moment. Everything that we think needs to be done right this minute, will definitely be there after we take time to breathe, rest and renew in God.

Can you take some moments today and just breathe and relax? Can you thank God for His blessings? Blessings like the flower in the photo above, the breeze in the trees, the laughter of children and adults, the food and drink you will enjoy today, the laundry waiting to be washed, the love of family and friends and so much more…. I know you have your own list. Relax and think about your blessings… and don’t let your “mouse batteries get too low”.

Matthew 11:28 New International Version
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”

Blessings, and rest….
Mimi

 

Need a vacation to recover from vacation…

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Alan and I recently enjoyed a wonderful vacation. So many great experiences and memories made. We traveled from Virginia to South Carolina, just to see Casting Crowns in concert. Yes, we have seen the group in concert in the past. But, they just happened to be playing at a venue that was on our way to Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, where our son(Mike) and daughter-in-love(Christine)live. Great concert. The venue was right behind the hotel, so, we walked to the building. No need for driving and finding parking. Great hotel.

Of course, Alan wanted to eat at a certain restaurant that shall remain nameless, because I don’t like that place. I thought that we might as well go there before the concert and let him get that out of his system. I was right. Yucky place. I tried as best as I could not to say, “ITYS”, which is our code for “I told you so”. 🙂 He said it before I could even think to say our code. I am happy to report that eating at that place is officially “out of his system”.

The time shared with Mike and Christine is always wonderful. We went to the movies, had a picnic under the famous large bridge in Charleston, helped babysit their niece, enjoyed time on the beach(yes, even with sunscreen, we all got a sunburn), and even saw a celebrity at a restaurant. We took walks, saw the alligator at the hotel creek(he’s famous), and ate pizza with extended family at our favorite pizza place.

There is always lots of laughter with our family. Something funny always happens. Well, funny to us. Like Alan dropping food on his nice new shirt while we are in the fancy restaurant, Alan sitting in an old beach chair and it breaking; us realizing that the beach umbrellas on the beach were actually reserved for other people(yes, we moved to another area when we finally saw the tags with names on the chairs); me tracking sand into our hotel room and not even noticing until sand was everywhere.  The list goes on and on.

The trip ended and we returned home safely, missing everyone already. Hope to see them again soon.

Returning from a trip means catching up on laundry, checking the flowers to see if they need watering, reading the mail and newspaper, answering emails, working on book launch team tasks, returning phone calls and more. In other words…… I need a vacation to recover from vacation. This feeling is a good feeling.

I know that not everyone is able to have a vacation. But, even if you can’t go on a trip, there are ways to have fun in your own area. Visit local museums, have a picnic, take a walk in your neighborhood, sit outside at night and look at the stars, and enjoy God’s blessings.

Just remember to take time to rest, recover and renew your mind and body. Thank you, God, for all the fun times you give this family. Laughter is truly a wonderful medicine.

Until next time,
Blessings, hugs, laughter….and more…..
Mimi

Fun with neighbors

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Tuesday evening, National Night Out was held in communities across the country. Our neighborhood held a wonderful, family friendly event at the pool, including various booths from local businesses. Games were played, water bottles were handed out to anyone who wanted one, there were food trucks with delicious items for dinner,  homemade popsicles, the local fire department brought the big truck and people could look inside and visit with the fire department personnel, the local Sheriff Dept. visited and even the Crime dog made an appearance. A special demonstration by the scuba diver from the police dept. was very interesting and the kids loved seeing the guy in all his equipment. The local news crew even filmed live reports during the evening. Prizes, swimming, games, dinner, family fun and so much more.

We are blessed to live in such a wonderful neighborhood. New houses have been built and that means new people to meet. Families getting to know each other and children finding new friends.

I noticed so many blessings that evening. Blessings of old friends, new friends, laughter from all ages, good food, lifeguards who constantly monitor the pool, volunteers who make the event a success, sponsors, the news crew and the police and fire department. I watched as representatives from each organization interacted with all ages. Corn hole, hula hoops, and mini golf, were just some of the games played.

I sat in a chair by the pool, watching the people around me and I said, “Thank you, Lord, for all these blessings.”

Did you participate in National Night Out? Or do you have a neighborhood where you can show God’s love to others? Remember, when you are outside taking a walk, or just standing in your yard, a simple “Hello” and a smile, to your neighbor can make all the difference in their day and your day, too. 🙂

Have a blessed day and show some love with a smile,
Mimi

 

 

Too hot…staying in…

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What do you do when the temperature is 100 degrees with a heat index of 116 degrees ? There is hardly anyone moving outside. A few cars have been sighted riding on the road out front. The pavement is steaming, the grass is brown and crackly. The birds are hiding in the trees. No one is even walking their dog. Too hot.

Yet, here are the neighborhood landscapers running the weed eater and cutting what little bit of brown grass that exists. I ask myself, “Why?” Then, I realize that this is their job. The men are wearing hats, long sleeves and long pants. The sweat is pouring off of them. I look out of the window every so often and make sure they are drinking water and resting in the shade for breaks. They have no idea that someone is watching them. I worry.

I ask God to keep the landscapers and everyone who is outside safe. I ask God to keep the animals safe in this awful heat.

When will we get cooler temps? Forecasters say later this week. We’ll see. While I wait, I thank God for air conditioning and cool drinks, popsicles, ice cold water, and lots of great books to read.

How is your weather? Have you checked on any one who might need help in this heat?

Stay cool, stay hydrated and stay inside if you can. Read some great books while you wait.

Have a blessed, cool day,
Mimi

Lizards and more

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Most of my family and friends know that I don’t like lizards or any kind of creepy crawly things. Yes, I know they are part of nature and God’s creations. But, I just can’t like something that moves so fast that I don’t know where it is going. Even cute frogs have been known to make me jump in the air. 🙂

Alan and I have lived in North Carolina, where an alligator ended up close to our front door. Wildlife control was called and a nice man came to “wrangle”the gator. That was kind of cool to watch (from a distance, of course).  We lived in Winchester VA at a home near a forest and there were snakes. Yucky!!!

So, I don’t know why I was surprised on Sunday. We returned home from church and as I was getting out of the car, I noticed a 10-12 inch lizard running up the front of the brick on the house. Now, a 10-12 inch lizard might not seem like much to most people. But, to a lady like me who is scared of those things, it is a big deal.

Of course, Alan had to get out and “take a look at him”. This crazy lizard scaled the house like a superhero and then, sat on a second story window ledge looking down, as if to be saying to us, “You can’t catch me, you can’t catch me.” I realize the lizard was probably scared of us.

The lizard finally disappeared and who knows where it lives and truly, I don’t want to know. I am hoping it was a temporary visitor and now, has gone on to visit somewhere else.

Now, you know, I tell you all this because I have written a story a long time ago and yes, it is about a lady seeing a lizard. This is a children’s story and I hope to have it published one day. I have a friend working on some art for the story.

In all this shrieking (yes, I shriek when I see lizards), I stop and realize that God makes many wonders for us to enjoy and to learn about. I thank God for His creations, even if some of them make me a bit uneasy.

Do you have any creatures that makes you uneasy? Safety is a true concern around certain creatures. In fact, just looking from a distance, a long distance, is preferable for me. 🙂

Blessings and keep giggling,
Mimi