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Order Out Of Chaos

“For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Ephesians 2:10 It sounded like a great idea until the work began. I quickly found that de-cluttering and scaling down is not for the fainthearted. Especially when I ventured into the basement, which held twelve years of Whistling Ed’s Handyman business remnants. I couldn’t even find a place to begin. I quickly headed back upstairs to tackle my own hoarding issues found amidst books, papers, trinkets and memories. I had my strategy to tackle one room at a time, asking the question, “If I were about to downsize to a smaller home, what would I keep?” It brought perspective and I q

Name That Lie

“The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in Him, and I am helped. Therefore my heart rejoices, and I will thank Him with my song.” Psalm 28:7 As the title of the blog came across my email, I immediately thought of the old game show called “Name That Tune”. According to Wikipedia it was an American television game show that put two contestants against each other to test their knowledge of songs. The one to guess the song in the fewest notes was the winner. I remember playing it on several occasions in our family car. For us it was usually old hymns that we sang every Sunday. Sometimes I get a tune in my head and it plays over and over. It is usually one little phrase, but no ma

A Teapot of Beauty

This week’s garden delivery included a beautiful surprise bringing pure delight. It was unlike the other day’s bounty in that it wasn’t for nourishment and it didn’t need to be cooked, canned or frozen. Yes, there were beans, tomatoes, cantaloupe and watermelon, but the surprise was a beautiful bundle of fresh cut flowers: sunflowers and zinnias mixed with fresh basil. It was just like God to send a bundle of beauty just because He loved me. I paused to think of the many times He blessed just for pleasure and delight. I reached under the cabinet to find an appropriate vase to hold such beauty. I pushed aside the old silver teapot because it was so badly tarnished. It was stuck underneath the

On The Seventh Day He Rested

“And on the seventh day God ended His work which He had done; and He rested on the seventh day..” Genesis 2:2 For the past 4 months, on the 7th day of the month, it would be a reminder of loss--of Andy’s passing on March 7th. As I write this, today is July 7th and today was no different. But as I sat with the Lord in my loss, He took my face and slightly turned it so that I could see…see HIM! I looked through my sorrow this morning as I long to do each morning. I fought to look through the pain of loss to find the face of Jesus. Some days are easier than others but none the least, I must look through the pain. He reminded me this morning what seven means to Him. Seven means completion. It me

Bag Of Tomatoes

I am remembering the old-fashioned, covered-dish gatherings at church I attended many times growing up. The ladies would bring a dish of home-cooked food. There were no plastic grocery containers on the table. No, it was filled with fresh corn, peas, green beans, casseroles and potato salad fresh from the community gardens. And who could ever forget the delicious fried chicken? When it was all put together on the table, it was a feast begging to be enjoyed. It was a delight to pick and choose whatever you wanted. Of course the favorite dishes were easy to spot because they were scraped clean, barely needing washing. I find that I am more of a 2019 kind of participant than I like to admit. Yo

Empty Buckets

For He satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things. Psalm 107:9 When You give it to them, they gather it up; when You open Your hand, they are satisfied with good things. Psalm 104:28 In the middle of writing this blog, the text came across my screen. My neighbor Sharon texted me saying the farmer vehicle would be on the driveway in a few minutes. She loves the garden, but it is obvious her greatest joy is having more than enough to share with others. She not only works the garden to feed herself and her family and friends, but also the hungry of our community. It is a beautiful picture of living from fullness and abundance that the Lord gives. I accept the invitation, steppi

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