Saturday, August 30

Just Take Time And Have Fun

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I like what Barbara Bush said, "At the end of your life, you will never regret not having passed one more test, not winning one more verdict or not closing one more deal. You will regret time not spent with a husband, a friend, a child, or a parent."

Most individuals will agree that life swiftly passes by far to quickly. In this busy world that we live in, it is essential to take time with those that you cherish the most. Your family is unique and you determine how your time is spent, but always remember to take time to make lasting memories because that is what makes life so sweet.

Tuesday, August 26

Take Time To Restart


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Last night was a late night at the office. We decided to pick up Papa John's Pizza. While we were waiting for the pizza, I noticed a card shop, and I peeked through the window to see what was in the store. On the shelf there was a cup with the following, "TAKE TIME TO RESTART" I instantly smiled. I needed to read just that because at that moment it was necessary for me to figuratively hit the restart button, and start anew with a fresh attitude. I am thankful for those quite moments when you can slow down after a busy day and spend time just relaxing.

It's time, take time to restart!

Tuesday, August 19

Changing Seasons

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What is about summer turning to fall that always causes a sudden rustling, sometimes uneasy feeling. A part of me laments the fact that another summer will soon fade away. Sheldon will be back in school. Homework will take the place of free time. Dinners on the patio will now be enjoyed at the kitchen table. The grill will be used less frequently as I begin to make meals that will now be cooked in the oven. Sunlight will fade before I even have the opportunity to walk through my front door. Leaves and more leaves will decorate the ground. Change, change, and more amazing change. Oh, I will not despair because life is meant to be experienced. I do not even want to keep it from changing; I want to enjoy every new season.

I have said all of this to now come to the main point: “Expect to have hope rekindled. Expect your prayers to be answered in wondrous ways. The dry seasons in life do not last. The spring rains will come again." (Sarah Ban Breathnach) Expect the unexpected because we serve a mighty God!

Thursday, August 7

Tomatoes In Unexpected Places


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Here is the scoop. I am a city girl who always wanted a vegetable garden. I have talked to people who have grown up with gardens and they do not share the same affinity that I possess. For you see, I never had to get up at the crack of dawn and pick vegetables or till the ground. My parents never told me that I could not play with my friends until the gardening was finished. The magical thought of a luscious garden is just that, a thought.

When we moved to Tustin, California a little over two-and-a half years ago, the first chance I had I bought some tomato and radish seeds. Sheldon, being a good sport, went along with my endeavor. We planted the seeds and in a few weeks we noticed the growth. Much to my disappointment, everything died. However, the lesson was there; we planted something and watched it grow, even if it did not bare the vegetables that the package promised.

About three months ago , I noticed something growing that I did not plant. I am very tender-hearted to unexpected plants. I will allow it to grow until I determine that it is a weed, and then I show no mercy, and promptly pluck the dingy weed up and discard it! I kept watching this particular plant with keen interest. I even asked Ronnie if she thought it was a tomato plant. Being a city girl herself, she was not too sure, but I allowed it to continue growing. Maybe, just maybe, fingers crossed, could it be a tomato plant? Would I actually have vine-ripened tomatoes? I even dared to envision eating a toasted-tomato sandwich. Weeks, went by and then I was absolutely convinced, tomato plant. Okay, it earned a ticket to live.

What amazes me, is that I never planted this particular tomato plant. Further, I was not too thrilled about the location it chose, but there it was rooted and ready to grow. Miracles of all miracles took place, and I have enjoyed three tangy tomatoes!! But it does not end here, three more are still on the vine! Oh, I cannot wait until they become an unexpected treat for Sheldon and me. Life is so wonderful. Vine-ripened tomatoes are absolutely, undoubtedly the best!

I cannot end this post without comparing this small, unexpected surprise to how miraculous God works. When God chooses your destination, you will prosper; you will benefit those around you and make the greatest impact ever!