Friday, December 30, 2016
Well the day finally arrived, when I had to drive my daughter to the airport, so she could return home. The holiday trip had been extremely memorable; with only one or two hitches. (I raised my daughters to be like me – strong willed and independent thinking – therefore, there are bound to be a few hitches along the way).
My other daughter and her husband, along with my husband, all piled up in our Mercury truck, to drive her there. There were plenty more laughs, a lot of hugging and picture taking, and a last minute video of her waving goodbye, as she disappeared behind the revolving airport doors. Her stay was over, sob, sob.
By the time we returned to the highway, we were all back on track, with the joyous laughter and jovial conversation. We didn’t dally, but took the long way back, which didn’t require a toll fee and looked forward to spending a relaxed evening together – playing domino, eating popcorn, watching a documentary or even a movie.
As we pulled up to the front of our house, I noticed boxes and bags of what appeared to be groceries setting in a chair, on our front porch. Without giving it a second thought, I immediately blurted out my surprise, at the gesture and wondered who had done it.
I hurried from the car, as soon as it was parked, to investigate the deed of kindness. I hadn’t asked anyone for anything, and my refrigerator was overflowing with a wide assortment of food. We had been eating quite heartily throughout the holiday season.
Upon close examination, I discovered an assortment of fresh garden salads with diced chicken in a separate container. Additionally, there was an assortment of fresh fruit, bags of prepared salads without chicken, and much more. As I looked at the fullness of blessing, before my eyes, two things came to my mind, which are reminder lessons to me:
1) God was listening to the silent prayer of my son-in-law, who is not vegan, but who had, without complaint – even with relish, eaten and enjoyed all of the meatless meals we had enjoyed together each day, for over a week. Now, he was being rewarded with some healthy chicken salads, which he could enjoy, in individual servings that none of us vegetarians and vegans had to prepare.
2) God promised His faithful tithe-returning children that He would, “…Open the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, whereby ye shall not have room enough to receive it” Malachi 3:8-10.
I must admit, it took some scrambling to find sufficient room in the refrigerator for those perishable items, and the citrus and a few of the apples had to be placed in a bowl on the counter. Again, I marveled at the beauty, the thoughtfulness and the provision of my heavenly Father. He always keeps His promises; you can “bank” on them. Plus, one of the most enjoyable parts about my relationship with Him, is that I never know when or how He will answer any of my prayers, but He always does, and sometimes in the most remarkable ways. He is absolutely AMAZING! If you don’t know Him, please get to know Him today; you will not be sorry!
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Monday, December 26, 2016
Christmas day was a rather “lazy” day for me. The night before, my daughters and I had prepared the main entrée and the potato salad for dinner the next day. Consequently, besides just baking the entrée, making the gravy and vegetable salad, there was nothing more to do. Consequently, my youngest daughter convinced us that we should have a movie afternoon. We had watched our yearly traditional movie, “It’s a Wonderful Life” with Jimmy Stewart, which she had brought with her, on Christmas Eve. Additionally, she had brought the DVD movie, “Troy” with Brad Pitt.
She had told me that it was an excellent movie, and I figured that it had to be, if she had spent money for it. She is quite the frugal female, lol. Anyway, it was an excellent movie, which pointed out the vast devastation of life that can occur with “poor/bad choices”.
Therefore, after we completed watching the movie, “Troy”, I suggested that we watch another excellent movie, “Carter High”, a story based on the true account of an all-Black high school in Texas, back in 1988-89. This movie promoted many of the same concepts of the previous movie, which dealt with ancient times.
In each plot, there were those to whom opportunity was given to make rational decisions about major changes to take place, not just in individual lives, but decisions, which impacted and toppled an entire nation, and an entire community.
As we discussed the major lessons taught by each film, we concluded that “choice” was the basis for all of life’s outcomes, whether drama, joy, peace, etc. It was choice that determined the outcome for Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, when they partook of the “forbidden fruit”, which has resulted in a sin-filled world.
So many people, especially when they are young, seem ignorant of the fact that good choices are the keys to better outcome in their lives. They somehow have come to think that they can imitate the negativity that they observe in the entertainment industry and have their lives result in some fanciful dream world ending.
As I’ve said before, in one of my other blogs, I’ve learned that the outcome you will derive in the future will be based on the input of your choices that you made at the beginning. If I want to have positive outcomes in my life, then I’ve got to make correct choices that will positively impact the results of those choices.
Therefore, I encourage you to do the same and make one of those good choices, the choice to read my blog every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Take care and we’ll chat more the next time.
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