Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Tasty Tuesday ... Holy Honey

What happens when bees make a hive in your church? You bottle the honey and offer it for sale.

The Church of the Cross is in Bluffton, South Carolina offers their honey to the public. I'm not for sure if this honey is produced on site or if there is another location.

Do you enjoy honey? For the most benefits, it is always best to buy honey locally.

Monday Musings... Mississippi

“A child born to a black mother in a state like Mississippi … has exactly the same rights as a white baby born to the wealthiest person in the United States.  It’s not true but I challenge anyone to say it is not a goal worth fighting for.
Thurgood Marshall

Conversations on the beach…

On the beach, we are joining others enjoying this sunny afternoon.  We see folks walking, running, building castles, reading, relaxing, walking dogs, riding bikes, and fishing. After days of chilly temperatures, we are taking advantage of this glorious weather.

Jerry and I are soaking in the last days of our beach vacation. In front of us, I see a man wearing an interesting t-shirt. HEROMAKER. I cannot resist, I ask, “What is a HeroMaker?” He explains a Hero Maker is someone who pours into the life of an individual.

With that question and answer, we begin a conversation that begins here in South Carolina, goes to Anderson, Indiana, turns to Dayton Ohio, and take us to Lauderdale County in Mississippi.  Is this a coincidence? If we had arrived at the beach earlier or later, we might have missed the opportunity to talk to this pastor.  

At every point of the conversation, I have chills on a warm sunny afternoon.  He attended Anderson College. My father attended Anderson College. He pastored a church near Dayton, Ohio. My husband grew up in Dayton. Jerry’s cousin played football with his son when they attended the same high school.  Then, I ask, are you from Indiana?  He shared, “No, I was born and grew up in Mississippi.” What part of Mississippi?

Both of these men were born in the 1950's two years apart in Lauderdale, County, Mississippi. Their experiences were in stark contrast to each another. One family owned a business, while the other family experienced poverty and segregation.

Today, many differences melt away in the sun.  Change, perseverance, struggle, determination, and most amazing is that both have experienced God’s grace are part of their story.

Our conversation continues as we share our Christian faith, our families, and our goal to pour and mentor the next generation.

What unites complete strangers to engage in deep conversation?  It is the God of the universe.  It is God who delights in bringing people from different tribes, languages, cultures and backgrounds. After all, God's kingdom is an everlasting one and totally different from today’s culture. God’s kingdom does not show partially.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Pet of the week, Finley

Finley is this week's pet.  Did you notice his dog blanket?  Chihuahuas have been described as graceful, charming, and sassy. They usually weigh between three and six pounds. I met Finley and his owners during a recent trip to Kroger.

Shhh.... don't tell anyone. Dogs are not allowed in the store. 

Friday, November 17, 2017

Friendship Friday

"The fact is that relationships are the alchemy of life. They turn the dross of dailiness into gold. They make human community real. They provide what we need and wait in turn for us to give back. They are sign of the presence of a loving God in life." Joan Chittister

It is impossible to explain how visiting with friends can help us better understand and appreciate the existence of a loving God. In ways as unique as each individual, God reveals his character through his children.  Visiting with our friends, I see how God has equipped them to share their wisdom, insight, and experiences to help others. Most recently, they are sharing tips on how to navigate a new season in our life.  

I also see how in a season of grief, they hold steadfast to the knowledge of a sovereign and loving God . Instead of becoming bitter, they become better in displaying the love of God in the midst of pain. 

Thank you God for these wonderful friends. Thanking God as we parted company, Tim prayed for us. God has a purpose for each season in our lives.  

Thursday, November 16, 2017

When, where, and what

"When was the last time you did something for the first time?" kcstyle

What are some of your interests?

I think libraries are a great  resource of free workshops. Community Centers also have a long list of  free activities.  Each month, centers offer classes that are designed to reach a wide audience. What types of classes? Sewing, pottery, piano, choir, book clubs, exercise classes, bingo, and more.

Where else? What about your local university? community colleges, churches, and local YMCAs.

This week, I learned how to make a protein ball, looked at stars in a telescope, and made a roller ball using essential oils.

We are never to old to learn something new. What will you learn for the first time?

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