Facing Reality

            One of the problems of writing blogs in my head—I feel like they’re typed and posted! Not so!

            And when I first started going to Celebrate Recovery to lead groups, going through the training and the 12 steps, the word denial came up. (John 8:36, HCSB) says: “Therefore, if the Son sets you free, you really will be free.”

            A way to freedom from hurts, habits and hang ups is to become aware, according to Celebrate Recovery’s advice. To come out of denial means to be open to wisdom that God gives those who ask, as stated in James 1:5.

            I’ve been researching for a book I’m writing. So, I looked into Lose It For Life: The Total Solution—Spiritual, Emotional, Physical—For Permanent Weight Loss by Stephen Arterburn, M. Ed. and Dr. Linda Mintle.  The tome is published by Thomas Nelson, Nashville, TN and copyrighted in 2004, 2011.

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On page 71, the author(s) tell us, “In order to lose weight for life, we have to face reality or we end up lying to ourselves and to others.”

            On vacation last February, my husband and I ate more, plus chose rich foods. He decided he wanted to follow the McDougall eating plan, which we did about 20 years ago.

            Dr. John McDougall and his wife, Mary McDougall have dedicated decades of their lives studying the health effects of whole plant food eating to help people. We tried it back then, but the pressure to continue to eat dairy and meat and sugar from family and friends got to be hard to handle.

It can be difficult to eat at restaurants sometimes. Vegan selections without butter and oils are challenging to find in our small-town eateries. Sometimes, I get tired of a salad. So, we eat out less now. We both feel much better having made the change. Just lately, with the stresses of continued social upheaval, I find myself reading books for escapism, and eating more fatty foods/sweets for comfort. Both things aren’t great for health. Reading is not moving around much. Rich foods make me tired and bother my digestion. I needed four antacids today. And sweets trigger cravings for more sugar laden foods.

            Someone left birthday cake and pizza at my house. After eating a piece of cake for three days in a row, I threw away half of a cake. The one piece seemed to be begging me to have another and then probably another. No Thank You!

The pizza upset my stomach and the cheese on it made me sneeze. Two days of indulging in the salt-laden pizza was all I wanted. I threw the last piece away because my husband only ate one slice and then he resisted. An almond milk yogurt curbed my cravings.

            The Bible tells us to do all acceptable things with moderation. I agree. I feel more energetic and think clearer when I’ve limited sugar, white flour, meats, and dairy. I get protein from rice, beans, nuts, and vegetables. Are you making changes to improve your health?

I hope you are well. May God bless you!

Listening

Somewhere this week, I read “Documentary filmmaker Valarie Kaur on listening: ‘Deep listening is an act of surrender. We risk being changed by what we hear.'”

I try to note where I found a quote, but this week is a time of much reading to prepare my mind for writing a nonfiction book. I jotted this quote in a notebook called “Picturesque Speech,” which Charlie Shedd recommended writers keep, in his book If I Can Write, You Can Write.

His book is copyrighted in 1984 by Charlie W. Shedd, published by Writer’s Digest Books, Cincinnati, OH.

I looked through my current books, and decided I saw the quote by Valarie Kaur on Facebook. Not that I knew anything about her or her stance in life. I know a little now from getting on Facebook.

I’m trying to listen more closely to my husband, because sometimes he tells me I don’t listen to him. Or, I’ll exclaim over a revolutionary idea that will be an answer to a dilemma and he’ll tell me he told me that–many times before. “Really?”

I guess I wasn’t ready to hear it at that time. In the book of Proverbs, it speaks often about listening. (Proverbs 1:33, CEV) says, “But if you listen to me, you will be safe and secure without fear of disaster.” That is Wisdom speaking.

Proverbs is a book in the Old Testament written mostly by King Solomon, the wisest man in the world, but not perfectly wise. Too many women led him astray. Following false gods because of the ladies he married, or because of his concubines caused him a severe depression as he aged. Thus, we get the book of Ecclesiastes. By the end of Ecclesiastes, he tells people to remember God.

Solomon didn’t listen to his father, David. He also made wrong choices, but the Bible tells us David was a man after God’s heart. David listened to the prophet Nathan, when he confronted King David about a couple of terrible sins. David repented and faced some harsh consequences. Maybe he didn’t talk to Solomon much. His parenting skills suffered. The Bible doesn’t hide human foibles.

If someone you know offers you some great advice, I hope you will hear them. I’m not sure why I didn’t hear my husband those times. Maybe I wasn’t ready to make a change. Not listening can cause consequences. Good or bad, depending on the wisdom of the one doing the talking.

Proverbs talks about avoiding hours drinking alcohol and missing out on life. Proverbs tells the sons of Solomon to be faithful to their wife, even unto their elder years. I like that one! How to invest money. How to plant crops. How to manage time. So many categories. “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom,” is early in the book of Proverbs. Maybe you and I will read from this book and “hear” something we will want to act upon, for our good. I read Scripture aloud sometimes as I pray for understanding. Maybe you do, too.

I pray this finds you well! God bless!

Reasoning with People and Reasoning with God

My husband said, “I think the greatest miracle ever is when someone receives the Gospel of Jesus Christ and gets saved.”

I had to ask, “What do you mean?”

“For a person to turn from their normal way of doing things, repenting of sins they enjoy and trusting God with their lives and their eternity, I think it’s a miracle.”

In (John 6:26-29, NKJV) it says:

Jesus answered them and said, “Most assuredly, I say to you, you seek Me, not because you saw the signs, but because you ate of the loaves and were filled. 

Do not labor for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to everlasting life, which the Son of Man will give you, because God the Father has set His seal on Him.”

Then they said to Him, “What shall we do, that we may work the works of God?”

Jesus answered and said to them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He sent.”

                   Jesus is speaking of Himself as the One whom God sent. Not only did Jesus tell the people that He was God the Son, for which they tried to kill Him as a blasphemer, but read what it says in (Matthew 4:17, NKJV): From that time Jesus began to preach and to say, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” 

                   Jesus’ Second Coming is after wars and rumors of wars, when there are famines, pestilences, the love of many growing cold, people going to and fro over the earth, the increase of knowledge, and many will be persecuted because of the name of Jesus. There will be false prophets and false messiahs or christs. I found most of this in Matthew 24.

 And references for Signs of the End of the Age were noted in the NRSV Bible as (Mark 13:3-8; Luke 21:7-11).

                   Are these uncertain times causing you to look to God? In Isaiah 1:18-20, God said, “Come, let us reason together. Though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall become as wool.”

                   In (Isaiah 1:19, NRSV): “If you are willing and obedient, you shall eat the good of the land; but if you refuse and rebel, you shall be devoured by the sword; for the mouth of the Lord has spoken.”

                   If you are not born again, as Jesus exhorted Nicodemus about in John, chapter 3, I pray you’ll consider it, even if life on this side of heaven is difficult at times following Jesus. There are many pluses, too while alive. God’s love surpasses anything on earth.

                   May God bless you!

Who’s Your Support?

I re-wrote an article today and then later, I wrote a memoir from my teen years. I’m thinking of publishing writing for some income. My husband worked all our married lives once we left college. I worked as a young mom for a while and when I saw an older woman working in the same department, I asked her how long she’s been employed there. “Oh, not long,” she said. “I stayed home to raise my children and then I sought a job after they left home.”

“That’s what I want to do,” I surprised myself by saying softly to myself. I looked around at the cubicles, telephones ringing off the hook. My co-workers hated their jobs, for the most part. And I left my young ones in the care of others. My youngest one was allergic to milk at the time and often, when he ate lunch, the sitter gave him macaroni and cheese, possibly thinking cooking the milk and cheese would change its allergic properties. I don’t know. But, I’d have to call off from work and treat his diarrhea. He hates bananas to this day because he’d have to eat a BRAT diet, bananas; rice; applesauce; and toast.

The babysitter also watched children that went to a daycare center part of the time. They caught lice, and my little one with a tiny covering of hair, had a bug crawling across his scalp when we got home. So, I treated him for lice and the rest of the family, as well. I told my husband-“that’s it, I’m quitting my job.”

He was delighted. I gave my two week notice and when I spoke to one of the supervisors, I said, “my husband wants me to quit my job.”

It required a lot of patience and love for some unlovely people, unfortunately. She sighed. “I wish I had a husband that wanted me to quit my job.”

Sometimes I don’t realize the blessings that I enjoy. It’s easy to take people we love for granted. When I pray about what I should do, because I want to help support my husband as we age, I feel as if the Lord gives me a quiet thought, Write.

Is the Lord giving you nudges when you’re pondering what you should do? I love Proverbs, chapter 3. It talks about trusting in the Lord and not leaning on my own understanding, which I need to hear now and again. I’m thinking this is going to be an exciting year.

By the way, as a young boy, after prayer, the Lord healed my son of his milk allergy. You should have seen his face light up the first time he tasted ice cream. His own and every other one we’d purchased at the ice cream cone stand. What joy.

May God bless you!

Favorite Things About Christmas

Do you have favorite things about Christmas?

I got some Christmas cards in the mail today. I really enjoy sending and receiving cards because we’ve moved enough times that I have friends I don’t hear from like I used to. At Christmas time, as I write out the cards, my mind gets flooded with fond memories of family and friends.

I love hearing the Christmas story in Luke and in Matthew. I try to picture how Mary felt and I feel awe for Joseph’s brave stances to buck society’s standards and follow God’s directions.

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This is the first year our church didn’t do the Christmas Eve candlelit service because of Christmas falling on Monday. My husband thought families would want to spend time together at night since they went to church in the morning. I always cherish the time listening to the people share their blessings. Seeing the expectant faces in the shimmering candle light with the overhead lights extinguished is precious. And beautiful.

Shopping for gifts for my loved ones is fun when there’s money in the budget. We always limit the amount and tell our family not to expect extravagant items. Some folks go into debt, we don’t go for that. To us, Christmas is about the Savior’s birth.

I think it’s fun to get presents, my husband doesn’t. So, our kids respect that and either give to charity in their dad’s name, or just say “Merry Christmas,” and leave it at that. His dad didn’t want us to spend money on him either, but an occasional small antique item, like salt and pepper shakers and a magnifying glass caused a smile to light up his face. I don’t expect anything from my children, but if they choose to get something, they know I prefer an inexpensive gift.

I’ve been more sentimental lately, and when my husband told the Christmas story from Mary’s point of view, her willingness to listen to the angel and then her obedience to the privilege of being mother to the Son of God, with all the unanswered questions she pondered over, well, I almost cried in church.

As my husband said, she really didn’t know what she was getting herself into, but she never hesitated. She trusted God. When I read Daniel a day or so before the sermon, I noticed that Daniel fainted when the angel spoke to him. The angel told him not to be afraid. When Daniel said his strength left his body, the angel supplied strength to Daniel’s body, mind and spirit. When the heavenly being told about end times, it kind of scared me, because so much of what was said seemed like it could be current events. Other things, I couldn’t make sense of. I wish I had my youngest son nearby because he graduated from college with a degree in History, and I thought he might be able to interpret some of the military battles. Some of the verses might have been referring to the conquests of Alexander the Great.

Mary heard the same thing from the angel that visited her, “Be not afraid.”

She also was called “highly favored among women.”

She is never called extraordinary. It doesn’t say anywhere in the Bible that she should be prayed to. I think she did her best to follow and honor God. I also assume she was one of the best moms ever, imperfect but gentle and wise is how I imagine her.

Christmas carols prevail on the radio at this season of the year. There are so many beautiful tunes and choruses. I’ve heard some new ones this holiday time that touched my heart.

Well, those are some of my favorite things. Nice meals, Christmas cookies, and family and friends gathering for games need to be included as well.

I tried to write Merry Christmas and include a picture of a creche, but my computer kept freezing up, so I decided to let it rest for a day or two around the twenty-fifth. That’s how life goes sometimes, smooth as whipping cream or bumpy like a topping of walnuts.

May God bless you!

 

 

Is Integrity Important?

 

I listened to a John Hagee program on end time prophecies and then it went to a Perry Stone, Jr. presentation on YouTube. His had prophecy in the title as well. The John Hagee program was entitled “John Hagee – End Times Prophecy – October 4, 2017,” and watching it on television with ROKU gave more material than what I found on computer.

The Perry Stone, Jr. teaching was entitled “Perry Stone |November 28 2017 – PROPHETIC WARNING: End Times Prophecy.”

 

Perry Stone spoke quite a bit about his father and the legacy he left behind. His dad told him one regret was that the house and $30,000.00 was all he had to his name. In an impoverished country, $30,000.00 may go a long way. In America, depending on housing costs, that may last the surviving spouse one year. Perry told his dad he’d be leaving him more than money. He’d be leaving him a godly heritage. Everyone that knew his dad told Perry that his dad was a man of integrity. He told the audience that we never know when we’ll be called from this life to everlasting life. He said we need to live a life of integrity and obey God so if we should die suddenly we don’t end up in Satan’s domain, suffering for all of time. I don’t remember a lot spoken of regarding prophesies found in Revelation and Daniel and Thessalonians, etc.

 

He shared lots of stories about experiences with angels and visions and hearing the voice of God and praying fervently, moving the hand of God. He referenced Scripture concerning heaven and as he talked about life after death experiences.

 

I don’t want to talk about the spectacular here, I want to talk about integrity.

 

When I hear from people that I know stretch the truth or tell outright lies, the way I listen to them is way different from the way I listen to those who habitually tell the truth. Not truth as they see it, but the bald-faced truth.

 

A man used to buy espresso from a coffee shop I worked at. One day when he went to talk to my husband about the Lord, with his questions he made this statement, “I don’t tell the truth. It’s my choice and I choose not to.”

I looked at the mother of his children standing by his side, and she dropped her head to look at her feet. I glanced at my husband who decided not to debate this man and felt joy knowing that being honest is very important to him. He learned as a young boy that if he told his parents the truth about situations, it went better for him than if he lied to cover up something he did wrong. When he admitted the wrong-doing, the punishment tended to be lighter than if he tried to hide his deed. He tells people, “if they were asking me, they usually knew about it.”

 

I like his honesty. If I’m wearing an outfit he hates, I’d rather know it. I bought a jacket that I really like, and women tend to give me compliments on. It’s woven with different colored threads that evoke scenery and I got it on sale many years ago. It’s probably not in style now, but I wear it. After I got it he began calling it my “carpet.”

 

“Oh, you’re wearing your carpet coat today.”

 

Of course, I wanted to know more. “Don’t you like it?”

 

“Why do you want to wear something that looks like a carpet?”

 

“I like it.”

 

“Well, if you want to walk around wearing something that looks like you’d walk on it….”

 

That took some of the joy out of my purchase. So, I wear it when I feel like it and expect some ribbing from him and my son, when he’s visiting. Whenever a stranger tells me “what a pretty jacket,” I smile and feel vindicated.

 

I notice I wear it more often when he’s at work because I like to wear things he thinks look nice. Yet, I’m happy he let me know it’s not his favorite. If I found out he said it’s great and then laughed with his friends over it, I’d feel hurt and betrayed. Now we joke   about it.

 

As kids, we used to cry out, “Liar, liar pants on fire…” when we caught someone lying.

 

I can’t remember the rest, something about hanging on a telephone wire. There was a Rock and Roll song with those words in it, too. Back in my day, the culture reinforced honesty as an important value. People would have scorned anyone that said, “Who’s truth do you believe?”

 

There wasn’t any relativity in regards to truth.

 

Occasionally, I run into people that make things look better than they really are. I don’t think that will work in their favor. They’ll lose others’ trust and respect. Usually, in the business world, they’ll lose their customers and in the financial realm it’s called fraud. The truth has a way of coming out.

 

Scripture speaks strongly against lies: Rev 21:8 (NKJV), But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.”

 

Well, I didn’t expect to have hell and brimstone comments in this blog, but it came with the Scripture about liars. I truly believe the Bible is the inspired word of God spoken to men and they wrote it down.

 

2Timothy 3:16, (NKJV) says, “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness,”

 

May God bless you!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Marriage Tips

 

I’ve noticed older couples with good marriages get along, for the most part, because they’ve hashed things out over the years. Either there’s been improvement or the other person decided it wasn’t important enough to argue about anymore.

As Christians, we’re told to love others as we love ourselves, so if we decide to do that, we’ll study our mate and try to do things we know that they really enjoy. I’ve done that here and there over the years, but lately I’m aware of some things that are not that difficult that I could have been doing and just didn’t, for whatever reason. I’m also more cognizant of nice things that my husband does for me and I’m trying to say thank you when I see it.

Plus, he changes over time, as I do, so the benefits of the new behaviors are a plus to our relationship. All of his life as an adult, he’s been in leadership and sometimes he just wants to do relaxing stuff. So, he started watching chefs and learned cooking techniques from programs available on television or online.

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If I’m preparing a meal and feeling the crunch of time, I’ll ask him to dice the onions and he’ll show me a way that is safe with the sharp knife and he keeps the rooted end in place for ease of cutting. The next thing I know, he’s asking if I need anything else chopped or sliced. If he hated that kind of thing, I wouldn’t ask unless I felt absolutely desperate, and then he’d have the right to refuse.

I heard Focus on the Family yesterday on the radio. I caught the tail end of the program on marriage and they showcased the next day’s program with a quote. A lady said, “I started looking for the good things that he does.”

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I hope I’ll take the chance to hear the program online, they both sounded good. I hope this finds you well. Do you have any marriage tips that you can share with a family-friendly audience?

May God bless you!

Millie Keith

 

 

 

Probably a month or more ago, I read the first book in the Life of Faith: Millie Keith Series, copyright 2001 entitled, Millie’s Unsettled Season. Kerston R. Hamilton updated them and added more Scripture to the originals which were written by Martha Finley in 1876, just 11 years after the Civil War ended in America.

Millie is thirteen years old in the second book, Millie’s Courageous Days which is also copyrighted in 2001, and is published by Mission City Press, Inc., Franklin, TN.

There’s a marriage in the book which prompts Millie to ask her father how one knows that they are in love. He tells her to let him think on it overnight and to pray for wisdom for such an important question.

The next day he talks about 1 Corinthians 13. On page 91 her dad says, “Being in love, the kind of love that will last a lifetime, starts right here, in 1 Corinthians 13:4. ‘Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.’ If your feelings and your actions cannot stand up to these verses, then how could you be in love?”

In the book, one question led to another because as the heroine points out, these verses tell all Christians what love looks like. I’ve heard these Scriptures repeated at many marriages over the years. They are a target worth aiming for, and as we try to hit the mark we can’t help but reach a number of those worthwhile actions and attitudes. Some attributes I’ve struggled with and now, I can honestly say, I don’t have a problem with them by the grace of God. Others are still a work in progress.

I hope you are well this fine time of the year.

May God bless you!

Know Thyself, Know Others

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Our church hosts an organizing class once a week and today we only had an hour to meet, so I brought my computer and we watched Sandra Felton on YouTube, a minute or two for each episode.

The attendee took notes on the ideas that were new to her. I showed her one chapter from the e-book from our library which is still downloaded on my computer: Organizing Your Day: Time Management Techniques That Will Work for You. It’s published by Revell, Grand Rapids, MI. The e-book written by Sandra Felton and Marsha Sims, was created in 2011 and copyrighted in 2009. Then the lady jotted down the information so she could get it for herself. I don’t know if she’ll have to wait for me to finish it or if they have more than one copy.

Occasionally, I end up wanting to own a library book and purchase it. One advantage of an e-book, it doesn’t take up shelf space.

My granddaughter in her twenties prefers a paper book over an e-book. I don’t know if that’s the norm for people in her age group or not.

I’ve been reading the book of Isaiah and should have finished it by now, but I didn’t mark my place, so I re-read some of the chapters in the 50’s section. I felt as if I hadn’t read them before and seemed to glean more the second time. The Old Testament gives us examples of people’s lives and God’s interactions with them. I feel as if I know God better after reading His reactions to the Israeli’s and the other cultures.

In addition, while on vacation lately, I tried to listen to my family along with my talking to them because as they experience life, it’s interesting to hear their ideas and to get to know them better, as well.

When I gather with the ladies for our organizing class and we share our struggles and our triumphs, not only do we enrich each other’s lives, but we get to know ourselves better. We try to figure out why we do things the way we do. I said a few times, as we listened to Sandra Felton, the Organizer Lady, “she understands.”

She tends to offer encouraging comments like, “I used to be unorganized but I’ve learned organizing strategies that allowed me to change. You can change, too.”

She may have said that disorganized people tend to have a lot of interests and they are creative and intelligent. She might have said they are extremely intelligent, borderline geniuses-oh, that might have been my imagination.

Lead on, Organizer Lady, Sandra Felton and her co-writer, Marsha Sims.

I appreciate their vulnerability as they share their stories and their compassion for like-minded people struggling with disorganization. After my husband read part of my copy of her book, The Messies Manual, published back in 1983, it helped him understand me better, which helped our marriage.

Thank You, Jesus.

I noticed online that there’s a new version of The Messies Manual out now.

May God bless you.

A Day Like No Other

I wrote a blog for today a couple of days ago. I recently wrote about Sandra Felton and Marsha Sims book, Organize Your Day: Time Management Techniques That Will Work for You, published by Revell Books, Grand Rapids, MI and copyrighted in 2009. The problem is, when I went to write this one I realized that I never posted the “Organize Your Day” blog.

My husband and I recently returned from a vacation and while he watched football, I pulled out my computer and wrote a blog post. My son is an IT guy, so I texted him and asked if he ever used the internet at a public place on his private computer and he said, “No.”

He’s probably got more security safeguards on his than I do on mine, so I saved the blog. Out of sight, out of mind, as the old cliché goes.

I plan to post the article about the book tomorrow, but for tonight I just want to say, I decided to take Sandra Felton and Marsha Sims up on the idea to keep a running tally of how I use my time for a week in half hour increments, and it is eye opening.

I knew I was going to rest after a full two weeks of being gone because we kept irregular hours and I caught a cold, plus I got up early to prepare for Bible study this morning. I wanted to join my husband as he entered his office today because his secretary called me while we were away to ask for his favorite paint color. They wanted to freshen his office for him and re-decorate a bit. I was sworn to secrecy. I wanted to see his reaction because even though he’s low key, I knew he’d appreciate the effort they went to and he’d surely like an office in his favorite color.

He kidded one of the board members, “I need sunglasses in there now.”

The previous pastor chose a darker wallpaper with lots of trees on it. They chose a color just a bit darker than a pastel.

So, we celebrated our return with a lunch date at a new restaurant in town and then his secretary called to tell us that when our church had a number of police around it today, as we studied God’s Word oblivious to our surroundings, they were making plans to re-capture an escaped convict. Apparently, he’d been seen in the vicinity of our building. She asked how long our doors had been unlocked and was there any chance he could be hiding somewhere inside. I told her we would have heard him. She wasn’t so sure. We had talked, read out loud, laughed, reminisced, and then prayed. I told her all the places I’d been, looking for supplies and even for a can of paint in a storage room out of the way, before and after the study.

The next time I called her after taking a moment to consider, I thought maybe she should leave if she felt nervous. When she didn’t answer, I thought, Ah, she’s gone, good.

I texted her about leaving and she texted back: “I’m at the dentist and I won’t return until tonight’s Bible study.”

I went home to have some time with God and to do light housekeeping since I chose to rest. Occasionally, I called my husband to see if there was any news. “None that I know of,” he responded.

I’m praying the convict gets returned behind bars. It makes me wonder how he happened to escape and to hope he’s not a violent offender. I’ve been praying he’ll get saved if he’s not already, and that he won’t hurt anyone. I love the fact that God stays with us, no matter what we go through. It occurs to me that if I’m that curious, I could search the news to see if there’s any change in the situation.

I hope you had a nice day, one in which you didn’t hear of escaped convicts possibly hiding right nearby. I expect to share a little about our vacation, but I never know what a day will bring.

God bless you!