Today is Saturday, August 20, 2016. 55 days to Galveston!

Quote of the Day

“You can’t have a better tomorrow if you are thinking about yesterday all the time.” – Charles F. Kettering

Another good quote for today

“Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened.” – Dr. Seuss

Word of the Day

Stultify – to make, or cause to appear, foolish or ridiculous. Hah! I do that to myself, frequently!

Today is Chocolate Pecan Pie Day. Do I even need to say anything else about this?

Yesterday was a truly wonderful day! It was a close to perfect as any day we’ve ever had with S. We probably started a little later than we originally planned, but that’s okay. It started with lunch at Martha’s Mexican Cocina. After that, we surprised S by taking her to the AT&T Store, where we got her a new iPhone SE, which she has been wanting ever since C and I got ours. This, of course, took a couple of hours, because you can’t do anything quickly at the AT&T store. But it was successful, and all went rather smoothly.

After that was finally done, we headed over to Euless to the Nail Spa where we always go to get our pedicures done. We all got pedicures, which were extremely relaxing and felt really good. After the pedicures, we headed back over to our side of town, and went to Main Event for some bowling. There was a short wait (it was, after all, almost 6:30 PM on a Friday evening), and we got a lane for an hour. We managed to get in about a game and a half. S won the first game. None of us scored over 100. I was reminded why I don’t like Main Event. I mean . . . we had a good time, so don’t get me wrong. But Main Event is most definitely not a place for “serious” bowlers. And if you are a serious bowler, you have to be ready to let go of the serious for a while. I don’t think I got a ball on the right side of the head pin until the second game was almost over. There was, literally, no oil in the middle part of the lane at all. The only oil was to the right of the first arrow, which insured that, if you got your ball out there, it would most certainly go in the gutter. S also won the second “game,” which ended around the seventh frame, as hour hour was up. Yet another reason Main Event is not for serious bowlers. Do you have any idea how hard it is to have to stop a game before the tenth frame?? It’s maddening!

Oh, and let me tell you, we did NOT “let” S win the games!

After bowling, we headed west to Ginger Brown’s Old Tyme Restaurant, for dinner. It was quite delicious. I had their Cheddar Ranch Chicken, a boneless chicken breast, deep fried, covered in ranch dressing and cheddar cheese. Yum!! We brought the free cinnamon rolls home to have for breakfast this morning. After we got home, to top off the night, we had a piece of the strawberry cake that C made for S’s birthday. It was, of course, moist and delicious!

Today, we head to Mineral Wells for the rest of the weekend, as soon as I get done here, and we get packed.

Oh, and just so you know, there will no blog entry tomorrow morning. I’m not taking a computer with me.

TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL

(From Praying With the Psalms)

They made a calf in Horeb and worshiped a metal image.
They exchanged the glory of God for the image of an ox that eats grass.
They forgot God, their Savior, who had done great things in Egypt,
wondrous works in the land of Ham, and awesome deeds by the Red Sea.
Therefore he said he would destroy them— had not Moses, his chosen one, stood in the breach before him, to turn away his wrath from destroying them.
Then they despised the pleasant land, having no faith in his promise.
They murmured in their tents, and did not obey the voice of the LORD.
Therefore he raised his hand and swore to them that he would make them fall in the wilderness,
and would make their offspring fall among the nations, scattering them among the lands.
Psalm 106:19-27

The psalmist shows, in this passage, that neither “worship” nor staying home can be proof of righteousness. We can sin in either instance, as Israel did when they “worshiped a metal image,” and when “they murmured in their tents.” I’ve always been amused by the psalmist’s comment in verse 20 (I see it as almost editorial). “They exchanged the glory of God for the image of an ox that eats grass.” (Emphasis mine)

“‘Cure Thy children’s warring madness, bend our pride to Thy control; shame our wanton, selfish gladness, rich in things and poor in soul. Grant us wisdom, grant us courage, lest we miss Thy Kingdom’s goal’ (Harry Emerson Fosdick, ‘God of Grace and God of Glory’). Amen.

(From My Utmost For His Highest)

Completeness

. . . and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28

If you recall, yesterday’s reading began with the first part of that verse, “Come to me.”

“Whenever anything begins to disintegrate your life with Jesus Christ, turn to Him at once and ask Him to establish rest.” Whatever it is that is causing unrest in our lives needs to be dealt with at once. We do not want “self-consciousness” to develop, because it will eventually become self-pity, “and self-pity is Satanic.” And when we engage in self-pity, we always make a display to others. This is heightened by today’s social media outlets. It is very common to see someone make a blatant display of self-pity on Facebook, hoping that they will get validation from others. This results in one of two things. Either they get the validation, which enables the behavior, or they don’t get it, so they get angry and leave Facebook. For a day or two, then they’re back. “Leave others alone and ask the Lord to give you Christ-consciousness.” What we need is not pity from other people. What we need is “Christ-consciousness.”

“The child of God is not conscious of the will of God because he is the will of God. . . . A child of God never prays to be conscious that God answers prayers, he is so restfully certain that God always does answer prayer.” To me, the key word in that last sentence is “restfully.” The whole idea of abiding is resting. When we abide in Christ and his words, we rest in them, with great confidence that they are true.

Now here is the tricky part. “If we try to overcome self-consciousness by any common-sense method, we will develop it tremendously.” In other words, it will have the opposite effect. Come to Jesus. He will give you rest. When he comes, he will give the kind of rest that causes us to not need to be conscious of ourselves.

Father, take away any self-consciousness that I might still have. Make me the kind of child of yours that doesn’t need to worry about whether you will answer prayers, or who doesn’t have to be constantly asking what your will is. I want to be so intimately acquainted with Jesus that my life is your will.

Come, Lord Jesus!

“In returning and rest you shall be saved; in quietness and in trust shall be your strength.” . . . Therefore the LORD waits to be gracious to you, and therefore he exalts himself to show mercy to you. For the LORD is a God of justice; blessed are all those who wait for him. (Isaiah 30:15, 18)

Grace and peace, friends.

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