Give Thanks With A Grateful Heart

“The rich in spirit devote considerable time to thinking
about what they don’t have; the poor to enjoying and
celebrating what they do have.”~~Brennan Manning

Good morning. It is Saturday, February 15, 2014. We will now return to our regularly scheduled program of blogs. Pitchers and catchers report today. Opening Day is now 44 days away!

Today is Gumdrop Day! MmmHmm! If all the raindrops were lemondrops and gumdrops; oh, what a rain that would be. Yeah! It would HURT, that’s what!! I mean, can you even imagine?? There would be none of this, “Standing outside with my mouth open wide; Ah ahahah ahahah ahahah!” It would be more like, “Running for cover with my hands o’er my head! Ow owowow owowow owowow!”

But yeah. Gumdrop Day. I love gumdrops. I may see if I can find some today. I haven’t had gumdrops in a long time. I just really don’t want to see any falling out of the sky, you know. . .

So, this morning, we are heading to Austin, probably in a little over an hour. We are staying about 30-40 miles away from Austin in a little place called “Lago Vista.” It’s right in a bend around Lake Travis. You can take a look at it HERE, if you so desire. We don’t have a lot of plans, but we do plan on trying to catch the infamous bats flying out from under Congress Bridge, as well as partaking in an Austin Adventure Quest. We will probably take a stroll down the legendary 6th Street. We may stop by the “Dueling Pianos Bar.” We hear there is a great time to be had there. We will also be taking a more scenic route down to the rental property, avoiding I-35. It just so happens that this route will take us right through our favorite town in Texas, Glen Rose! So, naturally, we will stop off and have a piece of pie at the Pie Peddlers! We will also be going through a little town that I’ve never heard of before yesterday, called “Leander.” Supposedly, the cemetery used in the filming of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre is there. We’ll also go through Hico and Hamilton. Hico is, unfortunately, known for still being quite racist. From what I hear, the KKK is alive an well in Hico, as evidenced by one of the “downtown” eateries, the Koffee Kup Kafe. Actually, it appears that they have now changed the name of it to the Koffee Kup Family Restaurant. But the history is still there, and is well known. Hamilton, TX claims to have a burial place of Billy the Kid. At least it’s the grave of “Brushy” Bill Roberts. Whether or not he was Billy the Kid will probably never be known. More than likely, he’s buried in Fort Sumner, New Mexico, where William H. Bonney died.

There will not be a blog tomorrow or Monday. The house we are staying in does not have Wi-fi, so we will not be taking any computers. I’ll have my tablet for reading, but I don’t like typing on it. Rest assured, I will have my morning devotional and coffee. You just won’t see it here. I know. Approximately ten people will be gravely disappointed. 😀 Don’t worry. I’ll be back Tuesday morning, if the Lord says so, too.


It was on this date in 1965 that Canada officially adopted the maple leaf flag as her national flag. This was “in accordance with a formal proclamation by Queen Elizabeth II of England.” From 1870 (or thereabouts), until that time, the flag had been the Canadian Red Ensign, which was “a solid red flag with the Union Jack occupying the upper-left corner and a crest situated in the right portion of the flag.” It took roughly 40 years to come up with a new design. “Today, Canada’s red maple leaf flag is one of the most recognizable national flags in the world.”

There are 262 birthdays listed for today on Among those are Philipp Melanchthon, German Protestant, 1497, Galileo Galilei, astronomer/physicist, 1564, Michael Praetorius, composer, 1571, Henry Engelhard Steinway, piano maker, 1797, Susan Brownell Anthony, suffragette, 1820, John Barrymore, actor, 1882, Lillian Disney, Walt’s wife, 1899, Cesar Romero, actor, 1907, Kevin McCarthy, actor, 1914, Ian Ballantine, publisher, 1916, Harvey Korman, actor, 1927, Jane Seymour, actress, 1951, Matt Groening, cartoonist, 1954, Chris Farley, comedian, 1964, Jane Child, musician, 1967, Conor Oberst, singer/songwriter, 1980, and Matt Hoopes, musician (Relient K), 1981.

I can’t not recognize Harvey Korman’s birthday without showing a clip from the Carol Burnett show, one with him and Tim Conway. They were so good together.


(From The Divine Hours)

Worship the LORD in the splendor of holiness;
tremble before him, all the earth!
Psalm 96:9
Do not remember against us our former iniquities;
let your compassion come speedily to meet us, for we are brought very low.
Psalm 79:8
But with you there is forgiveness, that you may be feared. Psalm 130:4
…but the LORD takes pleasure in those who fear him,
in those who hope in his steadfast love.
Psalm 147:11
Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth.
By this we shall know that we are of the truth and reassure our heart before him;
1 John 3: 18-19
Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.
Cast me not away from your presence, and take not your Holy Spirit from me.
Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and uphold me with a willing spirit.
Psalm 51:10-12

Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.
Proverbs 3:5-6
Cast your burden on the LORD, and he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved. Psalm 55:22
Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you,
casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.
1 Peter 5:6-7

Today’s reading in Reflections for Ragamuffins is “Inside and Out.”

This one is worthy of quoting in its entirety.

“The rich in spirit devote considerable time to thinking
about what they don’t have; the poor to enjoying and
celebrating what they do have. In the last century the
atheist philosopher Friedrich Nietzche reproached a group of
Christians with words to this effect: ‘Yuk, you make me sick!’
When their spokesman asked why, Nietzche replied, ‘Because
you redeemed don’t look like you’re redeemed!’ the rich are
often as downcast, guilt ridden, anxious, and dissatisfied as
their unbelieving neighbors. The poor cry, ‘It is right to give
him thanks and praise.'”

Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Father, I continue to pray that you make me poor in spirit. Help me to “look like I’m redeemed!” May I never cause an unbeliever to doubt your existence by my behavior. Forgive me for the times when I have. Help me to celebrate what I do have rather than moan about what I don’t have. I find that I pretty much have everything I need, and then some, for which I am grateful beyond measure. Keep my heart grateful and keep me always giving thanks to you for the blessings you have poured out on me.

I pray that you give us safe travel for our weekend, and give us a good, relaxing time as we get away. Keep Rachel, Justin, and Stephanie safe here at home.

Your grace is sufficient.

Let us all be more thankful for what we have, believers and unbelievers alike.

Grace and peace, friends.