We made it to Tuesday! One day at a time, right? Yesterday, after I got myself up and around for the day, turned out to be pretty good. There was a lot of work to do at the office, which made things go very quickly, followed by a very enthusiastic celebration of Chinese Take-Out Day – and the leftovers for lunch today – and ending with Christmas movies, the last bit of dessert from last night’s family dinner, and a cup of tea. Today will be a good one too! We are having another dinner with my uncle and aunt, since they fly out on Wednesday. It may be two more years since we see them again, so we want to get the time with them while we can. I’ve been texting back and forth with my uncle, and it appears that dinner will be Mongolian Grill. Now THAT is a meal where I can make good choices and enjoy thoroughly. Yep, it’s going to be a good day.
Verse of the Day
November 6, 2018
This is also why you pay taxes, for the authorities are God’s servants, who give their full time to governing. Give everyone what you owe him: If you owe taxes, pay taxes; if revenue, then revenue; if respect, then respect; if honor, then honor.
Thoughts on the Verse of the Day
Ouch! I hate taxes. But I have to admit, I enjoy many of the privileges and blessings that those taxes afford. Paul reminds us in Romans 13, that civil authorities are God’s tools to hold back anarchy, chaos, and lawlessness. As a Christian, I’m immune to most laws because my faith in Jesus is going to regulate my behavior far more strictly than a legal code. But I do have a responsibility (I “owe” it, Paul says) to be a good citizen, a good financial manager, a nice respectful neighbor, and a person who willingly honors those who have merited it.
I Am Very Thankful For . . .
I’ve always had people in my life who I called friend. Some of them turned out to truly be friends, and others were friends in name only. Because I never seemed to know which was which, at least until I got older. I had friends in high school, but when I found myself to be a pregnant teen, all of my friends disappeared like magic. Not even the friends from church were there for me, right when I needed them the most. After that, I called occasional people “friend”, while holding them at arms-length. At one point, I allowed one in, really trusted her, and she paid me back by having an affair with my now ex-husband. It took many years for me to trust again, but since that time I have allowed a few chosen people into my life, they have proven their worth and have managed to get inside the barriers I put up to protect myself. Some of these people I’ve met in person, live near and enjoy spending time with, and others I have only met online but feel a if I’ve known them my entire life. Today I am thankful for these friends. They listen when I need an ear, prop me up when I need a shoulder to lean on, laugh with me – and even sometimes at me – when the occasion calls for it, and cry with me when I am sad. These are friends who love me for who I am, and that is special. Be thankful for your friends and hold them close. A good one really is a gift and should be treasured.
Election Day – Today is a very important day. It is election day, and I hope and pray that everyone is getting out and voting – well, at least the people who are eligible to vote. The dead need to stay dead, the voters need to follow the law and vote once and only for themselves. We have freedom in this country to elect our officials, so please, vote what it is in your heart, not what someone else says for you to believe. Our state is mail-in voting, but they do provide us with drop boxes for ballots all over the place, so I dropped ours off yesterday. Today is the day to start a peaceful revolution, a revolution where the majority rules. We get this chance every four years when we elect a president, every six years when we elect our U.S. Senators, and every two years when we elect our U.S. Congressmen. This is our chance to clean house and remove from office the people who do not take our wishes into consideration, which is their job to do, and replace with them with people who actually listen to us and vote accordingly. Please read about the initiatives carefully, research the candidates, and thoughtfully cast your vote today. The future of our nation, as our forefathers envisioned it, depends on the continuation of this right by all citizens. Don’t let the people who have been committing voter fraud win – get out, vote, stand up for what this nation should be and help her get back to where she was. . . when she really was the land of the free. I voted! Will you?
Marooned Without a Compass – How is your sense of direction? When you are out and about, do you find yourself feeling hopelessly lost? Do you know where you are? If you are someone who feels that way, then this day may be for you! Learning to navigate without a compass is something that we all should consider, perhaps by learning the position of the sun and stars and how they correspond with the time of day. Perhaps learning to check the trees for moss – which grows on the shaded north side of the tree trunk would be one way to learn to function without a compass. If you view things in a different way, maybe being marooned without a compass for just one day may be a good thing! So many of us live such busy life styles that we have no time to relax. Just kick back and enjoy being marooned, then tomorrow head east when the sun rises. Until then, just find a shady tree and kick back! Of course, depending on where you live, this could be a cold and wet outing this time of year.
Saxophone Day – The Saxophone is a classical woodwind instrument and an essential instrument in jazz bands, symphonic bands, marching bands and more. The Saxophone was invented around 1840, by Adolphe Sax, a Belgian musical instrument maker, and is made of brass. Adolphe invented 8 types of saxophones: Sopranino, Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Baritone, Bass, Contrabass, and Subcontrabass. The first Saxophone ever created was the Bass Saxophone. A 9th type of Saxophone, the Soprillo Saxophone, was invented in 2004 and is the smallest Saxophone. Some famous Saxophone Players (Alphabetical order):
- John Coltrane
- Stan Getz
- Coleman Randolph Hawkins “Hawk”
- James Moody
- Charlie “The Bird” Parker
- Lester Prez Young
- I’ve never played any sort of horn, the piano was my instrument of choice, but for those of you who play the sax . . . well, Happy Saxophone Day!
This Day in History –
1860 – Abraham Lincoln elected President of the United States.
Food Celebration of the Day –
National Nachos Day – Legend has it in 1940s Mexico, a restaurateur named Ignacio “Nacho” Anaya, who loved to get creative with leftovers, dreamed up the cheesy chips we know today. I find myself feeling a little like drooling as I look at these. Yum! That’s the downside of trying to focus on healthy eating – these celebrations tend to leap out and entice me to the cheesy goodness that I know awaits in a plate of nachos!
Today my prayer is that God leads the hearts of the voters, that they see clearly the best possible thing for our nation and take that responsibility seriously. Fake News – which it seems is most news these days – has an agenda. Don’t fall into the trap. Vote what is right, not necessarily what is popular. Our very futures may depend upon it. God bless you and I’ll see you tomorrow.
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