Our week with Miss B is over – I already miss her giggles and cuddles. I know her Mommy and Daddy missed her very much, and since she is getting ready to start pre-school soon, she needed to be home to get things ready. She has been practicing packing her backpack for a few weeks and is REALLY looking forward to being around other children her age. They grow up so quickly that it makes the heart sad and happy at the same time. This is a big week for me too, because while school starts this week for Big Brother E, and I start my new job today! The whole being unemployed thing was starting to make me feel very sad and rather frustrated. I have a good feeling about this though – I will be working four-day weeks again, only with Fridays off! Having Wednesdays off really broke up the week, but I can honestly say that I think this is going to be so much better!
Verse of the Day
August 27, 2018
You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you.
Thoughts on the Verse of the Day
While it is naive, on one hand, to think that trusting in God makes all of our problems go away — Christians have many of the same problems that unbelievers do because they share the same mortal flesh, on the other hand it’s true. If we trust in God, we believe our work stands or falls in his hands and that ultimately, we will share in his victorious and glorious presence. It means our lives will not be lived in vain. That’s not just confidence; it’s the foundation of true peace — life lived to its fullest and richest, knowing that every moment of life matters and we don’t need to be anxious about its results when we rest our life in the hands of the LORD.
Food for Thought
Relationships are hard work, aren’t they? Whether they involve blood relatives, relation by marriage, spousal or friends, they take work. It takes mutual respect, kindness, understanding and forgiveness to keep them together. Out of all of those things I can say that for me, forgiveness is the most difficult one to master. I’m sure it is for many, if not most, people, since God talks about it so often in the Bible. Keep in mind that the world is going crazy around us, to the point that it feels like it will never be normal again. Family and friendship are more important than ever. Family unity is under attack more now than ever – it is so important to focus our eyes on God and His plan for family. We don’t always have to see eye to eye for the love to be there.
Just Because Day – Do you ever want to do something Just Because? No reason except that it’s something you WANT to do! Our lives are so scripted, scheduled and regimented that Just Because struggles to find its way into our daily repertoire. We do so many things because we have to, we are expected to and there are always goals to reach and time limits keeping us on the straight and narrow. That just doesn’t apply today! Take today and do something just because – without a reason, without logic. Pick something that will be even better because it is uncommon or unexpected, something you may have had in mind but just didn’t have the time to do. Indulging in a whim may be just thing for you today. Here are some suggestions to get you started:
- Take an unplanned day of vacation
- Visit someone you haven’t seen in a while
- Pay an unexpected compliment to someone
- Skip – don’t walk
- Buy something you don’t need.
- Jump in a puddle
- Walk backwards
- Buy flowers for yourself, or someone you love, for no other reason than JUST BECAUSE!
The Duchess Who Wasn’t Day – Today we celebrate the life of Irish novelist Margaret Wolfe Hungerford, who was published under the pen name “The Duchess” in the United States. It was also the name of her most popular novel, which was published in 1887. Margaret is responsible for the popular phrase “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder” in her book Molly Bawn. The Duchess had at least 57 works written under her name, but there could have been many more because much of her early work was published as Anonymous, and later as Mrs. Hungerford, before “The Duchess” became popular in the United States. In addition to all of her books, she wrote many newspaper articles and had a large family – four daughters and two sons. She was born on the 27th of April in 1855 in County Cork, won prizes in school for writing stories, and after the death of her first husband in 1876, she began writing more seriously to support her three daughters. It was shortly after this that her first book “Phyllis” was written, and a short time later, “Molly Bawn”. She remarried in 1882, had two sons and daughter with her second husband, and sadly, died of typhoid fever in 1897. She is an amazing example of how working hard and being determined can help us reach goals that we set for ourselves, whether by necessity or merely desire.
This Day in History –
1886 – The island volcano of Krakatoa in Indonesia erupts. It was heard over 3,000 miles away and one of the biggest natural disasters ever recorded.
Food Celebration of the Day –
National Banana Lover’s Day – Bananas are one of the first fruits we learn to love as babies. Their soft texture, sweet taste and high nutritional value make them perfect for making baby food. One small banana has only 90 calories and zero fat! That same banana will supply you with 15 percent of your daily value of Vitamin C, and 10 percent of your potassium. Here are some interesting facts about bananas: * Bananas contain potassium-40, which is a radioactive isotope of potassium. * Almost all commercial banana plants are clones of a single plant originating in Southeast Asia. * There are more than 1,000 types of bananas in the world, although many are inedible. * Bananas help produce serotonin, a natural chemical that helps alleviate depression.
Fun fact: The banana tree is not technically a tree at all, but the world’s largest flowering herbaceous plant. It dies back and grows anew each year.
National Burger Day – I’m sure many, if not most, of us love our burgers, and we have for a very long time! Did you know that the oldest fast food restaurant in the world is White Castle? I didn’t – not that we have any around here. I’ve never tried White Castle because of it. It opened in 1921. They say that more people in the United States eat more burgers in restaurants than they do at home – though I can say that for us it is about equal. Burgers are loved so much that at a burger festival in Wisconsin they created the largest burger ever, topping out at over 8,000 pounds. HOW? I want to know HOW?
National Pots de Crème Day – Yum . . . Pots de Crème – little pots, or dishes, or custard made with eggs, egg yolks, cream, milk and a flavor like vanilla or chocolate. Rich, creamy and utterly delicious.
Well, it’s time for me to get ready for my new job! I won’t lie, I’m a little nervous. Wish me luck and have a fantastic day! God bless you and I’ll see you tomorrow!
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