Performing Random Acts of Kindness Should Be for Everyday, Not Just Once a Year

Feb 16th

Weekends are nice, even though many of us had a short week due to snow and road closures. The problem with snow days for me is that Hubby works so close to home, that he still manages to go in to work, which means that I’m awake and out of bed when he is so that I can make his lunch and get our breakfast going.  I always say I’m going to take a nap on those days, but unless I am wracked with a migraine, I never do. Weekends allow me to get up without an alarm and on my own schedule . . . or Moose’s schedule – depends on how things go. Nothing quite like waking up to a big, furry paw slammed in the middle of my stomach to wake me up. This morning I was awake at 8:00, got up and in my own timing made coffee (number 1 priority – duh) and breakfast, watched a movie with Hubby, and am generally enjoying our time together. Yes, we both have things to do, but sometimes just hanging out is important too.

 

Verse of the Day

February 15, 2019

Anyone who receives instruction in the word must share all good things with his instructor.

Galatians 6:6

Thoughts on the Verse of the Day

Yes, there are those who take advantage of God’s flock and misuse God’s money. This is tragic because many of God’s servants of the Word all over the world minister with few economic resources or financial support. While God never promised ministers of the Word economic wealth, he does remind us of the importance of caring for them. Let’s use this week to support those who share God’s word with us. Let’s also remember that sharing “all good things” means much more than money! Let’s keep our missionaries, our ministers, and our teachers in our prayers. Let’s commit to sending them regular notes of specific encouragement so their ministry will be a blessing not only to us and the Lord but also to them!

 

February 16, 2019

Anyone who receives instruction in the word must share all good things with his instructor.

Galatians 6:6

 

Thoughts on the Verse of the Day

Yes, there are those who take advantage of God’s flock and misuse God’s money. This is tragic because many of God’s servants of the Word all over the world minister with few economic resources or financial support. While God never promised ministers of the Word economic wealth, he does remind us of the importance of caring for them. Let’s use this week to support those who share God’s word with us. Let’s also remember that sharing “all good things” means much more than money! Let’s keep our missionaries, our ministers, and our teachers in our prayers. Let’s commit to sending them regular notes of specific encouragement so their ministry will be a blessing not only to us and the Lord but also to them!

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Food for Thought

We are not in control of the weather, right? Each of us wakes up, looks outside, sees what is going on, and that is what we deal with for the day.  No amount of whining, griping, anger, fear or other emotion will change what the weather is going to do. This is a fact. We had a lot of snow last week. Personally, I loved it, and seeing the piles of dirty snow where the plows push it aside just makes me feel sad. I love seeing it in the fields and years, lacing the trees with a beautiful winter coat, so when it melts, it is a gloomy thing for me. The weather guessers are saying that we MIGHT get more snow, which is fine with me, but you should hear the angst from others over the possibility! Seriously, it was raining the other day, and mixed in with the rain were a few slushy bits. I heard panic in the voice of someone I know at the mere sight of it. Dude! We can’t change it, and whining/worrying/nearly crying at the thought isn’t going to change things. Take each day as it comes, stop putting energy into the things of nature that we cannot change, and put some focus on changing the evil that is taking over our world.

 

February 16 –

Do a Grouch a Favor Day – We all know someone who is perpetually grouchy and grumpy.  Some people just seem to be grouchy all of their time – it’s in their nature!  Some are just occasionally grumpy, maybe by things going on in their lives, not getting enough sleep, rainy weather, and other stuff like that.  A few folks are good at being grouchy but hiding it so others don’t see.  Today is a great day to do something to cheer up a grouch by doing a good deed for one. Look around for someone who is in a grouchy mood and do something nice for them – see if you can get them to smile.  There are plenty of grouchy folks to practice on, try it on all of them you see today and watch what happens!  You may get a smile or even a laugh!

 

Kyoto Protocol Day – Well, I was GOING to write about this one, unable to figure out why I didn’t write about it last year . . . until I figured out that it was about climate change and the U.N. – both topics that I refuse to write about. I can’t stand the U.N. – don’t trust it at all – and quite honestly, the climate has been changing routinely since God created everything, and it will continue to change until He chooses to take it away.  Nothing the U.N. or anyone else says or does will change a darn thing and could actually make things worse.  God is pretty smart – considering that He IS God – so let Him take care of all of the climate stuff and everything will work out just fine. In the meantime, I am hoping that President Trump will sever the U.S.’s ties with the U.N. Now THAT would be progress!

 

 

February 17 –

Champion Crab Races Day – I had no idea that there was a National Champion Crab Racing Day, did you?  I suppose if you aren’t raised in a place where you have crabs handy, you wouldn’t.  I live near a beach where there are many tiny little sand crabs, but I can still honestly say I wouldn’t have thought of racing them.  So, how does a crab race work?  Apparently on a typical crab racing night, the crabs compete in 12 to 14 heat races.  The crabs hang out underneath an upside-down plastic bowl at the center of a 6-foot racing ring.  The bowl is lifted and the crabs scatter in different directions.  The first crab to cross the yellow line wins and advances to the nightly championship race.  The person who has the winning crab gets to choose a sealed envelope that contains $10 to $100 in prize money.  I found this little video that shows some kids racing their hermit crabs – they looked pretty excited on the sidelines as they cheered their little guys to the yellow ring.  Take a look – who knows? You may be the next, greatest crab racer!

 

 

My Way Day – Have you heard that phrase “It’s my way or the highway”? I’m sure we all have at one point or another.  This celebration doesn’t have a clear beginning but it likely was inspired by someone having a bold idea that they weren’t afraid to go through with, and it started the thoughts that there should be a day when we are encouraged to do what we want – however we want.  It’s YOUR day! Make it happen any way you want.  Just keep it legal, OK?

 

 

Random Acts of Kindness Day – We all go through our days, each and every day, focused on what we need to do next.  Often, we are so internally focused that we fail to look outside of ourselves to the others around us.  When we do open our eyes to take a look, we will see other people doing the same thing we usually do.   We also see a lot of sadness, desperation, anger, or the vacant look of people who are a little lost.  Sometimes all that these people need is something little, something out of the blue from a stranger to make them feel better.  It is called a Random Act of Kindness and needs have no motivation except . . . kindness.  It can take various forms and what often happens is that one act leads that person to perform one of their own, and they continue paying it forward, putting smiles on other people’s faces as the day goes on.  So, what are some things that people do?  I’ve heard of paying for the coffee of the person behind you in line in the coffee shop, putting coins in a meter that is expired, paying for dinner of the car behind you in the drive-through, picking up the tab of an individual or family in a restaurant.  It can cost nothing . . . taking the cart back to the store for someone who is parked quite a distance from a cart return or assisting someone in getting something on a high shelf they can’t quite reach in the grocery store. It can also be a little bigger than that.  Take time to go visit a shut-in, make them dinner, or go visit at a retirement facility.  A few minutes spent with one of the residents could make their entire week a better one.  What can YOU do today to randomly show kindness to a stranger? Don’t just restrict it to a single day – ANY day can be a good day for a random act of kindness.

 

 

This Day in History –

Feb. 16,1937 – Nylon is patented. But it won’t become popular for a few more decades.

Feb. 16, 1948 – NBC TV begins its first nightly newscast.

 

 

Food Celebrations of the Day –

February 16

National Almond Day – Good for your heart. Good for your waistline. Good for your skin. What can’t almonds do?  With a history that dates back to ancient times, it’s no wonder this miraculous little tree fruit is so widely used and revered. It’s also no wonder that this ultimate super food has its very own day of honor.   Almonds’ fruity-woodsy aroma and toasty nuttiness make them a natural fit for the baker’s pantry, but they also give depth (and sometimes a little crunch!) to savory dishes, too.

 

 

February 17

Café Au Lait Day – I love my lattes.  I really do.  They get expensive though, so about 9-years ago I took some Christmas money I got for a gift and I bought a Mr. Coffee Café Au Lait machine, and I use it every single day.   Sometimes it acts like it doesn’t want to keep on working, and I keep insisting that it does.  Coffee with a generous amount of milk in it has had many naysayers – French author Balzac even called it “ludicrous” but what does HE know?  The comfort of the milky-creamy coffee, for me mixed with some chocolate, is worth every single lovely sip and something I look forward every morning.  The milky-coffee flavor mix makes for a darn-good dessert, too.

I found a link showing the different ways that Café au Lait is referred to in other countries and thought I’d share that with you – it’s pretty interesting. In Europe café au lait comes from the same tradition as café con leche in Spain.  In Poland they call it kawa biala or white coffee; in Germany it is referred to as Milchkaffee, or milk coffee; The Netherlands calls it koffie verkeerd, or incorrect coffee (HEY! That’s not very nice!); and in the French speaking parts of Switzerland a popular version that you will find is called , café renverse – or reverse coffee.  They make it by using the milk as a base and adding the espresso to it, which is opposite of how a traditional café au lait is made by adding milk to the coffee.

 

New Orleans Cafe Au Lait

Tipsy Cafe Au Lait with Chocolate Whipped Cream

Cappuccino Cheesecake

Cappuccino Crinkles

Mocha Crumble Bars

Vanilla Moomoo Mocha

Coffee Vanilla Chocolate Smoothie

 

It looks like today is going to be a day for snuggling up in front of the TV, watching really bad B movies. That’s always fun, right? Hubby and I can make fun of them together. God bless you, have a great weekend, and I’ll see you on Monday.

 

 

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