Ah weekend, the time spent with you was fleeting. Please know that you will be sorely missed for the next five days, and we are looking forward to seeing you soon. Until then, we are fortifying ourselves with caffeine and forcing ourselves to get through Monday . . . or is that just me? It cannot just be me, right? *sigh* Even if it is, it was a good weekend filled with bits of this and that around the house, a lot of sunshine – which was sort of a mockery, since it was so cold out! Heck, if its going to be this cold, it may as well snow!
Verse of the Day
March 4, 2019
It is not good to have zeal without knowledge, nor to be hasty and miss the way.
Thoughts on the Verse of the Day
Maybe one of the most important things we can do to grow in spiritual maturity is to find the right things to get passionate about. We can get riled up about some of the most inconsequential issues. We can get wildly passionate about everything from sports to chocolate pie. But zeal, passion for an issue, must be anchored to spiritual wisdom and understanding. We can get worked up over something and completely miss the will of the Lord because we were blinded by our own passions. While I want zealous people around me, I want them to be zealous for God’s things and for Kingdom issues.
Food for Thought
I ask myself all the time, what is WRONG with people? I am one of the moderators on a popular Facebook group. We keep a pretty close eye on things to keep it friendly, clean and respectful. Once in a while someone pops in and says something completely inappropriate, like a guy did yesterday, making very blatant sexual comments and making the member he was commenting on feel very uncomfortable. Rule of thumb, if you wouldn’t say something to your great-grandmother in church, don’t say it in a “room” filled with 24,000 people who you do not know. Granny may be in there watching what you say. Geez.
Benjamin Harrison Day – Today we celebrate the 23rd President of the United States, President Benjamin Harrison. He was a Republican from Indiana and served from March 4, 1889 through March 4, 1893. His time as President is known for unprecedented economic legislation, which includes the McKinley Tariff, which imposed historic protective trade rates, the Sherman Antitrust Act and facilitated what would eventually become the creation of the National Forests through an amendment to the Land Revision Act in 1891. So, all the times you enjoy in National Forests – you can thank President Harrison . . . yet another amazing Republican President.
Courageous Follower Day – There are people who are leaders and those who are followers. Most people would like to think of themselves as leaders, in one way or another, but sometimes it takes more courage to be a follower – having the faith in someone or something to follow without question or hesitation. The greatest example of this is people who are followers of Jesus Christ. For centuries people who follow Jesus have risked their lives, depending on when and where they live, and why would they do that for a lie? There must be at least some truth in the stories of our Lord for people to have followed Him without question for all of this time, right? There’s a lot at risk to follow a lie. For the first three centuries of the existence of the Christian church, the followers were brutally tortured and murdered for their faith, even being used as human candles by Emperor Nero to “delight” his guests at garden parties. These people could have turned away from their faith to avoid such a fate, but they held firm to their beliefs. Why would they do that? They did it because the clearly felt in their hearts, and had even seen with their eyes, miraculous reasons to follow, knowing that their bodies would die, but their souls would live on with their Savior. If Jesus Christ had been merely the leader of a cult, it would have died with Him on the cross, but He rose from the dead, as was prophesied, and because of the fulfillment of this promise, the faith lives on. I have chosen to be a follower of Christ, through all of life’s adversities, knowing that He is by my side every step of the way.
Holy Experiment Day – Many people pay lip service to believing in God, and sadly enough more and more people are either denying that God exists, or say they aren’t sure, and if this makes me sad, it must be breaking the heart of God. Look at how much He does for us each day! So, this holiday is a day to try something religious. It’s a chance to go out on a limb and try something you may not have done for a while, or maybe ever. This is a day to experiment and talk to God. It’s OK to talk to Him, you know, and He will listen. You can keep it as simple as thanking Him for the new day, for something you appreciate in your life (after all EVERYTHING we have is because of Him – that won’t change just because you may not believe it), ask Him for something important to you – maybe that someone ill feels better, maybe for a positive change in your job, or that you can have peace in a troubled world. Say grace and see if others join you – that’s always a good one to do. God may grant you all, or none of your desired results. One very important thing to remember is that God is not a vending machine – the prayers go in and what you want comes out. He may decide that what you have asked for is not in His plan or won’t be for your good. You may not understand the outcome, but it will all work out in the end because He is in control. Holy experiments are good as long as you remember that our very human limitations in no way limit God. The best result from this celebration? That at the end of the day you are closer to God and feel His presence in a way that perhaps you didn’t before.
Hug a G.I. Day – This celebration is one that is very close to my heart, as are several this month. The men and women who serve in our armed forces are incredibly special. They put their lives on the line for us, they love our country, they put their lives on hold to serve this nation and have vowed to defend her, even if means their own injury or death. All they want in return is to be appreciated for their service – not disrespected. Disrespect is the least of what some of our troops suffer. It means more to them to be thanked for their service than you will ever know – so when you see one of our armed forces in town, or wherever you are – thank them! If they will allow it, give them a hug! (ask first, if they suffer from PTSD – a hug may make them uncomfortable). Let them know that their service and their sacrifice has not gone unnoticed and is appreciated each and every day. God bless our armed forces!
March Forth – Do Something Day – The fourth day in March is the only day of the year and is expressed as an imperative sentence given as a command. I never thought of it that way! March Forth as a celebration was created by Deborah Shouse, who is a noted writer, speaker and creativity coach. This unofficial holiday invites people to March Forth into their lives, try new things and to celebrate their accomplishments. March Forth fine readers, and let me know what new things you find to try today!
National Grammar Day – Today we honor our language and its rules, which help us to communicate clearly with each other. If you are anything like me, and I know many of you are, improper grammar drives you nutty. I spend quite a bit of time reading posts and emails, newspaper articles and ads that just torture our written language. It’s horrible! I have to laugh a bit . . . four years ago when we were shopping for a pup in Craigslist, which is where we found Moose, it took some time to look because, quite honestly, there were a LOT of scam artists, puppy mills, and the like on the site. You CAN find wonderful things on there, including bargains like Moose. While I was searching though, I was dying over some of the ridiculous spelling and grammar in the listing! Seriously, this is a direct quote regarding purebred pit bull puppies . . . ready for this? “per bread pit bull puppies”. Admittedly, this is more spelling than grammar, but I laughed about that for a couple of days. “Per Bread”? Oh my! There are so many times I have been tempted to print out someone’s email, correct it with red pen and return it to them! Focus on your grammar, today and every day. Pay attention to everything you read and see how many mistakes you find . . . then try not to make them yourself.
This Day in History –
1789 – The Constitution of the United States of America goes into effect.
1930 – Mrs. Charles Fahning of Buffalo N.Y. is recognized as the first woman to bowl a perfect 300 game.
Food Celebration of the Day –
National Pound Cake Day – Pound cake has come a long way since its original formula: a pound each of butter, sugar, flour and eggs. Now, clever cooks add their own creative mix-ins.
- Buttermilk Pound Cake
- Green Tea Pound Cake
- Blueberry Pound Cake
- Sour Cream Pound Cake
- Amanda’s Cheese Pound Cake
- Pound Cake Cookies
Gosh, it’s already time to go. I swear it doesn’t matter what time I get up in the morning, the time just flies by and I have to race out the door. Have a wonderful Monday! God bless you and I’ll see you tomorrow.
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