TODAY THE WORDS are WHO CAME UP WITH THAT?  My husband is a History buff and he had the show on the history of the corn chip and then the potato chip and this topic seem to inspire my thoughts on “who came up with that?”. I am not in the same category as Greg is with his curiosity of the history of so many creations, products, ideas, and events. Somehow, this show slowed me down to watch it. Both Greg and I were astonished at how many companies Frito Lay owns and how many of the snack products came from the original corn chip idea to expand the company. How many of you know that Frito Lay was started with a borrowed $100 from Charles Elmer Doolin’s mother? He bought the recipe, a hand held ricer and a few retail accounts and began his company. I am not going to focus on this business, but when you have time, it is interesting to follow his and Herman Lay’s association. What I do want to focus is the idea behind “coming up with a great idea”. So many times, I have picked up something and wondered who came up with that? My uncle, Cecil Holt, inventor of Holt’s Nut Wizard and other inventions, has shared with others that his inventions come in the form of dreams. I remember him sharing the prototype for the Nut Wizard years ago, in the bakery he and his wife owned. It was crudely put together with baling wire but it worked! Of course, it developed into the finished product that is shipped all over the world. Now for the deeper thought and why this non historian blogger is writing on who came up with that…….I know the answer to this question and not to take away from all inventors…..The Master Inventor and Creator. When my uncle stated that he had dreamed his invention, my mind goes back to Daniel, Jacob, other’s dreams and Joseph’s interpretation of many dreams of future events were vividly seen and recounted for certain purposes for the good of God’s people. God sets the stage and when a need is revealed, God relays the plan for providing and filling this need. So, when you dream and if you get an idea, think about it, and give thanks to God for all things.
Give to life, life will give to you. Give thanks to God and God will bless you.
Jeremiah 23:25-32 – I have heard what the prophets said, that prophesy lies in my name, saying, I have dreamed, I have dreamed.

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TODAY THE WORD is KARMA. This week, especially, I heard the word Karma used several times and I thought this word worthy of a blog post. I thought it interesting that Karma means:
“The sum of a person’s actions in this and previous states of existence, viewed as deciding their fate in… or Destiny or fate, following as effect from cause.” When the word was used in a negative direction, it seems as if people have reflected on this word as only a negative description or “omen”. I think this is what I call, “what is wrong with the world today”. When you read the definition, do you see a negative meaning? I don’t! Karma can go either way and how it is interpreted is the key. When we fill a bucket with sand, we expect sand. When we fill a bucket with sand and expect it to be water and we dump it on plants to water them, well that may be a negative Karma, definitely. Or is it just plain not thinking and preparing with needed check before we act? If we had looked in the bucket, wouldn’t we have seen sand instead of water? Are you starting to follow my thoughts on Karma? Karma is the effect from “cause”. This tells me that we have something to say in Karma or destiny by our previous and present state of existence.  We are what we think; we are what we do; and we are what we say honestly. Let’s go back to the bucket theory. We accidentally put sand instead of water in the bucket. We look into the bucket and realize we should have put water because we are going to use the contents of the bucket to water the plants. We see our mistake and we pour the sand out and replace it with water. Ah, ha! We have changed the effect and now we can proceed with the task of watering the plant. Remember Karma is only to be considered if we do not take proper action while undertaking a project, a relationship, work, hobbies and most importantly faith. Now for the deeper thought…..If Karma is Destiny of fate, following as effect from cause, could we not think of salvation in the same respect with destiny of an eternal home following an effect from living a life of goodness, repentance, charity, and grace from the cause of finding and working out your plan of salvation.

Galatians 6:8-9                
For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life. And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.

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TODAY THE WORDS are CIRCUS TENT. how many of you have been to the circus as a child? I understand a lot of you have been as an adult and even though it was fun, I am wanting to go back to the first time you experienced the live circus. The first sight is usually the big top tent which houses the excitement and the “circus people and animals”. With animal protection, you don’t see circuses as we did when we were small. I am not in favor of any cruelty to animals and I am sure we didn’t think any cruelty was being experienced. We looked at the animals as “stars” and were mesmerized by the tricks and shows. The clowns were a big hit and we laughed at their silly antics and makeup. It was their facial expressions which kept us captivated. We watched, we screamed, we were scared, we were amused, and we stayed still with our focus on the big ring! The lions, the tigers, the elephants, the horses, and the dogs were so “smart” or so well trained and they did their acts with perfection. Oh, the days of the circus! I understand, with knowledge of how some animals were treated without care, why the circus days have almost disappeared. Now for the deeper thought…..Life in itself seems to be a circus with all of us appearing in the big ring under the big top and we are in the spotlight. I think, as in the old days of the circus, a lot of people are mistreated and are not given proper care. I am referring to the children and some adults who are expected to “perform” but not given the attention and love they truly need to be a “top act” in life. They go through the mechanics of what is expected but the thrill is not there and there is no excitement due to lack of the positive encouragement. When they don’t perform as expected, they are ridiculed or “beaten” and I don’t necessarily mean a physical beating. When a life performer is constantly critiqued they begin to believe they cannot do better and so we are not given a brilliant performance. Think about how we cheered on the performers in the circus. We applauded, we cheered, and we laughed with them and not at them! If we show our family and friends the same courtesy and encouragement, we can see explosive improvement in the same people. When the dog performers and you can relate to your own pets are given treats (or in people kind, positive words) they are excited about doing it again. Think positive, applaud good deeds, encourage the one attempting to do good, support the down trodden, and love all people. I heard a Preacher yesterday giving God’s command to Love Each Other and to To Love without Color; in other words, we are to love all of The Universal Ringmaster, Our God!.

Ephesians 4:29                
Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.

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TODAY THE WORDS are SIDE STREETS. It seems as if I am going to go on some roads less traveled this morning since the topic is side streets. I am usually a gal that plots where she is going and either GPS or Google directions and try for a straight shot to my destination. However, on a few of our date nights, my husband who usually drives on such occasions has said, “Let’s go a different way” or “Let me show you something”. He takes different routes and enjoys seeing homes and places I would have missed taking the straight shot home. He loves the adventure of seeing something new and the last time he did this, I paid attention. Side streets and roads can be interesting and when they are taken, our eyes are taking in the new scenery and it is not boring at all. I finally got what Greg was telling me during the other trips; look at life as it is going by and not try to live it so fast and hard.  I would call myself a high achiever at most things I go after. If, not for Greg pointing out there are things to see on the side streets, I would keep my short route and probably miss some minor thing that could mean a lot. Many people choose to live on side streets and not main thoroughfares to avoid the main stream traffic and noise. Try to think of the difference of the noise from a major city’s freeway and a main street in a small town. Think of how you can see in the windows of the stores on the street in a small town, but you cannot remember the names of the big stores in the major city streets unless you have gone past them for years. Now for the deeper thought…..a tree can be worth a thousand words; a old couple walking together in their yards can spark a smile;  a couple of dogs playing and tumbling together outside can cause a giggle; and an old house sitting idle after so many years can refresh your memory of the “good ole days”. We, as a nation, are trying to get faster and faster in our technology taking all of the manual labor out of things we do. As a result, we have adjusted our lives to pick up the pace. The technology was designed to allow us more time to take some side streets and travel the road less traveled. More people might pick up photography; others might paint a scene from one of those trips; others might write about it; and others might just stop on the side of one of those side streets and open the door and get some fresh air for a change. God wants us to live life; love life and live life to the fullest! Have a great trip through life!
Isaiah 65:17     

“For behold, I create new heavens and a new earth, and the former things shall not be remembered or come into mind.

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TODAY THE WORDS are SUNNY SIDE UP. When we order eggs at a restaurant, or if I get my special treat of “bull eyes” cooked by Greg, I love them “sunny side up”. A lot of people order their eggs differently and I am not focusing on the differences but why we order differently. A proper sunny side egg is cooked with the yolk intact, the white cooked completely. Being from the south, I enjoy eggs with grits together and the way sunny side eggs have more liquid and some solid part, it blends with the grits wonderfully. Some people do not mix the grits together and they might choose over well, scrambled, or they could choose sunny side too. The reason I mention the other methods is there is variety in most foods and/or life. We have choices and it is important to make the right choices. The best example is watching someone who orders his or her eggs a certain way and if they come prepared differently. It becomes very important and not just a choice. I don’t fault the one who orders the eggs and it is not usually the server who also prepares the food; so not the server’s fault either (exception if they didn’t make it clear to the cook/chef). Now, for the deeper thought……Life is so like ordering eggs and we do have choices. Some people are the “sunny side up” and they blend easily with others. They can be by themselves or together in a “crowd of others”. Some “eggs” of life are independent and like to be on their own; in other words the loners and they have trouble being a part of a crowd. Sometimes, they will allow one or two “condiments” or in reality, friends. The well done is a more rigid person and they are “fixed” in their lifestyle, with whom they are friends, and what they like to do. I use these examples to understand how we are different from each other and we don’t react exactly as other people react. If we understand this principle, and even though we have preferences, we can accept the differences in others. I am probably a good example of “sunny side up” personality, but I respect the other types of people too. When you are reading this blog, see which type “egg” you are and which other kind of eggs your friends reflect. The result is there are many types of “eggs” but God only asks us to be ourselves and be a “Good egg”. Hatch some kindness and acceptance today!
Matthew 6:26          
Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?

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TODAY THE WORD is  COMMENTS. In our world of technology and social networks, words like comments, like, unlike, friend, delete, post, blog, etc. have found their way to center stage. We get posts and photos from our friends and we “comment”. We sometimes wish we could find a “love” button instead of like when it is a sensational post. We add Amen to the comment section and we share. In written form, words lose some of their meaning as we cannot see the face or the smiles or even the frowns. Nevertheless, we like to see comments of others. I have wondered why this action means so much to us. When we cook for others, and we have tasted everything and know it is tasty; we still wait for the “comments” and it is confirmed when we hear, “It is so good” or the other many reactions. A young lady is picking out an outfit and she has already seen how pretty or cool she looks; she waits for the comments from her friends to agree. What happens if they disagree with her first thought? It no longer has the appeal and she changes to another. Should comments be so important? I thought at an earlier stage in my life I had to have approval from everyone else to be “an approved body”. I almost made myself miserable by trying to please everyone else. I felt it necessary to fit into “the normal” mold. Life was somehow not as enjoyable when I conformed to the thinking of others. Later in life, and I am not a rebel by no means, so don’t misunderstand what this message or “comments” is to be interpreted, I discovered I thought a little differently than some, similar to others, and liked that about me. Now for the deeper thought……Comments are sometimes helpful to us; comments are sometimes critical; comments can build a person up or tear them down. We should use comments very wisely. We should receive comments even wiser. Keep the ones which are helpful and use the comments meant constructively and toss any negative or destructive comments in the trash. God made each and every one of us to be unique. He gave one person the ability to sing; another one to speak; another one the grace and wisdom to be a mentor to others; He gave some the ability to be the quiet, reserved one; He gave some of us the ability to share our thoughts with others; and He gave the ability to nurse to some; He gave all of us the right to be ourselves and flourish if we keep His commandments and teachings. When we “comment” it should be with love and charity and keep the other person’s feelings in mind when we do comment. Live life, love life and live life to the fullest. Today, comment on an other’s good traits and good deeds.

1 Peter 3:15-16     

But in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect, having a good conscience, so that, when you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ may be put to shame

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TODAY THE WORDS are SELF RISING FLOUR. As our Mother would say, “What in the world?” to this topic. I would normally agree with her thinking as this does not seem like a life lesson topic. I got up early to put on a chuck roast for lunch and I was pulling out the flour to brown the roast. I noticed the self rising flour bag on the carousel and here we go, “self rising” flour lesson.
In the 19rh century with the industrial era, steam mills allowed additives to be added and wallah, self rising flour. It saved time and allowed a diversified product. No longer would a cook or chef have to add baking powder and soda for recipes. Plain flour gave the option to use without those ingredients for dusting or recipes not requiring the flour to rise. I am one of those cooks that love both and use them for different purposes. That brings me to why I am writing about self rising flour. I have seen the “plain” flour people and the “self rising” flour people and I have witnessed the differences. Plain flour people have a different personality than the self rising bunch. They seem content to wait until people add things to their lives (by others having to do for them) and they are not innovated to accomplish “big” things on their own. I see the “self rising” people jump to “rise” on their own and they don’t wait for anyone and/or anything. A friend of mine, whose husband seemed to be the “plain” flour kind of guy, learned early in their marriage he had to have the “active” ingredients for rising added. She practiced hard love and added those ingredients by insisting he rise to the responsibilities of their marriage. She didn’t throw him out, she added to his existing ingredients. This man is one of the finest men I have met and they have a great relationship. Now for the deeper thought, when we find a plain flour person, we don’t need to say this is okay for you to stay this way, add the ingredients (responsibility) and watch them rise. I am not saying that everyone we meet will allow the ingredients to be added but if we try to encourage, expect, and in some manner of tough love, accept no less; more people might become the most they can be. Life becomes easier when we are surrounded by people who are self rising on their own, but God wants us to love, teach and add what we can by witnessing to others. Parents take time to add the active ingredients to help your children rise to be their best!
New International Version (©2011)  1 Kings 17:16 For the jar of flour was not used up and the jug of oil did not run dry, in keeping with the word of the LORD spoken by Elijah.

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TODAY THE WORD is TODAY.  This is  a topic from the heart and is meant for all of us, and not directed at anyone but for everyone that is reading. I am a positive person; however there are times when we need to get real. I think there are only a rare amount of people who do not procrastinate in some things. I am not a habitual procrastinator but I put off some things too. Yesterday, three people were taken from this life unexpected and I can only imagine when each one of them woke up yesterday neither one of them knew their “today” was their last day and that is one of the reasons I am touching on this subject. Our hearts go out to their families and friends. Today, if you are reading this blog, you and I were blessed to wake up for another day. If we were told today is our last day, and it may well be, what we would do today? I think about this, and for all of you that know me know that I am not a gloom and doom person. I do however, think about “today” in a positive way as to with how much can I fill today? What can I do that will make a difference to someone? What can I do that will be pleasing to God, my family and my friends? What have I put off that I need to address today? Today is a wonderful new day, and if there is anything left undone, why not take care of it while there is a golden opportunity. Who haven’t we talked to in a long time. I posted one of my little quotes this morning, “If you are waiting on something; time is not waiting on you” and her comment was “I found out about a month ago that time waited long enough,I found some lost relatives that we haven’t seen in 18 years..GOD IS GOOD !! This was the inspiration for this message. We have great things in store for us if we act upon our intentions and call or go see people who we love and have missed. Now for the deeper thought……God has waited on some of His Children to recognize the need to get closer to Him. For those who this message may be hitting close to your heart; today may be the very day for that step. It may be the only day to make that step or you may choose to wait. What I want to say from my heart, the day (that was a today at that time) I made that step; my life got so much happier and easier. Life is to be a wondrous adventure with a beautiful destination at the end. Sometimes, it is that last Today we will have on this earth. How will we fill Today? Live life, love life, and live life to its fullest is my motto! Have a great day, today!
King James Bible (Cambridge Ed.) Ecclesiastes 11:7Truly the light is sweet, and a pleasant thing it is for the eyes to behold the sun:

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TODAY THE WORD is YOGURT. I know that some of you who know me and understand how southern I am are smiling right now and thinking to yourself, “Arline eats yogurt?” I do! My health conscious daughter introduced me to yogurt several years ago in an effort to move me into a healthier eating regime. Oh, how I resisted at first. It had a different texture than anything I had eaten and I thought, “I have to eat this, maybe healthy eating is not for me.” I feel yogurt is an acquired taste unless you go the route of the sugar added not quite so healthy yogurt or get the frozen yogurt that can be topped with a  thousand candies, nuts, fruits, and even chocolate. Now, we may be talking, I thought. That delusion got squashed very quickly and rightfully so and this is the reason for the topic for the blog today. I am having yogurt this morning, and it is healthy non fat Greek yogurt with fresh fruit. This preparation gave me the thought of how we change things in our life to suit our desires, not our needs. In other words, we want to adjust to appease and that in itself is not healthy. While on one hand, to tell others I eat yogurt gives an impression of health conscious habits but it is necessary to look farther into the description. Am I eating the healthy yogurt or piling on the “goodies but baddies” on top and defeating my purpose? Now for the deeper thought…..Do we do this misrepresentation in other areas of our lives? Do we pretend to be a good employee and steal time from the company we work for? Do we portray total faithfulness to our spouses and at the same time do what we call “harmless” flirting? Do we give to others when it is selfless or do we give when it suits our image? Do we say we trust in Our God but question when our prayers are not answered immediately? Let me say this please, I am speaking to all of us on this and getting real. Not everyone will go the healthy route and sometimes even the best of us will feel we deserve the toppings with disregard to our spiritual health, but God is there to guide us back to what is healthy for our souls. Life presents all kind of unhealthy temptations and our souls can benefit if we choose the healthy, wonderful lifestyle and be frankly honest with ourselves. At points in my life, I didn’t want to be frank with myself. I find it so enlightening to be honestly free now. I make mistakes and have to pray and “straighten up my spiritual diet” and God hands me my “soul diet” (bible) and forgives me for getting off the program. If all of us will commit to “soul happy diet” our lives become easier, better things happen, and we acquire a taste for the healthy living and we “exercise” God’s love. Let’s get healthy in our souls today!

“He said, ‘If you listen carefully to the voice of the Lord your God and do what is right in His eyes, if you pay attention to His commands and keep all of His decrees, I will not bring on you any of the diseases I brought on the Egyptians, for I am the Lord, who heals you.’ ” Exodus 15:26

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TODAY THE WORD is MUGGY.  All of us have experienced the days when the humidity is so high, the air feels very heavy and thick. Those are the days the usual description is “It is so muggy”. think it relates all the way back to the Norse word “mugga” referring to drizzle. The days which are referred with this adjective are the days of heaviness and usually affects our attitudes and sinuses. We sometimes find ourselves a little out of sorts or irritable on those days. I am not blaming our discomfort in life to muggy days but it seems to add to existing discomfort. Here in the south, we experience a lot of days with high humidity and therefore have the extra feel of heaviness. I know, I am one that can feel the lifting of that weight when the humidity drops and it almost feels like I have lost weight. I walk faster and smile more but that is my personal reaction to humid weather. Researchers go back and forth; some say that studies show people feel more tired or depressed with weather atmospheric changes; others state there is not correlation between the seasons and depression or fatigue. I must be among the first group as I definitely feel different with changes in the weather. Now for the deeper thought… Sometime in my life, I felt I had a muggy soul. My life might have been seen by so many as a good life, but my soul felt weighted down or muggy. I went about my life, not light and airy, but with an added weight. I was like the two studies not agreeing what affect my life weather was having on my soul. When God “changed the humidity” or lifestyle; I became lighter in spirit and with each humidity drop (giving up the things weighing my soul down; my life became easier. There have been so many “sunny” days since my life meters became synchronized with God’s meters. Life is to be a joy and we deserve sunny days in our spirit. There are always the days when people we love are suffering; there are the days when we are going through personal trials; there are the days when the humidity of the world seems to hover over our homes or work. The one thing I have learned is I can pray for others, myself, the world, etc. with a lighter spirit than former days. I may not have the answers but it lifts the “fog” of  not needing the answers and receiving acceptance. Sunny days are ahead for us if we trust and believe, “God has this”.
Proverbs 12:25

Heaviness in the heart of man maketh it stoop: but a good word maketh it glad.

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