I had a “kitchen” made up from abandoned bricks which I formed into rooms and built up some of them to make a stove. I see why I love to bake and cook; I started my chef experience at an early age. No, we didn’t have the store bought kitchen with the bright appliances the children who were more financially advantaged. I never gave it a thought and off to mud pies, I went. I would turn on the water hose, make a little puddle and go to work. I made excellent mud pies, or at least I thought so. I took pride in them making sure the edges were smooth and rounded. They had to have the right consistency and in my make shift oven they went. My Sister would help, but now that I think about it, she was not into the mud pies like me and I have always known she never liked cooking. Maybe, now I am on to something scientific, ha, ha. If we have more mud pie cooking contests, we might find our future cooks and chefs. Maybe it is in the genes after all or is it the experience of trying to get them just right which develops our skills? It is something to think about for a few seconds. What did you do with your “baked” mud pies? I don’t think I ever tried to eat them but somehow, that leaves my memory. I proudly displayed them until one of my brothers or friends decided to throw them at each other or me. I see a trend coming out of this too; boys have to have a goal of what to do with the finished food; if not edible, throw it! Oh yes, I am learning from the mud pies memory.
do. However trivial, God is teaching us in every event or trial in life as to how we can learn and thrive. Simple things are usually the best lessons and we need to listen to life as we are experiencing it. Life is an elevator and we have to punch the right buttons to get to the right floor; but how many times have you started to get off on another floor because others started to move toward the door? I have! It is the same at a traffic light; the lane on the left turn lane starts to move and you have to resist the urge to move too. With mud pies in life, it is important to get the right consistency and sometimes you produce something you just need to throw away since it doesn’t have a good taste. Live life, love life and live life to the fullest (stop once in a while and make some mud pies and get ready to pitch them for a little fun).
DAILY FEATURED BIBLE VERSE:
2 Timothy 3:16
All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness
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TODAY THE WORD is CORNY. At least I am going to have some fun with this post. I come from this time and I think it is ironic the word “corny” has become corny in today’s vocabulary.
According to the Free Dictionary, corny is defined as: corn·y (kôrn) adj. corn·i·er, corn·i·est
I guarantee all of my friends are having flashes of their children and grandchildren thinking we are a little corny even if they don’t know that word. I admit I am a little “corny” even in my writing as I
love to go back to a simpler time, a slower time, and a time when we relished the memories of our elders and would sit for long periods of time, and yes, actually stay quiet while we heard their “corny tales” with their hard times, times of sacrifice, stories of war time events, and a lot of time we learned history from loved ones who lived through those times. We loved the funny stories and even the tragic ones because they were told with love and patriotism and we learned how to appreciate our heritage. A lot of television shows which were aired at that time, and amazingly some of them are still running like The Andy Griffith Show had characters like Barney Fife, corny as they come. But who doesn’t love Barney, master of corniness? My husband still loves this show and I even kid him and ask, “How many times have you watched that episode?” He usually just smiles and goes back to watching it. Maybe America, we need to get back to the Red Skelton Days, the Mayberry Days, or Happy Days and relieve some stress from our tense world?
Life was somehow simpler with the times slower, a lot less political attention; more family time; and a more neighborly time. We knew our neighbors and we helped our neighbors and they helped us too. We shared with each other; we shared their losses and they shared ours; if one family was blessed to receive, we shared our gifts; and if one of the families suffered we were charitable. Recently, when my good friend, Linda Christian posted another one of her garden treasures, the fresh miniature cobs of corn; everyone immediately expressed how they would love to have some and how willing she would be to share them with others and it brought me back to the “good ole days” and gave me hope there are still good people willing to share.
Now for the deeper thought….I am hopeful in God placing people in my life who love people as I do and we “share”. We do not have to be wealthy in monetary means to share. All of us have been blessed with gifts or talents to share with others. If you have accomplished a certain skill, teach someone else to do this skill. If you grow the best gardens, share your bounty like Linda does. If you can sing a beautiful song; sing it out loud so others may share its beauty. Live life; love life; and live life to the fullest by opening your hearts and share even if the only thing you have to share is YOU!
DAILY FEATURED BIBLE VERSE:
Give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.”
TODAY THE WORDS are LOVE ME, LOVE ME NOT. Not too long ago, on my quirky quotes, I wrote, “We can give love; we can accept love; we cannot force someone to love us!” It seemed to get a large response and the childhood game of pulling daisy petals and each one counted, Love Me and the next one counted as Love Me Not and whichever petal you pulled off in the last pull was the answer. If life would only be that simple and we could tell who was going to love us or who were not. Love is such a miraculous event. We experience different kinds of love throughout our lifetime so let’s see how the love machine works.
As babies, we are in awe of our parents who furnish our needs and they are usually quite entertaining; they sing, they talk some kind of language (thinking they are speaking our language); they make faces (some don’t need to do that as they are already funny looking). We fall in love with our parents because we can tell they love us and they’re willing to do almost anything for us. That is natural parent-child love and will normally bond them for life. As children, we discover puppy love and I am not talking about animal love (which comes about this same time and probably why it is called puppy love). We have crushes and innocent love for a friend and we use the word love without knowing what love entails. Puppy love lasts temporarily and goes from friend to friend. As teenagers, we start “falling in love” and as adults, we understand why it is called “falling” due to most teenagers falling for someone only to find out they “love” someone else. Sometimes, it is the other one have to experience the “fall”. If we are fortunate, after the teen years, we find our mate with love of a more mature lasting fiber. We make the decision that our love is forever and usually marry.
What I am wanting to go deeper in thought is……..Along the way, we have normally experienced no matter what we do, there will be someone that no matter how good we were to them, no matter how hard we tried, no matter how deep our feelings were, and no matter how we gave it our all; they did not love us. This is probably the hardest thing to accept; it is true that not everyone will love you. It is okay if they don’t; move on to your full life. The exception to this philosophy is “God loves everyone of us”.
No matter what, no matter when, no matter how hard someone fights against this truth, He loves us forever and with all of His Mighty Power. Isn’t that incredible; isn’t that worth all of the devotion returned to God? We don’t have to force God to love us; He doesn’t force us to love Him!
DAILY FEATURED BIBLE VERSE:
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DAILY FEATURED BIBLE VERSE:
James 1:17 ESV
Houses had thatched roofs-thick straw-piled high, with no wood underneath. It was the only place for animals to get warm, so all the cats and other small animals (mice, bugs) lived in the roof. When it rained it became slippery and sometimes the animals would slip and fall off the roof… Hence the saying “It’s raining cats and dogs.”
Ephesians 5:20English Standard Version (ESV)
20 giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,
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|A Good Nitecap|
Here are the ingredients in my recipe for the best nitecap we can intake:
But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.
|There it is, and now we can use this “pretty” word again and teach our young people to say it too. There is so much violence and anger in this world and we need pretty words again. In other words, we need kind words and we need kindness. We need polite words and we need politeness. We need happy words and we need happiness. We need pleasing words and we need to please others. Children learn from their parents and their friends; therefore, we have a big responsibility. As my parents, and I am sure a lot of my friends are going to agree, we were taught to use these words but we were taught to be respectful. How many of you remember, “Pretty please” when we really asked in earnest? Today, may we please be nicer to each other, pretty please!
Now for the deeper thought…. In an attempt to be flexible, I understand some people will differ and say this is old fashioned. They might express the desire for their children to make up their minds whether to say something or whether to say anything that comes to their mind. One thing to think about the next time your child screams at you, shouts profanities, or insults someone else. What does that say about your skills to bring up a child in love but worthy of teaching some discipline in communication skills. Live Life; Love Life; and Live Life to the fullest by filling your children with a reason to shine.
DAILY FEATURED BIBLE VERSE:
Colossians 3:10 ESV
And have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator.
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encourage the others to follow. Indeed too much pressure to look a certain way, weigh a certain amount, dress a certain way and act a certain way. Once the trap is sprung, the girls have to be molded and therefore a life style is set. Let me say this for the young girls being tempted to go this route and this has been an observation over many years; the girls in high school that usually are the most prettiest, most popular, and the most petite find out that once in the real adult world, they will need more than just looks. Sometimes, the girls who don’t blossom as early, seem to take on a radiance later in life. Once in a while, you will see some that spring the trap and release themselves from a life of being a diva and that is inspiring.