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If You Could Live Anywhere In The World….

The question of the day:  If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?

Some people may choose a beautiful place they have visited such as Ireland or Australia.
Other people may choose some place that they have always dreamed of visiting.  Maybe a setting in a book they read or a place they saw on television.
Some people may be very happy and content right where they are and would choose their current location.

Me?  I would choose Chick-Fil-A.

Yes, you heard me right.  Chick-Fil-A.  I love so many things about that place.  Just pulling in the parking lot makes me smile.

They value their employees by being closed on Sundays and holidays to give people time to be with their families and worship if they choose.  They stand up for Christian values.  And they are still the 8th most successful fast food restaurant in America according to QSR Magazine.

Why would I like to live at Chick-Fil-A you may ask?

*They have awesome food and many healthy choices. Not to mention those awesome waffle fries!
*I can get all the Sprite I want.
*People are sooooo nice to me.
*It is so clean and I wouldn’t have to run the sweeper myself.
*I love the way they have decorated the place.
*I get my own personal server who continues to tell me how much of a “pleasure” it is for him to serve me.
*I love their taste in music.
*I get my ketchup in those cute little containers that are shaped like a mini bottle of ketchup!
*I get all of the extras in a cute little popcorn-box-shaped container to take to my table that has a number where they can find me instead of yelling out my name across the masses.
*It’s very peaceful and I can hear myself talk but yet I never feel lonely because there are always people around.
*They have the best indoor playground ever.
*And they rest on Sundays.

Yes, today if I could live anywhere in the world, I  would choose Chick-Fil-A.

Work or Watch?

Have you ever walked or driven by a group of workers and it appeared like only one of them was working while the others were just standing around talking, laughing, hands in their pockets?

We may become aggravated and have thoughts cross through our minds like:  “are they getting paid to just stand there?” Or we may have thoughts of them being lazy or not doing what they are hired to do.  We may think they are goofing off and taking advantage of something or someone.

Well what about you?  What about me?  Has God ever called us to do something and we just stand around and ignore Him?  Do you feel God calling you right now to do something and you’re like one of the workers just standing around with your hands in your pockets watching someone else do His work?

If you feel called to do something for the Lord, get on it!  As Christians we are commanded to teach and preach God’s word to others.  When we ignore our duties or our calling, we are just like one of those workers we get aggravated at who is standing around watching.

Matthew 28:19 – Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.  And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.

Are we one of those workers?  Are we just standing around looking, hands in our pockets, talking and laughing?  Or are we the one doing the work?  Would God be aggravated at us if He drove by and saw us looking at all the work that needed to be done instead of getting our hands dirty and doing the work He called us to do?

Work or Watch?  What will you be doing today?

An Alligator Attitude

While in the Everglades we took an airboat tour learning about plants and wildlife in the Everglades. Of course we were all on the lookout for alligators and fortunately we got to see several. We also got to see a bird native to the Everglades. Although I can’t remember the name of the bird, I remember that the momma bird was very protective of her babies.
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Rest in the Nest

The other day I saw a nest of 3 baby birds. I got the binoculars out just so I could watch them. They were asleep for a while. Then they woke up chirping and opening their mouths because they were hungry. Pretty soon the momma bird came over with some worms to feed them. The momma bird seemed to stay around to protect them after they were awake until they settled down in a peaceful state again.

It reminded me of how we are a lot like those baby birds in our lives. We seem to be going through life peacefully and then some sort of problem comes our way and wakes us from that peace. We cry out to the Lord and he comes over with some spiritual food to help us. It’s at this time when we need scripture reading, prayer and worship time to help get us through the tough times.
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What’s Your Favorite Season?

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 tells of a time for everything and a season for every activity under heaven.   It lists things specifically:

a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,
a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,
a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain,
a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,
a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,
a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for peace.

It’s true that there is a season for everything.  As I look back over the years of being a new wife, a new mom, watching our kids first day of kindergarten, then first basketball games, softball games, celebrations of 13th birthdays, vacations, first love, then heartbreaks of first love, then death of loved ones, then college, more celebrations, more heartbreak, proud moments and disappointing moments, I see many changes in seasons.  But through it all, I loved being a mom and a wife and celebrating life.  I saw God in the trials and in the joy.  I thanked Him for the good and begged Him for relief during the bad.

It made me think about how I love every season in Indiana.  I love the snow in the winter.  I love the baby birds in the spring.  I love the green grass in the summer.  I love the beautiful leaves in the fall.  No matter if it gets icy, rainy, hot or windy, I know I can make it through the few months to the next season and that I will love something about the next season that is coming.

Keep this in mind as you are in certain seasons in your life.  There is a reason for every season you go through in life.  And there is a time for every season.  It’s just a season.  Cling to the Maker and you’ll get through it.  Sun, snow, rain and wind are all good in their time.  Enjoy the season you are in – “build a snowman”, “smell the flowers”, “dance in the rain”, “jump in the leaves”.  There’s good in every season because God …….is………..good!

Greener Grass is Right Under Your Feet

Too many people are thinking the grass is greener on the other side of the fence, when they ought to just water the grass they are standing on. – Amar Dave

This reminds me of the devotion I read today regarding being thankful. It seems like sometimes we are always looking at the glass half empty instead of half full. We are always looking at the negative in our lives instead of the positives.
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50 Years of Kindness ….. To Your Family

Yesterday was my parents’ 50th wedding anniversary!  Fifty years of marriage is a long time and it hasn’t always been easy but they are stronger than ever in their marriage after 50 years.

The secret is to keep Christ in the center of your marriage.  But my mom said they have also had to keep patience and love and kindness in the center of their marriage as they worked through the trials over the years.
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Tuesdays with Morrie Or Any Other Day With Any Other Person

Yesterday I went to see the movie, The Fault in Our Stars.  If you haven’t seen it, you should……….but take your Kleenexes.  There was a part in the movie where three teens were talking about giving eulogies at other people’s funerals and how they should “practice” before someone dies so that the dying person can be present at his own funeral.  Even though it sounds a little morbid, it was a part in the movie that you felt yourself smile and even laugh a little.
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