Just Call Me QUIRKY…

As in… 

  • On those rare occasions when I visit the mall, I walk on the right side because walking on the left feels like swimming upstream. 

  • I open and lock the door leading to the garage at least twice every night before going to bed. Please tell me I’m not the only one here that does this, right?

  • I drink my coffee before and after breakfast, not during, and I like it burning hot. 

  • I keep hard copies of my calendar and Christmas lists for years. Not that I ever go back and look at them… 

  • I prefer to eat out for lunch, rather than dinner. 

  • Anybody else always shower and dress before leaving your bedroom in the morning? What’s the point of having a robe? 

  • OK. Admit it. Do you always park in the same general area when you shop at the grocery or department store?

  • If something’s out of place in our house, it will bug me until I fix it. Or until hubby does.

  • My cool threshold is rather high. We have three windows in our bedroom, and when autumn finally rolls around, the windows stay cracked open until the temperature drops below 30 degrees. Hubby has learned to dress for bed in layers.

  • I eat the same thing for breakfast until I tire of it. Then I switch to something else.

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“For you created my inmost being;
    you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
    your works are wonderful,
    I know that full well.”
Psalm 139:13-14 NIV

Well, that settles it. God is the Master Designer.
And He made me…

What about you? 

Do you ever try to be different than God intended? How does that work out for you?

Do you see yourself here? In one word, how would you describe yourself?

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Have you lost your HAPPY? (part 2)

In last week’s post, we discussed how we’re not always given a choice regarding divorce, health or even life. But…

Do we have a choice when it comes to being happy?

Let’s gauge our happy level. How many of these phrases have you repeated? 

I’ll be happy when I…

Land the right job.
Make more money.
Meet Mr. Right.
Snag that publishing contract.
Finish school.

You get the idea.

Once you achieved those goals, were you happy? Maybe for a time, right? Until another goal or achievement was added to the list.

Happiness isn’t found in a place or thing. It’s not an event like a wedding or a divorce.

I’m a firm believer that being

HAPPY involves a choice, a daily decision, on my part.

So, how can a person find their HAPPY? 

Dive into the Word. This is the first place I seek refuge, to find a way out of the darkness, to dig myself out of the hole of discouragement.

I lift up my eyes to the hills-where does my help come from? 
My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth. Psalm 121:1-2 (NIV) 

Discover who you were created to be (a child of the King) and what you were created for (worship).

Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth. Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs. Know that the Lord is God. It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture. Psalm 100:1-3 (NIV)

Yeah. I know it’s not easy to shout for joy when you’re slogging through tough times. But, that’s what we were made for and praising God will naturally lift your spirit.

Rest on God’s promise to never leave you or give up on you. Deut 31:6 (NIV)

Pray. Ask God to help bring the joy back into your heart.

Focus outward, not inward. Get a job, take up a hobby or volunteer for an organization with a cause that you’re passionate about. Spending time with others, whether it’s of the people or animal variety, takes your mind away from your problems. Always a good thing, right?

Recognize that time heals. Each day that passes lessens the sting of whatever trial or pain you’re suffering. Have you ever gone through a bleak period, and then looked back later to realize you’d grown stronger because of it? Take heart in this. Know that tomorrow, while you might still hurt, God will eventually calm the storm. 

He stilled the storm to a whisper; the waves of the sea were hushed. 
They were glad when it grew calm, and He guided them to their desired haven. 
Psalm 107:29-30 NIV

Have you lost your HAPPY?
What are you doing to get it back?
Come back next week and we’ll discuss specific short-term ideas
to regain your HAPPY.

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An Eye on the Creator

During my parents’ last visit, my dad commented about his latest visit to the eye doctor. He’d been experiencing some blurred vision and assumed it was a natural progression of cataracts that the doctor had warned him about previously.

To check the condition of his eye the doctor inserted dye into his arm. 

Huh? I’m still shaking my head over that one. But apparently the veins rocket the dye fairly quickly throughout the body.

For someone who rarely made trips to the doctor and never saw the miracle of watching his kids develop via sonogram, my dad was amazed at the process. His diagnosis wasn’t the original cataracts that he suspected, but something a bit more serious that will require more medical attention.

Most days, I take for granted that my body functions properly. Why is that? Why shouldn’t I be more in awe of my Creator’s intricate design?

I mean, really. My heart’s basically a pump, shooting blood, which carries vital materials to the places that need it. When it shuts down, my body won’t survive for long. My brain sends signals to my legs or arms to move when I want them to. It’s divided into sections or lobes. Lobes are each responsible for different tasks like motor function, sensation, memory, and visual processing. And the eye? The eye converts light into energy, then transmits neurological signals to the brain. Awesome, huh? 

Little Man

Think about all that has to happen for a baby to form (so not going there! lol) and grow inside a mother’s womb. Here’s my grandson, all snug and happy in Mommy’s tummy ———>>

Little Man with Daddy

<<—-And now Little Man is almost three, holding a picture of his daddy who was just a couple years older than he is now. 

I could keep going, but you probably get the idea by now. Do you think this happens by accident?

Are you amazed? Grateful?

“For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. 
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” Ps 139:13-14 NIV

Do you ever contemplate how each individual part of your body works together as a whole unit?

God, I know I don’t thank You nearly enough for the proper functions of my body. Thank You for designing us so intricately that we can’t help but be drawn to You.