ONOMATOPOEIA

Good morning!

Here’s another word I love!

Onomatopeia
A word that imitates a natural sound

I once had a sister in law that could immediately take any word and say it backwards.  This one’s for you, Kelly
Feeley!

Think Batman.
POW! BAM!  SPLATT!  ZZONK!  BOOM!  KAPOW!  SWOOSH OUCH!

Think Old McDonald had a farm.
Arf!  Meow!  Baa!  Quack!  Oink!  Neigh! Moo!

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Each of these words imitates a sound.  Instead of imitating a sound, how about instead we be imitators of God.

Let’s not just utter sounds and talk the talk.  Let’s walk the walk.  Let’s let our actions speak louder than our words.
Let’s seek Him through prayer and His word and loving others.

Today’s blog willI be short and sweet. I don’t want to talk about it anymore.  I’m out of here to go put my money where my mouth is!  I’m off to be an imitator of Christ!  But first Im going to put on my coat.  Its BRRR cold out there!  Talk to you tomorrow!  🙂

5 Imitate God, therefore, in everything you do, because you are his dear children.2 Live a life filled with love, following the example of Christ. He loved us[a] and offered himself as a sacrifice for us, a pleasing aroma to God.
Ephesians 5:1-2

the one who says he abides in Him ought himself to walk in the same manner as He walked.
1 John 2:6

Be imitators of me (Paul), just as I also am of Christ.
1 Corinthians 11:1

Love and laughter,

Sandy

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Now You See Me

Good morning!

I recently watched a movie that I found very captivating.   It was entitled,  Now You See Me.  It is about illusion and magic and The Four Horsemen and the perfect heist.  I love anything with Morgan Freeman in it.  I’d highly recommend it.

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The catchphrase of the film is “Look closely because the closer you think you are, the less you’ll actually see.”

God is kind of like that.   We meet Him on a spiritual realm.  The closer we become to Him, the more faith we have. Faith is trust in the unseen. It’s not about seeing.   It’s about believing.

Do you have to see to believe?

We all have different belief systems established from our unique life experiences.  Do you need factual material evidence to believe something as true or do you accept principles handed down over the ages as truth?

Just like the illusionist can make something appear out of nothing, so can Jesus. A life that was once dead from sin can now have eternal life by simply believing. Believing in the unseen.  Believing in Jesus Christ.  The Son of God.  Who died for our sins.

If you’ve never prayed this prayer, I urge you to do so now.  I’d love to do it with you. You see, I want to spend more than just a morning cup of coffee with you as you read my blog.  I want to spend eternity with you worshipping our creator.  No illusion here. It’s the real deal. It’s life changing.

Lord Jesus, I need You. Thank You for dying on the cross for my sins. I open the door of my life and receive You as my Savior and Lord. Thank You for forgiving my sins and giving me eternal life. Take control of the throne of my life. Make me the kind of person You want me to be.

For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Romans 6:23

So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.
2 Corinthians 4:18

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
Hebrews 11 : 1

Love and laughter,

Sandy

What’s In Your Trash?

Good morning!

Have you ever really thought about what you put in your trash?

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I’m talking about the waste products in your life that you dispose of once a week.

At my house we have two carts, one for Refuse and one for Recycle. Anything that goes in the Gray Refuse Cart must first be bagged. Anything that goes in the Blue Recycle Cart must be metal, paper, glass or plastic.

If one were to sort through my trash such as they do on crime scene investigation television shows, they would most likely find it very predictable each week.  There would be remnants of various pet food containers, my dad’s Hostess mini banana nut muffin wrappers that he eats nearly every day, what’s left of my staple breakfast item…banana peels,  egg shells and bacon wrappers from weekend breakfasts, an occasional empty coffee container, stuffing from a dog toy that lost its battle to the dog, used napkins and paper towels and kleenex and bounce dryer sheets, rubber bands from the daily papers, and several empty to go containers from the week’s dining out extravaganzas.

That’s what I leave at the curb every week.  What I DO NOT leave at the curb every week is the big black trash bag that I drag around with me on many days.  My big black trash bag of sin and regret. It’s full of negative thoughts of being a failure so much of my life. A failure at three marriages, at having a successful career, at having a huge nest egg for retirement,  or a paid off home of my own by this time in my life.
God does not want me dragging around that bag! He wants me to leave it at the curb!  Jesus died so I could throw that bag in the Gray Refuse Cart once and for all! He longs to replace my negative thoughts with positive truths of who I am in Christ. He longs for me to turn from any transgressions that keep me from His perfect will for my life.

What’s in your trash?  What do you not leave at the curb each week?  What’s in your big black trash bag?

Let’s all stop recycling our sin.  Let’s all put it in the refuse, and watch as Jesus removes it from the curb.
Hallelujah,  it’s trash day!

Give your burdens to the LORD, and he will take care of you. He will not permit the godly to slip and fall.
Psalm 55:22

Love and laughter,

Sandy

Winter, Spring, Summer, Or Fall

Good morning!

It’s apparent by the weather across our country that our dear friend, Punxsutawney Phil, saw his shadow on February 2nd, Ground Hog Day, this year.  We’ve definitely been blessed with six more weeks of winter! Ugh!

New England may have been victorious earlier this month in this year’s Super Bowl XLIX, but they certainly have had their share of defeat in the fair weather department this winter.

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I enjoy the changing of all four seasons.  About the time I begin to tire of one season, the next ushers the last one out.  Sometimes ever so gently.  Other times with more of a tempest. I’m not a big fan of the cold myself.  I’ll choose the beach over snow every time. Unless of course I’m dressed for the occasion and am temporarily residing at a luxe ski lodge complete with a crackling fireplace and some sort of hot toddy to warm my insides as I’m toasting my outer extremities.

How about you?  Do you enjoy the different seasons? Do you experience seasons of rain from heaven and fruitful seasons or do you feel as if you are living in a season of drought?

I can assure you this.  We all experience times of favor and blessings from God and times when we long to feel His presence, hear His gentle calling on our souls.

When those times arise where you are not experiencing Him to your fullest, Pray!  Repent for any unconfessed sin or self-seeking behavior that separate you from Christ.  He is a God of love and reconciliation. He longs for His sheep to return home as much as you long for the security of your master.

Winter, Spring, Summer, Or Fall,
All you’ve got to do is call.
And you’ve got a friend.
In Jesus.

1 There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven:
Ecclesiastes 3:1

and yet He did not leave Himself without witness, in that He did good and gave you rains from heaven and fruitful seasons, satisfying your hearts with food and gladness.”
Acts 14:17

You, God, are my God,
earnestly I seek you;
I thirst for you,
my whole being longs for you,
in a dry and parched land
where there is no water.
Psalm 63:1

Love and laughter,

Sandy

The Power Of THREE

Good morning!

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Today is my grandson’s 3rd birthday!
I have 3 daughters.
Jonah was in the belly of the whale for three days and three nights.
The devil tempted Jesus three times.
Peter denied Jesus three times then affirmed him three times.
There are three synoptic gospels and three epistles of John.
Father, Son and Holy Ghost = the Holy Trinity.
Three men were crucified at Christ’s death.
He was raised on the 3rd day.
A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.
There are three branches to our government.
A nucleotide in DNA consists of three groups.
Earth is the 3rd planet from the sun.
There are three bases in baseball.
Three strikes and you’re out!
There are three outs per team in an inning.
Three goals by the same player in soccer is a hat trick.
There are three rings in a circus.
They say the third time’s a charm.
Bad luck comes in threes.
They were the Three Stooges.
They were the Three Musketeers.
And my all time favorite TV sitcom was Three’s Company.
Shall I go on?

The power of three.

I’ve always been rather fond of the number 3 myself, odd as it may be.  Of course,  I’m kind of biased towards it with 3 daughters and all.  But my very favorite threesome is and always will be the Father,  Son, and Holy Ghost. Now that’s the true power of three.

And we, too, can have that same power through Christ who lives in us through His Holy Spirit.  We can defeat any strongholds satan sends our way.  Let’s not let him attack our weaknesses.   Instead let’s give them to Christ to strengthen.   I intend to tap into that power source  every opportunity I can.  I hope you will too!

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will  boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.
2 Corinthians 12:9

A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.
Ecclesiastes 4:12

“Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son, and the Holy Spirit,”
Matthew 28:19

“The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with you all.”.
2 Corinthians 13:14

Love and laughter,

Sandy

Seven Letters

Good morning!

I got a new bible this weekend!  My old one was just fine.  Except for one minor detail.  It had my name imprinted on it.
My first name
followed by
my FORMER MARRIED last name,
that is.
My divorce decree stated that I was to legally change my surname back to my maiden name.
I did so.
Fourteen months ago.
With social security.
With the Oklahoma Tag Agency on my driver’s license.
With my employer.
With voter’s registration.
But not on my bible. 😦

I’m currently attending a bible study along with someone who has grown very dear to me.  Someone who loves the Lord with all their heart. Someone who is as thoughtful as they come. Someone whose last name has seven letters.

One look at that bible with the incorrect last name on it, and guess what I got?  Surprise!  A brand new bible! With just my first name imprinted on it!

You see, I have a few marriages under my belt. And a few different last names to go along with them.  To play it safe, we are operating on the first name only basis here.  I feel a little bit like Cher. Although I’m no legend. But according to my bible, I have a first name only. LOL

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I was given the bible in a beautiful gift bag with the receipt and very clear instructions that there was space left after my first name to perfectly center a last name…
With Seven Letters.

And the receipt will allow me to return this new bible to be imprinted with a permanent last name at the time of my choosing.  Already paid in full.  (Just like Jesus’s death did for my sin debt and yours.)  At no extra charge!  And when God with His infinite wisdom and perfect timing so chooses to reveal to me what that permanent last name just might be, I’ll do it!

How ironic that the gift giver’s last name happens to have Seven Letters! And that’s just the amount of space  to perfectly center a first and last name on my bible!  🙂 No irony here.  That’s called faith.  Believing in the unseen.  Trust.  Trust in God.  Trust in God’s master plan.

Do you have faith?
What are you believing God to bring to fruition in your life?

I have the utmost faith in God. I am seeing Him move in my life through this blog.  This daily devotional.   Through the ministry, Freedom in Christ, I am currently attending, I am seeing Him reveal to me who I am in Christ.  And some day, who knows, I may see Him bring me a new last name.

I pray you are seeing Him move in your own lives.  If not, I’d love to talk to you about how you can.  It just takes a little faith. A mustard seed size.

for truly I say to you, if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible to you.
Matthew 17:20

Love and laughter,

Sandy

The Taming Of The Tongue

Good morning!

Call me quirky.  I have always loved the works of William Shakespeare. In his comedy, The Taming Of The Shrew,  Shakespeare uses Petruchio to turn Katharina from an aggressive shrew to a submissive wife.  Not exactly done through godly means, but he did accomplish what he set out to do.

As Christian women, we are instructed by God’s word to be submissive to our husbands. Ephesians 5:22 tells us, “wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands as you do to the Lord.”

Not exactly the kind of wife Katharina started out being. She had a most wicked tongue.

Taming the tongue is one of the most difficult tasks known to man.  James 3:2-10 is one of my favorite passages on the subject matter.  God does not tiptoe around how He feels about our tongue and our words.  Therefore,  today I’d prefer to tame my tongue and let His words speak to us all instead of my own.  I know you get it. 🙂
Point made.

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2 We all stumble in many ways. If anyone is never at fault in what he says, he is a perfect man, able to keep his whole body in check.
3 When we put bits into the mouths of horses to make them obey us, we can turn the whole animal.
4 Or take ships as an example. Although they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are steered by a very small rudder wherever the pilot wants to go.
5Likewise the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark.
6 The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole person, sets the whole course of his life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell.
7 All kinds of animals, birds, reptiles and creatures of the sea are being tamed and have been tamed by man,
8 but no man can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.
9 With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in God’s likeness.
10 Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers, this should not be.
James 3:2-10

“I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak.”
Matthew 12:36

“But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth.”  Colossians 3:8

“Too much talk leads to sin. Be sensible and keep your mouth shut.”
Proverbs 10:19

“May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing to you, O LORD, my rock and my redeemer.”
Psalm 19:14

Love and laughter,

Sandy