Food Truck Wednesday

Good morning!

Yesterday was a beautiful day!
I finished my night shift, went home and slept for three hours, then joined my youngest daughter and one of her dogs for my first walk/run of the year at our local LaFortune Park. It has a nice 3.2 mile 5K trail. With that behind us, it was time to move on to bigger and better events for the day.
I was starving!  Time to eat!

Every Wednesday from 11:30 a.m. -1:30 p.m. you can head to downtown Tulsa for a lunch time adventure extraordinaire.
The Guthrie Green food trucks.

I do love food! ♡
And I think I’ve married a few men with trucks. 🙂 Sounds like a match made in heaven to me!

I’d never been, and I couldn’t wait to experience it.  It was like a mobile outdoor smorgasbord! There was truck after truck of delectables to choose from with a lavish park area to sit and dine.

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The beautiful spring weather, the blessing of good health, the opportunity to exercise outdoors in a public venue, the savory new tastes of food truck dining, and the company of two of my favorites (two of my daughters were able to join me for lunch), all combined, made it a most memorable day!

I will definitely be spending many more Wednesday afternoons at Guthrie Green.  Let me know if you ever want to join me!  The more the merrier.

But for now, I just want to sit back and be thankful.  Soak it all in.  A day of sensory overload. I want to reflect on the many blessings in my life. To sit with my God and be still.  And know He is God.  And know He created every last detail of my life. And know He’s been there with every blessing and every trial. And know He will be there, through ’til my last breath.  And know I have the hope of eternity with Him. No matter where my tomorrows may lead, He will be there leading me.  I can’t wait to see what He has in store for the rest of my days.

I know His Word tells me He will prepare a table for me.  I know whatever it holds will put Food Truck Wednesdays to shame. Until then, I’m just gonna keep living and loving and praising and thanking.  (And eating.  Mac N Cheese at Mr. Nice Guys)

You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You have anointed my head with oil; My cup overflows.
Psalm 23:5

Just as I am satisfied with the choicest of foods, so my lips will praise you joyfully.
Psalm 63:5

Love and laughter,

Sandy

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Little White Lies

Good morning!

Question for you.
How many of you think it’s okay to tell little white lies?

I’ve composed a little list of what I’d like to call the Top 10 Little White Lies.  See if any of these sound familiar. Just know, you are not alone.  We all do it.

10. I will call you later.
9.  I only did it once.
8.  I’m fine.
7.  I’m 5 minutes away.
6. You look great in that.
5.  I have to work.
4.  I’m 29.
3.  I loved it.
2. My phone died.
1. I love you.

If you hide the truth to keep from hurting others, thinking the end justifies the means, you are wrong. No matter how you look at it, lying is a sin. Something God sees as an abomination. Ouch!

A person who consistently lies to make other people feel good will eventually be seen for exactly what he or she is, a liar. Those who traffic in little white lies will end up damaging their own credibility. Those innocent little white lies can turn even the kindest of souls into nothing more than filthy liars, regardless of their kind hearted intentions.  Believe it or not, character counts. It’s not worth it.   Not to mention how God feels about it.

Do you find yourself hiding behind a mask sometimes?

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Do you ever mask your true feelings at the expense of hurting others?  Say I love you when you don’t.  Say you’ll do it when you don’t want to. Do you hide the real truth to make yourself appear better?  Lie about your credentials or your income or your golf score or your age or your weight.

Deception is defined as the act of hiding the truth.  Jesus, Himself, told us that the truth will set you free.

Let’s all make a conscious effort to speak the truth in love. Only the truth. To honestly communicate from the heart with each other.  It’s so easy for those innocent little white lies to slip out.  Except they’re not so innocent.  Someone always seems to get hurt.  You just don’t always see it. And even though it seems you are getting away with it, it might just be you.  Your character.  You may think you are fooling everybody,  but you’re not.  God knows all.   And we will all be held responsible to give an account of our lives to God.  In the end.

I don’t know about you, but I’m not looking forward to explaining all those times I’ve sinned to God.  Little white lies included. I’m trying my best from here on out to know the truth, for the truth will set me free.

For nothing is hidden that will not be made manifest, nor is anything secret that will not be known and come to light.
Luke 8:17

Lying lips are an abomination to the Lord, but those who act faithfully are his delight.
Proverbs 12:22

Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
John 8:32

Instead, as we lovingly speak the truth, we will grow up completely in our relationship to Christ, who is the head.
Ephesians 4:15

“There is no one righteous, not even one …. Their throats are open graves; their tongues practice deceit”
Romans 3:10-13

“You, then, why do you judge your brother? Or why do you look down on your brother? For we will all stand before God’s judgment seat. It is written: ” ‘As surely as I live,’ says the Lord, ‘every knee will bow before me; every tongue will confess to God.’ “So then, each of us will give an account of himself to God.
Romans 14:10-12

Love and laughter,

Sandy

Paradise Pie

Good morning!

I have a favorite local pizza restaurant that originally began in 1957 in the town of my alma mater,  Stillwater, OK.  Home of OSU.

Hideaway Pizza.

It’s to die for! Not so sure if it’s really all that delish or if it just brings back fond college memories. I choose to believe it’s a little of both. Their specialty pizzas are the bomb! And you have to start off with a bowl of their Famous Fried Mushrooms. Yummmmm!

We took guests visiting from another state out to dinner this weekend. Four people. One a college boy. One bowl Famous Fried Mushrooms.  One Paradise Pie large pizza. I ate one piece. Stuffed!  He ate 7 pieces!  Thank God I have 3 daughters!

Here’s what Hideaway has to say on their menu about their Paradise Pie.

Paradise Pie
This isn’t Heaven, but it’s as close as we could get with a pizza pie. HIDEAWAY Alfredo sauce covered with a blend of mozzarella and smoked provolone cheeses, grilled chicken breast strips, smoked bacon, fresh sliced mushrooms, fresh spinach and diced Roma tomatoes. Yummmmmm.

That very well may be Paradise for the taste buds, but what actually is Paradise?

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Paradise has both Greek and Hebrew origin. From a Christian perspective,  it is associated with the Garden of Eden, the perfect utopia prior to the fall from grace. It is also associated with Heaven.  Jesus told the criminal on the cross beside him, who asked Him to remember him in His kingdom, that he would be with Him that day in paradise.
And it is associated with the new world to come. A world where all wrongs are made right.

I don’t know about you, but I long for that day.  A day where there is no more  pain.  Not for me, but for all those who have suffered unjustly.

In the mean time, I think I’ll just keep on living the dream here in my own little paradise.  And keep on doing my best to share God’s love and message with others. And keep on eating Hideaway pizza. 🙂  How about you? Care to join me?

And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with me in paradise.
Luke 23:43

Then I saw “a new heaven and a new earth,”[a] for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. 2 I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband.3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. 4 ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’[b] or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”
Revelation 21:1-4

Love and laughter,

Sandy

Stay In Your Own Lane

Good morning!

Have you ever paid attention to swimmers?

In order to succeed at winning their race, they have to remain focused on staying in their lane.

Stay in your own lane and swim.
That’s some pretty sage advice.  Not just for swimmers,  but also for life.

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That split second they look to their opponent’s lane to see where they stand, breaks their rhythm and takes time from their own forward momentum.  It can cost them dearly.

Anytime we veer off our path and start comparing ourselves to others, we are defeated.

God put each of us here on our own unique course.  Sometimes we are winning.   We usually experience this during those times when we are getting it, staying in our lane and swimming.  Sometimes we are losing.  That’s usually when there’s a lesson to be learned, and we just aren’t seeing things from the right perspective.  But to be effective as Christians,  we should always be “swimming”.  Staying on course, moving forward in our walk, oblivious to what speed others around us are going.
God’s timing is perfect.

Mentally leaving your lane misdirects your focus from the direction you should be following to something less important.  God deserves our best.  Nothing less. Following God’s custom plan should be our focus.  Our performance in life should be judged by God only.  Don’t worry about what’s going on in the other lane.

Whether we swim one lap or 36 or 72, let’s all stay in our own lanes and swim.

I have fought the good fight. I have completed the race. I have kept the faith.
2 Timothy 4:7

Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it. Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. So I do not run aimlessly; I do not box as one beating the air. But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified.
Corinthians 9:24-27

Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,
Hebrews 12:1

Love and laughter,

Sandy

86 Candles

Good morning!

Yesterday was my daughter’s 30th birthday.  Our family tradition is to unite together as a family over dinner, cake and gifts.  Last night we celebrated her birthday together with someone dear to me’s upcoming birthday as well.  There was one birthday cake. In all fairness, I painstakingly counted out precisely 86 candles to top it. The exact number of both their years combined.

They were serenaded by a chorus of Happy Birthday To You, followed by their making a wish, then together they joined forces to extinguish the flame.  That was alot of hot air!

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Ever wonder why we light cakes on fire as part of the birthday festivities?

Celebrating birthdays dates back to early Pagan tradition. Birthday celebrations are not biblical.  It was believed by many ancient cultures that smoke helped carry prayers to heaven. Thus, the origination of the wish followed by candles being blown out.

Another belief was a German custom originating from the 1700s to light one candle on a birthday cake, symbolic of the “light of life”.

I am not a pagan, but I’m still gonna celebrate birthdays. They certainly beat the alternative.  I see them as a celebration of life. Love of family. As God’s miracle of birth being honored. Not to mention an excuse to eat cake. 🙂

Let’s all turn our wishes into prayers!    Like a candle, let’s be the light in the darkness.  Let’s let God’s love shine from us to others.  Let’s share the gift that keeps on giving of Jesus Christ with the world.  And while we’re at it.  Let’s eat cake.
Chocolate, if I have any say in the matter.  ♡

I hope your birthday was the happiest,  Lauren! I love you and am so proud of the woman you have become. May all your birthday wishes (prayers) come true! ♡

Upon you I have leaned from before my birth; you are he who took me from my mother’s womb. My praise is continually of you.
Psalm 71:6

Love and laughter,

Sandy

Enough

Good morning!

Yesterday I went to the grocery store. I stood in line behind a somewhat seasoned elderly gentleman that was buying a pound of sugar. His total was $ 1.73.  I noticed him question the amount with the cashier.  He asked how much taxes were on the item and commented on how high he thought they were.  He then said he wasn’t sure if he had enough.  Enough money to pay for the one and only item he was buying.

I quickly chimed in and said, “No worries!  I’ve got you covered.  I have a purse, and you don’t.   A woman always has spare change just for occasions like this.”  He never acknowledged my presence, but took his bag of sugar and walked out the door, never looking back.  Before he left he had poured out a glass baby food jar of pennies onto the belt in front of me.

It was not difficult to see that the cashier was somewhat frustrated by the whole transaction.   The manager came over and told her she didn’t have to put up with that kind of treatment.

I tried to diffuse the situation by helping her count the pennies.   Together we came up with a total of $ 1.51.  The difference was 22 cents.

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All he needed to have enough was 22 cents. I quickly counted 22 cents from my wallet and gave it to the cashier.  All was well.  Not another word was spoken about it.  I purchased my groceries and returned home.

As i drove off, It saddened me to see someone so strapped for cash to not have enough.   Enough to buy a pound of sugar.   It saddened me to see a manager not have enough.  Enough compassion to see the man from a kinder, more patient point of view. Yet I was touched by the whole ordeal.

You see, every day I pray for God to use me as His hands and feet to somehow touch this world. To make it a better place. Today it was by being enough.  22 cents was enough. Who knows what tomorrow will bring.  Sometimes it’s as simple as a warm smile or chipper hello.  Sometimes it’s a ride to a stranger.  Sometimes it’s a shoulder to a hurting friend.   Today it was 22 cents.

I love those moments.  When I know beyond a doubt that God put that person there just for me.  So I could feel His presence.  Today I passed.  I was somebody’s enough.  I smile and thank God that today I was not guilty of a missed opportunity.

I’m once again reminded of who is our source of enough.  Jesus is always enough. He is all we need.  Trust in Him to provide your every need.  And I encourage each of you to soften your heart and your pocket strings to the poor.  Those less fortunate.   God commands it. I promise you will be blessed when you do. Best 22 cents I ever spent! ♡

But he said to me, “My grace is enough for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” So then, I will boast most gladly about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may reside in me.
2 Corinthians 12:9

For the poor shall never cease out of the land: therefore I command thee, saying, Thou shalt open thine hand wide unto thy brother, to thy poor, and to thy needy, in thy land.
Deuteronomy 15:11

Love and laughter,

Sandy

Attributes of God

Good morning!

Have you ever noticed how when you are developing a new relationship, you want to know everything about each other?  You long for the time you get to  spend together in each other’s company.

The same goes for your relationship with God. He already knows everything about YOU!  But, you can better get to know HIM through reading His word and talking to Him through prayer.
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One of the best ways is to get to know Him through some of His different names or characteristics.

Today I’m going to do something a little different.  I’m going to give you some of His attributes.  His personality traits. Trust in them. God does not change.

I encourage you to spend some quiet time with Him.  Meditate on His different attributes.  Take one at a time.  Sit down and emerse yourself in His presence. Just like any relationship,  you’ll find the more time you spend with Him, the more you will want to spend in His company.  He longs to spend time with YOU!  He will become your closest companion. That’s His plan. 🙂

Here’s a list of some of the attributes of God.  I’m going to start you out with the first one. Then your assignment is to go through the rest on your timing.

Do it however works best for you. My way is just a suggestion.  I first have to get a cup of coffee and sit down somewhere comfy.  With a blanket. 🙂  Then I begin by taking the attribute and looking up its definition. Then I search for scripture to validate it. Then I meditate on how to put what I just learned to practical use in my own life.  That’s it. Easy breezy!  You can do it! 🙂 Get to know God just like you would a beloved friend.

God is infinite.

Infinite –  Limitless

Great is our Lord and abundant in strength; His understanding is infinite.
Psalm 147:5

What I take away from this is everything about God is limitless.  We, that are limited in everything, cannot even fathom such lack of boundaries.

I remember as a child trying to count to infinity.  My brain and my patience could not grasp it. I never made it. That’s the point. Infinity has no end. But I tried.

I know my way to communicate to God is through prayer. Now that I’m older, I’m going to keep trying. Maybe not in my childish ways of yesteryear to count to infinity, but instead to remove the limits when I think of God. Make my prayers bigger, removing my earthly limits.  Trust who His word says He is.  

Here’s the rest for you. I hope this little exercise opens up your heart and your mind to who God really is.  And I hope it can help you grow a little closer to Him. please don’t leave Him on some far off shelf to only bring out for Sunday worship. He’s limitless.   Carry Him around with you all the time. Talk to Him. Laugh with Him. Cry with Him if you must. Love Him and be loved by Him!  Include Him in your life. After all, He created it!  The possibilities are INFINITE!

God is omnipotent.
God is good.
God is love.
God is immutable.
God is transcendent.
God is just.
God is holy.
God is self-sufficient.
God is omniscient.
God is omnipresent.
God is merciful.
God is sovereign.
God is wise.
God is faithful.
God is wrathful.
God is full of grace.

Love and laughter,

Sandy