Tea Time

Good morning!

Yesterday afternoon I had the most delightful time! I attended a tea party.

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Miss Marilyn and I joined two of our past students and their mother and siblings for afternoon tea. It was Grace’s Tea Party. It began as an idea before the school year concluded. Today a little girl’s dream came to fruition.  Complete with two choices of tea and enough finger sandwiches, chips and dip, crackers, cheesecake stuffed strawberries, cookies, and cake to feed the neighborhood. British High Tea with Her Majesty the Queen Elizabeth II had nothing on this spread!

My favorites were the cucumber tea sandwiches. Yum! Yum! ♡

The most precious part of the afternoon to me was seeing how much this little girl loved her teachers. She was taught to love and respect them. She wanted to give back. At the age of four. How totally precious is that? All the children of this family (They have 6 of them!) pitched in to make this event so special for their sister. It went off like a charm.  From the greetings upon arrival to the blessing said before eating to the show and tell and play time for entertainment to the incessant hugs and I love yous before leaving, especially for Miss Marilyn. This was what life is all about. The real deal. Love. ♡ Serving others.This family walks the talk.This family has it going on.

The age span of our tea party ranged from 4 to 60s. We shared stories and pictures. We shared love and laughter. All of us. We saw the circle of life. A four year old child honoring her older teachers. A young college age woman building a relationship of her own with a plan for her future.  To also teach. Yet there helping and taking part in her family. A mother raising her family with four daughters to be the godly young women Christ desires them to be. Great values. Good people. Every last one of them.

Let’s all constantly be learning. Teaching. From others. To others.  Young and old alike. Let’s help raise up our next generations of women to be the kind of women Christ desires each of us to be.

You don’t have to be a teacher.  To work in education.  To be a parent to do it.
Just engage. And be a good example. I can’t think of a better way to do it than an afternoon tea party on a hot summer day. Thank you Gracie! ♡ Thank you Gracie’s mommy. And thank you Gracie’s siblings. For the best tea party I ever visited. 🙂

3 Likewise, teach the older women to be reverent in the way they live, not to be slanderers or addicted to much wine, but to teach what is good. 4 Then they can urge the younger women to love their husbands and children, 5 to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home,to be kind, and to be subject to their husbands, so that no one will malign the word of God.
Titus 2:3-5

Love and laughter,

Your Visitor Tea Party Girl
Miss Sandy

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Shark Week

Good morning!

How many of you already have or are looking forward to going to the beach this summer?  The cool water, the ocean breezes, moonlit walks on the beach, your toes in the sand. 🙂
 
You might just want to rethink packing those bags. That is if you turn on your TV this week. Just when you thought it was safe to get back in the water, The Discovery Channel brings back it’s annual Shark Week. This week is Shark Week on the Discovery Channel from June 26th to July 3rd. There are 17 programs scheduled full of sharks that are sure to conjure up at least some fear in even the bravest of ocean lovers.

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Fear is defined as an unpleasant emotion caused by the belief that someone or something is dangerous, likely to cause pain, or a threat.

I’ve always loved going to the beach. After all, my name is Sandy. I’ve spent many a day on the beach and in the ocean, but sharing my beach and waters with sharks is not my idea of relaxation. In my opinion, sharks are synonymous with fear.

Fear primarily because of the unknown. They are unpredictable. They can be deadly.The shark has the capacity to inflict pain, even death. They are feared by most, but rarely respected. I believe if we are to swim in the ocean, the shark’s environment, we should treat both the creature and his home with utmost respect. After all, they don’t come into our home and disrupt our ways of living.

Let’s all respect nature, and respect the sharks. Their jaws can be powerful tools of destruction. Let’s not necessarily fear them.
What we really should fear is God.
He is the only one with the power to destroy both our body and our soul.

Let’s all enjoy our time at the beach. Even enjoy watching Jaws for the bazillionth time during Shark Week. But let’s live our lives in a manner pleasing to God so we have nothing to fear.

Do not fear those who kill the body but are unable to kill the soul; but rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.
Matthew 10:28

Love and laughter,

Sandy

Swan lake

Good morning!

There is a quaint little lake tucked away in the middle of a neighbohood in Tulsa called the Swan Lake District. It’s been around for years. I drove by it just last night. I always used to wish I lived there. lt’s located from 15th Street to the North, Utica Street to the East, 21st Street to the South, and Peoria Avenue to the west. The lake itself is on 17th Street and Utica Avenue.

It was originally opened in 1907 by Samuel A. Orcutt as Orcutt Park.  It included facilities for swimming, boating, picnicking, dancing and even had a trolley car stop.

Today it is a neighbohood with a fountain and swans.

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I’ve always considered it more of a pond than a lake due to its size.

What is the difference between a lake and a pond any way?

If the water is deep enough that light doesn’t penetrate to the bottom, and photosynthesis is limited to the top layer, the body of water is considered a lake. A pond is a body of water shallow enough to support rooted plants.

Well, there you have it! 🙂 Now we know! It’s all about depth.

Deep is defined as extending far down from the top or surface, very intense or extreme.

Just like a lake is deep enough that light doesn’t penetrate to the bottom, Christ’s love for us is so deep it cannot be penetrated. I don’t know about you, but I often times find that extremely difficult to comprehend.  How me, a sinner, can be loved so deeply by my God.

Let’s all try to grasp that kind of love that Christ has for each of us. Then let’s go share it with all the others around us. It’s God’s calling for each of us. Let’s love others with the same intensity that Christ loves us. Extreme.

And I pray that you and all God’s holy people will have the power to understand the greatness of Christ’s love—how wide, how long, how high, and how deep that love is.
Ephesians 3:18

Love and laughter,

Sandy

Thankful

Good morning!

Today I have nothing in particular to write about.  No great epiphany has come to me. It’s not necessarily writer’s block. You see, each and every day something I see, something I hear, something I experience guides me to my daily blog subject matter. I choose to believe it is God inspired.

Today I just want to say
I’m thankful.♡

Yesterday I learned of one of my father’s dear friend’s passing. He was just a few weeks short of celebrating his 100th birthday. 

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We had the awesome privilege of celebrating St. Patrick’s day with him and another dear friend just a few months ago.  For that I am thankful.

That I still have my 86 year old dad present in my life and home. For that I am thankful.

That I have a job that I love. In fact two jobs! ♡ For that I am thankful.

That I have family and friends that I love and love me.  For that I am thankful.

That I live in a country where I have freedom.  For that I am thankful.

But most importantly,  I am thankful for my God. That I was created.  That I am loved. That I have been given a life to live. Full of different experiences. That I have been given an opportunity to experience eternal life through belief in His son. For that I am thankful.

How about you?

What are you thankful for today?

How about joining me today and giving thanks. For all that you are. For all that you have.

Here’s to you C.D. Northcutt! 
Today may you walk with angels! May you truly walk with God! We love and miss you! ♡

18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
1 Thessalonians 5 : 18

Love and laughter,

Sandy

Slopped My Dripper

Good morning!

Friday night I went to eat at a favorite restaurant that we often frequent on Friday evenings. Dress was casual. As I crossed my leg under the table I felt my shoe break. I was wearing black lace up sandals that I’d had for years. A pair I’d picked up in Grand Cayman. An old favorite,  comfortable shoe. But irreplaceable. The piece of leather between my toes had broken away from the sole. Panic sunk in. I was going to have to take it off to walk out. I was going to have to slop my dripper. 🙂

It was all good. 🙂 They’d lived a good life. My only problem was how was I to walk out of the restaurant discreetly missing one shoe? I had a plan. I strategically placed the shopping bag of food we didn’t eat on the side with no shoe and off I went. Confidently as if nothing was wrong. It was a “Fake it ’til you make it” moment. Fortunately the lights were dimmed, so I think I pulled it off. I made it safely to the car. We were home free. Catrastrophe diverted. 🙂

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It reminded me of a favorite Hee Haw skit from years ago where the barber, Archie Campbell, tells his customer, Roy Clark, the story of Rindercella, the dyslexic princess. The story was told using spoonerisms.

It went something like this.
This is the story of Rindercella and her sugly isters. Rindercella and her sugly isters lived in a marge lansion…

It goes on to tell the rest of the fairy tale we all know so well. With a slightly dyslexic twist. 🙂 My favorite part was when Rindercella slopped her dripper. Just the sound of it still makes me laugh. I love love and laughter.  🙂

I, too, slopped my dripper! The only difference between me and Rindercella was I had no prandsome hince pick mine up and try to find me. I had mine walking right beside me. ♡ Laughing along with me at my mishap. And who knows someday he may just give me my happily ever after. ♡

Until then, why not join me in searching to find our Lord? He’s right there beside us. No glass slipper necessary to make that fit. It’s the perfect fit. It’s what we were created for.

May we all find laughter in those moments in life when we slop our dripper! 🙂

But from there you will seek the LORD your God, and you will find Him if you search for Him with all your heart and all your soul.
Deuturonomy 4:29

Love and laughter,

Sandy

Gone Viral

Good morning!

Many of you may have seen this picture posted on Facebook several months ago.

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I know it’s no longer current events, but its message is still very much alive and current. Besides, I consider it quite refreshing.  Just look they have coats on! We all could use a little refreshment about now on these hot summer days. 🙂

It was taken on March 1st of this year by Officer Eric Gaines. He was patrolling the streets of Baltimore, Maryland. He came across a homeless man on the ground with a teenager knelt down beside him. To the officer this was a crime scene caught red handed. A possible mugging or robbery. To the teen it was simply an opportunity to share God’s love. A prayer.

Once Officer Gaines realized his assessment of the scene was totally and completely wrong, he snapped this picture and shared it with the world.

This picture received over 32,000 shares within the first few days it was posted. Needless to say, the photo has been a source of smiles for millions of people from all over the world.
It’s gone viral.

When’s the last time you got caught doing something red handed?

Something good. 🙂

Let’s all stop looking for the negative and start catching others doing something good. And snap a picture of it. And go viral. 🙂 Or better yet! Be that person getting caught doing something good!  What a better place this world would be. Not to mention Facebook.  😉

Thank you Officer Gaines for posting this picture. ♡ Thanks more to the teen in the orange jacket for stopping and seizing the moment.  Lifting up the life of another human being to God. (Hey I went to OSU, you gotta love anyone wearing an orange jacket! 🙂 )

31 Do to others as you would have them do to you.32 “If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners love those who love them.33 And if you do good to those who are good to you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners do that. 34 And if you lend to those from whom you expect repayment, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, expecting to be repaid in full. 35 But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. 36 Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.
Luke 6:31-36

Love and laughter,

Sandy

What’s In Your Cart?

Good morning!

This past Wednesday night was a very warm evening with temperatures in the 90s.  As we were driving on our way out to dinner, we noticed an influx of panhandlers out on the street corners in the midtown area of Tulsa despite the heat. Several had their own individual shopping carts stocked with their personal belongings beside them. One in particular caught my eye. It had a pink suitcase on top of the filled cart and a lounge cushion on the bottom.

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It got my creative juices flowing.  🙂

What would I pack if I were homeless? 

What would you pack if you had to fit all the personal belongings you owned inside one shopping cart?

It became the initial topic of our dinner conversation. We found humor in including the many creature comforts we are accustomed to having access to daily in our blessed lives.

But how different our lives might be if we were truly homeless. Perhaps we wouldn’t feel so blessed. And it certainly would not be a laughing matter. 😦

My cart would include my Golden tied to it on a leash, a blanket for warmth, my 64 oz. water bottle for hydration, my bible and glasses for reading, daily hygiene toiletries, a bottle of Ice Breakers Ice Cubes Cool Lemon Sugar Free Gum for fresh breath, my phone and charger for writing my blog, clothing (rolled to pack more), a pair of shoes for each season, a jean jacket, a winter coat, a tarp for protection from the elements, bandaids and a bottle of peroxide, and a bag of almonds.
What more could I possibly need? 🙂

I actually think I could do it. Live within the confines of a shopping cart. You see, just like Paul, I’ve had and I’ve had not. Things are not what matter most to me anymore. Lives are.

How about you?

Could you give up your creature comforts if need be? If Jesus asked you to do so and follow Him?

Let’s all set are minds more on things above than earthly possessions. The next time you see someone panhandling, especially in the heat, let’s not turn and look the other way. Let’s instead offer a bottle of water. And a prayer. A prayer they’ll find the living water necessary to change their circumstance.

Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.
Colossians 3:2

Love and laughter,

Sandy