Happy Halloween! 

Good morning! 

Happy Halloween!

No trick or treating for me this year. 😦 Unless of course I’d like to be a pirate in OKC this Halloween. Arrrr! 

Today I’m having surgery on my right eye. Round two. Hopefully the last of my OKC eye surgeries.  A few more follow up post op check up appointments after today and tomorrow, and this shall be behind me. My right eye will remain patched this Halloween until my recheck tomorrow morning,.so why not play the role and be a pirate? 🙂 But I want to be a nice one. And  a cute one too please if I possibly can. 🙂

Pirates are known for searching for treasure. Hidden treasure. The treasure was usually thought to be buried, and a map was ususlly involved with an “X” to mark the spot so the buccaneer might someday return and claim his booty. 

Lots of things can be hidden besides pirate’s treasures.We still today often hide something of value to us for safekeeping.  

We as Christians csn hide God’s Word in our hearts like hidden treasure. That’s one of the most precious treasures we can possibly have! And no one can take it away from us! Our map is our bible. It leads us to the spot where the treasure lies hidden. The “X” is God’s word. His commandments. His direction.  His examples for the way we should live.

Our hearts are the center of our being, the hub of our emotional, physical, and spiritual life. Our hesrt is our source of life.The heart is deeper than we really know. We may love others deeply, and they love us. But our whole heart is known only to God. But the Psalmist believed, and Scripture teaches, that even though we can’t know our heart fully, or change it ourselves, we can store treasures there, and give it to God to mold and soften as He sees fit.

May each of you store up a wealth of treats this evening. In your Halloween treat bag..But I hope you store up a wealth of treasures in your heart as well. For God’s treasure lasts way beyond the chocolates of Halloween.  It lasts for eternity. So why not start hiding it now today for your future. I don’t know what costume you will be donning this Halloween,  but I can tell you this. I’ll gladly trade in my pirate’s patch for angel wings any day! 🙂

Ahoy Mateys! Have a fun and safe Halloween!  

I have hidden your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.       Psalm 119:11

Love and laughter, 

Sandy

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Winner Winner! Chicken Dinner!

Good morning! 

Yesterday was a great day for some football!  Oklahoma football! All three teams were winners! OSU, OU, and TU. Winner, winner, chicken dinner! 🙂

It was Homecoming in Stillwater.  A sea of orange everywhere you looked. And festivities to match. My alma mater Oklahoma State University’s Cowboys defeated West Virginia Mountaineers 37-20. A cowboy dream. ♡
                                                                        Head south to Norman. There University of Oklahoma’s Sooners crushed the Kansas Jayhawks  56-3  on their home turf at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium.

For TU it was on the road again. University of Tulsa’s Golden Hurricane traveled to Memphis to defeat the Memphis Tigers 59-30.

Everyone loves a win! Everyone loves to be victorious. Those participating and those just watching as well. It was a great weekend for those of us watching in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  

Let’s all be more than observers from our chair side. It’s okay for Saturday afternoon football.  But not so much in life. Let’s all be participants.  Let’s be victorious. With God as our life coach we can defeat even our greatest enemies. Let’s all be winners. Let’s show not just Oklahoma,  but the world whose team is victorious.  God’s team! Winner, winner, chicken dinner! 🙂

For the Lord your God is the one who goes with you to fight for you against your enemies to give you victory.”             Deuteronomy 20:4

Love and laughter, 

Sandy

Life

Good morning! 

Life. We all have one shot at it. Each of us is given the same identical 24 hours each day. How we choose to live it is entirely up to us. The choice is ours. We can live it waiting to die. Wasting our days away simply existing. Or we can live it dying to live. Spending each day with a purpose. A passion..Living each day to its fullest.

My dad’s best friend’s life came to a close yesterday.  😦  We are all greatly saddened. Saddened for our loss. Not his. For he was a man that lived life to its fullest.  He did it all. He never let anything get in his way or get him down.  He loved life. He loved family and friends. He left behind a wonderful legacy to those that knew him of how to live. A gifted father, businessman, and friend. His door was always open with hospitality to match.

I’ve been blessed to share in his company over many years as a family friend. More so of recent with my father and him spending more time together as retirement allowed. 

A fond memory I shall carry with me of Steve is his tower. His home backs up to Tulsa’s upcoming park, A Gathering Place For Tulsa. With all the inconveniences of construction, destruction, noise, barriers, detours, street closings, etc., Steve found a way around it all. He erected a tower in his very own backyard to observe the progress that the rest of Tulsa was not privy to witness. That was blocked from public viewing. But not for Steve. Where there was a will there was a way! 🙂

It was not just any tower. It was built of the finest construction. Reinforced steel. I’m sure it can withstand Oklahoma’s worst of weather. And to top it all off is a table and chair set. Seating for four complete with an umbrella. A deck fit for a king. 

I pray that Steve now sits with others before him with God. Able to see all from his new vantage point. “The” Gathering Place, not just “A” Gathering Place. A place where there is no longer pain and suffering, sickness, or tears. 

Here’s to you Steve! ♡ Thank you for showing us all how to win at this game we all play.  The game of Life. Thank you for touching my life as you so have. For offering such love and companionship to my father. You will definitely be missed.  But never forgotten. ♡ This toast is to you! 

 “… I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse. Therefore choose life, that you and your offspring may live, loving the LORD your God, obeying his voice and holding fast to him, for he is your life and length of days, that you may dwell in the land that the LORD swore to your fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give them.”                                         Deuteronomy 30:19 20

Love and laughter, 

Sandy

Five Little Pumpkins

Good morning! 

One of my favorite children’s songs each Halloween is Raffi’s Five Little Pumpkins.

It’s a hit every year with every one of our classes.

Five little pumpkins sitting on a gate. First one said, “Oh, my, it’s getting late!” Second one said, ” There are witches in the air!” The third one said, “But we don’t care!” The fourth one said, “Let’s run and run and run!” The fifth one said, “Let’s have some fun!”  Oooooooh, went the wind.

And out went the light. Or at least in Raffi’s spooky Halloween song, but not in real life. There is no reason to be afraid of the dark. At Halloween time or any time. The light of Christ shines brightly in the darkness. The evil, the darkness, can never extinguish that light. Let’s all let our light shine bright as well to light the darkness for others to see. 

Don’t let Halloween scare you. The pumpkins. The witches. The wind. The darkness. Instead let’s all have fun at the pumpkin patches. Carving or painting pumpkins. Choosing costumes. Trick or treating. It’s the end of summer. It’s about to roll out of sight. ‘Til next year. Just like our five little pumpkins. 

And the five little pumpkins rolled out of sight. 

The light shines in the dark, and the dark has never extinguished it.                       John 1:5

Love and laughter, 

Sandy

Soup

Good morning!

It’s that time of year! Time for soup! I just had my first homemade bowl of hot steaming chili on Sunday night. Yum! ♡ Another reason I love fall. ♡ Nothing takes the chill out of the air better than a nice hot bowl of soup! 🙂

What’s your favorite kind of soup?

Mine is chili. Pho. Potato. Tomato Bisque. Tortilla. Lobster Bisque. Broccoli Cheddar. The list goes on. But no cold soup for me! Tried it. Didn’t like it. 😦

Soup is my go to meal. Or salad. Usually it’s soup in the fall and winter and salad in the spring and summer. 

One of my favorite childhood stories was Stone Soup, an old folk tale where hungry strangers manipulate the local townsmen into sharing their food. 

Even as far back as biblical times Esau manipulated Jacob into sharing his food. And Jacob his birthright. 

Let’s all be conscientious about sharing our soup with others. Especially this time of year with cooler weather and holidays soon approaching.  There are school food drives to help those less fortunate and.John 3:16 Mission is always offering meals and a place to sleep or thanksgiving dinners that you can contribute to in your own community to help those without. Let’s not be soup nazis! . 

A hot bowl of soup not only warms the body, but comforts the soul when you are down and out. Let’s all be sure we help our fellow mankind turn their stone soup into a banquet. 

29And one day Jacob was cooking some soup when Esau came in from the fields in great need of food;  30 He said to Jacob, “Quick, let me have some of that red soup!I’m famished!” (That is why he was also called Edom.31 Jacob replied, “First sell me your birthright.”32 “Look, I am about to die,” Esau said. “What good is the birthright to me?”33 But Jacob said, “Swear to me first.” So he swore an oath to him, selling his birthright to Jacob.34 Then Jacob gave Esau some bread and some lentil soup. He ate and drank, and then got up and left.So Esau despised his birthright.     Genesis 25:29

Love and laughter,                                     

Sandy

Send In The Clowns

Good morning! 

Halloween will soon be upon us. A night full of costumed children of all ages shrieking in the night as they search house to house, trunk to trunk, or store to store looking for treats,.preferably the good stuff. Full size chocolate candy bars. The mother lode for a trick or treater. 🙂

Whether it’s a neighborhood,  a church, or a mall you’ll be trick or treating at this year, you can bet you’ll find a super hero, a princess, or a Pokémon among the mix. What you probably won’t find alot of this year is a clown.

Whether you’re scared to death of them or they give you the giggles, the creepy clown craze that has spread worldwide this year will more than likely put the demand for clown costumes right there with those of Jason and Freddy.

I personally have never cared much for clowns. It’s not that I’m afraid of them, I just don’t find them attractive or care for that kind of humor. 

But they were not originally created to scare and threaten. They serve a purpose much greater than simply to entertain.  Their purpose originated with the circus. The clown was sent in to distract the viewers when an unforseen tragic accident occurred such as someone falling from a trapeze or an animal harming a performer. They also can be found at the rodeo when an animal threatens the life of a rider. The rodeo clown distracts them, putting their own life at stake, as the rider escapes to safety. They are much more than comic entertainers intended to make people laugh. 

Jesus too was sent in. Not to distract something else from hurting us, but to save us from hurting ourselves. With our own choices. Not to make us laugh, but to bring us to tears of joy and thankfulness for the gift of life. Eternal life. 

I encourage each of you to be strong and courageous when they send in the clowns. When you face something that scares you. Choose Christ as your protection.  He will be with you wherever you go. Not just on Halloween. 

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.   Joshua 1:9 

Love and laughter, 

Sandy

Speech To Text

Good morning! 

Have you ever used speech to text on your phone? 

I normally type out my texts with my left index finger. I was never a “gamer” so I’m not a two thumb typist.

I have a habit of using my drive time to work each morning to think of all those little domestic chores I need to take care of for the day. I often send myself or others little reminder texts. I don’t text and drive, but I have been guilty of sending a speech to text style text from time to time while stopped at a traffic light. 

My youngest daughter and her two dogs presently live with me. One particular morning she and I passed in the night, so I wanted her to know that her dogs had been fed and let out that morning before I left for work. So a speech to text message seemed appropriate.  I spoke the message into my phone. “Dogs fed and let out. Dizzy barked so I let her back in.” Simple enough. The light changed to green. I hit send and away I went.

Her response was “Tell Dizzy to stop farting. It’s rude.”

I wondered why the strange response. Then I reread my text to her. My speech to text had chosen the word “farted” instead of barked as I had spoken for my message. I had not proof read my text before sending it. It read Dizzy farted so I let her in. No wonder her response.  It made me chuckle. Who would let IN a dog who was “farting” anyway? 🙂

Things aren’t always what they seem to be. Remember the old game, Chinese Whispers or Telephone, where a bunch of people sit in a circle and the first person whispers a secret into the ear of the person on one side, they whisper it to the next, and it goes around the circle, only to end up being an entirely different secret?

We all need to be careful with our words. Both those written and spoken. For they can be misheard and misunderstood. Let’s all keep them edifying of others or not spoken at all to avoid embarrassing,  hurtful situations. Just look at the destruction both the written and the spoken words have caused to our two presidential candidates. 😦

When there are many words, transgression is unavoidable, But he who restrains his lips is wise.                 Proverbs 10:19

Love and laughter, 

Sandy