Lunar Trifecta 2018

Good morning!

A super moon, a blue moon, and a lunar eclipse all fall on the same day for a sight that has not been seen in more than a century. And that is now!

A lunar eclipse is when the earth moves in between the sun and the moon. For half the planet, the cosmic alignment will turn the moon a coppery color for just over an hour. A blue moon means it is the second full moon to occur in a month. Also it is a supermoon meaning it will be closer to the Earth than usual, but the difference in size is hardly noticeable to our naked eye.

Don’t miss it!

If you are reading this around the time that I post it, you still have time to go see it at 7:51 a.m. EST, 6:51 a.m. our time this morning for your optimum viewing. That puts me on Highway 51, the Broken Arrow Expressway, on my way to work. I’ll be sure and look up. How about you?

Where will you be?

Wherever that may be, enjoy the sight, then let’s all look up and thank God for the wonder and beauty of his creation. The intricate details. His perfect timing of it all. Lunar trifecta! Created by the best trifecta there ever was and ever will be, the father, the son, and the Holy ghost.

Praise Him, sun and moon; Praise Him, all stars of light! Psalm 148:3

Love and laughter,

Sandy

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Let’s go to the movies!

Good morning!

As part of my dad’s birthday present, I wanted to treat him to go see Hostiles.

It’s the latest and greatest western out at the theatres. So yesterday afternoon we went to the movies. Oklahoma’s own, Wes Studi, portrays the Cheyenne war chief that’s being escorted back to his tribal homeland to die.

My father is a huge western fan. The western channel is always blaring from his room. Pistols firing! No wonder I felt so comfortable attending OSU as my college of choice!

There was plenty of gunfire. 2.15 hours of it. Enough that no one fell asleep.

Equal tribute was given to both sides, the calvary soldiers and the native Americans, as Captain Joseph Blocker remained strong and courageous reluctantly leading his band of misfits across 1892 America under the command of President Harrison. Each of his party members being terrified of the other, yet uniting as one when it came to their survival. And faith in God was even given tribute, a refreshing scene to see in today’s new releases.

Living back then, you would have had to have been strong and courageous. You would have had to rely on your God going before you.

Living today, it’s just as important. We may no longer battle Indian raids or calvary attacks, but our battles are just as real. Drugs and hatred poison our countryside today just as deadly.

Let’s all be strong and courageous. Let’s trust in the fact that our God will never leave or forsake us. As we partake on our own personal journeys. And let’s remember that working together as one will always allow us to see things differently from our brother’s perspective.

And if you go see it for yourselves, girls, there’s a little romance in it for you, and don’t forget the popcorn! No movie is complete without it.

Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.
Deuteronomy 31:6

Love and laughter,

Sandy

A Walk In The Park

Good morning!

Yesterday was a gorgeous day! The sun was shining. The temperature was a pleasant 61 degrees. It was a perfect day for a walk in the park. And that is exactly what we did!

We took a walk in the park. With our dog. Which meant a roll in the grass to Dakotah. He loves to roll! And roll. And roll.

I love to watch him as he rolls in the grass. He looks as though he’s smiling in ecstasy. Why do dogs love to roll so? According to petmd.com, it is all about scents or alleviating a bad itch. For Dakotah, I think it’s all about the itch. That makes him want to roll.

That reminds me of another time that rolling brought on ecstasy. When the stone was rolled away from Jesus’ tomb. From that day forward, we have all lived in ecstasy because of that stone rolling. Rolling away with it death and proving Satan powerless. Jesus lives. And so do we. Thank you Jesus for rolling away that stone and offering us forgiveness and new everlasting life. With that as our precept, everything else is a walk in the park!

They found the stone rolled away from the tomb. Luke 24:2

Love and laughter,

Sandy

Welcome home!

Good morning!

I returned to school Thursday afternoon just as school was letting out for the day, and just in time to print out an IEP and attend the IEP meeting for one of my students. Friday would be my first day back to teaching following my bereavement leave. But Thursday, I had a meeting to take care of attending.

As I walked down the hall towards my classroom, several of my new students passed by me in the hallway as they were exiting. They greeted me with an enthusiastic,” Hello Mrs. Carnes, we’ve missed you!” It brought a tear to my eye. I felt at home. Where I was supposed to be.

I’ve only worked at that school a little over a semester and the bonds with the students are immeasurable. I can only imagine what my father-in-law experienced in his lifetime of education. Just the response we have received from the community about his passing has been overflowing.

Let’s all do our best here. On earth. Spreading the word, the works and the love of Christ to others. Let’s enjoy our work and our home. But let’s long for the day we hear our final, welcome home!

George Fowler, I hope you, too, now feel at home. Where you’re supposed to be. No longer in a school or earthly residence, no longer in pain, but truly home. With Jesus. And all those who went home before you.

You’ll certainly be missed here, but here is where you were only visiting. We all are. Welcome home!

And don’t you worry about old Midnight. He’s doing just fine here in our home.

And you will receive a rich welcome into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and savior, Jesus Christ. 2 Peter 1:11

Love and laughter,

Sandy

Paint or floors first?

Good morning!

It’s the chicken or the egg dilemma. This Old House says either way is okay. Most sources say floors first. My husband is doing paint first.

If you install the floors first, you stand to damage the new paint job. If you paint your walls first, you stand to drip paint on your newly finished floors. Floors are expensive, but walls are not.

Which do you prefer?

There are lots of things in life where we must make a choice. Pick one thing before another. Some matter. Some don’t.

One thing we all need to pick first is Jesus. And then nothing else matters after.

Let’s all pick Jesus. And if we need to do some touch ups on the paint when all is said and done, so be it. No need to sweat the small stuff. After all, we’ve got the best carpenter there ever was and ever will be on our side!

But seek first the kingdom of God and his tighteousness, and all these things will be provided for you. Matthew 6:33

Love and laughter,

Sandy

It’s Odd To Be Even

Good morning!

The other day we drove into McDonald’s drive through window to order some breakfast on our way to Dallas. The total was $8.00. I said to my husband, “it’s odd to be even.” Being a female with a larger wallet, I’m used to pulling the exact change out. But not today! No coins necessary!

What do you do with your spare change? Your pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters. That money you get back when your breakfast does not cost an even $8.00, but rather costs $8.12? And you give them a $10.00.

Do you drop it in the coin compartment in your car console never to be seen again until the pile becomes so unruly that you’re forced to empty it? Do you take it home and put it in the proverbial coin jar to empty only when it’s full for extra spending money for your vacation once a year? Do you give it to your children? Do you take it to Coinstar and cough up a loss of 10% each time to the machine to trade it in for dollars? Do you donate it to a worthy cause? Or do you add it to your tithe or offering?

Let’s make sense of our cents. Be creative! Value what we have been given or earned. Use it and rule over it wisely. But not let it rule over us.

Jesus spoke in parables many times using stories to teach us the value of money, but more so he used money to teach us our value and the value of relationships. He expects us to make the most out of what we have been given.

Let’s all be faithful with what we’ve been given. Use and share it well, so when it is all said and done we can hear, “Well done, good and faithful servant!” And we can share in our master’s happiness.

Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!Matthew 25:21

Love and laughter,

Sandy

There’s A New Sheriff In Town

Good morning!

Meet Midnight.

He’s our newest house guest. That will be taking up permanent residency in our home. We’ve graciously inherited him from my father-in-law.

He’s back! He used to be a Tulsa resident. Then moved south to Plano for awhile when my father-in-law did. And now he’s back. In a new house. With new owners. But same family. And same last name. 😊

We’ve welcomed him home. Back home to Tulsa. Another furry friend for our Dakotah.

That’s what we’re called to do. Be hospitable. Welcome others into our homes.

How about you? Do you offer your home to strangers? Help others without expecting something back in return?

Hospitality. We all should practice it. Welcoming strangers. With a smile and an outstretched hand to greet them. You never know when it might be angels you are entertaining.

Midnight has lost a great man as his owner and companion, but a little piece of that man will now live on in our house. Through a beautiful black cat. Named Midnight. And he’s already been spotted on my own father’s lap. Who says God doesn’t know exactly what he’s doing? ❤

The alien has not lodged outside. For I have opened my door to the travelers. Job 31:32

Love and laughter,

Sandy