Church and State

Good morning!

From as early as Thomas Jefferson and the First Amendment, we have had separation of church and state. The Bible even speaks of such separation in Genesis: the institution of family, the relationship between male and female; the institution of civil government, our relationship with our fellow man; and the institution that addresses our relationship with God, the church.

Never before have I witnessed the two joining together as one. Until recently.

Evangelist, Billy Graham, was recently the fourth private citizen to lie in honor at our Capitol Rotunda. The joining of church and state. Accolades to such a life so well lived! Respected by both the church and state. Both political parties even concurred to the manner in which we paid respect to the man that counseled U.S. Presidents for decades.

I attended our weekly school staff meeting on Monday. We were studying Love and Logic. Our assistant principal reminded us that it’s very difficult to not want to do something for someone you love and respect. As teachers, we need to build those relationships first and foremost if we want to gain our students’ respect.

That’s exactly what Billy Graham did. He built his relationship with Christ first. So everyone loved and respected him. He lived a full life, living each day Christ like. A man like David, after God’s own heart. Not living to please man, but God. With integrity. No one could say a bad word about him. For 99 years. That’s unheard of in our human state.

Let’s all try and walk in his footsteps. All 99 years of them. Look at Abraham. At 99 years old, God made a covenant with him. He told him to walk before me and be blameless, and God gave him an heir, a son, in return. At 99, Billy Graham now walks with Jesus. And Abraham.

Blameless men. I challenge each of us to walk in their footsteps. To be imitators of their faith. We can at least try. It’s never too late to begin! May heaven embrace their new resident, a blameless leader! A man who both church and state revered.

Remember your leaders who spoke the word of God to you. Consider the outcome of their way of life, and imitate their faith. Hebrews 13:7

Love and laughter,



Change Your Toothbrush!

Good morning!

With cold and flu season running amuck amongst us, I just thought I’d share a little bit of trivia with each of you. For you germaphobes in particular.

As I moved into my newly remodeled bathroom, I cleaned out all of my drawers. That meant tossing old make up, checking the expiration dates on my over the counter meds, and refreshing my toothbrush.

Did you know that there are some 100 million bacteria or more including E. coli and staph that can be taking up residency on your toothbrush? There are approximately 100-299 living bacteria just in your mouth. Sorry to say, that makes your mouth about as clean as your bathroom floor.

Did you know that each uncovered toilet flush remains airborne long enough to land on surfaces…like your toothbrush?And if you store your toothbrush in an airtight container, the mold growth multiplies, not allowing it to dry.

Do you store all your family toothbrushes in one container? Did you know that’s the number one source of spreading family germs? Especially if one happens to be sick.

We all need to replace our toothbrushes at least every 3-4 months or when the bristles become frayed. We can all clean them in between by soaking them in peroxide or mouthwash. We can flush our toilets with the lids down. If we drop it, toss it. Whatever our feet tracked in, now is on our toothbrush. The five second rule doesn’t apply when it comes to fighting bacteria.

Have you ever heard the phrase cleanliness is next to godliness? Well, God cares more about you than your toothbrush!

Let’s all change our toothbrushes regularly. To be healthy. Let’s wash ourselves, and make ourselves clean. That means physically and spiritually. Let’s all do our utmost best to kill the bacteria, and the evil lurking in our lives.

Wash yourselves, make yourselves clean. Remove the evil of your deeds from my sight. Cease to do evil. Isaiah 1:16

Love and laughter,



Good morning!

Saturday was my grandson’s birthday. He’s six.

He’s big now. No longer an infant or a toddler, but an independent little boy, in school, growing stronger with each passing year. Soon to grow up to be a young man.

In the bible six represents man and human weakness. Man was created on the sixth day.

It was so entertaining to watch him open his birthday gifts. He had several. From all of his family. And they were all present. Several sets of grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, and a few family friends.

As he opened gifts containing clothes, he’d toss them aside to his dad. No thrills there. Man in his human weakness at its finest. Girls would be excited for clothes. Boys not so much. Let’s face it. Little boys want toys. Like guns. And balls. And there were some of each in the mix.

His parents have taught him well. There are guns in their home. Properly cared for. And he’s allowed to have guns as toys, but all in moderation. They are respected. Baseballs and soccer balls were just as prevalent. And the best part of all, is Jesus is also in their home. He was present at the birthday party, and his presence is there every day. As Tucker grows up.

My grandson is allowed to be a little boy and play with the things that little boys like to play with. But he’s also being brought up to follow God’s plan. From an early age. He knows there’s a time to worship and a time to do his school work and a time to play.

Sunday he worshipped. Then he had his birthday party. And he played. With his cousins. And his friends. And his new birthday gifts.

His birthday. The day we celebrate God’s creation of his life.

May his life be full of love and joy and good health and prosperity and all those other things that little boys are made of. And may God continue to raise him up to be strong and full of wisdom as he becomes a man. Just like he did his own son. And yours too. A man of God. One that follows God’s own heart.

Happy 6th birthday, Tucker! Grandy loves you! And I’m sorry about the clothes. That was your mom’s idea. Hopefully the slime kit will erase the disappointment of opening clothes!

And tbe child grew and became atrong, he was filled with wisdom, and the grace of God was on him. Luke 2:40

Love and laughter,



Good morning!

Last night was pure bliss! A night of rest. Relaxation and rejuvenation.

My husband took me to The Mayo. It’s not his first time to offer such a treat, but it was so greatly appreciated.

We are under construction. With that comes a few inconveniences. Most of our personal belongings are packed up and in storage to make room for the workers. Most of the furniture. The pictures. The artwork. The books. We are operating on the bare essentials.

Then there’s the dust. The noise. The smells. Of paint. That accompany such an undertaking.

Last night we escaped it all. To a place and time where life is much slower. Less hectic. On weekends any way. Downtown Tulsa. To The Mayo Hotel, a historical landmark built in 1925.

It’s my favorite place of rest. In Tulsa. Other than my own pillow. 😊

And that I did! No thoughts of construction and IEPs crossed my mind even once! No pets unexpectedly joined us to disturb our slumber. No workmen rang the doorbell. Mission acomplished! My sweet husband’s purpose was met. We found rest!

Just like we have designed some of the features of our home with a distinct purpose, God designed each of us with a distinct purpose. To draw near to him and rest in his holy presence. He created a day of rest. The sabbath. For just that purpose.

When life gets hectic, no matter what yours entails, seek rest. Rest from this earthly place. Seek God. And his peace will find you. Simply be still, and rest in his presence. He’s got this. It’s his plan we’re all living out any way.

Be still, and know that I am God. Psalm 46:10

Love and laughter,


The Loo

Good morning!

My husband offered me the awesome privilege of taking me shopping a few weekends ago. Shopping for toilets.

The Loo. WC. Restroom. Bathroom. Whatever you choose to call it. It is something we can’t live without. Indoor plumbing. Well, we can, but most of us choose not to. But something we certainly don’t spend a lot of time or thought in purchasing. Until recently.

There are so many options that I was unaware of when toilet shopping.

You can purchase toilets that have their own remote controls. Toilets that regulate the size of your flush. Toilets with lids that automstically open and close. And toilets made of solid gold if you’d like your throne to offer you a royal flush.

Here are the two highest end toilets out there just in case you’re interested.

The $5 Million Hang Fung Toilet.

This 24-carat solid gold toilet owned by Han Fund Gold Technology resides in the company’s demonstration washroom with the dub, “The Hall of Gold”. It is available for public viewing, not purchase. Darn!

$19 Million International Space Station Toilet.
The most expensive toilet in the world is not actually residing on Earth. Rather, it has been launched into space. Built by Russia for the International Space Station in November of 2008, this toilet features leg braces in order to help astronauts to position properly.

We settled for the $269 Kohler model. It’s white. It has a seat with a lid that goes up and down, thus serving both the males and females in our household, and a handle to flush it. It serves its purpose just fine. We can save our money for the toilet paper. And that’s another day’s blog. One ply to six ply. What’s your preference?

I don’t know about you, but I like my toilet paper to be soft and thick and absorbent.

Toilets. Taking care of your business. Even God commands it.

In doing my routine research to go with my blog, I found our God certainly is a God of detail. Everything matters to him! He even specifically gave us directions for our toilet duties. I thought I’d share them with you, so you, too, can be in the know!

Happy flushing!

I found it fascinating…I hope you will too!😊
You shall have a place outside the camp, and you shall go out to it. And you shall have a trowel with your tools, and when you sit down outside, you shall dig a hole with it and turn back and cover up your excrement. Because uthe Lord your God walks in the midst of your camp, to deliver you and to give up your enemies before you, therefore your camp must be holy, so that he may not see anything indecent among you and turn away from you. Deuteronomy 23:12-14

Love and laughter,


Shopping Cart

Good morning!

Tuesday afternoon I ran into the Dollar General store just around rhe corner from my work. Freezing rain was falling, and our principal had advised us to head out before the streets got treacherous.

I needed to make a few stops on my way home. My car needed gas. And it was one of my students’ birthday the next day. I had to bring treats. She chose Takis as her birthday treat. And then there was toilet paper. I certainly wouldn’t want to be without it in case we had an ice storm over night. And I want plenty of ply.

I decided to run into the nearest store to quickly grab some Takis and toilet paper. Dollar General it was.

As I was heading back to the paper goods section, I noticed a couple pushing a grocery cart. Not just any grocery cart, but one so full it was overflowing. They were dressed and smelled as if they were homeless. The full cart did not fit their MO.

I got my two items and headed to the cashier only to be diverted by an elderly man in an aisle using a walker. I stopped to ask him if he needed help getting or carrying anything. I went on to explain I lived with my elderly father and was quite comfortable helping him. He thanked me, but said he just wanted the small bag of cookies he was able to hold in his hand and still maneuver his walker.

I went on to check out.

There were two cashiers, but only one was checking. The other was emptying a shopping cart. I recognized it to be the same shopping cart I had seen earlier. As I purchased my items I learned that the man had sent the one cashier to the back storeroom in search of an electric heater to purchase while the woman pushed the cart out the door. With the only cashier in operation busy checking.

Their plan failed. They were stopped in their tracks. They took off, and the merchandise was being returned to its former location on the store shelves.

I woke up abruptly in the wee hours the next morning feeling terrible that I did not buy that basket of groceries for that couple! I knew not their circumstances, but I’m fairly sure they aren’t as blessed as I am. Knowing what I know now, I could have made a difference. Changed a crime scene into a blessing. If I’d only paid closer attention. To my surroundings. Acted when my senses told me something just wasn’t right about what my eyes saw. I could have been Jesus’ hands and feet.

I did find a brief moment of consolation recalling offering to help the gentleman with the walker. At least my spirit was such that I had tried to help my fellow man on this cold, icy night.

How about you? Do you look for those opportunities to be Jesus’ hands and feet? Or do you go through life catering only to your own needs?

Let’s all be Jesus’hands and feet. Especially on these cold winter days and nights. Not so quick to judge. But rather quick to help. Those in need. Expecting nothing in return. Look at the countless blessings we all receive ourselves from our Lord when we may not deserve it.

Rescue the weak and the needy, deliver them from the hand of the wicked. Psalm 82:4

Love and laughter,



Good morning!

My husband and I want to go to Italy.

We were watching a travel program on his iPad the other morning entitled The Taste of Italy.

Truffles were by far the biggest hit of every Italian dish! They ought to be! They are one of the most expensive mushrooms in the world! Fungi. 😊 Ranging from $800 to $3,000 a pound.

They certainly don’t look appetizing to me. They resemble something I might clean out of the litter box!

But if our trip to Italy ever comes to fruition, I just may be tempted to write home to send for my dog to sniff them out and a bucket and a shovel to dig them up with and stay in Italy digging truffles the rest of my days for my income. We all know it would certainly be more lucrative than an Oklahoma teacher’s salary. LOL


I love the chocolate kind. But I’ve never sampled the fungi variety. Have you?!

Inquiring minds want to know. So I googled where I could find them in Tulsa. It appears that truffle fries are a frequent menu item at several locations around town, and truffle infused oil is about as good as it’s going to get this side of the Mediterranean Sea.

Funny. Who ever thought of digging underground a foot or so to find such fungi to eat, and better yet, charge an arm or leg to buy them?!

It just goes to show you some of the best things in life are hidden treasures. Unseen to the naked eye. It’s what’s on the inside that counts.

God’s word even describes Jesus in a way that denotes no obvious external striking beauty. Yet he is the king of all kings. And shall be worshipped by all.

Let’s all stop being so vain. Judging a book by its cover. Let’s see with our hearts, not our eyes. Who knows? You might just be pleasantly surprised at what you might find.

He had no form or majesty that we should look at him, and no beauty that we should desire him. Isaiah 53:2

Love and laughter,