There’s An App For That

Good morning!

OK, all you Walking Dead fans!  (My daughter, Kristen, included.) The latest app going around at work is Zombiebooth2.
Off the clock, I might add. 🙂
Anything to divert from the day to day emotional impact these nurses encounter from working with the critically ill.

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Let me just make this perfectly clear.  I by no means am a zombie fan, but I played along for purposes of this blog. To literally illustrate a point, I installed the free app.  And this illustration is the PG version of what you could have gotten. Pretty scary if you ask me.

Funny thing, I had pink eye several weeks ago.  Wish I’d known about this app then.  I could have milked it for a few more sick days.   LOL!

In all seriousness, with today’s technology, we can download apps on our smartphones to do everything under the sun.  Tell us how to get from the couch to a 5K in 30 days, how to get across town in 15 minutes or less and avoid traffic congestion, and now how to turn ourselves into zombies.  And that will be beneficial for what?! 🙂

If zombies aren’t your cup of tea,  did you know there’s even an app to turn you into a man or woman of faith? And you don’t even have to leave your couch to do this one! 🙂  It’s called the YouVersion bible app.  There’s no tricks to it.  What you see is what you get.  Your profile picture probably won’t look any different.  But, oh how the “inside” you will flourish!

I encourage each of you to install it today!  Besides being a handy little tool to search or read the Word of God, there are oodles of devotionals to choose from as well.  Every topic under the sun.  Except zombies. 🙂

Let’s all stop walking around like a bunch of zombies and instead join the living in making this world a better place.  Sharing the love.  Sharing the faith.  Sharing our inner beauty.

Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as braided hair and the wearing of gold jewelry and fine clothes. Instead, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.
1 Peter 3:3-4

Love and laughter,

Sandy

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Summer Vacation

Good morning!

It’s summertime! 🙂

Back in the day that was the time to load up the family into the family station wagon and head off to adventures unknown. It was summer vacation!

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School was out, and dad had a map of the U.S.  What more could you need?

I remember growing up taking many a road trip.  We rarely traveled by aircraft to our vacation destinations.   That was part of the novelty of the vacation.   The drive.  You never knew where you would stop.

There was always a plan to begin our journey.  We just often veered from it if something struck our fancy along the way.

Take a stop to pan for gold along the river on a Colorado road trip.  Who knows when you might need that skill again? 🙂 Crazy, you may be thinking.  Maybe a little off beat, yet it stirs up some of the best stories.  And trust me, my dad can tell stories!  He could put Edward Bloom in the movie, Big Fish, to shame!   Memories. ♡

My dad never got lost.  He always went one way somewhere and returned home another.  You could count on it.

He was not a water kind of guy. We had a pool in the backyard for that.  Most of  our adventures involved the mountains.   He loved the wild west.  Still does.  He was all about history.  Reliving it or making it on our own.  And cowboys and Indians.

We went to Pueblo villages and hung out with real life medicine men.

We got snowed in in Dodge City, Kansas after a ski trip one time, and my dad was instrumental in a budding relationship between my best friend and a fraternity guy from our same college that was also stranded in the same locale with his friends.  My dad’s stories and cocktails were for once appreciated. 😉

We road horseback into the Pecos Wilderness and camped under the stars for a week’s time with a real life cowboy as our guide catching our own fish for meals.

We went to caves.   I can still tell you the difference between a stalactite and stalagmite.  A stalactite holds “tight” to the ceiling of a cave.  A stalagmite “might” reach the ceiling from the floor someday if it’s lucky.  Who said I didn’t have brains? 🙂

I could go on and on reminiscing, but that’s another day.

Have you ever thought about your walk with Jesus as an adventure?   Just like my dad’s summer vacation,  there is a plan.  God has a plan for each of us.  And aren’t we all guilty of veering off of it every now and again when something strikes our fancy along the way?  I know I am.

I don’t know about you, but I want to stay on course.   I want to follow God’s road map.  I want to stop and see all the sights He has in store for me along the way.  I want to tell my children and grandchildren stories of the remarkable things I’ve seen and done along the way with Jesus.  I want to make memories.  Eternal ones with My Maker that we can laugh about for eternity.

If you don’t have any of your own, now’s the time to start!  Just ask Jesus to jump in the driver’s seat.  And away you will go! Enjoy the ride my friends!   It’s summer vacation!

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
Jeremiah 29:11

Love and laughter,

Sandy

Triple Crown

Good morning!

In case you didn’t know, I love horses!  ♡ I’ve owned many over the years.

This weekend history was made.  By a horse.

American Pharoah won the Belmont Stakes, and thus, became the Triple Crown winner.  This was the first time in 37 years we have witnessed a great racehorse capture the title.  The Triple Crown. Three races. Three year old thoroughbreds.

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He first won the Kentucky Derby.  Then the Preakness. And finally the third jewel of the crown, the Belmont Stakes.

Statistically,  it will go down in history as American Pharoah winning with a time of 2 minutes 26.65 seconds by 5 1/2 lengths.  If you are a betting man, you were paid $3.50 on your $2 bet.  His owner, Ahmed Zayat,  was paid over $4.5 million for his earnings.   Those are some very valuable, impressive statistics.

We have seen alot of valuable, impressive things come in threes. Great soccer or hockey players score three goals, and they have a hat trick. Great pitchers throw three strikes, and their opponent is out in baseball.  The most valuable and impressive threesome of all is the Holy Trinity, the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

I urge each of you to cheer on your favorite sports entities.  Enjoy the race.  The game.  But never forget where your true crown lies.  Whose team you really are on.  That’s some tried and true history my friends.

You will also be a crown of beauty in the hand of the LORD, And a royal diadem in the hand of your God.
Isaiah 62:3

For there are three who bear witness in heaven: the Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit:and these three are one.”
1 John 5:7

Love and laughter,

Sandy

Side By Side

Good morning!

I took a road trip yesterday to Oklahoma City with my youngest daughter for her boyfriend’s graduation from pharmacy school.  We joined several of his family members who are not from Oklahoma.   After the graduation ceremony,  we went to a delightful lunch at Kd’s in Bricktown.  We then took them to see the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum,  the site of the tragic 1995 Alred P. Murrah Building bombing.

Once at the Memorial,  our group dispersed in different directions of interest.   I found the grandfather of the bunch so very endearing.   That’s who I chose to hang with. 🙂

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We began talking about The Survivor Tree, a 90 year old American Elm that survived the bomb’s blast as the only tree in the building parking lot that witnessed one of the worst terrorist attacks on American soil. Today it symbolizes human resilience. It bears the inscription around it that reads, “The spirit of this city and this nation will not be defeated; our deeply rooted faith sustains us.”

He then asked me if I was familiar with the giant Sequoia trees in California.  I said, “Yes, I’d seen them.  They are remarkable.”  He proceeded to enlighten me in regard to a side I’d not seen of them.  How could you miss seeing anything about them? They are monstrous!

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The Sequoias or Redwoods or Sequoiadendron as they are properly known, only can be found living naturally in groves on the western slopes of the Sierra Nevada Mountains of California. They are the longest living thing in existence,  being known to live as long as some 3000 years. They are the largest living thing as well, being found to be as large as 311 feet in height and 56 feet in diameter.

There are many more interesting trivia facts about them, too many to mention here, but I encourage you to read about them. Fascinating!

But the message that this wise, precious man brought home to me was they are mutually supportive.

Their root system does not reach the greatest of depths to support their size and maintain their equilibrium as you would imagine.  They have a very shallow root system which rarely reaches depths much more than six feet. They instead spread their roots from tree to tree, intertwining with one another.  They do not compete with each other for resources,  but rather fuse to each other’s roots and share resources.

It made me cry right then and there! I love these guys!!! ♡  I could just picture them all sitting around a campfire (by the way, they do thrive in fire) holding hands singing kumbaya. 🙂

He ended his little oration that I found to be a wealth of knowledge by saying, “Mother Nature knows what she’s doing.”  You know me, I choose to give God the credit. 🙂

Why can’t we be like the mighty Sequoias?   Standing tall together in groves.  Side by side. Holding hands. Facing all that life brings our way sharing our resources.

I don’t know about you,  but that’s my kind of happy place!  🙂

Let’s all learn something from these gentle giants.  I encourage each of you to go forth and grow your roots outward not deep.  Reach out to others. Don’t be an island,  self contained.  And take a road trip to California.  But not alone! 🙂  There’s alot of spectacular nature out there that can teach us all a thing or two.

The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, And he who is wise wins souls.
Proverbs 11:30

He will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water, Which yields its fruit in its season And its leaf does not wither; And in whatever he does, he prospers.
Psalms 1:3

Love and laughter,

Sandy

Head Shoulders Knees And Toes

Good morning!

I recently attended a class where I was reminded of an old childhood song. Head, shoulders,  knees, and toes!

It was a room full of adult women. It was after lunch, and we had been sitting for some time watching videos.  We must all have been nodding off because before we knew it, the instructor had us all on our feet,  then proceeded to lead us in a jovial round of Heads, shoulders, knees and toes.

What a great diversion to get the blood flowing again.  It actually felt good to move.  She shared with us that she uses that in her Special Ed classrooms from time to time.

I left that day and made a pit stop at my oldest daughter’s house.  I bet you can’t guess what Grandy taught little 3 year old Tucker?

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You guessed it! 🙂  He loved it! “Do it again Grandy!   Do it again!”, he squealed with delight.  Then we did it faster! More!!!!’ More!!!

I can’t remember having so much fun with a little cardio workout!  I wanted to jump right in there with an encore of YMCA, but was afraid at my age that I might break something. 😉

Are you a mover and a shaker?

What is your worship style? Do you stand in silence?  Do a little toe tapping?  Do you close your eyes and get lost in the moment?  Do you sing along with the praise music?   Are you a hand raiser?

Whatever your comfort zone, I just encourage you to keep praising!  Not just at church on Sunday.  In your every day life.  Every day.  In your car on the way to and from work or running errands.   That’s my favorite time.  In the car.  I crank up my contemporary Christian station and rock out.  I’m sure the cars around me have given me a look or two before,  but I’m oblivious.  I just keep on praising!  And I’m not texting! 🙂  I’m totally legal!

Let’s all let that inner child in us out to play every once in awhile.  Shout to the Lord some of those old familiar kid’s songs.  Even David  was known to let it go from time to time.  Not so sure if Michal liked it too much.  Guess that’s one of those times we as women just have to submit! 🙂

As the ark of the Lord came into the city of David, Michal the daughter of Saul looked out of the window and saw King David leaping and dancing before the Lord, and she despised him in her heart.
2 Samuel 6:16

Praise the Lord! For it is good to sing praises to our God; for it is pleasant, and a song of praise is fitting.
Psalm 147:1

Love and laughter,

Sandy

Make A Splash

Good morning!

It’s summertime!   The neighborhood splash pads are open!

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I joined my daughter yesterday afternoon in taking my two grandchildren to their neighborhood splash pad. Nothing is more fun for kids than to splash around in water, especially on a hot summer day. And nothing is more enjoyable for grandparents than to watch their grandchildren have such playful fun. 🙂

Speaking of making a splash, when not used literally, that phrase can be defined as to get a lot of public attention.

Take for example, the latest and greatest buzz.  Caitlyn Jenner is  making quite a splash in the social media these days with her 22 page Vanity Fair cover story. 

Personally, I’m not one to buy into all the public hoopla.  I’ll leave the judgment calls to God.  I’m much more content living my own mundane lifestyle, focusing first and foremost on my faith in God and Jesus Christ. No desire for public attention for this girl. 

How do you think Jesus felt about public attention?

God’s Word tells us repeatedly that He preferred the more quiet, intimate settings where He could carry out His mission of preaching about truth and salvation.  On many occasions He told those on whom He performed miracles not to tell anyone of His healing manifestations. He did not want them to focus on the physical realm, but rather the spiritual.

Let’s all shift the focus in our lives from the physical to the spiritual.  As Christians, let’s make a splash in this world glorifying God in all we say and do.  Let’s bring the public attention from the worldly, temporal things to things that truly matter, the eternal.  Together, let’s make a difference for our children and children’s children.

 27 As Jesus went on from there, two blind men followed him, calling out, “Have mercy on us, Son of David!”
28 When he had gone indoors, the blind men came to him, and he asked them, “Do you believe that I am able to do this?”
“Yes, Lord,” they replied.
29 Then he touched their eyes and said, “According to your faith let it be done to you”; 30 and their sight was restored. Jesus warned them sternly, “See that no one knows about this.” 31 But they went out and spread the news about him all over that region.
Matthew 27:31

 

Love and laughter,

Sandy

Pool Party

Good morning!

I recently attended a pool party at the most lovely home and pool I have ever witnessed firsthand. And to top it off, the people there were even more lovely!

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It was a celebration of cousins!

These cousins and many of their spouses had come together from across the country and across the state to celebrate family.  There was food and drink and smiles and laughter abounding.   Story after story was told of earlier years’ shenanigans with the fondest of memories.   Plans for a future European vacation for one of the couples were brought to the table with input from all.  I can’t wait to see the pictures from this trip when it finally materializes.  Who knows what countries the final itinerary may hold?!  I csn guarantee Scotland will be one of them! 🙂

It was so charming to observe these relatives share in such heartfelt conversation all evening long.  I, myself, come from a very small family.   Therefore, I find larger, close knit families very endearing. I’m guilty of family envy. 🙂

The best part of all is that even though I attended this particular pool party as a guest, these cousins (who belong to my fiance who was out of town himself and unable to attend)invited me and welcomed me with open arms in his absence.  Now that’s the kind of family I want to be a part of for the rest of my days!  My thanks to God for such a blessing. 🙂

That’s just like the family of God.  We, as Christians,  are one family.  We do not necessarily have to be born into our lineage.  We’re brothers and sisters in Christ.   There is a love and a bond beyond all others.

I invite each of you to come join the family.  There will always be a celebration when someone new enters God’s family.

But if anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for members of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.
1 Timothy 5:8

Love and laughter,

Sandy