Archive | June 2011

Happy Birthday, Richard Scarry!

Another amazing Google Doodle to honor the anniversary of Richard Scarry's 90th birthday. See how it spells out "Google"? Click Pic for source.

Brings back pleasant memories of reading this book over and over with my kids:

click pic for source and to see inside contents from "OhDeDo - home, design, children"

Reading aloud when the kids were little, was a pleasant part of every day, as these pictures show below.  They’re all of our first-born, Steve, now 22.  *sniff*  They grow so fast!

Reading to Steve. 🙂 Well, I was reading, he looks a little distracted. Those were my favorite footies he's wearing. 🙂 That was NOT my favorite chair, though. A hand-me-down.

Steve's big cousin reading to him before a nap.

I was "great with child" in this photo. Remodeling going on in the background. Steve's helping me read my Bible 🙂 I look a little sleepy.

Another Richard Scarry favorite, Postman Pig and His Busy Neighbors:

Postman Pig and His Busy Neighbors. I couldn't find my copy ={ so borrowed this pic from E-bay.

Mr. Scarry put a pickle on each page.  Do you see one in the pic above?  It’s easy to find on the cover, but the kids had to search a bit for the hidden pickles inside.

“Where’s the pickle?”, I’d ask with each flip of the page.   “There it is!”  they’d shout, pointing with a stubby little finger when they’d spotted it in a shop window, or  in postman pig’s mail cart, or in a street light.

You know, God is present on every page of our lives, too, but sometimes He’s just hard to spot, like the  Busy Town pickle, especially when  the story takes a sad turn,  like with my recent ankle injury.

Bummer!

 Where is God then?

Well, if we search for Him,  He promises He WILL be found:

“You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart.” ~~ Jeremiah 29:13

and Jesus said,

“Ask and you shall receive.  Seek and you shall find.  Knock and the door will be opened.”  ~~ Luke 11:9

Plus, look at what Proverbs 2 has to say:

“… if you call out for insight and cry aloud for understanding, and if you look for it as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure, then you will understand the fear of the LORD and find the knowledge of God.” ~ Proverbs 2:3-5

So, that’s what I’m going to do this week while my ankle heals, going on a God-search.

How?

By reading my Bible more…

 

by praying for more than just a few quick minutes.

I’m going to really pour my heart out to God about why?  and what?  and where do I go from here?

Just like one of my favorite verses encourages me to do:

“Give all your worries and cares to God, for He cares about you.” ~~ 1 Peter 5:7 NLT

But, before I log off to start my search, I wanna say,

Happy Birthday Mr. Scarry!  Thanks for all the memories 🙂

Richard Scarry, 1919-1994 Click pic for bio on Amazon.

  

P.S.  Speaking of pickles, are you in God’s jar?  Click on the pic below for a quick introduction.  He’s worth the search.

see image source below

pickle jar from HERE

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Crutches Faith

Surprise! You will now be a shut-in for several weeks. Do not pass "Go". Do not collect $200.

Although my feet are not my best feature, I thought it was appropriate to take a picture of my ankle brace next to the geraniums I might not be able to plant as soon as I’d like because of …(dramatic music builds)…an ankle sprain!

Ok, it’s not that dramatic, but it it has been a pain in the, well, ankle, and has dramatically changed my life.

Been there?  Done that?

Until two days ago at 11:30 I was an active,  fit 4o- something year old (47 – Shhh! Don’t tell anyone.) training to be an RPM instructor at my local gym.

RPM = group bicycle spinning class = hard, sweaty challenging fun with a lot of sweating.  Did I already mention the sweating?

RPM!! click pic for source

So, when I suggested to my 16 yr. old son that we jog as we were hiking along a local nature trail, it was no big deal until my son heard me screaming behind him and saw me sitting on the trail yelling incomprehensible things with a “colorful expression” thrown in that no self-respecting devotional blog writer ought to be saying.    sigh…

And just like that, Fit 40-something meets Hobbling Grandma.  sigh again…

I could easily give in to despair…

but I’ve decided to pull myself up by my biking shorts and make the best of it.

Afterall, the Lord of the trails allowed this path to fall before me, or me to fall on it, and though it looks a bit crooked and scary at the outset, I’m trusting that I will end up in a better place than when I started.

Here’s some verses I’m going to lean on while I recover to help me walk a little stronger, faith-wise.  Each says something encouraging about ankles, or paths. 🙂

“Trust in the Lord with all of your heart.  Lean not on your own understanding.  Acknowledge the Lord in all of your ways and He will make your paths straight.” (Proverbs 3:5-6)

“You broaden the path beneath me, so that my ankles do not turn.”  (Psalm 18:36)

” All discipline for the moment seems not to be joyful, but sorrowful; yet to those who have been trained by it, afterwards it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness.   Therefore, strengthen the hands that are weak and the knees that are feeble, and make straight paths for your feet, so that the limb which is lame may not be put out of joint, but rather be healed.”  (Hebrews 12:11-13)

click pic for source

Let’s Pray:

Father, you are my coach, my trainer, my instructor, my Lord, and my friend.

Even though I’ve shed a few tears bawled, I thank you for this trial because I know from the Bible that hardships grow us up and teach us to persevere. (James 1:2-4)

Help me to trust in You at all times, even on crutches.

In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Wanna meet The Coach?  His name is Jesus, and you can lean on him when you’re feeling weak, like a crutch, only better. 🙂  Click the pic below for a quick introduction:

me, 2nd day on crutches