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God’s Creation ~ Drink It In!

15 Jun

Glass_HalfEmpty?A well-known proverb states that an optimistic would say a glass is half full, while a pessimist would say it is half empty. What would people of different professions and walks of life say?

The Banker would say that the glass has just under 50% of its net worth in liquid assets.

The Government would say that the glass is fuller than if the opposition party were in power.

The Opposition would say that it is irrelevant because the present administration has changed the way such volume statistics are collected.

The Economist would say that, in real terms, the glass is 25% fuller than at the same time last year.

The Philosopher would say that, if the glass was in the forest and no one was there to see it, would it be half anything?

The Psychiatrist would ask, “What did your mother say about the glass?”

The Physicist would say that the volume of this cylinder is divided into two equal parts; one a colorless, odorless liquid, the other a colorless, odorless gas. Thus the cylinder is neither full nor empty. Rather, each half of the cylinder is full, one with a gas, one with a liquid. *

Whether a glass is half empty or half full, there’s nothing like crystal clear water to satisfy our thirst; and I (Dawn) am so thankful that God blessed our planet with rivers, lakes, oceans … beautiful bodies of water that serve so many purposes in our lives.

As Pam posted photos to Facebook recently of her time in beautiful, exhilarating Alaska ~ especially the gorgeous Pam Reading in Alaskascenes where she had her quiet time with God (I love this one of her reading LOL with God), I couldn’t help but think of the three years I lived in Iceland during high school ~ a place that is, in at least one way, much like Alaska. It gets cold!

Iceland’s official first day of summer is at the end of April, even though Icelanders won’t see higher temperatures until June or even July.  My favorite time of year there was summer, when the sun was visible for almost 24 hours of each day. I remember playing softball outside at 3:00 am! If I were there now, I’d be covering my bedroom windows with aluminum foil so I could sleep in the “Land of the Midnight Sun.”

OxarafossIt is a “land of frost and fire” with volcanoes, hot springs, and active geysers alongside glaciers, making this country one of the most unusual in the Atlantic. One of the most beautiful natural features of Iceland is its waterfalls. They are among Europe’s most powerful, magnificent falls.

My favorite waterfall ~ though not the most beautiful or the tallest ~ was the chilly Öxarárfoss near the Almannagjá rift valley, where the Vikings met for their parliament meetings at Þingvellir (pronounced Thing-vet-lur).  We placed six-packs of Continue reading

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Wrinkles, or Laugh Lines?

18 Apr

A little girl is sitting on her grandpa’s lap and studying the wrinkles on his old face. She gets up the nerve to rub her fingers over the wrinkles. Then she touches her own face and looks more puzzled. Finally the little girl asks, “Grandpa, did God make you?”

“He sure did honey, a long time ago,” replies her grandpa.

“Well, did God make me?” asks the little girl.

“Yes, He did, and that wasn’t too long ago,” answers her grandpa.

“Boy,” says the little girl, “He’s sure doing a lot better job these days isn’t He?” *

We have a good friend named Chris Montgomery who is going to share an LOL experience and insight with us today … about wrinkles!

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Sadly, all three of my granddaughters live out-of-state.  So sometimes my friend, Marie, lets me borrow hers.  The oldest one of them is Anna.

Anna is a serious-natured first grader and a deep thinker, noticing things most kids miss.  This is Grandma_LaughLinesboth good news, and bad news.  On this day, it was bad news for me.

Her sisters weren’t home, so it was just Anna and I hanging out together.

We were siting at the kitchen table, coloring.  She looked up at me, and in a serious tone asked, “Miss Chris, why do you have so many wrinkles?”

Always quick on my feet, I answered, “Anna, they’re not wrinkles.  They’re laugh lines!”

I showed her how when I was solemn, the lines—more or less—disappeared.  And when I smiled, they became even more apparent.

“So that’s why they are called laugh lines!”  I assured her.

She pondered my words for a minute, then conceded, “Well, you DO laugh a lot!”

Anna had a point, because I do laugh a lot.  And it has made an impression on my face. Attitudes do that.

Are you a chronic worrier?  Then yours probably are wrinkles!  Worry etches itself into lines on our face.

Fortunately, joy does the same.  Not the sappy “The sun is out and life is good” kind of situational happiness.  I’m talking the “I belong to the Son and so it is well with my soul” kind of settled joy.

How do we get it?

One of the best ways to increase our joy is to praise God.

When we stop to think about Him—His goodness, grace, mercy, and love for us—praise is the natural response. It takes our mind off whatever would worry us, and reminds us of His ability and faithfulness to deal with it.

So bracket the day with praise. As King David put it, “It is good to praise the LORD and make music to your name, O Most High, proclaiming your love in the morning and your faithfulness at night” (Psalm 92:1-2).

The side benefit?

“A happy heart makes the face cheerful…. “ (Proverbs 15:13)

Praise. It’s good for the soul.  It’s also good for laugh lines.

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Chris Montgomery is the Director of Children’s Ministries at Emmanuel Faith Church in Escondido, CA; and as the married mother of seven and grandmother of six, she has a wealth of stories from which to draw!

 

* http://jokesfunny.wordpress.com/2009/02/25/funny-wrinkle-joke/

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