Friday “Walks”–What God Did

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God moved some mountains for us recently.

  1. He fixed a sidewalk through the Men’s Ministry of the church I attend. My mother’s balance is not as good as it used to be, and any time she walked on our old sidewalk I held my breath. I knew it needed replacing, but I didn’t have the resources to do it. God did. The men used what they could from our old sidewalk, and placed new slabs where needed. They took out the two steps and sloped the sidewalk at a slight grade. It is more like a ramp now and much safer to walk on. The men also fixed a spot in our driveway. All this was done at no cost to us–the Men’s Ministry took up collections at their meetings. Any time I look out the door, I see God’s work through the Body of Christ. God said, “Here is a blessing for you and your mother.” Every day it is appreciated. It is such a relief to have it done!
  2. I have a job now, and I believe God opened the door. I walked into the local supermarket as a customer, and walked out with an informal job offer! I didn’t see a product I like on the shelf and wondered when it would be in. I saw two managers talking and asked them about it. In the course of the conversation, I mentioned that I used to work in retail. One of the managers said, “Well, if you ever want to get back into retail…” I replied that my legs hurt; I need to sit a lot. The manager said, “If you get a letter from your doctor stating that you need to sit, you can work as a cashier and we’ll provide you with a stool.” That is the way it worked out. This, after I looked for work and ran into roadblocks. Then, I walk in as a customer and walk out with a job practically handed to me!

Some Scriptures: “Now to Him Who is able to do far more abundantly than all we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever!…” (Ephesians 3:20, 21, ESV)

“And my God will meet all your needs according to His glorious riches in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:19, NIV)

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Trying Something New

Awhile back God gave me the thought of taking a Scripture verse to color/memorize (I’ve been coloring more often lately, and working on Scripture memorization). “The Name of the Lord is a strong tower…” is one that came to mind. That led to thinking about the fruit of the Spirit, which the Apostle Paul lists in the Book of Galatians. Tying the two verses together made sense to me, because the fruit of the Spirit describes the Lord. So I decided to try something, and this is what I came up with:

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I am thinking of creating pages similar to this for anyone to color/memorize. Any comments? (Please keep them respectful and constructive.)

Thanks.

P. Booher

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Meditation Moments

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“But blessed are those who trust in the LORD and have made the LORD their hope and confidence. They are like trees planted along a riverbank, with roots that reach deep into the water. Such trees are not bothered by the heat or worried by long months of drought. Their leaves stay green, and they never stop producing fruit.” (Jeremiah 17:7,8 NLT)

Such good benefits from trusting in God!

P. Booher

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A Note About Posts on “Country Ripples”

Some of you may be wondering where my posts have been. I’ve been experiencing technical problems in getting posts published. Whether this is due to my internet connection (I live in a somewhat rural area, with lots of hills and valleys, so topography could certainly play a part) or something else, I don’t know. But I run into problems when WP is saving the draft–then the connection seems to “go in and out”. I don’t know how else to explain it. I may be typing merrily along, thinking the whole draft is being saved, only to find out later that just half of the post has actually been saved, and I need to input the rest all over again. That, my friends, causes much frustration, because I do want to publish posts!! Sometimes it produces enough frustration that I give up for the evening. It is also frustrating because I don’t know what to do about the situation.

Be assured that I do want to continue with the blog. I enjoy writing pieces and reading your comments. As the ripples in my header picture illustrate, the blog is a means to connection, and that means a lot to me.

P. Booher

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Last-Minute Gift Ideas

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Author’s Note: This post modified slightly from past years.

Do you have someone in your family or a friend who is “hard-to-buy-for”? Consider these ideas. Please note: these ideas work best if you are familiar with the recipient’s age, circumstances, likes and dislikes.

  1. Make a gift basket. Buy items you know the recipient likes and uses frequently (or conversely, likes but doesn’t buy for him or herself). This is what I do for my mother. I buy gift cards for restaurants or dollar stores (she enjoys browsing in dollar stores), and hide the gift cards among the tissue paper around small food items, lotion or other items she uses. Depending on the time and energy level I have, I either wrap each item or just wrap the whole basket. My mother enjoys opening her customized gift basket and finding the items. True, “everyday stuff” isn’t glitzy. But you know the recipient will use it. If the person comes into a situation where money is tight, the person will appreciate having those everyday products to fall back on even more! Also, a bonus to the gift giver is that everyday items are not hard to find in the stores—people are looking for the latest gadget, rather than something that’s around all the time.  
  2. Give the gift of time. If your recipient needs a certain project done and you have the skill and means to do it, consider scheduling a time to get together and do what the person needs. Your time is worth as much or more than the money you would spend on a gift for the person. You may be surprised at how appreciative the person is!
  3. Give the gift of knowledge and skill. If the person has expressed a desire to learn a particular skill, and you know that skill, consider “gifting” it. Set up a time to help the person learn that skill. Speaking from experience, I appreciate it most when someone takes the time to show me how to do something, then watches and guides me as I do it myself, as opposed to when a person does it for me. 

I hope these simple ideas help.

©P. Booher

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A New Furry Friend!

Ever since Abby the Companion Cat (of The Abby Chronicles) died last year, we’ve been missing the company of a feline. Last month Georgie Girl, or just Georgie, moved in. Georgie Girl is about 1 and 1/2 years old, which in human years, makes her a teenager. She is truly a “people cat” which is unusual because she lived outside for most of her young life, but she knew the kindness of humans due to my friend Sue and her family.

(Georgie Girl, in a rare quiet moment, cat-napping on what has become her prime sleeping spot–the rocker in the living room.)

I expect Georgie Girl to make more appearances on the blog next year. For now, I thought it would be fun to at least post her picture.

P. Booher

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Thankfulness–Part of The Good Life

“And be thankful.”

Book of Colossians 3:15b

To be thankful requires humility. Thankfulness and humility go hand-in-hand. You can’t be thankful if you are prideful; pride steps in the way.

Pride, arrogance, and self-righteousness taint everything good about life. Those attitudes lead to cynicism, suspicion of even innocent people’s motives, and lack of joy. A prideful, arrogant person doesn’t find joy in living.

On the other hand, thankfulness automatically brings in joy. It may not be the kind of joy which has a person jumping up and down in celebration, but it will be the kind of joy which gives sparkle and meaning to life. It will be the kind of joy which spills over and affects even the harder parts of life. Being deeply thankful can not only help bring about answers to problems, it can keep you from many problems. If you are thankful, you aren’t going to be envious, jealous, self-righteous, and so many other attitudes that lead to problems with yourself or others.

In many places, the Bible commands us to be thankful to God. When we are thankful to God, we are focused on Him, not on ourselves and our problems. Focusing on God keeps us away from problems, and leads to victories we thought we’d never see.

Thankfulness is part of The Good Life.

P. Booher

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November 24, 2022 · 9:42 pm

Friday “Walks”–Experiencing the Goodness of God in a Different Way

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Recently I realized (again) that I have a problem with–I call it “lust”–the kind where I see a product, I want it, and I want it now, and I buy it now. The impetus for my realization was when I walked into a dollar store and spent almost $20 on facial soap and deodorant, and most of it was for me, me, me. I did want to stock up on certain scents of a certain brand of soap that don’t set my allergies off, but $20 was a bit much–especially when I bought a couple new brands and I don’t know if they will bother me or not! LOL!

Later, I had a conversation with the Lord about it. I asked Him for help with my problem. He said He was pleased I owned up to it, and that I asked Him for help. He said He’d be glad to help me. I know with the Lord helping me, I’ll have victory over the underlying outlook which leads to the problem. It may take awhile, but I’ll have the victory.

For me the goodness of God shows in His attitude: an earthly parent could easily have been angry with my confession, but God, Who has every reason to be angry (given the warnings in the Bible about lust, greed, and covetousness) was not angry. His attitude buoyed me up, and continues to do so.

Some Scriptures: Psalm 130:3, 4; 1 John 1:8, 9

P. Booher

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Friday “Walks”–Good Things

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1. “The LORD is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love.”(Psalm 103:8, NIV)*

2. “Good will come to him who is generous and lends freely, who conducts his affairs with justice. Surely he will never be shaken; a righteous man will be remembered forever. He will have no fear of bad news; his heart is steadfast, trusting in the LORD.” (Psalm 112:5-7, NIV)

3.”But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere.” (James 3:17, NIV)

4. “But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, He saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of His mercy.” (Titus 3:4, 5, NIV)

5.”Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things.” (Philippians 4:8, NIV)

6.”But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.” (Galatians 5:22, 23, NIV)

*NIV means New International Version of the Bible

P. Booher

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Taking Time to Make a Luxury

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One of life’s little luxuries for me is drinking tea–when I am taking time to actually taste it, that is. There are those minutes when I am in a hurry and gulp it down, without noticing the taste, other than that it’s wet. Those minutes are not a state of luxury for me; they are more of necessity. I’m thirsty; I gulp it down. 

The moments of luxury come when I take the time to sip the beverage, hot or cold, and enjoy the taste of it. Those moments may come in relaxation, as when I’m sitting on the front porch watching the visiting bunny chow down the weeds and grass, or when I’m in the middle of some mental activity.

What makes the luxury is a sense of deliberateness, of making space for the enjoyment of the tea. In my mind I have a picture of pushing away my “to-do” list, however temporarily, for the sake of a quiet place of refreshment. That quiet place of refreshment both calms and revives me for what’s ahead. I guess you could call it my “adult time-out”. 

While Americans  generally don’t put a whole lot of emphasis on tea-drinking, the English and Japanese are known for the rituals they developed for tea time. I don’t know if they still keep those rituals or not, perhaps a reader could fill me in. I hope they do. The world goes faster every day. In such a world, you need to deliberately take time to slow down and enjoy some luxury. It makes life richer.

©P. Booher

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