My modest brush with “persecution” seemed to kick loose some new level of awareness in me of when I was in 4th Grade. To be honest, there were lots of things that occupied more real estate in my brain: my paper route; improving my spelling and perfecting my signature (see above evidence); making out my Christmas wish list in September; adventure movies like The Swiss Family Robinson and Journey to the Center of the Earth, plus the best comedy ever Some Like it Hot, as a result of which I developed a major crush on Marilyn Monroe; TV shows like The Twilight Zone (“Submitted for your approval…”) and Rawhide (“Rollin’, rollin’, rollin’…”); and singing along with the Chipmunks on “Christmas Don’t be Late” (“Me, I want a hula-hoop!”).
Still, I did deliver newspapers. So I heard that some guy named Fidel was the new…
Housekeeping chores are way, way down on my list of favorite things to do. The only reason washing dishes, dusting furniture, mopping floors and tasks of that sort are even on the list is because of the results—the rooms are cleaner, healthier, and more appealing to spend time in—at least for a little while. I confess some days are more difficult. Just knowing the desirable results fails to give me motivation. I need something else to get my feet moving.
Those are the days I run (yes, run) to my computer, turn it on, go to Music, select the “Dishwashing and Dusting Playlist” I made, turn it up high, and sure enough, the music gets me into action.
What’s on the playlist that overcomes my inertia? Well, for starters—
“Take Five” by Dave Brubeck (jazz)
“Discovery Launch” (Launch of the Space Shuttle Discovery) from Mannheim Steamroller
“Dancin’ In The Stars” by Mannheim Steamroller
“Mars, the Bringer of War” from Gustav Holst “The Planets”
“Star Wars”—the Main Title
“Star Trek” theme from the tv show
“Rise” (disco-inspired) from Herb Alpert
“Vacation In The Sun” by Dino Kartsonakis
“We Bring The Sacrifice Of Praise” on Dino Kartsonakis’ CD “Vacation In The Sun”
“Mexican Road Race” (Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass’ Standing Room Only album)
“The Work Song” (Herb Alpert and the TJB, SRO)
“The Wall Street Rag” (Herb Alpert and the TJB, SRO)
“Bean Bag” (Herb Alpert and the TJB, SRO)
“Southlands” (Hallmark specialty CD)
“Allegro” from “Eine Kleine NachtMusik” by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
I have a few more on the playlist, but the above is a fair sample. All these songs have elements that pep me up and keep me moving until the chores are done. Music is motivating for me!
After work, I went home. I needed a nap; my head hurt, but I planned to go to a prayer meeting that night – I had committed to this. No time for a nap, I ate some dinner, got my Bible and headed out on a 45-minute drive to where I was meeting the other people in my group. I left a little early to allow time for emergencies. Emergencies happened.
I had been carrying some items around in my back seat that I intended to donate. They had been riding with me for over a month. I was running early, so I turned in at the Thrift Shop to drop the items off. It was closed.
Have you ever prayed “God please use me ”? Do you ever feel less accomplished, gifted, or useful than those around you? Then you’re in good company because nearly everyone I spoke to before writing this admitted to feeling that way at times. Including myself. We tell ourselves “everyone else has so much more to ‘offer’ than I have.”
Why is it that we think the Christian life is all about usefulness? God doesn’t need me. I am not indispensable in the kingdom – none of us are, even the great podcaster on social media who has umpteen thousands of followers.
God Delights in YOU
God delights in you, not because of anything you can bring to him or do for him, but simply because you are his beloved child. Thinking of my relationship with own, now adult children often brings clarity to my heart when viewing…
“Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” Who remembers or has heard that song by Marvin Gaye “Ain’t no mountain high enough (to keep me from getting to you)”?
The singer declares his utter devotion, making a vow that nothing; no mountain, valley, river or storm will stop him from getting to the one he loves in her hour of need, he sings the heartfelt words “remember the day I set you free? -I told you, you could always count on me” and also “if you’re ever in trouble I’ll be there.” And all the one he loves has to do is ….call him.
A Constant Friend Isn’t that lovely? Doesn’t it make you go all warm and mushy inside? Honestly, did that song cause you to think, even for a moment, that you wished you had a friend who would, and could literally move…
On this Lord’s Day I am happy to present the second submission from our sister Beth Alisan; another beautiful and very effective doggy devotional, which I am sure will be a blessing to you today. I would highly recommend subscribing to Beth’s devotional blog Lessons From A Lab , which has been a huge blessing in my own spiritual walk.
Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you have a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.
One of my memories of our Brittany Spaniel is of the burrs that would entangle themselves in her coat after a hunt with my father and brothers. Eventually, one of us would need to sit down and painstakingly work these burrs out of her long red and white fur.
The first time Adi emerged from a patch of tall grass with burrs adorning her coat I…
For the past four years, Adi and I maintained a certain morning routine. We got up, ate, then settled on the chair near the front window. While Adi enjoyed a post breakfast snooze, I enjoyed an hour of quiet time with the Lord. That time was a balance of devotional reading, Bible reading, and journaling. By the time I had finished my cup of coffee, I could hear my husband getting up and ready for work, which meant it was soon time to wake the kids before clipping a leash on Adi’s collar and heading out for our morning walk.
This morning routine was interrupted when our puppy Summer arrived. She had no interest in settling down after breakfast. Who could blame her? With a good night’s sleep and a belly full of food, she was ready for a round of puppy play. So, Adi and I obliged.
Sometimes strange things happen in life for reasons even we can figure out. I’ve asked Tracy DeMarse (yes my daughter) to be a guest blogger. You will enjoy this and please make comments below.
By Tracy DeMarse
Do you ever look back and notice crazy threads that somehow seem to keep showing up in your life? Like knowing a different couple named “Mike and Julie” in all five cities you’ve lived in so far? Or no matter how many job changes you have you always seem to have a boss named “Mitch”? For me it usually involves “Green River.”
The first Green River was a small town in Utah. Wikipedia tells me its population…
I'm Joanna, a busy married mum of two beautiful boys aged four and three. I'm sharing my experiences as I navigate the wonderful world of motherhood! Mistakes, routines, mum / life hacks, cleaning, beauty...little bit of everything!