Posted by: Judy | November 22, 2019

Good News Friday

*Temporary crown is on

*Walk and P.Croissant with my sister

*Cinnamon Toast Croissant and hot chocolate with whipped cream

*Lunch with friends at Kneaders’

*Ham sandwich on Country White Bread

*Blessed rain

*WeatherBug helping me track storms and lightning

*Thrilled by an awesome storm, including wind, pouring rain, a bit of hail, thunder and lightning, and no damage.

What was something good in your week?

Posted by: Judy | November 21, 2019

Reading List 86-90

86. The Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan allegorical. Using scripture, John writes the story of Christian’s journey in Life to return Home to God. I am awed by how a man, who wrote a story in 1678, spoke hope into my heart.

87. Under Currents (Book 1) by Traci Hunter Abramson suspense romance. The protagonists are members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (nicknames: LDS and Mormon. The Reformed CoJCoLDS left the church 130 years ago but are also referred to as Mormons).

88. Ripple Effect (Book 2) by Traci Hunter Abramson suspense romance.

89. The Deep End (Book 3) by Traci Hunter Abramson suspense romance. This is truly a trilogy. The books don’t stand alone; each book has a logical conclusion, but the end isn’t until book 3. I’ve added this author to my Must Read List.

90. Valerie’s Verdict (Dixon Brothers Book 2) by Hallee Bridgeman Christian romance. A story of redemption. Hallee is on my Must Read List. At the end of the book, Hallee includes questions for discussion and some suggestions for a luncheon, including the recipes.

Posted by: Judy | November 20, 2019

In defense of Eve…

Lately, I’ve seen a lot of blogs and posts about Eve and her horrible mistake of eating an apple she was told not to eat.

Adam and Eve were told to not eat of the tree of Knowledge of Good and evil. Without Knowledge, they didn’t know good or evil.

Adam and Eve knew no more about good and evil than typical children. In fact, typical children of our day know more than Adam and Eve knew. Do we criticize the child for not knowing? No. If we’re healthy, we correct them for disobeying, not because they didn’t know.

To those who have been around small children, what do they do when you say, “Don’t eat that.” 99.9% of the time, the child will pop it in their mouth.

We know Adam and Eve were made in the image of God. Children are curious. I imagine God is curious, so it would follow that His creations would be curious. Many of His creations are curious. Watch a dog, a cat, a dolphin, many animals faced with something new. Surely a creation in God’s image would be curious.

We don’t know how long Adam and Eve were in the Garden before the snake showed up. It could have been a few days or millions of years.

We don’t know how long the snake badgered Eve. He may have nattered at her for centuries. We don’t know.

Jesus said that He had been prepared from the foundation of the world. That would be before Adam and Eve were placed in the Garden of Eden.

God is surprised by nothing. He knew, and He prepared a way.

Berating Eve for eating the apple is like berating a puppy for getting into the garbage or a cat getting tangled up in yarn. One big difference: Eve’s choice set God’s entire plan in motion.

The only one surprised in this whole thing was the snake. The adversary is blind to God’s plans. The adversary expected Eve and Adam to die when they ate the apple, exactly as God promised. How frustrated the adversary must have been to have Adam and Eve given probation.

God knew everything that would happen. He gave Adam and Eve the right to choose. The only thing to choose from was to eat or not eat of the fruit of one tree.

No Savior was needed before the Fall. The Savior was needed because of the Fall. Jesus volunteered before the Fall. Eve eating the fruit wasn’t a surprise. Was it wrong? Yes, because she was disobedient. Blessedly, she and Adam are as fully covered by Jesus’ Atonement as everyone else.

Posted by: Judy | November 19, 2019

Just Because…

Posted by: Judy | November 18, 2019

Heads Up…

WordPress, for some reason, isn’t always sending notifications when posts are published. I have several marked for “Instantly” that I haven’t seen. I only know because I caught them on My Reader.

I often go to WordPress sites I’ve been following for a long time only to have them show me I need to follow, so I do, over and over again. I’m persistent.

I doubt I’m the only one having this difficulty, so I’m letting you know you’re not alone. You may not have noticed a drop off of readership but maybe you have. Your regular readers may not be seeing your content.

Just putting it out there. An easy day, today.

Otherwise, enjoy the pretty sunset.

Posted by: Judy | November 17, 2019

A bit of inspiration…

Posted by: Judy | November 16, 2019

Saturday Silliness

Posted by: Judy | November 15, 2019

Good News Friday

*Walk and P.Croissant with my sister

*Hot chocolate with whipped cream and a raspberry croissant to take home

*My sister took me to the dentist so I didn’t have to go alone.

*Church

*Air conditioning

*Lunch with a friend

*Peace of mind

*Being able hear normally; standing at the sink, doing dishes and realizing I’m able to hear the soft hush and hiss of water heating on the stove, behind me, on my “deaf” side. I wanted to cry. Thanks God.

What was something good in your week?

Posted by: Judy | November 14, 2019

Peace at All Cost

Too often, peace at all costs comes at a brutal price.

I grew up in a home where “arguing” was touted to be acceptable but was generally one-sided. My father was so opposed to conflict he allowed his wife to abuse his daughters as long as he didn’t have to see it or deal with it. His wife learned to hide it well. The more he avoided conflict, the more skilled she became at covert abuse.

I’m amused by those who like to throw out “I don’t want to argue” as a way of ending an argument. It makes me laugh when their “gotcha” tactic is “What would Jesus do?”

It’s fascinating that the example commonly used is of Jesus before Pilate.

And Jesus stood before the governor: and the governor asked him, saying, “Art thou the King of the Jews?” And Jesus said unto him, “Thou sayest.”

And when he was accused of the chief priests and elders, he answered nothing.

Then said Pilate unto him, Hearest thou not how many things they witness against thee?

And he answered him to never a word; insomuch that the governor marvelled greatly.

The go-to example is of Jesus’ silence.

However, throughout Jesus’ ministry, He often avoided the “troublemakers,” thus avoiding the arguments.

Jesus answered questions with questions.

Jesus called liars liars and “white sepulchers, outwardly beautiful but filled with dead men’s bones.”

Jesus took the time to braid a whip and then turned over tables and set free animals being sold for sacrifice as He drove the moneychangers out of the Temple.

In the case of Jesus being confronted by Pilate’s accusation, which was the truth, Jesus answered “Thou sayest.” What more was there to say? No one was interested in a discussion; they’d made declarations. They weren’t seeking understanding; they wanted blood.

For Jesus, He knew what was coming, and He’d already done all His arguing, for three years. “Thou sayest” followed by His silence wasn’t a meek “I give up” ; it was a bold explanation point of “You spoke the truth. Discussion over.” Jesus didn’t attend every fight He was invited to, but He didn’t back down, and He always stuck to the truth.

Posted by: Judy | November 13, 2019

Amusing Twist…

…to the unexpected adventure.

A stranger parked his SUV in front of our neighbor’s house, across the street, and left it. After a month, and a phone call, the police slapped a red warning tag on the driver’s side window.

Right before it would be towed, the owner moved it, a few feet, in front of the next-door neighbor’s house. Again, it sat there for almost a month. Another red warning tag was slapped on the driver’s side window.

Right before it would be towed, the owner moved it, a few feet, across the street, in front of our next-door neighbor’s house. Annoying.

My dad wanted to do something. It was becoming a repeated discussion that the police couldn’t do anymore than they were doing.

Funnily enough, the day after the police visited my house, the SUV was gone. Not moved in front of another neighbor’s house but gone, from the whole street.

Most likely the two incidents are unrelated, but maybe not. It’s a relief for me. Thanks God!

Coincidence: A miracle in which God chooses to remain anonymous. I like to call them God-incidence. The thing I’ve noticed about God is that He rarely takes the direct approach. This is the creator of fractals. It’s like He gets a kick out of seeing how interrelated He can make a series of events, the more the merrier. But that’s just my point of view.

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