Simple Joy Saturday #5

Simple Joy Saturday #5

Every Saturday, I share three simple things that brought me happiness during the week. These posts may grow or evolve as time passes. Please feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section!

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What a week of joy!  I don’t know if I can limit myself to three things.  This feeling was on repeat:

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Simple Joy Saturday #4

Simple Joy Saturday #4

Every Saturday I share three simple things that brought me happiness during the week.  These posts may grow or evolve as time passes.  Please feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section!

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1.  A dollar well spent

There were several times this week that I only spent $1 on a purchase.  I bought a bag of peaches, pears, and plums at the farmers market for just a buck.  A high-end thrift store in Holland, MI was in the process of rotating merchandise, so all clothing was marked $1.  Also, the ticket to climb Castle Rock in St. Ignes only cost 1 dollar.

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2. Visiting Instagram-worthy locations

I have been traveling a lot this week, and I have also been posting on Instagram more than ever before.  It seems that there is beauty everywhere.

3.  De Zwann

Windmill Island might be my favorite place in the whole world.

Simple Joy Saturday #3

Simple Joy Saturday #3

Every Saturday, I share three simple things that brought me happiness during the week. These posts may grow or evolve as time passes. Please feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section!

 

 

1. Watching reruns of I Dream of Jeannie

I have no shame. If I am at home at 3 o’clock pm, I am watching Major Nelson explain weird occurrences to Dr. Bellows.

2. Finally getting a job interview

This was my reaction when I received an email asking when I could interview:

3. Land of Oz

Another item marked off the “Thirty Before Thirty” list! I will share more photos tomorrow.

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Simple Joy Saturday #2

Simple Joy Saturday #2

Every Saturday, I share three simple things that brought me happiness during the week. These posts may grow or evolve as time passes. Please feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section!

1. The Kindle App

Current favorite: the Ivy Malone Series

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2. This shipment I received from Blind Spot Nutbutters

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3. Hanging out with college friends

Since I don’t have any photos of us hanging out this week, here is a link to the bad lip reading video that we laughed over.

 

What were the simple joys in your life this week?

Finding Whose We Are: Bought With A Price

Finding Whose We Are: Bought With A Price

Today I am writing about a topic that is often difficult to believe…mostly because I am a little bit like all of these people.

 

 

However, the truth is that I don’t have the right to do whatever I want.

Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?  For you are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.

– I Corinthians 6:19-20

I spent my entire shower tonight trying to find the correct way to explain this passage (we all know that the best ideas come in the shower), and I am going to use a short, fictional story to teach this truth from God’s Word.

Once upon a time there was a young slave boy named Caliban.  Caliban’s master, Cy, was very cruel, and Caliban suffered greatly as Cy’s slave.  One day, a woman of the village named Gracella saw the hardship that Caliban endured under the lordship of Cy, and she felt very sorry for the boy.

Boldly, she approached Cy.  “I would like to buy Caliban from you,” she said. 

Cy gave a haughty laugh. “You don’t want this boy!  He is useless!  Besides, you could never afford to buy him from me.”

Gracella did not relent.  “How much would I have to pay to buy him?” she asked.

Cy scratched his head, as if he were thinking hard.  “I would say that he is worth 50 gold coins.” 

“Ah!”  Gracella was shocked at the high price.  She had 50 gold coins to her name.  If she bought Caliban, she would be completely money-less. Yet, to Cy’s amazement, the woman handed him every coin that she owned.

Gracella took Caliban back to her home, and she fed him.  Although she had paid so much for him, she never treated him like a slave.  She raised him as her own son, and he was free to live as he pleased.  Gracella never asked Caliban to do anything for her.  Yet, he was constantly with her.  Even when she grew old, he cared for her day and night.  He served her more carefully than he had ever served Cy.

The same story is true for us.  I Corinthians 6:11 says,

And such were some of you: but you are washed, but you are sanctified, but you are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.

We were once enslaved to the devil, listening to his endless lies.  Then we were bought with a price–a high price–the blood of Christ.  Now we are free from bondage to sin.  Because we have been bought with such a high price, we should desire to serve our new Master, the Master that set us free.  This service is rooted in love, not obligation.

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Christ is my Redeemer.  I am bought with a price.

How to Celebrate Your Birthday for a Full Week

How to Celebrate Your Birthday for a Full Week

I don’t know about you, but

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I know, I know.  I am so lame, but I have been waiting like 3 years to say that I am feeling 22.

Anyway, let’s move on to today’s post.

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Look at the above picture of Taylor.  Doesn’t she look disappointed at the measly 3 cupcakes that she has?  I mean, sure, she is only one person, but doesn’t she deserve lots of cupcakes? Ariana Grande has lots of cupcakes.

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And, I mean, sure, you were born on one day, but you are unique!  Your birthday celebration should last for at least seven days!  Here are some ideas to keep the celebration going all week long!

  1. Enjoy Sunday brunch with your friends.20170319_124043
  2. Eat cake and ice cream with your family to conquer Monday.
  3. On Tuesday, get a free drink at Starbucks.20170321_160504
  4. Eat free fruit from Sheetz with your lunch on Wednesday.20170321_153444
  5. Thursday is for a long supper with your closest, dearest friend.  (We always stay at Chick-fil-a for several hours because we talk so much.  In fact, we were so busy talking that I forgot to capture a picture for the blog.)20170323_195454.jpg
  6. On Friday, grab some more birthday freebies and join a casual volleyball tournament (or a whatever your favorite sport might be).
  7. Finish out the week with a relaxing swim and a birthday present (green tea) from the YWCA.20170325_084411.jpg
I Drove A Car Today

I Drove A Car Today

I must admit that I am far from being the most optimistic person in the world, but today I spent my part of my commute in utter amazement.  It all started with a statement that someone made at Bible study last night.  (I wish that I could type in such a way to show their inflections and sarcasm)

When we get stuck in traffic, we grumble, “There’s too many cars out here.”  But, um, HELLO! What are YOU driving?! Is THAT helping the situation at all?!

Why not change your perspective a little?

I had to laugh because it is true!  If I find myself in afternoon traffic, I unconsciously assume that everyone else is in MY way, but (HELLO!) they probably want to get home and change into comfortable shorts just as much as I do.  And my beloved car, Corrie the Corolla, is just adding to the chaos.

Today, when Corrie the Corolla found herself surrounded by dozens of automobiles on Peter’s Creek Parkway, that statement from last night flashed through my mind.  Suddenly, I was amazed for several reasons:

  • There were literally hundreds of people, all on the same road, and all with different destinations.
  • We were in pieces of metal moving at 55 mph.
  • There were colored lights that told us when to go and when to stop.

We didn’t have to walk or run or skip or crawl to our destinations.  We had CARS.

What’s more, my fingertips are hitting plastic buttons right now, and words are exploding across the world wide web.

When I want to eat something, I can reach into another piece of metal and find food that is perfectly cold.  Or, if it is too cold, I can put it in a box that will heat it up.

To talk to my brother or parents, I tap a glass screen and, suddenly, I can hear their voices.

Maybe I am too simplistic, but I think that life is wonderful when we look at it with wonder.

 

Question for you:

What are you amazed by this week?