Life & Death

Speaking life.
Not death.

Harsh words don’t help.
Kind & uplifting words build up.

Encougement brings change.
Tearing others down brings resistance.

Hate breeds more hate.
Love breeds more love.

Stay in the world of love.
Avoid the world of hate.

Stop imitating evil.
IMITATE CHRIST

A Blessed Weekend

Last weekend God blessed us with an amazing weekend. I wanted to share it with you.

Another note before I get started. I am not being paid to mention anything that I am writing about. We truly had a great time.

It really got started when I arrived home on Friday. On our porch was the Tupperware that was ordered a couple of weeks ago. There was even more than I expected. We had earned the pan for recruiting someone to the business (we are Tupperware consultants). But there was also the lunch bag that I had been wanting, which my husband had ordered without me knowing. He is so sweet to me.

I was so excited.

Then Saturday, we slept in. It was great to sleep in on a Saturday, since I hadn’t done so in a couple of weeks.

Then we ran a quick errand.

Lunch was had at one of our favorite places, Chick-fil-A. Where I had a chicken sandwich, waffle fries, and lemonade. We sat and talked for a while & planned our day. Sorry, no photos of this stop.

After that, we drove down to Queen Creek, AZ and visited the Queen Creek Olive Mill.

It is an amazing place. It smells like olive oil the whole time your there, which is such a wonderful smell.

We decided to take a tour. We bought our tickets. Then walked around a bit. Taking pictures, while waiting on the tour to start.

The tour taught us all about olives, olive trees, and olive oil production. It was about 45 minutes long.

Next we tried gelato made with olive oil. Yummy. Followed by shopping. Bought a few things. I got to taste test the olives before I bought them. So delicious.

Found some out of the ordinary things.

We had a great time.

On the way home, we stopped off in Glendale, AZ at La Piazza Al Forno. This is a restaurant that appeared on Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives. We decided a couple of years ago to try to go to all of them and we’re having a great time doing it. This is #24. There are around 1000 or so of these restaurants, so you may see more of them on here as time passes. You never know.

When we walked in, I could smell the same wonderful smell from the olive oil place. Our waitress was a sweet lady. They had Frank Sinatra playing.

We enjoyed some amazing food.

I would definitely recommend it.

We had such an amazing weekend. God has blessed us with each other & I was so grateful to get to spend time with my amazing husband.

Becoming Like Children

He called a little child to him, and placed the child among them. And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
Matthew 18:2‭-‬4 NIV
https://bible.com/bible/111/mat.18.2-4.NIV

What does it mean to be like little children?

The message says it this way:

For an answer Jesus called over a child, whom he stood in the middle of the room, and said, “I’m telling you, once and for all, that unless you return to square one and start over like children, you’re not even going to get a look at the kingdom, let alone get in. Whoever becomes simple and elemental again, like this child, will rank high in God’s kingdom. What’s more, when you receive the childlike on my account, it’s the same as receiving me.
Matthew 18:2‭-‬5 MSG
https://bible.com/bible/97/mat.18.2-5.MSG

The part about starting over like children caught my eye. In our Christian walk, we have to start somewhere. God is asking us to become like children & start over.

When faced with a situation, children tend to ask parents what to do and trust what they are being told.

When I was a counselor, kids were not afraid to tell me what their parents had told them to do. They would say “mom/dad told me/said…” You may have even been told a similar statement by a child in your life.

Why are we so afraid to say what God says about something? Speaking Gods Word is just like that. We are saying what our Heavenly Parent says to do. We are trusting what He says.

When the world is telling us it should be one way, we need to say what God says and say it boldly like a child would.

Following what God says isn’t always easy, unless we become like children. Children want to please their parents. Most parents out there may beg to differ at times, but they do desire their parents approval.

If we seek after and desire God’s approval, we will find it easier to do what He says.

We will still be tempted, but it will become easier and easier to turn to God ,if we become like children. When a problem arises our first response will become prayer, seeing what the Bible says, and then doing what God is telling us to do.

The Bible is God’s Word & it shows us how God wants us to live.

Studying the Bible is part of our Christian walk. We have to know what it says in order to do what it says & we need to know what it says before situations arise.

I know I need to read it multiple times a day. Sometimes it’s little doses & once a day it is deeper study. But it all helps me live better.

Prayer is another key component. Talking with God & listening to what He says. Kids don’t know what their parents say unless they’re listening. So if we aren’t listening, how will we know what He says.

Communication

Difficult at times.

Saying things just right.

Don’t want hurt feelings.

Don’t want anger.

Don’t want to make things worse.

Do I say something.

Do I not.

Feeling awkward.

Feeling unsure.

Can I just hide?