I Will Make Things Right

I got out our birth certificates and clipped them to the passport applications. As instructed online, I took mine to the post office. (David will get his later.)

The postmaster finished with the customer he was helping. There was only one person in line – Brian, who used to work at the Civic Center. A brunette came in and got in line behind me. Brian left.

“I’m here to apply for a passport.”

“You can’t do that here,” the brunette behind me said, “you have to go to the recorder’s office. I work there.” The postmaster just smiled and nodded.

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At the recorder’s office, a blonde helped me. She rejected my birth certificate!

“This one is not valid to apply for a passport.”

“It’s the only one my mother had.”

“You have to apply for a new one. The lady who does that just went to the bank.”

“No,” I replied, “she’s at the post office. I just spoke with her.”

“Come back in an hour.”

Jeremiah 49:4, “Why do you brag of your once-famous strength? You’re a broken-down has-been, a castoff…” The Message

(I used that birth certificate for my driver’s and marriage licenses. Am I driving illegally? Am I married?)

I went to the library. Then I stopped at the lumberyard to get water from David.

“You’re married to an alien,” I informed him, “they rejected my birth certificate.”

(I was born here and have lived in this town for 39 years. Suddenly, I’m not valid?)

I went to Goodwill until the hour was up. When I went back to the courthouse, my shirt was stuck to my back, my hair started to frizz, my makeup melted off, and my lip color faded to an outline.

Jeremiah 49:6, “Still, the time will come when I will make things right…” The Message

I filled out the paperwork with the blonde while the brunette looked for my name in the record book.

“I found it,” she said, “Virginia Cary.” 

(She’s my cousin.)

I gave her my name again. She kept looking.

Meanwhile, the blonde said, “I need a check for the birth certificate.”

I dutifully wrote it out. The brunette found my name and made a birth certificate.

I thought I would have to wait on the passport. But, no, the blonde took me to a cold room in the basement.

“Sit on that box and take off your glasses.”

I did.

“And the ones on your head.” 

I forgot my sunglasses.

She took the picture. “I don’t like it. There are dark circles under your eyes and a line of pink by your mouth.”

(An hour earlier, I had pink lips.) “The dark circles are from allergies,” I explained.

She took another one. “I still don’t like it. You are as pale as the background.”

(Well, the last time I was outside for more than a few minutes was July, 2018.)

She decided to darken the background.

The picture is awful!

“I need a check…oh, you didn’t fill out your parent’s information.”

“I thought that was just for minors. I don’t know what year they were born.”

“We can get that off of your birth certificate.”

“The one that is invalid?”

“Yes.”

Jeremiah 49:7, “…Is there nobody wise left…no one with a sense of reality?” The Message

I filled out that portion and wrote a second check for the passport.

“I need another check for $45.00 for the picture and processing.”

(That picture is not worth $45.00!)

“I hope that is the last check you need because I am out of blank checks.”

She gave me an extra copy of the passport photo. I think I’ll put it in the basement to scare the spiders.

They gave me a pretty envelope for my new birth certificate. I will have to wait 8-10 weeks for my passport and another 21 days for my birth certificate to be returned. Then I will be bonafide!

August 22, 2019: Jeremiah 49; Obadiah 1.

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Sloppy Work is Cursed

I just need to slow down.

I pushed the “snow cone” syrup dispenser too quickly. It sprayed up the teenager’s arm. The next teen was wary. He backed up. The syrup completely missed the cup, sprayed the table and pooled on the floor. I had 3 messes to clean up.

It was “Snow Cone” night at E3. And that wasn’t the only mess I made.

I cut packets of marinara sauce and put them in dispensers. The funnel was not allowing it to flow through. I lifted it a bit to let air escape. The sauce slid down the tube.

But I had too much in the funnel. It splattered on my shirt. I didn’t notice it until I was getting ready for bed.

I bagged up the extra popcorn. There was more this week than usual. The popcorn machine seemed cleaner. Why? I forgot to salt the popcorn!

Jeremiah 48:10, “Sloppy work in God’s name is cursed…” The Message

I have one more week of my commitment to work in the E3 cafe…unless they fire me first!

Proverbs 21:2, “We justify our actions by appearances; God examines our motives.” The Message

Why am I working in the cafe?

August 21, 2019: Ezekiel 32; Jeremiah 48.

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They Traded

I just finished reading the investment book “Unshakeable” by Anthony Robbins. Each book has its top recommended fund: Index Funds, Mutual Funds, Equity-Indexed Annuity Funds, Bonds, Technology Stocks, Business Stocks, International Stocks, et al.

We invest in these funds and trade them to make money for retirement. For most of us, others choose which stocks or funds.

Today we read of the different nations that traded with Tyre for products they shipped in from all over the world. They traded with the products of their nations. I was most interested in what products God’s people used for trade.

Ezekiel 27:17, “Judah and Israel did business with you. They traded for your products with premium wheat, millet, honey, oil, and balm.” The Message

Food.

It’s not glamorous like gold or silver. It’s not popular like Apple stock but everyone needs it. The wisest financial move you can make is to grow your own food. The wise man is self-supporting and not dependent on others.

Food growers are also the most generous!

Yesterday a storm with high winds damaged the area. Our friend’s farm was hit. The wind mowed over their sweet corn. They put a message on Facebook that basically said, “Come and get it!”

David picked a bag for us and one for each of our children. They didn’t charge us and we didn’t trade with anything.

This was a time they were giving for a later harvest. God saw the corn they gave away. He determines the amount given back to them.

They were good stewards of the bountiful harvest God gave them. They blessed others instead of leaving the corn on the ground to rot or be eaten by raccoons.

Believe me, the coons won’t go hungry!

August 21, 2019: Ezekiel 27, 28.

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She’s in Ruins

God is not only watching my actions, but He’s also watching my reactions. How do I respond?

  • When my favorite blogger publishes their 7th book? (Am I ecstatic or envious?)
  • When my friend buys “my” dream home?
  • When my friend gets a new car?
  • When a business closes sending more business to where my husband works?
  • When a friend is promoted?
  • When I view vacation pictures on Facebook?

Am I happy for them or only happy when I benefit? Do I secretly rejoice at others bad fortune?

Ezekiel 26:2, “…Good! The gateway city is smashed! Now all her business comes my way. She’s in ruins and I’m in clover.” The Message

(Father, forgive me for my wrong reactions. I know you hold me accountable. Amen.)

Proverbs 20:27, “God is in charge of human life, watching and examining us inside and out.” The Message

August 19, 2019: Jeremiah 44; Ezekiel 25, 26.

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They Rallied Around

I was talking with a friend yesterday. She shared that she started reading her Bible morning and night. She went to her church filled with God’s Word.

But someone said something that didn’t feel right. She got up and went to the farthest corner of the building. It really upset her.

I told her there are disagreements in every church. What they said could have been for someone else. God uses imperfect people and the speaker could be wrong. The word could be for a later date.

I don’t know. She didn’t share specifics. But I do know everything has to agree with the Bible.

We need to be careful to follow Jesus, not rally around a human. As we read today, humans may lead us the wrong way!

Jeremiah 41:13-14, “They were so happy. (14) They rallied around Johanan son of Kareah and headed back home.” The Message

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Jeremiah 43:4, “Johanan son of Kareah and the army officers, and the people along with them, wouldn’t listen to God’s message that they stay in the land of Judah and live there.” The Message

August 18, 2019: Jeremiah 41-43.

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A Circle of Quiet

It was a quiet day. Just my normal morning activities. I spent the afternoon dealing with fresh vegetables.

I hung the green onions in the garage to dry. I froze some of the red onions. I added a few to the cucumber salad I made.

I made salsa and Pico de Gallo to use up the Roma tomatoes. Then, I cooked the beets and carrots for dinner.

David grilled pork chops. I put Pico de Gallo on mine. The jalapenos made my nose run and that broke the sinus headache.

I was in a circle of quiet.

Psalms 94:12-13, “How blessed the man you train, God, the woman you instruct in your Word, (13) providing a circle of quiet within the clamor of evil…” The Message

August 17, 2019: Lamentations 4, 5; Psalms 79, 94; Jeremiah 40.

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Quietly Hope

Ragweed bloomed last week. I’ve been fighting sinus headaches ever since. When storms rolled through and the barometric pressure changed, it was worse.

On those days, I was a couch potato. I put peppermint and eucalyptus oils in the diffuser. Other days, I functioned normally with Ibuprofen.

Even though I did not publish posts, I read my Bible. God showed me verses and they gave me hope.

Lamentations 3:26, “It’s a good thing to quietly hope, quietly hope for help from God.” The Message

Tomorrow will be a better day.

August 16, 2019: Lamentations 2; Psalms 74; Lamentations 3.

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A Text for Singing the Blues

“Children always think they can control things they can’t.”

“The Road Home,” by Richard Paul Evans

I am a child of God. And like a child, I think I can control things. I can’t. (Especially my mouth.)

I like making people laugh. I said something I thought was funny. The others didn’t get it. They were horrified. (Sigh.)

I woke up knowing God forgave me and He forgot about it. But Satan sure didn’t. He pounded me with guilt.

Mom called and asked for David. (It was the second time this week.) She’s having her deck stained and bought the stain from him.

Our daughter Laura called, and you guessed it, asked for David. She wanted to buy a ladder.

Ragweed bloomed.

The crops went in so late this year that I won’t pray for an early, killing frost. Some days I just want to go to bed and not wake up until Christmas.

Ezekiel 19:14, “…This is a sad song, a text for singing the blues.” The Message

God understands.

“Oh, the comfort, the inexpressible comfort of feeling safe with a person, having neither to weigh thoughts or measure words, but pour them all right out just as they are, chaff and grain together, knowing that a faithful hand will take and sift them keep what is worth keeping and then with the breath of kindness, blow the rest away.” George Eliot.

August 9, 2019: Ezekiel 17-19.

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Like Mother, Like Daughter

Mom’s birthday was this week. I called her and sang, “Happy Birthday” to her. I asked her how she was going to spend her day.

“I’m going to stay at home and do nothing. I will not do my work but choose things I enjoy and do those.”

Funny, that’s what I’ve done on my birthday for the last 10 years!

Ezekiel 16:44, “Everyone who likes to use proverbs will use this one: ‘Like mother, like daughter.'” The Message

August 8, 2019: Ezekiel 16.

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