A good friend of mine, Karon O’Connor, just posted an inspiring interview with best selling author, Carol Kent on her blog. I’m posting a snippet of the interview here, then urging you to click on the link to Karen’s blog at the bottom to read the rest. Please leave a comment when you get there, and let her know I sent you? She’ll be so glad you stopped by, and you’ll be blessed by reading the entire interview.
How important are contentment and gratitude in finding grace and peace?
My son, Jason, is teaching me that I need to choose contentment and thanksgiving in all things. As an inmate in a maximum-security prison, all of his personal items must fit in one small one-foot-high and one-and a half-feet-deep and two-and-a half feet long steel lockbox. He has learned to live comfortably with very little, which brings him a surprising sense of peace.
When I was visiting him one weekend I asked how he holds on to hope in the middle of a life-without-the-possibility-of-parole sentence. He said, “Mom, I have a gratitude list. Whenever the clouds of depression try to discouragement, I get out a piece of paper and write down everything I have to be thankful for. I’m thankful I have two parents who will be my advocates for as long as they live. The average number of years a lifer gets visits is five years and then no one comes anymore. I’m also thankful I can be a missionary on a compound that houses up to 1,700 men.” I’m learning from Jason that I find contentment when I choose to be thankful and when I invest my time in helping other people.
Click HERE to read the rest of this awesome interview!
The pine cones are falling off the trees right now, but they’re different somehow than I’m used to seeing them. They’re very green, rather than the fully formed, prickly, brown ones typically scattered across the lawn. While mowing a few days ago I started grabbing green cones and pitching them, only to discover my hands covered in the stuff….pitch, that is. Every single cone was oozing the nasty sap and I had to use fingernail polish to remove it.
Fast forward a few days to yesterday. We were getting ready to go to friends for dinner and our daughter and hubby already had our two dogs at their house. Lacey, or little 6 lb Chihuahua that you see in the picture with their puppy, is one of our two.
Marnee called about 45 minutes before we were due to leave with a frantic plea for help with Lacey. Somehow she’d managed to straddle something covered with pitch…whether she lay down on a bed of green cones, or what, we’ll never know….but the inside of her back legs and tail were covered. She has a very plumy tail and ‘feather’s down her back legs, and very fine, soft hair.
I took a few minutes to search the internet hoping for a household solution and found it. I grabbed a jar from the fridge and raced down the driveway to their house. Marnee and Brian were a bit horrified as I started slathering my poor dog with mayonnaise, and rubbing it into her fur, but I read two different posts that said it worked for them, so I figured it couldn’t hurt.
Ten minutes later we rinsed her off and shampooed her, and every bit of pitch was gone. Unfortunately, Marnee had cut her feathers and part of her tail before I got there, as it was so balled up with sap, and she didn’t think there was any way of getting it off. In fact, poor Lacey’s back legs were almost stuck together and some of the hair was pulled out. She’s fine now and we know what to do next time one of our pets (or ourselves) gets in a sticky situation!
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Here’s the link…click on the word Amazon to go straight to the page.
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