So this was the summer of the swan at our house…an XL blow-up version that my daughter simply HAD to have!
Who knew it would end up being such a popular item?
Especially when it was advertised like this:
Everyone therefore who hears these words of mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man, who built his house on a rock. The rain came down, the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat on that house; and it didn’t fall, for it was founded on the rock.
I was watching a show on TV yesterday called Property Brothers. These two guys help people renovate old, dilapidated homes. In this episode, a married couple was updating their entire back-yard pool area. The finished project really looked spectacular with new landscaping, a refurbished patio and a total re-do of the pool house.
I was so impressed, except for one thing..about half way through the re-do process, they discovered some cracks at the bottom of the swimming pool. One of the property brothers explained that it would cost about two thousand dollars to fix them. The owners balked, said they didn’t have the money, and chose to deal with the problem later. The pool was promptly refilled.
This part really bothered me. How could these people ignore something so important, something that was bound to cause problems later?? Towards the end of the show, the wife admits she’s been secretly saving money on the side and they purchase $4,000 worth of pool furniture.
I Imagined this happy couple entertaining in their beautiful new back-yard with a hose constantly refilling their pool.
How short sighted..I mean who wants to hang out around a half empty swimming pool- or keep paying for more water so it stays full? These homeowners didn’t seem to recognize that their pool was THE main feature..the focal point that gave meaning to everything else..including the “POOL” house and their overpriced “POOL” furniture!
Honestly though..this is how some of us live our lives. We prance around looking like we’ve got it all together knowing full well that we’re “leaking” deep inside. And instead of fixing the cracks that drain us… we just keep filling our lives with food or booze or drugs or shopping or whatever will fill us up for the moment.
God tells us to build our lives on Him.. “the rock.” He is the strong, immovable foundation upon which everything else we have in this life confidently stands. He is the never-changing support system that keeps us from collapsing when times are tough. The bible says that everything else in the world..(everything else!).. is sinking sand.
Sinking sand…who would knowingly build their house, or their life, on that?
I guess the same people who would keep adding water to a cracked pool.
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About a week before we took our daughter to college I woke up and the bedroom was spinning. This was not to be confused with feeling dizzy..the room was literally rotating past my eyes. The inability to “snap out of it” and make it stop was profoundly unsettling.
I struggled for several days with the symptoms coming and going until I finally went to the doctor. She prescribed a medication that worked quickly and effectively. I have since been able to stop taking it and seem to be fine – for now.
Vertigo…who would have thought? It came out of nowhere and almost threatened to upend our entire trip. As I read about the condition I found myself falling into uncomfortable categories of people who are prone to this type of problem- the big one being “women over fifty”……..OUCH!!
I guess some things are inextricably linked to getting older, and no matter what I do to take care of myself, I can’t ignore the shifting statistics regarding certain health issues. This doesn’t mean I won’t keep fighting the good fight to stay as fit and healthy as I can, but obviously there will be occasional adjustments..
For starters -no more downward dog.
A person’s steps are directed by the LORD. How then can anyone understand their own way?
My husband called from out of town last night. Half way through the conversation he said, “wow, I really think I’m lost!” He had been walking through an unfamiliar part of a city trying to find his hotel. The poor guy was exhausted after a long day.
There really are two kinds of being lost: One is you know where you want to be but can’t figure out how to get there, the other is when you know where you are but can’t decide where you’re going. Both can be upsetting.
My daughter admitted she’s been irritated lately because her career path seems rather cloudy. She is the most organized person I know and absolutely hates not having a clear plan.
It’s at times like these when we need to open our minds and hearts to God’s word and his guidance. When the fog settles over our lives and we can’t see a way forward, the best thing to do is to be still, and listen for His voice.
Proverbs 3:6 In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your path.