Our daughter, her husband, and our granddaughter came over last week. It was the first time for our granddaughter who is two and three quarters years old. As soon as she went around touching and picking up things, we realized that our house was not childproof. We forgot all about it! She didn’t eat much while she was here, but Allison said she ate her food when they got home. She was too busy here to pay attention to food. We played “catch you”, hide and seek, and Badona had a wind-up rabbit toy for her. She really enjoyed jumping on our bed while looking at herself in the mirror. She played with Badona’s collectables: a tea set, a turtle collection, and some pretty rocks. We were able to distract her from the antique marbles. Well, when they left, Badona fell asleep in a chair and I fell asleep on the sofa. I’m glad we used plastic ware and paper plates for supper. We didn’t have the energy to wash dishes. I hope our granddaughter slept well that night. We did!
There is so much sadness and hard times in this world. And on top of that, Jesus said in John 15:18, 19, “If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love its own. Yet because you are not of the world, but I choose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you.” Life can be hard, compared to what? It is also an adventure with Jesus. Never give up!
My work shoes are almost worn out, and I’m not going to replace them. I haven’t bought any tools since I retired, and I consider work shoes to be tools. Besides, it’s almost time to put on my slip-on shoes and go fishing! I also am focusing more on the spiritual side of life. As my life is winding down, I need to tell more people about Jesus, our Savior, Lord, and our example. What a life that is planned for those who truly believe in Him, both here and now and also in the future!
Badona and I were talking about how important change, coins, used to be. Money! We would do errands for a nickel, a dime, or even a quarter. You used to be able to buy a lot of penny candy with a few coins. A nickel used to buy a Baby Ruth candy bar that was larger than they are today! And there was no tax on it then. Today if we have any change, it gets put into a piggy bank for our granddaughter. But since the credit cards give us a small percentage back on purchases, Badona plays their games. She puts post-it notes on the cards she gives me to use and lists what places I am to use them in. One is only for gas, another should be used at Walmart or for Building and Hardware stores. Last year I took a handful of change to the bait store to buy squid. I sure got a strange look.
I’m still struggling with the thought of getting a cell phone. Our home phone is $40 a month and we can call anywhere in the U.S. and talk as long as we like. I’ve been looking at a TracFone and it is cheaper. You can buy a card for $20 for 3 months, but you have to watch your minutes. It’ll get expensive if you talk too long. In the past two weeks, I spent a total of an hour on the phone with the company that handles my pension. I also spent another half hour with a friend who called and needed to talk. The TracFone doesn’t care if you make the call or if someone calls you. The airtime subtracts from your minutes. I’ve looked at other phone systems and they have extra fees and contracts. I need to be smart with God’s money. Outrageous bills will interfere with my offerings to the Lord and helping others. You also need a dependable phone. I’m still on the fence.
I agree with Ted Wilson when he said that if the church music sounds like a night club, it doesn’t belong in church. Ellen White wrote in Testimonies for the Church, Vol. 4, p. 71, “Music can be a great power for good, yet we do not make the most of this branch of worship.” You can read the rest of it yourself. She continues on the same page and says that sometimes it’s difficult to discipline singers. They want to bring in their own style. She said, “Music should have beauty, pathos, and power. Call to your aid, if practicable, instrumental music, and let the glorious harmony ascend to God, an acceptable offering.” Those three things should be in music at all times. In the same book, Vol. 9, p. 143, there is a section on formality in worship. Church people need to read it. We are not to be like the world!
It’s January and I’m suffering from fishing withdrawal. I haven’t been fishing in over a month. I missed all of December. I’ve had some other things to deal with that God gave me to do. That took my mind off of fishing. Tying shad rigs helps as well as working on Erick’s boat. But I still dream of fishing. I’d tell you about my last dream fishing on the James River, except it doesn’t make sense. But we caught fish! I don’t want to wish time away, but I’ll be glad with March gets here!