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Saturday Round-up

Here are some of my favourite things from the past week or so:

Flip Flop Art – This video is only 60 seconds long but that’s all you need to be inspired by the creativity of this wonderful project. It’s great for the environment, it’s great for those it employs and it’s just plain COOL!

APPLE PIE TACOS! Okay, so I haven’t tried this recipe yet but how delicious do these look? I would love one right now! If you try them before I do, please come back and let me know how they turned out.

You’ve got to see this video of a Nigerian street evangelist with inspiring courage and an obvious burden for telling people about Jesus. Let’s pray for this man’s ministry, and that we would have that kind of commitment! (Note: I can’t seem to find this video outside of Facebook, so I apologize to those of you who aren’t signed up.)

An interview I did for Christian Creative Nexus. Just a wee way to get to know me a little better. 🙂

And, finally, here’s a little funny to send you off you with:

They had been up in the attic together doing some cleaning. The kids uncovered an old manual typewriter and asked her, “Hey Mom…what’s this?”

“Oh…that’s an old typewriter,” she answered, thinking that would satisfy their curiosity.

“Well what does it do?” they asked.

“I’ll show you,” she said and returned with a blank piece of paper. She rolled the paper into the typewriter and began striking the keys, leaving black letters of print on the page.

“WOW!” they exclaimed, “that’s really cool…but how does it work like that? Where do you plug it in?”

“There is no plug,” she answered. “It doesn’t need a plug.”

“Then where do you put the batteries?” they persisted.

“It doesn’t need batteries either,” she continued.

“Wow! This is so cool!” they exclaimed. “Someone should have invented this a long time ago!”

Uh, yeah. 🙂 Have a lovely Saturday!

Ann-Margret

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It’s my birthday!

I’m 46 today. Gasp! 🙂

Instead of the usual Saturday round-up, I’m simply going to share this today:

Begin at once; before you venture away from this quiet moment, ask your King to take you wholly into His service, and place all the hours of this day quite simply at His disposal, and ask him to make and keep you ready to do just exactly what He appoints. Never mind about tomorrow; one day at a time is enough. Try it today, and see if it is not a day of strange, almost curious peace, so sweet that you will be only too thankful when tomorrow comes to ask Him to take it also. – Francis Ridley Havergal

Saturday Round-up

“He who walks with wise men will be wise, But the companion of fools will suffer harm.” (Proverbs 13:20)

I’m thankful for the wise people in my life and can only hope and pray that some of their wisdom is rubbing off on me. In the meantime, I thought I’d share some of it with you.

Jocelyn Green, a beloved friend who is also a beloved author, recently posted this caution on Facebook:

I just read a meme on Twitter that really has me scratching my head. It’s a quote from a book that says, “I can’t think of a single time where Jesus held someone accountable. He just held people closely.” Can we think about this for a second? Can we be discerning?

First, I understand that the idea is that we are to love our neighbors. That is a truth that cannot be denied. (See Matthew 22:36-40.) Jesus says love, so we should.

But let’s look at the first sentence in the quote. Not a single time where Jesus held someone accountable? The definition of “accountable” is responsible or answerable, or subject to the obligation to report, justify, or explain something. Check out Matthew 23 to see how Jesus holds the Pharisees accountable for their actions and hypocrisy. Matthew 25:31-46 clearly shows how we are all accountable for our decisions, and the consequences are eternal. In John 8, people are getting ready to stone an adulterous woman, and Jesus tells them to only throw a stone if they have never sinned. Isn’t that holding them accountable/responsible? At the end of that story, he pours grace over the woman, but ends with “Go and sin no more.” Again, he’s giving her the responsibility to make better choices. The book of Revelation contains letters to churches, holding them accountable for what they did or didn’t do. There are more examples, but I’ll stop there.

I’m sharing this as an example that we all need to be discerning when reading memes and hearing sound bytes and listening to famous people. I’m an author so it’s no secret that I love books. But we should be holding up those books to the Truth of God’s Word. We don’t get to decide what Jesus did and didn’t say. It is written.

Amen to that!

Here’s some more great advice from another author friend, Jackie Johnson: Feeling Lonely? Isolated? 5 Essential Life Connections

Just for Fun

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Something I came across on someone’s blog several years ago:

“Today, whilst I was driving, a speed camera flashed me. I was not over the speed limit, so I turned around and went past it again even slower, again it flashed me. Confused I did again, it flashed. Finding this funny, I drove past again at snail’s pace. Only later receiving four fines for no seat belt.”

Oy vey!

Have a great weekend! 🙂

Ann-Margret

 

Saturday Round-up

I’m competing with the royal wedding this morning. Ah well. Hopefully some of you will drop by when the festivities are over. 🙂 (No, I’m not watching. I have a television but I don’t have TV, if you know what I mean. I just watch Netflix and DVDs. My current obsession is Lie to Me.)

Speaking of Royal Marriages…

Last week I learned that one of my favourite hymns, Unto the Hills, was penned by the fourth Governor General of Canada, John Douglas Campbell (1878 – 1883), and that he was married to Queen Victoria’s daughter Princess Louise. Useless information but still pretty cool, especially as I’m Canadian. The hymn is based on Psalm 121, by the way:

I lift up my eyes to the mountains—
    where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord,
    the Maker of heaven and earth.

He will not let your foot slip—
    he who watches over you will not slumber;
indeed, he who watches over Israel
    will neither slumber nor sleep.

The Lord watches over you—
    the Lord is your shade at your right hand;
the sun will not harm you by day,
    nor the moon by night.

The Lord will keep you from all harm—
    he will watch over your life;
the Lord will watch over your coming and going
    both now and forevermore.

And that reminds me of this more modern take on the Psalm:

Are You Rejecting the Promised Land?

This year, I’m reading the through the Bible using the M’Cheyne Bible Calendar (it goes through the Old Testament once and the New Testament twice). So, I’ve been in Numbers, a book that isn’t necessarily one you’d turn to for inspiration or spiritual enlightenment. That’s what made it all the more surprising when I tripped over this nugget several days ago:

“As for your children that you said would be taken as plunder, I will bring them in to enjoy the land you have rejected.” (Numbers 14:31)

What’s the big deal about this verse? Let me highlight the words the land you have rejected. The Israelites didn’t make it into the Promised Land for one simple reason: They rejected it. God didn’t take it away from them. For forty years, He patiently led them toward it and all they did was grumble and moan and complain and whine and murmur and reminisce about (of all things!) the garlic and onions back in Egypt. For forty years, they made it abundantly clear that they didn’t want the blessings God had in store for them. For forty years, they rejected His goodness.

It hit me right in the face: How many of God’s blessings, whether good health or success in my work or healthy relationships, have I missed out on because I was too busy navel-gazing at my pity parties? How many doors that God has opened have I not walked through because I didn’t want to leave something else behind?

I could write a whole Bible study on this theme, and maybe I will one day, but I just wanted to share those thoughts for now. I’d love to hear your own comments!

Read a Good Book Recently?

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Why not take a few minutes to write a review on Amazon or another bookstore’s website that sells the book? I can tell you from personal experience that even a one-sentence positive review can be a huge boost to an author.

If you (or your kids) have read any of my books, would you please consider writing a review? If you have friends who have bought my book, could you encourage them to do the same? Thank you so much! You can find my books on Amazon here.

One for the Road

May this encourage you today: “God’s power, glory, and majesty make me feel like I don’t deserve to be in the same room with him. His love, mercy, and compassion let me know I don’t belong anywhere else.” — Eric Collier

See you on Tuesday!

Ann-Margret

Saturday Round-up

Hello, friends! After waffling a bit on the best types of posts to share on my blog, and on what days, I think I’ve finally sorted it out. For now, at least—ha!

I’ll continue to post inspirational / devotional / reflective pieces on Tuesdays, and Saturdays will now be a little like what I was trying to do with “Curated Wednesdays” earlier in the year… only simpler. I jot things down throughout the week—quotes, ideas, resources, etc.—but sometimes those notes are not enough to turn into an entire blog post. Compiled into a round-up, however, they may prove interesting. So, let’s give it a try today and see what happens. 🙂

Mother’s Day Colouring Page

In case you missed it, I’ve got a free colouring page for Mother’s Day on my Freebies page that you’re welcome to download and print and enjoy! (Or you can just click on the image below.)

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More on Manna

Remember my devotional about manna a couple of weeks ago? I stumbled across this morsel a few days ago that fits nicely:

“The children of Israel did not find in the manna all the sweetness and strength they might have found in it; not because the manna did not contain them, but because they longed for other meat.” (Saint John of the Cross, 1542-1591)

How often does God give us unimaginable blessings, and we don’t appreciate them because we’re longing for something different? And that reminds me of this C.S. Lewis quote:

“It would seem that Our Lord finds our desires not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.”

Bible Not-so-trivial Trivia

Did you ever notice that the shortest chapter in the Bible is not in the Psalms? Jeremiah 45 is only five verses long (compared to Psalm 23, which has six). But the last verse of this chapter really packs a punch! The exhortation reminds me of Matthew 6:33.

“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”

Adam vs. Jesus

At one of the Bible studies at church, we have been studying Paul’s epistle to the Romans. In the fifth chapter, there is a complex discussion about how humankind received death through Adam and life through Jesus Christ. I’ve studied this portion before but had never thought of this particular contrast between the two figures until our teacher pointed it out: One was tested in a perfect garden and failed; the other was tested in the wilderness and succeeded. 

Joy in Grumbling?

A few weeks ago, I caught myself grumbling when someone at Bible study, during the worship time, asked for a hymn by its title and everyone turned to me to provide the page number. Why can’t anyone else ever look it up in the index?, I thought. Still, being the pastor’s daughter and all, I did a quick search and called out the page number while I flipped through my own hymnbook. And then it suddenly hit me. OUCH!

The song that had been chosen was Joy in Serving Jesus. I couldn’t even look up a hymn number for someone without grumbling. How could I say I was serving Jesus with joy? Yeah. That one stung a bit. But in a good way.

Well, that’s it for today. Happy Mother’s Day to all you lovely mothers reading this… and to those of you who, like me, have not experienced the joys of motherhood and would have liked to, or if this celebration is painful for you for any other reason, I send you a warm hug. ❤

Ann-Margret

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