Sunday, June 28, 2009

Flash of Lighting and a Flashlight

Last Wednesday was rough for me. I had one of those headaches that just wouldn't go away no matter what I did. Finally at 10 pm, I had relief. Thursday I still did not feel quit up to par, but I went to work anyway, enduring until 1:30. I just wanting to lay down for a while. So that's what I did, drove home, parked the car, went in and laid down.

Then the rain came. John checked in on me when he got home, then went out on the porch and watched the storm. I was content to stay in bed for a little while longer. I eventually came down stairs and turned on the TV. Then I heard that old familiar noise. You know the one....the buzzzzz, crackle, buzzzzz of the transformer and then the lights go off. Oh well I thought, I join John on the porch. He told me how he watched the leaves fly off in troves from the tree across the street. "By the way", he said, "as it was pouring, I noticed that you left your car windows open so I closed them."

The rain passed and the lights where still off. I told John that I didn't feel good when I came home and didn't even think to close the windows, as I went to my car to see how wet it got. Oh my gosh!!!! There was about 1" on water on the floor, even in the cup holders. John got old towels and we started to clean up the mess. There was so much water.....then I remember the Shamwow's my parents gave us. What a life saver. It was amazing how much water they soak up. Unfortunately my Bible was soaked through about 1". So, now the car is somewhat dry and we finally decided to try Sonic to eat (in John's car). Upon returning home, I pulled out a book that I had been meaning to read. I sat in my wicker rocker on the front porch and started reading. Along about 9:35pm, the sun had set and it was getting hard to read, but the story was getting good. Oh well, there's nothing to do but go to bed.....prop up some pillows and get a flashlight and read.

I felt like a little kid who was suppose to be sleeping but just had to read. I finally turn the light off at about 11:30. I proud to say that I read 8 chapters. Makes me wonder if, just from time to time, I should just act like there's not electricity and just sit and read.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Taste & See

(This is something I wrote on March 14, 1989)

There on the table, sits a gift for you. It's a beautiful wrapped, very expensive, box of chocolates. Upon opening the box, you find a wonderful selection. Oh wonderful, you think, a sampler.
You reach out and after a long scanning, select one. Every so carefully, you place it in your mouth and begin to chew slowly. Your taste buds tell you that it's your favorite, a gooey chocolate covered Carmel. You continue to chew slowly as you want the flavor to last as long as possible. You decide to make the box of chocolates last as long as possible, so you will eat only one a day.
For the past few days, you have enjoyed each and every piece. Today, however, you selected a dark chocolate....oh, the place it in your mouth and slowly begin to chew. UCK!!!! You don't like what's in your mouth.... a chocolate covered cashew. You remind yourself that the chocolates, after all, where a gift and an expensive gift at that. So, despite the faces you're making and how fast you are now chewing, you eat it anyway.
Did you ever realize, that God has given us a box of chocolates? No? Think about it. The Bible is like a box of chocolates.(An expensive gift at that as it cost Jesus His life.) It's full of the teachings of God. There are the teachings of God that we love and relish the flavor of and seek out. Then, there are the teachings, that make us uncomfortable and we would rather not take, because it leaves a bitter taste in our mouth. (Meaning it make us take a good hard look at ourselves. Something we don't want to face.)
Just as the sample box of chocolates is well balanced with the bitter and the sweet, with favorites and unfavored, so too is the word of God. Chewing on God's word, whether it is that which we always receive or that which we try, but would rather not have it all the time, makes us a balanced person with God.
So, as the box of chocolates is set before you, receive it all and "Taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him." Psalm 34:8

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Section A, Row 6, Seats 7 & 8

Yanni Voices Concert at The Palace
(Not to bad for a camera phone picture)

Up until now, Amy & I have been to two plays,"Wicked" & "Legally Blonde". However, on Friday night, we attended our first concert, "Yanni Voices". Thanks to , we had seats on the floor, 6 rows from the stage. We were excited to say the least. Seating to the left of us was Beth and to the right of us was Michelle & Courtney...guess you could say it was the Blogger Section.

Two odd things of the evening:
#1 The selling of Ear Plugs! I don't get it. It isn't as if it were a rock concert. However, to my amazement, I did see one man actually buy some.
#2 Adoring fans who pick odd moments to yell out their adoration's. Yanni was sitting at the piano and all was quiet, until a lady yells "I love you, Yanni"! He was polite and said "I love you too." Well, if that weren't enough, a man then yells "I love you, Yanni", to which everyone laughs. Yanni, smiles politely and says, "This is the quiet moment of the show."

We not only enjoyed the vocalists, but the orchestra, especially the violinists, harpists and drummer.

Not only did we have great seats, but we also had a "Meet & Greet" after the concert. A very large man, dressed in black, ushered us across the main area, to the stairs an up two floors. This led us to the Club Section, where we waited for everyone to come up. (One little man in the group was impatient and started to try and open up all the doors in the hallway) Our escort finally entered and led us through the glass doors to where we would have the "Meet & Greet".
We were able to meet with the 4 vocalists and get pictures and autographs (They even supplied the Sharpies, silver ones at that.)

Ender Thomas (Favorite song: Desire)
Ender was very friendly and greet us with a hug.

Leslie Mills (Favorite song: "Before the Night Ends")

Amy was able to talk to Leslie for a few minutes and was asking her where she got her inspiration from.

Chole (Favorite song: "Kill me with your love")

Chole has a wonderful voice and she also loves to dance.(Something you get to see her do during the concert).
One lucky lady got her own personal duet of "Happy Birthday" from Ender & Chole.

Nathan Pacheco (Favorite song: Unico Amore (Enchantment))

Amy getting Nathan's autograph on her CD insert.

Can I just say "What a voice"!!!!! He could sing the yellow pages and it would be wonderful. Needless to say, he was our favorite.

The PR people made sure that everyone got their pictures and autographs, before they whisked the vocalist away, to their waiting bus that would take them to their next destination, Grand Rapids.

All in all, it was a great evening. Another memory for Amy & I to relish.
Amy, if I forgot to Thank You, "Thank You!" If I already did, well, "Thank You" again.
You can read more on:
Amy's blog
Beth's blog
Michelle's blog
Courtney's blog