Story Time- Batman Doesn’t Let Anyone See The Batcave

Yesterday I wrote about an unexpected snow in October 1997 that shut down my city for days. I thought I would be stuck at home, but some friends told me they would pick me up to spend the day at their house.

We had fun playing games, eating lunch and dinner, and talking. In the evening, the whole family got into the SUV to take me back home. I could not drive my small car on the streets due to the roads being so bad.

Now mind you that though I am not a messy person in the sense of dirty or grimy, but I must admit to clutter as in books everywhere and papers here and there. Organization in the home seems like an alternate universe to me.

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So when we pulled up to my place and the two little girls said to their mom and dad, “Can we see Matt’s place?” quick thinking was in order. My friend’s home is very organized and I thought the children should not see my place. The best I could come up with on very short notice was:

“Batman does not let anyone see the batcave.”

The little girls asked their parents if I was really Batman. I got out of the SUV to my friends laughing a bit.

Whenever I visited them after that, the little girls would ask me each time, “Are you really Batman?” I would tell them it is a secret.

Children are fun and their imaginations are fun. I enjoy talking with children. I don’t usually tell stories such as the Batman claim, but I love being around children. Children are precious to Jesus and we need to treat them as such.

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Story Time- An Unexpected October Snow

It was a Saturday night in late October 1997, I was driving home from a friend’s house where we had watched a football game. It was raining with some big wet snow flakes mixed in. I didn’t think anything of it because that is a normal sight in late October and normally the snow doesn’t amount to anything.

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The next morning I awoke to what sounded like explosions outside. I wondered what could be going on outside, so I hesitantly looked outside and saw a big tree branch break off falling to the ground. The explosion sounds I was hearing were tree branches breaking off due to the heavy wet snow that was stuck on the trees. The snow had come before the leaves had fallen off.

My next realization was that I had no electricity. I took what food I had in the refrigerator, put it in a rubber maid box and placed it in the snow to keep it cool.

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I had an old rotary dial phone, so I unplugged my then modern one and plugged in that old rotary dial phone. I was able to make a call. I called one of the assistant pastors. His first response was to ask how I was able to call since my area of the city had no electricity. His area was newer and all of the power and phone lines were underground. I told him I had an old rotary phone. I had called to ask about church services. They were canceled. He ask me to help him call the people in the church directory. I spent an hour calling people to let them know church services were canceled.

My electricity came back on later that day but some areas in my city had to wait five or six days until they had electricity. It took a week for life to get back to normal in my city. They said it was a once in one hundred years snow.

In this life, unexpected things happen at any given time. The encouraging thing for me when the unexpected happens is that nothing surprises Jesus. He knows about it before it happens.

Stay tuned tomorrow for a fun story from that day called Batman doesn’t let anyone see the Batcave.

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

Fall Break Is Over-I Reached My Goals

My short, very short, fall break is over. It is back to my morning and afternoon class. Even though the break was short, I did accomplish some goals. It helps to set attainable goals. 🙂

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I managed to take a nap every day as in power naps. I also slept later getting up at 8am instead of 6:30. I am well rested and ready for a four week run of busy days until Thanksgiving week.

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I made it to the coffee shop three out of four days. In so doing, I was also able to bless the staff with my brilliant jokes.

Yes, Spanish practice took place in person. Sunday evening I visited a family from Mexico and practiced Spanish over dinner. Homecooked Mexican food, friendship, and Spanish all in one wonderful evening.

The most important goal was spending time with Jesus. Having my mornings free allowed me to spend more time listening to worship music and praying.

So there you have it, My goals for my four day break were achieved, It is almost inspirational especially the naps. lol

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Invisible Illness Awareness Week

This week is invisible illness awareness week. Invisible illness covers a lot of illnesses that others may not see a person have. They include lupus, psoriatic arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, POTS, chronic fatigue syndrome, and many more.

The cartoon expresses the frustration people living with chronic illness feel when people say things like, ‘you don’t look sick’ ‘maybe you need to try yoga’ ‘do you take vitamins’ etc.

What people living with chronic illness wish friends would say are:

“Can I help you with anything?”

“I understand you can’t make it at times, but I like inviting you”

“Can I give you a ride to the doctor?”

“How about we chill out at your place and watch movies”

I am grateful that most of the time my chronic illnesses do not prevent me from doing what I want to do, but it has caused me to modify the things I do. For example, I used to love bicycling, but can’t anymore. I can, however, walk in an aqua track.

A special shoutout to my readers who live with chronic illness.

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When We Face Difficulties, We Need to Remember The Promises- John Chapter 16

John 16 is a continuation of what Jesus letting the disciples know what is coming. It is a combination of a heads up warning and a promise of a blessing.

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Jesus lets them know why he is giving them a heads up warning in John 16:1

All this I have told you so that you will not fall away.

If we only make promises of a wonderful life because of trusting Jesus, when hard times come people might lose heart. While it is true there will be a wonderful life, it may not happen until we enter eternity in heaven. Jesus wanted the disciples and us to know that people will oppose and persecute us because of him, so when it happens, we will not be weakened in our faith.

They will put you out of the synagogue; in fact, the time is coming when anyone who kills you will think they are offering a service to God. They will do such things because they have not known the Father or me.

The disciples were put out of synagogues and most of them were martyred for sharing the news about Jesus. Throughout history, Christians have been put in jail and killed for their faith. It still happens today in our ‘modern’ world. In some countries Christians are killed by those who think they are doing God’s will. In some places Christians are killed or put in jail by people who think it is the right thing to do. In the western world, governments are increasingly infringing on our religious freedom.

Why didn’t Jesus tell them about it when they first signed on to follow him?

I did not tell you this from the beginning because I was with you

Because he was with them.

Now for the blessing part of Jesus’s discourse. The promise of the Holy Spirit.

But very truly I tell you, it is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Advocate will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you.

The Holy Spirit is our advocate as is Jesus. The plan all along was for Jesus to die for us, defeat death through his resurrection, and ascend to heaven. Then he would send the Holy Spirit. Think about how all of that unfolded in real time. It all happened in a little over 40 days.

For all who believe in Jesus, the Holy Spirit is given when we believe in Jesus. The Holy Spirit is a guarantee of our future eternal blessing.

And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession—to the praise of his glory.

The Holy Spirit teaches us as Jesus said.

But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come. 

The Holy Spirit will always work to glorify Jesus.

He will glorify me because it is from me that he will receive what he will make known to you. 

So how this balances out is in this life we may have problems. We might be persecuted in various ways. BUT we have the Holy Spirit to counsel us, teach us, guide us, and is our guarantee of our future eternal blessing.

The question for us is whether we view all of what God has in store for us as being worth far more than the temporary difficulties in this life.

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

Music Mondays- Take Courage by Kristene DiMarco (Live)

When God tells us to take courage in the bible, it is not an empty encouragement. He gives us the reason for taking courage. It is because he goes before us and with us.

Joshua 1:9

Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.

Whatever we go through in this life, God is with us. It is comforting to know that whatever problem we face, we do not face it alone in our own ability. We face it with God in his power.

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My Realization

As I sit in the classroom at my church where I will meet with my friend from Venezuela, a realization hit me.

I really need a haircut and my beard trimmed. Now that I have a little time, I will get it done today after I meet my friend from Venezuela.

She was a pediatric dentist in Venezuela, but came here a few years ago. She wants to be a dentist here, so e are working on her English to help her be ready for the Dental Boards. I love helping people realize their dreams and it is also fun to give them homework.

She will walk in wearing a sweater and may even a jacket because it is currently 49f/9c. She will wonder why I am walking around in a short sleeve shirt and pants. 🙂

There is a hair place close to the coffee shop, so I imagine my van will decide to take me to the coffee shop at I get a haircut. Speaking of coffee, I consider myself a coffee purist as in I drink it black no cream or sugar and certainly none of that fancy stuff. My assistant in my morning class had a pumpkin spice the other day and added caramel creamer to it. I told her she has lost her privileges to be called a coffee drinker. Do you agree with me? lol

What are your Saturday plans?

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My Olympic Level Talent

There is an event that I think I could win a gold medal for. I really wonder why it is not an Olympic Sport. I have been training for this event and believe I have achieved in it at a high level.

I am talking about power naps. A two hour nap is so easy for me. I can stretch it out to three or four hours. Really I think I am a champion when it comes to taking a nap.

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I plan on doing some extending training for napping during my short fall break. I already have it planned. It will start with a two hour nap tomorrow followed by another one Sunday. Monday is the day that I plan to put the most effort into training. Monday will be a three or four hour nap.

After a teacher’s meeting this morning and some planning time at school this afternoon, I am free for four days. I plan to make the most of the opportunity to practice.

Sometimes I hear my bed calling to me while I am at school. It is letting me know it is time to train. This weekend I will comply.

What are your weekend plans?

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My Fall Break Plans

The schools where I live have fall break starting tomorrow. The children will have no school tomorrow and next Monday and Tuesday. For us teachers, we have a planning day tomorrow and have next Monday and Tuesday off. I definitely have big plans.

The first part of my plan is sleep. I plan to take some naps. My bed is insisting that I take naps. 🙂

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The second part of my plan may come as a surprise. I plan to hang out at my favorite coffee shop. There is something about hanging out at a coffee shop that stimulates my writing. Seeing the different kinds of people sparks something in my brain for writing. The coffee helps too.

My other plan is to practice my Spanish some more by watching some shows in Spanish. Speaking of Spanish, the classroom next to mine is an ELL classroom for Level 1 students. They are beginning English Language Learners. One of the little girls got lost her first week, and I helped her find her way. Each morning I greet her in Spanish. When I greet her in Spanish, she giggles. She is so cute.

Of course as always, I plan to spend time with Jesus. In fact I have a study in the Book of Acts I want to start.

Thank you for reading. God Bless.