Story Time- A Phone Call and Hedgehogs

I surprised my little sister in Jesus, Alicia, with a phone call yesterday. The call took place from the coffee area at my church where I was meeting with a person from the church office staff who I have nicknamed young computer genius friend. SADLY no coffee but I did order some delivery food. The purpose of the meeting was to take a look at my blog and possible other themes.

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That is where the phone call fits in. As we looked at Alicia’s blog, I called her to ask some questions. When we looked at Alicia’s post yesterday, Lessons From My Hedgehog, my young computer genius friend Ellen told me that she too has a hedgehog. So Ellen also talked a little with Alicia about hedgehogs.

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Hedgehog is a strange name for an animal that makes me wonder if said animal lives in hedges of bushes, if I look under bushes can I find said animal, and if said animal is related to hogs that we get bacon from. Sorry I got off point. 🙂

So where were we? Oh yes. Alicia is a dear little sister in Jesus and I do hope to get out to her neck of the woods to visit her and meet her husband and family someday. I did have a chance to speak with her daughter Paige briefly as well.

One of the things I enjoy most about blogging is connecting with people from all over the world or even only a four drive way in my state like Alicia, three hour drive if one drives like Alicia perhaps.

Hope you have a blessed weekend.

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

Story Time- My Amazing Culinary Discovery

This post feels like it should be a breaking news, stop the presses, special edition. This week I experienced an amazing culinary discovery that is one that merits sharing with the world.

The other day I was making a salad at home as in a big salad. Then it dawned on me and the light bulb went off in my mind as I looked at the open cabinet door. There they were side by side the olive oil and the garlic herb seasoning. When I took note of them, I thought to myself, “self what if you mixed in a bit of that seasoning with the olive oil to make your own health salad dressing.”

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I proceeded to mix in the seasoning with olive oil and pour it on salad, Then the moment came to try out my new creation. After one bite, the realization hit that this was indeed a wonderful taste sensation. The salad in the picture is not the one I made. I ate it too fast to take a picture.

So after years of self deprecating humor regarding my culinary skills, I present to you my creation. No need for recipe amounts. Just mix a bit of whatever seasoning you like with some olive oil and voila you have a healthy tasty salad dressing. I am sure no one has ever had this idea before. 🙂 lol

My joy in this discovery causes me to think about how with God, we can have an eternity of amazing discoveries. Think about it. God is eternal. As we read our bibles, we are reading what God has revealed to us so far. God’s Word, the bible, has the gospel message about Jesus dying for us and defeating death for us. It reveals things about God, about living as Christians etc. But it scratches the surface when it comes to God who is eternal. We have can have an exciting eternity of discovering new things with and about God.

Back to my culinary discovery as awesome as it is, I do not plan on writing a cookbook yet. 🙂

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

Story Time- I Bought Band Aids

I have been poked and prodded to the point that watching my blood be drawn for a blood test does not bother me. It is just part of life for anyone living with autoimmune problems or other chronic health issues. But I have observed that stickers, fun band aids, or lollipops are not given to me on such occasions at the doctor. Perhaps they think I am too old for fun.

Au Contraire. I want some fun. I think after poking and prodding me, that I deserve a little fun. Case in point, I went to a dermatologist to have a new rash looked at. He wanted to get a sample to check for psoriasis, a few things I cant pronounce, and also sarcoidosis. After scraping off a sample, he put a boring plain brown band aid on it. Not to be denied of my fun, I stopped off at a pharmacy and found a much more fulfilling replacement.

Yes, a Star Wars band aid. I bought a box of them. I need to find more fun band aids so I can have some variety. I can use them for my weekly injections too. 🙂

As I tell people, I am getting younger. Actually there is truth in that bit of humor. Think about it. For everyone who believes in Jesus, eternal life is in our future. Since I will live for all eternity because of what Jesus did for me, it means I am not getting older. I am getting younger. 🙂

This earthly tent may be aging and having problems, but my body is not the same body I will live in for all eternity. One day Jesus will resurrect my body to be a glorified body like he has now.

Until then I will enjoy my fun band aids. 🙂

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

Story Time- Setting A Goal Yesterday

My classroom is a shared space from noon to the end of the school day because my class is an AM class. Sometimes it is used for an IEP meeting-Individual Educational Plan. IEP meetings are for children with various special education needs.

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Yesterday as I was finishing up with my end of class work on the computer, the Speech Therapist, the Special ED Coordinator, an Occupational Therapist and a Physical Therapist came into the room for an IEP meeting. In such meetings they discuss plans for a child with special needs with the parent/parents.

I joked that maybe they should do an IEP for me. The Physical Therapist asked what goals I would set. I said, “eat a cheeseburger three times a week,” She told me that is a reasonable achievable goal.

So based on the input of such specialists, I have concluded my goal of eating a cheeseburger three times a week is a good idea. 🙂

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The best life goal I can think of, however, is what Paul wrote in Philippians 3:

 Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.  Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.

The best life goal is to follow Jesus, live for Jesus, with eternity in heaven always in my mind. Knowing that Jesus gives the gift of eternal life and desiring to live accordingly is the best goal I can think of.

But today I still think a cheeseburger is called for.. 🙂

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

Story Time- Matt’s Peanut Chili

It was a Super Bowl Sunday years ago and I had invited a few friends to watch it with me. I bought chips. sodas, popcorn, and told them I would make chili- a soup with ground beef and beans. My friends arrived and we were all set for some fun watching American football.

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It came time to eat the chili. One of my friends was the first to try it and he had a look of dismay in his eyes. He asked me, “are these peanuts?” I asked why. He told me they were hard and crunchy. So I tried some and found out what he was talking about. The bean were not soft.

Realizing the chili was a no go I called for delivery pizzas. My friends asked me if I soaked the beans in water. I told them I had not and asked if I was supposed to. The chili was called Matt’s peanut chili.

In my defense the beans did not tell me they needed to be soaked in water. How was I to know? 🙂

It may surprise you to know that I am not known as a great cook. lol

People know us by what they see us do, how we treat them, and how we make them feel.

Jesus said in John 15:

“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”

How can people tell if we belong to Jesus? By the way we treat them and each other.

Thank you for reading. God Bless

Story Time- The Pupusas Truck

Pupusas are a food from El Salvador. They are made with corn flour, so gluten free, and can have only cheese inside, frijoles and cheese, beef etc. I love pupusas. so as fortune would have it, a food truck just so happens to be parked in a parking lot strategically placed on my way from my morning class to my afternoon class.

Perhaps it was a bit of scheming on the part of the pupusas to arrange the food truck to be placed right in the middle of my route. One never knows what lengths such things will go to to lure unsuspecting innocent bystanders like myself.

So yesterday as I was driving to my afternoon class not having had lunch yet, my van stopped at the food truck selling pupusas. Who am I to disagree with my van? I became a willing participant of buying from said food truck.

Perhaps it was my intention all along, but I would never admit to that. 🙂 I may have gotten the phone number, so I can call ahead to tell the woman who the food truck belongs to, so she can start my order. She just so happens to be a former student. Perhaps I am weak when it comes to food trucks selling pupusas.

As humans we tend to give into temptation. We are fallible human beings. Thankfully there is someone who was tempted just as we are and yet never sinned. Hebrews 4 says:

Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess.  For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin.

Somehow I think I will end up at that food truck again today anyway. 🙂

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

Story Time- Oops I Forgot My Lunch

Yesterday morning I had my lunch ready to go. It was some tuna fish and an avocado. Sounds healthy right? Yes, your coffee purist is trying to eat healthy at least sometimes. One problem. I tend to forget things as I dash out the door to leave for school to teach.

Yesterday morning was just such an occasion. I had the can of tuna and the avocado in a bag. I even placed said bag in my home office right next to things I need every day like my iPad. I put what I needed in my laptop bad and left. I felt impressed with myself that I had my healthy lunch until, oh oh, I got to the school and looked around in my car only to realize I had left my lunch at home.

To the rescue was a delivery of a burger and fries from a burger place I love. I always get the Hammer of Thor which has chipotle cream cheese and grilled brussels sprouts. They even have a gluten free bun. It is my go to comfort food lunch.

Now I know you may be thinking that subconsciously I wanted to leave my healthy lunch behind because I wanted my comfort food during this crazy time of teaching during COVID. Perhaps but there is no way to know. I only know my stomach was quite content. 🙂

Fortunately for us Jesus never leaves anyone behind like I left my lunch behind. He promised to return for us, so we can be where he is. John 14 we read

My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. 

This morning I will bring the lunch with me that I left behind. But I must admit the burger and fries really hit the spot. 🙂

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

Story Time- I Forgot My Gum Last Night

Last night I had the urge to stop at a restaurant I like in the downtown of my city to get some food to go. The restaurant is Ali Babas. I had a craving for a gyro plate which comes with steak fries, gyro meat, and is topped with onions, a sauce, tomatoes, and cheese crumbles. It was so satisfying.

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There was a slight problem. As you can imagine, the onions and sauce might have done a number on my breath. I didn’t think about or worry about that when I got the food. My college is also downtown only a few blocks from Ali Babas. When I got to the college, I went to the adjunct office and sat down to savor my delicious food still no concern at all about what the onions and sauce did.

It wasn’t until I reached into my laptop bag that I realized my dilemma. I forgot to bring my gum and had no time to go buy some. Why is that an issue? I am glad you asked.

We have to wear masks in the college, so as I taught for three hours, I was wearing my mask with yes, the onion and sauce still on my breath. I think that is enough said.

Did you know that fortunately for us there is actually something that God will not remember? Isaiah 43:25 says

“I, even I, am he who blots out your transgressions, for my own sake, and remembers your sins no more.”

If we come to Jesus, God forgives us and will not remember our sins against us. What a wonderful gift from God.

By the way, I put a few packs of gum in my laptop bag.

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

Story Time- Why I never Watched The Movie Cats

That Broadway musical Cats that was made into a movie is one I never watched and don’t intend to watch. It is the same reason I never watched the Garfield cartoon. I feel it is a very valid reason. What is the reason you ask? Good Question.

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As it just so happens, I am allergic to cats. If I watch the movie Cats or Garfield cartoons, I am sure my allergies will flare up. Allergies are quite an unpleasant thing. Now if there was a movie Dogs, count me in because I am not allergic to dogs.

I also have allergies to tree pollen but they are short lived only affecting me in the spring, so watching Lord of the Rings- The Two Towers was no problem even with the Ents- talking trees basically- because the movie was so awesome maybe it drove out my tree pollen allergies. 🙂

Allergies, animals that don’t get alone like dogs and cats, and more are part of the curse on nature after the fall. Yes my post is an attempt at humor, but seriously all of creation longs for Jesus to return.

Romans 8

For the creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed. For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the freedom and glory of the children of God. We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time.

The question is do we groan, long for, the return of Jesus?

Thank you for reading. God Bless.