Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Miracle in the Hodgepodge

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1. Speaking of April 15th...what's the most 'taxing' thing you've done recently?

We started exploring the whole world of buying an investment property , AKA a rental. House hunting online can be both fun and taxing. We saw our very first fixer-upper yesterday for consideration. Let's just say there's a reason it's priced $100,000 less than the neighbor's.  Getting past the dog smell was the most taxing thing of the foray. 

2. When did you last take a taxi somewhere and where was that somewhere?

I think it was in 1984 when I was in college in Western PA.  My dorm was way up on a hill, two miles from town where I took a very brief job as a telemarketer for Merrill Lynch.  I took a taxi to my interview. It cost two dollars which doesn't sound like much unless you know that I was making only $3 an hour plus commission.

3. What's something you can do today that you couldn't do a year ago?

Forgive more easily.  I had to let go of some long-held bitterness, choose to forgive the person, and release the pain to God and let Him deal with the offender.  I am walking in a freedom that I hadn't had for the previous two years because I forgave that person.

4. How often is chicken (in some form or fashion) on your menu at home? Which of the following would you most like to see on your table tonight...a chicken salad sandwich, your mom's fried chicken, a Chick-fil-A meal, Cracker Barrel's chicken n' dumplings, a roast chicken dinner with all the trimmings, or 'hold the chicken, I'm a vegetarian'...?

Chicken is on our menu 2-3 times a week.  To see it on my table tonight--meaning dinner hour, I like hot food, so not chicken salad. My mom is a vegetarian, so not her fried chicken. Chick-Fil-A chicken is cooked in a grease that gives me a stomach ache. Cracker Barrel is kinda too salty for me anymore. So let's go with roast chicken dinner with all the trimmings. 

I'd prefer to see it on someone else's table, with them having cooked it and invited me over. But that's extraneous information, huh?

5. What was your favorite television program when you were a kid? What characters do you remember the most?

Emergency!   I had a major crush on paramedic Johnny Gage.  Major.  I thought his sidekick Roy DeSoto looked really old. He was probably only mid-30's. Nurse Dixie at Rampart General Hospital was another I adored, but Johnny Gage... Oh, my.  I was only in 3rd grade, but he was my guy.  

6. What was the last piece of 'art' you made?

Since the word is in quotation marks, I guess it means "so-called art" ? That would be the Indian headband I made a couple days ago for the main character in our upcoming school play. Red Chief needs and the director heard that I was "artsy".

7. What frustrates you most about the Internet?
Losing connection!  Or is it that I can't remember from one computer (laptop, desktop, iPad, phone) how to reconnect when said frustration happens.  "You just do this, Mom....and bam. Connected.  I showed you that like twelve hundred times before."

Wonder what my 13-year-old's frustration is with the internet?

8.  Insert your own random thought here.

You want to hear about a real-live miracle? I have GOT to tell you this. Just before Easter my cousin (the one who'd been in the hospital for 2.5 months) sent out a Facebook plea . "Pray not for me but for my best friend's niece, Hailey, who is in her 20's.  She was working out when she collapsed from a cardiac arrest. It doesn't look good."  

The family flew in from all parts of the country to her bedside to say goodbye to their beloved  Hailey.  I prayed, too, though it sounded like only a shred of hope remained. I thought how sad to bury a child EVER, but at Easter time?

Please watch this clip that is nothing short of God answering prayer and showing His power to a watching, praying world. 


Theresa said...

Thanks for sharing that clip. Praise God! He is the giver and sustainer of life.

A Joyful Chaos said...

God is good!

Joyce said...

God is still in the miracle business : ) I bet my girls have a similar 'Internet' frustration-ha! I passed Emergency when I was scrolling channels the other day. It's still out there in reruns I guess. I don't remember being hooked on that one, Bobby Sherman and David Cassidy were my celebrity crushes.

Elizabeth Day said...

What an amazing story! God be truly praised for His faithfulness. Thanks for sharing this.

Life SPW said...

Thank you for sharing the story about answered prayer. I love hearing those wonderful stories about the grace of God's answers to fervent prayer.

Your story about forgiveness is so true. It's a difficult lesson to learn but once we do...FREEDOM! May God continue to bless you!

Lea said...

Love your answer to #3, yes, so freeing and only holds us in bondage without it.

Great chicken answer and random thought was fantastic!!!!

Carrie Bullock said...

Oh my gosh I totally forgot about Emergency! Loved that show!
Ha ha, I'm sure my kids answer to internet problems would be that I was on it!
Loved that clip/story. God is Good, all the time. All the time, God is good.

Pamela said...

Stopping by from the Wednesday Hodgepodge - it's my first week. What an amazing story - #HaileyStrong really is an answer to prayer! It's nice to meet you.

D&S said...

Hi Friend!!! Sorry I've been so MIA lately... I've missed our chats! I loved your answer to #3... what a miracle THAT is. And wow - an investment property, eh? I can certainly tell you the ins and outs of owning a rental! Email me any time, dear!