Thursday, March 30, 2017

Chickens Really Can Fly

I woke up feeling a little under the weather.
What's better than homemade broth to naturally begin to feel better.

I happened to have a rotisserie chicken from the local market in the fridge - so I put it on to boil (the chicken, silly, not the fridge).

A few minutes after the broth began to boil, I noticed the store had trussed the chicken and the string needed to be removed.  

Not wanting to retrieve the hot chicken from the water, I pinched the string that was sticking up out of the water and cut it.  Now, holding one end of the string, I should simply be able to remove the string with a slight tug. Right?

Hmmm.  Seems they didn't just tie the legs, seems they wrapped about 5 miles of string around the chicken and maybe even took a few detours through the middle of the bird just to make this fun!

Still determined not to remove the whole hot bird from the pot...I tugged.  I pulled. I yanked. I heaved - I...well...

Does the word  TREBUCHET mean anything to you?

Suddenly and without warning - the string DID come out of the pot. But so did  the bird - and trust me - there was nothing simple about it!

As I stood there shocked at the sight of a flying bird in my kitchen - I may have slightly regretted not taking the time to research what I was getting into.

Chickens really CAN fly!  Flying poultry -  might look cool - but the landing- it ain't pretty!

Next time - I really need to make sure there are  "No strings attached"  before I commit to something potentially messy!

(see what I did there?)

“Also it is not good for a person to be without knowledge, and he who makes haste with his feet errs.”    (Or even hands? Perhaps?)

2 Thessalonians 3:10 

For even when we were with you, we would give you this command: If anyone is not willing to work, let him not eat.
(Just for grins...I posted those scriptures in the much neglected - hardly ever used 'Trebuchet'  font )

Can't say I feel better yet, but  yes - it was funny.  Extremely messy - but funny.

Yep.  It happened about this suddenly!

And for those who might remember...Run away!!!

They say you can tell when pasta is done by flinging a piece on the wall.  I don't recommend this for chicken...much less...a whole chicken.

Just Thinkin',


Friday, March 24, 2017

When You Discover You're No Fun!

Watched a movie with the family...and made commentary as it unfolded. Yep...I have become the dreaded "movie talker"!

As I was analyzing the bad theology and social message of a movie that may or may not have included a talking rat and turtles with masks and weapons... I later received this gem:

"Mom you're no fun."

Of course I'm  not.

My job for 30 years, it seems,  has been to systematically suck the fun right out of this family by keeping 4 little buggers alive and out of mouse trap sticky pads, stop them from finger painting with diaper deposits,  teach them that vegetables are not the enemy, and idiots are not dating material, encouraging them not to squander money -time and talent, and mostly...ruin family movie nights by philosophical lamenting.

Apparently...I'm very good at my job of *funsucking (don't say that too fast please)!

As it turns out-I am supposed to always be smiling and only speaking or commenting with joyful insights and approval. Not just during movies...everyday all day, and then I should make cute Pinterest posts telling you all about the joys of parenting...Otherwise- back to the 'No Fun Mom' Corner for me!

This is the part where you now imagine me singing 'this little light of mine....and so forth'!

How exactly did 'fun' become the default expectation in my job description?

What? You mean motherhood is not fun?

I never said that.

Did I mention being misunderstood also seems to be part of this gig?

I Love my kids! I dig being a mother...until...I don't.

At which point I usually run into a closet...slam the door sit still and completely lose my marbles... uttering words like "ungrateful lifesucking monsters"...or "pint sized pains in the..." ask me if I remember  'A Gentle Answer' Turns away wrath- at this particular moment...Umm...Nope!

And usually...mostly...okay often...these trips to the woodshed closet...end by me realizing I actually am lacking in the 'fun' department and asking the God of all creation to help me be content not being everyone's holy spirit.

I want to find joy in these little moments.

I want to take off  the Sherriff's badge of 'Proper Town'.

God has given us a command to love one another and my tendancy to analyze everything as a wife, mom, Nana is often NO FUN!  This can put a damper on the way we love in this house.

When I dare confess this to God, He helps me clean up the sorry mess left behind from the giant pity party raves I throw for myself for being the no fun-movie talker-joy robber!

A bucket of 'forgive me'  and  mop of  grace is usually  a better sanitizing agent to clean the stains  a vomitus monologue of all the ways I am now offended by being told 'I'm no fun' leaves behind. (Grammar police...That sentence is on parole)

God  reminds me that I can move past my lousy reactions...not because of any brilliant religious cleaning solution I have come up with, or by a perfectly justifiable explanation to my family member for my short temper and hurt feelings,  but because He promises never to leave me...even when I blow it.
He gave me Christ as a picture of what forgiveness (given or received) without a guilt trip looks like.

Do I always like the wife/mom/grandma gig? Nope...

Do I always handle myself in a wise mommy Christian sort of way? Nope...

Do I love these imperfect creatures who may or may not be able to rise up and call me blessed ( Ode to Proverbs 31)?

Mommy -wife-sister-friend out their...may I tell you even if you blew it this very still...I have a feeling you're gonna make it just fine. I am NEVER going to tell you to 'Let go and let God' (gag)...

I am not saying throw discernment and teachable moments out the window.

I am telling you to Get a Grip...CHILL...Find a moment to enjoy this wild ride.

When you discover you're no fun...and you will...stop. Chill.

Spend 15 minutes just enjoying your family today and again tomorrow, even if family at your house means only a spouse, a child, several kiddos, a parent, a roomie...whatever your 'another' in the love one 'another' command may be.
Then keep trying again the next day...and the next...not by your might or strength, but by God's ability to help you.

I can't tell you it gets easier...just find the joyful moments and stay awhile.
But... if you ever do need to know how to get dried playdough out of the dogs tail...or why quiet with a toddler in the house means trouble...just call me! I can put my badge back on!

The Mom Formerly Known As No Fun

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Hide In The Cleft

Have you ever been jolted awake with the awful feeling that you over slept and missed a meeting, didn't get the kids to school, forgot that project, or will be late to work? That Netanyahu Final Stage "you blew it" kind of panic?

One morning, I woke up very early (around 5) and had a cup of coffee and went back to sleep.  At 9:00 exactly I jolted out of the bed, adrenaline rushing through my toes and back, in a panic that I had forgotten to get my son to school.  I was up and brushing teeth in the bathroom, zipping through the kitchen trying to figure out what to do first...when I realized it was Saturday, no school.

It took a moment, or twenty, before my heart settled down and I could just think straight to order my day. Wide awake and thinking...why do I not have a constant peace?

There is a peace promised to me when I spend time with the Father, in His word, and through my faith in Jesus Christ.

I have been trying to wake up with thoughts of God and asking HIM to order my day.
Noticing that the "jolting" at one point in time had become a normal response, I purposely have tried to wake up thanking God for another 24 hours of mercy and asking HIM to go with me into my day.

You see, after many years of wandering in what seemed like a desert wilderness, our family was ready to cross into that "promised land". Yet, we all realized, if God was not with us...we didn't want to go.

Again...this morning...Worry over a current need allowed me to panic. It made me forget that God will go with me into each situation. I must ask Him to go with me. I must give Him time in order to see where we shall go.

Like Moses in the desert in Exodus 33, If God was not going into the new place with him, Moses did not want to move one more step.

I so much want God to reveal HIS glory in my life.  I want the 'next' step, move, decision, action, to be what pleases Him and points to HIS glory.  Yet...I still fight the enemy from time to time with the "jolting awake" moments.
 The lack of peace, the fear, the adrenaline moments of self doubt and old habits. The not trusting that God will lead me if only I will follow in faith-moments.

What makes simple believers in Christ waiver?
We believe, Lord help our unbelief.

Sometimes, we forget to take a Sabbath...yes I said TAKE, not observe.  We HAVE to take that precious gift of rest and peace that the Lord instructed us to take.

I will never be able to face God and take in HIS complete GLORY, but I can sit still and wait on Him to pass by and show me just a glimpse of His goodness and mercy, HIS majesty and HIS ability to work out any situation I am currently facing. In order to do so, I must hide myself in Him. I must carve.

If only we were able to hide in the cleft of the rock as Moses did long ago.

But, I think we can...

The difference between Moses and us? WE have to carve out the cleft...carve out TIME, carve out margin into our day to hide ourselves away from the noise and to do lists. We must hide in the cleft and wait for the Lord to PASS BY!

Where is YOUR Cleft?  Carve out a place, a space, time...maybe it's the Lazy Boy in the corner...maybe it's the back porch when the sun comes up. Maybe you, as I have had to do, need to literally sit in your closet with the door shut and invite the God of the Universe to invade your pass by in such a way that the glory of His presence shines on your face.

Catch a glimpse of God today...carve out some time...Hide in the Cleft of the Rock of your salvation; Jesus is the Rock. He is written into every page of scripture.
                                         (Photo by Kathy Lonsinger Petra Jordan 2007)

What about:
-That job?
-That relationship?
-That marriage proposal?
-That move?
-That activity in your kid's school?
-That health issue/decision/fear?
-That time spent watching football, HGTV, endless HULU and Netflix shows?
-That money you are about to spend?
-Those words you are about to speak?

Would you evaluate how you are spending your time, treasure, and talent and ask: "God, Are you in this? God, is this an activity/decision that brings glory to you in my life?".

If the answer is NO...carve it out too...

When you emerge from the place you carve out today...maybe you could go read the account of Moses in Exodus and see how even he knew it was not worth it to leave the desert to go into a promise land without God leading him.

May this be a time of reflection. Life changing.
May God bless you and show you favor as you hide yourself in the cleft of the Rock!

Just Thinkin',

15 For Moses had said, “If you aren’t going with us, don’t let us move a step from this place. 16 If you don’t go with us, who will ever know that I and my people have found favor with you, and that we are different from any other people upon the face of the earth?”
17 And the Lord had replied to Moses, “Yes, I will do what you have asked, for you have certainly found favor with me, and you are my friend.”

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Gilligan Theology

I awakened in the wee hours today, and after reading my Bible, watching the news,  then seeing an episode of  Gilligan's Island on reruns -- 
It occurs to me that some of us have a "Gilligan" philosophy of theology.

We get stuck. 
We whine. 
We choose alliances for today's episode. 
We whine some more. We fear the dangers of the new island. 
We stare at the hole in the boat. 
We blame the others on our island. 
We get cozy in our hammock on the island of "stuckness" and stay, well...stuck! 

After all, they had enough material in Ginger's wardrobe alone to make sails, had a professor who could build a nuclear reactor using bamboo, a coconut, palm fronds and flower pollen, boat?

"Skipper, Instead of building that table so we can dine on coconuts, berries, crab and Mary Ann's banana cream pie for the rest of our days, how 'bout we build a boat!"

I know, I know...some of you are thinkin' "Who doesn't love banana cream pie and fresh crab (extra melted butter)?  But everyday? Even this sort of manna would quickly turn to mundane.

Friends, we are not stranded! Some of us are simply temporarily run aground.

God knows EXACTLY what island you are on and sees your spiritual GPS footprint. 

You may not have a yacht (Ode toThurston and Lovey) but you have resources; wisdom, knowledge, the word of God (Bible) each other and (if you are a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ) the power of the Holy Spirit to guide and encourage you.

So, If you ever get stuck on an island with 'bout we work together to get "unstuck"!

What island are you on today? 

*Loneliness Island?
*Isolation Island? 
*Physical limitations Island ? 
*Financial Shipwreck Island?
*Ingratitude Island?
*Fear Island? 
*Anger Island? 
*Complacency Island?
*Ignorance Island?
*Unbelief Island?

Part of getting where we need to go is identifying where we are now!

So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’

I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.
I can do everything through him who gives me strength.

And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.
2Co 9:8

To Escape Your Island

1) Admit you are stuck/stranded

2) Pray

3) Build a Boat (work on the vessel of the mind/body/spirit)

4) Set your course for home (Go to God)

Let's set our GPS for Home

Just Thinkin',


(Gilligan "Home Sweet Home" Photo courtesy Gilligan's Island Fan Club

Sunday, February 26, 2017

An Inconvenient Detour

I saw the quote (below my post) from a friend and I share it bacause It reminded me of something that happened to Richard and I in Beaumont 3 years ago yesterday. 

As I was going into Sam's I dropped my purse... spilling the contents all over the floor. 

For a minute I was grumbling. Then I gathered my things and just as I stood up a young man, Rich and I met awhile back, was standing right in front of me.

Yes, months earlier, Rich and I had done that routine of shopping for supplies then buying a slice of pizza on the way out the door.
We sat down at the little dining area and a few bites into the pizza, a young man asked,
"Ma'am, do you have to have a Sam's card to buy that and is it expensive?" I said no, if you are in the store you can pay with cash. 

He told us he was waiting (very nervously) for a job interview. Richard talked with this young man and encouraged him, gave him some advice on basic interview etiquette, prayed with him and then quietly gave the store manager money to buy Tyler a pizza after the interview.

Tyler was just a few months younger than our son who was away at school in Tyler was Our baby boy-man child for that afternoon.

So...time passed...and a spilled purse later...there was Tyler with "I know you!" and a big bear hug and... he was wearing a Sam's vest.

I would have missed him if my purse hadn't spilled!

On my friends post: "- I pray that God allows you to use an "inconvenience" or perceived interruption to your schedule today to minister to someone.-"

Ironically...It was Tyler who ministered to me. I needed that hug.

Praise God right in the middle of your "inconvenient" today!

Just Thinkin,

And Moses said to the people, “Fear not, stand firm, and see the salvation of the Lord, which he will work for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall never see again. The Lord will fight for you, and you have only to be silent…” (14:13-14)

Monday, December 19, 2016

Christmas Eve Dinner Advice: Don't Forget The ICE!

by Adrianne Lonsinger

A friend is hosting her first Christmas Eve dinner at her house and...she's pregnant.
She asked for advice, so I sent this:

"I don't know how formal you want to be but I tend to forget paper plates, plastic utensils, napkins, cups, etc.

I also always forget ice.
Every. Dang. Time... I forget ice.
You'd think I'd learn!

I did a pork loin roast two years ago. It was so simple. You can even buy them pre marinated and it cooks fast because it is smaller. Everyone loved it!

~Expect things to go wrong, because ...well...they will.

~Something will burn.

~You will be out of something you were certain you had enough of.

~Something will get broken.

Try to go with the flow and remember, ultimately... it's about family being together celebrating the birth of Our Lord...even if you end up having to order a pizza!

I was 6 months 'preggers'  when I decided to make an entire Christmas Eve dinner --  for the first time  -- ever -- by myself.

I wrote out a schedule.

~when to start preparing certain dishes
~when things needed to go into the oven

Praise Jesus -- my Mother In Law came over a bit early "Just in case" I needed some help.

She rescued the creamed spinach, saved the gravy, salvaged the cookies, and most importantly, emotionally reassured me 1000 times that everything would be fine.

So, the moral of the story, have backup.... focus on family...include 'WHEN TO TAKE THINGS OUT OF THE OVEN' on your schedule...and...


Merry Christmas

About the Blog Guest Writer

Adrianne Lonsinger is a Stay at Home Mom of two and an Interior Designer.

Adrianne enjoys reading, baking, Bible Study, collecting recipe books, crafting, and she is a Home Staging Designer available to For Sale By Owner sellers or through your  Oklahoma City/Tulsa Metro Area Realtor.

Adie is taking reservations for private home and corporate seasonal design/staging and interior decor change.

Let Adie help direct yours.

Thanks, Adie, for sharing your Christmas Dinner Advice.

A G A Ministries

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Christmas Menu


Is what Christmas at our house looks like in my head.

Along with a fantastic menu and lots of cookies...


Is closer to the reality.

Some of us are having trouble with the world's idea of what Christmas should be this year.

Know I am praying for those of you...of us...that are having trouble "adulting" this season.

The Christ Child gave up His idea of what royalty should look like ( yes grammar with that sentence)!

A manger for feeding animals was never meant to hold a King...but this is how God chose to save us. Christ The King
The babe...The Son...

Hope is not found in your perfect decorations and lights...but is THIS... THIS VERY LIGHT that lay in that manger.

I pray you find peace even if this is a tough time for you just now. Whatever the loss, the disappointment, the fear, the lonliness, the pain-physical or spiritual- Christ the Savior was born...Christ the King was crucified, died, buried, conquered the grave...for you.

That child...the Jesus the man who loves you and will never leave you. Cling to Him.
Joy to the World...the Prince of Peace knows you.

Do you know Him?
Not just do you sing and wassil and gift around who He is...the child in a manger...but do you know the truth of the Christ? Even prophets hundreds of years before his birth knew he would one day come to save us.

IS WHAT CHRISTMAS LOOKS LIKE...IN MY HEART...But most importantly...
In scripture...

Romans 10:9-13New American Standard Bible (NASB)

[a]that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved;10 for with the heart a person believes, [b]resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, [c]resulting in salvation.11 For the Scripture says, “Whoever believes in Him will not be[d]disappointed.” 12 For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, abounding in riches for all who call on Him; 13 for “Whoever will call on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

This year...won't YOU...
Crown HIM...Lord of ALL!

With love,

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