Tuesday, March 20, 2018

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...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',


Sunday, January 28, 2018

Got Rocks in Your Beans? Examine, Sort, Rinse, Soak

Ever bitten down on a rock? It happens. No I don't mean on purpose. Not many of us set out to chew gravel...well, not many relatively sane among us do. But, I once chomped on a rock that snuck (it's a word ya know) into a bite of beans.

I am soaking beans today in order to fix a wonderful pot of ham and beans that will sit nicely next to a pan of homemade cornbread. But before I could just rush in and throw the beans in a pot on the stove, I had to rinse the beans and then soak them for a long period of time.

I remember as a little girl I wondered why my dad (the ultimate ham and beans chef) soaked the beans overnight before starting to cook them.  
The answers range from getting the "gassiness" (Yes that is now also a word...I said so) to letting the impurities rise to the surface to be washed away.

Today, I read the following message of actual instruction on the bag (the beans came in):

"Although we clean these beans, stones and debris may be present. For best result, examine, sort and rinse prior to use. Depending on water hardness, soaking time may vary. "

Reminds me of the stones of the heart and debris of sin that may be present in my life. 

*Have I hardened my heart toward God or someone in any area of my life?

*Is there debris from my past that needs to be recognized and cleansed away?

*Do I have anxious thoughts that need to be examined and rinsed in faith?

*Do I need to "soak" in God's word to get the best results in my life?

*Is there an annoying "gassiness" or hot air in my Christian talk, walk, attitude?

*How about you? Do you need to stop breaking teeth on the gravel of sin?

Psalm 51:1-3 Generous in love—God, give grace!
    Huge in mercy—wipe out my bad record.
Scrub away my guilt,
    soak out my sins in your laundry.
I know how bad I’ve been;
    my sins are staring me down.

Sorting and rinsing...Instructions here.

As for "soaking time may vary"...It may take a lifetime...Sanctification. Keep rinsing... it's a good thing!

Just Thinkin',


P.S.  No animals were harmed in the making of this post...however, grammar was slightly abused.

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Marriage...The Real Story

(Original Publication Date 12/31/15   Reposting for a dose of real!  Happy 34th Richard!)

This is where I am supposed to post somethin' clever about 32 years of blissful marriage, to my soul mate, and list a bunch of syrupy sweet qualities Richard possesses...Thanking my 4 brilliant and perfect children, parents, daughter-in-law and grandbabies... especially... for helping me become the person I am today!!!

Now...The Real Story:
The reality is... we probably had 9 really great years, 2 years of Awesome, and 21 years of what the heck were we thinkin'!!!

Yep ...32!

28 years of which we've been parents...which means we've been sleep deprived for almost 3 decades! (To my daughter in law...look away...oh...wait...you are binge watching something on Netflix while the kids are napping...so you aren't on facebook today so we should be ok...I did not want to discourage her)
So...I am not posting the cute photo again showing us in White Tuxedos at my Senior prom..or our wedding picture which makes us look so thin...not gonna spend 10 minutes trying to suck in stuff and turn at just the right angle to get a selfie that shows how cute we are today...

We pretty much got up at 3 a.m. 'cause one of us had to pee...can't remember, cause it ends up being both eventually anyway! So as Richard (who NEVER takes naps...as far as you know)...brought me coffee and laid (lie...um.. lay...who cares) back down...I am caffeine buzzed up and thinkin' "What clever tribute can I write on Facebook for our anniversary?"

Well...I got nuthin'. Except...marriage... (some of you just had a "Maaaawij....Maaaawij is what bwings us ta-gevaaaa" moment didn't you?)

Marriage is a blessing-Weddings are simple...Marriage is tough. Marriage is a challenge. Marriage sucks! Marriage is priceless! Yep...Marriage may make you feel bi polar! Marriage is a test of commitment and a battle of wills. "I do" and "I will" should be examined carefully as our "will" and our actions need to default to grace a whole lot more than anyone told us in premarital counseling. Marriage is a beautiful mess ...some days beautiful somedays...a mess. 

God ordained marriage. He.Must.therefore.be invited. to. stay! 

Don't send Him home after the wedding. 

You can't do it without Him in the center. 

Marriage is work. 

Marriage can be lonely...spoiler, I know! 

Marriage is supposed to be 2 become 1...right? 

Well...some days our "one" looks a bit like two drunk people in a three legged sack race. 

We pull different directions, clumsy words get in the way and we fall down. 

But we try to get back up! When we slow down and keep in step with God and His instruction...our stride is easier...the goal line seems possible...less dirt and skinned egos. 

Marriage is a challenge...I know I said that already! 

Now...about that whole "soul mate" thingy! It does NOT exist! Stop lookin'! If you're married...that IS the one!

We do sometimes feel like inmates, behave like roomates, act like primates...but there are those awesome moments we treasure when we are well pleased to be mates in this journey together.

Praise God for forgiveness and new mercies every morning...even morning breath mornings!

Someone tell Richard Happy Anniversary here since he doesn't do "facecrack"...um..I mean facebook.
Well, I have to go get ready for my anniversary date with Rich where we will be staring into each other eyes again later...yes...we are picking out glasses with progressive bifocals again. 

Kathy Lonsinger

Saturday, December 30, 2017

How Can I Forgive When THEY Don't Deserve It?

Forgive? You want me to forgive?

But she/he cheated on me?
But they lied to me?
But they stole from me?
But they gossiped about me?
But they hurt my feelings?
But they broke their promise?
But they have forgotten me?

Which one of these excuses  really good reasons is keeping you from the freedom you will find in forgiveness?

Not the offender's freedom...your own!

So many people hurt. Hurt people -Hurt people. You've heard that...nothing new here. But have you applied this to your situation?

Let's look at the 'reasons' from above:

*She broke your heart and cheated on you.  Yet...God still forgives you of adultery/idolatry. Yes, I said adultery/idolatry in the form of having other things/people/gods before Him.

*He lied to you and now you can never trust him. Yet...God still forgives your own form of deception/lies. (Don't think I don't know some of you have an 'Innocent secret' or two. Now go get that hidden stash of chocolate out of the drawer and put the shirt you bought out in the open not in the back of the closet since you both agreed on a budget!)

*They stole from you. Yet...You have taken...stolen... an idea, time away from God, tithes belonging to God, actually theft of material property or for some of you plagiarism...stepping on toes...yep!

*They gossiped about you. Yet...you listened to them intently last time they talked about someone else, and yes, God has forgiven you...because you asked Him.

*They hurt your feelings.  Yet...God has forgiven you many times of this very thing. A misplaced look, an ill timed or harsh word, and any number of other ways we have hurt each other- have been covered by Grace.

*They broke a promise to you.  Yet...God has forgiven your many broken promises, and yes you have broken a promise whether you meant to or not. How do I know?  Ummm....HUMAN!

*They forgot about you.  Yet...God, in His overwhelming mercy has waited for you on occasion to come sit quietly with Him.  Have you ever forgotten to thank  Him? To spend time with Him?

I know all these devastating hurts are difficult to move past. "It takes time" we hear.
"No one understands" we think. "I am not ready to forgive, I am hurt" you say.

"None of this applies to me...I'm fine" you say.

"But those other things are petty compared to adultery" you're thinkin' right now.

It is a common lie to say adultery is only a sexual sin.
It is actually also theft.

It steals, murders, and destroys.
It steals some one's heart and body not intended for you, murders marriages, and destroys the spirit of one you cheated on.
I am not asking you to give a blessing or condone or overlook. We are to confess our sins one to another and ask God to forgive and then ask those we have hurt to forgive us. Oh, and by the way...STOP IT!

Some of you reading this think "these things don't happen to good people or favored people".
We see some folks lives and think they have it easy and they have such an accomplished life and yet can't help think, "Why am I  stuck in this place of broken.
Broken dreams
Broken promises
Broken marriage
Broken spirit
Broken hearted
...while their life seems so easy."

Please don't be fooled. Even in Christian or "churchy" circles it is very easy to mistake accomplishment for goodness. Even accomplished Hurt Christians...hurt Christians.

Without confession of our sins and the forgiveness that was extended to us on a cross over 2000 years ago, we have no goodness. Even when we know this, we can still make choices that hurt one another. Jesus addressed this so often by telling us how we are to treat ONE ANOTHER and one of the things we are to do is to FORGIVE ONE ANOTHER.

Everyone has had someone hurt them or disappoint them. The choice to stay hurt is up to the one unwilling to forgive. The choice...is up to YOU!
We have to stop classifying sins into categories such as sexual sins, emotional sins, petty sins. PETTY sins don't exist. Sin...IS SIN.

I have had to ask forgiveness and extend it and at times it feels like chewing gravel. Do it anyway!
I am not in anyway saying to forgive and forget, no harm no fowl, and let's all just have a party and a round of Kumbaya. I am suggesting that the key that opens prison cells...your prison cell of bitterness, anger, disappointment, loneliness, shame, embarrassment, brokenness or any prison trapping you in an emotional cell, is the key of FORGIVENESS.

Trust God with the consequences to the other person. Trust God with the new path ahead when you are willing to let go.

Trust God that while we were yet sinners...Christ died for us you...me.

Hurts...hurt. When friends hurt us, the hurt is too heavy to carry alone. Take it to Christ whose strength is sufficient.

Let us pray for each other...let us pray for ONE ANOTHER!

Who needs your forgiveness?  Who do you need to ask for forgiveness?

Just Thinkin',


Friday, June 23, 2017

Betrayed By The Refrigerator

Ode to My Refrigerator
Kathy Lonsinger                                      (cue Refrigerator Heaven Music)

Why are you are suddenly cold?

Why must you kill the things that trust you to shelter them?

Why did you hate my cilantro so?
Your harsh and biting frost,
Has "squished" any hope my cucumber had to become something big someday (well actually...today).

Was it too much to ask that you remain faithful...constant?

I've sanitized you, bleached you, hung proudly my children's artwork on your door... introduced you to dairy.

I've never even opened another's door since we've been together (well except at Best Buy and the sale was really good...but alas...you are the one I came home to).

Do you understand the joy you have brought to my family the past ten years?
How then could you turn (your temperature) on me?
Are you angry that I have kept some of your old friends away lately? The Carbs, The Fats, and that family I love too...The Sweets?
I've introduced you to many new friends...the Fruit Family, the Veggies, the Proteins.
And while we knew none could stay long...at least you have always had someone to keep you company.

We've tired to repair this brokenness...
You would not cooperate.
This has proven too costly.

We invested so much -- so -- we kept on trying.

Alas, Refrigerator, I think it may be time for you to go...

I must depart...to rescue the ones you did not destroy with your chilled heart... but merely bruised. I must find now a fridge who has better self control.

Don't be sad...your light will still shine in our memory (even though you kept turning it off every time I shut the door)!

I do not hold a bitter grudge and I won't be blue...but I kind of think the new refrigerator should be.

To New Beginnings.



Do you keep trying to nurse along a failing habit, a job, a relationship, an activity that is NOT preserving who you are in Christ?

Either a major repair or starting over may be in order.  ( No...I do NOT mean marriage or divorce...seek Godly counsel)

Call the repair man...
He is always on call.

God promises, “Call unto Me, and I will answer thee, and show thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not” — things exceedingly abundantly above all that we can ask or think. Jeremiah 33:3

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Why Would God Want Me?

Thanks to AUTHOR UNKNOWN...this was on our blog years ago.

Classic story...worth remembering!

A G A Ministries Team

"Sometimes we can't see how God could use us. Maybe you've thought...

I'm not perfect. I have all kinds of problems. I have no ability. I have no gifts. I'm just not worthy. Why would God want me?

Well, did you know that

Moses stuttered.
David's armor didn't fit.
John Mark deserted Paul.
Timothy had ulcers.
Hosea's wife was a prostitute.
Amos' only training was in the school of fig-tree pruning.
Jacob was a liar.
David had an affair.
Solomon was too rich.
Jesus was too poor.
Abraham was too old.
David was too young.
Peter was afraid of death.
Lazarus was dead.
John was self-righteous.
Naomi was a widow.
Paul was a persecutor of the church.
Moses was a murderer.
Jonah ran from God's will.
Miriam was a gossip.
Gideon and Thomas both doubted.
Jeremiah was depressed and suicidal.
Elijah was burned out.
John the Baptist was a loudmouth.
Martha was a worry-wart.
Noah got drunk.
Did I mention that Moses had a short fuse?
So did Peter, Paul - well, lots of folks did.

But God doesn't require a job interview for salvation. He's our Heavenly Father. He doesn't look at financial gain or loss. He's not prejudiced or partial, not judging, grudging, sassy, or brassy, not deaf to our cry, not blind to our need. He know who we are and what we are and loves us in spite of ourselves


He doesn't calculate how you failed again and again. It's not even on the record.

Sure, there are lots of reasons why God shouldn't call us. But if we are in love with Him, if we hunger for Him, He'll use us in spite of who we are, where we've been, what we have done, or the fact that we are not perfect!"

Friday, May 5, 2017

Parents...Parent Please

Hey parents...So here's a shocker...

If you are finding that you are dreading parenting your toddler...Brace Yourself...it is NOT your child's fault.

That's right! I am not writing a touchy-feely "you poor tired parent" "it's not your fault" "you need a break" " you deserve some 'me time' " article.

Nope! Sit down and again...brace yourself.

You have a kid...perhaps kids!

Now pull up your big girl panties (Dad's pull up those boxers) and PARENT!!


Mom and Dad, say what you mean, mean what you say! Stop giving the littles "3" more chances to do what you ask before you turn into yelling psycho parent!
Yes, I have been her at times, and I didn't find it effective!

No...I did NOT say- say what you mean and say it "meanly"!

1) Tell your child what you expect in a way they can understand your expectation.

2)Give clear instruction, firmly but kindly, then inspect what you expect (as soon as possible)

3) Apply appropriate consequences! (Positive or negative)

Obedience is taught with instruction and consequences.

Positive and negative consequences are a reality for adults. Teach this to your children.

No work...no pay check.
No chores done...no activity.

Talk back to boss...fired.
Talk back to parent...no playing with friends or no activity.

Hitting, biting, complete restriction of activity or interactions.

If your child doesn't respond to an instruction, the activity is stopped, the cookie is not given, the play date is canceled, the toy is taken, the electronic gaget is in timeout for the set amount of time.

Please, write this down,

OH...was I yelling? Sorry...I may need a cookie or a nap!

Again, I am NOT blaming your kid! This has worked for them. They have trained you.

The truth is, we give in, give up, give out and our kids are onto us!!

Put down your cell phone, the iPad, the tv remote, the magazine and toss the idea of "me time" out the window in favor of "we time"!

Your family will be exhausted for a few years! That IS the reality. Stick with it and do the work. Parenting is work...WHAT? No one told you?

Well, I am telling you to move any narcissistic tendency you may have (probably because my  generation told you you were a princess or a hero and you had self centered choices way too early) to the trash can.

You may have to unplug and ask someone to keep you accountable, but you will not regret teaching biblical family principals to your kids. Obedience in your home starts with you.

Obey God and parent His way!!

Train up a child...or two...or three...you get the idea!
Read for yourself:


Chin up, now go parent!

Just thinkin',
The Mom Person

Please note...
This blog post is  NOT addressing parents of children with disabilities or a diagnosis...you have counsel and advisors in place, and work with diligence.

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