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I Have Found My Hubbys B-Day Present


Black & Decker Alligator Lopper 

Sweet! Look at the picture of the alligator on it.

Of course, my hubby has cut every single tree down in our yard leaving us melting in the heat during the summer, but in the blustery windy rainy winter, as in today and yesterday, he has protected us from trees falling into the house and killing us.

But tools make the man, right?

From Amazon

Doing Nothing Equals Something


  Forgive us our debts…Matthew 6:12 

 In fact, we can sin against God by omission — by doing nothing.  As James 4:17 tells us, “Anyone, then, who knows the good he ought to do and doesn’t do it, sins.”  Therefore, if we are involved in a conflict and neglect opportunities to serve others (by failing to bear their burdens, gently restore them, etc.), we are guilty of sin in God’s eyes.

Taken from  The Peacemaker: A Biblical Guide to Resolving Personal Conflict
by Ken Sande, Updated Edition (Grand Rapids, Baker Books, 2003) p. 119

Food for Thought

By neglecting to do good, we end up neglecting God.

Have you ever been in a situation and you just knew you were being asked to do something good, say something good, be something good — but you didn’t do it, say it, or be it?  No doubt we all have.  In the wake of those moments, we often feel like we’ve neglected someone.  But how often do we live with the awareness that we’ve neglected God in those moments?

When we do something unto the least of our brothers or sisters, we’re doing it as unto the Lord.  And when we don’t something unto the least of our brothers and sisters, we’re not doing it unto the Lord.  Omission by another name is neglect.  And neglect in God’s eyes is sin. Sincerely confess it to God, and ask him to help you to “do good” in that relationship in the future.


My omission as of late is to not talk about God to non-believers. I talked with my son about this. The neighbor girl is a good example, as is his cousins, who we see on holidays. And his gramma, my mom, who he loves unconditionally.

BUT I can talk blue in the face to him about it, but he needs to see me do it.

I need to talk to my Tupperware lady, the guy down the street who dislikes Christians, the neighbor girls parents, my mother and family. These are actual people who we already have relationships with. Should be easy, right?

I also have a hard time just talking to strangers, being nice and kind. Going out of my way to be the first to smile, say hello, how are you sort of thing. I have fought this for a long time, the reason?

My mother talks to strangers and it always embarrassed me, from the earliest times I can remember it until now. Maybe it was the fact she would tell embarrassing things about me to strangers. Maybe it was because I saw the looks on the people faces behind my mothers back.

Anyway, on Monday, I resolved to talk to people.

1. the young guy at grocery store standing outside looking a bit forlorn, I said Hi, how are you today?.

2. Asked the girl with the crutches and cast on her foot at the craft store what happened to her foot. Of course that led into a conversation about my foot and how it was broken. (she broke hers doing gymnastics)

3. a woman in line before me was buying at least 600 t-shirts, they all had the security tags on them and it was taking some time. So I asked her what she was buying them for and I dropped my stuff and started helping the cashier take off the tags while she rang up. She was buying the t-shirts to send to Mexico for poor kids and we then talked about sending bibles to foreign countries.  She thanked me for the help and I told her ‘bless you’.

My son was with me during all these exchanges and I asked him what he thought. He was ok with all of them except asking the girl about the foot, because I mentioned that he and I were wrestling when it happened to me. (Did I mention the girl was about my sons age, kinda cute, too) 😉

So, it’s pretty painful for me to get out of my comfort zone, so to speak. I’d much rather just hang my head, not get in anybodies way and go about my business of the day.

Is this how Jesus is telling us how to live?

What is your sin of omission?

Blessings, The Home Engineer





Wheelchairs and Penguins


Saturday we went to Costco (warehouse grocery store) to pick up lunch supplies for the boy and the guys carted me around in the wheelchair.

It is an understatement to say it was an experience.

First, what were we thinking going on a busy saturday?

Second, God is teaching me things, things about control.

Like, I don’t have ANY control in a wheelchair.

Like, I DON’T like not being in control.

Like, the guys have very different ideas of how things should be done and in what order. 🙂

I told son this morning what I thought God was trying (and I say trying because I’m fighting to learn/accept it) to doing in my life with this whole foot thing

{which would be working on my control and patience issues} and asked him what he thought God was trying to teach him.

He says, and I quote “Everything. laundry”

[That boy will make a fine husband someday]

So the wheelchair doesn’t have the big wheels to hand push yourself around in.

My son was whizzing me around so fast that I was getting motion sick. And we went from the blankets to the game systems games about 12 times in about 12 seconds. Because that is what he wanted to look at.

Then when I said, enough, let hubby have a ‘chance’ to push me, hubby would then meander along, slow and steady, staring at everything with that ‘man face at Home Depot’ look.

you know the one, glassy eyes, mouth open, neck cocked upward

You guys know the face when you hit Home Depot/car store/book store/hooters [whatever your fancy is] and are in awe of all the ‘stuff’ ! 😉

*Jim, don’t be mad, I love you and thank you for taking care of cranky ole me when I’m down!


If you ever want to learn compassion for someone different than you, walk a day in their shoes…


Riding in a wheelchair is crazy. People don’t see you.

If you are not eye level to someone they look right over you.

And then are miffed when they almost run over you, like you are in their way.

Side Track:

Ya know how when bikers ride by another biker they give them the head nod or cool side wave or whatever bikers do.

Well, disabled people DON’T DO that.

I think I saw 3 people in various forms of being disabled, in wheelchairs and tried to give them a smile, sympathetic nod and such.

nothing. nada.


{Edit: I’m sorry if disabled is not the correct word!}

I have a lot more empathy

2 : the action of understanding, being aware of, being sensitive to, and vicariously experiencing the feelings, thoughts, and experience of another of either the past or present without having the feelings, thoughts, and experience fully communicated in an objectively explicit manner; also : the capacity for empathy

and compassion for those less mobile

1. a feeling of deep sympathy and sorrow for another who is stricken by misfortune, accompanied by a strong desire to alleviate the suffering.

  1 corin 12:12The body is a unit, though it is made up of many parts; and though all its parts are many, they form one body. So it is with Christ. 13For we were all baptized by one Spirit into one body—whether Jews or Greeks, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink.

Ezekiel 4:9 Cereal


Cavman Considers had this post of Ezekiel bread, so when I saw this yesterday, I had to buy it, will use it for topping on yogurt….



9 “Take wheat and barley, beans and lentils, millet and spelt; put them in a storage jar and use them to make bread for yourself. You are to eat it during the 390 days you lie on your side. 10 Weigh out twenty shekels of food to eat each day and eat it at set times. 11 Also measure out a sixth of a hin of water and drink it at set times. 12 Eat the food as you would a barley cake; bake it in the sight of the people, using human excrement for fuel.” 13 The LORD said, “In this way the people of Israel will eat defiled food among the nations where I will drive them.”

I wonder if it was cooked over dung?

Most like our World Famous original Ezekiel 4:9 Bread – this cereal has a simple flavor and can be used as a topping for yogurt, ice cream or as a snack.
INGREDIENTS: Organic Sprouted Whole Wheat, Organic Malted Barley, Organic Sprouted Whole Barley, Organic Sprouted Whole Millet, Organic Sprouted Whole Lentils, Organic Sprouted Whole Soybeans, Organic Sprouted Whole Spelt, Filtered Water, Sea Salt.

And they have Genesis  1:29 sprouted bread:

Inspired by the Holy Scripture verse “And God said, ‘Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of the earth, and every tree, in which is the fruit of a tree yeilding seed; to you it shall be for meat.'”-GENESIS 1:29
INGREDIENTS: Organic Sprouted Whole Wheat, Filtered Water , Organic Malted Barley, Organic Pumpkin Seeds, Organic Sunflower Seeds, Organic Unhulled Sesame Seeds, Organic Unprocessed Wheat Bran, Organic Sprouted Whole Spelt, Organic Sprouted Whole Kernel Corn, Organic Sprouted Whole Soybeans, Sprouted Whole Chia Seeds, Organic Sprouted Whole Barley, Organic Sprouted Whole Millet, Organic Sprouted Whole Rye, Organic Sprouted Whole Brown Rice, Organic Sprouted Whole Kamut, Variety 5-Grain & Seed Blend: (Organic Sprouted Whole Flax Seed, Organic Sprouted Whole Sorghum, Organic Whole Quinoa, Organic Sprouted Whole Teff, Organic Sprouted Whole Amaranth), Organic Wheat Gluten, Fresh Yeast, Sea Salt.

   29 Then God said, “I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food. 30 And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds of the air and all the creatures that move on the ground—everything that has the breath of life in it—I give every green plant for food.” And it was so.

From here

Enjoy Your Weekend!