Monthly Archives: January 2017

Verse #5 – Deuteronomy 6:5: Love the Lord Your God

Verse #5 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. - Deuteronomy 6:5 One of the incredible things about the Bible is this. We could read it a hundred times from just as many vantage points and never wear it out. Some of it is difficult to understand (God's ways are higher than ours), but some of it is clear. So very clear. Take Verse #5 of our 2017 memory verse challenge, for instance.  Read this one from any angle, and the instructions are still clear as a bell.  The whole

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An Honest Review of Untuckit – Part 3 of 4 Great Places to Treat the Man in Your Life

 "Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society." - Mark Twain Idea #3 on my list of  great Austin places to treat the man in your life fits right in with the theme of the previous two. These ideas won't break the bank, don't require dressing up, and they won't cause your man to feel fussed over too much. Manly men just don't require a lot of fussing over. In fact, They will usually appreciate any old crumbs you throw their way. If you've already treated the man in your life to a hot, lathered

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Leviticus 20:7 and Numbers 14:18 – The Rules and the Redemption of God

(Note: In order to share all 66 verses I'm memorizing with my granddaughter this year, I'll have to double up a time or two.  This is a good time to combine two verses into one week, because these two principles go together like a hand in a spiritual glove. God's requirements for man - and God's provision when man just doesn't measure up.) Verse #3 Consecrate yourselves and be holy, because I am the LORD your God.   Leviticus 20:7 I have loved being a parent, but I haven't done everything right - or at times even well! While

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Coffee and Dessert at Cipollina (a West Austin bistro)

I haven't yet reached the place in blogging where people pay you to write nice things about them.  However, I've already decided what I will say when that time comes. I will only write about you if I can say nice things.  Especially when it comes to restaurants, I know that people work hard for their money, so I just don't want to call attention to any of them in a negative way.  We can leave that to the health department. If you see it on my blog, you'll know it was good. Even if they pay me to say it.  Now that we have that

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4 Great Places to Treat the Man in Your Life (Part 2)

We have a running joke between us. My man has a natural instinct for what works and what doesn't. What should be watched out for and what should be jumped into. What's gonna stink and what's gonna smell like roses. Except when it comes to movies.  We don't know how this can happen so inexplicably often, but he just can't pick a movie. We've sat through some really long and grueling this-is-two-hours-of-my-life-I'll-never-get-back films, preceded by him begging me to let him try just one more time. This one will be good, he

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2. The Jealousy of God – Exodus 34:14

My idea of memorizing a verse from each book of the Bible with my granddaughter required some research on my part. In my mind, there was no way to overstate the importance of the scripture selection or understate the impact those scriptures would have over the course of her lifetime. But...how was I supposed to narrow down, from every rich page of God's holy word, just 66 verses for us to memorize?  Taking this job anything but lightly, I took my time and asked God for his direction. Here are the four criteria I used in

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Soup and Sandwich – at Garbo’s Food Truck

There are at least two things about parenting that they just don’t tell you in the manual.  1. You can’t really practice ahead of time how to use a rectal thermometer.   2. PTA will wear you completely out... in a very good way. The year we moved to the country so that our 5th grade son could raise and show pigs (yikes!), our rural school district was bursting at the seams. There were three schools in the district: elementary, middle and a brand new high school.  That meant that the parent/teacher organizations had to work

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4 Great Places to Treat the Man in Your Life (Part 1)

Don't ask ME how a man with a foot-long beard can be an expert on a straight-razor shave. Don't ask ME what it is about a barber shop that draws tattoo-clad stylists. Don't ask ME why I never knew it was such a big deal. But, do ask me if your man will like it. I will tell you, straight-up, that your man will love a straight-razor shave at Finley's Barber Shop. Remember how Andy Griffith was always hanging with his peeps at Floyd's barber shop? Well, I guess this is why.  No women, no pink, no perfumes.  Just

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In the Beginning

In the beginning. Three very powerful words. Pregnant with possibility, those words. In the beginning, I had no idea how we had gotten there.  After a long, hard haul... After a season of much despair... After dinners with consoling friends... After long bubble baths in a tub full of tears... And after counseling with our pastor... She was born.  Three very powerful words. Packed with possibility, those words. Together, we started afresh. Together, we napped while her Mama was at work. Together we danced

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Chicken and Waffles at Forthright

At the previous law firm where I worked, we had a white board. It hung inconspicuously, clean and dry, on the wall behind my desk - until Fridays. Once a week, when people were bringing donuts to share, and eating their weekly breakfast tacos, and wearing their jeans, I found that my coworkers could let their hair down, just a teensy, and share something about themselves on-the-white-board.  Sometimes I posted a question, like, "What was your favorite summer activity when you were a kid?" Or, at Halloween, "If you

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