Today marks the 300th edition of The Wednesday Hodgepodge! Who knew, all those years ago we’d still be going strong? We definitely wouldn’t still be doing this without our superb hostess, Joyce, that’s for sure! Her questions, her visits and comments to each of us, and let’s not forget she provides the ‘linky’ for us, as well. Thanks, Joyce, for ALL you do! Congratulations on this milestone, and I’m honored to be able to say I’ve participated in all 300 of your Hodgepodge editions! P.S. I love the new button, too!
Now, for today’s questions:
1. What is one area of your life where you’re a perfectionist? Is that a good thing?
I’m not nearly as much of a perfectionist as I used to be. Age has a way of doing that to ya’. One thing I’m still very particular about is how our Christmas decorations are displayed and how our Christmas trees are decorated. And yes, I said “trees” because I decorate four of them.
It’s probably not a good thing that I’m so particular about such things, but that’s the way I roll.
2. What’s something you find perfectly ridiculous?
People’s obsession with their cell phones/social media. It’s both sad
and ridiculous and sad, at the same time. (please read “Random” below)
3. What’s a skill you’ve developed by way of that old-fashioned saying, ‘practice makes perfect?
Cooking! I’ve had years of practice. I’m especially skilled at making cornbread because Ed would happily eat it with every meal, if I’d cook it.
4. What’s your idea of a perfect breakfast?
I always look forward to pancakes and sausage. We only treat ourselves to this meal once a week, on Sunday mornings, and Ed’s the cook!
5. What’s a trip, holiday, vacation, or day outing you’ve taken that you’d rate a perfect 10? Tell us why.
To me, our most memorable trip was a summer trip back in 2002 when we went to Nashville, Tennessee. We were accompanying our youngest son to FBLA’s Nationals, because he’d won the state competition in Banking/Finance, during his junior year of high school. We stayed at The Gaylord Opryland Hotel (all expenses paid) and it was beautiful! We also went to a show at the Grand Ole’ Opry, visited The Country Music Hall of Fame, and took a tour of some of country music stars’ homes. (I saw where Alan Jackson lives!) We also drove over to Memphis, Tennessee, and visited Elvis Presley’s home, Graceland. Fun times!
6. What quote or saying perfectly sums up your life right now? If you can’t do perfect, how about one that comes close?
“Money talks. Mine says goodbye.” Medical bills, dental bills, the IRS… Need I say more?
7. How would you spend $300 today?
I’d probably give it to Ed to help pay the balance on the permanent crown he’ll be getting at the dentist, tomorrow. Goodbye money.
Yesterday, my daughter shared this devotion with me. There’s so much wisdom and truth in it. Please take a moment to read…
Engaging in My Own Life by
“You have made my days a mere handbreadth; the span of my years is as nothing before you. Everyone is but a breath, even those who seem secure.” Psalm 39:5 (NIV)
We snuck the old 8 mm movie cylinders out of the home. The box was broken down on one corner, and the blue cases inside were fragile.
I remember the first time I watched them. My mother-in-law took out the archaic projector. She flashed the films on the wall. Some of the films were fragile, and they’d break over and over as she tried to show them. Soon, technology changed so much we couldn’t watch them anymore. The box got dustier and pushed back further in the closet.
We took the box out secretly, because we didn’t want to get her hopes up. I went to a local vendor and asked if there was anything he could do. He took those precious memories out of my hands and promised to try.
A few days later he called me back. He did it!
When we gave my mother-in-law the DVDs that held over 50 years of her life on them, she wept.
So did I.
Way back then, when the flickering film was projected in her living room, I appreciated it, but I didn’t see it the way she did. Those films held pictures of her mom and dad. They showed how chaotic it was for her to be a young mama. She treasured them because life was changing. She was a grandma, and some of those precious people were no longer in her life.
As we watched the movies this time, my mother-in-law sat nearby. Her hands shook; she now uses a walker to get around.
Today, I’m the grandma. Many of the people who seemed so young back then are no longer here.
In today’s passage, the psalmist describes life as a handbreadth, which is a measure of four fingers. It indicates how brief life is. While the writer of this psalm lamented that he put too much emphasis on wealth and things of the world, I’m reminded of other distractions.
I admit that sometimes I live as if my precious moments aren’t valuable. I take people for granted. I disengage as I scroll through social media, while real live people whom I love are nearby. I pile on work and activities, promising to spend time with those I love on another day.
It’s so tempting to value what has no lasting value at all and overlook what we’ll one day label a treasure.
That night, I looked around the room. I took in the faces one by one, appreciating something about each of them. I put my phone in my purse. It wasn’t nearly as important as talking to the one next to me. The room was crowded and noisy, and I realized that one day it would be quiet — for those little ones would be all grown up.
We shot our own videos that day with our phones and snazzy technology. One day, we’ll look back at those and laugh. We’ll weep at who is no longer with us. We’ll talk about how young we all were.
My hope is that I’ll watch it and know I didn’t live those moments disengaged or distracted. That I engaged in my own life in the handbreadth of time I was given, valuing all those I love.
Heavenly Father, despite what’s distracting me from the goodness right in front of me, show me the true value. I may not be able to put it aside fully, but show me how to give it the proper place in my heart and my life. Lord, help me treasure precious moments as memories in the making. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
TRUTH FOR TODAY:
Psalm 144:4, “They are like a breath; their days are like a fleeting shadow.” (NIV)