Doc – Snow White and the 7 Dwarfs {9.29.16}

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. I think I can learn some lessons from these Disney characters. After all, a friend reminded me years ago…If God can use (talk through) a donkey, He can use (talk through) whomever He chooses. That is comforting when I think of God using me when I feel so unqualified. And, it made me realize that God can even talk through Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

First off, I am going to take a look at Doc. He’s the only dwarf with glasses. Not sure if that is significant but it is noticeable. I really don’t know why his name is Doc in this movie. He never treats anyone as a doctor treats a patient. He never carries a medical bag. He does, however, seem to take on the unofficial role of leader of the 7 dwarfs. They seem to look to him for guidance.doc-searching Even though he appears as scared as the rest of them, he encourages them to search for the intruder in their home.

Doc, think of that name. I don’t think we usually call our medical doctors Doc but I remember two television series where Doc was what they called the doctors in their towns. One was Doc in Gunsmoke played by Wilburn Stone. I started watching westerns with my Grandpa when I was a child and still love them. Doc Adams was sometimes cantankerous but he always came through when people were sick or injured. The other Doc I remember was played by Billy Ray Cyrus in the television show titled Doc. He was a “regular guy” and truly cared about others. He showed compassion for those in need and did his best to meet those needs. Even those of us who are not doctors are called to be compassionate and help meet the needs of others. Colossians 3:12 “Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.” Jesus showed compassion when he fed the 5,000 and 4,000 (Mark 6:34, Mark 8:1-2). He certainly met their needs in a miraculous and marvelous way!

Sometimes I think doctors are seen as those who just make a lot of money at “our” expense but think about it. They truly want to help people or they never would go into that profession. I am truly thankful for doctors, nurses (Samantha and Katie specifically), EMTs, etc. We would be in a mess without them. Jesus gave us the best example of a true doctor, didn’t He? Luke 5:31-32 “Jesus answered them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.” We are all sick and dying with no hope until Jesus comes into our lives.

Back to Doc of the 7 Dwarfs…

Like doctors today who warn us if we are in danger of disease, Doc warned of danger. He told Snow White to be on guard for the evil schemes of the queen and her cunning witchcraft. Jesus also warns us to beware and stay away from witchcraft. Galatians 5:19-21 “The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery, idolatry and witchcraft, hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy, drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.” Well, we all know that Snow White in her naivety fell for the queen’s evil scheme. We must always be on guard. I know that I never expect people to lie to me or deceive me but people are people and some do. We must always be alert and prayed up so that we can discern the good from bad.

Another characteristicdoc-and-dopey of Doc and any good doctor, is comfort. We see Doc comfort Dopey when they all believed Snow White was dead. They were all sad and hurting but he took time even in his own grief, to comfort another. I have found that when we seek to meet the needs of others whether in blessing or comfort, we will be blessed and comforted as well. Here’s what God says, Matthew 5:4 “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.” Of course he wants us to comfort others but true comfort comes from God. He is the only one who can completely love us, comfort us and bring us peace. When we surrender our hearts to God in true repentance and accept the gracious gift of eternal life through Jesus Christ’ sacrifice on the cross, God will give us the Holy Spirit as our blessed comforter. How marvelous – How wonderful – The love of God for us!

Lessons I learned from Doc: Be compassionate. Be Alert. Avoid sin. Comfort others. Let’s follow Doc’s example. Better yet, let’s be Christ-followers. His example is perfect. I think of toddlers or pets who sometimes follow so closely to us that we almost trip on them. I want to be so close to Christ Jesus that if He were to turn around He would trip over me.  How about you? It’s possible! He’s waiting!

How is God speaking to you today? I would love to hear your story. Simply leave a comment. Next up – Grumpy. That should be interesting. Stay tuned.

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Hi Ho Hi Ho, It’s Off To Work We Go {9.21.16}

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. What a movie! What a song! I can’t sing or even think of that song without smiling from the inside out. It just makes me happy.seven-dwarfs One of our grandsons used to love to watch that movie but he called it the “Hi Ho” movie. So, when he wanted to watch it, he asked for “Hi Ho”. There is just nothing like the old Disney movies. Even though they all had their share of evil and some scariness (is that a word?) in them, they always had a happy ending. Those are my kind of movies – happy endings. I also like all the loose ends tied up in pretty bows too so don’t take me to scary movies or those who leave you hanging. Anyway, back to Disney. Their movies are like our lives, aren’t they? Evil, bad times, temptations and goodness all together in one story. But like Disney movies, if we trust in God and follow closely after Him, we will have a very happy ending to our life here on earth. God is using this movie to teach me some lessons about work. Not just the work that people do when they go someplace and get paid for a job they do for a company, anything we do that is a work. Here’s what God says about it:

Colossians 3:23-24 “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.”

That’s the key to being able to happily sing the “Hi Ho” song. It’s all about attitude, isn’t it? This is not a suggestion, it is a command. This scripture does not say “if you work outside the home” or “if you are a stay-at-home parent” or “if you get paid a huge salary” or “if you like your job” or “if they treat you well” or “if you feel like it” or “if people praise you”. It says, WHATEVER YOU DO. Yikes. That means whether you are a movie star on a red carpet, owner of your own company, cleaning toilets, mopping floors, digging ditches, teaching rebellious kids or dishing out fries at McDonalds. I wish I could say that I live out this scripture but I can’t. I think I usually have a good attitude but…there are times! And I have to admit, when I’m dusting furniture, I definitely do not have the right attitude. How about you? Maybe if I sing the song when I tackle less than pleasant tasks, it would make a difference. I’m going to try that. I’ll make sure I’m alone though. Only God can appreciate my singing voice. Come to think of it, I think it’s time to get out the sweeper and get to work.

Colossians 3:23-24 “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.”

snow-white-and-dwarfsFunny how God speaks to us. This time He’s speaking to me through a Disney movie and the attitudes of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. God works in mysterious ways and with the simple (like me), he uses the simple things to teach us. He is so gracious and loving!  I’ll share more lessons from these characters in future posts. Snow White, Doc, Grumpy, Happy, Sleepy, Bashful, Sneezy and Dopey all have something to show us. Stay tuned for more from “Hi Ho”.

Quick One Question Survey for Indianapolis, IN area women {9.7.16}

Hi! I hope you are all enjoying this day. I need to schedule our next Women’s Prayer Gathering in the Indianapolis area and wondered what would work best for the majority.

  1. Weekday morning (around 10:00), or
  2. Saturday morning (around 10:00)

Please leave a comment to give your preference. THANK YOU!  More details to follow after hearing your preferences.

America and Beautiful – a road trip {9.6.16}

We have had the blessing of opportunity in the past to take some road trips. Our first was when our “baby” graduated high school. That was a while back. We took another a couple of weeks ago from our home in Indiana to Mt. Rushmore in South Dakota. It was a wonderful trip. I kept thinking about the song “America the Beautiful” during our travels. We really do live in a beautiful country. The more I visit different areas the more in awe of our Creator I become. Yes. I said Creator. I see His Hand all around me and nature cries out His Glory. No big bang could have done any of what we see (our own bodies testify to that). But, I got off track. Back to the road trip…

I must admit that lately I’ve been discouraged by the number of farm fields I see being sold to housing developers (one of them out our back door). Sometimes I wonder if we are going to sell and buy ourselves out of food sources. But, as we started on our trip and drove through Indiana and Illinois, we saw farm after farm. The flat land showcased all the crop fields which looked like beautiful quilts to me and grazing cattle with homes and barns. It was a beautiful site and encouraging. We saw many windmill farms and some windmills seemingly all by themselves (would love to hear the story behind those). I didn’t get photos of any of this as I was looking through a car window but close your eyes and you can imagine the scenery.

As we drove into and through Iowa, we made some fun stops. We spent some time in Winterset, Iowa with John Wayne (one of our favorite actors oimg_2441f all time) as we visited his birthplace museum. We even had a photo shoot with him. Then an unexpected blessing happened as we were there, I saw the Iowa Quilt Museum and took a tour. While in there, I met Marianne Fons (those of you who quilt know who I’m talking about). That was fun (side note: she is very nice and down to earth). Then, as we drove through Franklin, Iowa we saw a gorgeous lake from the highway that was filled with blooming lily pads. What a sight. We visited the Lewis & Clark museum and saw recreations of boats, etc. and even walked out on a keelboat.

In Iowa and South Dakota we drove through beautiful prairies. The strange thing is that in South Dakota especially, we didn’t see any farms (homes or barns), just cattle. Lots of cattle, mostly black cattle. I kept thinking of the scripture about the cattle on a thousand hills so I looked it up. Psalm 50:10 “for every animal is mine, and the cattle on a thousand hills.” (The Lord speaking) Another unexpected blessing came in the form of sunflower fields. I had never seen a sunflower field before and there were many of them in South Dakota right off the interstate. It made me smile just to look at them. I couldn’t take a photo but did take a video. However, with an 8OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA0 mph speed limit, it just looks like a yellow blur. We drove through the Badlands.

That was really something. A big horn sheep stopped traffic as he walked across the road. That was fun.

We visited Lead, Deadwood, Hill City, Keystone and Custer, SD. Each of these towns has a little different feel and look. (Side note: Be prepared – No sweet tea in South Dakota.)

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Mt. Rushmore was even more inspiring and humbling in person, especially when we heard the stories and facts the park ranger shared with us. Of course, there is the “pinecone story” I wrote about earlier. That is crazy! Another “crazy” was the Crazy Horse monument. It is still under construction but we were told they had made great progress this summer. Still a long way to go– maybe in our great grandchildren’s lifetime it will be done. They do have a nice museum there but it was quite pricey compared with Mt. Rushmore (no federal or state funding).

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Pete even fulfilled a lifelong dream of panning for gold in a creek near Keystone, SD. I don’t know how he did it but that man was squatted down (not a nice word but couldn’t think of a better way to describe it) for about 2 ½ hours. He amazes me. I enjoyed watching him and taking many pictures of the beautiful creek and surrounding area. Custer State Park was another highlight of our trip. We saw antelope, deer, buffalo, and a prairie dog. We drove through one afternoon and saw wildlife right alongside the road but the morning we left, we drove through again and saw a herd of buffalo. Now I had simply prayed to myself that it sure would be cool if we could see a buffalo herd in the distance. We just didn’t see them from a distance, they were on both sides and in the middle of the road. When God answers a prayer – HE ANSWERS BIG TIME!

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I could go on and on but I promised myself I would keep this post as short as I could. We had a wonderful time. We prayed that God would give us opportunities to bless others and He did. But, we were blessed many times by the wonderful people we met, the beautiful weather, and most importantly, God’s presence. I encourage all of you to visit our great country, meet the nice people, and enjoy God’s creation.

Acts 2:28 “You have made known to me the paths of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence.”