What Whine Goes With Cooked Goose?

Written by Rev. James L. Snyder

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Then it happened.

I went intorepparttar bathroom to shave and get ready forrepparttar 118096 day. The first thing I noticed was a piece of paper taped on my mirror withrepparttar 118097 words in bold print, "Don't forget to pick up our grandson at 2:30." I chuckled as I pulled it offrepparttar 118098 mirror.

I finished dressing and headed forrepparttar 118099 kitchen. When I went to pour a cup of coffee there is a piece of paper taped onrepparttar 118100 coffeepot. "Don't forget to pick up our grandson at 2:30."

I openedrepparttar 118101 refrigerator door to fix my breakfast and taped inside was a piece of paper. "Don't forget to pick up our grandson at 2:30."

This was getting to be a little ridiculous. Taped onrepparttar 118102 television screen was another piece of paper. "Don't forget to pick up our grandson at 2:30."

In fact, all overrepparttar 118103 house were little pieces of paper: "Don't forget to pick up our grandson at 2:30."

I could not believerepparttar 118104 love of my life did not trust me with this assignment. I will confess to you, my feelings were just a little bit hurt at this lack of confidence.

You think you know somebody and then they treat you like this. To say I was indignant is to grossly underestimate my feelings atrepparttar 118105 time.

I took it, however, likerepparttar 118106 man I am and went about my business forrepparttar 118107 day.

When I came home for lunch I sawrepparttar 118108 notes again, which refueled my indignancy, but I refused to let that get me down.

I headed back for my office and tucked inrepparttar 118109 back of my headrepparttar 118110 2:30 appointment.

Back inrepparttar 118111 office, I busied myself with my work forrepparttar 118112 day. I must sayrepparttar 118113 work was going extremely well. Atypically,repparttar 118114 telephone did not ring once. It was absolutely heaven.

I glanced at my watch and noted that it was 2:55 and congratulated myself with a good day's work. As I looked at my watch, I hadrepparttar 118115 feeling I was overlooking something. I racked my brain, but nothing came.

Thenrepparttar 118116 telephone rang. As it rang, a light- bulb went on in my head. When I picked uprepparttar 118117 phone my wife was onrepparttar 118118 other end and simply said, "Don't forget to pick up our grandson at 2:30" and hung uprepparttar 118119 phone.

A familiar feeling crept into my mind; my goose was cooked and it was well done.

"Pride goeth before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall. Better it is to be of an humble spirit withrepparttar 118120 lowly, than to dividerepparttar 118121 spoil withrepparttar 118122 proud. He that handleth a matter wisely shall find good: and whoso trusteth inrepparttar 118123 Lord, happy is he." (Proverbs 16:18-20 KJV.)

The Reverend James L. Snyder is an award winning author whose writings have appeared in more than eighty periodicals including GUIDEPOSTS. In Pursuit of God: The Life of A. W. Tozer, Snyderís first book, won the Readerís Choice Award in 1992 by Christianity Today. Snyder has authored 8 books altogether.

Queen Shopper for a Day

Written by Joyce C. Lock

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The outside temperature registered to be 18 degrees. And, on top of that, if you haven't experiencedrepparttar Northern winds, you know nothing yet of cold. The inside of a refrigerator is warmer than here. What was I thinking?

Mustering allrepparttar 118095 common sense that remained within me, I maderepparttar 118096 conclusion it was time to put on my coat.

Being that it was only as far asrepparttar 118097 next corner andrepparttar 118098 fact that they carry some of my most favorite 'no brand name' junk food,repparttar 118099 next stop was Aldi's; where someone had left a cart inrepparttar 118100 parking lot. No doubt, they hadn't worn a coat, either.

So, I saved another 25 cents andrepparttar 118101 nice part is thatrepparttar 118102 cart was still warm! Therefore, it was with quick speed that I made it insiderepparttar 118103 store. (Awe, warmth! We should never be without it.)

Another shopper said, "This is much warmer than yesterday," and all she wore extra were gloves. Isn't that just like people, to rub it in?

As it worked out, I guessed and managed, and didn't spend more thanrepparttar 118104 unplanned cash in my billfold. And with that, now I know to only put half as much in your cart and you won't run out of money.

However, with my mad dash for sunshine (which was now gone 'only God knows where'), I had forgotten to bring grocery bags (or even to grab empty boxes inrepparttar 118105 store) and there was no way I was purchasing store bags and squander my savings; even if they are only 3 cents each.

Therefore, as you might have guessed, groceries were strewn, intorepparttar 118106 back seat ofrepparttar 118107 car,repparttar 118108 quickest way they would land. But hey, I gotrepparttar 118109 quarter out ofrepparttar 118110 cart before leaving. Sure, I had spent forty some dollars there. But, I came out a quarter richer. Now, you can't beat that. Though, I sure am glad they didn't require blood!

The next stop was to get gasoline, only because hubby said I needed to. If anyone had asked me, I'd rather have strolled intorepparttar 118111 garage on fumes.

And of course, this gas station just happened to be one of those with a nasty sign that says you actually have to remain outside ofrepparttar 118112 car untilrepparttar 118113 gas pump stops. The next time, I may just fill uprepparttar 118114 car whenrepparttar 118115 gas tank is almost full ~ as I wasrepparttar 118116 one shrunk behindrepparttar 118117 pump, hiding fromrepparttar 118118 wind. For real, I could have peed faster than this!

But, as they say, "All is well that ends well," and I finally made it home. However, byrepparttar 118119 time I got allrepparttar 118120 groceries drug from out ofrepparttar 118121 car, on both sides, I was beginning to have visions of grandeur.

The computer chair looked like such a cozy retreat, it was calling my name. Only, wouldn't you know, groceries still needed putting away. I declare, a woman's work is never done. I think I heard that somewhere before. But, as luck would have it, I, somehow, survived.

As forrepparttar 118122 rolls of Christmas wrapping paper still inrepparttar 118123 trunk, who cares?

The following day, I openedrepparttar 118124 trunk ofrepparttar 118125 car and showed hubby my great find; and got crowned Queen Shopper for a Day. He was so pleased atrepparttar 118126 savings that he took care of putting awayrepparttar 118127 rolls of paper.

It's a good thing that we actually have places to store these special finds. So, be forewarned, Wal-Mart, onrepparttar 118128 next sun shining day, I'll be headed your way!

Though, inrepparttar 118129 event you haven't guessed,repparttar 118130 moral of this story is ... even ifrepparttar 118131 sun is shining, as long as there is still snow onrepparttar 118132 ground, it's just a mirage.

© 2005 by Joyce C. Lock http://groups.yahoo.com/group/smilesharing/

Joyce C. Lock is a published author, poet, and columnist. In addition, she founded and maintains the e-mail ministries "Heavenly Inspirations" http://groups.yahoo.com/group/HeavenlyInspirations/ and "Share a Smile" http://groups.yahoo.com/group/smilesharing/. Joyce's writings encourage us in our relationship with God and each other.

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