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A ‘Good Account’

16 Apr

A farmer sent his accounting Border Collie, Seepeeay, off to gather in his eight sheep while Border Collie & Sheephe tended to other chores.

On returning to the sheep pen, the farmer was astonished to find he now had 10 sheep in his pen instead of eight.

He asked Seepeeay to explain.

“Well, Woof!,” he barked. “You asked me to round them up!”

And then there’s the story of Barry, an accountant who was having trouble sleeping at night, so he went to a doctor.

“Have you tried counting sheep?” the doctor asked.

“That’s the problem, Doctor,” Barry said. “I make a mistake, and then have to spend the next six hours trying to find it!”

Have you guessed? It’s almost “Tax Day!”

My (Dawn’s) husband and I visited our friendly accountant-financial adviser. We took all of our paperwork, and everything was going so well until Dave asked Bob, “Um, what’s this?” And he showed my husband our written figure for the year’s Cox Cable bill. It was $10,000 off!

My poor husband. He was, incidentally, suffering from jet lag; but he was so embarrassed by such a silly error.

Now, Dave is a benevolent friend, so he gracefully smiled and corrected the figure. And then I had the thought…

“I’m so glad that when I stand to give account for my life before God, He will look at me through the eyes of grace, because of what Jesus did on my behalf.”

All of the sins in my “account ledger” will never be held against me. (Colossians 2:14-15; Romans 8:1). Yes, I will be judged for my works (2 Corinthians 5:10), and rewarded for how I brought glory to God, brought souls to Christ, and handled the things entrusted to me ~ but the “errors” in the account are already cared for. Hallelujah!

As I’ve been noting some recent meetings in a church in Little Rock that have broken out into a movement of God, I’ve reviewed some of the “principles of revival” that I learned back in the 1970s while with a revival ministry. One of the principles that revolutionized my thinking was simple ~ I am a steward of the Most High God.

Being a steward means that I Continue reading

Practice Restraint

5 Mar

Japanese Doggie in JeansDoggie Q & A:

Q: What dog loves to take bubble baths? A: a shampoodle.
Q: What dogs are best for sending telegrams? A: Wire-haired terriers.
Q: What kind of dog sniffs out new flowers? A:  A bud hound.
Q: What is the dogs’ favorite city? A: New Yorkie.
Q: Who is the dogs’ favorite comedian? A: Growlcho Marx.
Q: What do you call a happy Lassie? A:  A jolly collie. *

Kitty-Kat Q & A:

Q: What looks like half a cat? A: The other half.
Q: What do cat actors say on stage? A: Tabby or not tabby.
Q: What do you get, if you cross a cat and a gorilla? A: An animal that puts you out at night!

FatCat in Overalls

I (Dawn) had fun buying my son’s dog Daisy a new spring coat the other day at Petco. It was bright yellow with a big pink flower and the words, “Little Sunshine” on the back. But I almost bought Daisy a pair of blue jeans! (Something like those in the picture, above.)

Seriously, this is one area that I could get totally silly over. I remember, as a little girl, dressing up my cats when I lived in Iceland.

It took a lot of restraint for me to not go absolutely crazy at the pet store, buying a whole wardrobe for cute little Daisy. (I saw the cutest little pink and yellow plaid sundress that would have matched the jacket!) But I knew the purchases would be foolish ~ spending money I do not have.

Restraint could be defined as holding back, but it is better linked to the ability to wisely control or moderate passions and impulses. Some people think of restraint as a loss of freedom; but restraint is more properly related to wisdom. We know what is good … what is best … and we choose accordingly.

Have you ever known people who have little ability to restrain themselves ~ little self-control? As I watch our legislators spend and spend and spend, I find myself yelling, “Practice a little restraint, will ya?” But that’s another issue …

Some people seem to be able to restrain their impulses naturally, with little effort; but there is usually at least one area where each person struggles.

(Confession time. I struggle Continue reading

Prepare for NEXT Christmas!

4 Jan

Barbell Shopping BagI had to laugh when I saw this strange shopping bag!

Ever heard about the shopkeeper who couldn’t stand competition?

“The shopkeeper was dismayed when a brand new business much like his own opened up next door and erected a huge sign which read ‘Best Deals!’

He was horrified when another competitor opened up on his right, and announced its arrival with an even larger sign, reading ‘Lowest Prices!’

The shopkeeper was panicked, until he got an idea.

He put the biggest sign of all over his own shop.

It read, “Main Entrance.” *

I know a lot of people who go shopping after Christmas because of all the great sales.It’s been said that a man will pay two dollars for a one dollar item he needs; but a woman will pay one dollar for a two dollar item that she doesn’t need ~ but it’s on sale!

I shop, too, in moderation. But it’s never smart to buy something that we don’t need or can’t use as a gift, even if it’s 70 percent off!

However, it’s not too early to begin thinking about Continue reading

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