Sarah at Christmas

Friday, February 22, 2019

Shoud You Argue?

The story of Joseph in Egypt is classic. Poor guy had a roller coaster experience. He'd gone from the pit to Potipher, to prison, to Pharough. Somehow on this bumpy ride, he kept his faith. He'd had those dreams where his brothers bowed down to him. Perhaps he bolstered his faith with remembering those early days and believing the events would happen in the future.

You know the story. A famine came, Joseph was in charge of Egypt's food suppy, and the brothers came to buy grain, but they didn't recognize their Joseph.

Joseph tested their attitudes but finally revealed himself to them as the brother they'd sold into slavery.

After Joseph made himself known to these guys who'd wanted him gone, he sent them back to Canaan to get Jacob, the father. Now here's an interesting part of the story.  Joseph said to them before they left, "Don't argue."

As he sent his brothers away, and as they were leaving, he said to them, "Don't quarrel on the way!" Gen. 45:26.

Isn't that funny? As in laughable funny?

Joseph was a smart man. He knew the men would fuss among themselves as they made their way back to Canaan. Each one would blame the other. 

"If you hadn't...."
"You should have...."
"It's your fault...."
"If I hadn't..."

We do that, don't we? Blame ourselves or others for past sins and mistakes? We argue about who did what and why. We waste time and create additional heartache and havoc by doing that.

Take Joseph's words and apply them. 

Let the past stay in the past. Don't look in the rearview mirror. Onward from this day into the next. We learn from the past, but we don't need to live there.

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Natural Ingredients

I've been reading about natural ingredients. 
Do they work?

Cocunut Oil is supposed to be a magical, 
normal, unharmful element.

I decided to try it on my hair this morning,
 so I'm sitting here talking to you 
with a head full of cocunut oil.

It smells good.

It may not do a thing, but it's supposed to make hair healther, thicker, and silkier.

Did I say it smells good?

Here's what it looks like in the jar.

Here's what it looks from the tree.

Here's what it looks like on my hair.
 Sticky. Glued in places

It can be good to eat.
We make candy and cake out of coconut.

Yum. Two of my faves.

We ladies want to make ourselves over. Sometimes we succeed, sometimes not. Some beauty products are expensive. Natural ingredients, like coconut oil, cost less, and if they work, well, hey! Good for us.

Alas! Some naturals work. Some don't. 

When my sister and I were young girls, we asked our dad if we could wash his hair. He agreed.

Big mistake.

We decided powdered, laundry detergent would make a good shampoo.

As soon as we applied it, he began screaming, "Get it off!  Get it off!"

It burned his scalp big time.

He never let us "help" him again.

I'm not sure what coconut oil will do for me, 
but I hope for better results than the 
laundry detergent had on dad's hair and scalp.

Have you read Sarah and the Angelic, Magical Makeover? No, she doesn't use laundry detergent, but she makes mistakes in a haphazard fashion. She's funny, 
but you also might learn a few beauty secrets.

You'll like it.

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Say Hello

Hi friends,

I'm on Pamela S. Thibodeaux's blog.  Please pop over and say hello! Maybe you'll learn my secrets!

Wednesday, February 6, 2019


This is what a reader tried to post on Amazon as a review for Mattie's Choice.  Amazon wouldn't post it. They told the reader it was too personal, so she had to rewrite something more generic.  

I thought you might like to see what the original post was...the one not accepted.

 "Tough subject matter that really made me think. We all have a freind who is so strong in their convictions that they cometimes seem stubborn. Mattie is such a person, strong in her committment to her marriage vows, even when that meant eduring an abusive relationship. The character of Mattie was so well crafted I had to know she would rise above her cirumstances and survive. And she did.Set in the early 1900s, the descriptions were perfect for the time. I found myself thinking of the story and Mattie for quite a while after I finished."

I wonder what Amazon found wrong with this review? Personal? Doesn't seem so to me.

Sunday, February 3, 2019

Itsy Bitsy Beautiful

I love churches. Big or small. They hold a special place in my heart.

Jesus once said, "Where two or more or gathered in my name, I'm there also." Matthew 18:20.

This tiny worship house can hold a mere few, but wouldn't it be great to be with those few?

In my books, Sarah, the angel, often goes to church with her charges.

Unseen angels may attend and worship with you today in your church.

Let's hope all the ones in attendance today are holy angels and not the unholy ones. Satan attends too. Of course, he doesn't worship. He disrupts.

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Choices and Consequences

This book is a clear contrast to Ms. Lewis’ “Sarah” series. Whereas the stories about Sarah, the dyslexic angel, are funny and light-hearted, though with deeper meaning, Mattie’s Choice is a totally different direction. Mattie’s Choice is a historical novel that takes the reader back to the early 1900s, with vivid descriptions of life in rural Osage County, Oklahoma, poverty, family pride, misinterpretation of the Scriptures, and domestic abuse (verbal and physical) all too commonplace then and is still prevalent today. There are many lessons to be learned from the book—how a seemingly innocent choice can be life-changing, how to identify potential signs of domestic violence, how much jealousy is too much, how to sort through options, and how to be a survivor with God’s help and guidance.--Joy

Reading Mattie's story with a modern mind is difficult, mainly because I found myself just wanting her to leave her abusive husband to protect herself and her children. But then I remembered this wasn't a story set in modern times, but a story from the past for a modern audience. That perspective changes things dramatically. When a book has me thinking about it the next day (long after I've put it down), I'd say the author has done something right.  --Kim

Grab a box of tissues and settle in for a sweet story of strength, commitment, and sisterhood. I loved how Mattie's and Ella's stories intersected and contrasted. As their lives unfolded, their choices drove an emotion-packed story that kept me captivated from start to finish. Wonderful story, beautifully told, with a lasting lesson of compassion for all of us. Don't miss this one!  --Carlene

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

The Old Lovers

A young man asked his grandfather this question.

"Why did you hang your ancient marriage license to Grandmother on the wall next to the kitchen table? Everyone knows you two have been married sixty years."

The grandfather replied, "I needed a way to remember her name, and I see it now three times a day."

Not a good joke, right?

As more and more of us deal with loved ones who have dementia, we realize how important our minds are.

My daughter with dementia can no longer read. Documents don't help her.

I spent the afternoon with her yesterday. I read cards she'd kept from her early days of marriage. Her hubby died in 2015, about the time she was diagnosed. They were sweet cards and she cried. I left them on a side table and wished she could read them at will.

Appreciate your memory.
Appreciate your ability to read.
Appreciate your independence.

Take nothing for granted. It could be gone in a second.

We many forget who we are, but God always knows us and calls us by name. Take comfort, my friend.