Wednesday, February 14, 2024

A Valentine Treat


Several years ago, I decided to make a red cake for my hubby for Valentine's Day. The cake was a disaster, and it literally fell apart. The thing collapsed from the pan in chunks.

Being the inventive person that I am, I created a parfait. I broke the cake into bite-sized pieces and layered them with whipped cream. I placed the entire mess into a fluted glass and garnished the top with Strawberries. 

I think the treat turned out better than a big cake. I dolled it up with a card and chocolates. Hubby loved it, and I didn't tell him how it came to be. So let's keep that our secret.

I made a cherry pie for our first Valentine's as a married couple. That didn't turn out well, either.  Hubby saw my tears and said, "Why didn't you buy a frozen one? That would have been fine with me."

He is a sweetheart and has managed to live through my cooking failures.

This year, I'm not baking.

However, I have a treat for everyone!


My new book is on sale today!  Yay! And the story is about Sarah, a dyslexic angel, who must find Tom a mate by Valentine's Day. Like my baking, she makes a mess.

I love the last few chapters. Tom takes Marcy, the lady of his dreams, to a fancy restaurant in Houston. The gifts he gives to his love are sweet and special.  Men should be as romantic as Tom in this book. I even cried while I wrote the chapter. I laughed a lot too. Sarah does that to you.

While it's on sale, grab a copy. Both eBook and print are on sale.


 

Monday, February 5, 2024

The First and Last

 



God created the first man. Then, He decided Adam needed a sidekick, so God fashioned the first woman. God administered the first anesthetic and performed the first surgery. And there she was.

Adam looked at his new wife and said, “Wow! You’re my bony.”  Of course, he meant she was a bone from his side.  On the other hand, women these days want to be bony, so if a hubby makes this statement to a wife, she might take it as a compliment.

However, if a man says, “Wifey, you are a bone in my flesh.” Oops! That’s a different intonation. And that would probably be the last thing he said to her.

But I digress.

Eve ate first, and it was the last innocent bite she took. She gave the forbidden food to her hubby, Adam. He chomped down, and together, they committed the first sin. God had forbidden that fruit. But it looked so good!



Adam and Eve discovered their naked condition, and they didn’t like it. They initiated their first mutual project by sewing foliage, but Fig Leaves didn’t do the trick. Therefore, God fashioned clothes for them. God sacrificed the first animals to make coverings for the couple.




Later, Adam and Eve had their first children: Cain and Abel. I guess they were happy about that. Until that is, Cain killed his brother, Abel. Uh oh! Cain committed the first murder.

Consequently, Abel was the first human to enter heaven.

God watched His first human race grow into a sinful civilization. Mankind multiplied, and sin did as well. God was displeased and decided to destroy most of His creation. But one guy, Noah, found grace in the eyes of the Lord. Noah was the first to find this grace.



God liked Noah so much, He said to him, “Get to work and build a boat. I’m going to send rain and destroy the Earth, but you and your family will be spared.”

Noah said, “What is rain?”



God said, “Until now, I’ve watered the Earth from the ground up, but this will be a first. Water will fall from the sky. I’m calling it rain. Get your family and two of a kind of each animal to board the Ark you are building, and don’t forget the creepy, crawlies. I want two of each of those also.”

So Old Noah was the first to be obedient, and he believed everything God said. That, my friends, is why he found grace in the eyes of the Lord.

Time passed, and Noah finished his task. God is a Keeper of His Word. As soon as God shut the gigantic door to the Ark, God’s new invention, rain, flooded the Earth with water. All animals and mankind who weren’t on the boat drowned in the deluge.




This was the first judgment of mankind.



After the flood was over, God promised the earthlings, “That is the last time I’ll destroy the Earth with water. I'll give you the first rainbow as my pledge.”

Now let’s review.

Adam and Eve…first humans.

Adam and Eve…first sinners.

Cain…first murderer.

Abel…first human to be a Heaven resident.

The Flood…first judgment of God on His creation.

The Flood…last time God will destroy by water.

Rainbow...first one ever.

Scripture tells us God will judge humanity the last time by fire.

If a person chooses to ignore God’s Son, Jesus, he will live in a lake of fire.

Yikes!

Those people mocking old Noah could have changed their minds, become believers, got on board the Ark, and missed drowning. The same is true today. Believe and escape the promised fire to come.

When will this last judgment take place? No one knows, but I suspect it will be shortly after the last believer on Earth enters Heaven. Jesus gave us the task of witnessing to all nations. After the last person hears, and the last someone decides to become a believer, Jesus will return.

God knows knows who the last believer will be. He gives us all the opportunity to respond, but judgment comes to those who do not accept His plan of the ages.

And God promised a last judgment.

In the scheme of events, will you be last?

God is the Alpha and Omega. He’s First and Last. What He says goes.

Friday, January 26, 2024

The First Nudist Camp

 

Have you visited a nudist camp? Lived in one?

No? Me either.

Yes? What did you think? Did you undress and become part of the society?

I would find it awkward and embarrassing to visit one. And no way would I take off my clothes.  I’d wear layers of garments, a large sombrero, and dark sunglasses. I’d also get out of there ASAP.

Adam and Eve lived in the first nudist camp. Well, actually it was a beautiful garden, but they were both naked and weren’t ashamed by this lack of covering.

They were happy with their condition.

Eve had no laundry to do. No ironing. No shopping for new apparel. No binding bras. No worries about if an outfit was the correct choice, and no fear the shoes would fit or not. She didn’t have a woman to criticize an outfit.

Adam had no neckties to strangle him. No corporate ladder to climb. No decision between boxers or tighty whities. All he did was let it all hang loose.

The first pair of humans lived unadorned and without concerns of any kind. No civil laws to say otherwise.

Can you imagine running through the bushes wild and unrestricted? There were no thorns or stickers on the ground to hurt bare feet.


These two were comfortable with each other. They also enjoyed the variety of animals. Here’s a thought. I suppose dogs didn’t sniff a backside back in those days. If they did, Adam might have wished for a pair of Hanes boxers.

Many people talk to their pets, and sometimes, the animal responds with a bark or a meow.  However, Eve conversed with a snake, and the reptile responded by speaking to her in the same language. Whatever that was. Anyway, they understood each other.

The snake, AKA as Satan, convinced Eve to eat a forbidden fruit, and the newlywed Eve persuaded her hubby to dine with her.

Uh-oh! The situation changed in the blink of an eye.

They looked at each other and simultaneously declared, “You’re naked.”

Freedom ended. Work began. “Quick, let’s make a covering.” They shouted to each other.

The duo gathered fig leaves and sewed them together to hide their bodies.  They lucked out by selecting fig leaves. What if they had chosen poison ivy? Mercy! What an itch that would have been.

Evidently, they didn’t think the fig leaves did a proper job of hiding their brand-new discovery of nakedness. When God came looking for them, they hid behind trees. They weren’t into showing off their new clothes.  But of course, one can’t hide from God.

God had told them not to eat that particular fruit, but they disobeyed, and they suffered consequences.

God provided the proper fashion. He slayed an animal or maybe two of His precious creatures to provide clothes for the pair.  Since the duo only ate fruit and veggies, they must not have been overweight, so perhaps one animal skin provided enough cover for the two of them.

Eve still went braless, so there is that.

God drove them from their perfect home, and they began to work.

This account of the Fall of Man is true and accurate, and I’m sorry all of humanity is born into sin, but I’m grateful we now wear clothes.

Unless you live in a nudist society.  But if you do, don’t send pictures. Thank you in advance.

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