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On the Other Hand

I was walking away from the pantry one evening with a handful of roasted cashews, when our Schnauzer barked to go outside. Turning around, snack still in my right hand, I grabbed a few kibbles of dog food with my left.

Once we were both on the half dark porch, I popped my favorite snack into my mouth. Except that’s not what happened, not exactly. You see, I chose the wrong hand, and I’m here to tell you that dog food tastes nothing like cashews.πŸ₯΄


Recent interpersonal conflict at work has provided a few such “On the other hand” moments. One committee meeting grew so confrontational, it left a horrible taste in my mouth.

Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ.

Philippians 1:27 (NIV)

These words of wisdom, from the Apostle Paul, ran through my mind during the meeting’s immediate aftermath. Sequestered in my windowless classroom, eating a slow motion lunch, I realized something anew: I loathe hostility.

Of course, I went home that afternoon and lamented, at length to my wife about it. She listened politely, and then said the following:

This situation will effect all your relationships. You must come up with a plan to deal with it.

Nancy Duncan

Who comes up with a plan to stop interpersonal kryptonite at 6 o’clock in the evening!?😳

But then I thought of a blogger friend across the pond, a guy from the UK who has weathered plenty of relational storms. Thank God, he also stays up late.😊

I log on, and sure enough, Andy B, from Berry Bunch Family Ministry is online. I tell him about the dust-up at work and ask him to pray for me. He promises to lift the situation up to God.

Well, he and his wife, Jo must have prayed about it–before lights out–because I felt much better within minutes!

Kind reader, I was in no shape to say the right words to God myself, but a brother in Christ, empowered by the Holy Spirit, said them for me. The power of intercessory prayer is real.

Thank you for reading. πŸ™β€οΈ

Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.

James 5:16 (NIV)

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Slow Down to Get Around

The other day I got stuck in the slow lane behind a garbage truck. Even with the air on recirculate, I could smell the contents of a McDonald’s dumpster. “Well, this stinks,” I said through clenched teeth.😬

Finally, I was able to slide over into the fast lane, only to get caught by a red light.πŸ˜– But that’s when I had time to read the sign on the back.

“How can I get around you if I slow down?!”πŸ€” I asked the offensive truck. Then I realized what the sign means. When one is traveling in a neighborhood behind a giant garbage truck, it’s best to pass it carefully. You don’t want to hit a sanitation worker, or meet another vehicle head on.


A person’s wisdom yields patience; it is to one’s glory to overlook an offense.

Proverbs 19:11

Frankly, the sign on the garbage truck was a sign from God. At least for me. Recently, I’ve felt a bit stuck (that’s twice in one post) behind situations that, quite simply, stink. The temptation to speed around them has been strong.

So, what if I WANT you to follow a proverbial “garbage truck” for awhile?” said the Holy Spirit. “Is it really a deal-breaker?” Well, when you put it that way, Lord… I suppose I can slow down to get around.

Is it okay if I hold my nose?

Thank you for reading. πŸ™β€οΈprayers and love.

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Not So Good to the Last Drop

It’s been a plumber’s paradise at my house these past two weeks. We have extremely hard water and our third water heater–in 18 years–was on it’s last leg. Rather than have another one fill up with mineral deposits (sixty second shower, anyone?), we decided to invest in a water softener.

Two guys came and installed a new water heater and softener at the same time. It was an all day job, but once the system came online the results were almost immediate. Oh, the soap suds!🧼 And no more crusty faucets or spotty dishes.

But, a week later, we made a frightful discovery. The carpet in the back hallway, near where they tapped in to the main water line, was soaking wet. Two closet clean outs later, I removed an access panel and found the problem. One of the fittings the plumbers installed was leaking at a steady drip, drip.

Inside the closet wall where the leak started.

People who tell you it’s hard to get a plumber on the weekend are NOT joking. I called at 7 am and he showed up at 7 pm. Yes, 12 hours later.😬 It turned out to be a relatively easy fix, but the damage was already done.


It’s amazing how our little plumbing problem resembles life in general. A steady drip starts, from a hidden location, and soon everything is soaked. By the time we realize what’s going on, the damage is done.

The parallel between unseen water leaks and unconfessed sin is a good one.

Also keep back your servant from presumptuous sins, let them not rule over me.

Psalm 19:13 (NASB)

Like me, do you sometimes assume that all is well–between you and God–without actually checking in?

Kind reader, when life springs a leak, there’s a “Heavenly Plumber” available 24/7. And He won’t take half a day to show up.

πŸ™β€οΈ prayers and love.

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