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Broccoli Can Be Dangerous: And other things you should know.

October 29th, 2013 by stephanie

It was  early in the morning and guests were coming. Which is not common in my home.  Serving on a Monday morning, that is.  So I guess I was a bit “off” when I opened the freezer door. Before I knew it, there it went. Flying broccoli.

When it hit my toe, within moments I just knew. Now, I’ve never broken a toe before, but I can tell you, when it happens…you just know.

There was not time to baby it or pay attention. When people are on their way to eat at your house, you just keep moving.  The day was also already spoken for, and time would not wait. I had to go forward.

By 5pm, when I finally was able to remove my shoe, there it was, that big miserable, red purple and black toe. “Yep, you broke it,” said my nurse friend who was present.” Not much to do but tape it.” 

I got to thinking, if broccoli is dangerous, just about anything can be. If in the wrong hands or the wrong location. Prescription drugs are good. But use with caution. Getting upset can be needed at times, but not when abused. Sun is great, but a sunburn is not what the doctor ordered. With that, anything can be good if used in moderation and for its proper use. The same can be said for sex, guns and anything else one might struggle with or question. Maybe it’s the “You should do this but you shouldn’t do that” topics that come to mind for you on this one. I guess the point is: everything has its use when used for its purpose and in its  proper place. But when not in the right place and time, it can be dangerous. Like broccoli. It should stay in the freezer. I don’t want it dive bombing on my toe.

A few verses came to mind and I thought I’d share them with you. I hope you ponder them a bit as you go on your way.

1Cor. 10:23  You say, “I am allowed to do anything” —but not everything is good for you. You say, “I am allowed to do anything” —but not everything is beneficial. 

1Cor. 6:12 All things are lawful for me, but not all things are profitable. All things are lawful for me, but I will not be mastered by anything. 

2Tim. 2:20  In a wealthy home some utensils are made of gold and silver, and some are made of wood and clay. The expensive utensils are used for special occasions, and the cheap ones are for everyday use. 

Yes. Everything has a purpose and a use. May we “use them” wisely.

Just my thoughts. Yours?




Keep it Simple. And Then Enjoy.

October 19th, 2013 by stephanie

Life doesn’t have to be difficult. If we have a roof over our head, food to eat, and someone to love, (and be loved by) that should be enough. Sadly these days, for many people, it just isn’t.

There’s a song that was quite popular in the Christian radio scene during the 90s. It was called The Basics of Life and was recorded by the group 4Him. Basically, the message went like this:

We need to get back to the basics of life.

They say that after the Great Depression the American public emerged appreciating the simple things in life while focusing on a return to the basics.  After the recent Government shutdown and more, I’d say that’s not a bad idea.

We’ll be heading into the holidays soon. Some folks enjoy them. Some dread them. It’s all in how you approach it, really.  I like entering them with anticipation, but I also work to pace myself in the process.

For those of us involved in organizations or projects, the best thing we can do is pull back, take a good look and make sure the basics are covered first before we widen the scope. Here are a few quotes I gathered randomly that popped up in conversations. They show that no matter what the topic, the basics always apply:

Our power play has been struggling scoring as of late and we just need to get back to the basics.

People think there is nothing that they can do, that obesity is inevitable. This is not rocket science: It’s all about how many calories you’re putting in yourself, and how many are getting out. We need to go back to the basics.

We need to go back to the basics, and give the arts community something on a smaller scale to get it going again.

Whatever it is we find ourselves committing to or involving ourselves in this season, basically, you and I just need to get back to where it all began and dig deep into what it’s all about.

As the trees around us are shedding their leaves, perhaps we too can learn from them.  Let’s shed the things that don’t really matter. Let’s un-clutter our thoughts and minds and perhaps, take a fresh look at what matters most. Let’s focus on those things that simply…make like good. Then, let’s celebrate them and enjoy!

Happy upcoming Holidays.

May All Your Dreams Come True.



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