The Abby Chronicles–Abby Goes to the Kitty Doctor (Round 2)

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Here I am, ready to write my story!

Chapter XI

I went to the kitty doctor today. I’ve been sneezing and my humans decided I should go to the vet’s. So my humans put me in the carrier and the carrier and me in the car, the car said, “Vroom!” and off we went.

The vet and her assistant were very nice, particularly since they kept putting treats on the table.  Believe me, I kept eating them, too! They were lip-smacking good! (Last time I wrote about being at the vet’s, I forgot to tell you they gave me treats.) I really like that vet. Continue reading

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Friday Photos–More Bonsai and Palms, with Ferns too

Enjoy some more photos from the flower show my friend and I attended.

I saw examples of God’s creative flourishes over and over, in the bright colors of flowers, in the subdued, but lush, beautiful greenery of the bonsai, palms and ferns, in the various patterns of bark on the bushes and trees. His creativity spilled over to the way men prune and shape the bonsai (often to reflect the way trees grow in the wild), and the way the flowers, bushes, and trees are displayed at the show. One manifestation of creativity inspires another. I never expected to see such lessons at a flower show, but I did.

Third Bonsai

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Second Bonsai at Phipps

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Lrg. Bonsai Tree

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More Palms,2

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Ferns at Phipps

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If you are interested in learning more about bonsai, palms, and ferns, check these sites out:

wwwbonsaiempire.com

https://dengarden.com

https://www.britannica.com/plant/palm-tree

https://www.britannica.com/plant/fern

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The Abby Chronicles–Abby “Guarding” Her Food

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Here I am, ready to write my story!

Chapter X

This is Abby’s secretary. I am taking over The Abby Chronicles for today. I sneaked a photo of Abby guarding her food to post.

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I’ll make sure NOBODY takes my food!

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When I Want to Have a Temper Tantrum

Increasingly I’ve heard life described as a journey. Also, more and more I’ve read that it doesn’t matter so much what happens to me as the way I react to it.  If I put those two ideas together, it means my journey can be smoother than it might be otherwise, or rougher than it has to be, depending on the choices I make.

The day’s journey can be rowdy; as when (or if) I make myself loud, obnoxious, insist that I am right, and demand my own way. In other words, I have a temper tantrum. In so doing, I show I don’t care about anyone else. It’s guaranteed I will make the day  difficult  for cashiers, sales clerks and anyone else around. Those people will, with justification, call me loud, obnoxious and concerned only with myself, and they will be exceedingly glad to see me leave. Do I really want to be like that??

Or, the day’s journey can be pleasant, sweeter for myself and others, if I make my point in a calm, reasonable way, without yelling, screaming, stomping my feet, shoving, or calling anyone foul names; if I handle the decision of those whom I appeal to with politeness and grace, remembering that there is Someone to whom I am accountable when my life’s journey here on earth ends.

It’s my choice; which do I choose?

Prayer: Dear Lord, when I would love to throw a fit because I am so sure I’m right (even though there’s a chance I could be wrong), have mercy on me. Let me see Your perspective, and then my brain can work before my ego, emotions, and mouth. Thank You. In Jesus’ name.

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Friday Photos–Bonsai and Palms

Here are some more pictures from the flower show my friend and I attended.  The first two are examples of the Japanese art of bonsai. Some of the trees in the Bonsai Room were 30 or 40 years old; one tree was 50 years old. In the second photo, there is a miniature figurine “fishing” at the edge of the container. The show also has many palm trees from around the globe, and the third picture displays some of the palms.

I discovered the flower show to be an unusual and fun way to learn geography, as many of the flowers and plants, particularly in the Spice Room and the Palm Room, were displayed with small plaques telling what part of the world the plants come from.

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More palms at Phipps

For more info. about the art of bonsai, check out: https://www.bonsaiempire.com, and https://dengarden.com.

For info. about the many forms palms take: look at: https://www.britannica.com/plant/palm-tree.

P. Booher

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Diving Into A Sea of Books–Deeper Waters–Immersed in the Life-Changing Truth of God’s Word

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As an avid reader, I get excited about the great number of books out there to read, either for entertainment, education, inspiration or with some books, all three. The quantity available in print, audio, and e-books reminds me of the vast amount of life in the oceans, so I call these book reviews “Diving Into A Sea of Books”. As with diving into an ocean looking for interesting objects, diving into books means you come across mixed results: over here, a book you don’t bother to finish, over there, a “treasure”–one that you like so much you can’t wait to reread it, and over there, a book you read and think, “Meh”.

Deeper Waters–Immersed in the Life-Changing Truth of God’s Word by Denise J. Hughes is a guide to Bible study unlike any other I’ve read, mainly because of the honesty of the writer. Denise is a Bible study teacher and at the time of the writing of the book, an adjunct professor at Azusa Pacific University. She admits the doubts she faced in her relationship with God as she grew up due to heart-wrenching difficulties that hit her family. She doesn’t give any of the phrases Christians often say, such as “Have faith in God”, which sounds good, but when rough times hit, don’t offer anything to hold onto. She does write about how God brought her back to Himself.

Denise takes the life of Ezra, a scribe who lived hundreds of years before Christ, as the pattern for the kind of Bible study she sets forth in Deeper Waters. As scribe, Ezra copied and wrote records. Denise emphasizes the importance of writing down Bible verses–ones that speak to you.

One thing that bothered me was the way her family’s story was scattered throughout the book. Although Denise probably did this to illustrate the particular point she wanted to make in that chapter, writing this way threw me off a bit.

To her credit, the author never takes a self-righteous, patronizing tone. Instead she writes as a guide who’s been through turbulent times.

If you want a guide to Bible study which also acknowledges that life and the walk of faith is not always smooth and easy, read Deeper Waters.

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Friday Photos–Flowers

Recently a friend and I went to a flower show. I took some pictures of the beauty we saw there. Enjoy!

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God’s Radical Kingdom Generosity

I thought this article by Jill McIlreavy was well worth reading.

P. Booher

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Generosity – A Reflection of God’s Heart
Generosity is God’s nature – it’s who He is. God is the lavish provider of every good and perfect gift. That’s His Heart. His radical, Kingdom generosity has nothing to do with our pedigree, postcode, position, or what we think we have to offer and everything to do with His goodness, abundance, loving kindness and mercy.

As His children, Christians are called to be like Him. 

Giving generously flows easily for many, and so it should, because the Holy Spirit lives in us; we are being changed into His image more and more, learning His ways. But there are times – especially in the face of financial uncertainty, job loss and unemployment, when it can become a challenge to maintain an open handed – open heart attitude to giving. If we aren’t careful, we can develop a poverty mentality. 

A Poverty Mentality 

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A Step of Faith (Getting out of our comfort zones)

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In previous posts we’ve looked at when God asks us to wait. What about when He requires us take a bold step of faith?
Reading this story in Joshua 3, we see that the Jordan didn’t open up until the feet of the priests touched the water.
There was no going forward into the promised land without faith going into action. Faith is like a muscle, if it isn’t exercised, it will weaken until atrophy sets in.

There was no way way around their problem – they had to go through it!

The Final Obstacle
The children of Israel had spent 40 years in the wilderness – 40 years!

They were now about to enter into the Promised Land at last, leaving the past behind them. But they faced a final obstacle – the Jordan River.

Normally the Jordan is only around 100 feet wide; but God had brought…

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Diving Into A Sea of Books–How to be an Imperfectionist

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As an avid reader, I get excited about the great number of books out there to read, either for entertainment, education, inspiration or with some books, all three. The quantity available in print, audio, and e-books reminds me of the vast amount of life in the oceans, so I call these book reviews “Diving Into A Sea of Books”. As with diving into an ocean looking for interesting objects, diving into books means you come across mixed results: over here, a book you don’t bother to finish, over there, a “treasure”–one that you like so much you can’t wait to reread it, and over there, a book you read and think, “Meh”.

How to be an Imperfectionist by Stephen Guise goes much deeper into perfectionism than I thought it would. Mr. Guise refers to studies by researchers about what perfectionism is vs. what it is not. The trait is hard for even scientists to pin down, which is probably why some believe not all perfectionism is bad, while others believe it’s all bad–that what’s called “healthy” perfectionism isn’t perfectionism, but rather striving to do the best a person can.

Mr. Guise writes as one who had a tendency towards perfectionism–and found it stifling for the growth of the mind and spirit. In How to be an Imperfectionist he gives ways to free yourself from that mindset, live with more joy and peace, less anxiety, and gain improved physical health as well.

Although the author writes about various studies, this book doesn’t come off as a “textbook”, which is a big plus for me. Mr. Guise gives examples from his own life, as to what worked for him and what didn’t. His tone is as a friend giving a heads-up to another friend.

Comment: This book is a keeper for me. Before I was a teenager, I decided I would avoid mistakes, and so made one of the biggest of my life in going down an unhealthy perfectionist road that only leads to more and more problems. How to be an Imperfectionist opens up a better, much healthier way of thinking.

©P. Booher

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