MacGyver, I Ain't!



Summer time in small-town America means home renovation time. If you drive through Arkansas City, KS this week, you would see home owners roofing, landscaping and painting their properties. Weekend warriors would be out in force, complete with ladders, nail guns and hedge trimmers. Yes, most of the folks in our town know how to yield a hammer, paint brush and jigsaw. Except for us. Nope, we got no skills.

That's not to say that we don't know how to do stuff, we do. The Hubster and I are capable of doing a lot of stuff with our brains. We just can't wield an axe or a shovel. So instead of joining our neighbors at the local hardware store, we hire it done.

We had our little cottage painted this month. The painter we hired is a long-time family friend, and a gifted craftsman. Rick Hawkins' attention to detail is unparalleled. He worked quietly, steadily, thoughtfully.

"I wish I had your brains," he said to The Hubster and I.

"We wish we had your skills," we replied.

God gives each of us a ministry here on earth. We are equipped with skills that are needed in the Kingdom. Talents are used with hands, brains and hearts. They must all be used to glorify God. That's why we're here, folks. We are the Household of God.

Ephesians 2:20-22 (KJV)
20 And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone;
21 In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord:
22 In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.


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Momala's Book Club Pick: I am reading "Have a Little Faith: A True Story" by Mitch Albom. Mr. Albom is a sports writer. Yeah, I know. But his books are so beautiful, so simple, so heartfelt. My favorite (and his first) is "Tuesdays with Morrie." If you haven't read it, you must. It's a life-changer. "Faith" follows the author as he meets with his childhood rabbi, who has asked him to bring his eulogy. This strange request prompts Albom to interview the man and delve deeper into his life. Amazon.com sells this book in paperback for $8.97. Hyperion Books. Four out of five stars.

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Female in Motion Exercise Update: I did three aerobic workouts last week, totaling 25 minutes each. I am building back up to my pre-surgical exercise regimen. This week, I have returned to my regular 30-minute time.

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Notable Quote:

"One only needs two tools in life: WD-40 to make things go, and duct tape to make them stop."--G.M. Weilacher
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