Monday, December 11, 2017

Devotional: Organization and Disorganization and What They Teach Us


And the apostles, when they were returned, told him all that they had done. And he took them, and went aside privately into a desert place belonging to the city called Bethsaida. -Luke 9:10
And the people, when they knew it, followed him: and he received them, and spake unto them of the kingdom of God, and healed them that had need of healing. -Luke 9:11
And when the day began to wear away, then came the twelve, and said unto him, Send the multitude away, that they may go into the towns and country round about, and lodge, and get victuals: for we are here in a desert place. -Luke 9:12
But he said unto them, Give ye them to eat. And they said, We have no more but five loaves and two fishes; except we should go and buy meat for all this people. -Luke 9:13
For they were about five thousand men. And he said to his disciples, Make them sit down by fifties in a company. -Luke 9:14
And they did so, and made them all sit down. -Luke 9:15
Then he took the five loaves and the two fishes, and looking up to heaven, he blessed them, and brake, and gave to the disciples to set before the multitude. -Luke 9:16
And they did eat, and were all filled: and there was taken up of fragments that remained to them twelve baskets. -Luke 9:17

Our pastor shows us how everyday occurrences can be reminders of God in our lives. Sunday he preached on the feeding of the five thousand and talked about how Jesus organized the event.

He pointed out that organization is a reflection of the image of God in man. He also pointed out how disorganization is a reflection of how the Fall and sin have distorted the image of God in man.

It is amazing to see how everyday events like cleaning my house and trying to organize things can be a reminder of how God put his image into man.

It is also humbling to realize that where I fail and my house in disorganized it is a picture of how the Fall has distorted the image of God in us.


It would be tempting to get discouraged with disorganization in the home in light of what was said above, but putting us on a guilt trip is not the purpose. It is simply to point out a truth from Scripture that is illustrated in everyday life.

God knows our struggles in life. He knows each of our weaknesses and physical limitations. That is why he provided food and strength to the people in a desolate place. He knew their strength was weak, so He sustained them with food. (v. 16-17)

He also gave us a lesson to help us with our disorganization. He made a plan. Then He broke the task down into smaller chunks. (v. 14) and then He executed the plan. Basically, plan your work and work your plan, but don’t look at the big picture, break it down into small chunks. God will give you the strength you need to tackle the task.

Thursday, December 07, 2017

Change o’ Plans for Trip to North Carolina



Well, it doesn't look like we will get to stay with my childhood friend in Denver, nor go up in the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, or be in Nashville for the big New Year’s Eve fireworks display, after all.  The weather is just too dangerous to take those routes.  So instead we will be going South and will probably see the site of the Oct 1 Massacre in Las Vegas 😕instead.  We plan to meet up with an internet buddy of Sarah's for lunch there too. Hopefully, we will meet up with an internet friend of mine in Gallup, NM for lunch as well.

Then in Nashville, we will stop at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel to see the lobby decorated for the holidays (hopefully they won't have taken the decor down before we get there).  And then on to Pinehurst on Jan. 2.

This route, so far looks much safe weather wise than the Montana-Wyoming-Colorado route and the Idaho-Wyoming-Colorado route.  I am seeing very cold temps but little in the way of precipitation so far.

I have scheduled and cancelled motel rooms so many times lately, that I'm sure they are beginning to wonder about us. Ha!

If you are on the I-40 route from Las Vegas to Pinehurst, NC (well it almost makes it to Pinehurst), let me know.  Maybe we can meet up for lunch or something if the timing is right.
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Monday, December 04, 2017

Devotional: A Desolate Place



“Now the day was ending, and the twelve came and said to Him, "Send the crowd away, that they may go into the surrounding villages and countryside and find lodging and get something to eat; for here we are in a desolate place."”
‭‭Luke‬ ‭9:12‬ ‭NASB‬‬

Jesus provided food to strengthen the people in “a desolate place”.  Jesus is faithful to strengthen us when we are in desolate places too.  Can you remember any of the “desolate places” you have been in your life?  How did Jesus give you strength to get through those times?  Remember those times that He strengthened you in desolate places.  

When we remember His help in desolate places of our lives it makes it easier to trust Him in present circumstances.  The disciples were worried about the people and themselves because they were hungry and tired. They forgot Jesus healing the sick, casting out demons, and raising a dead girl to life.  If they had thought about these things, they would not have worried about how the people would get fed.  Never forget His faithfulness in your life. When you do, then you succumb to worry.  God is faithful.  He has got this.  Trust Him.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

The Countdown has Begun


Today I put out the advent calendar since December 1 is tomorrow.  As I sat down to watch NCIS with Rick tonight I looked up and saw the advent calendar and had the sudden realization that it not only is the countdown until Christmas, but it is also the countdown until Sarah leaves home and we begin our cross-country drive to North Carolina.  

We will open the last door on the calendar on Christmas night and the next morning we will leave. It's kind of a bitter sweet reminder of what is to come.  It makes me sad, scared, proud, and excited all at once.  My emotions are so conflicted.
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Moving Prep Starting to Pile Up



A couple of piles are starting to take shape as Sarah stacks up things she would like to take to NC.  It's hard for her to decide what should go and what should stay as space is a premium in her Honda Element.  It's also contingent on whether she gets a furnished or unfurnished apartment to rent.  She is currently waiting on the verdict about a condo that is for rent.  Her application has been submitted.  Please pray for her to find good affordable housing.

She was able to converse with her future coworker for about an hour last night on the phone and learned some more details about the area she is moving to. 

It is a golf resort town and the downtown area is dedicated to the tourist who comes for a short stay during golf season.  There are quite a few quaint little coffee shops that are scattered around town.  One is in what used to be the old post office.  It's called The Roast Office Coffee Shop. I like the name pun.

I'm trying to juggle getting ready for Christmas at the same time I'm trying to plan for this trip and Sarah's birthday in North Carolina. 


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Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Favorite Products: Snoozy Stay Dry Waterproof Pads

I had one of these water proof pads when my kids were babies.  The pad was 24 years old and had seen use through two babies and had been used on the couch and bed when one of us was sick at various times through the years.  It still worked as good as when it was new and had survived many washings. So when my aging Pug, Daisy, became unable to control her bladder, I began using waterproof pads in her enclosure in the house. 

I quickly grew tired of spending $15 dollars every week for disposable pads.  So I dug out my one water proof pad and search for the brand name online.  I found it.  I bought three packs of them so I could always have a clean set on hand when the others were in the wash.  These got washed one to two times every day for six months and they are still as good as the day I bought them.

Daisy has long since left us.  She could no longer stand up and she was clearly miserable, especially at night when we couldn't stay up all night to keep her on dry pads.  It was time to put her down and that was indeed a very sad and hard day.  She was twenty years old.

So now my water proof pads are washed and neatly folded, waiting for the day when they will be needed again.  The investment was well worth it.  Highly recommend these.

Prepping for Sarah’s Move to North Carolina 11/28/2017

One month from today Sarah and I will be on the road making our way across the continent to North Carolina.  When I first heard that she had been offered a job and accepted it that far from home, my heart sank to my toes.  I had prayed and prayed that God would give her a job close to home, less than 10 hrs drive from us if possible.  But God had other plans and gave her a job 45 hours away from home instead.  I was sad and worried for how Sarah would do moving so far away from home the first time she would be living on her own.  All the usual fears went through my head and filled my heart.

She had looked at other jobs closer by, and I worried about her moving to a place where she knew no one and had non-Christian bosses and coworkers.  But none of those were offered to her anyway.  I was thrilled when she had an interview for a job that was based out of Salt Lake but she would work from home.  I really thought she would get it.  But alas, that one fell through too.

So here she is, preparing for a huge move across country where she will live by herself for the first time.  As mentioned above, it worried me greatly.  But I had to put my faith in God that He would work the details out and it would be good.  The more I learn about the place and the people, the more encouraged I am for her and the more peace I have about her moving away.

She is going to a place that has a very low crime rate.  It's about the size of Lewiston/Clarkston.  Her bosses and coworkers are Christians.  She will be working for a Christian homeschool curriculum company called Classical Conversations.  She has already had contact with one of her coworkers who is about her age.  This girl has many of the same hobby interests that Sarah has and it seems like they might get along well.  

Sarah is still trying to secure an apartment.  She is hoping to get one that is furnished and is filling out the application for it currently.  Please pray for God's will in this.  This apartment is about 15 minutes from her job site.

Sarah is a bit overwhelmed with packing since she is limited by the size of her vehicle.  Oh, what to take and what to leave behind!?  Decisions, decisions!

I took on the task of figuring out the travel route and securing accommodations along the way.  We will be on the road for 7 days, maybe 8 depending on how tired we are on New Year's Day. We'll stop for a night in Denver to stay with a childhood friend of mine and his wife overnight. We plan to take The Journey to the Top of the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, MO and we want to stop and enjoy the Opryland Hotel lobby, which has a small river with boats people can ride running through it and live plants and trees everywhere. 

I am not looking forward to the long days of riding in the car and I pray for clear roads and little snow.  Pray with us that God will clear a path for us and that we will get safety to our destination.

Sarah will have to train her replacement at the library soon.  She has worked there for 11 years.  She is afraid she might cry when she has to train her replacement and say good-bye to her library coworkers.  They do not want her to leave.  She has done so much for them over the years.

So, December is almost upon us.  Sarah & Nathaniel normally put up a large tree and Sarah decorates it.  Because I've been saving moving boxes, they and other items have gotten stacked up in front of the tree box and none of us feel like digging it out. So this year we are going to use the little tree we have had for years collecting dust in the upstairs hallway.  I got it out and vacuumed it and added some colored lights to it.  Sarah says she will work on decorations later.

I hope to post updates throughout the preparation and the trip to North Carolina.  Stay tuned!  The other updates will be shorter, I hope.


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Monday, November 27, 2017

Devotional: Like A Blathering Idiot





“Some eight days after these sayings, He took along Peter and John and James, and went up on the mountain to pray. And while He was praying, the appearance of His face became different, and His clothing became white and gleaming. And behold, two men were talking with Him; and they were Moses and Elijah, who, appearing in glory, were speaking of His departure which He was about to accomplish at Jerusalem. Now Peter and his companions had been overcome with sleep; but when they were fully awake, they saw His glory and the two men standing with Him. And as these were leaving Him, Peter said to Jesus, "Master, it is good for us to be here; let us make three tabernacles: one for You, and one for Moses, and one for Elijah"-not realizing what he was saying. While he was saying this, a cloud formed and began to overshadow them; and they were afraid as they entered the cloud. Then a voice came out of the cloud, saying, "This is My Son, My Chosen One; listen to Him!" And when the voice had spoken, Jesus was found alone. And they kept silent, and reported to no one in those days any of the things which they had seen.”
‭‭Luke‬ ‭9:28-36‬ ‭NASB‬‬

Peter, James and John were on the Mount of Transfiguration with Jesus. Moses and Elijah were also there talking with Jesus.  As Moses and Elijah were leaving Peter says they should build three tabernacles for them.  He was blathering on like an idiot as he so often did.  The text says he didn’t even realize what he was saying!  Wow!  How often do I just talk so I can hear myself talk?  

God decides He needs to get Peter’s attention since his mouth is going like a runaway train.  So God drops a cloud on him and his buddies, cutting off all distractions.God says, “This is My Son, My Chosen One; listen to Him!”.  Jesus is the only One they can see.  God pretty well put Peter and Friends back in their box and they kept silent after that.

We are to focus on Jesus alone.  We are to listen to Him, not ourselves or all the other competing voices.  Everything is to run through the lens of Jesus. “Be still and know that I am God.”

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Favorite Products: Echo Dot

The Echo Dot is a small device that is big on “skills”.  I have mine in the kitchen.  I use it most for timing things.  I love that I can have numerous timers going at once with echo and echo will keep track of all of them.  For example, I can say, “Echo, set a rice timer for 15 minutes.”  Echo will do just that.  Then I ask it to set a potato timer for 20 minutes and it will set the timer.  Later, I can ask, “Echo, how much time is left on the rice timer?” And Echo will tell me.  When a timer is finished, Echo will say, “Your rice timer is done” or whatever timer it is that is done.

Echo will also play iHeart Radio for me and I can choice whatever music or radio station I want to hear.

If I want to take a nap, or use Echo in the bedroom, I can set alarm clocks and Echo will wake me when I want to wake up or I can tell Echo to snooze.

I can ask Echo for my flash briefing. I have my Echo programmed to give me the Fox News briefing, This Day in History, and a daily Bible verse.

There are many things you can do with Echo that I have not used.  For instance, you can order items from Amazon direct from Echo.

If you have a smart phone with the Alexa app installed, you can send messages to friends or relatives who also have Alexa devices.  I still have yet to learn how to use that feature.

It’s a fun little device and it’s not a lot of out of pocket expense.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Devotional: Fear Not; Believe Only

Luke 8:49-50 (KJV)

While he yet spake, there cometh one from the ruler of the synagogue's house, saying to him, Thy daughter is dead; trouble not the Master.
But when Jesus heard it, he answered him, saying, Fear not: believe only, and she shall be made whole.

"Fear no: believe only".  If only this formula worked for all of today's adverse events that God's people suffer!  Yet, sometimes this is what God asks us to do in the absence of any real improvement in our life or that of our loved ones.
Back when Jesus was healing people, He did it for a reason.  The healings were signs pointing to the deity of Jesus. 
Today, God asks for our trust even when the outcome isn't what we expect or want.  Why?
He told the Apostle Paul, "My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness." And Paul responded with, "Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me."
So the question becomes this: Is God enough for me in the absence of healing or desired change in our circumstances?  Trust in Him, He works all things out for good according to His purposes

Monday, November 13, 2017

Devotional: Where Is Your Faith?





Luke 8:22-25 (KJV)
Now it came to pass on a certain day, that he went into a ship with his disciples: and he said unto them, Let us go over unto the other side of the lake. And they launched forth.
But as they sailed he fell asleep: and there came down a storm of wind on the lake; and they were filled with water, and were in jeopardy.
And they came to him, and awoke him, saying, Master, master, we perish. Then he arose, and rebuked the wind and the raging of the water: and they ceased, and there was a calm.

And he said unto them, Where is your faith? And they being afraid wondered, saying one to another, What manner of man is this! for he commandeth even the winds and water, and they obey him.

When I first read this in my daily devotions, I wrote the following in my journal:
Where is my faith? If He can command the storm outside of me, then He can also command the storm inside of me. The issue is not really what's happening outside of me, but what's going on inside of me. Where is my faith and trust in Him? Can I trust Him if the worst storm came on the outside? Where will my faith be then?
The storms of life reveal the condition of our faith and our need to fully trust in God. He is trustworthy. When things get scary on the outside, focus on Christ and find peace for your soul in the One Who commands the winds and the water.


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Friday, November 03, 2017

Book Recommendation





I am reading this book right now.  I am almost finished with it.  I would like to recommend it to you.  It is written from a Christian perspective.  The author's advice on mindset is invaluable.  It is helpful not only in thinking about the anxiety and fear of terrorism but also is helpful for all areas of life that cause us anxiety and fear.  This is a book that I will go back to again and again.

In a practical sense, I have learned that how I conduct myself in everyday things as I go out to run errands can make a difference in whether I am an easy target or not.  Learning the color codes and assessing what color code I am in at any given time has changed how I look at the world around me.  Learning about the OODA is helpful too.

The color codes are

White: unaware
Yellow: relaxed but aware of surroundings
Orange: sensing danger, ready to act
Red: taking action
Black: one who has been taken down by the enemy

Each color code is expanded upon in the book.

The OODA is
Observing
Orientation
Decide
Act

Each one of these OODA items are discussed at length in the book.

The author also details some physical excercises you can do so that you can fight an attacker off.

This book is well worth the $3.99 it costs.  Get it and learn how to protect yourself.

Monday, October 30, 2017

Devotional: One Thing is Necessary



"But Martha was distracted with all her preparations; and she came up to Him, and said, "Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to do all the serving alone? Then tell her to help me." But the Lord answered and said to her, "Martha, Martha, you are worried and bothered about so many things; but only one thing is necessary, for Mary has chosen the good part, which shall not be taken away from her.""
‭‭Luke‬ ‭10:40-42‬ ‭NASB‬‬

Here we have Mary sitting at the feet of Jesus and Martha is scrambling around in the kitchen trying to make a perfect meal for their guest. Verse 40 says that Martha was distracted with all her preparations. Martha is frustrated that Mary is not helping her. She begins to complain to Jesus about this and tells Him to tell her to help her.  

I love how practical Scripture is! It gets right down to the heart issues. Look at Martha.

1. She is distracted 
2. She attempts to put Jesus and Mary on a guilt trip
3. She has a martyr complex
4. She avoids talking directly to the one she is upset with

Oh my!  I have been guilty of all these things!  When I take the time to stop and think about it, numbers 2-4 are most likely to happen when I am distracted.  

Distractions take my focus off the things that should be my priorities, causing me to get behind, hurried and worried in things that need to be done.  Then I become cranky and try to guilt others into helping, feel sorry for myself and sometimes avoid talking directly to those I want help from.

In Martha's defense, she welcomed Jesus into their home.  Due to the fact that she apparently wasn't prepared for company, she then got a little cranky. But I have to commend her for her hospitality. I'm afraid I might have declined if I was not prepared for guests.

I love Jesus' response. "Martha, Martha, you are worried and bothered about so many things; but only one thing is necessary, for Mary has chosen the good part, which shall not be taken away from her."

  I think social media has become a scourge.  The internet provides endless distractions. Sitting at the feet of Jesus, listening and obeying His Word gets lost in the shuffle and the true priorities get left undone. When the opportunity for hospitality and building relationships comes, we are too distracted to take part in it. 

One thing is necessary.  Seating at Jesus' feet, listening to His Word. When we listen to Him, our priorities come into focus.  


Wednesday, October 25, 2017

What Can Demons Do to Christians?

"And He was teaching in one of the synagogues on the Sabbath. And there was a woman who for eighteen years had had a sickness caused by a spirit; and she was bent double, and could not straighten up at all. When Jesus saw her, He called her over and said to her, "Woman, you are freed from your sickness." And He laid His hands on her; and immediately she was made erect again and began glorifying God."
‭‭Luke‬ ‭13:10-13‬ ‭NASB‬‬

This caught my eye this morning.  Here are my observations and thoughts.
1. The woman was afflicted by a spirit
2. The woman was in the synagogue (our equivalent of church)
3. She wasn’t seeking to get to Jesus, but instead He noticed her and called her over
4. Jesus healed her, yet she didn’t seem to be seeking healing from Him.  
5 Jesus says nothing about her faith
6. She immediately glorifed God when she was healed

I find it interesting that the woman came to "church" and apparently was not being disruptive in any way, yet she was afflicted by a spirit.  I have to assume it was a demon since it was doing bad things to her body.

Jesus healed her in the absence of her seeking him out or showing any kind of action that would indicate she had special faith in Him to heal her.  Many of his other healings involved people seeking him out to touch his garment or taking roof tiles off to lower a person down in front of him or blind men calling out to hm etc.  This woman didn’t do anything.  

Jesus says nothing about her faith, yet when she is headed she glorifies God. 

I’m wondering if it is possible for Christians to be bothered and/or afflicted by demons, while not being possessed by them?

It seems if this woman was possessed by the evil spirit she would have behaved badly in the synagogue as we see other possessed people in Scripture behave badly.  I remember the Apostle Paul said that his thorn in the flesh was a messenger of Satan to torment him to keep him from exalting himself.  I don’t think Satan and his demons really care about keeping God’s people humble, since that is what God wants us to be.  I think what he meant was that God allowed the messenger of Satan (demon) to  afflict him to keep him humble.  Even the demons end up doing God’s will unintentionally!  

Back to my thoughts.  So it does appear that while Christian’s can not be possessed by demons, they can be afflicted by them.  To what extent mental and physical affliction is the work of demons, I can not tell. But after reading this passage and thinking about Paul’s statements, I have come to the conclusion that demons can and do afflict Christians, while not possessing them.  Why else would Paul say in Ephesians that our battle is against spiritual forces?

"For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places."
‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭6:12‬ ‭NASB‬‬

Monday, October 23, 2017

Devotional: Hide and Seek in the Old Mansion



Proverbs 15:3 The eyes of the LORD are in every place, beholding the evil and the good.

Hide and Seek in the Old Mansion



One of the fun things about living in a big old mansion is the endless possibilities for hide and seek. What made it even more fun was playing hide and seek with our German Shepherd. Someone would make Queen sit and stay while I would run and hide somewhere. I usually found a place deep in a closet. Then I'd shout, "OK!" They would let go of the dog and say, "Go find her, Queen!" Off she'd run sniffing here and there until her nose finally led her to my hiding spot. Of course, the anticipation of her cold wet nose in my face always brought great squeals of laughter and screaming when at last she found me.


It was difficult to hide from Queen. German Shepherd's have extremely good noses and can sniff out anything it seems. I guess that is why they are so good as police dogs. However, it is impossible to hide from God.


He sees everything. The Bible even says He knows our thoughts. The book of Job says, "Behold, I know your thoughts, and the devices which ye wrongfully imagine against me." (Job 21:27) And David says, "Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts". (Psalm 139:23)


We might think we are hiding things from God, but we are not. He knows every idle thought of our heart. God doesn't play hide and seek games. Like David, it's best to come clean with God. He is there ready to forgive us when we come to Him in true repentance.

Devotion: Earthquake in the Old Mansion

My dad was standing, looking out the windows to the right in this picture, toward the bay.

Acts 17:11 These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.

John 5:39 Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.

Jude 1:3 ¶ Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.

Below the cliff that the old house sat on were the railroad tracks. All day and through the night at various times the trains would rumble by or switch cars below. All this activity would shake the old house. We became so accustomed to the noise and the shaking that it never fazed us. The noise and shaking just went together. However, if we had company that didn't know about the trains and the noise and shaking that went on they would nearly come out of their seats in panic thinking we were having an earthquake or something had exploded.

We got to know the "good" noise and shaking so well that when there was noise without shaking or shaking without noise we paid attention. So it was in the middle of the night when I was awakened out of a sound sleep by the shaking of the house without any noise to go with it. It was a different kind of shaking, more like a rocking motion. I knew instantly that something was wrong. I flew out of bed to my parent's room to find my dad standing, looking out the window. I imagine he was trying to figure out what we should do. All I knew was I was scared out of my wits and wanted to be near my mom and dad. None of us slept well the rest of the night. Three of us in a standard double bed with me clinging to the outside edge of it all night, didn't make for a restful time.

We got to know the noise and shaking that were normal so well that when the earthquake shook us we instantly knew something was wrong. The parallel to be seen is this: As Christians, we are to study the Bible and get to know it so well that when doctrine, worldviews, humanistic teaching, etc. comes along that contradicts it we are instantly aware. Are you like the Bereans talked about in the verse out of Acts above? Are you searching the Scriptures daily? We can not contend for the faith if we do not know what the faith is. My challenge to you is to dig into the Bible and get to know it so well that you can identify the counterfeit easily when it comes along.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Devotion: Spying on People in the Old Mansion

This was the bathroom.  There used to be a window on the wall near the towel rack. Subsequent owners remodeled and removed the window. 

Proverbs 5:21 For the ways of man are before the eyes of the LORD, and he pondereth all his goings.
Proverbs 15:3 ¶ The eyes of the LORD are in every place, beholding the evil and the good.

I was a typical little sister. Being four years younger than my sister, she was bringing home boys after her dates. Of course, I was supposed to be in bed by that time. But I would sneak into the upstairs bathroom, open the window and watch what was going on in the kitchen by looking at the reflection in the neighbor's window.

Later as she was saying goodbye to her date in the big hallway downstairs, I would sneak out in the upstairs hallway and peek over the banister to watch them down below.


Another one of my spying tactics was the air vent in my bedroom floor. Those old turn of the century houses didn't have central heating ducts. Instead, they had a vent in the floor that could be opened to let heat up from downstairs. This vent worked well as a spot to spy on who was down in the living room. So occasionally, I would lay down on the floor and look through the vent and listen to the activities going on below.

My first room in the old house.  The heat vent has since been covered by carpet, but it was in the middle of the room.



To my sister's credit, she never did anything worthy of tattling to my parents about. I wouldn't have tattled anyway because I would have gotten myself in trouble for spying! (Now I am telling all my secrets!)

There is One who sees all that we do. No, He is not spying on us. He has plainly told us in His Word that he sees all we do. It's no secret. He ponders our path. Is it a path that honors Him? He sees the good and the evil. God not only sees what we do, but He also sees what is in our hearts.
Jeremiah 17:10 I the LORD search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every
man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings.(KJV)

Our outward actions may deceive man into thinking we are upright, holy people, but what is in our hearts? Eventually, what is in our hearts will be revealed. What is the condition of yours?