Day after…

Christmas dinner with my CARE family.

Christmas dinner with my CARE family.


Christmas dinner with eighty neighbors and friends.

So much good food!!

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Temperature at six AMSo warm!! My one and only door was wide open all night, and a couple of windows. So pleasant!! However, according to Houston TV meteorologist’, Winter weather is on the Western horizon.

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Temperature at nine PMPostscript, ten-fifteen PM: Beautiful day **BUT** according to late TV news, a deadly tornado in the Dallas area (two hundred miles +/- north of Livingston).

What Would Jesus Do ??

On Jesus’ birthday, I’d like to share the following from an earlier blog.

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 25, 2008

In His Steps

Have you seen kids wearing bracelets with the initials WWJD— What Would Jesus Do?The story behind those bracelets begins a century ago, when a minister named Charles Sheldon wrote a novel titled In His Steps. One Sunday morning at First Church, Pastor Henry Maxwell is preaching a sermon about how to follow Christ’s example of sacrificial love.The service is suddenly interrupted when a tramp stands up. He’s been out of work for a year, he says, yet not one person in town has helped him find another job. Twisting his shabby hat in his hands, the tramps says, “I was wondering if what you call following Jesus is the same thing as what he taught.…I get puzzled when I see so many Christians living in luxury and remember how my wife died in a tenement.…what would Jesus do?” At that point, to the congregation’s horror, the tramp collapses and dies.

The following Sunday, the minister makes a stunning proposal: He’s looking for volunteers willing to pledge themselves for an entire year to do nothing without first asking, “What would Jesus do?” Some fifty people make the pledge, and a remarkable series of events begins. Some of these people pay a high price for their obedience. But they also learn the joy of following faithfully in his footsteps.

A few years ago, a Holland, Michigan youth leader was so inspired by this classic story that she had bracelets made bearing the letters WWJD and gave them to the kids in her church. The idea caught fire, and today millions wear them.

Adapted from How Now Shall We Live? Devotional by Charles Colson (Tyndale) pp 585-86. Content is derived from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation and other publications of Tyndale Publishing House.

This devotion complements the book I’m currently reading: What Matters Most, by Tony Evans. Subtitle: Four Absolute Necessities In Following Christ.

Two new “free” planters !!

Two large plantersHallelujah!!

The “farm store” gave me two more large containers to use for planters. Neighbors (CARE residents) are eager for me to start plants in their yards. Likewise, the manager of Thrift ‘n Gift wants flowers near the entrance. I’m ready, willing and able.

Caster dolly

Late yesterday afternoon, my friend, David Wolfe, delivered the base of my Tower Garden attached to a caster dolly. It is so much better than I anticipated!! I thought the casters would be attached to two 2″x12″ planks; nothing fancy. David went “above and beyond.” ~~ Today, I purchased paint and applied the first coat. ~~ I’m building a blog devoted entirely to my Tower Garden. Perhaps you’d like to read that one too?!

Very sturdy dolly

Sturdy frame for casters

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Painting the top of caster dolly

Painting the bottom of dolly

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Second coat of paintPostscript, Christmas Eve afternoon: Second coat of paint.