Just a heads up ... my posts this week may be even more irregular than normal. We're finishing up the renovation work on my new home office space and I may wind up without Internet service for a day or two. I'm already going into a cold sweat just thinking about it.
Meanwhile, take this ten question quiz on acne. I truly knew nothing about the subject, apparently.
A LOOK IN THE MIRROR
Age 8: Looks in the mirror and sees Cinderella or Sleeping Beauty.
Age 15: Isn't happy with anything she sees in the mirror. ("Mom, I can't go to school looking like THIS!")
Age 20: Sees herself as too fat / too thin / too tall / too short / hair's too straight / hair's too curly, but decides she's going out anyway.
Age 30: Sees the same thing, but fixes what she can, and goes out anyway.
Age 40: Sees the same thing, but says "I've had my shower / bath and at least I look clean" and goes out anyway.
Age 50: Looks in the mirror and says, "It is what it is," and goes out anyway.
Age 60: Looks in the mirror and still isn't happy, but reminds herself she's still able to look in the mirror and goes out. Conquers the world.
Age 70: Looks in the mirror and sees wisdom, laughter, and ability, and then goes out and enjoys life.
Age 80: Doesn't bother to look. Puts on her purple hat and goes out to just have fun.
Age 90: Looks in the mirror and remembers the girl who saw Cinderella or Sleeping Beauty and decides she got it right the first time.
[Pastor Tim's Illustrations; edits and additional material by Mark Raymond]
WORD for YOUR WEEK: While talking with a friend while we sat in the hospital waiting room during my Dad's recent surgery, he was curious about the origin of the term, "Indian Summer." I've read three separate origins for the phrase, which first appeared in print circa 1778. One ascribes it to a period of Native American attacks on colonial settlements, another a grass fire burning time when Indians would flush out as much game as they could in the late fall to store for the lean winter months, and a third says it is merely called that because it was the Indians who informed the Europeans about the weather condition. Old Farmer's Almanac ascribes to the first, and has more specifics here. Whatever the explanation, we've certainly been enjoying some mild, warm days here in Michigan recently.
P.S. - Pastor Tim's list above only went to 80. In honor of my step-mom, who turns 90 at the end of the month, I added the last one.
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