Conversations March 10, 2022

Goodwill

Lady to me: “You know you are probably not going to find much in here today, especially long sleeves. My friends and I were in here last week when they were all 50% off. We bought nearly everything!”

Me: “I was here last week also. Right when they opened. I actually bought 52 items!”

Lady: “Oh! Well I don’t know why I come here so often. I really don’t need anymore clothes.”

Me: “Are you a reseller?”

Lady: “No. what’s that?”

Me: “I am a reseller. I buy things to sell online. Like a yard sale, but online.”

Lady: “Ohhhh. So you buy all the good stuff from here and sell it to people”

Me: “I do!”

Lady: “Have a nice day…” walks off…

Conversations March 3, 2022

Goodwill
While looking through the coats.

Man to me: “Are these coats 50% off today?”
Me: “Yes. Sweaters, blazers and long sleeves too.”
Man: “Blazers? I need some church blazers.”
Me: “I am pretty sure. The sales lady is right over there. Ask.”
Man: “Ma’am, are these blazers on sale today. Are they included in the 50% off sale.”

Lady: “They are. There is the sign over there that tells which things are on sale.”

Man to me: “Guess you were right. What do you think of this navy blue one, would it fit me?”

Me: “I think so. Try it on!”

Man: “Well. Was just asking.”

Walks off…..

Todays SS Notes

From todays Sunday School

We teach our kids from a young age to “not stare”
The only issue with this teaching is as they grow up, “don’t stare” becomes “Don’t See”

Thinking of the handicap, mentally challenged, homeless, and then elderly…

What can we do this week to make the invisible, visible?

Christian in later life

Something that I’ve never heard anyone discuss before, are the benefits of becoming a born again believer in latter life.

Maybe benefits is not the right word.

I spent years bitter because I did not grow up in a Christian home like all my adult friends. I felt like if I had, I would not have screwed up my life so much before age 22. I made d sad I many mistakes and wrong turns between age 14-22, I loss tract.

I got saved a couple of months before my 23rd birthday. I still remember, as if it were yesterday. I also remember how I use to see the world and everyone in it. I thought that that would have been something I would have forgot, all these years later. But I have not.

Becoming saved as an adult has made me view things a whole lot different then all of my Christian friends. I remember what worked and what didn’t work, when people talked about God to me. I remember all the many times I went to church as a child and teen.

I don’t have any memories going to church with my mother, but I do remember going to church with both of her sisters. Both were Presbyterians. (Insert short fun Bible lessons, having snacks and learning about Adam and Eve, Jonah, and Noah’s Ark again and again and again. Nothing more!)

I also went to church with my grandmothers when I spent the night with them. One was Pentecostal (insert 4 hour services on a backroads farm) And the other grandma was a Roman Catholic. (Insert a bunch of hand movement rituals, singing and chit-chat from the pulpit, without a clue to what I just heard) Visiting my father, I have memories of going to confession and making up things to say. Just got kicks!

I ask myself, What did I actually believe in? I believed in Evolution and the Big Bang. I also believed in Adam and Eve. I just though they were the cavemen.

By the time I was 22, and I heard the true gospel, from my now husband, I was a mess. I remember telling him that I was recarnated and was many different people and animals in my past lives.. having memories here and there.

I also believed that the Bible was never to be taken seriously. And if it were true, it was dated. My mom use to tell me that.

Fast Forward: I am a born again believer of The one and ONLY true God, Jesus Christ.

I have been a Christian for 25 years now. Have I backslid during these 25 years? Yes I have!

But God always led me right back to him through prayer.

Before I was saved, I had no idea what convictions felt like. I did what I wanted, when I wanted, without any guilt whatsoever.

Was that an easier way to live? Simply for yourself? Sure it was!

But I would never ever want to go back to who I was and how I was. My whole mind frame has changed. And I know that I had nothing to do with it. Christ did. I was having too much fun living for me.

Culture takes a sin and celebrates the sin. I was a free agent. Highs and deep lows in life. When it was good, it was very good. And when it was bad, I wanted to die.

I remember being very much a part of worldly culture, and I know what it’s like to be part of counterculture. It’s so much more fulfilling!

That said, one of the benefits of becoming saved as an adult is that I have never felt like God abandoned me when things were not going well for me. (Let’s face it, Christian or not, life is not a bowl of cherries 24/7)

I have also never felt disappointed, or mad at God. Wanting to throw in the towel and go back to my pre-saved days. I hear Christian’s share these two things pretty frequently.

I think it’s because I remember how I felt before I was saved. And in comparison to how I have feel as a Christian.. Well, there is no way that I could ever dream of going back to that empty, shallow, lifeless, lonely, internal feeling that I couldn’t escape late at night when I was all alone with my thoughts.

Life was crazy! Filled with uncertainty and questions.

I have no questions now. I know how it ends. I have no uncertainty now. I have no loneliness.. even when I’m alone. I do not Fear death whatsoever. I remember thinking that o was once a bunny rabbit that was killed by a wolf. Goodness me! I actually believed I use to be a rabbit!!

I also know when, and when I am not in Gods will. I will start off his path and feel him tug me back. It is remarkable!

His yoke is easy. I never knew or understood the meaning of that until I became one with Christ.

It’s an organic feeling. And being on the right road in life is pretty darn Amazing. I feel peace.

I have peace in the good and bad times.

I can feel sad, yet at complete peace through Christ.

Is there anything better to delight in, then being at Peace 24/7? I think not!

If someone would have shared all of these things with me as a child or teen, I would have though they were nuts! I would not have understood what they meant by having internal peace when something awful has happened. I would not have understood what it meant to be born again. To physically die, to lose my putter shell (flesh) yet have my spirit alive forever. That is a-lot to fully grasp. I am just so thrilled that I had people praying for me and a husband that took a chance on me.

Conversations March 2, 2022

Dennys Restaurant

Waitress to elderly Customers: “Anything else? we have blueberry syrup, would you like to try that for your pancakes or is the maple fine?”

Lady Customer: “Blueberry? Yes! I’d love to try some blueberry syrup.”

Lady Customer to her husband: “Let’s see if it’s real blueberries or not.”

Waitress comes back with syrup: “Here you are ma’am. If there is nothing else. Enjoy!”

Lady to her Husband: “Do you want sone too dear?”

Husband: “No thank you. You are not going to like it dear. Just stick to the maple.”

Lady: “Let’s see. oh me! This doesn’t taste anything like blueberries. It’s just pure sugar.”

Husband: “I told you dear. This is Dennys. We should have went to IHOP.”

Lady: “Call the waitress back over here. Which one was she?”

Husband: “Excuse me, miss!”

Waitress: “Yes sir, what do you need?”

Lady: “This is not blueberry syrup.
We raise blueberries and this isn’t it! Take it away.”

Waitress: “You didn’t like it? “

Lady: “Not at all. Taste artificial. How are you guys making it back there?”

Waitress: “Oh! We do not make it ma’am. It’s just a new promotion that we have. But if it’s not good, I’ll stop promoting it to people. I appreciate your input. Would you like a new stack of pancakes with maple syrup?”

Lady: “No thank you. I’m full anyways. Maybe more coffee.”

Waitress: “Alright then. My apologies that you did not like it. Anything else? Or are you ready for the check? How was the rest of your meal? Eggs and sausage were okay?”

Husband : “Very good. Just a bit more coffee and then we are ready for the check. Thank you.”

Conversations March 1, 2022

Marshall’s

Two middle age women employees

Employee #1: “Doesn’t it piss you off that we are allowing people to shop without their masks on?”

Employee #2: “It does! My brother came home from vacation about six weeks ago, and two weeks later he was dead from Covid. Got the shot too! That’s why we need to mask as well!”

Employee #1: “I hear you. My sister passed from pneumonia a couple months ago after struggling from Covid. I still haven’t recovered myself. Still have trouble breathing. People need to stop being so damn selfish and get the damn vaccine and mask so they will stop spreading it to us all. It’s murder! They are silently killing us out of selfishness. I know the Good Lord does not approve!”

Employee #2: “I agree. I almost don’t want to work here anymore because they are letting people ship without a mask on.”

Conversations at Small Groups

I was at a connect group last night and a few questions for discussion came up that still has me thinking about them this morning. None of us came up with any real answers, so I know I need to let it go. Regardless, I wanted to lay them on the table.

1. When did everyone become hyper sensitive?

2.Why do we need the ten point mercy rule for all the kids on sports teams?

3. How did we go from High schoolers bringing their guns to school to show their friends after school or on lunch break, to bringing them in the school to shoot their classmates that didn’t like them, bullied them, etc.?

4. At what age did we all realize that we really do not care what others think of us? It just sort of happens between age 40-60. And it’s so liberating!

5. As older adults, how can we be good role models to kids and teens that do not want to learn from us, rather learn from the internet.

6. Is it a good idea to colonize Mars, since earth is so populated?

Conversations February 24, 2022

Starbucks

Two guys: “Stop flirting with her. Just ask her out.”

One Guy to lady making my coffee: “He likes you, that’s why he’s flirting with you?“

Lady: “He can like me all he wants, but he’s barking up the wrong tree. He is a he.”

February 23, 2022

Thrifting (two guy workers from the other day)

Guy 1: “Dude, do you attend anywhere?”

Guy 2: “Like a church?”

Guy 1: “Yea. I go to the S***** Church? If you ever want to go with me, I can come pick you up.”

Guy 2: “No. my parents made me stop going when I turned 18. I can’t just sit there work an hour and listen to someone talk I go crazy!”

Guy 1: “Oh. Okay. Well if you ever change your mind.”

Guy 2: “I go to connect groups though. I love the interaction and everyone chatting back and forth. If church was like that, I’d go. I figure at least it’s something. And it keeps my parents happy.”

Another thrift store

A lady was looking at the nightmare while another worker guy was restocking.

Lady yo worker: “Excuse me sir, what do you think of this Housedress? Do you think it will fit me? Also, how much are the nightgowns? I really like this pattern and color on this one. I think it will fit.”

Worker: “Today is my first day. I don’t know how much they are. If you go ask up front, they will know.”

Lady: “Be a dear and go ask for me. Here, take it with you. Thanks.”

I could have told them both that all the nightwear is $4 each, but I have found that even the tiniest interaction with people (while Thrifting) results in full blown conversations and I was pressed for time so didn’t say anything. lol

Guy: “Ma’am, all night wear is $4 each they said. Here you go.”

Lady: “Thank you. so do you think this will fit me and look good on me?”

Guy: “Our dressing rooms are open if you want to go try it on.”

Lady: “Oh no. No time for any of that. I guess I will chance it. What is your return policy?”

Guy: “Um. I am not sure. Today is actually my first day. If you go yo front, they will know.”

Lady: “Be a dear and go ask for me. Thanks.”

And then I was done looking so left..

Again, I could have offered the answer. Seven days to return. 😂

February 21, 2020

Two men workers in the thrift store:

Man1: “Have you heard that in some states the Government are offering to cancel student loans and give you straight up cash if you get the shot now?”

Man2: “Yes. That is crazy! You know no government has ever cared about their people on any level, so there is something more about this damn jab then we all know. People are too blinded to see it, so let them end their lives. People call us dumb for not wanting to comply, they have no idea how the Government has weaponized them.”

Man1: “I know man. I tried to explain this to both of my parents who were healthy before they got it. Both have heart conditions now. My father is the worse. What’s done is done, but I hate it for them. They don’t get it and were just raised never to question and do as you are told.”

Man2: “Heart issues after the shot? Yeah. Sounds like my aunt. She’s just now seeing how she was healthy before, made it through Covid twice. Pressured to get the shot from her daughter, and hasn’t been the same.”

Man1: “Okay man, we have to get back to work before they say something. I’ll be in the back going through the drop offs. You finish up here.”

Man2: “Cool. later.”

Man on his cell phone looking shoes next to me-

“Dude! What’s up? How’s it hangin? I’m ****** ** The Goodwill, can you believe it? Need shoes and this is the only **** thrift in the area.

Right??? Yeah. Nothing! If I were back home in Cali, I’d have my pick. Nah. Not a single pair. Nah. No Jordons at all. Gucci? Are you high? Not here dude. No. Not a single pair. Wait, what are these? Let me sit down and try them. Dude!!! There are old socks in them. I’m not gonna find anything here. Footlocker? I doubt it. I’ll check. **** I’m only here for two more days. Yeah so I better motor. Catch ya later. Need to find something without breaking the *** bank. Hope they never fly me out to this one horse town again. I’m in the middle of **** ZERO! Hahaha. Later dude.”