Thanks for the emails about the Halls Mill blog last week. It was such a heart-felt reunion over the weekend.
Following my trip down memory lane last week, Ted and Donna (Halmontaller) Cartwright emailed me about our corn picking days. That was not my favorite task as a kid, but I loved to eat corn. So on our farm, for that very reason, you picked.
A great basketball player, Donna was another high school mentor. So, here are your flowers “Shug.”
On Wednesday, I traveled over to Riverbend Country Club for the Shelbyville Woman's Club meeting. This is really a great group of patriotic ladies who achieve a lot in the way of education and service to this community.
SWC, which dates back to the early 1940s, happily reports it has enrolled 22 new members in 2019. I appreciate members letting me tag along each month to report on guest speakers for the paper.
I want to thank Mary Ann Davis. You and God know why sweet lady.
Wednesday's SWC guest was author and Christian Television Network's “Bridges” host Monica Schmelter. I'm writing a story about her life's work for an upcoming edition.
Monica had copies of her book, “Messy to Meaningful.” Within the pages are what she and co-writers refer to as “lessons from the junk drawer.”
Admit it. You know we all have one, maybe two or three.
Monica titles Chapter 14, “Dead Batteries: The Power to Rejoice.” I love this, especially since dead batteries are usually found in my junk drawer. The point: everyone should take a minute each day to spiritually recharge.
I love the chapter titled, “Mints: Need to Refresh?” I can't say I'm guilty of having those in my junk drawer, though maybe in the depths of my purse.
Monica further notes, “We can do the same sort of stuffing in our spiritual lives, holding on to so much junk it becomes tough to fit in the good things the Lord is calling us to do.”
I agree with Monica when she says sometimes we need to effectively close the drawer on some parts of our past. Each day, like this beautiful one, is set aside for forgiveness and renewal.
Sunday, June 16, is Father's Day. I can't think of a better day to tell your earthly father, as well as the Heavenly Father, thank you.
I close with a Happy Father's Day wish to my patriotic Daddy. Thanks for all the fishing trips, which sometimes turned out to be more like “squirrel-fishing” and those lunch stop-offs at Brown's Market, where we refreshed ourselves with cold drinks, bologna, saltine crackers and laughter.