Tamara's Journeys

Journeys as great as the destinations.

Friday Funnies

March 31st, 2017

I know most of you are still experiencing winter, but I’m HOT in Hawaii. Yesterday my temperature gauge said 88 degrees when the radio weatherman announced, “The next two days we’ll be warming up.” What?? Warming up is what you say when it’s 30 degrees, not 88! Thankfully this is Spring and I won’t be here to experience Hawaii’s summer temperatures. Think warm and enjoy these “How Hot is It?” jokes.

It’s so hot … local Jehovah’s Witnesses started telemarketing.

It’s so hot … I put bacon on my tomatoes and in 15 minutes I had a hot BLT.

It’s so hot … that Moses seems cool!

It’s so hot … I saw a Tanager bird dip his worm in a Nestea.

It’s so hot … everyone’s wearing “sweat” pants.

It’s so hot … the Hawaiian government installed a fan in their debt ceiling. (still no A/C though)

It’s so hot … the beach sand is turning to glass.

 

Devotions from Baba’s Front Porch: A Luau

March 29th, 2017

His disciples asked him what this parable meant. Luke 8:9

Many tours and cruises to Hawaii include a luau. People like the idea of going to the beach, it’s a real treat at dinnertime complete with entertainment. Tour organizers will if the visitor likes poi, and maybe because nobody wants to look foolish or insult anyone’s culture, many enthusiastically assure the organizer they love it.

As tourists arrives for the luau after a full day of sightseeing, they are greeted by the smell of roast pig and poi. They are ushered in according to the tour group and that’s when they get their first glimpse of poi. Bowls of purple that look like they should taste like berry puree, but instead taste like paste.

Sometimes a person needs a little clarification. In Luke 8 Jesus told a parable about a sower and some seeds, soil, and thorns. The disciples just couldn’t make sense of it. So, instead of assuming they knew the meaning or pretending to understand, they asked Him to clarify. Jesus then explained, in great detail, what He meant by each part of the parable.

God doesn’t expect us to understand everything. His ways are far higher than ours. It’s okay to admit that we don’t understand something or to ask, for more detail. It’s oaky to ask, “What do you mean by poi?” Otherwise you may find yourself looking at a dinner that tastes like paste. It pays to admit when we just aren’t sure about something.

Sunday in Hawaii: Polynesian Cultural Center

March 26th, 2017

Laie has been a special place for a very long time. With the world-famous Polynesian Cultural Center, BYU as an international focal point of education and the Laie Hawaii Temple as a spiritual apex, the community encompasses a unique feeling that radiates far beyond the wave-swept beaches.

By 1865 the LDS Church purchased an approximately 6,000-acre plantation in Laie and began building a community and a plantation. Within 10 years, Laie became a favorite visiting place for King Kalakaua and Queen Kapiolani, who were especially delighted in the number of Hawaiian children thriving in the community. King Kalakaua even contributed to building the community chapel and participated in laying the corner stones and in its dedication ceremonies. Jump ahead to spring of 1915, when President Joseph F. Smith was in Hawaii on business when he was moved by a spiritual impulse to dedicate a site for the Laie Hawaii Temple.

The setting is serene, surrounded by lush Hawaiian flora on a gently rising hill that features cascading pools and a large fountain to lift your thoughts. Travelers along Kamehameha Highway can’t miss the exquisite Hale Laa Boulevard that leads to the temple which graces the north shore of Oahu just a half mile from the Pacific Ocean.

Over the years, the Laie community and plantation grew and in 1921 the concept of having Polynesian villages for the increasing number of Mormon Maori, Tongans, Tahitians and Samoans started to form. The potential of such a concept was well established in the late 1940s when the Church members in Laie held a very profitable fund-raising luau. In early 1962, then President McKay authorized construction of the Polynesian Cultural Center. He knew the completed project would provide much-needed and meaningful employment for the struggling students in then-rural Laie, as well as add an important dimension to their studies.

In the earliest years, Saturday was the only night villagers at the Polynesian Cultural Center could draw a big enough crowd to fill the 600-seat amphitheater, which seats 2,800 today. Many other additions followed the addition of the IMAX, a shopping plaza featuring a large collection of authentic island merchandise and cultural presentations were lengthened to an hour each featuring songs and dances that take guests on a journey around the Polynesian Islands and into the heart of the people.

I really enjoyed visiting The Polynesian Cultural Center. The islanders openly shared their various foods and traditions joyfully with anyone who entered. I pounded a bamboo instrument in Fiji, played a stick game with an Aotearoan and received a temporary tattoo in Tahiti. While watching the enchanting canoe pageant (not to be missed) I was able to cool down with a dish of fresh pineapple dole whip. I highly recommend anyone traveling to Oahu to spend a full day visiting this special place of entertainment and education. http://www.polynesia.com/

In Samoa the men prepare the meals. Here he is working fresh coconut.

Aotearoan (now the island of New Zealand) meeting house. The red paint is used in honor of red clay God used to create man.

Aotearoan drying products to use for weaving.

Fiji temple

Young man in Hawaii working in the taro field.

Taro is called Elephant Ears when we grow it ornamentally in gardens. Here it’s a food staple.

Tahitian drums

Tahitian women explained weaving is how the women make everything on her island. Toys, rugs, cloths are all made by hand.

 

 

 

 

 

Friday Funnies

March 24th, 2017

Who on earth thinks these up? And who laughs at them (with me)?

•    Venison for dinner again?   Oh deer!

•    How does Moses make tea?   Hebrews it.

•    England has no kidney bank, but it does have a Liverpool.

•    I tried to catch some fog, but I mist

•    They told me I had type-A blood, but it was a Typo.

•    I changed my iPod’s name to Titanic.  It’s syncing now.

•    Jokes about German sausage are the wurst.

•    I know a guy who’s addicted to brake fluid, but he says he can stop any time.

•    I stayed up all night to see where the sun went, and then it dawned on me.

•    This girl said she recognized me from the vegetarian club, but I’d never met herbivore.

•    I’m reading a book about anti-gravity.   I just can’t put it down.

•    I did a theatrical performance about puns.   It was a play on words.

•    Why were the Indians here first?  They had reservations.

•    I didn’t like my beard at first.  Then it grew on me.

•    Did you hear about the cross-eyed teacher who lost her job because she couldn’t control her pupils?

•    When you get a bladder infection, urine trouble.

•    Broken pencils are pointless.

•    What do you call a dinosaur with an extensive vocabulary?  A thesaurus.

•    I dropped out of communism class because of lousy Marx.

•    I got a job at a bakery because I kneaded dough.

Devotions from Baba’s Front Porch: Shade

March 22nd, 2017

It will be a shelter and shade from the heat of the day. Isaiah 4:6

Here in Hawaii, like I witnessed in Florida, there are two types of people. The first are those who love to bake themselves in the sun and somehow enjoy it. Sweat and leathery skin brings them joy. The stifling air doesn’t seem to both them. Their ability to withstand the heat is baffling at best.

Then there are the rest of us. I fall into this category, even while surrounded by Hawaii’s beauty the sun keeps me inside. We’re the ones who check the temperature and the humidity before ever stepping foot outside, sunscreen and sunglasses in hand. We can endure a summer day as long as we have a glass of iced tea in hand and a shady place to sit. Because, let’s face it, shade makes the sun bearable. Air conditioning would be even better. When Isaiah described what life would be like for God’s people when the Messiah appeared, he used the imagery of shade during the heat of the day. When summer is at its hottest, and you think you can’t last another moment in the sun, it’s amazing what a little shade will do. Without changing anything in terms of the sun’s heat or brightness, a little shade enables a person to endure the heat for just a little bit longer.

Jesus is shade on a hot summer day for believers. When life seems to be overwhelming or unbearable a little time with Jesus can give us the needed strength to make it through the day. Though our circumstances may not change. His presence brings much needed relief from the heat of the moment. When we sit in His shade, we are refreshed before heading back out into the heat of the day.

Thank you for being my shade and my place of refreshment. And please, send air conditioning.

Sunday in Hawaii: Honolulu

March 19th, 2017

Founded in 1889, The Bishop Museum is the largest museum of science and history in Hawai’i and has the world’s largest collection of Polynesian cultural artifacts and natural history specimens. It was built by Charles Bishop, founder of First Hawaii Bank, in the memory of his wife Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop. Princess Bernice was the last legal heir of the Kamehameha Dynasty.

Now listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the museum was built on the original boys’ campus of Kamehameha Schools, an institution created at the bequest of the Princess, to benefit native Hawaiian children.

The museum library has one of the most extensive collections of books and special collections concerned with Hawai’i and the Pacific. The archives hold the results of extensive studies done by museum staff in the Pacific Basin, as well as the Royal family memoirs, photographs, artwork and maps.

Also on the campus of Bishop Museum is the Jhamandas Watumull Planetarium, the oldest planetarium in Polynesia. http://www.bishopmuseum.org/ I attended a show called “Wayfaring” on navigating Polynesia by the stars. I was very illuminating.

During my three hour visit I was given an excellent overview of the history of Hawai’i and its people. The Bishop Museum is a must see for those interested in the background on the royal family and how they lived or how these islands were forms. I would highly recommend this for anyone visiting O’ahu.

Slit drums welcoming visitors to the Pacific Hall

When built in 1898 the local newspaper dubbed these two structures as “the noblest buildings of Honolulu”.

The roof of the museum was made of copper and the floor tiles were picked out in Italy. The designs were very eye catching.

Two-story Pacific Hall explores Moananuiākea, the wide expanse of Oceania.

Ward’s Whale bought in 1901 for $2500 is a big draw for visitors to see.

The three floors of Hawaiian Hall take visitors on a journey through the different realms of Hawai‘i.

Floor in Pacific Hall showing early navigation routes used by Polynesians

Bishop Museum’s Jhamandas Watumull Planetarium was the first planetarium in Polynesia.

 

 

Properly educated on the Hawaii’s royal heritage I was ready for a visit to nearby Iolani Palace. The Palace was built in 1879 to enhance the prestige of Hawaii overseas and to mark her status as a modern nation. After the overthrow of the monarchy, and imprisonment of the Princess, Iolani Palace served as the Capitol for almost 80 years. When the government offices vacated the Palace in 1969, physical restoration of the Palace began. I’m so glad they restored her to the original grandeur. Iolani is a magnificent royal palace. http://iolanipalace.org/

These barracks on the grounds of the Iolani Palalce in downtown Honolulu were once the home of the Hawaiian Royal Palace Guard.

Hawaiian Royal crest on ceiling of veranda.

Throne room where Queen Lili‘uokalani relinquished power to avoid bloodshed of her people.

Iolani had electric lights and indoor plumbing to offer their guests during the magnificent state dinners and balls held here. Electric prior to White House and Buckingham Palace.

King Kalakaua, Queen Liliuokalani’s brother.

The rich interior features a beautiful koa staircase, dramatic portraits of Hawaiian royalty, ornate furniture and royal gifts and ornaments from around the world.

The private living quarters of the royal family and listen to the tragic story of Liliuokalani’s imprisonment in an upstairs bedroom following the overthrow.

Iolani Coronation Pavilion, where in 1883 Kalakaua was crowned king.

This royal residence included Hawaii’s first electric light system, flush toilets and intra-house telephone in this room.

Kings bedroom

The patchwork crazy quilt known as the Queen’s Quilt — created in the fashion of its era — is a 97-by-95-inch, nine-panel cover that documents Lili’uokalani’s time as a prisoner at Iolani Palace in 1895. Messages documenting the most significant events of her life: “Imprisoned at Iolani Palace … We began the quilt here” are woven into the quilt.

Just as Hawaii’s idyllic weather beckons to tourists, like me, from around the world, the warm shallow waters surrounding the main Hawaiian Islands are a favorite destination for humpback whales to breed, calve and nurse their young. Native Hawaiians also believe the whales are family guardians, and so these gentle giants are treated with great respect. After showing respect to the Hawaiians royal family, I decided to show respect to their guardians and boarded a sunset cruise.

Humpback whales are one of the larger species of baleen whales, with adult males ranging between 40 and 52 feet and weighing up to 45 tons. Despite their size, humpback whales are surprisingly graceful acrobats. How do I know? I was able to watch them frolic.

You’d be surprised how close you feel when a 45-ton behemoth lunges out of the sea! The power is amazing. I am happy to report the Endangered Species Act and other laws protect the whales from hunting, harm and disturbances so generations can enjoy their gentle presence.

Dream. Explore. Discover this week.

Friday Funnies

March 17th, 2017

The therapist wheeled Nana out on the lawn, in her wheelchair, where the activities for her 100th birthday were taking place. Nana couldn’t speak very well, but she would write notes when she needed to communicate. After a short time out on the lawn, Grandma started leaning off to the right, so the therapist straightened her up, and stuffed pillows on her right to keep her upright. A short time later, she started leaning off to her left, so again the therapist stuffed pillows to keep her from leaning. Soon she started leaning forward, so the therapist grabbed her, then tied a pillowcase around her waist to hold her upright. A nephew who arrived late came up to Grandma and said, “Hi, Nana, you’re looking good! How are they treating you?” Nana took out her little notepad and slowly wrote a note to the nephew… “They won’t let me Otote. (fart)”

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Three mischievous tutu’s were sitting on a bench outside Wong’s nursing home, when an old Grandpa walked by. One of the tutu’s yelled out to saying, “A! we bet we can tell exactly how old you are.”  The old man said, “There is no way you can guess it, You are two old fools.” One of the tutu’s said back, “Of course we can! – Just drop your pants and we can tell your exact age.”  Embarrassed just a little, but anxious to prove they couldn’t do it, he dropped his pants. The tutu’s told him to turn around a couple of times and to jump up and down several times. Then they shouted, “You’re 87 years old!”  Standing with his pants down around his ankles the old man said, “How did you guess?” Slapping their knees and smiling from ear to ear, the tutu’s laughingly yelled…“We was at your birthday party yesterday!!!”

Devotions from Baba’s Front Porch: Raising Babies

March 15th, 2017

Except Caleb the son of Jephunneh. He shall see it, and to him and to his children I will give the land on which he has trodden, because he has wholly followed the Lord! Deuteronomy 1:36

I’m not a mother, however I have heard friends of mine that are exclaim, “Mother’s aren’t perfect!” All of us mess up from time to time, including mothers. Some spend too much time tidying up messes that will reappear. Others not enough time enjoying moments that will never come again. Maybe we are too quick to tell the kids to go play instead of asking them to come and sit. Everyone can easily get caught up in the to-do list of motherhood. Feed the baby. Change the baby. Fold the laundry. Make dinner.

There’s one area though, where parents can’t allow themselves to fail. Parents, and families, must be completely committed to God and faithful in their walk with Him. Nobody’s perfect and never will be, but we can all be faithful. Falling short in this area could cause future generations – our kids, nieces, nephews and grandchildren – to suffer.

In Deuteronomy, Caleb’s generation was called an evil generation. What was it that stopped this evil generation from seeing the promised land? They chose fear over faith, being timid over trust. They focused on what they cold see and touch instead of what God promised. And they paid dearly for it.

We must all choose faith, and we must choose to trust the promises of God. We must choose these things for ourselves because we are desperate for God’s presence in our children because we are desperate to see His promises fulfilled in them.

Sunday in Hawaii: Pearl Harbor

March 12th, 2017

No trip to Hawaii would be complete without a list of highlights, the top being Pearl Harbor and the Arizona Memorial. I took a guided tour that offered Pearl Harbor and other highlights on my sightseeing wish list of historical places on Oahu.

On my list of places to see on Oahu was the National Cemetery of the Pacific, which has been dubbed Punchbowl. At first thought, you might think it’s strange for me suggest a cemetery as a vacation destination, but this one is very special.

What makes a visit to Punchbowl worth visiting is it’s place to remember the sacrifices of the men and women who have served the United States.  This volcanic crater’s Hawaiian name is Puowaina which is most commonly translated as “Hill of Sacrifice”.  Punchbowl is indeed a hill of sacrifice with hundreds graves representing service and sacrifice to our nation.

This isn’t my photo, but I used it to show how Punchbowl Nat’l Cemetery is set inside a crater

Punchbowl is serene and beautiful with its lush shades of manicured green in contrast with the white granite and stonework. The names of 28,788 military personnel who are missing in action or were lost or buried at sea in the Pacific during these conflicts are listed on marble slabs in ten Courts of the Missing which flank the Memorial’s grand stone staircase. At the top of the staircase in the Court of Honor is a statue of Lady Columbia. Here she is reported to represent all grieving mothers. She stands on the bow of a ship holding a laurel branch.

Did you know that there is a royal residence in the US?  There is one and only one and that is the Iolani Palace in Honolulu. The palace was built by the last king of Hawaii, King David Kalakaua, in 1882. I need to schedule a tour to learn more. http://www.iolanipalace.org/

King Kalakaua had Iolani Palace and Kawaiaha’o Church designed after the buildings he saw in England. Building materials were shipped from England and it took 90 years to complete. Additional doors and windows had to be installed in the historic church because the Polynesian belief was that the souls needed to be able to escape from buildings when they die. Interesting. https://www.kawaiahao.org/

There are four statues of King Kamehameha in the U.S. He was great because he conquered Maui, Oahu, and Molokai. Kauai and Nihau joined the kingdom by negotiation, not by war. His first written law was to protect common people from brutal harm by other chiefs.

Continuing the tour, I passed the State Capitol Building which was built in 1960 and is surrounded by a reflecting pool which corresponds to Hawaii being surrounded by the waters of the Pacific. The columns are shaped like palm trees. The columns are wide at the base like palm trees then they become thinner in the middle. At the top, they fan out onto the ceiling. I liked how much thought was put into the building representing the state.

Of course, with Pearl Harbor’s importance in American history, many people want to make sure they see it as part of their first Hawaii vacation. Including me. Visiting the USS Arizona Memorial was an exceptionally moving experience. It conjured up so many emotions. The overwhelming emotion was sadness. In fact, as hard as I tried, I couldn’t fight back tears. In addition to feeling sorrow, I felt angry about the attack, injury for my country, gratitude for the extreme debt of lives that were paid, and pride for the valiant effort of the few servicemen who were able to fight. How’s that for a vast range of emotions?

The USS Arizona Memorial is located in the Pearl Harbor area of Honolulu and it’s free to visit this national park. My tour included an excellent 23-minute documentary film depicting the attack on Pearl Harbor, and the short boat ride to the actual USS Arizona Memorial. I learned too much to write, however one thing that struck me was that on Dec. 7th, 1941 Japanese made up 40% of Hawaii’s population. And I treat many who lived here at that time and still bear the scars of their treatment after the bombing even though they were born here. It’s very sobering and humbling. To learn more, please read here: https://pearlharboroahu.com/

There’s so much to explore. I hope you stay with me for this Hawaiian adventure. Pack the sunscreen!

Friday Funnies

March 10th, 2017

My first day of work in Honolulu and I was treating a patient on the lanai when ‘it’ hit me. Bird **it, that is. My patient congratulated me on my good luck. It turns out being pooped on by a bird is considered good luck?! The larger the quantity, the larger the amount of luck. This struck me as really quite funny, and inspired today’s Friday Funnies:

A “not so lucky” pirate strolls into his favorite bar and the bartender says, “Whoa, dude, what happened to you?” The pirate says, “What do you mean?”    The bartender says, “Well, for starters, you never used to have a peg leg.” “Oh, that,” replies the pirate. “Well, you see, we had a sea battle and a cannon ball blew off my leg. But the ship’s surgeon fixed me up with this peg leg and I’m as good as new.”     “Well, what about the hook?” asks the barkeep. “We had another sea battle and some guy lopped off my hand,” the pirate explains, “but the ship’s surgeon fixed me up with this hook and now I’m as good as new!”     “What about the eye patch?” asks the bartender. “One day I was on the top mast keeping watch,” says the pirate, “when an albatross flew over and pooped in my eye.”     The bartender is incredulous. “You mean to tell me that bird poop will put out your eye?” “Well,” the pirate explained, “this happened shortly after I got the hook.”

Q: Do you know what the white stuff in bird poop is? A: That’s bird poop, too. True, and still lucky.

Have a good weekend, and carry an umbrella when walking under trees with nests.

 

Devotions from Baba’s Front Porch: Sun Tea

March 8th, 2017

“But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret.” Matthew 6:6

It’s hot. Mom hasn’t heard me say that since I lived in Florida. Now I’m in Hawaii and it’s hot when I leave work. Today I’m dreaming of a large jar of tea sitting in the sun on Mom’s porch just waiting for a tall glass of ice cubes. A quick Google search would reveal sites that list twelve steps for making perfect sun tea. Twelve! You know what Mom needed to make sun tea? Sun, water, and tea bags. That’s it. I think we sometimes try to make things more complicated then they need to be.

Prayer has become the same way. Type the words “how to pray” into Google and you’ll get more than 180 million results. You’ll find articles and books to study, suggestions of classes to take, and more how-to blog posts than anyone could find time to read. A person could spend every waking moment trying to figure out how to pray and never get around to actually praying!

The disciples who followed Jesus during His ministry witnessed His devotion to prayer as He regularly retreated to privately talk to God. When Jesus instructed His disciples on the practice of prayer, He didn’t teach them a poem. He didn’t list seven ways to get closer to God. What He modeled wasn’t complicated. “Go to your room. Shut the door. Pray.”

Prayer is unhurried. It’s uncomplicated. Kind of like a nice, tall glass of sun tea.

Sunday in Hawaii: Hanauma Bay

March 5th, 2017

Many attractions tourists would visit around Honolulu are closed on Sundays. What’s a girl to do? Go to the beach!

Formed within a volcanic cone, the Hanauma Crater was created during a series of volcanic vents opened along the southeast shoreline of Oʻahu. Over time wave erosion eventually cut through the low, southeast wall of the crater, forming the current bay.

Today Hanauma Bay offers a pristine marine ecosystem visited by around one million visitors per year. The bay is closed every Tuesday, Christmas Day and New Years Day to allow the fish a day of feeding without interruption. Obviously well loved by Hawaii, every visitor must watch a video before entering the park so they can learn about the marine life, preservation, conservation, and safety rules for the park.

After the 1941 attack of Pearl Harbor barbed wire was placed at the beach and a bunker was constructed for use by sentries. The Bay area reopened after the war and became even more visitor friendly after blasting in the reef for a transoceanic cable provided room for swimming.

Hanauma is one of the most popular tourist destinations on the Island and has suffered from overuse. I couldn’t believe that, in 1956, dynamite was used to clear portions of the reef to make room for telephone cables linking Hawaii to the west coast of the US. Today, about 400 species of fish are known to inhabit the bay. It is known for its abundance of Green sea turtles and parrotfish. http://www.gohawaii.com/oahu/regions-neighborhoods/honolulu/hanauma-bay/

Don’t be deterred by unexpected “closures” in your life. Find a beach!

Friday Funnies

March 3rd, 2017

Travel can be a fun, exciting and sometimes stressful experience. Try to keep these funnies in mind next time you book a flight:

I have a feeling the flight attendant on my Seattle to Honolulu flight is going to ask me if I’ll like a meal. I’m going to ask, “What are my choices.” I fully expect to hear, “Yes or no.”

When I checked in my luggage at the Lansing airport I noticed mistletoe hanging over the counter. I couldn’t help but ask why it was there. I figured it was left over from Christmas. Instead the clerk dryly replied, “So you can kiss your luggage goodbye.”

No wonder I overheard a passenger checking in at the next scale at the Delta counter saying to the agent, “I’m flying to Los Angeles. I want the square case to go to Denver, and the two larger suitcases to go to Seattle.” “I’m sorry, Sir, but we can’t do that” was her response. “Why not?” You did it the last time!” He remarked.

I was finally called to board and made myself as comfortable as you can in the middle seat. The flight attendant started giving the emergency information by announcing, “There may be 50 ways to leave your lover, but only 4 to out of this plane.”

It’s a fact, there are more planes in the ocean than there are submarines in the sky. Say a prayer for air travelers.

Ash Wednesday

March 1st, 2017

Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Psalm 51:10

On Ash Wednesday many believers traditionally apply an ashen cross on their foreheads. Marking with ash is a symbolic reminder that we come from dust and that so much of what we do and who we are, will return to dust some day.

Lent is a time to remember why Jesus died and to reflect on those areas of ourselves that don’t sit just right. For example, one truth that seems to affect so many people in our culture today: self-obsession. The Bible has many verses about generations of two-faced trickery. Our self-obsessed era is no different. We were all made very good but we keep mucking it up. This is the perfect season to be truthful with ourselves and leave it at the cross.

Many of us turn to religious behavior to deal with it, but alas there’s no magical solution. Even by doing good things, you can’t ‘do’ your way around it. Not even on Ash Wednesday when we walk around with holy ashes on our forehead. The God who sees all isn’t fooled for a second. What does He say? ‘You’ve got your reward now — the attention, the 15 minutes of fame. But that’s all.’

Those who seek to be treated highly will be brought down, and their deeds turn to ash. Those who get real about their humble place in the presence of God will be treated highly. A simple, helpful rule: if you love the Jesus of the cross and of the empty tomb, then don’t draw attention to yourself or boast about how good you are – draw it to Jesus by following Him.

It would be a clear witness to others if we behaved that way. So, what are you waiting for? Ask our Lord to breathe life into your dry and dusty soul and lift you up today.

Tamara's Journeys

Journeys as great as the destinations.