How To Multiply Your Blessings


​Have you been blessed with worldly possessions and all (or most) of the comforts your heart desires? Then be a hero to someone in need and share your blessings. You cannot expect God to give you more if you squirrel away all that He has bestowed upon you.

As down-to-earth televangelist Joyce Meyer often says, “What’s the point of having a nice new car if you won’t give anybody a ride? Or a big, beautiful home if no one is welcome there?” She also warns us about learning of a need and moving on because we assume someone else will step up. Say you hear that a family’s home was burned down and they need new bedding and clothes. Do you have an old bed, spare mattress or linens that you are not using?…Clothes you’ve been meaning to give away? Don’t dismiss the need without taking a mental inventory of what you have to give. And get off the couch and gather those items or make a call arranging for them to be picked up.

I’m willing to bet that if you prove to be a good steward, God will see fit to multiply your blessings even more.  Expect miraculous things to happen!

via Daily Prompt: Miraculous


Less Fortunate is Not Less Than

While shopping today, I overheard a mother and her teen daughter complain about the nerve of a “needy” teenager who had the audacity to list Ugg boots and a NorthFace jacket on her Christmas wish list (she’s a member of the family that the offended mom’s friend’s employer is sponsoring). It was so unbelievable to them that they repeated the list a couple of times.

This is a wish list, people. Can’t a girl dream? What did they expect her to ask for…knockoffs? I imagine she wanted name brand items so she could blend in and be seen as normal, not needy…not a have not. Wearing these designer items may mean she won’t get picked on or bullied for being poor. She likely realizes she won’t get all the items she asked for, but what if she gets one?!

If you are fortunate to not be on the receiving end of charity, have a heart. People who shop at thrift stores out of necessity don’t want your stained, ripped and torn hand-me-downs. And women at shelters don’t want their children playing with toys that are broken and missing too many pieces to enjoy (what you deem unfit for yours). They want their children to play with safe and fun toys, just as parents in financially stable households do. 

People considered the least of these are not less than.

Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me. – Matthew 25:40

Every man shall give as he is able, according to the blessings of the Lord your God which He has given you.  – Dueteronomy 16:17


Not a Fan of Celebrity Endorsements


Celebrity endorsements are often unnecessary and a waste of resources. They’re cloaked in extravagant negligence simply for the sake of recognition. Nothing to do with product or quality.

Take for instance the launch of TD Bank some years ago. I’d much rather see a creative concept (like the BART robot they utilize today) than realize they’ve spent millions more dollars to have Regis and Kelly hawking the virtues of its unconventional bank. I don’t believe consumers are so starstruck and gullible to choose a bank simply because their favorite TV morning show co-hosts plugged it; at least I’m not. Show me that you are frugal with your money…my money and maybe I’ll entrust you with it.

Zaxby’s is another company I wish would change its ways. I long unsubscribed from their email list because all the emails were all about them (birthday cake milkshake or some enticing sandwich), never me, the customer. How about say thanks now and again, offer me something free? And quit dishing out the big bucks to Hollywood celebrities (whom I can’t fathom eating your high-calorie food and ruining their figures) to peddle your goods. I doubt some have ingested chicken in years. Instead, consider spending those millions on customer promos instead. Be more like Chick-Fil-A and Krispy Kreme and send your patrons coupons and occasional freebies. Boost your revenue with customer appreciation.

Then there’s Cigna. An insurance company resurrecting TV doctors of shows long gone. You’re in the healthcare field. Please prioritize patients’ coverage over your market share.

The bottom line is we’re living and consuming in a new day and age. Be more creative and wise with your marketing budget. Aim to be authentically memorable.


Pride and craftsmanship succumb to substandard mediocrity

via Daily Prompt: Substandard


I love collecting antiques. I admire them because the craftsmanship is superior. I have items decades old and some 100+ years old. And they’re still in tact. Nothing is peeling, bulging, warped or defective. Not like throwaway items of today. It makes me wonder, What happened to pride in one’s work and craftsmanship?

Take a look around when you enter a newly constructed home or building. You’ll probably see sheet rock seams and nails poking through the walls and ceilings…things built and installed askew. Imperfections aplenty. What I suspect would be unacceptable in the builder/contractor’s own home. Why the rush? Why the lack of respect for the occupants of the space?

If you produce or repair a product that can be seen and held, do it with pride and accuracy. If a car trunk shut all the way when it came to you, don’t give the car back with the trunk off kilter. If you are okay with shipping $200 bar stools marred with nicks and scrapes, you should reconsider your quality standards. If you are racing to finish the job on a tight deadline, don’t take on so many jobs. Do what you realistically can. Complete a job you’re proud to put your name on. Do a job customers can rave about to their friends and family – thereby gaining you more business.

I don’t want spit in my food

I recently entered a restaurant to pick up my call-in order. I had to halt in the vestibule while a worker was adjusting the rugs before me. I was stunned when she went to the register to take my payment and then package my food at the counter – never removing the gloves she wore while tending to the floors.
Years ago, I recall a teenager fingering and coiling her hair when I entered the restaurant to pick up my order. She then proceeded to handle my money and as I waited for our pizza, she wrapped silverware packets. Never once did she wash or sanitize her hands.
We have written off so many restaurants due to poor service. All it takes is one time to be served burnt food, or wait 20 minutes for a salad, plus a slew of other transgressions. I usually just suffer through it because I’m afraid to send back my food. I fear an unwanted, non-requested ingredient will be added.
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I’m ashamed to say that I don’t have the guts to verbally correct your employees.
​Why is the burden on me to tell them ​w​hat’s not acceptable/appropriate? ​So ​to the restaurant owners and managers of the world, ​on behalf of all creeped out
​diners, please ​teach your staff​ to practice good hygiene.​