It’s likely that many of you have already hit upon this easy solution, but here it is for those who, like me, were unaware:
I have this long hair. And I have a vacuum with a beater brush. So you can see where this is going: I have an issue. It doesn’t happen every single time, but often the beater brush gets wound up with hair.
I’ve attacked the problem with scissors*, but that mostly leaves me frustrated. Inspiration hit (thank You, Lord), and I thought upon my seam ripper.
Problem solved. 😊
I’m thinking a very sharp pair of manicure (or “cuticle”) scissors* might also work well.
*An aside: Words are funny.
“Scissors” is in a very small group of words that are the same word, whether singular or plural. “Glasses” and “pants” are the only other ones I can think of, off hand.
“The scissors are on the counter.” [Here, you can’t even tell if it’s singular OR plural. These kinds of words are always used with a plural verb. However, “a pair of” can be used to denote a singular (with a singular verb, such as The pair of scissors is on the counter).]
“Hand me a scissors.”
“She has a collection of several antique scissors.”
I looked up the etymology, and discussions referred to Latin and French origins. It is thought that it started out as a plural since there are two blades that slide against one another. I suppose that’s the logic behind pants (two legs) and glasses (two pieces of glass), as well. Merriam-Webster refers to such words as plurale tantum. (https://www.merriam-webster.com/words-at-play/singular-of-scissors )
We’re still working on those big bags of shrimp that my husband got. They are really yummy! We decided, with the hot weather, we didn’t want a dinner as heavy as the Shrimp Alfredo, but we like the combination of the shrimp, asparagus, and pasta. So I looked around again, and mixed what I liked from what I saw.
Again, I used an eclectic mix of pasta: some spinach, some gluten-free (rice), and some semolina (regular kind). They were all spaghetti noodles. You could go fancy and use linguini pasta.
Steamed broccoli florets would be a nice swap for the roasted asparagus.
This recipe makes four servings, give or take, depending on everyone’s appetite. A side salad and some garlic bread would go great with it. Offer some grated Parmesan cheese to top it off.
6 ounces dry spaghetti or linguine noodles (3 or 4 servings)
1 pound shrimp, pre-cooked or raw, but peeled and deveined (if frozen, thaw and drain well)
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1/4 cup butter, softened
1 teaspoon fresh or dried lemon zest (if dried, soak overnight in a bit of water, or use the white wine)
5 – 10 drops lemon essential oil
1/4 cup dry white wine, optional
Oil a baking pan, and spread the asparagus in it. Drizzle with more oil, and sprinkle with salt. Bake in a hot oven (375°), stirring once, 15 – 20 minutes or until lightly roasted. Boil pasta according to package directions.
In a medium-size frying pan over medium-high heat, melt the butter. Drain the shrimp, and sauté in the butter. When shrimp are 1 minute away from being done, stir in 1 tablespoon minced garlic. Cook and stir one minute, then add the lemon zest, lemon essential oil, and wine. Remove from heat. Drain the pasta, return to low heat. Pour in the cooked shrimp mixture. Stir. Add the roasted asparagus; stir. Serve immediately.
Throughout the Old Testament, God lavishes gifts upon His people. His people accept the gifts, then turn away from Him: Adam and Eve; Jacob; the Israelites: The Israelites, in escaping from Egypt and traveling to the Promised Land, saw God’s provision and miracles, and their belief in Him lasted all of about five minutes before they whined and complained about the next issue. Finally, after numerous prophets, God pronounced His judgement on His people, and they were carried away to Babylon.
Notice that God’s judgement in the Bible is only against His people. We do not read of His judgement against heathen nations, except in the Final Judgement, or as punishment for persecuting His people (i.e., Amos Chs 1 & 2). God uses heathen nations to bring judgement on His people, but God saves His judgement on Earth for His people, to bring them back to Him.
In Joshua 24.15 Joshua directs God’s people to “choose you this day whom ye will serve. We really need to do this every single day (moment).
Again and again, God’s people are enticed by the cultures around them, and adopt those customs which appeal to them. Before they know it, they are living entirely in a heathen culture, following evil practices, and have forgotten their God.
Sound like America?
There is some discussion as to whether our country was a chosen nation of God. We established our nation according to Christian principles, but we did not include God or Jesus or the Holy Spirit in our nation’s documents. Even in our founding days, we were a split nation, embracing other-than-God cultures, striving to please and include all people.
There is much talk these days about God surely bringing judgement upon America. But God has called His people to come out of a heathen culture and give our lives fully unto God, and God alone. In that we have departed from our single focus, He will bring judgement on His people to bring us back to Him, not necessarily upon America as a nation.
God does not bring judgement upon one nation or another; He judges HIS OWN PEOPLE. That takes the onus off the unbelievers in America and places it where God intends: The responsibility for obedience is on the shoulders of His people.
Just as Israel in the days they were brought to Babylon, and there were many Israelites devoted to God who were carried away because this was a judgement against God’s people as a whole; so may God bring judgement against His people in America. When God either punishes the heathen, or brings judgement upon His people, there will be much suffering across the board. Perhaps this has already begun (drought, flooding, plague, sickness).
Where are you, as a Christian? Do you follow God with your whole heart? Or, are you a convenient Christian, keeping those things close to your heart that you cherish, but which are not fully obedient to God? Do you read God’s Word daily? Do you hide His Word in your heart, so that you might not sin against Him?
David was called a man after God’s own heart (1 Samuel 13.14; Acts 13.22). He is an excellent example of a heart wholly given to God. Did David sin? Did he give in to some of the ways of the culture around him? Of course. But David repented. He always returned to the God he loved.
This phrase, “the whole heart,” occurs a number of times in the Bible, especially in the psalm of the Word, Psalm 119. Note the testimony of the psalmist in this great psalm.
1. “Blessed are they that keep his testimonies, and that seek him with the whole heart” (v. 2). 2. “With my whole heart have I sought thee: O let me not wander from thy commandments” (v. 10). 3. “Give me understanding, and I shall keep thy law; yea, I shall observe it with my whole heart” (v. 34). 4. “I entreated thy favor with my whole heart: be merciful unto me according to thy word” (v. 58). 5. “The proud have forged a lie against me: but I will keep thy precepts with my whole heart” (v. 69). 6. “I cried with my whole heart; hear me, O LORD: I will keep thy statutes” (v. 145).
Thus, we should “keep his testimonies” (v. 2), “keep thy law” (v. 34), “keep thy precepts” (v. 69), and “keep thy statutes” (v. 145) with our whole heart, for the good and sufficient reason that He is our Lord and has given us His eternal Word, magnified above all His name. HMM
May we always give our hearts wholly to God. May we read His Word (which is Truth), and walk in obedience. May we ever repent and turn back to His ways.
God is calling us. May we be as Samuel (1 Samuel 3.10) and respond, “Speak; for thy servant heareth.” God has spoken through His Word. Let us heed Him. Do not let your heart be divided between two masters. Let go of your sin, turn to God and repent. Even those “secret sins” – they are not so secret. (Read Secret Sin Not So Secret). Die to yourself (John 12.23 – 26).
And, an important reminder: Pray for Christians around the world to be faithful and true to Elohim. Read God’s Word and pray it back to Him. God’s Word will not return to him void (Isaiah 55.11).
Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge, but whoever hates correction is stupid. – Proverbs 12:1
The famous baseball player Ted Williams put up some amazing statistics in his days. In the 40s and 50s, he was known as a “natural hitter” because of the seeming ease with which he would make contact with the ball and send it soaring through the air.
Williams was once asked about his natural ability to hit. He replied, “There’s no such thing as a natural-born hitter. I became a good hitter because I paid the price of constant practice.”
Many people today want to have a close relationship with God and experience Him daily. But they’re simply reluctant to pay the price to do it. They see others who have an unshakable faith and know God’s Word up and down. But what they don’t realize is that those people have spent years in prayer and reading the Bible to build that kind of faith!
It’s impossible to know God intimately and walk closely with Him without spending time in His Word and in prayer. That takes diligence, discipline, and commitment. So make sure you’re ‘practicing’ your faith daily. Commit time and effort in knowing God more intimately by reading His Word and spending consistent time in prayer!
Pray that God would give you the discipline and desire to grow closer to Him through reading His Word and prayer.
Questions for Thought
Why do you think many people are reluctant to put in the time and effort necessary to knowing God intimately?
What are some steps you can take starting today that will help you grow even closer to God through His Word and prayer?