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Penny’s Pen

Greetings and salutations, I sat down to write out my thoughts but my four-legged friend had other plans. I knew if I was going to get anything done it wouldn’t be there. So, I am typing them out instead. I found a funny ditty the other day and I may have shared it before;

“The oldest computer can be traced back to Adam and Eve, surprise, surprise. It was an Apple but with extremely limited memory, just one Byte. Then everything crashed.”

Apple did turn 50 this year. I was wondering what to share and the thought came to me of a conversation I had with a sister a few weeks ago. We were sharing our experiences before we came to know Jesus as our Lord and Savior. I told her how one of my greatest struggles had always been in the kitchen, don’t check with Joseph to verify. On Sunday mornings my Sunday school teacher would ask if the class had any Prayer requests. I would tell him I would like him to pray for me to make a better pie, so that’s what we would pray for. He tells us in His Word that He cares about the smallest and greatest needs of our lives. I didn’t know Him then but I knew I needed a lot of help in the kitchen. It has always blessed my socks off that when I was saved and He made me a new creation that it included the kitchen. I was cooking, baking those pies, bread, anything I attempted He blessed. It was so cool for everyone. I believe the main ingredient I’d been leaving out was His love from the things I did. I am so thankful we prayed for better pies. If you think anything is too little for Him to care about and bless, it isn’t. Our God is an awesome God. Ask and it shall be given, but always ask Believing.

I have been busy trying to accomplish a long-held resolution to unclutter and clean those seldom visited sites around the house. I have finally accomplished this task upstairs; the basement is another story.

In the process I came upon a newspaper clipping I had saved from several years ago. It was titled “Teacher rules from the past.” It was in 2 parts 1872 rules and 1915 rules. For the sake of space, I decided I would share those from 1872 and at a later date the “more recent ones.” 1872 Teacher Rules: Teachers each day will fill the lamps and clean the chimney. Each teacher will bring a bucket of water and scuttle of coal for the day’s session. Make your pens carefully. You may whittle nibs to the individual taste of pupils. Men teachers may take one evening each week for courting purposes, or two evenings a week if they go to church regularly. After ten hours in school, the teacher may spend the remaining time reading the Bible or other good books. Women teachers who marry or engage in unseemly conduct will be dismissed. Every teacher should set aside from each pay a goodly sum of their earnings for their benefit during their declining years so that they will not become a burden to society. Any teacher who smokes, uses liquor in any form, frequents pool halls or gets shaved in a barber shop will give good reason to suspect their worth, intention, integrity and honesty. The teacher who performs his labor faithfully and without fault for five years will be given an increase of 25 cents a week in their pay, providing the Board of Education approves.” Who Knew (<: “UNLESS IN THE FIRST WAKING MOMENT OF THE DAY YOU LEARN TO FLING THE DOOR WIDE BACK AND LET GOD IN, YOU WILL WORK ON A WRONG LEVEL ALL DAY; BUT SWING THE DOOR WIDE OPEN AND PRAY TO YOUR FATHER IN SECRET, AND EVERY PUBLIC THING WILL BE STAMPED WITH THE PRESENCE OF GOD.” SO much Love in Jesus.

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