Isaiah 40:8 - The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever.

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Once a quarter, I look forward to reading Emily Freeman’sWhat We Learned” series. I am fascinated with the premise not only because I like to learn (especially from the Bible – as you have probably figured out by now) but because it makes me sit back and take stock. Emily always includes the most interesting things and it never fails that I learn something new and useful! So – you guessed it – I am joining in! Who knows, maybe you will learn something new from me today. I’m not sure about useful – ha – but I’ll work on that for the summer one!

Without further ado, and in no particular order, here are 7 amusing (and completely random) things I learned this spring.

Of course, seven!

What I Learned at the Masters

1. Contrary to popular belief, they don’t always have flowers at the Masters.

My husband and I were given tickets to attend the first day of the Masters this year. It is apparently THE golf tournament of all golf tournaments. I don’t know much about golf, but I was told that I would enjoy the amazing flowers that they always have (not to mention the best pimento cheese and egg salad sandwiches – for only a $1.50)! Well, this year spring came unusually early in Augusta. But, even so, legend had it that there would still be beautiful flowers because the grounds crew would pack them in ice to hold off blooming so that it would be timed perfectly with opening day. Well. I am here to tell you that the ice theory is a myth. We only saw a couple of flowers as opposed to their usual gazillion. We can all take a lesson that God is the only one in control of those flowers! But the sandwiches are well worth the trip!

Muscovy Duck

2. I found out where the term “ugly duckling” came from.

I have always wondered where that term came from because baby ducks are adorable. Am I right? But now I know. I took this picture from my hotel room window a couple of weeks ago in Ponte Vedra, FL. A quick google search says it’s a Muscovy duck. I thought it was a chicken at first! (This has got to be the most useful thing you will learn today!)

3. Coordination is a learned skill

Most people believe that you are either born coordinated or you’re not. Absolutely false. Help me spread the word! Some friends and I discussed this myth after a new gal came to our Jazzercise class (the month of May was free to new students – put that on your calendar for next year). She struggled to get the steps in a room full of veterans, just like many newbies do. But we encouraged her to come back to the next class, honestly never expecting to see her again because, well, that’s what often happens. Surprisingly, and gratefully, she did come back! I was so proud of her for that alone! I didn’t ask what she did during the 48 hours in between, but something clicked! She did great from then on! Now not everyone catches on that fast, but I have seen many a got-no-rhythm-gal get it with a little repetition. How have I seen so many? Here’s a little known fact about me: I have taken (or taught) Jazzercise non-stop (except for a couple of c-sections) since 1981. Can you believe it – that’s 36 years! When you find an exercise you actually enjoy, you should stick with it!

Write Them On My Heart Blog

4. People are actually reading – not just skimming – my blog!

Incredible! I’m sure I’m not the only new blogger who has wondered if anyone would give a hoot about what they have to say – or in my case, what God wants me to say. What a eureka moment it was when a friend stopped me in church and asked, “When are you going to reveal your big decision?” She was actually a little put out with me for taking so long! Ha! This thrilled me to no end because she had been thoroughly reading and even anticipating future posts. Who knew. I told her on the spot what my big decision was and as a test to see if you are skimming through this (sneaky – I know), I’ll give you a hint right now. My big decision was – drum roll please – to say yes to go on a certain little-bit-scary mission trip. Don’t worry – I will definitely give you more details in the future.

5. The Message version of the Bible will give you a chuckle!

With phrases like “Go jump in a lake!” and “shilly-shallying,” how can you not smile? Honestly, I have not read much of the Message version even though it is included in my beloved Parallel Bible. But I attended Living Proof Live with Beth Moore a few weeks ago and she read quite a bit out of it. And it was fun! (I wrote about it here.) Beth even pointed out that Eugene Peterson wrote the Message from the original Greek text. That was new to me, but I looked it up and found this really good article about it.

Tulips Parable

6. Tulips need support from one other

For those of you not on instagram, I bought these gorgeous tulips from Trader Joe’s and the funniest thing happened. Every night they would move and congregate over to one side! Every morning I would have to spread them out again. I’m thinking there’s got to be a parable in there somewhere! Hebrews 10:24-25.

{After reading this, my sister sent me this great tip on how to keep cut tulips from drooping: you have to poke a hole in their hollow stem with pin just below the flower head to allow the air bubble can escape. I’m not sure how that fits into our parable, but I learned something new!}

7. Every blogger apparently needs a facebook page.

When I started this blog/business, I planned to skip the facebook page. I won’t take up precious space here with all the reasons why I didn’t want one, but if you see me in person, and you have an hour or 3 to kill, I’ll be happy to gripe about it! ha. But … you can probably guess where this is going. It turns out that no one has a business without a facebook page! (said in my sarcastic voice) Turns out there are several bloggy-type things I can’t even do without one. (still in the voice) So I pouted my lip, gave in, and made a business facebook page. It’s brand new and at the moment it has zero followers. So, if you don’t mind, do me a favor and head over and click follow. I promise I won’t neglect it as much as my personal page! (not in the voice there) Thank you! Truly!

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