My Green Craft Article on Firestarters

I’m very pleased to announce that my fire starters (see earlier post) made the press.  Green Craft published the article in their winter issue.

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Security Scans Are Necessary

Norton wanted my attention this morning about some security issues on my computer.  “Sure, Norton, how long can that take?”  Right?  It’s been over 30 minutes and he only has 623,000ish items scanned.  What’s he been doing?  “Hurry up, I need to research more things to add to that mass of items.”

It made me wonder how many items that need scanned in my soul.  How many thoughts & fragments of thoughts have I downloaded from various sources that just may be risky?  Some are so fleeting that I hardly give them credence but what if they have little “cookies” attached?  I always thought cookies were a good thing.  Not anymore.  They have taken cookies and made them into a creepy type thing and you don’t know they are there…unless you have a Norton.  I guess most of the cookies can be good and speed up the process, but if you venture into places you don’t really want or need to be the creepy cookies get into your thought process.  Eeewwwhhh, a vision of a hairy dust-bunny comes to my mind.

Spending the time to do a full scan of our thoughts is necessary for the maintenance of our Christian walk.  Paul exhorts us in 2 Cor 10:3-5 to take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ. I like how The Voice says it…

For though we walk in the world, we do not fight according to this world’s rules of warfare. 4 The weapons of the war we’re fighting are not of this world but are powered by God and effective at tearing down the strongholds erected against His truth. We are demolishing arguments and ideas, every high-and-mighty philosophy that pits itself against the knowledge of the one true God. We are taking prisoners of every thought, every emotion, and subduing them into obedience to the Anointed One.

Well, Norton was busy as he checked 1,101,400 items, cookies and all.  My disk space has been “optimized”. Way to go Norton!

Lord, I am overdue for a full scan of my disk space.  If I add up all the years of thoughts and all the input into my mind it is staggering.  I want my storage space purged and corrected.  Wrong thinking does nothing but impede growth.  You tell us to renew our minds on Your Word… “to take a fresh breath and let You renew our attitudes and our spirits” (Ephesians 4).  Thank You for optimizing my disk space…In You and In Your name, Amen.


I called this piece “Creative Confusion”. (My husband calls it something else, not as flattering.  He does not appreciate the artsy side of it and it creeps him out a little bit.) It depicts the bright and brilliant thoughts that are intermingled with the dark.  The bright and brilliant will reflect the Light while the dark absorbs it. You’ve heard of the self-absorbed person. By “optimizing our disk space” and clearing out the dark we can then reflect the brilliant work of the Holy Spirit in our life.

So let your light shine…