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Is Lent “Biblical”? | Linda Bonney Olin ~ Faith Songs

I found Is Lent “Biblical”? by Linda Bonney Olin on her Faith Songs blog to be very interesting indeed. I come from a mixed family. My father is Catholic and my mother is Baptist. My brother chose to become Catholic and I’m a Baptist.

The situation has made for some great discussions about religion throughout my lifetime and even left me with enough questions at one point that I considered myself to be Agnostic.

I was going to observe Lent this year with my dad and brother right up until my brother told me on more than one occasion that “you people”(meaning me and other Baptists I guess) “don’t observe Lent. It’s a Catholic thing.” So when I found this post discussing this very thing I decided to share it with all of you.

Please take a moment to read the post and let Linda know what you think, but don’t be rude. Friends of Fatopia are never rude to our neighbors 🙂

Is Lent “Biblical”? | Linda Bonney Olin ~ Faith Songs.

Sometimes It’s Hard To Be Thankful Even If It’s Thursday

This Thankful Thursday post is going up late because, frankly, I’m having a hard time finding a whole lot to be thankful for. A dear friend’s wife lost her battle with cancer and was laid to rest recently then he got even more bad news about someone he cares about. It’s enough to make one wonder why God puts so much bad stuff on such good people. Then I think about it and remember that God always gets credit for the bad things that happen in the world when they’re not all his fault. A large part of it, if you ask me at least, is the work of evil trying to turn us away from God by getting us to blame Him for the bad stuff, and for the most part, it works like a charm.

Oh, there are other things going on around me and in my life that are making it kind of hard to be grateful for a whole lot right now. Then I stop and look around and realize I have a roof over my head, a floor under my feet, and walls around me, all of which are keeping the cold out. I have heat and power and water. I’m wearing clean clothes, and although I’m sick with the latest creeping crud making the rounds, I have something between my belly and backbone, and that’s more than a lot of people can say tonight.

I’m ill as a hornet because I don’t feel good, but these Thankful Thursday posts are really good for me. It turns out I have a lot more to be thankful for than I even realized before I started writing this post. Sorry it doesn’t have the cute little pictures the others have in them, but I’m just not up to digging around to find any right now. I think I feel a nap coming on sooner than later no matter if I want one or not, so I’ll say good night and call it a day. Maybe I won’t be so ill tomorrow. Fingers and toes crossed anyway.

What are you thankful for? Please share in the comments. Maybe it will make me feel better to see what others are thankful for today and every day.

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Just Happy To Be Here This Thankful Thursday

Thankful Thursday ButtonI’m thankful I started doing these Thankful Thursday posts. They give me a reason to stop and look at my life,  at where I am in the world, and what’s going on around me. I try to look at the small things as well as the large and try to find the silver lining in the dark things as well as looking at the shining stars.


johnny_automatic_Praying_handsThis week, I’m just happy to be here. The Fat Chick is sick as I wrote in another blog post. I could be mad at being sick, but instead, I feel thankful that the problems have been found and further tests are being run to get to the bottom of things. I know I’m going to be okay because I’m a firm believer in the saying, If God brings you to it He’ll see you through it. Faith is free, so I can afford to have a lot of it, LOL!



I’m thankful that the common cold only lasts so long. My granddaughter Shelby caught a cold and was so pitiful. She tried to be her usual happy self, but she just didn’t understand why she didn’t feel good. I hate that as she gets older she’ll get used to being sick and getting over it, but that’s how life is. For now, I’m just thankful she feels better and is back to her old self again.

womanI have found out there really are decent people out there in this word, even when it comes to doing business. I’ve been exceptionally blessed in my business with clients that have been very understanding when something has happened and my work has been interrupted for whatever reason. I’m so thankful for clients who understand that I work my hardest for them, but sometimes things happen that are beyond my control like a house fire, a spouse’s multiple heart attacks and medical procedures, getting new diagnoses that take more tests for myself, sick kids… you get the idea. While I am a very dedicated editor and proofreader, my family comes first. I don’t know how else to be, and I don’t think I’d want to be any other way if I did. It’s a large part of the reason I’m a freelancer. So even though you may never see this, thank you to each and every one of you.

kattekrab-Hand-printsFamily is where it’s at. My family is everything to me. They are my safety net, the ones I know when the chips are down always have my back. My family is my heart and soul, and home is where they have to take you back. Knowing my family has always been behind me has made it possible for me to accomplish everything I have in my life. Without my family I would be lost, so I always have been and will always be very thankful for them.

Take a minute to look around you. What are you thankful for? Leave a comment and share with me.

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#ThankfulThursday for 12/18/2014

This Thursday, I’m thankful for many things. I’m not even going to set a limit to the number of things I’m going to list or the way the list will turn out. I’m just going to say a little prayer and write what God leads me to. And here we go.


Things I’m thankful for:

johnny_automatic_Praying_hands1. The fact that God is always watching over my family and friends, blessing, and protecting us, and that He has a plan that He works to in His time, and all we have to do is trust in Him to lead the way. If I didn’t get to believe there was someone else in charge of all of this I’d truly go nuts. Thanks for always having my back, Big Guy!



12161418072. Rubber bands. I have not seen my sister-in-law smile or heard her laugh as much as she did the other day when she was making bracelets with DS. Who would have thought little rubber bands could bring so much happiness to a grown woman? I know spending time with her nephew had something to do with it too, but when Mr. Fatchick came home with another bracelet kit and gave it to her, she had a ‘possum eatin’ grin on her face like I haven’t seen in years. So thank you for little rubber bands and the fact no one thought of popping each other with them… yet.


My laptop pic3. Working from home. I don’t talk on this blog much about what it is that I do for a living, but I edit and proofread book manuscripts from home (don’t judge my editing skills by my writing skills, please, lol). My doctor recently had to play around with my medications again, making me pretty tired all the time. Add that to the narcolepsy I already have, and it’s a really good thing I work from home. It’s also a good thing that I don’t live alone, or I’d end up face down in the floor a lot of the time. Just what I’d need for Christmas pictures… carpet burns on my face.


12171421334. Big brothers. My brother and I don’t always see eye to eye. In fact, we usually mix like oil and water. I’m talking to the point my parents came home to find me standing on the porch and him standing at the foot of the steps with us both drawn down on each other with shotguns when we were teenagers. But every once in a while he does something really cool that makes all the other stuff worth it.

Last night, my brother brought in a “fat chick size” (his exact words) pack of Reese’s peanut butter cups coming in at 2 – 8 oz. cups in the package. Yeah, I agree… fat chick size. Now I’m just looking for the golf ball size m&ms, and I’ll be all set.


rg1024_Antique_Television5.Digital music channels on TV. My parents went out Christmas shopping yesterday. While they were gone, DS found the “old music channel” on the satellite. He listened to it for what I understand to be a pretty good while before they got home while I was asleep. He then got them to keep listening to it, which they did all afternoon and evening. And it’s true, music soothes the savage beast. Yesterday was one of the most laid back days we’ve had around here in a long time.  Really cool and much appreciated.

It leaves me with a question though. If their music was classic rock when I was a kid and the music I grew up to is classic rock now, what’s their’s called now… Ancient boulder?


What are you thankful for? Leave a comment and let me know. I’d love to hear from you!


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