It's Not Church Snacks

Have you ever tied a string around your finger to help you remember something?

String doesn’t usually help me remember anything. I write notes to myself. There must be details in the notes to help me get where I need to be when I need to be there. I use the alarm on my phone to help me stop doing something and move to the next thing.

What helps you remember things? 

Join me at Seek God With Me and find out which everyday items we can use to remember a very important moment.

That Touch of Mink, 1962

Doris Day and Cary Grant are paired in this funny, yet romantic movie about an old-fashioned girl who meets a handsome and wealthy man quite by accident. He isn’t looking for a long-term relationship, but she’s never considered anything but marriage. Of course, Cary Grant is charming and romantic as usual.

Delbert Mann directed this film and the Rock Hudson/Doris Day movie Lover Come Back, which had just been released in March of 1962. This movie was released the following June.  

Stanley Shapiro was one of the writers who gave the actors plenty of ammunition for the comedy. He also had just finished working on  Lover Come Back. He worked on the screenplay for Pillow Talk in 1959, which also starred Doris Day.

One of the characters, Doris Day’s girlfriend (played by Audrey Meadows), works in an automat where it seemed silliness was bound to happen. Meadows became famous playing Alice Kramden on The Honeymooners.

Doris Day has a “good girl” image, one that she developed just by being herself. According to her bio on, she used a swear jar on movie sets to collect money from people using bad language around her. I wish more people would do this – and donate the money to charity. One of her quotes on is, “Gratitude is riches. Complaint is poverty.” Who can argue with such a good attitude?

The Honey, The Lion, and Samson

Samson went with his mother and father to see his future wife. On the way, Samson set out after a lion and killed it, but didn’t tell his parents. When he later returned down that road to hold a feast before his wedding, he saw that same lion’s carcass, only this time it had a swarm of bees in it. Samson took some honey and shared it with his parents along the path, but didn’t tell them where he got the honey.  

What does honey and a lion have to do with the strength of Samson?

Check out the rest of the story at Seek God With Me.

Samson’s strength got him noticed. I think he had the strength and willingness to defend his bride if she’d been loyal to him. In my opinion, she should’ve relied on her hero.

Lady and the Tramp, 1955

Dog owners Jim Dear and Darling have a cocker spaniel, Lady, who finds adventure and romance with a free-wheeling mutt from the wrong side of the tracks in this animated classic.

Peggy Lee provided the voice of the female human, Darling, as well as the Siamese cats and the dog pound singer Peg. “He’s a Tramp”, the song Peg sings in the dog pound, was one of several written by Peggy Lee and Sonny Burke. The pair also wrote the song “Bella Notte”, heard during the famous romantic spaghetti scene.  

Barbara Luddy did the voice of Lady. She was also the voice of Kanga in the Winnie the Pooh movies in the 1970s. Other movies such as Sleeping Beauty in 1959, 101 Dalmatians in 1961, and Robin Hood in 1973 used her voice as well.

Bill Thompson did the voice of the Scottish terrier named Jock, Lady’s friend and neighbor. He gave his voice to a lot of Disney animated characters. He was in Peter Pan in 1953, Sleeping Beauty in 1959, and The AristoCats in 1970.

Does Food Distract You?

Does food distract you away from Jesus? When Martha and Mary welcomed Jesus and his disciples into their home, Martha put her reputation ahead of her spiritual condition. What would people think if it got out that she hadn’t prepared a meal for the houseful of men? Food doesn’t prepare itself.

Join me at Seek God With Me where I’m considering what is really important?

Do minor details of life distract you from things that really matter? Prioritizing is something we need help with. But to whom should we go? Check out Seek God With Me and discover the answer for yourself.

The Harvey Girls, 1946

Judy Garland plays young Susan Bradley, a woman who travels out west by train to meet the man she plans to marry. He’s written to her, but she doesn’t know what he looks like. Young Miss Bradley is a live wire who takes her situation and tries to improve it. She tells off the men and moves mountains if she has to. My favorite scene was when she realized the steaks were missing.

This movie features the train song, “On the Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe”, music written by Harry Warren and lyrics by Johnny Mercer. The Harvey Girls dance and sing throughout the movie, but my favorite dancer was Ray Bolger. We all remember him from The Wizard of Oz.

Cyd Charisse plays one of the the Harvey Girls who came out west to work in a restaurant by the train depot. When people got off the train, they could come in and order a hot meal served by beautiful young women who are also looking for husbands.

Angela Lansbury is one of the girls working across the street from the restaurant. She and the other “working girls” dance and sing in a saloon for the same men who eat at the restaurant. A little competition and a lot of unhappiness combine to make one man in particular have to choose between which of the girls gets his attention.

John Hodiak, the saloon owner, has to control the men so he can have his cake and eat it too. He did a great job of making himself believable as a conflicted love interest.

What Would You Do For Stew?

How good is your stew? In the book of Genesis, chapter 25, Jacob made some really good stew. It was so good, his brother gave up his birthright for it.

The stew had to have been crazy good because it doesn’t make sense to give up your birthright for mediocre stew. I don’t care how hungry you are. Nobody should give up something as important as their birthright for one meal. Jacob knew how important Esau’s birthright was, so he took advantage of Esau’s weakness.

What can we learn from Esau’s mistake? Join me at Seek GodWith Me for a modern-day application and challenge.

Do you know what’s important in your life?