So This is What Sin Looks Like

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One movie I can never pass by when flipping through the channels on television is A Few Good Men. In the movie, Tom Cruise played a military lawyer, named Daniel Kaffee, who defended two U.S. Marines charged with killing a fellow Marine at the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base in Cuba. Kaffee was essentially a used car salesman lawyer, who exclusively negotiated plea bargains, to the extent he had never seen the inside of a courtroom. Because higher ups did not want a trial, Kaffee was chosen over more qualified lawyers to take the case. After a dramatic courtroom scene, Kaffee turned around while exiting and remarked, “So this is what a courtroom looks like.”

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With or Without Hope

My heart is heavy for so many going through storms this week. I pray you are encouraged… 💗

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Originally posted on APRIL 27, 2015. I thought it fitting for today’s daily prompt…

My heart was heavy today, thinking of all the brokenness in this world.
The weight of it resting upon my shoulders like a wet, woolen blanket.
Tears filled my eyes as I pondered the wounded, the shattered, and the lost.
Heaviness so intense, I could hardly breathe.
Air stagnant with heartache, weariness and emptiness.
So many wandering in this place. So many without a face.

I drove by this house sitting beside the road.
Abandoned, dark, damaged and alone.
People driving by, hurrying to destinations, never stopping to see, never caring to know.
Shoved off to the side, barricade built, weeds and trees rummaging to find a home.
Broken down roof, shattered windows, busted doors, all haunted by lost potential.

The broken lives of those lost are a lot like this old house.
They take the abuse…

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Tuesday’s Treats #90

Square Grouper

Location: Mile Marker 29, Cudjoe Key, FL

This place has amazing atmosphere and an amazing grouper tater tot and chocolate peanut butter pie! Honestly, that’s about where I’d pause on my “raving” reviews. The rest of what our part had was good but not great. This restaurant is ranked #2 on the Trip Advisor reviews for best restaurants in the FL Keys; however, after a couple of weeks of vacationing there, my listing would just be a little different.

That being said, let me brag on the three things I loved the most:

The key lime pie was ok, but it was a little too sweet and not tart enough for my preference. The brownie sundae “thing” was amazing with the Heath bar crumbles on top, and the homemade lemonade was really good until you get to the last 10% of the glass when it tastes more like water.  💦

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heeseburger was great. It was served on a Chabayta bread, and the beef was thick and juicy. The fries were tasty, and the pickle was sour just as it's suppose to be.

The square grouper sandwich was definitely different and unique, but it was just kind of okay. I’m not sure if it was the build up for it (from TA reviews and the waitress’ recommendation) or the actuality of the food, but either way, we were let down. The skirt steak salad looked delicious, but our son said it was a sweeter tasting steak than he expected or desired. He also said the goat cheese was pretty heavy, and you have to really like goat cheese to enjoy it. <<<<<<<<
we enjoyed our meal with comfortable seats, decent food and enjoyable company. I guess I'd just have to say, considering it was ranked #2 in all of The Keys, and comparing it to a few other places we ate, we all left feeling kind of "meh." 😒 It really wasn't bad; it’s just if I’m going to pay $200+ for a party of seven at lunch, it might need to be a little better than this.  Evidently, it’s a local favorite despite our opinion, because as we were finishing our meal, the waitress mentioned that we had come at  just the right time. There was, now, an hour and a half long wait. This was about 3:00pm, and it was lunch time! … They do have a really cool lounge area that doubles as the waiting area (last pic), and they’ve got a neat aquarium in the center of the restaurant with genuine “square grouper.” 😉 So, be sure to check them out here, and you can decide for yourself if you like your Grouper a little more square. 😜

Tuesday’s Treats #89

Mile Marker 88

Location: Islamorada Key, FL

The food at this place is AMAZING!! We went here for a “late night snack,” and we ended up eating a whole meal. 😂 The blackened Mahi Caesar salad, blackened Hogfish salad and the blackened Mahi sandwich were the best! However, the most incredible thing was the rolls that were brought to the table before the meal. They were served with this olive oils dip that had garlic, tomatoes, and herbs. Oh. My. Word! I think I could have just picked up that dip bowl and drank it! Wow!!

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e here is just as delightful. They have inside and outdoor seating, and we chose outdoor seating at the "swing" tables. The booths rock back and forth like a gentle swing, and you can spend the time looking out over the lighted bay area that has fish swimming all along. It was beautiful! Oh, and our waiter was incredible as well. He was very engaging and friendly. We got there late, and although the course of our meal took us well over their 10pm closing time, he continued to be gracious and servant minded throughout. Check out the location and menu here.

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Passing Time

In light of this week’s events, I thought I’d share. Let’s work hard to remember the important things in the midst of chaos…

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Time brings about so many changes.

Some good, some bad, some exciting, some sad.

There are times when I wish I was a child again.

No worries, no responsibilities, no cares.

There are times when I wish I was all grown-up;

Then others would treat me like a lady not a child.

Time is like sand slipping through our fingers.

If we don’t wake up and enjoy the moment,

It will be lost from us forever.

So, take this moment, do not let it disappear from you.

Enjoy the time you have.

Enjoy the ones you love

For they may not be here tomorrow.

Penned – MG – 5/1/91

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Tuesday’s Treats #88

Culver’s

Location: Various Atlanta areas


Culver’s is a great little burger joint that’s popping up all over the Atlanta area. The burgers and chicken are good. The fries and tots are delicious, and the frozen custard desserts are a perfect ending to a good meal. The places I’ve visited so far are always clean, and the staff is always friendly. If you’re looking for a good, quick little burger stop that’s a little different, and a little better than your average fast food, check them out. Oh yeah, they do a little reward thing in their receipts where you can call a survey number, do a quick little survey, and get a free custard cone or cup! 😉 Here’s their website for locations and menu options.

Need A Little Stretching?

After this very busy, full of really good stuff, day of mine, I want to share with you something I’ve learned to be true. This was blogged last year; however, it is a reality that comes back for us to learn time and time again. I hope you are encouraged today… 💗

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Have you ever watched a taffy puller in a candy shop? Or a bread baker kneading the dough? Or maybe a potter molding and shaping the clay at the wheel?

None of this happens in an instant. No, not one of these processes happens without a lot of pushing, pulling, poking, and stretching beyond the original state. All of it, friction of some kind, to bring forth a beautiful masterpiece.

Do you know each one of us were created by the greatest Creator of All as a masterpiece? He has designed each and every one of us to be exactly what He desires.

Sometimes, life is going to feel like a huge taffy puller, drawing out the impurities, extracting what doesn’t need to be. I don’t know about you, but there are times in my life when it feels EXACTLY like this!! I think, “Wow! I don’t know how…

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Tuesday’s Treats #87

Capital Grill

Location: Washington, D.C.


This place has a lot of class and prestige, even if it did seem a bit pretentious that day. The waiter we had was really nice, and the food was delicious. However, I do wish there was a bit more of it, especially for the prices paid.

We went here, because we follow TripAdvisor pretty close while in a new city, and this stays in the top 5 of 2,000+ restaurants. (Yes, that’s not a typo; it’s 2,000!😳😜) Because of such high ratings, maybe I was expecting a bit more than we received, but honestly, I enjoyed a few other restaurants in the area a little better than this one. However, we didn’t get a bad meal. It just seemed a bit more pretentious than it needed to be, and the total bill seemed a bit high for the amount of food on the plate.

The sea bass and kids’ steak were delicious, and the steak sandwich was tasty. The lobster roll was better than fair, but I have had better. The fries were absolutely amazing. We had dessert back at the room; so, I can’t speak to that.

If you’re in D.C., it’s worth a try, as so many love it. Here’s their website to check out the menu and location.

A Curious Thing

Death is such a curious thing.

I want to weep and wail, scream and curse at no one in particular

Yet, I long to let my furry flow.

I want to punch and kick, run and stomp

at no person specific

Yet, I yearn to unload and unwind.

I want to tell every naysayer, “You’ll never know this kind of love.”

I want to tell every well wisher, “You’ll never understand the pain.”

But then,

I look upon Your face

Your whisper draws me closer still

Your eyes coax me to silence

Your hands comfort my tears

You remind me of Your sufficient grace.

You remind me of Your unending mercy.

You fill me with Your peace that surpasses all understanding.

You overwhelm me with Your love that is always without limit.

Where can I go from Your presence?

Where can I flee from Your shadow?

You see every corner of my world.

You fill ever space within my heart.

There will come a day I can breathe again.

There will come an hour I will see.

Until then, I will allow Your Hope to be my anchor.

Until then, I will dream of what could have been and what will be.

Heaven is going to be a beautiful thing.

Penned – MG – 9/19/17

Right Perspective

It’s all about perspective…

Saying goodbye to your love for a few days or saying goodbye to your husband for a three-year deployment…

Waiting an extra month for the house to be built or rebuilding after total storm devastation…

Trying to forget a petty wrong or trying to forgive decades of abuse and neglect…

Wrangling a passel of kids and feeling exhausted or working the night shift hoping to make it in to see your baby before she leaves for the day…

Worrying about your kiddos passing grade on the next exam or struggling to believe your teen will make it home safely from the inner city hood tonight…

Genuinely missing your best friend who flew over seas or walking the journey of grief for the very first time…

Having overwhelming leg pain that results in bed rest for a day or rolling a lifetime of hours with a wheelchair and cane….

Doctor reports that alter a lifestyle of living or walking the halls of the ICU hoping the life support brings restored vitals and vitality…

We all think it’s so easy, or we all think it’s too hard, until we walk a moment in their shoes…

It’s all about perspective.

*I do not own or possess either of these photos. They came from a simple Google search on perspective. Just thought they emphasized the point.*