Pays to Pray
UPDATE: Since this article was written, the diner mentioned here has come under fire with threats of lawsuits. As a result they have decided to no longer provide this discount to customers. The owner, Mary Haglund says she and her daughter Shama are very saddened by this. “This is a gift that we gave to our customers – this is a gift that has been taken from us. The gift of giving is just as important as receiving the gift.” They still encourage customers to take time before their meal to say a word of gratitude.
Here is the original article from August 5, 2014:
Bowing your head over your meal to say a quick prayer of gratitude may be fairly common in your house…maybe less common in public. It makes some feel uncomfortable–after all, it’s a private moment. But one patron of a restaurant in North Carolina was pleasantly surprised when they received the check for their meal, which contained a 15% discount for ‘Praying in Public.’
The news spread quickly when this was posted on an Orlando, Florida Christian radio station’s Facebook page. And it’s got people talking.
Mary’s Gourmet Diner in Greensboro, NC says, “It’s not really a ‘religious thing.’ It’s a gratitude thing. The restaurant goes on to explain on their Facebook page that it’s not about who you pray to or whether you’re actually communing with a higher power. They just want to surprise their customers by saying ‘thanks’.
So what do you think? Does this make you more willing to say a prayer in a restaurant? Do you wish more establishments did this? And would you do this knowing you might receive a discount? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
One thing’s for certain–apparently it can pay to pray!
Baby Conway is here!
After cooking in momma’s belly for a very long 9 months, our new baby boy arrived this past Saturday, the 20th at 5:42am. Caleb Dean Conway came into the world at a very hefty 8lbs 7oz and 21 inches. We were so glad because we were beginning to wonder if he was getting too comfortable in there. We learned there are actually Castor Oil recipes to help it go down easier (drizzle over ice cream, for instance)…fortunately, it never came to that! I was personally hoping he’d come on my birthday (the 16th) but I suppose it’s good he gets his own day anyway.
Christian the Lion
If you love cats, or really just animals in general, you’ll love this heartwarming video. I can just imagine what our reunion in heaven will look like…
It’s time to expand your music library! It doesn’t happen very often, but the group Downhere (they do those songs “How Many Kings” & “Little Is Much”) is offering their ENTIRE brand new album completely free to download. But you only have until the end of June to do it!
Just go to www.musichristian.com/downheredownload and download away!
Idol does Shout to the Lord
By popular demand, I’ve posted both performances of the Idol contestants doing “Shout to the Lord.” Many of you noticed they took out the word “Jesus” the first night, but put it back in the following night. My guess is the producers received a lot of flack for it. Enjoy!
Washed By the Water
If you’ve heard the new song “Washed By the Water” from Needtobreathe, well here’s the video that goes with it! I think we’ve all been through seaons when we feel like our friends and the world are out to get us. The truth is, we only have one place of refuge. http://youtube.com/watch?v=3p_Akkx00k4
Love Is Not a Fight
It’s not very often that I come across a song where the lyrics just about knock me out of my seat. But Warren Barfield’s latest song “Love Is Not a Fight” did that to me (more than once). I had the unique privilege of chatting a bit with Warren about this song not too long ago and to pick his brain on where the inspiration came from.
He told me that he and his wife never fight…really…except for maybe once a year where everthing kind of builds up and they let it all out. Then they’re fine for the rest of the year. They had one of those fights not too far back, over something pretty silly. In fact, he can’t even remember what the fight was about. But at one point he says he actually uttered the words, “Well it might be easier if I just left.” He couldn’t believe he had actually said it. And he realized it’s that simple…just to walk out the door.
In this song, he asks God to send down his angels to guard the door. That’s what he imagined God doing that night he almost let it all slip away. And the resounding chorus reminds us “Love is not a fight, but it’s something worth fighting for.”
Most of us either know someone who is going through the process of separation or divorce, or perhaps have been down that road ourselves. May this song be our anthem, to remind us how fragile love is. Hear a sample of the song in the player below and be listening for it here on WGTS 91.9.
Saving $$ at the Pump
Well, just in time for one of the busiest travel days of the year (the day before Thanksgiving), gas prices have hit an all-time high. And we’re just beginning to see it at the pump. So here are some tips from ABC News that I thought could help you get the most out of your tank this season:
Choose the right octane. For most cars, the recommended gas is regular octane. Using a higher octane gas than the manufacturer recommends offers no benefit, and it costs you at the pump. Unless your engine is knocking, buying higher octane gas is a waste of money.
Stay away from gas-savings gadgets. Be skeptical about any gadget promising to improve your mileage. The Environmental Protection Agency has tested more than 100 such devices — including “mixture enhancers” and fuel line magnets — and found that very few provided any benefits. Those that did work provided only a slight improvement. Some can even damage your engine.
Stay within the speed limit. Gas mileage decreases rapidly at speeds above 60 miles per hour.
Avoid unnecessary idling. It wastes fuel, costs you money and pollutes the air. Turn off the engine if you anticipate a wait. Stop and start gently. You can improve in-town gas mileage by up to 5 percent by driving gently.
Use overdrive and cruise control. They improve fuel economy when you’re driving on the highway.
Inflate your tires. Keeping your tires properly inflated and aligned can increase gas mileage up to 3 percent.
Keep your engine tuned. Tuning your engine can increase gas mileage by an average of 4 percent.
lean oil reduces wear caused by friction between moving parts and removes harmful substances from the engine. Motor oil that says “Energy Conserving” on the performance symbol of the American Petroleum Institute contains friction-reducing additives that can improve fuel economy.
Is it possible to be an overprotective parent? It seems there is some arbitrary line from being a normally protective parent to being overprotective. I don’t know if I crossed that the other day when I took my 14 month old to the ER.
I was getting his bottle out of the fridge when I closed the door and noticed him screaming. Usually that means he just really wants his bottle really bad. Then I realized, to my horror, I had closed the door on his left thumb. And it was in the hinge part, not the soft rubbery part of the door. Immediately I opened it up and picked him up into my arms and held him while he whailed.
The first logical thing to do was to call my wife (she’s much better in these situations). I burst, “I think I broke Benjamin’s thumb!” There was silence. Usually that means I’m in trouble. This time, though, she spoke softly, ‘Well, you’d better take him to the ER and get it checked out.’
“The ER?!” I didn’t like the idea of sitting for hours with a screaming baby waiting to get an X-ray. But I quickly got him together and Aimee met me at the hospital.
We didn’t even have to check in when we walked in. A doctor happened to be available and looked at it right away. By this time, Benjamin was cooing and in a good mood (he likes car rides).
“Doesn’t look like there’s anything wrong with it,” the doctor said almost immediately. “Baby’s fingers are so small and mostly tissue, it’s really difficult to break, so I doubt there’s any damage,” he continued. I felt a little sheepish, as Ben was now playing with the doctor’s stethoscope.
“Are you sure?” I inquired. I just had to be sure the trip wasn’t for naught.
But in the end, I felt like an overprotective parent. Fortunately, my wife who is so understanding told me she was glad that I overreacted than find out later that something worse had happened.
What will I do when something really bad does happen?
Please help me feel better by sharing your “overprotective parent” stories. Just click the comments button below.
[thumb:602:l] I remember going back to school after a nice summer break and each year the teacher would give us an assignment to answer the question ‘What did you do this summer?’ This was my favorite assignment all year. Probably because my parents didn’t give me many chances to be bored. I’ll never forget one summer travelling across the U.S. in our Datsun; down to swampy Louisiana across the flat never-ending roads in Texas, the cactus desert in New Mexico, up through the Rockies of Colorado and on to Big Sky country–Montana. My favorite memory from that trip was seeing Yellowstone National Park with the buffalo and Ol’ Faithful. That’s a family vacation I still hold close. But you know, it wasn’t so much all the places I got to see that made it memorable. It was getting the chance to spend time with both my mom and dad all to myself. My siblings were all grown up and I was able to spend it with them–and a few other close relatives we visited along the way.
With Labor Day over, all we may have is a few memories from our summer. But I hope the ones you have will last. Because it’s not all about vacations and traveling. It’s about the quality time you spent together that you and your kids may be able to look back on twenty years from now and say ‘hey remember when…’
Feel free to leave your comments below and share what made your summer so memorable.