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Do You Suffer From Overweight Luggage?


10 Tips to Transform Your Packing

Humiliation. Not good. My innermost beings were strewn across the tile floor of the bustling airport lobby. The check-in agent authoritatively (smugly) declared my bag overweight, and with her czarina-type dismissal, the purging commenced. I was hot and unhappy. Sitting amidst my possessions, I wanted the floor to open and swallow me whole.

As the slinging, flinging, shoving, and stuffing ensued, other passengers vicariously stepped around me. The bravest offered comments—some sarcastic, others sympathetic; none helpful. Racing the clock, I muttered under my breath, “If I ever get out of this alive, it will NEVER happen again.”

The disastrous day lurks as a suppressed memory, yet the iconic symbol of travel still threatens like nothing else to set my teeth on edge. But, suitcases and airline scales remain a fact of life. So, how can we guarantee leaving home with a bag the check-in agent will smile upon?

After more than 50 years of international travel—in spite of the inevitable defeats like my introductory story—I offer ten tips to guide you in packing a suitcase that behaves:

  1. Pray. Take charge. Don’t over-think; be decisive.

  2. Start 2 days ahead. Place your suitcase in a separate room other than your bedroom. Do your laundry first.

  3. Place hanging clothes on a door rack to view your choices.

  4. Pack in daylight, not at night. Begin by counting out underwear.

  5. Use Eagle Creek packing cubes for categories.

  6. Think simple, think solids.

  7. Minimize shoes. Always take a dress.

  8. Remove at least 2 items. Be realistic, but not ruthless. After all, you do need clothes and supplies where you are going.

  9. Place a versatile windbreaker and a small empty duffle in the outside pocket of your suitcase.

  10. Know your enemy. Weigh bags at home.

Once the suitcase is zipped, and you are ready to go, you can pull up to the airport curb without a knot in your stomach. As the ticket agent smiles at you and says, “Place your bag here on the scale,” you can confidently look her in the eye, knowing that you made the cut! Victory! Bye-bye bag.


[Bonus tip: Always leave one clean pair of underwear in your drawer at home. In the event your suitcase is lost or delayed upon returning, you will at least have one clean pair of undies waiting. When I shared this with my precocious granddaughter, she quickly asked, “Gammy, did you learn this the hard way?!”]

Living With Eternal Intentionality®

Apply your heart to instruction and your ears to the words of knowledge (Proverbs 23:12).

What is your worst nightmare at an airline check-in counter?

Please offer your best packing tip for the rest of us.

How to Ruin Your Summer in 3 Easy Steps


If summer can be ruined in 3 easy steps, what might those steps be?

1. Grumble about the weather.

2. Complain about the crowds.

3. Blame others for any inconvenience.

In a moment’s notice, the joy of anticipation goes out the window, and in its place a sour pall descends. Am I right?

But just as ruinous as that list is, you and I possess the awesome opportunity to get rid of the grrrr. Instead of being dissatisfied, discontented, or disgruntled, we hold the moment to turn the tide for ourselves and for those around us. Listen closely, while I whisper The Secret:

Do not give others power of attorney over your outlook, your attitude, or your demeanor. Instead, give Power of Attorney over your spirit to the Holy Spirit. He, and He alone, is the true Power Source for an enjoyable day and an enjoyable summer.


  • in your car

  • in the line

  • in the crowd

  • on the beach

  • on the bus

  • at the pool

  • or at the fair

… make your outing memorable for the right (not ruinous) reasons.

In spite of, instead of, because of, in the midst of, even though, even when—allow God to use you as His game changer. Be ever mindful, this is not about perfection but rather about growth, growth in being a blessing.

May every place and company we are in be benefitted by us. -Valley of Vision

Living With Eternal Intentionality®

Godliness with contentment is great gain (1 Timothy 6:6).

In everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus (1 Thessalonians 5:18 NASB).

Which of The 3 Easy Steps most threatens to undo your summer outings? (grumble, complain, or blame)

What if, before your next outing, you get alone with God and commit the upcoming situation to Him? Ask that He enable you to release Power of Attorney over your spirit to the Holy Spirit, moment by moment.

Please come back to this conversation later and tell us if/how He made a difference.

Mom, Blueberry Pie, 4th of July


“Debby, this pie is MARVELOUS!!! Are you willing to share the recipe?”

That request brought a smile and the aha to share this recipe, not only with my friend and her recovering-from-surgery-husband, but also with you. After all, with just a minor adjustment,

Mom, Apple Pie, 4th of July

easily becomes

Mom, Blueberry Pie, 4th of July


Miss•Lou Blueberry Pie


1 cup sour cream

2 tablespoons flour

¾ cup sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla

¼ teaspoon salt

1 egg, slightly beaten

2 ½ cups fresh or frozen blueberries


3 tablespoons flour

3 tablespoons butter, cut in pieces

3 tablespoons pecans, chopped

1 9-inch pie shell, unbaked


Combine the first 6 ingredients. Beat 5 minutes or until smooth. Fold in blueberries. Pour into pie shell and bake at 400° for 25 minutes. Combine topping ingredients and sprinkle over top of pie. Bake 10 minutes more.

And, may all of your guests also declare, “This pie is MARVELOUS!!! Are you willing to share the recipe?”

*Recipe originally from Miss•Lou Blueberry Growers Association

Living With Eternal Intentionality®

Would you please pray for me when you make this recipe?

And, if you offer the pie on your 4th of July buffet, would you please pray our country?