Sunday, April 12, 2009

He Is Risen!

Christ the Lord is risen indeed! Hallelujah!

After the crucifixion, body of Jesus was taken from the cross, wrapped, and placed in a new tomb in a nearby garden. When Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James and Salmone returned to the garden to anoint Jesus' body, they found the tomb open and an angel inside. The angel told them, "He has risen!" (Mark 16)

How sweet of the Lord to bring life and wholeness in a garden. A garden – the very place where sin and death entered – has been redeemed.

If the garden of your life has been trampled by sin and destruction, it too can be redeemed. No matter how many weeds or how overgrown it has become, it can be made new. The Gardener longs to enter the garden of your heart and restore it to the beauty He intended.

Friday, April 10, 2009

It's Friday . . . But Sunday's Comin'

When I think of Good Friday, I think of the despair and disappointment the disciples must have felt. The One they loved and in whom they put their trust was crucified like a common criminal. The earth was dark. Hope seemed far away. Surely, their hearts were heavy.

Some of you may feel that same sense of despair today. The job you thought you had, the person you thought was your friend, the baby you longed for who seems so elusive now. You're discouraged, disappointed. Your heart is heavy.

Oh, my friend, the Lord wants you to hear, "It's Friday, but Sunday's comin'!"

He has heard your cry. You are not forgotten. Today may be your Friday, but your Sunday IS coming!

Your Sunday may come with a single phone call. A check with the right amount of zeroes on it. An encounter with someone new -- or someone with whom you'd lost touch. God can move in any way and at any time.

Be like John, the beloved. Draw near to Jesus today. Go with Him to the cross. Wait with Him. Pray with Him. Weep with Him. Seek a word from Him. Then, wait with joyful hope.

It's Friday, but Sunday's comin'!! Hallelujah!


After I posted, I found this video:

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

That's MY King!

For reflection this Holy Week . . .

Saturday, April 4, 2009

More Shopping

What a difference a day makes!

After yesterday's fiasco, I had a much better experience today. Thankfully.

Kudos to Amelia at Joann Fabrics and Beverly at Belk's. You ladies know your merchandise and your customers. Even though your stores were crazy busy, you were cheerful and helpful.

The score of the day was a pair of Donald J. Pliner shoes. Original price: $225. Price I paid: $43.75.

Friday, April 3, 2009

Say WHAT?!

This afternoon I received an email from Williams-Sonoma advertising an Easter sale. Saw a couple of cute items I liked and drove over to the local store for a closer look. When the clerk asked if she could help, I told her I had seen some sale items online, but they were still full price in the store. She said they would match the price. I didn't ask -- she offered.

I also was there to buy a wedding gift. Printed out the wedding registration list, worked my way through it. Decided I needed to check with Writer about the gift purchase, so I took the item I'd seen on sale online to the clerk at the register. She turned to Jorg, told him that I'd received an email about the sale. I told them the price. He said he'd have to verify it. Pulled up their website, typed in the item number, said it was sold out so he couldn't sell it at the web sale price. The first clerk wandered away. I tried to talk to him about but he wasn't in a talking mood.

Rather than telling him what I really thought, I thanked him, told him I didn't want them at that price, and left the store. Went home. Checked online. Item still showed on the W-S website at the sale price but showed that it was out of stock.

So, I emailed Williams-Sonoma's customer service. This is my note:
I received an email advertising Easter items for sale. Checked the website, saw the sale items I wanted and drove to the local store to purchase them. Because the items were no longer in stock online, the store clerk said he could not sell them at the sale price! Needless to say, I didn't purchase them at the regular price. I'm shocked. I've never heard of a store advertising an item then refusing to sell it at the advertised price merely because the warehouse no longer has them in stock.
This is their reply:
Hello Joy,

Thank you for contacting Williams-Sonoma.

The Catalog/Internet division and our retail stores typically offer the same merchandise at the same price. However, certain items may be offered at different promotional price points through either our Catalog/Internet Division or our retail stores. This decision is a direct relation between our inventory levels and customer buying trends.

Unfortunately, the Catalog/Internet division does not honor store sale prices at this time. In addition, the retail stores are not required to honor Catalog/Internet sales prices. We encourage you to contact your local Williams-Sonoma store for further assistance. You may locate a store near you online at
for further assistance.

If we may be of any further assistance, please contact us via email. Alternately, you may contact our Customer Service Department directly at 1(800) 541-1262 from 7:00am to 11:00pm (CST), seven days a week.

Kind regards,

Erika Hall
Customer Service

Umm, Erika, why would I possibly want to contact the local store? I just came from there. I tried to talk to your employee about it and he couldn't be bothered. He decided that he'd rather keep his basket full of bunny kitchen towels than satisfy a customer.

Erika, dear, I think your store policy is ridiculous. The even more ridiculous part is that the original item was only $8.00. The sale price was $5.99. So, for $2.01 (or $4.02 because I was going to buy 2), your guy Jorg made a pretty big gamble that I would return to shop in your store. What do you think the odds are that I'll return for the $529.95 cookware set, the $42 wooden candleholder or even the $2.99 fish spatula from the bride's registry?