“Absolutely No Admittance”


Dear Reader:

Yesterday Jo Dufford referenced the book One Perfect Word by popular author, Debbie Macomber. The idea behind this theme was to choose one word that would be your lantern, your mantra, to guide you for the year. (* Jo chose the number “one” itself for her word.)

Macomber used the example of when her father’s health was rapidly failing and he had to be moved to a special care facility leaving her mother, who was not in good health either, alone.

She was worried about both parents and saddened at the idea of losing her devoted daddy who loved her unconditionally. She finally realized her word for the New Year must be “Surrender.” This whole sad situation was beyond her control and she had to surrender it to God.

518ig3-zftl-_sx326_bo1204203200_I have thought about this idea of choosing one word each year as my guiding compass and I am still trying to decide on my word for 2017. Think about it and if you have a word you want to follow this year please send it to me with your name or if you are more comfortable… anonymously. I would love to share your “one perfect word” for 2017. ( I will share mine when I settle on the “perfect word” for me and my situation.)

Inside another book by Debbie Macomber – Patterns of Grace (Daily Devotions) an anecdote in the author’s book made me pause for reflection.

Debbie Macomber said that she grew up suffering from dyslexia. As a child, adolescent, and young adult she was always getting turned around and lost in more situations than she could count. Here is her personal account of an epiphany that happened to her … turning her writing career into reality.

“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” Deuteronomy 31:6

I grew up in Yakima, Washington, with a large extended family. We cousins were as close as brothers and sisters; we lived in the same neighborhood, attended the same church and school, and often vacationed together.

After I married Wayne and moved to Kent, just a few miles south of Seattle, my cousin David, who was closest to me in age, developed leukemia. His doctors sent him to Seattle’s Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. Although I didn’t often venture into the big city, I was determined to visit David.

Somehow I ended up at Swedish Hospital, which is connected to Fred Hutchinson by a sky bridge. Lost and confused, I wandered down a number of corridors without finding the bridge. Finally, I stopped a doctor and asked if he could give me directions.

1913633_189632258575_2511234_n“It’s simple,” he assured me. “All you need to do is walk down this hallway, take the first right and walk through the door marked ABSOLUTELY NO ADMITTANCE.” Those directions did more than show me the way to my cousin.

Somehow, that experience has given me the courage to walk through other doors: my dyslexia that I feared would keep me from working; my terror of speaking in front of people. God has met me at the door marked ABSOLUTELY NO ADMITTANCE and held it open for me.


Lassie shared the next anecdote with me, from her sister-in-law Carolyn, and I just had to ‘pay it forward‘ to you readers so you could enjoy it… if you haven’t read it before or even if you have…share the chuckle again.

“The Deacon and the Biscuit”

One Sunday morning at a small Southern church, the new pastor called on one of his deacons to lead in the opening prayer. The deacon stood up, bowed his head and said, “Lord I hate buttermilk.”

The pastor opened one eye and wondered where this was going. The deacon continued, “Lord I hate lard.” Now the pastor was totally perplexed. The deacon continued, “Lord, I ain’t too crazy about plain flour. But after you mix ‘em all together and bake ‘em in a hot oven, I love biscuits.”

Lord, help us to realize when life gets hard, when things come up that we don’t like, whenever we don’t understand what you are doing, that we need to wait to see what you are making. After you get through the mixing and the baking, it’ll probably be better than biscuits.


Isn’t that the perfect anecdote for this very troubled time in our country? Many Americans are confused and terrified at the mixed messages and metaphors playing out before us on a daily basis.

So until tomorrow…It is time for us to call on God to open doors of understanding and wisdom once marked “Absolutely No Admittance” and then look and wait for God’s signals and plans to help reunite all citizens out of an apathetic state into a stronger united front to keep America a leader in building a better world for all God’s children.

“Today is my favorite day”  Winnie the Pooh

img_4806*Tommy and Kaitlyn came over yesterday…and we finally got to have Tommy’s birthday lunch – we went to Continental Corner and shared different helpings…all of it yummy! We then walked around town square and checked out some of the new shops/restaurants around town.

13886464_1032747236844126_183569894265320062_nWe ended up at our new brewery in town next to Marigolds to check out our home-brewed brew! We tried different types and flavors…it was all good with some beers personally tasting a little big “gooder” …according to our individual tastes.



We checked out a few more shops and then rode through some of the newer subdivisions in town….so glad Kaitlyn and Tommy stop by at intervals… so I can discover what is going on in my own town.

*Since Tommy and Kaitlyn both work for Brooks Styles Tommy wanted to show Kaitlyn where the Styles family lived (*God bless you Brooks!) we pulled into their neighborhood entrance and before we could circle around….Tommy and Kaitlyn spotted Brooks in the front yard with the grandchildren…so we stopped to speak and were generously invited to crash the party.

It was so much fun to see Ginny and Lindsay (Brooks and Ellen’s grown children again)….they were both students that went through Alston Middle School and we all went to the same church while our children were growing up.

All the grandchildren are so adorable and funny. The youngest, Mayes, is Pollyanna incarnate, I do believe. She is so filled with happiness and joy that she can’t contain it all…it just overflows onto anyone near her and as the afternoon went on…we got closer and nearer all the time. Too precious!

Thanks Styles family for your exceptionally warm hospitality for some unexpected ‘drop-ins’ on a drop-dead gorgeous January Saturday afternoon. We had a ball!!!!








About Becky Dingle

I was born a Tarheel but ended up a Sandlapper. My grandparents were cotton farmers in Laurens, South Carolina and it was in my grandmother’s house that my love of storytelling began beside an old Franklin stove. When I graduated from Laurens High School, I attended Erskine College (Due West of what?) and would later get my Masters Degree in Education/Social Studies from Charleston Southern. I am presently an adjunct professor/clinical supervisor at CSU and have also taught at the College of Charleston. For 28 years I taught Social Studies through storytelling. My philosophy matched Rudyard Kipling’s quote: “If history were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten.” Today I still spread this message through workshops and presentations throughout the state. The secret of success in teaching social studies is always in the story. I want to keep learning and being surprised by life…it is the greatest teacher. Like Kermit said, “When you’re green you grow, when you’re ripe you rot.”
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7 Responses to “Absolutely No Admittance”

  1. Gin-g Edwards says:

    Hi Becky,,,,I would love to read this book…my word would be faith…without a doubt. It just popped into my head while I was reading and it stuck. I was with a friend one time and we got into a discussion about organized religions, faith, etc., and one very intellectual lady asked us why we believed what we believed and how did we know that we were RIght and everyone else was wrong. We tried to explain that we didn’t think that they were wrong but that we felt so strongly about what we believed that we wanted to share it. Then she asked why. She feels that we believe what we are taught and depending upon where God places us will determine what and how we believe…which is right to a point…the 7 main religions of the world…the Native Americans…Aborigines,,,,etc,, but we tried to explain what faith meant,,,our own faith,,,so this year I want to come to truly understand what I have professed since I was 9 years old,
    my faith in Jesus as my Lord and Savior. On that note the book that I suggested she read “Same Kind Of Differnt as Me” is coming out as a movie….praying that it will be true to the book which is a true story of unquestionable faith.



    • Becky Dingle says:

      Faith is definitely your word Gin-g and in these difficult times…it is a word that everyone is going to need to practice…perhaps God is finding a way to unify His children by bringing them back to Him for guidance.


  2. Rachel Edwards says:

    Hope you got my reply about my word for the month…can’t remember if I did it here or or FB…Love and miss you…still recuperating. ..slow but steady. …

    On Jan 15, 2017 6:01 AM, “Chapel of Hope Stories” wrote:

    > Becky Dingle posted: ” Dear Reader: Yesterday Jo Dufford referenced the > book One Perfect Word by popular author, Debbie Macomber. The idea behind > this theme was to choose one word that would be your lantern, your mantra, > to guide you for the year. (* Jo chose the number “one” >


    • Becky Dingle says:

      I did and just added it to tomorrow’s blog….You are a wonderful example of faith Gin-g in how you live your life and keep expanding your way of thinking about God’s Kingdom and His role in our lives. Thank you so much for sharing.


  3. ambikasur says:

    My word: Trust

    Total trust in God for 2017


  4. Lynn Gamache says:

    Loved this blog today. My word for this year would be HOPE. As I think about this I’m also filled with thanks for the H — Heritage God has given O–opportunities that come every day to bless others; P–problems that come along every day to refine us E– expectation of an abundant life today and always when we “walk with the Lord in the light of His Word”. Blessings, Lynn from Aldergrove, British Columbia, Canada


    • Becky Dingle says:

      A perfect word….Hope has brought me to where I am with my health issues and with you also it appears…I can’t imagine living in a world with out it….love your acronyms! So creative! Thanks Lynn for sharing! Will share your “perfect 2017” word with the blog tomorrow with your permission.


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