Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong. Let all that you do be done with love. I Corinthians 16:13, 14 NKJV

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Health Tidbits - You Probably Aren't Getting Enough of This?

So when I went to a couple of health seminars during camping I had the privilege to see Karen Houghton who wrote this cookbook:
During her talk she shared that it is best for us to shoot for 40 grams of fiber each day! And her suggestion is that you try to get 1/3- 1/2 of your fiber grams for breakfast. Since it is best to eat like a king for breakfast, a prince for lunch and a pauper for supper.

I was told by a friend who is working at a health retreat - that the Dr at the retreat suggests those who have had cancer shoot for 60 grams of fiber per day. I have been trying to have more and more plant based diet to improve the amount of fiber I get.  And I will be sharing a couple of ways I am getting my fiber in another post.

This is a great cookbook - I highly recommend it.

Oh one I would like to get that was recommended at a seminar is called "From Plant to Plate" so I am on the look out for a copy of this cookbook.  :O)

On an unrelated topic- my MIL is having a medical procedure done today so she and I will probably be at the hospital a good part of the day. Please be praying all goes well and that their is not any cancer. Also for me. Yesterday she had two appointments and I spent a good amount of that day with her as well and by the time I was headed home I had quite a headache. Please pray that I can get through the day without another headache. It can just be stressful dealing with everything.

I also found out that my favorite quilt shop will be closing in just a couple of months. At July's BOM we will be getting two blocks and then in Aug we will get our very last block. She is having a going out of business sale now- so I have bought a few pieces of backing fabric so that I can work on getting some of my past BOM put together.  BOM is how I learned to quilt and if it had not been for this quilt shop, I would not be a quilter today. She has made an impact in our community.

Ok - that is all. I really need to get off of here and get busy. Hope you all have a great day! :o)

Monday, June 18, 2018

Thrifted Outfits..... Sabbath Attire

So this Sabbath I wore a dress that I bought from my sister. It does not have a tag so I have no idea the brand or size but it fits well and the fabric feel lovely. The kind of fabric that flows.
Dress~ $4.00
Total outfit cost~ $4.00
I am wearing a new pair of shoes. I have had the hardest time finding shoes that fit my wide width feet and that were comfortable. I have found a great brand that does both - WhiteMt. shoes! Love them! These I found on ebay- I spent just over $20.00 on them but think that it is money well spent. I have spent too many years wearing shoes that were not comfortable and just having a couple of pairs. 

Believe me, I will be on the look out for shoe in this brand! Hoping I can find some more!! :O)

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Graceful, I think not

Just checking in while I have a few minutes that I need to be sitting down anyway. Why? You ask? Well I took a tumble and need to ice my knee for a bit before I shower and get ready for the day.

So We have been having an ant problem at our house. So my husband picked up a container of ant spray for me to go around the outside of the house and spray - hoping this would help keep the ants out of the house. As I was spraying the front yard - I did something that looking back was kind of dumb. I was spraying the front side of the house and I was working on the area where this flower bed is for my roses:

I was having a problem reaching the edge of the house so I stepped onto the pavers and towards the left of this photo- when I stepped onto a paver - it was not sturdy and I ended up falling and landing on my left knee; which is not good since it is the knee I have had issues with in the past. So now I am sitting here icing my knee. I feel a little knot already forming.
Its been a rough few days for me. Seriously feeling under attack. Discouragement and giving up have plagued me.
"Grace" my word for the year; I haven't felt graceful the last few days. Not only did I fall today, but I had a bit of an accident a few days ago. I was working on getting my salad together for lunch one day and I was trying to get the seed out of an avocado and I ended up stabbing my first finger on my left hand. Let me tell you it was only by the GRACE of God that it was any more serious. As soon as it happened I was scared that I had cut both first and second fingers pretty seriously but thankfully it was only the first finger that got stabbed. Its not really big but I think it is deep and it is sore. I am so thankful it wasn't worse.
Today I also wanted to share some beauty from our yard. This little wagon was a Mother's Day gift from my son. Isn't it adorable? I am working towards having an oasis in my back yard. And it seems that every year we are able to do little touches here and there to add beauty here and there.
These little beauties were given to my husband by a co-worker. I cant wait for us to figure out where we are going to put them and get them placed.
Well it is time for me to get busy. I hope you all have a great day. :O)

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Beloved Names of God...series "Husband"


Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah: Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which my covenant they brake, although I was an husband unto them, saith the LORD.
Jeremiah 31:31
  • Name of God the Father
  • God is referred to as a "husband" twice in the KJV.
  • Husband is an old Norse term for a house holder
  • In this verse, God made a new covenant, writing HIs commandments in the people's hearts.
Referring to God as a Husband and His Church as the Bride is a problem for some men. But, as is usually the case with God, His expectations aren't the same as ours. Guys needn't worry about wearing a dress to the wedding! The sole expectation of the Bride is love and adoration for the Husband.

The old term for a husband, husbonda, meant "house-holder" in days when a home was built and defended with physical strength. While some men might still protect their homes that way, the wise ones rely on faith for their family's security.

When it comes to securing the whole world by his strength, what man would be arrogant or foolish enough to take that on? Relax, guys. When it comes to the marriage between heaven and earth, settle for the loving role- because when it comes to being the Husband, God really is the only man for the job!

Come back next week when we will look at "Father of Lights"


Friday, June 15, 2018

Devotional Steps...Step 4

Coming Out of Hiding

Bible Reading:
6 The woman was convinced. She saw that the tree was beautiful and its fruit looked delicious, and she wanted the wisdom it would give her. So she took some of the fruit and ate it. Then she gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it, too.
7 At that moment their eyes were opened, and they suddenly felt shame at their nakedness. So they sewed fig leaves together to cover themselves.

8 When the cool evening breezes were blowing, the man and his wife heard the LORD God walking about in the garden. So they hid from the LORD God among the trees.

9 Then the LORD God called to the man, “Where are you?”

10 He replied, “I heard you walking in the garden, so I hid. I was afraid because I was naked.”

11 “Who told you that you were naked?” the LORD God asked. “Have you eaten from the tree whose fruit I commanded you not to eat?”

12 The man replied, “It was the woman you gave me who gave me the fruit, and I ate it.”

13 Then the LORD God asked the woman, “What have you done?” “The serpent deceived me,” she replied. “That’s why I ate it.”
Genesis 3:6-13

Step 4
 We made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.

Many of us have spent our life in a state of hiding, ashamed of who we are inside. We may hide by living a double life, by using drugs or other addictions to make us feel like someone else, or by self-righteously setting ourselves above others. Step Four involves uncovering the things we have been hiding, even from ourselves.

After Adam and Eve disobeyed God, "they suddenly felt shame at their nakedness. So they strung fig leaves together around their hips to cover themselves...The LORD God called to Adam, 'Where are you?' He replied, 'I heard you, so I hid. I was afraid because I was naked'" (Genesis 3:7-10). Human beings have been covering up and hiding ever since!

Jesus consistently confronted the religious leaders about their hypocrisy. The word hypocrite describes a person who pretends to have virtues or qualities that he really doesn't have. One time Jesus said to these leaders, "Hypocrites! You are so careful to clean the outside of the cup and the dish, but inside you are filthy- full of greed and self- indulgence! ...First wash the inside of the cup, and then the outside will become clean, too" (Matthew 23:25-26).

When the real person inside us comes out of hiding, we will have to deal with some dirt! Making this inventory is a good way to "wash the inside"; some of that washing may involve bathing our life with tears. It is only by uncovering the hidden parts of ourself that we will be bale to change the outer person, including our addictive/compulsive behaviors.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Thrifted Outfits...Errand Day

Today's outfit involves a piece that I found at the consignment store that I sell my clothes at. Every so often I go there and I look and see if there is anything that I can't live without. The prices are a bit higher than what I usually pay- but still much cheaper than shopping retail stores. This top is one that I was not sure if I would like at all, since I have not worn an handkerchief hemmed top before. But I have been happily surprised at how much I like the top. It just goes to show that when new styles come out you might want to at least try it out in a dressing room and see what you think. All you will have lost is a bit of time if you don't like it. But if you do - you have opened another option for yourself!
Top~ French Laundry- $7.99
Capris~ Lee - $4.79
Total Outfit Cost: $12.78

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Health Tidbits~ Safest Source for Omega-3

So - fish has been touted as a great source for Omega-3 but the fact that fish is now getting higher and higher amounts of mercury in them - it is better idea to find a plant based source for our Omega-3. Flaxseed is an awesome source for it.

Buy flaxseeds and ground just what you will be using at that time in a coffee grinder. I leave mine on my counter and actually grind my flaxseeds - dump the contents out of the holder and put the lid back on - after just wiping it out. I don't think you have to clean it up every single time.

Once you grind flaxseeds they begin to oxidize and lose the nutritional value - so only grind what you need for that time period.

Good ways to use ground flaxseeds:
  • smoothies
  • on your oat groats
  • in your salads
  • in your breads
Oh and yes - you need to grind them - if you don't, then the seeds just pass right through you and you get no benefits from them.

Chia Seeds and Walnuts are a couple of other good sources for Omega-3.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

The Storms of Brokenness

I can't believe I didn't think of doing this sooner. I was going to go on my walk and I was thinking how awesome it had been to go to the health seminars and learn things. The thought came to me - why don't you look up Dr Bryce on youtube and see if you can find anything. And low and behold I did!!! I enjoyed that walk even more while listening to him speak. Here is a short video - only about 30 minutes long. I have watched it but think I will be watching it again sometime soon. Lots of great information and encouragement for our journey to better health. Enjoy!