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

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Pink Dishes... A Special Gift

I was given a special gift a couple of weeks ago and I wanted to tell you about it.

A little back story so you can better understand why this gift is very special to me.

My husbands grandmother collected pink dishes. She had a large glass display cabinet in her home with many, many pink pieces. Every time we went to visit her - I would admire her lovely collection. I, SO, wish I had a photo of her collection - but this was way before we had cell phones.

My husband and I had hoped that when she passed that we could each pick a piece from her collection. But sadly, the collection disappeared. And we did not get any of it.

So a couple of weeks ago when my mother in law gave me this lovely salad bowl that came with 6 small salad bowl, you can imagine how very happy this made me!!! I found this photo from Ebay so you would know what I was talking about. I forgot to get a photo of mine before we put it in the hutch - and I guess I am being a bit lazy - since I decided instead of pulling the set out and getting a photo - that I got a photo from ebay instead.

Anyway I am very happy that we have this lovely set. It was really a gift from God.

I have another post about pink dishes that I will be writing up soon - it is another blessing from God - of answering the desire of my heart for pink dishes. Be looking for that post. Hopefully I can get it posted next week. :O)

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Beloved Names of God...series "Dwelling Place"

"Lord, thou hast been our dwelling place in all generations."
Psalm 90:1 KJV
  • Name of God the Father
  • God is referred to as a "dwelling place" once in the KJV.
  • The psalm writer uses the term dwelling place to signify the place where humankind truly belongs.
  • Psalm 90 paints a picture of mankind turned loose to vent its youthful (and destructive) nature and suffer from the disapproval of God. But from the beginning, God has always welcomed us back to Him. In our few fleeting years on earth, we should try to acquire wisdom and an appreciation of the Lord before returning, like wayward children, to our final Dwelling Place- our loving, patient Father!
What are houses made of? Timber? Brick? Concrete? Corrugated iron? Leaves and branches? Man may have processed them, but God made them all!
Since the days of Adam and Eve, we have called our physical man-made structures home, but our souls have always been most at home with God. Only when we lay aside the shelter of our divinely inspired bodies will we really know what it is like to be home- in a Dwelling Place we need never leave again!
Next week we will look at "Majesty on High" :O) 

Friday, January 19, 2018

4 years ago today....

I remember it like it was yesterday. And yet it was 4 years ago. It was a Thursday. I was on my way to get groceries. My hair felt so bouncy and healthy. I began to think that I was one of the lucky ones. You know the ones that don't lose their hair due to chemo. But sadly the very next day... Like clockwork I notices I was losing quite a bit of hair while taking my shower.  I say clockwork because I was told that with the chemo drugs I was taking that 14 days after your first chemo is when you lose generally lose your hair.

Our son had his daughter that weekend so I did my best to be as gentle with my hair as possible. I knew it would be hard for her and so we waited till she was headed back to be with her mom on Sunday afternoon- exactly 4 years ago today- to shave my head.

I remember sitting on the toilet lid-while my husband shaved my head- I was praying. I ask God to help me like what I saw in the mirror. I'm not gonna say it was easy- but it wasn't as traumatic as it would have been had I not ask God to help me. He gave me strength and courage. And I am ever so grateful for that. Throughout that journey as I would begin to struggle with seeing myself without hair I would pray again and He was faithful.

Today on the 4th anniversary of that fateful day I am so very grateful that I have hair. It will never be something that I take for granted. Had I not experience hair loser- I may have taken the special blessing of having hair for granted.

We need to exam our lives and see what things in our lives we take for granted. There are many blessing that we don't even acknowledge. Today I am taking time to acknowledge not only the blessing of having hair but praising God for all the blessings!

Also, I don't know if I'm trying to get sick, if this anniversary is really affecting me, or what? But for the past week I have felt run down. And I'm feeling a bit concerned. I'd sure appreciate some extra prayers. Thanks so much. :)

Thursday, January 18, 2018

A 50 by 50 update and more

I saw this Meme on Facebook and just had to share it here.
At the beginning of January I have increased my efforts to not only lose the 2-4 pounds I gained over the holidays but was hoping to be able to get back on track to losing the 50 pounds by the time I turn 50. Although I have been really working hard, I am mostly just showing 2 pounds down.
Last week I pulled out an exercise DVD that I have had for quite some time. When I first got it I tried to work out with it but it was a bit challenging and so I had put it away. Last week I was determined to work through it. It has 3 cardio workouts and 2 weight workouts. I was able to do them all. It was a bit challenging - but I think it was very good for me. I think that sometimes we need to mix it up.
I also pulled my Walk Away The Pounds by Leslie Sansone. And I have been working out with her. What I noticed today was that what she basically was doing was like circuit training. I have heard different trainers talk about pushing yourself for a bit and then a bit of a lower impact - then increase it again. And that doing it that way is really a good idea. And as I worked out with Leslie this morning - I noticed that is how I felt - is that I pushed for a bit then less intensity and then pushing it again.
I believe that all of my efforts are working positive changes to me - whether I see them or not. Just because it does not seem like any changes are happening - will not discourage me. I have been on this journey for 1 1/2 years now and I am not giving up.
I believe one of the best ways to be successful in achieving what we desire is to write out our goals and also to look at what we can do in order to be successful.
I know that for me - the past 6 months or so of not seeing changes or weight loss - in the past would have discouraged me and I would have given up. But this time - this time I have a goal. I sat down and I wrote out a goal and a plan and I gave myself plenty of time. It is not a plan or do a certain thing till I lose the weight and then its back to doing what ever I want. If I want to lose this weight and keep it off I will have to continue the rest of my life.

If you have desires to reach certain goals. Why don't you sit down and write out what you want to achieve. And write out some ideas of what you can do to reach your goals. Make your goals reasonable. And ask God to help you achieve your goals. :O)

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Reading a New Book - Highly Recommended

This week I have begun reading a new book. Shades of Grace by Ty Gibson. It is an excellent book.
What I am finding the more that I am reading and learning about grace - the more I notice that it is intertwined with the love of God. And this is most excellent since this is an area in which I struggle sometimes.  So it seems the perfect timing for me to be focused on learning about grace.
I have only read the first chapter in this book and I love it. Hope you are blessed as well! :O)
“ God wants for us to feel after Him and find Him because He loves us with all the energy of His divine being. It is the nature of His love to continually reach out of Himself in tireless effort to secure our eternal happiness, which is only possible as we embrace His love and allow it to flow freely out of our lives to Him and all others.”

~ Ty Gibson in his book “Shades of Grace” excellent book- highly recommended! 

And He has made from one blood every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth, and has determined their preappointed times and the boundaries of their dwellings,
27 so that they should seek the Lord, in the hope that they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us; 
Acts 17:26-27 NKJV                           

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

When it's cold outside

When it is cold outside it is the best time to:
  • make a big pot of soup or stew or stoup as our family calls it. When I was growing up my family called it stew and my husbands family called it soup- so we call it stoup. lol
  • make cornbread
  • bake potatoes or sweet potatoes
  • make bread
  • make granola
 Because it helps keep the house warm.

So it is a good idea to keep the supplies on hand to make your favorite recipes- just in case a winter blast comes your way.

It is also a good time to work on special projects. For me - quilting and organizing are great ways to use your time when you are cooped up inside because of bad weather.

I have also taken advantage of being inside to work on a project of copying my favorite recipes for a new method or storing my recipes. I found some awesome pages for a smaller binder- these pages hold 2 of the large 4x6 index cards. So I am copying my recipes from the 3x5 cards they are on now - to the bigger cards. It will be great when I am finished.
(Not the best photo but you get the idea)

I found these pages(with the 4x6 recipe cards already in them) at a favorite thrift store. I paid 50 cents for them all. There were 30 pages- with 2 cards each- that totals 60 recipes that I can have in this - and if I want to I could put 120 cards. Right now I only have 2 per page- so I can turn page to see the back of the recipe cards. I think I will keep it this way - at least for now. I already had the small binder- I had found it at a thrift store for 1.00 or so and couldn't pass it up. I had had to buy a few of them with another project I worked on a while back and when I saw it I couldn't pass it up. Now I am thankful that I got it. It makes this project cost me less than 2.00 plus my time. That is a good deal!!

Monday, January 15, 2018

What Gratitude Does - revised a bit

"The blessing of gratitude is like a boomerang. When it flies out of a truly grateful heart, it hovers momentarily above the receiver, blessing its recipient, and then makes a 180-degree turn back into the life of the one who offered thanks."
~Author Rebecca Barlow Jordan
This quote was found in the book that I have been reading "A New Kind of Normal" by Carol Kent

Edited to add~ the above quote reminds me of a couple of Bible verses and I wanted to share them with you today.

The first verse is found in Galations 6:7:
"Do not be deceived, God wins not mocked; for what a man sows, that he will also reap."

The next Bible verse is found in Proverbs 11:25:
"The generous soul will be made rich, And he who waters will also be watered himself."

A winter blast is headed towards Texas this evening. I have spent the day getting ready for the winter weather. I have brought in lots of wood to help keep us warm. And I worked on getting a good amount of kindling ready as well. Since I will be home tomorrow look for a fresh post then. Ya'll stay warm!! :0

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Beloved Names of God....Restorer



"He restoreth my soul:
 he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake."
Psalm 23:3 kjv
  •  Name of God the Father
  • The name "Restorer" is mentioned seven times in the KJV.
  • Restore means "make things good as new."
  • Psalm 23:3 is part of one of the most famous pieces of scripture ever. Believed to have been written by King David, the psalm begins, "The Lord is my Shepherd," a tribute from a kind who cared for sheep in his youth. The line, "Yeah, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death," is often taken as a description of Jesus' path to eternal life.
Imagine how amazing it must have been, walking in the perfect environment of Eden with God right there by your side! Mankind has become so trapped by its illusion of independence that such a relationship has been reduced to a myth- or at best, an impossible dream.
But it's not impossible. The history of man's interaction with God has been one of mutual intimacy. We can get back to that if we trust in the Restorer!
Come back next Sabbath as we look at "Dwelling Place" Have a good week-end! :O)