Saturday, October 31, 2009

In God We Trust

This is a GOOD ONE!! 

Yes, God loves you. Very much. Unconditionally. Like a mother loves her child, unconditionally. Even as she slaps her baby's hand to protect from being burnt by a fire, her love infuses her whole being. So with God. God's love for you infuses the whole Universe.

TIRED DOG

I'm on a roll today .... bare with me!

An older, tired-looking dog wandered into my yard. I could tell from his collar and well-fed belly that he had a home and was well taken care of.

He calmly came over to me, I gave him a few pats on his head; he then followed me into my house, slowly walked down the hall, curled up in the corner and fell asleep. An hour later, he went to the door, and I let him out.

The next day he was back, greeted me in my yard, walked inside and resumed his spot in the hall and again slept for about an hour. This continued off and on for several weeks.

Curious, I pinned a note to his collar: 'I would like to find out who the owner of this wonderful sweet dog is and ask if you are aware that almost every afternoon your dog comes to my house for a nap.'

The next day he arrived for his nap, with a different note pinned to his collar: 'He lives in a home with 6 children, 2 under the age of 3 - he's trying to catch up on his sleep... Can I come with him tomorrow?

HEARTLIGHT



VERSE:

For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ ....

~2 Corinthians 10:3-5

THOUGHT:

In our battle against evil, we use the spiritual weapons of God that enable us to know the truth and the freedom that the truth brings. The devil's greatest tools are deception and death. God's grace allows us to see through the deception and demolish its falsifying grip on the minds of men and women and on ourselves. God's power has broken through the barrier of death and given us victory in Jesus Christ. Our task in this victory march? To obey our Lord and help others to do the same, finding his grace and power sufficient to help us overcome all that we face that could defeat us.

PRAYER:

Father, please use me to defeat the power of the devil and his influence on the lives of the ones that I love and on myself. In Jesus' name. Amen.

New Blogs of Interest

I have added three more blogs to "Blogs That I Follow" on my sidebar.  Be sure to check them out when you have time.

Just Be Real

The Clan of Mahlou

Unstoppable Spirit

THE PERILS OF ABBEY


Confession: I am a 50-something woman who has gained over 40 pounds since I married my darling husband eight years ago.  I am in a deep hole and like a drug addict, I cannot find my way out!  Put a wig on that guy in the photo and it would be a perfect synopsis of my journey to fat-ism!

I feign dieting, and they last about a week on average.  When I was in my 20's (okay, don't tell me "well, dear, you're not 20 anymore!"  I know that . . .), I ate anything I wanted and as much as I wanted.  I wore a size 5 until I had my second child at age 30, then I was a size 7.

It all began in my mid-30's when I was diagnosed with mitral valve prolapse and a genetically inherited predisposition for depression.  What did my doctor prescribe?  Elavil.  Elavil made me feel better, but the weight starting piling on.  From that I went to Paxil and Xanax as needed.  I weaned off the Xanax and stayed with the Paxil for years, all the while gaining a little here and there.  With a change from internist prescribing my anit-depressants to a psychiatrist monitoring this drug therapy, I've been through Wellbutrin, Lexapro, and have now been on Effexor for a number of years and it's the best I've felt emotionally in all of the years I've been "medicated".  HOWEVER, I do have other health issues which require a regimen of medications and I know in my heart that, even though the doctor swears that "weight gain was noted in only 2% of the patients in the trial", with my luck (or lack thereof), I am in the 2%.

This catalyst for this diatribe happened yesterday.  My daughter was talking about the kids (my grandchildren) looking at all the old movies from when they were babies, and they kept making comments like, "wow Mom, you sure were skinny back then," and in one where I was captured getting out of my car, they said, "look Mom, Mimi sure was skinny back then."  I told the story to my husband last night.  Want to know what his reaction was?  He didn't look at me, but at the television as if tuning me out, and he didn't say one word.  When I prodded him, he only said, "I heard every word you said."  He's a wise man.  You never tell a woman that she is overweight.  HOWEVER, he did say to me about a week ago (after listening to me go on and on about weight issues), "let me just say this: I don't want you to get any bigger than you are now."  Let me tell you about my husband.  He is about 6'1" and slender.  He walks and runs every day, whether in the neighborhood outside (which he prefers and still does every day even in the heat of summer) or on the treadmill in our downstairs den.  We also have an eliptical bike that he trades off at times, and there is an "ab lounger".  I cannot believe I just told you all of that knowing full well what you're thinking now.  Yes, I have exercise equipment in my home and still, I do not use it.  I feel like I'm in a box walking nowhere when I'm on the treadmill - it's boring!  Ah ha!  I could turn on the television and watch it while I walk!  Been therem, done that!  No excuses, I'm being lazy.

Give me some sewing to do, I'm right on it; or baking, love it; cleaning the house, not a lazy bone in my body when it comes to chores; being a couch potato, I'm there - we are nighttime couch potatoes, but I can't blame that because I have ALL DAY to do what needs to be done.

My husbands statement hit me like someone slapped me wide awake!  I couldn't get mad or even feel sorry for myself, because I knew what he meant and he is absolutely right.  Me, I feel guilty because I keep telling myself "he didn't sign up for this."

If you're thinking that you want to tell me that a person should be happy in their shell, I would agree if that was their predisposition.  But, that is not my predisposition.  I got here all by myself.  Medication is one thing, overeating is another, and still further, a love of ice cream, in particular, is the ice cream topping the cake for me.

I am investigating some natural supplements that will help boost my metabolism, which must be dead because it hasn't seemed to be working for years.  One of my new followers, Unstoppable Spirit, had a great post that I read this morning "21 Reasons to Cleanse and Nutrionally Replenish".  I noted a site on her sidebar that took me to several colon cleansing websites.  I found one that seems to be "sound", and I'm waiting for my daughter to review the options and tell me what she thinks about them.  She wants us to do this together. Like me, she has medication therapy that is identical to mine and she, too, has gained a lot of weight.

Oh the woes of the gene pool.  I know that I can control it, but as I said, I feel like I am in such a deep hole that there is no way out.  Where I used to have unstoppable willpower, there is a little voice that says, "ah, go ahead, a little won't hurt."  There's another voice that's always saying, "Start Monday. Monday's are always a good time to begin new things."  I've had a thousand or more Monday's where I swore I would begin anew, and I did, but it didn't last.

This is not a "poor, pitiful me" dissertation - just throwing out something that is bothering me and perhaps you will pray for me, that I will get on a regiment and have the willpower to see it through this time. 

It's Saturday, Halloween, and it's pouring rain.  It's suppose to clear up so the trick or treaters may be out in their usual numbers anyway.  I've been a slacker this week, taking some time off to do "nothing", and I feel better.  I need to get up and be motivated today, so until next time, PEACE BE WITH YOU!  :D

Friday, October 30, 2009

Halloween Advice

DON'T LEAVE THE LIQUOR NEAR THE PUMPKINS!



HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

In God We Trust

I have been remiss in not giving credit where credit is due.  These messages are sent to me every day automatically. If I like what they say, I post them.  So, no, I'm just not that creative, but rest assured that if my pea-sized brain sprouts some great advice or moto, you will be the very second to know (I'll be first and it will definitely be a surprise!).

Love is the blood of the soul. God wants all beings to have healthy and strong souls, so God created a simple law to nourish the soul: the more you give love, the more you receive love. Remember all the beings you love - people, animals - that you haven't thought of lately. Do not wait anymore, reconnect with them today and express your love.

Be Blessed


HEARTLIGHT



VERSE:

Thou art my hiding place; thou shalt preserve me from trouble; thou shalt compass me about with songs of deliverance.


~Psalm 32:7

THOUGHT:

Out of the attacks of evil come the victories of God and the victory chants of God's people. Let's find our strength and protection in our holy God! Let's make God our hiding place, our source of security, and our hope in times of trouble.

PRAYER:

Father, thank you for the confidence I have in your power and your might to deliver me from every attack of the evil one. You are worthy of all glory, honor, power, and praise. In the name of your Son and my Lord, Jesus Christ, I thank you for deliverance and praise you for your might. Amen.

THE BIBLE

The Book of Matthew in the New Testament is where I began reading The Holy Bible, and therefore, it is a very special one.  It is where I truly began to walk in the light, where my spiritual journey truly took flight and soared.  Matthew 10:32-33 are the most poingnant verses for me.  I had the unfortunate circumstance to have someone visiting in my home who denied that God even existed. This person stated they believed that when you die, it's just a "black hole, nothingness."  He died eight months later and the memory of the words he spoke still haunt me.


Matthew 10:32-42 (King James Version)

32 Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven.


33 But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven.


34 Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.

35 For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law.

36 And a man's foes shall be they of his own household.

37 He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.

38 And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me.

39 He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it.

40 He that receiveth you receiveth me, and he that receiveth me receiveth him that sent me.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

PRAYER REQUEST

I need to enlist all the Prayer Warriors out there for a very special prayer request. I received this from my blogger friend, Jen, just a few minutes ago. We must take care of the children; we are all that they have and we must protect them. Please read Jen's message below and add little Jacob to your prayer requests. God will bless you for your compassion.




Hello All!

Megan is witnessing to a boy at school who says he believes in hell, and satan but does not know about God (he is 12). He says he believes in hell because his life is hell. His family are not Christians and sounds like he is having a rough life - bad at home and getting in trouble at school. His name is Jacob Crumley. The good thing is that there is a handful of kids that are talking to him. Another good thing is that Megan says that he listens... he doesn't just shut them out.
Megan told him that she was going to ask me where he needed to start as far as scriptures and she would tell him tomorrow. I told her start with John 3:16 and Romans 3:23. She said "Why didn't I think about that?" I think it is because God's timing is perfect and the communication between she and this boy will remain open another day. And that gives us time to seek support through prayer.
Please pray for Jacob by name. It really sounds like he is hurting and God has put Believers in his path.

Thanks for being there to pray.

Love you all,
Jennifer

THE HOLY BIBLE

I am starting a new section called "The Holy Bible" where I will post scripture, hopefully daily, but at least regularly.  Some scripture will come directly from the King James Version of The Holy Bible, but most will come from my Living Catholic Bible which, as you know, is translated into layman's language.  I pray that you will enjoy the scriptures that I choose and that you will take them into your heart and see how they relate to your life and what is happening around you.


'Oh, the joys of those who do not follow the advice of the wicked, or stand around with sinners,or join in with mockers. But they delight in the law of the Lord, meditating on it day and night. They are like trees planted along the riverbank, bearing fruit each season.'

~Psalm 1

In God We Trust

My message for today from In God We Trust:

God doesn't create faulty life. No. Everything created by God is perfect, and so are you. So stop driving yourself mad with endless ways to improve, and just accept the glory of your being as is.

DAILY WISDOM




Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand.

~Revelation 1:3, King James Version

SURPRISE!

As a young girl growing up in the Texas Panhandle, I was blessed to have my grandmother, we called her Mama D, living just 90 miles south.  I spent most of my summers with her and my granddad, and therefore, she had a huge impact on my life.  Mama D taught me to sew and how to "keep house", as she said it.  She had a beautiful home, a place for everything and everything in its' place.  There was never a dirty dish in the sink, the furniture was dusted daily and the carpets vaccumed.  Once chores were finished, we were free to spend our afternoons from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the swimming pool.

One of the traits that "rubbed off" onto me was that she enjoyed change.  She was forever rearranging her furniture.  I love change as well, and even if it is not moving furniture, it may be rearranging accent decor in my home or putting a new face on my blog.

Which brings me to my point (aren't you glad!), don't you just love this new background?  I needed a change and I fell in love with this Victorian theme.  I love all things Victorian so this background is perfect.  I'm sure it will be here for a while, but is apt to change every few months.

Try out this site where I found this new background.  She has some really nice creations.  It's called Scrap-E-Blog.

HEARTLIGHT



VERSE:

For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

~Ephesians 6:12

THOUGHT:

The battle we face is not just a physical one. Instead, it is a spiritual battle with powers that we do not easily see and which are very powerful. We shouldn't dismiss this as an imaginary battle or as an irrelevant struggle. Just as clearly as Satan was crouching at Cain's door, desiring to have him, so he crouches at our door (Gen. 4:7). He will use his forces of evil to do all he can to defeat, destroy, or corrupt us. We must take this war seriously and recognize the spiritual power of our foe.

PRAYER:

Father, forgive me for the times I have not taken the threat of evil seriously. Give me a holy revulsion for anything that is tied to what is unholy and opposed to your work and will. Let me not be deceived by temptation and deliver me from the power of the evil one in all of his forms. In the mighty name of Jesus I pray. Amen.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

THIS DAY'S . . .

This Day's Smile is a good one!



When one life is changed, the world is changed.

~Thomas Johns

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Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. Quench not the Spirit.


~1 Thessalonians 5:16-19, The King James Version

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Counselor to new boy at camp: “We want you to be happy, so enjoy yourself here. If there’s something you want we haven’t got, I’ll show you how to get along without it.”

~Unknown

Deep Thoughts

Happy and Blessed Wednesday to everyone! The sun was out when I awoke rather late this morning and it was a very welcomed sight!  I am just not a person who likes the fall, but I can tolerate the winter because once Christmas and New Year's is behind me, I can see the light at the end of the tunnel called Spring. That is my most joyous time, when we clean up the yard from the winter and we begin our gardening.  Oh, I'm dreaming of it already and I just need to stop and chill for a few months .... Grrrrr.....

My heart is heavy, however, and it is difficult to blog about it for fear that the persons involved will see it and be upset with me.  I kinda think not, but there is always that possibility.  If I were not in a very extreme state of worry for someone that I love more than  my own life, I would not be here asking for your prayers.  Prayer is powerful; it's also a cliche, but it is a FACT.  I know that God has his loving arms around us all, and I am praying for the warring angels to surround my loved one and protect them against the evil doers that are working on the orders of Satan. 

How do you cope with something so dire in silence?  This is what I must do, for all anyone knows, I am unaware of this crisis.  There is someone who has been enlisted to aid this situation, someone who is Biblical and has considerable faith.  All they need are prayers for the strength to do what must be done.

I know this is terribly cloistered in the manner in which I am speaking of it, but please trust me.  And please pray for Abbey's entire family, and that the Lord will cast Satan far away from us.  Some, like me readily recognize Satan's presence, and I am able to shout and cast him far away from me.  Maybe that is why he is preying on someone who is so close to me.  My daughter says that she won't allow this either.  And she is the angel who brought me closer to God and I trust her completely.

I have added a couple of newfound blogs to my blogroll that I hope you will visit. "Just Be Real" and Madison:InGodWeTrust" ... I feel that I was drawn to them by the power of the Holy Spirit for several reasons.  First, for the matter that I discussed above, and second, for the matter that I realized about three years ago that I had been molested before the age of three, and it had been locked away all of these years.  With this finally coming to light, it has explained a treasure-trove of hurts and misfires that have plagued my life for years.  I missed out on a lot of happiness by making the wrong choices.  I finally found it when I married my husband 8 years ago.  I want to address all of this completely and have been working on a novel or autobio, I cannot decide which it will be in the end, and hope to be published.  Please pray for me that I will have the courage to write it all down, not just some of it, but to be honest with all of it because it all plays a part in the story of a lifetime of hurts, mostly brought on by my own poor judgment.  We will see how the trauma inflicted upon a toddler can affect an entire lifetime.  If it were not my own life, I would be amazed anyway.

I am planning to attend Mass this evening.  I feel the need to be in God's house where I can feel His presence the most, and as often as possible, I will be there.  I NEED to talk with Him there and to sing all of the prayers, adore His presence and receive His body and blood.

"My peace I give you . . ."

St. Therese ~ Daily Reflection


For me, prayer is a burst from my heart, it is a simple glance thrown toward heaven, a cry of thanksgiving and love in times of trial as well as in times of joy.

St. Therese, The Little Flower

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

THIS DAY'S . . .




To live by faith is a far surer and happier thing than to live by feelings or by works.

~C. H. Spurgeon

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Therefore, my beloved, be steadfast, immovable, always excelling in the work of the Lord, because you know that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.

~1 Corinthians 15:58, The New Revised Standard Version



HEARTLIGHT



VERSE:

Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.


~Ephesians 6:10

THOUGHT:

Some of our strength to fight evil comes from our experiences in the past, from the encouragement of others, and from our knowledge of the truth in the Scriptures. Ultimately, however, our strength comes from God's mighty power. Paul uses his letter to the Ephesians to remind Christians that this power is what raised Jesus from the dead (1:19-20). Through that power in us, God can do much more than we can ask or imagine (3:20-21). Most important of all, as we put on our spiritual armor and dedicate ourselves to spiritual discipline, God blesses us with his power and might. We can be strong in God's mighty power.

PRAYER:

O LORD God Almighty, my Abba Father and loving Shepherd, strengthen me with your might and grace so that I can withstand the attacks and temptations of the evil one. In Jesus' name I ask it.
Amen.

TODAY'S WISDOM

'Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.'

~Romans 12:2

Abbey's Comment:  When meditating on this, realize that is it not as difficult as it seems.  For years I walked around thinking I would never find my way to do "this" or "that" where is concerns the will of the Father.  I did find it, and every day I am in awe of how very easy it is.  Pray, listen, and see the wonders of Him.  They are all around you, "good, pleasing and perfect."  God bless you through your spiritual journey.

Monday, October 26, 2009

In God We Trust

Sorrow is with us not because we are bad at stopping it, but simply because it...'s part of being human. What matters is not whether good or bad things happen - both will, but your relationship to them. Just think back over the last 24 hours, - what had you taken hard that you could have taken lightly?

FOR HEAVEN SAKE!

Through a lot of prayer and a lot of time giving thought and even yearning for this opportunity, it came to pass that I was able to help my daughter to form a business.  Christie has since childhood displayed an uncanny creativity that I have found to be unmatched.  For years she has been making things as gifts and trying to find an outlet for her creativity. 

Once we committed to the task, we were both making lists of possible names for her company.  We began with a prayer to the Lord and a commitment to Him that, if this was His will, it would become a reality, and all the Glory is to be given to Him .  Christie would call me and tell me of the Bible verses she found, and what the words meant, and how we might use them to form our name.  We weren't getting very far and were indecisive, when one day I was driving down the road and someone cut me off and I said, "Well, for heaven sake!".  That was it, the name.  We wanted to do something to Glorify God, thus working "for heaven sake."  Christie loved it when I told her and "For Heaven Sake" became a reality. 

We sold a small emboidery machine that she had to use as seed money for the business.  She had already leased an industrial sized monogramming and applique machine, and we bought a new Singer as well.  Christie created our logo and letterhead, and it's the brains behind the creative department.  Me, I just follow orders and keep up the bookkeeping! Seriously, I help her any way that I can.  And do you know what she said to me recently?  She said, "Mom, I love you SO MUCH, and we were never as close as we are now, and I just want to spend all of my time with you."  Praise God, my heart melted.  We are having the greatest time creating together and sharing some of our days together.  She is my best friend, and I am hers.

For Heaven Sake's website is up and but continues to be under contruction as new items are added  regularly.  FHS offers boutique style children's clothing, baby items, and gift items. Please visit the website at:  http://www.for-heaven-sake.com/ or click on the angel picture above and that will take you to For Heaven Sake!

Please tell your friends and family about For Heaven Sake where we will be offering our thanksgiving through our tithing to the Lord and spreading His Word.  Right now, Christie has taken over the basement den at her house where she works on her creations.  She has wanted this opportunity for as long as I can remember, and if I can help her to realize her dream, it would thrill my heart to no end.

THIS DAY'S . . .



I Was Too Busy

The Lord Christ wanted a tongue one day
To speak a message of cheer
To a heart that was weary and worn and sad,
And weighed with a mighty fear.
He asked me for mine, but ‘twas busy quite
With my own affairs from morn till night.

The Lord Christ wanted a hand one day
To do a loving deed;
He wanted two feet, on an errand for Him
To run with gladsome speed.
But I had need of my own that day;
To his gentle beseeching I answered, “Nay!”

So all that day I used my tongue,
My hands, and my feet as I chose;
I said some hasty, bitter words
That hurt one heart, God knows.
I busied my hands with worthless play,
And my willful feet went a crooked way.

And the dear Lord Christ, was His work undone
For lack of a willing heart?
Only through men does He speak to men?
Dumb must He be apart?
I do not know, but I wish today
I had let the Lord Christ have His way.

~Christian Endeavor World

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“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”


~Matthew 11:28-30, The New International Version

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Did you ever try to measure something with a rubber ruler? Everything fits just as you want it to fit. Rubber Ruler Religion pats us on the back and goes into all kinds of contortions to give us peace of mind and tranquility of conscience. It pampers and spoils us and deceives us because we wish to be deceived. True, at first it saves us time and worry, but in the end it brings our little world crashing down all around us. A Rubber Ruler can never point the way.

~Stanley Wagner

From Abbey's Cookbook

I prepared my special beef tips with rice for yesterday's supper.  I think a lot of people eat chicken and ground beef most often to save their pennies, and we are no different.  However, sometimes I just want to sink my teeth into some good beef - whether it is a roast, beef tips or a good steak.

I am the least creative person you'd ever meet, but making an effort to try and perk up this blog page and thus, make it more interesting.  If you have any tips to share, be sure to post them in the Comments section. By the way, this is not a photo of my recipe, I just snagged one from the internet.

ABBEY'S BEEF TIPS AND RICE

2 lbs. beef tips
2 Tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon pepper
4 cloves of garlic (chopped)
1 medium size yellow onion
3 sprigs of fresh rosemary
2 leaves fresh basil
1 can diced tomatoes
water
corn starch (as desired) or package of beef gravy mix
Jasmine Rice

In a large (and deep) skillet, add EVOO and allow pan to heat.  Add beef tips and sear until all are browned.  Add enough water to cover beef tips, turning down heat to medium.  While beef tips are coming to a boil, chop onion, basil leaves and garlic cloves and add to beef.  Strip the leaves from stems of roasemary and add to beef mixture.  Add can of diced tomatoes, salt and pepper.  Bring heat down to a low simmer, cover and cook until beef tips are tender (approximately one hour), stirring once or twice during cooking.

I LOVE Jasmine rice.  It is somewhat sweet, large grain and sticky (moist).  It is also lower in all those things that are not good for the waistline!  I buy the Mahatma brand of Jasmine rice that comes in a bag, but you may use your favorite.  I usually follow the recipe to make about 3 cups when finished.  I do this because there are always leftover beef tips, which is intentional, and it makes it easy to make a bowl-full, nuke and eat.

Bon Appetite!

WEEKEND!


Good morning world and all to my friends out there!  Monday's come fast, don't they?  We enjoyed a weekend away, staying with my BFF at the lake.  I love the water and it is the place where I find the most peace.  I find I can unwind and truly relax when I am near the water.

On Saturday, Lee played chauffeur and drove us all over Anniston, Alabama from one antique shop to the next.  I picked up a beautiful black,  leather Fossil handbag for pennies!  I also purchased a couple of pieces of Miss Markie's jewelry to benefit breast cancer research, AND I bought these beautiful lamps for our breakfast area buffet at a small shop called Charisma.



After walking through The Apple Barrel where things seem too jam packed (this makes me nervous because there is so much glassware and I'm afraid that I'll break something), and therefore I don't venture into those tight spaces where I very well might find that perfect treasure. Charisma was a small, very old house that had been converted and was neat, flowing and very charming.

I want to give a warm and loving Thank You to my best friend, Nellie Ruth, for her hospitality, especially the wonderful dinner on Friday evening which consisted of roast with potatoes and carrots, fresh shelled black-eyed peas, cornbread, salad, and her homemade peppersauce.  I picked out about six jalapeno slices to eat with my peas and cornbread, which I crumble the bread a put a good helping of peas on top, onion slices and peppersauce.  That first pepper took me by surprise. It had the most delicious flavor, and the "hot" was a surprise at the end! I challenged Lee to a duel eating peppers - I won eating five of them; Lee ate three! YAY ME!  Which reminds me, I was supposed to remind her to give me a jar (who's gonna remind US to remind each other?).  WHAA!

Great weekend and we came home Sunday morning, arriving around noon, and I took a lot of delight in getting my new lamps situated just perfectly, which entailed raising the wall decor.  Thanks be to God for this short respite.  Sometimes just a couple of days is all you need.  Getting away from your regular "aura" or area where you basically live, shop, worship, sleep, and see the same surroundings day after day is really great for your psyche.  I awoke today feeling refreshed and ready for another week!

God bless you, everyone, and have a safe and blessed week!

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Miss Markie

I met a remarkable lady while I was antique shopping in Anniston this weekend. She had a lot of costume jewelry in one of the stores and she took great pride in showing me and telling me her story. She had a double masectomy in the 80's and is a 20-year survivor of breast cancer. However, she tells me that she has died twice, but came back and knows there is a purpose in her life. She has counseled teens, helped teens in trouble, battered children, and all the money from the donated costume jewelry she gives to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

I asked her if she would tell me about her near death experience. She told me about it and in the most pleasant way, giving me a feeling of exhileration, peace and happiness.

Miss Markie tells me that she suffered a blood clot that went through her heart and into her lung the day she was to leave the hospital following the masectomy. She described it as going into complete darkness, so dark you could not see your hand in front of your face, like a "cold, dark cave but I was floating really fast". She wasn't afraid at all and felt very loved, but kept wondering why she was so cold. Suddenly, a bright light shone in her face and she knew it was the Light of God. She passed her two youngest daughters who were laughing and playing on her way to the light and she said to God, "I know that they will be all right." But then she came upon another daughter who had gone astray. Her face and body were turned away and she was bent over in agony. Miss Martie said that the last she had seen her daughter had been an awful experience. She was lost to drugs and a man who beat her, and she became angry when Miss Martie tried to get her to stay and not go with him. This was at the hospital on the day Miss Martie was to go home. Her daughter said to her, "I hate you and wish your were dead!", and left slamming the room door behind her. When Miss Martie saw her in her heavenly experience, she said to the Lord, "Oh, Lord, I have to go back, I really need to go back! She is so lost, I can't leave her like this. Please, let me go back and try to help her. Forgive her, she doesn't understand."

With that, she felt someone with their arms around her, holding her tight and telling her how much everyone loved and needed her, and that she needed to come back. When she opened her eyes, she looked into the face of a male nurse, who happened to be one of the young boys she had saved years prior as a juvenile detention officer of the court. He said to her, "Miss Martie, you saved my life a long time ago, and now it is my turn to save yours."

Miss Martie's husband is a Presbyterian Minister, so I feel confident in her story and I found it completely inspiring. I bought some of her jewelry, and I promised to send her a boat-load of mine that I no longer wear.

Miss Martie crossed my path at a critical time. Do you recall that I asked you to pray for me last week? I have had several encounters since that have been somewhat consoling, or give me reason to pause and think with regard to the issues that are weighing heavily upon my heart. I believe God plans for our paths to cross certain people at specific times for a reason. So now, I must be open to receiving His message. It may take some time, but I'm really listening. Realizing that God is speaking to me, well, it's overwhelming. I can recall a time when I looked at people with curious disbelief when they talked of God speaking to them and hearing Him. Maybe I am not unique, but I feel so amazed by Him every day. That's the way it's supposed to be, isn't it? I believe, Amen.

Friday, October 23, 2009

In God We Trust

You can mouth the words of a prayer all day long and just waste your time, unless ...you also speak with your heart. And to speak with your heart means to embody first. If you pray for love, be loving. If you pray for wealth, be generous. If you pray for health, practice health yourself. What is your favorite prayer? How can you begin to embody it?

THIS DAY'S . . .

I couldn't leave without posting this.   This Day's Smile is so good!


May today there be peace within.
May you trust God that you are exactly where you are meant to be.
May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith.
May you use those gifts that you have received, and pass on the love that has been given to you.
May you be confident knowing you are a child of God.
Let this presence settle into your bones,and allow your soul the freedom to sing, dance, praise and love. It is there for each and every one of us.

~Teresa of Ávila

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For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring.

~Acts 17:28, The King James Version

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Lack of faith is such a waste of time when there is God.

~Larry Burner

DEAR READERS:



I'll be out-of-pocket for a couple of days, but I'll be back online Sunday afternoon.  Keep those prayers going for all who are in need of our Father's blessings. 

HEARTLIGHT

Again, very timely! It's a goodie!




VERSE:

For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

~2 Timothy 1:7


THOUGHT
:


When we became Christians, Jesus gave us the gift of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:38; Titus 3:3-7). The Spirit lives in us, making our bodies a Temple (1 Cor. 6:19-20) and blessing us in many ways (Romans 8). We can be courageous people even in the face of attack, criticism, and ridicule because of the Spirit's presence. The fruit that the Spirit produces (Gal. 5:22-23) and the love that the Spirit pours into our heart (Rom. 5:5) do not make us weak. Instead, the Spirit's presence is a powerful force to help us overcome sin (Rom. 8:13) and live self-disciplined lives.

PRAYER:

Father, thank you for the Spirit's constant presence in my life.  Please empower me with even greater courage and strength as I face the daily challenges in my life. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Tips from Heaven

Some of these I have seen before, but there are a few that are new to me.  It never hurts to remind ourselves of these great tips on how to live "the good life".....

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An Angel says, 'Never borrow from the future. If you worry about what may happen tomorrow and it doesn't happen, you have worried in vain. Even if it does happen, you have to worry twice.'



1. Pray
2. Go to bed on time.
3. Get up on time so you can start the day unrushed.
4. Say No to projects that won't fit into your time schedule, or that will compromise your mental health.
5. Delegate tasks to capable others.
6. Simplify and unclutter your life.
7. Less is more. (Although one is often not enough, two are often too many.)
8. Allow extra time to do things and to get to places.
9. Pace yourself. Spread out big changes and difficult projects over time; don't lump the hard things all together.
10. Take one day at a time.
11. Separate worries from concerns . If a situation is a concern, find out what God would have you do and let go of the anxiety .. If you can't do anything about a situation, forget it.
12. Live within your budget; don't use credit cards for ordinary purchases.
13. Have backups; an extra car key in your wallet, an extra house key buried in the garden, extra stamps, etc.
14. K.M.S. (Keep Mouth Shut). This single piece of advice can prevent an enormous amount of trouble.
15. Do something for the Kid in You everyday.
16. Carry a Bible with you to read while waiting in line.
17. Get enough rest.
18. Eat right.
19 Get organized so everything has its place.
20. Listen to a tape while driving that can help improve your quality of life.
21. Write down thoughts and inspirations.
22. Every day, find time to be alone.
23. Having problems? Talk to God on the spot. Try to nip small problems in the bud. Don't wait until it's time to go to bed to try and pray.
24. Make friends with Godly people.
25. Keep a folder of favorite scriptures on hand.
26. Remember that the shortest bridge between despair and hope is often a good 'Thank you Jesus .'
27. Laugh.
28. Laugh some more!
29. Take your work seriously, but not yourself at all.
30. Develop a forgiving attitude (most people are doing the best they can).
31. Be kind to unkind people (they probably need it the most).
32. Sit on your ego.
33 Talk less; listen more.
34. Slow down.
35. Remind yourself that you are not the general manager of the universe.
36 Every night before bed, think of one thing you're grateful for that you've never been grateful for before. GOD HAS A WAY OF TURNING THINGS AROUND FOR YOU.

'If God is for us, who can be against us?'
~Romans 8:31)

Thursday, October 22, 2009

HEARLIGHT

The LORD really does amaze me, and I mean that with all sincerity.  I had finished writing a letter to someone a few moments ago, and the thoughts and feelings that I put into that communication were very emotional.  Then, I open my today's email from Heartlight.  It was very timely.  I have some things on my heart that have been there for a very long time, and I have been unable to heal and forgive myself.  If you are reading this, will you please add me to your prayers, for understanding, love and forgiveness.  Bless you for your thoughts and prayers.



VERSE
:

And the Lord make you to increase and abound in love one toward another, and toward all men, even as we do toward you...

~1 Thessalonians 3:12

THOUGHT:

"I'm not sure I can love them any more! My supply of love is gone, my capacity to love is exhausted." Yes, there are times when it seems others will exhaust our ability to love, either because of their need being so great or because of their unwillingness to love in return. How do we go on? We need a community of love; other believers who will support and love us. We need brothers and sisters in Christ who will pray for God to increase our capacity to love. We need to trust that in response to all of our prayers, God will pour more love into our hearts through his ever-flowing stream of grace, the Holy Spirit (cf. Rom. 5:5). When love is low, don't withdraw or give up. Draw near to God and draw near to his people asking for his grace to help in your time of need (Heb. 4:16).

PRAYER:

Dear Father, graciously pour your love into my heart and pour your love into the hearts of those in my family and church family. We need your help to love those around us more. In Jesus name I pray. Amen.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

THIS DAY'S . . .

I rather enjoyed this ... hope you do, too!


A man should hear a little music, read a little poetry, and see a fine picture every day of his life, in order that worldly cares may not obliterate the sense of the beautiful which God has implanted in the human soul.

~Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

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He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.

~Psalm 91:4, The King James Version

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To live is so startling it leaves little time for anything else.

~Emily Dickinson

HEARTLIGHT

Isn't it a "comfort" to know that God is merciful, and therefore, comforting to each of us in our times of need.  There is nowhere that we can expect unconditional love and comfort than through our relationship with God and His Son, Jesus Christ.  We know by our faith that that God will never turn His back on us, no matter what is our state or situation.  This is the most beautiful of Graces that He has offered to us, as His Children.  Make it your goal today, and every day, to offer COMFORT to someone who is in need.



VERSE:

Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.

~2 Corinthians 1:3-4
THOUGHT:

We are comforted because we are heartbroken. We are comforted because we need a blessing. We are comforted because God loves us. We are comforted to comfort others. While each of the above statements is true, the last is the most crucial one. There is something about comfort that cannot be fully realized until it is shared with someone else. It is that final step in the healing process of grief, disappointment, hurt, and loss. Until we share the comfort we have received, until we pass it on to another, our comfort is weak and shallow and limited. Comfort, pass it on!

PRAYER:

O LORD, God of heaven and earth, Creator of the universe, thank you for knowing my heart, caring about my concerns, and comforting me when I am wounded. Help me to share your grace, mercy, and comfort with someone else today. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

DAILY WISDOM



For it is better, if the will of God be so, that ye suffer for well doing, than for evil doing.

~1 Peter 3:17, King James Version

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

THIS DAY'S . . .

I LOVE THIS . . .


You may say: but, God says:
It’s impossible, All things are possible. (Luke 18:27)
I’m too tired, I will give you rest. (Matthew 11:28-30)
Nobody really loves me, I love you. (John 3:16 & John 3:34)
I can’t go on, My grace is sufficient. (2 Corinthians 12:9 & Psalms 91:15)
I can’t figure things out, I will direct your steps. (Proverbs 3:5-6)
I can’t do it, You can do all things. (Philippians 4:13)
I’m not able, I am able. (2 Corinthians 9:8)
It’s not worth it, It will be worth it. (Romans 8:28)
I can’t forgive myself, I forgive you. (I John 1:9)
I can’t manage, I will supply all your need. (Philippians 4:19)
I’m afraid, I have not given you a spirit of fear. (2 Timothy 1:7)
I’m always worried and frustrated, Cast all your cares on ME. (I Peter 5:7)
I’m not smart enough, I will give you wisdom. (I Corinthians 1:30)
I feel all alone, I will never leave you or forsake you. (Hebrews 13:5)
because I care…

~The Back Pack Ministry International

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For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of His government and peace there will be no end, upon the throne of David and over His kingdom, to order it and establish it with judgment and justice from that time forward, even forever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.


~Isaiah 9:6-7, The New King James Version

"MAD WORLD", Sung by Adam Lambert

I've been taking a respite from any kind of writing or internet communication.  It seems that we are more and more caught up in this cyberspace world.  People are walking around "texting", or with ear phones in their ears, while the world keeps turning and life is happening all around them.  People don't seem to notice life anymore.  I don't have a fancy cellphone ... just a simple phone that does the job - making and receiving calls that are "necessary" when I am in my car, shopping, etc.

In the world today, people are so tuned our of life that it scares me.  I ask myself, "why do you text when you can call on the same gadget?" "Why do you drive with earphones on? What if another motorist honks at you to warn you of impending danger? You wouldn't hear them."

I use my computer as a means of communication, mostly.  I do Google for needed answers often and I appreciate having what I need at the tip of my fingers, literally.  But I got caught up on Facebook and before I knew it, I was lurking, reading, responding, posting, joking .... for hours at a time.  I don't want this.  I don't want my life lived with my face staring at a computer screen or iPhone or anything like it.  I want to live, and breath, and feel.  I want to walk in the waters, breath in the air, I want to touch the face of God.  He lives in me and all around me, and all around you.

Perhaps this brought to mind the song that I'm posting below.  Adam Lambert, as you will recall, was the runner-up winner on American Idol this past season.  He sang this song during the competition and again at the final showdown.  This song was written and originally performed by a group you may recall, and of whom I hold a particular fondness, called "Tears For Fears".  Their version was not quite as lovely as this one.  Enjoy listening to the song and I suggest that you also read along with the lyrics below.  They are significant to my thoughts in this post.




All around me are familiar faces
Worn out places, worn out faces
Bright and early for the daily races
Going nowhere, going nowhere
And their tears are filling up their glasses
No expression, no expression
Hide my head, I want to drown my sorrow
No tomorrow, no tomorrow

And I find it kind of funny
I find it kind of sad
The dreams in which I’m dying
Are the best I’ve ever had
I find it hard to tell you
I find it hard to take
When people run in circles
It’s a very very mad world, mad world

Children waiting for the day they feel good
Happy Birthday, Happy Birthday
Made to feel the way that every child should
Sit and listen, sit and listen
Went to school and I was very nervous
No one knew me, no one knew me
Hello teacher, tell me what’s my lesson
Look right through me, look right through me

And I find it kind of funny
I find it kind of sad
The dreams in which I’m dying
Are the best I’ve ever had
I find it hard to tell you
I find it hard to take
When people run in circles
It’s a very very mad world,
Mad world
Mad world
Mad world
Mad world......

Saturday, October 17, 2009

HEARTLIGHT



VERSE:

The LORD is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.

~Psalm 34:18

THOUGHT:

The LORD is ... ... near! ... present! ... close! How do I know? He came close in the manger. He walked among us in ministry. He suffered with us and for us at Calvary. We know that in tragedy, trial, heartbreak, and brokenness he is near to us to save us. So, will our hearts be open to him and will we be seeking him to come near? Don't let troubles or heartache lead you to pull away from God or doubt his nearness. Let him draw close to you.

PRAYER:

O LORD, please be near me today. Make your presence known in my life. Father, I also ask that you bless those I know who are struggling with their faith, and with broken and disappointed hearts. Please be active in their lives and make your presence known in their lives. In Jesus' name. Amen.

UH OH!



A man was sitting reading his papers when his wife hit him on the Head with a frying pan.

'What was that for?' the man asked.

The wife replied 'That was for the piece of paper with the name Jenny on It that I found in your pants pocket'.

The man then said 'When I was at the races last week Jenny was the name Of the horse I bet on'.

The wife apologized and went on with the housework.

Three days later the man is watching TV when his wife bashes him on the Head with an even bigger frying pan, knocking him unconscious.

Upon re-gaining consciousness the man asked why she had hit again.

Wife replied. 'Your horse phoned!'