Sunday, October 29, 2017

A Word for Us on 10/29/17



Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord;
let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation.
Psalm 95:1

My hope is built on nothing less 
Than Jesus' blood and righteousness;
I dare not trust the sweetest frame, 
But wholly lean on Jesus' name.

When darkness veils His lovely face, 
I rest on His unchanging grace;
In every high and stormy gale,
My anchor holds within the vale.

His oath, His covenant, His blood
Support me in the whelming flood;
When all around my soul gives way
He then is all my hope and stay.

When He shall come with trumpet sound,
O may I then in Him be found;
Dressed in His righteousness alone,
Faultless to stand before the throne.

Refrain:
On Christ the solid Rock I stand; 
All other ground is sinking sand. 
All other ground is sinking sand.

"The Solid Rock" by Edward Mote (sometimes entitled My Hope is Built)

This is a great song to memorize for your repertoire of uplifting songs that you sing to yourself throughout the day and night. You can learn the melody here.

Hallelujah! Praise the Lord! (Hang in there on youtube and you'll hear another outstanding hymn, It Is Well with My Soul.)

Personally, I believe having a repertoire of memorized uplifting songs, along with memorized Bible verses, is one of the best things we can do for our well-being and preparation for the unknown future, even more important than having a lot of food and supplies stored up (not that there's anything wrong with that). Because as long as we're living, thinking, and breathing, no one can take our uplifting songs away from us.

Have a wonderful start to your week,
Bess

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Still Holds True


From Village Diary by Miss Read:

Not to be alone—ever—is one of my ideas of hell, and a day when I have had no solitude at all in which 'to catch up with myself' I find mentally, physically and spiritually exhausting.

When one is alone one is receptive—a ready vessel for the sights, the scents and sounds which pour in through relaxed and animated senses to refresh the inner man.

I've shared the first portion of the above quote before, and even in retirement it still holds true. Although caregiving requires flexibility and being "on call," I am blessed to be able to spend a fair amount of time at my computer or reading in bed, two things I particularly enjoy.

I love the give and take between duty and time for myself during the course of each day. I am so grateful not to have to put off my own interests until the weekend, one of the many joys of being retired.

I hope you can find sufficient time for yourself this weekend and that whatever you do, alone or with others, you'll find yourself restored and re-energized.

Blessings,
Bess
PS: Haven't made any dishcloths for a long time, but might have to knit one or two to replenish what I've worn out over the years. My favorite little pattern can be found at the end of this post.

Monday, October 23, 2017

For Your Reading Pleasure 10/24/17




Last week I shared a book covering things to do for each season. In a similar vein, this week I suggest a series of ebooks by Alison May: The Autumn House; The Winter House; The Spring House; and The Summer House.

Heaven knows there's not much more any one person can dream up to say about any of the seasons, but I have purchased all of these books, and have enjoyed them for what they are.

(The books are very short with lots of white space, and the author could use a proofreader before she pushes Publish. They currently range from $1.99 to $2.99 per book.)

However, I found them just worth the cost for putting me in the mood of the season and for giving me two or three new-to-me ideas each, plus their serenity-producing photos.





Alison May has a website: Brocante Home, and other books as well. She is along the lines of Sarah Ban Breathnach and Alexandra Stoddard, two writers who've been suggesting ideas for years for making our homes welcoming and cozy. If you haven't yet had your fill of that topic, mosey on over and see what Ms. May has to offer.

Happy reading this week!
Bess
PS: I am an Amazon Associate. Thank you so much for looking at these books (and you can always check with your local library, where applicable). If you do enter Amazon via one of my links and buy anything at all, it costs you nothing extra and gives me a little credit for buying books for myself. I thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Sunday, October 22, 2017

A Word for Us on 10/22/17













If you wait for perfect conditions, you will never get anything done. God’s ways are as mysterious as the pathway of the wind and as the manner in which a human spirit is infused into the little body of a baby while it is yet in its mother’s womb. Keep on sowing your seed, for you never know which will grow—perhaps it all will.
Ecclesiastes 11:4-6  TLB

Carry on. Try not to become discouraged. Smile. God is working. There is hope.


Have a great start to your week,
Bess

Friday, October 20, 2017

Love or Teeth?


From Village Diary, Miss Pringle telling Miss Read about her young relative soon to be married (still thinking Mr. Mawne and Miss Read are moving toward becoming a couple):

' " ... it's only True Love that matters!" Don't you reckon that's right, Miss Read?'

Thus appealed to I found myself saying cautiously that I supposed it was important, but agreed privately with the Provincial Lady's secret feeling that a satisfactory banking account and sound teeth matter a great deal more.

As I grow older, I have to agree with Miss Read. One just doesn't realize when one is starting out on her own in life how important some things will be to her comfort when she's older. Being older seems eons away when we are young.

But if you are young or youngish, I heartily recommend you stay away from sugar and any kind of soda pop as much as possible. That will go a long way toward preserving your teeth. Because when older, all of a sudden, teeth begin to break and decay at a rapid pace. Well, mine didn't even last until I was older before problems arose. I've always had poor teeth and have spent thousands on them over the years. But folks with good teeth at a young age will be so thankful they took care of their teeth by the time they reach their sixties.

And of course, one needs at least some money to survive in this world, no matter how little she thinks she can get by on. So if you are young or youngish, make sure you're pursuing a career or work that will allow you to set money aside, and if you can get covered health insurance, that's a huge boost to your financial well-being. We all have creative things we want to do, but if we reach our sixties without a dime to our names, we'll be kicking ourselves that we didn't plan better for our future.

Of course, in this fallen world things happen that place us in precarious circumstances through no or very little fault of our own. This, however, is even more reason to be prepared.


Good teeth and savings are two things to be mindful of and plan for, even if we think Jesus will come back before we grow old.

Blessings and love,
Bess
PS: Of course, if Mr. Right comes along as well, you've hit the jackpot! Just make sure to also secure your teeth, finances, and your salvation in Jesus!

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

For Your Reading Pleasure 10/18/17




I've had an especially fatiguing week, so I thought I'd make just a quick recommendation. If you like reading books with suggestions for activities and decor and foods by the seasons, the above (photo is Amazon link) is an oldie, but goodie from 1996, republished in 2002 (content appears to be identical, except for the cover).

It's a very nice paperback, about 7x7 inches, 225 pages, printed on good ecru paper. I still pull mine out now and then and peruse the input for whatever season is relevant. Each season is divided into sections on Home, Garden and the Great Outdoors, Body and Soul, and Family and Friends.

Hope your week is humming along nicely,
Bess
PS: I am an Amazon Associate.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

A Word for Us on 10/15/17


He who has knowledge spares his words,
and a man of understanding has a cool spirit.
Proverbs 17:27 AMPC

I suspect this verse is a good reminder for many of us, including me.

Have a wonderful start to your week,
Bess

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Refinement



" ... Look at the pebbles in the bottom of the pool, Miss Emily, so round and smooth and shining."

"Yes, but where did they get that beautiful polish, that satin skin, that lovely shape, Rebecca? Not in the still pool lying on the sands. It was never there that their angles were rubbed off and their rough surfaces polished, but in the strife and warfare of running waters. They have jostled against other pebbles, dashed against sharp rocks, and now we look at them and call them beautiful."

(From Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm by Kate Douglas Wiggin)


If we allow them to, the trials and hardships of life can help to make us beautiful, in the very best sense of the word.

Have a beautiful weekend,
Bess

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

For Your Reading Pleasure 10/10/17



When my brother was in the hospital for three weeks, over 2.5 years ago now, I picked up three books from the hospital gift shop to read during those times he was well out of it.






I always think of them, therefore, as "hospital books," but they are rather lovely books full of simple art and encouragement, published by Blue Mountain Arts of Boulder, Colorado. Printed on thick, deckle edge paper, they make great gifts for sons, daughters, graduates, teenagers, newlyweds, and the ill or discouraged. A search under Blue Mountain Arts on Amazon will bring up many suggestions to begin with. They have calendars as well.





I had thought of passing them on to our library, but then thought against it. Instead, I decided I'd add them to my small collection of short books suitable for a quick and easy injection of encouragement and positivity for myself. Here is a list of some of their titles:



Enjoy your reading,
Bess
PS: I am an Amazon Associate. Thank you so much for looking at these books (and you can always check with your local library). If you do enter Amazon via one of my links and buy anything at all, it costs you nothing extra and gives me a little credit for buying books for myself. I thank you from the bottom of my heart.



Sunday, October 8, 2017

A Word for Us on 10/8/17



We are his people, the sheep of his pasture.
Psalm 100:3



Praying blessings over you and yours,
Bess

Friday, October 6, 2017

Sticking to a Food Plan

Canned soup for lunch the other day.

Am struck, as usual, by infinite superiority
of other people's food to my own.
From The Diary of a Provincial Lady by E.M. Delafield

After gaining ten pounds this summer from consuming far too much ice cream, I have created a chart in Excel to plan and track my eating. 

Meal planning in hopes of losing weight is not easy, especially when trying to balance, in moderation, low salt, low sugar, low calories, low cost and low waste. And enough protein (I don't eat much meat these days). I have totally abandoned keeping track of fat grams. I don't care. I figure if my totals come in reasonably well in the other categories, my fat consumption isn't going to totally run amok.

So far the chart looks pretty good. Most days just under 1200 calories; most days a bit under 1500mg on sodium. I'm still too high on sugar and too low on protein, but I'll keep working at it. Plus, I haven't been separating out my added sugar total from, what do you call it, just natural sugar(?). Perhaps I will down the road.

I hope to increase my fruits and veggies little by little, but I'm getting about two servings of each a day, most days. And when I have something salty such as canned soup, then I adjust the rest of the day's sodium intake. 

I'm hoping the food chart will be a stern taskmaster and keep me in line!

Have a great weekend!
Bess

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

For Your Reading Pleasure 10/3/17





Just a quick post to say that I thoroughly enjoyed reading The Blue Castle by
L M Montgomery. The review(s) I read said it was written for adults, most of her books being written for young people (and/or we young-at-heart adults who appreciate excellent writing). The "adult" part of the book is simply that the main character, Valancy Stirling, is twenty-nine, so that may not appeal to Anne fans.

Also, being a book written in the 1920s, the term "making love" or "love-making" is used a couple times. In that era, the term simply meant flirting or wooing or romancing and nothing more. (I have read a poor review or two of Montgomery's Anne books on Amazon for using such terms.)

Valancy is a bit different looking, not very attractive, and has resigned herself to being a spinster. She lives with her mother and aunt. They and all her other relatives in town stifle her with their constant opinions and derogatory remarks.

But a letter she receives changes things completely, giving her the courage to stand up to her family (who think Valancy has lost her mind). Suffice it to say that after confronting her relatives, new adventures are ahead for Valancy.

I won't say more lest I give too much away, but I thought it was a wonderful story and wonderful writing. The descriptions of nature in the Muskoka area north of Toronto are fantastic.

I am an Amazon Associate. The link above is for the Kindle version I purchased (it's gone up in price just a bit). It seemed complete, and had just a very few typos. Or you can try one of the many other versions, or your library.

Anyway, I highly recommend The Blue Castle by L M Montgomery!

Happy Reading,
Bess

Sunday, October 1, 2017

A Word for Us on 10/1/17


What we have received is not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may understand what God has freely given us. ... The person without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God but considers them foolishness, and cannot understand them because they are discerned only through the Spirit.
1 Corinthians 2:12,14

My thoughts:

So it turns out the old childhood taunt--"takes one to know one"--is true. But in the case of Christians, the phrase becomes this truth: It takes One to know One. 

If we just don't get it, we can ask The One to show us and make the truth known to us. And He will, but we must be sure to keep eyes, hearts, and minds open so we don't miss Him. (He stands at the door and knocks, Revelation 3:20.) 

Then when we accept Him as Lord and Savior, He puts His Spirit in us, and the light in us goes on. "Aah!" A new understanding begins to dawn.

Of course, not all is revealed at once or we'd be totally overwhelmed. Little by little, from glory to glory.

Have a great beginning to your week,
Bess