Saturday, August 18, 2018

"Deep Breaths, Mrs. Lomax, Deep Breaths"

from 2011

Note to self ... and you, dear reader, as well:

Deep relaxing breaths.

Cast your care.

Take one day at a time.

Enjoy the moment.

God is on His throne.

It all works out in The End.

And who knows but that you have come to your royal position
for such a time as this?
Esther 4:14

'All shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of thing shall be well' — from Lady Julian of Norwich as revealed to her by Jesus

(One might google Julian's quote for its background info, which I've done. Interesting.)

...Christ in you, the hope of glory.
Colossians 1:27

PS: Just felt like somebody needed this today. My laptop is hanging in there, but haven't had the urge to post again until now! The post title is a line from an episode of Keeping Up Appearances.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Oh Dear

My dear old laptop (9 years) may be about ready to give up. She's flashing a red light, even though it says she's charged up and is supposedly continuing to charge. 

So, if you don't hear from me for a while, it will probably be because dear old laptop is no more. My brother's computer is getting old, too, but I may try to use it from time to time, when he doesn't want to be using it.

Otherwise, all is well. Thank you for visiting my humble blog. I hope to be able to post when the urge strikes! (Just in case, I'd better save my photo files.)

Praying many blessings come your way,
PS: All my photos are old anymore; if I ever post new, I'll admit it! :O)

Monday, April 30, 2018

Just Stopping By

Old photos.

On my own blog. Thought I'd better say hello! Hello, and I hope all has been well with you. Life has been good here, but not share-worthy. Once in a while I'd think of something I could share, but when I went to my blog, I'd just think "Ugh." 

That's rather sad, I know. I've noticed there are many, many older blogs having fewer, if any, new posts. It's only natural that after several years there's not much new to write about of interest. But I'm not ready to shut down permanently yet. One never knows what interesting things could be right around the corner!

The bike is in the kitchen now!

So what have I been doing? With hospice personnel coming in two to three days a week, I'm cleaning a lot. It's mostly to keep some semblance of order and an attempt to keep things relatively dust-free. Here on the windy Great Plains (the Southern Plains), furniture gets dusty very quickly. And three kitties don't help! So you might say it just takes extra work to keep up appearances.

I've also been reading. I'm currently enjoying the latest issue of Victoria magazine. I don't buy it regularly anymore, but thought I'd enjoy the French issue. I'm also reading A Tale of Two Cities. It's the fifth book I've read by Charles Dickens, and I'm totally smitten. What a brilliant writer. What a heart for the poverty-stricken. What a storyteller. I read slowly, looking up vocabulary and historical references on my phone. Even then there are remarks or references I don't understand, but fortunately, they have been relatively few.

Stay, stay at home, my heart, and rest;
Home-keeping hearts are happiest...
To stay at home is best.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

That's about it! Not an exciting life, but well-suited for me. I'm off to fix some pasta to which I'll add seasoning (a shake of Montreal Steak seasoning, pepper, and garlic powder), olive oil, diced colby cheese, sliced black olives, a couple cut-up pre-cooked turkey sausage patties, and a drizzle of Ranch dressing. This will make me three meals. I have a small zucchini to stir-fry, as well. Washed down with iced tea with a couple tablespoons of frozen wild blueberries in the glass (or fresh blueberries, but I never buy them).

Hopefully I'll stop by again soon! As always, praying you are overwhelmed by blessings,

Saturday, March 17, 2018

A Word for Us on 3/17/18

All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.

2 Timothy 3:16,17

I believe this. I believe the Bible is the Living Word of God, that He speaks to us through His Word, and that one should never be "done" reading and studying His Word. 

My prayer is that every one of us, throughout our lives, bite by bite, will chew on the meat of God's Word, the Bible. There is no nourishment that excels it.

PS: The above is a fairly nice Bible, but the print was too small for my poor eyesight, so I passed it on.

Sunday, March 11, 2018

A Word for us on 3/11/18

Gift bag from Hallmark

Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God!
How unsearchable his judgments,
and his paths beyond tracing out!

“Who has known the mind of the Lord?
Or who has been his counselor?”

“Who has ever given to God,
that God should repay them?”

For from him and through him and for him are all things.
To him be the glory forever! Amen.
Romans 11:33-36

All is well, but I do have extra caregiving/cleaning duties these days, so posts will be hit and miss.

Have a wonderful week, and may God bless you and yours!

Thursday, February 22, 2018

A Word for Us on 2/22/18

If a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand.
Mark 3:25

Fortunately, most of the time these two sisters get along.

May God have mercy on this old world,
PS: Mine is not a political blog, but I, for one, am very, very proud of America's high school students.

Saturday, February 17, 2018

A Word for Us on 2/17/18

But let all who take refuge in you be glad;
let them ever sing for joy.
Spread your protection over them,
that those who love your name may rejoice in you.

Psalm 5:11

Have a wonderful weekend!
(To read all of Psalm 5, go here.)

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Forward Thinking

Although I certainly believe in being mindful and making the most of each moment, there's much to be said for the art of looking forward to something, tangible or intangible, in our lives.

Looking forward to something stokes our hope. It exercises our hope muscle, making it stronger. And us happier, which is the immediate outcome of sincere, well-intended hoping.

I recently suffered a dip in my forward thinking, and a very dear reader of my blog reminded me of a line in my book about looking forward to various things. (The future things I fell into pondering only God can tell, so in giving them to Him, it seems I forgot to enjoy looking forward to the daily things that make life pleasant.)

So I've quickly reinstated the practice each morning (or any time) by thinking of four things to look forward to ("four-ward" thinking?) ... to occur not off in the distant future, but that day, or in the very near future.

I'm looking forward to a warmer day tomorrow, to the peanut butter cookies I'll bake later this afternoon, to watching Big Bang and Young Sheldon this evening, to finishing reading Mrs. Pringle of Fairacre tonight. Of course, there could be more, but four at a time is good.

What are four things you're looking forward to? Of course, Spring and gardening are givens and allowed, even though they are not in the very near future. :O)

Blessings for a hope-filled life,

Sunday, January 21, 2018

A Book Worth Reading

Last night I finished reading The Power of Simple Prayer by Joyce Meyer, and I highly recommend it, even if you have a very satisfying prayer life. I admit to not having read very much on prayer, but I did think this book was excellent. It's an in-depth look at many aspects of prayer and had examples, scripture, and summaries.

This book took me two-and-a-half weeks to read, and that's fairly slow for me. I realized that as I read it, every few pages or so I was moved, or nudged by the Holy Spirit, to pray for something Ms. Meyer was sharing, as it applied to my life. Sometimes I spent several minutes before I turned the page.

One of my favorite chapters (all are very good) was the final chapter on how the devil tries to wear us out, making us tired, stressed, and worse. We need to recognize that what seem like everyday problems can be and are being instigated by the devil. As Joyce Meyer says, we need to pay attention and fight the devil at the onset. 

In the same chapter she tells about types of people the devil will use to wear us down: Felixes, who will sap our energy and determination; Delilahs, who will tempt us to do things we shouldn't; and even Peters, who will try to block us from doing what God would have us do.

I have been feeling a bit worn out, and it totally makes sense that the devil is behind it, at least in part. 

This is a book I've put on my wish list to own someday. I can see turning to it frequently.

In 2017, I "obligated" myself somewhat to posting three times a week. This year I feel the opposite! In other words, I don't think I'll be posting until writing the post doesn't feel like an obligation, but rather feels like a pleasure. So probably not as many posts forthcoming, but please do check back from time to time.

As always, blessings on you and yours,

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Not Feelin' It

Since I last posted, I simply have not had much of anything to say or share. I think my mind has gone into hibernation for the winter! But I'll be back when my muse wakes up and gives me an idea or two.

(Didn't want my few, but very special and appreciated, readers to wonder about me.)

Meanwhile, I hope you have a cozy and happy winter!