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Rest & Relaxation | 31Days:11


“Ah! There is nothing like staying at home, for real comfort.”
― Jane Austen

We hung out at home today! I love that!

Content

Content

“Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives, do I give to you.  Let not your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful.” 

John 14:27

Rest is needed to heal and restore oneself. Now while it is HARD to get The Hubs to rest; EVER, we had a down day today. It’s hard for him to sit and relax, he was an always on the go kind of guy. He would create things to do just to stay busy. Now, after better than a year of fighting cancer with chemotherapy and radiation, his body just doesn’t let him do what he had planned or wants to do. His body requires him to rest; kind of like the rest of us. =)

 

“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with  thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which  surpasses all comprehension, shall guard your hearts and your minds in Christ  Jesus.”

Philippians 4:6-7

 

We hung out and watched our favorite Saturday morning shows; Lucky Dog and Dr. Chris Pet Vet and had a late breakfast. The boy was home and around too. We then watched two comedies and The Hubs laughed at all the 12 year old humor with the boy, as I was watched like the mother of men children! It was peaceful and nice. It was wonderful to hear that laugh.

The Hubs laugh is truly my favorite sound in the world; it’s so warm and honest in all it’s joy! ♥

 

“Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives, do I give to you.  Let not your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful.”

John 14:27

 

For us here in Hutchland quiet Saturdays are a healing time. We hang out in an atmosphere of stress-less love and contentedness. Even if The Hubs is a bit frustrated I can usually find a way to ease his fidgeting. Today it was raining, so it was easier for him to hang out and relax. Rain limits his outside projects.

So it was Dachshunds, movies and tea … Waffles and syrup with coffee, movies, a short drive to Dad’s to feed Invisakitty, while he’s at his camp; and a late dinner.

Never underestimate what rest and relaxation can mean for a healing body … what laughter and quiet contentedness can do for aches and pains … what the love of family can do for times of pent up energy and frustration. Or even times when you need the energy to feel normal and alive, but it isn’t coming.

 

 “Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.”

1 Peter 3:4

 “But I have calmed and quieted myself, I am like a weaned child with its mother; like a weaned child I am content.”

Psalm 131:2

I do so hope you take the time for rest and relaxation in your week. Time with someone(s) special. Time to just sit back and be contented in the peaceful comfort of just being.

How do you relax and refuel?

Sometimes I just sit quietly in the presence of God and allow Him to fill me with His peace and love. That, my friends, is the best. The VERY best. That is true serenity.

“Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives, do I give to you.  Let not your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful.” John 14:27

Blessings to you and thanks so much for reading.

Andrea

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Wordless Wednesday – Not So Wordless


Welcome to Wordless Wednesday!

I decided to write this post when I found the WordPress App for my brandy new iPhone.

Shallow, you say?
Maybe, I respond. But this mighty little phone has me doing more in two days then I have done in a while. Whatever breaks the apathy I say!

I am writing this joyful little post from the phone. Yes I am! Technology is cool!

I have a nutritional app now that I can track my meals, and dietary intake and journal to assist me on my Wholeness journey. Didn’t do so well today … But the good thing is I know that today. I’m no-longer blind to my intake.

There’s an app for that! 🙂

I also did this:

Mackey

Honestly … One of the big reasons I wanted an iPhone was the Instagram App. I am not disappointed. 🙂

There’s an app for that!

The huge reason I indulged myself was the 99 cents upgrade cost!

Yes! Thank you to my son (for the late birthday gift ) and to AT&T for the awesome deal!

So there you have it. My awesome technology stride in a not so wordless post.

Blessings Loves<3 …


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Five Minutes with The Gypsy Mama…Home


 Today we join the gypsy mama and we write, without worry. No editing, no correction…no concern that what we have written is not just right!

1. Write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking.
 2. Link back here and invite others to join in.
 3. Get a little crazy with encouragement for the five minuter who linked up before you.

Click through the five minute picture and hook up with the 5 minute community…there is encouragement, love, friendships and giveaways…Best there is just women who write about real life everyday…just like us.

Now give yourself the gift of 5 minutes of journalling your heart. Share with us your …

Home …. Go!

I almost suggested this very topic a week or so ago. At the time I was feeling warm and fuzzy about my home in Hutchland!

Wisteria Watercolor

 Actually I always do, but Spring had come and things were budding and all my men were home…

HOME…

Cluttered and loud…pets everywhere and now we have 5 puppies! The boys are now adults and the excitement of pups is not quite as it would have been…but if you quietly enter a room you’ll find a full grown man cuddling the tiniest little pup in his huge paw of a hand, whispering baby talk softly in the furries little ears!

James' Hands

Incredible to me is where we are today from where it was we came. Comfort and security were not a thing I would have envisioned for the lives of my sons and I. 

Yet by the grace of God…here we are, HOME safe and secure and twenty years older.

They say HOME is where the heart is…and they are so very right. Even on the most difficult of days. Even when the tough love is necessary for my prodigal or a bill is going to have to wait we have a HOME.

So much more than some, frankly more than many. And for those I pray right now…that very soon they will experience HOME.

STOP.

(forgive me some extra time as I add some photos of HOME here…the writing was within the time limit though) 

🙂 Blessings Loves  ♥

 


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In the next few days….


I posted today that I have joined the #Trust 30 which is a Writer’s Prompt initiative: http://ralphwaldoemerson.me/.

I plan, over the next few days, maybe 2 weeks, to catch up with the six prompts that I missed. I see that a few of those who began participating after the start date are doing the same; like Elizabeth at I Face the Sun, here on WordPress, seems to be doing.

I appreciate the thought provoking prompts, and I believe I am going to enjoy the community building that seems to be built in!

So…in an attempt to catch up…and to write more, here goes the catch up; in random order, as I am inspired and or find them…

This was Trust 30’s #2 Prompt:

Today by Liz Danzico

Your genuine action will explain itself, and will explain your other genuine actions. Your conformity explains nothing. The force of character is cumulative. – Ralph Waldo Emerson, Self-Reliance


If ‘the voyage of the best ship is a zigzag line of a hundred tacks,’ then it is more genuine to be present today than to recount yesterdays. How would you describe today using only one sentence? Tell today’s sentence to one other person. Repeat each day.

(Author: Liz Danzico)

 

A Yellowing Canvas

This is the day the Lord has made…I will rejoice and be glad in it. ~ Psalm 118:24

This is the sentence of the day, and most days, for me. It works on both the good, and the not so good, of my days.

I have a saying, that quite frankly drives my love mad: “Happiness is a personal choice! Choose it!” And this morning, like some mornings, I had to choose it.

No!  Happiness did not greet me this morning with a steaming, rich cup of coffee! I had to get up on this damp, dank Jersey Shore morning and hit the GO! button on the machine, all by myself. Thus beginning my day and the task of waking up  the  “Anti-Morning”  love of my life.

And I hear in my head….this is the morning the Lord has made…

and I say…I will rejoice in it.

That rejoicing consisted of petting my dachshunds, as they happily greeted the groggy, where is the coffee me. Calling out lovingly (a choice) to my hubby, that it was time to get up. Opening my yogurt while I booted the lap top and began to read my devotional e-mails…

I rejoice each morning by choosing to spend quality time with God, during the “Good Morning Wake Up” hour, here in Hutchland…and for the most part I am Glad in it.

I enjoy a good life, regardless of how I may greet and spend each day, with blessings abundant.

Thinking Positive On Purpose sets a certain tone to one’s day to day living. It causes one to see that life does what life does, yet we can, we must CHOOSE to enjoy the experiences, the good and the challenging, for what we gain in them, moment to moment.

One sentence today…This is the day the Lord has made…I WILL rejoice and be glad in it!

Blessings Loves ♥


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Friday’s Hero and Rockin’ Robins…


Yesterday…May 20, 2011, was a rough day. Closely following a sleepless night and it’s following rough day!
Infact, I believe I would not be remiss in saying that the last two weeks have been rather rough.
 
Yet…not without blessings! Many blessings!
Rather than recount all of the events of the last two weeks let me just tell you the blessings…
 

Grandma came home from the hospital and went directly back into her routing. My mom, aunt and uncle were, miraculously the answers to many prayers! They are stepping up to do what kids should do when their parent begins that NEW SEASON in life that involves quality of life…independance and personal care issues. Not easy, and something I would have bet they (the siblings) would have avoided until her death!

My Honey Had her pups…

Honey's Expectations..

…and while we lost our “Little Guy” 26 hours later; we have 5 robustly healthy and happy Dachies…:)

Then, in the midst of Terrible Yesterday, Friday’s Hero was born…

First thing in the morning of the last day of the world (today was supposed to be judgement day according to some crackpot radio host…) while the sun beamed lazily through my lace curtains my son, James came down streaming great complaint!

“What’s your problem boy?” I asked

“There are birds in my room!!” He answered sleeping still, yet iritated! He continued on about how they started chirping at 5 am and wouldn’t shut up! Didn’t I hear them??? He asked, grumping.

I didn’t hear them, and our day went along it’s seemingly distructive path…

#&* My passenger window fell off it’s track, while open, with a rainstorm on the way!

#&* Little Guy was passing away…

….what else could go wrong I was thinking when I heard the noise!!!

Birds, loud and sounding distressed…

JAMES!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I called out…Jaaaaaammmmmesssss…

…and down he came with a baby bird in a shirt of his. “MOM! What do I do???”

We thought and I said, well put him outside and see if the mother comes….”and first bring in the serial cat!” (we have baby cat, she is quite the serial predator! Killing, seemingly for sport.) Baby Cat, safely in isolation we remained unsure of what to do…

So I called Lanoka Oaks Veterinary Center, where a friend of mine works. I was referred to Carol…who I was told handles baby birds fallen from nests…

as I called James went to check that their were no more orphans in the closet…and with that he brought down two more, angrily chirping baby birds…

There feathers simply fluff…their pinions not yet feathered, except for beautiful brown tips…and bright yellow open mouths. These babies were very hungry…

She asked some questions, and we came to the conclusion that since there didn’t seem to be any sign of the mother bird (at the time I had no clue what kid of birds these very noisy babies were) that we would bring them to her and she would raise them.

Orphan Robins

James took the birds to Carol…but not before I shot these:

Feed Me..

Resting...or Angry???

There you have it…Terrible Yesterday (May 20th) had it’s many blessings.

While we experienced great loss…

Little Guy

We also enjoyed great blessings…

Blessings Loves…

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New Life…In a Few Words…♥


Let My Words Be Few...HoneyHoney

Good Thursday Morning!

<< This photo here is linked to Thursday’s page with the rules, if you can call them rules…go and take a look. I hope you join us!

First let me apologize that this post is kinda late, in the latter parts of the morning. I was up all night with my Dachshund Honey…
       She is about to have pups…and it is now morning and the Dachshunds Mid-wife is weary and excited…

Honey

My post today was going to be on new life…the kind God‘s provides when we choose to believe…
          In His Son, Christ Jesus…I have these awesome pictures of my Wisteria adorning a ancient and near dead tree in my back yard.
I was struck this week by how God took this skeleton of a tree…very little greenage, except for at the very top, and made it alive with vibrant color and beauty for spring.

God gives us NEW LIFE when we choose to believe in Christ Jesus.

ARISE [from the depression and prostration in which circumstances have kept you–rise to a new life Shine (be radiant with the glory of the Lord), for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you! Isaiah 60:1 

New Life

Like my near death tree…God gives to  us…

comfort for all who mourn and provides for those who grieve in Zion— to bestow on them a crown of beauty 
instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair.
They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the LORD for the display of his splendor.  ~Isaiah 61:2-4

God definitely displayed His Splendor in this photo…

God is good…

So share with us, if you’d like, what new life has God shown you this week?

Write your blog post…or simply leave a comment, and I will link you up!!

Few Word Thursday Partner Links. Please click to their sights and have a read…and show the Love.

1. Holly…my faithful partner @ Withoutado…She has found NEW LIFE in rest!

Blessings Loves


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5 Minutes…If You Met Me…Today…The Andrea that God Built


 

Got five minutes? Let’s write. Let’s write in shades of real and true and unscripted.
Let’s just write and not worry if it’s just right or not.

1. Write for 5 minutes flat for pure unedited love of the written word.
2. Link back here and invite others to join in.
3. Go leave some comment props for the five minuter who linked up before you.

It’s a great way to catch your breath at the end of a long week.

This weeks prompt: …if you met me.

If you met me today, you would find a woman of great resolve. Life has been life, doing what it does to a person. And there is a great deal that life has changed in this woman.

Recently there is white feathered through my hair and laugh lines etched about my green eyes and a deep furrow vertically between my eyebrows; my concentration path…my Thinking mark.

Friendly and gregarious, you would find an unconfident hostess, who is not yet comfortable with visitors in the house. The three  Dachshunds would be barking deafeningly, until you settled in and greeted them.

My home would be comfortably lived in, as you sat where you wanted and things might not be in place.  This, though, is that comfortable living I enjoy with my family, where books may be piled on the table with the mail, while the dog toys occupied the middle of the floor and a cat may be sitting on the end table by the window…

I would offer you coffee or water…usually all I have in the house and we would talk about God…because every conversation in this person, in this home, inevitably ends with glorifying God in all we do.

You would find HOPEannFaith; not only a psuedonym, but a way of life and an attitude of confidence in God…and you might find it a nice, comfortable place to visit. A place of peace to aspire to.

You would find me…Andrea…HOPEannFAITH…the woman God built. 😉 

Blessings Loves 😉 ♥

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Rearranging Your Thoughtlife…


 

How to Change Your Mind….and Your Life!

As I was spending time with God the two scriptures continued to come to mind.

Psalm 118:24   This is the day the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.(NIV)

Romans 12:1   So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.(Message)

Many practicing Christians have eventually find that the theme their Pastor is on, at any given time, is the theme of every preacher, self-help guru and even the secular world. God is cool that way, that even in what one may consider not Christian the theme of the day (season) is the same in both the heavenly and worldly realms.

The bible does say:

Matthew 5:45 But I tell you: bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, [so] that you may be sons of your Father in heaven. He causes HIS SUN to rise on the evil and the good, and sends the rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.

Seems to make sense that the seasons and messages (sermons/teachings) God sends our pastors to refresh us, He would give to the pastors equivalent secularly. He did send HIS SON so that ALL would be saved…

As my morning moved forward in its day to day routine 8 am finally rolled around and my husband was in his home office, my youngest had left more than an hour earlier for work, and the oldest, home for the day had just walked the pups. One of my beloved Dachshunds stood at my knee indicating he wanted to be picked up (oddly they do this much like a toddler does, they seem to reach up for attention and comfort). I lifted the youngest red and he cuddled to me, his affection warms my heart, and I soak that up. Well he had been barking at my husband when he was going into the office, and I was his second choice, so as I walked to the glass door of hubby’s office to show him how cute Habby (the dachie) was being I looked in and saw my husbands rough body language and facial expressions caused by my call. I would be dishonest if I didn’t admit to instant hurt and anger at this reaction.

I returned to my desk to prepare for my days work (I’m the church secretary and I get to work from home right now due to health and the church’s transitions) hurt and frustrated.

::A bit of backstory for those who just wandered in: For the last three months I have lived with a poor heart diagnosis. Mind you, I have not given in to the names of these issues, I do not own this illness, I embrace God’s promise of divine wellness. I do listen to the doctors and follow their directions so as to heal and step into my wellness, my wholeness. Therefore, my men have had to pick up more of the household slack, on days when it is very hot or something is too heavy or I am fatigued or exhibiting warning signs. ::

Now three months into this transitioning lifestyle change that they have been, in part, forced to participate in is beginning (or for some have always been) to be frustrating. For me as well.

In the same three months my Home Group leader has been teaching us from Working With The Law~11 Truth Principles for Successful Living by Raymond Holliwell. How many times have you heard “It will change your life!”? I know, right? Well dear reader…this book WILL CHANGE YOUR MIND AND YOUR LIFE! Simply because the concept is rooted in prime biblical truth. The Law is God!

Three months of teachings, three months of determined, obedient adherence to the biblical principles in God’s Word and Holliwell’s book and I have changed. We were in the book for a month when my awareness of my every thought took my fear and revealed it in serious health issues. simultaneously God spoke and I have moved speedily to wellness and have made changes in my lifestyle that has affected my family, good and not so great.

When my husband had his temper tantrum (sorry, it is what it is) and I had to walk away hurt and frustrated, and change my thoughts. The ANTs (Automatic Negative Thoughts) began to surge toward my thoughts and I knew they had to be changed, the thoughts, immediately. I instantly begin to pray in tongues when life indicates a problem is brewing, and even when the unexpected crashes into my day to day. I would relate it to visually seeing an enemy and immediately talking to him/her, showing no fear, and not just trash talk! Rather, firm and  authoritative words, letting the enemy know right away that he/she does not have the upper hand.

This is how one must approach negative thoughts. We must talk back to that niggling voice that tells us we are less than what God says we are.

If you are a new Christian, or of another belief system, let me tell you that your creator made you to have dominion and every good thing on this earth. My Creator has a name, and all other  false rulers answer to the Creator of ALL Things. His name is I AM, God the Father, God the Spirit, and God the Son. For me there is no other, and what definitely gives me heart, is I know He is your God too, whether you call Him Bob or Father, He loves YOU TOO!

God says we are His Children, adopted into the Kingdom because He first Loved US! I did not find God, although that is how I used to display it…He was never lost, I was! I have been excepted into the family of God because God, Himself called me there at 36 years of age! Now, I know that I know that I was called before that, but my free will and my existence did not allow me to hear the still small voice, or obey the whispers of God earlier than that. However, when I did submit and listen to the small voice it was no longer small…I had taken so long that it was a firm command of a Father.

In my diligence to pattern my life after the will of my Father God I had garnered the favor to have been given the ability to change my existence almost immediately. By the time the dogs were settled in for their morning nap (8:30am) and my husband had emerged from his cave no! office to go to his day job I was feeling better. He apologized and I accepted, I always do, I can’t stay mad at that guy!  🙂  and the day moved forward in positive flow.

Again, I would be less than honest if I said I wasn’t still hurting, but I did say that I was learning how to change my thoughts. Transformation is a process, it is not a thing that happens overnight, that is a blessing. “To be transformed” in the original Greek means: an ongoing process. To transform one’s mind according to the scripture Romans 12:1-2 takes lifelong diligence; it is literally a life long process of opening oneself to God’s power of renewal.

This is not the world’s view of transformation, and when viewed one can see that the world’s concept of transformation or renewal doesn’t seem to be quite the improvement that they advertise it to be. The world seems to think that changing the cover or the appearance or the name of something is transformation. To appear as if change has occurred, all the while the inner workings continue to rust and corrode until nothing works correctly any longer. The world doesn’t even know that they can change the way they feel, from bad to good, less than to worthy. They don’t know…that is why we were sent! To show them they have a different set of choices!

I know, you will hear things like, “I can’t help what I feel!” or “I can’t get in trouble for what I think!”. From experience I can honestly tell the world, to both those poor excuses (which I once believed not long ago)

YES! YOU! CAN!

Transformation is a change of mind and a change of heart, and they only being that is capable of doing this is the individual, with the assistance of God. Let’s start with a simple and biblical list to change our minds and our hearts, shall we? Scripture that even the secular world has heard and used (because God gives us all the same tools, some just have taken shop class yet!):

 Philippians 4:6-9 Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life. Summing it all up, friends, I’d say you’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious—the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse. Put into practice what you learned from me, what you heard and saw and realized. Do that, and God, who makes everything work together, will work you into his most excellent harmonies.(Message)

With that in mind I encourage you to do what I myself will be doing today. Renew your mind when what comes up is not fresh and good for the thinking. Because what is not good for the thinking is not good for the body or the spirit!

We MUST take care of the BODY, MIND AND SPIRIT to gain wellness and wholeness. If we focus our thoughts on the Kingdom, the body and spirit will line up with the mind and we become perfect in God’s eyes.

Blessings Loves!


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in Christ ALL things hold together ((†))


Sleep Studies at night and God in the Morning

Last night I has a sleep study performed, because the Cardiologist @ Deborah Heart and Lung Center in Brownsmills, NJ., felt it was necessary. Why? Because, sleeplessness is a major cause of hypertension. So I was wired like a science project, plugged in and sent to bed. At 10:30 pm no less!

Blessedly the the room was very much like an old hotel/motel room, teal green carpet and drapes to prove it, with just a tv and a few lamps. Worried that once I turned off the tv I wouldn’t be able to sleep, in the very noisy silence. Did you ever notice how noisy and active silence is? Try a sleep study! I turned out the lamp and settled in for the night and God helped me out with the silence! He is always faithful! Like with the carpet and drapes my room had the old style wall mounted airconditioner and she was not quiet! Ahhhhh….

I guess I slept ok, felt like I slept the normal 5 or 6 hours, but I won’t be certain until I return to Deborah for my follow-up.

So anyway, I call home at 5:05 am, to find that the boys had not awakened to the alarm, and woke Don up to pick me up, (he had a 45 minute ride ahead of him, just enough time to meet the 6am checkout (NO) discharge time!). I’m glad I got to call home!

So the techie unwired me, explained when I would be contacted (about 3 weeks, ehhh.) and off I was to dress and leave. I walked out to a slowly illuminating sky with bright sun edging the slowly brightening clouds. Unlike the brutal mornings of July, there was a crisp chill in the air and the birds were joyfully singing in the trees, as far off, it seemed, traffic traveled up and down Trenton Road, even so early on this Saturday morning. I wondered if I was going to have to sit on the cement stoop when I saw a picnic table in a break area for employees. I walked the block to the table and sat reading Michael Cunningham’s The Hours waiting to be picked up. It was quite nice really, I enjoyed the time.

Don arrived on time, just 6:05 am, and we enjoyed the ride home. I asked if I could turn the heat on low and he laughed, saying that was something he didn’t think he would ever hear me say. I had to laugh too, he was right. As we drove east for home the sun was finally on the horizon. Huge and bright it made certain areas very hard to navigate for the blinding rays of unadulterated light. We both began to watch what we could see of the road ahead of us. It’s these times of working together that I realize God’s design for our lives, Don’s and mine, that is.

Although He, God, has designed and planned ALL life. I’ll explain that more in a bit, with visual aids!  😉

When the sun got so bright we couldn’t see an inch ahead of us I handed Don my sunglasses, his are lost again I guess, and convinced him for once to use the visor! I scanned  the road ahead and warned him of curves and other cars (moving and parked), as he attempted to keep his eye on the road ahead of him. From Route 70 in Brownsmills, to First Street in Pinelake Park, the sun would be a flaming ball to light our way, even though we couldn’t see. This reminds me of a facebook post I recently shared here.

There was no aggrevation (Don) or anxiety about the aggravation (me), we just worked together and got home safely, after checking Dad’s house and caring for the animals because he is at his cabin in NY this weekend.

Home safely and assaulted by our three Dachshunds, who always act as if we’ve been gone for years, we got  kissed and jumped on and when all were content everyone settled into a bright and peaceful Saturday morning. Don and the Dachies settled in for a continuation of their snooze. Then I got my yogurt and granola and began my Coffee time with God.

My devotionals seemed out of sync, which is unusual these days. It was not until I read the post of a woman, MEB, on facebook, a friend added about a year ago. MEB is an actual friend, who lives in the area, of one of my actual friends on FB, and MEB accepted my friend request for prayer for her family. The tragedy for which we had been praying rounded itself and has been absorbed by the family, who is now in a constant struggle, finally causing our friend to become quiet and unresponsive. Even showing resentment and anger at some of our scripture posts. We continued to reach out to her, encourage her and pray.

I don’t know much about what is going in her life except for her children. I do know, from her fb posts, that she is a great mother who is now basically  functioning, amazingly, as a single parent. She reached out just recently and I grasped the chance to minister to her. She has been reading my blog posts on facebook, which I had been unaware of, and they were encouraging her. I was humbled and answered a few of her questions. She once again became quiet, I don’t know whether I was too forward in my joy or that she is just quite busy with her life, but I pray and check the fb posts.

This morning, after my devotion scriptures were read,  I wandered over to facebook, and was shown favor by God and my friend,. MEB was getting God…she was responding to posts that spoke to her. I could only hope she had been able to see God in her day. Here it was, she was seeing God!  

While backtracking to last night’s posts, so I could see what all my friends were up to, I found this in MEB’s posts! I was overjoyed that she had found this!

Please watch it will amaze you!

Now I was introduced to Laminin many years ago by my children’s Youth Pastor, and I remembered this morning as the Holy Spirit rose in me while I viewed this particular video, how amazing the information really is. Christ really does, literally hold each of us together, and with this imformation how does one deny it?

God is good, Let everything that has breath praise His name!

So, with the scripture used in the video, I look down to my journal and realize that all 4 scriptures were forming my prayer for today, and everyday!

The Scriptures are : Philippians 1:9-10; Mark 12:30; Romans 8:28 and Colossians 1: 16-19. In the order I received them, in the order I wrote them in my journal and in the order I wrote this prayer. God simply made them hold together! Amazing

My Prayer:

Thank You,Father God, that my love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that I may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless, until the day of Christ. I will love the LORD my God… with all my heart, all my spirit, all my mind, and with every ounce of strength within me. I know that You, God cause ALL things to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to Your purpose for them. For by You,  ALL things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; ALL things were created by You and for You. You are before ALL things, and in Christ ALL things hold together. He is the head of the body, the church; He is the beginning and the firstborn among the dead, so that in ALL things He might have the supremacy. For You, God was pleased to have ALL Your  fullness dwell in Christ. Amen.

Good Morning¸¸.•*¨*•☼•*¨*•.¸¸and be blessed  loves! 🙂


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Mega Memory Month ^^ Update…


Mega Memory Month 2010

I find myself with time today because I am home sleeping off the end of a very nasty cold with sore throat.  With prayer in thankgiving and much Theraflu …

what every cold needs...

 I will conquer this.

As last week I find that the enemy is too interested in my walk with God. I pick a few key scripture verses to memorize and the enemy comes instantly.

 If you read my last update you are aware of my initial road blocks. So I determined for the 3rd time to succeed at this MMM. So I chose to experiment with one of the suggestions from Ann Kroeker. At Productivity 501 you will find “How to Memorize Verbatim Text”. I found it interesting and was obviously in need of assistance with fitting this memorization task into my demanding and ever eventful schedule.

What I found was amazing. Not only does it work, but it worked without any real concentration on the instructions. Honestly I still have not read more than the first few paragraphs of the instructions. As I stated in my last post I put my scriptures into the converter, honestly I copied and pasted them from Biblegateway.com !  When I copied out the converted scriptures I found that I could already get much of the scripture from the conversion sheet!!!

All I can say is God intricately created us and our brains! It is amazing what our brain retains from a single glance. From this…

Verbatim Memorization

I can do this…I will cross out where I miss the mark or look at the scripture for the word I cannot decipher.

Genesis 11:6

The Lord said, “Behold, they are one people, and they all have the same language. And this is what they began to do, and now nothing which they put   purpose to do will be impossible for them.

Amazing right. I promise you, I have put very minimal effort into these scripture with what I have had on my plate this month.

Habakkuk 2:2-3

Then the Lord answered me and said, “Record the vision and inscribe it on tablets, then the one who reads it may run. For the vision is yet for the appointed time; It hastens toward goal and it will not fail. Though it tarries wait for it; For it will certainly come, it will not delay.

and finally…

Philippians 3: 13-15

Bretheren I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what is behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Let us, as many as are perfect, have this attitude, and  if in anything you have a different attitude, God will reveal that to also to you.

So I would have to say that this memorization technique truly does work! I will be using this again, I assure you! Not too bad I’d say! Not too bad at all.

Thank you Ann!

So just some FYI: My plate remains heaping!

1. We are in the midst of beginning my Dachshund Breeding business. We have 6 rambunctious 8 week old Doxies and we are entertaining people who are interested in adopting our beauties!

2. Don has finally gone to a doctor about his hernia, an Inguinal Hernia, and we met with the surgeon on the 14th. Just a bit over a week after Grandma got out of the hospital. He is scheduled for surgery on my birthday! January 27th.

Many people have inquired if that upsets me. While I find it amusing that yet again the enemy is attempting to step in and ruin a day that should be mine and about me, I am grateful that I will be receiving a healthy husband for my birthday!   🙂   What better gift is there? Really.
3. …and whatever life brings along in my day to day life!

So off to bed I go…feeling the fever returning! Glad I got this update in!

Remember to enjoy your life…tell them you love them, bless someone and finally…be good to yourselves! God expects these from us.

Blessings my friends!