Versatile Blogger Award

At the end of January, just before my youngest daughter got married, I received my first award ever for writing, the Versatile Blogger Award, sent to me by therealliferealtalk.com blogger, Chanel. Thank you, I really enjoy your blog!

I’d like to nominate fifteen others. I hope they’ll be blessed as I was. 🙂

  1. Beautybeyondbones
  2. gracemusing.wordpress.com
  3. cherrydropprincess.com
  4. JeffreyHKing.wordpress.com
  5. tworiversblog.com
  6. middleme.net
  7. ashleyhearod.com
  8. lauraecpaul.wordpress.com
  9. fargaregardsanna.wordpress.com
  10. literarymoose.wordpress.com
  11. moylomenterprises.com
  12. photo-art.me
  13. chantericaware.wordpress.com
  14. raulconde001.com
  15. cafebookbean.com

Now, I’m supposed to write seven things about myself.

  1. I don’t know how to make the above sites listed into links. Sigh.
  2. I heard about Jesus Christ and God wanting to be in relationship with me and I didn’t get it for many weeks, although a high school class mate had something to say about it Monday through Friday.
  3. I’m married to a wonderful guy.
  4. I’ve worked at two libraries over the years.
  5.  I finished a novel but its lacking what it takes to get published now. So I’m thinking.
  6. I’m blogging almost six days a week, consistently. That’s amazing to me.
  7. I’m blessed to have children and grandchildren and friends.

I don’t write to win awards, but I have to say, it warmed my heart. I write because I have to write, it’s become a small part of me. Enjoy your day.

A Quick Word

Over an hour ago, I was asked by a family member when I was going to bed. I thought I’d blog quickly.

Here I am trying to compose answers to an award, and so I give up for the moment. I’ll get back to it on Monday. It is already Sunday here, I don’t like to blog on Sundays. 🙂

I get up early on Sundays for church and then later in the day I try and go to church again. Why am I telling you this? I don’t know, maybe because now I’m tired. It’s not about me. I go to church for God, for others and okay, for me. If I miss church, I feel like I’ve missed out, which I have.

Going to church with others to glorify God and learn the Word and possibly pray with someone who needs prayer or to receive an encouraging word from someone and to sing beautiful songs to Jesus, there’s no better place for me to be. That’s my opinion.

Hopefully, I’ll be here to blog on Monday. Enjoy your weekend. I’m already enjoying mine. 🙂

Spring and Winter

I saw geese traveling in their “V” formation today, flying in the New York skies.

We’ve had such a mild winter. The last few days, the temperature  dropped, the sleet and snow arrived. When the geese flew overhead, I knew that is the sign that Spring will be here soon. I felt like Spring and Winter wrestled for preeminence.

Last night, some ladies and I watched a DVD produced by Harvest House some years back. I bought it and the book in 2012 at a conference in Syracuse , NY with keynote speaker: Thelma Wells. It’s entitled, “Don’t Give In, God Wants YOU to Win.”

She speaks with passion and authority. She tells about the devil wanting to kill, steal and destroy as stated in John 10:10, but Jesus came to give us life and that, abundantly! She believes there is a devil, despite many that don’t believe, because “it’s in the Bible, ‘the B I B L E: that’s the book for me.'” She quotes a song that Sunday School children sing. She’s lived her life according to the Scriptures since she was four years old and she has found them to stand true under testing.

Spring and Winter may wrestle for preeminence and evil and good may struggle for preeminence, but Jesus, God the Son says in Rev 3:11 (BBE), “I come quickly: keep that which you have, so that no one may take your crown.
Rev 3:12 Him who overcomes I will make a pillar in the house of my God, and he will go out no more: and I will put on him the name of my God, and the name of the town of my God, the new Jerusalem, which comes down out of heaven from my God, and my new name.
Rev 3:13 He who has ears, let him give ear to what the Spirit says to the churches.”

We have the power to overcome the whiles of the enemy, the principalities of the air because of Jesus’ victory over evil and His victory over the second death. We are told to hang on, to persevere, to overcome. God never tells us to do anything that we can’t do, because of God’s power to help us do all that He asks us to do.

Thelma Wells reminds herself of helpful Scriptures every day. She inspires me. Geese inspire me that the cold Winter and buried gardens will give way to warmth and living gardens in Spring.

Geometry the Basics of All Design?

“The Story of Maths” came on Netflix as a choice and since my husband really likes math, we started watching it. So we’ve seen Egyptian mathematics, Babylonian math, and then Greek. The show displays the cultures of the mathematicians in our time. The next show headed east and we’ve seen China and now India.

It’s amazing how smart people are all over the world. I told my husband that some of this subject is over my head. He said he wasn’t getting all of it either.

When I spoke to him about different religions being represented in the various countries, he said, “And God loves every person.”

We serve such a big God! How can you love someone unless you know them. He knows every person on this planet and knows their thoughts. The more I get to know God through His word, the more amazed I stand at Him.

One of the Greek mathematicians, I believe, thought the whole universe is made up of geometrical properties. I thought of Mark thirteen that I mentioned this week. Jesus spoke about God being the Creator.

Now,” The Story of Maths” is describing pi. This is fascinating as he uses visuals to portray finding the values found in math.

He can’t help but speak of religions when cultural differences arise. He rebukes the West for not appreciating the countries that became colonized by the westerners.

From his accent, he may be English. I love seeing how people are the same and yet may do things in a different manner than others.

 

What Will I Write?

I think of things to write for my blog and if I don’t write it down, I forget.

Around my daughter’s wedding, I kept forgetting lots of things. Where is my purse? Where is the letter I want to mail that I just held in my hand nano seconds ago? Where is my cup of tea? I’d like to find it before it gets cold. Then I’d look at a minuscule bookshelf in my office and there it was, perched on the narrow shelf top. If it had been human, it would have been sweating and murmuring: “Don’t let me fall, don’t let me fall.”

My husband and I watch television together some nights and I’ll get emotional over the program when he doesn’t and I’ll tell him I have to quit watching it because I don’t want to use my emotional reserve on something that’s not real. If I don’t do that, when a crisis hits, I’m all played out and I don’t have much to give to real people and real situations.

He told me recently that one of the problems is that if the show ends on a cliffhanger, I’ll start telling him all the possible scenarios that will probably end up happening. “Your mind starts working and you build a mountain out of a molehill. Don’t do that.”

I didn’t say anything, but I didn’t see that as a problem. I’m a writer. That’s what writers do. They take the ordinary and then they spin it. The thing that gets a little tricky as a writer is staying in the now with the friends and family and loved ones that you’re actually with. I read a book that I think was entitled, “Paperback Writer” with a writer slipping in and out of reality and it was disconcerting to me.

I looked on Amazon.com, but I could not find it. The novelist is dead now, but his wife finished his last book since she kept his papers and had in-depth conversations with him about that particular novel. I read the book I mentioned just because it was his and it was about a writer of Western paperback novels. She spoke on an online interview for wordsmiths. If I find the book, I will try and let you know the exact title and all the particulars.

Anyway, I remember going to a Christmas play at a local drama venue and in the midst of the author’s presentation at the intermission, I got such a great idea, I started writing on a notepad like crazy. She looked at me, because of course, I was in one of the closer aisles. I was praying that she’d realize I wasn’t plagiarizing her play or her thoughts. It was a germ of an idea totally different than her presentation. I also hoped she’d recognize me because we were at the same writers’ conference in Buffalo one year, and we had abutting appointments with the same editor.

Well, I’m happy to say that I’m thinking more clearly now that the wedding details have been relegated to the past. Two days ago I found a weekly pay deposit I’d made ten days before the wedding and never posted in our account, never remembered it. I saw a receipt for it that I’ve been seeing every day for a month in my wallet with one other receipt for a small purchase. I studied it and saw it unmarked. I check mark ATM receipts so I’ll know I put it in my checkbook register. No check mark. After going through the register three times and not finding any notation of the deposit, I entered it.

This makes my husband nervous. Not me, because I know my brain was only partially functioning back then. When we got a doctor bill for more than half of the deposit, I was glad to enter that amount in.

Being dehydrated makes a person forgetful. I think I’ll go get a drink of water. 🙂

Timeless or Passing?

I read an e-mail from Jerry Jenkins today and afterwards I answered his survey. I don’t do that often, but today I felt I could spare some time.

Last night I got to listen to a video by Ray Comfort and Kirk Cameron on how to share our faith in Jesus Christ. They touch my heart.

When I think that when I was a young adult computers weren’t even available, it’s amazing. Now to be able to talk to people all over the world with a few keystrokes, it’s hard to believe.

The internet opens possibilities I never dreamed of.

Do you ever think about the e-mails you get or the videos on YouTube or the instant communication on Myspace or Facebook or Skype or the blogosphere? Or do we as human beings stand in amazement at all the inventions and then begin to take them for granted?

I do. What I find incredible about the Bible is that a book penned about 2,000 years ago and well before that speaks to my issues today. It’s timeless and appropriate for today’s questions.

I listened to my husband preach out of the book of Mark about end times and the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem. In the New Testament, it tells us in the (ESV) in Mark 13:1 “And as he came out of the temple, one of his disciples said to him, ‘Look, Teacher, what wonderful stones and what wonderful buildings!’
Mark 13:2 And Jesus said to him, ‘Do you see these great buildings? There will not be left here one stone upon another that will not be thrown down.’ ”

This prophesy was fulfilled by the Romans in 70 A.D. There’s so much more about end times in this chapter.

Mark 13:3 And as he sat on the Mount of Olives opposite the temple, Peter and James and John and Andrew asked him privately,
Mark 13:4 “Tell us, when will these things be, and what will be the sign when all these things are about to be accomplished?”
Mark 13:5 And Jesus began to say to them, “See that no one leads you astray.
Mark 13:6 Many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am he!’ and they will lead many astray.
Mark 13:7 And when you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not be alarmed. This must take place, but the end is not yet.
Mark 13:8 For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be earthquakes in various places; there will be famines. These are but the beginning of the birth pains.

Mark 13:9 “But be on your guard. For they will deliver you over to councils, and you will be beaten in synagogues, and you will stand before governors and kings for my sake, to bear witness before them.
Mark 13:10 And the gospel must first be proclaimed to all nations.
Mark 13:11 And when they bring you to trial and deliver you over, do not be anxious beforehand what you are to say, but say whatever is given you in that hour, for it is not you who speak, but the Holy Spirit.
Mark 13:12 And brother will deliver brother over to death, and the father his child, and children will rise against parents and have them put to death.
Mark 13:13 And you will be hated by all for my name’s sake. But the one who endures to the end will be saved.

Mark 13:14 “But when you see the abomination of desolation standing where he ought not to be (let the reader understand), then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains.
Mark 13:15 Let the one who is on the housetop not go down, nor enter his house, to take anything out,
Mark 13:16 and let the one who is in the field not turn back to take his cloak.
Mark 13:17 And alas for women who are pregnant and for those who are nursing infants in those days!
Mark 13:18 Pray that it may not happen in winter.
Mark 13:19 For in those days there will be such tribulation as has not been from the beginning of the creation that God created until now, and never will be.

Mark 13:20 And if the Lord had not cut short the days, no human being would be saved. But for the sake of the elect, whom he chose, he shortened the days.
Mark 13:21 And then if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Christ!’ or ‘Look, there he is!’ do not believe it.
Mark 13:22 For false christs and false prophets will arise and perform signs and wonders, to lead astray, if possible, the elect.
Mark 13:23 But be on guard; I have told you all things beforehand.
Mark 13:24 “But in those days, after that tribulation, the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light,
Mark 13:25 and the stars will be falling from heaven, and the powers in the heavens will be shaken.
Mark 13:26 And then they will see the Son of Man coming in clouds with great power and glory.
Mark 13:27 And then he will send out the angels and gather his elect from the four winds, from the ends of the earth to the ends of heaven.

Mark 13:28 “From the fig tree learn its lesson: as soon as its branch becomes tender and puts out its leaves, you know that summer is near.
Mark 13:29 So also, when you see these things taking place, you know that he is near, at the very gates.
Mark 13:30 Truly, I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all these things take place.
Mark 13:31 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.
Mark 13:32 “But concerning that day or that hour, no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.
Mark 13:33 Be on guard, keep awake. For you do not know when the time will come.

Mark 13:34 It is like a man going on a journey, when he leaves home and puts his servants in charge, each with his work, and commands the doorkeeper to stay awake.
Mark 13:35 Therefore stay awake—for you do not know when the master of the house will come, in the evening, or at midnight, or when the rooster crows, or in the morning—
Mark 13:36 lest he come suddenly and find you asleep.
Mark 13:37 And what I say to you I say to all: Stay awake.”

Some of Jesus’ prophecies have already come to pass, some have not. When the gospel is preached to every people group or nation in the world then Jesus will come back. When Jesus speaks of false christs it’s because many religions speak of Him as a prophet only or a Teacher. The Jews knew He considered Himself God, they threw rocks at Him because He received worship as if He were God. They called Him a blasphemer. “Only God can forgive sins,” the scribes told Him. He answered, “Which is easier, to forgive sins or to say ‘stand up and walk?'”

Here it is in the (KJV) :Mar 2:5 And when Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, “Son, your sins are forgiven.”
Mar 2:6 Now some of the scribes were sitting there, questioning in their hearts,
Mar 2:7 “Why does this man speak like that? He is blaspheming! Who can forgive sins but God alone?”
Mar 2:8 And immediately Jesus, perceiving in his spirit that they thus questioned within themselves, said to them, “Why do you question these things in your hearts?
Mar 2:9 Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Rise, take up your bed and walk’?
Mar 2:10 But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins”—he said to the paralytic—
Mar 2:11 “I say to you, rise, pick up your bed, and go home.”
Mar 2:12 And he rose and immediately picked up his bed and went out before them all, so that they were all amazed and glorified God, saying, “We never saw anything like this!”

I hope and pray that I never take the Word of God and Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross for granted like I do earthly blessings, like the internet and having time to spare.

 

 

5 Minute 5 Ingredient Vegan Mushroom Soba Pasta

For all you non-Japan dwellers, you should be able to find soba in the health or Asian section of your local supermarket. For Cantabrians, Piko, Liberty Market and New World.Tonight I made this and WOW it was good. If I can say so myself.. which I can because this is my blog mwahaha. Anyways… I know a lot of people don’t like shiitake mushrooms so if you’re one of them you can use regular mushrooms or another vegetable all together (corn, broccoli or chickpeas are my recommendations).1/2 packet of soba (or more or less whatever)1/2 onion, diced small1 punnet of shiitake mushrooms, chopped medium1/2 can of whole peeled Italian tomatoesspices (I’m cheating, I combined all the spices to make the recipe “5 ingredients” hehe but in my defence, it’s only just a pinch of salt, pepper and chilli pepper or flakes)Cook soba as per packet instructions, usually about a mere TWO minutes in boiling water – another reason why it’s so much better than pasta! It’s fasta! Get it? lolFry onion on medium heat with a little oil in a pan (1 minute)Add mushrooms, stir (another min)Add everything else, tomatoes, spices and cooked soba, stir.Serve when all hot and steamy.

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