Can I Do It?

I see people pushing themselves when they’re beyond exhaustion. I tend not to do that.

Our family used to work together as kids with Dad at the lead on Saturday’s sometimes. As an adult, when I wake up on a Saturday I am raring to go.

I think it’s great for kids to work with their parents or grandparents. They learn how to work and it’s a great time to connect.

I just have a hard time going above and beyond regularly. My body gets sick.

Do you take time to work side by side with the younger ones in your life?

May God bless you!

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Favorite Verses

Be still and know that I am God. It’s found in its entirety in Psa_46:10 Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth. (KJV)

Rom 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. (KJV)

Rom 8:1 There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. (KJV)

Rom 12:1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.
Rom 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. (KJV)

and one other set for tonight: Eph 1:2 Grace be to you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.
Eph 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:
Eph 1:4 According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:
Eph 1:5 Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,
Eph 1:6 To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.
Eph 1:7 In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;
Eph 1:8 Wherein he hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence; (KJV)

Be blessed!

 

 

God is Good

“God is good” are the lyrics to a lively song we used to sing in our church when our pianist, in her seventies at the time, I think, still played the ivory keys.

I know God is good from many experiences of His provision, His still small voice giving me peace in the midst of a stressful situation, from His word doing what it said it would. Speaking 2 Timothy 1:7 out loud when I got hit with fear, the fear lifted, supernaturally. The verse states, For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. (KJV)

One time as we drove along, I felt completely overwhelmed with worries and sad things recently experienced. As I spoke, my husband said to me, “Connie, have you forgotten? God is good.”

I had been so focused on the negative that I had forgotten that God is good. When we lived on very little in a southern state we’d moved to, far from family, and unfortunately I had put God on a back burner, I called a radio station to try and win a prize of $100.00. Somehow, I just knew I was going to win that money. I did. God knew how we needed it.

I can look back over the years and see God’s hand lovingly shielding me from harm or preventing further harm from coming my way. Hard things I’ve gone through have shaped my character, and even that is God allowing some difficult things to work out for my good, eventually.

Romans 8:28 is one of my favorite verses:  And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. (KJV)

If the harsh realities of life start to overwhelm, I cry out to God to remind me to look to Him and to look for the good. He came that we could have peace and joy and hope and an abundant life. So many verses promise us good things in this life and the next.

My husband has been saying lately that God is most concerned with our relationship with Him and our relationships with others. To God be the glory.

Be blessed!

Writing With A Cause

 

I have some busy days ahead, so if I don’t write every day except for Sunday as I’ve been trying to do, I hope you’ll stay with me. My schedule changes come Thursday.

Spoiler alert: I am going to dissect fiction techniques here and it will ruin your pleasure in fiction reading if you’re not a writer.

I am in the midst of doing some last minute things and I picked up my copy of Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, even though I have a copy of Insurgent by Veronica Roth and The Penderwicks in Spring by Jeanne Birdsall awaiting me with a library due date.

I’ve read Pride and Prejudice at least once and seen the movie a handful of times, so it surprised me when I picked it up. As I’m reading it, I’m noticing how often she puts people in a dilemma or adds a new opportunity for her main characters. I’m seeing it with new eyes.

She wrote Pride and Prejudice with an agenda to speak against entailment, which was the practice of leaving an estate to a male heir, even a distant heir if the remaining family members were female. It left widows and their daughters in a precarious state sometimes. In my opinion, I don’t think she was heavy handed in her attempt to dissuade the more affluent classes away from the practice of entailment. I haven’t researched what the readers of her time period thought of her views.

I know Harriet Beecher Stowe wrote Uncle Tom’s Cabin because she and her family were extremely upset by slavery in America. When I read a biography about her, it mentioned that Abraham Lincoln met her. If memory serves, he said something like “So, this is the lady that started the Civil War.”

Her father and mother hosted Frederick Douglas and other abolitionists in their home.

I’ve read many writing books and a sentiment mentioned is that what the writer believes comes out in their writing. I’ve read many Young Adult books and children’s chapter books and often I’ll see a character say something derogatory about believing in God or about a particular religion. Just a sentence or two.

If you are a writer, how do you present your cause without overdoing it? I read a short romance once that was trying to urge readers to send money for a national treasure that was deteriorating. The author brought it up so often, I felt nagged and became annoyed.

Take care and may God bless you.

Letchworth State Park

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Today my husband and I drove a significant number of miles to meet friends at Letchworth Park. We had a great visit and we got to see some magnificent views. I took some snapshots before they arrived.

The spring photos I took today, and after I spoke to my sister, she sent me some from autumn. I’ll show two more of mine and then I’ll include hers.

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I love New York State parks. I heard on the radio that NYS just purchased more acreage in the Adirondack Mountains for more State Park lands.

Here are pictures of Letchworth State Park in the fall with a different vantage point:

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My father-in-law used to call Letchworth the Grand Canyon of the East. He visited the Grand Canyon in Arizona; I’ve never had the privilege.

What a beautiful planet our Lord created! The account of creation can be found in the earliest chapters of the book of Genesis.

Be blessed!

 

Once Again

Today is another day of re-directed plans. No Seder. My husband ended up having bronchitis and got on an antibiotic earlier so he can recuperate quickly. Lots of people have been praying for a fast recovery.

I texted our friends and gave our regrets. They are very gracious. I swallowed my disappointment and decided to focus on germ removal and singing songs about God being with us in the storm. It’s raining today on and off, besides.

We decided to stay home so he can rest another full day. He slept a ton yesterday and all last night and today he’s lazing around. That’s not his style.

I’m washing bedding in hot water and serving healthy foods. I went to the store for his medicine so he could get it in him bright and early. My next step is to disinfect the place with cleaners that aren’t harsh on the lungs.

I’d give him echinacea tea, but he hates all tea. lol. Echinacea supports the immune system. Too much white sugar puts the immune system to sleep.

http://www.helpmychronicpain.com/blog/bid/69494/immune-system-support-during-the-school-year offered insight from an article by a “USA Today” correspondent that I couldn’t read because an ad covered it up. The above site quoted the “USA Today” article, which was my intent.

They both speak of “Examiner” author Kate Pfeiffer’s article entitled “Worried about the Swine Flu? Avoid Sugar!”

I couldn’t find the exact amount to avoid. The test that used twenty teaspoons of sugar that is equivalent to what is found in a liter of soda left very few white cells active and available to battle unhealthy bacteria.

Hallelujah Diet recommends raw foods and a vegan lifestyle. Following is a link:

http://www.myhdiet.com/healthnews/health-news/how-sugar-affects-your-immune-system/ says:

Refined Sugar Consumption Causes Physical Problems

“Refined sugar suppresses the immune system, a system God placed in our bodies so that it would resist germs, viruses, and bacteria. A person with a suppressed immune system will have little resistance to colds, the flu, pneumonia, and so much more.”

I don’t want to give up all sugar, but I do try and limit it because after I eat sugar, I tend to be tired unless it’s in a caffeinated drink and then I get hit with fatigue a bit later. So, I try to limit caffeine too, because it’s hard on the body, particularly the heart or circulation system.

Well, I’d best sign off since the post accidentally got published way before I finished researching it. If you saw an interrupted version, I apologize. The publish button was very close to the internet button at the bottom of my page.

When health becomes compromised, it affects our plans and our choices. No Seder today because of my husband’s coughing and the weakness and the need for rest. May you be healthy if what’s ailing you comes under your own control. I wish that for me and for all others. May you be healthy if you inherited a disease.

God bless!

 

 

 

Great Expectations Foiled

I usually see some friends at the voting site, every election day. I anticipated the same this last Tuesday, but when I went to a cafe to order a chai tea, the barista and I got talking and I felt like I was missing out on something. Sure enough, later I discovered they were voting when I was not there.

So, knowing we were all set to have breakfast today, I expected to see them and enjoy their senses of humor. This couple comes from Britain and they are both clever with comments that get others laughing.

My husband felt under the weather and so we canceled our breakfast outing. It’s funny how I know that life throws curve-balls, yet I rarely expect them. So I thought of what the book of James has to say:

Jas 4:13 (GNB): Now listen to me, you that say, “Today or tomorrow we will travel to a certain city, where we will stay a year and go into business and make a lot of money.”
Jas 4:14 You don’t even know what your life tomorrow will be! You are like a puff of smoke, which appears for a moment and then disappears.
Jas 4:15 What you should say is this: “If the Lord is willing, we will live and do this or that.”
Jas 4:16 But now you are proud, and you boast; all such boasting is wrong.
Jas 4:17 So then, if we do not do the good we know we should do, we are guilty of sin.

Which got me thinking that tomorrow we’re invited to some friends’ home for a Seder meal and I’m not certain if my husband will be okay or not. He went to the dr.s’ office today and they did a test. We’ll know tomorrow if it’s something needing an antibiotic or not, and he’ll be able to tell if he’s mending rapidly or not.

After reading the passage from James, I’m thinking I’d better get back to my list from yesterday. I’ve done some work around the house, but not the priorities from the list.

I’m rarely bored, even when my great expectations turn into making soup for someone hurting or throwing in a load of laundry. Almost every group outing I usually go to in the course of the year is being put aside this year, it seems. One didn’t spark my interest and when a friend asked why I wasn’t there, I felt bad.

Jesus is working on me, is what I’m thinking. Getting me out of a rut. Broadening horizons sometimes, limiting opportunities other times. Take care!

Whatcha Doin’?

I was thinking today that I needed to make a list of things to do before company arrives next week or a little beyond that. I made a wonderful list.

Later, I started on A1, my top priority and then the telephone rang. It was my husband asking if I wanted to go to a movie with him. I shared my dilemma. He listened and waited. “I’ll call you right back.”

So, I called him back to say give me an hour or more to get my chores done and we’ll go. We’ve been wanting to see “God’s Not Dead 2”.

When I looked for times and locations online I ran into secular movie reviews, and they weren’t impressed. It’s a bit of a sequel to the first movie, “God’s Not Dead,” but it didn’t matter if a person didn’t see the first one.

I enjoy the humor inserted. As a Christian, I enjoy the questioning of the faith and the culture of living as a Christian and the resolutions that are not all “sugar and spice and everything nice.”

Is it perfectly executed? I don’t know. If I hadn’t read some criticisms I’d have a less biased answer. I liked it though. I’d recommend it. I’d watch it again.

Now that I’m home, I’m going to work on my list for a little bit. Not too long. As I scanned my planner, I have two days that are relatively free of appointments. Good days to clean and do laundry.

Do you start out with a list and then abandon it to steal away with your spouse if you’re married, or go on a date if you’re not?

I have a few friends that forgo excursions if they’re working a list. Yet, they enjoy life. They just schedule the fun times in after their work is done. Even in friendships, opposites attract.

Although, I have a couple of friends that flex easily and we get along well, too, although we’re not always able to be spontaneous together because one or the other of us is off being impulsive somewhere else. I’ve even been known to plan things with these friends.

I also have two friends that I plan things with and I hold those plans very loosely. One I don’t live near anymore. If family called, I learned that our plans went out the window and I would rarely get a call. Why did I stick with her? Because I lived in a neighborhood with mostly working mothers, so I avoided isolationism with her and because I liked her. I just learned to guard my heart.

The other friend tries her best, but when life rises up and demands attention, what are you going to do? She has many responsibilities, so I remain flexible and she is equally flexible if I have to cancel. I intend to be her friend forever.

So, whatcha doin?

Birds

I remember in college a swarm of birds on the grass, outside my dorm.

My roommate, terrified of birds, wanted to help feed them. She gazed out our upstairs window and then implored me to take some crackers to them.

Our generation watched Alfred Hitchcock’s movie, “The Birds,” which scared us – big time. As horrifying as the film was, I convinced myself those birds did not act anything like real ones. So I took the crackers down to the birds.

I don’t remember the birds flying away when I entered the grassy square, although I imagine they would have before I got too close.

She was so happy to give the feathery creatures food. She enjoyed them from a distance. Her fears kept her from having peace in their presence. I know what it is to fear animals. After my daughter got bit by a dog, I battled fear.

I’ve quoted 2 Tim. 1:7 many times over the years and it’s helped:

2Ti 1:7, (KJV) For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

When you encounter a fear, maybe you’ll be able to speak this verse aloud or in a whisper so you can hear it. It’s amazing how helpful that’s been over the years. It does something inside of me and it does something in the supernatural realm.

Heb 4:12, (KJV) For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

This is one of my favorite verses. Have a great day. Mine was so full, I’m typing after midnight. Hopefully I’ll get the next blog out earlier. God bless!

 

To Vote or Not to Vote

I know some Americans that don’t vote, have never even registered. That thought is foreign to me. I couldn’t wait to turn eighteen so I could vote. I’ve tried to study the candidates and their positions over the  years.

Tomorrow I will vote in the presidential primary in New York State. We have a closed system. We can only vote if enrolled in the Democrat or Republican party by a specific date ahead of time. We can only vote for the presidential candidate in the party we’ve chosen to enroll in.

To me, a primary vote carries more weight than a general election vote. So I intend to take advantage of my right to vote tomorrow.

Those involved with other parties, plus Democrats and Republicans will vote in November for whatever candidate they want, regardless of their party affiliation. In November they may even write in a candidate of their choice, but not in the Primary.

Tomorrow night we should know whom New York State favors. New York City voters dominate our state due to sheer numbers. I vote how I see fit even when I may be going against the sentiment of big city favorites.

I count it a privilege that soldiers and women suffragettes fought so I can vote.

For those who think their vote doesn’t count, so they don’t vote, fulfill that thought by not voting.

Freedoms around the world are being quenched according to a missionary I listened to from another continent; maybe those who haven’t voted may want to register soon so they can vote in November while they still can.

Only God knows what the future holds. I try not to take things for granted.