Secretariat

This photo is from http://movies.disney.com/secretariat.

 

My husband and I intended to celebrate our anniversary last night but he wasn’t feeling 100% so we stayed home and put in a DVD to watch. If ever you feel a need for encouragement when the odds are against you, this is the movie to watch.

Walt Disney productions started Secretariat, rated: PG, and released on October 8, 2010 with Scripture; God is speaking of the horse:

Job 39:19, (GNB):  “Was it you, Job, who made horses so strong and gave them their flowing manes?

Job 39:20  Did you make them leap like locusts and frighten people with their snorting?

Job 39:21  They eagerly paw the ground in the valley; they rush into battle with all their strength.

Job 39:22  They do not know the meaning of fear, and no sword can turn them back.

Job 39:23  The weapons which their riders carry rattle and flash in the sun.

Job 39:24  Trembling with excitement, the horses race ahead; when the trumpet blows, they can’t stand still.

Job 39:25  At each blast of the trumpet they snort; they can smell a battle before they get near, and they hear the officers shouting commands.”

Disney may not have started the introductory speech at the beginning of Job 39:19, where God calls Job by name, but the Scripture is quoted powerfully at the start and finish of the movie.

It’s very apparent that Mrs. Tweedy, aka Penny Chenery has faith in God, but it’s very subtle. The movie is about the amazing “Big Red,” as the owner likes to call Secretariat. Yet, it significantly portrays human struggles and risk taking and dreams placed in the heart of a child by her father. The race took place in 1973 and the American culture is being shaken to its roots by anti-war protestors and the hippie movement. This movie abounds with strong personalities and loving confrontations and respect for individuality in the midst of exciting horse races.

Secretariat is based on a true story and it made me want to get out of my chair and do something big with my life.

The only thing I had to guard my heart against was the slights to housewives which I also encountered occasionally over my years at home when many of the moms were off to the workplace.

Writers Mike Rich and William Nack showed Mrs. Tweedy’s servant heart at home in a positive light as well. The link by the photograph tells all the wonderful actors and other movie personnel’s names with useful information.

May God bless your day.

Mindfulness

9781594862748: Speed CleaningThis photo is from: https://pictures.abebooks.com/isbn/9781594862748-us.jpg.

 

I thought I’d start a blog about cleaning and use a quote I got from a book in our library called Speed Cleaning. The book was published by Rodale Press in 2005 and written by Jeff Campbell and the Clean Team and copyrighted from 1985-2016. Their website sells some products for less cost than those that I bought elsewhere. I obviously don’t know the quality, but that was impressive. Their website is www.speedcleaning.com.

I can’t give the author’s exact quote, but it was about being mindful of what I’m doing when cleaning so I’ll enjoy it more. Keeping focused on where I’m standing, what is nearby so I don’t trip over it, and paying attention to what I’m doing throughout the job came up as well.

I’ve heard it said that people find fulfillment in whatever they’re doing if they give full attention to the activity (if it’s not a painful thing).

So, when cleaning the refrigerator if I concentrate on the fingerprints disappearing and a shine taking their place, the endorphins in the brain should get released, right?

On another subject, on Saturday night, I made a mayonnaise cake and when I finished it, it felt so good to see it completed and not sagging in the middle. I went to bed after blogging about it. At midnight, my husband noticed it sank to the middle but he didn’t want to disturb my rest. One of the ladies at our church is such an encourager. She told me it really didn’t look bad. I ended up running out of mayonnaise and used a substitute vegan style for the last half cup. I ran out of white sugar and used a little less brown sugar instead. It tasted the same as normal and looked similar. I ate a bit too much of it, so I put the left overs in the freezer. Out of sight, out of mind. That’s one food item I don’t want to be mindful of. I gained weight after eating it two days in a row.

Do you have something you’re struggling over? I remember reading a book on weight loss by Steve Arterburn some years back. He took time to taste his food and enjoy the meal. This is a more recent book by him that I haven’t read, but it sounds good. Lose It for Life: The Total Solution--Spiritual, Emotional, Physical--for Permanent Weight Loss  -     By: Stephen Arterburn, Dr. Linda Mintle
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I believe it’s an updated version of the book I read with more offerings: exercises and other beneficial information.

I hope you are keeping your eyes on Jesus in this world with the turmoil and with the good. I heard my daughter read some Psalms today after telling me she’s concerned about her elderly and much loved cat. He’s not eating well. God’s Word is a comfort. She’s experiencing His peace in the midst of her trial.

May God bless you.

“Sully”

 

The New York Premiere of Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Village Roadshow Pictures’ “Sully” After Party

Capt. Sullenberger with Flight 1549 First Officer Jeff Skiles at the NY “Sully” premiere – September 2016

(Photo from:http://www.sullysullenberger.com/sully-movie/)

 

My husband ordered a movie called “Sully” and we began to watch it. The next thing you know, I’m wiping tears away. My husband said, “Connie, it turned out okay.”

I was overcome with the compassion of the pilot and the co-pilot, Skiles, the Coast Guard, NYS Scuba Police and their helicopter pilot.

At one point in the film, they tried to give Captain “Sully” Sullenberger all the credit and he said, “No, it was everyone.”

He named those I mentioned above and the passengers and flight attendants as well.

Clint Eastwood directed this movie which got released in September of 2016, written by Todd Komarnicki, based on the autobiography Highest Duty authored by Chesley Sullenberger and Jeffrey Zaslow. This information came from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sully_(film).

The film was produced by Village Roadshow Pictures, Flashlight Films, The Kennedy/Marshall Company and Malpaso Productions and distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures.

Tom Hanks plays Captain Sullenberger, Aaron Eckhart portrayed First Officer Jeff Skiles, and Laura Linney represented “Sully’s” wife.

If you want to watch a show based on a true story and see people taking risks to protect others, this is the film for you. I love seeing the good in mankind.

God isn’t mentioned in this movie, but the word “miraculous” comes up a time or two.

May God bless you.

 

Fun on a Sunday

Sunday morning we went to a picnic spot with a pond and a pavilion. We enjoyed a beautiful sunshiny day and lots of pleasant company accompanied by some tasty food. I got to know some of the people better that visited this year.

IMPROVEMENTS TO THE POND(photo from: (www.timberlandbait.com)

 

Usually we cancel our evening service the day of the picnic because people are tired. I tried to rest a little and then it was time to choose worship songs. Not that I had much of a voice left. 🙂

 

After singing, my husband left the sound booth so we could pray. Seven folks gathered and he didn’t feel like a sermon was the right route to go.

 

“If we keep canceling Sunday night service, people will stop showing up.”

 

Then he gave us some direction. “Let’s pray like Jesus taught the disciples – starting out with ‘Our Father which art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name.’”

 

He went on to explain that hallowed denotes honor and praise. “How can you show God the respect due His name? What words can you describe Him with in the form of a prayer?”

 

We began talking to the Lord and when someone asked for needs to be met, my husband told the person that we’d get to that, but now is the time to exalt our Savior. A bit later, we did pray for personal requests with the addition of the phrase, “Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”

 

Jesus said in the New Testament, in Matthew 18:20, (KJV): “For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.”

 

We didn’t linger a long time, but as we left each face exhibited peace and contentment.

 

Then, my husband and I began our Sunday night ritual: “Where should we eat?”

 

Sometimes I cook on a Sunday night, but if I’m tired and we’re able to, we eat out. There’s not a lot of restaurants open at that hour of the day.

 

I told my hubbie I was going to pray about it. We have a number of small towns around our little home spot and I’m not familiar with them all.

 

I felt impressed to head north and he was okay with it. We found a new restaurant, to us, that we both enjoyed and hope to visit again sometime.

 

I said, “What a nice day we had,” and he agreed.

 

This is the second Sunday night we’ve prayed at our church over the last thirty days and the people really liked it. Both times it was spontaneous and I missed the first one for a family member’s milestone birthday party in a nearby city.

 

I’m glad I made it for lots of reasons but when I saw the glow on one of the ladies’ faces outside of the church after the meeting, I thought, Aw, wish I’d been there.

 

God gave me the desire of my heart this last Sunday.

 

I hope this finds you well. May God bless you.

 

 

 

 

 

Could You Ever Become Homeless?

 

The Sign Painter(Photo from: http://www.simonandschuster.com/authors/Davis-Bunn/45097965 )

I recently read The Sign Painter by Davis Bunn, copyrighted by T. Davis Bunn in 2014. It’s the story of a woman with a five year old daughter. The summary offered by the publisher states: “A young mother struggles to get back on her feet after a devastating loss leaves her and her daughter alone and living on the street.”

 

Howard Books published this tome; they are a division of Simon & Schuster, New York, NY.

 

I know a lady that lost her husband to a deadly disease and the medical expenses wiped them out. She moved to New York from Florida because she lived in the northern state as a child and as a young adult at least. I don’t know what happened to cause her to live on her own once her husband passed away. She has some family in the area.

 

It took some time for this friend of mine to regain her footing. She went from one place to another. Now, she has her own apartment and she volunteers in a handful of places to be of use and to fill her time. A Christian auto repair person discovered she didn’t have a car, so they’ve leant her one to use. This family pays for everything for her except the gasoline. She beams with gratitude.

 

I wasn’t sure I wanted to read this book, but Davis Bunn is one of my favorite authors. He tells a story with people based on real events in our world in such a compelling way that I knew I wanted to engage with the characters. I just waited a couple of days after I got the book to adjust to the idea. I didn’t know what the novel was about from the title. I chose it based on the cover and the author.

 

I’m on the third book in the series by Jim Cymbala called Fresh Power. The first two books are entitled Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire and Fresh Faith. Dean Merrill is the co-author of the volumes and Zondervan published Fresh Power in 2001 and it was copyrighted by Jim Cymbala in 2001.

Fresh Wind, Fresh FireFresh FaithFresh Power(Photos from: (https://www.christianbook.com/fresh-power-jim-cymbala/9780310251545/pd/251540?event=Christian-Authors|1006349)

Fresh Power is a non-fiction book documenting the ability of the Holy Spirit to move on people’s hearts and lives for the good. The life events that drew some to Christ seem so overwhelming, yet a way opens up for them to find hope and practical steps that kept them on a new path.

 

The Sign Painter is a fictional account of individual’s becoming desperate and it shows how they cope with their plight. Some choices work out well. Some folks turn to people and habits that only make things worse. The Sign Painter represented real quandaries that could come our way. I don’t think I’d ever have to live on the street, but one never knows. Many homeless never dreamed they’d end up without a postal address and/or a job.

 

When I see what a person does in trying circumstances, I’ll wonder why they took that action. It seemed clear to me that they were heading for trouble. I don’t know the whole story. Oftentimes, I don’t have permission to speak into their lives. That’s the benefit of reading life-like situations in books. It gives me time to meditate on how I might handle certain situations. Davis Bunn’s book had a number of questions about the novel for those interested in participating alone or for a book club to ponder after the end of the story.

 

If you haven’t read Davis Bunn’s books or Jim Cymbala’s real life anecdotes, you might want to try them out. You never know how God may use them in your life.

 

May God bless you.

Emotions

I headed for the library tonight with an armful of books when I saw a UPS (United Parcel Service) slim package stuck in the door jamb. I’ve been setting a box outside for UPS because I think the little store that accepted UPS in our town went out of business.

After many days of seeing the box on our porch, my husband asked the legitimate question, “How long are you going to leave that box outside?”

I placed it inside the doorway a few days ago, tucked out of the way. The UPS guy always rings the doorbell; I’ll catch him when he drops something off, I thought.

We get the church parcels at our house if no one is there and they seem to get more deliveries from UPS.UPS Drivers Never Turn Left, and Neither Should You | Travel + LeisurePhoto from: http://www.goodsearch.com/search-web?utf8=%E2%9C%93&keywords=free+family-friendly+images+of+a+UPS+truck

I’ve been looking outside whenever I hear a heavy truck go by. We tend to receive items from the USPS (United States Postal Service) – some even delivered by UPS to them first.

The man with the big brown truck either didn’t ring the doorbell or I was in a noisy room and didn’t hear the rumble of his engine or the chimes.

I got instantly angry. Got in my car and drove slowly down to an intersection and the cutest child waved and smiled. I waved and smiled back and the anger lifted.

Earlier today I misunderstood my husband when he said something and I admit it, I snapped at him. I apologized immediately and he said, ”That’s okay. I know you’re in pain.”

I softened like a marshmallow about to be added to a gooey crisped rice cereal treat.

My husband is easier-going than I am. There are times when I’ll tell him what a great guy he is and he’ll tell me, “Yeah, until you’re mad at me again.”

What can I say to that? 🙂

I notice my emotions stay on a more even keel when I get to bed at a decent hour, eat as healthy as possible, read the Bible and pray earlier in the day, get my work done, exercise and see people.

We have a bakery in town and once I bought a bagel and a cup of tea. I told the lady I actually came in just for some human contact.  Photo from: http://images.search.yahoo.com/yhs/search;_ylt=A0LEV70_9H9ZNX8AlOdjmolQ;_ylu=X3oDMTBsa3ZzMnBvBHNlYwNzYwRjb2xvA2JmMQR2dGlkAw–?_adv_prop=image&fr=goodsearch-yhsif&va=free+family-friendly+images+of+a+bagel+and+cup+of+tea

A disadvantage of writing is that it’s a solitary pursuit.

The baker stopped mid-stride to the back room and chatted for just a minute, which suited me fine. People can be so kind.

I hope you’re doing well. I go back to Physical Therapy tomorrow for aches and pains. My heart goes out to folks with chronic pain. A friend of mine deals with that and she prays and uses humor to cope.

May God bless you.

The Serenity Prayer

My mom loved the Serenity Prayer written by Reinhold Niebuhr, but she only knew the first four lines.

 

In the Celebrate Recovery Participants Guide published by Zondervan and copyrighted by John Baker in 1998, 2012 it is written in full.

 

Prayer for Serenity

 

God, grant me the serenity

to accept the things I cannot change,

the courage to change the things I can,

and the wisdom to know the difference.

 

Living one day at a time,

enjoying one moment at a time;

accepting hardship as a pathway to peace;

taking as Jesus did,

this sinful world as it is,

not as I would have it;

trusting that You will make all things right

if I surrender to Your will;

so that I may be reasonably happy in this life

and supremely happy with You forever in the next.

Amen.

 

Reinhold Niebuhr wrote this prayer in its earliest form in 1937 according to Wikipedia.

Healthy Weight

Over the past month or more I’ve realized how little control I have over just about anything.

 

From historical proofs and my own experiences, I’ve decided the Bible is trustworthy and that God is in control.KJVhttps://www.christianbook.com/page/bibles/translations/kjv?utm_source=bing&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=bibles&utm_term=king%20james%20compact%20bible&event=PPCSRC&p=1020037

 

A doctor told a family member they need to lose weight. I’ve gained about 18 pounds over the past year or more which put me right back to where  I’ve been for years–a little too high for comfort.

 

So, I’ve been praying to God for help in choosing healthier foods. Being married, it helps if he’s on the same path as well, but it doesn’t matter. What goes in my mouth is ultimately up to me.

 

I know how to gain weight. When I eat sweets or a sugary caffeinated beverage early in my day, I crave carbohydrates all the rest of the time until I go to bed. I wake up with the impetus to start over even if I notice I don’t feel so good.

 

Another way I gain weight is to savor the food I’m eating to such an extent that I continue indulging even though my body is screaming at me, “I’m full! There’s no more room inside! Stop!!”

 

Then I’m sorry and if it’s late I’m not able to lie down which messes with sleeping.

 

In high school, a neighbor guy played football and the workouts melted pounds off of him. I struggled with excess weight in high school. I never got overly obese, but I definitely weighed more than many of my female classmates. If it hadn’t been embarrassing I would have given him some tips so he wouldn’t have been too light. 🙂

 

My dad burnt lots of calories, so mom made dessert for the family every day. My sister liked to bake, so she made cookies at least once a week in addition. We used to have vegetables with our main meal and fruit with lunch, but the sweets weren’t limited.

 

As an adult, I limited the confectionary foods in our home. My dad felt the kids were deprived because I didn’t buy candy and bake much.

 

To lose weight, I learned that vegetables without fats of any kind can be eaten guilt-free. My mom joined Weight Watchers and made a cabbage soup I really liked. She could eat it all day if she wanted to and the pounds came off.

 

In the New Testament, in 1Cor_3:16 , (KJV) it says, “Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?”

 

Our bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit.

 

The Bible never says beautiful Queen Esther in the book of Esther in the Old Testament weighed 200 pounds or 130 pounds. Abraham’s wife, noted for her good looks is not described.

 

In Philippians_4:5 , (KJV): Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand.

 

It’s my opinion  that God wants uf healthy, not overly thin and not at the highest point on the scales.

 

He’s more interested in our character and modest clothing.

 

In Proverbs 31, a wife of value cares about and for others. She is trustworthy and even runs a business. It may sound like she doesn’t get enough sleep because her candle burns at night, but she could get eight hours of rest if she got in bed at 10:30 p.m. and arose at 6:30 a.m.

 

I’ve read if a person stays up past midnight their metabolism slows down and they retain weight that used to stay off.

 

If people skip meals, the metabolism slows down and stores fat because the system thinks they’re starving.

 

Not drinking enough water hurts the body and can cause that person to get confused. Elderly folks need to beware of dehydration.

 

According to Psalm_139:14 , (KJV): I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.

 

I’m asking God to help me take a little better care of myself. For dinner I chose soup and salad, even in this heat. I let the soup cool down. I felt as if God said no to the food bars with almonds and dark chocolate and honey, and yes to the cherries that weren’t sweet.

 

So I tucked those tempting morsels out of sight and decided to blog.

 

Yay to avoiding tasty foods that drain energy, cause cravings and up my weight.

 

When I eat healthy stuff eventually the sugary treats overwhelm my taste buds and I don’t like the rich flavor. The first word that comes to mind is “Yuck!”

 

I’m looking forward to God helping me with this. He’s continuing to encourage me in other areas. Thank You, Lord!

 

May God bless you. Is He helping you with something you’d like to overcome for good?

 

 

 

I Love a Prisoner

 

I went to the library to return a couple of books and hopefully do some writing. I heard about an author I may like, so I took out one of her tomes, and as I reached the circulation desk I got a nice surprise. I ran into a young lady that started attending our church regularly and then stopped. I prayed I’d see her again. God answers prayer!

I said hello but backed off. She told me she’d call me tonight, so I said, “Okay.”

Just before going to the library, I wrote a letter to someone whom I love dearly. That person ended up in prison. As I jotted down my thoughts, I added a small amount of Scripture. Then I mentioned the verse from 1 Corinthians 2:12 (WEB): Now the natural man doesn’t receive the things of God’s Spirit, for they are foolishness to him, and he can’t know them, because they are spiritually discerned.

I had to hear over and over again that Jesus Christ, the Jewish Messiah, God the Son, came to earth for all mankind. He took on all the sins of the world – the spotless, sinless Lamb of God.

How could He stand it?

Now if we believe on Him, and repent, and receive His sacrificial gift of taking our sins, He’ll give us peace, freedom, heaven instead of hell, joy, love, kindness, goodness, meekness, strength and provision. He forgives us and asks us to forgive others so we don’t get bitter and poisoned inside. Once we make Him our Lord and Savior, the Bible becomes understandable to us. It may take us a lifetime to get through it over and over again. We may comprehend a lot of it. Yet, I’ll bet there are things I won’t get until I stand before my God and King in heaven and see what He wants me to see.

My husband and I got watching a movie tonight called “Hacksaw Ridge,” rated R for violence. It’s based on a true story of a Christian man who wanted to be in WWII as a medic as a conscientious objector and they didn’t know what to make of him.

My husband said, “War is ugly.”

When we go our own way and ignore God’s way, we are prisoners to self and the ruler of this world – Satan, even though we’re not aware of belonging to him. So Paul wrote in the New Testament.

After watching this movie, I know one of my duties as a Christian. I need to continue to pray for prisoners and for our troops and for my country and for folks around the world.

May God bless you.

Medieval Days

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About two weeks ago, I took my grandchildren to our local library. Then three days later, we went to another of the branch libraries.

While there, the six year old insisted on a chapter book like the oldest was getting. I said, “No, you’re not able to read it yet.”

It was close to supper time, Mommy was due to return the next day, they all had busy days so their patience was almost gone; mine, too, so I gave in.

We picked two middle grade chapter books for this kindergartener, which never got opened.

Before one of them came due I decided to read it. It’s a Newberry Medal winner entitled, The Door in the Wall by Marguerite De Angeli.

She wrote and illustrated it beautifully and had it copyrighted in 1949. It was published by Doubleday & Company, Inc. from Garden City, NY all those years ago.

I really like books about medieval times. I read one that I own, written and autographed by Ethel Herr, called Dr. Oma: the Healing Wisdom of Countess Juliana Von Stolberg (Chosen Daughter), copyrighted in 2006.

P & R Publishing from Phillipsburg, NJ published her book.

As much as I like reading about medieval times, I always think I’m happier living now. Women didn’t have much of a chance to live a life of their own choosing. Living in America gives me opportunities that other women may not have as well. I’m aware of that. Something else I understand is that I don’t really know what it’s like to be in situations outside of my ken.

No matter where I live, I’ve purposed in my heart to follow hard after Jesus. That will keep me as content as any human being can be this side of heaven.

May God bless you.