In the Word

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I’m in the book of Ezekiel this week. Ezekiel follows Lamentations, and frankly I dreaded reading it. That’s where Jeremiah cries because of the pain of seeing God’s judgment on Israel. Lamentations turned out to be small, so I carried on to Ezekiel in just a little time.

It’s so hard to understand, and I tried to picture the wheel within a wheel, filled with eyes. Disconcerting, actually.

What always comes through is that God has standards and when evil prevails, He finally sends judgment. One of the sayings that kept coming up was, “That you may know that I am the Lord.”

Another verse: Ezekiel 11:5, (ESV), And the Spirit of the LORD fell upon me, and he said to me, “Say, Thus says the LORD: So you think, O house of Israel. For I know the things that come into your mind.”

Now, I’m fully aware that God knows all things, but tonight the idea that He knows every thought that comes into my mind felt intimidating because I’m not perfect. In Proverbs 1:7, (NKJV), it says, “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.”

I definitely felt fear or awe of God when I realized He knows my every thought. On the other hand, tonight I was thinking that when I’m struggling, only God knows what kind of spiritual attack I might be under that is causing me to feel discouraged or sick or lonely or whatever malady may come my way.

He knows when I willfully disobey Him and choose to rebel. He knows when I make a mistake. He knows when I get deceived. He knows when I take credit for giftings that He placed within me. He knows everything. It’s a comfort and it’s a reason to consider what my attitude and my actions are going to be.

He sets things out so clearly in Deuteronomy 8:11-20, (ESV), “Take care lest you forget the LORD your God by not keeping his commandments and his rules and his statutes, which I command you today,

Deu 8:12  lest, when you have eaten and are full and have built good houses and live in them,

Deu 8:13  and when your herds and flocks multiply and your silver and gold is multiplied and all that you have is multiplied,

Deu 8:14  then your heart be lifted up, and you forget the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery,

Deu 8:15  who led you through the great and terrifying wilderness, with its fiery serpents and scorpions and thirsty ground where there was no water, who brought you water out of the flinty rock,

Deu 8:16  who fed you in the wilderness with manna that your fathers did not know, that he might humble you and test you, to do you good in the end.

Deu 8:17  Beware lest you say in your heart, ‘My power and the might of my hand have gotten me this wealth.’

Deu 8:18  You shall remember the LORD your God, for it is he who gives you power to get wealth, that he may confirm his covenant that he swore to your fathers, as it is this day.

Deu 8:19  And if you forget the LORD your God and go after other gods and serve them and worship them, I solemnly warn you today that you shall surely perish.

Deu 8:20  Like the nations that the LORD makes to perish before you, so shall you perish, because you would not obey the voice of the LORD your God.”

God is loving but He’s also tough. He’s not wishy-washy.

Well, in this time of joy and shopping and visiting with many others, as I read along in the Word of God, my thoughts get carried away to what I think God is concerned about.

I hope you’re taking time to ask God what He would have you read and pursue. You may be surprised what He has in mind for you.

One of my favorite verses is Jeremiah 29:11, (ESV), “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.”

This was written to the Jewish people when they were being warned about the length of their captivity by the Babylonians. At this point, some of them were already taken to that far away land.

These verses remind me that God is a fair judge, yet He’s got the welfare of the people He loves in mind, even when disciplining them. He tells us that He is the same yesterday, today and forever. That gives me hope.

May God bless you.

 

 

 

 

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It Takes Time to Lose Weight

It usually takes time to do things that are worthwhile. I bought fava beans at a health food store and realized they expired in November of 2017. So, the day before yesterday I soaked them overnight. Then last night, I began peeling them and rinsing them. I intended to go to bed about two hours before normal, and then I remembered the beans soaking on the back of the stove. So, I began to peel them by hand and an hour after I hoped to be asleep, I told my husband there seemed to be a lot more of them than before I processed them. I counted sixty more to do after I’d peeled them for fifty-some minutes.

At that late hour, I rinsed them and placed them in the refrigerator in a covered bowl. Tonight, as I thought of going to bed, I remembered I’d never cooked them and after reading about fava beans, which are treated similarly to lima beans, I decided to cook them for half an hour, let them cool and then refrigerate them.

So, once again I am not going to bed early.

I got online to delete e-mails and found an alert for BeautyBeyondBones blog that I follow. She had a Brussel sprout, beet, grape, pistachio nut topping for salad recipe that looked really good. So, I spent fifteen minutes maybe watching Carolyn prepare this multi-colored seared vegetable dish on YouTube while my dried cooked beans cooled.

I’ve been thinking of eating habits because a young lady told me tonight at a Christmas play practice that she’s lost 41 pounds to get ready for a gastrointestinal operation to shrink the stomach way down so she can lose weight rapidly and hopefully keep it off.

I was reading cookbooks to prepare the fava beans and some of my books feature vegan or vegetarian ways of eating. When we were younger, my husband and I began eating according to Dr. McDougall’s advice, along with our family. His diet is carb-based. The hassle that I went through from my parents and other people shocked me. We dropped weight like crazy and ate a lot because we were hungry. The reason we quit was because it was harder to find restaurants that served vegan meals back then and I got tired of eating rigidly.

Now, we aim for vegan or vegetarian eating, but it is difficult to be totally immersed in that eating lifestyle, but when I’m stricter, I feel a ton better. All my blood work improved when we switched back, and we tried to eat a lot more raw food this time. As I eat a doughnut here, a handful of potato chips there, cake and ice cream at a birthday party, etc. I crave more fatty and salty foods, and sweets.

When I avoid that kind of feast-like eating, and then get away from the vegetables, the sweets and fatty foods don’t taste as good and I feel a little sick.

My husband has decided to eat out less, choose better foods at home and not worry about being perfect at eating healthy. I’ve noticed his weight is sliding down some and he acts more energetic lately.

I’m bringing the snack at a function we go to weekly and when I asked a friend for advice, she suggested I not choose a dessert. It’s usually a dessert and sometimes one cooked with a sugar substitute. The only sugar substitutes I use are a stevia kind or xylitol. I use honey or maple syrup or other natural sweeteners and occasionally sugar, but I try and buy raw sugar and limit its use. At least one member of our group has diabetes.

I don’t know how long God intends me to be on this earth, but I’ve noticed that when I eat healthily, drink enough clean water and get exercise I feel a lot better than when I don’t. I think I remember George Burns, the comedian saying if he knew he was going to live this long, he would have taken better care of himself. He lived to be a hundred years old. He’s not the only one who’s said that.

I’ve been thinking I’d like to lose a small amount of weight, but if I decide to pursue it, it’ll take planning to achieve it. I attend a few functions regularly that supply rich snacks or a meal. I’ll have to bring alternatives with enough to share. Hallelujah Acres founder, Rev. George Malkmus suggested vegan eaters tell folks, “I need to eat this way for my health, and people usually understand.”

I also know that it may take a while to get the weight off, but it didn’t come on overnight. It’s been sneaking up on me as I gradually changed habits back to the way I ate when I wasn’t too fussy about the choices in front of me.

People say not to start a diet before Christmas. I don’t call losing weight being on a diet. I just say, “I’m cutting back.”

Instead of eating four Christmas cookies in a sitting, I can have two and not start them until later in the day. When I start my day eating sweets, I crave them all day long.

I hope you are well! God bless!

Is Integrity Important?

 

I listened to a John Hagee program on end time prophecies and then it went to a Perry Stone, Jr. presentation on YouTube. His had prophecy in the title as well. The John Hagee program was entitled “John Hagee – End Times Prophecy – October 4, 2017,” and watching it on television with ROKU gave more material than what I found on computer.

The Perry Stone, Jr. teaching was entitled “Perry Stone |November 28 2017 – PROPHETIC WARNING: End Times Prophecy.”

 

Perry Stone spoke quite a bit about his father and the legacy he left behind. His dad told him one regret was that the house and $30,000.00 was all he had to his name. In an impoverished country, $30,000.00 may go a long way. In America, depending on housing costs, that may last the surviving spouse one year. Perry told his dad he’d be leaving him more than money. He’d be leaving him a godly heritage. Everyone that knew his dad told Perry that his dad was a man of integrity. He told the audience that we never know when we’ll be called from this life to everlasting life. He said we need to live a life of integrity and obey God so if we should die suddenly we don’t end up in Satan’s domain, suffering for all of time. I don’t remember a lot spoken of regarding prophesies found in Revelation and Daniel and Thessalonians, etc.

 

He shared lots of stories about experiences with angels and visions and hearing the voice of God and praying fervently, moving the hand of God. He referenced Scripture concerning heaven and as he talked about life after death experiences.

 

I don’t want to talk about the spectacular here, I want to talk about integrity.

 

When I hear from people that I know stretch the truth or tell outright lies, the way I listen to them is way different from the way I listen to those who habitually tell the truth. Not truth as they see it, but the bald-faced truth.

 

A man used to buy espresso from a coffee shop I worked at. One day when he went to talk to my husband about the Lord, with his questions he made this statement, “I don’t tell the truth. It’s my choice and I choose not to.”

I looked at the mother of his children standing by his side, and she dropped her head to look at her feet. I glanced at my husband who decided not to debate this man and felt joy knowing that being honest is very important to him. He learned as a young boy that if he told his parents the truth about situations, it went better for him than if he lied to cover up something he did wrong. When he admitted the wrong-doing, the punishment tended to be lighter than if he tried to hide his deed. He tells people, “if they were asking me, they usually knew about it.”

 

I like his honesty. If I’m wearing an outfit he hates, I’d rather know it. I bought a jacket that I really like, and women tend to give me compliments on. It’s woven with different colored threads that evoke scenery and I got it on sale many years ago. It’s probably not in style now, but I wear it. After I got it he began calling it my “carpet.”

 

“Oh, you’re wearing your carpet coat today.”

 

Of course, I wanted to know more. “Don’t you like it?”

 

“Why do you want to wear something that looks like a carpet?”

 

“I like it.”

 

“Well, if you want to walk around wearing something that looks like you’d walk on it….”

 

That took some of the joy out of my purchase. So, I wear it when I feel like it and expect some ribbing from him and my son, when he’s visiting. Whenever a stranger tells me “what a pretty jacket,” I smile and feel vindicated.

 

I notice I wear it more often when he’s at work because I like to wear things he thinks look nice. Yet, I’m happy he let me know it’s not his favorite. If I found out he said it’s great and then laughed with his friends over it, I’d feel hurt and betrayed. Now we joke   about it.

 

As kids, we used to cry out, “Liar, liar pants on fire…” when we caught someone lying.

 

I can’t remember the rest, something about hanging on a telephone wire. There was a Rock and Roll song with those words in it, too. Back in my day, the culture reinforced honesty as an important value. People would have scorned anyone that said, “Who’s truth do you believe?”

 

There wasn’t any relativity in regards to truth.

 

Occasionally, I run into people that make things look better than they really are. I don’t think that will work in their favor. They’ll lose others’ trust and respect. Usually, in the business world, they’ll lose their customers and in the financial realm it’s called fraud. The truth has a way of coming out.

 

Scripture speaks strongly against lies: Rev 21:8 (NKJV), But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.”

 

Well, I didn’t expect to have hell and brimstone comments in this blog, but it came with the Scripture about liars. I truly believe the Bible is the inspired word of God spoken to men and they wrote it down.

 

2Timothy 3:16, (NKJV) says, “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness,”

 

May God bless you!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Marriage Tips

 

I’ve noticed older couples with good marriages get along, for the most part, because they’ve hashed things out over the years. Either there’s been improvement or the other person decided it wasn’t important enough to argue about anymore.

As Christians, we’re told to love others as we love ourselves, so if we decide to do that, we’ll study our mate and try to do things we know that they really enjoy. I’ve done that here and there over the years, but lately I’m aware of some things that are not that difficult that I could have been doing and just didn’t, for whatever reason. I’m also more cognizant of nice things that my husband does for me and I’m trying to say thank you when I see it.

Plus, he changes over time, as I do, so the benefits of the new behaviors are a plus to our relationship. All of his life as an adult, he’s been in leadership and sometimes he just wants to do relaxing stuff. So, he started watching chefs and learned cooking techniques from programs available on television or online.

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If I’m preparing a meal and feeling the crunch of time, I’ll ask him to dice the onions and he’ll show me a way that is safe with the sharp knife and he keeps the rooted end in place for ease of cutting. The next thing I know, he’s asking if I need anything else chopped or sliced. If he hated that kind of thing, I wouldn’t ask unless I felt absolutely desperate, and then he’d have the right to refuse.

I heard Focus on the Family yesterday on the radio. I caught the tail end of the program on marriage and they showcased the next day’s program with a quote. A lady said, “I started looking for the good things that he does.”

https://www.focusonthefamily.com/marriage

I hope I’ll take the chance to hear the program online, they both sounded good. I hope this finds you well. Do you have any marriage tips that you can share with a family-friendly audience?

May God bless you!

What About Prejudice?

(photo from https://www.amazon.co.uk/Smoky-Night-Eve-Bunting/dp/0152018840)

When my husband preached on Matthew 15: 21-28 from the New Testament of the Bible this last Sunday morning on the desperate Canaanite mother with her demonized daughter, he made a comment that grabbed my attention.

“Prejudices are inherent, we all have them. We need to recognize them and fight them until they are gone.”

I like to read children’s easy reader books by Eve Bunting. One of her tomes placed a Hispanic boy in a big city with his mom. A local grocery store owner from an Asian country had a fat growly cat. The lady yelled at the children in the neighborhood, the cat hissed at them.

When their tall building caught on fire it changed all of their lives.

Such a great story: Smoky Night by Eve Bunting and illustrated by David Diaz, portrays people in a powerful way without preaching about their attitudes or circumstances.

This award-winning book was published by Voyager Books, San Diego; New York, NY; and London, and copyrighted in 1994.

I hope you are well. May God bless you.

Healthy Habits

 

I read Jeremiah 1:4, “Then the word of the LORD came to me, saying:
Jer 1:5 ‘Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; Before you were born I sanctified you; I ordained you a prophet to the nations.’” (NKJV)

It strikes me that God has a purpose for every one of us, and for those who call Him Lord and Savior, He says in 1Corinthians 6:19 “Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own?
1Cor. 6:20 “For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.” (NKJV)

The previous verses talk about sin and in this case, are saying people in Christ should not be sexually immoral.

In Proverbs 23:15, (NKJV), King Solomon says, “My son, if your heart is wise, My heart will rejoice—indeed, I myself;
Pro 23:16 Yes, my inmost being will rejoice When your lips speak right things.
Pro 23:17 Do not let your heart envy sinners, But be zealous for the fear of the LORD all the day;
Pro 23:18 For surely there is a hereafter, And your hope will not be cut off.
Pro 23:19 Hear, my son, and be wise; And guide your heart in the way.
Pro 23:20 Do not mix with winebibbers, Or with gluttonous eaters of meat;
Pro 23:21 For the drunkard and the glutton will come to poverty, And drowsiness will clothe a man with rags.”

I know these verses and in my mind, I want to eat healthy and stop eating when I’m full. I also think about exercising regularly, it’s a good thing.

I have developed some good habits: when craving sweets, I’ll grab a fruit instead of dessert. I park the car far from the store when feasible; when grocery shopping, avoid the sweets aisle or if it’s not possible, avert glance away from the cookies, etc.; walk the stairs instead of using the elevator; eat less fatty foods, substitute lean choices and choose spices for added flavor.

I’ve been spending more time preparing healthier foods lately, but I keep missing organized exercise classes our town offers for free.

Since the food preparation has improved, I may be ready to begin the exercising within the next couple of days.

My brain acknowledges the truth of the Scripture that this body is the temple of the Holy Spirit and therefore it is not my own. It hasn’t made it to my heart, even after all these years of following Jesus and knowing that He bought me with the price of His sacrificial death.

I accepted His free gift of salvation and told Him I wanted to belong to Him.

My doctor doesn’t tell me I need to lose weight, I’m just aware of the stealthy creeping in of eating unhealthily and the numbers on the scale going up.

So, I’ve been cutting back and making wiser choices but it’s not always easy.

Oven-baked root vegetables tasted good to me tonight. My husband thought they were too sweet and with a tiny amount of spice the taste of vegetables predominated. We’re experimenting with new recipes lately. Winter weather hit our region; it was a pleasure to set the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit for over an hour.

Are you considering your health? Do you sneak in exercise or resist potato chips in a way that can be copied for good health? I’d like to hear from you.

May God bless you!

Know Thyself, Know Others

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Our church hosts an organizing class once a week and today we only had an hour to meet, so I brought my computer and we watched Sandra Felton on YouTube, a minute or two for each episode.

The attendee took notes on the ideas that were new to her. I showed her one chapter from the e-book from our library which is still downloaded on my computer: Organizing Your Day: Time Management Techniques That Will Work for You. It’s published by Revell, Grand Rapids, MI. The e-book written by Sandra Felton and Marsha Sims, was created in 2011 and copyrighted in 2009. Then the lady jotted down the information so she could get it for herself. I don’t know if she’ll have to wait for me to finish it or if they have more than one copy.

Occasionally, I end up wanting to own a library book and purchase it. One advantage of an e-book, it doesn’t take up shelf space.

My granddaughter in her twenties prefers a paper book over an e-book. I don’t know if that’s the norm for people in her age group or not.

I’ve been reading the book of Isaiah and should have finished it by now, but I didn’t mark my place, so I re-read some of the chapters in the 50’s section. I felt as if I hadn’t read them before and seemed to glean more the second time. The Old Testament gives us examples of people’s lives and God’s interactions with them. I feel as if I know God better after reading His reactions to the Israeli’s and the other cultures.

In addition, while on vacation lately, I tried to listen to my family along with my talking to them because as they experience life, it’s interesting to hear their ideas and to get to know them better, as well.

When I gather with the ladies for our organizing class and we share our struggles and our triumphs, not only do we enrich each other’s lives, but we get to know ourselves better. We try to figure out why we do things the way we do. I said a few times, as we listened to Sandra Felton, the Organizer Lady, “she understands.”

She tends to offer encouraging comments like, “I used to be unorganized but I’ve learned organizing strategies that allowed me to change. You can change, too.”

She may have said that disorganized people tend to have a lot of interests and they are creative and intelligent. She might have said they are extremely intelligent, borderline geniuses-oh, that might have been my imagination.

Lead on, Organizer Lady, Sandra Felton and her co-writer, Marsha Sims.

I appreciate their vulnerability as they share their stories and their compassion for like-minded people struggling with disorganization. After my husband read part of my copy of her book, The Messies Manual, published back in 1983, it helped him understand me better, which helped our marriage.

Thank You, Jesus.

I noticed online that there’s a new version of The Messies Manual out now.

May God bless you.

Creating for Fun

 

I looked through a booklet I received when my children were born, entitled NAMES FOR BOYS & GIRLS with an advertisement from Enfamil baby formula in the center.

 

I wanted to name some characters with their heritage and personality in mind. To me, that’s fun. I got online for names that didn’t make the book.

 

When I see people, animals, plants, rock formations, clouds, forest, bodies of water, the stars and moon, etc., I get amazed all over again by the creativity of God.

 

Gen 1:1, (KJV):  In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.

 

Gen 1:26  Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”

Gen 1:27  So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.

 

God told us to take care of the earth and the animals in Genesis 1:26.

 

Well anyway, we’re all so different. I got thinking of a guy I went to high school with; he was a pretty good student.

 

He was in my English class and afterwards he’d tell me how much he hated that subject.

 

Math tripped me up and he excelled in that. I’ve found over the years that the more I use math, the better I get at it. In high school, math was like a foreign language to me that I’d never encountered before. I learned it all through elementary school, but it didn’t register in my brain. I did just well enough to be average.

 

In New York State back in the day, if you were on a certain track in school, you didn’t get to take art or photography unless you worked diligently with your counselor to put it in your schedule. Those classes filled up quick, too. One of my best friends was an exceptional artist, so she took the same courses I did but majored, so to speak, in art.

 

I learned to crochet during my lunch hour with a teacher and two other girls. I signed up to work on the school newspaper and took gymnastics after school as well, but the writing grabbed my attention and the sport lost out.

 

Another guy I knew from high school absolutely hated conjugating verbs for French class. I took German and that’s got a lot in common with English, some of the time. I don’t remember struggling with the verbs, although their word placement is different than ours. One fellow in class went to Germany over the summer with his family and he came back with a strong accent. I never sounded like anything but an American trying to pick up another language.

 

A family friend went to school near Geneseo State University and she learned Spanish, I think, at a very young age because they learned that children pick up language easily the younger they are. She might have started in pre-school or kindergarten.

 

I had intended to write about some creative writing books I’ve been working through tonight. So, I hope to do that tomorrow.

 

What things did you try in school that you’ve incorporated into your life as an adult or young person?

 

I hope you are well! May God bless you!

 

 

Blogger Recognition Award

Thank you so very much, https://dandelionsacre.com, for giving me an award for blogging. I appreciate your kind comments and your follow.

I began blogging over seven years ago after attending Montrose Christian Writers Conference in Montrose, PA near Binghamton, NY. I didn’t really know what to expect and it was a slow start. I am still learning, especially about importing pictures.

I so enjoy your photographs and learning about bits and pieces of your life.

Advice I’d give to new bloggers: As a writer, it’s important to be vulnerable so people will relate to what you are saying, but it’s important to use wisdom. Whatever you write will be out there for whomever to read for a long time, maybe forever.

I needed to learn to show up more consistently so people following me would take the time to stop by the site.

I began to understand the importance of following other bloggers. It’s a community and I really enjoy reading other people’s thoughts and opinions. I’ve learned from folks across the world or across my country. How awesome is that?

I’d like to nominate the following bloggers for a blogger recognition award. I saved dandelionsacre.com’s beautiful award on my computer to copy and paste on my site and it told me how to paste it in language I couldn’t understand. So, with no pretty award picture, here they are:

  1. For wisdom and beautiful poetry: lifecameos at wordpresscom7862wordpresscom.wordpress.com/
  2. For insights into science and faith and intrigue: endatymes.wordpress.com/
  3. For a blog by a husband, father and man of faith being real: afracturedfaithblog.wordpress.com/
  4. For cooking and beautiful gardens and family love: indianeskitchen.com
  5. thedaddyblitz.wordpress.com by a Christian dad and husband and a thinking person with some great advice
  6. texaslawstudent.com by a young fellow sharing his love of Texas and ideas worth reading
  7. savannahhardcastle.wordpress.com/ writes with compassion for sufferers and gives wisdom that offers comfort

I could choose many more, but it’s late and I’m losing the ability to think and to craft intelligible sentences. Thanks for stopping by my site and I hope you’ll stop at these blogs as well.

This is a copy of Elizabeth’s instructions to me:

“So, congratulations, guys, for receiving the Blogger Recognition Award, nomination! If you’d like to pass the love along, here are the rules:
Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
Write a post to show your award.
Give a brief story of how your blog started.
Give pieces of advice to new bloggers.
Select 5-15 other bloggers you want to give this award to.
Comment on each blog and let them know you have nominated them and provide the link to the post you created.”

Accepting Change

Every once in a while, I have a day that re-arranges itself. Today was one of those days.

A few days ago, I picked up a book from the library by David Allen entitled, Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity, Revised Edition, published by Penguin Books, New York, NY. The copyright is by David Allen in 2001, 2015 and the Foreword is copyrighted in 2015 by James Fallows.

I read the first edition a few years ago but I did one step and let it go.

As I did the first step over again on Thursday, I decided it was time to buy the book. I thought of purchasing the e-book, but it was $5.00 more than the paperback.

Yesterday was such a busy day, I decided to do step 2 today. Then, a close friend sent me a message telling me what hospital she ended up in and for me not to come there.

I did detective work to reach her son and he told me to drive up there. I prayed and felt as if God said the same thing. She scolded me and then said she was glad I drove up. I hope to hear a good report soon.

I called a friend for prayer and she offered to ride along so I could have company.

I don’t know her as well but I took her up on the offer. On the way home, we enjoyed a sky full of fluffy clouds stretched thin across the horizon with blue sky and bright sun peeking between the many layers.

She said at home she gets to see beautiful golden-orangish sunsets from her front porch. We prayed for my friend before they took her off for another test, and off we went.

Then she directed me to a nice Thai restaurant where I got to try two dishes I never had before.

Earlier, I bought her a chai tea as I ordered one fo me. As I drove the highway, my tallest finger swelled with pain. I told my husband I figured it was the chai or the Thai and noted that they rhymed. He wasn’t impressed.

Later, I ate a small rich ice cream cone and after a while, a juicy peach. We’re getting to the end of our local growing season for peaches.

As I ate the rich dessert I thought it’s probably not the smartest thing to eat with my finger aching. A few hours later and it’s better.

I really appreciate God answering prayers for healing, but as my passenger stated when we talked about our eating habits when we’ve learned some food choices encourage health and others hinder health, “Therefore to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin,” James 4:17, (NKJV).

She rarely gives me verses to consider unless we’re in a Bible study, but I agreed with her. When I brought up the chai tea with sugar and skim milk she and I decided a small treat is not bad.

The Word of God tells us to be moderate in all things, although that wouldn’t apply to obvious things to avoid like gossip or slander or theft, etc.

Eating small amounts of sugary foods is not sin, but gluttony is a sin. Our body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, we’re supposed to take care of it.

Well, I’m preaching to myself here. If I eat healthy foods, drink enough water, exercise, and sleep before midnight I feel better.

On that note, I’m going to type this and get ready for bed. I’d like to blog earlier so my brain doesn’t get stimulated at night, but my days don’t seem to co-operate.

May God bless you.