Favorite Activities

Two of my favorite activities are writing and reading the Bible, not necessarily in that order. Yet, in striving for order at home, holidays, lots of company over, a new housemate and those demands, a ministry about to embark, and regular activities, the writing and Bible time have flown to the wayside.

No writing, no blogging accomplished. Little Bible reading, less peace. Eating in excess, plus adding junk foods in, less energy and less of a feeling of well-being.

Tonight, I’ve determined to set a new nighttime routine so I get better rest. So, this will be a small blog, but Praise God, at least it’s being done. I miss reading others’ blogs when I don’t blog. I wonder how they’re doing, what they’re learning. I miss researching for my blog. I like to learn.

I enjoy the holidays and I really enjoy it when they’re over!

Ecclesiastes tells us in A Time for Everything that:

Ecc 3:1  For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:

Ecc 3:2  a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted;

Ecc 3:3  a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;

Ecc 3:4  a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;

Ecc 3:5  a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;

Ecc 3:6  a time to seek, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;

Ecc 3:7  a time to tear, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;

Ecc 3:8  a time to love, and a time to hate; a time for war, and a time for peace.

Those verses were from the NKJV of the Bible. I remember a song based on those verses from the 1960’s sung by The Byrds and written by Pete Seeger in the late 1950’s.


May God bless you!

Writers Helping Writers

I went to the home of a writer tonight. She told us that before she submits an article she goes over it 25 times. She may go over punctuation first, check formatting second, and then read for clarity third, etc. She focuses on one thing at a time.

I wrote about a cleaning product in the article for tonight and I had the bottle say something. We laughed as we pictured an inanimate item give directions.

The hostess is gracious yet she keeps us on course. If one of us brings a long piece and it takes almost 15 minutes to read it, then she asks the group if they have the time to extend that person’s critiquing turn. We are allotted 15 minutes each.

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If we’re not in agreement, then we’d probably make quick notes on the copy and not have any chance for discussion. I imagine she’d have us move on to the next person’s writing.

It’s amazing how much gets done in one and a half hours. We spoke about blogging, marketing, editor’s expectations, The Chicago Manual of Style, speaking opportunities and writers’ conferences.

It’s a Christian group so we pray before starting. Once we begin, we say what we like and what we think needs changing.

At the end, the leader set up another meeting and said, “I’m so glad we can laugh at our mistakes.”

Earlier she told us as we laughed that she wasn’t laughing at me, but at the situation, which I knew. It didn’t hurt to hear that, though. Clarity is important. She, too, wrote a sentence that included a wrong word order that ended up clouding the meaning of the sentence.

That’s why it’s so important to let writing set a few days so the author can look at it with fresh eyes. Unfortunately, I don’t have that luxury with this blog.

As a writer I hope to pen words that glorify God, encourage people, entertain or teach depending on the genre I’m working on at the moment.

I remember knocking on the door at my friend’s house. When she answered, music drifted out and the lyrics lifted my spirits. When I mentioned this to another mom, she said, “My teenagers tell me the words to their songs don’t affect them, I guess you just proved them wrong.”

I look forward to returning to the author’s home for our next critiquing session, although I have to admit I was a little nervous.

I wasn’t sure what they would think of my article. I’m glad they liked it. I hope to get it published.

I put Scriptures in it, such as Philippians 4:13 which says, “I can do all things through Christ Who strengthens me.”

Yet, I hope it reaches a wide market.

May God bless you.


Occasionally I look at my life from an objective viewpoint, or as much of an objective viewpoint as is humanly possible. Lately I’ve noticed that people I saw regularly have been moved out of my life. I don’t see some due to sickness, some from changed circumstances so their time doesn’t mesh with mine much, and some from their lack of interest. I decided that there are seasons in life when people are nearby and seasons when they’re gone and then it changes, and they’re back again.

It doesn’t feel that way right now. I wonder if the Lord is trying to get through to me and I’m not hearing Him. Recently, when plans are made or opportunities come along, the door gets slammed shut. Not all of them, but some of them. I’ll make plans and move along to fulfill them and then someone calls and cancels. My husband and I accept invitations and then work demands more of him than he expected and he tells me we can’t go. Then one of us picks up the phone and apologizes. Either the Lord is trying to get through to me or He’s helping me to adjust to variations so I can be flexible.

On the other hand, I’ve also noticed how He orchestrates my steps. I’ve been on my way somewhere and think that we’re almost out of bread. I have time to stop at the store. Once there, I’ll run into someone I haven’t seen in a while and they need to know something I can answer, or I need advice or prayer and they’re there for me. I’ve seen it over and over again with different situations.

Today I intended to spend half the day at home doing chores. My husband and one volunteer have been working hard to get handicap bathrooms into our church. We’ve moved more than once in our lives, so I’ve learned how to paint. I intended to offer to help paint tomorrow. Then I realized they were painting today and my husband looked tired.  So, I ended up staying there to paint and another lady joined me. I got hungry before he did and the helper, an expert contractor actually, agreed that he could eat as well. I ordered pizza with my husband’s approval and that blessed the man that has so greatly blessed us. My husband calls this volunteer “The boss” because his level of expertise in building far surpasses ours.

Others have volunteered as well, but not as steadily.

Maybe the reason I feel like a bird whose wings have been clipped every time my expectations get dashed is because God wants me doing things for others that are more important than what I’m aiming for. I enjoyed painting today and getting to know a couple of people better.

I don’t have anything to complain about, I just feel a bit off-kilter. 🙂

I guess that’s a part of life.

How are you doing today?

May God bless you!


Decisions, Anyone?

I’ve decided to eat healthier, which means to me hardly any meat and very little dairy. I began today with some other areas to limit stuff, as well.


So, as I prepared dessert for a group meal, I had to decide. Gingerbread with whole wheat flour and the added chore of making homemade applesauce because we didn’t have any on hand, or making a gelatin with agar agar and fruit juices. I chose the gelatin for a few reasons and began around three o’clock in the afternoon for a 6:00 meal. After I poured the hot liquid into the bowls and added fruit, it suddenly occurred to me that when it was piping hot, it couldn’t cool in minutes. Especially the biggest bowlful, which had seeded fruits in it and only one person couldn’t eat seeds. Seeing as how the weather outside was frightful – I couldn’t resist, at almost 20 degrees Fahrenheit, (freezing is 32 degrees Fahrenheit), I decided to put them on the front porch and check often so they didn’t freeze.


Then, I realized that since I’d added half a cup of cranberry juice to the ten cups of sweet apple juice for color I may want to add some sweetener since cranberries are tart. I put in a small amount and tasted it. With the added fruit and the toppings, I hoped it would taste good to them and be good for us. One person said he liked it. I liked it, my husband did not. No one else said anything because they tend to be nice people and it wasn’t horrid, it just wasn’t like the commercial gelatins. It was still a little tart. I’ve heard cranberries help strengthen bones. 🙂


After we got home I noticed I felt a bit grumpy even though we had a good time. I know better than to start more than one major project at a time, but I’ve committed to two things and once I commit, I try my best to follow through.


The organizing thing is not requiring a lot out of me for the first two weeks of January and the author, Regina Leeds, said it goes faster if you’re able to make decisions quicker rather than slowly. I’ll see how it goes when I get to that point. She wrote, One Year to an Organized Life: From Your Closets to Your Finances, the Week-by-Week Guide to Getting Completely Organized for Good, copyrighted in 2008 and published by MJF Books, New York, NY if you haven’t read this blog previously.


We have a group started and books are ordered. So, we’ll go forward and see results. Sandra Felton has written helpful books on becoming less messy, and one of her quotes is, “The secret to success is making very small, yet very consistent, changes.”


I went to the internet to find her and got watching small videos on YouTube. The decision- making YouTube episode for getting rid of clutter is called, “Quadrant Method for Clearing Clutter,” 6:13 time or six minutes and thirteen seconds. That was helpful.


As I organize, I realize God is answering prayer. I don’t feel grumpy anymore since I started writing. 🙂


Do you struggle with decisions and/or second guess the ones you’ve made?


May God bless you.

Made New

I was talking to my husband about journaling in accordance with a book on organizing. He said, and I’m sort of quoting here, “whatever happened to 2 Corinthians 5:17, (ESV):  Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come”?

So, I sighed in relief and then called my older sister to ask about the past. 🙂 We had a nice visit. One of the concepts in different books on organizing is paying attention to where your time goes. Forty-five minutes later or more, I hung up the phone.

I was delighted when my youngest daughter showed up unexpectedly and I offered to help her with some writing projects. Then I got a bit cranky because time was moving right along. She asked what was going on and I told her, so we got that straightened out and chose to meet at a later date. She was tired, I was getting tired.

This morning, I took some stuff to the library to work on without interruption, but I didn’t get there early enough. Interruptions kept me from leaving the house. 🙂

Tonight because my daughter needed to send her writing to my e-mail account so I could print them out for her, I ended up checking out my e-mail after she went home. I don’t even want to think about how much time I spent on that.

God is good. He’s helping me to be more aware of poor choices. This morning I kept texting people or calling people when I could have waited until later or even later on in the week.

I did some cleaning before I left and that felt great. So, I think I’ll end here, consider my planner for today’s priorities and possibly do one or two small chores or a joyful thing like read a bit. I asked God to direct my path today around 1:00 p.m. and I got some groceries that blessed my husband. I got to see my son-in-law for a few moments when he stopped to see his wife. I want him to do something for the house – he’s a contractor and he’s somewhat of a perfectionist, so the job gets done well. He tells me he’s amazed at the changes in his life since he accepted Christ. He never thought he’d be a businessperson, for one, or married to the pastor’s daughter, for another.

Anyway, at the end of the day it’s kind of nice to look at the blessings of the day. I’m certainly glad I got to blog tonight, because I miss it when I don’t. I get to see what the other bloggers are up to when I send something out.

May God bless you and encourage you.





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!

Day is Done

“Day is done, gone the sun…” was a song I remember singing as a Brownie, the lowest age group of the Girl Scouts years ago. Tonight, I got thinking about the night coming in after a full day catching up with chores.

God is doing something new in me and from what I hear from prophets, all over the world God is moving and drawing many to himself. People are coming to Christ because of seeing Him in their dreams. Some are watching the “Jesus Film” and finding reason to believe. People groups familiar with demonic oppression and possession are finding relief by calling on the name of Jesus after hearing about Jesus from missionaries. I love hearing from missionaries.

What is He doing new in me? He’s pouring out love and provision to me and my family through people we know. In big ways and small ways, I see God working in people and they’re pouring out love and service and my trust in God over obstacles I’m facing or may be facing is increasing.

My trust in God is growing! Years ago, at a prophesy meeting, a lady said, “You don’t trust God.”

I was shocked. I began to check my heart and notice my reactions to life. She was right. Every once in a while I’d ask God, “How am I doing? Do I trust you more now?”

Then I’d keep on with the faith. I’ve been babysitting some and washing table linens and doing dishes from morning until night, straightening the house after the grandkids left and I’m not bored to tears.

This is an answer to prayer. God changes people when they commit to Him, “from glory to glory,” it says in 2 Corinthians 3:18.

He doesn’t change us overnight once we accept Christ. There are noticeable differences, yet some sins are deeply rooted and take time to get loosened out.

Some get radically transformed. Others show a gradual increase in the fruits of the spirit as listed in Galatians 5: 22-23: love, joy, peace, patience, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and self-control.

When “day is done, gone the sun,”as the song goes, I like to look back and judge it and myself. I hope God is glorified every day in my life because He is worthy of praise.