How in the World?

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I am starting to wonder if it is good to even have a blog if you don’t keep up with the technology needed to keep up with it. I have spent hours and hours figuring out a theme, color scheme and all of that and finally just settled with one until I spend more time to make it look the way I want it.

The biggest thing is that there was a time when you just added a widget to settings to be at the end of each post for commenting, sharing, liking and so on. Now, I have googled how to get these, watched YouTube and sometimes they are on the posts and other times, they aren’t. I found there were some themes that seemed to have them built in but after choosing the theme and checking the posts, only some things were there.

If anyone knows how I can learn to add share buttons, a comment option and a like button, please let me know. Thank you very much for reading this whacky little rant.

A Wonderful Way

*I found this post in my drafts folder and though I feel it has already been posted, I didn’t see it when I scanned through my blog. I will publish it in hopes it isn’t a repeat but if it is, please forgive!*

Today is a catch up day.

I’m glad for this time before it all starts. I read my Bible with a hot cup of coffee. I prayed for specific requests and saved some of the Word to write on later.

A dear friend told me about these One Year Bibles and I am so glad! Each day of the year has a reading from the OT, NT, Psalms, and Proverbs.

Teaching truths and words of wisdom fill my heart before I set about the tasks of today. I have a warm, little dog near me on the bed and my wild roosters are crowing morning greetings. They really just want to be fed because chickens seem to be able to eat endlessly and still act starving when you feed them each morning! I need to clean their waterers and fill with their daily dose of organic apple cider vinegar and fresh water. I use lemon balm leaves to clean the ridiculously dirty waterers and it works better this way than with a cleaning rag!

I have decided another cup of coffee is a good idea. I shall make it in the {Moka} pot my son and DIL gave me from Italy. It has become one of my favorite things! It reminds me of the vacuum pots we used to have. You just put water in the bottom section of the pot and there is a tiny “filter” that fits on top of that where coffee goes. I’ve been using the espresso powder in the bright, yellow packaging. It is sold at Aldi’s, Sam’s in bulk and at most of the stores around here. Anyway, the little pot goes on a low flame burner and in a small amount of time, you’ll hear a sound (of the water sucking up, through the coffee and into the top part of the pot) and when the sound stops…. it is ready. I drink mine with non-dairy half-n-half or a non-dairy milk.

I have laundry washing and drying in the laundry room and the sounds settle me. I’m thankful. Sometimes, even though being productive helps me and getting to the end of my “must do” list always makes me feel better… I find myself thinking too far ahead. This is what opens the door of my heart to welcome in stress. I will start thinking of what I have to do when and who I need to do this for or that for and my small stacks of to-do’s will seem like mountains. Finding balance between getting enough done and just doing what works in the day to do without worries – can take work.

For this day, I have my morning routine over half way done and I am going to finish it, tend to the chickens, clean the kitchen, plan meals for the next two weeks, clean the bathrooms and sweep and maybe mop.

A wonderful way to do things is learning what works for you in your life. Seeing what habits help you and which tasks drain you. We all must do the good and the bad but we can make them work the way it fits us instead of forcing ourselves to mold into a must do that isn’t necessary to keep up!

Find your wonderful and dance in it rain or shine!

Morning Mercies

I just tried out the new (or new to me, I haven’t been on here in a tiny bit) story feature. It isn’t showing up so I’m not sure I did it correctly but we’ll see.

In the morning You hear my voice, O Lord; in the morning I prepare [a prayer, a sacrifice] for You and watch and wait [for You to speak to my heart]. Psalm 5:3

I used to be the most devoted night owl. I would finish up cleaning chores, get coffee and head to my hand written journals. Someone gave me an electronic typewriter and I fell in love. I didn’t know how to set the margins (I did eventually figure it out to some extent) and I had to learn paper placement but I practically ran to my desk each nap and nighttime. At that time, we had three boys four and under and our home was a little, yellow and white house on post in Fort Benning, Georgia. My desk was a pair of filing cabinets (the two drawer size) with a door on top. The hole where the door knob would go when used as an actual door, created the perfect place to put wires and keep the desk area neat. My mother taught me this and I used it at every home we lived in until the last two – and my husband built desk areas until my latest. It is a metal business desk with two pull out drawers on each side and places in the back to put all the cords! It was being thrown away where he works and he brought it home and painted it a beautiful blue. It takes up a good part of my little office and I am very happy with it. I now have a computer instead of a type writer and don’t write a fraction of the time I used to!

Anyway, back to the original thought! I could think at night time. There were no distractions after my husband and kids went to bed unless one of the kids woke up in the night. I wrote poems, letters, prayers, and sometimes stories. I wrote and wrote and wrote!

Eventually, we had another child, family and friends visiting and our schedules with growing children didn’t allow for into the night writing and waking up after 8 or 9 in the mornings. The boys started pre-school and moved onto elementary school. When they started middle school and our daughter started Kindergarten, we home schooled for several years. My Bible reading and writing times ended up at 4:30 in the mornings at one point or it was hard to fit them in.

Since then, we have been blessed with another child, three daughters (in heart, by marriage to our sons) and ten grandchildren. We have two dogs, 35 chickens and a garden to tend to. My mornings start around 4:30 to 5:00 and I love my early mornings. I send my husband to work with coffee, sometimes breakfasts and/or lunch and have time before the activities of the day begin.

Let me hear in the morning of Your steadfast love, for in You I trust. Make me know the way I should go, for to You I lift up my soul. Psalm 143:8

I want to be very scheduled but I’m usually not. My tendency to get side tracked is sometimes high… and most who know me would probably correct that to be always so. I will have a list of important chores/tasks to be done but end up wandering around them during a phone call or leaving to go put out a fire somewhere. I also may or may not begin a project before accomplishing the list I make and possibly lose before I complete it.

However, even though I don’t operate in certain blocks of time, I do meander about some daily routines. There is a rhythm of washing dishes, wiping counters, sweeping and vacuuming, mopping when I must and doing laundry. These things and cooking from scratch, clearing our dining table and caring for the people God blesses my life with all weave together to make a cozy covering.

Today, I am going to make another batch of whole grain bread. The last two were not my favorite and it may be that the grain isn’t fresh enough and I need to open the new buckets. At the moment, we are six months with the dishwasher not working and our fridge and freezer (2-3 years old) is shot so I don’t want to make too much ahead. I think I will soak some dried beans and make those and go from there. . .

Have a wonderful day and remember that God’s mercies are brand new every morning. Smile over the gifts of yesterday and cast out any sadness.

The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; His mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness. Lamentations 3:22-23

All from Him, All for You

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By His stripes, I am healed.

I am healed, helped and my hope is renewed by the sacrifice my Savior made for me. He took it all (everything I have done and the sins and sicknesses of the entire world) on Himself. How did He do this?

He surrendered.

He did what His Father sent Him to do and He didn’t draw back.

Jesus was sent to the world to save us, each and every one. He was born, grew up alongside His siblings and eventually, went about preaching, teaching and healing. This only Son of God was arrested and treated as a criminal even though He was innocent of all and any sin.

People spat on His face, struck him with their fists, and slapped Him in the face.

He was mocked, bound, led away and handed to a governor to be questioned.

Jesus Christ had a whole battalion gathered to Him and they stripped off His clothes and put on a scarlet robe. They wove a crown of thorns and put it on His head and put a staff in His right hand. Kneeling before Him, they joked, mocked and taunted Him.

Again, they spat on Him and took the reed and struck Him in the head with it.

When they finally finished making fun of Him for the time, they stripped the scarlet robe off, put His own garments on and led Him away to be crucified (to be put to death by nailing to a cross, to treat with gross injustice; persecute, torment, torture).

Jesus was blindfolded, treated with contempt, scoffed at, ridiculed and beaten. Many evil, slanderous and insulting words were used against Him. Vehemently and violently, He was accused of wrong doing. Through it all, He was found innocent.

He was nailed to a tree anyway. By His beatings, bleeding, and on that cross… He bore our griefs (sicknesses, weaknesses, and distresses) and carried our sorrows and pains. He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our guilt and iniquities. The chastisement [needful to obtain] peace and well-being for us was upon Him, and with the stripes [that wounded] Him, we are healed and made whole.

Every one of these things I shared are recorded in the Bible.

Matthew 26 and 27 (I think the ones verses with the things I listed here are: Matthew 26: 3-4, 16, 31, 40, 47, 48-49, 55-56, 59-60, 67-68, 69-75. Matthew 27: 1-2, 12, 15-25, 26-28, 27-29, 30-31, 34-35, 39-44) tell the story of what Jesus endured and you can read more in Mark, Luke and John.

Are you tired of being sick, weak and weary? A Savior, THE SAVIOR paid a high cost, the highest cost… to free you, heal you and save you in every way. There is nothing He cannot do. Before He died on a cross cut for a criminal, He went about healing, preaching and teaching. He walked this earth doing His Father’s business and He is still the Miracle Maker. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today, yes and forever. Hebrews 13:8

He sees you. El Roi means “The God Who sees” in the Hebrew Bible. Also, read Genesis 16:13.

He delights in you. Psalm 18:19

He is love and He longs for you to know Him and to know His love.

Therefore the LORD ‘longs’ to be gracious to you.

And therefore He waits on high to have compassion on you.

For the LORD is a God of justice;

How blessed are all those who long for Him.

Isaiah 30:18

Do you want to find Jesus or to know Him better? Open up a Bible. This is the Word of God and Jesus IS the Word and the Word is Him. John 1:1, 14 and Revelation 19:13

Now is the time to be free! Now is the time to live in gratitude for all Jesus has done for you – to give you a future and a hope. Live it!

May God bless and keep you, beautiful one.

Love,

Sandy

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Darkness: A Decision?

One person could not see another, and for three days they did not move from where they were. Yet all the Israelites had light where they lived. Exodus 10:23

Imagine darkness coming over you to the point you could not see the person in front of you. By the way this verse sounds, when God took the light of day from the Egyptians – vast was the darkness. They couldn’t see anything on any side and this resulted in them not moving from where they were for three days. I think this would be uncomfortable for five minutes, much less three days!

A commentary by David Guzik says the darkness spoken of here may have been felt. “This was no normal darkness, it had a supernatural element to it that could be felt. Light is not only a physical property; it is an aspect of God’s character (God is light and in Him there is no darkness at all, I John 1:5).”

Thankfully, God gives us the choice to dwell in darkness or live in the light!

This reminds me of a very deep Bible teaching I went to by Joy Burnham and her sister, Joanna. We were at a women’s retreat recently and she shared great truth on living in the light of the Lord. She said we can choose to not accept darkness and that TRUTH will shine a light, THE Light that we were given over 2,000 years ago in Jesus Christ.

To choose light over the darkness, don’t hide in the darkness and don’t be fearful of it. Instead, with every decision you make, choose truth and this will bring you into the Light or walk you through it. Joy shared the need to bring anything tormenting you into the light. You do this in obedience and knowing that the Word of God (the Bible) is not meant to destroy us but to SAVE US.

LORD, you light my lamp; my God illuminates my darkness. Psalm 18:28

Are you battling a dark time in your life and feel bound in affliction? God will break you out!

He brought them out of darkness and gloom and broke their chains apart. Psalm 107:14

Light shines in the darkness for the upright, He is gracious, compassionate, and righteous. Psalm 112:4

If you need to see a great light, One has already come and that light is Jesus. He has paved a path for you where darkness is defeated and you can walk in the light of life!

The people who live in darkness have seen a great light, and for those living in the land of the shadow of death, a light has dawned. Matthew 4:16

Jesus spoke to them again: “I am the light of the world. Anyone who follows Me will never walk in the darkness but will have the light of life.” John 8:12

He gives us a choice! Choose Light! Choose Life! And may God bless you today and shine His light through this day from His endless love.