Just popping in to my blog for a few mins. My life seems to be super busy, crazy & wonderful.
Bob & I recently celebrated our 29th anniversary. PRAISE THE LORD!!!
God has been so good to Bob & I.
When God is in control...Full Restoration IS POSSIBLE!!!!
We celebrated our anniversary at "OUR BEACH".
We went to North Myrtle Beach, stayed at our usual hotel, took lots of our usual sunrise and sunset walks on the beach. Scanning the shore for ocean treasures washed up on the beach, fed the gulls, took long naps,
ate at some amazing places, and just enjoyed being together.
Bob & I are just beyond THANKFUL for what the Lord has done for us, with us & in us!
We are home and back to our normal routines...insert sad face...HERE!!!
Life is good but the beach is BETTER...LOL!!!
I still miss my personal time here to....
write, think, express, share, and combine everything, but life's demands
are many and time is always short. Oh well...no sense complaining.
See you soon...MWAH!!! (That's typing for kisses...LOL)
My life seems to remain in somewhat of a regular whirl-wind for the past few months. So many happenings every day and every week. The feelings of being over-whelmed....are regular with-in me now. Never enough time to start, do or even finish all that is on my plate.
Well the Lord daily gives me strength, peace and mental clarity to try and accomplish all of my daily work. Yes....it is still very stressful, and I daily still wonder why the Lord has me there, or if I am even making a difference. Then...all of a sudden some small event or phone call gives me a gentle reminder of why I am there. My job is not with-out GREAT STRESSES!!!! However, I daily keep trying. I feel as if I am never good enough at my job, never good enough for my boss, never good enough for my co-workers, just never good enough! The levels of perfection that are required of me....are draining me of my strength, at times my joy and peace, and at times my happiness. One would not believe the stress at a Christian radio station! There is much that requires regular prayer, but not just for me. Our little station is facing many things, and possible changes and transitions. These things are kept ever before the Lord in regular prayer, for it will ONLY be by His hands and will, that things are transitioned smoothly and kept in His perfect plan. Our little station is so greatly needed for our listeners, and the thought of it being silenced....is a devastating thought not just to me, but to so very many who count on it, draw strength from it, gain peace, joy and daily bread from the preaching and music. But...all is in my sweet Lords Hands and Plans. I just try everyday to do a good job and to try and be of encouragement to those whom I come in contact with.
My sweet Lord continues to knit, and make deeper & stronger the love and the bond between my love and I! I am often in complete awe of where my love and I were 5 years ago (next month actually) in our relationship, and where we are now. Oh how the Lord has restored, not just to the point where my world came crashing down, BUT, He has restored so much more, and more fully than I can or will ever be able to describe. My heart, my home, & my love and I are beyond happy and thankful to the Lord for ALL He has done for the two of us. I look back quiet often and think of the pain, the hurt, the devastation, and the heartbreak I was thrust into, and when I stop and reflect on how everything has changed....now...I am utterly amazed! My mind still remembers all, and my heart still remembers the depth of those pains, but, it is drifting farther and farther away from me, and my mind and heart are now so deeply immersed in such great love, joy, bliss, friendship, passions and the complete fulfilment's of our marriage and deeply loving relationship, that those thoughts of those many long since past events are only momentary. I am amazed at how wonderfully God has restored and made our marriage and our love for each other so much better than ever before!
My Son....The Marine....
Our little redneck Marine....is NOW OUT OF THE SERVICE!!!!!!! To say that we are happy to have him home would most definitely be the greatest of understatements! He is now home and beginning to settle back into his life here at home. My sweet boss has so lovingly and generously done much to help our Bobby find a good job. Our appreciation will never be able to be fully expressed! Bobby will need time to make many mental shifts back to his life here at home, and he has much on his mind and in his heart and head because of all he has been through. I know that in time and with the Lords help, Bobby will readjust and settle in just fine! This is one happy mama to have her son home again. I did, however forget just how much food that boy consumes! LOL....he will most definitely be contributing to our grocery bill....financially that is...LOL! He is going to have to fork over a little money to help with filling that cavernous hole he calls a stomach!
Well, I am out of time...again....pout, pout, pout!
I must go get ready for work. I hope your day is a wonderfully blessed one.
By the way...I hope that those who stop by will enjoy the music I was finally able to find and put on my blog.
Please let me know if it does not work on your end and I will look into it.
I bet my blog and bloggy land friends must have thought I had fallen off the planet...LOL.
I have been crazy busy. WHEW...we are tired...
My son....is now home from his deployment and we have had to do a great deal of traveling concerning picking him up and so on. He has been home twice now during the month of November. Oh how nice it has been having our son home again.
My Work... has been insane, slammed, crazy busy!!! One of my co-workers...Terry, our accountant, has been on an extended vacation to Australia. He left on November 10th and will not be back in the office until December 10th. Wanna take a guess at who is having to do HIS work as well as all of my own??? Yup...me! To say that I am over worked, tired...and seriously stressed...would be the greatest of understatements. To top it all off...my boss keeps adding other little projects to my work load almost daily!!! ARG! He said he would not do that...yeah right...that didn't last long! Oh well, I keep pushing ever forward, trusting the Lord for strength, mercy, grace and much more (oh and for the Lord to help me with my temper and stress levels...which are terribly high!!!) to help me get through this. To say that I am "RE-THINKING" my job situation...well...I am...and I am praying about it daily. Seeking the Lords will in what and where I should be! Cause right now...I am ready to flip burgers for an income...LOL! Seriously!!!!!!!! I know the Lord has had me there all this time for a reason...although...right now...I have no idea what it is, and how anyone could benefit from me, my stress levels, my extreme frustrations with so much. I try daily to refocus my heart and mind on the right things, yet this month has proven to almost being too much in every aspect! Oh well...I will keep trying, keep praying, and keep seeking the Lords Will for me...my job and work situation...and where I am supposed to be! Someone please say a little prayer for me...
My hubby and I...are leaving Friday (THANK THE LORD!!!) for a short, yet oh so needed little get away. Yeah...this time of year...late November into the first weekend in December...we are headed for...OUR BEACH!!! A short, el-cheapo, wonderful, quiet, sand and sea shore, seagulls squawking, ocean rolling tides weekend at the beach. Warm jackets, hand in hand as we take long, quiet walks on our beach. Watching the sun rise and set! Feeding the gulls, looking for shells to add to our collection, enjoying to soothing sounds of the ocean! AAAAHHH, my spirit feels a wee bit lighter this morning even typing and thinking about it. I can not wait until 5:30 tomorrow evening. Because when I get off of work...we are leaving straight from my work and out'ta town...thank the Lord! I know most people go to the beach in warm weather to enjoy swimming and sun burns...but Bob and I enjoy any time of year there and lots of other things about the ocean. Plus...this time of year...SUPER CHEAP HOTEL RATES!!!! YIPPEE!!!
Well time has flown swiftly...once again, and now I must go make myself ready for another day of work. I hope everyone out there in bloggy-land is happy and well. I hope your day is beyond blessed!
Like that is anything new right? I do think about many things on a regular basis, and it seems that the older I get, the more my brain just does not have an "OFF" switch until the end of the day.
So what have I been thinking about you ask???
I Love them. They are so curious, cuddly, soft, mischievous and lovable. We only have one now!
Her name...Turd. Yup, you read that right. "I" named her "Honey"...my hubby...has called her "Turd" for so long now...that's the only name she answers too. Oh well...it has become quite the conversation piece...LOL.
I adore them, love them, appreciate them, and do not ever want to take them for granted...ever!
Love it, wish it was paid for!!! Need a maid or someone to help me more...but...I cant afford that luxury.
Like it, would love to trade for...anything else! Wish it was paid for, but ever so thankful to have one that is in such fabulous condition, runs perfectly, good on gas & only 2 years left to pay on it!!!!
SUUUUUUUPER expensive!!!!!! Dieting and frugal grocery budget...do not mix well...LOL!!!
My hubby and I really need a mini beach vacation....LIKE WHOA!!!!!!!!
Thankful that I have one! Need lots of prayer for lots of issues and the Lords Guidance on what to do!!!!
These are just a FEW things that have been rolling around in my heart and head. I will tell ya more later.
To say that I have missed and longed for..."MY" time here to write, babble, think out loud and just share all of everything that is the randomness that is happening in my little world...well that would be "The Great Understatement"!
Where to begin...
Between my daily life of going to work each day, my home life, chores here at home, finding and MAKING time to be with and to spend with my beloved husband, times of helping our precious possum (who has now moved out on her own...be still my heart), and trying so hard to stay in touch with our son who has been deployed AGAIN since March, combined with all the many things such as groceries to get, yard work to keep up with, and various family gathering events, and not last but certainly it is most important...church. It seems that I most definitely have NOT enough time in my days to accomplish all that my life, my family, my job and everything else seemingly demands of me. Yet I continue to try every day.
My job...well what can I say. It it wonderful at times...and NOT so wonderful at other times. I am most grateful to have a job in today's economy (even if, NOW more than ever before I long to be home and to do what is my hearts greatest desire...oh well) yet, I am once again questioning whether or not I should be there! I detest Liars(!!!!!!), and it seems that I am faced with that one obstacle regularly and more so now than ever before. This should "NOT BE" a thing I should be faced with...within a Ministry. Yet, I find on a regular basis that I am. I keep my mouth shut and take my hurt and disappointments with this to my heavenly father. I have no peace any longer about working there anymore. It is a very stressful job and a very stressful place to work at times, yet those "times" of stress, which for a season had gone away, are back with a vengeance. Now that stress is once again combined with what appears to be greed, lies and so much more. AND on top of it all I was told "do not tell anyone...even my husband! I was given instruction not to tell my husband anything!" REALLY???? I was told this!!!
To say that I was angry, hurt & disappointed in someone for whom I had come to gain respect for, and even had a wonderful working relationship with, would be an understatement!!! I HAVE told my husband, and talked with him (and NOW-ONE will ever keep me from that!!!!! I do not care who they are or who they THINK they are...I tell my husband everything! And that is how it should be! To instruct me to keep secrets from him or to LIE to him.....I cannot begin to express how WRONG that is, now how it hurt when that someone told me to do such a thing as that! I have now lost ALL respect for that person!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
There are so many other things which I know now, since I having worked now for many, many years, and it has proven to be, over and over, a disappointment which continues to grow almost daily, and to cause me to doubt many things, many people, and many happenings with in many (although NOT ALL) Ministries, Minister's and Missionaries. Maybe I was naive, ignorant and unaware, and yet, I now wish I were still naive, ignorant and unaware of the greed, lies, falsehoods, exaggerations of many, and so much more. Ignorance truly can be blissful at times. For where some measure of ignorance is...blind faith, complete trust and unending love for so much can flow ever so freely and without any hesitation. Now...I no longer have that blind faith or complete trust in so many things where missionaries, ministers and ministries (or some of them anyway) are concerned. How this pains me ever so deeply within! How this has caused great hurt within me...words cannot describe! How these actions have caused me to loose respect for some...I fear it is nearly irreparable.
What I regularly must tell myself, remind myself and ask the Lord to help me with, is that NOT all who are in Ministry, or are Ministers or Missionaries are that way!!! I pray harder now...more than ever for those who have been part of the above described things, and I leave it with the Lord!
So....now I find myself beginning all over again, in many areas. I just pray the Lord will continue to help each of us in what ever way the Lord sees fit and in the areas where they are needed, and that the Lord will continue to help me to not be bitter, and to forgive! For none of us are perfect! This I must remind myself....daily!
My Darling Possum...
Has now moved out on her own. She is now 27 years old and she felt it was time to be on her own. Although in many respects...this is true, and being on her own I know will be good for her in many, many ways, it is always difficult, no matter how necessary, when your child leaves the safety and comfort of home. It is...strange for her to NOT come home...here every evening, yet we support her decision. We pray for her everyday, and we still talk to her daily...and these shall never change! We are Proud of her!
Oh how we have missed him! Words will never be found to fully describe the full extent of emptiness at the knowing how far away he has been, the possible dangers he has been in and so much more. Yet the joy and excitement at knowing he is coming home so soon...inexplicable! We have prayed for him daily! He will be out of the Marine's before Christmas! Praise God! Oh how this mother's heart has missed and longed for her son!
My Beloved...My Heart...My Every Breath...My Husband...
How I love him so! Maybe, I think, maybe to much at times. Is that possible? Can you love your husband too much? I think NOT! Everything about him is...precious to me! I take nothing for granted! I adore every moment we are together! I long for him and his love...endlessly! He is so supportive of me and the trials I have been dealing with this past summer with my health, and now with my job! He was so worried for me and my health this summer as I faced 2 possible types of Cancer. I was put through much testing for Colon Cancer, and for Breast Cancer. Well...my Colon testing found some precancerous polyps which were removed and all that remains is to be vigilant with follow up testing for a few years. Praise the Lord! My Gyno and I discovered several lumps in both breasts and many are VERY large! To say she, I and my sweet Bob were worried...UNDERSTATEMENT of the year! My specialist for the breast biopsy's was very concerned that after all the tests were done...it would prove to be breast cancer for certain. To say that Bob and I prayed hard...yet another understatement! Yet with all these possible cancer testings going on simultaneously for colon and breast cancer...we have grown even closer! Praise God! Bob and I kept things quiet for a long time while much of this was going on, except for telling our two children. I wanted no-one else to know (for many, many reasons)! But when the time came when much prayer was needed by many...we only told those whom we knew would truly pray...and they did! God answered our prayers, and NO CANCER was found in ANY of the large or small lumps in either breast! Praise God! I also have much testing and biopsy's to follow up with over the next 2 or 3 years, yet I know the Lord is in control of it all...and I will fear not!
I could not have made it through all of this with out my beloved hubby! I do not think that prior to the last 4 1/2 years I ever fully understood to fullness of meaning in the word...BELOVED! Yet now...I do! And Bob is my Beloved and so much more! More than words can say, more than the heart can ever try to explain! How I Love Him So! How blessed I am!
Although we go through many things in our little lives, to think of having to face each day with out our Lord Jesus Christ...I could not do it!
Well, time here has once again flown by, and now I find myself in need of getting ready for work.
I have two kinds of Mascara from Mary Kay that I just ADORE... Lash Love and Ultimate Mascara.
Both are wonderful products and worth the fair price that I pay. Yet, there are times when I get frustrated because no matter what brand mascara some one bye's...they all seem to dry out far to quickly, and there are times when my budget just doesn't allow for me to call my Mary Kay Rep...Robyn for another tube just yet. Soooo, I have seen on pinterest many talking about stretching mascara just a bit longer by adding saline solution (like for contacts). So, I decided to give it a whirl. LOVE IT! NOW...let me say this. For the sake of safety for your eyes...I DO NOT think it would be a great idea to add the saline to a tube of mascara more than one time, and I definitely would not advise using a tube of mascara that it has been added to, for very long. Your eyes are precious and bacteria can grow quickly, caution and safety should be considered at all times. Yet, if you just need a little time till your next tube of mascara can be purchased...then give it a try. I added some to my tubes of mascara...and WOW. Smooth, silky, non-clumping, long lashes mascara was fully restored. Yippee!
Here is a link to some instructions. http://pintriedit.com/how-to-extend-the-life-of-your-mascara/
Homemade/Refilled Plug In Air Fresheners...
Have you ever become frustrated with those wonderful smelling plug in air fresheners because they are so expensive? I have, not to mention...just what is in those things anyway? Well go to the link below, and follow her instructions for refilling a plug in air freshener and reusing in a much cheaper way, yet with wonderful smelling results. I tried...I LOVE IT! Fabulous, Frugal, and Chemical Free!
Ok...so every now and then I will purchase dryer sheets to keep on hand for the laundry and for mosquito repellent. I HATE the waste however of throwing the used sheets away, so this, once again will cause me to stop buying them (for a while anyway...LOL). Well now I have a new reason to buy them (on sale of course) and get more uses out of those fabulous little sheet leftovers. You can clean with them, and quiet well I might add. I have been testing this idea out as well. I LOVE IT! Give this little article a once over and see what you think.
I do love using my swiffer sweeper on my hardwood floors, and yes I HATE purchasing those throw-a-way cloth's it uses. I also am not a huge fan of having to purchase the cloth versions that are kind of like a towel and get snagged on every tiny nic and corner here and there. Well here is another solution that is fabulously frugal and effective.
These past few weeks I have faced a few difficulties, tests, problems, and all with a single person who has been continually rude to me, insulted me, and angered me greatly, blamed me for what is not mine to be blamed with, and much more. Lord, how should I handle these things? I have tried to do right, tried to forgive, tried to be silent & gracious in spite of…, tried to face the storm in faith, tried to overcome, still trying to let go of the anger towards that one who was unreasonable, wrong, and at fault themselves yet rather finds that it is better for him to have placed blame where it belonged NOT!!!!
Lord, I am so very thankful for my husband who listens to my problems and has offered advice and support, yet he also knows I am at my end with this…situation and this person.
How many times Lord, am I to hold my tongue, or at least “try to” any way, keep silent, and turn the other cheek? Why am I allowed to face this same set of similar tests and trials with this same individual for all these years now? I do so trust you Lord, yet I understand NOT! Lord, would you please remove me from this situation, location…etc? Or is it that through having to deal with this person in these ways…REGULARY…that this IS part of my test and learning?
Lord…what is it that I have yet to learn?
There are so many times when this person is so endearing, charming, sweet and generous. But one day of dealing with the opposite side of his personality, makes one feel as if we are driven to the point of madness, and screaming…LOUDLY in utter frustration and then some.
Please Lord; give me wisdom, understanding, grace, mercy, and guidance in what I am to do.!
Please Lord; show me how to rectify the things deep with me that need to be altered and given up to you. Please Lord; guide me in my words, actions, thoughts, deeds and such, in order that I can change this situation with this person.
Please Lord; touch the heart of this individual and speak to them and let them know of their actions and how it has affected me and others.
Please Lord; change this situation completely and speedily…Please. I cannot stand much more of this. Stress is now built up to my breaking point, and I fear I have no patience left with in me at all to continue in things as they are.
I have been brought to another point in my life where I must re-evaluate myself, and a certain aspect of the deepest and innermost parts of my heart, mind, soul and my actions. I must make a personality correction, a character correction, a conscious correction of something. Wow…what a realization process our lives are at times huh!
When we keep repeating certain habits or forms of “old habits”, for whatever reason, there is going to come a time when those habits might cause someone we love some sort of irritation, discomfort, uneasiness, pain and/or even anger.
Often, it seems that even after we are conscious of the fact that we have this certain habit, we ever so easily fall into certain comfortable patterns or a particular versions of a habit…for whatever reason. We also seem to occasionally return to the comfort of that pattern or habit. Why is that I wonder? Why is it so easy to do those same things without even thinking? How does one break themselves of such things? OK…I am not talking about things like a drug habit or drinking habit or any other such thing. I am referring to other habits that are far more inconspicuous or unconsciously done, or given into.
Take nail biting for instance…
Why do some bite their finger nails? Why do I do this thing? I have no idea. It is merely a thing I have done for as long as I can remember. I do this thing when mad, sad, bored, especially when I am angry, and for various other reasons. I also remember being a child and being punished and scolded for it. I remember my fingers being dipped in hot sauce and vinegar to try and stop me from it…only to later in life find that I LOVE hot sauce and vinegar…LOL. So obviously these did not work…why? I do not know. Would I like to stop…sure. Have I tried…multiple times with no success.
Often times we find that habits or unconscious things we do are even more difficult to personally recognize and remove from ourselves. Yet, we do all come to those times when we are made aware of certain things that we do, which we must STOP doing. I have been made aware of such a thing just this morning…quiet by accident. My actions were of an innocent and different meaning and nature altogether, yet, to another it felt, and was offended. It now must make a conscious effort to remove this particular habit from myself and STOP doing this. I need to make mental note of how this habit has effected someone I care about.
Having to say we are sorry to someone in which we have offended or hurt can be a very humbling experience. It is also good for one’s soul and mind as well.
This is the place I find myself today. Dealing with an unconscious habit which has caused a problem, and that problem has in return caused me to re-evaluate myself, look deeper inwards to where this habit comes from and how to rid myself of it, and finally make that change a permanent one.
What habits have caused you problems? How did you remove that habit from yourself? Or did you??
Well, there you have it…my randomness of thought because of an unconscious habit and the effects it had on another, and the finality of it all is…that habit must go!
This song has been on my heart for some time now. Now, as I am going through a strom of my own, THIS song , along with God's presious Holy word, and my Faith in Christ, I know I will make it through this storm victoriously. I know God is in control of all things.
Bet you didn't realize (or maybe you knew this and never told me...) but, did you know that when it comes to buying spices and even herbs...there is a place that is SUPER EL'CHEAPO! Check out your local food co-op or organic grocery store.
Ya'...like who knew...right? Well I just discovered this recently. Ya'...don't say it...I know...I know...I really do need to get out more...LOL.
Example...my hubs and I are on weight watchers an trying to loose weight right...oh ya...I guess I forgot to tell you that...well it's true and IT'S WORKING...YEAH ME! Anyway...in our quest for weight loss we have totaly changed our menu's right. Well here's the point. Most of these weight watchers recipes have been calling for some spices we just didn't have and so we've been adding to our spice assortment like crazy.
Well this week we realized that we needed some Marjoram and Savory. Do you know how hard those are to find in the average local grocery store? Let me tell ya....THEY AIN'T IN THEM ANY MORE!! UGH! Sooooooo, cheapo and frugal me had an idea....aw be quiet....I do get them from time to time...seriously I really do...so ththththththt...LOL. I decided to go to a food co-op in downtown Asheville. Guess what...? Ok you'll never guess so I will just tell you. THEY HAD BOTH OF THEM....SOOOOOOPER CHEAP TO BOOT!
Ok...they didn't come in glass bottles with fancy labels and a $4 to $8 price tag...EACH! I literaly only paid $1.38 for an INSAINE amount of both Marjoram and Savory! Glass bottles...those I got, Labels...those I can make. Savings....well I can't do the math that well without my calculator, and who cares about the details, but you get the idea. Plus....I have WAY MORE than enough of both for ATLEAST the next 6 months or so...
So....go to your local co-op or organic store and check out their spices and herb section!
Next random thought...
This is a short one...
Where has Pinterest been all my adult...computer luv'in...internet idea searchin'...frugal living attemptin'...bloggin...forum joining...life?
I LOVE PINTEREST!
It's fabulous. If you are lookin' for a place to get ideas, information, inspiration or to share any of the above...well Pinterest is the new "IT" place to go to find it.
Ok...well I gota go for now. Tomorrow is my 47th birthday and I am also FINALLY gettibg back on my REMICADE INFUSIONS! Praise the Lord! So I got'ta get to bed a bit early tonight cause I got'ta get an early start in the a.m. I have a needle with my name on it just'a waitin' on me...insert LARGE grin...HERE!
Have a fabulous day. Have a Peachy Keen Day!
Just had to log back in for a short minute...
Guess what my darling hubbs and daughter got me for my B-Day...my very own Kindle Fire!!!
How Blessed I am to have such a thoughtful family!
Much about family, friends, and some loved one’s going through trials, tests and storm’s as never before in their life. Much on my mind about holding onto faith, striving to do more and better for the Lord. Much about NOT giving up on the Lord, church, faithfulness and so much more. Much about MY personal and continued walk with the Lord and trials of my own. Much about my husband and tests and struggles which he is still going through. I have MUCH on my mind, not just today to be honest, but these have been on my mind a great deal of late.
Sunday evening at church, my beloved husband whispered something in my ear. Something which I had thought he no longer even considered. Something which the Lord laid on his heart years ago and something which others, oh so greatly discouraged him, so much so that he never obeyed the Lord concerning this one thing. Well apparently the Lord still has this thing on his heart after all these years, and I am praying for my beloved husband and his struggle with this thing. God love him! Often times obedience can be a difficult thing, especially when ridicule is the first obstacle to overcome.
It seems that, even though Christians have always gone through tests and trials, it does seem that everyone’s struggles seem to be greater, harder, larger, and more difficult to overcome than ever before. It also seems as if, continuing to walk with the Lord through those struggles and not giving up completely is also becoming more and more difficult for everyone.
I think it is often times a more difficult thing to watch our friends and loved one’s going through such things, than it is for us to go through it ourselves (sometimes that is). But prayer for them and NOT just for ourselves is the only thing most times that we can do, or it is the only option we often have. Deep inside we know that prayer to our Lord and Savior, in faith, is the only option, seeing as we know that “my help cometh from the Lord” Psalms 121:2
When hard times hit, and faith grows weak, now combine that with humans who hurt others, no matter whether it be intentional or un-intentional, that can only prove, more often than not, to become an even larger part of the trial, test, struggle…so on and so on. KWIM? And our adversary, the devil, wants nothing more than for us to give up on Christ and our trying to live FOR Christ. THIS, I have faced a great deal in the past few years. Yet, I remember “from whence I came”, and I truly have no desire to spiritually walk backwards. Nor do I wish for my life, nor for the lives of those whom I love, to also be overcome with such temptations.
So, in thinking about all these things, within the confines of my own heart and mind, and in all the randomness that is…ME…GRIN. This is what the Lord reminded me of this morning:
Here are two scriptures the Lord brought to my heart and mind. No doubt for remembrance and help.
Acquaint now thyself with him, and be at peace: thereby good shall come unto thee. Job 22:21
I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. Psalms 121:1
My husband and I have recently and FINALLY finished the redecorating of our bedroom. Not surprising to many who know us, but it is a neutral beach theme. Sand colored walls, white furnishings, cream and white bed linens and lace curtains, sea shells and discarded shell coverings of critters from below the depths. Jars of sand, shells, and various items which the ocean gave up and Bob and I found, along with some antique fishing items from a local antique store. Peace, serenity, and constant reminders of "our" beach and the place where our Lord has blessed Bob and I beyond words. This is OUR room, OUR space, OUR retreat.
The window (in the above picture) it's self, I have had for many years. It has been patiently awaiting my attention and creativity.
So, I thought I would share a little project I did about a year ago (long before we finished our room). This old window came out of the bedroom of my sweet husbands childhood home. When my in-laws were having their windows replaced, I begged them to keep the upper and lower window panes from Bob's room for me...they did...and I was beyond thrilled.
I had in the back of my mind, for years now, an idea just like this. I had seen this idea in the home of a friend I use to go to church with about 10 years ago. Fabulous....is exactly what I thought. Just my style as well. So when the right set of circumstances presented them selves, combined with no money that had to be used to purchase anything on this window project, it was perfect. Frugal, fabulous and free!!! Yeah me!
Ok so this is not the best photo of the window, but you get the idea. This hangs in our bedroom, over our bed. It has a picture of our wedding, and a few of the many pictures of Bob and I from our trips to "our" beach from the past 4 years. Plus one reminder of our days way back when we were young and still dating. I found some little antique cabinet knobs to put along the bottom of the window as well.
Maybe this is not the "professional and perfectly finished" style as some might have, yet for me and my hubby, it is perfect. It is, from his bedroom of his childhood home, it's old, it's been well used, it is flawed, scratched, and unfinished around the edges, and it's perfect. It has reminders of memories most precious and beloved, and it is full of love with in the images and was oh so lovingly put together.
Well, my time has come again, I must now go and make myself ready for another days work at the radio station. I hope your day is a Blessed one!
Ok...so those in my family who know me well, know what a picky eater I am. YUP...I am 46 years old, and most of my adult life I have been a super picky eater. BUT...things are changing. My darling Bob, who has already a few years ago lost 100 pounds ( put some back on and now removing it and more), and I are on our journey TOGETHER with Weight Watchers, to loose some weight. So...this means changing eating habits. Not just for now, but I am looking to change them permanently. I have witnessed so many of my family and friends, via Weight Watchers and other diets, loose weight and gain it right back again. So I do not want to join the "Loose and Gain" club...LOL. I need a permanent life style changes for my health sake and especially my Rheumatoid Arthritis.
I will try to share some of the "New" recipes that we find.
This one blew me away. Ok, so Lentils...not all that new to me. I love them actually, yet my sweet Bob, has never been fond of them. Yet this recipe is one that he found, and decided we should try. I have never tried goat cheese before and so naturally...the picky eater in me thought.."Eeew &Yuuck"! My oh my was I wrong!!! This stuff is delicious!
This recipe is called..."Lentil Salad with Fresh Mint and Goat Cheese"!
DELICIOUS & Surprisingly filling.
OK...so here's the recipe for you. You gotta try this!
Lentil Salad with Fresh Mint and Goat Cheese:
1 cup dry green lentils
2 bay leaves
1/4 cup coarsely chopped red onion (optional in my case...LOL)
3 Tbsp coarsely chopped fresh mint leaves
1/4 tsp table salt (we use organic sea salt ☺)
1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper (sorry...we had the el' cheapo store bought stuff...worked great ☺)
1/4 cup crumbled, semi soft goat cheese
2 cups diced grilled chicken (optional)
Place the lentils in a medium saucepan and pour over enough water to cover lentils with 3 or inches of the water. Add bay leaves and set pan over high heat; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium and partially cover pan; simmer til lentils are tender, about 15 to 20 minutes. Drain lentils' remove the bay leaves and put lentils in a large bowl.
While the lentils are still warm, stir in the onions and mint; season to taste with salt and pepper. Then sprinkle with the goat cheese over the entire salad just before you serve it. This is enough for 4 people to each have a 1/2 cup serving. Drizzle with the balsamic vinegar and then toss lightly.
If you like chicken and want to include it, this is delicious with chicken as well. How ever We chose to eat our meal...meatless (this time) next time...not so much. I can't wait to try this with some grilled chicken. Wow, were we surprised at how full we really were, and yet how satisfied as well.
Well that's all for now. I must go start getting ready for work. It's gonna be slow going for me today. I have been down with my back, hips and my R.A. since Sunday, but I am some better and I must push myself to get ready and go to work. So I must, with the Lord's help, push ever forward, find my boot straps, pick myself up, smile once again to hide my pain, and while smiling...onward I must go! I, along with my sweet Lord's loving strength and guidance with try to smile as I go through my day. Trying not to burden others with the truth of my pain, just trying to smile and be thankful to the Lord for His help in my daily life with all things!
I hope and pray your day is a blessed one. Please try this yummy recipe some time! You just might love it as I have discovered I do!