Thursday, September 27, 2007
I visited Uncle Charlie and took a tour of his garden. He's got tomatoes, squash, peppers (all kinds) pumpkins, basil, parsely, dill, even an eggplant or two. He filled my trunk with a generous helping as you can see. I have now officially canned my first solo - stewed tomatoes. I did it once before, years ago with Grandma, but she was instructing me the entire time. Mom gave me some refresher instructions and I took off with it. 10 pints and 3 quarts later I ran out of jars and Grammy would be SO PROUD!!! I still have most of the larger box to do. Mom says she has jars she is willing to share. YIPPIE!!! I'm so looking forward to sharing these with Uncle Charlie. It is the least I could do to show my thankfulness for his generosity.
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
In other news, I saw my doctor yesterday. I was fully expecting her to tell me that I have to take Cholesterol meds. She kinda did, but for now she's just giving me Omega-3 vitamins to take. I'm so pleased with this alternative plan; however they are very expensive. A 2-mth supply is $178. YIKES. She did say that I could take a half dose (2-day instead of 4) so maybe I will ask the pharmacy if I can get half the script at a time? That would make it more affordable. Overall she is pleased with my progress since I turned the bend about a year ago. I've made changes in my eating habits and I'm exercising regularly now too. It all contributes to a healthier me!
Enough babble for now. I must WORK! I have a lot of it to accomplish! Sorry about not getting my pictures posted. I will try to get to it later this week. (oh and I have a new favorite sun picture to share!)
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
I am amazed at how a particular subject is brought to light and then coincidentally (or more-likely not so coincidentally) it is followed by additional promptings that are similar. God is so clever at how he keeps me focused. I just got done saying yesterday that our budget is just about shot and I'm unsure of what I have to give "those in need" this week. So after reading the above passage this morning, I'm thinking... maybe there is more to spare than I had thought. Hmmm...
Monday, September 24, 2007
If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but
has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him?
1 John 3:17
This coupon is going to be hard to redeem this week. It's one of those "down to the last dollar" kind of weeks for us. We were diligent in budgeting; however the budget did include some fun this weekend. SO... we are pinching our pennies for the rest of this week to compensate for it. It's not like we are completely broke, but we don't have funds to shell out this week that are not for necessities.
So when I find one "in need" I'm not sure exactly how I will respond. Although this does not suggest that we must actually give MONEY. Simply we are recognizing that we have material possessions that are most of the time not necessary and so maybe we could share some of those with someone who has less? So I'm searching the inventory of my mind to see what we might have to share. Perhaps I should assess what some other's needs are first??? Hmmm...
For the moment I think I will clip this coupon and focus on it's meaning. The Lord will lay on my heart how I am to respond. Stay tuned...
Anyone else want to join me in sharing this week?
Saturday, September 22, 2007
Friday, September 21, 2007
- Norman Vincent Peale
Plant seeds of expectation in your mind;
cultivate thoughts that anticipate
achievement. Believe in yourself as
being capable of overcoming all obstacles
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
Monday, September 17, 2007
This Monday I would like to count the blessing of Antique Friends. I was recently journaling elsewhere about Antique Friends. You know who they are... the ones that come into your life and spend years cultivating a relationship with you. They take interest in you... care about you... pick you up when you feel down... they look past your imperfections, and look out for your best interest. I have a few really great antique friends in my life.
Today I shall tell you about Rene'e. We are actually related, third cousins I think. None the less we have had some common interests and for that reason we have connected for a very long time. I'm ashamed to say that I have not spent enough time with her this past year. There have been a lot of changes in our lives the past couple of years and for that there has been a steady decline in our visits. BELIEVE ME... I would love to go back to the time when we crossed paths multiple times each week.
Rene'e has been a very generous friend. She kept Penny for me for years and also has let me claim her very own horse, Duke, as my ride. Although again I am ashamed to admit that I have hardly ridden him since last fall. The thought of that makes me sad. I miss it. A couple years back we went camping with the horses and that was one of the best times of my life.
We also have some mutual friends and family that are really important to us. Like her Uncle Ed was one of my best friends. His death several years ago was a tragedy in both of our lives! We still find ourselves talking about him and recapping the events of our time with him - especially at my wedding. I suppose you could say he's one of my Antique Friends even though he's no longer with us.
I regret that I have not spent enough time with Rene'e lately. With the fall season heavily approaching, I am craving a weekend retreat to her place. Maybe we would pick apples, go visit the Amish, build a bonfire, and spend some time in the barn with the horses and other animals... maybe even hitch the mules and go for a spin. Maybe we would make homemade vanilla ice cream served with her famous Apple Delight?! As luck would have it, I will get to see her this weekend. We are milking cows together and also have plans to go to a horse-show to watch. I'm so delighted to have set this time aside to enjoy her company.
So here's to Rene'e... my Antique Friend!!! And if you are reading this... Thanks for being one of the greatest friends ever. I appreciate all you have done for me and all you still do. I am very proud of you for what you are doing with your life right now. You will make a really awesome nurse because you care about people. You truly are a kindred spirit and I thank God that you are part of my life.
Ed and Rene'e 09/02/00
To participate in Count Your Blessings Monday, post your blessing on your blog and then head on over to Marci's blog at Down On The Farm to link up to share with us.
In my morning devotions I took note of the following passage:
...Let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth. 1 John
I recorded this on an index card and slipped it into my blackberry carrying case. I've pulled it out many times during the day to recite and ponder. I'm going to try to memorize some more scripture. I haven't done that for some time.
So on the back of the card I'm recording some of the ways I can redeem this coupon i.e. Make coffee for Keith, do the laundry/dishes, do a special chore for a co-worker. etc.
The hard part is that often I show my love with words. This of course is NOT suggesting that words of love are wrong in any way, but it is simply reminding us that ACTIONS SPEAK LOUDER THAN WORDS!
I am so going to get crafty and make some pre-printed coupon cards. Then I'm going to get one of those coupon organizers and label different categories. Then I can file them as I create them. When I finish one and move on to another I will have a nice little filing system where I will be able to easily dig it out again for re-assurance and/or re-focus.
BTW - the acronym C.O.W. suits me so perfectly since I have such a fond love of the bovine species. (It's comes with a history of Dairy Princess! I can't help it!) OH - and I shall be milking some cows this weekend! Yippie!!!
Saturday, September 15, 2007
"How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called
children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us
is that it did not know him." 1 John 3:1
I was talking to a friend about contentment. I realize that I fail to acknowledge the blessings that have been "lavished" upon me, yet I am continually asking for more. I recently contemplated... that if you clip a coupon and then buy the product without using it... The time clipping the coupon was most certainly wasted as was the savings it offered. When I pray, do I use the "coupons" aka "tidbits of wisdom" that I have gained in my devotions?
I was thinking over the past few years of prayer. Some things I noted were:
1) I asked for funds and the ability to give generously to those in need (above our tithe) yet I failed to budget wisely on many occasions. Looking back, I can see that when we WERE budgeting wisely, we DID have funds to share with others and were able to do so with great joy.
2) I asked for better health yet failed to change my diet & exercise routines. I've gotten a lot better about that since last year. AND since I've been running I have noticed some changes in my overall health. It seems that what I had asked for all those years before was really worthless chatter. I'm really looking forward to what blessings may come from doing a better job these days.
3) I asked for contentment, and then I ordered some catalogs, drooled over the weekly ads in the newspaper, and then logged onto realtor.com just to browse. My actions led to more discontent and then I started the entire saga all over again.
I'm stuck in this cycle of ups and downs (as are many I suppose). It's amazing what pull evil has on our everyday lives. I keep reminding myself that when I don't stick to the budget, when I sit on my lazy butt instead of exercising, and when I don't avoid known temptations... I'm simply feeding the devil's gain instead of allowing the Lord to bask in the glory of his child.
So I suppose I should clip my coupons of wisdom and do something to make them visible to me more often so that when I'm praying for specifics, I'm aware of what my "out of pocket cost" may be for cashing in on an answer to that prayer. Just think... A coupon booklet as a prayer journal!!!! Oh ya... I need to think on that idea. I like it... Just haven't put it all together in my mind yet. Anyone want to help me with it?