Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Shining Some Light On Today's Bad News

"Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them. It is shameful even to mention what the disobedient do in secret. But everything exposed by the light becomes visible--and everything that is illuminated becomes a light."   ... Ephesians 5:11,12


Generally, I don't blog about our Country's Bad News, mostly because of that rather strong "shameful to even mention it" part in the verse above. So you won't see a post or Facebook status about Bad News from me just to, la dee da, pass it along.

Uh,  no. But if I can use it to shine some light, to keep it from happening to someone else then, sometimes, I'll go ahead for light's sake.

So, going ahead... 

It's been eons since I soaked in The Bad News, but today I did. You know, sat and bathed in the reporting about the horrible, unfair deaths in Roanoke.

First of all, if you are one of those people who would ask me, "But what about all the thousands of deaths over in ______?", well, cool it. God did not whip up only one single batch of human cookie dough then press the same gingerbread man cutter into it. We're not all exactly alike.

Uh, no. He gave each of us different concerns (and callings and gifts) so that all needs would be covered, everywhere. (That is, when we're faithful to do our unique part.) Otherwise we'd all care only about one segment of humanity and what about all the rest?

Er hem. Moving on.

This morning's tragedy? Such a clear example of what can happen to blamers--people who believe all their problems stem from other folks, never themselves. Blamers never grow-up. They don't forgive. They don't change the world (for the good) and they don't accept responsibility for their mistakes nor do they move on from feeling like victims. They just fume, grow bitter, open all the dark doors of self-pity and count their hurts, rather than blessings, one by one. 

And eventually, they explode, implode--or both.

And that's also what makes me nervous when I read those little poems that touchy nice people share, the ones that end with, "And that's why I'm thankful I'm a sensitive person!"

Yes, God makes sensitive people--but--for a specific reason: so they'll be sensitive to the needs of others. So they'll know when others are hurting and need encouragement/a gift/someone to listen.

But God did not make sensitive people so they could always be offended and licking their wounds and crying on their couches about the friends/others who did not speak to them with just the perfect words in just the perfect way.

Yeah, ouch. But! This is the 'grow-up stuff' which has set me free and totally jerked me away from becoming an offended blamer who just wanted to become a hermit in a cabin when she grew up.

And oh, how marvelous to be set free.


"And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another."   ... Matthew 24:10

"Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you."   ... Ephesians 4:32


Wondering how my visit with Sally went last Wednesday? We talked so much that we didn't actually watch The Price is Right.  :) She told me all about her granddaughter's wedding, showed me her bouquet and even gave me two of the reception favors. Oh, I do love clever reception favors, especially when they are cute, handy things like these:

They're filled with a chili mix of spices. Yum! I've been sprinkling bits into my crockpot. Misty and Cameron were married in the country inside a barn used exclusively for weddings and the reception was held in another building on the farm property. Nifty, right?


Months ago Kristi recommended the series at Netflix called, Granite Flats and finally Tom and I watched the first episode yesterday.

Oh my! It's like The X-Files meets The Wonder Years. (Yeah, it's that quirky.)

We enjoyed it much and look forward to more.


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Monday, August 24, 2015

Feeling Peace While The Stock Market Threatens

"Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths."   Proverbs 3:5,6


This morning at Hobbit Cottage, I:

1.) ... took a picture of our fireplace because, on Saturday, I hung the blue painting there (again) instead of an old mirror. And yes, it's a bit busy, but I'm thinking Winter will make it feel better.  :)

2.) ... also snapped photos of what happened after I 'Played Books' (my favorite game) this weekend, placing rows of my kids' lit. in front of our dvd's so to more efficiently use shelf space--and--because before, I had to crawl on my knees (no, really), behind a chair, in order to find these much-loved books, crammed upright and sideways. Not good. 

But it all feels very good now:

And for those of you who enjoy reading the titles of other peoples' books, here you go:

3.) ... and I've got barbequed chicken in the crockpot, the outside plants are watered, I washed a load of sheets and will hang them on a rack upon the front porch and I (going on two weeks now) sprayed out there The Hornets Which Will Not Die.

4.) ... oh, and I read a couple articles about the present and impending doom of the stock market. 

But you know? As I've continued to prepare these past weeks (since this post) For Anything, I've felt such peace in all my buying and tucking away of food and supplies and making lists and goals and studying articles and contemplating, quietly, asking God what I should know and do and believe.

And it's been awesome. Oh, that palpable peace which does not make sense, rather like this:

"Then you will experience God's peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus."   ... Philippians 4:7

What a joy to do whatever I can, then trust that God will do what I cannot. And to keep enjoying Him in all the doing, which makes things that could have been a drag, quite pleasant, indeed.

"Dreams don't work unless you do."   ... John Maxwell


Now, here's a young man who's got me beat by spades in the Housing Contentment Department. Oh my goodness! I've seen small spaces, but that one--wow. Barring a miracle and boatloads of grace, I couldn't do it.

Could not do it.


Oh! forgot to mention that 'Genie' contacted me at Facebook and apologized for forgetting our pre-arranged lunch. She said she does better with the phone (I don't, but I can push through it...heh) and asked me to call her for another date.


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A Good Man Gone

Farm Girl Country Cooking

Freezer Meals For an Easy Life

Friday, August 21, 2015

If God Says You Can--Then, Hey.You Can.

Whew! That's a relief.

And that's the type of thing I recall when our lawn needs to be mowed--again. Like this morning. If I couldn't handle it? It would be ok, for God would understand and then He'd make it doable and affordable to hire someone else. 

Yet in the meantime, till that day arrives, He enables me to push the ol' lawnmower around each week--if I receive my strength from Him.

I think that's what trips up lots of folks--they rely upon themselves. Limited Strength City. Oh dear.

That quote is also terrific for when people try to guilt you into doing what God called them to do. You know, like being a foreign missionary (for anywhere from a week to six months or a lifetime). Or giving a ton of money to a cause dear to their heart or buying the size of house they have or taking a vacation to where they went.

Especially in those situations, it's vital to know who and what God made us to be and do. Go trying to live like other folks and we're on our own (scary!), for God's not obligated to strengthen us to do what He quietly placed inside others' hearts.

But He's oh-so-faithful to give us all we need to do what He created us, His special, unique kid, to do.

What remains is that we learn how to say no to others when it's appropriate and yes to God (like, always) and to learn how to receive rather than try till we nearly die. 

You know, earning, forcing, banging round pegs into square holes because we've not learned how to receive.

Oh my, if you learn nothing else in this Life, learn to receive. Like, 'receive ye the Holy Spirit.' Receive the strength you need to do everything. Receive, receive, receive.

Then move on and happily do whatever God especially called you to do.

Daily. All those endless little tasks which add up to something big in God's eyes.

With joy.

"I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."   ... Philippians 4:13


Okay, so we rarely eat garden tomatoes before October. I just let seedlings from last year's plants sprout up in late Spring, but that's ok. We like tomatoes ripened in brown paper bags.  :)

 Every day I touch the leaves then inhale the scent from my fingers. Is anything more summery than that?

Which reminds me! 

I don't care how many people tell me otherwise, it's still Summer at Hobbit Cottage and will be until September 23rd. Life is way too short to rush such a lovely season (especially now that our heatwave is over) before its official end. 

Well, maybe Winter can be rushed---- heh.

But Summer? Never.


Free Kindle Books:

Maggie: The Dog Who Changed My Life

Organic Composting

And I'm really enjoying this (still free) book which I listed the other day:

   Death on a Deadline