Thursday, May 13, 2021

May This And That



1.) So. For 3 (4?) months our kitchen had many 'traffic jams' (shall we say). What with Tom's new healthier lifestyle (and creating yicky collagen potions, etc.) it seemed always he stood where I needed to and vice versa.

Maybe it's different at your house, but here? Solutions come slowly to our aging brains and I'm always choosing to forgive myself for that rather than remain frustrated.

Anyway, finally I thought to place Tom's most-used gadgets/groceries on one side of the kitchen and all of mine on the other.

Whew. No more traffic jams and kitchen peace is restored.




2.) Oh! Are you familiar with the Five Minute Crafts channel over at Youtube? The crafts I like best are the household problem-solving ones. Check them out! (They're also available at Roku. See below.)

Note: Young folks make these videos and oh wow! Often my brain can barely keep up.


3.) Upstairs, quite close to my dearly-loved closet room in fact, sits Daniel The Cat's two litter boxes.

Now, does that post a, er, smelly problem? Nope! Not at all, because for years I've used this miracle litter which smells like, well, nothing.



Highly, highly recommended for my fellow feline lovers. Lasts for ages (I use one-half of a 7 lb. bag in each litter box) and isn't expensive.

4.) Gee, the beginnings of hyper-inflation, right? Makes me grateful that I did that major stock-up last year. Now I just need a few items to add to my food/supplies collection in order to feel sufficiently prepared.

(And of course, as always, I hope you are into prepping ahead for your family's future needs. While you still can.)

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6.) Rather than just watching Leave It To Beaver on the Roku channel, I finally checked-out what else they offer. Wow. Paradise for the nostalgic-tv-series-minded amongst us!

Also, you can watch online free(!) Just use that Roku link, above, and click on 'watch online' or 'free movies and tv'. Not everything will be available this way, ok, but it's a start if you're without the Roku
device/channel/app.

Here's just a sampling of what's available:


Touched By An Angel
Hart to Hart
Magnum P.I.
The Facts of Life
The Rockford Files
The Rifleman
Highway To Heaven
Coach
The Real McCoys
Crossing Jordan
Heartland
Alfred Hitchcock Presents
The Tonight Show (with Johnny Carson)
Beverly Hillbillies
Alias (not nostalgic, but we enjoy it)
Sue Thomas F.B.I.
Unsolved Mysteries
Five-Minute Crafts

... plus movies and other tv series. But be forewarned: there are commercial breaks, the can't-be-forwarded  type. ツ

7.) Our cafe around the corner? Lately Amy often posts at Facebook that she's sold all the scones or muffins or breakfast sandwiches. Hooray! More answers to years of prayer and especially wonderful to see in 2021.

Sowing seeds (money, prayer, time) into local eateries is one of Tom's and my favorite ways to obey God. No really, a blessing all-around!


8.) Truly, we get to know ourselves better when we're honest. heh. :





9.) Remember how the electricians left that big swath of dirt across our backyard lawn? Well, it's still there. 

But! Somehow, many bricks were leftover (long story) so I placed them atop a folded tarp behind our small lilac bush and now, oh my. That dead space for weeds is gone. I can place 10+ garden pots upon the bricks in that prime sunny real estate--hooray!

Truly it's the little things, right? (I would show you a picture, but the bricks (and pots) are still sitting wonky, so I can't take a picture of that, right?).  ツ So here's my Herb and Etc. Garden out front:




But anyway, the lesson is this: never give-up on finding solutions to make your life easier/more productive/peaceful. Most always they're there, but just hard--not impossible--to find!


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 "For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses." ... Matthew 6:14,15

Monday, May 10, 2021

When Your Life Doesn't Look Like Others'


" And you have been made complete in Christ, who is the head over every ruler and authority...but they measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise."   ---Colossians 2:10, 2 Corinthians 10:12


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So on Mother's Day Naomi stepped from her van/home out front bearing gifts for me and she made us dinner. We watched Youtube clips of Impractical Jokers (don't view these unless you know the Naomi-approved-for-parents ones. heh.) and then a movie.

The evening? Wonderful.

Now, most of Tom's and my friends have a 'quiver-full' of kids, with spouses (who live in houses) and nearly all have grandchildren. Our friends have dogs. Larger, more expensive homes. Two cars.

Many travel, take vacations (in non-pandemic years) to cool, fun places. Some ride bikes together, jog, walk or camp. Many do outdoor barbeques and backyard parties. Some shop together and attend crowded street festivals, concerts and fireworks displays.

Basically, Tom and I have (or do) none of that.

But you know? He and I are the happiest, most contented couple we know. And for me, it's not about possesions, activities or even a necessity of certain relationships. But rather--

When we're living the way God wants, our lives will appear unique because He designed us all differently. We can be fulfilled even while living like no one else because true fulfillment comes only from knowing God.

Loving God. Obeying Him, His Word. Not comparing ourselves with others. These will bring us all incredible inner peace even if our outer world just doesn't quite match up with others'.




                                     My Prayer Garden. Early Spring.


" ... for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances."   ---Philippians 4:11


"Be a thankful person. Take inventory each day of what you have instead of counting up all the things that you have not. Meditate on what God has done in your life instead of what you are still waiting on Him to do.
Enjoy where you are on the way to where you're going."   ---Joyce Meyer

Of course, you sweet grandmas might highly doubt that I'm perfectly contented knowing I'll (most likely) never have grandchildren. But you'll just have to trust me on this one.  ツ




I hope your Mother's Day was wonderful!

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Yikes! On Friday while eating lunch, Tom and I heard a huge Boom! outside. We ran to the window and saw white smoke coming from Mike's garage so I went outside, as did our other neighbors (and Naomi) and we all tried to guess what had happened.

Soon a friend of Mike's came out, apologized and said not to worry, it was just a gas leak.

Oh dear. #ThingsThatMakeYouGoHmm


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Once again I must recommend Recollection Road videos at Youtube. They're so soothing and they recall a world much more familiar to many of us. 

Wave if you see me over in that kinder world.


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"You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you!"   ---Isaiah 26:3




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 "For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses." ... Matthew 6:14,15

Wednesday, May 05, 2021

Heaven On My Mind


"For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life."   ---Galations 6:8


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Gee, Heaven's floating around my mind lately.

Oh, but not for the reason you may suppose, you know, because Life down here's gone all complicated and messy so Jesus-please-beam-me-up-before-this-sorry-stuff-grows-worse.

No, not that one. He planned more for me to do here--I know this.

Instead, it's because I'm planting my garden seeds. Lettuce, spinach, tomatoes and garlic cloves, also (each year I attempt something new. This spring it's garlic).

I wonder while poking each seed into the soil, "Am I planting all the seeds God intended these 62 years of mine? Which ones, which kindnesses, gifts and obediences did I skip? Which rewards in Heaven will I miss out on because I chose apathy and procrastination instead?"

With just one chance to live on Earth, I'm accruing a history I'll live with for all eternity. 

Yikes.

So today out there in my garden beds, I'll ask God to show me which other types of seeds He intended me to sow, as in, the life-sharing ones for others. "Give me the whole long list," I'll say. I'll even ask Him to help me release unsurrendered areas like complaining, worrying and wasting time, all which keep me from actively planting.

And then I'll ask Him to daily pour upon me all the boldness, strength and creativity I'll need to complete His specific journey for me. I cannot walk this out alone. I shudder to contemplate that, even.

My visit to Earth is a short one! But eternity? That's forever (literally) and that's how long I'll be living with what I did down here with all He gave me.





“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also." ---Mathew 6:19-21

"And other seeds fell into good soil and produced grain, growing up and increasing and yielding thirtyfold and sixtyfold and a hundredfold.”    ---Mark 4:8



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Lately I'm keeping a running Gratitude List in my mind and that helps center me in a 'perfect peace mode' even while hearing talk about possible upcoming hyper inflation.

Here's what Glen Beck has to say about the hyper inflation he believes is coming. (I'm letting it simply inspire me to check all my prepper lists twice so I can remain calm.) シ


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I enjoyed reading another of Ralph Moody's cousin's books:




The ol' rhodie bush was especially prolific this year.






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"Sell your possessions, and give to the needy. Provide yourselves with moneybags that do not grow old, with a treasure in the heavens that does not fail, where no thief approaches and no moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also."   ---Luke 12:33,34




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 "For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses." ... Matthew 6:14,15

Monday, May 03, 2021

2020: The Lost Year?


"But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come."   ---John 16:13


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So at the cafe last week, some ladies chatted about the ridiculousness of 2020 and one ended the conversation with, "Not to mention I lost a year out of my life."

Oh dear! I hope you don't feel that way. For me, 2020 was valuable. More deeply, I understood what Joyce Meyer often says:

"We live Life forward, but we understand it backward."

2020 came along and suddenly I understood how the Holy Spirit--without ever using the word 'pandemic' (or 'plandemic', certainly)--warned me for whole decades to prepare for a 2020 shift in reality.

He'd nudged me to collect:

food, emergency supplies
books (comfort and instructional)
godly encouragers
accessible savings
prepper knowledge
garden seeds
gardening experience
vitamins, immune system boosters
housework lists
hair-cutting experience
a planned-out wardrobe
wisdom

-- and taught me to need Him far more than other people, even. Only God has never disappointed me, only to Him will I give 100% of my heart, emotions and mind.

Yep, that's controversial, but I know what (who) brings me these thousands of peaceful-heart days. It's that reliance upon Him, that needing Him more than anyone else.

The Bible said this:

"But Jesus would not entrust himself to them, for he knew all people. No one needed to tell him about human nature, for he knew what was in each person’s heart."   ---John 2:24, 25


After a year like 2020? Oh Honey, I understand that on a deeper level, also. 

Pressure and stress! They yank out (for all to see) our growth and our stubborness to remain and suffer. Stress makes known how far we've veered from humility. Stress in 2020 showed us friends on our same page and those in a whole separate book. 

Stress reveals who and which beliefs we truly follow.

2020 to 2021! The learning, warning and reaping year. And although I've told you I know bright, godly happenings await ahead--what I don't know is how long we've got until they appear. How long before folks wake up, repent, warn others and live biblically so God can bless our land again.

But the remarkable 2020 lessons we learned and our wonderful Teacher, Himself--they will keep us strong, prepared and anticipatory. 

No matter what. That is, if we've learned our lessons well.






 "...if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land."   ---2 Chronicles 7:14

That wild 2020 year invited us to know God and ourselves better than ever.

The truth will set us free.


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More special movies Tom and I watched:




The Dog Who Saved Summer (only if you're in the mood for something silly)  ツ


(If you've watched any of the films I've recommended this year, I'd love to hear what you thought about them!)





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"Sometimes God will put a Goliath in your life for you to find the David within you."   ---Matt Couch








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 "For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses." ... Matthew 6:14,15

Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Remembering Uncle Levi




"Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ."   ---1 Peter 4:10,11


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The books I showed you last time in a photo? Most were written by Ralph Moody and oh my! He came from the 'writingest' family.

Ralph's Uncle Frank wrote a book.
Ralph's cousin, John, wrote many books. (Here.)
Ralph's other cousin, Frank Jr., was a newspaper editor and wrote two books (here and here).
Ralph's grandmother wrote a book.
Ralph's Uncle Ralph (yes, that's correct) wrote 3 books.
Ralph, himself, wrote 17 books.


And I'll mention here that Ralph's mother's family tended to live 'forever'. Wow. Eighty-two to one-hundred-two, pretty common for them all. And these were folks born in the 1800's! 

Anyway.

In Ralph's autobiographical Little Britches series, his widowed mother, Mary Emma, moved her 6 children to Medford, Mass in 1912 and that's where we meet Uncle Levi, her uncle.

After Ralph's family finds a house to rent, Uncle Levi treats 13 year old Ralph and his older sister, Grace, to a meal at a fancy Boston restaurant, a first for them both. Afterward Levi told them:

"Don't never thank me for victuals! If there is anything in this world I like to see better'n a parcel of little shavers sittin' up to table and stuffin' their bellies, I don't know what it is."

The next weekend Levi arrived with a brand new tobaggon and tons of groceries for a housewarming:

"... it looked as though he'd bought out half the stores in Boston. There were two big bags of fruit, every sort of vegetable, a turkey that weighed nearly as much as Elizabeth, a two-gallon jug and a dozen packages ..." 

He rounds up Mary Emma's brother, Frank, (and his family) and while the women cook the meal, Levi, Frank and Ralph build tables and shelves in the basement for what will be Mary Emma and Grace's fine-laundry business so to support the family.

Then after the family sat eating and visiting at the table for 3 hours, Uncle Levi announced:

"There, by hub! I calc'late a family ought to move about onct a year, so's to get in plenty o' housewarmins whilst the children is all together."

At that chapter's end, always, I set the book down and let Uncle Levi's generous spirit convict me to become more giving.

Well, before preparing lunch yesterday, I finally read A Maine Man In The Making, 'Uncle Frank's' book. Eagerly I devoured the chapter titled, Uncle Levi, and enjoyed more stories of his later years and more giving to children and neighbors. But oh dear, the ending. Uncle Levi at age 83:


"One day John drove Uncle Levi down to the barber shop for a shave. When he had been shaved he went into the market and filled his arms with bags of fruit for the children. He then hurried across the street to the car, but his heart was unequal to the task; he fell dead among the broken bags of oranges and grapefruit.

Quietly I closed the book, stepped into the kitchen to heat a pan on the stove, but found myself brushing away tears. "Debra!" I whispered. "Pull yourself together. Sheesh." Yet moments later, new tears came.

I kept thinking of this and want to hold onto it:  if there's a sweeter way to die than while happily doing what God placed you here to do, well, I don't know what it is.

Uncle Levi wrote no books, but all these decades later his generous spirit still nudges me--and I hope you, as well--to help others in the specific ways God designed us to.

And we can do that, all of it, even in 2021. It's more necessary than ever that we each play the part for which we were designed.









"God in his kindness gave each of us different gifts. If your gift is speaking what God has revealed, make sure what you say agrees with the Christian faith. If your gift is serving, then devote yourself to serving. If it is teaching, devote yourself to teaching. If it is encouraging others, devote yourself to giving encouragement. If it is sharing, be generous."   ---Romans 12:6-8





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And here is the final paragraph of Frank's Uncle Levi chapter:


"We laid him beside his mother, among the pines on the hill back of the old farm, and nephews and nieces, even to the third generation, have vied with each other keeping his grave "neat and nice" as he always insisted on having everything. If the supply of nieces and nephews should ever run out, we can safely trust his memory to Him whose initial (G) Uncle Levi wore on his watch charm for sixty years."



Last week I was so excited to find this photo of Ralph Moody's mother and siblings from later years:



To check out more photos and the birth and death dates of the family, etc., go here.

My favorite books of Ralph's about his family are these, in their historical order:

Mary Emma and Company  (This one? I've probably read it 20 times.)


(OpenLibrary.org may have some of these.)


Oh! And last week I began a Pinterest page regarding Ralph Moody and his books and family. Here's what I have so far.


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Tom and I discovered another cool movie: Love By Design.  (I kept thinking of many of you who would love this film.)  シ








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 "For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses." ... Matthew 6:14,15

Thursday, April 22, 2021

Back From A Vacation For The Mind


"This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success."   ---Joshua 1:8


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Since it's become a rather intense world out there (cough, cough), guess who needed one more week of vacation?  ツ

I raked a million leaves, rearranged perennials in the flower beds (and then it snowed). Climbed a ladder so to hang a shiny, swirly thing from the outdoor garage light because guess where the robins chose to build their new drippy nest before the blue jays took over?  (@#$%$#)

I read old books. Novels packed with good, brave people from a world I recognize more than our current one. Watched tv shows like Leave It To Beaver and movies from Pureflix (or other places), just anything not pushing current agendas as though I was born last week and know nothing true.

More than my body, my mind required a rest. I spent less time online and more moments staring out windows to the river and bird feeders, listening to God and making up my own mind about Today's nonsensical happenings.

I considered contentment and adventure, how to swirl them together at my current age and in present circumstances. I let my mind wander both backward and forward, held onto ideas (and items) which still work and released what no longer does.

Well, you get it. Mostly I reminded myself of "whatsover things are pure, true and of a good report" and reaffirmed my belief of this:




Many folks are using their faith to believe for only more gloom, but not me! No, I'm choosing to count on examples of God's goodness so huge, so surprising, we've never even beheld them before.

Godly anticipation! Color me all smiley-dancing with godly anticipation.





Evil lasts for a season. God and His love and joy last forever.

"Know thyself."  Learn to recognize when you need a rest and then freely give yourself permission to take a break, to do what you enjoy, what rejuvenates you.


"We all experience aging differently. I have noticed that I need more quiet time now than I once did. If too many things are going on around me at one time, I can begin to feel mildly overwhelmed or confused, so I have made adjustments, and I don’t feel bad about myself because I need to make them." ---Joyce Meyer


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As Tom and I watched yet one more PureFlix film, I smiled and told him, "Funny how not once have I watched these and thought, "Gee, I miss hearing bad language and seeing unmarried characters in bed together.'"  シ

More movies we both enjoyed:







Oh, and if you have the Roku channel did you know all the original Leave It To Beaver episodes are there?

Many are also available at Youtube, but the filming comes out odd in places, as though some scenes are shown through a magnifying glass. Er hem.


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Here are more of the books I've reread lately:




How grateful I am for books full of generous, brave, independent and sane people!


But the snow we received after a month of gardening? Not so grateful for that. Er hem.





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Please remember: My posts are ALWAYS about more than they appear to be. 

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 "For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses." ... Matthew 6:14,15

Thursday, April 15, 2021

Aging. Sigh.



"Do not let your heart become troubled... --John 14:1


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Long story, but this morning I shoved my office furniture from 'the cat's room' back to the guest room and now guess who feels absolutely decrepit (and resembles a zombie)? 

And who, also, is scheming to drag all (annoying,it's-all-too-much!) bits of clutter down to the Salvation Army drop-off?

Yep.

Being in one's 60's is not for wimps. Especially when one begins reaping from the whirlwind she has sown over decades (er hem).

Anyway, if I'm going to survive this with both grace and humor, I (desperately) need to read Joyce Meyer's latest book:



But sheesh, I keep forgetting to order it. (The old grey mare's memory ain't what it used to be, either.)

Yet this week while moving bricks around in the yard(!), I realized this: only by following Grace will I, from now on, accomplish what must be done. The days are gone when I can successfully carry out my own ideas in my own strength.

I'm glad. Reaching a helplessness apart from God's mighty spirit, grace and wisdom became my goal way back in 1994.


"Without Me you can do nothing."  --John 15:5


I love that. To live any other way, repulses me, I mean, do things on my own? Feel that tiny rush of pride? Ugh. Horrible.

And yes, God realizes "I am but dust". But what He also knows, remembers? Every single hour of work, lessons, experience and grace He poured into me over decades. Thousands of hours!

For such a crazy, unpredictable year as this one, this 2021, He equipped me--and you--early. Or tried. (Man, sometimes I feel sorry for God having to deal with stubborn folks like myself.)

And now may none of us waste those thousands of lessons nor miss the specific plan He imagined for us. May we not hide like scared cats or allow ourselves to become overwhelmed into do-nothings. 

Truly "it is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the Lord." Oh, the responsibility of listening, then living-out all He pours into us for such times as these.

To finish our journey well!






"I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me."   ---Galations 2:20


Just two examples why I follow Grace?

She tells me the best time to begin a task. She knows when my energy is at its peak and when I'll not be interrupted.
And right before I become too tired (and likely to injure something) she says, "Stop now! Yes, even before you're finished."



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Lately these much-loved books from my home library have given me wonderful encouragement. Now after I start whining, I recall how crazy-tough these women from the 1800's had it. And I hush. 




Need inspiration of your own? It's out there waiting for you to find it!



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Rare photo of stork delivering baby.  シ












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 "For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses." ... Matthew 6:14,15

Friday, April 09, 2021

April This And That


"I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”   --- John 16:33


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1.) Darn. The knucklehead robins are back trying to build a nest over our bay window. Gah, all those weeds hanging down until I whisk them away with a rake every few minutes.

I'd hoped they'd settle for last year's nest they (finally) built in the crab apple tree, but as of yet, uh, no.

*&^$#@!

Persistent fiends. But as I muttered to them last year, "I can be just as stubborn." And I was. Still am. So there.


2.) Remember that white line on the lawn Tom tried to spray paint? Well, that was to mark where the new electric line would go out to the garage. Now, skipping a ton of details, we also had additional outdoor lights and electric outlets added--and though all that is pleasant--guess who's left with a long strip of dirt?



Tom said, "We could hire someone to reseed,", but I said, "I'm not that decrepit, not yet anyway. Inch by inch I'll get it done," (said she who sometimes pretends she's in her 30's--and later pays for it. Finally Tom's understanding that when we have work done to the house, ol' Debra ends up wearing herself out with all the no-one-thought-of-this details).

Stay tuned.


3.) I belong to a Leave It To Beaver group at FB and I loved this answer to a fan's question of "Where was the town of Mayfield located?" --

-- "Mayfield lives in you and me. Anytime you see a kid in a park with his head stuck in a fence, or in a soup bowl on a billboard, you’re in Mayfield." ---Linda Italia Kennedy

Lovely, right?





4.) So why wasn't I here blogging for over a week? I took a vacation from people. Or tried. Of course, there's nothing wrong with that, unless we make it a lifestyle. You know, a hiding-away-and-withholding-our-callings-from-others lifestyle.

Then it's a problem, what with love being the most important thing (according to God). Heaven help us if we stop caring about this world where God purposely placed us for such a time as this.





4.) Wow. We keep finding cool movies at Pureflix and never, ever will we return to that den of iniquity, a.k.a. Netflix (er hem). 

Here are a few Pureflix treasures we've watched recently:




It's a Fixer-Upper (slow-moving, but pleasant)

The Stray (a true story, but probably not for those who're hyper-sensitive over the death of pets, which is usually me, but I handled it.)  シ


5.)  I spied this over at a Hygge-ish Life at Facebook. Beautiful, right?



My heavenly mansion will have one. Perhaps two.  ツ


6.) Man, it's hard to believe what's happening in our Country. Color me grateful that God's led me to folks who openly use their gifts to fight evil. They inspire me to never even consider giving up.

And oh my, with all my heart I believe the great outpouring of the Holy Spirit will fall upon us all soon--it's even beginning! Wow. Color me excited already at what all we shall experience.





7.) Note to my old-fashioned self:

"We should embrace where we are in each stage of life and enjoy our journey toward the finish line. Don’t be one of those people who always talks about the “good old days.” Those days are over, and they will never be repeated, but new and even better days are ahead if we will embrace them!" ---Joyce Meyer


8.)  Yes.  




And lastly? Now here's some good news!






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 "For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses." ... Matthew 6:14,15