Monday, August 31, 2015

Where Have I Been?



"Go to the ant, O sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise. Without having any chief, officer, or ruler, she prepares her bread in summer and gathers her food in harvest." ...Proverbs 6:6-8


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Lots of people live with daily/monthly/yearly plans.

Me? I pretty much live plan-less.  

Yet ever since I heard about that possible economic collapse, I've felt the need to ready Tom and myself (even if friends/relatives think we're nuts) for anything.

A-n-y-t-h-i-n-g. (Personally, I believe America is heading for a shaking which will involve varied forms.)

And suddenly I've got plans dribbling from my ears. Plans, plans everywhere. Plans that tickle my head awake at 4:00 a.m., tempting me to get up so I can have more fun readying us for a-n-y-t-h-i-n-g.

It's been pretty cool, calming, actually, which may sound odd, but when God leads, things go differently than one would suppose.

All this is partially why I took a mini vacation from my blog. Well, that and because sometimes a girl just has to escape from blogging so she can think thoughts all her own, ones she doesn't feel must be shared with the whole world.

Anyway,  plans with specific target dates, deadlines--imagine! I've noticed they keep Mr. Procrastination away and Mrs. Progress here.

As I said--it's been cool.




Oh, and before I leave this line of thinking, have you read the book called, Pulse? Well, there are many, actually, but this is the one I mean. I bought the Kindle version and am enjoying it (lots) and learning and meditating upon much.



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"And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."...Philippians 4:7


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Speaking of books, I felt so blessed to find these for pennies Saturday at yard sales:






In fact, I began reading The Pet Sitting Peril and could not put it down Sunday afternoon. I even ordered another of this author's books because I so enjoyed this one.

Kids' novels--they help keep my brain set at Calm (and Balanced), especially now within this world we find ourselves.

Oh, and this is the hand-written inscription inside Mary Poppins:


"To Kathy ...  from Great Great Aunt Mary  Dec. 1, 1974



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While on my 'vacation,' I Netflixed the movie, If I Stay, one afternoon. Tom arrived home soon after (with dinner!) then I actually watched the movie all over again with him this time.

Yeah, I can't believe it, either. But we both enjoyed it much. (It's not for everyone, I'll add. But it was for us.)  :)




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Wow! Did you read about this concrete-dome house which survived a fire out West? My, my....


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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


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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.








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"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


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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?



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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


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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




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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.


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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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