Friday, August 19, 2016

Have You Heard The Story Of "Garbage Mary"?





Mary dressed in rags and she called a tenement her home amid mounds and mounds of garbage. She spent her days digging in garbage cans. She ate her meals from those same trash cans. The local newspaper picked up her story and found out  she was known as "Garbage Mary."  Mary was finally admitted to a psychiatric hospital. Astonishingly ~ in her filthy apartment ~police found certificates and bankbooks indicating she was worth at least a million.

When I was newly married I worked at a bank and I personally knew another "Garbage Mary."  She had a ton of money. We knew when she had walked in the bank before we saw her coming~she smelled so badly. She lived as a bag lady but when she passed away the city gained all her money for she had no heirs.

This is just heartbreaking to me. From God's standpoint, this is how we sometimes live. As children of God, we still hang on to the "garbage" such as lust, envy, pride, impatience or bitterness. We sometimes choose to live off the garbage of this world.

Just as "Garbage Mary" did not have to live off the cast off trash of others, we too fail to live from our Heavenly resources that are our inheritance from our Father. We have mighty resources at our fingertips. We have the Word of God  and the Holy Spirit to help us. We have no excuse for rolling in the dirt of this world when we have the power of God.

James 1:20-22 

 20For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God.
 21Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls.
 22But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.


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Famous Last Words~




Just before Gandhi died these were his famous last words, "All about me is darkness; I am praying for light."  D.L. Moody's last words were recorded too, "This is my triumph; this my coronation day! It is glorious!" They were both expressing their perspectives on life~ death and all of the time in between.

None of us like to think about it but our time here is really short. I always wanted to be special and do great big things for the Lord. But I am just an ordinary person who loves God and adores my family. So I am pretty sure my words will not be recorded anywhere as "famous last words." 

When I was young I was quick to spout off at the mouth. As I have watched a few days pass by~ I have learned to bridle my tongue much better. (Still working on it!) But it is my heart's desire that not just my last words but all the words in between will be used to glorify God, to build up the man I love, to point my children and grandchildren to One who can make life as D.L. Moody said~ Glorious! 

Life is glorious! God is good! One day Heaven awaits us on that final Coronation day.

So ~why not practice speaking words oozing with honey. It will make life much sweeter from birth to death and all the in between.

Proverbs 16:24
Pleasant words are as an honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones.


We never know which words we speak will be our last words. I want mine to be sweet as honey just in case. 


Thursday, August 18, 2016

Frosted Pumpkin Hand Soap Recipe






 I am getting so ready for all the sights and sounds of Autumn. 
This smells heavenly. ~  It makes about a gallon for just pennies!


1 bar of Dove soap
1/4 cup of Borax
1/4 cup Arm and Hammer Washing Soda
4 cups of water

Grate a bar of soap with a hand cheese grater. Add to an old pan. ( so you can whisk it well) Next, add  the water. Melt until it is totally dissolved. Slowly add Borax and Washing Soda. Cook on medium heat until it thickens like frosting~about 10 minutes.

Cool quickly ~ I cooled on my porch. As it cools keep whisking it. It will become very thick. Add enough hot water slowly after it cools until it reaches the consistency you wish.

 I added Frosted Pumpkin scent and food coloring. You could use natural scents or leave as is if you like.

I buy all my scents from Natures Garden Candle Supplies online.




Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Summer Is Over~ The Best Autumn Caramel Dip Recipe





And just like that Summer is over~ ready or not. I had a great one. I hope you did too. I have so enjoyed all my company who visited me in my new home. It certainly was a blessing. I must confess I am ready for pumpkins, apple picking, bonfires and cozy blankets along with good books. How about you?

It's apple picking time. ~ woo hoo. Here is one of our family's  favorite recipes.



It is that time of year again~ we have apples galore. Here is a recipe that you are sure to love!

My Autumn Caramel Apple Dip Recipe was featured in the
 Mary Engelbreit ~Winter 2010/2011 Cookbook. 
It is so yummy and-and oh so easy!

1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1 cup brown sugar
1 can sweeten condensed milk

Mix together all ingredients and put in the crockpot on low. Cook for about 3 hours! Enjoy~ 




Tuesday, August 16, 2016

"Mommy" To " Mom" To "Mother"







From Mommy To Mom To Mother
Real Mothers don't eat quiche; they don't have time to make it.
Real Mothers know that their kitchen utensils are probably in the sandbox
Real Mothers often have sticky floors, filthy ovens, and happy kids.
Real Mothers know that dried play dough doesn't come out of carpets.
Real Mothers don't want to know what the vacuum just sucked up.
Real Mothers sometimes ask 'Why me?' and get their answer when a little voice says, 'Because I love you best.'
Real Mothers know that a child's growth is not measured by height or years or grade...It is marked by the progression of Mommy to Mom to Mother....      Author~ Unknown

4 YEARS OF AGE - My Mommy can do anything!
8 YEARS OF AGE - My Mom knows a lot! A whole lot!
12 YEARS OF AGE - My Mother doesn't really know quite everything.
14 YEARS OF AGE - Naturally, Mother doesn't know that, either. ;
16 YEARS OF AGE - Mother? She's hopelessly old-fashioned.
18 YEARS OF AGE - That old woman? She's way out of date!
25 YEARS OF AGE - Well, she might know a little bit about it.
35 YEARS OF AGE - Before we decide, let's get Mom's opinion.
45 YEARS OF AGE - Wonder what Mom would have thought about it?

65 YEARS OF AGE - Wish I could talk it over with Mom     Author ~ Unknown

The beauty of a woman is not in the clothes she wears, the figure that she carries, or the way she combs her hair. The beauty of a woman must be seen from in her eyes because that is the doorway to her heart, the place where love resides. The beauty of a woman is not in a facial mole, but true beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul. It is the caring that she lovingly gives, the passion that she shows, and the beauty of a woman with passing years only grows!


I am spending my last few moments of summer in Texas with our oldest daughter and grand babies. I am having a great time. Watching my daughter "do life" as a mom makes me realize just how fast time is going. I wish I could slow down these hands of time. But as we all know ~ time waits for no man. It seems like only yesterday I was here at this same place being her mommy.  I am off to enjoy the moments before I find myself back on that plane at the end of the week.


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