Wednesday, June 29, 2016

No Crying Over Spilled Milk~

In the early 1930's people started snatching up a new product called personal disposable tissue towels. Overnight life became easier. There was no more crying over spilled milk. It could be wiped up with just a swipe of the paper towel. 

My son-in-law asked me once why he was not warned about the Shindorf girls and their overuse of paper towels. My Hannah is just like her momma! We love our paper towels and Clorox Wipes. It just makes life easy! 

My addiction to my cleaning wipes, however,  won't take care of the messes in my heart. There is only one way to clean up the messes that the Clorox Wipes can't reach. 

Psalm 51:7

 Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: 
wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.

Hyssop was a ceremonial herb used for cleaning and purifying. Just as my kitchen needs a good wipe down just about daily so does this heart of mine. Before long it can get hardened and sticky. 

Sometimes we just need to give our spilled milk to Jesus. You know those things you wish you could do over~ Or those words you wish you could take back. That fit you threw or the temper that you let get the best of you. Just turn it over to Him~ confess it and move forward. Then there will be no need for crying over spilled milk. 

Isaiah 1:18

 Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord:
 though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; 
though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Martha's Way Verses Mary's Way

Sunday night the pastor spoke on Mary and Martha. It's a story we all know and battle with so well. Can I get an Amen? I tend to be an over glorified Martha though I want so badly to be a Mary. I try real hard. I just want to leave you with this thought today~ Once in an eternity Jesus passes by. When he passed by Mary~ she took all she had ~ a pound of ointment of spikenard~ and broke the bottle and spilled it out on Jesus' feet. They say it wound be around the sum of $19,000 in terms of money today. Why? For the love of her Saviour. I don't want to let Him pass by today and not give Him all that I have.  How about you?

 Then took Mary a pound of ointment of spikenard, very costly, and anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped his feet with her hair: and the house was filled with the odour of the ointment.- John 12:3

One day a plain village woman
Driven by love for her Lord
Recklessly poured out a valuable essence
Disregarding the scorn
And once it was broken and spilled out
A fragrance filled all the room
Like a pris'ner released from his shackles
Like a spirit set free from the tomb
Broken and spilled out
Just for love of you Jesus
My most precious treasure
Lavished on Thee
Broken and spilled out
And poured at Your feet
In sweet abandon
Let me be spilled out
And used up for Thee 

Martha's Way v.s. Mary's Way
#1 Martha's way: Stuff a miniature marshmallow in the bottom of a sugar cone to prevent ice cream drips.
Mary's way: Just suck the ice cream out of the bottom of the cone.
#2 Martha's way: Use a meat baster to "squeeze" your pancake batter onto the hot griddle and you'll get perfectly shaped pancakes every time.

Mary's way: Buy the precooked kind you nuke in the microwave for 30 seconds.
#3 Martha's way: To keep potatoes from budding, place an apple in the bag with the potatoes.

Mary's way: Buy a mashed potato mix and keep it in the pantry for up to a year.
#4 Martha's way: To prevent eggshells from cracking, add a pinch of salt to the water before hard-boiling. 

Mary's way: Who cares if they crack, aren't you going to take the shells off anyway?
#5 Martha's way: To easily remove burnt-on food from your skillet, simply add a drop or two of dish soap and enough water to cover the bottom of the pan, and bring to a boil on the stovetop.

Mary's way: Eat out every night and avoid cooking.
#6 Martha's way: Spray your Tupperware with nonstick cooking spray before pouring in tomato based sauces and there won't be any stains.'
Mary's way: Feed your garbage disposal and there won't be any leftovers.
#7 Martha's way: When a cake recipe calls for flouring the baking pan, use a bit of the dry cake mix instead and there won't be any white mess on the outside of the cake.
Mary's way: Go to the bakery. They'll even decorate it for you.

#8 Martha's way: If you accidentally over-salt a dish while it's still cooking, drop in a peeled potato and it will absorb the excess salt for an instant "fix me up".
Mary's way: If you over salt a dish while you are cooking, that's too bad. My motto: If it's cooked, you will eat it no matter how bad it tastes.

#9 Martha's way: Place a slice of apple in hardened brown sugar to soften it.
Mary's Way: Brown sugar is supposed to be "soft"?
Martha's way: When boiling corn on the cob, add a pinch of sugar to help bring out the corn's natural sweetness.
Mary's Way: The only kind of corn I buy comes in a can.

#11 Martha's way: If you have a problem opening jars: Try using dishwashing gloves. They give a non-slip grip that makes opening jars easy.
Mary's way: Go ask the muscular neighbor to do it.

#12 Martha's way: Potatoes will take food stains off your fingers. Just slice and rub raw potato on the stains and rinse with water.
Mary's way: Instant mashed potatoes will now be next to the anti-bacterial soap in a handy dispenser next to my sink.

#13 Martha's way: Now look what you can do with Alka Seltzer:
* Clean a toilet. Drop in two Alka-Seltzer tablets, wait twenty minutes, brush and flush. The citric acid and effervescent action clean vitreous china.
* Clean a vase. To remove a stain from the bottom of a glass vase or cruet, fill with water and drop in two Alka-Seltzer tablets.
* Polish jewelry. Drop two Alka-Seltzer tablets into a glass of water and immerse the jewelry for two minutes.
* Clean a thermos bottle. Fill the bottle with water, drop in four Alka-Seltzer tablets, and let soak for an hour (or longer, if necessary).
Mary's way: Put your jewelry, vases, and thermos in the sink. Add some Alka-Seltzer and you have solved a whole bunch of problems at once.

Author Unknown

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Happy Lord's Day~

I am excited to get to church this morning. The Pastor of the church where we have been attending has started a new series called "Moments of Decisions."  These days are times when we best study out the decisions we are going to be called to make.  Last week it was a call to fathers to make a vow to say, "As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord." I am so thankful for a man who made that vow many years ago. No matter what is politically correct or popular we will continue to do our best to obey God's Word. We only have to open the newspaper and look at our pending presidential election to be utterly confused. We need God.  I can't wait to hear the message this morning. I just know God has a message for me today.

It has been very hot here in the Midwest. I have enjoyed a few days of summer by doing some of this.Nothing is better to me than a cold pool on a hot summer day. June has flown away too quickly. I am trying to capture a little "summer fun" before it is gone. 

A selfie before the fall. 

My boy is here visiting his momma. Woo hoo! I love that! Yesterday, we spent the day in the Ozarks on a float trip. We had a great time. Well, all except for that one time when I flipped my kayak and swallowed a bucket of river water.  NOT ~ fun ! The only real damage was my brand new sunglasses were never recovered and maybe my pride. I will forever be teased by my boys for this one. A little dose of humility never hurt anyone. 

Today I will enjoy having my boy here for one more day. I sure miss him! I was listening to a teacher on the radio this week. She said you can choose to have victory or defeat every single day. I think it is kind of like seeing the glass half full and making lemonade out of lemons. She mentioned coming to an empty nest. She said you can sit around and feel sorry for yourself or you can get a life. "Get a life" is what I am focusing on.  As much as I miss all four of my children and wish they all lived close ~ it is just not how the Lord has allowed it to be. So ~ I am counting my blessings. I have too many to even count.  I enjoy wonderful visits with my kids and I am so grateful for facetime. My stars~ what a blessing that is today. I can't even imagine what my grandmother would have thought about that.  

 My greatest blessing of all was when I invited Jesus to come into my life to be my Lord and Saviour at the age of 18. I have never been the same.  He has held my hand every step of the way. He has filled me with peace and contentment .  He has put joy in my journey. He walks with me and talks with me ~ he is my best friend.  I hope He is yours too. 

Happy Lord's Day~ make it a great one. 

Deuteronomy 30:19 I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live:

"Lord, I desire to live as one
Who bears a blood-bought name,
As one who fears but grieving thee,
And knows no other shame." - Charles Spurgeon 

Friday, June 24, 2016

Tomorrow Is A New Day

Remember the part in Anne of Green Gables when Anne puts skin medication instead of vanilla in the cake she was making? When her guardian, Marilla, is not happy with her Anne simply states, "Isn't is nice to think that tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it yet?"

I really like Anne's way of looking at things. We all mess up and make mistakes. When we ask God to forgive us~ He gives us a clean new slate. In fact, the Bible tells us He removes our sin as far as the east is from the west. We need to bury our past failures and mistakes and live today as a fresh new page of grace.

If you are discouraged today because you have blown it in one way or another. (Right now, Grammarly is telling me that I am too wordy. Imagine that~my husband would probably agree.) Just give it over to the Lord.  He is faithful and just to forgive.

1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

That is  a great reason to celebrate today.  The Lord's mercies are new and fresh each morning. And remember ~ tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes yet.  Have a wonderful day ~ make it a great one.

Lamentations 3:23 They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Welcome To Our New Home~

Welcome~come on in. We are feeling settled and are loving our new home. God has blessed us with a safe landing and we are meeting wonderful people in the beautiful Capital City. I have so much to share but for now, I am sharing pictures. We are catching our breath~ I will be back soon. 

Thursday, June 9, 2016

It Only Takes A Touch

Morning Friends~
 It's gonna be a beautiful day here in Missouri. I am off today to get ready for a Garage Sale. But before I get started on my long list of things to get done today, I am taking a moment to sip some coffee and just touch the hem of my Saviour's garment. It is amazing what just a touch can do to a girl's heart.

Mark 5:28

 For she said, If I may touch but his clothes, I shall be whole.
In the passage above we read of a woman who in desperation is willing to go to great lengths to just get close enough to touch the garments that Jesus was wearing. She probably had exhausted all her resources~ tried filling the emptiness in her life. Yet~ she had heard of a man who had performed miracles and made people whole. She knew enough about Jesus to know that He was strong enough to heal her suffering and mend her brokenness. She knew if she could just get close enough to touch Him that she could be made new and whole. 

Her little leap of faith turned out to actually be her greatest act of faith. He mended her broken life and she went away a new woman~ in every sense of the word. 

When I was a young girl I too touched the hem of His garment and He made me whole and I have never been the same. It only takes a touch. 

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Just Empty~

Happy Saturday~ 
It is a cloudy and rainy day here. I wonder if it is ever going to stop raining. As I sit by my window I happen to notice my morning visitor. I am enjoying all the little critters in my yard.

 I have been watching this momma Blue Bird out my kitchen window all week building her nest in the birdhouse right outside my kitchen window. The Blue Bird is the Missouri state bird. Back home they were rare to see  but here they are plentiful. They are beautiful.

New birth is all around us. I love my new little yard ~ it is much like a Nature Center. We have all kinds of creatures stirring around. This time of year Missouri is clothed in all her beauty. 

50 in the Bible means Jubilee. This is the year of Jubilee in my life~ if you know what I mean. I just turned 50 and I am in a new city, new home, and a new church. Life has changed for us in every possible way . God has brought us here. I feel much like the children of Isreal standing on the edge of the Red Sea. As we prayed and fasted we begin to see God work in mighty ways. I just love it when that happens. We took a step and doors were closed and opened. Our home which we listed ourselves sold while we were out of town in only 2 weeks. Our neighbor allowed a sweet couple in to see it and they were the ones God sent. God sold our house. On that same trip, we accidently found our home~ no kidding. We watched as our God parted the seas in our lives. As we stepped the waters parted, the obstacles disappeared and peace and clarity led our path. 

We have landed and most boxes have been unpacked. It is quiet ~ too quiet. Our last baby moved out and stayed behind in my hometown. Wow ~ that has been hard. I miss my boy. This empty nest thing is highly over rated. I miss my kids. 

Empty~ that is how my year of Jubilee has started. For the first time in all my 50 years that I remember ~my datebook is empty. I don't like empty ~ not at all. It dawned on me that I don't remember feeling empty. I feel caught in between where I have been and where I desire to be. No place feels like home. I am weary and I need help to move beyond empty. I need God to show me so much right now. Where am I to serve? What church does God want us to join? I am frustrated. After all the parting of the waters, it is all so very still now. I need help to get back on track~ living life.  I want answers right now. 

Instead of going to God and begging for answers, needs, and desperation maybe I should be honest with myself and God. I need to go to my Heavenly Father just as I am ~ EMPTY.  Not praying for answers but with child-like trust and allow God to just fill my empty and weary soul. 

Life has a way of beating us down. We can go to God with hurts, bruises, cuts and broken hearts~ just plain empty.  When we go to the Father empty of this life it is then that He will fill us with new life, new grace, and new direction.

Hosea 6:1 (KJV)

 Come, and let us return unto the Lord: for he hath torn, and he will heal us; he hath smitten, and he will bind us up.

Matthew 11:28K (KJV)

 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

Friday, June 3, 2016

I Am Struggling

Sometimes I get so frustrated with myself. I packed up and left my family and friends behind. I moved into the most beautiful home. If I would have designed a home for our needs right now in life ~ it would be this home. Why can't I shake this sadness? It is only three hours away from home. For Pete's sake~ missionaries move to the other side of the world to follow God's will. I miss my people and my favorite places. 

When I search God's Word this morning I am reminded of King Asa. When he led the people to obey God, he was blessed. But when he got full of himself  and did it his own way, his reign was then marked with war and illness. Sometimes it is easy to look at this story and jump to conclusions. Is this the way God always works? The prophet Hanai told King Asa that God would strengthen the hearts of those who truly followed him and committed to obeying Him. 

2 Chronicles 16:9

 For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him. Herein thou hast done foolishly: therefore from henceforth thou shalt have wars.

I need my heart strengthened today. Why? Because sometimes doing the will of God requires a big dose of courage and persevering . I hear the words to Toby Mac's song~ Keep Walking~ playing in my head. We have to keep walking with Jesus even when it seems like chaos. 

The will of God may not always be easy. Poor Job lost it all. Why? Because he was blameless and upright. Jeremiah was beaten and put in shackles. His crime~ telling God's rebellious children the truth. Joseph was falsely accused of attempting to rape the ruler's wife and then thrown in prison for years so that he could do God's will. His crime was being a man above reproach. 

Making the right decision at times comes with a cost. I am keeping it real today. I am struggling but God is still on the throne. His ways are not my ways. In due time, He will reveal His agenda to me. For now, I will keep on walking and say thy will be done.

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Hummingbird Food Recipe~

I was so excited to see my first hummingbird. I could not boil this up fast enough. There is no need to buy expensive hummingbird food.  It is so easy to make and the birds love it!

Remember if you are already getting temps above 90 degrees you will need to change the food often ~ it ferments and can make the birds sick. I change it if it starts to look cloudy.

Hummingbird Food Recipe~
2 cups sugar
6 cups water

Bring sugar and water to a boil. Boil for 6 minutes. Watch and stir often so the syrup does not boil over. Remove from stove and let cool to room temperature.  

Fill the feeder and watch them come flocking to your yard. 



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