Wisdom to Live a Good Life

Wisdom to Live a Good Life

“Never borrow from the future. If you worry about what may happen tomorrow and it doesn’t happen, you have worried in vain. Even if it does happen, you have to worry twice.”

1. Pray
2. Go to bed on time.
3. Get up on time so you can start the day unrushed.
4. Say No to projects that won’t fit into your time schedule or that will compromise your mental health.
5. Delegate tasks to capable others.
6. Simplify and unclutter your life.
7. Less is more. (Although one is often not enough, two are often too many.)
8. Allow extra time to do things and to get to places.
9. Pace yourself. Spread out big changes and difficult projects over time; don’t lump the hard things all together.
10. Take one day at a time.
11. Separate worries from concerns. If a situation is a concern, find out what God would have you do and let go of the anxiety. If you can’t do anything about a situation, forget it.
12. Live within your budget; don’t use credit cards for ordinary purchases.
13. Have backups; an extra car key in your wallet, an extra house key buried in the garden, extra stamps, etc.
14. K.M.S. (Keep Mouth Shut). This single piece of advice can prevent an enormous amount of trouble.
15. Do something for the Kid in You everyday.
16. Carry a Bible with you to read while waiting in line.
17. Get enough rest.
18. Eat right.
19. Get organized so everything has its place.
20. Listen to a tape while driving that can help improve your quality of life.
21. Write down thoughts and inspirations.
22. Every day, find time to be alone.
23. Having problems? Talk to God on the spot. Try to nip small problems in the bud. Don’t wait until it’s time to go to bed to try and pray.
24. Make friends with Godly people.
25. Keep a folder of favorite scriptures on hand.
26. Remember that the shortest bridge between despair and hope is often a good “Thank you Jesus.”
27. Laugh.
28. Laugh some more!
29. Take your work seriously, but not yourself at all.
30. Develop a forgiving attitude (most people are doing the best they can and some were never taught to do better).
31. Be kind to unkind people (they probably need it the most).
32. Sit on your ego.
33. Talk less; listen more.
34. Slow down.
35. Remind yourself that you are not the general manager of the universe.
36 Every night before bed, think of one thing you’re grateful for that you’ve never been grateful for before.

GOD HAS A WAY OF TURNING THINGS AROUND FOR YOU.

“If God is for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8:31)

I like this list so I’m going to print it and laminate it and practice it. I’ve learned to do a lot of them but some I need to practice more and more.

Things have been fairly busy around here. I finished work early today so I left and went to Michael’s to pick up some things for a craft project I plan to work on in the evenings, while watching TV with hubby.

When I got home I decided to do some closet cleaning. I went through some “off season” clothing totes. Some of those clothing items haven’t seen the light of day in probably 10 years, so it’s time to remove them for donation.

I heard someone say it would be a good thing to simplify so that’s what I’m trying to do. We have so many things that I call “dust collectors” and some of them I plan to keep but it’s time to let go of most of it. It actually feels pretty good to declutter and free up more space in our home. It gives me more energy and I hope hubby feels more energetic too.

Hope you all are enjoying this spring weather. I sure am. We’re still having wonderful cool nights, down in the 50’s and 60’s. I don’t have to turn the heater on, but it’s still wonderful to snuggle under the covers.

Talk to ya later.

Karen

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Getting Older

We hear people say things like “I don’t like getting older, but I don’t like the alternative either.”

When you’re younger, you don’t give much thought to doing the tasks that you know you need to do.

Build a raised garden bed. Moving dirt in so you can plant a vegetable garden.

Moving new furniture into the house, or moving all the furniture and belongings to a new house.

Replace the fence in the back yard.

Build a shed.

Build bookcases for the wife.

Move all the furniture away from the wall so wife can paint the walls (for the third time in 13 years).  :)

Well, we bought a new sofa and because we didn’t want to wait for delivery, we decided to go pick it up at the warehouse and bring it home ourselves.

We’ve done things like that before… when we were younger. We picked up a  side-by-side refrigerator one time. Another time a chest deep freeze. Another time a queen size bed. On and on the list goes, over the 25 years we’ve been married.

We got the sofa home in the back of husband’s pick-up. Rigged a dolly to get it to the front door. We didn’t think it was that heavy, really. But it was bulky. The neighbor man saw us struggling to get it to the front door and offered to help. That was so nice.

The young man took hold of my end of the sofa and husband was on the end that was going through the door first. Well, husband was having a little trouble with his end of the load. So the nice young man decided they should trade ends and he was able to get it into the house.

As soon as we got it set up, legs installed, pillows in place, I immediately went and took some pain killer for my back. Honestly, it didn’t feel that heavy, but I sure was glad the neighbor came to our rescue.

In my mind, I don’t feel this old, but my body definitely lets me know how wrong my mind is.

What happened? It wasn’t that long ago that I could do whatever task I wanted to do or needed to do, no help needed.

When we went to bed that night, I just laughed at the both of us. We think we can just keep going like we were still in our 30’s or 40’s, but we learned we now have some limitations. The problem with that is, we don’t like having to ask others for help.

I have a new understanding and compassion for older people. Not that I didn’t have compassion before, but now I’ve experienced that reluctance to bother someone for help. Most don’t like asking for help or receiving help, but sometimes it’s unavoidable.

I’m going to make sure that Mom knows we’re there for her if she needs our help, and for her to not be embarrassed to ask us. If we can’t do it, we’ll find someone who can help us. Maybe some younger members in the church. It’s okay to humble ourselves and ask for help.

I sure don’t like getting older, but I’m not ready for the alternative either. Too many things to get done and more things to learn.

Even so, come Lord Jesus, COME!

Love,

Karen

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Reading for Today

You CAN read this. Go.

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Spell checker just went berserk.  :)

Now a little fun info.

Coca-Cola was originally green.

Many years ago in Scotland, a new game was invented. It was ruled “Gentlemen Only…Ladies Forbidden”…and thus the word GOLF entered into the English language.

Intelligent people have more zinc and copper in their hair.

The first novel ever written on a typewriter: Tom Sawyer.

111,111,111 x 111,111,111 = 12,345,678,987,654,321

Only two people signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4th, John Hancock and Charles Thomson. Most of the rest signed on August 2, but the last signature wasn’t added until 5 years later.

It is impossible to lick your elbow.

And now some Christian one-liners.

Don’t let your worries get the best of you. Remember, Moses started out as a basket case.

Some people are kind, polite, and sweet-spirited – until you try to sit in their pews.

Many folks want to serve God, but only as advisors.

It is easier to preach ten sermons than it is to live one.

The good Lord didn’t create anything without a purpose, but mosquitoes and sand gnats come close.

When you get to your wit’s end, you’ll find God lives there.

People are funny; they want the front of the bus, the middle of the road, and the back of the church.

Opportunity may knock once, but temptation bangs on your front door forever.

Quit griping about your church; if it was perfect, you couldn’t be a member.

If the church wants a better preacher, it only needs to pray for the one it has.

God Himself does not propose to judge a man until he is dead. So why should you?

Some minds are like concrete, thoroughly mixed up and permanently set.

Peace starts with a smile.

I don’t know why some people change churches; what difference does it make which one you stay home from?

A lot of church members who are singing “Standing on the Promises” are just sitting on the premises.

We were called to be witnesses, not lawyers or judges.

Be ye fishers of men. You catch them – He’ll clean them.

Coincidence is when God chooses to remain anonymous.

Don’t put a question mark where God put a period.

Don’t wait for 6 strong men to take you to church.

Forbidden fruits create many jams.

God doesn’t call the qualified, He qualifies the called.

God grades on the cross, not the curve.

God loves everyone, but probably prefers “fruits of the spirit” over “religious nuts!”

God promises a safe landing, not a calm passage.

He who angers you, controls you!

If God is your Co-pilot – swap seats!

Prayer: Don’t give God instructions — just report for duty!

The task ahead of us is never as great as the Power behind us.

The Will of God will never take you to where the Grace of God will not protect you.

We don’t change the message, the message changes us.

You can tell how big a person is by what it takes to discourage him.

The best mathematical equation I have ever seen: 1 cross + 3 nails = 4 given.

“Dear Father: Bless the person reading this in whatever it is that You know they need.”

Y’all have a wonderful, blessed week.

Karen

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The Last of Winter?

I wonder if this is the last of winter, for us here in central Texas. Yippee! We finally got some snow that stuck, at the end of February. And we got some more snow and sleet this week. I’ve had to take 4 of my vacation days for weather days. But I’ve really enjoyed it.

snow at home 6

snow at home 5

snow at home 4

snow at home 2

snow at home 1

I saw several snowmen in our neighborhood. I do love to see children out playing in the snow. As I was driving to work late one morning I saw about 5 children and some adults building 2 huge snowmen. I waved to them as I drove by. They were having so much fun. Those snowmen have melted enough that they fell apart today.  :(

So, I’m guessing that this might be the last of winter here in this part of the country. I know some are wishing it were their last part of winter but it will probably last a bit longer for them.

I recall one year, when I was still in high school in Illinois, we celebrated Easter in the snow. The Easter egg hunt was in the snow. It’s not easy to “HIDE” colored eggs on the white snow covered ground. But it’s a great memory I have of my youth in Illinois.

I will admit that I don’t enjoy months of snow but I have wonderful memories of snow fun. Mom made snow-cream for us. Oh it was good. Better than ice cream from a crank freezer. I do miss that, the snow-cream. We didn’t get enough snow for that, here in Texas.

I’m enjoying the cold weather now because I know what will be coming for us this summer. I prefer cooler weather to hot weather, even though my bones are a little uncomfortable in the cold. I think part of why I like the snow is because of my childhood memories.

Hope y’all build some great snow memories.

Love,

Karen

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I Do Love Winter

I DO love winter. I can say that because we generally don’t get much of a “real” winter down here in this part of Texas. The crazy thing is, we’ve had some very warm days (turn on the air conditioner) and some cold nights (down in the 30’s and turn the heater back on). That part I don’t like, but it is what it is.

I envy Vee having winter where she lives, though I do remember that when my family moved to Illinois when I was a teenager, a few years ago, okay a long time ago, winter eventually did get boring. Gray, ugly snow for 4 months. Stuck in the house playing cards and board games because it was too cold to go outside. Cold and more cold. 60 below wind chill factor, I kid you not, when the wind blew so hard.

Still, I love winter. Our winter.

Making potato soup or chili.

Drinking hot cocoa. For the first time ever I actually put a few bunch of mini marshmallows in my cup the other day. It was so good. I’ll have to keep stocked up on the marshmallows.

cocoa canister and hot cocoa mug

I like drinking hot apple cider too.

Now, if I could have a fireplace, I would seriously consider moving up there close to Vee. Or somewhere in Kentucky or Tennessee. Maybe Ohio. Anywhere that’s not suffering the drought like we are down here. Yeah, I’m still dreaming. And praying.

My favorite season is autumn. I wish I could find a place that would be autumn much longer than we have it. But since autumn is gone for this year, I’m going to enjoy our mild winter, as if it were still autumn.

Maybe this will be the year that we can sell the house and move a little farther north and east.

Husband shocked me this past weekend. He said to me, “What if we move to Australia?” What brought that up? Don’t want to talk about it. It’s what’s going on here in America in our government, and the fact that the U.S. has abandoned her God. But seriously, it’s going on worldwide. It’s the times we’re living in. I say, God is still on His throne and none of this stuff is a surprise to Him. He will take care of His own and He promised never to leave us or forsake us.

So, let’s just move to a place that is not in a drought. We’ll keep drawing close to God and love Him more and more, and love our neighbors the way God told us to.

I gotta get off this computer and unwind for the night.

Y’all take care and keep warm. Enjoy the winter. It’ll be gone before you know it.

Karen

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Daddy’s Empty Chair

From my stories archives. Just a short story. It’s a story about praying. If you don’t know how to pray, this is a good suggestion.

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A man’s daughter had asked the local minister to come and pray with her father.

When the minister arrived, he found the man lying in bed with his head propped up on two pillows. An empty chair sat beside his bed. The minister assumed that the old fellow had been informed of his visit. “I guess you were expecting me,” he said. “No, who are you?” said the father. The minister told him his name and then remarked, “I saw the empty chair and I figured you knew I was going to show up.”

“Oh yeah, the chair,” said the bedridden man.

“Would you mind closing the door?” Puzzled, the minister shut the door. “I have never told anyone this, not even my daughter,” said the man “But all of my life I have never known how to pray. At church I used to hear the pastor talk about prayer, but it went right over my head. I abandoned any attempt at prayer,” the old man continued, “until one day four years ago, my best friend said to me, Johnny, prayer is just a simple matter of having a conversation with Jesus.”

“Here is what I suggest. Sit down in a chair; place an empty chair in front of you, and in faith see Jesus on the chair. It’s not spooky because he promised, ‘I will be with you always.’ Then just speak to him in the same way you’re doing with me right now.”

So, I tried it and I’ve liked it so much that I do it a couple of hours every day. I’m careful though. If my daughter saw me talking to an empty chair, she’d either have a nervous breakdown or send me off to the funny farm.

The minister was deeply moved by the story and encouraged the old man to continue on the journey. Then he prayed with him, anointed him with oil, and returned to the church. Two nights later the daughter called to tell the minister that her daddy had died that afternoon.

“Did he die in peace?” he asked.

“Yes, when I left the house about two o’clock, he called me over to his bedside, told me he loved me and kissed me on the cheek. When I got back from the store an hour later, I found him dead. But there was something strange about his death. Apparently, just before Daddy died, he leaned over and rested his head on the chair beside the bed. What do you make of that?”

The minister wiped a tear from his eye and said, “I wish we could all go like that.”

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After all, prayer is simply a conversation between you and God. You don’t have to use a special voice or talk loud or close your eyes or sit a certain way. And you don’t have to wait until you’re in church. You can talk with God anytime and any place. You can talk out loud or talk to him in your thoughts or whisper your prayers, or talk in sign language. He will hear you, whatever method you use. The important thing is TO PRAY and pray often!

Heavenly Father wants you to spend time with Him. Not only with your petitions, but to talk about whatever else you want to talk about. Start with giving thanks for your blessings.

Thank you Lord God for the beautiful day today. The weather was a perfect 65 degrees and the sunshine was wonderful. Thank you for the food I ate today and water to drink. Thank you for my family. Thank you for my friends. Thank you for keeping me safe from harm. Thank you for my health. Thank you for my eyesight and my hearing. Thank you for keeping me company today and for leading me in the right way I should go.

Thank you for helping me at my job. Thank you for protecting me in my car. Thank you for allowing me to see that little boy riding his bicycle who was having such a good time and smiling all the way up the street. Thank you for the birds. Thank you for my pets. Thank you for the heating in our home this winter and the air conditioner in the summer.

Father, I have a friend who is going through a rough time with her health. Please help her.

Father, a family at church is having financial problems and the husband needs a job. Help them please. Go before them and make a way for them to have their needs met and make them flourish and prosper.

Talking with God is health to my spirit and soul and body. I’m thankful that I can talk directly to Him and He listens and He cares about everything that I am concerned with. He loves me (and you) and I’m blessed by that.

Karen

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Alter The Recipe

You can do that, ya know, alter the recipe. I was in the mood for the cheesy hashbrown casserole. But I had a little problem. No hashbrowns in the fridge.

So I thought, ok, I’ll use frozen and just thaw them in some water, and drain and dry them.

No hashbrowns in the freezer either.

Didn’t want to go out to the store, again.

I had some large baking potatoes. So I diced them up and proceeded with the recipe.

Salt and pepper to taste. I like to use Celtic Sea Salt.

Chopped onion.

Sour cream. I used what I had left from a small 8oz container, probably 6 ounces.

A can of cream of mushroom & chicken soup. You could use just cream of chicken but there again, I had to use the cream of mushroom & chicken another time that I made this and we actually liked it better so I’m sticking with that.

What I had left of a package of Borden shredded cheddar melt cheese and a package of Sargento shredded 6 cheese Italian. I didn’t really do any measuring, just dumped in what I had left over in the fridge. But if you like to measure…

The original recipe can be found here.

I wish you could smell the aroma coming from my kitchen. So yummy. Did I mention I put a meatloaf in the oven first?

I made the meatloaf using this recipe that is for meatballs. Only difference is that I added a heaping tablespoon of ground flaxseed meal and a 1/4 cup tomato puree into the mix and then when the loaf was almost done, I spread some more puree on top and finished baking it.

There’s the timer for the meatloaf now. I’ll take it out and let the casserole bake another 15 minutes and supper will be finished.

I usually have a couple of fresh vegetables but I’m cutting back today because of time constraints. I have a couple of things I want to get done, and some reading, so no time to prepare vegetables. I’m reading a couple of books. The Circle Maker and My Utmost For His Highest.

   

Ok, now the timer for the casserole is going off so…

It’s supper time. If I can get hubby to come in from the garage. It’s so nice out today that he wanted to putter around out there. I’ll talk with y’all later.

Karen

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A Serious Conversation

Seeing all that is going on in the nation and in the rest of the world, Islamic jihad, ISIS, etc, I have been under some stress, as I’m sure some of you might be too.

It’s very difficult to not be nervous about what we read and hear in the news. We know that there have been beheadings and torture and killing of Christians in Muslim countries and now we hear of it happening in Europe and in America too, and nobody is stopping it, surely not our liberal, ungodly government.

After all, we have a president who is Muslim and he supports the Islamic Brotherhood. He allows immigration of millions of Muslims here to America. America takes in more Muslims than any other country in the world. These are the very people who hate Americans and plan to destroy America. Remember Nine-One-One? The twin towers and the pentagon and the airplanes? The terrorists (who were Muslims)?

We Christians know we are in the last days and persecution of Christians is going to escalate. So…

I had a serious conversation with my husband.

Dear, if it should happen that we are captured by the enemy (be it our own government or the Islamic militants) and told we must deny Jesus and convert to Islam or be killed, do not deny Jesus.

Even if they make you watch as they torture me or behead me, do NOT deny Jesus!

Do NOT deny Jesus to try to bargain for my life, to try to save me. DON’T ever deny Jesus.

I have to tell you with all the love in my heart that I have for you, I will never deny Jesus, even for you. I love you so much dearest, but I can’t deny the Lord of my life. And I don’t want you to either.

If they torture and kill us, it will be over quickly and then we’ll be in heaven forever with our Lord.

Remember, He gave His life for us, to save us so that we could be with Him forever and ever.

If we give in and deny Jesus, He will deny us before our Father in heaven, and we will spend eternity separated from Him. We will spend eternity in hell.

Think about what that means. We have to remember all the wonderful life in heaven we would forfeit if we deny Jesus, just to save ourselves from being tortured and killed here on this earth.

We won’t get to see our Heavenly Father. We won’t get to live with Jesus. We won’t get to see our family. We won’t get to meet the Bible saints. We won’t get to see heaven and the streets of gold.

So, we are agreed, we will NOT ever deny our precious Jesus, not for any reason.

Yes, we’re agreed.

I hope we won’t have to experience these atrocities, but since we don’t know for sure when the rapture will happen; pre-tribulation, mid-tribulation, post-tribulation, we have to have this conversation now so that we will be decided about what we will do and what we won’t do, if the dreaded enemy comes for us.

Love you, dearest hubby!

Karen

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