Words To Live By

Words To Live By

I’ve been writing these down on a card to keep in mind how I want to keep living my life. It seems that this modern “culture” knows very little about these concepts. I’m not sure most of them ever even hear these words spoken in the culture, let alone taught to them by their parents or school teachers.

I know that God has set high standards for His children; His expectations for how we are to live. Just because it is God’s expectations does not mean they are so high that they are unattainable. He knows we can live them, with the help of His Holy Spirit. How many will embrace them and love them, because these standards are of the Lord.

I love meditating on these words. Partly because they remind me of a bygone era. Well, maybe they’re not so “bygone” as I perceived. And maybe when the Church gets back to fasting and prayer, these “lofty” ideals will be embraced and taught again.

These are not in any particular order. I’m writing them down as I wrote them on my card.

Holiness

Purity

Integrity

Honor

Loyalty

Merciful

Faith

Patience

Forgive

Excellence

Compassion

Empathy

Courage

Wisdom

Chivalry

Victory

Patriotic

Selfless

Learn

Pray

Respect

Graceful

Help

Reverence

Purpose

Praise

Search

Determination

Tenacious

Brave

Strong

Bold

Adventure

Joy

Gladness

Serve

Righteousness

Peace

Truth

Love

Sacrifice

Fasting

Health

I’ll probably add to my list as I reread Psalms and Proverbs. A dear friend from church said she has the habit of reading Psalms, Proverbs, Old Testament and New Testament every day, a chapter from each. This is a wonderful habit to make and when I practice this, I am so blessed. It helps me keep God’s Word in my thoughts and heart.

I’m headed down to visit Mom today. We might need to move her in with us so I’m working on clearing out that guest bedroom and figuring out what to do with all her stuff. My sister and I have been praying for healing and restoration for Mom. I sure would appreciate your prayers. Thanks so much.

Have a blessed day! Enjoy this last weekend before school starts.

Love,

Karen

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Computering

Well, I am NOT a happy camper, computerer. I have 2 computers. One is fairly new and I stupidly installed the Windows 10 on it, thinking to myself, how bad can it be, right?

I hate Windows 10, don’t recommend it to anyone. I spend most of my time trying to figure out how to find things on it to make it work. I hate Edge. I want to make Yahoo my homepage, like it was before, but I can’t find the “Default settings” to change it, besides Windows 10 says that Edge is the recommended web browser for Windows 10. Does that mean if I use Yahoo, will the Windows 10 not work properly?

I don’t have time to figure all this stuff out. And believe me, I’m working very hard to not use bad words here, since I am extremely agitated. Husband and I both noticed, as I’m sure everyone else has, that for some strange reason the Windows 7 isn’t working optimally any more. It runs extremely slow. Gee, I wonder why. Could it be that Microsoft is messing around with it to force people to download the Windows 10? I am considering buying a Mac PC but then I still have to spend time on a learning curve.

Time is a big issue, as I’m sure it is with you too. And I’m not a youngster any more. I always said I hope I can keep up with technology, as my mom doesn’t even know how to turn a computer on. I said I didn’t want to be like Mom, in that regard. I want to “keep up”, ya know. Now maybe I’m not so sure about that.

It appears that if I don’t find time to sit here for a month to figure this thing out, I’m going to be like Mom, not knowing how to work this modern computer. Watching my words, because I’m at the screaming, throwing a tantrum stage. I’m beginning to wonder if there isn’t a conspiracy to phase out us older folks and by-pass us altogether.

Have you all figured out Windows 10 yet? How’s about coming down to Texas and give me some lessons, please. I’ll provide you with cool drinks and I’ll keep the a/c going (being as it’s been in the low 100’s around here). Sorry, I don’t have a pool, but I’ll take you to the lake – after you help me master this new software.  🙂

I guess I’ll just use my old pc with Windows 7 until Microsoft shuts it down completely. Then I might be done blogging.  🙁

On to more computering.

Karen

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Search The Scriptures

moonlit beach

Jesus Himself said this to the Jews who wanted to kill Him, “You search the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life; and these are they which testify of Me.” John 5:39. We Christians know that in Him we have eternal life. He is the living WORD.

The word search signifies a strict, close, diligent, curious search; the kind of search men make when seeking after gold or sunken treasures. This is how we should look into the Scriptures, as though we are seeking to find a better treasure than gold or silver.

The Scriptures are the writings of Almighty God. He gave them to us and preserved them for us through these several thousand years, for our benefit, so we can get to know Him, and learn of His expectations of us. It is for our good that He gave us the written WORD.

God forbid that on the day of account that our Bibles would be a witness against us that we never or rarely looked into them. The WORD of God will bless those who diligently search it. All through the Bible we will find Jesus. Yes, even in the Old Testament (Covenant). Have you searched and found Him there?

If we hide the WORD in our hearts and in our thoughts, it will protect us from being deceived in these last days. The devil is going about seeking whom he may devour. He is the deceiver. He will put his lieing thoughts into our minds. If we have not hidden God’s WORD in our hearts, how will we be able to discern the lies of the devil? Many are being deceived and are standing against God and His plans.

We also need to make sure to develop a close friendship with the Holy Spirit. He will give us discernment and direct our paths. The Holy Spirit will help us to understand what truths we can find in the WORD. It is up to us to search the Scriptures and hide them in our hearts. Love the WORD and it will keep us to the day of the Lord. It is life.

My husband and I have a Bible app on our phones that we get the Word of the Day. There are many good Bible study guides out there too. I am using Charles H. Spurgeon’s “Morning and Evening”. I also am trying to follow a study method that a church friend told me she is doing. I read a chapter or two from the Old Testament, a couple of Psalms, a chapter of Proverbs, and a chapter or two from the New Testament. I confess that I am not always diligent with all this reading and I have had to learn not to get upset with myself when I miss a day of reading one of the four categories.

The one thing, the best thing we can do, all throughout the day, is talk with the Lord. That implies that we talk and we listen to hear His still voice. Relationship is talking with the Lord and loving Him. He is so good and His love for us is so precious, we can’t even begin to comprehend it yet.

Let’s All Search The Scriptures!

They will tell us of a God Who is Love, and Who loves us with an everlasting love!

Karen

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Write Down Your Dreams

Write Down Your Dreams

I’ve heard and read many times that we should write down our dreams. I don’t know what the purpose for that is and I haven’t been real good at that, writing them in a journal.

I dream in color. Most people dream in black and white. My dreams sometimes are so real that I find myself asking, during my dream, is this real or am I dreaming. This one was short and funny. I cannot connect it to anything that I was thinking of when I went to bed. Some people say we dream when we eat certain foods. I ate a sandwich and some chips, and had a bowl of icecream afterward; nothing that would make me dream a funny dream. Here’s the dream I had this morning.

In my dream, I’m standing in the driveway, talking to someone; I don’t know who it was but in my dream I knew the person. Up and down the street there were neighbors out in their yards; which is unusual because only one of our neighbors is ever out in his yard. He spends an entire day working on his lawn, every week.

Anyway, lots of people outside. I don’t recall seeing any kids out, only adults. Then all of a sudden, we hear this loud roar, of motorcycles coming down the street. Really loud, like they wanted to announce to everyone that they were coming. Three motorcycles. They were not coming down the street doing 100 mph like most normally do. No.

The funny thing is these three motorcycles each were pulling behind them a sofa, long ways, with a lounge chair at the end of the sofa. Other funny thing, none of our neighbors had any of their vehicles parked in the street and these three motorcycles were racing, pulling their sofa-lounge chair type chariots, banging into each other. They were having a grand ole time, laughing and racing down the street, then around the corner and over to the next street. We neighbors were all laughing and cheering them on.

The atmosphere was like it was a holiday celebration. We were all laughing and having fun.

That wasn’t the end of the dream. Behind the motorcycles were three motorized wheel chairs, racing down the street. The funny thing about them was that they were being driven by three little old ladies. They were racing, to catch up to the motorcycles, down the middle of the street.

I don’t have a clue what that dream could have meant. Most of my dreams make absolutely NO sense. But, there it is. I wrote it down, for the whole world to see.

Do you dream in color? Do your dreams make sense? Do your dreams wake you up or do you sleep right on through them?

I hope you all will always have sweet dreams. Remember what “they” say. Write down your dreams!

Karen

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A Father-Daughter Talk

A young woman was about to finish her first year of college. Like so many others her age, she considered herself to be very liberal, and among other liberal ideals, was very much in favor of higher taxes to support more government programs, in other words redistribution of wealth.

She was deeply ashamed that her father was a staunch conservative, a feeling she openly expressed. Based on the lectures that she had participated in, and the occasional chat with a professor, she felt that her father had for years harbored an evil, selfish desire to keep what he thought should be his. (Imagine that, he worked hard to earn a living, but why should he think it was his own to keep?)

One day she was challenging her father on his opposition to higher taxes on the rich and the need for more government programs. The self-professed objectivity proclaimed by her professors had to be the truth and she indicated so to her father.

He responded by asking how she was doing in school.

Taken aback, she answered rather haughtily that she had a 4.0 GPA, and let him know that it was tough to maintain, insisting that she was taking a very difficult course load and was constantly studying, which left her no time to go out and party like other people she knew. She didn’t even have time for a boyfriend, and didn’t really have many college friends because she spent all her time studying.

Her father listened and then asked, “How is your friend Audrey doing?”

She replied, “Audrey is barely getting by. All she takes are easy classes, she never studies and she barely has a 2.0 GPA. She is so popular on campus; college for her is a blast. She’s always invited to all the parties and lots of times she doesn’t even show up for classes because she’s too hung over.”

Her father asked his daughter, “Why don’t you go to the Dean’s office and ask him to deduct 1.0 off your GPA and give it to your friend who only has a 2.0 GPA. That way you will both have a 3.0 GPA and certainly that would be a fair and equal distribution of GPA.”

The daughter, visibly shocked by her father’s suggestion, angrily fired back, “That’s a crazy idea, how would that be fair! I’ve worked really hard for my grades! I’ve invested a lot of time, and a lot of hard work! Audrey has done next to nothing toward her degree. She played while I worked my tail off!”

The father slowly smiled, winked and said gently, “Welcome to the conservative side of the fence.”

If you ever wondered what side of the fence you sit on, this is a great test!

If a conservative doesn’t like guns, he doesn’t buy one. If a liberal doesn’t like guns, he wants all guns outlawed.

If a conservative is a vegetarian, he doesn’t eat meat. If a liberal is a vegetarian, he wants all meat products banned for everyone.

If a conservative is down-and-out, he thinks about how to better his situation. A liberal wonders who is going to take care of him.

If a conservative doesn’t like a talk show host, he switches the channels. Liberals demand that those they don’t like be shut down.

If a conservative is a non-believer, he doesn’t go to church. A liberal non-believer wants any mention of God and Jesus silenced and all crosses be removed from the public arena.

If a conservative decides he needs healthcare, he goes about shopping for it, or may choose a job that provides it. A liberal demands that the rest of us pay for his.

If a conservative reads this, he’ll share it with his friends so they can have a good laugh. A liberal won’t share it because he’s “offended” by the truth of it.

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I wonder why anyone who is a liberal even bothers to save for retirement. Why don’t they donate their retirement funds to those poor needy people they say they worry about so much, while they work until they drop dead. It’s okay for them to want higher taxes to take away from the middle class to pay for lazy people who have figured out that socialism (wealth redistribution) is a great system for them. But it’s not okay for conservatives to want less taxes and smaller government and put those lazy people to work or let them do without. I guarantee that it won’t take the lazy people very long, of missing out on meals and a place to live, to figure out they need to get a job like the rest of us. And it won’t hurt them to work, any more than it hurts the rest of us. 2 Thessalonians 3:10 …If anyone will not work, neither shall he eat.

If taxes were lowered and the Federal government took care of their first priority, which is to defend the people from foreign and domestic enemies, our country would be in a lot better position. The people would bring home more money on their paychecks and we people could help the less fortunate to get back on their feet and be self-supporting. We don’t need the government to do that. It is not their responsibility to do that. The people of this nation should do that. Like we did back in the old days, prior to the 1970’s. We had a great nation, until the liberal socialists came in and invaded our education system and our government. God is NOT for socialism (wealth redistribution). But then you wouldn’t know that unless you read the Bible, or cared about what God wants.

Ok, enough. I’ll try not to get too heavy from now on. I guess you can tell that I am very passionate about this liberal vs. conservative issue. The liberal view is so totally un-Godly and truthfully un-American, according to our founding fathers and our Constitution.

Have a great week. 🙂

Karen

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Odds and Ends, This ‘n That

I can hardly believe it. This must be a record low temp here in Texas. Here we are at the beginning of May and our high today was 63°. We are usually in the upper 90’s or lower 100’s by now. I sure am enjoying this. It makes me wonder though, what kind of summer are we going to have and how long will it last?

I took some pictures when I went down to Mom’s back in the early part of April.

orange flowers 3
orange flowers 2
orange flowers 1

And on the dirt road I saw these. Almost every time I drive down I see them, somewhere along the dirt road.

donkeys

Move out of the middle of the road, sweeties.

brown donkey
white donkey

Thank you. They are always well mannered and move out of the way.

And then I saw these beauties. One of Mom’s neighbors raises Arabian horses and these beauties are usually out in their front pasture.

gray horse

What is that saying? The grass is always greener on the other side.

white-brown horse

I added another kitchen gadget to my counter top. I made it. Okay, husband and I made it. He drilled the hole for me and attached the knob to the top. Thank you dear for your help.

recipe card holder 1
recipe card holder 2

recipe card holder 3

I made it match the knife block, kinda sorta.

And lastly, I took these photos of a Cardinal out in our back yard at the feeder.

cardinal at feeder 01
cardinal at feeder 02
cardinal at feeder 03

I love these pretty birds. I rarely see bluebirds here in the city where I live but I saw one last week at the feeder. We usually have the Cardinals at the feeder and then turtle doves on the ground under the feeder.

Down in the country on the dirt road going to Mom’s, I always see Cardinals. Occasionally I see a blue bird and more rarely I see Chickadees (my favorite birds). One year we saw a wild turkey. I guess it was wild. We haven’t seen it since that one time. I usually always see roadrunners and swallowtails too. Mom always puts up a feeder for hummingbirds and I love to see those. Her hummingbird feeder is hanging right outside her kitchen window where we can see them when they come.

I hope you are enjoying this mild spring. Have a blessed week.

No weapon formed against me shall prosper, for my righteousness is of the Lord. And whatever I do will prosper for I’m like a tree that’s planted by the rivers of water. Isaiah 54:17, Psalm 1:3

Love,

Karen

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Why Did I Come in Here?

How many times have I done this lately?

Ok, why did I come in here? I came to the bathroom and into our closet.

Turned around, standing in the closet, looking all around.

Oh yeah, I came to the bathroom for something, not the closet. What was it? Let’s see.

Thinking, thinking.

Lord, why did I come in here?

I know, if I go back to the room where I first thought of coming to the bathroom, I’ll remember why I came in here.

Ok, I’m in the living room.

Looking around to see if something will jog my memory.

Somehow I don’t think I was in the living room when I thought of going to the bathroom.

Ok, what room was I in? I know, I was in the kitchen earlier, maybe that was it.

Looking all around in the kitchen and dining room.

Nothing is coming to my mind.

Back to the living room. Lord, please help me remember.

Back to the bathroom. Looking around again.

It’s not my eyeglasses. I’m wearing them.

It’s not my keys, I’m not going anywhere right now.

I’m all dressed and I’ve already brushed my teeth.

WHAT DID I COME IN HERE FOR?

What DID I come in here for?

Oh yeah. Now I remember.

I went to the closet, not the bathroom, to get a different purse to change my stuff into. I didn’t want to carry the big purse to church tonight.

Thank you Lord for helping me remember why I came to the closet.

Seriously, the good Lord has helped me so many times to remember things like that. One time I misplaced my eyeglasses. Another time I misplaced my keys. And another time I misplaced my cell phone. (I have had to use the landline phone to call my cell phone to help me hear my cell phone ringing.) I ask the Lord many times to help me with small, insignificant things like these. You may think it’s stupid to ask God for help with things like this. You may think He doesn’t care about little details like these.

These little things that I pray about are the things that I get to see God make the most impact in my everyday life. He most certainly does care about these little things. He cares about all the details of our lives.

Yes, he cares about the big things too. He cares about us having food to eat and a place to live and our health. He cares about a home for us to live in and a vehicle to get back and forth to work and school.

God loves us. He cares about everything in our lives – BIG and little – all of our needs, and all of our wants, our dreams and goals, our family and friends, our church.

He even cares about why I forget things occasionally and He helps me with it all, when I ask Him for help. I know I can pray to Him and He hears me, every time, no matter where I am. He loves for me to call to Him, even when I forget things. I have confidence that God is there for me always!

I’m sure I’m not the only one who forgets things like “why did I come in here”.  🙂

You have a blessed day, and remember, God loves for you to call out to Him too, for anything you need.

Love ya,

Karen

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What Does a Good Day Look Like To You

What does a good day look like to you?

I guess it’s a matter of perspective. Many would say it depends on how easy things are going for them, as to whether it’s a good day. Then others who have an attitude of gratitude would say that easy is not necessarily what makes a good day.

A mother of young children might say that a good day would be a day when the kids are quiet and don’t fuss and fight with each other, and they obey her immediately without argument or whining, and nothing breaks around the house. And when there is plenty of money in the bank to pay for basic needs. That’s a good day.

Some would say a good day would be if they had plenty of money to buy whatever they need or want. That would make a good day.

Some would say that a good day would be a day with no big problems to solve at work and everyone did their job with excellence and without complaining. That would make a good day.

Some say a good day is when they don’t have to deal with sickness or disease or headaches or back aches. Having good vision and good hearing and a good memory. That would make a good day.

And wouldn’t it be a good day if we had p-l-e-n-t-y of time. Time for reading all the books we yearn to read. Time for completing all of our DIY projects. Time to sew quilts and aprons and pot holders and table runners. Time to volunteer at a food bank or nursing home or at the local animal shelter. Time to plan a dream vacation or design a dream house or plan out a beautiful flower garden. Time to visit the botanical gardens. Time to visit family and friends. That would make a good day. WOW, that would be a very long day. Ok, that would need to be good days.

My idea of a good day, this might sound corny, is waking up. Having a bathroom with running water and an indoor toilet. To take a shower and brush my teeth and do other toiletries. Being blessed with a washer and dryer to do laundry at home. Having oxygen to breathe. Having a closet full of clothes. Having daylight to enjoy. Having food in the pantry and in the fridge. Having a home to live in. Being blessed with a good, hard-working husband who loves God and me. Having family and friends and a church family to love. Being blessed with good health. And since I am blessed with all of these, I am so blessed. Knowing that my God takes care of all of my needs and provides for my family. That’s a good day.

The best day, I believe, was when God chased me down and got my full attention that He sent His own Son to save me. I knew I was a sinner, I think from the time I was about 5 years old. I didn’t get saved then but I knew I sinned when I intentionally disobeyed my momma. My conscience bothered me terribly and I tried to hide from God in my closet. God didn’t give up on me. He pursued me. He sent a young girl to talk to me about Jesus paying the price for my sins, when I was about 10 years old. That was the best day, when I knew I wasn’t going to hell, I could have confidence that I would be going to heaven to be with Jesus when I die. That was the best day, for me.

Another good day for me was when I got the knowledge and assurance that I AM saved. You see, I used to struggle with doubt about my salvation. In my mind I thought that if I was truly saved, I would have stopped sinning. I wouldn’t have to keep trying to control my bad temper and stop cussing and being critical of others and being jealous of others who were wealthy and seemed to have an easy life. Every time I failed, the devil would accuse me and tell me I must not really be saved because I failed again.

I heard a man explain it so well that I got set free from my self condemnation. He explained that doing right things would not save me. I could not do enough  right things nor make myself stop doing wrong things – to get myself saved. Jesus had done all the right things, for me. He lived the perfect life and since I believe in Him, I get the benefits of what He did. I still live in the flesh in this life, and my flesh will keep pulling me away from doing what is right. This is not to say that I can go indulge in sin. It means I am free from condemnation when I fail. God is not looking at my efforts. He is looking at what Jesus already did for me. He looks at the perfect life Jesus lived, and at the shed blood of Jesus that paid for my sins. He sees me through Jesus. That day that I came to that knowledge and could stop condemning myself and hating myself and stop worrying that I might not be saved, that was a very good day.

Do you know, truly know that God loves you so very much? He does!!!

Are you having a good day today? What makes a good day for you?

I hope you have a not just a good day but a great day!

Love,

Karen

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