Back To School

Tax Free weekend is behind us with back to school coming up. Way back, when I was in school, we never started back to school until after Labor Day weekend. Our last big summer bash was Labor Day. I don’t see the purpose of sending kids to school in such extreme heat. My nephew started football practice at school a few weeks ago.

Anyway…

A very dear friend from our church recommended a book to me for parents of school children, all the way through college. Her son-in-law wrote the book. I ordered mine on Amazon today. It’s a prayer that parents can and should pray, every day, over their school children. Not an empty chant. But a very meaningful prayer. It’s a prayer of intercession that will greatly impact the lives of your children.

Parents will learn to pray effectively for their children for:

  • Good health
  • Educational excellence
  • A resolve to serve God
  • Divine favor
  • Supernatural promotion & influence

I encourage you to take a look and read the back jacket info. You will be motivated to get this book.

I don’t have children but I have nieces and nephews who have children. I can pray this prayer over them and over the children in our church and our community, our city. I ordered 3 copies and I might get some more to give out.

Enjoy the last week of your children’s summer. And get spiritually prepared to do battle with the enemy who wants to defeat your children. He won’t win, if you pray seriously with purpose over them, every day.

Love,

Karen

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Grateful for Blessings

I am so grateful for blessings, so many blessings. We humans take so many things for granted. We just think they’re going to be there, the same as always. I just have to thank the Good Lord for as many as I can think of.

Living in America while it is still, for the most part, free and while it is still America.

Having plenty of oxygen to breathe. I see so many people that have to have an oxygen tank to help them breathe. And I read something once that said there is very little oxygen in hell so people who end up there will struggle for eternity to get their breath. I’m not going there because I have believed on the Lord Jesus Christ as my Lord and Messiah. Those who haven’t believed in Him will end up in hell. There will be no blessings of God in hell, and oxygen is a blessing. There will be no rest in hell either.

Light is a blessing. Did you know that when God created the heavens and the earth, He created light before He created the sun. Genesis 1:3, Genesis 1:16. I can’t imagine and don’t want to know what it would be like to live without light.

The shower and plumbing. Imagine what life was like back 150 years ago before indoor plumbing and showers. Yuk.

Christian TV and radio. As I said, we still live in a country that we have the freedom to have Christian TV and radio.

Plenty of food. A lot of countries do not have local grocery stores full of food, like the U.S. does.

Water. Clean, drinkable water.

My dear, precious, wonderful, hard-working, diligent, Christian husband. (This list is not in any particular order ’cause he’d be second on the list, after God.)

An electric iron. Convenience is wonderful.

Pinterest. I’m hooked. Enough said.

Family. Mom, sisters, brother, aunts, uncles, cousins. And friends.

The Bible. We are blessed to have several translations. And a Strong’s Concordance. There was a time when “common” people didn’t have access to a Bible. Only the priests/preachers had them and they didn’t preach the entire Bible, so the people didn’t get the entire truth of God’s Word. My new translation is the Messianic Jewish Family Bible. I love it. It puts the Bible in the original Jewish context.

Scented candles. A small blessing but I like scented candles. Hazelnut Cream. Anything autumn scented.

Autumn. My most favorite season.

Rain, nice gentle rain.

White puffy clouds.

Hot cocoa with miniature marshmallows.

Books, mostly Christian books. I am so blessed to have a small library of books.

Christian blogs.

Sudoku. Keeps my mind somewhat sharper.

I know there are a lot more things I am grateful for that I’ll have to come back to.

I am truly blessed, mostly because I know God loves me and takes good care of me and protects me and pours out His blessings upon me, especially since I also know that I don’t deserve them. He gives His blessings because of His great love. He sent His Son to pay a price I couldn’t pay and then He raised Him from the dead. His work is finished and I can have the promises He gave Abraham, when I believe. Jesus came to restore what we lost when Adam and Eve sinned.

I truly am grateful for my blessings.

Karen

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QR Codes

Here’s the definition of QR codes. It was invented in 1994 for the automotive industry to track each vehicle in production.

When I first started seeing QR codes, I didn’t really think much about them. Yeah yeah, something else that will fade out and come to nothin’. I doubt I’ll ever use them or care about them.

But I’ve discovered that they really are fairly useful. I found this free QR WiFi password generator. You will need your network name and password when you do this and it is fast and easy. I used a “static” QR code that you can’t change once you generate it but they also have a “dynamic” code that you can change at any time. I decided to print mine on cardstock and put it somewhere where it can be accessed by trusted family and friends.

If you have service people (plumber, electrician, phone company etc.) that come in your house or people you don’t know or trust, I wouldn’t put this code out for them to access. My nephew comes over on occasion and he has to ask for the code every time because his tablet doesn’t store WiFi codes for extended periods. This will make it faster for him to get online.

I read an article about how one company puts a QR code on every piece of their fish to let their customers know more about the fish they might want to purchase.

And of course you can put a QR code up for your website. Print one on a magnetic sign to put on your vehicle or print them on business cards to hand out.

Have you given much thought to QR codes?

I want to stay current with technology though a lot of it passes me by. I haven’t even figured out all the stuff on my new cell phone yet. I think I’m overly concerned about identity theft and someone stealing me blind, but we just have to use common sense and safeguard our stuff the best way we can. We can still enjoy life and pray for God’s protection over the areas we’re concerned about.

There are so many different kinds of QR codes to generate. You can use a search engine to find out more.

Karen

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Sharing With You

This n That

I have a mish-mash of stuff to share. Nothin’ really important, but I hope you’ll enjoy it.

I won’t say it for the 20th time that I do love autumn and I’m wishing it to come soon.  :)

I was looking at the top shelf of my linen closet, at my ceramic and fabric pumpkins, fabric owls and what-not. I’m yearning for fall leaves and crisp, cool air, so I can sit on the back porch with a lap quilt and drinking hot cocoa with mini marshmallows. Just sitting here wondering what kind of weather there will be in heaven. Will there be autumn? I sure hope so. If not in heaven, I hope there will be autumn on the new earth.

Tonight for supper I cooked meatloaf, cheesy hashbrown casserole and avocados. Delicious. I tried something different. I made enough meatloaf for two meals and I froze the second half for next week. I didn’t cook it, just froze it uncooked. Hope it turns out good when I cook it.

Husband has issues with his right rotator cuff. We found this KT tape that is amazing.

I support several Jewish organizations and this is one I love, a messianic Jew, Curt Landry Ministries. This is about a tallit (prayer shawl).

Here’s a story about the Classic American Clothespin. I doubt any of the younger generation even knows what a clothespin is.

A kitchen with beautiful wood beams and the how-to.

Some info on the issues with smart meters and what we can do about it, EMF Protection.

Unlocking the mysteries of Genesis from the Creation Conference.

An 1828 definition of modesty. Sit for awhile somewhere in a public place and you will see the worst parade of scantily dressed, bosom exposed, pants-waistline-at-the-knees craziness enough to make a person sick. Sad thing is, even Christians dress immodestly. We should be setting the standard for the rest of the world. We should be set apart, not dressing and acting like the worldly. They should be able to see and know that we are God’s people.

A great way to make some extra money, Amazon flipping.

Hope you all are having fun this summer. It has been fairly mild, and WooHoo, the lakes hereabouts have filled up. I hope our drought is gone.

I have to get off here. I bought 2 large containers of strawberries and was planning on cutting them up to put in the freezer. Speaking of strawberries, have you made any ice cream this year. Here’s a delicious recipe for homemade strawberry icecream.

bowl of strwby ice cream   Enjoy!

Summertime good!

Karen

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Memorial Day

Do I say Happy Memorial Day? I think not. For so many, what’s happy about it, ya know.

I have many family members who have served; husband, uncles, cousins, great-uncles, a great-aunt, great-great-uncles, and so on. In my lifetime I have not lost anyone IN war. Some have devastating injuries, but thank GOD they are alive and with us.

Today I’m watching the new series “Brush of Honor”. I tried to turn the channel but felt strongly compelled to turn it back. Been crying the whole time. It hurts. I don’t want Americans to forget our brave men and women, EVER. I’m so thankful for their sacrifice. Most of those who serve in our military absolutely love the USA. They believe that this is the greatest nation in the world. They are true PATRIOTS. True HEROES. I love every single one of them.

I always make it a point to go shake the hand of a uniformed service person and thank them for their service. They need to know that they are appreciated by the US citizens who enjoy the freedoms they go out to preserve.

Here’s a link for a brief history of Memorial Day.

Be sure and shake a service man/woman’s hand and let them know they are appreciated!  :)

Maybe think about supporting Wounded Warrior Project.

Remember the Red, White & Blue!

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Momma

I am blessed to have a Mom who loves me. I love her too.

Momma is not perfect. None of us are. There are things in my childhood that I wish could have been different. Even now I’d like to change things a little, for the better.

What I appreciate about my Momma is that she took care of her four kids the best way that she could. When she and my biological father got divorced, Momma worked to provide a place for us to live and food to eat and clothes to wear. She made sure we went to school. She wanted us all to graduate from high school. She didn’t have that privilege and she wanted better for her kids.

She did this with no help from her kids’ biological father.

She took care of FOUR children. I know some mothers who can’t seem to take care of one, or two, let alone four.

Mom freely gave us hugs and kisses, and she often told us (and still does) that she loved us.

She taught us to have good manners and to be respectful of our elders, say ma’am and sir.

She always made the holidays special for us. We weren’t rich and we didn’t have fancy gifts but Momma made us feel rich in her love.

She always CELEBRATED our birthdays and made sure we knew we were special and that she loved us. She taught us to love each other and to love our family (aunts, uncles, cousins, grandparents).

She taught us girls to cook and clean and do laundry. I’m so glad we had chores and learned a work ethic. This young generation doesn’t know about ethics or morals or manners or homemaking or putting others first.

One very good thing I observed about Momma. No matter how tough things got, she persevered. She never gave up. She hung in there until things got better. She kept us together.

Momma prays. She believes God.

She’s going to turn 80 in September. Celebration time!

Tomorrow we’re celebrating her being our Momma!

Love you always and forever Mom!

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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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