Tuesday, May 31, 2016

If You Goof, Humble Yourself and Make Things Right

Dear Ladies, I am a mom just like you. Now and then I really mess up. I did the other day when I tried to manipulate my children into liking gravy on top of mashed potatoes. Some people just do not like gravy. My kids love their mashed potatoes plain. This is a known fact in our home.
So, what did I do? You guessed it, I goofed. I thought if by pouring gravy all over the left-overs, my kids would happen to taste the gravy the next time they ate them and that they would declare that they loved them; proving that I was right all along. Wrong! They were very upset with me for "ruining" the perfect potatoes. Do not get me wrong, my children are not spoiled brats. They really appreciate what I do for them. They had made it very clear for years, that they do not like gravy on potatoes. I knew this very well, so what I did was actually mean. When we know someone has a preference for something and we disregard it, that can cause hurt and anger. I decided to ask them to forgive me, and I asked the Lord to help me make it right.
So, a few days later, I made a new batch of pure mashed potatoes. I felt so much better about being kind, being thoughtful, being sweet. Only God can bring those qualities out in me. My children thanked me and told me how good they were.The Bible is very clear about not  demanding our own way, and that it is wrong to manipulate, to be short tempered, and to be flat out cross or bossy.  I am feeling so much better after having made a wrong right. I hope you have a blessed day,  Kathi

                        1 Corinthian 13:4-5
"Love is very patient and kind, never jealous or envious, never boastful or proud, never haughty or selfish or rude. Love does not demand its own way. It is not irritable or touchy. It does not hold grudges and will hardly even notice when others do it wrong."

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Field Wash For Garden Produce

My dear husband made me a "field wash" station for my vegetable garden. I am so happy to have this!

This cute elongated metal sink is no ordinary sink. It used to be inside the milk house where my husband's family milked cows for years on their dairy. It is a treasure being recycled with continued use. I love it and am blessed to be able to pre-rinse dirt from my vegetables before bringing them to the house. Blessings, Kathi
               2 Kings 5:14 (Bible Scripture)
"So Naaman went down to the Jordan River and dipped himself seven times, as the man of God had instructed him. And his skin became as healthy as the skin of a young child's, and he was healed." 

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Not Too Shabby

I understand and I believe that "Shabby Chic" is in style, but inside me everything revolts. Especially when it happens to be my white wicker front porch chairs. Here is before...
And, here is after white spray paint...
Sometimes I just want my things to be clean and new looking. I love the way my chairs look now with a coat of glossy white. Blessings, Kathi
 "For if a man wearing a gold ring and fine clothing comes into your assembly, and a poor man in shabby clothing also comes in, and if you pay attention to the one who wears the fine clothing and say, "You sit here in a good place," while you say to the poor man, "You stand over there," or, "Sit down at my feet," have you not then made distinctions among yourselves and become judges with evil thoughts? Listen, my beloved brothers, has not God chosen those who are poor in the world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom, which He has promised to those who love him?" James 2:2-5

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Stay Above Those Gossipy Women ~ Ignore Them

We always think we need to know the details of gossip when it is about us. We demand to know who said it, what was said, and to whom.
Today I learned from the Bible, in Numbers 12, that it is not necessary for me to know about the idle talk, rumors, or vicious unconstrained conversations about me; God will take care of it. 
If you believe in God and you are listening to His voice, He will prick your conscience because you are His child. Like little seedlings, you must grow to be like Him. Warning: The Lord will deal with you swiftly if you believe in Him and you are a partaker of gossip; either enjoying every morsel as you gobble up each detail,
or if you are the one gabbing in the echoing church, outside the Ladies' room or in the drug store. The Lord will deal with you and your run-away tongue because...

He wants to sharpen your conscience (sometimes this happens harshly to teach the lesson).

Sometimes what you dish out will be served back to you, to teach you to become more like Jesus.
Moses did not even know he was being cruelly dishonored by his siblings. He was occupied in service for the Lord. It was the Lord who intervened for him. The Lord's punishment was severe, but after the learning there was mercy. I have heard that, Humble Pie goes down good with a cup of grace.  Blessings, Kathi     
                               Numbers 12
"...One day Miriam and Aaron were criticizing Moses...the Lord heard them...Immediately he summoned Moses, Aaron and Miriam to the Tabernacle..." Please read this for yourself in the Bible. The name of the book is Numbers and the chapter is 12 

Monday, April 25, 2016

Feathering My Nest (that's me) Featured On Between the Lines!

Hello Dear Readers!

I am excited to tell you that I have been invited to post my blog about myself as being a 50 year old or above blogger on Katherine's Corner!  If you go to her blog you would then scroll down to her blog series called, "Between the Lines," which she posts each Tuesday. Well, it is Tuesday and I am on the list of featured bloggers for week 2 this week!

For those who do not know me, I am 56 years old. I love my family, so my blog features my husband and our four children often. I am almost an empty nester: Our children's ages are 24, 23, 21 and 14. 

My dear sister Sharon , at Rose of Sharon Garden, introduced me to the blogging world nine years ago. This is Sharon and me at her 50th birthday party. She and I both feel that blogging is our creative outlet.
We can say what we want and share our interests in the most fascinating ways. I love it when a photo speaks perfectly to how I am feeling so I incorporating into my post. My blog is full of the Lord and His goodness to me. I share what God is doing in my life and how He has blessed me in so many ways. One of the first times I shared my faith was with "The Big White Dog story" about my grandmother, Margaret. I also like to blog about my hobbies: Sewing,
 and cooking,
in which I always try to include the recipe. Other posts are about my dear husband and me. One of my favorites is called "Garden of My Heart," I love that one. 
I share about our date nights too.
I am gaining confidence with my decorating, so I do share some of those things. I like thrift shopping, fashion,
and Jane Austen books and movies. I have to admit sometimes I write personal things, things that are not all roses and sunshine,  such as, about how mean girls have treated me.
I have been brutally honest about feeling low about myself about not measuring up. My daughter is getting married this year,
so we have a lot of excitement going on in our home, which I will be sharing with all of you! I believe that there are lots of 50 years and older bloggers who may have a bit more time to blog than those who are younger. We have the time to read other blogs too! I enjoy reading my new friend's blogs and I do hope they enjoy reading mine too. Please visit Katherine's Corner today, Tuesday, week 2, to see me featured. Thanks! Between the Lines.
                 One more thing, I am not a grandmother yet, but believe me I will share all about it when the day arrives.

       Blessings, Kathi
"When the Holy Spirit controls our lives, He will produce this kind of fruit in us: Love, joy, peace, patience, goodness, kindness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self control." Galatians 5:22

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Natural Fertilizer

There are less expensive ways to fertilize gardens.
My daughter, Jessica, looked up ways to naturally fertilize with stinging nettles. We happen to have some growing on our back acreage. Use gloves, as they have that name for their needle-like slivers that do penetrate skin.
Jessica and I spent about a half hour looking for them, and we found only a few which were mixed in with blackberry vines near the creek.  Later we found that ANY weeds will do the trick ~ smile.  What you do is...
Place the weeds in a bucket and cover with water. It is good to put a lid over this, as this will become quite smelly. After three weeks use the liquid with 10 parts water and 1 part weed solution. Sprinkle weekly on vegetable or flower garden. For some reason this is not recommended for roses or for tomatoes. I will tell you my carrots have thrived on it and so have many of my flowers
This blesses me because God can use anything, even weeds (bad things) to encourage growth in our lives as seen in how He uses weeds to fertilize (encourage growth) in plants. Happy gardening to you, my blogging friends.   Blessings, Kathi

“I passed by the field of the sluggard and by the 

vineyard of the man lacking sense. And behold, it 

was completely overgrown with thistles; Its 

surface was covered with nettles, And its stone 

wall was broken down.” Proverbs 24:30-32 

Sunday, April 17, 2016

My Birthdays From 2014 To 2016

      Hi  Dear Blogging Friends! Here is an example of what can happen when we get too "busy." We miss out on postings. This is a photo of me with my precious daughters from the year 2014 on my birthday. That was such a fun day with them.

We shopped together. 

 We ate together...

I just realized that because of my past "busyness" I have not shared the above birthday of 2014, nor the below photos of 2015...
Notice the jacket I am wearing is the same jacket Jessica borrowed from me a year before. I am grateful that my daughters like my clothes enough to borrow them  ~ smile.
 Of course we saw, "Cinderella;" such a great movie.
 ...And we shopped the mall... The below photo was taken from Mizhattan... I love that blog and want to give photo credit.
Here we are again above in 2016, our car photo for my birthday. We went to a few thrift stores and a fun garden store.
I got a very special extra blessing, my sister Sharon joined us for dinner and the movie, "My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2."
We laughed and enjoyed the movie and each others company. I have learned that I do not want to be so over occupied that I forget to write down and share my special moments with daughters and sisters. Every day is precious and should be remembered and thanks given to our Lord.

"Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the  body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?" Matthew 6: 25-26

Friday, April 15, 2016

Be Inspired ~

I became so inspired during my recent sub job at the high school. I got to be the Agriculture teacher for a day.
In the above photo behinde the blonde girl you can see a table of healthy geraniums. These girls planted the seeds and transplanted them several times. They will be selling them soon for a school fund raiser. I did not know that geraniums could grow from seeds so easily. I got so excited I got myself some little plant starter kits and placed them under fluorescent lights on my laundry room counter.
Here are mine on day one: 

I went with sunflower, zinnia, and hollyhocks to begin with. I got online and ordered geranium and petunia seeds as well. This is so thrilling for me. Here is day four:
I am so happy that my yard will be filled with pretty flowers this summer, all because God gave me time to plant them, the know how to do it, and the desire. I am blessed. I will show you my garden when it is in full bloom. God bless you, Kathi
"Consider the lilies how they grow: They toil not, they spin not; and yet I say unto you, that Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. If then God so clothe the grass, which is today in the field, and tomorrow is cast into the oven; how much more will He clothe you, oh ye of little faith? Luke 12:27-28


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