Friday, February 5, 2016

The War Within...

Some people are naturally cool. They do not even have to try. They just are. This is my sister Sharon, and she is cool and she always has been. 

 Some people try very hard to be seen at special plays, concerts and events. They want to be praised by others. In their hearts and minds they are saying, "Look at me! Look at me!"
Some people are unaware that others are watching. They are focused on justice.

Some people are thinking about God and on others and not themselves. 

I hope to not be trying to be the center of attention. It seems like lately that is what I have become.  The picture below is me in my prime. Oh, not today. This photos was taken 30 years ago. I was naturally and easily pretty in front of the camera. I have half the volume of hair and curls now. I do not have elastic wrinkle-free skin anymore. No, the Wrinkle Fairy visits me frequently. She brings me torments which she calls gifts.
I look more like this above photo, now. I have many wrinkles and lots less hair. My beauty comes mostly from within rather than from the outside. I want to make young women realize that our focus needs to be on God and our lives should be used to serve Him and not to serve ourselves and not for the purpose of being praised by others. This body and this world are temporary. Our real home is in heaven and it is eternal. We have lots to look forward to.  When we humble ourselves and let the Lord our God  be praised, lifted up, and blessed more than ourselves, I think we are gaining understanding of the Scriptures. Blessings, Kathi
                         2 Corinthians 4:18
"So we fix our eyes on what is seen, but on what is not seen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal."


Pride, Humility and Grace

 Do you know what a "site meter" is? It's a tracker that let's a blogger know how many people visit her blog each day. I removed mine. I no longer have one because I want Jesus to receive the glory from my blog, not me. I do not want to keep track of how many people read or like my blog. It takes courage to let go of pride. I pray that God will now be able to use this blog in a larger way for His glory, not mine. For me, keeping track is a sin of pride. I am not saying that it is sin for others, however. 
Lucy was brave yesterday. She had to get her rabies shot. She did very well. She is learning to wear a muzzle, so that she will not frighten others with her loud bark and large teeth. It was a humbling experience for her, but was necessary because several small dogs complained and gossiped about her. Even though she ate humble pie, it went down well with a cup of grace. The doctors and staff praised her and gave her a treat. I love my Lucy. 
Blessings, Kathi
                                Acts 3:19
"Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord."

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

I'm Going To Bloom Where I Am Planted... I Just Know It!

                 I have decided in my heart, which will lead to my outward actions, to "Bloom where I am planted.  No longer will I wither in the desert. The Lord has planted me as housewife, mother and homemaker for this season, and I am loving it and embracing it. I am throwing myself into this job with all that I have for the Lord's glory. I am blessed indeed. Blessings to you, Kathi  

                       Jeremiah 29:11-12
"For I know the plans I have for you,"declares the Lord, "Plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart."

Rahab and Ruth believed with all their hearts, in the promise. Without seeing they believed and they were saved. They were not Jews and neither am I, but I am grafted in because I believe in the promise. I believe without seeing.


Sunday, January 31, 2016

Am I Too Old For This? No Way!

 I brought back some old friends: Boots, tights and mini skirts.  I will be 56 this year, so I have shied away from mini skirts. I decided to bring them back for two reasons, no three: One, I wear them just above the knee so they are still right for my age, two, I wear them with tights so I have gained some modesty right there and they hide my veins, and three, I want to. Ha!:
What have have you brought back into your wardrobe this year?  Blessings, Kathi
                          Proverbs 31:25
"Strength and dignity are her clothing and her position is strong and secure; and she smiles at the future..."

Thursday, January 28, 2016

What An Honor and Delight...

     The other day while shopping I wandered into

 the goldsmith shop where my husband 

purchased my engagement and wedding rings 34 

years ago. To my delight I had the privilege of 

seeing the artist who made my ring. He looked 

them over and cleaned the set for me. I have 

always cherished my wedding rings for their 

beauty, but mostly the commitment to my 

husband they represent to me. 

I was elated that my goldsmith agreed to let me 

capture his photo. I am glad to give a tribute to 

this skilled man, Richard Gretz.

                                       Blessings, Kathi

                       Proverbs 3:27

"Withhold not good from them to whom it is 

due, When it is in the power of thy hand to do it."

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Food, Family & Shopping: Three of My Favorite Things

Good Afternoon! Let us break bread together...

 Let us also, do a little shopping together, with Aunt Kara...

Days like these are fun and relaxing. I'm 

thankful for family time with my daughters and 

sister-in-law. Blessings, Kathi

                         Acts 2:46b-47a

"...and breaking bread in various private homes. They were eating their meals together with joy and generous hearts, praising God continually..."

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Cousin Time

Sometimes it's the sad things in life that 

bring our families together. These are 

photos of some of my children with their 

cousin Selkie, during the sad last hours of 

their grandmother's life. 

The kids felt a special bond during this 

difficult time. In the midst of sorrow God

gives us joy.
              Ephesians 4:3  
  "Make every effort to keep the oneness of the Spirit in the bond of peace [each individual working together to make the whole successful]."

Monday, January 25, 2016

Living For God & Enjoying His Goodness and Faithfulness

The story of Ruth from the Bible inspired me this week. I got to thinking about sweet, kind, widowed Ruth, and how she loved her mother-in-law. She stayed with her, worked in the fields to bring home food for the two of them in spite of being hated, ridiculed, judged, gossiped about and alienated. She did not dwell on those insults. She happily worked and praised the Lord while she did.
 Then one day she was noticed by the richest and most prestigious man in town. He loved her and married her. I was thinking how absurd it would have been for Ruth to frown and fret about the way she had been treated in the past, when she has now become the most envied woman in town.
 Not only has she become the most prominent and wealthy lady in town, she was also very cherished by her husband, who loved her with his whole heart. Ruth never looked back. She never sought to get revenge on those mean people in her past. She clung to her Lord and praised and thanked Him for her new life with her husband Boaz and her new baby boy.  In the same attitude of heart, I must consider my own life. I was put through a lot. I was crushed last year. But, the Lord has brought me to a new place, so it would be absurd for me to keep thinking about the cruel past. Look at the new place the Lord has brought me to. I must never look back again. I need not feel less of a person because of what happened. I must not dwell on the hurt and the gossip that surrounded me, but rather, I will be like Ruth. I will thank the Lord that I have a new life. I get to be home. I am so thankful. Here are a few photos of what I now do instead of teach full time.
I am so thankful I get to talk with my son before school and to make sure he gets on the bus each day. I missed this while I was working.
What a special blessing to be able to spend time with my son. 
I am so glad to be able to sit in my yard and enjoy the beauty around me. The Lord has given me time to cultivate the flowers and to enjoy them.
Gardening is so fun for me. I enjoy seeing God's gorgeous flowers thriving in my yard.
I have time to spend on my farm, to harvest and to preserve the food.
What a joy it is to go thrift shopping with my daughters and my sisters.
I am thankful for the time to help my mother and dad.
I have time to visit my parents and sisters.
When friends and family stop in, I have time to drop what I am doing and visit. Thank you, Lord.
I have time to plan and cook good dinners for my family.
I missed so much when I was teaching. I now have time to spend with my husband, children, nieces and nephews on our farm.
I am so blessed to have been able to attend my nephew, Grayson's, wedding.

I am so blessed to be able to enjoy days like this with my family at our nephew's wedding.
I thank God that I now have time to do fun things like this day that my daughter Jessica and I learned about bee keeping.
I remember feeling so relaxed that I fully enjoyed the party we gave my daughter, Victoria as she chose her wedding gown. I could never have felt so at ease while keeping up with my hectic teaching schedule.
One of my greatest joys has been spending time with my husband. I am no longer so rushed that I can't have coffee with him in the hot tub as we watch the sun come up in the morning.
I am grateful for times like this on hot afternoons.
I have enjoyed teaching my daughters to can. We made lots of jam and applesauce this summer.

I think picnics are so nice. I missed so many of them while I was teaching. I have so much to thank the Lord for.

I have time to sew gifts for family and friends like this pillow case. Sewing is a joy for me.

I first wrote about my teaching experience here. I now want you to know that I want to be like Ruth and cling to my Lord with thanks and praise to His name, for bringing me to a place of rest and a place that many women long to be. I get to be with my family and to make my house a home. No more pouting or fretting about not getting to teach kindergarten. No grieving over being treated badly by mean girls. God is good and He knows what He is doing. I am truly grateful to Him.
Ruth 2:11-12
Boaz replied, “I’ve been told all about what you have done for your mother-in-law since the death of your husband—how you left your father and mother and your homeland and came to live with a people you did not know before. May the Lord repay you for what you have done. May you be richly rewarded by the Lord, the God of Israel, under whose wings you have come to take refuge.”


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