Do you ever feel blue? Sometimes we hear news that brings us down.
Even though I am a Christian sad news can really bring me down, so I must run everything I hear through the filter of God's Word. I must tell me sad feelings to my Lord. Yesterday I heard news that brought me down and made me feel blue, like the color of this bowl.
People make choices. Sometimes those choices hurt other people, and they are very foolish choices that will, further down the road, really mess up the one who fell for Satan's lure and his evil desires. Our God is bigger than we can even imagine. We can trust Him because he is faithful. I am praying for the one who is acting foolishly and has fallen in to the devil's trap. I pray he has a wonderful testimony of God's pardon, grace and mercy. I pray that the Lord will restore a young family that I am close to."Know that wisdom is such to your soul; if you find it, there will be a future, and your hope will not be cut off." Proverbs 24:14 Blessings, Kathi
According to Dr. Laura, there is no cure for the Narcissus personality disorder. This disease is named from the flower of the same name, which looked at itself in a pond
and thought it was the most beautiful creature, "To fall in love with its own reflection," Greek myth. I believe that Jesus Christ can cure anyone from sin, because He died on the cross and He rose the third day. Romans 5:8 , 1 Corinthians 15:4. Jesus can transform lives. If a person wants to change and asks the Lord Jesus for help, she will be given forgiveness and the ability to look to the needs of others instead of only seeing what will nurture herself. . Blessings, Kathi
Please do not take this wrong. I have many friends now who have children who have become addicted to various street drugs. Can you imagine a mother cockroach telling her child about the dangers of Raid? And then having that child say to her, "Oh Mom, you are so old fashioned. We just get high now and then breathing the stuff." Seriously, please pray for our young people. There are so many young people who have become trapped and fooled into believing that heroine and other drugs are okay. I just hugged a mother who buried her son last week. Please pray for those who are addicted and for those parents, friends, siblings and others who are in contact with a loved one who can't stop.
Blessings, Kathi "Little children keep yourselves from idols." 1 John 5:21
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."
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."
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
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
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,
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