Our Simple Journey of Faith, Family and Life

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

RAK - Random Act Of Kindness

Look what I received this afternoon from Mark & Sandy Evans. A Most welcome RAK (Random Act Of Kindness)... This Angel is so Beautiful and I am beyond Grateful... Such a loving and thoughtful gift... I Thank You from the bottom of my heart, I shall treasure this always... I forgot to mention the Angel is a music box that plays' Wind Beneath My Wings"... I'm still in such AWWWWWW over this gift...

Friday, April 11, 2014

Red Bird

The Red Bird
by Evaleen Stein

Swept lightly by the south wind
The elm-leaves softly stirred,...
And in their pale green clusters
There straightway bloomed a bird!

His glossy feathers glistened
With dyes as richly red
As any tulip flaming
From out the garden bed.

But ah, unlike the tulips,
In joyous strain, ere long,
This red-bird flower unfolded
A heart of golden song!

 Psalm 104:33
King James Version (KJV) I will sing unto the LORD as long as I live: I will sing praise to my God while I have my being.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Broccoli Cheese Soup

                                    Broccoli Cheese Soup for the Crock Pot!!!

 1/2 cup onion, chopped

 2 tablespoons butter or 2 tablespoons margarine

 1 (10 ounce) can cream of chicken soup

 1 1/2 cups milk

 1 lb Velveeta cheese, cubed

 1 (10 ounce) package frozen chopped broccoli

 Directions:  Combine all ingredients on low in crockpot for 3-4 hours.
Do not add salt.

This recipe can be doubled, It is AWESOME!!!!!
 I did however add about 2/3 c extra milk because it was to thick for my personal liking

Cast Iron

Stove top cast iron seasoning:

Heat. Oil. Smoke. Cool.

That's all you need to remember when seasoning your cast irons on the stove top.

• Wash your CI in the usual manner.

• HEAT on stovetop to dry up excess water.

• Apply a thin layer of OIL (my go-to fat for CI's is bacon lard, but you can use coconut oil, as well).

• Heat it on the stovetop until the oil begins to SMOKE. Wipe up any excess oil with a paper towel using a long spoon to prevent burns.

• When you think it has smoked long enough (usually a few minutes is all it needs), let the cast iron COOL.

 That's it. A well seasoned CI without turning on the oven.

Sunday, March 9, 2014


Picked up our Daily Devotional at Church this morning, this is from yesterday's
devotional, I thought it was worth sharing...

If you're looking for faults, look in the mirror. When you work
on your own shortcomings you'll have no time left to gossip about
anybody else's.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Simply Womans Day Book

Outside my window -  Sun is shinning, clouds are lingering and threatening
to rain later today.

I am thinking - How Blessed are family is, God's ever mindful of all our
needs and He provides beyond our ability to understand.

I am thankful for -  Our family, My Beloved Ron, Rhonda, Ronnie, Lance, Marla,
JesseAnne, Samantha, Stephanie, Brittanie, Tabby, Alex... God has richly Blessed us

In the kitchen -  My little bird is singing, 

I am wearing - Green today

I am creating - Purple Tube baby hats for my Nephew Jimmy's new baby (Cameron John)
due next month, then I'll make another for my neice Dianna who's baby is due in July

A favorite quote for today - 
God will not lead you, where "HIS GRACE" cannot keep you

One of my favorite things - Reading my Bible, Knitting & Crocheting

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

No-Knead Bread

3 c. flour
1/4 tsp instant yeast
1 1/4 tsp salt
1 5/8 c. water
1.) Mix all dry ingredients together, mix in water. Cover
bowl with plastic wrap and let dough rise 12-24 hrs
2.) Lightly sprinkle flour on counter, fold dough into
itself, form a ball, I let my dough rise an additional 2 hrs.
*(I place mine on parchment paper in a Pyrex bowl, cover)
See NOTE below when using PYREX
3.) Pre-heat oven 450 degrees in oven for 30 min. While
oven is pre-heating place bread pan & lid in oven to heat.
I lift the parchment paper and place in heated bread bowl,
cover and bake 30 min, remove lid and bake another
15-30 min until browned
** Using PYREX, pre-heat oven 450 degrees with dish in oven during
pre-heat time as above. Lower temp to 375/400 place dough in hot
bread bowl and bake for 30 min. covered, remove cover and bake an
additional 15 min. Remove and cool on a rack
Yield: One 1½-pound loaf.
** Using PYREX, pre-heat oven 450 degrees with dish in oven during
pre-heat time as above. Lower temp to 375/400 place dough in hot
bread bowl and bake for 30 min. covered,;  remove cover and bake an
additional 15 min. Remove and cool on a rack

Praying For The Homeless

I contacted Jeff Crockett (Our Mayor) about our local homeless in Harrison AR.
Here's our conversation  on Facebook, and then my reply at bottom...

My Question:
What does Harrison do to help the homeless in freezing temps? In Calif. (Vista,
No. San Diego County) they open the armory (spelling), - in Springfield they
open shelters, BUT, we moved to Harrison 13 yrs ago and I can't remember
 hearing of anything they do to help those in such need as a little warmth, So
I've come right to the top (the man who knows what's going on in our little
town) and am asking what does Harrison do to help those less fortunate?

Jeff Crockett:
Harrison has the House of Hope that was started last year. Funding is a
challenge however and overnight lodging that is desperately needed has not
been established.

Julie N Kevin McClellan:
Where would someone take blankets n such to our homeless?

Jeff Crockett:
Take them to House of Hope across from Edwards Grocery

Feb.18,2014 - MY "JMSQ" Personal Opinion:
This opinion was not posted on face-book but instead here on my blog...

Instead of road diets, new traffic lights to work with our new road diet, stop lights
removed by Seville, stop signs put up and taken down by Seville, Pushing for a wet
county, new liquor stores, maybe we as a community might want to get involved
in something that truly matters, helping those less fortunate, or those that are
homeless (fault or no fault of their own, their still homeless and out in the
fridgid temps.)

I personally feel after such a LONG COLD & FRIDGID winter Harrison has yet
another black mark on their name, while were snug in our little homes, (for those
who drink) sipping their cocktails, feeling like the world is spinning great, we
have human beings out in the cold FREEZING to death... You think it doesn't
matter, just look at the  hospital records and see if financially it matters... 
SHAME of Harrison for turning their back on fellow human being's...

Open the youth center, the House of Hope building, the Churche gym's etc. and set
up some cots for these people to sleep on, The Churches can take turns helping
out and, How about serving them a hot bowl of oatmeal & cup of coffee start
their day off ...

We as a community can do so much to help out, if we all pull together...

Just my 2 cents worth on this subject

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Alzhelmer's Request

Anyone having a family member / friend  going through alzhelmer's or Dementia  should have a copy of this in their hands and read it daily, hourly, or even minute by minute.

This is an awful illness to go through with your loved one, most times they don't even know who you are, you look into their eyes and remember back when, yet the hollow in their reflection seeks you out  to just love them and understand they are gone for now, only the shell of their life remains, until it's over ; and you realize that in their passing onto Glory was and is a true Blessing for they would never want to be remembered in their last couple years of their life suffering from memory loss, they want to be remembered in their strength of mind and body.

                                {In Loving Memory of my Precious Aunt Lois}

Monday, December 9, 2013

Teaching Christian Ladies To Dress Modestly

 Teaching Christian Ladies to Dress Modestly

“Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the LORD, she shall be praised.” (Proverbs 31:30)

I shouldn’t have to teach you this. A Christian woman should want to dress modestly - to dress differently from the world. Unfortunately, since the 1950’s, mothers (even Christian ones) have often failed to guide their children in matters of modesty. Although you probably already have some sense of what it means to dress appropriately and modestly, we live in a fallen world. Perhaps you really are truly “clueless” regarding to this subject – possibly not completely due to your own fault. Many women these days have grown up in homes without proper authority or spanking. Perhaps you have been raised by those from the Hippie Generation where there was no one willing and/or able to teach you how to dress properly. Although this will not be learned overnight, it nevertheless should not take you very long to learn the basics.

God sees everything. The fact is that Jesus can see you just fine right now, from all of the way up in Heaven, where He is seated at the right hand of God the Father. Jesus knows how you dress, and He knows whether or not you are trying to dress in a manner which ultimately glorifies Him. Does dressing in a way that glorifies Jesus matter to you? I pray that it does.

Therefore, here is a basic rule to keep in mind: Never wear anything you would not want to wear in front of Jesus. Would you want Jesus to return while you were wearing “that outfit”? (You know - the “hot” one). Also, what image are you presenting to the world? As a Christian, do you not represent Christ to this lost and dying world?

I realize that sanctification in the matter of wardrobe selection can be a rather difficult matter to discuss. Nevertheless, how a Christian woman presents herself in the church, and to the unsaved world is of extreme importance. Sadly, Hollywood and Madison Avenue often dictate so much of the world’s concepts of a woman’s image. Therefore, it can seem difficult to go against worldly trends and seek beauty in purity and simplicity of dress.

“In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array; But (which becometh women professing godliness) with good works.” (I Timothy 2:9-10)

Why is modesty in women's dress preached so rarely today? Sadly, most pastors are too afraid of loosing members to enforce a dress code of any kind at their churches. It’s an uncomfortable topic for a pastor to discuss, because it will not help him to win any popularity contests with his youthful members, (or their parents – who nowadays often rush to the defense of their children whether their children are right or wrong!). Not surprisingly, it will tend to make people angry when their sin of immodesty and vanity is exposed. Therefore, most preachers today, (most of whom care more about money than about pleasing God), just simply side-step this issue and do not deal with this matter of dressing modestly.

"...that women adorn themselves in modest apparel...” (I Timothy 2:9)

If we wish to please God, let us be frank here about dressing modestly. Whether you are 13 or 60, or anywhere in between, your private parts and knees should be kept covered. Don’t make ushers blush in church. A woman who has been "blessed by God" must not proclaim it to the world. God’s blessing is to be enjoyed by your husband and your infant children. Remember, it is not necessary to reveal and/or display "cleavage".

Should you show off the skin on your arms? Is this modest? The fact is, sleeveless blouses (“tank tops”) and halter-tops or halter dresses are not necessary. Remember, God sees how you dress. Dress in a way that pleases Him.

What about showing off the skin of your legs? Do you think that God wants you to show off your legs to strangers on the street? Is this modest dressing? Remember, your knees are best used for kneeling in prayer. There is no need to show them off to men. Therefore, keep your dresses and skirts below the knees. Longer is definitely more modest than shorter.

Is there a point to be made here? Yes. Does Jesus care about more about fashion or about modesty? Does Jesus teach us to call attention to ourselves, or does He teach us to live our lives in order to bring others to Him?

“To be discreet, chaste...that the word of God be not blasphemed.” (Titus 2:5)

Great care should be taken to ensure modesty in dress. This care will show that you respect the body that God has given you. It will also help to point people to your Savior, rather than pointing them toward you and your body.

Am I saying that you necessarily need to wear a floor-length black wool skirt and a crisp high-necked 1890’s style white blouse? Am I saying that you are not allowed to be colorful, creative and beautifully feminine? No. I am saying that the Bible should be utilized to provide the basic guidelines for how one dresses.

“Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;” (Titus 2:12)

How about jewelry: Gold? Pearls? Costly array? Does The Bible say not to wear jewelry? No. Nevertheless, the Bible does say:

“...that the women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array; But (which becometh women professing godliness) with good works.” (1 Timothy 2:9-10)

This verse doesn’t say that woman cannot wear jewelry, or try to fix up their hair in a clean and pleasant manner. It does say that you should be modest and have an air of seriousness about the way you present yourself to the world.

God’s word reminds us that a major part of a woman's beauty is the work that she does in serving others. Women therefore do not need to call attention to themselves by "piling on" jewelry in today’s garish fashion. Do not fall prey to the lust of the world that some women call “the BLING thing”. Any jewelry worn should be modest. Women are to have:

“...the ornament of a meek (teachable) and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price.” (I Peter 3:4)

Makeup: The same goes for makeup. As the late John R. Rice once said, “If the barn needs painting, paint it.” But, when you get ready to “put on your face”, ask yourself: "Do I want to look like Mary Magdalene before she was converted? Do I want to look a whore or like Jennifer Lopez or some other Hollywood star? Do I want to please Jesus Christ by looking my best, (without looking like if I scratched my face you could "plant corn in the furrows")?

Perfume/Fragrance: Someone once said, “If your perfume enters the room before you do, it’s too much.” (The same goes for your fragrance lingering in a thick cloud after you’ve left a room).

Pants: The Bible gives the guideline:

“The woman shall not wear that which pertaineth unto a man, neither shall a man put on a woman’s garment: for all that do so are an abomination unto the LORD thy God.” (Deuteronomy 22:5)

Does a dress pertain to a man or a women? To whom therefore do pants pertain? To men of course. Don't sin against God.

Yes, I have heard all of the arguments. Here are a few: “That’s from the OLD Testament!” “We’re under grace!” “Why wouldn’t God want me to be comfortable? I’m not hurting anyone.” Let me quickly agree, -- and then disagree. Yes, this verse is in the Old Testament. The Old Testament still has a bearing on our lives, doesn’t it? The Ten Commandments also appear in the Old Testament. Should we go out and kill someone because "thou shalt not kill" is in the Old Testament? I think you can see my point. Yes, we are under grace. Nevertheless, the Bible says:

“What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? God forbid. How can we that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?” (Romans 6: 1-2)

Does my wife own a pair of pants? No. Would she be willing to sin against God by wearing, "that which pertaineth to to a man"? Definitely not. Instead, she has learned to become quite comfortable in modest skirts and dresses. The key here is conversion. If you have trusted Jesus to forgive you for your sins, you will naturally want to please Him and displease the world, the flesh, and the Devil. Therefore, examine your heart. If you were to choose between pleasing God and dressing modestly on the one hand, and pleasing the Devil and dressing like the world on the other hand, which hand would you choose? In fact, which do you choose right now?

If you choose Satan rather than Jesus, the reason is probably that you are lost and on the road to Hell. Hell is real. Heaven is also real. Either way, your choice will be for all Eternity. Life is so very short. It is "as a vapor that vanish away." "The world passeth away, and the lust thereof".

Your sins are all written down by God in His books. You will be judged one day for those sins and cast into Hell. Jesus died on a cross to pay for your sins. He can save you from your sins if you will trust Him to do so. Trust Jesus today. Then put Jesus and the Bible first!

Thursday, November 14, 2013

A Simple Thank You

I've often wanted to say something about this subject, but
I also wanted to make sure it was said with an honest heart
and "not" hurt feelings.

When I was a child and someone would send me a card, or gift
or said something nice to us, we were taught to say thank you.
Yes & or no mam/sir and to always be respectful of others... PERIOD

If someone sent us a card or gift in the mail, we were taught to
send them a thank you card. NO we didn't have to get all mushy
over it, just a simple thank you ~or~ you gift arrived and meant
so much to me along with your thoughtfullness etc.

Today with the computer age, a simple e-mail would work just as
well, HOWEVER even that seems to be to much to ask from some people.

Were not rich, but everytime we send a card for our Grandchildren's b-days'
we'd enclose a small amount of cash for them to have fun with.. We would
send them Christmas gifts, and then as our grandchildren got older we'd
send money to them for Christmas..
Only 1 grandchild was ever grateful and thankful (the 1 raised near us),
the rest would never say we got it, thanks, drop dead, etc. NEVER...
After waiting weeks for a reply would contact them to see if it ever arrived..
Then if they felt lead to a thanks they would say yea we got it...
(I always felt as if I'm begging for a reply, and this should not be)

I had an 82 yr old lady contact me on face book and ask me to make
her sister a hat (her sister is fighting cancer), I did so happily,
mailed it off and never heard back from her... She made a big hoopla
over a fellow Texan who also made and sent things to her sister, a
special thank you to a special friend who also did something nice
for her sister, but never once mentioned my gift.
I didn't ask for anything in return, I sent it without strings attached,
but a simple my sister received your gift without my having to ask
2 weeks later would have been nice.

When you're not acknowledged it makes one not want to send things
out to their loved ones ~or~ do nice things for others, sometimes the hurt
is just to painful. Just saying

This evening I received a Beautiful Thank You from a Very Special Friend in IN. for the gifts I sent her... I'm Blessed and feeling a lot better...JMSQ

NO she hadn't seen this message before she sent the thanks, I didn't post it until later in the day before I found her message...JMSQ

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Winter Dreaming

                     Winter is almost here.... It's my favorite time of year...

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Psyllium Husk

Psyllium husk is a natural fiber used to treat constipation and cleanse the bowels of unwanted buildup and toxins. Psyllium is found in health food stores as either a powder or a natural supplement. The fiber can improve digestion and increase the feeling of fullness that allows you to eat less during weight-loss efforts.

.Weight Loss
Fiber from any source is ideal, but psyllium has much more fiber per serving compared with other sources. While 100 grams of psyllium offer 71 grams of soluble fiber, other fiber options such as oat bran only have five per 100-gram serving. Fiber is an essential part of weight loss because it helps keep you full, according to Jennifer Brett, ND, at the Wilton Naturopathic Center in Stratford, Conn. Keeping hunger pains away by using psyllium fiber may help you avoid cravings and lose weight.

Initially, using psyllium for weight loss helps you drop one to three pounds of waste buildup from the intestines. But using it as part of a healthy diet and exercise plan will help you lose weight gradually over time.

How Much Should You Take?
Take one teaspoon of psyllium powder and mix it with eight ounces of warm water. Drink quickly, because the fiber will begin to expand when it is mixed with water. After the initial glass, drink a second eight-ounce glass of water to hydrate the intestines so the fiber moves through them more easily. Because the fiber content is so high, it will absorb most of the moisture in the intestines, pushing out waste and toxins from the body.

Start out with one teaspoon per eight-ounce glass of water for one week and then move up to two teaspoons per cup to cleanse the bowels and provide fullness to the stomach. For weight-loss purposes, take the serving of psyllium each day at least 30 minutes before eating, to prevent overeating.

Read more: Best Way - How Much Pysillium Fiber is Needed for Weight Loss? | eHow.comhttp://www.ehow.com/way_5598456_much-fiber-needed-weight-loss_.html#ixzz0vCUhfQA1

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Miley Cirus

Much has been said about the very "mis-guided" Miley Cirus. We  (Ron and I) learned about this from non other then FaceBook the morning after... This is one of the reasons we watch little or no TV. We'd rather put old movies on or spend the evening reading then to be subjected to watching trash...

When her Dad (Billy Ray) was questioned from ET, he said  loved her and was looking forward to her coming home for a visit and that he would love her  always. Never did he say he was disappointed in her behavior.

So she is reaching for attention anyway  from anyone who will acknowledge her. Begging to be loved, acknowledged etc.

Instead of bashing this young lady, we as Christians should be praying for her that God would send a positive role influence into her life and guide her into living and acting in a wholesome manor.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Mamma's Hands

                                         Mama's Hands by Tommi Jo Casteel

 I saw you hide your hands in line,
 behind that lady fair,
 I noticed too, hers soft and white-
 immaculate from care.
 But Ma, I say, it's no disgrace
 to have workin' hands like you,
 and had she lived the life you have,
 she'd have hands just like it too.
 But her hands have never hauled in wood,
 or worked in God's good earth.
 They've never felt the bitter cold,
 or chopped ice for waitin' stock,
 they've never doctored sick ones,
 or dressed a horse's hock.
 They've never pulled a hip-locked calf,
 or packed water to the barn.
 They've probably never patched blue jeans,
 or had worn ol' socks to darn.
 They've never touched a young'n
 or caressed a fevered head,
 with hands so gently folded,
 all night beside his bed.
 They've never scrubbed a kithen floor,
 or done dishes every day.
 They've never guided with those hands
 a child who's lost the way.
 They've never made a Christmas gift,
 shaped by a lovin' hand.
 They've never peeled apples,
 nor vegetables they've canned.
 They've never worn a blister,
 or had calluses to show,
 for all they've done for others,
 and the kindness I know.
 So you see, my dearest Mama-
 yours are hands of love.
 And I bet the Lord will notice
 when he greets you from above