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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

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Mini Gnomes

In honor of Duck Dynesty, I've made up several Camo "Mini Gnomes",
Green Camo for boys, & Rose Camo for girls

If making for a gift, attach a Scripture and enjoy

Pattern Found Here:
Gnome (MINI) (C)

Monday, July 29, 2013


 One young man went to apply for a managerial position in a big company. He passed the initial interview, and now would meet the dire...ctor for the final interview.

The director discovered from his CV that the youth's academic achievements were excellent. He asked, "Did you obtain any scholarships in school?" the youth answered "no".

" Was it your father who paid for your school fees?"

"My father passed away when I was one year old, it was my mother who paid for my school fees.” he replied.

" Where did your mother work?"

"My mother worked as clothes cleaner.”

The director requested the youth to show his hands. The youth showed a pair of hands that were smooth and perfect.

" Have you ever helped your mother wash the clothes before?"

"Never, my mother always wanted me to study and read more books. Besides, my mother can wash clothes faster than me.

The director said, "I have a request. When you go home today, go and clean your mother's hands, and then see me tomorrow morning.

The youth felt that his chance of landing the job was high. When he went back home, he asked his mother to let him clean her hands. His mother felt strange, happy but with mixed feelings, she showed her hands to her son.

The youth cleaned his mother's hands slowly. His tear fell as he did that. It was the first time he noticed that his mother's hands were so wrinkled, and there were so many bruises in her hands. Some bruises were so painful that his mother winced when he touched it.

This was the first time the youth realized that it was this pair of hands that washed the clothes everyday to enable him to pay the school fees. The bruises in the mother's hands were the price that the mother had to pay for his education, his school activities and his future.

After cleaning his mother hands, the youth quietly washed all the remaining clothes for his mother.

That night, mother and son talked for a very long time.

Next morning, the youth went to the director's office.

The Director noticed the tears in the youth's eyes, when he asked: "Can you tell me what have you done and learned yesterday in your house?"

The youth answered," I cleaned my mother's hand, and also finished cleaning all the remaining clothes'

“I know now what appreciation is. Without my mother, I would not be who I am today. By helping my mother, only now do I realize how difficult and tough it is to get something done on your own. And I have come to appreciate the importance and value of helping one’s family.

The director said, "This is what I am looking for in a manager. I want to recruit a person who can appreciate the help of others, a person who knows the sufferings of others to get things done, and a person who would not put money as his only goal in life.”

“You are hired.”

This young person worked very hard, and received the respect of his subordinates. Every employee worked diligently and worked as a team. The company's performance improved tremendously.

A child, who has been protected and habitually given whatever he wanted, would develop an "entitlement mentality" and would always put himself first. He would be ignorant of his parent's efforts. When he starts work, he assumes that every person must listen to him, and when he becomes a manager, he would never know the sufferings of his employees and would always blame others. For this kind of people, who may be good academically, they may be successful for a while, but eventually they would not feel a sense of achievement. They will grumble and be full of hatred and fight for more. If we are this kind of protective parents, are we really showing love or are we destroying our children instead?

You can let your child live in a big house, eat a good meal, learn piano, watch on a big screen TV. But when you are cutting grass, please let them experience it. After a meal, let them wash their plates and bowls together with their brothers and sisters. It is not because you do not have money to hire a maid, but it is because you want to love them in a right way. You want them to understand, no matter how rich their parents are, one day their hair will grow gray, same as the mother of that young person. The most important thing is your child learns how to appreciate the effort and experience the difficulty and learns the ability to work with others to get things done.

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Mrs Jones

Lawyers should never ask a Georgia grandma a question if they aren't prepared for the answer.

In a trial, a Southern small-town prosecuting attorney called his first witness, a grandmotherly, elderly woman to the stand. He approached her and asked, 'Mrs. Jones, do you know me?' She responded, 'Why, yes, I do know you, Mr. Williams. I've known you since you were a boy, and frankly, you've been a b...ig disappointment to me. You lie, you cheat on your wife, and you manipulate people and talk about them behind their backs. You think you're a big shot when you haven't the brains to realize you'll never amount to anything more than a two-bit paper pusher. Yes, I know you.'

The lawyer was stunned. Not knowing what else to do, he pointed across the room and asked, 'Mrs. Jones, do you know the defense attorney?'

She again replied, 'Why yes, I do. I've known Mr. Bradley since he was a
youngster, too. He's lazy, bigoted, and he has a drinking problem. He can't build a normal relationship with anyone, and his law practice is one of the worst in the entire state. Not to mention he cheated on his wife with three different women. One of them was your wife. Yes, I know him.'

The defense attorney nearly died.

The judge asked both counselors to approach the bench and, in a very quiet voice, said,

'If either of you idiots asks her if she knows me, I'll send you both to the electric chair.

Thursday, July 25, 2013


Amazing story
A must READ - Good morning said a woman as she walked up to the man sitting on the ground.

The man slowly looked up.

This was a woman clearly accustomed to the finer things of life. Her coat was new.. She looked like she had never missed... a meal in her life.

His first thought was that she wanted to make fun of him, like so many others had done before.. "Leave me alone," he growled....

To his amazement, the woman continued standing.

She was smiling -- her even white teeth displayed in dazzling rows. "Are you hungry?" she asked.

"No," he answered sarcastically. "I've just come from dining with the president. Now go away."

The woman's smile became even broader. Suddenly the man felt a gentle hand under his arm.

"What are you doing, lady?" the man asked angrily. "I said to leave me alone.

Just then a policeman came up. "Is there any problem, ma'am?" he asked..

"No problem here, officer," the woman answered. "I'm just trying to get this man to his feet. Will you help me?"

The officer scratched his head. "That's old Jack. He's been a fixture around here for a couple of years. What do you want with him?"

"See that cafeteria over there?" she asked. "I'm going to get him something to eat and get him out of the cold for awhile."

"Are you crazy, lady?" the homeless man resisted. "I don't want to go in there!" Then he felt strong hands grab his other arm and lift him up. "Let me go, officer. I didn't do anything."

"This is a good deal for you, Jack" the officer answered. "Don't blow it.."

Finally, and with some difficulty, the woman and the police officer got Jack into the cafeteria and sat him at a table in a remote corner. It was the middle of the morning, so most of the breakfast crowd had already left and the lunch bunch had not yet arrived...

The manager strode across the cafeteria and stood by his table. "What's going on here, officer?" he asked. "What is all this, is this man in trouble?"

"This lady brought this man in here to be fed," the policeman answered.

"Not in here!" the manager replied angrily. "Having a person like that here is bad for business.."

Old Jack smiled a toothless grin. "See, lady. I told you so. Now if you'll let me go. I didn't want to come here in the first place."

The woman turned to the cafeteria manager and smiled....... "Sir, are you familiar with Eddy and Associates, the banking firm down the street?"

"Of course I am," the manager answered impatiently. "They hold their weekly meetings in one of my banquet rooms."

"And do you make a godly amount of money providing food at these weekly meetings?"

"What business is that of yours?"

I, sir, am Penelope Eddy, president and CEO of the company."


The woman smiled again. "I thought that might make a difference." She glanced at the cop who was busy stifling a giggle. "Would you like to join us in a cup of coffee and a meal, officer?"

"No thanks, ma'am," the officer replied. "I'm on duty."

"Then, perhaps, a cup of coffee to go?"

"Yes, ma’am. That would be very nice."

The cafeteria manager turned on his heel, "I'll get your coffee for you right away, officer."

The officer watched him walk away. "You certainly put him in his place," he said.

"That was not my intent. Believe it or not, I have a reason for all this."

She sat down at the table across from her amazed dinner guest. She stared at him intently.. "Jack, do you remember me?"

Old Jack searched her face with his old, rheumy eyes. "I think so -- I mean you do look familiar."

"I'm a little older perhaps," she said. "Maybe I've even filled out more than in my younger days when you worked here, and I came through that very door, cold and hungry."

"Ma'am?" the officer said questioningly. He couldn't believe that such a magnificently turned out woman could ever have been hungry.

"I was just out of college," the woman began. "I had come to the city looking for a job, but I couldn't find anything. Finally I was down to my last few cents and had been kicked out of my apartment. I walked the streets for days. It was February and I was cold and nearly starving. I saw this place and walked in on the off chance that I could get something to eat."

Jack lit up with a smile. "Now I remember," he said.. "I was behind the serving counter. You came up and asked me if you could work for something to eat. I said that it was against company policy."

"I know," the woman continued. "Then you made me the biggest roast beef sandwich that I had ever seen, gave me a cup of coffee, and told me to go over to a corner table and enjoy it. I was afraid that you would get into trouble... Then, when I looked over and saw you put the price of my food in the cash register, I knew then that everything would be all right."

"So you started your own business?" Old Jack said.

"I got a job that very afternoon. I worked my way up. Eventually I started my own business that, with the help of God, prospered." She opened her purse and pulled out a business card.. "When you are finished here, I want you to pay a visit to a Mr. Lyons...He's the personnel director of my company. I'll go talk to him now and I'm certain he'll find something for you to do around the office." She smiled. "I think he might even find the funds to give you a little advance so that you can buy some clothes and get a place to live until you get on your feet... If you ever need anything, my door is always opened to you."

There were tears in the old man's eyes. "How can I ever thank you?" he said.

"Don't thank me," the woman answered. "To God goes the glory. Thank Jesus...... He led me to you."

Outside the cafeteria, the officer and the woman paused at the entrance before going their separate ways....

"Thank you for all your help, officer," she said.

"On the contrary, Ms. Eddy," he answered. "Thank you. I saw a miracle today, something that I will never forget. And.. And thank you for the coffee."

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Pastor Jeremiah Steepek

Pastor Jeremiah Steepek (pictured above) transformed himself into a homeless person and went to the 10,000 member church that he was to be introduced as the hea...
d pastor at that morning. He walked around his soon to be church for 30 minutes while it was filling with people for service....only 3 people out of the 7-10,000 people said hello to him. He asked people for change to buy food....NO ONE in the church gave him change. He went into the sanctuary to sit down in the front of the church and was asked by the ushers if he would please sit n the back. He greeted people to be greeted back with stares and dirty looks, with people looking down on him and judging him.

  As he sat in the back of the church, he listened to the church announcements and such. When all that was done, the elders went up and were excited to introduce the new pastor of the church to the congregation........"We would like to introduce to you Pastor Jeremiah Steepek"....The congregation looked around clapping with joy and anticipation.....The homeless man sitting in the back stood up.....and started walking down the aisle.....the clapping stopped with ALL eyes on him....he walked up the altar and took the microphone from the elders (who were in on this) and paused for a moment....then he recited

“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’ “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’
“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’

After he recited this, he looked towards the congregation and told them all what he had experienced that morning...many began to cry and many heads were bowed in shame.... he then said....Today I see a gathering of people......not a church of Jesus Christ. The world has enough people, but not enough disciples...when will YOU decide to become disciples? He then dismissed service until next week......
.Being a Christian is more than something you claim. I'ts something you live by and share with others.

Monday, July 1, 2013

Ice Cream In A Bag

                              Ice Cream In A Bag Less Than 10 minutes!

 Here is what you will need to make homemade ice cream in a baggie:

2 Tablespoon stevia ( more or less depending on sweet tooth) can use sugar but save those calories!!!
1 cup half & half (or light cream)
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup coarse salt or table salt(I used canning salt)
gallon-sized Ziploc bag
pint-sized Ziploc bag

Mix the stevia, half & half and vanilla extract together. Pour into a pint-sized Ziploc baggie. Make sure it seals tightly.

Now take the gallon-sized Ziploc bag and fill it up halfway with ice and pour the salt over the ice. Now place the cream filled bag into the ice filled bag and seal.

Make sure it is sealed tightly and start shaking. Shake for about 5 minutes (or 8 minutes if you use heavy cream.)

Open the gallon-sized bag and check to see if the ice cream is hard, if not keep shaking. Once the ice cream is finished, quickly run the closed pint-sized baggie under cold water to quickly clean the salt off the baggie.

Open the baggie and pop in a spoon.

Hope you enjoy your homemade ice cream in a baggie as much as we do!

Thursday, June 27, 2013

True Love

TRUE LOVE ..(A Doctor's note) Must Read n share

It was approximately 8.30 a.m. on a busy morning when an elderly gentleman in his eighties arrived to have sti...tches removed from his thumb. He stated that he was in a hurry as he had an appointment at 9.00 a.m.

I took his vital signs and had him take a seat. I knew it would take more than an hour before someone would to able to attend to him. I saw him check his watch anxi...ously for the time and decided to evaluate his wound since I was not busy with another patient.

On examination, the wound was well healed. Hence, I talked to one of the doctors to get the supplies to remove his sutures and redress his wound.

We began to engage in a conversation while I was taking care of his wound. I asked him if he had another doctor's appointment later as he was in such a hurry. The gentleman told me no and said that he needed to go to the nursing home to have breakfast with his wife.

I inquired about her health. He told me that she had been in the nursing home for a while as she was a victim of Alzheimer's disease. I probed further and asked if she would be upset if he was slightly late. He replied that she no longer knew who he was and she had not been able to recognize him since five years ago.
I asked him in surprise, "And you still go every morning, even though she doesn't know who you are?"
He smiled as he patted my hand and said, "She doesn't know me, but I still know who she is."

I had to hold back my tears as he left.
I had goose bumps on my arm, and I thought, "That is the kind of love I want in my life."

True love is neither physical nor romantic. True love is an acceptance of all that is, has been, will be, and will not be.

Monday, June 24, 2013

White Flash

As you know we (My Beloved Ron) and I were in a car accident
2 weeks ago. It has been a long 2 weeks with pain involved,
insurances company's, why's and the other party involved in
the accident living just 4 mobile homes down from us.

I've often asked about the accident, you see I'm missing
the seconds between my husband yelling (???) and the white
blur out of the right side of my vision, then him yelling
get out of the car, and the awful pain in my chest, ribs,
and breast.

I don't remember the actual "hit" but I can hear the crunch,
if you know what I mean. glass broken, air bags, dash destroyed,
the front of our car a completed wreck etc. are all the missing
pieces. (Yes our car was totaled, but our lives were spared,

In a flash I had the "WHITE flash" out of the right side of my vision,
I have asked why over and over again, our precious lil blue sentra
was almost paid off, in perfect condition and we were so happy to
know we had a dependable car for the next 5-10 yrs as my Beloved
is getting ready to retire from full time work in Aug. and just
work a couple days a week. We have been busy tieing up loose financial
ends and preparing for the retirement stages of our lives.

This morning as I was readying my Bible, the WHITE FLASH went through my
minds eye, and all at once I heard in my mind, in the flash of a light,
your life here on earth will end. NO warning, just done, white flash,
it's over. Tell it to the people, get ready to meet the LORD, stop worrying
about matters here on earth and get right before the Lord. In the blink of
an eye He will come to fetch you, and what condiction will you be in.

So I'm sharing this with you, What condition will you be in, will you be
worrying about matters that have no value to the Lord, or will you be
preparing to reside with our Living Lord?

Do you have hidden issues you need to get right before the Lord, confess
those stured up feeling about them and give it all to the Lord, Wash
yourself and cleanse yourself, Life here on  earth is temperal, but
life everlasting is forever. Repent of the things that have held you
in bondage of a lifetime and free yourself to live for Jesus, He died
to give you that freedom and life everlasting, will you accept His gift,
or will you live your eternal life in the flames of hell?

Tuesday, May 28, 2013



Smoky was a 4 lb, 7 inch tall, Yorkshire Terrier who served in World War II. In 1944 Smoky was found in a foxhole in the jungles of New Guinea by an American soldier who brought her back to camp and sold her to Corporal William A. Wynne for $6.44. For the next 2 years Smoky lived a soldiers life. Because she was not an official military dog, she did not get dog food or medical care. She sha...red Wynne’s meals and slept beside him in his tent.

The little dog even flew 12 air/sea rescue and photo reconnaissance missions, secured in the soldiers backpack. She survived 150 air raids and saved Wynne by warning him of incoming shells. Like many Yorkies, Smoky also loved to learn tricks and preform. She did so with the Special Services – entertaining soldiers in hospitals. After the war Smoky was flown back to the US hidden in a oxygen mask carrying case.

For the next 10 years she made television and public appearances in Veterans hospitals until her death in 1957. Smoky is considered the first Therapy Dog...

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Skin Tags

3 Herbal Treatments to remove skin tags that actually work~

I could go over the typical remove a skin with duct tape or fingernail polish and they do work but ...can be painful. Instead, in this article I am going to focus on herbal remedies to treat skin tags. The upside to herbal remedies is that they are less invasive than other "fast" remedies. The downside is that they take a little more time and consistency in order for them to work....

Tea Trea Oil- Tea tree oil works very well for removing skin tags as well as moles. In fact, tea tree oil is used on various skin disorders. To use this all you need is a little tea tree oil and a cotton ball. Soak the cotton ball in the oil and apply it directly to the affected area. Do this once or twice daily for up to 4 weeks or until the skin tag vanishes.

Castor Oil- Most of you are too young to remember castor oil but this oil was used on a wide variety of common ailments and can be taken both internally and externally. The good news is that you will be using castor oil as an external ointment (I still shudder whenever I think of drinking that stuff). Here is what you will do. Take a little baking soda and mix it with the castor oil to create a paste. I suggest you add some citrus oil as it will stink to high heaven. Apply it to the affected area and cover with a band-aid. The typical time it will take is 2-4 weeks before the skin tag vanishes.

Apple Cider Vinegar-Apple cider vinegar works very well for removing skin tags and the good news is that you can buy it in a grocery store for fairly cheap. Just like tea tree oil, you simply dab some of it on a q-tip or cotton ball and apply it directly to the skin tag. Unlike the tea tree oil, Apple Cider vinegar may cause a stinging sensation for a couple minutes after being applied. Typical time until the skin tag vanishes?....2-­4 weeks.

Those are just 3 herbal treatments that you can use to remove skin tags. If you don't mind waiting a couple weeks and can discipline yourself to treating the skin tag at least once a day, then these will naturally treat your skin tags from your home.

Friday, May 10, 2013

Home Made Coffee Creamer

Homemade Coffee Creamer – Over 2 Dozen Flavor Varieties!

Ok, so for whatever flavor of creamer you want, you...
start off with the same basic ‘base’ recipe.

14oz sweetened condensed milk
1 3/4 cup milk or cream (whole, lowfat, skim, almond, soy, heavy cream, half & half etc – whatever your preference, however the more fat, the more creamines

Mix the ingredients together well. I like to add them to a mason jar and shake it like crazy. You could also opt to use an old (washed) creamer container.

 French Vanilla Creamer
2 teaspoons vanilla extract OR vanilla coffee syrup

 Vanilla Bean Coffee Creamer
2 teaspoons vanilla bean paste

2-3 tablespoons chocolate syrup
(1 tsp vanilla extract, optional)

 Chocolate Almond
1 tablespoon cocoa powder
1 teaspoon almond extract

1 tablespoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon almond extract

 Vanilla Caramel
2 tablespoons caramel ice cream topping
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

 Chocolate Raspberry
2 teaspoons cocoa powder
2 tablespoons raspberry syrup

 Irish Cream
2 tablespoons chocolate syrup
1 teaspoon instant coffee
1-2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 teaspoon almond extract

2 teaspoons coconut extract

 Samoa (like the Girl Scout Cookies)
2 teaspoons coconut extract (or sub coconut milk or cream of coconut, heated & strained, for the milk/cream)
2 tablespoons chocolate syrup
2 tablespoons caramel ice cream topping

 Peppermint Patty
2 tablespoons chocolate syrup
1 teaspoon peppermint extract

 Cinnamon Vanilla
2 teaspoons cinnamon
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

 Pumpkin Spice
3 tablespoons pureed pumpkin
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
4 tablespoons maple syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

 Honey Vanilla
1/4 cup honey
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

 Homemade Coffee Creamer - over 2 dozen flavor possibilities and one base recipe!

Almond Joy
1-2 teaspoons coconut extract (or sub coconut milk or cream of coconut if you heat it first, strained, in place of the milk & extract)
1 teaspoon almond extract
2 tablespoons chocolate syrup

 Sweet Cream
Use 1 3/4 cups of heavy cream instead of the milk in the base recipe
2 teaspoons vanilla extract OR the inside of a vanilla bean, scraped
1 teaspoon almond extract

 Chocolate Orange
2 tablespoons chocolate syrup
1-2 teaspoons orange extract

2 teaspoons hazelnut extract

 Chocolate Hazelnut
2 tablespoons chocolate syrup
2 teaspoons hazelnut extract

 Cinnamon Cake
2 teaspoons cinnamon
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

 Salted Caramel
2-3 tablespoons caramel ice cream topping
1/2 teaspoon salt

replace milk in base recipe with equal amount of heavy cream
1 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 teaspoons rum extract
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg

 Toasted Almond
2 teaspoons almond extract

 Directions & Tips:
In all these recipes, anything that has a dry or thick ingredient (like cinnamon, honey, etc..) should be heated up with a small amount of your milk/cream from the base recipe so it can dissolve properly. You don’t want grainy creamer! Then, add the rest of the milk/cream along with the sweetened condensed milk.

 If you want really creamy creamer, use heavy cream instead of milk in your base recipe.

 **stick a piece of tape on my mason jar lid with the expiration date from the milk you used. use this as a guideline as to when the creamer should be used by.***

 Please feel free to play around with amounts of extracts and other ingredients used if you like stronger or less intense flavors!! And, let your imagination turn, and make up your own combinations. Use this as inspiration to create your very own perfect homemade flavored creamer!

Root Beer

Root Beer

1 teaspoon dry yeast
1/2 cup warm water
2 cups granulated sugar
1 quart hot water
4 teaspoons root beer extract                  
Dissolve yeast in 1/2 cup warm water.
Dissolve sugar in 1 quart hot water.

Mix together dissolved yeast, sugar and root beer extract in gallon jar.
Fill jar with warm water and stir until all ingredients are well combined
Seal Jar
Set in warm sun for 3 to 4 hours
Refrigerate 12-24 hours
Serve cold

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Duck Dynasty

I must have been a good girl lately, Look what Rhonda & Jesse just brought me, yes, Season 1 & 2 of my all time favorite tv programing, Duck Dynasty, HEE HAA... If you hear me cracking up, don't worry I'm alive and enjoying the joys of laughing and smiling...

THANK YOU RHONDA, I'll watch and re-watch these until I wear them out... LOVE YOU... ♥

Saturday, March 30, 2013

10 Commandments of Clutter Control

10 Commandments of Clutter Control

Most of us just have too much clutter and junk in our homes.
Clutter allows dust, dirt, grime, germs and allergens to accumulate in our homes, creating a potentially unhealthy environment. It is also visually unappealing, and gives off negative vibes.

Congratulations on your new commitment to living a clutter free lifestyle. You'll feel better, more relaxed and can enjoy your free time once everything has been put into its proper place.

Here are my 10 commandments to use to get your clutter under control.

1. Don’t Procrastinate:

You must start by building good habits.
Stop putting off until tomorrow what you can do today, especially when you know you probably will not do it tomorrow!
There is simply not enough time in the day to effectively keep the clutter at bay with work and family requirements. If you add the habit of procrastinating when dealing with your clutter into the equation, you will just create a larger problem.
Make the hard to make decisions today. Set aside 15 minutes each day to deal with 1 new area of your home.
It's okay to take baby steps!

2. Stop Making Excuses:

No more excuses!
It has to be done and you know it. The clutter is not going to go away by itself. 15 minutes a day is all it takes to make a significant impact on clutter control.
Pick just one small area of your home, it could be just one kitchen counter, and tackle the problem.
You can do this and permanently keep the clutter away, have the confidence in yourself.

3. Use It or Get Rid Of It:

When you’re not likely going to put an item to use or if an item has never been useful to you or the family, get rid of it.
If you are really not sure if you are going to use the item, try boxing it up in a clearly labeled box, and store it in your attic or garage.
If six months go by, and you still haven’t had a need for the item, you can recycle it or give it to a charity.
If an item does not enhance your life in some way and you can’t remember why you bought it- move it, recycle it or give it away.

4. Let It Go:

As our lives change, our needs change. Learn how to let it go.
Somehow though, things that you've used accumulate. Nick-knacks, do-dads, mementos and plain old junk clutter our living space with no regard to the changes we've made in our lives.
Clutter which takes up valuable space and gives us nothing in return; except stress and anxiety, should be tossed out or given away.
I know it's hard.
If it hasn't been used or touched in years, ask yourself if someone else can benefit from it. It makes it easier to let something go.

5. Give It Away:

Give your unwanted and unneeded items away when they are not being used.
Friends, relatives and charities can all benefit from your unwanted clutter and someone else will appreciate them.

6. Set Limits for Storing Things- If You're Over Limit, Redo #5:

Limit the amount of space you are willing to allocate to clutter.
Just because one space fills up does not mean that you should find or buy more space. It means that it is time to weed out the clutter and reclaim the space you already have.

7. First In/First out (FIFO):

Manufacturing companies do this to reduce clutter and waste and you can too. If something new comes in, something old goes out. It keeps things fresh, new and reduces waste and stops clutter from accumulating.
Use FIFO for everything– from clothes and toys to books, magazines and other clutter. Remember the limits you have set and stick to them. The whole family will benefit.

8. Less is Really More:

The less clutter you have means more time, money and energy for yourself and other family members. Remember not everything has to go, be realistic.
After you have organized and de-cluttered your home, reassess your space a couple times a year.

9. Everything Has A Proper Place- Find It:

Once you have decided where things will go, keep everything in its place. Don’t bring new items into your home without having a very clear idea of where the item’s home will be.
If you don’t have a specific need, don’t bring it home at all. Find a place for the things you are keeping and that you use, and keep them there!

10. Stay on Top Of It or Ask For Help:

Now that you have organized all your clutter and you’ve vowed to keep everything in its place, don’t compromise when it comes to keeping your home clutter free. Stay strong, and keep on top of it.
If you need help, don’t be afraid to ask.
Most family members or good friends are more than willing to pitch in if you need them to.

Great Job! Now You Can Relax:

Now you must be feeling very proud of yourself, and you should too. A good decluttering/organizing session takes longer than just cleaning the area but the benefits are larger and last much longer.
I have found after years of living with a neat freak that hates knick knacks, and clutter that I prefer the less is more approach too.
It looks clean, it's easier to keep clean. While I do have my precious knick knacks boxed up or in another section of the house, I do prefer the neat clean and tidy route. You will too.

Put your feet up, relax, and congratulate yourself on a job well done. I'm proud of you too.

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Word For Today - John 4:24

God is Spirit;  and they that worship Him must worship Him in Spirit
and in Truth... John 4:24 (KJV)

Now, the Lord is that Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there
is Liberty... 2 Corinthians 3:17 (KJV)

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Holy Are You Lord

Holy are You Lord
Holy is your Name
With everything I've got
 I will tell the world
How I Love You

Holy are You Lord
Holy is your Name
With everything I've got
 I will tell the world
How I Love You, LoRD

Friday, January 11, 2013


Muhammad Ali's advice to his daughters..............Inspiring

An incident transpired when Muhammad Ali’s daughters arrived at his home wearing clothes that were quite revealing. Here is the story as told by one of his daughters:

“When we... finally arrived, the chauffeur escorted my younger sister, Laila, and me up to my father’s suite. As usual, he was hiding behind the door waiting to scare us. We exchanged many hugs and kisses as we could possibly give in one day. My father took a good look at us. Then he sat me down on his lap and said something that I will never forget. He looked me straight in the eyes and said, “Hana, everything that God made valuable in the world is covered and hard to get to. Where do you find diamonds? Deep down in the ground, covered and protected. Where do you find pearls? Deep down at the bottom of the ocean, covered up and protected in a beautiful shell. Where do you find gold? Way down in the mine, covered over with layers and layers of rock. You've got to work hard to get to them.” He looked at me with serious eyes. “Your body is sacred. You’re far more precious than diamonds and pearls, and you should be covered too.”

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Dr. appt. up-date

Ron and I went to Little Rock this morning and saw the Dr. that did my surgery. He said he is 99.9999% sure he got all the cancer and I should never have that problem again.

He also said that my cancer was a stage 1b which means it wasn't agressive and stayed in the wall of my uterous. It did NOT spread to any mussles or lymphnodes... I will NOT have to have any further treatments (NO CHEMO - NO RADIATION) but I do have to return in 4 months to make sure all the fluids that are still seeping out of me have stopped..

I'm Praising God for this wonderful news, I'm on cloud 9 and ready to do the happy dance in the street in the middle of the rain

Have a Blessed evening... Love & Hugs

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Insurance and Surgery Up-Date

At the end of Oct.2012 I found out the cancer had indeed "returned" after 14 yrs in remission. Having no insurance (because the insurance consider me "high rish" because of the cancer in 1998) I went to everyone I knew to get help with no sucess.

BEFORE I go any futher, let me explain this from the insurance company's point of view. Legally they can't refuse me coverage, but they can and "do" raise the cost of insurance so high that you can't afford to get insurance, so many Americans go without insurance who would other-wise get insurance . Many Americans don't get medical help because they can't afford to go to the Dr's... This SCREAMS at American Goverment to do something to help others out of this dificult situation...

Many Hard working American citizens go to work everyday, pay their own bills and ask for nothing in return but to live the American Dream and live in peace. When tradegy hit's them between the eyes and they go to the Goverment (Welfare Dept) and they are told NO we won't help you because your not Old, Disabled, Blind or a Child, Americans fall in the cracks with no where to turn and no one to help... YET the Goverment doesn't hasten to take their taxes every week from these same people they won't help... This also SCREAMS At American Goverment to do something to help our American citizens out of this difficult situation...

So after many tears & Prayers, I went to my OBGYN and she referded me to the UAMS in Little Rock for help... YES they will see me with NO INSURANCE, YES they will take payments, and they even have Charity programs they offer... PRAISE GOD They cared!!!!!!

On Dec. 18th, 2012 I had my uterous & overies removed {Robitic Surgery is awesome, less invassive and quicker healing time}. They believe the cancer was a "grade 1" which means it remained in the walls of my uterous.. {were still waiting for the results of staging and type of cancer it was}

What are my feeling about the UAMS Hospital in Little Rock??? Are you sure you want the answer??? You KNOW I'm a woman who speaks her mind here...

OK here goes, UAMS is OUTSTANDING, EXCELLENT HOSPITAL & STAFF, full of COMPASSION, LOVE, MERCY & GRACE. Their Staff is full of Love and gentle attitudes. I was treated with respect, given the full benifits of their awesome hospital and staff and I have absoutley NO complaints... Only thing I can say about their care & staff is OUTSTANDING & EXCELLENT CARE in every aspect.

Thank You UAMS Hospital & Staff for a wonderful expierence. You truly have Blessed my life and that of our Family... I Thank You from the bottom of my heart... God's Blessings upon you always.