Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Ignore, Thank, or Curse

Proverbs 30:8-9
 Remove far from me vanity and lies: 
give me neither poverty nor riches; 
feed me with food convenient for me:
 Lest I be full, and deny thee, and say, Who is the LORD? or 
lest I be poor, and steal, and take the name of my God in vain.

How do you view your life?

Are you in "cruise mode"
just ignoring God and expecting the best?

Are you angry and bitter - 
mad that God hasn't given you more?

Or do you accept that God is a good God?
Psalm 145:9 
"The LORD is good to all: and his tender mercies are over all his works."

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Couldn't Pick Just One

Ps 145:13-21 
Thy kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, 
and thy dominion endureth throughout all generations.
The LORD upholdeth all that fall, 
and raiseth up all those that be bowed down.
The eyes of all wait upon thee; 
and thou givest them their meat in due season.
Thou openest thine hand, 
and satisfiest the desire of every living thing.
The LORD is righteous in all his ways, 
and holy in all his works.
The LORD is nigh unto all them that call upon him, 
to all that call upon him in truth.
He will fulfil the desire of them that fear him: 
he also will hear their cry, and will save them.
The LORD preserveth all them that love him: 
but all the wicked will he destroy.
My mouth shall speak the praise of the LORD: 
and let all flesh bless his holy name for ever and ever.

I just couldn't pick one verse.
I have been reading this psalm almost daily for nearly 4 weeks.
Nearly every verse speaks to me right now.
We have a great God!

Monday, September 29, 2014

Still Grillin'

We hit another winner  - 
sometimes the emeals are a big hit,
and other times they are just average.
Tonight was a success.

Asian-Grilled Pork Chops

1 lb of porkchops (the recipe works for a little over 2 lbs)
1 Tbsp soy sauce
1 Tbsp sesame oil
1 Tbsp sriracha hot chile sauce (I used chili oil)
juice of 1 lime
1/4 c chopped cilantro (I buy mine in a tube in the produce section when it is not in the garden)
4 cloves minced garlic
1/2 tsp each - salt, pepper

marinade chops for at least 1 hour
Easy as that!

This week:
Sunday:  Grilled Chicken
Monday:  Asian-Grilled Porkchops
Tuesday: Beef and Sausage Meatballs in Tomato Sauce
Wednesday: Jerk Tilapia with Cilantro-Ginger Oil
Thursday: Chef Salad
Friday:  Cajun Slow Cooker Roast
Saturday: Pork Chops with Speet Potatoes, Oinion and Pears

Thursday, September 25, 2014

This Day

Every day is a gift.
Choose to be thankful.

I am so thankful for the cooler temps that came in with the first day of autumn.
Enjoying the open windows, 
the cool morning walks and jogs,
the cuddly sleeping weather,
even the drippy rain!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Well-placed Trust

Proverbs 29:25 
The fear of man bringeth a snare: 
but whoso putteth his trust in the LORD shall be safe.

Where am I looking for approval?

Am I looking to men?
Do I fear looking "bad" in the eyes of others?

Do I seek to please God first?
Do I do what He wants and trust Him with the results?

I needed this verse today.
It has been one of those weeks when I feel run down.
Typically that means that I am not saying "no" when I need to,
because I seek the approval of others.
I need to rest and trust in the Lord.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

On the Agenda

It is a beautiful, cool day...
perfect for cleaning the oven
working in the little guest room.

The self-cleaning oven will not smell so bad with all of the windows open.

Hopefully the final bedding will dry quickly out on the line.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Welcome Fall!

I gladly welcome my favorite season of the year.
I love the colored leaves,
the autumn fruits,
the cool mornings...

When I finish this blog post,
a Peach Crisp is going into the oven.
Then my typical weekly cleaning
with the addition of light fixtures
and the fall cleaning of the guest bath.

The cleaning has gone slower than normal
because we have a little extra on our plate right now.
Hopefully things will be slowing down next week.

I took a break from my typical workouts last week,
so I am also back to exercise this week.
I am excited about a cool Autumn "wog" this morning.

Last week I particularly benefitted from a meal plan.
There were so many days that flew by and when 4:30 came around,
I was glad to have a plan.
Without it, I would have spent every evening at Chick-fil-A
or at a restaurant with a fairly decent salad offering.

This weeks menu:
Sunday: Chili
Monday: Garlic and Thyme Pork Chops
Tuesday: Almond Chicken
Wednesday: Tilapia
Thursday: Onion Mushroom Steak Burgers
Friday: Turkey Meatloaf
Saturday: Sauteed Chicken and Apples

Friday, September 19, 2014

One more down ... Two to Go

The ends of my weeks are busier than the beginning, 
so the cleaning slowed down.
I finished the Living Room on Wednesday,
and the first guest room today.

That leaves one guest bathroom
and the guest room with the majority of the storage.

I will probably start those early next week.
I also need to do the light fixtures in each room
and the fridge and stove in the kitchen.

Slow and steady wins the race.

Are you a seasonal cleaner?
Or do you just do it as it needs done?
Or do you do a thorough cleaning each week?

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Blessings Abound

While Fall cleaning,
I can't help but be thankful.

For cleaning?

I am thankful for the health to clean.
... to be able to climb the step stool
... to be able to scrub the floor
... to be able to move furniture
... to be able to see a cobweb

I am thankful for a home to clean.
... a home with plenty of room
... a home with a loving family
... a cozy home

I am thankful for the things inside the home.
... furniture to rest on
... appliances to lighten the load
... more than enough clothing to wear

God is so good.

And ...
even if it all goes away ...
He is still good.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014


Proverbs 29:22 
An angry man stirreth up strife, 
and a furious man aboundeth in transgression. 

Do you know of people who live in a cloud of confusion and strife?
Do you feel like you are always in a cloud of struggle?

Perhaps it is you! (or me!)

My disposition affects others.
Am I angry,

I can be sure that it will stir up strife and sin.

So let the Spirit show His fruits in your life - 
practice love, longsuffering, and temperance.