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A Good Weekend

We just finished our guild's quilt show.  Again the boutique, that I head, had a good cash flow.  I'm always impressed with what the people will buy.  This time we had lots of notions because someone gave us boxes and boxes because she  was closing down her sewing and quilting.  It appears she'd had a store in NV, moved everything here that was not sold, and now realized she needed to get rid of it.  At least this woman gave us good stuff.

Most of that sold.  Three of our members rolled and cut strips of fabric, coordinated them and arranged them nicely.  Almost 100 of them.  Only 12 or so remained at the end.  We'll use those for community quilts.

I felt great for the event even though I'd had the ague/flu on WE and TH.  I felt people praying strength into me.  As Val says, it wipes a person out and takes so long to get back the energy.

Today I treated myself to a therapeutic massage.  Oh, that felt good.  It was better than going to the chiropractor this time.  She even gave me idea to try to lubricate my skin so I stop this break-out.  I never knew dryness could cause lesions, but we're down to 3% humidity.  So glad it wasn't a disease.

God is faithful.  Dryness is better than wetness for me.  But, I'd be happy with a little more moisture.  Then, though, the arthritic people would be in pain.  They are doing much better this year here.

A long time ago

I just discovered I was logged out of LJ.  No wonder I never saw an entry when I'd check it.  I check here as frequently as I go on line. I thought no one was posting, but I'm bad with my last post being November of 2010.

I tried to leave two comments just now, but they seem to not have posted.  I need to figure out what I did wrong.

This past year has been a good one.  Friendships have deepened with two women from church, I've been able to help one woman with the tasks she can't do due to worsening nerve control in her hands, had visits from both children and their spouses, saw the power of prayer during Don's experience in the bike-to-bike crash, and God's faithfulness in giving strength.  I so enjoy being a Sunday School teacher to the 3s and 4s.  I am saddened by how little most know of God and His Son.  When I taught Titus's group they seemed more attune to spiritual things.

No major complaints this year either.  The Monument Fire and Wallow Fire just proved how the people here band together to fight the enemy.  Texas's fires also emphasized the lack of moisture out here in the west, but I like the dryness.  People have to be more careful with fires and everyone, even the illegal crossers, need to be considerate to others.

I know God reigns and I am glad He does not give us what we deserve.  He is always faithful to keep us in His care.

Have a wonderful new year.

Thanksgiving blessings

This past week was one of growing up.  Adult children and traveling for holiday celebrations change the nature of focus.  Nothing to be dreaded just a different perspective of life.

Sometimes life seems like an onion with multiple layers of family and friends.  One either peels off and enjoys each layer separately or cuts a wedge and enjoys a multitude of the layers, with the most current layer of friends or years being the most prevalent.  Each year adds on itself.  And each will be better as we live in the present and not the past.  When we start living for the future and "what ifs" we develop the useless brown layers inside our bulb.

Living for Christ continues to be the fountain and root of this life.  I am so thankful He saved and He is in control.  Taking time for His relationship with me each day is the most important thing in life.

Settling in

We have been here two weeks now.  The apartment feels like home, except today it took on a smoker's smell.  How do I get rid of that?  Don says it comes through the vents.  I'd closed the windows but had not had the a/c run.  The windows are open again.

Churches abound here.  Many different styles of worship.  Tonight we'll check out another one.  i am glad to see more than just one Sunday service.  God has a special place for us.

Tomorrow is the house inspection.  We hope it goes well so we can settle in there.  Our seller is on a remote Hawaii island and has not been able to send all the forms and papers he needs to send.  Oh well.

God's grace abounded in California

Our trip to California  included a lot of moments we could see God's intervention.  The first happened in Phoenix where we changed planes.  As we were waiting to be called Titus saw a red shirt with 2A on it, his college floor's logo.  After wondering which 2Aer was there he realized it was his fiancee who had just gotten off the plane from Texas at the gate next to us.  Chance encounter?  Then  there was no charge and he was able to fly stand-by on her flight so they could be together.
At the hotel the clerk kept typing into his keyboard and visiting the back room and I thought, "They lost our reservation."  He looked up and said "Everything is okay. We just sold out all those rooms and I'm trying to upgrade you."  They gave us a large honeymoon suite with a couch.  Then Lydia, Titus's fiancee decided she did not want to stay at the apartment with four others so we offered the couch.  Lo and behold it was a hide-a-bed,yes in the honeymoon suite.  When I went to the desk to report we would have another guest, the clerk asked if we needed a roll-away.  I told him, "No, we have a hide-away bed in the couch."  His eyes got big and he declared that was not supposed to be there.  So, no charge for Lydia.  I just smiled.
Later when we were staying at Kings Canyon National Park we discovered our cheap non-electric room really did have electricity and a heater - it got down in the low 40s so Don was happy for it.  It was the same price the non-electric was to be.  God provides.
Many other things happened and I was so happy to feel His presence there.
Gerry was right the about the people of  Orange County, except the tourists at Dana Point.  They were much friendlier and polite that here in Central Florida.  The other parts of California we visited, not so.  Orange County is good.


The Continental Congress issued its first Thanksgiving Day proclamation for Dec.
18, 1777. The purpose: “That at one Time and with one Voice, the good People
may express the grateful Feelings of their Hearts, and consecrate themselves to
the Service of their Divine Benefactor; and that, Together with their sincere
Acknowledgments and Offerings, they may join the penitent Confession of their
manifold Sins, whereby they had forfeited every Favor; and their humble and
earnest Supplication that is may please God through the Merits of Jesus Christ,
mercifully to forgive and blot them out of Remembrance; that it may please him
graciously to afford his Blessing on the Governments of these States respectively,
and prosper the public Council of the whole.”

Testing the Righteous

Note that the Psalms are very contemporary.

    "Everyone utters lies to his neighbor,
        with flattering lips and a double heart they speak.
     May the LORD cut off all flattering lips,
        the tongue that makes great boasts,
     Those who say, 'with our tongue we will prevail,
        our lips are with us; who is master over us?"   Psalm 12:2-4

    "The LORD tests the righteous,
         but His soul hates the wicked and the one who loves violence."  Psalm 11:5

And now our encouragement:

    "You, O LORD, will keep [your words];
        You will guard us from this generation forever."  Psalm 12:7  (ESV)

Vote with wisdom, and keep watch on your attitude.

An Initiation

While Jim Black and I were studying at Woodsbys, a tractor trailer pulled into the new Racetrac across the street, and struck their sign, doing considerable damage to the sign and the trailer. The trailer was labeled "Bolt Transportation, the Striking Difference".


homework helper websites

As I read a WOMAN'S DAY mag (September 1, 2008) on my recent week between Joni & Friends camps I came across a listing of websites that might help home schoolers as well as the other types educators.  Here they are with a small description. I haven't checked any out since my two are long past schooling at home.  I will keep the list handy to aid my own research.

ipl.org/div/kidspace  An exhaustive roundup of educational links for ideas for science fair and other projects.  Some links give the instructions.

factmonster.com   A supposedly  easy-to-navigate site  reference site.  Flash cards,  multiplication tables, history time tables., etc.

kidinfo.com  Created by a retired teacher, it categorizes links according to the curriculum covered in most US schools, such as ancient Rome, solar system.  Atlases, dictionaries, and encyclopedias.

math.com/parents/helpyourkids.html  A basic arithmetic refresher course.

kids.nationalgeographic.com   Virtual tour of the natural world.  Geographic and Biological helps.

bjpinchbeck.com   A one-stop 411 created by a 9 year old and his dad.  800 updated links to subject matters, including study guids, etc.

I hope this information helps someone.


Chuck Swindoll has been having a series on Ephesians 5 and is currently teaching around verses 23 -25.  I was not able to hear all of the messages because of my traveling, but was able to hear last night's  and this morning's  lessons.He seems to have the matter accurately learned.  Submission to a husband on the part of a woman is just recognizing that God  formed a union with a head and a body, like Christ and the church.  If the head is not communicating properly with the body or the body is not following the head, there is paralysis, disfunction, or disease.  Any union needs to have someone who has the ultimate responsibility on their shoulders.  In marriage it is the husband.  The wife gives herself to the husband as she would if Christ were directly leading her.  She can gauge her spiritual life by her submission/response to her husband.  She does not do something that God commands us not to do, but points out to the husband what the Word says.  She correct to balk at some sinful activity.   If the issue is not Biblically wrong, but she feels  uneasy about the situation, she should be praying to the Lord about directing the husband differently or asking God for assurance and the strength to follow said husband's lead.  Definitely discussion and expression of her views is correct, but the final decision and responsibility for the decision rests with the husband.

He, the husband, needs to keep in touch with God and to be sure he is hearing God properly and not just leading in a particular direction because he is more comfortable there.  The issue is responsibility.  Husband and wife should compliment each other.  If they were the same, one of them would be expendable.

The website is http://www.insight.org/site/PageServer?pagename=WOM  There is a button to here the day's broadcast or the series from the beginning.  I'm going to try to listen to it all.


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