Showing posts from August, 2018

Effectual, fervent prayer...

Image important is it? Here's the is VERY important. I am sure that all of us at one time or the other have doubted if our prayers have accomplished anything, especially when we don't see the results that we had excepted to see in the anticipated time slot, however let me assure you that God hears every prayer. Prayer is powerful and I believe that it can extend over time and generations. I think our problem is that when we submit our petitions to God, we also try to tell Him when and how to answer it. (I'm guilty too, my hand is raised 🙋🏾‍♀️  When I think about the prayers that I know my parents prayed for me, they may not have lived to see all the results, but their prayers were answered. How do I know? because as I have matured, there have been so many times that I have said, "Da, Ma, now I see and understand what you meant."  When I think of my late husband's prayers, I know that they are being answered even though he has bee

Giving thanks...

" In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you." I Thessalonians 5:18  Want to hear something funny this Tuesday morning? Well it wasn't funny to me while it was happening but...anyway I have been up all night with a sick dog. My 10 pounder had both ends...don't know how or why but yep...he had it... bad. Needless to say I never got to bed because I had to be on call for his out door runs (no pun intended) and for clean up for the ones he missed. ugh.  I went on the internet to find out the causes and home remedies and actually it is safe to give dogs Pepto Bismol (as long as you give doses in conjunction with their weight) and also Pedialyte for dehydration. By then it was only about 4:30 AM and the closest store did not open until 6:00AM! So I had to take him and the little one to sit on the back porch with the backdoor partially opened to give him access to outdoors in case of his sudden attacks until the

For those in pain...

I am speaking to the brokenhearted and hurting this morning...whether it be physically, mentally, emotionally or spiritually. Pain is pain and can be found in all those areas. There is one thing to be sure, no one knows YOUR pain like you do. If this does not relate to you, I doubt if it would make sense, but I feel led to speak to those that are experiencing pain during this season of life.  Have you ever tried to explain a headache or any other pain in your body to a doctor or anyone for that may say something like this: "Well the pain sort of starts in the middle and radiates to the back." or " Well the pain sort of throbs in intervals." All while the person that you are trying to describe it to just looks at you , or at best a Doctor gives several explanations and then a prescription and says "Try this, it MAY help." Well my point is, no one knows and feels that pain like you do. Your pain is personal...  Good and well meaning people

Confess your faults...

For yesterday's (Sunday) dinner, I decided to make some comfort food; Fried chicken, mash potatoes and gravy for my grandchildren. They along with their parents usually eat very healthy...but when the 'rents are away, the Grandma does play 🙂 So I pulled out my frying pan and before long had the house smelling so good, I think that it would have made even Colonel Sanders want to sit at the table! 🍗🍗🍗  I noticed something though while I was cooking ...I cleaned as I cooked. Let me Mom trained me and my siblings well and that is why I do not like a dirty, cluttered kitchen. So I have this technique that I've learned from her, that if you clean as you cook, when you are done you won't have a large pile of dirty pots, pans and utensils to wash and put away . I also wipe the counters and stove top as soon as there is a spill, so I won't have any mess or stains to deal with after cooking the meal. I know... it may sound redundant and even a little OCD,

Be Thankful!

I know we shouldn't say "hate", but I. hate. bugs! Now add to that humidity and heat and you have a formula that brings out the Charlie Brown cry of "ARRRRGGGGGGGHHHH" in me! I uttered this sentiment several times a few days ago as I ventured out into a hot and humid August morning to do some much needed yard work.  Costumed to look like a beekeeper sans the full Beekeeper's hat (though I wish I had one, that screen covering over the face would have been much appreciated), I bravely went out to tackle the task. For all you bug lovers out there, I'm sorry to say that I did annihilate a few that decided to come into my face space...or was it I that came into THEIR space?... Whatever, they did prematurely leave their bug life, but it was a quick transition, especially the one that I took out with the hedge clippers...sorry, but I felt like I was being attacked for just doing my job... Enough of that, my point is, I was hot, sweat dripping beneath my

The advice of the Little Teapot...

" 🎶 🎶 I'm a little teapot short and stout, here is my handle, here is my spout. When I get all steamed up, hear me shout! Just tip me over and pour me out, just tip me over and pour me out."🎶 🎶  Most of you know that little song. I was going through some old pics and saw this one of my little red teapot and that song kept going around in my head...and NO I am not going bonkers! LOL The part about getting all steamed up, made me think about how we allow things in life to get us all angry and riled up with people, situations and even ourselves. Nowadays it seems to take very little to get people sometimes almost violently angry, especially over things like politics. Scary! But politics is just one of many things that can understandably or not, get our blood pressure up and boiling! 😡  Now I try to be a realist and I know for sure that we all WILL get angry at times, but the important thing is not to let it fester. Harboring anger can cause major illnesses both p

His beauty...

I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth. My soul shall make its boast in the Lord; The humble shall hear of it and be glad. Oh, magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt His name together. Psalms 34:1-3  This picture was taken a couple of years ago at the Reading Terminal Market in Philly. The beautiful flowers caught my attention as we were passing by; so I just had to stop and memorialize the awesome, diversified beauty God created and that was displayed in these flowers! It puzzles me how some can look at this and think that it all just "happened". You see, man cannot create anything; man can invent, manufacture and reproduce BUT, the results of those things are only from the ideas and the use of things that are already here. I heard someone say once that a skyscraper can be produced by man, but it is God who created the stone and metals it took to make it. The airplane was invented, but it's idea of the function of fligh