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A Tale of Two Queens
June 19, 2016, 6:43 am
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There once lived two queens in a palace far, far away. The first queen, Queen Maria, was a wicked and selfish queen. She was a demanding monarch who desired to have preeminence over all, including her husband, the king. She was often harsh with her subjects and required them to follow all the rules that ultimately satisfied her own whims and capricious sentiments. She required them to work without thought for their own person but to accomplish the things she wished them to do. As you might imagine, her subjects feared her and always tried to obey or stay out of her way for when disobedience was perceived, Queen Maria’s wrath knew no bounds.

The other queen was Queen Josephina, also married to the king. As selfish and demanding as Queen Maria was, Queen Josephina was good and kind. Though she was a queen, her first thought was for her subjects’ welfare. She desired them to be educated and personally challenged them as much as possible. She involved herself directly in their education and personal development on the spiritual, emotional and social levels.

As time went on, they struggled with each other Queen Maria wanting preeminence and desiring that Queen Josephina die. Queen Josephina wanted just to live her life the best she could in service to others..for though she was a queen, she knew the admonition, that “if any man desire to be first, the same shall be last and servant of all.”

Josephina knew this was her life goal… to serve others; for though Josephina was a queen, she knew she was subject to a Higher King than even her spouse. She desired to please that King more than anything else. Maria…. Well, she just thought serving others was way beneath her station and deserved none of her attention.

Soon, much to her chagrin, Maria was banished to the lower levels of the palace because of her pride and hatred of others. Josephina was given a place of deference in the upper regions of the palace. She continued to be kind and helpful to all who needed her help.

Then one day, Josephina became ill. Servants and subjects alike sought to find her comfort, attending to her every need. Maria spewed her venom toward Josephina… for she hated who Josephina had become. She declared that she was the rightful queen of this palace and deserved to be carried down the streets of the kingdom on a litter carried by servants. She felt she was the one who deserved the honor, praise, and obeisance from servants and subjects alike.

Meanwhile, Josephina was tenderly cared for by her servants who dearly loved her for who she was. For the kindness that Josephina had always shown them meant a great deal to them and had endeared her to them.

One day, Josephina’s subjects came to visit her and while asking how she was doing, she said, “oh, I’m doing fine. The neighbors aren’t really happy with all those people standing around outside singing but I’m doing just fine.”

When questioned regarding those people, she said, “They’re white robed and singing, “holy, holy, holy.”… It was then that her subjects realized she was seeing that “great cloud of witnesses” who had surrounded her and watched as Josephina ran her earthly race.

The veil had been drawn back to show Josephina what awaited her.  Josephina was about to cross the finish line of her race for she had left behind all those things that would slow her down in her race… she ran her race with patience and she now could see the finish line.

Shortly after that Josephina crossed the finish line and was presented to her King. The One who had authored her faith and made it complete… for He was sitting on the throne surrounded by “the great cloud of witnesses” who were singing… “Holy, holy, holy”.

Until next time, love God, love others and run your race with patience…



Grandma Beemer’s Molasses Cookies…
November 26, 2014, 3:54 pm
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a.k.a. Christmas cookies… Grandma Beemer was a farm wife…. she had 12 children, 11 of whom made it through infancy.   Grandma made molasses cookies every year at Christmas.   She made quite a few because there was a crowd to feed and seriously… who could resist her molasses cookies?

For us, her children’s children, going to grandma and grandpa’s at Christmas time meant being able to joy in the taste of fresh molasses cookies… mmmm…   I don’t know how many batches grandma would make up each year but if they went as fast at her house and they do at mine, she had to bake a lot!

Grandma’s been gone now for several years but thankfully, she passed the recipe down to my mother who in turn passed it down to those of her children who wanted the recipe.   It has become a tradition for me to bake a half batch of these wondrous delights at Christmas time for my family and to share with friends who enjoy them.   They’re wonderful with morning coffee or milk or just about anything (except liver…. lol) !

Well, a full batch is now mixed up waiting to be baked in the morning.    If you smell the wafting aroma of molasses cookies in the air, it may just be me baking ’em.

I know this is two posts in one day but… I am grateful for Grandma’s recipe but more for the memories those cookies bring back to me.   Of going to grandma’s house and then later sitting around my parents home, eating cookies and playing games at Christmas time when the whole gang was able to make it and dad sitting in the living room listening to his kids be roudy!   This year dad’s in heaven and we’ll make new memories with others to carry on the tradition of what family means to us.   Miss you, dad.

Until next time, love God, smell the baking of good things, and be sure to tell your loved ones you love them while you can.

 



A time of Thanksgiving
November 26, 2014, 9:36 am
Filed under: Day-to-Day, My Grateful Page

It’s that time of year when most of us are reminded we have much for which to be thankful.   If you’ve ever visited a third-world country you come to realize that we have been so much.  This year, our pastor challenged our congregation to write on pieces of paper things for which we were grateful and tape them to the sanctuary walls so that others could see.

Last year about this time, I was challenged to keep a journal listing things each day for which I could be grateful.    I did fairly well for a while and then life intervened and I quite frankly forgot to stop and be thankful every day.

At first I divided my lists up into “Gifts from God” and “Gifts from others”.   However as time went on, I realized that these two lists intertwined so much… So… today, I’m going to share with you some things for which I am grateful… things that include gifts from God and from others..

So, here goes.

I am grateful for a God who created us with the ability to choose.   I am grateful He wanted me to choose to come to Him, not be His robot.   I am grateful that when we as mankind chose to walk independently away from Him, He made a way for us to come back to Him through His Son, Jesus Christ.  (He actually did this before we made that choice because He knew we would).

I am grateful for my parents, my husband, my children (I have three… two of whom God allowed to go immediately back with Him)

I am grateful that He didn’t give us stewardship of our last two children and that I know I’ll see them for the first time some day.

I am grateful for a pastor who preaches and teaches from the Word of God and who loves the people whom God has given Him to lead.

I am grateful for good health.   For the gift of music and the joy of singing and playing musical instruments.

I am grateful for the ability to see, hear, smell, touch, and taste (taste especially this time of year when there are so many delectable things to eat!  🙂  )

I am grateful for the ability to go to school when I was young and learn to read, write and do basic math.

I am grateful for the teachers who had the patience to teach me.

I am grateful for the continued ability to walk without assistance from others.

I am grateful for the continued ability to not only cook (some may disagree with me there  … lol) but also to feed myself.

Some recent things for which I am specifically grateful  this year.

Moisture we received this year that gave us a “green” year from April to November (a big thing where I live!).

the gift of air travel that enabled me to fly across the country to visit extended family.

A niece’s rapier wit/laughter and a nephew’s quiet, humble presence as well as being able to watch their interaction with their parents!

Extended family’s hospitality.

Seeing the Atlantic Ocean for the first time with it’s rolling waves hitting the beach!

A young woman who was willing to teach me what she knew and had an infectious spirit and laugh.

Even for relationships that have proven challenging!

I could go on and on… If I continued it would take you several hours (if not days) to read…. suffice it to say, I have so much for which to be thankful.

My question to you is (you knew this was coming)… what is it that you have for which you can be thankful ?…. It IS the season to give thanks… I hope you’ll comment and let me know what you’re grateful for today.

Until next time, love God, love others and give thanks!

 



From 60 to -10 in 7 days flat
December 7, 2013, 10:34 am
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The weather in our area has been to say the least, challenging.  Though I would guess that our area of the world is not alone.    We have enjoyed a beautiful fall where the weather has not been too hot nor too cold even though we had the flood in early September when the waters receded, we were able to enjoy the rest of the fall.   Thanksgiving brought us 60 degree weather.   A week later we had -10 temperature with wind chill much feeling much colder.

I have lots to be thankful for in this season of my life.   It’s not that I haven’t always had a lot to be thankful for, it’s that I now have gained experience to know I REALLY DO have a lot for which to be grateful.

I now have my own wheels…and with it more freedom to accomplish the things I need to get done each (Previously, I was carpooling with DD who needed the car for her work, thus when she dropped me at my work, I was there all day till she could pick me up).  I am very grateful for this… I’m also grateful that it has a very good heater in it.

I am grateful for the wood stove we completed earlier this fall and the wood supply we have for it as it surely feels good on these days of extreme cold.    My cat is grateful for it too, when he get to sleep close to it!

I am grateful for relatively good health.    I am grateful in this time when the world seems to be crazily out of control, I know the One Who is truly in control though He allows us to think we are… if we choose to think that way.  I am grateful to know I can trust Him regardless of the trustworthiness of others in my lives.

What are YOU grateful for?

Until next time, love God, love others and be aware of what you have for which to be grateful!

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Have Turtle will Travel
June 8, 2013, 12:44 pm
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Well, it seems it’s that time of year. Though we haven’t had the miller invasion as we have in the past, it does seem that there are more turtles traveling these days…. We saw several of the smaller turtles crossing the highway as we were coming home from work yesterday. One was even crossing our country gravel road.

It’s one of those comforting things. It’s like seeing the cattle in the pastures… the green pastures as they are now. To me there’s something comforting and restful about looking out across the pastures and seeing cattle milling around eating or if they’ve already been satisfied, laying around in the pasture chewing their cuds. The Bible says “he owns the cattle on a thousand hills”, this is especially interesting to me because one can look out over a thousand hills and see cattle. To the east in the morning… they’re milling around eating… coming home looking toward the west later in the evening, you can see them on the hills of green velvet.  They’re content.    They have food and water…. it reminds me that we’re encouraged to be content with what we have.    Contentment is something we as humans must work at….

It gives one pause to stop and be grateful for many things.. one of which being the ability to see. … not only with the physical sense but with the eyes of the soul.

Until next time, love God, love others and be grateful not only for the things you can see but for the fact that you CAN see.   Let’s intentionally work at being content this week.



Seasons in life
May 15, 2013, 9:37 pm
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I am so grateful for the friends God has given me. I am grateful that God sends them our way with words of encouragement even at times when we’re unaware of the need for encouragement.

We all have seasons of life that are different in scope, emotion and time.    Often  these seasons and the scope of their emotions are influenced by the people in our lives.   People who’ve chosen to have a more permanent role in our lives or people who have a fleeting space in our season.  Then there are those who have a seemingly inconsequential impact on our lives but when we look back through the years, we realize how much they truly contributed to who we are, where we are and/or why we are who we are.

I have been blessed over the years to have many people touch my life.    Some of these people are related to me by blood, some are related to me by Spirit, others are related by both.

It is always amazing to me that some of these people, some of whom I see rarely, can in a moment play a part in encouraging me in an element of my life that I may have put aside for a time.   Most often I have put it aside because of a difficult situation/ relationship that has no apparent resolution at the present.   They encourage me that it’s not always my place to bring resolution.   It is my place to persevere and let go.

There are some things only God can bring resolution to and I must be willing to allow Him to direct that path of resolution though it may bring pain for a time.    Though I don’t like the pain it may bring, I must not be afraid of that pain for it is often in the pain, that some measure of resolution comes.

Until next time, love God, love others, and thank God for those in your life who bring encouragement when you least expect it but need it the most.



Forecast come true!
April 9, 2013, 9:37 am
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Well, we’ve had an interesting time for the last 12 hours…

Yesterday as we were preparing for this storm to come in, it was warm outside and  very hard to believe there was a “winter storm warning” out… We’re also trying to prepare for a garden this year which means hubby has to get my rototiller fixed to turn up the ground.   So we had decided to take the rototiller from the “old” shop to the “new” bigger shop so that when we got snowed in today, he could work on it…

While we were standing near the “old” shop, we watched the clouds… and hubby said, “that’s what tornadoes are made of”… I’d been watching from the house for some time but as we watched it over the “old” shop, hubby said, “let’s get outta here”. So we hightailed it (with the rototiller) to the “new” shop.

That “tornado-looking” cloud looked like it could form to the ground in a blink of the eye but thankfully, it didn’t. However, it went south of us and we heard later that a tornado had touched down about 21 miles south of us… now that may not seem too bad but in this country where there’s not much of anything to stop the wind, tornadoes can tear up a lot of farms and farmland… so, I’m concerned about some friends who live in that area as to whether they were affected.

We had been in the house and eaten supper when we heard thunder and saw lightning and it started to rain.   Now, our dog doesn’t care too much for thunder so he set up a barking at it… the next thing we knew it sounded like a hard rain was coming down… we looked out and it was hail.  Within 15-20 minutes the ground was covered with Peanut M & M-sized hail (like the food analogy there?   :D).    It lightened up and the sounds became much softer.   We lost electricity a couple of different times but thankfully it came back on right away.

Our dd texted us to make sure we were okay (she’d heard about the tornado).   It’s so nice to know when family cares!

This morning, we woke up to snow and lots and lots of wind!   Now for those of you who live east of the Mississippi may not understand the danger of snow and lots and lots of wind but the wind makes visibility hard.

Winter or Spring 006This is what it looked like outside my kitchen window.   Now, somewhere past that fence line is a field and a road that I can usually see… Now, I’m so grateful I had no where to be today!  It looks like it might be a potato and ham soup day!

Until next time, love God, love others and today, stay close to home if you have weather like this!