Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Devotional: Will He Find Faith on the Earth?



"I tell you that He will bring about justice for them quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on the earth?""
‭‭Luke‬ ‭18:8‬ ‭NASB‬‬

Luke 18:1-8 is a parable about a woman who was begging a judge for legal protection.  The judge was unwilling but she continued to bother him until he finally relented and gave her protection.

Jesus argues from the lesser to the greater.  Basically, He says if an unrighteousness judge will grudgingly grant the widow's request because of her constant begging, how much more will God bring about justice for His elect who cry to Him day and night?

Verse 8 ends with a question.  "However, when the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on the earth?"

Will we still have faith in the fact that God will give justice to His elect and live according to it?  Will He find us living in accordance with this fact when He comes again or will we be living as practical atheists like the people described in Luke 17:22-37?  Those were the people who were not ready when Christ returned.

Will we be so caught up in day to day living and materialism that when He comes we are caught off guard and unprepared?

Is my personal comfort more important to me than the kingdom of God?  How does my reaction to having to spend the night recently in the Salt Lake Airport show my level of attachment to my personal comfort.  Did God find faith in me that night?  How could I have better used my time there?  What opportunities did I miss to be a light for Christ? How can I do better next time my convenience is interrupted?  

Practicing our faith in times of inconvenience helps prepare us to be living in faith when He returns so He will find faith on the earth when He comes.  God will bring justice for all His elect when He comes. Knowing that should make enduring some hardship here easier.


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Thursday, February 15, 2018

Excited to Introduce My New Book!!!


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Single Oils-

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Blends-

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Family and Friends-

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Recipes-

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Wish List-

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References-

  • Dilution chart, classification chart, and a few web resources
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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

We All Need Extra Storage, Right?


Spring is coming and we all need more storage, don't we?  What about extra seating space as well for those patio gatherings?  I have one of these storage benches on my patio.  It has been one of the best purchases I have made in a while.

It stores our folding patio chairs perfectly!  You know, those ones that pack up into a neat long skinny bundle that people tote to parades and such?  Those chairs fit great in this bench and since it's on the patio it is handy to be able to just grab those chairs out of it when entertaining rather than having to run through the house to garage to find them.

In the spring, summer and early fall when it is warm enough to sit outside, I like to take my green tea and my Journible and Bible out to the patio and sit on this bench to have my quiet time with God. 

So if you are in the market for more storage and more sitting space, this is the ticket. Please use my affiliate link below.


Monday, February 12, 2018

Devotional: Thinking Soberly


"For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith."
‭‭Romans‬ ‭12:3‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

A few weeks ago when my daughter and I were driving to North Carolina, we had the opportunity to stop in Las Vegas.  It's not an opportunity I care to repeat.  The traffic is terrifying!  At any rate, we mangaged to find our way to the Chipotle where we were to meet Sarah's friend who would show us around The Strip.  

Not too far from where we met and had a late lunch, was a McDonald's.  In an effort to look as high class as all the other venues up and down The Strip, their sign was all decked out with sparkly lights.  It was quite comical to us and we had a good laugh over it.

That McDonald's sign illustrates the Biblical principle that we should not think of ourselves more highly than we ought to think.  Scripture doesn't say this, but when we have a higher opinion of ourselves than what we should have, it makes us look kind of silly, like that McDonald's sign in Las Vegas.  Pride never looks good on anyone.  

This Scripture says we are to think soberly in contrast to thinking highly of ourselves.  Interesting.  When we have a higher opinion of ourselves than we should, we are not thinking in a sober manner at all.   

We are to remember that God has given each of us a measure of faith.  None of us is better than the other in this business of faith.  We are not to compare our faith to another's faith or vise versa. This is not thinking soberly.  This kind of comparison can only lead to one of two things. 

1. Becoming discouraged because we don't measure up to Joe Blow's faith
2. Becoming proud because we think our faith is stronger than Joe Blow's faith

We need to maintain an even keel and not fall in the ditch on either side.  That is a hard balance to maintain, but God can keep you in the middle if you look to Him alone and not at everyone else.  



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Sunday, February 11, 2018

It’s Been Quite a Week

Last week was a crazy week to say the least.  I started getting sick the week before on Tuesday, then this last Monday my husband was admitted to the hospital and remained there for the entire week. I ended up with a full-blown sinus infection that day.  By Thursday morning, I felt like I was finally starting to turn the corner a little bit, but still felt pretty nasty.  I went to visit my husband that eventing and by the time we got home I started aching all over and knew I was spiking a fever.

Friday I got up feeling A bit better because the fever was gone, but really wiped out.  I've been barking like a trained seal every since.  Friday I did not visit at the hospital.  Saturday, I picked my husband up around  1:45pm, went to Costco, got groceries, filled prescriptions and the car with gas.  We also went out to Starbucks.  It was a very busy afternoon.  

Today we both stayed home from church and took it easy.  I'm still coughing a lot, but at least have more energy than I had last week.  Hoping things will get back to normal here soon for me and better than normal for Rick. Praying for that anyway.

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Wednesday, February 07, 2018

Elderly Pet Problem Solvers



When our 20-year-old Pug became incontinent, we had to find a way to keep her from constantly messing on the carpets.  It was becoming a real task for me to clean up her wet spots all day long.  The wet-dry vacuum was always out.

These soft-sided play-pens were just the ticket.  The smaller 28 inch one was perfect for travel.  We bought waterproof pads that we covered the bottom with and weighted them down with old folded bath towels. We also spread out a waterproof pad underneath the pet enclosure in case she managed to move the pads inside and wet the bottom of the enclosure.  It worked out perfect.  If she wet the bottom of the enclosure, I just put her in her crate, which she traveled in, and took the enclosure to the shower and washed it and dried it with a hairdryer and we were in business again.

The larger pet enclosure I kept indoors between the dining room and living room.  It gave her plenty of room to get up and wander around, eat, and sleep.  While this larger one has a waterproof bottom that zips out for easy washing, I found the zipper to be a problem because if she peed near the zipper it seeped out onto the carpet below.  I remedied this by purchasing a couple of large whelping pads.

At the time I bought two square 47 x 47-inch pads, but they don't seem to offer these anymore.  If they had offered these round ones then, I would have bought these instead.  They would have fit fine with a little tucking around the edges.

I used these to cover the entire bottom of the enclosure to prevent any seepage through the zipper on to the floor beneath.  Over the top of these, I at first put several of the largest disposable pads I could buy along with old towels on top to keep them from sliding around.  I washed the towels as needed and dumped the disposable pads when soiled.  Eventually, she was soiling pads so quickly it was costing me nearly $100 a month just to keep her dry, so I decided to switch to washable pads.




I bought six of these pads and washed them as soon as they were soiled.  The washer and dryer were running almost constantly, but I still think it was cheaper than disposable pads. 

These products allowed us to keep our beloved Daisy-Pug with us much longer than otherwise.  We finally had to have her put down when she was unable to move out of her own wet spots at night.  It was not fair to her to make her lay in that all night and be upset and uncomfortable and we just couldn't get up with her multiple times in the night and keep going.  RIP Daisy. 

Monday, February 05, 2018

Devotional: Blessed Whether You Feel Like It Or Not



Luke 10:23-24(NASB)

Turning to the disciples, He said privately, “Blessed are the eyes which see the things you see, for I say to you, that many prophets and kings wished to see the things which you see, and did not see them, and to hear the things which you hear, and did not hear them.”

Our pastor has been preaching through Luke.  Recently he touched upon this verse.  One of the points he made in passing was that we are blessed whether we feel like it or not.  I wrote that down in my notes and underlined it.

We who understand and know the Gospel of God's saving mercy are blessed with blessings galore. Just look at the first chapter of Ephesians!

3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ,4 just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and blameless before Him. In love 5 He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will, 6 to the praise of the glory of His grace, which He freely bestowed on us in the Beloved. 7 In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace 8 which He lavished on us. In all wisdom and insight 9 He made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His kind intention which He purposed in Him 10 with a view to an administration suitable to the fullness of the times, that is, the summing up of all things in Christ, things in the heavens and things on the earth. In Him 11 also we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to His purpose who works all things after the counsel of His will, 12 to the end that we who were the first to hope in Christ would be to the praise of His glory. 13 In Him, you also, after listening to the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation—having also believed, you were sealed in Him with the Holy Spirit of promise,14 who is given as a pledge of our inheritance, with a view to the redemption of God’s own possession, to the praise of His glory.
The next you feel down and doubt you have been blessed at all, don't believe your feelings.  They lie. Believe the facts of God's Word.  You are blessed whether you feel like it or not.

Thursday, February 01, 2018

Making Use of Time While Nursing a Sore Throat

Well, it looks like I have not escaped the BUG.  This one started out weird though.  Usually I start out either with a sore throat or feeling just a bit "off".  This one started out with a stuffed up nose.  Then by evening, my throat began to get scratchy and then it was a full on sore throat.  So yesterday and today I have not gone outside to work.  I've tried to take it Easy, doing low energy tasks and during 6 to 8 cups of tea throughout the day.  I've also been wearing my essential oils necklace with a Breath Easy blend in it.

While I have not done a lot, I have accomplished a few things.  Yesterday I sifted through all the papers in the file having to do with life insurances.  I sorted them out according to whose life insurance each one is and filed them away in a special place where I am putting copies all important papers should something happen to either Rick or I.  After the fiasco trying to find important papers after my dad passed away, I decided I want to make sure everything is in one easy to find spot. 

I had an appointment set up with the funeral home for Friday to talk about burial/creamation plans, but since I am sick I cancelled that.  Will reschedule for next week some time.

So how about you?  Have you set everything up so your family doesn't have a mess to deal with after you are gone?  I have a lot that I want to do toward that end, this is only the beginning.  
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Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Saved the Day: Tea Infuser



Recently when my daughter and I traveled to North Carolina to set up in her apartment so she could do her apprenticeship with Classical Conversations, this tea infuser saved the day, or maybe I should say saved the tea.

Right after we arrived in NC Sarah became very ill for 24 hours.  We had not had the chance to do a major shopping trip to supply her apartment with things she needed and when she was able to keep things in her stomach, a cup of green tea sounded good to her. 

All I had was one tea bag of green tea with me in my luggage so I got it out.  But alas!  I accidentally tore the tea bag, which would have rendered it useless under normal circumstances.  Who wants tea leaves floating around in their tea?

Sarah had asked for one of these tea infusers for her birthday.  Her birthday was in one day.  The gift was sitting wrapped up on her kitchen table with another gift being saved for the special day.  I grabbed it and gave it to her and said, "What's one day early?  Open this!"  She looked bewildered but opened it.  Then she laughed.

This tea infuser saved her tea.  I was able to put the broken tea bag in the infuser and brew her tea instead of having it wasted and her not getting any green tea to drink.

Another save this infuser has done for me, (I own one too) is that I meant to buy instant coffee and to my dismay realized after opening the can it was regular coffee.  Not to worry.  I just put a tablespoon of the coffee in the tea infuser and pour boiling water over it into my cup.  Granted some fine grounds still get through into the cup, but I'm not picky, so it works for me.  The coffee is not wasted and it's far cheaper than the instant stuff!

Monday, January 29, 2018

Devotional: My Purpose


2 Thessalonians 2:13-17(NASB)

13 But we should always give thanks to God for you, brethren beloved by the Lord, because God has chosen you [a]from the beginning for salvation [b]through sanctification [c]by the Spirit and faith in the truth.14 It was for this He called you through our gospel, [d]that you may gain the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. 15 So then, brethren, stand firm and hold to the traditions which you were taught, whether by word of mouthor by letter [e]from us.
16 Now may our Lord Jesus Christ Himself and God our Father, who has loved us and given us eternal comfort and good hope by grace,17 comfort and strengthen your hearts in every good work and word.


As you saw in my last devotional, I like making lists.  So I have another list I want to share with you.  This one has to do with our purpose.
What is my purpose?
  1. 1 Thessalonians 1:5 that I may be considered worthy of the kingdom of God
  2. v. 14 that I gain the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ
  3. v. 13 that I be sanctified
How am I to achieve my purpose?
  1. v. 15 stand firm in what you were taught
  2. v. 15 hold to the traditions of Scripture
  3. v. 13 by the Holy Spirit
  4. v. 13 by faith in the truth
What is God's provision?
  1. v. 16 eternal comfort
  2. v. 16 hope by grace
  3. v. 17 strength for good works and word
I love the simplicity of Scripture!  It couldn't be more clear.  I love that when God tells us what we are to do, He also gives us promises of His provision to help us do it.  We just need to take hold of His promises and stand in His truth.  He will help us do and be what He wants us to do and be.

Friday, January 26, 2018

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Phone Call With Sarah Tonight



Had a great phone call tonight from Sarah.  She loves her work and where she is living. She described a bit about the work environment at Classical Conversations and it sounds perfect for her.  If they offer her a permanent position at the end of her apprenticeship I'm pretty sure she would take it.

The work environment is designed around the employee's work and learning styles just like homeschool should be.  (Although I don't think I did very well at that with Sarah, Nathaniel got the better end of the stick in homeschool that way.)  If they don't want to work at their desk, then they are free to go sit down the hall at any one of several different areas.

She can take her laptop and sit at a tall table with bar stools like you see in coffee shops, or there is the couch where she can kick off her shoes and spread out, or she can go enjoy the outdoors on the patio, there is even a table with a write on white off table top where she can doodle her ideas as she works.

All the staff meetings begin with prayer and each day they all take a break together for devotions and prayer as a group.

All the employees get a free membership to the athletic club next door and access to the nature trail through the wooded area and the obstacle course.

It's really a good work environment for someone like her who doesn't like to sit still for very long.

She is learning a lot about the community she lives in. Pinehurst was a monarchy up until the 1970's.  It was owned by a wealthy family. In the depression years, they had their own currency and were not affected too much by the depression.  The man who started Pinehurst (actually called the Village of Pinehurst now) wanted the streets to go all helter-skelter like they do so people would get lost and have to talk to their neighbors to get help to find their way around.  He thought it fostered more community friendliness if people were forced to get to know each other.  They still don't have mail delivery for anybody in Pinehurst.  They all have to go get their mail at the post office where they will see their neighbors and other people of the community.  Everyone calls the town Pinehurst, but legally, it is the Village of Pinehurst because when the town was sold and incorporated, they couldn't call it Pinehurst because the original owner had trademarked the name. So when they incorporated, they had to change the name of the town, so they called it the Village of Pinehurst.

While I am thrilled that so far this seems like the perfect place for Sarah, it makes my heart ache at the thought of not seeing very much of her in the future.  I wish she was not so far from home. That makes my heart ache.


Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Favorite Products: iPhone SE



I have to say, that I have not regretted getting an iPhone SE.  I had an iPod Touch and an iPad Mini, so I was already familiar with Apple products and loved them. 

I had been using a cheapo Android phone through Tracfone and I hated that thing.  It was so difficult to use and was like a brick in my purse.  The battery life was awful too.  It was dead half the time when I needed to use it.  I finally started carrying around a portable charger. 

I had upgraded my iPod Touch to IOS ll and it ruined the battery in it.  The battery only lasts an hour now.  So that was getting ridiculous too.  I have to admit, I was not happy with Apple for that one.

Anyway, when I found out I was going to need to drive from Coast to Coast with my daughter, leaving the day after Christmas, I decided I needed a reliable phone, but I didn't want one of these huge things that they are selling now. They are half phone, half tablet. and won't fit in any pocket decently.  So I bought the iPhone SE.  It's roughly the same size as my iPod Touch but just a tad thicker and heavier.  It's perfect.

It holds a charge all day long and longer if I'm not on it all day long.  However, this thing gets heavy use.  Not that I talk on the phone much.  I hardly talk on it at all, but it's my personal assistant, my organizer, my calendar, my menu keeper, my recipe book, my address book, it's my speedometer in the car, you name it, it gets used for just about everything.  So it is on and draining the battery all day. 

Since this phone comes from Amazon, unlocked, you can set it up for whatever cell service you want to use it with.  That is a big plus too.  I use a prepaid plan that you buy cards for.  It works great for my purposes.

I highly recommend this model of iPhone if you are looking for one to buy that is smaller than most. 



Monday, January 22, 2018

Devotional: What to Pray For



Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may have free course, and be glorified, even as it is with you:
And that we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men: for all men have not faith.
But the Lord is faithful, who shall stablish you, and keep you from evil.
And we have confidence in the Lord touching you, that ye both do and will do the things which we command you.
And the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God, and into the patient waiting for Christ. 2 Thessalonians 3:1-7


I have been told that I am a list maker.  It is true.  I make lists of my lists!  I like to make lists when I read the Bible too.  So when I read the verses above in my Bible reading the other day, I had to make a list.  Here is my list:

Things to Pray For:
  1. that the word of the Lord would spread rapidly (free course)
  2. that the word of the Lord would be glorified
  3. that God's faithful would be delivered from evil men
  4. that the Lord would direct His people into the love of God
  5. that the Lord would direct His people into the steadfastness of Christ (patient waiting)
What God Has Promised
  1. the Lord is faithful
  2. the Lord strengthens us (stablish you)
  3. the Lord protects us from evil (the evil one in NASV)
Are you stuck in the rut of praying for Aunt Susie's bad knee or other physical ailments?  Well this list will give you a lot more to pray for.  You can pray for Aunt Susie to be able to use her ailment to encourage others in their walk with God so that the word of the Lord would be glorified in her life. You can pray for Aunt Susie to be delivered from those who might try to exploit her trouble to their own advantage.  You can pray that Aunt Susie would know the surpasing love of God and that God would give her patience and steadfastness in Christ and not waver in her faith.  And last but not least, you can thank God for His promises and faithfulness to His people.

I would venture to guess that as you pray for others in this manner it will change your perspective toward your own troubles too!