Sticking Like Glue

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Psalm 38:9-12  ‘You, Lord, know every one of my deepest desires, and my noisy groans are no secret to You.  My heart is beating fast.  I feel weak all over, and my eyes are red.  Because of my sickness, no friends or neighbors will come near me.’

Reaching for my Bible, the papers beneath it came too.  Not because I wanted them to, but because they were stuck to the cover.  I have no idea which substance was responsible – all I knew was – I had to physically remove the papers as they refused to let go.

Wrong (bad) behavior can do the same.  No matter what the sin (or misdemeanor), you can pretend it is not a part of your life, or that it was not your choice, but it will not leave until you decide to force it to let go.

God can and will give you relief.  Just as you are, with all your bad choices and stinking-thinking, He will gather you up and release you from all your turmoil and despair; but only when you choose to ask Him for help.

Perhaps, because of the way you live, those you love have retreated from you.  They refuse to come into your presence.  They do not want your lifestyle choices to stick to them.

It could be time to choose a new direction.  You can choose to stay where you are – in eventual isolation; or decide to ask God to show you a new way to live and stick to Him and His Word (the Bible) like glue and see where it takes you.

Psalm 38:15-18 I trust You, Lord God, and you will do something.  I said, “Don’t let them laugh or brag because I slip.”  I am about to collapse from constant pain.  I told You my sins, and I am sorry for them.  Many deadly and powerful enemies hate me, and they repay evil for good because I try to do right.  You are the Lord God!  Stay nearby and don’t desert me.  You are the one who saves me.  Please hurry and help.  (Contemporary English Version)

Choose wisely as you choose to change.

Patricia

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I Am Blessed and Highly Favored

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The title is one of my husband’s favorite comments.  He uses it to extinguish critical comments, when people in his workplace wonder why he’s ‘as lucky’ as he is, on days when they are not enjoying good income days.

I am very blessed in a different way.  in my senior years, I still enjoy relatively good health.

I do have arthritis, which stops me in my tracks some days with the pain and stiffness – – but, on the whole my health is great compared to:

a dear family member suddenly plunged into a world of confusion and delusion after a (pre-Canadian) life in a repressed society.

a young friend still ravaged with cancer after many surgeries

a neighbor lost in dementia and one with (possible) cancer (awaiting results of tests)

young folk unable to join in the activities of friends due to disability

folk awaiting results from invasive, but necessary, tests

lonely shut-ins who seem to have been forgotten by family

friends, family and neighbors with ongoing health issues, for which there seems to be no relief

I could go on and on, but won’t.  I often feel helpless – not knowing how to help; if indeed my help is welcome.  On those days, all I can do is pray for them.  Ask for comfort, strength and healing.

As we get on with our day, let’s keep in mind less fortunate members of our society, and give a helping hand wherever, and whenever, we can.

We don’t have to be intrusive – we just need to show we care.

Now I am going to shower and dress – – because I can, and see where my day takes me.

Patricia

Apple Crisp

This is a really delicious recipe.

Ingredients:

4 Large Apples – peeled and cut

Place into an ovenproof or foil dish.  Mix crisp topping.

Mixture for Topping:

1 1/2 cups Flour

1 cup Oatmeal (fast cooking variety.  I used 4 minute Quaker)

1 cup Margarine or Butter – melted.

1/2 tspn Salt

1 tspn Cinnamon

Brown Sugar – to taste

Mix dry ingredients together.  Add melted butter/margarine and mix with fork.

Place oatmeal mix on the top of the apples.  Place in a hot oven (375 degrees) and cook until topping is set.  It will crisp up as it cools.  This takes about 40 minutes.

My thanks to my step-daughter, Michelle, for this yummy recipe.

Patricia

Potato Soup

Ingredients

3 – 4 large potatoes, peeled and chopped

1 onion, chopped

1  carrot, chopped

3 – 4 cups 2% milk

Salt & pepper to taste

6-8 slices crisp cooked Bacon, crumbled

Parsley for garnish

Directions:

1.  Cook the vegetables in a small amount of the milk (covered) until tender.

2. Add: the remainder of the milk, salt & pepper.  Mash or blend to desired consistency.

3. Add bacon.  Simmer – do not boil.

4. When ready to serve sprinkle with parsley.

I added two further cups of milk to mine, together with a tablespoon of corn starch.  The result was more soup and thicker consistency.  Either way is delicious.

Note:  I improvised from another recipe.  The original recipe called for evaporated milk, also dill weed (neither of which appeal to me).

You could also add some shredded cheese, when serving – even Parmesan cheese adds a good additional flavor.

Enjoy.

Cooking Up a Storm

On bright sunny days, I want to be outside.  I figure there is always time to catch up on housework.

Storms have been forecast this week.  They did not arrive yesterday – when predicted  – but, today started out grey and overcast.  Oh the sun peeked out for a short time, but quickly retreated.

Days that start like this are my times to catch up on inside tasks or cook.  Today, I chose to cook and ended by cooking up a storm (meaning I spent hours preparing and cooking more than I anticipated doing).

I wanted to make potato soup, and did, but I also made quiche and then apple crisp.  All the ingredients were either in my refrigerator or store cupboard and for days, my plan was to get creative in the kitchen.  The nice weather put a halt to that.

So, this morning after hours of work, I was delighted to have all three dishes ready to enjoy.  Can’t wait to dig in.

All the recipes are very easy, as well as, extremely tasty.

Want them for yourself?  Go to my blog:  https://patriciaeday.wordpress.com.  I have the recipes for you there.  Enjoy.

Patricia

Raw or Well Done

I cooked ribs for supper yesterday.  I carefully prepared the meat with herbs and other flavorings.  Set them on parchment paper and covered them with foil.  Into the oven they went to become what is one of my husband’s favorite meals.

As suppertime approached, I stopped my work to concentrate on the meal.  I fixed the rice.  Set the table.  I pottered.  Meaning, I saw this and that requiring attention.  Checked the meat and brushed a final glaze on the ribs.

My intention had been to switch the oven off and let the ribs rest and finish.  Well, I did finish them off!  I forgot to turn the heat off and when I checked my ‘creation’, I found them drier than they should have been. Not inedible, but not as succulent as I imagined they would be.

Fortunately, with some additional basting they passed the taste test.  But, I knew how close disaster had come.

In much the same way, when disaster strikes, we humans can become frazzled.  One issue too many demands our immediate consideration, and we are hard-pushed to appear ready for action.  We feel as if we are being burned-up, as decision after decision wears us out.  Fortunately, much like the ribs, we can be refreshed if we are blessed with a Christian faith.

We call upon our Lord to HELP.  He always responds to our prayers: although sometimes we are hard-pushed to recognize the results.  His answer is not always our request.  What it is – is the very best option for our life.

The ribs were delicious.  I cannot say that they were cooked to perfection, nevertheless, they were tasty.

God’s response to our prayer requests is to give us the very best.  He will take us from being raw into delightful perfection, if we follow His guidance.

So, the question is:  What are you today?  Are you feeling raw or are you well done?

Patricia Day

What a Transformation

Extreme change has occurred with the weather this week.

Beginning hot and humid; no item of clothing was cool enough.  Indoors, fans supplemented two air conditioners at either end of our home.

Today we have a single digit temperature and a short while ago I turned on the heating.

Now I am cozy and warm, aided by donning a sweater, taken fresh from the dryer.  Mmmm….feels so good.

What extremes have you experienced today?  My hope is that you also enjoy a’feel good’ moment before the day ends.

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Summer Don’t Leave!

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Every year, I am reminded by the media that summer is almost over.  Who says that Labor weekend dictates the end of Canada’s summer?

I live to be outside.  I like to garden, and love summertime.  The thought of intense cold, ice and snow, along with early dark evenings fill me with dread.

Then it happens –  the heat becomes so intense along with high humidity – that I wilt.  Sunset occurs earlier and earlier, until by eight in the evening, there is little daylight left.  I don’t particularly enjoy sitting outside when it is dark; besides bugs become a nuisance.  So, I slowly become acclimatized to retreating indoors.

I guess, this at least prepares me for the cold of winter.  I am less inclined to want to be outdoors and am more content to settle for being in the house.

On a positive note, there is the joy of Christmas to come and shortly after that – well goodness me – seed catalogs start arriving in the mail, and I happily begin to plan for summer again.

Nevertheless, I sadly watch as birds gather in greater numbers, knowing this to be a precursor that they are preparing to leave us.  But as this is the natural order, I settle for the  occurrence knowing it is only temporary.

However each year, it does not stop me from looking skyward at birds migrating and saying, “Take me with you.”

Patricia

 

Love, Don’t Hate

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Hatred scarred the world, on this day – 2001. The lives of thousands of people, were ended, in horrific manner, by fanatics believing that their hatred of all who do not follow their beliefs are worthless. The Twin Towers were the targets of hatred. It is the perpetrators of the attacks who are misled in that, they appear to have lost the ability to love. Love conquers hatred. Good overcomes evil. The Lord God – the one and only true God commands us to love one another: accept one another just as we are. He does not lead us to kill.

‘There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love. We love Him because He first loved us.’ (1 John 4:18-19 NKJV)

On this day of remembrance, let us assess our thoughts, words and deeds, and let us choose good not evil.

May I suggest that we pray for love to invade the hearts, minds and spirits, of all who would choose to destroy in the name of their god, or who do so, just because they can.?

Patricia