Saturday, February 25, 2017

Walking as Esther in the Earth

                                                 Let's walk as Esthers in the earth!
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I think often about my life and  particularly  why  I was born in such a time as this....  do you?  I am 66 years old and  was  raised in the  50's,  lived through the 60's  and 70's  and  began to  witness many changes in our  world.,..  but,  unfortuantely,  now I see  our nation  as never before... so much division,  hatred, ignorance, greed,  lack of  respect,  manners,  obedience, nor concern  for life.
 I feel very strongly about  this  topic and  having seen this on Intercessors for America and as an Intercessor  myself  I am deeply concerned about the evil forces  at work in our nation...  But  we  have an opportunity here to do a mighty work with very little effort  ...all it takes is  passing on a  little love... please read the following and  join with me  to  do just a little bit  to  bring encouragement  to our  President,,  just  by  telling him what he most wants to hear.. 
                                                              " Im praying for you!" 
Thank you  for allowing me to use this forum to get this word out to as many people as possible.

This article was written by a woman, a leader in Women's Aglow, International.

"A Call to Action! Starting Now through March 14 - Let's Flood the White House With Post Cards of Prayer!"

We know that we walk as Esthers in the earth. We know that since the beginning, women function under a mandate that exposes every evil plot of the enemy. While we were in DC recently, we learned of such a hideous plot called the Ides of March that has a dedicated Facebook page.
Those currently involved in resisting the new administration have targeted March 15th as a day to send President Trump a postcard expressing their opposition to him. Their plan is to overwhelm him with pink postcards symbolic of the pink slip that a person is given when fired. They plan to overwhelm the postal service by sending cards that contain hate-filled messages. Such as, Sharpen your wit, unsheathe your writing implements, and see if your sincerest ill-wishes can pierce Donald's famously thin skin.
Queen Esther wrote a new decree that trumped the one previously written.
I am asking you to begin sending in postcards to President Trump that simply say, "I am praying for you."
President Trump said those were the most meaningful words that he heard while on the campaign trail. And with the current atmosphere of chaos and insanity in our nation, I want him to know that there is a worldwide army that is supporting him in prayer.
I ask that you share this opportunity with your friends, your family, at your workplace, and with your church.
Start NOW sending your cards of support, but also – let us all send one on March 14th (the day before) to counter the Ides of March plot.
The address to send your post cards is:
President Donald J. Trump
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, DC 20500
The Word of God tells us that we are to pray for all those in authority. I'm asking you to lay aside your personal, political views and join together for the good of our nation.
Let's counter the hate with grace and love. Let's flood Heaven with prayer and the White House with cards and letters for such a time as this! 
P.S. one person at Aglow International purchased 100 postcard stamps. Another has gone through her cards and will be sending many to President Trump.   
Send as many as you can... We can make a difference!
                                             Pink Saturday

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Surf's Up Hodge Podge

1. Have you ever been fishing? Did you catch a fish? If so did you keep it or throw it back? If you haven't been fishing is that something you'd like to try?

Fish out of water, big fish in a small pond, living in a fishbowl, packed in like sardines, this is a fine kettle of fish, plenty of fish in the sea, fish or cut bait...which fishy phrase most recently applies to some area of your life?

As an only child, my daddy and  grandpa  took me fishing quite a lot, especially on Trout  season opening day...  We'd go up on the Roanoke River and stake out our spot  around dawn and stay all day..  I  wasn't  too afraid of  baiting my own hook...  I  got the hang of it  pretty well, and  was very excited  to catch  a fish...although I remember catching an overhanging limb  a time or two.  
"This is a fine kettle of fish"  seems to suit me today...  can't really explain why  except to say that  the enemy of  our  lives, and  king of lies roams about seeking to rob, steal and destroy everything good in life!!

2. What's something you're always fishing for in your purse, wallet, desk, or kitchen junk drawer?
  Even though my key chain is  huge and  heavy and  you'd think easy to lay hand to,   I can never  just  fish it out of my purse without having to  pretty much empty it of everything else....  drives me nuts!!!!

3. Your favorite fish tale or movie?Well,  when   I was about  8  my family including  aunts, uncles and maternal grandparents took a fishing trip in October to  Moorehead City NC.  Grandpa always said the fish were  really bitin' in October even though the gnats were killers!! But  our first night out on the pier  a  huge oil tanker came into port and  suddenly  caught on fire.. I mean a huge fire and  problem was  the  oil tanks  were  just right there  beyond the dock..  We  were standing  out on the pier watching    helicopters  flying over   and planes dropping  chemicals on the fire...  the  radios  blasted  telling the vacationers  to be  alert to  a mandatory  island   evacuation...  but  the fishermen were so intent on  catching all those fish that the  fire was  sending our way  we  were  crazily  casting, then hauling in  tons of  fish that night.
  When my parents  sent me off to bed I remember lying abed and watching the  rosy red light    reflecting on the walls around me as the  fire  blazed  so  very nearby,,  and  just lying there  wondering... and thinking...  could we really be blown right off the map of the coast of NC..  THe  grown-ups (Grumps)  must really like their fish....  

4. Are you sunrise, daylight, twilight or night? Explain why you chose your answer.
That answer  would be different with each stage of life....  but for me now  I   am sunrise... My inner clock  awakens me  right about sunrise everyday.... a hold over from  my teaching days...  but I do love a slow beginning of a  new great day...  it means  my first cup of coffee and  some quiet time  with  God!  To be honest  I have sort of  deviated from that but it is  a  real habit I truly want to  reinitiate for my life!!

5. What's the oldest piece of clothing you own and still wear?
It would be a  green rubber  slicker that  is lined with  a    navy blue  bonded  fabric  that has green whales printed on it..  Can't believe I  got it  way back in the 70's and  I can still wear it... it is indestructible!!!!

6. We've got one more month of (officially) winter here in the Northern hemisphere. Are you feeling the need for a getaway? What's been the best and worst part of your winter so far?
What winter...?? I do vaguely remember  a snow day  back in January  but  that was  a rather disappointing one...  but even though  our weather has been much milder than usual  I have been perusing  beach  rentals    for  a while... I would love to get a few days in there  with our kids when they come visit  this year... but not in  mid summer....  maybe  mid  autumn....  I detest  hot/humid beach time!!!

7. The Wednesday Hodgepodge lands on National Margarita Day...will you be celebrating? Frozen or on the rocks? Are you a Jimmy Buffet fan? If so, what's your favorite JB tune?
Well,  I did  imbibe one time  actually last summer  when we were travelling and  spending the night in Pa... I had always wondered  about them  and  the restaurant was known for  their  magaritas and I was feeling sort of adventurous... It was tasty I must say,  but  even a big gal like me  couldnt hold her  liquor... I  felt so woozy walking to the car, I thought  , Oh, my ,  and people are leaving restaurants all the time  driving under the influence  like  this!! and I only had 1  drink...  It made me  want to stay home forever!!!! Hate to admit it,  but  Jimmy Buffet????  I dont know him
  I mean...  Ive heard of him  but  that's all I  know...  his name
8. Insert your own random thought here.
I suppose  confession is good for the soul,  but I do hope I didnt    cause anyone to stumble.  I suppose when we 're away from home  where no one knows us we may be more likely to  try  new things....  but I realize  readers on  here  may  know about me and  I am sorry if my previous  answer    may have  given you  reason to  question  or judge me..

Monday, February 20, 2017

The Simple Woman Day Book

For Today..February 20, 2017

Outside my window...
Sunny, clear and very mild...  highs today 72....

I am thinking...
I will be so glad  when  my allergies   come under control....  it's a long story    by  suffice it to say...  after taking allergy shots  basically all of my life,  I'm now told I shouldn't have been        taking  them for the last  35 years... really....  so now  I am   wondering a lot about  WHY!!!!

I am thankful...
always  for my dear husband...  He keeps things  going around here lately....always  so   committed to getting the hard things done that  need doing... I cant wait to share  about  the transformation in his office..

I am wearing...
still in my  housecoat....  but with plans to   get  dressed  as soon as I finish  this post!  

I am creating...
no time for creating this week....  I love  leading the small group in our  Women's Bible study  but  if I'm going to do a  good job  it takes  concerted effort  and study...  more of which I need to do today  because  last week  was so busy and  I felt so bad over the weekend. Wonderful study... highly recommended!!

I am wondering..
about an article I read on Face book this morning...I truly recommend  folks to read this.. about  why millenials  are  not interested in  faith issues and church..  I am so  blessed to  know that  our millenial  daughter and family  are  devout Christians and  very active in their church..  and I  wonder about    the  problems  young adults have with church....
I  agree that  church today  isn't the church  I agree up with...  and  kin  large extent it is because we  have bent over backwards to  attract the youth...  apparently,  to no avail...and in  making  the  changes  in  how services are conducted it is like we've thrown out the baby with the bath water...  true our  theology  has been watered down and to me the power messages have been  deleted...  the Holy Spirit has been uninvited- there is no room  in the service  for Him to  interact.  I'd love to hear  some other's  ideas on this  issue!
I am reading:: 

One Year Devotional, Walk with God 

Finding I AM by Lysa Terqeurst
Bible--  Chronological  plan

I am listening....
Love I am listening to the Paul Cardall station....  I Surrender All is playing.

I am learning...
to be satisfied with  all things,  all my choices  good and bad,,,,   and the consequences that  have   come my way...  and   to learn from them..  I desire to lean into the Lord's teaching!!

I am hoping... 
to have opportunity to meet with a dear friend  who  appears to be slipping through the crack  of  circumstances of life....pray for  opportunity for  good communication.

In my garden... 
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the daffodils are   radiant..  my goal  this week is to  get  some pansies  in the  back  flower bed..
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In my kitchen...

not much happening.. I lived in the kitchen last week...  we'll just let things transpire as they may this week...  hahahahah  sounds like lots of salads  this week to me.. hehehehe

A favorite quote/scripture for today..
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One of my favorite things...
the  mood that  all types of lighting  lends to  a room in the evening

Board Room
Last week  I shared my  books that I  love  from my pinterest list....  this week I am sharing the books on my  want to read list...

Joseph Prince Ministries Online Store - The Law Demands, Grace Supplies (DVD Album—NTSC) Can order onlineBestseller Books Online Entering The Presence Of God Derek Prince $10.28  - just pinned a lot of good recipes from this book!:

 I have  learned over time  that I share Derek Prince's teaching about  God's  scriptures.. oh, if I could  find a church  in our community  that   taught  the  truth like   he reveals through  his   marvelous   teaching.  Then I discovered  Joseph Prince  at a time  when I was  enduring one of the  most significant trials of   my life...  and it was  as if  God sent his  teaching  just for me..  to demonstrate His unfathomable love for me...  some say he is a prosperity   preacher, and  perhaps he does  to a small extent  but he is also a marvelous  teacher of the  word...  often  using the Greek,  that for me, really  expands the understanding...  I really like him...  I  choose to  think of  him as  teaching spiritual prosperity and  there is an  area  we can all attest to  wanting to  lively prosperously.

A Moment of my life...

Here is my heart... out oldest  granddaughter at age 3 1/2   is  learning to  engage in all kinds of activities  ....  Oh, how I  miss seeing  her and her lil sister  more..      May God truly bless  this family in Jesus name!!!

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Friday, February 17, 2017

Friday's Fave Five

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This has been a great week  ...  I am always   pleased when I feel that I  have  had  a good  chance to reciprocate  for the  loving friendship  that  is shared with us...  So once   Hubs and I had fully committed to   our Valentine's Dinner party, it was all hands on deck  to get 'er done..
1.. It was one thing to plan a  party over the holidays when the house was all decorated and the  menu  seemed  simple,   but   when everyone  got  sick and the  event had to be  postponed,  the  air  sort of went out of the balloon...  But as Valentine's Day approached  it was exciting to  plan and prepare for  a very fun  event to share with our dear friends..So  we  celebrated  with  an
Italian Love Fest!
2. Ok, so Christmas is   a  wonderfully festive time when we  bring our our  reds and greens...  and   January  incorporates much of the same greens and    reds  with  snow and  a bit of blue  thrown in... Then  we remove the snow and blue and green and focus on the red for  Valentine's Day..
Just a  tweak of red  and    add in  the "LOVE"
   And    It  begins  to  feel  much more romantic around the house....
3.Because  now it is time to  pack away the red and  think  pastels... 
with temps like ours  in the  60's and 70's....  flowers are budding out  everywhere...

  I'm not even sure  what this is....   maybe a Dutch Iris...   but  it is  gorgeous and  I love
the purple....  Next week I will  scour the  storage  boxes  for everything purple...  I know I don't have much  but  this is definitely its time to shine~~~
4.  The cutest thing is going on  right behind me at the kitchen sink..  tonight is  our monthly dinner  party with Hub's  cousins  who live in the area..  We started  this about 2 years ago  and it has  been  wonderful...  heretofore,  we  didn't feel like we had  local family,  because  he didn't think he had  any cousins except  the  gals with whom he had never been very close...  until  Marnee moved here from  Richmond,  and  she shook us out of our doldrums and has gotten us together every month and  we love it so much...Tonight  we are  ordering pizza  and bringing salads...  Hubs is  busily making  the   most  amazing  tossed salad  ever!
What can I say??It is almost poetic!!

5.  Speaking of Hubs!
In the  last  few weeks  he has     reorganized his office,    removed  the old wallpaper,  patched the  huge cracks revealed behind the wallpaper,  painted the room and all the trim,,,  removed the  glued down carpet and  mastic,  and refinished the floors.  The   room had way too much  furniture  so we have purged  some and  thrown a lot of stuff away..  soon he will  redesign the layout  for the  two desks  and  filing system... and bookcase... we hope to  hide  the loose "Stuff " in these  great  baskets on the shelves.
I can't wait to share  finished project  next week on FFF!

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Our Italian Love Fest

We had   a wonderful  Italian Love Fest dinner on Valentine's evening... We  invited   some great friends and enjoyed  some  fabulous new foods..
I have previously shared the menu and planning for the dinner..  today  I  wanted to share the table..

First of all, I absolutely love this pottery..  It is Royal Stafford  ..  pottery of Burslem that I found at Home Goods...  It is  the perfect Valentine  setting  with its  gorgeous coral roses and  romantic  olde world script...
I got  so many compliments on  it and everyone was sneaking a peek at the label...    but I told them I  couldnt find a pattern name for it  anywhere...
My sweetie did an amazing job matching my sweetheart roses with the  dinnerware...  I had asked him to try to match...mission  accomplished!!!
 I used  silks and    fairy lites  to try to create  a  pallazzo  garden room...  and  in the  dim  candle light, the mood was set...  in my  excitement  as the guests arrived I failed to capture  the  room    at twilight....  but it was  so romantic!
I was told the house smelled like a fine  Italian restaurant...   the  Pasta  Fagioli  was  first to capture the senses...  and I enjoyed serving it in my duck tureen.. I hadn't done that in some time.
I  had been a bit concerned about  the    Gorgonzola  Basalmic  dressing,   for at first taste,  while I was making it,   it was  quite tart...  so I blended in a  bit of   Turbinado  cane sugar...the brown crystals I  like to add to my coffee..   after blending I tried  to taste again and it didnt make a lot of difference,,, but  at dinner  the dressing  was  superb...  probably  my new favorite    for the  crystals had  melted throughout and  that drizzled on  romaine heart quarters  was  absolutely sublime...  Everyone  loved it!!!  The cake  was  awesome...  just like   true Italian dessert it was  rich and  creamy,  but not too sweet...  perfection!!!!!
and to  end Id love to share....  this  lovely music  I  discovered.. I  played a new  Pandora  italian love song  channel... and discovered  this song.,...  I cant get enough of it!!!!!!
                                         Grace at Home
                                       Home Sweet Home