Saturday, February 24, 2018
Sunday, February 11, 2018
In fact with each passing year there seems to be more progress needed to just remain the same...stronger glasses to read the fine print...extended exercise time to keep one's shape...a healthier diet for various changes that come with age.
This past Friday my dear Mom had to undergo a rather routine procedure...angioplasty and stents. She went in one day and returned home the next. (BTW- she is doing well).
Modern medicine has certainly made great strides in amazing ways. What would have been a long recovery from open heart surgery in years past is now an overnight stay. Who knows in time what "new" miraculous techniques will be found to cure or simplify other health issues.
Often as we get older we struggle against change and progress. We think the past ways were better and perhaps in some areas that may be true. Today though I am grateful for those who continue to press on to improve life and keep us all being "works in progress".
"For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well." Psalm 139: 13-14 (NIV).
May each of you have a lovely week.
Sunday, February 4, 2018
The old apple tree bends its limbs to receive a light covering of white.
The hills in the distance have taken on winter's chill.
To chase away the season's grays I have pulled out Nita Leland's wonderful book "Confident Color". Each page has lovely art work and different exercises to build one's confidence and knowledge about color.
It has inspired me to pull out my brushes and paint.
Isn't it true that finding inspiration can be illusive?
At times like these am so grateful for encouraging authors such as Nita Leland.
Her words are the perfect antidote to make those seasonal blues go away.
Speaking of words I am sharing a favorite song of mine performed by Michael W Smith. Hope you enjoy it sweet friends.
Sunday, January 28, 2018
Blue sky and lots of sunshine...
Yes friends this made the perfect recipe for a lovely walk.
3 egg whites beaten into firm peaks...a pinch of salt...1 tsp. of vanilla flavoring...1/2 cup of granulated sugar...1 cup of chopped nuts...1 cup of choc. chips or butterscotch.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees - beat egg whites until firm...gently fold in the rest of ingredients.
Line cookie sheets with parchment paper, brown paper or aluminum foil. Spoon cookies in mounds onto paper leaving about 2 inches in between each one. Turn oven off and place cookie sheets inside. Close door and do not open for 12 hours or overnight. Next morning flip cookies out onto another cookie sheet and peel paper off . Cookies will harden - store in a closed container.
These are naturally gluten free - hubby really likes them.
Well hope you enjoyed the perfect recipe. Maybe you will share one of yours.
Have a wonderful week.
"Those who walk uprightly enter into peace:" Isaiah 57:2 a (NIV)
Sunday, January 21, 2018
It allows one to be still...
To reflect on what matters...
To study God's handiwork in nature...
Even with all of its challenges there are many wonderful blessings that come with winter's sojourn.
Hope all of you are enjoying this quiet time of the year.
"...in quietness and trust is your strength." Isaiah 30:15 b (NIV)
Have a blessed week.
Sunday, January 14, 2018
When a winter storm is on its way here are some of my necessities.
Something hot to drink...
A warm fire...
and last but not least something good to read.
What are some of your necessities? Would love to know.
P.S. - To those of you who are enjoying summer weather and warm temps...could you send some my way.
Have a lovely week.
Saturday, January 6, 2018
New dreams...new hopes...new challenges are all a part of what could be written on this page.
Last January my "perfect word" was hope...it became my focus and what I held onto during my Dad's illness and death. It continued to sustain me as we moved forward to meet the changes that come with losing someone dearly loved.
With the coming of 2018 I believe God's perfect word for me is "new". To explain how I know this is the word for me would be too lengthy to post - so to keep it simple I didn't choose this word it just kept showing up until I knew it was the one!
Funny how God has a wonderful way of letting us know certain things at certain times. Guess we just have to be listening!
What new things may be coming
is yet to be discovered. Looking forward to seeing what will be written on that blank page.
How about all of you ? Is there a "perfect word" you will share? Hope you will - I would so love hearing yours.
Before I sign off will leave you with a scripture that seemed to confirm my "perfect word" for 2018.
"Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland." Isaiah 43:18-19.(NIV)
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