good quote

" In my opinion, the great single need of the moment is that light-hearted superficial religionists be struck down with a vision of God high and lifted up, with His train filling the temple. The holy art of worship seems to have passed away like the Shekinah glory from the tabernacle. As a result, we are left to our own devices and forced to make up the lack of spontaneous worship by ...bringing in countless cheap and tawdry activities to hold the attention of the church people." ~ A.W. Tozer

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

LIFE.. it's crazy sometimes

Hey everyone! So sorry I've not kept in better communication. Life, it's been crazy. So let me catch you up on the year so far. Back in the summer of last year I transferred to a new Dialysis clinic with the company I work for. I went there to be a secretary but that didn't work out so I'm back out on the treatment floor with patients.

Last December marked the start of my 3rd year working in Dialysis. It's been tough. Dialysis is not an easy field. We work with some very sick people and it seems like we lose more each year.

I'm continuing to learn more and more about homesteading. I met a man and his wife last August and they have become a sort of mentors and teachers with their homestead/ farm. He taught me how to butcher, clean and process a chicken last Fall. I'm also hoping to buy some chicks off him this year so I can start my own flock of layers and meat birds.
  Continuing with that dream, I moved back in with my mom back in April to save some money towards a home and land of my own. Mom has been kind enough to allow me a good bit of freedom with my ideas and dreams of being more self-sufficient. I help her with things around her home and by living with her, I am able to save more money. I'm only planning to be here long enough to get a down payment on a home but I'm praying and seeking the Lord. I've had some other things come up that have me wondering if this is really the next right step for me or not.
  In all this time, I've not been idle though. I put in a good size garden for mom and myself this year. It was 14x24 and we had tomatoes, green peppers, cucumbers, okra, green beans, green onions, and squash. While the Okra once again didn't produce, we got more than enough of the rest of it. We were able to freeze 5 quarts of squash and green beans. Right now we have more tomatoes than we know what to do with so I think I may try to make some spaghetti sauce to freeze as well.
 While my mom has two red hens that keep us in eggs, I'm really wanting to get some meat/ laying birds so I hope by fall we'll have some Barred Rock chicks. I want at least 4 maybe 5. I'm not looking for a rooster right now though. I can't afford to be having chicks of my own.

I would like to raise meat rabbits too for meat and their fur but I'm still learning about those and I'm not sure of anyone in the area that I could buy from. We use to have rabbits as pets when I was little but that was different, we didn't eat them and they were the white rabbits. I don't even know what breed they were. If anyone knows more, let me know. I think it would be good to raise honey bees and goats too but I really don't want any BIG livestock. I'm not sure if the Lord would have me to marry or not, though I would like very much to marry, so I have to consider what I could reasonably do on my own and I can't handle big livestock on my own. I have lots of ideas about this stuff but I don't want to go into all of that right now. This is suppose to be just an update.

So April was full of moving and putting in a garden. Later mom allowed me to put up a clothes line. That was interesting. It didn't last though. HAHAHA It fell and now the dog uses it as a tug-o-war toy. I would like to get her an actual clothes line from Lehman's catalog but they are kind of expensive. (I've come to like looking at Lehman's catalog) Oh and I had my 31st birthday.

May and June were full of  work, church, garden and family life. In May I was also in a car wreak but it wasn't too serious. I had a sprained shoulder and neck. It still likes to flare up from time to time even now but I will be ok. I also became an Herbalife member in June for weight loss. Unfortunately, I have not done as well as I had hoped in that area. There's been so much going on that keeping up with my diet has kind of taken a back burner in more than one instance. There was also my sister, Amy's wedding in June. So that was fun. It was a small family affair but beautiful all the same.

With this month came VBS at church again and I was able to switch up age groups this year. Instead of working with the youngest age group like I usually do, I asked if I might be allowed to branch out a bit and work with an older group. I was placed with the junior girls, this year and I really enjoyed it. What a blessing those girls were. I expected them to be very "boy-crazy" but I was surprised that they were not. They were a good group and they listened well to the lessons. I still pray for them. I see them at church still and I go to speak with them when I can. I have been talking with our Pastor's wife about getting an activity together for them all. It would be nice.

Looking ahead, August brings school and my nephews will be going back. This will be the youngest one's first time in school. He'll be in kindergarten. I hope he keeps his sweet nature despite what he will face in school. I pray for him daily because up to this point he has been sheltered from a lot of the world's ugliness. I don't like the idea of him being in public school but it's not my decision so I have to pray and trust God to protect him.
     August also brings our family camping trip. We usually go much earlier in the year but with my sister's wedding in June, about the time we normally go camping, we weren't sure if we'd even get to go this year so I'm really excited to take my nephews before the school year starts up. I love to go camping!
   I hope to put in our Fall garden in August as well. I have some work to do though. Our squash, beans and onions are done for the summer so I plan to cut them down and till up the earth again and expand our garden to plant for Fall. I could have already been planting some but life has been crazy so I'm not getting as early a start as I had wanted. I've been putting in a lot of crazy hours at work the last couple months with everyone taking trips and visiting family and that has kept me from doing a lot of other things that I would like to have done by now.
   September will bring the Church's birthday and annual revival again. Fall will start and so will come the cooler weather, leaves changing color, and so on. It's a busy, crazy, beautiful life....

"The greatest adventure for the Christian is a life lived by faith in God."

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Good, Encouraging, Instruction! AMEN!

Frist let me begin by praising the LORD for hearing and answering the cry of His children! I needed encouragement tonight and PRAISE GOD, He gave it. I've been battling the devil and my flesh real hard for the last 3 or 4 months, it seems. Just one thing or another would bring me down. I'd get a short reprieve from it; a little rest and peace, and then it would begin again and again. But the LORD knows and cares for His own! And how do I know I am His? Because of how He works things in my heart and life, because His Word tells me so, because I have trusted in His Precious Holy Son, Jesus as my Savior. PRAISE GOD! He has been so good to me. This evening as I prepared to go back to church I prayed, "Lord, I need something tonight. I need your presence so close to me. I need to hear from you God, that I might know you haven't forgotten me. I need you to fold yourself around me and around this troubled heart like an impenetrable shield that I might have peace that passes all understanding. Your people need you also, Lord. Work in the service tonight."

I want to share with you how that as I rode in my car over to the church, I felt the Lord move upon my heart about our Ladies prayer room. How it has sat neglected and unused for some time. I felt a great desire to be in that room tonight before service and to see our ladies coming together to encourage and lift one another up in the Lord. I felt the desire to have the Spirit move among our ladies to spur them on and to move in our church. I walked into the church building and began to turn on the lights and unlock the doors. I went into our ladies prayer room and began to clean and straighten it up. I couldn't do much with service only 30 minutes away but I thought to myself; "This room could use a good painting and a nice new dry erase board too for requests and verses. Perhaps one of those real pretty wall stickers would be a nice touch as well." The more I looked the move I was moved to do and the more I yearned to see our ladies coming together in the Spirit of the Lord to pray, pray, PRAY! I stood at the little podium that we had in the room with our church prayer list in front of me and waited... one, two, three ladies walked in. I said in my mind, "Well Lord, it's a start." We waited a couple more minutes and the ladies were talking amongst themselves about family mostly. Then 5 minutes before service I spoke up.

"Ladies, I'd like to get started if we could. I want to begin by saying that I'm not trying to be all official or above anyone by standing up here but I want to share what's on my heart with you. I want to tell you how the Lord moved on my heart that we should be in here praying again. We've left this room unused for too long. Our men are good leaders and good examples by being in the men's prayer room before every service, praying for those things which the Lord has placed on their hearts and I think we should follow suit. I know we are in a rush tonight but I want us to start coming together again. I want to see the Lord move in our ladies to not just share the latest news or gossip but to see us come together to encourage, to strengthen and to build each other up in prayer and in the love of the Father. I don't know about y'all but I been needing that and it's been missing here. I'm not saying y'all don't love the Lord or each other because you've proven that you do, but it's my desire to see us take that next step and come together here to pray. I hope you'll join me and encourage others to come in too."

We proceeded to say a few prayer requests as we were running quickly out of time, but you know, I felt God move in that short time and I know He will move all the more as we come together to pray for one another. I'm so excited about it! Oh how I've been given a refreshment tonight that I so needed. Not only that, but wouldn't you know that the message preached by the visiting pastor would be on just that! I wanted to share the passage with you and what I felt the Lord put on my heart through it. I've titled this post "Good, Encouraging Instruction! AMEN!" I hope it is that for you too! So here it is...

Philippians 4: 1-9 (kjv)
1- Therefore, my brethren dearly beloved and longed for, (isn't that a wonderful beginning. to be loved and longed for..Mmmm), my joy and crown, so stand fast in the Lord, my dearly beloved.
2- I beseech Euodias, and beseech Syntyche, that they be of the same mind in the Lord.
3- And I entreat thee also, true yokefellow, help those women which labored with me in the gospel, with Clement also, and with other my fellowlabourers, whose names are in the book of life.
4- Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice.
5- Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand.
6- Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
7- And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your heats and minds through Christ Jesus.
8- Finally, brethren, whatsoever things true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report,; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
9- Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.

  As you'll see there are some things underlined in those verses because they are the things that the Lord pointed out to me. The Lord might point out other things to you, Reader, in those verses but I'm just sharing what I saw for a moment.
First, let me say that I love how this passage begins. Paul was in prison for sharing the Gospel at the time that God had him to write this down. Look how Paul begins. He tells us that we are beloved and longed for. Isn't that nice? Oh what encouragement there! I can feel the Holy Spirit just warming me from the inside out just by that introduction. He also shares that we are a joy. Warm and Fuzzy. :-) But he goes on to give us some important instructions that we might have the peace of God that goes beyond any human comprehension; that's the "peace which passeth all understanding" part. The words underlined are the instructions. Now I know that this was written to the Philippian church but God wouldn't have had it added to His Word if there weren't something we could glean from it and apply to ourselves as well so let's look at that, shall we.

First, he tells us to "Stand fast in the Lord." Don't waver, dear Christian! Don't be like so many today that are like the leaf in the wind being blown one way and then another. Know what the Word of God says, study it, cement it in your hearts and minds. Think on it and meditate on it all the day long. Don't be fool hearted and easily lead astray. MAKE YOUR STAND AND HOLD FAST!

Secondly, he tells us to "Be of the same mind in the Lord." The first was us alone with God and this one is when we are with others. Make sure that the people you are around and the people that you are identifying yourself with are all of the same mind of Christ as you are. We have often heard it said that we are who we spend time with so be careful who your friends are. I know, I know,... we have to spend time with those who may not be Christians like you and I because we are in the world still, but who is it you spend your most personal, close time with? We all have our circle of friends and family members that we spend quality time with. Are you choosing to be around people who will build you up in the Lord and challenge you in a positive way to grow in your walk with God? I think that is what is being pointed out here. Also, as a church body, we should be unified in Christ through the Holy Spirit. I'm not talking some inter-denominational nonsense here. For light can not have fellowship with dark so how can a church standing fast on the Word of God be "co-worshipping" with one that isn't? If they don't stand fully on the WHOLE WORD OF GOD then they don't stand for it at all. Period. But again, be sure you are of the same mind as those you spend your time with and especially when it comes to gathering together for worship and growing in the Lord. He also uses that word "beseech". That means it's an earnest and urgent request, a calling. In this verse he mentions by name Euodias and Syntyche. I don't know who these people were and I don't know if perhaps they may have been bumping heads about something that Paul specifically ask them to be of the same mind but we can draw an application just the same.

Third, we see that a certain work is brought to mind in "fellow labourers". Paul says he is "intreating" us. That's a lot like "beseech". It is an earnest plea to help one another in the gospel. He speaks specifically about the women who helped him. There's a good verse to use if you ever have a feminist on your hands who says that the Bible was written by a bunch of male shovenists who think a woman is property and it never talks good about women (or some other such non-sense). Paul speaks kindly about the women who helped in the ministry here and he tells others to help them back. That is wonderful praise for what God did in the hearts of those women to help in the gospel. But our take from this can be that we should always, always be in a mind to help others in the ministry. Do you know of anyone who may be struggling? I'm sure we could all think of someone who has a need that we could help with and isn't it wonderful how when we help someone in need that God has placed on our hearts, that He also in turn blesses us and gives us what we need.

Fourth, we see of course that we are to REJOICE! This was so important that he said it twice. REJOICE IN THE LORD AND AGAIN I SAY REJOICE! It can be so hard sometimes to find things to rejoice about. The world gets us down, the devil gets us down, our flesh gets us down. It can be pretty discouraging and depressing at times. But even in the darkest of hours, if we care to see, we can find the smallest things to rejoice about. I kind of get the mental image of a penny on the ground and that saying "See a penny, pick it up..." those little blessings are like those pennies. They may seem small at first and not worth a whole lot but after a little bit of picking up pennies, they start to add up and you begin to realize you're a very rich and blessed person.

Next we are told to let our moderation be known unto all men. Now it was explained to me that this meant that we are to treat everyone the same. Which I know is true, if God is no respecter of persons then we shouldn't be either but, I wonder if this doesn't also apply to our testimony before others. moderation has to do with restraint. I just wonder if I'm making too big of a stretch in saying that we should let our restraint of the flesh and things of this world because of our love for God and our desire to live for Him be known to everyone we meet. I'm not sure about that part if I were to be honest. There are somethings that the Lord is still working in me about and I admit I don't understand everything He says in His word but I desire to learn and grow so I'll leave this verse with the thought that even if I don't yet fully understand how I'm suppose to do it, I at least know that I am and that I can trust that God will reveal the How and why in His perfect timing and some of the how and why are in these very verses.

Verse six tells us to BE CAREFUL FOR NOTHING.... it talks about our prayer time in our walk with God. We are given the idea that when we come before the Lord to let our requests known to Him it should be done in humility and meekness of heart with thankfulness. We can go to God about anything and everything but, as my daddy use to say when we would get a little too sassy, "remember who you're talking to..." We are talking to the HOLY, ONE TRUE GOD, CREATOR OF EVERYTHING, ALL MIGHTY LORD OF LORDS AND KING OF KINGS. That is not to be taken lightly. He is a loving and merciful God but He also should have our respect and reverence. He wants us to talk to Him about everything; from the big stuff to the little stuff, He loves us and wants to hear it all. Don't be afraid to talk to God about anything that is on your heart just make sure you're doing it the right way.

We are then told about something we are blessed with in verse seven. This is a special gift from God, a peace that goes beyond any comprehension. When things are at their very worst, the lowest of the low... there is still peace to be had in God. That's shouting ground there! GLORY! It doesn't matter how bad it gets, there is peace, there is rest, there is love, there is joy.... The world doesn't understand it and sometimes we Christians don't either but there it is, all in it's wonderful glory! The peace of God, which passeth ALL understanding, SHALL KEEP your hearts and minds THROUGH CHRIST JESUS! It's a guarantee and a promise full and free!

Finally, this whole thought is ended by a reminder of the things we should keep our hearts and minds on. The things that are true, honest, just, pure, lovely, and of good report, virtuous, praising to God; THINK ON THESE THINGS. The things of God we have learned, received and heard; we are to do and we are NEVER ALONE for the God of peace is ever with us. Another wonderful blessing and promise to the children of God. Makes me think of the old hymn; "No never alone, no never alone. He promised never to leave me, never to leave me alone..." *sigh*  oh what joy, oh what peace, oh what love our God gives to us!

I hoped you've gotten something out of this. I know I sure have. I pray the Lord uses this for His honor and glory. May those who have trusted in Him as their Savior continue to grow in their walk with the Lord. Those who have not, I pray you will. You wont be the same again, and that is a wonderful thing.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! May God bless you all! I guess it's time for another update. it's been a while since my last one. Please forgive all of the grammar and punctuation mistakes in this post, I'm trying it out on my phone and I'm doing the voice typing and it doesn't always recognize punctuation.
Since my last post back in February I have since continued to learn about homesteading and am working towards finding a property at this time. I am also still working for the dialysis clinic though I have transferred from one clinic to another since May. Today marks the one year anniversary since my Dad's passing. I still miss him very much and I'm sure my family does as well but glad to know that he's in heaven. It is also my youngest nephew's 5th birthday.

The picture posted is some spinach bites that I made for my family for tomorrow. they actually taste like mini spinach pizzas. If nobody else likes them, I do.

I have also gained a homesteading mentor he's promised to help me learn how to put your chickens rabbits and possibly hogs. I took a handgun class back in August. I passed with flying colors. I'm pretty proud of that accomplishment.

Oh! I don't want to forget my puppy also had a birthday back in August. she turned 1 year old. Sometimes I worry that I don't stay with her enough or that she's not getting enough activity. I wish I was a better pet parent but when you work 40 plus hours a week it's hard. it's like being a single mom.

The only thing to update you on now is the fact that my very bestest friend ever is getting married on New Years Day! It's kind of bittersweet. I'm so glad that she has met her prince charming and that they are getting married and starting their life together and being so happy but at the same time I kind of feel like I'm losing her little bit. I'm also a little envious if I were to be completely honest. I kind of wish I was the one who had met the man that God had for me and that I was the one getting married and maybe one day having children. But you know what that's something I've just got to have faith in God about. I certainly hope that he has that in his plan for me and I hope that it's sooner rather than later because at 30 years old I don't know how much child bearing years I have left. But I guess if the women in the Bible can have children on up in their old age than God can do that for me too if its his will. Sometimes I don't think I have enough faith and patience in him though. It can be hard to wait upon the Lord and to trust that he actually hears your prayers and that he will answer and it can be hard to admit that maybe his answer is not the one that I want to hear. But his will is best because he knows what is best for me. God knows my heart like no other and he really only wants what's best for me because he loves me. I want you to know that he loves you too and if you just put your faith and trust in him and ask him to be your savior then he will and you can trust him to look out for your best interest too. you can put all your faith and trust in him. I know I'm not always the best example of a perfect Christian but that doesn't mean that it's any less true. And what better time of year to ask him to be your savior then Thanksgiving especially when it's followed by Christmas the holiday that we celebrate his birth! Well anyway I just wanted to give everybody an update on what was going on and the I hope you're still reading after me. maybe now I can keep more in touch.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Where do I begin?

I can't believe it has been such a long time since I've updated anything on here. I'm on Facebook more than I am on here but I do want to give an update to those who are not on the fast pace social beast that is Facebook.

In the last couple years I have really gotten into the idea of self-sufficiency, natural living/ lifestyle, and homesteading. I've especially grown in that area this year as I try to eat healthier, exercise more and become a healthier person all around so that I can fulfill God's plan for my life. I've learned so much in the way of homesteading and eco-friendly methods and budgeting that I can't begin to tell you all about what I have learned. It's all so AWESOME! I've learned how to make my own bread and hope to always be able to do that and I've been learning how to use herbs more in my cooking as well as in my own health care. Why, just the other day I learned how to make coconut oil based toothpaste. haha With the more I learn the more I desire to do and the more I pray that the Lord would allow me to one day buy some land and a house and have my own homestead. I've even looked into living in a yurt. For those of you that don't know what a yurt is, it is a round tent style home that was first used by tribal people in the middle east but they have come such a LONG way from that.

  If I had a homestead, I would have solar power, chickens, ducks, rabbits, goats, maybe a cow or two, a HUGE garden or several. I would make everything that I used, if possible. I would just love to live off the land and raise a family for the Lord. (I'm still praying for a husband, FYI hahaha) If I had children, I would love to homeschool them if I could but I might consider Christian schooling. I don't care a thing for the way the public school system is going.

 I still work for a Dialysis Clinic as a Certified Clinical Hemodialysis Technician (CCHT) and I'm working hard to educate our patients on things they can do to improve their health. I'm also recently considering becoming a DoTERRA essential oils consultant in my free time. (like I have much of that) I just feel more and more strongly about preventative health care methods rather than symptomatic health care methods. It just makes sense to me that if you take care of your health NOW before issues develop and while any current issues you may have are small and possibly reversible then why wouldn't you try? It seems to me that it would save you a lot of pain and money in the long run. Especially with what our government, i.e. OBAMA, has done to our health care system. I also like the idea of using natural products, things that your body is designed to use and discard after it's use is fulfilled rather than filling your body with synthetic drugs. I don't want to sound like I'm completely against modern medicines because I'm not. I think they have their place and sometimes they are necessary, but sometimes I feel that our society has become so dependent on popping a pill that they think that will solve everything. It doesn't and that is the easy way out in my opinion.

On to other things because I have a lot to update and I don't want to get stuck on one topic right now. With Spring on the horizon I have also been learning a lot about a gardening method calling "Square foot Gardening" that a man by the name of Mel Bartholomew wrote several books on. It's the method I hope to use when I plant the garden at my mother's house this Spring. She has a big backyard and living in the apartment that I rent, I do not. My landlord has been very kind in allowing me to put a raised bed outside of my apartment but it just doesn't grow the amount of veggies and herbs that I hope to grow. I would also like to extent the growing season into the cooler months so I'm looking into that as well. I have so many plans and ideas of things I would like to do but I also know that it is all in God's plan.

I'm still teaching my little Sunday Schoolers. I teach the 3-5 year old class. Right now we are in the book of Ester and I have so enjoyed sharing this book of the Bible with them. I have been pleasantly surprised by how they have been so attentive in class time. I love the fact that they are so into the story time and they listen and answer questions so well. I have been so proud of each of them. They are really doing well and I hope to do a little activity for them at the end of April. I'm hoping to have a tye-dye party for them. I think they will enjoy that so much. I have also been talking with our pastor's wife about doing something for our older girls that wouldn't cost too much. We could have a lock in at the church, watch a good clean movie and maybe do facials or do our nails or do a craft project together. I personally was never into many girly things growing up so facials and nails may be out but a movie and a craft project, I'm all in. These are just some ideas that we had and we haven't set any plans in motion but it's good to have something to look forward to.

My father passed away back in November of 2014. I don't know if I ever put anything on here about it. He knew the Lord though and I am so thankful that he raised us to live for the Lord as well. He has been missed but I'm glad we know where he is now and I wouldn't wish him back from Heaven for anything. It's been hard on my mom to learn how to do a lot of the finances on her own but my sisters and I have been helping her a lot. I offered to moved back in with her but she said not at this time.

Well, I guess that's all for now. If you have any questions about DoTERRA, Essential oils, healthy living, homesteading, yurts, or anything else mentioned here just let me know. you can send an email at or look me up on facebook.