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Monday, October 31, 2011

Marmee-isms ~#12~ Marmee Knows Her Girls

Now, if she had been the heroine of a moral story-book, she ought at this period of her life to have become quite saintly, renounced the world, & gone about doing good in a mortified bonnet, with tracts in her pocket. But, you see, Jo wasn't a heroine; she was only a struggling human girl, like hundreds of others, & she just acted out her nature, being sad, cross, listless, or energetic, as the mood suggested . . . Jo had got so far, she was learning to do her duty, & to feel unhappy if she did not; but to do it cheerfully ~~ ah, that was another thing! She had wanted to do something splendid, no matter how hard . . .

Providence had taken her at her word; here was the task, not what she had expected, but better, because self had no part in it: now, could she do it? She decided she would try; &, in her 1st attempt, she found the helps I have suggested. Still another was given her, & she took it, not as a reward, but as a comfort, as Christian took the refreshment afforded by the little arbor where he rested, as he climbed the hill called Difficulty.

"Why don't you write? That always used to make you happy," said her Marmee, once, when the desponding fit overshadowed Jo . . . "write something for us, & never mind the rest of the world. Try it, dear; I'm sure it would do you good, & please us very much" . . .

An hour afterward her Marmee peeped in, & there she was, scratching away, w/her black pinafore on, & an absorbed expression, which caused Mrs. March to smile, & slip away, well pleased w/the success of her suggestion. Jo never knew how it happened, but something got into that story that went straight to the hearts of those who read it; for, when her family had laughed & cried over it, her father sent it, much against her will, to one of the popular magazines, &, to her utter surprise . . . Letters from several persons, whose praise was honor, followed the appearance of the little story, newspapers copied it, & strangers as well as friends admired it . . .

"I don't understand it. What can there be in a simple little story like that, to make people praise it so?" she said, quite bewildered.

"There is truth in it, Jo, that's the secret . . . You wrote w/no thought of fame or money, & put your heart into it, my daughter; you have had the bitter, now comes the sweet. Do your best, & grow as happy as we are in your success."

Little Women ~ Ch. 42

"The longings of your heart are not incidental, they are critical messages. The desires of your heart are not to be ignored, they are to be consulted. As the wind turns the weather vane, so God uses your passions to turn your life. God is too gracious to ask you to do something you hate." ~Max Lucado~Just Like Jesus.

Blessings from Ohio . . . Kim<><

Thursday, October 27, 2011

The Scoop on Mineral Make Up

OK . . . so, if you've read my blog for very long, you know that I've been making my own skin care, body care and certain make-up products for a few years b/c my skin has always been so oily and acne-prone. Yes, I'm 52 yrs old (as of this writing) and my skin is still as oily and acne-prone as it was when I was in my teens. You know that, "you'll grow out of it"? . . . I haven't . . . yet. :-/

BUT ~ I did find recipes ~ through research, trial and error ~ that have helped me immensely. Ask any family member or long-time friend; my skin is now the best it's been in decades. After learning what works/doesn't work for my skin and getting it into shape, I didn't want to ruin everything I've over-come w/a nasty, greasy make-up. Once again . . . research, trial and error. I have come to believe that the best make-up for ANY skin-type ~ oily skin, in particular ~ are mineral make-ups. Not only has it worked amazingly well on my own skin, but it also has it's own health benefits:

"For those w/allergy-prone, laser-treated, or otherwise challenged skin or those who simply want to minimize the possible sensitizing factors and inherent toxic risks of conventional color cosmetics, micronized mineral cosmetics are the best answer. Powdered mineral foundations, blushes, and eye shadows, which are colored primarily by iron oxides, actually calm irritation, due to their titanium dioxide and zinc oxides, which are anti-inflammatories . . . Mineral makeup is recommended by dermatologists and plastic surgeons for use after a peel and as the 1st makeup after laser treatment. They provide broad-spectrum UVA and UVB sun protection, which can spare sensitive facial skin the added burden and step of applying common sun-screen products . . . The microscopic crystals overlap, allowing the skin to breathe, but they don't crease or accentuate wrinkles as talc-based powders do . . ." ~The Truth About Beauty by Kat James; p. 210. 

So let me recommend what I think are 2 of the best answers if you are interested in trying mineral make-up. We've all heard of "that major brand" out there; I'm sure it is a fine product but they are way out-priced for me and the small amount they sell.
I recommend that 1) you pay a visit to the Ponte Verda Soup Company's website and check out their mineral make-up recipes. They are excellent ~ if you have the time. 2) If you don't have the time to make your own, do the next-best thing and use the products from an awesome, home-based company that I have been using. The company is Cowgirl Dirt, out of Montana. The line is completely organic and they share an ingredient list of every product ~ nothing to hide when you make a superior product. They have a whole line of make-up's, a full spectrum of foundation colors, mascaras, lip and eye liners, blushes, eye shadows, brushes. You will LOVE their products ~ this is what I use when I don't make my own. As greasy as my face is, I can wear this make-up ALL day and barely crack a shine. The line is very reasonably priced and I personally highly recommend their products.

Have fun playing in the colors!

Blessings from Ohio . . . Kim<><

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Word-Filled Wednesday ~#43~ To Fleece or Not to Fleece?

PASSAGE: "'But Lord,' Gideon asked, 'how can I save Israel? My clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my family' . . . Gideon said to God, 'If You will save Israel by my hand as You have promised ~ look, I will place a wool fleece on the threshing floor. If there is dew only on the fleece and all the ground is dry, then I will know that You will save Israel by my hand, as You said.' And that is what happened . . . Then Gideon said to God, 'Do not be angry with me . . . This time make the fleece dry and the ground covered with dew.' That night God did so . . . " ~Judges 6:15, 36-39 [emphasis mine]

LESSON LEARNED: Poor Gideon, he must have been the 'baby' of the family. I'm the 'baby' of my family and there are times when I feel like I will NEVER be taken seriously by my elders. I know my family loves me, but I will ALWAYS be "the baby."

Gideon's whole family must have been the runts of the litter because he said they were the weakest of the clan and he was the weakest of the weak. It almost congers up images of Barney Fife in Biblical garb. But God is good and He has a purpose for everyone, even the babies of the families.

God made Gideon, and He knows that even the weak can be strong; He knew that He had given Gideon a brain and faith enough to know that God keeps His promises and will do what He says He will do. Even in our human frailties
God is faithful. Even when we set out our own fleeces and ask God for some sort of proof that we have heard His call correctly, even when a situation begs to overwhelm us and our faith is only that of a mustard seed; God loves us so much that He uses us for His purposes. He uses US to be the instrument that fulfills His promises!

God must lovingly chuckle at us, His children, as He guides us into the events that serve His purposes. Gideon felt it necessary to "remind" God of His promises (see verses above) ~ I wonder if God prompts us to repeat His promises so that WE will remember them, to cause our faith to grow; after all, God doesn't need reminded of His promises. And in reminding us of what He has promised, we are strengthened and our backs become a little straighter, our shoulders roll back and our heads are held a little higher because we
know that God goes before us. All we have to do is be obedient and walk the path laid out for us. Fleece or no fleece.

Blessings from Ohio . . . Kim<><

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

An Article After My Own Heart!

How often, in our quest to shed a few pounds, has it occurred to you (as it does to me) that depriving ourselves of everything we love to eat in order to lose said pounds only makes us hate the word "diet" & begrudge the day we ever started? I have said for years that if meat & bread are some of the staples of life that completely depriving ourselves of one (ex: carbs in the Adkins Diet) or the other (ex: red meat in certain other diets or adopting a vegan lifestyle) simply can't be good for us.

How many of us have gone on these diets & as soon as we meet our goal ~ or simply give up ~ we go right back to our favorite, fatty foods & gain all the weight back again? (Me! Me! Pick me!)

I have had far greater success in losing and keeping weight off AND just being healthier by trying to eat something every 3 hours (as my work schedule will allow), giving myself a "free" day & eating more of a fresh, made-from-scratch diet. Whole foods, if you will. Sooo . . .

{The diagram on this shirt says: "Delicious . . . Tasty . . . Scrumptious . . . Mmm Good . . . Yummy." Love it}

Here's an article after my own heart ~ all those "bad foods" that "the experts" say are bad for us turn out to be good for us. Whoot! So, cook up some steak, eggs, whole wheat bread & spread on a little peanut butter while you're at it.

OF COURSE, this is all in moderation, a little goes a long way. Hope this gives you a little freedom & relief & brings a smile to your day.

Blessings from Ohio . . . Kim<><

The Simple Woman's Daybook ~#140~ 10/25/11

For Today . . .

Outside my window . . .
beautiful sunshine making the remaining red/yellow/orange leaves glow like fire.

I am thinking . . .
this would be a great time to go camping or spend some time in a cabin.

I am thankful for . . .
treasured friends who have known me for years; our history draws us closer & makes the laughter more enjoyable.

From the kitchen . . . bread-baking day, I haven't even thought of what to fix later. :-/ I'm preparing to paint my kitchen cabinets & "age" them. Did a little experiment w/a couple of colors & decided on Olde Century Colors' Goldenrod Yellow over Tinderbox Brown. Can't wait to get it done! Then on to the walls.

I am wearing . . .
jeans, green long-sleeved t-shirt.

I am creating . . .
a peaceful, Christ-centered home.

I am going . . . to take DD#2 to work, run some errands & go to work later this afternoon.

I am wondering . . .
when a certain parcel will arrive.

I am reading . . .
The Story & The Heart of the Story for church & Sunday School.

I am hoping . . . & trusting that the Lord has an incredible purpose for a certain little baby I know about that was born into hard times this week.

I am looking forward to . . .
up-dating & fixing up some rooms in my house.

I am hearing . . .

Around the house . . . general pick up, baking, never-ending laundry.

One of my favorite things . . .
time spent w/family & old friends ~ laughing . . . praying . . . eating good food . . . shedding a few tears ~ both happy & sad . . . the comfort of having history together.

A few plans for the rest of the week . . .
family time, work, a writing project, hopefully a little painting.

Pondering these words . . . "If I am not different from the world 1) how will others KNOW the difference from the world & godliness? 2) how can I bless others?" ~from my Sunday sermon notes.

Scripture thought . . .
"For you are a people holy to the LORD you God. The LORD your God has chosen you out of all the peoples on the face of the earth to be His people, His treasured possession . . . Know therefore that the LORD your God is God; He is the faithful God, keeping His covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love Him & keep His commands." ~Deut. 7:6 & 9

Here's a picture thought I am sharing with you . . .

Dear friends at Cracker Barrel. I love these women.

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Blessings from Ohio . . . Kim<><

Friday, October 21, 2011

Homemade Salt Scrub ~ For All Skin-Types

One of the quickest ways to look & feel a little younger, a little prettier, a healthier is to get rid of those dead surface skin cells & flaky skin. In the summer, we like to have smooth skin b/c ~ well, let's face it ~ we show just a little more of it; in the winter we like to have smoother skin so that we don't suffer so much from "winter itch." And whether on your face or on your body ~ exfoliating is one of the easiest things you can do for yourself & see & feel the difference immediately.

I make this scrub with grapeseed oil because even oily skins can use this w/o clogging our pores, causing break-outs & getting that icky feeling that anything oily gives to those of us w/oily skin. Plus, depending what you use it in, it soaks in quickly w/o residue OR, like w/this scrub, it washes off easily.

This recipe is for your BODY ONLY. It's very simple & exquisitely effective. You will love this!

You will need:

~2 c. finely grained sea salt (not the chunky kind)
~4 c. grapeseed oil (there are brands made especially for the body, but you can use your kitchen grapeseed oil just as well)

~25-30 drops of your favorite essential oil ~ EX: lavender (relaxing), sweet orange (clean, rejuvenating), grapefruit (clean, rejuvenating), peppermint (stimulating, opens sinuses ~ use only a SMALL amount), eucalyptus (stimulating, opens sinuses) . . . etc.


1) Use a wide-mouthed jar w/a good lid so that you can get to the product easily & any left over can stay fresh.
2) Put the entire 2 c. of sea salt in jar, cover w/the grapeseed oil, add essential oil; stir gently to mix.
3) In the shower, wet your entire body, turn shower off.
4) Scoop out a good amount & gently massage the scrub all over your skin in a circular motion. AVOID any cuts, scrapes of back or chest acne.
5) After you are good & scrubbed, rinse off off w/warm water; towel dry.
6) Apply your favorite body lotion to keep your new, fresh skin nice & soft.


Blessings from Ohio . . . Kim<><

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Word-Filled Wednesday ~#42~ Christianity: It Ain't For Whimps

PASSAGE: "Be strong and courageous . . . Be strong and very courageous . . . Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go." ~Joshua 1:6,7,9 [emphasis mine]

"In everything set them an example by doing what is good. In your teaching show integrity, seriousness & soundness of speech that cannot be condemned, so that those who oppose you may be ashamed because they have nothing bad to say about us." ~Titus 2:7-8

LESSON LEARNED: Have you ever had someone tell you that Christianity is a "religion" for whimps? That immediately makes me think: How have you lived so long as someone so uninformed?

Some of the bravest people I know are/were Christians. These committed Christians also understand that Christianity isn't a "religion," it's a
relationship. A relationship with THE God of all creation; THE One True God. And when you are in a relationship with THE One True God, you know that He is always with you ~ and He is not only your Salvation, but He is your Strength and your Source of courage to face everything from disaster to all your wishes coming true. Both ends of the spectrum begin and end with the Lord. (Rev. 1:8; 22:13)

Now, knowing that the Lord is always with us, how should we live? God told Joshua to be strong and
very courageous . . . and he was about to face a fierce battle! We may not face an enemy army everyday, but we do have an enemy who puts snares in our way to try and trip up our walk of faith. Paul told Titus how to handle those snares (above) and Randy Frazee, in The Heart of the Story, tells us, "He is calling us to live distinctive, wholesome lives that stand out from lives characterized by selfishness, greed and materialism . . . We need to remember that more is unfolding than what we can see . . ."

As Christians, we represent God and His plan in a fallen world. That doesn't mean that we are to be super-pious and dower in our countenance, but be joyful in the journey. Whom do we have to fear if God goes before us in a
ll of our battles? So don't be whimpy in your walk, Christianity ain't for whimps! Be strong and courageous! And ask yourself: Has God failed me, yet?

No? I didn't think so.

Blessings from Ohio . . . Kim<><

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

The Simple Woman's Daybook ~#139~ 10/18/11

For Today . . .

Outside my window . . .
a little grey, but it just makes the colors of the trees stand out that much more.

I am thinking . . .
why do some people have a propensity toward drama & then want to drag their extended family into it w/them? *sigh*

I am thankful for . . . having the balance of more common sense than "book larnin'"; & for the work of missionaries.

From the kitchen . . .
Tuesday is bread baking day. Dirty rice sounds good for today.

I am wearing . . .
jeans, black tank top under a gray cardigan sweater.

I am creating . . .
a peaceful Christ-centered home.

I am going . . . to take DD#2 to work, run by the farm & get some milk, putter around the house, go to work.

I am wondering . . .
about resolving an issue.

I am reading . . .
The Story & The Heart of the Story ~ Bible study for church.

I am hoping . . . that we can do some home repairs soon.

I am looking forward to . . .
hearing, "Well done, good & faithful servant."

I am hearing . . .
the radio, typing fingers, DD#2 puttering around the house.

Around the house . . .
general pick-up, cleaning, baking, laundry . . .

One of my favorite things . . . my hubbie's beautiful hazel eyes.

A few plans for the rest of the week . . .
family time, work, worship practice, worship w/the saints on Sunday.

Pondering these words . . .
Faith is not passed on from parents to children; it is demonstrated, chosen & then lived out generation by generation. (KW<><)

Scripture thought . . . "Jesus replied: 'Love the Lord your God with all your heart & with all your soul & with all your mind.' This is the first & greatest commandment. And the second is like it: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.' All the Law & the Prophets hang on these two commandment.'" ~Matt. 22:37-40 ~~The WHOLE LAW is summarized in: 1) love God, 2) love people.

Here's a picture thought I'm sharing with you . . .

A Scottish cottage kitchen

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Blessings from Ohio . . . Kim<><

Monday, October 17, 2011

Marmee-isms ~#11~ Character: The Best Possession

"He bore it as long as he could; but when he was appealed to for an opinion, he blazed up with honest indignation, & defended religion with all the eloquence of truth, ~ an eloquence which made his broken English musical, & his plain face beautiful. He had a hard fight, for the wise men argued well; but he didn't know when he was beaten, & stood to his colors like a man. Somehow, as he talked, the world got right again to Jo; the old beliefs, that had lasted so long, seemed better than the new; God was not a blind force, & immortality was not a pretty fable, but a blessed fact. She felt as if she had solid ground under her feet again; Jo wanted to clap her hands & thank him.

"She did neither; but she remembered this scene, & gave the Professor her heartiest respect, for she knew it cost him an effort to speak out then & there, because his conscience would not let him be silent. She began to see that character is a better possession than money, rank, intellect, or beauty; & to feel that if greatness is what a wise man has defined it to be, 'truth, reverence, & good-will,' then her friend Friedrich Bhaer was not only good, but great."

Little Women ~ Chapter 34
[emphasis mine, KW<><]

Blessings from Ohio . . . Kim<><

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Another Year of "What If's..."

Today would have been our Jessica's 26th birthday. I was expecting her on my 26th birthday.

Her birthdays always make me think of all those what if's . . .

You can read her story HERE.

Blessings from Ohio . . . Kim<><

Friday, October 14, 2011

You are Not the Potter

"Yet, O LORD, You are the Father. We are the clay, You are the Potter; we are all the work of Your hand." ~Isaiah 64:8

"But the pot he was shaping from the clay was marred in his hands; so the potter formed it into another pot, shaping it as seemed best to him." ~Jeremiah 18:4

Blessings from Ohio . . . Kim<><

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Spaghetti Pie

Years ago, when The Man & I were dating & first married, he was lead singer in a wonderful Contemporary Christian band & all the members & our newlywed families were very close. We used to have carry-in get-togethers quite often & one of my favorite items served at many such occasion was Spaghetti Pie. Mmm mm! It was yummy in my tummy.

So, since I was thinking about this yummy dish on this crisp, fall day, I thought I would share it with all of you. Since you make this all-in-one in a cast iron skillet, it's also a good camp fire or cabin dish.

Picture from Google

You will need:

~a 10"-12" cast iron skillet
~1 small sweet Vidalia onion; around 1/4 c.
~2 TB olive oil (extra virgin is best)
~1/2 lb. ground chuck (OR 1 lb. if you prefer not to use the sausage)
~1/2 lb. Italian sausage (I use Bob Evans)
~2 crushed garlic cloves OR 2 ts. of garlic powder/granules
~1/2 ts. dried oregano OR 1/4 ts. fresh, torn & crushed a little
~1/4 or 1/2 ts. of my herb/seasoning mix
~1 28oz. can of crushed tomatoes
~1 TB sugar
~1 ts. sea salt
~2 c. water
~8 oz. of thin-style spaghetti; broken 2-3 times
~1/4 c. heavy whipping cream (**for those w/dairy allergies, vanilla rice milk may be substituted, however it will not turn out quite so creamy but it will still be good)
~1 ts. dried basil
~1/2 c. freshly grated Parmesan cheese
~2 c. shredded Mozzarella cheese


1) In your skillet, saute' onion & **FRESH** garlic in the olive oil until onions are nearly clear, on medium heat. (**If you are using garlic powder/granules, DO NOT add yet.)

2) Raise heat to med-high & add the ground chuck & sausage. When nearly all of the meat is browned add oregano, seasoning & garlic powder/granules.

3) When this is browned & well mixed, drain, return to stove.

4) Add crushed tomatoes, water, sugar & salt. Stir well.

5) Add spaghetti; make sure it is completely soaked & stirred into the mixture.

6) Cover w/lid & let cook for 8 minutes.

7) Then stir, recover, reduce heat to med-low & let simmer for 5-7 more minutes.

8) Add basil, Parmesan cheese & cream; stir gently but thoroughly.

9) Cover top w/Mozzarella cheese & put in a pre-heated 350* oven for about 5 minutes, until cheese has melted.

10) Cut into wedges & serve.

Blessings from Ohio . . . Kim<><

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Word-Filled Wednesday ~#41~ Using What the Lord has Given

PASSAGE: The wife of a man from the company of the prophets cried out to Elisha, "Your servant my husband is dead, and you know that he revered the LORD. But now his creditor is coming to take my two boys as his slaves."

Elisha replied to her, "How can I help you? Tell me, what do you have in your house?"

"Your servant has nothing there at all," she said, "except a little oil."

~~II Kings 4:1-2
[emphasis mine~KW]

LESSON LEARNED: Just in case you haven't noticed, we live in very hard economic times. :-/ Back when I started this blog, it wasn't so bad. And as the Lord would have it, a few years before that, I started "experimenting" with a more frugal life-style; partly for fun, partly for the health of my family & partly to be able to pronounce the ingredients of certain foods & products by using what is largely on-hand. Sharing my experiences & what works for me is a big reason why I started blogging at Marmee's Pantry (the other is b/c I've been praying for a few years about opening a bulk food store by the same name, this blog was to be a pre-courser to the store).

In April of '09, my husband was laid off & my frugality in making our own personal care, cleaners & cooking more from scratch came to a real-life test. Pennies mattered & even in the hardest times, the Lord blessed our penny-pinching by reminding us that we had what we needed; we had all that was necessary, and the Lord worked miracles in the midst of our need.

Elisha met a women who could have used a few pennies. She was a widow and, as their harsh laws allowed, she was about to lose her boys to a debtors' prison. How desperate she was!

When she went to this man of God and told him her plight, he asked her, "what do you have in your house?" And like most of us in near panic would reply, she said, "Nothing . . . except a little oil."

"Nothing . . . except . . . "

Nothing . . . except . . . all that was necessary for a miracle.

How often do we over-look all that the Lord has already given us? We have far more in our houses than we think we do, we have far more imagination than we think we do, we have far more ability & ingenuity than we think we do, we are far more capable than we think we are . . . we serve a far more gracious and powerful God than we think we do.

Go to Him. Ask Him to guide your steps & to give you wisdom in your need, no matter what that need is (James 1:5). He owns the cattle on a thousand hills (Ps. 50:10) and He loves to help His children (Is. 40:31; Matt. 11:28-30).

Blessings from Ohio . . . Kim<><

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

The Simple Woman's Daybook ~#137~ 10/11/11

For Today . . .

Outside my window . . .
lovely, beautiful sunshine; gorgeous colorful leaves, squirrels running around gathering nuts for the winter, breezes causing the leaves to skitter across our yard & driveway.

I am thinking . . .
about lovely fall days. Help! I need a bon-fire fix! And, I need to make some business cards w/my blog address on it.

I am thankful for . . . God's provisions & answers to prayer.

From the kitchen . . .
bread baking day, making detergent . . . making chicken salad so that my family will have something for supper while I'm at work tonight.

I am wearing . . .
jeans, DD#1's old Golden Angels (homeschool volleyball team) t-shirt, zip-up hoodie.

I am creating . . . a peaceful, Christ-centered home.

I am going . . .
to take DD#2 to work, putter around the house, putter around on Facebook, check out some favie blogs & go to work.

I am wondering . . .
at all the things the Lord puts into motion to answer prayer.

I am reading . . . "The Story" & "The Heart of The Story" ~ Bible & Bible study by Randy Frazee that our church & Sunday Schools are going through.

I am hoping . . .
for certain conflicts to soon be worked out.

I am looking forward to . . .
this Indian Summer we are having to end ~ lovely though it is ~ I'm ready for sweater weather to return.

I am hearing . . . music from my blog :-) I have it on another link so that I can listen to it.

Around the house . . . making the above mentioned items, general pick up, never-ending laundry. Trying to decide if I should take up my herbs that I want to pot for the winter today or wait 'til tomorrow.

One of my favorite things . . .
all the fun things of fall ~ colorful leaves, the smell of burning leaves & smoke from neighbors' fireplaces & wood stoves, bon-fires, s'mores, hayrides, pumpkins, mums . . .

A few plans for the rest of the week . . .
family time, work, worship practice, Sunday worship w/the saints.

Pondering these words . . . "God has a place of blessing to which He wants to take us." ~The Heart of the Story, p. 74

Scripture thought . . .
"This day I call the heavens & the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life & death, blessings & curses. Now choose life, so that you & your children may live & that you may love the LORD your God, listen to His voice, & hold fast to Him. For the LORD is your life, & He will give you many years in the land He swore to give to your fathers, Abraham, Isaac & Jacob." ~Deut. 30:19-20 [emphasis mine]

Here's a picture thought I'm sharing with you . . .

The sun shining through a tree in our back yard.

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Blessings from Ohio . . . Kim<><

Monday, October 10, 2011

Marmee-isms ~#10~ The Better Friend

"My Jo, you may say anything to your mother, for it is my greatest happiness & pride to feel that my girls confide in me, & know how much I love them."

"I thought I'd grieved you."

"No, dear; but speaking of Father reminded me how much I miss him, how much I owe him & how faithfully I should watch & work to keep his little daughters safe & good for him"

"Yet you told him to go [to war], Mother, & didn't cry when he went, & never complain now, or seem as if you needed any help," said Jo, wondering.

"I gave my best to the country I love, & kept my tears till he was gone. Why should I complain, when we both have merely done our duty & will surely be happier for it in the end? If I don't seem to need help, it is because I have a better Friend, even than Father, to comfort & sustain me. My child, the troubles & temptations of your life are beginning, & may be many; but you can overcome & outlive them all if you learn to feel the strength & tenderness of your Heavenly Father as you do that of your earthly one. The more you love & trust Him, the nearer you will feel to Him, & the less you will depend on human power & wisdom. His love & care never tire or change, can never be taken from you, but may become the source of life-long peace, happiness & strength. Believe this heartily, & go to God w/all your little cares, & hopes, & sins, & sorrows, as freely & confidingly as you come to your mother."

Jo's only answer was to hold her mother close, &, in the silence which followed, the sincerest prayer she had ever prayed left her heart without words; for in that sad, yet happy hour, she had learned not only the bitterness of remorse & despair, but the sweetness of self-denial & self-control; &, led by her mother's hand, she had drawn nearer to the Friend Who welcomes every child w/a love stronger than that of any father, tenderer than that of any mother.

Little Women ~ Ch. 8

Blessings from Ohio . . . Kim<><

Friday, October 7, 2011

The Shelter of the Most High

Isn't this an adorable picture?

As adorable as it is & as sweet as it was when our girls were little & slept w/their Teddy & Piggy, we always made sure that they knew where their REAL protection came from . . .

"He who dwells in the shelter of the Most Hight will rest in the shadow of the Almighty, I will say of the LORD, 'He is my refuge & my fortress, my God, in Whom I trust' . . . If you make the Most High your dwelling ~ even the LORD, Who is my refuge ~ then no harm will befall you, no disaster will come near your tent. For He will command His angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways; they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone . . . 'Because he loves me,' says the LORD, 'I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my Name. He will call upon Me, & I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him & honor him.' With long life will I satisfy him & show him My salvation.'"
~~Ps. 91:1-2, 9-12, 14-16

Blessings from Ohio . . . Kim<><

Thursday, October 6, 2011

The One My Heart Loves

". . . When I found the one my heart loves. I held him & would not let him go . . . " ~Song of Songs 3:4

Happy 27th anniversary to my Sweetheart.

I'm so glad that the Lord led me to you, that I then found you . . . I will not let you go.

I love you.


Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Word-Filled Wednesday ~#40~ Choose Wisely

PASSAGE: "But if from there you seek the LORD your God, you will find Him if you look for Him with all your heart and with all your soul. When you are in distress and all these things have happened to you, then in later days you will return to the LORD your God and obey Him. For the LORD your God is a merciful God; He will not abandon or destroy you or forget the covenant with your forefathers, which He confirmed to them by oath . . . Acknowledge and take to heart this day that the LORD is God in heaven above and on the earth below. There is no other." ~Deut. 4:29-31, 39

LESSON LEARNED: Do you remember the scene in "Indiana Jones: The Last Crusade" when Indy purposefully picked up the simple, clay cup he thought was the cup that Jesus had used during the Last Supper (a.k.a. the holy grail)? He turned to the old knight who had spent centuries guarding it and the old man said, "You have chosen wisely."

How have your decisions been lately? Have you chosen wisely? We try so hard to make the best decisions, but this ol' world is so tempting and so dangerous that we can walk right onto the path of unrighteousness almost without knowing it . . . almost.

But we serve a good and mighty God, One Who is "mighty to save"! (Isaiah 63:1) We are not perfect, non of us, but God is. It has to make Him sad when we sin, and it must break His heart if we walk away from Him; but He is not only God, He is our Father. And just as His character is depicted in the parable of the Prodigal Son (or as some call it, "The Gracious Father"), He is the ultimate loving & forgiving Father.

Some of us are a little more hard-headed than others and we let ourselves get to the bottom so that all we can do is look up; and when we look up we see His loving eyes and His hand reaching down to lift us out of our sin. And while He dusts us off He tells us how much He loves us, He reassures us of His mercy and forgiveness, that He will not abandon us, that He keeps His promises even when we don't choose wisely. All we had to do was look for Him ~ with our heart and soul ~ and realize that "there is no other" God but Him.

And He loves us.

Blessings from Ohio . . . Kim<><

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

The Simple Woman's Daybook ~#136~ 10/4/11

For Today . . .

Outside my window . . .
lovely morning sunshine, clear blue sky & changing maple trees in our back yard. Ahhhh, fall.

I am thinking . . .
that I love it when God shows His artistic skills. There's no other Painter like Him.

I am thankful for . . . my family. Love my man, love our girls.

From the kitchen . . .
bread baking day. Yum! There's nothing like the fragrance of fresh bread wafting through a cozy house on a cool day.

I am wearing . . .
jeans, dusty brown Lakeside hoodie . . . 'tis the season for comfy hoodies.

I am creating . . . a peaceful, Christ-centered home.

I am going . . .
to take DD#2 to work & then to work later today.

I am wondering . . . why people like to spread rumors through the family tree ~ as I hear it, I apparently didn't shed the appropriate amount of tears at my mom's funeral. :-/ Sheesh. Never mind that we had been crying for 2 weeks before she passed or . . . "Brothers, we do not want you to be ignorant about those who fall asleep, or to grieve like the rest of men, who have no hope." ~I Thess. 4:13

I am reading . . . "The Story" & it's companion book, "The Heart of the Story," along w/the suggested daily Scripture prompts & Bible study that goes w/it. Our entire church ~ including all Sunday sermons, all ages of Sunday Schools & Wednesday nights ~ are using this to go through the Bible in chronological order. It is deep & good.

I am hoping . . .
for the resolution of some issues that have arisen ~ & such is life.

I am looking forward to . . . celebrating our 27th anniversary on Thursday!!!

I am hearing . . .
the radio, Maggie barking at something she sees outside the window.

Around the house . . .
general pick up, finishing up some fall decorations.

One of my favorite things . . . hiking or riding horses through the fall woods.

A few plans for the rest of the week . . .
family time, work, seeing some old friends, Sunday worship.

Pondering these words . . . "Everything begins w/God. The universe, the galaxies, our little planet, men & women ~ all were God's idea. His vision was to spend eternity in a perfect community enjoying the fellowship of people He created in His own image. He CHOSE to bring you & me into the world for His pleasure, & to this day He yearns to be WITH you. To walk beside you & experience all of life w/you, in both the deepest valleys & the highest mountains." ~The Heart of the Story; p. 28.

Scripture thought . . . "Jesus replied: 'Love the Lord your God with all your heart & with all your soul & with all your mind.' This is the 1st & greatest commandment. And the 2nd is like it: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.' All the Law & the Prophets hang of these 2 commandments." ~Matt. 22:37-40 ~~The WHOLE LAW is summarized in: 1) love God, 2) love people. (from Sunday's sermon)

Here's a picture thought I'm sharing with you . . .

Want one :-)

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Blessings from Ohio . . . Kim<><

Monday, October 3, 2011

Marmee-isms ~#9~ Unlocking the Treasures of Home-Love

"The household happiness did not come all at once, but John & Meg had found the key to it, & each year of married life taught them how to use it, unlocking the treasuries of real home-love & mutual helpfulness, which the poorest may possess, & the richest cannot buy. This is the sort of shelf on which young wives & mothers may consent to be laid, safe from the restless fret & fever of the world, finding loyal lovers in the little sons & daughters who cling to them, undaunted by sorrows, poverty, or age; walking side by side, through fair & stormy weather, with a faithful friend, who is, in the true sense of the good old Saxon word, the 'house-band,' & learning, as Meg learned, that a woman's happiest kingdom is home, her highest honor that art of ruling it, not as a queen, but a wise wife & mother."

Little Women ~ Chapter 38

{Dedicated to my Sweetheart, my husband, my "house-band" ~ we will celebrate 27 years of marriage in a mere 3 days. He is the godly husband my parents & I always prayed I would have. I am a blessed woman.}

Blessings from Ohio . . . Kim<><
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