Thursday, November 14, 2013

SILENCE

Sometimes we have a reason for silence and quiet.  We have a cross to bear or a duty to perform, or just living.  This morning I came across something that is so true.  I picked up a book after moving, from a box.  It had been in storage a long time. From the time I was a young Christian this author has been a mentor.  Now I am an older Christian woman myself.  Her wisdom and knowledge of living a Christian life have given me pearls of thought about Christ and our Christian lives over the years.  

From "God's Guidance-A Slow & Certain Light"

The taking up of the cross will mean sooner or later saying no to self.  But it is also a resounding yes.  It means saying yes when everything in us says no.  To decide to do the thing that we (and it will seem everybody else in the world) do not want to do because it is not "natural."  And in our giving of wholehearted assent, we find to our amazement that the impossible becomes possible and the things we were sure were beyond us are now within reach, for God's command is his enabling.  Never has he given an assignment that was not accompanied by the power to accomplish it.

The cross entails sacrifice, too.  There is no getting around this.  Christianity has been criticized and rejected by many as an "unnatural" religion, a life that denies living, a negation and not an affirmation.  Jesus never tried to make it look easy.  The principles he taught cut across the grain of human nature: lose your life in order to find it; be poor in spirit if you want to be happy; mourn if you want to rejoice; take the last place if you want the first.  The corn of wheat must first fall into the ground and die if it is ever to produce anything.
  
What we must not forget is that he traveled this road before us. He himself endured a cross and thought nothing of its shame:--not because he had a particular liking for self-denial and suffering but "because of the joy he knew would follow his suffering.  Think constantly of him enduring all that sinful men could say against him, and you will not lose your purpose or your courage. 

Here is a poem she learned in college and what she says about it.

A few lines I learned while a student in college have come back to my mind, beckoning me when more immediate rewards were attracting my attention:


I heard him call "Come follow."
That was all.
My gold grew dim, my soul went after him.
Who would not follow
If they heard him call?
 by Elisabeth Elliot

Sometimes when we are called by Christ to do a certain thing, and we know some will not understand, we must follow his bidding.  He has a purpose for the future and the people involved that we cannot see.  We may or may not see the reason to take up such a cross.  What we can do is TRUST HIM, for he has the bigger picture in mind. We are but a piece of that picture, if we humbly hear his Call and Follow.   "Taking up the cross", as Elizabeth said, involves sacrifices that we may never have even thought of.  Thanks be to Jesus Christ our strength comes from him to accomplish these things asked of us.
Nana




Wednesday, August 28, 2013

CAMPING TRIP

Motor Home ready to take out.  Still a few things to do, but we can work on them later.



This bed was surprisingly comfortable.  In fact we slept in some mornings.



Our motor home at camp.  We have not come up with a name for it yet :)

Our camp site.

First attempt at dutch oven cooking.

If you look close you can see the rain drops.  We got rained out, but just took the hot dutch oven in and set it on the stove and the food finished cooking.  Yum beef ribs too.

Going to Springerville about 20 minutes away.  Forgot batteries for my camera.  A must have for me :)

Roy fixing us hamburgers for lunch after our trip to Springerville

Me enjoying the hamburger

Love all the wild flowers that are blooming from the rain.

They are so beautiful

Click on picture and look at the bottom of the tree and you will see a squiral

Second day of using our dutch oven.  Starting the Briquettes.


Just waiting on the hot briquettes.

My honey putting them to put dutch oven on top of.

Starting a new batch of Briquettes for when needed.

The chicken is browning.

We added the spice from the recipe after browning

Putting the lid back on.

My honey adding some more Briquettes on top.

Chicken finished.

Yummy

My honey fixing breakfast.

Me eating that wonderful breakfast. Bacon, Eggs, and Toast that I fixed.

My honey enjoying his breakfast and Putter hoping for a bite.

Relaxing and just enjoying the scenery.

Headed back home.  Sorry to go but duty calls and my honey must work tonight.

Entering the reservation.  We are on the reservation till just past the casino in Pinetop area.  Can't wait to go again.  It was such fun and relaxing.

Saturday, August 10, 2013

UP A TREE



Luke 11:11  If a son shall ask bread of any of you that is a father, will he give him a stone? or if he ask a fish, will he for a fish give him a serpent? 
Luke 11:12  Or if he shall ask an egg, will he offer him a scorpion? 

I heard an illustration the other day.  What if your child was in a tree and about to fall and hurt himself.  He cried Daddy help.  Would we first say I am sorry you did not make your bed today, you hit your sister, you did not eat your broccoli, your homework is not done, you got into the cookies without asking, etc. etc.  No because he is your child you go immediately to help him down.

Jesus knew human nature, he knew what we were thinking, he knew our hearts.  Yet he came to save us anyway.  I personally am so grateful that he came to save me a sinner.  That I am in his family.  Have I been a perfect sin free person since I was saved.  Of course not, but every single time I asked forgiveness I was forgiven. Every time my life got messy I cried, Abba Father (interpreted Abba daddy) Lord Help.  Every time He was there ready to help me.  Did it set anything I did or did not do right , of course not, but I knew where to turn.

Rom 8:28  And we know that to them that love God all things work together for good, even to them that are called according to his purpose.

I knew who had the answers, who could tell me the truth.  Where I would get rest and peace.  Whom I could trust with my future.

Heb 4:13  Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do.

God knows the hearts of us all and only God. He knows our motives and our thoughts for everything we do, or not do.  We can trust Him to help us and then lead us in the right direction.

Heb 4:14  Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession. 
Heb 4:15  For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. 
Heb 4:16  Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and  find grace to help in time of need. 

Jesus came to save and help sinners. I am so glad that God the Father, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit has not laid before me my sins, but come to my aid every time I was up in that tree. That He knows my heart, and still makes intercession for me.  How great a salvation we have.




Tuesday, July 30, 2013

STORMS OF LIFE


Sometimes life can take an unbelievable turn.  Things that happened you never could have imagined.  Loved ones turn on you, friends giving advice-good and bad.  Family offering to help. A Church that stands behind you and gives you encouragement and love.  Others just shocked at it all.
You end up changing your plans for your life.  You do what the Lord has called you to do.  Understanding or fixing it is not what you are asked to do.  
The Lord has asked you, to be the one unchanging thing in their lives.  To remain faithful to Him and not ask questions but to trust and be there for innocent ones caught up in the situation.  To be the same as you have always been.  What is the same.  A faith in my Lord and Savior to get us through and show us "His" way and not our own.  To be there for them when they do not understand, showing them your love for them never changes, your devotion to them never changes, and you will help them in any way you can to get them through and on the other side of it-turning to Jesus Christ the author of our faith.
Nina

Thursday, July 18, 2013

THRIFT STORE OUTFITS

While in California I purchased a book at a thrift store for $1 about choosing colors that flatter
Are there any women out there that remember a book in the 1980's called  "Color Me Beautiful" ?
According to this book, women were classified by different seasons.  My season was Summer.  I removed the summer color chart from my book find. The chart now goes with me when choosing clothing, hats, scarves, etc.
With the above color chart I set out to find some clothes at the thrift store today. This chart comes in handy when the dressing rooms are dark or have florescent lighting. Florescent lighting distorts your complexion color, which can lead to bringing home an outfit that cannot be taken back.
Here is some of my find today.  The top on the right is a Plum color.  I did not find a skirt for this top.  With my color chart I should be able to find a skirt at a later date without having to take the top with me.  
This powder pink blouse was another find today.
You can purchase any color skirt if there is flattering colors in the skirt  Just look for the flattering color in a blouse or top.  You can also purchase any dress color if you can match a flattering scarf color.  Just place the scarf next to your face.   
I purchased 4 tops, 1 blouse, and 1maxi skirt for under $10.  The pink blouse feels like silk, but it does not say what it is.  I did not think I could wear this light color.  The blouse pleasantly surprised me when I put it on.
These 6 items made 9 outfit by mix and matching them with other thrift store finds in my closet.  Choose the colors on your chart or the ones you know flatter. This will enable you to mix and match your wardrobe for many outfits with just a few items.
PLEASE FORGIVE MY CAMERA-which has a light spot in the middle from a scratch on the lens.
Example 1-The maxi skirt above was purchased today for $2.50.  The maxi skirt went with another top that I bought last week at the thrift store for $3.  The elastic in the back is totally stretched out. This will be replaced with new elastic.  It has a button down front.  You would laugh if you could see the close pen in the back to hold it on my waist : )
Example 2-This Cocoa top goes with the same maxi skirt.  I did not think I could wear Browns either.  The maxi skirt has fall leaves, etc. on it.  Fall is one of my favorite seasons.  A friend that was with me thought it would be great for the fall season.  When she saw it on me, she said it would look good no matter what season.
Example 3-The top above is actually a Rose-Beige that is a knit sweater type.  It appears white here with my camera. Hopefully by saving on clothing I can purchase a new camera : ) 
Example 4-The pink top that was on the hanger in the picture above goes with another skirt I bought about 2 years ago. It was also purchased at a thrift store while visiting my daughter and son-in-love and grand daughter in California.
Example 5-This Medium Blue Green knit sweater type top can also be worn with skirt pictured in Example 1, 2 & 3 as well as this skirt. This would actually make it 10 outfits.  I will most likely take the top in to give it more shape.
Example 6-This top is the same Rose-Beige top as in Example 3.  The maxi skirt was another purchase from a thrift store during a California visit.
Example 7-This top from Example 1 also goes with this same maxi skirt.
Example 8-This is a Powder Blue top purchased today. It matches a flower on the skirt.  The skirt was also purchased at a Thrift store in California. Since the top is a little sheer and clingy I will look for a jacket to match the outfit.
Example 9-A Raspberry top I purchased at another thrift store goes with this skirt.  The Rose-Beige colored knit top would go with this skirt also.
All in all it was a thrifty day.  Now for shoes and purses : ).

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

KOA CAMPING TRIP

My son and his kids went on a camping trip this last week-end.
My honey and I did not stay the night but we went and had lots of fun.
Nothing like a camp fire to roast marshmallows.
Look at the size of those marshmallows.  
Digging in for those huge marshmallows.
Now to put all those ingredients together for "Smores".
My grand daughter called this floating.
Learning to do cart wheels.
 Playing a little football.
Going for the goal.  My son did this in very slow motion.  I laughed so hard.
My honey also was getting a kick out of the kids playing their version of football.
My grand sons looking over their stash of petrified wood they got that day.  Oh ya, Holbrook now has a Carl's Jrs.  I enjoyed my favorite of fried zucchini.
They all had a great time.