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Friday, July 11, 2014

Practicing Patience

It has been a while since I posted, but there are times when either nothing is happening or everything seems to happen all at once. The past couple of weeks can definitely be filed away under the last category.

Out of the blue, I am confronted with a muscle spasm and my back goes out. It took several days to recover and I had barely resumed my daily chores when the grandchildren arrived. They will be staying during the month of July and most of their time is spent at our abode.

I have no problem taking care of them and seeing to their needs. It wears me out physically, but that is nothing a good night's rest won't cure. It is the mental and emotional exhaustion that sets in after several days.

It is not easy trying to compromise and solve problems to everyone's satisfaction. With having to watch three of those rascals it takes all the eyes and hands available and thankfully hubby's and oldest daughter's are. I wouldn't know what to do without them helping to lift the load.

We enjoy the kids, but the only thing I could use more of is patience. After a while I feel it wearing thin and I have to remind myself that I not only lead by example, but am one too. It is at those times I heavily rely on God to give me what is needed.

And He does! :-)

2 Corinthians 6:4
But in all things we commend ourselves as ministers of God: in much patience, in tribulations, in needs, in distresses,

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Questions And More Questions

We tend to run into things which are beyond comprehension. I had one of those moments not too long ago after a check-up with my rheumatologist. A tendon in my arm was giving me some problems and she decided to take x-rays of my hands and wrists to ensure I hadn't accidentally broken anything.

A few days later the nurse called me with the results. It so turns out that the RA had severely progressed in both hands and wrists over the course of several years. That came as a not so pleasant surprise to me and I didn't, and still don't, understand what happened.

First of all; it doesn't bother me one bit. I go about my business of the day without any pain or problems. That is a good thing of course, but shouldn't I have noticed that my bones had slowly but surely deteriorated more and more?

The second thing that puzzles me is the working of my medication. The Humira I am taking is supposed to stop the RA from progressing. It apparently didn't, which leaves me with more questions than answers.

Do you want to know the weirdest part of it all? Why is all this crossing my mind several weeks later? I know I have been extremely busy and preoccupied lately and I guess I just hadn't taken the time to let it sink in and ponder on it.

Well, the stupidest question is the one that is not asked. I will therefore write them down and ask them the next time I see my rheumatologist. I hope she can provide me with answers and if not, then I will simply trust God.

He will not put more on us than we can bear!

Mark 11:22
So Jesus answered and said to them, “Have faith in God.

Friday, June 13, 2014

The Choice

The little birds, whose parents made their nest in the wreath on our front door, were growing really well. The oldest one had already gotten strong and bold enough to take a look at the world around it.

Sitting on the edge of the nest, it got a good perspective. It didn't budge when I came around and took some pictures, while its sibling was safely tucked away in the back.

Well, it didn't turn out to be as safe as they had anticipated.

There was a scraping sound in the middle of the night. Upon investigation the next morning we found the wreath on the ground. The nest was torn out of it and all that was left of the youngsters were a few, tiny feathers.

We have a great suspicion that the cat we saw scooting by our house a few days earlier treated itself to an easy meal. Poor little critters, but that is nature and there is nothing we can do about it, at least not about that kind of nature.

We can do something about ours though, because we have a choice. We can choose to serve and cater to our sinful nature or to turn away from it and follow in Jesus' footsteps.

Let's choose wisely!

Acts 14:15
and saying, “Men, why are you doing these things? We also are men with the same nature as you, and preach to you that you should turn from these useless things to the living God, who made the heaven, the earth, the sea, and all things that are in them,

Saturday, June 07, 2014

No Small Potatoes

Potatoes have been a staple food for thousands of years. That doesn't come as a surprise, because they are highly nutritious, easy to digest, and boost our energy. They are also high in vitamin B3, vitamin B6, potassium, copper, vitamin C, manganese, phosphorus, fiber, and pantothenic acid.

Due to the antioxidants they contain, potatoes are an excellent food keeping your heart healthy.

The potato skin possesses the ability to absorb toxins which otherwise would remain in our system and could cause cancer in the future.

For our brain to function properly it depends on certain nutrients such as glucose, magnesium, vitamin B, amino and fatty acids, which are all found in potatoes.

Inflammations, in- as well as external, are quickly relieved due to the health properties provided by this staple. It therefore would be helpful eating a few more spuds when you experience a (rheumatoid) arthritis flare-up.

As we grow older and the signs of aging are starting to dull, discolor, and grace our appearance with wrinkles, potatoes can clear it up. Mix crushed raw potatoes with honey. Apply this mixture to the skin and it will take care of those nooks, crannies, and other blemishes caused by aging.

Keep in mind the health benefits concern plain, boiled potatoes and not the fries, the chips, and the butter or sour cream drenched baked ones, because those do more harm than good.

It seems like we are becoming more obsessed these days with what we consume. That is not bad, because not everything is healthy for us. We should keep in mind though that there is more to life than just the food on our table and we should remember that when we say grace.

There is a whole lot more to be thankful for!

Romans 14:17
for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.

Friday, May 23, 2014

New Residents

We couldn't believe the birds decided to pick the wreath on our front door as their place of residence. A few weeks ago we thought they might find another spot to nest, seeing how our front door would open regularly and scare them away, but they didn't.

A sturdy nest was built quickly, five eggs were laid, and within no time two little baby birds are presently crowding the nest and filling our living room with as much racket as they can as soon as mom or dad arrives with some grub.


It must have seemed the ideal spot for the parents to raise a family. They may not have considered the dangers involved and once they became aware of it, it may have been too late. They must have trusted in God to provide for them and fill their needs. And He did.

We try to disturb them as little as possible and when we have to open and close the door, we do it as gently as we can. In exchange, they allow us to take a peek in the nest and check on the growth of the little ones. It works out well for all.

We may not always make the right choices and/or see the dangers, but God can rectify that situation in an instant and make it work for everyone. It does require some action on our part; love, hope, and faith!

Romans 15:2
Let each of us please his neighbor for his good, leading to edification.

Friday, May 09, 2014

Eggs: Healthy And Nutritious

I have been watching our egg-intake for years now. This was mainly based upon previous study results and warnings. Those warned us that consuming too many eggs (the yolk in particular) contributed to clogging of the arteries and hence could cause heart problems.

It always seemed strange to me that mainly the yolk would do that to a person since it has got all the building blocks for new life in it such as vitamins and minerals. I am no researcher though and I, along with the majority, believed what I was told and eggs were rationed.

It is good to know we don't have to shun them anymore. It has been scientifically proven that the egg yolks do contain everything our bodies need.

It actually has been shown that there are nutrients inside that calcium-rich shell which can even lower the risk of heart disease. The only thing an egg seems to be missing is vitamin C.

I am glad we can safely indulge in eggs again. They make many dishes taste so much better. I love hard-boiled eggs, especially with a pinch of salt. Don't worry; I don't use regular salt. I found a substitute that tastes exactly like it and can be used as salt in every dish.

Even though an egg is often seen as a symbol for life, let's not forget it was God who gave us life!

Job 6:6
Can flavorless food be eaten without salt? Or is there any taste in the white of an egg?

Monday, April 28, 2014

A Place To Call Home

Our sweet dog Flo managed to pull down the window box, hanging on our storage building, on several occasions. It is filled with artificial plants, but it looked gorgeous and gave the building a little pizzazz. She may have liked it too, tried to gather up a bouquet, and ended up scattering it all over the yard.

I managed to save much of it and it still looks very pretty. I am apparently not the only one who thinks so. About two weeks ago, I noticed a couple of tiny birds flying to and fro the planter. Thinking they were picking nesting materials out of it, I went to investigate.

Low and behold; they were not taking nesting materials out, but bringing it in and their abode was slowly but surely taking shape.

I decided to keep an eye on it, in case our dog had the urge to satisfy her curiosity. Flo didn't mess with it and a couple of days ago we discovered at least two, possibly three eggs in it.

When you click on the picture, you will get a better look at the future offspring this little couple is about to bring up.

Wondering what birds had picked our window box as their residence, I scoured the Internet and found out they were House Wrens.

Another pair of birds started building a nest in the wreath of our front door. After it opened, they understood that was not the best place to settle down.

They left to find another spot they could call home and I am sure they will have no problems with that.

God provides all they need, just like He does for us!

Matthew 6:26
Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?

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