Saturday, October 29, 2011

Good Morning World!


It's 6 a.m. and I am up to put the coffee on.  I open the kitchen window blinds so see this!
How can one possibly not think of our Creator when we see the skies like this! 
Thank you, Lord, for I am awestruck at your Creation!


Joining Shanda at Pause on the Path for
 
Have a Blessed Day,

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Thankful Thursday


I am so Thankful For:


66.  Feeling well enough to get all the things on my to-do list done...cleaning windows and screens,
       cleaning out cupboards for garage sale items, Bible Studies, etc. 

67.  Cooler weather here in Arizona.  This morning is was 43 degrees, but warmed up quickly and has
       become a rather lovely day.  How relaxing it is to be able to sit on the patio with a hot cup of tea. 

68.  A great day with my husband yesterday.  We went to Chandler to get vitamins at the Vitamin
       Shoppe,  had a leisurely cup of coffee out on the patio at Dunkin Donuts (his favorite), shopped at
       Whole Foods Market (my favorite)  and then ate lunch at Paradise Bakery.  My favorite is their
       chopped BBQ chicken salad...yum...with antibiotic-free chicken breast, romaine, roasted corn,
       black beans, tortilla strips, BBQ ranch dressing and topped with splash of BBQ sauce.  Sooo 
       Good!  It was a good day. 

69.  Good news from my daughter in New York.  Her dance/exercise/aquatic glasses are really filling
       up and she has been asked to do more classes.  She is excited about a new program designed for
       us older gals and those who have physical limitations.  Wished I were there to enroll.  After
       nursing for many years and now being a physical trainer, she is so elated to be on the other end of
       the healing process...promoting health with FUN exercise and nutrition. 

70.  An omniscient, omnipotent, omnipresent God who is able  and willing to guide us through our
       problems here on earth.  There is nothing my God cannot do!  He can do the impossible. 


Joining Lynn for Thankful Thursday @ http://unequalmarriage.typepad.com/
Joining Tara for Thankful Thursday @ http://www.undeservingrace.com/

Have a Blessed Day,

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Hearts for Home


My Good Housekeeping Plans for This Week:

  • Clean Windows and Screens--Hopefully we will not have any more dust storms for a while.
  • Start cleaning out cupboards for unused items for upcoming garage sale.
  • Clean pool and get ready to shut down for winter.
  • Mesquite Tree bean clean-up...does it ever stop producing!!!
  • Hubby and I to do our daily Bible Study Lesson on Evangelism --"Share Jesus Without Fear" by William Fay & Ralph Hodge from LifeWay Press.  Our whole church is doing this together on Sunday evenings.  We are off to an exciting start.  Our prayer is that after this 4-week study we will be more adept at sharing our faith.  Where Jesus leads us, He precedes us! 

 
Joining Gae at Cherished Hearts at Home



Have a Blessed Day,

Friday, October 21, 2011

New Blog Announcement

Yes, I am starting a new health blog...Healthy Hen House Happenings. 
After months of struggling with my Lupus flare, I have spent much time in bed thinking about why I am in the state that I am in.  When one is sick and tired of being sick and tired, one might be motivated to do something about it.  In my last blog post, I shared with you my Lupus Recovery Plan and my desire to be a help and encouragement to other suffers.  My intention was to post occasionally on the topic of Lupus, but after much thinking, prayer and suggestions from other bloggers, I felt I wanted to start a new blog that would focus not on disease, but on restoring, renewing and retaining functional health.   


Some of the features of this new health blog will be:
  • Detoxification of toxins, fasting  (A good place to start)
  • Beneficial Nutrients for specific diseases
  • Herbs and herbal remedies
  • Reading recommendations for restored health
  • Healthy Recipes
  • Integrative and Functional Heath Practitioners spotlights
  • Helpful articles, resources and websites focusing on healthful living
  • My health recovery journey
My sincere desire is for restored health and to be an encouragement and help to others who are suffering with health related problems.  May we together endeavor to do the best we can do in the natural and ask our all powerful God to do the supernatural! 


"Father God, I thank You for creating me in Your image.  I praise You that I am fearfully and wonderfully made.  I confess that You are the God that heals, my Great Physician.   I ask You to heal my body from the top of my head to the soles of my feet.  I pray that You would regenerate every bone, joint, tendon, ligament, tissue, organ, and cell of my body. 
This is the day that the Lord has made, I will rejoice and be glad in it."  
    from "The Maker's Diet" by Jordan S. Ruben
Have a Blessed Day,   

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Lupus Flare Recovery Plan -What's On My Heart

I have been wondering for a couple of weeks if I should write this post because I am a keep-it-quiet, tough-it-out kinda of person who would rather not share my ills.  But, as I have been suffering through this current Lupus flare, I thought I might start a new page on my blog sharing some of my experiences with dealing with this autoimmune disease.  Perhaps I could be of some help and encouragement to others who suffer along with me, or perhaps there are other blogggers out there that can do the same for me.   If you are a Lupus sufferer, or know of someone who is, please let them know about my new "Lupus" page with its upcoming experiencial and informative posts. 


My Today's Get Well Helps:

1)  Eat healthfully - raw veggies, gluten-free nut crackers, low-fat cheese, protein-rich chicken salad in
      tomato cup.  Green tea laced with nutrient, antioxidant, electrolyte-rich Tangerine Vitamin C
      powder.  Vitamin C helps to lower CRP, C reactive protein..,a protein that builds up in your blood
      only when there's  inflammation somewhere in your body.  Mine has been rather high...I think I    
      well knew that!  Your doctor may order a CRP test to monitor these conditions:
  • Your heart attack or coronary artery disease risk
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Some forms of arthritis
  • Pelvic inflammatory disease
  • Lupus
2)  Policosanol -  My Internist informed me today that 20 mg. of policosanol (a natural remedy) or an
     asprin a day will lower CRP.  I opted for policosanol as I am allergic to aspirin.  It will be
     interesting to see how this works.  It is also great natural way to lower cholesterol (I need help
     there also.)

4)  Vitamins and herbs - A good multi-vitamin, D3, fish oil, etc.  I will post more on the benefits and
      research on these later. 

5)  Focus on others - I plan to mail my grandchildren a little love box with special notes, and maybe a
     little spending money.  They love getting packages in the mail!  Lifts my spirits just thinking about
     how happy they will be to open the box! 

6)  Surround myself with uplifting things -  smelling a warm autumn-scented candle and listening to
     wonderful Christian Piano music from Pandora Radio. 

7)  Rest - The most difficult thing for me to do!  I want to be functioning and  productive.  But I know
     that God orders my rests as well a my busy, productive times.  I am trying to learn to appreciate
    these slower, restorative times also.  The only downside to this is that I often have to un-commit to
    something that I have committed myself to and heed the physician's advise to rest.  I am learning to
    choose my commitments wisely.

8)  Pray - When in extreme pain, pray...pray like crazy.  God hears our cries for help.  He loves and
     cares for us.  2 Peter 5:7 "Casting your cares on Him, because he cares for you." 

         He often answers with great physicians who help ease our pain and head us in the direction of
     health. I am blessed with a wonderful, caring, listening, knowledgeable physician. 
         He often answers using a spouse who lovingly helps with the household cores, meal
     preparation, drives to doctor's office and pharmacy.  I am blessed with a loving, caring husband.
         He often answers with encouraging words, calls and cards from loved ones and friends.  I am
     blessed with many caring, helpful, loving friends and family. 
         He often answers with an amazing aware pup, Ivy, who has not left my side for days.  Even
     when the bedroom door has been shut, my husband says she lays by the door waiting to be at
     my side.

I am learning from my "Winter Experience...that
when life blows it coldest chill, that's when hope grows its strongest."
Hoping for better days ahead! 

Joining Shanda for "On Your Heart"  Tuesdays (Okay, so I am day late!)
Joining Trish for LACE Wednesdays  (Right on time!)
Have a Blessed Day,   

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Carved by God



Have a Blessed Day,

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Thankful Thursdays


"It isn't what you have in your pocket that makes you thankful, but what you have in your heart."

I AM THANKFUL FOR:

63.  A great visit with our daughter, son-in-law, and grandson here in Arizona.  The time went so
       quickly and we now miss them so, but we are sincerely grateful from each one of them.  Our
       three-year old grandson smiled at us saying, "Our whole family is here together!"  It was most
       wonderful!  


64.   Our grandson, now understanding a little better that table grace is a quiet time of  thankfulness. 
        He now asks to pray, folds his hands, closes his eyes, bows his head and offers his "amen" at
        the end.  It warms our hearts. 

65.  An insightful Christian Women's Conference with an exciting expositor of the Word of God, Dr.
       Nell Collins.  She and the other conference speakers spoke to my heart and convicted me of
       needed change!  I'm a continual work in process.  The fellowship with other Christian women was
       delightful.  We always have such an enjoyable time together. 

Joining Lynn for Thankful Thurday @ http://unequalmarriage.typepad.com/
Joining Tara for Thankful Thursday @  http://www.undeservingrace.com/


Have A Blessed Day,




Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Puzzle Solving




I have some paintings over the bed in our guest room and I am so not happy with how they look.  My desire was to find something a little more cozy and country looking.  My inspiration came from Brenda's Cozy Little House Blog:  (She wows me with her talent for decorating!)

Isn't that room spectacular! 

Yes, a drunkard's path wall quilt (the design of Brenda's quilt is called Solomon's Puzzle...like that better) for our guest bedroom would be perfect, but perhaps in country blue.  I began perusing through the myriad of quilt books that I have accumulated to find a pattern.  Then today I received an email newsletter from the Quilt Show website:  http://thequiltshow.com with this great video.  This technique will be so much easier and faster than the traditional one I am used to using.  Now I am really excited about getting my simple blue and white drunkard's path quilt underway! 

Joining Gae for Hearts for Home

Tuesday

Joining Jacinda for Teach Me Tuesdays

Growing Home



Have a Blessed Day,

Devotion - Think, Walk, Talk


Don't you just love Jeff Larson's take on Romans 12:2!    Even though this makes me chuckle, the truth is that it is so very easy to be pressed into the (stinking) thinking of this world.  Oh, how we daily need the washing of the Word of God to renew our thinking.

On Saturday, several women from our church attended a "New Creation" Women's Conference in Glendale, AZ to sit under the mind-saturating teaching of Biblical Counselor, Dr. Nell Collins.  In her session, "The New Mind", she started off with a question she often asks those she counsels, "Tell me what is your regular pattern of studying the scriptures?"  What would our answer to that question be?

She stated that the need for developing a habit of studying the Word is as simple as ABC,  A=Attitude (What we Think) affects our  B=Behavior (Walk),  and our C=Conversation (Talk).   Using the RSMPA (Read, Study, Meditate, Pray and Apply) method, she suggests that we should select only 9-10 verses, select a key verse from those verses and memorize it.  Might it be better for us to really study and understand and apply a few verses than to read many verses with no impact? 

I am pleased to share with you her outline for this session:

1.  Proverbs 23:7  & Proverbs 4:23  teach us the importance of what we think.  (ABC's above)

2.  2 Corinthians 10:3-5 makes us aware of the ongoing spiritual battle and gives us our first line of    
     defense.  It is that we bring every thought captive to the obedience of Christ. (War begins in the
     mind-that's Satan's strategy)

3.  Eph. 4:23 teaches us to renew our mind.  How is that done?
     A.  2 Tim. 2:15  Study the Scriptures (not just reading-there must be application) 
            1.  To please God
            2.  To be confident communicators
            4.  To be doctrinally accurate

     B.  2 Tim. 2:16  The Scriptures are God-breathed for
           1.  Doctrine (right thinking)
           2.  Reproof (wrong thinking)
           3.  Correction (turned around thinking, repentance)
           4.  Instruction in righteousness (right living)   
            (I memorized this scripture by using DR Cornish, that me (I)

How very thankful I am for gifted teachers such as Dr. Collins, and the reminder that my mind needs renewing on a daily basis...yes, that my mind needs to have a continual overhaul! 

Please visit Dr. Nell Collins web page at www.hope-in-crises.com

Joining Shanda for What's On Your Heart Tuesdays
Joining  Trish  for LACE Wednesdays

Have a Blessed Day,

Monday, October 10, 2011

Country Porch Friends Blog Party



I am happy to be joining the Country Porch Friends Blog Party that starts today! Come and join this great blogging party by adding the above button to your blog!

My Blog:
Hi!  I am Gen,  and I am rather new at blogging starting my blog in April of this year.  Initially my blog was to be a Cornish Family history site,  but after visiting a few fellow bloggers, I knew right away that I wanted it to be more than that.  I wanted it to include:

  • My love for the Lord Jesus Christ and what he is doing in my life.
  • The blessing of family and friends.
  • My love for homemaking--cooking, baking, entertaining, home management, organizing, design & decorating, gardening, etc.
  • My love for crafting--sewing, quilting, card making, scrap booking, crocheting and knitting,
  • My love for England, especially Cornwall and all things English...tea, scones, pasties, trifles, movies, and dramas, music, and photography and art.
About Me:
My husband and I were born and lived in Central New York until we moved to Arizona upon retirement in 2003.  We have been friends for over 50 years, being married for 44 years.  Our daughter continues to reside in New York with her family, and we make across-the-country treks each year to keep connected with one another.  How blessed we were in 2008 to rejoice at the birth of our grandson.  He surely is a delight!

Thankfully in 1982, my husband and I came to know the Lord Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior.  Our lives have never been the same.  We now know the joy and peace which only Jesus can bring.  Our lives now have such meaning and purpose, and have found it a blessing to be able to serve Him.  We both have been involved in Youth Ministry, Women's Ministry (me), Deacon and Deaconess, Sunday School Teachers (him, K-2 and me, Middle school) and Awana Ministries for over 29 years.  What a blessing it has been for us! 

Even though I am a much older blogger than most, I do so enjoy reading how you younger bloggers are loving your husbands, raising your families, educating your children and living for the Lord.  It blesses me so, and I know that I can still learn much from you.  I am thankful also for other senior bloggers that I can share life with heart to heart.  May we continue connecting, fellowshipping and being an encouragement to one another. 

Friday, October 7, 2011

Help! Who Said It? PRAY LIKE CRAZY

PRAY LIKE CRAZY!

A few days ago I was blog hopping and came upon a post that used the phrase, "Pray like crazy."  I intention was to print the post, but my computer was acting up.  I spent a good portion of my day today looking through blogs for this great post to no avail.  Can anyone help?  If you have seen this, would you kindly lead me to this post.  It was such a great post, and I so wanted to print it off and put it into my daily devotional notebook.  Thanks a bunch! 

It seems as if I am to be more attentive in communing with God.  Our ladies ministry is studying the book of  Nehemiah, "Growing through Crisis" by Martha Tyler.  The first chapter--prayer.  My daily devotional book, In Touch, has as its topic for the month--"The Prayer Life."   My Sunday School Lesson from 1 Kings--prayer!  What a privilege and a joy it is to spend time with HIM!


 Have a Blessed Day,

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Thankful Thursdays - Pastor Appreciation

I AM THANKFUL FOR:

61. Our pastors at Victory Baptist. October is Pastor Appreciation Month, and we so appreciate our hard-working pastors. We have a senior pastor, and two retired pastors who teach. They are all excellent preachers who diligently feed us the Word of God each week.  We give thanks to God for them and their ministry to us. 

Have you ever walked in our Pastor's shoes,
And gone where his feet have trod?
Have you ever thought of what he means to us,
And on your knees, given thanks to God?
Have you ever told him thank you,
For being there, when times are tough,
For comforting words and fervent prayers
When trials come and the storms of life are rough?
He answers our calls in the middle of the night
And tells us not to worry, for he will be there.
He gives up his comfort of quiet rest
And comes with prayers of comfort to share.
Have you ever thought to say thank you Pastor,
For preaching God's word to help us understand,
For all the times he has asked for things
That will lend us a helping hand?
When you pray, put him at the top of the list
And ask the Lord to surround him with loving care,
To give him strength and walk with him,
To help him with the burdens that he must bear.
Have you ever walked in our Pastor's shoes,
And gone where his feet have trod?
Have you ever thought of what he means to us,
And on your knees, given thanks to God?

62. Our wonderful pastors' wives. They all are such a support to their husbands, serve sacrificially in the church and do a great job raising their families.  What a blessing they are! 

When we thank God for our pastor
We must give Him thanks for two,
For when your husband came to us
God also sent us you.
A pastor's wife must be many things,
You have many hats to wear;
And we say thanks for all you do
And lift you up in prayer.
You adjust your life to meet the needs
Of your husband's congregation,
And it seems that you can always cope
With most any situation.
Your presence blesses all of us
Who know you from day to day
As our pastor's wife, you are serving God
In a fine and worthy way.

Joining Lynn for Thankful Thurday @  http://unequalmarriage.typepad.com/

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Cute Litttle Punkins!





Aren't these the cutest punkins ever?  They make me smile! 
Jen is an absolutely amazing photographer who lives in Fort Worth, Texas.  I am always oohing and aahing over her wonderful photos. You just have to check out her web page and see her fabulous work.  And if you by any chance live in her area, you will want to take advantage of her giftedness.  http://momentsbyjenphotography.com/about.php

Joining Trish for LACE


Have a Blessed Day,

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Cool Zoo!

Cooling Off at the Zoo

While our family from New York was here, we spend one hot, hot day (103 degrees) at the Phoenix Zoo.  About halfway around our trek of the Zoo, we came upon this wonderful surprise, Yakulla (Ya-kool-ya) Caverns.  Since we did not bring our grandson's swim suit, we just allowed our over-heated boy to cool off in his pull-ups.  Worked just fine! 



  What a Cool Surprise!

Have a Blessed Day,
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