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    Can’t Get No Satisfaction

    Welcome, Faithfulness Friday friends!  The 1965 song, “I Can’t Get No Satisfaction” (by the Rolling Stones) came to mind as I began reading Proverbs, chapter 23 (our focus today).  Here’s the song to refresh your memory.  🙂 This chapter of Proverbs immediately speaks of eating with rulers, gluttony, and a general focus on riches and delicacies. “Hey, Hey, Hey! That’s what I say…” What does God say?  He gives us fun music – and many gems of verses where we can find satisfaction in the Lord.   In the scriptures leading up to this one, I thought of discontentment – and then God addressed His answer in this Faithfulness Friday…

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    From BUTS To YESES

    Welcome back to Faithfulness Friday!  I hope you don’t mind, but today we see God’s faithfulness in one verse rather than one or more chapters of the Bible.  My, how God can grab us with as little as one verse! How was your Mother’s Day?  I was thinking of you last weekend.  I want to encourage you today with the gift the Lord gave me on Sunday, but it hasn’t always been that way. My old journals are packed away in a box I can’t get to right now, so I did my best to remember back to past Mom’s days when our daughter was on walkabout.  Of course, I…

  • Mourning calls

    The Color Red and Mourning Doves

    Hello, my Faithfulness Friday friends!  Have you ever considered the Book of Nahum to be a page-turner?  Most people probably wouldn’t think it all that riveting.  Although, some study reveals Nahum to be most interesting! In an effort to escape my usual ADD-ness and to finish what I started, I’m continuing from last week’s Faithfulness Friday focus (Which Side Are You On?)  where we studied Nahum, chapter one.  Onward now to complete The Book of Nahum. Remember from chapter one last week that God told Nahum that He was done with Nineveh.   Their doom was eminent.  God continued His description of what was ahead for them in the remaining two chapters…

  • Lunch!

    What’s For Lunch? Healthy Sliders and Baked Kale

    I have published many breakfast ideas during the last two years, but very few lunches other than salads.  Don’t get me wrong.  I do love salads most everyday for lunch, especially during warm (or hot) weather.  This “recipe” was lunch one day late last week when I wrote this post. The sliders could also be served/eaten for supper.  For those unfamiliar with the term “supper”, it’s the southern term for the evenin’ meal, y’all.  Ahem . . . dinner is Sunday lunch when consisting of a big spread.  Just so you know. You know my friend Ginger from the 3 Soups the Joanna Gaines Way post.  Ginger made one of…

  • Which Side Are You On?

    It’s Faithfulness Friday again!  Today we’re highlighting Nahum, chapter one. Nineveh, the capitol city of the Assyrian nation, turned from its sinful ways approximately one hundred years earlier when Jonah prophesied their destruction if they didn’t repent.  You probably know the story well from The Book of Jonah.  The people of Nineveh were spared from doom because they listened to the warnings of Jonah and turned from their wicked ways. Through the years, Nineveh became wicked again, and Nahum is here to prophesy their judgment.  This time, though, God is finished with warnings.  Assyrian doom is imminent.  We don’t know much about the prophet Nahum, but his name means “comfort”.…

  • 3 Joanna Gaines Inspired Soups

    3 Soups the Joanna Gaines Way

    What do I do when bored and waiting in the car for hubs to come out from a store?  Yep.  Watch cooking videos on my phone. Joanna Gaines released her second cookbook, Magnolia Table, Volume 2 on April 7th.  She is making some of the dishes included in her book on video during quarantine.  How else does such a busy woman occupy her time during quarantine? On this particular day, Joanna was making Spinach Tortellini Soup.  I loved how she didn’t quite have exactly all the herbs she needed right then, so she improvised. I was inspired and had a plan for my own version of Joanna’s soup.  Mine came…

  • Restoring God's temple in you

    Restoring NORMAL

    It’s Faithfulness Friday time again!  Could you use a fresh examination of God’s faithfulness in this current quarantine season?  Are you still practicing physical distancing? The social aspect of distancing (or not) is handled through various social media outlets.  Do you spend time on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc.?  No distancing there! Just as with our church, yours is probably reaching out in new ways for on-line sermons and gatherings through video, Facebook Live, and/or Zoom sessions.  It’s been a lot of fun getting together in new ways, and it’s certainly better than nothing.  Even a screen view of our friends is better than no view at all. We say we…

  • Baobab Immune Booster

    The Baobab Immunity Booster

    With everything that’s going on right now with Covid-19, have you been searching for (and using) everything possible that can give your body more help in the immunity department? I listened to the Trim Healthy Mama Podcast #168 last week (prepare for some potty crude-ness in this one, y’all).  I was stunned to realize that this Baobab sat in my pantry ready to boost my immunity but was just sitting.  Opened but unused.  Why was I not using it? Frankly, it came down to taste.  I originally heard Trim Healthy Mama sisters say they put it in tea mixtures (aka “Trimmies”), smoothies, sprinkled on food, etc.  I tried it ……

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    Some Comparisons Between Meat and Coronavirus

    Happy Faithfulness Friday!  You’ll find this Faithfulness Friday post to be different from the others so far.  Today’s faithfulness passages are from Numbers 11. The difference between this post and the others is that I took the opportunity to discuss things on Facebook Live yesterday rather than putting it all in print for you today.  I put on mascara, which doesn’t make much difference, but mascara made me feel better – more put-together and fully dressed. Side note:  Are you going without makeup these days, wearing your pj’s or yoga pants all day?  Do tell! Back to our topic today, you’ll want to read the entire eleventh chapter of Numbers…

  • A time for everything

    It’s Not Fatal

    Welcome to Faithfulness Friday! While many live in fear of the Coronavirus that, for some, is fatal, God keeps telling me to shout, “Arise, church!  Stand in awe!  Be expectantly amazed as your Father demonstrates His power and His provision in troubling days.  God is refining us, His children, to stand boldly for His name’s sake.  Yes, stand in awe as the Lord displays His glory!” Do you live in expectation of the good God will bring?  He is faithfully stretching us, bending us to seek new ways to reach others in community for the explosion of His church and the gospel.  May we be faithful to the Lord and…

  • The Paradigm

    A Book You Won’t Want to Miss – and Why

    I didn’t start out expecting to give you book reviews, but what I just finished hearing on Audible is one you won’t want to miss. It seems that people are lost without the regular activities of normal life.  Things are definitely NOT normal right now, are they?  The Covid-19 epidemic has us in a quandary.  Fingernails tapping on the counter.  What to do.  What to do…. Listening to books on tape was something I used to do while cleaning house.  Cleaning house isn’t an all-day activity for me anymore, nor even for half a day.  In small snippets of time, I do laundry, cook, or run the vacuum, and then…

  • Psalm 91

    Messianic Psalm of Life

    Welcome to this week’s Faithfulness Friday! Since last week’s Faithfulness Friday post, Psalm 90, A Psalm of Death, I noticed people in the on-line world examining Psalm 91 more intently.  Psalm 91 is identified in some commentaries as the Psalm of Life.  As we saw last week, there is much about life in the 90th Psalm, too. While in these weeks of an altered life, staying home in seclusion and hopefully protected from the spread of Covid-19, we get so much encouragement from the psalms.  Psalm 91 provides comfort, revealing God’s protection for His children when encountering the dangers of life. This psalm also reveals the coming Messiah, our Lord…

  • Psalm 90

    A Psalm of Death – Not the End of the Story

    Our focus for today’s Faithfulness Friday is Psalm 90.  The 90th was the first psalm written and penned by Moses himself while winding up the desert wandering years with God’s people.  (I discovered this on Monday when reading my copy of The One Year Chronological Bible – *Amazon link, commission affiliate.) During the forty years of wandering and waiting to enter the promised land, Moses saw over two million people die.  His psalm is known as the psalm of death.  Moses begins his psalm by elevating God, our Creator in verses 1-2. “Lord, through all the generations you have been our home!  Before the mountains were created, before you made…

  • Season of Seclusion

    6 Points About This Season Of Seclusion

    This could have been a Facebook LIVE discussion and would have if I didn’t have this cough.  Not the coronavirus cough – but one that followed me home from New Orleans last month, our combined Valentine and 30th anniversary excursion.  I’m not really sick, just coughing.  On some days (like today), it’s a lot.  So, was the trip worth it all?  Given what we know now of what may have been lurking then, I’d say no. I hope you are (like me) staying home as much as absolutely possible.  What is your present consecutive quarantine day?  (This is my 7th.)  Self-quarantine has been my life to a certain degree over…

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    The Promise Gifter

    “I will do this very thing you have asked, for you have found favor with me, and I know you by name.” (Exodus 33:17) Welcome to Faithfulness Friday!  Are you uncertain about tomorrow?  Of course.  We all are.  But we need not be fearful.  I see so much reaction in panic and fear.  The Lord tells us multiple times in His Word not to fear.  He is in control. Our God is faithful and true.  He will get us through the next few weeks/months.  The future may look bleak, but we have He Who is Most Powerful upon which to gaze! I wrote this verse on the chalk board “cheese…