While going through the extreme humidity these past few days, I started thinking about Fall coming and then that led to foods I love to eat during Autumn and Winter. Immediately, I felt my body gaining weight as I thought about those winter foods. It’s harder to stay on those fresh veggie meals for two reasons during the colder months. One, is the prices, so much higher in the Winter. Two, it’s hard to eat cold foods when you are cold from Winter.I will miss you Summer but I can’t deny, I love the Fall colors and the seasons here in Indiana. I may not have dropped too many pounds this summer, but I bet my bottom dollar, my innards are healthier and my A1C levels for sugars dropped twice.My question for you then is, what do you enjoy fixing and eating in the cold, winter days? Of course if you live in heat all year around, you can excuse yourself from this post, if you choose.!Hey you all, have a great weekend. Here in Warsaw, the temps for the most part are going to be great with little humidity and in the seventies. Yippee, I say!
Olympic viewership is at a 33 year low. Are you watching? Why or why not?
i found this post on my Facebook and felt led to share it here. What do you think? Don’t worry about speaking the truth, I respect each of you for being you, not whether we agree on topics or not.
Just my opinion, but very well stated and so very true please readFINALLY SOMEONE HAS SAID IT!!!!! I have done my best to respect the diverse opinions regarding COVID-19 over these past few months, however the ER nurse that posted this brilliantly sums up my train of thought :Please just take politics out of it and read this with an open mind.“Anyone out there who can tell me what our end game is with the covid 19?What is the magic formula that is going to allow us to sound the all clear?Is it zero cases?The only way that will happen is if we just stop testing and stop reporting.Is it a vaccine?It took 25 years for a chicken pox vaccine to be developed.The smallpox inoculation was discovered in 1796 the last known natural case was in 1977.We have a flu vaccine that is only 40 to 60% effective and less than half of the US population choose to get one, and roughly 20,000 Americans will die of the flu or flu complications.Oh, you’ll mandate it, like other vaccines are mandated in order to attend school, travel to some foreign countries, etc.We already have a growing number of anti vaxxers refusing proven, tested, well known vaccines that have been administered for decades but aren’t necessarily safe!Do you really think people will flock to get a fast tracked, quickly tested vaccine, whose long term side effects and overall efficacy are anyone’s best guess?How long are we going to cancel and postpone and reconsider?You aren’t doing in person school until second quarter?What if October’s numbers are the same as August’s?You moved football to spring?What if next March is worse than this one was?When do we decide quality of life outweighs the risks?I understand Covid can be deadly or very dangerous for SOME people, but so are strawberries and so is shellfish.We take risks multiple times a day without a second thought.We know driving a car can be dangerous, we don’t leave it in the garage. Many speed and don’t wear seat belts.We know the dangers of smoking, drinking and eating fried foods, we do it anyway.Is hugging Grandma really more dangerous than rush hour on the freeway?Is going out with friends after work more risky than 4 day old gas station sushi?Or operating a chainsaw?When and how did we so quickly lose our free will and give up our liberty?Is there a waiver somewhere I can sign that says, “I understand the risks, but I choose a life with Hugs and Smiles, and the State Fair and go to Church and go hug my Mom in her retirement home?I understand that there is a minuscule possibility I could die, but I will most likely end up feeling like crap for a few days.I understand I could possibly pass it to someone else, if I’m not careful, but I can pass any virus onto someone else.I’m struggling to see where or how this ends.We either get busy living or we get busy dying.When God decides it’s your time, you don’t get any mulligans, so I guess I would rather spend my time enjoying it and living in the moment and not worrying about what ifs and maybes, and I bet I’m not the only one.
July 28Refined by Fire1 Peter 1:6-7God is always at work in our lives. Even during seasons of adversity, He wants to accomplish something powerful and good. How should this knowledge affect our response? Today’s passage teaches us to choose to rejoice during difficult times. This doesn’t mean we have to be happy about the hardship itself. Instead, joy comes from drawing close to the Lord and believing steadfastly that through His redemptive power, He is growing and preparing us. If your usual response to trials is anxiety, anger, or depression, the idea of having joy in the midst of a negative situation might not seem logical. However, if you look beneath the surface, you will discover that this biblical directive makes sense for several reasons.
July 28, 2021
Walking in God’s Calling When You’re Afraid
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9 (NIV)
In March 2020, when the pandemic started shutting down the entire world, we left our home in New York City and drove to South Carolina, where my sister and her family reside.
We thought we’d be gone two weeks. But we never returned to NYC to live.
You may wonder why we chose to stay in South Carolina … and the answer is simple: We had a peace from God that we were supposed to stay.
Did we know why? No.
Um, God, are you really calling us to a small, rural town? With no backup plan and no jobs lined up?
Everything happened so unexpectedly — I didn’t have a chance to say goodbye to my home or pack up my office at ABC News. No closure. No hugs. Things didn’t end how I thought they would — on my terms, with a neat and tidy bow.
This new path wasn’t necessarily our first choice or what we wanted. However, in hindsight, it’s exactly what our family needed.
We trusted that peace we felt in our spirits — so, as terrifying as it was, we decided to press into our fear and step out in faith even though we were scared as ever.
Oftentimes, God calls us to do things that are risky, don’t make sense or might seem crazy. Things that we’re scared to do. In the Old Testament, we see God call Joshua to do something extremely risky, something others may have thought was crazy: taking down the mighty walls of Jericho that had stood unmovable for years.
Scripture doesn’t explicitly tell us that Joshua was afraid, but in the first nine verses of Joshua Chapter 1, God tells Joshua three times to be strong and courageous (vv. 6, 7, 9). So we can gather that Joshua was fearful in the face of this assignment! He might have even felt ill-equipped or incapable.
Maybe you’re feeling like that now. Or you’ve felt like that in the past.
Time and time again in my life, I’ve felt incapable, unqualified and unready for what God has called me to do, telling myself, “There’s nothing special about me; I’m going to fail and humiliate myself. I’m crazy to pursue this … God, I’m just not ready.” The doubts and lies go on and on.
But I always come back to Joshua 1.
“We need to take your keys away from you now, today. We are getting tired of asking and you know that you aren’t safe to drive around others. Now give them to us.” Edith looked head on at her kids. She had heard this conversation too many times, and she wasn’t going to change her mind.
She had been driving for over fifty years and she wasn’t about to give her keys up now for them or anyone else. She stuck her lower lip out and posed a pouting face. It didn’t work this time. Her eldest child, yanked them out of her hand, that she had been hiding under her bottom with the keys tucked tightly between her fingers.
Edith didn’t want to live anymore. She began to cry and her kids stared at her and the next words she heard were,”Keep it up and we’ll put you in a home. You know we’re doing this for your own good.” They turned and walked into the kitchen, and molded around the table. It looked like they were deep in conversation. Edith stood up with her walker and walked into her bedroom and laid down.
Edith had had three accidents in the last year. Thankfully, there had been nothing major happen. She ran a mailbox over. She ran a stop sign twice. The adult kids knew it was time for her to relent the keys, but did they handle the topic appropiately?
Edith felt all alone. She lived in the same home that she and her husband bought one year after they were married. They had given birth to three children here and had raised them until they left the nest.
She didn’t understand why they were treating her like this. She had been a good mom. She took good care of her family, so why this? Tears fell from her eyes. She wished with all her heart, that Albert, her husband was still here to help her out of this situation. He would come to her rescue. He had been a wonderful man, husband and father.
The kids didn’t see it like this at all. They saw mom always had some issue going on. They wanted her to be safe in a nursing home where she could get her medications and three meals a day and maybe she could make a friend or two, but mom always fought the idea.
The police had been involved on each accident and there was even one time when adult protective services had been called because a neighbor had seen Edith sitting on the ground and it was almost dark. It turned out that there was no harm. Edith had been enjoying her flowers and was taking in the incense of each one of them, but still the kids had been contacted over this.
They just wanted her safe and why didn’t mom understand that they had lives to live too. They had their work and their families. They were trying to save up money for a vacation or a new set of wheels. She was a mom; why didn’t she get it?
The kids checked in on her and saw that she was asleep so they left quietly through the front door and locked it behind them.They agreed to stop in at mom’s the next evening and they would bring supper with them and share with mom and hopefully mom would be in a better mood.
The next evening came and the kids all met at mom’s at the same time. They knocked but no one answered the door. They looked at each other and whispered, “She must be napping again.”
They unlocked the door and walked in to the kitchen. Placing the food on the table, they looked around and called her name. Walking on to her bedroom, they knocked and when no answer came, they turned the knob.
They walked over and called out to her but she didn’t stir. The one son looked around and then noticed the bottles of pills on her side table. Two of them were empty. The kids looked at each other and the youngest took out her cell and immediately called 911.
When the police and EMS arrived, they tried to revive their mom, but she was gone. The EMT checked the pill bottles the kids handed to him and he placed them in a clear, plastic bag.
He got on his pager and said,” We’re bringing a patient in who is DOA. Looks like a suicide.” The kids dropped their heads onto their mom’s body and began to weep. “Why mom, why…”
Any direction she walked, the eyes followed her
in the darkness of the woods, leaves whispered to her
They like you, they’re calling you to come close
Reach out and touch the bark of my tree
Run your fingers in the creases, follow the sap line
You can never get lost, for I have had your path chiseled out for ions.
She stood shivering and pulled her sweater closer to her body
Almost frozen in place, part of her wanting to satisfy her hungry curiosity
While the other half wanting to tell her legs to run as fast as they could
Wolves stood with white teeth shining and drooling from the tongue
Snakes hissing from twisted branches, flicking their tongue in hunger
She felt surrounded and her feet started to move backwards
She tripped over a dead branch and as she fell
She could feel warmth all around her
She closed her eyes and spoke to anyone would listen
Begging for release, promising to never return
A branch lowered to the ground and scooped her up
Pulling her up higher and higher, she was sure she
Was going to be fed to the ravens but instead
She was gently seated on the white, fluffy cloud
And carried with the breezes back to where she began
The dream; the dream of escape from reality.
She woke up and saw her familiar bed
She felt her soft bedding
And she thanked her parents quietly
For loving her and giving her guidance.
Friday, Friday, so good to be trueI
It’s nothing really, cuz I don’t got nothing to do.
Wake up early, put my false teeth in
Cuz if I don’t, you’ll see my empty grin
.Start the coffee and almost fall going pee
Darn that seat, I feel like it’s moving on me
.Wash my face and slap my cheeks for color
Slapped on some lotion, oh crap, that’s balm for the udder
.Run a comb through my hair
Don’t know why I bother, it’s almost bare
.Off to the kitchen and grab a cup
Look at my parakeet, hey what’s up?
Find the remote and turn the TV on
I swear the news makes my brain almost gone
.Check my emails and my Facebook too
I told you the truth, I have barely anything to do
.I look at the clock and it’s almost time
I stand from my seat and get my girdle in line
It’s almost time for that hunk mailman
I swear he winks at me like no other can
.I sit on my porch swing and wait impatiently
Here he comes, now I’m getting weak at the knees.
He hands me my mail and I say with a grin
Need a cold drink, won’t you stop and come in?
He politely says no, like all the other times
Why does he have to be so nice and kind?
I go back inside and sit back on the chair
My excitement is over, and I’m going to swear
If Saturday doesn’t hurry up and get here!!!!!
When you had your first child, what area were you living in? At this time in your life how far do you live from that day you first gave birth?
Do you do things because
The media says it is okay to do?
Do you follow the lead
Or are you the leader?
Do you stand up for what you believe
Or would you give in to save drama?
What would your parents and grandparents say
If they could see the world today?
Are you shocked at the quick movement of our world
Or do you ignore most things and do as you need?
Do you sit and ponder on how your grandchildren will live in the future
Or do you feel they will learn, just like you had to?
Do you have most conveniences or
Do you still like the old ways?
I ask these questions because I am getting closer to the old age and I have actually begun to get to know myself better now than ever before. Please feel free to answer or copy and past, answer and share.Hugs,Terry Shepherd