Friday, May 31, 2013

Second Thoughts

Second Thoughts
It had been two months since my husband’s initial examination by the Oral Surgeon, and we were still waiting for a phone call to schedule an appointment for the surgery.

Our town is growing, but there are some things we still lack, so the specialist in Chico has set up a second office here, and he comes once a week to service local clients. 

There was one important event that we did not know and were soon to discover.

We had been busy with other things, and finally my stressed out husband decided something was wrong.  Why were they waiting so long to contact us?

Husband sent me to his regular dentist to ask some questions.  The nice receptionist made a phone call to the specialist and he indicated that the HMO reports were late and to blame for the delay. 

To make a long story short, we received a phone call to come in early the next morning for surgery.

Now we were having second thoughts, “Is there an option?”  But there seemed not to be one.

Leaving in plenty of time to arrive for the appointment, we discovered a long line of cars and signs of road work ahead.  Nothing was moving and my phone had no service with mountains on each side of us.

Soon traffic came in the opposite direction with a pickup truck as the leader.  Our lane did not move.  “Oh NO we will be late,” we figured.

Not long after, our lane moved a bit, and we were on our way to the dental office where we remembered it to be.

Would you believe it - - the door was locked and there seemed to not be anyone there.

My husband decided we must have turned into the wrong complex, so off we went in search of the dental office.  At each turn we realized this was not it.

I tried to make a telephone call, but it was a wrong number!

So back we went to the first building, and asked an adjoining business where our Surgeon was. 
Quickly directions were given to a new office, where the firm had moved during the two months delay in scheduling us.  

“There it is,” said my husband as he quickly stepped out of our van and almost ran to the door.  He entered and allowed the door to shut behind him. 

Here I came following at a fast clip.

Too fast it turned out, and I missed the step to the porch  and fell flat on my face hitting my head, scratching my glasses, and also hurting my knee. 

Hearing the thud, my husband opened the office door and came back for me.  Also the nurse rushed out with paper towels to wipe the blood from the bridge of my nose and side of my face. 

My thoughts were, "Three Times today a delay, and the third time is the charm." 
I was ready to collect my husband and take him home all intact. 

We were both having second thoughts about this surgery!

The nurse gave me an ice pack and some water, and talked with us to calm us down. 

Finally they took us in to see the Doctor and more talk.  My husband felt committed.

The end result was the surgery went as scheduled, and was a good job, and my husband seems to be recovering well.    * * * Oh yes, and I am recovering well too! :-)

There are times in life when it is wise to have second thoughts about your plans. 

Have you really prayed regarding what you are about to do?

Take a good look, especially if things seem to go wrong at each turn along the way.  

Once or twice is a warning, but when the third upset happens, it might be smart to have second thoughts, and to earnestly pray about making new decisions.   

Looking back at our life, there are several things that I wish we had taken some second thoughts!  

However - - “I have NO Regrets,” is a good thing to learn to say! 

This post is linked with Laura’s Faith Filled Friday

Also Shared with Liz and Gail at T.G.I.F.


Thursday, May 30, 2013

Are you Shy?

As a young child in school, my face would turn beet red when ever I was called on by the teacher. 

I respected adult leadership almost to the point of being afraid to speak out.

My shyness extended into High School, and I wanted an A in Geometry, but my teacher informed the class that she only gave A's to those who would raise their hands and explain the answer to the problem we had that day. 

I did my best, but in her opinion it was not good enough, and she gave me a B+ on my report card. 

The next day, I called my teacher to my desk and quietly but outright told her that I deserved an A and she was in error to give me less.  For “shy me” that was risky business.

As far as I knew, no one else complained, but my words flustered her a bit.  She told me to speak up more which I did, and at the end of the semester she relented and gave me an A as my final grade.

I have outgrown my shyness, and with God’s help I am no longer afraid to speak out,

Usually I have found it best to delay and not to speak in haste or in anger.  Often I wait until God says, NOW, usually the next day.  While waiting I ask our Lord, what exactly should I say?

The Holy Spirit begins to formulate a plan of words and when I follow the script that He gives to me, and there is no offence.

One Sunday a month I share one of my stories with a message at my church, and I aim to express them as I am led.   Last Sunday, my story may have been considered unusual to some, but as I finished all I could see were smiles.

My hope is that the needed words are heard and received in their spirit.

If you are shy, just ask God, “What do I say next?” 
He will give you "His words" to say.

This post has been shared With Ramona at: Create With Joy

Also linked with Nantawa Bennett at Happy Friday
And with Liz and Gail at T.G.I.F.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Tips for your E-Book

Courtesy Free Clip Art
For the life of me, I could not figure out what the publisher wanted. 

Another thing was the cover, and I had no idea how to do that.  I needed help.
I did learn one thing; I was using "enter, enter, enter" at the end of each chapter. 

Instead I should have used a Page Break. 

You probably already know this, but here is how - -

To insert a manual Page Break

1.     Click where you want to start a new page.
2.     On the Insert menu, click Break.
3.     Click Page break.
My husband Robert has been writing continued Fiction stories for the past several months. One of his first stories was “Darrel’s Woes” a short story of a shy young teen who just didn’t seem to fit in with his peers. 

In my research for “How to publish an E-book,” I downloaded a free “Secrets to Publish your E-Book” by Mark Coker.  CLICK HERE to visit Mark’s blog and down load his free book. 
Mark offered another free book “How to format your book.”  Still I was at a loss!

Mark and his wife began Smashwords a free e-book publishing company. They also give you a free ISBN number.  They request your manuscript to be set in Microsoft WORD, using their special format.

I must admit I couldn’t make heads or tails about the instructions.  Smashwords suggested a list of writers who for a small fee would format for you.  Most of the writers seemed too expensive for my budget.

Here is what I finally resorted to. 

I discovered a wonderful site, FIVERR  - - five dollars for each request.

I contacted a nice lady  on FIVERR who created a lovely cover for me.  

Then I contacted a gentleman  also on FIVERR who formatted Robert’s book.  At first my manuscript was not accepted, so "Mr Untagged," redid it and it worked.  It was excellent service there from both.  Total cost $15 for the help.

If you are curious and would like to view Robert’s book.

Darrel’s Woe’s,” CLICK HERE  It is free if you use the code PM64R

If you're redeeming a free coupon for a book, you'll enter the coupon code on the very first page you see after you click the shopping cart.
For free books, there's no need to enter your credit card information!
Smashwords will ask you to join their site FREE and create a password..

Happy E-book publishing!!


Sunday, May 26, 2013

Blowing in the Wind

Blowing in the Wind

Gleaning today on “Trinity Sunday,” from Pastor Jerry’s sermon as he read from John 16:22-31 and Romans 5:5 

To many of us the Trinity is a mystery and difficult to understand.  Yes God is indescribable.  Pastor asked, “How would you explain the Trinity to a new Christian?”

Jesus promised that he would send the Holy Spirit who is the Spirit of Truth and He would reveal truth and guide you.  The Holy Spirit is our Teacher and our revealer.

Some truth is simple and easy to understand, such as “Do not steal.”  Although we realize the meaning, we may not always adhere to it.

It is interesting that the word,”Trinity” is not in the Bible, however it is alluded to in many portions of the Bible:  In Genesis, God in three persons was active in creating the world.  

John 1:1-3  In the beginning was the Word (Jesus), and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.   The same was in the beginning with God.  All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.

Jesus spoke about his Father God.   On another occasion, He asked his disciples, “Who do men say that I am?” and then He asked, “And who do YOU say that I am?”  Peter replied, you are the Christ the Logos. 
When Jesus was to leave, He promised that He would send another Comforter; The Holy Spirit shall be with you and IN you.

Pastor related a story that St. Augustine was walking on the beach contemplating the mystery of the Trinity. Then he saw a boy in front of him who had dug a hole in the sand and was going out to the sea again and again and bringing some water to pour into the hole. St. Augustine asked him, “What are you doing?” “I’m going to pour the entire ocean into this hole.” “That is impossible, the whole ocean will not fit in the hole you have made” said St. Augustine. The boy replied, “And you cannot fit the Trinity in your tiny little brain.” The story concludes by saying that the boy vanished because St. Augustine had been speaking with an angel.

We have a daily walk with God, not just on Sunday, or when we pray at meal time. 

Through the years, life has changed.  It was not long ago, that stores and games were closed on Sunday.  Today Sunday is the big day for games, races, and sales.

How does the Holy Spirit comfort us when tragedy strikes, such as tornados, floods, death, accidents, disease, and violation of our privacy and homes?

We can only trust our “God in three persons” to bring us His peace even in the turmoil and to reassure us with His constant abiding presence.

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This post is shared with Charlotte’s Spiritual Sundays

Also Linked with Michelle’s Hear it on Sunday Use it on Monday

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Care Packages

Care Package
Years ago, our church gave partial monthly support to a missionary, who was serving in Korea. 

About that time there was made available to the American public, “Care Packages” with assorted food items that could be donated, and sent overseas. 

The packages were made up of selected military surplus food from our country to those in other lands.  After World War II many were starving in Europe and this was a cooperative effort to meet a need.

You could choose the address for the box to be sent, so our church women’s ministry group had a good idea.

To me the $10 donation seemed to be an excellent price for food and shipping, plus it would bless our missionary.  Thinking along these lines, I ordered a gift parcel, and paid the amount required and placed her address on the order. 

Next I wrote an airmail-letter to our missionary to alert her to expect the gift. 

At that time a quick way to communicate over-seas was by e-letter.  It was a blue one piece of paper that included postage, and when your letter was written, you folded it, sealed and mailed it.

Several weeks later, we received a thank you from our missionary and an explanation. 

Apparently for personal reasons, she felt guilty in accepting the food package for herself.  Perhaps she felt unworthy, and thought the food should go to someone who was more in need than herself.

She told us of a Korean Pastor with a large family who were suffering lack, and she had been able to bless this family with the parcel.

Perhaps this was God’s way to supply a need for the native pastor’s family, and we did not question her motive, although at first we did not understand. 

After giving it much thought we realized this was the best way to go. 
Also it allowed our missionary the opportunity to share with another minister, which she might not have done except for our care package. 

God works in mysterious ways.

This post is linked with Jennifer Dukes Lee at: Tell His Story
Do dash over to Jennifer's site and read her tornado story.
Also Sharing with Rosilind in Croatia, at Wednesday R & R

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Monday, May 20, 2013

Milestones (repost) Another Birthday


image courtesy

We check the milestones usually at each decade; some are more difficult to embrace than others.

At ten years old we believe we are big stuff! We have the world by its tail!

Twenty takes us out of the teen age years. Time for serious thought.

Thirty is usually a tough and thorny mile stone and often a depressing Birthday to celebrate! We are expected to act more matured now!!

At age forty we can be 39 for the next ten years!

Fifty is the time AARP invites us to become a “Senior Citizen,” and often there are discounts allowed for certain pleasures.

Sixty is the time we approach retirement and (hopefully) expect to slow down a bit. 

However, I sought a new career at age 60 and embarked back into the world of business to work another 12 years.

Seventy is very close to the allotted time that God says he has given to us for our days.

Eighty is a rather large number. However in my spirit I am still young although my body does not always agree.

May is the month I celebrate my birthday, I am resting smack dab in the middle of the milestone of Eighty years young. I have joked that possibly at this age, I may be officially considered an old lady. ”NO," said one of my friends at church, "82 is still young."

The Bible tells us that as our days, so shall our strength be, and I am claiming that scripture for myself.

Long life to you all, and may you enjoy good health, happiness and the treasures of many friends and loved ones all of your Birthday celebrations.


Sunday, May 19, 2013

Winds of Change

Wind of the Holy Spirit

Gleaning from Pastor Jerry’s sermon, on Pentecost Sunday.  He was reading from Acts 2:1-21 about the account of those congregated in the Upper Room, as they were obeying the words of Jesus to seek for the Holy Spirit.  

The setting was the festival of harvest and people from many nations were present in the city.

Actually the followers of Jesus did not know what to expect, and were somewhat surprised when a strong wind blew over their midst, and tongues of fire set upon each of them. 

They began to loudly speak in foreign languages about the wonderful works of Jesus and were praising God. 
Others down in the street could hear them, and many were puzzled, and some mocked and made fun. 

The amazing thing was that these unlearned men were speaking in languages unknown to them, but understood by the foreigners present.  “What meanest this,” is all they could say. 

* Even today in our society, many avoid spiritual phenomena’s and are afraid to seek the Holy Spirit.  Instead they wonder why their church is dry without life and substance.  They have forgotten that it is the Holy Spirit that gives life. 
* Yet all over the world in groups and on individuals, the Holy Spirit is falling anew and afresh upon earnest seekers!

Peter began to explain that this event was prophesied in the Old Testament, and the promise of the Holy Spirit was available to them on that day. 
The promise would extend unto their children and their children’s children. “Your sons and daughters will see visions and prophesy,” proclaimed Peter. 
Five Thousand were added to the church on that day.

Pastor Jerry likened a church confirmation prior to membership to this event that birthed the Christian Church. 
This was a confirmation of another comforter promised by Jesus who would guide them and be in them as well as with them.

Pastor mentioned that we cannot duplicate the exact happening on the day of Pentecost, which is probably truer than it should be. 
* But as I thought about Pastors remark, I realized that each and every one of us – today - - can and should have our own personal Pentecost.

Finding a place to seek God, and invite his Holy Spirit to baptize you with an anointing for service.  When the fire falls, allow it to burn out the dross, when the wind blows, allow it to sift the chaff.  When your tongue desires to praise God with another language, allow the Holy Spirit to praise God through you.

Perhaps it is time to raise our sails and to move with the Wind of the Spirit.

* Words in red are mine

This post is shared with Charlotte’s Spiritual Sundays


Friday, May 17, 2013

Snacks for Quick Energy (repost)

Rasins and Nuts a great Snack

 Fresh fruit is wonderful for a snack, but do you always have it available at all times? 

If you are a working person on the job, or a student at school, you may find fresh fruit difficult to carry with you. 

When I was a teen age girl, there were times during the month, when I felt extremely weak and so very tired. 
Many times I was almost in a faint. 

I am a fair skinned person, and my complexion was always pale after a very debilitating health problem when I was about 12. 
Too many silver fillings caused my liver to rebel and my skin turned brilliant yellow.  After about a month, I was better and able to return to school but continued to be weak.

My mother decided that she would wrap up a handful of raisins and add them to my sack lunch.  Usually I saved the raisins until mid afternoon just before my long walk home.  That snack was what saved many a day, and the infusion of iron gave me added strength.

Later in life, we met a woman who kept a supply of almonds on hand.  Each day she would snack on a handful of these delicious nuts.  She counted out nineteen almonds.

If you have school age children, you may want to consider purchasing the small mini snack zip lock bags. They are just large enough to contain a handful of almonds and raisins, so your child can easily carry it in their purse or back pack. 
In the late afternoon they can retrieve their precious snack and enjoy a quick fix of energy. 

Your child will especially need this snack if they have after school sports or other after school activities. 

As Christians, there are times when our faith seems to wobble and be weak.  Perhaps it is time for a quick snack on the Word of God.

Carrying around a big Bible may not be the thing you want to do, but you can carry small index cards with your favorite scripture verses printed on them.  Here are a few good ones!

Always practice Gratitude:  Psalms 100:4  Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.

Feeling afraid, worried, or depressed?  Take a look at:  2Timothy 1:7  For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

Are you anxious?  Hebrews 13:5  Be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave you, nor forsake you.

This post is linked with Ann Kroeker’s  Food on Fridays  

Do visit her site and gather up some delicious and nutritious recipes.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Children’s Books?

This post has been shared With Ramona at: Create With Joy
The theme is Children’s Books

Children's Books
During the depression era, books were a luxury, and our family did not even own a picture book.   
My husband says the same thing, that out on the farm, food was most important, and shoes and clothes came next. 
He cannot remember ever owning a book until he was in school and could purchase those "Big Little Books," for a dime.

I can remember my mother playing patty cake with me, and singing lullabies, such as rock a bye baby in the tree tops, and the wind blowing the cradle falling down as she would pretend to catch me. 

As I advanced and was placed in Sunday school, there were pretty pictures about the Bible story on a large roll, and we were given a small card with the same picture on it to take home. 

My first introduction to books was the school readers, which we were not allowed to take home.  My wise first grade teacher could see my fascination with books, and she gave me the job of alphabetically shelving the books by author.

As I learned to read, mother would walk us to the local library and we were permitted to take home five books.  Most of them were “How to do crafts” and such to keep us occupied.

Each evening mother would line up the three of us, and she would read the funny papers, and a continued story about Uncle Wiggly, a white rabbit. 

Still we did not own a book.

I can remember my mother using small “free” recipe books from Crisco and Spry that we used inorder to learn how to make cookies and baked goods.  Her other recipes were hand written handed down from her mother.

My cousin Walton brought us children some comic books that he had finished reading, and from those we traded with children in our neighborhood for other comic book stories.

At age 12 my mother gave me a Bible for learning all the books of the Bible. As far as I can remember that was my first real book. 

It was not necessary to purchase books, because the school and our local library had all the books we needed.

When our first child came along, at my baby shower, one of the gifts was a large picture book with many of the farm animals in it.  Our son loved to look at that book and say the names of each animal.  That book was a well worn treasure.

The small Golden books were inexpensive and I did purchase some of them for our children. 

Today I try to purchase books written by my friends, and am having a problem finding time to read some of them. 

There are so many interesting stories on the internet that these often take first place.

Find some awesome posts Shared with Nantawa Bennett at Happy Friday 

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

What Are Your Weaknesses?

Weak or Strong?
At my daughter Judie’s suggestion, I joined a class of, “Seniors,” who were looking for work.

My previous work experience for many years had been working for my husband.  It had been awhile since I needed to write a resume, or appear for a job interview.

Our teacher taught us to find descriptive words about our work ethic that we could claim as true, such as “dependable, trustworthy, team player, follow instructions,” and such.

She suggested we include some of these strong words in our resume.  She had us watch a movie on an interview to give us an idea what we were in for.

Another thing she did for us was to give us a clue as to “hard questions,” we might be asked on an interview.  Here are a few that we might expect - - -

What do you plan to be doing in five years?

Why should we hire you and not someone else?

What are your strengths? 

What are your weaknesses?

While we were enjoying the class our teacher brought in a guest speaker from the local hospital.  She explained there are over 200 jobs in a hospital besides being a Doctor or a Nurse.  She listed several of the available jobs, and it caught my attention big time.

I applied for the offered “Health Class,” that required me to show up for an interview just like applying for a job.

Yes, they asked many of the “hard questions, and”My answers were,

In five years I plan to be working in the Health Field in this county.

You should accept me because I am dependable and follow directions. 

My strengths are that I am a fast learner and I am a team player.

Next came the question I had been fearing, “And what is your weakness?

I looked the interviewer in the eye and spoke up boldly.
“My weakness is chocolate.” 
She laughed, and said, “Mine is chocolate too.” 

That clinched the interview and I was accepted.

Sharing this story with Rosilind in Croatia, at
Wednesday R & R

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Monday, May 13, 2013


This post has been shared at the One Word Carnival.  The word is WEAKNESS

MariAnna is hosting the carnival this week. 

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Bargains, discount price and the word FREE light up my life.  Therein lays my weakness. 

Many years ago, I received in the mail a letter that promised an easy way to make me a millionaire.  YES !!

All I had to do was send a dollar to the top name on the list along with a recipe, remove the top name and move the other two names up and place my name on the bottom. 
Then make 100 copies and send them off to friends and family, or purchase a mail list here.

I purchased the mail list and did as I was asked to do.  Soon I began to receive dollar bills in the mail.  Oh what fun?  My weakness increased - - more - - more!

Also in with some of the dollars there were other offers similar to the recipe letter. 
Soon I created my own mail list of people who were gullible like me and would go for these "Get rich schemes." 

Just like blogging, it took awhile, but soon I had a following. 
The offers were no longer one dollar but became much larger investments, and more expensive products in multi-level.  I wasn’t making money, but someone was!!

Diligently I worked for several years hoping to catch the golden ring, 

Yes, I probably made a few dollars, but honestly, my expenses in postage and unwanted products outweighed my profits.

It was my weakness to believe what looked like a sure thing.

I discovered much later that I had been scammed.  I had been lied to by the experts!!

When I finally came to my senses, I made myself a vow to never again become involved in any thing that looked or smelled like a chain letter, party plan or multi-level. 

Not even a “Special Blogger Award Button,” that requested me to do a list of things.

Today I choose NOT to accept the beautiful award buttons that have been offered to me by many of my blogger friends. 

The reason is because the button asks me to share seven or eleven things about myself, and to pass on the lovely award to seven or eleven other bloggers requesting them to do likewise in a chain effect.
Perhaps I have left some sweet ladies with hurt feelings when I try to be polite as I refuse their “gift.”  I hope no one has ever been offended by my decision.

I trust they will understand that this is a personal thing with me, and I refuse to feed my weakness in this manner. 
Instead I will use my weakness to go bargain shopping on E-Bay!!  (Smile)

This post is shared at: Tell Me a Story

Also linked with Jen at:  Soli Deo Gloria

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Not Up - - But Out

Pastor Jerry ministered, on Ascension Sunday, regarding 40 days prior to Jesus returning to His Father. 
The number 40 was important to the Jewish people. 40 days Moses was on the mountain.  They wandered in the wilderness for 40 years.  Jesus showed himself alive for a period of 40 days.

John 17:20-26 Jesus prayed not just for his followers, but for those who would believe by receiving their word.  His prayer included you and me.

For days, Jesus had been preparing his disciples about his death and resurrection, and they still did not understand.  When Jesus was crucified, they almost gave UP.  But they were not counted OUT.  There were still options open to them. 

In three days, their fears were relieved as they realized that Jesus was truly alive. 

Luke 24: 44-53 Jesus began to show his followers, prophesies from the scriptures about his death and resurrection, and to open their understanding.

He wanted them to know there was no need to give UP, but He would make a way OUT.

For many days after his resurrection, and prior to His ascension, Jesus opened up the Old Testament scriptures and explained how He had fulfilled many of them. 
On the day of Pentecost Peter would explain even more of the Old Testament prophesies regarding the Holy Spirit.

There was more that would be available to them, and that was power to be witnesses and to be able to move in the gifts of the Holy Spirit. 

Tarry in Jerusalem until the Holy Ghost ascends upon you, were Jesus final words. 

WAIT for the Baptism of the Holy Spirit that would endue them with an anointing to go OUT and preach the Gospel.

Jesus was going UP in a cloud and they were not at this time going up with Him.  Prior to his death, he had given them a declaration to preach, teach, heal and do miracles, but there was spiritually more. 

They were to wait until the power fell, and that is what they did. 

Returning to Jerusalem, they rejoiced in all they had seen and heard and were continually in the temple praising God and waiting.

Today we may have been hit with doubts, fears, questions, but we are not giving UP. 
We are not DOWN for the count.  There is always an option for us and God by His Holy Spirit will direct our path toward the proper choice.  We are sent to carry OUT his gospel of good news.

Perhaps we need to find a quiet place and WAIT for the refreshing of the precious Holy Spirit to renew and refill our parched spirit.

This post is Linked with Michelle’s Hear it on Sunday

Friday, May 10, 2013

Mothers Were Created by God Repost Mothers Day 2013

A Loving Mother's Heart
courtesy free clip art

Mothers Were Created by God

Soon I will be sending a wee one to another world,
Who will watch over and care for this tiny life?
Who will teach this one to learn and to love?
To instruct in kindness, not in hate and strife!

Who will feed and clothe this child?
Who will kiss away the tears when they fall?
Where will I find such a one, a paradigm?
Who will be there when they weep and call?

Searching high and low, no one could be found,
Where is one I can trust? – is there no other?
The answer is simple and plain to see,
I will give this child a loving mother!

Then there are other lives, so tiny and some not,
I will search until a home I find - - -
Where shall I place these forgotten babes?
There must be a mother’s heart longing to be kind!

I sought and found some who were barren,
Yet they desired a child to love and hold,
Yes, I will consign this adopted one
Into the safe arms of this “mother” to enfold!

Where else may I place a child who needs an abode?
Not all children born into families do fare,
Because of the many realities of life,
Existence is complicated and difficult to bear!

The saying “Life happens,” is true and often - -
Reasons beyond belief send many to despair,
I have found an answer for this child,
In a “good” Foster Home, they will find solace there.

What I seek is a Mother’s heart,
For those who are not a mother in kind, can be,
For according to My word,
The need is great for “Mothers in Israel” you see!

 by Hazel Moon 05/08/2011
Reach out and love a child with kindness and encouragement!

This post is linked with Laura’s Faith Filled Friday
Also is shared with Charlotte’s Spiritual Sundays


Carries Hash Browns

This post is linked with Ann Kroeker’s   Food on Fridays     Do visit her site and gather up some delicious and nutritious recipes.

Carries Hash Browns
Sometimes you run across a sale item and go for it.  In this case it was frozen Hash Browns and you can fix them according to the package or try this delightful Mother’s day treat baked in the oven.

The recipe is from Carrie and you can view her story

Cheesy Hash Browns 
Adapted from one of the Disney Cookbooks
1 two pound Bag Frozen Shredded Hash Browns
1/4 c. Red Onion
1 tsp. Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 c. Fat Free Half & Half
1 c. Reduced Fat Sour Cream
1/2 c. Asiago Cheese, shredded  (or Jack or Swiss)
1 1/2 c. Reduced Fat Cheddar Jack Cheese, shredded
1 tsp. Kosher Salt
1/2 tsp. Fresh Ground Black Pepper

In a small sauté pan, heat oil and cook onions until they become translucent. In a bowl, mix together the hash browns, cooked onions, half & half, sour cream, Asiago cheese, 1 cup of the Cheddar Jack cheese, salt and pepper. Mix until all ingredients are well blended, then place in a 9" x 13" oven safe baking dish and sprinkle the remaining 1/2 cup of Cheddar Jack cheese on top. Bake at 400 degrees for 45 minutes. Serves 9.