Okay, I am in my late 50's and sometimes you just have to try something new. I have a precious friend who came over the other day and brought treasures. Yes treasures. She had 2 brown paper bags with her, one held some different kinds of teas. Yes, I do drink tea, many different kinds however, the one I drink most often is peppermint. But, I am not too old to try a new flavor and see if I like it. But, I digress, the real story is about what was in the other bag and how it impacted my life. Now as you may have gathered if you know me or have spent much time on my website, I don't sit much. This particular day, I was in for a rare treat. For about a month I have been dealing with an area on the outside of my left foot that is so sore by the time I get ready to go to bed that I can't lay that side on the bed. Well, this special lady came armed and she did not even know what I was dealing with. I call that listening to God. In the other bag she had brought essential oils in order to give me a foot massage. The oils she brought were Lemongrass and Marjoram. Both of these oils help with pain and have a cleansing effect on the body. I don't know how long she worked on my feet but I know it was at least 30 minutes. Wow, did that feel good and really helped me realize the problem might not be a bone out of place at all. When she finished that she brought out the toenail polish. Now this is the are where I have never gone before. She brought 3 different colors for me to pick from. As the picture above shows I picked kind of a bronze color. It happened to also go really well with the blouse I had on that day. I never would have painted my toenails before that day. I discovered that I really like my toenails painted. Sooooooooo I am thinking I have learned something about myself that was really a shock. You see I only let her paint my toenails because she is a precious friend. Ah, sometimes you just have to bend a little only to discover it was a really good experience. Thank you for the blessing you are in my life. It was wonderful
As caterpillars change and become beautiful butterflies so does life change. This year has presented many changes and challenges. As we have gotten to some of these things I have had to remember that even when it does not look like it is going to be a good thing God is in control. It is so comforting to kinow that He promises to use all things good or bad for the good of those who love Him. I have struggled because I am so far behind where I think I should be at this point in the year. However, the weather is so strange this year that it is hard to know where you should be. Well, on to changes. Jerry and I have been married for 36 years and January marked a new era in our marriage. You see when Jerry & I got married we had 3 little ones between us. Then we had an invalid parent, a grieving parent, a nephew, a new baby, a different aging parent, children, and renters sharing our space. Some of these were at the same time some at different times. Nontheless, Jerry and I have never lived alone in all ours years of marriage. In January our son bought a home and moved, 2 weeks later my brother in law (garden helper) moved to OK.
As we looked at things that needed to be done around our home we began some major remodel projects. This along with trying to figure out what I need to plant and areas I need to concentrate on this year there have been many things to consider. As far as the remodel project we needed to be able to come together on what we as a couple could both enjoy and still afford to do, what would improve the value of our property and yet allow us to hold the uniqueness of it. Here are a couple of pictures that go from the beginning to the present (we are still not finished). At this point the contactors are finished with their part of the project and it is up to us to finish.
I decided this year because I don't have the help I had last year and the possibility of drought again that I needed to do things differently. I tend to get tooooo many new projects started along with the ones I am trying to finish. This year my goal is to completely get the iris and herb bed in the front of the house completed in a way that I do not have to spend hours and hours on maintenance. I also am working on containing my chickens in a way that I actually have produce to sell. Because of these 2 things and the probablity of drought again this year I am selectively planting items. I have planted beets, turnip green, tomatoes, strawberries and potatoes. I always have green onions, rosemary, thyme, oregano. This year I have been blessed with a LOT of dill and cilantro that the Lord has planted for me. I have some pictures of what the iris area looked like before I started working on it but have not gotten them loaded. One of the things that happened last year is I got a strange kind of grass in this bed that took over this area and grew to be 3 feet tall and impossible to handle with the limited time I had. However, it made great mulch. I have gotten most of this handled this year and am about 2/3 finished with heavy mulching. I am really looking forward to the beauty of this area in a few short weeks as I have many things that are getting ready to bloom. The Iris above is one that came up in a bed of white irises. It will be transplanted . I love the way God surprises us with beauty in unexpected ways when we need it the most. Thank you for checking in.
Have you ever noticed that life is ever changing. This applies to nature itself, people, thought processes, and any other area of life. Some of these changes are good some are bad. It is how we allow those changes to affect our lives that really matters. It is with this in mind that I am blogging today.
We always take the week of Christmas through New Years off as our vacation. I usually use this time to catch up on crafts, gardening, herbs, or something else that I have not had the time to complete. This year is no different except for the things I have accomplished and the changes that have played a factor in all of this. As a lot of you know my brother in law has helped me a lot in the garden and in accomplishing things I needed to accomplish. The first part of November he had a motorcycle accident that put him out of commission as far as gardening for a while. His son, daughter in law and granddaughter moved down here. His daughter and her husband got transfered to OK. So Pat is now moving to Oklahoma in about a week. I am saddened and somewhat panicked by this but, know it enables him to be with his children. I am now really having to plan how I am going to accomplish the things I feel lead to do. Proverbs 16:1 -4 1) To humans belong the plans of the heart,but from the Lord comes the proper answer of the tongue. 2) All a person’s ways seem pure to them,but motives are weighedby the Lord. 3) Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and he will establish your plans. 4) The Lord works out everything to its proper end even the wcked for a day of disaster.
When I think about that I can calm down and know He is in charge and I need to commit whatever I do unto Him and know He is in control. That does not mean it will all work out the way I think it should but, it will work out for my good. So often we go about our lives thinking we are in charge and things must work out the way we invision them. I am humbled that so often even my days work out different than I had planned them. Yet, I know I am fickle and when I just follow His lead the things I accomplish in a day's time will be much greater and much more beneficial for all. As an example: yesterday I went out and was going to work in my garden (the path along the side of my garden). The honey bees had other thoughts. I finally gave up on that and went out front where the wisterisa above is planted. This is one of the areas I need to complete where I do not have to spend so much time on maintenance. I worked in this are for several hours yesterday and feel good about what I got accomplished. I have several more hard days in this area but am hoping to just be able to relax and enjoy the beauty of the flowers, trees, and birds this area affords.
How many of you have all of the sudden found yourself doing something you have never done before in your young life? I had one of those experiences just last week. Below is a poem that I wrote at God's moving.
"Piece by Piece"
As the leaves fall from the trees so have the pieces of America.
Piece by piece mostly unnoticed as we hurry on our way.
Our busy way.
Piece by Piece
Pieces of America fallen never to return.
Hardly noticed until it was too late.
Piece by piece
Our loyalty to God dropped along the way without notice.
Replace with things of no value, no life.
Piece by piece.
Our Christian history changed piece by piece.
His people remain strangely silent.
Replaced by lies until our history as a Godly nation exist no more.
Piece by Piece.
Each piece replaced with an idol.
Piece by piece.
As the flowers shed their petals so America has shed its values.
Shed its strengths found in God as we hide Him in the closet.
Piece by piece.
Too late we wake, too late.
Our county, founded on Godly principles is gone, gone, gone.
As we sat silently by watching but, ignoring, to busy, not my business.
On and on.
Piece by piece.
Now we we will reap a harvest.
Oh what a harvest.
Sold to the highest bidder.
Piece by piece.
by Deann Tidwell at the hand of God
I am 57 years old and ever growing in the Lord. Sometimes I am graciously growing sometimes not so graciously. What are your thoughts on your life. Proverbs 16:3