Monthly Archives: October 2006

Month: October 2006 split loyalties

I’ve been a die-hard KitchenAid (mixer) aficionado. It’s wonderful to use, wonderful to look at and a wonderful time-saver for me. I’ve used my KitchenAid almost daily and sometimes several times a day for 18 years. It’s perfect and has never given me trouble. I do have to replace a second whip and a second flat beater, but at no time has the machine been a problem to me. I was familiar with the machine (in a larger model) when I worked as a cook and was determined to have that necessary piece of equipment in my own kitchen. I also have the attachments that make it all the more versatile. Truly, it was the best piece of kitchen equipment we’ve ever bought. Several of our friends have Bosch mixers and many times through the years, I felt sort of like I had the inferior product and yet still felt continue reading

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Month: October 2006 To walk with and watch the LORD

What a defining day this has been.  And with an opening line like that, one might assume I’ve come to some great revelation or conclusion about a matter, or that some marvelous epiphany has occurred in my walk.  No, and yes… no, nothing huge has been happening, no great changes or anything like that, but, rather, it’s wintertime.  Every year about this time a defining event happens that tells me no more sitting outside, no more warm, sunny afternoons are going to be enjoyed by the water or the rose garden.  It’s wintertime now.  Every year with the first frost, all the leaves fall from the huge walnut trees.  We watched off and on for hours this morning as the leaves fell in great clumps and the tree that was full of frosty leaves this morning is bare this afternoon.  Each year I think of filming the great display of continue reading

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Month: October 2006 Coincidences

I have to laugh at the number of Coincidences that have been happening lately.  By coincidences, I mean, when vertical meets the horizontal –or when the LORD meets us where we’re at.  These sorts of things are like punctuation marks to me.  Kind of an exclamation point to a study or a revelation or whatever… when we’re reading in a passage of Scripture and somewhere along the way we discover that a brother or sister in the LORD is reading or has been reading in exactly the same place and has come to the same conclusion we have about a matter or has come to a completely different conclusion and the LORD uses that situation to open our eyes to His Truth or something He wants to show us that we hadn’t been thinking about.  But the times that have been richest are the times where a brother will share continue reading

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Month: October 2006 Bling

It seems to me that studying the Word needs to be like enjoying a 5 course dinner. By this, I mean, that the time we spend in the Word generally tends to be more like a “fast food” drive through. We tend to skim instead of study and grab a quick snack instead making a feast of the Word. I know… I do this. I grab a bite here, a slice there, a drink now and then and think it’s refreshing – and it is, but so often, when I do this, I realize I am missing so much… so much more is right there – available to me – just for me: fresh bread from the LORD, day by day. Last week in our Bible study we were considering 1 John 2 and the verses that caught our attention were 15-17: Love not the world, neither the things that continue reading

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Month: October 2006 Take no Thought

Just as God is, and is in, the big picture, the devil is meddling in the minute details.  God’s working all things together for our good and the devil’s working everything to confusion.  It’s not so much that the enemy wants us to totally yield to him, it’s that he wants us to *not* yield to God.  Simple as that.  We don’t necessarily have to focus on the enemy’s plans, or set our eyes on him — the enemy simply desires our eyes to shift away from God — to the enemy or to ourselves, it matters not where we look or what we do — just so long as we take our eyes off the LORD. We do this when we have something before us that needs to be taken care of or worked out or whatever.  We fret over the outcome, over the details and over the timing.  continue reading

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Month: October 2006 Sooner than later

I so appreciate our friend’s approach with us regarding nutrition and healthful foods. She’s patiently helping us (well, me–really) see some areas I need to alter regarding the foods we eat (and don’t eat) and how to make some adjustments. I like this manner of addressing food issues bcz I am dealing with more than simply what and when to eat. It’s sort of a bizarre thing… it probably *seems* like people who eat whatever there is to eat, a SADiet or whatever, do not care about nutrition or anything else very much. But it’s really not that at all… it’s simply life long programming. And, for that matter, taste acquired over decades. And then simply a lack of motivation to do anything different. Most people I know don’t make any dietary changes at all until a big bang goes off in their head. The big bang usually follows a continue reading

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Month: October 2006 Can’t you just learn to control yourself?

I think I must have reverse anorexia. By this, I mean, I think when I look in the mirror I see less than what I see. I also seem less than what I am. And, by this, I mean: when I walk by a space, or see the size of a chair, I think I am small enough to fit through it or sit on it. And then I see photographs. And then I say: omygoodness, is that the size I am? Most viewings become one of those: “O-wow” moments. So… continuing on the umpteenth and one diet — which I so name bcz it’s the diet I repeat, stop, repeat, stop, repeat, stop… until I’m sick to death of saying or thinking I really ought to go on a diet lose weight. I had to make a dramatic assault and just “fast” a bit. It’s sort of the: “desperate continue reading

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Month: October 2006 sweetest secrets

I’m discovering more and more that it’s best to not tell everyone everything you know ~wink~ and, for that matter, it’s best to just quietly go about your days not making too many waves (but then, that’s a blog entry for another day). A few days a week Kathryn works as a nanny to two little boys. Other days she teaches piano and filling in the gaps are other babysitting, cleaning and clerical jobs. It dawned on me, the downside to teaching daughters to be proficient or efficient at things everyone needs to have done and things that many are willing to pay to have done, is that those things necessarily take daughters away from home. Now it’s not just because when they’re gone I miss what they could be doing here or the fact that when they’re out I am the mother, it’s more that I simply miss them continue reading

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Month: October 2006 Truth is…

The adage, truth is stranger than fiction, sure rings clear when considering some news stories.  I often think nothing could top what’s already been done or said by Cindy Sheehan and then I correct my words and say, I shall never cease to be amazed at what she says or does – but, truly, that she has “followers” or supporters really is astonishing.  And, by the way, I do not begrudge a woman grieving the loss of her son.  But (to me) her antics or her behaviour is beyond the pale.  So now she’s selling and signing books and she’s claiming a stunning feat: that she’s a finalist for a Nobel Peace Prize.  If that happens… well… *anything* is possible and nothing shall surprise me in the future.  And… wasn’t she going to just go home if the President would talk with her.  I still think he should have talked continue reading

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Month: October 2006 about that food processor

Wellp, it’s been a great day.  We had the loveliest drive to Canada.  Yes… it’s a drive –but always worth it.  The autumn leaves were spectacular (probably not as they would be in the New England states, but incredibly beautiful nonetheless).  With each turn of the road, it was like we were continually entering a new and better showcase at an art exhibit of priceless masterpieces. Those who know Wes know that he always carries his camera to capture the changing seasons and priceless pics wherever he goes.  I know, I know… lots of people around here think he got that first digital camera so that he could snap thousands of images of the little dolly when she was born.   And while that’s true… another truth is, he really can’t pass up the masterpieces the LORD creates each day.  When morning gilds the skies…  for the beauty of the earth… continue reading

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