Well, Welcome to you too~~

~~~Hi M.J.  It is nice to meet you (this way).  And thank your friend for her compliment.  I have to tell you I don’t know how much longer I will be posting.  Due to end in August – there is some “talk” of extending it but it is not at the moment a reality. I am contending with a complete knee replacement and my rehab has not gone well, due to no one’s fault but mine  So, enough. I will use this post to help you if I can.  And please, if you find things on it that you want to remember, make a hard copy – I keep no copies of my work.

I agree.  The journey you are on can be terrifying at times. So many “what-do-I-do” events.  Let’s grab a few and take a look and try the ones that might “fit”.

Groceries.  You are “fixing” for one now.  I do not like left overs. You may not either.  Get some meats from the Deli.  Maybe two slices.  NO MORE.  Have them cut the meat with the #3 slicer. This will be thick but you can cut the slice in half and make two sandwiches out of it BEAUSE of the thickness of the meat.  Also have some “nice” cheese.  I am thinking of a creamy cheese. Harvarti. Their slicer will cut differently so ask them to slice it accordingly for the sandwich you are going to do.  You find a pie you like?  Get it.  Cut into 6 slices and freeze them. Enjoy whenever you wish. Ice cream?  Don’t buy quarts or bigger.  Get the small size and purchase several different ones and enjoy.  I like to purchase Boars Head Fully Cooked  Bacon.  Toast a good slice of bread, butter it, and put a couple of slices of cold bacon on it and it is a wonderful sandwich.  Add ice tea and a flavor of ice cream and I have a nice snack. if I want to make it supper, I simply double the bread and bacon amounts.

Don’t purchase big bottles/packages.  Get the little peanut butter in on-the-go snacks.  Get the little potato chip variety of 6 to a pkg. I like Coke but not a whole bottle or can.  So I get a 20oz. bottle which gives me five 4 oz. servings, or 5 nights of a small drink that I like  Now.  Don’t say I never drink coke and throw the thought away.  Whatever you may like to drink, you can apply the principle.  THAT is what we are after for you.

When purchasing some items be sure you always have one on hand.  Let’s take Printers Ink for example.  When you start, purchase two.  Put one in your machine and one in your drawer.  When it is 2am and you are in need of material printed and ready to go at 7am, you will have your copies ready.  Then when you take the last pkg. out of your drawer, purchase the next IMMEDIATELY.  Rule of thumb? Don’t wait until you have used the last pkg to get the next.  Purchase the new pkg. as soon as you begin to use your last one that is on hand.

I pay all my bills online.  Don’t let others talk you out of it by telling you everyone will know your personal information.  They already do.  No stamps or envelopes needed at 2am when you are on your MacBook Pro.

Purchase your heavy or big items online.  Walmart is wonderful.  Be sure you keep a bottle of cough medicine and your favorite pain medicine on hand. Order one pkg. of 3 containers of Wipes. Order several pkgs. of Kleenex, napkins and dish soap, toothpaste, coffee, a couple of pkgs. of toilet tissue, 6 rolls each. and sooooooooo much else.  It ships free to you.

Go to a dollar store and purchase 4 long handled net brushes and as many net “balls”.  I change mine once a quarter.  You will need  liquid bath soaps so be sure you have the soap and shampoo on hand.  Get a couple of bottles at a time.  What do these have to do with any thing?  When you have back trouble as I do, I don’t want to twist and turn to try to get myself clean in “places”.  You are the same, just haven’t thought about it or in finding a way to do it easier.

In the trial section you will find Qtips in little blue containers.  Purchase a couple of them and a large pkg. of WalMart’s Qtips.  Then you do the replacing in your little containers as needed.  Your medicine cabinet will thank you for thinking of not over piling on it’s shelves.

“Don’t Forgets”   Pick up a small bouquet of flowers just for you.  Any time of year. Enjoy candle melts in your bathroom or living room. Right now I am enjoying Balsam and Cedar.  I love the holiday season and they are my favorites.  I know it ain’t Christmas time, but did you know we are just 5 months away from Christmas week?  Thought you would like to know that!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Me too.

MJ.  Enjoy.  That is not a correct word.  I know.  But in your state with the tsunami hitting so hard from every side, do whatever you can, however you can, whenever you can to keep a float.  It is your only way.

I assume you are a Christian by your email.  Our Lord is right there with you as you scream, cry and yell.  He holds your tear bottle that has your name on it. As it fills He will take care of it and prepare it for “keeps”. The Word says so. He knows where you have been, how you are and what you are going to do along this road and best of all, He will enter the brighter side of the journey with you when all the entanglement is over and then you will take a deep breath and thank Him for staying so close while you fell apart.  God loves you.  Always did.  Does now. Always will.  Mega Blessings on you, dear one.

In His Hands as I have slipped and tripped and yet, He never let go of me.  You will have people in your life that will shun you.  Stay away from them. You do not need that kind in your life right now.  In fact, you never will. God has loved you with an unconditional love.That is how much He has cared for you and IS caring for you and will…………the rest of the way Home.

Marge H.

 

It is Psalm 46 Time~~~~

~~~~No better time than midweek to stop and take note of rest and peace which can be and IS ours with no charge to us.

I won’t print it all – you can find it in your Bible but here are the highlights for me.

“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.  Therefore we will not fear….” Psa. 46:1

He might have to knock us over the head to shut us up or to still our wiggly bodies and minds but further down in that Psalm He says, “Be still and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth” Psa. 46:10

You notice how He speaks = how He ALWAYS speaks. Never maybe, I will think about it, later or….worse yet, you do as you are told and then I will….NOPE.  NOPE.  NOPE.  It is always I AM.  I WILL.  He IS.  He DID. THEN…..for us it is, WE WILL NOT FEAR.  HE IS WITH US.  Thank You Lord.  THANK YOU!!!!

God reveals to us in this Psalm how the earth will be removed, the mountains carried out to sea, the mountains will swell and shake.  Nations will erupt and kingdoms will be no more.  The earth is in desolation. He burns the chariot with fire. He also reveals to us the other side of that “coin”.

“There is a river whose streams shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacle of the most high.” Psa. 46:4  God is in the midst of her and can not be moved.  The last verse, #11, reads: “The Lord of hosts is with us; The God of Jacob is our refuge.”

Ah….yes….Psa. 46 gives us peace and rest for midweek.  A moment to regroup, strengthen and fix our eyes totally, completely on Him and Him alone.

I have had a horrible time in rehab.  My problem.  No one else made it.  I used up valuable time not wanting to go to rehab any more – wanting it to come to my home instead as it once did.  Medicare denied.

Yesterday there were three fellows working on me for 1-1/2 hours.  Needless to say I was in tears and hurting beyond any thing that I had been faced with since surgery.  Why the panic?  I am setting at the six week mark. That means I am “set” in solid “something-or-other” as to how I will walk due to lack of the proper rehab which was there for me all the time.

Well.  They feel there is still time.  Let’s do it, Marlene.  (Ugh. There is that awful name.  That is what hits you when you turn “of age” and need to use your legal name on your paperwork.)  And so I said……”let’s do it”.

So it is back to three times a week at rehab and shut my mouth and do as I am told.  Oh dear.  Right there is a problem.  Oh, yes.  Unfortunately, my Lord knows that also.  That is why I believe He put Peter in the Word.  Annnnnnnnnnnnd,  MARTHA!!!!

I believe every personality in the world today is right there in the Word and God shows us how He works with our attitudes, big mouths, and sometimes unyielding spirits to get us to understand that He IS in control. Peter was a great lover of his Lord but his mouth got him into terrible trouble.  Find the personality in the Word that fits you and learn all you can about the character of that person and learn from it.  I have.

It is not just Peter for me but Martha also.  The Lord called Martha by name twice. Names were very important back in those days and to repeat a name meant I have.something to say to you and you better LISTEN !! I love Mary too.  Lord may I have a bit of Mary’s spirit, but I always want to be Martha.  Maybe you could shave my rough edges a bit.

He DID make me (you, too).  He is going to have the last say be it with me in charge or Him in charge (and it better be HIM in charge or else for all of eternity I might find myself in a position similar to the one I face right now, i.e. lack of doing as I was told to do and all that goes along with that.

Oh yes. Psalm 46 brings rest and peace when I rest at the College of His feet and receive from Him the refuge and strength, and help in trouble.  Oh I love how He lovingly tells me to …. “be still and know that I am God.”  He could have spoken more clearly to me and simply said, “shut up Marge, and let Me handle things.  You do not know all that I know and it ain’t ever gonna be that way, so can it and let Me show you great and mighty things which thou knowest not.”  And so it be.

How about you.  You do have these kind of times?  Trying to take your life – your decisions – your very being into your own hand because you think you know more about you than He does!!  Be careful.  He is God. He is Almighty.  He controls the universe and He gave His only Son to die that you and I might spend eternal life with Him – with Them.  Give in.  Give up.  He is faithful.

In His Nail-scarred Hands, always returning to exchange my self for His perfect way with me.

Marge H.

 

OH….FOR….GOODNESS….SAKE!!!!

….It is 4am and I am sitting here with a dish of ice cream and a cup of coffee and Od is at my feet wondering “why” I am at my desk when it is still sleep time. NEED I REMIND YOU LITTLE MAN………you are the one who got me up…***!!!~~~~

Back spasms have returned and hopefully they will soon find another place to roost.  Thought I might be over them three years ago but no, they seem to easily find a way back to me and safe land.  The spasms and the knee healing work s-l-o-w-l-y together. I find myself more hours in bed than not.  It seems I go to Hines to eat and home to bed to rest and then it is repeat time at noon and onward we go.  If I did not have the narcotic meds that I have for my knee work, I would be lost.

It is time to find a new family doctor of which I do not “want”  to do but it is necessary. My doctor’s office no longer offers strong drugs, that are stronger than Tylenol, which does absolutely nothing for the pain.

Are any of you reading the weekly Psalms?  Today’s Psalm is 121.  Our help does come from our Lord.  This is a good Psalm for the Tuesdays of our lives.  The week is still fairly new and a lot can happen before it is finished so to know where our help does come from is so reassuring to me.  God is not static with Himself.  He is solid in Matter and in Truth.  He will never ever leave us or forsake us.  It makes no difference what happens to us or where we might go or what we might do – – still He is forever our Lord and Savior and stands firm with us/in us/for us/through us.  What more could we ask for!!!!!

Sometimes I feel that I live in a glass bubble – away from the world and yet very much in it. I get to see enough of it to feel sick in my stomach when I realize the price the Lord Jesus paid for the likes of what is out there today. He would do it all over again, if He knew that only one of them would turn to Him.  He gave everything  for you and for me without even the slightest thought of turning back.  How can we give less than our all to Him!!!!

“Bless the Lord O my soul; and ALL that is within me.  Bless His holy Name!”

Marge H.

Been to two services….been….been…..?????

I can’t believe I am even writing this.  I am wishy-washy – – – no starch in my back – – – need to stand up and be counted among those who know what they say and say what they know and then…………shut up.

Ho hum.  That sounded forceful.  Okay.  Here’s the scoop. I have had several (who have not verbalized the subject before) who feel I should test the waters for the Blog  And then decide whether I quit writing or not.

I THINK……some like for others to work – – put in a lot of time when others really aren’t that interested.  But okay.  I said I would think about it.  So I am willing to prove my point – that is – – that it is time for the Blog to cease.  This is how I plan to do it

If you are interested in the continuation of the Blog, then please check the spot where it tells you to check if you want to “follow” my writings.  If the number reaches 200 by the end of July, I will continue to post but if it does not, then I will know it is surely time to cease writing.

If posting is really helpful that is one thing but if it is simply another thing to have to read or respond to, then it is no longer a blessing.  Up to you.  You, out there, can made that decision for me.

Simply check and get going on the “follow” bit or if you are already following let me know via email……NOT FACEBOOK…..but email and we will go from there.

Some have asked if I have hard copies.  No.  I do not.  You will need to make your own copies on your computer.

Thanks for your interest.  I would certainly consider if I had the following that I had once upon a time but I have changed the setup several times and each time lost a lot of followers.  So.  Any way.  Let me know.

Thanks for your interest.  Marge

A real, live Barbie~~~~

My friends, Jim and Patty find themselves busy during the weeks helping all of us who do not have means we once had to get things accomplished during the week.  Patty was taking a friend one place and Jim was taking Od and me to see Od’s Doctor.

Following the office call, we were prepared to exit the parking lot when I saw an absolute beauty.  A real live Barbie style gal.  Four inch (AT LEAST) heels, a very, very mini bikini short set with the top front tied in a knot, a hat, a purse and the 4″ heels blazing in my eyes.  Certainly a lot of the Barbie was showing, but isn’t that what it is all about when you show off what you think will make the heads turn.  And it always does.  And Satan is at the top of the ladder gleefully excited over what he possesses.

I think I may have surprised Jim as well with my amazement.  That is…..until he made this statement.  “Marge. She is not a she.  She is a he.” What!!**~~  No way.  No man would do this. And look at him walk in those heels.  Smooth as can be.  W H A T !!!!!!!!!!!

God forbid.  That I should have gloated for even a moment over the ease with which those shoes were worn.  That I should have cared AT ALL!!!!! .The sick revolution of man.  Oh Satan.  He is certainly having his hey-day but it will come to an end.  I do not know how many people he will have destroyed but it will be over for him some day in God’s timing and in God’s way.

Let me put you straight as to how God wants His woman to look.  Yes.  My Friend.  In the old torn and tattered book that is so ancient we find it is very very, very up-to-date not only when we find the only sins ever created in the Ten Commandments but also when we find exactly how we are to dress in every generation. Here it is.

“…the women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with propriety and moderation not with braided hair or gold or pearls or costly clothing, but which is proper for women professing godliness with good works.” (1 Tim. 2:9,10). This is the writing of Paul.  Peter is not far behind either.  Here is what he writes.

“Do not let your adornment be merely outward- arranging the hair,  wearing gold, or putting on fine apparel – rather let it be the hidden person of the heart with the incorruptible beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit which is very precious in the sight of God.” (1 Peter 3:1-4).

Every single generation, as long as there are generations on this earth – – every single woman has a guideline right here in God’s Word for dressing. She will wear what is appropriate and in style but will do it with modesty.

As well, we do not want to look totally outdated – don’t want to stick out like a sore thumb but we do want to wear clothing that is not provocative, suggestive or outrageous.  Attracting undue attention is not what God had in mind for His beautiful woman when He made her.  God’s beautiful woman is one of a kind.  May she always remain such.

May I always dress as though my husband was still here and proud of the way I look. How about you ladies?  Keep in mind, you are one of a kind.  God made you and has given to you everything you will ever need to look your best at any given moment.  Clean, modest, lovely in it’s own right.  Thank you Lord for giving to us all that we need to make our husbands proud of us and most of all  may you look on the heart of such a woman with approval.

God’s woman- a truly converted woman – will reflect in the kind of clothing she selects her heart’s attitude and God will look at that heart and be pleased with her.

In His Hands with a grateful heart!  Marge H.

WOW!!!!! 70….maybe 80~~~~

My days hold less than they used to.  M–U–C–H  LESS!  This morning a dear friend took me shopping and we went to two big stores.  NOPE.  NOT WalMart. Surprised??

Needless to say when she got me home, I put away what I needed and THEN I headed for the bed rest for a wee bit. You got that “wee bit” didn’t you!!!!  The “wee bit” turned in to several hours —— 12:30 to 3:50.  That tells you how my body is affected by what I do.

My mind jumps back to Psa. 90:10. You know it well.  Belonged to Moses – He was such a stalwart believer in God – he understood well and translated what he understood into a language that we could understand fully.  Buttttttt……not at the beginning – he stuttered and stammered and wanted more than anything for God to choose someone else to do his work.  God became ANGRY with Moses and gave the job to Aaron.  That was the beginning though, wasn’t it!  Moses changed and right up to the very end he was one of God’s hardest working servants.  THEN AT THE END….he became angry – righteously angry we would say, but God wouldn’t.  In so doing, God did not allow him to take the people over into the Promised Land.  Can you believe that!!!!!  God told him to strike the rock – he struck it SEVERAL TIMES.  Of course he was angry with the stupid people not with God.  But nonetheless he did wrong in God’s sight and it was not adultery, stealing or murdering, but EQUALLY AS WRONG IN GOD’S SIGHT.

“For all our days have passed away in Your wrath; we finish our years like a sigh. 10) The days of our lives are seventy years; and if by reason of strength they are eighty years, yet their boast is only labor and sorrow; for it is soon cut off and we fly away.  11)Who knows the power of Your anger? For as the fear of You, so is Your wrath. 12)  So teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.” Psa. 90:9-12

When I woke up from my “extended”napping,  I thought for a moment of the church up in Winnipeg that we wiggled our hearts into and loved immensely.  The couples began to parade across my mind and as they did the men began to fade in the distance and I saw the women one by one.  I had worked beside all of them, one way or another.  We had gone out for lunch together many, many times.  We served together on almost every committee in the church at one time or another.

But now……..they were moving through my vision as I realized they had gone Home to live with their Lord for all eternity. One by one.  I counted 35 and stopped counting.  It was like a whole generation passing through the mind, leaving memories vivid with action from the Ladies Missionary Work to the Music Ministry,  to the Youth Department, to Bird River Bible Camp,  to Loren having taught every adult class in the church at one time or another.

Still there are a few – – a very few – – left and I am among them.  We have so few days left to serve – – to remember – – to pass on to the next generation what the Lord delivered into our hearts in our day and in our time. Did we do as we should Lord? People are jumping out of the pages of the Word to me right now.  Especially Paul.  “Jesus Christ, came into the world to save sinners of whom I AM CHIEF.”  Oh Paul……..You of all people……..I strike a line through your name and place my own.  I AM CHIEF. The sinner of all sinners.

But yet, Lord, you dared to sacrifice your life that I might live.  Where in the world do I find a worthiness for myself in what You did!!!! I don’t.  I can only say Lord, forgive me for all wrong doings, for all sins of omission and commission, knowing I still have time to live and do or not do as You would nudge.  And we need to pray this prayer every single day/night because the Bible says we all are sinners – – all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.  This is an every day, every hour, every moment in time affair.  We MUST STAY PRAYED UP!!!!!!!  WE MUST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Every person reading my post tonight are in the same boat I am in.  The sins of omission and commission.  They are the easiest for us to get by and overlook. The Word tells us that God hates a liar. We lie by keeping still when we know the answer.  I have had it happen to me over and over again and to watch those people keep on telling me one thing or skirt around the answer completely is very interesting. We all lie EVERY SINGLE DAY. The sins that “kill” us are not necessarily the biggies: adultery, stealing, murder. THEY ARE THE ONES WE ALL DO EVERY DAY AND GET AWAY WITH  IN OUR MINDS.

“Those who are planted in the house of the Lord shall flourish in the courts of our God.  14) They shall still bear fruit in old age;  they shall be fresh and flourishing, 15) To declare that the Lord is upright;  He is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in Him”. Psa. 92:13-15.

Yes, Moses  You hit the nail on the head.  Lord.  Teach us to number our days that we may gain a heart of wisdom.

Truly,  the body is weak, old, falling apart slowly.  May I – – may you – – stop wasting time and begin to use every single moment of each of our days which are left for Him in whose House we are “expecting” to live for all eternity.  It will not be on our terms.  It will be on HIS TERMS and His terms ALONE!!!!!!!!

Expectantly waiting for His bidding!  Marge

Been reading a lot of…………

……..the Word that can help to wipe out your troubles daily.  Really- it’s true!!  A long time ago we discussed reading the Psalms and Proverbs through each month  Psalms: 5 Psalms a day. Proverbs: 1 each day.  Psalms teach us how to live with God.  Proverbs teach us how to live with each other.

There are a couple of little hiccups along the way with Psalms.  There are 150 of them.  Five a day would give you enough for a 30 day month but what happens when there are 31 days and what happens on the 24th of the month when you should be reading 116 – 117 – 118 – 119 – 120  and you find that  119 has 176 verses!!!!!!!!  Well.  The plan of attack is this way. On day 24 you read Psa. 116 – 117 – 118.  DAY 25 will always be the day to read only Psa. 119.

On day 26, pick up with Psa. 120 – 121 – 122 – 123 – 124.  Now.  When you get down to the 31st you will have six Psalms to read.  When there is no 31st – work them in whatever way you find “healthy” for you to do.

Psalm 119 is a most interesting Psalm. I have so many favorite vss. within.

Throughout this Psalm you will read the words precepts and statutes.  Look in a Concordance and get the meaning of each so you know what you are reading.

Vs. 37:  “Turn away my eyes from looking at worthless things…”

Vs. 89, 90: “Forever, O Lord, Your word is settled in heaven.  Your faithfulness endures to all generations.”

Vs. 114:  “You are my hiding place….”

I want to give you my five great Psalms for your week.  One a morning.  You may put them in any order you like, but I have given them an order for my heart so my week is connected business-wise to God’s Word in all ways.

Monday.  Psalm 23.   This was the one my husband and I prayed to our Lord every night before going to bed for many years. To this day, I now do it alone. Because there is no other way to get through life if the Word is not stabbing the fringe of your life in all ways.  The theme for this day:  HE LEADS!!!!

Tuesday.  Psalm 121.  Theme for this day: Help comes from the Lord.

Wednesday.  Psalm 46.  Theme for the day: We find rest and peace.

Thursday.  Psalm 91.  Theme for the day:  God protects our way.

Friday.  Psalm 103.  Our Redeemer crowns us with love and compassion.

Enjoy expanding the depth of your devotional periods.  Don’t let them get “blah”. They will I can guarantee that.

You might also be interested in that though I do not have Psalm 90 listed above, both 90 and 91 were not from David’s pen. They come from Moses.  The wordage – the thoughts are put together in such a richness and development of awesomeness for the Heavenly Father that you know they were penned by Moses.  Moses was extremely mature in his writing.  The texture of thought is deeper – doesn’t seem to run so rampart as with David.  David was constantly running from this or that. Moses was simply letting God drip from his very being as he wrote.  You can’t miss the difference.

Don’t let the opportunity to enrich your lives and to enrich the way you think and express yourself to your Lord become tarnished because you simply read this and do nothing about it.  Think you are going to remember it for another time. You won’t. I guarantee.  You will simply keep on keeping on at being mundane.  Don’t let it happen to you.

I have friends who always tell me, “You always know how to do things Marge”.  So do you.  But you are lazy.  If I have ever done anything different, special, striking, it is because I read somewhere, of something that sounded like something I wanted to try.  I wrote it down and my goal was always to use it within the month unless of course it was seasonal, then I would use it ASAP.

Enjoy.  Don’t think rabbit,,,,,,,,think mink……….always.  Even with your studying.

In His Hands.  Marge