A swirl of thoughts ~~~

My heart is so full tonight. With the call from Arnold’s son to this moment, I have laid in bed and thought about so many things.  A swirl of thoughts.  The tip of the swirl sharply pointing to the word~~~~Christian. Where did the word come from?

It first was used in the New Testament in Acts 11:25 and 26.   We read:

“Then Barnabas departed for Tarsus to seek Saul. 26)And when he had found him, he brought him to Antioch.  So it was that for a whole year they assembled with the church and taught a great many people.  And the disciples were first called Christians in Antioch”.

We can go now to 1Thess. 4:13-18. Paul writes~~~~~~

But I do not want you to be ignorant brethren, concerning those who have fallen asleep lest you sorrow as others who have no hope. 15) For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will by no means precede those who are asleep. 16) For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God and the dead in Christ will rise first. 17) Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air and thus we shall always be with the Lord 18) Therefore comfort one another with these words.”.

“Fallen asleep.”  How beautifully, serene are these two words that Paul speaks and writes about.  The connotation is that of peace – – of knowing ahead of time that you belong to the Lord Jesus and have a certainty of being raised up again.

Paul again writes the beautiful 15th chapter of 1 Corinthians.  He writes, “Moreover, brethren, I declare to you the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received and in which you stand, 2) by which also you are saved, if you hold fast that word which I preached to you, unless you believed in vain. 3) For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received; that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures ~~~~~~~~”

The 15th chapter teaches us of the Resurrection of the Dead, a glorious body that will be ours, and explains,  ‘death – – where is your sting’.

Back to 1 Thess. 5, Paul continues writing to the Brethren at Thessalonica and in verse 9 says, “For God did not appoint us to wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ.”

Paul in all of these writings, is writing to Christians – – in his day and for us today.  We have a certainty, that Christ died, was buried, rose again and He will come again with a shout, voice of an archangel and the trumpet of God.  The Christians who are asleep in Jesus will rise first and then we who are alive and remain.  Then what!!  We will be caught up together to meet the Lord in the air.  IT ALL HAPPENS IN A TWINKLING OF AN EYE  (1 Cor. 15:52).

I am ready!! Loren was!  Arnold was!  WHAT ABOUT YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Eagerly waiting for the Flight HOME ~~~~ Marge

 

I’m not sleepy tonight ~~ bad news just came my way

It is strange how we pick up a phone and not expect to receive a call from a person and then in the next moment you realize who is on the other end of the call and thus, you know right away the reason for the call.

A bit ago a precious friend called to tell of his father’s death this morning, early.  Arnold Pubantz – a man who stood tall and strong, full of character and integrity has passed the mantel.

We moved to Tempe, AZ in August of 1978.  It was because of Loren’s complete trust in Arnold, who was his Managing Director of Humphrey Products, that Loren felt we could make the move and still own the Company.  We were in the process of selling Humphrey Products but of course that took time and in the meantime, Loren needed the mind of Arnold to lead the company in his absence. It would be every Friday morning that Arnold would call Loren at 8;30 am and they would have their weekly business call.  Always looked forward to.

I remember when the Company was sold, Loren wanted to purchase a Rolex watch to give Arnold.  I can remember the day as though it happened yesterday.  He had made the choice of one and had it engraved for him.  Arnold was speechless……..and more speechless when he went to have it insured and found out what it cost!!!!!!  What fun those moments held.

Now we are left with more memories.  Memories of other times – other years – other spaces in life – with those we have held so dear through the years.  And so another box of memories is sealed, labelled and lifted high to be stored in the memory bank of our hearts,  and life continues and we look to this one man……remembering.

Arnold represented Christian ideals for living out his life and now, he has left his mark for his generation and for all of us who knew him, he has passed with flying colors and has received an A+.  I am sure the Heavenly Angels are singing  their welcome home song as they did for my Loren, now almost ten years ago.  He too, will have heard those words, “Well done, thou good and faithful servant” (Matt. 25:23a).

Remembering in a very special way~~~~~Marge

 

The Journey~~~~difficult at times~~~~

There are so many twists and turns and the Journey goes on and on and on.  Many of you reading my Blog are on that journey and I know one dear lady who just began the journey this past week.  She has not come to the milepost of any kind yet.  She has the holiday season straight ahead.  So awful. So hard.

Even with the 9th holiday season ahead for me, I find it hard to try to find a way through the maze of it all.  I am so grateful for Od.  When I come home, he is always right there, so eager to see me.  If you are one on this journey and don’t have one, you should consider.  Not a cat!!!!  They don’t supply the response that we need at this time in our lives.  I would suggest to you a dog that is just starting the senior years.  There are so many out there. Already trained.  Already in need of someone to love them. I went to Adopt-A-Pet.com.  You click on the breed that you like and then search from there. I cannot begin to tell you what Od has done for me.  A“N“D, I cannot begin to tell you what I would be without him.

Yes.  The holidays continue to give a tug to the heartstrings.  I don’t think I will ever be able to get over the jolt to the heart that my Loren going Home presented.  I do  enjoy the way the stores are preparing for the holiday season.  I even enjoy going to  Fry’s and look at the things I used to buy as I began to bake for those weeks of entertaining that were ahead.  Oh.  For one more time to bake – to share – to enjoy each other and the holidays together.  I thank my Lord for memories.  Without them we would have so much emptiness.

If you have a relative who is without their spouse, don’t ignore them.  You don’t have that right, though you may “take it” anyway, still – – – – you have no idea what they are going through.  The holidays have begun – we can, really, enjoy deep within our hearts.  God is so very good to us and never forgets us. You can count on Him – – – – – – ALWAYS!!!!

In His eternal grasp – – Marge

 

Recipes -beginning of the holiday foods.

I ran across this one and it could be fun for your children to do “for you”.

MASON JAR ICE CREAM

1 c. heavy cream, 1-1/2 T. sugar, 1/2 tsp vanilla, dash of salt

Pour all into Mason Jar and shake until cream thickens and almost doubles (about 5 minutes).  It should coat a wooden spoon.  Freeze for 3 hours or until hardened.  (I suggest loosening the lid before putting it in the freezer).

If you have several children, prepare two or three of the quart jars and between all of the children they can keep them shaking until they double in size.

 

This was supper one night last week.

CUBE STEAK with GRAVY

2 cans cream of mushroom soup, 1 envelope of onion soup mix, 3/4 c. water, 1 pkg. cube steaks.

Put all in crock pot.  Let it cook all day.  Serve with either mashed potatoes or rice.

 

TURKEY TETRAZZINI

1 can cream of mushroom soup, 1 c. chicken broth, 1/2 c heavy cream, 2 c. diced cooked turkey,  2 c. broken UNCOOKED spaghetti noodles, 1 c. frozen peas, 1 c. shredded parmesan cheese, divided, 1/4 c. onion.

Stir all together carefully. (Including half of the parmesan cheese) Add to crock pot, and add the rest of the parmesan cheese.  Cook on low for 5 hours or until noodle are tender.

(Don’t buy turkey that you have to cook.  Go to the deli and ask them to slice you a slice of turkey that is about a half pound.  (Dice it and you are off and running). Serve with a nice tossed salad and garlic bread. I add cranberry sauce.  Nice.

 

My Stand-by dessert recipe.

1 large can of peaches and juice, 1 c each flour, sugar, milk (mix these three together).  Put peaches/juice in large baking dish, then pour the mixture over the peaches.  That’s it.  Bake.  A little dab of Cool Whip on top and it is glorious to the taste buds.

(I always spray all my pans with Pam before using.)

Happy beginning to the holiday season.  Marge

Bathsheba ~~ such an interesting study

2 Samuel 11:2,3; 12:24. 1 Kings 1:11-31; 2:13-19; 1 Chron. 3:5

Bathsheba means:  Daughter of an Oath.

She was the wife of Uriah: Wife of David.

Mother of 5 sons.

Mentioned in Jesus’ Genealogy:  Matt. 1:6.

The sin of David with Bathsheba was the only blot against his record.  1 Kings 15:5.

After  Bathsheba’s lapse, recovery and birth of Solomon the rest of her life was veiled in silence.

She retained her influence over David until hs death.

The veil of silence was released one more time when Solomon had become King and she came into his presence to ask that Abishag be given in marriage to Adonijah.

Lesson to be learned:  Being assured of God’s forgiveness she did not let one sin ruin her life. Repentant, she used her mistake as a guide to a better conduct. When we brood over sins that God says He will remember no more, we actually doubt His mercy, and rob ourselves of spiritual power and progress.

Psalm 51.  Saturated with penitential tears.

Psalm 32.  David’s gratitude to God for His pardoning grace and mercy.

Did Bathsheba’s tears of repentance mingle with David’s?   It seems so because God gave them Solomon (means:  Beloved of the Lord).

Solomon was the evidence and expression of God’s pardoning love for both.

Bathsheba’s inclusion in the genealogy of Jesus is another token that God put her sins behind His back.

“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9a).

Perhaps you have not sinned the sin of David and Bathsheba and 1 John 1:9a doesn’t seem to fit into your life.  1 John 1;9b continues on……”if we say we have not sinned we call Him a liar and His Word is not in us.” “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God” (Rom. 3:23).  Condemned, yes.  Forgiven, yes.  When we confess our sins, and accept His forgiveness……..we can then move on. Forgiveness is a precious commodity that is ours at the snap of a finger (so as to speak).  Praise His Holy Name!!!!!

Til Next Time….Marge

 

November 2nd!

Wonderful November 2nd!  My beloved Loren’s 108th birthday would have been today, November 2, 2017.

I remember so well all the wonderful celebrations we had with friends. Never will forget those wonderful times.  Isn’t it just the greatest how the Lord, in all of His creating of us, chose to give us happy times together.  Times that could not be erased when the harsh winds of reality would set in.  When times of the cane, or the walker, or the wheelchair, or the oxygen became the “need” of the moment, we would hurry on to make even the oxygen as possible as we could with love.

Snatches of life come to mind like a bubble – – and then burst. There was a little place upstairs, in downtown Winnipeg, called Hy’s Steakhouse.  (You Winnipegers remember the place??)  Every anniversary in Winnipeg we would go there.  So quaint.  So romantic.  A moment in time for two hearts sooooooo in love. THOUSANDS of moments from the Winnipeg era come to mind and flood the heart.

Many more moments flood the heart from our retirement years – – all 30 of them together.  Thirty!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  We had friends who couldn’t stand the retirement years – bored stiff – she went back to work and he rocked in his rocking chair with no hobbies and literally rocked himself into the grave.  Us?  We NEVER had enough time in a day, or in a week. NEVER!!!!

Oh My!!!!! Elizabeth Barrett Browning, an English poet of the Romantic Movement, lived from 1806 to 1861. Here is a part of one of her most famous writings ~~~~~~

HOW DO I LOVE THEE ~~~~~~~

Yes.  “I love thee to the depth and breadth and height my soul can reach when feeling out of sight for the ends of being and ideal grace.

Further down in her poem, she continued:

“I love thee with the breath, smiles, tears of all my life and, if God choose I shall but love thee better after death”

Til then, my darling.  Marge

Today is October 31, 2017 ~!!

This morning my son-in-law’s father, James Bardin, passed away.

My heart goes out to Elizabeth tonight, remembering my own heart and soul that day on June 20th, almost 10 years ago.  We are never the same.  We have a resemblance of what we once were, but never – can we return to the person we were when we were married.

Father God – grant Elizabeth the assurance that she will be alright somewhere down the road when the tsunami settles for her.  Thank You.  In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen!!!!