About Marie

Happily married to the same awesome guy for 43 years. Love God, reading, cats and travel. Avid crafter, especially counted cross stitch and crochet.

Sunday Psalms

Psalm 2

Why do people (and nations) plot and lie against the LORD and His people (us)?

God laughs at them.  He gets angry with them and says, “Who do you think you are?  The One I have chosen is King and is seated on the Throne on My Holy Mountain.”

God said to David, “You are my son: I am your Father.  Ask Me, and you will inherit all of the Earth.  You will successfully defeat your foes!”

And so, leaders and kings, be wise and warned.  Serve the LORD or His wrath will destroy you in a second.

Blessed are all who take refuge in HIM!

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These are my words and thoughts on the Psalms.

Blessings to you and yours!

Marie

 

Sunday Psalms

Psalm 1

Do not agree with the wicked or follow sinners ways or agree with those who put down others.  The person who knows God’s Word, thinks about it constantly, and lives it, is blessed.

That person will prosper like a tree that is planted by a stream of water, healthy and yielding it’s fruit abundantly, in season.

The wicked will be blown away like a useless corn husk.  Having no use or purpose it is judged as unnecessary and thrown out.

God watches His righteous people.

Blessings to you and yours!

Marie

Sunday Psalms are the Psalms in my own words.  You can click on the Psalm number at the top to read it from the NIV Bible.

The Great Scare – Book Review

It would seem that even in the future governments are all about themselves and nothing about the people they represent.  And so this book begins with a concept that is so alarming and acceptable that one finds it easy to think it could happen.  With the twisted morals of politicians and the reporting antics of the media, civilization is destroyed.  Those left are forced to live underground, connected by a maze of tunnels throughout the country.

James and Lee, librarians from the underground city of Peopleville, are thought to know all there is to know about everything that is going on in their community because of their job/position.  When treasured objects start coming up missing they are the first that are called upon to solve the mystery.

So what do we know?  A woman’s prized possession, a family’s cat, an old man’s voice box, the pastor’s 1611 King James Bible (more than 300 years old), a family, Christmas decorations (yes, 300 years in the future), all missing.

And then, of course, there was the time machine…

All in all… well, I read the book.  I found it to have elements of deja vu… perhaps like I’d read it before with different characters…Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, The Pied Piper of Hamlen, Alice in Wonderland…

However, there was some truth to the story.  We must stop allowing ourselves to be led by everyone and everything around us.  Just saying!

Blessings to you and yours!

Marie

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from BookCrash. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Road Trip With My Bestie

What an awesome, powerful, thought-provoking, convicting week-end.  My bestie and I spent Friday and Saturday in the company of Priscilla Shirer.  Imagine, two days in the company of 5,000+ women (and 2 brave men), worshiping, praying, and building trust in the One and Only.

Now, when I say praying I’m not talking about your run of the mill prayer times where we ask that our words and thoughts are pleasant in His ears, that He will bless and heal our friends and family, that He will keep us safe and give us wisdom and courage.  That was there, of course.  I’m talking about the kind of prayer that covers all the bases and gives no one any doubt that we were in His Presence.  All turned in prayer requests (Yes, all 5000+!) on the cards provided. We were then encouraged to take a prayer card the next day (They had been prayed on overnight.) and commit to praying for that person for the next 7 days.  Is that some powerful praying or what?

The conference was divided into 3 segments with music by Tony Evans opening each.  That man has some serious vocal ability.  Beautiful voice!  Another thing about the music — Imagine if you will 5000 women’s voices, praising God for those who accepted His invitation to join the Forever Family, singing It Is Well With My Soul a capella.  Each time I hear a large group sing a favorite hymn I know in my heart what heaven sounds like.

So, here are some things from my notes:

  • Scripture for the event was Luke 9:1-17
  • The cure for your exhaustion is intimacy with Jesus.  After all, He said, “Come away with me.”
  • A recipe for ministry.  First, we are called as the disciples were.  Second, we are given power and authority, as the disciples were.  Lastly, He does the sending, as He did the disciples.  Ministry of any kind is and must be about Jesus.
  • Resist the urge to put yourself in the ‘spotlight’ until He says go.
  • If there was a perfect church and you showed up, it wouldn’t be perfect.
  • Re: 5 loaves and 2 fishes – You don’t need more than His blessing on what you already have.

  • Hearing God is not about newness it is about nowness.
  • Those who don’t expect to hear from God, WON’T!  AW Tozer
  • God is omnipresent!  (I know you already knew that.)  He showed up for Gideon, Moses, David, Simeon, etc.,  and He shows up for us!
  • His glory is ever-present, yet, we often don’t see Him.  In this country we have so many resources, like Bibles, CD’s, DVD’s, books, the Internet… we fail to take the time to look for Him.

And that, dear friends, is what a terrific weekend looked like.

Blessings to you and yours!

Marie

 

Tea Time #2

I love to have friends over for tea!  Really, I do.  It’s so much fun to decorate a table, pull out my best china, and talk around the table about, well, just about everything.  I’m sure you can imagine the things I’ve heard over tea.  (I do have a rule about this type of talking, and I make sure all at the table know it,  if it’s said here, it stays here.)

Tablescapes for tea can be as simple or elaborate as you want.  Check out a few on my Pinterest board. (Click on Tablescapes to see ideas or Pinterest to see my whole page.)  There are some great recipes and teacups there, too.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     It’s rare for my guests not to have anything to talk about, but just in case I have a few Conversation Cards at hand.  Here are a few you can make for yourself and your guests.

One of the best things at any tea party is the cute little sandwiches.  Don’t you agree?  There’s nothing like cucumbers and cream cheese, or thinly sliced salmon and radishes, or how about Kentucky Benedictine.  The first time I had a Kentucky Benedictine Roll-up I thought I had finally made it to the great Heavenly Banquet.  Seriously that filling tops the list in delicious ‘sandwich’ spreads.

When all is said and done there is nothing like good friends, good food, and good conversation.

Blessings to you and yours!

Marie

 

 

 

 

 

Thief of Corinth

Is there anything more delightful than a good book on a rainy day?  Or even a good book in any weather at any time.  I would say no.  I’ve had the pleasure of reading for review another of Tessa Afshar’s books and once again she hasn’t disappointed with the content.

Thief of Corinth is the story of Ariadne, her family, friends, and enemies comes to life in the ancient city of Corinth.  Early in life, she is moved to Athens when her mother divorces her father.  She is abused and unloved in that situation and determines to go back to Corinth as a young teen.  Traveling with her brother, she arrives in Corinth at the home of her father and the adventure begins.  Life decisions, good and bad, of all the characters, fill the pages.  Unrequited love, a woman competing in the Isthmian games, the lifestyle of the incredibly wealthy unfold before your eyes.  In the end, this is a story that is totally relatable.

This book is filled with quotes from the Ancient Philosophers.  Rather than being just more words they add a credibility to the story. Plato – “When men speak ill of thee, live so as nobody may believe them.”  My favorite quote from the book is not of the Philosophers but of the author – “The problem with wisdom is that it is devoid of comfort.”  (pg. 170)

Thank you, Tessa Afshar, for such a delightful way to spend a rainy day.

Blessings to you and yours!

Marie

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Wanted: Volunteers to be Christians

Thought provoking post from Butch Dean. He’s worth the follow friends.

Wordsmith's Desk

Wanted: Volunteers to be Christians

No experience necessary…immediate openings.

Training provided by the Holy Spirit

Must be willing to learn the following:

pray for your enemies…

forgive those who do you wrong…

love one another…

turn the other cheek…

die for your faith…

forsake everything for Christ…

suffer for Christ’s sake…

surrender all to Christ…

give all the glory to God…

deny self and follow Christ…

All this and more await you.

If interested, repeat after me…

“Jesus, I want to serve you. Forgive me my sins and lead me to everlasting life. Abide within my heart and help me to walk with you as a Christian.”

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Tea Time #1

There is nothing like a really good cup of tea.  It can be hot or cold.  It can be with someone or all alone.  I can drink it in a car. I can drink it on a plane.  (My apologies to Dr. Seuss)  I like it straight or sweetened with honey.   I like leaves and herbal. loose leaf and bagged.  It doesn’t matter whether I use a cute tea cup from my collection or a mug.  My favorites are Queen Anne from Harney & Sons, Winter Spice from Twinings, Ginger Peach from Republic of Tea, and… and…  and…  and…

I really, like scones and tea sandwiches.  But, I don’t eat wheat so I’ve had to find and create recipes that really work for me.  Here’s one for Banana Nut Scones that uses a mix of rice and almond flour.  Yummy in my tummy. (Sorry Shrek!)   Instead of bread on my tea ‘sandwiches’ I use lettuce or cucumber slices or corn tortillas.  Delicious!!  Of course, fresh fruit and veggies are always on the table.

Best Ever Banana Nut Scones

  • 3 ripe bananas
  • 1 cup brown rice flour  (1 cup of oatmeal will work, too.)
  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 tsp. baking soda

Preheat oven to 350 F.  Lightly spray (I use coconut oil.)  a round cake-pan (Use ceramic or glass – like a pie pan.)  Blend until smooth.  Pour into prepared pan. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes.  Cool completely!  Cut into traditional pie pieces.  Spread with maple butter, or cream cheese, or clotted cream, if you have it.

Blessings to you and yours!

Marie

 

I Am Woman…

I am woman, hear me roar… LOL  Every time I think of this subject these words cross my mind and make me smile.  Yes, I can be a roaring lioness at times. But, I am more than that. I am passionate about being a woman and becoming all that I can be for my Jesus.  I am also…

 

Isaiah 43:1b  Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;
I have summoned you by name; you are mine.

 

 

John 15:16  You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you.

Matthew 6:14   For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.

 

 

Jeremiah 31:3   I have loved you with an everlasting love.

 

Romans 12:6   We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. 

 

… and so much more!

Blessings to you and yours!

Marie

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A Prayer For You

 

 

I know the peace and joy that comes when the Father wraps His arms around me.  I want you to know it too.

Thank you to my sweet cousin Pearl, who sent me a different version of this prayer, which I’ve adapted for you.  What a blessing she is!

May the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:7)

Blessings to you and yours!

Marie