Wednesday, January 17, 2018
When I was a child Oh Happy Day by the Edwin Hawkins Singers was very popular on the secular radio stations. I was always singing along with it. Edwin Hawkins went to be with the Lord this week. It's in his memory I share this video.
Thursday, January 11, 2018
Montecito may be home to some wealthy people but not all that live there are but nevertheless they all need our prayers.
Thank you ladies
So like I said last time, I couldn't understand why it was such a big deal over a piece of fabric on a woman's head.
I struggled with that and wondered if I had indeed lost my marbles but then that would mean Tim had lost his too since we both believed in 1 Corinthians 11.
But we both continued to seek the Lord in this issue and we just knew that wearing a headcovering was the right thing to do.
At that time the only congregations that we knew where the women covered were Conservative Mennonites so we were able to visit a few times and have made life-long friends.
On my headcovering online group which has ladies from many denominations, nearly all the ladies are lone coverers in their church. I met a fellow blogger here in AZ who covers and lives just a few miles from here and I've made friends with some Mennonite ladies who live about an hour away.
I want to say this. I love ALL my Christian sisters and it doesn't matter if she wears a covering or not. I don't care if she has long hair or short hair or no hair at all. We are all sisters in the Lord.
I hope this post has helped and if anyone has questions please post in the comments below. I will do my best to answer your questions.
Tuesday, January 9, 2018
I started covering in obedience to 1Corinthians 11:1-16. Rather than me typing out the verses, you may look them up on your own. In these verses the apostle Paul teaches about women covering their heads while praying or prophesying and men are to pray uncovered.
I really wanted to research this topic because I remember a lady named Charity wearing a hanging veil at an Above Rubies retreat around 2003 and a few months later a mom whose name was Sherry and her daughters, one of which had a CaringBridge health update page wore similar head veils. I really found this odd because the lady at the retreat was Filipino and these ladies were white. So I figured the Above Rubies lady was doing for cultural reasons and the ladies from the CaringBridge site were probably from a foreign country. They were actually from Florida, born and raised.
That is until I came across a link on Sherry's page which lead to the ebook, Let Her Be Veiled by Tom Shank. I found this book very interesting because I had never, ever heard of such teaching. I asked several ladies about it but they all thought Tom Shank didn't know what he was talking about.
I really wasn't satisfied with their answers but put the matter on the back burner until I spoke with Charity who would be at the upcoming Above Rubies retreat. This was in the dark ages of 2005.😊
I spoke with Charity at the retreat about her headcovering and she explained it was because of 1 Corinthians 11. Now I will confess, I was really hoping she wouldn't mention those verses. As a matter of fact I kept saying in my mind ("Don't say say 1 Corinthians 11") and when she said the scriptures I was thinking in my head ("You just had to say it"!) but deep down I knew it was something I needed to really study and pray about.
So after that retreat, I got my Bible, a physical copy of Let Her Be Veiled and studied and prayed. I talked to my husband Tim about it. He studied and prayed too and he also read Mr. Shank's book. I really wanted to cover by now because I really wanted to obey the Lord in this area but I wanted it to be okay with Tim first. He finally gave the okay and I've been covering ever since.
The thing is at that time I didn't realize that people would have a problem with it. I got odd looks from people at church and was accused of being legalistic. I found an online support group for Christian ladies who covered and they all experienced the same thing. I was quite surprised because I never judged any woman who didn't cover her head. I didn't think it was such a big deal. I was wrong!
Why is it okay for a man to remove his hat in church but a woman who wears a piece of fabric on her head is scorned?
I'm going to send this post now because I completely lost my train of thought for some reason. This is part one and this should post without a problem.
Part two I will try to post later this evening or tomorrow.
Monday, January 8, 2018
Now that it has taken me a whole week to recover from the holidays I can get back to posting again. I'm preparing to write a post on why I wear a headcovering since some have been wondering. I hope to get that up later today. Right now homemaker duites call.
Tuesday, January 2, 2018
Monday, January 1, 2018
I must confess that I had thought about not blogging anymore or taking a very long break.
But I realize I really like encouraging you ladies whom I consider you all friends so as long as the Lord wants me to blog I will continue to write.
So here goes my list in order this time.
1. Improve my prayer life. My prayer life isn't horrible but I want to take more opportunities to go in my "war room" to pray not just during my regular prayer time.
2.Start a Bible reading plan and not get frustrated with myself if I miss a day. I have assigned reading in my daily devotions but I want to increase my reading of the Word.
3. Have more grace with my husband and daughters when they do things that frustrate me. I find myself getting irritated with silly things that really doesn't matter in the long run.
4. Having more grace with our second service worship leader and the music choices at church. Ladies, this one is a hard one because I don't like most of the contemporary Christian music out there. I get really irritated with updated versions of hymns that don't take away the message of the original hymn.
5. Stay focused during my prayer time. I get distracted very easily and then my mind wanders to things I need to do during the day.
6. Make better use of my daily planner. I'm old school and use a spiral planner instead of a calender on my computer or smartphone.
7. Make a daily dinner menu. This one is hard too because sometimes I just don't know what everyone wants to eat on any given day.
8. Finish a book before starting another. Currently I'm reading "Created to Be His Helpmeet" (Yes I'm still reading it.) and" Fragrant Whiffs of Joy" by Dorcas Smucker.
9. Complete one sewing project from my sewing lesson book. My sewing machine is out of the repair shop and so far isn't "mocking" me by messing up the tension or having a bobbin threads that look like a bird nest.
10. Stay on top of my cleaning routines with Flylady. I got a little off schedule last year so I want to get back on board.
So that's my goal list for this year. I hope to see what your goals for this year here in the comments below or on your blog.
Sunday, December 31, 2017
Life wasn't easy for our family growing up but we had many good memories.
Listening to music was a big of our lives. I grew up listening to Motown, Beatles and many more due to my parents membership in the Columbia House Music Club. It was 12 records for $1.00 back then. So as a result we had exposure to all kinds music. And of course there were the music shows we watched which were Lawrence Welk, American Bandstand, Soul Train, The Real Don Steele Show, and Ed Sullivan. And who can forget Sing Along With Mitch Miller!
Sunday morning radio was gospel music played live from various churches in Los Angeles on station KGFJ. Though we didn't go to church Mama wanted us to learn about the Lord.
Anyway my taste in music has changed though I love listening to classic Motown and seeing old clips from old music shows on YouTube.
There was a time when I didn't want to discuss my age. And I definitely dated myself with the programs I mentioned. But as I grew in the Lord ( and still growing) I realized I was being vain. Ladies we need to get over ourselves and be happy to tell our age. Our age tells us how many years the Lord has blessed us with. It gives us a chance to look back at all we have accomplished in the past year and look forward to the next, Lord willing, birthday!
Yes we may have wrinkles, flabby arms, use bifocals and all the other things that go along with aging but we are ALIVE to have these "blessings"!
So dear friends a new year will be here in a few hours. Let's make an effort to not be ashamed of the years God has blessed us with and gladly tell people our age when they ask.
Have a very blessed New Year!
Saturday, December 30, 2017
It's hard to believe 2017 is coming to an end already and as I reflect on this year I look forward, Lord willing to the coming year.
So a few highlights from this year but not each month is included:
January- We adopted two kittens Kirstie and Dodie. Little did we know that we would lose Dodie a few months later to FIP.
Tim had a heart attack on January 26th. That was one of the scariest moments of my life. I was so afraid I would become a widow that day.
February- February 13th Tim and I celebrated our 24th wedding anniversary.
April- Little Bertha came into our lives in the form of a pressure canner. It isn't quite as menacing as it was when I first bought it.
August- We bid a sad goodbye to our kitten Dodie as we made the decision to put her down.
We also celebrated the one year anniversary of crossing the Colorado river from California into Arizona to start a new season of our life. I still can't believe we moved here without a home to call our own.
We spent two weeks at Comfort Suites before our real estate agent and his wife turned friend invited us to stay in their motorhome until we found a house.
Shannon started college and has a homeschooled student it was her first time in an actual classroom. She is loving it.
September- At the end of Sepember we celebrated one year of moving into our new home by eating at Subway which is we ate the day we moved in. Somehow ramen noodles and homemade cheesecake ( made by our real estate agent) was not going to make a nutritious dinner.
November - We released Miranda my oldest daughter to a long term overseas mission trip with YWAM. It was difficult for our family but we know the Lord has good things planned for her.
We drove down to Phoenix to take our girls to a concert. I was very nervous about that because the Las Vegas shooting was still on my mind.
December- This was a busy month and we were delighted to have friends over who used to live in CA. We've known them since our children were little and they moved to AZ eight years ago. We couldn't believe how much our children had grown.
Of course there was Christmas and oh what a lovely Christmas it was.
Lord willing, tomorrow I celebrate my 57th birthday. More about that tomorrow.
Have a blessed day my friends!
P.S. Please forgive any typos that may be present. I typed this in a hurry.
Friday, December 29, 2017
So we didn't have a white Christmas so my snowman teapot was our snowman.
We had a failed attempt at making gingerbread houses from a kit
Hope your weekend is awesome.
Sunday, December 24, 2017
Friday, December 22, 2017
I'm thankful for... warm cups of coffee on chilly mornings
In the kitchem... will be, if I get my act together Christmas cookies being made and the crockpot will be filled with a pot roast.
Shared quote... sorry ladies I don't have any quote to share this morning.
A moment from my day...Kirstie is waiting for me to give her some more cat treats.
Post script... If you enjoyed reading(and even if you didn't) my daybook and want to do your own click The Simple Woman's Daybook blog on your right. There you will find Peggy Hostetler's guidelines and complete set of prompts for creating your own day book. There's even a link up and you can read other daybooks.