Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Sick Today

I also wanted to tell you I will be out of commission for a few days. I have a sore throat and body aches.🤒😷😩 I hope to be better in a few days.

Oh Happy Day

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.

https://youtu.be/hzj3pOdCOqU

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Why I Wear a Headcovering Part 2

Before I continue with my post I want to ask you all to pray for the residents back in Montecito, CA. As you probably heard Tuesday's rain storm caused terrible flooding and mudslides. As of today seventeen people lost their lives and there are still people missing including an entire family.  KETY news in Santa Barbara has been releasing names of victims as they become available and quite honestly I'm afraid of seeing the full casualty list when it is released. We know a few families there because our children all used to take music classes together.
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
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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

Why I Wear a Headcovering- Take 2 Part 1 Again

Okay ladies! I'm going to try this again and I hope it will come through clearly.

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.


Uh Oh! Part One Didn't Work!

I'm not sure what happened with part 1 of my post but it didn't come through correctly. I started writing it on my Android tablet and finished it on my PC. I'm so sorry about that. And after all that hard work too. Sigh...

Monday, January 8, 2018

Why I Wear a Headcovering- Part 1

I've get asked frequently why I wear "that thing" on my head. "Are you Amish" "Are you a nun?" "Are you from a foreign country?"


I started covering in 2005 after doing a thorough study on the subject.  In the Bible the topic is in 1 Corinthians 11:1-16.

 Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ.
Now I praise you, brethren, that ye remember me in all things, and keep the ordinances, as I delivered them to you.
But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God.
Every man praying or prophesying, having his head covered, dishonoureth his head.
But every woman that prayeth or prophesieth with her head uncovered dishonoureth her head: for that is even all one as if she were shaven.
For if the woman be not covered, let her also be shorn: but if it be a shame for a woman to be shorn or shaven, let her be covered.
For a man indeed ought not to cover his head, forasmuch as he is the image and glory of God: but the woman is the glory of the man.
For the man is not of the woman: but the woman of the man.
Neither was the man created for the woman; but the woman for the man.
10 For this cause ought the woman to have power on her head because of the angels.
11 Nevertheless neither is the man without the woman, neither the woman without the man, in the Lord.
12 For as the woman is of the man, even so is the man also by the woman; but all things of God.
13 Judge in yourselves: is it comely that a woman pray unto God uncovered?
14 Doth not even nature itself teach you, that, if a man have long hair, it is a shame unto him?
15 But if a woman have long hair, it is a glory to her: for her hair is given her for a covering.
16 But if any man seem to be contentious, we have no such custom, neither the churches of God.
I didn't even know what an actual headcovering looked like at first until I spoke with a lady at a retreat who wore a covering. I had remembered I was following a CaringBrigde site and all the women in the family wore similiar coverings to hers. She explained that she was obeying 1 Cor.11:1-16.

I founs a book called "Let Her Be Veiled" by Tom Shank and read it through twice cover to cover. Studied the scriptures and prayed. I shared my thoughts with Tim. He read the book, studied all the scriptures and prayed.
He finally gave me his blessing to start covering my head and that the headcovering is for today and it's not a cultural thing.
I didn't know any other women other than the woman at the retreat who covered their heads. I sought support through online discussion groups for Christian women who were following 1 Cor. 11.

Since this post is getting rather long I'm going to end this and post part 2 tomorrow.



Good Morning!

I hope everyone is having a pleasant morning. I want to thank everyone for my birthday wishes and the responses to my goals for the year.
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

It's Hot Tea Month!



In honor of Hot Tea Month I'm posting this cute video. I've only tried posting a video once so I hope this works. Enjoy and then go have a cup of tea! Or better yet watch with a cup of tea!

Happy New Year!

 Happy New Year! It's 2018 ladies and that means is time for my yearly post on my goals for the year. Most of you know I dont do New Year's resolutions because  resolutions can easily be broken but with goals, I don't set myself up for failure.

 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

Celebrating 57th Years

Yesterday I mentioned today is my birthday. I made my appearance at 8:12am on Saturday,  December 31st 1960.
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

2017

First of all ladies I want to apologize for not taking the time to reply to your comments. I thank you and appreciate each and everyone of you. You are all dear to me! And yikes! I just read my last post and I realized I had made it sound melancholy. I'm sorry about that. I forgot to mention we actually did have a joyous Christmas.  We had an older lady over who couldn't be with her son and grandchildren for Christmas. I don't think anyone should be alone at Christmas and I had been praying about sharing  our Christmas with someone.

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

Christmas 2017

Christmas has come and gone. I always get a little sad when Christmas is over.  All the pretty lights and decorations go away and people go back to being mean to each other. As if Christ is only important to them only one day of the year. Sigh.

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
The remnants of Christmas crackers. We had fun!
I should have taken pictures of us with our crowns from the Christmas crackers but I forgot.
Hope your weekend is awesome.

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Merry Christmas!

To my blogger friends!
Have a joyous Christmas day! Remember if you have difficult family members escape somewhere to pray!
Photo by Walter Sanchez courtesy of freelyphoto.com

Friday, December 22, 2017

Simple Woman's Daybook-December 22

For Today
Looking out my window ...it's 16° as of this wrting at 8 AM. I took this picture in the comforts of my nice almost warm house. I wasn't about to go outside!

I'm thinking ...it sure would be fun to have a white Christmas like we did last year which was our first winter in AZ.

I'm thankful for... warm cups of coffee on chilly mornings
I am wearing my flannel red plaid nightgown and slippers.
I am creating... well actually nothing at the moment 

I am reading Fragrant Whiffs of Joy by Dorcas Smucker
I am hoping... that it will miraculously snow on Christmas but as it stands there is 0% chance of snow.


I am learning...how to be a godly wife which I think is something I'm always learning.

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.