Tuesday, January 22, 2019

From a Trickle to a Downpour...

You’ve heard the statement: “When it rains, it pours.” What this really means is that misfortune or difficult situations tend to follow each other in rapid succession or sometimes, all at one time. 

The book of Job is actually the perfect example of it “pouring when raining.” First, it was all of Job’s oxen and asses that were carried off and his servants killed. Then all his sheep and the servants tending them were burned up with fire. Then the greatest heartbreak: a great wind caused the house where all ten of his children were gathered, to collapse, leaving no survivors. 

            For this particular book of the Bible we really can’t separate Job from his wife. In truth she experienced the same heartbreak and loss just as much as her husband did. And even though she didn’t have to deal with the boils on her own body, it was bad enough to have to watch her husband suffer through it.

As you read through this forty-two chapter book, you learn much about the character of Job. He was a man of integrity, perfect and upright. He was also a family man with seven sons and three daughters. He had great possessions: camels, sheep, oxen, asses, as well as a great household. To this extent he was known as the greatest of all the men of the east. (Job 1:3) Through all that he suffered, and much to Satan’s dismay, Job sinned not, nor charged God foolishly (Job 1:22).

On the other hand, not much is written about his wife. What do we really know about her? The only time she appears in Scripture, we find her saying to her husband: Dost thou still retain thine integrity? curse God, and die (Job 2:9). These few words, in all honesty, do not paint her in a very flattering light. But what we have to consider is what led up to this one and only time she speaks in Scripture. In reality, these words are the result of a heart breaking from grief and pain. Together she and her husband had lost almost all of their possessions, and every one of their children were dead. Now she stands by helplessly as her husband sits in the ashes, scraping his sores with a broken piece of ceramic. How dark their life had become.

For Job, he expressed his grief by rending his mantle, shaving his head, and falling to the ground. Yet when he fell to the ground it wasn’t to wallow in self-pity. He simply worshipped by saying The Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away. Blessed be the name of the Lord (Job 1:21) It’s not surprising then that when his wife bids him to curse God and die that he gently chides her for speaking like one of the foolish women. He then draws her attention from singularly focusing on the grief and pain to the reality of life around them: What? Shall we receive good at the hand of God; and shall we not receive evil? (Job 2:10)

From this point on we no longer hear about Job’s wife. We do, however, catch a glimpse of what she was up to at the end of the book, when the Lord blessed the latter end of Job more than the beginning…He had also seven sons and three daughters…and in all the land were no women found so fair as the daughters of Job. (Job 42:12, 13, 15). More than likely she was too busy raising babies and running a bustling household than to be found mourning all that she had lost.

Charles Spurgeon once said, “To trust God in the light is nothing, but to trust God in the dark—that is faith.” Everyone faces dark times in their lives: times when pain and loss cloud our perspective making trusting God difficult. Just as Job’s wife was reminded to turn her focus from the grief that caused her to consider cursing God and dying; we must be reminded to follow Job’s example. With simple faith we must fall to the ground and worship the One who gives and the One who takes away. Blessed be the name of the Lord.

Simply His,

Friday, January 11, 2019

I So Needed That....

Over the last couple of weeks I really haven't shared much about how our Christmas went. In all honesty, with all the business of school getting out, ministries of church, and Christmas Eve and Day, we were already seven days into our Christmas Break when I really started to feel like I was off of school. By that time, we were less than a week from starting back.

I briefly considered taking a holiday from the holiday.

All I can say about Christmas is that the only thing that would have made it perfect was to have my sister and her family with us. It would have been fun to be together....

So even though we are almost three weeks past Christmas, I'm still enjoying the benefits of my special gift...
This has been one of the greatest inventions ever...besides electricity....and running water...and the car...or the cell phone for that matter. But seriously, it ranks up in the top...well...you get the point. It's up there!

I never knew how much I needed this marvelous piece of technology until I plugged it in, charged it, and sent if off on it's mission to vacuum every room in the house. All the while I was off to do other things like laundry and dishes. It's really like I have another me in the house; one specifically designed to keep the floors cleaned!

On the app (yes, I can control it from my phone...whether I'm home or not) I was asked to give this thing a name. Naturally I went with Robbie....Robbie the Robot. He has made a fine addition to our family, and he can continue to stay as long as he does his job: making Momma happy by keeping her floors clean.

Now I can say, the laundry may be exploding around me and the rest of the house may be a disaster, but my floors have never been cleaner.

Simply Keepin' it Clean,

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

The Dessert with No Name...

I've had this pin on one of my Pinterest boards for quite a while, but in a moment of desparation I really, REALLY needed something sweet...I was seriously about to raid the candy cabinet. So now that my hubby and I are once again on the road to eating healthy, my hidden stash of gummy worms is a definite No! No!

Interestingly enough this recipe does not have a name nor does it have steps to mix the ingredients. It's simply called "Better Than Fat Bombs".
The taste is like a fluffy vanilla cheescake...It's definitely better than fat bombs, and only requires four ingredients.

Ready to try something fabulous that won't break the carb bank? This No-Name recipe is for you!

Better Than Fat Bombs
From: Unknown

What You Will Need:
  • 1 package Sugar Free White Chocolate Pudding
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 8 oz. room temperature cream cheese
  • 1 cup water
What You Will Do:
  • Blend the cream cheese until creamy.
  • Add remaining ingredients and beat until fluffy.
  • Divide into individual containers and store in the fridge.
Check out the nutritional information below from the the calculator at Very Well Fit.

This carb count is for ten serving...hence the ten little Ziploc containers in the picture above. You won't be disappointed. Enjoy!

Simply Back to Eating Healthy,

Monday, December 31, 2018

Then There were Six...

My youngest suprised my husband and I a few weeks ago by asking out of the blue when we were going to have another baby...

You could have heard crickets.

Apparently I was speechless, which does not happen often. My husband, on the other hand, was quick to reply, "How 'bout we get a kitty cat instead?"

That seemed to appease my youngest's mind as he ran off to play; while I, on the other hand, found my mouth opening and closing at repeated intervals. I couldn't decide what I was more stunned at: the fact my four-year old asked for a baby or my husband substituted with a cat.

Now several weeks later, I'm still wondering how we got here...
Meet the newest member of our family, T. C.

It took some thought as to the absolute perfect name for this little guy. "Tex"  made him sound ferocious when in reality he sounds more like a squeaky toy. We decided on the initials of my hubby's hometown...after all TC's an orange tabby and orange was one of the colors of my hubby's high school football team...
My Mom suggested T.C. could stand for "The Cat", which seemed fitting for our family. He is, after all, the first cat (or pet, for that matter) that we've ever had.

Sometimes he even acts like a baby, like when he curls up to sleep on my shoulder...
...minus the two hour feedings and the toting around of a packed diaper bag.

Even if you don't like cats (that was me a few months ago) there's really no denying he's a cutie...
Wait a minute, cutie or not, I do NOT share my coffee...
Is he seriously making a play for my coffee?
Well...the nails have come out. I'll take that as a hint that he'd like a sip...

So besides the tussels over what's mine and what's his (and the coffee is DEFINITELY mine), he's been a great addition to our family...kitty litter and all.

Simply Enjoying Pet Ownership (for now),

Sunday, December 30, 2018

Just a Simple Handmaiden...

Did you surive the holidays? If you're like me, I'm feeling like I need a break from my Christmas break!

Yet even with all the craziness this month, I've been reminded about just how important this season is that we're celebrating. Really, without Jesus' birth there wouldn't have been a crucifixion. And without a crucifixion there wouldn't have been a resurrection. And without all three, none of us would have a way to Heaven. Overall? This is a pretty important holiday.

Normally we focus on the birth of Jesus, but this year I became curious about His mother: Mary. For some, she has become the object of their religion. For me, she became a picture of someone with great character and humility.

I mean, honestly, can you imagine how you would respond if you, a woman who had not known a man, found out you were going to become pregnant....and not just pregnant with any child, but with the Son of the Highest (vs. 32)? If Mary hadn't been sitting down when she heard the news, I’m sure she was after hearing that.

Yet her response to what she heard, spoke volumes of her character: Behold, the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word. There was no, “Wait! I need to think about this!” or “What will everyone say about me? What will JOSEPH say?” No, it was a simple surrender to whatever was asked of her. 

When later we find her visiting her cousin, Elizabeth, who was already expecting John the Baptist, Mary is not pacing back and forth or wringing her hands. She is simply praising the Lord for choosing a lowly handmaid for such an important job.

There are two times Scripture records how the unwed, pregnant Mary was wrongly perceived by others. The first was in Matthew chapter one when Jospeh,  not willing to make her a publick example, was minded to put her away privily (secretly) (Matt. 1:19), and the second was in John 8:41 when believing Jews, in a conversation with Jesus, referred to his birth by saying: We be not born of fornication. It’s pretty clear exactly how Mary had been perceived by others.

Yet for all the ridicule she may have faced, Mary never truly forgot exactly who her Son was and what He was sent about to do. She may have pushed a little at the wedding in Cana of Galilee where Jesus performed his first miracle; but you can sense her confidence when she informs the servants: Whatsoever He saith to thee, do it (John 2:5).

When we find her again, she’s at the foot of the cross, watching as her Son paid for the sins of the whole world, including hers (John 19:25). You would think this is where her appearances in Scripture ends, but as Paul Harvey used to say, “Now the rest of the story…”

In Acts chapter one, Jesus had just ascended to Heaven and the 120 are in the upper room. Along with Peter, and James and John, Andrew, Philip, and Thomas, Bartholomew, and Matthew, James the son of Alphaeus, and Simon Zelotes, and Judas the brother of James, we find Mary the Mother of Jesus (vs. 14) praying on the eve of Pentecost, just before they were filled with the Holy Ghost and 3,000 souls were saved. Did she ever realize all the amazing things she would be an eye witness to just because she willingly submitted to the word of the Lord, not worried about how she would be perceived?

She was just a lowly handmaid, willing to be used of the Lord, and thankful that He had considered her for such a monumental task. When we find ourselves called by the Lord to do something for Him that seems too daunting, and we worry how others may perceive us, may we respond as Mary did: Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word.

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Little Life Changers...

Have you ever been given something that you never knew you needed...but now that you have it, you wonder how did you ever live life without it?

I'm hoping that's what I'll feel like when I open my Christmas gift, that I ordered for myself on behalf of my dear hubby, for a ridiculously low price....something that, while I'm at school, I can simply press a button on my phone and have almost my entire house vacuumed by the time I get home.

Yeah, it's that good of a present. And I am almost positive I will wonder how I lived life without it.

But it's not Christmas yet. Instead, my wonderful nephew handed me a box at our last family night, and asked if there was any way I would be interested in trying out this product he picked up from work.

It was brand new...in the box....never been used.

I tried it today for the first time and I can honestly say....
it has forever changed how I drink coffee.

This little gem...the one in the back of the photo is a Keurig Cafe One-Touch Milk Frother. But instead of using milk, I simply added the whipping cream we use as our creamer.

Oh. My! Mind. Blown!

Seriously, if you enjoy a good cup of coffee, you should really try one of these. You will never go back to non-frothed coffee again.

Just another little item to add to my list of Favorite Things.

Now in the spirit of Julie Andrews and the Sound of Music (with my head back and arms stretched out wide), I invite you to sing along with me:

Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens.
Bright copper kettles and {warm frothy mixtures}.
Brown paper packages tied up with string.
These are a few of my favorite things.

When the dog bites, when the bee stings, when I'm feeling sad....
I simply remember my favorite things, and then I don't feel....
Sooooo ba-A-a-d!

Simply Enjoying My Favorite Things,

Monday, November 26, 2018

Walgreens Deal...

What I'm about to do I have not done in many years. It's not that I don't shop by deals...I do that every week with Kroger Clicklist and a stack of coupons: both digital and paper.

When I originally started this blog, it was with the idea to pass online and in-store deals that I found. Well, then we moved, had another baby, started working again, bought a house...life changed.

But this deal I could NOT pass up! If you are in need of a Christmas gift, here's an inexpensive yet beautiful gift you may want to give to a loved one. AND it's personalized!!
Walgreens is running a deal for 75% off Wood Photo Panels. This one is an 8x7 on a black wood panel. They include a leg for one of the four holes on the back...
The sale only covers the 5x7 or 8x7 sizes but mine turned out beautifully!

And the kicker? Only $5 for large size!!! Simply click HERE to be redirected to the Walgreens website where you can start creating your own wood photo panel. Then add the code JOLLYPANEL75 at checkout.

The first time through I only bought one because I wasn't sure how it would turn out. But the second time, I actually purchased two of them and the 75% came off both. They'll be ready for me at the store within an hour and the price? $10.80 (that's including tax)!!

Happy Shopping! And if you get one come back to let me know how yours turned out!!

Simply Scoring A Good Deal,