Wednesday, June 30, 2010

i’m so grateful!

Sweeping and scrubbing and mopping and vacuuming do not appeal to me.  And no, I've never 'enjoyed' housework of any kind.  However, since my back and knees hurt and ache, and my arms and hands hurt and ache, and my hands don’t have much strength - I need help!  I've found three products that make cleaning (almost) bearable.

I’m grateful!  I’m thankful!  I’m appreciative!  I’m delighted.  I’m thrilled...I'm......  

1 – Shark Quick-N-Quiet Cordless Floor and Carpet Sweeper (Model V1725), 10" Motor Brush, 30 Minute Rechargeable Battery, Swivel Head, Easy Empty Dirt Cup. 
Cost around $45.  It’s magnificent!

2 – Black & Decker ScumBuster Cordless Power Scrubber (Model S600), For Kitchen, Bathroom, and Outdoor Cleaning.  Storage Caddy Holds Tool and All Nine Accessories.
Cost around $45.  It’s  fantastic!

3 – Swiffer Wetjet Multi-Purpose Floor Cleaner.  Power Mop, Disposable Cleaning Pads, Bottle of Multi-Purpose Cleaning Solution, Scrubbing Strip (Starter Kit).   
Cost around $25.  It’s superb!

*I’m not receiving compensation for reviews of above products. :D

Saturday, June 26, 2010

‘attitude of gratitude’

One of my Facebook friends is a gracious, kind, and wise Christian woman.  She often ends a post with ‘attitude of gratitude’.  I like that phrase, and it got me to thinking.  It’s one more example of thanking God for the brutal times and the bad times and the better times and the best times.

When I focus on what I’m grateful for, it’s hard to focus on what I think is awful and terrible.  Being positive feels a lot better than being angry or miserable, and I’ve been both.  The more grateful I become, the more my happiness quotient soars.

When I find myself in a bad situation, I hope I’m reminded of my FB friend’s words - ‘attitude of gratitude’.

Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe,
Hebrews 12:28 ESV

Friday, June 25, 2010

Thursday, June 24, 2010

And this is His name by which He will be called, 'The LORD our righteousness.' Jeremiah 23:6 (NASB)

Hallelujah to my King!

Psalm 118 focuses on thankfulness and praise for the Lord’s goodness and for His grace. In verses 1 – 4, and verse 29, there’s a recurring statement about the great love of our Lord. Various versions of the Bible word it differently, but each one says the same thing.

"His love endures forever." (New International Version)

"His steadfast love endures forever." (English Standard Version)

"His lovingkindness is everlasting." (New American Standard Bible)

His mercy endureth for ever. (King James Version)

His lovingkindness endureth for ever (American Standard Version)

"His faithful love endures forever." (Holman Christian Standard Version)
(Psalm 118)

The theme here is His undying love and His endless care and His eternal devotion and His unwavering mercy and His unchanging faithfulness and His gift of salvation and His majestic grace...

No, I can never ever love Him enough.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

hi little bird...

While in my garden this afternoon, I saw and heard a baby bird. She (or he) was trying to fly, but the poor little thing just couldn’t make it more than a few inches off the ground. I leaned against the picnic table to watch and listen.

The mother bird was just a few feet away, and she was rapidly talking ‘bird speak’ to her little one, and demonstrating (with apparent patience) how to take flight. I declare it sounded like the baby was crying for help, and the mommy was encouraging her to keep trying. After a tense few minutes, the baby made it up to a low branch. Yeah!

The mother bird built an intricate nest and became protective of her new home. She laid the eggs, keep them warm, cleaned the babies when they hatched, maintained a clean nest, brought food for them to grow strong, gave flying lessions when it was time to go out into the big world. And, all of this is accomplished by God-given instinct. He is a mighty and incredible God!

Of course, this reminded me of a Bible verse spoken by Jesus…
Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they? Matthew 6:26 NAS

I can’t comprehend how such a great God created everything that is. All of His creation is vast, complex, complete, astonishing, infinite, and perfect. From the tiny little things we can’t see, to the vast universe we can only see a speck of, my God is awesome and amazing!

Wow!!! In all of His creation, He cares about me? After I accepted Jesus into my heart, He lives within me as my Lord and Savior! Yes, He cares about you, too!!!!! If you’re living all alone in this great big world, please don’t try it all by yourself. Ask Jesus into your heart. He will be your personal Lord and Savior. He will be there to love you, to comfort you, to guide you, to help you, to direct you, to carry you, to understand you, to support you, to listen to you, to give you peace, to give you hope, and to give you eternal life.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

pause 'n ponder

Love is like standing in wet cement,
the longer you stay,
the harder to leave,
and you can never leave
without leaving your mark behind.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

my prayer has been answered

I asked for strength
and God gave me difficulties to make me strong
I asked for wisdom
and God gave me problems to solve
I asked for prosperity
and God gave me brawn and brain to work
I asked for courage
and God gave me dangers to overcome
I asked for patience
and God placed me in situations where I was forced to wait
I asked for love
and God gave me troubled people to help
I asked for favors
and God gave me opportunities
I received nothing I wanted
I received everything I needed
My prayer has been answered
- Author Unknown