Monday, February 8, 2016

In Christ Alone, Is He Our All?..Even Amongst the Surface-Selfish?

"Never look ahead to the changes and challenges of this life in fear.....

"...So hold His loving hand tightly, and He will lead you safely through all things.  And when you cannot stand, He will carry you in His arms.

"Do not look ahead to what may happen tomorrow.   The same everlasting Father who cares for you today will take care of you tomorrow and every day.  Either He will shield you from suffering or He will give you His unwavering strength that you may bear it.  Be at peace, then, and set aside all anxious thoughts and worries." 
  ~Francis de Sales Psalm 23:1   Excerpt from Streams in the Desert devotional

It's been interesting lately.  As you know if you have read here at all, I'm of the INFP personality.  No, I'm not a strong introvert, I'm actually in the middle, just a tad over on the introvert side, too much visiting wears me out.   I also am an observer of people and a thinker, Jem thinks I could have been a very good detective.  He is correct. ; )

I highly recommend the Myers-Briggs personality test, not only to help understand yourself, but to understand others as well. For example, some people with the opposite personality seem to delight in pressuring and almost harassing people with my personality type; the INFP as myself, or INFJ, as my youngest daughter.  We sit back in wonderment at the control being exerted.  That control (sin) will repel us, usually; permanently.  I've also seen extreme  introverts who are a bit selfish (sin), because they refuse to reach out to others at all, even in small ways. 

My daughter is required to take the Myers-Briggs at the local college, and I know at College of the Ozarks, a Christian college, one of the students told me it is also a requirement.

Being an INFP personality, we are the counselors of the world.   But it seems we never receive caring counsel or rather a caring, listening ear, because people are busy dumping everything on us!  

This must be how Christ feels when people dump on Him, never thanking Him, never coming back.  

loading ...  I had to literally laugh the past month as I am going through life's challenges...(Please see last entry).  Twice, two women have spent quite a bit of time sharing troubles, with me, ...for so long of a time, my ears felt like a dumpster. My husband calls them selfish. At best, I think it's rather one-sided of them.  I don't mind listening to valid prayer requests and I SO take it to heart!    But.  When I mention the trials I am facing?  They are in a hurry to scurry off...I'm learning from experience that most will never even ask later about the prayer requests I have.

It was so bad one day, it was much like what we would see in a comedy sitcom.  I just had to stand there wide-eyed, chuckling in disbelief to myself as on separate occasions I watched these women scurry off.  I thought to myself... Oh my goodness!  This is so sad, it's almost funny it's so unbelievably selfish.  Grown women! 

I think....   What a friend we have in Jesus though!    

Perhaps He allows this so we will appreciate that truth!   It's those times, I go about my work quietly, and smile to myself, and just talk to the Father.  It's a liberating and most refreshing, happy thing!

I remember when I was in highschool.   When we were pen-pals with people, we expected to have a letter back within a couple of weeks at most or we wondered what was up.  Now we have emails, aren't emails supposed to be much easier to write back?  Serious prayer requests are shared, information is shared to who we think are trusted friends.  Questions are asked of interest of the other person.   We don't hear back. I've noticed the same when asking a simple polite, friendly question on a blog...*crickets chirping*.  ...Rude.

Any of you not a Christian?  I am so sorry of what you may see in church goers...You see, I know there are many who are not truly representative of Christ and that grieves my heart, it really does.  There really is something to:  They will know we are Christians by our Love.   It doesn't matter if people go to church or quote scripture etc., if they have not love then I question the integrity of their faith.  And that does not mean we do not speak truth, we speak truth because we love, and we should answer and respond to honest, sincere, people because we have that Christian integrity.

I had better run, it's Monday-Monday and so much to do! : )

loading ...  We are busy taking care of another rescue dog, looks like a beautiful Weimar.  Marianna picked her up on a country road in the freezing cold, she was literally bones and shaking with fever, she never would have made it through the night if Marianna would not have picked this poor angel up.
My husband remarks,  
What kind of a person does this to a poor animal?  

We have been praying for her, nursing her and speaking Life in Christ to her.  She is now growing hair back, and we have given her meds from our sweet Christian vet.   Yes, they will know we are Christians by our love.  Thanking God that our daughters have inherited a love and care for animals and human alike.   And I thank God for a Christian vet who cares.   I don't even need to ask him if he is a Christian, it is so very evident.

May we walk the walk that is evident of Christ in our Hearts, minds and souls!

Thank you for your prayers and comments, I appreciate them greatly.

Good Afternoon Loves,    ~amelia in the Forest.


Friday, January 29, 2016

God is With Me

Yesterday, I was at the store...I wait for a sweet older lady to move on so I could reach for some chives...She looked up with a smile, looking at me through wireframe glasses, silver poufy hair.  She tells me, "I'm in your way aren't I darling!"....  I respond to her with my big toothie smile and say:

I sure needed to be called 'Darling' today.  

She sweetly smiles and says...I hear you sister.  

I stroll on with my cart, my newly water-sprayed tears well up in my own eyes.  I am so worn out emotionally lately.  Just so. worn. out.   I meant what I told her.  I meant it.

My newly married daughter is on bedrest because of stage four adrenal fatigue affecting her organs.  She is fighting depression, and is very weak.  When the phone rings, the sound scares me.  I don't know what the situation will be on the other end.

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The phone's rings simply scare me as Pascal's dog was trained.  But I don't ring a bell, my heart jumps, my nerves edge when those lousy devices ring. 

The same lousy devices that allows me to hear an inlaw saying something not-so-nice form across the room as the voice carries.  

I do thank God through it all, but my soul  just feels very worn out at times as well as my physical strength.  I'm 55.  I am 55.  What a strange age I tell you...

...I also know and remember, we are pressed down but not destroyed.

There are those who give me hope and help me cope.

Take my hand that I might understand you...oh won't you please, oh won't you... 

My husband gives lots of hugs and sees to it I get out a little for a nice time as we spend time together, it's so fun and uplifting and so needed.
My mom is a sweetheart, a generous and thoughtful one, almost saintly at times.

The other thing that is heavy on my heart that perhaps some of you have been through but I'm thinking not, is my father, at 86 is making some very hurtful choices that have left us all feeling quite betrayed and hurt.

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I can't believe it, my mother, the wife of his youth (they were divorced when I was eighteen)...She can't believe it either.  She too, cries for no reason she tells me this week.  She has tried her best to forgive and forget and retain friendship with him.  Things are null and void at this point. 

How many times I have longed for my daddy to be with us.  To be normal.  Mother had offered to open her home to him, an extra room.  That was more then several years ago...A stranger once again has entered his life since.  Things are very wrong.  Unbelievably so.

Being an only child really is not that easy for someone like me...

I always wanted him to come with me to the First Methodist Church in downtown, he and mother were married there.  I just knew he would  be touched by it, but he rarely showed interest in coming to our area to do so.   I sooooo wanted to walk the property here at the Forest Cathedral with him, he could play with my dogs.  He too loves animals...  He could have spent time with his granddaughters if he was in our area.  Our sweet daughters even offered to come pick him up... But more then not he didn't really show interest when the rubber met the road... And I just don't understand.  I don't understand why not...

...And I just wasn't seeing what was coming... That I was about to be sucker punched in the face so to speak.

When I get that sucker-punched feeling, I think of the parents at M.D. Anderson with little children there fighting for their lives.  

That helps put things in perspective.  

God has sent an Eagle to fly with Jem and I as we drove down a country road.  The majestic Eagle took flight and flew next to Jem and I in our moving car, the Eagle turned his face over his wing, his eyes looking into my eyes, his eyes being a beautiful golden brown.  He was saying God is with you.  I've never seen anything like it, He stayed with us for a long time just flying with us looking into my eyes over his wing repeatedly...God is with me.

God also sent that Eagle to fly with my mother as she was leaving our home that same week.  This was miles down the road, the Eagle did the same thing with her...His eyes met hers, the same thing.  My mother thought too, it was God saying He is with us.

God is with us.   

I'll post now, I won't edit this to smithereens.  

Goodnight Loves,  I covet your prayers.     Signing off from the Forest Cathedral,   ~Amelia

Monday, December 21, 2015

Weekend Lessons, Little Gift Ideas, an Old Movie Discovery, Recipe, Music, Today!

I learned some illustrated lessons this weekend, so yesterday, a most balmy Sunday, I thought I would write about them and share today.  I also have some token gift offerings that might put an ease in your Christmas, and a new old movie discovery I think you may enjoy!

Lesson 1.  Jem, Mar and I were on our way to the city church in downtown and I realized in my hurry I had completely forgotten my already carefully packed socks, peanut butter-crackers, kleenex, toothbrushes etc. for the homeless we see on the streets.  Why?  Because I was not watching my time and rushed at the end of leaving time!  I told Jem, ...That is why being un-organized or in a big hurry is so bad!  Now I don't have my stuff for the homeless.  The last-minute thing just doesn't cut it.  How many times have we not done we should do for the Lord because of a lack of planning in simply getting ready?  Perhaps we take our time for granted thinking we have plenty of time and then, fly out the door half done. Aargh. 

Lesson 2.  We walked up the beautiful old hundred year old steps inside the old historical church to the balcony to see the violinists, the percussionists and choir sing and make Christmas music so lovely, so beautiful you become tearie eyed.  In front of us though was the video guy who videos the service weekly for television.  He was blocking part of my view. Hm. Disconcerting I thought.  But ya know?  Before I knew it I looked straight ahead and there was that huge beautiful stained glass window, and oh it is a huge one!  One of the most huge if not the hugest I know of. The curve of the balcony made a way for me to face the Jesus window. There was Jesus standing in front of me head-on holding His hands out to me!   To the left  of the same window was Jesus again holding so sweetly, meekly his little lamb with two other of his little lambs at his feet in that huge stained glass window.  I could hardly keep my eyes off of Jesus with His little lambs.  It was right where Christ wanted me yesterday.  Facing Him.  If I would have spent time fretting over the videographer being in my way, I never would have *seen* Jesus right in front of me, my precious, sweet, loving Jesus who ministers to my soul!

Lesson 3.  Jem and I were very tickled the other day, we were on a daytrip and saw a couple with the cutest little white dog.  The very young lady and her "dad" were taking very good care of this little dog.  As we walked on, Jem noticed they were holding hands like husband and wife...It was the famous entertainer, Tony Bennett!  Right under our very noses.  (He was in that town for a concert).

I wonder who else we do not notice?!

This brings me again to Christ.  Are we missing Christ at times right under our very noses? : )


And by the way on that city church, Pastor Wende, we will miss you greatly.  I wish you weren't retiring.  But if you see this, we will miss you.  Praying that there will be another godly pastor leading the flock this summer.

Pastor Wende just married Michelle and Josh, it it so evident he knows the Lord in such a personal way.  I try and look forward to watch and hear his sermons every week on television.   He's a very kind man from what we know and that is a blessing.  Very rare unfortunately. 

I remember when I was a little girl in the modern catholic church I attended.  There was a father Connally.  He loved our family, he was a friend of my cousin who was once a priest and father Conally seemed to have a special concern for my mother and I.  He would braid my long waist length hair outside on the sidewalk as I waited on my mother to pick me up after Wednesday evening catechism. Think Bing Crosby in The Bells of St. Mary's.  As a little girl, I could literally feel the Holy Spirit when around this man.  My mom and I would attend church frequently but infrequently, so inadvertantly we returned after a month one summer to find father Connally gone.  My little girl stomach was sick and that church was never the same.

So now, I have the same strange inkling.   So I pray.  I pray that the downtown church will not go the way of the world.  People don't seem to understand that families like ours do not want the cheap or  modernized.   We don't need "younger" ministers, just a minister with a timeless heart who knows Christ personally.  A simple sweet gospel with care.  We want the tried and true, the old fashioned which should be the all-the-time fashion in Christ.  

Some of these thoughts bring me to think about this blog at times and what it is for, I do pray it will be a gentle challenge of thoughts perhaps others are not willing to challenge on, but also a very honest account of life. I also like the everyday normalcy of life.  It's a Gift!  So have a cuppa with me won't you?  

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Hey Gals!  Here are some Cute Gift Ideas You can Find at Your Local Grocery for Last Minute Gifts, Perhaps to Have On Hand: 

I think I will post some gift ideas since this is Christmas week and some are looking for easy-breezy ideas at their local grocery etc, here are some cute little token gift ideas that make life easy but thoughtful.

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Most of these can be found at the grocery store so you won't have to fight crowds and go crazy.   Walmart has these to order as well although I know it's a little late now to order.

Sleepytime Vanilla Herbal Tea - Click for More Information  One idea that I have is a box of tea.  I wrap a  Celestial Seasonings box or even a box of Rose brand tea, whatever suits your fancy, either wrapping alone, or placing a very pretty, carefully chosen dishtowel found at the $ stores around it and then wrapping.

Another gift suggestion from a blog is a boxed bar of pink Dove soap wrapped.  I think this is so cute and different with a pretty towel or washcloth wrapped around it as well.  I have some single soap boxes on hand wrapped in red and white candy-stripe wrapping paper, and the fragrance is so pretty.   I've tucked a wrapped bar in the box with my mother's blouse for Christmas, the entire box has a lovely fragrance now.   These also make cute wrapped gifts to leave for the homeless.

For a neighbor who always brings us homemade goodies, I put a wrapped soap bar, two dish towels, a hot pad and a small can of dipping cookies in a cute gift bag ready to go.

Eight O'Clock coffee makes a great gift as well either on it's own or paired with some store-bought cookies such as archway or european ones in the cookie section. Last year our girls did manage to make homemade candy cane cookies so that was nice.  This brand of coffee is already in a Christmas color and it's good coffee too!  The price is very reasonable for good and good-looking coffee. : )

 Perhaps this will help you with token or surprise gifts to have on hand.  We just don't make cookies like we used to, we don't eat much sugar in our home or wheat for the mostpart so tea, coffee and towels with a fragranced soap bar fits the bill for having on hand.

Come to the Stable (1949)  Anyone seen this movie?   We hadn't and are so very delighted with it!

Come to the Stable is a 1949 American film which tells the story of two French nuns who come to a small New England town and involve the townsfolk in helping them to build a children's hospital.

Nominated for 7 Oscars and other awards as well including the Writers Guild.

My husband and I were rolling, laughing while watching this one, and there are plenty of poignant parts as well.  Elements of Christmas are included.

One very poignant part is that of one of the nuns playing a rather strong tennis match in her habit to the shock of everyone.  When asked where she learned to play tennis she replies...She was the winner of a famous 1939 match.  The several around her gasp, and proclaim she is the famous player by name.  She walks away smiling and says No Mademoiselle... No longer.  She was obviously speaking of her new life in her way of walking with Christ. It's a very neat scene as well as other scenes in the movie. 

Where do we discover this movie greatness you may ask?  We subscribe to Turner Classic Movies on cable television.  Turner Classics plays no commercials so it is very nice indeed.  I love the 40s as many of you may know so this definitely sets a most wonderful theme in our home many a day or evening as we desire.   You cannot beat the later 30s or 40s movies.  These movies as I have written before are made in a time in our country when there was a healthy fear of God.   ...WWII.  I know so well from speaking to people in the nursing home and some of my older friends, the nation was a very different place then.

We may not be able to control the nation but we can make our homes that peaceful place.  I was sharing with Jem that if every mom would tend to her home and make the most of it, making home a cheerful place with a nightly family supper, the country would be so much better!  Talk about true liberation! : )  I see it as an art and my first ministry.  It's for an Audience of One and that's all that counts.

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What's for supper?
Vegan Zuppa Toscana Soup!   We love this stuff... Soooo good.  I am using frozen spinach instead of kale in mine this evening.  It's what I have on hand.  It works.

What are we listening to today?  

White Christmas, Bing Crosby.  Darling old fashioned music!   White Christmas

 Well Loves, I better run, Have a sweet day,  Signing off for the day from The Forest Cathedral.  ~Amelia

I Am Jesus' Little Lamb, Pack of 100 Bulletins  -  

Thursday, December 17, 2015

A Must-See. Do we SEE? What do we Clamor After?

Do we see the beauty in others?  Do we feel overlooked at times?  This must be how Christ feels.  He is our precious Gift but yet many times ignored, especially this Christmas season.  I think this incredible video, below, my daughter, Marianna, sent of the famous violinist, Lindsey Stirling (incognito!) playing while being ignored in the subway as the manger scene is at her feet speaks so hugely.  The people around her indiscriminately are on phones, running to and fro in busyness, ignoring the beautiful gift...and The Gift...They walk on by. 

Let's see the Jesus in others, let's be Jesus to others.

It's amazing to me how so many, even church-goers (notice I do not call all church-goers, Christian.)  The fruits of so many who even attend various churches are the love of the world in so many cases.  We see and hear; envy, jealousy, name-dropping, comparisons, gossip, just wanting to fit in and bowing before being-part.  The pure and lovely are often overlooked when so many are looking for glitz, name recognition etc.  People sadly clamor for that plastic, position and glimmer so many times!  

Our daughter, Michelle's wedding last fall was a very good example of a sweet wedding that glorified Christ, the wedding was held in a beautiful old church with stained glass windows of Christ with His lambs, a violinist played, organ music abounded. Even Michelle and Josh's coworkers became tearie-eyed as Michelle came down the aisle. The reception was lovely in the pretty, dimly lit lovely church hall, a male pianist playing instrumental music and lovely finger foods, tea, coffee with a vintage look wedding cake was presented, along with natural fresh flowers and berry decorations atop old Grace Livingston Hill books adorning tables with dark plum table cloths and tea lights. The aura was lovely and sweet.  Many who notice and appreciate the pure and lovely loved the godliness and purity of Michelle and Josh's wedding and have told us so, for they were encouraged.  But sadly, some of our even closest relatives and acquaintances chose to not only overlook this wedding, one older generation person has indiscriminately and heartlessly, purposely, bragged to my husband and Michelle on others' weddings serving the world up with loud bands, huge food courses, and all that goes with that.  Someone who should have been so very proud, but who simply loves the world and sadly calls the things of the world, "beautiful" but also loves going to the modern churches, the person often dismissing sweet things.  The Bible talks about that sort of thing doesn't it.  Most of these are church-goers who will talk the talk of churchdom. Please know I'm not wanting to come across as woe-is-me, you see, true family was there as well as the precious friends who are like true family!  They were there!  They were beautiful Gifts!  The contrast in the two attitudes was remarkable in who disregarded the wedding and those who so sweetly attended and were blessed by it!  You could see so clearly who was attracted to what, no matter what talk they talk or what church they attend if any.

"A dead thing can go with the stream, but only a living thing can go against it."   -C.K. Chesterton

What are we attracted to?  What and who do we disregard?  What and who do we embrace and tout?  Are we embarrassed by purity?  If we are, then something is very wrong. 

If we love the things of the world, the love of the Father is not in us. 

I think this young lady, this violinist in the video is beautiful in more ways then one.  Very, very neat indeed.

You will see she and the little manger scene at her feet being passed by as she being incognito is being ignored as well as the precious manger scene, people passing by  not *seeing* the Beauty. It's so wrong on so many accounts.  May I see the Beauty in the ordinary.  May I see Christ clearly as I go through life!

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Please don't forget to see the video on the next oldest post.  God's Creatures are also overlooked many times. Check out Factory farming and the dairy industry and you will see...I hope.  It's not a liberal or conservative issue, but it is sadly and cruelly ignored by many.

Juris Naturalist

Good Afternoon Loves,  amelia in the Forest

"Let your religion be less of a theory and more of a love affair."   -C.K. Chesterton

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Monday, December 14, 2015

Think About It...I Dare You

Animals are sentient and do know they are going to die. You can see how this one cow just don't want to go in there because he knows death awaits him. How heartbreaking.

Please take just a few minutes to see this video.  There is no blood or slaughter shown.  ...But just see, hear and feel with your heart.

I am an ethical vegetarian-vegan and it breaks my heart what happens to His creatures and how many church-goers ignore this.

"You can bet your bag of beans Francis of Assisi would have been a vegetarian."
John Michael Talbot   (Christian singer and worship leader)

"Have you noticed most slaughterhouses don't have windows?"
Paul McCartney

How do we regard animals lives?

I hope to post some ethically vegetarian/vegan dishes in the future for you to try.  I cannot tell you how wonderful and FREEING it is to eat guilt-free and the perks in health are amazing.   God truly blesses. 

Genesis 1:29  And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.

Proverbs 12:10 A righteous man regardeth the life of his beast: but the tender mercies of the wicked are cruel. 

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Tuesday, December 8, 2015

'Room for One More' (1952) ...A Most Poignant and PRECIOUS Movie with an Element of Christmas! My Homemade Dusting Powder Gift Idea You Can Easily Make!

Room For One More (1952) with Betsy Drake and Cary Grant.  Beautiful movie, poignant and touching with humor galore!  Adorable movie that brings us back to a time, perhaps a time before we were even born, but a time our hearts and souls long for once again.  We don't have to join in with culture do we.  Let's be brave and have courage to be different, to be sweet, to be able to laugh and not be stilted.

See the dog at the table with Betsy Drake looking on smiling? 

...A well made movie with a plot showing a whole family, where values were instilled in children and parents were in the home. Yes, please show it again, soon!  -Reviewer from TCM

Our family so enjoyed this most precious, precious movie.  Our entire family thoroughly enjoyed it, not once but several times including my husband!  The movie is a wonderful wholesome movie about a sweet family with a beautiful heart for foster children not to mention pets!  I so saw myself, in ways, of the part of the mother, played by Betsy Drake caring for not only little children but fur angels as well.. And what makes the movie enchanting is the fact that Cary Grant and Betsy Drake were married in real life.

I highly suggest this most wonderful movie for your family too!  We had never heard of this movie and are delighted with it.  It brings us back to a better time indeed.  The part of one of the foster children, a little boy with braces on his legs, the part was beautifully done, his painful emotions in one particular part as he wept and cried out in private pain had my husband and I closing our eyes in such our pain for the character of this little boy. 

One element of Christmas was so darling and exhibited such a simplicity that the world is waiting for and so hungry far I do believe.  You will see a simple Christmas around the tree.  Betsy Drake had cut her formal dress down for their little foster girl so the little girl could have a formal for a special event...and you will see what happens if you choose to see the movie.  (a clue is the generosity of her siblings when they see a slight problem with the dress).

A most lovely movie.

I hope you too will enjoy?

Well, Loves, just wanted to drop a tip for a new classic movie we have discovered.  

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We are trying to keep Christmas sensible but most delightful and sweet focusing even more on others, poor in spirit and otherwise. How about you?  The car and jewelry store commercials make me want to upchuck I must say.  

Our Sweet Jesus was born on hay but the worship of culture pushes materialism.  No thanks pals. Ye ain't foolin' me chumps!   *big smile*

It's like the Emporor's new clothes isn't it?  I drive our paid-off reliable truck to smalltown and laugh the whole way!  Jingle Bells!  Jingle Bells!  Out of debt, Out of debt!  *huge smile*  There are those who strive for the "look" of accomplishment making their very lives a mess when they could be rich in spirit if they were wise and whole, not so sadly insecure.  It boggles the mind does it not?

The Father's yoke is easy and His burden is light.  Light.  Let's us take His simplicity and rest right?  Nothing wrong with a sweet well thought out gift(s) of course but things are soooo out of whack as I'm sure you would agree.

Mar and I have had a wonderful time at Dollar General loading up on very pretty old fashioned baby dolls and stuffed animals to deliver to a church for their outreach to underprivileged children and parents.   If you have not been to a Dollar General dime store I highly recommend!  They are the only modern stores I know of except for Family Dollar that is close to the old fashioned five and dimes.  Yes, you will still find the old fashioned baby dolls there for reasonable prices.  Mar found some baby dolls that sing 'Jesus Loves Me'.  How sweet is that for a little girl?

One particular gift I have made for our grown girls at home, something fun and well received is a dusting powder.  I use cornstarch, a couple of drops of lavender and patchoulli oils mixed.  I mixed them in an old fashioned plastic bag and then placed that carefully, closed with a wire twistie inside of a Dollar Tree mini metal lunch-kit type of container. The bag with the oils needs to sit, sealed for at least several days to obtain a good scent.  It's really cute little gift!  I ordered a three-pack of real powder puffs from Walter Drake, (the pretty kind with a satin ribbon) and placed it on top of each bag of fragranced frivolity before buckling down the metal lid of the 'case'.  Soooo cute!  

loading ...  Our tree is decorated much like this with old fashioned icicles.  It's a definite 40s tree!  It never grows out of style! 

We all need a portal through which we can find a quieter life, at least occasionally.  For too many of us, Christmas is a nightmarish revolving door in which we're spinning faster and faster.  But the wiser among us find it a sort of time-warp portal, rotating us from the hustle and bustle of twenty-first-century life to the sedate world of a quieter time.

So this year, slow down, look up, breathe deeply, spend less -- and simplify, simpllify!  The way of a calmed Christmas--simplicity.  

-David Jeremiah from the little book, The 12 Ways of Christmas

Hopefully I'll have more me-made gifts to share next time.

Have a sweet afternoon Loves,  Blessings to All,  Let's enter into the stable shall we?   Signing off from the Forest Cathedral.  -Amelia

Monday, October 26, 2015

Church Wedding Photos, Sisters and Precious Friends Who Are Like Family, Cozy Soup Recipe and Truths that Flow in Solitude

The church was built in 1910, now amidst skyscrapers, just a block or two from where Jem and I were born, the church is just how it was back then, if you scroll down to the next older post (check the music out too!) you will notice the floor of the bridal chamber, it is the original.  The lady whose husband had put down that floor attended the church until even recently.  There are brass plaques one I saw of those lost during World War I.  The messages here are of basic solid Christianity.  It's one of the only churches I know of where people of means sit next to people who are very poor.  The homeless sleep on these very steps in safety at night and some are members.  The poor are fed here five days out of the week.  

Becs, Lea, our precious friend, Jon, who played violin for the ceremony and Marianna.  2. Lea and little doll, Emmaline 3. Emmaline, Marianna, and Rebecca, Emmaline's sweet mommy and our precious life friend.

I hope you are all doing well...I am enjoying being here today enjoying the autumn weather, taking a walk, making cozy bean soup with sauteed onions, bell peppers and lots of fresh tomatoes in the mix for supper.  Oh.  So good.  The fragrance wafts through our home.  It feels so good to wear my long sleeve knit tunics again!  Marianna is practicing her court reporting, Becs is off from work making a card for an ill friend, and Lea is doing paperwork upstairs.  Michelle just emailed me a Lentil Burger recipe she put together, adding a free range egg and gf flour,...That Josh loved. 

Oh Autumn how I love thee!

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Here is my Heart-Warming Soup for an Autumn Eve 
(I used a crockpot.)

2 pound bag of Large Lima beans, today I used Mayocobo beans, small Navy beans work nicely too.
10 cups very hot water

2 tsp. salt

olive oil
1 -2 onion
2 bell peppers
fresh garlic cloves sliced, at least several
1 1/2 tsp. chili powder
lots of fresh roma tomatoes cut in large chunks.  around 4 cups

I put the sorted, rinsed beans in the crockpot with the hot water and a 2 tsp. of salt.  (I used almost boiling water)

Sautee the onion, bell peppers, garlic and fresh tomatoes in generous amount of olive oil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.  This will make a most wonderful gravy!   Then you carefully ladle the gravy into your crockpot with the beans. I cook the all day on high before switching to warm. (These are un-soaked beans)  I serve over brown rice with a bread for supper. We topped our soup bowls with more fresh raw tomatoes, cilantro, tortilla chips and fresh avocado. So colorful. So cozy.

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Good deal!  Do you know that Walmart and has 7 quart crockpots on clearance for around $19?  I needed a new one so badly so this was a blessing for me.

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Here are some excerpts from Streams in the Desert Devotional for Oct. 26. This morning:

"As a child of God, how much more do we need times of complete solitude --times to deal with the spiritual realities of life and to be alone with God the Father.  If there was ever anyone who could dispense with special times of solitude and fellowship, it was our Lord....Yet even He could not maintain His full strength without His quiet time...

Oh, the thought of having God all alone to myself and knowing that God has me all alone to Himself!
-Andrew Murray

Lamartine, the first of the French Romantic poets and a writer of the nineteenth century, in one of his books wrote of how his mother had a secluded spot in the garden where she spent the same hour of each day.  He related that nobody ever dreamed of intruding upon her for even a moment of that hour.  It was the holy garden of the Lord to her.

Pity those people who have no such Beulah land!  (See Isa. 62:4.)  (Matt. 6:6)...for it is in quiet solitued that we catch the deep and mysterious truths that flow from the soul of the things God allows to enter our lives.

Oh my soul, practice that solitude!  Practice dismissing the crowd!  Practice the stillness of your heart!  Practice the majestic song "God and I!  God and I!"  Let no one come between you and your wrestling angel!  You will receive conviction yet pardon, when you meet Jesus alone!"  -George Matheson

Good Evening Loves,   "...For it is in quiet solitude that we catch the deep and mysterious truths that flow from the soul of the things God allows to enter our lives."

Signing off from the blustery autumn eve here in the Forest Cathedral,    ~Amelia

P.S. 7:22pm  Our family saw more then several little deer in the Forest out our back window as we ate our soups..How sweet was that.  A Gift.