Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Lots Going On. Thoughts, Creates, Prayers

Well, I'm making lemonade over here out of lemons right?

But.  Oh my gosh, so disgusted on the way businesses are being handled.  Many people who work for the government have no idea...I heard an epidemiologist yesterday say the amount of heart attacks and suicide caused by the way certain things are being handled with private business will be our worst problem.   I agree!  Oh how I agree!  And most people do not question things. Frightening.  I could be reserved on this but I'm too honest for that.

On the government officials who are receiving their paychecks and making these rules destroying people's businesses and lives;   Michael Barry on morning radio today was saying something to the effect of when speaking of government:   Many say we are in this together but no we are not.  No we are not.  Many people have no idea or even want to have an idea. 
I'm married to a realtor broker and have always struggled with the ignorance people have on being in private  business, you just would not believe what I have seen people do and not do.  But this recent situation with small businesses being shut down has really made me livid.  Not so much for us personally, for we've been through thick and thin (trust me) and are in those middle age years having made many short term sacrifices for long term goals but what about the private business owners or private ministers who are raising a family who are not in a good position financially?   We have renters who lost jobs who are scared to death, one young lady who rents from us texted my husband saying she doesn't know how she will live.  Hubs and I are George and Mary Bailey but many landlords are not, what is to become of those poor people who rent and have business that shut down or worked for those businesses?

Rules yes, common sense rules.  But this extreme control where it is not even needed in specific situations is frightening.

Our veterinarian had it right.  He put a sign on his door that says something to the effect of   If you have Covid symptoms please do not come in.  We want to stay healthy.   There ya go for commons sense.  We the People.

“As government expands, liberty contracts.”
Ronald Reagan 

Okay, moving on.

Here's some fun stuff I did the past week or so.  I'm decluttering major getting things  cleared out for a happy middle-age here to live.  Let me live.  Yes.

I try to do something creative for at least 10 minutes a day.  Sometimes it's going for a walk in nature and spying a beautiful lavender wild flower and replanting it in my garden.  Sometimes it's taking up a blouse to get a better fit, sometimes it's all out-break-out- the paints or fabric.

 The view from one of my kitchen windows...We can decorate and create with fruit and veggies too.

To save on my paper goods, I've made some easy-peasy cloth napkins out of scraps of my fabrics.  I usually make them around 7 inches or so...depending on the size of  the scrap.  I didn't hem them because I wanted to get them out and running.  I placed them in a glass bowl, easy to grab.  Paper will be used for icky messes only.   I'm also using the smaller scraps for facial wipes etc.

I put this together for our kitchen table to bring some good cheer.  All silk flowers are from dollar tree and walmart.  No flower bush cost more than $1.50...  I had the floral foam already on hand and the flower tin from dollar tree.  I've never used the foam before, I usually just use a crumpled bag or whatever.  I also lined around the bottom of the flowers with green  moss from dollar tree.

All great change in America begins at the dinner table.    ~Ronald Reagan

I made this cheerful bouquet for my studio out of dollar tree silk flowers...I simply tied them with a cloth ribbon and lay them on this little table as if a maiden lay them fresh from the garden.   These florals are great, they have the wires in them and you can bend them to perk them up a bit.  Four little flower bushes were used.  $4.00

My little deer friend was out on my screen porch, the little guy makes me smile and he is so realistic I want to pet him.  I decided I would bring him inside for decoration.  I used my silk ivy from the dollar tree to make my own little sanctuary here on our woodburning stove.

It's very calming I think... I love the color, green.

More silk ivy from the dollar  tree as well as the 99 cent store...I keep things in our living room more deep rich jewel tones, greens, maroons...More like an old library or lodge.

There are some great people out there on youtube that I watch on my t.v. through my channel master.

One is Olivia's Romantic Home.  She's a cutie pie and a Christ follower, I get a lot of inspiration from her.    She is also very kind in responding to comments.

I've been listening to Samuel Barber, Adagio for Strings, the ten hour version on youtube as well as the cd, Hidden in My Heart, a lullabye journey through scripture.  Vol.  I.  That is also on youtube and my husband put it on his phone.

My prayers go out to those who have been touched by any sickness, my mother is 90 years old so I get it.   My daughter has autoimmune issues, I get it.   Oh how I get it.  It breaks my heart what happened in Italy.

One good thing that has come out of all of this!?   No abortions are being done!  Innocent babies are being saved! 

“I've noticed that everyone who is for abortion has already been born.”   

~Ronald Reagan

 In closing...

 Ready daily, Psalms 91.  Maybe twice daily or more.

And my husband reminds...

If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.  -II Chronicles 7:14

I am having a full day today so I better run,  *big smile*  Take care.  Be wise.  Be safe.  Laugh often and much.  Be silly, dance while doing chores and........... Think.  ...And Pray hard.

Love,  Amelia in the Forest


Sandi said...

Isaiah 41:10- So do not fear, for I am with you; 
do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you;
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.


Haggai 2:9- 'The glory of this present house will be greater than the glory of the former house,' says the Lord Almighty. 'And in this place I will grant peace,' declares the Lord Almighty."

Because when this is over things will be better.

Take heart: "I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world." John 16:33

Patti said...

My husband works for a small, locally-owned company. They are still working, but for how much longer? We are very concerned about the effect the shutdown is having on local businesses.

I love cloth napkins....use them all the time. I only use paper napkins/towels when the mess might totally stain the cloth.

Love that 2 Chronicles passage. It was one of the first Bible passages I ever memorized.


Barbara said...

We were already using cloth napkins, as we have for many years; but I had not thought to use fabric scraps for facial wipes. Good idea!

Your homey touches are lovely and a welcome relief from all that's going on in the outside world.

Mrs. White said...

Your home and decorations are so lovely!
This is such a difficult time we are all living through.
Your description of George and Mary Bailey is a perfect comparison!
Stay well!

Amelia said...

Thank you Sandi for sharing, those are some of my favorite scriptures! : ) Thank God we have Peace in our hearts as we plod along here. Our hearts and prayers are those who are very ill and suffering as well as those dear ones, the John Does who are affected unjustly by government oppression.

Amelia said...

Hi Patti, Yes, I am very concerned for private businesses. I don't mind common sense rules of course but this is not common sense in many cases. I'm afraid of what we will be seeing in the way of foreclosures and such as well as human suffering in a personal-pain kind of way, not to mention the general morale of the country and psychological and health problems caused by the horrible stress because of the unfair oppression. My son in law works as chief, chief of staff for a state representative and he's already getting loads of calls from people who have lost their jobs and are not able to receive assistance from the government because they are told they made too much last year. I've noticed that many who have government paid jobs are not concerned about this. I'm a justice person, I grew up in a home where justice was paramount, my father was a city councilman as well as a private business owner and this situation is just a sin to me. I will keep you and your husband in my prayers. I'm so sorry Patti.

You are such a wonderful homemaker Patti, you are so on-it with your table settings I've seen on your blog! I cannot say that I am! lol I'm just a real basic kind of gal, kind of a sloppy artist? *smiles while wincing*

Many ((((hugs)))) coming your way dear one!

Amelia said...

Hi Barbara, Thanks! Oh my, how do you keep up with all the cloth napkins? I bet your place settings are lovely. :)

Thanks for your sweet compliments! I'm so happy you liked my touches! *big smile*

God bless Barbara, stay safe!

Amelia said...

Good Morning Mrs. White! Awww.... Your comment just so warmed my heart!

I just love your thoughts...So warm and loving...and understanding.

Can't wait to see your latest blog!

I know you are in prayer as I am. Thanks again and a big hug coming your way!

Dana said...

What I love about you -- you are a truth speaker but also full of encouragement! I couldn't agree more with your post. My grandparents lived thru the depression and WWII and I remember their stories. I chose everyday to HOPE. It is very encouraging too that no abortions are being done -- let's pray for those dear women that God will turn their eyes to Him and they will see their destiny and chose LIFE for their babies. I loved your quotes from President Reagan too -- he taught my husband's grandpa how to dive when he was a lifeguard. What a great man!

Amelia said...

Dana, Oh what a breath of fresh air you are! Thank you. Your comment was a blessing to me.

Yes, my grandparents and mom and dad lived through the depression and WWII as well. One story I have is my mother had to wait for their chicken to lay an egg that morning in order for my grandma to make her an egg sandwich for her school lunch. Ya know? My mom said she had no idea they were poor though, they were happy and had what they needed and I'm sure living in a smalltown with others in the same economical setting was helpful too. My mom said when she later worked in the city as a young single at the bank in downtown she just had a couple of blouses and maybe a black or navy skirt.

Yes, may we pray for the end of abortion and that those women who are in trouble, may they realize the hard truth and be willing to give LIFE. Thank God for the prolife ministries out there. I love it when I drive by Cahtolic churches and they have the sign up that reads something like: "Are you pregnant and need help? We will help you."

Oh. My. Goodness. Ronald Reagan taught your husband's grandpa how to dive? Oh how great is that?! I bet he was a Gem! Speaking of Ronald Reagan, I have his book entitled; 'Abortion and the Conscience of America'.

Thanks so very much for stopping by Dana! : ) God bless you!

Victor S E Moubarak said...

Praying that you and yours are well and safe. Take care.

Let us also pray that more people turn to God.

God bless.

Amelia said...

Hi Victor, Thanks for coming by! Yes. I totally agree, let's pray that this will be used also in the way of good that people will realize their need for God. Yes, yes, yes.

Be safe friend, God's blessings to you.

Victor S E Moubarak said...

Thank you for your kind words on my blog today.

God bless.

Amelia said...

You are so welcome Victor. God bless you too. Have a great day!

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