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The Bell

Wish I knew who to credit for this… it is beautiful!  Merry Christmas!

I am God’s child (John 1:12)
I am Christ’s friend (John 15:15 )
I am united with the Lord (1 Cor. 6:17)
I am bought with a price (1 Cor 6:19-20)
I am a saint (set apart for God). (Eph. 1:1)
I am a personal witness of Christ. (Acts 1:8)
I am the salt & light of the earth (Matt 5:13-14)
I am a member of the body of Christ (1 Cor 12:27)
I am free forever from condemnation ( Rom. 8: 1-2)
I am a citizen of Heaven. I am significant (Phil 3:20)
I am free from any charge against me (Rom. 8:31 -34)
I am a minister of reconciliation for God (2 Cor 5:17-21)
I have access to God through the Holy Spirit (Eph. 2:18)
I am seated with Christ in the heavenly realms (Eph. 2:6)
I cannot be separated from the love of God (Rom 8:35-39)
I am established, anointed, sealed by God (2 Cor 1:21-22 )
I am assured all things work together for good (Rom. 8:28 )
I have been chosen and appointed to bear fruit (John 15:16 )
I may approach God with freedom and confidence (Eph. 3: 12 )
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me (Phil. 4:13)
I am the branch of the true vine, a channel of His life (John 15: 1-5)
I am God’s temple (1 Cor. 3: 16). I am complete in Christ (Col. 2: 10)
I am hidden with Christ in God (Col. 3:3).. I have been justified (Romans 5:1)
I am God’s co-worker (1 Cor. 3:9; 2 Cor 6:1). I am God’s workmanship (Eph. 2:10)
I am confident that the good works God has begun in me will be perfected. (Phil. 1: 5)
I have been redeemed and forgiven ( Col 1:14). I have been adopted as God’s child (Eph 1:5)
I belong to God
Do you know
Who you are?


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Your result for Are You a Jackie or a Marilyn? Or Someone Else? Mad Men-era Female Icon Quiz…

You Are a Katharine!

You are a Katharine — “I am happy and open to new things”

Katharines are energetic, lively, and optimistic. They want to contribute to the world.

How to Get Along with Me

  • * Give me companionship, affection, and freedom.
  • * Engage with me in stimulating conversation and laughter.
  • * Appreciate my grand visions and listen to my stories.
  • * Don’t try to change my style. Accept me the way I am.
  • * Be responsible for youself. I dislike clingy or needy people.
  • * Don’t tell me what to do.

What I Like About Being a Katharine

  • * being optimistic and not letting life’s troubles get me down
  • * being spontaneous and free-spirited
  • * being outspoken and outrageous. It’s part of the fun.
  • * being generous and trying to make the world a better place
  • * having the guts to take risks and to try exciting adventures
  • * having such varied interests and abilities

What’s Hard About Being a Katharine

  • * not having enough time to do all the things I want
  • * not completing things I start
  • * not being able to profit from the benefits that come from specializing; not making a commitment to a career
  • * having a tendency to be ungrounded; getting lost in plans or fantasies
  • * feeling confined when I’m in a one-to-one relationship

Katharines as Children Often

  • * are action oriented and adventuresome
  • * drum up excitement
  • * prefer being with other children to being alone
  • * finesse their way around adults
  • * dream of the freedom they’ll have when they grow up

Katharines as Parents

  • * are often enthusiastic and generous
  • * want their children to be exposed to many adventures in life
  • * may be too busy with their own activities to be attentive

Take Are You a Jackie or a Marilyn? Or Someone Else? Mad Men-era Female Icon Quiz
at HelloQuizzy

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It’s Done!

The lighting of the tree is complete!  And now I’m going to get a quick, bad-for-me lunch because what I really want to do is sit in a nice, hot tub with a book.  My treat for me for a lit tree!

  • tree lighting – DONE!
  • purchase of said lights and hand soap – DONE!
  • as well as taking the trash to the curb (missed last week)- DONE!
  • and start crock-pot 16 bean soup for supper – DONE!

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Did you know there is apparently a 6:50 in every morning?  The things you find out when you wake at a proper time in the morning.  Well, I won’t say proper… earlier in the morning.  I haven’t slept through the night for many nights since my daughter was 6 months old (yes, she slept through before… but metabolism changed with the new foods, I guess).  Now this is the second night IN A ROW that she has slept through in her own bed.  Could it really just be because I’ve turned the eerie glow of the fishtank light off at night?  If so, then those fish are sleeping in the dark!  Actually, it’s my Dear Heart who will have to stumble through in the dark should he happen to come through at night.  Cause I think I like this sleeping thing!

So, I woke this morning at 6 with my poor “I’m too young for arthritis” elbow bugging me.  And I decided to stop fighting it and just get up.  Chat with you guys… drink my tea (it’s peppermint this morning…) and tick off a to-do list.  For your reading enjoyment:

  • finish lighting the Christmas tree
  • clean and straighten for homeschooler’s lunch here Friday
  • sweep and mop for said lunch (but I can’t do this too early or else I’ll just end up mad at every little spill)
  • purchase worchestishire sauce (cereal mix), another string of lights if I find I need them, a new soap dispenser for the bathroom (luckily I have a CVS across the street and received a $25 gift card for having a $10 perscription filled there… so, that’s all good.)
  • Can I make a frame like thing for my world map to hang on the wall before then (it IS a study group on world cultures, after all) and can I get a little work fun in for me with my little letterbox trading cards (one is due Jan 1)?

Yep, that’s all… I’m sure I’ll find something else to stress about… nah!  Life’s too short!  Happy Wednesday morning all!

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Why does that silly little kitten have to go and stop eating??  Yesterday he’s fine and playful, today he’s lethargic and mewling.  So… yes, I took him into the vet.  Now, if you know me, ya’know I don’t go in for all the extensive lengths folks go to for pets.  Sorry, but I just can’t get on board with expensive surgeries and daily medicine for a pet.  Not one that’s smaller than a horse anyway. 

But what am I to do when my 3 year old looks out the window on her kitten and says very matter of factly that he’s dying?  She had him in the living room yesterday playing with him and this afternoon he wouldn’t even move.  I too was actually scared that we were too late cause he was seriously cold.  He lives on our enclosed front porch with his momma, but there is straw out there, and… well, his momma.  That’s the way animals are supposed to be.

So I hightailed him to the vet, expecting the worst… but she force fed him, injected some liquids into him and gave him a shot of sugar water.  Said he appears to not be eating.  So, looks like we’ll be force feeding this kitten for a day or two and keeping an eye on him.

$70 for a dinner and it better be mine the next time!

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Called Upon

What a wonderful Sunday with brothers and sisters!  Cold though it was (I’m seriously not ready for it to be this cold, this early… yes Mom, I brought the kerosene heater in), we had a busy day to keep us warm on the outside and meaningful fellowship to keep us warm inside.

The tweens headed off to their Sunday school class, only to find out that the thermostat couldn’t be convinced to come on, so they had SS in the main church building on comfy couches with doughnuts at hand.  Good stuff for a teen boy who does a lot of his thinking with his belly, I think.  The three year old was dropped off at her class, jumping in to the pre-class play without much hesitation ( good stuff for Mommy… seperation anxiety is no fun).  Taking the stairs instead of the elevator, I made my way up to my class to find it has been moved to the gym.  I had forgotten, but one of our class teachers is at the end of her ordination and she has to have a series of class teachings taped for it.  The topic is “History of Methodism”.  COOL!

Sandra is a wonderful teacher, having, I believe, a background in a couple different Holiness churches/denominations.   She has a true spirit for the Trinity that absolutely shines in her teaching.  Very well studied, not apologetic for anything scripture asks of us and intensely human and personable in her walk with God.  When she teaches, you know you’re sitting with another sinner saved by grace.  It is good to be in her company.

She starts her lesson with “You might be a methodist if…”    A couple of my favorites –

  • you know that a circuit rider has nothing to do with electricity
  • you’ve never sat through a hell-fire and brimstone service and you don’t think you’re missing a thing

I really must do a study on the Wesley family.  More than Luther or Calvin, I see my own struggles in what I know of these people.  Where the previous men always come off as down in the mouth, woe-is-me kind of  men, the Wesleys seem to have been folks struggling, doing the best they could do, striving for better and concerned about their relationship with God… not the church so much, though they remained in the Anglican church throughout their lives.  Suzannah, mom of John and Charles and, I think 17 (?) others, taught all of her children and was a stout disciplinarian.  And John was, lifelong, walking with God on the path and in God’s plan.  Point was made that John had several times in his life that were defining… moments that some would call saving moments or something like that.  But my understanding is that he was always walking… no matter how much he doubted or what his doubts were.  And it is in this constant walk… this constant desire to see God and to be seen as one of God’s own… a constancy that soaks through in daily life and daily doings… this is what resonates with me.  Like John in one little way, I know I’m not good enough except when Christ stands in my place.  Perfect love… how sweet the sound.

“Wesley’s call to personal and social holiness continues to challenge Christians who struggle to discern what it means to participate in the Kingdom of God.”  Wikipedia


Since P was to acolyte, we stayed for the late church service.  I love watching my daughter serve God.  Another person that humbles me somewhat in her walk with God.  It being an Advent morning, another tradition was observed… the Advent candle lighting, and the sermon was concerned with being called upon to serve God and His Kingdom.  The pastor spoke about having been in an elevator at the local hospital with 3 other people – a nurse and a Dad with his little boy.  Now, if it were me, I would have been chatting with the folks riding with me.  It’s just who I am.  But our pastor confessed to being one of the other sort of folks… glancing at a watch, his feet, the numbers ascending as they past the floors.  And just as the elevator doors were about to open onto the maternity ward, the nurse asks the dad how old the little boy was, commenting on how cute he was.  Dad says he is 18 months old and just lost his baby brother.  The doors to the elevator shut without another word.  Pastor says he felt like he missed a chance.  Like he had been called upon, but wasn’t observant enough to hear the call to simple small talk and what would have been an opportunity to console.

And that message stirred in me a recent lesson on being prepared by our prayer time with God.  Just because of my personality I tend to leave open doors everywhere around me.  But where I am negligent is in my preparation time… time in prayer to just listen for how God wants to prepare me for my future place in His plan.  I’m good with hindsight… but how many opportunities do I miss because I didn’t give God a chance to prompt me beforehand?  I am called upon to be ready… called upon in an advent season (what will probably be my whole life).

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Yes… the rolls you remember from childhood… eat up!

  • 1/2 C sugar
  • 1 stick butter or margerine
  • 2 eggs
  • 5 pkgs yeast
  • 7  C  all-purpose flour ( don’t sift)
  • 1 TBL salt
  • 3/4 C dry milk
  • 2 C lukewarm water (more or less)

Preheated oven, 400*

Mix butter, eggs and sugar.  Dissolve yeast in half of water – add to butter and egg mixture.  Add flour, salt, powdered milk.  Add rest of water to consistency you want (should pull away from the sides of the bowl… not too sticky). 

Let rise to double it’s volume.  Pinch out and place on greased baking sheet and let rise again.  Total raise time should be at least an hour.  Bake for approximately 20 – 30 minutes.

You’re welcome!

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