Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Happy Birthday To Me--Anne Of Green Gables

February 27, 2013

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TOOOO MEEE!!!!!!!!!!!

Yup, today is the day that I celebrate the fact that God saw fit to create me (I know--WHAT WAS HE THINKIN'?), and to celebrate all the years that He allowed me to live on His earth. Honestly--I don't think women have a CLUE as to how wonderful they are until they are at LEAST 40 years old. And lemme tell ya folks--the FIFTIES ARE AMAZIN'!!!!!!!!

I decided I wanted a special breakfast, so I made Scrambled Corn from Elysa Marowitz's book, WARMING UP TO LIVING FOODS. We also made her salsa verde. I like how her book helps you not only eat healthy raw foods, but also how to warm them up without destroyin' the enzymes in them. The corn recipe actually has the creamy texture of scrambled eggs--and yes, it tastes different from eggs, but it's very good.

Not sure what I wanna make for my dinner tonight, but I'm eyein' fresh cantelopes from the store, along with some more cilantro. I will be rotisseratin' some chicken tonight also. (Is that a word? It SHOULD be, doncha think?)

Got Anne Of Green Gables from the library yesterday, and I'm halfway through it. It is cute, and the rasberry cordial incident is hilarious. I have to say, if ya'll ever wondered what I was like as a child...

...oh yeah. I was Anne--too big imagination, overly impulsive and dramatic all the way.

In fact, I wanted to share a quote from the book, because it hit home with me this mornin'. Anne is talkin' about kindred spirits;

"Kindred spirits are not so scarce as I used to think. It's splendid to find out there are so many of them in the world."

I not only consider little Anne to be a kindred spirit, but also all the folks who read my blog, and many of my bloggin' friends. You are all wonderful, and I hope that I am half the person ya'll see me as.

Well, I got chores. Later ya'll.
© 2013 by Evelyn Edgett



 






 

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Windy Night--Some Blog News--New Readin' Assignment For Me--Devotional Book Review

February 26, 2013

I used to think that Chicago was The Windy City. Then I spent last night retrievin' all my dog houses from across the yard. I had some very confused canines as they watched thier houses be tossed by big gusts of wind. At least things have calmed down this mornin', and the sun is shinin' brightly.

If you look to the right of the blog, you will see that I have added another blog to my list--I found her after I posted links to several homemakin' blogs yesterday. I liked what I saw, so I have added ORGANIZING MADE FUN (http://organizingmadefun.blogspot.com/). Check it out--I bet you will find all sorts of fun ideas--and CHEAP TOO!

In reference to another blog I follow, LOVE ABOUNDS AT HOME (http://loveaboundsathome.blogspot.com/), Itoday I found this video, and I wanted to share it woth ya'll, 'cause it really tells how *I* feel about social media--but I couldn't really say it right.

 
 
Isn't she just precious? Her blog has always been an inspiration to me, and I hope you check her out, too.
 
 
Since I turn 56 tomorrow (YAY ME!), I wanted to do somethin' for myself, since my Beloved Redneck can't be here for the day (no--that wasn't a whine--just a simple fact). I have heard so many of the ladies talk about readin' or watchin' ANNE OF GREEN GABLES, that I have decided to give the book a try. I have given myself the gift of settin' aside time in the afternoons, while Obie is listenin' to music, so that I can read the book. It will give me a period of rest, and a new insight to literature. I will let ya'll know what I think of the book.
 
Another book that I have recently found in a thrift store, is A DIARY OF PRIVATE PRAYER, by John Baille (26 March 1886, Gairloch – 29 September 1960, Edinburgh). He was a Calvanist. In this little book I see a wonderful sense of seekin' companionship with God. It was printed in 1949, and it is just a charmin' little book to read. It is set up with 31 days of mornin' and evenin' prayers, however, these prayers are, as the author states, "are to be regarded as aids; they are not intended to form the whole of the morning's or evening's devotions or to take the place of more individual  prayers for oneself or others."
 
I found them to be a wonderful startin' place for prayer-- a way to calm the soul in order to really begin to pray. Sort of like a calmin', centerin' breath, ya might say.
 
A sample from the first day prayers follows;
 
"Eternal Father of my soul, let my first thought today be of Thee, let my first impulse be to worship Thee, let my first speech by Thy name, let my first action be to kneel before Thee in prayer."
 
Is that cool or what? I think it really embodies the scripture in Isaiah 26:3;
 
King James Version (KJV)
3" Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee."

You can find this little treasure on several web sites that sell books. I encourage you to seek it out.

Well, I got chores. Later ya'll.
© 2013 by Evelyn Edgett



 




 
 
 



Monday, February 25, 2013

Yup--Still Alive And Kickin'!

February 25, 2013

Not only am I still here--I have lost 4 pounds since my sojourn into the hospital. I weighed myself the other day, and found what I had suspected was true--I had gained about 20 pounds since movin' off the mountain. So, now with my eatin' back to a healthy stage, and gentle exercise to ease me back into a walkin' program--I'm doin' well.

My house is also clean, thanks to a sudden inspiration to tackle it Saturday afternoon. I just went slow and steady, and after a time, I had my cowboy cottage back in shape. It's always much easier to KEEP a house clean that it is to GET it clean.

Just for giggles, I'm includin' a few websites to help any of ya'll who also struggle with housekeepin', in the hope that you too can rise above a disaster in your house.

First, try www.flylady.net. Marla Cilley is the Fly Lady, and she has a wonderful site that helps you to 'take baby steps' as she puts it, to get your home out of CHAOS (Can't Have Anyone Over Syndrome). She uses humor and encouragement in a way that makes you feel like you have your very own life coach.

http://www.shesintouch.com/, is the web site of the original SIDETRACKED HOME EXECUTIVES (or SHE), Pam Young and Peggy Jones. I read their book SIDETRACKED HOME EXECUTIVES many years ago, and they helped me organize my life. Known as the Slob Sisiters--their story is both hilarious and touchin'. TRUST me--if THESE two can pull their lives together--ANYBODY CAN.

www.joyfulchristianhomemaking.com, is a delightful site owned by a sweet young wife and mother named Candy--hence the nickname for her site is "Candyland". She is a dedicated homemaker, and she has a free E-book for folks. It's about Homemaking Binders--what they are, how to make one, etc, and it is a wonderful resource to have as you work towards a peaceful home and family life.

One last one--check out http://time-warp-wife.blogspot.com/, for a lot of great advice, not only on how to clean and organize--but also how to be a better wife. The most recent post is 29 Steps To A Deep Cleaned Bedroom.

I hope those sites are helpful--there are many others, but these are the ones that I use most often.

Well, I got chores. Later ya'll.
© 2013 by Evelyn Edgett



 

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Doin' Great--But My House Is A MESS!!!

February 21, 2013

Thanks for the good wishes folks--they are appreciated.

I'm doin' just fine, in fact, it's like it never happened, except for a bruise on my tummy where I got a shot of anti-coagulant. I honestly didn't think I was gonna get all the little sticky patches off my body, where they hook you up to monitors.

I'm back on a fairly raw food regimen, and takin' magnesium. I plan to start back with regular walkin' this weekend, since the weather right now is a tad awful. I am also gonna start back with a yoga practice. I'm waitin' on my chiropractor to get me a supplement that will help build up my system.

And somewhere in all my plans--there is a two hour MASSAGE from my therapist planned, plus a dew drop therapy.

As for my poor little cowboy cottage--I'm workin' to get it all put back together after the crazy week I've had. After workin' to get the Redneck ready to go out to West Texas to work, checkin' on folks at the hospital from our church, and then gettin' sick myself and restin' up...

...let's just say that my house needs help.

I've done a quick wash up of dishes, taken out trash, and will sort through laundry later this afternoon. It really won't be that bad, but it is gonna take some effort.

Thank goodness, I've been workin' on a HOMEMAKING BINDER, like many of my sisters online have. Just havin' a basic schedule each day really helps me to keep track of what is most important for each particular day. I'm hopin' to post a few of the schedules for my week, to hopefully inspire some of ya'll who haven't tried this yet.

Well, I got chores. Later ya'll.
© 2013 by Evelyn Edgett

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Guess Who Else From My Church Got To Spend Time In The Hospital?

February 20, 2013

Yup, me. I woke up with an irregular heart beat Monday night, and drove to the hospital. I got the beat slowed down, and then got admitted for the night, to ensure that I was gonna stay okay. Obie's father came and got him for the night, so I didn't have to worry about that.

The staff was wonderful, but I got tired of havin' to buzz someone to come unhook me from the bells and whistles just so I could go tinkle.

I got sprung yesterday afternoon, and my preacher and I had to pull a fast one so I could drive myself home--the hospital won't let ya out unless you have transport.

So I called Preach, who was there visitin' someone else, and he came and got my keys, and then pulled up in fornt of the hospital. I got in, we pulled around, and then he got out so I could drive home.

Got back home around 4:30, fed my animals for the evenin', Obie came home around 6, and I passed out in my own little bed about 7:30. I slept so good...

Today I went straight to my chiropractor, and as he worked on me, he told me that what causes the problem I had is the wrong type of calcium. Seems we need more plant based calcium, and less animal based. Together, we began to work out a regimin to correct my system, and I feel like I'm gettin' a better handle on this.

I'm still tired, but after I'm done here, I'm headin' home, makin' a large salad, enjoyin' my lunch, and then I'm takin' a siesta for a bit.

Real quick--I wanted to tell ya'll about something that happened after I got to my room and finally got to sleep--around 3 a.m.

I woke up about 4:30, and buzzed the nurse to let help me go to the bathroom. She looked at my monitor, and said my hart rate was goin' back up--it was at 125.

It kept risin', and I was gettin' uncomfortable. They called the doctor, and he told them to get some more of the medicine that had lowered the rate before. We had to wait on the meds, so I asked if I could watch tv.

I turned it on, and there was Joyce Meyer. The program was, dig this--

The Characteristics of a Perfect Heart.

As I watched, I began to get drowsy again, and I dozed off.

The nurses told me later that the second I began to watch the progromn, my heart rate shot right back down to normal.

Coincidence?

I think not.

Well, no chores, but I got nap. Later ya'll.
© 2013 by Evelyn Edgett








 

Monday, February 18, 2013

Frazzled Mornin'--Folks In Hospital--WWJD Or WIGG?

February 18, 2013

Overslept this mornin', then had to jump up, throw on clothes and run to feed store before I could do the regular chores. Talk about feelin' guilty--I felt like slumpin' down in the seat of the truck with my hat pulled down low as I drove past Fancypants on the way out. She was givin' me the 'stink eye', and wantin' to know where her breakfast was!

Fortunately, I was able to zip into town, grab the feed I needed, and get back quickly. I THINK she forgave me...

..hey, I TRIED to explain that I had miscalculated the contents of the feed bin, but she didn't seem to care.

After all that, I got a text from a friend at church, lettin' me know that our preacher's wife was on her way to the emergency room, and that another lady from church was already admitted and about to go through a procedure to see what has been causin' her to have blackouts.

Obie and I hopped in the truck and checked on them both--seems that they are both doin' well but waitin' on results of tests.

Prayer on their behalf would be appreciated.

You know the popular Christian initial thing, WWJD? (What would Jesus Do?). Well, I been thinkin' about that, and as much as I like it--I think it's been over done through the years. Taken from a well loved book, IN HIS STEPS, by Charles Monroe Sheldon, it has been reduced to a catch phrase of sorts. Like the old sayin' HAVE A NICE DAY, it has been overused to the point of bein' plopped onto a plastic armband, or onto coffee mugs.

If you have never read the original book, I recommend it highly, as it will put the phrase into the correct perspective. It tells of a church that is asked to do nothing for one year without first asking "What would Jesus do?" There is nothing trite about the plot, since it does show the trials that answering and then actually DOING what the answer to that question cause.

We as Christians are supposed to be doing this in our lives each day. But someone (not mentionin' any names, but his initials are The Devil) has snagged the concept and trivialized it into popular culture.

Colossians 3:17 says;

"And whatever you do, whether by speech or action, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him."

1 Corinthians 10:31:

"So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God."

So, I was thinkin' that maybe we need a new abbreviation, askin'...

Will It Glorify God?

Yes, it spells WIGG, but hey, work with me here, Okay? Perhaps we should take a fresh look at our actions when held up the word of God, and ask--

Will what I am about to do GLORIFY God?

Thnk about it, and lemme know what ya think.

Well, I got chores. Later ya'll.
© 2013 by Evelyn Edgett





Sunday, February 17, 2013

Redneck's On The Road Again...Well Shoot My Monkey...

February 17, 2013

Today at church, a friend walked up an asked me how it felt to have my husband at home.

I replied that I had no idea, 'cuz the Redneck is gone AGAIN.

{{SIGH}}

Yup, this mornin' at dark thirty, I dropped him off at the rendevouz point where all the guys on his crew were leavin' from. This time they are off to West Texas for who knows how long. So it's me, Obie and the critters on our own again for a while.

{{BIGGER SIGH}}

Honestly, I'm okay with it, it's just that I had just gotten used to cuddlin' with him at night again, and now that bed's gonna feel awful empty.

Besides, the Redneck is not just my beloved husband--he's my very bestest best friend.

We have a lot of the same views on stuff, we laugh at a lot of the same things (although he still doesn't get a lot of British humor), we dig graphic novels, action movies, Chinese food, horseback ridin', wolves, playin' Mancala (a wonderful countin' game--http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mancala),
recreational shootin' and huntin'--just a load of things we like to do together.

We love to argue about things, too. We let each other know when we find neat stuff in the Bible, we fuss over politics and how a movie should have ended.

And we love to go places and see things. Many times, we have a new book from a series that we like, and while he drives, I read to him and Obie. Right now we are waitin' to get a copy of the latest book in Jim Butcher's DRESDEN FILES series.

Yeah, I know I'm kinda whinin', but I'll be fine by the mornin' and we are back into our regular schedule of chores. Besides--I have a plan for this upcomin' weekend that's kinda selfish, but fun.

Ya see, if the Redneck is still gone by Friday night, and Obie goes to his dad's for the weekend, I have a little cash set aside and I plan to go to the movies to see A GOOD DAY TO DIE HARD allllll by myself. I'm gonna get the biggest bucket of popcorn I can, and I'm buyin' a soda the size of a small hot tub, and I am gonna just immerse myself in all the BOOM! BANG! POW! that I can get for the price of a ticket.

I feel better already.

Well, I got chores. Later ya'll.
© 2013 by Evelyn Edgett



 

Friday, February 15, 2013

A Disturbing Incident--With A Happy Ending

February 15, 2013

I wasn't sure I wanted to tell this story, but I think I should, because it shows how important it is for a young person to know how to defend themselves.

The Redneck's cousin has a daughter who is about 13 years old. She and her family live outside of town in a lovely little area with fields, trees, etc. Typical country surrounding's.

Recently, the daughter, her brother and their mom were all outside in the yard, and around the late afternoon, the mom and brother went into the house, while the girl went to take care of the family goats, since it was her turn.

She went into the feed shed, and a man wearing aski mask came up from behind and grabbed her.

Fortunately, the girl has been taking martial arts classes since she was little, so she didn't panic. Instead, she turned and struck her attacker in the nose and um...other places, shall we say, that were definately uncomfortable for him.

When he let her go, she ran to the house, shouting, "Momma--GET THE GUN!"

When the sherrif arrived, the man was gone, and the officers say that he must have had a car or motorcycle stashed nearby, or he may even have lived close enough to have walked to the shed.

I am happy to report that the girl is fine, and she has no fear of going out to tend to chores, even after such a close call.

I pray that this man is caught before he tries and succeeds in harming another young woman.

Because the parents of this wonderful young lady had her take lessons in self defense, she was prepared to protect herself. This didn't take place in an urban area--it was in a quiet country lane.

Evil doesn't just stay where there are a lot of folks--it comes out and seeks for victims.

Well, I got chores. Later ya'll.
 © 2013 by Evelyn Edgett




 

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Thriftology Thursday--Book Review Of Jeff Yeager's New Book

February 14, 2013

Happy Valentine's Day, ya'll!

No special plans for the day, but I may bake a batch of chocolate chip cookies for my beloved Redneck as a surprise.

Today, I have a book review of HOW TO RETIRE THE CHEAPSKATE WAY, by my buddy, the Ultimate Cheapskate, Jeff Yeager.

I got my copy of the book, and read it through in a day.  I love that while Jeff does talk at points about investin', health care, housin', etc--I'm more impressed that he puts the whole subject of retirement into a more practical perspective. He is more concerned with how you LIVE than how much money you may have.

I think what really sets up the book as differnt from the usual retirement tome of borin' statistics and confusin' money market investin' scams--er--suggestions, is the followin' excerpt;

"Bob looked straight at me and said, "So tell me what you want, what you really, really want out of life. That's the first step if you're serious about making a career out of this type of work, living a comfortable life on what it can pay you, and someday even retiring from it. Once you've figured that out, figuring out the money stuff  really isn't that hard." (emphasis added by me)

I mean, come on--you can't get any simpler than that, can ya?

Usin' examples from real folks (you ain't gonna find any 'hypothetical' scenarios here), Jeff gives a view of what retirement is developin' into. Retirement is no longer about just sittin' back and waitin' for the end of life. Nowadays, many folks are lookin' forward to retirement as a way to move into an even MORE productive phase of life--what Jeff calls bein' SELFISHLY EMPLOYED.

With stories from folks just startin' out as newlyweds, all the way to actually retirees--Jeff covers all the bases about retirement. He talks about simplifyin' your lifestyle, concentratin' more on relationships than stuff, how to survive the health care system, and even ideas on how to make money--includin' a fun tale of a lady named Wanda Adams, who started a business called Wanda's Waiting, (www.WandasWaiting.com) where she does many different things that help others, includin' shoppin', errands, and yes--waitin' at the folk's homes so she can let repairmen in while the person is at work.

Oh--and yes, there was a funny moment as I was readin' along. I saw this quote, and thought--"Hmmm...sounds like somethin' I'd say." Then I looked at the name, and realized I DID SAY IT!
I had forgotten that before I dumped FACEBOOK last year, Jeff had asked us all a few questions, and I had answered them.

Seriously--this is a very good resource for folks who are preparin' for or are in the middle of, retirement. What sets this book apart from others of its ilk is that most of the content is usable in EVERY stage of life.

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A quick addition to this post--one of the ladies who join me in my web surfin' here at our wifi hot spot just walked up to me and said she had been thinkin' about me and my problem of bein' unable to see my latop screen without removin' my glasses. She had been given a few pair of readin' glasses, and she wanted me to have them if they worked. While they weren't the strength I needed--I was touched that she thought of me. You see, folks--THAT is what life is about--helpin' others. I hope my blog helps ya'll in some way too.

Well, i got chores. Later ya'll
© 2013  by Evelyn Edgett




 

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Commonalities

February 12, 2013

I seem to have confused a few folks about the blogs that I promote in my blog list--apparently, I shouldn't LIKE any of the ladie's blogs that I list and encourage others to read.

Lemme 'splain what I mean...

You see, it's 'simple'. Almost all the ladie's whose blogs that I promote are stay at home moms, wear dresses exclusively, many wear head coverin's, have large families, only read classic literature and the King James Bible, do crafts and teach Bible classes, etc.

While *I* on the other hand, wear almost NOTHIN' but jeans, boots and T-shirts, my idea of a head coverin' is a cowboy  hat, baseball cap or (my personal favorite) BIKER DOO RAG. I read the AMPLIFIED Bible and other version along with the King James. I have only one son, my nickname for my husband is REDNECK (not supposed to be a respectful moniker), I am out of my home a lot due to church and other ministry obligations, I watch horror movies and listen to Ray Wylie Hubbard and Lynyrd Skynyrd, and my idea of a romantic gesture is receivin' a speed loader for my .357 Magnum on Valentine's Day.

So the question I have been posed is...

WHAT CAN YOU POSSIBLY HAVE IN COMMON WITH THESE OTHER WOMEN?

*AHEM*

I would think that would be obvious.

We each have a relationship with the eternal God through belief in His Son, Jesus Christ.

We all believe:

That the Bible is the INFALLABLE Word of God.

That ALL of humanity has sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.

That Jesus was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, was beaten, mocked, and crucified as a sacrifice for all mankind. He suffered and died IN OUR PLACE.

That He rose again on the third day, and now He sits at the right hand of God.

That He WILL return one day to reclaim His church (which is US--not a buildin').

That only Belief in and acceptance of His sacrifice will save a person from thier sins and give them eternal life.

Look--I figure if we all agree on those basic tenants of belief...

Anything else we agree on is GRAVY.

Any questions?

Well, I got chores. Later ya'll.
© 2013 by Evelyn Edgett



 

Monday, February 11, 2013

Good Weekend--Writer's Block Or Brain Freeze, Not Sure

February 11, 2013

Other than a slip and fall into a big area of mud while tryin' to catch my gelding, Bandy so I could worm him--my weekend was pretty good. And yes,  I got to see ABRAHAM LINCOLN, VAMPIRE HUNTER. It was pretty good--beat the book by leaps and bounds. The book is written almost like an historical textbook, while the film is much more along the lines of story tellin'. The only bad thing about the film was that I went NUTS tryin' to figure out who the guy playin' Joshua Speed was, and where I had seen him before. Thank goodness for Internet Movie Data Base (www.imdb.com), or I might never have figured it out.

I honestly don't have a lot to write about today. I mean, I have lots of posts I'm workin' on, but nothin' to actually put out there to be read.

Well, I got chores. Later ya'll.
© 2013 by Evelyn Edgett

Friday, February 8, 2013

Thursday Post, Well, POSTponed--Cool Weekend Planned--NEW BRUCE WILLIS FLICK DUE OUT!!

February 8, 2013

Sorry I didn't do a Thriftology Thursday post, but the internet was unavailable yesterday--don't ask me why, I ain't smart enough to understand the techie side of the world wide web. I will do my best to have a post for next Thursday however.

This weekend is excitin'--this will be the first weekend that my husband has been home, off work, AND my son will be gone all weekend. That means one thing...

ROMANCE!!!!!!!1

Ah yes, a lovely time with the Redneck is just ahead on the horizon, and I am plannin' a nice dinner, along with some other activities (and not just the SONG OF SOLOMON type). The weather is supposed to be a bit 'stinky', so we might not be able to go horse back ridin', but we do intend to spend time with our big babies, brushin' and groomin'.

I hope to watch a few dvds this weekend--includin' ABRAHAM LINCOLN, VAMPIRE HUNTER (yeah, I know I'm weird--deal with it).

Speakin' of movies--the Redneck told me that there is a new DIE HARD movie comin' out, and I am sooooo stoked! (yes, I KNOW I'm weird--I thought we covered that already?)

I happen to really like action movies, and I love to see Bruce WIllis in action. Oh heck, our whole family was in cinematic nirvana when THE EXPENDABLES 1 and 2 came out. I dunno--I just dig lots of  bang bang, explosions,  and chop socky movies.

You think I'm flipped out now? Wait till the new IRONMAN hits the theaters...

Well, I got chores. Later ya'll.
© 2013 by Evelyn Edgett

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Walkin' Today--Videos From Sweete Felicity--Winter Time Doldrums Fix

February 6, 2013

Today Obie and I decided we HAD to get outta the house. We have been unable to walk for several weeks, due to the weather, and of course, I had a cold a couple of weeks ago, so our exercise has been curtailed somewhat. But today, we finished chores, tossed our backpacks on, and took off in the fog for a walk to town.

We are now enjoyin' the library, and plan to have lunch at the local pizza place later. I just watched a great video by my friend Marqueta, from Sweete Felicity Blog (www.sweetefelicity.blogspot.com), on wild edibles. I didn't know she did videos, but after watchin' this one, I saw several more recommended on YOUTUBE. I will be watchin' those soon.

This time of year is a bit hard for some folks, 'cause the weather just can't make up its mind what it wants to do, and they have trouble knowin' what to plan for one day to the next.

So, then ya got a case of the 'doldrums', which is defined as a period of listlessness, despondency, stagnation, and slump.

Hmmm....it looks worse when ya see it in print.

So what does that all mean? It means that you  need to get movin', work on somethin' new and creative, and especially to dig further into the Scriptures for encouragement from your Heavenly Father.

You need to be certain that you're eatin' foods that will help you lift from your funk--salmon, eggs, leafy greens, poultry, whole grains, milk, walnuts, any foods that are good Vitamin C sources, and of course...

CHOCOLATE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Okay, maybe more of the others, and a LITTLE bit of the chocolate, but boy is it GOOD!!!!

I digress--again.

You also need to MOVE.

I'm not talkin' runnin' a 10K marathon, or anything really strenous. I'm talkin' simple things like just walkin', or dig out that workout dvd you bought but is now buried under the westerns in your tv cabinet.

Not sure where all this advice came from today, but apparently somebody (includin' me) needs to be reminded of takin' care of their health this time of year.

Remember, as a believer,  your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit. I've often been tempted to have an exercise shirt made that says,

PLEASE PARDON THE MESS. TEMPLE UNDER RECONSTRUCTION.
1 Corinthians 6:19

 Hope the hints help.

Well, I got chores. later ya'll.
© 2013 by Evelyn Edgett

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Baby Talk To A Horse--Do We Encourage With Our Words?

February 5, 2013

Yippee--it's Tuesday! (okay..maybe that was a bit sarcastic...)

Sorry, I'm just a bit tired today. It's foggy and gloomy with just a touch of cold in the air--yet I was usin' the AIR CONDITIONER on Monday.

Hey, it's Texas--can ya dig it?

I was feedin' this mornin', and as I was walkin' to my stud horse, Rascal, he looked a kinda down. I know he's a ;itt;e bored right now waitin' to be moved to a new pasture and all, so I decided to spend extra time with him. I petted him and began to talk to him, scratchin' his ears and face, under his jaw.

I said, "That's mommy's good boy, yes he IS! Yes, him wuvs him momma, doesn't he, yes he does, oh what a good boy him is, and he wuvs it when his mommy scwatches him little nose and all over his ears, 'cuz him mommy knows just where the itchy spots are, doesn't she? Yes her DOES!"

Okay--was that as embarrasin' to READ as it was to TYPE?

But I gotta say, the big galoot ate it up, and I left a much happier horse as I went on about my other feedin' chores.

Amazin' ain't it--how words of love and encouragement can help others feel better--even a horse?

The Bible says this about encouragin' otherrs:

1 Thessalonians 5:11“So encourage each other and build each other up, just as you are already doing.” (NLT)

Hebrews 10:24-25
“Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.” (NLT)


Ephesians 4:29
“Don’t use foul or abusive language. Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them.” (NLT)


Colossians 3:16
“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.” (KJV)


Ecclesiastes 4:9-12
“Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble. Likewise, two people lying close together can keep each other warm. But how can one be warm alone? A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken.” (NLT)


Proverbs 27:9
“The heartfelt counsel of a friend
is as sweet as perfume and incense.” (NLT)


Provers 27:17
“As iron sharpens iron,
So a man sharpens the countenance of his friend.” (NKJV)


2 Corinthians 1:4
“Who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.” (NIV)


Romans 15:1
“We who are strong in faith should help the weak with their weaknesses, and not please only ourselves.” (NCV)


1 Thessalonians 3:2
“We sent Timothy, who is our brother and God’s fellow worker in spreading the gospel of Christ, to strengthen and encourage you in your faith.” (NIV)


Acts 15:32
“Judas and Silas, also being prophets themselves, encouraged and strengthened the brethren” (NASB)


Isaiah 35:4
“Say to those who are fearful-hearted,
“Be strong, do not fear!
Behold, your God will come with vengeance,
With the recompense of God;
He will come and save you.” (NKJV)


Proverbs 10:11
“The mouth of a righteous man is a well of life: but violence covereth the mouth of the wicked.” (KJV)


I have said my share of disheartenin' words to folks in my life. However--all that did was bring not only them, but myself and others down to a depressed level, thwartin' God's plans for them.

So I have worked very hard over time ti stop speakin' anything but encouragement to others. If I come across someone who WANTS to be miserable--I back off, and allow them to learn the hard way.

However, if someone is desirin' of wholesome words--I try my best to give them.

Proverbs 25:11 says:

“A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in a setting of silver.”  ESV

So let's work to speak fitly to each others--and ourselves!

Well, I got chores. Later ya'll.
© 2013 by Evelyn Edgett

Monday, February 4, 2013

Stock Show Great--Buck Taylor--Prayer Request

January 4, 2013

Well, the stock show was great--and I got to see Buck Taylor and give him my book! He was so warm and friendly--he even asked me to sign it for him! He glanced through it for a moment, and said he already likes it. I hope he does--and I hope he emails me with a comment of two.

As far as Meditation Mondays--I just don't think they are in the game plan right now, since every time I go to post one--something else a bit more important pops up that needs to be posted about.

Today, I'm askin' for prayer for our cowboy preacher, Bobby Bowden. Bobby is a cancer survivor--12 years ago he had a kidney removed due to Renal Cell Carcinoma of the right kidney. There was no chemotherapy since the cancer was 'self-contained' in the kidney.

Well due to his experiencin' some pain in his left kidney area, he went in for a checkup, and now we know that he hasstage 1 cancer in his remainin' kideny, and stage 2 in his liver. Both are treatable with chemo, and his doc says that it looks good for him.

I figure I'm gettin' real fed up with all the atacks on God's folks, and this was the last straw for me. So I penned a poem durin' the music yesterday mornin' at church, and I read it at end of services. It's dedicated to Preacher Bobby, and our church--but I also intend it for the rest of the body of Christ, too.

Basically, I'm declarin' war on the devil. One of the traditional names for satan is "old scratch", and so that is who I'm talkin' about at the end of the poem.

I hope ya'll enjoy the followin', and that it inspires everyone to get down on your knees and FIGHT for the body of Christ.

A Declaration of War
by Evelyn Edgett
February 3, 2013

With a little gray goatee, standin' 5 foot 9,
He's got a lotta face to wash from a recedin' hair line.
When he's leadin' the band, man he starts to cook,
Even when he stops to give ya "the look".
He leads our Bible Study with wisdom and fun,
And he stays pretty cool when he's under the gun.
But what really impresses me about this old cowboy,
Is how he teaches us all to serve Jesus with love and with joy.
How he never says, "It's MY church." Nope, he knows it's God's.
And how he always stands for righteousness, no matter what the odds.
Right now he's facin' a trial, a possible life threatenin' test.
Yet I know that his prayer is that no matter what happens it'll be God's best.
He ain't just our preacher, he's our friend and our brother,
And here's where we get to prove we know how to serve one another.
So I'm claimin' a healin' for Preach today,
And let's all work together to encourage and pray.
Let's stand and proclaim we believe in the power of Christ's blood,
And that we will ever and always confess that God is good.
Not just for Preach, but for everyone in this church,
And together, we're gonna knock ol' scratch right offa his perch!

Well, I got chores. Later ya'll.
© 2013 by Evelyn Edgett



Saturday, February 2, 2013

Happy Groundhog Day! Anticipatin' Stock Show--Cheap Day Out

February 2, 2013

The groundhog is not supposed to have seen his shadow today, so it means an early spring. Pardon moi if I don't hold my breath.

I am excited about tomorrow--after church, our little family is goin' to the Stock Show in Ft Worth! It had been several years since we had gone before last year, since we had lived so far away that it wasn't practical to drive that far for just one day.

I look forward to all the sights, sounds, and yes, the smells of the stock show. Hey, if you go to cowboy church--you BETTER like those smells!

I also enjoy goin' to see all the stuff for sale--even though I seldom buy anything. We eat out at the show, since it's a treat, and I don't feel like haulin' our own food around for several hours.

I hope that Buck Taylor, who played Newley on GUNSMOKE, will be there again. he is a delightful gentleman, and I also want to give him a copy of my book, LESSONS & BLESSIN'S. Who knows--he might like it enough to help me get really published!

Obie and I have access to a vehicle today, and $20 in our pocket. I'm lookin' forward to seein' how much fun we can have without spendin' the whole $20. So far, we are at the library, and I have spent a whole dollar on printin' out some stuff for my research, and the books that I have in my little basket will not only be free entertainment--I also have some that will enable me to learn a new skill or two to save and perhaps make money.

Well, I got chores. Later ya'll.
© 2013 by Evelyn Edgett

Friday, February 1, 2013

Happy Friday!--Repost From A Friend's Blog

February 1, 2013

Howdy Ya'll, and Happy Friday! I am excited today--THE SHEETS GOT DRY BEFORE I WAS DONE CLEANIN'! Yup, I'm already done with mom-in-law's house and have a bit more time to work on her computer before I head home. I know--I am made happy by the strangest things...

...like this mornin' before the Rednech left for work, he brought in a menu from our favorite non-chain pizza place, and then took out his phone and programmed the number in. He announced that he was bringin' home an extra-large stuffed pizza for dinner tonight, so his 'little wifey' won't have to cook.

His 'wifey' appreciates that sooooo much!

Okay--one of the things I wanted to post here today is actually a repost from a wonderful blog, JOYFUL CHRISTIAN HOMEMAKING (www.joyfulchristianhomemaking.com), created by a very sweet lady named Candy. Her site is also where I downloaded the HOMEMAKING BINDER e-book (and it's really helpin' me maintain the homestead, more on that later).

We have all heard the debate on whether the Sabbath is Saturday or Sunday, and I have some fruiends who even subscribe to a beliefe that Sabbath changes about due to the week actually being a EIGHT day phase--I dunno. I do know that keepin' Sabbath is important, and that the Sabbath was made for man, not the other way around.

Well, earlier this week, Candy posted the followin', and I found it fascinatin'. So with her kind permission, I'm repostin' it here. I'm not sayin' toss out the practice of settin' aside one day a week to rest, or anything like that. What I'm sayin' is, Jesus said;

New International Version (NIV)
28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
I guess I'm thinkin' that maybe JESUS is our Sabbath--not a particular day. I'm lookin' into the Scriptures more about this, and I will be askin' my Redneck and my preacher what they think, also.

So, read the post, think about it, and please, let me know what you think.


Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Putting the Sabbath to Rest
When do you observe the Sabbath, on Saturday or Sunday? That is a question I've seen from multiple people on Face Book, and other websites. That question somewhat jars me, because I keep the Sabbath, but I don't keep it on Saturday, or Sunday (nor Friday night) - yet I am a Sabbath keeper.

All of the Ten Commandments are reiterated in the New Testament, but it's not the letter of these Ten that are given, but the spirit of the law. For example, on the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus says how we know it's wrong to commit adultery, but He takes it further, and says it is wrong to even look at someone with lust in your heart, else you are committing adultery in your heart.

The Old Covenant was the law written on stone. The New Covenant is the spirit of the law, written on Christians' hearts. If you take the time, you can find each of the Ten Commandments in the New Testament, and you can see how they are to be kept in spirit.

2 Corinthians chapter three tells us how the Ten Commandments are "abolished," and that we are no longer under the letter of the law, but the spirit of the law.

Through Hebrews, we see how Jesus fulfills more than just the sacrificial laws of Torah. We see He is also our High Priest, and more. Further, a study of the feasts shows us how Jesus fulfills each and every single one of them.

Let's go back to Hebrews. This is where we learn about the spirit of the Sabbath:

"Harden not your hearts, as in the provocation, in the day of temptation in the wilderness: When your fathers tempted me, proved me, and saw my works forty years. Therefore I was grieved with that generation, and said, They do alway err in their heart; and they have not known my ways. So I sware in my wrath, They shall not enter into my rest.) Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God. But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin. For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence stedfast unto the end; While it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts, as in the provocation. For some, when they had heard, did provoke: howbeit not all that came out of Egypt by Moses. But with whom was he grieved forty years? was it not with them that had sinned, whose carcases fell in the wilderness? And to whom sware he that they should not enter into his rest, but to them that believed not? So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief. Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us of entering into his rest, any of you should seem to come short of it. For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it. For we which have believed do enter into rest, as he said, As I have sworn in my wrath, if they shall enter into my rest: although the works were finished from the foundation of the world. For he spake in a certain place of the seventh day on this wise, And God did rest the seventh day from all his works. And in this place again, If they shall enter into my rest. Seeing therefore it remaineth that some must enter therein, and they to whom it was first preached entered not in because of unbelief: Again, he limiteth a certain day, saying in David, To day, after so long a time; as it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts. For if Jesus [this is the Greek form of Joshua, not Jesus the Messiah] had given them rest, then would he not afterward have spoken of another day. There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God. For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his. Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief." -Hebrews 3:8-4:11

First, we are told not to harden our hearts, like the Israelites did in the wilderness. This is referring to when the twelve representatives from each of the twelve tribes of Israel were sent to look through the Promised Land. Ten out of the twelve said that they shouldn't try to take the land, because there were giants in the land. Two men, Joshua and Caleb, said they should go in and take the Promised Land. It seems almost everyone there did not trust or believe God, when He promised them the land, and that He would go before them. God said they could have the land, but they did not enter that land, because of their unbelief. Therefore, the Israelites wandered for a total of 40 years in the wilderness, before they came into the Promised Land. As a side note, they never took all of the Promised Land. Even today, much of the Promised Land is not yet in the hands of Israel, but it will be.

Not only did the unbelieving Israelites not enter the Promised Land after the twelve spies checked out the area, but God also swore that they (those who didn't believe God) would not enter into His rest. They kept the Sabbath, but they were not in God's rest.

The above then gives a warning to us, as a lesson from the Israelite wanderings. It says "Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God." This infers that if we walk in unbelief, we are not in God's rest, either.

We are told that saved Christians are "partakers of Christ," IF we "hold the beginning of our confidence stedfast unto the end." We are not to harden our hearts, as in the provocation - referring to the Israelites' first refusing the Promised Land.

The above is clear - "And to whom sware he that they should not enter into his rest, but to them that believed not?"

It is abundantly clear that only those who believe God can enter into His rest. We enter God's rest via believing and receiving the Gospel - "For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it. For we which have believed do enter into rest." The Gospel was preached to those in the Old Testament, but they were looking forward to the Gospel happening, and we under the New Covenant are looking back at it having already happened. The Israelites did animal sacrifices in looking forward to Messiah's sacrifice once and for all. Now that Christ has been sacrificed to pay for our sins, animal sacrifices are no longer needed. Christ fulfilled that.

Now, we have used Scriptures to clearly establish that we enter into God's rest via acceptance of, belief in, and the following of the Gospel.

Only one question remains - what is God's rest?

Take another look at Hebrews 3:8-4:11, because it tells us. "For we which have believed do enter into rest, as he said, As I have sworn in my wrath, if they shall enter into my rest: although the works were finished from the foundation of the world. For he spake in a certain place of the seventh day on this wise, And God did rest the seventh day from all his works. And in this place again, If they shall enter into my rest."

When we have entered into belief, via becoming born again under the Gospel of Christ, we have entered God's rest, and we are keeping the Sabbath. Jesus is our Sabbath rest.

If you wanted to dig deeper, you could certainly look at the Greek, and something interesting would catch your eye...

If you look at the Greek words for "rest" in Hebrews chapter four, you'll notice that every instance (except for two) is either the Greek word 'katapausis,' which means "a putting to rest," or 'katapauō,' which means "the granting of rest."

Now, where the Greek word for rest differs, is in verses 9 and 10, which say:

"There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God. For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his."

The first 'rest' above, is from the Greek 'sabbatismos,' which means "keeping sabbath." The second 'rest' in the above, comes from the Greek 'autos,' which the meaning thereof must be derived from context. In this case, "autos" points us back to 'sabbatismos.'

Therefore, one could help clarify their study of this chapter, by replacing 'rest' in the above two verses with 'sabbath,' in which it would then say:

"There remaineth therefore a sabbath to the people of God. For he that is entered into his sabbath, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his."

We enter the sabbath rest via faith in Christ - being born again.

"For he that is entered into his [God's] rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his."

"For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it. For we which have believed do enter into rest"

Jesus said He is Lord of the Sabbath:

"Therefore the Son of man is Lord also of the sabbath." -Mark 2:28

Jesus is God, yes, but He is the second person of the Trinity - JESUS said He is Lord of the Sabbath. Jesus also said:

"Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls." Matthew 11:28-29

In the above, rest simply means the cessation of work. Certainly a Christian doesn't stop working when they get saved, but their souls find rest - "and ye shall find rest unto your souls."

If you are born again, do you remember the weight lifted off of you? Don't you feel the relief, knowing God has your back, and that He is in control? I have entered the fulfillment of the Sabbath rest, and so has every saved Christian. Praise God.

Let's Break it Down

1) God rested on the seventh day - the earth was created in six days, and He hallowed and rested on the seventh one.

2) One of the Ten Commandments said that the Israelites were to rest on the seventh day each week.

3) Jesus came to this earth, died to pay for our sins, and rose again three days later. During His earthly ministry, He told us that He is the Lord of the Sabbath, and the we enter into rest through Him.

4) Part of Hebrews chapters three and four teach us that we fulfill the sabbath rest via saving belief in Christ.

5) Christians keep the Sabbath by keeping the Gospel. (see our Hebrews text)

6) The Sabbath will be further fulfilled when the millennium of peace is ushered in after Christ's second coming. (Rev. 20)

7) After the millennium of peace, Satan and many of the dupid (dupid = duped, stupid ones, my term - "dupid") will try to war against God, and lose. Satan will be imprisoned forever, there will be a new heaven and new earth, and New Jerusalem will come down from the sky onto earth. This will be the final completion of the Sabbath rest. (Rev. 21)


I hope you enjoyed Candy's post, and perhaps you learned a little, too. I know my brain is chewin' that subject over.

Well, I got chores. Later ya'll.
© 2013 by Evelyn Edgett