Friday, August 30, 2013

Showin' Up

August 30, 2013

Excitin' development today! A friend from the Redneck's work has a computer programmin' business with his wife, and she is comin' by today to see if she can train me to do spreadsheets for their company. If I can, then I will be workin' from my home office helpin' to make a little extra income for my family.

Cool, huh?

And before you ask--the Redneck was the one who said I should give it a try. I'm done jumpin' ahead of my hubby to do things. Her husband asked my husband, and then we wives got into the picture and set up trainin' for me.

I took a course on how to do this back in college--about 13 years ago. Not sure how much if anything has changed, but we'll see what happens.

I like that it won't interfere with my wellness studio work, and I have  made it clear that I will NOT work after a certain time, so I can spend family time with the Redneck and Obie. She seems good with that.

I told her that if she doesn't think I'm good enough, or if later she thinks it isn't workin' like she needs--she can tell me, and it's okay, it won't hurt my feelin's. It's not me she would be rejectin'--it's my lack of skill.

Let's face it, folks--we ain't always good at everything we try. While yes, you do need to work at bein' good at what you do...

The main point is to TRY.

Motivational speaker Suzy Humphries says that the most important thing is that you SHOW UP.

How many times have you known someone who had more talent than a 'professional', but they didn't 'show up' and work with the talent they had? I know of a young man who was in my high school who was so funny, he was amazin'. He did skits and comic routines for the pep rallys and other school events. As years went by after graduation, I kept thinkin' that I would see him on TV, but I never did.

Then I found a friend of his from high school, and learned that this brilliant young man had done nothin' with his talent--in fact, he had pretty much sank into a mental fugue that turned him bitter at everyone else around him, while the other guys who, while talented, just didn't have the 'umph' that he did, went on to be at least semi famous in their lives.

So, today I'm showin' up to see what I can do. I like to say this is God's barbecue--I'm just showin' up qith the 'tater salad.

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

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Food Bankin'--What Do You Need To Do?

August 29, 2013

Worked the food bank again today, only instead of stockin' shelves with food, we gave it out to the needy folks in our area. It breaks my heart to see the folks who need the services that are offered, they are really a diverse group of people.

At first, all I did when I got there was the simple stuff that needed doin', like openin' and layin' out plastic grocery sacks for food to be bagged up in, and tkin' stuff out to the trash. I hadn't worked there in over a year, and I wasn't about to just assume where I could work, because the team that has been there for a long time already has a system of how to do things. You don't just up and take up a spot, when you don't know who works there normally, or how they do it.

Well the doors opened, paperwork was processed, and folks began comin' through. I was layin' out the bags, when I heard my name called. One of the ladies asked if I would hand out the produce (bags of apples, lettuce, onions, etc). I said sure, and moved to take the positiion.

As each person come to my station, I smiled, said "Good mornin'!" and began to ask them which of the bagged items they wanted. I tried to make each person who came through feel as if I had been waitin' just for them. When I had given them what they needed, I told them "Thank you," and moved on to the next in line.

Why did I tell them "Thank you", when it was ME helpin' Them?

You don't get it--THEY were helpin' ME--BLESSIN' me by allowin' me to help them in a time of need. I knew that I was bein' used by God to help others, not because I'm so special, but because I surrendered to His will by showin' up where He led me to be this week. I may never set foot in the food bank again, but this week, for two days, I was allowed to be a small part of what He was doin' in these folk's lives.

See, that's what I don't get--folks sayin' "I want to do what God wants me to do, but I don't know what that is."

Malarkey, says I.

Every day, God shows us what He wants us to do. Yeah, sometimes it may be a bit confusin', I know (BELIEVE ME, I know), but He's always pointin' the way He wants us to go.

First, look in the Bible--it is jammed packed with ways to know His will. His word constantly says how He wants us to live and work and interact other folks in this world. Find a good translation that you understand, and READ IT.

In James 1:5, it says,

"If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him."

Pray. A lot. Ask Him where He wants you to go and do, who He wants you helpin'. Don't just get sucked into programs at church because someone asks you to--pray about them. If He says go read to the blind--find a good book and read to them. If he says help in the nursery--go change diapers.

Once I asked Him what He wanted me to do when I began goin' to a new church years ago, before I became a mom. "Lord, I'll do whatever You want, just help me become a part of this church."

Well, I looked up, and right in front of me was a big sign proclaimin' that Vacation Bible School was comin' up, and they needed workers.

I said...

"Okay, anything ELSE You want me to do?"

I have to laugh--I wanted to do somethin' but not that! And yes, I did end up bein' a worker in the VBS that year--and I enjoyed it.

Look at your skill set. What can you do? Can you sew? Make baby clothes. Knit? make warm stuff for soldiers overseas (yes, the ones in COLD CLIMATES, not the desert--yeesh). Carpentry? Join a group that helps to build or repair homes for the elderly. Mechanic? Help someone get to work by fixin' their clunker if you can. Can you teach? Tutorin' comes to mind.

My point is--as Christians, we have NO EXCUSE to not be a part of God's work on this earth. I'm not sayin' that if you have a small child you should ignore it and go help others--at that point in time, that child IS your job--to paraphrase Jesus's words--"What will it profit you to gain the whole world and lose your family?"

Look, I think what I'm sayin' is pretty simple. God has a plan for your life, and a ministry He wants you to do. Sometimes you just got to pray, LISTEN, and step out in faith as to what you're supposed to be doin.

If you screw up--you'll know pretty quick, most of the time. I say MOST of the time, because I know that I have stepped out to help in somethin' that I had NO BUSINESS gettin' involved in, and it almost cost me dearly. Fortunately, as I read the Bible, verses began to leap out at me, showin' me to stop what I was doin', at the same time the Holy Spirit was givin' me clues to reconfigure my life to be more in accordance to what HE wanted, not what *I* thought was good.

There's an old sayin', "You wanna hear God laugh? Tell Him YOUR plans."

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



 

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Hay Haulin'--Food Bank Volunteerin'--Just Busy

August 28, 2013

After I posted yesterday, I got the call to go haul hay, so Obie and I spent the afternoon climbin' all over a trailer piled high with square bales, then carryin' them down to the bottom and stackin' them up to the barn ceilin'--over and over and over,,,,,

We got 'er done, though!

Then we spent time cleanin' out the guy's cattle guard. Rain had caused the sand around it to fill in the grates.

Made $50 for our efforts. Not bad, however, we got home and I took two asprin, a hot shower, changed into my jammies and passed smooth out on the couch till the Redneck got home. Thank goodness, I had dinner in the crockpot!

This mornin', the Redneck dropped Obie and I off at the local food bank on his way to work, and we worked as volunteers, unloadin' the big truck, repackagin' the foods, and puttin' it on the shelves for tomorrow's distribution.

As volunteers, we are allowed to take a few things now and then. I look for anything unusual, that I know most folks in our area wouldn't know what to do with, and might go to waste. Today, I found a package of pad thai noodles and sauce, and shrimp, so I took tht and we had it for lunch. Obie found what HE wanted--a giant box of LUCKY CHARMS cereal, that box with mostly green shamrocks (oh joy--food colorin' overload). Hey, he earned it--he can have what he likes.

There were several heads of romaine lettuce that hadn't been given out last week, and that wouldn't last too much longer, so they went to me for my horses as a treat. Boy, was I popular!

Home now, and about to go make up sugar scrubs to fill orders for ladies at church tonight. They arre sellin' well, and I have an order for four different bath salts--plus I have clients next week for massage.

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

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Tired Today--But Blessed

August 27, 2013

Okay, everyone who was too tired to find the switch on the coffee pot this mornin', raise your hand.

(countin')

Oh yeah, I was right--I ain't the only one...

Yesterdat was a long hard day--and I never even hauled hay. My friend called and said his well pump was broken, so he had to spend the day fixin' that. Dunno when we're gonna get to haul that hay.

After I posted yesterday, I cleaned house and organized better than when we first moved in. It's lookin' REALLY good now. I'm still workin' on organizin' the office, but I'll get there eventually.

This mornin' the Redneck dropped us off at the grocery store, and after buyin' 10 pounds of sugar, 4 pounds of bakin' soda, and 10 pounds of potatoes, Obie and I popped the stuff into our backpacks and walked the two miles home.

Now, don't worry, I'm not havin' a sugar cravin'--I'm makin' sugar scrubs to sell at my church, and I have several orders for those and for bath salts, too.

God has been so good to us, and I am just lettin' Him lead as to where He wants me to go next. I'm findin' that I lose a lot of the stress that comes from my tryin' to control everything  myself. There is a reason Jesus says that His yoke is easy and His burden light, ya know?

Okay, I'm sort of blatherin' on here, so...

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

 

Monday, August 26, 2013

About To Clean House--What's Your Jesus Rating?

August 26, 2013

The Redneck left for work a little while ago, all the critters are fed and watered. So  now I'm havin' a little time on the web to post and check mail, then I'll set the timer and 'red up' the house, as the Amish say.

Oh yeah, then I get to go haul hay for one of the church elders. Better remember to get my work gloves...

Has anyone ever heard of the game, "6 Degrees of Kevin Bacon"?  It's a parlor game based of the "6 Degrees of Separation" theory--that everyone is connected to everyone else on the planet by 6 degrees.

I dunno what got me to thinking about this one day, but I realized that I have a pretty decent 'Bacon Rating', myself.

First let me explain "Bacon Rating", or BR as I will call it from now on.

You can actually Google an actor's BR by simply typing in the name and the words for BR. It will then pop up on screen.

This is goofy, I know--but hang with me for a bit.

Soooo.....I have a BR of 5, I realized.

You see, I am married to the Redneck, whose father went to high school with Don Johnson of MIAMI VICE fame (yes, I have seen his yearbook photos--not impressive), and Don Johnson and Mary Steenburgen appeared in Southern Discomfort. Mary Steenburgen and Kevin Bacon appeared in End of the Line.

See? A clear 5 degrees separates me from Kevin Bacon!

Now, what that actually has to do with any part of my life, other than just bein' a funny fact...

...I dunno.

I can also claim connections to Merle Haggard and Buck Owens, Tommy Lee Jones, several professionl wrestlers, and a very distant relationship to the Dalton Gang and FDR.

And while they may be interestin'--they mean nuthin'.

But my degree of separation to Jesus Christ?

THAT MEANS EVERYTHING.

You see, there are no 'degrees' of separation from Him. You are either in Him, or you're lost--PERIOD.

However, once you accept Jesus as Lord and Savior, you are His--FOREVER.

Even when you screw up--He has you.

Romans 8:35-39 says:

"35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? 36 As it is written:“For your sake we face death all day long;
we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”[a]


37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,[b] neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord."
 
To me, that says that I am secure in Jesus Christ, that I will never lose Him--He is always right there, no matter what.
 
Now, I think that Keven Bacon is cute and a good actor--but will he be there for me when I need someone? um...no.
 
But because I have a Jesus Rating of 0--it means that Jesus is right here, right now, in my life, in my heart. He is there when I have good times and bad, whenever I grieve or rejoice. And as He says in Deuteronomy 31:6:
 
6" Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the Lord your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you.”
 
What YOUR Jesus Rating?
 
Well, I got chores. Later ya'll.
© Evelyn Edgett 2013
 
 
 
 

 

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Food Co-op A Success--Takin' Time Off Today

August 24, 2013

Went to the food co-op this mornin', and I liked it a lot. Great bunch of folks, all willin' to work to get the orders filled, and I even got a couple of freebies for my volunteerin'. I'm gonna join up next time and order a basket--a lot of produce for $15 every two weeks.

Since I've worked on my swellness studio ( that WAS a typo on 'swellness', but I like that--shouldn't gettin' a massage and pamperin' make ya feel SWELL?) for the past week, I've decided to just do very little of any consequence the rest of the day. Gonna rest, spend time with my horse, and then I'm gonna finish a bird bath made from stuff laying around the house. It will look odd, but the birds will enjoy it, I'm sure.

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

Friday, August 23, 2013

Workin' On Bath Salts--Tryin' Out New Food Co-op--Crockpot Freezer Meals

August 23, 2013

Worked at Eleanor's today (just a quick update on her broken leg--she is now walkin' without any assistance, drivin', AND she and her brother are plannin' a hikin' trip to New Mexico in September. Not bad for a 70 year old woman!), and we got a lot of stuff done to get her set up for a garage sale later this month. After all that, she and I sat down and figured out what essential oils would be good for some bath salts, shower scrubs, and massage oils.

How does Pink Grapefruit Sugar scrub sound? Or Coconut Lime? I can hardly wait to try out Mandarin Orange Bath Salts. Good grief, now I'm HUNGRY.

Tomorrow mornin', I'm goin' with my buddy Leigha to check out her food co-op, BOUNTIFUL BASKETS (www.bountifulbaskets.org), and volunteer time to help out and learn how their system works. I'm not that big a fan of co-ops, but Leigha has gotten sone great deals on fruits and veggies, so I'm game to give up a Saturday and help out.

Wanted to give a shout out to Jessica over at her blog, LOVING MY NEST (www.lovingmynest.com), for her CROCKPOT FREEZER MEALS posts. I love my crockpots (I have 4 of them), and they make my life easier as I go about my homemakin' and now business duties.

Jessica has several posts about how to fix up meals to go in the crockpot ahead of time, freeze them, then just pop them in the crockpot when needed. You get all the prep work done in one day, and then you have meals ready to go and more time to spend with your family.

Sounds pretty darned good to me.

So, check the girl out--I'm addin' her to my blog list, so ya'll can keep track of her ides.

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

 

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Studio Movin' Forward--Careful Of Companions

August 22, 2013

Well, a few more tweaks and the wellness studio will be ready for guests. I already have folks lined up for appointments, and I still haven't gotten the outside of the buildin' mowed. This is truly a case of 'don't judge a book by it's cover."

I haven't had a chance to paint the inside, but I'm plannin' on doin' that in a bit cooler weather. I'm tryin' to figure out what to use as a drape between the treatment room and the outer office, but I may have a solution.

I'm not giddy with excitement, but I do feel a sense of returnin' to what I'm truly called to do. I got sidetracked for several years while I learned a lot of hard lessons about makin' friends with the wrong people, bad companions, etc. It took those lessons to make me turn back towards the direction God wanted me to go in, instead of where I thought I wanted to go.

Nowadays I keep to myself a lot, except for friends who have proven themselves over many years, and who understand that I am easily distracted by folks who make me feel like they need rescuin'. Yes, I'm in my 50s, and I have babysitters.

But then again, I sometimes NEED them.

In the book of Joshua, chapter 9, The Gibeonites figure they had better come up with a plan to get Isreal to join with them, or else they were gonna get wiped out or run out of the Promised Land like all the other Canaanites.

So they came up with a great sob story and presented it to Joshua, who should have gone straight to The Lord and asked HIS opinion. Instead, he said, basically, "Okay, you poor things. Don't sweat it, we'll be bestest buddies from now on, and you can count on us to help you out anytime."

Guess what? It came back to bite them in the backside over and over, all because they didn't seek God's counsel before shooin' their mouth off.

Seriously, you look up REALLY STUPID IDEAS in the dictionary, and you will see two photos--Joshua's and mine.

I have what is called a rescue compulsion, and I always want to take the side of the 'underdog'. By befriendin' folks who give me a good sob story, I have gotten hurt in so many ways it ain't funny.

And what's really sad is that every time my husband has said, "Don't make friends with those folks, somethin' ain't right"...

I have gone right ahead and made friends. Simply by goin' against my husband's leadership, I have gotten into more messes.

Fortunately, God has protected me from my own idiocy many times, and yet He has also allowed me to suffer some consequences for my actions.

Does all that mean that I don't help folks? Not at all. It simply means that I now seek God's counsel and my husband's leadership before I step out on a limb.

Here's a little poem about this subject that I wrote--it'll explain it better.


It Ain’t Always
Evelyn Edgett
June 18, 2013

Once, durin’ one of my pre-dawn walks,
I was enjoyin’ the black velvet night
The moon had just set, but the sun wasn’t quite up,
So I was just strollin’ along, waitin’ to see the light.

Ya know how sometimes ya just get that feelin’?
Like you just ain’t quite alone?
No, I don’t mean like some ghostly haint.
I know folks don’t come back after they’re gone.

No, I mean that little sense that tells you
There’s the presence of another livin’ bein.
So I took a gander around the fields and the road,
Looked down—and couldn’t  believe what I was seein’.

There, just a couple of feet away,
Off a bit to my right side,
I saw the ittiest, bittiest kitten walkin’ along,
And he was matchin’ me, stride for stride.

“Why, you poor little thing,” says I.
“I guess you must be lost.”
“C’mere, I’ll help you out,
After all, what could it cost?”

I knelt and went to scoop the little feller up,
But just as I stretched out my hand.
My nose caught the faintest ‘whiff’,
And my brain just started yellin’, “STAND!”

Don’t you make another move.
Just let that critter go right on by.
‘cause if you keep tryin’ to rescue that baby SKUNK,
You and a bunch of other folks gonna get a chance to cry.

As God’s people, we’re often like me out on that road.
We wanna help folks out when they seem lost.
We wanna jump right in to rescue folks.
‘Cuz after all, what can it cost?

But ya see, there’s gonna be folks who slither right into your life,
Who will make you think they’re just misunderstood.
And when you catch on to how they’ve used you, don’t feel bad.
You ain’t that dumb—they’re just that good.

But, don’t you stop wantin’ to help folks.
After all, that’s how we show ‘em God’s love.
But before you rush in all excited,
Pray and check it out with your Father above.

Jesus said that we should be meek as doves,
So we could let the light of His love rise.
But he also said we would be as sheep among wolves,
So remember, along with bein’ meek—folks we gotta be wise.
 
Well, I got chores. later ya'll.
© Evelyn Edgett 2013

Monday, August 19, 2013

Settin' Up Wellness Studio--Pinterest Experiment

August 19, 2013

My backside is scrapin' the floor today, ladies and gents. Been workin' on the cottage we used to live in, gettin' it ready for my wellness studio and healin' ministry. Lemme tell ya, transformin' a former residence into a business takes more work than just movin' into a business space.

And yet, when I got the massage room pretty well put together, set up my table, put sheets on it and the face rest was settin' ready--I really felt as if I had come home after a long trip. I hadn't had room to do massage or detoxes, or anything else for so long, and I love helpin' folks relax and heal.

Of course--the Redneck will be the first on my table. Goodness knows, he has earned it, as hard as he works.

Made and sold more bath salts this weekend. Still workin' on a label for my products--I'm thinkin' ESTHER'S MOMENTS, in honor of Queen Esther. Sounds uber feminine, dontcha think?

Decided to give PINTEREST a try. I don't use it as a social network--I have no interest in commentin' or pinnin' anything. I simply look for what interests me, check it out, and then move on. So far I have found a few things worth tryin', but no more than I would if I simply searched the web for ideas. We'll see how it goes.

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

 

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Opportunity Knocked--Risk Takin'

August 17, 2013

Today my family got up, did chores, then headed out to CABELAS Sportin' Goods store, where the local radio station we love to listen to, 95.9 THE RANCH, was doin' a live broadcast. I took along a signed copy of LESSONS AND BLESSIN'S, and gave it to the mornin' DJ as a gift. He thanked me and said that he would get back to me on how he liked it. Who knows--I could end up on the RADIO!

As we were goin' to the store, I heard all kinds of negative things buzzin' around in my head, about how I shouldn't do this, I'd look dumb, the DJ would probably toss it in the trash, he wouldn't like it, yadda, yadda....

Yeah, all those things could be true, I don't deny it one bit. However, I will never know if I don't give it a shot.  Famous opera singer Bevery Sills said,

"You may be disappointed if you fail, but you are doomed if you don't try."

Every time you move forward, you risk losin'. Just because I have failed at somethin' don't mean I am a failure. It just means I need to find a different way to do somethin'.

Ecclesiastes 11:4-6 says:

"He who observes the wind will not sow, and he who regards the clouds will not reap. As you do not know the way the spirit comes to the bones in the womb of a woman with child, so you do not know the work of God who makes everything. In the morning sow your seed, and at evening withhold not your hand, for you do not know which will prosper, this or that, or whether both alike will be good."

Matthew 25 talks about the servant who didn't risk anything with his master's money, and therefore was proven to be a poor steward.

A smaller example of my own risk takin' is this--I have been makin' up bath salts for sale at my church, and I have done pretty well with the standards like lavender and peppermint. As I was takin' inventory of my Essential Oils, I found a tiny bottle that had no label. It smelled very nice, but I couldn't tell which EO it was.

I had to figure out--do I make a bath salt with it, knowin' I couldn't duplicate it, and just take a chance that it would sell, or did I just put it back and go on with the 'safe' scents? And if I did make one--what would I call it? I can't very well name it TAKE A SHOT, YA MIGHT LIKE IT, could I?

Soooo....

I decided to make a 'limited run' of the salt, which I called WILD MEADOW, since it has a flowery scent. I figure if it sells, great. If it doesn't--I have a personal bath salt for me or to give as a gift.

I'm not sayin' toss your life savin's into an investment program just for the heck of it--I don't believe in risk just for risk's sake. But don't be afraid to take risks.  Bein' alive is a risk. Followin' Jesus is a risk. Lovin' someone is a risk. If you don't risk--you don't LIVE.

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

Friday, August 16, 2013

The Five Whites

August 16, 2013

More rain last night--it's wonderful to see lightning when I wake up at 3 a.m. As much as I loved our little cottage, I am SO enjoyin' havin' big windows to look out of. Of course, it still takes me back when I see a horse go past a window--I whip my head around to make sure what I'm seein'!

Well, my homeopathic doctor took me off of the '5 whites' this week. No more flour, sugar, pasta, potatoes or rice.

Shoot me now.

It seems that these things can contribute to inflammation in the body, and retainin' water. I find it funny--I actually prefer NOT to eat these foods--until I'm told I should stay OFF them!

It turns out, however, that I have a way around this little problem. I did research, and found that I can make 'caulitators' by simply cooking cauliflower until soft enough to mash like potatoes, and I can have a 'rice' by runnin' cauliflower through the food processor until it resembles rice grains, and then I just cook them until tender. I prefer kale chips to potato chips anyway, so I'm good there.

Sugar isn't that big a problem for me--I really only want sweet in a beverage like hot tea, so I just use stevia.

Pasta is takin' a little work to figure out--there is suposed to be a BARILLA brand that is made with chickpea flour, and I may be able to have that, or if I can figure out a good non-wheat flour, I can make it myself.

Eatin' healthy is often times a case of just bein' creative so you can have good health AND flavor.

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

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Slum Gully Recipe--House Is Lookin' Good

August 15, 2013

Today I mixed up a huge batch of rice, leftovers, stuff from the freezer, fish oil, etc, and fed it to my dogs as part of their 'Slum Gully' treat. I occasionally mix it up and they love it, plus it helps me clean out the pantry without wastin' anything. I make certain nothin' goes in that could cause them trouble (onions, chocolate, stuff like that), and along with their regular dog food it rounds out their diet and they think they have gone to table scrap heaven.

Plus, it's a heck of a lot cheaper than store bought dog food that has a lot of the same stuff in it.

I dunno where the term "slum gully' comes from , I have just heard it for years. I use it to describe any dish that is chock full of different foods. However, I decided to look it up and see if there really was a dish called slum gully.

There is, and here is the recipe from www.cooks.com.


SLUM GULLY
Printed from COOKS.COM


3 lbs. hamburger
1 med. bell pepper
1 med. onion
1 lb. frozen okra, cubed
1 can whole kernel corn
1/3 lb. rice, cooked
2 more cans tomato sauce (8 oz. each)
Chili powder to taste
4 oz. can mushrooms, sliced
Put hamburger, onion and bell pepper in skillet. Add 1 can tomato sauce. Add chili powder to taste. Cover and cook until done. Dump into a large pot.
Add okra, corn, mushrooms, rice, tomato sauce and chili powder to taste. Cover. Cook, stirring occasionally. Do not boil. Serve in bowls with crackers.

Sounds pretty good, huh? It would probably go over well at my house, except for the okra--I seem to be the only one who likes the stuff.

I pretty much have the house put together, at least it's "macro organized' at this point. I have all the like things in the places they should go, I just need to fine tune everything. I'm still workin' to get the wellness studio set up--I have folks clamorin' to get in when it's ready. The first person to go on my table is gonna be the Redneck--he hasn't had a massage in a long time, and he deserves one for all his hard work and sacrifice for this family. 

We are gonna have an afternoon out today, and I'mm lookin' forward to just goin' and window shoppin' for a while--although I'm not sure how to act in a mall anymore...

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



 

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Who Do I Delight In?

August 14, 2013

Psalm 37:4 says;

"Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart."

I read that this mornin'. And it got me to thinkin', since I've been braggin' on the Lord's blessin's the past few days...

...am I takin' delight in HIM, or just the blessin's He's been sendin' my way?

Yeah, heavy thought, huh?

We are to delight in HIM, God, our Heavenly Father, Creator, Lord of all, author and finisher of our faith--you name it, He IS it.

Like any good father, He loves to shower His children with everything they need, and a lot of things they often would just like to have. And yet, a good father also wants his children to love HIM, not just what he can give them.

So now, I have a new prayer that I've begun prayin' throughout the day;

"Father, teach me how to delight in You. I appreciate all You have given me and my family, all the wonderful provision You have sent. And yet, I want to just delight in You and Your presence--Your HOLINESS. Show me in Your Word and in my everyday life how to do that. Let me never forget that it is YOU Who has given me life, and Who has granted me forgiveness through the blood of Jesus, Who died on the cross so that I can have that forgiveness and spend eternity with You. If You never give me anything alse other than that--I am happy. Thank You, Father, Amen"

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




 

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

More Blessin's Abound

August 13, 2013

Whoa, what a day it's been!

Got to Eleanor's today, and lo and behold, she has a woman comin' in to review full body massage, and she needs a body on the table.

Guess WHO'S body?

Oh yes, Praise the Lord--MEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!

I got the first massage I've had in several years, and it was GREAT. I gotta tell ya, folks, bein' a massage therapist but ya can't find anyone to work on you--is misery.

The only problem was, afterwards, I wasn't worth shootin', I was so relaxed.

Well, after all that, my little family stoppped by the Preacher's house to pick up something he had for us, and while we were there he and his wife blessed us with these additional goodies...

A couch, well over 6 foot long, and a matchin' chair.

An end table, along with the promise of a second table as soon as Mrs. Preach finds one to replace the one she's givin' us

A waterbed frame that fits  my queen sized mattress, so I don't have to have my bed on cinder blocks

And while I was outside, next to the trach can, I looked in and saw a crockpot that had burned out, but the lid was still good, so I snagged the lid to replace the one on my crockpot, that needed a handle.

oh, and my son got 3 brand new white t-shirts from Preach, 'cause when he bought them, they were too small for him, but they will fit Obie just perfect.

I think I'm in shock from the goodness of my Heavenly Father. I love to quote Philippians 4:19;

But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

I can't WAIT to see what He has for me next!

Well, I got a bed frame to put together. later ya'll.
© Evelyn Edgett 2013
 

Monday, August 12, 2013

Yippee Skippee--INTERNET AT HOME!

August 12, 2013

Yessirree, ladies and gents--I have internet at my own little home! I just got it installed today, and it's great to not have to go to the local wi-fi spot of the library to do my online business. I can check
email, read my blogs, and do research, all without havin' to take time away from my household and family.

Now, the downside to this is...

I have no reason to be a haphazard blogger anymore.

Yup, it's time for me to get serious, and begin postin' the way that I used to, lettin' folks know that God is quite in charge of my life, and all the things He is doin' and teachin' me as I live on this earth.

It may take a bit for me to get up to speed, but I'll get there.

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




Friday, August 9, 2013

House Is Lookin' Like A Home--We Had A Miracle This Mornin'

August 9, 2013

It's been a little over a week since we began movin' in to the new house, and it is shapin' up nice. Started hangin' stuff on the wall today, and everything was goin' good, until a large framed drawin' that hung over the couch fell off the wall, and shattered.

Did I mention that my son was sittin' RIGHT UNDER IT?

Oh yeah, mama heart attack time. I heard the crash and tinkle as the glass shattered. I turned, and couldn't believe what I saw.

Obie and one of the dogs were on the couch, lookin' over the back at the broken mess...

...and neither one was harmed in any way.

That's right. The picture SHOULD have fallen straight down on top of them, but instead, it was two feet OVER from them.

I keep thinkin' about the angel who must have reached out and shoved the picture over as it fell, like someone knockin' the basketball outta the opponent's hand as he goes for a basket (yeah, NBA ANGELS!).

At first, I was too busy cleanin' up broken glass, but then it hit me what COULD  have happened, and it kinda freaked me out. Even now I'm amazed and thankful for God's protection of my family from day to day.

The Bible has a lot to say about God's protection.

The God of my rock; in him will I trust: he is my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my high tower, and my refuge, my savior; thou saved me from violence. I will call on the LORD, who is worthy to be praised: so shall I be saved from mine enemies. 2 Samuel 22:3-4

I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: for thou, LORD, only makes me dwell in safety. Psalm 4:8

But let all those rejoice who put their trust in You; let them ever shout for joy, because You defend them; let those also who love Your name be joyful in You. Psalm 5:11

As for God, His way is perfect; the word of the Lord is proven; He is a shield to all who trust in Him. Psalm 18:30

You are my hiding place; You shall preserve me from trouble; You shall surround me with songs of deliverance. Psalm 32:7

How precious is Your loving kindness, O God! Therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of Your wings. Psalm 36:7

The Lord will preserve him and keep him alive, and he will be blessed on the earth; You will not deliver him to the will of his enemies. Psalm 41:2

Be merciful to me, O God, be merciful to me! For my soul trusts in You; and in the shadow of Your wings I will make my refuge, until these calamities have passed by. Psalm 57:1

Behold, he that keeps Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep. The LORD is thy keeper: the LORD is thy shade upon thy right hand. The sun shall not smite thee by day, nor the moon by night. The LORD shall preserve thee from all evil: he shall preserve thy soul. The LORD shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore. Psalm 121:4-8

Though I walk in the midst of trouble, thou wilt revive me: thou shalt stretch forth thine hand against the wrath of mine enemies, and thy right hand shall save me. Psalm 138:7

These are just a few that tell of His wonderful care for His people. Believe me, I often feel like David in 1 Samuel 17:32-37;

32 David said to Saul, “Let no one lose heart on account of this Philistine; your servant will go and fight him.”
33 Saul replied, “You are not able to go out against this Philistine and fight him; you are only a young man, and he has been a warrior from his youth.”
34 But David said to Saul, “Your servant has been keeping his father’s sheep. When a lion or a bear came and carried off a sheep from the flock, 35 I went after it, struck it and rescued the sheep from its mouth. When it turned on me, I seized it by its hair, struck it and killed it. 36 Your servant has killed both the lion and the bear; this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, because he has defied the armies of the living God. 37 The Lord who rescued me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will rescue me from the hand of this Philistine.”
Saul said to David, “Go, and the Lord be with you.”

See what David is doin' here? He is lookin' back on all the times that God has protected him, and he knows that God don't change. I find myself lookin' back on all the ways that God has protected us through the years, and when I have a situation come up that looks hopeless, I know that God don't change, and if He protected us from harm before--He'll do it again.

Oh yeah--if He DOES allow somethin' to happen--it's because He is workin' on somethin' even BIGGER and BETTER in our lives for His glory. Romans 8:28 says;

28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

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




 

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Just A Quick Note...

August 7, 2013

We are finally gettin' settled in our new house, and I'm establishin' household routines to keep the joint runnin' smooth and lookin' good.

This mornin, as we were havin' breakfast, I opened our daily devotional and began to read the followin' Psalm:

"Can God provide a table in the wilderness?" Psalm 78:19

I started laughin', because I was sittin' at the proof that God not only can provide a table, but the chairs to sit at it, the food upon it, and the means to cook it!

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

Monday, August 5, 2013

Big, Big....BIG NEWS!!!!!!!!!!!!

August 5, 2013

If ya'll recall, I've been hintin' at a big announcement for a while now.

Well, it's finally official, so I'm announcin' that...

WE HAVE MOVED INTO A BIGGER HOUSE!

Yup, God has provided a three bedroom, two bath mobile home for my little family, on 5 plus acres. Oh yeah--I don't wanna forget to mention the DISHWASHER!

The Redneck's folks found a house closer to the other son's house, where the grandkids live, so they offered to let us rent their house here on the property. We prayed a long time, and just kept waitin' to see what would happen. When the door opened, we walked through.

And the bonus is, the little cottage that we have been livin' in will now become the headquarters for our family's ministry, along with the home of my wellness ministry.

Things have been happenin' really fast. God has been "Philipians 4:19'n" all over the place, as He has met every need accordin' to His riches of glory in Christ Jesus.

After livin' in small homes for so many years, we had pared down belongings, especially furniture, so when we moved into the larger house, we had our beds, a couple of dressers, and little else.

I figured out what were real needs, and began to pray. Here's how He has answered those prayers so far:

A couple at church wanted to get a much smaller dinin' tble, since there kids no longer live at home, and the one they had was more than they need. They wanted to know if we could use it.

I was drivin' home from a friend's house, and lookin' over to the left, I saw a gorgeous wooden coffee tble. I asked the home owner what the table was doin' out there, and he sid he was movin', but had no room for it at the new place, so did I want his help loadin' it up?

We were given a burgandy colored love seat, a smll side table with a lamp built into it, 9 sets of  mini blinds, curtains for the livin' room, and we are waitin' for word on a leather couch.

My favorite was in church yesterday, when it was asked,

"Are there any prayer requests?"

I raised  my hand and said, "I need a washer and a dryer."

As soon as I said it, a couple on my right said, "We have  set you can have."

A few miniutes later, when the question, "Are there any praise reports", was asked, I raised my hand and said,

"I have a washer and a dryer!"

God is soooooooo GOOD!

I still need a few things for our new home, and then I will be workin' to set up the old house as the studio. I know that if I simply make my needs known, God will take care of them.

I videoed the rooms in the new house as they inlaws were movin' out, and I want to post them so you cn see the 'befores' of each room. then once the rooms are set up, I will post the 'afters'.

If you are wonderin' what my decoratin' style is--

It's GRATITUDE.

I am grateful for whatever God provides, and what He provides ALWAYS looks right.

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