Friday, May 18, 2018

Gazing Up at a Different Sky

Photo by Numendil on Unsplash

Hello everyone!

I was just thinking. Is it not amazing that we can visit, through blogs, with like-minded ladies all over the world? Since my diagnosis, I've heard from ladies from many countries as well as my own United States. Nearly all are praying for me, and many share prayer requests for the difficulties and health trials they or loved ones are facing.

Even though we may gaze up at a different sky and different stars at night, we believers all have the one true God and His Son Jesus Christ. That makes us sisters in the LORD. He is faithful in the good times and the bad times. He's Jehovah Sabaoth. LORD of Hosts. He fights our battles. These are only the skirmishes of life. He was, is, and always will be victorious. We will, too, if we stay close to His side.

Psalm 19 begins, "The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims His handiwork." God has had it planned from the beginning of the beginning that we would know Him and worship Him. We all worship something or someone. It's just how we were designed.

Are you worshiping the one true God, creator of the universe, father of Jesus our savior, our redeemer, the one who connects us back to the Father?

It's just something to think about as you gaze up at the sky God has given you.


Monday, May 14, 2018

Happy Homemaker Monday ~ May 14, 2018

As I write ...  Sunday evening

The weather.... Sunny and quite warm.

Right now I am... relaxing after a three day weekend celebrating my birthday, my father's birthday, and Mother's Day.

Thinking... I'm thinking about purchasing a set of size 0 knitting needles. I have a new friend, Colleen, who is going to teach me to make socks.

A quote to share... 
"True Christianity finds all of its doctrines in the Bible;
true Christianity does not deny any part of the Bible;
true Christianity does not add anything ot the Bible.
For many centuries the Bible has been the most available
book on the earth.  It has no hidden purpose. 
It cannot be destroyed."
p 58
 Billy Graham in Quotes
Franklin Graham
On my reading pile...   

Favorite blog posts last week...  

Something fun to share... 

On my to do list... 
  • Do something on my spring bucket list. ~ Done! Ice cream run.
  • Medical oncologist nurse practitioner appointment ~ Done!
  • Echocardiogram to see if my heart is still strong. ~ Done!
  • Chemo ~ Done!
  • Recover ~ in process
  • Mop kitchen floor  
  • Laundry  

On the needles...  
  • A simple knit one pearl one hat using yarn that Shelly gave me. Thank you!

Looking forward to this week...
  • Tuesday - Knitting group ~ Relaxing
  • Wednesday - Treatment ~ I slept all afternoon!
  • Thursday - Resting day
  • Friday -  My son Michael's graduation 
  • Saturday -  Hubby's working, so I'll have to find something to do.

Looking around the house...  My motto has become, "I can only do what I can do." Unfortunately, it shows!

    From the camera... Remembering the mothers in my life

    My mom, Barbara, and step-dad Rick

    My mother-in-love, Judy, and me (remembering hair)

    My Annie and me


    On my prayer list...
    • Peace of Jerusalem and Israel
    • Wisdom, health, and protection for President Trump, Vice-President Pence, and their families. 
    • Healing for our country so that we may be ONE nation under God.
    • Relief from the side effects of my treatments ~ regain movement in arm without pain across all the radiated area.
    • Cancer will die the death in my body. My heart, brain, organs, spleen, and healthy cells will be protected. I will live and not die and declare the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living. Psalm 118:17

    My prayer for you, my reader...

    Jesus, I thank you that you hear our prayers. Father, I thank you for sending Jesus. Holy Spirit, I thank you for being our comforter and our teacher. Lord God, three in one, I thank you that you personally know each one of my readers. You know each one's needs, fears, hopes, problems, pains, and illnesses. I ask you God to speak directly to each one, to meet each person's needs, and heal each physical problem. Bless each spiritually, physically, socially, and financially. I ask it all by the power of the Blood of Jesus, in Jesus' Name. Amen.

    Thanks for dropping by!
    Please say hello.
    Trusting in God's timing, provision, and healing power

    Joining with Sandra at Happy Homemaker Monday.


    Joining with Peggy
    Joining with Peggy

    Friday, May 11, 2018

    A Thrifty Week at Harvest Lane Cottage #128

    Welcome to another 
    Thrifty Week at Harvest Lane Cottage!
    Each week I share ways I've saved money, my thrifty and frugal projects, and my blessings from God. 

    A Thrifty Week at Harvest Lane Cottage
    Thanks for coming by today—or tonight!
    Please say hello! I'm always looking for new blog friends!


    Hello everyone,

      Spring is in full swing here in southern Missouri. I spent the day with my father. We went out for dinner at Longhorn restaurant, and had lovely salads. Mine had mixed greens, strawberries, red onion, mandarin orange slices, candied pecans, red grapes, feta cheese, raspberry vinaigrette, and sliced grilled chicken. Oh my it was so delicious! My father had a salad with mixed greens, tomatoes, blue cheese, ranch dressing, and grilled steak. It probably had some more yummies in it, but I was too focused on my own salad and visiting with my father. My birthday is the 12th, and his birthday is the 14th, so it was a celebration for both of us. It was a wonderful day of reminiscing and discussing how people have gotten so far away from down home friendly. We both try to spread sunshine all over the place, smile at others, wave, and just be friendly. We try to be the change we want to see. I think we are happier because we do.

     What about you? Are you small town friendly even if you live in a city? It is just another way of spreading the love of Jesus.

     God bless!

    Here's my thrifty blessed week!

    • I signed up with Survey Junkie. 
    • I cashed in my Swagbucks for a $25 gift card to a Darden restaurant.
    • I worked on Inbox Dollars. I'm trying to get to $30 so that I can cash out. I will cancel my account after that. It's really a slow way to get extra money. I've put too much time into it, and I'm too close to quit now.
    • I made alfredo so that I could use up the extra cream we have on hand. I used some funny shaped pasta that I bought months ago. 
    • I'm trying to use up things we have in the cupboards and freezer. I want to defrost the big upright freezer, but we need to use a bit more of the contents first.
    • I made yet another hat with some yarn that was given to me. Thank you Shelly!
    • I did some proofreading and editing in exchange for services this week. Thanks Kacey!
    What have you done in your home this week?


    May you make the best of what you've got
    however much or little!

    When we are faithful in little,
    God sees it.


    ...doing what I can with what I've got
    where I am on a shoestring budget!


    Thank you all for writing to me. I read every comment. I truly appreciate the support you've all given me during my treatments. If you'd like a response to your comment, please make sure that I have your email. I'm not taking time right now to copy responses onto the blog. I am having trouble keeping up. Please understand. Thanks! Laura