It’s Not Pumpkin Season!!!

Pumpkin muffins in August… Really?

Just like ¬†Ecclesiastes 3:1 and the classic folk song says: “To everything (turn, turn, turn) there is a season, (turn, turn, turn)

or simply put

“To everything there is a season…

And I know it’s been unseasonably cool this summer, but it’s still summer, and although I like pumpkin bread, muffins, and coffee during ¬†the fall, I’m just not ready for them now, while it’s still 80 plus degrees outside.Still there are all these commercials on TV now that are just taking all the fun out of my cozy seasonal traditions.

First, its Christmas trees in late October, and now warm pumpkin pie in August?

I’m just sayin’ … ‘Tis not the season :)

Be In Health

food fun fitness

“Beloved, I wish above all things that you be in health and prosper, even as your soul prospers.”

3 John 1:2

Here is an invitation for you to visit my new blog,

“Healthy Parents, Healthy Kids!”

It’s all about food, fun and fitness for everyone, with posts like:

Eat Well, Live Well” and “Any Way You Slice It!

 Click HERE to take a look.

I’d be very happy you came!

“Best of health and happiness ¬†to¬†you.”

Faith ‚ô•

Prayer and Fasting

“…If you have faith as a grain of mustard seed, you shall say unto this mountain, Remove from here to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.”

But this kind goes not out but by prayer and fasting.”

Matthew 17:20-21

We Gather Together

We gather together to ask the Lord’s blessing;

He chastens and hastens his will to make known;
The wicked oppressing now cease from distressing,
Sing praises to his name: He forgets not his own.

Beside us to guide us, our God with us joining,
Ordaining, maintaining his kingdom divine;
So from the beginning the fight we were winning;
Thou, Lord, wast at our side, All glory be thine!

We all do extol thee, thou leader triumphant,
And pray that thou still our defender wilt be.
Let thy congregation escape tribulation;
Thy name be ever praised! O Lord, make us free!
Amen

Traditional Thanksgiving Hymn

Theodore Baker

Sweet Blogging Award!!

Thank you PC Zick, @¬†pczick.wordpress.com, for nominating me for the Super Sweet Blogging Award! I think that this award is so cute and it’s so nice for my blog to be considered “Sweet!” I’m honored to have been nominated by such a popular writer. I admire her blog and I’m sure you’ll enjoy it too, so treat yourself to a visit!

Thanks Patricia. :)

Guidelines:

1. Give credit to the person who chose to nominate you.

2. Answer the ‚ÄúSuper Sweet‚ÄĚ questions.

3. Nominate a “Baker’s Dozen (13) blogs.

 

“Super Sweet” Questions:

1. Cookies or Cake? 

Right now I’m not eating sugar, but if I were, it would be… CAKE!!! Plain cake and plain cookies,like pound cake and shortbread. ¬†:)

2. Chocolate or Vanilla?

Vanilla.

    3. What is your favorite sweet treat?

Lemon Pound Cake

    4. When do you crave sweet things the most?

I don’t have a big sweet tooth, so I don’t usually crave sweets.

   5.   If you had a sweet nickname, what would it be?

I checked with my hubby, and he said “Sweetheart”¬†‚ô•

A Baker’s Dozen of ¬†“Sweet” Nominees:

collinesblog.wordpress.com

awinsomejourney.wordpress.com

tastythumb.wordpress.com

francineinretirement.wordpress.com

reflectionsintheword.org

auntieemsguide.wordpress.com

frommyfrontstep.wordpress.com

jpdaily.wordpress.com

lettersfromlilies.wordpress.com

homeandtherange.wordpress.com

rantingchef.com

feedthepiglet.wordpress.com

alotonyourplate.wordpress.com

Surfing through these blogs will be “sweet” so pay them a visit and enjoy!!!

Special thanks to everyone who visits, follows, “likes”, or comments on this blog!¬†Smiles and Blessings to you all. – Faith :)

Throwback Thursday- Leftovers

This is the first in a series of reblogs that I call,¬†“Throwback Thursdays.” It’s a previous post from my blog, and I’ll be sharing one each Thursday. “Leftovers” ¬†is one of my very first posts, published ¬†around New Years Day, of this year. I hope that you will be encouraged!

– Faith :)

Faithrises

Last night, while putting away the last of the chicken wings that had not been devoured by my  food-lovin’ family, I thought about  how some habits or problems can be  like leftovers following us into the new year. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t mind leftovers,  especially like pizza for breakfast, but what about leftover issues, feelings, and disappointments, from last year, that are still  hanging around, and keeping us down? You know what happens to leftovers in the fridge when they’ve been around too long. They start to stink, and not look so good, and most of all they aren’t any good to you anymore. Bad habits, deep-seated hurts, and other problems can be just like that.

Sometimes we carry leftovers over from year to year, and sometimes they can add up for a lifetime. Imagine a lifetime of leftovers just sittin’ around in your fridge! Yuck!  But let’s be honest, sometimes that’s how it is…

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The Sunshine Award!

I am very happy, and honored to receive the blogger’s Sunshine Award !

My sincere and ¬†heartfelt thanks goes out to NanaDoll, ¬†http://momtoldmetowriteabook.wordpress.com, for nominating me for this beautiful award! I absolutely love blogging, and haven’t been at it for long, so this is all still very new for me. ¬†It’s my first award with requirements attached, and I’ve been working on meeting them for a little while now, so here we go!

The Sunshine Award comes with a few rules:

  • Include the award‚Äôs logo in a post or on your blog
  • Answer 10 questions about yourself
  • Nominate 10-12 other fabulous bloggers
  • Link your nominees to the post and comment on their blogs, letting them know they have been nominated
  • Share the love and link the person who nominated you!

 About Me: 

 1. I am very happily married to my college sweetheart.

2. We have three miracle children, (that doctors said we’d never have!) :)

3. I’ve experienced many miracles of healing in my life.

4. I love the Lord.  He is my strength, my source of  joy and all things wonderful in this life.

5. I love lots of different kinds of music, and I play 3 instruments.

6. I enjoy writing, and I love blogging!

7. I enjoy cooking, homemaking, and gardening.

8. I enjoy English Literature. Jane Austen and Charles Dickens are my favorites!

9. I enjoy eating organic foods, and I’m “practically” ¬†vegetarian. :)

10. I enjoy cycling, and other outdoor activities, with family and friends.

Here are a “baker’s” dozen of blogs that I am passing this award on to. They’re like” Sunshine!” Check them out, I’m sure you’ll agree!

1. http:/fourleaves92.wordpress.com

2. http:/artbycamila.wordpress.com

3. http:/washedfeet.wordpress.com

4. http:/365daysofpraising.wordpress.com

5. http:/savannahssong.wordpress.com

6.  http:/refusingtotiptoe.com

7. http:/birdmartin.wordpress.com

8. http:/traveldestinationbucketlist.com

9. http:/frommyfrontstep.wordpress.com

10. http:/todayiprayed.wordpress.com

11. http:/changedbyhim0510.wordpress.com

12.http:/matthew1625.com

13. http:/tracielouisephotography.net

These are all wonderful blogs, and there are so many more that I would have liked to mention. Some have already received this award, but I still hate leaving anyone out, so this was a little difficult for me. I’d also like to send out a very special “thank you” to those who follow and comment on my blog. I’m humbled by your interest, and you too, are like “Sunshine” to me!

Smiles and Blessings.  РFaith

Leftovers

Last night, while putting away¬†the last of the chicken wings that had not been devoured by my ¬†food-lovin’ family, I thought about¬†¬†how some¬†habits or problems¬†can be ¬†like leftovers following¬†us¬†into the new year. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t mind leftovers, ¬†especially like¬†pizza for breakfast, but what about leftover issues, feelings, and disappointments, from last year, that are still ¬†hanging around, and keeping us down? You know what happens to leftovers in the fridge when they’ve been around too long. They start to stink, and not look so good, and most of all they aren’t any good¬†to you anymore. Bad habits, deep-seated hurts, and other problems can be just like that.

Sometimes we carry leftovers over from year to year, and sometimes they can add up for a lifetime. Imagine a lifetime of leftovers just sittin’ around in your fridge! Yuck! ¬†But let’s be honest, sometimes that’s how it is with leftover hurts….

When I was a very little girl my father left us…. He went off to fight in Vietnam, and afterwards he¬†deserted his wife and four kids; ages four, three, two, and eight months. I was the oldest, and I remember feeling devastated…. deserted.¬† For years as a child I would patiently stand in a corner at the front window, hoping to see ¬†my daddy come home, but sadly, all that came were my own quiet tears.

Despite this great disappointment, we had a happy childhood and upbringing. My grandmother sold all that she had, and came to live with us. This way my mom, who is a nurse could work full-time,while my sweet grandma took care of us, and made our home a cozy, wonderful place to be.  Even so, from year to year, for many years I carried the leftovers of hurt and rejection that resulted from our father leaving us.

When I went off to college, I took all of his old record albums with me. Music from the 60’s that he left at our house. The music was over 20 years old but I liked listening to them. I guess it made me feel like I still had a part of him with me.¬† Carrying this hurt around, caused me to become overly cautious, and suspicious of guys that I would date, not making any true connections, and completely intolerant of their¬†short comings. My mom grew concerned, and said that she thought that I was over cautious about ¬†guys, because of what happened with my dad. She thought that I might need some counseling. To this I simply replied, “There’s nothing wrong with me, there’s just something wrong with them!”

I was nineteen by this time, and it was not long after this conversation with my mom, that I met the man who would become my future husband. ¬†My emotional ¬†leftovers and baggage, made it difficult in the beginning of our relationship. I felt vulnerable because I had never had my heart-broken before, and I realized that this was someone who I actually cared a lot about. Someone who could break my heart if he left me… Could I trust him??? The leftovers lingered on.¬† Eventually, over time, ¬†I realized that our love was mutual, and years later it was actually my husband who helped me to leave those leftover hurts behind.¬† He said, “Your father didn’t leave you because there was something wrong with you, he left because there was something wrong with his priorities as a father. This is about him not you.”

This sounded right to me, and I was led in my heart to forgive my father. As a Christian, I realized that in forgiving my father, and truly letting go of those past hurts, I would finally be free. Free of perfectionism, and fear of rejection, free to enjoy my life ,and move forward…¬†Just free! ¬†No more stinky¬†leftovers.