2/24/2018

Reflections

Most days I am happy and thankful for what God has given me. Some days the cross is harder to bear than others. Every once in a while I think about what might have been.

For example, today I am home with our dear Bethany, and I am in my twenty-seventh year of feeding her, caring for her, changing diapers, etc. It is my responsibility, and I am thankful for her life and how she has changed me and made all of us better people.

But . . . What would I be doing if I wasn't at home caring for her? I am missing a day long retreat at church. I might be there. Holmes is at meetings in Texas. I might have gone with him and visited with family or flown on to New Orleans to spend time with Daddy. Perhaps I would have a job and be working on Saturday. Or maybe by now I would have gotten brave enough to drive in snow, and I would be headed up to the mountains to play! My imagination can go on forever, but I don't live in any of those worlds with those opportunities.

Like it or not, my world is with Bethany and housework, and changing sheets for the umpteenth time. It isn't fun or exciting. Would I trade it if I could? I don't think so. God has been at work in my life through my circumstances, giving me patience, grace, and time to think. I hope that I am a wiser, kinder person than I would have been in different circumstances.

Thank you, Jesus, for the life you have given me!


2/10/2018

Blech!

😓😨😒😵😷😷  The blue light doesn't flash on my phone. My emails are boring. There is nothing new under the sun and the day is hazy.

Yep! It's a sick week. We've all had a turn with the nasty cold bug this winter. It has been a very long time since I have had a bad cold, and I don't like it one little bit! Mostly I don't feel like doing anything and that makes for a very boring day.

Time for bed, thankfully. It's a new day tomorrow.🌛🌠🌝🌞⭐

1/11/2018

Thoughts on Surprised by Joy

Probably one of the most interesting people of the 20th century was CS Lewis, so I wanted to read more about him. I was also intrigued by his idea of "Joy."

Surprised by Joy is Lewis' autobiography about his childhood and early adulthood. It describes losses in his family, his relationships, his decision to become an atheist, and his later thoughts which led him to become a Christian.

I like the descriptions of life in England, of school life, of various adults, etc. Also, I saw how some of his experiences ended up included in Chronicles of Narnia. Probably the most amazing thing was realizing how many books he read. By the time he was in high school, he had already read many more books than I have today. And I consider myself to be a reader! I think all the reading enhanced his thinking and gave him wisdom as well as insights most of us don't have today.

For those who like to read and want to know more about Lewis and what he means by "Joy," this book will be of interest.

1/09/2018

Angels Among Us

I think an angel helped me today. I was walking to the van with Bethany in the pouring rain, and out of nowhere the rain suddenly stopped hitting us. It took me a second to realize that a young lady was holding a giant umbrella over the three of us. She came out of nowhere and walked with us to the van. Even though I thanked her after I got Bethany in the van, she stayed until I got in too.

She was petite with short brown hair and kind eyes. As soon as I got in the van, I looked for her to make sure I didn't back into her, but she and her colorful umbrella had completely disappeared.

1/08/2018

Joy in Being Disorganized?

So I read most of the book The Joy of Being Disorganized by Pam Young.  The ideas are helpful and the book is funny. She uses creative ideas to make cleaning fun by encouraging you to think positively about cleaning and organizing. She also addresses clutter and suggests ways to get rid of it.

She mostly encourages the reader to get organized enough to allow time for creativity. She uses 3 X 5 cards to list things that need to be done in each room and then talks about how to use them to learn to keep the house presentable.

Also, she encourages delegation to other household members and even hiring outside help so one has time to do favorite things.

The other fun thing she does is play "House Fairy". She encourages children to clean their rooms by pretending to be a fairy and checking on their rooms to see if they are clean. If they are, they get a prize. I haven't looked at her website lately, but she used to post photos of the children's clean rooms. I always thought this was a fun and imaginative way to teach children to clean. Whether it would have worked for my kids, I don't know.

My main problem with the book is her view of God. She has basically made up her own god from all the major gods, and uses that god to encourage her and guide her in balancing her home. About a third of her book is on this topic, so unless you can recognize and ignore the false religion in the book, I don't recommend reading it. (2 Corinthians 11)

The biggest red flag for me was near the beginning of the book when she decides to talk to her "inner child." This inner child is given a name, becomes real, and advises the author on what to do. She encourages the reader to talk to their own inner child to get advice. I thought of Paul's admonition to ". . . put away childish things." (I Corinthians 13:11)

Personally, I think "The Fly Lady" is better for getting your house clean and organized. Pam Young's confused religious ideas are popular with the "New Age" set, and could be misleading.

https://www.amazon.com/Joy-Being-Disorganized-Pam-Young/dp/0991096002

http://www.flylady.net/

1/01/2018

Happy 2018!

It's a new year! As it begins, I find myself reading The Joy of Being Disorganized and Surprised by Joy. I sense a theme for reading in 2018. JOY!

I finished off 2017 reading Heavy Weather by PD Wodehouse. It sounds serious, but it isn't. It is a comedy involving a love story (or two) and rich snooty people and a pig. I read numerous books last year, but the most important was the Bible. It was a challenge to read the whole thing straight through, and I realized how little I know about the Bible.

So this year I am going to dig deeper and study some books. I'll start with Romans and use Tim Keller's books to begin with. After that, I want to look at history--maybe borrow Noelle's school books on OT and NT survey when she finishes them.

Other goals include exercising 5 days per week and getting Bethany's program done with joy!

3/13/2017

Enzymes by Howard Loomis

I was boxing up some of Sarah's books and ran across Enzymes The Key to Health by Howard Loomis.  It was last updated in 2007, so I imagine even more has been learned since then.

Basically, we need enzymes to digest our food! Enzymes come from raw fruits and vegetables, so all our cooked, processed foods do major damage to our bodies. Our bodies can produce some enzymes, but not enough to take care of all that we eat.

The book discusses the history of nutrition as well as the many errors and deliberate choices made that have caused damage to our bodies. For example, scientists have worked to slow down and eliminate the enzymes in fruits and vegetables so they have a better shelf life. Even though our bodies need the enzymes, the concern is more for the grocer being able to keep the product on the shelf longer.

Also, I learned that the body is complicated! Just the way of using enzymes in digestion of different foods is amazing. Carbohydrates, fats, and proteins are all digested in unique ways. I came away thinking that there is no way for a serious scientist to think these processes developed through evolution. They can not be accidental.