Sunday, June 28, 2009

Spiritual Sundays



Rules From God for 2009

1. Wake Up! Decide to have a good day. “Today is the day the Lord hath made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.” Psalms 118.24

2. Dress Up! The best way to dress up is to put on a smile. A smile is an inexpensive way to improve your looks. “The Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” 1 Samuel 16:7

3. Shut Up! Say nice things and learn to listen. God gave us two ears and one mouth, so He must have meant for us to do twice as much listening as talking. “he who guards his lips guards his soul.” Proverbs 13:3

4. Stand Up! For what you believe in. Stand for something or you will fall for anything.. “Let us not be weary in doing good; for at the proper time, we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good..” Galatians 6:9-10

5. Look Up! To the Lord. “I can do everything through Christ who strengthens me.” Phillippians 4:13

6. Reach Up! For something higher. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not unto your own understanding. In all your ways, acknowledge Him, and He will direct your path. Proverbs 3: 5-6

7. Lift Up! Your prayers. “Do not worry about anything; instead Pray About Everything! Phillippians 4:6



Thank you Charlotte and Ginger for hosting Spiritual Sundays.


Friday, June 26, 2009

Kreativ Blogger Award


Thank you to Alleluiabelle, Humble As I Go, and Loren, The Magoos News, for giving the Kreativ Blogger Award to me. As a blogger, you always hope that people enjoy visiting your website, and to get an award for it is just the icing on the cake. Please visit these two gals and enjoy their creative blogs as well. These two sisters in the Lord are carrying heavy burdens right now, but their attitudes are positive and they continue to witness to us with the love of Jesus. They are a blessing to the Body of Christ and the blog world.

I am required to nominate 7 other bloggers for this award and they are supposed to nominate 7 others! (Be sure to leave a comment on their blog about the award.) After they accept the award, they are then asked to write a list of 7 things that their blog readers may not already know about them.

Pom Pom Ponderings
This blog is fun with lots of creativity with flowers, motherhood and grandmotherhood and lots of love of Jesus!

Lamp Unto My Feet
Sherry is such much fun; you will laugh and enjoy her fun blog. She is a military wife and I think she deserves to get every award there is. Thank you, Sherry, for those sacrifices you make for all of us.

Keeping Up With Hunter
Brooke, another young mom, is so creative as she posts wonderful humor to make us laugh on Fridays!

Grammy, The Empty Nester, is very creative on her blog with humor and practical tips and lots of love for the Lord.

Dream Big, is a creative mom, grandmother, wife and paper crafter. Kay is my very first on-line friend and no one can take her place.

The Orenczak Family
This is a family blog that was originated for their little girls to practice their computer skills. How clever and creative is that!

Here are 7 things about me you may not know.
1. I work with my husband in sales; we’re a pretty good team.
2. I love America, write my congressmen and pray for our great country.
3. I enjoy thrift store shopping.
4. I don’t like elevators.
5. I enjoy houseplants and gardening, baking and cooking.
6. I love the mountains, pine trees, cabins and nature trails.
7. I have been active in Women’s Aglow Fellowship and am very grateful for the mentoring and training in the Holy Spirit.

Friday Funnies

Happy Friday! Thank you Kim at Homesteader's Heart for hosting Friday Funnies! Be sure to check out more funnies there.


Monday, June 22, 2009

The Honest Scrap Award


Thank you, Andrea, for awarding me The Honest Scrap Award. Do visit Andrea’s blog, Arise 2 Write; you will enjoy it, dear friends. Andrea writes about her passion for God, her love for her husband, children and granddaughter. She’s precise and a wonderful writer. You walk away with so much and it doesn’t take long to read it. Amazing how she does it.


To receive this award, I have to list ten honest things about myself. Then I have to pass this award on to other bloggers who inspire and lift me up.


Here are some honest scraps about me…

1. Jesus is the Lord of my life and my number 1 love.


2. I have been married for 37 years to a funny and very smart guy and have two grown daughters, 34 and 31.


3. I have a granddaughter, Susanna that is 8 months old. She makes me smile.


4. I enjoy trains. I still think about the time we took a train from Flagstaff, Arizona to Chicago just a few years ago. My husband must really love me to go along with that one.


5. I rise at daybreak. I love the early hours and meeting Jesus in my prayer garden with my first cup of coffee.



6. Birds make me happy. I love to hear them chirp outside in the morning. I have a Black Hooded Nun Finch, Sister Mary Joseph, and a 27 year old cockatiel, Baby.


7. I can pass up ice cream, but it’s hard to say no to a cookie, especially if it’s peanut butter.


8. I tend to choose a movie with Diane Keaton in it to make me laugh out loud. For drama, I choose Jack Nicholson, Merrill Streep or Renee Zellweger.


9. I fantasize about what it must be like to dance with John Travolta. I told this to my husband, and wondered if I was in shape enough to dance with Travolta. He bought me “Sweatin’ to the Oldies” with Richard Simmons, but it’s not the same.


10. My favorite way to be used by God is to pray for people and see His comfort enfold them.

I can recommend some wonderful blogs for your inspiration:

Humble As I Go, Alleluiabelle will inspire you with her poetry, and scripture writings and her deep love for the savior.


Off the Beaten Trek, Rosel writes about sharing Jesus and being salt and light in a world that needs a savior.


Laurie at Women Taking a Stand, has a ton of inspiration to share and you will feel uplifted.


Karlene, Joyful Scribe, loves stories about life’s lessons. You’ll be inspired.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Spiritual Sundays


My pastor started his Father’s Day Message last Sunday because he knew it would run for two weeks. He began his remarks with “rules that men have for their wives.” I think you will find these humorous:


1. Men are not mind readers.


2. Learn to work the toilet seat. You’re a big girl. If it’s up, put it down. We need it up, you need it down. You don’t hear us complaining about you leaving it down.


3. I am in shape. Round is a shape.


4. All men see in only 16 colors: like Windows Default Settings. Peach, for example, is a fruit, not a color. Pumpkin is also a fruit. We have no idea what mauve is.


5. Christopher Columbus did not need directions and neither do we.


6. Whenever possible, please say whatever you have to say during commercials.


7. Anything we said six months ago is inadmissible in argument. In fact, all comments become null and void after seven days.


8. Come to us with a problem only if you want help solving it. That’s what we do. Sympathy is what your girlfriends are for.


9. Yes and no are perfectly acceptable answers to almost any question.


10. If you ask a question you don’t want an answer to, expect an answer you don’t want to hear.


Happy Father’s Day to all you fathers out there! Thank you Charlotte and Ginger for hosting Spiritual Sundays which encourage us so much.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Friday Funnies

I'm thinking about doing some remodeling in my home. What about painting my bathroom floor like this?


Would this look good in my hallway?


For some laughs, be sure to drop by Kim's and the funny ladies at Homesteader's Heart. Have a great weekend everybody!

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Nevertheless!



It amazes me how alive the Word of God is when you are facing a trial.

In 2 Samuel 5: 6,7 I read:
And the king and his men went to Jerusalem against the Jebusites, the inhabitants of the land, who spoke to David, saying, “You shall not come in here; but the blind and lame will repel you,” thinking, “David cannot come in here.”
Nevertheless David took the stronghold of Zion (that is, the City of David).


The enemy told David he cannot enter, even the blind and the lame will stop you. But David pushed forward. He heard from God and God was with him. He captured that stronghold and renamed it (the City of David.)

This is what I wrote in my journal today: I am believing God today for the capture of my stronghold. He is with me. I’m pushing forward and taking my rightful place of authority and renaming this stronghold.

I hope you are encouraged in the Word. I am.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Love Ya!



Today I’m thanking Andrea from Arise 2 Write for her kindness to me. She gave me this Love Ya Award and then she told me I deserve it. This award is about friendship. I enjoy seeing friendships emerge among bloggers; it’s a taste of Heaven. So, I have to tell you, I feel very blessed that Andrea gave it to me. Now it’s my turn to pass it on. Here are the rules to follow:

The "Love Ya" Award states: These blogs are exceedingly charming. These kind bloggers aim to find and be friends. They are not interested in self-aggrandizement. Our hope is that when the ribbons of these prizes are cut, even more friendships are propagated. Please give more attention to these writers. Deliver this award to other bloggers who must choose to pass it on and include this cleverly-written text into the body of their award!

Karen, at Lily Valley, writes with encouragement to those of us who enjoy praying for others. You’ll always learn something here!

Kay, at Dream Big, is a lovely woman of God and friend to people. Her humor lifts me.

Peter, at When I Am Weak, Then I am Strong, ministers about depression. He lifts me up every time I visit.

Debbie, at Heart Choices, is a friend to all. Every time I read Debbie’s writing, I see how she is eager to help people any way that she can. What a friend!

Loren, at The Magoos News, will touch your heart with her writing and she offers her friendship along with her inspiring words.

Christy Rose, at The Secret Life Of An American Wife and Mom, amazes me. She’s a busy one, but always has time to uplift a friend. Reading her comments is as inspiring as her writing.

I encourage you to visit my friends soon. Friendship is a gift from God. One of my favorite names of Jesus is “friend.” God bless and keep you today!

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Mighty Putty Faith


Could Mighty Putty Wood pull Billy May’s ship out to sea?

Like me, you might have seen Billy Mays on the Pitchmen Show talk about all the majestic properties of Mighty Putty Wood and its miraculous feats. Billy was hanging from a boom on the HMS Bounty which is a reproduction, made in the 60’s for the movie, Mutiny on the Bounty. Two oars were joined together with Mighty Putty Wood and a chain was attached to both ends. One end of the chain was connected to a tugboat and the other chain end of the oar was connected to the HMS Bounty. Would the oars withstand the pull of the tugboat and the ship? It did and all were amazed.

This is a picture of me and my mustard-seed faith sometimes. Jesus says in Matt. 17:20, that if you have faith as a grain of mustard seed, you can move mountains.

I remember the time just about a year ago when I stood in a prayer line after a church service with a monumental need for deliverance of a burden I was carrying regarding a work situation. After my pastor prayed, I left the church and got in my car. I felt free for the first time in a week. I drove home singing in my car never to be attacked by that dark spirit again. My boss was more worried about me than the situation which turned out to be insignificant.

I remember another time the doctors chose not to operate on my husband’s stomach. They found a dark spot, eight centimeters, on his lung x-ray. We had to wait 3 weeks before they could perform a CAT scan. During that time, my mustard-seed faith stood on the healing promises of God. The CAT scan showed no abnormalities.

I’m encouraging myself today as I reflect on Jesus’ words. I have a mustard seed of faith and Jesus is the huge force in it that brings me victory through the gigantic challenges I’m currently facing. I expect to be amazed.

If you would like to join in and receive some encouragement today, go to Spiritual Sundays. Thank you, Ginger and Charlotte, for hosting! Bless you.

Friday, June 12, 2009

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Male and Female He Created Them


In almost 20 years of working with my husband managing a housing dealership, I have never encountered this situation before.

The six foot tall, big-boned man dressed like a woman came in through the front door. His hair was a long-flip, brunette wig. His voice was low and gruff and his gate was manly. His fingernail polish was dark cherry red. His masculine facial features were covered with foundation and his eyes were lined, mascara applied and his lipstick was dark. His knees were knobby and he had a five o’clock shadow.

As I gave out a key to our model homes, I sensed that a strong spirit of confusion entered. The on-line definition of confusion is: loss of orientation, loss of ability to place oneself correctly in the world by time, location and personal identity.

What is the definition of a transvestite? It is the practice of cross dressing, wearing clothes of the opposite sex. No wonder I felt such a strong spirit of confusion enter my office reception room.

God has some things to say about Gender Identity Disorder. In Genesis 1:27 it says that God created man in His own image. In the image of God, He created him: male and female He created them. No confusion there!

Deuteronomy 22:5 has a harsh word for transvestites: “a woman shall not wear anything that pertains to a man nor shall a man put on a woman’s garment. All who do so are an abomination to the Lord, your God.” Ouch.

I like Psalm 139, verses 13 and 14: For you formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise You for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Marvelous are your works, And that my soul knows very well.

Those of us who know Jesus as our Lord are free to live up to our God given potential. But what about those trapped by a deceptive lie? Can you imagine what this kind of confusion feels like inside?

God loves this man and wants to set him free. I pray for that. Once again, as a follower of Jesus, the challenge is clear to me: love the person. I don't have to accept the lifestyle. I welcome your thoughts.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Spiritual Sundays

I’m participating in a thirty-day challenge that I want to tell you about. Based on Stormie Omartian’s book, The Power of a Praying Wife, many of us women on line are reading a chapter a day and praying for our husbands using the scriptures posted in the chapter. The challenge is named SHMILY, (See How Much I Love You.) See my sidebar.

If you’re like me and have the book on a shelf, you just might want to take it down and join us. I have read it before, but I’m reviewing the chapters and praying the prayers in them every day with the gals.

Today we’re reading Chapter 7, His Mind. Stormie wrote that no matter where she speaks, women mention that their husbands battle the enemy in their mind. Regardless of their temperaments or backgrounds, they all experience the same kind of lies in their mind. These lies undermine what God wants to do, but God has not given them a spirit of fear, but of power, love and a sound mind, 2 Timothy 1:7.
My husband has ADHD and I like to pray this scripture for his mind. In fact, when he learned that I accepted the thirty-day challenge, he was delighted and knew I would be praying specific prayers for him every day. We’ve been married for 37 years and I want to keep our love alive!

I invite you to join us. Go to Amy Verlennich’s website, Dandelion Seeds. SHMILY is detailed there. Or you can access the challenge on Amy’s Facebook site.

Thank you Charlotte and Ginger for hosting Spiritual Sundays and all the encouragement that we receive from all the wonderful posts!

Friday, June 5, 2009

Friday Funnies


In keeping with my family theme this week, I’m dedicating my Friday Funnies Post to my family in Chicago. Our Polish family embraces various ethnic backgrounds, namely, Irish, Italian, Hispanic, German, and African American but what remains strong in us all are the Polish Hams.
Have a great weekend, my friends! For more Friday Funnies go to Kim’s at homesteadersheart.blogspot.com.





Monday, June 1, 2009

Home Sweet Home

I missed you, my on-line friends, more than you know. Your prayers and sweet comments set me up for lots of favor in my travels. I am back in Arizona and refreshed and renewed. Our family reunion in Chicago was a blessing. As I reflect back, I ponder so many amazing droplets of God's kindness to me...

My wonderful traveling companion, Amy, my oldest daughter...
Amy spent a night on the town visiting Navy Pier with her cousins...

I enjoyed my Mom and siblings and got to spend some special moments with each of them...



And laughter rained down among us just I hoped...


The icing on the cake was a weekend in San Diego before returning to Phoenix...
My girls got to catch up on each other...




I got to play with Susanna...


I'm one blessed woman!

I look forward to catching up on your lives, my friends. I hope all is well with you. Can't wait to visit you!