October 15, 2019

Thank God It's Friday!

Big Lot's - Grateful wreath


I just realized today that we don't diet - we make a lifestyle change and die-to-self -- less of what I want in the present that may have bad consequences down the line for me.  And to obtain good health -- emotionally, physically, and spiritually -  I practice self-control that God can help me with IF I let him give me wisdom and discernment about my food choices. I've begun a food YouTube playlist - the link to it is over on the side menu. I've been trying out some of the recipes, like the yummy sauce. YUM! And the holidays are coming up which is a difficult time of the year for many, including myself. Here's a video on how to wisely curb some those overwhelming sugar cravings. Good tips! 

1 Corinthians 10:31 = So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.

And you have to try this recipe if you want "chocolate (carob) fudge" again! Oh, yum! Many of the new recipes I've been trying suggest using parchment paper instead of spray oil and since I'm thrifty, I've been looking for a substitute. I found one -- a silicone sheet to put down in your baking pans at the Dollar General. For this recipe, she suggests using an 8 x 8 inch baking pan to pour the cooked mixture into, so I folded the mat in half and pushed it down into a glass baking pan. It lifted out very easily after the "fudge" had hardened in the refrigerator and while it was in one hand, I put a plate over the carob fudge and flipped it onto the plate so I could cut it into squares. It went back into the baking dish to store in the frig as I have a lid for that dish. It's so GOOD!
FEAR = I've dealt with fear all my life and have mentioned it in several of my posts. I've studied about it some and divide fear into three types - respectful fear (fear the Lord), survivor fear (don't touch the hot stove), and irrational fear (worry, phobias & nightmares). Most of my fears have fallen into the last category.

People tell me that I must not trust Jesus, but I do. I have more trust in him than I do this world, because I know that, thanks to Adam and Eve, there is ugly sin here because the devil tricked them. When I decided to follow Jesus, he never promised me that my life would be completely free from attacks by the wily one, the devil, and the devil is out to destroy my peace by any means necessary.  He knows that I chose to have a relationship with my friend Jesus when I was ten and the fight has been on ever since. However, Jesus did say he would be with me through it all -- the friend who just stands by. My Comforter and My Rock. 

"Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of sufferings." ~ 1 Peter 5:8-9.

When I said, "My foot is slipping, your love, O Lord, supported me. When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought joy to my soul. . . The Lord has become my fortress, and my God the rock in whom I take refuge." ~ Psalm 94: 18-19, 22.

And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age. ~ Matthew 28:20b. 

And did you know, that the women who visited Jesus' tomb were afraid yet filled with joy? It says so in the Bible.

So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples. ~ Matthew 28:8.  

Imagine that! 


Thank You, Girlfriend! 


"How to be More Positive. . . Even on Bad Days" video by Milk and Honey Life.  I've added this video full of great tips to my "Gratitude Tools playlist, so if you need to watch it again, it's right there on my side menu for you! 


Among Milk and Honey's tips was a challenge - I don't know if I can do this, but I'm gonna try. She challenged us to speak only positive things for ONE day. Now she didn't say not to think of negative things, cause I'm sure they will pop up in my brain, but I'm to not let it past my lip gate, so I went to put it on my calendar and realized that this month had a great day to do that. A day that normally superstitious people take to heart - one day that crops up in the calendar once in a blue moon - Friday the 13th. This day though, is going to be my new holiday -- it's going to be my POSITIVITY AND PRAISE DAY! Won't that put a crimp in the devil's glee? 😁 And if I say an oops, then I'm going to forgive and give myself some grace, then start over. 


Here's where I got the idea for managing my day - I pace my day. I drink while I'm sitting down. Eventually, I will have to get up and take care of business. Afterwards, I do whatever I need to accomplish that takes standing up -- like cooking, dishes, laundry, etc. When my legs poop out, then I go sit back down. It's actually amazing what I can accomplish by taking turns sitting and standing. Thank you, Jesus, for good ideas!  

GRATEFUL FOR FRIENDS = Thank you, Lord, for the sweet fellowship of godly friends!

"The Friend Who Just Stands By" poem by Bertye Young Williams.

By Dolores J. Rush, 2019

The friends of my heart are like a patchwork quilt
Gathered through sixty years of life; designed with love.
They are my dearest friends; I'm rich in memories
And we are drawn together by the Creator above.

"I AM" patiently wove the fabric of our lives,
And stitched us together with golden threads that endure
While challenges have added strength
To make our friendship secure.

God pieced our hearts together into blocks
Surrounded by his grace and care
And tied it through the batting of his comfort
Into a cozy coverlet we share.

He embroidered glimmering threads across the top
And sewed on elegant lace; binding us into one.
One group composed of created people,
Made beautiful by his son.

Yes, a patchwork of people, related by affinity
Some are women and some are men.
Warm treasure from heaven this quilt--
A legacy from him.

Thank you, Jesus!
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1 Samuel 16:7b = The Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.

Proverbs 13:20a = He who walks with the wise grows wise. . . 

Proverbs 17:17 = A friend loves at all times.

Proverbs 18:24 = There is a friend who sticks closer than a brother. 

Proverbs 22:11 = One who loves a pure heart and who speaks with grace will have the king for a friend. 

Proverbs 27:9 = Perfume and incense bring joy to the heart, and the pleasantness of one's friend springs from his earnest counsel.

Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 = Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work. If one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up. 

Philippians 4:1 = Therefore my brothers, you whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, that is how you should stand firm in the Lord, dear friends. 

1 Thessalonians 2:7-8 = We were gentle among you, like a mother caring for her little children. We loved you so much that we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well because you had become so dear to us." 

Hebrews 6:9-10a = "Though we speak like this, dear friends we are confident of better things that accompany salvation. God is not unjust; he will not forget your work. . . "


A woman is born with her relatives; she picks out her friends for herself. 

"Be You! The world will adjust." (Karen Burchell).

Friends are the flowers in the Garden of Life!

"Friends remind us of the things we forgot to remember." (Stephanie Ackerman).  

"It is often said you're the product of the people you spend the most time with." (Travis Bradberry)

"I would rather live my life as if there is a God and die to find out there isn't than to live my life as if there is no God and die to find out there is." (Albert Camus, French philosophy author who won the Nobel Prize in literature in 1957). 

Many hands make a job light!

"People inspire you or they drain you -- pick them wisely." (Hans F. Hansen)

"We have been friends for a very long time; close and long distance, troubles, anxiety, fears, laughter, and hope. How could we not continue? (Julie L). 

When you search for ancestors -- you find great friends! 


Mom's girlfriends = she named me for one - Dolores; Alice, Anna Lou, Barb, Bea, Connie, Evelyn, Gladys, Gloria, Janet, Jeannette, June, Liz, Marsha, Mary, Ruth, Shirley

My maternal grandmother was my first friend. We were best buds and I corresponded with her during my growing up years. 


Youth for Christ in Kansas City, Kansas. 

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Good Friends
~ Author Unknown.

Fight for you.
Respect you.
Include you.
Encourage you.
Need you.
Delight you.
Stand by you. 

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Sisters of the Heart
~ Author Unknown

We share so much laughter
And bear each other's tears . . .
Our spiritual kinship
Will grow stronger each year . . .
We're not sisters by birth
But we've known from the start
God put us together to be
Sisters by Heart! πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–

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THINK Before You Speak
~ Author Unknown

T - Is it true?
H - Is it helpful?
I - Is it inspiring?
N - Is it necessary?
K - Is it kind? 

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Why We Need Best Friends
~ Author Unknown.

Because they laugh at the same stupid things we do.
Because they give us honest advice.
Because they will be there for us even if they're thousands of miles away.
Because they celebrate with us when we're at our best, but still love us at our worst.

God Bless Us Everyone!

August 31, 2019

Our Sunny Boy!

I began a positivity journal this year and am amazed at all the wonderful design ideas and sayings, scriptures and so forth that my friends have shared with me throughout the year. Thank you, gals and guys, especially my Daddy Lord!  

 ❤ This month is in honor of our son. We love him dearly! ❤


Bless My Little Son poem

Build confidence into the heart of a boy by finding. at the very least, one thing to praise him for daily! - Dr. Grace Ketterman, M.D.

Comparison is the thief of joy. 

"Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in over-halls and looks like work." ~ Thomas Edison

"Simply be better than anyone who hates you." ~ Detective William Murdoch, Murdoch Mysteries. 

Throw kindness around like confetti.

To My Son: I closed my eyes for but a moment and suddenly a man stood where a boy used to be. I may not carry you anymore but I will always carry you in my heart. Love mom!  


Joshua 1:9 = Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go. 

1 Samuel 1:27 = I prayed for this child, and the Lord has granted me what I asked of him. 

Psalm 27:13-14 = I am confident of this; I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.  

Psalm 86:4 = Bring joy to your servant, for to you, O Lord, I lift up my soul. You are forgiving and good, O Lord, abounding in love to all who call to you. 

Psalm 86:16b = save the son of your maidservant. 

Psalm 86:17 = Give me a sign of your goodness, that my enemies may see it and be put to shame, for you, O Lord, have helped me and comforted me. 

Proverbs 3:1 = My son, do not forget my teaching, but keep my commands in your heart.

I chose Proverbs 4 as our son's life chapter!  

Proverbs 4:1 = Listen, my son, to a father's instruction; pay attention and gain understanding. 

Proverbs 27:11 = Be wise my son, and bring joy to my heart!

Isaiah 50:4 = The Sovereign Lord has given me an instructed tongue, to know the word that sustains the weary. He wakens me morning by morning, wakens my ear to listen like one being taught. 

Later, when we began to homeschool our son after five years of difficult public schooling in three different elementary schools, I stumbled across this verse and took it as a promise from my faithful God. - Isaiah 54: 10-14a = Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken, nor my covenant of peace be removed," says the Lord, who has compassion on you. "O afflicted city, lashed by storms and not comforted, I will build you with stones of turquoise, your foundations with sapphires, I will make your battlements of rubies, your gates of sparkling jewels, and all your walls of precious stones. All your sons will be taught by the Lord, and great will be your children's peace. In righteousness you will be established..." 

Jeremiah 17:7-8 = Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him. He will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes, its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit. 

Acts 20: 24 = I consider my life worth nothing to me, if only I may finish the race & complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me - the task of testifying to the gospel of God's grace. ~ Joni Eareckson Tada's personal guiding verse! 

1 Thessalonians 3:9 = How can we thank God enough for you in return for all the joy we have in the presence of our God because of you. 

1 Timothy 6:11 = You, man of God, pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness. 

Hebrews 3:13 = Encourage one another daily.

2 Peter 1:5-7 = [DOCUMENTED FAITH] For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. 


When our son was about 4 or 5, we used a couple of nicknames for him. His daddy was called DEAR and he was either Punkin or Sonny Boy. One day he came home from visiting a friend and he announced that we were to call him Sweetheart instead, so we tried our best to please him. After awhile, he decided he wanted his old nicknames back. He said he missed them. smile! 

During our first teacher-parent conference with his kindergarten teacher, we learned that the teacher suspected that our son was color blind because he turned the crayon over to read the name of the color on the side. I'm glad he learned to adapt. 

We've spent a few family vacations at ZOO's, namely the Kansas City Zoo, the Omaha, NE zoo, St. Louis Zoo, and visited the Topeka, KS Zoo during a kindergarten field trip. 

After 4th grade, we homeschooled our son. One thing we did annually was to engage in any Passport programs we found out about in our homeschooling support group or discovered at our local tourist office such as Kansas City's Passport to Adventure Hunt and the Mo. Conservation Lewis and Clark's Passport Program and the Missouri State Parks passport program. Most of these were science sites with a historic twist. All of them came with a small passport booklet that were stamped at all the sites we visited and after completing the list of sites, our names were entered into a drawing for a grand prize.  It was a lot of fun and we learned how we can be good stewards of our earth. 

Our son and his dad took several classes together such as the Saturday classes at Home Depot and several Mo. Conservation classes for guys like fishing and hunting type workshops. Then he, his dad, grandfather and uncles went hunting pheasants together one fall out in western Kansas. 

In high school homeschool, our son learned about his United Kingdom (Britain, Ireland, Scottish, & Wales) heritage and read several William Shakespeare stories. 

Beginning in the Tiger level, our son worked his way up to the Webelo's level in Cub Scouts. We hoped he would be able to complete his Boy Scouting all the way up, but sadly, we could not get someone to take on starting up a Boy Scout troop in our homeschool support group. 

Our son is a book-a-holic like his mom and dad! He loves his books and he and his dad's favorite bookstore is Half-Price Books

Mom - the YouTub'er!  Positivity Journal playlist.  

Some favorite books we used to read together were "Love You Forever. By Robert Munsch;"
"Little Men. By Louisa May Alcott;" a child's version of the Bible; and he loved to listen to the radio when Focus on the Family's Odyssey was on! 

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Did you watch to the end of the video?
In Memory of my Friend, Karen Lange.
 She lived her dash to the fullest 
1955 ~ 2019

See you in Heaven!

July 20, 2019

Speak Life!

Blessings of Life

How have you lived your dash

My pastor anointed me for healing (back pain!) one day this month and then prayed I would remember some past healings, so see my memories below. Several years ago, after herniating a disc in my lumbar region of my back (L4-5), I had a series of pain-shots for 3 years and I feel blessed that the last series of three shots lasted 8 years. Thank you, Jesus! 

Saw a rainbow in the sky above McDonald's, where we had stopped for a bite of breakfast before my MRI, scheduled for 7:00 am that morning (I was the first patient of the day). Later that day, I again saw a rainbow on the cover of a YouTuber's journal. Thank you, Jesus, for reminders of your promises! 

I've been able to see the tiger lilies and phlox that are blooming through my living room windows. Beautiful eye candy from God.

One thing I'm thankful for is that my parents took me to church.  

Good Food!

What Do You Do With Your Kona Cup? My husband donated his Kona Cup to my happy book because of what's written on the back of the cup - his employer has employee spirit days once a month and they hired a Kona truck to visit during their afternoon break! 

GOOD Things come in small packages -
GOOD ingredients - GOOD times (and yes, they have a sugar free flavor sweetened with stevia!)
GOOD for the community
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I looked online and Walmart says it carries Bob's Red Mill brand of carob powder. I need to look for it. I see carob brownies on the horizon! Though pumpkin has been a favorite treat of mine lately. I need to also look for almond flour or make my own in my Magic Bullet because I found some pumpkin tarts that were made with an almond crust that were absolutely yummy at Sprouts. I never thought of using almonds as a crust and thought I would never be able to make cold pie crust again because graham crackers have sugar in them. 
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I have a new recipe for you! It's yummy! 

Cottage Cheese Salad

1 (24 oz.) small container cottage cheese
1 (1 ounce) small box of sugar-free gelatin in the fruit flavor of your choice.
1 cup of grated cheese in the flavor of your choice - we use a combo sack of mozzarella and cheddar
1 cup sugar free frozen berries, thawed and drained or 1 (15 oz.) can fruit cocktail in its own juice, drained

Optional: Mix all the ingredients in a bowl with lid, larger than the cottage cheese container and chill in frig or dip out individual servings into 1 cup canning glass jars and screw on lid. I found that two scoops of the cottage cheese salad with an ice cream scoop into the glass jar worked nicely for a serving. Store in the refrigerator until chilled through. 


Lettering artist, Joanne Sharpe keeps a "Love Notes Folder" for all those little notes and letters she gets from grateful students to remind her of why she shares her art when mean people show up. 

Divider = "Dear Child, I created you. Do not measure your worth by somebody else's tape measure for you are precious in my sight. Love you, Daddy God."

I received an encouraging agape note from a new friend, Elizabeth, who suffers with lyme disease side effects and boards with a family at church. 

My positivity journal!  If you like it, please give it a thumbs up! πŸ‘Thanks! 

Doodling Through the Bible in Black and White playlist


My maternal grandmother taught me to crochet. I remember that my first square turned into a triangle. I got better as time went on. smile! 

My dad always said his two most favorite pies were hot and cold. His all-time favorite cake though, was an applesauce cake with black walnuts. Yum! 

I'm thankful I remember what it was like to have bare skin freedom! 

When I was pretty young, I developed a stiff neck - I couldn't turn my head in either direction.  The doctor couldn't figure out what was wrong. I went to the altar at the end of a church service and asked for healing. I was anointed and the pastor prayed for me and I was healed from that moment on. 

As an adult, I got bronchitis one time really bad, could not afford a trip to the doctor, and was coughing so much that I couldn't rest. I remember, in bed one night, I imagined crawling to Jesus feet and whispering a prayer, "Jesus, I'm the woman who is touching the hem of your robe for healing. I need to quit coughing, I need healing, please help my unbelief." I felt a light warm touch, like a finger touch, on my forehead and from that moment on, I didn't cough the rest of the night and quickly got better. For years, I couldn't sing well because of all the allergy sinus drainage I had running down the back of my throat and after that night, I could sing again!  

Our son remembered another healing. We were helping my mother move my brother's barbell weights and lift chair to the side of the garage so she could have a garage sale and I accidently dropped one of the donut-shaped weights right on my big toe (I was wearing flip-flop sandals). It hurt so bad, I cried out to the Lord, please take away the pain. I felt the touch at the very end of my toe and the pain eased and on top of that, my toe nail did not turn black and blue or fall off.  

I remember when we were first married. I contributed a radio and my husband contributed some books for our evening entertainments. My husband's aunt gave us a portable black and white TV that had a picture but no sound and told us that we could learn to lip read. smile! Then a neighbor down the street from us learned about the no-sound TV and contributed a console TV that had no picture, but did have sound, so we stacked the portable on top of the console and YAY, we had television! Of course, that was back in the day before remote controls, so we had get up and remember to change the channels on both TV's. Hey, it worked! Sometimes, when you're poor, you have to get creative to entertain yourself! πŸ‘πŸ˜

I have donated hair twice to Locks of Love.

Loved Valerie Sjodin's gratitude art journal so much that I'm doing a repeat and compiling a YouTube playlist of her work. 

My paternal grandmother, a primary Sunday School teacher, once showed me a wordless book she made from half-sheets of construction paper as an object lesson to tell her students the gospel story. 


Consider the Lilies by Claire Crosby


Genesis 1:31a & 2:2a = God saw all that he had made, and it was very good . . . By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work. 

Exodus 25:40 = See that you make them according to the pattern shown you on the mountain.

Exodus 35:25-26 = Every skilled woman spun with her hands and brought what she had spun - blue, purple or scarlet yarn or fine linen. All the women who were willing and had the skill spun the goat hair.

Exodus 35:30-31 = Then Moses said to the Israelites, "See, the Lord has chosen Bezalel...and he has filled him with the Spirit of God, with skill, ability and knowledge in all kinds of crafts, to make artistic designs for work in gold, silver, & bronze,"

2 Chronicles 6:41 = May your saints rejoice in your goodness. 

Jeremiah 29:11 = "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not harm you; plans to give you hope and a future."

Jeremiah 29:13 = You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. 

Proverbs 18:24b = " . . . there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother." 

Proverbs 31:36 = She speaks with wisdom and faithful instruction is on her tongue. 

Matthew 9:16 = No one sews a patch of unshrunk cloth on an old garment, for the patch will pull away from the garment, making the tear worse. Then you will be able to test & approve what God's will is - his good, pleasing & perfect will. 

Luke 6:31 = Do to others as you would have them do to you. 

Romans 12:2 = Do not conform any longer to the pattern of the world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.

2 Corinthians 1:3 = Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion & the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God. (PASS IT FORWARD!) 

2 Corinthians 4:16-17 = Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. 

2 Timothy 1:13-14 = What you have heard from me, keep as the pattern of sound teaching, with faith & Love in Christ Jesus. Guard the good deposit that was entrusted to you - guard it with the help of the Holy Spirit who lives in us. 

Titus 2:7 = In everything, set them an example by doing what is good. 

Hebrews 8:5 = They serve at a sanctuary that is a copy and shadow of what is in heaven. This is why Moses was warned when he was about to build the tabernacle: "See to it that you make everything according to the pattern shown you on the mountain." 


Comfort and Joy
Good Times
Imitate Jesus
Pray More
Push Through and Adapt
P (pray); U (until); S (something); H (happens).


I don't want to be remembered for my mistakes. 


Beautiful things come together one stitch at a time.

Following the Master Craftsman! 

The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched -- they must be felt with the heart. (Helen Keller). 

"Every day we’re wasting away. Our bodies are just fragile, but I am still on the growing side, because like the Bible says I’m growing in two directions at the same time. Everything about my spirit is growing. Sure, I’m weaker physically, but I grow stronger spiritually. Deep, great trials bring with them deep grace from God. All of which enlarges our soul’s capacity for Jesus. " (Joni Eareckson Tada)


I asked my therapist about colors and she said there have been studies about them and that special needs children are drawn to the opposite colors that either soothe them if they are hyper or bright colors if they are depressed.  So whatever colors I'm drawn to, I should consider my positive color. I once studied colors myself  - ones that have been used in the past to symbolize the Christian year since my faith is important to me. You'll find them here

Here's the stigma that we who are different constantly battle against -- the mentally ill are not to blame for the bad things that happen in this world, because there are many mentally ill people who try to be good. It's the decision or choice of those who have dark, rotten hearts, who practice sinful habits and encourage others to do the same who do the evil things that hurt others.  That's why we need to be careful to practice goodness (positivity) and to speak life to all.