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. 

June 29, 2019

June Bugs Have Arrived!

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I just read an article this morning in my good news feed about a time capsule found in the cornerstone of a building dating from the post Revolutionary War days. I was thinking that this positivity journal that I'm compiling is a time capsule in its own way. A least one of this year which I'm almost half-way through. 


One of my friends got a new address!


Psalm 16: 1-3, 5-9, 11 = Keep me safe, my God, for in you I take refuge. I say to the Lord; apart from you I have no good thing." I say of the holy people who are in the land, "They are the noble ones in whom is all my delight... Lord, you alone are my portion and my cup; you make my lot secure. The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; surely I have a delightful inheritance. I will praise the Lord, who counsels me; even at night my heart instructs me. With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken. Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices; my body will also rest secure... You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.

Psalm 141:3 = Set a guard over my mouth, O Lord; Keep watch over the door of my lips! 

Proverbs 12:20 (TLB) = Joy fills the hearts that are planning for good. 

Proverbs 15:13 = A Happy Heart makes the face cheerful. 

Proverbs 16:24 = Pleasant words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones. 

Isaiah 60:18 = No longer will violence be heard in your land, nor ruin or destruction within your borders, but you will call your walls SALVATION and your gates PRAISE! 

Isaiah 62:10 = Pass through, pass through the gates! Prepare the way for the people. Build up, build up the highway! Remove the stones. Raise a banner for the nations.

Ezekiel 36:26 = I will give you a NEW HEART and put a NEW SPIRIT in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.

Acts 2:25, 26, 28 = David said about him: "I saw the Lord before me. Because he is at my right hand, I will not be shaken. Therefore my heart is glad & my tongue rejoices; my body will also live in hope. You have made known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence.

Romans 16: 17 = I urge you brothers to watch out for those who cause divisions & put obstacles in your way that are contrary to the teaching you have learned. Keep away from them. 

Philippians 13:12b, 13b, 4:1 = I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. . . But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining towards what is ahead. . . You should stand firm in the Lord. 

Positive Words!

H - helpful, E - empathetic, A - artistic, R - resourceful, T - thoughtful 
BEE Kind!
BEE My Honey!
BEE Thankful
If the crown fits wear it! 
Meet Me at the Garden Gate
MMM! - Mind My Mouth!

Peculiar Princess Peace

Put on your Positive Pants!
Safe Place
Tea with the Queen -- Bzzz!
Toby Mac - Speak Life! to yourself

"In every encounter we either give life or we drain it; there is no neutral exchange." ~ Brennan Manning. 

Internet Definition: "Good Fences Makes Good Neighbors - Good neighbors respect one another's property. Good farmers maintain their fences in order to keep their livestock from wandering onto neighboring farms or out into a road." 


1.) I saved my little sister's life! We had moved to a new house in a new neighborhood. It was so new that the street behind us was still in the process of being built. I was about 4-5 years of age and my younger sister was about 2-3 yrs.  Dad told us as we went out the back door to play, not to go down to the next street as it had rained the day before and he was afraid the basements would be full of water. Well, my sister decided that she wanted to see a basement of water and I told her no, that dad said we weren't to go down there. I remember at that moment, I was going to go off and do my own thing, but something told me to follow her because she would not be dissuaded from going to have a little peek. It's a good thing I went with her because she leaned over too far and tumbled into the water which was over her head. I managed to grab one hand and then another and planted them on top of the wall. I couldn't pull her out, because she was too heavy, so I told her to hang on and I was going to get dad. She wailed and said she couldn't, but I told her she had better, so I ran as fast as my little legs would carry me and followed dad back down to the basement. He ran like Roger Ramjet and pulled my sister up out of the basement looking like a drowned rat. It wasn't too long after that, that Dad persuaded all the neighbors to invest in chain link fences for their backyards to keep the kids safe

2.) Dad took us to see the Shawnee Indian Mission in Fairway, KS. 

3.) Change of Address -- The city enveloped us within its folds and changed our address to a new one. 

4.)  Girl Scout Memory -- song we learned - "Make New Friends, But Keep the Old, One is silver, and the other's gold! 

5.) My husband and I were protected from harm by an "angel" cow! 


1 Samuel 16:7 = the Lord looks at the heart.

"Appearance doesn't reveal what people are really like or what their true value is. Fortunately, God judges by faith and character, not appearances. While everyone can see your face, only you and God knows what your heart looks like." ~ Stephanie Ackerman

Ephesians 2:10 = for we are God's handiwork.

I was invited to an online Revelation Wellness Meet-Up Bible Study. It was about the Power of our Words. I wrote down the Bible verses that was used during our meeting:

James 3:9-10 = With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse men who have been made in God's likeness. Out of the same mouth come praise & cursing. My brothers, this should not be.

Genesis 1:3a, 6a, 9a, 11a, 14a, 20a, 24a, 26a, 29a = And God said...

Genesis 1:26 = Then God said, "Let us make man in our image, in our likeness.

Hebrews 1:3 = The Son is the radiance of God's glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word.

John 1:1-4 = In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life and the light was the life of men.

Proverbs 18:21 = The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.

Ephesians 4:29 = Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.

Proverbs 10:21 = The lips of the righteous nourish many...

Ecclesiastes 5:6 = Do not let your mouth lead you into sin.

Psalm 19:14 = May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer. 

Proverbs 31:26 = She speaks with wisdom and faithful instruction is on her tongue. 


My Happy Book Playlist

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YES - 
to substitutes - carob (for chocolate); fruit infusions (for tea); diet A & W or Stewarts root-beer (for soda pop); stevia or fruit (for sweetness)
to low-sodium foods (150 mg per serving or less; all people need some salt to survive)
to yogurt (good bacteria culture)

British conversions from UK to US. Thank you, Lord, for providing via Pinterest! 

NO - 
* no caffeine (no chocolate, no Russell Stover's chocolate candy made with stevia, no carob chips made with cane sugar; no coffee; no over-the-counter meds with it as an ingredient; no soda pop; no tea)
* no chili pepper spice (not tummy friendly)
* no Kefir (yeast/bacteria culture; hurts the tum)
* no mushrooms or pork (makes the fingers & toe joints tingle; no bacon, pork chops, ham, organ meats, pork roast, or  sausage) 
* no salt substitutes made with potassium (water pill)
* no high-salt foods such as chips, French dip or fries, lunch-meats, pickles, sauerkraut 
* no soy (allergy; makes me wheeze), so no coffee-creamer, margarine, tofu meat substitutes, soy nuts, or oil
* no sour-dough bread (hurts the tum) 
* no white or brown cane or beet sugar, no molasses, no corn syrup, no Agave syrup (fermented with yeast; hurts the tum), no Splenda (gives me a headache), no alcohol sugars (hurts the tum)

June 01, 2019

Tiptoe Through the Tulips!


FEEL GOOD MUSIC! - Nothing like Happy Music to Lift my Spirits Out of the Doldrums! 
A week's worth of Happy Music! Enjoy! 

1. Lyrics - Pharrell Williams - Happy! 

2. Sister Act II - Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee (Last line - Fill us with the Light of Day!)

3. The Alexander Brothers - Lord of the Dance 

4. Etta James - Oh, Happy Day! 

5. Travis Daniels - One More Valley 

6. Lyrics = Johnny Horton - Riding the Sunshine Special 

7. Lyrics = James Baskett - Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah


Praying for You As You Get Well! - May God bless you with good health, protect you with his almighty strength, and keep you always in his tender care. ~ Sandra

May You Know God's Touch Today ~ Asking God to take extra-special care of you, and praying that you'll feel better soon! ~ Sandra.


Our son got a new-to-him used car! πŸš—  πŸ‘ 

And a friend is moving closer to me! πŸ‘


Thankful for my Uncle George, new-to-me cousins, and my "sisters of my heart!" ❤


Heart Gardening 

Your mind is a garden
Your thoughts are the seeds
You can grow flowers
Or you can grow weeds.
In the Garden (one of my favorite hymns)
By C. Austin Miles

I come to the garden alone,
While the dew is still on the roses;
And the voice I hear, falling on my ear,
The Son of God discloses.
The kiss of the sun for pardon,
The song of the birds for mirth
One is nearer God's heart in a garden
Than anywhere else on earth!

~ by Dorothy Frances Gurney
Friendship Cake

1 cup of greetings
1/2 cup smiles
1 large hug
2/3 cup love
1 teaspoon sympathy
2 cups hospitality

Mix greetings & smiles thoroughly. Add hugs separately. Slowly stir in love. Sift sympathy & hospitality and fold in carefully. Bake in a warm heart. Serve often.


"Think Positive, Be Positive." Stencil by Plaid Folk-Art

Momenta Galaxy Stencil

colored pencils, Dollar Tree stickers, my doodles, Faber-Castell watercolor crayons & water brush, flowers in a bottle & bling, K & Company flower stickers from the thrift store,  packaging letters, Sunflower Seed packet and washi tape. 


Bloom Where You Are Planted!

Life began in a Garden!

Wherever life plants you, bloom with GRACE

Church Sign: "A smile usually begins with a smile."

Give a man a fish & you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime. ~ Chinese proverb.

Cultivate positive thoughts and watch your life bloom! 🌺

Sticker: Positive Mind, Positive Vibes, Positive Life

"A TRUE FRIEND knows your weaknesses, but shows YOU your STRENGTHS, feels your fears but fortifies your FAITH; Sees your anxieties, but frees your SPIRIT; recognizes your disabilities but emphasizes your POSSIBILITIES." ~ William Arthur Ward. 

"As Marie Kondo would say, don't keep anything in your closet that doesn't spark joy." ~ Brie Schwartz, Country Living. (Oh goody, spring cleaning time! 😏 )

Friends are the flowers in the garden of life. 

Garden of Weeden

I want to be like a sunflower so even on the darkest days I will stand tall and find the LIGHT! 


Genesis 2: 8 = Now the Lord God had planted a garden in the east in Eden; & there he put the man he had formed.

Genesis 2:15 = The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.

Judges 5:31 = May they who love you be like the sun when it rises in its strength.

1 Kings 10:8 = "How happy your men must be! How happy your officials, who continually stand before you and hear your wisdom." ~ Queen of Sheba

1 Kings 10:9 = "Praise be to the Lord your God, who has delighted in you and placed you on the throne of Israel. Because of the Lord's eternal love for Israel, he had made you King, to maintain justice and righteousness." ~ Queen of Sheba. 

Psalm 34:5 = Those who look to him for help will be radiant with joy; no shadow of shame will darken their faces.

Song of Songs 2:11-13 = See! The winter is past; the rains are over & gone. Flowers appear on the earth, the season of singing has come, the cooing of doves is heard in our land. The fig tree forms its early fruit; the blossoming vines spread their fragrance. Arise, come my darling; my beautiful one, come with me. 

Isaiah 61:11 = For as the soil makes the sprout come up and a garden causes seeds to grow, so the Sovereign Lord will make righteousness and praise spring up before all nations. 

Lamentations 3:22-23 = The Lord's compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness! 

Luke 12:27, 34 = Consider how the lilies grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dresses like one of these. . . For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

DOCUMENTED FAITH Word - Pivot: turning point. 
"Change course instead of quitting. Refine/improve something by making small changes." ~ Stephanie Ackerman. 

"I can do everything through him who gives me the strength." ~ Philippians 4:13. 

". . . train yourself to be godly." ~ 1 Timothy 4:7


Blue-birds of Happiness - the blue-bird is a widely accepted symbol of cheerfulness, happiness, prosperity, hearth and home, good health, new births, the renewal of springtime, etc. Virtually any positive sentiments may be attached to the bluebird.

Positive Words
again, and, can, challenge, focus on the important & present, honest, integrity, love, next time, now, pivot, possible, providence, smart, succeed, sure, thankful


Here's something I think should come back in style -- saying "Thank You" and "You're Welcome" or "My Pleasure." 

Root out the weeds and replant flowers of life, then bask in the SONSHINE and grow.

Jesus saved me when I was ten during a revival. I felt God's call to the altar when I realized I was a sinner -- I wanted my heart to be washed pure and clean. 

My mother had a vegetable garden in the backyard when I was growing up. We girls helped her weed and prepare the food for eating, canning, and freezing. One year, we had vegetables growing clear up to a freeze, so we brought in green tomatoes and my grandmother showed us how to make green tomato pie and canned green tomatoes. We also had fried zucchini squash and pickles. Mom would cook cut up okra with fried potatoes. Yum! 

Went to Paola, KS cemetery with the hubbin to find Samuel P. Boone's family tombstones. Stopped at Louisburg, KS. thrift store called Agapes Grace which was located in a historic Methodist church (hours: T-S, 10-5) & purchased a new-to-me purse. 

37th Anniversary! My honey purchased a stoneware Queen Bee Teapot for my anniversary gift. It says: "Tea With the Queen!" He had his sister (my sister-in-love) purchase it and sneak it out of Cracker barrel's Restaurant Gift Shop after we had met some of his family there to eat one Sunday after church. Sweet! 

My sister, P. said I have more creativity in my crooked pinky finger than she did in her whole bod. 

Me, my sisters, my mother and my grandmothers descended from -- the Ultimate Designer who took nothing and made something wonderful from it! He is creative, we are made in his image,  therefore we are too, just in different ways! 

IDEA: If you don't know how or what to pray for, then pray (which is just talking to God) scriptures. Read it out loud like a beginning reader - Student to teacher!