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. 

GOOD NEWS!

One of my friends got a new address!


THE HOLY WORD!


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!
MORE GOOD  

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." 


PRECIOUS MEMORIES:



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! 

STEPHANIE ACKERMAN & DOCUMENTED FAITH!

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. 

GOOD VIDEOS! 

My Happy Book Playlist

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MY DIET TO DATE:

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!



POSITIVITY JOURNAL FLIP-THROUGH! To date

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

GIRLFRIEND CARDS!


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.

GOOD NEWS!

Our son got a new-to-him used car! 🚗  👍 

And a friend is moving closer to me! 👍

GRATEFUL FOR:

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

LYRICS & POETRY:

Heart Gardening 
Anonymous

Your mind is a garden
Your thoughts are the seeds
You can grow flowers
Or you can grow weeds.
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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.
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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
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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.
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POSITIVE CRAFT SUPPLIES!

"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. 

QUOTES & SAYINGS:

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! 

SCRIPTURES:


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

THE GIFT OF NATURE! 

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

MY THOUGHTS & MEMORIES:


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!