3.31.2014

Love, Love, Love

The following verses, and many others commanding love, continue to run through my heart and mind like a neverending river. The more I pray, the faster they flow. They are bringing me to the foot of the cross. As I prepare my heart to celebrate Passover and the Ressurrection, I find myself interceding for the body of Christ the world over. This is SO not the time for selfish ambitions or human endeavors. Now more than ever, this is the season for Disciples of Jesus to purge themselves of all that is contrary to God, He who is love. This is when we need to remind ourselves of whose we are and what He in us looks, sounds and acts like. That we are to be imitators of Him. (Eph. 5:1,2) 


Ephesians 5:1

Amplified Bible (AMP)
Therefore be imitators of God [copy Him and follow His example], as well-beloved children [imitate their father].

Ephesians 5:2

Amplified Bible (AMP)
And walk in love, [esteeming and delighting in one another] as Christ loved us and gave Himself up for us, a [a]slain offering and sacrifice to God [for you, so that it became] a sweet fragrance.


James 2:13

Amplified Bible (AMP)
13 For to him who has shown no mercy the judgment [will be] merciless, but mercy [full of glad confidence] exults victoriously over judgment.

Galatians 5:13

Amplified Bible (AMP)
13 For you, brethren, were [indeed] called to freedom; only [do not let your] freedom be an incentive to your flesh and an opportunity or excuse [for [a]selfishness], but through love you should serve one another.

1 Timothy 1:5

Amplified Bible (AMP)
Whereas the object and purpose of our instruction and charge is love, which springs from a pure heart and a good (clear) conscience and sincere (unfeigned) faith.

2 Timothy 2:22

Amplified Bible (AMP)
22 Shun youthful lusts and flee from them, and aim at and pursue righteousness (all that is virtuous and good, right living, conformity to the will of God in thought, word, and deed); [and aim at and pursue] faith, love, [and] peace (harmony and concord with others) in fellowship with all [Christians], who call upon the Lord out of a pure heart.

The prayer I am praying for each and every one this day....
1 Thessalonians 3:12
Amplified Bible (AMP)
12 And may the Lord make you to increase and excel and overflow in love for one another and for all people, just as we also do for you,
In Christ's Love alone,
Abundantly Blessed @ Abundance House

3.28.2014

Spring Cleaning


Pictures to help us remember that colors bright and fresh are coming, even as we face the many tasks of Spring. And...yes, often we have to make a mess to clean one. 

Here at Abundance House we are getting outside on the warmer days and making lists of those spots to get put away before all of those warm days we will want to be outside are here. 

Some of the early Spring tasks on our list are:

  • Sort magazines
  • Donate/give away good magazines
  • Box up too little clothes
  • Give away Giggles outgrown clothes, the ones that are nice enough to give away
  • Sort through Victorious Man's outgrown baby clothes. Box up what we are saving and give the rest away. 
  • Make repairs on furniture/toys/etc.
  • Repot plants that need repotting.
  • Plant herbs
  • Find homes for extra aloe plants.
  • Purge belongings. Keep only what we love, need, and use. 
  • Purge items in medicine cabinet.
  • Restock medicine cabinet as needed.
  • Plan quick and easy meals for Spring/Summer.
  • Create some artwork for the back bath
  • Reassess the effectiveness of our home. How is it working for us during the current season? Are any changes needed? 
  • Make needed changes from above assessment.
  • Make landscaping plans. 





3.26.2014

Poem to Ponder

A poem to ponder this Wednesday.


“IF”
BY RUDYARD KIPLING

If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,
And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise:


If you can dream—and not make dreams your master;
If you can think—and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools:


If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breathe a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: ‘Hold on!’


If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with Kings—nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
And—which is more—you’ll be a Man, my son!


3.20.2014

Remaining Fixed and Stable

These days my ears are hearing loads of  strife-filled situations and conversations. Very few, if any, are good or positive. Over and over person after person is going after what they want full steam ahead. Little to no regard is being shown for the feelings of others, even less for Godly truth. The thing is, these conflicts aren't between unsaved persons who haven't yet become acquainted with the love of God. Saved, born again, supposedly seasoned believers are rising up against each other. The more angry accusations and personal campaigns I hear, the more sorrow I feel. In the midst of the storms I hunker down in prayer in the best place I know to go for answers, the Word of God. As I seek God's desire for my brothers and sisters in Christ through prayer, the following scriptures along with many others rise up from deep within ringing clear and true.

"But understand this, that in the last days will come (set in) perilous times of great stress and trouble [hard to deal with and hard to bear]. For people will be lovers of self and [utterly] self-centered, lovers of money and aroused by an inordinate [greedy] desire for wealth, proud and arrogant and contemptuous boasters. They will be abusive (blasphemous, scoffing), disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy and profane." 2 Timothy 3:1,2

"But as for you, continue to hold to the things that you have learned and of which you are convinced, knowing from whom you learned [them], And how from your childhood you have had a knowledge of and been acquainted with the sacred Writings, which are able to instruct you and give you the understanding for salvation which comes through faith in Christ Jesus [through the leaning of the entire human personality on God in Christ Jesus in absolute trust and confidence in His power, wisdom, and goodness]. Every Scripture is God-breathed (given by His inspiration) and profitable for instruction, for reproof and conviction of sin, for correction of error and discipline in obedience, [and] for training in righteousness (in holy living, in conformity to God's will in thought, purpose, and action), So that the man of God may be complete and proficient, well fitted and thoroughly equipped for every good work." 2 Timothy 3:14-17 (italics mine)

"Love bears up under anything and everything that comes, is ever ready to believe the best of every person,...." 1 Corinthians 13:7

"Eagerly pursue and seek to acquire [this] love" 1 Corinthians 14:1

"[Let your] love be sincere (a real thing); ....Love one another with brotherly affection [as members of one family], giving precedence and showing honor to one another. Never lag in zeal and in earnest endeavor; be aglow and burning with the Spirit, serving the Lord." Romans 12:9-11

"And above all these [put on] love and enfold yourselves with the bond of perfectness [which binds everything together completely in ideal harmony]." Colossians 3:14


Remaining fixed and stable in the Shadow of the Almighty (Psalm 91:1),
Abundantly Blessed  

*All scriptures from Amplified Bible

3.14.2014

Is It Truly Spring?

 It feels like Spring! Smells like it too! Even though there is still ice on the lake, the water spiders are out in the puddles and the birds are beginning to arrive for their Spring/Summer stay. Prairie Chickens are booming. Finches fill the willows. The solitude of Winter is giving way to the symphony of Spring.

While the birds are setting up housekeeping in the willows and the meadow grasses, Spring cleaning is getting ready to commence inside my house. Earlier, I can't remember when, my glass dishsoap bottle fell over and broke. Not having any other glass bottles and completely unwilling to go back to the dreaded plastic container it came in, cupboard and cabinets doors were opened in haste to find a substitute.

As soon as my eyes swept over this clean empty rootbeer bottle I scooped it out of the cabinet. My heart was beating happy as I contemplated how unexpected this was for me to use something fun like this. Happy surges trilled out the joyous song known only to mothers who delight in breaking out of the expected box children like their mothers to stay in. My children were surprised that I used dear Mr. Rootbeer even though this was the exact sort of use he had been saved for. (Yes, I do name objects. I know it is silly, and I do it anyway. Sometimes silly is fun.) I try to keep this habit to myself as much as possible though. No sense giving the children more reason to wonder about their mother. Is there?

The pour spout is the one from the broken bottle. Only the glass bottle had been broken in the fall. While not as beautiful as its predecessor, Mr. Rootbeer is perfect for a house full of children. Looking so masculine and fun, he takes turns with Mr. Birchbeer who is made of clear glass instead of the brown. Until I find a better replacement, these two fun-loving gentlemen are the perfect fill-ins. That pot of basil reminds me it's time to get some going for this year's garden. The tomatoes, onions, and peppers love the company of basil.


Warm, fresh breezes see jackets replacing winter coats. Faces are less serious, and children are like birds freed from their cage as they joyously play out of doors. Even Victorious Man of God is learning to play outside. The following pictures are idea photos found at Pinterest. They say Spring so perfectly with their freshness. Don't you think?


Simply charming


Sweetly refreshing


I want this by my lake!!! Seriously I do.


Summer is calling, but before I can answer it's call, Spring gets to be enjoyed first. New calves are making appearances each day. Something about new life chokes me up every time. It just gets me every. single. time. What a beautiful life my wonderful Lord has created me to live. To Him be ALL the honor, glory, power, and praise, forever and ever, Amen.

3.13.2014

Brothers

Hoping I don't go on too much about two small boys playing together, but well, in my defense, I haven't ever had boys one right after the other before, only girls. For 15 years, we were a one son surrounded by daughters house. The birth of Mighty Man of God five years ago changed Colonel Redeemed's only son status; that was interesting. Victorious Man of God's arrival last year, however, has created the newest of new dynamics, brothers together. This is new.

Those seasoned mothers of only sons like my mother-in-love and friend Cowboy Mommy will wonder what on earth has me so fascinated about two brothers together. Dear mamas whose houses ooze masculinity and rock with the vibrations of wrestling testosterone may think I lost a little something when the baby was born last year, but I'm too enthralled watching these boys of mine fall more in love with each other, in a totally brotherly boy way, to notice.

Maybe my immense interest in this phenomenon of brother after brother is because one brother is all I have ever known. I don't know. What I do know is that watching these two men in the making as they get to know one another is like nothing I have ever seen before. Have they really only been together not quite one year? In less than one year Victorious Man of God already gets sad when his older brothers are sick and can't play? He already cries for them when they leave the house and celebrates their returns with the wild antics and crows known only to the smallest children.

Just now he and Mighty Man of God were sitting on the bed side by side. Like one unit both of them bent forward and looked at the same thing with absolutely no verbal communication whatsoever. No verbal communication is definitely a foreign concept for the majority of females. Nothing was said, not even a grunt. Ah, yes, the grunt. What is the grunt thing? Is this too a peculiarity of the male gender? How do they know what each grunt means anyway? Does anyone know besides another man?

My favorite boy thing? The twinkle in the eye, that sparkling twinkle that strikes out and makes me smile, no matter how hard I try not to. Is there anything like that twinkle? Not that my girls don't have their own captivating version. They most decidedly do. A little girl's sparkling eyes are like experiencing a blast of sun bursting through and chasing away every storm-filled sky. Nothing warms and cheers like the dancing sparkles shining bright from little and big girl eyes. If girl eyes sparkle sunshine then boy eyes must surely zip lightning, lightning that zings forth and makes me smile silly.

At this exact moment, however, the twinkle in Mighty Man of God's eyes is not a render mama powerless lightning zinging forth sort of twinkle. It is a "I led Victorious Man of God into the back bathroom and shut him in while innocently asking where the baby is." sort of twinkle. It is the sort of twinkle that this post is NOT about, the sort that makes me shake my head as I have him go get his brother out of the bathroom. That being the case, mama is off here. Brothers should not be left alone any longer than this.

3.10.2014

Hello blog world! I know I haven't posted a really, really long time so let me introduce myself again:) I am Not of This World and I am Blessed Mama's oldest child :)

So what is this post about? Well, several days ago Blessed Mama posted a post called A Little Bit About Yourself  and this is in response to that post!

At the end of the post Blessed Mama left a question so I will answer that first then I will put a list about myself.

What is the fact about you that very few, if anyone, knows?

When I was two years old I had cosmetic surgery. Yes, when I was two! On my nose. The reason for the surgery was because I got between our dog and his food. Don't ever do that! Well, anyway inside my nose was torn completely off of my face . The doctor did a good job though and you can't really tell.


Okay, now for the list!

  • I'm a single, white, female-yes the song is going around in my head right now:)
  • I cry when I am mad way more than when I am sad.  Then I get mad at myself for crying when mad and that makes me cry even more.
  • I was home schooled for all but 3 1/2 years.
  • I attended a private christian school for 1 1/2 years
  • I like to can - with both a pressure cooker and a water bath canner
  • I am the righteousness of God and a joint heir with Jesus
  • I have never broken any bones
  • I like to read-a lot
  • I love to have my neck and shoulders rubbed - just ask my family :)
  • More often than not I order cheeseburger and fries when eating out.
  • I know how to pour cement and a lot of other things for building a house :)
  • I can drive a pay loader-with no brakes!
  • I can drive a tractor and rake hay and stack bales.
  • I love red lipstick
  • I want to someday own a pair of perfectly fitting red stilettos
  • I am a meat and potatoes kind of girl- but can get most anything down if necessary
  • Although I do like steamed broccoli a lot too
  •  I am a perfectionist
  • I love jigsaw puzzles-the harder the better
  • I shoot and hunt
  • I learned to drive when I was 10
  • I can remember things from when I was 1 years old
  • Most of my friends are my mom's age and older
  • My "good ideas and projects" are overflowing my desk and under my bed
  • I am the official lawn mower
  • I can blow air out of the corner of one of my eyes sometimes
  • I love overalls
There it is! My list!

Not of this World

A Word from Another

Sometimes someone else shares it first. When that is the case, we at Abundance House go visiting. Below is the link to an article that shares what has been on my heart to share for so long, and the author shares it so well. Please read and soak God's truth in.
http://elijahlist.com/words/display_word.html?ID=13189

In Jesus,
Abundantly Blessed @ Abundance House

P.S. - If you aren't a subscriber to The Elijah List's daily prophetic word, it's free. My family and I have been regularly encouraged and strengthened by these words. 


3.09.2014

Perspective Made New

While thinking on my favorite part of the situation with David and Goliath, the "who is this uncircumcised Philistine that he should defy the armies of the Living God?" part, a new thought came to me. Actually, it wasn't really a thought. More of a statement quietly spoken to me, I believe, by God. What I feel God said was that God didn't use David to slay the giant. He used Goliath to propel David further into his God-designed destiny.

To say my attention was held would be an understatement of gross proportions. The revelations that filed through my thinking immediately following this statement have kept me pondering all week long. My perspectives have been wrong. I have been looking at situations as giants that need slaying. That's not what God sees. He sees guaranteed victory. I, as a human, am the only one who sees circumstances and situations from the viewpoint of the overwhelmed and underqualified. God sees everything from the perspective of Victor because He is always victorious.

For years I have prayed asking God to let me see as He sees, yet I have continued to look from a human standpoint. When the realization of the truths God revealed to me began to sink in, the excitement started spilling out a bit here and there. I still find myself marveling at what a difference it makes to view life in this new, renewed way. I am in awe at how much difference a change in perspective makes. Worried? No. Scared? Not hardly. Arrogant about it? NO. NO. A thousand times NO. Thankful? Oh yes. Weeping with gratitude for His abundant, amazing Grace. Thinking this perspective change is how a person is able to "count it all joy when you fall in various trials." When viewing a trial from the perspective of victor, everything changes, all is different, there is joy.

And the scriptures...how they are brought to life even more. I didn't imagine they could be more alive and real to me!

Revelling in His Loving Grace and Mercy,
Abundantly Blessed

3.05.2014

A Little Bit About Yourself

The other evening the girls and I were guests at a "get to know you" gathering for a the new little man of a friend. One of the games found us taking colorful candy-coated chocolate candy, M & Ms, and then discovering that for every piece of candy we had to share one fact about ourselves. The final piece of candy was reserved. It was used to ask the guest of honor a question about herself. Easy peasy, right? Uhm, no. It was as easy as could be to come up with facts about my children, my husband, but me? That's right. It took more effort than one might think. And that final question for the guest of honor!!! That one was downright HARD.

Of course, as it goes, after the gathering, facts came to mind in abundance. Why does it work that way anyway? Since I had some more facts running around my noggin', I thought it might be fun to have our own version of the game here at Abundance. Here's how we'll play. I'll share a few facts about myself and ask you a question. You answer the question and share a few facts about yourself in a comment. We'll keep on playing as long as we want.

Alright. Here are my first facts:

  1. I am a woman.
  2. I am in my forties.
  3. I have one husband. 
  4. He is my first, and only, husband.
  5. We have been married 23 years.
  6. Seven children have been born to our union.
  7. I graduated from high school in 1989.
  8. I attended one year of college.
  9. I have caught my hair on fire - twice.
  10. I have worked for two newspapers.
  11. I have written sports stories for one of the papers.
  12. I started babysitting when in the fourth grade - the mothers thought I was older:)
  13. I have worked at a McDonald's. 
  14. I have worked as a janitor's assistant.
  15. I was an elementary school music teacher.
  16. I was a piano teacher.
  17. I have been paid with milk; one of the families paid for piano lessons with fresh milk from their milk cows.
  18. Motherhood is my career of choice.
  19. When I was 12 years old, my "dream husband" was a cattle rancher who lived in a log cabin in the mountains and smoked a pipe. 
  20. I married my "dream husband" minus the cabin, mountains, and pipe.
  21. I am very thankful my real life husband doesn't smoke a pipe.
  22. I have a dream/vision of providing A Place of Refuge for God's people. 
  23. I have moved at least seven times since being married.
  24. At age 27, I had four children.
  25. My seventh child was born when I was 41.
  26. I took piano lessons for at least 10 years. 
  27. I would practice one hour every day during the last two years of lessons.
  28. If my dad was the only one home, I would practice worship choruses for most of the practice and my classical pieces just enough to say that I did.
  29. I liked it when my dad was the only one home during piano practice.
  30. I know pig latin. 
NOW FOR THE QUESTION:

What is the fact about you that very few, if anyone, knows?

Looking forward to reading your facts and answers. I shared the same amount of facts that I had to share at the gathering the other evening. The reason I had so many to share is because that I just couldn't make myself take some of the candy pieces out of my cup and hide or eat them like almost every one else did. That good girl thing will get a person sometimes. Not of This World did eat some of hers, but her "good girl" just about went crazy. LOL. 

The girls and I had so many laughs about that one. Giggles played too. She had filled her cup up and at the wise suggestion of the woman beside her ate most of the candy. After all, how many facts does a seven-year-old have? Intentionally leaving only the amount of candy she had facts for plus a question, Giggles politely and clearly shared her facts and asked her question. The friend who had suggested she eat some of her candy remarked that Giggles was so composed and put together with her facts and question that she was a "hard act to follow". 

Don't concern yourself with being composed or put together. No one will know one way or the other from your comment. Let's all just have fun and share just a little bit about ourselves.