Sunday, January 23, 2022

SUNDAY PRAISE


 

Hello, friends!  Hope you are all having a lovely day.  It has been a long time since I did a Sunday Praise post.  I no longer have a Sunday School class, but I continue to get free lessons sent to me from the U.K.  I thought I would share this week's lesson with you.  The theme is John the Baptist.

Even before John was a baby, his parents knew God had a special plan for him.  Zacharias and Elizabeth were too old to have a baby.  His birth was a miracle.  He was Jesus' cousin.

Zacharias and Elizabeth were good parents and taught John what it meant to obey God.  They thought, when he was old enough, John would also become a priest.

But God had a special mission for John.  Instead of working at the temple as a priest, he moved to the desert.  He wore clothes made from camel's hair.  He ate locusts and wild honey.  (Matthew 3:4)

He began to preach an important message.  John taught people they needed to repent.  Many people came to listen to him.

Some people thought he was crazy.  Some religious people told him off.  But others believed his message and repented of their sins.  They said sorry for the bad things they had done and began to obey God.

John baptized them in the Jordan River.  It was a way to show they really meant what they said.  It was like washing the bad things away.

Many people repented of their sins and were baptized by John.  John was preparing the way for Jesus.

This lesson made me wonder how I prepare the way for Jesus.  How do I show evidence of my repentance for my sins?  Many people talk the talk but do not walk the walk.  I need to be so careful that I am not like one of them, but that Christ shines through me always.

John's main task was not baptizing people, but calling attention to Jesus.  Do I call attention to Jesus?  Or is my focus on myself?

Deep thoughts indeed.


On another note, I thought I would let you know that I went to my primary doctor this week.  The pain in my left arm is so intense that I can barely move it.  Now the pain is going up my neck and into my back.  After examining me (and pushing in a spot on my back that was so painful I almost screamed) Dr. Barbara said that it was not a torn rotator cuff or even torn ligaments in my arm.  It is a torn tendon in my neck.  She knew what it was immediately from where the pain was.  I am now on steroids and will be getting an X-ray this week of my neck and shoulder to make sure her diagnosis is correct.  Hopefully this will clear up itself without any further treatment.  If not, I will be seeing an orthopedist.  But what a relief to finally know exactly what is wrong with me and to be getting some treatment.

I am going to end for now.  Hopefully I will be back later this week with another post.  I'm trying to keep in touch.  Really trying.

See you all later.

Kathy



Thursday, January 13, 2022

THIS AND THAT


 Hello, friends!  I thought you might like to see the view outside of my kitchen window.  Worse than the snow is the bitter cold.  I have not left my house in days.  With my asthma, it's not good to breathe sub-zero air into my lungs.  Well, I don't think it's good for anyone to breathe it in whether you have asthma or not!

Tonight I made some chicken vegetable soup with some leftover chicken thighs I had.  I wanted to use them before they went bad.  I figured out how to do it with no help from a recipe and it was so easy.  I put 12 cups of water into a Dutch oven, added four packets of chicken bouillon, cut up the boneless, skinless chicken thighs and added them and ended by adding a bag of frozen mixed vegetables.  I let it cook about 45 minutes and it was done.  And I have about half of it left over for tomorrow.


While I was cleaning up the other day I found the honey pot and bread tray my sister had given Joe a few years ago.  One jar of honey was left and since honey doesn't go bad (ever) it was still good.  It was from a bee co-op in the New Jersey county she lives in and was from clover.  My goodness it is so good.  A different flavor than I have ever tasted in honey.  I put together a little vignette, lit a candle and took a picture.  I think it looks so nice.


Not much really going on here.  I carry on cleaning out the house.  I found that in the evening I sit on the sofa and have a pile of paperwork to go through beside me.  I just do a little at a time during the commercials as I watch TV and I am amazed at how much has gotten done.  And why do I have so much paper in this house?  That has got to stop!  But it's so easy to put things aside and tell myself I will deal with it later.  Anyone else do this?  I can't be the only one. I feel so good that so much has gotten done.

A week ago I was walking around the house barefoot (a bad habit I have) and I walked into the leg of the kitchen table and broke my toe in three places.  Ouch!  Fortunately, the pain didn't last more than a couple of days and the bruising is almost gone.  There's not much you can do for a broken toe except let it heal.


And finally, I am slowly packing up Christmas and putting out snowmen for January.  I'll be sad to see things go away until next year.  Like my teddy bear nutcracker.  You can see the box with the snowmen next to the angel.


Jack is no help with this cleaning up thing.  His job is to mess things up and make it harder for me.  But who can be mad at him when you look at his sweet face?

That's about it from this end.  Hope you stay warm and safe.  I'll be talking to you soon.

Kathy