Seeking Women of Wisdom: Day 21

Here’s what I believe about friends.  You truly do become like the 5 people you hang around, so it is important to be careful who you choose.

Loyalty is key!  Those that are worthy of your time and energy, are family.  Keep your focus there.

Don’t simply fill people in the spots, hold them open until you find people you want to emulate.  For me, I want people who I deem to be wise and strongly spiritually inclined-usually Christ centered.

I want to be a little old lady with braided hair that has my own zany ways, but that people consider to be wise and close to Christ.  I don’t mind not being understood, but I want to have wisdom.

I won’t get there being pulled away into chaos or debasement, so I stay alert to my time and energy with friends.

So how does that fit in with loving my neighbor?  Perfectly.  I want to love my neighbor, but boundaries are necessary to keep your own soil thriving and able to produce good fruit.

Revisiting Wall-E: Day 20

So on Saturday nights we have our ‘Family Meeting’ followed by our ‘Family Movie Night’.  Each week we rotate who leads the meeting and also who picks the movie and the rule is everyone has to stay in the room to watch.  Tonight my 14 year old son picked out Wall-E for the ‘Family Movie Night’ main feature.

Wall-E is different.  I don’t consider it a basic Disney Pixar “go to” movie, like Finding Nemo or Cars.  You almost forget about it and think it’s kind of boring in hindsight: but it really isn’t.  It’s profound.  It’s moving.  It’s a beautifully crafted message about our society that children can connect to and instantly understand that something is wrong in the way we are doing things.  To see the pod people riding in chairs with screens in their faces drinking frappucino like drinks and not connecting with one another seems instantly wrong and disgusting to them, yet I know at least for my kids that if I offered them Starbucks and a handheld device this very minute they would jump on it.  As a matter of fact, I am pretty confident that most of them would like a steady stream of the pod people life.

Yet this movie lets them see how wrong this path is and how we are losing touch with our humanity in our life choices.  Those people on the ship had no idea of the lost art of cultivating life out of the ground.  They thought they could maybe start pizza plants.  So silly.

My daughter pointed out that once they got back, everyone would be forced to be vegetarians because there were no more animals.  Wow.  I didn’t even think of that!  True.  All animals were then extinct.   So message was received and I didn’t even have to do anything.  Pretty cool, Pixar, pretty cool.

Yet the ironic thought I had was–did they think about their message as they mass produced action figures and other plastic toys that would have limited purpose in our society?  Ugh, nope.   Did we all fall for that marketing and buy Wall-E stuff for our children?  Umm..yep.  Guilty here.  I did.   So yes, there is that hypocrisy kind of as the elephant in the room, but we’ll take what we can get.  Thanks for making a great movie that conveys a necessary philosophical message for our children about waste, humanity, and that we are all responsible for connecting ourselves back with nature.

Reconnecting to Basic Life Skills: Day 19

Written by: Tammy Robinson No doubt, all of us benefit greatly from technology. Unfortunately, though, there is a payoff for all this convenience: the loss of common skills. Although I love being able to Google almost any question and click an icon to call home, the fact is that there are some skills we might […]

via 29 Once-Common Survival Skills We’ve Lost To Technology — How to Provide

Commitments, Round One: Day 18

Today I tackled commitments.

Anyone who knows me knows that I have a lot of interests.  I love to learn about everything and crave knowledge.

For everything that is actively going on my life though, I probably have a good 10 things in the pipeline waiting to come to fruition.  The ideas are never ending.

When I lived in Atlanta there was a major crazy loopy interchange called “Spaghetti Junction” and that’s pretty much what it looks like in the inner cracks and crannies of my mind.

The thing I have to be careful of is:

a)  the actual timing of when I implement ideas.

2)  making sure I see my commitment through to the end.

iii)  doing things with excellence.

So really this is a humble admitting of my flaws and a realigning of what is on the horizon.

Questions were:  How long do I want to do this for?  Am I still called to this?  Am I doing it well?  Should I begin to place an end date on this commitment?

So I wrote down the things that I have going on vs. the things that I want to accomplish and began to go through those specific questions.  It was good to see that some of them would kind of phase out and make room for others in almost a natural sense.  While other things I need to stop and pray over whether it’s something I need to keep in my life.

Zero waste of time.  It’s definitely a work in progress.

 

 

 

Amish Friendship Bread & Starter: Day 17

Ingredients Starter 1(2 1/2 ounce) package active dry yeast 2 1⁄2 cups warm water 2 cups flour 1 T sugar Bread 1 cup oil 1 cup sugar 2 cups flour 1 1⁄2 t baking powder 3 eggs 1(6 ounce) box vanilla pudding mix or 2 (3 ounce) boxes vanilla pudding mix 2 t cinnamon 1⁄2 t salt Directions Starter:. Dissolve yeast in 1 cup of the […]

via Amish Friendship Bread and Starter — Bygone Recipes

Decluttering my Heart: Day 14

There is a side of my family tree,

where I can say that I come from a long line of haughty and harsh women.

Who speak words of fiery judgement~

and claim to be one with God.

Never having an understanding of your account.

Jesus.  I beg you.

Remove that haughtiness from my tongue.

Sever that maternal chromosome.

Let only your love come from my lips.

Even when speaking unwelcome truths,

let them be spoken in your love.

You have made me a NEW creation.

Help me cast off the old bloodied aprons.

and receive those fresh downy clothes. 

Gossip, pride, backbiting, anger, mockery, bitterness, fear, and a love of wickedness must go.

Weed my heart.

Scriptures about Dying to Self: Day 13

Bible Verses About Dying To Self Galatians 2:20 – I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me. Luke 9:23 […]

via Bible Verses About Dying To Self — Where Madness & Truth Collide.

Sharing these verses that were gathered together.  Not much more to say because God’s Word is True.