April 28, 2010

Distractions Distractions

Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh Matthew 25:13


Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: 1Peter 5:8

~oOo~

A devil named Screwtape is writing to his nephew Wormwood. Wormwood is assigned to a man and it is his goal to bring him 'down' to their 'father's house' for eternity.

My dear Wormwood,


There is nothing like suspense and anxiety for barricading a human's mind against the Enemy. He wants men to be concerned with what they do; our business is to keep them thinking about what will happen to them.


Your affectionate uncle,

Screwtape


~oOo~


My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: John 10:27

For he is our God; and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand.
To day if ye will hear his voice, Harden not your heart, as in the provocation, [and] as [in] the day of temptation in the wilderness: Psalm 95:7-8






Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth. Psalm 46:10


Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near: Isaiah 55:6
(I first saw this video weeks ago at Mrs. Parunaks site...I couldn't get it out of my head, so I am sharing it with you.)

April 23, 2010

Happy Homemaking

Yesterday afternoon, the girls and I took all our blankets and quilts to the laundromat. How pleasant it is to crawl into a fresh and clean smelling bed. Naomi had been sulking again about her room - wanting a new bed spread, and a new this and a new that.

We have a motto at the Santos Times - don't want, don't wish, just be thankful. The key to a happy home is a thankful heart.

Sometimes this is easier said than done.

I suggested that we could trade bedspreads for a while. "Really, Mom?"

"Yeah, give me your quilt and you can use my quilt and shams," I said.

A simple little change like that made her day and satisfied her decorating itch.

Sophia and the "new" bedspread after the switcheroo.

My "new" bedspread. Rearrange some things in your house and make sure they are clean and neat. This is the cheapest and easiest way to "decorate."

~oOo~


We only live five miles from the grocery store. This can be good and bad ~ bad if you have a habit of running to the store every time you get a craving for something. Food cravings are hard, are they not? Sometimes, you are just in the mood for a particular thing and it is the only thing that will satisfy. But who's in charge of this body and these taste buds anyway?


Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul; 1 Peter 2:11

SO, I had some overripe bananas that I had put 'aside'. I wanted to make banana bread. When I finally had a minute to put it all together, I found out someone had eaten my bananas! Well, they did leave me one, but what could I do with one banana?

I almost got myself into my car and drove to the store. I knew that I would come home with much more than bananas...so I determined to stay home and make due. I got out my recipe and finagled here and there. There was some raw cacao and unsweetened coconut in the cupboard.

We had hot "chocolate, coconut, banana bread" with Jasmine tea.
HA! I did not satisfy my banana craving...but the rest of the family LOVED it and gobbled the whole loaf that night. That made me happy

Happy Homemaking!

April 20, 2010

"Food is thy medicine"

Are you sick? tired? in pain?



There are two roads you can take~ the medical route or the nutritional route. You cannot take both because the one affects the other.



The medical route is great at treating symptoms. If you have a headache a painkiller does wonders. If you can't sleep, there are sleeping pills that will do the trick. In fact, for every symptom you have there is a drug to help ~ from allergies to depression.



Some people choose this route because it is fast and gets rid of SYMPTOMS~ The dreaded symptoms that make life uncomfortable and miserable.



But what if those symptoms are not intended to make you miserable, but to make you listen...listen to your body?



We do not have pain because of a lack of Tylenol. We do not have allergies because it is Spring. We have these and other common symptoms because our cells are lacking nutrients. This is the root issue. Whatever your symptoms are, it means your body has a need. The need is not that the symptom would go away. That is your desire, of course. But really, no more symptoms should be the result of your body getting what it needs. Drugs take away symptoms without meeting any needs.



Do you believe this?



For a deeper understanding watch Food Matters



"Nutrition and diet are key factors in 80% of the most prevalent diseases in the U.S."

~USDA center for nutrition policy and promotion



In this picture the boaters see a "symptom". "Hey, I see a shark fin there in the distance!" But it is just the tip of reality.

April 14, 2010

Work and Hospitality

Remember when I told you about the Wicker set I bought for $15.00? Well, it needed a little work. They were coming unraveled, the paint was peeling and each piece was a bit wobbly. I had this idea that once I finished getting them ready I could invite some friends over, but then I thought, "why wait?" So, I called over a family we hadn't seen for a while, rummaged through the fridge for some food to share, and gathered all my tools and paint. The children played and ate and the mothers talked and worked. It turned out to be a lovely and productive day.

This is the settee - soon to be painted.

Here is one chair and the coffee table

Amy and I getting to work on scraping, wrapping and painting.

Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labour. Ecc 4:9





Done!




There are three more pieces to wrap and paint...but I am happy to have gotten started. I probably would have finished the chair only, since my friend, Amy, did the table.
Do you have a project you want to finish at home? Why not invite a friend over, serve up something yummy and work together. You will get more done and have a great time.
I have some pretty striped fabric to make pillows out of for the rest of the furniture. Wanna come over for some cake and lemonade? You can pin the seams and I'll sew them up! (smiles)

April 13, 2010

Tuesday Daybook


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FOR TODAY



Tuesday, April 13, 2010


Outside my window...



The sun is shining, the tulips are red and blooming, the grass is getting tall, and the dandelions are spreading themselves like they think they can just invade my yard...I don't think so.


I am thinking...

If there is something (or someone) in my life that is difficult, it is there for a reason. God is still in control. He holds all things together and His grace is sufficient for me.

I am thankful for...


Purpose. Life is not meaningless.


From the learning rooms...


We are learning about leopards, and writing our numbers to 100, reading and writing poetry and drawing faces in art, memorizing Psalm 1 and putting other verses to music.




From the kitchen...




Hope to make crackers this week - also eating lots of oranges and making fresh OJ

I am wearing...

Grey checked dress and red mary janes - one of my stand by uniforms.


I am creating...

A skirt - a pink skirt. I'm to the zipper part. It is hard to get it done as anytime we need to use the table, I have to clear all my sewing out...some of my seams are a little crooked. It will be a pretty thing to wear around the house and to work in anyway. The next skirt I make will have pockets! (do you think that is too ambitious?)


I am going...


to plant some more flowers later today.



I am remembering...



My first home with Mr. Santos...a small room in a crooked house in the middle of downtown Seattle...I think I will tell you the story about it later on this week.




I am also remembering my bestest twin sister about to have her second child anyday now...I pray for her continuously.



I am reading...


The Truth in Jesus, by George MacDonald. I love that man...I have read so much of his stuff so often that he is like a grandfather to me. I'm sure I will know him when I get to heaven and I will thank him for all the things he taught me.


I am hoping...




to have a fruitful garden this year.





I am hearing...







Silence. Luigi Santini took the children to do soil testing at the farm. It's just me and the laundry and all you bloggy friends.


Around the house...







My skirt to finish, Mr. Santos' schoolbooks spread here and there, library books left on the sofa and sunshine streaming through the windows.



One of my favorite things...







chocolate. I just ate the last chocolate egg and I'm not too happy about that.





A few plans for the rest of the week:







yard work, sewing, cracker making, school work, visiting friends,


Here is picture thought I am sharing...




April 11, 2010

Sunday Picnic

Today, after church, we headed out to Port Townsend - our favorite picnic spot. We had goat cheese, french bread, mandarin oranges with hot tea. Very relaxing and beautiful. The air was so clear and clean.



Looking down from our cliff view





Ready Set Go! Noah won!




Climbing trees

Mrs. Santos and the children



Looking down at some 'crazies' trying to go down the cliff. There was a little ledge (about 6" wide) that some young people were walking on trying to get down to the beach about 150 feet below.


Mr. Santos, Noah and Sophia


Walking Back home - goodbye fair meadow!

The Santos clan ~ Can you see my red tulips? Those happy flowers make me smile every day.

Blessed be the Lord, who daily loadeth us with benefits, even the God of our salvation. Psalm 68:19

April 06, 2010

Reap what you sow



It is time to plant your Spring Gardens~

Plant three rows of peas~

Peace of mind
Peace of heart
Peace of soul

Plant four rows of squash~

Squash gossip
Squash indifference
Squash grumbling
Squash selfishness

Plant four rows of lettuce~

Lettuce be faithful
Lettuce be kind
Lettuce be obedient
Lettuce really love one another

No garden is without turnips~

Turn up for meetings
Turn up for service
Turn up to help one another

Oh and don't forget the herbs~

We must have thyme~

Thyme for God
Thyme for study
Thyme for prayer

Water freely with Patience and cultivate with Love. There is much fruit in your garden. Because you reap what you sow.
~author unknown

April 05, 2010

A Dozen down, a lifetime to go


Yesterday, Mr. Santos and I celebrated our 12th anniversary. I think the best way I can explain the last twelve years of our life together is to say that there was a blizzard on our wedding day.

Truly ~ a blizzard.

Are you laughing with me? LOL. Whenever I look back to that day, freezing to death as I walked to the church, I laugh. And we have had quite the adventure ever since that stormy day in 1998.

Some thoughts I heard on the radio about marriage~

People get married thinking marriage is a big box full of good things. We look to the box to get what we want or need. But, no. Marriage is NOT a box full of good things ~ it is an empty box to fill. There is no love in marriage. There is no respect in marriage. The love and respect is with you and you have a choice to put it in your marriage (the box) for your mutual benefit. The box is full (or empty) depending on the husband and wife.

Love is not a feeling. It is something we do ~ a choice. Respect is not earned, it is something we give, whether it is deserved or not.

It has taken me several years to stop looking in our box for what I want and need. I now look to JESUS for what I need. In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. Col 2:3

Some great things about my life with Mr. Santos~

~I never know what a day may bring forth.
~Three BEAUTIFUL children who are our joy.
~Someone to warm me up on cold nights.
~A good example to my son of a HARD worker.
~Mr. Santos makes me laugh AND he laughs at my jokes.
~And even after all our hard times I still think he is the handsomest man I know.

God help us to love and respect one another...to set our affections on things above and not on things of the earth. Col 3:2

April 02, 2010

The King

Then they led Jesus from Caiaphas to the Praetorium, and it was early morning. But they themselves did not go into the Praetorium, lest they should be defiled, but that they might eat the Passover.

Pilate then went out to them and said, "What accusation do you bring against this Man?"

They answered and said to him, "If He were not an evildoer, we would not have delivered Him up to you."

Then Pilate said to them, "You take Him and judge Him according to your law." Therefore the Jews said to him, "It is not lawful for us to put anyone to death,"
that the saying of Jesus might be fulfilled which He spoke, signifying by what death He would die.

Then Pilate entered the Praetorium again, called Jesus, and said to Him, "Are You the King of the Jews?"



Jesus answered him, "Are you speaking for yourself about this, or did others tell you this concerning Me?"

Pilate answered, "Am I a Jew? Your own nation and the chief priests have delivered You to me. What have You done?"

Jesus answered, "My kingdom is not of this world. If My kingdom were of this world, My servants would fight, so that I should not be delivered to the Jews; but now My kingdom is not from here."

Pilate therefore said to Him, "Are You a king then?" Jesus answered, "You say rightly that I am a king. For this cause I was born, and for this cause I have come into the world, that I should bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice."

Pilate said to Him, "What is truth?" And when he had said this, he went out again to the Jews, and said to them, "I find no fault in Him at all.

"But you have a custom that I should release someone to you at the Passover. Do you therefore want me to release to you the King of the Jews?"

Then they all cried again, saying, "Not this Man, but Barabbas!" Now Barabbas was a robber.
~John 18:28-40



~oOo~


What then is the kingdom over which the Lord cares to reign?

I answer: A kingdom of kings, and no other. A kingdom where every man is a king, there and there only does the Lord care to reign in the name of his Father.

As no king in Europe would care to reign over a cannibal, a savage, or an animal race, so the Lord cares for no kingdom over anything this world calls a nation. A king must rule over his own kind. Jesus is a king by virtue of no conquest, inheritance, or election, but in the right of essential being. And he cares for no subjects but such as are his subjects by the same right. His subjects must be of his own kind, in their very nature and essence kings.

To understand his answer to Pilate, we must see what his kingship consists of. We must see what it is that makes him a king, what manifestation of his essential being gives him a claim to be king.

It is this: The Lord's is a kingdom in which no man seeks to be above another. Ambition is of the dirt of this world's kingdoms. He says, "I am a king, for I was born for this purpose, and I came into the world with the object of bearing witness to the truth. Everyone that is of my kind, that is of the truth, hears my voice. He is a king like me, and is one of my subjects."

Thereupon - as would most Christians nowadays, instead of setting about being true - Pilate requests a definition of truth, a presentation to his intellect in set terms of what the word truth means.

Yet instantly - whether knowing his inquiry was useless or intending to resume it when he has set the Lord free - he goes out to the people to tell them he finds no fault in him. Whatever interpretation we put on his action here, he must be far less to blame than those "Christians" who, instead of setting themselves to be pure "even as he is pure," to be their brother and sister's keeper and to serve God by being honourable in shop and bank and office and market, proceed to "serve" him by going to church, by condemning the opinions of their neighbors, and by teaching others what they do not themselves heed.

Neither Pilate nor they ask the one true question, "How am I to be a true man? (woman?) How am I to become a man (woman) worth being a man (woman)?"

The Lord is a king because his life - the life of his thoughts, his imagination, his will, his every smallest action - is TRUE. He is true first to God in that he is altogether his. Then he is true to himself in that he forgets himself altogether. And finally, he is true to his fellows in that he will endure anything they do to him, and not cease declaring himself the son and messenger and likeness of God.

They will kill him, but it matters not - the truth is as he says!

~"Kingship" by George MacDonald, The Truth in Jesus

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