Monday, May 2, 2016

Tell Me a True Story Blog Party week of 05/02/16


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The Love story of my Grandparents began when they met at a church “Box lunch social.”  

Each lady was to bring a box lunch, and the gentlemen would bid on the box, not knowing who the lady was.  Then they were to share and enjoy the lunch together.

My grandmother Mary was a governess and cared for the children of a neighborhood family.  Therefore she did not meet many people outside the home, so she always looked forward to attending church each Sunday. 

Mary was excited about the social event, and was happy to prepare a box lunch with fried chicken, potato salad, some walnut halves, and two slices of apple pie. 

As the bidding for the lunches began, my Grandmother was hoping (and praying) that Allen would secure her lunch.  As God is my witness, Allen did win her box and this was their first “date.”   

The old saying “The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach,” is certainly true.  On that day, Allen was smitten with my grandmother, and it did not take him long to propose and ask her to marry him.
 
They began married life as share croppers, but soon Allen was able to use money he had been putting away, and purchase 10 acres in Lindsay, California.  He planted half the land in olive trees, half in oranges; and added a few other fruit trees.  He built a barn, a chicken coop and along one side of the lot line he planted some grapes, and berries. 

Their transportation was a horse and buggy, and my own mother remembers those rides to church and into town in what Grandma called their carriage. 

Grandpa worked his land and earned the main portion of their living from the trees. 

He did have a garden, and for extra income, once a week he would go into town and knock on doors and sell fresh fruit, produce and brown eggs.  My Mother remembers managing a fruit stand at their front entrance and selling produce and eggs for those who would stop by.  Everyone worked in the family.   

My grandparents were married for over 50 years, and are now enjoying Heaven.

If you are looking for a mate - - may I suggest that you pray first and then be sure you are attending a good Bible believing church and are enrolled in the small group sessions.   

A Christian companion will secure an undivided home!  Under all circumstances, never “settle” for someone outside of Christ!!
 
2 Corinthians 6:14 Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?
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Monday, April 25, 2016

Tell Me a True Story Blog Party - Week of 04/25/16



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Every Wedding has a Story
 
And He Swallowed His Gum a True Story from my Book "Rescue the Stories Book 2."

The background music was softly playing as the Minister, my bridegroom, and the best man stepped out to the front of the church, waiting for the rest of the wedding party to arrive. 

It was evident that the best man was somewhat nervous because he was busily chomping away on a stick of gum.  

My mother caught his eye and made a chewing motion with her mouth, and understanding her “sign language,” - - he promptly swallowed his gum. 

“Here comes the bride,” began to play and the wedding proceeded with out any further problems at least for the ceremony. 

Many weddings have a story to tell of something that went wrong on their special day. 

Some are horror stories and some are simply downright humorous! 

My sister had decided to play a trick on me, and when we arrived at our motel, I discovered that she had tightly sewed up my new nightgown at all the openings. 

I could not contain myself and began to laugh loudly at her joke.  I told her later that she was very funny and of course I was not angry at her harmless prank.  

Not so funny was the other stunt someone did to our borrowed car.  We never knew for sure who it was, but the lug bolts on one of the wheels had been loosened, which caused the wheel to almost come off.   

We spent the better part of the next afternoon at the auto wrecking yard purchasing a used wheel to replace the damaged one. 

Practical jokes are certainly not funny to the receiver of their brunt!  Many times they are dangerous and can seriously harm a person or a relationship.
 

We tried to teach our children, to never pay back each other for wrongs either true or thought to be, and not to hide or destroy the possessions of others.
 

1 Peter 3:9  Do not repay evil for evil or insult for insult, but giving a blessing instead; for you were called for the very purpose that you might inherit a blessing.
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Monday, April 18, 2016

Tell Me a Story Blog Party Week 04/18/16


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Shoes for Beautiful Feet 

When our youngest child was born, the doctor suggested that we purchase special shoes with a Thomas Heel for her.   Examination had shown that her toes turned inward slightly, and these shoes were ideal to assist normal growth in her ankles and legs.   

The Thomas Heel, higher on the inside of the foot, caused each foot to balance and support the ankles and knees. These shoes were functional, sturdy high tops, but their overall appearance was not so beautiful.   

As time went by and our daughter reached school age, it looked like the shoes had done their job.  She was excited to be able to enjoy regular school shoes that mirrored what all the other girls were wearing.   

Our feet carry us everywhere and as such an important of our body, they should be well looked after. People do many things to help their feet feel better and look nicer. 

I am reminded, in the Bible, about “beautiful feet” that preach the Gospel.  

You have beautiful feet if you are sharing Jesus with others.  If your feet are shod with the preparation of the Gospel of Peace, you do not need to have a pulpit ministry.  You can stand anywhere in those shoes and let your light shine for our Lord. 

Romans 10:15  And how shall they preach, except they be sent? As it is written, how beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things !
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Monday, April 11, 2016

Tell Me a True Story Blog Party - Week of 04/11/16

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After School Treats
(A true story from my book Rescue the Stories, Book One.)

My elementary school was on the same street that we lived on, and although it was a long block, but we did not need to cross any streets. 

When school was over, we would rush home to see what Mother had prepared for our after school treat.

I remember one day, it was fresh hot home made cinnamon rolls, but usually it was a cookie with a glass of milk. 

These treats reminded me of my Mother’s love and her concern that we not famish and waste away between after school and dinner time.

I believe God is that way too, because every now and then he gives us a little taste of His Glory and our memory is jogged to understand His love for us.   

Today we can sit at God’s table and drink of his life giving water, as we read and study His Word, the bread of life.  We are conscious of the fact that someday we will be with Him in heaven at the Grand Supper that He will prepare for those who love Him.

God has special treats for his children, and they are not allotted to simply “After School.”

We can partake of his Holy love, by spending time with him any day of the week, and not just on Sundays or school days.
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One of Mothers favorite treats was her special Apple Cake and I share her recipe with you.   

Apple Cake
3 cups chopped or sliced apples,
Cover the apples with 2 cups of sugar and set for 10 minutes. 

Mix in separate bowl:  2 eggs, 1 cup oil, 1 tsp. vanilla    
and add to the apples  

Sift:  2 cups flour, 1 tsp. soda, 1 tsp. salt, 1 tsp. cinnamon, and add to the above.  Mix with a wooden spoon.  Add 1 cup chopped walnuts and mix well.

Oil an angel food pan, or bunt cake pan and bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour. 
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Monday, April 4, 2016

Tell Me a True Story Blog Party - Week of 04/04/16



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"Blue Kettle Calamity Averted" - A True Story from my Book Three "Rescue the Stories" 

We hastily departed to begin our long 175 mile trip for our doctor appointments.  The plan was to stay over night.  Generally, we returned home the same day, but this time the doctor had scheduled a follow up appointment for the next morning.  Rather than make two trips, it made more sense, to spend the night at a motel. 

We had only gone a short distance down the road, when I exclaimed to my husband, I don’t believe I turned off the kettle, after I boiled the water for my tea! 

My husband glared at me, “I can’t believe you would do such a thing as that; surely you must have turned it off.”   

He continued, “If you really do think you left it on, you can phone our neighbor, and perhaps they can somehow get into our house, and see if it is on.”  

Once my husband is set on a direction, he almost never wants to turn back for a “just in case,” scenario.  I sheepishly dropped the subject, but it doesn’t mean I put it completely out of my mind.  Silently I prayed - - - Dear Lord, please send your angels to watch over my house, amen!  

After being gone a total of thirty-six hours, we arrived home the following afternoon! My husband unlocked the kitchen door, and was greeted by a frightening sight! 

Fused to the burner of our electric stove, with the burner still on HIGH, the blue kettle was extremely HOT!   The kettle was badly damaged, but other than that everything else was fine.  My heart sank a little, and then suddenly I found myself bursting out loud with praise.  

“Thank you Jesus, but for by the mercy, and goodness of God, our house was preserved and did not catch on fire!!”   

In order to assist my forgetfulness, I have cultivated a new habit.  Now, whenever I boil water, I turn on the kitchen timer.  When it rings, the burner gets turned off!!! New habits are good, but God’s Mercy is even better! 

Psalms 23:6  “Surely Goodness, and Mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.”

And He shall send his angels to watch over you, lest you dash your foot against a stone.

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Monday, March 28, 2016

Tell Me a True Story week 03/28/16


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Does God Avenge?


 Do not gloat when your enemy falls; when he stumbles, do not let your heart rejoice ... -Proverbs 24:17

Years, ago our children visited another church in search of new teen age friends.  Our daughter was 17 and a boy about a year younger than her was attracted to her and they became an item. 
 
His mother was very upset because our daughter was “older” than him and in an effort to break them up, she sent the boy away to Bible School in another State.  Our daughter wept tears of bitterness and was saddened to hear that he had married a girl he met there.

Within a year he and the girl were divorced (for some reason,) and my thoughts were perhaps the mother was not wise in manipulating her son’s future.

A similar thing happened when we moved to another city.  The boy was Greek, and although his parents loved our daughter, they wanted him to marry a Greek girl, which he did.  They had two children and he joined the family business which involved travel.  There he met a blond woman and you can guess the rest of the story.

In life there are many unjust and unfair treatments that we and others receive.   
 

If you believe you have been mistreated and done wrong by someone, perhaps cheated, or stolen from or even abused; God forbid - - take heart for God is the avenger and he will repay. 

It is best to “Let it go,” by Forgiving the one who harmed you, and then set your mind at ease and lay aside all matters of vengeance or reprisal.  

Allow God to settle the scores, and you can live in peace with a good conscience.

Matthew 6:15,20-21  Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” 20 To the contrary, “if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.” 21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

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Monday, March 21, 2016

Tell Me a True Story Blog Party, Week of 03/21/16


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Angels Around Us

Angels often appear as human men of God.
 
The Bible records many wonderful appearances of angels unto Godly people, and we wonder why we do not see angels here on earth more often.   

In the Old Testament, angels often appeared as men and did not look any different than everyone else. Other times they appeared with wings.  Perhaps angels have been with us, and we did not realize at times we may have seen angels unawares.  

The Angel of the Lord appeared to Hagar and gave her encouragement and a prophesy in Genesis chapter 16 and also in chapter 21. 

The Angel of the Lord spoke to Abraham from heaven in Genesis chapter 22. 

Jacob was spoken to in a dream as an angel appeared to him. 

In Exodus, Moses saw a burning bush and the Angel of the Lord spoke to him out of the fire.  Exodus 3.  

As the Children of Israel left Egypt the Angel of the Lord was in the pillar of fire by night and in the cloud by day.  Exodus 14 

The Angel of the Lord with a huge sword, stood in front of Balaam’s ass but only the animal could see him at first.  When Balaam whipped his donkey, the animal spoke and then God opened Balaam’s eyes to see the angel.  Numbers chapter 22 

In Judges chapter 2, all the children of Israel could hear the Angel speak.  

Judges 6, the Angel of the Lord appeared to Gideon, but he thought it was a man.  The angel instructed him to place a sacrifice on some stones, and when the angel caused the sacrifice to be consumed by fire Gideon realized the person was indeed an angel. 

What a story in Judges 13 when the Angel of the Lord appeared to Hannah she though he was a man of God and told her husband.  When the Angel appeared to Manoah her husband, the Angel also caused fire to consume a sacrifice.  Manoah asked, “What is your name?”   The angel replied, “Why do you ask seeing my name is secret?”

The Angel of the Lord appeared to Elijah in I Kings 19 and instructed him.  Again in

2 Kings chapter 1, and 2 Kings 19 the Angel won the battle over the enemies. 

I Chronicles 21, King David saw the Angel of the Lord with his sword stretched out over Jerusalem, and David and all the elders fell on their faces before God. 

The Angel of the Lord shut the lion’s mouths when Daniel was cast into the lions den. Daniel 6
 
The Angel Gabriel appeared to Mary announcing she was chosen to bear the Messiah.

Understand that because angels often look like anyone else, you may have indeed seen angels many times. 
 
One thing to remember is that regardless of what we see with our natural eyes, there are always angels from God, around us protecting and guiding us.   

Psalms 34:7  The angel of the LORD encamps round about them that fear him, and he delivers them from destruction.

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