Learning to deal with life's neverending twists and turns.
Wednesday, January 2, 2013
Chats on the Farmhouse Porch
Patrice has called us inside for our chat this week because her weather is so cold. Well Miss Patrice, if you want to escape the cold weather you're more than welcome to come to sunny South Florida where it's currently 67 degrees. It's a bit humid out today but still pleasant.
1. Do you make New Years resolutions?
I don't make resolutions. I find that most people don't even take resolutions seriously, but even those that do don't hold to them past January. They're quickly forgotten. I try to set goals that are attainable with the help of the Lord. These are more about improving my character. My goal this year is to show more compassion and to be more encouraging. My daughter has the gift of empathy. I do not. Maybe I can learn from her.
2. What do you hope to accomplish this year?
That's a tough question for me, because I don't live my life year to year. I live day by day. Each day I hope to live a little more for Christ. To be a little more like Him. If I can improve just a fraction of my life in this way, this year will be a victorious one.
3. Tell me about your favorite place to think, create, or just relax.
My home is my sanctuary; I can relax here and feel most comfortable. An exact spot where I like to think or create? Hmm. I'm usually at the kitchen counter when I'm creating blog posts. Scrapbook pages are created on the dining room table. I read and think best in one of our comfy recliners. I guess anywhere in my home is a good place to be creative.
4. Are you a fan of old movies? (Like the ones that were originally black and white.)
Oh yes, very much so! I think the old movies are romantic without being sexual, scary but not gorey, funny without the need of vulgarity, and so well written they get remade by today's Hollywood all the time. I would love it if filmmakers took their cues from films of the past. The story lines were so good they didn't need the shock factors of today to sell tickets.
5. Tell me something that made you happy since our last porch visit. If you're new to the chats, tell me something good that has happened to you lately.
Due to safety issues and concerns of conscience, my daughter had to leave her job at the orphanage, which was a tough decision. She is still interning at the church, but that's unpaid, and she needs to pay her bills. Thankfully, God has provided (as He always does) and she got a job at Old Navy. Working retail is not a dream job, but it will allow her the flexibility to continue her internship at the church and also allow her to take some counseling courses so she can become a certified counselor. I'm so thankful to God for His provision and guidance.
I'm first and foremost a Bible believing Christian. I'm a mother of 3, learning to deal with the changes God is doing in my life, learning to lean on Him and trust Him even when I don't understand, and learning to accept the changes He sees fit to accomplish His purpose in my life.
"I can't imagine anything more terrible than getting to the end of my life only to discover that God had so much more in mind for me - more freedom, more joy, more peace, more true effectiveness. And I had missed it all, simply because I refused to change." - Joanna Weaver, Having a Mary Spirit.
"In every change He faithful will remain." - Katharina von Schlegel
"Nothing paralyzes our lives like the attitude that things can never change. We need to remind ourselves that God can change things. Outlook determines outcome. If we see only the problems, we will be defeated; but if we see the possibilities in the problems, we can have victory." - Warren Wiersbe
Bible Verse of the Day
In the Kitchen This Week
Monday - black bean and beef chili, white rice, cornbread
Tuesday - crock pot jambalaya, white rice
Wednesday - Christmas Eve: turkey with all the fixin's
Thursday - Christmas Day: leftovers
Friday - tilapia, plantains, rice with veggies, salad