A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART

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The man said, “This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called ‘woman,’ for she was taken out of man.”  – Genesis 2:23

I could just leave this one alone and it’d be fine, right?  You know better…  I won’t do that.  Before I delve into this, I want to say that I believe if a woman does a man’s work, she should be paid the same amount of money for the work she does.  I’ve never disagreed with that.

Why do some women try to be men?  I don’t understand why there are women who think they have to dress and act masculine – when they are so uniquely female.  We’re women because we can do miraculous things that men can’t – well – most women can.  I can’t have babies, but that’s just me.

We’re unique in our emotions.  I’m convinced that we have that extra “sense” – you know the one I mean…  when you say “I have a feeling” – and you were right about something.  Guys don’t do that.  They just stumble around without a clue – sorry, but they do.

A man’s woman – his wife – is his helpmate – his sounding board – the one he depends on to tuck the tag of his shirt in when it’s sticking up in the back – you know the one I mean.  I cut them out – permanent solution – it’s how I roll.

It’s not even so much about the roles in the house – in our house my husband is the cook because I don’t know how to boil water.  I can write a five-page essay on why dogs have certain habits – but I can’t do a thing in the kitchen.  So guys…  just because a person is female, it doesn’t mean she’s automatically a good cook.

One thing women LOVE to do is…  STAMP.  Yes…  we love to stamp!  I typically do everything digitally these days, but I did find this to be very interesting.

Women are just here to help.  My husband doesn’t need as much help as some men.  He was a bachelor for 15 years before we married, so he’s pretty self-sufficient.  He does his laundry and I do mine.  But I’ve had opportunities to help him through the years – and I think those times bring us closer together.

Women are uniquely qualified for many things because God made us special.  God did not want man to be alone.  He knew they needed help.  Take that any way you want…  they do need us.  They know it – we know it.  We need them too, but we don’t want that to get out, right?  🙂

 

 

SPECIAL DELIVERY

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Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.  – Isaiah 7:14

The word SPECIAL has been overused in the past few decades.  For example, Dana Carvey’s church lady character on SNL said, “Well, isn’t that SPECIAL???”  It was sarcasm to the hilt.

Our USPS does have a delivery service called Special Delivery, but the most special delivery of them all was when Christ was born in Bethlehem.

When I looked SPECIAL up in the dictionary, here’s what I found:

adjective
adjective: special
  1. 1.
    better, greater, or otherwise different from what is usual.
    “they always made a special effort at Christmas”
    synonyms: exceptional, unusual, singular, uncommon, notable, noteworthy, remarkable, outstanding, unique More

    “a very special person”
    “a special occasion”
    antonyms: ordinary
noun
noun: special; plural noun: specials
  1. 1.
    a thing, such as an event, product, or broadcast, that is designed or organized for a particular occasion or purpose.
    “television’s election night specials”
    Isn’t it interesting that SPECIAL in reference to Christ and His birth can be used as both an adjective and a noun?  Both apply!  Christ Himself is special – and His birth (the event) is for sure – special.
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    There’s no doubt whatsoever that this was a SPECIAL DELIVERY of a very SPECIAL KING.  I had to chuckle when I saw the term CUSTOM-MADE.  Well, yes – He definitely was that too, wouldn’t you agree?

NATIONAL MEN MAKE DINNER DAY

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The bonds of matrimony are like any other bonds — they mature slowly. – Peter De Vries

My husband makes dinner every night – I can’t cook worth a lick!  But guys, if you are as lost in the kitchen as I am, here is a recipe that even I can make – and it’s pretty tasty too!

On a low-carb diet, it’s not uncommon to be craving Italian food.  This dish combines a little Italian flavor with some Greek flavor.  I think you’ll like it!

PESTO CHICKEN CASSEROLE (Makes 4 servings)

INGREDIENTS:

1 1/2 lbs. chicken thighs (or breasts if you like white meat)

4 oz. red or green pesto

1 1/2 c. heavy whipping cream

1/2 c. pitted black olives

1/2 lb. feta cheese, diced

1 clove garlic, chopped

Salt & pepper to taste

Butter for frying

INSTRUCTIONS:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Cut chicken into bite-sized pieces.  Season with salt & pepper.  Fry in butter until golden brown.  Mix pesto and heavy cream in a bowl.  Place fried chicken pieces in baking dish along with olives, cheese and garlic.  Add pesto mix.

Bake for 20-30 minutes.

VOILA’!!!

I usually toss a little salad to go with this – some baby spinach and assorted veggies that you like.  Make some homemade dressing with olive oil and vinegar or use a ranch or blue cheese – something low carb.

To keep the fire burning brightly there’s one easy rule: Keep the two logs together, near enough to keep each other warm and far enough apart — about a finger’s breadth — for breathing room. Good fire, good marriage, same rule.  – Marnie Reed Crowell

As important as the meal is – it’s equally important to set a pretty table.  Oh – and don’t forget to light the candles.  Soft music is optional.

I hate to mention it…  but it’s also a great idea to plan to clean up your mess in the kitchen after dinner.

Just a thought – as nice as it is to have a special holiday for this, it’s also wonderful for men to cook when wives are super busy or when they’re feeling under the weather – or caring for children who are sick.  Have a wonderful day – happy cooking, guys!  🙂

 

 

MOTHER’S DAY

MOTHER'S DAY

There are times only when a mother’s love can understand our tears,

Can soothe our disappointments and calm all our fears.

There are times when only a mother’s love can share the joy we feel

When something we’ve dreamed about quite suddenly is real.

There are times when only a mother’s faith can help on life’s way,

And inspire in us the confidence we need from day to day.

For a mother’s heart and a mother’s faith and a mother’s steadfast love

Were fashioned by the angels and sent from God above.

I’m at the point in the grieving process where I look at this day as a day of tribute to my mom.  It’s taken a long time to get to this stage, but I’m finally figuring out that my life will go on – it will just be so very different without her in it.

Last year, Lucinda wrote a poem for a lady who lost her mother.  She asked me to make a design for it and said this lady referred to her mother as her diamond.  I wish I could say I had a lovely name for my mother, but I didn’t.  My mom was my best friend, my confidant, the one I trusted more than anyone – but no, I didn’t have a pet name for her.

My first thought was, HOW PERFECT IS THAT?  It says it all, doesn’t it?  Diamonds are the most precious gem (and happens to be my birth stone)  😉

MY DIAMOND

If I could give you diamonds for each tear you cried for me;

If I could give you sapphires for each truth you’ve helped me see.

If I could give you rubies for the heartache that you’ve known,

If I could give you pearls for the wisdom that you’ve shown;

Then you’ll have a treasure, mother, that would mount up to the skies.

That would almost match the sparkles in your kind and loving eyes.

But I have no pearls, no diamonds as I’m sure you’re well aware;

So I’ll give you gifts more precious, my devotion, love and care.

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                                         Mama said this is the night daddy proposed.  Awe…  what a precious photo for me to have!

I know that when she entered heaven, it became a brighter place.  God provides the only light that is needed in heaven, but I believe it gets brighter every time a saint goes inside – each saint sparkles like a diamond.  I believe that she was so happy to see my daddy again.  Based on information from the book “Heaven is for Real”, I also believe that they are both 20 something and feel fantastic!  I imagine they look so happy together like this photo.  I hold it close to my heart because it brings me comfort.

My mother no longer has arthritis and has been made whole – she doesn’t need her 2 total hip replacements and will never have to take any medicine.  Bliss for eternity… how can I mourn that?  I can’t.  If and when I cry these days, it’s for myself.  I still miss them. 

 

JANUARY 18-24 IS NATIONAL BIBLE WEEK

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A BOOK WITH PROMISE

Have you hugged your Bible lately?  We should be hugging it every day as we have devotionals – but I get it…  life gets busy.  The year is young, so isn’t this the perfect time to get back in the swing – the habit – of daily devotionals with the LORD?  He’s so patient with us, isn’t He?

Since this is National Bible Week, I thought a few passages of Scripture for this new year may be appropriate.  Here we go!

May the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ be blessed! On account of his vast mercy, he has given us new birth. You have been born anew into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.  – 1 Peter 1:3
Don’t remember the prior things; don’t ponder ancient history. Look! I’m doing a new thing; now it sprouts up; don’t you recognize it? I’m making a way in the desert, paths in the wilderness.  – Isaiah 43:18-19
I believe that the present suffering is nothing compared to the coming glory that is going to be revealed to us.   – Romans 8:38
Certainly the faithful love of the Lord hasn’t ended; certainly God’s compassion isn’t through! They are renewed every morning. Great is your faithfulness.  – Lamentations 3:22-23
Then the one seated on the throne said, “Look! I’m making all things new.” He also said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.”  – Revelation 21:5

Look among the nations and watch! Be astonished and stare because something is happening in your days that you wouldn’t believe even if told.  – Habakkuk 1:5

Sing to the Lord a new song because he has done wonderful things! His own strong hand and his own holy arm have won the victory!  – Psalm 98:1

I will give them a single heart, and I will put a new spirit in them. I will remove the stony hearts from their bodies and give them hearts of flesh.  – Ezekiel 11:19

May God richly bless you as you study His Word in 2016!  🙂

And we are having our first annual CHRISTIAN AUTHOR’S VIRTUAL TEA PARTY & BOOK EXTRAVAGANZA this coming Saturday, January 23rd from 2-4 pm CST.  If you would like to be a part of this great event, please send me a FRIEND REQUEST on facebook and I will make sure to send you an invitation so you can RSVP.  If for some reason I don’t send an invitation – send me a message and remind me please.  :-/

Remember – this is a VIRTUAL TEA PARTY – no traveling involved – except to your own computer – it will take place on the facebook event page!  Our wonderful Christian authors will be standing by ready to post all sorts of goodies and we want YOU to post your questions and comments to them!  It will be a fun time of getting to know our favorite authors – those who God has clearly gifted with such talent – and they turn around and share it with us!

So – friend me on facebook!  Here’s the link:

https://www.facebook.com/linda.palmer.399041

I look forward to your friend request and having you join us on Saturday!  🙂

CHRISTIAN AUTHOR'S VIRTUAL TEA PARTY & BOOK EXTRAVAGANZA 2016I’m taking a little break but will begin writing again on Monday, January 25th.  🙂

Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can.  – Charles Wesley

 

HEBREWS 10:10 ON 10/10

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We have been made holy through the single offering of Jesus Christ’s body – Hebrews 10:10

Am I holy because of anything I say or do?  NO!  Anything I am or strive to be is because of Christ’s death on the cross and resurrection from the grave.  My holiness is all about Him and has nothing to do with me.  Whatever is in my heart which is holy, or whatever influences are brought to bear upon me to make me holy, is all to be traced to the fact that Christ became obedient unto death, and was willing to offer His body as a sacrifice for my sin.

AN ADDED GIFT

Some denominations refer to being holy as being “sanctified” or they call it “second blessing holiness”.  When God makes someone holy, it means that the person belongs to God in a special way.  He separates them from other people, for Himself.

It’s God’s will (desire, plan) for people to be holy.  In Hebrews 10:10, these people were once God’s enemies.  They did many wrong and evil things against Him.  But now God has saved (rescued) them, so they have become His people.  He has separated them so that they belong to Him in a special way.

In biblical times the sacrifice of animals made God’s house holy.  Then a better a more glorious sacrifice has made God’s people holy.  Of course that sacrifice was the death of Jesus Christ, God’s Son.  He carried out God’s will to make His people holy.

Animal sacrifices happened often.  The priests’ work was never complete or perfect.  Because of the single complete and perfect sacrifice of Christ, we live in a state of grace and mercy.

The sacrifice of Christ makes unholy people holy.  Because of Christ’s death on the cross and subsequent resurrection, we are separated and belong to God in a special way.

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I’m so glad I’m one of Jesus’ sheep, aren’t you?  Baa…  😉

WORLD CARD MAKING DAY

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 Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might, for in the realm of the dead, where you are going, there is neither working nor planning nor knowledge nor wisdom. – Ecclesiastes 9:10

Do you enjoy being crafty and making a friend’s day? So do I! Today is WORLD CARD MAKING DAY, so let’s get busy making some happy cards!

How cute is that? It’s a real birthday candle!

I like this get well card! I’m sure receiving this would put a smile on my face!

Nowadays there are many methods to create cards of all types! Stamps and ink, punches and other ways to cut shapes, or maybe like me, you want to make your cards digitally. There is no right or wrong way to make a card and the type of card you make is limited only by your imagination!

I’ve never made an interactive card before, have you?

I like to make Thanksgiving cards. I’m so thankful for my friends and like to make them something special to let them know I care about them. I’m not sure if I could do all the drawing for this, but I’d be willing to try this:

How about sending some Thanksgiving Blessings?

Fall is the time of year we begin to think about warmth and nothing catches my eye faster than a cozy quilt. I don’t know how to make a quilt, but I think I could do this cute card:

There are literally TONS of ideas for cards of all kinds on the internet. Pinterest alone can keep you busy searching for just the right idea!

Oh – take a look at this one. I think I could even do this!

So many cute ideas! Get a group of friends together and start making some cards today! I’m sure you can think of someone who could use a handmade card just from you. Many years ago my pastor told me that when you give a gift, it reflects your personality. It’s the same principle with a handmade card. That card is something you took time to make especially for someone. When you take time – time you will never get back – to show someone how special they are, it means a great deal. Have fun making cards today! 😀

FATHER’S DAY

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THANKFUL FOR A DAD THAT PRAYS
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HAPPY FATHER’S DAY!!! This is a day to honor fathers and other special men in our lives.

Lucinda Berry Hill has two special men to honor today.

I’m sure you’ve heard the expression, “Any man can be a father, it takes someone special to be a dad.” I was a single mom for 10 years! My daughter never knew her birth father (his loss). When my daughter was 10 years old I got married for the first time. As soon as we had the money, my husband adopted my daughter. When in front of the judge, my husband said Charlotte was already his daughter and this was just to change her name. The two of them are so close, sometimes I think closer than she and I. But that’s ok, she has 10 years to make up for. So I want to say thank you to my husband and to all of the other men out there who are so great at being a “dad.”

I would like to honor my Grandpa this Father’s Day. I was 20 years old when he passed away. But before he left us he was able to read some of my very early poetry. I started writing when I was 12. I even typed, yes on a typewriter, them out and put them in binders. One for my mom, one for my dad and one for my grandparents. My grandpa made a tape recording of himself reading these poems. That meant so much to me. His support meant so much. He wasn’t here when my first book was published, but I’m sure he’d be very proud of me if he were here.

Vicki LaFleur is honoring her dad today.

Leo LaFleur, my Dad was the greatest man I never knew. Which sounds quite sad but he knew I would come to learn things in time. Dad worked at a Steel Mill as a welder in the blast furnace which is one of the hottest places on earth to work and he worked as much overtime as he could too, in order for us kids to wear nice clothes, to live in a nice home, to take music lesson etc. and by him doing this it allowed our mother to do what she loved to do and that was to take care of her home and children. When he did have time off he coached my brother’s baseball team or would work in the garden or take the boys hunting and fishing, my little sister would tag along with them. Holidays were his favorite, Dad may have pinched a penny till Abe Lincoln got tears in his eyes but come Christmas under our tree was everything us kids dreamt it would be. But because of him being frugal when he passed away he left my dear mother without having to wonder how she would survive her golden years. On the fourth of July or New Years, he would get outside and had as much fun as anyone I ever saw popping fireworks with the kids who unlike me were not afraid of them. I do remember dad taking me to see a movie or two with him or to get an ice cream cone. I was such a timid child with dad and try as he might I stood at my mom’s side never wanting to leave there. When it came to learning to drive and swim he would not take my “I don’t want too’s” because of my fear, he made sure I did learn how to do both, I am grateful. I love my daddy and he supported me in my love of my mom and my little animals he never had the heart to say I could not have. He was truly a great man.

And of course I could not let this day go by without honoring my sweet daddy.

My daddy taught me so many lessons in life! I learned that every action begins with an attitude. If you go into a project with a bad attitude, you will probably not be successful. And how do you measure real success – by how much money you make? Well, that is certainly one way to measure success, but not always the best way. A person who is truly successful is a happy person. My dad got up whistling every morning. He sang around the house – just silly little tunes. He sang to my mama as he walked by her in the kitchen. He was the best role model for positivity I’ve ever seen! Don’t complain as you crawl out of bed and drag yourself to the coffee pot. Be excited because you get to live another day and you get to do something great with it! The thought produces the attitude. The attitude sets the tone for success or failure. It’s as simple as that.

I love you daddy. I’m keepin’ it positive!!!
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A MESSAGE FOR DADDY
Enjoy Father’s Day!  ❤ ❤ ❤

NATIONAL TEACHER’S DAY

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As Mother’s Day quickly approaches, I thought today would be an excellent opportunity to talk about the lifelong influence a mother has on her children. I read stories every day on facebook from the Diabetic Online Community (DOC) about the sacrifice moms make for their Type 1 Diabetic kids. These are terrific moms who would walk on hot coals if they thought it would help. Each and every one of them would take on their child’s suffering if they could. They would trade places with them in a heart beat! That’s a mother’s love – and there is no substitute for it!

Today is NATIONAL TEACHER’S DAY but I want to recognize the mothers of Type 1 Diabetic children. They are so diligent, and in the process they are sleep deprived and frustrated with the disease, but they have their kid’s backs! They will be there if the world walks away.

Some parents of type 1’s have invested (and they are not cheap) in a service dog to help detect a high or low blood sugar in their kids.  These special dogs really do take a weight of worry from the parents.  As I understand it, there is a certain odor – sweet for high and a sort of metallic kind of odor for low – on the child’s breath.  I can’t imagine how they train those dogs to do that, but I’m so glad they do.

Every mom is great, but the mom of a type 1 diabetic is vigilant!  They set the alarm so they can do those lovely 3am tests and injections.  Often I see a comment on facebook from one of the moms – something like – it was a bad night – and I need a nap!  My thoughts and prayers are with them.  It’s such a challenge but those kiddos are sure worth it!

All moms are great, but the mom of a Type 1 Diabetic is a Super Hero!