Saturday, January 16, 2021

The Bible Ladies Brunch Bunch - Learning to Live a Beautiful Life - Gratitude

 It's that time again. 

Time for another round of The Bible Ladies Brunch Bunch. 




This time I keeping it simple. I am not going to be sharing a yummy brunch recipe with you nor am I going to have a bunch of printables available for your use. 

At least, not many. I might get a wild hair and create something late at night when I need something creative to focus my attention on. 

Right now, I am just keeping one of my resolutions. I have a tendency to be a little bit "extra." I need some time to be a little better to myself so I am giving myself permission to let some things go. 

Anyhoo. 

This series of The Bible Ladies Brunch Bunch we are going to talk about how to live a beautiful life. This is something I have discussed, wrote about, and spoke about for years. I decided to create a simple series that can help all of us to be more mindful about living that beautiful life. 



Our first topic is Gratitude. I understand that this is a biggie. Many of you don't feel very grateful right now. I, myself, have a list of things that is causing me some anxiety.

However, I completely believe it is the DISCIPLINE of gratitude that makes the difference. Sometimes you gotta "fake it til you make it." 

I promised in the video (which you can watch below) that I would provide some of my favorite Gratitude scriptures...appropriate for study and for plastering all over your house. 

 

"Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name! For the Lord is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations.” Ps. 100:4-5

 

"Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.” James 1:17

 

"Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God." Phil 4:6

 

"Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name! Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits, who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy, who satisfies you with good so that your youth is renewed like the eagle's.” Ps. 103:1-5

 

"The Lord is my strength and my shield; My heart trusts in Him, and I am helped; Therefore my heart exults, And with my song I shall thank Him." Ps. 28:7

 

"I will praise the name of God with song, and shall magnify Him with thanksgiving." Ps. 69:30

 

"Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever. Give thanks to the God of gods, for his steadfast love endures forever. Give thanks to the Lord of lords, for his steadfast love endures forever; to him who alone does great wonders, for his steadfast love endures forever; to him who by understanding made the heavens, for his steadfast love endures forever; ..." Ps. 136:1-5

 

"Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, for our "God is a consuming fire." Heb. 12:28-29

 

"Amen! Praise and glory and wisdom and thanks and honor and power and strength be to our God for ever and ever. Amen!" Rev. 7:12


Another little note before you watch the video. The sound is ATROCIOUS. I think our external mic needs a little revival. I tried to fix it in editing, but it was just too far gone. 

I didn't have time to film another go around. I hope you don't mind attempting to read my lips. I AM SO SORRY! 

I promise I will fix it. For now, I hope you are encouraged. 




Monday, January 4, 2021

New Year?

 New Year? 

Just be aware that I am a tad bit wary of this new year 2021. After all, we started out 2020 with shiny sparkly dreams and hopes for a fantastic year. 

I recognize I have been downright terrible with keeping up with the blog. 

The truth is that I don't feel good. 

Nothing serious. Just the usual troubles of living with chronic illness. I need to hunker down and start this year off with a nitty-gritty, back to the earth "Be Good to Beke" strategy. . 

I have decided to approach this year with baby steps. 

Getting back to my usual cauli-egg white scramble with garlic and turmeric breakfast. 

Soaking in my Epsom salt bath every other night.

No caffeine after 2pm. These late nights are rough on me. 

Keeping track of my planner and my meals. 

In short, all the things that keep me ticking. 


I always enjoy making Resolutions for the New Year. I like to take a step back and look at things critically. 

What am I not doing that I need to be?

What is my vision for a room, space, idea, or plan and how can I achieve that vision? 

Are there any habits or mental attitudes that are keeping me in an unhealthy space? What can I do to make the changes I need to get where I need to be?


Stay tuned. I'm too skeptical to declare 2021 as my year. But it doesn't hurt to be hopeful.





Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Just Be Nice

 I'm not feeling well today. 


I missed one of my long-acting insulin doses a couple of nights ago and I've had trouble stabilizing my blood sugars since. 

Plus, like many, I am feeling just kind of unsettled and "blah." 

Sometimes, living a beautiful life doesn't come easy. We have to work at the whole thing. 

Frankly, I'm not all that interested in working too hard. But, one of my super powers is that I don't like it when I feel unsettled and blah so I can't live there too long.  

And as much I would like to UNLOAD on poor unsuspecting social media friends and acquaintances, I don't believe in pouring out that much venom and unhappiness into the world. 

Social media can be a terrific thing. But it can also be harmful and toxic. 

It is easy to fall into the pit of the misunderstood and disenfranchised. However, I firmly believe that nobody is responsible for my attitude but me and me alone. 

There are so. many. words. floating about the interwebs. Most of them are not so nice. 

The real story is the majority of people I know aren't so committed to life on social media. They get up. They take care of their families. They try to be nice to people around them. They don't really stress about what some poor soul in another part of the country feels about them. 

They have bigger fish to fry. As do we all. 

Are many of us talking too much? Are we putting things out there that can't be retracted? 

You bet your bippie. So this post is going to be short. 

You are loved. 

We are a fortunate people. 

God has been so faithful to me and mine. That I will shout from the rooftops. 

Just be nice. You have bigger fish to fry. 

Amen and amen. 

Monday, November 2, 2020

A Simple Fall Table

Good afternoon! 


Today, I am sharing my Fall Table. If you saw my Fall Spaces video you might have seen the same table decorated simply with a different set of dishes and velvet burgundy placemats. 

This time I've brought out my sparkly dishes and some more subtle bergamot-colored placemats. I've also added some drama with greens from the yard, brass candlesticks, and some late roses (also from the yard). 

I have such a good time doing these. I already have plans for more than 1 (or 3) for Christmas. 

Do you enjoy a pretty table?



 

Thursday, October 29, 2020

Thirsty? The Bible Ladies Brunch Bunch and A Simple Charcuterie Board

 This is our very last Bible Study for the Woman of the Bible Series. 



Don't worry. I am in the works for a brand new series that will start soon. Be ready for a few special videos in the meantime. 


Same time. Same place. 


Actually, I am a little late this week getting this one up. It is ALWAYS tech problems. 


The Woman at the Well is a story many of us have heard countless times. There are songs written about Wells that never run dry and never thirsting again. 

It is a strange idea. Not ever being thirsty again. 



It didn't take long for the Woman at the Well to understand that the thirst that Jesus spoke about wasn't physical thirst...but spiritual thirst. He offered Living Water. Eternal Water. And that woman who had suffered a life of sorrows was ready to receive all He had to offer. 

I hope I am as thirsty. 

I am also sharing this week the fabulous Charcuterie board. You need to jump on the Charcuterie board train. I have a few I am doing to put together for the Christmas season. I will be sure to share. 


As always, you can grab you FREE printables at the end of the post. I am also including a FULL recipe book for all the recipes featured in the The Bible Ladies Brunch Bunch "Women of the Bible" Series. 


Hope you enjoy the video! 


This Week's Printables 

Bible Study Notes Printable

Bible Study Journal

Scripture Printable

The Simple Brunch Charcuterie Board


Let's Do Brunch Cookbook



Sunday, October 25, 2020

Negative!

 Good news. 

If you read my Blog Post yesterday then you are aware that I had a Covid-19 test. 

I just got the results. 

Negative.

Yay! This means I can leave my house this next week. 

I did get some much-needed rest. It's amazing how we don't know what we need until we get it. 

And a few days curled up with my cat and a good mystery was what I needed. I can tell you that my family was relieved with my results. 

If there was a reward for strange illnesses, unusual catastrophes and ill-timed disasters, I would probably win the whole thing in a land-slide. I have caused my family bucket loads of anxiety over the year. 

I'm glad to have passed on this one. This time. 

Saturday, October 24, 2020

Is It The Rona?

I MIGHT have the Rona. 

As I type this, I am waiting for the Health Department to text me with the results of my test. 

To be honest, I will be surprised if I have it. I really don't feel all that poorly. I'm in the high risk category and have spent the last several months trying to avoid the rest of y'all. 

The test was an adventure in itself. Now don't get me wrong. I am well acquainted with a good ole medical procedure. This girl is not afraid of the pain. After all, I have had traction rods screwed through my legs with only a little lidocaine to help.

But that stick up the nose. I HATE stuff sticking up my nose. I think the nice nurse was trying to dig around for what few brain cells I have left. 

After that 15 seconds of blessed bliss was over, she popped the specimen into a little tube with my name and serial number and told me that I would find out if I had the dreaded Rona in 3-5 business days.

I really don't mind being stuck in the house at this point. I can entertain myself quite easily. I'm also introverted enough that it takes a whole lot for me to long for human interaction. 

I have a cat. I have Diet Coke. I have access to fresh reading material. 

If I didn't have such a headache, I would call it "easy living." 

In the meantime, I'll keep googling "seasonal allergies versus The Rona" every half hour and checking my phone for new messages from the Health Department. 

What a crazy time. 
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