July Already

Hello dear sisters! I just want to pop in really quick. How is it July already? Fourth of July is Monday but because of fire restrictions and the drought our small town fireworks are canceled but there will be some in Prescott should we decide put up with the crowds .July is also National Ice Cream Month so that means hopefully we will be making homemade ice cream. 🍦🍧

If I don’t have a chance to post, may my fellow United States friends have a blessed and safe 4th of July!

Fasting From Social Media is Hard and Other Topics

Before I had Instagram, one of my daughter told me that blogging doesn’t really count as social media. I suppose she is right.

Currently I’m on a month long fast from Instagram. And it hasn’t been easy. I deleted Instagram from my phone to avoid the temptation to check to see what everyone one is doing or to see how many follow requests I have. That’s why its been hard and I think I’m starting to see it as an addiction.

Like right now I’m wanting to put Instagram back on my phone to read the reactions to Roe v Wade being overturned. I was quite shocked to be honest because the Supreme Court justices can be rather dumb sometimes. I’m grateful that babies will be saved. That being said I watched a YouTube video just now warning Christians to be careful how we celebrate Roe v Wade being overturned. We need to make sure we aren’t pointing and laughing at those who oppose pro- lifers. Here’s the link https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=_93GEnll-fY

Regarding my health there is the concern that I have Parkinson’s Disease. I have developed these tremors in my hands especially in my right hand. I’m needing to see a new neurologist because my insurance has kicked my current one out of their network effective July 1st. I’m taking medication which is helping but the tremors are still bugging me. I will need a MRI to rule out PD but currently the initial diagnosis is essential tremor which apparently isn’t serious but I still don’t like it. I mean there are essential workers but but what’s so essential about tremors?

On a sad note I don’t know if any of you have ever read An Encouraging Word magazine or any of the other publications from Wisdom’s Gate Ministries but I saw on the website that Skeet Savage who started Wisdom Gate has passed away. I don’t know when she passed but I’m heartbroken over this. I’m not sure what the future holds for An Encouraging Word magazine or the ministry in general so please keep her family in prayer.

Well Hello There!

Greetings sisters! I hope those of you who are mothers had a nice Mother’s Day. I truly apologize for my long absence. I’m dealing with some health concerns that is causing some pain in my hands and arms and other issues. But I know God is in control and He is not surprised by anything that is going on in my life. I love the first part of Psalm 46:10 Be still and know I am God. It reminds me to not fret but to be calm and know He is with me.

So I want to share about my poetry reading from April, if you recall was Poetry Month and I was reading Evangeline by H.W. Longfellow. If you are not familiar with this poem, its the story of a young Acadian girl named Evangeline in search of her lost love, Gabriel. Its really long and I actually didn’t finish it until last week. Speaking of last week, I was dusting the bookshelf and was extremely surprised to find out we have a very, very old illustrated copy of Evangeline that is the size of those small pocket size Gideon Bibles. I never knew we had it. It belonged to my husband’s grandmother Sylvia Pezolt. Unfortunately as I was looking through the book I came across a spoiler page and I hadn’t finished the poem yet. I put it back on the shelf before I saw anymore spoliers. I must say I actually enjoyed the poem. It made me cry as I wad reading it. I also remembered we had Light in the Attic by Shel Silverstein which is a collection of poems. So I have decided I would like to explore more poetry because it really isn’t all that bad. My Beside the Still Waters devotional has poems at the back of the booklet and I confess, I never read them even though they are written from a Christian perspective.

Im still reading Little Women. I think subconsciously I’m taking my time because I know that really sad part is coming up. If you’ve read Little Women you know what I’m talking about.

I’m looking forward to reading more books over summer. I have a whole stack of used books I bought and I have several ebooks I have downloaded to read. I prefer books I can touch but many of these are only available as ebooks and since they were free I figured, why not?

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

Low in the Grave He Lay

Low in the grave He lay, Jesus my Savior,
Waiting the coming day, Jesus my Lord!

Refrain

Up from the grave He arose,
With a mighty triumph o’er His foes,
He arose a victor from the dark domain,
And He lives forever, with His saints to reign.
He arose! He arose!
Hallelujah! Christ arose!

Vainly they watch His bed, Jesus my Savior;
Vainly they seal the dead, Jesus my Lord!

Refrain

Death cannot keep its prey, Jesus my Savior;
He tore the bars away, Jesus my Lord!

Refrain

Robert Lowry 1826-1899

Exploring Poetry

These week’s Five Minute Friday( in my case Five Minute Saturday!) writing prompt is “explore”.

I’m linking up with Five Minute Friday https://fiveminutefriday.com/2022/04/07/fmf-writing-prompt-link-up-explore/

Five minutes begins now:

I mentioned in my previous post that April is Poetry Month. I really don’t like poetry thanks to being forced to memorize poems as a child in school. So I have decided to try a spring reading challenge of reading poetry this month. I’m going to explore various poets this month starting with the poetry of Henry W. Longfellow. I’m currently reading the very long poem( or is it technically not a poem?) Evangeline. If I survive reading this one I will read a much shorter poem.

Time is up!

Read Any Good Books Lately? And Shameless Promotion😆

I finally fixed the issue I was having with my blog. I couldn’t figure out how to change the WordPress image on my homepage and when I did change it ( or so I thought) both the new image and old image were there and it was just a mess!

Those of you from my old Google blog may remember I love to read good, wholesome and clean books. I don’t do as many book reviews as I used to since some publishers have switched to ebooks or have discontinued their blogger review program.

My current read is Little Women. I love this book as much as I love Anne of Green Gables. I bought The Little Women Devotional written by Rachel Dodge. Both of these are available at Amazon. The cover of Little Women is part of the Puffin in Bloom collection by artist Anna Bond. She also did covers for Anne of Green Gables which I received for Mothers Day last year, Heidi and The Little Princess.

On my To Be Read List for spring will be:

A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens. I think I’m the only one who has never read it.

Since April is National( or is it World?) Poetry month and I really don’t like poetry, however I started reading Evangeline by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow back in February and I admit I’m intrigued.

Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly. This is an audio book I started listening to is the story of four black women who helped win the space race.

Either Emma or Sense and Sensibility both by Jane Austen

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So, are you reading any good books? Please share in the comments below.