Define Work

Why am I trying to define work? I am observing Rosh Hashanah & the beginning and end, Yom Kippur God said we must observe “complete rest” no work/servitude, as it is a sacred occasion. That got me thinking, what exactly classifies as work? Below are dictionary definitions:

a. activity involving mental or physical effort done in order to achieve a purpose or result. b. a task or tasks to be undertaken and completed.

In the Bible it refers to it being much the same as the Sabbath, the 7th day of the week, Saturday. A day of Rest, time with God, family, and to give your mind, body and spirit a rest. Did you notice however, in this occasion it says must observe complete rest. I am going to dig deeper into what that is exactly so more to come on this subject. For now though I can assure you resting from work includes house cleaning, yard work, and so on. So I decided to do just that. Focus totally on my time with God in His Word, watching Faith based programs, Praying, and RESTING! I ended up laughing at myself as it was much more difficult than I expected. I realized I fit in all sorts of “tasks” normally during my Sabbath day of rest. I had to really pay attention to not throw in a load of laundry, step outside to sweep the driveway, pull weeds, & etc. I had to ask myself, “Why haven’t you thought of those things as work before now?” The only answer I came up with was: since it is not “working for my employer”, I wasn’t really thinking of it as work. Shame on me! cause the more I thought about it, I remembered saying in the past, “Housewives don’t get the credit they deserve and should be paid as all the things they do to maintain the house and Family are work for sure and they do exhaust you by the end of the day. I guess somehow I didn’t include myself into that comment. Also, I am pretty hyper so when even on my Sabbath day, I find all sorts of “small tasks” just walking around in my own home. Like, oh maybe I should clean out the fridge, wash the baseboards, trim the hedges, and so on.

So I can safely say in my 1st two days of Rosh Hashanah I learned what “Complete Rest” means & now I must repent for my lack of being observant and listening God. There is a reason He said to follow Him in this. We Need it! Think: God took a day of rest after working (creating) so how much more should it be necessary for us? I must say, it did make for an entirely different two days and I am so thankful. God revealed some new things in His Word, I had some time with a neighbor that ended up in discussion about Faith, and I got to feel what it feels like to really be Rested! I fully understand now how in God’s Plan it is so important to have times of REST.

Shalom!

Vote or Not to Vote

In my opinion, this year’s Presidental race sure seems to raise the question, “Does my Vote really count?” Not to mention of the choices, including the Independent Runner, what if you don’t feel equally yoked with any of them? I don’t have answers to these questions. I am posting only to say, “this is truly a decision that is Yours and yours alone.”

Talk about rights to free choice, this is a big one. It is no one’s place to bully you, & try to make you feel guilty about whatever/whoever your choice is. As an individual, I can say my mind is unable to comprehend why some people are supporting the person they are supporting. While listening to & discussing many views and comments with some of my family and friends, I realized this is one of those areas that I really should listen to God and remember, ” it’s not my place to judge”. All elections result in passionate conversations however, this election it’s beyond passionate for many, it’s down right Heated! Not only about the candidates but, about the Right to Vote & believing we All Must vote. In one of those conversations, I heard the Holy Spirit say, it is just like choosing to Believe in Me or Not, it’s personal. How about you choose better things to talk about & stay out of these conversations. hmmmm . That struck a cord for sure. I have always been a strong believer as an adult that “we should have the right to make our own choices in life.” After all, You are the one that has to live with Your decision. You are the one that should look at the big picture and the facts, to the best of your ability anyway, then make your decision. The Holy Spirit’s wisdom really hit me then & all I heard was my own voice saying, “practice what you preach, Renee“, listen to God & leave this subject out of your conversations. Yep, it’s just too personal, I now fully understand why in the actual act of voting, it is in a private booth or by mail. So you can go in your private “closet”, so to speak, and make your choice.

Bottom line: Your choices are Yours. And if you are a believer, your choices are between You & God.

So, as you are making your decisions in these two very important and personal areas of life ” Vote or Not to Vote, believe in God or Not” just remember:

Life is “all about choices” & those choices are yours & yours alone.

Be Blessed & be Safe.

You Be You

I am keeping it short today as I am sharing a link that says it all so well.

I listen to these 7 Principles to live by almost everyday. There is not one word said that I don’t agree with and as he states clearly it is the Mind and Heart God planted within you that should be driving your bus.

Remember: Life is all about choices and those choices are yours.

As a Woman thinketh so is she….

Be Safe and have a Great weekend.. Shalom

One with Nature

During these stressful times, a sure way to reduce yours and your families anxiety, depression, and stress is getting back to Nature. Mankind was not created to live tethered to machines: cell phone, computers, TV, and etc. Our bodies, minds, and Spirits are designed to be one with Creation. We are created from the Earth with Breath of Life (God’s Spirit) breathed in us. Nor is it intended for us to consume so much altered food sources. (I will enter into that subject more in September)

As mentioned on this website: https://www.verywellmind.com/gardening-for-stress-relief gardening is a great stress reliever. And not just the gardening but, the creating of the garden. Whether it be large or small or even in containers studies have proven gardening especially outdoor gardening lifts your mood. Another mention is the power of Sunlight. Did you know sunlight increases serotonin levels: your natural mood enhancer, increases vitamin D, and reduces bone loss? Yep, Nature and all it offers was God’s divine design for our well being. Not chemicals, light from computers, and isolation indoors. Now don’t misinterpret my words. I am not saying we should not have respect for the pandemic we are going thru. I fully believe we should were masks & social distance especially indoors. However, it is proven outdoors the virus is not spreading as easily, when you respect social distance guidelines. I say at least 12-20 ft. apart. At the end is another site with some good info on distancing. Notice how outdoors there is less risk? Ya think God is trying to guide us back to The Way that most benefits us? No, I am not saying God has brought a pandemic on us. I am saying, during all this, one sure thing being revealed is God’s design is much more beneficial to our lives in every area of Life. Love heals not division, Sun lifts our moods & too much indoor isolation drags us down, gardening, hiking, camping, star gazing, Earthing, and eating fruits/veggies all give us stronger immune systems and avenues of stress reduction. Here is an “all things work to the good” benefit of the isolation we experienced from March to June: it cleansed the air & water in our rivers/lakes/ocean. (see my prior posts for more info on that) So you see, mankind and the Earth must operate together as One to sustain Life. We must protect Nature, care for the Earth and not allow Greed to strip the Earth of it’s ability to sustain All of mankind. Part of that is getting outdoors and staying healthy so we can then keep the Earth healthy by tending to it as God originally designed. https://bible.knowing-jesus.com/topics/Earth,-God-Sustaining

I know lots of parents are feeling overwhelmed right now. Make sure you include some outdoor time daily. Even if it is just take a walk, check out all the things in nature together as you walk. Trust me it will benefit all of you and bring better rest at night. Some of my kids and grandkids fondest memories are our outdoor activities. Going to park, walks around the neighborhood, at the beach, camping in the mountains and hiking. Another nice outdoor activity is Meditating outdoors. Yes, Outdoor activities should be a part of school requirements even when home schooling: This site has lots of fun tips. https://www.buzzfeed.com/mallorymcinnis/let-the-games-begin and living in cold zones is no excuse bundle up and have fun! I know it doesn’t sound much fun but, shoveling snow is good exercise too. LOL It must be done and kids need to learn responsibilities for when they become an adult. https://www.momjunction.com/articles/fun-winter-activities-for-kids_00118588/ You can make chores Fun and you can all do them together. It is done quicker and you can spend some quality time teaching Life skills. Check out these fun tips on bestlifeonline.com/fun-chores. My kids are grown but, I enjoy these too.

So, get out there and enjoy Nature. Grow your own veggies. Not only will you reduce stress your work will produce healthier veggies for you and yours. It’s time to prep for growing Fall foods such as Kale, Spinach, Lettuce, and much more. This site tells you the top 10 veggies to grow in the Fall. everythingbackyard.net/vegetables-to-grow-in-the-fall/ BTW: you can grow these in containers on the patio or in sunny spot with good ventilation indoors too. I am growing a FIG tree indoors!

Ok, I have share a bundle of info and now praying you check it all out and reap the benefits of my posts. My you all stay well and be safe.

Shalom.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/health/medical/speech-and-singing-might-spray-the-coronavirus-further-than-6-feet-here-s-what-that-means-for-loud-talkers/ar-BB12k90z

https://www.verywellmind.com/gardening-for-stress-relief

Working Remote

Well, Covid brought new lifestyles in with a bang! Especially when it comes to remote work and school.

I personally have worked remote for years and often people say to me, “Oh, I wish I could work remote or how can I get a job like that?” I try to give a bit of insight advising them it is likely not how you imagine it would be. Remote or at the office, you are still on the Job, have the same commitments of productivity, and often you are monitored even more than at the office. Some companies even increase your volume. The outlook being, when working from home you shouldn’t have as many interruptions as when working at the office. Typically, that same person looks at me and says, “ya, I guess you could be right but, I can handle it.” So, in other words they don’t believe me. Funny thing, some of those same people are working from home now and are singing a new song, ” it is harder than I expected and I miss going to the office. My family can’t get it thru their heads I am at work! And you were right, my job gave me more responsibilities.” So, today I want to share some Life tips for working remote.

  1. Get up and get dressed! Just like going to the office. Well, maybe not just like you would for work. Staying in your PJ’s does not send message to your brain, it’s time to work! Take shower, get out of your PJ’s and put on casual work clothes, spend at least 20 mins. with God in some fashion, have a bite of breakfast and get your mind in work mode. Log in.
  2. Take your 10 min. breaks to Stretch and step away from the computer. One in the morning and one in the afternoon. Do Not do chores. Do a 5 min. breathing meditation, step outside and enjoy a quiet moment. Take at least a 30 min. lunch & eat Lunch! It helps if you prep what you want to have for lunch the day before or try some healthy shakes. I recently started again taking 5-10 mins. to do prayer at lunch to re-center myself. Yes, I had gotten off track and was doing chores and boy did I notice a difference in my day.
  3. If you don’t have a room in your house you can make an actual office, pick a good quiet place where there is not a lot of family traffic. Put up a folding barrier or hang curtains from the ceiling you can close. Family needs to know when the cubicle is closed you are on company time. Do not set up where you can hear them watching TV etc. especially if you spend a lot of time on the phone or in webinars. The people you are interacting with can hear the background noise too. Even a rotating fan sounds like whirls of wind to the listener. It is very distracting and sometimes makes it hard for the hearer to hear you.
  4. If you don’t have to interact much on the phone or webinars sometimes it is nice to listen to music, down low of course. If words distract your thinking there are a whole variety of instrumental music choices. My fav are violinist. My daughter turned me on to some of my fav songs and they do reduce my stress while I work. Check these out. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L5skSFHVJHk There are all forms of music including Hip Hop to violin. I Love what is being done by these artists. My absolute fav is Damien Escobar Purple Rain. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JAk1ncD5RmY
  5. Homeschooling? Ask can you flex your schedule and work either a split day or a swing shift. This will give you focused time on school with the kiddies and focused time on work. If you are homeschooling and married Hubby needs to do his part too whether that be aid in teaching or in the housework. This is not a time Mom does it all. Everyone needs to remember; ” the only things that changed about the responsibilities of work and learning is the location & you don’t have to drive in.” The kids must still get an education and working parents must still provide, which means they need to focus and keep their job.
  6. When you are Off, you are Off. Do not sit back down and start working cause your work is looking at you. That was one of my hardest things to adjust to. Which is another reason to have your work area separate from your day to day living space or at least make that cubby effect so you can close the office when your day is done.
  7. This last one is whether working remote or at the office: I’ve started taking my PTO spread out over the year which is really paying off and along with the paid Holidays I am finding myself a lot less stressed. And actually have more quality time with loved ones. Example: take a Thursday, Friday with your weekend and you can take a get little vacation. I don’t know about you but, 4-5 days vacation is about all I can take financially or emotionally before it turns into a stressor instead of a relaxing get a way, which is what it should be for the whole family.

Ok folks, those are my tips on work and remote working, for now anyway. And No it is no cakewalk working and teaching remote. YOU Can Do It! Together with Love, communication, and endurance. Work out a schedule then work the plan…no slacking cause just like when raising a child in the way to go, consistency and keeping commitments is key.

Shalom!

Misinterpretation

In my journey of Life, I have come to know all to often things are misinterpreted (failure to understand or interpret something correctly) failure to understand or interpret something correctly.) These misinterpretations are sometimes intentional (for various reasons) and sometimes not. All too often it is from a lack of the individual seeking the full picture and just listening to what “someone” else said or taking a segment of something then when shared it is spoken out of context. Either way much “false” information is spread as ‘facts’.

Something that has received a bad rap in many circles is “Meditation”. More often that not, it is a given that this is referring to the Eastern art of Meditation and I hear people say no I am not into Ommmm. See how just one segment of something can be misinterpreted and spread incorrectly. It’s a shame as more and more mankind needs to embrace Meditations before we blow up from stress and anxiety. So dig deeper you will find it is more than just Eastern believers that have meditated for thousands of years and the word itself a has more than one meaning 1. A written or spoken discourse expressing considered thoughts on a subject 2. self contemplation or reflective thought for a long period of time 3. a spiritual introspection or religious contemplation as referred to in the book of Psalms & Joshua. Meditation here is meant to focus and submerge one’s heart and mind in His Word so you will grow and be transformed into the Living Word of God. Yep, 23 times in the Bible Meditation is referred to and that is not including the times mentioned of Yeshua (Jesus) pulling away to Pray and Meditate (spend time with God). Of those 23 times 19 are in the Book of Psalms. One of my favs is Psalms 48:9 “Within your temple, O God, we meditate on your unfailing love” My interpretation of the temple is wherever you and God are in union. Another fav is Psalms 119:148 ” My eyes stay open through the watches of the night, that I may meditate on your promises” When I am wide awake and can’t sleep I turn on prayers and meditate on His Promises and before long I drift off into a blissful sleep. You can find this one on the Abide app too: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OURgnbq3a-w

Here are a couple more I listen to on a regular basis. I thank God for those who have sought to Meditate and share those Meditations that others, like me and you, can cultivate His seeds of love within the gardens of the heart.

These are nice to relax and reduce your stress as well.

May you enjoy, relax, and find Peace and the Light of Love in your Meditations.

Joshua 1:8 Keep this Book of the Law (His word) always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.

Life with Salads!

Salads! Not really your fav you say. Well, I want to share some info. that I pray will add Salads to your list of Favs. Have you checked out how many types of Great salads there are? Thank God for creative chefs, Google, Pinterest, Chef shows, and You Tube. We actually have no excuse not to seek and find Salads that will aid in a healthier lifestyle choices. Need a cleanse, check out Greens…they are the way to cleanse. Yep salads are key to healthy dining, that is if you don’t load them down with unhealthy side choices. examples: Too much cheese, notice I didn’t say no cheese, too much creamy style salad dressings, meat, and Salty seasonings to name a few. I won’t go on and on about these side choices as, I know, You know in your mind and heart what takes away from the benefits of the greens. So I pray & encourage you to make Salads part of your weekly choice of dining. At least twice a week. smile Check out the website below for just a few good reasons.

One of my most Fav salads is the Chilled Summer Salad. It’s a quick and easy salad after a long days work. This is super Great when you grow your own veggies to make the salad however, whether you grew them or bought them fresh at market, this is a tasty, filling, and quick to fix salad. smile

INGREDIENTS

  • 4 ears fresh corn, husks removed
  • 4 medium Roma or plum tomatoes, diced
  • 1/2 small red onion, diced
  • 2 ounces feta cheese (about 1/2 cup), crumbled
  • 1/4 cup torn fresh basil leaves
  • 3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • Cut the kernels off the cobs into a large bowl. You should have about 3 cups kernels. (you can use frozen thawed of course) Add the tomatoes, onion, feta, basil, vinegar, oil, salt, and pepper, and stir to combine. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes before serving. And even better is Leftovers will keep in a covered container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Or Did you know you can even make a salad pizza style? This is one of my favs/ the Spinach Frittata: https://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/food-network-kitchen/spinach-and-feta-frittata-recipe-2108113

Below is the site mentioned above that tells you some benefits of Greens!

Ya’ll have a Great Day and hope you enjoy the salad suggestions.

Shalom!

True to You

Hi ya’ll. Recently, I read a comment on my site that asked, “Did I have any suggestions for those who are new to having a blog/website?”

1st: Be True to You! Personally, those are the only sites that capture my attention. The people who are speaking from the heart, their passions, & personal experiences. Sales pitch posts turn me & many others off.

2nd: Consider your Words as they do have Power! Life and Death is in the Power of the tongue ya know. More than anything in my life God reveals that Truth to me almost Daily So, while we do learn from others in life & utilize that knowledge, we should always take a deep dive into the subject & test it out for ourselves before sharing our findings. In other words, Love your neighbor as yourself. It is not very loving to share info that you can’t say with confidence by your experience you are sharing these words because you found them beneficial seeds to share with others . That’s why you may see me add a website that “could” be useful in the cultivation of your inner/outer gardens. My website is called All About Choices because I am planting seeds thru my posts that I Pray bear good fruit for you too. Whether you choose to check it out for yourself Or Not is “your choice”. Please Do Not just follow me for the sake of following my ways or any of the ways of others I may mention. Again, Be True to YOU! If what you read resonates within you or is appealing, try it and then Listen to the spirit within that can and will advise you if it is a Fit for your life.

3rd: I always write everything down long hand BEFORE posting. OR at least handwrite an outline with brief notes. I find it helps me catch things that I may have missed in being clear, I find myself digging deeper into my subject before I post, and there is just something about writing it all down, erasing, and rewriting that plants the seeds God gives me in my deep dives deeper within me too. smile

4th: Be consistent in posting. Whether it is once a week or daily. This is an area I must confess I have not been the best at. I get caught up in “busy” and procrastinate. Which is NOT the way. If you feel led/called to post, people respond and like the seeds you are sharing, you must water and care for that “word garden” you have started. If you don’t it will not take deep roots and thrive.

I end this post with a Thank You to the person who asked for suggestions, your word seeds have beared fruit in my inner garden & now the gardens of those who read my post. When I read the comment almost immediately I heard that still small voice within say, ” You must tend to this garden just like you tend to your outer garden. With TLC. It is after all a garden I gave you to tend. Not only for others but, for yourself.” I know God called me to share the word seeds I share and nope, I have not been the best steward of this garden. Again, I thank you & pray you didn’t give up on my responding. Your comment and the words given to me for this post were a real “wake up call”. Now I stand before whoever is reading this post, confessing this sin, & committing to this calling of my “word garden” with a lot more TLC. I don’t want this garden to struggle along & ultimately die out. I too need to be True to ME.. the seeds planted are not only for the benefit of others, they are word seeds I need to cultivate regularly in my life too. smile Yep, I realize part of my inner gardens struggle has been: I have not been tending to my word gardens as I should be. It stops NOW.

So remember: Proverbs 18:21Death and life [are] in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof. 1 Peter 3:10For, “Whoever would love life and see good days must keep their tongue from evil and their lips from deceitful speech. 11They must turn from evil and do good; they must seek peace and pursue it.

Hugs and don’t forget to love your neighbor: wear your mask!

The Good in Mankind

After a conversation with my sister the other day, it got me thinking about how every person does have their good points. Yes, every person. God created All mankind in His image, planting the seeds of Love within our inner gardens. Along “the Way” each of us choose to cultivate those seeds OR we allow the bad seed of unhealthy weeds to blow in and take root. However, Know this: God’s seeds of love are still within. And sometimes they pop up and show the beauty of their gifts & talents shining brightly in another’s life. Think about those you Know who you’ve seen the beauty, the kindness, gentleness, the Love shine bright in your life. Are they still that person? Is their light still shining? Or did they make a wrong turn and darkness is overshadowing the person you knew? What do you do if darkness has overtaken?

If you are like me and my sister we question: Do I go down the road with them in an attempt to lead them back to The Way of Love? Or do I stand at the crossroads watching them walk away? The answer to these questions is: BOTH. How far you go is different for every person and situation. At least in my opinion and from what God has revealed to me. I have taken the wrong road, more than once in fact, and I am thankful for those who walked with me a for awhile. I also understand when they had to turn back to save themselves from my dark choices. Part of loving God 1st is listening to the voice of the Holy Spirit who gives you words of wisdom to share not only in person but in prayer with Hope the party will receive His Word(s) and turn back with you. The other part of God’s commandments is to Love Yourself, which means listen to your gut, that instinct that says, “you are going to far, it’s time to step away and dust your feet. You’ve done your part, you’ve watered them with the Word, fed them, and tried to cultivate my seeds of Love, they are not hearing or seeing. Let them go. They have hardened their heart. Come back to me and continue to pray knowing I AM still with them. I will be there waiting for them to answer my knock, to open the door, repent, and return home to Me. Then and only then you may see them again. And sometimes your season with them is over.” I will let you know.

If the season is over, you still have the seeds of Love and season you shared, the memories, the history that no one can take away. Be thankful you were chosen to share some of the seeds of Love that person had within, it was a gift after all. And be thankful for the still small voice that came to guide you when darkness was looming ready to consume you both. Thankful God stopped you from going on a journey where the storms and tornados of life would carry you to places you should not be going. That would do neither of you any good. Yes, sometimes you have to ” Move & get out of the way.” Especially, when that dark road they choose to travel has nothing to do with you and is not yours to try to navigate.

Well, that’s it for me today. If you are feeling like you are on a journey headed the wrong way, may these words dig deep and bring you back to the right road. The road of Love which shines bright and brings forth good fruit along The Way. Shalom.

Together as ONE

I love” CBS Sunday Morning ” they share so much good and interesting info. Sometimes bringing me to tears of Joy and sometimes yes, sometimes sadness at what I see going on in the world. Today’s was a day the show brought me to tears with a combo of interviews with Lou Gossett Jr., Kim Novak, and finally Eric Whitaker’s “Singing Together as ONE “: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eIcufPW2wwc

This is the interview on the creation of the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uS0ioMnVdHw

This time of Covid, protests, and isolation has really been revealing the true spirits of mankind. Good and bad. For me like Lou Gossett Jr said, ” We need each other desperately for our “mutual” survival.” For the life of me, I am not understanding how All of mankind cannot see by now that a house divided cannot stand. How is it there are still so many hard of heart and can’t see that the core, the roots of us are all the same? ” There is no one righteous; no not even one” Romans 3: 22-25. What on earth makes one person think they are better than another? I know I sure can’t take on that stance. Take a good look at yourself, really look. Can you really stand and say, ” I have no flaws, I don’t make mistakes, I don’t ever lie – not even a white lie, I have never cheated anyone, I am never cruel, judgmental, bitter, gossiping, angry, and the list goes on? When you really look within you will find imperfections just like everyone else. The only difference is for some their season of bondage and despair they get stuck in it. Often the causes of the Fall they did Not Choose and being beat down so long the person doesn’t know how to break the chains that bind. Hope is way off in the distance. That’s where those that have broken thru the bondage come in. What those that have broken their chains should be doing is reaching out a hand of help just like God did for them, not taking an attitude of now I am better than you, then go forward forgetting how you too were once on that same road. Life on Earth thrives on the choices of All Mankind, the Love extended by ALL Mankind, the Respect and compassion for yourself, your family, and Yes, your neighbors in all the World. We cannot survive without one another. Our bodies cannot survive without the Earth and the Earth cannot survive without man respecting and utilizing it’s gifts in moderation. My tears came from the Hope I saw in the union of all the culturally different voices, from the wise words of those interviewed, and the pain they had endured. My tears came as the Spirit of God touched my spirit saying, ” Never fear, I am with you and my season of Love IS coming

Yes, what this Season is revealing is: It is TIME we lay down our weapons of warfare against one another, time we close the gaps of division, and take up the Shield of Faith, the Heart of God, and walk in the shoes of PEACE! In this we can rise up and restore God’s plan, a life rich in Love.

Shalom!