What’s in your Heart?

Hello, Hello…nope I have not forgotten my posting. I just was having some heart issues. Not literally. Praise Yah! Just all the stuff going on in the world and some personal stuff too, which put me in a funk with a writer’s block. The positive out of the whole thing is it made me dig deeper into His Word for solutions to the issues. I realize I have some heart issues that need healing so Yeshua and I are still digging – there is some hard ground in some areas. So during this process of digging out the weeds and softening the ground I just wanted to give a shout and let me readers know, I just need till the end of 2020 and “I will be back!” In the meantime, before 2020 ends, have you taken a look at your heart? It was the reading of this verse that pricked my heart and the deeper I dug the more I realized I had some deep rooted weeds doing some damage I wanted to STOP! Matthew 15:18 starts off: 18But the things that come out of a person’s mouth come from the heart”

I pray you are all doing fine, healthy, and have a Fabulous ending to your 2020, regardless of what the media predicts. Know this: God is in control and those who are in life’s journey with Him can count on His promises will be kept. So if you are struggling some too, here are a few to remember:

Isaiah 40:29. 29 He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. “I will never leave thee” (Heb. 13:5) “I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil” (Jer. 20:11) “All things work together for good to them that love God” (Rom. 8:28)

Watch for my New Year’s kick off post on January 1st! I think you’ll like the direction He is leading.

Shalom

Some things bear repeating

Yes, sometimes I repeat myself in my posts especially if they “bear repeating”: to be important enough to state more than once : There are actually a few reasons: 1.) I posted so long ago, I forgot I posted something about that subject before. Nope, I don’t go back checking before I post again. 2.) The same issue is still repeating itself so why shouldn’t I? 3.) All forms of media and even people’s conversations are repeated over and over so again, so clearly some things need repeated. 4.) Most of all, there are new readers that come to my site and they aren’t rolling back thru all my posts either, well most aren’t. So if the subject is still relevant, I may Repeat.

On that note, as we step into the Flu season, a yearly repeater, remember there are some natural things to help your body out. While I was a bit surprised to see this on Fox news, I was happy to see their list of helpful natural tips. Then there is WebMD tips. My Fav is the 19 remedies listed on https://simplyhealth.today with #1 on the list: Stay Hydrated- One of the very best things you can do to speed up recovery no matter what ails you is to drink more fluids. Did you know: drinking apple juice will also provide you with vitamin C – a powerful antioxidant and immune-system booster that can help you to feel better. And my very Fav is #3 Have some nice hot soup. And yes, I mean that literally. While Chicken soup is Great! some spices in the soup recipes help break up congestion and get things movin’. I can testify! So here are some good ones you may enjoy.

https://www.brit.co/spicy-soup-recipes/

https://www.foodandwine.com/soup/spicy-soup-recipes

https://www.foxnews.com/health/8-natural-remedies-for-cold-and-flu-season

https://www.webmd.com/cold-and-flu/12-tips-prevent-colds-flu-1#1

Well, that’s my sharing today. BTW: The soups are great whether well or feeling under the weather. So try a few, I know I am!

Shalom!

Will Earth Survive Man?

If we continue down the road at the pace and the way we are now, NO. I know many don’t believe in global warming. Those same people believe somehow magically everything we thrive on to live will just keep showing up no matter how we abuse the Earth. Wake Up! The Earth & it’s “Natural” resources is our sustainer, the provider for these bodies that house our Spirit and soul.

David Attenborough has a Great New documentary on Netflix Called ” A Life on Our Planet” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=64R2MYUt394

It’s not on You Tube yet however, I know many of you do have Netflix and I pray you will take the time to watch. I for one believe the whole world needs to watch the documentary. We must educate ourselves & do our part Before we destroy our Planet, our Life and that of our future generations. Are we really so selfish we just don’t care about Truths revealing themselves right before our eyes? If my words are not speaking to your heart, if nothing else watch it to see the awesomeness of Nature and how all life works together for the good, when it is loved and respected. It is not to late to get involved in the “restoration” of Earth and in doing so “soften” the hardness within the garden of your heart that the seeds of LOVE can continue to bring forth new Life. If you are thinking, “what can I do?” Here is one of many sites that gives some tips or just google it for many more.

https://science.howstuffworks.com/environmental/green-science/save-earth-top-ten.htm

Also, there are on You Tube many of David Attenborough’s videos on about life on Earth. They all are amazing. I personally enjoyed the one on the Jungles of the Earth. So pop some popcorn, have a family gathering, and enjoy as you all learn how Life works when it’s original design is respected. I can hear the Earth singing these verses of Aretha’s song: “RESPECT, Find out what it means to me, All I’m asking is for a little Respect, just a little bit!”

All LIFE IS Necessary for Earth’s existence.

Shalom!

The Final Analysis

Yesterday a dear friend sent the nicest card and in it she shared Mother Teresa’s Poem “the Final Analysis”. I had never read it and I just love it. They are words I plan to take to heart & read daily. That said, my post today is to pass on her poem & pray it takes deep root in the garden of your heart.

The Final Analysis

People are often unreasonable, illogical, and self-centered;

Forgive them anyway.

If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives;

Be kind anyway.

If you are successful, you will win some false friends and some true enemies;

Succeed anyway.

If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you;

Be honest and frank anyway.

What you spend years building, someone may destroy overnight;

Build anyway.

If you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous;

Be happy anyway.

The good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow;

Do good anyway.

Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough;

Give the world the best you’ve got anyway.

You see, in the final analysis, it is all between you and God;

It was never between you and them anyway.”

Shalom

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.