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Learning New Things

 

Notice-there may be a lack of blog posts in the near future….I am doing something new for awhile.

I need to be studying to pass a test to sell health insurance….And I am not sure how much of my time this will gobble up.

So, I will be back at the end of this,,,maybe sooner.

Am wondering if I can even do this!  It is all a little overwhelming at the moment!

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1 Peter 5:7

Casting all your care upon him;

for he careth for you.

 

Faith

Redeeming Love

His Redeeming Love and Grace

photo by Esther Clyde

 

 

His Redeeming Love and Grace,

Oh how sweet the sound!

For this lost and unworthy soul,

His love did much abound.

 

His Redeeming Love is more,

More than just a sweet sound.

But oh the touch of His Love,

Freeing the soul that was bound!

 

His Redeeming Love reaches me,

Reaches the failures of yesterday,

Extends into the problems of tomorrow,

Yet, is sufficient for the battles of today!

 

Redeeming Love so undeserved,

Yet, so freely given to everyone,

Who open the door of their heart

And believe on the only Begotten Son.

By H James Pinkerton, Jr.

 

 

 

Faith

Vote!

Let’s Vote!

“America, if eligible at all to downfall and ruin,

is eligible within herself,

not without…..

Always inform yourself;

always do the best you can;

always vote.”

Walt Whitman, 150 years ago

Tomorrow is the day you can have a say in our government.  Our government is a government of the people, by the people, and for the people- you are the people of this country, so don’t let others decide for you.  Don’t let this opportunity pass-get out and vote. This is your opportunity to let your voice be heard.  Vote your conscience, vote for the right, become informed so you can make a good decision.

The over riding force for me in voting is said so well by Elizabeth Worden Bixby-

First and foremost I vote for life.

Without the right to life any other liberties

are meaningless. 

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I always vote pro-life.

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Are you planning to vote?

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Psalm 139:13-16

You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body

and knit me together in my mother’s womb.

Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex!

Your workmanship is marvelous-

how well I know it.

You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion,

as I was woven together in the dark of the womb.

You saw me before I was born….

 

 

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The Time Change

It’s that time of year….

photo credit-Life’s Daily Treasures

This winding down,

this descent into

shorter days and longer nights,

this preparation for an autumn austerity,

reminds me of my ongoing emptying,

once so full of fruit and seed,

now clinging to what is left me-

the joys, the tears,

the eyes of my brimming heart.

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It is time to turn the clocks back 1 hour.

And that means a change, a change in the light, not only dark so soon in the evening, but brighter in the morning.  Maybe this is a looked forward to change, or maybe not.

I find the light of the setting sun the most beautiful light of the year.

More changes of this season-the beautiful colors of fall will too soon be fading to the dull grey, chill of winter, the too soon ending of gardening chores as the day shortens, the too soon lengthening of the night that bring stillness…

The coming of the holidays-Thanksgiving and Christmas, with all of their special activities-will soon fill these short days and long nights.

Are you looking forward to the busyness of the holiday season, or to the quietness of the stillness of winter coming?

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Psalm 27:14

Wait on the Lord:

be of good courage,

and He shall strengthen thine heart.

 

 

 

 

Garden

Brrr! Bring them inside!

Bringing Plants In

“The Autumn Winds They Do Blow Cold…”

It is the time of year to bring in any tender plants that you want to overwinter.

You can preserve plants from year to year and also enjoy the tropical greenery inside.  It is nice to have something green growing when all is dead and buried under snow outside.

Inspect the plants and pots for pests and insects before bringing them in.  The plants may need pruned back some, or re potted.

Make sure you have the right spot for them-they need bright light out of direct sunlight.

The air inside is dryer, and of course much warmer, and the plants need a higher humidity-mist them occasionally or set on pebble filled trays.

I find that it is easier to take care of them if they are grouped together.

Keep them well watered.  They should be lightly fertilized about once a month, especially after the daylight begins to lengthen in the early spring and they begin growing again.

What is going on here garden wise….

The only vegetable garden I was able to muster this summer here at our new home was this…

A few tomato plants and a few zucchini squash along the block wall by the carport.  They grew fine and I enjoyed the precious few tomatoes and summer squash.  The summer season ended all too soon and I am left wondering where the summer went.

The temperatures have dipped into the 30’s at night these last few weeks and reduced my small garden to this…

Good by summer!

One of the most frost sensitive plants are my impatiens-they put on such a beautiful display in the shady areas of the garden-overnight they turned into this.

I do have a few houseplants that I overwinter every year, bringing them inside before the frost damages them.  After spending the summer outside, they are all growing very lush and full.

One is the Christmas Cactus.  It is really a Thanksgiving Cactus, as soon as I bring it into the warm house, it begins setting its blossoms and should be in full bloom in a few weeks.  It is a very forgiving plant and survives just fine outside in the summer and also does well inside during the winter.

I love ferns, and try to keep this one from year to year-it is a challenge as it does not like the dry heat of the house. By the time late spring arrives, it is barely surviving.  It recovered nicely this summer, but I am expecting it to suffer in the house again this winter.

I was given a few pink sorrel plants years ago -these were from the person’s grandmother, and could I keep them alive?-and have overwintered them successfully for a number of years.  They are considered perennials, but are not hardy in our area.  They overwinter in the house fine, but do make quite a mess, as they grow, flower, die off again and again.

The last plant that I plan to overwinter is this mixed hanging basket.  It grew ferociously during the summer, hanging down about 4 feet, but it is very frost sensitive and suffered some killing damage already as I didn’t bring it in soon enough.  I will cut it back severely, and see if it recovers.

It is the time of year to begin tucking everything in for the winter….are you ready?

Do you overwinter any plants?

Are you successful?

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Proverbs 24:5

A wise man is strong;

yea, a man of knowledge increaseth strength.

 

 

 

Faith

Truth

 

The rich treasure…

Truth itself is without a doubt

the richest treasure anyone can possess.

The true follower of Christ will not ask,

“If I embrace this truth, what will it cost me?”

Rather, he will say,

“This is truth,

God help me to walk in it.”

A W Tozer

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October Full Moon

The Hunter’s Moon

 

Tonight’s full moon is known as the Hunter’s Moon.

When the settlers arrived in this country, they found that the New England Indians had names for all of the full moons-this months moon is also known as the Travel Moon, Dying Grass Moon or the Blood Moon.  The blood either signifying the blood from the slain animals or the red color of the turning leaves.

The Hunter’s Moon is first recorded in 1710 in the Oxford Dictionary, and is an apt name for the moon. The leaves are falling and giving a more clear view through the woods. The fields have been harvested.  The deer are feasting on the fallen grain and are fattened.  They can be easily seen by the hunters. It was time to hunt and harvest meat in preparation for the long winter ahead.

The name Hunter’s Moon is an apt name in our household.  The hunters begin their hunting.  The men (and some of the women!) in our family have been long time hunters.

I know that I have readers who may be offended by the killing of deer, so if this is you, you may want to stop reading right here.  I well remember the blog post I did years ago about the trapping and killing of the raccoons that were raiding my hen house and killing my laying hens, and the hate comments that I received. (This post is now long lost in internet eternity!)  If you have a different aesthetic than we do, that is fine.  But, we hunt here, and will continue to hunt.

In the latter part of October, 3 days are designated as a special hunting season for youth and seniors.  And my husband is now a senior-65!  So, out hunting he went, on a balmy sunny fall day.  So different from the late November hunting season-think thermal underwear, heavy jackets, wool socks and caps. There have been some brutally cold hunting seasons in the past.  And when ever hunters go out, they always come back with hunting stories.  Here is his.

In deciding where to hunt, Dan was directed to go a dairy farm that is overrun with deer.  He was told what field to sit in and wait for the deer to come out to feed on the farmers fields.  So he laid down between the hay rolls, and fell sound asleep.  He reported that he had a very happy dream while sleeping!  When he awoke, he lifted his head, and there were 3 deer standing looking at him. They were probably wondering what this strange thing was laying in the field!  He kind of rolled over to get in position, got his gun ready and decided that these deer were too small to shoot. So he waited a short while till bigger deer came out of the woods.  Now, he only had 3 shells with him-he had taken some wrong ammunition with him and only 3 bullets were the right caliber. He better not miss!  Bang!  The shot dropped the first deer immediately.  He reloaded…and bang!  the second deer dropped.  Two deer in just minutes.  I would say it was the easiest hunt he has ever done.  And he got a nap in the bargain!

 

Getting the deer out of the field was not so easy. He had forgotten tie down straps, so he took off his belt to tie one of the deer down but the other deer was not tied down and it fell off the 4 wheeler and he had to go back for it.   He lost his phone in the process, but was able to track it later with the 360 app-in the dark.  This new technology is amazing stuff.  The deer were taken intermediately to the deer processor, and we will be picking up our packaged deer meat in just a little while.  (I am so glad the days are over of us cutting up our own meat-I found it a miserable job!)

So now we have meat for the long winter ahead!  If you are wondering how we use this deer meat-a lot of it is ground and is used just like ground beef.  Venison is extremely lean meat and it is well to mix it with some suet-so it doesn’t so easily burn.  I like to mix the ground venison with ground beef in most of my cooking, but sometimes I just use it straight-it kind of depends on the deer, whether it is an old deer or not. Some of the older bucks are pretty ‘gamey’ tasting.  Young does are the best and most tender. It also depends of what the deer have been eating-many deer are ‘corn fed’!  We also get deer roasts cut, and the most favorite cut is the deer tenderloin-the back strap of meat from the top of the deer that is cut into little steaks-so delicious. The meat that is not made into cuts, I can.  Canned venison is just the best.  It makes such a quick, delicious meal.  Canning makes even the toughest meat very tender.

My blog post on canning deer meat, now also lost to the internet infinity, was one of my most looked at posts-I’ve even had people call me and ask how to can deer meat as they could not find the post.  So, I promise that I will re-post ‘Canning Deer Meat’ in the near future!

Now, I have told you all about the senior deer hunt…here are the photos from the junior deer hunt-

A sweet grand daughter with her deer….

a sweet grandson with his deer…

and the sweet granddaughter with her second deer of the day!

This early hunting season was quite a success for the family.  And there are still more deer tags to fill.

Happy hunting all you hunters!

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Genesis 27:3 and 4

(Isaac speaking to his son Esau)

Now therefore take, I pray thee,

thy weapons, thy quiver and thy bow,

and go out into the field,

and take me some venison;

(4) And make me savoury meat,

such as I love, and bring it to me,

that I may eat;

that my soul may bless thee before I die.

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If you have not read this story in the Bible book of Genesis,

you should…it is a very interesting story!

 

 

 

Faith

A Busy Sunday

A Busy Sunday

It was a busy day for us here at the Cottage Hill Church.

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The morning service was our special once a year Friend Day.

(image from Wispy Willow Wanderings Facebook page)

This was a time to invite our friends and family to church for a special rally day.  Everyone was encouraged to get in contact with family and friends and those who haven’t been to church in a while and invite them to come.  We wanted as many as possible here on this one Sunday.

 

The church was very full, in fact, if you came late, it was hard to find a place to sit.  Folding chairs were even brought out to sit in the back.  Of course, the back pews are the favorite of many, and they filled up first.  One mother and daughter who comes regularly, and usually sit in the back, had to come all the way to the front. They sat by me, and the mother laughingly told me that the last time she sat in the front pew was when she was a child and got in trouble in church and was made to sit in the front!

The whole order of the morning service was changed from the usual, with special music planned and a special speaker.

Our talented song leader, Matt Clyde, leading the congregational singing, choosing very uplifting spiritual songs.

Sitting on the platform is senior pastor, Rev. Daniel Clyde, on the left, and assistant pastor, Rev, Gabriel Clyde, on the right.

 

The special song,  “The Light House”, was sung by (L to R) Aaron Clyde, Gabriel Clyde and Josh Hosey.

Maria Lawrence on the piano.

They did a beautiful job!

The special speaker was Matthew Blankenship, from Westfield, Indiana.  He gave his powerful testimony of God’s saving Grace in his life.  I don’t believe that there was a dry eye in the place when he was done.  His testimony was a great blessing to the saved, and a challenge to the unsaved.  We pray that God will use his testimony to speak to hearts.

The toke board in the back kept growing in number-the first photo I took it said 148, then jumped to 150, and finally stopped here, at 153.

 

We are so thankful for such a wonderful service.

After the service, many of the folks headed over to the new school building to share a meal together and get to know Mr. Blankenship better.

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Then, back to church in the evening for a special service featuring Gideon’s International.  The Gideon’s are a group of evangelical Christian business and professional men whose purpose is to distribute Bibles free to everyone.  They operate in 200 countries around the world, giving out Bibles in the native languages of the people.  They distribute Bibles to school and college students, military personnel, those in the medical profession-where ever they are allowed to hand out literature.  The Bible that you find in most hotel rooms is placed there by the Gideon’s.  ( When ever we are in a motel room, we always find the Gideon’s Bible, if there is one,  and leave it open on the night stand to let the staff know that we appreciate that there is a Bible there for all to read who will.)

The special song for evening was from 4 of our young people.  They did a great job singing.  Melinda Hosey on the piano.

Mr. Dennis Smith was the speaker sent to us that evening.  He shared with us many stories of how God’s Word was working and changing the lives of people the world over.  How encouraging to hear and know that God is still at work in the hearts of men.  By the way, that is Mr. Smith’s grand-kids tie!  Very cute.

One of the main reasons that I love the Gideon’s is that all of the monies given in offerings goes to the printing and distributing of Bibles. They give out millions of Bibles every year, mostly through the offerings from the local evangelical churches.  The business men that make up the Gideon’s all pay their own way-dues, printing of Bibles, travel expenses, etc.  There are no well paid top officials.  We are invited as pastors every year to the local annual Gideon’s dinner, and the local members pay for our meal. We are glad for the part that our church can play in the work that they are doing.

I trust that you had a blessed Sunday also!

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Isaiah 55:11

So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth,

it shall not return unto me void,

but it shall accomplish that which I please,

and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.

 

 

 

 

Faith

In the Secret of His Presence

 

 

In the secret of His presence

I am kept from strife of tongues:

His pavilion is around me,

And within are ceaseless songs!

Stormy winds, His word fulfilling,

Beat without, but cannot harm,

For the Master’s voice is stilling

Storm and tempest to a calm.

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In the secret of His presence

All the darkness disappears:

For a sun that knows no setting

Throws a rainbow on my tears.

So the day grows ever lighter,

Broad’ning to the perfect noon:

And the day grows ever brighter-

Heaven is coming, near and soon.

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In the secret of His presence

Never more can foes alarm:

In the shadow of the Highest,

I can meet them with a psalm:

For the strong pavilion hides me,

Turns their fiery dart aside,

And I know, whate’er betides me,

I shall live because He died!

Henry Burton