Monday, May 18, 2015

Moments - Find The Good

Em's DayBook -
Vol. 11

Happy Monday All.

Happy Feast Day, Saint John 1. Pray for us!  As an aside, check out the Catholic Culture Site if you don't know it. It's got fantastic Liturgical Calendar Info, suggested recipes, prayers. I love it.

We have been very blessed with rain here in North Texas. So many people are tired of the water; however, we can't be selfish and stop praying because our state NEEDS this water. I do think we should be more specific when we pray for rain... like maybe ask for rain where the lakes are 70 - 80 feet down. We are thankful though, that our area has seen great improvement.

Yesterday, we had the fantastic opportunity to take a meal to someone who recently had surgery. Our youngest grandson turns one in a week. Wish we lived closer to watch them grow, but life is good.

TODAY, I’M…

Thankful For (Counting my blessings)…
  • RAIN!
  • Friends, new & old
  • My husband/child
  • Good Doctors
  • Our Pope and his spirit of LOVE!
  • Our Faith, as it sustains us.
  • That school will be done in a month.
Catching Up…

  • Life. Honestly we have nothing major to report. Some Doctor stuff coming up, but nothing I can talk about online. Pray that we find answers for Christopher.
  • Marque's Travel. It is hard to have a hubs that travels a lot. But we are so blessed he has a job and supports us.
  • Baseball. Is done. Thank God. We did finally win one game. LOL
  • School.  One more month for this year. We are working around summer activities... but that is the beauty of homeschool.
Thinking About…

How to find joy in - People, Life and Our World - when my first thought - stop with the whining; life is not fair or easy; and, our world is going to hell in a hand basket.

Sigh. It's so easy to get overwhelmed and lose patience with the negative people around you. But I think I've found some practical solutions for people like me - we are fixers.

First of all, people don't want to be fixed (and don't need to be fixed by us... that's God's job) and that we can't change our past (or anyone else).  We must encourage and pray.

Life is not easy. This is an understatement for most people. I am only sane because God has blessed me. If I told you everything I'd been through from childhood to now, you'd wonder why I am not sitting in a corner, rocking back and forth. GOD is the answer. Faith. BibleStudy.

As for our world - Throughout history there have been seasons of great love of God and great hate of God in our world. We are living in awful times... people hate Christians of any faith, and I think Catholics especially (though I am sure others feel the same in their religions). We have to live our lives with joy and without fear or THEY win. THEY = enemy of God.

In the end, the takeaway for me is - I can only make sure I stay "in the boat" and sane. AND that my family and I have the right people around us. Think about a person who always complains (who can't see positive) or is always sick/in pain (chronic illness aside... I love my friends who are truly sick, praying for healing, doing things about it and that is NOT who I am talking about here)).... Bottom line, pray for everyone, but keep your time with them at a minimum or they will drag you down.  God calls us to joy and happiness. Life is not easy. Our world is crazy. I get it!  But we can change things, through prayer and good attitude.
  • If you are easily sucked into complaining and gossip - limit your time with folks who draw you into it.

    • In fact - Call someone who makes you happy!

  • If you get overwhelmed by the crimes on the news... limit your news watching.

  • Read faith-based books. Study the Bible.

  • Oh - and stay busy. If you are busy, your mind does not wander!

Reading…

My two new books...  A Fifty Year Silence - Love, War and a Ruined House in France and Now What?! A Guide for New and Not-So-New Catholics, by Scott Hahn. (not affiliate links)

Wifing…

My friend Elizabeth hosts the Marriage Monday: Project 31 Link-up. Today's is called She Lays Her Hands to the Spindle. It's about not having idle hands (or minds) and keeping busy so that we are focused on the Lord and the gifts He gave us. She says this...
One of the ways we can become more productive is by learning to wisely use our evenings. Most of us begin to grow weary by evening time and we are tempted to just plop down on the couch and watch some questionable junk on TV or mindlessly surf the Internet. The challenge is to figure out how to wisely redeem our evenings based on the mental and physical energy we have available at that time of day.

Sadly, this can describe my entire family. But it is true. We need to focus and do some family reading, more game playing (board games), AND Especially evening Bible Study.  We get good at it and then Marque is gone for a while and we don't always continue. But we need to get better at feeding our souls. Check out her post. Great Wifing Advice and goals.

In Our Kitchen…
Monday (today): Roasted chicken and various squashes
Tuesday - Spaghetti
Wednesday - Beans & Rice
Thursday - Leftovers
Friday - Fish & Veggies
Saturday - Grilling Something!
Sunday - Freezer Find (leftovers)
Memorial Day - Brisket, potato salad, coleslaw, etc.

It's rare that we would do leftovers on Sunday, but there is so much in our freezer that we need to use. I have blueberries and strawberries that I froze so I can make jam, smoothies, muffins, etc. We have different soup stocks, etc.

Although I will tell you that I finally cleaned out our freezers. If it didn't have a date on it from this year, it's GONE! I can actually tell what I have now and I'm thrilled.

This week, we are making Blueberry-Zucchini Cake with Lemon Buttercream, breakfast muffins (just fruit muffins for the freezer (hubs takes to work with yogurt)), and honey-molasses wheat bread.

This weekend, we made Watermelon Granitas. So easy and so good.

Watermelon Granitas 
We also made Baked Potato Rounds. I will say that we would make them crispier and probably add a little more flavor with some garlic powder and red bell pepper.

Faith Matters…

A friend sent me this Mother's Prayer for Mother's Day. And I think it's a good reminder to pray for ourselves in our chosen vocation. It's not easy... but it is very rewarding. And anyway - God called us to it, so we should probably find peace with it. Even when I fail - EPICALLY - I have to find peace and happiness in it... and seek forgiveness from my child. I love that boy!


Praying For…
  • Our Nation & World
  • Mental & Physical Welfare of friends & family.
  • Finances.
  • Our Pope and Clergy.
  • For more JOY in the little things…
  • The softening of people’s hearts!
  • Less "me" mentality.
Captured…



I am linking up with:
Love, Hugs & many blessings,

Em

5 comments:

  1. Hello, Em! 'Been thinking about you. I did miss this blog and your rich, candid, and inspiring thoughts! I love what you said about being specific with our prayers... lots to ponder on there. I hope that rest of your week pans out beautifully. God bless!

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  2. Glad to hear from you. I hope and pray all is well. xx oo

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  3. Oh my goodness, what a great blog post. There are so many good points and things packed in, I don't know what to comment on first. Your "Thinking About" is really good. I've had these same realizations over the past couple of years, and have been working on weeding out the negative people and things. Negativity on FB is why I haven't been able to bear logging back on. Regarding people, I love them, and I love to help in any way I can...but I've realized that some people do not want the help. They just want to complain. I believe we should try to help them, but if they refuse the help, we're just to pray for them at that point.
    I haven't watched the news in months and months. The last time was last summer, and only a little bit then—but that little bit was too much.
    On a brighter note, your "thankful for"s are always uplifting. And less than a month of school left = WAHOOO!!!!! :D

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  4. I am so glad it helped. There are times when I feel like I am talking to myself because there are few comments and I can be ego-driven. BUT if my posts help just one person it is always worth it - especially one i love. Thank you Cam!
    I'm emailing you... xx oo

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  5. Yes, email me. I need an update on the boy. I was going to email you yesterday to ask, but it was a rough day physically, which threw me completely off of my routine- and I didn't get a chance to do it.

    I always read your blog, though it takes me time to get to blog-reading—I usually do my blog-reading on weekends. I only have three "must-read" blogs, and yours is one of them- so you can know it's pretty important to me! :)

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Em