A Life Worth Living by Nancy Buxton

Archive for October, 2010

May I Pray For You?

She is only a small woman but the energy that escapes from her is unbelievable.  She practically jumps with joy.  Don’t get her started talking about prayer or you won’t get away from her any time soon.  Especially don’t ask to see her buttons, you for sure will  still be talking this time tomorrow.

Her name is Geri.  She lives in a small town in Colorado and she is excited.  She has a button ministry that has changed her life.  She is a nurse and every day she wears a button that says, “May I Pray For You.”  I can tell you this, if I was going into surgery and saw my nurse wearing that button, I would grab her and never let her go until she did pray for me.

Geri has many prayer stories and loves to tell them.  Her stories are incredible and she not only loves to share her stories she loves to share here ministry.  Geri makes these buttons to give away.  She will make a few buttons or hundreds of buttons at no charge.  It’s her ministry.

I love it when someone finds a ministry to be excited with and runs with it.  What a blessing Geri is to everyone around her.  If you are interested in getting some buttons please comment on this blog and I will put you in contact with her.

Going Back

As we drove up the road facing the mountains in Colorado, I had the same lonely feeling I experience 40 some years ago when my parents dropped me off at a little school just below the foothills of  the Rocky Mountains. 

It’s an odd feeling, one I can’t really explain, just a sense of aloneness, is the best way I can describe it.  As Bob parked the car  I looked around to see if I could recognize at least one person, I didn’t. We walked to the front of the gym and  stopped at the registration booth,  I gave them my information and put my name tag around my neck.  The problem was, it said Nancy Buxton and that was not my name when I attended this school.  Never the less I did see some classmates and we had a good time catching up.

There were 90 some who graduated from the class of 1965 and for this 45th reunion I think only 15 came back.  I wondered where the rest were and why they didn’t show up.

Am I happy I traveled 500 miles to attend my honor class, hummmmmmmmmm it was okay.  You know we have all moved on.  We are all really different people than we were 45 years ago.  Living life has taken its toll on most of us.

What I came away with is just the fact that life is short, too short to hold a grudge or to look on the bad side of everything.  Life is too short to not have a relationship with Jesus, because in the end what have we gained if we don’t have Jesus as our friend.   I learned we were all most happy when talking about our families, our children and grandchildren.  I learned that I love home the best and couldn’t wait to get on the road towards Nebraska.

Drinking From the Saucer

Sister Jones

Berniece, is just about the cutest little lady I have ever met.  Maybe it is because she reminds me of my mom, or maybe it is just that she is always sooooooooooooooooooo cheerful.  The reason she reminds me of my mom is because she says such funny things.  It’s like her brain is always searching for a profound thing to say.

Berniece is only 83 years old and sharp as a tack.  When anyone  asks her how she is doing she always says, “I’m so blessed that I’m drinkin’ from the saucer because my cup runneth over.” 

She has such faith in the Lord and loves to talk about Him.

I just returned from the Central States Women’s Retreat.  I ate too much.  Laughed a lot. I was reminded how cunning the devil is and how much Jesus loves me.

Down the Road

Tomorrow I am headed to Kansas City to a women’s retreat.  I hate leaving home and leaving my man at home alone.  Yet I love to be with the ladies.  I love the excitement that they bring with them.  I love hearing the Word from the special speaker.  I love to watch women as their lives are changed.  I love to have my life changed too.

I will be giving a short welcome.  What should I say?  Should I just say I am happy to be with them and I am happy they have come.  Or do I tell them the truth?  I am worried for them and for me.  I am worried that Satan has declared war on us and that we will let him get the upper hand.

Do you know how really evil and smart Satan is?  I read an explanation about why he works so hard to wreck our life and it makes sense.  Satan knows we are nearing the end and he knows in the end the Lord will win.  He knows it is now or never to get us on his side.  Scary isn’t it?

Oh my sisters pray diligently that we will hold fast and not falter.

Flan

I know it has been a long time since we’ve had a recipe.  I don’t know why, I’m still cooking  just as much.  Oh I forgot, I’ve been on the road a lot lately, maybe that’s it.

Next week we  will continue the belief window–I find it interesting and I’m  really interested in seeing where God fits into this window.  I know He does.

I think I will make this recipe tonight.  LOL  I got on the scale this morning and it’s  not good news, I am toying with the idea of going back to my original place and start again.  I can’t, I won’t gain all that weight back.  Having said that–here we go.

Flan

You need a corning pan to sit on your stove top.  Put a little over 1/2 cup of regular sugar in the pan, and let it heat.  It will melt, but first it will lump and clump together.  Be not dismayed it will smooth out.  Stir, and keep stirring.  Don’t let it burn.  Low heat.  When it becomes liquid take the pan and tilt round and round coating the sides til the caramel has cooled completely.  Now you are ready for the filling.

4 eggs, 1/3 cup sugar, 1 can evaporated milk, 2 tsp. Vanilla.  This is additional sugar from the above.  That’s it.  Beat with mixer til sugar dissolved.  Pour through a strainer to trap the squigglys in the eggs.  Pour into the sugar-coated pan and put this pan in a pan of water, preheated, then into the oven for 50 minutes.  Test with a knife to come out clean.  350 degrees.

Cool Refrigerate several hours.  To serve turn flip the pan on platter or plate, hopefully with a lip to contain the sauce, or a low sided bowl.  The sauce is yummy.  Make sure the flan is loose in the pan before you flip so it doesn’t break.  You need to press your dish right against the pan, and flip.

PS

I just attempted to make this, here’s what I learned.  You can’t pour the liquid sugar into another pan or bowl, it cools off too fast.  Don’t let your oven give out as you are baking this.  Yup, right in the middle of the baking my oven went beep, beep, beep and quit.  It won’t go back on, I still have a light so that means I have electricity but no heart or lighted panel.  UGH–I think that means expensive fix.

What about the flan?  I stuck it in the microwave on high, it ran over and now it’s done and cooling, I don’t expect it to be good after all that.  Company coming tonight for dinner, think we will have ice cream.  LOL

Good luck.  LOL

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