A Life Worth Living by Nancy Buxton

Posts tagged ‘Faith’

What About the New Year?

 
 

 

 Have you thought about what you’re going to do different?  2010 is a new decade in case you haven’t noticed.  It really is a time to make a new start. 

I am always determined to eat right, exercise and stay in touch with Jesus every day. I wonder how many times I have made these same declarations.  This year is different I have lost weight (gained some too) I am exercising (some) and I have stayed in touch with the Lord ( at least more than usual.  The point is this. . .It’s not enough, I want to do more.

Someone else came up with the ideas I am about to write but I seem to have plenty of thoughts about each one.  See what you think!

1.  Drink plenty of water–I drink 8 glasses a day, some days I can hardly stand to do it.  I helps if I have it measured out. 

2.  Eat breakfast like a queen, lunch like a prince and dinner like a beggar.  Ugh I hate that.

3.  Eat more foods that grow on trees and plants and eat less food that is manufactured in plants.  Get it?  Eat less processed foods.  I really try to do this, read your ingredients.  Cut out the high fructose corn sugar, partially hydrogenated shortening, too much salt and sugar.

4.  Live with Energy, Enthusiasm and Empathy–I need to work on this especially the empathy part.

5.  Make time to pray.  Dah, that is a no brainer but why don’t we do it?

6.  Play more games.  I love games, any game, any time!!

7.  Read more books than you did in 2009.  You know books keep us well rounded, we can learn so much from books.

8.  Sit in silence for at least 10 minutes each day.  That’s a hard one for me.

9.  Sleep for 7 hours.  Sleep seems like such a waste of time.  Some people just love to spend a day in bed, I can’t stand it.  If I ever tell you I was in bed all day call the ambulance, *I need help.

10.  Take a 10-30 minute walk daily and smile while you do it.  My daughter has been calling me when she gets on the treadmill and that signals me to do the same and we spend a quick 30 minutes chatting while we exercise.  I love it.

I will have more for you tomorrow.

I have a new recipe for you.  I have eaten it twice and loved it both times.  You may make this vegan or you don’t have to.

Sweet potato Pear Jalapeno

2 Tb. Olive oil

1 Large onion chopped–put oil in pan and saute onion a little then add:

1/4 tsp Cumin

3/4 TB Curry powder

2 lbs. Sweet potatoes –peel and cube

6 Cups vegetable stock ( use McKays but you can buy vegetable stock

1 tsp. Salt

1/2 tsp. pepper

Simmer for 30 minutes the above

In a skillet Add below and cook until done:

2 TB butter or margarine

3 ripe pears–peel and cube

1 Fresh jalapeno — take ends off and seeds out and chop small.  I use rubber gloves or plastic bags on my hands otherwise it will burn your hands.

Saute jalapeno and pears in butter then add:

1 TB brown sugar -I omitted this

3/4 Cup soy creamer or evaporated milk

Add this to potato mixture

When all is done puree

Merry CHRISTmas!

The gifts are wrapped and the mystery gift is in the car, we are headed south.  I just want to remind you of the story of that baby long ago and his precious young mother.  Don’t forget the father who took them to safety and watched over the family.  What I want you to remember is that fact that we serve a risen Savior.  How exciting is that?  It is worth getting excited about because without our Savior where would we be?  There would be nothing in the future for us, but even more than that we would find no peace, no comfort, we would be living an empty life. 

If you are feeling a little empty right now, draw near to Him, lean on Him, call on His name.

Merry CHRISTmas my friends.

Have You Considered This?

Just before Jesus returned to heaven  He gave the disciples some specific instructions to prepare them  for ministry!  It is interesting to me that they had not already learned about how to minister. Maybe they depended on Him too much and didn’t really learn for themselves, any way they needed some advance training and instructions.

In Matthew 28, Jesus said, “Go into all the world for Me. . .and do the impossible.”  Well He didn’t exactly say it like that but he said it in a way that I would think that is exactly what he meant.  Look at Matthew 28:18-20 and Acts 1:4-8.  I wonder what the disciple thought, I know I would have thought I can’t do it.

Jesus actually gave them more instructions, He told them to wait. In Acts 1 He said to wait for the Holy Spirit–when the Holy Spirit comes–do you get it?  When the Holy Spirit comes.

Do you ever go off “have cocked”?  It should never happen if we wait on the Lord. We are so use to doing it ourself that we forget to wait on the Lord.

I was talking to my precious daughter in love this morning, I just love it when she calls and chats.  We were talking about our oldest granddaughter wants to try out for a musical.  Her mother has put it in the Lord’s hands.  If He thinks it would be a good experience for her He will see to it that she gets the part.  If it would not be a good experience for her He will see that she does not get the part.  I was never that smart when raising my children, I decided and never consulted the Lord.  Life could have been easier.  Wait on the Lord.

I do know God wants to work miracles in your life and mine.  Let’s wait on the Holy Spirit to give us that nudge but let’s not let the moment pass unnoticed.

So you are asking how my weight is?  I am holding my own!  I have not lost a pound for a month but I haven’t really tried.  What I am trying to do is stay put until January and then hit it hard to get off 10 more pounds.  Does that sound like a good plan to you?

Pot Pie ( I love this dish)

Crust:

2 Cups WW flour                               1/4 Cup Wheat Germ

1 tsp. salt                                              1/2 Cup oil

1/2 Cup boiling water

Steam:

2 Cups Potatoes

1-2 Cups Carrots

1/2 small onion chopped

Add:

16 oz. peas

1 small can Fri-Chick or Garbanzo Beans

Sauce:

2 Tbs. flour

2 Tbs. oil

2 Cups Soy Milk

2 tsp or more McKays Chicken Seasoning

Bake 20 minutes 425-450

My Bible

Well, it’s not really MY Bible, actually I guess it is I paid for it, but it has the name Jason D. Lucero, May 1, 1988 ingraved on the cover.  I paid .99 for it at the second hand store, you already know I like bargains.  I have to say most every time I pick it up I wonder about Jason Lucero, did he just not want a Bible any longer, did he pass away, did he misplace it and forgot to take it with him.

Never the less I really like mine and Jason’s Bible, it’s a study Bible.  A study Bible has the Bible verses about half way down the page and the rest tells me what I just read.  It helps me make sense out of my reading.

Lately I have been reading in Romans, that’s way you have not heard much about my reading.  I don’t understand it enough to write about it. Listen to this:  Romans 5:1 ” Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand.”  I get this, Jesus saves, what I don’t get is why don’t we act like it.  Why don’t we have the joy on our faces that other Christians have?  If you have an answer for me I would love to have you comment.  It perplexes me and I don’t like it, I want every one of us to feel the joy that comes from knowing Jesus and knowing we have peace through Him.

I wonder if Jason Lucero knew the peace that comes from Jesus or did he just give up.

As I Sit Here. . .

As I sit here this Friday evening, I am in a pondering mood.  My across the ocean children and grandchildren have arrived,  I am thankful, and yet I am alone.  On this night I don’t mind being alone because I am thinking, pondering, questioning.  Have you noticed I have been doing a lot of questioning lately?

I just got word that one of my good friends is in the hospital, he is a special friend to my family. He is getting up in years and I feel nervous for him, where is my faith that I so often talk about?

Today I felt the power of evil before my eyes, it has caused me to want to dig deeper into what I believe and why.  I feel an urgency to study and know why I believe in the religion my mother believed in.  I have to know it for my self I can’t depend on any one else to learn it for me.

On a lighter note, my daughter called to inform me that the children prayed for me this evening.  One of the grands brought my name up to be prayed for and the other spelled it out that they need to pray for my f a t.  I am glad they think to pray for me.  This brings up the weigh in today, only a lousy 1/2 pound, so that makes 9 pounds, I was hoping this would just fall off and I would be thin by 4th of July, no such happening. 

So, my friends, I say Shabbat Shalom!

Is it Okay if I Just Ask Why?

Today was a day of stories.   I read a quote about the fact that the reason God keeps creating babies is because He loves stories.  Isn’t that statement so true?  We all have a story but they aren’t all as fun to tell as the stories I make up for my grandchildren.

Today I heard stories of tragedy, parents who are still grieving the loss of their son, trying to look on the positive side and yet the sadness in their eyes tell the story.  A father sad over the illness of his child and wondering why.  The story from my friend grieving because her friend died from a freak accident.  I saw someone in a wheelchair, what a story he has!  I saw the pain in his parents eyes as they watched him. I saw the tears when a mother told me she rarely sees her children and grandchildren, I felt her pain as the tears trickled down her cheek.  Stories, stories every where!

What I want to know is why does  God see fit to heal, or do something for  some?  Why is heaven so silent at other times?  How does God decide when to intervene? Are these fair questions?  I don’t care if they are fair or not I have a right to ask and so do you.

I am sorry to tell you I don’t have the answer, I sure wish I did.  What I do know is this, it is important to know what I believe and it’s important for you to know what you believe.  Write it down and read it over and over.

Here’s the catch sometimes what we think we believe, what we say we believe and how we live to show these believes  don’t add up, if you know what I mean.

Here is my belief, I believe that Jesus is the Lord of  Everything!  I believe He knows what He is doing!  I pray my faith in Him will show that I have hope and confidence enough to trust Him through it all.

As I listened to the stories today, I have to tell you I heard hope from every person.  The story maybe sad or right down awful but there was hope in every story. I praise Him again and again for His faithfulness unto all generations.

A PICTURE IS WORTH A THOUSAND. . .

 

Am I at My Wits-End?

Am I at My Wits-End?

A picture is worth a thousand words.  Can you tell I am floundering, I am going under, I am out of control, can you tell I am at my wits end.  Well, I’m not!  I may be out of control or at least behind in cleaning my office but I am not at my wits end.  Do you know why?  I can never be at my wits end when I have Jesus.

Do I ever doubt?  Yes!  I have doubts, sometimes I wonder will it all turn out just like I believe it will.  Will Jesus come back, ever?  Will he do what he says? Is the Bible totally accurate?  Is my church on target with what it teaches?  Do I have questions!

 It’s okay to doubt and to wonder.  But, I hope you have faith and I hope your faith is growing. I hope you will take a look at your story and find hope because with hope comes faith.

Sooooooooooooooooooo when you get to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on, because, faith makes things possible, not easy.

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