Friday, September 4, 2015

Absent From Our Presence, Forever In Our Hearts

It's been two years. Two very long years since Maxie died. But don't worry, dear reader, every day is better and I promise not to dwell on this subject much. I only wanted to remember her for a few minutes before moving on.

Miss ya little angel puppy. Rest in peace.

Thank you folks for your indulgence. I do appreciate your kindness. Comments turned off.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Carpeted In Shame

Ok, I know. Stupid title. I was trying to be funny but titles are hard and I'm physically worn out this evening.

I do apologize for not visiting all my friend's blogs lately. What have we been doing? What haven't we been doing should be the question. Picking up the remodeling project again has been more exhausting than I anticipated. The Master Bedroom was first on the list. All the 23 year old Mauve what was I thinking?! carpeting was removed to make room for the new. I can't get over how much dirt was under the old padding. Yuck! It was a lot of elbow grease to make it sweet smelling again. So I think I can safely say, that for all intensive purposes, the Master Bedroom is completed. Done and done! (Can I hear a hallelujah?) *grin* Next is the last Guest Bedroom to have new flooring. That old carpeting will be removed and replaced with Pergo laminate that matches the remainder of the house.

So, without any further ado, here's the before's and after's.

Moving furniture that I swear got heavier
the longer it sat it our room, is that possible?
I ache from the top of my head to my tippy toes.
Stripping the old carpeting and padding is always good for a laugh ...
if you're into S&M, that is. *giggle*

Take a breath, honey, we're half way there!

Vacuuming the years of dirt and grime took a little time.
There went any delusions about my being a good housekeeper.
Our house is built off-grade, so, Hubby had to hammer down all the 23 year
old nails that had pulled up over the years to ensure a smooth new flooring.

A clean floor is a happy floor.
Smells better too. *whew*

Ta Da! We're back in business.
This color is called "Rich Taupe" by Beaulieu.
Now comes the fun part of putting everything back in it.

I'm getting too old manual labor. Someone needs to invent a device that will levitate furniture for easier moving. Or I really start playing the Lotto. *lol*

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Two Minutes With The Bible ~ What Is a Church?

What Is a Church? 

by Pastor Cornelius R. Stam

It is strange but true that most people — even the great majority of religious people — do not know what a church is. Ask the average man what a church is, and he’s apt to reply: “Well, anybody knows that! A church is a building where people go to worship God.” But this is not correct. The word translated church, in our Bibles, simply means assembly. A church is not a building, but the assembly that meets in the building. Technically, a church is not even a religious gathering, for the same word is used in Acts 19:32 of a riotous mob which had assembled at Ephesus, and this verse says that this assembly was confused and that “the greater part knew not wherefore they were come together.” Perhaps this could apply to many a church today, but the point is that a church is not a building but an assembly of people.

The church of which the Bible has most to say is “the Church of God, which He hath purchased with His own blood” (Acts 20:28), and St. Paul calls the church of this present dispensation, “the Body of Christ,” or “the Church which is His Body” (I Cor. 12:27; Eph.1:22,23).

Men cannot join this Church by water baptism or any other religious rite, but only by faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. With regard to believers in Christ St. Paul declares: “By one Spirit are we all baptized into one Body” (I Cor. 12:13). And in Rom. 12:5 the Apostle says that “ye, being many, are one body in Christ.”

Many sincere people have had their names on local church rolls for many years before learning this great truth — that the true Church of God is not a building, but the assembly of those who trust in Christ as their Savior. Doubtless, people in and out of many of the religious organizations we call churches belong to this one great Bible Church, while others, with all their religious profession, do not. The question is: Have we sincerely trusted in Christ as the Savior who died for our sins?

To the Reader:
Some of our Two Minutes articles were written many years ago by Pastor C. R. Stam for publication in newspapers. When many of these articles were later compiled in book form, Pastor Stam wrote this word of explanation in the Preface:
"It should be borne in mind that the newspaper column, Two Minutes With the Bible, has now been published for many years, so that local, national and international events are discussed as if they occurred only recently. Rather than rewrite or date such articles, we have left them just as they were when first published. This, we felt, would add to the interest, especially since our readers understand that they first appeared as newspaper articles."
To this we would add that the same is true for the articles written by others that we continue to add, on a regular basis, to the Two Minutes library. We hope that you'll agree that while some of the references in these articles are dated, the spiritual truths taught therein are timeless.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Throwback Thursday: Early 1980's

Sparky and  the original Sam
Early 1980's

Yep, that's me hamming it up on my parent's sofa in Titusville, Florida. The original Sam (Miniature Schnauzer) sleeps beneath the coffee table. He was a sweet dog. The photo was snapped by then new husband. This past August 11th we've been together for 36 years. Bless him, he always is my biggest fan.

In the beginning it seemed like we where broke most of the time. Thank goodness we where young and full of energy! And thanks to a booming economy with President Reagan, hard work, frugal living and God's blessings, prosperity graced our home. Even with all the work the world was still fun though. I have memories of dinner parties with friends, SCUBA diving, motorcycling, dancing, traveling, fishing, hunting, and so forth. Life is quieter now but I wouldn't trade a day of any of it for all the money in Fort Knox.