Sunday, September 19, 2010

God's Finger Prints

How can someone look around them and not know that God is alive, well and working in our lives? How can they stand there and wonder, even question the existence of God? Can’t they see His fingerprints? Even in the smallest of the small, there they are, God’s fingerprints.

Look to the tiny ant. See how the order of their home is perfect in its workings? They are the perfect example of organization. We can learn much from them. It brings to mind the fable of the Grasshopper and the Ant.
The grasshopper was going about his usual daily business of eating and sleeping in the sun, while the ant worked and toiled to make sure the colony would survive the coming winter. One day the ant said to the grasshopper, “Don’t you see the season is changing? Aren’t you going to fill your larder and make sure your family is provided for?” The grasshopper thought the ant was silly and much to serious, so he replied, “You do your thing and I’ll do mine. I have plenty of time to gather food for later. “

So the tiny ant moved on with his duties and forgot about the grasshopper until one very cold day in mid winter. The ant was working to clear the snow and ice from around the door of the colony and what did he see but that same grasshopper, standing by the door, begging for a handout.
The ant brought the grasshopper some grain and told him to come again the next day and he’d have something to eat, but he would have to keep the doorway to the colony clear of snow and ice to earn his meal. The grasshopper looked at the ant and said, “Had I but listened to you last fall, I’d be warm and well fed now, I will work for my meal.”

The grasshopper learned a very valuable lesson that day. He learned that to shun work and thriftiness was foolish, he also learned that there were others in this world that loved their fellowman and would help them when they were in need. The grasshopper vowed to be like the ant and take care of business as he should from then on.

Now, I realize that I’m not telling the story the “real” way it was originally written, but this is my blog and I’m telling this story! LoL!

The moral of this story is simple; if you go around “doing your thing” and not doing what you know is right, you’ll pay later, a much higher price.

God’s fingerprints were all over that tiny ant as he showed the love of a brother to the foolish grasshopper.

How about you, are God’s finger prints showing on you? Are you taking care of business as you should? Are you thinking about yourself and not others?

Take a moment to look around you and see the needs of those less fortunate than you. Do what you can to help and if there is nothing you can do right now; make a vow to work on helping later. Then God’s finger prints will shine on you too!

Blessings~ Kat

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Cleaning~Decluttering~and more..........

It's On! I'm working my heart out today. When I got out of bed this morning I had a mission in mind. I was going to clear out the antique clothing cabinet in my bedroom. It is full of clothes that I cannot wear...we won't go into why.

So up and onward I went. The alarm went off at 6:30 am but I'd been lying in the bed awake since 5:15 am. I wake every morning the Lord sends at that time, regardless of what day it is. I was meditating on my mission. I had a list in my head of what I wanted to accomplish before bedtime tonight and I am delighted to announce that I'm a little over half way through my mental list.

But......(you knew there would be one of those didn't you, dear reader?) as I sometimes say, the devil is in the details. I went downstairs this morning and what did I find? No, not a good thing....water. Yes, water, going all over the area surrounding the hot water heater from the pipe above it. Sigh...........So I had to turn off the hot water and move some things there to keep damage from happening. Job done, Hubby will fix the pipe when he gets home. Laundry and dishes will have to wait as well, need some hot water for those.

Okay! Back on track! I've loaded 3 large plastic bags full of clothing and various items to go to the Women's Shelter into the back of my van. They will be delivered tomorrow. Yes, I know it is Sunday but they take donations everyday of the week and I'll be in Atlanta anyway.

I'm on track for the day....until.....I came into my office to look for something after a phone call and happened to look at a plastic bag my dear eldest daughter gave me. Inside was the coolest thing ever and something I'd been wanting for a long time. A Cricut!!!! (a very cool shape cutter as a scrapper would know) Yes and a brand new one at that! I'm doing the happy dance right now! It even has the "George & Basic Shapes" font cartridge with it! Yippee!!!!

I'm now going to put on my "to do" list for the Ladies High Tea, to look for cute invites to send to the ladies! What fun!

I hope that this day is being made yours and you are taking control of those clutter bugs in your home and life!

(skipping back to the master bedroom to complete her mental to do list for today)

Friday, September 3, 2010

Roses are red, violets are blue; I love tea, how about you?

High Tea. Afternoon Tea. Tea Time. So many different names, but are they all the same thing? No. Believe it or not, there is a difference.
Tea Time and Afternoon Tea, an English custom, can be sort of interchanged, they both are taken about 4:00pm (ish). The menu can consist of Tea (of course), maybe some very lite sandwiches and a dessert such as cookies or small cakes. There is no hard fast rule about what is served other than it is not considered to be a meal, just a snack.
High Tea is an American creation. Typically, this Tea will consist of a more hearty menu. It is considered a meal, not a heavy one but a meal. A main course with meat, side dishes and a dessert. Of course there is the Tea!
The upcoming celebration I'm hosting for the Ladies CMA Blessed Riders, will be a High Tea. I'm still trying to decide on the menu, so any ideas will be welcome! I want it to be a night of typical girl type fun and something that we will want to do again. These ladies all work so very hard in our ministry and they deserve this night of recognition.
I'm thinking a Chicken Casserole, it is one that I've made in the past. It is light, delicious and easy to make. Then along with that I'm thinking a baby spinach salad with raspberry vinaigrette dressing, or a wonderful walnut apple salad with the same dressing. Both are wonderful, hard decision there. Then for dessert I have a fabulous old fashioned strawberry shortcake recipe. How does this sound?
Now off to surf the web for some interesting tea's for our party!