Thursday, April 27, 2017

NETTIE-ISM:



In order to succeed I have to disregard every word spoken by others and focus on Him. Success through God is not temporary.






2 CORINTHIANS 2:14
Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place.

ISAIAH 26:3 The Expanded Bible
You, Lord, ·give [preserve/keep in] ·true peace [complete peace; L- peace, peace]·to those who depend on you [T- whose mind is stayed on you; L- whose purpose is firm],because they trust you.
xxxMarsha L. F. Randolph



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Monday, April 24, 2017

MY COUNTRY CITY PROJECT: PLANNING A GARDEN

MY TOMATOES
I really do like to just do stuff and then figure the logistics later, what I should have done instead. However, now that I am comfortable with container gardening and understand the climate I live in I want to grow more. I need to make plans.

People who live in north of me, which is most of the, United States, have a different growing season than I do here in Zone 10b, they also have a different type of soil. Thus the channels I subscribe to on YouTube can tell me what worked for them but can only give me a general idea of what will work for me. It took a great deal of researching to find what I could plant and when to plant it. (OK- I just Googled and YouTubed!)

Now that I know what I want to plant, and when I need to plant everything I have to learn what to do with what I grow. There seems to be quite a bit of information about how to plant a particular fruit, vegetable, or herb but not much about what to do once they have grown. I learned in 2016 that it is very important to PLAN YOUR HARVEST before the harvest.

I think people become discouraged when they do not plan every step of the way. So before you grow ask yourself a few questions:

  • What do you want to plant?
  • Can you actually plant that where you live?
  • Where can it grow? In a container, or does it have to be in the grown? Does it need shade, full sun or partial sun?
  • Where are want to put it? Does it have enough room to properly develop?
  • How do you maintain it? How water does it need? Do you have to fertilize? And if so what type and how often? What type of diseases do you have to look out for? What do those diseases look like?
  • When is the harvest?
  • What is the yield per plant? 
  • Do you know what you want to do with your harvest? Eat everything right away; give some away; preserve (can, dehydrate, freeze). If you are going to preserve: do you know how?
  • Do you have the time and patience?


For most people it is not that they cannot grow things, everyone can grow something, people just don’t want to put in the time.

MY HOUSEPLANTS 
The easiest plant I have to maintain is Lucky Bamboo. It sits in a jar of rocks and distilled water (no soil) and grows- slowly. The most difficult plant I have had was the Tomato, making sure it had water, fertilizer and pest free was almost a daily chore.

The logistics of gardening. making sure you have what you need when you need it, requires more planning than just waking up and deciding you want to grow something. My second attempt at gardening was successful because I did not try to feed my household, I wanted to know what to expect “if.”  Now I am going to take it to another level, in anticipation of a larger crop a friend is going to teach me how to can.

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Sunday, April 23, 2017

A MATTER OF FAITH: JESUS IS LORD

When I was new in the church, not possessing the confidence needed to voice what I believed I did not challenge those who said: “God knows my heart.” The statement, though true, was a cliche’ lacking a biblical basis. Often the speaker makes this declaration when his words or behavior is questioned.

“Lord, I am willing to break MY heart that I might satisfy THY heart.” ― Watchman Nee, The Normal Christian Life

Watchman Nee was, in my opinion, a wise man full of faith (November 4, 1903-June 1, 1972). His teachings have been transcribed to books that take me months and sometimes years to read.

Consider what he said in the above statement: “I am willing to break my heart.” When you understand that your heart falls short of God’s expectations the knowledge of His mercy and grace is humbling- you are willing to ‘break’ your heart. It is not your heart that is important but God’s heart that we should seek.
ACTS 13:22
And when He had removed him, He raised up for them David as king, to whom also He gave testimony and said, ‘I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after My own heart, who will do all My will.’
This word ‘heart,’ which is the Greek word ‘kardia’ indicates feeling. When a person declares “God knows my heart” he is saying: “God knows how I really feel.”  The problem is many people do not know how they really feel until something happens. Believing Jesus is Lord is step one of our faith journey allowing Him to be Lord over every part of our lives is a process and it begins with knowing your heart, how you really feel..

James chapter 2 addresses our words of faith as it relates to our behavior, the two should agree.
JAMES 2:14-20 The Expanded Bible
14) My brothers and sisters [C- fellow believers], if people ·say [claim] they have faith, but do nothing, ·their faith is worth nothing [what good/profit/gain is it?]. Can faith like that save them? 15) [L- Suppose; If] A brother or sister in Christ ·might need clothes or food [L- is naked and lacks daily food]. 16) If you say to that person, “·God be with you [or I wish you well; L- Go in peace]! ·I hope you stay warm and get plenty to eat, [T- Be warmed and filled]” but you do not ·give what that person needs [provide for the needs of their body], ·your words are worth nothing [L- what good/profit/gain is that?]. 17) In the same way, faith by itself—·that does nothing [L- if it does not have works]—is dead.
18) [L- But] Someone might say, “You have faith, but I have ·deeds [works].” ·Show me [Prove; Demonstrate] your faith without ·doing anything [L- works], and I will ·show you [prove; demonstrate] my faith by ·what I do [my works]. 19) You believe ·there is one God [or that God is one; Deut. 6:4]. ·Good [L- You do well]! But the demons believe that, too, and they ·tremble with fear [shudder].
20) You ·foolish [senseless; emptyheaded] person! ·Must you be shown [Do you want evidence; Can’t you see] that faith ·that does nothing [without works] is ·worth nothing [useless; barren]?


When you, or someone you know, declares: “God knows my heart” it is the truth but do you have the heart of God or the heart of self? what are you doing that validates you are seeking Him? Consider verse 19, the demons believe there is one God yet they are loyal to Satan.  Does your behavior demonstrate your faith in Him or your need to justify self?
PSALM 15:4 The Expanded Bible
They do not respect hateful people [L- The wicked are despised in their eyes]  but honor those who ·honor [L- fear] the Lord.  They keep their promises to their neighbors, even when it hurts.
Doing the right thing does not always feel good but when Jesus is Lord of your life you do it anyway. It is possible that you confessed with your mouth that Jesus is Lord you may have even been baptized in water but have you allowed the Lord to take ownership of your heart?

ROMANS 10:10 The Voice
Belief begins in the heart and leads to a life that’s right with God; confession departs from our lips and brings eternal salvation.
xxx written by: Marsha L F Randolph

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Saturday, April 22, 2017

BACK2BASICS- BACK 2 PREPPING

I have not mentioned it in a while however that does not mean it is not on my mind: being ready. When I look at what is going on around the world and I listened to the words of various not-famous people my belief in the necessity to be ready for any type of emergency increases.

We live in a politically unstable and ideologically corrupt world, even in America. As I mentioned in other post Donald J Trump is not God he is the President therefore his presidency is not about delivering us from evil but an opportunity for us to get ready for what is to come.

Like Noah, God has given us time to get ready. Noah did not have any idea what rain was or when it would come he simply obeyed the Spirit of God and built an ark.  We as Believers know that Jesus is coming, we don’t know when and many people believe in case of an emergency the government will help. Noah trusted God not the rulers of the day or popular opinion.

Many things are happening now. From time to time people experience temporary power outages or a disruption of cellular service the inconvenience causes some people to become frustrated. Many people have experienced hacking of their computer or some other type of cyber attack in which data has been illegally obtained. Even in America there has been people of different faiths attacked. These things are occurring now and in some countries it is of the extreme, meaning people are enslaved, raped and or persecuted. Yes, there is a problem with sex trafficking in America.

Far to many people are trusting a group of people, who have proven themselves to be selfish and immoral, to help them in times of need but these government officials will turn their backs on such individuals. I suspect, based on the accumulation of their personal wealth while in office, these so called representatives have already turned their back on the people. Government corruption is the norm not the exception.

The lack of integrity among elected officials is reason enough to learn how NOT to be dependent on the government. With the proliferation of GMO products being forced among the people directly or indirectly growing your own foods is a necessity.  As more homes are being built with electrical appliances including fireplaces, dependence on electricity which can be shut down with a sudden storm leads a household vulnerable. You MUST be physically fit, far to many people cannot walk to the corner let alone walk around the block, myself included. You MUST teach your family how to survive without a microwave, fast food, cable and a video game. Why?

What happens tomorrow is not known by anyone. As Believers we are told to be ready for the Son’s return not knowing the day or the hour however we do know that emergencies happen. June 1 marks the beginning of hurricane season, if a bad hurricane were to come through my area my family would be fine but not everyone believes in prepping. In other parts of the country there are some who had difficulty surviving the winter storms. Extreme temperatures, floods and fires are all emergencies that happen today which lead to outages and shortages; many are not ready.  What happens when the government cannot or will not help you?

Consider who those who entered this country illegally had better care to services than many veterans who served this country. It is only with recent events that America’s veterans have been given priority. Many of the politicians people are dependent on chose to make illegal aliens a priority over United States citizens.

Two things you must do right now get healthy and study.  Study your Bible and your environment. Then begin to prepare as if you will not have running water, electricity or enough money to buy food. Study as if your government will not be there for you. Study as if you need to know the word of God for yourself in order to survive, that is what I have been doing.    xxx written by Marsha L F Randolph

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Thursday, April 20, 2017

PORCH STORIES: SHE LEFT ME!

It may be hard to believe but I really do try to mind my own business but
Chip and I were sitting on the front porch, he was reading and I was knitting when Robert, a neighbor who lived about a mile down the road, dropped by.

“She left me Chip.” He said as he walked up the porch steps.

“Good evening Robert,” Chip greeted “who left you?”

“Marylou!” he stated

“Marylou is gone?” I looked up from my knitting to try to grasp what he had said. “Where did she go? Is she coming back? Or are you saying she left left?”

“Nettie, she packed her stuff two days ago, said she would send for the rest later and left. I don’t know where she is and the kids wouldn’t tell me if they knew, they always side with their momma.”

Now, I had a lot of questions. Women just don’t ‘just up and leave’ their husbands for nothing and Marylou was 67 years old she and Robert had been married for over 30 years. Chip just sat there. Not saying a word, he knew I was itching to talk.

“Now Robert,” I began my inquisition “women do not just up and leave for nothing. You two get into a fight lately?”

“No Nettie, we don’t argue.” He responded.

“Your bills paid?” I asked.

“All of them! The house been paid off for over fifteen years now.”

“Are you cheating?”

“No!”

“Did you hit her or mistreat her in anyway?”

“No, after all these years of being married, I didn’t back then and I don’t now.”

“When was the last time you told her I love you?” Chip asked.

“She knows I love her?” He answered.

“But, when did you tell her?”

“Why should I tell a woman, that I have been married to for over 30 years, I love you?”

“Because women need to know you love them by your words AND your deeds. How do you show your appreciation?”

“What kind of question is that?” Robert had a very serious face, he really had no clue!

“Robert,” Chip began “you have to show your wife that you honor her demonstrate you appreciation of all that she does. Marylou cooks and cleans your house everyday; she raised your children and looks out for your grandchildren. Marylou makes sure you are comfortable in your home. What do you do for her? Take her out to dinner every now and then? Buy her flowers? Take her someplace she wants to go?”

“Now Chip, that woman doesn’t have to pay one solid bill. Everything she does I pay for. She knits, sews, goes out to lunch with the girls I make sure she has more than enough money. And I tell her the food is good if it is good! That should be enough.”

I sat there listening to Robert, watching how he responded to Chips questions, wondering what else there was to know. “Did she ever come to you and ask you to do something that was different?” I challenged.

“Now she know I ain’t into no kinky stuff!” He answered.

“Robert.” I looked at him getting irritated. I know what Marylou and I talked about and it was not about kinky sex! “Did Marylou ever asked about going to see the Grand Canyon.”

“She has been nagging me about traveling ever since the youngest graduated college. She knows I don’t want to waste money like that. I am perfectly happy here at home!”

“Marylou, has money of her own doesn’t she Robert?” Chip asked.

“Yea, she got an inheritance years ago when her mother died. I told her not to touch it.”

“Well, I know where Marylou is gone even if you don’t.” I said. “And, I think I understand why she is gone.”

Chip looked at his friend who had been pacing on the porch for quite a while; he had paused when I made my declaration.  “I think I know too.”

“Well, will someone enlighten me.” Robert said.

“The fact that you cannot figure it out lets me know that your marriage has been in trouble for a long time. It is not that Marylou left you, she just left you behind. You, obviously, do not want to do the things that she has dreamed of doing for a long time. Marylou decided not to wait.” I said.

“Not to wait for what?”

“Marylou has gone to see the Grand Canyon before she dies Robert. And she will probably go to the other places she mentioned to you too. The children know where she is, they might even join her.”  A stunned look was on Robert’s face as Chip explained. “The fact that she has been telling you what she wants and you have disregarded it let’s me know that you have no intention of making her happy. You only want to make Robert happy.”

The idea of his wife actually traveling even though he had told her “no,” was a foreign idea to him. The past forty-eight hours had been difficult, his children refused to come and help him and he had no one to do what Marylou did everyday and what his mother did before her. If Marylou did not come back soon he would have to find someone to wash his clothes, and he hated eating out.

“Nettie, if I paid you a few dollars would you cook my dinner until Marylou got back?” Robert asked.

“No.” I answered, I got up and went into the house before he could say anything else.

Robert and Chip sat on the porch for a while talking. I went through the house and out the back door to the gazebo. I called Marylou to see how she was doing and to get her side of the story, because there is always another side.   xxx written by: Marsha L F Randolph

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Monday, April 17, 2017

NETTIE-ISM # 5 GOD'S WILL YOUR WAY



You cannot do God’s will your way.

Doing things the way you want them done, believing you will get the right results, only creates a mess.





Genesis 16:2
So Sarai said to Abram, “See now, the Lord has restrained me from bearing children. Please, go in to my maid; perhaps I shall obtain children by her.” And Abram heeded the voice of Sarai.

Isaiah 55:8
“For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord.

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Sunday, April 16, 2017

A MATTER OF FAITH: WHY I DON'T CELEBRATE EASTER

1 Corinthians 11:23-25
For I received from the Lord that which I also delivered to you: that the Lord Jesus on the same night in which He was betrayed took bread; and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, “Take, eat; this is My body which is broken for you; do this in remembrance of Me.” In the same manner He also took the cup after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood. This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.”

Take away, the new clothes, the egg hunts, the chocolate, the big meal on Easter Sunday and for many it becomes just another Sunday. Once a year Believers in His death, burial and resurrection remember the day our Lord and Savior, Jesus the Son of God. Some call this day Easter Sunday others call it Resurrection Sunday others declare it to be a pagan celebration that should not be carried out. The significance of the day should not be discounted and should be more than one of the rare occasions the family goes to church together.

There are many Christians who do not celebrate Easter because they say it is of pagan origin, though I have read this idea it is not why I choose not to have egg hunts and all that is associated with the “holiday”.  I don’t celebrate Easter because it has become very commercialized, it is a profitable day even for non-believers. In my limited research,  the one thing I know for sure is the term ‘Easter’ is not in the Bible.

2 Timothy 2:15
Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

My decision to no longer ‘celebrate’ Easter is part of my faith journey. Along with Easter I am rethinking Christmas: I think it is great to have a time of giving but the truth is we do not know the day Jesus was born. The idea that food, clothing and self-indulgent activities has become the basis of the birth, death and resurrection of the Son of God is quite unsettling. Should I, or anyone else, go along with this tradition just because -this is what we have always done?

The Apostle Paul reminded us that we are to eat the bread and drink the wine in remembrance of Jesus. Communion is part of our Christian journey, there is no set time for communion we can do it anytime and anywhere. Communion has become a tradition according to the doctrine of the church. The significance of it not fully appreciated by far to many Believers. (Matthew 26:26-30)

MARK 7:13
“making the word of God of no effect through your tradition which you have handed down. And many such things you do.”

“And many such things you do.” Many things like celebrate Easter with bunnies, new clothes and special church services which results in a temporary enthusiasm for church, but may not strengthened a persons’ relationship with God.  Christmas has become about getting bigger, better and more regardless of how much debt one accumulates. Churches create elaborate programs acknowledging the birth of Jesus during Christmas and His resurrection during the time when some are remembering the Passover. Christmas and Easter are times designated for churches to present the gospel to those who would not otherwise attend church. The church does “many such things” when what we need is to commune with our Lord.

LUKE 10:41-42
And Jesus answered and said to her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things. But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her.”

Martha was busy doing stuff but Mary chose to just sit at Jesus feet. For those who do want to celebrate Easter, please do not let my opinion give you any pause. I would suggest that you study Scripture and determine what Jesus would have you to do. I believe people need to learn how remember Him every day.  xxxMarsha L F Randolph

Luke 22:19
And He took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is My body which is given for you; do this in remembrance of Me.”

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