Saturday, April 23, 2016

Off Grid Living: Growing Strawberries - Gutters!

No one knows everything but there is usually someone who knows what you want to know.

An American Homestead is a YouTube Channell that I recommend





Monday, April 18, 2016

FRONT PORCH STORIES: MY COFFEE CUP

Three or four months ago I chipped my coffee mug. For those who cannot appreciate the pleasure in a fresh cup of coffee in the morning that statement is not a big deal. Though I am not a coffee connoisseur with a latte machine and various additives, I do have my morning routine which includes  a hot cup of coffee in my special coffee mug. This mug was the right size, weight and color so despite the chip I kept using it.
The chip in the mug was very close to where I put my lips in order to drink thus I had to reposition the way I held the cup so as not to spill coffee on myself.
Morning routines are habits that are difficult to change. Even the smallest break in activities can throw a person off schedule. In the morning I prepare myself a glass of orange juice to drink while I wait for the coffee to brew. I read my Bible and talk to God while I drink my coffee. I have learned to talk to my family members who call early before beginning my Bible study. My day begins when the Scriptures have been read and the coffee has been drunk.
Unfortunately, I kept forgetting that my mug was chipped! It is aggravating to have to keep wiping hot coffee off of your clothing.  Thus I began the search for a new mug.
To be honest I have two mugs: one for tea and one for coffee. I tried using my tea mug for coffee but it is not the same.
I recently purchased my husband a coffee cup because he kept using mine, a no-no! I got it from the dollar store. It is a good sized mug and a great weight but it is shiny- I don’t want a shiny mug. My broken mug I had purchased from the Publix grocery store, I went back to Publix but did not like their selection.  I found a mug at TJ Maxx, I wasn’t fond of it but it was cute.
I have been drinking out of this mug for a few weeks now and as much as I try to like it I don’t. I think it is going to be a back-up coffee cup but I must continue my search. As for they old coffee cup, it has joined the ranks of pencil holders on my desk.

And that is the world according to NETTIE xxx Short Stories and essays and other ramblings by Marsha L F Randolph

Sunday, April 17, 2016

What Kind Of Person Makes A Good Homesteader?



I am a supporter of practical living.  Not everyone is cut out to be a homesteader but everyone can learn something from those who do.









Sunday, April 3, 2016

EVANGELISM

We are doing a piss-poor job of sharing the gospel! I sat in the food court of a mall listening too and watching people as I ate. I looked around and saw young and old alike behaving foolishly. I suspect most of these people consider themselves Christian.

I left the traditional church many years ago because I knew there was more to faith than suits skirts and chicken dinners. Unfortunately, many of my friends stayed and what I saw in the food court is (my opinion) the fruit of religious instruction by politically correct churches and parents who do not really read what the Bible says.

It is not the school or government’s fault that our young people have no respect for authority, the law or even their parents. The government did not buy ill fitting clothing for young boys or tight fitting clothing for young girls. The schools did not have profanity on the vocabulary test.  Though child abuse is against the law discipline is not. It is clear from watching what goes on in a mall that no one follows rules of morality or respect.

When I turn on the news I hear mis-educated college students demand stuff that they did not earn as if it was a right and not a privilege. (Some) Church leaders are quick to tell their congregation about government programs they are entitled to but not teach them about lifestyles that are contrary to God’s word.

Evangelism is the teaching of God’s word, the good news, and how it pertains to living a peaceful productive life. Successful teaching of the gospel will result in changed lives. Sitting in a mall’s food court reveals a desperate need for the truth of the gospel to be shared among the church folk.
The United States of America is a mission field.

And that is the world according to NETTIE xxx Short Stories and essays and other ramblings by Marsha L F Randolph