Sunday, July 31, 2016

A MATTER OF FAITH:


It does not seem to matter how much foolishness goes on in this world it is business as usual for most Christians. The words of  Matthew 24:4-20 (see below) do not seem to influence the decisions made in their life.
Jesus warned of wars and rumors of wars as well as nations against nations. Once upon a time the United States of America seemed to be isolated from what was going on in other countries, disregarding Pearl Harbor, but then September 11 happened. The recent events in the USA have pointed out how nations are against nations as well as rumors of wars.
Some Christians attend church weekly and continue life as if all they have to worry about is getting to work on time. People are more  loyal to their denomination, their political affiliation and their social groups than their faith in Scripture. God said “My people perish” (Hosea 4:6), though it is true we are all perishing God’s children do not have to. The New King James version uses the term destroyed, “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Without paying attention to what is going on in the world and studying God’s word Christians are headed in the same direction as those who are in the world.

Christians who do not believe in heaven and hell. There are those who attend church regularly that do not believe God’s Word is applicable to today. People do not believe we are at the ending of time. Like in the days of Noah, there are signs that something big is going to happen; Jesus said these signs were the beginning. Many Christians behave as if they do not believe.

And that is the world according to NETTIE xxx Short Stories and essays and other ramblings by Marsha L F Randolph; All rights reserved do not use without the permission of the author Marsha L F Randolph

Matthew 24:4-20 (KJV)
4 And Jesus answered and said to them: “Take heed that no one deceives you. 5 For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many. 6 And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all[a] these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. 7 For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences,[b] and earthquakes in various places. 8 All these are the beginning of sorrows.

9 “Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for My name’s sake. 10 And then many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another. 11 Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many. 12 And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold. 13 But he who endures to the end shall be saved. 14 And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come.

The Great Tribulation
15 “Therefore when you see the ‘abomination of desolation,’[c] spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place” (whoever reads, let him understand), 16 “then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains. 17 Let him who is on the housetop not go down to take anything out of his house. 18 And let him who is in the field not go back to get his clothes. 19 But woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing babies in those days! 20 And pray that your flight may not be in winter or on the Sabbath.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

PORCH STORIES: A WALK IN THE WOODS


Two or three times of the year I open my doors to family, children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews - if you are related by blood you are fee to come. I started doing this when the children were young so they would know who they were related to. Once upon a time I thought blood line family was important, I am rethinking blood lines (but that is a different conversation).

Anyway, a few months back I called my children and told them to come over for a Saturday dinner. I also called my sister and told her I was opening the house for the day, I knew she would spread the word.  Free food always brings empty stomachs.

My son and his wife came without one of their children, she had to work and promised to come later. Everyone who was within driving distance arrived on time and ready to fellowship.

A good time was had by all! There was plenty of food and things to do, I always make sure that there is enough food for everyone to take home a family meal for the next day. (No, I do not have people bring a dish.) After we had completed the meal the younger children were set free to run around in the yard while the dogs stood guard, and the older children sat in the house catching up with what they had been doing since the last time they saw each other and that was when my granddaughter pulled up in her car.

Her father had purchased her a slightly used car because she had maintained an “A” average throughout middle and high school. It was expected that she would drive responsibly and keep gas in the car thus she had a part time job at a fast food place.  When she stepped out of the car I nearly fell out of my chair. This girl stepped out with three different colors in her hair, one arm full of bracelets, and purple lipstick.

“Hi grandma!” she was sincerely happy to see me. Speaking as she ran up the steps to kiss me, I noticed underneath the bracelets were tattoos and she had pierced her tongue. I couldn’t speak, I must have looked dumbfounded.
“Grandma, can you hear me?” She adjusted her tone. “Hi grandpa.” She walked over to my husband who was laughing uncontrollably.
“Girl,”  Chip started “I hope you have a job at Chuck-E-Cheese or the circus looking like that.”
“What is wrong with y'all?” she asked
Before Chip could go ballistic on my granddaughter I stood up. “Dianah, let’s go for a walk.”
“Can I get something to eat first, grandma? I am so hungry.” My look answered the question and she followed me down the steps, around the house to a path which lead to a wooded path we had on our property.
“Why is your hair three different colors?” I asked once we were out of earshot of everyone.
“I like it.”
“It looks silly. You like looking silly?”
“This is the style.”
“You do whatever is in style?
“Grandma, things are different now; you and grandpa wouldn’t understand.”
“Why do you have so many bracelets on?”
“It is a fashion statement.”
“Pretend like I am deaf. What are you saying?”
“I am not saying anything.”
“But you said wearing an arm full of bracelets is a fashion statement.”
“It’s a style.”
“What kind of style?”
“You wouldn’t understand grandma. You are too old fashioned.”
“That means that you are new fashion?”
“Yea.”
“Yes.”
“Yes, that’s what I mean! What difference does it make if I say yea or yes? They mean the same thing.”
“It doesn’t mean anything to people who don’t care how you talk. Just like it does not mean anything to people who don’t care how you look.”
“I don’t want to be around people who care about how I look.”
“Why did you pierce your tongue?”
“I wanted to know what it would be like.”
“So you put yourself in pain because you wanted to know what it would be like? You risked disease because you wanted to know what putting a stick in your mouth would be like?”
“It’s a look grandma. Something we do.”
“Who is this we that has influenced you so much?”
“Huh” Looking at my face she corrected herself. “Excuse me?”
“How do you determine what is in style, what is a fashion statement what you should do with your body? Who is telling you that: having three different colors in your hair, piercing your tongue, tattoos on your body and wearing more jewelry than a metal detector will allow, is what you should do?”
“No one!”
“So you came up with all of this” I emphasized her body with my hands “all by yourself?”
“Yes, my look is my look. You have been talking to daddy haven’t you. He keeps threatening to take the car if I don’t take the color out of my hair.”
“No, I haven’t been talking to your father. But, I told both of your parents not to buy the car in the first place so if he takes it then I think it is fine, especially if you are listening to other people and not your parents.”
“My parents do things like you do they don’t understand what it is like today.”
“You can believe that if you want. If you think other people know better then you need to give the car to your parents and ask those people to give you a car.”
We were quiet for a long while I was appreciating the beauty of nature, Dianah who knows what she was thinking. It had been a long time since I had to take a child out into the woods. I don’t like publicly chastising children, I think it does more harm than good. I do believe in spanking but at some point that is ineffective and at her age inappropriate.
With teenagers you have to know how they are thinking before you can address what they are doing. There are so many outside influences that undermine the teachings that come from home and parents are so busy making money that they often miss those influences.
“Dianah, what do you think about how you look?”
“My friends like it.”
“I didn’t ask about your friends. I asked about Dianah.”
“It’s OK.”
“OK?”
“Yea; Yes this is what is in style.”
“Do me a favor. I want you to research how fashion models, business men, athletes and any other famous person you can think of dress in their everyday life. I want you to look at famous people who dressed outlandishly years ago dress today.”
“Grandma I already know people don’t look like this everyday.”
“So why do you? If you know that people make money creating looks but don’t do it themselves- why do you do it?”
“Because it is the style.”
“Styles change Dianah and you have done things to your body, like getting tattoos, that are permanent.”
“Well, I was going to change my hairstyle when I got paid anyway.”
“Why?”
“Huh?”
“Why were you going to change your hairstyle?
“I thought you didn’t like it? I thought you would be glad to hear that I was changing it.”
“It is not about me Dianah, it is about you and your life. Personally, I think you look silly. I can’t take you or anyone else serious looking like that. But, if you want to look like that you have to accept the responsibility for it and that is more than you having your car taken from you.”
There are a lot of trails on my property. Dianah had no clue which one we were on or how to get back to the house. We came to a bench that was not far from the house but hidden by trees, we sat there.
“It is something to do. Mom and Dad are always telling me to do this or do that and there rules are different from my friends. I can’t go where they go and they will even cut off my internet if they think I am surfacing someplace they don’t want me to go. Did you know they are my Facebook friends? That is so embarrassing!”
She paused thinking I would say something, I did not.
“I got a cell phone with my first paycheck and when mom found it she threw it away! I have a contract so I have to pay for a phone I don’t have! The only good thing is, I still have the phone they bought me but they use it like a GPS to find out where I am all the time. I was drunk when I got my tongue pierced.” She paused again and I still did not respond.
“Grandma, I am tired of being different. People accuse me of being religious, and say I am not black! Even the teachers at school say my parents are wrong when they say abortion is wrong or homosexuality is wrong. They say I am free to express myself and that the Bible is just a guideline but God is whoever I want him to be.”
I stood up and began walking.
“I am sorry grandma, did I say something that made you mad.”
I smiled. “Dianah, I am not mad at you. You are at a point in your life in which you have to figure things out for yourself. There is nothing I can say to you that has not been already said.” It did not take long for us to see the children playing in the back of the house. “Do you see your cousins playing having fun? They are being themselves, oblivious to what teachers, friends or other people say. They have been fed, they are safe and they know who they are; they are happy. Are you happy? Are you listening to happy people?
“I suspect Dianah that the people who are influencing your decisions are angry, unhappy and blame others for the problems they see. I don’t think you are happy, because you are trying to fit where you don’t belong. You have to decide if you want to be like those people or if you want to be like your young cousins.”
As we approached the house Chip was walking towards us.
“I am sorry.” He said hugging Dianah “If you want to have twenty colors in your hair I will still love you.” Dianah started crying.

As her grandfather hugged her I went into the house to prepare a plate for Dianah. Her father came and gave me a hug.

“Two or three times a year mom you have to take somebody into the woods. I think its’ time we started taking up the slack.” He said.

No son, I like my walks. It is the best dishwasher I have! We laughed as I looked around at a clean kitchen.

And that is the world according to NETTIE xxx Short Stories and essays and other ramblings by Marsha L F Randolph; All rights reserved do not use without the permission of the author Marsha L F Randolph

Monday, July 25, 2016

HEALTHY EATING


Since I have been studying healthy eating I have developed three rules of food: 1)If you didn’t raise it or grow it it is important that you know who did. 2)The greater the distance your food has to travel to your plate the greater the chances of some additive that could harm your body has been added. 3)The faster your food gets from idea to meal the less healthy it is.

I have bad eating habits because I thought I could not afford to eat healthy and I did not feel like making the personal sacrifice it would take to prepare the foods only I would eat since my husband is a “I don’t care as long as I like it” kind of guy. But two things happened that caused me to rethink the food chain: I turned 50 and my husband was successfully treated for colon cancer.

As I started researching foods, not recipes, I discovered the problems with food additives. Things used to treat foods, both plants and animals are not healthy for the human body. You cannot convince me that the increased number of immunizations and vaccines, combined with the: hormones, antibiotics and genetically modified foods (GMO’s), we take directly and indirectly, through the foods we eat, are not having an effect on the body. There seems to be an increased number of cancers and Alzheimer's diagnosed and the treatment has been more chemicals. It is difficult to eat healthy because our food choices are limited.


You cannot do better than what God has already done which is why the organic food industry is growing. Unfortunately the definition of ‘organic’ has been compromised. Also becoming a problem is GMOs studies sponsored by the company that created these foods say there is nothing wrong with the product however outside companies say there is. It is my opinion- anytime you change the way God created a life form there is an unknown unintended consequence.

The solution is to produce your own foods. Shop local farmers markets whenever possible - particularly those who avoid using hormones, antibiotics and GMO’s.  You may not be able to grow all of your own produce however even in an apartment there are things you can grow.

Learning to grow your own foods takes time and many people just do not want to do it. Developing healthy eating habits is a process your goal is to develop an awareness of what you are giving your body.

The sooner a person quits smoking the better for his overall health. The same is true for eating healthy- the sooner a person becomes aware of the foods he eats and eliminates those things that are not beneficial the better.

Animals that are given antibiotics and hormones transfer those things to the human who eat meat. Genetically modified foods such as corn are not only fed to animals but can be fed to humans as well. Twenty years from now no one knows what the cumulative affect will be for some people that knowledge will be to late.

Consider this: In the 50’s and 60’s women used talcum powder today 50 years later their is a lawsuit because the talcum powder placed topically has been linked to cancer. If something that went on top of your skin could cause problems inside your body what can some man made product you eat do?
 

Sunday, July 24, 2016

A MATTER OF FAITH- WORDS PT. 2

Proverbs 18:21 The Voice
“Words have power in matters of life and death and those who love them will savor their fruit.”

Words are seeds when planted create good or evil.  When a person is told that he or she cannot succeed because of his skin color, gender, or family’s income over and over again that person will believe it particularly if the words are repeated over a prolonged period of time.

There are words that are written in letters and spoken in the heat of passion that once released are instantly regretted. It may be how a person really feels but the consequences cause such pain for the hearer that it can destroy his potential.

Even the words we think have consequences; “out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.” (Matthew 12:34-partial text) We do what we believe, we believe what we think in our hearts. When you want to know why you are doing what you are doing listen to yourself speak.

“For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.” Matthew 12:37 NKJV

Arguments and fights begin with something said that was not received well, once words are released they cannot be easily undone. Apologies do not always undo the harm that was caused by words.  Just because a person deletes a tweet, edits a Facebook post or makes a correction on a news article does not guarantee the designated target audience is aware of the retraction. How can you apologize if the person will not answer the telephone or  your letter is returned unopened. We speak life or we speak death; our words are justified or our words are condemning.

Perception has a big influence in the words spoken. The President of the United States of America- Barak H. Obama- talks about racism in America. He ignores the large number of non-Black Americans who voted for him and still support him. People of color who attend predominantly Black churches (99% or more) speak of their style of praise and worship as if non-Blacks do not do things correctly. White people are often surprised when they see an accomplished Black person and go out of their way to mention names like: Dr. Ben Carson, Dr. Condoleeza Rice, Justice Clarence Thomas or Lt. Col. Allen West, to prove that they are not racist. Non-Americans refuse to let go of their cultures not wanting to be like what America has become. We all see divisions and our words reflect what we see as a solution.

Hosea 4:6
“My people perish for lack of knowledge. Because you have rejected knowledge, I also will reject you from being priest for Me; because you have forgotten the laws of your God, I also will forget your children.”

Scripture teaches us that the children of God perish because they have rejected the word of God. America cannot change until the words of her people change, specifically Christians. The wisdom and knowledge found in Scripture has been disregarded and replaced with the rhetoric of politically correct anti-Christ individuals.

This country was founded on Judeo-Christian values with an appreciation for those who are different. What we see see today is the promotion of hurtful, hate filled words.

Proverbs 18:21 NKJV
“Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit.”

And that is the world according to NETTIE xxx Short Stories and essays and other ramblings by Marsha L F Randolph; All rights reserved do not use without the permission of the author Marsha L F Randolph

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

NPA: A LETTER TO FREE THINKERS

Dear Free Thinking Folks (particularly African Americans)

This is just a thought: Liberalism is getting you killed and feel good church messages are sending you to hell.

It is a liberal ideology that will encourage you to abort your babies- guaranteeing there will not be more of you.
Conservatives often point out the violence that is found in various communities (i.e. Black on Black crime) and it is the Free Thinkers that will overlook your killing each other; they will go so far as to promote the release of many of from prison so as to make sure there are individuals able to complete the task of your extinction.
They want to decriminalize and legalize the drugs that will hinder you from succeeding. Marijuana makes you lethargic today and destroy the brain cells you will need tomorrow, not to mention it destroys sperm. (hings that make you go hmmmm!)
They have given you free access to any school you want because they have: altered the books you read, taken out the informative parts; changed the requirements for information you can receive (by introducing information on homosexuality and abortion while decreasing physical education, music classes and even history); and manipulated the way information is presented.

I am sure you disagree with me. They will encourage you to blame dead people for your problems and that makes sense to you therefore they must be your friend. You know how to use information from the past (slavery) to justify your actions; free thinking taught you everything you need to know. Why would you agree that you have been sold a bridge in the middle of the desert?

For some of you, who think you are not like those people because you go to church. You too have been sold a bridge to nowhere.

Because your church has the word ‘Christian’ incorporated in its’ doctrine you are confident that its’ free thinking come in shorts and shoes philosophy, that does not encourage people to change, lines up with the word of God. Everyone loves their “we will not preach against homosexuality and abortion” church. There is regular attendance in: multi-cultural politically correct churches, as well as the politically identifiable racially distinguishable churches. So what is the problem?

God is not a free thinker, He gave commandments for living they were not suggestions. Your religion makes you feel good because you can give a few dollars and feed some needy child in a third world country who cannot afford the latest Jordan’s. You think it is great to give out lots of food Easter and Thanksgiving to those in need year round.  The church leader teaches their flock that their external identity as: male or female; black, white or Hispanic; homosexual or heterosexual, must be embraced  because  we have to live in this world and they are ‘good people’. Free thinking churches that do not teach the truth do not have the Truth in them (Jesus is the Truth).

Liberalism teaches that government trumps faith. Followers of these teachings recite the mantra’s of the faith:

  • A woman has a right to choose
  • Black lives matter
  • All Republicans are white racist males
  • All Cops are racist
  • Black people who are Conservative and or Republican are Uncle Toms
  • The white man keeps black men down 
  • People are born homosexual
  • Free thinkers, liberal leaders, in the church and the political scene reinforce these ideas daily with the assistance of the media. 


Liberalism has given people: Free food, free housing, free birth control,  free abortions, free money, free education and a fee phone. Many churches have become gateways to the government programs facilitating workshops that teach people how to sign-up for these ‘benefits’. Liberals gladly take care of people from the cradle to the grave in order to promote their agenda which is to increase their personal power and wealth.

Now of course, you disagree with all that I have said because when you share your ideas with Democrats they voice sympathy for your cause. “They” understand your frustration and readily justify your anger. When you burn your neighborhood stores, destroy your community parks, or trash the block you live on liberals understand, as long as you stay on your side of town.

For example:  Despite there being 275 white and 86 Hispanic individuals killed by law enforcement the media frequently reminds African-Americans of the 136 Blacks that were killed by law enforcement (even though the police were acquitted of any wrong doing).  That is 497 deaths and less than half were African-American. (stat as of 7/8/2016) When a television personality pointed out the Black on Black crime that has killed thousands of Black males this individual was called a racist by some.

Dear Free Thinkers, it is one thing to look back in the past at slavery as an injustice for one particular group of people the problem is when you live as if you were in the past. By looking back you cannot see what is in front of you and for those who are embracing the free thinking ideology you have become slaves bound to a plantation of your own violent creation.

Sincerely,
Without political identity because I am of no political affiliation- NETTIE


PS:Don’t pay attention to armed men guarding the home of the big house owned by your liberal supporters- you will not get invited to their home anyway. And please disregard their bank accounts that increase as your population decreases.

And that is the world according to NETTIE xxx Short Stories and essays and other ramblings by Marsha L F Randolph; All rights reserved do not use without the permission of the author Marsha L F Randolph

Sunday, July 17, 2016

A MATTER OF FAITH: WORDS

Job 16:3-5 NKJV
“Shall words of wind have an end? Or what provokes you that you should answer? I also could speak as you do. If your soul were in my soul’s place. I could heap up words against you, and shake my head at you; but I would strengthen you with my mouth, and the comfort of my lips would relieve your grief.”

The many words of Job and his friends reveal the importance of words, it is a lesson I am still learning. It is not just the word used or the familiar phrase stated just as important is the volume, tone, and circumstances in which a person speaks that will influence how a message is received. Body language: is the speaker standing, sitting, in close proximity to the individual on the other side of the room, hands on hips, hands in the air, hands touching a persons body and so forth; all influence how an individual will respond to what is spoken. But it is not just words used verbally but those used in writing that have an effect on people.

The book of Job, the story of one mans encounter with the devil, reveals the importance of words. The life of Job occurred before there was any knowledge of Satan and so it was assumed that Job’s problems was caused by God thus all of the solutions were based on his interaction with God. In chapter 2 verse 9 his wife suggest that he “curse God and die” in order to relieve his pain; she knew that such an act would result in his death. Jobs friends opined as to why he was in such a predicament and how he could get out of it; even Job shared his thoughts.  And then God revealed how foolish all of their words were.

Job 38:2 NKJV
“Who is this who darkens counsel by words without knowledge?”

Our opinions can be like darkened counsel; ill-informed.  We speak because we believe we know more than the person we are speaking to.  Jobs friends were sincere in their rhetoric but still wrong by God’s standards. Often friends and family speak out of tradition or passion when attempting to help solve a problem; this is what did Eliphaz, Bildad, Zophar and Elihu, Jobs’ friends did. God declared their words- without knowledge.

You can be wrong even when you are right. For example telling someone there hairstyle looks awful may be true but:
In a public place it is embarrassing and may cause a person to not to try new things again.
It can be hurtful. The term “awful” may be accurate but it will not result in a hairstyle change. Perhaps saying: “I see where you were going, perhaps if you chose to_____ it would suit your personality a bit better.
It can be offensive. If the person does not like you, respect you, or simply don’t think you have their best interest at heart they can believe you are just being mean-spirited.

How many people feel rejected because words spoken by a friend or loved one was said at an inappropriate time or in an inappropriate way? Rejection can manifest in many different ways at various times, rebellion is often a sign that a person has experienced rejection.

The written words by an anonymous person on Social Media can lead an individual to behave drastically even suicide. On Facebook incendiary statements with pictures contribute to a particular opinion are shared throughout the cyber-world with unintended consequences.

Media outlets, that have gone beyond print, use head lines to trigger specific emotions the words are shared regardless of their truthfulness. Words like: racist, murder,injustice, discriminate, sexist, and so forth are incorporated into headlines to grab at the emotions of the reader. Written words may be proven to be wrong but the damage cannot always be undone.

Who is speaking the truth? Each religion believes they know the truth. Each political party believes they know the truth. Many parents believe they are teaching their children the truth.

Romans 3:3-4 NKJV
“For what if some did not believe? Will their unbelief make the faithfulness of God without effect? Certainly not! Indeed, let God be true but every man a liar. As it is written: ‘That You may be justified in Your words, and may overcome when You are judged.’”

Once upon a time words meant something; today people question God’s Word and accept the words of people who have hidden motives. Many speak “who darkens counsel by words” their words do not agree with God’s word. Often people speak “words of the wind” with no apparent end.

And that is the world according to NETTIE xxx Short Stories and essays and other ramblings by Marsha L F Randolph; All rights reserved do not use without the permission of the author Marsha L F Randolp

Saturday, July 16, 2016

BUGGING OUT

I think I wrote that I was not an “extreme Prepper” because I was not planning to bug-out; I don’t have a emergency escape shelter. But then I was watching a YouTube Video from jnullo- “My Bug out Story” June 12 2012  (see video below) and I realized I have bugged out before.

If you ever watched an episode of “M.A.S.H.” (it aired around the late 70’s and early 80’s) you know that from time to time that had to evacuate with very little notice, they called it bugging out. When I was married to my first husband I decided to just leave, it was over and I only took what was necessary- yep I bugged out. So far we have not had to leave our home during a hurricane BUT I am ready to do so in a moments notice.
Seen from the episode of M.A.S.H. in which the camp had to bug-out.


As I study preparedness I realize having an emergency evacuation plan is important. Not that you plan on leaving your husband BUT people have had to leave their homes due to: earthquakes, fires, floods, tornadoes and hurricanes knowing what to take is important.

From where I am sitting right now I could grab my emergency papers in less than 5 minutes. Hanging in my closet is what I call my “hospital outfit” it is sweat pants and top that is comfortable and will keep me warm in the cold of the hospital. (I have had numerous late night calls from friends and family.)

It never ceases to amaze me the number of people who refuse to leave their homes during an emergency because they have so much stuff. If it was really bad (SHTF) the clothes on my back and my Bible (I have a small one) will due. When these individuals who refused to evacuate get stuck they always expect the government to bail them out- the government will not always be there.

Though it had nothing to do with “bugging-out” I have traveled enough to know what I want to need to take and what I want to take and the things I don’t have to take. Bible, lap top and cell phone are must (you can’t find a pay phone that takes quarters these days). I have a travel bag that has an extension cord, and I have an extra pair of earphones; my batteries are always charged. I think, despite being unprepared I know what to leave behind.


 And that is the world according to NETTIE xxx Short Stories and essays and other ramblings by Marsha L F Randolph; All rights reserved do not use without the permission of the author Marsha L F Randolph




Saturday, July 9, 2016

MY OBSESSION

I would prefer to have a field of corn growing on my land than one hundred cans of corn hidden in my closet. I want to be able to make my own bread just in case food cost more than I can afford. I want neighbors I can barter with so I don’t have to depend on the government for the things I need.


I spend days thinking about, learning about living on a homestead. I watch movies about farming, ranching and, yes, the Amish.  If I had a choice between going to a Broadway play or visiting a homestead I would choose the homestead.

One of the reasons I stopped going to the county fair with friends and family is because all they care about is the food and the rides I wanted to see the animals, crafts and foods. I want to learn how to be a country girl.

What I have discovered, as I type on my lap top, is that I am to dependent on modern day conveniences. I have caught myself, actually my husband catches me, cutting on lights I don’t need. I waste water when I wash dishes by hand and then place them in the dishwasher to be washed again. As I type the television is on mute. But, during storms when the electricity is off I am not bothered by it.

I am compelled to learn how to make as much of my own stuff as possible. I am learning the different growing seasons and I have a few plants growing in containers. I want to learn how to can various foods but that will have to wait until I can purchase the right equipment. I am investing in quilting, knitting crocheting and other sewing supplies. I make soap and candles. There is so much to learn.

I have to keep reminding myself to take my time and learn each thing well before moving on. Unfortunately, I get obsessed with doing something and start making mistakes. I messed up a 5 pound batch of soap because I would not test batch. I am forcing myself to not start canning until I can find a mentor to help me with the process.

After 16 years of living in the city I am off to find the Amish farm that is about 45 minutes away from me.


And that is the world according to NETTIE xxx Short Stories and essays and other ramblings by Marsha L F Randolph; All rights reserved do not use without the permission of the author Marsha L F Randolph

Sunday, July 3, 2016

PRAYING FOR AMERICA


WHEN THE BURDENS BECOME TO MUCH

Exodus 6:9 THE VOICE
“So Moses went and told these things to the Israelites, but they turned a deaf ear to him because they were in such low spirits and exhausted from their harsh labor.”


Sometimes the problem is not that you refuse to believe but you have been going through stuff for so long that you cannot motivate yourself to get excited about what could be. For some the lack of support makes a goal harder to achieve and so they change their dreams to one established by a stranger. Even those who believe God’s word is possible have a hard time accepting His promises when the doctor says it is impossible. And others give in to family and friends who sincerely discourage a person from stepping out of his comfort zone. It seems that for every step forward a person takes they are pushed two steps back; hope is rejected because hope has disappointed.

Some people have been going through difficulties their entire life hardship is all that is known.  The New King James version of Exodus 6:9 states: the Israelites had an “anguish of spirit and cruel bondage,”  It is not just that they were mad but they did not have the freedom needed to get away so they could get themselves together. When Moses came with a message of hope they ignored him because they believed there was no way they were going to be able to get away- even for a three day weekend.


Mark 16:14 THE VOICE
The eleven did not believe until Jesus appeared to them all as they sat at dinner. He rebuked them for their hard hearts- for their lack of faith- because they had failed to believe those witnesses who had seen Him after He had risen.

It did not take the disciples long to give up. They had heard Him teach and seen the miracles He performed; they should have remembered that He could do the impossible. They saw Him crucified, they knew He had died, and they knew where He was buried therefore in their minds Jesus was dead their faith was based on what they saw and understood not on God’s Word. The death of Jesus was the death of the disciples hope which is what got them in trouble with Jesus.

A hard heart cannot receive anything, faith cannot manifest.

Both the children of Israel and the disciples of Jesus gave up; one group had 400 years of bondage the other had three and one-half years of miraculous living. Both groups began focusing on the substance of their circumstance which they believed to be the evidence of God’s ability.

Hebrews 11:1 NKJV
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

The substance of your circumstance is not evidence of God’s ability. The duration of your problem is irrelevant to a timeless God. (2 Peter 3:8)The doctors report, no matter how knowledgeable he may be, is irrelevant to our Creator.  (Luke 18:27) Other peoples are opinion do not concern Abba Father. (Romans 3:4) The evidence of God and His abilities are all around us.

Romans 1:3 The Voice
“From the beginning creation in it’s magnificence enlightens us to His nature. Creation itself makes His undying power and divine identity clear, even though they are invisible;and it voids the excuses and ignorant claims of these people”

Despite their unbelief God adhered to His promise made years before they were even born. The Israelites saw God make a way out of no way when He parted the red sea, made water come out of a rock and fed them manna from the sky.

Jesus appeared to the disciples despite their unbelief. He interacted with them, taught them more and then they saw the living Messiah ascend to heaven.


When burdens become to much it is a sign that you are focused on the world and not the Word. As followers of the Jesus we know we will have victory.

1 John 5:3-5 NKJV
For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome. For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith. Who is he who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?

Worry, anxiety, stress, anger and such are signs that we have taken our eyes off of the Word of God and are looking at circumstances that do not come from Him.

Isaiah 26:3 NIV
You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you


Sometimes, people reject the truth because their experiences are overwhelming. How often I have heard someone say: “I know for a fact!” Your facts are not greater than God’s words.

Mark 11:23 NIV
“Truly I tell you, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in their heart but believes that what they say will happen, it will be done for them.”

What do you believe?

God delivered the Hebrews a.k.a. Israelites out of their bondage because He said He would.

Exodus 6:5 NKJV
“And I have also heard the groaning of the children of Israel whom the Egyptians keep in bondage, and I have remembered My covenant.”

After years of being slaves who would have thought the children of Israel would be allowed out of the sight of their oppressor so they could worship God. But not only were they allowed to worship they left Egypt rich and would not have to return.

When life becomes to much for you to deal with it is because you have taken your eyes away from the Word and focused on your problems. God remembers what He said has your heart hardened to His will?

Saturday, July 2, 2016

HYBRID PREPPER PART 2- THE HOMESTEAD


I do not like the city, nor do I like the suburbs; I want out! My plan is to live on at least 3 acres of land away from people who live complicated lifestyles by 2020.

The idea of living on a homestead is very intriguing to me. I toy with the idea of off-the grid living but only if I had solar energy and I am not real fond of the idea of a composting toilet. But none of this is really a problem since my husband is a city person thus we will have to have the conveniences of indoor plumbing, electricity and cable. Despite having the convince of modern day civilization I still want to be as self-sufficient as possible ready for any emergency- a.k.a SHTF.

As I mentioned in the previous post I consider myself a Hybrid-Prepper; a person who wants to be ready for any type of emergency but not one who is ready to move (bug-out) in a split second. If, when, things get really bad I do not want to be living anywhere near a city.

Two true stories: When I was a young child I visited the country I love and hated it; I hated the out
house and I hated the bugs.  Once my mother took me camping- camp fire and all- I hated it; I hated, in fact I refused to, peeing in the woods and I hated sitting on wood to eat. So what is the difference? Preparation.

I have grown up since then and I am no longer afraid like I was back then. In addition no one prepared me for those experiences and I plan to be very ready now. If I can use the Port-a-Potty and a fair type event I can use an outhouse or compost toilet. And, if I can eat food from a grill I can eat food cooked on a campfire.  Sometimes we do not like what we know nothing about.

There is a lot to learn about living on a self-sufficient homestead, as oppose to having a house on a few acres of land. If I want fresh eggs in the morning I have to learn how to obtain, and care for chickens. If I want fresh milk for my goat milk soap I need to learn about goats. Even gardening requires learning what and when to plant. Of course there are pest and other predators I need to know how to get rid of. And I have yet to shoot a gun. To me homesteading is a level of prepping everyone should seek.

Step one for me in order to own my own homestead, is to become debt free while establishing my other businesses.  Three years to achieve this is not a lot of time particularly when I have so many obligations.

While getting debt Free I will be prepping and learning.



And that is the world according to NETTIE xxx Short Stories and essays and other ramblings by Marsha L F Randolph; All rights reserved do not use without the permission of the author Marsha L F Randolph

Friday, July 1, 2016

GET MOVING

No one can make you go for a walk yet a twenty minute walk everyday can help: strengthen your bones, uplift your spirits, help in lowering your blood pressure, lower your blood sugar, help prevent heart disease and assist with weight loss. As I said it can help it will not in and of itself cure you.

It is assumed that with age comes health issues, this is an incorrect assumption. Far to many people are dependent on pills to make them healthy. If you look at the commercials you see there are pills to help you go to the bathroom and pills to stop you from going to the bathroom. If you listen to the end of the commercial you will discover many pills that are advertised to help you can do more harm than good.

Prescriptions can subdue symptoms but they are not meant to cure. A healthy lifestyle which includes eating right and exercising do not have the same adverse side effects that most prescriptions have. THERE ARE TIMES WHEN THE BENEFITS OF A PRESCRIPTION OUTWEIGH THE ADVERSE SIDE EFFECTS.

I argued with an individual, yes argued, one day because though clearly overweight he insisted that God would heal his body. He had shared with the group that he had diabetes but he felt it was not necessary to watch the amount of deserts he ate. I informed him that God had given him wisdom to know what to eat and not to eat and if he chose to eat what was not good for him he would suffer the consequences. I further informed him that God was under no obligation to heal him when he refused to do something as simple as eat healthy and exercise. This person strongly disagreed with me- though he prays for healing he still has diabetes.

“PEOPLE WHO DON’T FIND TIME TO EXERCISE,
SOONER OR LATER
WILL HAVE TO FIND TIME FOR ILLNESS” 
15th Earl of Derby

I first saw the above quote when I was reading some literature from THE AIM COMPANIES. It is what inspired me to begin some type of exercise. I am not an exercise fanatic but I try to do something daily. One of the little things I do is ride my manual stationary bike at least once a day, doing something is always better than nothing. What I discovered over a period of time was that I felt good after riding my bike. I also have a stepper (one of those things that you step up and down on) and an exercise ball.

Have you ever gone to the grocery store and saw someone walking into the store and then get into one of those riding carts? Yes there are some who need the cart but there are many who could walk. That trip to the grocery store may be the only exercise this person could have had that week.

I know a few women in their 90’s who do not use motorized wheel chairs a few have walkers. One of these ladies will walk around her house three or four times a day. Some of these women of wisdom have gardens in their yards, plants on their porch or in their homes that they take care of. These ladies do not take pills for high blood pressure, high cholesterol or diabetes, they may take a tylenol or aspirin for pain but for the most part they are healthier than most 50 year olds I know.

It is important to include movement in your daily routine. I understand that most exercise experts recommend exercising 3 or 4 days a week I don’t, they are referring to high energy cardio-workouts. I say do something for at least 10 minutes a day everyday, I believe that the ten minutes will eventually expand to 20 minutes or more.

I lost weight doing simple exercise daily. I do not take any prescription drugs. I do take supplements from THE AIM COMPANIES: BARELY LIFE AND FRAME ESSENTIAL.

Exercising is not a bad thing if you do something you enjoy. Find some type of movement to do and do it everyday.
Remember the exercises that we use to do before aerobics, and zumba?

  • Calisthenics: Toe touches, push-ups and jumping jacks.
  • Go for a walk:  at the mall, in your house, in your yard, around your block, in the park.
  • Swim
  • Try basic stretches
  • Run, dance, play a sport.

Whatever you do have fun - you get started.

The words written are based on my personal knowledge. I am an Independent Distributor of THE AIM COMPANIES US products. I have completed The Aim Companies Living Well Program and am a recognized LIVING WELL COACH through THE AIM COMPANIES. Products mentioned can be purchased through Marsha L Randolph or directly from THE AIM COMPANIES.
For more information email: Marsha @ nowayztired@gmail.com 
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