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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Thursday, April 13, 2017

NETTIE-ISM: BIBLE STUDY


People give you information as if it is fact yet, the information presented defies common sense and biblical truths. Both church leaders and educators alike are presenting false doctrines to people as if it were the only way to personal growth and success.





Romans 3:3-4
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.”
2 Timothy 3:16
All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness,

It is crucial that you not just read your Bible to get through it but to study the words on it’s pages. Get a dictionary, get a concordance, you may even get an additional translation.  Know what God says.

PSALM 105:4 The Expanded Bible
·Depend on [Seek] the Lord and his strength; always ·go to him for help [L- seek his face].
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Sunday, April 9, 2017

A MATTER OF FAITH: RAISING CHILDREN TOO BUSY FOR GOD

ISAIAH 54:13 King James Version
And all thy children shall be taught of the LORD; and great shall be the peace of thy children. 

A disturbing thought occurred to me as I left my house one Sunday morning, around 9AM: Today’s children are to busy to spend time with Father God.

I see it all around me. Young people who have children and determine the best way to keep them out of trouble is to keep them busy with activity. Parents are just as busy but find time to attend or participate in, as coaches, in their child’s various athletic after school activities. True many take them to church if their is not a sporting event happening but are they really being taught about Jesus?

Once upon a time schools used the Bible to teach our children. As government’s involvement with education increased the word of the Lord decreased; but prayer remained. Prayer was replaced by a moment of silence and then that moment of silence was abolished. Look at the schools today, look at the behavior of our young people.

The New King James Version of the Bible translates Isaiah 54:13 this way: “All your children shall be taught by the Lord, and great shall be the peace of your children.” It God through you that teaches children who He is.

EXODUS 4:15
Now you shall speak to him and put the words in his mouth. And I will be with your mouth and with his mouth, and I will teach you what you shall do.

DEUTERONOMY 4:36 Expanded Bible
He spoke to you from heaven to ·teach [instruct; or discipline] you. He ·showed [revealed to] you his great fire on earth, and you heard him speak from the fire.

PSALM 71:17 The Voice
You have taught me since I was young, O God, and I still proclaim the wonderful things You have done.

Are those of us born in the late 50’s early 60’s what is left of those who believe everything in the Bible from Genesis 1:1  to Revelation 22:21? At least hear in the United States of America.

PSALM 94:10  Expanded Bible
Won’t the one who ·corrects [instructs; disciplines] nations ·punish [reprimand; reprove] you?  Doesn’t the teacher of people know everything?

There is a hell to avoid and a heaven to seek. Father God our teacher knows everything including what our children are not doing. When basketball, football, soccer, baseball, cheerleading, gymnastics or any other activity becomes second only to homework and God is put on the back-burner there is a problem.

Going to church on Easter Sunday is not the precursor to egg hunts and ham dinners. Midnight service on Christmas eve is not a time killer as children wait to open presents. Faith has to begin at home. God’s correction of nations is not like the governments.

ISAIAH 55:8-9
“For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord.  “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.

The instructions our children are receiving today from modern day academia is one of intolerance towards the teachings of Scripture which leads to anti-Christ behavior. You only have to listen to the media, any of them but liberal media in particular, to hear words that go against God’s commandments for living. Far to often we are hearing how children are being introduced to Islam by school systems that refuse to allow Christian prayer.


JEREMIAH 32:33 The Voice
They have all turned their backs to Me instead of their faces. They have refused to listen and learn from My instruction, even though I tried to teach them again and again.

Parents are not paying attention, they are to busy with their own busy schedule, to know what they children are learning. Far too many of today’s parents are looking for opportunities to relax and enjoy the fruits of their labor- “me time.” Scripture reveals what our priority should be:

MATTHEW 6:33
But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these thing shall be added to you.

If your priority is not Jehovah Eloheem then your children are not going to make Him a priority. Many people will obtain whatever ‘things’ they are seeking there will be no joy or peace associated with the acquisition because there will always be a need to make sure the ‘things’ are kept. When the priority is getting the ‘thing’ the need is to not let it be foreclosed on, repossessed or stolen.

Isaiah 54:13 declares there is peace when we are taught of the Lord. It is important that parents take the time to study God’s word and share that knowledge with their children, this includes teaching them to study the Word.  Man teaches so that children can recite what has been told even if it is contrary to Scripture.

MARK 10:13-16
Then they brought little children to Him that He might touch them; but the disciples rebuked those who brought them. But when Jesus saw it, He was greatly displeased and said to them “Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of God. Assuredly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will by no means enter it. And He took them up in His arms, laid His hands on them, and blessed them.

Children are empty vessels and they should be filled with the love and knowledge of our Creator Father God. Jesus said we should be like children- empty vessels- able to receive knowledge from Him. As parents our first responsibility is to present our children to the Lord unfortunately today’s children are to busy for Jesus.

What I see in my community are young boys and girls who are very respectful to adults. They come home and, according to their parents, do their homework. I see young children who are taken to various activities during the week and on the weekends. I do not see any of the families going to church, when I talk to the parents about visiting a church the response is: “I will when I have time.”

In the news I read about young children, under the age of 18, committing abhorrent crimes.  I listen to young adults demanding things that they should try to earn. I hear anger and hate from our children- I suspect they had parents to busy to teach them about God.  xxx Marsha L F Randolph

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You have to want to go forward before you take a step BUT when you know that God is with you it becomes possible. As a member of the Been There Done That club I felt qualified to share how the Bible helped me walk in His blessings while disregarding the curses (cursing) many people directed towards me. Put your towards the haters and  face the direction of Father God. NETTIEOLOGY

Sunday, April 2, 2017

A MATTER OF FAITH: MONDAY WILL COME

 I woke up this morning thinking: “It’s Sunday, tomorrow is Monday, I have so much to do.” For all of us tomorrow will come, that does not mean that it will come on this side of eternity but it will come.

For me, everyday is pact with activity but I try to rest on Sunday. If a person has the weekend off it is usually filled with activity,many people take a day off from work to catch up on rest.

Monday, for so many people represents the beginning of a new week, Sunday is the end of the previous week.

MATTHEW 6:34
Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.

Our itinerary for the day is so full that it spills over into the next day. But if the next day is a Monday a work day for most people then what happens to the list of things that needed to be done that were not?

Jesus said,in Matthew 6:34, not to focus on tomorrow. But focus on today. When He was taught about prayer the same principle was applied.

LUKE 11:3
Give us day by day our daily bread.

We grocery shop based on extended periods of time- the week or even the month. We prepare for tomorrow but that should not be our focus.
It is when we are so consumed about tomorrow that we don’t do what needs to be done today: “Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”

RUTH 3:18
Then she said, “Sit still, my daughter, until you know how the matter will turn out; for the man will not rest until he has concluded the matter this day.”

There are things that need to be accomplished “this day” that require your attention. Naomi instructed her daughter-in-law to not do anything else, do not plan any other activities, until Boaz does what he needs to do. Since the two women had moved to Moab Ruth had focused on gathering food for the household everyday but this routine could not go on forever. How were they going to survive if there was no harvest to gather and no money to purchase food?

If you are very busy doing things you often miss your solution.


There are times when we must wait. We cannot make plans for tomorrow because of what will happen today.

PSALM 46:10
Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!

Trust God. When your weekend is so full that Monday comes to soon it is because your weekend is to full.

Naomi told Ruth: “Sit still.” The Psalm declares: “Be still.” The idea is to not focus on your itinerary but to pay attention to what is going on today. What is the Holy Spirit telling you?

God is in your today.

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

Faith is a “now” thing not a tomorrow thing. This is an important factor to consider particularly when you are focused on tomorrow. If you don’t have a productive day today it could adversely affect your tomorrow.


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 had a big agenda for the day whereas, Mary focused on what was happening at the moment. Despite Martha’s fretting and Mary’s sitting everyone was served food.

Monday is going to come. For some Monday will be another workday, for others it will be the day they walk into an eternal life. What is important is what you are doing today.


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Thursday, March 30, 2017

NETTIE-ISM #3




Waking up is your starting point.





MATTHEW 6:11
Give us this day our daily bread.

Whatever mistakes I made yesterday matter only because of the lesson or lessons I have learned. Everyday is a new day to begin again.

Matthew 6:34
Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.

If you want to do something for your tomorrow make today successful.

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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

NETTIE-ISM #2



Self-indulgence never makes a person happy, it only leaves them wanting more. 





PROVERBS 27:20 NIV
Death and Destruction are never satisfied, and neither are human eyes.

The idea that a person has to have (fill in the blank) and then when she gets it needs more is a clue as to the existence of a self-indulgent desire.

When a person gets angry because something is not done exactly as he requested, despite the individual performing the task the best that he could, is an indication of an unsatisfied soul.

Standing in line for hours to purchase a new cell phone, going into debt to purchase unnecessary items, drug addictions, or the inability to maintain long-term relationships are indications of personal dissatisfaction. No, you may not die physically but your heart becomes hardened to the truth of God’s blessings and your soul dies a little with every self-indulgent act.

Financial and relational destruction can occur when a person puts his or her needs ahead of others,

MATTHEW 5:6 THE VOICE
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness—they will be filled.

It is not wrong to do things for yourself the error comes in satisfying yourself at the expense of others. Living life God’s way brings joy.

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Monday, March 20, 2017

MY COUNTRY CITY PROJECT: MAKING STUFF

At some point it becomes an obsession but as obsessions go I think it is a healthy obsession. I love to make stuff! I like to think I am saving money, however, some things like sewing have an initial high up front cost.

There are some long term benefits to doing it yourself. I have clothes that I made over 10 years ago that I can still wear. By purchasing 2 $4 Tomato plants I harvested enough tomatoes for months saving more than my initial investment- which included fertilizer. Home made last a long time and can save money.

Some people get carried away and spend tons of money believing they will do “this” forever only to become discouraged and quit. Like any project it is important to start with something simple and see if you like it. Especially, sewing. Like a new relationship a person should look deep before she leaps.

I have been using homemade deodorant for more than 2 years.  I started making my own in 2016, prior to that my daughter made it for me and it was very difficult for her to get me to just try it. Some people are very sensitive to various deodorants and either spend a lot of money on special store bought brand or make their own. After trying what my daughter made and having to wait for her to make a new batch when I ran out I began making my own. It is amazing how long my batch last and how well it works!  Cost wise I would say it is cheaper than buying a stick of deodorant for one dollar at the dollar store and as for quality it works. There are no complaints about me in the South Florida heat.

Making stuff for me includes re-purposing. Why send something to the recycle depot when you can re-purpose it? Baby food jars become candle containers, and the plastic coffee containers become planters. I have also used Pringle’s chip containers for soap molds. No, I am not a tree hugging save the planet global warming liberal ideology person. I am a God loving, practical living, don’t waste money conservative thinking woman. Why would I spend dollars for a jar, planter or soap mold when I can reuse what I already have; eventually these things may go in the recycle bin but not today.

I find it interesting that I do not have high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes or any other diseases associated with people who are getting older. I take no prescription drugs but most of my sisters do. I attribute my good health to living a simple life and doing things that will benefit me and my household and not stressing out about the problems of this world.

Though crafting is a personal choice it does not have to be a solo activity. I make: deodorant, laundry detergent, soap, and soy candles. I sew various things including clothes; I also knit and crochet. (I have not done it in a while but I do know how to hand embroidery.) And I plant stuff. I don’t do these projects with other people however I am part of a a few groups on Social Media and do talk about these activities with others within the group. It’s fun.

I think everybody can make something. You just have to try different things until you discover the skills within you. xxx written by Marsha L F Randolph

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Sunday, March 19, 2017

A MATTER OF FAITH: TRUE LOVE

To know the greatest love is to understand the love of God. You may or may not feel appreciated by those around you but nothing can compare to the True gift of our Lord Jesus.

PSALM 139 THE EXPANDED BIBLE
1) Lord, you have ·examined [investigated; searched] me and know all about me.
2) You know when I sit down and when I ·get up [rise]. You ·know [understand] my thoughts ·before I think them [L- from afar].
3) You ·know [L- measure] ·where I go [L- my path] and ·where I lie down [L- my lying down]. You ·know [are familiar with] ·everything I do [L- all my path].
4) Lord, even ·before I say a word [L- when no word is on my tongue], you already know ·it [L- all of it].
5) You ·are all around me [L- hem me in]—in front and in back—  and have put your hand on me.
6) Your knowledge is ·amazing [wonderful; or overwhelming] to me; it is ·more than I can understand [too high/unattainable. I am not able to grasp it; Rom. 11:33].
7) Where can I go to get away from your Spirit? Where can I ·run [flee] from you?
8) If I ·go [climb] up to the heavens, you are there. If I ·lie down [spread out; make my bed] in ·the grave [L- Sheol; C- the grave or the underworld], you are there.
9) If I rise with the ·sun in the east [L- wings of the dawn]  and settle in the ·west beyond [L- back of] the sea,
10) even there ·you [L- your hand] would guide me. With your right hand you would ·hold [grab; seize] me.
11) I could say, “The darkness will ·hide [cover] me. Let the light around me turn into night.”
12) But even the darkness is not dark to you. The night ·is as light as [shines like] the day; darkness and light are the same to you.
13) You ·made [created] my ·whole being [inward parts];   you ·formed [knitted] me in my mother’s ·body [belly; womb].
14) I ·praise [thank] you because you made me in an ·amazing [awesome] and wonderful way.  What you have done is wonderful. I know this very well.
15) ·You saw my bones being formed [L My bones were not hidden from you]- as I ·took shape [was made] in ·my mother’s body [L- secret]. When I was ·put together [L- woven] ·there [L- in the depths of the earth],
16)·you [L- your eyes] saw my ·body as it was formed [L- embyro]. All the days ·planned [L- formed] for me were written in your book ·before I was one day old [not one of them existed].
17) God, your thoughts are precious to me. ·They are so many [L- How vast are their sum; Job 42:3]!
18) If I could count them, they would be more than all the grains of sand. When I ·wake up [or come to the end], I am still with you.
19) God, I wish you would kill the wicked! Get away from me, you ·murderers [L- people of blood]!
20) They ·say evil things about [make evil plans against] you.  Your enemies ·use your name thoughtlessly [L- lift in vain; Ex. 20:7].
21) Lord, ·I hate [L- Do I not hate…?] those who hate you;     ·I hate [L- Do I not abhor…?] those who rise up against you.
22) I ·feel only hate for them [L- hate them with a perfect/complete hatred]; they are my enemies.
23) God, ·examine [investigate; search; v. 1] me and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.
24) See if there is any ·bad thing [hurtful way] in me. Lead me on the ·road to everlasting life [L- everlasting/or ancient way].  
  The Expanded Bible, Copyright © 2011 Thomas Nelson Inc. All rights reserved.

True love is never about receiving it is about giving.   There was evil all around him, David wanted God to do something about that but in the end David said: “Search me, O God, and know my heart;” (vs. 23 NKJV). The more David discovered how much God loves him despite his faults the more David loved God.

God is eternal, He will always be with you. People will come into your life and go either by death or because they have moved on. You will come and go into other people’s lives, and yes some day you too will transition into eternity. God’s love is eternal, it is true love- Jesus is the manifest presence of God's love.  xxx written by Marsha L F Randolph

JOHN 3:17 NKJV
For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.

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Sunday, March 12, 2017

A MATTER OF FAITH: GOD THINKS YOUR STUPID!

This morning I had this thought: God thinks we are stupid! Perhaps ‘stupid’ is the wrong term, God thinks it takes a lot for us to determine what is the right way to live and the wrong way to live.

Think about the the books of the law in the Old Covenant, they are very detailed. Our Lord Jesus teaches grown folks about life by telling stories; but then he has to explain the meaning of His parables to the very ones who have to teach the others.  The apostle Paul said it gently: I don’t want you to be ignorant.
ROMANS 1:13 KJV
Now I would not have you ignorant, brethren, that oftentimes I purposed to come unto you, (but was let hitherto,) that I might have some fruit among you also, even as among other Gentiles. 
The New King James Version changed the wording to “I do not want you to be unaware,” it means the same thing- don’t be stupid. One of the definitions for stupid is: lacking or marked by lack of intellectual acuity (Scrivener WorldNet Dictionary). Many of us lack intellectual acuity, the ability to think quick, and we are following false doctrine instead of applying God’s word and common sense to what we are being taught. God said:
HOSEA 4:6
My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Because you have rejected knowledge, I also will reject you from being priest for Me; because you have forgotten the law of your God, I also will forget your children.
In my ebook BROKEN & NOT A$HAMED I discuss how works minded many Christians are based on what they are being told by their church leader. Many people attend church regularly, give of their tithes and offerings and some even go on missionary trips. These church members are doing great until some type of crisis comes and they don’t know what to do their lives seem to be destroyed! The knowledge many of us have is based on what someone has told us not what the Holy Spirit has revealed through the Word of God.

In Romans the Apostle Paul was concerned because he was not able to personally come and teach the believers about Jesus the Son of God. “For I long to see you, that I may impart to you some spiritual gift,-”  he said in his letter (Romans 1:11). The Apostle knew what we should know: In order to have a personal relationship with Father God we must have a solid foundation of God’s Word.

God said in Hosea: His people are destroyed because of what they do not know. Whenever I come against a problem I have to ask myself: What is it I don’t know? Often what we know is based on what someone incorrectly told us.

Who does not have a Bible? Many churches give Bibles away. The dollar store has Bibles for- yes, one dollar. Bibles are available on-line for free. Bibles come in print and audio versions as well as video. Last year I had 2 contest to give away Bibles- there was not much interest. It is stupid, lacking intellectual acuity, to reject the life giving word found in the Bible.
2 TIMOTHY 3:16 THE EXPANDED BIBLE
All Scripture is ·inspired by God [breathed out by God; L-  God-breathed] and is useful for teaching, for ·showing people what is wrong in their lives [refuting error; rebuking], for correcting faults, and for ·teaching how to live right [training in righteousness].
What is happening today is what the Apostle Paul and other teachers of God’s word go through great lengths to avoid- false teachings. The consequences of believing the wrong thing is that a person will not fully receive God’s truths and perish.
2 PETER 2:1-2
But there were also false prophets among the people, even as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Lord who bought them, and bring on themselves swift destruction. And many will follow their destructive ways, because of whom the way of truth will be blasphemed.
It is happening today! Some teachings are more obvious than others. I suspect many church leaders started out teaching God’s word and slowly began personally adding leaven to their personal lives ( A little leaven leavens the whole lump. Galatians 5:6): as the leader begins compromising his life he begins compromising the lives of those he teaches. And there are others who never followed the teachings of Christ and became church leaders with the intent of turning people away from the Truth. I cannot say it often enough: STUDY THE BIBLE YOURSELF!!!
MATTHEW 15:8-9 THE EXPANDED BIBLE
These people show honor to me with ·words [L- their lips],    but their hearts are far from me. Their worship of me is ·worthless [futile; in vain]. The things [doctrines] they teach are nothing but human ·rules [commandments; Is. 29:13].’”
If you read any of my books including MOVING FORWARD BY FAITH or BROKEN & NOT A$HAMED you know I struggled with my relationship with church. It was when I started studying the word of God on my own that I began experiencing the peace and blessings available to me.

Whether you are part of a church or going to join one get your own Bible and know what God said for yourself. You don’t need a title to understand Scripture God will reveal His truths to you.
JAMES 1:5
If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.
It is important to understand the whys of a particular church and compare it to God’s word. For example: there are churches that endorse homosexuality and use Bible verses to justify it. If you study God’s word you will know that homosexuality is not an acceptable behavior. Church doctrine, the whys within a particular group, molds the messages preached. In following a church, denominational or non-denominational, you are following man not Jesus.
1 TIMOTHY 1:5-7 THE MESSAGE
The whole point of what we’re urging is simply love—love uncontaminated by self-interest and counterfeit faith, a life open to God. Those who fail to keep to this point soon wander off into cul-de-sacs of gossip. They set themselves up as experts on religious issues, but haven’t the remotest idea of what they’re holding forth with such imposing eloquence.
I am not a fan of the Message Bible however I think this emphasizes the need to study God’s word yourself. There are so many people who profess to know God’s word and present themselves as church leaders but are not called by God to do so (Romans 8:29-30). I have sat in churches in which the Preacher spoke with such eloquence, with what seemed like authority but upon close inspection it was powerless preaching. What does the New King James Translation say?
1 TIMOTHY 1:7
desiring to be teachers of the law, understanding neither what they say nor the things which they affirm.
God said in Hosea, we perish because of a lack of knowledge yet there are churches everywhere. Bibles are available in a variety of formats and languages. Perhaps His people are not stupid but just plain LAZY! Fat to many people crave feel good messages.
TITUS 1:10-11
For there are many insubordinate, both idle talkers and deceivers, especially those of the circumcision, whose mouths must be stopped, who subvert whole households, teaching things which they ought not, for the sake of dishonest gain.
Take a look at what is happening today. Anger and destruction, rebellious children, grown women acting unbecomingly, men side-stepping there God given positions and church leaders manipulating God’s word for their own personal gain.

You might be saying: But that does not mean God thinks I am stupid?  The world focuses on semantics today thus a better way of presenting information is to declare: You are spiritually ignorant?
ISAIAH 59:8 THE EXPANDED BIBLE
They don’t know ·how to live in [L- the path/way of] peace,    and there is no ·fairness [justice] in their ·lives [paths]. They ·are dishonest [act deceitfully; L- have made their paths/ways crooked].  Anyone who ·lives as they live [walks on them] will never ·have [know] peace.
If you are struggling examine the basis of what you believe. For example: Have you ever heard the expression- “God helps those who help themselves?” This is not true! The Bible teaches: give and you will get (Luke 6:38). Blessing yourself is a worldly concept that has crept into the church. Perhaps it is not God who thinks you are stupid but the individuals you have decided are qualified to teach you with authority not given to them by God.

EPHESIANS 4:17-18
This I say, therefore, and testify in the Lord, that you should no longer walk as the rest of the Gentiles walk, in the futility of their mind,  having their understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God, because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart;
JEREMIAH 5:4
Therefore I said, “Surely these are poor. They are foolish;
for they do not know the way of the Lord, the judgment of their God.
MICAH 4:12
But they don’t know·what the Lord is thinking [the thoughts of the Lord]; they don’t understand his plan. He has gathered them like ·bundles of grain [sheaves] to the threshing floor.
ROMANS 10:3 THE VOICE
In their ignorance about how God is working to make things right, they have been trying to establish their own right standing with God through the law. But they are not operating under God’s saving, restorative justice.
Father God said “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.” He delivered these words through the Prophet Hosea and there were many people delivering God’s word to His people yet they were being destroyed! Ephesians, Jeremiah, Micah and Romans each of the above Scriptures talk about what a person does not know. God does not think you are stupid perhaps you just lack intellectual acuity. xxx written by Marsha L F Randolph

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Thursday, March 9, 2017

NO POLITICAL AFFILIATION: ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION

Laws are established to maintain order, it also provides an equal starting point for individual lifestyles. It does not matter who you are or where you come from the law is to be adhered to or there will be consequences. This principle of actions and response are present within the Bible and the government.

Unfortunately, today, many have become very good at disregarding the law in order to advance personal desires. This is true not only for those who call themselves believers in God but political leaders as well. This breaking of the law has become standard operating procedure. Immigration guidelines is one of the laws that is being ignored by many.

I have had an opinion on illegal immigration for quite a while and have voiced it to many; I have yet, until now, written my opinion. My delay is the knowledge that I have many non-American born friends who have much stronger feelings than I on this topic; I have yielded my voice to allow them to speak both the pros and the cons. But as I listen to the rhetoric of various politicians and the reports on the news I hear the topic of illegal immigration from a Hispanic point of view not an American one.

The one thing I have not been silent on is Haitian immigration. When I first moved to South Florida I would hear reports of Cubans and Haitians arriving in America- the Cubans were received and the Haitians sent back to their country. The idea that a group of people received preferential treatment and another group who was suffering just as much if not worst was not right.

When I lived up north I had quite a few friends that were born outside of the USA. These individuals came from various countries in Africa as well as Europe an Asia. It cost quite a bit of money for them to get here, thousands of American dollars. It also took years to become an American citizen.

In enduring their journey to citizenship my friends came to love this country.

With the knowledge of my friends, who came here legally, struggles I cannot endorse illegal immigration. In doing so it becomes unfair to those who did things the right way.

What bothers me today more than anything else is the media’s emphasis on Spanish speaking migration. The media presents a scenario in which individuals come to this country to work in the fields ‘picking cotton’ and cleaning toilets, though this may be a stepping stone for some it is not a lifetime activity.

Using someone else’s Social Security number, identity theft- another crime- far to many illegal aliens obtain good jobs. These individuals, who paid nothing into the system, take advantage of every government benefit they can get- shelter, food, health care, and education. This is not right.

I support helping individuals in other countries develop farms for food, build low cost housing and educate as many people as are willing to learn.

I also support sending everyone- man, woman and child- back to their country and having them re-enter the correct way. How tragic- a child born in America being sent back to his or her parents country! That is not as bad as a veteran who risked his physical and mental life for this country not being able to get the care he or she needs while illegals get everything. When these individuals are sent back I support there being able to return LEGALLY.

For the record I do not support people coming into this country who hate Americans. I also encourage those who promised to leave if Donald Trump became President to do as they said- go.

In the Old Testament people who did not obey the law died instantly. God did not play! In the New Testament we have mercy- a time to correct our wrong behavior- until Jesus returns. The government is not God and God is not the government, you will not be struck dead for disobeying the law and if you were here long enough to create a family you were here long enough to become a legal citizen. I stand with our government as they enforce the laws of the land.

With all of the attention on Spanish speaking people no one realizes that HAITIANS ARE BEING SENT BACK AND NO ONE IS SAYING ANYTHING. xxx written by Marsha L F Randolph

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Sunday, March 5, 2017

A MATTER OF FAITH: ANATOMY OF A PRAYER REQUEST PT. 2

It is important that a person have a solid foundation of faith. This only comes through personal Bible study. Once upon a time we could trust our church leaders to teach us the word of God unfiltered but today Political Correctness and corporate needs (mega churches have a capitalist corporation mindset) has become a stumbling block to faith in our Lord and Saviour.

My ebook BEFORE YOU PRAY FOR ME presents the foundations of faith to help you reinforce what you know or establish what you do not know.

As I mentioned in the PART 1 of this post I created a prayer table with six prayer request listed, one has been answered and two are actually not even listed within the table.

Jesus said we are to ask what we want and we would have it (Matthew 7:7-8).  David revealed in a Psalm: Father God gives us desires as long as we delight in Him (Psalm 37:4). But James cautioned us to make sure we asked with the right intent (James 4:3).

Jesus also instructed us to believe that we had received what we asked for (Mark 11:24). However it is important to know that words have significance in heaven. (Psalm 5:8-9, Proverbs 18:21)Thus, what you are listening to and who you are listening to can influence what you believe which will influence the answer to your prayer (Romans 3:3-4)

As I stated in last weeks post: “It is not Father God who did not answer your prayer it is you who rejected His answer.”

What I am presenting to you are 7 Concepts Of Prayer, using a personal experience to illustrate these ideas. The concepts are:

  1. KNOW WHAT YOU WANT
  2. KNOW WHY YOU WANT IT
  3. ASK
  4. BELIEVE
  5. RECEIVE
  6. DON’T DOUBT
  7. UNDERSTAND THE PROCESS.


On my previous post I discussed the first 3 ideas and touched on believe. Believing and receiving go hand in hand thus it is important that you know what it is you actually believe.

As my sewing skills improved I determined that a serger sewing machine would be beneficial. My research consisted of listening to and reading the reviews about various sergers, pricing them and watching tutorials on how the machine worked. Why is this important?

My relationship with the sewing machine began before I became personally involved with it. I got to know about sewing, then I discovered various stitches as well as what my standard sewing machine could and could not do. I appreciated the idea of finishing off my sewing project with a professional looking finish and keep edges of fabric from unraveling without the use of binding. The more information I received the more I wanted to have a serger.

A relationship with God the Father involves this same principle. The more you seek Him the more He will reveal Himself to you.

JAMES 4:8 THE VOICE
Come close to the one true God, and He will draw close to you. Wash your hands; you have dirtied them in sin. Cleanse your heart, because your mind is split down the middle, your love for God on one side and selfish pursuits on the other.
PSALM 73:28 THE VOICE
But the closer I am to You, my God, the better because life with You is good.  O Lord, the Eternal, You keep me safe—I will tell everyone what You have done.
Hebrews 11:6
But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.

Diligence is important when seeking an answer to a prayer.  I researched and found a machine that I could afford- cash not credit- and one that had positive reviews. I posted a note on the bulletin board in my office that said: Brother 1034D $229. And I continued working on my sewing projects.

Regardless of what it is that you are praying for life goes on and you must continue to live it.

I chose not to hem skirts that I had made but instead made the conscious decision to wait for the serger I had not yet ordered it because I did not have the funds.

HEBREWS 11:1 THE EXPANDED
Faith means ·being sure [the assurance; or the tangible reality; or the sure foundation] of the things we hope for and ·knowing that something is real even if we do not see it [the conviction/assurance/evidence about things not seen].

Receiving comes after believing. I believed I had it but doubt began creeping in. Instead of giving up I prayed, reminding Father God of my desire and His promise. The next day I got the money.

MARK 11:23
For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says.

When the money arrived a new dilemma came to mind- there are other things that I could use the money for. I could buy the Expanded Bible and still pay a bill, again I prayed. As I talked to Father God about my concerns I realized that it was what I had prayed for; God knew I had bills.

MARK 11:23-24
For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says. Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.
I was on the verge of doubting that Father God had provided a way for me to get my sewing machine but I remembered his promises and so I ordered the machine for $188! Forty-one dollars cheaper than what I had anticipated paying for; and cheaper than Walmart. My only compromise was the delivery date: I could have paid more and had the machine on Friday (the day after my birthday) but I can wait.

Some prayer answers do not manifest right away, that does not mean God said no it just means it is on the way. As I write this my sewing machine is on the way- but I already have it.

The process for receiving my Brother 1034D serger is as follows:

  1. Wednesday, February 22, I placed an order from jet.com website, the payment was removed     from my account- debt paid.
  2.  Friday 2/24 the package is at Federal Express in AUSTELL, GA
  3. Saturday in transport from Austella, GA to Belle Isle FL
  4. Sunday in Belle Isle FL briefly and then in transit from Belle Isle FL to Orlando Fl
  5. Monday the package arrived in Orlando and sent to FedEx location in Maimi FL
  6. Tuesday 5:55 AM arrived at facility in Miami for delivery
  7.  Tuesday 7:13 AM on truck for delivery                                                                                          - Tuesday, February 28, 2017 2:46:36 PM STILL NOT HERE

   The Federal Express Center is a 5 minute drive from my house. I am anxiously awaiting my Brother 1034D Serger- I know it is coming but it is not here.

Consider this:

  • I could have gone to the store and purchased this same machine for $229 or more and received it the same day. 
  • I could have ordered from another on-line place and paid extra to have it delivered sooner.
  • I could have ordered and picked it up sooner at a designated sight. 
  • I chose to wait. 


One of the hardest things it for us to do is know that we have answer to our prayers according to His promises which are for His purpose.
EPHESIANS 1:11-12
In Him also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will, that we who first trusted in Christ should be to the praise of His glory.
JAMES 1:17
Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.

I was able to wait because after years of trying to do things my way I have learned that my way leads to problems. I have, over the years, developed an appreciation for the final concept to answered prayers which is to: UNDERSTAND THE PROCESS.

My Brother 1034D
I went into detail regarding the transportation of my package because there was indeed a process. Often we take matters in our own hands once we pray. We use a credit card instead of waiting for God to give show us how we can pay by cash. We have surgery instead of exercising to lose wait. We read horoscopes instead of praying and letting the Holy Spirit guide us. It cost to do things your way.

Tuesday February 28,, 2017 at 4:02 pm the FedEx truck pulled up in front of my home with a big purple box! Inside was my Brother 1034D that I paid not $229 or even $190 but $188 dollars for! My total cost came to $199.93. Had would have paid about $245 with taxes and over $250 to have it delivered fast.

Yes, God answers prayers! You just need to be there to receive it from Him.  xxx written by Marsha L F Randolph

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Saturday, March 4, 2017

BACK2BASICS: SLOW DOWN

Back2Basics is as the title implies going back to a simpler lifestyle. Far to many have allowed advertisements and  personalities to tell them how to live and think. Common sense has become devalued; research has become obsolete.

Once upon a time traditions were embraced as a way to maintain a family culture; an environment of love and appreciation. Over the years traditions have been perverted or considered unnecessary. Being traditional meant you knew how to solve your own problems without the input of outside forces, it meant you were not dependent on government entities, psychological data, educational standards or technological advances. Once upon a time being traditional was a good thing.

The airwaves are full of information that declare what you should have. It is the newest, the fastest, the biggest, the sexiest, the most necessary whats’-it you can have.  You are told: who is bad and who is good, what is wrong and what is right. But, none of this is significant. Much of the information out there is wrong.

In going back to basics you must think about what you believe and why you believe it. Going back to basics requires your ignoring trends. It also means slowing your life down a bit in order to do things without being dependent on something that may not be here tomorrow.

How many things do you have that you can do without? In order to determine the answer you must first determine what it is you think you have to have. Here are a few things that we have to make life ‘easier’-

  • Microwave
  • Newest cell phone
  • Latest television
  • New car with all the electronic gadgets built-in
  • Multiple cars
  • Extravagant vacations
  • Credit Cards


The world wants you to move faster than you should but after  over 2,000 years of existence there is still only 24 hours in a day. Those who die with a lot of toys don’t take it with them.    xxx written by Marsha L F Randolph


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Thursday, March 2, 2017

INTRODUCING: NETTIE-ISMS- NETTIE-ISM #1

NETTIE-ISM -the various thoughts ideas and expressed opinions of Nettie a.k.a. Marsha L F Randolph. A group of Nettie-ism produce a particular philosophy commonly referred to as NETTIE-OLOGY.

NETTIE-ISM #1 BLESSED

I wake up some mornings and cannot believe how blessed I am! Yes, I have struggles. Yes, I have heart ache and pain!  All of that proves that the God I serve is with me because I make it through - daily!

If you can’t see the blessings Father God has given you then you need to look again!

Psalm 34:8 KJV
O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him. 

Sunday, February 26, 2017

MY COUNTRY CITY PROJECT: GROWING, GROWING, GROWN!

I would deem my second ‘serious’ attempt at growing stuff a success. Though I did not produce a lot of items I did learn my strengths and weaknesses when it comes to gardening.

Like everything you do, it is important to keep the main thing the main thing. For me the main thing is writing, often I get lost in words and do not want to water the tomatoes, but they got watered eventually.

It is important to keep a gardening journal so you know remember what works and does not work. I am trying to keep a planting journal and last week I planted marigold seeds; oops! I forgot to make a note of the date I planted the seed and I have sprouts! The good news is I took pictures; according to INSTAGRAM I planted the  marigolds 3 days ago.  Making gardening notes is not a priority for me but it is important for future gardening plans. I am learning.

Like everything in life learning to garden is a process. My first attempt at gardening was during the ‘Square foot gardening’ trend in the 90’s. For those of us who lived in the suburbs. I, like my neighbors, rented a patch of land to grow using the square foot gardening principles, unfortunately I worked 72 hours a week and had 3 children- I am sure everything grew I just was not around to see what actually happened.

I discovered MIgardener on YouTube and enjoyed the way he taught. The family teaches about gardening on the channel and sells the seeds produced by their plants. My first order from MIgardener was Marigolds and Cilantro each pack contained approximately 100 seeds which is great at 99 cent a pack.

I decided to try growing marigolds so I created a makes shift seed started kit by using re-purposed yogurt containers and an old plastic shoe box that I had purchased from the dollar store. Unfortunately I could not find my starter soil so I just used dirt I had on hand to plant my seeds in.  I watered the seeds very generously and set my make shift seed starter kit in the window. Set it- and forget it!

NO YOU CANNOT FORGET IT!  Consider this: I ordered Marigold and Cilantro from MIgardener on February 15, they arrived February 21. I decided to plant the Marigolds February 22; today, the 26th, I happened to look at the plants and they had sprouted! Oh my! I have to make sure I have enough pots to put the plants in when they are ready.




From seed to sprouts.
The MARIGOLDS are doing well!
 

And so it is, things are definitely growing here in South Florida! The aloe vera plants are multiplying happily. The lucky bamboo have adapted to their container and are growing. My one, what I believe to be  dieffenbachia that I purchased from Home Depot, is growing up in what was once a Folger’s coffee #re-purpose!  However, I did transfer the two philodendron clippings into actual dollar store purchased planters.  The tomato plants have grown and gone. Oh, did I forget the Avocado seed that is sitting in water? The roots are looking wonderful. I am a happy Country in the City girl!

As long as I drink coffee I will have planters and as long as I have planters I will plant. My suggestion to you- Order a 99cent pack of seeds from MIgardner and grow something!

I almost forgot! I visited the lemon plants I gave to my aunt last year and they are doing well! I started more lemon plants from seed and four have sprouted so far.

It really does not take a lot of money to grow your own. YOU CAN DO IT TOO! xxx written by Marsha L F Randolph


The lemon plants started from seed are in repurposed peanut containers (some were painted) The seeds were started January 21 & 25 and potted February 4th. 

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