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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A MATTER OF FAITH: ANATOMY OF A PRAYER REQUEST


On January 19, 2017 I created a Prayer Request Table, the purpose was and is to note how long it takes for my prayers to be answered.  As of this writing there are six items on my list one of which has been answered. Two of the six are not written within the table.

I believe, without the proper foundation it will be difficult to believe that God will do the impossible in your life. BEFORE YOU PRAY FOR ME is an ebook I wrote in which I discuss the fundamentals of faith. Before you decide to make a list of prayer request or even before you ask someone to pray for you, understand what you believe.

Today I want to look at two items on my list in order to share 7 CONCEPTS OF PRAYER that can help you receive from God.  Those items are a Serger (a specific type of sewing machine) and a print copy of the Expanded Bible.

It is important, as I share this and other messages, that you search the Scriptures for yourself and see what the word actually says from your Bible.

MATTHEW 7:7
 “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.

Matthew 7:7 is a familiar Scripture yet many people believe it literally. We pick and choose what we ask God for and then we have a back-up plan for the really hard things; we pray for healing of cancer but go to the doctor and follow his instructions putting most of our confidence in the doctor.

There are two things that I am truly dependent on God for, those are the two items below the table the other things are, in my mind, minor request. I really do not need a serger. I have three sewing machines and there are other ways to do what a serger does but it is a bit more time consuming. On January 19, 2017 I placed “SERGER- BROTHER 1034D” on my list and in my prayer I asked Father God for it for my birthday.
I have every translation of the Bible I want but I do not have a print copy of the Expanded Bible translation. My copy of the Expanded Bible is an ebook. Jesus said ask and it will be given he further said:

MATTHEW 7:8
“For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.” 

I am included in “everyone” and I am asking.

For some this may appear to be a frivolous prayer. Why should God give me something I really don’t need? Because I desire it and my desires come from Him. David said:

PSALM 37:4-5
Delight yourself also in the Lord,and He shall give you the desires of your heart.
Commit your way to the Lord, trust also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass.

Not all desires are from God which is why the first part of Psalm 37 states “Delight yourself also in the Lord.” And in verse 5, David says we are to commit our way to the Lord “and He shall bring it to pass.” When you ask in prayer: Who are you speaking to; God or Satan?

JOHN 15:7
If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you.

Here is a prayer principle you must understand: UNGODLY PRAYERS ARE NOT HEARD BY FATHER GOD AS A REQUEST TO HIM. Let me say it like this: If you are praying for something that goes against the will of God, it is not a prayer to God the Father- PERIOD.

JAMES 4:3 THE VOICE
And when you do ask, you still do not get what you want because your motives are all wrong—because you continually focus on self-indulgence.

But isn’t that serger self-indulgent? No. It is a purposeful item, as is the Bible. My having a serger will not offend or harm anyone. I am not trying to take someone else’s property nor am I asking for more than what is needed. As a blogger and a YouTuber I teach others what I learn thus what I am blessed with I use to be a blessing (Genesis 12:22, 22:17). The serger is a luxury item for sure as is the Bible but they are both purposeful; when God gives you a desire it is not cheap!

Of all the things on my prayer list it was the serger I thought about the most. I talked about it, I researched it, I watched YouTube videos on how to use it and I reminded Father God that I wanted it. Perhaps it was because I was sewing so much and each item I made  needed to be completed with the special stitches the serger does. I was planning on using the serger before I even had it.

I gave very little thought to the Expanded Bible because I could use the one on my laptop or go to Bible Gateway and look at a verse. Unless I look at my prayer request list, I forget what is on the list except for the serger. I thought: I will get the Bible but I am getting the serger.

MARK 11:24 THE EXPANDED BIBLE
So I tell you to believe that you have received ·the things [everything] you ask for in prayer, and ·God will give them to you [you will receive them].

My actions revealed what I believed. I knew I would get the other things on my list EVENTUALLY but the serger would be here on my quickly approaching birthday. I left sewing projects undone until the sewing machine was in my house!

WARNING: Don’t discount your words! Your words can destroy a prayer request faster than anything you can do. Because your words first manifest in your heart.

PSALM 5:8-9
Lead me, O Lord, in Your righteousness because of my enemies; make Your way straight before my face.
For there is no faithfulness in their mouth; their inward part is destruction; their throat is an open tomb; they flatter with their tongue.
PROVERBS 18:21 THE EXPANDED
·What you say can mean [L- In the power of the tongue are] life or death. Those who ·speak with care [love it] will ·be rewarded [L- eat its fruit].

Not only can your words cancel your prayer request but the words of others that you believe can cancel them as well. For example: The Bible states that you are healed the doctor tells you -you have terminal cancer. You believe EVERYTHING the doctor says. Your faith is in the report of the doctor and not the word of God; no matter how many people pray for you it is the doctor’s words that remain true in your heart.

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.”

It is not Father God who did not answer your prayer it is you who rejected His answer.  xxx written by Marsha L F Randolph

…to be continued next week

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Friday, February 24, 2017

LIVING BETTER: IS YOUR POLITICS MAKING YOU SICK

What I see today is EXTREME IDEOLOGY! The intensity at which many have taken on the cause of being a Democrat or Republican is mind blowing. I am glad I decided to register as No Political Affiliation- my loyalty is to God and then country, less stress.

I read a story in which a gentleman threatened to cut his penis off if Trump builds wall and then I read another individual determined to do the same thing? Really???? (I would link the site but the crappy ads associated with it would not be fair to you.)

Of course most people hear about individuals who are protesting by standing in the highway blocking traffic. This is an invitation to get hit by a car.

How about the women who protested by wearing homemade replicas of their genitalia and placed it on their head. Or the ones who thought it made sense to stand naked in a public place with words written on their butts!  Who cares?

The manifestations of: anger, hate, fear, depression, worry, frustration and even thoughts of self mutilation because of an ideology are mind boggling to me. How does one man, President Donald J Trump, have the ability to bring out this type of behavior? Even such physical symptoms as: hair loss, weight gain, weight loss, and digestive problems can be associated with stress related to your extreme political ideology.

By comparison, many of us who were not supporters of Barrack Obama endured the 8 years of his presidency by verbalizing our displeasure and focusing on other things. No man that I know of threatened to cut his genitalia nor did any woman make an image of her genitalia and place it on her head. We discipline toddlers for running in the street because of the danger which is why this behavior was not done from 2008 through 2016.

These political ideologies could lead to your death! Standing in the middle of a highway and assuming the driver will stop when he or she sees you. Accidents happen.

When your passions are so out of balance that you are willing to take foolish, YES FOOLISH, action even though common sense would reveal that it is ineffective then it is time to rethink your politics. Perhaps therapy would be in order.

Perhaps it is because some people are dependent on the political parties to tell them how to think. If the party is in disarray so is the individual.Remember the saying: “Idle hands are the devils workshop”? Perhaps these people just need a life outside of politics.

I am a woman of faith. I am not dependent on a church leader or a politician to tell me how to live or think. When listening to a politician triggers a negative emotion I turn the channel. I don’t have to watch the news.

The healthiest people I know are either registered Independents or registered No Political Affiliation. They know what is going on politically and vote what is in the best interest of the country. They live however doing what is in the best interest of themselves and their family outside of the realm of politics.   xxx written by Marsha L F Randolph

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Sunday, February 19, 2017

A MATTER OF FAITH: LOVING UGLY PART 3


This is part 3 of a series on loving others.


I have a short level of tolerance for self-righteous know it all Christians. Their attitude towards those who do not think and believe as they do is condescending and offensive, yet they are our brothers and sisters in Christ and we are required to love them.

The context of my discussion is found in Romans 12:8-21 which has been transcribed below. 

It is important for followers of God’s word to live a life that is consistent; as we love our neighbors and our enemies we should also love other believers, even if they don’t agree with our beliefs. But when they behave in such a manner that discourages other believers or turns non-believers away from the truth it is difficult to like them let alone love them.

It is often said by Christians ‘hate the sin but not the sinner’. Unfortunately there are those who do not think they ever sin, or at least present themselves as such. These individuals are quick to tell others what they should and should not do while ignoring what they do or say that is not pleasing.
MATTHEW 7:3 THE VOICE
Why is it that you see the dust in your brother’s or sister’s eye, but you can’t see what is in your own eye?
There are far to many “perfect” Christians. These individuals fail to see the consequences of their ugly attitudes.

A friend of mine told me how she stopped speaking to another because the individual was forcing an idea upon her. The story was revealed to me when I happened to mention a plant I was trying to grow; it was this same plant that the other woman was forcing upon my friend. The purpose of my conversation was to share with my friend what I was doing.

The forceful nature of the woman turned my friend away from the plant and its’ benefits. By taking care of the dust in my own eye my friend wanted to learn more. That woman, my friends ex-friend, was like a self righteous Christian, she was insisting that her way was the ONLY WAY.  The consequences of this woman’s actions was that my friend rejected valuable information.

In discussing the plant with my friend, who knows a lot about growing plants, I revealed what I was doing. (If you study Scripture, Jesus communicated with people based on what they knew.) She was curious about the plant that she had heard about but not got to know.

When my friend shared with me her negative experience with the fruit of this plant- I DID NOT DISCREDIT HER EXPERIENCES. When my friend said she terminated the relationship with her friend - I DID NOT TELL HER SHE NEEDED TO REPENT AND / OR ASK HER FRIEND FOR FORGIVENESS. I told my friend why I was going to try growing the plant but that I was just doing research at the moment. MY FRIEND ASKED me to share the information I had- I SHARED WITH HER WHAT I HAD LEARNED.

The lesson of the plant reveals how important presentation is. It also is a reminder that Christians can act ugly.

Ugly Christians turn people away not to Christ; this is why I have zero tolerance for them. These individuals only want people to accept their way of believing. Following Jesus and following man are not the same thing.

“Be of the same mind toward one another. Do not set your mind on high things, but associate with the humble. Do not be wise in your own opinion.”

The Apostle says “Do not be wise in your own opinion.”

My friend rejected a plant because of a testimony of a person who, like me, saw the medicinal advantages of utilizing various parts of a plant. Fortunately, my friend was able to hear what my thoughts on the plant and was willing to seek the truth. This principle is applicable to our faith.

Our behavior can turn people away or it can lead them to the truth of God’s word. There is nothing worst than an ugly Christian, there is no one harder to love than a Christian who makes you feel bad about being who you are.

We are cautioned: “Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” Those two ladies may never speak again unless the one realizes how offensive her forceful behavior was. The aggressive nature (evil) of my friends ex-friend did not overcome my friend leaving her bitter and angry and the gentle presentation of information (good)will lead to a healthier lifestyle.

CONCLUSION: God requires that we interact with others in a positive manner. Respond not in kind but in a way that will not cause a person to turn their back on Jesus. Sometimes that means we keep quiet and walk away.

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ROMANS 12:9-21
Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good. Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another; not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer; distributing to the needs of the saints, given to hospitality.

Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse.  Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep.  Be of the same mind toward one another. Do not set your mind on high things, but associate with the humble. Do not be wise in your own opinion.

Repay no one evil for evil. Have regard for good things in the sight of all men. If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men. Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord.  Therefore

“If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him a drink; for in so doing you will heap coals of fire on his head.” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

BACK2BASICS: A PHILOSOPHY OF LEAST RESISTANCE

What is the philosophy of least resistance? It is a belief system developed based on what the majority of people around you believe. It is a belief that a people group behave a specific way- Black people, Hispanic people, Asian people and so forth; all based on stereotypes, generalizations. Traditions are philosophies that can dictate how a family behaves. Ideas exalted by celebrities, the media and various well known leaders serve as validation to otherwise illogical concepts. To accept the words of the known and pursue an idea independent of ideas can be met with great opposition by those who enjoy the status quo; to go against what is known can be like climbing a tall rocky mountain.

Sometimes when I listen to people explain why they believe what they believe I am dumbfounded. It is apparent that these individuals have chosen to accept the philosophy of least resistance, an idea that allows them not to assume personal responsibility.

I was watching a YouTube clip in which the speaker, Justin, pointed out that there were some things out of the realm of my influence- “OUT OF MY CONTROL”  published November 10, 2016: Justin Rhodes channel. I know that I cannot stop people from behaving the way that they choose to act, even if those people are family. I can decide if I want to agree, disagree or ignore; that is within the realm of my world, under my influence.

It was not easy for me to change my political ideology or my religious understanding. Surrounded by Democrats and Baptist I had to step out of my comfort zone and associate with people who thought differently. It was a life journey that was not easy.

Others were more accepting of me when I changed from Democrat to Independent than they were when I changed from Independent to Republican. There are some Republicans who do not understand my registering as No Political Affiliation. Likewise, when I left the Baptist church and joined a Black non-denominational church family and friends said very little. Now that I have distanced myself from the tradition of ‘church,’ seek to fellowship with like believers, and I study Scripture daily I am avoided by many traditional church goers. Neither of these changes occurred overnight nor was it easy; I would say: the road I choose to travel is narrow.

It is easier to take the wider path, the road with less visible obstacles. There are many of us out there, individuals who choose to think for themselves. We endure the name calling, the disrespect, the rejection by family and friends in exchange for peace of mind and success. What is not seen on the wider road is the discontent hover over each person’s head.

It is hard work being a people pleaser! People who go along to get along are unhappy, I have yet to find a person who follows the crowd that has constant peace. So why do so many people live this way? Because they think it is easier.

I have found, in pursuing the uniqueness that is me, I have less people around me. Though family and friends may reject my being different I choose to accept them because in loving who I am I can love other people. I also discovered, by not submitting to stereotypes it is easier to meet people who respect my individuality.

I am not writing of rebellion. Rebelling is easy it requires you not doing anything.  I write of being who you were meant to be based on your God given talent. I would go so far as to suggest that- living a life of least resistance, doing what everyone else is doing, requires you go against your God given talent thus in following the crowd your are rebelling. People who take the easy way eventually regret the decisions they have made.

I see so many people working hard and playing hard yet during their down time are so unhappy. Unfortunately, these individuals are so indoctrinated into thinking of life based on identity- skin color, ethnicity, etcetera- that they fail to see beyond these man made types.  Learning to live a life of purpose, which is the key to loving yourself, is easier than many think complicated only by the opinions of others.

To live a life of purpose one must: think, study; think, plan; think and do.    xxx written by Marsha L F Randolph

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Thursday, February 16, 2017

FRONT PORCH STORIES: A SEXY VALENTINE

After many years of being married to Chip I can tell you that he is indeed a husband. When I look at the advertisements and listen to the conversations of men and women regarding Valentine’s day I can gauge the ones that will endure the hard times and the good times without changing anything.

When Chip and I were first married, even when we were just dating, on Valentines Day he was sure to buy me roses accompanied by a gift, a night out, a box of expensive chocolates and a card. A few years after we were married, as the big day approached we were sitting on the front porch talking.

“What do you really want for Valentine’s day?” he asked me.
“Nothin’” I responded.
“Nothing!” he looked at me shocked.
“As long as we have been together Chip you have showered me with gifts throughout the year. If you did not treat me special all the time, or you took me for granted then maybe I would have a list, or I would expect you to do something special for me. I don’t need a Hallmark card to tell me what you think of me. I appreciate all the Valentines day we have had together but I appreciate more your gifts of appreciation when I least expected and need it the most.”
“Why do you go out of your way to get me something on Valentines Day?” Chip asked.
“Because I know you are getting me something; it is a reciprocal gift. Remember a few months when I got you that new set of tools? It wasn’t your birthday, Christmas, Father’s Day or even Valentine’s day. I bought them because I knew you would love them, God knows you don’t need them! But I love getting you things.
“And your response just made my day! You ran and told all your friends what ‘your wife’ had done for you. That let me know that you understood how much I loved and appreciate you.
“To me chip a wife is a wife everyday of the year. Why am I going to wear special night clothes one day of the year when you see me naked everyday? Why are you buying roses, that are more expensive on February 14th than they are on February the 1st, just because someone said it makes a great gift?”

“You are right.” Chip interrupted me. Any woman can put on a sexy night gown but not every woman can be a loving wife everyday of the year as you are.
“I don’t think I understood what it meant to love someone when I was younger. I agree, Naomi, February 14th is a day for business to make money. For me our anniversary is our Valentine’s day because that is the day we became one.
“Do you know what really makes me happy Naomi, Chip rarely calls me by my given name?”
“What Evan?” I responded in kind.
“Knowing that as I grow old I have someone to sit on the front porch with.”
“You can’t put that in a card!” I smiled, stood up and walk to his side and sat on his lap. We rocked for a long time saying nothing.  Now this was a sexy valentine and it wasn’t even valentines day.  xxx written by Marsha L F Randolph

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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

VALENTINE'S DAY 2017

MY THOUGHTS from Facebook 2/14/2017:
Valentine's day is not as unique to me as it is to others. I see it as a day for florist to raise the prices of flowers, hallmark to make money on a declining business and chocolate companies and jewelry companies to make even more of a profit.I prefer year-round treats. HOWEVER, February 14th means everyone has 9 days to get my birthday gift,I do not care for; Valentine's Day, Mother's Day, Anniversary or even Christmas presents BUT IF my 'inner circle' ignores my BIRTHDAY then Houston we have a problem! That is my planned self indulgent Happy New Year day!
That is what I wrote this morning and then I was on YouTube listening to Danny and Wanda of Deep South Homestead. As I listened to their conversation I could not help think: Every couple who is considering getting married as well as those who are married should listen to them. I have to share this video.
 As I listened to their story and looked at their interraction with each other I relate: Rodney and I have been through worst, poorer, and sickness; we have withstood the test of time.

Monday, February 13, 2017

MY COUNTRY CITY PROJECT: COFFEE MAKERS



My coffee pot died! It was a cheap ($10) coffee maker purchased seven years ago to accommodate a house guest who did not like going out for coffee. I truly intended on purchasing a new coffee maker but this one worked, I took it for granted.

Now I had to buy a new one fast. Over the past few months I have been investigating coffee makers,in the back of my mind I knew it was a matter of time, but I delayed purchasing a new one because what I had worked. Now I am faced with an emergency: What shall I buy?

I do not need a machine that makes more than 4 cups at a time because most of the time it is just me. Do I want a machine that makes 1 cup at a time? I need to consider the cost.


I purchased a medium cup of coffee from McDonald's which $1.07, tax included. If I want a refill I will have to return to McDonald's or I would have to sit in the restaurant and drink the first cup before getting another.  I usually am writing while I drink my coffee so this will never do.

I drink coffee every day, if I were to not buy a coffee pot but get my java from McDonald’s I would spend around $390.55 a year. This is assuming I drink only one cup a day.

A Ninja Coffee maker (recommended by a friend) starts at around $110. After researching I decided it was not what I needed, I only drink plain coffee.

The single cup makers (Keurig) cost around $90 and 2 week supply of pods $5. The pods are used instead of coffee grounds and filters. After an initial investment $120 plus pods based on 2 cups per day  I would spend about $220 per month. My initial investment would be about $360 the first year and $220 every year thereafter. Not including distilled or filtered water  necessary to make the coffee.

I don’t have $100 on hand, it would have to be paid with cash.

If I were to purchase a basic coffee pot. After the initial investment of about $30 and about $10 per month  on coffee grounds and filter my expenses would be less $120 per year.  The good news is I was able to purchase a Proctor-Silex 10 Cup Coffee maker for $15.

The coffee is good. I make one big cup of coffee in the morning and the refills are ready when I want it. I don’t need to pop a pod in the machine and wait or go through some elaborate steps for a cup of java. Most important I SAVED MONEY!


The only think I want is a good cup of coffee in the morning. I got this!
xxx written by Marsha L F Randolph

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Sunday, February 12, 2017

A MATTER OF FAITH: LOVING UGLY Part 2

“You have been taught to love your neighbor and hate your enemy. But I tell you this: love your enemies. Pray for those who torment you and persecute you— in so doing, you become children of your Father in heaven. He, after all, loves each of us—good and evil, kind and cruel. He causes the sun to rise and shine on evil and good alike. He causes the rain to water the fields of the righteous and the fields of the sinner. It is easy to love those who love you—even a tax collector can love those who love him.”   MATTHEW 5:43-46 VOICE TRANSLATION

Sometimes the problem is not loving ugly but ugly not loving you. How do you handle people who consistently mistreat you?  You don’t. It is not about handling anyone but how you respond to their terrible behavior.

Some people I put in the category of ‘Loving from afar,” I cannot give them the love I have because they refuse to receive it. Even God knows that there will be people who will not receive His love. Isaiah warns us all- God is not waiting on you.

ISAIAH55:6
Seek the Lord while He may be found, call upon Him while He is near.


Loving a person does not mean you give up who you are until they become what you think they should be. You were created in the image and likeness of your Father God (Genesis 1:26) and therefore the idea that you are not willing to stand and be mistreated by someone is not un-Christlike. Let me say it another way: Being a Christian does not mean you have to tolerate verbal, physical or any other type of abuse. I cannot repeat this enough: sometimes you have to love a person from afar; you cannot co-exist with everyone.

Note: In the case of marriage- it is true that God hates divorce however He did make provisions for it.

JEREMIAH 29:13
And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.

Father God allowed a person to return to Him when they were ready. “You will look for Me intently, and you will find Me” is how the Voice translated Jeremiah 29:13. Not even God forces someone to love Him. Some people are not ready for love.

Today, many people do not know what love is. There are ideologies, beliefs, that declare: hating the behavior equates to hating the person. These individuals define themselves by their ungodly behaviors, particularly as it pertains to their sexual lifestyles. Society as a whole puts physical labels on people based on: skin color, gender, culture, socio-economic status and even political identification. By focusing on the flesh the beauty of the spirit, which is in us all, is denied.

ROMANS 8:1-5
There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus,who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death. For what the law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh, God did by sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, on account of sin: He condemned sin in the flesh, that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit.

The ability to not only receive love but to give it has to do with our relationship with God the Father through God the Son with the help of God the Spirit.
It is more than what most churches call “being born again,” The belief that Jesus is the who Scripture says He is is the first step. A person must then allow Jesus to exercise lordship over his (or her) life.  When Jesus becomes lord of ones life an individual is subject to His guidelines for living.

We love because He loves and by example demonstrated how to respond to ugly. It is important to understand: to not love the ugly is to be an obstacle in the path of those who need a relationship with God. This is more important today than it has been in anytime that I have been living.

Consider how ugly the world has become: Women brag about having abortions. People celebrate same sex relationships  even having them validated in churches. Today we have regions where child prostitution is acceptable and the use of drugs are acceptable. Rebellion is is tolerated including the destruction of property. And, I am sure the Holy Spirit is grieved to see so called Christian churches lift up Allah in His house. It is ugly, very ugly and I worn against fellowshipping with such unbelievers.

2 CORINTHIANS 6:14 VOICE
Don’t develop partnerships with those who are not followers of Jesus’ teachings. For what real connection can exist between righteousness and rebellion? How can light participate in darkness?

Everyday we are confronted we ugly, sometimes it is in our home. We love ugly by remembering he / she is also a child of God.  xxx  written by Marsha L F Randolph

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Friday, February 10, 2017

LIVING BETTER: IS YOUR CHURCH MAKING YOU SICK?

What a scandalous idea!!!
I have a friend with multiple pre-existing conditions that had been dormant for over 20 years. As I have gotten to know her, I will refer to her as “Susie”, I noticed a relationship between the manifestation of her symptoms and her church attendance. I have concluded that her church is making her sick; the message the Pastor preaches serves as a trigger to her flair ups!

One day I called  my friend “Susie,” it was a Monday. “Susie” was not feeling well, she did not want to eat, she only drank water; Susie did not want soup or juice. I asked her about church and she shared with me what was preached. She went on to say, she did not know what was wrong with her but maybe she needed to go to the hospital for a few days for evaluation.

Hospitalization would be a good reason not to go to church.

Susie and I have done numerous Bible studies over the years, I know she is well informed regarding Scripture. What was preached that previous Saturday was contrary to what she had believed and learned under another ministry. When we discussed the message my response was in line with what she believed but contrary to what was preached.  BUT she felt obligated to reject her personal knowledge and accept the Pastor’s word because, after all, it was the Pastor. This mental struggle caused her to be physically ill with loss of appetite and generalized weakness and discomfort.

I was a part of the church “Susie” attended and left because I felt the messages were to legalistic. The Pastor chose eternal symbols to demonstrate faith and ignoring God given purposes. Her belief that people ‘got the message’ was based on their doing as she instructed- wearing prayer shawls, owning a shofar, owning a Hebrew-Greek Bible and such. Since I rejected the need for a prayer shawl, I did not own a Hebrew-Greek Bible and blowing a shofar in a building about the size of my living room was annoying, I knew the church was not for me. The Pastor is a lovely woman who is very knowledgeable about the Old Testament but not such a great church leader.

I once belonged to a church that presented itself as a non-denominational grace centered prophetic house of God.

The Pastor taught that we needed to serve and I served. The Pastor placed an emphasis on tithes and offerings; I gave tithes, offerings and even extra when asked. In addition to my maintaining a demanding job, being a wife, and mother I served the church on more days than Sunday. My life became out of balance to the point of exhaustion.

I was so busy with family, work and church I did not realize how unhappy my household was. No one dared to ask me to not go to church yet not even my husband wanted to attend. The more I did for church the more problems came up in my home which led to more unhappiness AND financial disarray! A healthy household is your first testimony to the unbeliever and your first ministry as a child of God.

(Check out my book BROKEN AND NOT A$HAMED to learn more about this church and how I was delivered from the bondage of church induced financial guilt.)

When I left that church I felt peace and I was able to relax again. Unfortunately, I started attending Susie’s church and my stress level increased again. I was a teeth grinder, and I had problems with my digestive system.

I know a lot of unhappy regular church attenders; these individuals regularly discuss such symptoms as high blood pressure, uncontrolled blood sugar, stomach problems, excessive fatigue and sadness, depression.  The  standard solution for these unhealthy people is to continue doing what they are doing and run to the doctor. The prescriptions mask the symptoms but do not get rid of the problem which is why many are on these pills for the REST OF THEIR LIVES.

In the land of Cyber Space by way of social media I know a lot of healthy individuals. The healthiest ones I know DO NOT AFFILIATE WITH ONE PARTICULAR CHURCH yet they are believers in Jesus the Son of God and study Scripture regularly. I consider myself part of this group and indirectly so is my husband (he declares himself to be a Baptist but does not go to church).

There is nothing wrong with fellowship. What I suspect “Susie” has done, and other people like her, is dedicate herself to the label while ignoring common sense. In “Susie’s” case the Pastor is a wonderful person and enjoys teaching the less than ten people who are a part of her services. But Susie attends so as to not hurt the Pastors feelings though she does not agree with about 51% of her teachings and the fellowship.

People attend a denominational church because their family attended and everyone they know attends the same building they rarely learn anything. Six and 1/2 days a week they live life as they see fit and then spend a few hours a day listening to someone tell them what they did wrong- it makes me sick just thinking about it.  Church makes them sick, maybe not physically but emotionally.

If you are not invigorated after a service then something is not right where you fellowship. If you receive more encouragement and are more at peace when you have a glass of wine with good friends than you are taking communion with the other church members perhaps the problem is not the alcohol but the atmosphere.

Stress can lead to all kinds of medical problems. Like “Susie” stress leads to the exacerbation of her health problems. For others: blood pressures can go up, migraines can occur, joints may stiffen, hearts beat might become irregular and so forth. Church can cause you stress and the guilt of not attending can be just as stressful.

DO NOT get caught up in the building or the personality of the church leader. Yes, it is important to fellowship with like believers but there is no rule as to where and when this fellowship should be. Consider this: If you become so ill that you end up in the hospital you will not be able to go to church.

The people I know who love the Lord yet do not affiliate with one particular denomination have discovered God’s love is not that complicated. When you make God the main focus of your “church” service sickness and disease will not be able to infect you.

I know people who are agnostic and believe in holistic medicine, their ‘church’ is their ideology. Without faith you will worry about every symptom and end up with a kitchen cabinet full of supplements and just as many diseases.

Discover what you believe. Learn what causes you stress and what gives you peace. Apply common sense to the things you hear and study, study, study. Do not take my word or anyone else’s word for the information you receive- DO YOUR OWN RESEARCH!

The words written are based on my personal experience and knowledge and are not presented as advice; I am not a medical professional. The reader is encouraged to do his or her own research. 
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Tuesday, February 7, 2017

NO POLITICAL AFFILIATION: WHAT THE FLIP?


Do you remember when the t-shirts ‘I’M WITH STUPID” first came out? It was funny,  when it first came out but it is not so humorous today. It seems the media is promoting  stupid behaviors as logical activities because they are 'with' stupid.

My disclaimer: I was not a Barrack Obama supporter I thought his policies were terrible and not good for the country. Even before he was elected, as  I listened to his campaign speeches he did not seem credible. Yes, he drew large crowds, looked half way decent  to some and said what the people wanted to hear; rock stars look half way decent, sing what the people want to here and draw large crowds - I wanted a leader for the country not the chorus.  Furthermore: I did not like his ‘distribution of wealth ideology and, as a person of faith, his faith was questionable. (There is no biblical basis for Black separation theology.- or whatever his then Pastor Wright preached.) BUT  I tried to be respectful and I did not belittle people who supported him.

Conservatives disagreed with most of his, Obama's,  policies but did attempt to work with him and the Democrats. Example: the Affordable Care Act, a.k.a Obamacare.  Barrack Obama is no longer President and Donald J. Trump is now the leader of the United States of America.  Unfortunately, the transition from one administration to another is less than smooth; it is the most ludicrous ever witnessed. What is happening makes no sense to me or anyone else with a lick of common sense and much of the media thinks this stupid behavior is the right thing to do.

Can anyone please explain to me: What the flip is going on? Blocked highways, Starbucks destroyed, celebrities threatening to leave the country, actors threatening to not act (more on that later) AND politicians who disagree with the President before he even speaks!

Much of the outrage has to do with immigration. When then President Obama put a hold on immigration it was OK.  Despite beheadings, bombings, rapes, and other forms of mayhem from various individuals  who want to do the same in the U.S.A, it is not OK for now President Trump to put a hold on immigration.  Are we supposed to wait until a celebrity is killed before action is taken?

There were celebrities who threatened to leave the country if Donald J Trump won the election- he won they are still here. Now I hear reports of celebrities wanting to boycott Hollywood and cancel the Oscars. ????? Who cares! These individuals who get paid to pretend actually think the majority of Americans care and will force the President out of office because movies will be canceled! STUPID! I am not with you.

Hollywood is truly living up to its' reputation of being Hollyweird. However, there are some in Congress who drink the same kool-aid.



Representative Maxine Waters, a 78 year old Democrat  Congresswoman from California, should know that you have to have a reason to impeach someone other than you don't like his policies. Nancy, "you have to pass the bill before you read it', Pelosi's reputation was known before she suggested to the young lady that abortion would have been better option for her biological mother than  blessing her adoptive mother with a child. Which is why: these two women  together  adds new meaning to the concept "I'm with stupid!"

Maxine Waters, in making a false accusation of President Trump, could not get her countries straight; she confused Crimea with Korea.  to be fair, they both have the "ka'" sound. And 76 year old  Nancy Pelosi, Democrat  Congressional Minority Leader from California,  confessed that she could not work with  Bush which is technically correct because he has not been President for over 8 years(assuming she was not referring to his father.  Note: the media liberal media did not point out any of these misrepresentations of the truth.

With celebrities and politicians behaving so ridiculously everyday liberal women did not want to be left out. So they gathered together on the streets of Washington DC with homemade genitalia on their heads demanding the government let them kill their unborn children, pay for their birth control but not tell them how to conduct their personal life.  Should I go on?

As I speak the Democrats are delaying the vote on a Cabinet position even thought they know the person will get voted in.  Why? Because it is a Donald Trump appointee.

What is unfortunate is this stupid behavior is trickling down to the children:  Consider the young man who was suspended because he wore a Trump hat, Make America Great Again, and his classmates bullied him and fought him. Liberal logic: It is your fault you are a victim.


Consider what happens when a Pastor who believes in the Bible shares Scripture to a child:


Why is all of this happening? I have two theories.

  • There is a double standard among a specific segment of the population that has to do with self declared self-importance. There are people who consider themselves to be god thus their opinions are 500% correct and everyone must fall in line.
  • The Bible said it would happened.

There is another saying:

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Sunday, February 5, 2017

A MATTER OF FAITH: LOVING UGLY

“You have been taught to love your neighbor and hate your enemy. But I tell you this: love your enemies. Pray for those who torment you and persecute you— in so doing, you become children of your Father in heaven. He, after all, loves each of us—good and evil, kind and cruel. He causes the sun to rise and shine on evil and good alike. He causes the rain to water the fields of the righteous and the fields of the sinner. It is easy to love those who love you—even a tax collector can love those who love him.”   MATTHEW 5:43-46 VOICE TRANSLATION


There is much hate in the world today, it has always been there but it seems to be more acceptable to hate now; hate is the new love. The news reminds us of just how much hate there is in the world with reports of killings, rapes, and verbal assaults. The result of this increased incidents or reporting of hate is more hate - hate begets hate.

Hate is contagious, hate is ugly. You may think it is to strong a term to use yet what we see is contrary to love. The abhorrent words and deeds of many are very real.

There are organizations out there that speak of love and tolerance yet they do not tolerate those who disagree with their entire agenda. They promote loving who they say to love and how they say to love and tolerate those who accept them even if their behavior does not line up with God’s word. Scripture is the measuring stick to what love is.

Jesus teaches in Matthew: We know how to love our neighbors, we know how to hate our enemies this is easy. As followers of Him we cannot respond to the world as the world responds to us. We must learn to love the person who speaks and behaves ugly, we must respond in love.

Love is contagious, love is beautiful. Love does not accept bad behavior or terrible words. Love responds to the love of God in that individual.

Is it easy to love someone who wants to kill you? Doctor Martin Luther King Junior did. How did he love such ugly people? The same way Jesus did. Dr. King understood the ignorance that plagued the mind of the racist people that attacked both people of color and the Jewish people. Jesus said as He died on the cross: “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.”(Luke 23:34).

Jesus loved ugly. What they did to Him was ugly yet he prayed for them. How do you pray for someone who treats you terribly?

In Matthew Jesus stated that we have been taught to love our neighbors and to hate our enemies, if this is so then we can be taught to love our neighbors and our enemies. For some people it is difficult to love some family members, to love known enemies is a level of faith not everyone wants to achieve. As followers of Jesus, we must remember: we are not trying to please men but please Father God. It is our love for our enemies that distinguishes us from non-believers.

Everyone has access to blessings that come from above. “For He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.”(Matthew 5:45 NKJV) Sin is sin, there is not big sin that is unforgivable or little sin that is ignored by God; we all fall short of His requirements. As Believers we not only partake of the blessings that everyone receives but the abundant life promised by Jesus. Those who do not believe have that same opportunity but it is important that our behavior does not turn them away from the Truth.

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.” JOHN 3:16-17


If we look at a person as a future brother or sister in Christ we can learn to hate the sin and love the sinner. Now this does not mean you become best friends and develop an active social life with those who do not know the Lord. Love them enough that you do not become hateful.


“Therefore  “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him a drink; For in so doing you will heap coals of fire on his head.” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” ROMANS 12: 20-21

Making sure your enemy does not freeze to death is not the same thing as being a punching bag. Consider this: Jesus knew Peter had a sword (John 18:10-11), there are times when you will have to fight but there are also times when you should not (Matthew 26:51-56), as followers of Christ we should know the difference.

““Do not think that I came to bring peace on earth. I did not come to bring peace but a sword” MATTHEW 10:34


“And He said to them, “When I sent you without money bag, knapsack, and sandals, did you lack anything?”
So they said, “Nothing.”
Then He said to them, “But now, he who has a money bag, let him take it, and likewise a knapsack; and he who has no sword, let him sell his garment and buy one. LUKE 22:35-36

When people say nasty things about us it is important to remember that they are blinded to the Truth. Satan has . I repeat: Satan has convinced them that God’s word is irrelevant. Satan uses scientist doctors, educators on all levels, politicians and religious leaders to promote his ungodly agenda.  In love we are to share the Truth by our actions first and words when appropriate.

Despite all of our attempts to show the love of God in a tangible way the Truth may be rejected. Those who reject the Truth should be pitied not hated.

“Let us think about ·each other and help each other [or how to provoke/rouse/encourage each another] to show love and do good deeds.”
HEBREWS 10:24 THE EXPANDED BIBLE

The goal is to love the hell out of people not give them a reason to continue to act ugly.

“Therefore, to you who believe, He is precious; but to those who are disobedient, “The stone which the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone,” and “A stone of stumbling and a rock of offense.”
They stumble, being disobedient to the word, to which they also were appointed.
But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; 10 who once were not a people but are now the people of God, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy. “ 1 PETER 2:7-10

When you demonstrate the love of God ugly has to either get out of the way or follow Him.   xxx  written by Marsha L F Randolph

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