Be Kind to One Another

Never let evil talk pass your lips; say only the good things people need to hear, things that will really help them. Do nothing that will sadden the Holy Spirit with whom you were sealed against the day of redemption. Get rid of all bitterness, all passion and anger, harsh words, slander, and malice of every kind. In place of these, be kind to one another, compassionate, and mutually forgiving, just as God has forgiven you in Christ.  .: Ephesians 4:29-32 :.

Ephesians 4:29-32

Be kind to one another!


Shine Like Stars

I came across this beautiful photograph by Millita Photography and it brought to mind this quote and Philippians 2, verses 14 and 15:

Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe.

When life knocks you down, roll over and look at the stars.

When life knocks you down, roll over and look at the stars.

It also reminds me of the little song, “This Little Light of Mine” – I have wonderful memories of singing it in Vacation Bible School, many, many (many, many) years ago.  Recently, I heard a version of the song by Addison Road, with additional lyrics that really speak to the  importance of not forgetting whose child you are:

There’s a little flame inside us all
Some shine bright, some shine small
The rains will come and the waters rise
But don’t you ever lose your light
In this life you will know
Love and pain, joy and sorrow
So when it hurts, when times get hard
Don’t forget whose child you are

This little light of mine
I’m gonna let it shine
This little light of mine
I’m gonna let it shine, gonna let it shine

May you live each day with no regret
Make the most of every chance you get
Let your eyes get wide when you look at the stars
With the same sense of wonder as a child’s heart
With the ones you love, treasure the time
And for those who are gone, keep their memories alive
Hold on to your dreams, don’t ever let go
There’s a fire inside you burning with hope

This little light of mine
I’m gonna let it shine
This little light of mine
I’m gonna let it shine, gonna let it shine

There will be days when you want to give up
When the clouds settle in
But after the rain comes the sun
Don’t you ever forget, don’t forget

One day there will be no more pain
And we will finally see Jesus’ face
So until then I’m gonna to try
To brave the dark and let my little light shine

This little light of mine
I’m gonna let it shine
This little light of mine
I’m gonna let it shine, gonna let it shine

There’s a little light inside us all

Heart Transplant via Dog

Finally found the perfect background image for this ode to the unconditional love of a dog’s heart.  I’ve always believed that dogs are here on earth to exemplify God’s unconditional love, for no matter what we fail to do in the way of caring for them or showing them the love they deserve – their love never fails.  I’ve been blessed with the love of four dogs in my life (six if I count my sister’s dog and my grand-dog!) and I’m sure there will be more. So there’s hope that I will eventually become as generous and loving as they have been/are to me!

If you are considering the joy of adopting a dog – either your first, only or to add to your pack – please, please consider adopting a rescued dog. Check your local shelter or vet, or google a specific breed (“maltese rescue”, for example) or local rescue groups who typically pull dogs from overcrowded shelters so that they won’t be euthanized.  My favored rescue is Big Dog Rescue in Austin, Texas. That’s where I found my little Ivy and where my daughter found her beloved Rosie.

Dog Heart

Oh, to be as generous and loving as a dog.

A Bit of a Departure: Helpful Household Hints

This post is a bit of a departure from my usual subject matter, but I wanted to share this information and archive it for future reference. What better way to do that, than via my blog, right?

Best Ever Tub/Shower/Hard Surface Cleaning Solution

12 oz. Vinegar (heated), 10 oz. Blue Dawn

Heat the vinegar for 2 minutes and add to a spray bottle. Add the Blue Dawn and shake gently to combine. Use to clean your sinks, tubs and showers.

Chemical-Free Orange Cleaner – Great for Floors

Add orange peels to white vinegar and sit out in sun for several hours. Great for steam cleaning floors and pretty much every other cleaning chore!


Take your bananas apart when you get home from the store. If you leave them connected at the stem, they ripen faster.


Store your opened chunks of cheese in aluminum foil. It will stay fresh much longer and not mold!


Peppers with 3 bumps on the bottom are sweeter and better for eating. Peppers with 4 bumps on the bottom are firmer and better for cooking.


Add a teaspoon of water when frying ground beef. It will help pull the grease away from the meat while cooking.


To really make scrambled eggs or omelets rich, add a couple of spoonfuls of sour cream, cream cheese, or heavy cream in and then beat them up.


For a cool brownie treat, make brownies as directed. Melt Andes mints in double broiler and pour over warm brownies. Allow to set for a wonderful minty frosting.


Add garlic immediately to a recipe if you want a light taste of garlic and at the end of the recipe if your want a stronger taste of garlic.


Leftover snickers bars make a delicious dessert. Simply chop them up with the food chopper. Peel, core and slice a few apples. Place them in a baking dish and sprinkle the chopped candy bars over the apples. Bake at 350 for 15 minutes!!! Serve alone or with vanilla ice cream. Yummm!


Heat up leftover pizza in a nonstick skillet on top of the stove, set heat to med-low and heat till warm. This keeps the crust crispy. No soggy micro pizza. I saw this on the cooking channel and it really works.

Deviled Eggs

Put cooked egg yolks in a zip lock bag. Seal, mash till they are all broken up. Add remainder of ingredients, reseal, keep mashing it up mixing thoroughly, cut the tip of the baggy, squeeze mixture into egg. Just throw bag away when done easy clean up.


When you buy a container of cake frosting from the store, whip it with your mixer for a few minutes. You can double it in size. You get to frost more cake/cupcakes with the same amount. You also eat less sugar and calories per serving.


To warm biscuits, pancakes, or muffins that were refrigerated, place them in a microwave with a cup of water. The increased moisture will keep the food moist and help it reheat faster.

Newspaper weeds away

Start putting in your plants, work the nutrients in your soil. Wet newspapers, put layers around the plants overlapping as you go cover with mulch and forget about weeds. Weeds will get through some gardening plastic they will not get through wet newspapers.

Broken Glass

Use a wet cotton ball or Q-tip to pick up the small shards of glass you can’t see easily.


Place a dryer sheet in your pocket. It will keep the mosquitoes away.

Squirrel (Rabbit?) Away

To keep squirrels from eating your plants, sprinkle your plants with cayenne pepper. The cayenne pepper doesn’t hurt the plant and the squirrels won’t come near it.

Vacuum Tube

To get something out of a heat register or under the fridge add an empty paper towel roll or empty gift wrap roll to your vacuum. It can be bent or flattened to get in narrow openings.

Reducing Static Cling

Pin a small safety pin to the seam of your slip and you will not have a clingy skirt or dress. Same thing works with slacks that cling when wearing panty hose. Pace pin in seam of slacks and …TA-DA!… Static is gone.

Measuring Cups

Before you pour sticky substances into a measuring cup, fill with hot water. Dump out the hot water, but don’t dry cup. Next, add your ingredient, such as peanut butter, and watch how easily it comes right out.

Foggy Windshields

Hate foggy windshields? Buy a chalkboard eraser and keep it in the glove box of your car When the windows fog, rub with the eraser! Works better than a cloth!

Reopening Envelopes

If you seal an envelope and then realize you forgot to include something inside, just place your sealed envelope in the freezer for an hour or two. Viola! It unseals easily.


Use your hair conditioner to shave your legs. It’s cheaper than shaving cream and leaves your legs really smooth. It’s also a great way to use up the conditioner you bought but didn’t like when you tried it in your hair.

Fruit Flies

To get rid of pesky fruit flies, take a small glass, fill it 1/2′ with Apple Cider Vinegar and 2 drops of dish washing liquid; mix well. You will find those flies drawn to the cup and gone forever!

Get Rid of Ants

Put small piles of cornmeal where you see ants. They eat it, take it ‘home,’ can’t digest it so it kills them. It may take a week or so, especially if it rains, but it works and you don’t have the worry about pets or small children being harmed!

Clothes Dryer Sheets vs Mesh Filter

Your dryer’s lint filter is made of a mesh material. Dryer sheets cause a film over that mesh  and left unchecked, your dryer’s heating unit gets stressed and burns out. You can’t SEE the film, but it’s there. It’s what is in the dryer sheets to make your clothes soft and static free … that nice fragrance too. You know how they can feel waxy when you take them out of the box … well this stuff builds up on your clothes and on your lint screen. This is also what causes dryer units to potentially burn your house down with it!

The best way to keep your dryer working for a very longtime (and to keep your electric bill lower) is to take that filter out and wash it with hot soapy water and an old toothbrush (or other brush) at least every six months.

Ecclesiastes 3:11-13

I created this for a friend who shared the CEV-UK translation of the “A Time for Everything” chapter of Ecclesiastes:

Ecclesiastes 3:11-13

God makes everything happen at the right time.

I really like the way this version reads; much easier to understand than the somewhat confusing [albeit familiar] King James Version:

He hath made every thing beautiful in his time: also he hath set the world in their heart, so that no man can find out the work that God maketh from the beginning to the end. I know that there is no good in them, but for a man to rejoice, and to do good in his life. And also that every man should eat and drink, and enjoy the good of all his labour, it is the gift of God.

This chapter of Ecclesiastes reminds us that there is much we don’t understand about life’s ebb and flow, but we can rest in the knowledge that God is in control, having questions is a normal response to that ebb and flow, and he wants us to enjoy life and take joy in the little everyday things.

What is the CEV-UK version, you ask? I wondered the same thing and learned that it’s the Century English Version (UK/British edition).  Ace!