How old is that Ketchup?

Father in Heaven, please let these words be Yours and not mine. Flavor them Lord with Your seasoning. In Jesus name, Amen.

 

Oh boy, this stay at home thing is really causing me to get creative with my You Tube channel and with writing for that matter. Often times I get inspiration from experiences I have while out. So it has forced me to search deeper for my inspiration.

 

Having said that… this post has been inspired from an incident that happened while my family was in Florida. So here we go…

 

There had been a new group of “snow birds” that had landed at this particular set of condo’s that my parents stay at each year. One such snow bird had a lovely idea to host a community brunch on what was likely the last day they would all be there together.

 

They had been having weekly pot-lucks for a couple of months so she figured this would be a great way to say good-bye to everyone. What an awesome idea right? Her and her husband, along with a few other helpers were to prepare omelets, potatoes, fruit salads, toast, juice, etc…

 

It so happened that my husband, son, and father were all going golfing that day and couldn’t be there quite when the brunch would start. They had to leave earlier so they were going to miss out on all the yummy food and fellowship.

 

“Not to worry”, the gentleman who was cooking the omelets told the guys. He said he would be happy to prepare some omelets or scrambled eggs a little early so they could still eat. They accepted His gracious offer and headed down stairs on the morning of the brunch.

 

Now my Dad likes to put Ketchup on his scrambled eggs… okay now that you may have eeeewwwwwwwed your way through that statement, or maybe you do that too, either way, he used the Ketchup that was in the refrigerator.

 

Keep in mind this was a conference room type of thing with a single kitchen that had various condiments and such inside. Someone pulled out the bottle and brought it to my Dad with a smile, “here ya go Dave”, they said handing it to him.

 

Squirting some on top of his eggs, he happily chowed down. After three quarters of the eggs were consumed, my son just happened to grab the bottle of Ketchup and began reading the labels. With eyes wide and mouth gaping, he informed my Dad that the Ketchup expired in 2015! Five… Years… Ago! Insert eeeeewwwwwwwwwww here!

 

This got me to thinking… how often do we take something at face value in our spiritual lives? we hear a message from our Pastor or Worship leader and walk away thinking it was a great message and it probably was. But do we go to God’s word and fill our hearts there?

 

Maybe we read a great post on social media that uplifts God and we think “man, what an awesome word”. It too was probably very inspirational and worth sharing.

 

Possibly you read a fantastic blog post while sitting at a virtual table 😉 and you feel blessed. while I hope this is the case, I really want to direct you back to God’s word. After all, my words might be expired.

 

1 Thessalonians 5:21 ” But, test everything, hold fast what is good.” (ESV)

The enemy is very crafty at making us think that something is fine to “consume” when it may be harmful.

 

Harmful to us physically, emotionally, spiritually, or any other way. God desires us to be safe in His care, but the enemy comes to seek and destroy. Cling to God’s word and His love for you and you have a much better chance of not using “expired Ketchup”. Anyone who is truly wanting to glorify God will want you to test all things, even what they say, against God’s word so it lines up.

 

So when you face something questionable, like a communal condiment, ask yourself… “how old is that Ketchup?” This can save us from consuming something that could have not so good repercussions. It might even be time to get a new bottle of Ketchup! No matter how good something seems, always check the expiration date. Check it with the word of God! Even in our everyday lives, things can seem good but we need to check them with the word of God.

 

A Message for Monday

Hi all and good Monday to you! I have started a new but short little devotional and this verse was the focus verse for yesterday. I love this verse as it serves as a reminder to me to be mindful of what I say and what I choose to let my heart park on…

 

Psalm 19:14  “May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing to You, Oh Lord, my rock and my redeemer.”

 

Sometimes I think we can forget that the words we speak and what our hearts are focused on can PLEASE the Lord, not just displease Him. What we say to one another… and ourselves… can be a form of worship. Meaning, if we speak words of encouragement then we are pleasing the Lord, thus worshiping Him. What we choose to let our hearts dwell on is also worship. We tend to look at the word “dwell” as a negative thing, but the word dwell simply means to live or stay somewhere. So let’s allow our hearts to live in a place of worship!

 

May we worship God today with our words and heart actions. Blessings to you my table family and have a beautiful Monday!

Self-care is selfish… right?

Good Wednesday morning everyone! I have the table all set for you. Hot beverages and muffins await! Oh how I wish we could actually gather at the table for real coffee/tea and muffins. How heart-warming that would be.

 

I’ve been giving a lot of thought to “self-care” lately. By lately I mean the last year or so. See I had it in my mind that self-care equaled self-ish.

 

Now don’t misunderstand… when other people practiced good self-care, I always looked at them as those “got-it-together” kind of people. But for ME to practice self-care… well… that was just me being narcissistic and self absorbed.

 

Hey… I didn’t say I made sense.

 

But I’ve developed a new nightly routine that I’d like to share with you. It may not be the grandest of self-care efforts but it’s a start. i’ll share this verse with you first that helped me to get on board with my own self-care.

 

Ephesians 5:29  “No one hates his own body but feeds and cares for it just like as Christ cares for the church.” (NLT)

 

Now setting aside body image struggles that are very real for a lot of us, we are taking a look at the self-care aspect of this verse. Christ caring for the church is important. He died for it! Not the physical building mind you, this is the “body” of Christ. If Jesus cares for His “body”, shouldn’t we care for our physical bodies?

 

Here in list form is my new nightly routine:

 

  1. I wash my face and hands directly before bed.

2. I put straight raw coconut oil on my face and lips (this is the solid form that can be found at any grocery store)

 

3. I brush out my hair until smooth.

 

4. I get on my PJ’s.

 

5. I climb into bed and get my hand lotion I keep on my bed-side table and smooth it on my hands and wrists.

 

6. I turn on “Babbling Brook” or “Fountain” sounds on my Alexa.

 

7. I spray my pillow with rose scented sleep spray and turn on my essential oil defuser that usually has lavender with one or two other oils blended together.

 

8. I pull up one verse on my Bible app to focus on before going to sleep.

 

9. I will most times, post that verse as encouragement for others for the night.

 

10. I prepare my pillows for there to be room for both my head and my cat to sleep on.

 

I have been faithful to this routine for fifteen nights now and I love it! It’s just a small addition to my evening that I look forward to and only takes maybe twenty minutes. Do you have a night time routine or awesome self-care regimen?

 

Oh and by the way… men can and should have some sort of self-care routine as well. It may not include facials or aroma therapy, But he should have something.

 

I’d love to hear your thoughts on self-care from the Biblical perspective. If you have such a routine, share it here. Blessings to you all and try just one night time self-care thing and see how you feel.

 

A Message for Monday

Well here we are table family, it’s Monday morning! How was your weekend? Pretty low key around here. I know that Mondays usually get a bad wrap. I heard a little joke once that said “If every day is a gift, I want to know where I can return Monday!”

Well I’m hoping to brighten your Monday mornings just a little with an encouraging word…

 

Jeremiah 17:7 “Blessed is the man who trust in the Lord, and whose hope is the Lord.”

 

This short verse tells us to have our trust in the Lord, but it also goes a step further and says we will be blessed when our hope IS the Lord! Our hope need rest no where else but in God Himself. Not hope for what He will do or has done, though we use those situations to build our faith. But the hope we need or have IS the Lord. Trust Him and we will be blessed. Let Him be our very hope and we will be blessed. Do you have hope? You have God so you have hope! Cling to your hope… cling to God. Blessings dear friends.

What are your prayers?

Hi table family. How is everyone holding up? I have been at home for a month now and haven’t left the house at all. I’ve taken a walk around my block several times but nothing more. Has it been like that for you too?

 

I’m going to have a pretty short post this week because I’d like to pray for you. Really… I’d love for you to give me a prayer request and I’ll respond with a prayer for each individual request. I feel like that is the best medicine right now.

 

There is no request to small or insignificant. I have been praying for people who have contracted the virus, those who have lost their jobs, folks battling depression from the stress due to what’s happening… and for peoples boredom, loneliness, and just for someone to talk to. Our Father hears every prayer. So please… don’t feel like your request is not important or not as valid. I’d really love to pray for you…

 

Ephesians 6:18  “Pray in the spirit at all times and on every occasion stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere.”

A Message for Monday

Good Monday morning to you all! I hope you had a lovely Easter. I know it was probably very different for each of us. But I pray you were able to delve into the word of God and really look at the story of the Resurrection.

 

For this Monday, I felt like we needed this reminder…

 

Matthew 6:34  “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow for tomorrow will be anxious for itself, sufficient for the day is it’s own trouble.”

 

God asks us only to face the day in front of us… no more then that. If we took our days more then one at a time, our lives would be shortened by a great deal. God has each day in the palm of His hand and He only hands us one to deal with each morning. Just take today’s tasks and obligations and sort those out for the day. Think about someone else taking your work load for the next day and how much that would ease your burdens and lighten your load. God is offering this by only giving us one day to handle at a time. Just face today! Blessings to all of you dear friends.

Will this pandemic change the world? Will it change me?

Hello table family! I still have the pink floral table cloth on and I’ve mentally baked some muffins. The coffee is ready and the water is hot for tea if you prefer. Pull up a chair and let’s talk…

 

I think we can all agree that what is happening in our world today has not been seen before. At least by anyone who is alive now. There have already been changes to our everyday routines and schedules. We are not supposed to group together nor can we grab the girls for our long awaited evening out at our favorite restaurant.

 

My plans for my you tube channel have had to shift a little due to the fact that I can’t run out and get more crafting supplies. It has challenged me to be more creative then I bargained for.

 

We are having to find things to occupy us individually and as a family. Sure we may have to break up more sibling rivalries then we’d like to and we may have to be doing more kids crafts and coloring then we are used to, but hey… all in a days quarantine, right?

 

But let’s take a look at some ways that our shift in the daily routine is making good changes. Since we all have at least a little more time then we normally do, this gives us the opportunity to catch up with friendships that maybe we haven’t had a lot of time for. It’s a great time to get to know your kids better as the years fly by and leave us wondering where they all went. This is a prime time to rediscover the newlywed stage of your marriage. Pull out those old photos and take that stroll down memory lane. Nobody will pull you over and question why you are on that road. Maybe even re-live that special day and renew your vows to each other in a private ceremony with just the people in your household in attendance, or maybe it’s just the two of you 😉

 

Have that indoor picnic with the family. Spread out a blanket on the living room floor and bring dinner out there. Use paper plates or break out the fine china, it’s up to you!

 

The point is that the world may never be the same after this is over because of new protocols, closed businesses, early school years, or any “abnormal” things put in place to try and prevent something like this from having this kind of affect on our country again. But we can take hold of the positive changes and not let go of them when this is all over.

 

Keep some of the new ways you do things as a family and implement them into a new routine. Maybe you could have picnic indoors once a week or once a month. Perhaps You will have that private vow renewal ceremony each year on a particular date. It would be fantastic to make it a weekly appointment to check in with that elderly neighbor who would look forward to your visits.

 

This mandatory slow down could help us reevaluate our priorities in life and begin to find joy in the more simple things. We are on a mission to be successful and get ahead in life and ambition is not a sin! But sometimes Jesus is asking us to step back and slow down to find greater value.

 

Mark 6:31 says “and He said to them ‘come away by yourselves to a desolate place and rest a while’ for many were coming and going they had no leisure even to eat.” (ESV)

 

Have you ever had days like that? Days where you didn’t have time to eat? I think we all have at some time or another. Jesus is offering us this time to come away and rest. Rest by spending time together. Eating meals together again. Talking with one another again. Will you take this time and be changed?

 

The world may be changed but my prayer is that I W I L L  be changed. How about you? Will you find ways to be changed and be able to look back at this time as something you gleaned from? Let’s be changed together.