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What’s in Your Hand?

2 Samuel

11 And it came to pass, after the year was expired, at the time when kings go forth to battle, that David sent Joab, and his servants with him, and all Israel; and they destroyed the children of Ammon, and besieged Rabbah. But David tarried still at Jerusalem.

And it came to pass in an eveningtide, that David arose from off his bed, and walked upon the roof of the king’s house: and from the roof he saw a woman washing herself; and the woman was very beautiful to look upon.

And David sent and enquired after the woman. And one said, Is not this Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam, the wife of Uriah the Hittite?

And David sent messengers, and took her; and she came in unto him, and he lay with her; for she was purified from her uncleanness: and she returned unto her house.

And the woman conceived, and sent and told David, and said, I am with child.

And David sent to Joab, saying, Send me Uriah the Hittite. And Joab sent Uriah to David.

And when Uriah was come unto him, David demanded of him how Joab did, and how the people did, and how the war prospered.

And David said to Uriah, Go down to thy house, and wash thy feet. And Uriah departed out of the king’s house, and there followed him a mess of meat from the king.

But Uriah slept at the door of the king’s house with all the servants of his lord, and went not down to his house.

10 And when they had told David, saying, Uriah went not down unto his house, David said unto Uriah, Camest thou not from thy journey? why then didst thou not go down unto thine house?

11 And Uriah said unto David, The ark, and Israel, and Judah, abide in tents; and my lord Joab, and the servants of my lord, are encamped in the open fields; shall I then go into mine house, to eat and to drink, and to lie with my wife? as thou livest, and as thy soul liveth, I will not do this thing.

12 And David said to Uriah, Tarry here to day also, and to morrow I will let thee depart. So Uriah abode in Jerusalem that day, and the morrow.

13 And when David had called him, he did eat and drink before him; and he made him drunk: and at even he went out to lie on his bed with the servants of his lord, but went not down to his house.

14 And it came to pass in the morning, that David wrote a letter to Joab, and sent it by the hand of Uriah.

15 And he wrote in the letter, saying, Set ye Uriah in the forefront of the hottest battle, and retire ye from him, that he may be smitten, and die.

16 And it came to pass, when Joab observed the city, that he assigned Uriah unto a place where he knew that valiant men were.

17 And the men of the city went out, and fought with Joab: and there fell some of the people of the servants of David; and Uriah the Hittite died also.

 I know that’s a lot of scripture, but it needed to be said to set up this post. Now King David stayed back from battle and lusted after another man’s wife. He acted upon his lust and ended up getting Bathsheba pregnant. Trying to cover up his sin, he called her husband back from battle. But Uriah was a man of honor. He could not enjoy being home while his fellow soldiers were on the battlefield. He would not go into his wife. This displeased David and so as a final measure to cover his sin, he wrote a letter to Joab telling him to put Uriah in the hottest battle and leave him there alone. He gave the letter to Uriah and instructed him to deliver it to Joab.

Uriah being the honorable man he was took the letter and went back to the battle not knowing what he held in his hand. For all he knew he was just carrying just another letter to Joab asking about updates on the battle. While unbeknownst to him, he was in fact delivering his own death sentence.

Sometimes we are Uriah, not knowing what we hold in our hands when in fact we are holding the very thing that will kill us. I’m not talking about a physical death, but a spiritual death. We flirt with the world, with temptation trying to see how close we can get without getting burned. The enemy will tell you, “It’s okay. Just try a little. It won’t hurt.” And you pick up that thing that is enticing you, but at what cost. We come to expect this behavior from our enemies. But David was Uriah’s king. A king that was supposed to have his subject’s best interest in mind. A king that should have been on the battlefield with his soldiers. But we see what happens when we let our guard down. David got complacent and instead of picking up his sword, he picked up idleness and let sin creep in. The Bible is our sword, our weapon against the devil. We must be prayed up for the enemy we face is not flesh and blood. And through the word of God is how we will defeat him. We trust those that have rule over us, whether it be President, Governor, Boss, Pastors, or friends. They have the best interest of this country, state, job, church or your friendship at heart. But people can stray in their beliefs or fall short on their word. Everything given to you by those we trust may not be in our best interest. In fact it could lead to the death of your ministry. Be cautious who you lend your ear to and your confidence, because although intentions maybe good, it will have you delivering your death sentence. People don’t like to admit their wrongs toward you, and will try to cover it up. Try to trick you into believing a thing that is not true. When that doesn’t work, they will hand you something that may seem harmless to you, but it could be the very thing that will kill you. Uriah held just a piece of paper in his hand.

Exodus 4:

1And Moses answered and said, But, behold, they will not believe me, nor hearken unto my voice: for they will say, The LORD hath not appeared unto thee.

2And the LORD said unto him, What is that in thine hand? And he said, A rod.

3And he said, Cast it on the ground. And he cast it on the ground, and it became a serpent; and Moses fled from before it.

4And the LORD said unto Moses, Put forth thine hand, and take it by the tail. And he put forth his hand, and caught it, and it became a rod in his hand:

The above scriptures takes place after Moses saw the burning bush and God told him to go back to Egypt to free the Hebrews. Verse 2 is key. The Lord asks Moses, What’s in your hand?  In this instance Moses held the key to what is used to free the Hebrews. So we see that we could hold the key to death or life in our hands. So I will leave you with this,

“What’s in your Hand?”

Stay safe,

KY Sunflower

Posted in Me, Myself, & Sunflowers

Let’s Paint

We had a small get together for my mother in law’s birthday last week. The same day was church service, so my husband and I dressed for church so we can leave from there.

My sister in law decided to hire someone for a paint party. I’m no painter, and I wasn’t going to participate as I was dressed for church and didn’t want to take a chance on getting paint on me.

Well it was looking like fun and so I caved. Here’s my masterpiece.

What it should look like

The original painting was of mountains. I chose to do the ocean with the sun rising, not setting.

But if you turned it upside down, sun setting maybe? Or at least it’s in the same position as the original.

After we left, I started thinking that it was actually relaxing and that I would like to try my hand at it again. Not that I’d be ranked up there with Picasso or anything. So I went and bought me some supplies.

And I painted.

Now I think I improved just a little. And yes I did paint the ocean again, because if I can’t see it in person, I might as well paint it.

My son’s girlfriend’s painting
My son’s painting

My son and his girlfriend followed instructions. Mountains are beautiful, but we all know I love the ocean.

Well that’s my new hobby, we’ll see how long it’ll last.

I do have a few other ideas in mind and one does involve mountains.

Have a Blessed day

KY Sunflower

Posted in Devotionals

Caught Between a Rock and a Hard Place

Photo taken from Google

 We all know the phrase “caught between a rock and hard place”. This phrase is simply saying you are in a difficult situation where you have to choose between two equally unpleasant courses of action.

Well I’m going to put a different spin on it for the purposes of this blog. Many times in this life we are faced with difficult choices concerning our health, finances, children, etc. There is always something that we encounter that may seem impossible no matter what we choose. Hence the saying rock and a hard place.

As Christians, we are faced with many spiritual situations that seem to come at us from every side. Faced with choices that will affect our Christian walk, our relationship with our families, etc. The choice is ours what we choose.  It’s so much sweeter when we’re caught between a rock and a hard place, if Jesus is the Rock.

God is referred to as a rock many times in the Bible.

The stone which the builders refused is become the head stone of the corner.  Psalm 118:22

And he beheld them, and said, What is this then that is written, The stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner? Luke 20:17

 Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God; And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone; Ephesians 2:19-20

Jesus is the chief corner stone. But so many even today reject Him as such. They turn to other people and things to get them through their situations. To help them make the difficult choices.

God words fail not. The Bible was written by the inspiration of God as our guide post for our journey through this life.

All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works. 2 Timothy 3:16-17

God knew we would need instructions, examples to live this life. Someone made the acronym for the Bible as Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth. It’s as simple as that. So many times people in the Bible faced things, but they knew how to respond.

 I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. Psalm 121:1

When we are caught between a rock and a hard place, we better make sure the rock is Jesus! He is our rock, whatever difficult choices we are facing, we must never forget to choose the Rock. He will lead and guide us in all our ways.

He is the Rock, his work is perfect: for all his ways are judgment: a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is he. Deuteronomy 32:4

Many times the world will say you don’t have to be baptized in Jesus name, the titles work. Receiving the Holy Ghost isn’t part of salvation. Although the Bible clearly says there is One Lord, One Faith, and One Baptism, we can look and find hundreds of denominations claiming truth. So when you’re caught between a rock and a hard place. Choose Jesus and let Him direct you in all truth.

The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower.  Psalm 18:2

For thou art my rock and my fortress; therefore for thy name’s sake lead me, and guide me.     Psalm 31:3

When you are going through things in your life that there seems to be no end. You’re weak and just need fence of protection around you. You keep hitting that hard place, that difficult choice. Choose Jesus and He will be your fortress, your strength.

From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I. Psalm 61:2

 But the LORD is my defence; and my God is the rock of my refuge. Psalm 94:22

When we are overwhelmed with the things of this life. We seem to feel run downed, oppressed, depressed and the enemy is throwing things at you. You hit a brick wall. You’re caught between a rock and a hard place. Go to the Rock that is higher than you. Let the Lord be your defense, your refuge.

Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:

And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.

 And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand:

 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.  Matthew 7:24-27

We all know the parable of the wise and foolish man from the Bible. The scriptures before the parable is just as important as the parable itself.  Jesus gave instructions to his disciples. He said if you do the things which I have said, I will liken you to a wise man that build is house upon a rock.  We have a choice to make when living our life. Are we living this life on a rock to live again or are we living on sand to perish with this world.

To open their eyes, [and] to turn [them] from darkness to light, and [from] the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me. Acts 26:18

The above scripture likened God to light, and Satan to darkness. The world we are living in right now is wrapped up in utter darkness. There’s violence, division, hate and chaos. In short it’s a hard place. My pastor made mention that there are two worlds fighting for us, Heaven and Hell. We are literally caught between a Rock (Heaven) and a hard place (Hell).

And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ. 1st Corinthians 10:4

Even the Israelites that were being led out of Egypt found themselves caught between a rock and hard place. They were in the wilderness for forty years. Forty years. But although they were faced with hard decisions, they had a Rock that followed them, that fed them, gave them drink, led them by a pillar of cloud during the day and a pillar of fire at night.  They were caught between a Rock and a hard place for forty years.

 But with many of them God was not well pleased: for they were overthrown in the wilderness.

Now these things were our examples, to the intent we should not lust after evil things, as they also lusted.

7 Neither be ye idolaters, as were some of them; as it is written, The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play.

8 Neither let us commit fornication, as some of them committed, and fell in one day three and twenty thousand.

9 Neither let us tempt Christ, as some of them also tempted, and were destroyed of serpents.

10 Neither murmur ye, as some of them also murmured, and were destroyed of the destroyer.

11 Now all these things happened unto them for examples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.

12 Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall. 1st Corinthians 10:6-12

Forty years is a long time to be caught between a Rock and a hard place. The above scripture let us know that many of the Israelites were overthrown in the wilderness. Why were they overthrown? Because of the choices they made. They didn’t choose the Rock, they made the choice to become victims of their surroundings.

So as we are now in this day and time caught between the Rock and a hard place. Caught between Jesus and Satan, we must make a choice. Choose Jesus!!!!

KY Sunflower

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You Don’t Have to do All that

 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. 2 Corinthians 5:17

Why don’t you wear pants? Why don’t you drink alcohol? Why don’t you do this or that? Just some of the questions I’ve heard concerning my beliefs.

As an Apostolic, we are set apart from the world. The Bible said we are new creatures, old things are passed away and all things are made new. When we repented, we confessed are sins and turned away from it. When we are baptized in Jesus’s name, we are burying our sins in His blood, never to be remembered. And as we are filled with the Holy Ghost we are raised as new beings.

We are following after Christ and His will for our lives. It is no longer our will but His.

Almost all churches have standards set. Standards differ from doctrine. Where we can disagree on standards, the doctrine is set. God said let not man take away or add anything to His word.

For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book:

And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book. Revelations 22:18-19

Why do we abide by these standards? Why do we follow the rules of our jobs? It’s the same thing. Just as we want to be in good standing with our employees, we should want to be in good standing with God.

It doesn’t take all that to be saved. Just confess your sins and accept Jesus into your heart. You can’t find where anyone in the Bible accepted Jesus and was saved. Read the book of Acts you will find the true plan of salvation.

I read the Bible, I know what I have is truth. But even so, I would rather live this life as an Apostolic Christian with everything in me and be right than to live it as anything else and be wrong.

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His Word

Genesis 1:1-31

The world was framed by God simply speaking it into existence as detailed in the above scriptures. We are all familiar with the creation story.

Look at the beauty displayed before us, the intricate details that makes up this world. The stars, the clouds, oceans, trees and the many animals that exist on land in water and in the air. God spoke it and it was so.

God’s word will never come back void. If he can speak a whole world into existence, don’t you think He can take care of your needs?

So many times as humans we worry and fret over every trial and issue that comes at us instead of giving it over to the One that cares for us. The One that has the whole world in His hands.

If He can speak “Let there be light ” and there was light, what’s stopping Him from speaking whatever you need into your existence. God is the same yesterday, today, and forever. What he did back then, He can and will do now. It is our lack of faith that hinders our prayers.

There’s no problem too big that our God can’t solve. He even gave us the power to speak to the mountains in our lives to be moved.

So whatever you are faced with today, set aside your doubts and have faith in His word.

KY Sunflower

Posted in Me, Myself, & Sunflowers

A Little Slice of Calmness

Took a ride with my husband last night to the lake up the street from my house. Again you all know by now where I stand on lakes. Give me the ocean any day. But as we were riding around the loop, there was something serene about it all.

It was peaceful and I imagined sitting in front of this lake with a good book enjoying the beauty of it all.

With the things going on in this world with COVID-19, the ocean is out of my reach. I can’t make my yearly trip to breath in the salty air that beckons me. I must learn to find comfort in what is available to me.

It may not be vast body of water with no boundaries in sight. It might not welcome me with waves crashing on the shore. But if I ever need a bit of peace in my life, I know where to find it.

Afternoon musings

KY Sunflower

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The Joy of the Lord Trip…..A Trip without a Destination

The past weekend I and two of my dearest friends (I introduced you to one already) took a road trip. Angie is her sister, she attacked me in the bathroom the very first time I visited the church almost a year ago. She’s just that friendly. Not only do we attend the same church, we work together. It is a rule at our place of employment that only two people could be off at the same time. Therefore, us three can’t get off work and take a road trip. We have to be back by Sunday for church so a rushed trip on Saturday wasn’t ideal. Since the 4th of July was on Saturday we ended up with Friday off. So can someone say “Road Trip”? We planned this back in February/March sometime.

We were able to get off early on Thursday and since our church service was being held on Zoom, our trip actually started a day earlier. So a little geography lesson before we get started. We left from Hanson, KY. That is 54 miles (about an hour away) from Owensboro, KY. This is important, believe me.

Day One, Thursday July 2, 2020

It was a hot sunny day. Truck is loaded and we girls are ready to go. Why was it a trip without a destination? We didn’t want to plan the trip. We knew one thing, we wanted to hit as many Dollar General stores as possible and just get away. So we put north, south, east, and west in a cup and drew to determine our location. Angela, being the oldest, drew first.

EAST

We were going east. We decided to take back roads the whole trip. So at 3:30 pm we hit the road. When east was drawn, Misti knew exactly what she wanted. There’s a little town called Island, KY in Mclean County. The Dairy Freeze was located there and apparently has the best burgers called Island burgers. Let me tell you, it didn’t disappoint.

Taken from Google

On our way to the Dairy Freeze, Angela saw a sign for an historic wooden bridge. So that was our next stop. It is a quaint little place and a future day trip for my husband and I. 

You ever talk about something, and the next day the subject of your conversation appears? Well that is what happened to us. Misti was telling us at work that Wednesday about the albino squirrels that roam the campus of Western KY University. I have never seen or even heard of an albino squirrel. And of course, I wanted to see one. God knows the desires of your heart. On our way to the bridge, Angie or Misti I don’t remember points out an albino squirrel in the road leading to the bridge. Misti was able to capture it as it ran up an abandoned house that we determined is where he lives.

After our stop at the bridge, Misti was next to draw. She drew east again. So we continued on our eastward journey.  We saw signs for Rough River State Resort Park and thought it would be a nice place to stay the night especially since we get a discount being state employees. So we drove to the resort only to find that they were booked. Of course we should’ve known this being that it was a holiday weekend. It was getting close to church time, so we rode on some more. Not one of us was getting a clear signal on our phones and prayed that we could find somewhere that we could get on Zoom. We didn’t want to get in trouble with our pastor, lol. After all this was the Joy of the Lord trip. We found a little church off the highway. It was elevated and wouldn’t you know it, we all got signal just in time to tune in. Pastor preached out of Nehemiah 6:1-4 Don’t Go to Ono. Great message about temptation.

After church service it was time to continue. It was getting late and we needed to find a hotel. Misti looked up one in the next town, Breckinridge County.  As the GPS lead the way we came to an intersection with two other cars besides us. And the voice on the GPS said something we all found hilarious. “Due to heavier traffic than usual…” that little phrase cracked us up. Three cars was considered heavy traffic. The hotel that she found was rather a motel that didn’t look so appealing. So we decided to keep going. As we ventured out of Breckinridge County into Hancock County, we saw the sign. This is why I did that little geography lesson at the beginning.  The sign let us know that we were 28 miles from Owensboro. Crazy, huh. Six counties, 83.6 miles, 6 hours later, and we were only 28 miles from Owensboro. There was something about this trip and going in circles as you will see later. So determined that we weren’t going to Owensboro, we drew again, it was my turn and I drew north.

North

First it was time to find a hotel. We find a Burger king and grab a bite to eat, and Misti found a hotel in Tell City, (Perry County) Indiana. We crossed the state line, found the hotel, and checked in. We knew the direction we would be heading in the next day, and now needed to rest for the night.

Friday, July 3 Day Two

I woke up the next morning, read my devotional and Bible reading for the day, and decided to pray. I decided to kneel by the bed out of sight. Angie and Misti woke up. Apparently, Angie couldn’t sleep after her mid-morning bathroom break because of lack of toilet paper. We were low and they didn’t give a replacement. She thought I was in the bathroom and was telling Misti this because she thought I wouldn’t have enough. At that time I ended my prayer to let her know I was not in the bathroom. The little things that keeps us from sleeping, lol. We are headed north. We left the hotel to find breakfast. After eating we hit the Goodwill that was near the hotel. Found some good finds. Disclaimer: Did wash and sanitize all finds.    We then continued on our journey. We continued north until we came to an intersection to which we drew again. It was back to Angela. She choose east. East led us to a parkway and we decided to take it to get back into Kentucky. We saw an exit that said “Scenic route” so we jumped off. Who wouldn’t want to take a scenic route? It was supposed to be all back roads anyway. So here we go. We did find a nice area to rent cottages by the Ohio River and a Dollar Store during this “scenic route”.  I use the term “scenic route” loosely here, because other than the cottages and the view of the Ohio River, that you had to veer off the beaten path to find, there was nothing remotely scenic about it. This route took us in a full circle back to where we got on the parkway. We dubbed that route “the circle of death”. It took us about an hour to get back on our path east and boy was we ready to get back in to Kentucky. Indiana wasn’t so good to us.

So after getting back on track we journeyed East towards Kentucky.  We ended up going to Frankfort, our State capitol. Angie has never been before. So we (Misti) took her to see the capitol building and the Governor’s mansion (not pictured).

On one of our many bathroom breaks and to fill up the car, our navigator/driver found us another place to stay in Danville, KY. We were instructed not to go to Louisville, KY. So we went around Louisville and arrived in Danville. We arrived at the hotel, and after Misti checked us in, she returned with a luggage cart to carry our bags to our room. The luggage cart is an important piece of information. After getting situated in the hotel, it was getting close to dinner time. We got our purses and decided to go out to see what we could find to eat. It was a lengthy walk to the elevator and Angie has some issues with her knees. I told her I would roll her to the elevator on the luggage cart. She declined, but our fun loving Misti was ready for the ride. I said hop on, and she did. I pushed her from the room to the elevator, fast. A girl needs her exercise in whatever form it may be in. We decided to eat at O’Charley’s and there was about a 30 minute wait. They said they would call us on the number I left and we decided to check out some of the stores around. Sadly, they were all closed except Gordman’s. Misti and I went in to check home décor and coffee syrups. We left out empty handed and decided to drive back to the restaurant and wait in the car until our table was ready. Misti did one of her Facebook live feeds and spoke on the luggage cart ride. She informed the viewers that if we did it again, she would go live.

We finally was able to go in. On the way in we spotted a dead bird right by the door. Good thing I don’t have a queasy stomach at sights like that. We told the hostess in hopes that maybe she would inform someone to get it up. It really isn’t a nice sight for the restaurant. Especially by the entrance. We had a good meal, except Angela couldn’t get enough ketchup. She has to have ketchup on EVERYTHING! We decided we wanted ice cream. We looked up ice cream places and found a Baskin Robbins not too far. After leaving restaurant, we checked and don’t you know that bird was still there. We left and drove to our destination and got our ice cream. On the way back to the hotel we notice there was a Dairy Queen right across from O’Charley’s. Now why would our GPS send us somewhere else? I’m glad they did though, that caramel praline was delicious.  On the way back to the room, I noticed that the hotel had a fitness center. So I decided that is what I would do the next morning.

Saturday, July 4 Day Three “Happy Independence Day!” The Last Day of the Trip

I woke before the others as usual and decided I would keep my plans and hit the fitness center. I figured I needed the hotel key to enter the center so I looked around the room to find it. It appears that Misti must’ve put it in her purse. I called myself looking in the obvious place in her purse, but didn’t find it. So after leaving her a note to let her know I went in her purse, I got dressed and decided to go for a walk instead.  I played my Amazon music playlist and walked out of the hotel. I found a subdivision up from the hotel and walked around there and made my way back towards the hotel and walked to where some shops was and walked up there quite a ways. On the way back I saw a wellness center that had a trail behind it. So I walked one lap around before heading back to the hotel for a total of 3.1 miles. After returning to the hotel lobby, I got a coffee, cream and sugar and headed back to the room. Since I didn’t have a key, I had to balance some coffee and cups of creamer and sugar to text (or so I thought) Angie to see if they were up. I waited, didn’t get a reply. I knocked as loudly as I could with my hands full. It was more of a peck. So I decided to call. Couldn’t make the call as my phone was on airplane mode. I must’ve accidently hit airplane mode sometime during my walk. I turned my phone off airplane mode and the call went through as soon as Angie’s text. I heard them both through the door. She let me in and after I explained all this to them, I was gently chastised for not leaving a note to what I was doing, because if something had happened to me, they couldn’t locate me with my phone on airplane mode. Sigh.

I cleaned up and decided since I was ready, I would go get everyone breakfast (the hotel provided breakfast) while they get ready. After breakfast, we packed and loaded up the luggage cart. Uh-oh, you know what that means. Misti hopped on the cart with the luggage and did the Facebook live as I rushed her down the hall. It was a wonder we didn’t get kicked out of the hotel. And a shame it would’ve been if we did, it was a nice a hotel.

Well after our shenanigans at the hotel, we drew one final time. South. Misti planned our trip home in that direction. A little ways into our journey south in Junction City, KY I spotted a Dollar General sign, they are easy to spot. But by the time I called it out, it was too late to stop. But never fear, there was a street that we could turn on that would lead us back to it. Misti turned on the street and before we could get to the Dollar General lo and behold there was a big sign that says Amish Country Market. This is a big deal. Angela loves all things and people —- Amish. Don’t ask me why, it’s a mystery, but meeting an Amish person or going to Amish country is equivalent to meeting the President and walking into the White House. She gets all fan girlish. In fact we were going to try to go to Amish country for the trip, but it didn’t work out. So seeing this sign was the highlight of Angie’s trip. Of course we bypassed the Dollar General and went directly to the Amish market. It was about the nicest Amish store I have shopped. After several minutes in the store browsing I arrive at the deli counter.

There is a sign advertising new items. Underneath the “New Item” jargon was Macaroni and cheese and pimento loaf $5.89 lb. I was like interesting and told Misti I would like to see what that looked like. She gave me a puzzled look and then said “It’s not together. It’s macaroni and cheese for 5.89 a pound or pimento loaf for 5.89 a pound. I was like “Oh”. She preceded to laugh and make me feel like Rose Nylund from the Golden Girls because that’s who I relate to on the show and “Barbara Dame” which is a running joke. Barbara Dame is Misti and Angie’s mother. She too relates to Rose Nylund. We’re a little slow on grasping things and gullible.  So we laugh at it and go about our shopping. Well as we’re going to check out, Misti precedes to telling Angie about it and at that time one of the workers were there. She heard the story as Misti finishes telling Angie that I thought it was together as in one loaf. My friend, the Amish worker says, “It is.” Ha! She took it out and cut a thin sliver so we could see what it looked like. It had macaroni and pieces of cheese and pimentos pressed into the ham. We tasted it. It was good. I wouldn’t order it myself, but if it was presented to me, I would eat it again.

Taken from Google

So after they paid for their baked goods we walk out the store, take some pictures and continue on our journey. We did stop at the Dollar General, Angie had to use the bathroom…it was out of order. We continue south and we saw signs for another Amish market and a Bread of Life restaurant in the nearby town Liberty, KY. The next market was a huge produce stand on the inside. They had cantaloupes the size of basketballs. It was super nice.

The Bread of Life café was our next stop to eat. It was Amish run. It has a unique story as the founders also founded Galilean Home ministries that has a blessing house for special needs children, an angel house for babies of mothers that gave birth in prison and a boarding house and Christian Academy school. It was a fantastic spot to eat and the rolls were the size of a small Frisbee.

After eating we looked around the gift shop before getting back on the road. As we journeyed south, Misti mentioned that she would like to see a Family Dollar. That is her store. So Angie said a quick prayer that we would come across one. It was like no time that we saw a sign for a Family Dollar. We stopped and looked around and Misti got invited to a fourth of July cookout. She even found her a new “man”. Note: Not the guy that asked her out.

Back on the road again, we stopped in Cave City to see the largest masked lizard there was and Wigwams. I have never heard of wigwams or this little camping spot. They were interesting.

We also found Rochester Dam in Beaver Dam, KY. I didn’t know that existed either. Sometimes it’s good to explore your state.

 We stopped in Central City, KY to grab some ice cream at the Dairy Queen before making the final 45 minute stretch home. So at 6:58 pm we made it back to Hopkins County.

After two states, 25 counties, one Goodwill, one Gordman’s, one Dollar Tree, one Family Dollar, two Amish stores, eight Dollar Generals and 271, 680 seconds, 4348 minutes, 75 hours, and three days later we made it home.

So I mentioned this trip was to hit up as many Dollar Generals. So not to leave that out, I have listed the Dollar Generals and what we ranked them. They are listed in order by their ranking. We ranked them on appearance, merchandise and cleanliness of bathrooms.

#1 with a score of 4 out of 5 Centertown, KY-Dollar General. You could tell this store was new and it would have ranked number one on its own had it offered all that the Market did. The bathroom was immaculate for a public bathroom and that is what pushed it ahead of the Dollar General Market.

#2 with a score of 4 out of 5 Edmonton, KY-Dollar General Market-It was the size of Walmart and had just about everything Walmart would offer. We ranked it a 5, but the bathroom was horrendous, so it knocked off a point leaving its ranking at 4.

#3 with a 3.5 out of 5 Leavenworth, IN. It wasn’t a new one, but it was clean and the bathroom was okay.

#4 with 3 out of 5 Fordsville, KY. It was an older store, but clean. The bathroom ranked low because the toilet paper holder was so low the overhanging toilet paper touched the ground.

#4 with a 3 out of 5 Danville, KY. The store was nice, but the bathroom was out of order.

#6 with a 2.75 out of 5 Tell City, IN (#1)

#7 with a 2.5 out of 5 Tell City, IN (#2)

#8 with a 1.75 out of 5 Junction City, KY

We did find some nice things in all of the Dollar Generals and of course the newer ones will be better than the older ones, but each one offered something different. And if we couldn’t find what we wanted at one, rest assured we’d find it at another. We did discover a new deliciously “healthy” snack.

Taken from Google

I hope you enjoyed the recount of our trip, it was a whole lot of laughter and fun that we needed especially with everything going on around us. It is always good to get away!!!!

KY Sunflower

Lake Sunsets, etc.

One of my first blogs was comparing lake to the ocean. I’m still an ocean girl through and through. But I’m learning to appreciate what’s around me.

I like to go walking at this park bordering Lake PeWee in a nearby town. The scenery is breathtaking although, I’m still not an outdoorsy person…working on it.

Looking at the pictures who wouldn’t appreciate the views around them on their walk. There’s also wildlife. You will see several deer, raccoons, geese, an occasional snake (which I haven’t and I’m glad) and this last walk I saw my first woodpecker.

So here’s to learning to appreciate the beauty around me.

KY Sunflower

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That’s Why We’re Friends

2020 TN Ladies Conference

Back in February a group of ladies from my church went to Gatlinburg for a Ladies Conference. It was my first ladies conference ever attended and it was an awesome experience. I just wanted to mention the conference, but I am writing about one lady in particular.

So a little back story. I attended my previous church for over 20 years. And I’ve had friends there, but they were either 10+ years older or younger. There was not one in my age group that really clicked with me. I mean we got along and was sociable, but hanging out, was a different story. I had friends my age that were not in church, but I wanted to be around like minded sisters. I prayed God send me someone at church in my age group that we can share things with, talk, laugh, hang out, someone that can relate to me in my age group. I was always the oldest or the youngest in the group and half the time didn’t relate to anything that was being discussed.

My first ladies outing with the church proved she was a keeper, lol

So eight months ago we felt led to visit our current church closer to our home. From the moment we stepped foot in the doors, we knew that this was where we are supposed to be. From the moment I meet this lady I am referring to, it was like (to me) an instant connection. She is in my age group and we like most of the same things. We love to be in God’s house with God’s people worshipping God. We love food, and both share a disdain for chocolate (although she will eat some). We both like the Golden Girls to name a few things. And she’s funny.

She loves nature as in being in it (one thing we don’t have in common, lol)

Her name is Misti Dame Hallum, and you couldn’t ask for a better friend, confidant, person or Sister in the Lord. She is always there when I needed to talk, although in eight months haven’t had to bend her ear too much. She is always willing to help in any way she can. She is the epitome of the Proverbs 31 Virtuous woman, although she will probably tell you otherwise. She is a single mom taking care of her household, making sure her children are cared for and have everything they need and want, and tends to things of God’s house with equal responsibility. She wears many hats in the church to include President of the Ladies Auxiliary, Sunday School Superintendent, Church Secretary/treasurer as well as personal secretary to pastor. All this while working a full-time job and being chauffeur to her daughter and caring for her youngest son suffering from a mental disability. She will go to bat for her loved ones and for her church. I have seen her tired, frustrated, but press on though it all.

More pics from the Ladies Conference…..Pastor’s wife Heather Lee (left), Minister’s wife, Brittanie Vaughn, Myself, My roomies Jamie Jo Judah (Smith) and yours truly whom this post is dedicated, Misti Hallum

I roomed with her and another friend at the Ladies Conference and can you say we laughed until we cried. We laughed on the way to the conference, during our stay at the conference, and on the way back. I have never had so munch fun with anyone before. The title of this message I took from these two lovely ladies. Every time someone did something that of course made us laugh so hard, they would say “That’s why were friends”.

Look at that we both won a door prize from the same booth

I love all the ladies of Life Apostolic Church and have developed a bond with some precious ladies. Angie Hill is Misti’s sister, however we do not fall in the same age category, but she is a very special lady as well. There is a story there, but I’ve taken up too much of your time already. May share it another day.

2019 Ugly Christmas Sweater contest……Look at that pose 🙂

She loves her air fryer so much so that listening to her describe her food has made me want to get one of my own.

I have always maintained that I am Rose from the Golden Girls and others would probably agree. You’ll just have to trust me on that. I am known to be naïve and gullible at times. She personifies Dorothy. She is strong, smart, sarcastic, and well grounded. Though tough, she is as friendly, polite and genuinely care for other girls. THAT IS WHY WE’RE FRIENDS!!!!!

Thank you for being a friend

KY Sunflower

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Herbs, Container Gardens, yard work, Crafts, and New Recipes

Supplies for my flower bed

What are you doing to keep busy? I am working on a modified schedule. So I am trying to keep busy at home. Doing things that I’ve put off for too long. Like decluttering and decluttering, but that’s a story for another time. I have decided to bite the bullet and try my hand at growing an indoor herb garden, and growing some vegetables. I am going to try container garden on my back deck to see if I can even maintain a garden (not pictured). And yes, the dreaded yard work.

My husband mows the yard and weed eats, but that is the extent of yard work that is done around my house. Until recently. We have pulled weeds, cut down brush and now I am ready to create a flower garden around the front of my house…..I think I want some sunflowers around the edges.

My indoor herb garden

So Facebook shared a memory with me of a post I saved creating a windowsill herb garden in mason jars. So above is what I did. I couldn’t find mint, parsley, or rosemary so I started with these three. Mint is what I really wanted. Crossing my fingers.

Flowers to plant in pots on my porch

A friend of mine told me about the above ready to plant seeds for flowers. So I bought a few. Initially, these were what I was going to plant in the yard. After much thought, I think I will plant these in pots around my porch. I will buy some transplants and put in my yard.

Beginning of the Blender Lemon Pie

I have also began trying new recipes. A coworker told me about this recipe for lemon pie where you use the whole lemon (remove seeds…so not the whole lemon, lol). I was skeptical but I had all the ingredients at home sans lemon, so when I picked up my husband’s prescription, I bought a bag of lemons. I made three different varieties, but crust isn’t the best.

Keto Blender lemon pie
Regular recipe

After making regular recipe, I had some filling leftover. So I was thinking what to do. I added one block of cream cheese and blended it to make a crustless pie.

Crustless creamy blender lemon pie…ignore the missing slice. Forgot to take picture first..oops

The pie is deliciously simple and a perfect Spring/Summer dessert. Here’s the link to the recipe: https://pinchofyum.com/blender-lemon-pie

Next, I have always wanted to learn to craft. I made this floral arrangement yesterday. I actually redid it from where I made it previously. I wanted a wreath for each season, but didn’t have space for multiple wreaths. So I found these C last summer and bought some twine. My thought was to just change flowers to coordinate with the season. I included the one I made last week and the others from before.

Flower arrangement I made
My Spring wreath
Summer wreath
Fall wreath

Well that is all I have for you today. Trying to keep busy learning to do what I have put off. Next I need to try my hand at sewing.

It rained us out

What are you creating?

KY Sunflower