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FieldsofThyme
Farmgirl Guide & Schoolmarm / Chapter Leader

4928 Posts



USA
4928 Posts

Posted - Dec 19 2012 :  05:06:09 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I do....and I let guilt of a messy house stop me from devotions, Bible reading etc.

However, this past week, I have put all things aside and watched Joyce Meyer on-line.

I have a busy house, and it can be hard to find a "quiet" place to be anytime of the day.


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darlenelovesart
True Blue Farmgirl

5521 Posts

darlene
Loleta California
USA
5521 Posts

Posted - Dec 20 2012 :  1:05:03 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I have moments when reading my bible my mind is wandering and I don't understand a word I just read. I have to try harder I think.
Cathrine congratulations on your job.
I am so sorry about your friend Kristina, Prayers for the son and everyone who knew her. You take care also.
Nini, thanks for all you do, prayers for you too and everyone else here also.
love you all
darlene

I have learned that to have a good friend is the purest of all God's gifts, for it is a love that has no exchange of payment.
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Ninibini
True Blue Farmgirl

7044 Posts

Nini
Pennsylvania
USA
7044 Posts

Posted - Dec 22 2012 :  8:58:49 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hi girls!

Angie - I'm having a bit of a struggle with things these past couple of weeks, too. You know what really seems to help, aside, of course, from prayer and quiet time with the Lord? Two things: Counting my blessings, and belting out hymns and worship songs and Christmas Carols to the Lord. No kidding. I'll sing by myself, or along with a CD or the radio. My voice may crack and I may be off key, but I know He doesn't mind! ;) Sometimes you just have to let your heart sing and invite the Holy Spirit to dance within you... it tickles... and then you're smiling... then your toes start tapping and your body starts swaying... and before you know it, you feel energetic, enthusiastic and just plain wonderful - like you can conquer the world! I know it sounds silly, but I'm telling you, it works for me every single time! :)

Oh! And this time of year, I always make homemade peppermint mocha coffee and top it with whipped cream, chocolate shavings and crushed peppermint candies. If the songs don't get your spirit moving, the cheery coffee definitely will! ;)

Love you all, sisters! 'Hope you're having a Merry Christmas season!

Giggles -

Nini

Farmgirl Sister #1974

God gave us two hands... one to help ourselves, and one to help others!

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britchickny
True Blue Farmgirl

988 Posts

Angie
Avon NY
988 Posts

Posted - Dec 23 2012 :  6:08:44 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Nini, you are so right! Those blessings sure do add up when you take the time to count them and it brings everything back into perspective. and i have found that if i just listen to the Christian radio stations, even when I'm at work, just having it in the background is a gentle reminder of the Lord and his goodness.
I wonder if, as believers, we are more vulnerable to having the "blues" at this time of year. because we are human and are as busy and overwhelmed with the world we live in as everyone else, but we "know" how we are "supposed" to feel so it's like we add a burden to ourselves.
i think I'm going to make me a hot frothy, calorie laden beverage.
or ate the very least a cup of tea.

ANGIE
"Mercy, peace and love be yours in abundance" JUDE 1:2

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Ninibini
True Blue Farmgirl

7044 Posts

Nini
Pennsylvania
USA
7044 Posts

Posted - Dec 23 2012 :  8:19:57 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
God love and bless you, Angie! God love and bless you! If you haven't had the opportunity yet, please check out our sister Brenda's post, "Choosing Joy this Christmas" in the "Across the Fence" forum. If any farmgirl knows how to do it right - it's her!

You're so right - I think believers are attacked the hardest this time of year. I'm extremely guilty of high expectations! I want to have Holiness and a Fezziwig's Christmas and Currier and Ives memory-making. But you know, when I finally come to my senses and just look at all the blessings around me, I already have each of those in the way God wants me to have them... and they are WONDERFUL! I took it easy this year. I had planned on pulling out all the stops, a big Christmas party, decorations and food galore. But when all the recent sadness happened, my heart just wasn't into it at all, and it certainly didn't seem to be an appropriate thing to do when others are suffering so deeply. I'm so tired lately, and just want to cozy up with a fluffy blanket and hot cup of tea. The usual traditions and trappings of the Holiday truly did not appeal to me, and it was hard getting into the swing. It took forever to decorate and get into the spirit of the season. Everything I wanted or needed to do just felt like such an overwhelming task; a chore. I just didn't wanna - you know? But our precious God - we just gotta love Him. Instead of letting me fall into spiritual malaise, God guided me towards a more beautiful, gentle and meaningful Christmas experience - one more akin to the original one in Bethlehem, if you will - and oh boy, I cannot even begin to tell you how much I am relishing and treasuring every moment! He reminded me that He could be found in the simple beauty of music and candlelight... of the simple things, like Catechetical and Biblical reflections, music and worship, etc. The laundry can wait. The dust bunnies I've missed add a special glow in the candlelight (just as Erma Bombeck assured us they would - LOL!). It's okay to buy a special Buche de Noel, Christmas cookies and a Holiday Rum Cake from the bakery this year - I'm allowed to relax and enjoy, letting someone else provide the treats this year. My guys are fine with that! I don't need to pull out all the decorations and deck every corner of every hall - a beautiful Nativity scene, a few Christmas lights, some warm-glowing scented candles, and a humble yet magical Christmas tree will still honor His light, love and provision, and serve my family more than well. We are so blessed. I've really enjoyed watching PBS specials aboout Christmas celebrations around the world as well as Christmas and other holiday celebrations here in Pittsburgh. What a wonderful blessing to see how others in our area and all over the world ring in the season and the Birth of our Savior! It makes my heart glad and uplifts my spirits beyond belief to know that others are celebrating God with us! Let the Angels sing! Let Heaven rejoice! Let our hearts revel in Him! Peace on Earth - Goodwill toward men!!! I think it all just boils down to perspective. If we put Him first, and if He is truly the center of it all, all the pomp and circumstance and need for busy-ness kinds of fades. I still love all the holiday hoopla, but this year it's so much more "special," if you will - as if I'm enjoying the celebration with new old eyes. My heart is renewed and refreshed and so, so glad. THANKFUL! He has always been the center of our lives, but this year, celebrating Him means even that much more. How blessed we are to be His children and to be able to celebrate Him in the many facets in which He reveals Himself!

So, again - God love and bless you, Angie! "May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope." - Romans 15:13.

Hugs, blessings and Merry Christmas to you all, sisters!

Nini

Farmgirl Sister #1974

God gave us two hands... one to help ourselves, and one to help others!


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FieldsofThyme
Farmgirl Guide & Schoolmarm / Chapter Leader

4928 Posts



USA
4928 Posts

Posted - Dec 24 2012 :  05:16:55 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Our family "blues" this year will simply be from missing the loss of our son's dog, Gus. It was be difficult to watch the other two dogs open their bones, and my son to not have his dog to watch and hold and love on. My "blues" are hurting for my son. I honestly think I inherited my grandmother's emotions. I break out in tears singing Amazing Grace.

I am praying that God helps me find a way to fence off our property from the road (and soon).

Have a Merry Christmas!




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FieldsofThyme
Farmgirl Guide & Schoolmarm / Chapter Leader

4928 Posts



USA
4928 Posts

Posted - Dec 27 2012 :  05:52:22 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
If there is one thing I learned from our trials and tribulations this season, it's learning that my own prayers are heard by God, just as much as everyone else's (when I felt I just couldn't do it during it all).

....I'm off to listen to some Joyce Meyer this morning.

Have a blessed day!


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country roads
True Blue Farmgirl

442 Posts

Melissa
Shinglehouse Pa
USA
442 Posts

Posted - Dec 29 2012 :  6:25:48 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hi girls, I haven't been here to "the farm" in a very long time. But I finally found my way "home".
I am also a Christian. My dear dad passed away on Christmas Eve and I was wondering if you
could suggest any Bible scriptures.

Take care, Melissa.

Farmgirl # 352

~Think happy thoughts~
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britchickny
True Blue Farmgirl

988 Posts

Angie
Avon NY
988 Posts

Posted - Dec 30 2012 :  04:59:26 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Melissa, so glad that you are back on the farm with the girls.
So very sorry to hear about your Dad I am sure that was hard and i pray that you will be filled with comfort from our Lord.
A few years ago I received something from Joel Osteen ministries: a list of scriptures of Comfort. Here is the list. I hope that some of these will bring you rest and peace in your loss.

Job 12:10
Job 19:25-27
Psalm 23
Psalm 28:7
Psalm 34: 18-19
Psalm 42:8
Psalm 68: 4-6a
Psalm 103:13-14
Psalm 116: 1-2
Psalm 116:15
Psalm 117
Psalm 119:50
Psalm 119:76
Psalm 121: 1-2
psalm 139: 15-16
Psalm 147:3
Proverbs 3:5-6
Ecclesiastes 3:1-2
Ecclesiastes 3:4
Isaiah 25:8a
Isaiah 57:1
Jeremiah 31:13b
Matthew 5:4
Matthew 11:28
Matthew 22:32
John 5:24-25
John 6:40
John 8:51
John 14:1-3
Romans 6:9
Romans 8:38-39
Romans 14: 8-9
1 Corinthians 13:12
2 Corinthians 5:1-4
2 Corinthians 5:6-8
Philippians 3:20-12
1 Thessalonians 4:13-14
Hebrews 2:9
Hebrews 4:14-16
James 5:13
1 Peter 1:3-4
1 Peter 5:7
Revelation 14;13
Revelation 21:4


ANGIE
"Mercy, peace and love be yours in abundance" JUDE 1:2

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country roads
True Blue Farmgirl

442 Posts

Melissa
Shinglehouse Pa
USA
442 Posts

Posted - Dec 30 2012 :  08:11:56 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thank you so much Angie, I can't wait together some time to myself
so I read over the verses. Thank you again.

Take care, Melissa.

Farmgirl # 352

~Think happy thoughts~
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britchickny
True Blue Farmgirl

988 Posts

Angie
Avon NY
988 Posts

Posted - Dec 30 2012 :  08:13:54 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
You are so welcome. I hope that some of these help.
(This is such a wonderful thread to stay connected with other Christian Farmgirls)

ANGIE
"Mercy, peace and love be yours in abundance" JUDE 1:2

http://www.pinkroomponderings.blogspot.com/

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country roads
True Blue Farmgirl

442 Posts

Melissa
Shinglehouse Pa
USA
442 Posts

Posted - Dec 30 2012 :  11:54:07 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I will have to make it a habit of stopping by here daily to see what's
going on. It'll be a good start to my day!

Take care, Melissa.

Farmgirl # 352

~Think happy thoughts~
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britchickny
True Blue Farmgirl

988 Posts

Angie
Avon NY
988 Posts

Posted - Dec 30 2012 :  11:55:55 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Absolutely! ( I subscribe to the thread so I don't miss anything)

ANGIE
"Mercy, peace and love be yours in abundance" JUDE 1:2

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country roads
True Blue Farmgirl

442 Posts

Melissa
Shinglehouse Pa
USA
442 Posts

Posted - Dec 31 2012 :  04:59:04 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
What a great idea! I just subscribed to it to. I forgot you could do that.

Take care, Melissa.

Farmgirl # 352

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Catherine L
True Blue Farmgirl

397 Posts

Cathy
Newton Texas
USA
397 Posts

Posted - Dec 31 2012 :  8:15:56 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Melissa, so sorry to hear about your dad. I'll keep you in my prayers.

~Cathy~
Farmgirl 2428 http://www.my-fairhaven.blogspot.com/
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FieldsofThyme
Farmgirl Guide & Schoolmarm / Chapter Leader

4928 Posts



USA
4928 Posts

Posted - Jan 01 2013 :  07:19:57 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Just checking in...

Nini posted a prayer request over in the prayer forum.

Melissa, I am also sorry to hear about her Dad. Praying.



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country roads
True Blue Farmgirl

442 Posts

Melissa
Shinglehouse Pa
USA
442 Posts

Posted - Jan 01 2013 :  6:22:00 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thank you girls. I truly believe dad is in a better place. He's not suffering
anymore and he's been reunited with mom. I do pretty good til I hear a Marty
Robbins song, he was dads favorite singer. Thank you so much girls.

Take care, Melissa.

Farmgirl # 352

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FieldsofThyme
Farmgirl Guide & Schoolmarm / Chapter Leader

4928 Posts



USA
4928 Posts

Posted - Jan 03 2013 :  06:08:15 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Our neighbor (kind of, as he just has his produce stand not far), came to pay respect to the loss of Gus (my son's dog). That was so nice of him.

We also received a nice sympathy card from my older brother and his wife.

My son is still taking it hard, and it's been rough not having him (Gus)around, so I keep trying to distract him (my son), but when we see photos, it starts all over.

I plan to get photos printed, so my son can have his own album regarding his dog. I just keep praying the Lord shows me when it's a good time to do it.

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darlenelovesart
True Blue Farmgirl

5521 Posts

darlene
Loleta California
USA
5521 Posts

Posted - Jan 04 2013 :  6:58:39 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
My prayers are there for you all Kristina, I really feel for you all...blessings.

Melissa I am sending up prayers for your family for healing and strength for this hard time, Take care all
love
darlene

I have learned that to have a good friend is the purest of all God's gifts, for it is a love that has no exchange of payment.
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country roads
True Blue Farmgirl

442 Posts

Melissa
Shinglehouse Pa
USA
442 Posts

Posted - Jan 05 2013 :  10:03:30 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Kristina, so sorry for your loss. Furbabies are just as hard to lose as people.
I'll keep you and your son in my prayers.

Darlene, thank you for the prayers.

Take care, Melissa.

Farmgirl # 352

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bboopster
True Blue Farmgirl

1140 Posts

Betty Jo
West Bend Wisconsin
USA
1140 Posts

Posted - Jan 06 2013 :  7:43:50 PM  Show Profile  Click to see bboopster's MSN Messenger address  Reply with Quote
I added an app to my Droid called Daily Bible its really neat, as it sends a verse everyday and has options for daily study.

http://www.bboopster.blogspot.com
Nana to 5
3 Blue Star Mother and Proud of it!
Pray for our troops to come home safe and soon.
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prayin granny
True Blue Farmgirl

1874 Posts

Linda
Kansas
1874 Posts

Posted - Jan 10 2013 :  03:56:47 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hi ladies,
It has been awhile for me. Don't get on the forums too much these days.

Trying to read some posts to catch up a bit. Sorry to hear of losses that have happened. It's especially hard to have a loss this time of year.

I hope and pray that 2013 brings blessings and peace to all!

Farmgirl hugs,
Linda

Country at Heart
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HemetGardener
True Blue Farmgirl

572 Posts

Terri
Hemet CA
USA
572 Posts

Posted - Jan 28 2013 :  7:29:04 PM  Show Profile  Send HemetGardener a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
Hi Sisters,
I am glad we can have this corner to share the Lord. I know they want you to stay away from "religion" but how can we?
Blessings to you.
HemetGardener
Farmgirl # 4720
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darlenelovesart
True Blue Farmgirl

5521 Posts

darlene
Loleta California
USA
5521 Posts

Posted - Jan 28 2013 :  9:23:54 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I can't and I don't. There are some that do but they go with the others that stay away from religion., This forum is for anyone who needs to Have prayer or other needs. We love them all.
God bless you and welcome!

hugs
darlene

I have learned that to have a good friend is the purest of all God's gifts, for it is a love that has no exchange of payment.
by Frances Farmer


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HemetGardener
True Blue Farmgirl

572 Posts

Terri
Hemet CA
USA
572 Posts

Posted - Jan 29 2013 :  11:28:36 AM  Show Profile  Send HemetGardener a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
What better way than to spend our time watching the miracle of growth, caring for God's creation and creatures and sharing with others.
Terri
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