Posted in Blogging 101, Thoughts & Musings

I Pledge Allegiance

You say I am flawless:

Redeemed, reborn, ransomed, renewed.

In your eyes perfect, I label I scorn..

For why would a king choose me as his own?

How could such a one take up such a part,

while all the time knowing the state of my heart.

There’s nothing at all I can lay at your feet

for all things you given, to my eyes so sweet.

Countries and rulers, kings and their thrones,

they come and they go as the wind blows, I’m told.

So to whom in all this should my allegiance be bound,

but the One who, rising, drove death to the ground!

For in him I am now to be called

holy and righteous, upright and made new –

’tis his deeds have done this, my own are so few.

So I’ll call you Father, Brother and Friend,

but above all else

Redeemer, King, Lord till the end.

(Post inspired by The Daily Prompt)

We are not created to stand alone.  God knew that, and after creating man, He created a companion to fill that need.  Even in the blogging universe, we have that same need.  But how can we meet that need whyen we live hundreds or even thousands of miles apart physically?  One way is that we meet on each other’s blogs’ we meet in courses such as Blogging 101, we comment and share.

There is yet one more way, and that is through awards.  Maybe they are cyper-chain letters, maybe they are an annoyance to some, but maybe they are just another way to connect, to interact, to get to know each other, since we can’t all meet at Dunkin Donuts for a cup of coffee (although that would be awesome, I think it would cause the nice family that owns the one across the street to have a nervous breakdown if we did!)

I have had the honor of being nominated for The Liebster Award by Camellia at camelliasentry. Thank you, Camellia and your blog is very stylish and enjoyable.

So here are the questions Camellia asked, and my answers, followed by my nominations, the rules for the mission should you choose to accept it, and then my questions. Good luck.  This tape will not self destruct to 10 seconds.

(Oh, and since I saw that bloggers who are nominated should have less than 200 followers, or 300 depending on what blog you read, I checked.  For the record, 40 of the lovely people on WordPress follow my blog.  The remainder are out there on The Book of Faces.)

Here are the questions from Camellia”

What inspired you to begin your blog?

2 friends- one a military wife who had to leave The Book of Faces, and another who started blogging her artwork and said I should as well

If you can have dinner with one person (dead or alive) who would it be and why?

Jesus, because I would just want to say ‘Thank you.’

If you can have one superhuman ability, what would it be?

To fly like Superman!

If you could travel back in time, what year would you go to?

About 1812-1813, so I could meet Jane Austen

Are you a cat or dog person? Or neither :O ?

Who, me?
Who, me?

If you can change one aspect about yourself, what would it be?

To learn to keep my foot out of my mouth

If you were president/king for the day, what law would you pass first? :O

As president, I would pass a law that all elected officials would serve one, single 6-year term, and then they would have to go back to work in the private sector, and pay for their own healthcare insurance and pensions.  Period.

What is your favorite food dish?

Peach Pie.  Home made.  By me.

What is your greatest accomplishment?

Only a work in progress, I strive to surrender all things daily to God

Are you team android or team ios?


Favorite film?

Any Cary Grant film!  Or Bogart and Bacall. Or come to think of it, any of the Marvel Avenger films.


Once you are nominated, make a post thanking and linking the person who nominated you.

Include the Liebster Award sticker in the post too.

Nominate 5 -10 other bloggers who you feel are worthy of this award. Let them know they have been nominated by commenting on one of their posts. You can also nominate the person who nominated you.

Ensure all of these bloggers have less than 200 followers.

Answer the eleven questions asked to you by the person who nominated you, and make eleven questions of your own for your nominees or you may use the same questions.

Lastly, COPY these rules in the post.


Here are my nominees:

Knit Equals Joy

Sasha Around the Clock

Give Us This Day Our Daily PB&J

21st Century Time Traveler

Fiona Blessed: FBN

And my questions for you, and accepting is optional as always:

  1. What fictional character would you like to interview and why?
  2. What two books would you want to have with you on a deserted island, and why?
  3. What is your morning routine?
  4. You have invited 4 famous people (living or deceased) for dinner:
    1. Who are they?
    2. What are you going to serve for dinner?
    3. Make or order out?
  5. What is your absolute favorite movie quote?
  6. Book quote?

And since it’s back to Blogging 101 assignments tomorrow, TH-TH-TH-TH That’s all, folks!

The Liebster Award and Blogging 101

Posted in Arts & Crafts, Blogging 101, Thoughts & Musings

Blogging 101 -Day 10

I imagine some of my readers are wondering why you are suddenly seeing posts from me so often.  Let me explain.  Two weeks ago, I received an email from WordPress about an online course called Blogging 101.  The course sounded interesting and challenging.  So I signed up.  And it has been both!  Yay!  Today’s assignment is to work on our blogrolls. You know, those little lists at the side, bottom, middle (hopefully not) of the screen which tell you what the writer of the blog reads.  I have been reading so many lately, and the little automated blogroll was looking like “Heinz 57.” (Clarification for non-USA speak:  Heinz 57-a mix of a LOT of things, such as “That dog is sure a Heinz 57!)  So, to the blogroll!

I have been trying to edit and organize my blogroll so that my readers can get a better idea of who I am through what I read and like.  I’ve had some success in changing the Blogroll widget to a Links widget, which I think I like better, because I will be able to feature different blogs as I explore more. But I find it time consuming, since I need to find the web address for each blog, copy, and paste.  I could  have stayed at work and worked on next Sunday’s bulletin!  🙂

But it also allows me to share some non-WordPress blogs that my friends have created, especially my artist friend at Meller Design Studios. I know that a lot of the artists whose blogs I have been reading would enjoy JoAnne’s work. Another of my friends, Maxine, has written a book, so do check out her website at Once Upon A Fable! (Since she is currently working on another book, her blog is not as up to date as usual, but it’s still fun.)

So, gentle readers and fellow Blogging 101 neighbors, I would appreciate your input as to whether this is effective, or distracting, too much or too little!  I plan to experiment more this weekend, except Saturday- it’s @TrentonThunder time!

Posted in Blogging 101, Food and Cooking

Daniel and me

Funny how life works.  Several years ago, hubby and I were out in Lancaster, PA, for our annual ‘refresher  course’ in simpler days.  Well, except for the INSANE traffic on Route 30 – back roads are a good thing!  We went to Sight & Sound to see Daniel.  Still my favorite production there, by the way. Came home and of course reread the book of Daniel. Am amazed by the story once more.

Now fast forward to this year, and almost immediately after my First Place 4 Health group breaks for the summer, my co-leader comes to me and says “How about if we do a 6-week Daniel Plan group?”  (Same friend, by the way, who hooked me into FP4H!) So I said I didn’t know much about it, but if it is a way to get healthier, why not?  So what happened?

Well, four of us met for 6 weeks for the study and DVD teaching, tried to learn and apply the Daniel Plan eating habits, and the Daniel Strong principles.  I found that, God was there and working. While I only lost a couple of pounds, I am able to wear 3 pairs of my shorts which have not seen that light of day for  years and a lot of clothes in sizes that I never want to see again are gone from my closet. More importantly, I have developed a stronger relationship with God, as I ask HIM for wisdom about my choices – food and otherwise.

But back to Daniel. Why a Daniel Plan? Who was Daniel? Well, Daniel was not a survivor.  He was a conqueror because of who he followed.  Who did he follow?  His God, the God of Abraham and Isaac. When faced with tempting, rich, extravagant food choices and life choices (while being held a captive in a foreign land) he asked to eat only what God provided – pulse and water.  Pulse is mostly translated as vegetables, which is true, but not complete.  The Treasury of Scripture notes on defines pulse as: “Pulse denotes all leguminous plants, which are not reaped but pulled or plucked; which, however wholesome, was not naturally calculated to render them fatter in flesh than the others.”  In other words, not gluten, or processed foods, not made by man, not commercially manufactured, not full of added ingredients. (For the story of how this worked for Daniel and his friends, check out the book of Daniel sometime.)

Today, a lot of people call it ‘clean eating.’  And it does change the way you look at food.  Your taste buds now taste the natural flavors in foods – the sweetness of a ripe berry, the juicy texture of a lush mango, the fresh goodness of a pea or bean.  It’s not deprivation or starvation; it’s not a die-it– it’s a LIVE-IT as they say in FP4H.  And I am amazed at how many ways that you can enjoy yummy foods, and live Daniel Strong.

One blog that I stumbled onto yesterday is Made Well.  The post about breakfast caught my attention, since, while I don’t skip breakfast, I do struggle to have a proper balance of protein in the morning meal. Her recipe for Coconut Banana Pancakes was the hook, and I will be trying them, but her ideas for breakfast in general have inspired me to seek out other ideas and recipes for gluten-free, clean foods to punch up our mornings!

By the way, if you are interested in this topic, check out Dr. Mark Hyman‘s blog-he is one of the founding doctors of The Daniel Plan.

Posted in Blogging 101, Thoughts & Musings

Who ya gonna call?

Dear reader,

I know you.  You are a seeker of Truth.

You have spent what seems like forever chasing truth and have not found what you seek.  You desire hope, a future, security.  You want to know that you are loved unconditionally, unreservedly.  You want to feel valuable, important, of infinite worth.  You need to know that someone cares for  you and about you.

You want answers.  Is life worth living?  Is there a purpose to why I am here?  Am I supposed to be doing something and if so, what?

I want to tell you that I do not have the answers you seek.  Why?  Because I am the same as you.  I have gone from the good little girl in catechism classes to New Age philosophers. I have wondered about the whys and wherefores (perhaps longer than you!) and not found the Truth on my own. So now what? As John Adams cries out in 1776, “Is anybody there? Does anybody care?”

Yes, someone is and does.  Oh, not me.  I’m in the same boat as you, remember?  You and I need to know where to look, who to call.  And just who, or what, is that?

Well, not the Ghostbusters – while “they ain’t afraid of no ghosts” they broke more things than they fixed.

Hollywood celebrities? I’m pretty sure most of them are looking for answers, too.  Politicians?  They can’t straighten out the world let alone anything else.  911?  Close, but not quite.

Remember when all our phone numbers began with 2 letters, then the numbers? (Guess I just gave you a clue to my age!)  How about trying this number:  JE-33-3.  Oh, you’re not familiar with that number/  Well, the long version is Jeremiah 33:3, and it is often called God’s phone number.

“Call me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things, that you have not known.”

Cool.  There are answers, but we need to take the first step towards finding them – we need to make the call and say, ‘Hey, are your there? Do you hear me?’  And he promises, ‘you will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart.’

So, let’s take that first step, let’s make that call,  I will go with you if you want, but you don’t really need me.  The One you really need promised, “And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”  Jesus’ promises are not for a lifetime – they are for eternity.