Yesterday was far more relaxing than I’d intended for it to be. I think I’m battling against getting the flu that Hubby has had all week. I kept getting hit with waves of nausea – they’d go away rather quickly, but they just kept coming throughout the day. That was one of his symptoms, though so far, I don’t have any of the other issues he’s had. I can’t believe he only stayed home from work for one day! He powered through and fell asleep on his chair early in the evening. I think we are both looking forward to not having to wake up with the alarm clock this weekend. It’ll be a quiet couple of days. I do have to go to the store, and he may come with me, but other than that, I have lots of little house projects – and UGH – our taxes, to do. It’s much more fun to play around in the kitchen testing recipes, but I do have the ugly shadow of those darned taxes hanging over my head. They always get done in time, I just don’t like doing them, so I tend to procrastinate.
Verse of the Day
March 23, 2019
Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behavior.
Thoughts on the Verse of the Day
So many people reject God because of the things they do not want to give up for him. They may couch it in an intellectual argument, but quite often they do not want to surrender their will to God because it will mean giving up something that they love that is in conflict with the character of God. Many evangelists know that intellectual arguments seldom will win this kind of person to the truth. Instead, they must come to know Jesus and his sacrificial love for them before they are able to realize that God’s demand for holiness in them is because he is their ally, not their enemy.
March 24, 2019
May those who hope in you not be disgraced because of me, O Lord, the LORD Almighty; may those who seek you not be put to shame because of me, O God of Israel.
Thoughts on the Verse of the Day
What a beautiful prayer for any Christian! In a world that is so self-absorbed, isn’t it refreshing to be reminded of the powerful impact for good and bad that we can have? Let’s not only be reminded of the devastating impact of our hypocrisy and rebellion, let’s also pray that our failures will not be destructive to the Kingdom’s increase nor to our brothers and sisters in Christ as they seek to serve and honor the Lord!
Finding Peace in Simple Moments
Baking always puts my mind in a calm and peaceful place. With the windows open to let in the fresh air, music playing on the stereo, and the process of putting together ingredients to create a delicious treat, I find myself humming along with the song that is playing and smiling while I measure out the components of the recipe. While it is in the oven, I sometimes find myself dancing my way through the clean up process, and I always have to laugh at myself and be grateful that nobody can see the less than graceful dance moves going on in my kitchen. I find peace and joy in this creative process and look forward to my time in the kitchen when I can just enjoy myself completely.
March 23 –
National Puppy Day – PUPPIES! Who doesn’t LOVE puppies? Today millions of Americans and people around the world are asked to show their love and appreciation for puppies. Dogs have been known as Man’s Best Friend for decades, and when we adopt a puppy it isn’t just a friend, it becomes a part of our family. This day was set up back in 2006 by Colleen Paige. She is a Celebrity Pet and Home Lifestyle Expert and Author – I have NO idea what she actually does, but her title makes it sound like she has a pretty awesome job! She is also the founder of National Dog Day and National Cat Day. There are many ways to celebrate National Puppy Day – and honestly you can celebrate this one any day of the year! You can adopt a puppy! You will not only be giving a dog a home, he or she will become your new best friend. If you can’t adopt, make a donation to a local pet shelter, which is always a great thing to do and always needed. Without donations most pet shelters couldn’t stay open. If you already have a puppy, you can give them special treats and do some extra spoiling! Our Moose is still a puppy at heart, even though he is 4 years old now. This is a picture of him the first day we got him, wasn’t he just the cutest little furball? He’s still a furball, just a giant one, with giant heart and personality to match.
Near Miss Day – This celebration should come with a great big “WHEW!” attached to it! Today we commemorate the day a huge Asteroid nearly missed hitting the earth. It was on March 23, 1989, and an asteroid the size of a mountain, came within 500,000 miles of a collision with Earth. In interstellar terms, that’s awfully close. If it had it collided with the Earth, it would have left a devastating crater the size of Washington, D.C. It’s affect on the planet would have been catastrophic. We have had other near misses though. Funny we don’t hear about them until AFTER the fact. They say that these near misses with large, potentially life threatening galactic objects don’t happen very often. It is believed that a large asteroid collided with the earth and caused the extinction of the dinosaurs, and that it is just a matter of time before another catastrophic collision happens. No sense worrying about it though, since there’s absolutely nothing we can do about it anyway.
OK Day – Did you ever wonder where the word OK came from? It actually started out as a joke. A journalist for the “Boston Morning Post” purposefully used an abbreviation of a misspelled phrase “all korrect”. The word first appeared in print on March 23, 1839. Most of the “abracadabraisms” that were popular with the journalists in 1839 are no longer used, or probably even known, but OK stuck around. According to Dennis Baron of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign compares the popularity of OK with common abbreviations of today, including BTW and OMG – both of which appeared in print long before instant messaging and texting. In 1917, J.A. F. Fisher wrote “I hear that a new order of Knighthood is on the tapis-O.M.G. (Oh! My! God!) – Shower it on the Admiralty!” (Online Etymology Dictionary)
This Day in History –
March 23, 1775 – Patrick Henry declares “Give me liberty or give me death!”
March 24, 1882 – German scientist Robert Koch announces he has discovered the bacillus that causes Tuberculosis.
March 24, 1958 – Elvis Presley joins the U.S. Army.
Food Celebrations of the Day –
March 23 –
Melba Toast Day – I love melba toast. It comes in little rectangular pieces, or little round snacks, and even in different flavors. To make Melba toast all you do is toast some crustless bread, lay it on a plate and then slice it horizontally from end to end. Then you take those two thin slices and toast them again and BAM, Melba toast! It’s very simple and it comes out like a crouton cracker. Feel free to top it with anything you like! If you are like me and have challenges with slicing bread thin and straight enough- you can always buy it in a box and top it with your favorite toppings for a delicious snack.
National Chia Day – I hadn’t heard about chia seeds for actual consumption until a few years ago. Before that the word chia was connected to some silly shaped plant pots to grow chia sprouts. It never occurred to me that it was an actual food. It turns out that not only is it a food, it is considered to be a Super Food! This celebration was started by the company Mamma Chia in 20016. They are releasing a new product called “Clean Energy Beverages” that are a combination of organic chia with clean caffeine from organic yerba mate and organic green coffee beans. Apparently, this beverage provides 2,500 mg of Omega 3 and 90 mg of natural caffeine per serving. I think I need to look this stuff up and see where I can buy it! Chia is one of the most nutrient dense foods on the planet with each tiny seed providing an excellent plant-based source of Omega-3, complete protein, fiber, calcium, minerals and more. Mama Chia says that on a gram for gram level, chia has 8x more Omega 3 than salmon and is one of the top sources of alpha-linolenic acid, which is a plant-based Omega-3 fatty acid that our bodies cannot produce on their own.
National Chips and Dip Day – Though dipping food is an ancient practice, the modern chip-and-dip craze didn’t take off until the 1950s, thanks to marketing campaigns by the Lipton company. With one of their soup packets and some sour cream, you can have a quick, easy onion dip. Since that time you can find any number of dip recipes for your chips, in many versions of sweet and savory. I’m sure you already have your favorites.
March 24 –
National Chocolate Covered Raisin Day – In 1927, the Blumenthal Brothers Chocolate Company introduced Raisinets, chocolate-covered raisin candies that were, believe it or not, hand-shined. There’s something interesting for your resume! Official Candy Shiner! hahahaha Where do you take that experience?
That’s all I’ve got for you this weekend! I’m happy to say that so far, so good! The flu hasn’t caught up with me and I am hoping it stays away. There are things to do, treats to bake and errands to run. Speaking of running, I’m ready to get this weekend started! God bless you and I’ll see you on Monday!
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