I was reading in Philippians but I kept coming back to those two words. Paul was still telling others about Jesus even while in chains in prison. He knew he’d really been given grace as before he knew Christ, he had been Saul of Tarsus who had been going after Christians. After Jesus rose from the grave, He appeared before many people, at different times for forty days, and one of those times was before Saul on the road to Damascus. Jesus asked why Saul was persecuting him. Saul fell to his knees before Jesus.
For three days, Saul was blind, but after that he could see. He was converted and spent the rest of his days telling everyone about Christ Jesus, that Jesus was real and that Jesus was the Savior everyone had been looking for. Jesus had given Saul his new name, Paul, to reflect who he was now with a new beginning. Paul had peace from then on knowing who he was and where he was going. So, no matter where he was at the time, he felt peace about the situation. Even in prison, in chains.
Thinking too about how God took care of
the Jews after they left Egypt by giving them
manna to eat as they were going into
the Promised Land Exodus 16:4
thinking about Jesus saying,
“I tell you, my friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body and after that can do no more… Fear him who… has power to throw you into hell…. Indeed, the very hairs on your head are all numbered. Don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.”
“When you are brought before synagogues, rulers and authorities, do not worry about how you will defend yourselves or what you will say, for the Holy Spirit will teach you at that time what you should say.” Luke 12: 4-12
Happy Belated 4th of July to you all! We spent a quiet day here at home. This flag was replaced with our “Stars and Stripes” on the 4th; however, this is the photo I took last week so… I’m leading out this week’s story with it! 😉
We have had a lot of home showings lately,
hence partly why I have been
off the grid!
Though sad to be leaving this home,
I know we will land somewhere
and it will be
a new adventure to share with you!
I am excited about decorating a new place…
More on that in another post…
Lately, I have been painting walls, the laundry room,
our son’s former bedroom,
painting baseboards and doorway surrounds.
I’ve been putty-ing a few door moldings, too,
that have been dinged and hurt from before our time.
The house is happier for it
and is starting to really shine!
With all this coming beauty…
It has been exhausting!
I opened up the ISO speed of our Canon EOS Rebel to 800 or 1600 to get these shots. I am totally excited that I was able to capture rainfall for you!!!
Here I was trying to capture the rainfall bouncing off
the ground in the photo with the umbrella stand. The barrels are what I collect rainfall in to water plants in the yard for free. Got about 1/2 full barrels… 🙂
The exciting part is that
it rained last week!!!
For most of you, that’s no big event,
for us here in California
RAIN is BIG NEWS!!!
Wind was blowing like crazy,
the hollyhocks danced,
a little lightning flashed,
thunder rumbled above my head,
but I stayed
warm and dry
underneath the patio cover…
“The LORD will open for you His good storehouse, the heavens, to give rain to your land in its season and to bless all the work of your hand; and you shall lend to many nations, but you shall not borrow.
***I thought about taking out the part about “borrowing”, especially since ALL of us have to borrow from banks, anymore, to buy a home. However, I believe that isn’t what this is referring to… It means to be generous and try to make do on your own. 🙂 Good character traits, always! 🙂
“Have a Nice Day!” ~ a little sticker found on this yellow post on my way back to the car after Easter service a few years ago.
For weeks and weeks now I have been praying and asking God for an answer…
You know when you want to hear the answer you WANT to hear but God isn’t answering you, or is saying NO and you whine, you plead, you beg, you keep praying but the answer is still unchanged?
Well… I had to get to this week, this evening. (Saturday, June 20th, 2015) Tonight, Hubby and I were watching a movie that we have known about now for over a year, God’s Not Dead, and the answer came to me that we had to be stripped to the bone, just like many of the apostles did in Jesus’ time…
Matthew 4:18 ~ While walking by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon (who is called Peter) and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea, for they were fishermen. 19 And he said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” 20 Immediately they left their nets and followed him.
Most of you don’t know about our troubles and I’ve certainly kept it that way as I didn’t want to burden you, nor was it fair to you to do so. But, now I feel I can share this with you all. We are having to sell our house as my husband lost his job 9+ months ago and we no longer can afford to keep it without risking it going into foreclosure. So… it is on the market.
Three weeks ago we made the decision to sell when it became apparent we needed to do so. We got the biggest storage unit we could find, and bought a bunch of boxes (and got a few from some friends ~ thank you!!!) and started packing.
Until today, I have been really sad, crying at times,
furious at what has been happening,
really angry with God.
But God was unfazed by my rantings…
On our honeymoon 28 years ago
I found a little scherrenschnitte,
a little hand-cut sign with green paper behind the lettering
“Wither Thou Goest, I will go.”
All these years, to me
it has meant that
I will follow my husband wherever he goes,
just like our wedding vows about
loving in sickness and health, in wealth and poverty.
(I don’t go gracefully into poverty, let me tell you!)
I have followed him with our small USMC moves.
I love adventure!
Moving has always been fun!
However, all this time, I thought this
small little sign
tacked up on one of our private walls
was just about Charles and me,
tonight it became crystal clear that this sign
is also a vow between
God and me.
I would love to share a photograph of
“Wither Thou Goest”
but it is packed away and over in storage
that will have to be for
Last July, when I started writing
I dedicated it to God.
It was to be my way of sharing
Quietly, as a friend, like the Holy Spirit
when he comes into your life
after you go through a water baptism
after accepting Christ’s love,
that Christ Jesus died
on a cross at Calvary for you, to save you, to wash away your sins.
So simple, really…
Recognize that we all are sinners
(sinning is the act of “missing the mark” and not things right).
Just ask God to forgive you of your sins,
to ask God to come into your life and He will!
He makes our lives as clean as snow!
A little plate we have with a painting by Christian artist and author, Sandy Lynam Clough. Her website is: http://www.sandysteasociety.com. Newer items by Ms. Clough, like sweet mugs, are available at Christianbook.com. Enjoy!
As French Ethereal comes up on its one year anniversary I still am dedicating this site to God.
It’s that important!
God’s not finished with me yet, and though He hasn’t shown Hubby and me all His pathways yet He says He will be there for us. Even when we mess up… He re-washes us as white as snow.Always a good thing! 🙂
You know, when I started French Ethereal last summer…
It was totally on faith that I even started blogging and I hoped that it might be blessed but I especially hoped it to be a blessing to You!!!
I had spoken with my friend Lisa before ourEaster/Spring break, and she had been interested in going with me to the annual combined churches of our valley’s Cross Walk.
This year, our school break coincided with us being able to
attend the big Cross Walk!
it was really with great joy that I got up early
and started the day on Good Friday with
just a quick 30 minute
Calvary Chapel of Murrieta.
Pastor Brian Bell of Calvary Chapel of Murrieta, CA, is about to give a morning prayer before everyone heads out on the Cross Walk on Good Friday! He is the man in the red shirt on the right. 🙂
Good Friday is remembered for being the day
that Jesus took all of our sins to the cross.
When I began this blog, I wanted to always
have a little Faith to share with all of you!
It’s way out of my comfort-zone to share this with you,
it’s something that
very strongly about ~ getting to know Jesus
through the Word,
so I am happy to share Friday’s walk with you!!!
Lisa and Yours Truly in a little “selfie.”
The walk began next to the Temeku Theaters in Temecula, California then everyone walked along Ynez Road to Overland Overpass and crossed over Jefferson Avenue heading south to Sam Hicks Park. Volunteer policemen and retirees were stationed to help us cross the intersections safely. I don’t know how many people walked the route, but there were perhaps several thousand!
Rancho Community Church’s worship team sang for everyone at Sam Hicks Park in Temecula. They sang one of my favorite worship songs, Amazing Love by Hillsong. The man below is carrying a cross draped with a lovely purple cloth across its shoulders. The sign on the cross says INRI ~ Jesus, King of the Jews.
It was a quiet time
and a loud, whooping time
for other folks!
The pastor from
Rancho Community Church
gave the final speech and prayer at the park.
All in all
a great day!
Iesus Nazarenus Rex IudaeorumINRI
INRI is an acronym meaning Iesus Nazarenus Rex Iudaeorum, or “Jesus the Nazarene, the King of the Jews.” The actual inscription on the Cross was written in three languages, Latin, Greek and Aramaic. We know from Scripture that what was actually written was “Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews”.Dec 6, 2012
***Please check out the New Testament books of
Matthew, Mark, Luke and John for accounts of Jesus’ actual week leading up to and including dying on the cross. It was for real that He rose again here on Easter Sunday. Over five hundred people got to see and talk with him over the next 40 days after He arose from the grave on Easter Sunday. At the cross, though, Jesus said seven different things to different people, including asking his cousin, John the Baptist, to take care of his mother for him. Jesus’ final words were, “It is finished.” This means that He finished what He came to do: be our sin offering to God for us and to be our “bridge.” We just have to believe… Blessings to you and your family and friends this lovely, holy day!!!
Gloria is in her latter 70’s now and is kinda like a
grandmother to me.
She and I met in The Victorian Tea Society here in
Riverside Country, California, some
seventeen years ago and we’ve been friends
Our table this day was set with white linens and rose-covered
china pieces, my favorite brand of lemon curd
my sister-in-law’s raspberry jam
and some homemade mock
“The very act of preparing and serving tea encourages conversation. The little spaces in time created by teatime rituals call out to be filled with conversation. Even the tea itself–warm and comforting-inspires a feeling of relaxation and trust that fosters shared confidences.”
Emilie Barnes, If Teacups Could Talk
Here’s the scone recipe we shared
Fresh Apple Cinnamon Scones
recipe from King Arthur Flour 2 2/3 cups flour (original calls for King Arthur unbleached all-purpose) 1/3 cup granulated sugar 3/4 tsp. salt 1 Tbsp. baking powder 1 tsp. apple pie spice or ground cinnamon 1/2 cup (8 Tbsp.) cold butter 3/4 cup chopped fresh apple, in 1/2″ pieces (recipe says about half a medium apple ~ I used a whole apple) 3/4 cup cinnamon chips 2 large eggs 1 tsp. vanilla extract 1/2 cup applesauce, unsweetened preferred
3 Tbsp. coarse white sparkling sugar (I just used more granulated sugar) 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1) In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, salt, baking powder and spice. 2) Work in the butter just until the mixture is unevenly crumbly. It’s okay for some larger chunks of butter to remain unincorporated.
3) Stir in the chopped apple and cinnamon chips.
4) In a separate mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs, vanilla and applesauce.
5) Add the liquid ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir until all is moistened and holds together.
6) Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. If you don’t have parchment just use the baking sheet without greasing it. Sprinkle a bit of flour atop the parchment or pan.
7) Scrape the dough onto the floured parchment or pan and divide it in half. Gently pat and round each half into a 5″ – 5 1/2″ circle about 3/4″ thick. 8) To make the topping: Stir together the coarse sugar and cinnamon. Brush each circle with milk and sprinkle with the topping.
9) Using a knife or bench knife that you’ve run under cold water slice each circle into 6 wedges.
10) Carefully pull the wedges away from the center to separate them just a bit; there should be about 1/2″ space between them at their outer edges.
11) For best texture and highest rise, place the pan of scones in the freezer for about 30 minutes, uncovered. (I did this beforehand with just the batter and it worked, too. This relaxes the gluten in the flour, which makes the scones more tender and allows them to rise higher. It also chills the fat, which will make the scones a bit flakier.) While the scones are chilling, preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
12) Bake the scones for 18 – 22 minutes, or until they’re golden brown. When you pull one away from the others, it should look baked all the way through; the edges shouldn’t look wet or unbaked.
13) Remove the scones from the oven and cool briefly on the pan. Serve warm. When they’re completely cool, wrap in plastic and store at room temperature for up to several days. (I freeze mine and they freeze well. Yum!) Scones can be reheated by lightly tenting with aluminum foil. Warm in a preheated 350 degree F. oven for approx. *10 minutes. Yield: 12 scones. ~ printed from website 10/6/12.
To make free-form rather than wedge-shaped scones, increase the applesauce to 3/4 cup. Using a large ice cream scoop or spoon, dollop the scone dough in 1/3-cupfuls on to a lightly greased or parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake the scones in a preheated 375 degree F. oven for about *10 minutes. ***Here’s where I’m pretty sure whomever wrote the recipe up for King Arthur Flour Company made a mistake. *** The side note said in this section to “Bake scones in a preheated 375 degree F. oven for about 30 minutes.” I corrected to 10 minutes. You may have to play with it to find out the correct time — Barb 🙂
A little bit of cleaning happened over here getting ready for this tea, and not all of it was in my outward surroundings… Sad to be putting away all of the lovely Christmas decor but with a new year comes rebirth and renewal…
a favorite old teacup and saucer!
“For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink,I was a stranger and you invited me in,” Matthew 25:35
Love Divine… I like to think that at this time of year we can talk about our faith more than perhaps other months of the year. (okay, except Easter time!) 🙂
It seems in this politically correct world that just the mention of Jesus freaks people out sometimes.
Christians weren’t supposed to misrepresent Christ Jesus thereby making us look hypocritical ~ and giving Jesus, the Holy Spirit, and God the Father a bad name in non-believers’ eyes. We are sorry, truly sorry for messing things up… please give Him another chance if for some reason you have rejected Him in the past. He loves you and will always be there for you when you need Him. 🙂
The pond at my parents’ last home ~ Southbury, Connecticut
Sharing at Home and Garden Thursday ~ A Delightsome Life