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IF LIFE WAS SPENT IN BILLS WE WOULD HAVE TO GO TO THE BANK AND MAKE CHANGE

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How are you spending your life?

That's a big question and when we think of our life we tend to think of it as a whole.

And of course that's right but it's important to keep in mind that a whole life involves lots of pieces.

I heard a preacher tell a story and he said it like this,  "We think of time as like a $100.00 bill and we are going to lay it down all at once and buy something.
One big thing and we're done.

But that isn't how it works really.

In reality we all have to go to the bank and cash that bill in for a bunch of change.

For the most part we go through life spending change as far as time goes.

We spend a little bit listening to a hurting co-worker.

We spend a little more when we come home, get supper and hurry back out to he funeral home to support a friend.

Then there are those cupcakes for school, you shell out a little more time.

You want to sit down and put your feet up but you know mom would love a call from you so you  give her a call. Ching,…

WHEN YOU WANT YOUR HUSBAND TO THINK YOU ARE SWEET SPIRITED, YOU HAVE TO LEARN TO BE SWEET SPIRITED

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When Mark and I were first married, he had a bad temper.

He got mad a lot quicker than me.

I was the laid back one.

Years went by and Mark mellowed and I hardened.

I would just look at him and think, "Go ahead, make my day."
(I never saw that movie but I have heard that line)

One day I was doing dishes and listening to the radio.

A man was talking about his wife and he said she had such a sweet spirit, she spoke sweetly.

I stopped washing the dishes.

I wanted Mark to be able to say that about me.

In the past he would have, but somewhere along the way I got grouchy and not so sweet spirited.

I decided it was time to get back to myself.

It didn't take long to get my first test.

Mark calls me a lot during the day.

I was working on something and he called me, I saw it was him and I thought, "I just talked to you."

I was going to answer the phone one way, but then I remembered the man with the wife who had a sweet spirit, a wife who spoke sweetly.

So I answered swee…

Raisin Pie....AN OLD FASHIONED FAVORITE

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Some of you requested the Raisin Pie recipe so here it is.

I had never had a raisin pie until I married into the Gray family.

Mark loved them and when I was given a bridal shower before we married, everyone was asked to bring a recipe.

Marilyn Losson brought this one.

I have to admit as a young wife I let it sit in the recipe box for a little while but once I took it out, it just kept coming back out.

Mark's grandpa Gray loved a raisin pie and so we took this over to his house often and of course we took a half gallon vanilla ice cream along with us.

When Lucas came in the other day and saw this on the counter he said the first thing he thought of was Grandpa Herman.

The girls aren't crazy about this pie but Lucas likes it and he likes it with ice cream too, so I'm thinking it's a Gray man thing.

Okay, so here we go, the recipe is.....

2 cups seedless raisins
2 cups water
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 Tbsp cornstarch
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/8 tsp. salt
1 Tbsp. butter
1 Tbsp. vinega…

WOODSTOVES, WELLS AND LAND

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Sometimes you look back on the things your parents said and realize how right they were.

Dad always said a man needed a piece of land. He said if he has land he can take care of his family and provide for himself.

He also said a man needed a flue and a good woodstove.

When I was a girl we had a tornado and we were without electric for over a week.

It was early April and still a little cool but we were warm because we had a woodstove.

Mom cooked all our meals and made coffee on that stove.

We never went without and we didn't have to call on anyone to help.

When the big blizzard came and we were without power for a long time our pipes didn't freeze, we didn't freeze and we had plenty to eat thanks to the woodstove.

The same is true of a good well.

If you have a stove you can cook and stay warm and if you have a good well you can get water, now it might not be easy since everything is hooked up to the electric pump but still, push come to shove, you can get water out of that…

BIRDS MAY NOT WORRY BUT THEY DON'T JUST SING ALL DAY EITHER

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I've had cause everyday this week to be  outside at Lost River between three and four in the morning.

It's a beautiful time to be out.

It helps a person get perspective on things, some thing about stillness and a dark sky filled with stars sorta puts you in your place.

I think a lot of stuff when I'm out there.

I think about my family, I think about you all, I think about food, I pray for people who pop into my mind.

This morning I thought..."I'm cold."

So I got back in the truck.

You thought I was going to say something good didn't you?

Anyway, that is what I thought, so I did get in the truck and I turned the radio on.

There was a man talking and I don't know who he was but he was talking about worry.

He mentioned the verse in the Bible that says, "Birds of the air do not sow or reap."

That's in the book of Matthew and of course we know one of the things that passage teaches is that its of no use to worry.

The man on the radio said, he…

GIFTS FROM GRANDMOTHERS

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My grandmother's were  two completely different types of women.
Both of them wonderful and I loved them immensely.
One of them has passed away and one is still living.
One always had birthday cakes for us and the other one didn't.
One always had big Christmas dinners and one of them didn't.
One bought us gifts fairly often, one didn't.
It didn't matter to me.
As a child I don't think I even realized it.
All I knew was they both loved me.
I loved so many things about each of them.
I remember one Christmas I got an electric blanket and a Minnie mouse wrist watch.
I adored it. The blanket was yellow and the watch was white. I received many gifts from that grandma but that stands out in my mind.
I didn't get many gifts from my other grandma but I didn't care. She didn't drive and things were just different.
But I do remember the gifts I got from her. One day I was at her house and she asked me to go into the front bedroom with her.
She had me sit down on…

IT'S A NEW YEAR....SO SHAKE OFF THE OLD AND PUT ON THE NEW

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We all know that Christmas is about the birth of Christ and when you think about it's only fitting  that in just a few days  we will celebrate the coming of a new year.

My friend always uses the example of a dog walking up out of a pond.

You know what she means, you've seen it, they come up out of the pond and they start shaking all that old water off.

Do you know how many times putting off the old or being made new, or starting over is mentioned in the Bible?

Neither do I.

But I know it's a lot.

I'll list just a few so that you get the idea.

Ezekiel 36:26  I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you

2 Corinthians 5:17  Therefore, if anyone is in Christ the new creation has come. The old has gone, the new is here.

Ephesians 4:24 To be made new in the attitude of your minds, and to put on the new self.

Don't we all want a new start?

Don't we want the chance feel clean and fresh?

Have you ever wanted to do like that old dog and just step out  and shak…