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Am I Rebellious?

I hate it when I know I need to do something and since I know I should and it's expected it becomes crazy hard to do it. I'm not sure why I'm so rebellious, more so to myself than anyone else but I am and I admit it. I'm not totally in the dumps about it 'cause even Paul had the same problem;

For that which I do I allow not: for what I would , that do I not; but what I hate , that do I .     Romans 7:15

So at least I'm in good company. Anyhow, that's exactly where I find myself today. In so many more ways that I care to admit I am there.

  • Running - Okay first off, I am absolutely such a bum lately when it comes to running. I know I should and the weather isn't that bad, not to mention the treadmill in the basement. Plus I know the longer I wait, it's been a week, the harder it's gonna be to start back. My dear, sweet, disciplined husband runs every other day and I know I am falling behind and before long he'll be out running races without me and that in itself makes me want to rebel. I hate it! I know I need to and I actually want to but I just can't seem to make myself. Urgg!

  • Eating - Here we go! My eating has been so good for so long and I have almost nothing to show for it. I am completely at a stand still 15 lbs above my goal and I don't like dislike hate despise  it!! I have been so good and I just can't seem to get past this mountain. I have gone back to the beginning and while it seems to be working it only works when I eat way under my allowed food. Anyhoo, I made sugar free, lowcarb, gluten free cookies yesterday and although they're good for me I probably shouldn't eat 10! I know I shouldn't but I am in such a rebellious state lately that guess what I did...I ate 10!

  • Preparing - There are so many things I should be working on right now, from Sunday School lessons to grocery lists. I have a ton of stuff to do for our upcoming furlough including a new prayer card and graduation invitations for Hannah. We have guests coming in March and my guestroom isn't ready and my garage needs a total spring cleaning. I know I need to be redeeming the time but in this moment right now, I just don't want to!!!

  • Creating - I have stacks of stuff that needs to be finished and I can't seem to get the "umph" to get up and do it. My Christmas quilt is almost finished, and no, I didn't finish it for Christmas. Honestly I got down to the last 4 rows of quilting and then the binding and I would have been finished.
     I have new pillows I bought still in the shrink wrap waiting to be covered. I have an IKEA bag setting in my foyer filled with goodies for sprucing up my kitchen and there it sets! I know I could finish it in a few hours but I can't seem to get my keester up and moving.

  • Blogging - Oh how I love my blog! Did you know my blog started in June of '06? It's old! I have kept it going all these years and I really love it but I can't seem to get the motivation to write or post. I'm in a blogger's rut. I know I should and simply because of that I can't seem to get it in gear and post (except for this one). I have missed reading all your blogs this last few days but again, as much as I know I should and I want to I can't get it going. 

I did great last week. I cleaned out my closet and my dressing room with the help of Zoi.
I know, it wasn't terrible but there was tons of stuff I couldn't even wear just taking up space. So I did what I read on on Arlene's blog Nanaland;

and I did and I'm enjoying the loss. Clutter is so demanding of time and effort and we're better without it.

Zoi was so helpful, she always is. I let her be my helper 'cause Hannah would have just moved all my junk to her room and that's not cool. 

I finally finished my closet and my whole dressing room. I love how clean it is and how organized. I still wanna get some boxes from IKEA to organize the top of the closet but that'll be for next week when I'm not so rebellious. 

Oh yea and before anyone asks; Yes, that is all my clothes minus my outerwear and drawer stuff. I'm a very simple lady, not at all fussy.

I also cleaned out all the drawers in the bathroom last week and then kitchen cabinet with all my towels and cleaning supplies. I also deep cleaned my bedroom and living room. 

I just remembered that I totally cleaned the foyer hall and washed the windows too. I forgot about that. Also, I washed all my big leaf plants with mild soapy water. Winter is hard on them and a few in the foyer had a strange moldy stuff on them. 

We met friends Friday for pool and dinner. Went to the capital city of Zagreb to visit a member in the hospital on Saturday. We had church on Sunday and then yesterday was Pro-bowl football day with a fellow missionary friend and today I have a sick 17 year old. 

So after telling you guys all that I'm thinking that maybe I'm not as rebellious as I thought, maybe i'm just really tired. I'm not sure if that's true but I'd much rather be worn out than rebellious. Who knows, maybe this post was just what I needed to get me out of my funk and back in the land of the living and productive. 

Oh wait!

What is that I feel?

Could it be motivation? 

Oh yea it is!! 

Motivation to get up and refill my half-empty IKEA coffee cup (the only thing that made it out of the IKEA bag that came to live in my foyer a month ago).

The AH-mazing Book

Sitting here this morning reading my Bible I can't help but reflect on what a sure word we have in the KJV Bible. What a gift to be able to read the words of this book and know without a shadow of a doubt that these are the very Word's of God.

It's an amazing Book that is alive and becomes new to the reader with every word.

Here are some really interesting Bible facts. 

Did you know.....

1. The Bible can be read aloud in 70 hours.

2. A number of verses in the Bible (KJV) contain all but 1 letter of the alphabet: Ezra 7:21 contains all but the letter j; Joshua 7:24, 1 Kings 1:9, 1 Chronicles 12:40, 2 Chronicles 36:10, Ezekiel 28:13, Daniel 4:37, and Haggai 1:1 contain all but q; 2 Kings 16:15 and 1 Chronicles 4:10 contain
all but z; and Galatians 1:14 contains all but k.

3. The system of chapters was introduced in A.D. 1238 by Cardinal Hugo de S. Caro, while the verse notations were added in 1551 by Robertus Stephanus, after the advent of printing.

4. A Bible in the University of Gottingen is written on 2,470 palm leaves.

5. According to statistics from Wycliffe International, the Society of Gideons, and the International Bible Society, the number of new Bibles that are sold, given away, or otherwise distributed in the United States is about 168,000 per day.

BIBLE STATISTICS:                                                            

Number of books in the Bible: 66

Chapters: 1,189

Verses: 31,101

Words: 783,137

Letters: 3,566,480

Number of promises given in the Bible: 1,260

Commands: 6,468

Predictions: over 8,000

Fulfilled prophecy: 3,268 verses

Unfulfilled prophecy: 3,140

Number of questions: 3,294

Longest name: Mahershalalhashbaz (Isaiah 8:1)

Longest verse: Esther 8:9 (78 words)

Shortest verse: John 11:35 (2 words: "Jesus

Middle books: Micah and Nahum

Middle verse: Psalm 118:8

Middle chapter: Psalm 117

Shortest chapter: Psalm 117 (by number of words)

Longest book: Psalms (150 chapters)

Shortest book (by number of words): 3 John

Longest chapter: Psalm 119 (176 verses)

Number of times the word "God" appears: 3,358

Number of times the word "Lord" appears: 7,736

Number of different authors: 40

Number of languages the Bible has been translated into: over

OLD TESTAMENT STATISTICS:                                      

Number of books: 39

Chapters: 929

Verses: 23,114

Words: 602,585

Letters: 2,278,100

Middle book: Proverbs

Middle chapter: Job 20

Middle verses: 2 Chronicles 20:17,18

Smallest book: Obadiah

Shortest verse: 1 Chronicles 1:25

Longest verse: Esther 8:9

Longest chapter: Psalms 119

Largest book: Psalms

NEW TESTAMENT STATISTICS:                                     

Number of books: 27

Chapters: 260

Verses: 7,957

Words: 180,552

Letters: 838,380

Middle book: 2 Thessalonians

Middle chapters: Romans 8, 9

Middle verse: Acts 27:17

Smallest book: 3 John

Shortest verse: John 11:35

Longest verse: Revelation 20:4

Longest chapter: Luke 1

Largest book: Luke

RANDOM FACTS:                                                                

  • The last word in the Bible is AMEN
  • About 50 Bibles are sold every minute 
  • The Bible was written in three languages: Hebrew, Aramaic, and  Greek. 
  • Dogs are mentioned 14 times in the Bible, and lions 55 times, but domestic cats are not mentioned at all. 
  • The Bible, the world's best-selling book, is also the world's most shoplifted book. 
  • The word "Christian" appears only three times in the Bible: Acts 11:26; 26:28; 1 Peter 4:16. 
  • There are 66 books in the Bible, 39 in the Old Testament and 27 in the New Testament. 
  • The 66 books of the Bible is divided into 1,189 chapters consisting of 31,173 verses. The Old Testament has 929 chapters, the New Testament 260. (King James version) 
  • The King James Old Testament consist of 592,439 words consisting of 2,728,100 letters and the New Testament 181,253 words consisting of 838,380 letter (total 3,566,480 letters). 
  • The longest line in the Bible is Esther 8:9 - 89 words, 425letters.
  • The longest word in the Bible is Maher-shalal-hash-baz: Isaiah 8:1. 
  • The longest book chapter in the Bible is Psalm 119, the shortest is Psalm 117. 
  • There are 594 chapters before Psalm 118 and 594 chapters after it. 
  • Psalm 118 verse 8 is in the center of the Bible: "It is better to trust in the Lord than put confidence in man." 
  • Obadiah, with 21 verses consisting of 602 words, is the shortest book in the Old Testament, and the third shortest in the Bible. 
  • II John has the fewest number of verses of any book in the Bible - it is the shortest book in the Bible. 
  • III John has the fewest number of words of any book in the Bible. 
  • Job is the oldest book written in the Bible - it was written by an unknown Israelite around 1500 BC. 
  • Malachi, written about 400 BC, is the youngest book in the Old Testament. 
  • James, written around 45 AD, is the oldest book in the New Testament. 
  • Revelation, written about 95 AD, is the youngest book in the New Testament. 
  • The verse in the exact middle of the Bible is Psalm 117:8. There are 594 chapters before Psalm 117 and 594 chapters after Psalm 117. 
  • Paul wrote 14 (of the 27) books of the New Testament. 
  • The word "Lord" appears 1855 times in the Bible. 
  • The word "God" appears in every book except Esther and Song of Solomon. 
  • The word "grandmother" appears in the Bible only once: 2 Timothy 1:5. 
  • The word "eternity" is mentioned only once: Isaiah 57:15. 
  • Seven suicides are recorded in the Bible. 
  • In Old Testament times the Mediterranean Sea was called the Great Sea. 
  • There are 7 different Jeremiahs in the Bible: 1 Chronicles 5:24; 12:4, 10, 13; 2 Kings 23:30; Jeremiah 1:1; 35:3. 
  • The raven is the first bird mention in the Bible. It appears in Genesis 8:7, when it is sent out from the ark by Noah to see if the flood waters have abated. The second bird was a dove, in verse 8. 
  • Almonds and pistachios are the only nuts mentioned in the Bible. 
  • A chariot imported from Egypt cost around 600 shekels of silver (1 Kings 10:29). That would be about $77,000. One shekel was 4 days wages. 
  • The word "trinity" is not mentioned in the Bible. 
  • Methuselah is the oldest man on record: 969 years old (Genesis 5:27).


We've traveled together through life's rugged way
O'er land and o'er water, by night and by day:
To travel without it I never would try;
We keep close together, my Bible and I.

In sorrow I've proved it my comfort and joy,
When weak my strong tower which nought can destroy;
When death comes so near me 'tis thought I would die,
We still are together, my Bible and I.

If powers of evil against me would come,
And threaten to rob me of heaven and home,
God's Word then directs me to Him in the sky;
And nothing can part us, my Bible and I.

When evil temptations are brought to my view,
And I in my weakness know not what to do,
On Christ as my strength I am taught to rely;
And so we keep company, my Bible and I.

When life's path is ended; if Jesus should come
And take all his blood-purchased brethren home;
Or if, in long suffering, He waits till I die.
We'll never be parted, my Bible and I.

And when in the glory my Lord I behold,
With all His redeemed gathered safe in the fold,
My Bible and I close companions will be,
For God's Word abides for all eternity.
—Author Unknown

Not only is the Bible an amazing Book but it's also a help in times of trouble, a sure footing when we're confused and a friend when we're lonely. The Bible gives the answer to life's questions about eternity. If you're not sure where you would spend eternity if you were to die, please take a moment and to read what God says about eternal life in Heaven.  

The Bible, what a Book!!

16 Sew-able Valentine Tutorials

Okay, so with Valentines Day just around the corner, I guess you could say I'm in a lovely mood. So, since I love to sew and I love love I found some tutorials that include both. Enjoy and make sure to leave a comment and thank the creators for the tutes.

1. Adorable Secret Pocket Pillow from See Kate Sew.

2. Wonderfully cute heart quilted table setting from Moda bake Shop. (Love this site!)

3. What a cute gift for the reader in your life. Sweet heart bookmarks from Simple Serendipities.

4. Who doesn't need red heart hot pads for the kitchen? Look at this tute from Made by Me & Shared with You.

5. Okay I super-love rainbows and that's probably why I chose this one. Who says Valentines can't be rainbow? Check it out at Momtastic DIY.

6. I love this Heart Strings pillow from Allisa Jacobs, so cute and easy.

7. I want one of these A-dorable Valentine aprons from One More Moore.

8. If my Nan was almost 18 instead of 18 I'd be making one of these for sure! Check it out at Make It & Love It!

9. There's a great tute over at June Johnson for these adorable Hugs and Kisses pillow covers.

10. I super-love this anatomical heart pillow; love the whimsy! You can find a tutorial over at Hearts and Sharts.

11. Look how cute this Hex and Heart coasters are from Cosmo Cricket.

12. This is such a great idea. The Renegade Seamstress has beast idea for a sweater Valentine Upcycle.

13. Here's another adorable kids clothing project I found over at Polkadots on Parade.

14. I really need to make one of these cute Valentine Buntings from Life in Liberty Canyon.

15. DIY Dreamer has these sweet little heart bookmarks and a tutorial for them to boot!

16. Last but not least, check out this adorable Lego man love applique at TrashN2Tees.

Okay, now get sewing and make sure to share your projects!!

My Old Black Book

Okay, here's my old black maroon BOOK. Of all the things that belong to me my Bible is probably the most valuable. It's been with me for a long time and it is filled with memories and messages. 

I've had this KJ Bible since 1999. It was a gift from a church in Dearborn Heights, MI. They asked us to give them a few items we would like and they would try to get them for us for the missions conference. I had a Bible but it wasn't very nice and so I asked for a Bible and they gave me the Old Scofield Study Bible. I immediately fell in love with this Bible. It had great references in the back including a proper name concordance. I know that Scofield was off in a lot of places with his doctrine and I wouldn't suggest this Bible to a new Christian but for me it was great. 

I've personalized my Bible through the years. I have pictures of my family in the front and back. The above pictures are: 

(the left cover across the top and then bottom) 
Johnny reading his Bible in 1997 in Hungary on our survey trip to Croatia, My babies while we were on deputation, my family also while on deputation, my dear Daddy who died when he was 39, he's 38 in that photo.  

(the right side across the top and then bottom) 
the photo on our second prayer card, Joshua and Cody looking cool, and my sweetie

My Bible is filled with great quotes and sayings I have heard through out the years. I only have one signature in my Bible, that of Bro. McCracken's wife Nancy. I heard her testimony in a meeting in Romania and was so moved by her faith after a terrible crippling car accident. 

Anyhow, I have some pretty nifty sayings too. 

Treasures in Heaven are laid up as treasures on Earth are laid down. -Dr. Todd Lasseter (my pastor)

You can't clean a polluted well by painting the well house. -Dr. Bob W. Smith 

I'm narrow minded because I travel a narrow road. -Bro. Floyd, Fellowship Baptist, Jackson, MI

I'm not shouting on credit, I'm should on a "paid in full" bill. -Johnny Leslie

85% of being successful is simply being in my place. -Dr. Smith

I'm a nut but I'm screwed onto the right bolt! -unknown

You fall the way you lean. -Charles Wetherbee

Meekness: Having strength under control. -unknown

To be a missionary you don't have to cross the see but you do have to see the cross. -unknown

Joy is not the absence of trouble but the presence of Jesus. -unknown

Stay in the Book till the Book stays in you. -Dr. Raymond Barber

I don't know how often Noah fell down in the Ark but I know he never fell out! -Dr. J.C. House

No man can ever be used of God until he's willing to be forgotten by all. -Veteran Missionary Jimmy Rose

If it doesn't move you enough to pray about it, don't whine about it! -Pastor Wes Bailey

A tear today is an investment in a laugh tomorrow. -Dr. Lasseter

A heart touched by grace brings joy to the face. -Dr. Lasseter

The church is not a museum of Saints. -Pastor Bocook

Anyhow, those are just some of the little sayings I have in my Bible. I love to go back every once in a while and read them all. They're like mini sermons!

I have on one of the front pages of my Bible this poem: 

There is a treasure,
Rich beyond measure, 
Offered to mortals today;
Some folks despise it, 
Some criticize it, 
Some would explain it away.

Some never read it, 
Some never head it, 
Some say, "It's long had it's day";
Some people prize it, 
And he who tries it, 
Finds it's his comfort and stay. 

God gave this treasure, 
Rich beyond measure, 
His Word, we call it today. 
Let us believe it, 
Gladly receive it, 
Read, mark and learn to obey. 

Over the name of each book I have the name in Croatian. Several years back I realized I didn't know all the names so I thought that would help, it did. 

Also above Genesis 1:1, I wrote DEAR TORI. Our preacher Dr. Smith preached once about the Bible being a love letter from God to us. He told us how he wrote in his Bible at Genesis 1:1: DEAR BOB and after Revelation 22:21 he wrote: LOVE, GOD. I loved this idea and I did the same with my Bible. It's a love letter to me from God!

My Bible is bilingual too. I have notes in both English and Croatian. I have many wise quotes from the national pastor, Rajko Telebar

And again on the back cover I have more photos. Actually a lot less than I used to have. I need to add some more current ones soon.

(the left cover across the top and then bottom) 
My best friend Amanda Rasbeary, Preachers wife in Wylie, Texas and I, Madison (Johnny's sister's oldest daughter), Johnny again, Madison and her little sister Kaitlyn (I super-love those girls)

(the right side top to bottom) 
Johnny again (can't get enough of him), and my Daddy back in 1976 sitting with Santa

Anyhow, that's my Bible. It means a lot to me, not only because it is God's inerrant, preserved Word but because it holds 16 years worth of memories. 

Anyhow, if you decided to share your Old Black Book, let me know so I can check it out!!
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