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Wednesday’s Newsletter: 5/30/18
Hello my friends,
It feels like summer has already arrived even though it’s not officially summertime yet. As a challenge to save money a bit longer, we usually wait to turn on the air conditioner on the first of June, but who knows if we’ll make it that far. We’ve been attending an awesome revival this week, but one gets spoiled with the nice cold air at church, and then it’s kind of a shocker returning home. Ha! Ha!
(Skip this section if you’re not interested in gardening topics. I won’t be offended! LOL)
My garden is still doing wonderful and enjoyed the rain early this morning. Usually at the end of May or beginning of June I will grab a couple of more plants for my yard from the clearance shelves. I got three Asiatic lily plants for a little over two dollars total. And a small pink rose bush for five dollars.
I did some research on troubleshooting cucumber plants. The beetles seem to overtake my plants each year. It seems that you can plant a radish seed with each cucumber plant to help protect your plants from beetles. Another lady says she does the best by waiting until the second week of June to plant her cucumbers because new insects are born in spring and so there’s no plants to host these critters. Her cucumbers come in late, but it’s better than having NO cucumbers. I totally agree!
I have also created a organic pesticide spray for my plants using neem oil. There are also certain cucumber varieties that are resistant to viruses that are caused by the biting of the beetles which ultimately destroy your cucumber plants. Also, planting new plants every couple of weeks help you get a good succession of veggies all season long.
If you have any of your own gardening tips, please share with me below in the comments section. I’d love to hear from you! 🙂
Wednesday’s Word of Encouragement:
It’s easy to get off-kilter when I’ve had a series of busy events in my life. You know, when you get a good momentum going, but then, all of a sudden, you can’t keep up with your current routine because other things are going on? Does that happen to you?
I embrace these busy moments in my life by letting go of things not so important at the moment. After all, most of these “to dos” will still be there because who else is going to conquer them. ha! ha!
Right now, I’m working on getting my momentum going again. I’m working on revving up my productivity.
I wrote in my journal a thought that I read in one of my books: “I DON’T want to WASTE my TIME doing things of NO value.”
This week, I’ve started constantly asking myself, “Is what I’m doing right now of real value?” I’ve had some “NOs” that reminded me to get back to doing something more productive of my time and that has value.
It’s sort of been life changing for me to keep asking myself this question, and so I thought I would share it with you in case you struggle in this area as well. Write down the statement somewhere and keep it by you for awhile to remind yourself to be picky about how you use your time and what you spend your time doing.
Social media can be a huge time waster, but I’m not encouraging doing away with it totally. I find that it helps me stay connected with friends who are FAR away and that I would not be able to connect with regularly otherwise. BUT, I’m trying to watch the amount of time I spend there and how often I visit those sites. (Mainly Instagram and Facebook.)
In my housework, I need to prioritize how I spend my time as well. There’s many things that we put high priorities on that are not worthy of being at the top of our lists. So, these are things to prayerfully consider as well.
As I’m chatting about more practical things today, I wanted to share a post by a friend of mine on Facebook. Her post was an encouragement to me and so I wrote to her and asked her permission to share with you today…
“Today I am starting a new practice. It may not even last, but that’s okay. I love Proverbs 16:3 “Commit thy works unto the Lord, and thy thoughts shall be established.” I drive myself loony sometimes with overthinking, suspicious thinking, or stupid thinking ?…So, Each task that I write down today, I’m committing it to the Lord so that He can establish my mindset…”
This is a great idea as well! As we write our tasks down, let’s commit our works to the Lord and let Him establish our thoughts. I know I’m guilty of overthinking things or find myself worrying over situations, but let God take control of it all…and I believe we’ll have more peaceful thoughts!
Okay, here’s another quote about making more of our DAYS…
“There are two ways to live: you can live as if nothing is a miracle; you can live as if EVERYTHING is a miracle.” – MIssionary Darrell Case
Life is a series of a thousand tiny miracles. Each day is another day that God has granted us. Let’s enjoy it to the fullest!
God bless you and your family,
~ The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. – I Corinthians 16:23 KJV
7 Tidbits from my journal:
DILIGENCE: Careful and persistent work or effort. (Wrote this in my journal as a reminder. lol)
Wherever you are, be ALL there! – Jim Elliot (Give it your all! Focus on the moment; enjoy the moment)
But HOW do you do it? Just take ACTION and do it! (Walk by faith…one step at a time.)
It would be amazing what could be accomplished if nobody cared who got the credit. (Don’t get caught up in the prideful care of getting credit for whose idea it was or who did the most work.)
I don’t have to be an EXPERT to deliver value in some form. I can still be useful to others using my current amateur status. – Tim Denning (We can mentor, help and encourage others, but sometimes we look at what we lack instead of what we already have to offer.)
Nobody is self-made. Every person is the sum total of what every other person in his life has instilled in him. – Jeff Ownens
Don’t sacrifice the permanent on the altar of the immediate. (Esau sold his birthright when he considered only his current moment of hunger. There’s a lesson for us all to learn from this.)
Bible verse of the week:
But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully. – II Corinthians 9:6 KJV
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