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New Elderly Tips

I have added some elderly tips  to my Senior Care Memoirs website. We all have a senior in our family, such as a parent or grandparent. Or we see elderly people while we're shopping. They deserve to feel respected and independent. So, I have added these new tips as some helpful advice. Watch for posts to be added to the Senior Care Memoirs site more frequently as new stages evolve in my senior family members' lives.  I hope you enjoy these tips and other upcoming posts. Together, we can figure this out. We're going to fill our blank canvas with helpful information. I won't be posting any future updates to the other site here, so you will want to bookmark it if you're interested in reading this type of information. Thanks for stopping by today. Image courtesy of Kelly Sikkema via Unsplash Blessings, Patricia 

Pressure Cooker Tips

Last weekend, I was using my Instant Pot pressure cooker to make a roast, and that reminded me of a few tips I have wanted to share with you.  Number one, when you're planning a meal to be ready at an exact time, besides any prepping such as defrosting, cutting, and searing, be sure to allow approximately 20 minutes for the pressure cooker to preheat. Although, your meal is in the cooker and the lid is sealed, preheat time is separate from the cook time and will vary a little bit with each setting. And there is probably going to be nothing in a cookbook to tell you how long preheat will take. Second, if instructions call for searing, do that in a skillet instead of the pressure cooker. That way you don't have to take time to clean out the pot before you pressure cook the meal. And third, add an extra 30 minutes to the timer when cooking meat to assure your meat will be tender. For instance, my cookbook instructions for a roast is to cook 20 minutes for every pound. So, if I hav

God's Wonderful Blessings

"The Lord has promised wonderful blessings." Numbers 10:29 NLT God is still with us today just as He was in the days the Holy Bible was written. He never promised life would be easy. If life were easy, we wouldn't call on Him for help. If life were easy, we would be less thankful. If life were easy, we wouldn't know how to be humble.  Our heavenly Father has promised to bless us abundantly. We can recognize our blessings in our good health, the meals we have every day, friends and family who love us and care for us. We have been blessed to have a Savior who provided a way, through the cross, for us to speak to God every day, who prays on our behalf every day, who pleas our case to our Father every day, who made it possible for us to enter heaven by simply believing in Him and having faith that we are saved.  Image courtesy of Sixteen Miles Out via Unsplash When we allow the Spirit to take control of our minds, body, and soul, we understand these blessings. Just becaus

Life is Beautiful

Beauty in life is found in many places. On dark days, we know we will see the light again. The ashes will scatter to the wind to let the sun shine through once more. Embrace the good days. Carry them with you on the not-so-good days. Hope will get you through the tunnels of life. Just keep heading for the light at the end. The worst days make us stronger. The best days are our reward for hanging in there when all seemed hopeless, but we didn't give up. You've been there before, and you came out on the other side just fine. It will happen again. Find your joy and keep it close for those darkest of days. God is with you regardless of the situation. Know He will always see you through those tough times. If you think about it, wouldn't life be boring if everything went well every day? Those challenges and those puzzles are good for us in so many ways. And not in ways that are good just for us but for others as well. If you think back, how many times have you used your own past

Opened Door, Closed Door

Revelation 3:7 tells us that the One who is Holy and True (Jesus) opens what no one can close and that what he closes no one can open. My NLT study Bible says that the open door means that salvation is assured, and the closed door means judgment is certain. There is no going back once that door is closed. So, please go through that open door of salvation while there's still time. Image courtesy of  Cristina Gottardi via Unsplash The door will be open only for a while longer. Once that door is closed either by your earthly death or until the Holy Spirit stops calling you, it cannot be opened again. God has promised all of us a spiritual resurrection after death on this earth. He is inviting all of us to live with him in heaven where there will be no more sorrow, no more pain, no more tears, no more disappointments. To ignore His invitation means your soul will live on in the fiery pits of hell with continuous sorrow, pain, tears, disappointments, and regrets.  The devil is lying wh

Reading Daily Devotions

As I say in my book, Women Making Time for God , we should spend some quality time with our Lord and Savior each day. Most of us will spend time talking to God almost constantly, but I mean that good, quality time of reading Scripture or something that reminds us of God's love for us. I prefer mornings for my personal devotions, because that seems to set a good mindset for the remainder of the day. Our family Bible study/devotions happen after dinner dishes are washed. So, whatever time of day works best for you is fine. Five to ten minutes is all you need for your clear revelation .  You can read a few verses from your favorite Bible - King James Version, New King James Version, NLT, WEB, Amplified Bible, etc. If you have a study Bible, read the notes that go along with your devotional reading to help you with the meditation afterwards. Yes, I said meditation - as God told Joshua in Joshua 1:8, "Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so t

Do Good to all People

"Do good to all people" is a message from Galatians 6:10. God wants us to be kind to people and to pray kind things for people - even if we aren't particularly fond of them. From your kindness, perhaps they will be kind to someone, and that person will be kind to someone, and so on. Image courtesy of Mei-Ling Miro via Unsplash From a personal standpoint, I know that some people won't accept our kindness. For example, there was a cashier who used to work at our local grocery store who simply didn't want to be kind; nor would she accept kindness offered by most people. Finally, after a couple of years of trying, the kindest thing I could do for both of us was to simply avoid going through her line. I still prayed for good things to happen to her, because she was obviously a very miserable person. Shortly after that, though, she stopped working there. I don't know if that was her decision or a management decision. But she still crosses my mind from time to time,