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Simple Yes or No will do

 Jesus tells us in Matthew 5:33-37, "Again you have heard that it was said to them of old time, 'You shall not make false vows, but shall perform to the Lord your vows,' but I tell you, don't swear at all: neither by heaven, for it is the throne of God; nor by the earth, for it is the footstool of his feet; nor by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King. Neither shall you swear by your head, for you can't make one hair white or black. But let your speech be, 'Yes, yes; No, no.' Whatever is more than these is of the evil one." Jesus is saying that yes or no is enough. No need to elaborate with vows, telling people you promise to do something by heaven, on your mother's grave, on your life, or any other oath. It simply isn't necessary if you really mean you will or won't do what you are saying yes or no to.  I must admit that I have made promises, although not vows or oaths, from time to time that I knew I couldn't fulfill - becau

Patient and Kind Love

In I Corinthians 13:4-7 (WEB), Paul said: Love is patient and is kind. Love doesn’t envy. Love doesn’t brag, is not proud, doesn’t behave itself inappropriately, doesn’t seek its own way, is not provoked, takes no account of evil; doesn’t rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, and endures all things. I think this is a beautiful description of love. We humans can really mess this up by doing the opposite of what Paul is explaining here. So many want things their way; they don't have patience to just accept what they have. And how many of us know people - or are people - who keep track of every "wrong" they think has been done to them? And these same people brag on everything they have done for others and deny they have done anything wrong - ever. I know I've been guilty of doing this. And that is definitely NOT an act of love towards others.  So, I think this is a good quote to look at daily to

Sweet Love

 Percy Bysshe Shelley wrote:  All love is sweet, given or returned.  And Apostle Paul wrote something along those lines, quoting Jesus, in Act 20:35 (KJV):  It's more blessed to give than receive. We receive more in return for giving. Giving is powerful. If you have a favorite charity that you donate to regularly, or give to the man or woman holding the sign on the corner of a busy street, or smile at the grumpy cashier, you get a feeling inside that's indescribable - one that makes us feel that we're the recipients. That's because, in a way, we are. Someone is grateful for the meal we helped provide them with that day. And we don't know why the cashier is always grumpy, but maybe that smile is something she needed to help her change her life around. Maybe we gave her something she doesn't get often - a kind and understanding smile. Sometimes we can listen, so lend an ear to someone who just needs to talk something out. We can be understanding. So, watch for opp

Jesus Teaches about Divorce

 Matthew 5:31-32 “It was also said, ‘Whoever shall put away his wife, let him give her a writing of divorce,’ but I tell you that whoever puts away his wife, except for the cause of sexual immorality, makes her an adulteress; and whoever marries her when she is put away commits adultery. Moses was the one who made the law from Deuteronomy 24:1 about putting the divorce in writing. He had to have a set of laws for the people to go by, because he was the one they counted on for problems that arose among the thousands who were traveling together in that Wilderness. Here, Jesus provides a new set of rules about divorce. It appears that divorce was as common in Jesus' day as it is in our day. And men were the only ones allowed to put the divorce in writing in the Bible days! Now, I always like to repeat what I have heard reputable preachers say - that people should never stay in a dangerous marriage - or any dangerous relationship for that matter. And I don't think God expects us t

Cut off the Cause of Your Sin

Matthew 5:27-30 KJV Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery: But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart. And if thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell. And if thy right hand offend thee, cut it off, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell. This cluster of verses Jesus talks about in His S ermon on the Mount begins with don't even think about lusting after another person and to (metaphorically) pluck out the eye that looks upon anyone in that way. It simply means to stop lusting before it turns into a real incident. It means that even thinking about someone in a lustful way is as wrong as the act itself. The la

How to Make Oven Fries

Homemade Oven Fries Oven fries are great to eat with hamburger steak, filet mignon, stir fry, and other beefy meals. Maybe you would like them with chicken too! And these are so easy to make. Let me show you how this morning . This makes 3 to 4 servings, so slice 2 or 3 more potatoes for each additional serving. Ingredients 6 or 7 small to medium potatoes butter-flavored Pam spray spray butter salt Directions First, peel and clean the potatoes. Slice the potatoes into long sections (about 4 from each potato). Line pan with aluminum foil. Spray the top of the foil with the Pam and salt. Place the sliced potatoes evenly spaced onto the foil. Spray the potatoes with the Pam and salt. Place in oven on 550 degrees.  Remove from oven when potatoes are browned. This takes 20 to 30 minutes, so keep a close eye on them. Spray with the spray butter and salt if you want more flavor. Now, serve with your favorite meat. Or these make a great snack too! Dip in ketchup if desired! #womenhelpingwomen

New Sunflower Quilt and More

I haven't done a bulk update in a while. So, today, I want to do that. First, I want share the new quilt that I just finished for myself. I call it my indoor sunflower garden. 🌞 The front has big, beautiful, bright sunflowers all over it. The back has tiny sunshine printed on it. Both fabrics were purchased from Hobby Lobby, and I used 2 yards of each print. I placed polyester batting between the 2 pieces of fabric and tied them together with acrylic yarn. Afterwards, I hand stitched the binding around the quilt. This is a very easy process if you're interested in making your own hand-tied quilt . I've also made time to update my other websites that you can find on the right side of this site. I've added new senior care advice and cinema and TV bloopers and favorite shows/movies. Please check back every Tuesday for upcoming updates to those sites. I don't update these 2 sister sites every Tuesday, but that is the day to watch for those when I do update.  I've a