Friday, January 31, 2014

Under a Texas Sky


Texas winter sky

Blue norther coming tonight

Tomorrow snow, cold


Thursday, January 30, 2014

Throwback Thursday

 John McBee Ficke, 1914 (born 1913)
Johnette Sue Ficke Seibert, 1943 (born 1942)

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Unsung Saints

I know, O my God, that you put hearts to the test and that you take pleasure in uprightness.  ~ (1 Chr 29:17)

As we were reading Evening Prayer last night, this quote was made:  "The world is full of 'unsung saints' who achieve no public success but who persevere in living upright lives that accomplish the greatest of goals: to see and dwell with God always.

 Last Sunday we attended All Saint's Anglican Parish in Weatherford, Texas, where we were confirmed over 20 years ago.  It was very comforting to be in the presence of so many of those unsung saints.  It was very comforting to once again chant the Psalms, to be with other people who use the same quiet pious customs such as always bowing at the name of Jesus.  They aren't things we "have" to do, not things that will "save us", but they are things we were taught and which put me in a more worshipful frame of mind.

It is also nice to see a church which is quiet, where people don't visit during and before worship.  Where we talk to God and not to each other.  That helps me as well.

I am searching for places where I may worship quietly and prayerfully.  This goes back to what I said the other day about life being too short - too short to do things with which we are uncomfortable.  Too short to be around people and things in church that tense me up rather than calm me down.  Too short to be around drama, drama, drama.

My friend, Annie Jefferies, who recently visited us on the way to mission in Missouri, shared with me the Catholic Women's Devotional Bible published by Zondervan.  While I have read the Bible, I have never done it cover-to-cover, front-to-back, and with the daily devotionals I am finding this a wonderful thing to do in my search.

So, as I endeavor to strive toward a more upright, calm, peaceful life, I know I must be focus on God and what is good and pray for the rest.

Dear Lord, show us your face in the goodness of those who live the Gospel and strengthen us to encourage one another to follow your ways.  Amen.

Monday, January 27, 2014

Itchy Ears - Ear Candling

I ears have been driving me absolutely crazy!  CRAZY! 

One doctor told me to put two drops of baby oil in each ear at night.  I did that, and I do believe it made it worse - so I decided to go back to a tried and true remedy (for me) share with me years ago when I was still teaching.

It is called Ear Candling.  Wikipedia says the following:

Ear candling, also called ear coning or thermal-auricular therapy, is an alternative medicine practice claimed to improve general health and well-being by lighting one end of a hollow candle and placing the other end in the ear canal. Medical research has shown that the practice is both dangerous and ineffective and does not help remove earwax or alleged toxins. The claim by one manufacturer that ear candles originated with the Hopi tribe also has been disproven.

Personally, I disagree, but I wanted to be sure you understand.

Here is what happened:

 I lay on the bed with a newspaper covering my face and arms.  The ear candle was slotted through a hole in the paper. It has to be completely upright, and someone needs to be with you the whole time - about 10 minutes. Raf lit the candle, and you can see the flame.  We burned it down to the mark on the candle you can see above the newspaper.

We kept a water bowl close by, and when the candle got to the mark, Raf took it and dumped it into the bowl of water.

Now, I used to be able to lie down on the floor for this, but since I can't get up and down so very well, this was the alternative.  It's probably safer on the floor.

When you candle, you cannot feel heat and what you hear is a sort of soft popping sound.

After the candling was complete, I opened the bottom of the candle to see what had come from my ear.

This is a photo of the piece of wax that was removed from my ear.  It is substantial, as you can see.

Ear candles can be purchased online or at health food stores. 

I do warn you, please read instructions carefully before you do this - but for me, it really works.  My ear is so much better!


Sunday, January 26, 2014

Beginning a journey

I'm really not sure I know why I have titled my post in this way, but I feel this year I am beginning a journey.  I know this isn't January 1, but rather is is January 26.  However, a journey, either physical or spiritual, can begin at any point...and here is where I am beginning.
I have no idea if I will keep up this journey or be sidetracked down some gravel road.  Or I may just stop altogether or back up, turn around, and go the way I came.  I have no idea.

My daddy have a favorite phrase, "One day at a time", and I hope I always live my life in that vein.  Yesterday is gone, and tomorrow isn't here yet, so today is all we can work on - one day at a time.

Recently on Facebook, to which I am a constant contributor and of which I am a continual reader, I spotted a quote that really puts into perspective what I am talking about.

"There comes a time in life when you walk away from all the drama and people who create it.  You surround yourself with people who make you laugh.  You forget the bad and focus on the good.  You love the people who treat you right, and you pray for the ones who don't."

To that I would add that it doesn't matter whether it's friend or family who create the drama, you simply have to back away - love them, but back away.

Also, those people who make you laugh may not always make you laugh, but you know they are there for love and support.  And most of all, although you should love everyone, there are people who get on your very last nerve, who seem to enjoy watching others suffer, who try to boss or pry or endeavor to have you do things that are wrong - at least wrong for you.  Those people you must love from a distance and you must pray for them.

Prayer is a big part of my life, and I hope that I can devote more to my prayer and devotional life.

My friend Annie, who just visited us recently, shared the Catholic Women's Devotional Bible with me, so I ordered one and I am going to endeavor to read, each day, the devotional printed plus the Bible chapters in between - beginning with Genesis.  I know I have read the Bible before, but I am going to do this in a more ordered, but more devoted, way.

And peace - I think I seek peace more than anything, other than patience.  With my ADHD tendencies, peace is a commodity I don't always possess, but I know with God's help I can find more of it.

And quiet - I need time for contemplation - time for me.  Time for Raf and me together.

Now you probably will say, but, Sue, you're retired, you have all the time in the world.  And I would have to say, I have time, but I spend it poorly.  I am going to endeavor to spend it more wisely.  When I am tired, I am going to say no and mean it.  I am going to back away from those things that are not so important me my life, or to Raf's.

So, please wish me luck as I go, once again, on a journey.  I want to do what I want to do and what God wants me to do, and I am going to try to not allow others to dictate what this journey will be.  Please pray for me, a sinner.



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