Attitude Adjustment

August 28, 2009 at 8:34 am (Musings...)

Yesterday, I had a lousy attitude about a situation… the specific circumstances don’t matter.  As I was silently fuming, the Holy Spirit was already at work. 

One of my favorite passages of scripture is: “He has showed you, O man, what is good.  And what does the Lord require of you?  To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”  Micah 6:8

I am learning a new song, “Legacy,” by Nicole Nordeman.  One of the lines from that song reads:

Did I choose to Love? Did I point to You enough to make a mark on things?  I want to leave an offering; a child of mercy and grace who blessed your name unapologetically, and leave that kind of legacy.

As the verse in Micah and the song lyrics filtered through my mind, I felt my spirit soften, the destructive anger leave my heart.   I asked for forgiveness for my thoughts and moved forward in victory!! 

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Chippendale Seminar

August 24, 2009 at 11:57 am (Decorative Painting)

This weekend I had the privilege of learning how to paint “chippendale roses” based on a design by David Jansen, taught and adapted by Paul Seymour, at Seymour’s Creative Legacy Studio, in Ebensburg.

August 22, 2009 Class

August 22, 2009 Class

Of course, in addition to painting, we ate great food.  Paul and Tom spoke in their ghastly French accents.  Gina (the beautiful woman, front left in the picture) however, has lived in France and we found out that Paul and Tom’s accents aren’t really authentic!!!  Who knew?!?!?!

We laughed and painted, painted and laughed. 

Because seminars are, by their nature, difficult for me to complete, I decided to design a smaller piece for myself.  Paul helped me assign color and perfect a few of the flower placements, but the design is mine.  I’m so proud of it!  I think I will re-paint it with the new Heritage colors and publish a packet.  Danny O made the door crown for me.

Melodye's Chippendale Door Crown Design

Melodye's Chippendale Door Crown Design

Close-up of the main design

Close-up of the main design

Thank you, Paul, for being my teacher, mentor, and friend!!!  I could never have imagined this journey would be such a spectacular one!!

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Keeping Short Accounts

August 19, 2009 at 11:38 am (Scripture References)

I was responding to Danielle’s blog, http://dancebythelight.wordpress.com/, about marriage.  One of the important tools to a happy marriage and a happy life is to keep short accounts, with both the people you interact with, and with God.  

Anger, bitterness, and sin are like festering wounds.  Wounds, if not treated, get infected, hurt and begin to smell – a putrid scent.  Then they leave a scar…

 Anger is not always sin, but unresolved anger becomes bitterness, which then is sin.  How can we keep anger from becoming sin?  By not responding in kind and forgiving immediately.

  •  “A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.” Proverbs 15:1
  • {{Love}}” is not easily angered, it keeps no records of wrong.”  1 Corinthians 13:5
  • “Hatred stirs up dissension, but love covers over all wrongs.”  Proverbs 10:12
  • “Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry.”  James 1:19

 If we have allowed anger to fester, unresolved, how do we overcome the bitterness?  By recognizing that bitterness hurts no one but ourselves and “behave” our way to peace.

  •  “Make every effort to live in peace with all men and to be holy.  See to it that no one misses the Grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble.”  Hebrews 12:14,15
  • “The end of all things is near.  Therefore, be clear-minded and self-controlled so that you  can pray.  Above all, love each other deeply because love covers a multitude of sins.”  1 Peter 4:7,8
  • “Do not repay anyone evil for evil.  Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everybody.  If it is possible, as far as it depends on YOU, live at peace with everyone.”  Romans 12:17-18

Part of the “active” process of behaving our way to peace, is to forgive.

  •  “Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ, God forgave you.”  Ephesians 4:32

God left us some great examples of forgiveness.

  • “Jesus said, ‘Father, forgive them for they do not know what they are doing.’”  Luke 23:34
  • “But you are a forgiving God – gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love.”  Nehemiah 9:17b
  • “The Lord, the Lord, is a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love.”  Exodus 34:6

 Forgiving IMMEDIATELY keeps our account short before God and with all men.  If we do not forgive, we cannot pray.

  • “Whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.  And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive him.”  Mark 11:24-25
  • “In your anger – do not sin; do not let the sun go down while you are angry.”  Ephesians 4:26.

This process is not easy, but I promise you that it is doable.  My wish for you is that it doesn’t take you 50 years to learn this valuable lesson. 🙂

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Gobs

August 15, 2009 at 10:43 am (Recipes)

Gobs

Gobs

Last weekend we had our family reunions.  Two in one day!  For the Olsavsky reunion, I made two batches of Gobs.  They are terrific tasting, NOT low-fat.  I am including my recipe.  If you follow it to the letter… alternating sour milk and boiling water to the dry mixture; and for the icing, cooling the flour/milk paste COMPLETELY and adding it a tablespoon at a time as you mix the rest of the ingredients together, they will be a hit!  I wrap them individually in waxed paper after they are assembled. 

Gobs

 

  • 2 cups sugar                                                     ½ tsp baking powder
  • ½ cup shortening                                          ½ tsp. salt
  • 2 eggs                                                                   ½ cup cocoa
  • 1 tsp. vanilla                                                      1 cup sour milk or buttermilk
  • 4 cups flour                                                       ½ cup boiling water
  • 2 tsp. baking soda

How to sour milk:  Measure 1 cup milk. Whole or 2 percent works best in baking.  Add 1 tsp. plain vinegar or lemon juice. Stir ingredients. Let sit for 10 to 15 minutes. Milk should begin to curdle slightly. You now have sour milk for your baking needs.

Cream shortening and sugar, add eggs and vanilla.  Sift dry ingredients together and add alternately with milk and hot water.  Drop by spoonful on greased cookie sheet (I use parchment paper – no grease).  Bake 5-7 minutes at 400-425.  Put filling between two cookies when cool

Filling

  • 5 tbls. flour                                                        ¾ cup powdered sugar
  • 1 cup milk                                                           ¼  tsp. salt
  • 1 cup shortening                                              1 tsp. vanilla

Filling:  Cook flour and milk until thick, stirring constantly.  Cool.  Cream other ingredients together and add cooked mixture one tablespoon at a time.  May need more powdered sugar.

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Happy (Almost) Birthday to Me

August 12, 2009 at 2:43 pm (Musings...)

I will be 50 years old on the 7th of September.  My darling daughter, Amanda often buys shoes for me as gifts {{Yay!}} 

I saw these shoes in a catalog at the beginning of the year and I became obsessed with them… J-41 Vegan is their name and they aren’t cheap.  I would look at them, dream about them, but never buy them.  They come in many colors, but my “dream shoe” was the chocolate brown/pink version.

Amanda, last week, asked me what the name of the shoes I liked were because her co-worker was looking for a pair of all-purpose shoes.  I sent her the link (because I kept the link!)

Well, it was all a ruse!  On Tuesday, I received a package in the mail — the EXACT shoes I had been salivating over for the past 8 months!  The note said, “I love you so much, Momma.  May these shoes bless you.  AJ”

My Happy Birthday Present :-)

My Happy Birthday Present 🙂

 

I am indeed blessed, but it has nothing to do with my very cool shoes!  “Her children arise and call her blessed.”  Proverbs 31:28a

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Hello Again!

August 6, 2009 at 8:42 pm (Memories, Musings...)

I realized today that I have neglected my blog for nearly the past month.  There is absolutely no good reason for the neglect…  except that I’m practicing just “being.”

We’ve established that my OCD can rule my life.  Lists are the thread running through the fabric of my life.  But, I’m trying to change old habits.  It isn’t easy, but I’m learning to let things just sit and rest.

However, to catch you up on the last month of my life, I’m going to make a list 🙂

  1.  Made Pagach (Slovak potato bread) for the first time ever.
  2. Sang a solo at Emmanuel’s Traditional Service ~~ the first time in 6 years that I’ve sung a solo (I had to purchase an accompaniment CD, all I had were cassettes) 🙂
  3. Took a painting seminar — a rooster-fruit trunk.  I am not finished with it, but have been diligently working on it.  It’s beautiful!
  4. Lost 2 pounds (Yay!)
  5. Used my elliptical for 20 out of 30 days (Yay!)
  6. Discovered some really cool verses in Hebrews 12 — texted my darling son to read them also!
  7. Went to hear The Clarks in Somerset with Danny O, Doug and Kimmy.  The Clarks were fabulous!  I downloaded their song, “Cigarette” on my Ipod.
  8. Went to hear The Johnstown Rockers with Danny O, Dave and Shelly.  They were good this time (the last time they weren’t).
  9. Went to see the Pittsburgh Pirates with Danny O, Dave and Shelly — THEY WON!
  10. Went to see a NASCAR race at Pocono Raceway — it was rained out.  Spent 3 hours getting out of the parking lot.  The next time we are going to do some serious tailgating and get a motel so we don’t have to spend 7 hours on the road after a race.  (Thanks, Kayla for the tickets!)
  11. Planned the music for my darling Grammy’s funeral — it was an honor.  She was 92 years old and LOVED Jesus.  I know I will see her again someday!
Grammy 1937 -- her senior year

Grammy 1937 -- her senior year

Grammy and me :-)

Grammy and me 🙂

Whew!!  No wonder I’m so tired!  I guess I need to work a little harder at just “being!”

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