Recipe Friday: Things to Do

Holy cow, is there a lot of stuff to do! Is anyone bored yet? Not me! I still don’t have enough time in the day to finish what I’d like to do.

Keeping your mind and body active is important for overall health.

Find productive things to do. There is almost nothing more frustrating and deflating than looking back at the end of the day and find you have wasted a bunch of time. And don’t think that, oh well, you’ve got plenty of time tomorrow. When we can go out again, don’t you want to be changed, renewed, more learned, more accomplished and more capable than when you went in? Don’t you want to be closer to family and friends?

Here are a few ideas on how to spend productive time:

Not-computer stuff:

Talk with each other. Like, have face-to-real-face conversations

Color (with a coloring book, or make your own)

Listen to the radio

Go outside:

  • go for a walk
  • bike ride
  • rollerskate or rollerblade
  • play corn hole or hopscotch or jacks or tag or Simon Says or Red Rover, or hide and seek.
  • Jump rope
  • play catch: baseball, softball, Frisbee, or kick a beach ball or dodgeball
  • Take a nature walk (this would be worth it, even if you have to drive to get there). Investigate as you go, breathe deeply the fresh air. If it’s warm, go barefoot.

Read books

Is your library open? Check out some how-to books, fiction, non-fiction. Learn how to do something you’ve always wanted to do: is it knitting or crocheting? Varnishing / refinishing? Cooking? Play chess? Play canasta?

Clean the house. It’s spring. Do spring cleaning.

  • Clear out the cobwebs and dust bunnies
  • Sweep / vacuum / mop all the floors (yes, move the furniture, and wipe/dust the furniture backs and sides)
  • Wipe down / dust all surfaces
  • Disinfect whatever needs it
  • Take stuff out of closets, fluff it up / wipe it off, clean the floors and shelves, put things away neatly
  • Take those area rugs and carpets out into the sunshine and shake or whack away.
  • Wipe off all your kitchen appliances.

While you’re cleaning, organize stuff. You’ve always wanted to do this; now you have the perfect opportunity. SO much to organize: closets, kitchen cupboards, the garage, the shed, the freezer, the downstairs pantry, bedrooms, drawers, books, clothing, collections. Clean as you go.

While you’re organizing, sift out what you don’t use any more. Collect items to bring to donation points (Salvation Army, Goodwill, second-hand stores, etc).

Can you start a garden yet? If not, maybe some inside plantings.

Play the piano, or other instrument.

Play board games and card games. Don’t know how? See library suggestion, above.

Cook great meals. Make it a family affair.

PRAY. Pray by yourself, pray with your spouse. Pray with your family. Pray with your friends over the telephone.

Write a play and act it out.

Get moving! Blow the dust off your exercise videos and DVDs.

Sit quietly and listen to some of those CDs that are sitting in the basement.

Meditate

Write:

  • Stories
  • Lessons for your children or others
  • Journaling
  • Letters (hand-written letters are such a blessing!)
    • Along this line, start a pen pal friendship. There are pen pal resources at the library or online.

Home projects. Hardware stores are still open. Fix that squeaky door. Repair the window screen. Replace that snarky outlet. Refinish or re-upholster your chairs.

Telephone your neighbors. Arrange a time for a neighborhood walk to wave at each other as you pass, or through windows.

Sidewalk chalk! Coordinate with neighbors, and have an art walk afterward.

Visit-at-a-distance:

  • Stand on the sidewalk as you chat with your neighbor
  • Drive over to a nursing home, assisted living, or friend or relative’s house. Bring a camp chair. Chat via phone, through the window, or stay outside as they speak through an open window or from a porch.

 

Computer stuff:

I just learned how to Zoom! I practiced with a couple of friends from church, and we are setting up prayer times. Zoom.us is the website. They have generous free options, in addition to paid options. Other video chat sites:

  • Google hangouts
  • Facebook messenger
  • Skype
  • Whatsapp
  • Facetime (for Apple users)

What to do in group video chats:

  • Chat
  • Pray
  • Bible study
  • Church service
  • Hymn sing (one person can hold up a hymnal to the screen for everyone to sing from)
  • Dinner party: everyone can cook the same thing, or different dishes. Chat while you prepare dinner “together,” then chat while you eat.
  • Watch the same movie and chat about it
  • Craft party: sewing, quilting, knitting, crocheting, jewelry making
  • Have a group of talented people? Take turns teaching what you do best.

Take online classes from an accredited college or university. Always wanted to get that degree? Get that promotion? Change jobs? This is the perfect time to get the education you never had the time for.

https://www.mybluprint.com/ Bluprint is offering free classes until April 9th. They offer a LOT of stuff!

You can learn or watch just about anything on youtube. One I find interesting is cake decorating. Or look for essential oils, car repair and maintenance, making soap, baking, drawing, cut your hair, sing, sew, make your own sourdough starter, solve a Rubik’s cube, play the piano, figure out or find cool things on your smart phone or tablet…

Start or join an online book club to discuss books. Your local library is a good resource.

Learn how to play cards. Then turn off the computer and play cards. https://bicyclecards.com/rules/   If you don’t find the card game you want, just type how to play _____ in the web address line (i.e., how to play canasta) and you’ll get a stack of results. (The Bicycle site will likely be first.)

Listen to online sermons or educational talks:

Take educational tours:

Your local PBS stations have oodles of educational and informative online resources for adults and kids.

Get moving! Find dance and/or exercise videos. On youtube, search dance exercise workout.

Some of our local shops are going online with tutorials to go with products they sell. For example, paint-and-take shops and other crafts.

E-mail all your best friends. E-mail people who are kinda friends.

I’m sure all of you are brimming with great, creative ideas. Please share them with us!

A Day of Fasting and Prayer

Following a prompt from sister Julie at https://juliedibblewrites.wordpress.com/, I will be fasting tomorrow from social media and (modified/conditional) food. I will have one pre-scheduled post up tomorrow morning, but otherwise my site will be still.

I will be spending extra time in prayer for our country, for our people, and for our world. I will be praying God’s guidance; that He will open the eyes and hearts of His people, that He will allow us to see Him, His Truth, and His glory; that we will fall on our faces in repentance to Him; that we will love Him and obey Him; and that He will heal our land.

Whoever will, please join us in uniting in His Spirit before the throne of our Almighty God.

Rejoice, Worship, and Praise Together!

Psalm 95

1 O come, let us sing unto the LORD: let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation.

2 Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto him with psalms.

3 For the LORD is a great God, and a great King above all gods.

4 In his hand are the deep places of the earth: the strength of the hills is his also.

5 The sea is his, and he made it: and his hands formed the dry land.

6 O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the LORD our maker.

7 For he is our God; and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand. To day if ye will hear his voice,

8 Harden not your heart, as in the provocation, and as in the day of temptation in the wilderness:

9 When your fathers tempted me, proved me, and saw my work.

10 Forty years long was I grieved with this generation, and said, It is a people that do err in their heart, and they have not known my ways:

11 Unto whom I sware in my wrath that they should not enter into my rest.

A Sad Place to Visit, and I Wouldn’t Want to Live There

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A wayward life, a ghastly past,

Sin in my heart, a life-long mask.

Stealing, lying, raping and killing,

All mournful deeds, wrenching and chilling.

 

Loss of a child, ripped from a heart,

Broken marriage, torn apart.

Abuse of a child, or partner or friend,

Fractured hearts, impossible to mend.

 

Now comes the Savior, He for to heal

Miracles flow, hearts to seal

With His blood cleansing, claiming His own

Gathering His children, bringing them home.

 

Caring and soothing, shaping and mending,

New place to live, no more pretending

To live in fear or doubt or unease;

Basking in joy and love and peace.

 

But what of those memories, those dark inner thoughts,

That keep intruding and cause such knots

Of turmoil and sadness and regrets of things past –

What to do with those burdens held fast?

 

Lay aside every weight, and the sin which ensnares,

Casting all care upon Him; because for you He cares.

Turn your mourning into dancing, praise Him always,

Obey Him unto the end of your days.

 

And of those dark recesses, those past mournful times,

Visit them sometimes, and use the eyes

That God has given, for you to perceive

That all things work for Him, to those who believe.

 

Use God’s perspective to view these past wrongs;

Turn your mournings into new songs.

There is now therefore no condemnation

Dance with His saints in communal celebration.

Missing You

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‘Tis bittersweet to miss loved ones

Too far to hug and hold dear;

Time or space betwixt us and them

When all we want is them near.

 

Prospects of meeting, or fond recollections

Of laughter our memories evoke,

Will bring to us faces of those we love

And emotions of times we last spoke.

 

Thoughts drift to you-and-me times,

Musings of faces in hands;

Memories of smiles and kisses

Or simply of holding hands.

 

Love is our bond that keeps us aglow

Love is the reason we cling.

Love is the light in our unveiled eyes

Love is this poem I bring.

Realio Trulio Spring!

We’ve had a long, hard winter in our neck of the woods. At last, spring is here! I rejoice!

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It’s Spring, realio and trulio!

We seek the blue sky, faces aglow.

Tiny buds with petals so coy,

Fresh breezes and rain our senses employ.

 

Oh, the joy, the ecstasy, the mind-freeing new birth!

The wonders peeking out from fresh and moist earth.

Gray skies and blue, clouds dark or white,

Paint us all over with God’s creative might.

 

Such magnificence leads me to bow in awe,

To dance with glee and shout, “Hurrah!”

And to praise Him in His might and grace,

And thank Him for this pleasant place.

 

Psalm 16.6 The lines are fallen unto me in pleasant places; yea, I have a goodly heritage.

Where are Your Oars? (Revisited)

Originally posted July 9, 2018

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We all travel the River of Life.

God controls the flow, the bends, the swirls and eddies, the calm and the rushing waters. He guides each boat with wisdom and love. Some boats must endure the whitewaters for a time: baggage may be lost overboard; passengers may look up, seeking faith; lives may be lost. Some boats float along in the still waters, enjoying the view, hanging out, or stuck, as it were, for a time before being carried away or steering away. God also provides assorted kinds of boats and oars, depending on the needs of its passenger.

We all bring into our boats varying kinds and amounts of packages. Some have disorganized baggage with odds and ends leaking out; some have neatly stacked and packed boxes.

Some who go through life with messy packages strewn about may never find their oars. They travel downstream uncontrolled, hanging onto their baggage tightly, or sometimes flinging it at others. They continue adrift, hanging onto the gunnels, crying out “Oh, this is happening to me!”

Others with messy boats begin the process of tidying up. They throw overboard those items that weigh them down; they organize their things as best they know how. They may eventually find their oars.

Those with neatly stacked boxes can come into their boats with knowledge of their oars and how to use them. Some of these will use that knowledge and steer their boats accordingly. Some, even with good teaching, will make a mess of their boats and misuse their oars.

What to do with those oars?

Some who find their oars never figure out how to use them. They whack other passersby with them, or splash about aimlessly. They may think oars are for holding out to others, and that others must provide for them.

God may open the eyes of some and bring wisdom and knowledge of the various uses of oars. J-strokes, back sweep, right draw, and using the oar as a rudder all provide methods of proper steering through the disparate waters. Oars may also be used to reach out to others in their boats, to draw alongside or hold onto.

We don’t travel alone down this River of Life. We bump into others, cross paths, join together, jostle, or commune with all those God sets in our ways. Sometimes we don’t get to go where we want to go. Sometimes we are brought into new and exciting channels. Sometimes we are called to come alongside others. We must remember to be gentle and kind, to use our oars to help, guide, and steer clear.

Give some thought to your oars, and what your path will be until you cascade into the great ocean of eternity.