Thursday, July 30, 2015

Reading The Fine Print

    Usually the fine print is found at the bottom of the page in very tiny almost illegible font. With the intent that most people wont even bother to read it at all. Then to make everything worse, the meaning is buried in rhetoric and most boring so that one really doesn't care to wade through.

    I did that with a weight loss herb one time. They were offering a free bottle if you only pay the shipping. Well, I didn't even see the fine print, much less read it. But the following month I found out what happens when you don't read the fine print.

    First off I noticed a charge of $80.00 on our debit card. when I called in to protest they assured me that I had enrolled in a monthly program and that I would receive one bottle of pills per month, that was obviously worth it's weight in Gold!

    They were hard to shake too. They kept offering me potential refunds and whatnot. I finally wrote a cancelation notice and changed our Debit Card number to get them off our back.

    I call that bad business.........

    But I have noticed a different kind of small print that we skim over all the time and we don't notice it or pay attention. It's found at the beginning of almost all of Paul's Epistles in the Bible. Starting at the very top of the page in regular size font and easy to understand if we pay attention and dare to believe it.

  Let's take a look........

  Romans 1: 6-7
 You are the called of Jesus Christ; beloved of God, called to be saints:
Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

 1 Cor 1, 2-9
 We are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all who in every place call on the name of Jesus Christ our Lord,
The grace of God is given to us by Jesus Christ.
We are enriched by Jesus who will also confirm us to the end, that we may be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

2 Corinthians 1
   Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulation,

Galatians 1:
 Grace to you and peace from God the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for our sins, that He might deliver us from this present evil age,

Ephesians 1
  Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Blessed be the  Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love, We are adopted by Jesus Christ to God, according to the good pleasure of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved. In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace which He made to abound toward us in all wisdom and prudence,

  Philippians 1
Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
 being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ; 
  the fruits of righteousness are by Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.

Colossians 1
  We are strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power,  the Father  has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light. 13 He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, 14 in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins.

1 Thessalonians 1
 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

2 Thessalonians
 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

 Jesus is our hope,

2 Timothy 
The promise of life is in Christ Jesus,

Hebrews 1
 God, has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom is the heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds;
 Jesus purged our sins by himself and sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high,

  Some of this is paraphrased. Most people say GRACE is unmerited favor or not getting what we deserve. I'm wondering if that could be better defined as MERCY?

Definition for Mercy:  Kindness toward the miserable and afflicted coupled with the desire to help them.

Definition for Grace: Divine influence on the heart and it's reflection in ones life. (in other words, God's power giving us the ability to do the right thing.)

Definition of Peace: The tranquil state of a soul assured of salvation through Christ and so fearing nothing from God and being content with our earthly lot of whatsoever sort it is.

  I hope you have enjoyed reading the fine print of the Bible and that in doing so it promotes faith in the power of Christ to cleanse our sin, purify our lives, give us the ability to do right and fill our hearts with the Peace that passes understanding.

  If you read further, beyond the fine print you will find that the Apostle Paul always reminded them of who Jesus is and who they are in Christ before he gave any instruction or correction.

  Is that what we are missing today?


Saturday, July 18, 2015

If You Wonder Where I've Gone

For those of you who visit here on occasion or just stumble in by accident, and you realize how little I have been posting here.......

I'm not giving up on this blog. I will be back now and then and here and there, But right now my Mom has Dementia and I am occupied with helping with her care.

I am writing a blog about her Dementia on a regular basis. If you know someone with Dementia I can be found here.....

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 New site to sell goods

    I want to introduce you to an eBay alternative. is a sister site to Homeschool Classifieds where they have sold strictly Homeschool related materials for a long time. They have now branched out with a new site to sell goods and services.

   The first 100 listings are free. They have paid memberships with 200 listings per year at 10.00 or 300 listings for 20.00. Take one listing down and replace it with another.

  I believe this will be a really great place to buy and sell once the word gets out. You can check out my listings periodically if you like. I have Christian inspirational reading available at great prices.My seller ID is Raindropsonroses.

  This is not an auction site. You contact the seller by email if you want to buy an item, or if you are selling, the buyer contacts you via email.
Spring is here! Take the opportunity to sell those extra items.......or maybe you need something different to make your house special.......

Check out


Thursday, March 5, 2015

Faux Fireplace inspired by Pinterest

     I know I haven't been in here in way too long. I wasn't to sure on which page to post this, but I plan to totally revamp my blog anyway soon. So I decided to just go ahead and put it in here for now.

     Here's my story. Many years ago, in the big woods of Wisconsin.....because it gets very cold in the winter.....we thought we would be really smart and outwit the cold by installing a nice pellet/corn Stove. That was our first mistake. It was a Country Flame. Run by computer...bad mistake. I can't tell you how many times Steve moaned over the fact that this machine didn't come with just a plain old on/ off switch instead of a touchy techy computer! Oh, Please! He called it The Country Blame. It worked exactly half the time.

Country Flame  The Country Blame

   After 3 or 4 winters of seeing it sit worthless in my living room. I got this great idea. I wondered.....was there a way to make a false fireplace, just for looks? That's where Pinterest came in. Oh, what a lovely place is Pinterest! The place where I pin things that I think would be great to do someday and then I never do them. But this time was different.

   It took me about an hour to convince Steve that this was a great idea.  But he did it. I think the reason he did was because I threatened to do it myself and he was afraid of what it would look like. But he is a master at building and so he pleased me ever so much when he came inside with a very nice looking corner fireplace. I painted it Black. (forgot to take pictures) But the old corn stove went OUT. My reasoning was that its not heating our house anyway, I might as well have something there that I like.

  I learned from Pinterest that you can make a faux fire with logs and Christmas lights. I wasn't completely satisfied with the look, So I searched some more and came up with another solution. A fireplace Screen to hide the fact that there really isn't a real fire in there. So here are the pics of the process.

                                          My faux Fireplace, after I made the fireplace screen.


      This was a frame around a mirror that my dau-in-law just gave me recently. It was a perfect size. We sanded it and painted it using a satin Black Acrylic Paint.

The rest of the materials were an easy fix too. Twigs from the yard and cardboard leaves from a cereal box. I planned to spray paint the leaves and twigs but the shiny side of the cereal box didn't hold paint. So we (me and my kids) ended up painting them with a brush using the same paint that we used for the frame.

                                                            My twigs and "leaves".

                                                   Twigs and leaves before we painted them.

                                        I cut 6 of the twigs to fit and hot glued them with a glue gun.


                                                        I hot glued the leaves on too.

 Here it is. Mostly done. I still need to get my hands on some screen. I considered using Black lace fabric, but it just didn't look right. So for now it doesn't have any. I am hoping to find an electric log with the crackling fire sound, but until then my Christmas lights will have to do the job on their own.

I don't know what the plywood cost that Steve used to build the "fireplace" I am assuming they were scraps he had laying around from some other project. Every thing I used was free stuff I had available here at home. So my cost for this project was next to nothing. It looks good for now. Steve is planning to find a gas parlor stove to put here before next winter.

And here is the sweet Grandson that is coming on Saturday to find out if the thing is actually child proof. What do you think my chances are?