I love fresh cut flowers. Any variety I will take them although my favorite is a rose. My husband surprised me with flowers for our date night, and they are blooming beautifully.
I typically change the water daily or every other day. I usually use the flower food that comes with the flowers first and then whatever I have in the cupboards.
The main thing you want to keep in mind is:
Sugar provides energy
Citric acid acts as an acidifier
Bleach prevents bacteria
Below are some of my combinations:
1/4 cup clear carbonated
beverage added to the vase, then fill the vase with water.
1 cup of hydrogen peroxide every time the water is changed
One part lemon-lime soda to 3 parts of water
2 tablespoons lemon juice, one tablespoon sugar, one-quarter teaspoon bleach in one vase of water.
2 tablespoons of white vinegar, two tablespoons of sugar to one vase of water.
1 part warm water, 1 part Sprite or 7UP plus 1 1/2 teaspoons of bleach.
So a couple of days ago I had a chance to put “some feet” on my memory verse.
It started out with me hinting to Rich that I was a tired. I was hoping I would get a pass to go to bed early, and he would put the girls to bed. Instead five minutes later he tells me, “now that you said you were tired I am tired” and proceeded to take a nap.
A bit frustrated I continue to put the girls to bed, looking forward to a much-needed soak in the tub.
Once the girls were all warm and cozy in their beds, I made a beeline for my sanctuary…my bathroom. I turned the hot water on full bore and proceeded to get my bubbles and music for and evening of relaxation and refreshment. Next thing I know I turn around and my tub is full of disgusting brown water. At this point, I do not even want to know.
So I proceed to my computer and connect my iPhone. I had recently gone to the library and checked out a CD Bible study by Linda Dillow called “Calm My Anxious Heart.” No better time than the present to start this timely study. So as my iPhone is syncing, I go to the kitchen to brew a cup of chamomile tea. Upon returning to my phone, I notice I have four apps on my phone. If you are not familiar with the iPhone, you can download all sorts of an application called “apps.” I had at least 50 ranging from password keeper, goals, to-dos, and years worth of recipes I had created. So my heart immediately plummeted when I saw all my apps reduced to four. I unhooked my phone and confirmed my fears…I had lost everything!!!!! Now the good thing is that my iTunes account had the apps themselves saved on my account. The bad thing is that all the data I had saved was lost.
All that was left for me to do was go to bed and pout. As I lay in bed and just chewed on my frustration and disappointment in the evening, I was reminded of the first verse in my memory verse this week.
“Rejoice in the Lord always, again I say rejoice.”
Although I did not feel like praising God, I began to sing his praises. Before I knew It I had totally forgotten about my minuscule irritants and began praying and interceding for Haiti and all the other hurting people in our world.
I learned that night that when we offer up a sacrifice of praise, we take the focus off ourselves and on our Lord and His purposes.
Nothing could be greater.
I remember as a child hearing my mom say these words and the fear of
God would hit me so quick I would re-think my last few words faster than you could say…” shut yo mouth.”
I think God is saying this same thing to his children every day.
The Bible tells us that that power of life and death is in our tongue. Jesus pleads with us to choose life…but so often we choose
the loose, easy words instead of the wise, faith-filled words of
People say you can look at someone’s checkbook and know what they value and what they spend their time doing. I think the same applies when you look at someone’s life. You can see what people are speaking into their lives.
Now let me be clear…I am not talking about this talk it and poof your
magic words appear. What I am saying is there is power in the
Word of God. What I am saying is that what comes out of our mouths has an effect on the life we live. If not in our physical world our mental and spiritual lives.
*Is your relationship with your spouse less than what you envisioned it would be.
Better yet less than what Gods word says it should be?
Yes everyone has issues in his or her relationship but are you complaining to everybody?
Alternatively, are you taking it to God in prayer and then
speaking his word over your marriage.
Is it your health??
Is it your finances??
Whatever the situation is, God is bigger, and He wants you to turn to
His word and speak it into your life.
This Thing Called Love
I think we have been sold a bag of goods…lies. Everywhere we turn we are
told love is this warm, fuzzy pleasant feeling. It makes you smile
and sing all day. We are made to believe love is something you can
fall into and just as easily fall out of. Love makes you gaze into one
another’s eye and finish each other’s sentences with a giggle.
Or how about the loving mom who after working a 10 hour day comes home
and effortlessly serves her husband and children with ease and grace.
In my short time here on this earth I find this sooooo far from reality.
There are a few things I have learned to be right about this thing called
1. Love is a choice
As a mom in this hurried life, it is difficult to love in many of the
situations I find myself in daily.
When I am tired and suffering in some way, when I am feeling heavy and
blah, it is difficult for me to extend love to those around me. This
is exactly when I have realized I need to make the choice to follow
thru on my commitment to love.
The kind of love Christ modeled for us was deliberate…a conscious choice
. Not so much a “feeling” but a conscious mental decision. The
most important part is the God we serve doesn’t ask is to do this on
our own, he comes along side us and waits for us to call on him for help.
With Christs love operating within us & coming alongside to assist us
we can consciously give love when we don’t “feel” like it, to serve when
we want to be served.
I am reminded of the last supper when Jesus is asked if He knew who
would betray him. In spite of Jesus knowing that Judas would betray
him, he still choose to serve Judas that night and wash his feet.
We must call on the God within us to help us love in all the ways He
has called us to.
Christ gave, served and died on the cross – ACTS of love – not fueled
by emotions and good feelings- but the concious choice to fulfil the
will of God.