Monday, February 27, 2017

Memory Verse Challenge

This month I had a challenge to memorize and meditate on a Bible verse. My husband and I both learned it.

It is Psalm 27:1 "The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?"

To me, this is a special verse, because God is the light that leads me to my salvation through Him. He then leads me each day and gives me strength to take one step at a time throughout my life until I meet Him. With that guidance and assurance there is nothing I should fear!

Here it is with a photo I put it on.
The body of water is Banks Lake close to Valdosta, Georgia.

I joined a special group of people and we have decided to memorize a new verse of the Bible each month. Click on the above link to join it!

Friday, February 10, 2017

Christian Ladies' Network

I am a member of a Christian Ladies' Network. Working together by praying for and encouraging each other in our daily walks for the Master.

This week we started a challenge for memorizing a verse each month. I needed that so I joined.

Here is a link to the site if you want to join it.
Christian Ladies Network Bible Memory Challenge

Friday, January 20, 2017

Christmas trims are gone

Well, the Christmas items are put away. Today is January 20. Only about a month past Christmas day! I started decorating for the holidays the day after Thanksgiving. But before I could get it done, I became sick. I was so sick, I could not enjoy the special time of year that I enjoy so much. Then, while I was still recuperating, I decided that maybe I'd just leave everything up until after next Christmas, then I would not have to worry about my sickness to interfere.

But, alas, I could not stand the clutter. Since I have felt so good the past week or so, I took advantage of this summer-like day to organize the items so maybe it will be a quicker job done next year. And, maybe I will do it earlier since I seem to get sick in November.  September or October would be nice!
And, of course, I hope we can all keep the Christmas spirit in our hearts all year long.

Christmas trims are gone

Carols still sing in my heart

Hope it lasts all year

By BJA December 2014

Everyday Is Christmas

 Everyday is Christmas

Because of Jesus’ birth.

Joy stirred many hearts

When He came to earth.

Everyday is Christmas

For salvation He brings.

The love He shares

Makes our hearts sing.

 Everyday is Christmas

If we really care

For others around us and

The good news share.

Everyday is Christmas

With Jesus in our heart.

Having sweet fellowship

Only He can impart.

Everyday is Christmas

Let the whole world know.

By living our lives

So He will show.

By Belinda Jo Adams 12/ 1993

Monday, December 19, 2016

I have not written a Christmas newsletter for several years. Thought I'd again give it a try.

I am sitting here enjoying a piece of pecan pie and a cup of coffee. Keep in mind, that I drink my coffee very weak. (I mean 1/10 coffee to 9/10 hot water) And the pie, I am only eating the filling because I am wheat free, so no crust. But, yes, I am enjoying it my way! Remember the song, "I did it my way!"
OK, This seemed to be the year of 30s. Now, see if I can remember them all. In January, I decided to come off Facebook for 31 days. I did it! Then Feb 21, I started a 30-day detox. My cousin wrote the book (The 30-Day Faith Detox by Laura Harris Smith) that I went by, so party it was to support her and Rachael had done it already, so for 2 reasons, I gave it a try. The short version, this is where I discovered I was allergic to wheat. I realized I was coughing less so told Steve that I would keep avoiding it and see. I do not cough as much. Yes, I do still cough (everyone does) but not near as much as I used to. Yea!
The next 30 was our vacation to Maine (to visit his Dad) and the New England area. It really did not last the 30 days because Steve got sick with a cold (yes, Steve this time!) and we had to cut it short and head home. But, we got to see several of the houses, etc that Steve's gggggggg grandfathers' families built and towns they lived in.

I know there were a couple more occasions that I thought 'another 30' but right now I can't remember them. So, for the last one. I closed out the year with bronchitis for a month (but coughing a whole lot less!), getting well just in time to enjoy the last week before Christmas.  I have had a very hard time getting in the spirit of Christmas this year, almost a ba-humbug attitude. Thus, the late Christmas letter. Don't worry, I still love Christmas and Jesus Christ!
Back in time to the spring, I worked on my Georgia book for about 9 months and had it published in the spring. Satilla Secrets is set in SE Georgia, starting with the Indian wars in the 1800s and ending when Blackshear became a town. The novel is about an imaginary family based on ones in this area at that time. Since I had researched my ancestors in this area, I gave them 'cameo' appearances throughout the book. It includes a timeline of this area at that time, also. I also put into publication 3 devotional books and re-did all my old novels with new covers and lower prices.

Well, I did it. Another newsletter. We do wish you a very merry Christmas and a wonderful new year!

"For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord." Luke 2:11

Monday, October 31, 2016

Summer work

During the summer, I have been revising-redesigning my books, working on new ones and reviving my web page. I almost have it all done. THEN!, I plan to take a break and rest some.

Here is what my new business card looks like. There is more information on the real one, but for the web, I revised it to this. My web page is

Monday, March 28, 2016

I decided to take the challenge Feb 21. I had checked my calendar and saw that I had 4 weeks until my family reunion, so it would just fit and the reunion would be my celebration. But, after  week, I realized that I had looked at my computer-print off calendar wrong and I only had 3 weeks. I thought about condensing it, but I really was enjoying it, so went right on through the reunion!
My husband started it with me, but he was tired from other responsibilities and I let him off the hook after day 3, though he wanted to support me through it. However, being the eating style was mostly how we eat anyway, I could work it in with most of our meals.  =   The 30-Day Faith Detox: Renew Your Mind, Cleanse Your Body, Heal Your Spirit

My Reflections on the detox.
Day 31

I have finished with the 30 day detox. Well, I actually did the 30 days in 28 because of combining 3 days into 2, twice (long story)

I enjoyed reading the devotions and learning from them, helping me to see things in my life more clearly. I hope to use them in my own life and if the Lord leads, to share with others in need.

I can’t believe I have not had for 30 days:

Ranch dressing (though I had been using it mixed with olive oil.)

Bottled water (though I only use if for convenience when out and about)

No water from other sources (ie. Church, other homes, etc.) I remembered to use our filtered water out and about.

Sugar (though I hardly ever eat it, I realized I do consume it more than I thought)

No beef or pork (the doctor had told me to cut back, a couple weeks before I started the detox) Well, I must confess, I did have a bite of roasted pork at my family reunion, because Steve wanted me to see how good it tasted … and it did!)

We only had chicken and fish a few times as a treat. Mostly veggies and fruit.

 No chocolate for the first week.

Hardly any caffeine. I already had healthy green tea (lots of it) with a little caffeine and did not want to go spend more money for more tea.

No sour cream and cottage cheese (again, already doctor’s orders)

Wheat. I miss my bowl of Raisin Bran (my home made mix of cereals, not the Post or Kellogg’s that I ate for so many years) several times a week.

 Hardly any microwave use. I had stopped using it about 6 years ago and did not for 3 years. But, then I started using it now and then for convenience in re-heating my coffee. But, I do not use it to cook.

I did not indulge in the treats at a bridal shower or 2 family reunion events or 2 church meals or out with Mama.

 OK, now for what I did enjoy.

Several new smoothie recipes. I can’t believe all the various delicious smoothies in the book! Along with all the other recipes for vegetables! I had a hard time eating as much as Laura suggested. In fact, I did not eat that much, for I couldn’t.

I enjoyed socializing with the facebook group and learning from them.

I drink a lot of water anyway, but this time I counted the glasses, making sure I got 9 of them. I ended up placing 9 shiny pennies on my window sill, and moving them over to the other side one by one during the day.

I did stretch and walk, as normal.

I enjoyed the Epson salt baths and plan to continue them now and then. My skin feels so good.

I enjoyed trying to give God a tithe of my time.

How I feel: I do feel somewhat better, more relaxed. I am not coughing as much, even though it is tree-pollen season. Could it be the no-wheat?

 Before the detox, I was on medication for indigestion for 2 years. Just before the detox, I had read how the meds were not good for people. So, I decided to wean myself off them. Being I discovered ginger and mint tea, that helped.

I am off them for now and will try to take care of it naturally. (Which I was doing before, but did not work as to why I started taking the meds.) But, I will try again.

Also, I had a pain in my chest for which the doctor told me to do deep breathing exercises for 6 months and come back. (We had already checked my for heart, etc) But, then I read about the meds, that that was a side effect. So, another reason to stay off them.

 [Update about 2 weeks later: I had to go back on the meds for I hurt much, but will try again. I do not want to take them!]

 I did not lose any weight or inches, which disappointed me. I have been working on losing 20 pounds for about 20 years. I can lose the first 10, but the second will not go away, no matter what I do. I was excited about maybe being able to say I had lost it or at least 5 of it, but I now think this must be where God wants me and I plan to be content in it.

What my now goals are:

 Keep drinking filtered water as much as possible.

 Keep off wheat and most sugar as much as possible.

 Keep enjoying the smoothies as afternoon snacks and go back to my own smoothies for breakfast.

Keep walking and stretching as for my normal doing so.

 Go back to my 8 hours of sleep and not worry about getting 9, which is what we mostly did this month, anyway.

Thank Laura!!

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

My Favorite Bible Chapter

John 17

Whenever I am reading through the Bible, and finish John chapter 16, I cannot go on until I read chapter 17! Then, the next day, I start with chapter 17! And in that chapter is my favorite verse! Verse 20!
This chapter, I have titled as 'The Real Lord's Prayer'. Why? Because the one we usually pray ... Our Father which art in Heaven ... (Matthew 6:9-13) is the one Jesus used to teach us how to pray. In John 17, Jesus IS praying to his Father in Heaven and praying for all the people who believe on his name. I am so glad Jesus included me!

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Beauty Among Ashes

Isaiah 61:3  To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified.

This area of our property is my husband's burn pile. It is where he burns all the tree trimmings we are continually coming up with being we have many trees and shrubs. Well, not as many as we could have being we do not have green thumbs and have about a 50% rate of success. Anyway, he had not had anything to burn for a couple months and the weeds grew. And the petunias grew. And it is pretty in itself. Then, one day on my walk, I saw this butterfly feasting.
It made me think about how sometimes in our lives we seem to be going through a rough place and it seems like we are not 'producing' anything for God, but then we look back and see where we did have growth and others even were blessed by one or the other of our actions as we kept ourselves close to Him and served in our own quiet way through whatever heartache or problem we were having.
It is nice to know that though we may not seem as close to God sometimes, He is always close to us!

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

I am slowly coming to realize that I need to make sure I don't text, message, fb
message or even post on fb except from 9 am to 9pm. Just like when in the old days
when I did not (and still don't) call anyone on a house phone except between those 
With people living with their phones / tablet / computers, etc 24-7, I keep
disturbing people. Sorry if you are one of those people. I don't mean to, I just
don't realize people keep their cell phone etc on and by their side ALL the time.
I guess I just figure when I send something, people will get it the next time it is
convenient for them to receive messages. Like in the olden days when people checked
their email once or twice a day. But, that's not for today's world, I guess.
BTW, if you are waiting for me to reply right back to a message from you, have
patience, because I don't keep mine right with me 24-7. I guess I am just still a
little old fashioned. And if it is that important you can call me and speak in real
time! But, not at night, because I have mine set on private for night time so I can rest.

Wow, I can't believe I have not posted anything since February! I have thought of many things, ... just not got around to posting them.

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Thursday, February 26, 2015

What to do with the Turkey Carcass .... before you toss it!

For the 2 past Thanksgivings, we have not got to enjoy the meal. #1 for being sick this past year or #2 Steve's mom sick the year before. Also, though we enjoy finally being with family on the holiday, we missed preparing our own meal. So, Dec we bought a turkey ,,,, and just now found a good day to have it so ... Happy Thanksgiving in Feb..

For those who do not eat meat because of the 'junk' they put in it now, we did buy a 'healthy' one. :)

After I cleaned up all the left overs and got several containers in the freezer for later meals, I cooked down the bones and came up with 2 more quarts of meat and some in the crock pot for supper!
Making turkey and rice soup.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Elvis Smoothie

Good morning! No, I am not an Elvis fan!

My husband and I have been drinking fruit smoothies for about a month. We have one for breakfast and supper. I am concerned with getting TOO much fruit (carbs - sugar) So, I have tried, this week, doing a protein one for breakfast.

This morning, I was craving Elvis toast for breakfast. If you don't know what that is, they say he liked banana and peanut butter on toast. I did not know that and I made toast like that for a friend once and she exclaimed, "Oh, Elvis toast!" When I make mine, I include honey and cinnamon.

I started with 1 cup of milk, added our 'the mix'*, then a half a banana, 1 t. peanut butter, cinnamon, and honey. Blended it and it was yummy!

* - the mix = uncooked oatmeal, nuts, cinnamon

Friday, December 19, 2014

I tried to say Merry Christmas to each of you individually, but I kept getting this message:
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Merry Christmas to you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! God bless each and every one of you!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Christmas Acrostic by Belinda Jo Adams  written12-18-03

C = Christ - Of course, the most obvious and important, is Christ.
Isaiah 9:6  For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be
upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The
everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
Luke 2:11  For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the
H = home - most people want to be home for Christmas;  to be with family and old
acquaintances, which is a nice place to be. But, others cannot and the people around them
become their family at that time.
Proverbs 27:20 ... better is a neighbour that is near than a brother far off.
R = ringing of the bells. The ringing of bells have been a proclamation through the years of
important events. Some villages used to ring them, and may still do, for births, marriages and
deaths of the people in their village. There are only 3 verses in the Bible that mention bells.
Two have to do with the priests robes and the other is on a horse, I assume, at end times.
Exodus 39:26  A bell and a pomegranate, a bell and a pomegranate, round about the hem of
the robe to minister in; as the LORD commanded Moses.
I = icicles = and all the other things that sparkle at Christmas to remind us of the faithfulness
of God. Like; streetlights reflecting off the snow, lights on trees, glow of children's eyes God
wants us to enjoy His creation.
James 1:17  Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the
Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.
S = star Most people either put a star or an angel at the top of their Christmas tree. Both were
important emblems of the first Christmas night.
Matthew 2:10  When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy.
T = tree . Much controversy among Christians surrounds the displaying of a Christmas tree.
And the controversy seems to change over the years as to whether it is right or wrong. But,
whether right or wrong, Christmas trees are beautiful and, as anything else, can either be
used to remind us of the true Christmas or hide that reminder when we are more involved in
getting and giving. Jesus gave His life for us and was hung on a tree ... or cross.
Acts 5:30  The God of our fathers raised up Jesus, whom ye slew and hanged on a tree.
M = Manger Scene When I was in the junior high school, there was a church in our town that
had a full sized manger scene that they put up each year. I was always amazed at it. I hope
they don't ever erase that action from our society.
Luke 2:12  And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling
clothes, lying in a manger.
A = angels. The angels at Jesus birth sang hallelujah and announced the birth the Saviour
Luke 3:13,14 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising
God, and saying,  Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.
And because of Christ's coming and then later giving His life for us, there is joy in Heaven at
the time of each person's acceptance of that gift.
Luke 15:10  Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one
sinner that repenteth.
S = silent night. Silent Night, Holy Night was written in the 1800's by a priest who needed a
song for his congregation to sing because their organ was broken and they could not sing their
regular carols. He wrote it and another priest wrote the music. The congregation sang it that
Christmas with the use of a guitar. They only planned for the song to be for them at their own
church. But, through time, it has become one of the most favorite Christmas carols. I heard
the other day, that it could not have been a silent night, though, with all those angels singing
their hallelujahs!

Thursday, October 30, 2014

I was talking on the phone to a friend today. She is younger than I am, about the same age as my daughters. I mentioned that zip codes started when I was 12 years old. She was surprised thinking they had been that way all along.

 It reminded me of how young people (probably me too, for older people) think the way something is done is the same way it has been done all the time. Below is an article I wrote a few years back. I have had many more experiences since I wrote this article, but try to shrug them off and go on with life!

A Senile Old Person

 Don’t look at me like I have lost my marbles or am a senile old person just because I say a certain word or do an action different than you do. As time goes on and new words appear in our dictionaries to replace others and as new mannerisms are introduced, young people seem to think theirs is the only way something is said … or done.

My first experience with this issue was when we had an Atari computer. When it was several years old, we needed a part for it. I went to a store and asked for the item. The young lady stared at me as if I had come from outer space. Apparently, she had never heard of Atari.

Later, I wanted a birthstone ring. My birthstone has always been topaz – a pretty orange-yellow stone with flecks of brown. Now, mine is called citron and is yellow. It is not nearly as pretty. When I started looking for a ring, I was surprised. Clerks in stores though I was crazy when I would tell them that topaz is not blue. It had been as long as they had known. But, for the past forty years that I have known it was orange-yellow stone with flecks of brown! I assume topaz was also blue, but now they have reorganized the stones for the months. I thought monthly birthstones was something that was set in stone!

The same thing happens in other areas of life. I am a sign language teacher / interpreter. I have been signing for thirty years. I have lived in several different states and had to re-learn several signs for each state. I decided to go to a college class. Other students were taking the class and just learning sign language for the first time. Occasionally I would sign a wrong sign because it was one I had known from another state. They would look at me as if I was stupid and they knew it all.

Now, I wonder if through the years, I did the same thing as older people said or did certain things that I thought were odd. But, at least I had been taught not to be disrespectful to older people and accepted what they said. Today, there seems to be a lack of tolerance among the next generation their elders.

~ end ~

By Belinda Jo Adams
😊 a little history for you.
 -- you can read more of the articles at their sites. 
ZIP CODES - By 1963,  The Post Office Department came up with a plan to speed handling and delivery of letter mail. Zip codes went into effect on July 1, 1963. ZIP stands for Zone Improvement Plan.

Idea of Daylight Saving Time
The idea of daylight saving was first conceived by Benjamin Franklin during his time as an American delegate in Paris in 1784."

(There were more steps leading up to this, but this is what I found….)
During the 1973 oil embargo by the Organization of Arab Petroleum Exporting Countries (OAPEC), in an effort to conserve fuel Congress enacted a trial period of year-round DST (P.L. 93-182), beginning January 6, 1974, and ending April 27, 1975.

In 1986 Congress enacted P.L. 99-359, changing the beginning of DST to the first Sunday in April and having it end the last Sunday in October.] These start and end dates were in effect from 1987 to 2006. The time change was made at 2:00 a.m. local time (or before we go to bed at night!).

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Thursday, October 9, 2014

When we lived in Alaska, I went through our belongings and anything that I did not want to look at again for a while, I put in plastic tubs ad wrote OAR  on the tubs. That meant 'Open After Retirement'. I had several of those boxes. We retired in 2009 and moved here. However, with building and setting up our yards, etc ... Life in general, I did not go through them until this year 2014. Hey, but that is still 'after retirement, right?!'
Now they have been gone through and changed to ATTIC boxes. However, there is only one large and one small one and a suitcase. Some of the items I decided to display and some went in the trash, shredded, etc.

One thing I did while going through them was to take 7 plastic coffee cans to put items in for my daughters and grandchildren. I wrote their names on them and as I came across items I thought they may be interested in, I put them in those cans. That way, one day, whether at my death or cleaning out again, they can take the cans and go through them for special items ... or toss them in the trash. :) Their choice, but with that idea, I think I will wait until I die... hehehe.

It was neat seeing cards we had saved from family and friends during the years. Some of those are gone now, but I got to enjoy them one more time. Some are still here for me to see again at another time of reminiscing.

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Sunday, September 7, 2014

September Butterfly

I was at my mother's house the other day. While we talked I watched this butterfly flutter around her bottlebrush plant. Finally, I said I wanted to go see if I could get some good photos. Usually, they don't turn out this well, but this time they did. I got a couple photos and movies.