Monday, April 24, 2017

Liver/Onions and Dark Chocolate

  Good morning! Hope that you are doing well, have started your day with prayer and that you are preparing for a rip-roaring day of good works for the Lord! Woo-hoo! I am excited, so excited! About what, life in general. 
     You might be figuring, now what in the world has her so excited? "Did she win the lottery? Did she get finally get a book contract, what?" The answer to both of the questions posed above is, "Nope." I did not get a book contract nor did I win the lottery. (cackle, cackle tee hee) I don't play the lottery, so that is never likely to happen. The book contract will happen when and if it is the Lord’s will. Here is what has me so excited!
     Liver and dark chocolate. Ha ha, Most of your reaction to the liver is what my students’ reactions used to be when I gave my healthy menu, “Yuck!” They did not like liver, either and when I mentioned onions they only grunted. But by the end of the year, they were excited instead of being bothered by the mention of liver and onions. They knew that this meant that they would be doing expounded definitions which were an automatic 100 if they put the definitions into their own words and made an application to life, today. It took some thinking, on their parts, at first to get their brains ready to do that level of deep thinking and it took perseverance to stick with it so that they could see the good that the exercise of writing expounded definitions did for their physical and intellectual bodies, which, in turn, helped to build their self-concepts.
·      Physical benefits: builds brain cell or dendrites
·      Intellectual benefits: expands the ability to think deeper into things not concrete
·      Self-esteem benefits: improves self-worth because of one being more competent

In like manner problematic situations and trials, tribulations (storms), etc. benefit one’s spiritual body because it forces one to exercise spiritual tenets (tentacles) such as searching the scriptures and praying.
·      Spiritual benefits: builds knowledge of the scriptures and develops stronger prayer habits
·      Faith benefits: builds a stronger faith.

Still don’t see why I was so exuberant at the beginning of this blogging session?
Here it is; dark chocolate, which I loathe, is actually good for me! Liver which I used to loathe, is good for me. Just like my mother told me that liver was good for me and I found out that it is, dark chocolate, I have been told by medical authorities is good for me, too. My point? Even when things are tough and don’t taste good to us and don’t feel good to us in life, they may actually be for our own good. That brings back one of my favorite scriptures, Romans 8:28, “All things work together for good for those that love the Lord.” As I told you before everything will not be good while it is going down (happening) but it will serve to benefit me in the long run, whether dark chocolate, liver or life!
That means to me that it is all good. I just have to eat my liver and my dark chocolate because great will be the benefit/reward for doing so!
     You see what I just did, all of that from dark cholate and liver. How sweet He is! Umph, umph, umph! Who would have thought…dark chocolate and liver!

Doing What I Can, While I Can Because I Care,
Alma L. Liver n Onions/Dark Chocolate Eating Jones



Sunday, April 23, 2017

Worthy

Good morning, precious! Yep, that means you, too. Why do I call you precious and do not know you personally to ascertain the type of character that you represent? Easy! You belong to God by reason of creation + He loves me + I love Him + to love Him I must love you ='s you are precious! That was mathematically simple, was it not? (smile) BYDWP and then have your morning coffee.
     When I get to the worship service this morning, I am going to sing loudly as I give my Father thanks for His goodness to me. If I sing with the joy and hope that is welling up inside of me, maybe it will bubble over and in like manner, a contagion of joy will sweep through the souls gathered there. He is worthy to be praised!
     If I knew how to do a voice clip of my singing without the video, I would put it here for you, today. There probably is a simple way to do it, I just don't know how. Probably something to do with a wave file or something of that sort. That, at any rate, is a word that I have heard bandied about when voice clippings were being discussed. Nope, that is as far as my knowledge goes on that subject. (tee hee) But, here's something much better than my singing. Hope you enjoy...






Doing What I Can, While I Can Because I Care,
Alma L. Stepping On Jones




Saturday, April 22, 2017

To Be Able to Say, "I'm Blessed"

Good morning to each of you. It is a blessing to be able to acknowledge the love that we have for the Lord without fear of persecution. Not every person can worship freely.  If you have freedom to worship, you are blessed. If you got up from your bed this morning, you are blessed, if you have a bed to arise from, you are blessed, food to eat - blessed. In short, if you still breathe life, you are blessed. So do what I always remind you to do, "Begin your day with prayer." And don't forget to pray for:

  • forgiveness of your sin
  • the presence of the  GODHEAD (by giving thanks for )
  •  yourself
  • your preacher or clergyman
  • safety of children everywhere
  • world peace
  • God's believers the world over
You can tailor your prayer to fit your needs, but by all means, pray. Here is a poem in keeping with the topic for today:

A poem of praise to the GODHEAD
From a little speck of dust
In YOU, I put all of my trust
To prosper and protect me
Wherever I am lead.

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Whew! It took me forever, it seems, to get this personal Bible bookmark of mine transferred to this blog! I wanted to share it with you and yes, you can see that it is a bit dog-eared from my handling it over the years. (smile)This is all one bookmark. I think that I'll have some professionally done to hand out at book signings and speaking engagements. Of course, the paper will be green! (tee hee)

For Pondering
  1. What does this bookmark have to do with the subject of the blog today? Anything?

Friday, April 21, 2017

I Love You

      Good morning to each of you. Have you told Him, "Thank You," today? Please do remember to start your day with prayer. (BYDWP) Don't forget to ask for forgiveness of sins. Never feel that you are unworthy to approach His throne. He is faithful, loving and patient. In your prayer always pray for your faith to grow stronger.
     Do you like to be told by someone that they love you? Uhm Hmm-m, I know that you do. Well, think on this for me. You know that we are made in His image, don't you?  Sure you do. Do you get angry sometimes? Sure you do and so does He. Yep, you guessed where I am going with this today. Tell Him that you love Him. BUT when you tell Him, you have to show Him that you mean what you say. That means loving your fellowman. Yes, that does include those that are always negative, faultfinding, and those that are abusers of themselves and of others. Include those people in your prayers, too. They need your prayers.
     Did you tell Him that you loved Him, yet? Ipe! Ipe! Ipe! None of that, now. YOU LIKE TO HEAR IT EVENTHOUGH YOU KNOW THAT SOMEONE LOVES YOU. OUR FATHER HAS EMOTIONS, AS WELL. TELL HIM THAT YOU LOVE HIM AND WATCH YOURSELF BE DRAWN CLOSER TO HIM. Say what? Yes, you did know that He has emotions. He is a jealous God (Exodus 20:4-5 Don't give to another what belongs to Him). He gets angry (1 Kings 14:9). He gets joy(He delights - Jeremiah 9:24). He laughs (Psalm 2:4).
So, say it with me, "I LOVE YOU, FATHER!" Now, you go ahead and have yourself a good day, you here? Be blessed, precious one.

Doing What I  Can, While I Can Because I Love Him,
Alma L. Stepping On Jones

Don't forget to pray for world peace and for the safety of children everywhere.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

A Work in Progress

Good morning to you!  Whew! I solicit your prayers as I am putting the finishing touches on my latest book, Chopping My Row. It is the longest prose work that I have ever done and, God be thanked, it is almost finished! After I finish this one, if the Lord wills, the next one that I will tackle should be a piece of cake for me. Why, because it is a simple compilation of my blog for the past six years or so. After that, again if the Lord wills, I will publish the rest of my poems that have yet to see the light of day. (tee hee) There are quite a few, let me tell you.
     I still have several other unfinished books that are like me, "A work in progress." (tee hee) I am still being "Refined by my Father and when He gets finished with me, I shall come forth as pure gold." In the meantime, I will keep doing whatever it is that my hands find to do for His glory to include finishing my books. In that vein, I do have three more speaking engagements lined up and I will let you know more about them as the time nears.
     Even though I am still a work in progress, God lets me work for Him because He knows how badly I want to. I offer Him a thankful prayer for His using me for His glory and allowing me to tell my story. Like a sister of mine says often, "I want to wear out, not rust out." Be blessed y'all and BYDWP.

Doing What I Can, While I Can Because I Care,
Alma L. Stepping On Jones

I do want to extend grateful thanks to the group of ladies who requested that I do this book, Chopping My Row. It has been and is still proving to be a blessing to me and I hope that it will be to others.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Another Deadline

I am racing to reach another self-imposed deadline. I hear other writers talk about their agents and how many books they have published, etc. and I wonder if my turn will ever come. You know, the time when I will have an agent and am racing to reach a given deadline, the time when I will have arrived! Then I stop that thought in its tracks. I remind myself that the work that I do, I'm not doing for fortune nor fame, I do for His glory to bring honor to His name and that as long as I do what He requires of me, that is good enough. If success comes through my writing, then great, if not, so be it. As long as I can write something that eases somebody's pain, trouble; gives encouragement to the person that has almost given up, gladdens some heavy heart, etc. then my working on the chopping of my row is not futile.
     So, if you ever start to think along the same vein that I mentioned above, stop yourself in your tracks just like I did and remember that it is not all about you but about your doing His will and then you, my friend, step on.
Let us remember that 
We work for a greater reward 
Than what this world can supply
We await the reward that we will
Be given in that sweet by and by.

Doing What I Can, While I Can Because I Care,
Alma L. Stepping On Jones

Blog P.S. -Remember, it is okay to have concerns about the quality of your work for a moment, as I have shown you, don't let it last.  I told you about my being so over the moon because I wanted to show you that I have cares and concerns, too. BUT, I rise above all of that in my efforts to perform the task that He has assigned me to do.  I wanted you to 
  1. know that, though I was so over the moon about the reviews that I got the other day, that is not always the case
  2. and secondly, wanted you to understand that you are not by yourself if you have felt like this with regards to the quality of the work that you are trying to do for the Lord. 
  3. wanted you to know that we don't know which generation in the future may be encouraged by words that we have written, precepts that we have taught, in short, influenced by the legacy that was ours to leave as we strove to please God as we strove to achieve.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Still Up

Hello, my faithful blog readers! I reposted the poem from Saturday so that you can have it as a reference as I answer the questions that I posed to you on it. Then I will tie question three in with the title of our blog for today and give you a couple of tidbits to boot that have made my week. 
     The theme of the poem is coincidence and, tying in question two, the fact of its not being just a happenstance, but a meant to occurrence along your life path. I feel so strongly about this that I boldfaced it and underlined it. The message tied to the theme is that we need to come together to pray for world peace and for the safety of all the children of the world. Childhood ought to be a carefree time, not a drudgery. Working and learning to prosper is fine as well as learning a trade early, but joy should be incorporated into it as well. My main point is that there should be no exploitation of children, whether it is chemical weapons bombs, sex trafficking or what-have-you. it should not be and as a child advocate, I'm raising my voice and my prayers in opposition to it.
     I added the last line to the poem on Saturday so that I could address what quite a bit of the world looks upon as Easter, the day that the Lord arose from the tomb. No matter the particular day, the fact remains that He did get up and has been up evermore. In other words, He is still up. That is a victory that most of the world celebrates. 

Blog for Monday from the Poem: 
     Remember that I am always saying to look for a blessing during and after your storm? I like to say that if it comes during your storm, it is a care package from the Lord, to help to sustain you. Remember that I told you that He sees when our faith is faith is getting weak because we have become worn out from battling the storm for so long, well I like to think that when I get a blessing in my storm or right after my storm it serves two purposes: 
  1. to show me that I am not alone and to encourage me to keep struggling during my storm because it will not last always (in other words to keep me encouraged and my faith strong)
  2. to give me a reward for maintaining my faith, even if it has lessened to the size of a mustard seed.
Because He is still up, He is still in the care package business. Yesterday, I received a care package. It was not a huge one in your eyes, but to me it was! it was precious because anytime I get a care package from the Lord, I feel especially cherished. Sort of like I imagine a lot of children feel on their birthdays, you know? Well, yesterday I went on Amazon.com to check on a project of mine and saw, not one but two, new reviews! Folks, that is huge. It is fairly difficult to get people to write reviews. and I had received two! Here is what they said:
 A very touching collection of poems. The one on ... April 15, 2017
A very touching collection of poems. The one on pages 16-17 (The Word, Momma) helped me to heal after my mother's death. Such an inspirational writer!!!
2. 
 Beautiful poetry that lifts the spirit and inspires April 15, 2017
Beautiful poetry that lifts the spirit and inspires! Met her at a bok signing, and she is SUCH a talented writer, speaker, and singer. Her books stay on my nightstand for frequent reading.

Oh, no it is not a mystery
That you ended up reading
A blog that was written by me.

It is no coincidence that
You ended up following
My blog because of something
Of mine that you once read
"It was meant to be" is all 
That can be said.

You see, I believe that you
And the other blog readers of mine
Were brought together for 
This particular time
To send up universal prayers
For the peace of the world
And for the children of mankind.

So, don't forget blog reader of mine
The day and hour is always right
For collective prayer time
To our risen Savior Divine!  

  1. What is the theme of this poem? 
  2. How does the writer feel with regard to this theme?
  3. Why do you think that the last line of the poem is underlined? What is the significance?
See, another blessing from my storm... So, you keep praying and serving my precious ones and you will be receiving care packages from Him, too. Me? I am still up from those positive reviews! I feel like singing, but that is nothing new. I sing most of the time, either to make me feel better or to share my joy to any who happen to hear me. and Who do I sing about? Yep, you guessed it, the Lord! (sighle - a new word that I coined to mean the combination of a sigh and a smile; contentment)

Doing What I Can, While I Can,
Alma L. Stepping On Jones