Not quite a Blog Post

This isn’t an actual blog post per se. You could say that it is more like a collection of thoughts that have floated through my mind lately, and I thought it would be fun to share with you since autumn is often a time of melancholy and meditation, don’t you think?

It’s funny but I didn’t imagine myself writing this blog post while sitting in a backseat of a car, driving to my favorite jogging place. I thought I would be sitting calmly at my desk typing away, but since an assignment for class today took me so long to write, I ran out of my “free” time, and since I don’t want to miss out on jogging, I decided to use my time wisely and write this blog post on the way, so I can squeeze in everything I want to do in the same day. If that even makes sense.

So here goes. My thoughts, observations, ramblings and whatnot, in random order…. 

 

It seems to me that people read less and less these days. Everyone is used to short snippets of info on social media, just a picture and a sentence. They don’t have the patience to read paragraphs and wordy posts anymore. Its kinda sad.

Also, people don’t actually socialiZe anymore. Clicking “like” on a picture on facebook or instagram or sharing a post is not socializing. They don’t even take the time to write a quick comment to say what they think of the picture. Real socializing is talking, conversating, meeting face to face, visiting, laughing together. People become so isolated.

Sometimes we look at other people’s lives and we see, and hear, mainly their success stories, or the positive side of life, the good days. We may slip into envy or self pity, feeling that everything is going well for them and they “have it all”. But in reality, you don’t have much in this world (even as a Christian) if you do not anchor yourself in Scripture. The doctrines of grace, Justification, Salvation, and His Word stored and applied in our lives counts more than all the earthly accomplishments. That is why in 2 Thess 2:15 and 2 John 1:8 and Revelation 3:11 it says to “hold fast to what you have” so you do not lose your reward. Having spiritual understanding of God’s Word is a far more precious and rewarding thing! 

I feel blessed to have friends all over the world, thanks to connections made via the blog and email. I have true sisters in Christ from New Zealand, South Africa, Great Britain and across many states in the United States. I love how God worked to connect us.

There’s a reassuring rhythm, order and beauty to the day and night cycle of our world and how everything keeps going in the world as everyone does their part- day shift, night shift, all people doing their job… the city, the countryside, all kinds of workers from janitors to mailmen, to office workers, scientists and CEOs, all diligent at work, each job important to keep things going.

I wonder, since we live in this fast paced era of technology, where there is a new event on the news every day, and new updates every minute on social media and so many new things being launched all the time, we got so used to living in the “now”, and pushing for the future….that we forget. We forget the small but beautiful details of our past, or the blessings God gave us, and where we came from.

If you spend too much time on social media, start replacing it with apps for Scripture memorizing. And use your time on social media wisely- pray for the people you are following as you scroll through the feed.

….and I guess I made a theme of my thoughts focusing on social media.

The End. 

What have been in your thoughts lately? 

Midweek Music XVII: Take No Thought For Tomorrow

But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. {Matthew 6:34} 

Originally, I planned to write a post with my thoughts, to share some things on my heart…but because of the recent events in the world, and because this song has been encouraging my and my family’s heart lately through the daily challenges of life- I thought I would share this song instead, and postpone my thoughts for later.

May this soothing Scripture Lullaby be a refreshing reminder throughout your day today!

What verses have encouraged you lately? What songs have refreshed your soul? 

Ways To Eat Honey – Edible Gold

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I’ll interrupt the (tiny) series on Safeguards in a Perilous World to focus on a sweet topic. 

You won’t believe this. You would think ways to eat honey is such an easy post to write. But I’ve had this post in my drafts/list-of-post-ideas forever… and I never could get myself to sit in front of my laptop to write it. Because I wanted it to be perfect. Because I don’t feel ready. Because, because…

But ready or not- here it is!

We all know that honey is called “liquid gold”. You can be sure that is not an overstatement!

In my family, honey is as precious as, that’s right-  gold! 

And now I propose a trade-off. Here’s where I tell you how we eat our honey. It might give you ideas how to use it in ways you never did before. Then you can tell me how you eat honey!

Of course there are many other uses for honey (medicinal and beauty) but we’ll just focus on the stomach today, okay? 😉

How I Eat Honey (And a Few Other Ideas I Didn’t Try Yet, But You Could!) 

  • Sweeten Hot Cocoa. Or Coffee. Or other breakfast beverage you drink! 
  • In Tea. Be British. 
  • Honey and peanut-butter. Best energy bar there ever was! 
  • Goodbye maple syrup, hello honey! Pancakes and waffles are delightful with honey.
  • Sweeten fresh, homemade lemonade
  • Jam and fruit preserves sweetened with honey instead of jam. Healthier. Sustainable. Yeah, all those catchwords. 
  • Toast with butter and honey. Sprinkle bit of cinnamon if you want! 
  • Sweeten your oatmeal. Or breakfast cereal. 
  • Whipped honey. Makes for a great gift too!  
  • Drizzle some honey on plain (or Greek) yogurt! Low calories and quick, light snack.
  • My dad eats multigrain flaxseed chips/crackers with honey, and some peanut butter. Weird? Try it!
  • Instant energy bar. Mix 1 tsp cocoa powder, 1 tsp honey, and ground walnuts (or favorite nuts).
  • Sweeten your smoothie with honey (which you probably already do)
  • Use on croissants, bagels, muffins
  • Honey bread (didn’t try this yet, but just might) 
  • Baked honey cake (didn’t do this either, but sound sweet) 
  • On warm rice pudding…now I don’t remember if I ever tried this but I’m sure it’s good.

Now, how do you eat honey?