"Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye steadfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord."
1 Cor 15:58
 

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Hello Central: Get Me Heaven
By Janice LaQuiere 

It was a warm September day and I stood at the edge of the gravesite, glancing from my grandpa's casket to the widening hole. The exhaust from the back-hoe and the noise of the loud engine belied my somber heart. The large shovel grabbed a handful of dirt and came up, scrapping against the cement burial vault of my grandmother's grave. I gasped and tears rushed to my eyes. Even though my grandma had been dead for three years, again I was near her; the cement wall separating us seemed to me to be the doorway to heaven. 

Several months later I rushed through the garage to answer the ringing phone. On the end was the familiar southern drawl, the little chuckle and a friendly, "Well, hi there!"  I was speechless, and almost blurted out, "Grandma, where are you calling from? Do they have payphones in heaven?" At once I realized that it wasn't my grandma, it was her sister, but for an instant I felt so near to the one I lost. Even though she is dead my heart knows that Grandma is living, and I anticipate seeing her again. Our separation is only a matter of logistics.

When Jesus was asked about the resurrection He answered saying: "But as touching the resurrection of the dead, have ye not read that which was spoken unto you by God, saying, I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob? God is not the God of the dead, but of the living.

God told Moses, "I AM THAT I AM." That is the present tense, the here and now. Because He is the God of the living, my grandmother still "is" also.  She is present tense. Her life is not something that happened, but something that happens.  She likes raisin bread, gardening, and giving to glory to God. As we love and long for those who have gone on before us, let us remember that "they are", because I AM is the God of the living.

Matt 22:31-32, Exod 3:14, 1 Cor 15:54-55, Acts 7:32, Heb. 11:16

 


One Mean, Clean, Machine!

As the weather warms it's time to think about Spring Cleaning. Here are a few tips to get you started.

  • Wear comfortable clothes, you're going to get "down and dirty".

  • Gather together your cleaning supplies. Make sure that you have everything you'll need.

  •  Break your house down into zones. Assess the needs of each zone: Windows, walls, furniture, floor.

  •  Turn off the TV, crank up the music.

  •  PICK UP everything that's out of place, PUT AWAY everything in it's proper place. WASH DOWN windows and walls. WIPE UP furniture and knickknacks. Vacuum.

 Other Hints:

  • Use a Microfiber cloth: What is microfiber? Microfiber is made with a combination of polyester and polyamide. Each fiber is only 1/100 the diameter of a human hair, and the cloth soaks up to 7 times it's weight in liquid. Use it wet for strike free cleaning of counters, windows, and shiny surfaces. Treat it with furniture polish for tables and moldings.

A great tile and grout cleaner:

Pour into labeled spray bottle:

  cup baking soda
1/3 cup ammonia
cup white vinegar
7 cups water

 Shake to mix. Spray and wipe. Do not use in conjunction with bleach or where bleach has been used.

 

    

When you have eliminated the impossible, that which remains, however improbable, must be the truth.

~Sir Arthur Conan Doyle~

 

 

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Clean Machine!

Sunday Breakfast Casserole

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Sunday Breakfast Casserole

1/4 c. chopped onion (optional), browned
1/4 c. chopped green pepper (optional), browned
2 c. cubed ham, bacon or sausage
1 c. grated cheese
1 doz. eggs
1 c. milk
1 (2 lb.) pkg. frozen hash browns, thawed (the chunk kind not grated)
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper

 

Mix onion, green pepper, meat and cheese. Mix together eggs and milk. Add hash browns, salt and pepper. Mix all ingredients together. Pour into a buttered 9 x 13 inch pan. Top with 1/4 cup more grated cheese (and sprinkle top with parsley flakes if desired). Bake 30 minutes until set at 350 degrees. Serves 12.

 

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