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Faith is.......................
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Faith Is......

Faith Is......reliance on the certainty that God has a pattern for my life
when everything else seems meaningless

Faith Is......remembering I am God's priceless treasure when I feel utterly
useless

Faith Is......depending on the fact that God is love - not on my ability to
figure out why, in the midst of smashed hopes, reversal and tragedy

Faith Is......keeping on when I'm dog tired, discouraged, disillusioned,
deserted, dusty, and dry and I cast on His strength alone

Faith Is......realizing that I am useful to God, not in spite of my scars,
but because of them

Faith Is......confidence that God is acting for my highest good when He
answers "No" to my prayers

Faith Is......accepting the truth that, in spite of the wreckage and grief
I've caused, God has wiped the slate clean and delights in me!

Faith Is......recognizing that God is the Lord of time when my idea of
timing doesn't agree with his

Faith Is......not a vague hope of a happy here after but an assurance of
heaven based on my trust in Christ's death as payment for my sins

Faith Is......remembering that, though my way is as dark as night to me,
God can see and guides me unerringly

Faith Is......doing the right thing regardless of the consequences knowing
God will turn the ultimate effect to good

Faith Is......the conviction the Promiser keeps His promises.

A Country Lady Blogs - First One!
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First of all, don’t let the name of this blog confuse you.  I do not live in the country or should I say in a country setting?  I live in a fairly large city but I was raised on a farm, hence the name Country Lady. I was raised in the country, on a farm and long to be once again living in the country breathing sweet, grass-scented, hay-scented, cow manure scented country air.

Alas, I live in this city and smell exhaust early in the morning from our neighbor’s diesel truck sitting in his driveway just idling away while he drinks his coffee – I guess. We are surrounded by houses, neighbors and ruled (so to speak) by the HMO! Who, by the way are mad at us right now for having a spot about the size of a post card where our tree has rubbed the paint off, in the back yard no less. It “MUST BE FIXED WITHIN TWO WEEKS OR, OR, WELL, OR WE’LL DO SOMETHING! OH, ONE MORE THING… MOW THE WEEDS YOU CALL A LAWN IN THE BACKYARD”. But anyway, I am running down a different rabbit trail than I had intended.

Living in the country when I was a child taught me everything I needed to know and more, about stuff. But the only thing I really remember now, is how much I want to be living in the country again. I think I may have mentioned that?

Country Lady Foods was born out of the things I learned as a kid, on that farm, all those years ago. My mother was a great teacher of all things pertaining to running a household, although kind of loosley.  Example: when I was 8 years old I could cut up a 3 pound whole chicken, salt it, dredge it in flour, put lard in our skillet, put it on high heat and fry up said chicken for our family supper.  I could bake brownies, make our family favorite Salad Dressing Cake, ice it with Mama’s wonderful chocolate cake icing, well I could do most anything she needed me to do. I grew up standing on a chair by my Mama’s side watching her cook, it sank in and in my adult life my occupation was FOOD.  I worked in the Foods Industry since I was 22 years old (back in 1975) with all those years of work cumulating in a wonderful (few years) as a Dietary Director in an assisted living facility in Maine.  My favorite job.

So when my new hubby and I were doing soul searching, wondering what we will do when he retired, because well, I already have done that but without it being official – I met Arthur Ritis. Like my Granddad told me, “Ya gotta’ watch out for them Ritis brothers”, the other brother being Osteo, he stole my knees, legs, and my thumbs and ended my days behind the grind-stone. But Ian and I were discussing retirement and since we both want to stay busy we came up with our present day business we call Country Lady Foods.  We took all those great recipes that my Mama got from hers and then she taught them to me and we made them into dry mixes.  We sell these dry mixes at local events and we love it! We offer a pretty full line of dry mixes and our mission is “To bring back the art of home cooking!”

We love being out in the world, meeting people, sharing our wares, and selling my past so to speak. (Ian has not retired yet, but when he does -- we are ready!)

"Actions Boost Prayer Power" by Beth Brubaker
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Actions Boost Prayer Power

Prayer is an awesome thing. When people gather to pray, those prayers can heal, save, and protect us and those around us, But sometimes God wants us to do more.

In James 2:14-17 it says 'What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them? Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. 

If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.'

Too many times I see Christians pray for one another through hardships, but offer nothing other than prayer. I've caught myself doing this- a lot! It's one thing if all you can do is pray for someone, but when you can act on those prayers and don't, that's where the seeds of trouble sprout.

Believe me, I have a lot of those weeds in my own spiritual garden! The finger I'm pointing points at myself.

I've prayed for those who have lost a loved one, but until I suffered the same, I never realized that I should've been praying not only for, but with those that had lost someone. I could've given them my ear to listen, spent time hearing their stories or let them vent. But I didn't.

I basically gave them a hug, said I would pray for them, and went on my merry Christian way. Only after I was in the privacy of my own prayer space did I pray for them. For all they knew, I'd forgotten all about them and their troubles.

Oh, but when I was hurting and someone came to me who prayed and then listened....

Prayers are powerful. but actions boost those prayers in a mighty way. It made me realize that if I can do more, I should- whether it's the hungry person on the street, a troubled neighbor, or my fellow Christians- actions speak louder than words (especially to unbelievers)- but actions also give prayers a huge power boost. 

Actions aren't the end-all be-all of the universe. Actions are powerful in of themselves, as is prayer. But put them together, and Wow! God loves it when we do both- it let's Him shine all the brighter!

Don't stop praying. Don't stop acting on those prayers if you can. Pull up those spiritual weeds and let the blessings blossom!

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