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Sunday, November 9, 2014

Keepers of the Home for November...



Hello everyone.. 
Hope you are all having a blessed day.. 
Yesterday, we had a Keepers of the Home meeting in our fellowship hall of our little church in Salisbury.. 
It had snowed through the night but we still had a great turnout,.. 
Thankful for that.. 
We began as usual by cooking breakfast together.. 


We had a lovely meal with lots of great coffee and our friend, Carmen brought a gluten free, no fat and no dairy chocolate cake which was simply delicious,. 
Thank you, dear.. 

I will hopefully share the recipe with you soon... 
After the breakfast was over and we were on our second cups of coffee there was a small lesson.. 
It was called.. 

I Wish You.. 
I read them this lovely article that I had found awhile ago..
 WISH YOU ENOUGH...
Recently I overheard a Father and daughter in their last moments together at the airport. They had announced the departure.
Standing near the security gate, they hugged and the Father said, 'I love you, and I wish you enough.'
The daughter replied, 'Dad, our life together has been more than enough. Your love is all I ever needed. I wish you enough, too, Dad.'
They kissed and the daughter left. The Father walked over to the window where I was seated. Standing there I could see he wanted and needed to cry. I tried not to intrude on his privacy, but he welcomed me in by asking, 'Did you ever say good-bye to someone knowing it would be forever?'
'Yes, I have,' I replied. 'Forgive me for asking, but why is this a forever good-bye?'..
'I am old, and she lives so far away. I have challenges ahead and the reality is - the next trip back will be for my funeral,' he said.
'When you were saying good-bye, I heard you say, 'I wish you enough.' May I ask what that means?'
He began to smile. 'That's a wish that has been handed down from other generations. My parents used to say it to everyone...' He paused a moment and looked up as if trying to remember it in detail, and he smiled even more. 'When we said, 'I wish you enough,' we were wanting the other person to have a life filled with just enough good things to sustain them.' Then turning toward me, he shared the following as if he were reciting it from memory.
I wish you enough sun to keep your attitude bright no matter how grey the day may appear.
I wish you enough rain to appreciate the sun even more.
I wish you enough happiness to keep your spirit alive and everlasting.
I wish you enough pain so that even the smallest of joys in life may appear bigger.
I wish you enough gain to satisfy your wanting.
I wish you enough loss to appreciate all that you possess.
I wish you enough hellos to get you through the final good-bye.
He then began to cry and walked away.
They say it takes a minute to find a special person, an hour to appreciate them, a day to love them; but then an entire life to forget them

It has lovely sentiments and rings so true, eh? Even in this crazy extravagant world we live in today.. 
Actually, it would be the things I would wish for my children and our family ... 
As I was preparing this lesson I was thinking about how the world has changed even since we had met last ...
Major things are taking place in our world that even affect good old New Brunswick.. 
They are on our doorsteps and we don't need to talk about them because we all hear the news one way or another.. 
So, as the Keeper of my Home the welfare of my children still loom large in my heart and mind whether they are grown and gone or still under our roof...
The concern remains the same except now there are many more of them with children -in-law and grandchildren.. 
We as Keepers love Proverbs 31 the Proverbs Woman.. 
We look up to her and aspire to be like her.. smile.. 
In verse 28... her children and husband rise up and call her blessed.. 
Their welfare must have loomed large in her mind, too.. 
So with all of that in mind and with the current world situation the way it is now... 
So what do I wish and pray for my family today at this point in history.. 

Certainly, all the good things in life.. 
I wish them homes, jobs and healthy children.. 
I pray that they have a roof over their heads, food on their table and shoes on their feet.. 
I wish them restaurant meals, lovely vacations and stuff for their kids.. 
I am thankful that they can do all that.. 
I pray everyday that God will cover them with His divine protection against accidents and diseases... 
I wish them favor in their workplaces.. 
I pray that they have lots of love and affection in their families and that they have genuine romance with their spouses.. 
I am thankful for their relationship with us as their parents.. For the love, loyalty and respect despite our old fashioned ways and ideas.. 
And of course, I wish them laughter and that they see the humor in everyday.. 
And I pray they have compassion, humility and generosity.. 
All these things I pray for and am thankful for.. 

But this day in history with WWIII knocking at our doors, diseases that are too scary to talk about and weather that seems to have lost it's way... 

What can I pray for them... .
It must be something solid and timeless that they can depend upon.. 
Something that they can find no matter what storm they may go through and find hope...
Even when bad things happen to them because sometimes they do..
Here it is...


Ephesians 3:16-20New International Version (NIV)

16 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
If they are rooted and established in the love of Christ and are filled to the measure of the fullness of God then they will have everything they need.. 
They will get through every storm and trial knowing that He loves them .. 

In Psalms 91 
14 "Because he loves me," says the LORD, "I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name. 15 He will call upon me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him. 16 With long life will I satisfy him and show him my salvation."

Oh, the faithfulness of God.. 
When you place your trust (and your family) into His hands then a mother knows all will be well.. 
The storms and trials of life will come for sure because we live in this old world but I can as a Keeper of the Home place my babies in His hands and know nothing will happen that He does not allow.. 

This Keeper of the Home could wish no more for her family.. 



With the lesson done we dug out some gingerbread making stuff.. 

Waxed Dipped Gingerbread... 

You can hang these as ornaments or string them together and make garlands.. 

We have different ages in our group... 
From 13 up.. 
These young ladies are learning things that will bless their future homes.. smile.. 
And making new friends, too.. 
And a Keeper brought 2 big boxes of books and magazines to share with all of us.. 
So much fun finding a lovely recipe book, Christian novel or an informative magazine.. 
Such sweet blessings.. 

They received the gingerbread recipe, soup herb bag recipes and such.. 

All in all a very blessed day, I think.
So thankful to the Lord for these sweet girls and for their precious friendship.. 
We learn so much from each other.. 
We have several new ones coming and they add so much to our little group.. 
Thank you, Lord.. 
If you read this and would like any of this info or recipes please email me at keepersofthehome@hotmail.com or just leave your email in your comment,.
Thank you for your visit and love love your comments... 
Take care, dear hearts.. 

Faye...xo

16 comments:

  1. would love the cake recipe!
    sounds like a wonderful meeting!
    enough said, (grin), and hugs!

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  2. What encouragement, thank you so much for sharing. Did you just make a regular cookie recipe and then dip them into the melted wax or were there more steps to it? So many good things to share with my granddaughter. Sweet blessings to you.

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  3. Thank you for all the wonderful scripture. Some things are going on right now and I needed that. God sure does have a way of given you what you need when you need it most!! Blessings to you and your family!!:))

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  4. Thank you for the encouragement. I agree, it came just when needed.
    xx oo
    P.S.

    I love the Gingerbread cookies, please share the way you made them if you can.

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  5. Please post the GF chocolate cake recipe!

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  6. Such a lovely post tonight, Faye. Thank you for the reminder of where we need to put our trust.

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  7. What a lovely post. I so enjoy reading your blog.

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  8. We sure do live in strange times. It sometimes takes groups such as Keepers of the Home to make sense of it. Another wonderful meeting with your girls. I wish I lived closer. xx

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  9. What a wonderful meeting, sharing it has made me smile, many thanks.

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  10. Wonderful post and photos and another great meeting of the minds and hearts ! Thanks for sharing , Have a good day !

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  11. Hello Faye,
    Another lovely post. I love the thoughts that you've shared... words from a mother's heart.
    Love those dipped gingerbreads, and I would love to know about the "how-to's" of those.

    It's nice to see the youth learning new things and fellowshipping with the ladies.

    Hope that this week is a great one for you!

    K.

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  12. Thank you for inviting me. It is wonderful to spend time with the children of God.
    No family here?
    So what?
    I have you!
    God bless you all!
    Carmen Seicaru=" skiorul "

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  13. What could I possible add to such a glorious post? I just want to say ........AMEN !

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  14. I just love the idea of waxed gingerbread.... I would love to know how to do that... and how long do they last... I will email .... bwanden_________ so you know its not junk mail.. Thanks for sharing...

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  15. Yes Ma'am, the home, the church and even the world is facing a horrible test, but
    Zechariah 1:3. says.....
    "Therefore say thou unto them, Thus saith the LORD of hosts; Turn ye unto me, saith the LORD of hosts, and I will turn unto you, saith the LORD of hosts."
    and isn't that the only solution????
    Loved your post, and your gingerbread men! Hello from Texas to your sweet group!
    Blessings,
    J

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  16. Hi! I know it's over a year old post but I would love to get the wax gingerbread ornament recipe. Thanks ajknight6@yahoo.com

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