Spread the Love Friday – Quiet Moments with Nature

He has made everything beautiful in it’s time.   Ecclesiastes 3:11

Happy Friday!  It’s a great day to spread God’s love.  My husband and I have taken a few days off to spend a little time together.  So, today I’m going to spread God’s love at home.

We slept in this morning and ate breakfast on the porch together, which is something we rarely take time to do.  As we were eating I was just thinking “wow”.  We rush around everyday and never slow down long enough to enjoy the beauty around us.  The colors were so pure and vibrant.  There was a gentle breeze and fragrance of flowers in the air.  We never feed the birds, but our yard sounds like a bird sanctuary.  I watched this one little bird, who was perched and trying to make the loudest sound possible.  He was so funny.  He rocked back and forth as he sang.  The squirrels played games and teased our Great Dane, Singer, scampering along the fence.  It was a wonderful start to the day.  There were no phones or electronic devices, just my husband and me admiring God’s work. (Enjoy the slide show below.)

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It made me think that we need to take time away from our busy lives to just spend about 30 minutes a day quietly with nature.  It’s relaxing and even therapeutic.  It also helps us put our lives into perspective and understand what’s most important.  I’m so thankful for the quiet times in God’s world.

Do you ever feel like your life is spinning out of control? Do you feel so stressed that your heart is racing? You, too, can enjoy these quiet moments.  Go on a picnic or camping trip. Enjoy a hike or bicycle ride.  Spend the day paddling or fishing.  There are so many ways to take a timeout with nature.  I hope you will find a way to refresh your soul this weekend.  God bless you.

While I was writing this post, my husband drove into town to take care of some business.  When he came back home, he jokingly closed the door quickly and with his back against the door said “I’m not going back out there!”  He began laughing and telling me one story after another about traffic, driver’s with road rage and people who were stressed.  So, today we are going to rest at home in God’s beautiful world.

Forgiveness Thursday – Enjoy Your Family

For where your treasure is there will be your heart also.  Luke 12:34

Happy Thursday.  Of all the people in our lives, the people who can cause the most pain and who we can hurt the most, are our family members.  It’s the type of hurt that can sometimes be hard to forget. Even if you cannot forget, make it a priority to forgive and ask for forgiveness.  We only have our family members for a short time and we should make a special effort to spend as much time as possible with them.

Today, I was fortunate to be able to spend time with my cousin Geoff, his two beautiful daughters, his friend, my aunt, my parents, my sister and my niece for lunch.  Although it was just over lunch, it was a special time to catch up and I’m so grateful.

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I challenge you to put aside differences and make it a priority to spend time with family.  God bless you.

MYSTERY BLOGGER AWARD

I’m honored to share that Hot Shot Headlines nominated me for the Mystery Blogger Award.  I have never received this award, and to be considered touches my heart.

Thank you Laura Beth!

Here is the link to the post where I was nominated.

What is the Mystery Blogger Award?

“Mystery Blogger Award” is an award for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. Their blog not only captivates, it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there, and they deserve every recognition they get. This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging; and they do it with so much love and passion.

– Okoto Enigma

Okoto Enigma is the creator of the Mystery Blogger Award! A link to her blog is here.

The Rules

  1.  Put the award logo/image on your blog
  2. List the rules
  3. Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  4. Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well
  5. Tell your readers 3 things about yourself
  6. You nominate 10 – 20 people
  7. Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog
  8. Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question (specify)
  9. Share a link to your best post(s)

About Hisperfecttiming 

I created Hisperfecttiming to inspire and encourage others who have physical or other challenges, and we all do.  I also wanted to share the joy and love I have for God.  Sometimes it seems like our situations are too big and we may feel like giving up, but we always have God walking with us.  When we put our focus on God’s love and our blessings, we can put our problems into perspective.  I have been so blessed through my blog ministry.

I had a difficult time determining my best post, so I’m going to include a few.

And The Nominees Are …

I’ll admit, I don’t like pressuring anyone to do anything! Participation in these awards is completely voluntarily.  I also had a very difficult time deciding who to nominate.  So here goes.

My Questions from Laura Beth

  1.  What’s your favorite song at the moment, and why?  That’s a tough question!  I think probably “10000 Reasons”.  I just feel so blessed that I can’t name all the reasons.  Singing this song reminds me.
  2. What / where would be your ideal place to live?  Where I am – Marianna, Florida.  Funny.  For many years I wanted to move away.  Now, I can’t wait to return home every time I travel.  It’s a wonderful place to live.
  3. Do you have a favorite place to go on vacation? No, but I would like to travel more and see more of God’s treasures. 
  4. If you could do one job for your whole life, what would it be, and why?  I would like to help others in whatever capacity or job God places me in.
  5. What is your dream car?   My current car (2016 Toyota Avalon) paid off.  Lol

My Questions for the Nominees:

  1.  What are your top three favorite blogs and why?
  2.  Why did you start blogging?
  3.  What is your favorite song and why?
  4.  What message would you like to convey most to other bloggers?
  5.   What are your blogging goals for the next year?

 

Sunshine Blogger Award

Posted by Hisperfecttiming.blog on June 29, 2017

SUNSHINE BLOGGER AWARD

 

Hi everyone,

This is Kay from hisperfecttiming.blog.  I am pleased and thankful to be nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Award by Tashnee.v.Mavee. Her blog is all about of affordable fashion and feeling good about yourself without spending everything you have in the bank.  The information provided is amazing! Please visit her blog here.

The rules to follow for the Sunshine Blogger Award are below:

  • Thank the Blogger who nominated you and link back to their blog;
  • Answer the 11 questions the blogger asked you;
  • Nominate 11 bloggers to receive this award and ask them 11 new questions; and
  • List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or on your site.

Below are my answers to Tashnee.v.Mavee’s questions.

  1.  What’s the best thing a blogger can give to his readers?  The best thing a Blogger can give to her readers is a clear message that provides a short, enjoyable and entertaining break from life, but allows the reader to walk away feeling better about themselves.  
  2. What has been your strategy for creating visibility to yourself and your blog?  My strategy has been to:  1) provide well-written and informative posts; 2) provide interesting graphics;  3) timely respond to comments;  4) read and study other bloggers’ posts;  and  5)  like and provide comments for other bloggers.
  3. Name some of the bloggers whom you look up to and why?  Wow!  There are so many.  I will list a few of my favorites.  I enjoy the posts and feedback of usathroughourlives.  I would love to travel and their posts are just like being there.  One of my first followers was BelleUnruh – Who is God.  I enjoy learning about the Bible from her and reading about her life in Canada.  I enjoy reading thearrowpreacher, Reclaiming Hope, theascenderstouch, Wally Fry, Lynn Thayer, and just too many more to list.  There are so many great posts out there.
  4. What do you find most challenging about blogging about your topic?  I want to reach and help as many people as I can.  My blog is about facing whatever challenges you have with a positive attitude.  Most importantly I want to convey that no matter what you are going through, you are not alone.  Therefore, you NEVER need to have fear and worry.  God is ALWAYS with you.
  5. Can you tell us a little about yourself? I’m a daughter, sister, niece, wife, mother of two and grandmother of one.  My profession is a City Planning Director (AICP certified) in a small town.  I have a Paralegal Studies Certificate, and BA in Political Science and International Affairs with a concentration in Chinese Studies.  I have an MBA and an MPA, with a concentration in public policy, and about a year of graduate studies in Urban Planning.  I also have studied Interior Design for a year.  I’m currently working towards a PhD in Theology.  I love my classes and studying my Bible.  My life is blessed beyond belief.  I’m a member of the Crafty Ladies at Work, Optimist Club and Altrusa.  I attend church and enjoy giving back in our community.  The time I spend with my husband of 30 years and my family is very precious to me.  Over time as my husband and I have grown stronger in our faith, our love has also grown and each moment we have together is such blessing. I enjoy playing piano, quilting, reading, knitting dancing, swimming and watching movies.
  6. What would be your ideal working environment?  Writing and teaching God’s word all day.  Helping and comforting others.
  7. How do you want to improve yourself in the next year?  I would like to be more physically fit and healthy.  I also want to learn as much as possible at school.  Finally, I want to help our community as much as possible.
  8. Tell me about your proudest achievement?  It would have to be becoming a mother.  It has been such an honor.
  9. What is your greatest achievement outside of blog?  Watching my children achieve their dreams.
  10. What’s your best advice for making money online?  Hmmm.  I haven’t really earned much.  I would like to earn enough to pay for my classes, but that isn’t the primary goal of my blog.  I don’t think I’m qualified to answer this question. Maybe someone can share the answer with me.
  11. If a kid walked up to asking for your advice and you only had a few minutes to give ‘em your best tip, what would it be?  Run while you Pray.  Pray like it all depends on God, because it does.  Run like it all depends on you.

MY QUESTIONS

  1.  Why did you start blogging?
  2.  What are some of your favorite blogs and why?
  3.  Tell us a little bit about yourself.
  4.  How has blogging changed your life?
  5. What is most important to you?
  6. If you could go back in time, what is one thing you would change?
  7. What do you think is the most important thing a blogger can provide for their readers?
  8. What have you found to be the most challenging in creating your blog?
  9. Describe yourself in three words.
  10. What are your goals for the next year?
  11. What advice would you give a new Blogger?

MY NOMINEES FOR THIS SUNSHINE BLOGGER AWARD

The Ascender’s Touch – https://theascenderstouch.net/

Reclaiming HOPE – https://reclaiminghope.blog/

USA through Our Eyes – https://usathroughoureyes.com/

Serving Grace Ministries – https://servinggrace.com/

The Arrow Preacher – https://thearrowpreacher.wordpress.com/

Truth in Palmyra – https://truthinpalmyra.wordpress.com/

Boundless Blessings -https://boundlessblessingsblog.wordpress.com/

Daily Devotional  Readings – https://dailydevotionalreadings.wordpress.com/

Searching for GSOT – https://johnguyton.wordpress.com/home/

Twisted Pot and Twisted Tales – https://acookingpotandtwistedtales.com/

Who is God – https://whoisgodsite.wordpress.com/

 

 

 

Use Your Gifts to Change the World – On Beauty and Acceptance

Your beauty does not need to come from outward adornment.  Instead, it is that of your inner self, the unfailing beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.             1 Peter 3:3-4

Happy Wednesday!  It’s a great day to use Your Gifts to Change the World!

From the time we are old enough to understand, it is easy to see how the world is obsessed with beauty.  Beautiful men and women are constantly flashed in front of us on television, movies, games and Internet websites.  Little girls play with Barbie dolls, who have perfect body dimensions, beautiful hair and makeup.  Women are constantly working out, starving themselves and paying for plastic surgery, so they can be accepted by their peers and be attractive to men.  This goes on usually for their entire life.  Boys strive to have the ideal body of an athlete so they can be desirable to women.  Teens and adults participate in body piercing and tattooing to try to make themselves more attractive. We spend billions of dollars on shoes, clothes, hair, weight loss medication  and jewelry every year.  While annually many die from eating disorders and suicide related to feeling unaccepted.  We all want to feel beautiful and belong.

The most attractive thing about you should have less to do with  any of these outwardly adornments and more to do with your Christian heart.  Christians should notice inward beauty from the heart before outward beauty.  If you are living what you are studying and witnessing to others, your inner beauty should radiate out so bright that no one even notices your outward appearance.  Ask yourself, if everyone were blindfolded, how many would be impressed with you?  How many people would want to have a relationship with Christ?  It’s wonderful to take care of your body and be the best person you can, but make your emphasis be on your inward beauty.  My mother use to tell me “pretty is as pretty does”.  It’s an old but true saying.  Also, remember what a special friend told me last week.  If you put your trust in God, you don’t need the approval of others.  You were created perfect in his image and you are so blessed!  It is when we take the focus off outward appearances and place our efforts on living a joyful life in Christ that we become the most beautiful to everyone.

Today, I challenge you to be yourself and live your love for Christ! Then, be an inspiration and encouraging force for others. Also take a few minutes to hear Laura Story’s personal message on blessings and her song.  God bless you.

Try Something New Tuesday – Out of Bad Comes Good

Let light shine out of darkness.  2 Corinthians 4:6

Its Try Something New Tuesday!  Sometimes we find that out of the bad comes something good, and out of darkness, light.  For instance, I’ve been sick, so my husband I are trying a new eating plan to replace bad stomach bacteria with good.  Another example is I heard from my cousin who lives in Seattle last night.  It’s the first time I have spoken to him in years.  I’m excited  that he will be visiting us this week, but his visit is due to a funeral.  So, remember that God will always help turn your sickness and sorrow into something better.

When we are experiencing dark troubling times, we need only look to God and the light will shine through.  He loves us and wants our happiness.  That doesn’t mean that every dark situation will brighten immediately.  We need to be faithful and trust God to help us find the light.

So, if you are experiencing sadness and despair, know that God loves you.  He is always by your side and will never let you down.  Turn to him with faith.  God bless you.

 

 

Tell Me Something Good Monday – What Would a Christian Do Scenario #2

I will not cause pain without allowing something new to be born says the Lord.  Isaiah 66:9

Happy Monday!  I have several good things to share this morning.  I’m not in the hospital.  I’m headed back to work, which is particularly exciting since I have the best staff in the world.  I love, love, love them.  Finally, I spent  a nice relaxing Sunday with my husband just enjoying his company.  Life is truly wonderful when you walk with God.  That’s not to say that you won’t experience rejections, disappointments, set backs and upsets, but you will never be alone when you look to God.

What Would a Christian Do? – Scenario #2

In the Gret Commission found in Mark 16:15-16, we are instructed to go “into all of the world, and preach the gospel to every creature” because only those who believe will be saved.  Even in 2017 there are places where Christians place themselves and others in danger by preaching God’s word.

For example, American Jeffrey Edward Fowle was detained by the North Korean government for leaving his Bible in his hotel room in April of 2014.  Anyone with a Christian bible is considered a spy in North Korea.  Since the 1970s Christians have been persecuted in Cambodia.  China continues to torture Christians.  Christians are persecuted and churches burned down in Columbia.  While inroads are being forged in Cuba, it is still dangerous to openly display Christian beliefs.  In Egypt Christians were accused of poisoning the water and planning to attack Muslim neighborhoods resulting in the death of 21 Christians.  While the government in India does not persecute Christians, it has created an environment for random attacks to take place such as that of 52 year-old, Yesu-Dasu.  His hands were tied and his head chopped off by an axe.  His body was left in a field of cattle.

Christians in Indonesia are often forced to undergo conversion rituals.  Those refusing are beheaded and churches are bombed.  The goal in Laos is to completely eradicate Christians.  Most Christians in Malaysia are ostracized.  It’s illegal for churches to be constructed in Myanmar.  At least two Christians in northern Nigeria were caned to death.   Christian Life in the Philippines is dangerous.  Twenty-nine Christians were lined up and shot at close blank range in Bumbaran.  Only eight survived.  Life is also very difficult for Christians in Russia, the world’s largest country.  Sudan is one of the most brutal countries toward Christians, forcing Islamic conversion.  Christian beliefs are difficult in Vietnam.  Even in the United States we have to be careful in our witness to others, because it may infringe on their rights.

Having said all of that, early Christian leaders and believers were also tortured, but where would Christianity be today if they had not fought to spread the Gospel?

What Would a Christian Do?  I look forward to your responses.  God bless you.

Take Care of Your Temple Saturday

For he will order angels to protect you everywhere you go.  Psalm 91:11

Happy Saturday!  My hospital care was fantastic, but I’m so happy to be at home now.

One thing that was on my mind While I was in the hospital, and even before, was how I need to take better care of my body.  After all, I Corinthians 6:19-20 tells us that our bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit.  Therefore, we should care for our bodies the same way we would care for our churches.  I know I could do much better.  So, last night when my IV machine was beeping I started identifying ways I could do better.  Please feel free to add to the list.

  1.  Eat for fuel and well-being.  Yikes!  This is difficult for me.  I love food.  However, I know that food isn’t supposed to be my God.  Therefore, I need to monitor quantities.  That’s not enough though.  It is equally important to eat a diet rich in healthy food from God’s kingdom, while limiting highly processed foods.  After this bout with sickness, I think I need to include probiotic and prebiotic foods.  As I was leaving the hospital the Doctor recommended an over-the-counter supplement.
  2. Exercise.  We all know exercise is good for us.  It helps all of our systems operate better.  I don’t especially dislike exercise, but it is painful on my joints and that slow me down.  So, I’m going to find a way to break up the needed exercise into bite-sized segments.
  3. Drink water.  It is so important to keep ourselves hydrated.  It helps us to look younger and our bodies to operate more efficiently.  For me it is helpful to start the day with a couple of glasses of water.  It’s a great start and helps me from getting to the end of the day only to find that I need to drink a lot of water before bed.
  4. Rest.  Sleep is imperative for a healthy body and I rarely sleep enough.  So. It is my goal to schedule sleep on my phone.  Can you believe your smart phone can do that too?
  5. Breathe Fresh Air and Soak Up the Sun.  Something I sometimes take for granted is the need to get outside and enjoy fresh air, sunshine, and the beauty of God’s creation.  It is stifling hot in Florida, but today I did some stretching and walking in a swimming pool.  Late in the day, I sat outside in our swing and just took a break.
  6. Meditate and Think Positive Thoughts.  Just stopping for two to three minutes throughout the day to clear my mind and take a deep breath would help me to remember what is most important.  I’m going to add this to my calendar as a reminder.
  7. Take a Break from Electronics.  With an Apple Watch on my arm and an iphone or iPad in my hand most of the time, I need to give electronics a break for a period of time each day.  Today, God helped me with that when we had an unexpected loss of Internet service. I told my husband it was like the old days.

These are just a few ideas.  Please add yours and let’s take care of our bodies.  God bless you.

Spread the Love Friday – You Can Do It Everywhere!

And it shall come to pass that before they call, I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear.  Isaiah 65:24

Happy Friday!  I’m posting today from the hospital.  For my followers who struggle with Rheumatoid Arthritis and similar autoimmune diseases, you’ll understand when I explain that some of the medications we take actually hurt our immune systems and make it difficult to fight off illnesses, food poisoning and other things that don’t seem to bother others.  We are classified as immune system compromised.  It becomes a balancing act.  We can’t go through life in a bubble or with a mask on all the time.  At the same time we can’t stop our medication, if we want to function in the world.  It’s a little frustrating to watch others our age or older performing simple tasks so much better.  So, that’s what happened to me.  I don’t know if I had a bad case of food poisoning, a tummy virus, or a problem with the lack of good bacteria in my stomach, but I needed a little help after five days.

Asking for help may sometimes seem horrible, but it is not the worst thing in the world.  Being dependent on others gives them a chance to receive blessings from giving and allows us to understand what others are going through.  I can’t tell you how blessed I am.  First of all, my wonderful husband has waited on me for days.  Second, my staff are second to none.  Every opportunity available they are cheering me up.  They have texted or called me everyday.  Last night we had a wonderful visit in the hospital and I am enjoying the beautiful flowers they brought me. Today, we had a FaceTime chat and it was followed by a text with this photo.

Isn’t that awesome!  It touches my heart.  I also had a visit from three of my Crafty Ladies.  It’s always good to be cheered by our sisters in Christ.  Finally,  what a blessing the doctor and hospital staff has been to me!  Wow!  They have been responsive, caring and just all around wonderful.  Last night as the nurse was taking my blood pressure, I noticed a cross hanging around her neck.  It’s just nice to know that Christians are providing care for us when we are sick; people with the same love for God.  Oh, and now that I can keep food down, the food is out of this world delicious!  God is so good.

While I have been in the hospital, I have had worries about work, deadlines, meetings, and similar matters.  God worked all that out for me.  There is really no need for worry.  Just trust him.

While I’m in the hospital, I’m not going to waste a moment. I’m spreading the love to healthcare providers today!  I hope you wil also spread God’s good love everywhere you go.  God bless you!

Try Something New Tuesday – Respect


Refuse to let the world corrupt you.  James 1:27

It’s Try Something New Tuesday!

Something I learned from an early age was manners.  It’s interesting how lessons learned early in life are instilled for a lifetime.  My parents were consistently correcting me on how to address adults.  The words “yep”,  “yes”, “yeah”, “no” and “nope” were not acceptable.  The proper answer to a question was “yes ma’am”,  yes sir”, “no ma’am”,  or “no sir”.  Adults were not called by first names, but “Mrs. Smith” or “Mr.  Smith”.  Adults in the family were addressed by their relationship plus their given name, for example “Uncle Tony”.  My parents’ and grandparents’ closest friends were referred to the same as aunts and uncles.  Bad language and interrupting was not tolerated.  We washed up and combed our hair before dinner.  We placed our napkins in our laps and chewed with our mouths closed.  Smacking, slurping and other meal time noises were not allowed.  When we were finished eating, we asked to be excused.  After everyone finished a meal,  girls were expected to help with the cleanup regardless of whose house you were visiting.

When I was a Girl Scout, the lessons continued.  I learned how to set the table, personal grooming and how behave in formal situations. This came in handy when we visited the Governor’s Mansion for a formal tea when I was eleven.

When my friends and I were preteens, there was a class in our church on dating etiquette.  We were taught about the way young men and women were to behave.  Leaders in the church instructed young men how to treat the young ladies with respect by opening doors, pulling out chairs at dinner, helping girls with their coats, allowing women to order first in a restaurant, offering a handkerchief, greeting a young lady at the door and walking her back to the door after the date, and similar niceties.  Young ladies were taught to wait for and expect proper behavior from young men and how to respond.  My father would have punished me for running out the door, if a young man honked the car horn when arriving at our home.  We were taught proper dress and grooming, how to dance and appropriate social behavior for a young dating couple.  When the time for dating came, we were so caught up in behaving correctly in our dating roles, that we forgot about the romance element, at least for a while.

When I was in high school, I took business classes where I learned the appropriate way to write and fold correspondence, greet customers and other professionals, and to behave over the telephone.  While this sounds a little unnecessary, you would be surprised how much I’m complimented on behavior I learned in these classes.

The lessons of respect have continued in my life as an adult, as have my husbands.  He still opens the door for me .  I still refer to people in a position of authority or elders as “Mr.” or “Mrs.”, which has been a little contentious at work sometimes.

Many of the rules of etiquette have been tossed to the side over the years, and some would argue they are no longer needed.  However, I believe manners teach us how to treat others with respect and how we should be treated.  Etiquette teaches us how to behave and prevents uncomfortable awkwardness in social situations.  With the lack of respect for others in society today, I think it should be reintroduced and taught to future generations.

Join me in teaching children and young adults manners.  God bless you.