Monday, May 16, 2022

Master To-Do List and Menu Plan Monday - May 16, 2022

Last week just whizzed by and here we's Monday again! How was your week and weekend?

My week and weekend was great here and jam-packed with friends, family, and fun!

Monday was spent working around the house and working in the yard. The irises are in full bloom and, I noticed this morning, that the peonies are starting to bloom. So pretty! 

Purple Irises

Pink Peony

On Tuesday, friends, Melissa and Sam, and I went to Wonders of Wildlife in Springfield, Missouri. 

We walked around Bass Pro (Melissa had never been there, so that was a real treat for her), then, we had lunch at Hemmingway's. Afterwards we did the whole wildlife museum and aquarium. By the end of the day we were exhausted, but we had so much fun!

Wednesday evening friends and family caravanned to Lamar to attend the final session (actually it was the only session that any of us were able to make it to) of a three-day, several session presentation put on by Creation Truth Foundation and view the dinosaur bones in their Mobile Museum of Earth History. 

They do an excellent job of presenting earth history from a Biblical worldview and we greatly enjoyed being there. 

I worked first school groups since March of 2020. We were shut down in 2020 because of COVID. Then, by the time we reopened in 2021, my husband was sick and I was home with him. 

It was great getting out on the prairie with groups of school children again. It was a lot of fun and we made some great discoveries together!

On Saturday my friend, Nancy, and her husband came down for the day. (Nancy and I went to school together.) I gave them a tour of the park, then we visited the eagle tree and had lunch together in Lamar. It was a great day! 

After church on Sunday, I met Amanda and Aaron and Alysia at Rich Hill for lunch. Patrick and Amber and their family goes to church in Rich Hill, so they joined us, afterwards. We grabbed food at Swope's, then went to the city park to eat and visit.

The day was cool and rainy, so the boys built a nice fire in the shelter's outdoor fireplace. It was nice and we enjoyed it!

Now, here we are, back around to Monday and I'm ready to start a brand new week! How about you?

Wave Petunias

I've got to work a couple of days this week, but, I ran so much last week...TOTALLY enjoying and exhausting myself...but I hope to settle down and dig into some stuff that needs done on the home-front. 

White Spiderwort
Let's get started on this week's master to-do list and menu plan, shall we?

This week's master to-do list...

- clean house
- clean fridge
- do laundry
- wash bedding
- weed-eat and trim the edges of the yard
- de-weed the garden
- figure mid-month budget
- put the brakes on spending
- make a plan to use up food on-hand
- get together with Carla
- work
- meet granddaughter for lunch 
- visit a friend in the nursing home


This week's menu plan...

Monday - Broiled salmon with sautéed zucchini and baked sweet potato topped with sautéed garlic and greens
Tuesday - Turkey burger and oven fries
Wednesday - Homemade pizza
Thursday - Breakfast for supper
Friday - Soup (jarred and sealed in fridge) and bread (freezer)
Saturday - Bison and noodles (jarred and sealed in fridge)
Sunday - Leftovers

Blue Star

Well, that's it for today! You have a nice day and a great week ahead and I'll be with you again soon!

Until next time...

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Monday, May 9, 2022

Master To-Do List and Menu Plan Monday - May 9, 2022

Good morning! It's Monday! 💗

Did you all have a good Mother's Day weekend? I had a great one here! 

I worked a special event (Truman Days) at the Harry S Truman Birthplace State Historic Site in Lamar, Missouri on Saturday. My job, along with a couple of other ladies, was to make, and teach others how to make, corn husk dolls. My helpers and I made (and helped make) dozens of the dolls and, even though our fingers were sore afterwards, we had a great time doing it! We had a lot of proud and happy attendees, as well! It was a great experience for all! 

On Sunday, I heard from all my children, saw most of them, and received many sweet offerings of love and honor throughout the day. Mother's Day 2022 was a great one!

Granddaughters Ruth and Hannah Observing
Tadpoles In The Pond Sunday Afternoon

I've got a full day and a busy week ahead, so, I'm not going to tarry. Today's post will be short, sweet, and to the point! Let's get started, shall we?

(Laura Ingalls Wilder's unforgettable "dickie bird"
of Little House on the Prairie fame)

This week's master to-do list...

- clean house
- do laundry 
- get the air conditioners uncovered and ready (it's supposed to be 🔥 HOT 🔥 this week!)
- weed-eat and do some yard work
- tend the garden
- wash car and check fluids
- answer a few cards and letters
- go to Springfield with friends
- go to a special presentation on put on by Mobile Museum of Earth History
- work (school group)
- get together with friends from back home
- get together with my youngest daughter and her family for lunch and a short visit

Dickcissel Nest and Eggs

This week's menu plan...

Monday - Beef and bean tostados
Tuesday - out
Wednesday - Ground turkey and sweet potato skillet with brown rice
Thursday -  Oven-roasted chicken with baked potato and fresh asparagus
Friday - Broiled salmon, baked sweet potato, and fresh asparagus
Saturday - Turkey burger and oven fries
Sunday - Leftovers

An American Toad Caught By One Of The Grandgirls
(Look at that sweet little face!)

That's it for today! You all have a nice day and a great week ahead and I'll see you again soon!

Until next time...

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Wednesday, May 4, 2022

Visiting The Voice of The Martyrs Headquarters

Recently, on the way to Tulsa, my family and I stopped at the Voice of the Martyrs headquarters in Bartlesville, Oklahoma.

The Voice of the Martyrs (VOM) is a nonprofit, interdenominational missions organization that serves persecuted Christians around the world. It was founded in 1967 by Richard and Sabina Wurmbrand. 

Pastor Richard Wurmbrand was an evangelical minister who endured 14 years of Communist imprisonment and torture in his homeland of Romania. 

In 1945, when the Communists seized Romania and attempted to take control of the churches, Pastor Wurmbrand began an effective, vigorous "underground" ministry to oppressed believers as well as to the Russian soldiers occupying his country. He was arrested in 1948, along with his wife, Sabina, who was imprisoned for three years. Pastor Wurmbrand spent three years in solitary confinement and was, then, transferred to a group cell, where the torture continued for another five years.

After more than eight years in prison, Pastor Wurmbrand was released, immediately resuming his work with the underground church. A couple of years later, in 1959, he was re-arrested and sentenced to 25 years in prison.

Pastor Wurmbrand was released through a general amnesty in 1964, again resuming his underground ministry. A group of Christians in Norway, realizing the probability and danger of a third imprisonment, negotiated his family's emigration from Romania.

In May 1966, Richard Wurmbrand testified before the U.S. Senate Internal Security Subcommittee, where he stripped to the waist to show 18 scars from torture wounds covering his torso.

His story was carried in newspapers throughout the U.S., Europe, and Asia. Pastor Wurmbrand was warned in September 1966 that Romania's Communist regime planned to assassinate him, but he refused to be silenced.

As co-founders of The Voice of the Martyrs, Pastor Wurmbrand and Sabina traveled throughout the world establishing a network of more than 30 offices that provide relief to families of imprisoned Christians in Islamic nations, Communist nations, and other countries where Christians are persecuted because of their faith. Their message has been, "Hate the evil systems, but love your persecutors. Love their souls, and try to win them for Christ."

Voice of the Martyrs is dedicated to inspiring believers to deepen their commitment to Christ and to fulfill His Great Commission - no matter the cost.

Being at the VOM headquarters was, not only sobering, but humbling and emotional. 

Outside of the main building, is the Martyrs Memorial.

The  polished black marble shined like glass and reflected our faces as we read through the names of Christians that had been martyred throughout the centuries.

Some of the names we recognized...

Dietrich Bonhoeffer...

...William Tyndale and others.

Some of the martyrs were killed long, long ago...

Others...not so long ago at all...

Once inside, the story of the Wurmbrands and the history of VOM unfolded. There were a number of artifacts and a replica of the cell that held Pastor Wurmbrand in solitary confinement. 

Additionally, stories were shared, as were Bibles (or remnant pages of Bibles) and other personal items from members of the persecuted church around the world.

There were also very old copies of the works of Josephus and Foxe's Book of Martyrs.

The ground at the VOM headquarters were beautiful and we were grateful to have had the opportunity to visit. We hope to go back someday and volunteer in their distribution center. 

To find out more about Voice of the Martyrs and to subscribe to their free magazine click HERE.

I also highly recommend reading Tortured For Christ by Richard Wormbrand and watching the movie of the same title on Amazon. You can also find the documentary Richard and Sabina Wurmbrand there, as well.

The movie Sabina:Tortured For Christ The Nazi Years was recently release and was showing for free on VOM. I don't know that they're still running it for free at this point, but it can be purchased through the site. It is so good!

Above all else, I'd like for you to just take a moment to reflect on, and pray for, the persecuted church. 

As Christians, here in America, we've not known the kind of persecution that the Wurmbrands and countless others around the world have experienced. Our day may very well be coming, but, for now, let us realize how truly blessed (and protected) we have been. Let us seek the heart of God as to how to how He would direct us in assisting those that are under the gun right now for their faith in Christ, for there are many. 

"When others are bent on revenge, on ways of doing more evil than their neighbor, God gives the ability to return good for evil." 
                                                                ~Sabina Wurmbrand

Until next time...

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