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Happy Mother’s Day. Characteristics of a Virtuious Woman.

Katherine Hinchee Purdy

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“Strength and honor are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come.”

Proverbs 31:25

 

Characteristics of the Virtuous Woman

“Her Price is far above rubies.”

Proverbs 31

 

  • She is Dependable (verses 11-12)
  • She is Delightful; Cheerful, (verse 13)
    • Gracious, Thankful 
      • “And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by Him.” (Colossians 3:17)
  • She is Diligent (verses 14-21)
    • Budget Money (verses 14, 16)
    • Budget Time (verses 15, 17-19)
    • Interest in Others (verses 20-21)
  • “A Doer” (verses 22-23)
    • She is moderate in everything.
      • “Let your moderation (Gentleness) be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand.” (Philippians 3:5)
  • Disposition (verses 25-31)
    • Strength
    • Honor
    • She thinks before she speaks (verse 26)
    • Industrious/Not Lazy 
    • Bearing Testimony at all times. (Titus 2)

 

Original outline given by Mrs. Delores Fulton at Piedmont Bible College in Girls Dorm Devotions. September 26, 1977.  Thank you, Mrs. Fulton for being a great example for us.

 

 

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And her children’s children too.

In Honor of my mother, Barbara R. Hinchee

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In Memory of the Sweetest Mother-in-law a girl can have. Emilie L. Purdy.

She was truly a Proverbs 31 woman.

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Cathy, Mother, John

 

Happy Birthday, Mom!

Mom is 81 years old today. It is hard to imagine her at that age. She still sounds the same and if she still had her sight, I am sure she would be very active and making every occassion special. Sadly, I wasn’t able to go to Roanoke this weekend  or today to see her. Her birthday visit will be a week late. I would love to be there to give her a big hug and sing through the hymnal with her on the porch swing. Happy Birthday, Mom. I love you.

She always made birthdays special for us. Even as adults, she would show up on our birthday with a cake and gifts or my favorite – gift baskets! Yet, she always downplayed her own special day; telling us, “I don’t need anything.”

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Birthdays. Every family celebrates them differently.

In my family, birthdays were a big event. Extended family members came over for dinner and of course, a beautifully decorated homemade cake of the birthday child’s choosing.

Mine was always white cake, seven minute frosting with coconut sprinkled on it like snow; graced with a candy “Happy Birthday” along with birthday candles. They were very popular when I was a child.

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Betty Crocker Vintage Birthday Cake Decorations found on Pinterest.

Of course I always wanted the pink one with little flowers for the candles.

It is usually Mothers who make birthdays special. She bakes the cake, makes sure the freezer is stocked with ice cream, cooks the meal, buys and wraps the gift. My Mom loved making birthdays special. She was the best at wrapping gifts. They were always too pretty to unwrap!

It was Dad Hinchee who took snapshots and taped the special occasion with his Super-eight movie camera. I have a dvd with several years of birthdays and other special moments. unfortunately, he often panned the room too fast and some scenes are just a blur. My baby sister’s first birthday was great! Dinner in our back yard with family and after dinner, cake and gifts were opened, we all went to the Mill Mountain Zoo in Roanoke, Va. I especially remember the gorgeous peacocks. Such a pretty blue! Needless to say, was a memorable event.

This is Mom.

 

I would love to give her a special birthday party. I have tried twice to at least take dinner and her gifts but she is hesitant to let anyone come over. She claims the house is dirty and she has nothing to wear. You see, she has always wanted everything to be “perfect.”

We gave her a party on her seventy-fifth birthday. Her sister and brother-in-law came from Richmond. Our Hinchee relatives came to make the day special too.

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We had a beautiful cake made by Ashley Schnarr Easter, fresh fruit, finger sandwiches and I actually discovered blooms on the lilac tree! She received wonderful gifts and cards that played music!

She was amazed that everyone came and loved having my Aunt and Uncle spend the night with them. She let me know later that she doesn’t want to remember that she is “getting older.” We have gifts for her and I still hope we will be able to take dinner to Mom and Dad.

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There is one gift I can’t wait to give her. She can’t see it but that’s okay. I found on Etsy the fragrance she used to wear when I was a small child. Persian Wood isn’t available in perfume but I found the original Avon Persian Wood Perfumed Talc. I am sure it has lost its fragrance over time but hopefully, there is enough of the fragrance to bring back wonderful memories and just for a moment, she will feel “young” again.

 

Perhaps we will sit on the porch swing and sing Hymns of the Faith just as we used to.

Happy Birthday, Mom. We love you!

Happy Easter!

It isn’t about the bunny. It isn’t about the candy and eggs. It is about the Lamb of God who shed His precious blood on the cross for you and for me that He might redeem us.

Amazing that someone would lay down His life for you and for me but even more amazing is that the one who gave His life for us is the perfect Son of God; God incarnate. He suffered for my sin. He bore my shame on the cross. A horrible death. But He did so willingly. He even knew that this would happen when He stepped from Heaven’s splendor to be born as a tiny babe in a stable in Bethlehem.  He tried to tell His disciples at the passover supper. “And He took bread and gave thanks, and brake it and gave unto them, saying, ‘This is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me.  Likewise also the cup after supper saying, ‘This cup is the new testament(covenant) in my blood which is shed for you.'” Luke 22:19-20

In the Garden of Gethsemane, He knew and He agonized but He said, “Father if thou be willing, remove this cup from me; netherless not my will but thine be done.” Luke 22:42

 

Our Pastor and several friends recently visited Jerusalem. The link below is the message Pastor Ferrell gave at the very Garden of Gethsemane where Jesus had sweat drops of blood and yielded to the Father for you and me. (click the link below.)

 

Garden of Gethsemane with Pastor Ferrell of Timberlake Baptist Church

 

He gave His life on the cross for us but He did not stay did. HE AROSE! We truly have something wonderful to celebrate;  He’s Alive!

Have a blessed Easter,

Love,

Kathy

The Plans I Have For You

Patty Moore is a friend from college who blogs about the daily life adventures of having an adult child with Autism and Epilepsy. It is wonderful to see through Aarons eyes as well as learning lessons from Patty. Bless you, Patty!

He Said What?!

I think most of the nation has had a milder than usual winter.  Here in Kansas, we really haven’t had a winter to speak of.  Trees were budding, bushes were bearing leaves, and perennials were poking out of the ground in February!

I shouldn’t have been surprised…..but I was surprised……to walk past my front flower bed one day in February and look down to see that my Salvia had made an appearance.  There were fresh little green leaves sticking up through the ground, unaware that the month was only February.  Salvia don’t look at calendars.  They only respond to the warmth of the sun and the mildness of the nights.

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Something occurs deep underground, in their roots, that awakens them and urges them to respond.  It’s God’s miracle of growth, not tied to the month of the year but to the environment around them.  And even though that environment can…

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Changing Styles: From Fluffy to Traditional/Vintage.

Traditionally, Monday is laundry day which means clean sheets! Who doesn’t love clean sheets? The only thing better is line dried sheets but we don’t have a yard so it must be the dryer for this gal!

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I like the new way of making beds. You know, the inviting look. The big fluffy comforter, pillow shams and lots of pillows which give the bed so much appeal. However, with cats in the house, I like to keep the pillows we sleep on covered. No kitty-smelling pillow for this gal! Besides, as much as I love fluffy, warm comforters, my husband is just the opposite.

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This was our seventeen-year-old Patch. He earned the priviledge of napping on the pillows. Besides, at night he slept on the pillow between us and sometimes on my head but that was a long time ago. 

The cozy comforter ended up folded at the end of the bed because it was too hot. Uncomfortable. And so, for Christmas one year, John picked out a bedspread. When it is folded to be carried to the dry cleaners, it’s heavy but it is surprisingly lightweight on the bed.

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Skippy taking possession of the new bedspread

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I moved out heavy comforter and pillow shams to the guest room and pulled this bedspread out of the closet. I was surprised how lightweight it was but it is slippery!

Every morning, one of us has a majority of the cover. (I keep a folded quilt on my side of the bed. I would freeze with just a sheet and bedspread.) So I tried tucking in the bedspread at the foot of the bed. Since we have a footboard, it wasn’t seen.

It didn’t work. I bought a roll of non-skid rug liner. (Also great for drawers and shelves.)

I put the liner between the top sheet and the bedspread. It didn’t work either.

Today is Monday so when I changed the sheets, I had a brilliant idea. (We’ll see!)

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This is the foot of the bedspread.

I pinned the rubber backing to the foot of the spread and tucked it in. Hopefully, the weight of the mattress will hold spread in place.

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“Tucking it in.”

And now I am reverting back to the traditional way of making the bed. The way Granny taught me when I was six-years-old. (I love nostalgia!)

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Add throw pillows so that it won’t look too plain.

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Just like John’s grandmother made her bed. 

Footnote. Ruby just came to get me and led me to the bedroom. She walked straight to the bed which is usually her way of saying, “lets nap!” I usually stand up the pillow so that she has room but this time I just moved the throw pillows and she jumped up, looked around and headed to the covered quilt at the foot of the bed.

I might have to find another quilt to cover up with tonight. Ruby is in for the night. At least until kitty snack time.

Spring Wreath

It doesn’t look like we will have snow here in Lynchburg, VA so I am anxious to plant seedlings and make a spring wreath.

Next week, I will plant my morning glory seeds that I harvested from our vine last fall. This will be my third year from the original seeds. However, it will be a while before they will be ready to bloom. I have ordered other seeds as well so we will have a colorful porch this year!

 

 

However, we still have cool days and nights ahead so I have turned my attention to a spring wreath. I saw one on Pinterest which was adorable and easy to make. I already had a foam wreath and all I needed was green eyelash yarn, daisy lace and pearl pins. Easy. Right?

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Plan A.)  I found the items I would need on Amazon but they weren’t “Prime” items (no shipping) so the cost of shipping was higher than the entire order.

Plan B.)  My husband took me to the craft shop this afternoon. I was so excited. I just knew they would have what I needed. They didn’t. (insert *sigh* here).

Plan C.)  Be Creative!

I found the pins, some adorable ribbon and vines. Not quite the same.

I wrapped the wreath form with the green checkered, lace centered ribbon.

Secured the ribbon with the pins.

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And now for the flowers – which are on a vine. This is where I need your help.

I just can’t decide. What would you do?

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  • Wrap the vine around the wreath?
  • Remove the flowers from the vine and pin them on?

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  • Add Ivy to the mix?

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Or should I gather the vines into a figure 8, tie with a matching bow and attach to a portion of the wreath? See why I need your help? Please leave a comment below telling us how you would finish the wreath. I would love to hear your suggestions!

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There are so many options for this insignificant but outward sign of welcome for our door.

This reminds me of Creation. Just think. God spoke the world into existence! He created the world and rested on the seventh day; enjoying the wondrous world He had made.

26) “And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.

27) So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.

28) And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.

29) And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.

30) And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat: and it was so.

31) And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.” (Genesis 1:26-31 KJV)

It wasn’t the beauty of the sky, the ocean or the creatures in the ocean. It wasn’t even the beautiful flowers in the garden. Nor was it the animals He created that gave Him the joy of communication. Fellowship. He saw that all He had made was good.  Yet, He wanted to commune with man whom He had made in His image. He said, “Let us make man in our (the Trinity. The Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Three in One.) He even saw that it wasn’t good for man to live alone and so He put Adam into a deep sleep and from his side, created Eve. (Genesis 1-3) So many decisions. Every detail, every trailing vine was created by God.

That makes my little spring wreath seem insignificant. Yet, every detail in creation is significant.

Why am I concerned about how to decorate this spring wreath? Because I am making it for Him.

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“And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men;”

(Colossians 3:23 KJV)

Delicious Scones

My sister, Judi always sends wonderful birthday gifts. This year she sent a package of scone mix. My husband had never eaten Scones and I haven’t made any from scratch in over 32 years so I was eager to try the mix.

 

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So I pulled out my favorite mixing bowl, added water, stirred and used a large spoon to “drop” them onto the parchment paper covered pan and placed a few in the toaster oven and covered the bowl with plastic wrap so that we could have fresh scones the next night.

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They turned out beautifully!

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I brushed the top with softened butter. They were delicious! I will not say how many we devoured but John loved them.

 

John at the Liberty Station in Bedford, Va

That’s my guy! (This photo was taken last year but it is one of my favs.)

We left one for you!

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We had one left to share with you! It went great with Peppermint Tea. Shall I pour a cup for you?

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I will definitely make these again. I might add a few more cranberries and dots of butter to the batter. The refrigerated batter worked out well the following day. I still prefer to cook from scratch but this was wonderful and was so easy to prepare.

 

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If you have considered buying this product, I definitely recommend it.

Thanks, Sis!

Sharing God’s Love

Mark 12-30 Rose by Mekel Rice

“We love Him, because He first loved us.” 

I John 4:19

“Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitation (the atoning sacrifice) for our sins.

Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.”

I John 4:10-11

We often speak of love as if it is a fuzzy feeling akin to having beautiful butterflies in our tummies and warm, tender thoughts. There is a time when this is an indication that there is a possibility of caring which will lead to a relationship but this isn’t love. This is a transient feeling that can change with the emotions.

I was recently reminded of one of my wonderful college professor’s definition of Agape` love – otherwise known as “Godly love.” (There are three words for love in the Greek but Agape` love is what I want to address this valentines day.)

Dr. Robert Delnay’s definition was; “Love is to purpose the good of another without the expectation of benefit to oneself.” (I hope I remembered this correctly. He had us set this to memory several decades ago.) In other words, To do what’s best for someone else without expecting something in return.

After all, we have the greatest example of all in John 3:16-18.

“For God so loved the world, that He sent His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

For God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world: but that the world through Him might be saved.

He that believeth on Him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.”

You see, He saw our need and made the greatest sacrifice to provide our need for a Savior. He filled that need by sending His only begotten to take our punishment (even though He was sinless) so that we will have everlasting life – with Him!

“Amazing love, how can it be? That Thou, my God shouldst die for me!”

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Candy is sweet and flowers have beauty but the love of our Savior is indeed the greatest gift of all. Won’t you receive His gift of love to you today?

Happy Valentines, dear friends. May your joy be full as you celebrate Valentines Day in Him!

If you would like to know how to love one another, check out I Corinthians 13 and apply it to your life this week. I know I will.

Love in Him,

Kathy