Monday, November 29, 2021

An Old-Fashioned Christmas Tale


    Poor Chris tried so hard, but couldn't seem to do anything right. He was clumsy even while eager to help. Chris lived many years ago on a run-down old farm with his mom, dad and brothers.

    This is a kids' book with a sweet story of how Chris learns the real meaning of Christmas. The book is illustrated with simple paintings and small pictures are included as extras for young ones to find and point out. This book is wonderful for parents and grandparents to read to children. The children will enjoy the story of Chris' trouble and the solution and will find Chris to be a likeable little guy. 

A fun book for kids and enjoyed by all ages. An old-fashioned Christmas tale. A wonderful gift in either print form or ebook. 

     Order from Amazon on the link.   Chris' Mess? No, It's Christmas!

                                                       Chris' Mess? No, It's Christmas!

Monday, November 15, 2021

WHAT Is "Thankful Stew"???


  Last night, we received one of those horrible calls telling us that two of our adult children had been in an accident after hitting a deer. It was dark on a highway, and they were going 70 mph when a deer ran right in front of them.

    Our family is close... and we all headed for the accident site... married son and his wife from one direction.... another son from another direction had just ordered pizza and was headed to get it, but diverted to drive the 30 minutes to the site. My husband and I and 2 of our other kids headed out from another direction to drive the 30 miles. (That was a LONG 30 miles!). Details were sketchy.... we just knew that the car was totalled.

     Married son and his wife got to the scene first as they were only about 15 minutes away. They called and said our daughter was sore, but okay and son looked awful with black eye, cut and bleeding hand. Police had arrived on scene...... Second son arrived a bit later... we were about 10 minutes out still... learned more and became more anxious to get there. Found out police objected to the 2 vehicles on site and said we couldn't come. Oh, my.... Panic for all as I needed to evaluate injuries and because we all wanted to be together. Driving by the accident site was hard ... and we really couldn't see anything except for the car in the median and police lights because it was so dark. 

   Talk on the phone with those on site brought the plan of running to the closest store a few miles away and getting frozen peas or corn to use as ice bags for the injured. We rushed to an Aldi and the son and daughter with us, ran inside... no peas, corn or mixed vegetables, but they were able to get 2 bags of frozen green beans. They rushed to the checkout where a nice person let them go ahead since they only had 2 things, Son thanked them and said it was for an emergency. The lady told the cashier to just charge her for them and told our son and daughter to go... and she would be praying and hoped the family would be okay. What a blessing on a very hard evening.

    Back in the van, we went to the accident site which was from the other direction... and pulled off the highway on the median enough to let me, our son, the big flashlights, green beans and first aid kit out, then husband and daughter went to next exit and pulled down exit ramp to be close enough to see lights though it was too dark to see anything else. 

     Checking my kids over, touching them, seeing them, was a relief... and it also set in as to what had happened, especially when I saw the inside of the car with the blown airbags. While waiting for the tow truck, they kept busy trying to figure out the accident pattern, looked for vehicle parts and tried to figure out the accident path. The officer had left by then and it was really dark, other than the flashing lights on my sons' trucks and flashlights. I called my husband on the phone and updated him as we found out more... and on the physical condition of our kids. Son kept saying he was fine, but looked awful... plan was to evaluate in better light... since he was able to function.

    When the tow truck finally came and pulled the car up on the truckbed with a winch, my guys discovered the missing front bumper... it was under the car. My son did a good job of keeping some control of the car, but the deer hit happened and air bags blew, so they couldn't see... reconstruction showed what happened. They came close to hitting guard rails next to the bridge abutment, then into the median where a metal culvert was in place which they hit, went airborne and landed... and finally stopped. Oh my! 

    After the tow truck left, we all got in the 3 vehicles and left to go to Walmart to use the bathroom, see that everyone was okay and get into the correct vehicles to head home(no one could get into the van with my husband since we couldn't cross the highway.). The 9 of us stood in a circle in the front of Walmart as my husband prayed and we thanked God for His mercies. My son who had ordered the pizza had received a call from the pizza place that his order was ready... while at the accident site. He told them he couldn't come to get it because of the accident. The manager told him they would just refund the money he had paid and he hoped all went well. So nice to have kind people, especially on such a rough evening.

    A rough evening.... but we could be planning a funeral or two of them today... but we aren't. That's where the "Thankful Stew" comes in. I made homemade stew and also used those green beans bought for us by that precious woman. Tonight, we will have stew and maybe cornbread... and we will continue to thank God. 

Son and daughter are very sore today.. son was determined to go to work today and he did. I appreciate his work ethic, but do not think he should have gone. He is an adult though and so I just watch and pray. His eye is very bruised from his glasses... those airbags sure did a lot of damage, but maybe they saved my kids from worse damage. We are thankful. 

          One of my sons works at a body shop and has said many times in the last month that they have been swamped with deer hits... and to be careful. He said this is more than they normally see... and the totaled car was towed to that body shop... they also had another vehicle towed in from a deer hit, today. He said that the damage seems worse this year... the deer hit cars are damaged worse than usual.. my son's had 6 airbags blow, which represents a lot of money. 

       We are still learning more about the accident as they remember more... it all happened so fast and they keep going over it trying to remember it all. One thing we learned was that a man who was driving near them, stopped right after the accident, saying he had seen the whole thing and was willing to be a witness if he was needed. He gave my son his contact information. God sure put several people in place to bless us last night. 

      Anyway, we are thankful, so we are having "Thankful Stew". (By the way, my daughters just tested the stew and said it was great... and one of them made cornbread to go with it.) We thank God for His mercy to us last night and will sure enjoy the "Thankful Stew", in a few minutes, and cornbread with family together as we remember the blessings among the difficulties of the accident.

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                                                                       ~Blessings, Katherine J Masters


Wednesday, November 3, 2021

A Christmas Book For Kids-New Release!

 A book for kids. Chris' Mess? No, Its' Christmas!

This is a fun book for kids. The setting is many years ago when times were hard. Chris is a boy who is easy to like as he makes mistakes so many times and struggles to avoid making more messes. This book shows some of those messes and also the solution to his problems. 

The pages of the book have small pictures for younger children to find, adding to the fun of the book. A wonderful book to read to children and enjoy together. The book would be good for ages 2-12, although other ages could also enjoy it. 

The e-book is available and now the print book is finally available as well! 
Available on Amazon - just click the link.

This would be especially nice to read in the weeks leading up to Christmas. Enjoy the sweet story together and get a glimpse into a simpler time in history.

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Saturday, October 16, 2021

Are You Ready For Winter?

      Are you feeling a bit rushed to get things done before winter arrives? I sure am. I see the beauty of the trees turning colors, the fields ready to harvest and the farmers working to get the crops in and I feel the same sense of urgency to prepare my home for a cold winter. 


    I still have tomatoes and peppers growing and need to harvest and preserve more of those. There are herbs to harvest and dry for winter use, plants to get ready to come inside for the winter, a duck house to build so our ducks can be all warm and snug this winter since the old duck house needs to be replaced, a wood stove to install and so much more. We are busy working on these when not working on the regular work. Your list probably looks different than mine, but maybe you are working hard also. It is a time to get ready.

     The length of sunlight each day is decreasing as the season changes too, and we all tend to be up and around before daylight and some don't get home until after dark... and we still have 2 more months before the days will start to become longer again. It all adds to the sense of urgency to be ready for winter... for cold... for bad roads and more. When it is all done and ready, there will be a sense of peace that we've done what we can and we will face the winter trials thankful our preparations are complete. (I hope we get to that point, this year!)    :)

     We have had years where we faced ice or snow early and didn't know where our winter gloves were or the snow scraper for icy car windows on cold mornings. We've had to scramble to bring plants in for an unexpected early freeze or stay outside in cold wet rainy conditions in the dark rushing before the temperature dropped to 28 degrees to save as much produce as possible because the frost hadn't been expected. Those are stress-filled times and I hope to avoid those each year. 

     It reminds me that we are to be preparing for another harvest and ending also. So many are dying without Christ and others are walking on the way to a Christ-less eternity, not realizing their time could be up at any moment. We need to tell them of salvation. We have no idea when the end will come for them or for us. Are you ready? I hope so. Are you looking for opportunities to share with those who are not ready? We need to diligently work in this time of harvest. I know I feel more and more aware of it every day.

     I hope you are saved and ready to meet God when your time comes and if so, what a blessing that will be! If not, there is no time like today to make sure your salvation. God made a way for us to spend eternity with Him and we do not have to die in our sins. What a blessing He sacrificed His Son for me... and for you. May we also tell others of that wonderful gift and be listening for the nudging of the Holy Spirit to talk to someone, even when we don't feel like it.  

     Are you enjoying the beauty of the fall scenery? Are you feeling a sense of urgency to get ready for winter? What projects are you needing to complete before winter? Are you also feeling an urgency to tell others of Christ? I would love to hear about either one or both in the comments. Thank you for joining me.                            

   ~Blessings,   Katherine J Masters

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Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Wonders of God's Creation


I love beautiful nature scenes and I love to pair them with Scripture also.

     I'm glad you stopped by and I hope you enjoyed God's Word and His beautiful creation with me. I find there is always something amazing to be found in nature. Sometimes it is a big scene and other times it is a closeup of some small part  to show details usually unseen. I find myself looking for these hidden gems in nature and in God's Word.
     I hope you have a good day and week and enjoy the obvious or hidden wonders around you. 
                                                                                Katherine J Masters

                         New Beginning at Rosewood: Finding Hope While Exploring an Old House

Thursday, May 27, 2021

Do You Ever Feel Like This?


Do you ever feel like that picture above? Empty? Still standing, but not much substance inside? A shell of who you used to be or who you wanted to be?

So many times, we can work on the outer part of our lives - those areas seen by others, our image, our reputation and more, yet forget about the substance inside, that part which makes us alive. We crumble bit by bit, not realizing how barren our lives have become as we continue to smile, have "fun", be active, go through the motions and put on a good face but a weariness, numbness and maybe even deadness grows until we are but a shell of who we wanted to be.... of who God created us to be.

  Is that you today? Are you still going through the motions and looking good on the outside, while slowly dying on the inside? 

What a dangerous place to be! I have been there and I have had to realize the danger and make immediate changes in order to survive, grow and thrive. What changes? First of all, I have to evaluate.. How is my walk with the Lord?
Am I reading my Bible to find the treasures God has for me... or to say I did it?
Am I spending time in prayer? Repentence? Forgiving? Obedience? Praising God? 
I have learned that for me, one of the biggest issues is, Am I getting enough rest? How is my health? Have I been doing too much again? Am I trying to "do it all"? Am I forgetting to allow physical rest and healing? Fatigue can quickly empty us.

Neglecting any of these can make a person spiritually sick and decay quickly sets in. Something else happens at this point also. We become more susceptible to the lies of satan... wondering if God really cares, feeling envious of others, allowing hurts to blind us to God's blessings, hardening our hearts to the still small voice of God. We can become fearful and timid. Some become grouchy or downright angry. 

Part of our evaluation should include checking our foundation... it is strong? Maybe we have learned God's Word and known Him for years and the foundation is pretty good. Repentance can allow God's work in our lives to continue and be fruitful. 

Maybe the foundation is crumbling or even missing in places. If our foundation is on anything but God, it is not a good foundation. Church traditions are not a good foundation. What makes me "happy" is not a good foundation. Pleasing others is not a good foundation. "The way I've always done it." is not a good foundation. Fear of criticism, Fear of not pleasing someone,  and other fears are also a bad foundation.

 No matter how much you build on a weak foundation, it will always stay weak because it isn't the right foundation. Find the source of the foundation problem and then steps can be taken to fix it. The only good foundation is God's Word. Many have tried other foundations and they can look good for a while, but emptiness shows up eventually. 

A willing and repentant heart submitted to God and trusting in His Word, is a good foundation. Our human nature is still there, but what a work God can do with a person willing to let God lead. He highlights weak areas and gives grace and wisdom to help us grow. The foundation grows stronger and His light is able to shine through us, even as a broken vessel. 

As we give praise to Him and remember to be thankful, peace and life grows, joy grows also. God continues the growing process and we can be content, even in difficult times as we trust Him to know all things, to lead us, to give wisdom and more. 

If you are feeling empty today, I hope you will check your foundation, fix it, and get back on track. God loves you and has a plan for your life... no, it won't be all "sunshine and roses", but He promises to be with us even in the trials.

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Monday, May 10, 2021

WHEN Fear Comes


When Fear Comes....

Fear DOES come to all of us at one time or another. What should we do with it? Do we hide it? Should we ignore it? Should we pretend we are not afraid? 

Some fears seem silly, others are big and real. What response should we have to fear WHEN it comes? Fear takes many forms. We all experience fear at times, but what do we do with it? How do we treat our fear? How do we treat the fears of others? 

It is sobering to realize we can build fear into the lives of our children or in our own lives. We can learn to hide our fears or encourage others to do the same. We can become controlled by fear or we can learn to allow God to strengthen us and teach our children to do so also.

We can also grow in the Lord and learn what He says about fear. We can develop the strengths He has given to us. We can claim His promises. We can face the fears we feel and evaluate them to see what action is required.

 Sometimes fear can prompt us to change things. When we stole a cookie as a child and feared being caught, it showed we were stepping into wrong territory. It was a warning. We had the choice to repent or rationalize or lie. Many adults today have hardened hearts and will rationalize stealing or doing other wrong things. Their character has been damaged. They made the wrong choice long ago and have set a course for their life of a lack of integrity. God can do a work to change that, but how much better to do the right thing in the first place.

Sometimes fear comes and we are prompted to action, such as when a child is drowning and we alert and run to save the child. Maybe we spend less when we realize how low the money level is and we act responsibly. Maybe we study harder for an important test to be prepared and avoid the fear we know will attack. Sometimes fear comes as a lack of planning or responsibility. Other times, fear attacks like it attacked the disciples in the storm while Jesus slept in the boat. How could they have prepared for that? 

There is much Scripture that speaks of the importance of spending time with God often and growing in Him. 

"What time I am afraid, I will trust in You." Psalm 56:11

"But he saith unto them, It is I; be not afraid." John 6:20

"But whoso hearkeneth unto me shall dwell safely, and shall be quiet from fear of evil." Proverbs 1:33

"Be not afraid of sudden fear, neither of the desolation of the wicked, when it cometh." Proverbs 3:25

    Fear will come. We can strengthen our walk with the Lord and handle it correctly. It takes work, on a day by day basis, to hide God's Word in our hearts, to know and trust His Word, to give Him praise for the blessings we take for granted, to communicate with Him in prayer regularly. Growing takes time, but spiritual strength will grow, if we let it. 

     "He shall not be afraid of evil tidings: his heart is fixed, trusting in the Lord." Psalm 112:7

     "Seek the Lord, and his strength: seek His face evermore." Psalm 105:4

     "Thou art my hiding place and my shield: I hope in thy word." Psalm 119:114

     There is no magic formula to be free from fear, but God does give us instruction on trusting in Him. I have found that building faith and trust in God on a regular basis and knowing that He is over all helps to prepare my heart to trust Him in harder times. He is the One who loves me and has a plan for my life and He is worthy of trust. This may be what I have to cling to when fear comes. Am I allowing Him to purify me or am I fighting against that purifying work? It is good to evaluate and reset our purpose of loving, obeying and honoring Him.... no matter what. 

     Thank you for visiting today. I hope you have a wonderful week. I would love to hear from you in the comments.  ~Blessings, Katherine

New Beginning at Rosewood: Finding Hope While Exploring an Old House by Katherine J Masters

An Old-Fashioned Christmas Tale

      Poor Chris tried so hard, but couldn't seem to do anything right. He was clumsy even while eager to help. Chris lived many years ...