Wednesday, January 18, 2012

ONWARD: Dodie Osteens's CHOOSING LIFE; One Day at a Time

A few years ago I received a daily devotional book as a gift from my brother and his wife for Christmas that was entitled CHOOSING LIFE; One Day at a Time, that was written by Dodie Osteen.  It is a daily devotional book for men as well as for women.  This book means a lot to me and helped me through a difficult time.  It is one of the books I plan to keep with me the rest of my life.

Topics from CHOOSING LIFE include Salvation, Miracles, Fellowship with God, and Keys to Living in Victory. The author, Dodie Osteen , co founded Lakewood Church with her late husband Pastor John Osteen in 1959.  She is also the mother of the present pastor of Lakewood Church, Joel Osteen.

Mrs. Osteen states she has been privy to God's miracles in her own life as well as miracles church members of Lakewood have received through the years.  Mrs. Osteen says she was healed of metastatic cancer in 1981. She is a Registered Nurse and also the author of a book entitled HEALED OF CANCER.

There is one quote from Dodie Osteen that to me is pretty much the thing to remember and that is, " I hold fast to God's Word daily.  My life depends on it, and yours does too."

Sources: CHOOSING LIFE, Dodie Osteen, Free Press, 2006, a Division of Simon &Schuster, Inc.
Picture credit:,9o20Dodie



Wednesday, January 11, 2012

ONWARD: And She Can't Even Cook!

From the hills of western Kentucky hails a blog entitled AND SHE CAN'T EVEN COOK! by a woman named Kellie.  I came across this blog by accident when I was searching online for an easy to make recipe for baked barbecue chicken. I was delighted when I realized that this is a blog from our area that we live in.

Kellie is a school librarian whose interests include cooking, crafts, sewing, quilting, and blogging.  Kellie has several other blogs but this blog has easy to make crafts and recipes which is what I am interested in.  This blog also includes bits and pieces of Kellie's everyday life as well as her journey into the making of quilts.

You can find this blog here at
or you can find it through Google or other search engines.

I feel that the blog AND SHE CAN'T EVEN COOK !  is very representative of the interests and lives of a lot of working women in the state of Kentucky. Check it out!!


*these images are not mine

Saturday, January 7, 2012

ONWARD: Tracing Rainbows


TRACING RAINBOWS is a blog from a woman named Angela who lives across the pond in Leicestershire, England.  Angela describes herself as a "preacher, teacher, wife, mother, craftswoman."

On TRACING RAINBOWS Angela writes about everyday life living in her village as a protestant pastor's wife and as a substitute teacher.  She appears to be able to read and write easily and makes blog posts on TRACING RAINBOWS several times per week.  Some of her most recent posts are about making homemade Christmas presents and about being thrifty.

For me, being an American, it is interesting to note the words and expressions English people may choose to use in everyday life that differ from the words American people primarily choose to use.  For example, Americans will say they have to clean the house while British people say they are going to tidy up.

You can find TRACING RAINBOWS here at or you may search for it online through Google or other search engines.  Check it out!

*these are not my pictures.


Thursday, January 5, 2012

ONWARD: Goethe Quotes, part 2

Here are more quotes from the German writer Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. There are so many quotes from Goethe's conversations and writings that we can only include a few of them.  That being said, GOETHE QUOTES ROCK!!!

"We are shaped and fashioned by what we love."

"Hold your powers together for something good and let everything go that is for you without result and is not suited to you."

"You can easily judge the character of a man by how he treats those who can do nothing for him."

"There is no past we can bring back by longing for it.  There is only an eternal now that builds and creates out of the past something new and better."

"Difficulties increase the nearer we get to the goal."

"I love those that yearn for the impossible."

"By seeking and blundering we learn."

"Enjoy what you can and endure what you must."

"If you treat an individual as he is, he will remain how he is.  But if you treat him as if he were what he ought to be and could be, he will become what he ought to be and could be."

"Oblivion is full of people who allow the opinions of others to overrule their belief in themselves."

*also pages 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
photos: photos are not mine

Wednesday, January 4, 2012


Johann Wolfgang von Goethe was a German writer best known as the author of  the drama FAUST.  Goethe wrote drama, poetry,  and literature with themes of theology, humanism, and science.  Goethe questioned if humans have free will and if an individual can have a truly good experience of life if they are repressed from society and convention or repressed out of fear.  From his writings and conversations many quotes have been taken.  I am posting a few of Goethe's quotes here for contemplation and encouragement as we move onward into this new year,

"There is strong shadow where there is much light."

"Deeply earnest and thoughtful people stand on shaky footing with the public."

"Daring ideas are like chessmen moved forward.  They may be beaten, but they may start a winning game."

"Keep not standing fixed and rooted.  Briskly venture, briskly roam."

"Life belongs to the living and he who lives must be prepared for changes."

"The greatest thing in this world is not so much where we stand as in what direction we are moving."

*these are not my pictures