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Seeking Peace-The Doctor’s Office

18 Jan

On the Porch

Onisha Ellis

 

Consistency is not one of my strong points. I make plans then abandon them as something glitters brighter. In my search for Peace, my goal is to share weekly my opportunities to live at peace with all mankind.

I have discovered that without the first two fruit of the spirit, love and joy, peace doesn’t have much of a chance to rule my mind. I am thankful, that though the journey of love and joy is painful, I have grown in them. For this new journey I have chosen JOHN 15: 4  as my touchstone:

 

Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. 

 

My opinionated personality will certainly need to be doing some abiding!

 

 

 

This week’s case involves a call to my primary care physician office. I was miserable with a sinus infection and wanted to be seen. Unfortunately, due to a mandatory office meeting, I could not be seen for two days. I did not react well.  (Note to self- the person answering the phone did not cause this situation, don’t subject her to your ire.) On the positive side, my husband drove me to a nearby walk in treatment clinic and I was seen within the hour and started on meds immediately. Of course, mentally I was still angry. 

Do you think it would be interesting if I share my journey case notes as in this weeks opportunity?

Seeking peace case notes- The Doctor’s Office  1/15/19

I dont have to walk in anger when I can choose to walk in your love. Pray for them rather than mentally berate then. This is hard!!!

Love- every person in the office is precious to God. 

Joy-anger steals my access to joy. 

Peace – I thank you God, that you love every person who works in that office. My heart takes joy in knowing that because of my frustration, you prompted my heart to pray, rather than berate them. 

Peace- when I choose to pray blessing rather than mentally churn in anger, I have peace. 

Question: Does praying blessings on them initially negate the lingering annoyance?

 

 

I'm a winnerAfter my retirement, I decided to re-learn the canning and preserving skills I learned from my mother but hadn’t practiced for twenty years. I titled the blog Old Things R New to chronicle my experience.  Since then I have been blessed to have six other bloggers join me, DiVoran Lites, Bill Lites,  Judy Wills, Louise Gibson, Janet Perez Eckles and Melody Hendrix

In addition to blogging, I work as the publicist/marketer/ amateur editor and general  “mom Friday” for my author daughter, Rebekah Lyn. I also manage her website, Rebekah Lyn Books  where we frequently host the best in up and coming authors.

 

This is the video highlight of our pastor’s sermon last Sunday, Tools of the Trade

 

 

 

Don’t Judge

17 Jan

On the Porch

Onisha Ellis

 

Photo credit WFTV 9 in Orlando, Fl

 

 

We are spending the winter in Florida. Before we left North Carolina we had some wet and chilly days so I was able to observe the type of outerwear being worn this year. This, along with some weight loss prompted me to purchase a lightweight but warm, quilted jacket at the an after Christmas sale. ( Everyone was wearing them) When I packed for Florida, I brought 4 outerwear items. 4… What was I thinking? When we lived in Florida full-time I never had 4. I would drool over sweaters in the stores but I already had one I liked so why spend the money?

This week brought some chilly temps as well as wind and gave me a chance to observe the Florida folks outerwear. I saw lots of sweatshirts and even dress length coats. Now non Florida raised people might consider this to be wimpy but you would be wrong. Cute sweatshirts and coats are fun to wear and since the state has limited cold days, they must be worn as soon as the temps drop.

The political world has a mantra: “Don’t let a crisis go to waste.” Well in Florida we have one too: “Don’t let a chilly day go to waste!”

 

 

I'm a winnerAfter my retirement, I decided to re-learn the canning and preserving skills I learned from my mother but hadn’t practiced for twenty years. I titled the blog Old Things R New to chronicle my experience.  Since then I have been blessed to have six other bloggers join me, DiVoran Lites, Bill Lites,  Judy Wills, Louise Gibson, Janet Perez Eckles and Melody Hendrix

In addition to blogging, I work as the publicist/marketer/ amateur editor and general  “mom Friday” for my author daughter, Rebekah Lyn. I also manage her website, Rebekah Lyn Books  where we frequently host the best in up and coming authors.

Today I Choose to Hear His Word

11 Jan

On the Porch

Onisha Ellis

 

photo credit simon matzinger unsplash photo

 

Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love,

for I have put my trust in you.

Show me the way I should go, for to you I lift up my soul.

PSALM 143: 8

And Then the Sun Came Out

10 Jan

On the Porch

Onisha Ellis

 

We certainly didn’t have a white Christmas or New Years in Western North Carolina. The only white we experienced was fog and clouds.

 

 

We enjoy clouds and mist but after a while, it does become monotonous. We awoke on Saturday to a brilliant sun. We were supposed to be returning to Florida for the winter that morning, but an unexpected medical test required a day’s rest for my husband before we could travel.  Rebekah and I decided to take advantage of the day of sunshine to explore 12 Spies Vineyard in Rabun Gap, Georgia.

The vineyard had been on my wish list to explore with Rebekah for quite a while and I was intrigued by this excerpt from their website. From our home, sunsets are blocked by the mountains and I really miss them.

12 Spies Vineyards is tucked between the North East Mountains to the west and the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest to the east. The sunsets are spectacular and views from the vineyard are stunning. There are many gardens filled with gourds, pumpkins, flowers and vegetables scattered around the 9 acre property. Bring your camera and enjoy a glass of wine from the covered deck or take a relaxing walk.

After making sure my husband was ok and promising to not do any lifting, Rebekah and I set out on the 30 minute drive to Rabun Gap. We spotted a sign directing us to turn off highway 441 and the adventure began! The next sign we saw pointed us to turn onto a “less traveled” road and I was a bit leery. Mountains roads have a tendency to wander and one can end up in odd places. Fortunately, this road ended up in the right place.

I wish I had taken a picture of the tasting room. What was the point of a new camera for Christmas, if I forget to use it?  The tasting room is small with a cozy ambiance. Our host was a lovely woman who reminded Rebekah and I of one of the actresses on the television show, Cedar Cove. She explained their wines and was patient as we made our tasting choices. I love the idea of drinking wine, but my body doesn’t. When I explained that I wouldn’t be able to handle tasting, she offered me mini pours. I decided to purchase a bottle of 2016 Lordy Mercy Sweet White to give as a thank you gift to a friend. After several pours, Rebekah chose, I think, 2017 Holy Moses Sweet Red. The tasting room has a patio with inviting views. We decided to enjoy the sunshine, me with water and Rebekah with wine.

 

The winery doesn’t prepare food, but it does offer packaged foods and after a while in the outdoors, we decided to have a snack of cheese and crackers. I went inside to order and I was disappointed to learn they were out of the cheese trays. They did have hummus so I ordered that for Rebekah. The host asked if I wanted hummus as well and I explained that I only eat low carb. She set about pulling together items that I could eat and I had two cheese slices and some cucumbers at no charge. I sure did appreciate her extra efforts.

I like the rustic table set and the casual feel of the patio. Some afternoons and evenings they offer live music.

 

In the distance I could see cows grazing against the backdrop of the beautiful hills. ( I have a “thing” for cows) I can imagine how beautiful the scenery will be in the spring and summer and fall. And I plan to return with a picnic to enjoy sunset.

 

 

If you are driving through North East Georgia, choosing the less traveled road to the winery would be a pleasant diversion. I can’t compliment the owners enough for the friendly hospitality. Call ahead for hours or check their website.

12 Spies Vineyard

550 Black Branch Road
Rabun Gap, GA 30568

706-490-0890

 

 

I'm a winnerAfter my retirement, I decided to re-learn the canning and preserving skills I learned from my mother but hadn’t practiced for twenty years. I titled the blog Old Things R New to chronicle my experience.  Since then I have been blessed to have six other bloggers join me, DiVoran Lites, Bill Lites,  Judy Wills, Louise Gibson, Janet Perez Eckles and Melody Hendrix

In addition to blogging, I work as the publicist/marketer/ amateur editor and general  “mom Friday” for my author daughter, Rebekah Lyn. I also manage her website, Rebekah Lyn Books  where we frequently host the best in up and coming authors.

Today I Choose to Seek Peace

4 Jan

On the Porch

Onisha Ellis

 

2018 was a year-long journey to experiencing joy. I have a tee-shirt that is inscribed with “Joy…in spite of.”  While reading Galatians 5:22-23, I decided that my purpose for 2019 would be to aspire to the next aspect of the Spirit’s fruit and peace was next on the list.

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!

 

I confess I am not looking forward to 2020 with long-suffering following peace!

Hebrews 12:14-15 advises us to make every effort to live in peace with everyone. How hard can that be?  Ha!

I confess that the state of my mind this first three days of January has been a war zone with past angers rising like a bon fire’s hungry flames.

 

 

Hebrews 12:14-15 Make every effort to live in peace with everyone and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord. See to it that no one falls short of the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many.

 

We are living in an era that is soaked in contentious speech and disrespect.Seeking peace will be challenging, yet exciting.  I’m counting on converting the flames of anger into flames that will purge bitterness from my heart and mind so that no roots will survive.

Redeemed Angel

3 Jan

On the Porch

Onisha Ellis

 

 

Painting by DiVoran Lites

 

Morning mist, heavy with moisture shrouded our front yard as I sipped my first cup of coffee for the day.  Does any other cup, taste as satisfying as that first cup? Our land has two levels with the house setting on the top while the front yard is flat, then drops sharply towards the road. The mist draped the tress “down below” in white shadows.

My mind drifted to our hopes and dreams eight years ago at my husband’s retirement. Finally we would have a home in the North Carolina mountains, a retreat from Florida’s long and brutal summer heat. And it was all good for a time. My husband enjoyed his woodworking shop and a brand new rider mower. The slope below our house was a challenge to weed whack, but he was able to do it…until he wasn’t. It became evident, that we were going to need to hire help, something of which, we had no experience. We asked our friends and they recommended John, but he came with a caveat. John had served jail time for driving under the influence more than once.

After jail, John began attending our church and eventually married one of the women in the congregation. He was a hard worker and could turn his hand at just about anything from lawn care to home repairs but due to his record, his drivers license was suspended. One of our friends drove John to his job sites for quite a while until his drivers license was returned.

We hired John that summer and he was a blessing. What had taken my husband a couple of hours to clear, John could knock out in 45 minutes or less.  He was a regular helper among our friends and we often talked about what John had done for us that week. He kept our yard looking tidy for at least three years. In time, my husband’s health improved and he was eventually able to resume his yard work.

As I continued sipping my coffee, I gave thanks for John and I wondered, did God place him in our lives, kind of like an angel, a redeemed angel?

 

 

 

 

I'm a winnerAfter my retirement, I decided to re-learn the canning and preserving skills I learned from my mother but hadn’t practiced for twenty years. I titled the blog Old Things R New to chronicle my experience.  Since then I have been blessed to have six other bloggers join me, DiVoran Lites, Bill Lites,  Judy Wills, Louise Gibson, Janet Perez Eckles and Melody Hendrix

In addition to blogging, I work as the publicist/marketer/ amateur editor and general  “mom Friday” for my author daughter, Rebekah Lyn. I also manage her website, Rebekah Lyn Books  where we frequently host the best in up and coming authors.

 

Joyful Christmas

25 Dec

On the Porch

Onisha Ellis

 

And the angel said unto them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people- Luke 2:10

 

 

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Finding joy has been my journey in 2018. I could not have followed this journey without the wonderful counselor, whispering courage and truth into my heart.

On behalf of my faithful friends, the blogging team of Old Things R New, we wishes each of our readers and friends a joyful and blessed Christmas.

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