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If you want to be a true roast-beefy, old fashioned girl:

Likes and Dislikes

Learn to like what doesn’t cost too much.

Learn to like reading, conversation, music.

Learn to like plain food, plain service, plain cooking.

Learn to like fields, trees, brooks, hiking, rowing, climbing hills.

Learn to like people, even though some of them may be different from you.

Learn to like to work and enjoy the satisfaction of doing your job as well as it can be done.

Learn to like the songs of birds, the companionship of dogs.

Learn to like gardening, puttering around the house, and fixing things.

Learn to like the sunrise and sunset, the beating of rain on the roof and windows, and the gentle fall of snow on a winter day.Learn to keep your wants simple, and refuse to be controlled by the likes and dislikes of others.–Lowell B. Bennion

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A rhyme

Needs and Wants
By, E.P.
All I want is all I need,
and this is very small.
I bed, a chair, a shelf for books,
A picture for the hall.
All I need is all I want,
And this is very little.
A garden and a kitchen,
And a nook in which to piddle.
1/18/08
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“Just what I’ve always wanted!”


I learned, or relearned rather, a lesson yesterday.
I will start off with the most shallow part of this lesson which begins with a frightful moment in 6th grade. I had always thought that it would make perfect sense if I married an artist because then he could illustrate my books and we would be like Don and Audrey Woods. While I was in 6th grade, this was about the time when I began to hear people say that God “called them to marry” so-and-so or “led them to pursue” someone. And so, as an adolescent, I thought that this meant that I had nothing to do with who I married. Then, during Vacation Bible School, I discovered that one of my peers, a boy who I was less than fond of, was an artist. I was quite scared! I thought “Oh great, now God is going to tell me to marry this guy!” So this was a fear of mine for a little while. Next, I began to hear about those girls who have all these ideals and then fall in love on a whim and marry some guy who is totally different than she expected the guy she married to be. This was another fear of mine.
Yesterday in Anne of Avonlea (which I finished by the way and will soon review) Diana Barry became engaged to Fred Wright. Anne, besides feeling alone in the world of singles, wondered what Diana saw in Fred. He wasn’t the ideal man that Diana had claimed to want. He wasn’t tall and slim, he was short and stout. He was just Fred!
Diana had changed and now no one could make her happier, and she wouldn’t even want Fred to be tall and slim because then he wouldn’t be Fred. And at this, Anne thinks that she will never change her ideals. But as we all know, she does. She finally sees the light and falls in love with Gilbert Blythe. And right as Anne says this, I think the exact same thing. But Anne changed her ways…no! Neeeevvveeer!
As this files through my head, not yet processed I learn part two of the lesson.
I was having a sort of “low day” yesterday and so I looked to my trusty black bible for help. In the Reader’s Help under “filled with longing,” I found a verse which now means a lot to me:
“Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart.”
Psalm 37:4
God says that if we delight ourselves in Him then he will give us what we want.
If you delight yourself in God your desires will match His own heart and you will want to do his will. Then, your heart’s desire will be fulfilled because your desires will change.
Just like how Diana Barry was happy when her ideals changed.
So I will delight myself in The Lord and receive the desires of my heart!

Everly Pleasant
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Keeping Secrets

As a child,

“keeping a secret” usually involved kindergarten crushes, picking noses or Christmas presents.

And now days it usually involves high school crushes, guilty venting or Christmas presents.

And I have very few of these. I tell Sabrina most everything and even then, there are only a handful of things that only she knows. I am not hiding much. But today I was thinking, and I came to the conclusion that there are some situations where you should keep things to yourself..or between you and God rather. Sometimes, when you have a spiritual experience I think that it should often times be kept in your heart.

Luke 2:19 says But Mary treasured all these things, pondering them in her heart. Obviously, this was not a secret. God included this in the bible, but we don’t know what she pondered. God knows, but we don’t. She kept this thoughts to herself, these thoughts on being the young virgin mother of Jesus Christ. I do have these types of secrets, the type that are from God to me and not for others to know. Now, I understand that sometimes things are to be let out…I believe strongly in this, but I do also believe in exceptions. Some things are just between you and God and aren’t to be shared, either because other people wouldn’t understand or because it would be seen as bragging about your relationship with God or any other reason. Sometimes, if I feel like I’ve done something impressive, I feel like keeping it to myself as a sign to myself of selflessness. Sure, it is tempting to brag, but that is, of course, wrong.

Also, somewhere in the bible (though I haven’t been able to relocate it) it talks about Paul having a vision (of heaven if I remember correctly) and God tells him to share what he saw with nobody.

Conclusion:

It is healthy to keep some secrets
Everly Pleasant ><>
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