About Frugal Fish

I grew up on Elim Bible Institute, Lima NY & Pinecrest Bible Training Center (Now the Whitestone Academy), Salisbury Center, NY, where my father was on staff. I have read the Bible through, every year since I was 13. I moved to Fairfield and started playing the piano at the Foursquare Church. I became secretary/treasurer and served for 24 years, stepping down due to a health issue. My family now attends the Fairfield satellite of Faith Christian Outreach Center, Mt. Pleasant, where we serve in the worship band. We have three grown children and one grandchild. ©2009-2018 frugalfish.org. All rights reserved.

Take Up His Cross

“Which goes better with Benadryl – Claritin or Zyrtec?”

That was the question I asked my doctor today. The answer was Zyrtec.

I am afraid to watch my grandson because of the hives. Then I remembered he saw them on Sunday. They didn’t seem to bother him.

“If you consider what you are within you will not care what men talk of you. For man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks upon the heart. Man considers the deeds, but God weighs the intentions. (2-6-3)

“Principles of a Centered Life” compiled and with notes by Michael Phillips

I know God heals every disease but it is on His timetable.

Matthew 10:1, “Summoning His twelve disciples, He gave them authority over unclean spirits, to drive them out and to heal every disease and sickness.”

Christian Standard Bible

This is my cross to bear today – but not forever!

Luke 9:23, “Then he said to them all, ‘If anyone wants to follow after me, let him deny himself, take up his cross and follow me.”

Christian Standard Bible

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Had Endured Much

The hives are dry but not as red. I decided to drink more water.

I’m tempted to take a sick day and go back to bed. But I know Satan hates to see me sitting at the computer, dressed and in my right mind.

Luke 5:15, “They came to Jesus and saw the man who had been demon-possessed, sitting there, dressed and in his right mind; and they were afraid.”

Christian Standard Bible

I can relate to the woman who touched Jesus. I have “endured much under many doctors.”

Luke 5:26, “Had endured much under many doctors. She had spent all she had and was not helped at all. On the contrary, she became worse.”

Christian Standard Bible

When the woman touched Jesus, instantly she was healed, (Mark 5:29). When Jesus touched the dead girl, immediately she got up, (Mark 5:41-42).

Jairus asked Jesus to touch his daughter. The woman touched Jesus. How do we touch Jesus? Through praise and worship.

A Prayer

Dear Heavenly Father,

I want to touch Jesus. What would you like to hear? Please touch me.

In the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ,

Amen

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Nothing is Concealed That Won’t Be Revealed

I woke up to mucus in my eyes again. The mirror revealed a black scab where my mouth had split open and dry, red hives around my mouth and eyes.

I ate a banana muffin, took my meds, and soaked my face with cool washcloths.

Then I googled treatment for hives around the eyes. At the “American Association of Dermatology Academy,” aad.org, I read those with latex allergies should avoid bananas. I ate a homemade banana muffin four days in a row!

They also warned against red dye. I took Allegra 180 for years. I checked the bottle. It has red dye. I won’t go back to Allegra.

I called the pharmacist to see if I could take a Claritin with the antihistamine I am currently on. I was relieved when he said yes. (I would have to wait 8 hours before taking a Benadryl.)

Yesterday, Rick B. mentioned sugar as a culprit. I drank a cup of black coffee with my dry Cheerios.

“The blessing is greater than a miracle. …Blessings keep us out of crisis. …Miracles are for unbelievers and new Christians.”

“Life Beyond Miracles,” in a sermon by John Tasch on June 12, 2020

I wanted a miracle; I got a blessing. Had God completely healed the hives yesterday, I would not know to avoid bananas.

Luke 8:17, “For nothing is concealed that won’t be revealed, and nothing hidden that won’t be made known and brought to light.”

Christian Standard Bible

A Proverb

Proverbs 4:7, “Wisdom is the most valuable commodity – so buy it! Revelation knowledge is what you need – so invest in it!”

The Passion Translation

A Prayer

Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank you for revealing two more things to avoid. I pray the results from the food allergy test will come soon.

In the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ,

Amen.

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Jesus Touched Him

Last week, I played the keyboard with sunglasses and a mask on. They covered the hives.

I said I was being a “Diva” but the truth was the hives were infected. Right after church we went to the walk-in clinic. She prescribed antibiotics and different antihistamines.

I was disappointed when I woke today and still had red, burning hives. I decided to just ignore them.

When I read today’s verse, I thought, “I wish Jesus was in my kitchen.”

“Matthew 8:3, “Reaching out his hand, Jesus touched him, saying, ‘I am willing; be made clean.’ ”

Christian Standard Bible

Hebrews 13:8 tells us, Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. He is in my kitchen!

In John 9:1-12, we read of Jesus healing a man blind from birth. His disciples asked him, “Who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind.”

Jesus said, “Neither…but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him.”

Am I willing for the works of God to be displayed in me? Are you?

A Prayer

Dear Heavenly Father,

I know suffering is a part of life on this broken planet. Help me to endure. I pray that your glory is displayed in me.

In the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ,

Amen

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Your Father Sees in Secret

The hives around my mouth are gone. I ate cheesy potatoes, drank an inch of chocolate milk, and had “Blueberry Cheesecake” – twice! I think I can rule out dairy allergies.

(Please, God, don’t let me be allergic to chocolate!)

Shrimp caused a major flare a few weeks ago. I also reacted to perch and flounder. I don’t believe I am allergic to all fish. We used to eat a lot of tilapia.

“…Fishermen in Israel favored the Sea of Galilee because they could harvest different kinds of fish there. Three varieties were particularly plentiful: a small fish that resembled a sardine, tilapia (or musht, otherwise known as St. Peter’s fish), and carp. Although fishermen on the Sea of Galilee caught catfish and eels, they normally discarded them because Jewish people did not eat them. …”

“Fishermen in the First Century” by Argile A. Smith Jr in the “Holy Land Illustrated Bible”

Matthew 6:4, & 18, “…And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.”

Christian Standard Bible

Secrets

There are no secrets from God. He sees everything. He hears everything. He knows everything…even where the fish are! Remember what we read on December 30th?

Luke 5:4-6, “When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, ‘Put out into deep water and let down your nets for a catch.’ 5) ‘Master,’ Simon replied, ‘we’ve worked hard all night long and caught nothing. But if you say so, I’ll let down the nets.’ 6) When they did this, they caught a great number of fish, and their nets began to tear.”

Christian Standard Bible

And from Proverbs

Proverbs 2:1, 9, “My child, will you treasure my wisdom? Then, and only then, will you acquire it. And only if you accept my advice and hide it within will you succeed. 9) Then you will discover all that is just, proper, and fair, and be empowered to make right decisions as you walk into your destiny.”

The Passion Translation

A Prayer

Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank you for the reminder that you see what is in my heart.

Show me which fish to eat.

In the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ,

Amen

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Blessed Are Those…

12:37 a.m. I woke up to a sharp pain in my little toe – a chronic hangnail had caught in my sock and was pulling on the nerve.

Happy New Year to me!

I cut my nails.

Insomnia…and heartburn.

I made hot chocolate and read a magazine.

6:00 a.m. My face is burning. The hives around my eyes are red. Was it the cheese from the cheesy potatoes? Or the cream cheese in the Blueberry Cheesecake? Or hot chocolate? I don’t know. The results from my food allergy test did not come in.

Or is it Prednisone rebound rash? I took 30 mg yesterday. It seems to take 40 mg or more to bring down a flare.

And it keeps coming back.

David suggested I use frozen peas for the burning. I took Ibuprofen for the redness and pain.

A year ago, I was recovering from a lumpectomy. That was much worse!

My New Bible

The Bible I purchased to read in 2021 is the “Holy Land Illustrated Bible,” because our trip to the Holy Land is scheduled for March. (It was postponed twice because of the Coronavirus or COVID-19.) It is the “Christian Standard Bible version.”

I also read one Proverb from “The Passion Translation.”

Matthew 5 – what a great way to start the New Year! I’m reading how I am blessed, even in suffering.

Matthew 5:4, “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.”

Christian Standard Bible

I didn’t appreciate sympathy cards until my dad went home to heaven. Then I started sending them to everyone, even people I barely knew.

(I appreciate the one day my skin was clear this week.)

And from Proverbs

Proverbs 1:1, 2, “Here are kingdom revelations, words to live by, the words of wisdom given to empower you to reign in life, written as proverbs by Israel’s King Solomon, David’s son. 2) Within these sayings will be found the revelation of wisdom and the impartation of spiritual understanding. Use them as keys to unlock the treasures of true knowledge.”

The Passion Translation

I Learned

I am blessed no matter how I suffer.

Each day that I read my Bible, I will find:

  1. Kingdom revelations
  2. Words to live by
  3. Words of wisdom
  4. Words to empower me to reign in life
  5. Revelation of wisdom
  6. Impartation of Spiritual understanding
  7. Treasures of true knowledge

Another Lesson

Luke 6:41, “Why do you look at the splinter in your brother’s eye, but don’t notice the beam of wood in your own eye?”

Christian Standard Bible

How easy it is to see the faults in others! From now on, I plan to say, “It’s just a splinter.”

“Oftentimes…we do not perceive our own inward blindness, how great it is. We often practice evil, and make it worse by excuses.” (2-5-1)

“Principles of a Centered Life,” Compiled and with notes by Michael Phillips, p. 63

A Promise

Proverbs 1:33, “But the one who always listens to me will live undisturbed in a heavenly peace. Free from fear, confident and courageous, you will rest unafraid and sheltered from the storms of life.”

The Passion Translation

We have sleet and snow predicted for the day.

A Prayer

Dear Heavenly Father,

As I wrestle with the beam in my own eye, forgive me for judging others. Forgive me for complaining about a hangnail and hives. I’m grateful that I am not recovering from surgery or COVID-19. Thank you for bringing us safely through when our family contracted it in November.

And thank you for our biggest blessing – Gideon David, who joined our family in August! Thank you for bringing him safely through when he contracted COVID-19.

Guide us through 2021.

In the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ,

Amen

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January 2021 Chapters

  • 1 – Matthew 5; Luke 6
  • 2 – Matthew 6, 7
  • 3 – Matthew 8; Luke 7
  • 4 – Mark 4; Luke 8
  • 5 – Mark 5; Matthew 9
  • 6 – Matthew 10; Luke 9
  • 7 – Mark 6; John 6
  • 8 – John 7; Matthew 11
  • 9 – Matthew 12, 13
  • 10 – Matthew 14, 15
  • 11 – Matthew 16; Mark 7, 8
  • 12 – Matthew 17; Mark 9
  • 13 – Matthew 18; John 8
  • 14 – John 9, 10
  • 15 – Luke 10, 11
  • 16 – Luke 12, 13
  • 17 – Luke 14-16
  • 18 – John 11; Luke 17
  • 19 – Matthew 19, 20
  • 20 – Mark 10; Luke 18
  • 21 – Mark 12; Luke 20
  • 22 – Matthew 22, 23
  • 23 – Mark 13; Luke 21
  • 24 – Matthew 24, 25
  • 25 – John 14, 15
  • 26 – John 16
  • 27 – 1 Samuel 1-3
  • 28 – 1 Samuel 4-7
  • 29 – 1 Samuel 8-10
  • 30 – 1 Samuel 11-13
  • 31 – 1 Samuel 14, 15

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December 2020 Chapters

  • 1 – Deuteronomy 17-20
  • 2 – Deuteronomy 21-23
  • 3 – Deuteronomy 24-27
  • 4 – Deuteronomy 28
  • 5 – Deuteronomy 29-31
  • 6 – Deuteronomy 32, 33; Psalms 90; Deuteronomy 34
  • 7 – Joshua 1-4
  • 8 – Joshua 5-7
  • 9 – Joshua 8, 9
  • 10 – Joshua 10-12
  • 11 – Joshua 13-15
  • 12 – Joshua 16-19
  • 13 – Joshua 20-22
  • 14 – Joshua 23, 24; Judges 1
  • 15 – Judges 2-4
  • 16 – Judges 5, 6
  • 17 – Judges 7, 8
  • 18 – Judges 9, 10
  • 19 – Judges 11-13
  • 20 – Judges 14-16
  • 21 – Judges 17-19
  • 22 – Judges 20, 21
  • 23 – Ruth 1-4
  • 24 – Luke 1
  • 25 – Luke 2; Matthew 1
  • 26 – Matthew 2; John 1
  • 27 – Luke 3; Matthew 3; Mark 1
  • 28 – Matthew 4; Luke 4; John 2
  • 29 – John 3, 4
  • 30 – Mark 2; Luke 5
  • 31 – Mark 3; John 5

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November 2020 Chapters

  • 1 – Leviticus 4-6
  • 2 – Leviticus 7, 8
  • 3 – Leviticus 9-11
  • 4 – Leviticus 12, 13
  • 5 – Leviticus 14, 15
  • 6 – Leviticus 16-18
  • 7 – Leviticus 19-21
  • 8 – Leviticus 22, 23
  • 9 – Leviticus 24, 25
  • 10 – Leviticus 26, 27
  • 11 – Numbers 1, 2
  • 12 – Numbers 3, 4
  • 13 – Numbers 5, 6
  • 14 – Numbers 7, 8
  • 15 – Numbers 9-11
  • 16 – Numbers 12-14
  • 17 – Numbers 15-17
  • 18 – Numbers 18-20
  • 19 – Numbers 21, 22
  • 20 – Numbers 23-25
  • 21 – Numbers 26-28
  • 22 – Numbers 29-31
  • 23 – Numbers 32, 33
  • 24 – Numbers 34-36
  • 25 – Deuteronomy 1, 2
  • 26 – Deuteronomy 3, 4
  • 27 – Deuteronomy 5-7
  • 28 – Deuteronomy 8-10
  • 29 – Deuteronomy 11-13
  • 30 – Deuteronomy 14-16

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October 2020 Chapters

  • 1 – Genesis 1-3
  • 2 – Genesis 4-7
  • 3 – Genesis 8-11
  • 4 – Genesis 12-16
  • 5 – Genesis 17-19
  • 6 – Genesis 20-22
  • 7 – Genesis 23, 24
  • 8 – Genesis 25, 26
  • 9 – Genesis 27-29
  • 10 – Genesis 30, 31
  • 11 – Genesis 32-34
  • 12 – Genesis 35-37
  • 13 – Genesis 38-40
  • 14 – Genesis 41, 42
  • 15 – Genesis 43-45
  • 16 – Genesis 46-48
  • 17 – Genesis 49, 50; Exodus 1, 2
  • 18 – Exodus 3-5
  • 19 – Exodus 6-8
  • 20 – Exodus 9, 10
  • 21 – Exodus 11-13
  • 22 – Exodus 14-16
  • 23 – Exodus 17-19
  • 24 – Exodus 20-22
  • 25 – Exodus 23-25
  • 26 – Exodus 26-28
  • 27 – Exodus 29, 30
  • 28 – Exodus 31-33
  • 29 – Exodus 34-36
  • 30 – Exodus 37-39
  • 31 – Exodus 40; Leviticus 1-3

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