Purple hull peas & teaching kids about Jesus

peasI don’t know about y’all, but my most favorite part of summer is all the fresh fruits & vegetables. We had our little container garden on our back deck.  It’s certainly, a do again.  I like having the fresh cucumbers & tomatoes.  And the fresh herbs have simply made our grilling out of this world.  My uncle called me the other day & said,

“Do you want these purple hull peas, I just picked out of the garden?”

Why yes, I reckon I do.  These are the peas that are grown in the same ground my grandparents had their garden.  So, it kinda tugs at my heartstrings. These are also the same peas Miss Neenee told me about Sunday night,

 “Mama, I was hungry, when we were at church.  All I could think about was eating peas & cornbread, when we got home.” 

I’m not saying we are properly raising our daughter, however, I just don’t know of anything else you could take away from that. Raising a proper Mississippian takes a little time and effort, and having a palate for southern cooking doesn’t hurt either.  Because we LOVE to eat.  And Miss Neenee does, too.  Thank the Lord.

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We had one of the people from Lads to Leaders come speak to us at church Sunday. If you are wondering what Lads to Leaders is, it’s the largest training tool the church has for our youth.  However, I guess that’s not really right.  Adults can participate, as well.  But it’s mostly youth driven.  Bro. Roy Johnson talked about doing all we can to keep our kids in church.  He said statistics show that at a young age children make up their minds about the Lord, Bible, & church.  And a lot of it has to do with who is responsible for their upbringing.  I’m not talking about the parents that don’t take their kids to church.  I’m talking about the parents that have the kids at church.  Sometimes the ones who darken the door every service.  Those kids, that decide,

 ”This is not for me.”

 And by the time they get old enough for car keys, they are gone from the church.  Or when they are finally old enough to move out, from mama & daddy’s house, that is all of their church going.  Those kids, are the ones, that may have not seen mama & daddy love the church like they should have.  Those are the ones, that may have always been present, but on the car ride home heard about how it was too cold in the auditorium or too hot.  Or how long the preacher made the sermon, or did you see what kind of dress so & so had on?  Or did you notice those kids running around, babies crying, or the BIG one- Mr. Brown that sits way up front in the church building, doesn’t speak to Mr. Smith who sits all the way in the back corner of the other side, because when he was little his grandfather & the other guy’s grandfather had a disagreement.  We think.  They don’t really know about what or who.  But they can’t speak or look at each other, anyhow.  Y’all.  This really hit me hard, because I know all about this stuff.  My Daddy was the preacher, when we were growing up.  We heard everybody’s business.  But you know what?  My Daddy & Mama loved the church & taught us kids to love the church.

And ye shall teach them your children, speaking of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, when thou liest down, and when thou riseth up. Deuteronomy 11:19 (KJV)

That’s what I want to teach to my kids & grandkids. I want my family to go to heaven.  However, I can’t expect my kids& grandkids to learn about the Lord, love the church, & want to be a part of something, that I don’t whole heartedly believe in.  You have heard the old saying, “Do as I say, not as I do.”  Believe me that doesn’t work here.  I just pray the Lord will see fit to help me be a good example to my kids, grandkids, & family.  I don’t ever want to be the reason to make anyone stumble.  Some may believe wealth & success comes from the world, jobs, what you own.  I would think you should feel the richest & happiest in the world if your family were faithful Christians.  Nothing beats that.

It’s August.  As in August.  Summer is on the downhill stretch.  And if you ask me how many of my summer goals I met, well, not many.  I don’t like to point fingers, but this thing called a broke foot didn’t help the cause much.  Now, don’t start gettin’ all worried.   I am fine.  It’s just a ridiculous inconvenience.  That’s all.  I hope you have had a great summer, minus the broken bones.  I have to be going now, because I should be washing clothes.

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August Scripture Writing Plan- Better late than never!

Better late that never, is what I’ve always heard!  Shannon over at Sweet Blessings graciously lets me share this with y’all each month.  She has the scripture writing plans in Spanish & a more “manly” print out for you guys!  That Shannon.  She thinks of everything.  Click on the scripture writing plan below to go on over & pay her a visit.   I know she would love to have you!

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Sorry this is late, y’all.  Hope you are having a great summer!  Ours comes to an ubrupt halt tomorrow.  Miss Neenee goes into 7th grade!  She is an official junior higher now!  And if you think I’m excited, because I am using all of these exclamation points you are wrong! I’m not looking forward to this!  Not looking forward to this at all!  Until next time, I should be going because I should be washing clothes.

If this don’t melt your heart, nothing will

Recently, I clicked on my local Facebook interweb page & saw a wonderful story I wanted to share.  Click on the picture to read this truly heartwarming story.

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Two important lessons I want to bring out of this story.

  1. When the cop found this teenager he did not get all racist on him, he did not brutally attack him, he did not gun him down.  Because he took time to listen to the teenager, the officer was the beginning of a beautiful life changing situation for this young man.
  2. This young man gave God the glory for his newfound situation.

This could just have very well been just another frightening & sad event for the media to hone in on to discourage us.  But because the police officer took the time to listen to the teenager & because the police officer took his job to protect & serve seriously, we are reading a happy ending instead of a terrible one.  I’m not sure how well publicized this story is, however, I bet you it doesn’t get the attention all the negative in the world has been getting.  And you know something I find so heartwarming about this?  After all the money this teenager has gotten on his GoFundMe page, all the donations kind folks have made to him, the free health & dental care that was promised him, the job, the new bike, all the tangibles, you know what he said meant the most to him?

THE RELATIONSHIPS he had made through all this.

It looks like this young man is wise beyond his years.  I know people with much more years & experience on him, that has yet to realize this.  Relationships are everything.  Jesus talks about love for one another as a commandment, not just a good idea.

Mark 12: 30 And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ This is the first commandment.(NKJV)

Mark 12: 31 And the second, like it, is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”(NKJV)

I believe the morale to this story should be : God will provide.

God provided for this young man & He will provide for you, as well.  Don’t you just love it when God steps right in & blesses people?  It just give you that deep down good feeling.  Like chocolate gravy & biscuits good.

I hope you are having a blessed day.  We have had a smidge of rain & our little container garden has runneth over.  I’m really enjoying having some fresh summer vegetables.  What are you enjoying this summer?  I want to hear all about it.  But until next time, I have to be going because I should be washing clothes.

July Scripture Writing Plan

JULY Scripture Writing Plan English

Hey y’all.  Just wanted to pop in & let you know about July’s Scripture Writing Plan.  Shannon, over at http://www.swtblessings.com, so graciously allows me to share her scripture plans.  Go on over & visit with her & let her know what a “sweet blessing” she is!

Patience & perseverance is the topics for July.  And Lord have mercy don’t we all need a good dose of that!  Join me as we read through God’s Word & enjoy knowing his tender mercies for us.

I hope you are having a wonderful week.  It’s 4th of July weekend!  That means family, food, & fun!  Can’t wait to spend it with my people.  My cousin is here from Colorado.  His 12 year old son said he could not wait to shoot some fireworks.  He was so very excited.  Evidently, Colorado is not a firework friendly state.  I hope you have some fun holiday plans, as well.  Until next time, I will be going, because I should be washing clothes.

photo credit: http://www.swtblessings.com

 

10 ways to pray for your family

Hey y’all!  Just wanted to pop in to say I hope you have had a wonderful Tuesday.  I came across this little jewel & just had to share it with you.  This was something I saw over at imom.com   It’s a beautiful way to pray for your family.

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(If you are having trouble reading all of the print on the picture, click on it.  It will take you to imom.com’s website.  There is a better copy on the download.)

Thanks for stopping by today.  It’s been hotter than blue blazes here in northeast Mississippi!  Hope you are having nice weather where you are.  Until next time, I must be going, because I should be washing clothes.

photo credit:  http://www.imom.com

 

For goodness snakes no! & things that happen when you buy dirt and containers

My people ready for summer.

My people ready for summer.

Mr. Sweetie Pants ready for summer.

Mr. Sweetie Pants ready for summer & looking all dapper for church.

When it gets to being the hot part of the year, y’all, I have so many things I think back on.  Sipping red Kool-Aid on my Mama Boyce’s car porch ( as she referred to it).  Playing outside in the yard.  Catching lightning bugs.  Eating too many strawberries out of my Papa Clyde’s strawberry patch.  Swimming in the branch at my Mamaw & Papaw’s house.  And going to the garden at both sets of my grandparents’ houses.

My Papaw & Mamaw Austin were very well versed in growing gardens.  They worked so hard to make sure we had our freezers full for winter.  I remember one steamy summer morning, I was about 7 years old.  The daily plans included, going to the garden.  My Papaw had already been to the barn, that morning, to milk the cow, feed the mule Kate,  & other farmish related duties.  When he got back to the house, he perhaps made mention that one of the barn cats had had kittens.  Well, don’t you know that perked my ears up real quick.  Then, y’all I started with the begging to go see them.  Goodness Gracious why would they expect me to wait around whilst there were things at the barn that I needed to be looking at?  Mamaw said it was time to go to the garden anyway, so off we went.

The barn was situated right beside the garden.  So, once we made it down there, it didn’t take long until I had worried Mamaw down to a frazzle & she said I could go in the barn to search for the newly born kittens.  However, she wanted me to wait for Papaw to go inside with me.  Being the obedient & always minding child I was, I started to sneak off to the barn by myself.  Papaw was just taking too long.  I walked up through the dirt rows & when I about got to the end, I heard Mamaw holler.  I turned around & looked & Papaw was beating the ground with his hoe.  Right in the spot where I had been walking.  Well, needless to say, he wasn’t just beating the ground for nothing.  There was a black racer snake that was chasing me up the garden row.  I didn’t even know it.  My Papaw had come in & killed it to protect me.  Even when I was being disobedient.

Now, does that not sound like the Lord?  Even though we may be on a path He told us not to go on, He still watches over us.  Even when we don’t deserve it.  That’s called grace.  The dictionary.com simply gives this definition of grace:

favor or goodwill.

The Lord takes care of us when we have done nothing whatsoever to deserve it.  I have heard it called “unmerited favor”.  That’s what the Lord does for us.  He steps right in & protects His children whether we know it or not.

Ephesians 2:8 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God,  NKJV

The Lord is really good at working behind the scenes.  As a matter of fact that’s where He does some of His best work.  So, today, if you feel like you are going through a hard time by yourself, you aren’t.  The Lord is always there watching over us & keeping us from harm.

Proverbs 18:10 The name of the Lord is a strong tower;
The righteous run to it and are safe. NKJV

James 4:6 But He gives more grace. Therefore He says: “God resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble.” NKJV

So, we have done our little version of a garden this year.  It’s a container garden on our back deck.  Because who doesn’t want fresh vegetables?   I reckon we do.

We started out planting. This is the peppers.

We started out planting. This is the peppers.

This is just when we got finished planting. There are tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, & herbs.

This is just when we got finished planting. There are tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, & herbs.

This was the cucumbers one day this week. These guys have grown right before our eyes!

This was the cucumbers one day this week. These guys have grown right before our eyes! Don’t that beat all?

And what about these? We may be fancy gardeners, yet.

And what about these? We may be fancy gardeners, yet.

I am so glad you came by to visit with me today.  Summer has come in full force here in northeast Mississippi.  We are going to reach the high 90s this weekend.  Along with that comes humidity & mosquitos!  It will be so hot we won’t be able to let our kids go outside & play.  Y’all, it will be hotter than blue blazes.  There is no wonder there are so many Christians in the South.🙂

Hope you have a blessed day.  Until next time, I have to be going because I should be washing clothes.

And here is a random picture of my brother & mama, just because I miss her.

And here is a random picture of my brother & mama, just because I miss her.

June Scripture Writing Plan

It’s the last day of May!  Can you believe that?  Now, where did that guy go?  Time is not waiting for anyone, that’s for sure.  I am excited, though.  Shannon over at Sweet Blessings put together a wonderful Scripture Writing Plan for June.  It’s all about Forgiveness.  And who doesn’t need some reminding, instruction, & study on forgiveness?  I know many people struggle with this.  I am for sure one.  So let’s dig into the Word & see what sweet blessing we can receive from this month’s Scripture Writing plan.

June Scripture Writing Plan EnglishI hope you have had a blessed day.  We I am recuperating after a long weekend of holiday eating, fun, & family.  I hope you have had a wonderful holiday.  I also want to take this time to remember my family who has made freedom possible for us- My grandfather, my father in law, my uncle, my cousin, & currently my son in law & a 2nd cousin are serving in the military.  I want to say a humble thank you for all you have done, & are doing for our country.  Until next time, I should be going because I should be washing clothes.

credits: http://www.swtblessings.com

 

Just what I needed & clouds. Just clouds.

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Today, after I dropped Miss Neenee off at school, per my usual, I turned on my Bible app.   When I turned it on, it was on John 2.  WHAT??  I’m supposed to be somewhere in Isaiah.  Sometimes I just think these dadgum technological devices have a mind of their own.  So, there I was listening to John while I was on track to hear Isaiah. AND y’all, it was King James Version & I listen to the New King James Version.   To add to my confusion, it was a different man reading.  He had some sort of thick foreign accent & I thought for a minute I didn’t know if I could tolerate the sound of his voice that early in the morning.  Now go ahead & tell me how many foreign talking people I just offended there.   But y’all, just to balance things out, I myself have a pretty thick southern accent, that some people might not like.  So, I suppose it all works out.  ANYWHOO, I figured I might as well not fuss with it.  I love the book of John.  So, I decided not to fight the Bible app & go ahead & listen.  You can imagine my delight, when I got to chapter 3 & heard this verse-

John 3:30

He must increase, but I must decrease.

This verse is such a wonderful example of humility.  John the Baptist was saying this about Christ.  John was sent to be the forerunner for Jesus.  An introduction before the big show, if you might.  However, once Jesus’s ministry started, John stepped back, to let his cousin take center stage.  How many times in life do we find ourselves in situations to be humble?  It’s hard.  Being humble means you have to forget about yourself.  Being humble means putting the wants & wishes of others before your own.

Webster’s dictionary gives the meaning of humble-

as not proud : not thinking of yourself as better than other peoplebe humbleJesus recognized the importance of being humble and kind.  He showed His love & humility toward a Samaritan woman at a well.   He could have turned His nose up when He saw her.  But my Lord is not like that.  He knew who she was & what kind of woman she was.  He told her that.  Not in a sense of condemnation, but in love, humility, & kindness.  Because of that, the woman & lots of people in Samaria came to believe that Jesus was the Savior of the world (John 4:5-42).  Jesus changed those people’s lives that day.  And thousands of years later, He’s still doing the same thing.  Not with an attitude of hate & anger, but of love, humility, & kindness.

Matthew 5:5

Blessed are the meek,
    For they shall inherit the earth. (NKJV)

Philippians 2:5-8

 Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.

I have so enjoyed visiting with you today.  I love it when you stop by.  Sorry for all the new testament drama.  Because when it was all over, it was just what I needed to hear.  Enjoy the pictures below.  These are some clouds I came across on my way from work, the other day.  Pretty big fan of the One that put them up there.  And some GRAND kids.  (Did you see what I did there?) Until next time, I should be washing clothes.

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Newlywedded bliss

Newlywedded bliss

Some sweet boys by the water.

Some sweet boys by the water.

There was a bird making an awful commotion. My son in law went over to check on it. Mr. Sweetie Pants, or should I say the fearless one, was right on his heels.

There was a bird making an awful commotion. My son in law went over to check on it. Mr. Sweetie Pants, or should I say the fearless one, was right on his heels.

photo credits: http://www.thegirlcreative.com & http://www.lovethispic.com

Does anyone listen anymore & May Scripture Writing Plan

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Sometimes I wonder. I just wonder what kind of people we are becoming.  Raising a generation on technology.  Our cell phones, for instance.  You don’t have to know much of anything going out into the world.  Why?  Because you can call anyone at any time & find out what to do.  How many times has my 12 year old puzzled me to the point my knee jerk reaction is “Google it.”  Not to be confused with it’s close cousin “Googol”, which if I remember correctly from 7th grade math class, that a googol is a 1 with 100 zeros behind it.  And not JUST an internet sensation that I am mainly dependent on for vast amounts of knowledge.  Just a little history lesson on math.  Bet you don’t get that often.

ANYWHOO- There are many times that I personally may not hold myself responsible for listening as closely as I need to because why? I can call or text at any time & find out what that person said.  Perhaps for example when my sweetie is giving me his grocery list, as I head out the door, I may or may not listen as intentively as I could, because, well you know, I have a LOT of other things I need to be remembering right then.  I know once I get to the Kroger, I can text him & find out everything he told me, plus some other things he forgot.  Sometimes I wonder, do I do this with God, too?  Am I guilty of not listening, not heeding the warnings of sin, until I get into a fix, then I start trying to pray my way out of it?  Then, I have time to listen & talk to God.  I believe that is why we should daily stay in contact with God.  I feel like if we are listening to the Lord, by studying our Bibles & talking to Him through prayer, we will have little time to be judging, looking down our noses at others, & fault finding.

Solomon had some beautiful words about listening in the book of Proverbs-

Proverbs 1:5 A wise man will hear and increase learning, And a man of understanding will attain wise counsel

Proverbs 19:20 Listen to counsel and receive instruction, That you may be wise in your latter days.

And this wonderful piece that is titled “The beginning of knowledge”

Proverbs 1: 10-19

My son, if sinners entice you,
Do not consent.
11 If they say, “Come with us,
Let us lie in wait to shed blood;
Let us lurk secretly for the innocent without cause;
12 Let us swallow them alive like Sheol,[a]
And whole, like those who go down to the Pit;
13 We shall find all kinds of precious possessions,
We shall fill our houses with spoil;
14 Cast in your lot among us,
Let us all have one purse”—
15 My son, do not walk in the way with them,
Keep your foot from their path;
16 For their feet run to evil,
And they make haste to shed blood.
17 Surely, in vain the net is spread
In the sight of any bird;
18 But they lie in wait for their own blood,
They lurk secretly for their own lives.
19 So are the ways of everyone who is greedy for gain;
It takes away the life of its owners.

How relevant is that over 3,000 years later?  We should listen & stay away from sin, as much as possible.  I truly believe staying in God’s Word is one of the most important ways to keep listening.

May Scritpure Writing Plan English

My sweet friend Shannon, over at Sweet Blessings, said I could share her scripture writing plans.  This is the one for May.

If you get a chance, go on over there & let her know what a “sweet blessing” she is for creating these scripture plans.

Y’all, I have so much to catch y’all up on.  I will be back with pictures, before long!  Until next time, I should be going, because I should be washing clothes.