There ain’t no cure for the summertime blues

It’s summer time, y’all! Seriously, one minute it’s 68 degrees & the next my glasses are fogging up every time I get out of my car. What happened to spring? That guy sure didn’t hang around long.

With it getting hotter outside, I start to think about how we decide to dress. I mean, the hotter it gets, the more people start wearing less and less. It won’t take long before you have to keep your kids’ eyes covered the whole time you are in Walmart. It begins to be rated PG-13 pretty dadgum quick. With that said, I wanted to share with you some things, I believe helpful in our quest to stay Godly.

We are studying I Timothy in our Sunday School class. I can’t find a better place to commence with our look into God’s Word about how we are expected to dress.

I Timothy 2: 9 in like manner also, that the women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with propriety and moderation, not with braided hair or gold or pearls or costly clothing, 10 but, which is proper for women professing godliness, with good works. (NKJV)

The apostle Paul is talking about how a woman is to represent herself in the church.

Peter had something to say about how women should dress, as well.

I Peter 3: Do not let your adornment be merely outward—arranging the hair, wearing gold, or putting on fine apparel— rather let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the incorruptible beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very precious in the sight of God. (NKJV)

I don’t believe Paul or Peter is saying we should be drab in the way we dress. They are talking about vanity. Dressing in dullness, could be considered a vain display, as well. They are trying to drive home the fact we should be more worried about our hearts that an outfit that calls attention to us.

I have 2 ladies that I follow, that are a great example of modesty. Cyndi from Grace & Beauty is one. You can check her blog out by clicking here. 

Also, Tania from 50 is not old is always dressed so cute. You can check out her blog by clicking here. I know you will admire them, as much as I do.

I hope you are having a blessed week. Yesterday at lunch, I went to the store & bought a bathroom scale & 2 bags of candy. I’m not really sure what that says about me as a person. However, this is my life right now.  ANYWHOO, I hope you stay cool this week. As for me, I should be going now, because I should be washing clothes.

Who knew it was the weekend already? Happy weekend, y’all!

photo credits: http://www.cargocollective.com, http://www.pinterest.com

 

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What to do when you encounter a mountain lion (angry person) & SUMMER

Hey y’all! I hope you have had a great day. I ran across a blog post of mine from awhile ago. I don’t know about you, but does it seem the world is angrier than it’s ever been? I know I can hardly drive down the road without somebody around me experiencing road rage. People at stores hardly smile. It seems like people are just in a bad mood about something. This blog post is a little lengthy. But I think it covers, very well, what to do when you encounter a mountain lion (angry person). Because we all encounter these creatures from one time or another. To read the post click here.

We are having a very eventful summer. Miss Neenee is practicing basketball & cheer. Plus going to camps. I got this snapchat earlier. Apparently, her discontent of getting up at 5 a.m. is not hampered by her excitement of being with her buds.

We had Vacation Bible School at church Saturday. It was so fun! The kids’ enthusiasm was awesome. They are definitely “On Fire For God” (which was our theme).

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I’m so glad you stopped by to visit with me today. We are into full swing with summer. What are your plans? I would love to hear about them. Until next time I have to be going, because I should be washing clothes.

May mayhem & some Jesus

Happy Thursday to you all! I hope May has been treating you well. Miss Neenee has gotten out of school & is in full swing of doing nothing. But not to speak too soon. Basketball & cheer practice starts like in a week. Yesterday, when I was at work, I called to check on her & her Daddy. She had cooked biscuits. He fried tenderloin and made eggs for breakfast. They are stinkers. I told him I bet they were going to be involved in crazy shenanigans like that all summer long. He agreed it was more than a probability.

Mama passed away 15 years ago-May 24th, 2002. So blessed this world had her for 55 years.

I’m not sure if it’s because my mama ain’t here to tell me what to do anymore, but sometimes I get in a rut. With all the things I have to do I run myself in a tiz sometimes. And y’all. I know you can’t pour from an empty cup, but I have a hard time recharging at times. Just taking a break & sitting back & planning what should come next is not something I do a lot. We just go & go & stuff just happens. Before I can turn around one good time, school’s out & I have been flailed into summer. (Or so I feel like I am flying through the air, about to crash.) How much more chaos will there be, before it all stops?

That’s when I have to remember what Jesus has done in the past- in the name of

“What in the world are we going to do?”

Matthew 14 tells about a time that Jesus had been tending to a big crowd of people.

14 And when Jesus went out He saw a great multitude; and He was moved with compassion for them, and healed their sick. (NKJV)

That evening His disciples were ready to wrap everything up. They came to the Lord & told him to send everybody away, so that the crowd could go buy themselves food in the villages. To the disciples, I’m sure they may have been thinking,

1. It’s supper time. We are hungry.

2. It’s supper time. These folks are hungry.

3. It’s supper time. This is the wilderness. WHAT IN THE WORLD ARE WE GOING TO DO?

But you know what? Jesus knew what they were going to do.

19 Then He commanded the multitudes to sit down on the grass. And He took the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up to heaven, He blessed and broke and gave the loaves to the disciples; and the disciples gave to the multitudes. (NKJV)

Jesus told them to sit down. And you know what those people did? They sat down. They didn’t run around saying, “No, I think I would rather go back to town to eat.” Or “Yeah, we appreciate this, but I have this allergy to fish & this is just not going to work for me.” Or was anyone asking, “Is the bread gluten free?”

No. Just no. These folks trusted & obeyed & received a beautiful miracle.

How hard is it for us to “sit down” and trust the Lord? No questions. No wringing your hands. No, “But God, I think things should work my way, not Yours.” You may say, “Well, now you’re just getting into my business.” Well, if you are in the business of not trusting the Lord, then, I guess I am. I am guilty. Very guilty of wanting things my way right now. But you know, I have to remember. Remember that if I trust in the Lord, & give Him my faith, it will be given back to me shaken down & running over.

Luke 6:38 Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.”(NKJV)

Now how good is that news??

I am so glad you came by to visit with me today. While I have you here, let me tell you about Miss Neenee getting some awards at the Athletic Banquet at school. She got recognized for playing softball, basketball, and the weight lifting award.  Because what good is a girl that can make the best drop biscuits in the world, if she can’t lift 110 lbs.? She also got an award for all A’s, for the year. That was at the awards program at school at 9:30am one day. I didn’t get a picture of that, because I do this weird thing called , “Have a job” which prevents me from being at the school, at all hours of the day. Nonetheless, we are very proud of this kid.

Here she is, this year, with one of her besties.

Or maybe this is the one from this year….. I forget.

My heart is torn out right now. I have to be going because I will be bawling my eyes out over the less than obvious years that have passed and how big these babies have gotten. Oh and I should be washing clothes.

photo credit: pinterest

May Scripture Writing Plan

Good first day of May to y’all! We have so much going on this month. The kids are getting out of school this month. As in This.Month.  Why am I feeling a wee bit sad about this? Only the fact that Miss Neenee will be going into the 8th grade, then to high school, then leaving home for college. Which I am not necessarily encouraging because Y’ALL. That means she will be moving and becoming independent. NOT a fan. Who comes up with all these crazy ideas anyway?

Now, to lighten the mood, my friend, Shannon, over at Sweet Blessings once again has put together a month of scriptures to study. This month is about “Friendship”. Y’all, what would we do without all of our precious friends? I can’t wait to dig into God’s Word about friendship!

I  hope you have had a great weekend. We had 3 wonderful lessons at church about creation. I can’t wait to fill you in on it. Until next time I have to be going because I should be washing clothes.

What my Mamaw left for us

Today is a special day. On April 19th, 1920 my grandmother was born to Jeff & Ella Hayes Lynch. And y’all let me tell you, if the Lord ever put an angel on this earth, she was one of them.

Mama, Me, & Mamaw 1990

She was so dedicated to her family & friends. She went to church every time the doors were open & taught her kids to do the same. She was the backbone in our family. She, along with my grandfather, were upright, righteous, salt of the earth people. When she left this walk of life, I was heartbroken. She left me pieces of her jewelry. She left me the ability to cook. She left me a Christian example to follow. The main thing she left me was the knowledge of a Godly inheritance.  Her example was passed on to my mother, then to me & my brother. I am doing my best to pass the gift of the Lord’s salvation on to my children & grandchildren, too. I am going to do all I can to make sure believing in Jesus does not stop with me. I want to share the Word & what it can do for others. Especially with my family. Thankfully, Timothy had a Godly grandmother & mother that taught him about the Lord.

II Timothy 1:5

when I call to remembrance the genuine faith that is in you, which dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice, and I am persuaded is in you also.

When you think of your walk with Christ, will your believing stop with you? Will you pass the love of the Lord to your kids? Or will the wonderful thing Christ did for us just be carelessly forgotten? Please don’t let the good news of Christ stop with you. Be personally responsible for letting it go through generations of your family.

Hebrews 2:3

…how shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation, which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed to us by those who heard Him,

I hope you all are having a great week. Oh & by the way, that Easter weekend just flew by. We had grandkids & kids over. We had a fish fry & just enjoyed being together. My Dad came out for the fish fry. He’s doing some better. Prayers are appreciated! Sunday we went to church, per our usual, & then ate like pigs & hid Easter eggs for the grandkids. I hope you had a blessed Easter. Until next time, I have to be going because I have to be washing clothes.

 

Helpful hints for a good spiritual spring cleaning

Well, it’s that time again. Time for a good spring cleaning! When I think about spring cleaning, I think about my house. My windows need washing, the rugs need cleaning, the ceiling fans need dusting, & the air conditioner filters need replacing. Y’all, I am just getting tired thinking about all of it!

Just think about it though.

Does our inner man need a spring cleaning, too?

What if we made a conscience effort to get the cob webs out of our hearts? What if we swept jealousy & comparing ourselves to others straight out the door? What would our God given houses be like if we just flat out wiped out hate and filled it back up with love? Like the love I have for chocolate gravy & biscuits.

James, the brother of Jesus,  talks about this in

James 1:21 Therefore lay aside all filthiness and overflow of wickedness, and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls. (NKJV)

Peter mentions it, as well, in

I Peter 2:1 Therefore, laying aside all malice, all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and all evil speaking,

And I can’t go without including the fruit of the Spirit (notice this says “fruit” as in singular, as in one-which means all of these beautiful qualities go together. As in you need to have all of these, not just pick which one you want to do & leave the rest out.)

Galatians 5: 22-23 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. (NKJV)

Let’s take a look at ourselves (me included, because I need it more than anybody!). Let’s make sure we have the most important aspect in our lives first, LOVE. Then, I really believe the rest will fall into place.

Matthew teaches in Matthew 12, that if we get rid of something bad in our lives, we need to immediately fill it back up with something good. If we don’t we chance more bad coming back into our hearts.

43 “When an unclean spirit goes out of a man, he goes through dry places, seeking rest, and finds none. 44 Then he says, ‘I will return to my house from which I came.’ And when he comes, he finds it empty, swept, and put in order. 45 Then he goes and takes with him seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter and dwell there; and the last state of that man is worse than the first. So shall it also be with this wicked generation.”(NKJV)

Whew! Spring cleaning is hard! Especially when you have to get rid of things like being unforgiving & having bitterness in your heart. Things like this is like old baggage you have tucked back in the corner of a closet & forgotten about. It’s been around so long, that you hardly notice it’s holding you up in your walk with God.

Ephesians 4:31-32 31 Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice. 32 And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you. (NKJV)

How about we all get to work on spring cleaning? I know I sure need it. I’m so glad you stopped by today. I presented the good news to Miss Neenee last night that school would be out next month. As in NEXT MONTH. She was just pleased as punch to know she would have a break before long. Come on summer!! I hope you have a blessed week. As for me, I have got to be going because I should be washing clothes.

photo credits: quotesgram.com, whatchristianswanttoknow.com, newhealthom.com

 

April Scripture Writing Plan

Wanted to hop on over (late nonetheless-story of my life) & share the April Scripture Writing Plan. Shannon, over at Sweet Blessings, lets me share this with you each month. She’s just a sweetheart like that! This month’s topic is Grief. What a thoughtful topic to dig into God’s word about! I can’t wait to see where this month’s scriptures take us.

I hope you have had a wonderful weekend. The weather was just showing out all weekend long! We got out in the yard, after church, & played like nobody’s business. Once the grandkids left, I was one tired Grand! I perhaps specifically neglected my laundry this weekend. So, last night I was working like a wild woman trying to get it all together. How was your weekend? I hope you were more productive than me. Until next time, I have to be going because I should be washing clothes.

 

The Daylight Savings Time devil & spiritual journaling

So, I know it’s Tuesday & all, but I just have to drop by & give my displeasure for that evil thing that happened this past weekend. Y’all know, DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME. I’m not sure who invented this but y’all, I would be glad to start a petition to end it. #notmydaylightsavingstime Other than moving to Arizona or Ohio, I’m not too sure what else to do about it. Pray for me, y’all.

Here are a few encouraging things I have seen about this topic around the local internet.

No wiser words ever spoken SpongeBob.

Umm, and maybe we have finally found the answer to why daylight savings time……..

In other news, we had SNOW this weekend. It was off the ground, by the time we got back from church but nonetheless, it was snow & we were so glad to see it.  It definitely brought the cold along with it.  It’s not going to be warmer until this weekend, I believe.

View from my back deck.

And just so this little post is not all about me being disgruntled & cold, I found this about spiritual journal writing :

What a wonderful way to spend your time, writing about your spiritual growth! I can’t wait to take some time out to work on some of these.

I am so glad you came by to visit with me today. I hope where ever you are, you are warm & cozy. And for you kind hearted friends that have asked about my Dad, he is doing inpatient rehab right now. Hopefully he will be stronger & able to go home soon. You all take care, because I have to be going because I should be washing clothes.

 

 

This too shall pass, maybe like a kidney stone, but it will pass…..

March is here, y’all! With that, Shannon over at Sweet Blessings has another precious scripture writing plan. March’s writing plan is about Grace. 

a-grace-scripture-writing-plan-englishJust thinking about grace made me think how much the Lord blesses us. A couple of weeks ago, I had some kidney stones or 3. Then, my Daddy had a spell with his heart, that put him in the hospital for a few days. Kidney stone pain & worrying about your Daddy pain can be pretty rough. And I know you are wondering how the Lord is blessing us with all of that. Well, with my Daddy’s heart problems we found out it was a warning. It was the calm before the storm. The doctor said it was just a precursor to a major stroke. However, since he had this set back, it got his attention to pay better mind to what he has going on. Because it is serious! He’s made some changes & is on the road to recovery. We are so grateful & thankful the Lord has given us the chance to get back on the right path health wise. I have to remember when I have trials, there have been so many good things that have happened in my life. We have to take the bad with the good.

Job 2:10 …Shall we indeed accept good from God, and shall we not accept adversity?” (NKJV)

The Lord has always been in the second chance business. But more so than not, with the gospel. We had a teenager obey the gospel & be baptized Sunday night at church. It just made my heart happy for this young boy. He will never know more peace & contentment than he will know with the Lord. The Lord gives us lots of chances to get our hearts right. He listens to our prayers. He is with us during pain & when we need comfort. Things can sometimes seem hopeless, however, nothing in life is permanent. Just know, no matter what is going on in your life, it’s going to pass. If you have fallen on hard times & want to give up, don’t. Always know, if you are praying, God’s working on it.

James 4:14 whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away. (NKJV)

It’s going to pass. If things are going good & nothing but rainbows & fluffy clouds are hanging around you. Enjoy it. It will pass, too. Just know no matter how bad things may seem, the Lord always comes in offers you a way to deal with it.

I Corinthians 10:13 No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it. (NKJV)

I leave you with this:

  1. No matter what, this too shall pass. Perhaps like a kidney stone, but it will pass.
  2. Be on guard. You never know what direction the devil is going to come at you next.
  3. Trust God. No excuses. Just do that for me. Pretty please? You will be so glad you did.

 

So, the weather has had a mind of it’s own, obviously. Here in northeast Mississippi, it’s been 75 degrees, then 40 degrees, then raining & humid, then freezing, then 70 degrees again. All in one week. If we could have some winter weather, that would be appreciated, thank you very much. But oh well, we’ve about run out of time. Because it will be hotter than blue blazes again before you know it. Hope y’all are staying warm. Or cool, or what ever it is during a day’s time. Until next time, I should be going, because I should be washing clothes.

Don't you just hate it when this happens?

Don’t you just hate it when this happens?