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?

The time I thought God was missing

calvin-prophetsJanuary is just a fleeting thought.  And Lord have mercy the weather has been crazy.  70 degrees one day then, not too many days later in the 30s. No wonder we’ve had tornadoes all around us. January is also one of the most depressing months of the year.  It’s no wonder we get to questioning all kinds of things in our lives. Which brings me to this:

Do you sometime wonder where God is? I’m not talking about where His spiritual being is.  I’m talking about why am I going through such a hard time? Why is God letting this happen to me?  Me, of all people?  Dog gone it, haven’t I sat in the same spot, at church, for years, visited my elderly neighbors, gave my grandkids money to put in the plate every Sunday, and sung more Sunday school songs with the 1st and 2nd graders until they roll their eyes & say,

“Can we do something else?”

No. You can sing “Jesus Loves Me” until it’s so deep down in your heart nobody could snatch it out. Because that’s what a God fearing person does.  So, where is God, when I need Him? Did He take a break? Did He say He needed a day off from my issues? Should I put out the word that “God is missing”?  I bet the apostle Peter had some of the same exact feelings in Acts 12.

Peter certainly was in a predicament. One of his very best friends had just been killed (v. 2) And now the king was coming after him.  He was thrown in prison & things looked pretty hopeless. The Bible doesn’t say what Peter was thinking, but I betcha he was wondering where God was.  But you know what the good news is? God was right there. Working behind the scenes to help Peter and deliver him out of death. Things weren’t looking too great for Peter, since not only did Herod put one set of soldiers to guard him.  He put 4. Peter was basically just sitting in jail, waiting to die. However, that’s not where Peter stayed.  The Lord sent an angel to rescue him.

If you search the scriptures, no where will you find the Lord promising an easy passage.  He does not offer a life free of problems or pain.  We live in the world, y’all.  As long as we are in the world, we are not exempt from sufferings & heartache. The good news is that we have an awesome God to turn to.  He is the great comforter.  He is the One that is going to take care of us.  And just like He did for Peter, He delivers us in our times of trouble.

Matthew 11:28  Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. (NKJV)

Matthew 5: 4  Blessed are those who mourn, For they shall be comforted. (NKJV)

Thank heavens the Lord will not give us more than we can handle.  Many times we get more than we WANT to handle.  But the Lord is faithful to his promises.

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)

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So just know & remember how great our God is & how much He really does care for you. No matter the situation, He will provide all we need.  God’s never missing.  He’s just not always where I think He should be. I have to remember to just pray. Relentlessly, sometimes.  And be still & know He is God & will take care of everything, In. His.Time. These are the times I have to go back to my one word for the year, “Trust”. God is always there.  Always working for our good.

I’m so happy you came by to visit with me today.  I have been enjoying the cooler weather. I’ve also been trying to eat a little better. Which I am using “trying” loosely, because LORD HAVE MERCY I do love to eat.  I hope you have are having a wonderful week.  Until next time I will be going because I should be washing clothes.

When you want service station fried chicken & jojo potatoes, but your jeans say, "For the love of Pete, lady, have a salad."

When you want service station fried chicken & jojo potatoes, but your jeans say, “For the love of Pete, lady, have a salad.” I hate those jeans.

When you want to bring juice boxes and cookies for snack after the 6 year olds get finished playing ball. But then realize you can't because SHE'S IN JUNIOR HIGH ALREADY.

When you want to bring juice boxes and cookies for snack after the 2nd graders get finished playing basketball. But then realize you can’t because SHE’S IN JUNIOR HIGH ALREADY.

photo creds: http://www.crosscards.com, Calvin & Hobbes

One Word 2017 & can anybody tell me what happened to my turnip greens?

 

screenshot_2017-01-02-10-10-13-12017 is here! As in right here. Right now.  I wanted to take this time to share with you my “One Word” for 2017. I gave this a little thought. Not a lot because it just kinda came to me this year. With all the crazy happenings we have had going on in 2016, I learned I have to really trust in the Lord. So, there was no question, y’all:

Trust was my One Word.

I wanted to be sure I kept the Lord’s goodness & care in the forefront of my mind. So now, every day, every chance I get, I will be remembering to trust the Lord. I am going to commit some scripture to memory, that has to do with this glorious trust.

Trust the Lord with all your heart. And lean not on your own understanding: In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths. (NKJV)

Proverbs 3:5-6

Trust in the Lord, and do good: Dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness.(NKJV)

Psalm 37:3

Commit your way to the Lord, Trust also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass. (NKJV)

Psalm 37: 5

I am so excited for 2017! And what happens on New Year’s Day? We eat of course! Y’all my Mamaw always made sure we had hog’s jowl, to be healthy, black eyed peas, for luck, & greens for money. I always make sure my kid and grandkids know the same important rules for new year. You have to eat all of this to have a good year. They sorta look at the hog’s jowl sideways, but they are always in on the other mandatory dishes.  I cooked turnip greens, per my usual. Normally, they are really good. But, goodness gracious they were bitter & just didn’t have the taste they typically do. The only thing I did different was I forgot to drain them once they came to a boil. And I cut up all of the greens together, stalks and all. Would that have made that big of a difference? Y’all I need some help. My sweet honey and me have gone over & over what might have happened. Any comments are more than welcome, I do not want to have my Mama Boyce’s & Mamaw’s honor in question for any longer. Lord, they wouldn’t be too thrilled about this.

I hope and pray y’all have a blessed new year. Do you have a one word resolution, like me? I’d love to hear about it. I have to be going now, because I should be washing clothes.

Me & my girls (and yes I cropped out me wearing houseshoes. #gladmamawcouldmakeit)

Me & my girls (and yes I cropped out me wearing houseshoes. #gladmamawcouldmakeit)

Miss Neenees with some of her church friends.

Miss Neenee with some of her sweet church friends.

Photo credit:www.meghantucker.com

And just like that, November was over & December scripture writing plan

Hey y’all!  I hope everyone had a wonderful & blessed Thanksgiving.  Ours was so good.  We had family over & ate & ate & ate.  But hey, it’s ok. We won’t have to do that again for another few weeks.  Since I have made myself pretty scarce here lately, I will try to catch you up a bit on what’s been a happening.

Miss Neenee had a birthday.  It has become more like a birthday week.  It takes over & it’s hard to get rid of it.

Miss Neenee & Daddy

Miss Neenee & Daddy

First we started out with Sunday lunch, for her birthday.  When we said, “Eat”, of course Daddy was there!

Miss Neenee & Mr. Sweetie Pants

Miss Neenee & Mr. Sweetie Pants

Mr. Sweetie Pants was so excited to give Miss Neenee her present.

abdaykade-hugHe can be so sweet!  No wonder I call him Mr. Sweetie Pants!

abdayThen, on Friday night, some of her friends came for a little Escape Room fun.

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abday-lillyMiss Neenee got one of those cute candy bar posters.  Thus, this ended her birthday week.  Along with Orange Danishes for breakfast on her birthday, cupcakes, presents, calls, texts, instagram messages, visits, & a sleepover.

My girls

My girls

Then, there was Thanksgiving.  I just don’t know what I would do without these 2 girls in my life.  As her custom, Livie spent the night with us on Thanksgiving Eve.  We all had breakfast together the next morning.  Which was a BLESSING.  Because I love all these people to pieces, y’all.

I sure do love these faces BIG!

I sure do love these faces BIG!

My nephew is in his 1st semester at Ole Miss.  He’s got straight A’s, is in a fraternity, is living in the dorm, is chasing girls, making new friends, & did I say has straight A’s??  He’s a smarty pants alright.  My sweet niece, Livie, is playing basketball, is sophomore class president, she’s active in her church, & is going to be 16 years old this month.  She’s precious as the day is long.  I was so glad they haven’t gotten too big to come hang out with their aunt.

thanksgiving-turkMy eldest daughter always makes something festive for occasions that arise throughout the year.  This Thanksgiving, she made a turkey cheeseball.  It was so good, too.  She also made some chocolate covered pumpkin & cream cheese candy.  I told her on Friday she needed to come get them, I was eating too many of them.

She said, “Eat them all, I don’t want to bring them home.” 

Well, I must have taken that for some sort of commandment or something because I just about did.  My middle daughter made chocolate chip cookies, peanut butter pies, & mashed potatoes.  Which was also really good.  Miss Neenee helped me cook everything else.  She’s quite handy that way.  We ate a lot & laughed a lot.

My people

My people- JW, Livie, Bud, & Miss Neenee

Oh, I do have to tell you one more thing.  You know we have these grandkids that are entertaining as the dickens.  Well, not to be shown up, Daddy was in rare form at dinner.  He went to a whole new level of hilarious.  I promised him I wouldn’t share any pictures.  But just think about this,

my 72 year old Daddy & Snapchat filters.

Could. Hardly. Contain. Myself.  We laughed until we couldn’t laugh anymore.  He looked like a deer in one, a panda bear in another, and I believe he had a rainbow spewing out of his mouth on the one we had to quit on.  When my E.A. & him get together, there’s always trouble.  And she was the one that provided the Snapchat filters for the entertainment.

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Lastly, I didn’t want to forget the December scripture writing plan.  Shannon at Sweet Blessings does such a wonderful job on these each month.  So blessed that she lets me share these with y’all.

I hope y’all have had a great couple of weeks.  We are looking forward to the next holiday, which is THIS MONTH.   Miss Neenee & me put up the Christmas tree.  I think it’s the earliest I have ever put it up.  These grandbabies just make it so exciting! treeYay Christmas!

While we were putting up the tree, Miss Neenee decided a cup of hot chocolate would be really nice.  hot-chocolateDoesn’t this look good?  She fixed it all up herself & gave it to me.  It was really rich & creamy & probably had no calories at all, since we were on a holiday & putting up the tree & having a good time.  I hear calories don’t count at times like that.

Until next time, I have to be going, because I should be washing clothes.

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

Well, better late than never – November Scripture Writing Plan & guess what day it is?

Well, better late than never, y’all.  This is the November Scripture Writing Plan.  I am sorry it’s late.  I hope you are having a blessed month.  Thanksgiving is this month & Christmas is right around the corner.  Where has 2016 gone to?  That guy has been moving like lightning here lately.

november-scripture-writing-plan-englishShannon over at Sweet Blessings, lets me share this with y’all every month. I am so thankful for her sweet heart!

Also, today is Miss Neenee’s 13th birthday!  Just this morning, my brother said,

“She’s a teenager now, ain’t she?”

With that, I started gasping for air & curling up in the fetal position, because y’all.  This is my baby.  It seems just like yesterday she was wearing pigtails to kindergarten.  And now, BOOM! another teenager rallying through the ranks.  Peace be still.

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Until next time, I will be going, because I should be washing clothes.