Happy Memorial Day & 100 Days of Scripture Challenge Begins NOW!

memorial day

Memorial Day is upon us again.  I want to give a shout out to the military people, I have known/know personally.  My grandfather was a soldier in the Army, fighting in World War II.  You can read all about him here.  My father-in-law retired from the Army.  My great uncle was in the Army.  My uncle was in the Army.  His son retired from the Navy.  Now, this sweet cousin’s son will be entering the Navy since he is a new high school graduate.  And last but not least, my son-in-law, who is presently serving in the 155th Infantry of the National Guard.  Without the courage & bravery these men & others like them, have had to honor their country, we would not have the freedom we do today.  So, I applaud all military men & women around this blessed country of ours.  God bless you & the people who love you.

I wanted to remind you of 100 days of scripture here.  This is a wonderful summer reading project.  We will be reading through the New Testament between Memorial Day & Labor Day.  A very good way of building your faith is by opening up God’s Word & reading it.  So join in this uplifting Bible activity!

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I hope you have a wonderful long holiday weekend.  We will be grilling & hanging out with family (my 2 favorite things to do!)  However, right now I have to be going because I should be washing clothes.

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The art of loafin’

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Today, while in one of our local eating establishments, I saw a young lady I go to church with. Her mama & little brother were with her. She also had her sweet baby girl, who is almost 2 & her brand new baby boy, with her. Her baby girl was running around, trying to make as many friends as she could, with the patrons, before her mama whisked her away & back over to their table. The baby boy was taking a bottle & fretting a little.

I asked my friend, “What are ya’ll doing?” She smiles and says, “Just loafin’.”

For those of you who do not understand what she meant, maybe I can enlighten you, on one of the ways of our culture.  In the South, there is a certain art to what we call “loafin’ “.  When we are out & about, without any real designation to where we need to be going or what we should be doing, we are loafin’ .  Some may say “loaferin’.  Either way, you have no schedule, no concern whatsoever for time.  Things are slow.  You are unhurried.  There is no need, to pay any mind, to how long it takes you to do anything.  You have no agenda.  No thought of what you may or may not do next.  It’s an innocent way of wasting time.  Some people may like to refer to it as, “chillin'”, “cruisin'”, or as my middle daughter says all the time, “just hangin’ out”.  You have no regard for much of anything but right there in the moment of killing time.  However, you can’t loaf or loafer all the time.  That would just make you lazy.

There is one thing, though, that we should be aware of:  what we are doing to guarantee us a home in heaven.  Unlike “loafin”, our spiritual journey should be a work in progress. We can’t be lazy when it comes to the most important thing on our list of things to do while living, “Prepare to get to heaven”.  We should be attentive each day of what work we should be doing to get to heaven.  Then, take action to make sure we don’t miss out.

Jesus tells us in John 14, beginning in verse 1-3:

Let not your heart be troubled, you believe in God, believe also in me.  In My Father’s house are many mansions,  if it were not so, I would have told you.  I go to prepare a place for you, & if I go to prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am , there you may be also.”

I want to be where Jesus is.  I know to get there, I can’t “loaf’ around.  One of the things I must do is have faith, but I am told in James 2: 17 that faith without works is dead.  I can’t have a dead faith!

I Corinthians 13: 13 says, “And now abide faith, hope, love, these three: but the greatest of these is love.”

I must also work on having love for those around me.  I must treat people as I want to be treated (Matthew 7:12).  I must be meek, a peacemaker, pure in heart, merciful, & let my light shine (Matthew 5:5-16).  I have to be always endeavoring to keep the commandments of the Lord.

Jesus talks about not knowing when Judgment Day will be.

Matthew 24:36 says, “But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only.”

Whew!  That’s a lot for an ‘ol girl , like me, to work on.  My prayer is we strive to be as Godly as possible.  Not letting one day slip by us when we could have served God.  We just don’t know when Jesus will come back to get us.  In our Christian life, we can’t be caught “loafin’.”

I am so glad you came by to visit with me today.  I have been so busy lately.  Not only has it been summer with kids out of school & such.  My oldest daughter got married!  (I will fill you in on that later.) Until then, I have to go, because I should be washing clothes.

Peace doesn’t mean you won’t have problems.  It means problems won’t have you.- Lecrae

Softball lessons

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It’s softball season again. With that comes the practices. The practices & games that you aren’t really sure what you are supposed to wear. It can be about 42 degrees, 75 degrees, windy or hot as a firecracker. You just never know what’s going to happen with spring in the South! I always do love getting to see how much the girls have grown, since the year before. There are always new girls that decide to try softball & see what it’s all about. Our girls are the 9-10 year olds. With that said, you know it is entertaining.
One of the best things I have seen so far was in a practice. The coach was getting the girls to practice hitting. Oh, did I mention this is the 1st year of kid pitch? The pitcher is an actual player. Not like years past, of coach pitch. There were several players that went up to bat. There were not many hits being made. Then, one little girl walked up to the plate. It was her first time to play softball. She gets in her batting stance, then stops & looks around at the coach. She said, “What do you want me to do when I hit it?” I was standing in the dugout. I laughed to myself. This little girl had some courage! She had already assumed the hit. It never occurred to her, that she wasn’t going to hit the ball.
This is the kind of faith the Lord wants us to have.
In Matthew 17:20 it says
And Jesus said unto them,
Because of your unbelief:
for verily I say unto you,
If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed,
ye shall say unto this mountain,
Remove hence to yonder place;
and it shall remove; and
nothing shall be impossible unto you.
We should always be willing to assume the Lord will handle our situations. However, I get impatient, don’t you? That’s when I worry, fret, walk around with a cloud over my head. Instead I should say, “What do I need to do, once I receive my blessing?” That’s the attitude this sweet first time softball player had. And you know what? She did need to know what to do when she hit the ball. Because she did.

I am so glad you stopped by for a spell.  It makes my heart happy when you come by for a visit.  I hope you are having a great week.  I have to be going for now, because I should be washing clothes.