5 things to do when someone tells you to just get over it.

Have you ever had someone to tell you to just get over it? I have a couple of issues with that. It may take me a minute, but just stay with me & hopefully, I won’t butcher this up too much.

Sometimes, in life, I firmly believe there are things you just don’t have to get over. Take for instance a loved one passing away. That is one of the main things in my life, I deal with, is missing my sweet mama, my salt of the earth grandparents, & my in-laws (who were the best people in the entire world). This is a day in & day out pain that I deal with. However, I do my best not to let it overcome me. My husband & I talk about things my mother in law would have said if she had been here while her great grandchildren were. She would have loved things they do & say. I make mention of my daughter’s love for cooking to be purely a fantastic genetic trait, that was passed down from my mama, her Granny & her great grandmothers. Their love for all of us, their good advice, & examples of Christian living, well, those thoughts live with me every day. And thank God for that. I won’t ever get over it.

What about the blood that Jesus shed on the cross for me? I hope I don’t ever get over that. I won’t ever be able to repay the Lord for what He’s done for me & my family. When I think about what the Lord has done for us, I feel so humbled. We have never been forsaken or felt alone – for long anyway. Because there’s a peace that passes all understanding, that well, I don’t understand. I just know that is one of the benefits of Jesus loving me & me obeying Him.

I read an article, the other day about how to get your kids to behave. Like I really need to know about that, huh? It said, when you want a child to do something specifically, you need to tell them how to do it. Instead of saying, “Watch out, you are going to fall.” You would say to a kid that was standing in a chair jumping up & down & screaming: “Sit down on your bottom and be quiet.” That may sound a little common sense worthy. But think of it y’all. How many times do we say things to people, that we want a certain outcome, but we don’t tell them how to do it? So instead of thinking, “Why don’t they just get over ______________? Fill in the blank with anything you wish here- their divorce, their money problems, their relationship problems, theirselves- maybe they just don’t know how.

So, how do we help others or help ourselves? I have a little list of things, I try to apply, that helps me to make it through:

  1. Pray- I know, I know. That’s all anyone ever says is pray about it. Well, that’s not bad advice. Here lately I’ve been doing a lot of that about certain areas of my life. Time in prayer is never wasted. I Thessalonians 5: 16-18  Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. (NKJV)
  2. Listen & pay attention- If you stop & take time to listen to what the Lord is saying to you, through His Word, you may be pleasantly surprised. The other day, I was talking to a co-worker about my Dad being sick. He was reminding me his wife was in charge of a rehab/nursing home facility & that if he had to have physical therapy, it was a good place to go. While we were talking, my phone rang. It was the case worker at the hospital saying the doctor had put in orders for my Dad to go to rehab & did I know where he would like to go? WELL YES I DID. Some of the best things in the world have been given to us quietly. So pay attention to the little things going on. Those are sometimes the big things. I John 3:20 For if our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart, and knows all things.(NKJV)
  3. Be social. Sometimes we just need people, that love us, to be around. You need to be able to reach out to others. Sometimes just being with folks you can laugh with & that make you laugh is extremely good medicine for the soul. Go out to eat with your family. Ask some friends to go to the movies. Prepare for hard days by planning to be with your people. Talk to them about how things are playing out for you & that you have a hard time going on. If they are your real friends & it is family that truly loves you, they will be there. Hands down. No matter what. Proverbs 18:24 A man who has friends must himself be friendly, But there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother. (NKJV)
  4. Realize you can’t do it without Jesus. It’s so heartbreaking to see people try to live this crazy life without the Lord. His presence & guidance is the best thing in the world. If you read & study His Word, you will get answers. Trust me on this one. You may have to be patient. You may have to wait. But that’s okay. Because God is always working for our good. John 14:6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. (NKJV)
  5. Count your blessings. It’s hard to be discouraged & depressed if you are thinking about all the Lord has done for you. Just take a few minutes & think about how blessed you are. Even with all the bad things going on & the hurt & the chaos in the world, we as still so, so, blessed. 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)

Y’all life is so complicated sometimes. But there’s One that will take you just as you are. In your weak & broken down spirit, He will take you & comfort you. Right this minute, if you needed someone, do you have that person, you know without a doubt you could call on & they would be there for you? You don’t have to have a large group of people. One will do. Now, can you be that person for someone, as well? Make those your people. Because you matter to them & they matter to you. That’s one of the Lord’s way of taking care of you here. He gives us our people.

I am so glad you came by to visit with me today. 2019 has been a little crazy, so far. My Dad’s health is pretty touch & go right now. He had a fall back about a month ago. From that, it’s just been one thing after another for him.  If you get a chance, just keep him in your prayers. On another note we have a brand spanking new grandgirl! She is just gorgeous, of course. We got to be with family & friends all through the holidays. So, life is pretty good. Until next time I have to be going, because I should be washing clothes.

photo credit: Pinterest

Mr. Sweetie Pants- oh how boring life would be without this cutie!

Miss Neenee & Livie

Me & Livie Leigh

If there is a better big brother in the world, I don’t want to know about it.

Big brother visits are the best.

Love all of these faces.

 

 

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Wednesday night blessings & I didn’t know what day it was until today

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LORD HAVE MERCY. Is it Friday, yet?  On Wednesday, at work, I sent out a cute little meme about it just being Tuesday.  One of my sweet friends, from Ohio, was kind enough to say,

 “But it’s Wednesday, right?”

 It’s just been these past few weeks, that all the days are running together.  SO, I would like to officially say to Friday,

 “Thank you for showing up.  I appreciate that.”

good newsWednesday night at church, I got some sweet news. There are 2 little girls in my Wednesday night Bible class that are living at our local children’s home.  They are twins.  And precious. And spunky. And are so smart in God’s Word.  I fell in love with them the 1st time I met them.  They told me before class started, they were being adopted.  They were so excited.  They told me what their new name would be.  They hugged me & I told them I was so proud & what great news to have in our class that night.  One of the girls said,

“Yeah, but who’s going to bring us candy now?”

We sorta have candy, gummies, chocolate, cookies, or whatever else I can come up with, every class.  I reassured them I knew they would have a wonderful Bible teacher at their new church & hopefully, she would bring candy to class.  What a joy for these kids.  They told me this would be their forever family. Goodness gracious.  What a true blessing.

It made me think of how many blessings you can have, that comes out of trials. No matter how grim a situation may seem, God has a plan.  The Lord promised Abraham & Sarah a baby. (Genesis 18:10)  They waited about 25 years, after that promise was made, before Isaac was born.  The apostle Paul was locked up in prison for preaching the gospel.  He still found a way to write letters to the churches & help them, even while he was in jail. (Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, & Philemon)  Lazarus died, while they were waiting on Jesus.  However, Jesus turned sadness to joy, when he raised Lazarus up. (John 11:43-44)  Joseph was thrown in prison & waited 2 years for the king’s butler to remember he interpreted dreams.  After all that time he was released from jail & gained Pharaoh’s good favor. (Genesis 41:12) And do I have to even mention Noah building the ark?  It took him about 100 years to build the ark. Then he gathered everybody up & God shut the door.  (Genesis 7:16) Then, he waited for it to start this raining stuff that no one had ever seen or heard of.  That took about 7 days.  (Genesis 7:10) Talk about some good endings to bad situations.  God can & will take care of us.  Sometimes we may just need to wait through the problems in life.  God uses hard times to develop us into the people he needs us to be.  So, don’t get too discouraged with hardships.  They won’t last.  I saw this saying one day & loved it.

God recruits from the pit, not the pedestal.

I love this, because it lets me know, even when I am in the valley, God’s plan is still at work. I know God has been at work in my 2 little friend’s lives.  He is putting them in fertile soil to grow & bloom.  They may have had to wait, but the Lord has always taken care of them.  I hope you know today that the Lord loves you. I hope you know how blessed you are & how God can make any mess a beautiful message!  You just have to be looking for the good, not the bad.

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Can I end by saying THANK YOU LORD FOR FRIDAY??? The sunshine is glorious.  I am very delighted that you decided to stop by today.  I hope you have an amazing weekend.  Until next time, I have to be going because I should be washing clothes.

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**For those of you keeping up with my Dad, he is still in “rehab”.  He has good days & bad days.  His blood has still not thinned out to the doctor’s liking.  His sugar is getting better controlled for the moment.  We are hopeful he will be able to go home at some point.  Prayers are much appreciated!  Love y’all.

photo credits : clipart panda, http://www.imighthavestolethat.wordpress.com, pinterest

Birthday sleepover fun & Thanksgiving is next week

There perhaps was some tornadic activity or something of that sort, at our house this weekend.  Here are the culprits:

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If they did not have fun, it’s not because they didn’t try. I feel like it was a success.  In lieu of that, I am posting things to make for a fun slumber party.

They made their own pizzas.a neely pizWe just used canned biscuits, pizza sauce, & toppings.  Lots.Of.Toppings.

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Of course, you need a birthday cake, specifically, if it’s a birthday party sleepover. (And on a totally unrelated note, my pants don’t want to fit very well anymore.  First the wedding with candy & sweets, then Halloween candy, now this.  If somebody knows how to remove that part of you that wants to cram sweet stuff in your mouth, all.the.time, please let me know.  I’m not a doctor, so I don’t know )

a neely cake

 

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Then, if you are crazy brave enough, you can do some fun games like laser tag.  There was also an arcade at this said laser tag establishment.  Which they enjoyed, as well.

a neely fluteOnce we got back home, we had a talent show.  I had made out “pre-made” talents on slips of paper.  I put them in an envelope & handed out numbers.  When I called their number, they picked out an act to showcase.  Coincidently, this sweetie picked

Play the flute

And guess what?  She plays the flute & had it with her!

a neely christinaThis little beauty selected- Tell jokes. 

I quite possibly laughed way too hard.  She was so dadgum funny, though.

a neely lillyThis sweet friend picked- Make hand puppets

She was pretty good at it, too.

a neely paisley talentThis amazing friend did a wonderful theatrical reading of nursery rhymes.  I have to say, she did an impressive job.  And how do I know she is so amazing?  Her shirt said so, of course

There was also some doing the Whip & Nae-nae .

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Games

One we did was, What’s in your mouth.  This was one of their favorites.  We did peanut butter, candy, pickles, olives, honey, cranberry juice, cherries, & others that I can’t recall, because I am old & my memory never serves me correctly.

  • Divide the preteens into two groups. Blindfold one group and allow the other group to make a trip to the kitchen. The girls in the kitchen choose foods to eat and bring them to the room the blindfolded girls are in. Each girl feeds a blindfolded girl one of the food items. The girls blindfolded must figure out what the food is.

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Nail polish game

  • Place the tween girls in a circle around several bottles of nail polish. The first girl spins the first bottle of nail polish. Whoever the bottle is pointing at when it stops spinning must paint one fingernail that color. The game continues around the circle. At the end of the game, all girls will have all 10 fingernails painted several different colors. Girls can also paint their toenails, if they desire.

a neely polishThe girls liked this game.  They got their nails polished in the process!

a neely tableThey did some other things like making a human table.  They thought this was fun.

They also did a marshmallow game

You take marshmallows & put them in a bowl.  With a plastic spoon, in your mouth, see how many you can transfer to another bowl in a minute.

They played a cup tower game that was fun.

Cup tower game

With a certain number of plastic cups each, 2 players build a tower & take it back down within a minute- oh, one handed.

I had some other games to play like- taking a pair of panty hose & putting a penny in the toe & have them get the pennies  out.  Another was to  put tennis balls in the end of panty hose, put them on your head & knock down water bottles (which were in a circle, with the girl standing in the middle).  I was going to mention some of those after they feasted on pancakes, eggs, bacon, & biscuits Saturday morning.  HOWEVER, I looked in the living room & they were laughing, talking, braiding each others hair & the such.  I thought, why spoil that with a panty hose game??

Also, I need to give a SHOUT OUT to my sweet husband, who was quite the trooper & helper through out all of this.  Because did I mention, 8 PRETEEN GIRLS??  Thankfully, he is good with kids.  Which is a delightful thing, because we always have a bunch around.

I am so proud these girls have each other.  It made me think of this verse:

Proverbs 17:17

A friend loves at all times, And a brother is born for adversity.

Some of these girls have been friends for years.  Some of them just met, for the first time this weekend.  Miss Neenee invited some of her friends from church & some from school.  All in all, they got along beautifully. Which is nice.  Because did I mention 8 PRETEEN GIRLS??  It made me thankful they will have each other, as they transition into becoming teenagers & adults.  That’s just a hard time in life.  I hope they will lean on each other & spend time with each other & other Godly girls.  SO.IMPORTANT.

As I was going to bed, I told them these things:

A. That I loved them all & I hoped they slept well.

B.  That they could eat & do whatever they wanted to.

C. That I would appreciate them not tearing the house down.

D. That unless someone is bleeding or has a serious medical emergency, please do not let me see their faces until the next morning

Luckily, they did happen to obey all these rules.

I am so glad you came by to visit with me today.  I am feeling so blessed.  Oh yeah & I am getting things together for my company next week.  Seeing it’s the holiday season, folks start coming from near & far to be guests in my house.  I am so excited.  What do you have planned for your Thanksgiving holiday?  Until next time I have to be going because I should be washing clothes.

Go on over to see Kristi at I should be mopping the floor.  She always has the cutest ideas.  Click on the picture below.

free thanksgiving printable

Why I go to church & what’s up with all the rain?

 

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If someone were to ask you, “Why do you go to church?” or “Why don’t you go to church?”  what would your answer be?  Some folks may not go to church because they have had a bad experience there.  Some may not go because they just don’t feel the need to.  Some may not go because they don’t know how important it is.  You may say I go to church because I want my kids to go.  Or some may go to church because that’s what their parents did.  Others may go to church because they are Christians & it’s the right thing to do.  Today, I want to talk about why I go to church.

First, I want to go to heaven.  With that, I believe Jesus created us to be social creatures.  He was with His friends, a lot.  He was a preacher to audiences of thousands on several occasions.  He fellowshipped with many & hung around with a group of guys, most of the time.  It goes without saying, we need to be with other like-minded folks.

The Hebrew writer gave a commandment in Hebrews 10:25

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25 not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.  (NKJV)

What assembling was he talking about?  Worship service & whenever else the church decides to meet.   That commandment was given to me, you, & whoever else is a child of the Lord.  With that, I have a responsibility to the Lord to be with my group, the church, when they meet.  Not because the Lord is trying to be mean & keep me from sleeping in on one of my days off.  Or because He doesn’t want me to catch my favorite t.v. shows.  He knows us.  He made us.  He knows we are like those that made the golden calf to worship, when Moses didn’t come down from the mountain quick enough.  (Exodus 32) He knows we have to be reminded of His love for us & His purpose for us.  What better way than by taking the Lord’s Supper every first day of the week?  I Corinthians 11: 22-26

 

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23 For I received from the Lord that which I also delivered to you: that the Lord Jesus on the same night in which He was betrayed took bread; 24 and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, “Take, eat;[b] this is My body which is broken[c] for you; do this in remembrance of Me.” 25 In the same manner He also took the cup after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood. This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.”26 For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death till He comes.

He knows we need each other to help each other along.  Life is hard.  Sometimes we may not have a physical family on Earth, we can count on.  He knows we need to know we aren’t in this thing called life alone.  He knows what I need. Which is the company of others. He knows I am stubborn & if He did not tell me to do something, I might not do it.   One reason I go to church is because I want to go to heaven.

Second, I need the support of the church.  I need people who love me & know my heart.  I need people who I can count on in this ol’ world.  My church family is that.  Those are some good, salt of the Earth people I am with at each meeting.  If I need anything, they are there for me.  They are there to support me when things are good.  They are there to see me through when things aren’t so great.  I need that fellowship.

Acts 2:42 And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers. (NKJV)

 We had a lady that came asking for prayer on Sunday night.  Her grandson prayed for her & his family.  It was truly God at work.  The young man was tearful & hurting.  He prayed a short prayer for help to make it through their hard time.  I know the Lord heard it.  Some of us didn’t even really know the grandmother or grandson.  But that did not stop us from standing in line to tell her we were there for her & her family.  That we loved her & that the Lord loved her.  And it don’t matter if anybody in that church house knew those people or not, they needed help & prayers.  That’s what we are there for.  When I am involved in church, I never have the feeling that I don’t have anyone to turn to.  Feelings of hopelessness aren’t common.  I know there are people in my life that care about me.  Those are people from my church.  As a matter of fact, I kinda like those people.  When I say kinda I mean REALLY love my church peeps.  Another reason I go to church is I need the support of Godly people.

Third, I want to help my family go to heaven.  I believe it is just as much my responsibility to raise my family spiritually healthy as it is to raise them physically healthy.  If I don’t tell my loved ones about the Lord, who is?  If I don’t try to teach my family about Jesus, they may just believe anything anyone tries to tell them.  Whether it be true or not.  And that’s not good.

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 I go to church because I want my kids to learn about Jesus & become spiritually strong.  I want to give my kids the best chance they have at knowing the Lord & going to heaven one day.  And isn’t that all we can hope for?   No matter what is going on around me, I have to make sure I am a good example.  I can’t expect my kids to love the Lord, if I don’t.  I can’t be disappointed that my kids don’t study the Bible & go to God for help, if they don’t see me doing it.   Still another reason I go to church is to help my family go to heaven.

Fourth, I go to church because I NEED it.  I need to hear the preacher tell me what I should be doing & how Christians should act.  Not that I don’t know, but because I’m just human.  I need reminding, continually.  I need to see my brothers & sisters in Christ.  I need to feel the comfort & warmth of being with God’s people. I need forgiveness.  I need to remember what it’s all about.  I need to sing songs & pray prayers.  I need to listen to scripture read.  I need to be held accountable for my life.  I need my faith strengthened.  Just like the members of the early church had the same need:

Acts 14: 22 22 strengthening the souls of the disciples, exhorting them to continue in the faith, and saying, “We must through many tribulations enter the kingdom of God.”(NKJV)

Humbly, I need to remember Jesus died for me on a cross from my sins.  If I am not there, all these things may begin to seem not so important.  And these things are the MOST. Important. Things. Ever.  Last but not least, I go to church because more than anyone, I need it.

Thank you for listening to me tell why I go to church.  Please don’t think I look down on people who don’t go to church.  I’m just telling you, though, if you don’t you are really missing out.  The blessings you receive & the standard of living is like no other. On a random note-I cannot even handle hearing people say they don’t go to church because of the hypocrites there.  There are hypocrites that go to the grocery store & Walmart.  Does that keep you from going to one of those places?  I will tell you like I tell my kids.  Church is a public place.  Anybody can go.  That means there may be some hypocrites there.

My father-in- law used to always say this,

“You can either go to church with hypocrites, or you can go to hell with them.”

I don’t think I have to say much else past that.

I am so glad you stopped by to visit with me today.  I hope you are having a good week.  I hope it is warm & sunshiny wherever you are.  Because it is NOT here in northeast Mississippi.  However, I will choose to think of the long, stiflin’ hot, muggy, humid days of summer & thank the Lord for a little cold weather.  We have had our fair share of rain.

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I don’t even know what our weather is doing anymore.  Rain.  And lots of it.  Cray. Until the skies are full of fluffy clouds and bright sunshine again, I have to be going because I should be washing clothes.

You don’t have to go to church, you get to go to church.

photo credits: heartprintsofgod, http://www.cedarspringschurchofchrist.org,www.exclusiveblend.wordpress.com,pinterest

Happy Mother’s Day & why Mother’s Day is hard

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Sunday is Mother’s Day.  I hope you have made plans to honor mothers this weekend.  For some people, Mother’s Day can be a hard day.  This week a friend shared with me how he dreaded Mother’s Day every year.  He counted up & said his mama had passed away some 30 years ago.  Still the sting of Mother’s Day is ever present, for him.  I understand what my friend is saying.  My mama passed away almost 12 years ago.  At any time, on any day, I would give anything to see her just one last time.  Mother’s Day is a reminder, my mama is not here for me to celebrate her.  My mother-in-law was just like a mother to me.  She is also deceased.  She was such a terrific person, smart, and strong.  I miss her so much.   My two grandmothers were important in my life, as well.  They molded me into the person I am today.  There is no way I could ever stand idly by as weather got bad.  My Mama Boyce taught us that caution is the best cure to uncertainty.  And that’s with anything in life.  She was a careful planner when it came to things.  Because you just never know when something might happen.  You need to be prepared.  My Mamaw taught me that love is the most important thing in the world.  She loved me & her other grandchildren like there was no tomorrow.  Each one of us held a special place in her heart.  You can ask any of my cousins about our Mamaw.  They will be glad to tell you how she had the talent of making people feel loved.  Like they were the most important thing in the world to her.  She knew how to treat people.  Salt of the earth, she was.

Just like my friend, I have had years that were really hard on Mother’s Day.  However, I do have kids & it’s hard to be sad when they are standing there bearing gifts & smiles in my honor!   Here the past few years I have tried to do a better job of having a kinder attitude toward Mother’s Day. However, in the end, it’s all still the same, I miss my mama, my mother-in-law, & my sweet grandmothers.

One thing that is comforting is that these wonderful ladies were God fearing, Christian women. Let’s look to the things the Bible says a Godly mother is:

Proverbs 31:10 Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies.

v.25 Strength and honour are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come.

26 She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness.

27 She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness.

28 Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her.

29 Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all.

30 Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the Lord, she shall be praised.

31 Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates.

 

Recently, another friend was sharing some things her grandmother had said to her.  It was kind and thoughtful words that only a grandmother can impart.  I told her there was no love like that of a grandmother or mother.  If you have a mother, grandmother, special aunt, or friend still living, please make an effort to acknowledge them on this special day.  I know they will love you for it!   It will be a special Mother’s Day for my daughter, because it is her first Mother’s Day.  Don’t forget to remember those wonderful mothers who have already passed away & their children- who may not love this day.  Your compassion toward those folks are what makes you precious!

 

I hope you are having a wonderful week.  Skies are going to be cloudy & rainy this weekend in our neck of the woods.  That will give me some time to catch up on some things in the house. I hope you have a terrific Mother’s Day!   However, I have to go for now, because I should be washing clothes.

girl at clothes line

photo credit: homeliving.blogspot.com, sew country chick

 

30 Days of Gratitude

Day 10sirius radio I am so very thankful for Sirius Radio on my desktop…..ahhh, we are somewhat best friends right now.  Notice Elvis Radio playing…… “happy sigh” 🙂

Day 11OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI am thankful for these 2 sweeties & the memories we are making with Mr. Sweetie Pants.  He loves driving the tractor with his Pap.

Day 12candy on thursI am thankful every Thursday, I get chocolate left on my pillow by my sweetie.  He has been doing this for quite sometime.  He just needs to keep this up, because it really does make a girl happy.

Day 13girls at moviesI am thankful for this group of sweet girls that Miss Neenee loves.  They are just what the doctor ordered, when it comes to wonderful friends.  They are all very kind & well behaved.

Day 14OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI am thankful Miss Neenee has learned to drive the tractor.  It’s about time.  She is 10 for goodness sakes!

Day 15

patient santaI am certainly thankful for this patient Santa.  This was Mr. Sweetie Pants 1st visit with Santa.  Well, you see how it went. bless his heart.  Once they were finished, we whisked the baby away.  I turned to see Miss Neenee patting Santa on the back, apologizing for the situation.  She’s such a little peacemaker.

Day 16skyI am thankful for this beautiful morning sky.  Now really, how can you look at this & not know there is a Lord Jesus Christ in heaven?  Things like this just make me feel all warm & fuzzy inside.

 

 

 

Into the Word Wednesday

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So glad it’s Wednesday! That means Falen & Laura will be hosting their usual link up “Into the Word Wednesday” over at Upward Not Inward. This is a link up where we tell what the Word is saying to us. With no further delay, I present to you, my findings, this week,  while into the Word:

I Samuel 20:17 Now Jonathan again caused David to vow, because he loved him;for he loved him as he loved his own soul.

Jonathan and David were terrific friends. They had a deep connection that meant the world to each of them. Jonathan’s dad Saul did not like David. He threw a spear at David, trying to kill him at one point. And do you know why? He was jealous of him, that’s why. Why is it we let jealousy have such a strong hold over us? Jonathan was so upset with his father, that

he arose from the table in fierce anger, and ate no food the second day of the month,

for he was grieved for David, because his father had treated him shamefully. v. 34

Saul did not stop there with his jealousy.

I Samuel 23:14 says ….Saul sought him (David) every day but God did not deliver him into his hand.

Why did God not let Saul find David?  He was holding out for the greater good.  He wanted Saul to be truly sorry for how he was treating David.  God was trying to teach Saul a lesson that being jealous hearted is not Godly & it doesn’t lead to anything good.

I Samuel 24: 4  …And David arose & secretly cut off a corner of Saul’s robe.

David perhaps was trying to seek revenge on Saul by cutting a corner of his robe when he found him sleeping.  Just to let him know,

“Hey Jack, I could have turned you every which way but loose, but I didn’t.”

Later when David caught up with Saul, he had already realized,

“You know what?  I tried to be a scoundrel like Saul, but then it dawned on me, if I get in the pig pen with the wallerin’ pigs, I’m gonna get some mud on me and ain’t nobody got time for that.”

That’s when , David told Saul what he had done & why he had done it.  David responded with kindness when Saul was showing him hatred & jealousy.  Saul’s response was this:

v. 17 You are more righteous than I; for you have rewarded me with good, whereas I have rewarded you with evil.

Do you think Saul knew he had been treating David wrong?  You better bet your bottom dollar he did.  David did the right thing.  He was kind, even when Saul was everything but kind to him.  This still holds true for today.  My prayer is that the Lord will help us to be kind, even when kindness is the farthest thing from what we are being treated.  Why?  Because just like it was for David, it’s the right thing to do.  You will never regret being kind.  You may regret being hateful, mean, or spiteful.  However, you will never regret being kind.

Thanks so much for stopping by & visiting with me today.  Go on by Upward Not Inward & link up with those girls.  It’s such a blessing to see what the Word is saying to others.  I have to be going now, because I should be washing clothes.

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Memories in the making……

An unshared life is not living. He who shares does not lessen, but greatens, his life.- Stephen S. Wise

In a fast paced world of jobs, school, extracurricular activities, volunteer work, and household chores, it’s easy to forget to spend time with the people you love. Togetherness gets lost in trying to coordinate schedules & keeping up the workload & activities in a busy life.

I know of some families that still get together on loved ones birthdays, that have passed on.  It is just simply a meal with reflections of that person.  Wouldn’t that be admirable, just to honor someone in such a way?  Another family goes on a trip each year on the date of a passed loved one’s birthday.  It’s just a way of them keeping in their remembrance the joy they had for that person.

Another thing to do is to make a tradition with your family.  One thing our family used to do is on Christmas, at my grandparent’s house, was exchanging gifts.  One of the gifts was always a box with 2 ugly neckties.  Whatever lucky person got them, had to save them until the next year.  Then, they could give those 2 ties & add any other article of atrociousness to it, if they chose.  It was fun each year to see who was going to end up with the ties.

Just know, when you look back on your life. It won’t be the big promotion or the grade average that will warm your heart. Rather, important memories of the times you shared with loved ones will warm your heart. Enjoy your loved ones now, while they are still here. Celebrate life with the people dearest to your heart.

Challenge: Mark on your calendar & make a date with someone you love. Have dinner with your family, take your grandmother or grandfather on a picnic, go walking with a friend, take a pet or a child outside & play in the yard. Make some memories!

I hope everyone takes time out this week to spend some time with someone you love. Let me know what you did & how it turned out. I can’t wait to hear about the fun you have.  But right now, I have to be going now, because I should be washing clothes!

Parts of this article was taken from a book- 101 Ways To Make a Difference Today by Candy Paul

What is a true friend?

What is a true friend?  One might say it’s someone who likes the same things I do.  Someone who “gets” me.  Someone who cares for my well being.  Someone who is there when I need them.  I believe these are great qualities to have in a true friend.  In your life, you may experience all different kinds of friends.  You may have friends that you made in school or friends you worked with.  There are life long friends & then friends that you knew for a while, but then lost touch.  What ever the kind of friend, they all served a purpose.  Kindness, love, understanding, patience, these are all things that are necessary to find in a friend, but also to practice, so that you may be a true friend.   Recently, I have been blessed to have met up with an old friend, that I have not had contact with for some time.  Since we have been back in each others lives, it’s like we picked right back up where we left off.  Even our preacher laughed & evaded my friend & I  are so excited to see each other, that at times we have to take turns talking!  Others may sometimes think we are in our own little world, because we get so caught up chatting with each other, that we may not realize anyone else is around!

 

Two sweet friends

However, don’t be deceived.  There are some people who may seem to be true friends on the outside, but on the inside are not.

 

People who say things to hurt you, with no regard for your feelings, that’s not a friend.

People who act out in anger toward you without a cause, that’s not a friend.

People who are spiteful & jealous of you, that’s not a friend.

People who are more absorbed in themselves than anyone else, that’s not a friend.

People who want you around only when they have time, that’s not a friend.

 

Once you have a friend, that God takes out of your life, you might want to think long & hard before you chase back after them.  There might be a reason God took them out of your life.  It could be that you can be happier & more productive without them.  It’s sad, but things like this do happen.  When those people lose sight of what it is to be a friend, then, it’s best just to carry on without them.  No good will come out of negativity staying in your life with these folks.  So, just pray for them & move on.  Some people are never happy.  They are jealous hearted & vindictive.  That’s not your fault.  Real friends will not want to see you upset, feelings hurt, or unhappy.  You can’t change others, so give it up, cut ties & let your life take a turn for the better.

 

In I Samuel 20:12-17, 41-42 there is a wonderful story of two true friends, Jonathan & David.  When Johnathan was being pursued by the jealous King Saul, he had a friend who risked big danger to stand by him.  Jonathan, Saul’s very own son, proved his loyalty to David.  He cautioned him of his father’s intention to kill him (I Samuel 20:31-42),  Later, when Saul went after David in the wilderness, Jonathan, “arose & went to David in the woods & strengthened his hand in God. (23:16)  In I Samuel 20:17 it says that “……he (Jonathan) loved him (David) as he loved his own soul.

 

What a wonderful thing to have such a friend!  If you love your friends as Jonathan did David, as your own soul, that is an unconditional love.  That is a precious love that is an incredible encouragement.  Jonathan stood by a friend in need. That is power that is only when two people are true friends in life. That aids friends when there is heart ache & pain in this life. It gives another a feeling of security & hope to go on in a sin sick world.  Whose hand can you strengthen by being a true friend today?

 

I have been so busy with kids, & summer & getting back in school, that I have not blogged much here lately.  I hope to be over all of that soon, so that I can get back to spending time with you.  Thanks so much for stopping by today.  I have to be going for now because I should be washing clothes!

Been busy with these pretty girls!

And could not leave out the latest sweetie I’ve been busy with!