Christmas fun & how your taste in Christmas presents changes

calvin santa flambeWhile reading over my favorite blogs, I thought, perhaps you all would enjoy some of the Christmas fun I have been reading about.

First is one of my faves: Christy Jordan’s Southern Plate.  Not only does Christy share with us about delicious food, she gives ideas on how to have some Christmas fun.  Click on the cookies to find out how you can do 25 free & inexpensive things for the best Christmas ever.

 

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Next, there is so much going on over at I should be mopping the floor.  Kristi has some adorable printables & ways to make your holidays less stressful.  Just don’t be mad at me if you spend A LOT of time there.

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Then, my other fav, who is always keepin’ it real over at Only a Breath.  Melanie has announced she wants us to share reading the Bible in 2015.  I know she would love having you all join in to study God’s word together.  Just click on her messy kitchen to go to the blog post.  (And by the way, this was after a night of at the last minute reindeer cookie making.  I feel her pain.)

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Now that I have shared some of my favorite blog stuff with you, I want to talk about how my taste in Christmas presents have changed.  When I was younger of course it was toys, toys, & more toys!  Then, as I became a teenager, it was a special piece of jewelry, clothes, or whatever it was everybody else was getting that year.  As I got older & had kids & now grandkids -it’s hard to buy my Christmas present.  Not that I am that hard to buy for.  You see, what I want for Christmas has become something you can’t buy in a store.  My kids will ask what I want, every year.

For the past several years, it’s been the same- nothing. 

 I just want them to take care of their own babies now.  To make sure they get what they want.  My Christmas present is my house full of people who I love & who love me.  Being able to open up my house to the ones who are dearest to me is a wonderful feeling.  In the past few years, people have become so much more important to me.  I think it’s just something that tends to happen when you lose those who are very dear to you.  Many of our loved ones have gone on & you start to really pay attention to the relationships you have.  My mama loved a get together.  I think I am getting more like her.  I love eating together, laughing together, & watching them all be excited for the season.  Seeing the little ones squeal & rip & romp through my house.   Having enough food for everybody & then some.  Being able to cook with my sweetie.  That is what I want for Christmas.  The feeling of contentment that right then, for a split second, my loved ones are fed, safe, & sound.  There, for the moment, there is peace on my earth, that I live in.  I wouldn’t take anything for all of that.  Now show me how to bottle & sell that & we will be gazillionaires!

What are you doing for Christmas?  Whatever it is, I hope you feel as blessed as I do.  Not with what’s under the tree, but being grateful for your family, friends, & spiritual blessings.  That’s what it’s all about anyway.  Until next time, I have to be going, because I should be washing clothes.

A little Christmas perspective from Calvin & Hobbes

CALVIN AND HOBBES CHRISTMAS REQUEST LIST TO DAD

 

 

 

 

 

What is really necessary & holiday hair loss

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Today’s post is just as much for me as it is anybody.  With it being such a hectic time of year, sometimes our time gets away with us.  Things need to be done, trees are being trimmed, Christmas cookies & candies made, present bought, elves on the shelf are back with a vengeance, Christmas parties to attend, parades to watch,  this list of things going on will run rampant if you let it.  Then, along with the excitement of the season comes the daily things.  You know the things that need doing no matter what.  The dishes need washing, the clothes laundered, the floor swept, bathrooms cleaned, beds made, kids taken care of & with all the other Hoorah, sometimes, just sometimes our time with God slips by us.  With all the stuff we have to do, there are times I fall into bed at night & barely get my prayers said before I am fast asleep.  The next morning I think, I didn’t study my Bible yesterday.  That’s not a good thing.   So that brings me to this question, “What really is necessary?”

There was a lady in the Bible that got a wonderful lesson about what is necessary.  There was a time Jesus went to visit with His sweet friends Mary & Martha.  Now, I can imagine what a serious tiz I would be in if Jesus was coming to my house.  I would be just like Martha.  I would be running around trying to make sure everything was just right.  Martha got caught up, just like I would, with things not really necessary.

Luke 10: 40

 But Martha was distracted with much serving, and she approached Him and said, “Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Therefore tell her to help me.”(NKJV)

Jesus did not tell Mary to get up & help her sister fix dinner or clear off the table, so they could eat.  He was there to teach & fellowship with them.  Not be concerned with things like is the floor vacuumed, dishes washed, and the throw pillows aligned properly on the couch.

Luke 10:41-42

 And Jesus[l] answered and said to her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things. 42 But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her.”(NKJV)

Jesus was trying to tell Martha what was necessary.  Serving him in a physical, earthly way was not that important to Him right then.  He wanted her to sit with Him & her sister & listen to what He had to say.  That is what was necessary.  When my Daddy drops by my house unannounced, there are times it may appear there has been cyclonic activity happening inside my home.  I always start out apologizing for things being in a mess.  His response is always the same, “I came to see you, not your house.”  I think this is what message Jesus was trying to drive home to Mary & Martha.  When you get so busy doing stuff, that you don’t have time for God, you have to be reminded.  Is this “stuff” really necessary?

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While it’s Christmas time or anytime let’s make sure we don’t overdo ourselves on the unnecessary, that we neglect the necessary.  At the end of our time, will it matter that no dirty dishes were left in the sink or that we took that time to sit down & study God’s words & spend time with the Lord?  I’m not saying don’t clean your house.  I’m saying make your time with God a priority.  I do want to share with you one thing I try to do.  I have a Bible app on my phone.  When I am in my car, I turn that thing on.  If I don’t have anything specific I want to listen to, I will put it on Matthew 5.  This starts the sermon on the mount.  I love hearing the words of Jesus.   Something in that sermon seems to always be what I need to hear.  It just makes my day go better.  It helps me to remember what is really necessary.

I am so glad you came by to visit with me today.  There are a lot of things we have going on for the holidays.  Parties, get togethers, cooking, baking & Christmas shopping.  Gracia, our elf on the shelf, is just everywhere this year.  She’s a busy little elf for Santa, that’s for sure.  I hope you have a plan for your holiday.  Me, not so much.  Thus, the falling out of my hair.  Which I hardly notice for my queasy stomach & frequent heartburn.  You see, I’m an off the cuff type of gal.  Let me tell you, Christmas at my house is not an off the cuff kind of holiday.  There’s lots of preparation.  And I have a big family.  No pressure.  Anyway, I hope all of you are having a blessed week.  I have to be going, because I should be washing clothes.

christmas keep calmphoto credits: honeynfizz.blogspot, newyorksightseeingtours.wordpress.com, shereadstruth.bigcartel.com

Why we have pain & suffering & yes, I’m a band wagoner

godDo you ever ponder the question why? Why do we have pain & suffering?  Why do bad things happen to good people?  Why are there starving people?  If God is all He says He is, then why do all these terrible things exist?  I think I found out.

This morning, I was listening to Matthew 26 & 27, on the way to work. The scripture was at the point where Jesus was prepping his disciples of what is fixing to happen to Him.  Jesus was getting ready to suffer beyond belief.  Not only was He going to be crucified on a cross for our sins, His very best friends in the world, were one by one turning their backs on Him.  Judas betrayed Him. (Matt. 26:25)  Peter denied Him. (Matt. 26:74)

The other disciples ran off & left Him.

Matthew 26:56 ….. Then all the disciples forsook Him and fled.

And now, He was being hung on a cross.  Jesus begged God to rethink His plan.  But, ended up praying

Matthew 26:42 ….“O My Father, if this cup cannot pass away from Me unless I drink it, Your will be done.”(NKJV)

I think I’ve got problems.  My problems will never match up to what Jesus had going on.  I haven’t ever been treated the way Christ was.  So, I start to ask myself

“Where was God?”

Why did He let this awful thing happen to His own Son?  It was God’s plan to save mankind.  He knew what He was doing.  Why does God allow bad things happen in the world?  It’s in His plan. Job said in

Job 2:10 Shall we indeed accept good from God & shall we not accept adversity?(NKJV)

We are so willing to take all the goodness God gives. However, just can’t understand when bad things come our way.  God gave His only Son for our sins.  He let Jesus go through some awful things.  Remember that then next time you ask God, “Why me?”  Why not you?  He crucified His own Son for our own good.  He may let some less than pleasing things happen to us, for our greater good.  It’s all in His plan.  He has promised He will never allow satan to tempt us over & beyond what we are able to handle. The apostle Paul wrote in

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.

We have to trust in God to take care of us. Even in the worst times, we have to have enough faith to say, “I have some big problems, but I have a really big God that’s going to see me through it.”  Always remember, God promised us a safe landing, not an easy passage.  He allowed His own Son to die on a cross.  I am fairly certain that turned out pretty good for me & you, huh? That was God’s plan.  We just have to trust Him.  He’s got this.

I hope you have had a good week.  We had a wonderful time with my family in Oxford, Mississippi, this past weekend.  We may or may not have had the biggest tailgating tent at the entire Ole Miss campus.  Just sayin’, it was pretty fabulous.  Normally, I could care less who is playing ball.  But this year, yep, I’m on the band wagon! :)I love being with my family.  I got home just in time to be with more of my family.  This grandparent gig we have going on is the cat’s pajamas.  We play all day & it’s a good thing.  I always get a wonderful night’s sleep on Sunday.  (Not that it has to do with all the running around those kids have me doing.)  Until next time, I have to be going because I should be washing clothes.

Ole Miss UM

Not that ya'll care, but this is  where the tailgating fun is.

Not that ya’ll care, but this is where the tailgating fun is.

Inside the Hotty Toddy Hangout...

Inside the Hotty Toddy Hangout…

Ole Miss Stadium

If I were a bettin' woman, I bet this guy was pretty tired when he got home. He did this every time Ole Miss made a touchdown.

If I were a bettin’ woman, I bet this guy was pretty tired when he got home. He did this every time Ole Miss made a touchdown.

Lovely cousins

Lovely cousins

 

These sweet girls had such a good time together.

These sweet girls had such a good time together.

Me & my Miss Livy

Me & my Miss Livy

Time change is for the birds & my secret sister

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Ooohhh, the time change……..Really, is this change necessary? I mean, at work Monday around 2:30pm, I thought it was time for me to go home.  Imagine my surprise.  Since, I work until 5pm, that was definitely upsetting for me.  Next time they take a vote for cancelling daylight savings time, will someone let me know?  I perhaps have a strong opinion about it.  Thanks ya’ll.  Because time change is hard.

Isn’t it wonderful the love of the Lord never changes? It is a very constant thing for those who are His.  Do you wonder sometimes if Jesus still cares? He does.  He never changes. We all get discouraged.  We all have struggles.  It’s every day, for some of us.  Not just occasionally.  It is nearing the time of year that is, harder than normal, for us folks who have lost loved ones.  Times come when you feel you just can’t go on.  It may be the loss of a job, loss of a loved one, a divorce, or sickness, whether it be you or someone you care about.  Things happen.  Things that we don’t plan for.  Change happens.  But, I am here with some good news, the Lord is here for us.  The whole time.  Not just for the parts that are easy.  He will be with you as long as you will let Him.  He wants us all to have a home in heaven.  Now, that’s a change I am happy about.  I will gladly change my earthly address in exchange for a heavenly home.

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David talks about his own troubling times in Psalms 30. David had a man killed, so that he could take his wife.  David & his new wife had a baby & the baby died. (II Samuel 12)  David was so full of grief.  He called on God.  He knew His love was there.  Never changing.

Psalms 30: 2

Lord my God, I called to you for help, and you healed me. v. 3 You, Lord, brought me up from the realm of the dead; you spared me from going down to the pit. (NKJV)

The Lord obviously loved David. He was right there for him.  Even though David did wrong, God came back to him, when he repented.

Psalms 30:5

For his anger lasts only a moment,  but his favor lasts a lifetime; weeping may stay for the night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.(NKJV)

Have you ever stayed up at night & wanted relief? Didn’t things look much better in the morning?  David found favor with God.  God made sure he was there for David.  Why?  Because God’s just awesome like that.  He’s a dependable.  He never changes.  And after the baby died, David went to worship the Lord.  David was changed.  He knew the same Lord that allowed bad things to happen to him, was the same Lord that blessed him.  He knew God was going to take care of everything.  And He did.

Thank you for stopping by to visit with me today. Did you know it’s only 3 weeks until Thanksgiving?  I am so excited!  I can’t wait for all of our family to be together.  There is ne’er a dull moment with my bunch.  There will be lots of cooking, eating, & fun times.  And too, my secret sister, from the Only a Breath encouragement project,  sent me a card this week.  She wrote a beautiful scripture in it.  Do you know where it was from?  Psalms 30.  I had been reading & studying that very scripture the same day I got the card.  Now tell me the Lord didn’t just send me a friend!  I hope you have a wonderful rest of the week.  Until next time, I have to be going because I should be washing clothes.

throw-in-towelphoto credits: deposit photos, pinterest

 

 

Because I’m happy……

 

Faces that make me happy.

Faces that make me happy.

How many times have you heard someone say, “I’m just not happy.”  Have you ever heard someone say “I’m just not happy because of….”  (my husband, my wife, my boyfriend, my girlfriend, my job, my dog, my cat, the president, the boy that mashed my bread, when he was sacking my groceries,)  It’s always about putting the blame on someone or something else besides themselves.  Or the one that gets me every time,

“God wants me to be happy.”

This is normally followed by a decision to do something that person probably doesn’t need to be doing in the first place. Let me just tell you something.  Life is not fair.  Life is hard.  I went to a graduation recently, where some elementary school students wrote advice to the graduating class.  One of the comments was-

 “College is tougher than high school, yes, but you are advancing into life and life is harder than college.” 

Well one of those babies understood reality better than some adults!

The other day I came across something, I knew to be true. It was just a reminder.  It was on a Mental Health Month calendar by Mental Health America.  It gave tips on things you could do every day to help you keep your mental health, well, healthy.  On day 24 it said,

“Call or email a good friend.  Studies have found that the difference between happy individuals & unhappy individuals comes in the form of good relationships.”

Jesus taught about how important relationships are.

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)

By God’s inspiration the apostle Paul penned these instructions to the church at Rome:

Romans 13:9 – For the commandments, “You shall not commit adultery,” “You shall not murder,” “You shall not steal,” “You shall not bear false witness,”  “You shall not covet,” and if there is any other commandment, are all summed up in this saying, namely, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”(NKJV)

Sometimes what we think happiness is, really isn’t what happiness is all about after all.  You see a lot of times I think we try to put our cause for happiness into something tangible.  Money & possessions are one of the big things that comes to mind.  Many think if they had more money, a bigger house, a nicer car, more land, that their world would be a brighter, happier place.  Those people will never find happiness in those things.  Do you know why?  Because Jesus wanted us to understand how we treat each other is an important factor to how happy we will be.

Jesus did not say,“ Love thy house.”  He said, “Love thy neighbor.”

It’s these sins of the heart that get a person every time.  Greed, pride, & jealousy- people with those qualities will never see the kingdom of heaven.  (Galatians 5:21)

So, what do you do?  Remember what our purpose is in this ol’ world.  (To seek and save the lost.) First we have to understand & obey the gospel.  Next we have to study the Bible & grow ourselves in faith.  We are then able to go tell others the Good news about Jesus & what He’s done for us.  If you do these things, kind friend, you will learn happiness that you never knew existed.  You will be more worried about helping people, than hurting them.  The desires of your heart will turn to what Jesus wants you to do.  Remember that happiness is an inside job.  If you change what’s inside your heart, everything else will fall into place.

Thank you so much for stopping by to visit with me today.  I love it when you stop in.  We have had some glorious weather, here in northeast Mississippi (sign me up for some more of that!).  Just the right weather to sit out on my deck.  I hope you have a great week.  As for me, I have to be going, because I should be washing clothes.

More faces that make me happy.

More faces that make me happy.

 

What’s your prayer life like?

My Daddy always says this.

My Daddy always says this.

 

Sunday at church, our associate minister preached. When he first started his sermon, I was sorta taken back. He posed this question:

“What would you do if you were told you couldn’t pray?”

Well, this did not sit well with me. I love to pray. It is comforting to me to know there is Someone that I can trust to take care of me anytime, all the time. To even consider for a split second that prayer would not be an option, well, that makes me feel like an elephant is sitting on my chest. Kinda like the times, growing up, when it would come up a cloud. My Mama Boyce would rush around gettin’ me & my brother to the storm house. Papa Clyde would come on down the hill & hunker down with us. Weepin’ & gnashin’ of teeth & a state a panic set in, I’m tellin’ you.
But before I could get into too big of a tiz, Bro. Andrew said what he wanted us to do is think about our current prayer life. Be thankful for it & take inventory on how to make it better. As I jotted down his points, I was thinking, I have a pretty good prayer life. However, I did realize I needed to work on some things.

1. Make time to talk to God, like a good friend. You wouldn’t go days, weeks, or months without talking to your best friend. Set some time aside to talk to God. Just you & Him. No interruptions. Seriously, it can be done. I have really gone back to my bathroom, in my closet, with the lights off & sat & prayed.

(Matthew 14:23) And when he had sent the multitudes away, he went up into a mountain apart to pray: and when the evening was come, he was there alone.(KJV)

2. Realize Who you are talking to. We have an avenue of prayer with the One that put 248 muscles in a caterpillars head. Currently, it has been said there are 100-200 billion galaxies. Not stars, vast groups of stars. The human body & how it functions is amazing in itself. However, an animal’s body works a lot of the same way. We were given the gift of a soul. We can reason, think creatively, & through Christ’s blood, be saved from our sins. We have the promise of heaven. The One who created all of this, is Who we are allowed to talk to anytime we get ready. Pretty mind blowing, huh? Kinda humbles you, doesn’t it?

(I Chronicle 29:11) Thine, O Lord is the greatness, and the power, and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty: for all that is in the heaven and in the earth is thine; thine is the kingdom, O Lord, and thou art exalted as head above all

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3. Know Who God is not. God is not a genie. You can’t just ask & ask & ask & expect to receive, receive, receive right then & there every time. God has your best interest at heart. Things will happen on His time, not yours. Be thankful.  You don’t have to go at God with a list of demands all the time.  God is not Someone to be mocked. You can’t walk with God & hold hands with the devil. You have to take God seriously. You can’t straddle the fence. God is not Someone you only visit when you are in trouble. What if God were only there for you part of the time? You have to have a full time relationship with God. That’s what He has for you.

(Galatians 6:7) Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.

I need to make time to clear my mind to talk to God. I need to remember Who God is. I don’t need to forget Who God is not either! Since my “One Word” for 2014 is Pray, I do need to make sure I am practicing making my prayer life better & better.
Thank you for taking time to stop by today. It is bright & sunny in Northeast MS today. I hope it hangs around a bit. I hope you have a great rest of the week. Shortly, I will be mailing in my registration for our town’s 10k run. I have never done a 10k, only 5ks. So ya’ll be prayin’ for me! But for now, I have to be going because I should be washing clothes.

GODS GOT THIS

Credits:  Parts of this were taken from our lesson Sunday.  Thank you, Andrew for letting me use this!

photo credits: therighttrackkc.blogspot, pinterest

 

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Love is so important.  Not just the kind of love I have for the caramel – vanilla creamer, I put in my coffee.  The love you have for others.  You know, for your family, your friends, your peeps.  People do things in the name of love.  They write songs & poems about love.  They make proclamations of their unfeigning love in the way of spray painted words at the top of water towers.  Love makes you serious.  Love makes you crazy & stupid.  Ahhh, love, there has even been a day set aside to officially show people you love them.  But is love more than words?  Yes, love is action.  You can tell someone you love them, but if you turn around & don’t put some effort into showing them some kind of attention- is that really love?  The ultimate gift of love came to us in the form of the cross.

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Can you image God saying, “I love these people I created.”  Then, not putting some action to those words?  God knows loves.

I John 4:8 says He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love. 

Who would be a better teacher than the originator?  He sent His Son to die on the cross for us, so that we may have remission of sins.  Now that’s love.

I am so glad you stopped by to visit with me today.  I hope you have a wonderful Valentine’s Day.  Remember to tell your loved ones
how much they mean to you.  As for me, I have to be going because I should be washing clothes.

Photo credit: Pinterest

Is the ‘Like’ button really important?

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How many of you like to be liked?  (My hand raised higher than anyone else.)  There’s just something about other people approving what we think, say, or do, that gives us a smile.  I don’t know anyone, who at any age does not want their parents to be proud of them.  Feeling as if someone admires us is similar to getting up to a breakfast of biscuits & chocolate gravy!  We are excited and it just makes us feel good down in our belly.  We are creatures that crave to be praised!  We want to be popular & feel as if we matter.  When I post a new status on Facebook or pin something to Pinterest, I am always super excited to see how many “likes” I get.  Even on this little ‘ol blog here, I am loving the “likes”! Each “Like” is similar to getting a present.  (And who doesn’t love presents?)  I always look to see who my likes are from.  Because it’s important to see who’s agreeing with you, isn’t it?  It’s great to feel like you are favored!  I don’t think I am alone in this.  I read in an article there was a study of 200,000 employees.  They were trying to find out why their productivity was low.  Do you know what the outcome was?  It did not involve wanting more money.  A need to feel appreciation & affirmation topped the list, of what they wanted from their superiors.  You might say, affirmation was a basic human need

If the church at Corinth had a Facebook page today, I think the apostle Paul would use the “Like” button, to show his enthusiasm for them.   He surely was one to be an encourager to the church at Corinth. 

I Corinthians 1: 2-5 Unto the church of God which is at Corinth, to them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all that in every place call upon the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both theirs and ours: Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ. I thank my God always on your behalf, for the grace of God which is given you by Jesus Christ; That in every thing ye are enriched by him, in all utterance, and in all knowledge;

Paul continually & purposely showed his appreciation to God for the church.  When we see others who are striving to obey God-let’s show our appreciation to them.  There’s not a person on Earth that does not like to feel appreciated & loved.  We need to thank God for the work He is doing through them.

I am so thankful for you & that you came by to visit with me today.  It has been such a whirlwind, since school started.  You know better than anybody what it’s like to be busy!  Please think of someone you can encourage today.  Then, go do it!! I will do the same, but for now, I have to be going, because I should be washing clothes!

**Parts of this was borrowed from Our Daily Bread-MarvinWilliams

 

Into the Word Wednesday

 

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Can’t believe it’s Wednesday already! Since we have the holiday tomorrow, today is really my Friday, work wise. After today, I will be off work until Monday,   So glad to have some R & R with my family & friends.  Today, I am linking in with two sweet ladies over at Upward Not Inward. Each Wednesday, they get together & tell what the Word has been saying to them, that week. They are kind enough to share this with others. Without further delay, I give you what the Word has been saying to me this week.

Reading along about the story of Solomon in I Kings, I ran across the beautiful conversation God & Solomon had. In chapter 3: 3 it says that Solomon loved the Lord. In verse 5 the Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream.

God tells Solomon, “Ask! What shall I give you?”

Solomon starts out by acknowledging what God has done for him & his family. Then, he says to God in verse 9,

Therefore give to Your servant an understanding heart to judge Your people, that I may discern between good and veil. For who is able to judge this great people of Yours?

Solomon, one who has been chosen by God to rule His people can ask for ANYTHING in the world. He could have asked for riches, fortune, or fame. He did not, though. He asked for an understanding heart to aid him in making the best decisions possible for others. What a humble & amazing thing to ask for. Truly, God was impressed with this. v. 10 says,

The speech pleased the Lord that Solomon had asked this thing.

Because he was so proud of Solomon for wanting to do the best job possible, God blessed him. v. 11

Then God said to him: Because you have asked this thing, and have not asked long life for yourself, nor have asked riches for yourself, nor have asked the life of your enemies, but have asked for yourself understanding to discern justice. v.12 behold, I have done according to your words, see, I have give you a wise and understanding heart, so that there has not been anyone like you before you, nor shall any like you arise after you. v.13 And I have also given you what you have not asked: both riches & honor, so that there shall not be anyone like you among the kings of your days.

It is so easy to get caught up in the “I want, I need, I have to have” attitude.  I will not want or need a thing.  Then, I go to the mall &  WHAT DO YOU KNOW!  Stuff everywhere, that I don’t know how I was making it without all of it!!  If God asked me what He could give me, I am so afraid I would ask for something so superficial that I would never get anything I really could use.  Like a wise & understanding heart. 

Geez Louise, Solomon, you really nailed it on the head

 I just pray that I can be selfless, always thinking of others, & a servant like Solomon was.

Thank you so very much for stopping by to visit with me today. Go on over to Upward Not Inward & link in with Falen & Laura. You will be glad you did! I hope you have a wonderful day! As for me, I have to be going because I should be washing clothes.

This blog makes me happy!

This blog makes me happy!

Hats off to some of the greatest Dads

photo credit: Queen of the snot princess blog

photo credit: Queen of the snot princess blog

Did not want to miss the chance to say Happy Father’s Day to all the amazing Dads out there. (You know who you are!) My choices for best Dads all around are: My Daddy, My husband, My brother, My father-in-law & My son.

Me & my sweet Daddy

Me & my sweet Daddy

I can quite honestly say, I was blessed with one of the best Daddys EVER. He is a Godly man. I don’t have to really say anything else about him. If you have a Godly father on Earth, you know everything else just falls into place. However, I will brag a little. He is the person I always go to for advice. Being a Godly man, he always dishes out Godly instruction. He is a rock that I lean on. He is truly a wonderful human being. If there is a finer man out there, well, I’m not going to say you are a liar.  But,  if you know how loving, generous, and down right funny my Daddy is, well, I guess I would choose my words wisely.  That is if you think somebody can pull all of that off better than him.  Just sayin…’ I’m kinda partial to him.  (When I say partial, I mean I’m real convinced I’m right about this one.)

Me & my sweetie

Me & my sweetie

My husband is the bomb.com (Do people say that anymore? Because he really is.) He is master griller at our hacienda. Thursday night grilled goes on all year round. We always have something that makes you want to slap yo’ mama good on Thursday night. He cherishes the ones he loves. He is loyal as the dickens. I’m not real sure what we would do without him. (And don’t plan on finding out.)

My brother-who I affectionately refer to as "Bud"

My brother-who I affectionately refer to as “Bud”

My brother is the younger version of my Dad. He is rooted deeply in his love & beliefs. He is kind. He is important. He is smart. (Did I just sound like one of the characters from “The Help”?) Oh well, it’s true, he is all those things. He loves his family. He is a terrific cook. I just don’t know if there is anyone better, that you can call a brother.

My father-in-law was a a Master Sergeant for the U.S. Army for 23 years.

My father-in-law was a a Master Sergeant for the U.S. Army for 23 years.

My father in law left this walk of life to be with the Lord in 2011.  I can say when he passed away, it was just like my own Dad had died.  That’s the kind of relationship we had.  He was such a terrific Christian man.  He loved church & his family.  He would do anything for anybody.  People loved him.  He made such a mark on my life.  I won’t ever forget how loving, gracious, and faithful he was to God & to his family.  I loved him just like I loved my Dad.  And the thing about it is, he loved me right back.  To top it off, he was a Master Sergeant for the U.S. Army for 23 years, a ROTC teacher, & an elder at church.  He was such a precious, precious soul.  I am beyond blessed to have been close to him.

Mr. Sweetie Pants & his Dad

Mr. Sweetie Pants & his Dad

My son has the tenderest heart. His little boy is so crazy about him. I know I could call him day or night & he would come help me. He’s just like that. He has been a Dad for less than 2 years. However, people could take some lessons from him on how to love your kids. Because he does love my grandson to pieces!

I hope all you remarkable Dad’s out there have a memorable Father’s Day. If your Dad is still living, please be sure to talk or go see him today, give him a big hug & kiss & let him know he means the world to you. I know he would treasure that.  As for me, I have to go, because I should be washing clothes.

And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath, but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. Ephesians 6:4