Tuesday encouragement

Just wanted to pop in for some encouragement today.  Hope you enjoy these little things I found on the local intranet.

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Can't last forevera jesus Ia jesusa jesus IIa jesus iiiHope you are having a blessed week!  Come back for a visit soon.  I have LOTS to tell you about what all has been going on with us.  Until then, I have to be going because I should be washing clothes.

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5 things to do when you don’t know what to do

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    Do y’all ever have those days, weeks, years, that you wonder why
    you haven’t given up yet? I’m talking about just a good ol’ throwin’
    your hands up in the air & saying,
    “Y’all can have this, I quit!”
    Sometimes, it just seems like nothing is going right. When there’s
    too much month & not enough money, not enough time in the day
    to do it all, piled up laundry, stacked up dishes, legal problems,
    deteriorating health (whether yours or a loved one), relationship
    problems, or worse- you may feel like you don’t know where to turn.
    It’s sadly a reality that people are hurting & sometimes the grief of
    life can overwhelm us. However, sweet friends, I wanted to share
    with you how you can get through these things in life & oddly
    enough, come out ok.
    Here are my 5 reasons not to go hollaring and screaming into the
    sunset:
    1. Remember that everything in life is temporary. If everything is going good,enjoy it, because it won’t last forever. And if things are going
    bad, don’t worry, that won’t last either.
    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)
    2. Know you have to trust the Lord. When God says you can do this,
    you can. Know that the Lord will not let you go so far, you
    can’t see your way back.
    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)
    God’s team is the winning team. Be on that team.
    3. Don’t forget the prize. Keep your eye on the prize (heaven). Do
    all you can to be faithful, so that you may be able to have that
    prize. God’s plan for your life, far exceeds the circumstances
    of your day. So, know if you just hang on there, the Lord’s
    going to come right in & take care of it all. But we have to do
    our part, too.  Be sure you don’t forget to continue to be a beautiful Christian like example.  God won’t forget you for it.
    Job 23:10 But He knows the way that I take,
    when He has tested me, I shall come forth as gold. (NKJV)
    4. Be aware that with the good, comes the bad. Hard times are a fact of life.
    How we view them & handle them is up to us.
    Job 2:10 Shall we indeed accept good from God & shall we not accept
    adversity?(NKJV)

    5. Most of all know you are not in this by yourself. There are billions of people on this ol’ earth. Know when to ask someone for help. I had a dear friend tell me once, “You can get through anything with a lot prayer & a lot of Paxil.” I love her light hearted take on life. It’s reality that sometimes we have to ask our medical care providers for help. Don’t be afraid to do that.  But do know that Jesus is right there waiting to help you no matter what.  If the Lord does not seem close to you, seriously, who moved?  It wasn’t Him. Just seek Him, because He’s there.  Acts 17:27 so that they should seek the Lord, in the hope that they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us; (NKJV)

Let me stop here & say something about Job. He lost everything he ever worked hard for.  His wife turned against him. His friends gave him bad advice. He had health & financial problems. In one day his whole world was turned upside down. However, it was in his attitude, his God fearing, God loving, God trusting attitude that helped him make it through. It seemed like sometimes that God had forgotten Job. But He didn’t. It was over years before Job’s life ever turned around. What did he do during the mean time? He was faithful. Don’t get me wrong. He was upset & didn’t like what was going on. However, he never turned his back on God.He knew the Lord would deliver him. And guess what y’all? He did & Job was more blessed in the end, than the beginning.

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Now that’s a beautiful reason to keep your head up & keep
going. I have been through times in my life, that it was day by
day, minute by minute that I had to try to focus on getting
through something tough. The good news is, I did it. I know I
prayed a lot, stayed faithful to the Lord, & just kept going.
Sometimes that’s all we can do.
I am so glad you came by to visit me today.  It is SUNSHINING here.  Am I really here in NE Mississippi or is this heaven?  So glad to see the sun after all the cold & gloomy days.  I hope you have had a blessed week.  As for me, I have to be going because I should be washing clothes.
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Impatient people wear on my patience & wanted: an iron that works

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Have you noticed how impatient our world has become?  And because of this impatience, it makes us question God.  Why in the world have we not got it through our thick heads that our time is NOT God’s time?  We treat God like a wishing genie, and pour all these wants & must haves out to Him.  If we don’t get what we want, in a short amount of time, we start wondering where God is.

We had a guest preacher talk about this Sunday.  Bro. David Lipe posed the question,

“What has the world come to?  What has the world come to that everything has to be instant or we are downright upset?  Hello? Have you heard of instant grits?” 

Why, yes.  Yes I have.

I don’t think he was saying we should be ashamed of ourselves for eating instant grits.  I believe he was trying to get us to see how we have reached a brand new level of ridiculousness.  Our expectations have become so that if we heard it 7 seconds ago, that’s old news.  Gimme something new to hear about.  Don’t that just beat all?  Just like our prayers to the Lord.  If our well thought out good intentioned requests don’t start coming true soon after the words part our lips, we begin losing faith in God.  We are not trusting in His timing.  Just because we may have trials & heartache does not mean God is not working in our lives.  Sometimes it may take years to realize how God has worked for good in our lives.

Let’s talk about the story of Joseph.

Dolly Parton sung her little heart out about that coat he had. Bless her heart.

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Joseph was loved by his father, but hated by his brothers.  Their daddy gave Joseph a coat of many colors.  What do you think the brothers thought of that?  You got that right, they didn’t like that either.  Also, Joseph had a special gift.  He could interpret dreams.  Which made his brothers hate him more.  He was sold into slavery by his own flesh & blood siblings.  But the Lord was with him.   Joseph was entrusted by his master with his household.  But you know what?  Since Joseph was so good looking, the master’s wife got after him & would NOT leave him alone.  She finally cornered him & he ran off.  Of course, the master’s sorry wife made up this big story about how Joseph was making an advance toward her.  That landed Joseph right in jail.   Remember I said the Lord was with him?  Just stay with me here.  When Joseph was in prison he became the prison guard’s favorite.  Before long, Joseph was over the prisoners.  Pharaoh’s chief butler was put in prison, under Joseph’s care.  Joseph interprets a dream for the butler & asks him for only one favor.  He asks that the butler remember him & mention to Pharaoh what he had done for him.  That way, Joseph could show his innocence & get out of jail his own self.  The butler told Pharaoh what the dream meant.  But low & behold wouldn’t you know it,  only TWO years later, the butler’s memory finally got jogged.  Pharaoh needed a dream interpreted & the butler remembered, ya’ll, & had Joseph taken right out of jail to tell Pharaoh what his dream meant.

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Well, after that, things got A LOT better for Joseph.  So much better that he became 2nd in command in Pharaoh’s army.  Now you tell me Joseph didn’t have all kinds of problems.   I will say his life had a happy ending.   When a famine struck the land, he had the opportunity to have a blessed reunion with his brothers.  Wonder what Joseph made of all of this, that happened over the course of his life? Do you think when he was in jail he was thinking,

“Boy, God sure is working for good in my life.” 

Probably not.  But he was faithful anyway.  He loved the Lord.  He didn’t give up.   He didn’t get anything instantly.  Do you remember it took the butler 2 years to tell Pharaoh about him?  Sheesh.  Write yourself a note, will ya?   In the end,  Joseph’s faithfulness was what made the difference. True story.  I read it right here in Genesis 37-45.

Are you sinking in problems?  Keep your eyes on God.  Don’t quit.  He will not forsake you.  Just keep your head down & keep climbing the hill.  At the end of the day, God is in control.  He is always working behind the scenes with our best interest at heart.  Before you know it, you will be sitting on the mountain, once again.

I hope ya’ll are having a wonderful week.  My iron quit working around Mondayish.  So, my husband & I have been spraying our clothes with water & prayerfully hoping the dryer will get most of the wrinkles out.  Some may ask why I have not purchased a new iron yet.  See below to find your answer.  Until next time I hope your clothes are starched & pressed just like you used a new iron on them.  As for me, I have to be going because I should be washing clothes.

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Don’t tell me to smile & what to do when it sunshines

 

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In life, I have found this to be true- you just never know what someone else is going through. The other day, I was at the pharmacy picking up my medicine.  There was a man ahead of me.  I was practicing waiting patiently.  I say practicing, because there are times I get sorta disgruntled, when I have to wait.  These days, I am so busy, that having to wait on someone else can put me out a tad.  This previous statement comes from the same lady that is the biggest time waster that ever was, which also has a love hate relationship with time management.  So, I know, I need to clean off my own door step before I even consider making mention of anyone else.  There, since that elephant is out of the room, I was standing in line at the pharmacy when I noticed the lady behind the counter looking sort of perturbed.  The man, in front of me left, & I stepped up to the counter.  I told the pharmacy tech what I was after & she got my bag.  As she was ringing it up, she said,

“Do you know what that man said to me?  He told me to smile.”

Then she shared with me how her daughter had run away from home at 18 years old.  She said she had not seen her in several years.  She said she had heard her daughter had gotten married & actually only lived a few miles from her house.  She said some days it was all she did- was to think of her daughter.

She then said, “You know with that on my mind, sometimes it’s just hard to smile.”

At that point I felt I needed to share with her the 5 cent version of the situation with my son.  I told her my 23 year old son left home several years ago.  That he’d had 2 car wrecks (while under the influence) & chose to do drugs & drink, still. Now.  BUT, that God was good & he took care of things in His own way & time.  I told her I would be praying for her & she said she would be thinking of me, too.

Nahum 1:7 says

The Lord is good, A stronghold in the day of trouble; And He knows those who trust in Him. (NKJV)

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Lord have mercy! Who in the world would have known that innocent little drug store visit would have been a chance to encourage somebody?  You just never know what other people are going through.  That’s why I HATE it when some well-meaning person tells me to smile.

If I look that disheartened, just ignore me, or say“Bless your heart,” or how about “Have a good day”?

Those kinds of things would be much better than,

“Smile, it can’t be that bad.” 

Really?  Because you don’t know if my heart has just been ripped out & stomped flat by somebody I love or if I am doing ALL I can to put one foot in front of the other or if I’m just sour person.  Why take the chance?  Just be nice.  That’s all we need anyway.  A little kindness.

The apostle Paul gave this commandment to the church at Ephesus:

Ephesians 4:32

And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you. (NKJV)

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That means I need to be kind & you need to be kind, because God was kind to us.  He sent His son to die on the cross for our sins.  Do you think God was smiling when He did that?  Probably not.  And I bet nobody was saying to God that day:

“Smile, it’s not that bad.” 

Because you know what?  Sometimes it just is that bad & we need to be kind & tenderhearted toward each other.  Many times people need compassion.  Not somebody barking at them to get over it.  What if they don’t know how?  We need to be ever mindful of others.  It’s just considerate.  Be prepared to help & encourage whenever you go.  Kind words will melt a broken heart quicker than anything.

Thank you for stopping by to visit with me today.  Sunshine! Finally, coming through these windows.  Loving this 60 degree January weather. What exactly do you do when it sunshines?  You get out & enjoy it.  Just like we did.

Playing with rocks, no less.

Playing with rocks, no less.

Always a good time with a rock.

Always a good time with a rock.

And this cute puppy dog.

And this cute puppy dog.

I hope you have a blessed week.  Until next time, I should be going because I should be washing clothes.

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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