Singing the Blake & Miranda blues & where’s all my stuff?

 

Well, I am just heartbroke. By now, I guess you have heard Blake Shelton & Miranda Lambert are divorced. Don’t that just beat all? I just knew these two were a match made in heaven. Maybe there’s a good country song in there somewhere.    Just look at how cute they are.150720_People_Blake_Shelton_Miranda_Lambert_4

So,what now? I’m just waiting for the other shoe to fall. First, Bubba Watson painted over the rebel flag on the General Lee & now this. Good grief. What’s going to happen next?

Sometimes things happen in life & we are just disheartened. I mean just plain ol’ want to quit everything, because nothing seems to be going right? The house is not keeping itself clean. The car keeps getting dirty. The kids are running amuck. Your air conditioner goes out, in 100 degree weather. Everybody is going on vacation & you are not, again, this year. You keep working like a dog & barely get your bills paid before you discover, your refrigerator just stopped. Stopped. With no warning whatsoever. Does anyone else live this dream besides me?   Sometimes it seems there is more wrong than right. I get a little down & think is this all there is? Then, I read about Gideon & it puts things in a new perspective.

Gideon had the same attitude that I have sometimes. When the angel of the Lord came to him (Judges 6), & told him the Lord was with him, Gideon responded with this:

13 Gideon said to Him, “O my lord,[a] if the Lord is with us, why then has all this happened to us? And where are all His miracles which our fathers told us about, saying, ‘Did not the Lord bring us up from Egypt?’ But now the Lord has forsaken us and delivered us into the hands of the Midianites.”

Oh my word! That sounds exactly like what I would have said. “Really, if the Lord is so with me, then, where are all of the blessings everybody else is getting?” When we talked about vacation this year, I did my Gary impression:

Vacay

Where’s my new pool, house, clothes, car, & all the things joy, happiness, & bliss is made out of? Well, just like Gideon, I have to remember, everything I am doing or have done could be bringing me to my purpose. Gideon began listening & not living in gloom & doom. He began a life of action. When he listened to what the Lord had in store for him, he began working for the Lord. With the Lord’s help he defeated the Midianites. That was truly a miracle! Gideon was a God fearing man. He went through some trials. He may not have prospered exactly like he thought he should. But the Lord did not forget him. He had a purpose for Gideon. In the end, he triumphed.

Just like Gideon, the Lord loves us. He won’t forget us. He may not bless us with money, houses, land, & earthly possessions. However, He has made sure we have salvation, mercy, & grace. We can have peace to lay our heads down at night. Even out of our selfish hearts, the Lord sees good & sees people He can use.

I hope you all have had a wonderful week.  It’s almost the weekend.  I know I could use some of that.  Until next time I have to be going because I should be washing clothes.

chillin

photo credits, People magazine, pinterest

 

 

 

 

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Birthday wisdom & various photobombs & selfies

 

 

 

Bday selfie

It was my birthday.  My Daddy called to say he wanted to take me out.  Well, you don’t have to tell me twice.  We selected a restaurant.   Then me & some of my other peeps met up with him.  You should know everything we do revolves around eating.  I don’t know if that’s a Southern thing or we just like to make sure we are doing our part to keep farmers in business.

Bday EAThere was this girl who was supposed to be taking birthday snapshots.  However, sometimes she was taking pictures of herself.  Which is ok.  Because she is really pretty.

Bday NEENThen, there was this cutie.  I don’t know what she was doing.  Just entertaining herself with selfies I suppose.

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bday lakeIIThere were some pictures of me & my honey by the lake.  Hey, who is that standing on the picnic table??    What’s the big idea??

Bday lake

Here is another picture of us.  Wait, do you see the little girl sticking out from behind my honey?  She’s waving.  This is what happens when you have silly kids.  You will never have another good picture again.

Bday girlsThat is unless you can get them both in the picture at the same time.  Don’t they look like angels?

Bday coupleThen here we are again.  Still trying to get a good picture.  Not that ya’ll care, but the wind was blowing like a tornado was coming through.  My hair was everywhere.

Bday NksHere’s this guy again.  Miss Neenee says she loves him a lot.

Bday daddy girls

Pretty sure he loves them a lot, too.

He is always in the mood to give advice.  I was telling EA that night that I had found a way for her to save her money & have $2 million by the time she retired.  In which Daddy advised her:

“Don’t save your money.  When you get that age, you won’t feel like doing anything.  Do everything you want to do, while you are young.  While you can.  Anyways, $2 million dollars won’t be that much by the time you retire anyway.”

I think he was trying to get across to her this:

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. 

Life is short at best.  We should make sure we take care of our problems the best we can & be ready always.  I also think he was trying to make sure she understood money & earthly possessions are not important.  They will all deteriorate in time.

Matthew 6:19- 21 says

 “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; 20 but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

Daddy has always made it clear what the Bible says about what is important.  I’m glad he takes the time to tell my kids about these life lessons.  Pretty thankful for my Daddy.  We laugh a lot when we are together.  Sometimes so much it’s hard to get our picture.  And by the way, this is one of my favorites right now:

Bday DaddyI hope you have had a great week.  It humbles me to know how blessed beyond measure I am.  Count your blessings.  They are everywhere!  Until next time, I have to be going because I should be washing clothes.