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.

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My sweet helper & Someone who needs no help

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My little girl loves to help.  She especially loves to help me & her Daddy cook.  She has become quite the baker.  She got cupcake pans, cake pans, and a lot of bakery paraphernalia for Christmas last year.  I have to say she has put it to good use.  She loves to help her Daddy in food prep for the grilling he does.  She has her hands in the muffin mix & can peel boiled eggs like nobody’s business.  I love having her around to help me out.

 Miss Neenee's cupcakes before going in the oven.

Miss Neenee’s cupcakes before going in the oven.

Do you know there is Somebody who does not need my help?  That would be the Lord.  You see, He is quite capable of doing whatever He deems necessary, without my input.  Sometimes it’s easy to try to compare ourselves to others.

I think, “What should I be doing about this or that?” 

You know what?  Jesus has it all handled.  There are times, I just need to have faith & sit back & let Him have his way.  Isn’t that hard, though?  When you pray & want a situation, a person, or a relationship, to be like you want it all to be- it may not always come out exactly like you had it envisioned.

So, I get to thinking, “How can I make this better?” 

Next, I may do or say something that doesn’t help the situation at all.

Or I may think, “I’m doing all I can do to be a Christian.  Why, then, are things going so great for this one over here, that’s well, not?”

Again, I need to remember, the Lord doesn’t need my help.  Just because I don’t see Him working behind the scenes, does not mean He is not.

The apostle Peter found out Jesus does not need our help either.  He questioned the Lord about the person He had predicted would betray Him.  It’s not said why Peter wanted to know who it was.  Maybe curiosity was getting the best of him.  Or maybe he wanted to help or protect his friend from someone.  Jesus let him know right quick that He had it handled.

John 21

20 Then Peter, turning around, saw the disciple whom Jesus loved following, who also had leaned on His breast at the supper, and said, “Lord, who is the one who betrays You?” 21 Peter, seeing him, said to Jesus, “But Lord, what about this man?”

22 Jesus said to him, “If I will that he remain till I come, what is that to you? You follow Me.”

23 Then this saying went out among the brethren that this disciple would not die. Yet Jesus did not say to him that he would not die, but, “If I will that he remain till I come, what is that to you?”

Peter’s attention needed to be focused on following Jesus.  The Lord had a much bigger agenda for Peter than worrying about who was going to wrong Him.  Jesus was pretty much trying to tell him,

“What business is it of yours?”

 I need to remember that.  I need to make sure my focus is on Jesus.  Not on who is wronging me, who has a nicer house than me, or who makes more money than me.  Jesus was trying to tell Peter & He is trying to tell me to have faith in Him & I won’t have anything to worry about.  When the worries & stresses of this ol’ world try to beat us down, we have got to remember Who we have on our side.  Even when we don’t realize it, He is working in our lives for good.

I am so glad you came by to visit with me today.  We have had rain, rain, and then some more rain.  But you know what?  I have seen some of the most beautiful rainbows…there’s a blog post for another time!  I hope you have a great week.  I have to be going for now, because I should be washing clothes.

 

 

Noah’s ark & some complaining

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I have a Bible class at church.  I look so forward to being with these lovelies each week.  They are 1st & 2nd graders.  Oh, the questions they have about God’s word!  It is amazing to look through the eyes of a child.  So, I knew when I was studying to teach them about Noah’s ark, I had better know my stuff.  As I was reading over the story in Genesis, I came across a verse that I immediately identified with.

Genesis 8:

So it came to pass, at the end of forty days, that Noah opened the window of the ark which he had made. Then he sent out a raven, which kept going to and fro until the waters had dried up from the earth.

Sometimes we seem to overlook that raven.  We see pictures about the dove, that comes back with the olive branch.  But the raven has kinda gotten muddled up in the story somehow.  Well, let me tell you.

I think the raven was very significant.

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I feel it’s pain.  Sometimes I feel like all I do is go “to & fro” with unrelenting problems.  Will they ever stop?  Will I be going back & forth forever?  At times, it sure does seem like it.  Whether it’s one of my kids sick with a stomach bug, bills that need to be paid, like yesterday, people who don’t get the concept of a car line at school, those who think more of themselves, than others, people who say harsh words to my loved ones,  my son, who has chosen a destructive path in life, missing my mama, mother-in-law, father-in-law, grandparents who have all gone on, life can get pretty crazy, ya know?  With my big family, I am constantly thinking, “What do I need to do next?” because something is always happening with one of us. When the doctor gives you 8 pills to take a day to “cure” your stomach problems, perhaps you may think will this ever end??  Stress can get pretty high every once in awhile.  And then, the hot water line to the washing machine starts to leak.  God bless my son-in-law for being around to fix stuff, when no one else is around!  I think, maybe once winter is over & we can get outside & get some fresh air, maybe things will settle down.  Oh wait, I get POISON IVY about every time I get in the yard.  Do you see where I am going with this?  To and fro, flying around, like Noah’s raven.  Nowhere to rest!  Sometimes, I think the only thing to make it all better is pitchin’ a dyin’ duck dawg fit.  Just gettin’ everybody while I’m at it.  Even the cat.

But then you know what?  Just like the raven, I hit dry land.  I realize I really do have it good.

 
Miss Neenee & Mr. Sweetie Pants playing a game of drop the pompom through the toilet paper roll & catch it.
Miss Neenee & Mr. Sweetie Pants playing a game of drop the pompom through the toilet paper roll & catch it.

Miss Neenee & Mr. Sweetie Pants playing a game of drop the pompom through the toilet paper roll & catch it.

 My Mr. Sweetie Pants grandson lights up our world.  Do you hear me?  Precious & sweet.  Especially when he says,

“Grand, hold me.”

 And stretches those little arms up.  Melts me.  Won’t be long until I have a grandbaby girl!  Of course she will be just as cute.  I have seen the sonogram pictures.  She is going to be a dandy!

Then, I have my kids & my husband who are so good to me.  Dirty dishes loaded in the dishwasher, by someone else than me.  Always a good way to make this mama’s day.  Not to mention, I have some of the kindest, dearest friends in the world.  My church family is exceptionally wonderful.  I have a good job & work with nice people.  I have the best big brother in the world.  My niece & nephew are the cat’s pajamas.  And my brother’s wife, she’s a good one to have on your team, too.  My Daddy is so kind & considerate.  He always makes time for us.  Those kids I have in my Bible class.  I so look forward to seeing them & spending time with them every week.  Some of the stuff they say just tickles me to death.  Blessed is what I am.

I’m so glad you came by to visit today.  You just remember, you are not alone in this world.  Life is a battle.  You may be going into battle, or coming out of one.  If things are going good for you.  Enjoy it.  Because problems rise up, when you least expect it.  The Lord is willing & able to comfort you & give you the peace of mind that nothing else can.  It’s been one more week.  I’m ready to see the weekend!  Come back & see me again soon.  As for me, I have to be going because I should be washing clothes.

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