(FMF Friday) Quiet

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Everybody dislikes Mondays. Can I be honest and admit that I like Mondays? See, I’ve always been a somewhat shy type of person – staying pretty quiet and in the background at get-togethers and such. I can remember as a kid sitting in my room or outside in a tree a lot reading or just observing what was going on around me. I was pretty content being alone. This trait has followed me into adulthood…I am perfectly happy being by myself. After a weekend of everyone at home and church activities Mondays are my day for laying low and catching up on stuff around the house…laundry, newspaper, and TV (way too much). It’s a day where I tend to stay in my pj’s far too long and drink lots and lots of strong black coffee.

One of my favorite verses in the Bible is Psalm 46:10. “Be still and know that I am God…”  The Hebrew word “still” in that verse is “raphah”. One of its meanings is “to be quiet, to sink, or relax”. I think that it is very important to make a concerted effort to do just that in our everyday lives, and not just Mondays. We tend to be so busy and so detail oriented that we don’t truly sit still and let God do His work. It is SO hard to just do that, isn’t it? To be truly quiet – sit still and let Him take control of all of our lives. I need to resolve again today to work harder on being quiet before Him.

 

The end of that same verse is this: “…I will be exalted in the earth.”  Whether we are quiet before our Father or running here and there doing life…He is going to be exalted. He is going to handle it. He is in control. Let’s all never forget that. Being quiet before Him is an added blessing.

(FMF Friday) Present

The prompt is present. The first thing that comes to my mind when I hear that word is just how present my Heavenly Father has been in my life. He has shown His love and mercy time and time again. He has loved me through times of grief, of disappointment, of fear, of sorrow.  He promises in His Word that he will be present with us so in everything.

“God is our refuge and strength, an ever present help in time of need.”

— Psalm 46:1

 

The second thing I think of is another kind of present…as in how you present yourself to those around you. I long to be a sweet presence to those around me – my family, friends, co-workers, the sweet kids I serve at work, and the general public. I wish to represent Jesus in the way I carry myself and in my interactions with everyone. I wish to be a beacon of light and to lighten the load of someone who may be hurting.

 

And the third present on my mind reminds me to try harder to stop worrying and rely more on God. I want to be able to bring all my concerns to Him and then…as a very popular princess sang…”let it go”. I am striving to do this:

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”

Philippians 4:6

 

 

 

 

(FMF Friday) Time

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Yesterday was a snow day. I decided it was time I updated my blog. I’ve been meaning to sit down and work on it, but due to one thing or another I just never did it. My hubby says I’m the world’s most disorganized organized person ever. We’re talking lists of my lists here, people. 😊

This prompt got me to thinking. I have so many different things I need to do around my house. I put stuff off big time – as per usual. Rooms that need to be cleaned, boxes that need to be gone through, closets that need purging, etc., etc. I’m thinking now there’s no time like the present to get on it. Thank you, Kate, for giving this prompt. I’m not much for New Year’s resolutions, but I’m gonna try really hard to do what needs to be done.

 

Memorable Blogs

Another FMF I missed was the one where Kate asked us to list some memorable blog posts that meant a lot to us. Wow, that’s a tough one. Flashback to my last post where I said I tend to care a lot about what people think of me!!! I am so very afraid of hurting somebody’s feelings that I’m tempted to list each and every blog that I read as faves. We would be here all day if I did that though – I follow a TON of blogs by email. I think I will just stick to five that move me a whole heck of a lot!! Please check out all of them because  they all are wonderful.

#1 — flowerpatchfarmgirl.com   Shannan Martin rocks my world on a regular basis with all of her posts. She is hilarious, insightful, an all-around sweetheart. She seems to be the kinda gal I would totally be BFFs with if we lived in the same neighborhood. Hopefully she wouldn’t think me kinda stalker-ish saying that though. Check her out if you haven’t already!

#2 — kaylaaimee.com   One wonderful reason to check her out: Scarlett. Her daughter is a scream. I’m pretty sure she is an old soul. Another reason is Kayla’s sense of humor. I find myself stealing…I mean using…her Southern expressions a lot in my everyday conversation.

#3 — aholyexperience.com   Anne Voskamp is Amazing with a capital A!! Her words are captivating, and she is a woman that is absolutely full of the Holy Spirit. She never fails to inspire me to grow closer to the Lord and be a better person. Warning: keep Kleenex nearby when you read her though. I tear up on a regular basis with her words.

#4 — parksrecreation.wordpress.com   I always smile when I see a new blog post in my inbox from the Parks family in Indiana. Carly and Bryan have the most beautiful children and she takes the most amazing pictures of them. You really need to check out her blog and read their amazing stories of adoption and love. It will touch your heart.

#5 — lisajobaker.com   This is another one that never fails to tug at my heartstrings when I read it. I have saved several of her posts for my children to read. I was tempted to act as though her touching words to her kids came from me when I did so, but my varmints would have never believed that I came up with them on my own. So thanks, Lisa.

So there you have it. Five wonderful blogs to check out. You’re welcome!!!

Playing Catch-Up #1 (SLOW)

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I have SO neglected my blog for the past month…so much for staying on track. When I started this thing I was so like “yay for me – I’ve got a blog now – gonna be so easy”. Welp, it sure hasn’t  been that way at all. Every week when I would see Kate’s FMF prompt I would get be so excited, then as soon as I sat down in front of my computer I would turn into a basket of “what the heck do I write?”. Satan is so mean y’all…he would start telling me I didn’t have a thing to say that anybody would even care to hear so why even bother.

 

Well, blast it, Satan…I’m sitting here now and I ain’t moving until I finish a post. So there. I’m starting on the prompt “Choose Your Own Word” and work my way from there. Since I have been nothing but S – L – O – W in doing this thing I’m gonna go out on a limb and use SLOW as my word. Can I be extra honest with everyone right now and just say it takes me forever to accomplish much of anything? I seem to start out with the greatest of intentions and just nosedive from there. What takes an hour for some folks can take me two or three sometimes. I’m not sure why that is exactly, but I do have a couple of theories. #1 – while I’m not a perfectionist by any stretch of the imagination, I am SO nervous about what people will think of me, so I tend to move extra slow. And #2 – I have that classic “squirrel!” tendency in me…I start something then notice something else that I’ve just got to address. Most of the time it has absolutely nothing to do with what I’m trying to get done either. While it can be quite entertaining sometimes it is also a maddening quality to have. Ask my hubby.

 

Aren’t you glad that our Heavenly Father isn’t that way? He knows exactly what we need and what needs to be done in our lives. He uses people around us and the circumstances in our lives to accomplish His purposes. Oh, don’t get me wrong…it may seems to us at times that He is moving quite slow, but in His perfect will it is right on time. Thank You, God, that you work and move in our lives using Your timing and not ours!!

 

I’m going to try very hard to keep on keeping on with this blog. I’ve got settle in and liven it up around here…add some pics and such. Keep your fingers crossed for me but be forewarned. I will be SLOW.

FMF Friday (Season)

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What comes to your mind when you think of the word ‘season’? My first thoughts turn to that old song by The Byrds titled “Turn, Turn, Turn”. You know the one I’m referring to, right? The opening verse begins with the familiar words of Eccliastes 3:

“To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under Heaven…”

 

I’ve always loved singing along to it. It always tends to bring memories flooding into my mind…of the different seasons of my life…my childhood, my teenage years, my young married life, having my children, seeing them grow up, and now entering into my fifties. There have indeed been seasons of laughter, weeping, of building up, and plenty of breakdowns. Through every season our dear Heavenly Father has been with my family…His love and tender care has brought us through.

 

In this month that we celebrate the birth of our Savior let us all take time to remember the reason He came down to us…to save us from our sins and to be alongside us in every season of our lives. And, oh yeah…don’t y’all think it’s not too late for a time of peace in our world?

(FMF Friday) Table

imageOur Thanksgiving table was blessed with the presence of my sister and her boyfriend this year. Although I text and talk with my sis almost daily  this was the first time we got to see each other face-to-face in over a year. I was so happy that they made it up.  We so enjoyed our brief time together.

My little sister has had a rough time of it the past few years. She has had terrible health issues and several stays in the hospital. We came dangerously close to losing her back in 2010 to pneumonia – when she spent almost three months in the hospital (the majority of which was in the intensive care unit). I had to make the decision to let them ventilate her when her oxygen levels were so low that she couldn’t breathe on her own.  I thank God that He allowed her to survive.

I believe it was in 2012 that she ended up back in the hospital….diagnosed with endocarditis (probably as a result of an infection she caught while in the hospital so long in 2010). It attacked her heart valves. Emergency surgery followed – an artificial heart valve put in.  Again she teetered on the brink of death for several days. Our good God brought her through that as well.

I won’t go into any more details of her health scares, but suffice it to say, she has often questioned God’s decision to let her live. She has gone through periods of great discouragement and depression. I am here to tell you that God knew I needed her. She has been here for me as I’ve traveled the path of grief. She’s always been a phone call away when I have been low.

Having her at our table again was a wonderful thing. It made a hard week happier. For that I’m thankful.