Category Archives: holidays

Still

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I still have Dillon at home. Not for much longer I know, but for today and that’s all I have…today.

Kathy is still an Evans. That will change soon, too. She will become a Smith. But, I will still love her no matter what her last name is.

I still love to hear Will laugh. His laugh is contagious. When you hear it you have to at least smile. He has a “from the gut” laugh.

No he is not eating the couch. He is asleep! He makes me laugh!

After 24 1/2 years I still love My Man deeply.

Only one of many car problems he has solved.

I still love to decorate my house for Christmas. I go overboard at times, but I’m learning to keep it simple.

 

I still wish we hadn’t put the tv over the mantle. I just have never liked it there.

I still have most of my brown hair and it is still curly. Although it could really use a cut.

WHEWW! More gray than I thought. May have to do something about that.

 

We still have Bandit. We have had her for about 12 years now. She is still sweet and loves to be petted.

I still wonder when things are gonna get better financially. Not only for my family, but for many who are effected by this economy.

I still trust God completely.  I still put my hope in Him. I still go to Him as my refuge and my strength. I still trust in His promises. I still believe that He has got this and will never leave me nor forsake me. I still worship Him. I still love Him with all my heart, all my soul, all my mind and all my strength.

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My Heart’s Desire

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“It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not die before he had seen the Lord’s Christ.” Luke 2:26All I want for Christmas is…

If you had asked me that question two days ago I would have said a higher income for My Man and me, to be out of this financial mess we are in, to be able to go grocery shop and not “worry” about what I throw into the cart.

But today my heart’s desires are different. I desire to have a closer walk with Jesus. I desire to do His will and to share His gospel with more people.  I desire for my heart to be captivated by Jesus.

Yesterday, our pastor’s message was from Luke 2:22-40. It is the story of Joseph and Mary taking Jesus to the temple on the eighth day as required by their law. They meet two very godly people, Simeon and Anna. Our pastor pointed out how they had longed to see the Messiah.

The question was asked, “Do I ache for Jesus’ return? What is the desire of my heart? Do I have a desire to glimpse into God’s glory here and now?” I had to honestly say, “No…no, I do not desire that. I desire to be out of the mess and back on our feet financially so I can spend money again.” I felt so ashamed. It could be, and probably is, the reason we can’t get out of it. I am so focus on it that it has become my god. That is possible you know. To be so focused on something other than God that it becomes your god.

But that god didn’t die for me. It didn’t love me enough to give up everything for me. Shoot, it can’t love me. So, yesterday I  laid that at the altar and gave my heart back to Jesus. I am His child and He will take care of me now and in the future. He always has and alway will. It’s just who He is…love.

These questions were also asked as food for thought.

  • Have I grown content with the absence of Christ?
  • What am I doing to make a difference in this world?
  • When was the last time I made a true sacrifice for the Lord? willing to give up something (like a vacation) to help spread the gospel?

This are questions we must ask ourselves on a regular basis. Really, all we need to ask is what do I really want…God’s will be done or mine? I choose God’s. It is soooooo much better!

Happy Thanksgiving

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I just want to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving. I am so thankful to be able to do this blog for Jesus. He has blessed me in ways I could not have imagined.

Not only has He blessed me with salvation through His blood on the cross, He has blessed me with…

My family,

friends,

a church family,

a nice home,

a job,

clothes galore,

a car that is paid for and runs,

His word to read,

food in the pantry,

eyes to see sun rises and sun sets with,

good health,

talents,

skills,

spiritual gifts,

hope and a future,

eternal life.

These are just some of the things I have to be grateful for. Thank You, Father God, for all your many, many blessings! I love you!

 

 

His Expectations

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“Love the Lord your God and keep His…commands always.” Deuteronomy 11:1

Going through a crisis, difficult time, trials, struggles, whatever you want to call them, is no fun. No fun at all. I get those anxious feelings, those feelings of being trapped, not able to get out or even see a way out. I guess you might call that hopeless. When you are going through a rough financial time the upcoming Christmas season doesn’t help. I like to give gifts to my loved ones. And even homemade gifts, which I do love to do, still take money. Maybe not as much, but still…

I am so thankful for all we have. There was a time when we could have -should have -lost everything. But God, in His grace, allowed us to keep it all. Tomorrow we celebrate Thanksgiving and all month on Facebook I have been posting something daily I am thankful for. To say I am thankful for His provisions is an understatement.

Yet, with the Christmas season upon us, I find myself anxious once again. Just paying the bills is hard enough. Now, I need presents on top of that. How in the world am I going to do that? Oh yea! I’m not…God is. Even if it comes down to the eleventh hour God will provide. We will have a good Christmas. He has done it before and He will do it again. Even if He doesn’t I will praise Him for all we do have.

I was thinking this morning about God answering my cries for help. He rarely answers them the way I have pictured in my mind. I was focusing this morning on what I hope it will be like when this crisis is all said and done. (And hopefully that will be sooner than later) I found myself thinking the way I did before the crisis began. I can’t think that way anymore. God has been showing me I need to rid myself of that thinking and begin thinking more like Him. Should He restore our income to what is was before, I can not handle the finances like before. I must be obedient to the way He wants me to handle them. I must change my attitude about spending money.

Isn’t that a lesson He has shown us all through His word? When we are in a crisis and we ask Him to deliver us, He is faithful and helps us. But He does expect us now to be obedient to Him and to share what He has done for us. It is the testimony He has given us to share. He doesn’t deliver us for us to fall back into our old ways. And He warns us that if we do, we will have to suffer the consequences for our disobedience.

So, I have decided to do my best to listen more carefully to Him and follow Him. He knows that best way out of the mess and once I’m out, He knows the best way for me to stay out of it again.

Father, Thank you for hearing my cries for help and getting me out of this. You will see me through to the end. I will give You the praise that You deserve and I will share the testimony You have given to me with others. I love You!

Read Deuteronomy 11:1-12

 

Happy Sunday!!

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Happy Sunday everyone! I hope you are all enjoying your weekend. I know I am.

I watched Georgia beat Auburn 45-7! Go Dawgs! I have enjoyed being in front of a warm fire and drinking hot chocolate. My Man smoked a pork loin that was DE-LI-CIOUS! That was all on Saturday!

Today, I have worshiped the Lord! I have had left over bbq and am fixin’ to take a nap!

I look forward to next week! Going to work more on revamping the blog (with MM’s help), start making my Christmas cards for this year, and mail my cousin a wedding present, as well as start getting ready for Thanksgiving. I’m thinking about making some of my dishes in advance and freezing them so, I can share them with you.

Oh, I found the cutest, easiest scarf that anyone can make. Plan on sharing that as well. That is if I can get to Wal-Mart this week. The scarf would make great presents for any and all!

I’m getting excited about the holidays. By Holidays I mean Thanksgiving through New Years! Really for our family it means through the end of January because we have 6 birthdays in January. Still, love this time of the year!

The blog will be full of decorating ideas, crafts and recipes. Please feel free to share any ideas, crafts, recipes or  traditions your family has in the comments!

Enjoy the rest of your weekend. I know I am…starting with that nap!