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What’s Your Problem?

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“In their own eyes they flatter themselves too much to detect or hate their sin.” Psalm 36:2

When I first read this verse I could apply it to many people. I had one person in particular in mind. Then the Lord showed me that it also applied to me.

I have always known that I have a temper. I say I got it honest from my dad. There is a verse that applies to this as well. It is one of my favorites. Proverbs 30:33 says, “For as churning cream produces butter, and as twisting the nose produces blood, so stirring up anger produces strife.” I get angry about something and I just can’t seem to let it go. I think about it and think about it till I am like a volcano about to erupt. You can literally see the smoke going out of my ears and nose. Ok, not really but my family knows when I’m mad just by looking at me. One of my eyebrows rises. I got that from my mom. Her’s went up when she was mad, too. When it was up you knew to steer clear. Far away clear! My family has learned the same thing.

Like the alcoholic that doesn’t see drinking as a problem, I didn’t see my anger as a problem. Like the alcoholic, I didn’t want to admit it. But once I admitted it as a problem and handed it over to God He began a mighty work in me.

He showed me what triggered my anger. Sometimes it is worse when I am totally female (if you get my drift). I have learned to look for that and do something on those days that keeps me busy and focused on something positive. I sing a lot more now. Something about singing helps me to express my emotions better. So many Christian songs are out there that express exactly what I am feeling. This blog is a huge help. I have found that the truth really does set you free. When I am open and honest with you, my readers, Satan’s hold is broken!

There are many things that can be a problem. There are the more obvious one’s like alcohol and drugs, but there are the subtle one’s too. We all have a problem that we need to give to God and allow Him to clean them out of our hearts. Do not flatter yourself into thinking that you don’t have one. You do. If you can’t see it ask God to reveal it, but be ready. It isn’t going to be pretty and you aren’t going to like it. Just except it and ask God to clean it out of your heart so you can become more like Jesus. Isn’t that you goal anyway? If not, it should be.

Father, we are a new creation if we have excepted Jesus as  our personal Savior. As a new creation we should be transformed by the renewing of our minds. Sometimes that means we have to take a hard look at the ugly in our hearts. The mess is sometimes way too big for us to clean and we need help. Let us never be too proud to admit the we need help. Humble us so we can be helped.

Read: Psalm 36 and apply it to yourself instead of that person that comes to mind.

 

The Old and The New

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“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” 2 Corinthians 5:17

There are many things listed in the Bible that we need to repent from: gossiping, slander, stealing, adultery, etc.. But there are some things that aren’t specifically listed. God does tell us not to think too highly of ourselves (Romans 12:3)  I think this applies to  thinking too lowly of ourselves too. We each have our own area of that.

Growing up I never really felt all that smart. I struggled somewhat in school. Never really knew where I belonged, academically. If I were with the “average” students I made straight A’s. If I were with the “advanced” students I struggled anywhere from B’s to F’s. I know part of my struggle came from my family moving three times in between my first-third grade years. I missed out on some of the basic concepts and played catch-up for the rest of my school days.

Since school was a struggle for me I didn’t try really hard at it. I was a latch-key kid so there was no real follow-up on homework or projects. Back then there wasn’t many, if any, parent-teacher conferences so, my parents were clueless. At least, I thought they were. I would change the grades on my report card. Easy to do when they were hand written, not computer generated like today.  If they ever knew that I changed my grades they never said anything about it or punished me.  Nor did my parents have a way to keep up with my grades on computer like I can keep up with Dillon’s.

This self-esteem of being average has carried over into adulthood. Psychologists  say we are shaped by our past. I agree. BUT…

I have accepted Christ as my Savior. I have been made new in Christ. I don’t have to see myself as average anymore. That is my old self. God created me just the way I am and I am smart, if I learn something the way He created me to learn it.  He has shown me how I learn best and I am beginning to apply that to my life. There are other ways He is showing me that I don’t have to be anymore; that I can choose to repent and change my thinking. Like being a latch-key kid. He is always there for me. He is always ready to help me learn something new, whether it be about myself or something about the computer. (Right now I am very computer illiterate! lol One reason He gave me My Man! I let him figure it out then show me how to do it. That’s how I learn best!)

What do you struggle with? Perhaps you feel unliked, ugly, or just simply not enough. Not smart enough, not talented enough, not good enough. Ask God to show you why you think that way, and what you need to do to repent from that and how to transform your thinking.  Ask how God sees you and begin to believe it. You are dearly loved, Beloved!

Father, help me to receive your healing and forgiveness for things in my past. Show me how I am made new in You.

Read: 2 Corinthians 5:16-21

Just Got Busy

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“For I am convinced that neither death nor life…nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:38-39

It has been a while since my last post. No real reason why. I just got really busy and had some things I needed to get done. One of the things I had to do was make a wedding gift for my cousin who is getting married in December. I made her stockings. I thought I could get them done in about an hour. It took about 3 1/2 hours.  , I thought they turned out really pretty.

The next day I decided that the computer/sewing/office/junk room needed to be cleaned up and out. It was a mess. It went from this… (See the desk on the left?) …to this

I got most of my crafting stuff into this container an doff the desk. I still have a little more work to do in there. Of course this job took longer then I expected. I thought 2 hours tops. HA! More like all day! I had lots of ribbon I took off their spools and made them smaller. Now they all fit into a cylinder container. That took only… forever!! More on what I learned this day later.

This is my next project. All the stuff under that table…yea, boxes of pictures that need to be sorted.  Ugh! Am not looking forward to that task.

I also just got busy with cleaning my house and washing clothes. After a couple of days of doing other stuff, my house gets ignored and therefore very messy.

The past two days I have had Boo here. We are out of school for Thanksgiving break this week. Her mom still had to work, so I’ve been babysitting. I’m use to it being quiet while I do my blog. It is rather hard to concentrate  with her here. She  has much she needs to tell me. LOL

It has been a productive time, but I have missed writing. I have missed sharing what Jesus has been teaching me.

All of this has made me thankful that my Lord never gets too busy for me. He always has time to listen to me. He always has time to speak to me. He always has time to help me. He always has time to comfort me. He always has time to spend with me. He always has time to clean out my heart. He loves me matter how busy I may get.

Father, thank you that You never get too busy for me. Help me to always remember to spend time with You each day. I am always refreshed and renewed when I do.

Read: Luke 10:38-42

Mama Said…

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“She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness.” Proverbs 31:27

My Mama had a lot of wise sayings. You know those ones you swore you would never say to your kids. The ones that once you had your own kids you saw the wisdom in those words your mama use to say.

Here are just a few of them…

“You are a little Toby!” ( My Mama, Polly)

“If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all.” (Proverbs 16:24)

“What comes around goes around.” (Galatians 6:7)

“Treat others like you want to be treated.” (Mark 12:31)

These are the southern translations of these Bible verses.

Here is one my mama use to say. When she was saying it to me, I was totally clueless as to what she meant. Now, I totally get it!

“Do something constructive.” (Proverbs 31:17)

She meant get up off your lazy rear and do some work. Well, she would be so proud of me today. I did some major construction.  I cleaned up around the barn.

It’s hard to see what I have done in this picture. I should have taken a before shot. Oh well! Let me tell you what I did. (Click the picture to get a larger view.)

Do you see the 3 posts that hold up the overhang roof? Before you couldn’t see those posts. Bushes were in the way. I cut them down.  Ok, the gray under the overhang is the tarp covering our boat. Do you see the white circle in front of it? That’s an old bike, actually two bikes laying there. The shining white thing in front of the bikes is a ladder. I had to weed eat from the ladder all the way to the right side of the picture. Of course I ran out of string half way through. Never fails!

Oh, I’m not done yet! I’m just taking a break and writing this. I still have to move the ladder, do something with the bikes and there is trash you can’t see that needs to be picked up. AND…

see that tall pile of brush by the tractor, to its left? Can you say BON FIRE? We need to have some friends over and have a big hot dog and marshmallow roast! Problem is the pile is only a couple of feet from the tractor and it won’t start and MM is afraid the fire will spread and catch the tractor on fire. I say put the tractor in neutral, hook it up to the car and pull it out of the way. Then we can burn it.

Oh, by the way. I weed eated, weed ate, whatever, around the bush hog and the finishing mower and the tractor and everything in between, too, all the way to the ladder!  Man, my arms gonna hurt tomorrow. Man, do my arms hurt now! I don’t care. I am satisfied with my work and I praise God that I have the strength, as weak as it is, and the ability to be able to do this.  As long as He gets the glory! Praise God for weed eaters!!!!! And long extension cords. Weed eater is electric.

So, in memory of my mama I did something constructive today! Thank you for teaching me that lesson!

Father, thank you for the feeling of satisfaction when we do a hard days work and do it well. It is what you want for us. I give you praise and glory for my work. May I do it all as if unto You.

Read: Proverbs 31 She’s such a hard worker!

Why I Need a GPS

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“The steps of the godly are directed by the Lord.” Psalm 37:23

I love my oldest son, Will. I’m not meaning to pick on him. To be honest, he is directionally challenged. He knows this and that is why he bought a GPS. He is from the age of technology and a map just doesn’t cut it for him.

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Before, he got his GPS he needed to go to the mall for something. Now, the mall is like 45 minutes from our house. Remember, we live out in the country. So, I told him how to get to the mall using the by-pass.

I’m going to share with you the final couple of directions in getting to the mall. That’s all you need for the point of this story.

Now, you  get  off at exit 18 and turn left. Go over the bridge and make a right-hand turn. You are there. So, when you leave the mall you have  to make a left-hand turn to get back to the by-pass, but you  also have to remember to get in the far right lane so you don’t miss the ramp on the right. Does this make sense? I thought it did.

All Will heard was “far right lane.” I thought common sense would tell him, “ok, I came from my left to get here, so I need to turn to my left to get back to the by-pass.” He got in the far right lane like I told him, but he also made a right-hand turn. He called me and asked, ” am I supposed to be seeing railroad tracks? I don’t remember railroad tracks on the way here.” He was headed farther away from home. I just told him to turn around and he would see the exit ramp. If worse came to worse he could just go straight and come through downtown and on home. If only he had had his GPS.

I heard a comedian, Michael Jr. talking about using a GPS. He said that when you make a wrong turn the GPS doesn’t leave you, but will recalculate your position and tell you where to go. He said God is like a GPS. Sometimes we don’t listen well to the directions He gives us and we make wrong turns. God doesn’t leave us either. Sometimes the roads we turn down are rough and a U-turn isn’t possible, but God will navigate us to a better road. We may be taking the long road to get there, but what we see along the way show us His grace and mercy.

If you have taken a wrong turn have enough common sense to ask for direction. Get into His word and seek it. He will show you the way. Don’t be surprised if He wants to take the scenic route and it takes a while. Be patient and enjoy the ride. He is doing the driving, let Him.

You can check out Michael Jr’s explanation of the GPS here, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iCYTbUXOkjc

By the way, Will…he does use the road map God has given him everyday.

 

 

I Wish Mine Looked Like That

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I look through magazines and wish that my house looked like that. Pretty flowers on the tables, fresh fruit on the kitchen counters, beautifully decorated rooms, everything is in place. But, the one thing that I notice is how clean they all are. Yea, I know…it’s a magazine shoot so, they are going to be clean.

The thing is I do know people who actually keep their houses looking like that. No matter what day of the week or what time of the day it is, I can go to their house and it is spotless. This includes drop-in visits, to which they say, “oh, please excuse my messy house.” I’m thinking, “Really…SERIOUSLY…What mess?”

On any given day you can come to my house and you will likely see this.

My kitchen counter

The dining room table. Dillon has taken over.

He also took over the living room.

I don’t really mind these messes. They can be quickly cleaned if I have notice of you coming over. Just don’t look in the closets or the laundry room where I will hide everything. LOL I would like for my house to look like one in a magazine, but I like it even better that the house feels lived in. I don’t mind feet on the couch or coffee table. I’m the first one to put mine there. The unmade bed won’t kill me.

What I have been thinking about today are the people who look all together on the outside but are all messed up on the inside. They are going through struggles, trials, and difficulties we know nothing about. They want to appear as if nothing is wrong and everything is in its perfect place. They don’t want people to see the “mess.”

If you are going through a difficult time know that it is ok for someone to see your mess. I’m not just talking about Jesus here. He knows what the mess is. But, don’t be afraid to let a friend in to see the mess. Don’t make excuses for it. If the mess is really big, ask for help…prayer at least. Your friend may have had the same mess at one time and knows exactly how to clean it. Or at least how to help you start to clean it.

You are in my prayers today. Know that you are loved by me and Jesus. Things are already looking better, aren’t they?

The Changing of the Seasons

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I love the fact that God created the seasons. Each one has its own unique personality, its own beauty. Each season marks the end of some activities and the beginning of others. Each has its own fun. Each has its own trials.

Since Spring seems to mark new beginnings I will start with Spring. New life seems to come out of nowhere. Green leaves bud out on the trees. The grass starts to turn green and any bulbs in the ground pop up and bloom. The noises are different. You hear more birds singing, crickets chirping (at least here in the south) and you can hear the whippoorwill at night. The air warms up knocking the chill out of the air and out of your bones.

I wish this was my back yard!

Along with Spring comes a big change in weather for us in the south. We can get server thunderstorms. We had several this past Spring. The people of Joplin, Missouri are still in my prayers. Just a couple of weeks later tornadoes hit us here in Georgia and destroyed several homes and took life. I do love a good thunderstorm, but not the destruction that can come with it.

I think my favorite season is summer. For one, no school! I love my kids home and going to the lake and playing in the pool.

We usually have a garden in the summer. We grow green beans, okra, butter beans, Crowder peas. I love the smell of freshly cut grass, and fresh flowers. Nothing better here in the South than sitting on the porch in the shade with family and friends and, of course, a big ol’ glass of sweet iced tea!

Fall brings another Southern tradition. SEC football! GO DAWGS!!!!! Along with football comes cooler weather, which is nice after our very hot and humid summers. I love to go to the North Georgia Mountains when the leaves are changing. Breath-taking to say the least!

Kathy took this picture last Spring. Beautiful! Remember those spring storms? They broke off half of this tree and we had to cut it down. 😦

Winter has its own beauty, especially when it snows. We don’t get much snow down here, but when we do we take full advantage of it. Everything shuts down. We make grocery store runs for milk and bread like the world is coming to an end. haha Everything is a beautiful white that reminds me of how Jesus washed me clean.

I love having a fire in the wood stove. I love soup and chili in the winter. Only time of the year I make ’em. I love a mug of hot chocolate in front of the fire while my kids roast marshmallows.

Dillon and Will

Life is like the seasons. Tomorrow I will tell you how.