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The Hardest Time

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“The LORD said to Moses, “Send some men to explore the land of Canaan, which I am giving to the Israelites.” Numbers 13:1

Ok, so I’m trying to move my name domain  from wordpress.com to another registrar. I’m moving because when I signed up for worpress.com I really hadn’t done my homework about starting a blog as a business. What I should have done is gotten a domain registrar site and a host site that has wordpress.org. WordPress .com dosen’t allow ads unless you have an outrageously high number of views a day, like over 830 a day! Yes, I was just excited about the whole blog thing and was naive about much. I’m sure I’m not the only one who has done this.

Anyway, registrar is switched, but when I tried to get on, a whole other page popped up. It had His Heart And Home as its title. I was listed as the author. But everything I had written since June was gone. Vanished. Not to be found. I was panicking. Big time panicking. One of those times I wouldn’t listen to anyone and just wanted My Man to fix it. He is good at fixing things. He is very good with computers. I wanted him to fix it and he said, “I don’t know what to do.” OH, the horror of those words! I didn’t sleep well at all last night. Ok, I was really just too hot, but when I woke up my blog was the first thing on my mind.

I do apologize to those of you who follow my blog via subscription by e-mail and got a couple of extra e-mails last night. That’s when I could get to my dashboard but not view my post. Again, PAN-IC-KING!!!!! And so mad!!!

I’m still not sure if I can put the ads on. Haven’t tried and am not gonna till MM gets home to help me. Oh, I hope it is fixed.  We could really use some extra income. And having it on another registrar will allow me to reach more people for Jesus. That is and always has been first and foremost the thing I have wanted to do. I would rather reach one soul for Jesus than make $100,000,000. Wouldn’t it be cool if I could reach 100,000,000 souls?!!!

So, again I am trusting God to get all this worked out for His glory. I truly feel this was all His idea. I just need to “be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to anger.” If I had been all this in the first place, I would not have had to take the long detour to get to where He wants me to be.

Father, I know that you lead us to new endeavors.  Still, we don’t need to jump in feet first without checking things out. We need to get organized before we start. As, You lead us, teach us to look to You for wisdom and follow Your guidence.

Read: James 1:19-20

Check out some of my decorating ideas for the Christmas season and recipes found under Home and Garden and Kitchen.

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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.

My Favorites

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This are some of my favorite pictures. I didn’t take most of them. My daughter, Kathy, did. I do believe she as an eye with photography. I do apologize for the poor quality. They are pictures of pictures.

This is Dillon when he was about 5 years old. We were at the pool and I had one of those disposable underwater cameras. Getting underwater pictures with one of those is so hard! haha I kept floating to the top. I needed a weighted belt to keep me under.

This one was taken few years later. The original is much better. I take loads of pictures when we go to the lake. This is one of those 1 in 1000 shots where the lighting, the color, everything fell into place. I love that you can see their reflections in the water. And I like the way their life jackets color coordinate with the inner tube they are on. LOL That was not planned.

They loved riding these and bumping into each other. Once, when going around a curve, My Man slung them so hard that Will and Kathy not only bumped into Dillon, but went over him! And they stayed on the tube.! They were so impressed by that. They asked him to do it again.

This is Kathy at her very first majorette performance. She was so proud to be apart of that majorette line. She also twirled competitively. She won Miss Majorette of Georgia for beginners in 2008. We went to the national competition at Notre Dame. She is a very talented twirler. Very graceful and beautiful.

Kathy took this picture. It is our Bradford Pear in our back yard. This was taken last year. This past spring we had some pretty strong storms come through and broke half the tree off.

These are some of the old jars that MM likes to collect. Kathy got an angle on these that I could not copy. I tried! I really like the feel of this picture.

What a neat idea! Kathy had her fiancée, Matt,  throw the frisbee towards her. Some one was behind her to catch it. So  cool!

Kathy on one of her many trips home from college. She rides with Matt. Said she was bored. I love that it is in black and white.

LOVE this! This was last Christmas. It started snowing Christmas night. This is the day after. We had not had snow on Christmas for more than 100 years. We had some huge, at least for the south, ice cycles hanging off the roof. The ones in these picture aren’t them. Both Kathy and I were taking pictures. She got more up-close. We were so cold taking these. We opened the window and hung out of it to get closer. She just has a much better eye than I do.

I am thankful to God for allowing us to have the technology of cameras. They allow us to capture a split second of life and remember it for a lifetime.  Like the last picture. You see a pretty picture…I see a memory made with my daughter. I am so grateful for that memory.

So the next time you look through your pictures praise the Lord for the wonderful memory. And the next time someone shares a picture with you ask them to share a memory from it. After all, that is really what a picture is…a memory.

***Just a reminder. Tomorrow is the day that I change domain registrars. If you subscribe to my blog you may lose your subscription. If you wish to remain a subscriber just go to my blog hisheartandhome.com and resubscribe. I can not tell you how much your support and encouragement has meant to me. Thank you all who take the time to read my posts. I love you all!

 

Southern By The Grace of God

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I love being Southern. We can do so much and get away with it. I’m fixin’ to tell y’all something  ’bout being Southern.

Being Southern doesn’t mean that I’m not educated. I may say “ain’t” and “y’all” and call you “Sweetie” or “Honey.” And I do “bless a lot of hearts.” I might even “piddle” around. I’ll greet you with a big “Hey-yyy”.

All soda  is “Coke.”  I refer to my grocery cart as a “buggy” and that’s okay.

I’m polite and say “Ma’am” and “Sir.” And if you hear a Southern gal say, “Oh, hell no!!” you’d better run. I don’t say that, but that is so true!

I might go a little crazy at the mention of snow and run to the store for milk and bread. But, I love my hot summers and sweet ice tea!

I have dinner at noon and supper in the evening.

I live right dab in the middle of the country. Not over yonder. If you don’t know where “Yonder” is, you ain’t from the south!!!

I believe in Jesus and that He died for my sins.  I love to worship Jesus.  I go to church every Sunday morning, Sunday night and Wednesday night, too! I love to tell people ’bout Jesus. And I love the sweet fellowship we sometimes after church with a pot luck dinner.

I love grits and being a G.R.I.T.S– Girl Raised In The South!

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