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But I Don’t Want To

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“Jesus replied, ‘Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them.” John 14:23

I keep a 6-year-old in the afternoons after school. We have nicknamed her “Boo” because when she was little and we put her hair in pigtails, she looked like Boo from the movie Monsters Inc. 

Like all 6-year-olds there can be days that are trying. She has her moments of not doing what I ask her to do. Even with the simplest thing like putting on her shoes when she is told. She runs to do something else. UGH! Some days I just want to scream at her. I don’t. I know it wouldn’t do any good, and she would only cry and I would feel like a mean and hateful person. I just patiently stop her and tell her again to do what she was told. She does, even if she doesn’t want to.

I found myself acting like Boo this week. Not wanting to do what I was asked by God.

Last week, God showed me an opportunity. I think. I got that old anxious feeling inside. It was so strong I really couldn’t tell if it was God not wanting me to do it or that fact don’t want to do it. I couldn’t do any thing about it then anyway. The opportunity wasn’t open, literally, because of Thanksgiving break. So, I said I would check on it this week. I put it off Monday and Tuesday. Called myself  “praying” about it, but I was really trying to talk God out of it. Well…I made the call today. LOL the person I needed to talk to was out of the office and will be until Friday. I’ll have to wait till then to see if the opportunity is open. I still hope not. Doesn’t matter though. I was obedient and made the call. The anxious feeling is gone. I have never regretted being obedient to God. Even if I’m asked to make a simple phone call.

Now the question is will I be obedient if the opportunity is open to me? Ugh! Well, like Scarlett O’Hara said, “I can’t think about that right now. If I do, I’ll go crazy. I’ll think about that tomorrow.”

Father, Like a child there are times I don’t want to do what You tell me to do. But, I have never regretted being obedient. Help me now to be obedient to You and what You want me to do today. I love You! ❤

Read: Isaiah 1:18-20

Making The Switch

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“He then began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests and the teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and after three days rise again.” Mark 8:31

No…I’m not talking about changing my cell phone service. Couldn’t if I wanted to. We live out in the country have only one company that can reach us. “Can you hear me now?” LOL

I am in the process of switching from WordPress.com to another domain registrar. Not that I’m not satisfied with WordPress, I just didn’t do my initial research as well as I should have. You see, I was not only wanting to start a blog to share the gospel with others, but I was also looking for a source of extra income. My family really needs that right now.

My blog will still be His Heart and Home and the website will still be hisheartandhome.com. It’s just that when I switch I will no longer be at wordpress.com but .org (through a host site) and I will lose all my precious followers. Those of you who have subscribed to my blog will no longer get the e-mails telling you of my lasted post. 😦 That makes me sad. But , the good news is you can subscribe at my new site! I hope all of you will. I do have your e-mails addresses, so when the switch is complete, I will send you a message letting you know. You are always welcome to contact me at hisheartandhome@yahoo.com.

It is funny the  message God gives me while I am typing sometimes. Like while typing this I couldn’t help but think of the warning Jesus give His disciples many times about His upcoming death and resurrection. They heard it but didn’t really pay any attention. In one ear and out the other. That would have been me. Seriously! Ask anyone who knows me and they will tell you that to tell me something, it just doesn’t register. But, draw me a picture or write it down…I’ll remember it.

Ok, how did that come out of telling you about my blog. Well, it’s dying to wordpress.com and rising at wordpress.org through its father domain registrar and host site. Yes, I know! I’m strange! My mind thinks in weird ways! My family says I’m blond. Blonds may seem dumb, but there is really some deep thinking going on behind that hair. Maybe too deep for our own good.  LOL  But, that is the whole idea behind this blog; telling you how I see Jesus daily. That was one way I saw Him today.

Oh, and my blog will have a “gloried body”, too. Ok, a new header, but I’m trying to stick with the analogy. Now, I’m getting too blond even for me.

A work in progress

 

Anyway, be on the look out for my e-mail if you subscribe and the new look. And be on the look out for the return of Jesus. (another analogy there. Couldn’t resist) Please pray I will be able to reach even more for Jesus through this endeavor.

Father, I thank You for the warning that You gave your disciples about Your death and resurrection. I am thankful for the warning you gave to us to be on the look out for Your return. Let me live today as if it is the day You are coming. We never know!

Read: Mark 8:31-33

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

11-11-11

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Today I want to say a huge thank you to all the Veterans who have served this great nation of ours. You have given up so much to defend us.Like being without your families on holidays, birthdays and anniversaries. You have gone days without sleep, or even being able to brush your teeth.  You have even been asked to give up some of your pay.

You have to put up with so much to defend us. People not supporting you because they don’t believe in war. Being spat upon when returning from the battle field. Having a church protest at your fallen friend’s funeral. They have this right, even though it is very rude of them, because of you.

You come home after serving to no job and way to support your family. Some of you are still dealing with the war with PTSD. Some have lost limbs for this country. I can’t even begin to imagine what you are cooping with now.

I can’t begin to say thank you enough. You are my heroes! I will continue to pray for you all, even though I don’t know your name. God knows who you are and that is all that matters! And I will pray for your colleagues who are still out there fighting for our freedoms.

Father, I left up to you now on this 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 2011 all the men and women who have served this country so that we can enjoy the greatest freedom besides our salvation in Christ, the right to worship You. I thank you for their service and I thank them. I pray that you will bless each and every one of them and will continue to meet all their needs. I pray too for those still serving. Be with them O Lord. Protect them with Your mighty right hand. Guide them this day. Let them feel all the prayers that are being lifted up for them. Thank You. I ask this in your name Jesus. Amen

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!

My Job Performance…?

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“Give to everyone what you owe them: If you owe taxes, pay taxes; if revenue, then revenue; if respect, then respect; if honor, then honor.” Romans 13:7

I decided to clean the carpets in Dillon’s room today. They were looking pretty bad. I wish now I had gotten a picture of the dirty water as I poured it out. Then again, they were really dirty and I would have been embarrassed. Oh well! You will just have to take my word at how dirty they were. D-I-R-T-Y!!! Looked like muddy water. Shoot… it was muddy water!

God revealed a pretty dirty area in my life today. I would be willing to compare it to how dirty the carpets were. That area is my job performance.

My devotion, this morning, caused me to see God in a way I had not before. As a hard worker, paying attention to the smallest detail. Just look at creation and you can see that. It says a lot about His character and His personality.

My job performance says a lot about me, too. It tells how thorough I am. Or how sloppy. It says if I care about those I work with and for. Am I callous towards them? Or do I treat them with respect? Am I kind and considerate towards them? Am I a hard worker or do I tend to be lazy and make excuses?

I have to admit that most days I am pretty lazy. I spend way too much time on this computer. Or I will work hard in the morning for a couple of hours and slack off the rest of the day. I get to a point of  I don’t feel like working anymore. I can’t think of anything to do. ha That’s a joke. There is so much to do it’s not funny.

Not just at work either. I do this with my service for God. I justify myself with I have done my share of nursery duty, I’ve done time with the children and the youth, I’ve been on that committee. Or best one yet, I’m just burned out.

My devotion asked, “Suppose someone was asked to write a description of you based upon an inspection of your job performance. What would it say?” OUCH! Just like God’s work reveals His character so does my work reveal mine. Right now I am as embarrassed with my job performance as I was with my carpets. I think I need to get to work on cleaning it up. And I’ll get back to work on my chores. Those carpets aren’t going to clean themselves.

Father, I confess most days I am pretty lazy. I’m sorry. That is not how You want to be revealed through me. Help me to become a harder worker.

Read: Psalm 19

 

 

I’m Sorry

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I do apologize to my faithful readers that I have not posted anything lately. An abscessed tooth has knocked me on my rear. I will post all about it later. Just know that you all are in my prayers and I am thankful that each of you are in my life. I love you all. Right now..well in a little while, I have to go get it taken out. Hopefully…it’s a consultation today with a possibility of them doing something today. I hope so. Ready for this to be over and done with.

Can’t wait to get back to blogging! I miss y’all and sharing with you! Love you, Jayne