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Thank you Lord for a new day

Sitting in church last Sunday, listening to the preacher.  He has a unique style that I’ve not encountered in other churches, maybe not your “up on your feet and into the aisles” type of sermons, but you can tell he writes them.  He prepares them; and most importantly, I truly believe that he believes them.  That’s a good thing.

Last year all I wanted was for “something to happen”.  I actually felt guilty about how peaceful our world was when all others’ was crashing around us.  Well, not this year.  We’ve still had, by any stretch of the imagination, a great year.  ABBA brought us just the perfect house.  He gave the old one to this beautifully sweet Christian couple.  My heart sang when I heard them talking about marriage counseling and Queen Ester (we were standing around waiting to sign papers at the closing) – I knew that GOD, in his infinite wisdom, had given me that house to raise my children in, to bless us and keep us; and now that I had prayerfully received permission and given it back to Him to pass on to someone else as blessing – it was such a joy to know that what I had trusted Him to do had happened.  HE had shown up.  Faith is what we believe in without being able to see.  Faith.  Faith.  Thank you Abba.

If you’re wondering what all this has to do with sitting in church on Sunday, listening to the preacher – …I’m wondering too. haha — He said several things that I want to remember.

You can live where ever you are in the kingdom of GOD.

and

We were never meant to live in our own strength, our own power, under our own sovereignty.

Queen Ester prayed and trusted GOD to save her people

As the year comes to a close and I contemplate career changes, my husband doing the same; my mother’s failing health; the stress that caring for her puts on my father’s body; his own newly discovered health issue; my nephew, my sons, my son-in-law’s health, my best friend’s daughter, my friends at church, and all of the numerous and uncounted concerns that give me something to ponder – I am glad that we were never meant to live in our own strength.  GOD knows that I can not.  And I’m glad to know that I can live in his kingdom where ever I am.  I cannot out run it, HE and his kingdom, is always right there.

 

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The Year That Nothing Happened

I finally “got it” last night. And now, I’m compelled to write about it because, quite frankly, I’m not sure how to respond. I’m glad that this epiphany has come to me. It’s actually quite a relief; with a generous dose of anxiety mixed in.  But, let me explain so others will know what I’m talking about.

I decided to join the Reverb13, and have really enjoyed the introspection and anticipation of the coming year, but some of the daily prompts have really stumped me. You see, besides quietly and happily turning 50 this year, nothing much else has happened, to me and my husband at least. I was inspired, but by the ability of others to stand up and continue on in the face of adversity. Bad adversity. Heartbreak, loneliness, illness, multiple deaths of loved ones; house repairs, job implosions. At times, I think I’ve mentioned before, I actually felt guilty because of how peaceful my life was compared to others around me. And then during the last few weeks, I’ve heard over and over “We’re praying that 2014 is the year that nothing happens”. Last night I heard it again and it finally hit me. This dear lady had lost both her mother and grandmother within just 3 or 4 months of each other. Now her Dad is moving to Florida because of his sorrow, and so essentially she’s losing his presence in her daily life as well. Wow! That’s rough.  I mean seriously – this woman has shown so much strength and peace; I know it’s got to be a front; but at the same time, I also know that she is strong in the Lord, and her faith, and a good husband, is what’s carrying her through.

So, as I look back, I’ve seen 2013 as a peaceful and pleasant year, personally.  A year where “nothing much happened”.  I think I’ll just continue to be grateful for that.  It’s funny though, we’ve put wheels in motion right now that could potentially make 2014 one of the busiest, perhaps stressful years in quite a few.  And the crazy thing is, that if one thing happens, it’s going to be crazy, exciting; but if it doesn’t happen than the basket will tip in the other direction and all the crazy, exciting, stressful will tip out anyway.  Either way, 2014 looks to be shaping up to be a wonderful but intense year.  I hate to look back, but I hope that this time next year, I can remember 2013 and  the wonderful year when nothing much happened.

Shine On You Crazy Diamond

http://www.projectreverb.com/2013/12/02/prompt-for-december-2/

ProjectReverb Day 2 Challenge:  Shine – What was your best moment in 2013?
Oh.My.Gosh!  I totally gots dis! 

But wait….I had two — probably more.  Can I only pick one?  I can’t pick one.  I have to pick two.  We’ll go chronologically since order of importance would just be too hard to decide.  My first BEST moment of  2013 was found as I looked around at my surroundings during an early evening on a Saturday in April.  The sky had been filled with grey, low hanging clouds all day.  My beautiful grandchildren were all playing in soccer games (except the baby who was giving me as much of her full attention as a two year old can have), it rained throughout the morning; my daughter and my sons were wandering around, standing close by; occasionally one of them would reach out and hug me or rub my back; my husband was close by – he’d hold my hand, play with the baby.  That was a good day.  But then, my day just got better.  It was my 50th birthday that day and my daughter and her family gave me the best and loveliest birthday celebration that a woman could ever ask for.  The kids made mini cupcakes and everyone decorated one each for Mimi and Poppa.  Dinner was cooked over an open fire, the wood all stacked and ready to set the  bonfire.  The sky cleared off and the wind died down.  It was warm; the sound of the river running just a few feet away.  The kids were all running around playing hide and seek.  We were having such a wonderful time; and it was then that I looked around and realized that “this” was the perfect moment.  Life would never, ever be any more perfect than it was at that moment.  And that was the first of my two best moments of 2013.

The other was something quite different.  It was the moment that I looked down at my new “love-child”, aka Lottie The Rotttie, and realized that we had most definitely been the receivers of a gift and blessing from God.  We didn’t save Lottie, she was a gift.  My only regret, is that we didn’t go get her sooner.   My husband wanted a “guard dog”.  Its painfully apparent that Ella, the Great Black Hole of Love, will never be champion protector of the family.  We laugh, because as a lab/hound mix, she’d probably just let an intruder into the house and show him where the biscuits are kept.   The cat, although quite the Diva Princess Kitty, is still a sleeper among ninjas.  We’re not so sure she’d care to wake up if someone busted into the house; unless of course they shut the door behind them, and then she’d just want them to open it so she could go outside.  So after much discussion on breeds, size, hair type, etc., we finally settle on a Rottweiler.    Off to the animal rescue sites we go; and would you ever believe (?!) there, in our sister city, at my personal favorite animal pound, there was featured a full-blooded Rottweiler.  Beautiful animal, sweet face.  I remember going to see her; we had two candidates.  I was rooting for the smaller one.  We turn the corner of the cages and this Gi-normous dog peeks out at us from her dividing wall; and I quickly throw up a prayer, “Please God, don’t let it be that dog, that dog is monstrously big.”  But itdaGirls was indeed “that dog”, and she was indeed the one that we took home that day.  To make a story of it, I’ll just have to say that there is not a day that goes by that Lottie does not make me laugh.  She has brought so much joy into our home and has blended into our “mixed” family from the beginning.  So now, in addition to the Black Hole Of Love, and the Sleeper Ninja, we have an action-ready guard dog, who will greet you at the door by nuzzling your hand, and promptly flopping down on the ground to give you her belly to pet.  Not quite the intimidator my husband thought we were getting.  But to be fair, she is an awesome guard dog, and although her gentle, laid back nature can sometimes be mistaken for laziness, I have no doubt that I’m safe and well guarded.  Lottie is short for Lot of Girl – and she is all that!

Shout-Out of Praise!

Thank you GOD — Thank you Abba — Daddy!  Thank you! 

HE’s just so faithful, isn’t HE?  I have to post a praise today.

Yesterday was my granddaughter’s birthday.  She’s 9 now.  And in case you’re wondering: Yes.  Nine does feel different from 8. [smile]  So I was talking to my husband on the phone last night; I told him I was getting ready to call her and wish her happy birthday.  He said, “Wait until you get home, then we can call her together”.  Awesome! I’ll wait.  So we get set up and I make the call – and my beautiful Moonbeam [that’s her love-name] answers the phone and I sing Happy Birthday and proceed to chatter up a storm, happily ‘sharing’ with my newly 9-year old granddaughter, when I notice she is distracted and giving me one word answers.  Then she suddenly says, “I have go, we’ve got people coming in.”  Okay.  That’s fine.  It’s her day.  I was just glad I got to call and talk to her.

This morning, my daughter calls and is telling me all about the big birthday social they had last night. So, unknown to me – Mom and Dad had sent out invitations to family and friends for the Birthday Social Gathering – everybody could meet them at DQ during a certain time.  SO, when I called last night [15 minutes later than I would have if I’d not listened to my husband (thank you husband)] They had just got settled into the DQ with their ice cream and were waiting for the first of their friends and family to arrive — and guess who was first?!  That’s right!!!  US — Mimi and Poppa!  We were the the first to “show up” at my granddaughter’s birthday party last night and wish her Happy Birthday!  So even though I missed celebrating her big day with her, I was still the first one to show up by Phoning It In!  How very cool is that?!  Thank you GOD.  Thank you Jesus!  You are so very rockin awesome – loving, kind, and faithful.  WOW Isn’t GOD faithful?!  It never grows any less amazing, blessing after blessing — how faithful GOD is.

My prayer and hope for you is that you can experience GOD in this way today, or maybe this week.  Just look around, at the little things – and see what HE’s doing for you each and every day.  You’ll find HIM right there – walking by your side, ever faithful.

Thank you Abba.

Photo: Brianne's ninth birthday party!!

Video

Candace Clemmons Sings

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=601612273228661&set=vb.100001396828225&type=2&theater

We had a wonderful weekend full of birthday celebrations – Saturday night someone got out a guitar — anyone and everyone that’s ever heard my beautiful daughter sing, wants to hear her again! ..but I’m partial. 🙂