Last weekend Emme asked what my parents were like…so we looked at pictures of them and I told her things we used to do together. She said it sounded like she would have liked them. I said, “They are your great-grandparents.” Emme then said, “Ohhhhhhhh….then I love them.”
One day we shall all meet!!! Oh glorious day! I found these pictures taken on vacation sometime in the 80s.
I Philippians 4:8 tells us…
And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.
We spend a lot of our time thinking on things that do not matter….think on praise and it will lead us to a path that carries us to a higher place than we ever imagined. Love u lots
For the last 8 or 9 months while in school, I kept thinking about all the things I would do when summer vacation arrives. Now that it is here…my head is spinning.
I made a list, but It is becoming too large. I am trying not to look at it. At least, not today.
I got up this morning around 8. A good time for vacation. Not too early and not too late. Although I want sleep, I don’t want to sleep it away. Made coffee and pancakes. Can’t remember the last time I had breakfast. There seems to be no time during the school year. I know I should make the time, but I don’t.
I had some yard work to do, but I keep putting it off…convince myself the ground was too wet from yesterday’s storms. So I decided to work on the yearbook for school. Got one page done. Looks good…but kept thinking about the yard.
Yes, I put on old shoes and when to work in the yard a little. Yes, it was wet, but I got a little accomplished anyway.
Found this picture of me. I was in the third grade. More tomorrow!
One of my most favorote memories of mom is of her wanting EVERYONE to have a great time. She however would stay in the background. At family gatherings you would find her in the kitchen instead of the living room …even at church instead of managing classrooms which was her job…you would find her in a room comforting or playing with a child. Thank you mom for setting a good example!!!
Do what the Lord say, the book tells us.
Read it morning, noon, and night.
Put it on your door frame,
And in your conversation.
Live for the Lord is in your sight.
Follow the Lord our God.
Listen to his words, and serve him only.
Love and obedience are pleasing
To the one who brings us life.
Created for him, serve him solely.
Looking through some pictures I came across this picture of Skip, Jamie, and me. They always loved to take pictures. I can’t remember who took the picture…probably Donna. John was always looking at me instead of the camera. LOL John so reminds me of his son Jack. I can still Jamie’s daughter Payton in his pose. Love those boys! Course they are all grown up now!
Such an interesting week…I appreciate having an extra day for the weekend…(since there was a holiday on Monday!) However, it does make the rest of the week just a little crazy.
Such a learning experience this week. We know that God’s wants a relationship with us. I feel him at my side, even as I am writing this blog. But I also know that he is with me every minute I am awake, and every minute I am asleep! It is not just a “feeling.” It is a trusting. I trust him, and he said he would never leave me.
The lesson I learned this week was one that I have noted before, but it was so real this week that it is worth mentioning again.
In Romans 8, it says that “Christ Jesus, who died — more than that, who was raised to life — is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ.”
Intercede…someone who goes to work for you on your behalf. Jesus is doing that right now! A fact I know…but everytime it happens…why am I so surprised and so amazed?
On Tuesday my heart was heavy, dealing with a couple of issues that I knew only God could take care of…I prayed and prayed and prayed. Everyday this week I prayed. On Friday, when it was taken care of…by God…I was so relived, and amazed, and surprised. I thanked God immediately. But God was not amazed or surprised, for he had taken care of it probably back at the beginning of the week!
Did I keep going because of a lack of faith? No, I think if I hadn’t had the faith then I wouldn’t have prayed so long. Did it enter my mind that God had already answered it? Perhaps or perhaps not. By waiting did it show me that he is the one with the power to accomplish what needed to be accomplished in my life. Definitely! And would you believe me if I said that Satan tried to persuade me that God would not come through, or that he would not be on time? Oh, he tried. But I knew that God was bigger and stronger. If God was not in the middle of it, Satan would not have bothered me.
My prayer now is that when the next issue comes…and it will…let me not be surprised or amazed…let me just start praising God the first time I pray…for Jesus is there praying for me, interceding to the Father. It doesn’t mean I should stop, it is just a comfort to know that I am not alone. Jesus has my back.
Happy Birthday Mom
Tomorrow is Mom’s birthday. She liked having her birthday right after Christmas I think because she thought we wouldn’t make that big of a deal out of it. But we always tried to separate it from Christmas…to make it special for her! Dad used to buy her clothes for Christmas ( a lot of them). He would always “save” one back for her birthday.
Donna always gave her sleepwear. We always had a running joke about what nightgown she would get this year. Mom loved nightgowns so she always looked forward to them. A funny note is that Donna had an obsession with nightwear also. She had probably enough for a month without starting over. LOL
My gifts were not so “scheduled.” I would get something she had asked for…or something I had made…or …
Mom would have been fine without getting anything at all. She loved her family and She loved her life.
Mom is celebrating her birthday with Jesus tomorrow. I feel her spirit though. I have felt it over the last almost 11 years she has been away from me. Happy Birthday Mom. See you at the House.
Thankful. What does it really mean. Why do some people seem to be thankful for the things you do and some do not. Does it mean that they are not thankful. Is the very act of verbalizing it the only evidence of thankfulness.
God wants us to be thankful. He wants us to act thankful, but it also wants to say the words. Thank you. Thank you to each other…to your family…to those you work with…to those you interact with…
Some people only say the words. It just what you say. It doesn’t mean they are thankful…it just means they said it.
A real thankful person will combine both…the words and the action. They say the words and live like they mean it. They do acts of service that “show” they are thankful. They do not put stumbling blocks in others’ way…instead they try to make others feel as DESTRESSED as they want to be. May I be that type of person.
Laughter…they say it is the best medicine. Donna and I definitely had that. We laughed and giggled each time we were together. No matter what we were doing laughter became a huge part in it.
Mom used to tell people that Donna would would so hard that she would almost pass out.
I know we both laughed so hard, as children or adults, that we would be in tears.
Oh, we had our serious times…almost daily, but the laughter kept us coming back for more…it taught us to enjoy each other and to love each other.
Here’s to you, Sis!