How I had my faith strengthened & it’s ok to pick up your dirty socks

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You know, I never get tired of having my faith strengthened. God is such a working God.  He is on time, every time.  This past week, a sweet friend shared with me a beautiful story of God being hard at work in her life.

A friend of mine has been going through some trials. She has had her fair share of ups & downs here of late.  Sometimes, during the week, we may just get a minute to share what we have going on.  At times, it’s just a shaking of our heads in passing, saying- “Pray for me.”  And we do.  That’s why when she sent me a quick message, this week, I knew our prayers were being heard.  My friend’s mother has been in poor health.  She is older & is having quite a time.  My friend & her sister have been wearing themselves to a frazzle trying to take care of her.  Her doctor had discussed with my friend & her family about moving her to an assisted living center.  Of course, there goes more sleepless nights for my friend.  She knew in her head this was what was best for her mama.  But her heart kept tugging at her to keep her at home. When the day finally came to talk to her mama about staying in an assisted living home, her mama was just fine with it.  The doctor talked to her mama & explained to her this was what she needed right now.  She was all in.  No kicking, screaming, spittin’, cussin’ or anything, from my friend or her mama.  My friend was so thankful to the Lord & relieved.  She knew it was the prayers of hers & her family & friends that made it all work out.

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Change is hard. Sickness & getting older is hard.  There comes a time that we have to make decisions we don’t want to.  We have responsibilities to others.  And sometimes those hard decisions may have to do with our parents.  I know for me, when my mama got so sick, it was awful.  It was especially heartbreaking to have to move her to a place with 24 hour nurse care.   Nobody wants to have to move a loved one from their own home, to somewhere strange & unknown- even for their own good.  But with a lot of prayer, we did what we had to do.  We put our heart to the side & went with what our head told us to do.  Our main goal was to take care of her needs.  That’s what I told my friend, the last time we talked about her sweet mama.  “Remember, this is something to work out in your head, not your heart.”  She did the right thing.  She asked the Lord for help.  I think sometimes we don’t receive because we don’t ask.

Sadly very true....

Sadly very true….

James 1:6 If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind.

Just like anything, our asking has conditions. We must ask for things that are Godly & for the glory of the Lord.  Not for our own selfish benefit.

James 4:3 You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your pleasures.

I think it was wonderful that my friend took all of this to our Lord. He was the One that made the difference.  We must rely on God’s divine will.  Not ours.

I am so glad you stopped by to visit with me today. Have I told you lately that I’m happy you are here?  I appreciate the time you give to coming by this little blog.  I also wanted to take this time to apologize to the cable man that came to fix our internet this week.  I am sorry you had to see my husband’s dirty socks on my bedroom floor.  I had fully intended on being home to pick them up before you got there.  Don’t worry.  I gave him a good scolding.  Since he was the one that let you back there anyway.  Trust me.  I know the talking to I gave him did a lot of good.  Because his dirty socks, he took off last night, were perhaps in the exact same area this morning.  I do love that man.  Even though he is a non-dirty sock picker upper.    I hope everyone has a blessed weekend.  As for me, I will be doing a little sewing for my granddaughter.  She’s got to have some new things for fall & Christmas.  I will share some of it with you, soon.  Until then, I have to be going because I should be washing clothes.

 

Oh & p.s. Happy 3rd birthday today to Mr. Sweetie Pants!!

KADE SUNGLASSES

 

 

 

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Preach it brother & what happens if you ask a truck driver to church

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You know life has a funny way of doing things. Sometimes funny in a difficult way.  Other times funny in a, “Wow!  I wasn’t expecting that!” way.  Whatever the way, God has a plan.

This morning, a guy I work with, came to my office. He told me about meeting a driver, that had come in for a load.  He said yesterday, he had gone to a local eating establishment for breakfast.  While there, he commenced to talking to a guy from out of town.  He found out he was in town, because he was picking up a load at our company.   After having breakfast together, the new found friends parted ways.  As my co-worker walked to his truck, he thought, “I should have invited him to church.”  So he turned back around &  that’s just what he did.

The driver said, “I don’t have anything to wear.” 

My co-worker kindly reassured him it really didn’t matter.  He told him he would give him an hour & he would come back & pick him up. The driver agreed & in an hour, they were sitting in church together.

What was so remarkable about that situation is my co-worker was ready. He was presented an opportunity & he acted on it.  What happens to a lot of us is we miss our times to present the Lord to people.  I know I am at fault of the “I wish I had said this or I wish I had done that,” when it comes to sharing the Lord.  And too, there are times we may do our daily Bible readings, go down our prayer list & pray, & may think- is this really doing any good?  Well, yeah.  We have to prepare ourselves for the times we run across someone who needs our help & encouragement.  That’s how the Lord uses us for His will.

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Mark 16:15 And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.

Jesus came across a Samaritan woman who needed encouragement & salvation. It was just a normal day for this Samaritan woman.  That is until she met Jesus.

John 4: 7-9

A woman of Samaria came to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give Me a drink.” For His disciples had gone away into the city to buy food.

Then the woman of Samaria said to Him, “How is it that You, being a Jew, ask a drink from me, a Samaritan woman?” For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans.

10 Jesus answered and said to her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, ‘Give Me a drink,’ you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water.”

This lady was so intrigued. She wanted to hear more about this living water.  When Jesus was finished talking to her, she told anyone who would listen to her about her time with the Lord.

How do we know where we will find someone to share the good news of Jesus Christ with? Standing in line at the grocery store?  At the convenience store, where we get our gas?  At the fast food restaurant where we eat breakfast on Sunday??  God is working.  Whether we see it all the time or not.  He’s there, making plans, making things happen, for plain, ordinary folks like you, me & other people.  People that we may not even know, yet.

Which also brings me to share with you about to an awesome project, I am so excited to be a part of. Melanie over at Only a Breath has started a “Secret Sister” mission.  You can read about it here.

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What it is , is a way to strengthen & encourage others- like total complete strangers.  It’s for ladies only, sorry fellas.  We shared our addresses & we are given 2 ladies addresses.  We send a handwritten note of encouragement & hope to that person at least once a month.  I got my addresses yesterday & I can’t wait to send my “Secret Sisters” a note.  This will be such a wonderful way to further the cause of Christ.

I am so proud of my friend for sharing Jesus. He truly blessed someone else,by his act of kindness.  You just never know when you will get a chance to make a friend.  Now you know what happens when you ask a truck driver to church.  Sometimes they will go with you!

I hope you are having a blessed week.  We had a busy weekend.  Miss Neenee had a friend sleepover.  Then, after church Sunday, I got to play with my grandbabies all day long!   We had an area wide youth devotional at church Sunday night.  There were 269 people in attendance.  God is so good to us.  Until next time, I have to be going because I should be washing clothes.

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Miss Neenee & her friend having a good time touring the local boxcar.

Some high priced fun.  Which mainly involved some water, dirt, mud, buckets, & 8 handsome rounders

Some high priced fun. Which mainly involved some water, dirt, mud, buckets, & two handsome rounders

 

What would a weekend be without a good ol game of Chunk a Chicken?

What would a weekend be without a good ol game of Chunk a Chicken?

Singing to the top of my lungs & leaning on the everlasting arms

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What would you do if you didn’t know how to sing?  There would be no singing in the shower, no happy noise around the house, no entertainment in the car.  There would be no sayings like,

“He couldn’t carry a tune in a bucket.  Bless his heart.”  

 One time we were having a Ladies Day at church & I was asked to lead singing.  I was so excited!  My family was full of people who could sing well.  My uncle is a song leader at his church.

I asked him, “What do I need to do?  Which songs should I pick out?  I can’t even read music.  Is that going to be a big deal?”

He said, “I am going to tell you something a lot of people don’t know.  Our family sings by letter.  We just open up our mouths & let ‘er fly.”

Whew!  I’m so glad I got to carry on my family tradition.  Because that’s exactly what I did.  And I think it worked out ok.  I had a lot of fun, I know that.

We had a missionary come to church Sunday. He gave a report on work he & his wife were doing in Italy & Ukraine.  He showed one picture on Powerpoint & said,

“This is a time we were teaching the people how to sing.  They didn’t know how to sing church hymns.”

Well, don’t that beat all?  Since I have been singing in church since I was a wee thing, I can’t imagine not knowing how to sing church songs.  I remember thinking my job was to sing louder than anyone.  When I was 5 or 6 years old, I can remember my mama telling me she loved hearing me sing, but it was not necessary that I was the loudest in church.  Do tell.

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When making trips to town, as a young girl, my grandfather & I would sing Old MacDonald, in his old Corvair pick up truck.  My grandmother used to sing to us kids.  It was mostly songs she had made up.  She would rock us & sing.  It was better than anything you can imagine.  She had such a way to comfort us young’uns.  After church on Sundays, at my Papaw & Mamaw’s house, one of us kids would grab a song book.  We would stand in the den, with my grandparents, mama, daddy, aunts, uncles, cousins, & one of would be the song leader.  All of us would sing our hearts out.  My brother would sing, “Leaning on Jesus Everlasting Arm” just like my Uncle Frank did at church.  Everybody would “request songs” & we would sing them.  Good times.

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At church, there were Sunday singings after our dinner on the ground.  That’s where the men of the congregation would take turns singing songs.  We would go around the room & whoever wanted to lead a song could.  Young, old, it didn’t matter.  We just loved to sing.

Did you know one of the things we will be doing in heaven is singing?  That makes it mine & your responsibility to be a practicin’!

Revelation 15:3

They sing the song of Moses, the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying: “Great and marvelous are Your works, Lord God Almighty! Just and true are Your ways, O King of the saints! (NKJV)

It’s a known fact that everybody can sing.  Some may read music.  Some may sing like a bird.  Some may make the dogs howl when they commence to singin’.  Like us, some may sing by letter, but it’s all beautiful to God, when we worship the Lord.  Even though my mama thought it not proper to sing to the top of my lungs, when I was a young lass, that didn’t damper my spirit at all.  I still love to sing along with our congregation.  It’s hard to sing & not just feel better. And don’t think I have not taken the opportunity of teaching my kids & grandkids to love singing.  I sing to these babies & Mr. Sweetie Pants sings back to me.  He can belt out, “Jesus Loves Me” or “Rock Me Mama Like a Wagonwheel” in just a split second.

 

Blake & MikeyKade driving

I hope you are having a good week.  We are going to be having some cooler weather closer to the weekend.  Oh yeah!  I got to see all my grandkids this weekend.  We had a big ol’ time.  What fun things have you done lately?  I want to hear all about it.  But for now, I have to be going because I should be washing clothes.

 

 

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Happy birthday Daddy & sometimes you just need to get your own tractor

Over the weekend, we had a birthday lunch for my Daddy.  He only turned 70 this year!  That’s a lot of birthdays for a baby that was born with a hole in his heart.

Daddy & Livie

Daddy & Livie

This picture of Daddy & my niece Livie is remarkable & amazing. Mostly, because Daddy just came from a several day long stay with Livie & Jaydub whilest my brother & wife were off on vacation.  Remarkable & amazing because Livie will still sit beside him & smile!  Let alone speak to him.  I don’t think he was too hard on them.

 

Some of the girls

Some of the girls

This is my eldest daughter, Ray, & Miss Neenee.  You see my daughter’s eyes?  She was supervising my brother, holding my sweet little granddaughter.  Mother hen.

We a pizza eatin' bunch.

We a pizza eatin’ bunch.

Of course there was food.  We always need a reason to get together to eat.  Birthdays, holidays, Sunday after church, Thursday night grilled, any reason, really.  Why?  Because we are just that good at it.  My nephew said the prayer & we chowed down.

Close up Mr. Sweetie Pants

“Grand can you see me?”

And then there was the entertainment.  We had my 5 month old granddaughter, to pass around.  There was lots of ooing & ahhing over her.  My sister in law just says, “I will handle the baby.”  And she does.  Mr. Sweetie Pants sat in his seat for approximately 1.35 minutes while he shoved a few bites of pizza in his mouth.  The rest of the time it was lots of  him running, doing his superhero impressions, & me silently praying, thanking the Good Lord above we had our dining area to ourselves.

Ray & Mr. Sweetie Pants

Ray & Mr. Sweetie Pants

Occasionally, Mr. Sweetie Pants would stop, just long enough for one of the girls to grab him & hold him.

Time for a birthday cupcake!

Time for a birthday cupcake!

And once he stopped just long enough to grab a birthday cupcake.  And to say, “What about now, Grand? Do you see me?”  Yes I do.  Now stop it.

Bud, Jaydub, & Livie

Bud, Jaydub, & Livie

It seems like my niece & nephew were just the size of Mr. Sweetie Pants.  Now, he is 16 & she is 13.  Time quit flying!!

Happy birthday to my Daddy!

Happy birthday to my Daddy!

There were a few other camera dodgers that were there with us.  We had a wonderful afternoon.  Daddy left with another birthday under his belt & I left one tired Grand.

Kids on the lawn mowers at the local Lowe's

Kids on the lawn mowers at the local Lowe’s

No trip to town would be complete without a dash into the local Lowe’s.  Look.  Lawn mowers.

Mr. Sweetie Pants riding the "tractor".

Mr. Sweetie Pants riding the “tractor”.

He was so excited to ride the “tractor”.  So excited, that when his Pap strolled by, he wanted to be sure he was going to get to ride all by himself.

Mr. Sweetie Pants directing his Pap.

Mr. Sweetie Pants directing his Pap.

“Pap, your tractor is over there.”  He does like to drive by his self, ya know?

Thank you for stopping by to see me today.  I hope you are having a terrific week.  With the holiday, we will have a short work week.  Sign me up for some more of that!  I have to be going now, because I should be washing clothes.

Memory loss required

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Memory loss is a major concern in our society.  Why, there are pills boasting improved focus & mental faculty.  Medicines to improve short term & long term memory loss are in abundance.   Remembering how to complete daily tasks is essential in life.  When you are having a conversation with someone, it’s especially helpful if you can remember what the subject is.  Just the other night my husband & I were talking.  Our Miss Neenee came in the living room, where we were.   She asked a question, then went back to her room.  We looked at each other for a moment.  Then, my honey said,

“What were we talking about?” 

I paused for a moment & said, “ I haven’t got a clue.”  

 Those are probably times you want to be able to recall what’s a goin’ on.  Other things that I do, that are a smidge aggravating, which is caused by lapses in memory, are:

  1. Losing my keys. Which are always in the last place I look. Funny how that works out.
  2. Forgetting to put in my contacts. On my drive in to work: “Is that a police car? Are those lights on top of that car? No, that’s a luggage rack. Whew.”
  3. Forgetting to take my hormone replacement. Which is specifically only good for no one around me.
  4. Misplacing bills. Not just your regular ol’ I can pay any time in the month bill. The water bill is my most popular misplaced bill. Luckily, I have made friends with a lady in the office, at the water department. Bless my heart.
  5. Losing my phone. More often than not, Miss Neenee gently says, “Mama, it’s in your hand.” Hey, those things can sneak up on you.
  6. Forgetting what I am doing. I’m making a sandwich. I go to the pantry to get the bread. I look into the laundry room. I forgot to put the clothes in the dryer. I go to putting the clothes in the dryer & I pick through the clothes to leave out some things that need to be hung up to dry. I don’t have a hanger. So, I go back to my closet to get one. On the way, I walk through my bedroom. There’s that bill I was looking for. I go back to the kitchen to get an envelope to put it in. Wait, why is there lunch meat sitting on the bar? Oh yeah, I’m making a sandwich. Sheesh.forgetful zazzle

As much as I need to remember things, the apostle Paul says there are some things we need to not remember at all.

Phillipians 3:13 …but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, (NKJV)

Things that have happened to us in a negative way, are not worth remembering.  We need to forget how rude, stubborn, & hateful people can be.  Sunday, our preacher, Bro. Brad said that people who are know it alls, hard headed, & can’t get along with types will experience much heartache & difficulty in life.  They don’t think they have anything to learn.  They don’t see themselves as needing any improvement in their lives.  They never really realize how their ways keep them from healthy relationships.  They are never ready to accept their own part of their issues.  Because hey, how could anything ever be their fault?  The situation is always somebody else’s doing. They miss out on the happiness, that being around others, can bring.  They miss out on all the richness God would add to their lives, only if they would humble themselves.  All because being judgmental, hard headed, & above their fellow man, are qualities they practice frequently.

We must strive to be humble, gracious folks.  We have to know that we can just as easily not have enough – than have plenty.

James 4:10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up. (NKJV) 

What if the Lord only blessed you with what you were thankful for?  What if you were the only thing that was holding you back from true blessings & riches from the Lord?  According to James, first you do your part, then the Lord will do His.  So, you kinda are.  Let’s make sure we forget to be stubborn.

Not a real good way to be humble.

Not a real good way to be humble.

You never know what life is going to throw at you.  We must understand we must react with love & concern for others.  And always be mindful that God doesn’t owe us anything.  He gives good to us, however, can take it away, as well.

Job 1:21  And he said:

“Naked I came from my mother’s womb, And naked shall I return there. The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; Blessed be the name of the Lord.”

We need to forget to have a hard heart.  No matter how people treat us.  We have to be what God wants us to be regardless.  We need to forget to be resentful.  We need to forget to have hatred in our hearts.  It’s just not worth the blessings you will miss- without all that there.

I am so very glad you came by to visit today.  I got an exciting call from my aunt today.  She said she had picked a big bucket of okra for me!  All I have to do is go get it after work.  I sure hope I don’t forget it.  ;) Until then, I have to be going because I should be washing clothes.

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Attitudes are contagious.  Is yours worth catching?

Are you blood kin? & Mamaw’s Sunday Dinner

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I am so fortunate & blessed to be surrounded by good people.  And when I say good, I mean Godly folks.  I come from a family full of Christians.  My church family is wonderful, as well.  It is such a great feeling to know my blood kin are related to me through Christ, too.  My Sunday School teacher made such a terrific point Sunday about our relationship with Jesus.  He posed the question,

“Ain’t it wonderful to be blood kin to Christ?”

He went on to say that we are made “kin” to Jesus through His blood that He shed on the cross.  We come into contact with that blood through baptism.  I always knew that, but it was a nice warm fuzzy reminder that Christ is my blood kin.

Matthew 26:28 (NKJV)  For this is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.

Acts 2:38 (NKJV) “Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost

Ephesians 1:7 (NKJV) In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace

 

In the South, we take kinfolk pretty seriously.  We take care of our own.  We love our own.  We are proud of our own.  We are loyal to our own.  It doesn’t matter if one of our relatives is a little off or strange.  We just shake our heads & say bless their heart.

I remember very well the Sundays growing up.  My Daddy was the preacher.  So, we got up & went to church every Sunday.  We worshipped with my grandparents, aunts, uncles, & cousins.  We ate Sunday dinner, that my Mamaw fixed, every Sunday.   She cooked fried chicken every Sunday.  Her table was full of peas, potatoes, slaw, casseroles, deviled eggs, homemade pickles, cornbread & whatever else this sweet lady came up with.  She always made a cake, a cobbler, or some sort of delicious dessert type dish.  It did not matter what you had going on.  If you weren’t there for Sunday dinner, well, let’s just say she did NOT understand.  Also, she made such a big dinner so that if a visitor showed up at church, she could invite them over.  My Mamaw was just awesome like that.

Blood kin means a lot to me.  That’s where I feel safe & secure. My Mamaw’s brother, my great uncle would hug us kids up, every Sunday.  He would say,

“Ya’ll my kinfolks.”

As I get older, I love knowing about my ancestors & where I came from.  I have pictures of my great grandparents hanging in my house.  I look into their eyes & there I see who I am.  It’s an interesting thing to know what you are made of.  From a religious standpoint, I am made up of my blood kin- Jesus.  I love that!  I just want others to see less of me, in me, & more of Jesus.  That’s the kind of resemblance I want to have.

I am so glad you came by to visit with me today.  Thank ya’ll for always listening to me & what I think.  The weather has turned back off H-O-T.  It rained & stormed some this weekend.  Since then, it’s been so muggy.  I think we are making up for the nice weather we got in July.  Ne’er a summer passes in Mississippi without hot, humid, can’t let the kids out outside to play kind of weather.  Before I go, Miss Neenee came home & asked could she be in the chess club at school.  Since she does not actively play chess, I asked the crazy question,

“What made you interested in the chess club?”

She matter of factly replied, “Well, that’s the only club they have for us.”

Oh well, then.  Looks like we will be learning to play chess.  Until then, I will be going because I should be washing clothes.

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Learning from an 8 year old & somebody come mow my grass

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I was talking with a friend recently.  He was telling me his 2 grandsons had come to visit.  The grandkids live in North Carolina & my friend is from Alabama.  Their dad is in the military.  So, they only get a few visits a year.  One grandson is 8 years old & the other 5.  One afternoon my friend had not gotten home yet.  His family went ahead & had supper without him.  After eating their meal, the 5 year old started asking his grandmother for dessert.  She asked him what he wanted & he said ice cream.  As she went to fix him a bowl of ice cream, the 8 year old pulls him to the side & says,

“Don’t ask Grandma for ice cream.  You have to wait on Papa to get home.  He gives you more.”

With that, the 5 year old calls off the ice cream with Grandma.  As soon as my friend comes through the door, the 5 year old is all over him.  Hugging & kissing him.  Telling him how much he missed him.  Then he politely asks,

“Papa, do you think I could have some ice cream?”

Unbeknownst to my friend, he happily agrees.  Then, goes off to make 2 sweet boys big bowls of ice cream.

I love that story!  It made me think if only we could be as patient with the Lord, we would reap so much more in the end.  If I could discipline myself to see the big picture, of what’s to come, I would be more content.  When temptations, in this life, come our way, if we could say,

“Nope, I’m passing that by, so that I can have the better things Christ has to offer,”

wouldn’t we all be ahead of the game?  Just kick those things we are tempted by to the curb, because something better is coming.  It sounds easy enough, but the flesh is weak.  Or I know mine is!

Matthew 26:41

Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.”(NKJV)

Just when I think I have a bad attitude licked, here comes something I let make me worry & fret & get all in a tiz about.  If I would just remember, this is the devil trying to break me down.  But then, I go to talking when I should keep my mouth shut.  I get to passing judgment & getting jealous instead of looking around at all of the blessings I already have.   The devil is a smart one.  He knows exactly what it takes to get us going.  He will try every way he can to trip us up.

II Corinthians 2:11

lest Satan should take advantage of us; for we are not ignorant of his devices. (NKJV)

I just need to remember, if I can make it past those obstacles, the Lord can give me more.  However, if I choose to give in to temptations, nothing good comes out of it.  And I have to remember, sometimes I can learn something from an 8 year old!

I hope you are having a great week.  The sun is shining & the grass is growing (especially in my yard.  Does anybody want to come mow it??)  This is our first full week of school.  Hoping everyone is getting back in the swing of things.  This Friday Miss Neenee has a fitness test in PE.  Please pray she will be able to get those sit ups & planks done like a boss.  We have been working on it.  Last night we walked 2 miles, with my 80 something year old friend from church.  He can out walk me any day.  Bless my heart.  However, for now I have to be going because I should be washing clothes.

Oh & did I tell you I think the devil makes people not use proper road signals?  This is exactly how I feel when they do not.

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photo credit: simplyscratch, facebook

 

Back to school

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Am I the only one wondering where the summer went?  We go back to school tomorrow.  Tomorrow.  As in tomorrow.  I’m just astonished & perplexed & wondering how in the world it all got by me.  There was a list of stuff me & Miss Neenee were going to do before school started.  She can’t go back to school.  We haven’t finished the list!  Oh well.  All the wailing & crying in the world won’t stop the fact it’s time for school.

I have, in fact, found some helpful solutions to our beginning of the school year woes.  Kristi at I should be mopping the floor has a bunch of neat things on her website that is back to schoolish.

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She always has the best stuff on her website.  That Kristi.  I’m so glad she leaves those floors un-mopped.

After you get finished there, go on over to My Super Charged Life     You will find a blog post that is about being nice.  And who doesn’t need to be nice?  This would be something good to go over with your kids, too.  Seeing they will be with other darlings, that may well, not have much coaching on how to be nice.  This would be something good for them to have fresh on their little minds.  They may have to teach niceness to a few other kids this year.

I hope all of you have a wonderful school year.  Miss Neenee will be in 5th grade this year.  5th grade. (sigh)  I went to pick up her schedule & I asked them what she needed to do on the 1st day.  The office lady said, “She will need to meet in the gym.”  I thought, “But that’s where the big kids go.”  Oh yeah.  That’s her.  A big kid.  Maybe a little stressing out is in order here.  Until then, I have to be going, because I should be washing clothes.

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  My big girl standing beside a stuffed buffalo.  Tell me we don’t get out a lot.

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My one job & why we love to pat a cake

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Have you ever been given an important job?  A task that you knew had to have all your attention.  You knew you could not do anything to mess up.  You had to be on your game.  No excuses.  Well, I have got one of those big important jobs today.

I am picking up my new granddaughter from daycare.

She will be going home with me for a visit.  Her mama has some work stuff to tend to.  And her daddy’s at work.   So, me & Miss Neenee are making our way over to the daycare later on today.  I am so excited!  I just can’t wait to get that little bundle in my possession.  Oh we have a big time, anyway, with her mama & daddy around.  We sing Sunday school songs.  We pat a cake.  She loves pattin’ a cake.  For no other reason, she gets to eat it up at the end.  And she is like her Grand, she loves to eat, too.

***On a side note- I was looking on line to put a cute pat a cake picture here.  There were some with the pat a cake rhyme on it.  None of them had the words on it that we say.  A long time ago, my mamaw taught me how to pat a cake.

Pat a cake, pat a cake baker’s man.  Bake me a cake as fast as you can.  Roll it up, roll it up pop it in the pan.  Eat it up, eat it up as fast as you can!

I’m not sure where this version came from.  Mamaw may have made it up.  But it’s the one that was always sung to us & we have sung to our kids.***

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We have some talks about how everyone is treating her.  And she rides the airplane.  Which is really just me holding her belly down & twisting around some.  Which right now, that’s as high as she needs to be flying.  So, some of that stuff will be probably be going on this afternoon.  Only, unsupervised.  Meaning, I’m not supervised.  Oh, the things we enjoy in life! I just know as this precious angel continues to grow, we will have a special bond.  Why, she already thinks I am the funniest thing ever.  I only have to make faces, noises, & baby talk to her.  Her whole face just lights up in a grin.  She just turned 4 months old.  Time quit flying!!

Luke talks about a special bond the early church had.

Acts 2:44-46 Now all who believed were together, and had all things in common, and sold their possessions and goods, and divided them among all, as anyone had need, So continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they ate their food with gladness and simplicity of heart. (NKJV)

Those folks had love for each other.  Just like I have a special love for this 1st granddaughter of mine.  Jesus wants us to have people in our lives that we love & love us.  He never meant for us to be an island.  That is why it’s so important to have a good church family.  And I have the best!  I have their support & love, as we all go about in our daily walk with Christ.  Thankfully, many of my family members are a part of this wonderful church, as well.  That makes me have a gladness of heart!

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I hope you are having a wonderful day today.  It’s getting closer to time to picking up the sweet baby!  I know I keep saying I am so excited, but I am so excited!!  I just hope we can get all of our playing in before her mama gets there to pick her up!  As for me, I have to be going because I should be washing clothes.

 

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Do you want a piece of me? & what a wonderful life it is…..

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As I get older, my life gets more full & blessed.  I am so thankful for the people in my life.  I am so glad our family is close knit & loving.  Even though my daughter is married, with a baby & my middle daughter has a busy life, we still can’t hardly go to town without calling each other to see if the other one wants to go.  Just the other day, I asked my 10 year old daughter if she ever felt like I didn’t give her enough attention.  You know I got these grandbabies, now, that we just gush over.  Then, the older girls, my 2 sons, my daughter in law, my sweet husband & I try to keep up with my Daddy, as well.  I work full time, teach a Bible class at church, try to keep a house, cook, clean (sorta) & sometimes, after all that, I feel like she may get a little left behind.  But when I asked her if she felt left out, she looked at me in utter surprise.

She said,

“No, I love my life.  I couldn’t imagine it any other way.”   

Whew,nailed it.

Isn’t that what we all strive with our kids? We just want them to feel safe, loved, & well, happy.  Now, ask her how happy she is when she can’t keep Mr. Sweetie Pants out of her room messing with all her stuff & you may get another answer!

Nonetheless, with my big family, something is always going on.  Ne’er a dull moment.  My oldest daughter got her degree in May (Yay!)  She has gone to work for a school district.  They had a 2 day kindergarten camp with the kids to get them ready for the school year.  She said there was one little boy that was a mess.  On the first day, he kept asking her,

 “Miss K.K. do you want a piece of me?”

 She kindly reassured him, she did not.

On Tuesday she finally had to get on to him.  She said,

“If you don’t stop doing that, you are going to have to come stand beside me & hold my hand.  Do you want to have to come hold my hand?” 

He sweetly replied, “Maybe.”

Looks like she will have her hands full & heart full by the end of the school year!

I am so proud of my daughter & her love of children.  Her grandmother loved children, too.

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Jesus had encounters with children.

Matthew 19:13

Then little children were brought to Him that He might put His hands on them and pray, but the disciples rebuked them. (NKJV)

 

Jesus knew the value of children.

Matthew 19:14

But Jesus said, “Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of heaven.” (NKJV)

 

 

We should be ever mindful of these little fellows.  They have an innocence & trustful, loving, heart just like we should have.  Those are the kinds of things that will get us a 1st class ticket to be with Jesus.

I am so glad you came by today.  I hope your week has been full of good days. If you have not had the grandest of days I want to share this quote I saw this week:

You were born for a purpose,

You are here for a purpose.

When live knocks you down,

Remember your purpose.- Billy Cox

 

Now, go out & make it a great day!  As for me, I have to be going, because I should be washing clothes.