Memory loss required

memory loss

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.

photo creds: michaelkonick.com, zazzle,

Attitudes are contagious.  Is yours worth catching?

Are you blood kin? & Mamaw’s Sunday Dinner

blood-of-Jesus

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.

photo credits:writtenreality.com, pinterest

More stuff that I think:

big biscuit

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

simplyscratch icecream

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.

blinker

photo credit: simplyscratch, facebook

 

Back to school

back to school clip art

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.

back to school ideas

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.

photo credit: ishouldbemoppingthefloor.com & clipartbest

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

buffalo

My one job & why we love to pat a cake

one-jobs-1

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.***

pat a cake

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!

love

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.

 

photocredits:pinterest, etsy,helenatyce

tuesday

 

 

 

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

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

 

 

 

 

 

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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.

wagon kade

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.

 

 

 

What is gumption & where do you get it?

courage

I would like to talk about something today, that some people may not want to hear.  Before you stop reading all together, it does not have anything to do with blood, guts, or anything you might have to squint your eyes, just to look at it.  This is more personal.  You know when we start to get personal, things can get hard.  People don’t like to face their short comings.

Since I was very young, I have been of the opinion, that when hard things are presented to me to take responsibility for, if I don’t admit it’s a problem, then it’s not.  I don’t try to put the blame on someone else.  I just don’t want to acknowledge it.  If you don’t admit it, then it’s not really happening, right?  My Daddy loves to tell how when I was little & got caught doing something I should not, I would say,

“Let’s just not talk about that.” 

Not much has changed.  Although, I do try harder to be more responsible, now that I’m older & wiser, ya know.  So, let’s all get on our big girl(or boy) pants & open our minds to what I am about to say.  If it applies to you, I ask that you think about what you really have going on.  And make things right.  If it does not apply to you, great!  Try to help someone that it might.pants

There are things that have happened to us in life or will happen to us, that is not pleasant.  Things that you would just rather not have to deal with.  Problems that come up or untimely issues, that just have a way of surfacing.  These are things that need tending to.  These things cannot be put off.  Like when someone passes away, or you lose your job, or your husband or wife decides they would rather run off & chase a rabbit than be responsible for a family.  Maybe someone’s health has failed them.  Or your health has failed you.  You know, hard stuff.  When you are on the receiving end of these tragedies, how you react makes all the difference in the world.

The most positive way to react is to get you some gumption.  If you do not know what gumption is, nor where in the world you would get it, let me tell you about it.  My Mama used to say in a bad situation,

“He just needs to get some gumption & go on with it.” 

Or she would say,

 “He ain’t gonna do it , because he ain’t got the gumption.” 

Either way gumption is the same as courage or guts.  It could mean having the common sense to do something, too.  Now, if you have trouble getting you some gumption, then, I suggest you pray about it & let the Good Lord help you with it.  Gumption is necessary in life.  We have to have it many times, whether we want to face things & or not.  People who do not have gumption are sorry, lowdown, cusses who deserve what they get.  Life is like a circle.  What comes around goes around.  You reap what you sow.

If you have things happen to you, & you don’t get you some gumption & handle it in the right way, then, whatever comes to you comes.  I pray one day you will see the error of your way, before it’s too late.  A person who may have not had the gumption to do the right thing, in one situation, may take a turn & decide to make things right.  You have to give that person the benefit of the doubt.  However, when presented with several opportunities to do right & they just won’t, don’t waste your time with those people.  It’s Just.Not.Worth.It.  I hope you don’t have to deal with others who refuse to get some gumption.  If you do, just remember, they may eventually come to their senses.  Then, we have to be there to have some gumption, as well.

Gumption is sometimes hard to find.  However, if you want gumption bad enough, it will come to you.  Pray about it.  God will be glad to help.  He said so.

John 14:14  If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it. (ESV)

King David found out that not having gumption was a hard thing to live with.  When he decided to sleep with another man’s wife & then kill that man, his regrets finally caught up to him.

Psalms 32:3-4 For when I kept silent, my bones wasted away through my groaning all day long. For day and night your hand was heavy upon me; my strength was dried up as by the heat of summer. (ESV)

But David did the right thing.  He got him some gumption & asked God’s forgiveness.

Psalms 32: 5  I acknowledged my sin to you, and I did not cover my iniquity; I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord,” and you forgave the iniquity of my sin. (ESV)

I am so glad you came by to visit today.  Thank you for letting me get that off my chest today.  It’s nice when you just lend me your ear like that.   I hope it is a beautiful day wherever you are.  The humidity has been released, yet again, in full force, here in northeast Mississippi.  It’s just like the top was popped & ever so gently pulled back.  The humidity just came pouring on out!   I hope to be seeing you all again, soon. Until then, I will have to be going, because I should be washing clothes.

sweet tea

photo credits: pinterest, adodsons.com,shebrands.com