Rearranging the furniture & you are at the right place

You know how it feels sometimes at your house, when you just need a change of scenery? The first thing I start doing is rearranging furniture. That’s exactly what I thought of as I was thinking of changing my blog page.

You are at the right place. This is “I should be washing clothes” the revised edition.

I know I get confused sometimes when I go to other blogs & they have changed. I think,

“Is this the same blog, I have been reading?”

I may be the only one that does that, but anyhow. Just so you all know. This is where you are supposed to be. Just had to do some Spring cleaning & changing around. Hopefully, you will like the new look. If you do, tell me! If you don’t tell me that, too.  Next, I think I will clean out my closets.  Well, I reckon I will study a little bit more on that one, before I dive right in.

Thanks for stopping by & always being a bright spot in my day. Just know I am thankful for you. I hope you don’t mind, that I have to go, because I should be washing clothes.

Bubba Watson knows the real Master

Isn’t it wonderful when you have a favorite star, athlete, cooking show host, Nascar driver or someone in the spot light? You like to follow them & see what they are doing. They excel in their field. Mostly, that’s why you like them. Because they are good at something. You admire that.

 

Ok, this may not make much sense. I don’t really watch golf. I don’t have much time to watch hardly anything. But when I do, I LOVE me some Bubba Watson. Here is why I have loved Bubba Watson:

  1. He is from the South. I am from the South
  2. He is left handed. My husband is left handed.
  3. He hugged his mama & cried like a baby when he won the Master’s last year. I know what it’s like to love a mama like that.
  4. His name is Bubba. What is not awesome about that? A guy named Bubba, from the South, that wipes up everybody else on the golf course with his unconventional golf swings. Eat that snobby golf people.
  5. He is out & out a true family man. I love a family man.

So, I found out some more great stuff about my fantastic golf hero. This makes me know I have a hole in one favorite- he’s a Christian. He hired his caddie, who also is a Christian, in hopes to keep him in check. He needed someone there that cared enough about him, to tell him when his attitude & behavior was getting out of hand. According to an article I read on Focus on the Family website, that’s exactly what Ted Scott did.

BUBBA & TED

One day Ted decided he would do his best to keep his end of the bargain. He got frustrated with

his boss & thought it a good idea to just step up & let him know. The conversation went as such:

 

“If you’re going to continue to act like this,” the caddy told him, “I just can’t work for you. As much as I love you and I think you’re a great player, it’s not in the cards to do this. When he said I was right, I said, ‘I am, really?’ “

 

Then, you know what? Bubba admitted some things & made some changes.

“I had a bad attitude,” Bubba said taking responsibility. “I was angry because I expected more from my golf, like golf owed me, but it didn’t. Golf doesn’t owe anybody. I guess my immaturity was overwhelming.”

 

Ephesians 4:15 says  Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ. (NKJV)

 

Bubba respected Ted for what he did. I admire that. Nobody likes to be told they are wrong. It takes a big person to admit what they are hearing is for their own good. Then, make changes. For that reason & others stated prior to that, is why I like Bubba Watson. He’s not perfect. However, is maturing in his life & faith.

Bubba winning the Masters the second time.

Bubba winning the Masters the second time.

Congratulations Bubba, for knowing what it feels like to win the Masters, twice. More importantly, congratulations for knowing the real Master.  May we all strive to know the real Master.

I am so happy you all came by to visit with me today. It’s been a nice couple of days here in Northeast Mississippi. I even took my chair, sat outside, & read a magazine the other day. Looking forward to more days like that. I hope you have a great rest of the week. As for me, I have to be going, because I should be washing clothes.

photo credits: Associated Press & belfasttelegraph

Easter fun

Easter can get pretty crazy at my house. Oh we do the usual stuff. We go to church & just like every Sunday, celebrate the death, burial, & resurrection of Jesus. Then, we come home & eat a bountiful lunch. Our family comes over & we hide & hunt Easter eggs. This year, I don’t know if it’s because I did too much hiding & hunting Easter eggs, but Lord have mercy, I got out of my car at work Monday & I was sore! It’s because of all the crazy activities at my house. I just know it.  Or it may or may not have been all of the peanut butter fudge I ate. The jury’s still out on that one.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAFirst, we dipped all kinds of low fat, low calorie goodness (not really) out of these bowls & partook of it.

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Second, we posed for some pictures.                               Here is my sweet niece & daughter.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA                                                                                                          My pretty Miss Neenee.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA                                                                                   My handsome nephew, Daddy, niece, & Miss Neenee

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Me, Daddy, & my brother

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA                                                                                              My precious sister-in-law & me

Then, we went on to the egg hunt.  That involved a few more people.

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Mr. Sweetie Pants & Miss Neenee counting the eggs.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMr. Sweetie Pants hunting the eggs.  See that red wagon?  He pulled that thing around & would not stop for a second for Grand to get a picture.  That was about the jist of the day.  There was more people at my house, who were camera dodging folks.  But that’s ok.  I will get them next time around.  When they aren’t looking, of course.

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I am so glad you stopped by so that I could share some of our Easter fun with you.  Hope you had a wonderful Easter weekend! As for me, I have to be going because I should be washing clothes.

 

What’s your prayer life like?

My Daddy always says this.

My Daddy always says this.

 

Sunday at church, our associate minister preached. When he first started his sermon, I was sorta taken back. He posed this question:

“What would you do if you were told you couldn’t pray?”

Well, this did not sit well with me. I love to pray. It is comforting to me to know there is Someone that I can trust to take care of me anytime, all the time. To even consider for a split second that prayer would not be an option, well, that makes me feel like an elephant is sitting on my chest. Kinda like the times, growing up, when it would come up a cloud. My Mama Boyce would rush around gettin’ me & my brother to the storm house. Papa Clyde would come on down the hill & hunker down with us. Weepin’ & gnashin’ of teeth & a state a panic set in, I’m tellin’ you.
But before I could get into too big of a tiz, Bro. Andrew said what he wanted us to do is think about our current prayer life. Be thankful for it & take inventory on how to make it better. As I jotted down his points, I was thinking, I have a pretty good prayer life. However, I did realize I needed to work on some things.

1. Make time to talk to God, like a good friend. You wouldn’t go days, weeks, or months without talking to your best friend. Set some time aside to talk to God. Just you & Him. No interruptions. Seriously, it can be done. I have really gone back to my bathroom, in my closet, with the lights off & sat & prayed.

(Matthew 14:23) And when he had sent the multitudes away, he went up into a mountain apart to pray: and when the evening was come, he was there alone.(KJV)

2. Realize Who you are talking to. We have an avenue of prayer with the One that put 248 muscles in a caterpillars head. Currently, it has been said there are 100-200 billion galaxies. Not stars, vast groups of stars. The human body & how it functions is amazing in itself. However, an animal’s body works a lot of the same way. We were given the gift of a soul. We can reason, think creatively, & through Christ’s blood, be saved from our sins. We have the promise of heaven. The One who created all of this, is Who we are allowed to talk to anytime we get ready. Pretty mind blowing, huh? Kinda humbles you, doesn’t it?

(I Chronicle 29:11) Thine, O Lord is the greatness, and the power, and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty: for all that is in the heaven and in the earth is thine; thine is the kingdom, O Lord, and thou art exalted as head above all

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3. Know Who God is not. God is not a genie. You can’t just ask & ask & ask & expect to receive, receive, receive right then & there every time. God has your best interest at heart. Things will happen on His time, not yours. Be thankful.  You don’t have to go at God with a list of demands all the time.  God is not Someone to be mocked. You can’t walk with God & hold hands with the devil. You have to take God seriously. You can’t straddle the fence. God is not Someone you only visit when you are in trouble. What if God were only there for you part of the time? You have to have a full time relationship with God. That’s what He has for you.

(Galatians 6:7) Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.

I need to make time to clear my mind to talk to God. I need to remember Who God is. I don’t need to forget Who God is not either! Since my “One Word” for 2014 is Pray, I do need to make sure I am practicing making my prayer life better & better.
Thank you for taking time to stop by today. It is bright & sunny in Northeast MS today. I hope it hangs around a bit. I hope you have a great rest of the week. Shortly, I will be mailing in my registration for our town’s 10k run. I have never done a 10k, only 5ks. So ya’ll be prayin’ for me! But for now, I have to be going because I should be washing clothes.

GODS GOT THIS

Credits:  Parts of this were taken from our lesson Sunday.  Thank you, Andrew for letting me use this!

photo credits: therighttrackkc.blogspot, pinterest

 

How I talk Mississippi & how the Lord won souls

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I have a strong Southern accent. Sometimes in my job, people who are not from the South, have a hard time understanding what I am saying. Even when they are standing right in front of me! I had a nice gentleman call into work today. He was asking to speak to my manager. He wanted to know what his name was. I told him & he said,

“His last name is Hawk?”

I laughed & thought, “Oh, here we go again.”

I corrected him & spelled out my boss’s last name.

The man said,

“I get you. I should have known that’s what you were saying. I speak Mississippi, too.”

When he said that, we both laughed & I was more at ease. Right then & there we had a connection. He automatically scored some points with me by being able to relate to me & my kind.

In the 2nd chapter of Acts there were some men that stood before a diverse group of folks. These men had the good news of Jesus to bring to them. However, first they had to win the crowd over. How in the world would they do that? Starting with verse 5:

And when this sound occurred, the multitude came together, and were confused, because everyone heard them speak in his own language. 7 Then they were all amazed and marveled, saying to one another, “Look, are not all these who speak Galileans? And how is it that we hear, each in our own language in which we were born? Parthians and Medes and Elamites, those dwelling in Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, 10 Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya adjoining Cyrene, visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes, 11 Cretans and Arabs—we hear them speaking in our own tongues the wonderful works of God.” (NKJV)

Don’t you know the Lord already knew how receptive people would be to what was happening if they knew the disciples “got” them & who they were? I love feeling a part of something. I think they did, too.  It’s just human nature to want to be included.  When the crowd of people heard the disciples in their language, don’t you know they must have finally felt the message they were being brought were from qualified people that understood them? Oh yeah, you had the skeptics trying to throw a spoke in the wheel by saying they were drunk. (verse 13) Ain’t there always some of them everywhere you go? Thank goodness God’s plan was carried out flawlessly. After listening to that message, there were baptisms and sins forgiven and people saved in the number of about 3,000 souls! (verse 41) All because they felt like they were listening to people who they were in favor with. Don’t you know that made them feel good? Like chocolate gravy & biscuits good!

I am so glad you came by to visit with me today. The sun is shining on Northeast Mississippi right now. I am loving it! I hope you stop back by soon. As for me, I have to be going because I should be washing clothes.

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If you are Southern, you will completely understand this comic & you will wonder is it supposed to be funny?  Because, it seems like this guy is looking for wildlife to me.

photo credits: sweet southern prep, zazzle

Things we tell ourselves & chickens coming home to roost

Back last year, we had a student from Freed Hardeman University come to preach to us. He mentioned in his lesson, that he was learning Latin. He said it had given him a new meaning to how he understood the word of God. After services, I told him if he could explain to me what the apostle Paul was talking about in Romans 7, then & only then would I be impressed. We laughed, because at that time, Romans 7 was a mystery to me. Since then, I have done more study & have read different people’s views & have formed a conclusion about it. One of the verses has actually made more sense to me as of late.

Romans 7: 19 says For the good that I want, I do not do, but I practice the very evil, that I do not want.

Everybody has a struggle. Whether it’s something that comes along from time to time or a problem we carry around every day. It’s there. Sometimes we try to tell ourselves, no one will ever know. Or it won’t hurt just this one time. Or it’s not hurting anybody but me. One of my favorites, that I tell myself,

“At least it’s not as bad as, insert some other sin here.”

But you know what? It’s still sin, so really put whatever you want there. God doesn’t like it.

It’s just so hard, though. I don’t wake up every day & say, “Well, let’s get to the sinnin’.” But, I am human. There are times I have to really focus & pray about not letting myself fall into a trap of gossiping, judging, being negative, saying hurtful things, keeping my nose in my own business and other various & asundry personality traits that my Mamaw warned me against practicing. My Mamaw was a wonderful Christian woman. She cautioned us about being ugly. She always said of someone who was behaving vicariously without regard of consequences-

Actual picture of chickens roosting for those who don't know, bless your heart.

Actual picture of chickens roosting for those who don’t know, bless your heart.

“Their chickens will come home to roost.”

Meaning what comes around goes around. You reap what you sow. Mamaw wanted us reaping good, not bad. So she would caution us about puttin’ on the dog. She didn’t want us trying to get above our raisings. She did not want us doing things we ought not. But if we did, she didn’t want us acting like we didn’t do it. She was all about everybody owning up to what they did. She spoke quite frequently to me about how it’s important to have pretty ways.

You know what? Even though I know I shouldn’t do something, whether my Mamaw’s direction is on my mind or the voice inside me saying, “This is not right,” it just happens. All my good efforts fizzle into a pile of well-intentioned intentions. I begin to feel like the apostle Paul- just sort of in a frenzy. I don’t want to act in a way that’s unacceptable to the Lord. But if there’s anybody out there to cut their nose off to spite their face, it’s me. I just have a way, of sometimes, you know, not shuttin’ up. Thank goodness I have a Lord that forgives pitiful people, like me. He’s just awesome like that. I know if I confess my sins, He is faithful & just to forgive my sins and to cleanse me from all unrighteousness. (I John 1:9) Every. Day.

I am so glad you came by to visit with me today. It doesn’t matter what struggle you have. Take it to Jesus. He will help you. I promise! Your sins will never be too bad for him to forgive. I hope your week is starting out good. It was a sunny day in Mississippi & that’s always a plus! You take care & I will see you again soon. For now, I have to be going, because I should be washing clothes.

Photo credit: turbokitty.wordpress.com

 

Don’t take yourself too seriously

This morning my sweet Miss Neenee said,

“I wish we were writing this week.” (at school)

 I got all excited, just thinking, my Miss Neenee might actually love to write her thoughts down, as I do.  I said,

“You have notebooks in your room.  If you have something in your head, write it down. 

I always have & look how great my life has turned out.” 

Of course I was being factious.  However, I think she takes the opportunity to cash in on my craziness any chance she gets.  So, she busted out laughing.  Hmmmm…someone that was thin skinned, might have taken her laughter the wrong way.  Someone with any ounce of feelings at all might have had them hurt.  Someone who had any confidence in their life leading up to that time, might have been a bit miffed at this laughter.  However, I knew what she meant.  She lives around me all the time & knows what a grandiose lifestyle I live.  Along with all the awesomeness in the world oozing out of me at all times.  A spectacular life any & everyone would love to have. (You may also bust out in hysterical laughing right now, too.)  Yeah, it’s not like that at’all.  Her reaction reminds me, I can’t & should not ever take myself too seriously.

When we start to take ourselves too seriously, there are all kinds of things that can happen.

For one, you may start to thinking you can do things on your own.  Without the Lord.  It’s easy to get so caught up in the world that you forget to pray or neglect studying your Bible.

James 5:16 (NKJV)  Confess your trespasses[a] to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.

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 However, once a person puts simple things like that to the side, it does not take long to reach the point you are out in the world trying to do everything on your own.  Common sense is not a flower that grows in everybody’s garden, but we know better than to let the world creep in on us.  We have to make sure we are daily keeping in contact with the Lord, through prayer & Bible study.  If not, just know it won’t be long until we start thinking we don’t need God.  And heavens knows that’s a dead end road.

Another thing to remember life is just a vapor.  Meaning life is short.

James 4 :14 (NKJV) whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away.  

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Who has time or the want to to run around being a pain to everybody constantly?  Wait, before you answer that, I realize those people are out there.  But, you don’t want to be one.  If I take myself too seriously, I might just spit & spat at others all the time.  Because, hey, it’s ok just to be rude & act on every feeling I have.  If I feel bad everybody needs to know.  If somebody makes me mad, well, I need to let them have it right then & there.  My feelings, ugly or pretty, needs to be on my shoulders at all times. You know,  I am keeping it real & this is who I really am.  Not a fake.

“Lawdy chile, you know better than that!” 

That ain’t no way to act.  People like that can drain the life right out of you.  They can take the friendly out of you right quick.  Don’t hang around folks like that.  Better yet, don’t be one of them.  Be kind.  At the end of your time, you want to be proud of the person you were.   Don’t get so caught up in yourself that you forget, there is a whole world of people living around you.  A world putting up with you, whether good or bad.

When my oldest & middle daughters were little, the younger one would tell my oldest daughter,

“You think you are so popular!”

This was in a hissy fit of being bossed around by her older sister.  This was her way of saying, “what makes you so special that you can tell me what to do?”  We laugh about these little arguments they had, which sometimes were quite frequently.  However, people get to being too “popular” when they don’t consider the feelings of others.  If you take yourself too seriously, you can begin to think you have the right to tell others what to do & to treat them without consideration.  Thankfully, I have a daughter, that without trying, reminds me not to get too ahead of myself.  And I pray that if I ever get to thinking I am too important, she or someone will love me enough to set me straight.

Thank you for coming by to visit with me today.  I hope you make it a habit to laugh at yourself.  If not, you might want to give it try.  It will help you more than you realize.  You take care of yourself.  Because I would miss you if you didn’t stop by!  As for me, I have to be going because I should be washing clothes.

photo credit: lifeisaprayer.com, mission venture ministries