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Southern thoughts- from a Mississippi girl.

What’s your prayer life like? April 9, 2014

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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 April 2, 2014

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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 March 24, 2014

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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.

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Don’t take yourself too seriously March 18, 2014

Filed under: Devos,Encouragement,Funny stuff,Kids — kstrick7 @ 6:10 pm
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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.  

vapor

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

 

Glorious sunshine & how to be unattractive March 10, 2014

Wäsche an der Wäscheleine

Well, there it was.  I saw it the other day.  Sunshine.  What in the world was the SUN doing SHINING on my day off??  Usually it waits until I get to work & can’t get outside.  But, there it was, the sun.  Shining.  I thought I would never see it again.  You know how it is.  The sun comes out for 5 minutes & everybody has flip flops on and some even shorts.  I just shake my head.

With spring coming along, lots of people are trying to get fit.  I was just talking to a lady at work.  We were saying how this is the time people are throwing it into high gear with their exercising, so they will look good in their clothes for the summer.   No one wants to look unattractive.  We color our hair & get cute haircuts, try to wear trendy clothes, buy the necessary accessories, purchase new shoes, and meticulously apply our make up, whatever it takes to look attractive.  If you are like me, those things may or may not all come together for you.  I tell my hairdresser, I don’t want to be one of those people that you see from the back & think, “Oh what a pretty girl.”  And then you see them from the front & they are cute as can be except they have an old face.  Meaning don’t let me look too young for my age.  So far, we’ve had a pretty good understanding.  She politely tells me when she thinks I need to cut or style my hair this way or that way.  She’s a keeper.

Did you know there are things we do that makes us unattractive?  No, I’m not talking about leaving your eyebrows unattended or not combing your hair.  I’m talking about our inward man.  To God that’s the most important, anyhow.  I read an article on Lifehack.org that talked about how people make themselves unattractive & don’t even realize it.  You can read more about it here

These are some of the statements they proclaim make you unattractive:

  1. You are self-absorbed.
  2. You are rude.
  3. You are always negative.
  4. You are the boss. (Always bossy & have to be in control of everything.)

I Peter 3:3-4 (ESV) says that our inward appearance is much more important that what we look like on the outside.

3 Do not let your adorning be external—the braiding of hair and the putting on of gold jewelry, or the clothing you wear—
4 but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God’s sight is very precious.

It’s funny.  When I read these verses, I think of both of my grandmothers.  Both of them were beautiful to me.  They were beautiful to anyone that knew them.  It may not have been the clothes they wore or their outward appearance.  One of my grandmother’s hardly went to town, so her daily wear was simple.  Most of the time she wore a cotton dress or polyester pants & a soft shirt.  She was a plain person, who did not require much.  She took care of her family.  She was gentle & soft spoken. My other grandmother was more on the go.  She went to town weekly, to church every time the doors were opened, & was very social.  She had plenty of nice dresses & pretty outfits.  She got her hair done every week.  She always had her lips painted & face powdered.  However, when people remember her, they don’t remember what she had on or how she looked on the outside.  They recall the meal she fed them or the kind words she had to say.  She was always there to lend an understanding ear to a friend & had helping hands that seldom rested.  She also had a sweet tempered and caring spirit about her.  I believe these are the women Peter is talking about in these verses.  Coincidently, if you read the whole text he is speaking of how women are to be in subjection to their husbands.  That was another wonderful trait of my grandmothers.  They were both loving & faithful to their husbands.  I am so glad to have had wonderful role models.  If I had my druthers, I would much rather be like these considerate, dear ladies. They were not much for puttin’ on the dog.  They were from the country, hardworking, good to the core people.  You don’t find many like that anymore.

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Don’t get me wrong.  I am a firm believer in doing all you can to make yourself presentable.  No one has ever died of brushing their teeth or bathing too much.  You can comb your hair, put on clean clothes, & wash your face & it will make all the difference in the world.  However, if you are the most beautiful, gorgeous person in the world & have a bad attitude, you really aren’t that pretty.  It doesn’t matter how good looking you are, if no one can stand to be around you, what’s the point?  Our purpose is to seek and save the lost.  How can a person do that if their ways make them unapproachable?  If a person is so self-absorbed they do not care about the condition of another person’s soul, well that’s another blog post about getting your priorities straight.  Oh, I need to just hush right now, before I go off on a tangent.

Thank you for stopping by to visit with me today.  I hope you are working on your outward appearance.  More importantly, I hope you are also working on your inward self.  Because, every day you have to get up, look in the mirror & say, “This is who I am going to have to deal with today.”  You are much better when you are kind & nice.  I hope there is sunshine wherever you are.  I will be enjoying as much sunshine as I can this week. Right now, I have to be going, because I should be washing clothes.

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Multiple Sclerosis Awareness week & how I connect March 6, 2014

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This week is Multiple Sclerosis Awareness week.  This is the week is to raise awareness about this disease.  You may read about this disease here.  My friends over at Healthline do a wonderful job of supplying lots of information about Multiple Sclerosis.  Multiple Sclerosis is a disease of the central nervous system.   It is a chronic condition, as there has not been a cure for it.  It is not hereditary.  However, a parent, sibling, or child has a significantly higher risk of developing this disease than someone with no relative with MS.

If you have followed me for some time, you already know this story.  If you do not, I will try to make a lengthy story short.  My Mama found out she had MS in the mid-1980s.  We had no idea what was going to happen.  It was a long road for her & us.  To start with she had some issues with balance & falling.  This led her to go to the doctor & after many visits, medicine, & tests, it was determined she had Multiple Sclerosis.  She experienced the classic symptoms, fatigue, dizziness, numbness & tingling, pain. bladder problems, & trouble walking.  Once she was diagnosed, the doctor researched her medical history.  He said she had shown signs of this disease for 20 years.  However, as years went by, the MS came to the surface.  There are different “kinds” of MS.  Her’s was the most severe, as she passed away in 2002.  She was a wonderful person.  She did so much for everyone.  She not only was good to her family, she had lots of friends.  That was due to the fact that she loved people.  She cared.  And people gravitated toward her for some reason.  Possibly because she was so kind & sweet.  And for the biggest part of her life, she had it all together.

She was bedfast for the last several years of her life.  It was a rough time for her.  She didn’t like having to depend on others.  Most of the time she took it in stride.  Sometimes she didn’t.  She was so courageous & brave.  I just don’t know if I could be the same.  I would ask her, how she did it.  How she made it through everything that was happening to her.  First & foremost she credited the Lord for her care, her salvation, & her destiny.  Then, she would always say,

“Just because I have a pain, doesn’t mean I have to be a pain.”

So this week and month I want to honor my Mama.

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I hope you decide to wear orange this week or this month for Multiple Sclerosis awareness. Hopefully on day this disease will be history. Until then please support those affected by this disease.
Thank you for stopping by to visit with me today. As for me, I have to going because I should be washing clothes.

 

Noah’s ark & some complaining February 28, 2014

noah's ark

I have a Bible class at church.  I look so forward to being with these lovelies each week.  They are 1st & 2nd graders.  Oh, the questions they have about God’s word!  It is amazing to look through the eyes of a child.  So, I knew when I was studying to teach them about Noah’s ark, I had better know my stuff.  As I was reading over the story in Genesis, I came across a verse that I immediately identified with.

Genesis 8:

So it came to pass, at the end of forty days, that Noah opened the window of the ark which he had made. Then he sent out a raven, which kept going to and fro until the waters had dried up from the earth.

Sometimes we seem to overlook that raven.  We see pictures about the dove, that comes back with the olive branch.  But the raven has kinda gotten muddled up in the story somehow.  Well, let me tell you.

I think the raven was very significant.

Raven

I feel it’s pain.  Sometimes I feel like all I do is go “to & fro” with unrelenting problems.  Will they ever stop?  Will I be going back & forth forever?  At times, it sure does seem like it.  Whether it’s one of my kids sick with a stomach bug, bills that need to be paid, like yesterday, people who don’t get the concept of a car line at school, those who think more of themselves, than others, people who say harsh words to my loved ones,  my son, who has chosen a destructive path in life, missing my mama, mother-in-law, father-in-law, grandparents who have all gone on, life can get pretty crazy, ya know?  With my big family, I am constantly thinking, “What do I need to do next?” because something is always happening with one of us. When the doctor gives you 8 pills to take a day to “cure” your stomach problems, perhaps you may think will this ever end??  Stress can get pretty high every once in awhile.  And then, the hot water line to the washing machine starts to leak.  God bless my son-in-law for being around to fix stuff, when no one else is around!  I think, maybe once winter is over & we can get outside & get some fresh air, maybe things will settle down.  Oh wait, I get POISON IVY about every time I get in the yard.  Do you see where I am going with this?  To and fro, flying around, like Noah’s raven.  Nowhere to rest!  Sometimes, I think the only thing to make it all better is pitchin’ a dyin’ duck dawg fit.  Just gettin’ everybody while I’m at it.  Even the cat.

But then you know what?  Just like the raven, I hit dry land.  I realize I really do have it good.

 
Miss Neenee & Mr. Sweetie Pants playing a game of drop the pompom through the toilet paper roll & catch it.
Miss Neenee & Mr. Sweetie Pants playing a game of drop the pompom through the toilet paper roll & catch it.

Miss Neenee & Mr. Sweetie Pants playing a game of drop the pompom through the toilet paper roll & catch it.

 My Mr. Sweetie Pants grandson lights up our world.  Do you hear me?  Precious & sweet.  Especially when he says,

“Grand, hold me.”

 And stretches those little arms up.  Melts me.  Won’t be long until I have a grandbaby girl!  Of course she will be just as cute.  I have seen the sonogram pictures.  She is going to be a dandy!

Then, I have my kids & my husband who are so good to me.  Dirty dishes loaded in the dishwasher, by someone else than me.  Always a good way to make this mama’s day.  Not to mention, I have some of the kindest, dearest friends in the world.  My church family is exceptionally wonderful.  I have a good job & work with nice people.  I have the best big brother in the world.  My niece & nephew are the cat’s pajamas.  And my brother’s wife, she’s a good one to have on your team, too.  My Daddy is so kind & considerate.  He always makes time for us.  Those kids I have in my Bible class.  I so look forward to seeing them & spending time with them every week.  Some of the stuff they say just tickles me to death.  Blessed is what I am.

I’m so glad you came by to visit today.  You just remember, you are not alone in this world.  Life is a battle.  You may be going into battle, or coming out of one.  If things are going good for you.  Enjoy it.  Because problems rise up, when you least expect it.  The Lord is willing & able to comfort you & give you the peace of mind that nothing else can.  It’s been one more week.  I’m ready to see the weekend!  Come back & see me again soon.  As for me, I have to be going because I should be washing clothes.

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