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Psalm 37 & Proverbs 6

Psalm 37 & Proverbs 6

Psalm 37 & Proverbs 6

Here is my take on Psalm 37 & Proverbs 6.  Please let me know what your thoughts are if you are following along!

Psalm 37

Don’t worry about the wicked
    or envy those who do wrong.
For like grass, they soon fade away.
    Like spring flowers, they soon wither.

Trust in the Lord and do good.
    Then you will live safely in the land and prosper.
Take delight in the Lord,
    and he will give you your heart’s desires.

Commit everything you do to the Lord.
    Trust him, and he will help you.

Thoughts

Wow.  Again, as I was speaking to one of my children about her dreams and desires, this is what I said to her.  It is so instilled in me that I didn’t know that I was quoting from Scripture.  It is something I just live by.

She is an instant gratification kid.  It pops in her head and she hyper focuses on it so much that it soon becomes her reality.  Through her spontaneity, there have been many things that have proven to be not so great.  Lots of natural consequences to her choices.

She has dreams.  I’m all about dreams, but if you are so ingrained in the Lord through Scripture and prayer, magic happens.  There are blessings He is WAITING to throw on you.  Things you didn’t even know you wanted but when it happens it knocks your socks off!

He gives you the desires of your heart, but you have to give your heart to Him first.

Section 2

He will make your innocence radiate like the dawn,
    and the justice of your cause will shine like the noonday sun.

Be still in the presence of the Lord,
    and wait patiently for him to act.
Don’t worry about evil people who prosper
    or fret about their wicked schemes.

Stop being angry!
    Turn from your rage!
Do not lose your temper—
    it only leads to harm.

Thoughts

This can encompass so much in my current life.  I have to stop being angry.  Also, I need to turn from my rage and control my temper.  This has been a trying couple of weeks plus the added fun with a couple of my kids.  May the Lord temper my mouth and convict me instantly.

Section 3

For the wicked will be destroyed,
    but those who trust in the Lord will possess the land.

10 Soon the wicked will disappear.
    Though you look for them, they will be gone.
11 The lowly will possess the land
    and will live in peace and prosperity.

12 The wicked plot against the godly;
they snarl at them in defiance.
13 But the Lord just laughs,
for he sees their day of judgment coming.

Thoughts

Verse 13 makes me giggle.  These people, these bullies, that I have been dealing with…I rage and I lose my temper.  Yet, this verse says that the Lord just laughs at these people.  He knows judgment is coming.  Really, I need to just shut up and let Him handle it.

Section 4

14 The wicked draw their swords
    and string their bows
to kill the poor and the oppressed,
    to slaughter those who do right.
15 But their swords will stab their own hearts,
    and their bows will be broken.

16 It is better to be godly and have little
    than to be evil and rich.
17 For the strength of the wicked will be shattered,
    but the Lord takes care of the godly.

18 Day by day the Lord takes care of the innocent,
    and they will receive an inheritance that lasts forever.
19 They will not be disgraced in hard times;
    even in famine they will have more than enough.

20 But the wicked will die.
The Lord’s enemies are like flowers in a field—
they will disappear like smoke.

 

Thoughts

As I get older, I see more and more of the context of these Scriptures.  People are ready to pounce on a person.  More times than not, there really is no reason.  How sad is it that we live in a time that hate is so prevalent?  What holds more sadness for me, is that my grandchildren will be raised in a generation of more hate.

The comfort I seek is in Jesus.  He is my Help in times of uncertainty, fear, and hate.  I questioned my salvation in my younger adult years.  Heavily.  Honestly, now, though I screw up (we are human), I am certain of the fact that I am His and He is mine.

Section 5

21 The wicked borrow and never repay,
    but the godly are generous givers.
22 Those the Lord blesses will possess the land,
    but those he curses will die.

23 The Lord directs the steps of the godly.
    He delights in every detail of their lives.
24 Though they stumble, they will never fall,
    for the Lord holds them by the hand.

25 Once I was young, and now I am old.
Yet I have never seen the godly abandoned
or their children begging for bread.

Thoughts

“Though they (meaning me) stumble, they will never fall, for the Lord holds them by the hand.”

Just wow.

Section 6

26 The godly always give generous loans to others,
and their children are a blessing.

27 Turn from evil and do good,
    and you will live in the land forever.
28 For the Lord loves justice,
    and he will never abandon the godly.

He will keep them safe forever,
    but the children of the wicked will die.
29 The godly will possess the land
    and will live there forever.

30 The godly offer good counsel;
    they teach right from wrong.
31 They have made God’s law their own,
    so they will never slip from his path.

32 The wicked wait in ambush for the godly,
looking for an excuse to kill them.
33 But the Lord will not let the wicked succeed
or let the godly be condemned when they are put on trial.

 

Section 7

34 Put your hope in the Lord.
    Travel steadily along his path.
He will honor you by giving you the land.
    You will see the wicked destroyed.

35 I have seen wicked and ruthless people
    flourishing like a tree in its native soil.
36 But when I looked again, they were gone!
    Though I searched for them, I could not find them!

37 Look at those who are honest and good,
    for a wonderful future awaits those who love peace.
38 But the rebellious will be destroyed;
    they have no future.

39 The Lord rescues the godly;
he is their fortress in times of trouble.
40 The Lord helps them,
rescuing them from the wicked.
He saves them,
and they find shelter in him.

Thoughts

Honestly, I have set back and wondered about verse 35.  You see all these people, who by their fruit, are not kind people.  Yet, they flourish.  They spend thousands of dollars on whatever it is they want.  It seems like as they drop cash, it is because they “need” something.  New this and new that, new cars, jewelry, the best schools, nannies for their 1.5 “typical kids.”  If they want it, they get it.  Money is no object.

Now, I’m not saying all people who have been blessed with money have no fruit on their spiritual trees.  I know lots of people who have more money than I will ever see in a lifetime.  Yet, I also see this enormous fruit from their tree!  They are some of the most generous, giving people that I know.  Sitting back and watching them blesses my heart and inspires me to be the best version of myself that I can be.  With or without money.

By all appearances, they are “godly” humans who just need a few extra things.  Yet, I’m over here thinking about how I’m going to pay for treatment for my son because insurance won’t pay for his treatments.  All the things break (dishwasher, dryer, deer through the windshield) and we are scrambling to be able to replace at least the windshield.

Yes, these are first-world problems.

We have done without a dishwasher for YEARS.  The dryer, however, is a necessity and so is the windshield.  Still, I digress.  I hope you get what I’m saying.  We have been to a developing country and we have seen with our eyes how blessed we are in America.  I mean, we are blessed!

The love of money is the root of all evil.  This, I know.  However, it does make things easier.  Yet, when things are “easily” accessible, why would I need a Savior?  I should depend on Him more instead of myself and this thought process that permeates my mind.  Rich or poor, if you give and do with a spirit of the Lord, He will bless you!

I’m rambling.  I know.

Proverbs 6

My child, if you have put up security for a friend’s debt
or agreed to guarantee the debt of a stranger—
if you have trapped yourself by your agreement
and are caught by what you said—
follow my advice and save yourself,
for you have placed yourself at your friend’s mercy.
Now swallow your pride;
go and beg to have your name erased.
Don’t put it off; do it now!
Don’t rest until you do.
Save yourself like a gazelle escaping from a hunter,
like a bird fleeing from a net.

 

Thoughts

I have met these words intimately.  There are, at least 4, distinct times in our marriage that we fell into the prey of “friends” and helping them out.  Once, we needed our name placed on something like a … oh what do you call it … a co-signor of sorts.  Then, another incident happened where there was another sum of money that was needed.  We did what we could, yet we did not pray first and ask the Lord if this was the right course of action.  Sadly, we paid for those decisions in a not so great way.

There was another situation where someone needed to “borrow” money with the promise of paying it back.  Yep, that never happened.  It wasn’t a lot, but at the time, it seemed like a fortune to us.  Then, yet another time, we were needed to do something for someone.  This time, we knew we wouldn’t get that back.  Honestly, we tried.  Yet, the Lord intervened, and nothing we tried worked.  That is when we knew, we had gone too far.  Also, again, we did not seek the Lord’s face in any of these decisions.

We were super stupid in the first scenario.  Our desire was to help, their desire was to take us for what we were worth.  Then, when the “well” went dry, they no longer associated with us.  Such a hard time.  Very hurtful to our entire family.  In the second scenario…we were equally as stupid. You’d think we’d learn our lesson!

Section 2

Take a lesson from the ants, you lazybones.
Learn from their ways and become wise!
Though they have no prince
or governor or ruler to make them work,
they labor hard all summer,
gathering food for the winter.
But you, lazybones, how long will you sleep?
When will you wake up?
10 A little extra sleep, a little more slumber,
a little folding of the hands to rest—
11 then poverty will pounce on you like a bandit;
scarcity will attack you like an armed robber.

 

Thoughts

Idleness.  Keep your hands busy because if you don’t, you will be attacked.  I would love to say I was prepared for all the things all the time, but I’m not.  We are working towards that.  I will post a blog about our debt and where we are now.

Section 3

12 What are worthless and wicked people like?
    They are constant liars,
13 signaling their deceit with a wink of the eye,
    a nudge of the foot, or the wiggle of fingers.
14 Their perverted hearts plot evil,
    and they constantly stir up trouble.
15 But they will be destroyed suddenly,
    broken in an instant beyond all hope of healing.

16 There are six things the Lord hates—
no, seven things he detests:
17 haughty eyes,
a lying tongue,
hands that kill the innocent,
18 a heart that plots evil,
feet that race to do wrong,
19 a false witness who pours out lies,
a person who sows discord in a family.

Thoughts

These are all pretty clear, to me!

Section 4

20 My son, obey your father’s commands,
and don’t neglect your mother’s instruction.
21 Keep their words always in your heart.
Tie them around your neck.
22 When you walk, their counsel will lead you.
When you sleep, they will protect you.
When you wake up, they will advise you.
23 For their command is a lamp
and their instruction a light;
their corrective discipline
is the way to life.

Thoughts

I wish, as a child, I would have embedded these words in my heart.  My mom is such a strong believer.  I can close my eyes and see her old brown Bible opened at the kitchen table with her cup of coffee.  She would be sitting, reading, praying, writing.  What an inspiration!

Section 5

24 It will keep you from the immoral woman,
from the smooth tongue of a promiscuous woman.
25 Don’t lust for her beauty.
Don’t let her coy glances seduce you.
26 For a prostitute will bring you to poverty,
but sleeping with another man’s wife will cost you your life.
27 Can a man scoop a flame into his lap
and not have his clothes catch on fire?
28 Can he walk on hot coals
and not blister his feet?
29 So it is with the man who sleeps with another man’s wife.
He who embraces her will not go unpunished.

30 Excuses might be found for a thief

    who steals because he is starving.
31 But if he is caught, he must pay back seven times what he stole,
    even if he has to sell everything in his house.
32 But the man who commits adultery is an utter fool,
    for he destroys himself.
33 He will be wounded and disgraced.
    His shame will never be erased.
34 For the woman’s jealous husband will be furious,
    and he will show no mercy when he takes revenge.
35 He will accept no compensation,
    nor be satisfied with a payoff of any size.

Thoughts

Uhm, this is absolutely discernable.  Don’t be stupid.

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We Finally Did It

We Finally Did It

We Finally Did It

What started out as a “one day we will get together,” ended up in reality.  We Finally Did It!  My sisters, mom, and I met sort of halfway and we had a day trip!  This is something was have talked about for a long time!

In the beginning, it started out as a weekend trip.  Again, the reality is that I have several kids.  My sister is raising 2 kids.  The other sister has several kids.  My mama works quite a bit.

The Stars Aligned

I met my mom and older sister this morning at 7:45.  We piled in and my sister drove us all the way there.  Thankfully, we hit little traffic (meaning we missed rush hour).  We plowed on through and made good time.

Meeting Place

Our goal was to meet in Murfreesboro, TN at about 10:30 this morning.  Eating was on our agenda and we decided we could stay longer at Cracker Barrel.  Sadly, my sister got caught in traffic, so she was a bit delayed.  In that delay, my mom, my other sister, and I went to a couple of junk stores to walk around.

Finally!

Tera finally called and she was there and had gotten us a table.  Oh, my goodness! It was great to see her face.  I so wish the Lord would put us back in the same area, but He has other plans.  To have us all together, eating, and laughing.  What joy!

Heading Back to the Junk Stores

Mario Andretti drove and during that time made some SWIFT decisions that made all our butts pucker.  Mother slung her leg up the back door to help with “braking” and “turning” properly.  Who knew she could get her leg up that high LOL.  Tera was the navigator.  I was there for looks 🙂

Antiques and Hats

Mom was on a mission to find some treasures.  She buys, creates, and resells.  This woman is completely talented.  I have none of that talent.  As we were looking for things, we came upon these hats.

We laughed SO hard and SO loudly that the people who worked in the store came to see what we were doing.  They all wanted to just go with us wherever we were going.  I mean, Tera peed, Kim peed, mom peed.  However, my bladder is put back and I don’t urinate when I laugh.

So Blessed

I am so blessed that I could get a good friend to watch my kids this morning.  Then, my oldest daughter and son-in-law watched them this afternoon.  My brother-in-law was off today to watch Kim’s kids.  Daddy is well enough to be home without mom.  My sister could get someone to watch her kids.  We made this happen!

Laughter

We laughed and laughed all day.  Old memories were shared, plans were made, food was eaten, new memories were being made.  I hope and pray we are able to do this more often.  Love your family well.  Forgive, show grace, laugh, love…it really does do a body good.

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My Oak My MamaWhen I think of an oak tree

My Oak My Mama

I think of being little and standing next to the giant oak tree in our yard.  It was *so* big around that I could not wrap my arms around it.

I remember looking up at it and seeing it touch the clouds.  The *giant* limbs standing firm in the wind, while the little limbs sway back and forth.

I can still see the beautiful leaves that protect me from the sun.  I also vividly remember the life living on and around it.  The ants and critters crawling up the massive trunk of this tree.

Then, when I look down, I am standing on the roots.  These roots are so big, that they are bulging out of the ground.  I can follow the roots from the base of the tree, for as far as they reach.

There are many days, I stood in awe of the beauty of this massive living thing that God created.

This mighty tree may bend, but it never breaks.

Our oak tree provides shade in the summer.  It loses its leaves in the fall…..old things pass away.  By the leaves dying….it allows the sun to shine through the branches and provide heat on a cold day.  In the spring, new life forms and it begins again.

The circles of life in this tree.

My favorite tree.

A tree of strength, honor, and consistency.  An oak tree to lean on in hard times.  This oak tree simply brings me joy at just the sight of it or the rustle of the leaves.

I would like to introduce to you my Oak my Mama

Thank you, Mama

For loving me without abandon and giving me solid roots.

Thank you for being that big, sturdy branch, while I flopped around in the wind.

You led me to Christ through your faithfulness in your walk.

Also, for leading me back to Christ when I wandered off and got lost.

You have always loved my husband and my children.

Thankful that you have never judged but were consistent with your faithfulness.

For showing me love when I was unlovable.

You have taught me values and stood up for me.

Mama, you rescued me, rocked me, and baked with me.

For your fried chicken, mashed potatoes, macaroni & cheese, green beans & potatoes, and lima beans.

You, my Marth, have been a living, breathing example of a Proverbs 31 woman.

You, my sweet Martha…..are Oak Tree.

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A Little Cheesy Maybe but Then Again Maybe Not

A Little Cheesy Maybe but Then Again Maybe NotA Little Cheesy Maybe but Then Again Maybe Not.  I sit here, pondering the last year.  It began with my dad having quadruple bypass surgery, the middle was the diagnosis of the life-altering disease of my youngest, the end was the death of my Lady.  There were many things sprinkled in between.  There were HUGE life changes in my oldest.  HUGE life lessons for 2 of my kids.  22 weeks of military school.  FASD/Puberty explosion with one kid.  Surgery and learning how to hear out of both ears.  Surgery for me.  Overtime for Big Daddy.  2 Boys involved with 2 girls.  An engagement.  An intention of engagement.  Driver’s license. HUGE family dynamics shift within my family.  And a partridge in a pear tree.

Highest of Highs to the Lowest of Lows

This year, I have seen the highest of highs and the lowest of lows.  What has been constant has been my faith in Jesus, the unending love of my husband, my children, and my family.  There are days when it is hard to breathe.  Then, there are days when the hours are long and the patience is short.  Also, there are also days of laughter and learning.

So.  Many.  Emotions

I have so many emotions that are running through me.  Tonight will be the last Christmas that all my 7 children will be under one roof (before any hairy-legged guys impose).  Next year, I will have a new son in law and our dynamics will change.  The next year, I could have another new son in law and the dynamics will change again.  My heart is humbled that I can wake up with all my babies…..all lined up in a row.  OMS will not steal our joy, this holiday season, though it has tried.  It has been tough on my little one.  His schedule has been all messed up.  He is so symptomatic.  He is emotional…..but he is alive.

My In-Laws

As I was at my mother-in-law, we ate, we laughed, and then my sister in law and I sat and talked.  Like talked.  I realize what a cool chick she is and how lucky I am to have her in my life.  We are as opposite as opposite can be but I find comfort in her eyes.  We chatted while my mother-in-law, Big Daddy, and the kid’s frosted cookies.  It was all easy.  It was so nice.  I am so blessed.

Seeing my Seester

This past Friday, my sister and her family were in town.  She wasn’t going to be able to be at “Christmas” when mom was having her time, but she came early and Kim, Shane, and I brought our crew to play.  We ordered pizza.  Ate desserts.  We laughed.  Learned about where we come from and remembered our times as kids.  Our parents shared some stories and some love about their childhoods.  All while we were “adulting”, the kids were playing cards, football, and just hanging out.  It was sheer bliss.  We even got in a couple of games of Scrabble.

My Oak.  My Mama.

We had the BEST time.  Since the year before last, when daddy had his stroke and then this year when he had his quadruple bypass surgery….we have seen a strength in our mama that I knew was there but I haven’t seen in a while.  She was the picture of grace, even in the chaos, during all of this.  Also, she is a faithful prayer warrior.  Funny enough, she keeps it all in her little black book (God forbid anyone finds the said book).

Also, she loves her children and her grandchildren.  Her heart rejoices with our successes and she is there with wisdom when we are struggling.  There have been multiple times, this year, even with all that had gone on that she has helped me a the drop of a hat.  Whether it is watching my kids, taking one to an appointment or spending the night with me in Louisville because I needed help.  My kids adore her.  My husband adores her.  We all love her okra and fried chicken.  She makes my heart smile.

Daddy

Daddy…..he is my strength and my hero.  His sly grin warms my heart.  Sadly, he has me wrapped around his little finger.  Also, he loves my dog.  He is full of wisdom and his love for my mama and Jesus………only people that KNOW my family truly know what a Saul to Paul he is.  Honestly, I can’t even.  Simply stated I love him.

Tera

I have always been super close with my sister, Tera.  Well, not in our middle school/high school years but our early years and our adult years.  She’s a little over 2 years older than I am.  We each have a boatload of kids and our kids are stacked at about the same age, so one of us is usually in the throes of what the other is fixing to walk through.  We have always leaned on each other, regardless of where she lives.  She will hit me square between the eyes with Truth.  I will hit her right back.

Luckily, when she is down, I am up and when I am down, she is up.  We are very similar.  I always say what I say regardless and Tera thinks what I say but she never lets it escape her mouth….well, not never LOL.  We are in constant contact with each other because that has been how we’ve been since I got married, I think….almost 24 or 25 years.  I am dunno LOL.  She is my person.  She knows it all…I mean, all about me.  She’s a keeper 🙂

Kim

My other sister, Kim, is 6 yrs older than me.  She was more of a mother figure when I was younger.  My mom went back to school to finish her education and then go on to get her Master’s in teaching….cause she is awesome like that…..so, Kim kind of filled in the gaps when Daddy was sleeping/working and mom was at school.  We never were close, because I did not view her as a sister.  She was more of an authority.  As the years went by, as much as we loved each other, we didn’t always like each other.

I made decisions she didn’t like and she made decisions that I didn’t like and we are the type of people that will tell each other we didn’t like it and then we’d stuff our feelings and ignore it.  That went super well for a long time.  I think we tried.  We did not love each other…it was just different.  We are 2 different people with two different opinions.

God Answers Prayers

A few years ago, I had run by her office to say hi.  I was there with my 6th child and I thought…well, we are here….she is right down the hall.  I’d be remiss if I did not go by and say hello.  That is what a good sister would do and I really did enjoy chatting with her.  She was genuinely happy to see us.  We were happy to see her, but you see, we didn’t know each other.  Conversation swirled around our kids and what they were doing and then it was done.  For some reason, that day, I decided to ask her on a lunch date for the next week.  She shocked me by saying yes.  I mean, I was shocked.  When the time came, she had to cancel for work reasons.

I thought the subject would not be reopened until she said, “I can do it the next day at this time.”  I agreed and we both showed up.  From that point on, we were dedicated to meeting each other once a month (sometimes more) for lunch.  We dove deep into our childhood, our teenage years, our early adult years, raising kids, raising husbands, and everything in between.  She finally looked at me like I was an adult, on the same playing field as she was on.  We learned so much about each other.  Our thought processes matched.  Our fierceness of family was evident.  She had turned from my caregiver to someone I didn’t know, to someone I loved, to my confidante.  To my best friend.  She became my safety.  My idea bouncer offer.  Also, she was the person I call to cry.  I know she will listen, share wisdom, and pray over whatever is going on.

My Sisters:  My Tribe

I am blessed that all 3 of us sisters are incredibly close.  The Lord allotted that year to pull our heads out of our tails.  He chose to knock the preconceived blinders off of our eyes so we could see each other clearly.  He gave me my heart’s desire because, for years, I would ask my other sister why Kim doesn’t like me.  What I had done wrong.  How could I have a good relationship with her? The Lord was sweet and he heard my prayers and He kept us dedicated to each other for a full year.  Life got in the way with kids, adoption, Hunter’s illness, daddy’s illness….so we have not had lunch in a while, but we text/talk to each other several times a week.

Our lunches will start back up in January because we have both missed it terribly.  I love the adult time and just laughing while we try to solve the world’s problems LOL.  I look forward to our date so very much.  He chose to restore our relationship for a reason.  From the beginning of time, He knew that Kim’s daughter, Paige, would give birth to 3 babies.  Also, He knew that 2 of those babies would be raised by my sister.  Amazingly enough, the last baby would be raised by me.  I see it as He was preparing the fields of our relationship with rain….once our fields were ready, He was ready to move.  And move He did.  Our goal for 2018 is to get back to our monthly lunches.  We *need* that time away from the kids so we can talk about the kids 🙂

God is so good.

Through circumstances I will not write out, the Lord moved in such a big way, that I still sit with my mouth wide open in awe of His greatness.  He has taught me contentment.  I can love my brother, but not have the close relationship that I want with him.  I thought it was what it was….but it wasn’t.  I’m not saying that all is magically healed, but what I am saying is that this past Thanksgiving and especially this past Christmas…there is something different.  On Friday, when all of us kids hung out at mom and dad’s, he hugged me…like he initiated a hug with me, out of the blue.  My body hugged him back and my mind was jumping up and down screaming OH MY GOSH!!!!!  WHAT DO I DO?????????? DO I SAY SOMETHING OR JUST BE NONCHALANT????????????  I was, of course, nonchalant…cause that’s my jam.  Then, I called mom and commented on it.  Next, I told my husband.  Finally, I told my children.  I looked like an idiot LOL  I savored that brief moment.

My Moment.  My Miracle.

Then…came Christmas…good jeez……….He sat in the kitchen.  In our house, the men usually sit in the dining room.  They talk man stuff.  The kids eat in the kitchen or playroom.  Finally, the ladies mess and gob wherever there is a place.  He sat in the kitchen and helped my little one eat because he was so symptomatic with his Opsoclonus Myoclonus Syndrome (OMS).

I noticed that he was gentle, kind, and he got the job done.  It may be my imagination but I believe Hunter even ate off of his plate LOL.  As I sat at the other table, just watching them. My knee jerk was to just flat outcry like a baby.  He has never done that and I just can’t even handle the emotions.  Shane talked to each of my kids.  He made my son a necklace that he has yet to take off.  We call it the “Uncle Shane says do not lie anymore necklace or they will have a chat” necklace.  Side note that D thinks Uncle Shane hung the moon and the stars.  My brother played with them, loved them, and he did the research for me to help my sick child.

Mind=Blown

Then, he comforted me.  Finally, he hugged me….again…more than once.  We laughed.  As cheesy as this sounds, it was like my very own little personal miracle.  I have had such a tough year and I’m preparing for my rainbow…I think the Lord just saw my need….realized that my heart was content with the way things were….but decided I needed an extra miracle.  Every time I think about it, I cry.  I’m pathetic.  I know.  I am still content but I see a piece of his heart-melting towards me and I feel that little girl’s “please brother love me and let’s be friends” heart come back to life.  He is currently figuring out a design to help us in securing a grant to make our bathroom wheelchair accessible.  I can’t even.

Rounding It Out

As tired as I am and as ready as I am for this year to be over…I look back and I realize that my dad is alive.  He is well.  My mom is faithful and my sisters are my rocks.  Then, there is my brother who freaking hugged me.  He also loved me and my kids.  Amazingly enough, my son is alive.  Most of my children are well.  My marriage is good.  Sadly, (for me) my Lady celebrated her first Christmas with “her hero” and Jesus.  My God is faithful in remembering my prayers.  I pray this is a beginning with my brother and me.  If it is….. praise to the King.  If it isn’t…..I had a moment and I still praise the King.

God Remembers the Prayers of His People

Still, I have a picture of him with Hunter.  Honestly, I would show it but he does not like his picture to be out and about.  Just know…….it is frame-worthy.  I may not put it here, but guarantee it will be on my mantle.  Regardless, I will do that because I want Hunter (and all my kids) to know that he loves them.  Also, I want to remember one of the best Christmas gifts I could ever even dream up.

2018.  I am ready for you.  I am channeling awesomeness.  There will be valleys, but I believe that this year, God is going to take my mountain (so many things make up my mountain) from the Atlantic and He is going to crush it in the Pacific.

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Birthday Thankfulness Day 13Birthday Thankfulness Day 13

Today is Birthday Thankfulness Day 13!  I’m so excited.  I love my birthday.  It is not the gifts that I get but the song I get every single birthday morning.  My Martha calls at the butt crack of dawn and sings Happy Birthday at the top of her lungs.  She is so loud that you have to hold the phone away from your ear.  Let me tell you, it is FANTASTIC!  I look forward to her calling every single year!

Now, I talk to my mama every day.  Somedays, I talk to her several times in a day. She is my oak and I enjoy just hearing her voice.  Having said that, birthdays are different.  She has impressed on my memory the importance of family, togetherness, and love.  This is done regardless of the situation, you KNOW you are loved by her on this special day and every day.

Go ahead and just click on here to read more about My Oak.  There is simply no other human on Earth like her.  She is my favorite!

1.  Today is my BIRTHDAY 🙂

2.  Quiet evenings with Big Daddy

3. Giant cookies from the cookie factory

4. Surprise cokes

5. Small, locally owned businesses!

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