Thursday, May 15, 2014

It's All In How You Look At It

Typically I'm not a complainer. I don't like people who complain and whine all the time, so I tend to move away from that as much as possible. Every now and then though I run into events, like the ones of this week, and the urge to whine and complain leap into overdrive.

But fortunately it was just that: an urge. Awww, maybe for a couple of seconds I may have muttered or said, "You've GOT to be kidding", but it was just for a couple of seconds..and that's really good.

It began Sunday night when I texted Beth and told her that Monday,  instead of going to buy groceries in Cullman..( You mean you haven't tried Aldi's??? You have NO idea what you're missing!! But that's another post..), we would just stay in Jasper. Did I come to that decision out of the blue? Depends on how you look at it. Possibly, but for me, Holy Spirit dropped that in my spirit and that was that....until Monday morning.

When I got up Monday morning, I had changed my mind and decided,"You know what?? Let's just go on to Cullman. I can get such better deals there!" see...I'm one of God's more stubborn daughters. About 30 minutes later Beth calls in a panic.Can't get the lock to open on Sally's kennel! Been workin' on it 20 minutes no! So next door I go...complete in my orange/yellow gown, stained white robe and bright pink Crocs...You should have seen me!!!....on the other hand it really is better you didn't... Just a few minutes, a few prayers and Sally was a free pup! "Hey Beth, by the way, I think we can still make it to Cullman!"

Back at home I'm primping and pruning....cause no one in town could have handled my earlier beauty...and the phone rings...."Deb, can you bring some electrical wire to the job site? It's in my shop." "Yes, dear. Be there in about an hour."....The fight has ended, we're staying in Jasper.

I notice on my way to the site that the air in my car just isn't putting out cold and so I know something was up. I found out how much something was up when I pulled in at the site. Antifreeze and steam going everywhere!!! Oh what a mess is the death of a radiator........ that's why God didn't want me driving to Cullman....He knew I was going to have car trouble. He knew I'd be stranded on the side of the road. And even when I still tried to do my own thing, He loved me enough to put obstacles in my way and then allowed me to be stranded in a safe place...with my husband!!!

He is so good to me.

Then last was cool and a breeze was blowing in the window. I was snuggled under my blankies and snoozing away when off in the distance I hear a noise. Strange noise. Unfamiliar noise. I peek through one eye enough to notice it is 3:30 in the morning...but what is that noise?????? Then I recognize it. I'd heard it once before many, many years ago.....I jumped out of my bed, ran...well staggered the kitchen, flipped on the light, whipped open the cabinet door and reached for the water shut off. What happened? The water supply line to my dishwasher had burst and water was going everywhere!! More specifically...all over my newly remodeled kitchen!!!!!!! Water's off. Grab towels. Hubby staggers in...bless him...He reaches toward the dishwasher and I say, "Don't worry about it, we'll get it tomorrow."

As  I lay back in bed, I couldn't help but be thankful. Thankful that my floor and cabinets are soaked and we have another repair to do? No. Thankful that God loved me enough to let this happen in the middle of the night, when we were home and could quickly turn the water off. Just imagine if it had happened earlier in the day when I ran to Jasper! Or earlier in the evening when we were at church! We would have had a way bigger problem then a few wet cabinets and flooring!!!

He loves me!!!! He loves you!!  Could God have prevented the problems? Sure. He's way bigger than a radiator and a water pipe, but we live in this world doing this thing called life and it comes with it's fair share of problems and struggles. However, God is right there with us all of the time if we'll just recognize Him, and when we do, we truly are able to realize that as bad as it could have been so much worse had He not had His hand over His children...

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Coming Back

I've always enjoyed writing. I was an avid blogger before I went back to work four years ago but as time goes by certain things fall by the wayside and my writing was one of those things.

I've done a lot of praying and thinking and I have decided, with the prompting of Holy Spirit, to pick this keyboard up again and write once more. I'm certain that my writing, post job will be VERY different than my writing, pre job...mainly because I'm a different woman today than I was four years ago...thank God!! What a shame if I would still be now where I was then!!

So.....I'm back!!! Good thing? Bad thing? You decide. If you enjoy this, then thank you very much. If you don't then feel free to move on. I won't be offended because this is my world and it is very much a work in progress.

I'll post as God prompts and time allows because as much as I enjoy writing about life, I enjoy living life even more!!!

Sunday, October 17, 2010

I Want to Be a Vessel

My family and I were fortunate to go to Youthquake last night. Youthquake is an outdoor concert that is hosted in a nearby town each year. It is primarily geared toward the youth, but trust me, this is an event for all ages!

We were able to see live and in person Jon Reuben, Revive, Brit Nichole, Hawk Nelson and Casting Crowns. Our speaker was Matt Pitt from The Basement in Birmingham, Alabama. It was awesome and moving and Spirit filled to say the least.

I was totally blessed by the whole event but I confess found myself distracted on many occasions. During prayer, folks of all ages are walking around, screaming, laughing, running, hanging out. Again during the reading and preaching of the Word the same thing. Folks playing on their phones, texting and so very unconcerned that the very Word of God was being spoken.

My heart was broken. People in other countries are putting their very lives in danger just to hear the Word and here we are, so oblivious to the preciousness of what we have.

Thankfully, there were just as many who were soaking up every ounce of what God was pouring out. While I choose to put my focus there, I can't help but carry a heavy burden that so many need Jesus. So many need to fall into His arms and give everything over to Him. I don't want to be an ostrich and bury my head in the sand and pretend that this isn't the reality of our world today. I want God to use me. Starting in my own household and reaching out to those many, many people I come in contact with each day.

I want to be a vessel that God can readily use. How about you?

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Wedding Joys!!

Just a quick bit to share the celebrating!!

After an eleven hour day at work, DD and I were able to get most of her wedding invitations stuffed!! We'd have gotten finished, but we ran out of stamps to put on the RSVP cards!! Every time we get another little thing marked off the list, I can see DD's stress level go down. She has so much on her plate right now!!

The best news of all though...they were approved for their loan for their dwelling! Now...bear in mind that we are still all about saving money and staying out of debt...DH and I, that is. DD and Son-in-law-to-be, are still in the learning process. They have been able to save a few thousand dollars though along with paying for some the "extras" they want for the wedding.

They found a cute single wide trailor, small (14x50) but SO cute, for $4250. They were able to secure a loan for $5000 (the extra will move the trailer) and their loan is only for two years! How exciting! Their plan is to start small, save and build a house as they go along with minimal to no debt. Help us pray for them that they would allow God to direct their steps and they would be found walking along the path He is choosing for them in this...well, in ALL areas.

I'm off to a hot bath and a comfy bed! 'Night all!!!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Update! Update!! Yes..I'm Still Around!!

It never ceases to amaze me how quickly time can get by me!! It's been over a month since I've posted and that really wasn't my intentions at all. I can be honest in saying though, that I'm trying terribly hard to let God manage my time and time spent on the computer verses time spent with my family??? every time!!!

One thing that has always been precious to me but that has become more precious to me since I went back to work has been time with my family. Sit down dinners that used to happen at least three or four times a week has now came down to every Wednesday and every other Sunday but they are non-negotiable. No other plans. No friends. Just family. EOD!!

It's hard to believe I've been working for almost six months!! time has flown!! All is good on the job front and as I've posted before, my patients are wonderful!! They truly do make my job a blessing!

Wedding plans are in full swing! With the big day only seven weeks away, those tiny details are becoming hugely important!! We are now at the stage of mailing invitations and planning bridal showers, the first of which is next Friday night!! Such fun and excitement!

I shared that in going back to work, I was struggling within myself about being a Titus 2 wife. I truly struggled with not having the time to make food from scratch or making our own laundry detergent. I confess I've crossed over into the land of convenience. Quick and easy has become my friend and you know what?? It's truly okay.

With most of our meals being DH and myself, it doesn't take that much to feed us supper anyway and boil-in-bag rice and Chunky soup has become my friend!!

Three evenings a week, I get home rather late and it's so simple to boil some rice, heat up a can of soup and pour over it and bake some Pilsbury frozen biscuits in the oven. Within thirty minutes we are eating a hot meal that is filling and cheaper than take out.

I've come to the realization that being a true Titus 2 wife has nothing to do with staying at home and being the best at that. It has everything to do with living the life and being the model that Christ has set before us.

Do I miss my days at home? Yes! I've realized though that this is the course I'm on and it's okay. God CAN and WILL use me and THAT is what I truly want more than anything.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Catching Up!

As I sit at this computer, all is quiet within my house. I can hear the gentle trickle of the waterfall DS gave me for Christmas and the ticking of the clock.

I can hear the plow as DH is busy tilling up the garden and preparing it for winter planting. Cabbage and turnips will taste delicious this winter!

DD is sleeping in bed. She has a tough headache, probably brought on from being very tired as she and a friend were up into the wee hours of the morning working on wedding have-to's.

DS is at work. This kid has been working almost 40 hours a week at his job and has taken on a second job that gives him 10 or so more hours a week!! He is helping put up political signs around the area for a wonderful man that is running for Senate. The "real deal" as a Christian, we are praying so hard that he will be our next Senator. Anyway, DS is proving to really be stepping into the shoes of "mandom". We're proud of him and DD.

Things on the job front are going well. I do enjoy my job and I love my patients. They can truly bring many smiles to my day!

We are back off of vacation. If you've been on my Facebook, then hopefully you've gotten to enjoy the pictures that I posted. We had such a wonderful time of refreshing and renewal. Something we needed badly individually and as a family. With all of us on crazy different schedules, a one night a week family dinner can prove very challenging! It was great to enjoy a whole week and spend some time reconnecting!

Folks, I'm still praying and wondering what direction to take my blogging. It's no secret to those of you who have been faithful to keep checking back in, that my posting is sporadic at best. This is not something I'm willing to give up right now and I truly may, for a time, just post what's going on in our world. Maybe through that, someone can glean what it's like to transition from full time stay at home, home schooling mom, to a working mom of adult children, one of which is on the edge of flying out of the nest!

My, my how quickly life brings changes.....

Have a blessed Sunday. Go to your place of worship and do just that...worship. Praise our Creator and enjoy the blessings that He has given us.