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Friday!!!!

WooHoo!! Today is Friday!

I typically don’t get this excited about Friday but it is absolutely gorgeous outside. A beautiful 80 degrees, sunny…and I’m in an office. lol

I’ve got spring fever so bad right now. We are going to visit my stepdaughter and my grandsons this weekend. My oldest grandson is playing ball, so we’re going to watch him play (hopefully not in the rain…but 80% chance). I hope to get to hold my newest granddaughter some. She is the happiest baby. I am really looking forward to my road trip with Hallmark Man.

I have noticed him change so much since he’s been eating healthy and beefing up his supplements. I’ve gotten my husband back.

God has truly answered prayer regarding our health. Of course, He requires that we take the first step of faith but when we did, boy, did God ever show up and show off. I love it when He does that. 🙂

Y’all enjoy your weekend, wherever you may be. Keep your eyes on Jesus.

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Aware

Yesterday morning I felt compelled to fall on my face before the Lord God. Not on my knees, but my face.  His majesty, love and sovereignty were overwhelming.

“The Lord has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy.”  Ps. 126:3

I was listening to the song “Aware” by Salvador and the words just jumped out at me.“Make me aware; make me see that everything I am is not all about me. Take my world; turn it around so the obvious can finally be found.”

In the last two years, my “world” has been turned upside down. Humanly speaking, I have lost my home, my job (actually happened in 2008 to which I turned to real estate and we all know how that went…), my Daddy, my health. But during the entire process, I saw what faith can do.  Believing that God has our best interest at heart and trust in Him, we will then see through a different lens.

I had an expectant heart that God had a plan for my life.  He did not disappoint.  I am living in the house of my dreams. I don’t own it, but you know what?  Abraham didn’t own a house. Jesus didn’t own a house either.  This world is not my home! I am just passing through. My true home lies in Heaven with my Savior.

I lost my mobility in August of 2011 due to an acutely inflamed sciatic nerve, but gained an awareness of a need that had long been neglected—my health.  The Lord has turned my health around. It is absolutely NOTHING I have done, except eating whole, natural food. It is for His honor and glory. I have not even been physically able to exercise so that He alone can take the credit. It is sometimes still painful to walk but I am praying that the Lord will restore my mobility when my health is where it should be.

I now am working my dream job. IF I hadn’t lost my job, my house…I wouldn’t have taken a lower paying, part time job that led to this one. I say it that way because when I first lost my job, I was making fantastic money. It wasn’t until we were at the point of “desperation” that God opened a door for me that I would have never taken IF He had not engineered the circumstances.  God had a plan and it was more than I could have dreamed.

He has made me more aware of Him than I ever knew before and I cannot get enough. I want to know Him more.

He is the “obvious” that can be found when we open our eyes.

Redemption

I was reminded of a song by Nicole C. Mullin this past week, “I know my Redeemer lives.”  The very same day, I was reminded of Steven Curtis Chapman’s, “My Redeemer is faithful and true.”

“Redeemer” is not a term used today by Americans so why is this so great?

Our first introduction to “Redeemer” in Scripture is in the book of Ruth, via “kinsman redeemer.”

According to Baker’s Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical theology, a “kinsman redeemer” is:

Male relative who, according to various laws found in the Pentateuch, had the privilege or responsibility to act for a relative who was in trouble, danger, or need of vindication.

It continues with more details on the Old Testament but I wanted to point this out.  He puts it so much more eloquently that I could ever dream.

Although the doctrine of redemption from sin is taught extensively in the New Testament, it is not connected closely with the Old Testament concept of kinsman-redeemer. Christ can, however, be regarded as an example of a kinsman-redeemer since He identified Himself with us and redeemed us because of our need. Hebrews 2:11 states that “Both the One who makes men holy and those who are made holy are of the same family. So Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers.” Jesus is not only our Redeemer from sin, but as Hebrews 2:16-18 and 4:14-16 point out, He is a kinsman to us and understands our struggles. Thus He is able to help us in our times of need. (Stephen J. Brame)

Jesus was fully God and fully man all at the same time. He suffered hunger, sleepiness, pain and anguish. He laughed and He cried.  His heart was fully devoted to each one He came in contact with while He was here on this earth to show His unfailing, everlasting and deep love.  It is a love that no one can fathom.  It is a love that fills the deepest void in our lives.

Nothing on this earth can compare to what Jesus offers us.  Though invisible to us now, we will see Him face to face and know Him just as we are fully known.

He laid down His life willingly to save us from eternal separation from God because of sin. He left His throne where myriads of angels adored Him and saw Him in His glory to come to earth.  He was born in a barn. I  know what you’re thinking, “No…manger!”  But who uses that term today?  He was born in a place where the animals were sheltered with hay and water.  It was literally a barn. He was raised as a Jewish carpenter’s son.  He worked hard and lived in submission to His earthly parents. He was humble.  He showed us what humility and obedience were all about.

How many times have you been to work and were asked to do something that you felt was “beneath” you?  Jesus did as He was told until it was time for His ministry.  The last 3 1/2 years of His life were the most powerful, life-changing events ever recorded in History.  Yet, people want to deny His Deity.

If Jesus were just any other man, why are people so afraid of His message?  Why are they pushing Him out of schools and you cannot invoke His name in prayer?

Because He lives.   He ever lives to intercede for us.  He is our Redeemer and the demons tremble at His name.

Courage

Courage….we all imagine we have it.  We all think that if we were ever cornered, courage would be no problem.  But what makes us courageous?

How many times does God tell us in His Word to “take courage” or “be strong and of good courage?” In the KJV, the word “courage” is listed 20 times, “courageous” is listed 5 times.  When God repeats something, He means it and is trying to get His point across.  We obviously don’t learn the first time something is said.  It has to be repeated.

Deut 31:6 “Be strong and courageous; don’t be terrified or afraid of them. For it is the Lord your God who goes with you; He will not leave you or forsake you.”

I’ve often heard that parenting is not for wimps and getting old is not for sissies.

I found myself in a situation that required courage this week when I had to confront one of my grown children about a lifestyle choice she was making that was against Scripture. It was not something I really wanted to do but God kept convicting me about it in His Word. The enemy kept telling me that she knew what she was doing was wrong and I didn’t need to say anything. Wrong.

Remember the high priest in the Old Testament, Eli, whose sons were wicked men?  Yet Eli did not reprove them or remove them from their posts as priests of God.  God judged them and as soon as Eli learned of their death, he died, too.

It is my responsibility to show her the truth, even if it hurts. Eternity depends on it.

What is amazing is how bold we can be if we allow God to give us the strength, courage and boldness we need to do what is right.  Doing the right thing takes courage and in the coming times, we will need to all take a stand against injustice and stand up for our faith.

Family

Yesterday, we got together with my side of the family as a “reunion” of sorts to commemorate one year since my Daddy passed away and to support my Mom.

The last time we got together like this was in February, 2011, when he died.

We went through a very painful week together at Hospice and we formed some bonds that will always remain.

Yesterday was a joyous ocassion. Daddy is in heaven.  We celebrated with a spread of food that was amazing.  We enjoyed sharing supplement tips, organic food and dieting ideas.  The men sat in the living room and the ocassional pieces that I caught from their conversation involved hunting or politics. Yawn. lol

The women, on the other hand, were having a blast.  My Aunt Pam is famous for her pranks and relished retelling the story of some poor victim who never suspected a thing.  Her daughter, Julie, was in the thick of it with her.  The men got curious because we were laughing so hard, they wanted in on our conversation.  Even after telling the event twice, I was still overflowing with laughter.  You know why?  Because it was so “unconventional.”  It was a fart prank she played on a massage guy at the mall with a can of flarp she got at the Dollar store.   We were telling stories about farting that were hysterical.  We let our “hair” down and had a blast.

I love it when you can be yourself with family and not put up pretenses.

My sister had just come back from a missions trip to the Philipines so I got to see pictures and videos she took while there.  The cultural differences were amazing.  The people were open, welcoming and very attentive.  Even having to stand at assemblies, the children at school were focused.  If that were in America, the kids would be complaining, whispering and distracted.

Another thing that amazed me was that we could go over to another country and share the gospel at schools without issue.  Over half the kids in each assembly raised their hands to accept Christ as their Savior.  Here in America, they are pushing God out of schools. Sad, sad, sad.

I really, really enjoyed spending the day with my family yesterday.  I almost didn’t want to leave.  Some days I wish I didn’t live an hour away from my Mom but every time I have to go into Savannah, I thank God that I don’t live there anymore.  I love living out in the “country.”

My Aunt Lynn gave my Mom a GPS, so maybe she’ll come visit me sometime.  🙂

Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride

January 5, 2012 – – I can’t seem to get out of this mental funk.  I think maybe it is seasonal.  We live in this “Mr Toad’s Wild Ride” from October through December with all of the holidays and mass marketing and stress and then BOOM!  It’s over and back to “Life As We Know It.”   I prayed about that on the way home today.  I need to get out of this slump.  When I get this way, I tend to make poor choices and temptation is pushing for me to upgrade my phone.  I don’t need the iPhone 4s.  I have the iPhone 4.  I keep trying to convince myself that this would help out Daughter-in-Law because she just got a phone and broke hers and then I could give her mine.  I just don’t want an extra $200 to pay next month on my bill.  I am still debating this one.

On a side note, my dog has bad breath. It’s a basset hound thing.  When she yawns and you happen to walk into that area, it’ll just about knock you down.

I went to see the chiropractor yesterday.  The girl that did my ultrasound hit a spot on my lower left that was super tender.  My right leg keeps trying to go back to its old painful ways.  Doc told me to keep exercising/stretching it.

I did try that this morning.  Wasn’t comfy, but did it anyway. I need to get up at 6am instead of 6:30 to get to work on time. We’ll see how that works.

Tomorrow I need to have my battery checked out. My van is acting again like it doesn’t want to start. Yay…always something.

January 24, 2012 — I am home from work today. My stomach has been acting up for days but today it was the worst.  I couldn’t leave the house so here I am.  It’s better now.  I was able to eat lunch and all’s well.  I have enjoyed the quiet house today. Hallmark Man is on his way home from work and it won’t be long before the TV gets turned on and the noise begins.  At least I have a room in the house I can go where it is quiet.  We set up this room this past weekend for my step-daughter and grandkids to sleep in and I love it.  I’ve taken it over as my Bible study room.

Another random side note, I was finally able to buy size 20 pants this past week.  I got two of them.  Apparently Good’s was having a sale Sunday, buy one get one for $1.  I found out about it 30 minutes before they closed.  It would have taken me that long to get there.  I really needed some new shirts but didn’t want to pay a fortune since I am still losing weight.

And Friday night my van almost left me at the gas station so Hallmark Man chivalrously got a battery for me and put it in the van. The next item will be brake pads. They are squealing.

Last but not least, I am so thankful for the country in which I live.  We are able to get so much via media for Bible study.  I love my iPhone.  I have so many versions of the Bible on it along with Bible study material and Bible study tools.  It is so awesome!  I find that it sets my frame of mind in the morning if I study first.  If I put God in authority over my life and my day and let Him control my reactions, my day is not so stressful.  Even with all of the issues that cause wild rides, He brings me safely through.

Slow and Steady

November 12, 2011 – – – – I can fit in to my size 22 jeans!!!  WooHoo!  2 months, 2 sizes down.  Praise God!  To God alone be the glory!!! In my brokenness physically, I could not have done this.  It’s all Him!!

November 14, 2011 – – Got up and did my first day of the Bible study of James with Beth Moore. Not connecting yet but I know I’ll get there.

Work was crazy busy today. So busy, I ate cold steak and worked at the same time. What a mess!  My left leg kept feeling like it was being pulled out of joint again because I was getting up and down and up and down and up and down out of my chair.  Couldn’t wait to get off work and out of that chair!

November 15, 2011 – – – Today’s Bible study left me with some meat to chew on.  I love these studies!

Went to see Dr. Hamby today and explained about the leg issue.  He told me that all of the leg joint muscles are trying to compensate for the inflamed sciatic nerve and when one gets out of whack, it messes all of them up. It is basically a muscle spasm.  Makes so much sense. So when it happened again today, and I stood up, I waited for the spasm to ease, then went on.

November 18, 2011—Still down about Marlboro Man. He is disagreeable, argumentative and defensive about everything.  I wish there was something I could do but he switches on and off like a switch.  All I can do is pray.  Realized looking back that it had to do with medications during and after surgery that affected his mood. But for the time being, I had a hard time focusing on Bible study this morning because I couldn’t seem to pick myself up, my heart was just heavy.

I just realized that I’ve been going a few nights without pain in my leg!!!  I can walk without limping for the most part. I just have to walk slowly.

Slowly.  It’s getting there…gradually. Thank you, Lord!

 

 

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