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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.

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.

Chewy Comes for a Visit

October 21, 2011 – – –  Today started off slowly and painfully as usual.  I’ve changed my morning pills to:  2 glucosamine, 3 Krill Oil with Evening Primrose, 2 probiotics and Cymbalta.  I’m going to try and find some vitamins that aren’t made with “soy”.

Work was busy this morning. Then Boss decided he wanted to take me out to lunch for my birthday (a month late).  The guys wanted to go to El Potro so I told Boss that’s where I wanted to go.  I can eat meat off their buffet.  I was trying to decide if I was going to “cheat” and eat chips and those chimichanga rolls that I like so much when I got hit with flaxseed revenge.  I decided that my body was ridding itself of unwanted fat and, no, I did not want to cheat. I was so glad I ate what I was supposed to.  I didn’t crash mid afternoon like they all did.  🙂

Still in pain, I took a half of a hydrocodone. Today it was my knee that hurt and the inside of my groin.  I worked until 5:30 then headed to Wal-Mart to get a few things before I picked up Chewy to bring home for the weekend. He’s my son’s beagle and I love him like he was my child.

I hobbled around Wal-Mart and headed to my son’s.  He popped my back while I was there.  Wow!  I was out all the way down.  I couldn’t believe how much better I felt after he did it.  I miss him living with us.  At least he was there when I needed him.

Chewy was so excited to go home with me.  He’s such a sweet little boy. He held his head out the window for a while and then he’d pull it back in, shake his head and do it again.  He had a big time all the way here.

I had leftover chili for dinner.  The dogs played and now we are winding down.  I am just so relieved that I can breathe without pain.

October 22, 2011 – – – Got up around 6:30 to use the bathroom and I heard Miss Girl get off the sofa. It was potty time for the dogs too.  Gave them their morning cheese and let them outside.  It was 34 degrees out there this morning.  Brrr! Love it!

I typically go back to bed on a Saturday but got on up and did my usual morning routine and watched my session 4 video Bible Study on Jonah while eating breakfast and sharing with the dogs.

Got some laundry done, including the blankets on the sofas.  Got them dry and put them back and the dogs curled up on them and went to sleep. Sounds like a good idea!  🙂

So I laid down to take a nap and slept hard until about 3:30.  It was awesome!

Sat outside and enjoyed the sunshine. Hallmark Man decided not to cook steaks. Kinda sucked. I have been looking forward to them all day.  So I cooked some organic hamburger patties and organic broccoli for dinner.

I wish I could do more. Sitting around and hobbling around doesn’t help.

October 23, 2011 – – Dogs got me up at a little after 6am to go to the bathroom.  I told them “nite-nite” and went back to bed. I had been awake every every two hours peeing last night.  I finally got up after 9:30.  I ate breakfast and got a shower before heading off to get soy sauce, lemons and I happened upon some fresh collard greens. Stocked up on eggs and some chicken while I was there.  When I got home, I gave Chewy and Miss Girl a bath. Now they both smell good. They’ve gotten a ton of cheese today.  🙂

Breaking Free…Finally

You’ve heard that when you give up something in your life that you have to replace it with something else.  It’s true.

When I gave over my celebrity worship to the Lord, I first had to confess it to my husband.  We had already had battles over this issue and at one point, I was threatened with divorce if something didn’t change.   Three different times, my husband had confronted me about my obsession and each time I blew it off as if it were nothing and he was imagining things.  So, when I came to him to ask his forgiveness and tell him that things had changed, I’m sure he was leary as well.  My kids and their friends knew about my obsession and will tell you to this day that it was ugly. 

So, in order to get that out of my head, I had to fill it with other things.  Christian music totally replaced secular music.  I am an all-or-nothing person.  It’s like alcoholism to some.  If I let a little creep in, it is a threat to consume me so I stay where I know I need to be. 

We do enjoy watching the auditions on American Idol.  Some of the contestants are so hilarious to watch.  It’s great to cheer on believers in Christ (like Mandisa) and see them blossom in God’s hand.  You know what I discovered last year as we watched?  I hardly knew any of the songs that were sang.  Now the Motown, movie genre and the like, I knew.  I’m talking about pop music.  It was so great not to know the newest artists.  It was so freeing.  It’s wonderful to go through the check-out at the store and not care who is on the cover of the latest magazine.  I can’t tell you how much money I spent on magazines and “collectibles.”  It was totally nuts. 

Fast forward to the present and I can gratefully say that the Lord has helped me to break free from diet soft drinks that I had been drinking religiously since I was in sixth grade.  I would drink anywhere from six to eight daily. If I mowed the lawn, I could down four Diet Mountain Dews in a heartbeat.  

 He has also helped me to maintain a positive balance in my checking account.  I was horrible with the checking account because I didn’t want to face the fact that we didn’t have the money to spend on things we wanted but we spent it anyway.  So we went about living in denial and wreaking havoc on our financial lives.  I was any retailer’s dream.  The impulsive shopper in me got us in so many messes it was ridiculous.  I would rationalize in my mind why I “needed” a certain product and the fact that it was on sale was the icing on the cake.  Nevermind that we didn’t have the money to spend.  I could write a check and then make an excuse.  My middle name should have been “Float.”  I knew exactly how long it took from me writing a check to the time it would hit the bank.  After we got in the hole too many times with one bank, we’d switch to another to get a “fresh start.” 

The bad cycles in my life continued until I gave them over to God and gave Him control. 

Remember I mentioned that we had been members of our current church for about a year now?  The Lord had been impressing on my hear to join the choir.  I kept blowing that off, too.  I’d make excuses everytime I’d go to church.  “Oh, they don’t need another alto.”  “They already have too many choir members.”  “I’m busy.”  And on and on the excuses went.  Until one day I was listening to Dr. Charles Stanley on my iPod and the question was posed, “What are you holding back from God?”  Ding! Ding! Ding! 

The next Wednesday as I prepared for choir practice, I didn’t even tell Lori that I was coming.  I just showed up.  My husband asked me if Lori finally talked me into it.  I told him exactly why I was joining.  It had nothing to do with Lori.  I was holding out on God.  He wanted me there. 

The first service I sang in the choir, I remember driving to church that morning and I told Him as I drove, “Lord, I’m singing for You today.  I hope you are honored and glorified.”

What are you holding onto and why?

Be blessed in the Lord!

God’s Providence, Part 3

You know what is great about God?  He can take our mistakes and still use them for His good.   Take David, for example.  His seemingly small indiscretion and subsequent murder caused an avalanche of issues for his kingdom and his children.  But God took that union and gave them Solomon, the wisest king to ever live.  He also called David “a man after His own heart.”  God looks beyond our humanity.  He knows that we are dust. We are frail and helpless without Him.  I, for one, am so thankful for His lovingkindness, mercy and grace.  Without Him, I am nothing.

Lori is a kindred spirit and I am so thankful daily that the Lord sent her my way.  I understand the relationship between David and Jonathan in Scripture.  It was so great to finally have a friend who spiritually “got it.”  I have had friends before but they were either unbelievers or of the “name it, claim it” variety.  Lori has encouraged me constantly in the Word and to journal my journey.  I hate writing.  I am a lefty so the ink smears when I write and that drives me nuts.  I do have a bit of OCD tendencies. 

I started blogging on ActiveRain as a tool to connect with other Realtors but my posts were not about real estate.  They were about my experiences that the Lord had led me through and I wanted to share them.  Our pastor has seen some of my posts and continually tells me that I need to keep writing. 

I have been having that inner prompting for quite some time to continue this and have neglected it.  Why?  I just kept blowing it off.  But God, when He wants you to do something, doesn’t give up so easily.  I would have thoughts pop in my head randomly at different times about continuing to share what’s on my heart and decided one Saturday morning when it was too cold to do anything else, that I would pour out my heart.  It’s still pouring.  God has done so many wonderous things in the last year that it will take time to share them all. 

Lori introduced me to Beth Moore Bible Studies.  At my home church, we were doing Precepts Studies with Kay Arthur.  I had seen billboards from other churches about Beth Moore studies but had never taken one myself.  So, the first study I took was “Breaking Free.”  I was wanting to sign up for the Crown Financial Study at church, which was the same time  as the Beth Moore study but God had other plans for me.  He had some cleaning up to do before I was ready to move on. 

Do you have a time in your life where you distinctly remember telling the Lord something like it just happened?  I do.  In 2003, I was driving home from a friend’s home when I was overwhelmed with dispair.  I was in bondage and I wanted out.  I had been enslaved to celebrity worship since sixth grade, which, as you know is idolatry and a major sin in God’s eyes.  I wanted to be normal.  I could not function without knowing the comings and goings of celebrities. I was living vicariously through them. I could not stand to be alone with my own thoughts.  I remember the exact spot that I was in with my vehicle when I prayed to the Lord that I was His.  I wanted Him to take me, break me, mold me and make me whatever He wanted.  I didn’t care how He did it. 

I was serious and He knew it.  He had been waiting for me to come to Him.  He was the only One who could free me and change me into something beautiful for Him. 

I am sometimes slow and dig in my heels when I want to be stubborn and He has been working on me for six years.  I can say that this past year has been the biggest change ever.  It has been worth it.  The journey may not always be pleasant but the destination is out of this world!

Be blessed in the Lord!

Prayed up?

Have you ever felt the pressing on your heart by the Holy Spirit to pray for someone? 

It happened to me last Saturday night.  My son and his fiance’ wanted to go to the movies and borrow my van since he’s driving a ratty car that shuts off randomly.  Usually no problem except that my van had two front bald tires and it was raining out.  The 30 minute drive down the interstate on a weekend night just screamed with potentially dangerous road conditions. 

I expressed my concerns to him about it and he gently chided me with, “Mom, I’ll be fine. I’m a good driver.”  I know he is but it was not his driving that haunted me.  What if a blowout happened?  What if….? 

As they pulled out of the driveway, I was burdened to pray for their safety.  I prayed that the Lord would watch over them and bring them home safely and also to keep the tires together.  I also humbly told the Lord that it was ultimately His will and I trusted Him.   If he chose to take my son home, He would carry me through it. 

Another thought crossed my mind, his fiance was not yet a believer.  She has just fully heard the gospel message through my invitation to a special program we had a church.  My heart skipped a beat…Lord, please…

As I lay in bed that night praying still for their safety, I heard the garage door open.  Thank you, Father!  I went to sleep. 

I got up the next morning and was greeted with a message from a friend on Facebook about an accident in the area and she wanted to know if I knew anything about it.  She had known some friends in an accident and could not find anything online about them.  I began to do some research and as I read the morning news online, the reality of what could have been hit me.

Two young men, ages 22 and 17, were running from the Georgia State Patrol and had come up through where we lived close to the time that Wayne and Casse were to be coming home.  The officers had set up spike strips to stop the fleeing youths and in the process, two people lost their lives that night.  God, in His providence, knew that was going to be happening and impressed upon me to pray for my son and his fiance’s safety.  He protected them and in the process taught me a very valuable lesson.

Are you prayed up?  Have you confessed your sin? Do you continually confess and keep in touch with the Father throughout the day?  If not, you will not notice the prompting of the Spirit to do something seemingly as simple as pray for someone who needs you at that moment. 

Pray up so you can be aware of His prompting.  You never know who may need you at a critical point in their lives to intercede for them.

Be blessed in the Lord!

Morning Ponderings

This morning As I got up, the temperature had dropped enough to open the windows and let some fresh air in the house.  I decided  to spend some time in God’s Word this morning but with a different twist–coffee.  I am not a coffee drinker by nature.  Ever since I’ve been a teen, I have consumed diet soft drinks from morning until night until about three weeks ago when I was determined to break the habit and start drinking water (YUK!). 

I had been praying and begging the Lord for help because  I had been in such excruciating pain that I could barely function on a daily basis.  I am only in my mid-forties and should not feel like I am in my eighties.  I am carrying around an extra hundred pounds but that shouldn’t do it either. I was getting to the point that I could barely bend my leg because of pain in my knee.  No, I didn’t injure it.  Anytime I have ever gone to the doctor about some phantom pain, they’ve never been able to find anything. 

So one morning, as I was praying, I was reminded about the devastating effects of aspartame.  I started doing some research and noted that most of what I was going through could be a side-effect.  I had just finished drinking one of my diet sodas and at that point, I decided that with the grace of God, I was going to stop.  Beside the fact that it was costing about $20 or more a week for these things, it would be healthier for me to drink water.  In three days, it will be three weeks since I’ve stopped and I can already tell a huge difference in the pain.  It has diminished immensely.

Want to hear something humorous?  I went to my doctor last Friday and told him what I was doing and he blew it off as internet scaring.  My husband and I had just watched a documentary on the Documentary channel called, “Sweet Misery.”  Indeed.  People from all walks of life were sharing their stories of how this artificial sweetener had ruined their lives by ruining their health.  I did not want to be another statistic.  I want the Lord to use me and I need to be in better health for that.  Obviously, He can use the deaf and the lame but He also told us to take care of our bodies because they were the temple of the Holy Spirit.  I, of course, have not been doing that.

I still need to kick the sweet tooth habit and get off this couch but it’s going to take time, like anything else. 

Since the weather is cooling off, I can now take my dog for a walk and we can both get some exercise.  I have a basset hound and, as you know from their reputation, aren’t very active dogs. Most of the time when I am sitting here on the computer, she is lying beside me, snoring.  She is so much company for me.  She’s my furry friend.  She’s always happy to see me and is my constant shadow.  She can be what appears to be in a sound sleep and if I get off the sofa to walk into the kitchen, she is right behind me.  I am glad she has toenails that tap wherever she goes or otherwise, I’d turn around and trip over her.  She also reminds me she is there by a gentle tap on the back of my leg with her wet nose. 

What a gorgeous day.  I am so thankful that the Lord has given me yet another day to see on this earth.  “This IS the day that the Lord hath made, let us rejoice and be glad in it!” Ps. 118:24

Have a blessed day in the Lord!

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