Thursday, July 2, 2015

Busy Summer Days and Bargain Hunting

Summer has been wayyyyy busy so far. It's been so busy that we've barely even been in the maybe once or twice. We've really not been home much at all. I guess it's a good thing that we decided to take it easy with gardening this year. We didn't plant much and that has worked out good because what little we did has been sadly neglected. But, it's good to be busy, going about doing the Lord's work. We love it and wouldn't want it any other way.

My husband and I LOVE to thrift store shop and go to yard sales. We have ALWAYS love it, mostly out of necessity because we've pretty much always lived on a tight budget. And over the years, we have found some really great bargains. But, earlier in the week, we found the BEST one yet! (at least I think so) I have cleaned houses for many years. (it was the one thing that I could do that would help add to our income without tying us down too much to hinder ministry stuff) But, I digress... Anyway, I have worked for several people in times past who owned Rainbow vacuum cleaners. And I REALLY LOVED them! I have used all kinds of vacuums and as far as I am concerned, this is NOTHING that beats a Rainbow for bare floors. (I don't like them quite as much for carpet) but anyway, I have always wanted one but could never afford one for myself. GUESS WHAT? We found one!! a thrift store...for the best bargain price that I have ever seen. I am so excited! I have been REALLY enjoying vacuuming my house today!  Want to see it?

It has the carpet part too, I may not use it as much but I have bare
floors through out my house. I have one area rug in the dining room
but my upright vacuum does a super job on it. Anyway, I am so excited!
I never thought I'd ever actually own one of these. :)

As I said, we've been super busy the last few weeks. Why does it always
seem like summer vacation just flies by? Anyway, we had tickets to see 
Mary Poppins at the Cumberland County Playhouse last week, and my 
husband was unable to go. So, we took a lady from church and her little
girl. It was so cute. (will post pics later...time is not right just yet)  ;)

Emily is preparing to go to Pensacola Christian College in
a few days to attend Drama Camp. She is beyond excited! She
hopes to attend college there in a few years so this will be a 
great experience for her. 

And here's a couple cute kittie pics. The first is Em's baby. She just
loves Emily. Anytime Emily is sitting down, she jumps up and sits in her lap. 
Here she had her paws wrapped around her arm. So cute.
And in the second pic, I was sitting on my porch swing taking a
little break reading and another of our kitties jumped up and sat with me. 

***Diet Update***
Still doing great on our diet plan. Haven't "fallen off the wagon" yet. 
Weight loss is getting is the norm. I have now lost 16 lbs total.

That's all for now! 

Happy Fourth!

Monday, June 15, 2015

2015 VBS

VBS! It's a lot of hard work but worth every minute!
We had our VBS last week. I taught the 12 and up girls
again and I loved it! I just love that age. It's an opportunity
to help young girls grow in their faith and learn to stand
on the own two feet when it comes to serving Jesus.
It's a tender and emotional age, but it's a time in their lives
when they need guidance and love. I feel privileged to 
teach these sweet girls. 
And, I am so thankful, beyond words, to have been
able to have lead one sweet young lady to the Lord.
It was so precious. She was soooo ready. What a blessing!

Stella Scope paid us a visit each night during our opening service. 

Bro. Ryan did a wonderful job leading the music, as always. 

Here's my class, along with Mrs. Darlene, my assistant.
I am "creativity-challenged" so she takes care
of all our craft stuff. And she is GREAT at that! She 
is a dear friend in the Lord and I love working with her. 

Mrs. Cheryl Nelson does the majority of our decorating.
She is so good at it. We are thankful for her hard work. 
She spends many, MANY hours making everything look great. 

Our class during craft time, minus Brianna, who had to leave early. :(

Games are always loads of fun and good for lots of laughs...

What a super group of girls! I am happy that they were so faithful
and attentive. Please pray for the one sweet young lady who gave
her heart to the Lord. 

Thursday, May 14, 2015

New Diet

Well, here we go again. It's NOT actually again, just a continuation.
We (my husband and I) actually started on April 14th. I am just
getting around to posting. We are basically doing Atkins. We've always 
done well with Atkins and it's so improved over the years. I am excited
because so far, it's been really manageable. I haven't been hungry
or tempted to eat "bad" stuff. This pyramid shows 
the way we eat. 

So, here is a recent pic. This was taken four weeks into the diet on 
Mother's Day. (didn't think to take one when I first started)
So, this is after a 10 lb loss) 
Just wanted something for ME to look back at and
see for myself any changes. 

So, there you have it. This is basically just for me.
Just want to have a way to look back and
document what I'm doing. 

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Celebrating Emily's 16th Birthday

Tuesday was the day we chose to celebrate Emily's birthday. The actual day was the previous Saturday but we had an incredibly busy weekend so we opted to go out another day so we could relax and enjoy it more. She is wearing her "Back to the Future" shirt (birthday present). We took her to the Darren Romeo Magic show at the Smoky Mtn Opry which she had been wanting to see and then out to her choice of lunch and dinner. We also bought her all the seasons of Family Ties (which she watches with ClearPlay). We also had her a little party after church Sunday night. All in all, I think she had a GREAT 16th birthday...which she will always remember.

Here is a picture of Emily with Darren Romeo and his assistant. The magic was really 
good. It is a matinee show at the Smoky Mtn Opry. He was also super
friendly and took time to meet and have pictures with anyone who wanted
them after the show. 
She also got autographs...which anyone who knows Emily...knows that she LOVES.
She simply adores getting autographs of those in the "fandoms". She has acquired 
quite a few. 

Anyway, she seems really, really happy with her birthday and of course, that makes
ME really, really happy because nothing makes me happier than to see
her happy. :)

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Sweet 16

Happy Sweet 16 to my baby girl. My, how the time has flown! I wish
I could slow it down. She has fulfilled every dream this mother
could have had in a daughter. I love spending every minute with her.
She has proven to me that life with a teenager doesn't have to be grief
and arguing...every day with her in our lives has been nothing but JOY.
God Bless You, sweet Emily! Love you with my heart!!!

Monday, March 16, 2015

Death is No Respecter of Persons

Yesterday, my husband preached the funeral of a very old man. He was the father of a man in our church. He had been sickly for a good while. He had been in the nursing home for a few years. His funeral was sweet. He was honored at the cemetery with a military ceremony. It was very moving. His grandchildren loved him very much and it was evident.  

We left that funeral and drove to another town a few miles away to attend the funeral of a baby girl. She was the great granddaughter of another man in our church. She was sixteen months old. She passed away unexpectedly. As a mom, this was really REALLY difficult. To see a tiny little girl lying in a tiny little was heart wrenching sight. She looked as if she were sleeping and would just awake at any moment. 

I have thought much about yesterday. Two funerals, totally opposite from each other. From a human standpoint, one wants to feel as if the old man were the very lucky one. He lived a good long life and accomplished a great many things. And the sweet little baby girl barely had a life, it almost feels as if she was cheated out of having a life. But...spiritually speaking...she was really the one MOST BLESSED. She was given a life but taken on to heaven before she had to live in a God-hating, God-denying, and sin filled world. 

We were talking in the car while we were on our way there about how much the world has changed...just in the last twenty years or so. Attitudes about sin...sin that at one time was scoffed at and accepted...not just accepted...EMBRACED...not just embraced...but for all intents and purposes...FORCED...upon those who disagree. And really, what we see now is just the tip of the iceberg. The America (if there even is one) that our children and their children (if the Lord doesn't return) will live in will not even remotely resemble the America that our generation knew. Other countries hate America and what it has been a symbol of and always have. They've never been able to stand up and show how much they've hated this nation until the last few years. They despise us. They want to destroy us, and unless America falls on her face before a HOLY GOD and repents (as Israel did many times in the old testament) she is going to fall prey to these God-hating countries. 

Personally, I think we are living in scary times. America has faced wars in her history. But, America has always had God's blessing because she was a nation who stood for what is right. Sadly, we are no longer that nation. 

So, thinking about that sweet little baby girl going on to be with the Lord in heaven? She will never have to live in world that hates God and his people. Her parents will never have to worry about whether or not she will be saved because the Lord carried her home before she needed to make that decision. She is happy in heaven, she is healthy in heaven, she is LOVED in heaven, by One who loved her even more than her parents, as hard as it is for us to even think about. I know these thoughts are scattered but I just wanted to try to put it all down in words...some of these thoughts and feelings all swirling around inside my head and heart. 

It all comes down to this...we will all face a HOLY GOD one day, either through death or his return. It doesn't matter which way we go...the end is still the same. He died for us, to give us an opportunity to believe on Him and receive Him as our Savior. There is no other way. Jesus told us in His word, "...I am the way, the truth, and the life". We either believe in Him for the saving of our souls, or we do not go the heaven. My heart yearns to pray, "Lord come quickly" when I see the condition of our society but my heart also feels HEAVY at the many, MANY people I know who aren't ready to go.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Giving God the Glory He Deserves

This portion of scripture was part of my devotional reading this morning. 

26 The king answered and said to Daniel, whose name was Belteshazzar, Art thou able to make known unto me the dream which I have seen, and the interpretation thereof?
27 Daniel answered in the presence of the king, and said, The secret which the king hath demanded cannot the wise men, the astrologers, the magicians, the soothsayers, shew unto the king;
28 But there is a God in heaven that revealeth secrets, and maketh known to the king Nebuchadnezzar what shall be in the latter days. Thy dream, and the visions of thy head upon thy bed, are these;
29 As for thee, O king, thy thoughts came into thy mind upon thy bed, what should come to pass hereafter: and he that revealeth secrets maketh known to thee what shall come to pass.
30 But as for me, this secret is not revealed to me for any wisdom that I have more than any living, but for their sakes that shall make known the interpretation to the king, and that thou mightest know the thoughts of thy heart.

The thing that struck me almost immediately was in verse 28. King Nebuchadnezzar had had a terrible dream but he couldn't remember it. He sent for all his astrologers and sorcers but NONE could help him. When the Lord revealed to Daniel the dream and it's interpretation, Daniel asked to go before the king. He had an opportunity to make himself look good before the king. BUT, in verse 28, the Bible says that Daniel made sure the king knew that it was the God of heaven that knows all things. Daniel didn't want the credit for God's work. He wanted all to know that it was God who should have the glory.

So many times, I am afraid that we, as believers, want to look good ourselves in the eyes of others, and we don't give God the glory HE deserves. Any good that we are able to do IS NOT OF OURSELVES but only because God made it possible. I see on facebook and other social media sights almost daily where people try to brag on themselves for what they've accomplished (they try to sound humble-but let's face it-if you are the one telling your accolades-it's bragging) We, as believers, should not be lifted up in pride but should always give GOD the glory HE deserves. We can do nothing in ourselves outside of God's mercy and grace. Just a thought from my devotions this morning.