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WHAT INSPIRES ME?

28 Jul

Today’s Five-Minute Free-Write Prompt:  Inspire

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What inspires me?  I could start with a list like the Bible, books in general, family, a sunrise/sunset, birds, butterflies, dragon flies, flowers, a new baby, and blogging.

My Bible – The greatest inspiration of my life has been the Bible.  Nothing, absolutely nothing inspires me more than opening my Bible and receiving a fresh new word from my Father.  Without fellowship with Him I would not be the woman I am today.  Without the inspired Word of God I would be a moody, unthankful wife, mom, grandmother.  My Bible gives me faith, provides me tools and directions to make me a better person, lifts me up on any day, teaches me to love others like Jesus.  How I wish I had loved this book so much more and spent more time in it when I was younger.

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Family – What can lift you up after God – family?  God created family so we didn’t have to be alone.  One of them can call or text and it makes me a happy wife, mom, Nana.  I mean really it makes my day.  Even interruptions of what I had planned for my day becomes full of joy seeing my grown-up adult children enjoying life with their family, seeing our toddler grandchildren playing together, and now watching three 4-month old babies smile back a me.  Those smiles are so BIG and so precious.  I think of how God smiles down at us when He watches us enjoying His creations or watching us in the Word.

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Books, books, books – I love books.  I can’t find the time to read novels like I had dreamed about when I retired.  I bought a bookcase of books at half-price books – books by Karen Kingsbury, one of my favorites and yes I have one of those I’m reading now – Take Three and Take Four.

I have had the privilege of reading books in my on-line Bible studies and in our women’s Bible studies at church.  I love an app called First Five that I read on my iPad each morning.  It has a new book that’s optional that I get about every day days or so.  It’s a perfect uplifting devotional each day that helps me grow.

Here’s what I’ve been reading this summer so far:  My New King James Version Bible, Take Three and Take Four by Karen Kingsbury, Me, Myself and Lies by Jennifer Rothschild (Proverbs 31 Online Bible Studies), Covenant (a study of the Psalms) and about to start Suffering and Sovereignty (a study on Job, Lamentations, and Ecclesiastes)

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DO YOU LOVE TO PLAY?

7 Jul

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The older I get the more I love playing.  I love playing and kidding around with my husband, and oh how much fun it is playing with our five grandkids.

See those push toys.  We have two toddler grandsons.  They grab those things and they start chasing each other thru the den around the sofa and love seat shouting get up Nana, get up PaPa and so we do.  It’s loads of fun and great exercise.

When we were in to see our doctor for our check-up in March she asked my husband how much physical activity he gets.   He said, “does chasing your grandkids around the sofa count.”  She said, “yes”.

There is going to be so much more playing around here.  We have twin grandsons and a granddaughter all who are turning 4 months old.  I can’t imaging chasing three of them, but I can tell you I loved playing with the new granddaughter today.  She just coos and talks to me already.

This weekend company is coming and both our adult kids families will be here too.  We’ll have five kids here old enough to be in the pool.  What fun will that be with the new toys we have!  My daughter bought some octopus toys that float to the bottom and light up.  Can’t wait to see what they do.  When I was taking the 2 year old home today he told me he wanted to play with the purple ?????.

If you haven’t played lately try it.

Joining Kate Motaung and the Five-Minute Friday Link-Up.  The word today is play and we have five minutes to write.  Come join us!

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WRITE 31 DAYS -DAY 14 – WE’VE GOT MAIL – I LOVE MAIL

14 Oct

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We’ve got mail.  I remember when I was a little girl I could not wait for our mailman to walk up on the porch and put the mail in our mailbox.  It’s not that I got a lot of mail, but for some reason there was excitement in it.   I can still remember to this day when I was in the fourth grade and we moved.  I received a letter from our neighbors who did not have children and she would have my sister and I over to bake cakes and cookies.   I remember writing them and asking him to be an usher in my wedding, and getting a “yes” response back.

Even after I married I could not wait to get mail.  Today that is another story some days. Forty plus years later most days I dread the mail and love the mail.  I dread that most of it has to be shredded or paid and stuff stacked up to file (because hey by the time I pay the bills, I don’t want to file the bills and I toss them in my “to file” basket).  Now, let’s talk about that basket.  I’m trying to improve on my filing tactics and file at least once a week, and this week I filed after I paid, but I was home a day to do that, but there is still a basket waiting on me.  PROGRESS!  I know some of you are saying why doesn’t she do auto pay or pay on-line.  I’m not there yet (do auto pay the newspaper and one life insurance), but I like controlling and my husband is not into technology, and I’ve already had my identity stolen through secure Government records at work  I trusted along with thousands of others, so I’m sure not going to pay on-line.

I love mail too.  I love receiving mail from friends, my Bible studies from  Proverbs 31 On-Line Bible Studies, and then there are books and magazines that I love.  I LOVE to read, and two books came this past week that I can’t wait to read during our break of our Bible studies.

Look what came in the mail this week.  I love this kind of mail.  Four books and a tea/coffee package from a friend.

I love sending mail to my friends and family like cards and yes books I sent just last week to some of my Bible study team.

I love getting personal mail from friends and family – birthday cards, texts, private messages, etc..

How about you?  Do you like mail?

Joining Kate Matoung in Five-Minute Friday and the #write31daychallenge.

I would love for you to check out my other #31Day posts:

Day 1 – God Painted The Skies For My Walk This Morning

Day 2 – God Paints Masterpieces

Day 3 – Wardrobe, Baby Cribs/Beds, Infant Items – Ideas/Necessities?

Day 4 – Brew – Jehovah, Java and Tea

Day 5- Silence

Day 6 – You Living Life Fully and Abundantly

Day 7 – Tests Into Testimonies

Day 8 – Sometimes Life Seems Like A Muddled Mess

Day 9 – Post-It Sticky Notes To Self and My Man with some FREEBIES

Day 10 – Unknown Twins Revealed

Day 11 – Thanks and Reveal of our Fifth Grand baby

Day 12 – Sky

Day 13 – Aware of Precious Moments

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Lose

17 Jun

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This past week I have suffered the loss of my hand.  I have had to learn what it is like to lose the use of two fingers because of a nasty cut and sixteen stitches.  Ouch, ouch, ouch.

I waited so long for summer to get here.  I was excited it was my first week out of school and freedom to work in the yard, take long walks, exercise, and really clean house.  Last Thursday night (a week ago) we were heading to bed.  I picked up my glass beside me to put in the dishwasher and start it.  I walked into the kitchen and picked up my tea glass to empty and fill up with water.  I don’t know what happened but perhaps one was falling and I grabbed it and perhaps hit it on the granite.  It happened so fast and I was bleeding so bad I have no clue.

We spent 3 hours in the ER.  The worst part was the four shots they gave me to deaden the fingers and boy did it deaden for a full twenty-four hours.

Right now I feel like I am losing control – losing control of my Bible studies and writing in my workbooks, blogging, commenting on other blogs, cleaning up old emails, yard work and house work and all those drawers and closets that need cleaning out so I can donate, and that pool is calling now that the days are over 100 degrees.

Next week the stitches will come out.  I’m looking forward to losing the stitches, but not what it may feel like while they pull all sixteen out, nor the tenderness for the next few weeks, but this too shall pass.

Today I am joining Kate Motaung and my five-minute Friday friends.  We are blogging about the word lose this week.

 

 

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Our Haven Gives Us Rest

3 Jun

When I heard Kate’s prompt for this five minute writing (haven), all I could think about was that old, old song The Haven of Rest, and who can sing it better than the Gaithers.

As I sit here this morning pondering on how I would write about that word, I had to go to the Dictionary to look up haven and it says, “a place of safety or refuge.”  I then went to scripture to see what it said about haven.  There it was right there in Psalm 107.  How many times have I read that verse and absolutely read it so fast I missed this.  Oh Lord thank You for slowing me down each day to dwell in your precious words.  I want to know more about You.

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I am amazed daily as I really study what I have missed my whole life.  I sit here with tears right now thinking of all I have missed.  As we lost two precious friends yesterday morning  (Richie and Deanne) both to cancer I know life is not forever, time is short, and there is so much to learn about Heaven and Jesus.  No more rushing to read thru the Bible in a year.  No more rushing to do my Sunday Bible study lesson.  I want to savor every word and study to know more about Him.

I am so blessed to hear words in songs each day on the radio or as I sit here just letting Youtube play Gaither songs as I type this and I hear the words I have read.  The more I am in the Word, the more I see how precious songs today and then were written with scripture in them.  I’ll be reading a scripture and it is like BAM when I hear a song with those exact words.

As I close, look at that verse with me again. He stilled, He hushed the waves, He grew them calm, He guided them.  That is exactly what He will do for you and me when the waves of life rush in on us, when we are in despair with life we need to anchor our souls in Him – the haven of rest and he will still us, hush us, calm us and guide us through those wild, stormy, angry seas we call life.

Join us today at Kate Motaung in #FMF or #Five-Minute Friday.

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