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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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PLANT SEEDS AND GROW

13 May

Every day we make plans and choices.   We are planting seeds as we make choices of who we are going to marry, where we are going to live, having children or not, jobs, schools, what we are going to eat, where we are going to go, what words will come out of our mouth, etc..

How often do we plan and plan and those to-do lists grow and grow because God has a different course and “stuff” happens – good “stuff” and bad “stuff”. Sometimes we make plans and our plans fail, but guess what sometimes those plans fail and we experience  the greatest blessing of our lives.

Ever heard the term “you reap what you sow”?  I’ve been in a study this week called 5 Habits of A Woman Who Doesn’t Quit.   One of the things that Nicki Koziarz emphasized in Chapter 7 is that “she gives others what she needs.”  Instead of giving others a piece of our mind, we plant seeds of “emotional generosity”, we give them kind words instead of what we think they deserve.  When we respond with love, God can do a BIG thing in their lives and ours.  Have you ever been there where you had to extend “emotional generosity”?

Plant seeds today.  God makes them grow.  His plan, not ours.  His instruments, not Satan’s.  What is His assignment for you TODAY?  His assignment today may be nothing more than being reverent to Him when we are washing clothes, studying, working, driving to and from work and whatever we are doing.  Our reverence for Him should guide us each day in planting seeds as we prioritize our to-do lists and spend time with Him.  His assignment might be responding in love when you really want to lash out.

Here are some simple ways you can plant seeds and watch others grow today:

  • Send a text or email to let someone know you are thinking of them.
  • Visit someone in  the nursing home or a hospital or even a neighbor who is shut-in.
  • Call someone on the phone.
  • Carry a meal to someone who needs it.
  • Offer to keep someone’s children so they can go out and enjoy some time with their husband.
  • Let someone go ahead of you that seems in a hurry at the check-out line.
  • Respond in love to someone who offends you today in word or cutting you off on the highway.
  • Tell someone you love them.

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Go plant those seeds or water some that have already been planted.

Being emotionally generous will bring out the best in me and you as children of God.

May we be known for the seeds we plant at home and away from home.

LET’S PLANT!

Joining Kate Matoung and the Five-Minute Friday girls today.  The word is GROW!  Come join us.

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WHOLE

8 Apr

Joining Kate Matoung in #FMF and the word to blog about for five minutes is WHOLE.

What does loving God with ALL our hearts mean?  I looked up the definition of all in Merriam Webster.  Here is what I found:

  1. nothing but, only
  2. the whole amount
  3. completely taken up with, given to, or absorbed by
  4. as much of

Deuteronomy 6:5 is the first commandment.  It tells us we are to love God with ALL we have – our hearts, our souls, our minds.  I come short of that every day.  How about you?

As I think of all the ways that I am trying to improve on loving my Lord and being wholly committed, I think of ways that I strive to do that:

  • Getting out of bed each morning, and as soon as I finish making the bed, washing my face and eating breakfast, I grab that first cup of coffee and spend time seeking to know Him more through Bible study and prayer.
  • Worship Him as I go through my day thanking Him for the little and the big things.  Have you stopped today to gaze a sunrise, a sunset, blooming spring flowers, a mother holding a baby, the rain, the sun, the moon? There is so much to be thankful for each day, but sometimes we are too busy to notice.
  • Seeking fellowship with other Christians.   For me it is at church, in on-line Bible studies, and with other bloggers.
  • Acknowledging Him in every situation – good and bad.  He is always there whether we feel Him or not waiting for us to call on Him.  He sees everything that is happening in our lives every day, and He knows how we are hurting.
  • Acknowledging Him in my daily conversations and daily activities.  Sometimes it’s hard especially at public school, but I can say bless you when someone sneezes, and I can find other ways throughout the day and sometimes that is just sitting there and praying one by one as the students work on a paper lifting them in prayer, praying for their salvation.  Sometimes just a smile to a passer-by or someone checking us out will change their day.
  • Tucking scripture away in my heart by memorizing and pulling it out to witness to another, bless another or even myself.

Being wholly committed is letting the  Lord be LORD of all  in my life – not only portions of my life.

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