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31 Days of Faith, Family, Home and Joy – Day 12 – I’ll Worship Him In The Waiting

13 Oct

 

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Ever been in limbo in a waiting period?  I have so, so many times.  The older I get and the closer I am to my Savior, the easier it is to trust Him in the waiting, the quiet, the wilderness – learning to depend on Him to carry me through.  And, you know what He always has, and I know He always will.

How do you worship in the waiting?  I certainly was not worshiping during many of my waiting times.  If you aren’t in one of those times now, you will be.

I can remember vividly the season in our life when I was in the waiting wanting a child so badly – watching my friends, my sisters, my cousins, my church family, and my work partners having babies, and I was losing mine.    I am thankful I didn’t become bitter.  I worked in the church nursery and loved on babies, was the pre-school director and taught four and five year olds.  Today I look back and wonder how I did it.  How did I handle the pain?  Honestly, I don’t remember but I think at some point I surrendered it all to Him, and we started keeping foster children, and stopped waiting, and it happened – I got pregnant.  He gave us a son and then a daughter.  You can read about that here.

Some years back I fell down the stairs, or actually missed the last 4 as I was carrying down winter clothes, and to save trips up the stairs stupid me carried two huge containers at once, backing down (stupid me again).  Anyway, they put a horrible looking contraption on my arm attached to my wrist.   I looked like someone from outer space.  I remember when I finally went back to work one of the girls almost passed out looking at it.  Actually, I wanted to pass out.  After weeks of wearing that and horrible therapy the wrist had not set and I had little use of it.  I remember that limbo being told I would have to go to Ft. Worth or Dallas to have it rebroken and set and probably some bone taken from my hip.

The broken wrist was a long year of waiting for it to heal and later not knowing if it could ever be sort of normal.  I remember some prayer warriors at work coming in and praying with me day after day that God would heal that wrist, and I remember going to Ft. Worth not feeling comfortable with the doctor and trying to find another on our insurance, and days later driving to Dallas to an unknown doctor and crying out in tears as I drove for God to show me what to do, and He did.  I ended up unknowingly with the Texas Rangers wrist doctor.  Today it’s almost normal, but did require a plate and some bone from the hip all of which should have been done in the first surgery.

We waited for grandchildren for years.  I wonder what God wants us to know in all this waiting for kids and now grandkids.  Our first grandson was born with a disease – a horrible disease – but we have watched God perform miracles of healing on him that just does not happen with EB.  We have watched as our children have walked through infertility and miscarriages, and also watched how he changed infertility to a testimony of birth of another grandson, and just this year our daughter gave birth to a granddaughter and our son and daughter in love adopted embryos and gave birth to twin boys.  We are blessed with five grandchildren now all four and under.

I’ve been in a waiting  when my Mom had surgery for a broken leg and got a horrible bacteria, went septic  which later caused the removal of her leg.  I remember months in the hospital waiting to see if she would ever go home, her being unconscious of anything those months as we sit and waited and sit and waited and watched her sleep.   Waiting to see if the bacteria would take her life, and eventually I truly believe it caused the pneumonia that took her.  But in that waiting each time there were friends coming and family to love on us and minister to us and His Spirit there comforting.

I remember being in limbo looking for a nursing home when Mom could no longer walk and she could no longer stay with us girls.  I remember the heartache of going in all those places and I just kept on through much prayer, and I know the place she ended up that had just opened was where God sent us even though it was a bit further for me to drive.

We’ve waited for  new homes, waited to move to the country, waited for a business to recover, and I could share many, many more limbo stories.  I know that always in the waiting He was going before us and He’s brought us through all of it.

He has never failed us.

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Enjoy the rest of my 31 Days Series below:

Day 1 – 31 Days of Faith, Family, Home, Fitness, Coffee and Joy

Day 2 – Love

Day 3 – Did Someone Say Coffee-eeee?

Day 4 – Worthy an Online Bible Study of She’s Still There – My Week 2 Notes, Chapters 6-11

Day 5 –  Books I’m Reading, Cuppa Tea and Joy

Day 6 – His Mercies Are New Every Morning

Day 7 – Things I Love About Fall

Day 8 – Free Printable Lunch Box Notes

Day 9 – Prayer Walk

Day 10 – Refrigerator Thingy Notes – Free Printables

Day 11 – Worthy – An On-Line Bible Study Based On She’s Still There – My Notes Week 3 – Chapters 12-15

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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31 Days of Faith, Family, Home and Joy – Day 10 – Refrigerator Thingy Notes – Free Printables

11 Oct

 

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I wanted to share a few more freebies today, and I am calling them refrigerator thingys to remind you and other visiting you that God loves YOU!

That picture with that little bottle of flowers is from my daughter.  She is grown, has children, yet she still shows up with flowers often.  Love, love, love.

I keep all kinds of reminders on my refrigerator.  How about you?

Yep there are pictures of our grandkids and one of my hubby and I kissing.  There is a school calendar for me because I substitute teach.

I also keep a little pegboard in the kitchen my daughter gave me with invitations, doctor’s appointments, and sometimes little things the grandkids make or are happy about.  This is how it looks today.  It changes often.  I love this board and I love that verse on it – one of my favorites.

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Enjoy these – more of my favorites.  Print them and that top one and be reminded how much He loves and cares for YOU!!!

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Enjoy the rest of my 31 Days Series below:

Day 1 – 31 Days of Faith, Family, Home, Fitness, Coffee and Joy

Day 2 – Love

Day 3 – Did Someone Say Coffee-eeee?

Day 4 – Worthy an Online Bible Study of She’s Still There – My Week 2 Notes, Chapters 6-11

Day 5 –  Books I’m Reading, Cuppa Tea and Joy

Day 6 – His Mercies Are New Every Morning

Day 7 – Things I Love About Fall

Day 8 – Free Printable Lunch Box Notes

Day 9 – Prayer Walk

 

 

 

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31 Days of Faith, Family, Home and Joy – Day 9 – Prayer Walk

9 Oct

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This is Day 9 of write 31 days, and it’s getting harder for me to come up with things to write about, and I am behind already.  I hope you are not getting bored, nor getting tired of these posts in your emails.  I promise come November 1 there will only be one or two a week.  Guess what I’ve gotten behind with so much going on in my life right now, but trying not to give up.

I’ve been walking a lot lately to get healthier and lose weight, but some mornings I include a prayer walk.  We are in the country so the houses are spaced out.

I love leaving right before daylight because I get to see the moon and  then the sun rising.

I throw on my old radio and head phones, listen to Christian music and worship.  This morning I have a lot on my mind with some upcoming tests and even that “c” word, but I’m choosing to praise Him and pray for others today.  God sent a beautiful sunrise this morning, and the worship music was just the words that I needed to hear this morning.

THIS:  “Surely my God is the strength of my soul Your love defends me, Your love defends me And when I feel like I’m all alone Your love defends me, Your love defends me Surely my God is the strength of my soul Your love defends me, Your love defends me And when I feel like I’m all alone Your love defends me, Your love defends me.   We sing Hallelujah You’re my portion My salvation Hallelujah You’re my portion My salvation.”  Your Love Defends Me by Matt Maher  

AND THIS:  “Jesus Messiah, name above all names Blessed redeemer, Emmanuel The rescue for sinners, the ransom from Heaven Jesus Messiah, Lord of all All I hope is in You, all I hope is in You All the glory to You, God, the light of the world.”  Jesus Messiah by Chris Tomlin

I love waving at neighbors leaving for work and taking their kids to school, and the busses driving by.

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This morning I finally got a young boy (probably high school) to wave back.  I’ve waved at him for several weeks now with no response, but this morning he smiled and waved back.

So what is a prayer walk?

I shared about prayer walks, praying God’s blessing over our homes, our neighborhoods,  friends and schools  in 2014 here.  There is a whole lot of information there for doing all of them.  I love walking around the perimeter of my home and praying.

During that prayer walk in 2014  I listened to Christian music and would pray some of what I was hearing in songs for my neighbors.  Today I prayed for them based on what I saw at their houses.

For instance:

  • One house had their porch lights on and I prayed that they would shine the light of Jesus.
  • Another house had a travel trailer and I prayed that they would love traveling with Jesus as much as they love traveling in that trailer.
  • Several homes had gates.
  • Several homes had circular drives and I prayed for a circle of love for them with Jesus in the center of their lives.
  • Homes with flags I prayed that they would love God as they do our nation.
  • One home had about 7 cars in front of it.  I prayed for all those that live in there that each one of them would come to know Jesus.
  • Leaves are starting to fall and at some homes I prayed they would fall in love with Jesus.
  • Several busses passed.  I waved and I asked God would touch each one of their lives.
  • Flower pots on front porches and I prayed that God would bloom in each of their lives.
  • Rocking chairs caused me to pray for them to sit in their rockers and see all of God’s beauty and be thankful.
  • A large training farm for horses and I prayed that just as those horses get excited and come to the fence that their owners and the farm owners will get excited about our Lord.
  • A couple of houses had large rocks in front of their homes and I prayed that they would know who the true rock is.

There were so many other things I prayed about but these are the ones I can remember.  I think the next prayer walk I do I will pray through some of the words in music again.

Enjoy the rest of my 31 Days Series below:

Day 1 – 31 Days of Faith, Family, Home, Fitness, Coffee and Joy

Day 2 – Love

Day 3 – Did Someone Say Coffee-eeee?

Day 4 – Worthy an Online Bible Study of She’s Still There – My Week 2 Notes, Chapters 6-11

Day 5 –  Books I’m Reading, Cuppa Tea and Joy

Day 6 – His Mercies Are New Every Morning

Day 7 – Things I Love About Fall

Day 8 – Free Printable Lunch Box Notes

 

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Write 31 Days – Day 21 – PARK

28 Oct

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My  three-year old grandson called me one morning  a few weeks back and said, “Nana I want to go to the wooden park”.  I was like, What?  I had no clue what the wooden park might be.  It’s in another small town close to us.  So, I got ready and off we went to the wooden park, and we got off in such a rush I forgot to grab my camera, and well the cell phone photos were full so I only got two shots. 😗

We got to the park, got him out of his car seat and he was off and running.  It really is a big wooden park, and I so wish today I had time to drive there and get some better pictures to share here.  Maybe I’ll update this in a few days after another trip to the wooden park.

He climbed all over things – there were tires you could climb in and a little area called a car wash.  The wooden fort was absolutely amazingly, big.

As he ran off to go play in the car wash (no water) I watched him running and thanked God that he can run!

And then my thoughts run off to just last week when my daughter-in-law and I took my two grandsons to the pumpkin patch.  It was so much fun watching them play with pumpkins, and jump on an old parked tractor, and then they parked themselves in a wagon and a wheel barrel.

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As I think back this morning of those amazing moments with the boys,  I’m reminded of a Bible verse and how we should park our minds, our hearts and our thoughts on Him.

“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.”  Philippians 4:8 (NIV)

 

This post is part of the #write31 day challenge.

I would love for you to check out my other #31 days posts.  I’m trying to write every day in October:

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 Day 14 – We’ve Got Mail, I Love Mail

Day 14 – We’ve God Mail, I Love Mail

Day 15 – Moving Forward Into The Seasons of Life

Day 16 – Finding Joy In The Little Things – 100 Little Things

Day 17 – Bible Studies I Love

Day 18 – Neighborhood Coffee/Tea, Be A Gift To Your Neighbors

Day 19 – He Notices Me – El Roi

Day 20 -Weekend

 

 

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Write 31 Days of Coffee and Amazing Moments

30 Sep

 

 

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The countdown has begun for the 31 day write project.  Crystal Stine is leading this years 31-days write.  When I think about writing for 31 days this year it is a bit overwhelming and picking a subject well how do I do that again?  The last two years I’ve blogged about Fall.  Yes, I love Fall, but can I really write for 31 days again about Fall?  I think NOT, but I can write some about the amazing days of Fall.

I am really questioning this decision because who really wants to read my posts for 31 days, much less see 31 emails from me this month.  Really, it is hard to get one post done a week much less seven, and in this hectic life I am going to try but………….

It all starts this Saturday.  Really, Saturday is October 1.  How did that happen?  Starting this Saturday I’ll be writing AGAIN for hopefully 31 days and I’ll be choosing free writes and see how much I can write about coffee and all that is amazing in my life.

 

You can join us here.  Click to join Crystal and the gang or scroll on down and join me in Five-Minute Free Writes here:

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Join us here in some free-writes – a whole lot of thingys to write about.  Learn more here:

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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

Day 10 – Unknown Twins Revealed

Day 11 – Thanks and Reveal of our Fifth Grand Baby

Day 12 – Sky

Day 13 – Aware of Amazing Moments

Day – 14 – We’ve Got Mail

Day 15 – Moving Forward Into The Seasons of Life

Day 16 – Finding Joy In The Little Things – 100 Little Things

Day 17 – Bible Studies I Love

Day 18 – Neighborhood Coffee/Tea, Be A Gift To Your Neighbors

Day 19 – He Notices Me – El Roi

Day 20 -Weekend

Day 21 – Park

Day 22 – 66 Ways God Loves You {Giveaway}

Day 23 – Blowout – What To Do

Day 24 – Simple Ways to Share God’s Love and Locally

Day 25 – Sign

Day 26 – Confronting Trials

Day 27 – Bouquet

Day 28 – Eat

Day 29 – Yes – Yes Today

 

 

 

Day 30 – Cut Salads

Day 31 – If Only I Could Give Away A Copy to Each of You

 

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