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Show Me What Is Important Today

31 Aug

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The closets are overflowing with clothes that need to be donated.  Okay, I’ve really been working on it this summer while school was out but if you know me, my summer was busy, and now the phone is ringing again for subs.  Books I want to read, and was going to read this summer are still waiting (but thankfully our studies are starting back up and right now I am reading that book – She’s Still There.  The kitchen counter is no longer full of mail except for three paid bills waiting to be dropped off at the post office, and my laundry room thankfully is not overflowing with clothes.  We bought a new washer and dryer and I have been enjoying washing.  The ironing was done last week, and you know when the washing is caught up there is more ironing to do, and there are now five shirts in there I need to press.  Yep I still iron.  I know some of you don’t know what an iron is.

I know we are all busy – life is just busy and for all of us it is a different set of circumstances.  Life is unpredictable and sometimes just hard especially if you are dealing with a health issue, elderly parents, or a special-needs child and look at all those precious lives in my precious state of Texas and what they are dealing with now with Hurricane Harvey.  My heart is breaking for them, and some of them are friends and family.  Now that school has started you are busy with sports and school stuff, and I am busy subbing so I can make a difference in my community.

Our on-line Bible studies sort of took off for the summer.  We had one, but did not have our Facebook Groups so it was less busy, but being a Coach for this study starting next week did require a little time.  We will begin a study on Tuesday by Chrystal Evans Hurst called She’s Still There.  Would love for you to join us.  It’s not too late to sign up here, and all you need is a book.   The study takes place here.  You can find out more about that here on Suzie’s blog today – great video with Chrystal.

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Do you take your family for granted?  I do!  I am really good with my husband, kids and our mother-in-law,  but we stay so busy we leave family out for the most part except for special occasions (Christmas, Thanksgiving, graduations, Easter, Birthdays, etc.).   I hardly ever make the time to see my two sisters although we did meet this summer for lunch, and my middle sister came to visit one day with gifts for my new grand babies.  We never know what tomorrow holds.  I received news last night that one of my aunt’s died.  I was able to go visit her last week at the hospital and she seemed to know me.  It was so hard to get away that day.  I keep our grandchildren several days a week and now with school I am subbing a few days and I juggled to find the drive to Dallas to go visit.  So very glad I did now.

Do you  crave organization/cleanliness in your house?  I find I do – it is just hard with so many responsibilities.  To drop in on me most days you would not think I crave cleanliness.  I want simplicity and organization and I am finding I am doing a better job of throwing out and donating.  I just need some time to really keep purging!!  I donated several bags of clothes and shoes this summer and I have more stacks already in one of the bedrooms just waiting for me.

When it comes to messes or  to make dinner for a friend who just had a baby and leave the dishes on the counter, I am at a stage where the friend comes first.  Family comes first.  The dishes will stay, but life goes by, we lose loved ones and we can never get a single day with them back.  Have you lost a loved one or loved ones?  Do you have regrets?

Have you rushed through your days just looking forward for them to end?  Have you longed for some quiet time just wishing your children would play so you can get the house clean, get dinner cooked, or perhaps sit with Jesus? Make ALL your moments matter-2.png

STOP!  I’ve learned to stop.  I get in the floor with those grandchildren.  We roll cars around the kitchen floor, we work puzzles and read books.  Our older one is already four and I want to make moments with him.  We go to the park, sometimes a movie, and sometimes to Wal-Mart to pick out a toy or one of his favorite places, Chick-Fil-A for lunch.    I love sitting and rocking our new grand babies.  We have three you know.  Yes, three – a little granddaughter and twin grandsons born a week apart in March.  I savor rocking moments that won’t last long and sit there savoring memories with my own children.  ARE YOU READY TO ROCK TODAY?  I am – the granddaughter is on the way.

Friends I want to tell you those precious moments go by quickly.  Those nights you did not savor with a new born when you were being awakened to feed.  Those moments they wanted to sit in your lap and you were too busy to stop and hold them, hug them, read to them.  Those moments the adult children invited you to do something and you could not find the time.  Those times you don’t want to sit for a moment and talk on  the phone  to a loved one because you are busy.  Those visits to visit your grandparents or parents when they are lonely.  Those moments you can never get back – only memories – are you making them moments to savor, precious moments to remember?

Do things with your adult children.  Go shopping with your daughter or daughter-in-law or a quick lunch.  This weekend we are going to our lease in the country with our son and daughter–in-love, the twin babies and the four year old.  We are inviting some precious friends for lunch out at the cabin.  We just got back from a wonderful vacation in Colorado with our son, his wife and her family.  We had so much fun and quality time with all of them.

Be careful that someday you don’t regret that you were more worried about the laundry then  sitting  to read a story or to get off the computer to be with your children.  And speaking of computers, how many times do I go out to eat and see a couple both texting, or a young lady with what appears to be her grandmother ignoring her and texting.  Even the little ones are now sitting on their iPads.  Can we not put our phones and ipads down for a short meal to love on our loved ones?  It breaks my heart when I see this.  What matters today may be gone tomorrow.

The truth of the matter is that someday you will have quiet moments and peace and time to yourself.  You will be remembering the moments with children, family and friends who have either grown up, moved out, or are no longer with you.  Are you making the moments – both bad and good – matter???  Stop and play with the kids.  Go meet a friend for lunch with your phone turned off.  Send an email or text to brighten someone’s day, but even better call them and spend some time chatting rather than that quick text.

We had several get togethers with a lot of people at our house this summer.   Do you know I never heard anyone say you need to clean, look at those weeds in that one flower bed, you are not the best of decorators (sigh)?  What I heard was that peanut butter cup ice cream was amazing, loved the hot dogs and hamburgers, love your pool, your house is beautiful and thanks.

So to friends and family I want you to know that a mess at my house means that I am busy with what really matters and that is savoring the moments with you, finding some “me time” for me and being like Mary and sitting at Jesus’ feet.

Joining Suzie Eller today.  Come link-up with us.

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Write 31 Days – Day 6 – You Living Life Fully and Abundantly

9 Oct

img_5822What does you/me living life fully really mean, or actually what does it mean to me?  The older I get, the more I get that – the more I strive to live my life to the fullest, more abundantly.

In John 10:10 Jesus reminds us that He came that our life would be full. “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” I have found He is all that can make my life full.  No one else can.  We look for fullness in our spouses, our children, our jobs, our churches, our friends, homes, vehicles, others, money, alcohol, food, drugs and everything else. Our lives are not made full by prestige nor power, and those things can cause our lives to be lived in scarcity.

We receive an abundant life by accepting Him as our Savior.  He came that our lives would be full.

My life has only become full as I spend time in the Word and worship all through the day and at church.  I can honestly say years ago I went to church to teach, sing in the choir and everything else, but I really did not go prepared to worship – I was rushing to get there to teach, to work, etc.  I can’t wait to get to church now and sing and hear the message and go to Bible study.  I can’t wait to worship at church.  I can’t wait to worship  at home in my Bible study or just sitting outside or taking a walk and worshiping His creation.  I can’t wait to worship when I’m at school and sit there praying for the students.

It’s sad to me today looking at our country and how dissatisfied people are and how unhappy they are.  Why is that?  They are searching for things and looking for things to make them happy.

He wants us to live an abundant, joyful, overflowing life.  So how do I do that?

Psalm 16:11 says that in His presence is fullness of joy.  How do I come into His presence?  I do it by opening my Bible, doing a Bible study, getting on my knees, going to church to truly worship.  Do you go to church to go to church, to socialize, to show others what a good Christian you are, or do you go to church to worship?   We have to prepare our hearts for worship.

Psalm 90:12 says “teach us to number our days” and Proverbs 27:1 says do not boast about tomorrow because we don’t know what tomorrow holds.  I know my days are numbered the older I get, but truly all our days are numbered.  We don’t know when the phone may ring and we have lost a loved one.  I get that.  I’ve been there.  I want to savor the moments I have today and tomorrow with my family and friends.  I want to spend time studying the Word and blessing others through teaching at school and volunteering in the World’s largest on-line Bible study (Proverbs 31 On-Line Bible Studies).  I want to be a blessing to my neighbors.  I want to live today like it’s my last.

Every single moment of our lives is God given.  What are you doing to live those moments abundantly?

Here are my other #31 Days of Coffee and Amazing Moments 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

This post was featured onThe Charm of Home on 10-13-16

 

 

Time

15 Jan

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Tick tock, tick tock, tick tock.  Where does time go?

Calendars, alarm clocks, phones ringing, message and Facebook notifications, appointment books, watches, bells ringing to begin and end school days.  Time just keeps flying.  The older I get the faster the days are going and I am retired.

One thing I have learned about time is it goes faster and faster.  People always say that, and trust me it is true it is going faster and faster.  Sometimes I just want to slow down and do less, and God whispers to me to keep going, keep going forward, keep telling others; so I do.

How do you spend your days?  I have to admit I am constantly on the move.  Sometimes I have so much on my mind it is hard to go to sleep.   I’m busy running around looking at the clock, glancing at my watch, and I know at the same time God is busy too watching me, going before me and behind me.

For some reason I thought retirement would be relaxing watching Hallmark movies and reading books and it was for a month or two, but I felt God whispering and nudging in all sorts of ways, and I did things I did not think I could do, or was qualified to do.  I know in my heart that as I started spending more time personally with Him each morning praying and in Bible study that I was able to hear Him like I had never before.

So, what am I doing with my precious time right now:

  •  I am involved in the World’s largest on-line Bible studies with Proverbs 31.  I love it, and it has grown me more than any that I have ever done at church. Don’t get me wrong, I love my church Bible studies and go to them every chance I get, but with these I am not just a participant, I am a team leader.  Who would have thought this shy introvert could do that.
  • I substitute teach.  I felt that calling to be a light in my community in the public school system.  It is certainly not for the money at minimum wage.  Some days I don’t feel like a light, but I’m working on it.  I cannot believe I followed through with this one.
  • I get to work my dream job – unpaid in dollars, but paid in love and a whole lot of joy – keeping my two grandsons while my daughter and daughter-in-law work from home.  It’s the job I always wanted when my two kids were growing up, and now God has allowed me this precious time with those boys.  I pray I will live old enough to watch them grow up, and perhaps I will get to see them marry someday.
  • Getting my house organized.  Eeeeek.  Oh my after 46 years working outside the home, running kids to and fro, doing every job at church I was asked.  You know sing in the choir, church clerk, pre-school/nursery director, teacher of 4s and 5s, coordinating women’s ministry and on and on. The house does not look like something in a magazine YET, but hey it is looking better than ever.

We all have choices of what we do with our time.  For me it definitely resolves around Jesus and Him on my mind.  I love this quote:

“For the next twelve hours I will be exposed to the day’s demands. It is now that I must make a choice. Because of Calvary, I’m free to choose. And so I choose.
I choose love . . .”.  Max Lucado\

Joining Kate Matoung today at Five-Minute Friday and the prompt is time.

Check out these small groups cards.  I am hoping to win them to use in my small groups.  

 

 

 

 

 

MY FAVORITE BIBLE VERSES – DAY 29 {FREE PRINTABLES}

30 Aug

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Our days here on earth are numbered and what we do with it is important.  How do you spend your days?  How do you manage time?  Honestly, some days I know I have not honored God in my time management.

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Cherish today, cherish those around you.  We are not promised tomorrow.

Time is precious, a precious gift from the Father.  Praise Him that you are fearfully and wonderfully made.

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Summer Busy Days

10 Jul

It is a beautiful, hot summer July day in Texas and this weekend we will be hitting 100 degrees. So far this summer we have had some much-needed rain for a few weeks there, but now it’s time for watering and mowing in the heat.

When school was out the first of June, I  was expecting a big slow down, but it has not happened and it looks like every single day has something.  What’s up?  Church, Bible Studies, parties, getting things repaired around the house like new doors, oil changes, automobile recalls, remodeling a pool, lots of watering to replace grass lost from the drought,  new flowers and plants that need more water, putting up peaches from our trees, family reunions, mowing, etc..  I thought to myself in June that July will be slower, hold on July is coming – it’s here and every beautiful day is booked, and now so is August and then school.

So how do I stay flexible and bending and happy with busy schedules and a “to do” list that is not completed. As I thought about that this morning, I pondered on how does God want me to spend my days and am I reflecting Him in what I do each day.

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WHEW! Why doesn’t it ALL get done?

Time is not mine.  It is time that God blessed me with, so how can I honor Him with how I spend my seconds?  How can I prioritize according to God’s plan – God first and others and myself second?

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I am involved in Online Bible Studies. Every morning I spend time with women all over the world studying the Word. Join us at http://proverbs31.org/online-bible-studies/

Planner

Keep a planner and keep it handy. Have one that you can carry wherever you go. That way you can add to it and you will have it handy if you get stuck in traffic or end up at an appointment with nothing to do. Some folks keep it all on their phones, but me I still have to have a real live planner. Look at your planner in the evening before you end your night and in the morning after your prayer and study time. The night before plan out tomorrow. The morning of pull it out and map out how you want your day to look like.

I asked myself this morning why my “to do” list for June did not get completed, and maybe it was because it was three 8.5 x 11 pages, but as I look over it I accomplished a lot.  So much is happening that some days I can’t even seem to touch that “to do” list.

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Get out that “to do” list. Even if I am in school during the year there are simple tasks that can get done in 10 minutes and certainly we can schedule in 10 minutes a day. If you are off work pick 2 or 3 things that are bothering you and get them done.

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Find time for family. Have a date night with the hubby or kids. Call your parents? Go see your parents! If you still have grandparents contact them. Just do it! Are you making the time count? Are you making memories?

Relax

Find time for you.  Read a book, work on a hobby, sit in a bubble bath – just do something you love to do.

So be careful how you act; these are difficult days. Don’t be fools; be wise: make the most of every opportunity you have for doing good.  Ephesians 5:15-16 

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Find time for friends. How long has it been since you called a friend? How long has it been since you emailed a friend? Put it on your “to do” list. I talked to three people today I used to work with that I have not talked to in over six months. Fit it in your schedule. You will be glad you did.

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When I cannot go to sleep or I awaken in the night, I have learned to lay there and pray. If I still cannot sleep I get up and read my Bible or some other study. I firmly believe in those times, my Lord is speaking to me and I need to abide.

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Make the Moments matter. Make the seconds count. Build some memories. Savor every day!

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