Lost Cost

November 24th, 2014

shopping

I'd much rather spend money replacing stuff that is lost, wouldn't you?

My hubby is home from Texas.  Except, he's missing a few things.  Important things at that.  His new glasses and his latest switchblade knife!  I say latest…because, this item is something that he's been losing as long as we've been married.  Over the last 25 years, we have purchased many knives.  Too bad, he likes the pricier ones, huh?

Some things are just disposable.

Prescription eye-glasses and the sunglass clip attachment …..are not disposable!   So, Merry Christmas babe?  Looks like your gifts will be easy to buy this year.  :)

Boo, hiss!

Oh, but who needs to get all in a tizzy over lost stuff?  My hubby is home!  That's a huge deal, one worth buying new glasses for (in my mind)!  Maybe NOW…..

…..the floor will be put down.

…..the hot tub will get repaired.

…..the old carpet will get hauled away.

…..the firewood that needs to go where the old carpet is, can finally be purchased.

…..the security cameras can be installed the rest of the way.

…..the chandy can be hung in the upstairs bedroom.

…..the bikes can get hung up out of the way in the garage.

…..the shutters that we started painting can be finished.

…..and the birthday present our youngest requested can be built.

Poor hubby!  Can you tell, he's been missed?  I'll pay him for all his hard work in new glasses and a knife!

Sound fair?

Dear Lord

I'm so thankful for a hubby like mine.  He works hard and tries to please a lot of people (mostly me)!  Bless him for all that he puts up with and thank you that we can replace lost items.  Stuff is just that, stuff!

Amen

 

Half Day Beauty

November 19th, 2014

no makeup

It's been so cold here in Indiana that pj's have been my biggest source of companionship!  Who needs to get dressed and go out in below freezing temperatures?  Not me.

Until…..you get called in for a few half-days at school, that is.

So, for the safety and enjoyment of all who will come in contact with me — I shall get dressed and even put on some make-up.

You are welcome, Zionsville high school peeps! 

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Happy hump day, friends!

I Will Not Fear

November 18th, 2014

Look, I'm not a sissy!  Really, I am a brave woman.  I don't live in fear and I don't ever plan to.  I know that God is always watching over me and that fear?  It comes straight from another source…..the devil!  (2 Timothy 1:7)

scary dog

That's why I believe my dog is working in cahoots with satan to wreck my life every single night.  Like clockwork!  Every night as soon as the sun is hiding away for the long dark night….

SHE GROWLS

SHE BARKS

SHE JUMPS UP AS IF……

SHE STARES KNOWINGLY AT WINDOWS AND DOORS

It sounds like a barrel of fun, huh?   Except that I do watch the news and believe it or not….people are lurking around innocent people's houses.  Some of them even practice home invasions and never get caught!

So, tell me.  What in the heck would your wild imagination do to you?  If you were in my shoes?

dang dog

Dang dog!  She better get it together or she's going to end up on a WANTED: FREE TO A GOOD HOME poster!

Lord,

I know you are always watching over me and that NOTHING can happen that you don't know about.  Calm my fears when my brain plays tricks on me.

Amen

Looking Beyond

November 17th, 2014

john 7 24

Ever judge a book by its cover?

Of course you have.  I've done it too.  What about another person?  Maybe by the way they looked or something they said that didn't rub you right?  You don't have to answer because I know…..

We all judge one another.

What if I told you that Jesus himself instructs us to judge?  It's true.  In John, when Jesus is teaching at the temple courts….the Scribes and Pharisees are questioning him about who he is and where he got his power (sort of a WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE situation).  They judge him for healing a man on the Sabbath and he confronts their anger with the truth; "My teaching is not my own.  It comes from the one who sent me." John 7:16  He goes on to explain that whatever HE does comes directly from God (His Father) and that it isn't for them to decide if it is right or not but if they are genuinely seeking God's will…..they will see who deserves the glory.

People today are no different than the Jews in Jesus' day.  We look at a situation or person and make assumptions, usually way off from reality.  But our hearts deceive us and we oftentimes get it all wrong.  Jesus understands.  Just like He did at the temple.  That's why He instructs us to NOT judge by appearances but to judge correctly.

What is correctly?

Jesus knows our heart.  He knows we know our heart.  Our motives flow directly from that same source, our heart.  Each of us have a capability of justifying our actions, thoughts and the resulting judgement that comes from them.  What might be wrong for someone else…..we know how to twist it to be okay for ourselves.  Some might call that righteous indignation.  The Scribes and Pharisees that were drilling Jesus that day, were doing exactly that.  They weren't interested in truth, they were plotting His death and LOOKING hard for any little thing to trap him.

How often do we do that to other's?

We look for reasons to pick them apart or to find fault.  Our ability to see what we THINK we see prevents us from seeing what GOD SEES.  We end up missing their heart.

So, today……Look beyond what you think you see in those around you.  Don't look at their surface…..seek what's really inside their heart.  That's the kind of judgement Jesus was talking about.

judgeifacation

Lord,

Forgive me when I misjudge others.  It's not my job to weigh right and wrong, it's Yours.  I'm called to love.  Help me to always extend grace and to see with eyes like Yours!

Amen

Learn To Say No

November 15th, 2014

prioritize

I've always been a "Yes" girl.  Until recently.  Perhaps…..it's my age.  Or maybe the ages of my grown up kids.  I see how quickly time passes by.  The important stuff?  Isn't at all what we think it is when we're jumping on board with every little busy thing life offers us.

Time robbers.

I don't have to tell anyone about lost time.  Every single person has experienced it in their own lives and in their own way, personally.  It's easy for me to let my mind slip to a place or time that I wish I could live, just once more.  Maybe it's a person I'd love to have just one more conversation with or to hug so tight.  Or a moment lost that I gave my time and attention to instead of what was genuinely eternal for mine or my family's lives. 

Just to please…..who?  Someone else.

no regret

I read a story yesterday of a man who made a choice to go to a meeting with a client while his wife and new baby were at the hospital.  In his mind, he didn't have the ability to say NO.  Fear of what the client would think of him for pushing business aside drove him to the decision to go but in his heart he knew, he was in the wrong place!  Strangely, the meeting never landed him a bit of good but the choice he made that day is forever etched in his and his family's heart.

Each of us have the choice to say no.

We train ourselves to say yes by the language we use.  Words like, "I have to do this.."  or "I have to send this message to…"  or "Just one more phone call…"  when the cold hard truth is that we CHOOSE to do what we ultimately end up doing.

say no

So, what are your priorities?  What are the most important parts of your life?  Is it a job, a hobby…..a cellphone/social media outlet/hiding out in a book?  What is it that YOU CHOOSE over the things you end up feeling guilt over?

Learn to say, no!

5 regrets

Lord,

My life is important.  It's important to those around me but especially so, to You!  Thank you for reminding me that I need to prioritize the right things into my life and those around me.  I don't want to live or die with regret.

Amen

Snovember

November 13th, 2014

I feel I must warn you that I exercised last night (did some squats) and when I woke up this morning. …….

Nothing had changed!

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I guess that means I have to do them again.

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Oh, I kid.

Nothing reminds you how weak and out of shape you are more than hiking in the woods searching for stray limbs to start a fire in your fireplace.  I went to pick some up before coming home yesterday but the guy who sells it couldn’t get any to me until tonight (it’s snowing now).  You’ll be glad to hear that I did find something to burn but I was covered in the stickiest burs created and spent the rest of the evening picking them off of my fuzzy pj pants…..by the fire.

My life really is THIS glamorous!

Don’t worry about me though, winter has arrived and I will be danged if I’m giving up that easy!  I will have a killer pile of firewood and I will exercise every day……

I mean it!

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Happy Thursday eve, friends.