I’m Floored

November 28th, 2014

Before I cut loose…..let me say this —>  I AM THANKFUL!

 For my family.  Healthy bodies.  Sound mind (ok, here & there).  Jobs.  Kids in college.  Kids with jobs.  Sweet pets.  Precious friends.  Mercy.  Grace.  The Lord's unending love for me.  For a nice kitchen.  For a warm & lovely home.

Really.  I am thankful for my life.  It's a good life.  One I truly do not deserve.

But if I've ever uttered the words WHY ME? (which I don't usually use) this is the week for me to start using them.

I can't sugarcoat this…..it's been a rough week of Thanksgiving!

I'm blaming satan.  He attacked at every turn.  The flooring in the foyer and family room that's been sitting, waiting its turn to be put back down…..finally got the attention I've been praying it would get ON THANKSGIVING DAY!!!

But then we left for a movie with the kids and well, it's still unfinished.

That's the way it's going to stay too because on Wednesday afternoon (you know, the DAY BEFORE THANKSGIVING WEDNESDAY) my hubby installed a new hot water something or another to our plumbing under the kitchen sink and all night long…..it dripped a swimming pools' worth of water all over our kitchen.

So, how did your Thanksgiving morning go?  Mine was a little stressful. 

If you can imagine….

Slipping on your house shoes and staggering down to the kitchen to make your coffee and feeling the weirdest sensation under your feet.  Sort of like you're standing on a wet sponge.  When you look down at the fluffy rug in front of your kitchen sink and your feet are standing sunken down in water logged carpeting.  You open the cabinet door and everything you've ever stuffed under the sink is floating in a few inches of water (maybe I'm exaggerating here…but this is my sob story so let me go, y'all). 

I hadn't even put a single food in the oven yet.

This sort of morning opens up a whole new thinking when it comes to saying thanks.  Now, the kitchen floor is all ripped out just like the foyer/living room.  The water was just too much and the wood flooring was floating by the time we returned from the movies.

That'll teach us to pretend like we're free to party watching Mockinjay!

So, on Thanksgiving night my hubby is on his knees ripping out the flooring that he put down almost a year ago and I am feeling extra sorry for myself because I AM TOTALLY OVER ALL THE WATER ACCIDENTS AND TORN UP FLOORS!!!

For gosh sakes!  My front porch even has a saw and tools piled up on it.

I'm trying really hard to be the better person in this fiasco.  But the cold hard truth is I am human and tonight, I started crying and the floodgates are pouring!  I'm sick with stress over my house being torn up and disgusting!   I'm a wimp when it comes to big messes and chaos. 

I can't take one more thing.  I know.  I shouldn't have said it, but I did!

Lord Jesus,

You know me and you see me.  Much like the floors, I'm flooded with emotion & feelings that are stealing my peace.  Help me face my trials with a grateful heart.

Amen

 

 

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! 

get dressed

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