Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Today I deleted my account on Huffington Post that allows me to post comments. While the news and the comments that follow are usually disturbing to me, lately it has been distressing. I realize HP is as liberal a media outlet as they come, but it is worrisome the ungodly way people believe...and solidly think they have justification in what they believe. It doesn't take long to realize that our world really is in a mess, and while I'm glad it's not my Home, I must live the life that God prescribed for me on Earth until it's time for me to go Home. Some days, I'm really, really ready to do just that.
Lately, I have been praying for Kenneth Bae, an American who was convicted of hostile acts toward North Korea (crossing the border and giving Bibles to orphans) and is now serving 15 years of hard labor. I know there are others in these types of terrible situations, but Mr. Bae has touched my heart, and I have been asking God to intervene.
People are fighting cancer and other catastrophic diseases; hearts are broken every where I look.
Yesterday, I had some stressful news regarding my daughter that breaks my heart for her. I put the situation in God's capable hands; He is certainly able to handle it, and in comparison with world events, it's a small thing. But we don't like to see our children upset, do we?
Last evening, when I heard about Oklahoma's devastating tornado...I had a longing for Jesus. I've come to realize that His returning is an event to be hoped for. I am thankful for His mercy and His longsuffering, because I know that there are unsaved people who desperately need Jesus, but more and more, I've come to just want to see Him...look upon His face, as the old hymn goes.
Do you think Jesus is coming soon? Perhaps even in your lifetime? "Soon," I know, can be a while yet. I don't like world events, but I do know Who is control, Who has the final say, and that is Who I serve, but that doesn't always stop the emotional toll of the deception and devastation around me.
If it were not for knowing God, I would be so anxious, so fearful, and very depressed. I cannot imagine living without the hope that He is...because I get antsy even so.
The Bible says to pray without ceasing. I understand why...you don't have to look anywhere to find prayer needs. Please pray for the Oklahoma tornado victims, and for Mr. Bae if he crosses your mind.
Monday, May 20, 2013
To describe even further what was going on in my head, I told myself exactly what was going on, and I still chose to eat. Willful gluttony...some of it premeditated. I reminded myself that it was sin and did it anyway. I am not proud of any of that. And I am not fully blaming it on 3 or pieces of chocolate candy, either. But that did put the wheels in motion. Honestly, it's not worth it. I much prefer walking in freedom.
Friday, May 17, 2013
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
I wanted to see what would happen when I put a background on a page...and I like it! I think I will do this more often.
There is a wonderful picture that my sister took some time ago, and if I can find it again...I just may "steal" it and use it as a background.
I guess on darker parts of the picture, I will have to use another font color. White may work pretty well.
This photo is a picture I snapped in Cades Cove a few years ago. I always thought a Bible verse overlay would be perfect for it.
Friday, May 10, 2013
Monday, May 6, 2013
Saturday, May 4, 2013
Ole Boy happened to need to be near the Mississippi state line very early, and since I was already up, I tagged along. After he took care of business, we headed up to Shiloh National Military Park in Tennessee.
We also bought a CD called Homespun Songs of the CSA by Bobby Horton, and we listened to songs like Dixie, Cumberland Gap, "Jine the Cavalry" which I thought was "Johnny Cavalry" through most of the song. (Bobby Horton is from Birmingham, AL, and quite talented. We enjoyed the CD)
Thursday, May 2, 2013
So as I was driving the kids to school this morning, I noticed a big white spot at the top if the door frame. As I'm getting closer and glaring with my mouth open I became aware of the freshly hatched spider sac. As I'm trying to close my mouth to avoid contamination, a slight squeal erupted from the depths if my soul. Immediately I noticed a trembling writhing in my core. It seemed to vibrate up my body and down my arms, which became limp rapidly flopping noodles that were uncontrollably slapping my face and body. This started a panic in the car which led to further screams of epic levels. As I'm jerking my hair down to slap myself more fervently and effectively in the back of the head (because that is the only logical place for all the spiders to go) I suddenly become aware that I am stopped in the middle if the road causing a scene that had been beneficial to 3 different vehicles and their personal amusement. Great start of the day, I would say.
This is my daughter's Facebook status update from yesterday. I laughed and laughed. She threatened to put spiders in my car. Her fear of spiders is probably from me, and I got it from my mom. Spiders....we hate them, and yet I call myself The Brown Recluse.
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
He makes the plans of the peoples of no effect.
11 The counsel of the Lord stands forever,
The plans of His heart to all generations.
12 Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord,
The people He has chosen as His own inheritance.
Will one turn away and not return?
5 Why has this people slidden back,
Jerusalem, in a perpetual backsliding?
They hold fast to deceit,
They refuse to return.
6 I listened and heard,
But they do not speak aright.
No man repented of his wickedness,
Saying, ‘What have I done?’
Everyone turned to his own course,
As the horse rushes into the battle.
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
- It’s going to take more time than you planned for or wanted it to.
- If you weigh every day, be prepared for fluctuations and say no to discouragement. Patience is vitally important.
- You may possibly temporarily gain weight with exercise.
- There will be days you don’t do everything “right.”
- There will be days you don’t do anything “right.”
- If you rely on your own strength, you will invariably struggle.
- If you rely on God’s strength, you can pick up on Monday where you left off on Friday…after that weekend food-fest. And He will help you to overcome those overdone weekends and/or nights.
- God hears every prayer for freedom, but He requires you to believe that you have what He has already paid for with the blood of His son, our precious Jesus.
- You will hit plateaus.
- Some plateaus last a long time. Again, patience.
- You may need to give up sugar. It certainly helped me.
- You can do this…even if you need to lose 175 pounds.
- You don’t have to wait until Monday to start.
- You don’t have to wait until tomorrow to restart.
As I was zipping through my posts, I omitted some pictures. I thought I could include them here:
Monday, April 29, 2013
Pictures from my yard this spring:
Sunday, April 28, 2013
Friday, April 26, 2013
- Today's World...it's not always such a nice place
- Monday Musings...The Sam's Club Edition
- Elementary Memories, My Dear...
- Testing, testing...is anyone missing Cade's Cove?
- Rules of the Boot
- Monday Musings...The "They're Back" Edition!
- Civil War Saturday...in pictures!
- I Totally Stole This One...
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