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We Just Need To Practice

Hey there everyone,

I hope that everyone had a safe and happy Christmas and New Year.  I most certainly did.  My oldest came home from college for Christmas, my daughter turned 17 (She is making me and the hubby old very fast.)  She also got a job right before her birthday (Which is one week before Christmas).  We all celebrated my three holidays together at home with no big hoop la.  Which was just fine with all of us.

At the beginning of each year you might be finding yourself looking back.  People like to see what if anything they got accomplished and what they didn’t.  They make new goals for the upcoming months.  They try to adopt new, better habits.  One thing I have found is that they don’t set these out on a day-to-day basis.  No they spread them out over an entire year.  Yes, I realize that there are some that may take that long.  But ask yourself when you wake up in the morning, what is the first thing that comes to your mind? Is it the tasks that need to be done? Or perhaps a soreness/pain you may have for sleeping different then you needed.  I could list a whole number of things that ; not only have I said to myself, but have heard others as well.  We are to begin each day a new. With the joy of the Lord.   Not with bitterness or need.  In order to do this all it takes is …… practice.  Practice means that you are trying each and every day with all you mind, body, and soul.  Practice means you won’t get it perfected or even do it some days.  It means you are trying.  That you are actually doing it with a good heart.  Practice mean you have taken you out of it and are doing it for the Lord.

I don’t understand why people are putting so much disgust on themselves at the beginning of each year.  They haven’t lost enough weight, gotten any healthier, saved enough money, given enough money and so on. So what?!? Do the best you can with what you have daily and let God handle the rest.  Before you know it; it will be a new healthier, happier, habit and a wonderful start to your day.  Now for those who might be keeping score, I know that I didn’t write a whole lot last year, but within that time that I did these are the words I used most.

 

Angels, Bible, Child, Children, Christ, Christian, Church, Churches, Control, Faith, Family, Glory, God, Good, Gospel, Grace, Hear, Hearts, Jesus, Kids, Learn, Lessons, Life, Listen, Lord, Love, Luke, Man, Marriage, Matthew, Mercy, Mistakes, MS, Music, ORU, Parents, Pastor, People, Religion, Speak, Spirit, Trouble, Women, Word, Work.

 

I like to leave you with a song that I heard on a CD that my sister had a long time ago.  The song might be an old one but it still holds.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wslEJVlnjRI

Update

Hey there gang,

Well, life has started to settle a little around here.  I have been busy with homeschooling the two younger boys.  We got Joey off to college and he has been home once during “Fall Break”.  That is one thing that these kids get now that we (my hubby and I) never had.  He probably won’t be home for Thanksgiving this year due to his time off being so short.  However,  I insist that he is here for Christmas.  I felt like a piece of me died the night we left him.  There was a part of me that was a little angry too.  I didn’t like having to let go.  I had tried for months to prepare myself, but it really didn’t do any good.  On the way home, Sierra asked hubby and I what was the best part of the visit.  Mine was when we were leaving and I was hugging Joey goodbye and I let go and he didn’t.  I wanted to just shove him back into the van and take him home.  But I didn’t, I walked as fast as I could and did not look back until I got seated and buckled.  Yea, me.  Joe was lucky enough to be in Tulsa to pick him up for his fall break and then me and the kids met them both at a truck stop.  Joey got out of the truck and came running to meet me.  All I could see was a grown man with a little boy’s face… all smiles.  The only thing I could do was cry and  thank God for this.  I still am to this day.  I thank God for giving me the opportunity to experience all of this.  All the up’s and all the down’s.  It has really helped me grow inside.  I think it has also helped me with the other kids as well.

The day we took off for ORU!

Speaking of other kids, Sierra decided that she wanted to stay in school and since I haven’t had problems with her teachers and the fact that she is a excellent student, we decided that it was ok for her to do so.  I haven’t had to “teach” any of my kids in a long time, so getting use to new schedules and the subjects has been a little tough.  But we are getting through it and Wil actually said that he likes it better than going to school.  I was a little worried about him and being at home.  However, he is doing great.  Sam on the other hand has been trying to get away with everything under the sun.  I might look old in his eyes, but I’m not so old that I forget how kids try to trick others so that they can get out of things.

Last month I fell.  I was upstairs on my computer and I was looking at a crocheting video and trying out a new stitch.  All of a sudden I hear Sierra yell……”Mom, there is a fire!”  I jumped up ran down the stairs and through the living room toward the kitchen where she was.  It was at that point that my feet got tangled in my yarn that had followed me all the way. I fell on my hands and knees.  I fell with such force that I could not move for several minutes.  I had to have Sierra help me get up.  For those of you who do not know, I had my right knee operated on about 2 years ago this next summer.  Oh and there was no fire.  Something had gotten under the burner while she was cooking and it sparked up.  I had a nasty looking bruise for a couple of weeks on my right knee and I have been getting pains in both of them off and on since.  My hands were for the most part fine. Just a little red the first night and a little stiff the next day.  But they are doing good now.  Yea, me.

My surgery

As most of you know I use to live in Indiana.  Well, I am still  registered to vote in Indiana.  So on the 6th., I gave the boys a half day of school and we drove over.  All the while I was trying to explain to them all about election.  Sam still can’t understand why it is that we the people won’t let God be in charge of us and not have a President.  They watched me cast my vote and thought it was “neat”.  We then went to the mall that we use to go to all the time and then got a bite to eat.  By the time we were coming home it was getting dark.  I don’t drive on the highway.  When I was younger, I did.  But the older I get the less I like it. So we were on the back roads coming home and getting close to crossing the State Line when all of a sudden a huge buck came out and ran into us.  If I had had a few more seconds, I could have missed it.  I called Joe almost immediately after.  He has a great way of calming me down.  I didn’t stop to see just how much damage was done because where I was, there was not enough light to have done so.  I figure, once I was home I could use the large lantern and see everything.  Well then the engine started getting hot.  So I had to stop and let it cool off.  Then we would start down the road again.  She would get hot again and we would stop again.  It wasn’t until we crossed the State Line and was in Ohio that a car stopped.  The man inside asked if we needed any help and I asked him if he had any water.  He said no but he had some antifreeze.  He got it out of his trunk and opened my hood and used the entire gallon.  I offered to pay him back and wanted to thank him for helping us.  He would not hear of it.  He just looked at me and said,”Just do something nice for someone else.”  He asked me if we had far to go I told him where and he said that he would follow me into town because he was on his way to the hospital.  That man was no ordinary man, he was an angel.  We would not have made it home had God not sent him along that road to help us.  When Joe was able to come home he said that the pictures did not do justice to the damage.  Deer can really tear up a van.  I am officially an animal road killer.  During the past year I have killed birds, ducks, and now a deer.  Big or small they should stay off the road when I am driving.  I told Joe that there needs to be some kind of scent coming out of the exhaust to warn the animals that I am on the road.  Yea,me.

Let’s Not Talk About That

I get so irritated when I hear people say, “Not to get too spiritual about it.”When talking about a subject at hand.  Especially when I hear, a pastor says it.  As if, people are to be offended by being spiritual.  When all Christians (should) know that, everything leads to spirituality.  Everything we do here on Earth affects our spiritual realm.  Whether it is your words, or actions, or lack of.  If a Christian actually reads his /her Bible, they should know to stand by faith with all they say and do.  Or stand by faith on what they don’t say or do.  God is listening and watching and His angels keep watch also and report to Him.  Psalm 91:1-13 He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.  Surely He shall deliver you from the snare and fowler And from the perilous pestilence.  He shall cover you with His feathers, And under His wings you shall take refuge; His truth shall be your shield and buckler.  You shall not be afraid of the terror by night, Nor of the arrow that flies by day, No of the pestilence that walks in darkness, Nor of the destruction that lays waste at noonday.  A thousand my fall at your side, And ten thousand at your right hand; But it shall not come near you.  Only with your eyes shall you look, And see the reward of the wicked.  Because you have made the Lord who is my refuge, Even the Most High, your dwelling place, No evil shall befall you , Nor shall any plague come near your dwelling; For He shall give His angels charge over you, To keep you in all your ways.  In their hands they shall bear you up, Lest you dash your foot against a stone.  You shall tread upon the lion and the cobra, The young lion and the serpent you shall trample underfoot.  Did you catch that part: To keep you in all your ways?  They are to make sure that you stay on the path that you are to go.  I do not believe that if they see you walk away that they will take it upon themselves to decided how to handle things.  I think they report to God what has happened and ask Him how it is that they should handle things.  For He is all-knowing and they are not.  For they have been given authority to protect you but they have not been given all authority.  Buy do you see this is all spiritual?  That what happens to you here on the Earth affects things in Heaven? I think that if people would keep this in the forefront of their thoughts they would be able to bite their tongues more offend than not.  I know that I fall into that category.  Too many times I have said things that I later regret because it was not of scriptural flow but of worldly thoughts.

I Brag On You, He Brags On Me

Mr. and Mrs. So and so were able to get the house, My kid made the honor roll, Mary volunteers at the community center, Paul helped someone whose car broke down on the side of the road, My neighbor comes and cuts my grass, That couple is engaged, They’re expecting their first baby.

Throughout the Bible we can hear God brag on His children.  Genesis 6:8 But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord.  1 Kings 3:10 The speech pleased the Lord, that Solomon had asked this thing.  Job 2:3 Then the Lord said to Satan, “Have you considered My servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, one who fears God and shuns evil? And still he holds fast to his integrity, although you incited Me against him, to destroy him without cause.”  Daniel 6: 22 My God sent His angel and shut the lions mouths, so that they have not hurt me, because I was found innocent before Him; and also, O king, I have done no wrong before you.”  Matthew 3:17 And suddenly a voice came from heaven, saying, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”  

How many times a day do you brag on someone?  I know that there can be days where it is hard to see the good in people.  Their attitude is bad for some reason, or maybe it is yours that is bad.  But generally, on any given day, with everyone you see, you can find something that they say all the time, or do all the time, that is helpful or good to others.  Helpful  and good enough to brag to others.  The thing is, it doesn’t have to be something grand or super special, although those are nice to hear.  No, it can be a small thing like someone saving a seat for someone, or opening a door.

 Here is a question for you.  When you brag on a person, don’t you feel happy?  You’re not the one doing the good deed, but you do get to reap a reward when you spread the word around about it.  Yes, we must be careful and not allow false pride to slip in when we are speaking about loved ones like our children.  But when you see a person do anything because it’s the right thing to do or because they feel called to do it, there is a genuine reason to brag about them.  And you do get to be blessed within your spirit when doing so.  

Here is another question for you.  Do you think God brags about you? When He looks at you, are you giving Him reasons to say , “Look at my child, I am pleased with them.”  Or maybe you think that God only did that in Biblical days.  Really!?!  Lets look at that a little.  When a child does something good in the eyes around him, we tell all who will listen.  Then what do we do?  We reward them for doing the right thing.  Well then, are you not receiving rewards of blessings when you do something good in the eyes of God?  When we give good sacrifices it brings a sweet aroma to God.  It pleases Him.  The angels watch us with amazement.  For God has told them of us and about us.  He does not group you .  For He listens to every prayer individually, and answers them accordingly.  Why then would He not brag on you and reward you the same?  Listen, when God is pleased with you, your name goes throughout all the heavens for all to hear.  And those whose hear His voice get pleased and blessed by it as well.  

I have a habit that I want to keep forever.  As much as I love to brag on my kids, what I love even more is the chances I get to brag on God.  Whenever I can.  I get filled when I get to tell others what he has done in my life.  How he has changed me for the better.  The wonderful gifts that He has felt gracious enough to give me.  Bragging can be a wonderful thing, when you brag on the right people, for the right reasons.  So test yourself and see just how many rewards you gather when you brag.

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