Stormy Weather

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The wind really took it’s liberties with our place last night. The rain was great, but the accompanying storm was something else! It was quite a light show and it appears that there were microbursts along with it. The storm caused the lights to flicker a few times, the dogs were cowering (bless their hearts), and we lost TV picture off and on. But even with the storms there are Heavenly blessings. The usually scary dirt road has been keeping packed down so that riding hasn’t been difficult. Because of the storms the temperatures overall have been pleasant, for July in Southeast Georgia, that is. 🙂 If all our Summers were like this it wouldn’t be so gosh awful. Thank you LORD for your blessings!

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Our Church has been adding on. Way in the back, see the structure there? That will be our new Youth Activities Center. But it will also be used for our FAITH Riders meetings and other activities centered around the Church or in any way to serve the community. I’m so blessed to be around all these wonderful folks that are teaching me to love others more than myself. It’s one of Christ’s most important teachings: love others, live at peace with your neighbors. Sure makes my life a lot better too.

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Been visiting the Mother-In-Law at the Home as much as physically possible. Steve had noticed that she had suddenly been acting sad. I think he may have figured out why. Her vision has become noticeably hazy. She says that everything appears dark. She had had lens replacement surgery for cataracts awhile back but had not had the follow-up visit, for whatever reason. We’re thinking that maybe she has that PCO (Posterior capsule opacification occurs because lens epithelial cells remaining after cataract surgery have grown on the capsule). I had that growth on the capsule after my lens surgery and got it lasered off. Steve didn’t need to. Not everyone has this problem after surgery. So, tomorrow he takes Mom to our local eye specialist to see what’s going on. I pray that is the situation and they can help her. It must be awful to lose one’s sight.

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Amen to that, huh?! He knows all our problems because He has already been to this day and He cares. Well, that’s about it around here. Nothing exciting. I pray that all is well in everyone else’s part of the world.

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Follow Up To Thursday

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Female Tiger Swallowtail (July 2018)

You know, there’s nothing like a whole day and night of prayer, study and supplication. Immersing oneself in God’s Holy Word is so refreshing. It brings what’s real and what truly matters into focus and lays the heavy burdens on my heart on His broad shoulders.

After what happened on Thursday last, Steve and I both gave ourselves up to our powerful loving Sovereign LORD in prayer and study. In one word, this is partially the message I received: Forgiveness. The message was so unmistakable. It was everywhere! In my Journey For Women daily devotional, in my husband’s Stand Firm For Men daily devotional (I read that one too), and on FaceBook. His love reached out to me to be calm. Forgive. Now, that doesn’t mean be a door mat. Oh no. He was saying, “Forgive your enemies. I will defend you.” [see Jeremiah 51:36] Wow. Ok. God will do that for me!? Me, a sinner, totally unworthy?! Amazing. I’m gonna trust Him. This is will be a new test for me because one of my many sins is to pout or get back in people’s faces when I feel wronged (real or imagined). Guess it’s time for me to grow up. 🙂

“He rescued me from my powerful enemy, from my foes, who were too strong for me.” [Psalms 18:17]

Here’s two of the FaceBook messages from The Praying Woman, Can I Just Catch A Break and Trusting God With Your Troubles Today. Excellent balm for a troubled soul. Brief too, if one has time to peruse it.

God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging.” [Psalms 46:1-3]

I mean, who in human form could possibly be that kind of refuge!!?? No one! Only God the Father through the blood of our blessed LORD Jesus Christ can be that kind of strength.

Thanks be to my precious LORD, today is so much better. Oh, it still ‘smarts’ a little if I let it but the pain is gone. I will remember that He has better plans for me, and for my husband, and for you, dear fellow believer. [see Jeremiah 29:11] No matter what happens in our personal lives or with the Government or with anything else, He has better plans for us. They can hate us, defile us, lie about us, kill us, steal from us, but they can not stop what God has in store for those of us who believe in Him: eternal salvation with Him. [see John 3:16]

Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” [Psalms 46:10]

Wow, huh. So, thank you for your kind words and prayers. You’ve been very edifying and comforting. I sure felt the love. Prayers and blessings to all you too.

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Whadya Do When There’s Nothing You Can Do?

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I am so done with my in-laws I’m spittin’ bullets. I’ve always known my Father-In-Law is not a nice person. We’ve had to deal with this thoughtlessness for years. However, today this self-same cowardly FIL sent a vitriolic text to my dear, sweet, always kindhearted, thoughtful husband over us sending old family photos to his daughter, Steve’s sister.  (Note: they all live together in their homemade hell.) The photos were given to us from the MIL to send to each kid as her health declines. I did as I was asked out of kindness. But, apparently, now the SIL has her knickers in a twist over receiving them. And, believe me, it’s over absolutely nothing! There was nothing evil or weird in the photos. The SIL has finally slipped into neutral and gone off the deep end. And, if she ever comes anywhere near me again, I’m gonna place my foot on her backside and shove her over that end! So, Steve said, and I concur that that is that. No more dealing with these nutcases. Life is too short to constantly be insulted and upset, especially over unimportant events. I could write a novel on all the insults we’re endured over the years.

So, stick a fork in me ’cause I’m done with these people. And if they show their faces around here again, it’s gonna get handed to them in a shoe box. I’ll still pray for their well-being, but yep, I’m done.

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Rant over. We may now resume our regularly scheduled programming …

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Mum’s The Word

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That’s me in the Blogsphere, isn’t it?! Silent. Didn’t mean to let so much time elapse.

Last Christmas, I won a beautiful, fully bloomed Chrysanthemum [incriminating evidence above] at one of the many doin’s we have at our Church. Not being very good with house plants, I let it run it’s course. After it quit blooming, I unceremoniously tossed it out down by the gate thinking it was dead. (My work is done here. lol) Well, it sure showed me! Didn’t it!? This set me to thinking, how so often life is like that. I think that, “Well, that’s over with. I really screwed up this time. It can’t be fixed.” And, hey, bingo, the LORD goes and shows me I’m wrong. Again. I’m so grateful.  🙂

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Speaking of God’s goodness: the MIL is safely ensconced at Baptist Village. She still has the bladder fistula, of course, it can’t be healed in a woman her age, but she is so pleasant now! She’s put on weight, her skin has a nice hue, and she’s making friends for the first time in many, many years. That has made us so very happy that she is happy. God has lifted that burden off of us so generously. Prayers really matter. Never give up because HE never gives up.

The only “sad” thing at the moment is that Steve’s 90 year old father is now in Hospice. He is dying of COPD and renal failure. Poor man. He’s been a lousy father (just keeping real, as my dear friend Linda so rightly says) but I’m so thankful he believes in Jesus Christ as his personal LORD and Saviour. He is saved. He is forgiven. Dad will be more alive with God than he is now once he’s worshiping at the beautiful feet of Jesus. It’s just a waiting game for now. Please pray he has an easy transition to Glory. Since he’s living with his daughter, my sister-in-law, and her family, it must be very stressful for them. She is handicapped and has mental issues from all the abuse. And that’s another story …  😉

Have a happy 4th of July my friends! God loves you and so do I.

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