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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Happy Independence Day America

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What our Independence Day means for those who live in other countries or where somehow sleeping that day in class.

So, what are y’all’s plans for today? It’s raining this morning which I enjoy. We can never seem to get enough of the wet stuff. So, we’re staying home and grilling steaks. Will probably start on the Master Bedroom closet remodel. Yeah, I’ve got a vision for how it should look. We’ll see if it turns out that way. lol Also, I want to repaint the Master Bath. (HGTV has a lot to answer for!) And for the first time in about 30 years, give or take, I have put the American flag back out front. Haven’t flown the flag since Ronaldus Magnamus in the 1980s. Times are a’changin’ and it’s all good.

Have a blessed day folks!

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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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