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. ๐Ÿ™‚

“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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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.ย  ๐Ÿ™‚

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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 …ย  ๐Ÿ˜‰

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

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Happy Memorial Day Weekend

This is just a normal weekend for us of making sure all the wheels are turning in greased grooves here at Red Bird Acres. All this lovely rain has made the road ride-able, thus we have taken the bikes out for a spin or two. When it stops raining is when the sand on one mile of country road gets scary. Thank you LORD for this blessing of rain. May it continue all Summer long. My grass and plants are very happy too.

The AeroSeal on the air conditioning ducting has worked out wonderfully! The house smells fresh and clean. The musky smell is gone. The thick layers of unexplained dust are gone. My allergies have cleared up. I’m so glad we had this done. Praise God from whom ALL blessings flow! โค

Steve’s mother has, for all intensive purposes, been sent home to die. Well, she is 88 years old. The surgeon(s) say that she is too frail for surgery, thus the bladder fistula caused by years of diverticulitis in her colon, have taken their toll. She’s on a witches brew (I call it) of antibiotics and back at her home. Please pray with me that we can get her moved down to our neck of the woods. Thanks so much. But, God’s will be done, of course. We’re trying to secure a place for her at the local Baptist Village. None of us having much funds is a bit of a hindrance but God is bigger than any bank account. We’re trusting in His wisdom and guidance. And, no, she can not stay in my house. That’s another post. ๐Ÿ™‚ I love her and will never purposely harm her, or anyone, but I like a Drama Free life. ๐Ÿ˜‰ My nerves are too fragile. ‘Nuff said.

So, I hope everyone has a happy, carefree, safe Holiday weekend. May the LORD bless and keep you.

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