Thursday, May 30, 2013

~Grateful For Family~

The longer we know someone it is easier to take them for granted. We are not always grateful for the family that God has put into our life. We focus more on the bad memories than the good ones. We could all complain about something in everyone around us. There is certainly plenty in myself that others could and do complain about. We are all a mess!

We have to choose to be grateful for our family, our friends, our neighbors, etc. How do we show that we value those who God has placed in to our life? Let's be more thankful and not be guilty of  just complaining, making fun, nagging or criticizing them.

I thank my God upon every remembrance of you. Philippians 1:3

This is a picture of my Aunt & Uncle with their kids and grandkids in Tennessee at Point Park Lookout Mountain, Thanksgiving 2010 ~ this is a family tradition and many wonderful memories I have with all of them! 

Saturday, May 25, 2013

"Home Is A Sanctuary!"

2 Corinthians 6:18 "I will be a Father to you, and you will be my sons and daughters," says the Almighty.

written July 22, 2001:
My 21 year old daughter told me today at church that during her devotions this week she found a verse that reminded her of me. Proverbs 14:26 In the fear of the Lord is strong confidence, and his children shall have a place of refuge. She said to me after I read the verse, "that is why I come home so's my refuge."

Our home should be a sanctuary for every family member, parents, children and even the dog. Thank you Lord for allowing my home to be a sanctuary, a refuge, a safe place.

 This picture was taken in my home March 18, 2012. The Amaryllis are from my garden.

Monday, May 20, 2013

~Who Am I?~

I Peter 2: 9-10 But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light;  who once were not a people but are now the people of God, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy.

 There have been years of my life where I have been Jimmy's wife, Tammys' mom, Nick's mom, Deena's mom and now Veronica's grandmother, etc. Also, a time in my life where I felt like my life consisted of being a taxi driver for my kids and all their social events. As a wife and a mom you tend to lose your identity in the family and forget who you were or why God created you in the first place.

In order to gain perspective and find myself again I would take a trip with my own mom or visit my family and friends in Tennessee. There I would find myself again. It was always good for me, refreshing and gave me the strength to come back home and begin again with a renewed spirit.

My mom is great to travel with because she makes it a fun and enjoyable time for me and for everyone who comes along.Visiting family and friends consist of laughs and memories that we all share. Laughter is always good for the soul and this is just one way to keep me balanced!

John Maxwell wrote: If you desire to change yourself, then start with your mind. Believe you can improve, that you can change into the person you desire to be. 

Ralph Waldo Emerson said, "What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us." If your thinking changes, then everything else can follow.

I've always wanted to be somebody, but I see now I should have been more specific.~Lily Tomlin

This picture was taken from my driveway watching the sun set in 2012.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

~Surrounded By Joy Takers~

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give it to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.  John 14:27

A prayer I wrote on February 11, 2004:

Dear Lord,
I appreciate the scripture up above because today I have a wounded spirit. My day began with a reprimand from a loved one that was not deserved and very hurtful. Other situations arose today and now I feel beaten down. Lord, give me the strength to do what needs to be done. I am tired, sad and discouraged - only emotions that I know you can heal. So will wait and continue on to do what needs to be done. 

Lord, give me the strength to keep going and to want to keep moving forward. I cry, I pause, I pray, I wait! It's only pain, it's real but nothing compared to the pain Christ suffered for me. I don't always understand what plan God has for me but I just trust in faith and continue to walk in His will for my life. 

My heart is broken today! I have been surrounded by "joy-takers". Too many for me to handle all in one day. I remind myself that even though I may be down I know God is still working. So I cry, I pause, I pray, I wait. Lord, only you can restore my joy! Thank you Lord.....

I will lie down and sleep in peace, for you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety. Psalm 4:8

This picture was taken at Bethesda by the Sea Church in April 2013.