The Spring Ball……

For all those who attend The Ball in Bozeman… ūüôā

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Dentists and ER’s and Pain ~ Oh my!

It has been a while since I have been on here do be able to do any blogging…. There is a reason for that.

Wed night (8/22) I had a bit of a toothache. Normally, I would have tried to get it dealt with the next day, if at all possible. There are reasons I didn’t ~ and things that have happened as a result.

Thursday (8/23) happened to be my daughter’s 12th birthday! Yea! I had about 15 kids coming to my house to celebrate with her. Hmmmmm. So, I grabbed a washcloth and quickly turned it into a hot compress, followed by 3 Ibuprofen and 2 extra strength Acetaminophen (knowing this is a good way to keep swelling and pain at bay). As the day progressed, I continued this pattern as needed and the kids had a great time! (sigh of relief) At the end of the day, I tried to eat a little dinner and quickly realized my jaw had “locked” and there was indeed swelling. So I spent the evening doing what I had been doing all day…

I must¬†interject here that my husband and I have no insurance. And no, I don’t want Obama’s “care” plan that will only take money that I already DON’T have and give me nothing in return…

We have a dental pain clinic in our town that is open M-F starting at 7:30 am. It is first come, first served, so getting there early is a mandate (we live about 14 miles away)! By Friday morning, the pain and swelling are enough that I am nearly in tears and I cannot open my mouth more than 1/2″ (which makes it very difficult to eat steak, burgers, or pretty much anything that is not liquid). So I get to the clinic (first in line!!), wait my turn, and they aren’t even able to take the standard x-ray (can’t get the little doohickey in my mouth!). They were able to get a new type where the x-ray machine goes around the circumference of my head. After all this, I am told there is an infection (yes, I figured that), I need antibiotics (figured that as well), and they cannot do anything until my jaw unlocks. Well, ok…

By now, I am feeling like I have been run over by a truck. I am chilled (fever of 102), weak, and cannot lie down because it causes more pain. Plus, I look like I have the mumps on one side! My husband picks me up from the clinic and we head to WalMart to get the prescription filled (Augmentin 875mg). He gets it filled, I wait in the car with our 3 youngest daughters…

Home again, home again…. after we get home, I try to get some sort of food in ~ a feat in itself. I end up with jello (slides down rather easily). Then I take the first of my “horse” pills. These things are huge and I suddenly realize that there is swelling in my throat as well (as I nearly choke ). Great, one pill down, many to go. The dentist didn’t think I would need anything more than Ibuprofen and Acetaminophen for pain, so he didn’t prescribe anything. Now, I have to say, I am NOT big on taking medications. I normally try to stay away from them, if at all possible. But this is not your normal pain, this is more like The Incredible Hulk of pain. I have had 5 children, so pain is not a new thing for me, really and I would gladly go through labor and delivery of all 5, back to back, than to deal with the pain I was experiencing.

So, my children do their best to take care of me on Friday and Saturday (I really do have wonderful children!). They get me water, hot compresses, my medication(s), and they love on my constantly! Who could ask for more?? All the time, I am feeling weak, feverish, in pain, and I am sure I was a bit crabby, but honestly, I don’t remember much of the weekend.

Sunday morning, at breakfast (I tried to eat oatmeal, it got stuck) my kids, husband and I are talking about how I really don’t look well (can’t imagine why), when my 12 year old daughter says to her dad, “hey, maybe we should get mom some Ensure”. To which my husband looks at me and responds, “would you like some Depends as well?”. I kicked him under the table. Not hard mind you, but just enough for him to get the hint. Now, I would not normally do that, but something came over me and my foot went to swingin’! lol! We all go to church that morning (I went that particular Sunday for the sole purpose of having the congregation lay hands on me and pray). While at church, someone comes up to my husband and says, “I think she needs some Ensure”. Apparently, I didn’t look very well either ~ I was told I looked “like death warmed over”, “really bad, I have never seen you look worse”, “grayish”…. Which gets me thinking, maybe I should just go home and go to bed… I felt like I was going to pass out.

After church, we go to Wally World again, this time for Ensure (and NO Depends). Again, I stay in the car (you didn’t really think I was going to go in, did you?).

Sunday, August 26, just happens to be the day of Harvest America. This is the day when the Harvest Crusade will be broadcast from Anaheim Stadium in Anaheim, California to various places all over the world! We were planning on going to the location in our area where it was be broadcast. We ended up not going. I see it like this: We had six people who were going to attend. We are a family of born-again, on-fire, Bible believing Christians. I pray that those seats were filled with people who gave their lives to Christ that day.

Monday ~ stay home, rest, and take my meds. Feel weaker than the day before ~ still look like I have mumps.

Tuesday ~ First day of school for my 3 youngest. I am in no condition to drive, so my 16 year old son drives us all to town. I hate to say it, but I don’t remember much about this day either. Sad, but true. The pain, fever, and medications had me in a daze. At the end of the school day, my son drives me back to school to pick up his sisters. I talk to a couple of people briefly. They have been praying for me through this whole ordeal (it is a Christian School). I don’t remember any of the conversations. We head home and I am feeling like I can barely move. I haven’t eaten anything solid since Thursday (mostly just a few spoons of jello and as much water as I can take in).

Tuesday late afternoon, a friend of mine decides it is time for me to go to urgent care. The medications don’t seem to be doing ANYTHING, and I guess I looked like I wasn’t going to make it much further. She picks me up (my son watches his sisters ~ dad is at work), and off we go. We head to the hospital (they have both urgent care “UC” and ER there). I sign in (another feat) and after triage, they decided I need ER, not UC. Uh, ok…

The nurse in the ER was the nicest, sweetest, most patient, caring, compassionate person!! Her name was Pam. She starts an IV on my and even though it is obviously in the vein, there is no blood return. I was so dehydrated at this point that my body was attempting to shut down all reserves. Pulse was high, B/P was high (I am normally 85/55), heart rate was erratic. It was not looking good. So, they rehydrated me (ahhhhhh). After a while they were finally able to get some blood and a CT scan was also performed. Good news! The infection had not spread to any other tissue, organs, or bone! I did need a stronger antibiotic, though. This time it is liquid form (couldn’t get anymore of the Augmentin in my mouth as my jaw had locked even more! Sheesh!). The taste of this liquid antibiotic (Clindamycin) is very, well, different. It starts off like very sour cherries which quickly spreads in the mouth to coat it with a film that tastes the way the inside of a dirty toilet smells. Yep, that pretty much covers it. Suffice it to say, this has not been an easy one to get down ~ THREE TIMES A DAY.

The hospital released me to my friend, who took me to her house (my kids were there by this time), where I slept on a recliner (I still wasn’t able to lie flat). I stayed the night and the next day there.

Yesterday (Wednesday, 8/29), the kids & I came home. Everyone went to bed and I realized that the swelling in my cheek and throat had increased. I sat in the recliner last night praying that God would reduce the swelling or intervene in some other way. I prayed for everyone on my prayer list that I could think of. Finally I fell asleep. Until 5:00 am. I woke up with the most horrible taste in my mouth.

~DISCLAIMER~ for those who do not want to read the graphics below, just know I am feeling a little better…. but the information below is NOT pretty. Ew… If you have a weak stomach, please do not read any more.

 

The area that had been infected had ruptured ~ into my mouth. I didn’t know I could make it to the bathroom that quickly, considering how I had been feeling! The lymph nodes had been affected and a good portion of this infected fluid now flooded my mouth. Ew. The only thing that has ever tasted worse was the liquid antibiotic the ER doctor prescribed.

This morning has been spent using hot compresses to help get the infected fluid out, rinsing with warm salt water and then repeating the process.

As far as weekends go, it was long, arduous, and I am glad it’s over. However through all this, God kept bringing me to my knees in prayer. Not for me, for all those around the world who are daily tortured and martyred for their faith. I did not enjoy the pain I had, but how bad was it compared to being tortured each and every day, just because I have Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior. This weekend helped me to keep things in perspective. Things could always be worse.

I pray that YOU are having a blessed day!! ūüėÄ

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The waiting is the hardest part!”

Tomorrow my daughter, Kellie, will turn 12! This past week she has run out to the mailbox each day, hoping to find something addressed to her ~¬†anything… But there has been nothing but junk mail, grocery ads, and bills. None of which interested her in the least (I can’t imagine why!). Until today.

This afternoon, we had some errands to run. All the way home she kept saying, “I hope I get something in the mail today!”. I have to say, I was praying that she would receive something as well. I was beginning to think I had better put my card for her in the mailbox, just so she could find it there! When we pulled up to the house, she jumped out of the car, ran to the mailbox and I heard an audible squeal. Then another. Then an excited half-scream. She ran back to the car and said, “Mom, I got a card and a PACKAGE!!”. Cool ~ a twofer!

After we got in the house (she RAN up the back stairs to the door), she opened the card and found a check (happy Kellie!). Then she went for something to cut open the package. That’s when I had to slam on the birthday brakes and tell her that her Nana told me to make her wait until her birthday to open the package. She stopped in mid-step, turned around, and…

Kellie: “WAIT?!”

Me: “Yes, wait. Just until tomorrow. Nana wanted you to open your present on your special day.”

Kellie: “But Mom, it’s… it’s… it’s… KELLIE EVE!!”

Me: “Kellie Eve??”

Kellie: “Yeah, it’s¬†like Christmas Eve, but it’s on the day before my birthday. You know!”

Obviously, this girl knows how to¬†work it… But it didn’t work! Needless to say, she will be waiting until tomorrow to open her gift from Nana.

“Wait on the Lord; be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart; Wait, I say, on the Lord.” Psalm 27:14

“But those who¬†wait¬†on¬†the Lord¬†Shall renew¬†their strength;¬†They shall mount up with wings like eagles,¬†They shall run and not be weary,¬†They shall walk and not faint.” Isaiah 40:31

There are times in our lives when waiting is so difficult. When a woman is waiting for her baby to be born. When you haven’t seem someone in a long time and they are coming to visit. When you have had a medical test and¬†the¬†results aren’t in yet. When a mom or dad is waiting for their child to step off the school bus on the very first day of school. When I have a toothache and the dentist can’t see me for 2-3 days (seriously??).

But God tells us to wait on Him. His timing is perfect. I need to be of good courage and HE shall strengthen my heart. This one really ministers to me. Last year, I began having some issues with my heart (PAC’s, PVC’s, & skipped beats). I have learned to wait on God and trust that He is the Great Physician. He truly can strengthen my heart, if that’s His will.

If we wait on the Lord, He shall renew our strength. How many times have we tried to make something happen, only to work ourselves to near exhaustion and then find that all our efforts didn’t do a thing? If I wait on the Lord, not only will He renew my strength, I will be able to do more than I ever could have on my own. Not only that, but His love will show through me if I am waiting on Him. When I am pushing things through my way, no one is going to see Jesus in me, they will only see pushy me trying to get my way. Not a pretty sight, I assure you. I would rather wait on Him to show me what He wants me to do, where He wants me to go, how He wants to use me to show His love to others. Sometimes I have a hard time waiting on Him, but I know that when I do, I will be blessed.

So, is the waiting the hardest part? Sometimes. However, is it for the better? Yes, when I am waiting on God.

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What are YOU laughing at??

“If you can’t laugh at yourself, then how can you laugh at anybody else?” Payne Stewart

A few days ago, as I was leaving a store parking lot, a rather funny thing happened. While waiting to make a right turn out of the parking lot, my children and I were singing a song called “Dooley” (it was on the Andy Griffith show years ago and is now on YouTube if you want to see/hear it). Well, I messed up the lyrics and made a rather hilarious face (think tongue sticking out, one eyebrow up, scrunched face, etc.). Here’s were it¬†really became interesting. I happened to be looking out my driver’s side window at the time ~ and right at a guy who was a passenger in a car to my left. I started laughing when I realized what I had just done and told my children who began laughing hysterically. Before you know it we are all in tears and I am still driving the car. Then I realize the car that had been to my left decided to turn RIGHT and is now directly behind me (ohmygosh!!). We make our way to the highway where I enter the northbound side with this car still behind me! All I could think was, “are these people following me because they are mad or did they just realize where the highway¬†on-ramp¬†was?”. ANYWAY, I get up to speed and hit cruise control, hoping this car will do the same, but no….. They decide they need to pass us. By this time my children are laughing so hard ~ they figure the guy thinks I am nuts and wants to get a better look at “the crazy lady”. All the time I am trying to keep control of my car while also laughing hysterically. As they pass us I shade my eyes (hey, the sun¬†was¬†to my left and in my eyes!) and hope they are not looking. My son (who was wearing sunglasses) was able to get a sly look at them and states that the guy was looking right at me and looked none too happy. Great! So we drive the 6 miles to the next exit in hysterics!!!

Fast forward about 4 miles ~ now my 11-year-old daughter is making some weird noise in the back seat and it is getting rather annoying. In my attempt to show her how annoying this sound is, I make the same sound (in the most serious way I could muster, given the current situation). My son, thinking this is even MORE hilarious, turns his head away and covers his mouth (as he knows I am trying to be serious), which made me laugh even harder than I had been before! By the time we exit the highway (the other car kept going north ~ whew!), I am in tears from laughing to hard. Distracted driving you say? Probably. But, can you see me explaining to a police officer why I am in pulled over in the emergency lane of the highway? “Sorry Officer Smith, I was laughing so hard I couldn’t see the road…. Yes, I know the lane is for emergencies….. No, I am not under the influence of illicit drugs or alcohol, just under the influence of children…. No sir, that was not meant to be a joke…. Yes, I understand laughing is not an emergency, but is lunacy??” Yep, that would go over really well, don’t you think so??

“A merry heart does good, like medicine…” Proverbs 17:22a ~ I am thinking my heart must be doing just fine, if measured by the scene above!

Just a short, albeit funny, story to start your week! Hopefully, you will be able to find something in yourself to laugh about today. Life is too short to be serious all the time!

Have a blessed day! ūüėÄ

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Instant Cowgirls!

Yesterday, my children & I had a wonderful blessing. Someone in our community gave our name to an organization so my children could receive some school supplies/school clothes! There were several families in our community who received this blessing. I pray they see it for the gift that it truly is. God never fails to provide all that we need. That is not to say He will give us all that we¬†want. There is a big difference between “needs” & “wants”.

After explaining the difference between needs and wants to my 3 little daughters (my son is old enough to understand this concept fairly well), we headed to Target, where we met with the people from the organization who were to “chaperone shop” with each of my children. First my son, then my 11 year-old daughter went off with their chaperones. This left my 2 youngest daughters, both of whom wanted to shop with “the pretty lady, Miss Dawn”. I spoke to the coordinator briefly who said it would be fine for Dawn to shop with both girls if I would be willing to help. I gladly agreed (knowing how my daughters are ~ normal for girls ages 8 & 6). We were able to get backpacks, lunch bags, school supplies, and some clothes. Then we came to the shoe department……

After trying on a myriad of shoes (all of which we put neatly back on the shelves before moving on to the next pair), they both spotted boots. Cowboy boots. Make that cowgirl boots. You have probably guessed by now that once they saw the boots, nothing else would suffice. Each girl only had a certain amount of money to spend, and God being who He is, made sure each had just the right amount for the boots. So, K4 (the 8 year-old) picked out some boots that are fairly traditional looking and K5 (the 6 year-old) picked out pink, girly boots. Now, neither pair are expensive, not leather or anything, but that did not matter one iota (as my mother would say) to them. They just adored the boots!

Last night, at bedtime, K4 stated that she wanted to sleep in her boots (they had not been worn outside yet). I said she could only for one night. Well, it only took about 3 minutes for her to realize it is not comfortable to sleep in boots, so off they went. ūüėČ However, first thing this morning, the boots were on with here pajamas. And that is what she wore outside to help me with the chickens. K5 saw this, quickly slipped on¬†her boots, and joined us.

Since then, they have been strutting around with their boots on, speaking “cowboy talk” with somewhat of an accent (slow and western). It has been quite entertaining, I must say.

Remember what I said about God not always giving us everything we want? Well, that still holds true. But you never know when God is going to bless you with the desire of your heart. Yes, the girls realize it was God that brought the boots to them, and they are thankful. As am I.

As for the older two? They did receive some great school stuff as well. K3 (the 11 year-old) has a very eclectic sense of style! I told her chaperone this before they shopped. My only request ~ keep it MODEST. The chaperone assured me she would and later told me that K3 never even considered immodest clothing! (Yea!!). I love her choice in shoes too ~ dayglo pink converse low-tops! She assured me she will wear them with EVERYTHING, including the nice skirt she picked out. No doubt.

As for the school year? It will start in 12 days (it’s like counting down the 12 days of Christmas!). To be honest, I am looking forward to school starting as much as they are!

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Is it a storm? Or just a change in the direction of the wind?

It’s been breezy here most of the day and the wind has been coming from the southwest, where a fire is burning. As a result, there has been a fair amount of smokey air here. I have 2 daughters who have asthma (not severe), so when there are fires/smoke, I am inclined to keep them in the house as needed. Today, they went out a few times, but not for too long, as it was also about 98 degrees. I just prayed that God would protect their little lungs and they would not have any problems breathing (one was a little “wheezy” yesterday)….

We had to go out to pick up my son from work this evening and the weather report said some cooler weather would be headed our way. When we left, I noticed the wind had changed directions and was now coming directly out of the north. I have to interject here that I have never lived in an area where the wind changes direction so quickly or so often! It can be blowing directly from the south, but the clouds are moving towards the southwest. Or the wind is coming in from the west, but there are storm clouds coming at us from the east… weird. ANYWAY, the wind had changed directions. It’s almost as if God said, “ABOUT FACE!” to the wind and just up and turned around! After we picked up my son and headed home (he works about 8-9 miles away), we noticed the wind had¬†really picked up. It was blowing so hard, that driving north on the dirt road to my house, we had to slow almost to a stop because I could barely see the road!

You might think, “good, now the smokey air will be gone!”. And I did think that ~ temporarily! When I went to make sure the chicken coop was closed up, stuff was flying all over the place and I had quite a bit of dirt in my eyes. As we were going up the back steps, all sorts of debris was flying past us and I had to “herd” the kids into the house as quickly as I could, before we were hit by flying objects! (By the way, trying to herd kids is like trying to herd CATS! They never seem to go in the same direction.)

So now, you are probably wondering why I am telling you this and which way do I prefer the wind to blow. Here is the why… The winds are always going to come at us from different directions ~ like the storms of life. When everything seems¬†tumultuous in one area, things are calm in another and vice versa. But suddenly, the “wind” might change. Then we have some sort of situation that is bombarding us from a different direction. In this life, we will experience various “storms”. One may be like a trickle of rain, the next like a category 5 hurricane! Then it just may be a¬†bit of a breeze. Which way do I want the wind to blow? It doesn’t really matter, as long as I remember that God is in charge of the wind, rain, storms, tornadoes, and hurricanes, etc.

“I can do ALL things through Christ, who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13

Without God, I am nothing and the winds may as well just blow me away! But with Christ as my rock and my savior, I am able to withstand the storms of this life.

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On another, funnier note…..

My 8-year-old daughter (K4 ~ we have 5 people in the family whose names begin with the letter K), wanted this cute little haircut ~ think Edie Sedgwick or Twiggy (both from the 1960’s) . Well, we have a friend who is able to cut hair, but she has been so busy selling a house, buying another house, and working, that I didn’t want to bug her…. SO, I thought, how hard can it be? I mean, I have cut my girls’ hair before (only in a blunt bob cut, but I have cut it nevertheless). Well, I did it. And then the other 2 little girls (K3 ~ age 11 and K5 age 6) said, “Mom messed up your hair”. Wow. Feeling rather sheepish, I called to make an appointment for K4 to have her hair done by a professional tomorrow. ¬†I have to say, it really doesn’t look¬†that bad, but it certainly use a little “cleaning up” around the edges. I don’t want anyone to think I took a lawnmower to her hair!

From now on, I think I will stick to bobbed cuts. And trimming my own (which I have done for years). ¬†ūüėČ

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Life or Death ~ eternally, that is…

“There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death.” Proverbs 14:12

When I was not following after the Lord, I had this mentality, “truth is relative” & “if I am not hurting anyone, then what I am doing isn’t wrong”. Of COURSE I was wrong! Sin is sin ~ period. If I sin, than I am a sinner.

It’s shocking, I know to think of ME as a SINNER! No way! But wait, don’t we all think that at some point or another? At some point, don’t we all think of ourselves as “good” people? It’s the “I-have-never-done-anything-REALLY-bad-so-I-must-be-good” trap. ¬†All the good in the world isn’t going to get you to heaven. Period.

“You shall have no other gods before Me.” Exodus 20:3 ~ What is in my life that I am putting before God? Is it money? New cars? Clothes? Fame? Drugs? Alcohol?¬†ANYTHING???? If I have ever told God to “back off” because I had other plans, than I have sinned.

“You shall not make for yourself a carved image‚ÄĒany likeness of anything¬†that is¬†in heaven above, or that is¬†in the earth beneath, or that¬†is¬†in the water under the earth;¬†you shall not bow down to them nor serve them.” Exodus 20:4-5 ~ Do I have anything in my house I would consider bowing down before? A little statue of some god (small ‘g’)? Do I worship my car (because it is¬†so¬†awesome!!)? Do I worship my¬†amazing¬†hair?? (lol! If you know me well, you will find this amusing!) Anyway, if I worship ANYTHING besides God, I have sinned.

¬†‚ÄúYou shall not take the name of the¬†Lord¬†your God in vain, for the¬†Lord¬†will not hold him¬†guiltless who takes His name in vain.” Exodus 20:7 ~ Have I¬†ever¬†cussed someone out? Said Jesus’ name or God’s name in a way that was anything other than reverence? Than I have sinned.

“Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.¬†Six days you shall labor and do all your work,¬†but the seventh day is¬†the Sabbath of the¬†Lord¬†your God. In it¬†you shall do no work: you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your male servant, nor your female servant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger who is¬†within your gates.¬†For in¬†six days the¬†Lord¬†made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that in¬†them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore the¬†Lord¬†blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it.” Exodus 20:8-11 ~ God wants me to have a day of rest each week. He wants us to work our land for 6 years and then let it rest for 1 year. Have I ever worked on a Sunday? Than I have sinned.

“Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the¬†Lord¬†your God is giving you.”¬†Exodus 20:12 ~ This command has a promise! Think about that “…that your days may be long upon the land…” Have I honored my father and mother? Always? Have I ever done¬†anything that I knew would disappoint them? Have I ever fought with them? Have I ever rebelled? Than I have sinned.

“You shall not murder.”¬†Exodus 20:13 ~¬†I know what you are thinking here… “Hey, I have NEVER murdered ANYONE!”. But wait, God’s Word also says, “You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‚ÄėYou shall not murder,¬†and whoever murders will be in danger of the judgment.‚Äô¬†But I say to you that whoever is angry with his brother without a cause¬†shall be in danger of the judgment.¬†And whoever says to his brother, ‚ÄėRaca!‚Äô shall be in danger of the council. But whoever says, ‚ÄėYou fool!‚Äô shall be in danger of hell fire.”¬†Matthew 5:21-22″ ~¬† You see, murder begins in the heart. If I have ever felt “hatred” toward another, than I am just as guilty as if I had murdered that person. I have sinned.

“You shall not commit adultery.”¬†Exodus 20:14 ~¬†Another verse where you may be thinking, “I have NEVER done this. I have been a faithful spouse!”. ¬†Maybe, but God’s word also says, “But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.”¬†Matthew 5:28 ~¬†This is not just for men. Ladies, have you ever lusted after a man who is¬†not¬†your husband? Have I? Than I have sinned.

“You shall not steal.”¬†Exodus 20:15 ~¬†I have never stolen a car. Never robbed a bank. Haven’t taken jewelry from someone else….. BUT, if I have ever taken a pen, paperclip, eraser, etc. home from work. I have sinned. If I, as a child, took a cookie without asking (knowing my mom would say “no”), I have sinned.

“You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.”¬†Exodus 20:16 ~¬†Have I ever lied about someone else? For ANY reason whatsoever? Than I have sinned.

“You shall not covet your neighbor‚Äôs house; you shall not covet your neighbor‚Äôs wife, nor his male servant, nor his female servant, nor his ox, nor his donkey, nor anything that is¬†your neighbor‚Äôs.”¬†Exodus 20:17 ~¬†Allow me to paraphrase a little. Don’t be envious because your neighbor just got that new Mercedes that¬†you wanted. Don’t be envious because your friend is getting married and you don’t even have a boyfriend. If I have done these things, if I have been envious¬†at all, than I have sinned.

Where am I going with this, you might ask? I don’t want to see my friends go to hell!! If you have ever sinned, you will go to hell! UNLESS, you admit you are a sinner (I know I am!), ask God to forgive you, and ask Jesus into your heart. I am a SINNER. You are a SINNER. Everyone on this earth is a SINNER. The only sinless person on this earth was Jesus Christ. He came to this earth, as a man, to die on the cross and save us from our sins. He literally took on the sins of the entire world (even future sins) so that we might be able to receive the gift of eternal life through Him. The gift is free. You just need to ask Him into your heart. What do you have to lose? You will lose an eternity of burning in hell and never being consumed. You will gain an eternity of life in heaven with Jesus Christ.

I pray that you will make this decision today. Only God knows how many breaths you will take in this lifetime. What if that last breath is coming up soon? Why take a chance on “I’ll do it later, toward the end of my life”? We have ALL known people who have died young. Did they make a decision to follow Christ before they died? I certainly hope so. I hope you will.

May God bless you in this day and everyday.

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God’s timing (and who I serve)

I WANT TO SERVE GOD! 

“…choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve… But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” Joshua 24:15

I have had an interesting weekend. Some good, some not so good, but all of it was allowed by God. Notice I didn’t say that God¬†caused¬†any of it.

No matter what happens in my life, I want to always serve the true and living God. He allowed some things to cross my families path in the past week that, had I not been a Christian, and had I not had Christian friends visiting, could have turned out to be a tragic weekend. You see, He has a way of “orchestrating” things in our lives that might otherwise seem coincidental. As a Christian, I do not see things as coincidental. I¬†know¬†He made sure that this weekend didn’t happen until my friends showed up…..

My dear friends Larry and Lisa and their children arrived in here last Wednesday. After a couple of days of visiting, a situation arose that needed to be dealt with. I cannot divulge details, but suffice it to say, the ending could have been far worse.

Recently on facebook, I posted something to the effect of, “We are under spiritual attack. Well, Satan, bring it on”. Wow, looking back now, I wonder WHAT I was doing by saying that. However, at the time, it had to do with my confronting a situation (completely separate from the one over this past weekend).

What’s my point? If I want to serve God, if you want to serve God, if anyone wants to serve God, than we had BETTER be prepared to endure spiritual attack. How do we prepare? PRAY & stay in God’s Word. Nevertheless, God’s timing is ALWAYS perfect. He allowed the current situation to “happen” over the weekend when we had people here who would pray for us, be with us, comfort us, and never judge us for ANYTHING.

Are you dealing with a situation that you are unsure about? Give it to God! Once you give it to Him, though, DO NOT take it back. Remember, He created the entire universe. He can definitely handle anything that comes our way!

Sorry if this seems a bit short…. I am going to go pray with my “littles” (the 3 little girls) before they go to bed. ¬†If you happen to think of us, please pray. Satan is on the attack! But, I know the ending ~ God wins!

Goodnight and God bless you!

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Here we go!

I thought that title sounds a bit like a carnival ride. Not that I like carnival rides all that much (vertigo), but sometimes my life feels like one!!

Here is where I get to tell you all how much I LOVE being a mom to my beautiful children! There are 5 of them! My oldest is 20. She serves our country in the U.S. Navy! My next one (and only son) is 16 and is in high school. He recently received his driver’s license (he is a very safe driver, thank you very much). Next I have a daughter who is about to turn 12 (more like 12 going on 25!). Then, there is my 8 1/2 year old. She is a soft-hearted little girl who wants to “save” every animal who crosses her path! The last, but DEFINITELY not least, is my 6 year old. Let me say this about her…. she will NOT be left out of anything and she is a SPITFIRE!¬†

I also have 3 stepsons! The oldest, I am sorry to say, is not in touch with us and sadly, I do not know where he is, but I pray for him often. Then I have a 29 year old “step” who lives in Virginia. He works up on the cell towers (and is obviously NOT afraid of heights!). Then is my 21 year old “step” who also serves our country in the U.S. Marines! I am very proud of these young men and I hope I will get to see them soon!

We live in a state where the cows outnumber the people. I have been late getting places because I had to pull over to allow a herd of sheep to pass. I’ll blog about that another time and post some pictures.¬†

When I was in second grade, I had to write about what I wanted to be when I grew up. Well, I won’t confess to having “grown up”, but I always wanted to be a mom and a nurse. If you haven’t already figured it out, yes, I am both. It wasn’t always easy and at one point, my husband and I finally said “enough”. Too much is truly too much! Now I work one day a week as a nurse at a crisis pregnancy center and the rest of my time is devoted to being “Mo’s wife” and “their mom” (2 of my favorite titles).¬†

I pray for my friends and family daily ~ or more often! I want to live my life for Christ and please Him. Living for anything else in this world is a mute point. One of my favorite websites is BibleGateway.com as I can look up any verse in most any version ANYTIME! ūüôā Like this one:

I can do all things through CHRIST who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13

Who knows what life will bring? God does. Can I handle this life on my own? No! He is my strength. He is also my JOY!  Apart from God, I can do nothing, but with Him, I can do ANYTHING. As long as it is His will for me to do. 

Have a blessed day! I’ll be back soon. ūüôā

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