Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Avoiding Slime!

I finished reading blogs, a lot of blogs,I had fallen behind in my reading.
I poked around on Facebook a little.
I wrote yesterday's very late Thankful post.

I then sat at the dinning room table thinking, now what?
Spencer was in bed, girls were elsewhere for the night, my husband was out in his studio/office in the garage. Our new room mate, his best(male)friend, was in his own office. My husband was working hard on a chart that was needed the next day. I wanted to play Nertz, a fun card game that has recently filled a few hours, or more, around here. We don't have TV signal of any kind, not even Netflix(do to broadband limitations). Watching TV isn't an option to fill up the lonely time.

It was well after 10pm and something in my brain clicked, actually I would say it was more of a snap, and it wasn't from God.I picked up my phone and typed out the following text to my husband:
"Know what's fun? Sitting by yourself for hours and then going to bed alone".

I didn't send it. I corrected it a little and then it hit me. What a mean, manipulative thing. The Holy Spirit whispered in my ear, in my heart. I listened. It was mean. I was wrong in thinking it. I erased it, thankfully before it was sent. My husband works hard to provide for us, and I am so very grateful for him. At that very moment I heard his distinct footsteps coming towards the house. He came in a whirlwind announcing he had to leave. We have a friend in trouble, and while he is spiraling downward his dad was taken to the hospital, it's not looking good. My husband and our new room mate, who also knows this man, left to try and find him, to help him out of his own stupper to possibly go say good bye to his father.

My husband is a good man.

Before he left, in fact before he even told me what was up he took one look at me and asked, "What's wrong?". It's hard to explain guilt mixed relief. He rubbed my shoulders a moment and kissed me before he left. He connected with me.

My husband is a really good man.

He and our new room mate were willing to drop everything and do what was necessary to help our other friend in trouble. They sacrificed hours of work, play and sleep because it was the right thing to do.

I almost set a completely rotten, nasty, selfish, ungrateful layer of filthy slime on him moments before he was to leave to do something right and good, but I didn't. I listened, I corrected myself, and I changed my path.

As he changed his shoes to leave I thanked God for keeping me from destruction.
It was the least I could do.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Thankful Tuesday!

Holy Mackerel I forgot today is Tuesday!
Which is weird because I went to work and everything, and I don't work on Mondays, so I knew it was Tuesday.

Moving on...

I am so very thankful for:
1. New recipes! Try Fabulous!
2. Lemon
3. Pumpkin, and the season of pumpkiny goodness we are entering.
4. Deep laughter, the kind that cleans out the cobwebs of your soul.
5. Good finds with my pal Nancy at a thrift store outlet.
6. Fabulous pieces to paint and change up for my son's Halloween costume request.
7. Friends that hear a need and call their own home, "Hey don't we have one of those lying around? Clean it up, our friends need it". I strive to be more like this friend in generosity everyday.
8. Birthday commotion. We have a birthday this week. Someone is turning 11. It's fun to see him so excited.
9. Pumpkin pie at the birthday boy's request. (Good lad)
10. A powerful Sunday service at church. The presence of the Lord was so strong, it was amazing. From music to sermon just a beautiful thing. It's something I strive for everyday. Once you experience it for real, you never want to leave it, you always want that presence. It's strong and gentle,startling and peaceful, and simply beautiful.

What are you thankful for?

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Glimpse:Kitchen Goings On

Pear Honey
Brown Sugar Peach Honey
Jalapeno Jelly
Jalapeno Salsa
Pear Butter
Pear halves

Soon: more salsa, more pear products and apple products to follow.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Thankful Thursday

Things I am grateful for this week.
No particular order:

1. Pear honey. No bees were used in the production of this substance, just lots of pears and lots of sugar. It is so fabulously wonderful, and delicious!
2. BABY "JJ" has arrived safely! Woohoo for babies!
3. The power of prayer.
4. Handing over things to the Lord, so I don't have to worry about them.
5. Produce from the garden.
6. Cooler, yet still warm(to ripen the tomatoes please)weather.
7. The promise of more insulation in my attic.
8. Nertz, or Dutch Blitz as some people call it.
9. God's goodness and mercy.
10.My readers. All 3 of you!!:)

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Silent Saturday

I am home alone.

All five other people that live here, plus any extras that come and go with them, are away.

It's really quiet. I am not sure what to do.
The house is clean already, we had company yesterday.
I've been reading, that was nice.
There's no one to cook for.

We all think we want this, but it's totally weird!!!!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Thankful Tuesday

And with everything give thanks...

Thank you Lord for;

1. Babies
2. Seasons
3. Fingernails
4. Life long friends, no matter how far away they live.
5. Being our provider.
6. Grapes
7. Cool mornings, quiet evenings.
8. Opportunity to be better.
9. Circus Animal cookie ice cream, although maybe I shouldn't be thankful for it!

Gratitude begins where your sense of entitlement ends.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

I Remember

I remember where I was that Tuesday ten years ago.
I know you probably do too.

My prayers go out for the families left behind, both from that day, and from all those in the military as well since that day.

My prayers go up as well for our nation to remember real hope, real peace, and to not stand in fear. May God not forget our nation.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

New Family Member

We have a new member of our family in the house.
I did not have a baby.
We did not adopt.
It is not a pet.

a full grown man, good friend of my husband.
Sometimes, in all of our lives, we need some time to reset, restart, rewind, and in general find a new path. He is not a welfare case, he is not in recovery from any addiction or anything like that. He had a seriously life altering, soul wrenching event happen. He is re-establishing his identity in Christ. He is redefining what is. He is breaking off lies from the past and finding truth to stand on.
Sometimes one should not be alone in ones own thoughts too long, that's partially why he is here. He needs a family, support and fellowship. We can do that. We might not currently be able to help the world financially, we might not be able to help everyone, but we can do this.

What can you do today, big or small, to possibly change the life of someone else?

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Thankful Thursday

I am ever so thankful for:
1. Progress, moving forward, refining, retuning, stretching, and in general a lack of stagnation.
2. Meeting new people.
3. Wii, to help keep a busy 7 year old visitor happy and occupied.
4. Friends that help other friends move things.
5. Fresh pears, and the canning about to happen.
6. Photography. The good , the bad, the breathtaking.
7. Date nights (can I get an AMEN?).
8. Deep prayer for others, and myself.
9. Breakthrough.
10. Thrifty brand Black Cherry Ice Cream.
OH, and a bonus:
11. Wasp spray. I am not a big fan of poisons and such, but when 2 family members get stung in one week, it's time to get serious.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Glimpse: Mantel

What you can barely make out is the word "FAITH" by the center photo. I like the fact it partially fades. Faith is subtle, and intense at the same time. You can't always see everything you want too, you just need to know it's there.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Must Not Touch

A close friend of mine had daughters flanking my own. She used to clean her mother's house long ago, and one day I was with her, her daughter being somewhere between 18 months and two years old. Grandma had a beautiful silver tea set, on a table, just in reach of say, a toddler. Little one's mother warned her, "Do not touch Grandma's tea set". She put her little hand down, briefly. Her resolve lasted only moments. Her little hand went back up to touch the shiny objects before her. She was warned again, this time more sternly and with a warning of a consequence. Her mama walked away to keep cleaning.I watched with fascination. You could nearly see her thoughts. She battled with herself over and over again, her hand still in the air. It was pure torment to not touch it, but she knew she was to obey her mother.

She fought hard, and in the end, she touched that tea set.
She couldn't say no to the temptation in front of her.

We all struggle, and we all have a moment when we give in.

May I make a suggestion?
Get rid of the temptation.

There might be something in a room, forever, that a kid won't even notice, until we say, "Don't ever touch that". Then, as if magnetically attracted, they can think of nothing else but to touch it.

Why set yourself up to battle it out?
Don't have it around, out of sight, eventually out of mind.
Replace it with solid prayer and praising instead. Good praise music can fight through those moments. The other thing? Simple vocal declarations that you will not agree with the enemy, you are strong enough, you have what it takes to say no!

"Whatever I have, wherever I am, I can make it through anything in the One who makes me who I am". Philippians 4:13 The Message Bible