Tuesday, April 1, 2014

....but for a moment

Tears of frustration and disappointment ...but for a moment! Cried out to God this morning! Don't understand! BUT GOD! He spoke so sweetly. He encouraged me and led me to the "place" I needed to be...to hear what He was saying. "Don't quit." "Speak the Word; take it as medicine." "You can do all things through Christ." "Speak to the mountain." And then He sent me a very special "love" note in the form of a beautiful bluebird...just like He did over 30 something years ago and still does whenever I need to "hear" it. He loves me! He loves me!
I will not quit! I will not look at the circumstances! I will do what I know to do and STAND!
Thank You dearest Father God...I love You.....


The Dr.'s visit went okay...not too excited about what I have to do but it could be worse! Hate being labeled..."you will always be..." but am giving that part to God.

Still eating healthy...had part of a diet drink but didn't enjoy so poured it out! Have 4 months to bring about a change and my goal is to come off the two meds I'm on and NOT have to go on any other med! My weight goal is to lose 50 pounds and as much as possible in the 4 months!

The voice of the enemy, ol' "chatterbox" as Pastor Stephen Furtick says, keeps bombarding me but I keep on speaking the Word and going about my business!

I see myself as succeeding in this endeavor!

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Never the same again!

Wow! Haven't blogged in a long time! Just wanted to today even though no one but me will read it! It's like a journal for me during this season!

This week I received some not-too-terrific news concerning my blood work. Spoke with my Physician's assistant who wanted to immediately put me on meds. I'm not real fond of taking meds and she knows this. Am already on a couple that I want to get off of. I asked her if I could have some time to "fix" this. After a pause, she said she would give me 3 or 4 months. (I'm going for the 4)
I do have to go in and talk with her next week but I've already begun my life changing eating!

I know the Lord is with me, strengthening me and cheering me on! With Him I can do anything!

I began Tuesday after the phone call! (Had already had two pieces of Ezekiel bread with 3 pieces of Neeses' delicious sausage which I probably will never eat again!)

I'm eating veggies, fruits, nuts and seeds and drinking water. Do have my morning coffee after a glass of lemon water but off the cream! Have already begun to lose some weight! And I'm walking!

Not really missing the meat either! Know this is God working in me! :)

Will continue to journal my new adventure....

Tuesday, August 27, 2013


Yesterday was our oldest granddaughter's birthday; she turned 13. We spent the entire day together shopping for  clothes and special boots! We went in search of Fall at Garden Ridge; pizzas at Sam's for her family birthday dinner and lunch at McAlister's. The afternoon found us home watching a movie and relaxing before the girls' hairstylist came to "do" her hair. And he did a beautiful job adding layers to her curly long hair! Family began arriving and the noise level increased as too many conversations were begging to be heard! I LOVE it! With seventeen of us, there are no quiet family dinners, but rather dinners that are full of life, words, laughter, magic tricks by our amazing magician, Christian "the Magnificent", running, jumping, sliding down the stairs---all signs of a deep, deep love and affection that we have for each other! There are really no words that I can use to tell God how I really feel, how grateful I am, how incredibly blessed our family is...but He of course knows my heart. There's nothing like the blessings of our family...our children, our children by marriage, our grandchildren, and yes our parents and siblings, cousins, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, etc. Some days I feel as though I could burst with such happiness and love! Some days it's hard to contain it.
And some days I step back and look at all that Mike and I started 39 years ago. Wow! With the Lord's help we've done an amazing "job"! WE ARE SO VERY BLESSED, INDEED!

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Cutting Back

Cutting back...on...hmmm, several things I think. Cutting back on Facebook for one. Part of me would like to "pull the plug" but then I would lose contact with some very special people. So I think I'm going to cut the time I'm on Facebook drastically! Check in the morning and maybe once at night might be the way to go; or maybe just in the morning.
Cutting back...on the amount of food I've been consuming! This is a must! Not sure what has happened with this but it's a bit out of control!
Cutting back... on television watching! Too much Hallmark is way too much! :) It can be such a waste of time.
This is where I will begin to cut back! Later I will do some more soul-searching and see what is next!

Monday, August 5, 2013

The Wicker Chairs

Just had a phone call from one of my biggest "fans", Jon Dunn who wanted to know about the antique wicker chairs I mentioned on Facebook. (Actually I am one of Jon's fan's 'cause he's my computer-genius that is always saving me from the perils of computer technology!)

Will post the pictures of the chairs but there is a story behind them that bears sharing. These chairs were in Nannan's, (my grandmother) bedroom as long as I can remember. I always loved them and would sit in them whenever I could. I grew up with those chairs because I had the awesome blessing of growing up with both sets of  the most loving grandparents living across the street, for most of my young life, in Charlotte! My grandparents were such a wonderful part of my life- even through my college years and into Mike's and my marriage... and until God called them home.

Mike and I had planned our wedding, sent out invitations and the gifts began arriving. One day I came home from work- I was a teacher- and my grandparents were over. They told me to go into the living room and there I found one of the wicker chairs, freshly painted white with a new sky blue cushion. I bawled my eyes out, so to speak!  It was my favorite wedding gift! Then many years later I was given the wicker rocker that matched. I've painted them and re-covered their cushions and now they adorn our screened porch.
Whenever I look at them or sit in them, I remember my precious grandparents who always loved me unconditionally.

Yes, I do get teary and miss them terribly but I know where they are and that I will indeed see them once again. You may even think me foolish or too childlike but I also ask Jesus to tell them hello for me and tell them that I love them and miss them. And you know what--- I know that He does!

Saturday, August 3, 2013


Have always loved this beautiful home the Father God led us to over 24 years ago. And as you know, homes are always in need of some TLC as the years go by.
I had a dream, a vision of my upstairs bath being shabby chic- beadboard ceiling, beadboard wainscotting with chair rail...white with painted pale yellow walls...pinks and greens accessories.
Well, have some of the accessories and have been using them a few years. When the popcorn ceiling started cracking, etc. I thought "now is the time for my beadboard ceiling!" Well, someone in the house wasn't in favor of my scathingly brilliant idea so it just remained a dream.
Decided to remove the popcorn ceiling that was falling down---a messy, yucky job and after feeling a bit overwhelmed, called out for either Mary Poppins or popcorn-ceiling-removal elves. Neither showed...UNTIL today!
Came home from breakfast and he was in the driveway! Not only did he do my ceiling but he and Mike came upon the idea of doing beadboard and really fixing up my bathroom!
When I heard that, I had to offer up my thank-You to Father God who knew how much I wanted to do this! My dream was just sleeping and at the right time, God awakened it...just for me! Oh how He blesses me every day!
This may seem silly or so trivial a thing in the world in which we live with such evil, such need, so many life and death situations, such moral decay, etc. yet God so loves to bless His children, caring about the teeny tiny details of our lives...about our dreams...about our needs. He is such a good GOD!
Thanking Him now!