Thursday, October 20, 2011

Whoa Neely!!!

This is what I have been hearing God tell me a lot lately.  Since like summer.  Which by the way, I am wondering where it went!  Anyway, He has been on me to just slow down.  Literally.  Slow down, take my time, stop and see all that is going on around me.  Life.  My boys.  Our family.  His creation.  Slow down and enjoy.  But I am a tad bit on the stubborn side.  Anybody know what I am talking about?

Anyway I got myself one of these.....
Yep!!! I sure did.  I wasn't happy about it at all.  My boys have really chimed in with their opinions and comments about it.  Now in my defense it has been twenty one years since I had an "official" ticket.  This one was for uh um, Failure to stop.  Yes.  Do you get Daddy's sense of humor here? Needless to say I have been trying to really slow things down.  Not rush myself in to doing everything that needs to be done.  And then He brings it all home today as I had to sit in the court room.  You see, I got this pink slip on Labor day.  So it has been a thorn in my side for a few weeks.  But today, as I pondered on it He brought it all full circle.  I had to appear in court.  Before a judge.  And be held accountable.  Do you see where He is leading with this?  Because one day, I will have to appear again.  Before a judge and be held accountable.  I don't plan on it being here though.  But there.  He will question me just like that judge today did.  I will have to answer.  My pink slip was dismissed.  No fees to pay.  After all, it has been over twenty years.  I didn't fall to my knees when I approached the judge today.  But one day I will.  And I won't have a fee to pay there either.  My debt has been paid. 

So to celebrate the slowing down.  The enjoyment of life.  I will have some of this....

And I just might take my time eating it.


Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Talk about praise

This melted my heart & made me smile.  I want to hang it in my house.  And I may just do it as a reminder.   In Mark 10:15 Jesus says
"that anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it."
I don't know this childs story.  Name.  Home.  All I know is what I see in this picture and it tells me this child has faith in her God.  She is praising Him.  I want that.  She is holding nothing back.  And look at the hands of the one behind her.  So much is said here.  And no words are spoken.  But it inspires me.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Pastor Appreciation or something like that

To some of you he may be your pastor.

And sometimes it may be extremely hard to take him serious.

But to these two, he's just dad.
Giving advice or instructions

Or just messin with them.
He is still dad.

To me, he is my soul mate.  My best friend.

We have traveled a long road.  And this is where we are.
I thank God for him each and every day.  On some days more than once.
But very seldom do I say thank you D for letting God use you to deliver His message.  I know it isn't easy.  But you have let Him lead while you humbly follow.  For this I am thankful.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

"May the words of my mouth and meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer."

Enough said. 

Monday, October 3, 2011

Panic Mode!!!!

What I am about to tell you may absolutely bore you to tears but I have told you before that "Daddy" uses this beautiful "pretty boy" pictured above to speak to me.  This past Saturday night was no different.  It is dark and the security light has come on.  I am standing on the patio waiting for him.  I watch him go past my hydrangea bush which is nothing unusual.  Only thing is the gate was left open.  I still haven't had anyone to fess up to leaving it open.  Anyway, I turn my back to shut the door and turn around and he is gone.  I mean GONE.  Nowhere to be seen.  Nowhere.  I call his name.  Nothing.  I turn more lights on. Nothing.  I get the young one and D in on the action.  We live on a pretty busy highway and I had him in the middle of it.  But then I am NOT hearing horns or squealing tires or anything like that.  Any way the young one finds him in the yard around a bush he favors.  Yep he ventured out of his area.  In the dark.  Setting me in panic mode. 

So as I thought about this, "Daddy" gently spoke.  How do I make Him feel when I venture out of my area.  I know that I don't send Him in panic mode, but still I know He would rather me stay close by being that I am the apple of His eye (Psalm 17:8) and He loves me with an everlasting love (Jeremiah 31:3). 

Needless to say that once he was safe and in the house he was in big trouble for scaring mama like that.  But I got over it because he was safe and in the house.  Our Father is the same way.  He wants us safe and tucked in under His wing.  Following His lead and not our own.  He wants us to stay with Him and not venture out of our area.  He knows what this world holds.  Yes the world shows us lots of pretty things and makes us think we want those things.  But our Father knows best.  Samps didn't see anything wrong with venturing out of his area.  We don't either.  He didn't see or know the dangers that were out there either.  We don't either.  I have to be honest I have ventured out of my area and out from under His wings more times than I can count.  But each time He has always been there waiting for me to turn around and come back.  The difference between me and Him, He can always see me.  I couldn't see Samps.  Kinda makes me think that before I venture out again I will remember this past Saturday night.