Monthly Archives: November 2013

My Pop, My Hero

He always joked.

He told stories of the big ones that got away.

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He was a craftsman.

He gave great hugs.

Around campfires, he amazed us with his owl call.

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He fished.

He read books on philosophy.

He was wise.

He was kind.

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He was a man of honor and respect.

He was troubled but overcame the odds.

He met Jesus in the cab of his truck.

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He was a hunter.

He was a great man.

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He’s my Pop…… my hero!

May God bless and protect those who served, gave their lives, and who continue to protect freedom.  Happy Veteran’s Day!

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Obsessed

We have a puppy.  She is the cutest thing.

But. She’s a puppy.

Chews everything insight.  My kids say she’s obsessed with chewing.  I explain that it is in her nature.

Recently, I have been behaving like our puppy.  No, I am not chewing up everything insight.  But, I am like a dog with a bone.  Obsessed.  Something that’s in my nature.

This obsession has taken over my every thought.  I am consumed with it.  I play it out in my head over and over and over.  I can’t sleep.  Unfortunately, I eat and eat and eat.  I am so far behind on the household chores that I am drowning in a sea of dirty clothes.

This obsession has gotten the best of me.

Here’s the thing.  Along with this obsession came a major disappointment.  I’ve had a few here and there but not like this one.  I had a choice just like when I had the minor disappointments:  1.  Hand it over to God  2.  Go completely insane trying to fix it or change the outcome.

Of course, you are going to know right off the bat which one a I chose.  Ahem…..  #2

Now remember yesterday’s post on Patience?  Boy did God test me out.  And DID I EVER fail.  I went with my nature.  Once again, I took over God’s job.  I kinda pushed Him aside and said, “Let me do it.”

One roadblock after another.  And after each one, the more obsessed I became.  Then it dawned on me…..  I needed to go to time out.  I did and prayed for forgiveness.  It is time for me to stay out of the way.  Let God do His thing.  On HIS timetable.

In the meantime, I have a few loads of laundry to do!

Patience

Over a month ago, I posted the 1 Cor. 13’s love verses.

 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.  It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.  Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.  It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

As I have been trying to apply this verse to every aspect of my life.  I have been learning and growing.  Yes, this verse is about your relationship with your spouse.  However, it also a rule to live by with everyone you encounter.

Ahem, sometimes it is easier said than done……

I’ll just leave it as that……

But recently, God has been giving me an assignment.  Applying it to my relationship with HIM.  I never really thought about that perspective.  Honestly.  I didn’t.  I guess I thought it was understood or that it was one sided…… or God sided, if you will…….

I mean God is love and Love is all those things listed in the verses……..

I really had to stop and think about my relationship with HIM.  Am I patient?  Am I envious of His relationship with other people?  Do I get angry with God?  Do I hold God responsible to the fact He allowed bad things to happen to me?

Makes your brain hurt trying to wrap it around all this……

Patience right now is being the one area in which I need.  At times I sit back and let God do His thing.  But other times, I take over because He isn’t working fast enough or in the direction I want Him to go.

Simply.  I am a control freak.  I like control.

Ahem.

But patience interferes with control.  Because, patience requires a level of trust that relinquishes my control.

See something difficult.