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The Day Off

Schools closed yesterday for the snow.  Mark was home because of the snow.  Everyone had the day off.. including me.  With temperatures well below freezing, no laundry could be washed.  See, poor insulation+ cold temps=frozen pipes and no laundry.  With 2 big labs and 2 spaniels, dog hair and dirt made cleaning a no win battle.  Two kids and one husband bored with cabin fever made it impossible to say, “No” to anything fun.  Thank God for snow days.. right????

This year’s Arkansas weather has been strange..well I mean…a winter wonderland.  Yesterday, we got 7 inches and northwestern Arkansas got up to 25.  Never in my days has Arkansas seen so much snow!!!  The entire state has been blanketed with the white fluff!!  Again.. unheard of!!  Even our mail didn’t run!  We have consumed a lifetime of snow cream this season.  Yummy!  And we have kept the hot chocolate makers in business even in the recession.  My 13yo declares, “I hate snow!”  My 9yo screams, “Yippie, No School!!”

And to think just the other day, I was a holy terror and pouting because the schools were closing!!

If I hadn’t come to my senses.. I would have missed snuggling with Fred, Ginger, Domino, Stuart and Mark at the same time (makes the king size bed seem really small).. winning a long and intense game of Phase 10.. witnessing Justin Bieber Fever…  watching snoozing dogs take over the couch…and all around goofiness that cabin fever brings!!

Last night, I went into the bedroom, closed the door and opened my Bible.  In the midst of the snow-fun-filled day, I began to wonder about all the hopes and dreams that I envision for my entire family.  I wondered if indeed my children will chose the career path that God lays before them.  I thought about the time I wasted wanting to leave the world of teaching and didn’t have the nerve to do it.  I admired Mark for doing something he loves and the company he works for that supports, cares and encourages him..quite the opposite of my former places of business.  I began to wonder if my choice to stay home and write was..

I ain’t going there!

I quickly looked down at the Bible.  And this is what God pointed out…

Trust God from the bottom of your heart; don’t try to figure out everything on your own. Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; he’s the one who will keep you on track. Don’t assume you know it all.  Run to God!  Proverbs 3:5-7 The Message

Comfort!

Satan likes to trip us up in our thinking.  He loves to plant seeds of doubt, worry, and fear.  The more I allow him to sneak these seeds into my thoughts I will find myself stuck and unwilling to budge.  Is that what God wants from me?? No, I don’t believe so.  God warns us to be on guard 24/7 for Satan’s trickery.  I can allow a day off from my household duties, but never can I take a day off from God.  If I do, Satan will take advantage.

Then I had to pray..

I’m trusting you Lord from the bottom of my heart.  I don’t want to figure out everything on my own.  I will listen for your voice… in everything I do, everywhere I go…Keep me on track.  I want my focus to be on you!

Beware, Satan, I know what you are trying to do!

Well, I hope you are enjoying all this snow!  If I had a snow shovel, I wouldn’t know how to use it.. so it is best I sit tight until spring!!  Besides, then I would miss the sparkling snow with the sunlight dancing on it….

God bless…….

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Do As I Say…

Back in the dark ages, when I was student teaching, there was a first year teacher, Mr. Taylor.  I can remember sitting at the round table in the teacher’s lounge listening to him complain about the students not obeying him.  He would tell them to do something and they would habitually ask him why.  His response was the classic, “Because I told you so..”  His point:  If I tell them, they should just do it and not question why.

How many times have I been given a command from God and I turn around at ask, “Why?”  I know God has my best interest and He would never steer me wrong.  There should never be a question as to why.  Yet, I question, “Why now?” or “Why not so-n-so?” or “Why can’t I wait until I’m ready?” I can picture God leaning over to Jesus and saying, “Because I told her so…”

Proverbs 10:8a, “The wise in heart accept commands.”

The path to happiness and honor is to be obedient.  Think about it..if I am obedient, God is in control and I no longer have the delegation of responsibility.  That takes a load off of my shoulders.  I would rather have a wise heart, honor and happiness.. wouldn’t you?

“but a chattering fool comes to ruin.” Proverbs 10:8b

If you are anything like me, I sometimes tell God the reasons why I don’t need to do what He as commanded.  It can be out of fear.  I chatter away giving excuse after excuse.  I have even gone as far as to find a replacement for me.  “See God, I have this friend and she is so much better at this than I…” In reality, I am just putting it off to buy me more time to figure out how I can get out of it.  Making excuses and asking why are  forms of resistance which causes delay, frustration, and most likely failure.  YUCK!

I really would rather be wise than a fool.  So, it is time for me to challenge myself to stop making excuses and chattering up good reasons why I shouldn’t do things.  I will be obedient.. “within reason” just popped into my head…OH BOY I have a long road ahead of me!!

God Bless….

Don't Cha Love It?

To be honest with you, I have never sat down and actually read the Bible.  It has always been something I wanted to do, inspired to do, started to do; yet, never actually did it.  With my quiet time with God (a response to my quest for a balanced life), I have focused on Proverbs.  I have really enjoyed reading this particular book.  At first, I really didn’t get the idea of one piece of advice God’s thought after another; but, I continued with it and I have fallen madly in love with Proverbs.

The whole meaning behind Proverbs being advice from a father to a son, makes it even more special.  It is like God has become my “Dear Abby.”  He advises on just about every subject and well..it is really good advice.. DUH!!  Can you just picture God sitting beside you, holding your hand and giving you His advice?

Pay attention and listen to the sayings of the wise; apply your hear to what I teach, for it is pleasing when you keep them in your heart and have all of them ready on your lips… Proverbs 22:17-18

Oh, man, I want to please Him so…  Don’t cha just love that image???

God Bless..

Lazy Daze of Summer

Don’t you just love the description of summer… Lazy Daze!  I believe the original term used was “days,” but if I was a betting woman, a mother with a houseful of children changed it to “daze.”  She was completely worn out doing all the kids stuff that the day had left her in a daze!

I didn’t realize how much entertaining, teaching and learning I would be doing this summer with my kids.  (and we haven’t even had a full week of summer yet!)  We’ve been swimming, shopping, and spending a lot of time together.  I thought my shuttling hours were over when school drop off and pick up was done.  Oh, but no, “Mom can you take me to…” has been the most asked question thus far.

To say the least our summer hasn’t been lazy and there have been times both the kids and I are left in a coma like daze state after having so much fun.

I have been doing well with my Bible reading and reflections.  God is still nudging and I was more than happy to talk to Him this morning at 3.  The house was completely still and I had a lot on my mind to discuss.  Praying over my thoughts and waiting for his response was enlightening this morning.  I went back to bed feeling so much better and relaxed.  And the best part, when I went to bed, I didn’t mull over the thoughts like I would normally do… I just fell asleep so peacefully knowing I had left my worry in His most capable hands.

Something funny though… as I was reading Proverbs 11 this morning, I guess I dosed off a little while reading.. my eyes were going through the reading motion but I believe my mind fell right to sleep as I passed over verse 22.

“Like a gold ring in a pig’s snout is a beautiful woman” is what I comprehended.  As I made my way down the page well past verse 22, I realized what was read.  Puzzled, I was trying to piece together what I read. “pig’s snout”, “gold ring,” and “beautiful woman.”  Was God comparing beautiful women to pig snouts with golden rings??  I thought, “Wow, I’m glad I’m not a beauty queen.”  Thinking the Proverb verse would be good to blog about, I went back up the page to find it so I could refer to it.

Then I read the whole verse…

“Like a gold ring in a pig’s snout is a beautiful woman who shows no discretion.”   I got to laughing at my mistake…then I had to agree with the Proverbs.  I was kinda relieved though for those beauty queens out there!!

Enjoy your Lazy Daze!  And God bless…