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Stopping by Food Lion on a Sunday Morning….

23 Jun

Today I stopped in at Food Lion on my way to Sunday School. Reason? I just feel like where two or more kids are gathered……you need Goldfish! ¬†ūüôā ¬†While I was searching for these snacks that smile back…and I mean searching as I’m a Lowe’s Foods fan…I keep running into a family of four. ¬†Two kids under the age of 8, Mom, Dad. ¬†Dad is pretty upset at the meat selection at Food Lion and apparently wants the Butcher, the Baker and the Candlestick Maker to all hear his dismay. ¬†He is using every cuss word I’ve ever heard and certainly isn’t being shy about it. ¬†The thing is…no one is really around from Food Lion. ¬†He’s really just sort of complaining to his family. ¬†His wife and kids are barely paying attention to him but he still goes on and on about the prices, selection and anything else that he feels entitled to.

I’m seriously embarrassed for this family but they look SO unaffected. ¬†I found it so sad that this was their normal. ¬†What if¬†Dad creating a scene and cussing like a sailor was a usual Sunday morning for this family? ¬†I tried to avoid them as much as possible. ¬†However, I kept running into them. ¬†Goldfish aisle. ¬†Water endcap. ¬†Frozen section. ¬†And then, it happened. ¬†He cussed, right in front of me…as I was in between him and his family for a split second. ¬†He was STILL cussing about meat, mind you…not ME…but he looks straight at me and says, “Oh, pardon my language, ma’am.” ¬†I nodded and moved on but clearly I haven’t forgotten it. ¬†It just affected me so much that this man apologized to me…but certainly not to his kids or his own bride. ¬†(I’m assuming they were married, by the way.) ¬†The fact that he took the time to excuse himself to a perfect stranger, yet found it completely okay to act that way in front of his little children just baffled me. ¬†I wanted to scream at him, “don’t apologize to ME, how about telling your kids you are sorry you can’t contain your anger? how about telling your wife that you are sorry for embarrassing her in public?” ¬†Of course, I did not do those things. ¬†I didn’t say those things. ¬†I wanted to…and I still wish I’d said something…but to be honest I have no idea how this man would have reacted. ¬†Instead, I prayed for them. ¬†All of them. ¬†I get that this act that I saw might seem like no big deal to most people but it stuck with me, stayed with me and I can’t shake it. ¬†I feel like when God puts things like that on your mind, there is a reason. ¬†Maybe they are going through something and need the prayer especially today. ¬†I’d like to think there is a reason…but even if there’s not…I’ll be praying for the Apologetic Sailor for a while and his family too.

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Does God have Disney plans for you??

1 Jul

So, I kept a secret from my kids. ¬†They didn’t know we were headed to Disney World after we moved into our new house….and I did quite a bit of planning behind their backs. ¬†I wanted the WOW factor when they found out…I wanted them to LOVE it and to be SO EXCITED. ¬†I have waited and waited for the time to reveal this surprise to them.

Disney

 

It got me thinking. ¬†I wonder how our Heavenly Father must feel about the plans He has for us. ¬†I wonder how it must be to know our future and know how much He can bless us? ¬†It makes me feel pretty pitiful for ever going against God’s will. ¬†To think that I’ve bucked His plans or wondered what He was thinking. ¬†You know if my kids would have said “MOM, I’d rather have gone to Carowinds!!” ¬†I would have been crushed. ¬†I imagine there are many times that God wants the WOW factor for us and we give Him a groan or moan or anything-less-than-excitement.

May we remember that the worst of things that are happening to us might be the very thing that Christ is using to teach us a lesson of life or of LOVE.  His secret will lead to our joy if we just remember to see it that way and treat it as such.

I hope I can hold on to this and remember it tomorrow and the day after…and forever. ¬†It’s so easy to complain but much more of a challenge to look for the blessings….are you up for the challenge? ¬†I am!!!

Moving On

20 Jan

I can’t imagine losing my husband…or my daddy. ¬†I have such emotion right now for my friend and her mom. ¬†I can’t imagine the “what do I do now” feeling or the immense feeling of loss. ¬†I know they are absolutely relieved that he’s no longer in pain, but I would imagine that they are also having that empty feeling as well. ¬†I don’t know how you move on…how you go about your daily life and miss that person….how you sit down to dinner at the table you shared with them and they aren’t there. ¬†The whole “time heals all wounds” saying would fall on deaf ears to me…it would almost offend me. ¬†I’d want more time…more moments…just a few more memories. ¬†Knowing that person is in a better place, of course, helps you with these feelings somewhat I’d think…but not having them present in your every day life has to sting so much. ¬†I am praying so hard right now for this family…I love them so much and I know if there is any way they are going to heal, it will be from our Lord. ¬†God bless them…

Save the people, Save the world

17 Jan

So my writing prompt today is:  How would you start saving the world if you woke up tomorrow with superhuman powers?

I don’t need superhuman powers to know what our world needs. ¬†Our world needs Jesus. ¬†Our world needs to know the love of our God, who gave up His only Son…for us. ¬†To save US. ¬†If we all, every one of us, kept that in our minds all day, every day…I wonder how the world would be different. ¬†Maybe the shootings might end? ¬†Would the deceit and lies and petty things and adultery and theft all cease? ¬†If you thought of your sin as a direct mark or hit on Jesus – would it stop you? ¬†Stop looking to be saved by acts or power or money or deeds and look to the One who can do it….Jesus. ¬†Invite Him into your heart. ¬†Pray this:

Father, I know I’m a sinner and that I don’t deserve eternal life. ¬†Please forgive me. ¬†I want to turn away from my past sinful life and turn towards you. ¬†Please help me to not sin again. ¬†I know that you sent your son, Jesus Christ, to die for me and my sins. ¬†I also know that He is alive and hears this prayer. ¬†I invite Jesus to become the Lord of my life, to rule and reign in my heart from today forward. ¬†I accept Your gift of eternal life. ¬†In Jesus’ name, AMEN!

If you prayed that….tell me! ¬†Tell everyone! ¬†Welcome to the family…. ¬†ūüôā ¬†Praise the Lord!!!

Just Reflection

14 Dec

My heart is really heavy tonight. ¬†I’ve prayed, I’ve cried, I’ve read, I’ve watched…I’ve tried to comprehend the details and then shut my computer in dismay. ¬†I have hugged my children, absorbed in their scents, and thanked the Lord for my blessings. ¬†I feel so incredibly sad for the families of the little angels that lost their lives today. ¬†I feel so raw with emotion that I can’t even put into words exactly how it makes me feel. ¬†I am looking to my Lord. ¬†I am not asking for answers or understanding or even peace. ¬†What I ask is for more people to trust Him. ¬†More people to have the kind of faith that moves mountains. ¬†That heals hearts. ¬†That forgives. ¬†Those children were so innocent, so unfinished. ¬†Surely so loved by a parent or two….grandparents…great-grandparents..aunts..uncles…brothers…sisters. ¬†Those small little hands and fingers and toes….so small and yet so missed this evening. ¬†I cannot even imagine the hurt and loss that their families must be feeling. ¬†But, even so, I pray that they have faith. ¬†I pray that they look to Him. ¬†I pray that they would draw closer and nearer to the only one who can deliver them. ¬†I pray that they would know Him, love Him, trust Him. ¬†Only through Him will they once again see those small eyes and be reunited among streets of gold!!! ¬†I pray for comfort for these people, this town, our country. ¬†We surely need many things…but most of all, Him.

Election Affection

5 Nov

As I’m attempting to complete the NaBloPoMo blogging party…I’m using some prompts to keep things fresh around here and not just write about MONO! ¬†ūüôā ¬†Today’s is timely of course…and involves our fabulous election that will take place tomorrow!

What do I think about it? ¬†I think it’s a wonderful thing. ¬†I am so very proud to live in a country where we are given the right…the ability…the responsibility…the privilege of electing the official that will execute our federal laws. ¬†I think it’s sad that some don’t use it…some don’t think it matters…some don’t agree with it. ¬†I personally feel very obligated to educate myself on the nominees of local, state and federal offices. ¬†I feel that I need to vote with my head AND heart. ¬†I know that I need to use my own beliefs and hopes for our country, in order to vote with a strong understand of who and what I’m voting for. ¬†It’s hard, with the negative ads from both sides…with the banter on social media sites coming from and at both sides…with the chaos that surrounds the nominees and sorting through it all. ¬†When it comes down to it though, I pray. ¬†I pray for each nominee and their families. ¬†I can’t imagine what they go through, what they are up against. ¬†I pray for our country and know that no matter what happens…who wins and who loses, that MY job is to pray. ¬†I know who is in charge, in my Lord and Savior. ¬†He makes no mistakes and He has His hands on our country, my house and my life…so I have peace in that. ¬†Just remember….One nation…under God!!!!! ¬†ūüôā

Mono-logues

4 Oct

So I decided that my update yesterday could have been called vague….and that is surely not ever my goal.  I prefer to be clear, pointed and transparent.  So, let me seriously give you the lowdown.  

  • I am tracking along with this illness.  (If you’re just learning of my mono issues, you can see the old news here.)
  • I can expect another 2-3 weeks of feeling bad….but hopefully will make the turn soon and be able to join the living again.
  • For the next 6-9 weeks I will be especially susceptible to pneumonia, bronchitis, strep, colds and have the increased risk of hepatitis so my liver functions will be tested regularly.
  • I have an ear infection so he gave me antibiotics for that, which of course go great with anyone’s tummy right?  (Blah!!)
  • Since I have a “weakened immune system”, I am to limit exposure to known sick individuals and to go to the doctor if I have the teeny tiny beginning signs of a cold, sore throat or any fever.
  • I am normal.  Several symptoms made me wonder if I was…and I am.  Not sure if I’m happy or sad about that!!!  
  • The dizziness should get better over the next few weeks.  He is hopeful that it will not last the duration of this illness (which is about 12 weeks total).
  • I should not be taking anything for sleep.  I asked because I am so off on my sleep patterns.  He wants me to sleep when I am sleepy and not worry about when that is.  
That’s all, folks!  I seriously want to thank those of you who ask about me daily, who have called, emailed, texted to check on me, those who’ve sent things, those who have prayed.  I appreciate you all so much.  This has been more than I ever could have imagined so I truly am most grateful for one thing – PATIENCE.  I’m not really good at it….but I’ve learned more than ever who is…my husband has been so loving and patient through this, I can’t even express how much of a difference that makes.  My sweet  mother has been especially kind and helpful.  My kids have been totally understanding and have seemed to enjoy doing little things for me and I have to tell you that their handmade cards are the most treasured.  My boss has been amazing and easy on me.  My colleagues have been absolutely wonderful and have picked up where I left off in a big way.  My employees have been receptive to the changes that they have had to endure and have stepped up to make sure things didn’t fall through the cracks.  My friends and family have been sweet to check on me.  I have had cupcakes, spaghetti, lemon pound cake and flowers delivered….(ohhh thank you to my sweet cousin Diane Thomas for that spaghetti…it was timely and so so so so good!)…and I am so very humbled by the kindness of my loved ones and of strangers as well.  From people who have contacted me privately through my blog or people who have found other ways…I just can’t say enough how much it means to me.  This has been a hard thing for me  for which I’ve had no control.  (Possibly that’s the hardest part.)  Thanks to you guys for making it a little easier on me.  Love you all!!!

Prayers for today!

2 Oct

If you’ve been following my mono progress…you will know that it’s been almost THREE WEEKS.  Which, by the way, is tooooo long!  From what I have heard/read that’s about normal, though many people (women, especially) do experience issues far longer than this.  But we are not going there.  Nope!

I have a follow up appointment with my Doctor this afternoon.  Pray that it goes well, I feel good enough to be there and that I don’t fall out.  Being “up and about” has been the issue lately.  Getting up too quickly and getting dizzy or feeling hot and like I’m going to pass out – those are the things that keep me home.  Well, that and feeling like I need to sleep 16 hours a day.  During the day.  It’s no fun, y’all!!!!

Thanks for the prayers so far…

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