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Monday, November 23, 2015

A Few Random Thoughts: Snow, Millie and Snow, Meals, Happy Thanksgiving

Random #1

Soon very soon, it will be Christmas. If you’re into the gift-giving season, well... you better get your hurry on in the purchasing and/or making of those Christmas gifts. I know that was mean, but I needed the reminder and I dragged you into it. Sorry about that.

Random #2

We had our first snow on Saturday, a heavy dusting, enough to make you say brrr, but that could have been the 29 degree morning temp outside and wind gusts. And perhaps that is why Millie Dog Coltrin (who liked snow last year) reacted to the newest weather condition as if she had just been born yesterday. 

This was my FB post/status thingy:

Millie had forgotten about snowflakes, how they drift from the sky, swirl in your face and hit you in the eyes. Surrounded by its chaotic dance, Millie tried dodging the invasion of both large and small flakes by running sideways, spinning in circles and blinking fast, but finally gave up the fight to do her business.
Back inside the house, she inspected her fur coat and even between her toes to find any leftover invaders, but Millie found none. Those scalawags had disappeared.
Her anxious eyes say that round two should begin soon, as she forgot to do one of her businesses. Oh, Millie.

Random #3

I spent a day and a half last week phoning potential families to see if they wanted to receive a Thanksgiving meal basket put together by our HS student council. I’m always nervous when I contact parents to see if I can help them and in this case hook them up with a Thanksgiving meal. Sometimes they want me to butt out of their business, but offering a Thanksgiving meal always brings cheers, many thanks and sometimes tears.

Final Random

Millie wants you to know how much we love our blogging friends. She also said to tell you Happy Thanksgiving and that she will be tied up this week with toys and entertaining me.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Sunday Reflection: With Thanksgiving

The United States will be celebrating Thanksgiving this week as the world grieves over terrorist attacks, hunger, disease, homelessness and much more. We are urged to take a moment to count our blessings with a thankful heart and mind.
For me, I will stop to survey the condition of my heart. Am I selfish, unforgiving, and full of hate towards others? Do I love my things more than God and others?
As Christians we must remember that we should not spew hate for others with the same mouth that we use to profess our love for God (James 3:9-10). Doing so corrupts our hearts and minds. 
Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth.
Worship the Lord with gladness;
    come before him with joyful songs.
Know that the Lord is God.
    It is he who made us, and we are his;
    we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.
Enter his gates with thanksgiving
    and his courts with praise;
    give thanks to him and praise his name.
For the Lord is good and his love endures forever;
    his faithfulness continues through all generations.
May God bless you (all) and keep you! May you keep your blessings in mind all year long.


Monday, November 16, 2015

Rainy Days

I will be back soon, blogging on a regular basis. Really! I hope.

Today, in Missouri, it’s raining cats and dogs. Millie won't go outside to do her business. I’m sure we need the rain, but you know about Rainy days and Mondays and how they always get me down. They really do. 

Plus life in general is dragging me down:

*People who are seriously ill.
*People who choose to be in hate with you for their lifetime. What a waste of time and energy.
*Crazy people who show their crazy.
*Neglected and abused children.  I mean who hurts a child? 
*The state of America. Not the states of A, but the state. We are still a strong nation, but ugh, what are we doing? 

I sound a bit down about it all, but I am super thankful for so many things. I’ve said this before, but when bad stuff sweeps me off my feet there is ALWAYS a tiny flame of hope, in the core of me, feeding tomorrow’s outlook. 

It's there. So today, I'm praying for the above mentioned and fanning the flame of hope, hoping the rain doesn’t drown it out.

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Sunday Reflection: Life Storms

I can’t even tell you the number of times I’ve driven through Missouri storms. If it wasn’t torrential rains, then it was tornadoes flipping about the sky above me. If it wasn’t pelting ice and slick roads then it was blowing or drifting snow. Like everyone, I’ve navigated through life storms, too, from the mild storm to those that brings me to my knees.

Last week, I read Psalm 107 again and realized it had added meaning for me. This is what I gleaned:

God doesn’t always remove us from life's storms; sometimes He hushes the storm until we feel (His) calm, enough to gather our strength and move forward to a “desired” place.

"Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble, and he brought them out of their distress.

He stilled the storm to a whisper; the waves of the sea were hushed.

They were glad when it grew calm, and he guided them to their desired haven".
Psalms 107:28-30


Holy Bible found at Biblegateway.com

Sunday, November 08, 2015

Sunday Reflection: Confidence

I’ve mentioned this before, but I am directionally challenged which causes me anxiety and leaves me with no confidence in my traveling ability. 

On one car trip together, my sister and I were traveling an interstate in Arkansas, for the first time. At that time, we had no GPS only a road atlas. I had appointed her as the navigator since I was the driver--and bossier. On our way to our destination, I suggested to my little sister that she needed to take note of landmarks, buildings, and businesses along the way so that when we returned we could use them as badly needed reference points on where to take my exit. Seemed like a good plan. Upon returning home, as most travelers are, we were tired and trying to be good (as in nice). Around Little Rock roads jetted in all directions, traffic was heavy, drivers unforgiving, and I was overwhelmed. I asked my sister if we were close to exiting. She answered that she didn’t know. I asked if she recognized anything familiar, as in the landmarks I told her to note. She said she didn’t see anything familiar.

We both grew quiet—scary quiet (in my family this is a most alarming sound). Then right in front of us was our exit and I took it. 

As you might have guessed, we made it home. We learned that day that on mega highways you will NOT see the same scenery on your return home as you did on the way there. And we do NOT have that problem on our country roads.

Believing in something you cannot see is tough, but faith in God says we must do that very thing.  One of my all time favorite Bible verses is Now Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Hebrews 11:1 We do that every day, trust in things we cannot see, things that do not have eternal benefits. God says that believing in Him is necessary and becomes a testimony for others navigating this world.  

"Whoever believes in the Son of God accepts this testimony. Whoever does not believe God has made him out to be a liar, because they have not believed the testimony God has given about his Son. And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life. I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life. This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.” 1 John 5:10-14 (NIV)



Scripture source: Biblegateway.com