Tuesday, November 30, 2010
After lunch, we all sat at the table & looked through the Black Friday sale papers to see if there were any bargains we couldn't pass up. While we looked, I told the boys about how when we were little we didn't have sale papers like this we just had the JC Penny or Sears & Roebuck catalogue and those stores would send out a special Christmas one full of toys & gifts. I told them about how we would go through the catalogue & circle what we wanted & put our name by the gift so that everyone would know what we wanted. The boys were amazed at the story which seems weird to us because to us it was old hat, but they've never seen such things. That is funny in itself but the conversation we had following was hilarious.
Tom said growing up at our house, you could circle until you got carpel tunnel but you still weren't going to get what you circled. Clay sat there with a strange, thoughtful look on his face and left the room. He went back into my mom's storage room & came back a little while later with a huge cardboard box that he gave to Tom. He said, Dad I can't believe you NEVER got a cardboard tunnel. We all just burst out laughing....I guess to a 10 year old....carpel tunnel does sound like cardboard tunnel & he was going to fulfill that wish! He is absolutely the funniest kid! I so wish I had written down all of the things he's said...maybe one day I'll start writing them down...and name the book, Clayisms!
We had a great day & hope that yours was as fun & eventful!
Saturday, November 27, 2010
Thursday, November 25, 2010
Thanksgiving...a uniquely American holiday! A time to stop & give thanks to God. Psalm 107:9 says Give Thanks to the Lord for He is good & his love endures forever! What an awesome promise.
Sometimes we feel it's difficult to give thanks because life is challenging, but how very important it is to give thanks in the hard times. We seem to be a nation of focusing on the 20% we don't have not ever stopping to acknowledge the 80% that we do. How tremendously blessed we truly are. During the Civil War, the deadliest war in American history, that resulted in the deaths of 620,000 soldiers & countless civilian casualties. The war where 10% of Northern males & 30% of Southern males died, Abraham Lincoln took the time to stop & to establish this holiday.
It has seemed to me fit and proper that [the gifts of God] should be solemnly, reverently, and gratefully acknowledged with one heart and one voice by the whole American people. I do, therefore, invite my fellow citizens to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next as a day of thanksgiving and praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the heavens.~Abraham Lincoln
He took the time during the midst of challenge to acknowledge God as did the Pilgrims did on Plymouth Rock so many years ago. Take time today to thank God our Father for all He has done. Thank Him for the good and the bad. Thank Him because He is God and He is our Father & He loves us! Thank Him for Salvation through His Son Jesus who died on the cross for our sins, not because we deserve it but because He loves us!
I’ll share the Thanksgiving list I’ve been working on this month! There are many more, but this is just one for everyday of the month! Hope you have a great day! Be Thankful!!
Blessings & mercy
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Do we allow others to be themselves? Do we allow others the opportunity to behave without judging their behavior? Do we accept their behavior as just that and nothing more? We cannot control others or their behaviors. We cannot make people do things we want them or don't want them to do. It's ok to confront someone about their behavior as long as it is done in love and concern and not an attempt to make them see things your way or try to make them do what we want them to do.
One of the most freeing things is to stop expecting people to behave how we want them to behave, our way, the way they "should"(our controlling). Then we will not be continually disappointed, hurt, jealous, angry or offended. Allow others the opportunity to take care of themselves, & in return, we should take care of ourselves. That's a hard enough job...being concerned about ourselves & our physical, emotional, spiritual well-being that we don't have time to worry about the expectations we have in our mind that someone else should meet to make us happy or complete.
Do we want to control or do we love? It's very easy for us to sit in our comfy chair and think about what others should do, when perhaps we have no clue what is going on in their life or perhaps how God is trying to work in their lives. We want to justify our behaviors because theirs isn't up to par. Heaven help us. God have mercy on us as we sit not knowing what all is going on; not having the all-seeing Eye of the Father. Lord, convict us of our self-absorbed, narcissistic behaviors. Convict us if we feel that somehow we deserve special treatment? Help us, God & show us how to love how You love.
Open up my eyes to the things unseen
Show me how to love like you have loved me
Break my heart for what breaks yours
Everything I am for your kingdom's cause
As I walk from earth into eternity
~hosanna by hillsong
I'm nothing but the creaking of a rusty gate.
If I speak God's Word with power, revealing all his mysteries and making everything plain as day, and if I have faith that says to a mountain, "Jump," and it jumps,
but I don't love, I'm nothing.
If I give everything I own to the poor and even go to the stake to be burned as a martyr,
but I don't love, I've gotten nowhere.
So, no matter what I say, what I believe, and what I do,
I'm bankrupt without love.
Love cares more for others than for self.
Love doesn't want what it doesn't have.
Love doesn't strut,
Doesn't have a swelled head,
Doesn't force itself on others,
Isn't always "me first,"
Doesn't fly off the handle,
Doesn't keep score of the sins of others,
Doesn't revel when others grovel,
Takes pleasure in the flowering of truth,
Puts up with anything,
Trusts God always,
Always looks for the best,
Never looks back,
But keeps going to the end.
Love never dies.
Friday, November 5, 2010
Several of the youth decided to get in the back of this truck & hide to scare the kids as they walked by...not sure they were successful but they had fun anyway...Sarah is laying in the bed hiding!
Thursday, November 4, 2010
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
to the Razorback game at War Memorial.
They had a fun time being together since they don't get to see each other a whole lot! After the game we all met at Crackerbarrel before they headed home! Lots of laughs & good times!
Thanks Aunt Frances!