Day Three: I Blog Because…

I blog because:

  • It Is enjoyable.
  • I like to get all my thoughts out on “paper”.
  • I have learned some of my most useful information in simples passings or readings.  I hope to inspire others as well.
  • I am a bit shy, so it is MUCH easier to say what I want to say HERE.  Words get all jumbled when I talk out loud.  Although, this is getting better.
  • It’s good to look back at where I was in comparison to where I am now.
  • It’s a good way for family and friends to see what we are up to.
  • Blogging gives me some “me” time in this nuthouse.  😉

***McCrazy Daily Lesson: Enjoy what you do; Do you what you enjoy!***

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Four Year Old Gone Nuts

Well, he’s not four, yet, but he will be soon.  

He is getting more and more full of himself by the day.

For example:

  • We went to the river with some friends.  The air was the right dampness and temperature to be able to see your breath.  Derek walks over to me and says, “Mom, look!”  I look,  He breaths in and out a couple times.  I say, “Wow buddy!  That’s cool!!”   He says, (AND I QUOTE!) “That man over there gave me cigarettes…”  We, again, had the “you can’t say crazy things like that because you will get someone in trouble” talk, again.  Even after doing it a few more times, while I watched, he insisted he had this ability because he was given cigarettes…
  • A couple weeks ago, we bought a body pillow; nice, new, and fluffy.  I slept with it ONE NIGHT before my child requested we put it back in his room, because it was, in fact, HIS pillow and I STOLE IT from him.  :-/  He is still adamant about this as well…  I bought myself a new one today.

I feel, in my heart of hearts, I am forgetting another insane story, but that’s all I can think of for now.  

Wish me luck…

***McCrazy DAily Lesson:  Kids are AWESOME!  A little nutty, but AWESOME!!  Where else would we get these great stories!!***

Photo: Why does this nut think it's ok to put his car in my yard??!?!?!

There’s that little nut!  Hanging out of the car!  

The Journey is Complete!

This completion comes just as a different journey is about to begin!  That is a whole other blog, though.  😉

I always find it interesting when  I have something on my mind, or I write something here, or I talk about something with someone, and then go to church to hear a sermon or Bible lesson on the same subject.  I have been planning this particular blog for a week or so.  It will be about watching for God signs, and my journey to do a better job listening to God.

This morning, at church, a new series started.  Our pastor spoke about “who is the captain of your ship”.  It seems a bit like what I have been going through!!

First, he spoke about Noah.  Noah was on a boat, and Noah did whatever God told him to do.  Noah was a righteous man; following God’s commands.

Then, he spoke about Jonah.  Jonah was told to do something by God and he said, “no”.  That’s all.  Just “no”.

Last, he spoke about Simon in the book of Luke.  Jesus told Simon to put out the nets and fish.  Simon said he had already done so with no catch, but he agreed to do it because Jesus had told him to.

During the little journey I have been on, I have found myself trying more and more to listen to God, and to follow what He is telling me to do.  I don’t know that I have ever told God “no” (like Jonah).  I may have simply not heard Him, but I can’t remember ever just saying “no”.

I have, also, done things simply because it is what he has asked.  “I don’t see the point, but I will because it’s what You want.”  (Like Simon.)

I find my biggest problem to be paying attention.  I don’t know what’s worse: not listening when being told to do something, or just never recognizing you are being told to do something…  I am finding that I am doing a better job honing my listening skills.  When I am listening and paying attention, I do my best to do what I am “told” (like Noah).

Here is where the story REALLY starts…

A bit over a month ago we visited my husbands mother for a week.  Then, we went to my hometown for a day.  I did not want to go.  Every since my Dad died, going home has been nothing more than a chore.  I LOVE to see my friends, but I have not gotten to just go visit since prior to my Dad getting sick.  It was worse after he died, of course, because I was always on official business.  I had to open the estate. I had to handle the estate. I had to close the estate.  Before I could do any of that, I had to try to find a sister I have never met.  I was always going home for a couple of days; just long enough to “take care” of something.

I hated it.  I hated it not because I was bratty and didn’t want do the grown up things, but because it was such an emotional drain.  My father and I were very close and all this “after he died business” was not what I wanted to be doing.  If you have had to do this before you, you know what I mean.

The last trip I decided I had had enough.  I was sick to my stomach thinking about going the house.  Everything had been handled, except his house.  First, we had wanted to fix it up, then we decided we were selling it.  (My Father had given the house (and everything in it) to my husband and I a couple years before his death, so we didn’t have to sorry about probate.)  I didn’t have the nerve to actually put it on the market, so it sat.  Then, people began breaking in and breaking things.

All decisions regarding the house were very hard for me for many reasons.  It wasn’t just his house.  It was where he had lived for 30 years.  My sister and I grew up there, and it was where our mother had raised us until she died.  WE had many family and friend memories there.  The entire house was filled with family belongings, but what do you do with all of them when everyone already has all their own stuff!??!

I was done, and I was selling.  That was it!  We spent the day in West Virginia, and we headed home.

The next morning my phone rang.  It was a West Virginia number, but I did not know who it was.  I answered the call, and, to my surprise, there was a lady on the other end who wanted to buy my Dad’s house.

Coincidence?

At the exact time I decided to sell the house, I got this random call.  Did it get my attention??  YES!

We went back for about price for a  little while.  We had hoped to get more for it, and had been told we could, previously.   Now, when I did some asking around, I was finding that the final price she had given me was MORE than fair and I should “take it and run”.

So, I did.

After talking to everyone I felt I needed to, we all agreed, and I made the deal.  Twelve days later I was in closing on the sale of my Dad’s house; our childhood home.

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It was a hard visit, but it was one that had to be made.  With my husband leaving soon, and me having the boys to take care of, alone, The worry associated with the house just wasn’t worth it anymore.

While I am sad that it is gone, the heavy burden has been lifted.  I am very appreciative of this.  Selling the house gives my heart and mind extra room to focus on what is important.

Colossians 3:2 ~Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things

***McCrazy Daily Lesson:  I have said it before, but it is, again, relevant; life is SO much less stressful when we let go of the wheel, and ask God to take it.  We cannot mess up if He is the “Captain” of our life.  Some decisions are still hard, and some decisions may not be what WE want to do, but we can take heart in knowing that it is what HE wants.  We are here to serve Him and do His will.  When things get in the way of that we must “weed out” the distractions.  If we aren’t sure how, all we have to do is LISTEN!  He will help!***

The day before I signed the papers to sell the house, I went to visit my Dad’s grave.  While visiting, I opened his Bible. It open to 1 Corinithians 15:55,56 (This drew my attention because he had it underlined.) O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law.  ( Verse 57: But thanks be to God, which giveth us victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.)

He WILL talk to us; all we have to do is listen.

Photo: Family time!  :-)

Related: By The Eternal

My Second Award: The Liebster Award!

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The Liebster Award is given to up and coming bloggers who have less than 200 followers.

So, what is a Liebster?  The meaning: Liebster is German and means sweetest, kindest, nicest, dearest, beloved, lovely, kind, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing, and welcome.

Isn’t that nice!  🙂

I was nominated by Momma Needs Coffee!  Thank you so much, my dear!  It was a very welcome surprise!

Of course, accepting this nomination comes with some “rules”…

And here they are!

1. Thank the blogger who nominated you for the Liebster Award, and link back to his or her blog.

2. Answer the 11 questions that your nominator asks you.

3. Post 11 random facts about yourself.

4. Nominate 11 bloggers of your own, with under 200 followers, whom you think are as awesome as you.

5. Create 11 questions for your nominees.

6. And finally… Display the Liebster Award logo on your page.

Here are the 11 I had to answer:

1. What is your favorite breakfast food? ~Pancakes

2. Name one place you would most love to travel. ~Ireland

3. Which of the wonders of the world would you most like to see? ~Christ the Redeemer

4. If you were stranded on an island and could only bring 3 things, what would you bring? ~Water, Boat, Fishing Line

5. What wild animal do you wish you could have as a pet? ~Tiger

6. How many pets do you have? ~One

7. What is your dream job? ~Writer.  🙂

8. Coffee or tea? ~Whichever is more readily available.  😉

9. Favorite TV show? ~Merlin

10. What is your guilty pleasure? ~Coke a Cola

11. What is the first thing you would do if you won the lottery? ~Donate to Charity

Eleven Random Facts:

1. I love sleeping.

2. I love the theory of cooking.

3. I love the rain.

4. I still watch Days of Our Lives.

5. Running shorts and sweatpants are a dream come true.

6. The Redskins WILL win the superbowl this year.

7. I could eat spaghetti every meal.

8. I often eat my ice cream straight out of the carton.

9. I hate flushing the toilet in the middle of the night when it’s SOOOOooooo quite.

10. I enjoy crocheting.

11. My focus is solely on going to Disneyland next year!

And the nominees are……

suzannetony

Two Under Two Blog

Fit ‘n Busy Mom

My Life as a Navy Wife

Crafting the Word of God

bkwrm513

The Journey Within

Joy to the World

The Northern Scribbler

Coffee with a Side of Autism

A Game of Diapers

Eleven questions my nominees MUST answer if/when they accept this award:

1. Where are you currently living?

2. Where are you from?

3. Where would you like to be?

4. Hopes?

5. Dreams?

6. Fears?

7. Do you like to travel?

8. Favorite Sport?

9. Favorite Movie?

10. Country music or Rock and Roll?

11. Who is your number ONE?

Ok…I THINK that is it!  Good Luck!  Congrats!  And Thank You, again, Momma Needs Coffee!!

***McCrazy Daily Lesson: Hard work DOES pay off!***

Tuesday’s Bible Talk (Preview)

I believe I will be volunteering for Camp Gotcha next week, so I may be a bit spotty, again.  The rest of this week, too, probably, since I will be off to West Virginia to sell our childhood home…

Being as it’s Tuesday, and I had Bible Study this morning, I wanted to go ahead with a Tuesday’s Bible Talk Preview.  Tuesday’s Bible Talk will be mostly me reiterating what I learned for the day.  I read, we have discussion, and I give back what I took from it here.  A remembering tool for me, and a chunk of our Bible Study for you!  

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You are, of course, free to an open discussion.  We can learn from each other!  

  • Sins are Sins are Sins are Sins

This was today’s main point for me.  It doesn’t matter how many we’ve committed, comparatively, or how bad ours are, comparatively, they are all SINS!!!  If I commit 200,000 sins in a lifetime and you commit 100,000 sins in a lifetime, we are still in the same boat.  We still need forgiveness.

I am no better than you, and you are no better than me.  We are all sinners.  That’s why Jesus came; to save us from our(sinful)selves.

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One who thinks his/her sins are not as bad, or as many, may seem arrogant in their thinking that they are in a better boat than others may be.  Arrogance, itself, is a sin.  It takes away from our credibility as Christians.  As I have mentioned before, we are to work towards perfection DAILY.  Christ is perfect, and we are to model ourselves after Him.  Arrogance is not a Christlike quality.  Not in the least. 

John 13:34-35: “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.  By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”  

A great analogy was used today.  I won’t go into great detail, but have you ever thought of us all as 1st, 2nd, and 3rd class citizens?  First class are usually high up on the totem pole.  They may be the ones giving out the orders.  Second class are usually the in between guys.  They are the workers who get the orders from above and pass the “how to” to the third class.  Third class are the “grunt workers” if you may. The ones who make it happen.  

Next time we are down in the dirt and feel like we may never get out, we need to remember Matthew 19:30: But many who are the greatest now will be least important then, and those who seem least important now will be the greatest then.

Our work is to glorify God.  We were put here as servants.  When we are down and dirty, remember, that’s where God needs us (for now).

***McCrazy Daily Lesson: We must have the confidence to spread the Word, but we mustn’t show arrogance in our practice.  It’s all for the glory of God.***

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Where Did You Go??!!? AGAIN!!

It’s feeling a little nutso around here, but there is a light.  I wanted to let everyone know I am not disappearing.  I actually have BIG things planned!  

I am thinking of making daily categories.  🙂  Tuesday will be Bible Study related, I am sure.  “Tuesday’s Bible Talk” or something catchy like that.  😉  

Wacky Photo Wednesday!??!  Would anyone like to participate??  Enter a Wacky photo and link to your blog??

I will do a bit more thinking and update later.  🙂  Let me know if YOU have any ideas/requests!

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