New Year, Dirty House?

So far, I am doing well with all my goals.  I have done more of my workout videos in the last week, than I did the whole month of December.  I, EVEN, became an official Beach Body Coach!  😉  Love, Love, Love my shakes and my get fit video!  Don’t be surprised if a THIRD blog pops up.  😉

I have been contemplating our garden.  It is not NEARLY big enough to make enough food to can, but we could at least eat well all summer.  I just need to optimize space and get it going!

I have, definitely, been reading AND blogging more.  I, finally, started “Dreams of Joy”.  I have been wanting to read it forever….LOVE Lisa See!  It is as awesome, so far, as I thought it would be. 🙂  We will, also, be starting a new book at church next Tuesday, “Bad Girls of the Bible“.  I will, definitely, update you on that book as soon as I start it!  🙂

I have been writing a lot in my other blog: Voyage Towards Up.  I missed you all, though, and I wanted to stop in and say HELLO!

The kids are doing great. 🙂  They are so smart, and I can honestly say my patience with their “not smart actions” is getting better.  Day by Day…

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The problem that I have found with all the “bettering me” stuff is that it is worsening the house! I am making time for the things I want to accomplish, but now the house looks like this on a pretty constant basis!

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If anyone out there has a plan to remedy this, PLEASE help!  😉

***McCrazy Daily Lessons: Prioritize…the rest will all work out??***

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A Story

One evening a man was gathering things in, and out, of his car; getting ready for work the next day.  When the man was done, he closed his car doors and headed towards his house.  He got six steps from the car when he realized he had locked his keys in the car.  The man rushed back to his car, and sure enough, there were his keys.  They were sitting in the front passengers side of the car.  

He walked around to each door, and the trunk, to double check they were locked.  

Yes, they were locked.

The man began to panic.  Things were in the car that he needed for work the next day.  How would he get them out in time?  

“I’ll bust the window out”, the man says aloud.  

His wife had been standing there, by the car, thinking.  She was trying to figure out how to get them out.  “Calm down and let’s think about this before you go breaking windows”, she said.

“I’ll do what I have to to get my stuff out for work.  I need that stuff”, her husband replied.

“Call a locksmith.  It may be a bit more expensive, this time of the evening, but at least you’d have your keys AND all your windows”, she said next.

As her husband began to search for a locksmith to call, the wife began checking windows.   The car was a little older.  She herself had locked her keys in a car when she was younger.  Before she could say anything, the man asked her if they had a clothes hanger in the house.

“Now we’re thinking!”,  she thought.

She went and got the clothes hanger.  The man and his wife spoke about how to proceed next and the man went to work trying to pop the lock with the hanger.  

While they were out there, a neighbor stopped by.  The neighbor and wife chatted a bit.  

Then, that’s when it happened.

A car drove by.  It was a new neighbor.  He waved.  Everyone waved back.  

The new neighbor parked at his house and yelled down the group standing by the car, “did you lock your keys in the car?”

“Yes!”, said the wife.

Within a couple minutes the new neighbor was coming down the road with a kit designed, specifically, to get into cars.  What are the chances?!?!?

Within five minutes, after that, the door was open and the keys were out.  No broken anything.

***McCrazy Daily Lesson: 

Philippians 4:6~ Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything

Philippians 4:19~ And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus

Proverbs 3:5-6~ Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight

MAtthew 7:7~ Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. ***

Can you think of anything learned from this story?

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

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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The Road to Hell is Paved with Good Intentions

Thank you, Tammy, for that GREAT lesson and lesson title!

After being out of church for two weeks, it is GREAT to have been back last Sunday and today!!  I REALLY missed being there learning to be closer to God.

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What a GREAT day to return to Bible Study!!  THE ROAD TO HELL IS PAVED WITH GOOD INTENTIONS!  How true is that??!  Although, I bet not many of us have looked at it that way…

Faith and Deeds–14 What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them? 15 Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. 16 If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? 17 In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.

Seems kind of like common sense doesn’t it?!?  How many of us FAIL to do these things, though.  We wish others well, but this is meaningless if we are not doing something to help.      

If there were a naked man standing on the side of the road, and you stopped to see if he were ok, would you leave the man standing naked??  Or, would you take some clothes from your suitcase and clothe him? 

The same must be in done is ALL circumstance.  Even if they only thing we have to give in a given situation is prayer, it could be the one thing they need the most!

Romans 7:21–21 So I find this law at work: Although I want to do good, evil is right there with me.

My Daddy always told me that there was never a viable excuse NOT to do the right thing.  Going to church for example:  I don’t feel like getting out of bed, all dressed up, and driving ALL THE WAY TO CHURCH.  Dad’s response:  That’s the devils talking.

Just because we can rationalize why it’s ok for us NOT to do the right thing, doesn’t mean that it is ok.  We must work, DAILY, to become better and better people.  When we mess, because we will mess up, we ask GOD for forgiveness.

Anytime that little voice says, “it’s ok to skip church” or “you are already out of the store…you didn’t MEAN to steal it” it’s the devil leading you in the wrong direction…little by little.  He will pick and pull whenever he gets the chance…  We must PUSH BACK!  It’s not always the EASIER path, but it will be the more rewarding path.    

Our new book is called Yes!  Lord, I Have Sinned, but I Have Several Excellent Excuses by James W. Moore.

Though I have not actually started READING the book, based off of today discussion, it is going to be another good one.  🙂

More to come I am sure!!

***McCrazy Daily Lesson: We can best show others the love of God by loving them ourselves.***

 

Day 28: Daily Read

The First Place Award for my daily read goes to…..(drum roll)….. my “Reader”.  That is definitely the closes thing I have to a “daily” read.  Second Place would be my Bible.  Yes, I do believe it should be first, and I am working on it.

Since I do try to blog daily (at least), I find myself checking out everyone else’s stuff, also.  It’s kind of like my information center.  I do not read the newspaper.  I do not look up things and “surf” the internet, very much.  So, I search keywords on here, and I see what everyone else is doing from there.  

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This probably limits my knowledge of the world, but oh well.   I do catch up a few times a months by watching Fox News.  😉  (I love watching Bill and Hannity!)  

Now I’ve gone waaaaaaay off subject!  😉  Back to business.

I do believe the Bible should be my daily read, and sometimes it is!  Then, sometimes it’s my every 3rd day read.  :-/  I realized this morning I hadn’t been to church in two weeks already, and I am really missing it.  I need to work on keeping my Bible as my front read in times like this.  You would never believe how much daily living information is in there.  If you have a question, God has an answer!  I was always told that as a child, and after completing my nine month Bible study, I have seen it with my two, very own eyes!!  

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So, in conclusion…  I have rambled and rambled.  I hope at least a bit of it makes sense.  😉  (lol)  I read what you are telling me here, and I read what God tells me.  Take that as you may.  🙂

***McCrazy Daily Lesson:  Pick up a book and read!  Your Bible is a GREAT starting.  If not, read McCrazy Daily Lessons!!***

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Completed

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Tonight, we finished our Sunday night Disciple I class. YAY US!!!  

I have mixed feelings about this.  I am DEFINITELY going to miss everyone.  I thought I would miss the Sunday night classes, but instead, I am feeling excited that in two short months we will be starting NEW classes.  I am completely pumped about this!!!

Disciple I has been a nine month journey that has helped me immensely on my walk with God. After reading a great majority of the Bible during this class,  I now have a better understanding of the “why’s” behind the “what’s”.  All of those little verses and Bible tid bits my Dad had been putting in my head my entire life now make loads more sense!

The fellowship that comes along with this type of class is incredible, as well.  Have you ever read something and thought, “What are they TALKING about??”  For example, when I read the verse:  “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.” (Matthew 5:13), I thought, “Ok then…”   In class someone else had had the verse explained to them prior to the class and had a GREAT explanation.  The question was what’s with the salt??  The response was, “Salt makes you thirst for more”.  Very Simple.  Shouldn’t we all “thirst for more” when it Comes to getting into the Word??  

I am grateful for the opportunity to have been able to take this class and can’t wait for the new journey Disciple IV will bring in the fall.

 

***McCrazy Daily Lesson:  We should never feel like we are below OR above others.  We can learn, so much, from each other!  If we all had the same knowledge, what would we gain from being near one another??  We must listen to each other, and learn from each other. Always striving to make ourselves and each other better; grasping for the perfection we will never reach. ***