Ringing the Bell

The McKay Family is VERY excited to be ringing the Salvation Army Bell for the first time tomorrow!

The boys have already put money in this year, so the older one knew what I was talking about when I told him what we were doing. ¬†ūüôā ¬†He is excited to do it. ¬†I do not believe the little knows, but he’ll fine. ¬†ūüėČ

I am happy that we can help, and I am hoping for this to be the starting place for the boys to get a better understanding of “it’s not all about YOU!”

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When we are done, it’ll be time for—-cupcake delivery to the church! ¬†So glad I found the energy to get them done. ¬†ūüôā

Tis the season, but the season for helping others should be year round!

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Weekly Nut Note

One week.

One Letter.

One box.

One card.

Not too shabby, if I do say so myself. ¬†ūüėČ

I can write this here, because I am FAIRLY certain my husband has no way to check my blog while he’s gone. ¬†ūüôā

I thought I was doing well. ¬†I mean, I am doing well. ¬†However, I realized tonight that I am making it a habit to sit on my couch/bed and eat Little Debbie cakes and drink coke/wine…

 

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If I’m not mistaken, these are “sad chick” symptoms?? ¬†I have never been one to cry over my ice cream and such… ¬†I’m totally functional during the day, now, but at night… ¬†Wam! ¬†Sad Chick!

Oh well. ¬†This, too, will pass. ¬†ūüôā

On a brighter note, I drove my husband’s Camaro tonight!! ¬†This is QUITE the accomplishment. ¬†I have never, in my WHOLE 30 years, driven a manual car BY MYSELF!! ¬†YAY ME!! ¬†The car shall live through deployment!!!

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On a McCrazy note, my four-year-old asked God to bless Ironman and Hulk smash during bedtime prayers…. ¬†

On a God note, SO happy it’s Sunday, and I got to church this morning. ¬†I always feel better after. ¬†ūüôā ¬†Cannot WAIT for Disciple to start!!! ¬†

Now, I shall enjoy my box of cakes.  Tomorrow is another day!  

***McCrazy Daily Lesson:  Watch your self.  You know you best, and YOU will know when something is going askew before anyone else, if you are honest.***

Things I Believe

I believe my God loves me.

I believe that I work, daily, to have a closer relationship with God.

I believe I am taken care of.

I believe my Family loves me.  

I believe I do my best to do for others daily/when the opportunity arises.

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The idea behind our “I Believe” lists are that if in the crazyness of our day to day lives our “I Believe” lists aren’t rattled, we are doing ok.

***McCrazy DAily Lesson: ¬†Prioritize. ¬†Don’t sweat the small stuff.***

Matthew 6:25-34 

“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes?  Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?  Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?

¬†‚ÄúAnd why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. ¬†Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor¬†was dressed like one of these. ¬†If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you‚ÄĒyou of little faith? ¬†So do not worry, saying, ‚ÄėWhat shall we eat?‚Äô or ‚ÄėWhat shall we drink?‚Äô or ‚ÄėWhat shall we wear?‚Äô ¬†For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. ¬†But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. ¬†Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

The Journey is Complete!

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

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!  :-)

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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: ‚ÄúA 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.‚Ä̬†¬†

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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Volunteer

If ever you get the chance to help with an event such as Vacation Bible School, DO IT!  It was a blast!  it was a lot of work, but ten times more fun!!!  

After our Thursday night concert,

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we had one more day of fun. ¬†ūüôā

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The kids had a blast, and so did we! ¬†It was an AWESOME experience that I will definitely be repeating next year (if they’ll have me!). ¬†LOVE THE KIDS!!!

The Sunday following the conclusion of VBS my babies were baptized!!

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I am one PROUD Momma, and I am feeling SO much better having gotten it done before Daddy leaves!  :-/  They were such great boys during the baptism!!  

It is almost time for Daddy to leave and everything is falling into place. ¬†This week I will sell my Dad’s house. ¬†Obviously, this is not something I want to do, but it is something that needs to be done. ¬†I am at peace with it, and, again, glad it will be completed prior to my husband leaving. ¬†God’s grace is amazing. ¬†I am getting better and better at watching for the signs and letting God lead me. ¬†Man! ¬†Life is SO much less stressful when He leads!! ¬†I’ve had a blast the past couple of weeks! ¬†I am feeling very blessed.

Psalm 143:10 ~Teach me to do your will, for you are my God; may your good Spirit lead me on level ground

***McCrazy Daily Lesson:  Enjoy life.  Live it to the fullest.  Always look forward.  Do His work.***