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Friday, March 3, 2017

Grow in GRACE

I was putting away the Valentine's Decor this morning, and was kind of going through some of my Spring stuff. I came across this cute little thing. I won this at a Ladies Meeting a few years ago. It always makes me smile. I was with my mama and a friend that day. We had a fun time together. I love the bird on there. Birds are something special to me. I am always wanting to watch them eat out of my feeders, especially when the weather is getting warmer. When I came across this , I smiled. It was no accident... It was what the Lord wanted me to see. It was a reminder of me and my hubby '' growing in grace'' over the past few weeks.. Even as the sun was coming through on my shoulders standing on the porch, It was a wonderful moment to feel the sweet love of God, and a reminder HE was showing me......
SO, what does it mean to ''grow in grace''? From a personal standpoint, I think it means to mature as a Christian. Putting your faith ABOVE your fears.We grow in grace by studying the Word, and applying it to our everyday lives. When the trials come, (AND THEY WILL< EVEN WHEN EVERYTHING IS GOING WELL).. it is GRACE that gets us through. It gets us through everyday issues, like when you are sick, when you need guidance in a situation, when you need MORE patience for your patients..(LOL

1 Thessalonians 4King James Version (KJV)

Furthermore then we beseech you, brethren, and exhort you by the Lord Jesus, that as ye have received of us how ye ought to walk and to please God, so ye would abound more and more.

John 3:16King James Version (KJV)

16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
How much MORE grace could there be than that?? That is something definite!  The more we grow in grace, the more He is seen in our lives. If we are NOT growing in God's grace, then we are NOT doing His will.
Being interested in the THINGS of God is another way to grow in grace. Get involved in everything you can. On my birthday, I came down with the flu. The very next day, my hubby did the same. We were out of town. We did not know at the time we had the flu. It kept us away from Church for  awhile. We are better now, still not 100 %, but when I went to Church last Sunday, it was like a breath of fresh air.. It was so good to be back, and around the Church, around God's people, and to be apart of the amazing services, worship , and with GOD. This was growing in grace, because God gave the grace to get through the sickness we had, and for us to be strong!
Be thankful for the things of God.
Being sure and secure.. God gives grace for that. When we are not sure if certain things are going to come out the way we want. God lets us grow from that very thing!

2 Peter 3:17-18King James Version (KJV)

17 Ye therefore, beloved, seeing ye know these things before, beware lest ye also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own stedfastness.
18 But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.

Having faith that everything is going to work out, when we are faced with decisions we are afraid to make, when we get bad news, when things tear up around the house, when someone hits your car, GOD gives grace and let's us grow in it by us putting our full trust in Him,KNOWING He already knows the outcome of it all.
 MY prayer today is to grow MORE in Grace!

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Wilmington bound

here we are on the first night

It was a ''special'' birthday!! Awhile back, hubby had told me of a fishing school held in wilmington, nc he wanted us to go to. He had tried to get us in this school for several years ,but it was always full. This year, we were able to attend. It was a fun thing to do together. We learned about different rigs, and ways to catch different fish from captains who do fishing charters. We actually learned a lot, and then went to a nearby bait and tackle store to stock up on the things they recommended. We made it a 5 day trip, also celebrating our birthdays.
 we spent the first day touring the city, looking for good places to eat and looking at the beaches. there are 3 beaches there. this was Wrightsville beach... beautiful!
the intercoastal waterway

 we stayed at a Staybridge Suites last year when we went Chattanooga . We were really impressed, so we decided to stay at the one in Wilmington. They are really nice, they all have a full kitchen, and a really big living area, and bathroom. Also, during the week, they have a FREE SUPPER there every night in the dining area.

 downtown at the railroad museum

Wrightsville Beach
THE FISHING SCHOOL.. YES, I was one of about 20 ladies.. it was ok though
here I am on MY birthday!!!!
Snow's Cut
we  enjoyed this trip so much.. it was so fun to visit a new city for the both of us...

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Relief, Relax, and Family time

If you go to downtown Gatlinburg, you know Fannie Farkles is a MUST!! The corndogs are so good!

Every january, some of my family always takes a week to go to the mountains for a little ''after Christmas break''. This year was NO exception. After the Christmas rush and events we had happen on Christmas, it was a much needed time to take off, sit back, relax, and relief from the rush, catch up, and enjoy some QUALITY FAMILY TIME. This year, I was so happy.. EVERYBODY CAME except for Scott, Drake, and my daddy. You have to understand, it is not that they don't interact with us or they don't do things with us, they just don't travel that
ANYHOO, we all had a great time. We rented a bigger cabin this year, so it would accomadate us better. It was roomy and spacious, and had lots of running room for lil d. It was so fun watching her go from place to place, looking around in everyone's room, and watching her new movie we bought her, ''Shrek''. She had fun and was spoiled by all of us! 
on sunday, the Cowboys played.. Chris smoked ribs and bbq all day on sunday for us, so we had a delicious meal waiting on us when we got back from gatlinburg!
fun time riding go carts. lil d is not scared of anything! 
Eating breakfast at my favorite friend's place.. Paula's
love this pic!
living room at the cabin
how bout a pic before a day of shopping
corrie and kevin getting their corndog fix!!
she loved this at the ripley's believe it or not
a selfie at the island
we spent saturday night at the Island. Some of my family had never been there before. It was a lot of fun!
the ferris wheel at the island!
love this mirror selfie with this sis.. God is good!
eating lunch at Five Guys..yummmmm!
on the porch
mother and her girls!!!!
Just like always, we had a great time being together, eating, watching sappy movies,playing games, playing cards, the guys shot pool, Lil d got in the jacuzzi, we ate.. you see what we did.. We can't wait to do it again!!!!!!

Friday, January 13, 2017

Christmas times two

 Happy new year everyone!! We are ready for a new year and ready for a fresh new start. I know it is after Christmas, but I wanted to fill you in on our Christmas, and let you know what's been going on! We started our annual traditions of baking, and shopping, along with several visits to some family members. We took a few our our Senior Adults for a fun night to the Billy Graham Library. It was so beautiful as always. Chris and I are enjoying working with these special people.
 outside at night, it is simply beautiful!
 me and the sweets in front of the big tree
the group we had that night, we stopped for a nice meal at Cracker Barrel

We decided as a family to celebrate Christmas a little different this year. I will be honest, I am not one for CHANGE, but we all decided we would do this at least this year. We celebrated at my niece, Corrie and her hubby, Kevin's NEW HOME. It was so beautiful and we are so PROUD of them. They are working on getting everything in it's place, decorating to their liking, and making this house a HOME. It was wonderful decorated for CHRISTMAS. We started out there on Christmas night but God had a plan. On the way there, my sister, Lorieann , suffered a light stroke. She, at one point, did not know who, or where she was, nor could she speak properly. This was a VERY SCARY TIME. It is one thing when you work around this ALL the time, but when it is YOUR SISTER, it is totally different. We had her rushed to the ER, where they did tests to determine what had happened. They determined she had a light stroke. Her blood pressure was elevated, and she was having a headache, trouble speaking, etc. Needless to say, that night was a CHRISTMAS in the books, and one we would never forget. We decided to go ahead and eat, but would try it again in a few weeks, eat again, and do our presents and such. It was such a wierd feelng... some of us there, others at the hospital. The LORD IS SO GOOD.      

Psalm 9:10King James Version (KJV)

10 And they that know thy name will put their trust in thee: for thou, Lord, hast not forsaken them that seek thee.
 We prayed together that night as a family that the Lord would watch after her, keep her fear under control, and would heal her according to HIS will.We knew HE had it under control, we just had to put our trust in Him.
 He made her better.
this is the next week!!! She is on the end!! NO MAJOR DAMAGE!!! PRAISE THE LORD!
We decided to try it again the very next week after she got out or the hospital! We had a hotdog supper along with some yummy desserts. It was so fun and such a blessing. It is a TRUE miracle !

 here is the second pic by the tree!
 it does not take much to entertain these two!

 yummy hotdogs with the trimmings!

 Pawpaw Hoot with Lil d

Lil d opening presents with her parents
 family photo...... Christmas x2

 Lil d got a bike from mimi.. mimi was so happy to give it ti her since she was not able to the first christmas!
my wonderful parents
Christmas 2016
christmas x1  lol
papa richard in his christmas pj's
madison and ben in their christmas pj's
a delicious eight layer caramel cake.. it was rich, but delicious!
So, you can see, our Family Christmas was a little different, but I am so glad God knows and sees what we don't and knows the very small details of our lives.. had we had our Christmas at my parent's home, we would have been further away from the local hospital, and that could have meant things could have gotten worse before my sis got to the hospital. Thank you Lord for knowing all things!

Psalm 9:9King James Version (KJV)

The Lord also will be a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble.