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Wednesday, January 15, 2014

God's Quiet Stream

God's Quiet Stream
I will take special notice of the good things when they come.
I will fix my mind on what is
pure and lovely and upright.
When the heat and winds of life's storm come,
I will not fear; I know you are near.
I will not worry but keep on producing a life
that is a blessing for you and others.
Let me take time often to come drink from
Your quiet stream, I thank You for it.
A. Donihue

We recently returned from a little time away. We spent last week in a quiet little place. We had a real good time. The weather was wonderful. It was warmer for January. We only wore a coat for one day..I have some more pics I will post in another post later, but for now, I want to focus on this stream. Outside the cabin, was this really cool stream beside of us... I could sit out there and just listen to it for hours.. It was so peaceful, and then during that night, it rained some. The stream became a little higher. It was up in size and became louder. It was still beautiful to see and watch.

There are times when we face trouble. We feel as though we are in a desert, thirsting to death.We do not know what will come next. Everything around us is dead, dried up, and to a certain extent, WE are too.. That is when we can find a place.. a nice, little ,quiet stream to relax by, and even put our feet in for a soak.... a place for refreshment. a place to get a recharge. a place of knowing EVERYTHING is going to be alright. Water is needed for growth. Worry is a down fall for me. I tend to worry about things before they even happen. My mind plays tricks on me.. That is when I need to focus and trust God, with all of my problems..The mind can be a HUGE battlefield if we let it. God's Quiet Stream is a place of refuge.. Go there and leave all of the problems of life..He controls the stream and controls every problem we face.

Saturday, January 4, 2014

EXPECT the NEW year

Happy new year everyone.. Hope you all had a great Christmas!! I am sharing some pics from our Christmas this year...
 this is me and daddy.. a friend gave me this shirt.. i knew just how to make my daddy smile!!!!
 My parent's living room
 Gathering for a  pic with my mama and two sis'
 a family pic at our Christmas with Jan and John(my in laws)
 Homemade turtle cheesecake made by my aunt Diana
 me and the hubby on Christmas night
 Our special CHRISTmas breakfast together
us gathering in the living room getting ready to open presents at chris'mom's
It is now 2014!! this blog is 7 years old. We have had a great Christmas and a great start to 2014. We began the new year with a wonderful meal with our family and some extended family.. We had a great time, and then a wonderful Church service on New Year's Night. God is so good to us and our family.

We want to go into the new year, expecting God to do some GREAT things in our family this year. We anticipate His will for our lives. We want what HE wants.We are praying for the knowledge of Him, and putting all of our trust in Him. His power is perfect. He is an ALL-KNOWING GOD, He always has our best interest at heart.

Hal Borland stated, ''A year's end is neither an end nor a beginning, but a GOING ON, WITH  all the wisdom that experience can instill in us.'''

When i came across this quote, it just touched my heart. WE, as a family have had to go through a good bit. We lost four precious babies in January of last year, We lost the remaining grandparents we had left on BOTH sides. We lost my AUNT, who was really like my grandmother, We have had several things hit our family, unexpectantly. We had to pick up everything my grandmother owned, and go through it, piece by piece, memory by memory, and watch it all go away..slowly.. but I am glad I  have been able to salvage a alot of it, and I look at it every day.. WE , as a family, had to say goodbye to someone, who had became A PART of us, but she is FOREVER in our hearts... a small life that was with out a doubt, placed in OUR family for a reason, and one day we will understand why...  She prepared our family of what was and is to come.
I have had some personal things too. I have learned who to trust this year. I  have learned that God sends things when you least expect it.. I have learned that sometimes, you just need a friend, and he sends one, just at the right time...I have learned that some people can be very manipulative!!. I have learned that some people will lie to you, regardless.. I have learned that some things are just not WHAT, AS, OR WHO they seem. I have learned that GOD will NEVER fail you. I have learned that I can not make it without the LOVE and support of my husband. When NO one seems to listen, he always has BOTH ears ready to hear me.. and gives me his advice, even if it is NOT what i want to hear. I have learned  that life is truly SHORT. I have learned to make lists and go by them. I have learned that not EVERYONE likes to take pictures..ugh.. BUMMER!! I have learned that going camping with your family brings you closer. I have learned that saying NO sounds negative, but it sure does make me feel very POSITIVE at I have learned that I take a alot of stuff for granted. I have learned to cherish all the good family times that we have. I am going to make every day count.
I am expecting to,and going to take the quote to heart.. Me and my family are going on.. We are taking all of this year's trials, and hardships, and GOING ON... We are anticipating God's blessings this year, and praying for them.. If HE never blessed me again, I would still thank Him.. For, HE has been so good to me, and our family. Happy New Year everyone.