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Thursday, January 22, 2015

what's going on

we had a fun past few days. we went on our annual new year's trip to the mountains. every year , my whole family is invited we had such BEAUTIFUL weather!! it was in the high 60's all 4 days.. one day it got to 68 degrees!! i was so excited!!.. my sister was hoping to get to go with us this year. she had her 3rd treatment a few days before we were to leave. she did not get to go.. but thats ok.. we are planning another weekend trip soon. we had my other sis and her son to go with us.. we had a blast.. we did all kinds of things... watched a movie, ate , laughed, had jacuzzi time, ate, shopped, and dropped... ate, played cards... you get the picture i am sure.. she and my hubby made fun of me.. we went to an arcade... i TOTALLY love skeeball... i will have one in my basement if i can ever find one real cheap.. anyway, i won 10,000 points twice.. this is the grand total on a skee ball machine.. i let out the biggest whooooooo!!!! ever!!!! while jumping up and down.. i felt like i had just won a car on the price is right!!!! they just laughed and laughed and then kind of was like.. really??? i could not help it.. i was excited!!  we had a great time and look forward every year to it when it comes around.. my mama usually goes too, but she stayed home to take my sis to her appt. to get blood and fluids.. we really did miss her too!!!!

 my sis, lorieann and my nephew, drake

me and my sweet hubby

hubby saw that it was gonna warm when we returned home.. so.. his fishing itch started .. he got it really bad.. not counting that he got some new fishing stuff at bass pro that he just HAD to try out.. we went on a fishing date this afternoon.. we had only 2 bites,, and did not catch anything, but we had a great time!!! it was so fun!!!
tomorrow is his birthday !!! love our sweet times together!!
we are looking forward to seeing what new things the Lord has in in store for us this year.. as i said last year, we had a few bumps in the road last year, and was uncertain of a lot of things, we  went on.. trusting God.. that has NOT changed.. we are trusting Him to bring us through together as a family!! that's what is going on right now!!   Proverbs 3: 5-6

Monday, January 12, 2015

NOTICE the little stuff

I am a little tired tonight.. Seems like life has been such a whirlwind over the past few days. We had a week long revival that I so DESPERATELY needed. I got to come 3 out of 5 nights. It was great, and seemed like every message was just right on time. We had a funeral at Church yesterday.. A dear man had been in an out of the hospital for a while, on and off the vent, and just got to where he just could not breathe.. HE is so much better NOW.. safe with his Savior...

Sometimes, little things happen to us. This could be a gesture, and kind thing done by someone for you, a word said to you that was right on time.. THESE things are small things, but are HUGE.. We need to realize they happen for a reason.. It is when God gets our attention by allowing this particular thing to happen, sometimes to show His faithfulness, and for us to TRUST in Him... HE wants us to.. We can fight and try things the way WE want, but in the end, HE has everything in the palm of His hand... It is really foggy tonight... It was a rough ride home. It reminded me of how when we do things our own way, and a cloud of ''I CAN HANDLE THIS ON MY OWN'' hangs over our path.. We push and scramble around to plow through that cloud... Sometimes, it is a DARK, LONELY, CLOUD... but we can push through the cloud, and on the other side is bright, beautiful, AND clear.. CRYSTAL CLEAR.. with God's help, and we trust in Him to handle every situation.
My sis goes Friday for her 3rd and HOPEFULLY FINAL Cancer cell treatment... We are praying that when they do the scan after a few days, they will say that it has helped and she needs NO more.. WE are pushing through the cloud and seeing the bright sunshine... The Lord knows what the outcome of this whole situation is..
So, tonight I am reflecting on the little things.. The SIMPLE , little things that I take for granted..I want to look up to Him and see that the little things that mean so much, look down at the things and people around me that I think are here FOREVER, and they are not, the rain that God has blessed us with today, and look FORWARD to the future of a better tomorrow, and even backward, at what the Lord has done specifically for me today. Right now, I am thinking of SAFETY to and from today!!!!. Some things I had on my mind today, He sends different people along my way, and things they say, or just a simple, ''I am praying for your family.'', means SO MUCH!! It is when you notice the little stuff, and are thankful, and know that God is there sending that ''little stuff'' your way, makes every thing a little better.. One last thought that came across my mind today was IF the many ''little things'' that came to me today, only happen once in my lifetime, would I know them and appreciate them more??????? Some of these could be a smile,a word said, and huge belly laugh, (had one of those today) a kind word of encouragement, a simple talk about a dear coworker's dad who was given only 2 weeks to live as of yesterday........................ The answer is a definite YES!!! Take time out NOW to notice the little stuff !!!