As Christians, followers of Jesus Christ, we have enormous blessings and expectations. For istance, we are called to fast and pray, worship, love, be united, love more, give generously, give up selfish worldly pursuits, represent God, always speak truth, strive to understand, stand for truth, honor and please God in all we say or do, and of course read our Bible. And God expects this all and generously provides the resources to do it all. There is no excuse not to do any of these basic mandates of the faith. These are requirements, not out of duty, but out of humble obedience, love and appreciation for eternal salvation and blessings galore. And frankly, I have screwed up and am actively working to do my job better. I call you all out also to do the same. Get back to our first love and relationship with God. It is our responsibility. We are His hands and feet and things that are not being done are a result of us dropping the ball. Pick it up and run with it. God is on our side so we must obey Him. God loves us so we must love Him and other people. It needs to happen. We must do it. ❤❤❤
I love suprises. Usually.
Today, however, when getting home and looking forward to lunch, I was treated to two flat tires on my vehicle. Not one, but two. Two screws, one in each tire. “How does this happen?”, immediately goes through the mind. “Did I drive through a screw farm? No, not even a shoulder was touched,” as I re-drove my travels in my mind.
But was I hot? Yes. It is Florida in summer. But bothere? Nah. We got this.
My son aired up the tires and now I am sitting at Walmart awaiting the tire heroes to patch my tires. They are even checking my front tires to be sure. And it is covered under my roadside coverage from here!
So, surprise inconvenience and intrusion, yes, but perhaps it saved me from grueling work at the house that was my after lunch goal because the kids want to skate tonight. Maybe that is what God wants me to do. Relax for a change. And it didn’t cost a dime. How often does that happen?? God is so good!❤
And….. here we go again. Year seven of homeschooling (the third year with two students) begins and one extremely exciting development. I now have two readers! All the hard work paid off and my daughter is also now an avid reader and loves it as much as my son used to. I hope he gets that back. But anyway, they both read now! This should make schooling a bit smoother with independent study on easy topics a bit easier while I work with the other. And tomorrow is teacher planning day so I will not be in my element but will work it out with God’s help as per usual. And when the excruciating planning and loose organization is complete and materials placed in their designated areas, we will get started on a great year and have some learning fun. So, happy studies to all to whom it applies and may God bless our school year. Praise be to God!❤
Somewhere along the way
After I had prayed
A burden lifted off me
And I walked a lighter step.
Somewhere along the way,
I prayed for God’s wisdom
And suddenly the once thought overwhelming
Melted like butter in step.
Somewhere along the way
When I prayed for my children
They accepted God as their own
And each step grew more joyful.
Somewhere along the way
We got closer to the day
God will take us home
In the glorious, joyful rapture.❤
Ya know, in life we have ups and downs. And generally we don’t appreciate the ups fully until we hit those downs. And of course when we are in the downs, we desperately long for the ups that we will again not fully appreciate and so on. That is the way of it. Most t hj ings n in nature God created to want to be neutral. All things were designed to be in balance with each other. It is true in chemistry, which I love, and biology and virology (for the most part) and microbiology (all of these of which I have studied in great depth in earning my science based doctorate).
Enter plateaus. These are the flatlands, thr neutral spaces, the balanced places, the waiting games places where nature is most content and we are not. These places I have come to accept and truly appreciate, for the ups and downs are not present here. Something has to happen to change the plateau. For weight loss, it is to try to change the proportions or mix up the menu or change the exercise. In life, a change event has to happen to go up or down, like a loss or gain or accident or surprise. In nature, an imbalance has to happen for things to scurry to get balanced again. God designed this. These plateaus should be celebrated for they increase stability and balance and allow for some rest before the change comes. They are indeed created by God (like we are) to be a blessing. We still work in the plateau, we all still do our job, nature does its job, mitochondria and enzymes do their job, everything is working but not in a stressed out way. This is an absolutely beautiful place to be, friends. See it as a blessing as it was designed to be for you. ❤
There is a downside of weight loss. All of a sudden, I find men looking me up and down. I know many women would be flattered, but not this girl. It is irksome and annoying and makes me angry. And I am exploring my strong reaction to this but I can only say that we need to demand more of men. They are, contrary to Hollywood’s portrayal and marketing and even portrayal in schools, here for so much more than their ability to father children. Men are the backbone of this country and head of their families. They are strong and hardworking and intelligent. This is how I see men as they should be by God’s design. So when I see them salivating and staring at me, I want to slap them upside their heads and tell them to cut that lusting crap out and be a man. Real men are godly men and have self-control and treat women honorably and with care and value. So there is my idea on the real value of men and I strongly urge men to be who God designed and intended you to be and quit the havoc – making porn and other lustful deliberations and man up. Men, you are the key to revival and restoration of our churches and families and eventually nation and world. Please don’t fall for any less for all our sakes. Thank you to those men doing a great job. You totally rock. Keep it up please and teach another man or young man to do likewise.❤
Matthew 28:1. ‘After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb. 2. There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. 3. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. 4. The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men. 5. The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. 6. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. 7. Then go quickly and tell his disciples: ‘He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.’ Now I have told you.” 8. So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples. 9. Suddenly Jesus met them. “Greetings,” he said. They came to him, clasped his feet and worshiped him. 10. Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid. Go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me.”‘