Monday, February 29, 2016

An Empty Nest Is Highly Overrated

This is the first Monday morning that I have faced a new week with an empty nest. The first day in 30 years I don't have to think about caring for my children. I don't have to worry what they will eat for lunch or if they need something washed. I won't have to walk into their room and straighten it with my perfectionist eye. I miss their noise and even their bickering. I miss them!

 I carried them and gave them life ~held them close to my heart and nurtured them. One by one they have left the nest.  I know I shouldn't want it any other way. I know this is what I raised them to do. I know I need to cut the apron strings. But ~ I don't want to! I want to kick and scream and throw a fit and just cry.

My house is picture perfect~ not a thing out of place. My floors are clean and the beds are made neat and tight~ grandma would be proud. The house is quiet so I turn on praise music.  Oh~ what I would give to have them all home for just one more day. I would sit and play all day and let them make messes and put away the phone and computer and turn off the television. I would glory in my children just one more day.

I am so thankful that I choose to stay at home and raise my children. Today ~ I am so thankful I made my children my career. I am thankful my man  was willing to make huge sacrifices so I could have the past 30 years. Today ~ I have no regrets! I wouldn't have missed it for the world. 

Give me a moment or two and I will move along and pick up my to-do list and plan what the rest of our life will look like. 

In my distress, I cried unto the Lord, and he heard me.

Saturday, February 27, 2016

3B Tara Estates Saint Joseph, Mo~ We Are Selling Our Beautiful Home

3B Tara Estates, Saint Joseph, MO 64507

5 beds5 baths3,100 sqft

This beautiful home has the best of both worlds sitting in the countryside and only 5 minutes from the North Shoppes. This custom 1.5 story home features five bedrooms and five bathrooms and a beautiful open floor plan. The main floor has a large eat-in kitchen with new granite counter tops and tile back splash which opens to an entertainer's formal dining room. The main floor features two guest bathrooms and sun porch that leads to a large backyard. The open living room contains a large gas fireplace and a grand staircase that leads to the second floor. The master bedroom is located on the main floor and includes a walk-in closet and large master bath with a tiled oversized tub. The main floor laundry room is sure to please. Upstairs features two beautiful bedrooms and full bath all which are visible from the main floor. The lower level has a family room that is very spacious and contains a beautiful stone fireplace. The lower level also features two bedrooms and a full bath. This home is all electric and has storage galore. It includes many extras including a central vacuum system. The wrap around porch and park like setting make all seasons enjoyable. Tara Estates is a well sought after subdivision with only 9 homes and large lots. It is a beautiful and quaint neighborhood. You don't want to miss a tour of this lovely home.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

We Are On The Mend~

My prayer for today is that ~if like me~ you have been attacked from nowhere and are feeling the arrows of the evil one piercing your very soul that you will feel the of peace of God. That God will apply the balm of Gilead to your wounds. That you will be renewed and that you will allow God to pick up the broken pieces and allow Him to mend them together once again. 

If you would have told me we would be where we are today~ I would have never believed you. We have been shaken but not cast down, we have been hurt but not destroyed ~ we are on the mend. God has allowed us to be in the fire but hear me when I say ~we have not been burned.  Nope~ not even a little stench of smoke lingers on our souls.  God is holding our hands~ walking a little closer to us each day and leading us in our own sort of cloud by day and fire by night kind of way. 

God promises to take the bad that others meant for His believers and turn it for their good. Can I get an Amen?  Stand strong~ believer! 
    Genesis 50:20 But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass , as it is this day, to save much people alive .

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Come Empty~

Wow and wow~ God is so good. This devotional came to me just when I needed it. Right, smack dab in the middle of a heavy trail~ I open my mailbox to find this devotional.  Dr. Sandra Dalton-Smith is an internal medicine physician who has taken her experience with all kinds of illness from broken bones to broken hearts and writes Come Empty.  It is written in short devotionals dealing with all kinds of issues~ 80 in total. It can be read in order or by topic. 

Most times I review a book and then pass it on to someone I know that will enjoy it as much as I do. As you can see~ the minute I opened the book this was the first devotion I opened to. God spoke right to my heart. I felt like God had given  Dr. Saundra just what I needed back when He gave her the message. When God led her to write this devotion ~ I know He had me in mind.  

Each devotion touched my heart and encouraged healing to my weary mind and soul. I want to personally thank you, Dr. Saundra, for listening to the Holy Spirit as you pinned these devotions for the empty. You have been a blessing to me in more ways than one. 

When a water vessel is filled with dirt and stones, it cannot be used to quench a thirst.
But, when this vessel is emptied, there is an opportunity to fill it until it overflows with fresh, cool, life-giving water. Water that quenches. Refreshes. Soothes.
Our souls are the same: filled with fear, doubt, and disappointment. Running over with unanswered prayers and lingering questions. When we empty the mess of our lives in the presence of God, we’re offered an invitation to come. An invitation that allows us to come empty – so that we can be filled until we overflow.
Come Empty: Pour Out Life’s Hurts and Receive God’s Healing Love guides you through fifty days of experiencing the fullness of God’s love and His ability to overcome life’s hurts. Each day, you will receive assurance of God’s presence in your difficult situations. Each devotion gives new vision and perspective when you’re hindered by emotional blind spots, and leads you to experience God’s peace and wholeness. When His invitation is accepted, He will set your captive mind and heart free to live fully by His grace. The question is not if you will get an invitation. The question is, will you come?

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Moving Beyond Anger~

Hello, Blog Friends~ It's a cold and blustery day here in Missouri. February is already quickly moving along. We are just a few steps closer to Spring ~ can I get a hallelujah? 

God has been allowing us to go through the fire. We have found ourselves caught in the cross-fire of evil and selfishness. It is so hard for me to hold my peace when I see what is behind political agendas.  Last week~ I wrote from a paralyzed state of fear~ frozen in my place and unable to move forward. With hands opened wide and empty, I surrendered it all to Him. It is here where only God can work and bring faith instead of fear, peace instead of war and forgiveness instead of revenge. It is our very nature to want to manipulate and retaliate but God wants to fight our battles. He can do a much better job at settling scores than I can anyways. 

In the midst of this season in life, God has done amazing things in our hearts. He has not only answered prayers but He has confirmed to us that He has done things that only He can do. He is walking a step closer to us and holding our hands a little tighter. He is planting our feet on solid ground and He is taking what others meant for our evil and turning it into pure gold.  In time, I know He will trade beauty for our ashes. Amen and Amen!

James 1:19-20 Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath: For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God.

Monday, February 8, 2016

Baby It's Cold Outside Soup~

It is freezing here in Missouri~ so I decided to warm up the family with this soup.
 It is a simple soup with all the normal ingredients you have in your kitchen.

Vegetable Soup~

1 pound ground chuck
4 cups of chicken broth
4 cups of water
2 packages dry onion soup mix
1 (15 ounce) can tomato sauce
2 stalks celery, chopped
1 onion, chopped
1 (16 ounce) frozen mixed vegetables
3 cups cubed potatoes

 1. In a saute pan, brown ground beef, over medium heat.
 2. In large stock pot, combine broth, water, onion soup mix, tomato sauce, celery, onion frozen      vegetables and potatoes. Bring to a boil and then simmer until potatoes are tender.
3. Add browned ground chuck, mix and serve.

Be ye, therefore, followers of God, as dear children; And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour. Ephesians 5:1-2 KJV

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

I'm No Longer A Slave To Fear~

I once heard that being afraid is really not all about the situation at hand but the fact that you think you believe you can't handle it. Whatever the reason fear paralyzes us.  I don't really know but there are circumstances that are out of our control. It is natural to fear when things happen to threaten our security or well-being. There are those times when we are just not sure of the outcome. 

What do we do when we have done all we can and now we can only stand on God's promises?  Promises that He will turn the bad that others meant for harm to the good of His child.  When you have begged God to intervene and change the situation~ what do you do next? When you have begged Him for a miracle in the form of deliverance ~  now you just stand.

The children of Isreal found themselves in a horrible mess. (Exodus14) They had left the bondages of slavery from the Egyptians only to be chased by them after Pharaoh decided he wanted them back. They come to the Red Sea with Pharaoh's armies closing in on them only to come to a huge road block~ the  Red Sea. The Word of God tells us God opened the Red Sea and allowed the children to cross over to the other side. 

We have found ourselves at a road block. It feels as big as the Red Sea. I just want it to be over and I want to cross over to the other side. But for some reason~ God is allowing us to stand at the edge of the sea and wait. It is not a pleasant place to be. Just like the children of Isreal ~ I am fearful when the enemy is nipping at our heels. Our giant also has a hardened heart ~ a selfish heart ~ a heart that consumed with evil. I am praying God pierces that heart in one way or another. 

Here is the promise God gave to His children when the enemy wanted to crush them. 

Exodus 14:14 The Lord shall fight for you and ye shall hold your peace. 

I was listening to a song yesterday and it just goes along with my thoughts this morning. 
 I am no longer a slave to fear. I am a child of God.

Monday, February 1, 2016

Coming To The End Of Myself

I have come to the end of myself. I have grown tired of all the questions clouding our life. I don't know what direction to move and I am tired of searching. Moving forward is for sure but I have lost the desire to manipulate or control the situation. I only have a burning desire to be right where God wants me to be.  This storm has tossed us into a desperation only to linger to a dull roar where we have come to the end of ourselves. It is here where we have found peace in the midst of the dark skies and rest in the arms of our Heavenly Creator as we wait ~ expectantly for God to show us our very next step.

When the winds began to blow and the skies turned dark we were fearful but not now. We have desperately turned to our God and gone deeper in our faith. We are receiving a new and fresh manna for each day and just for that day. Before that made us fearful but now we only ask for what we need to get through the day and for strength to shine in the darkness.

Every ending has a beginning. We certainly see the ending and wait in faith for the next beginning. God has allowed this road bump in our lives so we would look only to Him and allow Him to guide us day by day. It may seem uncertain to us but He knows just what He is doing. He has traveled this journey before us and He has the plan to give us a future and a hope.

So today ~ while I wait this is my prayer.

Psalm 25:4 Shew me thy ways, O Lord; teach me thy paths.



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