Friday, July 25, 2014

Finish Well

What's around the bend?
When you are in your fifties, you begin to think about how you are going to wrap this thing up. After all, few of us make it past 100, so you know you are on the downhill portion of the course.

Priorities are much different now than when you began. An adjustment of goals and dreams need to take place. The things you once thought important, now?  Not so much.

As I face eternity, it becomes more and more vital how I finish.

I want to finish well.

I don't want to be what I have seen happen so many times, a person who is just waiting to die. And even worse, someone who is bitter about the way life ended up.  

I want to go out with a bang! I want my last years to be more and more productive.

What's my plan for finishing well?

I am standing on this Word:

"as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue" 2 Peter 1:3 NKJV

He will give me everything I need to finish well as I get to know Him more and more. That's it.  Just that.  If I focus more each day on knowing Him, it's going to end up okay.


Five Minute Friday

1. Write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking.
2. Link back here and invite others to join in.
3. And then absolutely, no ifs, ands or buts about it, you need to visit the person who linked up before you & encourage them in their comments. Seriously. That is, like, the rule. And the fun. And the heart of this community..


Sounds like fun, yes?  If you want to join us, go to Lisa-Jo Baker.com.

F.F.F. - 07.25.14

It's been another great week here on the Journey. Nothing unusual happened really, just another week of living the blessed life. God is so good!

As I always do on Fridays, I take a moment to thank God for at least 5 highlights that graced my past week.

1. Last Saturday, our church hosted a neighborhood barbecue.  We had some visitors come.  There was good food and fellowship.  The weather was awesome.  Thank you, Lord!

2. In fact, I have to give God praise about the weather.  It was predicted to be a week of sweltering temps but really the last two days have been marvelous.  A gorgeous summer day is a beautiful thing and I praise Him for it!

3.  I'm thankful to have a job I love.  This week went very well.  On one particular day, I crossed everything off my to-do list, but one task.  I'm not sure what I will do if the day ever comes that the list is completely crossed off.  I guess it will be time to set new goals.

4.  I heard a good word at bible study this week.  Bro. Chapman filled in for Pastor and asked us what we think God wants from us.  Most of us felt God wanted obedience.  Obedience is important, no doubt, but Bro. Chapman pointed out God wants us to believe Him. Abraham believed, and, even though he messed up and took matters into his own hands, God still counted his belief in God as righteousness.  Why, Abraham is even called the friend of God!

This really spoke to me.  Of course, I want to be obedient but often feel I fall short.  I will still strive for being a "doer of the word."  Somehow, knowing I believe - I've always believed no matter what came my way - comforts me, because I know my belief will be accounted for righteousness, too.  I believe God and believe every word He inspired in Scripture.

5.  Quote of the week:
"... our present life is to be lived with our eternal life in mind (See 1 Corinthians 3:11-15).,,, David Jeremiah, Turning Point Devotional, 07/24/14
Most of what we worry about here on earth won't matter a bit in eternity! 

And so ends another week on the Journey.  Oh, before I go, here is a picture thought to leave with you:


How was YOUR week?  Leave a comment, or link up at Susanne's blog, Living to Tell the Story.


Thursday, July 24, 2014

I'd Rather Be in Colorado

Today is a glorious day!  It's sunny yet cool with a great breeze and the air feels just right.

Yet, I have to go to work at my windowless office.

There are so many things I'd rather be doing ...

  • For instance, I'd rather be on a road trip.  What a great day for an adventure!  This would be the perfect day for sightseeing, stopping for photo ops and finding just the perfect spot to set up the lawn chairs, preferably by a body of water of some kind with shade trees nearby.

  • Or, I could go thriftng.  Poking around some little hole-in-the-wall shop where I might find an awesome treasure sounds like fun.
  • Along the same lines, even though it is a Thursday, if there were any yard sales going on, today would be a great day to drop by to see if I could snatch up something interesting.
  • When the air feels like today, I feel energized.  If I were home, today would be a good day to tackle an organizing project ... like that linen closet that needs a complete overhaul ... or the shelving unit in the utility room that is crammed full of stuff.
  • I could wash those windows I keep saying I need to do.
  • Perhaps, I might go over to my daughter's and laze in her pool.
  • I could find a shady spot and read a book while sipping a sweet tea.
  • Or, I could take a nap ... nah, let's be real, I only nap on Sundays.
  • If I could do today whatever I'd really want to do, I'd be in Colorado Springs loving on my twinsies!




This post was written in response to Writer's Workshop prompt 1.) 9 things you'd rather be doing today. What would YOU rather do today?  Leave a comment, or you could link up at Kat's blog, Mama's Losin' It.

Mama’s Losin’ It

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Daybook: 07.21.14

FOR TODAY, MONDAY, JULY 21st

Outside my window... typical summer day.  It's supposed to be in the 90s this week ...

I am thankful... for grace

In the kitchen... barbecued chicken today, hoping to try a new recipe with the leftovers this week, Barbecued Chicken Pockets.  (It's on my Pinterest Recipe Board.)

I am wearing... black capris with a teal, black and white striped tunic.

I am reading... "The Prayer Box" by Lisa Wingate.  I'm liking it so far.

I am looking forward to... Saturday ... plans are in the making to visit a cousin's thrift shop.

I am learning everyday ... I hope there is never a time when I'm not learning something.

Around the house... there is always something needing to be done ...

I am pondering... the beauty and mystery of grace. It seems incredible that God will forgive ANY sin from someone who truly repents.

A favorite quote for today...

Teach us, O Lord, the disciplines of patience, for to wait is often harder than to work. Peter Marshall

So often, God works things out so that we must wait.  Waiting is good for the soul, but hard to do ...

One of my favorite things... new photos of my twinsies. I'm already ready for a new photo album!

A few plans for the rest of the week: working on a bible study for July 30th, 

A peek into my day...




I love this latest of the babies - doesn't it look like Brody is telling secrets and Baylee isn't listening?


The daybook is a concept created by Peggy Hostetler.  You can link up at her site, The Simple Woman's Daybook.

Friday, July 18, 2014

F.F.F. - 07.18.14

Time to recap the week!

1.  We've had a great week here on the Journey.  The temps have been mild and the air feels delicious! Next week is predicted we will be back into sweltering temps but while it's still nice I'm enjoying it. We are having a church barbecue this Saturday and the weather should be awesome.

2. First dip in the pool:  Jim and Liss have been working hard to get her pool open despite some setbacks. Saturday, we all enjoyed it for the first time.  I loved it and made plans to go over and swim each weeknight but it just didn't happen.  I'm too busy for a pool!

3.  Some little joys and successes this week: Accomplishing some goals such as finally getting caught up with some bookkeeping, a new organizational tool - a whiteboard calendar hung on my office wall, putting some of the twins' photos in some frames, doing an errand I'd been putting off for months - these are the things that make me happy!


Love displaying pictures of my cuties!


4.  Favorite post:  The main reason I am a blogger is that I love to write!  Sometimes, I lose sight of the sheer joy of sharing a story.  This week I took a trip down memory lane and recalled a favorite childhood activity in my post, It's A Different World.  I love writing nostalgic pieces, it's almost like going home again.

5.  Quote of the Week:  

If you sometimes feel out of place on planet earth, remember that you are a citizen of heaven. What you feel is a longing for your native land. 
... David Jeremiah, Turning Point Devotional, July 17, 2014

We Christians are supposed to stand out.


And so ends another week on the Journey.  How did YOUR week go?  Leave a comment or link up at Susanne's blog, Living to Tell the Story.




Bloom Where You Are





Today's word is BLOOM.

Sometimes life doesn't turn out the way you planned. Those dreams of a cottage surrounded by a white picket fence corralling two kids and a crazy dog while you and the mister watch from a swing on the porch may never materialize in just the way you dreamed.

What then?

Do you spend your days bitter that you didn't have the life you envisioned?

Do you believe, as I do, that God has a plan for your life and that He directs your steps and maybe, just maybe, where you ended up was His plan all along?

This is your chance to bloom.  Thrive right where you are, embracing the life you've been given.  Make the best of things.  In fact, revel in your situation.  Find the good and focus on those things - leave those longings for a different existence back in the past.

Don't waste a single solitary second on regrets because you can't change the past.  All you can do is go forward. Forge ahead with everything you got and look for an opportunity to blossom into the beautiful creation God intended from the very beginning.

Bloom.

STOP


1. Write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking.
2. Link back here and invite others to join in.
3. And then absolutely, no ifs, ands or buts about it, you need to visit the person who linked up before you & encourage them in their comments. Seriously. That is, like, the rule. And the fun. And the heart of this community..


Sounds like fun, yes?  If you want to join us, go to Lisa-Jo Baker.com.



Thursday, July 17, 2014

It's a Different World

When I was a kid, growing up in the 60's, life was a lot different. As a child, I had a lot of freedom.  I walked to school alone from first grade up to seventh grade.  As I grew older, I began making little side trips on the way home from school. I would wander around at the market buying penny candy if I had any spare change.  Or perhaps, I would go to the drug store on the corner and see what new items they offered.  Nelson's drug store is where I bought my boy-watcher sunglasses and my Date Line clutch!

During the summer vacations or on the weekends, my mother certainly never had things planned for me to do.  I was on my own for entertainment.  (I don't mean that I had no supervision at all, I just mean SHE did not have my every hour scheduled. I was free to do as I pleased - within reason.  I certainly knew my boundaries.)

If I wanted to read all day in my room, that was fine.  If I wanted to sneak around the neighborhood pretending to be a spy, so be it. I could ride my bike anywhere around a two-block radius anytime I wanted. Looking back, I realize what a blissful time I had without even knowing it ...

When I was in fifth grade, we moved to Tampa, Florida, and lived in a subdivision for the first time. School was now an 11 block walk. Now, I had much more freedom!  I rode my bike everywhere.

Our sub-division stretched from the elementary school 11 blocks away from my house to the high school which was about 6 blocks from my house in the other direction. Each street was at least 4 blocks long, so we are talking roughly a radius of 68 blocks.  Think of it - I would roam wherever I pleased in those 68 blocks.  Anything could have happened!  
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My favorite thing to do was to find wherever there were homes for sale hosting an Open House.  In those days, an Open House meant exactly that - the house was open for anyone to come in and view.  No owners or realtors were there, you just walked in and viewed the house, and if you were interested, you got one of the circulars left in a conspicuous place in the house and took it with you to contact the realtor.

I entertained myself by visiting these homes, walking through them and imagining if I were going to buy the houses and how I would decorate them.  Sometimes, for fun, I would draw the floor plan when I got back home and then looking through magazines or catalogs pick out furnishings for a particular house.  Then I would make up a story about the home as if I, or perhaps a character I had created, lived there.

I whiled away many a happy hour doing this imagining.  I'm wondering if that was a clue that perhaps being a decorator, writer or at the very least - a home stager - was the career for me.

Of course, when my kids were growing up, thirty years later, I would never have let them do such a thing. Think of all the horrible things that could have happened to an 11-12 year old girl wandering around in empty houses!

Life was much more free back then ... and safer.


Mama’s Losin’ It


This post was written in response to Writer's Workshop prompt 4.) Something you got to do when you were young that you would not let your children do.  If you would like to join the fun, link up at Kat's blog, Mama's Losin' It.