Thursday, October 23, 2014

Day 23: Look

One of my dreams growing up was to become a spy.  I was enamored of mysteries and thought the life of a spy was the most glamorous idea ever.

As some of my readers know, I quickly found out the spy game could never be my career.  I am simply not observant. I would look right past something happening and never see it.  I am too caught up in my own world!

While I recognize this fact about myself, I also know I need to change. Not to be accepted into the FBI or wherever spies get their start, but because I miss a lot of things. Important things.  Cues that might help me see when someone needs my help or encouragement. Blessings that are in plain view but in my preoccupation are often missed.

I want to do better.  I want to look around and notice this beautiful perplexing world we live in. I want to see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.

One of my favorite worship songs is Open the Eyes of My Heart, Lord.  It's important to see, not just physically but spiritually as well.










More than anything, I want to see Him!


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What about you?  Do you look at everything or are you missing important stuff? Leave a comment and share your experience.



This post is Day 23 of a series entitled 31 Days of Life on the Journey where I share about my journey as a believer, wife, mom and grandmother.  I invite you to return each day to find the newest link here. Myquillin at The Nester is the creator of the 31 Day Challenge.  I'm linking this post to the category, "Faith and Inspiration." You can also visit Kate's blog, "Heading Home" to read the posts of all the other participants of the 31 day challenge who are writing on her daily prompts for 5 minutes. Today's prompt is "look."
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Perfect Procrastination

Hi, my name is Jerralea and I am a procrastinator.

It's true. I put off everything unpleasant as long as I possibly can.  I will make out a list of things to do, and then do all the ones I like first.

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It was only a short while ago that I figured out why I do that. It's because I'm also a perfectionist.  If I have fears that I can't do it perfectly, then I just don't do it.

At least, not until I'm forced.

Then, biting the bullet, I get down to the nitty-gritty and start. Starting is like 90% of the project, after that everything flows and the next thing I know, I'm done.  I'm scratching my head wondering why in the world I made this such a big deal?

I've got issues.

Since I know myself, I've been making it a priority to work ahead at my job.  This leaves me leeway so I can put off something for a day or two and still have it done on time!

I may be a perfectionist procrastinator, but I've learned to make allowances for it.

Mama's Losin' It


This post was written in response to Writer's Workshop prompt 2.) Hi, my name is ______ and I am a _______.  For more zany responses, visit Kat's blog, Mama's Losin' It.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Day 22: Expected

I'm a pretty positive person with a great imagination, so I always have great expectations. I just do. I don't know if it is a curse or a blessing, but I'm always expecting something good to happen.

We all know that life is unpredictable. I think one thing you can count on is that things will not turn out like you expect. It's a law or something.

So how do I reconcile these two ideas? I look for the silver lining.  Because I know that God will work out everything for my good, so even if something bad is going on, I know that it will end up good.  I just hope I'm alive to see it!

Take my life, for example.  I expected to get married, raise a family, be supermom and write a book detailing all my experiences that would gain me world-wide acclaim. My daughters would be fabulously talented women who would marry men who are making a difference in this world thereby creating a family dynasty that would lead people to Christ by their example. (I told you I had a great imagination.)

So far, most of this has not happened.

Instead, I ended up being a ministry assistant and a blogger who just tries in my feeble way to encourage people in their walk with Christ. That's it. Nothing more.

Not what I expected, but my life is not a surprise to Christ. I offer my life to Him and expect it will all work out in the end for good. I'm pretty sure I will be pleased when He gets done with me.

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What about you?  How do you expect your life to turn out? Please share and let me know I'm not the only one with great expectations.




This post is Day 22 of a series entitled 31 Days of Life on the Journey where I share about my journey as a believer, wife, mom and grandmother.  I invite you to return each day to find the newest link here. Myquillin at The Nester is the creator of the 31 Day Challenge.  I'm linking this post to the category, "Faith and Inspiration." You can also visit Kate's blog, "Heading Home" to read the posts of all the other participants of the 31 day challenge who are writing on her daily prompts for 5 minutes. Today's prompt is "expect."


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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Day 21: Second

I've been sharing with you little vignettes of my life.  One such happening that comes to mind was when I was a senior in high school.

I was a member of the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA).  My 12th grade year, the club traveled to Gainesville, FL, for a FBLA competition.  I was participating in the state-wide clerical contest.  I placed second which was kind of disappointing, but still placing second in the whole state of Florida was an honor.  I got this big trophy and some attention at my school, and it was a nice feeling.


Our club's awards. Mine was silver, 3rd from the right.

So, I had this big trophy sitting around. I drug it with me when I moved away from home and got married.  I proudly displayed it for a year or so and then relegated it to a closet. Over time, I got rid of the trophy, I can't even tell you now what I did with it.

It's just a teeny-tiny illustration that awards don't last forever. 

In fact, if you notice, it is really hard to recall who Miss America was a couple years ago or who won an Oscar 10 years ago.  Of course, there are people who do know and remember this stuff and we call them Jeopardy champions or trivia buffs.  But for the most part, people are only interested in those who are in the limelight in the here and now.

Philippians 2:3English Standard Version (ESV)Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.

One of the paradoxical things I've learned in my walk as a believer is that we are not to seek out the spotlight. In fact, we are to esteem others better than ourselves. What!!! Does that mean we don't strive for excellence? No, I think God wants us to do our best in anything we do. It comes down to motive. We should give the credit to the One who made us. Our talents come from Him, after all.

My goal now is not to be first, but to finish my Journey well.

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Was it ever a burning desire with you to be first at something? Tell us about it!




This post is Day 21 of a series entitled 31 Days of Life on the Journey where I share about my journey as a believer, wife, mom and grandmother.  I invite you to return each day to find the newest link here. Myquillin at The Nester is the creator of the 31 Day Challenge.  I'm linking this post to the category, "Faith and Inspiration." You can also visit Kate's blog, "Heading Home" to read the posts of all the other participants of the 31 day challenge who are writing on her daily prompts for 5 minutes. Today's prompt is "second."

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Monday, October 20, 2014

Day 20: Fear

How do you face your fears? We all have them and most of us have developed various coping skills.  When I was small and afraid at night I leaned on the scripture, "What time I am afraid I will trust in thee" Psalm 56:3.  I would repeat it over and over until I finally felt calm.

When my husband took a job that required him to work the night shift, I was afraid.  We lived in a suburb at the time, and I had always been used to living out in the country.  I would open my bible to Psalm 91 and read it over and over until I could sleep.  I would often wake up with the bible open laying on my tummy. Eventually I got over my fears and could sleep like a rock whether I was alone or not.

Every experience you face and get through becomes ground to stand upon when the next fear comes.  If He helped before, He can help again.  So far, I have faced:


  • A wreck in which I was injured.  Sometimes I can close my eyes and still see our truck sliding off the road into a ditch flipping over until it came to a stop.
  • The day I found out my husband had lost his job - and I had just found out I was pregnant.
  • My labor with my second baby where I was truly convinced she was not going to be able to get out and we would both die. I was telling my husband what to tell our first daughter as she grew up without her mommy!
  • The first time my husband had to be hospitalized and I was informed, "To be on the safe side, we are putting him on suicide watch." I thought that would be the lowest point of my life.
  • The second time my husband was hospitalized, I had to take him to a facility 1 1/2 hours away at night and our vehicle kept breaking down.  We managed to get to the hospital and I had to spend the night in a waiting room crying and praying and trying to figure out how to get home.
  • The day my husband's doctor said, "You know he will never work again, right?"  I felt as if I had been slapped in the face.  I was working only 20 hours a week with three kids.  I was definitely afraid I would never be able to support us.
Guess what?  Every. Time. God. Came through for me! I'm here to tell you we made it.  And all the other things that have happened since.  (You don't know fear until you live through the antics of some of my girls' teen years! I am. Not. Even. Kidding.)


You know what?  I still repeat Psalm 56:3 when fear tries to creep in.  Works every time.


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I confess I wrote longer than 5 minutes on this topic. It's a subject I care deeply about and I've written other posts on being fearless.  Look under the tag fearless in my archives to read more.  (Subscribers, you will have to click through to my blog to find it.)



This post is Day 20 of a series entitled 31 Days of Life on the Journey where I share about my journey as a believer, wife, mom and grandmother.  I invite you to return each day to find the newest link here. Myquillin at The Nester is the creator of the 31 Day Challenge.  I'm linking this post to the category, "Faith and Inspiration." You can also visit Kate's blog, "Heading Home" to read the posts of all the other participants of the 31 day challenge who are writing on her daily prompts for 5 minutes. Today's prompt is "fear."


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Daybook: 10.20.14

FOR TODAY, Monday, October 20th

Outside my window... a cool partly sunny day

I am thinking...of all the things I want to accomplish this week

I am thankful...for the week off to spend at home

In the kitchen...bbq chicken tonight, but I'm planning on cooking chicken ahead and freezing it, also going to make a couple batches of dumplings for the freezer.  I want to try Edie's recipe for pumpkin chocolate chip muffins and Christy's recipe for Tomato-less Rustic Beef Stew There could be all kinds of things made this week ...

I am wearing... my comfy faded jeans and a lime green T.

I am creating...a linen closet that will also be a wrapping paper station, paper goods supply closet and a place to store all my seasonal vases and candlesticks ... It's going to take a lot of creativity.  Oh yeah, I'm going to hang a shoe organizer on the door for all my scarves, as well. It will be a multi-purpose closet. Hoping to make it pretty!

I am going...to stay home as much as possible except for a couple little road trips to find fall foliage.

I am reading... 1 Peter 4 for a bible study.  No time for books this week.

I am looking forward to... every day this week!

Around the house...I'm fluffing my nest.

A favorite quote for today... another classic from Max:

"The Christ of the galaxies is the Christ of your Mondays" (Mocha with Max, page 92)

There you go, all you Daybookers.  As you plan your week, ask the creative maker of the galaxies to guide your week as well.

One of my favorite things... being home - as if you didn't know!

A few plans for the rest of the week: I made my usual stay-cation list of projects but I purposefully did not make it as long as usual.  Here's to stopping for more fun in my days ...

A peek into my day...

Nearby field dressed up for fall

The Daybook is a concept created by Peggy Hostetler.  You can link up at her blog, The Simple Woman.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Day 19: Honor

When we got married, we opted for traditional wedding vows.  We promised to love, honor and cherish each other all our days on this earth.

I even took the bold step of vowing to obey my husband which was a radical thing to do in the midst of the 70's, a decade whose theme song seemed to be, "I am Woman, hear me roar ..." Feminism was an intoxicating idea that was tempting to embrace. 

Instead, I made a decision and promised to honor and obey my husband as the head of our home. Does that mean that he was always right?  Of course not!  I am blessed in that our relationship has always been one of talking things over and pretty much making the decision together.

Honor is a word we really don't use much these days but I think it means to give respect to the office.  As the head of our home, my husband is to be respected.  He, then, has the responsibility to make sure he has done all he could for our family. God will hold him responsible. He will also hold me responsible if I am a disobedient disrespectful wife.

When my husband was stricken with bipolar, I have to be honest, those vows became a lot harder to keep. However, I had also promised to hang in there "in sickness and in health." God has helped us to grow in love and understanding. So, on this Journey, we know we are in it for the long haul. We plod this path together hand in hand until the day one or both of us are called Home.

I have an obligation to fulfill (or honor).  Am I a person of my word, or not?
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What do you think?  What does the word honor mean in today's culture?


This post is Day 19 of a series entitled 31 Days of Life on the Journey where I share about my journey as a believer, wife, mom and grandmother.  I invite you to return each day to find the newest link here. Myquillin at The Nester is the creator of the 31 Day Challenge.  I'm linking this post to the category, "Faith and Inspiration." You can also visit Kate's blog, "Heading Home" to read the posts of all the other participants of the 31 day challenge who are writing on her daily prompts for 5 minutes. Today's prompt is "honor."


You can read each day's post in order as they are published by clicking on the link here. Or you could subscribe to my blog - I wouldn't want you to miss a thing! Just fill in your email address in the box below the words "Follow by email" second from the top in the upper right hand column.