Monday, October 20, 2014

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?
~~~


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."


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Saturday, October 18, 2014

Day 18: Taste

I used to subscribe to the cooking magazine, Taste of Home. It is a wonderful publication featuring home-style meals. We here at the Journey love to eat. Our tastes runs to comfort food. The kind of food that makes you think of home. The name Taste of Home is a wonderful name because what can be better than finding something that makes you think of home?

As you know, I'm all about home, both my earthly one and my heavenly one.  

I spend a lot of time thinking about home, decorating it, cleaning it, planning how to make it run more smoothly, and on and on. Let's not discuss how much is spent on home!

As believers, I think we should spend as much time preparing for Home as we do for home here on earth. How can we do that? Communicating with our Savior and reading the Word and learning about the One who made Home is key. Read of His love for us and His care, His attributes and characteristics. If He put so much effort into making us in earthly bodies for an earthly existence that vanishes like a vapor, how much more wonderful will our eternal bodies and Home be? Shouldn't spending eternity with the Master of the Universe be our focus?

The great thing is that Home is a free gift we receive when we accept the Lord as our Savior. Our efforts don't buy us property in Heaven. No earnest money, mortgages, Realtor fees, home inspections, taxes and insurance need ever be paid for the place He has went to prepare for us. 

Have you been longing for a taste of Home?

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This post is Day 18 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 "taste."


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.


Friday, October 17, 2014

Day 17: Long



It's been 24 years since I saw you. I think about you all the time.  I remember your walk, your cologne, your stories at the dinner table. I remember your pride in me and the certainty that God was going to do something special with my life.


I reach way back in my memories of you and remember tickle wars, the teasing, silly songs and the way you always made us laugh.

I long to hear your voice again.

I will never know why, this side of eternity, that God had you go Home at such a young age, long before even all your grandchildren were born. It seems like you could have done so much good here.  You had so much wisdom to share. You could have been there and guided us through things we didn't understand, but you would have, because you had been through them. We all needed you!

Maybe the truth is we would have leaned on you more than God.  We had to learn that He is where we go when times were hard, not to our earthly daddy.

When the time is right, I will walk through the door at Home and see Jesus, just like you did.  But I think you will be there, too, and then the longing will be over.

~~~

As I wrote this tribute to my dad, with eyes full of tears and a throat tight with holding back emotion, I thought of you. Do you have someone you long to see?  Leave a comment and share because our feelings are important and sometimes you just need to express them.


This post is Day 17 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 "long."


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.



F.F.F. - 10.17.14

Once again, I'm in a time crunch, so I'm hurriedly sharing on my lunch hour my five favorites from the week.  We'll have a good long chat next week - I promise!

First this:




1.  A fiery sunset across from my house this week.  I love when I catch the Master Artist at work!

2.  I've been busily writing posts for my 31 Days of Life on the Journey.  A lot of my posts have me dredging the memories from the back of my mind.  I'm so blessed that most are positive happy memories.  I love looking back ...

3.  Chicken Lazone:  Yum yum is all I have to say.  See it here on Pinterest. Consider being my Pinterest buddy and follow?

4. Good texting session with daughter in CO.  Always a joy to connect with my sweeties.

5.  Something to think about:  another gem of a quote from Bro. Chapman:

"God is looking for somebody to hang out with."

Let it be me!




That's it for this week's recap of the Journey.  How did your week go?  Leave a comment, or consider sharing over at Susanne's blog, Living to Tell the Story.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Day 16: Adjust

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One of the biggest adjustments I have had to make was when we became empty-nesters.  I really didn't think it would be so hard. The first chick to leave the nest left about 4 years ago, the second one flew the coop just 6 months later.  But at least I still had one left, thank God.

Last year, she packed up and left, too.  Thanks be to Jesus, it was just down the road, but still! I didn't like it.

Everyone said after you got used to it, things would get better.  Most said they learned to enjoy having the house to themselves and less responsibility keeping tabs on their young adult children.

I did get a home office out of  the deal ... and another closet.

Much as I would love a do-over, empty nesting is not only a natural part of life, but actually should have been the goal all along.  We raise our children to fly ...I mean, follow their dreams.  It's a good thing when they are ready to face the world on their own.

Meanwhile, back at the home place adjusting is still going on.  I have to revamp my recipes and not make so much food.  So far, I still haven't mastered mashed potatoes. Mashed potatoes for two just seems wrong! Dad doesn't have to stay up making sure everyone gets home safe before he can lock down the house for bedtime. We watch whatever shows we want.  We can go on road trips and not worry about when we should be back.  We hardly ever run out of hot water or toilet paper anymore.

But ... the house is so quiet ... I'd rather have the kids back!

~~~

What about you?  What is the hardest thing you've had to adjust to in your life?


This post is Day 16 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 "adjust."



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.

Unpopular Race

I'm not a runner - not by any means.  In fact, a bad memory from my childhood is the one where my gym teacher yelled at me, "Winn, you run like an elephant!"  Words can scar a kid for life ...

I have avoided anything even closely resembling running ever since.

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Truth is, as a believer, I am in a race. Not a race to see who is the swiftest, but a race that calls for endurance and plain old stick-to-it-iveness.  (That's a word I just made up.) A race toward Home, or rather a Journey toward Home.


"Let us run with endurance the race that lies before us..." Hebrews 12:1 HCSB

St. Paul wrote these words to Jewish Christians centuries ago, but I suspect he'd tell us the same today, "Hang in there, don't give up." God has marked a path for each one of us to go.  It may lead through valleys of discouragement and times of mountain-top euphoria but keep on pressing on. 

I'm not going to lie.  It will be a tough path, a narrow path.  Few want to go that way.  Roadblocks will be found on the path.  It will be tempting to veer off  the course. Friends, and even sometimes family, will try to pull you off the path. It won't be politically correct or popular to run this race. There's no fame or fortune in it. But, our Coach runs with us giving encouragement and leading the way. If we keep our focus on Him, we'll make it.

Crossing the finish line will be the sweetest victory a non-runner like me could ever experience.  To hear, "Well done, faithful one!" will be the ultimate!


Mama's Losin' It



This post was written in response to Writer's Workshop prompt 1.) A blog post inspired by the word: race.  If you'd like to read other zany responses, visit Kat's blog, Mama's Losin' It.