Archive | November 2012

Do you have your Christmas Bought YET?

I have picked out what I want to ‘present’ for Christmas….now I just have to purchase it. I have so many grandchildren, however, I do not buy toys. They play with a toy for a few hours and don’t remember the next week what they were given. I am giving gifts that will be around next year.

I won’t tell you what they are getting, because they read this ‘blog’.

The biggest thing I hope I can always remember every Christmas is ‘the reason for the season’. CHRIST is the reason for my Christmas season. If it wasn’t for HIM, we wouldn’t have this wonderful season.

Santa Claus comes to the manger, bows on one knee, and gives his present to Jesus. He has from the beginning. Who do you think tells Santa what each boy and girl wants for Christmas? Jesus!!

Have a blessed season…and remember to say, “MERRY CHRISTMAS” with a smile while buying your presents!!

db

“What cha doin’ this week?”

I have so very much to do this week, and I have a large streak of pure LAZY. I just don’t want to do anything.

I went to a special Prayer Group Monday morning, 10am, since I had been asked for months to attend, and the devil had just thrown a wrench into the plan at every chance. I got up Sunday, the right knee twisted and popped like a gunshot! I am so afraid I popped the meniscus again in the knee. However, I meant I would not let this hurt keep me home. I just prayed, Lord, Help me get there and walk! He did.

I got ‘the husband’s’ dry cleaning to town Monday. Gotta remember to go pick it up today.

Today, I have to clean this house. The ‘husband’ left yesterday. I need to go do an audit on the books. I need to bring the computer down to the house, have the phone and lights turned off.

I have to be ready to leave for Tennessee Friday morning.

Wonder if HE would KILL me if I did turn off the power to the shop and move the computer to the garage? I may try it…would you come to the spreading of my ashes? (-;

db

 

Did you get the ‘switch’ or ‘belt’?

I learned a lesson well.

When my ‘Big Mama’ told me to go up the hall and pick a ‘switch’ off the front switch bush, I got a little bitty one. She went back up the hall, reaching down in the bush, she broke off a limb. When that front screen slammed I knew I was in deeeeep trouble. Then I heard those leaves ripping off the switch I could already feel it. When she caught hold of my elbow, the more I danced and screamed she told me, “the more noise you make, the more you’re going to get!” She didn’t lie!

I tried to never do ANYTHING that made that woman mad enough she had to tell me “go pick me a switch”. She started at the nape of my neck and went to the soles of my feet and she didn’t miss much in-between.

I think, if we made believers out of our children today, we wouldn’t have to say, “Come here!”, “Stop That”, “Did you hear me?”, “Did you say NO to me?”, “Don’t you argue back at me!” My grand-kids KNOW better. I don’t get a ‘switch’, but I own a fly swatter.

Thank God, the children in my life have been raised to respect and be polite. I thank my ‘Big Mama’ for teaching me!!

db

Today is the Thanksgiving Day

OK! Today is Thanksgiving Day. What does that mean to you? Does it just mean a day to watch television and all the football games you can watch? Does it mean having lunch, or dinner, with family and eating too much? Does it mean going to family you may only see once a year, and glad of it? Or does it mean that you have one day that you stand with your family and recall all the people who have passed, leaving behind a beautiful legacy of love?

For me, I try to go to my sisters, in Alabama, for a FAMILY Thanksgiving. We have so many of our family members that are stretched so thin, with their other families. Some come for LUNCH and some come for Dinner, so those of us that can stay all day to see them all. The one thing we all have…..LOTS to eat, Lots to Love, and so many now that we remember!! Mama is still with us, but she is failing so fast. This may be our last with her. Only God knows!! We make the best of our every moment with her, as we do with all our moments with each other.

What do you have to eat on Thanksgiving, that you don’t have any other day of the year? Which family member do you wish you could change (and why)? How far do you have to travel for your Thanksgiving Day festivities?

Please have a safe and Happy Thanksgiving.

Always, and then some…

db

 

“One Touch” The Story of an Awakened Heart by Susan Lana Hafner

I have almost finished reading this book. I thought I had a dysfunctional family. Mine was great compared to hers.

It is amazing! The negative talk we have with ourselves. I have always told my mom, “your body hears what your mouth says” but I just did not understand that to talk to yourself with all the negatives such as, “you are fat and you will never lose this weight” or “you don’t deserve to be happy with this man! How can he love you?  that is just as bad as any negative thing that could ever be said.

I was told, as far back as I can remember, I would not amount to anything. I was tall and ugly. I need not reach for more than I could see right in front of me, because I wouldn’t have it. I did not know that to not reach for the stars meant you were going to fall flat in the middle of the swamp.

 

Thanksgiving is Cooked

I wanted all the ones in my prayer warrior chain to know…your prayers were answered. I got all my cooking done, before Thanksgiving, and ‘the husband’ is coming in tomorrow, to the relatives home, to share the meal. Almost all of us will be at my sisters. He had better come. He is bringing the platters. We don’t buy PLATES at Thanksgiving. We buy PLATTERS. (-;

I can’t wait until he sees that I did finish all the dishes I had planned. And it’s only 7pm in GA. Of course I look like I died and someone forgot to tell me to lie down, but that’s another story for another day…  Hope you and yours have a Happy Thanksgiving!!

Now where did I put that pair of stretch knit pants?

db

What you learn when you don’t give up!

“Anytime we try and fail, we learn something that can benefit us in the future if we won’t give up. -Joyce Meyer”
I do believe this!!
“I honestly think it is better to be a failure at something you love, than a success at something you hate!- George Burns”
I do believe this!!

FINE   means this:

F: FREAKED OUT

I: INSECURE

N: NEUROTIC

E: EMOTIONAL

 

SALT  Jesus says:  we are to be the salt of the earth.

S: SEE the person as God sees them

A: ACCEPT the person as God accepts them

L: LOVE the person as God loves them

T: TREAT the person as God wants us to treat them

 

  • INSANITY… means:

Doing the same thing, over and over, expecting a different result.

 

FORGIVENESS

  • Lower expectations of everyone around me.
  • Stop expecting anything, from anyone, except what God gives me.
  • The ‘feelings bucket’ I need to have filled I will get from my friends, my church, and my family; ie. Friendship, going places, deep relationships, talk about my feelings.
  • Forgive Ray, and ask for his forgiveness of me, for putting such a weight on him to be all I need. I cannot be all he needs, any more than he can be for me. My needs are: LAWS

L: unconditional LOVE    A: acceptance   W: worth    S: security

 

 

 

Picture this:

 

I have cast out a big fishing line. The large weight and line has a huge hook on the end. It has been plunged in your mouth and I have been snatching it every time I did not get my needs met. It is not up to you to make me happy. It is up to me! God can give me unconditional love, acceptance, I know how much I am worth to HIM, and HE is my true security.

 

Please forgive me, for putting all this stress on you!! I hereby let you off the line, and I will not, from here on out, place any demands on you!!

 

I have talked and talked trying to MAKE you hear me. It is not your fault you cannot! A fish, with a hook in his mouth, cannot hear a thing, nor does it care.

 

The only way I can see living in this situation is to do ONE of TWO things. ONE would be to Leave. TWO would be what I have to do so I can be happy and get my needs met. I do not intend to spend the next twenty years making myself sicker. The only way I can see me staying and being happy is by the following:

 

#1. I am going to open a separate banking account, and savings account, so I can have my own money in that account. This would make me feel more secure if I had SOME money of my own.

#2. I will come and go as I please. I will tell you, at all times, where I am and when you can expect me home.

#3. I do not want a separation. I am too old to start over. However, that may not be what you want.

#4. I will always be here for you, if you let me know your needs. I have always tried to be there for you, in all things, but I cannot read your mind, nor do I aim to start trying now.

 

I ask for forgiveness and I so forgive.

 

Jesus did forgive me, even when I was so full of sin. If I don’t forgive, how can I have a full relationship with God? I can’t! I can’t have a relationship with anyone if I don’t have firm boundaries of who I am, what I need, and where I want to be in one year, five years, ten years and at my death. Only God knows how long I have to live, but I know what I need to be happy. This letter just lists it all. I do not expect anything from YOU. I am stating FACTS!!

Dee Bradley

“The Farmer’s Donkey Fell Down a Well”

This is a copied message…I want you to read this because it is exactly how I feel these days…..just stomp it down and step out!! db

One day a farmer’s donkey fell down into a well. The animal cried piteously for hours as the farmer tried to figure out what to do. Finally, he decided the animal was old, and the well needed to be covered up anyway; it just wasn’t worth it to retrieve the donkey.

He invited all his neighbors to come over and help him. They all grabbed a shovel and began to shovel dirt into the well. At first, the donkey realized what was happening and cried horribly. Then, to everyone’s amazement he quieted down.

A few shovel loads later, the farmer finally looked down the well. He was astonished at what he saw. With each shovel of dirt that hit his back, the donkey was doing something amazing. He would shake it off and take a step up.

As the farmer’s neighbors continued to shovel dirt on top of the animal, he would shake it off and take a step up. Pretty soon, everyone was amazed as the donkey stepped up over the edge of the well and happily trotted off!

MORAL :
Life is going to shovel dirt on you, all kinds of dirt. The trick to getting out of the well is to shake it off and take a step up. Each of our troubles is a steppingstone. We can get out of the deepest wells just by not stopping, never giving up! Shake it off and take a step up.

Remember the five simple rules to be happy:

1. Free your heart from hatred – Forgive.

2. Free your mind from worries – Most never happens.

3. Live simply and appreciate what you have.

4. Give more.

5. Expect less from people but more from yourself.

Tuesday kicked my behind…

Calling it a DAY…I had breakfast with a lifelong friend…(she hasn’t changed a day in 50 years)…went shopping for an hour…made nine baskets for an auction tomorrow…made two ‘dog pallets’ for Christmas Gifts out in my woman cave…made ten potpourri baskets for Christmas presents w/ cards so the ones I am giving them to will know what is in it…I forgot to eat supper. Man, that didn’t happen a few months ago!!..Night all!!  Tomorrow is going to be a kicker day too.

God, Thank you for all you have blessed me with!! I forget to thank YOU enough. I talk to you all day, but I forget to just thank you.

If you don’t know where you would wake up tomorrow, if HE decided to come back today, you had better get yourself straight with HIM…I don’t matter. He is the ONLY one that does.

 

db

Always, and then some…..

“To Do This Week”

1. Monday…make up all the ‘Christmas gifts’ to give away.

2. Tuesday…meet my good friend (from Florida) who is visiting her GREAT-grandchild in Chatsworth, GA. Meet her at the Huddle house AT 8AM….8AM in the MORNING!!! I love her….but she knows that!! This proves it! When I get back, I have to make up six baskets for the CWC luncheon on Wednesday.

3. Wednesday…go to Christian Women’s Luncheon at Stone Wall on Main Street in Cartersville, GA from 11am to 2pm. This is our yearly Silent and Live Auction to raise money for Stonecroft Ministries missionaries.

4. Thursday…go to see Dr. Connie at Noon. She keeps me sane.

5. Friday…clean the house. Because I have not done anything all week, but run and work. Make two Dog Pallets for the Church Sale at Floyd Creek.

6. Saturday…go to Floyd Creek Baptist Church, Taylorsville, GA — 8:30am. I have bought a ‘smoked turkey’. Gotta go pick it up and see if I can sale some Dog Pallets, so I can pay for it.

7. Sunday…go to church. Drive to Alabama at 2pm and spend the week with my family before Thanksgiving.

Thank you God that you give me the strength to do all this, and the mind to get it done.

db