April 16, 2011
PSALM 121 ...
I lift up my eyes to the hills - where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.
He will not let your foot slip -
He who watches over you will not slumber; indeed, He who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.
The Lord watches over you -
the Lord is your shade at your right hand;
the sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon by night.
The Lord will keep you from all harm -
He will watch over your life;
the Lord will watch over your coming and going, both now and forevermore.
Praying these verses over my husband, my children, and my grandchildren today ...
O Lord, watch over my "heart". Be their shield, protect them from all harm and danger and injuries - day and night. Watch over their lives. Help them to make the good and right choices - that honor you, that take them closer to your heart for them. No matter where they are, or what they are doing today - watch over their comings and goings.
O Lord - love them good today :-).
Once a momma ... always a momma. Kids never outgrow a momma's love, nor her worries and prayers!
So far, the first 3 companies that Rick has looked at being with OTR - the Lord has closed all 3 doors. We are trusting the Lord to close doors that no one can open, and open doors that no one can close. We are HIS workmanship. We want
nothing but Jeremiah 29:11 in our lives. No more. No less. Nothing else.
2009 taxes - re-figured ... owing less than $1500! Praise God! Now, to file and await the letter that gives us the option for installment payments.
Will be doing 2010 taxes today.
...If we NEVER have another year of "self-employment" it will be too soon for this wife!!!
Watched this last night. A good movie - course Robert Duvall is a FAVORITE actor of ours! :-) A different movie. But a good movie. Dealing with life choices and forgiveness ... sigh. (Sounds like our life of late! LOL)
Wildfires have been raging in the West Central Texas area. Yesterday was a BAD day out there. My heart was gripped with the fears and worries of our loved ones in that area ... Kids, grandkids, friends ... having lived out there, worked there, and gone to church there for 3 years - a LOT of prayers for a LOT of people yesterday and last night. Sounds like it is better controlled this morning. Thank God! Wildfires
The storms were more dangerous than first reported. News still coming in from Oklahoma, Arkansas, Alabama and beyond.
Lord, how we pray for all of these!!! Storms
On to the day ... The Lord bless you and keep you ...
The Lord make His face to shine upon you.
April 15, 2011
Yesterday was my baby's 28th birthday.
I had so many memories flooding my mind all day ... remembering the moment that my water broke ... getting to the hospital ... going thru all the time of labor and delivery ... hearing his cries ... having the doctor lay him in my arms before he was even cleaned up ...
He was in my arms then ...
He is in my heart still. :-)
HAPPY BIRTHDAY JOSHUA!
MOMMA LOVES YOU!!!
Rick was off work the last 2 days - which makes today feel like a Monday.
His work schedule (or lack of one) remains one of the greatest challenges to this job.
Never knowing for sure what the day will be until he calls in that morning, and then again that afternoon.
Not being able to plan for a day off.
He leaves at a different time each morning, and when he gets home that day - it is always a different time.
Yes, I am thankful for the job.
After last year and 8 months unemployed - I am thankful for the job.
And I keep praying that God will help me focus on that thankfulness.
(I am beginning to understand better the spiritual concept of a "sacrifice of thanksgiving", tho. Sigh.)
We are praying and talking about going on the road full time ... OTR living.
He worked for a company for 3 months a couple of years ago - we were on the road 5-7 days at a time.
Then, off for 1-6 days at a time.
But, what we have been praying about and talking about this time is going on the road FULL TIME. Living in the truck ...
Part of me wants to ... part of me not so sure.
There were things about those 3 months that I enjoyed ... and things that I *hated*. Rick, too.
So, we pray on ... trusting the Lord to open and close doors as He wills.
We ultimately only want what HE wants for us. Jeremiah 29:11
Facing taxes today thru Monday ... sigh. 2009 and 2010 ... NOT looking forward to all these forms.
I have been struggling thru all the different receipts and forms this whole week.
So ready for a break!
Will be glad just to get it all filled out and sent off!!!
No, we will not be getting money back.
I am praying for grace and favor - that the money we will owe, the IRS will work with us and allow us to make payment arrangements that we can live with.
Still working on getting this laptop set up as the "main" computer.
You wouldn't think it would take all that long ... but when you go from a computer that you have had for several years to a brand new one --- there is a LOT of stuff to wade thru and figure out if you really need or not!
Storms came thru last night.
Read on Yahoo News that 2 were killed in Oklahoma, and 4 were killed in Arkansas.
Prayers to each of their families and friends.
Well ... guess this is not getting the tax forms filled out ... sigh ... sounds like time for another cup of Java!
Trusting the Lord - Proverbs 3:5-6
April 3, 2011
Rick got home early enough yesterday from Little Rock that we were blessed to go to a Blackwood Quartet concert over in Paris, TX. We enjoyed it so much. We were encouraged. We were blessed. We were ministered to.
(And God allowed us to bless back :-)! I love you Momma!)
As I was sitting there listening to them sing - I thought about my momma.
How much she loved a good gospel singing.
How much she loved the Blackwoods.
And I found myself tearing up that she wasn't there to hear them last night.
Then, the realization came - she was listening to the ORIGINAL Blackwoods as they sang and worshipped the Lord in heaven!
I got jealous! :-)
I love you Momma!
I miss you.
Think about me today, please.
Rick called in yesterday to see where the load would go today.
Bubba told him Shreveport.
In just a few minutes, Larry called back and told him that he was not going to have a load for Rick today - that he was giving Rick the day off TO GO TO CHURCH. :-)
Rick needed this time of encouragement!
It is hard for me to go to church "occasionally" ... but the last few years - with my body being the way it has been (peri-menopause junk) ... and now with Rick's job at Ballard's - "occasionally" is about the best it is.
I find myself hungry for fellowship and friendship.
And it is hard to go to church and not want it more.
God showed me this morning that the original intent of church was to WORSHIP HIM.
Church is not about "us" ... it is all about HIM.
When did my eyes get off the "prize"?
When did the focus get from worshipping HIM to making friends?
*Father, forgive me. Father, help me!*
Recently there was a poll taken, and the results published in the Baptist Standard ...
On any given Sunday, in any given church - regardless of denomination, there is an average of 8 out of 10 people that are NOT saved!
What are we going to church for?
If not as saved children of the Most High God to worship HIM?
God has been taking us on a journey of faith ... I have shared some of it in this blog.
But He has also been taking us on a "coming out from among them" journey as well.
What does it mean to "come out from among them"?
God has called us to be a people separate from those around us, a people different.
A people holy unto HIM.
Am I? Are we?
Do we look different?
Do we talk different?
Do we act and re-act differently?
Or do we "blend in" so well that others would never know that we are a Christian if we didn't tell them?
Shouldn't our lives be an outward reflection of the image of the Living God? "It is no longer I who lives, but Christ who lives in me." (Galatians 2:20)
Shouldn't others be able to tell that we are Christians by our love? (That's what Jesus said!)
Shouldn't others be able to tell that we are Christians by our lives?
We heard a pastor once say that our lives ought to be such a reflection of God that tho we are silent, others will come to us and say, "You are one of those "'Jesus people' aren't you?"
*Father, make me different. Make me holy to you.
So why "Scattered Feathers" ? ? ?
You can read it here