Beauty is not so much what you see, but what you dream.
~Old Proverb~

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.

Today I was so tired...The pup woke us up last night at about 2 am and kept waking us up every few hours afterwards. I'd been dragging all day, but I just needed to run to the grocery store really quick and I would be done for the evening. I finished buying my groceries, jumped into the car to begin backing out, my thoughts all on heading straight home and having a few minutes to catch a quick nap before I would help Mama with dinner. However as I backed out into the main lane of the parking lot I felt a bump and heard someone blaring a horn. I sighed feeling annoyed as I looked into my rear veiw mirror and saw a tiny silver VW Bug sitting right behind me. I pulled back into my parking space and got out of the car. My attitude was huffy as I walked over to the tiny middle aged blonde lady inspecting her little car. "What had she been doing just lingering right behind me! " I thought- what she said I would never have expected! She was kind and sweet and exhibited a very Christlike attitude! She asked me if I was okay and as we examined both cars we realized there was no damage. She calmed my irritation in only a moment with her gentle voice and seemed more concerned for me and my car than for her own which probably had cost much more.
As we parted ways and I returned to the driver seat I felt like bursting in to tears! Here was such a good example of that verse in Proverbs! There I was tired and grumpy and irritated and ready to defend myself with all might, and there she was just completely kind and humble and more concerned for others that herself! What an example! I feel like the little blond lady taught me such a huge lesson and I don't even know her name! I'm thankful that the Lord sent her along to show me the beauty of kindness and gentle answers and how they can turn what could be a nasty situation into a lesson for a tired grumpy person. I hope that should there ever be a next time, I can have such a Christ like attitude!

Monday, March 15, 2010

With the week just beginning today I was reflecting on how nice a weekend had just passed. Weekends are always the best part of the week and always kind've like a mini holiday!
Like every holiday there is always family or friends around....There's the family members that generally take a nap:

And there are the friends who are like family members:

And there are always the cuddlers :D

And there are the ones always ready for a group hug!

Also, continuing on in true holiday fashion, there is always the GREAT food :D
This weekend there was hand rolled toquitos, homemade cream cheese Jalapeno Poppers:
And the fresh Guacamole (hand chopped and diced courtesy of Richard:D )

Some weekends we have Italian fare or seafood or plain American bbq's but, Mexican food seems to be everybody's primary choice... plenty of spice or plenty of sour cream!
There are always games to be played on weekends... more than one Saturday or Sunday night has found the people up until all hours with Monopoly City or the famous Monopoly Deal. This weekend Richard introduced a french racing game that kept us occupied for most of the weekend evenings .
Along with the games are music, hiking, road non faraway places, :D and, of course, Lizzie's famous random trips! Those times when we pick up and leave for the beach at 6pm! Generally always because Liz thought of it out of the blue. :D
Thinking about it all makes my heart smile... families are the dearest things! I'm so very, very, thankful for mine! I'm so happy that the Lord has added new family members over the years! These are the best people I know, and I love them every one!

Endeavoring To Use The Time Wisely

He always has a plan if we will but let Him Guide!
Ever since I quit my job last year and came home to be with my family as my parents suggested, I had been a little discontent. I'm an active person by nature I think, and all of my jobs since high school had kept me practically on the run much of the time. When I came home it was easy to stay busy at first...learning to keep up with household chores, getting into the swing of things and relearning "home routine", but after that was accomplished I found myself wondering what to do with myself next! The Bible instructs us to "redeem the time" and to "not eat the bread of idleness", and as those verses kept popping up again and again I found them convicting me terribly! I didn't feel neccesarliy idle... I still had daily work to do, I just wanted to use my free time in productive ways that were honoring to the Lord! I'd never really had much free time to think about before! And now here it was staring me in the face every day after 2 pm! For a while I prayed about it, read up on it, asked people about it, but I didn't seem to be getting any answers in that direction, until one day I was talking to my aunt and she suggested I call and talk to a young woman she knew who might have some good ideas. I don't know why, but I procrastinated on that phone call for about a week... finally last Tuesday I felt prompted more than ever to call this young woman. I must say that it was one of the most encouraging visits ever! I was so blessed and thankful as she talked to me for over an hour and a half, telling me about her single years (she is now married), how she usefully employed her time, her home business, the ministry opportunities she was able to be involved in, etc... One of the biggest points she brought across was prayer! So that very day I started to pray about what I could do and that the Lord would bring about opportunities for ministry. Right away he laid upon my heart, the ministry I already have at home: the blessing of being able to help care for Majesta and my Gramma Evelyn.

There really is so much truth in the saying:"Bloom where you're planted"!( Now for the patience and diligence to continue blooming! ) Soon, within the week actually, He brought even more opportunities...things I would never have thought of! Friends began suggesting things out of the blue! It was so exciting! Also the Lord layed upon my heart the ministry I have even with my own sisters! Being an example for Liz, helping Sarah now that she's pregnant. There seemed to be opportunity knocking in every direction and I was thrilled!

In short I'm so looking forward to the months and years ahead. It seems as though the Lord has made clear to my heart recently how very precious His plans are for us and I feel so thankful and blessed and excited for life!

Yet He has not left Himself without testimony: He has shown kindness by giving you rain from the heaven and crops in their seasons. He provides you with plenty of food and fills your hearts with joy .
Acts 14:17

I will rejoice greatly in the Lord, My soul will exult in my God...
Isaiah 61:10

And whatever your hand finds to do, do it with ALL you're might.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

I went away on a retreat this last weekend with some friends. It was an awesome time with great teaching, great friends, even some pretty great food! I enjoyed myself so much, but as we packed up after it was over and piled into the vehicles, I couldn't help the excitement I felt for coming home! I was eager to see my family, to hear about all that they had done, to eat at the table with everyone enjoying table talk... I was even excited to see if all the daffodils in the front flower beds had bloomed yet and how the cherry trees were coming along!
It was so completely pleasant to drive into the drive way and be met with hugs and kisses. We all went into the house, and it was the best feeling in the world to be home.... All the right smells and sounds! The best people in the world gathered around! Even the dogs barking couldn't annoy me that night! I was completely exhausted, but completely happy! It had been awhile since I'd been away for longer than a night or so and lately I hadn't really been appreciating how sweet home is! In fact, quite honestly, I had been complaining about it some and feeling a bit frustrated with the work, but over the retreat I had time to think about it and found myself missing it! I know now that the Lord used that time to refresh my spirit and show me what a great blessing he has given me In my family and home. I continued to be refreshed even after returning home, and for the first time in a very long time I felt contented! Everything seems right even if its hard and I'm glad that I can be a daughter at home helping my family! I'm so blessed that the Lord has given me this place in life at this time.