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New Technology


IMG_2327For Christmas Bob decided that I needed a new computer. So, my son in law helped me pick out a computer. I am usually excited about new technology and jump right in and figure it out. But this new computer has me stumped. I can’t seem to find anything on it because nothing is the same as what I am used to. There is no longer a “My computer” icon or a “control panel” icon and quite frankly I struggle to find anything through the search menu.

Because I spend all day long at work on the computer I no longer want to spend my nights trying to figure out this new computer. Maybe it is my age, or maybe it is just because it appears to be more inconvenient. Everything is on the cloud instead of on the computer which just seems to confuse me more. I am thankful and grateful for the thought and the care that went into the purchase of the computer and I hope someday I will become more familiar with how it works.

Do you ever feel like this? You have something wonderful that can help organize and simplify your life but you just can’t get used to it? When did life get so complicated? There comes a time in everyone’s life that you just feel you need to simplify and get back to basics. I think I have reached that point. To quote an old Willie Nelson song “Maybe its time to get back to the basics of life”.

For me the basics are my faith in God, my family and friends, a roof over my head, a job and enough food to keep me going. What more could a person need. Faith in God is what keeps all the other things together. Believing that Jesus saved me from a life of sin and gave me the opportunity to experience salvation and an eternal life with God is not complicated. It is a basic I can always look at and remember to keep my life in perspective.

When I get frustrated with not understanding new technology I can always remember that technology does not save me God does. I can step back and refocus my thoughts on something more important than being able to find something on my computer or not being able to get my scanner to work because it is not compatible with the new software on my computer.

It is all about perspective. So maybe this week we can all step back and remember who God is and what He has done for us, instead of getting frustrated. I hope you enjoy your week. I will be back next week with more.

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Memorial Day 2018


IMG_2300[1]Tomorrow is the day we celebrate those who gave their lives for our freedom. We owe them a debt that we cannot pay for we benefit from their courageous efforts and sacrifice to keep our nation free. I am grateful for those men and women. In John 15:13 Jesus says:

“Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends”

Laying down your life for your friends is one thing, but laying down your life for your whole country, that is amazing. Fighting for the greater good of those you love and those you do not know is greatness. It is important to remember those who have fallen because as we live our  lives in this country we tend to forget those who gave there life  so we can be free. I salute our men and women in uniform and honor them for their service. And I appreciate the sacrifices of those who lost their lives for us.

Take some time this week to thank a veteran for their service to our country and remember those who gave so much so we could be free. Enjoy your week and I will be back next week with more.

Desires


The alarm went off at the usual time but today would be anything but usual. I woke up slowly and managed to get out of bed and dressed in time to eat breakfast and hit the road. We had a long drive ahead of us but we hoped the results would be good. Following directions given to us by the realtor we found the first property. It was mostly open but had a small wooded area and stocked pond. The price was ok but there was large power line running over the pond and across the property.  It was just too open for what we wanted so we left for the next property.

We had seen this next property once before on our own. As we got closer I recognized the area and knew that the curve where the driveway is located was coming soon. Cautious excitement filled my mind and heart. We pulled into the driveway up to the entry gate. Exiting the car, we opened the gate and walked back the long driveway. As I looked at the trees I felt a peace come over me and felt like I was home. I remembered the time I had this feeling before. We were at an estate sale and I walked into the house just like I owned it. I knew it was mine. Shortly after that we bought that home.

As we stood in the yard and discussed details with the realtor the wind began to quietly sing through the trees. It was an amazing sound. It was unlike anything we had ever heard. The realtor left us there and we walked around discussing the possible purchase of the property. We prayed for direction and to make the right decision. I cried thinking that we might have found what we desired.  We left energized and thinking about all the possibilities and understanding all the cleanup that would be needed to bring this property up to the standard we desire.

I believe that God will give us the desires of our heart, because he puts the desires in there and makes a way for them to come true.

Enjoy your week and I will be back next week with more.

Treasure the Glimpses


IMG_1944Weekends can get busy. There is always a new project to try to complete before you have to go back to work. Since our commute to and from work takes hours off each day that leaves us the weekends for projects. Our current project is building a shed in the back yard to give us some much needed storage space.

We have been working on the concept and placement for the shed for years but now with the permit in hand we are actually building it. A few weeks ago we started by trimming the tree that hung down too low to allow the shed. Then we worked on leveling the ground. Saturday we worked on pouring some concrete. Of course my jobs were less strenuous than Bob’s and as I sat and waited for my next job Bob shoveled the mix into the cement mixer. The wind was swirling around and cement dust was going everywhere so I covered my face with my gloved hands. I then separated my fingers and looked out to see if the dust had settled.

As I looked through my fingers I saw Bob working. I marveled how I could only see glimpses of him through the small opening between my fingers. Bob saw me with my hands covering my face and asked if I was playing peek-a-boo. Then it hit me. This is how some of us see God, in glimpses that are brief without the full picture.

Honestly, I cannot explain the glimpses but I can treasure them. So if you are like me and see God in glimpses I suggest that you take full advantage of those times, write them down and treasure them. There is no promise of how many times this will happen.

Elijah had one of these moments in 1 Kings 19:11-13 (NKJV):

11 Then He said, “Go out, and stand on the mountain before the Lord.” And behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind tore into the mountains and broke the rocks in pieces before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake; 12 and after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire a still small voice.

13 So it was, when Elijah heard it, that he wrapped his face in his mantle and went out and stood in the entrance of the cave. Suddenly a voice came to him, and said, “What are you doing here, Elijah?”

I am learning to treasure the moments that God gives me because I do not know what will happen tomorrow.

James 4:14 (NKJV)

“whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away.”

I pray that each of you will have many moments to treasure in  your lives. Enjoy this week, I should be back next week with more.

 

Family Time


family time 2 pictureI believe family relationships are very important to a healthy life. A few weeks ago my husband and I traveled over three hundred miles one way to see our son, Matt in a play. He never really showed an interest in acting in his childhood but has recently become involved in a community theater thanks to his wife Heather. I had traveled to see him play young Scrooge in a Christmas Carol last year since I was close by taking care of my sister after surgery. I really enjoyed that experience. But this time he had a leading role playing Einstein in Picasso at the Lapin Agile, a Steve Martin play.

My daughter and her family also made the trip. We were all very impressed with his acting abilities and the whole cast did an awesome job. Matt even got a great review on his performance. They also added their own twists to the play making it into a bit of a musical. Then they did a version of karaoke at the end. It was great. I love live theater and seeing one of my children acting was a plus. Matt even did good with his singing.

And if that wasn’t enough live entertainment my daughter Jacquie took me to see “Beautiful” a musical about the life of Carol King. It was amazing. I got to see the Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth, what a beautiful place. I got my exercise in climbing many flights of marble stairs that day.  We could have taken the elevator but it was much more interesting to walk the stairs. I never realized that Carol King wrote so many songs. Then we got to have mother daughter time and ended up walking around downtown Fort Worth for a while. It was a great time.

And if that wasn’t enough family time Saturday I got to watch my grandson Jack play soccer, and score a couple of goals. I also got to sit near “Iron Man” Rex. Superheroes love soccer games. When that was over we walked around the fire department event that was going on adjacent to the soccer fields. We learned about fire trucks, the jaws of life, and how to break a car window to rescue someone. We also got free food from In and Out burger. Jack and Rex got their pictures taken with the Chick-fil-a cow, dressed up as a fire fighter. The boys got to sit in a swat truck and see bomb squad robots. It was lots of fun.

I don’t think that we can ever have too much family time. I am so appreciative of all the time that I have with my family. Really we never know how much time God will let us have on this earth, so it is important to take advantage of all the time he gives us.

Enjoy your week and I will be back next week with more.

Be the Match


IMG_1759I remember as a child going into a cavern with my family on vacation. It was one of the few vacations we ever took together. We went deep into the cave and then the guides turned off all the lights. It was so dark you could not see anything. You had to feel to find out if the person next to you was still there. In the darkness it got quiet and scary. They only left the lights out for a few seconds but in that time I experienced total darkness for the first time in my life.

With the recent eclipse some people were able to experience darkness without entering a cave, but there were still the stars that shone in the sky and the glow around the moon. Brief experiences with darkness can change your life.

I had a co-worker ask me this week, “When did this world get so evil?” It is a question that I have been asking myself a lot lately. We constantly hear on the radio and television about all the evil things that are taking place. There are murders, terrorist attacks, robberies, assaults, and general destruction occurring every day. It seems inescapable. And I have been praying for an answer.

Do I know exactly what has happened? No, but I am sure that some of it is because our society no longer believes in God and has lost hope. So what can I do as one individual? I can choose to react to these evils with love rather than becoming like those who have chosen the easy route and responding with hate. I have found that it is easier to respond to hate with hate than it is to respond with love. From a purely fleshly point of view this is true. However Jesus told us in John 16:33 (NASB):

“These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.”

So if we believe in Jesus, have accepted Him as our Lord and Savior and given our life over to Him then we are obligated to respond with love because we are no longer living for ourselves but for the glory of God.

 Galatians 2:20 (NASB)

I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.

So if anyone asks you why the world is so evil try to refocus them to the light of Jesus so they can have some hope instead of being mired in the darkness that surrounds them. I remember in that cave they lit a match and I was amazed at how that small match lit up the whole dark cave. Let us be the match in the darkness and guide the world back to the Savior.

Enjoy your week and I will be back next week with more.

Light and Distance


lightAs I sat down in bed and began to read by the light of a small lamp, I realized I could not clearly see the words on the page and was straining my eyes. I tried bringing the book closer to my face but that just increased the blurriness of the words. So I held the book farther from my face but the words were just too far away.  I changed positions and brought the book closer to the lamp, but that position was way too uncomfortable.  I reluctantly got up and turned the overhead light on and was amazed how the words on the page were immediately legible.

It is amazing how having a book at just the right distance from your eyes and with enough light to illuminate the words can make all the difference in the world in your understanding of the words you are reading.  I know recently at work I have had to use a magnifying glass in order to read some very small print and handwriting.  I am thankful for the magnifying glass that helps me solve the mystery of what the words on the page are so I can do my job.

When life gets complicated and unsure maybe it is because there is not enough light to shine on the pages in the book of our lives to see the way. If we can’t read the words on the instructional pages we spend our lives winging it and get stuck and confused.  Sometimes all it takes is a little more light from God to get us to where the book is just the right distance from our eyes and we have our reading glasses on (if you need them like me) so we can read the instructions that will get us where we need to go.

Psalm 119:105 (NASB)

 Your word is a lamp to my feet
And a light to my path.

God’s word is the Light that guides us with His divine wisdom and direction. God can see more than we can and from His perspective our problems, struggles, confusions and messes look much different. He sees the big picture and does not have to use a magnifying glass to understand what is going on. With His Word to light our path we will be directed to the right place.

Psalm 37:23 (NASB)

The steps of a man are established by the Lord,
And He delights in his way.

It all comes down to trusting God to direct us, no matter the circumstances or situations.

Proverbs 3:5-8

Trust in the Lord with all your heart
And do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He will make your paths straight.
Do not be wise in your own eyes;
Fear the Lord and turn away from evil.
It will be healing to your body
And refreshment to your bones.

Every week God amazes me with His wisdom and understanding and His allowing me to share what He has shared with me. I grow and learn each day and week and year. In this New Year I hope that we will grow together and enjoy this life that God has given us. Enjoy your week and I will be back next week with more.

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