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Daily Archives: October 26, 2013

“Oh… Know your …Knot!”

I love this title…. It is kinda tricky!~

Before I get into it… I have to take you back to my college days… I had a little picture with a saying that said… “When you are at the end of your rope… just tie a knot and HANG on!”  It has stuck with me through the years…. and I often refer back to it…. when things get rough!

I have to refer back to  this Monday.  The horrible incessant noise in my ear was more than I could stand. It was giving me a huge headache … try teaching with a “plane taking off in your ear” and an impending brain explosion on the way. Needless to say… I went to bed at 7:30 without any regrets!

On Tuesday… I remembered this nifty little saying from my college days. As soon as I got to school…. I was greeted by a little girl, who is in my class,  and a note that she had written for me. It was a sweet note made with her little rubber stamps that had on the outside   “Song of the Month”…(it is by  Brit Nicole…. “GOLD”)    On the inside  she reminded me that I am worth more than GOLD.  🙂 I think she likes that song! Then a little cute blonde haired boy came in to my room…. he came in with a gift! It was from his Mom …who will happen to  be my substitute when I leave…. it was an OWL~ and a note to remind me WHOOOO cares for me! THEN… if that is “knot” enough….When I got home , I found a CD in the mail box from my sister in law …and her girls! It was a whole CD  full of songs to minister to me! OK….THEN… I shall keep going! Just when I thought I had reached the bottom of the rope and  had tied a KNOT… Jesus was there to meet me at the knot… even for dinner! !!! My sweet friend , Ginny and her husband came over and delivered the most delicious lasagna …salad….and all the fixings. She even had raisin spice cookies and pumpkin cream bread! So… yummy!

I was so touched that the Lord would orchestrate these events on such a day that I thought I wanted a “fast pass” off of life. I wanted to derail…I wanted out… I wanted it to all go away. the Lord would not let me dwell on those thoughts!

It was as if He said…. “OH , no you’re NOT! I love you too much for  you  to think those things … I know you will get to the end of your rope… I know these times are going to be hard… I know your needs! I know you love Me… and I want you to know how I love you too!”

so…I am humbled by His gifts of blessing!  I am so thankful that …I “KNOW who is always going to be with me  at the end of my rope… who is hanging out at the knot”…   WHOOOO is  with me at  every part of the journey…

So glad to know that  I am KNOT alone…

He is KNOT ever  going to leave me…. He is KNOT allowing this for any other reason or  gain , but His!

And… for that reason…. I will NOT let go of my KNOT!  😉

 

“Capture the Flag”

My son had a 15th birthday party last Saturday. He invited several friends  over for an afternoon of football, basketball, BBQ, cookie cake and birthday fun! I have to say that my son has the MOST respectful and awesome friends around! In fact, they all are going to participate in “Homecoming ” festivities together this evening  and enjoy a bonfire after.   FUN TIMES!

Well, anyway… It was later in the evening on Oct. 19th…. the sun had gone down and they all decided to play “Capture the Flag”.

In this game … the territory is divided up with an imaginary line. There are two teams with a flag that they HIDE. It has to be visible. Then the two teams try to capture each other’s flag with out being caught and taken to “jail”. If a person is put in jail …then a team member has to come and tag the person to get out. The game is OVER when all members are caught and  in jail OR the flag is found …

They asked my daughter to play…. which I thought was super nice!!! THEN!!! They asked my husband and I to play… GASP! Well…..augh…..er…. I um…. have…to….ugh…. OK, we will play! Now my husband is hard core…. He goes and gets on a dark colored sweatshirt….Here I am in white… So, I go and change.  We  go outside in the back yard and divide up into  teams….I was NOT on my son or my husband’s team. (That might tell you something….ha ha) We played our first game…. I felt freeeee and young again… out there under the stars…playing chase…..well….actually… (praying I wouldn’t  trip on something…and I was thinking…this ole’ gray mare ain’t what she used to be!) We played two games… the first one … ALL of the other team was in OUR jail and my son was the only one still out.  I caught him!!!. OH… YES … I did!!!!!!      I caught him…. however… I am sure it was because he was slowed down by the big bush and not my lightening bolt speed! So, we won! We decided to play another round. We hid our flag around the white gutter. It was so camouflaged .  (oh, cool I just noticed,,, that ….. “flag” is camouFLAGed  in that word)

They had such a hard time finding our flag…We were all playing on defense for SOOO long. I thought we will NEVER get their flag if we didn’t at least make them worry about US .  SO… I tip toed around the house …. and hid for a little bit… out kinda far……finally when the coast was clear…. (not that ANY of they boys were worried or concerned that the MOM would find the flag… maybe they forgot I was playing) I snooped around the pool….feeling under the rose bush… around the white fence… the deck… I had come this far…. I REALLY wanted that flag! I knew it was out there… I said a little prayer… “Please??… Lord this would be so funny!”   A few seconds later… I stood up…  I reached out and… felt a white flag in my hand and I immediately jammed it under my shirt!  ( I was in ALL white by this time because my dark shirt was way too hot)  So, here I am running in enemy territory… with the flag !! I whispered to  Jason as he was snooping on the porch….”I have the flag!!”… “I have the flag”!! I felt so victorious!!  I ran around to the driveway where…my team was defending the flag….and announced the game was OVER. My husband was incredulous, by the way!! hee heee   ! My son was… in wonder… Say what???  My mom???

I will never forget the night I got to play! …. and…..       The next morning, my body would not let me forget ..either! Ha ha!

 

Well… I tell this story because… it is fun….and  funny ..(to me at least… )    I pondered a thought as I was… out there  with the flag… running …. I thought about how the devil just wants to STEAL our flag.   He is the enemy… he wants to take our white flag and force us to surrender. He wants us to give into his puny lies and sink us into despair and defeat. Well…. here’s a NEWS FLASH! He is defeated! His flag HAS been captured! He is a nothing! The Lord has taken his sting and his victory parade away from him!  The Victory has already been announced in God’s word… by and through the blood of Jesus!

1 Cor. 15:55 Oh.. Death, is your victory? OH… DEATH, WHERE is YOUR STING?

The grave could not hold death… The devil is MAD and he wants everyone to run around as if they are in jail… jailed to his schemes!

NEWS FLASH….. the game is OVER… It has already been WON !

Yes, we live in this world…and we need to be able to navigate around the traps and detours….that is why we have a divine GPS! God’s Word!

Enjoy your Victory today! 😉

P.S.  My son read this and it was approved! 🙂

 

 

Hope Deferred…..

Hello to you… it has been awhile….~ I have really missed “dumping my thoughts” out onto the keyboard. As the result of the lack of time….I have not been able to…. I guess the Lord has wanted me to hold them a little longer…

So, today is the day… ~ I am sitting in my robe…fluffy slippers ….the cat behind me….. the dog snoozing on her pillow…a little fire in the fire place….and of course my coffee…. ( a treat ~gift from my friend, Kim… I love it… it is the Caramel Starbucks kind…mmmm) My heart swells when I look outside to the white twinkling ground….Jack Frost has come! I told my husband (as he left for the Tennessee/ Alabama game) … that I wished that it could stay between 5:30 and 7:00 a.m. all day long…. I love the morning!…the frost….the quiet…the clear….the coffee…

And so now… I get to put my thoughts into something tangible….HOPE…. HOPE has been brewing in my brain for a week!

What would we ever do without HOPE?

Proverbs 13:12  says that …”Hope deferred make the heart SICK..” That is like when hope is “put off” or “postponed”…

I really wanted my surgery to be in November … and it was set for November 19th… then they had to move it back to December. I remember the day very clearly when I realized I was going to have to wait longer to “give birth” to my imposter. My heart was sick. I mean… sheesh … December just doesn’t go well with MY schedule… or the school’s schedule… November was perfect! Anyway… no sense in crying over that.  I had to change my perspective….

November…NOW I can enjoy the Thanksgiving season…and YES…there is SOO much to be thankful for!

I can watch my son start as a 9th grader on the basketball team ON…ON…. Nov. 19th….would NOT want to miss that!

I can go to BOTH scheduled  3rd grade field trips… the nursing home…we ring the bells, recite Psalms, and

do a play(it is one I STILL  have from my teaching days at  Boca Christian! “Hooray for Thanksgiving”…. and I get to go to the…

NUTCRACKER! …. wouldn’t want to miss those magical moments!

I guess… ALL   hope is not lost…. I still get to get rid of the hitchhiker… and I get to enjoy more of the season…. It is just NOT in my timing.

 

enough about me…HOPE DEFERRED~ can be different in everyone’s life….hope for a pregnancy….~ I’ve been there… hope for a prodigal son or daughter…hope for  results….hope for a dream come true…. hope for …. u fill in the blank_________.

Well, I read an email… this week from a Mom. This Mom has a son who has had a TERRIBLE problem with throwing up all of his food… It started in the summer as a case of the flu or” what not”… and it has  just stayed with him… Well… it has kept him out of school….out of sports…out of his normal 7th grade  “life” for a while. Poor thing has gone to Vanderbilt… Birmingham and now he is at the Mayo Clinic in  Rochester. I could , recently, SEE  the despair in her eyes and in the young man’s eyes/heart  as he sat in the hospital bed here in Huntsville as they restarted his stomach…  The doctor’s were trying everything! ~ THEN!~ the breakthrough!

Via FACEBOOK ,of all things… the Lord allowed the mom’s update status to been seen by  a friend of a friend…and then she shared it with a friend who has a son  who has gone  through the SAME thing! The Lord  linked these two moms together … They shared stories!…. The light bulb went on!

Her  email said…. as she was fixing to  go up to the Mayo Clinic..

I paraphrase..~~~~                        I can finally see “HOPE”.             There is a “name” to this thing that plagues my son! ~~~We can have a direction…So…they are up there waiting for some answers…and they seem to be pretty sure that they have nailed the diagnosis. I know they are sharing their hope  (with others  who are in the “same boat” as well as their hope in  Christ)  with all the people that they are coming in contact with!~

What  a beautiful word….! HOPE!

We are never without it!~  Everyday when I wake up…with this incessant roaring in my ear… and numb tongue…. I am reminded that this WORLD is not my home. This body that I have is not permanent…. I am just passing through. I am bummed that I have this…but , it gives me a new perspective… It reminds me that “I am the one with the eternal  HOPE living inside of me!” I am carrying it around in my life because of Jesus Christ… I have a reality of life BEYOND what I see, hear, taste , or  touch here on earth!

PSALM 39:7     And so, Lord, where do I put my hope?

My hope is only in YOU!

Jesus…the One to heal ALL ailments…..We live in a “fallen” world FULL of sickness… disease…. and sin…. He is our HOPE!

Do you have the HIM?  If not, ask Him to be in your life!…. 🙂 I promise…. It is the greatest relationship on earth … It  will set your feet upon a ROCK and you will never want to go back to living without Him….

Well….It is time for me to get up from this comfy chair and make the house smell of pancakes and bacon…. for when the kids get up!~

I HOPE they get up !! ha ha!…..or maybe… I don’t….more for me!

Enjoy your day!~