Wow is all I can say at the moment with this praise! Today (Saturday), the whole entire day was a HUGE blessing! We met some incredible people with servants hearts! The day was power packed and there are a few stories I would like to tell you about. First, just the fact we were here was a blessing.......Russ had inquired about the event many months ago and we had not heard anything and thought that they were just not interested.......then.....we got the email letting us know they were interested! We were so excited and the answer was immediately, "YES!"! We left Friday night and arrived around 8:00 to help set up what we could. We met this beautiful woman named Tara and she was so excited we were there. We helped put together and set out signs and then Tara took us to our hotel. The next morning we arrived bright and early for our sound check. In the process, we met Pastor Davis, a local pastor who headed up a group of amazing young people who would later put on one of the most impactful dramas I have ever seen! While I am here....I will tell you about the drama. It started with a teenage girl and her mom fighting....the mom let her know real quick that she never wanted her and the only reason she had her was because her mom would not let her have and abortion. Mom left the house and the party began! The party quickly turned ugly when a gang member came to the house to cause trouble and retaliate for something that had happened. The play concluded with everyone dead....including the shooter......except for one little six year old girl who was brought to the party. This little girl gave a performance that ripped my heart out! She deserved an award.....no words.....just pure, raw, unadulterated emotion! By this point, my heart was in my throat! To make matters more interesting......we were next! Caleb prayed for direction, because this was deep......and God was faithful! The transition was amazing......and every song that was sung tied in. When I gave the testimony of SHINE, it could not have been more appropriate! Many people came to me afterward to thank and encourage me! Our God is so great......and so faithful! The headliner that sang that day was incredibly beautiful both inside and out! I also met two fellas that God ordained for me to meet......and one of them, God gave me a message to give to him the other day.......and low and behold, it was a God ordained moment! We met a wonderful woman named Rose who served us.......and made us feel so loved! There were so many little GOD Moments throughout the day that it would take me forever to write about them all. One of the more scary moments was when a young woman who had heart surgery recently, began to have trouble. Caleb found me and the boys, Rose and I prayed for her and for Gods Hand to be over her. From beginning to end.....it was an INCREDIBLY Blessed time! I thank God for using His people in such wonderful ways! I thank God that when you do your best to be a blessing.....He blesses you far more than you could ever imagine! If you want to be blessed.......be a blessing! It is one of the most incredible feelings you could ever imagine!!! May God bless you all!!!!!
Praise Day 292: Today I praise God for the van and trailer that God has provided for the Band, and now we took our first long trip in to play in Memphis!
As some of you already know, God provided the Band with a 1995 Conversion Van and a pull behind trailer for a price that blew our minds! We started our drive to Memphis and realized we desperately need new rear shocks and to pray for God to improve the gas mileage......but I have to tell you.......it was such a blessing! Rusty had a job on his hands driving, and I want to thank God for his desire to do so! Because we need new shocks, there is a swing and sway that happens naturally.....and then we had the wind blowing incredibly hard, so Rusty had a fight on his hands the whole way......we also determined that we were going UP HILL the whole way.......hehehe!!!! God has been so incredibly good to us....and this trip made it ever so evident!
Today I had a wonderfully blessed day to catch up on things I needed to do to prepare for the wonderful weekend ahead! (This was last Thursday, I am a tad behind again....) I was able to finish editing the pictures of Kristina and Maddison, and this was a huge weight off of my shoulders! I am so thankful that God gives us days sometimes that we can just chill
Praise Day 290: Today I praise God for an incredible photo shoot with two fun and beautiful young women!
Today I was so incredibly blessed to get to do what I love to do......with people that I love! Maddison Busbee (goes to church with me) and Kristina Fitzpatrick(my niece) were my beautiful subjects today and let me tell you, we had a blast! Jordan was their with us (Maddisons sister) and she played the roll of my assistant.....how cool is that! We laughed, we played, we got serious.....well sorta......and we accomplished the task we set out to finish! The final result......God allowed me to capture the beauty that lives inside these wonderful girls! I am so thankful that God allows me to do what I love, and share it with the world! He has blessed me in ways that my mind cannot even fathom! Today.......I praise God for incredible photo shoots with spectacular young
Praise Day 289: Today I praise God for the Good Hope General Store and their delicious Brunswick Stew!
Do you ever have those nights when you don't have anything you want to eat at the house......but yet you don't want to go out anywhere? Tonight was one of those nights for me! Now the little ity bity town of Good Hope only dawn on store......but it is a great store! I used to work at the Good Hope General and I know what kinda good stuff is in their stew! It is filled with meat and it has all the right stuff to make it perfect! I drove the 2.2 miles from my house to the store.......and I picked up a pint of a most delicious Brunswick stew in town! (o.k., it is the only Brunswick stew in town......but it is the best in the metro Atlanta area!) Now when I get the stew, I have to pick up a bag of the best potato chips around as well to dip in the stew! Tonight,.......I had a little piece of Heaven in a bowl......at my house......with my chips and a big ole glass of ice water! Some may think it silly to praise God for stew......but I do!!!!! (praise God for stew, and the Good Hope General!)
Praise Day 288: Today I praise God that my oldest grandson, Tanner Stacy, asked Christ into his heart!
Wow is all I can say about today! I had spent most of the day shelling pecans and cleaning around the house with not much happening that could be thought of as eventful. Chris had the day off so we just bummed about the house doing what needed to be done. After a while, I had decided to call Tammy and find out when we might be able to do their family pictures, and instead I heard the great news! Tanner asked Jesus into his heart! I don't have all the details, but the only detail I really needed to know, was that my precious grandson was going to be in Heaven with us when the day comes! God has a great plan for his life......as He does for each of us....and each of my children and grandchildren! These past few days, I have struggled over many things, but news like this makes even the hardest struggle seem so small. God is so great and greatly to be praised......and today......I praise Him for saving my sweet Tanner! I praise Him for the bad times.....and for the good times! I praise Him for blessing my life with 4 incredible grandchildren and I look forward to the day when all 4 of them.....and the future ones that will come from Chelsea....all ask Jesus to be the Savior of their lives! I am so thankful for the Christian Heritage that each of us has been given! If you who are reading this, do not know Jesus as your Savior.....I pray that you will open your mind, heart, and soul to the one who created you.....the one who loves you so much that He died on a cross for you! I pray that you will find Jesus in the most real way! I pray that you will find the joy and the peace......and most of all......the unconditional Love that comes straight from the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit! The world may come crashing down around me, but MY GOD will sustain me! He has so far....why would He stop now......and I pray
Praise Day 295: Today I praise God for having Chelsea to help me clean the building when I am tired in body, mind and spirit!
When Chelsea is home, she helps me clean the building......and I cannot begin to tell you what a blessing that is!!! Because I was out of town over the weekend, I have to go clean at 6:30 on Monday Morning. Need I remind you how tired I already was from the weekend? Chelsea and Christian were here for fall break.....all two days of it......and I could not have been more thankful! Chelsea is such a huge help to me when she is home and I thank God for not only having her help me......but for her willingness to do so! Neither one of us really want to go clean, but God has given us this job and we are thankful! I am proud of her willing heart to help her momma! Makes a mom proud.......and very, very thankful!!!!
Today we started a new Sunday night service for the youth at our church.....and for the community! God gave Russ a dream to start up the Sunday night worship services for the youth again, only this time God showed him a bigger picture! This Sunday night was for our kids at the church, but it is our hope to include other youth groups that may not have Sunday night services! Russ has such a passion for reaching the lost, and teaching our kids that God has a plan and a purpose for their lives! He has a passion for helping them see that God places dreams in their hearts for a reason and that they need not give up on their dreams! After all......when Russ was in middle school....the band director told him he would never be able to play the drums because he had no rhythm.....BUT GOD! God kept that dream in his heart alive, and then gave him the drive and tenacity to do what God had given him a dream to do! Now, he plays drums for Against the Downpour and opens for big name bands! That in itself is not what is important though......what is important is following the dreams that God gives you in your heart! Believe that when God plants seeds in you......it is then up to you to water it, nurture it.....and let God make it grow! Russ,......you made me proud......you always make me proud and I thank God for your passion for lost souls! I am so blessed to be the manager of such a wonderful band, and I can't wait to see what God is going to do in and through each of you!!!! As for Sunday Night services......I pray that Gods Will will be manifested......and the dreams of o
Praise Day 286: Today I praise God for our church and for the Fall Festival we had for the community......and two of my grand-babies got to come!!!!!
Today was the day of our wonderful Fall Festival! Each year it is such a blessing to so many in the community.....and to my family! Last year Candice and the boys were there, and this year Bubba and his family came! I truly look forward to the day when I can have all of them there at the same time! Chelsea and three of her friends came as well! The band played, there was face painting, a cake walk for adults and a cupcake walk for the kids, a jumpy slide, hot dogs, fried Oreos and funnel cakes, and of course I took pictures! I had a wonderful assistant and Mrs. Kim did an incredible job decorating the photography spot as usual! We had a great time and it blessed me so greatly seeing such joy on the faces of the children and the adults......as it always does! Hopefully I will have pictures done tomorrow.....when you take so many, it takes a while to get them all edited! We truly have a wonderful church with some INCREDIBLE people with Servants Hearts! I am so blessed!
Today I had a very productive and fruitful day of cleaning my house! I took on the extra project of cleaning the ceiling fans......yeeeeee haaaaw! It is not necessarily a fun job, but it is one that makes a huge difference and makes you feel as if you have accomplished SOMETHING big! I was also blessed this day to have Mom, Chelsea, and her friend Amanda here at the house with me! I am so thankful that God gave us a house that we can share with others! I thank God that He entrusted Chris and I with this special house that is open to whomever needs a place to stay! To not share in the warmth and peacefulness of this house, would be like wasting one of Gods great blessings! I am thankful because when others think they are the ones being blessed.....let me share a secret with you......I am the one who is getting blessed with great company.....with love.....and with the joy of doing what God has called me to do......and that is do for others
I am a fun loving Honeygram, wife and mother who loves Jesus with my whole heart! If you have any questions.....just ask me and I will do what I can to answer them! May God Bless You All!