Praise Day 345: Today I praise God for the ability to brag on my baby girl who has worked so hard in college and is making a big difference there!
So if you read my FB post today about Chelseas grades, you may already know what I am going to say, but for me it bears repeating......I am one proud momma.....not just of Chelsea, but all my younguns! Today is my day to brag on Chelsea though! Here is what I wrote: So proud of Chelsea Stacy! She made 4 A's and 2 B's with an overall 3.667 grade average for the semester.....and she is also officially now....a Junior!!!! She has worked so hard and Chris and I are so proud of her and her efforts! Her overall GPA from Freshman year to now is a 3.652!
Now......who would not be proud as punch?!!! If this is not praise worthy....I don't know what is! I honestly have to say that after all we have gone through with her, I can honestly say that I never thought she would make it to this point.......BUT GOD!!!!! God is incredible and He created this INCREDIBLE young woman in His image......and for that I am thankful
Praise Day 344: Today I praise God for being able to go back to Church after being gone for so long!
Due to the fact that we have been traveling and doing things with our grandchildren, we have not been able to go to church. It is a strange feeling not being in church and I surely have missed my wonderful friends! Devon and I went to dinner at church and he woofed down some yummy spaghetti! He then went to class and I stayed and cleaned up after the dinner. God gives me such peace as I do what He wants me to do. I was so tired, yet so blessed! I really enjoy getting to commune with my friends
Hehehe.......another strange praise, but think about life without Kleenex! If you read yesterdays Day of Praise, then you will know why I am so thankful for Kleenex! These little sheets of softness are so wonderful when you need to dry your eyes and blow your nose. They are even more wonderful when you have a young one around who needs to blow his nose so that you don't have to use your shirt! Some types of toilet paper is a decent substitute......but paper towels are misery! Shirt sleeves work, but that is just plum gross! I wonder what they used back in the days of Jesus......have you ever wondered that? Hankies are ok, but after a while they get kinda gross too depending on how bad you need them! This goes to show that there is ALWAYS something to praise God for.....even if it is a Kleenex!
This is going to be one of those praises where I am going to have to share in generalities, but the message should come across. As anyone who is human knows, words spoken can seem to have many different meanings depending on who spoke them, how they meant them, and how they were perceived. There are times that what we meant when we spoke something was misinterpreted because of things like preconceived notions, assumptions made from past experiences, missing pieces in the equation, desires........and any number of other factors. Satan is really good at muddling intentions and causing misinterpretations through these factors. Pride can often find its place in the mix and create an even greater problem. It is at this point that no matter what WE do........we can't fix it and often manage to mess it up even more while trying to do good. As I get older in life, God has given me a revelation........of how I have managed to do ALL of this! Many times I have misinterpreted.......and I have been misinterpreted! I often try to fix things and in the process manage to make a greater mess than I ever expected.......but never on purpose! I have such a great sense of right and wrong.........fair and unfair..........and one heck of a protective nature. When I love, I love hard and deep, and when I hurt......I hurt even deeper........and when I protect, I do it with all of my being. God has been doing a deep work in my life and He has used different types of inspiration as I have been trying to find the balance in it all and find healing and forgiveness in my heart. First, He reveals things in scripture that often I have read, but never really saw what He was saying......that is until it became relevant in my life. Sometimes, He uses these inspirations that show up on Face Book.......just at the right time! Sometimes, He sends just the right person with just the right words that come from the Lord.............and sometimes.........He comes in the silence with His still small voice, and that is often the hardest one to hear because it is not often that I am totally silent.......just ask those voices in my head......hehehehe!!!! The hard one is that sometimes He brings conflict to a head that has to be dealt with or it will stifle your walk with Him and your usefulness to others for Him! (This is my least favorite method! There is always crying and brokenness involved!) Now the great part of all this is the freedom that comes when I realize what God is teaching me, showing me, and revealing to me! You see, God wants us........designed us to live a life like that of Christ when we are Christians (little Christs). When we live outside of a life that is to be lived like Christ, we WILL experience pain, suffering, and overall misery! God has freedom for us.......the question is, are we willing to take it? I pray that God will continue to work in my life and that He will reveal truth, reveal those things that are hidden that cause pain, and reveal His grace and peace! I pray for healing of hearts and minds and healing of relationships! I pray that He will change what needs changing, humble what needs humbling, and break those things that need breaking! I want my life to be a life lived for Him and His purpose! I want to ask forgiveness for my trespasses and yet I will not apologize for doing Gods Will. I am not ashamed of doing what He has called me to do, but I am ashamed for being blinded by my own hurt and not seeing what His Will is at times! If there is anything you take from this, I want it to be: I am an imperfect, highly flawed, overly emotional...........lover of my Lord! I fail Him daily and daily He NEVER fails me! If I hurt you.......it is NOT intentional! If I offend you because of my faith in my God, then I pray that you find Him and see the beauty and grace of His forgiveness that I have! My heart longs to see ALL find freedom in Him! I know this was a strange day of praise........but this is what God has shown me.
Praise Day 341: Today I praise God for Mountains, Waterfalls, Woods, Parents, Grandsons............and WALKING STICKS!!!! Oh wait......and Stone Soup!
"Are we going to more Mountains?!!!" I think Devon asked this question at least 500 times today....He was sooo excited about this trip! Tanner was equally excited asking about the waterfall! He even asked me if Peepop knew where he was going because he did not want to miss it! These boys are so funny! As we started out our trip, I was extremely thankful mom and dad came with us for MANY reasons. First......they had walking sticks for us to use! I have never realized how much I needed one......when you have issues with balance at times....this becomes invaluable! Mom took the lead with Tanner and Devon following close behind. I was next then Chris and dad. The fun part was trying to take good pictures while everyone was walking......including myself! I have to tell you, the boys did such an incredible job! We had a few minor setbacks, but other than that......the hike was perfect! The most precious moment of the day though was in the bottom right hand pic on the collage. Each boy had found a walking stick, but they also held hands for a while. As I was walking behind them, it was very had not to get a few tears in my eyes. These boys just like any others have their little rifts and rumbles, but they truly do love each other! They were so funny because on our hike, they must have had 5 different walking sticks each! When a better one would come along on the trip (or perceived better one), the old one would take a trip down the mountain! I just have to say......it was an incredible day! Now, it still continued after the hike........we went back to Meme and Papa Rymers house and made a big treat. We made......Stone Soup! We picked up some stones on our way back on the hike to use in our soup! If you want to know how it turned out.......look up the story of Stone Soup.......it was so very YUMMY and the boys loved it! I love my grandchildren so much and it is moments like these that I will cherish for the rest of my life! God has been so great to us and though along our lifetime we have made many.........MANY mistakes, He chose to bless us anyway! We serve such a wonderful and mighty God
OH BOY! What a power packed day we have today! Chris and I have been planning a camping trip with the boys, however due to the time of year, we decided to camp out (in) at Meme and Papa Rymers house......in their den! Our day started with a Festival at Walton EMC where Peepop was working as a volunteer. The boys jumped and played on the blow up slide and obstacle course most of the time. They also had their pictures with Santa, decorated cookies, and competed in a coloring contest! After it was over......it was time to go! As you can see in the picture....they traveled in style with videos and all! When we got to Franklin, NC to Meme and Papas house, they had dinner ready for us. The boys had so much excited energy that I took them outside and let them run til they were whooped! IT WAS GREAT!!!! This was the first day of our grand adventure and I could not have been more blessed! These two young boys love each other so much, and it does a Honeygrams heart good to watch them play, run, fight and love on each other.......well, the fighting I could do without, but they are human! Tomorrow is the grand adventure.......and we could not be more excited!!!!
Praise Day 339: Today I praise God for time with family around a bonfire, celebrating my nephews Birthday!
Well, the picture is not of the bonfire, but it was the sweetest pic of the night! Aunt Sleslie got a great big sugar from her great niece Carly......My sweet granddaughter! It was a great time as we celebrated Codys Birthday. We ate, roasted marshmallows and played all night long! Anytime I am blessed enough to be with family having fun.......it is a GREAT day! God has truly given me so much to praise Him for and for that, I am sooooooo thankful! I have been blessed with 4 extremely beautiful grandchildren, 3 wonderful children and their spouses or significant other (Chelseas boyfriend Christian), and one really wonderful Husband! Who could ask for more......Thank you Jesus for Your many, many blessings!!!!
Praise Day 338: Today I praise God for devotions that I get in my email that almost always seem to be written just for me and for what I am going through at that time!
I get several different devotions sent to my email on a daily basis. One of those is from the Proverbs 31 Ministry. For example, I have been so tired and weary since we drove to Colorado and back. The last devotion I received from them had this as the scripture: "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest." Matthew 11:28
Wow.......does this really need explanation? God is always right on time! I get two different devotions from the Blue Letter Bible, and I have to tell you that over the years.......I have not only learned so much, but I have come to really appreciate Gods timing! There are days that I don't get into the Word like I should, but as I get these emails......I am reminded daily of His provision in giving me the Word! God is so great and He truly is greatly to be
Praise Day 338: Today I praise God for the heart of a Coach named Greg Simmons who has poured not only his time, but his own finances to put on a concert that would help allow a young Middle School Wrestling team the opportunity to learn, grow and partic
Last night Against the Downpour, Jac Rip, Washawn Knox, and Jake Sherrill all were part of a concert to raise money for the Green County Middle School Wrestling Team. This was the brainchild of Coach Greg Simmons who took on the coaching position this year. The reason I chose this as my praise is because I have seen Greg over and over help others and it blesses my heart. He has personally helped the band in many ways and when he does, he expects nothing in return but to see it used for furthering the purpose that God has called the band to. Last night I could see that Greg was weary and tired, but this was not going to stop him from doing all he could for these young men who love the sport of wrestling. There are a lot of dedicated teachers and coaches out there, and I want to thank God for them all! Greg may not have gotten the results he had hoped for in raising the money, but I will tell you this........the concert last night made an impact. As Jake gave his testimony, which is incredibly powerful, it made these kids really think! Against the Downpour poured the message of Jesus and His love for us into them through song........and Jac Rip and Washawn spoke to their hearts through the spoken word through rap! I know for me......my heart was filled! Devon went with me last night and his little heart may not have understood what was being said......but his little spirit was shown the love of the Savior last night!
Praise Day 337: Today I praise God for Toccoa Falls College and for the Professors that God has blessed Chelsea's life with! Oh, and also that Chelsea took some really great pics of her and Devon today.....kinda that nut and tree thing!!!
First, these beautiful pics are thanks to Chelsea! She did an amazing job! Last year when God directed Chelsea to Toccoa Falls College, I just knew that it was going to be a great blessing. As with any school, it has its problems, but I have been so very pleased with many, many aspects of it! The Counseling Department has been one of those things that have blessed my heart and soul! Professor Koser was the reason that Chelsea went to Toccoa, and as she has had several of the Profs for classes, she has really come to love them all in their own way. They are diverse in their teaching styles, but each one brings what is needed. Today I was able to talk to Prof. Gilbert for a while and I am so thankful for his insights! Chelsea is working so hard, and the work is paying off. It has not gone unnoticed by us......or by her Profs. I know I am her mom, but I truly believe she is a special young lady with a great big purpose here on this earth! All of my children are special and God is preparing them for the plans He has for them.......and our grandchildren too! Prof. Gilbert told me something today that stuck with me. I am going to try and reproduce what he said without butchering it and if I do......I pray he will forgive me and set me right! As a parent, it should not matter to me what school they go to.....what job they have......or the plans they pick for their life.......but what should matter is that they work hard and do their best, but most of all that they live their life for Christ, doing His Will! (There was more to it......like if they work at McDonald's work to own it.......and I forgot the rest of them from there........oh my, my brain!) What God has been teaching me is that what is most important is we teach our children to serve others as Jesus did.......Love others as Jesus did........and live their lives fully for our Father who created us to be in HIS IMAGE! Today was a blessed day and I am so thankful! May God bless you all!!!!!
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!