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!!!!!
Praise Day 336: Today I praise God for the day He gave me to catch up on praises......He is so gracious!
As odd as this praise may sound, to me it was truly a praise! We have been on the run for almost two weeks and it has zapped every ounce of energy that I posses......and more! I have only had minimal time to be one the computer and when I was, my brain refused to think........I feel like it went on strike or something! As I sat down yesterday to write, God so graciously jogged my memory so that I could remember what blessed me each and every day. Once again, this was Gods great provision for me......and for that, I am grateful! We serve such an incredible Savior who cares about each and everything we care about......and he equips us to do what He has called us to do......
We have been gone for two Sundays, and that was two Sundays too many when it comes to missing my incredible friends at church! I love my friends so much and I could not wait to see them! We had a dinner at the Church and it was GREAT!!!! Due to the fact that we were very sick the day before Thanksgiving....it made eating on Thanksgiving a bit difficult, but the meal at church.....OH HOW GREAT IT WAS!!!! I praise God for the wonderful cooks that He has blessed our church with! It was a great night of food and fellowship! I love food and I love friends.....but most of all.....I love my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ......how could an evening with all of us there be any better? I love you my friends!!!!!!!
Praise Day 334: Today I praise God for another chance to play with The Museum for a very worthy cause!
Against the Downpour has played 4 times now with The Museum, but 2 of those 4 times were for some very special causes. The first one was for a fundraiser to help end human trafficking This one was to help raise money for a mens home that helps turn the lives of men who struggle with drug and alcohol addiction. Throughout the night, I was able to talk to several of the men in the program, and their stories were heart breaking, and yet they are on their way to recovery which made their stories amazing! The concert was in a concert hall in Eatonton, and I also met the man who helped renovate and restore this beautiful building! These are just a few of the many incredible people that I met that night......including Bob Evans and his wife who put the even on (not the Sausage Bob Evans). It was a night of beautiful music, a great message, and a ton of conversations! It was an incredibly blessed evenin
Praise Day 325: Today I praise God for a chance to see part of His Creation that I had never seen before!
Well, today is the day we headed back home from Colorado. It was an interesting time since the 4 of us got sick and we did not get to do much sight seeing, but God gave us the opportunity to go to the Garden of the gods on the beginning of our trip back home. I praise God for the absolute incredible beauty that He has surrounded us with! The colors that He has brushed here and there......sometimes in the most unique of places.....give inspiration to the artist. The shapes and configurations sometimes leave in in awe! God has created such a beautiful.......and highly unique world that spans from sea to desert, with landscapes that teem with color, texture, and diverse mediums in nature. If someone can see all of this and not see a creator.......then I know that Satan has blinded their eyes and my heart breaks for them. To think all of this beauty just popped out of nowhere........well, my heart just breaks. I know that when I see a pretty painting that speaks deeply to my heart.......there is an artist that created it with the love and attention to detail that pours his/her heart and soul into that creation. Because of this, it gives it even more meaning and beauty! This is how I see God. He poured His heart and His love into this world as He created it.......for His creation......that is us, and how beautiful is that?!!! We are all free to believe what we want because that is how He created us......He is not going to force us to believe.......but as for me.......my heart would be so empty without Him! He is the reason I wake up every morning and He is the one I talk to ALL the time! He hears me when I talk.....even if what I am saying is boring....He listens. He comforts my heart when it is broken and He encourages me when I am downhearted. He lifts me up and carries me when I have no more strength to stand........and he cheers me on when times are good and when times are bad. Sometimes......when I am talking to Him and I can't hear Him.....I am tempted to scream out and ask Him where He is.......but He reminds me in His Word......that He is still there......watching over me with His tender loving care......I am often just so caught up in myself and my pain......that I am just not listening.
Psalms 23 is a psalm of King David that expresses Gods love for us: A Psalm of David. The LORD [is] my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You [are] with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness For His name's sake. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; My cup runs over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me All the days of my life; And I will dwell [fn] in the house of the LORD Forever.
Mat 1:23 "Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel," [fn] which is translated, "God with us."
Psalms 139 is a great reference as well, but a little to long to write out, so click this link to go read it! http://www.blueletterbible.org/Bible.cfm?b=Psa&c=139&t=NKJV#9
Oh what a Mighty God I SERVE!!!!! Wow...I needed this today!!! Below I am putting on a YouTube Video that pulled me through MANY a hard time! It is such a great reminder of Gods love for me.....that He is ALWAYS there......and that I am NEVER ALONE!!!!! May God bless YOU today!!!!!!
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!