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One of those typical Mondays.  Daylight Savings Time.  Hurting body.  Headache.  No make up.  Seeing many more than the NO PEOPLE I thought I’d see at work.  And then it happened.

An anonymous friend sent me amazingly lovely flowers!

Yes I'm Smiling! Thank you for this blessing.

THANK YOU DEAR FRIEND!  For thinking of me on this typical Monday.  What a blessing you were to me today.



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It’s one of those days when the moment you wake up you feel the weight of sadness.  Sadness of Real Life circumstances that just feel heavier than usual.  You get on with your morning, but just can’t shake that feeling.  You think “maybe if I just have a good cry I’d feel better”.  When in reality what you need is to do that crying at the feet of Christ!

I got to work, late of course, and drank my coffee while checking email and Facebook messages.  I’d posted earlier that:

We are approaching the 6 month mark already. Not sure anyone else is counting. I probably shouldn’t be.

You see, next week it will be six months that my husband’s oldest daughter and her three little children have lived with us.  Shame on me for counting!  Shame on everyone else for NOT!  Yes, that’s me… whining again.

I was having private message Facebook conversation with a friend and had just said that I need to pull out my iPod and listen to some Joyce Meyer podcasts when my phone rang.  It was God calling me directly!

Yes, that’s what I said.  It was God calling.  As He has done many times before (Being Used).  Ever faithful “Grandma” Ruth called me at the very moment I was seeking God’s voice by way of Joyce Meyer.  The moment I heard her voice on the line tears came to my eyes.  After she had told me the reason for her call there was a pause and then she asked me, “How are you and your family doing?  Is your daughter still living with you?”  Oh maaannn!  The tears came, and this wise woman of God so understood my emotion.

God nudges her to call me at just the right moment time and time again and for that I continue to be grateful and amazed! I wouldn’t ever compare a person to Jesus, but she’s just got that certain Christ-like something.  Where she can just relate.  She understands.  She KNOWS!

Playing on KLOVE radio as I write this blog, the chorus of a new song, Blessings by Laura Story:

‘Cause what if your blessings come through raindrops
What if Your healing comes through tears
What if the thousand sleepless nights are what it takes to know You’re near
What if trials of this life are Your mercies in disguise

Amen Sister!

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I have a friend who can tell a good story!  Whether touching, humorous or tragic.  She’s a hair dresser (what’s the PC term?) so she has plenty of material from others.  She’s a mom and grandmother so she has plenty of material from her own life too!  Someone else needs to tell her to blog because she doesn’t believe me.  Here are a few things I’ve stolen from her on Facebook recently:

November 24, 2010

“Ok…I just gotta tell y’all what happened to me. I’m at Wal-Mart, rushed and all crabby about bein’ there. I’m in the express lane (w/ like 22 items) this little old man steps in behind me w/ 2 items. I sigh & say: “Sir, if you’d like to go ahead of me you may” he says “are you sure? You look like you’re in a hurry”. I l…augh and tell him “I’m ALWAYS in a hurry, go ahead”

So he goes, we share some small talk about Thanksgiving and the weather. He’s done, she’s ringing me up and he’s still standing there. When she’s all done he steps forward and insists on paying for my groceries!!

I tell him NO! But he proceeds to tell me that “The Good Lord has blessed him with a good job all these years and he has been waiting all day to bless someone.” He then gave me the sweetest hug, blessed me and asked me to do something nice for someone someday!! Isn’t that just the SWEETEST thing!! Oh my goodness, there are angels here among us!!! “

And today…

Cute (true) story: A client’s 4 y.o. grandson was helping her pick up acorns in the yard. He asks her where they came from. Grandma says God put them there. He asks “If God put ’em there, why are we throwing them away?!” Later Grandpa comes home and says “What’cha doin’ buddy?” and the little boy says with some irritat…ion “Throwing away God’s nuts!!”

Not that I don’t enjoy retelling her stories…but someone please tell her to blog!  She’d be fantastic.  

Thanks RD for sharing your stories with us.  They make us laugh and cry.  You are inspiring as you live your Real Life! 




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What do you see and hear on Facebook, Twitter and emails on Friday?  A whole bunch of TGIFs!  Everyone is so thankful to God that it’s Friday!  Why?  Because then it’s the weekend right?  And who doesn’t love the weekend? 

So then on Monday…we all come dragging our sorry selves in to work or begin the daily grind at home and have nothing good to say for Monday.  Over the same social media offerings we all moan and complain about Monday! 

On this particular Monday it seems that there is more Monday grumbling than usual.  Myself included!  I did, however, “forgive” Monday as it’s a beautiful morning and payday! 😀

One Facebook friend gave us this reminder of why we dislike Mondays:

Please allow me to offer a few reasons we really NEED to be saying TGIM … or T, W, Tr, F, Sa, Su!!

Philippians 4:6 (NIV)
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.

Philippians 4:6 (The Message)
 6-7Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life.

Deuteronomy 4:39 (NIV)
Acknowledge and take to heart this day that the LORD is God in heaven above and on the earth below. There is no other.

Psalm 118:24 (The Message)
 21-25 Thank you for responding to me;
you’ve truly become my salvation!
The stone the masons discarded as flawed
is now the capstone!
This is God’s work.
We rub our eyes—we can hardly believe it!
This is the very day God acted—
let’s celebrate and be festive!
Salvation now, God. Salvation now!
Oh yes, God—a free and full life!

Or the more familiar…

Psalm 118:24 (New King James Version)
 24 This is the day the LORD has made;
     We will rejoice and be glad in it.

It’s all about perspective…It’s a new day given to us as a gift from God.  Whether Monday, Friday or Sunday.


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My husband, his two daughters and three young grandchildren arrived home at about 2:30 a.m.  They had a very long drive yesterday which included a blown tire in Nebraska.  God is so good to protect them in every area of their trip.  Even through all my worry, God was holding on to us and had it all under control.  🙂

Now, as I sit on my sofa typing this on the laptop…

  • A truck is being unloaded with what possessions they brought
  • The children are in and out of this old house (I think the house literally groaned once)
  • The littlest child, a girl, has been up and down the stairs dozens of times
  • The boys are all chatter chatter and discovering toys and things to do
  • My youngest has arrived and declares that now that they are here she can have her baby (no, she’s not in labor)

Yes, it is a bit overwhelming and will continue that way while they stay with us.  But again…God is here and going to make it OK. 

As I watch these healthy children running through the house, out the door, up the stairs, I am mindful of two families.  Families I do not know, but I follow the fathers on Twitter.  @matthammitt is with the band Sanctus Real.  His newborn son has already endured one surgery for a heart condition.  You can read their story here:  Bowens Heart  Also, @aaronshust,  who is a singer/musician.  He and his wife watch helplessly as their little son suffers in the hospital from numerous internal allergies.  Their story is here: Aaron Shust Blog.

My heart breaks for these families as they watch so helplessly as their babies struggle.  My heart is also overwhelmed with gratefulness that I have five healthy adult children.  As well as eight healthy energetic grandchildren.  God has blessed us so abundantly!

So today my friends, hug your little ones.  Call those big kids and tell them you love them.  Give thanks to God for your family.  And  include the families I mentioned in your prayers.

Have a wonderful weekend!

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