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What is home?

Since this is Christmas, many are trying to make it home to see family/friends.  Home is generally considered to be where our family is.

This Christmas we are away from some of our family & near others.  I do miss those I cannot see this year, but enjoying the time I get to spend with those I am near.

Home to me is where my husband is & where God has me.  So enjoying that is great.  I enjoy every moment I get to spend with my husband.

Ultimately home is heaven & that is where I belong.  Someday I will be there.  I can’t wait to see what it is like.  The Bible does describe it, but when we see it in person, it will be more amazing than words can describe.  Being in the physical presence of Jesus for eternity will be beyond wonderful.

Love all of you guys!  Many blessing to you!  I hope all of you are getting to be with your families/friends this year.  If you are not, you are in my prayers.  I know that can be difficult.

Merry Christmas!

First of all, I want to wish everyone a Very Merry Christmas!  I hope it is filled with great joy for all of you.

We are enjoying our Christmas.  Sleeping in.  I decided to write, since the hubby is still sleeping.

I haven’t had much opportunity to write, due to mandatory overtime at work every week for the last 6 weeks or so.  It feels longer than that.  I have been so tired, it has been hard to think about writing.  But hopefully, that is over soon.  I really enjoy writing & need to start making time for it.  This morning, I woke up and felt rested & had several ideas for writing, so over the next couple of weeks there may be several posts.

Blessings to all of you!

Liebster Award 12/24/2017

liebster.jpgI would like to start off by thanking Gail Loves God for the nomination & congratulations on your own award.

Her blog is incredible.  She has a current series of blogs about Gifts 2017.  I enjoy reading her point of view.

The rules for the Liebster Award are:
1. Acknowledge the blog that gave it to you and display the award
2. Answer the 11 questions that the blogger gives you
3. Give 11 random facts about yourself
4. Nominate 11 blogs and notify them of their nomination
5. Give these blogs 11 questions to answer.

My questions for you are:
1. How did you hear about WordPress?

I was looking for tips on how to start a blog.  I found a really well-written blog that mentioned WordPress & how easy it was to use & gave me more control of my content than a lot of others.  So I made my decision for WordPress.
2. How old were you when you used the computer for the first time?

I don’t remember a specific age, but sometime during elementary.  The earliest thing I remember doing on the computer was playing The Oregon Trail.
3. Is this your first Liebster Award?

Yes
4. Do you know how to cook? What’s your best recipe?

Yes.  cooking is one of my hobbies.  I don’t know that I have a best recipe.  I love to experiment & try different recipes.  I don’t make the same recipe more than once, as a general rule.  So many great recipes, so little time.
5. What season is it where you live?

Winter
6. Do you like Candy Canes?

Not really
7. What’s the first car you’ve ever had?

My first care was a 1991 Chevy S-10
8. DO you have a pet?

Not currently
9. What’s your favorite hymn?

Amazing Grace
10. What year did you get your first cellphone?

I don’t remember a specific year, but it was my early twenties.   So that would make it somewhere around 1996-1999.
11. What’s one of your favorite things about God’s love?

That He is patient with me & never gives up on me.

11 Random Facts About Myself

  1.  I like to read biographies
  2. I’ve had several different types of jobs in my life.  I’ve driven a truck, I’ve been a licensed counselor, I’ve worked at Walmart & a convenience store, I’ve worked in a couple of factories.  I currently work processing enrollments/accounts at a Medicare part D plan & I’m a Tupperware consultant.
  3. I am an introvert.
  4. I’ve been married for 10 yrs.
  5.  My favorite color is purple.
  6. I am a child of God.
  7. I like to play Mario Party with my husband.
  8. I’m 5’2″.
  9. I like to learn historical facts.
  10. I like adult coloring books.
  11. I really like hot chocolate.

My Nominees

  1.  A Clear Window
  2. Sweet Aroma
  3. Matthew Winters (Comeback Pastor)
  4. Brandon J Adams
  5. Amazing Tangled Grace
  6. Running the Race
  7. Lines of Lazarus
  8. Walking in Christ
  9. B is for Blessed
  10. 1 Timothy 4:12 Girl
  11. C.C. Brown

My Questions for the Nominees:

  1.  What is your favorite part about blogging?
  2. What is your favorite item that you own & why?
  3. What is your best life memory?
  4. What is a hobby you enjoy doing (other than blogging)?
  5. If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be & why?
  6. What is one thing you would like God to do in your life in 2018?
  7. What is your favorite food?
  8. Do you have a job outside of blogging?  If so, what is it?
  9. What is your favorite thing to read?
  10. What is one thing you are thankful for?
  11. What was your first job?

 

The Battle

This life is a battle between good  & evil (flesh) within ourselves. We want to do good, but don’t do it. Or at least not all the time.

Romans 7:19 – For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do – this I keep on doing.

I want to be a helpful & caring person, but I don’t always succeed in that. I feel like I fail daily at it. There have been times I have failed to help others & there are times when I have helped others. There are times when I haven’t cared & times when I have cared.  I know that makes me human, but it is frustrating & depressing when I don’t get it right.

When I fail to do or be what I feel that God wants me to do or fail to act in a manner that lines up with the Bible, I feel horrible. I usually start thinking negatively about myself & feel horrible about it for weeks. Even though I have asked for forgiveness & I know God forgives me when I ask.

1 John 1:9 – If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.

Forgiving myself is the hardest thing to do. Why can’t I stop thinking about it?

I know I need to learn from it & that is probably part of the reason. However, I start hoping I don’t run into that person again or hoping that I’m not in that situation ever again. Fear is also a big reason. I fear that people will hate me or at the very least not want to be around me anymore. That coupled with fear probably being the reason I messed up in the first place. It makes me realize there is too much fear in my life.

The good news is that God continually reminds me that I am more than my mistakes & He can fix anything that I could possibly mess up. I have to continually get back up & keep trying to do better. Keep trying to be more like Christ every day. He is not going to let me do it alone. He is right there with me, helping me become better.  He is helping me change my perspective on a daily basis to become like His perspective.

Because, ultimately this life is not about me, it is about Him & what He has done for me & what He has done for all of us. He died for my sins. He has washed them all away. Past, present, future. He has washed them ALL away.

Strength & Rest

Well, it has been a really long week, with another long week to come. I’ve worked at least 8 hrs of mandatory overtime every week for the last month or so. I’m so exhausted. It is hard for me to wrap my mind around another 8 hrs of overtime this next week.
I’m trying to focus on today & not worry about the coming week. I need to rely on Him for strength, because He is my source of strength.
Isaiah 40:29 – He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.
He says to come to Him & He will give us rest.
Matthew 11:28 – “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”
So, that is what I plan to do this weekend, REST & enjoy the time I have this weekend.

Peace

Tonight I started feeling anxious, which is probably a combination of several things. I know that I will probably have to work more mandatory overtime this week. There was some news I received on Friday that was a little shocking. I’m not sure what to expect starting this work week.
However, as I sat down tonight & read the Bible, God reminded me to let His peace rule my heart, not to be troubled, & not to be afraid.
Colossians 3:15 – Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.
John 14:27 – Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.
God always knows how to speak to my heart. I know He will keep reminding me of that, as I start & go through the week.
He is amazing & always knows what I am in need of.
Thank you, Lord, for always speaking to my heart so that I hear it. Thank you for your peace that surpasses all understanding. Thank you for sending the Holy Spirit to live in me. Thank you for guidance. Thank you for taking care of all of my needs/wants. Thank you for your love.
I love you, Lord!