Friday, March 13, 2009

Grilling Goodness #22

Here it is. Grilling Goodness, this is always fun!

1. Did you learn anything new this week? I learned that God wants me to be quiet and just love sometimes.
2. Will you wear green on St. Patty's Day or do you not give a hoot?? I'll wear it Wed. for LadyBug's school party.
3. Do you wash clothes throughout the week or only on a specific day? I try to wash them as each sorter gets full. I tried doing it only on Mondays but nothing smells worse than dirty work clothes and whites...Peeyeww! I average at least one load per day.
4. What is one of the most popular 'spams' you get in your junk email inbox? Eversave recipes.
5. Are you where you want to be? (you decide the meaning of the question for your answer) In life I am a work in progress. Physically I'd like to be in our new house and in drop-dead gorgeous shape..... hey, I can dream, right!?
6. Do you know how to swim? Not very well. I can not tread water at all.
7. Do you take trips with your girlfriends? No. And honestly, I am fine with that. My heart is with my family.
8. What was your favorite purchase this week? (big or small) Hahaha. A new bra. For those of us....uhm....smaller people, finding one that actually fits..... in more than one direction.... is quite a feat.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

quiet gentle sound, still small voice

NCV calls it a quiet gentle sound. King James calls it a still small voice.
What sound? What voice? It was God!

1Kings 19: 11-13
11)The LORD said to Elijah, " Go, stand in front of me on the mountain and I will pass by you."
Then a very strong wind blew until it caused mountains to fall apart and large rocks to break in front of the LORD. But the LORD was not in the wind. After the wind, there was an earthquake, but the LORD was not in the earthquake. 12)After the earthquake, there was a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire. After the fire, there was a quiet, gentle sound. 13)When Elijah heard it, he covered his face with his coat and went out and stood at the entrance to the cave. Then a voice said to him, "Elijah! Why are you here?"

So the mountains are falling apart, rocks are breaking, the earth is shaking, and fire breaks out! God could have chosen any of these things to show his power as he spoke to Elijah. HE chose to speak to Elijah quietly, gently. Like a mother speaks to her child after a nightmare. That is just how Elijah was feeling. Scared and alone. Elijah was frightened. God doesn't have to be loud, HE doesn't have to be seen or heard. HE can and will be but, The LORD is content to be quiet and gentle when HE needs to be.
God doesn't stop at being quiet and gentle, HE then asks Elijah ..why are you here? God wants to hear us, and quiet our fears, answer our prayers, and just love us.
In my calling, though loud and active may be necessary, I should never forget that quiet and gentle can be more powerful.
Please share your thoughts if you can.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Wordful Wednesdays

This is a version for the ones who can't help but talk about their post pictures!! Wordful Wednesdays by SevEn cLoWn CirCuS. Check it out. Here is mine.

LadyBug has the flu. Her fever has been soaring to nearly 105! Can you tell by looking at this?
Her eyes and flushed face are the only clues. She wanted to play outside and declared to everyone in hearing distance..." I can't take this sickness anymore! I just can't!!" Of course she had to take rest periods and I had to keep begging her to watch movies to keep her fever down. Because the Advil couldn't keep up and Tylenol seemed useless. But between the terrible shivering spells, when her temp would drop to 101 or 102, she would smile like you wouldn't believe. The heart of a child is amazing wouldn't you say!?
I haven't done Thought for the Day for a while so here it is:
Thought for the Day:
There is no greater release than forgiveness.
1 Kings 11:9-10 9)The LORD had appeared to Solomon twice, but the king turned away from following the LORD, the God of Israel. The LORD was angry with Solomon, 10) because he had commanded Solomon not to follow other gods. But Solomon did not obey the LORD's commands.
God wants to forgive us!! Why else would he bother to go to Solomon twice? He was hoping Solomon would ask forgiveness and turn from the false gods and back to Him!

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

country life and the flu

I just thought this was beautiful. It has nothing to do with my post.
Aunt Nita, LadyBug, and LuLu

Me, LadyBug, LuLu, and Aunt Nita. We had just finished climbing that 'hill' which I have to say seemed more like a mountain!

We spent Sunday with Aunt Nita and Uncle Skunky (not his real name, of course) in Nectar, AL. LadyBug and LuLu played outside the entire day. We went hiking. A kid friendly version, but exhilarating none the less. I rarely get a chance to hike but I do love it! LadyBug and LuLu went with the guys in the mini truck, they really liked that. Then they played with the goat, made mud pies and visited with the cows! Ye Haw, Yippee-Ki-Yay and all that good stuff!! We had a fun day! Fresh air and cow patties.... it doesn't get much better than farm life!! And Nita's garden veggies from last season for lunch! Makes you feel a little lazy the next time you heat up some frozen meal or open a can you bought from the grocery store. I've got to learn to can. It tastes so much better when you know where it came from. Anyone ever heard of a baby food cake?? She made us one. It is delicious!! Kinda like a spice cake.
I was so happy that we were all well and enjoying the day after the dreaded stomach virus. Then LadyBug came upstairs Sunday night and said she couldn't sleep. So I made her a pallet and she kept trying to clear her throat. Uggh, this pollen is getting to her even with the singulair, is what I was thinking.... But Monday morning she was whining about everything and by Monday afternoon we were going to Dr. Joe because she had a fever of 103! Out of the blue! So anyway, it is the flu. I was devastated! "No, she can't have the flu! She just had a stomach virus!" I blurted out, like that would change his diagnosis. The poor thing just started eating and drinking again! But you know what?? She wanted to play outside when we got home from the doctor's office! As long as the Advil is in her system she seems perfectly fine other than a cough. What a strange flu. Her fever keeps soaring though. It was 104.6 a few minutes ago. I would appreciate your prayers for Alex and for Gracie not to get it. We continue to be blessed and happy!

stem cell research

Our President has given the go ahead to use embryonic stem cells for research.
As you may have heard on the news last night, President Obama wants stem cell research to include embryos. This has been proven to be unnecessary. Please visit the following web site to see why.