Tuesday, July 28, 2015

A Thought for Tuesday.....

(source Mountain Wings)

I saw the above in an e-mail yesterday,
and this very familiar verse of scripture came to mind.....



Oh, what TRUTH!

Especially, that hard stuff that we just think we can't endure one minute longer.
And, we often can't.....
not on our own!

HE tells me in HIS Word that HE will give me strength to do ANYTHING and EVERYTHING.
But, it has to be through HIM!

What about y'all?
Are you so very tired of trying to handle it all by yourself?
You don't have to.
Give it to HIM.....
and don't try to yank it back out of His hands.
(or, is that just something I do?)
Let HIM handle it and give you the strength to carry on.

Wishing each of you a blessed Tuesday!

Breathing in Grace,




Monday, July 27, 2015

I'm listening, Lord.....

You know what?
I'm truly glad that God cares enough about us to speak to us personally.....
even, if it is about our.....
okay MY faults!

After yesterday's post about kindness and grace and how I need to show more of that to others......
this shows up this morning.

Okay, Lord.....
you've got my attention!

Now, I've just gotta obey.....
and bite my tongue!



(for some reason the first image I posted wasn't showing up)


Happy Monday, Everybody!

Breathing in Grace,



Sunday, July 26, 2015

A SONday Scripture.....

Edited to add:

Romans 12:18
 If it is possible, 
as far as it depends on you,
live at peace with everyone.

When God inspired this scripture,
HE KNEW it wouldn't be possible to get along with everybody.  
That part that says "as far as it depends on you"......
well, that speaks to me and my attitude.....
which very often.....
simply put.....
sucks!

The closer we try to live for the Lord, the more obstacles that seem to get thrown in our way.  That's simply because satan -  (I refuse to capitalize his name) - has no reason to bother us when we just don't care and allow the world to enter into our thoughts and actions.  If we are trying our best in our Christian walk, he's gonna throw everything at us he can to get our focus off the Lord......
and onto ourselves in the form of selfishness and pride.  

You want to know how I know these things? 

Personal experience!

Especially, in that area of pride.

When the "obstacle" that is getting in our way is another person, I want to show kindness.....
and grace.....
and mercy.....
as much as is humanly possible.

Because Jesus certainly shows those things to me.....

Every.Single.Day!


Romans 12:2
Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, 
but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. 
Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, 
which is good and pleasing and perfect.

HOPE your SONday is awesomely blessed!

Breathing in Grace,


Friday, July 24, 2015

Friday Foto.....


Our sweet grand-daughter standing beside the graveside of her great-grandmother, 
whom she was named after.  Also, our baby grandson was born on the date of my MIL's death.
She would have been so very proud of our adopted grand's!

HOPE everybody has a fantastic Friday and an awesome weekend!

Have fun.....
stay safe.....
enjoy life!!!

Breathing in Grace,

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Babies, babies, babies.....

Our family is being blessed with new little ones this year. One of our great nieces is expecting a sweet baby boy just any day now.  Here's the rag quilt I made for Mr. Benson Crew.....

I've got one more rag quilt to make for another great niece and two owlie hats to crochet for another.....
so I'm gonna be a bit busy!

There's absolutely nothing like the blessing of sweet new babies!

Psalm 127:3
Children are a gift from the Lord;
    they are a reward from him.

Breathing in Grace,



Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Wednesday's Word - Tears.....

It's been a while since I asked the Lord to give me a word to "ponder" (my word for 2015).  
Well, let me re-phrase that.....
He's probably spoken a word to me many times, 
but in my rush to often "hurry and finish" my devotions, 
I just didn't listen/hear!  
One day last week, though, I felt the word "tears" come to mind, and heart, and I thought about how tears can represent one of two things......

Tears of Sorrow......




Tears of Joy.....




I'm quite an emotional person,
so yes, I'm a crier!
Happy tears....
sad tears.....
probably tears with other emotions, too!
Growing up my Mom would make fun of me for crying, 
so I would try to suppress those emotions because I knew if I showed them, 
there would be words, or punishment to follow.
 I really did become somewhat of an emotional wreck.  
But over the years, 
I've come to realize that I am who I am.....
I am who God made me.....

 I'm HIS bundle of emotions!

HOPE everybody has an awesome Wednesday.

Breathing in Grace,

Monday, July 20, 2015

Oh, be careful little mouth what you say.....

I've been having some trouble seeing.
Even with my glasses on, I found myself squinting to see.  It had been over a year since my last eye exam, 
so I made an appointment a couple of weeks ago and got a check-up.  I picked out a frame from the ones that our insurance allowed and handed them to the girl before I went back for the exam.   Sure enough, my prescription had changed. When I sat down for her to do the measurements on the lens for my bifocals, she whispered, "why don't you pick out another frame, these are men's frames".  Then, she proceeded to show me a pair of itsy-bitsy frames that I didn't like at all.  I stuck with the frames I found originally, but told her that she made me doubt.  She informed me that if she hadn't told me she wouldn't be doing her job.  As I drove home, still in doubt, I remembered that the last time I had picked out frames, she discouraged me from choosing the ones I wanted because they were too small.  But this year, she tried to get me to get even smaller ones.  

I deleted my Facebook account about 15 months ago and haven't regretted it at all.  When I was on FB, I saw a post once that I thought was being deceitful and I commented on it.  The lady told me later how much my comment had hurt her and it made me feel terrible.  It really wasn't my place to point out my opinion, but I did it anyway.

Our words can be either a help to someone, 
or they can be a hindrance.  I'm sincerely hoping that I'm choosing my words more carefully these days because I NEVER want to  be a hindrance.  I know from personal experience how hurtful words can be.



Breathing in Grace,





(Oh, by the way.....
I my new glasses.  
The optometrist told me when I picked them up they were considered "uni-sex", 
but more women chose them than men!!!)

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