Friday, June 24, 2016

{ Friday Foto Friends #33 }

I've got LOTS of pics to share today!
Feel free to scroll through at your leisure, 
or REALLY, REALLY fast.....LOL

Once you get to know me better, you'll discover that I adore all things rusty and old.  
I'm thinking I like it even more the older and rustier I get.....ha! ha!

My precious Mamaw gave me this old wheelbarrow and also the wheels in the next picture.
And, in case you didn't know, I also have quite an obsession with owlies!

The ancient galvanized watering cans came from my father-in-law.  
The old dishpan was a gift from a lady I used to work with.

This planter is made out of an old garden gate.
Pappy and I got it on our 25th wedding anniversary trip to Sullivan's Island, SC.
Yes, it's rusty, too!
Funny little story.....
when we first purchased it, my Momma said, "you're going to paint it, aren't you".
Uh, no.....
that would just ruin it, Mom!

A "garnet" colored lily.
Garnet is my birthstone.

My humongous succulents.

I  the star Pappy put on our carport.
It was an after-Mother's Day, Mother's Day gift....LOL

For the last 2 years our hydrangeas didn't bloom because of a freeze in late spring, but lookie at what we got this year.....

Pappy picked these out of our little garden plot yesterday!
I homegrown maters!

And, last.....
but definitely not least.....
this is one of the many cats who live where we get our drinking water.  I'm pretty sure this one was about to deliver at any minute!  Wish you could see the actual size of her belly.  She was miserable.

So, that's it for today.
HOPE you were able to stick with me 'till the end!

PLEASE link up your photos below.....
and have an awesome weekend.

Pierced Wonderings

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

{ Fit For My King }

I know a few weeks ago I mentioned that y'all probably didn't want to hear about my struggles with  being overweight, but since this is an issue for many of us ladies I thought you might be interested in a book I came across that I'm finding to be so full of truth.

First of all, I want to show you a picture of me at my top weight, which I won't disclose at the risk of totally embarrassing myself.  This picture was taken on my 50th birthday, January 21, 2005.

Our daughter took this picture this past Sunday, June 19, 2016.

I'm not sharing this to brag.....
well, not to brag on myself.....
but to give God all the glory!

You see, for many years I wanted to lose weight to look better.....
but, who doesn't want that, right?
We all want to feel and look our best.
But one of the main reasons I decided to get the weight off this time was because of a really bad knee I had. I'm pretty sure that surgery was in my future and my hubby had lost his job in 2011 so for 2 years I had no health insurance. Facing the possibility of surgery with no insurance wasn't something that we could even consider so I knew I had to do something.
I also knew I couldn't do it on my own.....
I was only able to succeed with God's help.

Here's where I want to tell y'all about a book I recently started reading.  Oh, how I wish I'd had this book 2 years ago when my weight loss journey began.  For some reason, God led me to it now, though, and that's why I want to tell you all about it, too.

This book is actually a 30 day devotional and each day there's a scripture to read, commentary by Sheri Rose Shepherd, a prayer, a call to some kind of action, and a "Treasure of Truth for Today".

I got my copy for less than $5, which included shipping on I wanted a hard copy so I could underline and highlight and take notes in.

This particular prayer really spoke to my heart.....

My Princess,
Your body is special to Me.
I carefully created every part of you.
You truly are fearfully and wonderfully made.
I made you in My image,
and I love you.
I don't want you to waste another day worrying about what you don't look like or how much you weigh.
Come to Me in the morning and let Me be your mirror.
Let Me design your diet;
let Me be the strength you need to become your healthiest.
You don't have to do this alone;
I am here to give you all you need to be free and at peace with yourself.

Your King, your Identity

I remember for many years wishing that I wouldn't be noticed when I walked into a room.  As crazy as you're probably going to think I am (although by now you now I'm a little loony), I'd actually pray that I wouldn't look as big as I really was when others saw me. :(  Even now, if I receive a  compliment, it's sometimes difficult to handle it because inside I'm still that "fat" woman.  The older I'm getting the more I'm realizing that God truly loves us just the way we are.....
but He also wants us to take care of our "temple" where He dwells.

Please let me know if you decide to read this book,
so that I can pray for you on your journey to better health.  Let's pray for each other because for me this is going to be a life-long struggle that only He can help me with.

HOPE everybody has an awesomely blessed day.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

{ Hurting People Hurt Others }

"Hurting people hurt others."

That statement has stuck in the back of my mind since I heard it many years ago by a former pastor of ours.  What a profound impact those four words make. I've been on the receiving end of words hurled at me by someone who was going through a painful experience.....
but I've also been the one tossing my struggles and pain and anger-filled words at some undeserving person who just happened to be in my "line of fire".

I read something yesterday that hurt my heart.
At first I was upset thinking that somebody was deliberately trying to hurt me.

After I allowed God to calm me down and speak His peace into my heart, here are a few things He revealed to me.

1)  Not EVERYTHING is always about me.
(Who knew, right?)

2) Stop and consider the source.
What has the other person been going through, struggling with, trying to get a grasp on and cope with?

3) And, back to my original thought......
which, God was so kind to bring to my remembrance.

"Hurting people hurt others."

May we ALL try to take into consideration the life of the person when we're on the receiving end of hurtful comments.....

and, may we desperately attempt to hold our tongue, so to speak, when we're going through something so as not to offend a friend.

We NEED each other people.

Monday, June 20, 2016

{ Encouragement }

Right when we need it most, God steps in and provides the words of encouragement He knows we've been longing for.  The last few weeks (actually months) have been a bit rough.  I've shared that Pappy had an accident on his job and he hasn't been able to return to work yet.  He's been off for four months and we'll be going to a new doctor this morning who specializes in ankles/feet.  My Mom's diagnosis with mild/moderate Alzheimer's and getting the medicine needed straightened out (actually, her agreeing to take it was the first hurdle) took up a few days last week.  I try not to burden others with my issues because I find when I do share them, I feel I come across as complaining and that my problems don't compare with the things they're struggling with.  God knew the struggle last week, though.  He sent me blessings through so many sweet comments on the Alzheimer's post and yesterday I received the most awesome personal e-mail from a lady who just stumbled upon my blog while searching for scripture.  We really know WHO sent her to my blog, though, right?  She spoke of my encouragement to others, but y'all.....
I can't even explain the encouragement you give me!

I truly believe that's something God calls us to do, and I know I totally fail at that some days when my focus is on me, me, me.  When that happens God has to send me gentle.....
and sometimes not so gentle reminders to turn my eyes back up on Him.  
He asks me to let Him be the One who sends me the encouraging words I need to hear from the ones I need to hear it from, and  to let the rest of it go.

He's such a good, good Father!

Friday, June 17, 2016

[ Friday Foto Friends #32 }

Proceed with caution:
picture overload.....

Pappy and I took a little day trip to Gatlinburg recently and drove through the Roaring Fork Nature Trail.  If you're ever in the area, it's well worth the drive off the beaten path and away from the crowds of downtown Gatlinburg (well, except for hikers). 

 Here are some pics we snapped along the way.

I love how the sun is coming in through the trees in this one and the moss growing on the rock.

These stacked stones remind me of how that was done in Biblical times to serve as a memorial, or a reminder.  I couldn't help but wonder who had stacked them and if they knew what it meant in scripture......
and, if so, what they were stacking them as a reminder of.

I'd REALLY like to have a fence like this down our property lines.

 Just happened to get a picture of this VERY handsome man!

Do any of you know what the growth is on this tree?

Isn't this metal fence just awesome?
I know it looks like wood, though!
Look at all the neat little things made out of metal attached.
(click on the pic to enlarge for a better view)

This was the bathroom floor and I thought it was so neat.  
I think they must have maybe painted the ferns on one side and lay them on the concrete floor.

A selfie of Pappy and me.
One question:
where are HIS wrinkles?

Thanks for taking a little trip through the mountains with us today.

HOPE y'all have a great weekend.
We're keeping our grand-kiddos this afternoon, tonight and tomorrow.....
all FOUR of them.....
at the same time!

Maybe whisper a little prayer for us.....LOL!!!

(Feel free to link up with us below.
I'll try my best to visit you  before the weekend is over)

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

{ Wednesday's Word - Alzheimer's }

 Since the month of June is Alzheimer's Awareness Month, how appropriate that an official diagnosis of Alzheimer's was made for a very close family member just this week.

If you've never dealt with somebody with this disease, I truly HOPE it doesn't happen to you.
 I can't even begin to describe the range of emotions.....

anger, frustration, exhaustion, guilt, sympathy, dread.....

these are just a few of the feelings I've had the last couple of weeks.  

Another "it's not odd, it's God" thing is this past SONday at church we Senior Adults were honored.  
Here is part of the scripture our pastor read and I couldn't help but think of my loved one......

Ecclesiastes 12:1-7

 Don’t let the excitement of youth cause you to forget your Creator. 
Honor Him in your youth before you grow old and say, 
“Life is not pleasant anymore.”  
Remember Him before the light of the sun, moon, and stars is dim to your old eyes, and rain clouds continually darken your sky.  Remember Him before your legs—the guards of your house—start to tremble; and before your shoulders—the strong men—stoop. Remember Him before your teeth—your few remaining servants—stop grinding; and before your eyes—the women looking through the windows—see dimly.  Remember Him before the door to life’s opportunities is closed and the sound of work fades. Now you rise at the first chirping of the birds, but then all their sounds will grow faint.  Remember Him before you become fearful of falling and worry about danger in the streets; before your hair turns white like an almond tree in bloom, and you drag along without energy like a dying grasshopper. Remember Him before you near the grave, your everlasting home, when the mourners will weep at your funeral.  Yes, remember your Creator now while you are young, before the silver cord of life snaps and the golden bowl is broken. Don’t wait until the water jar is smashed at the spring and the pulley is broken at the well. For then the dust will return to the earth, and the spirit will return to God who gave it.

Prayers for you, sweet Friend, if you have loved one suffering from this horrible disease.  
And, prayers for you, too.

Sunday, June 12, 2016

{ SONday Scripture }

Do you ever just wish God wouldn't work so hard trying to show you something? Many times it's about the deceit of others, but most often it comes back to haunt me about my own shortcomings.  I was trying to counsel a fellow on Friday about forgiveness and later on, as I thought back on the conversation, I realized God was doing a work in my own heart about some of the things my friend is struggling with. 

I saw something this morning that brought up a tinge of anger in me.  It was yet another example of a person who, whether they realize it or not, seems to have absolutely no mind of their own, having to get so many of their ideas from me. It brought up a lot of emotions that I thought I had buried.  Well, I guess I had buried them, but obviously in a dark place in my heart and mind that I allowed to resurface from just reading a Facebook post.  I thought I was "over it".....

God brought it back to light....:(

There are so many times I wish I could expose others for who they really are.....isn't that a funny statement?  I had to kinda chuckle after I typed that  because I had to think about what I had just written.  What I had to say would be totally based on MY OPINION, and we all know what they say about those, don't we?  Then I think to myself, what if God exposed me to the world for who I really am? What if He put on display the things that anger me and cause me to fear and many of my thoughts and actions and words? Let me tell you, it wouldn't be pretty! 

So, I'll just let God handle each and every situation and know that He has a much better plan of action than me spouting off at the mouth.

(I'm pretty sure my husband would disagree with me there, though....LOL)

Let us NEVER think we're better than others.

Let us NEVER think "that'll never happen to me, or I'll never say/do that"!

Like my Momma used to say.....

(I'm quoting my Momma a lot these days)

"Given the right set of circumstances and the right frame of mind, 

it could happen to anybody."

HOPE Y'All have an awesomely blessed SONday!