Sunday, March 26, 2017

{ SONday Morning Song - I Have This HOPE }




HOPE y'all have an awesomely blessed SONday!

Friday, March 24, 2017

{ Friday Foto Friends #72 }


How can it be that it's Friday again already and that we're approaching the end of March?  Before we know it, we're gonna be Christmas shopping at this rate.

HOPE y'all have had a good week.
We've been busy working outside because of the pretty weather, but we did take a little trip to get water and groceries, so that's where my pics came from this week.  Pappy decided to take the back roads through one of my favorite areas in our neck of the woods.....

Rocky Valley!















HOPE y'all enjoyed the little ride-along and pictures taken out of a dirty car window! ;-)

Have a great weekend, Everybody!



Thursday, March 23, 2017

{ Thursday Thoughts }

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I recently jotted down this quote in my journal that I came across.....

"Compulsive behavior decreases in direct proportion to the growth of our faith."

This was both an OUCH and a WOW realization for me.

Often we just need to get back down to basics and God has been speaking to me about trust and faith.....
two of the basic aspects of believing in Him.

HOPE everybody has a terrific Thursday!

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

{ In the kitchen }

Yesterday Pappy and I had a disagreement.
Just being honest with y'all.
Can you say you ALWAYS see eye to eye with your spouse?
Anyway.....
as soon as it happened, I found myself in the kitchen.
Why?
To find comfort and solace in the place I seem to always turn.....
food.
Wouldn't you think that at my age and experience with overeating and being overweight I'd know different by now?
Yeah, me, too!

One day last week, Pappy found a devotional at a thrift store for me for 99 cents.  Not sure if I should have been offended since it was once again about food issues but believe it or not I wasn't (seems getting offended is yet another of my issues....mercy, people, God has a BIG job with this old gal) .  As I started to read through the "opening credits" and then got into the "meat" of each day's reading, it spoke to me deeply once again.  I'm going to share something I read in it this morning, just in case I'm not in this boat alone.....

"Father, thank You for caring more about who I really am than who I pretend to be.  Thank You that my facade never fools You, for You know Your own creation from the inside out - and You love me anyway! Lord, I give You permission to do an interior makeover on my life.  I place myself, my whole personality - motives, emotions, hidden needs, and inner drives - in Your hands.  Do with me as You will, Lord.  I want to be exactly who You designed me to be.
In Jesus' name, Amen."


Today, it's my HOPE to spend less time 'in the kitchen' and MORE time depending on Him to fill my needs.  When that urge to head to the pantry or fridge or snack basket hits, that I'll stop and pray and apply my "rule of 3" .....
wait 3 minutes and if it's REAL hunger, I'll eat something.  Otherwise, I'll just gulp down my water and pray, pray, pray!

HOPE everybody has an awesomely blessed day!!!


Friday, March 17, 2017

{ Friday Foto Friends #71 }



We've  been out and about a lot this week, so I have several photos to share today.  If you read my Wednesday's Word post where I shared a bit about "worship"......
well, don't y'all think how when we find something we want to snap a pic of it can prompt us to be so thankful for being out and about and viewing things through a different perspective.....
for God allowing us to see the beauty in the moment so that we breathe a "thank you"?
Are you like me and it just makes your heart happy to see things totally differently than we used to because we're deliberately looking for things He created to preserve in a photo?
And, have I ever told y'all how much I appreciate you sharing things that bring you joy with the rest of us on Friday's?
If not.....

"THANK YOU"

The Special Friends Ministry from our church performed their skits at a nursing home in Knoxville on Monday and Pappy pulled over, or stopped in the middle of the road and let me take these pics. 







 This pic was taken at a golf course beside the nursing home.



Pinks and peaches and blues and grays in the skies when we got home one evening.
 
And, I've shared with y'all before the gorgeous views from our daughter's home.  For the last few weeks we've stayed with the kiddos one night during the week and God NEVER fails to allow me a glimpse of His glory each evening at sunset.


 It's been a busy, full week with lots of things to do, errands to run, people to pray for, medical test results, sleepless nights, new glasses to get used to......

but my heart is full of joy as I type this because of HIS goodness. 

HOPE everybody has a happy St. Patty's Day and a great weekend!