Breathing in His grace.....breathing out His praise!!!

Breathing in His grace.....breathing out His praise!!!

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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Transparent Tuesday.....

I've shared with y'all.....
that I sometimes suffer from depression.

 I think back.....
quite often.....
to the time that somebody wrote about my depression on a form of social media.  That really hurt my heart so much, even to this day,  and I have no idea why it was done.

If you've never known depression,
or been close to somebody who battles this terrible "disease".....
then, making fun of that person is the absolute last thing they need.

As a Christian,
battling depression can be even harder, I think.
I feel like I shouldn't be depressed....
that God should be enough.
(which, He is)
Those thoughts cause a load of guilt,
which doesn't help the "blue mood" at all.

All this being said.....
last week was really difficult for me.
As the week progressed,
I could feel myself sinking.
By Friday, I knew I was in trouble.....
and Saturday was absolutely terrible.
I sent a text to my best friend, requesting prayer,
and of course, she stopped and did just that.

Sunday morning, I didn't see how I could go to church.....
but I did because I'm part of the prayer team and my turn is always the third Sunday of the month, so I didn't want to bow out of that commitment. 
I told Pappy that it was going to be very difficult to pray for others,
when I felt like my own life was falling apart.
(exaggeration, I know, but when you're feeling that low, 
that's exactly how you feel)

Our team is made up of myself and 3 others,
one of which is a friend.....
not a close friend, but nonetheless, a friend.
Before we started to pray for the huge stack of prayer requests,
I spoke up and said that I felt I needed prayer myself before we started.
This friend bowed down before me on his knees and took my hand and prayed for me, and the rest of our group.

One of our cards was from a young lady who asked for prayer for her to
"continue to climb to the light out of depression".
God spoke to my own heart thru this precious lady's prayer request.....
and she doesn't even know it.

I'm sharing this because I know I'm not alone.
There are so many Christians who suffer from depression.
(Moses, Abraham, Jonah, Elijah, Jeremiah, 
and even David "a man after God's own heart")
If you're reading this and this sounds like you.....
NEVER hesitate to ask for prayer.....
but make your request to a prayer warrior.....
somebody whom you know truly cares about you and loves you and wants to see you get better.

Psalm 34:17-20
When the righteous cry for help, 
the Lord hears and delivers them out of all their troubles.
The Lord is near to the brokenhearted
and saves the crushed in spirit. 

Many are the afflictions of the righteous,
    but the Lord delivers him out of them all.
  He keeps all his bones;
    not one of them is broken.

Breathing in Grace,

Monday, September 22, 2014

The September of my life.....

"Old is where I live now, Lord.
I am in the September of my years,
with more years behind me than ahead of me.
And yet, the perspective is such a relief!
Looking back,
I can see clearly Your footprints in my past.
At the time,
my troubles hid Your face from me,
but now I can see plainly that You were there all along,
weaving even my trials into a rich tapestry of experience.

I wish I could have trusted You more in the past,
but I was afraid a lot.
Now that I am closer to the end,
I am not so afraid anymore, Father.

My heart is as still as a day in September."

~~~ Daniel Schantz ~~~

Breathing in Grace,

Sunday, September 21, 2014

SONday Morning Song - Mercy Came Running.....

Phillips, Craig and Dean truly are an awesome trio!
This is an older song of theirs,
but when I heard it played on the radio yesterday,
I knew it was exactly what I wanted to share with y'all today.
Hope you enjoy!!!

"Mercy came running like a prisoner set free.
Past all my failures to the point of my need,
when the sin that I carried was all I could see.
And, when I could not reach mercy,
mercy came running to me."

Breathing in Grace,

Friday, September 19, 2014

Friday Foto.....

A couple of Sunday's ago was Grandparent's Day.
I didn't even realize it until Pappy said he read about it!
Our sweet daughter made both Pappy and me bookmarks.
These are our grand's fingerprints and what they told her they loved best about their Nannie!!!

Sam's comment really touched my heart!!!
Sawyer 's my peanut  butter and honey sandwiches.

I had just bought Miss Ruby Kate a balloon and a box of Kleenex with the girls from Frozen on them.

 And, of course baby Silas didn't really say that....
but it's true.....
he basically gets what he wants....LOL!!!

Proverbs 17:6
Grandchildren are the crown of the aged.....
Happy Friday, Everybody!!!

Breathing in Grace,

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Let's walk and talk.....

My knee is doing a bit better,
all thanks to our lovely daughter!!!
She won a gift basket from a health food store and there was a bottle of healthy stuff for joints.....
so she was kind enough to think of her Momma.
It's helped a lot,
although it's still quite painful at times.
Add to my "joint juice" the fact that Pappy's doctor told him to get out and walk due to a health issue with his back.....
and that makes for a great team to walk around the neighborhood!!!

Here are a few pics I took along the route.....

Turning right out of our driveway.....

 Beautiful flowers in the yard at the house at the end of our road.....

 Looking down another road.....

Another "green thumb" neighbor.....

There's just something about bales of hay and corn stalks that scream "fall".....

Hello cows.....

Moss growing in the cracks in the pavement.....

Beautiful yellow wildflowers along the road.....

Dead tree limbs in a ditch that formed a cross.....

HOPE y'all enjoyed your little walk around our neighborhood!

Ephesians 5:15
Pay careful attention, then, to how you walk—
not as unwise people but as wise—

Breathing in grace,

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Wednesday's Word(s) - Gray Hair.....

I did most of this post Monday evening.
Then, yesterday morning, 
I received this verse of scripture in a text from Jess!

Don'tcha just love it when God sends us a confirmation?!?

Those aren't gray hairs.  They're strands of glitter growing from my head.  Oh, yes they are!

Breathing in Grace,

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Tasty Tuesday....

It's feeling a lot like fall in our neck of the woods!!!
The temps are a lot cooler and it's WONDERFUL,
after the HOT, HOT summer we've had.

Since autumn is just around the corner, 
I thought I'd share a recipe with y'all that's just perfect for this time of year!
I've made these before and they are delicious.

image credit

Pumpkin Bars
1 box yellow cake mix
1 stick butter
3 eggs
1 15 oz can pumpkin
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon pumpkin spice
1/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon

Grease bottom of a 9x13 pan. For the crust: mix together the dry yellow cake mix (minus 1 cup), 1/2 stick melted butter, 1 egg. Spread in the bottom of the pan.  Mix together the can of pumpkin, brown sugar, pumpkin spice and 2 eggs. Mix with spoon and pour over unbaked crust.
Take the reserved cake mix, sugar, cinnamon and butter - not melted. Mix all together with fork until crumbly. 
Sprinkle over the second layer.
Bake for 45-50 minutes at 350.

Breathing in Grace,

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