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Thursday, November 15, 2018

{ Wednesday's Word and THANK-full Thursday }


**the protective care of God as a spiritual power

My precious Aunt Delores passed away last Friday morning.  She was only 7 years older than me and was more like a big sister than an Aunt. My heart is broken and I'm on the verge of tears now as I recall the last few days. Probably the worst of it was going alone to tell Momma that she had lost her sister, one of the most difficult things I've ever done along with watching her grieve in her confusion and trying to comfort her the last few days.

I want to share some things that I'm still so very thank-full for that have transpired since I got this news last Friday morning.

Our daughter and son-in-love have taken a weekend getaway during October or November for the last several years and we are blessed to get to keep all four of our grandkiddos.  That was this past weekend and I was at their house when I received the phone call about my Aunt. If I hadn't had the kiddos all weekend to occupy my mind and my time, oh how much worse it would have been.

God had already worked it out!

I had made Mom an appointment to get a much-needed perm and haircut. I scheduled that for Tuesday because I had planned to attend an "oils of the Bible" class on Monday. Usually, Mom will keep putting things like that off, but she wasn't reluctant at all to go. The appointment got rescheduled for Monday because of a conflict so I told my sister-in-law I wouldn't be able to attend the class. Guess what?  The class got postponed until next Monday.

God had already worked it out!

My Aunt's funeral was scheduled for Tuesday so it was best that Mom went to the hairdresser on Monday so she wouldn't be so worn out by Tuesday night.

God had already worked it out!

Even during the most difficult of times, God is right there with us holding our hands, giving us the strength to do the hard things, pointing out things to us in His Word, granting us grace and helping us show that same grace to others, showering us with love and kindness in ways that only He can.

Some folks have referred to me as being too religious, from the "religious side of the family", thinking that I'm more spiritual than them or a "know it all".  Religion is so totally different than having a personal relationship with the Savior and I in no way think I'm better than anybody. In fact, if you really knew me, you'd discover so many flaws and insecurities, but oh, how I love Jesus.  I'm reminded of a favorite verse in Jeremiah, and would you believe it's not 29:11.....

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I'm still in awe of His divine providence and how much He loves me.....
and you!

Friday, November 9, 2018

{ Friday Foto Friends #155 }

Only one foto to share of the early morning sun shining through the trees at Mom's.....

Thanks so much to everybody who takes the time to link up each week.  
I apologize for being so slack in visiting you all and commenting. 
Life is kinda busy these days.

Have a great weekend!

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Thursday, November 8, 2018

{ THANK-full Thursday }

I took my little Momma to the doctor yesterday and as I waited for the car to warm up I noticed how the sun was shining thru an oak tree full of yellow leaves. On the way, we saw a hot air balloon flying low right beside the highway we were driving on. As we got closer to our turn I saw a long train full of graffiti painted on the cars and after letting Mom out at the door of the office one of my very favorite songs came on the radio, This Is My Story by Big Daddy Weave.

Just some very simple things that made my heart happy!

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

{ Wednesday's Word - JOY }


a feeling of great pleasure and happiness

If we don't feel well physically or emotionally it'll often lead us to see our medical doctor. Those things can very often affect our spiritual life, too, and that's where I've been for way too long. I've tried on my own to get through a difficult situation and it was getting me nowhere. I told myself that I would "give it to the Lord", but I picked it right back up again and again and attempted to handle it on my own. I use the word "attempted" because I in no way could do it by myself and it was beginning to take a huge toll on me in all three ways.....
physical, mental and especially spiritual.

I shared with two different people this past weekend how I was desperately needing my JOY back. Wouldn't you know that God had a plan all along when He prompted my precious Friend to send me a "care package" that included a Bible study about JOY!

"Circumstances have a way of conspiring to leech the joy right out of our days. 
Even though we know joy is our rightful heritage from the Lord, 
we live as if we have never known joy's presence. 
We long for joy as if it were something far off and unobtainable. 
But joy isn't really a matter of receiving something new, but of discovering what has always been there. 
For believers, sometimes discovering joy is simply a matter of opening our eyes to a new way of seeing."

Contagious Joy - by Christa Kinde

In my heart I know that someone else reading this is in need of a restoration of your JOY.  
Take heart, sweet Sister or Brother, 
JOY truly does come in the morning.....
 and in the mourning.  
It might not be today or tomorrow, but since God's timeline is not like ours He will surely restore our JOY if we'll just ask and persevere and believe and once and for all lay it at His feet! 

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Tuesday, November 6, 2018

{ Tuesday Tidbits }

I thought it was about time for a Tuesday Tidbits post, so here goes..... 

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I've seen so many folks already decorating for CHRISTmas. Now for me, I've ALWAYS waited until after THANKSgiving, but I'm kinda getting into the spirit of things myself! I'm not sure Pappy will go for putting up the tree until after the turkey, though!

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Speaking of Christmas trees.....
have you seen the price of trees lately?
I would love to have a tree with frosted needles and berries and pine cones, but a large one at Walmart is close to $200 and a smaller one that I really liked at Hobby Lobby was ON SALE for $100.
Do these people not even know how frugal I am?
So, yes, I'm gonna just stick with the one we've had for umpteen years and carry on!

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We kept our grandgirl Friday night and Saturday to celebrate her 8th birthday. As we were driving to Kodak to get her an ice cream (and Pappy and Nannie, too), she asked me a burning question.
"Nannie, if you could only choose one food to eat the rest of your life, what would it be?" 
See, I told you it was of greatest importance - a  girl after her Nannie's own heart thinking about food. I told her chicken, as long as it was Pappy's grilled chicken - that man can grill, Y'all!!!

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We took RK to see The Nutcracker Saturday and it was so good. Not at all what I expected, but still very good!  But, why do they have to turn the volume soooo loud in the movie theater?  I'm old, but not deaf!

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Y'all, the wind got me out of bed this morning. The ceiling fan stays on at night, summer and winter, and I rarely can hear the wind blowing outside the window, but this morning it sounded like a freight train and was oh, so scary!  The wind has died down, but our yard is chock full of leaves the wind blew off.  I think I see a job for some grandkids when they spend this coming weekend with us!

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Nothing new to report on the she-shed "remodel", but we are getting a roof built over our small back door stoop - our Christmas gift to each other.

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You know you cannot outgive the Lord, right?
I've been blessed with so many precious folks who give me yarn because they know about my crocheting passion. I had more yarn than I knew what to do with so I went through it and had a huge bag to take to my favorite thrift store.  We hadn't even got it up there yet when another friend from church gifted me with a box of gorgeous yarns with two skeins of my favorite color.....


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Speaking of crochet, I'm trying to teach our grandgirl.  She's got the chain down pat and we took her home Saturday evening with an arm full of crocheted chain "bracelets", her very own crochet hook and several skeins of yarns she chose from the giveaway bag in her favorite colors.  She even made them for me, her Momma, and Mamaw!

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So, that's that about that, as my Mammie used to say! Not a great lot to report on the home front!

HOPE everybody has a Terrific Tuesday!

Sunday, November 4, 2018

{ SONday Morning Song - Revelation }

I woke up sometime in the middle of the night with this song on my mind. I've always loved it, but the last few weeks, God has made clear(er) something to me that I've known for many years but found very difficult to accept. 

Oh, how I love Him so much but obviously not as much as He loves me (and you)!

HOPE your SONday is chock full of blessings, sweet Friends!

Friday, November 2, 2018

{ Friday Foto Friends #154 }

It's truly one of the most beautiful times of the year to live in East Tennessee!

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