Sunday, July 29, 2012

Choosing life

Why do people not believe in God? Or better thought of as why do people choose to bash God/christianity so much?
The only conclusion I can come up with is because of fear.
They are afraid because deep down they know it's real and not a myth and it scares them.
It scares them because they know they are being convicted by the Holy Spirit.
Who after all wants to turn from their sinful ways? Sin is fun after all.
  It's fun to do what you want, think what you want, and behave how you want and not to have to answer to anyone, especiallly an "invisible guy".
Well it's fun for awhile until you realize that there is indeed a God and not just an invisible guy.
It breaks my heart when I hear or read about people who bash the idea that there is a God.
It makes me want to shake them and scream WAKE UP BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE.
It makes me want to hug them and tell them that it will all be ok. If they would just turn to God he will take care of them. That life is so much better with the peace of God.

Friday, July 27, 2012

Remaining calm in the midst of a storm

For years I have walked this Earth as a christian and in that time I have faced many trials and tribulations. Sometimes I have handled those trials with class and a great faith and other times I will admit I haven't handled them very well.
Today is one of those times when I can say I at first started to not handle it very well but then I prayed and God gave me a peace that could have only come from him.
Backstory: I wrote the other day about the trouble with my car (short version of it I think)
The other day (July 24) we went to Jeffersonville to the outlet mall to buy school shoes for the boys and before we even left our city our car was making a weird noise (in the back near the tire and what looked like a plate had come loose) however even after checking it we decided it would be ok to go.
Today we got up and went to pay bills and such. On our way to the store to buy some cereal David (who was driving thank God) we hit a bump and apparently he heard the tire rubbing the fender.
We pulled into Frisch's to look at it and discovered that the shock had broken.
Thankfully we were not even a mile from Tire Discounters and was able to walk down there and they thankfully again did shocks. So David was able to drive it to there and they replaced both the back ones.
When they put the car up on the lift the left tire (driver side) just dropped and it was at that moment  I realized that it could have been deadly. We could have been driving and it could have flipped our car, I could have lost my babies tonight or my life or my husband's. Any number of things could have happened.
So although we had to replace both the back ones at  $587.88 and it was hard on us I am choosing to look at the positive side of it.
I could have lost my babies today. No amount of money is worth losing my babies.
I know for a fact that God provided for us today and he had his hand protecting us and had sent his angels over us the other day when we were on the highway and today as well.
I am just so thankful to God that nothing major happened.
How do I know that it was God helping us with the money even though looking at the price it seems there was no way?
1)This year I decided to put $10 a week away for myself and although I have had to use it over this last month I had it today to use.
2) I decided today of all days to take my $1s to turn in to the bank for bigger bills and "just happened" to decide to take all my money.
3) This money was what helped pay for 1/2 of todays bill.
4) The money in checking which paid for the other half was in the bank to help. If this had happened a year ago I wouldn't have been able to do that.
I believe with my whole heart that God was the one today urging me to take my money because he knew this was going to happen.
God is great and faithful.
Above all I know he was there with his angels surrounding our car because today could have been deadly. Instead of sitting here trying to type this and wonder if I should at all I could be in a hospital room praying for my kids to wake up or in a funeral home planning their funeral.
Hug your kids extra tight tonight you just never know when it could be your last day on earth. Enjoy every second with them. I sure am going to.

  • For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. -Jeremiah 29:11
  • But those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. -Isaiah 40:31

    Thursday, July 26, 2012

    Wednesday, July 25, 2012

    The devil made me do it

    Have you ever logged onto blogger with the intent to post something positive and uplifting and you decide to not do it because you are tired and will do it the next day?
    That's where I was last night. We have had a lot of trouble with my car as of late and it just seemed that one thing or another was being thrown at me and fighting with my husband on top of all of that but I decided I needed to stay positive and it would all work out.
    So that's exactly what I did and thanks to some friends at church my car was fixed and I didn't have to take it to a shop, my husband sees my way on buying a second car at this time, school stuff is bought and we only need a couple more things for the boys to be complete, things are looking up and I was feeling great.
    UNTIL today that is. I went to bed last night with the intent to post about how God remains faithful and if we trust in him he will provide all our needs. Then I woke this morning and for some strange reason I couldn't shake this black cloud of depression over me.
    So now here I sit fighting a black cloud of the devil's depression instead of basking in the glory of God.
    This is ridiculous.
    All day today I have had teenage attitude and instead of handling it in a fashion that I used to be able to do I have done nothing but get stressed and upset. On top of that I keep thinking about finances when yes they are not the greatest but they are definitely not where they were at this time last year.
    So this is my promise to myself that even though I may get down and out sometimes I will not let satan win.
    I will trust in God and know that he has been faithful before and he will be faithful again.
    I think I will go back to reading the Bible story book to the kids again too. I know in my heart of hearts that part of the problem is that I haven't been reading my Bible like I should so I need to do that too.
    If anyone is reading this what book(s) would you recommend for a good Bible study? Something geared towards being a strong woman/wife/mom.

    Sunday, July 8, 2012

    To post or not to post

    For awhile now I have contemplated on whether I should post pics I've either taken myself or pictures I have found on the internet that I like or should I just keep posting word posts. I continue to add them and then the second before I post them I will delete them and think to myself no one wants to see that.
    Well I realized today that I am once again falling into that trap or caring what others think of me and honestly it makes me sick to my stomach to think that I allow others to have that much control over me when they (you) probably don't care what I post as long as it makes me happy and is slightly entertaining or informative. So from now on I think I will do what I set out to do and post what makes me happy.
    I mean after all if I'm not true to me then what's the point of being me?
    Baby chick finds his long lost brother.

    What's for lunch? Hopefully not you.

    This is what happens when I'm not home.

    Tuesday, July 3, 2012

    Day 29 & 30

    I am so far behind but I'm not a quitter so I thought I might as well finish this plus with tomorrow being the 4th who knows if I'll be on. :)

    What do you think people misundertand most about you?

    This one is probably one of the easiest I've answered so far. I think it would have to be they mistake my shyness for being stuck up. Lots of people once they get to know me tell me they used to think I was stuck up until they got to know me and realized I was just shy.

    List  5 things you would hope to be remembered for.
    1) Being a good christian
    2)Being a good wife
    3)Being a good mom.
    4)Being a good person
    5)Being honest, trustworthy, and loyal.

    The night the lights went out in Fairborn

    I feel like I haven't been here in forever and this is why.
    Friday afternoon my husband and boys and myself were out getting things David and Thomas needed for their trip to Hope Hill, Kentucky on Sunday and a storm started coming through. I heard 80 mile hour winds and I heard 170 mile hour winds. Don't know which but apparently they were strong enough because by the time we got back home (1 hour after the storm started when we were at Gabriel Brother's then Sam's) our whole town went black. We came up off the highway to go get a few things at kroger and noticed that the power on the end of town was out (street lights and everything) so we drove up towards our house and started noticing that all stores, houses and everything was black. Not a single light was going.
    So we come home to discover that not only is our whole town out of power but there were at least 3 power lines near us that were knocked down and 2 streets up a huge oak tree (which by the way my son runs under everyday) fell down and hit a duplex across the street.
    We went out to eat that night thinking that we would get our power back within a few hours because when a storm came through 4 years ago we only lost it for 5 minutes.
    Boy were we WRONG.
    We lost it Friday and got it back finally around 7:30 Monday (July 2nd)
    So here we are staying in a hotel trying to make the most of it and make it into an adventure for the boys but yeah it stank.
    After David got off last night and got back to the hotel we came by to check on the house and found our porch light on and our power back. I being the emotional woman that I am ran into the house and started crying and thanking God for getting our power restored.
    From what I heard at the height of the storm there were 175,000 people without power and they were saying it would be Wednesday before 95% of people had power back but then we had another storm Sunday which knocked them back a few steps and more people lost their power.
    All I know is I learned 2 things.
    1) Always be prepared for an emergency because you never know what can happen.
    2) Appreciate what you have because it can be taken from you in an instant.
    My town looks great but I'm praying for others who may not have it yet.
    Here are some pictures I took this weekend of the damage.
    Pole knocked over by the highway. There were actually 2 but couldn't get the pic of the other one.
    Lines knocked down in a field 2 streets up (in front of my uncle's house)
    Tree 2 streets up that hit the duplex.
    Another view of the tree that hit the duplex. It was ripped totally out of the ground.
    Chilling at the hotel trying to make the best of a bad situation.