Tuesday, November 29, 2011

bust a gut

if any of you have been following me on facebook, you  may have seen a few posts from a page called "I Heart Faces".  it's a fun photography page, and their website is even more fun. and they have a contest every week called Photo Challenge, with a theme for the week. and this week's was just up my alley. it's called "bust a gut".

Josey and i love to "bust a gut" laughing over laughable things....and sometimes some very UN-laughable things. if it evokes a "look" or one of us to say "o my," you can pretty much guarantee there will be some gut busting going on.

that being said, as i went thru my old photos of Josey busting a gut, i found this one. it is Josey and his GREAT grandma (my grandma) playing in shredded paper in her strawberry garden. it was taken when Josey was about 5 yrs old, which means my grandma was only 81 yrs young. but she didn't let that stop her and Josey from "busting a gut" as they played, rolled, and LAUGHED in the paper and strawberry patch. hope you enjoyed this as much as i did.

and don't forget to "bust a gut" yourself every once in a while.

playing with great grandma

by the way, you can head on over and enter the contest yourself at http://www.iheartfaces.com/2011/11/photo-challenge-laughter/

Monday, November 28, 2011

giving thanks

this time of year always inspires so many of us to think about what we're thankful for. what if there was no thanksgiving? what would remind us to be thankful? would we have to create another day just to remind us? or would we have to get reminders from others? or do we just subconciously consider all there is to be thankful for?

personally, and unfortunately, that last one is normally where my thoughts run. the people in my life "just know" that i'm thankful for them, right? i don't have to tell them if i'm just subconsciously thinking that i'm thankful, right? and definitely God just knows, right? or am i telling them? no, sometimes i don't. sometimes i get busy. sometimes i plain and simply forget. or give them a simple "thanks!" or if i'm a little more enthusiastic, sometimes "hey, thanks!" and sometimes....sometimes more often than not.....i don't even think about it.

there's a post on facebook that i see every once in a while, which is a good reminder to give thanks for all things. each and every day! it goes something like this: "what if you woke up this morning with only the things you gave thanks for yesterday?" wow! sure makes me think. and makes me realize that i really wouldn't have much. i certainly wouldn't have many people in my life. it's not very often that i actually give thanks for them. not necessarily TO them, but FOR them. and most days i don't even give thanks for my son. i used to. every morning and every night. up until he was about 6 months old. then just as quickly as i started, i stopped. for no particular reason.

 


BUT i want to be the type of person who gives thanks. FOR everything. IN everything. every second of every day. not just the good things and not just the answered prayers. i want to be thankful for those things that God has seen fit NOT to give me. He knows best and who am i to question His knowledge and wisdom? i certainly don't have a very good track record for determining what is best for me, that's for sure.

why don't we think of being thankful more often than once or twice a year, and only because there is a day that has the word "thanks" attached to it? why do we always need reminders? why don't we just have thankfulness in our hearts and on our minds every second of every day? why, as the richest nation on earth, the free-est nation on earth, do we always want more? to HAVE more? to DO more? to SEE more? to BE more?

i'll tell you why....we're human and incapable of what it takes to always be thankful. i know, i know, you're telling me "but i AM thankful EVERY day for EVERY thing." really? so what you're saying is that you're thankful when that guy cut you off in traffic, for the third time in the last 2 miles? that you're thankful when that certain child constantly whines or throws a fit in the middle of the grocery aisle at walmart? that you're thankful when a drunk driver kills your spouse? that you're thankful when the judge determines that your ex-spouse gets full custody of your child, and you only get to see him during school breaks? that you're thankful when your mom gets cancer? that you're thankful when your best friend dies in an auto accident that wasn't her fault? really? i know i wouldn't be.

but isn't it a command of God to be? 1 Thessalonians 5:18 says: "in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you." and what i see is "in everything". it doesn't say, "in everything.....(dot dot dot)" or "in just the good things" or "in everything that goes your way." it says "in EVERYTHING"....period. how is this possible? can it really be done? can we really be thankful "in everything"?

God's Word commands us to, and i doubt God would command it if it were impossible. besides, there's something in His Word that tells me that it IS possible to give thanks in everything. check out Matthew 19:26. and Mark 10:27. and Luke 18:27. if God says it THREE times, wouldn't you think that maybe He wants to make a point? or at least get you to understand that He means business? "the things which are impossible with men are possible with God."

but the question still stands....how?

the key point here is "with God". yes, WITH God. not WITHOUT Him.

and here is another key point: "Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him." (1 John 5:14-15) it seems to me that asking God to help us to be thankful is "according to His will", doesn't it to you? and if you're still not convinced, try the amplified version of it: "And this is the confidence (the assurance, the privilege of boldness) which we have in Him: [we are sure] that if we ask anything (make any request) according to His will (in agreement with His own plan), He listens to and hears us. and if (since) we [positively] know that He listens to us in whatever we ask, we also know [with settled and absolute knowledge] that we have [granted us as our present possessions] the requests made of Him." that's pretty sure, if you ask me...."we are sure" and "positively" and "with settled and absolute knowledge". yep, fairly sure.

one other key point when asking, and when you're not sure whether it's really His will. being thankful IS His will. at least 1 Thes 5 says it is: "for this is the will of God".....good enough for me. if it says specifically in His Word "for this is the will of God", you can be definitely, positively, absolutely, without a doubt certain that it is! can't get any clearer than that.

so that is HOW. ask. receive. give thanks. simple right?

all that being said, i am so very thankful for every one of you, whether you are my son, family, a friend, an acquaintence, a follower, a fan, a customer, or just someone passing by. God has a good plan for you. you are the apple of His eye. THAT right there is something to be thankful for!

and i am!



Saturday, November 12, 2011

the blog thief

yes, there is a blog thief out there. it's lurking in my home, ready to steal any tidbit or morsel of blog material that it can. it pretends to be my friend, but then i realize that anything i want to tell you has already been told.

i get up in the morning, and it's there, waiting. before i head to bed at night, it lurks in the darkness with the false promise of "it will only take a minute." but before i know it, it's 1am...or 2....or sometimes even 3. it also steals other things from my life, not to mention the lives of many of my friends....and even mere acquaintances....not to mention total strangers. it sucks sleep from before my eyes. and let's not forget the theft of a clean house, exercise, and anything else that *should* be done throughout the days.

the thief springs to life at the click of a button, ready to pounce in the blinking of an eye, never keeping its promise of "just one more minute, and that's it."

BUT this thief can also be defeated at the touch of another button. it can be "shut down" with just one finger. yet those it steals from choose to believe the false promises, choose not to lift that one finger.

this thief is also the master of addiction and distraction. the promise of "just one minute" is sometimes believable, especially when we have every intention of quitting after just one minute. it distracts us with it's constantly updating messages. sometimes it sends out numbers in the form of messages. but don't be deceived...altho those messages may contain information that seems important to you, most are not. it tells you that you are well-liked, yet it continues to steal, addict, and distract.

this thief also deceives in other ways. it promotes activity, yet we become more sedentary. it promotes cleanliness, yet our homes become chaos. it even promotes sleep, yet we are becoming more and more sleep-deprived. it promotes health, yet we are remaining unhealthy.

and don't be deceived by it's false sense of importance in your life. the messages it sends out may seem innocent enough, harmless enough, important enough. but be warned, they are the thief's greatest MO. these things of false importance only serve to help the thief steal precious time from your children and other family and friends.

now, some of you are saying "but if i didn't have it in my life, i wouldn't know this or that about so-and-so." yes, that may be true. however, there is a solution i have for that. it's called "an instrument for reproducing sounds at a distance", aka phone, aka telephone. which brings to mind that the thief is also the thief of the spoken word. not to mention that it renders this "instrument for reproducing sounds at a distance" useless. and let's not even get into how it robs from the agency called USPS. 


with these warnings i hope you take every precaution to not let the thief steal what is important to you. with the right tools, you can use the thief instead of it using you. use your words and messages wisely. encourage others to do the same. promote generosity and kindness, instead of allowing the thief to steal those characteristics from you and others. send out messages via the thief that build others up, instead of tearing them down. use the thief to remind others to get plenty of sleep, to keep a clean home, to spend time with family, to love life. then take your own advice to heart, and do the same. 


then reach over with your little finger and utilize the button to "shut down" the thief that goes by the code name of "fb", and let's stop it in its tracks. let's call it what it really is and change that second letter to a "c" for "crook". before you know it, your sleep will be sweet, your home will be clean, and your love for your family and friends will grow because of the time you spend with them. 

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

bust a gut

if any of you have been following me on facebook, you  may have seen a few posts from a page called "I Heart Faces".  it's a fun photography page, and their website is even more fun. and they have a contest every week called Photo Challenge, with a theme for the week. and this week's was just up my alley. it's called "bust a gut".

Josey and i love to "bust a gut" laughing over laughable things....and sometimes some very UN-laughable things. if it evokes a "look" or one of us to say "o my," you can pretty much guarantee there will be some gut busting going on.

that being said, as i went thru my old photos of Josey busting a gut, i found this one. it is Josey and his GREAT grandma (my grandma) playing in shredded paper in her strawberry garden. it was taken when Josey was about 5 yrs old, which means my grandma was only 81 yrs young. but she didn't let that stop her and Josey from "busting a gut" as they played, rolled, and LAUGHED in the paper and strawberry patch. hope you enjoyed this as much as i did.

and don't forget to "bust a gut" yourself every once in a while.

playing with great grandma

by the way, you can head on over and enter the contest yourself at http://www.iheartfaces.com/2011/11/photo-challenge-laughter/

Monday, November 28, 2011

giving thanks

this time of year always inspires so many of us to think about what we're thankful for. what if there was no thanksgiving? what would remind us to be thankful? would we have to create another day just to remind us? or would we have to get reminders from others? or do we just subconciously consider all there is to be thankful for?

personally, and unfortunately, that last one is normally where my thoughts run. the people in my life "just know" that i'm thankful for them, right? i don't have to tell them if i'm just subconsciously thinking that i'm thankful, right? and definitely God just knows, right? or am i telling them? no, sometimes i don't. sometimes i get busy. sometimes i plain and simply forget. or give them a simple "thanks!" or if i'm a little more enthusiastic, sometimes "hey, thanks!" and sometimes....sometimes more often than not.....i don't even think about it.

there's a post on facebook that i see every once in a while, which is a good reminder to give thanks for all things. each and every day! it goes something like this: "what if you woke up this morning with only the things you gave thanks for yesterday?" wow! sure makes me think. and makes me realize that i really wouldn't have much. i certainly wouldn't have many people in my life. it's not very often that i actually give thanks for them. not necessarily TO them, but FOR them. and most days i don't even give thanks for my son. i used to. every morning and every night. up until he was about 6 months old. then just as quickly as i started, i stopped. for no particular reason.

 


BUT i want to be the type of person who gives thanks. FOR everything. IN everything. every second of every day. not just the good things and not just the answered prayers. i want to be thankful for those things that God has seen fit NOT to give me. He knows best and who am i to question His knowledge and wisdom? i certainly don't have a very good track record for determining what is best for me, that's for sure.

why don't we think of being thankful more often than once or twice a year, and only because there is a day that has the word "thanks" attached to it? why do we always need reminders? why don't we just have thankfulness in our hearts and on our minds every second of every day? why, as the richest nation on earth, the free-est nation on earth, do we always want more? to HAVE more? to DO more? to SEE more? to BE more?

i'll tell you why....we're human and incapable of what it takes to always be thankful. i know, i know, you're telling me "but i AM thankful EVERY day for EVERY thing." really? so what you're saying is that you're thankful when that guy cut you off in traffic, for the third time in the last 2 miles? that you're thankful when that certain child constantly whines or throws a fit in the middle of the grocery aisle at walmart? that you're thankful when a drunk driver kills your spouse? that you're thankful when the judge determines that your ex-spouse gets full custody of your child, and you only get to see him during school breaks? that you're thankful when your mom gets cancer? that you're thankful when your best friend dies in an auto accident that wasn't her fault? really? i know i wouldn't be.

but isn't it a command of God to be? 1 Thessalonians 5:18 says: "in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you." and what i see is "in everything". it doesn't say, "in everything.....(dot dot dot)" or "in just the good things" or "in everything that goes your way." it says "in EVERYTHING"....period. how is this possible? can it really be done? can we really be thankful "in everything"?

God's Word commands us to, and i doubt God would command it if it were impossible. besides, there's something in His Word that tells me that it IS possible to give thanks in everything. check out Matthew 19:26. and Mark 10:27. and Luke 18:27. if God says it THREE times, wouldn't you think that maybe He wants to make a point? or at least get you to understand that He means business? "the things which are impossible with men are possible with God."

but the question still stands....how?

the key point here is "with God". yes, WITH God. not WITHOUT Him.

and here is another key point: "Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him." (1 John 5:14-15) it seems to me that asking God to help us to be thankful is "according to His will", doesn't it to you? and if you're still not convinced, try the amplified version of it: "And this is the confidence (the assurance, the privilege of boldness) which we have in Him: [we are sure] that if we ask anything (make any request) according to His will (in agreement with His own plan), He listens to and hears us. and if (since) we [positively] know that He listens to us in whatever we ask, we also know [with settled and absolute knowledge] that we have [granted us as our present possessions] the requests made of Him." that's pretty sure, if you ask me...."we are sure" and "positively" and "with settled and absolute knowledge". yep, fairly sure.

one other key point when asking, and when you're not sure whether it's really His will. being thankful IS His will. at least 1 Thes 5 says it is: "for this is the will of God".....good enough for me. if it says specifically in His Word "for this is the will of God", you can be definitely, positively, absolutely, without a doubt certain that it is! can't get any clearer than that.

so that is HOW. ask. receive. give thanks. simple right?

all that being said, i am so very thankful for every one of you, whether you are my son, family, a friend, an acquaintence, a follower, a fan, a customer, or just someone passing by. God has a good plan for you. you are the apple of His eye. THAT right there is something to be thankful for!

and i am!



Saturday, November 12, 2011

the blog thief

yes, there is a blog thief out there. it's lurking in my home, ready to steal any tidbit or morsel of blog material that it can. it pretends to be my friend, but then i realize that anything i want to tell you has already been told.

i get up in the morning, and it's there, waiting. before i head to bed at night, it lurks in the darkness with the false promise of "it will only take a minute." but before i know it, it's 1am...or 2....or sometimes even 3. it also steals other things from my life, not to mention the lives of many of my friends....and even mere acquaintances....not to mention total strangers. it sucks sleep from before my eyes. and let's not forget the theft of a clean house, exercise, and anything else that *should* be done throughout the days.

the thief springs to life at the click of a button, ready to pounce in the blinking of an eye, never keeping its promise of "just one more minute, and that's it."

BUT this thief can also be defeated at the touch of another button. it can be "shut down" with just one finger. yet those it steals from choose to believe the false promises, choose not to lift that one finger.

this thief is also the master of addiction and distraction. the promise of "just one minute" is sometimes believable, especially when we have every intention of quitting after just one minute. it distracts us with it's constantly updating messages. sometimes it sends out numbers in the form of messages. but don't be deceived...altho those messages may contain information that seems important to you, most are not. it tells you that you are well-liked, yet it continues to steal, addict, and distract.

this thief also deceives in other ways. it promotes activity, yet we become more sedentary. it promotes cleanliness, yet our homes become chaos. it even promotes sleep, yet we are becoming more and more sleep-deprived. it promotes health, yet we are remaining unhealthy.

and don't be deceived by it's false sense of importance in your life. the messages it sends out may seem innocent enough, harmless enough, important enough. but be warned, they are the thief's greatest MO. these things of false importance only serve to help the thief steal precious time from your children and other family and friends.

now, some of you are saying "but if i didn't have it in my life, i wouldn't know this or that about so-and-so." yes, that may be true. however, there is a solution i have for that. it's called "an instrument for reproducing sounds at a distance", aka phone, aka telephone. which brings to mind that the thief is also the thief of the spoken word. not to mention that it renders this "instrument for reproducing sounds at a distance" useless. and let's not even get into how it robs from the agency called USPS. 


with these warnings i hope you take every precaution to not let the thief steal what is important to you. with the right tools, you can use the thief instead of it using you. use your words and messages wisely. encourage others to do the same. promote generosity and kindness, instead of allowing the thief to steal those characteristics from you and others. send out messages via the thief that build others up, instead of tearing them down. use the thief to remind others to get plenty of sleep, to keep a clean home, to spend time with family, to love life. then take your own advice to heart, and do the same. 


then reach over with your little finger and utilize the button to "shut down" the thief that goes by the code name of "fb", and let's stop it in its tracks. let's call it what it really is and change that second letter to a "c" for "crook". before you know it, your sleep will be sweet, your home will be clean, and your love for your family and friends will grow because of the time you spend with them.