Z is for …

Z is for Zippity Do Day

Just saying that makes me want to just go skipping down a lane.

What do you think of when you hear that phrase?

Well we didn’t go skipping today ~ we went for a drive ūüôā

First let me share the drive we went on last Thursday, 4/25/13

It was a beautiful sunny day and a great day for a drive.  Ron said if it stays warm and sunny soon it will be time to put the soft top on the Jeep, we just figure out where to store the hard top.

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And then on Sunday after Ron got off work we went for another drive

I love all the purple flowers we see along the roads. ¬†And Ron just missed hitting the turtle so we had to go back and get a couple of pictures of him. ¬†When we turned back around to go the way we wanted he had started to stick his head out a little but we didn’t stop to take another picture. ¬†Maybe if I see another one I could make it a pet ūüôā

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There are all kinds of roads ~ paved, two lane, gravel and even dirt roads.  But we love the scenery!  And we met the sweetest lady and her two kids (older teenagers) at the little grocery store Altamont ~ she gave us all types of places to visit and see in the area.  Ron was excited to hear about a lake about 30 miles from our campsite where we can go swimming this summer.

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The center row of this picture is an old school house at an intersection out in the country.  It would have been fun to traipse around inside but it is all fenced off.

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When we first came across these horses (top right photo) it appeared they were grazing in the middle of the road.  But upon getting closer we found they were actually in a fenced field at a corner.  We saw lots of beautiful horses. Each time we saw a Paint, we would talk about our sweet friends, Al & Selma Gienger.  We miss their friendship and fellowship here on earth but we know one day we will be celebrating in heaven with them.

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I read in one of the local free papers that a Farmers Market was going to be held on Tuesday’s from 4 to 6 p.m. and today would be the first one of the season. ¬†Guess it was time for another road trip – this one 33 miles away according to Maggie (our GPS)

These are pictures of every road we turned on as we drove from Liberty, KS (the actual town we live in) to Parsons, KS.  Again, see all the different types of roads.  We did have to make one stop and that was the gas station in the center of the picture.  Gas was $3.39 a gallon.

All the roads we went on to get to Parsons, KS

These are sights we saw on the road leading into Parsons.

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The center picture below is the Farmers Market.  There were three vendors.  We bought some green onions, radishes and a dozen brown eggs.  And we got it all for $3!!!

We just loved seeing all the old homes.  I would love to see the interior of some of them, especially the home pictured in the top left and the two along the left border Рall the same home.

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These are the roads from Parsons, KS to Angola, KS

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This is entering into Angola. ¬†The top picture is the old school…it has lots of broken windows but we surmise it was beautiful in its prime. ¬†And the Methodist church next to the school. ¬†Sunday School is at 9 a.m. and the worship service begins at 10:45. ¬†Reminds us of what we think ole’ country churches looked like.

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And what could be better to end the day then with a foot massage. ¬†I love when Ron massages my feet and puts lots of lotion on them ~ it is just difficult because I am so darn ticklish and so we have to stop every few minutes till I quit laughing. ¬†And don’t those toenails look pretty – yep, he also does my nails for me ūüôā

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Yep ~ I am one blessed lady!!!

Hope you have enjoyed following along on the A to Z Challenge for 2013.

Stay tuned for more updates about our life as we live/work/travel and share the blessings of the Lord living in our comfy 37′ Class A Motor home newly named The Wander Lodge.

Y is for …

Y is for …

…hubby says

yellow

The morning sunrise!

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Yellow roses!
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A yellow kitchen ~ we used to have a bright yellow kitchen, much brighter than this one. ¬†Then we moved to a new home and we painted it yellow and blue – still like yellow and in fact painted the bathroom in our motor home a light yellow. ¬†Guess I have mellowed in the past 25 years ūüôā

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Yellow Fish – this is more the color of our first yellow kitchen ūüôā

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Corn on the cob Рone of our favorite things to eat.  Am hoping since we are now in Kansas we will find lots of fresh corn this summer.

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When I was thinking of a Y is for ? ¬†The word that came to mind was Yearning…yearning for God.

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I have found that in being more intentional about my time with the Lord, studying His word, writing out my prayers and talking about and trying to understand different things from the Bible with others I yearn more for the Lord.

I do another blog,¬†Alice’s Restaurant ~ Dishin’ Up Food for Thought¬†where I write about what is on my heart.

Today’s Post is¬†here¬†where I share about my yearning for understanding the Holy Spirit and being an encourager.

What is your favorite Yellow thing?

Mine would be the sunshine!!!  I love the sunshine and I even love hot summer days.

 

Monday Morning Delight

Good morning on this beautiful sunny day in Liberty, KS.  The sun just rose in the last half hour.  It started off a light orange color and as it moved up over the buildings it became brighter and brighter.  Kind of like my morning started. 
When I first got up I thought I would just go back to sleep after Ron left for work.  At least that was my initial plan even though it was not what I have committed my mornings to be like.  But by the time Ron left, one hour and 10 minutes after I woke up, I decided to pick up my Bible instead.  
First I read John 14: 12 ~ 
From The Message:   
‚ÄúBelieve me: I am in my Father and my Father is in me. If you can‚Äôt believe that, believe what you see‚ÄĒthese works. The person who trusts me will not only do what I‚Äôm doing but even greater things, because I, on my way to the Father, am giving you the same work to do that I‚Äôve been doing. You can count on it. From now on, whatever you request along the lines of who I am and what I am doing, I‚Äôll do it. That‚Äôs how the Father will be seen for who he is in the Son. I mean it. Whatever you request in this way, I‚Äôll do.”¬†¬†

My thoughts: It’s not what I can do today to make a difference, it’s what I do today with the help of the Holy Spirit along asking God to guide me to do His will, not mine that will make today a blessing.
From the devotional The Sanctuary by David Jeremiah: Sometimes we do commendable, praiseworthy things in the energy of our flesh.  BUT when God begins to work THROUGH us, it is an entirely different proposition altogether.  Incredible things begin to happen.
And then I was pondering about the Holy Spirit.¬† For the last month or so I have started to question “speaking in tongues.”¬† I have been part of a ladies fellowship for almost a year.¬† We always close in prayer and many of the women speak in tongues while they are praying.¬† I have heard “you must be baptized in the Holy Spirit and speak in tongues to fulfill your salvation with the Lord” and “speaking in tongues is THE gift of the Holy Spirit and is the proof of your salvation” along with “speaking in tongues is one of many gifts of the Holy Spirit.”¬† So I started asking questions and believe the council I have gotten from my pastor and a couple of strong Christians is that my thinking that speaking in tongues is ONE of many of the gifts of the Holy Spirit and to seek God for what my gift from the Holy Spirit is.¬†¬†
So I have been looking for a study guide to help me study about the Holy Spirit.¬† I have read the first two chapters of Acts about three times in the last month.¬† This morning I found a Bible study on the Book of Acts by J.S. Smith.¬† And so I printed it out.¬† I like studies that lead me to find the answers to questions and that I can write down the answers too (remember I like to make lists and write and in fact, yesterday I bought myself 4 new fine point gel colored pens ūüôā )¬† and so today I started that study.
That is what led me to Monday Morning Delight – I love reading God’s word and the more faithful I am at reading it the more I want to read it.¬† Kind of like my goal to drink 3 24 oz bottles of water a day.¬† I am finding that the more I drink water the more I want water.¬† I am consistently up to 2 bottles of water a day, but that is for another post.¬† Back to my study this morning.
Lesson 1: Ascension and Pentecost
Acts 1:1 – 2:47
Did you know that the book of Acts was written to the lovers of Jesus Christ?¬† That’s what I am and I even claim it in my little bio “I am God Loving”
That people speak in tongues as the Holy Spirit leads them.
That we are to repent of our sins daily.
That we are to break bread together – that mean’s fellowship one with another.¬† I have learned I need to fellowship with other believers.¬† That includes being accountable one to another, uplifting one another and being there for one another and to help others as we can asking God to help us help others.
Give thanks to God each day for sending us His Son to save us and give us life eternal.
Give praise to God ~ not just for the big things but for everything.
I like to think I am an encourager and this morning I feel the Lord leading me back to being an encourager every day to someone.¬† It doesn’t have to take a lot of money to encourage someone, maybe a smile and hold the door open for someone as you walk into a store.¬† Call, email or even mail a card through the snail mail.¬† And pray specifically for someone’s need that you have learned about.
How can you encourage someone today?
Has anyone encouraged you lately?  How did that happen?
Dear Lord: thank you for your word this morning, reminding me that I like it when someone does something unexpected for me that brightens my day.  Like the surprise phone call I received yesterday morning and the note on Facebook this morning.  Help me to be that encourager to someone today.  Amen.

Sunny & Foggy ~ the Weather and My Brain

 
The picture above is what it looks like outside this morning and how my brain was yesterday.  
I got up with Ron in the morning, made his breakfast (bagel & banana) and couldn’t wait for him to leave so I could go back to bed.¬†¬†
Back to bed!!!  
What about my plan to have a specific time with the Lord in the mornings, do some exercise every day, plan a nice dinner for in the evenings, work on projects, you know the list goes on and on.  
But what did I do…I went back to bed, setting the alarm for 8:00 a.m. and promptly went back to sleep…so much for my planned day.¬† The alarm went off at 8:00 a.m. and I turned it off and rolled back over and slept till 8:57.¬† I then got up and just piddled the day away.¬† Didn’t spend any time with the Lord, didn’t drink my 3 bottles of water for the day, ate junk food and didn’t plan anything for dinner.¬† In fact, spent most of the day on the computer and four hours getting the TV hooked up, the Wii hooked up, the Internet on the Wii ~ and tempers were short with both of us snapping at each other…hmmm could it have anything to do with not eating right all day, too much sugar not enough protein?¬† And dinner ~ so unhealthy: hotdogs wrapped in tortillas and tater tots…no veggie’s plus drank a soda pop.¬† What about my goal to not drink soda pop any more unless it is a special occasion or outing???
Went to bed and was asleep by 9:30…good thing because the alarm was set for 5 a.m.¬† Praying as I drifted off to sleep I asked the Lord for a better attitude tomorrow.
Well now it is today.  There is a nice layer of fog outside yet the sun is peaking through.  Funny how the little bit of sunshine that is peaking through makes the leaves on the trees shiny and bright.  Encouraging hues of color of what the day could hold.
Made oatmeal and a banana for breakfast this morning.¬† And started drinking my first bottle of water for the day.¬† Chatted with Ron till he got ready to go to work and then we prayed together before he walked out the door.¬† Started to clean off the table and the door opened back up, Ron forgot his vest and gloves…oops, now he is really gone for the day.¬† He gets off at noon today.¬† Thinking we will go for a drive this afternoon and check out the area a little more.
Straightened up a few things and then gathered my Bible, the devotional The Sanctuary by David Jeremiah and my journal.  Got distracted by the sun coming up amidst the fog and then turned back to reading and seeing what God had in store for me this morning.
The scripture was Psalm 143:5-6
 
I remember the days of old; I meditate on all Your works;
I muse on the work of Your hands.   I spread out my hands to You;
My soul longs for You like a thirsty land. 
 
And I am reminded that God has been with me every step of this journey of life.  He has protected me, guided me, encouraged me and loved me as only the best Daddy in the world could do.
 
I remember how hard it was for me to grasp this concept that God is my Daddy…that’s hard to imagine when my bio and step-dad were not the best dads in the world.¬† Oh, I know they did the best they could with what they knew and yes I have forgiven them for the hurts I incurred from them as a child, a teenager and even as a young adult. ¬† I was 25+ when I stood up to my dad for the first time.¬† And I am thankful that we were able to talk, spend time together and renew our relationship in a much better way.¬† I miss my dad a lot and yet I am thankful that before he died we had many good times together and that our son’s each had a special relationship with my dad.

I also spent quite a few years working through the abuse of my step-dad and how it affected me and in turn affected my family and other relationships.¬† I came to a place, with the Lord’s help and some great counseling from a wonderful Christian counselor/friend and a pastor who did not give up on me.¬† I will never forget what Ed did to me but I have forgiven him (with the Lord’s help) and have taken a horrible situation and made peace in my life with that situation.

Yet, though there has been healing getting to know and trust God as my Abba Father, my Daddy has not always been easy.¬† And this morning as I read the above scripture and devotion I am reminded that God has always been with me in the past, I see his handiwork each and every day in the present and so I trust that He will continue to be my side and never let me down…as my girlfriend, Dee, reminds me “He hasn’t failed you yet girlfriend!”¬† And indeed he hasn’t.

And I know He won’t!!!¬† And I give thanks to Him this morning for a new day, a fresh start to my goal of getting healthy, a day to honor my hubby by doing things he likes like making him a cup of hot fresh coffee this morning, making him a breakfast that is healthy and nourishing before he headed out the door for work, planning a nice dinner of homemade meatballs and spaghetti and keeping our home clean and relaxing.¬† I thank the Lord for the beautiful sunshine of this morning after a doomy gloomy day of rain and wind yesterday.¬†¬†

I hope your today is filled with lots of sunshine and many blessings from the Lord.

If you have a prayer need, please let me know.  I would love to join in prayer with you.

God Bless and have a great day!!!



X is for …

X is for

xray

x-ray.

I used to work for a radiologist.  One day he asked if he could take an x-ray of my eye socket.

He did.

And it looked really weird to me.

Sure wish I had a copy to show you. ¬†But alas I don’t.

X is for …

xylophone

xylophone.

Our boys used to have one in their toy box.

Some days listening to them make music was sweet to the ears

other days it was something else.

Do you know there are not many words that begin with X?

W is for Writing

W is for

writing

I enjoy writing.

I like to make lists.

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I like to send cards with little notes in them.

I like to write letters to our family and friends that don’t do the internet thing.

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Writing helps me sort things out.

I like to write my prayers out,

prayer requests

 sharing praises and requests.

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I like to send postcards to our grands.

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And I like to write blog posts.

Alice’s Restaurant is a mixture of writings. ¬†They include prayers to God, thoughts about world happenings, devotional’s and anything else that just pops into my mind that I want to reflect on.

Alice’s Restaurant ~ Dishin’ Up Food for Thought

and the first edition of  The Wandering Workentins can be found here.

The Wandering Workentins ~ First Edition

Highlights include February to September 2010 of when we worked, lived, traveled with a carnival,

Selling Christmas Trees November to December 2011

Our very eventful trip to Texas from Washington January-February 2012

You can check any of these out using the link above and going to the archives.

And of course writing this blog where I am currently doing the

A to Z Challenge for April 2013.

What do you like to write about?

Do you like to get real mail?

Do you have a prayer request you would like me to pray about?

Oh and with writing goes PENS!!

I love me Fine Pt Colored Pens!!!

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because not all my writing is on the computer you know ūüôā

Friday Morning and It’s Raining, Thundering & Lightening here in Coffeyville, KS

What a wake up call we got this morning.¬† The rolling thundercaps, numerous lightening breaks and an alarm I could not get shut off.¬† I have been praying for the Lord to help me wake up and not dawdle in bed in the mornings ~ this morning he didn’t give me any time to just lay in bed.¬† And it took me over 3 minutes to turn off the dang alarm and boy was it annoying – a rooster crowing over and over again!!¬† But God is faithful and answered my prayer.¬† Just remember what and how you pray – it just may be answered in a way you would not expect.
Dear God:
Thank you for the reminder this morning that the more I seek you the more I will come to know you.  Help me to know you in the most personal of ways and not just give you lip service.  Help me to be authentic in my walk with you.
I thank you Lord for the many ways you take care of us.  For getting our final paychecks from Branson View Campground early.  You know how I worry when our money gets super tight and this week I know I had been worrying about having gas in the Jeep, propane in the motor home and having groceries on hand to make Ron lunches for when he is working.  Lord forgive me for not trusting you a bit more and not claiming your promises that you will never fail us or forsake us.  And even in my doubting you showed me over and over you know what our needs are and that you do to take care of us.
Thank you that our bills for the first half of May are paid, that we have plenty of groceries including fresh fruit and vegi’s and that we have a full propane tank which means we have heat in our rig, hot water to shower and do dishes and that Ron has a job!¬† Help me to give thanks to you each day and not to take things for granted.
Lord so many I know are hurting.¬† Please be with Barb & Robert as they mourn the loss of Ms. Abby, be with Dee and Tim as they make some hard decisions this week, be with the momma’s who have lost little ones way before their time and with so many that we know that are battling cancer and other health issues.¬†¬†¬† Thank you Lord for your comforting arms and words in our times of trials and struggles.
Lord I know so often I come to you asking for this and that and yet I don’t want to be remiss about praising you and giving thanks for the many blessings you shower upon us.
Thank you Lord for Doug who loves our niece, Christi.  Bless them as they prepare for marriage.  Thank you for Jamie & Suzanne.  Give Suzanne peace as she prepares to send Opal off to school.  Let Opal have fun and make many new friends.  Thank you for Jamie & Suzanne, bless them as they support each other in marriage and love on sweet Opal and all those they come into contact with.
Thank you for Brandon & Danalyn and their four boys: Max, Christopher, Treyson and Alexander.¬† Be with Brandon as he studies and prepares for a new direction in his working career.¬† Thank you that Danalyn has work as an Occupational Therapist.¬† Be with her as she serves her patients and clients.¬† Thank you for the parents they are.¬† It is so fun to watch them as they nurture and guide those four rambunctious boys.¬† Thank you that Alexander learned how to roll over yesterday!¬† He is growing so fast.¬† Be with Max as he prepares to go to high school next year…hard to believe he will be graduating in four short years.¬† And thank you for the love and joy that Christopher and Treyson bring to us and the whole family.
Thank you Lord for your love and care and the many blessings you give us.  Be with our friends and family in whatever they are doing today.  Be with Leah as she and Brenna get breastfeeding on the right track.  Give her patience and to remember in her heart that you are in control and that she is a good momma to her precious children.
Lord thank you for loving me and for reminding me of my gift of writing and that it is one way I can communicate with you each day.  Amen.

Changes are a Coming

Changes are a Coming to this here blog.
First off, just a reminder that our everyday blog The Wandering Workentin’s can be found here.¬† Hope you join us as we live/work/travel from our litte home on wheels ~ The Wander Lodge!
Currently I am doing an A to Z Blog Challenge.  Check it out to see what the word of the day is.  Sometimes I close that blog with questions so feel free to answer them in the comment section.
Now for Changes to Alice’s Restaurant ~ Dishin’ Up Food for Thought
One of the things I have been struggling with is having a sincere time with the Lord each day.¬† One of the things I used to do was write out my prayers to God each day during my quiet time.¬† So often when I am praying I get distracted.¬† And then I beat myself up in the head with irrational and negative thoughts and I know that is not how God would want me to be.¬† I believe God has given me the gift of writing and what a better way to use this gift then to talk to God.¬† I also like to write out my thoughts about my devotions each day.¬† Currently I am using the book Sanctuary by David Jeremiah and was a gift to me from Pam Gillam as we moved away from Branson.¬† I also get Guideposts Daily Devotions in my email each morning as well as a couple blogs that I read for daily inspiration.¬† And of course, reading my Bible and studying God’s word is very important to me and I work daily at my relationship with the Lord.
I have 33 followers at this time and I hope y’all stay with me on my continuing journey of getting to know our Lord Jesus Christ more and more each day.

V is for Victory and Views

V is for

…Victory in Jesus

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by Author: Eugene Bartlett
Year Written: 1939
Copyright: BMI Work#1803360

This is one of my favorite hymns.

I heard an old, old story,
How a Savior came from glory,
How He gave His life on Calvary
To save a wretch like me;
I heard about His groaning,
Of His precious blood’s atoning,
Then I repented of my sins
And won the victory.

Chorus
O victory in Jesus,
My Savior, forever.
He sought me and bought me
With His redeeming blood;
He loved me ere I knew Him
And all my love is due Him,
He plunged me to victory,
Beneath the cleansing flood.

I heard about His healing,
Of His¬†cleansing¬†pow’r revealing.
How He made the lame to walk again
And caused the blind to see;
And then I cried, “Dear¬†Jesus,
Come and heal my broken spirit,”
And somehow¬†Jesus¬†came and bro’t
To me the victory.

Chorus
O victory in Jesus,
My Savior, forever.
He sought me and bought me
With His redeeming blood;
He loved me ere I knew Him
And all my love is due Him,
He plunged me to victory,
Beneath the cleansing flood.

I heard about a mansion
He has built for me in glory.
And I heard about the streets of gold
Beyond the crystal sea;
About the angels singing,
And the old redemption story,
And some sweet day I’ll sing up there
The song of victory.

Chorus
O victory in Jesus,
My Savior, forever.
He sought me and bought me
With His redeeming blood;
He loved me ere I knew Him
And all my love is due Him,
He plunged me to victory,
Beneath the cleansing flood.

and Views

This is the view from the couch in our motor home looking through the campground towards Amazon.  Currently there are less than 10 rigs here at the Big Chief RV Park.  As more workers start with Amazon this campground will see more rigs here.

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These next two pictures are the view from the recliner looking away from the campground.  We are the last rig in this row and so we will have this unobstructed view for the whole season.  If you look towards the bottom of the picture you can see lots of water/mud ~ we will be glad when the spring rains stop and this can get all dried up.

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This view is from the chair directly behind the passenger seat.  It has been nice to watch the clouds come in and go out.

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One funny thing about views.

When we were at Branson View Campground we would watch the sun rise out the passenger side living room window and the sunset out the drivers side living room window. ¬†This morning as I was having my quiet time with the Lord I looked out the drivers side window and much to my surprise the sun was coming up! ¬†It took me a few minutes to realize that the sun hasn’t changed where it comes up or goes down but we have the motor home facing a different direction!!!

Do you have victory in your life?

And what views do you see each day from your home? On your drive to work or church?

U is for Unique


U is for Unique

Unique is

one and only; single; sole: a unique specimen

having no like or equal; unparalleled: a unique achievement

highly unusual, extraordinary, rare

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I remember hearing when I was a young child my mom saying “you are unique and there will never be another one like you” and then she would laugh and say that’s a good thing. ¬†At times I took those words as a compliment, that I was special and at other times I took it to mean “thank goodness there are not two of you – I (my mom) couldn’t handle more than one of me.

And then as I grew in my relationship with God I realized it is a good thing to be unique and to use the things that are special about me to bring Him honor by sharing who I am with others as well as working together with others to make a whole.

Romans 12:3 Р8 talks about being unique yet part of a whole.  We are all uniquely made and each of us has strengths and weaknesses yet when we work together, sharing our individual talents we can become one wonderful body.

3 For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you. 4 For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, 5 so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. 6 We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; 7 if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; 8 if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.

What is unique about you?

What is unique about where you live?

What is unique about something you have done in your life that has left a positive impact on others.

What is unique about me?  Some people would say having only one eye is unique.  I would say that I am who I am today due to the many struggles and life issues I have had to deal with over the past 55 years.  I have a heart of compassion and service which I use wherever the Lord leads me and I believe those gifts are due to the circumstances I have faced.  I can see where my struggles have allowed me to become a loving and nurturing wife, mom, grammy, aunt and friend.

What is unique about where I live? ¬†Well we live in a 37′ Class A Motorhome and move our home wherever God opens the doors for employment for us. ¬†Most recently, with the closing of Branson View Campground the Lord led us to apply for work with Amazon in Coffeyville, KS. ¬†Right now our home base is at Big Chief RV Park in Liberty, KS which is right across the street from Amazon Distribution Center in Coffeyville, KS.

What is unique about something I have done in my life that has left a positive impact on others.  I would have to say that I have turned a rough childhood and teenage years where I suffered lots of pain from abusive parents and relationships into being an encourager to my family and friends and sharing that no matter the circumstance you find yourself in you can always find something positive about it.