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Woke to a windy and cold day here in Liberty, KS.  And they are forecasting possible snow tonight and here I thought we were in May, Springtime and Warmth ~ hopefully it will return on Saturday as they are forecasting…I definitely am a fair weather girl ~ give me warmth and give me sunshine.

Have you ever wondered What If?

Today I have been thinking ~ What IF my parents had never divorced ~ today would have been their 60th Wedding Anniversary ~ wow, wouldn’t that have been amazing.  Ron and I have been married 37 years and so often we here Wow, that’s a long time!  I can get so wrapped up in the What If game ~ IF my parents had not been divorced, would we have moved as often as we did when I was a kid?  IF my parents had not divorced I would not have been sexually abused for almost six months by a step-father who only thought of himself; IF my parents had not divorced would I have met Ron?  IF my parents hadn’t divorced what would my children be like and who would they be?  

And then I am reminded of my devotion yesterday of not to worry about yesterday as it has passed but give thanks for today and how God has provided for me every day of my life.

Today I have been reminded from scripture in Psalm 121:4

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 that God never slumbers nor does he sleep.  He is always awake, always there for me and has always been with me and will always be with me.  He knows the plans He as for me.  And even though I didn’t have the perfect childhood, with perfect parents who were only married to each other I had the childhood that has led me to being the person who I am ~ a wife, mom and grammy who loves to share the Lord with those who I come into contact with.  I have faced many giants, climbed from the deep valleys up to the mountain tops and all the while God has been with me.  He has protected me from my own negative thoughts and behaviors, he has given grace and protected my children when I was struggling as a parent, he has strengthened my marriage when I thought it was over or going to die.  We have celebrated on the mountain tops healing from major depression, the scary times of illness and the celebration of healing and protectiveness.  He has comforted me when I feared the worst for our son, Jamie as he lived and worked in Iraq for a year.  He has protected our sons as they made decisions that would have impacted our lives in a harsh way.  I am so thankful HE never sleeps or slumbers.

From my Daily Guidepost devotion I was reminded that “long-distance parenting requires different skills and methods. That how we stayed close in the past matters less than finding ways to grow close in the future.”

As I have been working on a project for Ron’s siblings and our children I have been reminded of ways I have treated others in my past and how I want things to be different in certain relationships today and in the future.  I am reminded to extend more grace, ask for forgiveness from pasts actions and words I have spoken and to give glory to God for his everlasting love and the grace he gives to me.

As I continue to build my relationship with the Lord  I am reminded again about God’s Wisdom in

 
 Proverbs 2: 20-22
Thus you will walk in the ways of the good
    and keep to the paths of the righteous.
For the upright will live in the land,
    and the blameless will remain in it; 
 but the wicked will be cut off from the land,
    and the unfaithful will be torn from it.

I am reminded that by keeping in God’s Word by reading it and absorbing it and learning from it I can stay on the right path ~ living my life in love and to bring glory to God

And to keep my faith in Him strong.  In Gen. 22:1-18 we find where Abraham has been called by God to bring his son, Isaac as a sacrifice to Him.  I am sure in his humanness Abraham had to wonder what was God thinking, use my son as a sacrifice but in FAITH he did as God commanded and TRUSTED God knew what he was doing ~ isn’t that a good thing that in our way of thinking things don’t always make sense but GOD always knows what He is doing.

But Abraham kept his faith and the angel came to him and God provided the sacrifice of the ram in the bushes.

Lord I pray that my faith will be strong at all times and in those times that I stumble and fall that my faith, small as a mustard seed, will be enough and that You will continue to be by my side and that you will never sleep or slumber and that you will always be with me.

So do you fall into the pit of What IF?  And if so, how do you get back out of it?

P.S.  Thank you Miss D for letting me know of the OOPS in the first part of my blog.  Love you Sis!!

Wednesday Wanderings

 
What a day it has been already!
 
My morning started at 5:20 a.m. when I woke up with sweat and hot flashes abounding.  Stood up and was a little dizzy so carefully made my way to the bathroom.  Checked my blood sugar ~ it was 59 again!!!  Made my way to fridge and grabbed a 6 oz can of pineapple juice and 3 miniature Reese’s PBCups.  I felt like I couldn’t drink or eat fast enough.  Opened a 4 oz juice box (it tasted nasty so those will be going to little Malachi – the neighbor boy here in the campground), 3 more PBCups and 5 Cherry Jelly Hearts (I know – stop by the candy!!!)  I started feeling better and went back to sleep about 6:40 a.m.  Slept till 9:57 and woke up feeling so much better.  I logged my early morning “breakfast” and now have 1200 calories left for the day ~ my choice is going to be healthy calories, well that is my plan.
Once I was up and ready to go for the day I went for a 1/2 mile walk with hubby.  He wants to walk every day, even on his days off to keep himself limber for work.  Today is day one of his three days off.  I want to get up to where I am walking 2 miles a day or 30 minutes of exercise…I have the Wii Sports, Country Music Dance, a walking video and Biggest Loser so I have the tools JUST need to use them.
 
After our walk hubby worked on some stuff outside the rig and I had my quiet time.  I had to chuckle when I was all done reminding myself God has a sense of humor and knows what I need each day.  Can you see why I was chuckling?
My devotion from The Sanctuary by David Jermiah
Hebrews 13:5
 
And then
 Psalm 143: 5-8
I remember the days of long ago;
    I meditate on all your works
    and consider what your hands have done.
I spread out my hands to you;
    I thirst for you like a parched land. 
 Answer me quickly, Lord;
    my spirit fails.
Do not hide your face from me
    or I will be like those who go down to the pit.
Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love,
    for I have put my trust in you.
Show me the way I should go,
    for to you I entrust my life.
God was the same yesterday, just like he is today and will be tomorrow.
Because He provided yesterday I have no reason to fear today
And I am not to worry about tomorrow.
I guess the Lord really wants me to remember
He will NEVER leave me NOR forsake me!
As my bestie reminds me quite often “He hasn’t failed you yet!”
One of my personal goals this year, like I have mentioned before is to get healthy!!!  Not just lose weight but to GET HEALTHY!  To be healthy physically, emotionally & spiritually.
Today in Proverbs 1:1-7
(from The Message)

A Manual for Living

These are the wise sayings of Solomon,
    David’s son, Israel’s king—
Written down so we’ll know how to live well and right,
    to understand what life means and where it’s going;
A manual for living,
    for learning what’s right and just and fair;
To teach the inexperienced the ropes
    and give our young people a grasp on reality.
There’s something here also for seasoned men and women,
    still a thing or two for the experienced to learn—
Fresh wisdom to probe and penetrate,
    the rhymes and reasons of wise men and women.

 Start with God—the first step in learning is bowing down to God;
    only fools thumb their noses at such wisdom and learning.
7B is what really jumped out at me “only fools thumb their noses at such wisdom and learning” ~ WOW if that doesn’t say it like it is I don’t know what does.  God’s Word is filled with wisdom –  we, No, I need to pay attention to this.  What a powerful reminder to be in the Lord’s Word every day.  


Lord I come to you this morning thanking you for your Word, for telling me to remember the past where you have never let me down and you have always provided for me.  You are my loving Abba and I am so thankful you are my Daddy.

Thank you for sense of humor in showing me not once but twice to remember no matter what You will always be will me.

Lord I lift up Sharon to you today as she got the diagnosis of cancer in her rib.  Lord I thank you that the cause of her pain has been found and it can be treated.  I pray for the doctor’s as they put together the right treatment plan, I pray for Sharon to be strong not just physically but emotionally and keep her faith in you always.  Thank you Lord that she believes and trusts in you.

Lord be with our family and friends in whatever they may face today.  Thank you that today is a new day – a day to do things differently today that we might have needed to do yesterday.    Amen.