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Prompt: NO

Writing Prompt for Today – NO

No
Definition:  
NO – adverb
1.  (a negative used to express dissent, denial, or refusal, as in response to a question or request)
2. (used to emphasize or introduce a negative statement): Not a single person came to the party, no, not a one.
3.

not in any degree or manner; not at all (used with a comparative): He is no better.
4.

not a (used before an adjective to convey the opposite of the adjective’s meaning): His recovery was no small miracle.
adjective
5.

not a (used before a noun to convey the opposite of the noun’s meaning): She’s no beginner on the ski slopes.
 No means a negative.
Opposite of Yes.

When I think of the word NO, I go back in my mind to when we first returned from the Netherlands.  Our son, Jamie was four months old when we arrived in the Netherlands.  Hubby was stationed at

Camp New Amsterdam, Soest, Netherlands.

When we returned to the US our son was 18 months old.  I used “nee” no in Dutch.  It was habit, and one of only very few words I can remember 🙂

Summer of 1979 found us going to San Bernadino for hubby to attend NCO Leadership School.  It was a four week course so Jamie and I went to my mom’s in San Jose, CA.  I used the word nee anytime to tell Jamie no.  Now he was almost two so you can imagine how often I would have to tell him nee.

My younger sister kept telling me to speak English to him…I remember Jamie was crawling up on the dining room table and I said “No, Jamie get down.’  He promptly sat on the top of the table and giggled.  My sister got upset because he would not listen to me.  I think I said “no” 3x to him.  Finally I said “Jamie, nee, you can’t be on the table.”  He promptly got off and I then laughed.  My sister was so frustrated with me, with Jamie, and then both of us were giggling and that made her super mad. 

To this day sometimes I will use the word “nee” instead of “no”  it just comes out. 

Thanks for the prompt, Donna.
Thanks for the wonderful memory of a precious time in our lives with just one little one.

#Write4Ten PROMPT: No

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Blah…

,
That’s all I can say.
Blah.
BLAH.
BLAH!
And I am not sure why???
I have lots I can be doing,
stuff I enjoy doing,
YET I find myself sitting here, 
zoning,
mind wandering,
listening to the rain fall,
glance outside and it is gray!!!
I could read; I have many books just waiting to be picked up, a Nook waiting to be turned on.
I could write;  I have lots of blog posts running through my head, prompts calling my name, pictures waiting to be uploaded and a story told,
YET here I sit, staring at the computer screen,
nothing really catching my attention.
I could clean the rig, the floor could use a good sweeping,
I could send cards to friends: I have stamps, I like to send cards yet they sit in the basket, waiting.
I could make some phone calls.  I know Aunt Erma and Aunt Joan like to hear from me.
Yet, here I sit.  
I could figure out what to make for dinner, I could make a dessert,
eat a salad or make a smoothie
Yet here I sit.
BLAH!!!
My eye hurts; it is infected…on eye drops and oral antibiotics, it just hurts.
I want to scratch it but it will only make it worse.
I hate eye infections.  
I have had four eye infections in the last year.
Did I say I hate eye infections!!!
Blah.
BLAH
BLAH!!!!
 
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God Loves Me!

God loves me just the way I am!
“Just as I Am” has been one of my favorite songs since in my early teens, 
when I first began to realize that Jesus loves me just for me.  
Sometimes I forget and I have to sing these words over and over.  
Today has been one of those days.  
Reminding myself that Jesus love me, just the way I am.

 Just as I Am

Text: Charlotte Elliott, 1789-1871
Music: William B. Bradbury, 1816-1868
Tune: WOODWORTH, Meter: LM


1.	Just as I am, without one plea, 
but that thy blood was shed for me,
and that thou bidst me come to thee,
O Lamb of God, I come, I come.

2. Just as I am, and waiting not
to rid my soul of one dark blot,
to thee whose blood can cleanse each spot,
O Lamb of God, I come, I come.

3. Just as I am, though tossed about
with many a conflict, many a doubt,
fightings and fears within, without,
O Lamb of God, I come, I come.

4. Just as I am, poor, wretched, blind;
sight, riches, healing of the mind,
yea, all I need in thee to find,
O Lamb of God, I come, I come.

5. Just as I am, thou wilt receive,
wilt welcome, pardon, cleanse, relieve;
because thy promise I believe,
O Lamb of God, I come, I come.

6. Just as I am, thy love unknown
hath broken every barrier down;
now, to be thine, yea thine alone,
O Lamb of God, I come, I come. 
 
 
 
I recently read a devotion titled "Comparisons Stink"
The scripture ~ Galations 6:3-5
 
  

 
Reminds me to see myself as God has made me, has God sees me.
 
And I remember telling my boys that
 
 
and now I have to remind myself that
 
 
and I have a husband who tells me all the time that he loves me and that I am special, though he usually says "spacial"
and then laughs because of some strange or unique thing that is going on with me and then we
 


 
 
God don't make no junk!
He made me in his image!!
God makes good things!!!
I am good, not perfect, but good!!
And good is good!!!
 
I am good.  Just as I am!!! 
 
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Random Conversations with God

As I have said many times
I am amazed how God is right here when I need him.
He knows what ever it is I am going through and he meets me right there.
You would think I would be used to it by now and just expect God to meet me right in the moment.
But I’m not, I am amazed and then get excited each time God’s word speaks to me.  
It may be straight from the Bible – the perfect source for meeting God at any time.  
It may be through a song that is playing on the radio or an email from a friend
But always I am amazed at how God loves me, talks to me and cares for me.

1 John 2: 12 ~ 14 (The Message) says:
I remind you, my dear children: Your sins are forgiven in Jesus’ name. You veterans were in on the ground floor, and know the One who started all this; you newcomers have won a big victory over the Evil One.  And a second reminder, dear children: You know the Father from personal experience. You veterans know the One who started it all; and you newcomers—such vitality and strength! God’s word is so steady in you. Your fellowship with God enables you to gain a victory over the Evil One.

And I am reminded even though some days are a struggle that

Because of Jesus ~ I am strong
Because of God’s Word ~ God abides in me
Because of Jesus ~ I have overcome many things

And most importantly

Just Keep on Keeping On!!!

Don’t get discouraged however often I fail or fall into temptation
(like eating a candy bar)
BUT always pick myself up, ask for forgiveness from God or myself
and get moving again…eat something healthy!!!

Looking for Love??
 
Solomon 8: 6-7

We keep missing the mark because we are looking for love in all the wrong places 
(Isn’t there a song by that title?) 
We are looking for love from others when the only source of true love is God!!
I need to love God with all my heart, mind and soul.
And when I don’t feel that love I need to ask God to help me love Him, love myself, love others.

Thank you God for loving me in all my imperfections!!!

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Is God Enough?

 
God says over and over in His word that He is enough.
He will provide ALL I need, not necessarily what I want but what I NEED!
I read a devotional the other day, sent to me by a dear friend titled “God Are You Enough?”
I know in my heart God is enough
But do I really trust him to be enough?
When …
…a friend betrays me is God enough to comfort me?
…someone I love dies is God enough to get me through my grieving?
…someone hurts me is God enough to ease the hurt?
…my bills seem overwhelming and no money is forthcoming do I trust God enough to meet my needs?
Is God enough?  Will trust Him completely and totally?
Wasn’t I reminded just a week or so ago about having faith the size of a mustard seed?
Then I remembered a time I was sitting on the couch in Pastor Charles’ office expressing my fears of Jamie being in Iraq.  How those fears were paralyzing me day by day.  And he asked me “If the worst thing happens ~ Jamie gets killed in Iraq, would God be enough?”  
I couldn’t imagine what my life would look like if something happened to Jamie?  What if something happened to Ron and I was left alone?  Would God be enough?
Yes either of these situations would be difficult, hard to deal with, hard to go on, hard to move forward BUT it would be okay BECAUSE no one can take Jesus away from me.
Yes I would make it through the worst of the worst, it may not be easy BUT
 
As I continued reading God reminded me to
 
so to answer the question I started with
Is God Enough?
Yes, Yes, YES!!
God is Enough for anything I face,
anything I have to deal with,
ANYTHING!!
P.S.  Jamie returned safely from Iraq in March 2005.
And for that I give THANKS to God for keeping him safe 
And teaching me to continue to trust HIM!!
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God Continues to Meet Me Where I Am

Every day I am AMAZED how God meets me where I am and today was no different.
Each day that I spend time in the Word, time with God
I ask Him to help me to know what He wants me to know.

As many of you know, who have been reading my blog the last few weeks I have been struggling with “loving me”  I know God loves me yet I continued to just not love me or like me..was feeling selfish if I loved myself.  And yet God kept telling me He loves me and if he loves me I should love me because he doesn’t make bad stuff…the personal stuff…being overweight, not feeling pretty…okay telling myself I was ugly.  Yet He kept telling me in His word that he loves me!!!

And then I read Psalm 119:33-40
From the NIVTeach me, Lord, the way of your decrees, that I may follow it to the end.<sup class="footnote" value="[a]”>[a]
34 Give me understanding, so that I may keep your law and obey it with all my heart.
35 Direct me in the path of your commands, for there I find delight.
36 Turn my heart toward your statutes and not toward selfish gain.
37 Turn my eyes away from worthless things; preserve my life according to your word.<sup class="footnote" value="[b]”>[b]
38 Fulfill your promise to your servant, so that you may be feared.
39 Take away the disgrace I dread, for your laws are good.
40 How I long for your precepts!  In your righteousness preserve my life.
From The Message
 God, teach me lessons for living so I can stay the course.
Give me insight so I can do what you tell me—my whole life one long, obedient response.
Guide me down the road of your commandments; I love traveling this freeway!
Give me a bent for your words of wisdom, and not for piling up loot.
Divert my eyes from toys and trinkets, invigorate me on the pilgrim way.
Affirm your promises to me—promises made to all who fear you.
Deflect the harsh words of my critics—but what you say is always so good.
See how hungry I am for your counsel; preserve my life through your righteous ways!

And then as I so often do, I wrote this:

Teach me the rules and I will follow them.
Give me understanding and I will follow.
I will follow with my whole attitude
Help me to know what I need to do ~ exercise, eat healthy, drink lots of water
And I will find joy in what I do
Let me be encouraged how others are doing as they too struggle with weight loss and getting healthy.
Turn my eyes from those unhealthy foods like cookies and candy.
Remind me of tasty and healthy foods to eat. Like fresh fruit and tasty salads
Remind me over and over what I do know to be truth – You love me and your many promises
AND if You love me, I need to love and take care of me.
You want what is good for me so I should want that too.
I want to obey You and one way for me to do that is to get healthy.
Help me to strive for that goal.

Over and over again I am amazed how God’s word meets me right where I am, right at that moment.
Does God meet you where you are at?
Do you often rewrite what you read in God’s Word to make it personally applicable to you?
Are you struggling with something?
Take it to the Lord
And allow Him to meet you where you are.
Is there something you are struggling with that you would like me to pray for you?
If so, leave me a note or send me an email.
I love to hear from each of you.
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Love ~ What Does it Mean?

Struggles continued…
I have been having an ongoing conversation with a friend about my struggle to get/stay motivated to lose weight.  I know what I need to do
~ write down everything I eat; good or bad
~ exercise; at least 5 minutes a day
~ drink water and more water
~ make healthy choices
~ stop looking at losing weight as a diet
~start looking at it as a way of life; a healthy lifestyle
So how do my struggles connect with the title:  Love ~ What Does It Mean?
My word for the month of June for my devotions is Love.  So every day my devotion focuses on love.  Loving others, loving God and loving myself!
 
And where did God meet me today?  Right here in Solomon 2:4-5
I read it and reread it.  I thought about the words.  
God leads me to the banquet table.  What is a banquet table…a place where we eat.
And God leads me because He loves me!!!
God is the one who provides us with our groceries, with all the food I need and should eat.  
He does this because He loves me!!!
And
Because He loves me I need to love me too!!!
One way to love myself is to follow God (Obedience) and do the things I KNOW I need to do.
And then a friend commented on a post
and said when we follow God’s word (Obedience) 
we have freedom.
God gives me free choice.  He allows me to choose the apple over the ice cream – free will.
Right now I need to make healthy choices of what I am going to eat which
will give me freedom from all the extra weight I am carrying around.
It is God’s will that I want follow…not mine.
God’s will in me can overtake temptations (Satan) to overeat, to be lazy.
It is not my will power as I have no power without God’s power.
I need to Believe His heart is good and that He has good for me.  God has all the knowledge and power, I just need to Believe Him because I don’t have all the knowledge or power.
Admitting that I don’t have all the answers and obviously the way I was doing things was not helping me to get healthy.  God knows the way.  I believe He gives me tools to follow Him and to do His will.
Again…being Obedient to God’s will.
Because God loves me
I need to be Obedient to Him
And Love myself
And Loving myself is making the time to eat healthy, get exercise 
and be Intentional in my Obedience to the Lord.
What does Love mean to you?
Is it hard to love yourself?
How about loving others.
I am reminded that I must give myself the same grace, love, mercy and kindness 
just as I do others.
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Thoughts from My Time with God

As I mentioned previously, I have been struggling with some things 
YET
God is Good and Meets Me Where I am at 🙂
 
Sometimes I need reminders that my boys are not little boys anymore but adults in their own right.   Thank you Lord for this gentle reminder. 
In 1 Samuel 15:13-17 we are told to follow God’s commands, not part way, not only if we want to BUT to follow his commands completely and totally.  To be in Obedience to God.  God doesn’t ask us for anything but obedience and yet so often I do things my way or a part of what God directs.  I may make up excuses or blame others for why something happens or doesn’t happen.
This challenged me as I continue to struggle and make my way through 
This is a six week workbook on learning how to make good choices, eating healthy, exercising.  I started this book the week of April 15th….reading the first four chapters before actually starting 
Day 1 on April 23.  I have struggled almost 7 weeks to get to today ~ Day 25!  I have learned some things that I have incorporated into my daily life like drinking at least 3 bottles (23.7 oz) of water a day…today is the first day I have drank all 3 bottles…how hard can that be!!!  And yes I have lost 10 lbs…reaching that goal this morning…started to track my weight on April 5th and then accepted a challenge from my doctor to lose 10 lbs by my next appointment ~ July 16th!!!  Now I am shooting for another 5 lbs off by then!!!  I know it doesn’t sound like much, but 1 to 1.5 lbs a week is a healthy way to lose weight.
I also have started an exercise routine…walking at least 5 minutes a day ~ usually I do around 13 to 15, that was one mile.  Today I decided to do two extra roads on my walk…got to 1.5 miles and 21 minutes!!!  No turning back now.  I have tried walking first thing in the morning, after my quiet time, before I take a shower, before heading to bed and finally about a week ago I realized I have to get out and walk first thing in the morning before I start my day (this is after I have made Ron’s lunch & breakfast and gotten him out the door and sometimes taking a nap first…this getting up at 5 a.m. is so hard to get used to!)  Now in the mornings I say…walk or God Time or God Time and walk.  And so far, two days that is working…now to keep it up.
And again God met me where I was at…obedience…just follow Him, just follow the plan (in this case the workbook)…be obedient and don’t make excuses!!
Do you feel challenged by God?
Does he meet you right where you are at?
I like to focus on specific words…so I am adding the word
OBEDIENCE to my list.  
1.  INTENTIONAL
2.  OBEDIENCE
Do you have a word you focus on?
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Not Perfect ~ Still Struggling

 
What a week I have had.
Nothing bad happened to me or anyone in my family.
Just struggling.
Crying on a friend’s shoulder.
Lamenting what a horrible person I am.
I am such a failure.
Don’t Care showed up at my door and started to take residence.
Fell off the track.
And then a devotion stirred my heart.
A scripture verse came to mind.
A note from a friend arrived in my email box.
God nudged at my heart.
Received hugs from a sweet friend.
Hubby held me and let me cry.
Reassurance that all is not bad.
Got back on the path.
Picked up my Bible.
A song reminding me of love & friendship played on.
God is so good.   
He meets me right where I am.
He holds me close.
Reminding me I am his princess.
Reminding me I am the daughter of the King.
 
And
 
And
 
 Thank you Jesus for loving me and not letting me go.
Thank you Jesus for all I have and need.
Thank you Jesus for being patient with me
Thank you Jesus for always being here even when I wander.
THANK YOU JESUS!!!
 
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Lock…hmm what does that mean?

Today’s Prompt word is LOCK. Think about it, read the definitions below, then sit for ten minutes (minimum) and write. 

lock 1  (lk) n.

1. A device operated by a key, combination, or keycard and used, as on a door, for holding, closing, or securing.
2. A section of a waterway, such as a canal, closed off with gates, in which vessels in transit are raised or lowered by raising or lowering the water level of that section.
3. A mechanism in a firearm for exploding the charge.
This one of many kinds of locks I used as a kid like this
and praying that my bike would never get stolen even though it was locked up.
And telling our boys to always lock the bike when they went somewhere and how one day the boys went to the library and we saw the bike there and it was not locked.  So being the wonderful parents that we are, we picked up the bike and took it home.  First stopping at the local police station (a nice benefit living in a small town) and telling them we found our son’s bike not locked and to teach them a lesson we “stole” the bike.  And the boys would probably come slinking to the police station, hoping upon hope that someone actually turned their bike in and not actually stole it.  We asked the nice policeman if he would really lay it on the boys about “not locking” their bike and asking them how they were going to tell their parents the bike was gone.  And he said “no problem.”  He knew just what he was going to do.  We went on our merry way back to our home and put the bike along the backside of the house where it could not be seen.
About an hour later, the nice policeman gave our boys a ride home.  Can you say
?
Hubby and I walked out the door to meet the policeman and two very sad boys, who looked like they wanted to be anywhere but where they were.  Hubby said, “what’s going on?”  The boys started stuttering and finally mumbled something about the bike being stolen from the library and they went to the police department and the police officer drove them around a few streets looking for their stolen bike but alas no bike was to be found.
We let them stammer, stumble and mumble for about a minute.  I am sure the boys thought it was more like a lifetime.  Hubby said something to the effect “well, it looks like you boys will need to buy a new bike (it was mom’s bike) for mom…you know that’s close to $50 and they both groaned.  We told the nice policeman that we would handle it from here and thank you for bringing the boys home.  He walked towards his car as Ron led the boys towards the backyard…when yells of “you tricked us!”  “you are so mean.” and then the policeman came around the back and said “Boys you should be thankful your parents ‘tricked’ you…you still have the bike.  What lesson did you learn from all this?”  And in unison they both shouted “LOCK the dang bike!!!”
Do you have a lock story?  If so, feel free to write your own blog post or comment below.