Tired yet encouraged!

I’m so tired this morning…I woke up just after 5:00 this morning with a low blood sugar…got up and took care of that, crawled back into bed and tried to go back to sleep…that didn’t happen 🥹 so after tossing for about 45 minutes I got up again.

I opened my Bible and little devotional this morning and the verse was “to encourage one another.” It didn’t say complain, it said encourage!!!

As tired as I am I don’t feel very encouraging so I sat and reflected on yesterday and the note from a friend that my recent blog posts have been an encouragement to her! I often wonder who reads my blog, does anyone really care about what I write and if even, what I write is important and I was encouraged by her short little note to me.

I’m still tired…after not working for the past six months, getting up on a regular schedule, standing for a lot longer at one time then I have in a long time, I’m tired. Yesterday and today, we are helping out extra here at the campground…our choice!!! And there is a light at the end of the tunnel…more workampers are due to arrive soon! And it’s just two days of a full work day as tomorrow we go back to our regular schedule of half days…so it’s okay for me to be tired for one or two days. And I know, once I get moving around I will be okay.

So this leads to a few questions for y’all ~

1. What are some ways you combat being tired?

2. How do you encourage others?

3. Not that this has anything to do with what I have written today ~ what’s your favorite ice cream?

Love How God Talks to Me!

This morning I opened a little devotional book and found a few nuggets:

~ age and experience are an asset!

~ choices; we all have choices every day. I can either choose to live in fear and full of anxiety OR I can choose to embrace life, living each life bravely and with anticipation and full of joy!

~ fear and anxiety rob me of joy!!!

~ embrace life with grace; grace for myself and others!

And then this memory popped up on Facebook this morning:

I just chuckled and thought “thank you Lord for this reminder ~ make good choices. Whether those choices be about food or getting outside for a walk, choose to speak kindly, extending grace and mercy and remembering I don’t know what others are dealing with at any given moment…so just extend love and give a smile!!!

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~thank you Lord for the rest I got last night,
~thank you for the call from Aunt Tiny and the update on Erv ~ Lord continue to be with Erv as he faces many hurdles from his fall, be with Anita, Ashley, Ian and all the family as stand in love and support during this time, be with the physicians and nursing staff providing care
~thank you Lord for our jobs here at Camp Sparrow, help us to be the smile to those who need one
~thank you Lord that Baby Jesse came through his surgery, continue to work in his precious little life and give love and comfort to his parents as they walk this journey with this teeny, tiny little guy!!!

Keep Trusting!

Life is hard at times and sometimes the hard part comes when you think things are going well and you are then caught off guard.

That was me yesterday! This morning God gave me the verses above and below…to keep trusting in Him and not man or woman.

What I read from above is ” Do not give up even when being or even feeling attacked.”

I wrote this to a Pastor friend this morning: It is beautiful here but yet still there is drama…maybe that’s what my traveling is trying to escape drama and God wants me to learn to deal with it instead….UGH…God always gives us a reason to learn.

Another friend asked me awhile back: was I running from something which I whole heartedly denied – but maybe there was truth to her question.

I know it sounds like I’m writing in circles and maybe I am … my want is to be happy, to enjoy life, to enjoy where I work and what I do. When we arrived here at Camp Sparrow I was excited, looking forward to making new friends, enjoying meeting campers from all over and having some free time to play with Ron, to check out the area and yet this morning I am in a place where my mind says, get in the truck and just go.

BUT GOD says, TRUST ME!!! I brought you here for a reason. So this morning I chatted with God…well I talked to Him, not sure it was with but more of to…

Remember His mercies are new every morning and He gives me grace abundantly and calls me to do the same for others…so as I sit here contemplating going to work I find myself crying out…Lord, please give me a heart of love, a face that smiles and a mouth that thinks long and hard before speaking. Help me to learn the computer system, to not fret about things I don’t have control over…oh yes…here comes FLEXIBLE

Shared by my bestie…she sure knows me!!!

And that is how I know God loves me and has a great sense of humor….take a word/topic that I have had to work on, learn from so many times that makes me shake my head in agreement and smile, reminding myself it’s not all about me!!! But wait ~ it isn’t???

Oh Lord, help me today to really trust in you, to seek you first before opening my mouth, to think before I speak and to be open and quiet to follow Your leading.

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Before closing…a couple of urgent prayer requests

1. for baby Jesse who goes into surgery at 9:30a (EDT), pray for protection for Jesse, peace for his mama and daddy, for wisdom and guidance for the doctors

2. for Ron’s cousin, Erv who had a serious accident on Monday when he fell from a ladder suffering a traumatic brain injury and is in ICU. For his sweet wife, Anita, mom, Aunt Tiny, his children Ian and Ashley and their whole extended family. Pray for healing and comfort, strength and understanding, for wisdom for the doctors

and I ask this all in God’s name and His will…which is often so hard as we know what we want but is it what and how the Lord would work through things.
Just Pray!

Good Friday ~ Really?

Good morning on this chilly Friday from Gaffney, SC…yes we have arrived! Started our new jobs on Wednesday at Camp Sparrow RV Resort. To say things have gone smoothly would be an understatement. So let’s back up a couple of weeks…

Last week we spent two days with sweet friends from Washington state who were in town, found a great little Thai restaurant in Wesley Chapel, enjoyed lots of laughter and sharing of memories and making new ones, said good-bye to our son and his family, spent an evening at the vet’s with B’s two dogs…they are fine, just got into a tussle over protecting D though she really didn’t need protecting just lots of rest, fluids and to feel better. Spent time with each of our three youngest grandsons! And was filled with lots of anxiety!!! You know the stuff that makes me crazy on the inside, loud on the outside and posting things on Facebook out of fear…UGH!!

BUT God!!! God continued to provide though I often cried out privately and publicly what were we going to do with no money, traveling by the seat of our pants and lots of prayers for safety on the road. I chatted via Facebook and texts with some sweet friends, spoke a lot of prayers out loud, cried to God from my heart…my fear and anxiety about making the trip from Wesley Chapel to Gaffney, SC BUT God!!! provided.

Friday morning began with a checkup for Ron with the cardiologist ~ good report, heart function had gone from 42% to 45%, told him to keep doing what he is doing, added a beta-blocker to his medication list and said “find a cardiologist and get connected once we move to Gaffney.” That is on our To Do List for things to do in this first month!! After stops at the tire store to pick up the two spares ~ which we didn’t need ~ thank you Jesus!! Stopped at the pharmacy and readied the trailer for travel. We had hoped to be on the road by Noon ~ it was actually 2:02p when we pulled out of the campground!

The first day of travel was a doozy: flagged by a DOT worker who thought we had a wheel bearing going out, sat in the rest area for about an hour praying, texting with Pastor Fred, sending out prayer requests and then just said…”Lord, we know you have provided this job for us in Gaffney and we will trust you will get us there! Amen!!!” And we continued…in slow rolling traffic – that’s okay, we moved steady, got multiple warnings about accidents, never seeing any but seeing remnants, chatted with a couple who had a car spin out in front of their motorhome, hit it on the right side, ripped off the front corner panel BUT God! no one was hurt, the lady’s car ended up in the ditch, airbags going off but no one was hurt!!! Thank you Jesus for your protection!!!

The weather was beautiful
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We connected with Facebook friends, Art & Belinda and their sweet children…had an exciting welcome to their yard by cutting the corner short and needing the help of a great tow truck driver to get us out of this:

and letting us enjoy this beautiful view on Saturday morning!

Thank you to Austin for helping Ron with the trailer jack to get us back on the road. As we were preparing to continue on our journey on Saturday, young Jaxon asked to pray for us…I think there is a young man on the road to being a great warrior for the Lord! Jaxon prayed for safety and for us to have a good life!!! Thank you Jesus for this sweet young man!!!

Saturday we made our way to Milledgeville, GA to spend the night with our sweet friend Merel and her mama, Annelle. We had the best shrimp and pasta dinner ~

followed by this delicious dessert:
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Sunday afternoon we made to Carolina Landing, a Thousand Trails campground. Upon arrival we realized the weld had not held on the trailer jack so emails were sent to our new boss asking if we could come into the park on Monday instead of Tuesday…sure come on in!!!

Monday we had our third uneventful day of travel, beautiful sunshine
to our beautiful campsite at Camp Sparrow!

For those of you who have travelled along with us over the years, you may remember the year I chose flexible to be my theme…well it’s a good thing God game me those lessons and continues today to give me opportunity to be flexible in our lives…as we were greeted at Camp Sparrow by the COO with the knowledge that the manager who hired us had been let go that morning…I don’t know all the details and that’s okay…we are being flexible and trusting God to continue to provide. We have lots of questions, trusting God for this job that he brought us too and will just see what the Lord provides!

Tuesday we finished setting up the trailer, went for a walk around the new section of the campground, found a grocery store and pharmacy and just relaxed a bit. Wednesday we met with one of the transitional managers, shadowed and began learning the new campground program and worked a full day. Thursday we met the new onsite managers and their two sweet girls, C & E! Continued with training and meeting the other employees ~ a total of eight including the new managers and getting my new health insurance all lined up so there won’t be a lack of coverage ~ thank you Jesus for continuing to provide!!! Can’t say it enough…thank you Jesus for providing even when my faith was little!!! We ended the day having dinner with the Regional Manager, the new onsite managers, six other employees and the transitional manager!!

Bringing us to this beautiful

and Yes it is THE GOOD FRIDAY!! My scripture verses and devotional this morning come from Jeremiah 29:12~13

and Psalm 31:6

Good Friday ~ the day Christ died for me, for us, taking on all our sins and rising three days later to give us the everlasting hope that no matter how puzzling, disturbing, crazy and scary this world may be we have HOPE!!! and for that I give thanks on this chilly morning here in Gaffney, SC!!!