BE

As I went to bed last night I reflected on my day…it didn’t start out great, in fact it was a grumpy and frustrating morning. I didn’t go to Sunday School ~ I just couldn’t put on my mask of EVERYTHING IS JUST FINE! After dropping Ron and the kidlets off at the church I went and got gas, stopped at the post office and then drove back to the church and sat in the van and played Tetris on my phone till it was time to go in for the worship service.

As I was walking from the restroom to the sanctuary one of the gals asked me if I was okay. I took a breath and said not really. She reached out and gave me a hug…I shared I was frustrated ~ frustrated with kids who won’t flush the toilet. I know it’s gross but it is what it is. Probably wouldn’t be bad but it’s not one kid, it’s four of them. And they are not toddlers…they are 5, 8, 11 and 14!! I know, it’s my issue and I can just flush the toilet…but dang, how hard is it to flush the toilet ESPECIALLY after you have pooped!! I’m frustrated with a couple of other things that don’t seem fair ~ I know, Life isn’t FAIR!! But it’s still hard some times.

As I replayed the day back I saw some good ~ four kidlets played outside most of the afternoon, birthday girl had a good birthday dinner of hamburgers, mac n cheese, tater tots and broccoli topped off with red velvet cupcakes. My sissy is out of the hospital and I am so thankful for that. Yes I was grumpy throughout the day but things did get better…three littles had their showers and were in bed at the set time, one went to bed earlier than expected and one was very responsible!! I was thankful I got to spend some time writing and crocheting ~ two of my favorite things to do.

And I was asleep before 10pm!!! Woke up more times than I care to admit in the night but my tracker says I slept more than 7 hours so that’s a good thing. Had a pleasant conversation with our night staff person which doesn’t always happen and spent some time in the Word! I would have loved to have a cup of coffee but have to get some fasting blood work this morning…so water it is!!

Back to the Word

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and I am thankful that HE keeps me from falling too deep!

and I have been feeling like I am slipping and sliding into that pit of destruction YET HE reminded me this morning HE will keep me out of the pit that destroys me!

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And even though I MAY feel like I’m getting boxed in and there is no place to turn…GOD will not let me be destroyed!!!

And then the BE’s started flowing

BE intentional in giving thanks!!
BE kinder
BE less selfish ~ I can be selfish, just be less selfish
BE aware
BE a listener
BE there
BE present
and most of all ~ DON’T JUDGE

And now it’s time to get this day moving with the kidlet’s.

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What are you told to BE today?

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 🙂

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

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Corn on the cob – one 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.

 

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 🙂

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?

K is for Kind, Kissable, King

K is for Kind, Kissable, King

K = Kind

K = Kissable

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Doesn’t he have the cutest KISSABLE cheeks?

Baby Alexander – April 12, 2013

K = King

Jesus is My King!

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King of Kings and Lord of Lords
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King of Kings and Lord of Lords
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King of Kings and Lord of Lords (Jesus, Prince of Peace)
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King of Kings and Lord of Lords (Jesus, Prince of Peace)
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King of Kings and Lord of Lords (Jesus, Prince of Peace)
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King of Kings and Lord of Lords (Jesus, Prince of Peace)
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King of Kings and Lord of Lords
Glory, hallelujah
King of Kings and Lord of Lords
Glory, hallelujah

King of Kings and Lord of Lords
Glory, hallelujah
King of Kings and Lord of Lords
Glory, hallelujah

King of Kings and Lord of Lords (Jesus, Prince of Peace)
Glory hallelujah
King of Kings and Lord of Lords (Jesus, Prince of Peace)
Glory hallelujah

J is for Just…

J is for Just

Once we had a cat named Justa JUST because she was a cat 🙂

JUST is mentioned 568 times in the NIV translation of the Bible?

360 times in the Old Testament and 208 times in the New Testament

Two of my favorite verses are:

Ephesians 4:32

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Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.

1 John 1:9

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.
I am reminded to be kind and compassionate and caring to others JUST as God loves me.  Remember the adage: Treat others like you want to be treated.
and
As a sinner I am to confess my sins to the Lord and he will forgive me and I am to forgive others.

D is for Distractions!

D is for Distractions!!

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One of the things I struggle with is getting Distracted.

Sometimes it doesn’t take much to distract me.

Like earlier today when I was working on a project at work.

 I needed to find a picture on the computer and the next thing I knew I was scrolling through the pictures of my grandchildren.

I can look at their pictures for hours especially when I haven’t seen them in a while.   The next thing I knew 30 minutes had passed 😦 .

Getting distracted doesn’t just happen at work.

When I am at home I can start one thing like putting the laundry away and the next thing I know I am cleaning out the closet.

The one area I get distracted in and is the one that frustrates me the most is in my quiet time.

 I like to read my Bible, do daily devotions, study God’s word and spend time in prayer.  Now I find that if it is not totally quiet  without music or soft lighting I am unable to concentrate, remember what I have been reading or even give my total being to the Lord in praise and prayer.

So I decided that I needed to do something to keep my distractions at a minimum.

I found this poster and was excited to see so many solutions that really work for me.

Help with Distraction

1.  Keeping a To Do List and Prioritizing It

2.  Turn off the computer in the evening to allow quality time with my hubby, friends, and activities.

3.  Setting the alarm and scheduling an hour of quiet time where the TV is off, Ron is still sleeping ~ setting the stage for what I need.

4. Finishing one project at a time.  I have so many unfinished projects from crafts to writing to household obligations to redecorating parts of the motor home that I  have made a list of  all of them, choosing one, doing it and then choosing the next one to do.

5.  Meal planning – this helps in a couple of ways.  We eat healthier and we don’t go out to eat which saves us money 🙂

Do you get distracted?  How do you stop distractions from taking you away from the things you need to do?

 

C is for Care

C is for Care

I was given the word CARE this morning in my devotional time.

My reading began in the Book of Ruth.  Do you know the story of Naomi & Ruth?

I claimed the verses in Chapter 1:16 – 17 But Ruth replied, “Don’t urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God. 17 Where you die I will die, and there I will be buried. May the Lord deal with me, be it ever so severely, if even death separates you and me.”  when Ron told me in February 1989 that he wanted to move our whole family to Blaine, WA.  You see I had always told Ron that I would not 1) move to Blaine, 2) live with his mother, 3) go to Birch Bay Bible Mennonite Church, or 4) move onto the farm where he was born and raised**.  But I knew that Ron cared for me and wanted only the best for me and our children and so I claimed this verse to help me with the move and to keep my focus on how and what the Lord wanted me to do.  And you know what…God and Ron has never let me down…they both have taken such great care of me.  Yes we have faced many hard times but through it all I know Ron cares for me, loves me and will always provide for me.  All because he cares about and for me (and our children, their spouses and their children).

I reflected on how Ruth put her trust in God and she was not afraid to take action by standing firm in her faith.  Ruth was willing to take a risk in order to see the fulfillment of God’s purpose for her life.  Faith trusts but it also acts.  Sometimes we struggle to know if God is working in our lives especially when we are facing uncertainties or the unknown.  In the Book of Ruth we can see how God worked in Ruth & Naomi’s lives as they faced many difficulties and hardships.

Care also came up in a conversation I was having with Pastor Charles via email the other day.  It started with me saying I needed to go and clean the lower restrooms here at the campground which is not my favorite job at all.  He reminded me that Jesus cleaned the feet of the poorest people and even those that would eventually betray him and that I should think about cleaning the bathrooms with a servant’s heart.  So as I cleaned the bathrooms on Monday I decided that I could clean like they (the bathrooms) would be used by a King and that I could pray for those who would come in and use the restrooms after they were cleaned.  I could take care and do a great job of cleaning and not do it haphazardly.  One thing the Book of Ruth shows us is that the most ordinary acts of obedience and stepping out in faith can lead to extraordinary results.  And so I did just that ~ I prayed for the guests in our campground and for future guests that will be using the restrooms and I found myself singing

And it made the whole job of cleaning the bathrooms not so bad after all!

And then I thought of the following verses:

I Peter 5:7

Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.  And then I found this cartoon and it made me smile as I pictured Jesus actually carrying all my cares and lessening my burdens.

and

Philipians 4:6-7

I know God cares about me, I know Ron loves and cares about me as do many other friends and family and I am so thankful for each of them.

And then I began to think about how I care for others.

I pray for people, send cards to people, try to make treats or gifts for those in need and do nice things for others and I realized I do the things for others that I enjoy others doing for me.  And then I realized that often in the past I have done things for others just so they would like or love me and do things for me.  I asked the Lord to forgive me for doing things with a selfish expectation of what could others do for me.  I decided to do one thing each day for 30 days just because with no expectations and you know what? I realized that I just love to do acts of kindness just because and to bless others as so many have blessed me.

Let me ask you ~ do you do things for others because you want something in return or do you do them just because and to share God’s love and care with others?

One of the tools I am using to care for others is to ask God to bring people to mind and I write their names on my daily calendar.  I do this so I can pray for them and sometimes send a card or make a phone call or drop them an email to let them know I was thinking of them.  Sometimes I do things anonymously ~ it is fun to watch someone be blessed and not know who is blessing them or hear about it later from them and they not know I was the one who did XYZ.

Try it sometime, a random act of kindness to a friend or a stranger and be blessed for blessing someone just as God blesses us unexpectedly.

**If you are wondering we did move to Blaine, WA, we lived with Ron’s mom for four months, we went to the Birch Bay Bible Mennonite Church for a total of six years and we lived at the home place for seven years!!  I have learned never to say never :)**

B is for Bold, Blessings, Beautiful

B is for Bold, Blessings, Beautiful

In my devotions this morning I was reading in Proverbs 2:1-11 and read that as I seek God he will give me wisdom, He is my shield, He guards my path and preserves my way.  Discretion will preserve me and Understanding will keep me.  What kept going through my mind was I need to be BOLD in my walk with the Lord, sharing the  many BLESSING’s of my life.  In Exodus 3 God says he is the I AM!  The same yesterday, today and tomorrow.  And I should not be ashamed to share Him – so that means I need to be BOLD!!!

And my life is overflowing with BLESSING’s.  I am blessed with a wonderful husband.

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Ron loves me so much and this morning when I woke up and noticed he had already left to go to the computer store and to the bank.  I am so thankful for my wonderful husband.  I need to remember to tell him each day I love him and appreciate him for not only what he does for me but for who he is.

I am blessed with a beautiful family.

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Alice’s Aunt Joan & Uncle Don, Jamie, his wife, Suzanne, Alice & Ron

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Danalyn & Alex (unable to attend the wedding)

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Jamie & Suzanne

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Jamie, Suzanne & Opal

Us, Mike & Betsy

Ron & Alice and Alice’s cousins, Mike & Betsy

And special friends.

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High School Best Friends Reunited after 38 years.  Corrine Randall Lanier & Alice

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Best friend, Dee, who flexes with my schedule just to sneak in a visit!

Mike, Conny, Alice & Ron ~ Greeley, CO

Our friends, Mike & Conny who we have known since our early military days.

We are blessed beyond measure with lots of family and friends.

Beautiful can conjure up many different things in one’s mind….babies, nature, thought…here are just so many things that are beautiful in this world.

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Isn’t he one of the most beautiful babies you’ve ever seen!  Alex is growing just way too fast.

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One of God’s beautiful creations!!

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Pike Peaks mountain!!!  Another beautiful sign of God’s creation.

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A beautiful sunset!