Looking for the Positive & Rambling On….

It’s been awhile since I have written anything. The never ending cycle of my life…so much is going on and then again not much is happening in my world…being a Home Parent for 11 days, then resting & crocheting for 3 days, then 11 days of being a HP, then three more days of resting & crocheting.

Last Saturday night we attended a Drive In Concert at Sweet Home Hall…

Setting up for the Drive In Concert

We had a lot of fun…good ole fashioned country music, burgers and beer for those who wanted it. Three hours of visiting from a distance, listening to good music and seeing people having fun yet following the rules. I sure hope Sweet Home Hall does it again soon.

Two weekends ago we loaded the kidlets up in the truck and went for a drive and some essential shopping. First stop was gas ~ don’t want to run out you know. Then we took the kids to wave and yell HELLO to some friends…the only downside was the only downpour all day was when we were in their driveway so not much yelling between the kids and friends!!! But it was fun to see where they lived and we can’t wait to go back when we can have a real visit.

Then it was off to Walmart to pick up a prescription and HEB for some groceries…even got our first watermelon of the season. And it was delicious!!! Couldn’t believe we paid $5.98 for a watermelon…both Ron and I reminisced about paying 4 cents a lb so many years ago!!!! We did have to teach the kidlets that the best way to eat watermelon is sprinkled liberally with sea salt!!!!

And then the most important part of our essential trip…drive through Dairy Queen or as the kids say “The Place That Shall Not be Named!!” 3 mini blizzards and two ice cream cones later we headed for home!!! It was a nice 3 hour break from being home… all day, every day!!!

On another note…a friend of mine on Facebook posted this:undefined

And it hit a chord or two with me…so many people think their way is the only way and that’s just not true…we, each as individuals are as complex as we may be the same! And there is nothing that says we all have to be the same…yes, some of us may like some of the same things but I don’t believe there are two people on this earth that totally unequivocally are exactly the same, like the same things and not like the same things.

I get so tired of people saying stuff is 100% one way or another…I’m sure I will rock the boat or as someone told me yesterday ~ poking the bear with this statement…do I like everything about Trump…not at all BUT I do think he has done a lot of good things for our country. It’s like motorcycle helmet laws…do I think they are good…yes but I also think people should have the choice to wear them or not. Do I think someone would be stupid to not wear a motorcycle helmet while riding a motorcycle…you BET I do!!! But that doesn’t mean I stop liking or loving that person because we don’t believe the same.

The old adage…let’s agree to disagree and be an adult about things. And use common sense…which I know not everyone has or uses…heck I don’t use common sense sometimes…I know I open my mouth sometimes when I shouldn’t BUT I still do…then I have to deal with the consequences. And that’s the choice I make. That’s the choice each of us make when we choose to do or say or not do or not say anything.

When I sat down to write today I had lots on my mind but par for the course with children asking questions, the phone ringing because the boss had a question, having to stop and feed the kidlets my mind has wandered all over the place and now I can’t think of anything else to add…so check back soon to see what I am up to…I will try to not get into any trouble ūüôā

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?

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?

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 ūüė¶ .

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 ūüôā

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