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New Year’s Resolve…. only 363 more days to go!


The New Year is here and my life is quickly getting into full swing again.  Along with the New Year comes those nasty little resolutions rearing their ugly head.  Only to remind me that I failed at the last resolutions made.  What a great feeling!

A few years back, I decided to STOP the insanity and completely boycotted New Year’s Resolutions.  I figured this way I could exercise that rebellious nature AND be successful at resolutions because I wouldn’t have any!  And it worked.  I’ve lived in that happy place for a few years now, but my pesky little sister guilted me into a few.  Ok, she didn’t guilt me into them as much as she triple dog dared me into them.  And I fell for it.  Hook, line, and na-nanny-boo-boo.

So here I am, already working my fingers to the bone……trying to live up to these miserable resolutions.  Just hoping and praying to make it a respectable amount of time before crashing from the stress.  Why, oh why, do we need all things new?  I mean, do we really need ‘out with the old’??  I’m old.  Please don’t throw me out!  And what’s wrong with my old ways anyway?? So what if I have thirty minute marathons to find all things lost in this house??  Clean clothes?  Are they REALLY necessary??  Um, well.  Ok.

So here we go……..three.  Count them.  Three resolutions.  If I can accomplish two of three I will be happy as a pig in sunshine.

1.  Read the entire Bible front to back.  Day two is over and so far, so good thanks to that cool app on my iPad that reads it to me.  That does count, right??

2.  Organize every cabinet and closet in this house.  I actually got a head start on this one back before Christmas.  The kitchen is finished.  Maybe the kitchen should have been the whole resolution.  Then I could check it off!

Of course, this is NOT and NEVER will be MY closet.  But it surely is beeeeuuutiful!

3.  Actually see EMPTY hampers in my laundry room EACH day.  This is a big one for me.  Usually I only see empty hampers when I dump them out to sort the clothes.  I’m proud to say.  On day two.  ALL my hampers are empty!  Go me!

Just imagine it EMPTY!

That’s it.

And now that I have a chance to look it over and think over the past day or so, I have decided………………

I can do this!  Resolution Success will be MINE!!!

What are YOUR resolutions???

 

 

 

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Posted by on January 2, 2012 in humor, It's my life.....

 

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Really Randomness


I’m in high gear.  Probably because I’ve had too much coffee.  There’s just nothing like a good cup of coffee.   And I kinda have the shakes.  NO, I do have the shakes.  Probably from the coffee.  Well, definitely from the coffee.  Plus, I have a slight touch of ADHD.  I feel like thoughts are running around wildly in my mind out of control.  Like 10 kids on Christmas morning.  I hope you enjoy the chaos of my mind.

*Why do kids love to run through the house…. nonstop….for indefinite amounts of time…. Yet, when you send them outside, they are suddenly bored?  Is running indoors really that awesome?  Am I really getting that old that I can’t appreciate the sheer joy produced by feet running through the house?

* The cheap HEB shells and cheese (as compared to Velveeta shells and cheese) is really, really good.  I don’t ever eat the Velveeta or any other brand, but I can’t imagine any could taste better.  For real.  Plus, the price was r.i.g.h.t. And that made it taste even better.

* People magazine came out with their sexiest man alive issue.  Bradley Cooper was awarded the honor.  Ok.  I’ll agree…he is  a hottie.  But how can I ever take this list seriously when you consider that Rob Lowe didn’t even make the list AT ALL?  How can that be??  What idiot is responsible for making this list?

* FYI….. it’s kinda weird to take a hot bubble bath while the toilet is stopped up.  To the rim.  But when the plunger has dry rotted, you live in po-dunk nowhere, and you are desperate for a bath, what else do you do??    What’s even creepier is when you just get enough Lysol sprayed to fumigate the bathroom to overcome the stinch of said toilet (actually, it was full of clear toilet water, but it just seems like it should totally stink), you get comfy and cozy in a tub full of bubbles, and suddenly you hear the monstrous sound of the toilet throwing up the stoppage.  It’s like it gagged.  And just like that.  As fast as it threw up, it flushed.  As if it never had a problem.  Super creepy.

Nobody loves me....til they need me.

These two things just shouldn’t be together.  It’s just not right.

* Why don’t they make the light brown M&Ms anymore?  They were absolutely my favorite.  Why?  Oh why?

Such a tragic loss!

* Why is it the laundry never ends?  I mean, seriously, I wash every stinking day of my life.  Yet my laundry room is never void of dirty clothes.  This is why my dream house needs to have its own mini washateria.  Maybe then I could keep up.

* I’m really upset with Hobby Lobby right now.  I bought all this stuff to make snowball-like ornaments.  You know, clear ornaments you fill.  Tons of filler, I bought.  I had BIG plans for these ornaments.  But the openings for the ornaments are so small, the ‘snow’ won’t even go in.  Now I’ve got all this filler stuff, piles of clear ornaments,  and NO beautiful snow-ball ornaments.  When you sell ornaments for the very purpose of filling them with goodies….and you hang the goodies to stuff them with right there next to the ornaments….they should actually fit.  Geeezz!

These are NOT my ornaments. Mine are sad and lonely. All empty inside.

* Oh, I got flipped off last night.  I was going across the parking lot and some guy was coming up the aisle.  I didn’t see him, so I had to stop quickly.  I was NO where NEAR coming close to hitting the guy.  But he leans across the passenger seat of his truck to hang his hand out and flip me off.  Parking lot road rage?  Really?  I seriously considered following him, hoping he would pull into the gas station so I could give him a piece of my mind.  Because you know flipping me the finger really makes you a grown man.  It’s real admirable that you have absolutely NO self-control.  But then, I realized, I might get shot.  Plus, that would mean I had no self-control and would be the idiot myself.  But I’m still steaming about that nonsense!

*Okay, maybe this random list should be called the gripe and moan list.  It seems I’m on a roll with the whining.  I did put my big girl panties on this morning.  I guess they just didn’t do the job.  Or maybe I didn’t.  I can’t remember.  I know!  I just need that fifth cup of coffee!  Yep, that’s it!

* Speaking of M&Ms, I won the ‘Guess how many M&M’s are in the jar’ game at Thanksgiving this year.  We are still working on those M&M’s.  I believe there were 930ish in the jar.  We may have M&M’s until this time next year.

* Alrighty, since I have a touch of OCD, I need to balance my list with happy thoughts.  I just can’t in good conscience do all this griping and complaining without giving you something to smile about.  It will be tough to overcome my Negative Nelly tendencies of the moment, but I’ll do my best.  So here you have it….a list within the list.  Wow.  I impress myself!

* Coffee just makes my life worth living.

* Chocolate makes me happy.

* My Bernie boy is my sweetheart.   He loves me all the time.  No matter how grumpy I am.  He is always happy to see me.  Always loyal.  Always keeps me company.  Oh, and he is going to be in the family Christmas card this year!  I can’t wait!  We take pics tomorrow.  I will have to post for all of you to see my sweet guy.

* Kohls’ Big One throws are the absolute, hands down, the best, most comfy of all throws.  And they ALWAYS put them on sale every single Black Friday for less than $10.  Huge score.  I believe we probably have close to 20 of these now and yes, I bought a new one this year.  They are big HUGE.  SOFT.  WARM.  Best $10 of snuggly goodness you will ever spend.

Love, love, LOVE the zebra print!

Well, maybe it’s not COMPLETELY balanced.  But like Forest Gump would say, “That’s all I have to say about that.”  And at least I’m leaving on a happy note doing my happy dance.  Too much coffee will do that to you.  😉

 
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Posted by on December 7, 2011 in It's my life....., Randomocity

 

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On His Mind


Have you ever had someone you just couldn’t get off your mind? 

Maybe a crush on a boy or girl in high school.  You wasted vast amounts of time writing their name on paper with hearts and swirls?  You daydream about the moment that this person realizes you are THE ONE for them and you live happily ever after.  You try to focus on schoolwork, spend time with friends, but really all you want to do, all you can do is think about HIM/HER.

Maybe you remember those first months of courtship with your spouse.  The feeling that you need to spend every waking moment with them.  When they are not with you, you feel like something is truly missing.  You spend your time thinking about them.  Looking forward to seeing them again.  Planning that next date, that next moment, and even a future together.

What about the expectation of that baby on the way?  You long to hold it, to cuddle it, rock it.  You spend hours and hours planning the nursery.  Reading and learning how to take the absolute best care of that baby to come.  You are consumed with thoughts about the baby.  Everything revolves around the baby.

Or maybe it’s someone who is going through a trial or a tragedy.  Somehow it touches you so deeply, you actually hurt for them.  You think about what they are going through.  How it could be you or your family.  You worry about how they are coping.  How they are making it.  How you could help them.  No matter how hard you try, they creep their way back to the forefront of your mind.

Although I have experienced all of these things at one time or another, it’s nothing compared to God’s thoughts for us.  The Bible tells us that He thinks precious thoughts about us.  So many they can’t be numbered….even more than the grains of sand.  The God of the universe.  The creator of the heavens and the earth.  Thinks infinite thoughts of ME.  He loves me enough to be concerned with me enough to think of me and be with me always.

How precious are your thoughts about me, O God.
      They cannot be numbered!
  I can’t even count them;
      they outnumber the grains of sand!
   And when I wake up,
      you are still with me!   –Psalm 139:17-18

When I really think about the magnitude of this scripture.  The reality of its meaning.  I can’t help but be humbled before God.  All those worries I have, all those thoughts I have, each step I take.  He is there.  When I love Him, He is there.  When I grieve Him, He is there.  Thinking of me.  Knowing the Almighty cares about me enough to think of me over and over and over again, just makes me want to please Him. Serve Him.  Love Him.

Today, as you go about your day, remember that God is thinking of you.  He is there.  He is concerned about you.  He cares about you.  He loves you.  With Him by your side, you can handle anything life throws at you!


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Posted by on December 6, 2011 in Daily Devotions

 

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Don’t be a Hater!


Hate is thrown around today like a hot potato.  We have a fan club of haters.  Haters hate.

Someone talks about you behind their back.  You hate them.  Someone wrongs you.  You hate them.  Your teacher is grumpy.  You hate him.  Your mom grounds you.  You hate her.  Your girlfriend breaks up with you.  You hate her.  Your husband won’t do anything around the house.  You hate him.  The President does things that don’t make sense.  You hate him.  The bank won’t give you a loan.  You hate big business.  People of a different race move in next door.  You hate them.  Some people are too goody-two shoes.  You hate them.  Hypocrites.  You hate them.

We often joke about our haters.  They make us famous.  Let’s give em something to hate.

The Bible says HATE is a very serious thing.  It’s not a joking matter.  In fact, the Bible says that anyone who says they love God but hates someone is a liar.  It goes as far to say if you hate someone, you cannot love God.  We are commanded to LOVE our brothers and sisters in Christ.  Not encouraged to do so.  Not asked to do so.  It’s not optional.  We are commanded to LOVE one another.

I know exactly what you are thinking.  People can hurt you.  Some can take your heart and stomp on it, spit on it, and walk away.  Often times, people give you little to love.  You are likely at some time in your life, to run across someone who seems to be on a mission to destroy you.  How do you NOT hate someone who has so horribly wronged you or someone you love?

I have been there.  And all I know is that you have to hand your feelings, your hatred to God.  Go to Him, spill your heart.  Seek His help.  Forgiveness is important for YOU.  Not for that person.  One of the greatest acts of love is forgiveness.  That does not mean this person has to be a part of your life.  It doesn’t mean you have to be friends or ever will be.  But don’t allow hatred for this person to build up and eat at you.  Generally speaking, all that hatred only destroys YOU.  You need justice?  I understand.  I need some myself.  But it’s not my place.  It’s God’s.  And He knows not only that I need justice for those who have wronged me, but also the justice that should be handed to me for my sins.

We are called to love.  Everyone.  Even those who annoy us.  Even those who wrong us.  Even those who destroy our hearts.

Today, think about hate.  What in your life do you need to stop hating and hand over to God?  Who do you need to love enough to forgive?

My job.  My calling is to follow Him.  I simply cannot do that while hating others.  I cannot love God while hating others.  It’s a choice I must make in order to be obedient to Him.  And I choose God.

We love because he first loved us. Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen.  And he has given us this command: Anyone who loves God must also love their brother and sister.  –1 John 4:19-21

 

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Posted by on December 1, 2011 in Daily Devotions

 

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All I Want for Christmas….


 

The Christmas Season is here.  That brings on the perpetual wish lists.  Since I have five kids, this could bring on a tad bit of stress.  All these lists.  So many wishes, so little money.  I have tried to teach my kids to prioritize and realize I actually do NOT have a money tree in the backyard.  Be conservative.

Apparently, they’ve been listening pretty well. Yea, right.

For example, the baby boy……he has trouble thinking of something he wants.  A new football.  A new football jersey or three.  A remote control car.  A snare drum.  That will do it.  Of course, as time goes on, he thinks of other random things he wants, too.  But he doesn’t add them to the official list.  It’s on the Santa list.  Cause that won’t cost mom money.  Humph.

English: A snare drum. Español: una caja orque...

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Then there is the next kiddo in line…. He realizes he needs to be conservative, but he has a massive list.  You know just in case Santa is actually real.  In that case, mom’s lack of a money tree shouldn’t matter and the sky is the limit.  Smart kid right there.  I’m just not sure exactly how to go about bursting that bubble of optimism. His list includes…. a REAL piano, interactive Toy Story toys (that range from $45-60 EACH).  He only wants the Lotso Bear, Rex, Bullseye (one of the most rare), and Hamm.  Then there is a list of CDs, Comic Books, and even a few movies thrown in.  As I had my head hanging between my knees trying to come out of my state of hyperventilating, he says, “Mom, I don’t want to be any trouble.  So, take the piano off my list.  I can practice at Grandma’s.  I can do without it.”  The piano was his number one request.   Most desired.  Hmmm…..either he’s brilliant and securing the score by making me think he is willing to sacrifice, or he really IS learning.  Either way.  The piano is his.  Geeeezzzz……

Next comes the real piece of work…..Cam.  He is the classic middle child.  He keeps our life interesting.  When I don’t need to pull my hair out from his antics, I am completely entertained.  But his Christmas list simply sends me into a state of panic.  I only need to win the lotto to even come close.

“I’ve been listening, Mom.  I don’t actually expect you to get me all of these things.  I just want you to have plenty of ideas and if you happen to hit really good sales, you will have plenty to choose from.  And then Santa can pick up some of what’s left.  It’s the dream list, mom.  The ultimate.  I know I’m not gonna get it all.  You always tell me you get more when you expect more.  High expectations yield high results.”

Ouch.  Gotta love it when your own words come back to bite you in the you know what.

So, his list…..it’s color coded.  Each color represents the amount of gotta have it.  For example, items in red = can’t live without; items in green = really, really want;  items in black = take it or leave it, but I really want to take it. His list is three hand-written pages.  Seriously.  For real.

Thanks, Cam.  Now, when I get only a fraction of your list, I can feel like a big fat Santa failure.  But hey, you don’t actually expect to get it all, right?????

By the time I finished recovering from the presenting of these lists, I decided the two oldest boys were grown.  They are 19 and 20.  Out of the house.  In college.  Santa was over for them.  They better choose and choose wisely.  I wanted a list, but a small one.  Of course, that went over like a lead balloon. I believe the requests were a new car, pay for my housing for spring semester, and cash, cash, and more cash.  Oh and lots of little presents.

I literally looked at them and wondered who had taken over their bodies.  Where were the children I raised??

But that’s when it happened.  I’m not sure if it was a ploy to remind me of the fact that I would want goodies for Christmas, or a sincere request, but they asked me what I wanted for Christmas.  They even asked for a list.  Woohoo!!!!!!!  Paybacks can be sweet!!!!

I couldn’t help myself.  I needed a good laugh.  So, I made the little turkeys a list.  Bahahahahaaaa…… And it looks something like this…

All I want for Christmas is………..

♥  A new Kitchen-Aid mixer.  If you really shop the sales, you can find one for a little over $200.

♥ An iPad.  Any kind acceptable.

♥ The new iPhone 4S.  They are sooooo cool!

♥ Because I don’t want to overload you TOO much, that’s all.  Easy peasy, lemon squeezy.  I can’t wait!!! 

The look on their little faces was priceless.  They quickly informed me, ,”We don’t have that kind of money.   There is NO way, we can afford any of those things….. even if we pool together.  You know this!”

I quickly explained I knew EXACTLY how they felt.

And there it was.  Lesson learned.  They began dropping things off their lists like crazy.  They narrowed their lists down to what they really want.  They are even shopping thrift stores for gifts for each other and making some homemade gifts.  They are paying attention to prices.

Score one for Mom!

Now, I just need to take up donations.  After all, Santa COULD bring me all of the things on MY list!  😉

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Posted by on November 30, 2011 in It's my life.....

 

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Let Your Light Shine!


Let’s see how inventive we can be in encouraging love and helping out, not avoiding worshiping together as some do but spurring each other on.  —–Hebrews 10:24-25, MSG

Have you ever met someone who just makes you want to be a better person?  When in their presence, you stand a little taller, act a little better?  You just automatically think better thoughts, because they seem to somehow call you to a higher standard?  I have a couple of these people in my life.  And honestly, I am drawn to them.  They encourage me to be better in all things.  They are always there to help me out.  I guess I feel like the more I’m around them, the more their good character will rub off on me.

Being encouraged is very important in life.  It effects our attitudes and even our work ethic.  Think about a teacher, parent, spouse, or a boss who is always negative.  Always on your case.  Always pointing out what you do wrong, rather than what you do right.  Do you feel inspired to do your best?  Do you long to please them?  More often than not, these negative interactions and discouragement only work to bring us down.  We don’t work as hard.  We don’t do our best.  Because we feel that no matter how hard we try, all they will see is where we fail.  Where we come up short.  And we give up trying.

As Christians, we are to be beacons of light to the world.  We are to use our beacons to spread the love of God through encouragement, building one another up, and helping those in need.  It’s a tall order to let our light shine.  Some days it’s easier than others.  When your life is over-run by busy-ness, it’s easy to forget we even have a light.  At other times, the worries of our own lives feel as if they are about to put our light out completely.

But the Bible, God commands us to be a light for others.  To encourage.  To help.  The Bible says we are to spur one another on.  To give each other a little nudge…toward our Christian walk.   The verse also says not to avoid worshiping together.

Why?  I have heard so many say, “I can worship God from my home, watching a TV preacher.”

“I can worship Him from my deer stand.”

So why does the Bible tell us not to avoid meeting together?

Because we all need encouragement from other believers.  We all need a network of support that is grounded in Christ.  To encourage our Christian walk.  To help us when we need it.  To build us up.  To make us realize that we CAN follow the path God has for us.  Because, let’s face it.  Following God is tough.  It’s a challenge.  It’s not for the faint of heart.  It’s not for the weak.  It takes courage to walk daily with Him.

Today, I challenge you to be an encourager.  When you see someone in need, reach out.  Don’t just tell yourself, you don’t have time.  Step out of your comfort zone and reach out! Encourage them.  Be on the lookout for a fellow believer who will spur you on.  Encourage each other and hold each other accountable.  Don’t avoid meeting together.  Worshiping together.  Praying together.

Now get out there and let your light shine!

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Posted by on November 30, 2011 in Daily Devotions

 

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Help and Hope


Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.  — Hebrews 4:16

 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.  —Romans 15:13


HOPE- confident expectation;  to wish for something with expectation of its fulfillment

The Advent season is upon us.  And although our church has observed Advent in the past, my family has never continued this at home.  Until this year.    We are in the week of the first candle.  The candle of Hope/Prophecy.

Hope is a word that most are all too familiar with. Even small children can understand the concept of hope.  They hope Santa brings them that special toy on their list. Teens hope that cute guy/girl asks them out.  Adults hope for a better home, a higher-paying job.

Just a little hope can bring a smile to someone’s face.  A glimmer of joy, contentment.  Hope is a good thing.  Hope is optimistic.  It is banking on the fact that something good will happen.

But there is more to it than just boyfriends, toys, and new homes.  Hope can be so much more than such fleeting things.  The Bible tells us that our God is a God of hope.  We can abound in hope.  We have hope in Him.  We can confidently expect Him to bless us.  Carry us.  Comfort us.  Lead us.  Save us.  We can have hope because we know God is in control.

Life is hard in so many ways.  Satan is always on the attack, looking for ways to destroy us and more importantly, looking for ways to destroy our faith in God.  So often we find ourselves waist deep in problems and worries.  It’s easy to feel hopeless.  To feel like there is no way out.  No workable solution.  These feelings lead to bitterness, anger, sadness, and defeat.

Reading God’s word will quickly tell you different.  No situation, no problem, no worry is too big for God. No situation is hopeless.  Although our life may be a mess, we can go to His throne with confidence and find help.  God doesn’t just pat us on the head and say, “I’m sorry, child.”  He offers mercy, grace, hope.  He offers help to those in need.

Walking around living a life of defeat is giving Satan a victory.  If he keeps you in a state of hopelessness, he keeps you defeated.  Powerless in your own life and the lives of others.  And useless to God.

God offers hope, no matter the state of your heart.  No matter the problems of your life.  No matter the messes you’ve made.  God is ready to help you.  To bring you comfort.  Joy.  Peace.  Hope.

All you have to do is draw to Him.

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Posted by on November 29, 2011 in Daily Devotions

 

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