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My thoughts on the recent events…

Senseless violence is senseless regardless of the color of one’s skin, religious or sexual preference or belief system. Violence has a ripple effect and it touches everyone around it, kinda like the way tossing a pebble into a calm pool of water causes ripples which spread out further and further until eventually the calm is restored. One day we will all stand before our Creator, we will give an account for what we did and did not do while on this planet. If you are blessed enough to be alive right now, these are the choices before you: 1) be part of the problem. 2) be part of the solution. 3) do nothing. The choice is yours, but remember, we are not immortal, tomorrow isn’t promised to anyone and no one gets out of here alive. Think on this; are you the pebble, the pool of water or the calm?

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What are you thankful for?

So Thanksgiving is just a few days away and everywhere you go, people are asking THE question – What are you thankful for?  You can’t get away from it – it’s on Twitter, Facebook, emails, television.  I was just about to turn in for the night when I saw a post from a friend on facebook so I pondered the question.  With all that has happened to me and my family this past year, I could say that I have a lot to be unthankful for.  And my spirit is at a low point right now, so it’s very easy for me to be bitter and give in to unthankfulness.  I mean really… I lost my job to a company in Singapore, I can’t get approval for the training I want, my husband is battling with his health, we have some “family” problems, finances are strained to say the least, a very dear friend recently passed on to be with our Lord, and my list goes on and on and on.

At this point I’m wondering just how I’m supposed to be salt and light to those around me.  What must others be thinking about me as a Christian?  What kind of example am I?  Where is  my faith?  Am I that weak?  What must Jesus be thinking right now?  How did I ever get into this mess, or better yet, how am I going to get out???  Lord, I know that You know the plans You have laid for me, but could You let me in on how this is all gonna turn out?  I’d settle for a sneak peek because right now, things don’t look so good.  I think I’m lost and going in circles in the valley of the shadow of death because I know I’ve seen this place several times now and these look my footprints!

And then, as always, God, my Father, Master and Creator of the Universe and of all that is seen and unseen, tells me, every little thing, is gonna be alright.  I’m folding my daughters laundry and a Bob Marley T-shirt appears and the song pops into my head.  I keep folding clothes and then I replay a commercial for a movie coming on television directed by Garth Brooks, Unanswered Prayers and the song pops into my head.

I then realize that while I lost my job, I am getting unemployment, even if it is only 60% of my take home pay.  If I was working or in school right now, I would not be able to focus on my husbands health – especially now that he is in the hospital.  I know I am going to get some kind of training, even if it isn’t what I wanted and then pursue another career path.  My husband does have a lot of health issues, but he has overcome so much and God has blessed us where he still has a job.  As for family problems, aside from praying for them, there isn’t much I can do to change them, and it just makes me more determined not to follow in their footsteps.  Our finances took a downward turn when I lost my job back in 2004 and the job market is so bad that not being able to find similar employment has hurt us, but then again, it has hurt so many families in our country.  We have a roof over our heads, transportation, food on the table and health insurance.  So many people have none of these things.  I have lost people close to my heart and I miss them, but I rejoice because they are no longer suffering and I KNOW I WILL SEE THEM AGAIN!  I just pray that when it is my turn to leave this earth, I will be prepared and when I face my Lord, He will say to me, “Well done thy good and faithful servant.”

So, I am thankful.  I am thankful for my family and my friends.  I am thankful for all the good and the bad and even the ugly – although I will admit that while I’m going through the bad and ugly I can’t see a reason at that moment to be thankful, it usually takes a while for that part to kick in.

I am thankful when I open my eyes to a new day.  I am thankful that I am in my right mind, most of the time.  I can walk, talk, hear, see and feel.  I am free to pray to my God.  I am free to read what I want, write what I want, and talk to whom I want without fear of punishment.

In closing I will simply say, if you’ve made it this far in my rambling, thanks for reading.  And Lord, thanks for sticking with me.  Thanks for it all.

Sometimes I thank God for unanswered prayers
Remember when you’re talkin’ to the man upstairs
That just because He doesn’t answer doesn’t mean He don’t care
Some of God’s greatest gifts are unanswered prayers – Garth Brooks

I Am Still Here

I first want to thank each and everyone of you that have kept me and my family in prayer.  As you may know, I was blessed with a full time job and started on September 2nd.  Things have been in fast forward ever since and I have not been able to devote time to posting on my blog.  For that I beg your forgiveness and hope to be resume regular posting again very soon.  I will still post prayer requests, so please do not hesitate to send them to me.

Being out of the work force for over 4 years has taken it’s toll on my ability to coordinate my time and I am trying to get back into the ‘groove’.  I will admit though that I am not suffering from Insomnia anymore – PRAISE GOD!!!  I’m so exhausted by the time I get home I’m ready to go to bed by 8pm!  On the flip side, I am learning so much on my new job, and the company I work for is so multi-faceted that some days it makes my head spin, but I thank God every day for blessing me with a job.

I have some new pictures to post, and there is so much going on in my home between my kids and their activities, work and my husband’s health – which is improving every day, so I hope that within the next week or so to update my blog.

To all my friends, family and readers, you are in my thoughts, and prayers every day.  Your prayers for me and my family are such a blessing to us we cannot fully express our appreciation in words so we ask that God our heavenly Father richly bless you, according to His riches in heaven.  May He give the angels charge over your protection and may you know the peace that only He can bring.

Need Washing?

 

My friend Marie sent me this cute story today.  I don’t know who the original author is, but it is so simple and sweet in it’s message. (i added the video above and a few pictures of people in the rain, click play then go below and read the story) I will warn you ahead of time, you may want to have a few tissues in hand as you read it, I know I did.  Take care and God bless you,

Briggie ^i^

 

 

NEED WASHING??

imageA little girl had been shopping with her Mom in Target. She must have been 6 years old, this beautiful red haired, freckle faced image of innocence.  It was pouring outside.  The kind of rain that gushes over the top of rain gutters, so much in a hurry to hit the earth it has no time to flow down the spout.  We all stood there under the awning and just inside the door of the Target.

We waited, some patiently, others irritated because nature messed up their hurried day. image I am always mesmerized by rainfall.  I got lost in the sound and sight of the heavens washing away the dirt and dust of the world.  Memories of running, splashing so carefree as a child came pouring in as a welcome reprieve from the worries of my day.

The little voice was so sweet as it broke the hypnotic trance we were all caught in, ‘Mom let’s run through the rain,’ she said . ‘What?’ Mom asked.  ‘Lets run through the rain!’ She repeated.  ‘No, honey. We’ll wait until it slows down a bit,’ Mom replied.image

This young child waited about another minute and repeated: ‘Mom, let’s run through the rain’ , ‘We’ll get soaked if we do,’ Mom said.  ‘No, we won’t, Mom.  That’s not what you said this morning,’ the young girl said as she tugged at her Mom’s arm.  This morning ?When did I say we could run through the rain and not get wet?  ‘Don’t you remember? When you were talking to Daddy about his cancer, you said, ‘If God can get us through this, he can get us through anything!’image

The entire crowd stopped dead silent.  I swear you couldn’t hear anything but the rain.  We all stood silently.  No one came or left in the next few minutes.  Mom paused and thought for a moment about what she would say.  Now some would laugh it off and scold her for being silly.  Some might even ignore what was said.  But this was a moment of affirmation in a young child’s life.  A time when innocent trust can be nurtured so that it will bloom into faith.

‘Honey, you are absolutely right. image Let’s run through the rain.  If GOD let’s us get wet, well maybe we just needed washing,’ Mom said.  Then off they ran.  We all stood watching, smiling and laughing as they darted past the cars and yes, through the puddles.  They held their shopping bags over their heads just in case.  They got soaked. But they were followed by a few who screamed and laughed like children all the way to their cars.   And yes, I did.  I ran.  I got wet.  I needed washing.

image Circumstances or people can take away your material possessions, they can take away your money, and they can take away your health.  But no one can ever take away your precious memories… So, don’t forget to make time and take the opportunities to make memories everyday.  To everything there is a season and a time to every purpose under heaven.image

I HOPE YOU STILL TAKE THE TIME TO RUN imageTHROUGH THE RAIN.
They say it takes a minute to find a special person, an hour to appreciate them, a day to love them, but then an entire life to forget them. Take time to live, keep in touch with your friends, you never know when you’ll need each other — and don’t forget to run in the rain !

Let’s Not Forget

 

Did you know that the anniversary for World War II D-Day was June 6th?  It was only 68 years ago and we have people in this world who have no idea what the war was about or why we fought in it.  Maybe this will help…

 

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Holiday Traditions

I wrote a post last year asking my readers to tell about how they celebrate Thanksgiving – do they stay at home, visit family and friends or dine out.  I know you are probably wondering why I’m writing about Thanksgiving in the middle of summer and frankly, I have no idea why I’m writing about Thanksgiving.  I just felt the urge and I’m going with…

For the most part, I have enjoyed staying home for Thanksgiving, although I must admit that one of my dreams is to one day go to New York and be on the sidelines of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.  I would also make sure I had a hotel room with a nice view of the parade just in case it was too nippitty!

When my kids were younger (mind you 3 of them are adults and the youngest just turned 15), they would fight over who got to break up the bread for the stuffing – it was so much fun to watch them.  As they got older, they would fight over who got to mix the stuffing and stuff it into the bird!

Nowadays, I’m the one who has to fight to help out in the kitchen because my son Justin loves to cook!  I never knew he was paying attention when I would be cooking and it wasn’t until his third year in the Navy that I learned how much he loves to cook!  I honestly have to say that spending time in the kitchen with him brings me such joy!  Now I know how Paula Deen feels about her sons and cooking with them – that pretty much sums it up for me too!

Over they years we’ve switched between Ham, Turkey, Roast Beef and Pasta for Easter and Christmas and New Years, but there are certain MUST HAVE’S when it comes to Thanksgiving.  For instance,there is always, always, always a Turkey for Thanksgiving.  In honor of my Grandmom Ida (may she rest in peace) we place the turkey neck in a pot of Sauerkraut and simmer it all day long and there’s always pickled beets!  To honor my mom, we have a tray of black and green olives, baby gerkin pickles and a sweet pickle mix that has cauliflower and onions and carrots, but it’s been hard to find the mix the past few years.  did I mention my Grandmom Ida was German?  I hate canned cranberry sauce so the night before, I make mine from scratch – it is soooo easy and I make a double batch so there’s plenty for leftovers.

For  my daughter Daniele, we have to have baby LeSeur peas, for my husband Jose, we have to have apple pie, pumpkin pie and baked sweet potatoes.  For my daughter Tylar we put marshmallows on half of the sweet potatoes because she likes them extra sweet and Jose likes them just as they are.  For my son Jarrett there has to be mashed potatoes and biscuits and for Justin I make sure there is plenty of stuffing and homemade cranberry sauce.

The Macy’s day parade is put on the TV, and we love to go to the High School football game, even though there have been a few years where I wasn’t able to go because I was up to my elbows in turkey, or I was not well enough to go.  Once I get things going for dinner, I work on lots of munchies to hold everyone over till the turkey’s done.  Once the parade’s are over (sometime before the end of the day we slip in the DVD ‘A Christmas Story’ and laugh our butts off even though we’ve seen it dozen’s of times) we put on the football games.  We love us some football in this house.  We watch the college games, the pro games and the high school games.  We don’t have a dining room and the kitchen is small, so everything is set up buffet style and everyone makes their plate and heads to the living room.  Once everyone is in place, my husband says grace and then it’s chow time.  While we eat, everyone shares what they are thankful for, it’s a tradition we started several years ago when the kids were younger.  Once dinner is over, everyone finds a spot and gets comfortable till they have room for dessert – sometimes we all end up falling asleep and when we wake up you hear someone ring the bell for round 2!!

There have been times when we go to a family members home for Thanksgiving dinner and we have a blast, but then when we return home, there’s no turkey aroma wafting through the house and we all get bummed out, but not to worry, we make a full Thanksgiving dinner the next day and we do it all over again…..Oh the left overs, oh the lovely smells, oh, pass the Tums….

I know that one day I will have the house I want and there will be a huge dining room and a big table so we can all sit and eat and chat and eat some more and chat and enjoy each other’s company – thank you Lord in advance for this blessing.

We have some really funny memories and my family will never let me live down the year I over-cooked the biscuits.  I didn’t have much room in the oven so I put them in a round cake pan and I totally forgot about them.  By the time I remembered, they were burnt, not black mind you, at least not on top, they were really really really brown.  I didn’t bother taking them out of the pan, I just left them there and then after dinner, my kids went into the kitchen and pulled the biscuits out of the pan.  They had fused together and were hard as a rock.  They said I should hang them on the front door as a “biscuit wreath”!  Then there was the year that I wanted to make gravy from scratch so I didn’t have any jarred gravy in the house, and I accidentally poured out ALL the drippings from the turkey down the drain…Oops, my bad…

Thought For The Day Mark 11:24

“Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.” KJV

“Therefore I say to you, all things for which you pray and ask, believe that you have received them, and they will be granted you.” NASB

“For this reason I am telling you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe (trust and be confident) that it is granted to you, and you will [get it].” AMP

“I tell you, you can pray for anything, and if you believe that you’ve received it, it will be yours.” NLT

“Therefore I say unto you, All things whatsoever ye pray and ask for, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.” ASV

“Because of this I say to you, all whatever — praying — ye do ask, believe that ye receive, and it shall be to you.” YLT

“Therefore, I tell you, all the things you pray and ask for —believe that you have received them, and you will have them.” HCSB

For this reason I say to you, All things whatsoever ye pray for and ask, believe that ye receive it, and it shall come to pass for you.” DARBY

“Therefore I say unto you, all things, whatsoever you ask when ye pray, believe that you shall receive; and they shall come unto you.” DRA

“Therefore I say to you, all things whatever things ye praying shall ask, believe ye that ye shall take, and they shall come to you.” WYC

 

To me, no matter what version of the bible you read, there are 4 words in Mark 11:24, that are pretty much the same throughout each of them – pray, ask, believe, receive. 

One word that is not listed in any of these interpretations is “faith”, however I believe it is the basis, the cornerstone if you will, of what gives this scripture it’s power.  If you when you pray, you ask through faith, believing through faith you will therefore; receive through your faith.  “For faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Heb 11:1

note – translations are taken from www.bible.com, the bible version is listed in italics after each translation.