Sunday, August 31, 2014

Labor Day

Labor Day, what is it? Wikipedia states its a  yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of their country.  The Bible states "Those unwilling to work will not get to eat." 2 Thessalonians 3:10.
A funny but sad story, I remember a lady one day being let out at her job at Food Lion, I happen to walk by as she was being dropped off by her husband and I remember her words still today, Honey, do you think you might go to work today? I went home that day and told Joey that I do appreciate that he has always been a hard worker.  Work is good for the soul, it is good for the mind, and it is good for your health. But everyone needs a rest day, so enjoy all you hard workers...

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Just when you think

Just when you think God is not listening or doesn't care he throws you a curve.  Joey and I have had to be on one of the most prayerful times of our lives lately. And in saying that sometimes you really wonder is God listening. When something seems hopeless and bigger than the parting of the Red Sea you think can he really fix this problem. Josh has this piece of property that he sold but before he sold it he had it logged and Joey went behind them and clear and made a burn pile that was as tall and big as our house. Josh just told him to burn it and Joey argued with him saying these are logs they won't burn.  About three weeks ago they got a burn permit and poured tons of diesel fuel on it and lite it, it never got started good, Joey decided it was too wet still so he left and it rained a few days so he decided he would wait till it was hot for a few days again. All I have heard is " I don't know how I'm going to get that pile of wood to burn." Sunday ( on the way to church no doubt)  I had enough of listening to his complaining and I will admit I said a bad word and told him I did not want to hear another word about that blasted pile of wood. Monday morning was the day to try again and burn that pile, Sunday night Joey had prayed and asked God about this other situation and said I just need to know that your in control of this issue. The next day he had Derick fill up his fuel truck and they headed over to the land to pour a truck load of fuel on the pile and see what happens, Derick let him off to get the backhoe so that he could move the logs around as they burnt, as Joey was riding to the spot he thought where is that mound of trees, maybe I'm in the wrong spot, Derick was looking at him like he was not very bright and Joey came into the clearing and the wood pile as large as our house was completely gone. Joey was dumbfounded, he called and said that God had done a miraculous thing there and it was totally unexplainable. He asked the neighbors if they had seen anything and one fellow who is mentally challenged said he thought he smelled smoke one night in the middle of the night and had wondered why Joey had not come back to work on the pile. Joey said only God could have burnt that pile in one night after it rained and left nothing but a circle of ash behind. When Joey called I told him see God is trying to tell us all that he can do anything he wants if we will just let him be in control, and quit worry about all the details.

Thursday, August 21, 2014


sometimes our dreams are not his dreams, we need to find out what God dreams for us...

Friday, August 15, 2014

When God says no

I was coming home last night from helping a friend paint her bathroom cabinet and heard the tail end of a sermon by Chuck Swindoll. What got my attention was he said, have you ever thanked God for saying no. We always are saying thank you Lord for this good thing, and for answering this prayer, but do we stop and say thank you for not allowing this or that. Alot of times after time has passed and we see the big picture(that he always sees) we are so thankful and blessed that in that specific time in our life he decided to tell us no. Aren't you glad he has our life in the palm of his hand and takes care of us,  Jeremiah 29:111 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. God knows the best plan for our life, when he says no to something as the verse says he doesn't want us harmed,but he wants us to have a good and peaceful future. So thank you Lord when you say "no".

Wednesday, August 13, 2014


Harper made herself a new headband and decided to wear it like Olivia Newton-John from the 80's workout video.

Resting from the hot Sun that day, if only me and Diane could have climbed in there, Would that not have been a sight.

Kelsey and Harper hand in hand as we are leaving the park, it is great to see my friends grandchildren becoming friends with my grandchild. How the time does fly..
Harper has been very deep thinking the last few days, it is funny to watch and listen to her as she talks about so many things. She told me last week after we were having our usual sing-a-long, shake-a-long to Mercy Me's Shake that she "has Jesus in her heart and him and her are really close"
I just laugh and told her that I could believe it. When you hear her pray it is so special and sweet. I told Joey its sad that adults don't have the simple faith of a child. To Harper it seems so simple and easy.You know that faith is a spiritual gift, I always say I don't have a lot of gifts other than discernment but I have realized that I have the gift of faith. I, like Harper have never not believed in God, to me it has been so simple to believe, but I have spoke to other Christians who say there have been times that they struggled with the total belief system.   

Saturday, August 2, 2014


A year ago last March I had decided to start doing some remodeling at our house, I told Audrey if Wesley isn't going to propose I'm going to start using the money on our house. Well I got one bathroom done, bought the things for the other one and he proposed. So now  a year later I am finally starting again. I got my bedroom furniture painted and walls done, still no door on Joeys closet (I'm waiting on him to go get). I started on my bathroom got the walls painted and was going to just exchange the jets in tub for brushed nickel and tile the floor that is where it all began . I can't find jets around here, I have talked to so many different companies and finally one in Mt Airy said they might could get some from California but I would probably have to paint one of the pieces to match. So what was going to be a simple thing as now turned into a major construction. Josh says by the time you pay for the new jets and having them shipped here and installed you could have a new tub without the jets (what I want anyway). So my small project has turned into a big one. Also, while the master bath is being redone we have to use the upstairs shower, since it hasn't been used in over a year I didn't know it wasn't working correctly till a few weeks ago, so thankfully we have a licensed plumber in the family and he came and cut out part of my hall wall upstairs to do a total redo on all the spouts in that shower. So now I have to have the wall fixed and everything up there repainted. I still have not got to the small 1/2 bath that we bought all the things for last year. I told Joey the other day, my small projects have turned into great big projects and next I want to work on the kitchen and den... He just shook his head and said in another year or so...but you never know if what I'm doing now might effect the other rooms HA!HA!.

Friday, August 1, 2014

Curtis loew

I had never heard this song till the other day, Josh loves the old Rock and Roll tunes and he was singing the chorus to Harper, I do miss the old sounds...