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FULL

This is my picture of the day:

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I was so blessed to be able to accompany my daughter and her FFA chapter to the Fort Worth Stock Show today.  I also get to spend time with my teacher friends since it is the chapter from the school I teach!  Yay!

This was my favorite picture of the day for so many reasons:

  1. Little piggies are just cute (they stink, but they’re still cute).
  2. It reminded me of the work a momma does.
  3. It made me smile big thinking of all those satisfied babies.
  4. It’s just a sweet scene.

I entitled it FULL, because they are FULL!  As a pig, they are exactly where they want to be.

Being full doesn’t always mean just having your belly content and pleased.   For us, it’s being comfortable with who we are.  It’s about being loved.  It’s about knowing we are wanted and cared for.  So, for me, this pic didn’t just make me smile about those happy satisfied piglets and their smiling momma (look close, she’s smiling!)… it made me smile thinking about how awesome the moment is when WE remember how FULL we are.

Be blessed…Be FULL!

My bed is made. 

If nothing else in my life is nice and neat, my bed will be. When I get out of bed in the morning, the bed gets made. When I turn the covers back to slide in at night, I take comfort in the cool, smooth sheets which I patted down that morning.  

When I come home from days like today where every minute felt like I was going up stream… To see my made bed makes me feel that something, at least ONE THING in my day, went right. 

I’m not trying to whine. I’m just being real. We all have these days. We have a list as long as three yard sticks, overwhelming moments of craziness and a splitting headache!  I’m not saying these days come frequently. I’m just saying, the come. 

Today has been one of those crazies, but thank God…

My bed is made. 

(Take pleasure in the little things even when the big things aren’t going as planned … ESPECIALLY when the big things aren’t going as planned)

Jimmy Knox

We are all dying. It’s not something we like to chat about.  No one starts out a conversation with a question like, “So, when do you think you will die?”  We just don’t talk about it.  For most, dying is not at the forefront of our brains.

I’m just like anyone else.  I don’t relish the fact that one day I will have to go through some kind of “episode” in order to pass from this world.  I’m not scared of what will come after my last breath is taken here on earth.  I am a bit apprehensive about how that last breath is taken though.  I think it’s safe to say that I’m not alone in that.

Whether we like to talk about it or not, dying is real and inevitable.

AND Some people do not have the luxury of thinking someday or somehow I will die…

Some people know that they are terminally ill.  They know that it will more than likely be sooner than later.  They are looking death square on.  Of course, they can’t choose the exact day or hour, but there’s not much guess work to the fact that it is eminent.

Oh, I know GOD is in control and He can heal them right here on this planet at any second.  I know HE has that power.  I also know we all have a story and some stories end with a terminal disease.  God does heal those too, though, if their heart is right.  He takes them home to be with him where there is no more illness or any kind of pain that accompanies it.   Gives me goosebumps thinking about it.

My brother is terminal.  He told me just a few minutes ago that it is confirmed that he will be going home from the hospital in the next day or so, assigned to hospice.  He has been through so many things in his life.  He has battled diabetes and all the difficulties that come with that.   He was in a horrible car accident about 20 years ago that left one of his arms less able than the other, one leg shorter than the other, not to mention many other struggles that came along with that incident.  He became blind due to complications with diabetes about 10 years ago.  Through all of this, he has lived in the home we grew up in, almost always alone.  He has battled depression and other things that come along with physical pain.  He truly has been a soldier.  He has fought for a long time and continues to do so.  Just within the last year, he found out on top of all he’s already endured, he has cancer.  The word cancer makes me angry.  I’ve seen it do ugly things to so many people.  Now it has my brother.  I hate to question why … but it’s so hard not to.  Cancer seems so dark to me.

We should not take for granted each day God gives us.  None of us know when we will have our last day here.  We don’t know when those around us will spend their last either.

Please pray for my brother and his comfort.  He has been in pain so long.  I know he doesn’t want to leave this world, but he also knows it will happen much sooner than he had expected.    He does know Jesus. As I said earlier, though, not many really want to think about the “episode” it’s going to take in this world to meet Jesus in the next.  Please pray for his peace.

Thank you in advance for praying for Jimmy Knox.

Anxious

PHILIPPIANS 4:6

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.

I get anxious about things.  I don’t call it worry, but that is what it is sometimes.  I’m not saying I’m a “worrier” (is that how you spell that?), but I do concern myself with things that really aren’t necessary at times.

This week I have a lot of things ahead of me that need to be done and I’m praying that everything goes smoothly.  I know there are much crazier things going on in this world than the things in front of me, but I ALSO KNOW that Philippians 4:6 says IN EVERYTHING… meaning God cares about all of it!

I can take anything to HIM…BIG or small.  I take absolute comfort in that.  I feel at peace knowing that He cares and wants me to ask Him for help.  He is there for me and I can speak to Him.  I thank Him and praise Him for it all!

He knows my fears.  He knows my concerns.  He knows what I have to do.  He knows how it will turn out.  I thank Him in advance for all of the things He is doing and will do with all the stuff that needs to be done this week.  I love that I can count it all already as blessings!  I’m confident in HIM.  He is my confidence.

Thank You God for this verse, for allowing me to take my cares to you and for giving me the assurance that YOU WILL BE WITH ME through it all!  Amen.

Comfort

There are so many around us who need comfort. They are hurting physically, mentally, emotionally or spiritually.
I pray for comfort for so many including myself.
Here are the verses that hit me today and all I can say is, “YES! THANK YOU LORD!!!”

God is our security.

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We are not to worry if we seek HIM.

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And… We when we delight in The Lord –LOOK WHAT SCRIPTURE SAYS:

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Can I gettuh AMEN!?!

Again I say thank You Lord!

Jesus Calling

“My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.” -God   ((Exodus 33:14))

There are so many times in our lives that give way to fear and confusion.  We worry, worry, worry about things that lie ahead.  We wonder what is going to happen and then we wonder why it happened.  We over think stuff.  We get all worked up over things that we can do nothing about.  We try and map out our day, but why?!  I’m all for planning, but really, you never know what is going to happen.

I’ve started this year trying my hardest to not only go through the Bible again with the Daily Audio Bible, but I’m also going through day by day in the Jesus Calling Devotional.  It has only been 12 days, but it seems to be speaking to me the words I need each day considering my circumstances and needs.  It’s just another way God is showing me what I need…HIM!  I need Him above all other things.   I need to be close to Him.  He will then bless me with all the other stuff I need.

The verse above is one that goes with today’s Jesus Calling reading.  It’s so reassuring and comforting.  I thank God for His guidance, His presence and for the awesome rest He provides in all that!

Peace.

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