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On stayin’ at home…

9 years ago, and God answered these prayers. I stay home more days than most now. I’d like to say I am able to say, “No” every time I need to, but now I live so far out, it’s just to far to go to most things… works out for my good. God is so smart. I’m cooking & baking now while listening to teachings from church as I no longer have to go to the library for the internet. God provides. :)

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As mentioned earlier, this is my first summer not working in almost 20 years.

God ROCKS!

This has been absolutely wonderful,

and I’m only at day 15!

:)

I have a new-found respect for women who stay home.

I use to think I was busy before, but geez there’s endless stuff to do when you are there all day! Took me two weeks to be online long enough to come to my website!

Of course there are projects galore that I NEED to do and more that I WANT to do. Not to mention those that get added to the list daily. It’s soooo easy to start new projects without finishing the one you’ve already started…isn’t there something about this in the Bible? Proverbs or Ecclesiastes??  I think I’ve been convicted about this sorta thing before…

:)
Thankfully I made a priority list before my days off began.  I had several…

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on fire & a cow

Yesterday on a drive to see a friend who moved several hours away,

I was feeling adventurous,

and

wanting to try a new way.

My sassy smartphone is use to me changing routes,

in route…

so

I wasn’t too concerned, and I was still staying ‘inside’ civilization…

it’s only near where I live that the gadget goes off-line.

Then about 10 miles from my 1st turn,

I had an urge to use a different highway…

wondering if it would get me in the right direction…

I knew it headed west,

but

I needed to go north,

and

it leaned to the south…

BUT

the urge didn’t go away…

so

I figured, I’d give it a try – REGARDLESS, my desire for adventure would be satisfied,

AND

I’d be experiencing some country roads with wildflowers and vast yards and fields.

As soon as I turned,

my mapping program seemed happy… like I was going the way it had suggested… um, no I wasn’t – I have looked at the various routes SEVERAL times

and

this has never been one of the highways it suggested…

uh.

I should have known then that the ‘urge’ was a God-thing, and not me.

Livin’ & learnin.’

I didn’t even make it to the next exit before it was OBVIOUS

why God

had me go this way

that I NEVER go = fire.

LARGE flames were burning bright and tall in the dry grass along the highway in the median…

and

spreadin’ in the summer heat.

Smoke taller than a semi-truck.

Mercy.

Fire can be evil, destroying everything in it’s path.

God is kind…

and

He sent me this way…

knowing I’d get it reported to the peeps that could actually do something about it.

God is so smart.

:)

In case, I wasn’t alert…

as in already pre-occupied…

for me, that can mean:

-being lost in a good song

or

-completely lost in my own mind, pondering the things of life…

there was a old, rough-lookin’ car sitting in the median a few hundred feet before the fire…

God sometimes has to get your attention.

THEN

there was a cop and a HUGE moving truck off on the slow-side in the shoulder…

God KNEW I wouldn’t miss all #3 things together in one view.

:)

God is smart.

:)

Do I pull over and tell the cop about the fire?

I slowed down,

but well,

it just didn’t seem right…

and HELLO,

the sassy smart phone is voice-activated:

“Hey Siri,

call 911…

Police re-directed me to the fire (which reminded me of the night I called about the cow),

and

well… they knew right where I was on the highway…

aaah technology. It is good, most of the time.

The other time God sent me a different way,

than the way I had planned (or usually go… habit)

was the night of the cow.

I NEVER go this way home… it’s further, and less fun… no curves to the road either.

But

the urge just wouldn’t go away. JUST LIKE YESTERDAY.

Maybe I should have called this blog: on urges…

God was in the urge, both times.

God is so cool.

I pulled off the highway onto a country-road that night to find a HUGE cow, grazing happily in the ditch…

um,

she could get hit… or wander away…

I used the before mentioned smart phone, but wasn’t as successful that night. I ended up having to call information as I was directed to the wrong county for the call. Lots of transfers later, the right people were on their way to help notify the cow’s owners. I’d like to say I know my neighbors, but these, I don’t… and one doesn’t stop late at night and knock on the door of anyone who lives in the country…

I leave that to the awesome people who serve all of us, the police. God bless ’em.

Now,

I just need to let God help me with my anger… I noticed it keeps popping up it’s ugly-head.

I don’t want to lose out on the goodness of God, like Moses because of my anger. I can be humble… I can submit… I KNOW my fight is NEVER with people…

help me Jesus!

:)
and

God will.

:)

I will focus on what is lovely, true and right (Philippines 4:8)

and

NOT let myself ponder anything else. Period (taking EVERY thought captive to the obedience of Christ = 2 Corinthians 10:5).

:)
God is so smart…

if I hadn’t shared this,

I would not have gotten my scriptures to help me with anger:

2 Corinthians 10:5 = “and we tear down every proud idea that raises itself against the knowledge of God.

We also capture every thought and make it give up and obey Christ.”

in the Easy-to-Read Version (ERV).

&

Philippines 4:8 = “continue to think about what is

good and worthy of praise.

Think about what is true and honorable and right and pure and beautiful and respected. ”

 

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on respect

So,
yesterday I was reading a new book (It made me cry more than once.)
&
my brother was chatty…

:)

he asked some questions about my past…
I think that’s what led to me sharing some of the below with an online Bible-study group today.
The question of the day after our reading in Ecclesiastes was about respect:
“I was hired once to a job & was told by one of my co-workers that she didn’t think I should have been hired…
3 years later, she became my boss.
She tried to fire me at least 4-5 times over the next 10+ years.
It was quite a time in my life,

and

I certainly grew closer to the Lord.
I memorized scripture when I could not sleep at night.
I listened to scriptures while I walked before work, during breaks and after the day ended.
I listened to the Word while ironing, cooking, gardening and mowing the lawn.
I don’t think I would have survived without it.
Almost EVERY evaluation was her pushing me to quit – or – threatening to fire me.
It was exhausting, but thru it all, I ‘liked’ her – strange, I know,
but

I think it was God helping me submit in the face of adversity.
I respected her.
I worked hard, often 12-14 hour days.
I found peace in the beauty God provided all around me… flowers & clouds, sunsets & sunrises… etc.
I stayed involved in church, participated in small groups and mission trips… volunteered – all of it helped.
I asked God to let me be at home more, and He showed me financially how to do it.
I saved. I humbled myself.
After several more years, I was ‘released’ from the job after God showed me what He wanted me to do next.
I felt underqualified for the next step,

but

I was willing.
That was almost 5 years ago, and now I get to stay home most days.
God is faithful.
Our desires, I believe are His desires.
Ever since I was a little girl, I wanted to be a house-wife,
but
I got good grades, so college was a ‘go’ since I was on scholarship…
jobs came regularly, sometimes I worked up to #6 jobs at a time. Now I have #2.
God is faithful.”

:)

I also shared about how submitting & respecting my hubby has led to MANY answered prayers.

:)

God is faithful.

Lamentations 3:22-23

22 The faithful love of the Lord never ends!
    His mercies never cease.
23 Great is his faithfulness;
    his mercies begin afresh each morning.

New Living Translation (NLT)

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