Wednesday, October 29, 2008

A Gentle Thunder

"My God will use his wonderful riches in Christ Jesus to give you everything you need."
Phililppians 4:19

God's faithfulness has never depended on the faithfulness of his children. He is faithful even when we aren't...When the disciples didn't pray, Jesus prayed.
When the disciples didn't see God, Jesus sought God.
When The disciples were weak, Jesus was strong. When the disciples had no faith, Jesus had faith. I simply think God is greater than our weakness. In fact, I think it is our weakness that reveales how great God is....God is faithful even when his children are not.

This came from Grace for the Moment Inspirational Thoughts by Max Lucado

Just in in these past weeks God has done so much for my family. When Joey was in New Mexico and drove to Oklahoma City, OK to wait for a load to return home....God provided him with a load to AK. So, much closer than having to drive his truck empty all the way. God made a way when we didn't see a way.
Now Joey is headed to Wisconsin...He will not arrive till tomorrow. We are praying for God to make a way for a load to come toward home so he will not be empty all the way. God knows our needs and I believe just has HE provided a load last week....HE will make a way for Joey this week.
There is so much more...if I listed all the wonderful things that God has would take me a long time and you would get oh so tired. HE provides for his children ! I am also thankful that HE provides for my every need!!!
God will make a way when we don't see a way!

What has God done for you ...when you didn't see a way?

Friday, October 24, 2008

Friday's Quote

"You must do the thing you think you cannot do."
Eleanor Roosevelt

"Courage is the price that life exacts for granting peace.
The soul that knows it not, knows no release
From little things;
Knows not the livid loneliness of fear."
Amelia Earhart

"If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant: if we did not sometimes
taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome."
Anne Bradstreet

Do you have a favorite quote? If so, I would love for you share it with me.
Which of the three quotes do you like best?

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Butterfly Award

I am behind on a few things ...Tracy gave me this award last week.
I have then honor of receiving this Butterfly Award from Tracy at Seed Thoughts. Tracy is always inspiring and encouraging and when you stop by her blog I am sure you be blessed.

Thanks Tracy for giving me this award!!!!!
I would like to pass this award on to the following blogs who have inspired me. I enjoy stopping by each of these blogs. I encourage you visit their blogs.
I pass the Butterfly Blog Award for the Coolest Blog to:
Dee Dee @ No Greater Joy

The rules are to pass award on to others with their link and link back to the person from whom you received the award.
Have Fun!

Monday, October 13, 2008

A Place Where Nobody Knows Your Name

Sunday morning Joey and I go to a place where noboby knows our name. This place is in Alabama close to 2 hours away. It was like taking a step back in time. Beautiful, small, loving, people who welcomed us with open arms. A place you could call home.

Joey was invited to speak at a church on Sunday for morning and evening services. He was so excited...I was nervous. One of Joey's friends called and asked if he could go with us he arrived at our house and off we go. Sunday School starts at 10am ...preaching at 11am. We timed it so we would arrive about 10:30... Well...that didn't happen. I knew I should have drove! Joey likes to talk and so does his friend. That is one reason I sat up front. At least I could hear the radio. Don't get me wrong...I like to talk too. Sometimes...I can be quiet...not often. Today was the day for me to not talk much. Anyway, We stopped by McDonald's for a breakfast to go and of all days for them to be was the day. Which made us behind on our journey. Joey and J are talking and then we slow down....speed up....slow down...speed up....slow down. I looked at the the speed we were going....I looked at Joey and said if you don't speed up and keep your foot on the gas we are not going to make it on time. He pats me on the hand...confidently "it will be alright". Then the clock gets to about 10:20....Joey starts to put his hand over the clock so I can't see... He decides to take a different road that he knows to miss all the red lights. I start to panic. Everytime we take this road ....we always get lost!!! I reminded Joey of this...he pats my hand again and says "it will be alright". We get 2 miles into the road and they are working on the road and traffic is backed UP. Joey said " OH NO this isn't good" and immediately take the exit off the road...he starts going turning right...left..right... I asked " do you know where you are? he said "NO" I said "great"! The time now is 10:30 ....Joey sees a bridge and remembers his way. so off we go again on the Right road.
We arrive at the church about 5 minutes before the choir comes out.

Johnny is this nice man who called Joey ....he meets us at the door and asks my name and Joey is motioning for me to go on in and sit down. I really need to go to the restroom....with 2 hours of driving fast...slow...then FAST the McDonald's diet coke. The restroom is right at the door in foyer....I look around like a deer in headlights...thinking what do I do? Everyone is turned looking at I make a mad dash to the ladies room and hope I make it out before the choir takes the stage? I start praying...okay God what do I do? the next thing I know I am on the second pew from the front! So, I told God....since the ladies room is out...will you control the urges and my bladder till church is over. God is so good....HE did just that!

Johnny comes to the front of the church stops and asks me where are we from....the church is quiet and I am trying to tell him "Jemison" he saids "what?" I said "Jemison" then I start to spell it for him. I feel like everyone is looking and can hear me. I start "J E M I S O N" he is trying to hear me and I have to spell it again. Then he says " Where is this place?" I told him South of Birmingham approx. 34 miles....He nods and says "Oh is this close to Shocko Springs?" I smile and say " no it is in Chilton County you know like the peaches" he nods goes to the front to start the service and he welcomes us and tells us that everyone wants to know where we are from... He looks at us with a big smile and proceeds to tell everyone that we are from Jemison 34 miles South of Birmingham and Shocko Springs is not close to us. Everyone laughs. I don't really know what Shocko Springs has to do with any of this...but, okay.

When the choir starts singing .....I noticed Joey squinting.... I asked "Did you bring your glasses so you can see the bible?" he shook his head ...NO. I am thinking ....Oh great.....we show up just in time for Joey to speak time to greet the congreation....and now he want be able to see the words to read them. I start praying again....I'm not sure I had really stopped. The choir takes a seat ...someone nods at Joey ...he pats my hand again like he had so many times this day...saying "it will be alright".
I realize at that moment that everything would be okay. My man in his nice suite...all dressed up and oh so handsome...takes the stage and if he was nervous would never know it.

Joey's message was from Matthew 4:19 "And He said the them, "Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men." "Follow Me" was the key words that Joey was focusing on. Joey stretched out his arms to hold his bible and read the words and made a small joke about his eye sight. Everyone laughed.... GOD was in control! Joey let God take control and use him and we all soaked up the message like sponges.

If you have never heard Joey speak (preach) you have really missed something. He lets go and lets God. He gets so is amazing to me sometimes. The week before...Joey receives a phone call asking what kind of food we like....the people of the church want to cook for us. So, I told Joey to not get to excited because they may decide to not feed us after his message....this of course is a joke.. After the service...everyone was coming up to us and shaking hands...some even hugged my neck and told us how nice it was to meet us.

We go to the Family Life Center to eat lunch and finally the ladies room. The food was Deliciously great. They went all out for us. Pork chops, fried okra, cream potatoes, peas, green beans, cornbread and of course Sweat Tea. The vegetables were fresh from soneone's garden. Mississippi Mud pie was awesome! There was also 2 other pies...I didn't eat any of those...Joey said they were good.
We hung around the family life center for a while talking, listening to the people talk about their church was built in the 1800's. It was neat to hear the history and see the pictures.
We then went to a member's home where Joey and I changed clothes and relaxed for a short time. I again was nervous about going into a strangers home... Joey says I am weird sometimes about things...oh well. I felt the pat on my hand "it will be alright". He was right ...everything was alright! We had fun getting to know the family and seeing their beautiful horses.
When we arrived at the church for the evening service everyone seemed so glad to see us. Joey preached another great message...this one out of 1 Peter.
After the service they came and talked to us more...trying to get to know us better. Some even asked Joey if he was looking for a church.

We had a wonderful day!
Like the theme song from Cheers..."Sometimes you wanta go where everybody know your name."
For me it was great to go to " A PlaceWhere Nobody Knows Your Name. "

Friday, October 10, 2008

Friday's Quote

I received this in an e-mail and thought it was cute .

Dear Lord,
So far today, I am doing all right.
I have not gossiped, lost my temper, been greedy, grumpy, nasty, selfish, or self-indulgent. I have not whined, complained, cursed, or eaten any chocolate. I have charged nothing on my credit card.
But I will be getting out of bed in a minute, and I think that I will really need your help then.

"Anger is a condition in which the tongue works faster than the mind"

"You can't change the past but you can ruin the present by worrying over the future"

"God always gives His best to those who leave the choice with Him"

"A hug is a great size fits all. It can be given for any occasion and it's easy to exchange"

On all of these the Authur is Unknown.

One of my favorites: "Life is not easy and it will never be, but you've got friends and one of them is me"

I am so blessed to have friends...I truly don't know where I would be without you. God has brought each and everyone into my life and I am thankful for you! Thanks for all the encouragement, prayers, phone calls, comments, and let's not forget girls night out!
Do you have a friend that you haven't talked to in a while? Call them or send a quick e-mail or card.
Thank-you for being a friend!


Thursday, October 9, 2008

Thankful Thursday

I am Thankful for:
God answering my prayers
Joey having work
The rain we received yesterday
Cooler weather
God supplies my needs
No school on Monday the 13th because its Columbus Day!
What are you thankful for? Visit Iris at Grace Alone for more thanks.

Friday, October 3, 2008

Friday's Quote

Friday's Quote...

"Women are like teabags. We don't know our true strength until we are in hot water! "
Eleanor Roosevelt

Is this not the truth? I hope this brought a smile to your pretty faces or maybe even a chuckle!

This is one of my favorite quotes!

"Dance as though no one is watching you; love as though you have never been hurt before, sing as though no one can hear you, live as though heaven is on earth."
Alfred Souza

Only if we could do just this. Today is one of our dress up days for Homecoming that is next Tuesday. Tacky hair and tacky dress. I wish you could see the students. They are tacky! LOL
They are having a grand time . I just feel happy and I am going to dance, sing, love and live like not one is watching...How about you?

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Thankful Thursday

Today I am Thankful for :



Co-worker/friend Kerri whose husband brought us Shrimp Broil for lunch today and the yummy German Chocolate cake her mom made.

My job

The beautiful red bird that was outside my window this morning singing a song.

For the things that God is doing in my life and for the things that HE is going to do.

The nice cooler weather we are having...

My beautiful daughter Andrea

What are you thankful for? For more Thankful Thursday visit Iris at Grace Alone...