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43 years. He has put up with me for 45 total. People ask how he lives with me. I reply, what about me trying to live with someone who represents Jesus so well? We actually complement each other. It works. He still makes me laugh!!! Our foundation is built on our faith in, relationship with, and following of Jesus Christ.

Circa 1973...

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Fresh Find: Yes, be the best me I can be. It's all I control. You Do You & I'll do me! We will live together in harmony!!!

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Anniversary

 

Today is probably the most important celebration in our marriage in the last ten years. Ten years ago, Sir Clinton caught this...

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Every year we hear the story, and we laugh about how it happened. Congratulations to my husband for your finest catch!!!

 

On another note, tomorrow, May 17, we will celebrate 43 years together. A shadowed date by the celebrated catch, but still a day we honor. Happy anniversary to us!

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Fresh Find: Like this vinyl album holder!

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Purpose

 

It is not often that you will find me sharing a picture of myself with you. Charles Starnes took this shot this evening at Snack Pak 4 Kids. What I love about this picture is my little sidekick. Lincoln loves to help. When his mommy comes to help greet he ends up staying pretty close to me and follows me around and is the best little helper. It is important to remember that our heart, through our actions, is being seen by little eyes. God is good. His purpose, my calling.

He likes the candy bin, too! 

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Fresh Find: This KardiaMobile EKG Monitor looks interesting!

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What's in Your Bible?

 

Happy Mother's Day to those who are called to nurture. It is an arduous task. It is the most rewarding responsibility, being a mother, the one called to plant seeds into those they care for. In my sixty-three years (as of July 13th), I have discovered many things about others and myself when it comes to the Proverbs 31 woman.

 

The Hymn of a Good Woman

A good woman is hard to find,
    and worth far more than diamonds.
Her husband trusts her without reserve,
    and never has reason to regret it.
Never spiteful, she treats him generously
    all her life long.
She shops around for the best yarns and cottons,
    and enjoys knitting and sewing.
She’s like a trading ship that sails to faraway places
    and brings back exotic surprises.
She’s up before dawn, preparing breakfast
    for her family and organizing her day.
She looks over a field and buys it,
    then, with money she’s put aside, plants a garden.
First thing in the morning, she dresses for work,
    rolls up her sleeves, eager to get started.
She senses the worth of her work,
    is in no hurry to call it quits for the day.
She’s skilled in the crafts of home and hearth,
    diligent in homemaking.
She’s quick to assist anyone in need,
    reaches out to help the poor.
She doesn’t worry about her family when it snows;
    their winter clothes are all mended and ready to wear.
She makes her own clothing,
    and dresses in colorful linens and silks.
Her husband is greatly respected
    when he deliberates with the city fathers.
She designs gowns and sells them,
    brings the sweaters she knits to the dress shops.
Her clothes are well-made and elegant,
    and she always faces tomorrow with a smile.
When she speaks she has something worthwhile to say,
    and she always says it kindly.
She keeps an eye on everyone in her household,
    and keeps them all busy and productive.
Her children respect and bless her;
    her husband joins in with words of praise:
“Many women have done wonderful things,
    but you’ve outclassed them all!”
Charm can mislead and beauty soon fades.
    The woman to be admired and praised
    is the woman who lives in the Fear-of-God.
Give her everything she deserves!
    Festoon her life with praises!

I know Proverbs 31 women. I admire the women I believe live up to this scripture. I live a fragmented life, and I see shards of evidence here that allows me to hope that somewhere along the way the ones I love know how much I care for them and the depths of my commitment to my faith is what allows me to be more than I am. 

What's in your Bible, moms? A Bible is a beautiful thing, but a Bible without the soul or heart of the owner is a book that will be just a book in the end. What we have in our Bible is an end of life testimony to our children or those we nurture. I see it time and time again when someone inhales into their eternal home, the ones who remain want their Bible. It is the one thing that is considered Life that continually allows the connection to live on.

I understand that our actions speak the loudest, I'm talking about the legacy of the Bible generationally.

Think about this today, on Mother's Day. What's in our Bible matters! Do you have any markings or special notes to your children or grandchildren in the tabs? Are important scriptures underlined or highlighted? Are there special momentoes that are stuck inside that allow a sneak peek into your heart? Those we leave behind need these precious bits of encouragement in a time that is difficult. 

I encourage us to dedicate some time to leaving a Bible that our loved ones might cherish once we are gone because they know how much it meant to us and how much we love Jesus. 

What's in your Bible?

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Fresh Find: I think this type of air conditioner over a window unit would be better??? You'll it is going to get hot!!!

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Recital

 

Our middle oldest grandsister performed in her recital this evening. Getting dressed up in their costumes is such a fun time in every young dancer's life. They feel beautiful; they are beautiful!! She did a good job!

 

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Fresh Find: Hahaha! I love this Pinocchio paper towel holder!!!

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Warning . Graphic

 

Driving down the street on my way home from the radio station I took a zig-zag route to take a few pictures. I pass an old building, and I get this nudge to take a picture. I look, I see and old grilled door. I stop at the stop sign and am like, okay, I'll turn around. Maybe it looks different from another angle; I'm just not seeing it. I turn into the parking area and drive until I can see the grilled door. I still feel I do not see it. Then, my eyes slowly move to see a Blue Jay eating its prey.

I can't watch nature movies because they are so graphic. I'm sitting there watching this Blue Jay go at its meat like it was ravished. This is when I'm thankful I don't see well. LOL

I know that I am supposed to take pictures, and while I shoot, I'm asking myself what it is that God wants me to learn, to share, to create action from what my eyes are seeing. I think we forget that God has set into motion the circle of life. It is magnificent. It goes "live" every day without fail.

God provides and when he doesn't, it is finished. Then, as Believers, we are in the presence of Jesus.

We are like the birds of the air in that we were created to desire food. We are very different than all other created beings in that we are created to hunger for something more, spiritual food that provides the stamina to serve. God is so very good.. 

 

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The young lions suffer want and hunger, but those who seek the LORD lack no good thing. Psalm 34:10

 

 

 

 

Fresh Find: Adorable storage bowls!

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Death

 

We walk close to death until the end when death comes one last time and walks beside us. The question is, where will death take us? We live in a death-denying culture even though death is central to the human condition. The moment we are born we begin the process of dying. Back to the question of, where will death take us? I don't want to get into the debate of whether there are actual places named Hell and Heaven. I don't imagine seeing a big neon sign flashing "Hell" at the end of some superhighway with a post script that reads, "You took a wrong turn." Nor, do I imagine the cloud curtains being pulled apart in the sky and the musical, "Last Bus to Eternity" being performed in technicolor by the Chamber Singers to get the attention of non-believers. But, I trust that there will be a live video filled with the best action sequences ever for all to see!

I do believe the Bible is the word of God, period. No debating there. In scripture, we read about what happens when we die. In Ecclesiastes 12:7, we learn two things.  And the dust returns to the earth as it was, and the spirit returns to God who gave it. Our physical body turns to dust, and the spirit returns to God who gave it. Our spirit belongs to God, and to me this is referring to both the followers of Christ and those who don't believe. I don't know this for sure, and I don't really need to know, God knows. I believe, too, that He is the one who will determine our joy!

Jesus said to her, I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live. John 11:25

This is my story, my song; I live because he died. All I did was tell him that I needed Him to save me from myself. He offered me forgiveness and Eternal Life. Where this Eternal Life is, I do not know. I have reason to believe that the spectrum of colors that my 'eyes to see' will see will take my breath away.

For the one who has the Living Water within them, the last breath of death is the sweetest moment. Inhale here, exhale into the arms of Jesus.

For those who have denied the life filled with the joy of Jesus, I want to believe there will be changes that will lead you home. It is my prayer. 

1 Corinthians 15:51, Behold! I tell you a mystery. We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed...

I can see it now, awake 24/7 like New York, New York, and getting to see, "Angels We Have Heard On High," performed on Broadway outside the Mansion of Gold. Something like this would have to change us!

For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. Philippians 1:21

Living fully!

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Fresh Find: Fun watermelon cooler bag!

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Sweet Things, Sweet Ones!

 

There are some sweet things, or things that I believe have sweet thoughts attached to them.

 

I was at a local florist, and I saw the cutest little firefighter's pants filled with goodies like candy and other treats. These weren't just any firefighter's pants; they were woven. Someone did a wonderful job creating these for our fire stations evening shift on May 4th, celebrating National Firefighters Day.

 

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What a wonderful gift book I got in the mail from Covenant Health Lubbock as the entire Covenant system celebrates 100 years of health ministry to our area.

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Precious friends created these art pieces for me...Spooky Rach & Susie Q!

We have many MANY creative people in the Plainview neighborhood!!!

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Then, a long time Plainview family raised a daughter that I have grown to love. She gave me this awesome skateboarder! Thank you KGlowicki!

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It isn't the giving or getting, it is the blessing of connecting on a deeper level that brings me so much joy! Thank you, sweet ones!

 

 

 

 

Fresh Find: What an amazing chair. Classic! I remember these from when I was younger. Love the color!

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