Friday, January 23, 2015

Fresh On Friday ~ Be Encouraged


Fresh on Friday ~ A word of encouragement !


The world is round and the place which may seem like the end may also be only the beginning.   ~  Ivy Baker Priest


 Encourage someone, its what echos from my heart today.....

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Thankful Thursday!


 Linking up again with Rebecca Jo at http://www.knitbygodshand.com/


It's thankful Thursday and for the record I find things to be thankful for in every day, but it's fun to link up with other thankful folks on a set date!

 I am thankful for many things far greater than today's list, but I'm thankful none the less.

I'm thankful for Netflix, I just signed up a couple days ago.  Fun to look through all the movies we've missed.  We rarely go to movies, for me the price is insane!! I go only if it's a movie best seen on the big screen, such as The Wizard of Oz, Titanic etc...The first Movie we watched was Catching Fire, the sequel to Hunger Games. Thumbs up!

Also new to be thankful for, Amazon Prime. Free shipping on any orders (which are many in a years time), and most importantly, something Netflix is lacking, Donton Abbey!! I'm very excited to find out what I've missed that so many have enjoyed for several seasons now. I've watch only two episodes but I was hooked after the the first one.

I am most thankful for my friend Jane, we have been out of touch for almost 10 months.  The sad thing is she lives near by, and attends my church (different service). We wave and exchange hugs and continue on. Really!
Life will get in the way of whats important if we let it.  I am making a conscious effort to be a better friend this year and Jane was where I needed to start.  She is wise, loving, and best of all she serves me tea out of  beautiful ceramic tea pots!! Thankful to have her back in my routine.

Thankful I have started  following a blog called Mundane Faithfulness. A beautifully written blog that is the journey of Kara Tippets battle with cancer. It's a battle she is nearing the end of but so inspiring.  She is an amazing example of faithfulness and thankfulness in the midst of the hard times. She has put living into perspective to say the least. Looking for grace in the hard! I just finished her book "the hardest peace".  This is a book for everyone in need of grace, especially if you have fought the fight of cancer. Really love her writing style, her faith, her willingness to share her journey authentically. I can't recommend it strongly enough, there is much to be gleaned from it. My hope is you don't let the subject matter keep you from it.


That's my current thoughts on thankfulness! What are you thankful for today?

Thankfulness is what echos from my heart today ~

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Doubts, Worry, Fear ~





So if God is in control, why would I worry, be fearful or doubt Him?

Recent events that are occurring around me began to worry me as to what the result of these events would be.  I stopped in my tracks and recalled that I had been through a weekend of teaching several months ago as to the Sovereignty of God.. I was reminded He knows what is ahead for me, and regardless of the outcome I will trust God with it.  He knows the outcome, and He he knows what will result because of the outcome. It's the place where my faith is to remain it's strongest, trusting Him with it all. So if God wants what is best for me, why would I worry....worry is a lack of faith. I'm to have faith that He has "this" whatever the "this" may be on a given day.

The sovereignty of God is a big stumbling block for many. If God is really in control why does He allow bad things to happen, why does cancer still exist, why all the suffering?  The answer for me as a Christian is that there is no way to truly grasp the why's this side of heaven...instead I need to continue to have faith in God's goodness, His promises and His love for me.

Is there something you need to let go of?  Let go and really trust He has the best for you in mind? There is always something to learn from the tough times, though we may not see it at the time. Many times we attempt to maneuver situations rather than trusting God with them.  Word of advice, stay out of His way. It's possible the situation is close to being resolved and then you step in trying to fix, only to set it back again.

Proverbs 3:5 - Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.


It's comforting to remind myself, God has only good things in store for my life.  The bad is from the enemy, or of my own free will I've made bad choices. We live in a fallen world, our heavenly Father does not do things to harm us.

This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live.
 Deuteronomy 30:19

I know that God has a perfect plan for all of us, however He doesn't force any to walk the path He has chosen. His Word tells us what are the best choices, but He will not make the choices for us.
He has left the choices to each one of us, it's called free will.

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.
Jeremiah 29:11

God has a reason for allowing things to happen. We may not understand His wisdom.
We simply have to trust His Will for each of us. 

Regardless of all I don't understand right now; regardless of how hard or uncomfortable it may seem, God is with me. The God who spoke life into each of us, I have to ask myself, what can stand against me If God is for me? 

Trusting God in all things, it is possible for those who believe He is a Sovereign God.
He's got "this"!

Its what echos from my heart today...


No matter how much you don’t understand life as it is right now; no matter how uncomfortable it may seem or how hard it gets, don’t give up.  If God is with you -  the same God who spoke life into you, the same God who IS and knows the beginning and the end, the same God who knew you before the foundation of this world -is with you, then ask yourself who or WHAT can stand against you. - See more at: http://2praisegod.com/blog/2010/04/trusting-god-when-you-dont-understand/#sthash.XFuHNYy8.dpuf
No matter how much you don’t understand life as it is right now; no matter how uncomfortable it may seem or how hard it gets, don’t give up.  If God is with you -  the same God who spoke life into you, the same God who IS and knows the beginning and the end, the same God who knew you before the foundation of this world -is with you, then ask yourself who or WHAT can stand against you. - See more at: http://2praisegod.com/blog/2010/04/trusting-god-when-you-dont-understand/#sthash.XFuHNYy8.dpuf


No matter how much you don’t understand life as it is right now; no matter how uncomfortable it may seem or how hard it gets, don’t give up.  If God is with you -  the same God who spoke life into you, the same God who IS and knows the beginning and the end, the same God who knew you before the foundation of this world -is with you, then ask yourself who or WHAT can stand against you. - See more at: http://2praisegod.com/blog/2010/04/trusting-god-when-you-dont-understand/#sthash.XFuHNYy8.dpuf
No matter how much you don’t understand life as it is right now; no matter how uncomfortable it may seem or how hard it gets, don’t give up.  If God is with you -  the same God who spoke life into you, the same God who IS and knows the beginning and the end, the same God who knew you before the foundation of this world -is with you, then ask yourself who or WHAT can stand against you. - See more at: http://2praisegod.com/blog/2010/04/trusting-god-when-you-dont-understand/#sthash.XFuHNYy8.dpuf
No matter how much you don’t understand life as it is right now; no matter how uncomfortable it may seem or how hard it gets, don’t give up.  If God is with you -  the same God who spoke life into you, the same God who IS and knows the beginning and the end, the same God who knew you before the foundation of this world -is with you, then ask yourself who or WHAT can stand against you. - See more at: http://2praisegod.com/blog/2010/04/trusting-god-when-you-dont-understand/#sthash.XFuHNYy8.dpuf



Thursday, January 15, 2015

Thankful Thursday!

I linked up with Rebecca at Knit by God's Hand, love her blog! http://www.knitbygodshand.com/
Thursdays are now Thankful Thursdays, love the idea.
Some days I may just post one thing I'm truly thankful for, today the most important!

Family ~ so thankful for my family, as we get older we become friends with the same bloodline.

Grandkids~ They fit in as family only way better, nuff said.

Faith ~ I'm forever thankful for my faith, I often wonder how others manage without it.

Friends ~ I think as I've grown older I've realized I have a lot of acquaintances whom I truly care about and in fact love, and not as many true, trust you with my story, count on you no matter what, friends. I treasure my friendships, still have a couple from kindergarten ( love you Maria, Vickie and Gail Suzane). I'm not low on friendships, I've just learned not all acquaintances fit the bill of true through and through friendships. Hope this is coming across as I intend it? Bottom line I am thankful for all!!

I think it's going to be healthy reminding myself more regularly of that which I'm thankful for.

It's what echos from my heart today......

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Time 2015 ~ Seriously!



I have known for a long time that I need to better manage my time.
I often ask God to show me the areas I need to work on. Warning, if you ask, He'll tell you!
For me it was how I spend my time and how it was prioritized.
The topic of time and how we spend it goes hand in hand with our spouses, family and friends.

Knowing my first priority is to know God and to serve God, it's my starting point.
To know Him well is important and like any strong relationship we need to put in the time.
Time in His Word, time in fellowship with other believers. Then,time in our marriage and family, time with non-believers is also important..

If I want more quality time with my spouse, I need to show him he matters. When our needs are unmet it's possible one or the other is not willing to put in the time to show the other that they matter? Or, you maybe you've quit trying?  Another reminder once again it's not about me, it's about us, or it should be. Spending time with our spouse/family shows them that they matter, it keeps the relationships fresh, it allows us to know each other and what is going on with each other, in thoughts and individual lives. What are we telling them about their worth, when we're squeezing them in our over committed schedules...? Hmmm. How many over commit at the expense of a spouse or children, friendships?.

Spending time with a spouse's is an expression of love. Be it sitting in the same room without words, it still speaks to them, "this is where I want to be, alongside you!" Ideally, time without distraction of the electronic world, i pads, phones etc.... They kinda speak your not worthy of my full attention, ouch!  We don't want to miss the moments....Imagine if you put the time into your relationship you do outside the home. I believe it could be very powerful to be the recipient at  the other end of that investment.

I hope  in 2015 to share more meals with friends, more moments to cherish with my husband and our family.
At the risk of sounding cliche, on my death bed I don't think I'll be wishing I had more commitments that took me away from my family and friends. I don't want to squeeze either into my schedule. I hope to be what I need to be to them.  If I am doing that in an unhurried manner, and they know I'm making them a priority, then I can consider saying yes to more commitments.

I've been  reading  "the Best yes" by Lysa Terkeurst, I highly recommend it to those that have a hard time with saying no, and are over committing. She puts commitment and saying yes or no into perspective based on Biblical verses.


If I focus solely on myself and doing just what makes me happy, rarely considering those closest to me day in and day out, how are they to know they matter? Even with the flaws and things that may drive us crazy about them, we need to show them our love. Show them in ways other than, placing a meal before them and doing their laundry. Really, one could go to a restaurant if it were only about the meal, right? It's about doing more than the minimum for our spouses, and in our friendships. If it's solely about self, how are we to ever empathize and connect with them? Both  important factors in a marriage,and other relationships, go figure.

1 Corinthians 13:4 New International Version

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.

If we could just focus on the loving part it would make the being kind, being patient part much easier. (however, no one said it would be easy) Take our focus off past hurts, what they don't do, what they do wrong and just love them today. God never said quit trying, quit loving when it gets hard. He said to LOVE!
Love today because there is no promise of tomorrow.
Proverbs 27:1 New International Version
Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring.

Psalm 90:12 
Teach us to realize the brevity of life,
so that we may grow in wisdom.


As a believer, it behooves us ask, Is God pleased with how I spend my time? Have I prioritized my life and those in it correctly? When we use our gifts and abilities to help others it's called our ministry or service.
Ministry or service both inside our homes and out! If it's about love, God's greatest commandment, shouldn't our spouse/families be just under God on that list? Before we volunteer for yet another thing that takes us away from our families/spouses I believe we need to first make sure we taking the needed time with them, loving them as God does? That requires changing the I to Us.


I read these recently and they really grabbed my attention.


I prefer to think of 'time management' as 'Personal Leadership' because when a leader 'leads' themselves then the events (time) in his / her life works out properly and she/he impacts his target zone properly. When a wannabe leader squanders time or uses it frivolously she may also fritter away the chance to have the impact that God has in mind.
 


Being busy does not wear us out – in fact if we’re doing what we’re ‘wired to do’ it charges us up.  

 (Jeff Fuson)
 
I'm wired to study God's Word and live it out in action and deed. I'm wired to be a wife to my husband, mother to my children and Namaw to my 7 little gifts. Time is my word for this year, and managing it better is my goal. Time is mentioned more times than I knew in the Bible, that makes it  important to Him. My life needs a better balance of how I spend my time and my first ministry will start at home. After all, it was very much apart of our wedding vows...... I promise to_______!
Taking the time to remember them all. 

Time, and tomorrows not promised are what echo from my heart today..... 


 

Monday, January 5, 2015

One Long Christmas Holiday!

Happy New Year to all of you!

Goodness, that was a very long December. So long...I've posted photos to prove it :-)
Thankful for a new month in a new year.
Christmas Eve was quiet. Bob, Khloe and I attended a beautiful Christmas Eve service at Church, followed by an early dinner of lasagna and warm bread...with two of the kids and two of the Grands. Khloe and Ellery got to check out their stocking stuffers...Namaw felt they should open something!

 Sweet Bean's posing with her Beep tree....now known as birds :-)

Pa and Bean's heading to church.


Namaw and the Sweet Beans

Happy to be in the big Church!






Christmas Day at my eldest son Mike and wife Katie's home.  We had a wonderful time with Mike, Katie and kids, Katie's family, my son Brian and girlfriend Brittany, and Mike and Brian's Dad and his wife.  Enjoyed a lovely dinner, lots of conversation and lots of gifts....for the kiddos!  Always a day we look forward to.

Ellery Grace...she was happy sitting in her new chair....



Love this of Khloe and her Auntie

Son Brian, Brittany and Ellery with her new hat :-)

DIL Katie....she and Mike make it such a great day!

The morning after Christmas we drove north about an hour an 15 minutes to pick up our oldest grand daughters Julia and Aubrie. We traditionally head to Coronado Island, tour the Hotel Del to see the Christmas decorations, dinner at our favorite Mexican restaurant, a short walk to our favorite spot for hot chocolate on a very cold winters eve, wrapping our evening up with The Festival of Christmas for a fabulous play. Our seats were second row center stage and the play was awesome.  We enjoy every second with these beautiful girls.  They truly are so well behaved, and well mannered young ladies.  We just beam with pride when it comes to how they have grown...kudos to daughter Jackie and hubby Ev on a job well done!




Pa, Aubrie, Julia and myself....happy old people......


Traditional photo on the bench while we await our table....


Hotel Del


Aubrie and Julia



Tradition that they pick out a new glass turtle every year.  Aubrie named this one Coronado :-)





The twenty seventh, Jackie, Ev and Grandson Gavin caravan-ed down with our son Joseph and his wife Angel and our two grandson's Dominic and Calib. We celebrated Christmas again with them. Mike and Katie joined us with Khloe and Ellery. First time in four years we had all seven grands in one spot...Can you believe I didn't get a photo of all 7 together??  Uggh! the most in a photo is five ;-(


Dominic and Ellery


Oldest Julia with youngest Ellery

Aunt Jackie and Ellery

Son Mike (posing) DIL Katie

Son, Uncle Joseph meets Ellery for the first time. Juila in background Calib on right.

Calib and Khloe bonded as cousins :-)

Ellery and Julia

She's a cute little gift!


Grandson Gavin with Daddy Ev.

Katie and Calib

Aubrie, Khloe and Calib

Gavin, Ellery and Dominic

Joseph, Angel and the boys stayed with us for five nights....lots of time to get reunited with those young boys! We are thankful we had that opportunity to do so, thankful for the miracle of Joseph  and for his wife Angel.  All have had a very long past eleven months to say the least.  Hats off to Angel who has just totally amazed me at all she does in a 24 hour period!! She is amazing and I can tell you I will pray for her to have energy to carry on each and every day. Joseph has a long road ahead and prayers are always appreciated!!
Son Joseph, DIL Angel, Dominic and Calib :-)

 I still thank God and all who prayed every time I see a photo of Joseph, thankful for his life is and understatement. He looks great!


January 2nd we were once again two under one roof.  We managed to deconstruct the Christmas decor and pack it away for another year. I found myself thinking I need to thin out the decor, it's just become an exhausting thing....I want it to return to simple ......and focus on family more.

Looking forward to a new year of blessings, we are indeed so blessed by our friends and family...that includes each of my blog readers. Striving to be a blessing to others this year!
It's what echos from my heart in the new year.....


Tuesday, December 23, 2014

December Arrived and Nearly Gone!

It has been so long since my last post that I still have a Fall background....Fall which lasted about a week here in So Cal...enough to see leaves on the trees change color, I love that!

We are officially in what we call Winter...we've recently had a week of high 60's-low 70's and last I heard Christmas day is expected to be 68....cold, for some of us. We are spoiled by our near perfect climate, love that windows can be open most days of the year, fresh air. Yet, I get excited about needing to wear a jacket or heck, even a sweater for that matter.  I don't need snow to shovel, ice on the roads, or the slush that follows to have enjoy winter, but I do want some cold! If I want snow I can drive up the mountain an hour and a half and see it, and it's beautiful!

Random quote I love; Wisdom makes decisions today that will still be good tomorrow
Lysa Terkeurst

Long way of getting to the point of how far behind I am in blogging.
Still having issues with the shoulder (here comes the old person talk we all say we'll never do).  I've learned I have a tear in my rotator cuff and at torn bicep tendon that needs to be "relocated". No idea when this will happen, the process does not sound at all fun.Surgery date is looming....

How I will miss having the girls...I'm thinking it will be the hardest part of recovery....no pain pill will take care of the routine of them in my life.  I know their Momma and Daddy will bring the over :-) it just won't be the same.

So enough poor me  :-) I've missed my blogging buds!!
I do try and get on- line to catch up with each of you, and boy that's a challenge, time waits for no one!!

We lost a very dear, funny, loving friend, who with his wife Joy was a part of our dinner group. Joe will be missed, but we will reunite with him one day in eternity... Yay! The photo is Joe and his wife Joy, love it . In the mean time we will keep an eye out for Joy and just continue to love her to bits!!



Our son's including Joseph!! and his family will be here Christmas Eve, can't wait to hug him and shower him with nothing but love.  His wife Angel,  has had a lot  to handle since last February, they are now living in Maryland near Walter Reed Hospital. Looking forward to reconnecting with them and with grandsons Dominic and Calib!!!

Christmas Day we will spend with my son Brian and girlfriend Brittany at my oldest son Mike and wife Katie's home.  Always a day of fun with Katie's family and my son's Dad and Step Mom, always look forward to it, just a great time!

The 26th we pick up our oldest Grands Julia and Aubrie for our annual day on Coronado island for dinner shopping and The Festival of Christmas play....we took them shopping last weekend for new outfits for the big day. Super excited for this day every year!

The 27th Julia and Aubrie's Mom, Dad and brother Gavin will be with us for a post Christmas visit....hoping Joseph and family can return for another visit as well :-)

God is so good, the thought of all of us together again.....no words can describe.

Leaving you with photos of days gone by since my "Fall" post ....you knew I would :-)





Below and early Christmas with my siblings and their families...



My sisters and our Grands!
 Ellery likes to show her teeth....

 Below cousins Ellery and Minnie



Ellery grabbing a hand full of sister's hair!



Ellery, whenever Marinara sauce is involved :-)

First day of Christmas baking...






 Love the above photo as nobody is really posed or ready for a shot....

Now you're up to date with photo overload...sorry, not so much :-)

Good to be back,
 Wishing all of you and your families a healthy, safe holiday season. 

Merry CHRISTmas!

For all who are missing someone, I know how difficult this time of year is.
Praying you are able to find joy in the memories, how priceless are they?
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HE gives me strength and takes my weakness. 
HE will give me peace and take away my suffering.
 What a good reminder for today and everyday.
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It's what echos from my ♡