Forgiveness by Grace through faith. It’s the only way!
Save us and help us with your right hand, that those you love may be delivered. Psalm 108:6
What an awesome prayer to remember. We do not bring people to Jesus. We are His right hand and He will help us, but again we must begin the conversation.
-From the Study Portion of my devotion – David prayed not only for rescue, but for Victory! Look for ways God can use your distress as an opportunity to show His mighty power.
I don’t have any real distress in my life, and what I do have is completely and totally self-inflicted. I mean if I could just get out of my own head and let God wrap His arms around me I would probably be fine. Unfortunately my stubborn nature wants to do everything by myself. And I can’t believe I just said that! Meri always wants to do everything by herself and I always say, let me help you. And that is what God is trying to say too. Are you listening? Are you hearing what God wants you to hear? Are you letting Him help you on your journey? Let’s make a promise to let God help us on our journey. Let’s open our hearts to Him today.
I am so excited to start a new adventure with Harlequin.com. There is so much support and such great opportunity with them. The challenges are realistic, the goals attainable and the benefits will help me grow into the writer I aspire to be. Already the juices of creativity have begun to stir. Every day, one day at a time, one hour at a time the written word will be captured for future readers to enjoy. I hope and pray some of those words will be mine!
The first challenge: Strangers on a train. Stay tuned for a sneak peek as soon as I submit it!
We have been enjoying the most beautiful and glorious evenings of late. We do not have a very long summer, so anytime it is extra enjoyable we try to soak it all up! The fireflies are extremely active right now. I wrote a little poem about them. And if you know me you know my affinity for frogs, so I added a couple of lines about them too!
I saw this sign on Facebook of course, I am sure it’s been everywhere, but this year in Minnesota it’s the honest to God truth! We came back from a little vacation in Las Vegas and my kids have been feeding the mosquitos very well! My little pumpkin looks like she has contracted the chicken pox, poor thing.
We always seem to have the worst mosquitos where I live. It’s deep in the woods and extremely humid here. There is lots of grass and of course delicate new skin from the kids to feed on. They love that. They don’t bother me as much, probably because I am just used to them or my skin is old and leathery and difficult for them to chew through. Who knows. I just wish they would let up a little. It’s making it impossible to go to the lake. Not to mention we will have to take out a small loan soon to pay for Cortizone and repellent. Have a bug free day!
This is a phrase you would often hear riding in the back of a pickup truck or riding your four wheeler through the forestry, otherwise you might fill up on bugs. Not always what you hear in the garden and not always from yourself, unless you are me! I ate a bug because I was talking to myself and not paying attention to the task at hand.
Not where you thought this post was going I bet. That’s ok, go ahead and chuckle and roll your eyes. That is what my husband does.
The garden is coming along fantastic! And the flowers have finally decided to emerge from their winter slumber. The leaves are turning green and everythinbe seems to be in full Spring glory.
Even those two mysterious campers that pull into the empty yard just up the road. They appear every Spring, but I have never actually seen anyone there. I know there are people who stay there though, because there are always ATVs and or vehicles in the yard. This has been going on a few years now and sooner or later I might get to the bottom of it!
Yes, this is one of the fun ways we pass the time in the toolies. We don’t have many neighbors or traffic around here, so when things change or new people start coming around it becomes sort of a game guessing their business. That’s life in our small town.
I can’t even believe how excited I am to have a garden again this year! I have been feeling guilty about that garden spot growing into a grassy part of the yard for 10 years. When we moved in 12 years ago one of the first things I wanted to do was find a garden spot. I found it and Mitch brought home a tiller so we dug it up. I planted, it grew, the summer was totally dry and a lot of the stuff was eaten by crickets. We did get lots of cucumbers and beans. I was disappointed, but wanted to keep it up. Then I became pregnant and any outdoor activity seemed way beyond my energy level, so the garden went to the bugs! Every year it seemed a little more work than I had time for especially with a little one. Then our tiller quit working and that seemed like the perfect excuse not to continue with worrying about having a garden. I gave up! Plain and simple. I had grand ideas of what I wanted to do, but lacked the drive to work for it. Ugh!
Well now I am a changed woman and I don’t have babies anymore. Even though I call the two hoodlums babies, they are actually toddlers and can keep themselves busy in the yard just fine.
I was out tilling tonight and every turn I make in that dirt just makes me smile! The smell of freshly turned soil is so relaxing. Even with a big rear-tine tiller jarring my arms back and forth through rough rooted grass land. I am in heaven and can’t wait to get back out there tomorrow. Hopefully we can get some mounds and rows completed and get some seeds in the ground.
Look what we did today! What was a patch of grass will soon become a bountiful harvest(we hope!). I think I am most excited about the pumpkin patch! Thank you mom for all the seeds! The kids are going to have a blast. The babies already had fun in the dirt today. They were running through here like they had never seen such a fun playground. Kids! Just wait until they have to weed or pick potato bugs:-)
I love freshly mown grass! It took most of the day, but I think we got it! I didn’t take pictures of the other two sections, because that would just be bragging:-) Haha!
To me a view from the toolies is this! My child didn’t know what a skyscraper was until it was a vocabulary word in his Social Studies class. When we sit on our deck as far as our eyes can see there are field and trees. I love it that way. No concrete jungle or tin city. Only what God created.
Cherry blossoms and all. I thought I killed my Hastas but they are coming up! I was so excited. Everything in the garden took it’s sweet time coming to the surface and I was starting to get nervous.
I was so afraid of becoming more of a couch potato when I started staying home. I love to sit on the couch and watch TV. But when I was working I needed that time to unwind and decompress. Now I have all the time in the day to do that. So I keep it moving now. I stand more than I sit. I try to keep moving throughout the day and I also throw in a little dancing now and then. My kids like the cartoons that have lots of music, so when the music starts we dance! I try to only sit on the couch when it’s nap time. Then we have a little cuddle time too!
I am not saying I exercise 12 hours a day. I really don’t like to exercise in the typical sense. I think it is so boring! I like to put on my favorite show or the kids favorite show and clean my house or jump on the elliptical for a while.
I find the best way to burn calories and keep moving is to take the kids outside. Or do they take me outside? I have trouble keeping them in sometimes. They love to run and scream their fool heads off outside and I let them, because we live in the middle of nowhere and it’s fun! Sometimes I chase them around the yard or we just go for a walk.
The best workout in my opinion is raking leaves. I am usually ready for a nap when I am done with that job! It burns calories and makes the yard look pretty.
I don’t do a total Yoga workout, but I love to stretch out my back and do some of the poses. My kids are usually under me or hanging off of me at some point during the routine. This picture made me smile.
Really? This is so true! Give yourself a break. We can’t be everything to everyone every second of the day. You are who you are and that is that. Be happy and content that you have given everything you can give. And if you mess up, do better tomorrow. Isn’t this what we tell our kids all the time, but when we make a mistake we can’t seem to forgive ourselves or just let it go. Follow your own parental advice and learn from your mistakes, but do not keep beating yourself up for them!
I must say being a farmer is difficult! Ha! We brought our newest member of the family home this weekend and her name is Stella. She is a beautiful New Zealand bunny. She is Ben’s 4-H fair project. We had secured a hutch and cage for her outside by or in the barn, but then daddy mentioned that maybe she should stay in the house and that’s how that went! She is very good at going potty in her box, but there is always wood shavings all over my kitchen. Hmmm…. I am still not sure about this, but we will see.