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Monday, August 24, 2015

BEACH Vacay 2015 -Day 1

Is there such a thing as a vacay drive happening in this day and age without having some sort of traffic jam? Not on a Georgia highway, that's for sure!

I love my husband but sitting in traffic seems to push him to the limits of his Christian charity.

it did not last too long....

We began our trip with full confidence that the GPS had us safely in hand. At about the mid-point in our trip, we began to wonder. 

Were we headed to the beach or had the mysterious voice in our GPS taken control and decided that the middle of nowhere was a more desirable destination. We were traveling down lonely roads with no other cars in sight in some unknown rural part of Alabama. The roadside was a sea of tall scrub pines, the very picture of a scene from the walking dead.  I kept an eye out for the possibility of the zombie apocalypse, cause if we never returned nobody would ever be able to find us.

I was thankful that we did have a cooler full of vacay food in the very real event that we were hopelessly lost in the rural depths of Alabama with no gas station, restaurant 
or any other signs of human life to be found. 

I was also very thankful that we had the good judgment to fill up before entering the rural wasteland.

 After about an hour of our rural explorations,  we sought the comfort of multiple GPS units to ensure that we were in fact heading in the right direction. We felt somewhat reassured that all three of our units, my phone, the husbands phone and the standard GPS unit were all guiding us in the same direction. 

After six-plus hours on the road, we did end up at our destination. 
I will reflect upon the deficits of the condo in a later post.
I was just thankful to be out of the car and no longer wondering 
the rural depths of zombie apocalyptic Alabama.

The husband volunteered to run to the grocery story for the few items we needed. I was left alone to breath for a few minutes, the simple task of turning on the television proved too much for me. 
We eventually had to call the owners of the condo for instruction on exactly how to turn the television on. Let's just say that there was no printed instruction on how to maneuver 
the three remotes anywhere to be had. 

Not to mention the hoops we had to jump through to get connected the WiFi...and the WiFi was kinda important because we had NO SIGNAL ON EITHER OF OUR CELL PHONES!

Fortunately, we weren't on vacation to watch television 
or surf the web, 
however, we eventually got all the technical issue sorted out and our groceries in place we set out to say hello the Gulf...
The sun was beginning it decent, but it was still several hours away and we were fading fast. Our first sunset for this vacay would have to wait, our tummies were grumbling and our energy was waning.

The ocean breeze was beginning to work its magic, washing away memories of being stranded in rural Alabama, threats of being killed by wondering zombies or having to crack the code on three separate remotes and solving network WiFi issues.
The coolness of the gulf washed over my feet as they settled down into the soft sand and I was in heaven.

Our first vacation selfie, ever since I got my new smart phone in May of this year I have been struggling with the proper positioning and technique of the selfie.
I get it right about half of the time. I have lost count how many pictures of the inside of my hand I have deleted from my phone, am I preaching truth to anybody else!

After our long drive, we were ready for a good nights rest so we headed back to the condo.
 I began my vacation with a much-deserved celebratory
pomegranate martini.

It was good y'all!

Feet propped on a pillow, sip'n a cocktail at the beach!

Good Stuff!

Beach Vacay Day One was at a close!


Day Two, I promise some much better pictures...

Monday, August 17, 2015

The Girlchild Update and a Vacation

For the few of you who still read my blog, the Girlchild made it home safely from the beach.

Momma, made it through on her knees, but I made it through.

The one fact remains steadfast, there is no problem that prayer can not soften, I could not actually know what she was doing, I had to trust in the foundations we have laid for, the foundation she has taken up for herself.

God is good and a steady stream of conversation with the creator kept my head from exploding, my accountability sisters were awesome as well.

I don't know what I would do without those women in my life!!! FOR REELZ!

Life is funny, I am convinced that God has a wonderfully sharp sense of humor. No sooner does the girlchild make it home safely from her first unsupervised vacay, what do we do????

We promptly head out leaving her all by her lonesome while we enjoyed some down time, some much needed down time in fact.

So I switch from concern over her being at the beach unsupervised to worries about her having the house all to herself.

So, I'm think'n that God is trying to teach me something, I just need to figure out what it is...

Trust in God...
Trust the foundation...
Trust, Trust, Trust...
Do not worry...
Train up a child in the way they should go...
Be still and know that I am God...

Take your pick!

And I had no signal whilst at the beach so I couldn't  phone home!

Another valuable lesson...

It's ok to unplug every now and again.

We arrived back home to find that the house was still standing, the Girlchild was fine, the dog did not starve, nor did she and all was well.

I know she did not starve because the physical evidence she left behind was still in the sink.

And yes, she did clean it up, cause momma wasn't doing it....

GOD IS GOOD y'all! !!


PS: Contemplating doing some vacations posts...it was good y'all!

So keep an eye out...

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Streaching Those Prayer Muscles

Sooooooo it's been a different kind of week for me.

As a mom, I have those moments when I am stuck in worry and concern. The rational side of my brain tells me to let go and let God handle things. That would be the smart thing to do.

Me and smart have a love hate relationship!

It was another maternal milestone, watching my daughter drive down the street heading for her first vacation...without ME!

She and three of her friends headed to the beach. She worked hard all year long, ended the semester with a 4.0 and working diligently saving her paycheck.

Yet, for as hard as she worked, the momma in me wanted to throw myself on the hood of the car and scream "DON'T LEAVE ME! "

I was good, I was a grown up, I did snap a picture of her car, licence plate and student parking pass (while she wasn't looking ) because, yes I need to recognize that my little girl really isn't my little girl anymore, but flashes of the nightly news are very real.

My instructions:

If you walk away from your drink it goes in the trash, better yet never leave your cup unattended. 
Never go anywhere by yourself! Stay together always!

Be safe and be smart!

I don't know about y'all, but when I was a young thing it never once crossed my mind that someone might slip something into my drink or that I could have been abducted and sold into the sex trade.

The evil one places a rolling loop of horrible thoughts, images and possibilities in my path.

The good news is prayer and God's word are powerful and effective tools. My Accountability sisters have been holding me up. I have been praying without ceasing for the past seven days.

She drives home today, so one last hurdle,  arriving safely home. I have another marathon prayer session in front of me again today.

My prayer muscles are getting a workout!

Plus, my niece is also on this trip, my sister can track her phone so on the trip down she sent me frequent updates on their travel progress. No doubt she will do the same for the trip back. Technology can be a good thing!

Note to self: figure out how to do that on my phone. I will be discussing this with both husband and daughter in the very near future, she may not like it but....since momma and daddy are paying for the phone...guess who wins that argument!!!

Prayers for safe travels today are appreciated.


Thursday, July 30, 2015

Waiting for the clay to dry...

No really, that's what I am doing right now. So rather than sit and twiddle my thumbs...Blogging from the studio!

Over the course of the last several month life has been streaching my prayer life.

In a nutshell, parenting semi-adult children is hard. I may end up in the nut house before the process of releasing the girlchild out unto the world is all said and done.

I am seeking the rule book for how to maintain my sanity and control my toung whilst appearing perfectly calm to the rest of the world. Anybody got a copy...cause I really need it.

Wait...rule book, God's  Word, that's it I'll club her into submission with my NIV Study Bible. It's big, thick and certainly heavy enough! Well maybe not, but a girl can dream...

My internal dialog is screaming "Do it my way!" Yet my semi-parental-wisdom is shouting to just keep my trap shut. All this hinges on me being obedient to keep said trap shut...yea, not so much!

Not to mention  you know who stirring the pot of conflict, fear, worry and all other unwanted emotions and thoughts in my head.

Each day I find myself on a continual loop of prayer.

Lord Help me...
Lord Help her...
Lord show me...

Laying in bed at night, tossing and turning and having at time some rather heated discussion with the Lord. 

Cause I need a vacation,

Growing up is painful, the jury is still out on who suffers more in the process. The parents or the children...

Blessing from the Nut House

PS: She hasn't joined a cult, run off with  motorcycle gang or adopted a life of crime, it just feels that way. It's all normal, at least I keep telling myself that anyway.

Prayers appreciated...

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Sometime ya just need a keyboard...

there are some things I know for sure!

the evil one works harder to deter those of faith because the victory will be sweeter if he can succeed.

I knew that tapping away on my phone would hinder my process this morning so I had to dust off the laptop to get these thoughts out of my head this morning.

Me in my jammies this morning....good morning y'all!

I know the truth, I also know who the ruler of the air is.

Last night I spent several hours having great discussion with the Lord. The evil one would place unwanted thoughts in my head. I would take them captive, place them in God's hands and allow Him to usher them back out. 

Would that I could do this but once and have it be done and over with. 

Sadly being the weak willed human I am unwanted thoughts creep in and I have to deal with them. The reality is that the evil one know right where to strike. He knows where my underbelly is. 

My other more important truth is that God is stronger and He covers me with His protection. The arrows of the evil one may be continuous, but I stand safely covered with the whole armor of God.

This morning my devotion was about this very subject. Yet another example of how God goes before us. 

"What do you worry about in your tomorrows? In your weakest moments, what thoughts are going through your head? What strategy does the enemy try to get us to worry..."

After spending multiple hours last night struggling with parental concerns and praying them away and then rinsing and repeating, these were the first words I read thins morning.

God is so GOOD y'all!

I know last night will not be my last fitful night. As a parent, we love our children, and we have concerns for their safety, their well-being and the continued longing for only good things to come into their lives.

The reality, parenting a semi-adult child is hard!

I want to control, yet know I can not. I want to protect, yet I know I must allow the freedoms for her to spread her wings. I want her to do what I want, not what is popular. I want to pick her friends AND I want to pick her BOYFRIEND...I want her to...y'all get the idea.

I am praising God this morning for providing the exact words I needed to read as well as the perfection of His words to embrace me.

God reminded me this morning that I am a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. James 4:14

then He told me to "Trust in the Lord with all my heart and lean not on my own understanding..." Proverbs 3:5

As I was tossing and turning last night, the scriptures I was supposed to read were waiting on me this morning.

"...:if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast." Psalm 139

Nuff said...


Monday, July 20, 2015

#repairmytemple update

So what is the deal with weighing first thing in the morning?

What does time of day have to do with how much my body weighs? I get that my tummy is empty, but really what's the dif...

Anywhoo, over the course of the last few months I have been kicking myself for not having kept a better record of my progress.

Well I did a bit of back tracking this morning and was VERY pleasantly suprised.

I downloaded a fitness app to my old phone about a year ago. Well apparently when I set it up I had to enter all my stats into it to begin with. Well fast forward 13 months, factor in that I can't remember half of what I did last week let alone  13 months ago, which brings me to this morning.

My new phone came with a fitness app already installed, so I had been using that one out of convenience. I had downloaded the other app, it has a great function for breaking down the calories of recipes.

I have a point...really...

I was beginning to notice that my clothing was not fitting, but since I have not been dilegent in tracking my overall progress I was very pleased to re-remember that I had that old app on my phone.

On a whim yesterday, I snatched up a pair of jeans from the "I can't wear anymore pile" from the bottom of my closet and...

Wore them to church. ..

The Hubs did not notice, but then do men ever notice??? Not to mention that I have/need to loose a few more before it becomes really noticeable.

So here is the good news!

This morning when I updated the info on the "old" app I found that over the course of the last year I have lost 27 pounds...Oh my goodness!

I knew I was slowly making progress, but it was nice to actually see how much.

Making small incremental changes over time, focusing on real healthy food and removing processed products has made a huge difference.

Balance and moderation are the key.

Case in point, the Hubs and I throughly enjoyed the fried chicken, mac & cheese and biscuits over the weekend and it did not send me on a downward spiral feeding frenzy. Now as a treat every once and a while fried is ok.

But as a general rule, we don't do anything fried.  Very little bread, cut way back on pasta and removed the sugar. My rule is to try to keep the food as close to how it comes out of the ground. If I can't pronounce it then I don't eat it.

I still have areas in which I struggle, I can only speculate where I would be if I was really dilegent with my physical activities.  My mobility issues are still problematic as my hip continues to be an issue.

But for today I am very happy with my progress.

Continued prayers for dilegent are appreciated.


Friday, July 17, 2015

Something to ponder on this morning. ..

From my Joyce Meyer Devo this morning.

"If you are born again, then Jesus is dwelling in you through the power of the Holy Spirit. But is God comfortable in you, and does He feel at home there within you? It took me a long time to understand that God lives in me along with all the other stuff that’s going on in my inner life. Because many Christians are not willing to submit to the inner promptings of the Holy Spirit, they are not full of peace. Their inner lives are constantly in turmoil. If we want to be a comfortable home for the Lord, let’s learn to dwell in peace and joy, trusting Him to take care of us."

This really impacted me this morning.

I think, after recovering from the whirl of activity, house cleaning, menu planning surrounding our recent dinner guest, this connected with me in a big way. The bottom line all the hard work we did was to ensure that our guest was comfortable in our home.

The notion that my inner junk make my temple a place of turmoil, and that in turn make my dwelling place for God unhospitable...ah moment!

Food for thought this morning.



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