Loss Comes in Many Forms

Hello dear reader.  Thank you for making the time to pop in here to read my thoughts today.  I will humbly admit that today is a rather challenging day.  Last night as we decorated our Christmas tree, being sure to talk about our different memories over the years my heart got heavy and my head didn’t feel well.  These feelings didn’t subside in the night and I tossed and turned all night until I finally woke up with a stomach ache.  The Lord and I are having quite a time these days.  I know He loves me, is with me, is taking me though this pain for a purpose of learning and growing, and that His plan is best for me; ergo, I will keep looking to Him to try to get out of this cloud of pain, hurt, and confusion.

I have given ever aspect of these feelings to the Lord so many times and still something will happen…a song will play, a picture will come across my mind, we will do a common activity and WHAM!  Here they are, all the feelings that come with divorce in our family, death of a very dear loved one, being told one thing and shown another by family, the discontentedly married family members, the disappointing tones from loved ones concerning our parenting inabilities or how we don’t go to church… …at all these days.  It’s all so heavy.  I try to give Him my feelings and my confusion as to why He has not stopped so much of it and I am reminded by non-believers that we all have a choice even if we are Christians.  I know this but I see so many proclaiming Christians living and giving advice to others that the Lord wants us to be happy and to do what makes you happy and be sure you are giving back.  Here’s a news flash, the Lord never said He wanted us to be happy.  Also, if this is what you are giving, please don’t share with me, I don’t want any of this false shallow help.  What I want is true fellowship, not some of these saying but not showing proclaiming Christians to tell me I need to go to church on Sundays so I don’t forsake the fellowship.  For some time now I have really wished I could just sit and have some tea or something with my Father who could calm my heart completely.  He doesn’t have to tell me why or why He doesn’t do something just to calm my heart.  He doesn’t need to explain anything to me, just hold me…physically hold me.  You know?

In closing, loosing my father-in-law this fall is harder on me than I could have ever imagined.  He was a sinner, messed up and confused, but he Loved.  Besides my husband I don’t know that I have seen this kind of Love anywhere else in this world.  Mind you I don’t travel far and wide, but it’s a love that loves “even though” like God loves me.  These two men, if you get to experience their Love and are able to see the Christ in them, you will get quite a treat because it’s not necessarily a romantic love but a true honest love.

I’m going to close this post with a song after my question for you dear readers.  What is one special way you have seen the Lord in the loved ones around you?  They don’t have to be blood loved ones, someone you love “even though”.  They can be a neighbor, biological family, adopted family, church family, I don’t care their relation to you, just how have you seen the Lord in them?  Let’s talk about these people and thank the Lord for using them to show us special things today.  Sincerely, Mommy of two growing blessings & so much more!

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December has Arrived

Hello dear readers.  Thank you for making the time to pop in to read my thoughts from my world view during this busy month of gatherings and evening outings. *smile*

In this post I would love to share with you all a little bit of December fun we have been enjoying. *smile*  We got the Lego advent calendars again for our second year and the kids are enjoying this little toy filled calendar.  We have also been enjoying warm drinks in our Polar Express mugs we got years ago when we took a train ride down by the Colombia River in “the Gorge”.  I really appreciate the things we have gotten to do and the time we get to have together as a family both at home and away from our home.

Tonight is actually December fifth and I am enjoying a story about the Miracle of the Maccabees, who was a Jewish family who the Lord fought for against their enemies,  that I came upon while looking into the Biblical holidays, once again. *smile*  It’s interesting to be on Instagram and hear of Christians who say they celebrate the Biblical holidays and their tone of voice as they share this part of their lives in stories as well as on youtube.  But like the head covering (1Cor. 11) I have been considering the holidays we celebrate for years looking to scripture and on the internet.  Below I have made a collage to share with others what I have found.  I am new to these two web sites but the information has been interesting and enjoyable to read a little more about how the Jews may well celebrate the Biblical holidays to remember the blessings of the Lord and the history of their people. If you are interested in learning more about the feast in the Bible I want to encourage you to start in the old testament (Chanuka is not a feast in the Bible but does focus on a blessing of the Lord with supplying oil).  Chanuka is also known and the Feast of Dedication and is mentioned in John 10:22.  The seven fests are in the book of Leviticus chapter 23 so do yourself a favor and start your study there. *smile*pixlr_20191205174424867_201912052115385346805738776335523944.jpg

I hope as you have begun a new month and a new season that you enjoy God focused traditions with your family and the joy that comes from the Lord.

My question for you, dear readers, is this…with life and all it’s distractions, what are you focusing on in this delightful season.  We have said good-bye for now to my dear father-in-law and our “little ol’ man” (Pal our little dog) this past fall so focusing on the Joy that can only come from the Lord as we enter into this season where we celebrate the birth of our Savior (even though He may well have been born in the spring or summer). *smile*  Please let me know in the comments, hopefully they will be available on this post (small sigh) what you focus on this time of year.  Thank you for making the time to read my thoughts. *smile*  Have a lovely day remembering to pray always thanking God for His many blessings in your life.  Sincerely, Mommy of two growing blessings & so much more!

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Chanukah and other Holidays

Hello dear readers.  This evening I stumbled upon a wonderful site that appears to be set up for kids and has a plethera of information and fun things concerning the things in the Bible.  I shared in another post about a story I was listening to about the Maccabee family and their walk with the Lord and I found a way to share it with all of you, the story as well as a link to the web page for you to check out all on your own. *smile*  Miracle of the Maccabees story time

If you clink on the bit above that is outlined you may well find a treat of information and fun ways to help not only the kids in your life but yourself as well, to better understand why the Jews celebrate different holidays and how they do it. *smile*  Have fun checking out this web page and let me know what you like or don’t like about it in the comments in a kind way. *smile*  Remember to pray always.  Sincerely, Mommy of two growing blessings & so much more!

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Traditions Both New and Old

Hello dear readers.  Our house is decorated and we’ve been doing our nightly Bible reading through the story of creation and Jesus’ family tree.  We got this advent reading a while back but since moving here and being gifted this lovely quilt, we keep the daily reading pictures in the pockets until each day comes then the picture goes on the inside of the front door.  I really enjoy this season of reading and the new addition of the quilt is fun too. *smile*

Here is a picture of our umbrella rain chain that we got at the coast on my birthday weekend this last year.  I think it looks neat with the icicles.*smile*

This is the winter village, plus a few little additions, that was gifted to me by Ann of Ann’s Quilts and Things in Yakima whom I payed to put several of my quilts together.  She was done with it and none of her kids wanted it.  Rather than giving it away to a stranger or organization, she asked me if I wanted to take it. *smile*  It was such a sweet gesture. *smile*

My question for you in this post is…what is one of your favorite decorations and why?  If you get the chance you can share more than one in the comments section. *smile*   Thank you for making the time to read my thoughts here and for sharing yours in the comments.  Remember to pray always.  Sincerely, Mommy of two growing blessings & so much more!

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When It’s Time To Rest

Hello dear readers.  We, as Christians, are called to share the Gospel with everyone.  Sometimes we get tired, physically tired, just shining for Christ in this dark world, and sometimes we have deep discussions or fellowship with other believers, both young and old, and we just need to take a little lie down.  On this particular day both of our boys noticed that I needed a little extra snuggle so with both of our two growing blessings in the room with us, the three of us snuggled for a little while.  I was particularly cold on this day and the extra warmth was much appreciated. *smile*

When it was time for me to get moving again, I was hopeful to let Caleb continue to snuggle.  He was okay with that for all of half a millisecond when he noticed I was gone and he moved to somewhere more private. *smile*

Sampson on the other hand was ready for some water and, rather than drinking from the water bowl beside that lotion container, he wanted water from the sink. *smile*

We really appreciate the opportunity to have cats here in our home and the companionship they give us both here and on the road.  They are sweet and snugly, and they are a wonderful source of relaxation for all four of us. *smile*  I hope you have enjoyed this little picture post full of rest and relaxation with two of our four cats. *smile*  Remember to pray always and to make time to rest in the Lord…with or without cats. *smile*  Sincerely, Mommy of two growing blessings & so much more!

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Time in the Kitchen

Hello dear readers.  Recently, I made another apple cake, only time time I used a different recipe.  Honestly I couldn’t remember where I put the other one I have and was pleased to find this one in a cook book I got as a gift at a church bridal shower over twenty years ago. *smile*  I used my bunt pan and dusted it with powdered sugar.

With my private Instagram account I have fun sharing little picture blips into our life here at home.  When I share in the stories I can add music, which is fun because I really like music. *smile*

Here’s my question for you, what is a fun gift you got years ago that you still use today?  Also, what are some blessings you see in your day to day life?  Please share in the comments your answers to these two fun questions.  Remember to pray always.  Sincerely, Mommy of two growing blessings & so much more!

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Passing On Songs We Remember

Hello dear readers.  Some years back now, we found and purchased eight hymnals for our family.  We generally use four but wanted eight for the purpose of sharing in our home during song time.  Sometimes we get our hymnals out and sing songs from them at random.  It’s a past time we treasure and all join in on, yes even with a son who is 14 and a daughter who is 12. *smile*  They may not desire to sing in public but here at home, they do a lovely job joining in. *smile*

This is one, but not the only way, our family sings praises to the Lord.  Here’s my question for you.  What are some ways you sing praises to the Lord and which is your to favorite and why?  Have a lovely day remembering to pray always.  Sincerely, Mommy of two growing blessings & so much more!

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