Friday, April 24, 2015

All The Single Ladies

WOWZA!Where to start on this one?  Friends,. today's post is a toughie(Yes i understand that's not a real word "Miss Spell Check").
So tough, that I sought my husband's approval to write about it.  You see, we are going to speak frankly about s-e-x.  Yes, you heard me.  This particular post is intended for the single ladies.  Maw Maw here thinks she has some wisdom,that should be put to good, practical use and not go to waste.

I notice the Church focuses the "wait for marriage" messages on the teens.  The singles don't hear anything for their own situations.  Perhaps that is why God prompted me to share my tale. (take one for the team)

Waiting for marriage was commanded by God for very real reasons. He didn't simply pull something out of a hat and say "yes this could be one of the 10." Now that I've been through it all I I have some understanding as to why we are intended to wait. Here is my story:  (woo hoo sharing  this is scary!)
I started dating bachelor number one when I was 24  my 19-year-old sister had just gotten engaged.(I try to blame her for my poor decision. One thing led to another with the aforementioned Bachelor, and I lost my virginity at the age of 24. Let's be frank I didn't lose anything I served it up on a  platter

Of course we eventually broke up. Then along came bachelor number two who epitomizes the phrase "hurt people hurt people". After having already been intimate once. it was easier to do it the second time. Eventually I ran far away from bachelor number two.
Finally I met the man who was to become my husband. As happened the last time when you have already been intimate to do it once or twice it becomes easier to say yes to intimacy. Tom and I got married when I was 34 years old. We missed out on that sweet season of waiting and eager anticipation. which would have been valuable for us to fall back on after I came home from the hospital after my stroke(at the age of 45).

Remember and hold tight the special reasons they tell you to wait back in  your days in youth group.  And have faith and trust that God knows what he is doing  His plan for you is always way better than your own plan .  Amen?

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Counting it all Joy

After my stroke in 2013, I was trying to make sense out of things and find a way to quit being angry at how my life had changed. It is my instinct to turn tothe Bible to seek direction. I remembered a verse that directs us to consider it all joy, when going through trials. I couldn't find the specific scripture, then I consulted my best friend Google, who said: James 1:3"Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds ". Yeah, I was still uncertain. In theory I got it, but how to put it into practice I consulted my Faith Walk Mentor. Mrs S. She advised I read a book Power In Praise writtenBy Merlin Carothers,a former prisoner who was saved while in prison. Praising God for his blessings helped him handle his prison sentence with grace. It makes sense. How can you remain angry while praising God for the good? After express ordering the book, I devoured it after it arrived. I then began my list of reasons why to praise God in the midst of my darkness, it changed my outlook.    God can take even the most bleak situation and make work to serve a purpose. 
by a man who learned to seek joy while in prison. After reading the book, I made a list of the blessings that came along with my stroke. 

Athe company for whom I worked, continued to pay my salary and family health insurance for seven months after my stroke. I was never able to return to work due to physical limitations.  We were approved to receive social security and disability income.  Not working allowed me to focus on rehab. I had long desired to work fewer hours and have more time at home with my son. Snow days? We get to hang out together!Our family had gotten into the habit of praying together in the hospital. We have continued that,allowing us to grow closer, my marriage is stronger, my friendships are closer and deeper. There are still issues I am confident God will work it all out. 

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Family prayer

Oops! I just realized I have ny reading glasses hooked on my shirt in this video. Please excuse my lip smacking, I'm not a professionalVlogger, just a hobby oneAlso? i'm a wee bit distracted by my bed head

This particular video is about praying as a family. And as Dolly Parton's mother used to say "I sure hope it blesses you".