Monday, February 17, 2014

Not a cereal fan....

Often when my grandson, Brayden, is over for breakfast time, he will ask for cereal!  I am not much  of a cold cereal fan.  Two reasons:  it doesn't fill me up and it doesn't fill me up.  Of course, these sound like the same two reasons but they are really different....the first 'doesn't fill me' is I will get hungry too quickly and that's never pretty...

The second 'doesn't fill me up' is my tendency to have too large a serving...or a second serving, or a ...that's not pretty either.

So, the point of this blog is that I have recently rediscovered Shredded Wheat!  Not the cute little frosted mini - wheats (easy excuse to have cookies with milk for breakfast!) but the OLD FASHIONED large biscuit of shredded wheat.  Well...guess what?  With some milk, fresh strawberries - they have been great.  I have not used them for breakfast - still afraid I need more protein first thing in the a.m. but turns out to be a very satisfying snack for me.  I also tried the shredded wheat mixed in with fruit and yogurt - yum!!

STILL NO CHANCE Brayden will consider Shredded Wheat as cereal, though.  Just my two cents...
My Funny Valentine...

      You would think by the time a girl is 18 years old  she would outgrow the pressing of her face against the glass of a window to get the first glimpse of something exciting.  You would think....

BUT that Valentine's Day 37 years ago found this once 18 year old girl rushing home from school to wait on the mailman.  She pressed her face against her bedroom window.  She knew what to look for...a RED envelope!  As the mailman walked his route, first the other side of the street and then her side,  she knew she might see a red envelope sticking up from his bag.  This had become a daily ritual for her...

Her funny valentine had red envelopes from some stationary he used to write her letters.  Maybe this time she would get a card as well?  She can still remember how her heart skipped a beat when she saw the mailman that afternoon.  It looked to her as though there were TWO red envelopes sticking out of the mail bag!   

It seemed like an eternity...but the mailman finally turned the corner and came down her side of Lullaby Lane...sure enough TWO letters and ONE Valentine Card in a PINK envelope!   Flowers came not too long after...and then a phone call that night.  The rest is history - she said 'I will" and later that year 'I do'!

Here's the funny part of this Valentine Story.  Last Friday, Valentines Day 2014....she was home (not 18 any longer ....50 something!)...she must have looked out the door a dozen times waiting for that same Funny Valentine to pull in the driveway...

No RED envelope...but so happy to see him and so THANKFUL for this man she loves and the 37 Valentines Days they have had!   Such a sappy story... but one I wanted to tell...

Monday, January 27, 2014

Selfish Sunday

Humans are basically selfish. 

I say it that way because I don't want to admit that I am basically selfish - just easier to pin it on the entire human race!

I am really selfish.  Hurts to admit it...but it is so TRUE.  My disappointments, discouragements and recent struggles rest upon the FACT that I act as though it's ALL ABOUT ME!  Forgive me friends and family.  FORGIVE ME LORD! 

Yesterday was one of those days where I gave in to discouragement and anxiety.  Please tell me some of you have days like this!  The longer the day went on...the more sorry I began to feel for myself.  A personal, ugly pity party!  Didn't get better when I found I couldn't sleep well for the worry and sadness that I had surrendered to.  Last thing I wanted to do was open the Word and deal with the TRUTH! 

Let it go on way too long...then opened my Bible and jumped in to 2 Corinthians 5.  'He became sin who knew no sin, that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him."  2 Cor. 5:21

2 Corinthians 5:15  " And He died for all, that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for Him Who for their sake died and was raised."

New perspective this a.m.!  It's NOT all about ME!  It's all about HIM! 

Monday, January 20, 2014

MY son lives in China.
My SON lives in China.
My son LIVES in China.
My son lives in CHINA.

     No matter where I put the emphasis...even if I try MY SON LIVES IN sounds WRONG...just plain WRONG!  I don't like it...I just don't like it.  I want ALL sons and their families HERE - Chesterfield, County, Virginia!  I want ALL my grands HERE...where we can be part of their day to day activities, watch them involved...

      Yes, I did say all of this OUT LOUD!  It's been in my heart and mind a long time. MY SON LIVES IN CHINA!  Sometimes, I will pretend as though he is just visiting there...that got harder once he married.  Then I starting trying to think about WHEN he and his wife would move to the states...that got harder once they bought a home. son lives in China...and I cry over it and I feel sorry for myself and my discontentment is SIN!

     The Lord has pointed out to me several things:

     1.   My son is not MINE!  Ephesians 5:31 "Therefore, a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife...".

     2.  My son is not HIDDEN away from the God of the Earth!  Psalm 47:7-8 "For God is the King of all the earth; sing praises with a psalm!  God reigns over the nations, God sits on His holy throne."

    3.  I can PRAY for my son...  I can go straight to the ONE who LOVES my son...more than me...because HIS LOVE IS PERFECT!  Philippians 1:3  "I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy...And I am sure of this:  that He who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ."

MY SON LIVES IN CHINA!  Thank you, Lord.  Keep teaching me....

Thursday, January 16, 2014

For my bday, my friend Mary gave me a book titled 'Praying for Your Adult Children'.  Wow...I love it!   Here's a scripture I plan to pray for my children today (I have 8!  I ALWAYS count my daughters-in-love, too.)

    " May the Lord answer you when you are in distress; may the Name of the God of Jacob protect you.  May He send you help from the sanctuary and grant you support from Zion." Psalm 20:1-2

    And....may my children all CALL on the GOD OF JACOB when that distress comes.   As a mom, we like to FIX things...a hurt knee, hurt feelings, a rough day....!  How tough to learn for some of us, that only GOD can truly fix the distresses of life.  Only GOD can HELP, PROTECT and SUPPORT my family.  THANK YOU, LORD for this reminder in your Word!

Have a day of TRUST and PEACE!