Fathers Day

Today is Father’s Day.  How thankful I am to have a Godly father and a great Christian upbringing.              Happy Father’s Day, Dad!Image

These past few months have been rough on our family.  My dad was very sick and had been in either the hospital or the rehab center for 2+ months. He was not good.  We weren’t sure if he would make it.  We are so very thankful to see how God had carried him through and brought him back home to us.  Praise God for his healing touch.

I found it very difficult being in Michigan, while he was in Tennessee.  I wanted so much to go visit him.  When he first went in the hospital, we had plans to go north for Easter to visit our son.  I had 2 weekends available before my scheduled surgery to go away, but no available money to go both ways – north and south.

We were trusting God for his healing hand for dad.   It took time and doctors, but eventually dad was able to go back home.

How thankful today that he is now back at home and looks great!  I look forward to the day when I am able to visit Tennessee and see both my mom and dad again.  How thankful I am for a God who walks beside us and carries us through rough times in our lives.

I praise God today for …

  1.  a God that brought my dad back to health..
  2.  a God who carried my mom through this difficult time.
  3.  a brother and sister-in-law who are close by and able to help mom and dad when they are needed
  4.  God allowing mom and dad to move from Texas to Tennessee shortly before this took place, which   allowed them to be close by my brother,
  5.  being an awesome God, who is always good and is full of grace.

Thank you God for my family and being close to us during difficult time.


Oh the Glory!!

“For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is going to be revealed to us.” Romans 8:18

I was reading another person’s blog tonight … http://jtsooner24.wordpress.com/2012/02/20/suffering-glory/ … it shared a story of a man’s favorite Bible verse.  This verse has such meaning.  Take a second and head on over to read the story for yourself.

How many times do we read the scriptures over and over and miss things.  I have read this verse many times.  It had never stood out to me like it did after reading this person’s blog.

This past year had been a lot of “suffering” in ways that just were not the normal me.  There were a lot of issues to deal with.  Today as I read this verse, I realized how futile the suffering really was in comparison to the day I reach heaven.  Yes, each day is hard and has its own things to deal with, but with knowing and being reminded that everything we go through on earth is nothing compared to the day we enter Glory!  The Bible gives us glimpses of heaven … I can’t wait to see it in its fullest.

Memories …

Yesterday I picked some flowers while I took a walk around the building.  I like the comment someone made when I posted them to facebook.  “Hey, My Father made those!”  So true … God is the creator of all.  I am enjoying taking pictures of flowers close up.  Anyways … the memory that this brought to mind as I lying in bed last night ….

…. was of my daughter when she was in preschool.  I would pick her up at the end of the day.  Usually the kids were out on the playground.  Erin wasn’t playing on the slides, swings or other outdoor toys.  She was off picking flowers to bring home. 

Good memories … Praise God for good memories … what good memories do flowers bring you?

Here I go again ….

This past week as been extremely emotional for me.  I feel like all I do is break into tears. It seems as if something comes up and … here I go again … into tears.  Getting emotional and physically draining.

However … Here I go again … taking advice from my daughter. I have been writing in this blog off and on over the past few weeks. The reason I began was that I needed to keep my focus on God. I’ve struggled this last week praising God for things because of my funk in life. My daughter told me that I was more upbeat when I was writing this regularly.  I need to get back on track with praising God as my title says … Praise God today … everyday.  So here goes!

1. Praise God for the sunshine today.  Amongst the rain and dark clouds it made the day pleasant when we could look out and see the sun off and on during the day.

2. Praise God for my daughter and her willingness to tell me what she thinks I need.

3. Praise God for my husband who stands beside me during a rough time in my life.

4. Praise God for he is always faithful and will carry me through the dark clouds.

5. Praise God for his awesome love and that he is love and loves me in all things.

Ok, this was 4 days ago when I started writing this … so today … I’m praising God for allowing me to realize a few things.

1. As the funk settles, I realize how things were wierder than they seemed.

2. That despite how I feel about things, God has purposes for allowing things to happen.

3. That the lack of sleep in the crazy schedule with having to get up at 5:30 am and then work tax season, come home and deal with much different expectations than I had thought, and try to go to bed at a decent time (which never happened) was one of the primary reasons for the stress. You know how it is when you are tired …always on edge.

So I really to get to bed and get to sleep.

Praise God … for an awesome God!

Love is ….

Today I began my day with reading the Love chapter – 1 Corinthians 13.  Wow.  Considering the things I am dealing with right now, I began to ponder this.

1 If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 3 If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.

4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

8 Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. 9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10 but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. 11 When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. 12For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.

13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

1 Corinthians 13 (NIV)

The last few months have been difficult trying to love someone.  I look over the passage and see that I possess very little of this love for this person.  Am I patient? Am I kind? Do I dishonor others? Am I self-seeking?  Am I easily angered or do I easily anger others?  Do I keep record of wrongs?  Do I always protect, trust, hope and persevere?  Going through each one makes me think of how I have error-ed in life. How I need God’s love to be shown through me!

When I was reading this today it hit me hard that I do not have love for this individual.  I struggle with that.  I’ve been praying for God to give me His love for that person.  Has he?  And why hasn’t he?  Worth pondering.

God is love and has love for each person.  God gives Himself to each of us.  God has given me love for this person. I need to exercise that love.  That is the hard part – loving the unlovable. I am so thankful that I have a God who is love. God is patient with me, he is kind, he honors us, he wants what is best for me not him, he does not keep a list of my mistakes.

How thankful for a God who is all the characteristics of love … because HE IS LOVE!

It is a good thing …

It is a good thing to give thanks to the Lord – always.  I recall the song we used to sing based upon Psalms 92:1 KJV. This song came to mind when I began writing this today.

It is a good thing to give thanks unto the Lord,

It is a good thing to give thanks unto the Lord,

and to sing praises unto Thy name,

O most High.

Today has been a good day and I am so thankful to God for it. .  I am  thankful to have a day of feeling accomplished (with nothing in particular) as well as feeling energetic (somewhat) and that it has been just a plain good day.  We have so many ups and downs here at our home that when a really good day comes it really is an occasion to be thankful.

I am no longer required to work on Fridays until next October, giving me SO much more free time.  Last summer during this season, I found an exercise called Wholyfit.  Here is their mission statement …

…to inspire, enliven and heal through movement, worship and the Word of God, in order to build up the Body of Christ, protect the purity of the Bride of Christ and reveal God’s love to the world through Jesus, The Prince of Peace, to whom belongs all dominion, and power and authority on earth as it is in heaven.

I enjoyed it a lot last year so I wanted to do it again this summer.  This is the 3rd Friday of not working so I figured I had better get moving or I wouldn’t.  Wow, I had forgotten the moves to the verses that I had learned last summer.  I had  a quick refresher. Nothing like a good workout for me … that comes so rare.  Pray that I continue my motivation to go to class over the course of the summer months.

I did go to work for a couple hours … after taking the most relaxing time off earlier in the week, I had some work that had to get done today, so I figured a couple hours in the office wouldn’t be too bad.

I got home from work, Haile was home from school on a early release day.  We went to pick up her new glasses with the instructions to hang on to these ones. Afterwards we went to a lot of garage sales.  We were looking for Haile some summer clothes and hopefully a love seat hide-a-bed for the family room.  We didn’t find a love seat, we found a couple pieces of clothing and a bunch of other stuff.  For someone not wanting to go to garage sales, Haile sure found a bunch of stuff. We bought a few videos for her to watch.

The sun has been shining all day! Makes a beautiful day for garage sales. Tomorrow is the big grand slam and the weather looks like it will cooperate.

Being that the weather is so beautiful today, we grilled out.  Pork chops on the grill, baked potatoes on the grill and grilled cabbage.  Grilled cabbage sounds so weird but was actually pretty good.  Put the cabbage in a metal pan or foil and sprinkle salt, pepper, garlic powder and Parmesan cheese on it.  Make sure to put butter in the pan as well. Pretty good recipe. Dishes are done, kitchen cleaned up and Haile and Dale are off doing Mother’s Day stuff.

So I can sit and relax … sun shining in the window … house quiet … with a heart of thanksgiving for the day God has given me.

Michigan Association for Foster, Adoptive and Kindship (MAFAK) Conference

Tonight I am praising God for the awesome opportunity to attend this conference.  Dale and I were 1 of 2 couples who won this conference and accomodations at the MAFAK conference.

This goes through Sunday.  We were in sessions all day today.  It has been awesome.  Motivational, inspirational, and very educational.  Alot of things to see how we can implement stuff into our lives.

Today’s topics –

1. Nurturing Hearts

2, Quality Visits

3. Believing in yourself

I wish I could implement everything overnight for dealing with foster care.  We are praying that some of what we learn this weekend will truly be beneficial.