Monday, October 22, 2012

So Tired of Anonymous Spam

Hi there friends.

I need your help.  I just changed the settings for making comments on my blog as I have gotten over 50 Anonymous/spam comments in the last week ~ not sure why that is happening so I am trying to stop it from even happening.

So now for your help.  Would you please take a few minutes and post a comment (a funny saying, a word of encouragement or even "test" and then try to do in as Anonymous and let me know what happens.

Thanks so much :)

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Posting is so Irratic !

OK, truth be known, we are still alive and well.  Enjoying our jobs as campground managers at Branson View Campground and enjoying the beautiful Fall weather.  For our hometown (Whatcom County Friends & Family) a drive around Branson and the surrounding area reminds us of driving Highway 20 over to Leavenworth ~ just beautiful.

Personally I am feeling a little weird? crazy? intentional or is it lack of intention? ~ oh yeah, just feeling ME!!

So I thought I would do something really random ~ the ABC song which has been sung to us by our sweet 4 1/2 year old grandson, Christopher many times over the past few months.  (By the way, we love having him sing to us!).  So my ABC's for today ~

A is for Apple Crisp which I made yesterday as a treat for hubby & me.

B is for Beautiful the view I see from our campsite as I step outside the door each morning to go to work.

C is for Color - there is so much color in the surroundings and we are loving every minute of it.

D is for Daring as Ron anticipates going on the Zip Line (thankful for the free tickets!)

E is for Eggs that went into our breakfast this morning.  I am getting so domesticated it is not funny:).

F is for Fun...something we try to do every day.  Today after work we are going to Silver Dollar City for a few hours ~ now that's fun!

G is for Grammy ~ that's me and the one job I love having!!!!

H is for Happy ~ that's me too as I relish all the many blessings of the Lord!!!

I is for Intentional ~ my word for the year that I have been pretty lax on this past month or so :(

J is Jobs ~ we are so thankful and so blessed to be here working in the beautiful Ozark Mountains.

K is for Keeping in Touch ~ love being able to stay in touch with family and friends through my blog, letters, email and Facebook.

L is for LOVE ~ I am blessed to be His Beloved, loved by a wonderful man of 36+ years, loved by our sons, daughter-in-law's and 4 of the best grandchildren in the world.

M is for Meatloaf ~ Ron's favorite dish and on the menu for this coming week.  Sh!! Don't tell him I want it to be a surprise.  Will also make Mashed potatoes and gravy and his favorite whole kernal corn.

N is for New ~ His blessings are NEW every morning!!

O is for Opportunity ~ each day I am given the opportunity to Love more, Live more and Be more!!!

P is for Pumpkin ~ one of my favorite flavors ~~~ pumpkin lattes, pumpkin bars, pumpkin coffee creamer

Q is for Quiet ~ I so enjoy my Quiet time each morning with the Lord.  A time to look at yesterday, plan for today and pray for many.

R is for Recipes ~ as I collect so many.  Now to just cooking up some of them

S is for Smile ~ something someone told me one day that I need to do more often.  And I am !!! and am so thankful for the encouragement I got from that person.

T is for Thankful ~ oh I could write a book on being thankful.  One of my current thanks is to all those who have prayed for, given too and encouraged me in my Eye Fund!!! (That was not a very good sentence BUT you get what I am thankful for right?  I need $2000 to get a new eye made.  And so far we have been given or pledged $1220 leaving only $780 more needed!!!  So thankful for the blessings that have showered on me/us :)

U is for Umbrellas ~ haven't used one since we left Washington state in January 2011.

V is for Victory ~ the victory I have being a daughter of the King

W is for Workentin ~ the family I am so glad to be a part of!!!

X is for xciting :) - xcited to see how the Lord leads me each day!!!

Y is for YOU!!  I am so blessed with friends and family who follow along on my blog!!

Z is for Zip a Dee Doo Dah Day!!!  Today!!!

Now I know my ABC's, next time won't you sing with me :)

Monday, October 8, 2012

Living by Faith

Woke this morning thinking of Kailey today.  Today would have been her birthday.  She was just 17 when she was killed in a horrible accident.  I miss seeing her smiling face and hearing her happy laugh but oh how much more her parents, Tim & Cindy must be missing her.  It's been 6 years since she has been gone.  And so this morning I ask the LORD to be with Tim & Cindy, and the rest of the Walter clan, to celebrate the joys of Kailey as the pain of her  being gone are just as raw as on that February 28th night.  We love you Tim, Cindy, Krista and the rest of the family.

After spending a few minutes in prayer for the Walter family, I made my way to the kitchen to make coffee and then realized I forgot creamer yesterday when we were at the grocery store.  I like my creamer and then remembered I still have a little bit of powdered Hazelnut creamer ~ all is good again :)
And then I opened my Bible to the devotion for today.  It is found in Habakkuk 2:4b "But the just shall live by his faith."  And what I read was Just Live By Faith.  Not THE just but JUST!!! Wow!!!  
So I looked up the word JUST ~ 
As an Adjective ~ suitable, appropriate
Synonyms ~ legitimate, right
As an Adverb ~  definitely
Synonyms ~ absolutely, completely, precisely, smack-dab, squarely
and so today I am reminded to  Live appropriately, legitimately, right, definitely, absolutely, completely, precisely, squarely and smack-dab in the FAITH of the Lord!  and so has I start this new week I remind myself that God doesn't ask any thing from me or give me more than I can handle and that I just need to keep walking one foot in front of the other, knowing and believing in Faith that God is right here with me, every step of the way.  And I thank you Lord for this powerful message to me this morning.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Faith ~ Being Obedient

Woke to a beautiful Fall morning here in the Ozarks Mountains.  Am enjoying the colors of the season.  It is like every day the trees are changing right before our eyes.  And I thank the Lord for his beautiful masterpieces.  Can't wait to go for a drive this weekend and enjoy more of God's handiwork.

I am so enjoying my Women of Faith Devotional Bible...God is so good and meets me every day right where I am.

This morning's scripture was from Joshua 6:1-20 ~~~ the story of Joshua and the city of Jericho.
And God commands Joshua and the Israelites to walk once each day for six days around the city of Jericho.  No talking, no singing, nothing but silence for six days and then on the 7th day to Shout when given the direction.  And then the city of Jericho fell!!

What this says to me is that no matter the circumstances we are in that we have no control over/can't conquer (our walls)  God tells us that we will be victorious in Him.  He just asks us to walk (TRUST) trusting Him w/the details EVEN when we don't understand or can't the see the point or would rather talk/do it on our own, argue/complain God asks us to have enough FAITH to keep walking, one foot in front of the other and God will be victorious.

Which leads me to Romans 8:28

NKJV Romans 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.

The MESSAAGE Romans 26-28 Meanwhile, the moment we get tired in the waiting, God’s Spirit is right alongside helping us along. If we don’t know how or what to pray, it doesn’t matter. He does our praying in and for us, making prayer out of our wordless sighs, our aching groans. He knows us far better than we know ourselves, knows our pregnant condition, and keeps us present before God. That’s why we can be so sure that every detail in our lives of love for God is worked into something good.

And I am encouraged today to pray today for us to keep walking  one foot in front of the other, doing what we know we need to do and put today in the hand's of the Lord, keeping our eyes on Him and our trust in Him.

So I encourage you to keep moving, putting one foot in front of the other, seeking God and believing that God is working everything in our lives into something good.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Devotional Theme for October ~ Faith

I am enjoying my new PURPLE, Women of Faith Bible and it fits nicely in my new Bible cover ~ thanks Mike & Elaine!!!

One of the things I like about this Bible is the daily devotions and each month has a theme.  The theme for this month is FAITH.  And if you know me, my Faith has grown in leaps and bounds especially since 2007 to 2009 when I was immersed in counseling and prayer, getting some medications straightened out, more counseling and prayer, lots of love and support to work through the horrible abuse I had suffered from in my childhood and teen years.

Each day I learn to trust more and lean on the Lord more than the day before.  And this morning I was once again reminded about God's love and my need to remain steadfast in my belief and faith in the Lord.

The scripture for this morning was Exodus 14:13 - 14 ~

New International Version (©1984)
Moses answered the people, "Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the LORD will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again.
New Living Translation (©2007)
But Moses told the people, "Don't be afraid. Just stand still and watch the LORD rescue you today. The Egyptians you see today will never be seen again.

I usually use either the NKJV or NIV translations but really like the NLT version for this verse and it reminds me once again to STAND FIRM in what I know is the truth and TRUST the LORD as he brings me through each day. 

And it brings me comfort as we prepare for another hearing with the Texas Workforce Center due to the 3rd appeal by the Alamo SKP Co-op, Marti O'Hare, BOD President and their statement that Ron was lazy and never worked while we were the Managers of the Lone Star Corral.  We know the truth ~ Ron is a very hard worker, goes beyond what is expected and does his job with a smile and positive attitude.

So once again, my prayer for today is "Lord, I come to you this morning and ask that you help me to NOT feel anxious, to stand in confidence and know that the TRUTH will set us free.  Amen"

Do you need an extra boost in dealing with an issue?  Stand firm, put your TRUST & FAITH in the LORD.  He will never leave you nor forsake you.