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Yesterday’s Miracle — I could have been a widow.

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My husband experienced a divine miracle yesterday.

He was driving on a 4 lane interstate during rush hour traffic when a Toyota hit the back end of his Ford F250 pick up truck.  It hit him so hard, the truck spun 180 degrees, but also crossed over 3 lanes of traffic, yet no other vehicles were involved in the crash.  The officer was stunned when he saw what little damage was done — just the back bumper was damaged.

The guy is a loser — druggie, no insurance, and was in cuffs w/in a few seconds of the officer showing up.  He had called someone to come get him before the officer showed up. He put a bag of golf clubs in the other person’s car. Officer took the bag and opened it and pulled out one bag of drugs after another. BUSTED!!!!! Officer said the guy had a LONG rap sheet.

For several months, after verbally putting on the armor of God each morning, I plead the blood of Jesus and pray a hedge of protection over myself, hubby, and our daughter, our home, property, and our vehicles. I ask the Lord to protect us from sickness, disease, the deadly pestilence, arrows that fly by day, from accidents, and from our enemies, both seen and unseen. I have told hubby and daughter several times that it is imperative that we are relying on the protection of our God on a daily basis. Thank You Lord, for Your awesome faithfulness and protection. We praise You and we recognize it is ONLY BECAUSE OF YOU that my hubby is alive today.

Pondering on this miracle, it reminded me of another time when I firmly believe my intercession saved my husband’s life.  You can read about it here.

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Acute respiratory virus

I’ve been sick since Thursday evening.  I went to see the doctor yesterday.  Just as a precaution, he ordered an Influenza swab.

I work at the hospital where the test was done, so it was one of my very familiar coworkers who did the nasal swab on me.  When she finished, I said, “Girl, this takes our friendship to a whole new level!”

The test came back negative, but I am on a round of antibiotics because the doctor did hear some crackling in my right lung.  I return to work tomorrow and am looking forward to going back to work.  Still coughing, still sneezing, but feeling so much better that I’m in that cleaning mode today.

And it feels so good to have a clean, disinfected house!

Resurrection Sunday

I had to work today.  I was the only one in my dept. today.  My hubby and daughter left to visit his mom and grammy, so I came home to an empty house.  So basically, I got to spend the whole holiday by myself.  I’m not sure how I feel about that…….

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However, I’ll bet my very introverted daughter would think that kind of day would be like this:

I started to post a photo of a blissfully happy person out in the sunshine.  But then I remembered — I’m talking about my daughter, who has very large pupils, and those pupils do NOT like bright, sunny days!!!!!

I did run a couple of errands after work and didn’t have to feel like I was taking time away from family to do it.  I also bought something on Ebay.  Now I’m watching Hart to Hart while I wait on laundry to get done.

How sick have I been?????

I’ve been so sick that I haven’t had any coffee in FOUR days!

I have been sick for 8 days now.  I’m on my 2nd round of antibiotics, along with a steroid pack.  I had a chest x-ray to see if it was pneumonia, but all was clear.  So I’m out a few hundred $$ and hoping that this round of meds gets me feeling better……

Decluttering

I have today and tomorrow off work, so I’m working on more decluttering, trying to make order out of chaos.

The older I get, the more I realize this truth:

My body is older, so it gets tired more easily.  The world in which we live is utter chaos and life is just downright stressful.  So my mission is to make my home a peaceful sanctuary.  Part of doing that is spiritual (getting into the Word, getting the Word into me, praying, and listening to the Lord).  Part of it is physical — making my home look better.  Having an organized house can help to lessen the emotional stress I feel because things are in order.  I can find things more easily.  I don’t have as much to clean and care for, and when I open a closet or a drawer, it looks nice, not cluttered.

I’ve been reading Becoming the Woman God Wants Me to Be by Donna Partow.

I’m only reading the parts that really pertain to this stage of my life.  A couple of things resounded with me yesterday.  One was regarding clothes, which I love.  (The owner of the resale shop I frequently visit can attest to that fact.)  Anyway, Donna says we should have a core color, and make our wardrobe from that core.  My color would be black.  Love, love, love that color!

As I was pulling things from my closet to get ready to send off to the resale shop, I was mindful of a few things:

  • Does it fit?
  • Does the color look good on me?
  • Do I absolutely love it?

If the answer was no, it’s not going back into my closet.

Next, I thought about my holiday clothing that I forgot to take to the resale the last time we were there.  It’s taking up quite a bit of space in a cedar chest.  It doesn’t fit me any longer.  However, we can only make 2 appointments a year to take things in to the resale shop we use, and the 2nd one is in June.  This  means I must keep that holiday stuff in my cedar chest until the fall of 2016.  Not gonna happen!  It’s going to Goodwill.  I thought about the space it was using up and how much I thought I’d get in $ if I held on to it for the resale shop.  Is it worth the $?  Nope.  I’m getting it out of here.

Another thing Donna mentioned is going through hair care items and make-up.  That is now on my to-do list.  I don’t think I’ll have anything in the hair care line to get rid of since I’m pretty loyal to the products I currently use.  However, as for the make-up, I have way too much.  Time to clean it out.

I also plan to go through my CDs and figure out what ones I really want to keep.  My tastes have changed a lot throughout the years.  The older I get, the more I just want something soothing to my spirit — something that nourishes and refreshes my soul.  So why take up valuable space with music I no longer enjoy?

Not feeling motivated……

It’s been so cold here this week, and even without the wind chill this morning, it was still below zero.

Since it’s my weekend off, I was thankful to be able to sleep in, all cozy and snug in my bed.  I felt completely unmotivated to do anything today, but knew I had a lot of things that I wanted/needed to get done.

After a second cup of coffee and a hot shower, here’s what I managed to tackle:

  • Two loads of laundry washed, dried, ironed, and put away,
  • Washed dishes and put them away,
  • Got my clothes picked out for work next week,
  • Returned something to Hobby Lobby and did a bit of shopping while there.
  • Went to Big Lots,
  • Went to Walmart,
  • Went to Books A Million,
  • Then off to TJ Maxx.
  • Headed home to put all of the shopping items away,
  • Made catfish and hush puppies for supper,
  • Made my homemade version of bisquik, which takes 9 c. of flour, so it was no easy undertaking to mix and mash everything really well,
  • Got the crock pot out, cut the meat for tomorrow’s lunch, and got out the other ingredients I will need for it,
  • Washed the dishes again,
  • Sent a happy birthday email to my oldest brother.

Though inside I feel like this from all of my accomplishments:

My body actually feels like this:

 

 

Exchanging gifts

DD bought me one thing I really wanted for Christmas:

However, when I tried them on, I knew they wouldn’t fit after being washed.  So I headed out to return them last week.  While at the store, I bought 2 valances to match the new bedding set dh bought for our room.  As I headed up to the check-out, I saw a watch with LOTS of bling on it.  So I used the $ I got back for the pj pants to buy the watch.  The closest I could find to it online is this:

Only mine was bigger and had rhinestones of every color.  It was a perfect match for one of my tops, as well as my dansko splatter paint shoes.  I wore it to work and by the end of the day, two stones had fallen out.  So after I got off work Friday evening, I headed out to take it back to the store.

My daughter commented that she bought me two really neat items, both of which I had to return.  So for now, she kind of feels like this:

Hopefully, I will find something neat to replace the two items I returned, and then she can feel like this: