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Angels Are All Around Us

It is so easy to believe that our world is full of evil. Mostly because, well…it is! If you spend any amount of time in front of the TV, you know it’s rampant out there. But good people ARE out there as well.
Satan is no dummy. He’s been around a long time and knows the weaknesses we will have in our personal makeup, long before WE do! After all, he has been witness to generation after generation of our ancestors, and has a full history of how “the sins of our fathers” will affect us. All he has to do now, is to rub on and poke at that irritating/weak/hurtful/ugly area in our lives and give us major head cases to distract us from what we should really be focusing on… Our Loving Father, Jesus Christ, and how He can work in our lives to touch others.
Well, throughout this whole sad journey, I have been extremely blessed by several people. Some of them total strangers. All of them allowing God to do great things through them. All of them making a conscious choice to do a good, kind, loving thing for someone else. And in some cases…a total stranger! All of them showing me how God can use hurt and damaged humans to nurture, comfort and care for other hurt and damaged humans… if they will but allow Him to.
I want to tell you about some humans who allowed God to use them, and how they became angels in my life.
(Since I was in such a fog…I may not have all the facts exactly right, but this is what I can remember…and the gist of story is exactly as was!)
I checked into my hotel on the evening of April 15. While most of America was battling to get their taxes in on time… I had just come from seeing my Dad battling for his life. I was numb, tired, jet lagged and everything was covered in a dense fog as I cried myself to sleep that night.
The next morning came quickly, since still operating on east coast time, and anxious to get back to the hospital, I pried my swollen eyes open, got ready and headed down to the lobby to get some coffee. I didn’t feel like eating, but knew I should, so ordered an egg sandwich on an English muffin – hold the bacon! (my stomach couldn’t handle it.)
I don’t remember if it was that day or the next, but the sweet girl behind the counter asked some questions and we somehow started talking about my Dad. I shared with her his struggle and my fears. She asked if she could hug me, and that started my encounter with one of Gods “care taking angels”… Her name was Yolanda.

I will return to continue the story…

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Oh Me of Little Faith

I didn’t want to worry. Believe me, I tried not to. Usually, I’m not a big worrier. But going to bed last night, after checking on Bonnie & the chicks for the 80th time, I succumbed to my migraine induced weariness, laid there and worried.

It was a restless sleep. Being one of our colder nights of late, I tossed and turned, thinking of all the things I should have done different. All the things I was going to bead myself up with in the morning when I went out to check on Bonnie and found her new little brood all dead from the cold.

Sleep did eventually come. But before the sun was up… I was. Worrying again.

I decided that I needed to beef up my mental strength before I went out to see the probable carnage, so I opened up my Bible and tried to find something on protection. I had been praying for those cute little fluff balls… and I had hoped that God would see their importance to us and protect them through the night, but still I had worried.

In the concordance, I found under God’s Protection, Matthew 6:25-34. The heading for that section of scripture is Do Not Worry! I especially liked verse 26. “Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them.” So, I added to that, that He keeps them warm and gives the mama bird the instinct to care for her young.

As I sat and pondered what God was capable of… I realized that He entrusted me with little bundles of cuteness, many years ago. And even though I had many “firsts”, He gave me the instinct and direction for each one of them. He trusted me with little humans. So, I needed to let go and trust that Bonnie would do what she was designed to do, and that God was in control. If they didn’t make it, it was His plan.

So, brimming with tears I make my way out to the coop. Tears of sorrow for not having more faith, and tears of anticipation to see God’s design at work.

As I let the other girls out of the pen, and made my way towards Bonnie’s little nest, and I heard the peeps of little chicks! They made it!

God made sure that Bonnie knew enough to keep these little-wiggly-puff-balls warm, even though they were just pushed under her during the night.

She is being a good little (actually she’s pretty big!) mama to them. She gets agitated whenever I go near her and seems to be telling the chicks when to get under her – if danger is present. They look happy and seem to know that Bonnie is their mama.

 (sorry the pics are a little blurry. took with no flash and the sun was hardly up.)

I am impressed.

With God and with Bonnie!

And my faith is stronger. I know… I know… something could still happen… the cycle of life and all that. God would still be good if they hadn’t made it… and granted, I haven’t seen all six of them yet… but my faith is STILL stronger because I was able to grasp a little deeper God’s love for me… and my children… and all His children. He loves us so much more than I or Bonnie could ever love those little chicks!

Love doesn’t make everything perfect down here on earth, but His love for us, and death on the cross, has given us the promise of perfection and a life with Him forever.

Looking forward to it!

For now… I will work on trusting Him more.

Off to sneak peeks at those darling little fluff-balls before the boys are up. I can’t wait to tell them!

 

🙂

hi-d

 

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Our First Day of School

We actually had a great day of school today!

For the most part.

My three youngest boys love coffee! So my husband and I decided a few years ago that coffee was better than a lot of other drinks they could be consuming, so we make them a pot of decaf in the mornings to drink a cup while we have worship! They love lounging around in their PJ’s drinking a hot cup-a-joe!

It seems to me to put them in good place for discussions. They are enjoying themselves and don’t really want the moment to end…so they are apt to ask a lot of questions! This leads into deeper discussions and we just go with it until they start to peter out…or run out of coffee! (remember…it’s decaf! I’m not into self torture!)

This morning we went over our “Family Code of Rules” again. Some of the rules apply all of the time, but some of them will be specific to the school year. I am sure that most of you homeschooling moms have something like this, but if you don’t, it is a real good thing to do. My boys catch each other on some the things themselves! And they seem to like having a “code” just for our family!

Here is our family’s code of rules:

1. We will strive to keep God first in our lives and suit up in our heavenly armor daily!

2. We will be obedient to our mom and dad always.

3. No name calling (i.e. stupid, idiot, dummy, etc.) to others or ourselves. Remember the Golden Rule. (offenders loose 5 tickets)

4. Don’t make fun of anyone. Including friends and brothers. (offenders loose 5 tickets)

5. Never use the “hate” word. Not allowed. (offenders loose all tickets in their box)

6. If something doesn’t belong to you and the rightful owner says you can’t play with it, you can say “please” just once. If the answer is still “no”, then put it down and let it go! You may not continue asking. (If you are caught not respecting someone else’s property you will loose 20 tickets.)

7. If caught fighting over a video game, it will be taken away for a week. No questions.

8. Any physical fighting/wrestling that turns ugly will result in the involved parties being put in a room together until they can resolve their issues or relinquish all your tickets.

9. No video games from the time you get up in the morning until after school on weekdays. You may play from after school till dinner time. Then they stop until the next day. Getting caught playing a video system at an illegal time will result in loosing your system for at least a week. Depends on your attitude…could be longer, if your not careful.

10. Sodas are not allowed during the week. DON’T ASK! (Unless we make an exception for a special occasion.) If you do ask, everyone looses a day that you can have them. Friday after school to Sunday afternoon, you can ask. But it doesn’t mean the answer will be yes!

11. No snacks after 5pm. Too close to dinner time.

12. Mom is not a short order cook. Whatever she has made for a meal is what we will eat – without complaining or making an ugly face; even if it is not our favorite. (Offenders will loose 2 tickets.)

13. If it is close to a meal time and you are hungry – don’t come in the kitchen and complain – come in and help make the meal or hush up and leave the area! (offenders will loose 2 tickets.)

14. We will not watch anything on T.V. that we couldn’t be comfortable watching with Jesus sitting next to us.

15. We will all do our part to uplift and encourage every member of this family, in anything that they have a passion for or enjoy doing, even if we don’t share in that passion.

(I will tell you about the tickets at another time. I have to hurry and finish this so I can go start dinner!)

I hope this might motivate someone to try making a code for the their family! You know they will all be different for different family’s and beliefs, but involve the kids! We did this together, the boys and I, last year…and I have to say, some of the rules they wanted were pretty tough. They also came up with most of the punishment themselves! And funny thing is…it works! I have learned over the last few years to start the conversation, and then be quiet…and let them lead where it goes! It is very interesting and enlightening most of the time! What more could a mom ask for than to be in a wonderful (lengthy) conversation with her children, whether it’s about when they can have a soda, or how to treat themselves and others! I homeschool for moments like that!

hi-d

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