05.31.18 Purpose Driven Life – What On Earth Am I Here For?

Thursday, May 31, 2018 – Rick Warren wrote the book, Purpose Driven Life, several years ago.  I’ve read it a few times starting when our church went through a program called 40 Days of Purpose.  I think that’s what it was called.  My brother in law use to read it through every year.  I have it on my Kindle and read a chapter every now and then when I need some spiritual grounding.

Anyway,  I just came across this list on my computer.  It’s the title of each of the chapters in the book.  They are very thought provoking chapter titles, as was the whole book.  If you’ve read the book, this list will mean something special to you.  If you haven’t read it, the list will give you an idea of what the book is about.  Either way, I hope you’ll spend sometime reading the list and thinking about it, perhaps praying about it!

It’s not about me.

I am not an accident.

Living on purposes is the path to peace.

There is more to life than just here and now.

Life is a test and a trust.

Life on earth is a temporary assignment.

This world is not my home.

It’s all for Him.

I was planned for God’s pleasure.

The smile of God is the goal of my life.

The heart of worship is surrender.

God wants to be my best friend.

I’m as close to God as I choose to be.

God wants all of me.

God is real, no matter how I feel.

I was formed for God’s family.

Life is all about love.

I am called to belong, not just believe.

Life is meant to be shared.

I need others in my life.

Community requires commitment.

Relationships are always worth restoring.

It is my responsibility to protect the unity of my church.

I was created to become like Christ.

It is never too late to start growing.

The truth transforms me.

God has a purpose behind every problem.

Every temptation is an opportunity to do good.

There is always a way out.

There are no shortcuts to maturity.

I was put on earth to make a contribution.

Service is not optional.

I was shaped for serving God.

Nobody else can be me.

I serve God by serving others.

To be a servant I must think like a servant.

God works best when I admit my weakness.

I was made for a mission.

God wants to say something to the world through me.

The Great Commission is my commission.

Blessed are the balanced, they shall outlast everyone.

Living with purpose is the only way to really live.

If this, in any way, makes you want to read the book, I highly recommend it (obviously!).  The kindle edition on Amazon is only 99 cents.  Here is a link to that and the hard back version. https://www.amazon.com/Purpose-Driven-Life-Rick-Warren/dp/0310205719/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1527808957&sr=8-1&keywords=the+purpose+driven+life+hardcover

There is a newer version, which I’ve also read. I remember not liking it as much as the original.  The link above is to the original with the brownish/burgundy cover.

 

Roy and I are slowly but surely making progress towards moving which is going to be Monday the 4th.  Several cabinets and drawers inside and outside have been cleared out and cleaned out.  We are living with small boxes all over Dora’s floors. Roy’s moved several containers from under Dora to the storage building we have out back.

I spent yesterday and today pulling weeds from the flower gardens and planting grass in spots that need it. I’ll be moving some of the plants in our current garden to around the house when the weather gets cooler again.  You may remember that most of what we have came with us from our home on Wardline Road in Hammond.  Everything is fairly big now and has gotten quite crowded so moving some will be a good thing.

We’ve had three inquiries yesterday and today from people who want to rent Dora.  They all came through RVShares.com.  A couple of our friends are interested as well.  We’ll be spending most of next week finishing getting Dora emptied out and spit shined!!! Bring it on renters!!

Saturday there is a city wide yard sale in Ponchatoula.  We’ll be there when it starts at 8:00 am.  Since we’re trying to furnish a house it should be an interesting day of shopping.  We are very thankful to our son Chip and his wonderful wife Misty for giving us their sofa, coffee table and television when they bought new ones.  They’ve even stored them (filling up) their garage until we can get them next Wednesday.

Chip called early this morning (well it was 9 am so I wasn’t up yet) and we had a delightful conversation.  He’s going to cook us some crawfish corn soup and has some other things to let us have for our new house!  That call made my day!  I love you Chip for how you show your love for us!

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05.25.18 – Please share!! Dora is for rent starting June 10th!

Friday, May 25, 2018 – Please feel free to share.  We ask (plead and beg!!) that you do share this blog post with your friends on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc.

As we move towards moving into our house in Amite on the 4th we are making plans to hopefully rent out our motor home.  We wrote a little bit about it before but this is hopefully all the information, all in one place.

I am working on a YouTube slideshow of photos and information about Dora, our pretty girl.  I’ll post it here when it’s ready. For now, here’s a link to a Facebook album with all of those photos in it.

Dora’s Photo Album

We have registered Dora with the twowebsite that I wrote about recently. Links to the two companies are below:

Outdoorsy.com listing

RVshare.com listing

If you don’t feel like clicking on any of the links above, here’s most of the information on the websites !

Dora is a 2005 Fleetwood Excursion 39S and is 39.5 feet long, with three slide outs – two in the living room, kitchen and dinette and the third in the bedroom.  Automatic Transmission, Cruise Control, Power Steering are features that make driving Dora a dream!

She’s available beginning June 10th to rent for vacation, weekend event, to see if you’d like to live in one, and any number of other reasons.

RATES:

  • 195.00 / nightly
  • 1300.00 / weekly
  • 5500.00 / monthly
  • Minimum Nights: 3 Nights
  • Refundable damage deposit: $1000.00
  • 250 miles per night included with rental
    • Excess mileage: $0.32 per mile
  • 4 hours per night generator usage included with rental for fr
    • Excess generator usage: $5.00/hour
  • Cleaning Fee if not returned in same clean condition that it was in when picked up: $150.00
  • Additional Driver: $25.00
  • Insurance: approximately $29.95 per day (sales tax not included) (each website has a different insurance rate)
  • Roadside Assistance available for purchase on each website.

DESCRIPTION:

7 days notice is required before start date of rental. Minimum rental is 3 days.

-Luxury abounds in this beautiful motor home. This coach is powered by a 350 H.P. Caterpillar Diesel Engine that delivers plenty of power; whether you want to drive your family to Disney or cruise up California’s beautiful coastline Hwy 1 to San Francisco. The Spartan Chassis with an air ride suspension will give you a very stable and smooth ride. The Caterpillar Engine brake allows you to stop with confidence.

-Driving is enjoyable with oversized heated powered ultra-leather seats. Tilt and telescoping steering wheel let you find ‘your own’ exact fit while the oversize windshield lets you enjoy a panoramic view of the scenery ahead while the backup camera allows you to see directly behind you. Your passenger will be relaxed in a luxurious reclining heated ultra-leather seat with power foot rest.

-Setting up camp is simple with automatic hydraulic jacks that level the motor home with the touch of a single button. You can open up the living area with the touch of another button. You’ll be amazed of its huge size as the walls extend out. In the master bedroom, touch another button and watch the queen size sleep number bed slide out giving you even more room there. Combined with the 84′ ceiling height you’ll feel like you’re in the Superdome!

-The ultra-leather couch folds out into a queen size bed while the adjacent sofa converts into a Double sofa J-Bed. Enjoy your favorite movie or program on the 40′ H.D. TV with your choice of Antenna, Dish Hopper DVR Satellite, Cable or Blu-Ray/DVD with surround sound that will make you feel like you’re part of the action. You may choose a movie from our library or bring your own.

-The kitchen area is a Chefs’ delight! It’s equipped with a Convection microwave, a 3 burner gas stove, an oven, deep double sinks, side by side refrigerator/freezer with ice maker, large Corian counter tops, and plenty of cabinets and drawers!

-Without starting the generator, the 2000-watt inverter allows your family to watch a movie from any one of the three TV’s onboard. You can also use the microwave, a few outlets, brew a cup of coffee.

-If full power is needed at a remote campsite the 7500-watt Onan quiet diesel generator will light up the whole coach including both thermostat controlled air conditioners.

-Do a load of laundry with the built in washer/dryer.

-There is a huge closet in the bedroom to hang up all your clothes combined with all the cabinet space and basement compartments there is ample room to bring lots of your favorite things.

-If the weather is right, head outside and set up your lounge chair, swivel the outside TV in your direction, and relax your cares away. If the sun gets too hot, or the rain starts to come down, push another button and watch as the awning automatically extends overhead.

She’s available beginning June 10th to rent for vacation, weekend event, to see if you’d like to live in one, and any number of other reasons.

Minimum driver’s age: 25 years

No Smoking inside

No Pets

INDOOR AMENITIES INCLUDE:

In dash Air Conditioner
2 Rooftop Air Conditioners
Garmin RV specific GPS
Heater
Dining Table with extension and two extra chairs
Convection/Microwave
Stove/Range
Refrigerator
Kitchen Sink
Inside Shower
Outside Shower
Toilet/Sink
Satellite
Awning
Generator
Tow Hitch
Color Backup Camera
Extra Storage
Leveling Jacks
Washer/Dryer
TV/DVD
DVD/Blue Ray Player
Radio
Inverter

WHAT’S GOODIES ARE INCLUDED WITH DORA AT NO EXTRA COST!!

OUTSIDE
• Medium size outside table
• 6 foldable outside chairs in bags
• 9’ X12’ Outdoor Mat with 4 hold-down stakes
KITCHEN
• Toaster
• Coffee pot and filters
• Hand held can opener
• Quality dinner size paper plates, smaller paper plates and bowls
• Stainless forks, knives and spoons
• Plastic Solo Cups
• Coffee cups
• Large and small pots and skillet
• Cooking utensils including two spatulas, large spoon, slotted spoon, 2 chopping/slicing knives, basting brush, ice scream scoop, spaghetti scooper, measuring cups, measuring spoons
• 2 cake pans
• 1 cookie sheet
• Several Dishtowels
• Pot Holders
• Dish drying rack
• Dish drying mat
• Roll of Paper towels and Paper towel holder
• Two plastic storage containers for left overs
• Sandwich size Glad ziplock bags
• Quart size Glad ziplock bags
• Aluminum foil
• Saran wrap
• Salt and Pepper Shakers, onion flakes, garlic seasoning
• First Aid Kit
• 2 new sponges
• Plastic gloves
• Interior cleaning products
• Two dishwashing liquid dispensers are full
BATHROOM AND SHOWER
• Several rolls of Toilet paper stored under bathroom sink
• Bath mat
• Six bath towels and wash clothes, two hand towels – effective August 2018
• Dispenser filled with shampoo
BEDROOM AND SOFA SLEEPERS
• Bed linens and bedspread for one queen size bed and one full size sofa bed provided.
• Blanket provided for the Double J-Bed
• Six pillows with pillow cases
• Splendide washing machine detergent
DINING AREA
• To expand the seating area to accommodate 6 people there are 2 wooden folding chairs, table extension located in closet
LIVING AREA
• Folding coffee table located in closet
MISCELLANEOUS
• Small ironing board and iron
• Coat Hangers
• Bike Rack for 2 bikes available upon request
• Vacuum hose and accessories located under bed for use with Built-in vacuum
OUTSIDE HARDWARE
• Optional outside entry step ladder
• 3 X10’ Rhino Extreme sewer hoses
• 1 X 5’ Rhino Extreme sewer hose
• 1 X10’ red sewer hose
• 1 Dominator, 20′ Extension sewer hose
• All sewer adaptors necessary to connect to campground
• Sewer Hose Supports – 2 solid and 1 expandable
• 2 X 25’ Fresh Water hoses and high flow water pressure regulator
• 30 amp male to 50 amp female power cord adaptor
• 4 jack leveling pads if needed
• Spare Tire

Optional outside entry step ladder
Spare Tire

The cancellation fees changes from website to website but is generally: 50% refund up to 14 days before pickup, then no refund after that

The listings are not 100 percent complete but they are pretty close. The per day, per week and per month rental rates have been lowered from their original prices.  We hope this will attract renters so we can see if this is worth doing.

If this doesn’t prove to be worth it, Dora will be for sale at $85,000 which is a steal, she even has all new Michelin tires!!

Roy and I will be moving into the house that we built three years ago in Amite, on June 4th.  We will then be working hard to have Dora spotless and ready to rent by June 10th. It may seem like it shouldn’t take much to move from Dora into the house.  However, we have several large storage areas underneath Dora in what we call the basement.  They are all pretty much full of things we don’t use everyday but have needed as we travel.  Every cabinet and drawer in the motor home has to be cleared out also.  The closet is full of clothes and under our bed is a huge storage place that is full.

I’ve started going through each cabinet and drawer to see what can be taken out now and packed so that the “big” move is a little easier. We’re only moving things across our front yard so that helps!

The biggest undertaking is writing a Renter’s Manual for those who “we hope” rent our motor home!   There’s a lot to share with a renter, especially to those who have never driven one of these big girls before.  We’ve made great progress on this and my goal is to be finished with it this weekend.  We’ll send it to Kteam Printing in Hammond and have it made into a spiral bound book.  We also plan to save it as a .pdf file and email it to the renters before they pick Dora up so they are familiar with things ahead of time.

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05.23.18 The Gaze of His Eye, by Kelly Balarie

I will instruct you and show you the way to go; with my eye on you, I will give counsel. Psalm 32:8

The Gaze of His Eye

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I stood in the center of a kitchen that hadn’t seen the likes of a mop for weeks. Crumbs scattered on the floor, goo stuck to the table, and something mysterious clung to the countertops. I felt like I might explode. I can’t do it all! I thought.

The reality of my life — the countless needs and the never-ending feeling that life won’t stop — made me wonder: God, do You have more for me than nights of kitchen cleaning and mornings of kid-caretaking?

My head spun. I had to fix my emotions. I needed God to answer. I prayed my heart out, as if my all-good effort would bring good results. At home, it usually does. No clean underwear? I’ll do a load of laundry! Hungry? I’ll make dinner! Sick? Let’s get you to the doctor.

I waited. Nothing. I dropped my arms, wondering: Where are You, God? Letting my eyes relax, I found myself hazing out the window, into the density of the night. There, a blur in the distance took shape.

The moon, I could see it. Strangely, it wasn’t perfectly rounded, but imperfectly formed — shaped like an eye. All I could think was: God, You see me. You know where I am going. You have a plan for me in my darkness. You have a way for me, in my wilderness, even when I can’t see. And in all this, I can rest.

When the frantic pace of everyday life catches up with us, let’s remember to step outside at night and enjoy the beauty of the nighttime landscape that God spoke into existence. He sees us. He really does!

~ written by Kelly Balarie on Peaceful Moments for Women

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05.22.18 2009 Trinity Father’s Day photos that we will start with for 2018

These are the photos that we will start with for our 2018 Father’s Day slide show.  Those who no longer attend Trinity have been removed from the original slide show so we have room for photos from new folks or newer photos from current members.  Check it out so you’ll know which ones you don’t need to send in.

If you want any of yours removed from those you see below, please let me know really soon!  If I left in photos of members who have left Trinity let me know that also!

Please limit the photos per father to 5.  Photos can be sent to me at rosalyn@selu.edu.  The deadline is June 4th but I’d really like them by June 1st since we’ll be moving from our motor home to our house June 4th to June 10th.

                                                            

Well that’s it folks!  Please send me the names of the father’s and children in the photos you send to rosalyn@selu.edu.

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05.20.18 Dance revue, A1C, baseball game, remote control flying, crawfish boil, 3rd grade awards and June 4th!!!

Sunday, May 20, 2018 – Several days ago we picked up our granddaughter Madisyn to go see two of our other granddaughters dance revue. They were so adorable and we really enjoyed seeing what the girls had learned.  Madisyn enjoyed being with her cousins and even danced around on the stage with her girl cousins after the revue.

We recently learned that a couple, friends of our oldest son and his wife, are also friends with two young couples we know that moved from Louisiana to Texas.  Such a small world we live in!  Alanna was our student worker at Southeastern and married Matt, a young man from our home church.  They now live in Texas and through their children made friends with Christina and her husband.  When we walked into the dance revue there was Christina and her children sitting with our family!  She and I took a photo together after the revue while we were getting reacquainted.

Mother’s Day was a wonderful day and I’ll write about that in a separate blog post.

The monthly doctor visit to have my A1C checked went pretty well.  In case you haven’t been following us here lately, our orthopedic doctor in Tennessee won’t do my partial knee replacement until my A1C is down to 7.0.  It’s not perfect yet or down all the way to 7.0 but Dr. Valdes is very pleased with me being down to 7.6.  A few months ago it was up to 10.2, three months ago 9.1, then 8.1, then 8.1 again and now 7.6!   I also lost 9 more pounds this past month.  That is what happens when you only eat three small meals a day with as little carbs as possible.  I aim for 30 carbs per meal but can have 45.

I wrote a paragraph here yesterday about something and then my computer shut down because it was unplugged and the battery wore out.  I didn’t remember what I wrote when it happened and still don’t.  This is part of the frustration that comes with having dementia.  I do, write or say something and then almost immediately don’t remember what I did, wrote or said.

Further on in my writing here I remembered what I forgot I had written so I’ll add it here. After seeing Dr. Valdes and getting the A1C result I called Dr. Schrader, the Tennessee orthopedic doctor, to plead my case for having the knee replacement done with my A1C being 7.6.  They said to ask Dr. Valdes to fax the results to him for his consideration.  It was late Friday so I will not know until next week what the decision is.

We had a busy day Saturday.  Our only grandson had his last baseball game of the year early yesterday in Baton Rouge at Istrouma Baptist Church. They have a really nice set up there where at least 8 games can be played at the same time.  It’s qui te a big church league with lots of happy little boys and girls playing ball!  We got to play with two of our granddaughters while our grandson played ball.  He got on base twice and was very attentive to the action going on on the field.  I was very impressed that such a young boy was so focused on the game.  We got a big smile and hug from him when he came off the field after the game.  The league had its end of the year event after the games and we were able to attend that as well.   At our oldest son’s request, there are no photos of the grandchildren.

From Baton Rouge we went to Hammond to Camping World.  We always purchase our outside fabric covered rocking chairs there.  Two of them have started coming apart at the seams and on one the arm rest collapsed.  I know we are not small people but they are rated to hold 300 pounds so it was a defective product.  We usually buy a warranty when we think we need it and thankfully we had it on all three.  We replaced two of them with this rocker that we hope will look nice on the front porch of our house when we move in!

This is our local Dixie RV and Camping World.  If an RVer has never visited a Camping World they haven’t lived yet!  So many RVing ideas all throughout the store.  This is their busy time of year so this was where we had to park far away from the door.  We’re usually parked right up by the door at other times of the year.

From there we went on to the Hammond Park Flyers Club field on Fagan Drive where Roy and his flying buddies fly their planes and drones.  Roy’s cousin Chris pulled up shortly after we did and cranked up his music to play the Beach Boys.  Oh how cool and fun that was listening to lots of oldies and rockin out to the music while the guys and gals flew their planes.  It was terribly, terribly, terribly, hot out there in the 1 pm sun and Louisiana heat.  Even in the shade it was sweltering.  We stayed a couple of hours and were quite drained by the heat by the time we left.

Chip and Misty let us go to their house in Ponchatoula and recover from the heat before our next event. It was wonderfully cool and their nice huge new sofa gave Roy and I plenty of space to lay down and cool off.  they have new furniture and we helped break it in!

They have two adorable kitties, Milo and Lilly who came to visit us while we were resting.  Actually I should say they visited Roy.  I let them out of their room and loved on them but they went to lay by Roy!  He didn’t seem to mind that! Milo has the dark ears and Lilly has the light ears.  They are precious!

Once we recovered we went to meet Chip and Misty at their church, The Harbor’s, church wide crawfish boil.  A thousand pounds of crawfish along with potatoes and corn were served and served and served. The temperatures were much nicer under the huge white tent with fans blowing and oh what a wonderful smell all that crawfish gave off!!!  We were given a nice size tray piled with crawfish corn and potatoes, not the small bowl in the picture!  Delicious!!!!!  They have a wonderful church family and we enjoyed visiting with several of their meembers.  New friends of Chip and Misty’s, their precious baby and little son were there.  Oddly the baby took a look at me and burst into screams…..!!  I did visit with the baby later and got precious smiles.  There was another couple that Roy and I got to spend some time getting to know, Pedro and Louise.  They are around our age and we really enjoyed visiting with them after we had all eaten as much crawfish as we could hold.  Well Roy went on to eat two more trays after we ate but that’s Roy.  This was our first time having crawfish this season and we loved it! Before we left we got to visit with their Pastor Marvin who knows us through our blog and being Chip’s parents.  He’s a great preacher of God’s Word and a special pastor for Chip and Misty.

That ended our long Saturday.  I was so wiped out by all the fun it would have been very easy to fall asleep on the way home.  Knowing Roy had to stay awake to drive I kept my eye lids open to be his backseat driver that I am so good at!

I’m sharing this photo so my sister Harriett can see how well the gerber daisy plant she gave me is doing!   it is so pretty, thanks sis!!  The Ivy you gave me for inside is doing really well and seems happy here!  The begonias are taking longer getting settled but they are starting to grow!

This turned into a long one.  We’re hopeful that this coming weeks takes us no where away from home!  The last few days my brain has been fairly mushy with all we’ve been doing.  I don’t feel as creative as I like to be and am enjoying sleeping a lot.  I’m going to try writing about things the day they happen so I remember more of it.  I shared one of our blogs on RVillage and one of the members told me “I just have to say (after reading your ‘first decision’) there is something about your writing style that makes me feel that you are a very dear longtime friend.”  That made me feel like I can still do this and that makes me happy!

Here’s Madisyn after her awards event at school. with Chip and Misty  End of third grade and on to fourth!  A friend made her the cute shirt in the second picture and the bow to go with it.  It says “Third grade is so last year…. 4th grade here I come!!!”

We just heard from our renters that they have found a new place to move to.  We will be able to move our things (what little there is!!) into the house on June 4th.  That’s two weeks and we have a lot to do between now and then!

God, as always is so good to Roy and I and blesses us abundantly each and every day.  Whether it’s a lesson we need to learn or a measure of His grace that I don’t deserve, or a reward for something positive, it’s all part of Him growing us into what he wants us to be.

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05.18.18 We’re All Worth A Second Look, by Holley Gerth and Happy Heavenly Birthday Josie Mae!

Happy Birthday in Heaven to my mama Josie Mae Cochran Blum Traylor.  She would have been 98 today.  I know she’s happier in Heaven than she ever was on earth though she made so many of us happy just by her presence.  She definitely left her mark on many.  She told the children to stop when they were running in church.  She believed and shared with others that you do not wear shorts to church.  She loved our new sanctuary and was so determined that it not be stained by spilled drinks that she “encouraged” everyone not to bring anything to eat or drink in church.  She’d let you know if your dress was a bit short to be wearing in the choir.
While those things use to embarrass me I see now that she was so very right.  Harriett and I would talk about that embarrassment, but we loved her anyway!  God’s house, that we worship Him, in should be considered Holy while still being a place where joy and love abounds.  We can be a rowdy bunch at Trinity and that’s part of why I love it there!   I sometimes have to bring a bottle of water into the sanctuary for morning Worship to help with my asthma and coughing.  Since she was very strict about that I find myself asking her forgiveness before I enter the sanctuary.  She was truly a hoot and quite a character all the while such a loyal, forgiving mother and grandmother.
I miss her all the time.  When something new happens my thoughts always go first to wanting to share with mama though it’s been over 10 years since she went to live with God. When God says my time here is over I know she will be waiting there with God to meet me in Heaven.  What a peace I find in that.
I didn’t mean to write all this when I first wished her Happy Birthday in the first sentence above.  Words spill out of my heart sometimes and land here.  Thank you for indulging me when that happens. 

I am sure of this, that he who started a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. Philippians 1:6Wwe wander over to our favorite fruit stand, to a table laden with discounted fruit labeled “seconds.” A wiry woman says, “These are here because they have some kind of trouble..”

I look at her and say with a half-grin. “Don’t we all?”

My husband and I have bought these peaches before and we know what she means. There might be a bruise from a hand landing on unrelenting ground. There could be a tiny hold where a bug helped itself to dinner. I glance at the cousins of these peaches sitting on other tables inside the little stand. They are beautiful and unblemished as they proudly in their buckets waiting to be taken home by folks who will not settle for anything less. I think if I were a peach I’d rather be on the “seconds” table where the messy is allowed.

We choose our imperfect peaches and cart them home with anticipation. I set one on a small cream-colored plate and split it right down the side with a silver knife. I bring the piece to my mouth and take a bite. It’s an explosion of sweet and tart and summer.

I look at it and whisper right to its skin, “Who would have thought you have that in you?” Then I think about how this rings true to life. Because we all have parts of our hearts or stories what we think don’t measure up. We call them unworthy and less than and we put them to the side. But the longer I’ve walked this spinning earth, the more I find those are the places where the glory and the beauty are likely to show up and shout, “Surprise!” I had assumed “seconds” meant “not first, not best.” Maybe it just means “worth a second look.”

As you go about your day, look into the eyes of the cashier or the barista or the mailman and say hi. Learn their name. Give them a “second look” and a smile that says, “You matter.”

~ written by Holley Gerth, A Moment to Breathe, shared on  Peaceful Moments for Women

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05.17.18 Wacky Wonderful Thursday

 

  

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Be true to yourself. Do what makes you happy. Be with who makes you smile. Laugh as much as you breathe. Love as long as you live. Say what you need to say. Offer a helping hand when you’re able. Appreciate all the things you do have. Smile. Celebrate your small victories. Learn from your mistakes. Realize that everything is a lesson in disguise. Forgive. And let go of the things you can’t control. And let God lead you each and every day.  Peaceful Moments for Women

ONE PAIR OF HANDS

Lyrics
O Lord, my God, when I in awesome wonder
Consider all the worlds Thy Hands have made
I see the stars, I hear the rolling thunder
Thy power throughout the universe displayed
Then sings my soul, my Saviour God, to Thee
How great Thou art, how great Thou art
Then sings my soul, my Saviour God, to Thee
How great Thou art, how great Thou art
And when I think of God, His Son not sparing
Sent Him to die, I scarce can take it in
That on the Cross, my burden gladly bearing
He bled and died to take away my sin
Then sings my soul, my Saviour God, to Thee
How great Thou art, how great Thou art
Then sings my soul, my Saviour God, to Thee
How great Thou art, how great Thou art
When Christ shall come with shout of acclamation
And lead me home, what joy shall fill my heart
Then I shall bow with humble adoration
And then proclaim, my God, how great Thou art
Then sings my soul, my Saviour God, to Thee
How great Thou art, how great Thou art
Then sings my soul, my Saviour God, to Thee
How great Thou art, how great Thou art
Songwriters: Stuart Keene Hine
How Great Thou Art lyrics © Capitol Christian Music Group
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A lot of people like this picture. So I wanted to take a minute to tell the story. Milton West was my childhood next door neighbor. I knew him as Mr. Chip. He retired from DOW chemical as an operator. He has always been there for me since I was two years old. Growing up without a father was always difficult for me. But the good lord surrounded me with great men, Mr.Chip was one of them. He constantly preached the value of an education, taught me how to take care of a yard, he taught me to see people for who they are not what they look like, he taught me how to treat my mother like a saint and many other life lessons. His contributions to me becoming a good son ,man and father were huge.

I am forever grateful for God putting him in my life.

So this past May my wife and I had a little boy named Bob Wayne Shugart. When Mr. Chip and his wife Shirley saw him they fell in love with him. They babysit him sometimes and we go and visit when we can. The last time we were over there Mr. Chip said he wants to be called “POP”. He says that’s his grandson. So we had to come up with a name for his wife. We decided on Lolli!!!!

So we tell Bob Wayne we are going to see Lolli Pop!!! I’m grateful that Lolli and Pop will be apart of my sons life. If he learns half the things from Mr . Chip as I did he will become a great son, man and father.

Everyday I read something negative and how race relations are worse than ever. I disagree and I hope this is a positive loving message to many people. This is just one story in little ol Victoria , Texas. I m sure there are millions of similar stories across the United States.

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05.16.18 Treasured Photos from Trinity’s 2018 Mother’s Day Presentation

Wednesday, May 16, 2018 – Below is the updated 2018 photo presentation shared during Sunday morning’s Worship Service on May 13, 2018.  So many church members participated and sent in their treasured photos of their Mom or their children/grandchildren with their Mom/Grandmother.

Trinity members, feel free to save whatever ones you want by right clicking and selecting Save Image As.  What you will get is any photo on that slide and the caption.  If you don’t have a way to crop out what you don’t want from the slide, send me an email at rosalyn@selu.edu, tell me which slide and picture and I’ll crop it for you and email it to you.

Thanks to everyone that participated! We have a wonderful church family and I love seeing our extended family through these photos!

I can’t wait to see all the photos that are sent in for Father’s Day.  Trinity members, start sending those to me now!  The father’s day photos will be limited to 5 photos per father and the deadline is June 4th.

Ya’ll come back now, ya’ hear!

Mother's Day - Proverbs 31:26

 

 

05.14.18 SHEEP, BY BETHANY HAYES

SHEEP, by Bethany Hayes on Peaceful Moments for Women

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Ever wonder why God calls us “sheep” so much?

We can be just as foolish and helpless. We easily stray. We can’t be left to ourselves. All of these are obvious reasons.
But I think there’s more to it.

I think He calls us “sheep” because that’s the way we were made.
He made us to need Him that much.

Here are five reasons (of many) why God calls His people “sheep.”

Sheep weren’t made to carry burdens.
You will never see a sheep carrying a pack on its back. Other animals are good for carrying things. But not sheep.

Sheep can’t handle burdens.
“Cast your burdens on the Lord, and He will sustain you” (Psalm 55:22).

Sheep can’t defend themselves.
When a sheep is frightened, the only thing it knows to do is run. Other animals were made with defense mechanisms. But not sheep.

Sheep aren’t able to defend themselves.
“The LORD is my defense; and my God is the rock of my refuge” (Psalm 94:22).

Sheep can’t find their own way.
When sheep are lost, they are unable to find their way home again. Other animals were made with instincts that can. But not sheep.

Sheep have trouble finding the right way.
“Lead me, O LORD, in thy righteousness because of mine enemies; make thy way straight before my face” (Psalm 5:8).

Sheep are content with whatever satisfies.
When sheep are thirsty, they will stop at a puddle, even when clean, still waters are nearby.

Sheep are content with filth, so long as it satisfies. A good shepherd always knows what’s better and best. But not sheep.

Sheep will take whatever they can get.
“[He is] able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think” (Ephesians 3:20)

Sheep need a shepherd.

Sheep need a constant overseer. Other animals can fend for themselves. But not sheep.

Sheep need a shepherd whose life work is to care for his sheep. They need someone to protect, defend, lead, guide, and provide for them at all times.

We have that in our God, whose name is “The Lord is my Shepherd” (Psalm 23:1).

He calls His people “sheep” because we need a Shepherd. We need Him that much.

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