Posted in Rants Raves

Holy FRiJOLES

As my favorite book character Skippy Jon Jones would say– Holy Frijoles!  I have bEEEEEN BEEAZY!   I have really missed blogging for a bit! I have blogged so many wonderful informative thought provoking, inspirational, posts in my leeeetle brain, If only this website had a direct link.

Since my post of Evan going in the hospital, about 2 weeks ago:

  • There has been 102 hours for Evan in the hospital,
  • 72 for me sitting in the room with him waiting for 10 minutes of conversation with the MD.  The other 30 hours I was either sleeping or driving to or from the hospital.
  •  I shopped with Keith at a very picked over Hobby Lobby for tree #2 for his facility.
  • Went to see A Christmas Carol at our local Theater, with some ‘company folk’Our nephew, who just moved to Midland, is performing in it, so it was an extra treat.
  • Friday I went and put up tree # 2 at Keith’s work.
  • I have gone to Sam’s twice.
  • HEB twice.
  • Natural Grocers once.
  • Target.
  • Walmart.
  • Kirklands twice.
  • Super Mercado, twice within 20 minutes.
  • Pharmacy, twice,
  • Academy once.
  • I have done 3 loads of clothes,
  • 3 loads of dishes,
  • swept 3 times,
  • cleaned 3 bathrooms,
  • cleaned out 2 refrigerators,
  • cleaned my closet floor 2x.
  • I was Evan’s voice to Albertsons so he could get back to work (he needed release forms signed by doctor, I had to explain to Evan, he did the actual getting of though
  • Erin, our #4 grand, had a horrible reaction to her antibiotic, her parents called us 1AM Monday, to come and watch the other 2 while they rushed E into ER, a shot of benadryl and steroid, they were back by 4 AM
  • I did a phone interview for Glutino Ambassador Monday (I got it).
  • Made pretzel bark,
  • Made artichoke dip,
  • Set up for party.
  • Church.
  • Cleaned up after Keith’s cookie making.
  • 2 Wednesday’s with Law so he does not have to do the nursery ‘again’.
  • Walked only 6 miles :(.
  • Did 100 sit ups.
  • Attended a funeral.
  • Threw tumbleweeds.
  • Played in hospital halls with Law.
  • Had a bit of a hangover.
  • Restarted Dukan, today.
  • Fell off of Dukan, today.
  • Read Judges.
  • Thought of lots to say.
  • Emailed Christmas plans to family, again.
  • Changed clothes a billion times.
  • Brought Evan home.
  • Helped him ‘move’ back home.
  • Reposted sell of his car on Craigslist.
  • Raced Law to toilet to poop twice.
  • And a partridge in a pear tree

I think I got a bit cocky about my having it all together, prior to Evan’s hospital stay. I had many empty days, and was going to steal grandchildren and play, and look so ‘together’ and cool this year. And blog.

Well now I have NO empty days. But lots of accomplishments, and blessings instead!

Keith changed jobs 6 months ago, from 26 years of postal. The party was of/for  those that work with Keith, a great bunch of people. Blessed

All of those in our home for the first time, the compliments of the house that God built, with our hands, a sweet reminder of what God has given us. Blessed

The day of the party Keith used another day of vacation he ‘had’ to use. He spent the day with me preparing for the party. Keith cooks with me, laughs with me, cleans with me, provides everything, Blessed

We attended a funeral of a dear, great friend, John Pass, kindest man (next to my dad) I think I have ever known. He lived a long life blessing others. Lives like John’s make me ponder my own, I have a lot to do.To have known John. I am blessed.

Yesterday we had a sandstorm beyond what many will ever experience. s. 40 mile winds constantly with gusts probably above 60. It cleared the tumbleweeds off of the property, they were stacked over 6 feet tall and about 6 feet deep across the gate this morning. Today I threw tumble weeds over the fence, until I got too choked up from allergies. Where is the blessing? No damage and It is not blowing today!Blessed!

Today as I threw the tumbleweeds over the fence, I was thinking how impossible it would be to clear all 10 acres of tumbleweeds, but with them all piled on the same fence line, not so hard. It still took some work on my part, but God got it all lined out for me now. Blessed

Evan is back at work. Albertson’s was wanting for him, needing him to return, the holiday time is busy at a grocery, you know.  Absence makes the heart grow fonder as well as need.  I think they saw how much Evan actually does do. A cashier was telling us she has been concerned over how he had been looking lately, she obviously had been paying attention to him. Evan himself has found that they really do like him, and need him. Blessed

Evan is working Christmas Eve, which puts a snafu in our Old Petty Christmas Eve, but he gets off at 6:00, in time for the candlelight. Blessed

The whole ulcer thing is a blessing. The ‘Cry Wolf’ thing I wondered on, I had actually decided Evan was a complainer/cryer. I was wrong. I will admit it. I love that I was wrong about his character!  Evan has taken eating, or not eating wheat VERY seriously now! Albertsons now sees Evan as a dilegint worker, he works through the pain, he wants to get back to work ASAP, a quality employee! Not to forget, this ulcer did not perforate and cause more damage! Evan could be still in the hospital or even worse, dead, IF the pain had not beat out the perforation.

Yes, blessings make me bEEEEEzy. I have all of my children, all of my grandchildren, my husband. I am busy because I have it all.

Posted in Rants Raves

Sandy Hook Massacre

Sandy Hook Massacre.  Well said. As well as his link to  post by Dr. Albert Mohler concerning Friday’s tragedy.

All of our humanity can not remove the evil of this world. All humanity is infected with evil. This is almost impossible for man to understand. Evil ,such as this, occurred, when Cain killed his brother Abel and has continued on through out the centuries, and will, because man is evil. Everyone of us.

God has already conquered evil. It only exists within man because man does not choose to only abide in, the only good, the only just, the only righteous God.

By our looking at ourselves, our fellow man, our government to fix the wrongs of man we are perpetuating evil. We must look to God, he has given us THE WAY to overcome.

Posted in Exhort Pray Praise...

Do You Hear or Cry “Wolf”?

A friend and I were speaking of ‘Wolf Criers’, having some in our lives. Wolf Criers put the listeners in a tough spot. Is that their intent to cause listeners distress and guilt? Or are they solely concentrating on themselves and getting attention for themselves, with absolutely no awareness of the issues they cause others.

Evan cries ‘Wolf’.

to get off of work, wanting to hang with his gamer friends instead of doing his work.

to get attention. I think being ‘sick’ as a child makes one a bit more ‘needy’, it conditions one to be used to the extra attention.

because he is lonely. Attention, again, but in a different way. Being sick, having something that needs to be fixed gets him out of the mundane everyday and into appointments and questions and conversation directed to him and about him. Evan has two gamer friends, and they don’t really miss him if he is not there. He is lonely.

I have told him the story of the boy who cries wolf many many times. For someone like myself, this story had a great impact on me to NOT inconveinience or lie to others. I hear the story and see the ruin of reputation the boy caused himself, the loss of character. The boy hurt the others by lying and deception, sheep died because of him, the people no longer respected him, he brought shame to his family.  Then there are the others, who hear this story , they see opportunity. Opportunity to deceive and get continued support. They see that concerned caring people will not abandon them to be eaten by a wolf. They see that the rescuers know that they are being used and abused, but still come a running,

Evan is not the worst Wolf Cryer I know, have to deal with. Evan is learning disabled. Some of Evan’s reasoning is, at least, immature. I don’t give that to Evan as an excuse though,I do consider.  I just am not sure if he can always reason into the relm of what his actions DO to others, and what others think about him because of them. I am responsible to Evan, so I do not accept ‘Wolf’ from him.   But what about other “Wolf” criers who are not brain damaged?

So,back to the questions. A bit more in depth though. People who cry “ I have a problem, help me help me. I need help. I can’t because ….. I am in danger because….. I am sick, I hurt” and their ‘issue’ is not as dire as they claim it to be.

Do they actually think they are dying? Do they actually think there is no way out? Do they have no perception of what is really dire circumstances?

Do they realize potential rescuers feel responsible when someone reaches out to them? Do they KNOW who will feel responsible and  those are who they call on?

Does a Wolf Crier get a sense of power when they get someone to come running? Do they get a chuckle at making others concern over nothing to concern over? Is part of the goal to get the rescuer to choose them over their other responsibilities?

Is the need for others to look at them so strong that they are truly willing to be considered a lier and lose all respect? Do they consider what they are doing as deception?

Does a Wolf Crier create their own problem for attention? Maybe not at first, but once receiving attention, do they put out bait, to cause a problem (wolf)? Do they mess up their medication? Overspend just before the water bill is due? Eat wheat when they know it will make them ill? Do they feign chest pains, shortness of breath, something that can not be seen on the outside, that MUST be considered an emergency, because they KNOW it must be considered an emergency?

One more question. Is the hearer wrong to not respond to Wolf Crier? To walk away after knowing there is no wolf?

Posted in 1 Corinthians

1 Corinthians 9

8:9 But beware lest somehow this liberty of yours become a stumbling block to those who are weak. 10 For if anyone sees you who have knowledge eating in an idol’s temple, will not the conscience of him who is weak be emboldened to eat those things offered to idols? 11 And because of your knowledge shall the weak brother perish, for whom Christ died?12 But when you thus sin against the brethren, and wound their weak conscience, you sin against Christ. 13 Therefore, if food makes my brother stumble, I will never again eat meat, lest I make my brother stumble.

 

These first few lines I think are linked to 8, remember this is all one letter, Paul is not writing chapter and verse, he is writing a letter.  9 Am I not an apostle? Am I not free? Have I not seen Jesus Christ our Lord? Are you not my work in the Lord? Paul does not have to ‘abide’ to man rules or superstition, because he is ‘Free’ a believer, his salvation is not based on pleasing of man, he is making this point to say- I do ‘comply’ to the weakness of these people because it doesn’t matter, it is not a MY way versus THEIR way.  If I am not an apostle to others, yet doubtless I am to you. For you are the seal of my apostleship in the Lord. Here I wonder also if Paul is not answering another question from the Corinthians? 3 My defense to those who examine me is this: Do we have no right to eat and drink? Do we have no right to take along a believing wife, as do also the other apostles, the brothers of the Lord, and Cephas? I think now Paul is moving on to make some more points, using the previous as the way to approach.  Or is it only Barnabas and Iwho have no right to refrain from working? Who ever goes to war at his own expense? Who plants a vineyard and does not eat of its fruit? Or who tends a flock and does not drink of the milk of the flock?  It sounds like Paul is defending their being able to receive pay, expenses, meals, gifts, on their mission. 

Do I say these things as a mere man? Or does not the law say the same also? For it is written in the law of Moses,“You shall not muzzle an ox while it treads out the grain.”  Let the ox eat as he works, benefit from his efforts. Is it oxen God is concerned about? 10 Or does He say it altogether for our sakes? For our sakes, no doubt, this is written, that he who plows should plow in hope, and he who threshes in hope should be partaker of his hope. God did not tell us this in his word to make sure the ox were treated humanely, it was an analogy.  11 If we have sown spiritual things for you, is it a great thing if we reap your material things? 12 If others are partakers of this right over you, are we not even more? The Corinthians should share, and allow the missionaries to receive. Nevertheless we have not used this right, but endure all things lest we hinder the gospel of Christ. Paul does not ask for pay, nor demand it, or set a fee. If they did then people may not hear, because they only see this as a business for Paul- i.e. televangelists.  13 Do you not know that those who minister the holy things eat of the things of the temple, Priests and such ate the offerings given to temple and those who serve at the altar partake of the offerings of the altar? 14 Even so the Lord has commanded that those who preach the gospel should live from the gospel.15 But I have used none of these things, nor have I written these things that it should be done so to me; for it would be better for me to die than that anyone should make my boasting void. Paul deserves to benefit, but he does not take, so that it does not take away from the teaching of God, in people’s eyes. 16 For if I preach the gospel, I have nothing to boast of, for necessity is laid upon me; yes, woe is me if I do not preach the gospel! Paul preaches Gods word because GOD has him do it, the spirit leads him to, it is not because he wants the credit or pay.   17 For if I do this willingly, I have a reward; but if against my will, I have been entrusted with a stewardship. If Paul does his ministry for THE pay it no longer a ministry, but a job.  18 What is my reward then? That when I preach the gospel, I may present the gospel of Christ[ without charge, that I may not abuse my authority in the gospel.  Paul is not saying don’t give to us, he already said others receive and God even says to give to the ‘ox’ , what he is saying he does not set a ‘price’ to his work, an hourly charge, he gives the gospel free, and IF someone should want to give to him that is to give to him, because he asked for it.For though I am free from all men, I have made myself a servant to all, that I might win the more; Paul is not ’employed’ to anyone, nor slave to anyone. He does not HAVE to comply to any persons wishes, he chose to be a servant of God, and thus putting himself in the place to serve all mankind.  20 and to the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might win Jews; to those who are under the law, as under the law,[c] that I might win those who are under the law; Paul takes on his ‘Jewishness’ in order to relate to Jew’s , to present the gospel so they may hear.  21 to those who are without law,  as without law Paul does NOT abide to Jewish law for the sake of the ‘Jews’, not a slave to it. He is not entangled by the law, so he can speak with those who are not ‘Jewish’.(not being without law toward God, but under law toward Christ), The law is still ‘obeyed’ because it is still what is desired by God, that we be ‘morally correct’. We obey the law not to be ‘saved’ but because we are saved. that I might win those who are without law; 22 to the weak I became as weak, that I might win the weak. This is what he spoke of before of those afraid to eat certain foods, ‘weak’ in faith, he does not lord over them, I have become all things to all men, that I might by all means save some. Paul ‘uses’ all the experiences, knowledge, God gave him so he can relate to those he presents the Gospel to  That I may save SOME, Paul does NOT say ALL.  23 Now this I do for the gospel’s sake, that I may be partaker of it with you.  Paul does this, gospel giving with no pay, because he wants salvation for all, not just himself. 24 Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but one receives the prize? Here in this world, only 1st place wins.  Run in such a way that you may obtain it. When you race you race to win 1st place, live your life as a believer, so you can reach, win, that 1st place.  25 And everyone who competes for the prize is temperate in all things.When a ‘runner’ in a race you are conditioned, you train, you eat correctly, you live ‘right’, in order to win Now they do it to obtain a perishable crown,In the world we get a trophy, it gets dusty and rusty and eventually sold in garage sale. but we for an imperishable crown. We believers are racing for a trophy that does not go away, ever.    26 Therefore I run thus: not with uncertainty. Run, live your life with the certainty of knowing you will/have obtained that crown. Thus I fight: not as one who beats the air.  Paul hits his mark, not a swing miss, he knows what he battles; sin, enemies of the gospel, evil27 But I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest, when I have preached to others, I myself should become disqualified. This is reasoning of why Paul strives to not cause others to stumble, to put his needs aside, to humble himself, to abide to the law (not for sake of law but Christ) so that those who he preaches gospel to, are not blinded by his ‘sins’ and they miss their mark, because of him.  Paul says ‘discipline my body’, Paul has to make himself do correctly, even Paul, an apostle, one so obviously ‘chosen’ by God to preach the word, he has to discipline himself to do, what he should. Paul is practicing what he just preached he is showing the weak he too is weak.