Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Wednesday Hodgepodge

 
1. American Idol is back for a 14th season. Are you watching? Have you ever watched? If you were to audition for the show (or were made to audition), what song would you sing?

I am not watching American Idol. Have never watched it. I would never willingly audition, but if made to I would probably panic and squeak out a jumble of words from a variety of songs, because I'm pretty sure I couldn't remember the words to any particular song at that moment.

2.  Mark Twain is quoted as saying, "If it's your job to eat a frog, it's best to do it first thing in the morning. And if it's your job to eat two frogs, it's best to eat the biggest one first." 

So when did you last have to 'eat a frog'? Or two? How'd that work out? 

Hmmmm..... possibly doing paper work. It's not something I really enjoy doing, so the sooner I get it done, the sooner I can get on with my life doing things that don't irritate me as much.

3. If you were going on safari, what is the number one animal you'd want to see?

A giraffe.

4. January 21st is National Granola Bar Day. I know. Do you like granola bars? Chewy or crunchy? Your favorite flavor? How about regular granola? Let's exhaust this topic in honor of the holiday okay?

I don't really care for most granola bars, but chewy is certainly better than crunchy.

I do not like regular granola at all. It reminds me of something you should feed to a cow.

5. If only___________________________.

There were more hours in a day, or there was a way I could live without having to sleep. Sleeping feels like such a waste of time to me, life is so short, why sleep away almost a third of it?

6. You can add one item to your bedroom. What will it be? Keep it family friendly please.

One of those Victorian style benches at the foot of the bed.
 
7. What is one thing you've enjoyed about winter thus far? If it's not winter in your corner of the globe, what season is it, and what is something you've enjoyed about whatever season it happens to be?

We haven't had much of a winter so far. A little skiff of snow once in a while, but mostly freezing rain and ice which I don't care for at all.
 
8.  Insert your own random thought here.

Last night my poor desk chair died, if that's what chairs do. LV had some things to do at the computer while I was finishing up supper.  Hearing a horrible sound I hurried to see what happened only to find him sitting on the floor with the funniest expression on his face and the chair in pieces around him.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Where the Tree Falls

"Where the tree falls, there shall it be," was a phrase heard in many an Amish sermon. Usually followed by warnings of how important it is to live in a way that when you die you're not doing something you wouldn't want to be doing when you meet Jesus. Because what ever you were doing or thinking at that moment, that is how you, the tree, will have fallen, and that's how you will be resurrected.

I was reminded of this last evening when someone shared a picture of the tombstone of one of my uncles.
Photo by Mark Earnest Burr. Used by permission.

When he had died people were horrified. He had been helping one of his "English" neighbors and was driving a four wheeler, he had an accident and died at the scene.

"He drove right into Jesus with a four wheeler," people would comment and shake their heads sadly. What hope he had, had been dashed because of what he had been doing at the time of his death.

I still remember the awful horror we felt when we heard about what happened, but looking at that picture last night I realized how different we view things now, and how very thankful I am for that.

I no longer believe the little thing you are thinking or doing at the time of your death will determine where you spend eternity. But there is truth in that falling tree statement. You either die forgiven, a child of God, or not. There will be no changing that state afterwards.

Monday, January 5, 2015

2014 in Review

2014 was an interesting year for us on many different levels.

It was a year of learning, growing, a year of being reminded to trust and have faith, a year when I became even more aware of the joy that is my life even when less than happy things were happening.

We said good-bye to some very important people in our lives and clung to the hope of seeing them in heaven one day.

We experienced God's healing touch when He chose to heal the growth that had rendered me unable to speak for over a month.

We continued to enjoy the ordinary days of simply going about our day to day life.

We enjoyed time spent with friends and family.

A song that sums up our year quite nicely is one of my favorites from the Scripture Lullabies collection.



The underlying theme of the year was simply, joy.

2015 is only beginning, but I have hopes that the joy we had through last year will be here all year long, and I'm already claiming this song as our family's anthem for the year.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Wednesday Hodgepodge



1. Share a favorite moment from your Christmas holiday celebration.

We really enjoyed our Christmas this year. In fact I think it was the best ever. It was simple, but sweet. One of my favorite moments was when Buddy and I shared a cup of hot chocolate, the first I've had since probably last Christmas, and the first he has had in his life. We both enjoyed it a lot.
 
2. What would you say has been the biggest news event during your life so far?

All I can think of is 9/11.
 
3. The Pantone Color of the Year for 2015 is Marsala. What say you-like or no like? Would I find this color anywhere in your home or wardrobe? Will you add something in this shade to either?

I actually really like that color, but don't think I have anything in that particular shade anywhere in our house. I'm doubtful that it will be added during this next year.
 
4. Would you rather meet your ancestors or your great grandchildren? Explain why.

My great grandchildren. To me life looks extremely short, and as much as I'm looking forward to what is coming after it is over, I would like to be able to meet my great grand children before I go.
 
5. Share one life lesson learned in 2014?

Trusting God and believing that all things work together for good. Okay, I knew that already, but it was proven again and again during 2014. Where God took what looked like a bad thing and turned it into something good.

6. What was your best or favorite purchase made in 2014?

We hardly made any purchases this year other than food. I didn't even get any new clothes. I did get a pretty notebook for myself when the back to school sales were going. Does that count?

7. What is one thing you're looking forward to in the new year?

We have nothing special planned for 2015. Mostly I just look forward to enjoying every day with our family.
 
8.  Insert your own random thought here.

One of Buddy's favorite things to play with is his box of wooden blocks.

 

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Uncle Ezra's Story

The post yesterday was mostly inspired by what I'm planning to share today. I have seen the reactions people have to this story, have seen people refusing to listen to what he had to say, some going as far as avoiding the family afterwards. I can not ever dispute what happened to him, I may not understand everything, but it is his story and I know he tried to spread it as much as he could to everyone who would listen. Since he can no longer do that I'm sharing it today.

I was only twelve when this happened, but the impression it made has never faded.

A car drove in one evening and the driver came up to the house, when Daddy went to answer the door we all strained our ear to hear what he had to say. We could only make out a few words, hospital, and call right away.

Daddy left his food on his plate, saying he has to go to the payphone right away to call the hospital where his brother Ezra was after having fallen 40 ft. After he spoke to Ezra's wife Mom and Daddy decided to go see him right away, he was in bad shape, multiple broken bones, bleeding on his brain, the doctors were doing everything they could, but even they weren't giving any hope that he was going to survive this. They stayed at the hospital for a few days, Ezra was unconscious the entire time. Coming home they started making preparations for the funeral that was sure to be coming soon.

Now on to Ezra's story, somewhat condensed:

I was climbing upwards through a long dark tunnel, I could see the light at the end that grew bigger and brighter the closer I got to it. I could see people walking past that light. Once I reached the end I came out in a large meadow with a path. People were walking on it, I wasn't sure what to do so I started walking up the path too. I hadn't gone very far when I saw my body laying beside the path. I didn't know what to make of it, I no longer needed it, but I hesitated walking on with it still there. It was then that I noticed a man walking down the path towards me. He was talking and singing at the same time, both were clear. He didn't look at me standing there, instead he stopped beside my body, he picked it up and sat down holding it in his lap. He continued talking and singing, but now he was also running his hands up and down my broken body. I stood there watching and noticed how his face was lined, as I studied those lines a few stood out and then a little later they formed little bundles, looking almost like a handkerchief that had it's corner tied together like a little knapsack. Several of the little bundles floated over to me. I opened them, they were full of thoughts. The first one was that I don't have to be afraid of the future, because it is in His hands. Another one said "Love me, and live in peace." I looked at his face wondering what all the other lines were, but he shook his head saying they are for someone else. All this time he kept running his hands up and down my body.

When he was done he placed the body on the ground, he opened it and asked me to step back inside. It's time to go back, he said. I tried to but it was awkward so he reached out and helped me back in. I woke up in my hospital bed then, a sheet over my head. I reached up to uncover my face and almost gave the nurse that was tidying up the room a heart attack. She rushed to get doctors, the first doctor who came in asked me how I'm feeling. I told him I'm healed. They took me to be x-rayed and tested, and it was true, every broken bone was healed, all the injuries I had received had been healed.

I don't claim to have been in Heaven, I did not see God. But this I know, Jesus healed me, He loves and cares for His children, and for a child of God, death is only the beginning.

Monday, December 29, 2014

Fear

Fear can be such a crippling thing, and can eat at you almost like a disease.

Growing up, much of our life was ruled by fear. Fear of displeasing a hard to please God, fear of getting into some unknown trouble with the church, and fear of death and dying were the three main fears we lived with, and then there were a lot of smaller fears.

The moment Jesus became real in our life those fears vanished, along with a lot of the smaller ones. Though my life is no longer ruled by fear like it used to be, there is still one fear I haven't exactly faced head on. Fear of, how do I describe it, fear of what people might think of me if I were 100% open about everything,

It's so easy to allow people to only see certain parts, and I really value the friendships I have, but there are times when I wonder, would I still have the same friends if I were totally honest about all my likes and dislikes? I love reading, really love it. My all time favorite series of books though, would I dare mention them? Same with music, singing is something I also really love and listening to music, but what if I shared my all time favorite song, would people look at me differently even though I'm the exact same person I was before they knew what it is? This list could also go on for a while.

I'm curious does anyone else deal with similar fear?

Friday, December 26, 2014

Checking In

Taking a few minutes to check in and let you know I realize I still have a blog, even though I was neglecting it shamefully this month. That is about to change though since Christmas is over, and the children seem to all be over what ever flu like sickness they had been plagued with.

Christmas wasn't the happy celebration for my extended family, this year. My uncle had a heart attack and passed away, his funeral is today.

I haven't mentioned this uncle very often, here, though I knew him better than any of my Dad's other brothers. He had a very interesting story he used to share with anyone who would listen. A few years ago he wrote about his experience and I happened to be lucky enough to get a copy. I'll be sharing it with all of you soon. I think he would have liked that, and it just seems fitting somehow.