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Friday, July 29, 2011

Fearless Friday, July 29 and A Little Chat

Yes, it is Friday ~ Fearless Friday, when several of us commit to praying for you...for each other, for our families....etc.

There are many prayer request, some of which break my heart.
But we need to "talk".  This past week has been stressful.

DS#1 and family came for supper last Thursday, a week ago.  At a little after 2 a.m., I rec'd a call from Melissa, our d-i-l.  She had their oldest daughter, Chasey, at the ER.  A little after 4, she called back to say they would be doing an emergency appendectomy as soon as they could everything lined up and Aaron (son) would be bringing the other two grands to me.  Aaron got here a little after 5 a.m.  I had coffee made, I had given up on sleep at this point (but I did nap a little between 6 and 8 that morning.).  I was so out of it, I forgot to ask you to pray for Chasey (who is ten years old).

This passed Tuesday, Melissa (yes, same Melissa, Chasey's mother), had to have her gall bladder removed.  (I had the kids again.)  
Wednesday, I did something very dumb.....left the house having only drank a couple of cups of coffee *no food* to run some errands.
Went to our little community store, stayed and visited too long.  I did eat some peanut butter crackers and drank a can of Dr.Pepper.
Drove to the grocery store (forgot to mention the a/c is out in my van and it was 104 degrees!)  I was going to purchase a bottle of water at the checkout stand, but got busy visiting and "forgot".

 By the time we (the clerk and I) got the groceries loaded, my head was hurting and I was getting a little dizzy.  

Decided to go by and check on Melissa.  She actually looked pretty good for just having surgery.  
I got a bottle of water and a glass of good!

Got home and realized I had been gone a little over three hours ~ out in the heat.  While putting up the groceries, I drank another glass of water and three glasses of tea.  I then sat down to rest and ended up sleeping two hours.....with a house full of kids!

After the evening chores, we had frozen pizza for made the kids happy.

Yesterday, Chasey (ten y/o grandchickie) had to go back to the doctor.  She has shingles....she's 10...most likely caused by the trauma of surgery.  The doctor is encouraged that there are only a few sores and he doesn't think anymore will breakout.  I am praying he is right.

In the evening, I had to take "T" (14 y/o) over to our friends.  They are leaving and will be gone 4 - 6 weeks.  "T" will be feeding and watering their animals, as well as watering plants, and their yard.  He is excited, but again we were out in the heat...too long.

So, today I am going to the doctor.  I haven't been in over 8 years....not my cup of tea....I am not looking forward to going.

It is nearly 3 a.m.  There is no way I am going to get this week's prayer requests or anything else posted.  I am so tired.

But, I wanted you to know, I will be praying!

I may try and write up the prayer requests tomorrow ~ Saturday.  I'll just have to see.

I learned one fun thing.  "Baby" the two year old horse likes to eat ice.  He is so funny....but he loves it.

This is Baby when he was little (his name is actually Rodeo).  In this picture, he is about two weeks old and is crawling out from under the round pen.  He would do this so he could play with the grands, follow us around, or hang out with the dogs and cats.  (That's his Mama's white legs.  She would get so upset when he would escape!)
He finally got too big to crawl under!

He is still spoiled.  I love it!

Here, he is about 10 days old and is hanging with the (then) 5 y/o grandson, Jailen.

Anyway, I just found it funny, he likes to crunch ice!

The heat is hard on all of us.

I will let you know how my doctor's visit goes.  

In the meantime, you and your family will be in my prayers.


Thursday, July 28, 2011

“It could happen"….Top Ten Lists!

Be sure and visit Beth: A Work In Progress for more 
“It could happen"….Top Ten Lists!

And for a description of what we are listing today, here it is in Beth’s own words:

We’ve done dream lists, with unlimited budgets, and bucket lists here before.  Today we’re going to inch a little closer to reality and list the top 10 things that you would buy (for yourself) if the budget would tolerate it. Try to keep the dreams somewhere in the same realm as reality … in other words no mansions, yachts, etc. Just 10 things you would like that could happen …

Background info:

First, I should tell you….we live in a very old mobile home.  Long story, made short ~  Thirty something years ago, we built a nice three bedroom home.  After a few years, decided we wanted more land.  So, we bought more land and bought this used mobile home for our “temporary” living quarters.  Life got busy and we needed a change, moved off (for a very short time) only to decide that was a mistake.  So….moved back and sold the land, then moved our home onto land owned by dh’s family.  Again, life got busy…

Because of illness, we had to move in with and take care of my mother.  She owned a nice three bedroom brick home on ten acres and we considered staying there; that is until the medical bills started piling up.  In the meantime, we are putting three kids through college, two of which got married and the other one had a baby (I know, wrong kid).  To make matters more interesting, dh and I adopted – two boys. 

Dh’s oldest brother dies and we are needed to help with my mother-in-love, my mom passed away, we sold her place and moved back into the mobile home, again “temporary”. 

Temporary has been since 2003.  (We don’t want to finance this venture, so we operate on (little) cash.  Actually, God has blessed us with a good income.  I do not want to make light of that.  But each time we start to build, something comes up, somebody needs something….yada, yada..  (I'm not saying this grudgingly, because we have been blessed beyond measure in many areas....our calling has just been different from most.)

So if my list sounds…a little different, that’s why.  And eventually, I’ll get at least part of these….

A nice cabin like home with a big front and back porches, the back one screened in.

A new laptop, I just told our oldest granddaughter she could have my old one.  I don’t use it that often, but once she picks it up, I know I am going to miss it.

An energy cleaning machine, which would require more explaining than I can handle at the moment.  The cost is about $300.

New furniture (for that new cabin in the woods).  I could tell you a funny story, sad but funny….don’t have time for that either.  Sorry…..later. ;)

A porch swing…nice and comfy ….for the front porch of the new cabin.  Maybe one for the back porch, too.

New wardrobe ….but I’m getting to where I so dislike shopping.  Maybe it is an age thing!

A vacation, with all the kids and grands….maybe a three-day weekend in eastern Oklahoma…this could happen, sooner rather than later.

A vacation, just honey-hunk and me…longer than three days or maybe, three days a year for the rest of our lives…that would work. 

New cookware would be NICE!  Le Creuset in the RED would be ideal.

A few days away with just my gal buds….like Beth, Linda, Terry, Angela, Parsley, Heather, on & on …..all of you, because you are like Sisters!  And meeting in person would be such fun.  

 (Actually, I am working on this last one…kind of….so any of you, who are able to come to Oklahoma….probably somewhere in northeastern Oklahoma, in area around Grand Lake of the Cherokees, you need to keep your options open and check back regularly.  I have a wonderful, sweet, lovely, insightful, funny speaker, who is agreeable to come…..and be a part.  Planning lots of fun “girl stuff”, fun stuff, fun food, and some other surprises…..working on an exact date….and where.  I can tell you, it will be future….out there, because our speaker is “booked” but willing to work with us….and making reservations for a group (as in how many ?, duh) is an interesting experience, but not impossible.  So start saving your pennies!)


Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Building Our Homes Together ~ July 27th (and a little soapboxing)

 “Homemaking is one of the sacred tasks of life, for the home is the family Temple, consecrated to the service of parents and offspring. As the strength of the State is founded upon family life, so is the strength of society based upon the home. The building up of the home should be an event of profound importance.”

Written by Charles Keeler, 1906

Here we are, week # 9!  Wow!
Be sure and visit Prairie Flower Farm for more
Building Our Homes Together

 With Jesus!

I am wondering, what are those jobs that drive you crazy,
when they are left undone?

These are the three things I tend to be OCD about:

The bathroom, the bathrooms have to be clean.
(Usually, the last thing I do before I go to bed is clean the main bathroom and put a clean hand towel out.  Then after the boys do their morning “grooming”, I go back over it.)

Dishes….my table may be piled high, but my dishes are done!  I do not like a sink full of dirty dishes.  So, I wash dishes as I cook.  Then after the meal, I only have a few things left to wash up.
No, we do not have a dish washer…..except for me or if I assign one the boys to kitchen detail.

And the trash has to be carried out….sometimes, I send the boys out with trash two or three times a day!

So, how is your week going?

I am knee deep in jelly making this week.  The blackberries didn’t make due to lack of rain and the extreme heat.  (They were like tiny hard marbles, which was so unusual.)  However, one of our neighbors has an abundance of grapes!!!
He has now brought nearly 5 gallons of grapes and says he hasn’t begun to make a dent in them!  I’ll be making jelly for his family, also, as his wife passed away a few months ago. 
(What am I saying?  I will be making enough jelly for an army!)

Here in the hottest part of summer (at least I hope it doesn’t get any hotter), our yellow straight neck squash has jumped into overdrive!  I think I’ve cooked squash every other night….and we have been sharing with neighbors, whose squash failed to make.
I am calling this a blessing, because we have never had squash make once the weather turned HOT!

I feel this is the way I look. LOL
(Notice, I wrote Genesis instead of Galatians.  I was having a conversation with one of the boys while I was writing.)

No extra grands this week, so I am tackling the WASH….before it tackles me.  I hope by the end of the week this mountain will be conquered.

I guess, I need to get to the “meat” of this post….something that could help someone else.
Last Wednesday, I listed some money saving tips.  I thought that was a good topic (especially considering all that is going on in Washington).  Since then, I’ve spent several hours reading ways to save money, looking for something valuable to pass along.  My conclusion is …… a lot of the people who write to tell you how to save, do not live in the same world I do!
So…..I am going to list some of my ideas….again:

When making a milk-based gravy, if you are also cooking mashed potatoes, you can use the water you drain off the potatoes for up to half the liquid in the gravy.

Baking your own bread can save lots of money.  The most expensive ingredients in bread are flour, oil and yeast.  For the cost of one loaf of bread, you can make four loaves.  (Of course, once your family begins eating fresh bread warm from the oven, they will think you should make bread everyday.)

I cook certain foods on certain days.  I don’t really make a menu, but I cook beans on Tuesdays.  Tuesdays are usually meatless for myself and dh.  We normally cookout over the weekend, so on Tuesdays (hopefully) I have some type of meat leftover for the boys.  On Thursday, we have Mexican food and I have beans leftover to go with.  Besides, I like not having to guess how long something has been in the fridge.

Living in a rural area, we have to have wireless internet and we needed our cell phones, so we gave up our land line.  This has saved us about $50 a month.

If your freezer is not full, fill empty containers (milk jugs work) with water and place in the freezer.  I cost less to run a full freezer than an empty one.  (And if it is 110 at your place, you can throw a few of those frozen milk jugs in the pool and let them float around, cooling the water down.)

Use Wal-Mart’s policy of price matching.  Wal-Mart will honor all competitors’ sale items.  (Our WW even honors the big discount store’s ad….and the store is 40 miles away!).  Angela at Free Spirit Haven works for Wal-Mart and she is serious about saving money.  Checkout Angela’s website for posts on how to make the most out of price matching.

I want to add, I am not a big Wal-Mart fan, but last December, the big discount store I mentioned, ran 10 lbs of potatoes for $1.00.  I didn’t have time to drive the forty miles, so I went to Wal-Mart (12 miles away) and was going to get my potatoes there.  They were out of the 10 lb. bags (I wasn’t the only one with this bright idea.)  I talked to the produce manager and he told me I could buy the 5 lb. bags for fifty cents a bag.  I bought 40…..200 lbs. of potatoes for $20.  We stored them in the well-house in bins and they lasted us until mid June.  Not having to run to 3 or 4 different stores saves both time and gas, too!

(soapbox time, lol)
I normally buy from a locally owned store about 9 miles from our place.  I’ve watched WW put several locally owned stores out of business…..which I dislike tremendously.  The store I buy from has good, quality meats (I do not care for WW’s meats) and they have good sales.  Overall their regular prices are a little higher, but I understand that and try to limit what I buy if it isn’t on sale.

I am also an advocate of buying from the local farmer!  We need to support those in our communities whenever we can.  Before we started raising goats, I purchased our milk from an Amish dairy.  And we are fortunate to have a state-wide co-op, made up of Oklahoma producers.  The quality is unbelievable.

Just look and see what is available in your area and make your money count.  We need to work together.
~ Last ~
If you run out of something to blog about, why don’t you try
“Where I Come From”?
This was so much fun and I love reading the things people include in “their stories”.  Talk about memories!
You can read my, “Where I Come From” here.
   If you write one, be sure and let me know.  I want to read your story!


Don't forget.....Friday....we will be praying!  Leave your requests in the comments or email me.  Our information is in the side bar.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Simple Woman's Daybook ~ July 26th, Summer Thoughts, A to Z

Hello, everyone!  How are you today?  
We received a little rain on Sunday night, enough to benefit the grass and hopefully enough to give the pasture a boost.  The temp also dropped to the 90's for yesterday (Monday)....hey, don't laugh...Sunday it was 110 degrees!
Welcome to you who are new.  Love having you come by, the more often, the better!!! 


This is the last day for Katharine's meme, 
Summer Thoughts, A to Z.  It has been much fun, plus I now have
26 memory verses ready for when school starts
(which won't be long)!

And thanks to our host, it has been a wonderful journey!
"Zion heard, and was glad; 
and the daughters of Judah rejoiced because of thy judgments, O LORD."
 Psalms 97:8 

I've been thinking about it for a few days now and realize how much I have missed doing the Daybook!  It is one of those things, that helps me focus on what is important and enjoy the ordinary splendor God places in our "everyday" lives. 
Won't you join me? 
The Simple Woman’s Daybook

Outside my window...  ~ partly cloudy, warm, sticky and dark.

I am pondering... ~ something a good friend asked me earlier, "When you look into the night sky and see HIS handiwork, it seems we can look straight into Heaven's living room.  If we could, what would you see?"

 I am thankful for...  ~the sweet smell of rain, I miss it, but for a little while Sunday evening, it came for a visit.

I am wearing...  ~ old, comfortable clothes….barefoot
always, barefoot (some things just don’t change, people)

I am remembering… ~Some of the fun stuff I want to do with the boys before summer is over.

I am praying … ~ for my family, for you and your families and for our country.

I am going...  ~ to the doctor on Friday.  Not my cup of tea.
(I haven't been in about 6 or 7 years... at least not to a medical doctor.)
I am currently reading...  ~ my Bible and I just received  
Mine Is the Night
by Liz Curtis Higgs.  I can't wait to get started!  It's the sequel to Here Burns My Candle and 
I have been waiting patiently for over a year!
From the learning room... ~ beginning to pull stuff together for another school year, marveling at how much the boys have grown this summer.

I am hoping...  ~ to finish some loose ends.  Once they are done, I would like to do some painting and switching around.

On my mind...  ~ family

Noticing that...   ~ while I enjoy the easy flow of summer days,  I haven't enjoyed the high temps we have experienced this year.

From the kitchen...  ~ grape jelly!

Around the house...  ~ I am working on creating a more comfortable nest, getting ready for fall, working with ideas on how I can point my family toward Yeshua in the everyday.

One of my favorite things… ~ sweet iced tea or lemonade

A picture to share… ~

Due to the lack of rain and the high temps, I've missed the wildflowers this summer.
So here are some Texas Bluebonnets to enjoy!

Quote of the Week… ~ 

“A good laugh is sunshine in the house.”
William  M.Thackeray

Be sure and visit The Simple Woman’s Daybook for more daybook entries.
 May God be gracious to you and bless you; may He make His countenance shine upon you forever; that Your way be known on earth, Your salvation among all nations.


Saturday, July 23, 2011

Summer Thoughts From A to Z & Where I Come From


~ W ~

Since we are getting near the end of our Summer Thoughts A ~ Z, the verse seemed very appropriate ~ those words we all
want the hear, when we finish our course....

"Well done, good and faithful servant." 

Matthew 25:21

Beth did one of the following on her blog a few weeks ago.  I loved it and knew then, I would do my own and save it for today.

Where I’m From

I’m from tattered denim jeans with the knees out, from Dr. Pepper in cold glass bottles and peanut butter crackers.

I’m from the two story house in the middle of the block and the two bedroom farmhouse in the middle of the section.  I’m from wood burning stoves and sweet iced tea.

I’m from blackberry vines, dirt roads and Indian Blanket.  From fishing on Sandy Creek and draggin’ main on Saturday night.

I’m from pinto beans and cornbread with fried potatoes cooked over a campfire. 

I’m from going barefoot on warm summer days and country drives on moonlit nights, from Fosters and Walkers, Howards and Joneses.

I’m from “anything worth doing is worth doing right” and “I’d better not catch you doing that again.”  From swimming at Lee’s Park and riding Topsy or Prince to check the bottom.

I’m from Baptist and Pentecostal, from praying silently to lift your voices to the LORD.  I’m from Amazing Grace and Hebrew Roots.

I’m from Indian Territory and black dirt farmers, from cab drivers and stay at home moms.  I’m from knowing when Alan Shepherd circled the Earth and hearing Neil Armstrong’s famous words, "That's one small step for a man; one giant leap for mankind,” to watching the catastrophes of Apollo I, Challenger and Columbia.

I’m the big sister of the girl who ate mustard sandwiches, fed Queen with a spoon and took naps on the picnic table.

I’m from Fiesta dishes and Friday night football.

From chicken fried steak and sunshine dills.  From watermelon iced down in wash tubs, homemade ice cream and catching lightning bugs.

I’m from falling off the church roof, falling out of trees, and wrecking at least one motorcycle.  I’m from cutting class in the early spring and going to Arbuckle Lake ~ or better yet, Turner Falls.

I am from the metal bread box full of back and white pictures, eight millimeter home movies, and hide and seek after dark.  I am the girl whose cousins were all boys.  I learned to ride on a hand-me-down boys’ bike, learned to out shoot the guys (ask my husband), and how to unlock the gears on a 59 Plymouth….another hand-me-down.  I’ve put my feet in the Pacific, the Atlantic, Mexico, Canada, the Mississippi and the South Canadian Rivers.

I’m from gas wars, looking for four leaf clovers, Roy and Dale and drive-in movies!

I’m wife to one, mama to five and mamaw to eleven.  I am an Okie, part Cherokee.  I am the rag muffin who learned to crawl in the bottom of a boat.

The outline for the above was a poem by George Ella Lyon.  You can find the original poem, plus a template to use to do your own poem here.

This was a fun exercise in both memory and writing.  I think I will have the boys do it, once school has started.  Then do it each year afterward to see how their thoughts and perceptions change as they approach adulthood.

We only have three letters left in Summer Thoughts, A ~ Z.  Why don't you join Katharine and the rest of us?  X, Y, & Z should 
prove to be a challenge!

Wherever you are from, may you be blessed along the way!

Friday, July 22, 2011

Fasting and Fearless Friday, 7/22

 You can visit Angela at Free Spirit Haven
Abba, Father, Creator of Heaven and Earth, I come to You in the Name of Your only begotten son ~ Yeshua ~ Messiah Yahshuah ~ JESUS, the Christ, the Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End, it is in HIM we live and move, and have our being.  My hope is in You, LORD….YOU are my wall of defense, my steadfastness, my victory!

Father, I lift up those who are fighting cancer.  For some it has been a long battle and they have endured much, for others the battle is new and there are many adjustments – But faith in YOU always speaks loudest, YOU are the battle cry!  May you send Your Word and heal each one –
Rob Thomason, Julie, Kearsie, Pia’s father, Lewis.  Father, this is such an ugly battle that looms in the shadows waiting to snatch many.  It is a mountain that needs to be gone and cast into the sea!  Please, Father, speak to the mountain of cancer and cast it far into the sea, that people will no longer need to fear, because they have been set free from the bondage of cancer.

Abba, there are many of those who have heart conditions, conditions we know can be healed at the sound of Your voice, speak Father and let Your Word heal them – Linda, Phil, Shoshanna, and Dewaine.  Let healing wrap around each one, as a blanket that settles around someone who is resting.  We praise YOU for Your healing power….YOU are the Victory!!!  Hallelujah!!!  Bless the MIGHTY Name of the LORD!  Father, thank you, for the good report Heather’s father received!  Continue healing his body, restoring his health and giving him victory over heart disease. 

Father, I asked that you heal Ron Hicks of Parkinson’s, but more importantly, I asked that You wipe the scales from his eyes, that he might open his heart to Your salvation.  Be with his wife, Jane, giving her strength as she cares for Ron.  Bless her Father, for her’s is a difficult job.

Lord, may those who are experiencing sight problems be healed – Onie and Linda’s cousin, SJ.  Father, speak to the nerves and blood vessels around the eyes, that they might work the way You designed them to work.  Speak to cataracts that they must go, in the name of Jesus!!
Father, I ask you also heal the sores on Onie’s leg, bringing new life to dead tissue.

I am praying for joint pain to be removed from Beth, Onie, Brenda, Terry, and myself – be we be set free in the name of Jesus, that we might experience a restoration of freedom in movement – Father, realign backs, remove soreness from muscles, cause blood to flow, bringing healing to the areas that need healing.  And again I say thank You!  You and YOU alone are Worthy!!

Father, may Kim’s husband experience a complete healing in his shoulder muscle.

May Sara continue to experience healing in her wrist and right hip.

Father, Bren’s Grandpa Bob has many health issues that need healing.  I ask that You refresh his body in a special way.  Because he is older, does not mean he has to suffer in pain.  Your Word says there was not one feeble one among all those YOU lead out of Egypt!!  Father, restore Glenis’ mother-in-law in both mind and body, that she might live out her remaining years in good health.  Father, be with Dawn, for You are LORD over all disease!

May the healing process continue in Taylor’s leg.  Father we are so thankful this injury was minor compared to what it could have been…so thankful You were there to protect this young lady.

Father, may those who have MS, be set free in the name of Jesus.  We know by the stripes Jesus took…it is possible for us to experience healing in all areas of our lives…MS is no exception….so I speak life and healing to Gert, Terry and Wendy!  May they be completely healed in the Name of Jesus, no longer being in bondage to MS or any other disease!!!  Hallelujah!!!  YOU are MIGHTY, LORD!!! And Your love toward us is even mightier!!!  Glory to YOUR name!

“And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” ~ John 8:32

Father, I am standing in the gap and believing for salvation and deliverance for many….Anney’s son, Lynne’s son, d-i-l, her daughter and her s-i-l, Phil’s father, Bren’s sons and her daughter, Autumn Grace’s son and d-i-l, Roger, Justin, Leigh, Stacy Lynn, Rob, David, Walt, Penny, (another) David, Donnie, Joe, Darlene, Ralph, and Scott.  Praying for those who need their spiritual walks refresh and need to return to their first love – Giles, Art, Bernie, Barry, Stephanie – Father, there are so many, but YOU know their names, You know their every need.  May their lives reflect the glory of YOUR salvation.

Father, many are suffering financially or need help in this area…many are those that are doing YOUR work, YOUR will.  I ask YOU to do exceeding, abundantly above all that we can even think or imagine in the lives of Shoshanna (& family), Beverly, Glenis, Lynne (& family), Linda S. (& family), Bren, Terry and K., Linda and Phil, Pam and her husband, Onie, and Josh and Tonya….and Father, please remove any obstacle standing in Josh and Tonya’s way that would slow or hinder the adoption process.  Make the crooked straight, the rocky plain…as only YOU can!!!

Father, we thank YOU for the rain that YOU have sent…it was good, but we need more…there are still so many farms and ranches that are suffering.  Their crops are dying in their fields.  Their animals are loosing in place of gaining weight.  Father, I know famine will come, for Your Word say as much ….but I know YOU protected YOUR own, who lived in Goshen, please do the same today.  Please send rain.

I am praying for those in the flood stricken areas of our country, for areas that are trying to recover from tornadoes and other disasters.  Praying for the people of Japan and other places around the world…May Your will be done and may they see YOUR deliverance, Father.

"But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea."  Matthew 18:6

Father, every request for these children is important.  Each one not only affects the child, but affects the whole family.  My heart breaks, that the needs of our babies are so great, that so many are hurting.  Please don’t let the children suffer.  Please keep them safe, out of satan’s grasp.  Please sustain each family and let love abound in their hearts.

I am praying for Beth’s little Mallory.  Father, watch over her and keep her in the palm of your hand.  Be her shield against anyone that would try to harm her.  May YOUR angels watch over her continually, day & night and may Your perfect will be done.

I am praying for Vitaliy as the adoption comes closer.  May everything be done in proper order, may all obstacles be removed, and may all be done swiftly.  Please watch over this precious young man and bring him safely to his new home with Josh and Tonya.

Please, Father, let your sweet presence be with baby Hannah.  Be with Susan, her mother, and the rest of this little one’s family.  Lead the doctors, that they might find the problem and know what to do, to help Hannah get better.  Keep her strong in YOU, LORD.

Father, Ellianna is now with YOU, and I realize she is no longer in pain and she is no longer suffering….for she has been made whole in the Name of Jesus, therefore, we REJOICE!  But Father, please be with Mark, Hannah and their other children, as they share their grief and celebrate Ellianna’s life.  May the Holy Spirit bring comfort and peace to this family and may the broken hearted be healed!
 “Thou hast given a banner to them that fear thee, that it may be displayed because of the truth. Selah”
Ps 60:4

Father, I ask that You be with each of the ladies that is participating in “Building Our Homes Together With Jesus.”  Help us to build our homes, so when others come they will feel YOUR presence.  Let Your banner over our homes and our families be that of LOVE.

Father, there are other homes where marriages need to be restore….I lift up John and Audrey and ask YOU to refresh their memories, reminding them of the Love they have shared over the years, showing them how their actions are going to effect their children in the future.

Father, we have parents that have lost the ability to raise their children, for they are like lost children themselves.  We have children that are neglected and are trying to raise themselves.  Father, turn the hearts of the fathers to their children, that they see the awesome responsibility YOU have set before them.

Father, I’m praying for the older children, who have been brought up to follow YOU, but have lost their way.  May the Holy Spirit woo their hearts and help them find their way once more.
I speak life into the homes of those who are hopeless, for
YOU are our HOPE.

ABBA, I ask that YOUR Shalom ~ Your peace, Your healing, Your comfort, Your presence ~ come and dwell within our homes once more. 

 “But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not =-faint.” ~ Isaiah 40:31

Abba, there are many who need their bodies refreshed and their spirits renewed.  They need strength to return, that they may indeed walk and not faint.  Father, I lift up Linda W.’s step mother, Onie, Beth, Angela, Glenis, Shoshanna, Lynne, Linda, Linda S., Bren, Beverly,  Terry….so many,  including myself.  Let us not grow weary in well doing, Father, but keep us on the right path ~ serving YOU, by serving others.
May you protect the lives of our military men and women and continually be with their families.  Father, be with Jason and Brian, along with all those serving in foreign lands.  May they see the mighty work of YOUR hands and may Psalm 91 be before them always.

I lift up the leaders of our country….Father, so many of our leaders need to know YOU.  They need vision, for Your Word says, “Where there is no vision, the people perish.”  But most of all, we need to repents as a nation and seek salvation –may the Holy Spirit help us to do just that, Father.

Please continue to guide and direct the new ministries we are seeing opening up, by women YOU have called to do YOUR work.  May they grow and be an encouragement to others who feel YOUR leading on their lives.   For "We are confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:" (Php. 1:6)

Father, I am praying for Your Holy City, praying for Am Yisrael (the people of Israel), may YOU be the shield of their salvation.  Because of YOUR Gentleness, they have been made great.  Father, I ask that YOU drive evil far from their boundaries, rebuke the profane that would attempt to bring destruction on
YOUR Land, and may Your Love toward the people be made known throughout the world.

“Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love thee.” ~ Psalms 122:6

Adonai, I am standing in agreement with the prayers on
Angela’s blog.  May prayers be answered, doors thrown open and captives set free. 

Father, I am thankful for the prayers YOU have answered this past week.  You are so good toward us!  And I am most thankful for those prayers we will be seeing answered ~ for YOU alone are God, our Trust is in YOU.   

Father, I am especially thankful that “J” and his ministry group had a safe flight and are now preparing to answer your call.  May YOU bless their work and keep them safe.  
Thank YOU, for restoring Linda W’s hearing….what an awesome thing!
Thank YOU for answering my unspoken request.  I am humbled.  And thank YOU for working in the lives of those I love.
Father, may we be pleasing unto you, that our joy
might be full.
In the Name of Jesus, Yeshua… Amen and amen.

.  Never loose sight that  “We are more than conquerors through him that loved us.” ~ Romans 8:37

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Thursday, July 21, 2011

Thursday's Top Ten List

This is my second post of the day, if you would like to scroll down. ~ Cheryl

Top Ten Things I like about Summer ~

Schedules aren’t so rigid ~ we aren’t slaves to the clock!

The smells of summer….even the dust and weeds, remind me of good times growing up.

Watching the moonlight with Honey hunk!

Roadside fruit stands!

Water…I don’t care if it is the pool, the lake, a stream to wade in or the sprinkler…LOVE IT!

The smell of cooking outdoors (oops! Are we still under a burn ban?)

Rodeos, Fourth of July, backyard cookouts, camp outs at the river, homemade ice cream get together(s) ….all of it! (even ice fights with the kids)

The grands….they are here, they are coming and going constantly. I miss that once the weather turns “nasty”.

Lazy times, fishing at the pond.

The absence of ice on the ground….I hate driving on ice and as I’ve gotten older, I don’t like walking on it either!!!

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