Monday, November 21, 2011

Thankfullness....

Thanksgiving is this week....


when you think of the day that comes once a year what comes to mind first??




A Gathering with the family, cheerfully dining in a picture perfect way....


the head of the household saying a prayer to start a wonderful meal. A perfectly fried Turkey that has been injected with an awesome seasoning.....along with dressing, casseroles galore, pumpkin & pecan pie. A parade.....that will have millions of people attending in person and millions more watching on TV live.....hundreds of wonderful floats and floating balloons.....


Or your heritage.....how this very nation celebrated the very first Thanksgiving....Pilgrims and Indians....and the untied meal they had among the different lifestyles and skin colors they sat down together Gave Thanks.....and enjoyed a meal with strangers.....However you spend your time or your day......it is up to you and your opinion. Each person has convictions and different traditions to how they choose to spend their time on this ONE day out of the year to GIVE THANKS.

This is the only day that American sets aside out of the 365 days in the year to celebrate our heritage and to celebrate that special day at Plymouth Rock. We as Americans have way too much to be thankful for than just this one day out of the whole year.

Our freedom we have daily to go as we please throughout our land. To worship and serve who we feel led to, and pray any time we choose. God has given us way to much to be Thankful for than just one day out of a year.

In the past year I can think of many times I was thankful for something Great that happened in my life. I personally have WAY to much to be thankful for too much to even mention on this post. But I know there are so many who don't feel as thankful or as fortunate this holiday season and most days of their life.

There are those who are lonely......
Those who have lost family members and
have broken hearts because their loved ones are gone... Those who have no shelter and never know when there next meal may be......







Regardless of what you may have and what may be going on there are SO many that have days that are so much worse than any of us can imagine. We as Americans have so many comforts and so many freedoms and yet there are still those who suffer daily in our land.




For the families who will have one less plate at the dinner table because they were taken from this Earth too soon for us to understand. There are those who have no family at all because all of their family has past on from this life and so they surround themselves with friends. There are those who don't talk to or get along with family members and therefore the strife leads to broken families.




So many reasons why there are lonely people in America today suffering and in a land where we have on hand anything you could want or need at anytime!! Yet so many broken hearts and homes. Why?? Because we are all human and we all make mistakes and all have faults.




There is only one person who can heal the broken hearted and heal the broken homes....not just on Thanksgiving day but each day of your life. When you cry out to God....he will heal your heart just as He will heal our land and our lives. So this Thanksgiving when you go about your traditions and your life...remember those less fortunate and those who are suffering because of a loss of a family member or are just alone.



We are so BLESSED beyond words.....if we would take the time to look around. So many Americans are too bust trying to keep up with others and all the latest gadgets. Yet they loose sight of those who may be in the same workplace, next door neighbor and even the person who checks your groceries out at the store. So many people suffer and are overlooked by Americans who are more concerned with their lives and their needs and not the needs of their fellow men!








Blessings are what we have when we Love the Lord and serve others instead of seeking our own ways to look for healing our hearts and homes. Lean on the Lord for your healing this Holiday and seek His desires for your heart and home.




Happy Thanksgiving....




Mollie

Sunday, November 13, 2011

When Life deals you Lemons.....

There is an old saying "When life deals you lemons make lemonade!" I am sure you have heard of it. Meaning that no matter what comes your way make the best of it. Every one's life is different. No two people have the same life, even if they are siblings. And I have noticed in life...no matter how much you may have in common with some people. It is NOT still the same life. Some people make the best of each situation and are over flowing with lemonade!! And others choose to see the sour side of the fruit....they look for all the bad things this lemon has handed them and would rather see it go rotten than use it!!


When you see the glass of lemonade half full rather than half empty it is a lot more refreshing on a parched mouth. Regardless of the sour taste, and if you are thirsty enough you will drink the whole glass and be thankful no matter what.



If you see the glass half empty, you may see that you really wished you had more because there is never enough and the sour taste is never pleasing to your sweet liking!



Similar to LIFE.....Lemons and Lemonade.....In any situation you go through in Life....you could pick apart every detail of every part of a situation and never will it ever be good enough. And try to think of how YOU could make it better or YOU would do something better than others!!



OR...you could use it as a tool....maybe God has you in a place or a situation or are uncomfortable or not happy about. If you choose to see the Good in all of it and use it for the good....you could fill up a LARGE glass of lemonade from that lemon. Instead of only seeing the negative and getting a few drops.



There may have been something in your life that has given you a sour taste in your mouth your whole life, abuse, anger, fear, failure. And you have a sour spot every time a thought or feeling comes back about the problem. Well, have you ever eaten or drank something too sour, and then the drank some cool refreshing water to get the sour taste out of your mouth?? Similar to situations, God is our Living Water....when you thirst and Go to Him....he will take away your sour bitter feelings!!



It is YOUR life and YOUR choice.....you can choose to be sour and Bitter over things or you can choose to take your lemon....squeeze life for all it is worth live it to it's fullest and be BETTER in any circumstance and situation you may come against!!



Mollie

Monday, November 7, 2011

Happy 90th Birthday to Papaw!!

Two of my favorite men......my Dad and my Papaw..... My Dad is a great example for me and he learned from his Father how to being a loving example to his Family through Christ.....I am so blessed to have these two men in my life today!!
I am thankful for my Papaw he is a great Christian man an shows his faith in he daily walk with his Savior. He raised his family in church and has been a follower of Christ most of his life. He showed by example how to love your wife as your best friend. He and my Mamaw raised their boys and taught them by example of how to live a life FULL of Love!!

Here are some pictures and moments from his 90 years of Life.....




The first picture of him that we have......sitting in the yard with the chickens.....he laughs every time he sees this picture!!





When he was a school boy






He loved the sport of Baseball



His High School class reunion of 70 years was this year.....this was his High School picture.


He served our Country in the Army in World War II......here are some memories from the War...











He and my Mamaw eloped when she wasn't even out of High School.....there love produced: 3 boys......and 6 grandchildren......and 10 great grandchildren!


His Love of his Life......my Mamaw....






He LOVED to Fish......and had many fishing adventures and friends to share in his Love!!




This is one of my most favorite pictures of my dad and my Papaw....sitting on the porch after a little football game in the yard.

Here he is with his 3 sons.....my dad is the youngest!


He was a mail carrier for his home town. We were visiting with him not long ago about his job with the Post Office. He said, "I've been retired longer than I worked for them!" WOW not too many people can say that.


My Mamaw passed away 2 years ago.....he has mourned her death as anyone who was married to the love of his life and his best friend of 68 years!! They would have been married 70 years this week.


I took this picture of him waving at us as we drove away......at the house they have lived in since 1977.....the year I was born. He since has moved to a retirement center and has new friends to play cards and socialize with. He is still doing wonderful- at his last check up his doctor told him he is in GREAT shape for 90!! I wish him many many more years!!


Mollie


Thursday, September 1, 2011

Take cover.....evacuate.....a Storm is Coming!!!



I am no meteorologist but I do have to admit I have always loved and found storms very intriguing. It can go from the nicest prettiest day and begins to get cloudy and all of the sudden you realize it is much more serious than you first thought.Have you ever watched a storm brew, the clouds get dark, the wind gets stronger and then it gains more and more strength and before you know it.....you are in the middle and it is POURING DOWN RAIN ON YOU!!They are accompanied by lightning and thunder most often.....which lightening can do much damage alone.....causing things to catch fire and be burned. Or often death if is were to strike a human and not a structure.And Storms come in all shapes and sizes......some small and skinny.....in a field all alone. Not to much damage and may have not been on the ground for long.Or others can be huge and fierce and headed straight for you in your home and all you can do is hold on and take cover!! Not knowing what the next minutes may hold in your life.If you were in a hurricane, it would be impossible to stand on the beach with out getting washed away, in fact when you saw the waves you would really try your hardest to run to safety. But then the flood waters would set in from too much rain.....and the waters could rise and do so much damage.Then when all the clouds pass and the rains stop......you see daylight and you come out to see the damage. The destruction takes your breath away, you don't even know where to begin. Your emotions are running wild and overwhelming..... Seems like every road you try to travel on leads to no where.....and there is no way out of town?








The flood waters rise higher and no matter how hard you try, you cannot escape the damage.

You try to lean on each other for support.....it is some what comforting. But there still something missing.....



Some things seem virtually impossible to move or get out of your mind!And if you have ever been in a fire.....and burned......well those are literally scars to remind you daily..... That although the flames are gone......now you are burned and hurt very badly!


What if this storm and this fire.....was in your life and in your heart and body not just something you see and hear about on TV.....


So what do you do where do you go......but to your knees.......there is a man one and only who died on a cross made from a tree his Father created and on that cross he died and he bled so that you would have life more abundantly. His Love for you will comfort you through any storm.....and even if the pain from the rain is pouring down and it seems as if the flood waters are rising...

And when the bravest of the Brave feel that all is lost and there is NO HOPE......He has promised us Hope if we turn to him and trust in Him.Then you will wake up to the sunrise.....and be thankful for the day and each day He gives you!! Because after every storm the sun must rise again. And even those who have Faith as small as a mustard seed.....he will honor that. And He loves you too!!






So....how long has it been since you read the REAL BOOK of LOVE.....and found a scripture in His word that has the bandage that is just the right size and shape for the Hurt and suffering you have occurred in this storm.Because you never know when there will be another storm.....and if you stay on your knees daily, draw closer to Him.....He will be there to guide you through your next storm..... And He can be your Best Friend to Hold the Umbrella to protect you from Harm!! Do you Know Him? Message me if you don't know Him and you really need to seek some refuge from your storm of life.....


Mollie