Being Still

Oldie but a goodie

Have you ever felt this way?

Sitting, waiting because You said to be still

Any idea how hard it can be to do Your will?

When fleshly desires are screaming in my head

Fighting off anger, again seeing red

Bouncing off the walls trying to get my way

Lord give me the strength to let You have Your way

That old man continually knocks at my door

Trying to get me to question what all my sacrifices are for

That old man doesn’t know You like I do

That old man doesn’t know the sacrifice You went through

You hung on that cross to pay that old man’s debt

Blood poured out; covered sin, shame, and regret

I guess if You could be still on that cross for me

I could be still and wait for life more abundantly

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I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. John 10:10 KJV

How to Measure Success

This is so good and so true. Take the time to read and remind yourself where true success comes from. Thanks!

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts,    neither are your ways my ways,”declares the Lord.“As the heavens are higher than the earth,    so are my ways higher than your ways    and my thoughts than your thoughts. Isaiah 55:8-9 “After the journey of writing my first book, Quiet Strength, God impressed upon me and Nathan that His measurement of […]

How to Measure Success

Amy’s World

Hi Blog family! I’m sorry I haven’t been consistently posting, but I have been consistently reading your posts. Those of you who write daily devotionals…. My hat is off to you! I read in wonder of how you can come up with something daily. But then I remind myself the authors don’t have kids tugging at their brains! Lol.

Being a mom can be mental hard work some days. I will hear my girls bickering, and I just want to pound a gavel to stop the courtroom jibbering and yammering. Other days being a mom is physically draining as I’m bending over and picking up this and that. Folding clothes and frying pans of chicken. They say I’m going to miss these days, y’all. I will, I know I will.

Homeschooling is going good. Anyone have a trick to help a kid hear the short ‘e’ and the short ‘i’? Leah has a hard time differentiating between the two when she is spelling.

Things I’ve learned recently….

1. If you run a funeral dinner, ask those younger than you to help so you’re not the young one doing the lifting and such. My back hurt for two weeks!

2. Not everyone needs to be prayed with at the alter. Some just need time alone with God.

I learned a hi-five goes a long way for a kid that’s not your kid. Most of them welcome interaction with other adults.

3. I learned not to volunteer to help someone if you don’t know how to help. Because you then become more work for them.

I learned if your neighbor’s cows get out of the fence, chasing them with snow shovels does not work! Just get a bucket of grain and they will follow you anywhere! True story.

Bible quizzing still going. She is a senior quizzer. You should try answering some of those questions!
My husband smoked all 5 pork shoulders Friday for a quiz meet we held at our church. The yard smelled like it was summer!
Twin day…lol. They bicker but love each other so much
A heart for you, Renee! On twin day of all days!

Whatcha Doing?

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Whatcha doing on this cold winter night?

Are You cringing, watching unbelievers continue their fight?

Are You thinking of the one that left the ninety-nine?

Are You wishing You could just throw them back in line?

There’s that one thing You cannot do

Is make them praise and worship You

Whatcha  doing on this foggy, dreary day?

Is it hard to believe how many have gone astray?

They rant and rave that You don’t exist

Until trouble comes, calling out Your name as they resist

Free will You gave to us all

How hard it must be to watch some fall

Whatcha doing on this wet, rainy day

Watching their backs turned from You as they walk away?

Don’t they know? Don’t they care?

You’re the Creator of the water and the air!

Oh, to see their faces, to hear them shout

If You ever had to make the stones cry out

Now That’s Love

Check this bit of encouragement out today! Jessy beautifully reminds us to love all as Jesus loves all….

For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die. But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Romans […]

Now That’s Love

More Snow

Sorry if this is annoying to you snow haters….but to you fellow lovers of quiet, clean snowflakes…here’s some more pics

Noon today
Look at the trees!

Amy’s Snowbound World

We are to get a good amount of snow here in Indiana Wed through Thursday. We shall see! My family and I enjoy snowstorms. I hear people complain while secretly inside I’m looking forward to it! I will post pics if we get the foot they’re talking about.

School is going good. I enjoy teaching my girls. My 9yr old needed an over-haul in math. The cool thing about homeschooling is that if they’re struggling somewhere we can slow down or even stop and go back. That luxury is not doable in the public schools. Keep up with the masses or go ahead not knowing. No fun if you can’t keep up. So we are going back and learning what didn’t get absorbed the last time around.

Things for my oldest are about to change drastically. Most of you know I have a 27 yr old adult autistic daughter. She deals with anxiety and OCD as well. But all in all she’s very high functioning. She is not able to drive, or go into a store by herself. She has a hard time being given more that 2 directions at a time. She has a hard time knowing when someone is kidding or using sarcasm. Compared to others with developmental disabilities, she is in a good place.

She’s been going to day services for five or six years now. She has outgrown the place. I have also become frustrated with the way the place is being ran. The government pays the facility 17,000 a year on her behalf to go to day services. Transportation billed.out of that money as well. It was a good set up for a while…until

The day the fire alarm went off, everyone evacuated but her because she was somewhere secluded

The day she said she sat for hours with nothing to do and many, many days like that to follow

The day her van driver got lost because he forgot what he was doing and where he was at. Another passenger had to tell him his route. He was back driving in 4 days with no explanation to us.

There are a few other things that I won’t mention. So she will be going there 2 days a week to adjust. She will be getting a new therapist who will work with her on how to go in a store by herself. How to better.plan her day. How to cope with anxiety. She is on a waiting list for music therapy. Where a therapist comes in and shows her how to play her instrument. They can teach her how to use music to soothe anxiety. I’m so very excited for these changes! There’s even a chance at a job for her.

My oldest on the right. My youngest sticking her tongue out
Our first quiz meet. My youngest’s first year
This one is in Senior quizzing. Some competitive stuff.
Another cat showed up. That makes 5 cats hanging around! We’re taking cat food donations. Lol its a female and huge!

Chronic Pain

For the last seven days I have been in what people refer to as chronic pain. A pulled muscle in my neck along with a separate pulled muscle in my shoulder(deltoid muscle) has been in the forefront of mind day and night. I’m finally on the other side of it, but it left an impression on my heart.

I’ve been reminded of those that struggle with addictions, or depression that leads them to addiction. Those out there that still have that small voice (their conscious) telling them not to use, not to deceive others, and not to continue down the path they’re on. Yet they do it anyhow.

I was one of those people before I came to Christ. I would hear the voice of reason in my heart, but I would ignore it every single time. As time wore on and the battles tore me down, battles I created for myself, I would become used to the pain. I didn’t know what life was like without pain. I had no clue what sober felt like. What was on the other side of the pain I dealt with?

When dealing with chronic physical pain, one learns how to live with it. How to accommodate the pain. For example, I slept on the couch with a footstool pushed up to the side so that my arm could extend out from my body. This position didn’t look like it made sense, as a matter of fact my husband woke me to ask me why was I on the couch. My response was, it doesn’t hurt this way.

A long day of drinking followed by a night of cocaine and music may be just prescription for the addict to get away from the chronic pain. But just like when I woke on the couch still in pain, the addict wakes the next morning sober and in pain.

Do you know someone in this type of cycle? Do you judge them in your heart, thinking they know better, why do they do it? With your arms folded and your nose in the air, do you swear off speaking to them until they get their act right? I think I can say we have all been in this position, with or without our perfect noses in the air.

What if we woke them from their slumber and asked them why are you living life this way? Or what if we woke them asked if there was anything we could do to make the pain better?

There is residual trace of the pain in my neck and shoulder. There are moments when it doesn’t ache and feels just like I begged God for those sleepless nights. I think back to the days of what seemed like pain that would never end and I cannot remember the pain the way it felt.  God will do this for the addict as well. I look back on my days of using, lying and cheating; I don’t feel the pain of those days as I used to. I don’t even feel the shame of the choices I made like I used to. The memory is there but the physical pain is gone.

Beetreegathering Bee-utiful Award

Deb at Beetreegathering made this award recently. She has already nominated two of my favorite bloggers. I’ve been nominated by Stu…my good old blogger friend, who has followed me since I started writing. Thanks Stu, you rock!

The purpose of this award is to nominate a fellow beautiful blogger who has been a cornerstone in the building of your blog. So I nominate, my Kathy.

So much healing has come to me by writing and sharing on here. When I first came along Kathy found me, or I found her. Either way we became connected. I was always needing a mother figure no matter where I went in life and that was the case here on WordPress. Kathy is my Blog mom. Lol.

She has never once had a negative things to say when commenting on my writings. She would and still does, include scripture in her comments, which makes her bee-utiful to me. She is a positive light. And she isn’t just this way with me. I have read her encouraging comments on several other’s blogs. She is faithful in who she is and what she believes. She does not waver.

Her blog is filled with encouragement. I have yet to read of a day where she’s discouraged and down in the dumps. I have yet to read of her fears or anxieties. Her blog is bee-utiful because it is thoughtfully planned out to always be a light, just like My Kathy.

So thank you, Kathy. I bestow this award upon you. The conditions of this award are as follows… In order to accept the award, you must nominate someone else who you find is a cornerstone to your writing/blog.

The cornerstone (or foundation stone or setting stone) is the first stone set in the construction of a masonry foundation. All other stones will be set in reference to this stone, thus determining the position of the entire structure. according to Wikipedia