Saturday, November 29, 2008

Sisters, Shopping and Shoes

I did not participate in Black Friday and have not for several years. I am older now and wiser and I now know that there is absolutely no sale on the face of the earth that is worth getting up for before the sun is even awake. We live so far away from civilization that we have to get up super-early to get to the stores by 6:00 a.m. And now that some stores are opening so much earlier than that, we would just have time to eat our Thanksgiving dinner and then leave to get to the stores. I am not fond of the large crowds anymore either because it generally seems to bring out the worst in people. And it brings out the worst in me. And I get testy and ornery and I lose my witness. Besides I have to go to the bathroom a lot and on Black Friday you have to stand in line for the bathroom for a loooooong time. It is just so not worth it. Anyway, I digress. I said all this just to tell you about my weekend before Thanksgiving shopping trip.

On the Thursday before Thanksgiving, Leah, Kristen and I set out for the Mall of Georgia for a little lunch and a little shopping before we were to attend a Ladies Tea at North Metro First Baptist Church later that evening. Leah is a very gifted speaker and writer and Kristen is a very gifted singer with the voice of an angel. (I am not sure why they let me tag along). We had fun at the mall and then we went to North Metro for a delicious dinner and a wonderful message from Angela Thomas. She spoke about how God takes our ashes on trade-in and He will exchange them for beauty (Isaiah 61:3). And about how the King is enthralled with our beauty (Psalm 45). We had such a great time and our sides hurt from laughing so much.

On Friday morning we left our hotel and headed back over to the Mall of Georgia. Leah and Kristen left me there to meet my four sisters-in-law, (Nancy, Trisha, Cindy and Jennifer) my mother-in-law (Betty)and one niece (Sandy) for our annual girls only weekend. We all try to get some Christmas shopping done. I don't usually get much done because I am having such a good time laughing and enjoying catching up with everyone. And my tiny little brain can only handle one thing at a time. I always have a list but never seem to get anything done. The only one that really does well is Sandy and that's because she is in her 20's. The rest of us are.....not. She can cover lots more ground than all of us combined. She has a list, she sticks to it and by the time she is finished and comes back to find the rest of us we are still sitting in the food court after lunch trying to decide where we will have dinner. Frankly, I think we hold her back.

We make sure that Betty has a wheel chair because she can't stand or walk for long periods of time because of her arthritis. We had to get a second wheel chair for Cindy this year because she sprained her knee playing tennis the day before our big trip. But, she was playing a college girl and she won. So the sprain was totally worth it, right Cindy?

Our shopping weekend evolved from just one night to the entire weekend and matching shirts so we can spot each other in a crowd. Usually we are having such a good time that we don't split up so we can easily spot each other from across the aisle.

First stop was Dillard's where they had their Merrell and Born shoes on sale for 40% off! I don't have to tell you what happens to women when they see a sale sign in the shoe department. We were like sharks in a feeding frenzy! I get very easily distracted by shiny things and sale signs in the shoe department. A very nice lady named Tricia (not to be confused with sister Trisha) waited on us. All of us. In our matching shirts. Bless her heart, she had the patience of Job. I don't know how long we were there. I lost track of the time and I lost count of how many pairs of shoes we tried on. I think we all bought at least two pairs of shoes. Again, Sandy came back to find us and was amazed that we were still in the same place that she left us over an hour or so earlier.

Our loot:

At lunch, Nancy commented that she had the same make-up that I did, but my complexion was dewy and hers looked dry. I explained that I thought it was "due" to the perspiration from my many hormonal hot flashes. It became our main mission of the day to achieve dewy skin for Nancy. We sent her to the Clinique counter and went back to the shoe department just in case we overlooked anything on sale. An hour later, Jennifer and I found her wandering around Dillard's in a daze. She did not have dewy skin. So Jennifer and I took matters into our own hands and "took" Nancy to the Clinique counter. The salesperson decided that her lack of dewiness was "due" to her failure to exfoliate. After we all finally decided on the best color foundation for Nancy, (it was a group effort and my apologies to the women at the Clinque counter at Dillard's) she was so radiant that the next day Jennifer, Trisha and Sandy wanted to achieve dewiness also. I know that they were so glad to see us again. All of us. In our matching shirts.

After our long, hard, day of shopping sweet Trisha (not to be confused with Tricia from the shoe department) would give us foot rubs. And we would stay up half the night laughing and talking and planning the next day's strategy.

We attracted a lot of attention on our trip. I don't know if it was because of our laughter, our matching shirts or because we moved with the grace of a herd of cattle. I'd like to think it was because they had never seen a group of women with such dewy skin.

I am so thankful that God invented laughter and sisters and that He delights in our good times and that He cares about every detail in our lives, even the little ones. I prayed that He would bless our weekend and boy did He ever. We found things that we needed on sale. We had a great time of fellowship. My wonderful weekend began in the company of my sisters in Christ whom I love dearly. I had such a great time with you. And it ended in the company of my sisters-in-law whom I also love dearly. Thank you for welcoming me into your family so long ago and treating me like a sister. I had a great time with you. I am grateful and thankful that God has placed so many wonderful women into my life.

Life is Good,


A Belated Thanksgiving Wish

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving spent with loved ones and lots of delicious food. But more importantly, enumerating to God the blessings that we are thankful for.

For the second time in my married life we were unable to have Thanksgiving with my mother's side of the family. Our family was under siege from some sort of upper respiratory virus thingy and we didn't want my uncle (who is battling other health challenges) to be exposed to this not-so-much-fun little virus.

This is the first time in my entire life that I didn't have turkey or dressing for Thanksgiving. And so it got me thinking about all those who might not have anything to eat, or clean water to drink. Of those who don't have anyone to share Thanksgiving with. Of those who don't know Jesus and feel that there is nothing to be thankful for.

I pray that I will never become so comfortable that I forget the plight of those less fortunate.
I have so much to be thankful for.

Life is Good,


Monday, November 24, 2008

Tag, You're It

My friend from Growing in Godliness has tagged me for this random tag. So here are 6 random things about me.

  1. I have gained 10 pounds over the last year. I am the only person I know of that can
    exercise and go to Weight Watchers and GAIN weight.

  2. I love to study the Bible. I didn't really start to really study it until I was in my 30's.

  3. I don't enjoy cooking.

  4. I like to curl up and read on a cold, rainy day.

  5. I love to eat anything my mother cooks.

  6. Christmas lights are one of my favorite things in the world.

Okay, now you know a few random things about me, what about You?

1) Link to the person who tagged you.

2) Post the rules on your blog (copy and paste 1-6).

3) Write 6 random things about yourself.

4) Tag 6 people at the end of your post and link to them.

5) Let each person know they have been tagged and leave a comment on their blog.

6) Let the tagger know when your entry is up.

Some new bloggy friends I would like to know better:

Alene at Positively Alene

Adrienne at Fuzzytop

Constance at Slim Pickin's From My Brain

Karen at Surviving Motherhood

Marilyn at Walking in Truth

Life is Good,


Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Freedom, Sweet Freedom!!!!!!

On August 29th my 18 year old had shoulder surgery to repair a tear in his labrum . This is his senior year and he was unable to play football. We have grieved over this, but we have rejoiced in the fact that God is faithful and we trusted that God knew what He was doing during this season in Manning's life. His favorite verse is Philippians 4:13: "I can do everything through HIM who gives me strength. We can weather any season through Him. We are thankful that his injury wasn't any worse than it was and we know that it is minor compared to what others are going through or have been through.

Today, almost three months after the surgery, he is free to ride his motorcycle. Since his last appointment, he has prayed that the doctor would pronounce him healed enough to ride.

Hallelujah, today is the day.

Life is Good,


Saturday, November 15, 2008

Speaking Thru Me

Ladies, if you are in need of a speaker for your ladies event, please check out the following article about this wonderful group of Christian speakers. This article was written my very good friend Leah Adams.

Karen Hossink is also on the Speaking Thru Me speaking team and has a link to the article as well.

Life is Good,


Thursday, November 13, 2008

A Stranger in A Foreign Country

Once a year for the past three years or so we have had an unusual visitor. I think that he is some sort of heron and he is beautiful. Wikipedia says ,"they can be found in a range of habitats; in fresh and saltwater marshes, mangrove swamps, lake edges or shorelines." I usually associate these birds with coastal areas. What makes him such an unusual visitor is that we live on a lake smack dab in the middle of the North Georgia Mountains!

The first thought that came to my mind when I saw him land in the water's edge was Abraham. "Like a stranger in a foreign country;" (Hebrews 11:9). Unlike Abraham, he didn't make his home here. He was just stopping off for a short time on the way to his final destination.

As a Christian, I feel more and more like a stranger in a foreign country. It seems as if each passing day brings us more change and not for the better. The traditional family structure is eroding. Parents murder their babies. Children murder their parents. To a large part of the population, morals are unnecessary. But this is not our promised land. We are just stopping off here for a time until Jesus calls us to our final destination.

Life is Good,


Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Letting Go

Tonight was the last night of our "Stepping Up" Bible study. I facilitated the study with a small group of ladies from our church. It was a wonderful study and I learned so much. I have always loved the Psalms and it was a blessing to be able to study a few of them in depth.

I'd like to share some of the things we learned in the last DVD session:

*We have to learn to watch the road signs and heed them.

*Beth spoke about us having to be in the Spirit to hear Him. If we are in the Spirit we can hear His warnings.

*She also spoke about us being overloaded and how we can't do 1,000 things to the glory of God. Sometimes we have to lighten our load to go on with God.

This seems to be a recurring theme from God. Several blogs and articles that I have read lately deal with the seasons in our lives, giving some things up, making sure that we are in the Spirit. So Lord, you have my attention. I'm listening. Heeding the road signs. Lightening the load. Praying to stay in the Spirit.

Life is Good,


Monday, November 10, 2008

Thank You to our Veterans

On this Veteran's Day I am thanking God for those who gave of themselves in service to our country. Thank you seems so inadequate for all that they have done and continue to do for us.

My father was a Master Sargent in the United States Air Force for 21 years and served two tours of duty in Vietnam. I will never forget a phone call that we received in the middle of the night when I was eight years old and my sister was five. We were informed that there had been an incident involving my father's flight crew. They could give us no details and could not tell us the number of casualties or who the casualties were. I remember my mother calling our family back home to let them know and to have them to pray.

Their crew had been directed to go to Udorn, Thailand to pick up three American Prisoners of War that the Vietnamese were releasing. Due to the nature of their mission, they were instructed that they might have a possible wait of five to six hours. The crew was resting inside the plane except for my father and he was lying under the wing to cool off. He heard a gunshot and then realized that they were under enemy fire. He ran to the crew entrance door of the airplane to warn the crew that they were under attack. The airplane had been hit with a tracer and was on fire. The crew began deplaning. The firefighters arrived and began to put out the fire. The ambulance arrived to treat the wounded. The crew had to try to get to safety. All while still under enemy fire. The Flight Engineer was killed, leaving behind a wife and three little girls. An Air Policeman was killed. The Aircraft Commander was wounded. My father was unharmed. His service left a profound mark on my life. Even as a young child, I remember being so proud of him and what he did for our country. My patriotism runs deep.

My brother-in-law is a Colonel in the United States Air Force. He served in Desert Storm. My sister is also in the Air Force and will pin on Colonel in May. She served in Operation Iraqi Freedom at Balad Air Base, Iraq as the Expeditionary Aerospace Medicine Squadron Commander. My nephew just recently entered the Coast Guard. I am so proud of them.

I cannot begin to express my gratitude to them and to all the brave men and women who serve our country. Some of them have paid a mighty high price. Freedom isn't free.

Life is Good,


Friday, November 7, 2008


This morning as I was getting ready to start my day, the power went out. I had important things to do. How in the world could I get ready for my lunch date with an old friend if I could not use my blow dyer. My hair would be flat. So I whined about the inconvenience for several minutes.

And then I prayed for my Father to forgive me for my selfishness. And for constant reminders that my little inconveniences are so trivial. And for Him to break my heart over the plight of the poor and the oppressed.

I can survive without power. There are those who are trying to survive without food and shelter. I can worship the One True God without fear of persecution. There are those who are tortured and killed for doing so. I can buy groceries and put gas in my vehicle. There are those who cannot.

Thank You Lord for putting things in perspective for me.

Life is Good,


Monday, November 3, 2008

What if His People Prayed

The title of this post is also the title of a song by Casting Crowns. So I ask you, what if we get on our knees before God and truly prayed, poured out our hearts to God for our country? For our world? For His favor on His people? For His divine intervention? For our election?

2 Chronicles 7:14 says this "If My people, who are called by My name, shall humble themselves, pray, seek, crave, and require of necessity My Face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven, forgive their sin, and heal their land. (The Amplified Bible)

Our God is mighty to save. We just have to believe it.

Life is Good,


Saturday, November 1, 2008

This is the Day That the LORD Hath Made

Today was a beautiful fall day here in the North Georgia mountains. We attended the wedding of one of our daughter's dear friends. This was the backdrop for the wedding:

The wedding was beautiful and God was glorified. Dana and Blake, we wish you much happiness. This is the day that the Lord hath made, we shall rejoice and be glad in it. (Psalm 118:24)

Life is Good,