>Milestone ~ Brad Update

>YAY FOR MY HUSBAND (yes, I am shouting)

As of today, he has lost 100 lbs. Down to 316…way to go baby!

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>Icy Day

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Well, today the ice is heavy and there are many in my city without power. Please pray that we don’t have more power outages. We are supposed to get 1-3 inches of snow on top of the ice later and that in and of itself could cause more outages.

The ice on the trees is beautiful, as if they are made of glass. A simple thing like ice can make these large creations fragile in just a matter of hours. There are trees down everywhere across Hopkinsville and my son said upon return from his Dad’s in the country that you could stand outside and just hear all the trees in the woods popping as limbs succumbed to ice.

Sometimes our lives are like that. . . we are rock solid, feel like we are an example of what life should be. Then a storm comes and sticks to us so fast and so hard that we begin to break into pieces and start falling apart. We had no idea that even those who are strong are sometimes no match for a storm.

At times like this, we need to put God first, and let him help us pick up the pieces that are broken. Give it all to Him and He can fix what the storm has broken. We will be more beautiful in His eyes because sometimes the storm prunes things away that didn’t need to be there in the first place, we just thought that they were intregal to our lives, but God knows best.

>Consequences

>I’ve been thinking alot about consequences today. Sometimes we make bad choices and have to face ‘the music’. . . what is ‘the music’ really? It’s the results of decisions we make.

Sometimes the best intentions are not good enough and bad decisions are a result. I made a bad choice, although it was with the best of intentions. Somehow on the other side of the choice, that doesn’t seem to matter to my spirit. My spirit is broken and sad and even apprehensive because I know that ‘the music’ will be well deserved.

I think about being a mom and how I have had to make my kids ‘face the music’. As early as yesterday, Logan was officially informed he has no cell phone or teen center for at least the next three weeks. The smartest boy I know got 2, count em’, 2 D’s on his report card. Not for lack of intelligence, not from poor understanding of the subject manner, but from the sheer fact of not planning effectively. Brad told him just the other night, if you fail to plan, you plan to fail. Maybe Brad should have had that conversation with me as well.

We are never too old to learn that consequences mean something. Here at 35 years old, I can show my kids, even grown-ups are stupid sometimes. . . . .

Just pray for me today, because the music is coming soon and although I am sure I won’t like the song, it has to be sung, and I have to listen to it. . . . . .

>A tale of two plumbers. . . this is good

>I have saved our adventure from the weekend for a few days so that I could have something good to blog about tomorrow but now I am sharing it today anyway. . .

Our water has been draining slow for a few weeks. Last Thursday (Jan 8th) I called our regular plumber to see if they could come on out to our house. I did not get a call back on Friday so I thought, well, let me give it the weekend and see what happens. . .PS….Bad Idea.

Saturday night Logan went to take a shower and called out that the water was draining slow. Only to find out when I went in there later, it did not drain at all. It looked like he had taken a soak and not let the water out at all. It took several hours for it to drain so we knew that we would have to be quick on the shower Sunday morning.

Sunday morning was of course, worse. After Brad had his shower, not only did the water not drain, but the lines started backing up into the tubs and let me tell you, it was not a good thing. We called our plumber at 7:30am and got nothing, the next guy we called, nothing. We finally called “lester ellis plumbing” that has advertised extensively in our area. It has actually been bought out by “Hiller Plumbing” and they told us it would be $70 for a Sunday service call but at this point, what were we going to do? Well, waiting would have been better. Brad met the guy at the house while I was still at church and the guy determined that to fix the line, he needed to remove the toilet in the kids bathroom and he attempted to snake the line from there. Obviously we are not plumbers so we did not know this was not normal. He then proceeded to tell brad we did not have outside access to the line and that we would need to put in a piece outside or it would not drain properly to the tune of…you better sit down, $1700.00. . we put the brakes on right there and told him we would get some estimates and get back with him. So basically, he did nothing and charged us $266 for taking off our toilet and putting it back on, not to mention there was ‘muddy water’ all over the bathroom that ‘guess who’ got to clean up. It was everywhere

Monday morning, Bruce Orton Plumbing (Bruce gets a star in heaven from me) came out and lo and behold found our outside drain in 4 minutes, had the drain fixed in about 10 minutes and said there was no way that the guy should have done anything in the house. The kids toilet is now a little wobbly so I am sure Bruce will have to come back and fix it. Needless to say, we called Hiller and let them know we were stopping payment on the check. They should be thankful I am not suing them for having to clean that nasty bathroom after they got done ‘helping’ us. . . so, a word to the wise, never wait until you really need the plumber to find one, or at least don’t make it on a day when Bruce Orten is out of town, it could cost you a bundle (or at the least some really yucky elbow grease

Have a good one!

Shelly

>Palms 2

>I am trying to have some time of reading and reflection each morning to help me keep my mind on the Lord throughout the day. I was struggling with frustration a few weeks ago and opened up my Bible and there it was in Psalms 61:2-4″. . . . when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I. For thou has been a shelter for me, and a stronger tower from the enemy. I will abide in thy tabernacle forever: I will trust in the covert of they wings.” This helped me to realize, no matter what, when I am confused or overwhelmed I just need to turn to Him because is my rock and my protection.

So this started me thinking about the book of Psalms. I knew in general from earlier teachings that Psalms was mainly written by David, who although flawed, had a heart for the Lord. Most of the Psalms were written as songs of worship and they show that out of our joy, out of our sorrow and confusion that God can put a song in our hearts.

I decided that for the next little bit, I will read on Psalms and while I won’t go through every Psalms with you, the ones that really say something to me will get a blurb for sure. I love when I read the Bible and see something I haven’t seen before. When there is a confirmation from previous messages or thing the Lord has already put on my heart.

Psalms 2 talks about being anointed of God and what that means for us. It speaks of how ungodly rulers and kings rage against the Lord but he just sits in heaven and laughs. He sits in heaven and laughs? God know that He reigns so he doesn’t worry about when folks come against Him or say that He is not real. He just laughs! That makes me want to me more like Jesus. I wish I could just sit back and laugh everytime something comes against me, and if I want to be more like the Lord, I need to move to that direction of thinking. If I am His child, I possess His inheritance, what is His, is mine. So I can laugh at the enemies attempts to trip me up, to make me feel inadequate, because I am the Lord’s child.

The other part of this passage that really spoke some confirmation to me was verse 8 “Ask of me, and I shall give the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possessions.” Brad and I have been prayerful and discussing selling our home and moving into a brand new community in Clarksville for some time. Over the past few weeks it looks like the doors are starting to open for that to happen. Not tomorrow, or probably next week, but at some point in the close future. Sometimes we wonder to ourselves, is this ever going to happen, does God want this for us. . but today when I read “and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possessions” I felt a real peace about where God is taking us. If I am willing to give up my possessions (my time, my prayers, my love, my money) then He is going to give me the uttermost parts of the earth. We don’t have to worry about the hows, the whens, the whys; we just have to wait and see and continue to give ourselves to Him and He will show us the path.

Have an awesome day!

>Struggle

>I am struggling with my job. I can’t seem to maintain the focus I need to take care of my workload. I am going to go to the doctor; maybe I need some ADHD medicine ~~~~~~~I am going to find out though because I know I can be successful and don’t want to be a disappointment to my family or myself. I have declared here publicly that I am going to overcome this roadblock.

“I can do all things through Christ. . . . .”

Shell