Thinking Out Loud

Welcome back, y’all! I trust you’ve had ample time to think since my last post. I know I have.

Here are a few of my thoughts:

You really don’t know how much you have to be thankful for until you have to pay taxes on it.

If nobody likes Sanjaya, why are so many people voting for him? (I like him, but I don’t vote.) I think he’s more popular than folks like to admit.

It’s foolishness to expect my children to honor and obey me willingly. Look at how many of God’s children rebel against Him, and He’s perfect.

Jesus didn’t come to give us a better life. He came to give us eternal life.

Being a teenager is hard. Parenting a teenager is harder.

While it is true that you learn from your own mistakes, you can also learn from the mistakes of others.

It never ceases to amaze me when people who claim to know Jesus turn from Him the instant another believer disappoints them. Isn’t that when we need Him most?

Speaking of need, I am praying for Heather and the fundraising effort that BooMama has organized. It is so exciting to see God working through the blogosphere to meet the needs of His people.

I’m also praying for Kelli and her family. May God grant each of them rest, peace, and strength. He’s already given Kelli an amazing sense of humor. She is seriously contagious.

Yellow Mama at OneStepUpFromStupid has asked us to add her brother and her dad to our prayer lists. She also has a word of encouragement “for everyone facing physical challenges…and for everyone who is family or friends grieved by bad news or difficult news.”

I’m sure there are others I haven’t mentioned, and it occurs to me that if we were to pray for every single person we know, whether we know their needs or not, whether they request it or not, we’d come pretty close to praying without ceasing.

Those are my thoughts for now. Well, not all of them, but some things are best kept to ourselves.

One last thing before you go, if you’re still reading. I have opened a gift shop at CafePress, which you can visit by clicking the link in my sidebar. I’ve still got a lot of work to do on it before I launch a big promotion, but I’ve already made a sale, and I can barely contain my excitement!

Be blessed!!



Filed under Faith, Prayer

9 responses to “Thinking Out Loud

  1. Diane J.

    I visited your online store and it looks great, Brenda! Very professional and some nice stuff.

    I’ve missed you, my friend.

    Have a great Sunday. 🙂

  2. kelli

    I can read on you and shop! Now that’s cool!


  3. Barb

    I love the store, Brenda. Very classy. I saw your mention of it in Diane’s comments and ran over here to see what you were talking about. Congratulations on already making a sale. If we ever reach the point we can reinstate our allowances, which are currently going toward groceries, I’ll be back!

    Some very true statements in this post, especially the one about parenting a teenager. 🙂

  4. Dawn

    A week from today I’ll be down there – hard to believe it’s finally here! The crisis here at home, though, is putting a damper on my excitement. Please add us to your list. See you soon!

    You have a new venture – how exciting!

    Your thoughts are, as usual, thought provoking. Anyone who reads me knows that the truth of the teen-ager ones are more true than anything else!

    And the one about “praying without ceasing.” Oh, my, the prayer lists are getting longer every day! Satan is having a heyday, but this Internet prayer chain thing must have him scrambling!

  5. Dawn

    Oh, I forgot – Sanjaya – oh what can I say? He was better last week, but I don’t think he has what it takes for the long haul. And I’ve heard that the nasty Howard Stern (not the one who thought he was Anna Nicole’s baby’s father), the shock jock, has established a “vote for the worst” thing and has lots of people joining in. Not to mention all those little teen and pre-teen girls who have text messaging down to a fine art!

  6. Diane

    Welcome Back Brenda!

    You were missed!

    And now, you have jumpstarted a new venture…I’m going over to your Cafe store right now!



  7. Grafted Branch

    Welcome back, Brenda! Don’t be so long between posts…

  8. Diane

    Brenda! I just spoke with “Grandma Dawn” on the phone…and I am so-o-o-o jealous…wait….that would be a sin…right…O.K…I’m green with envy. Ohh–that doesn’t sound much better. But it is what it is!

    You’re going to meet next week! How I wish I could join you both! What fun! I’m so glad her trip coincided with a visit with you!

    I can’t wait to read about it on both of your blogs……….

    Have a great visit!


  9. Mommy Dearest

    Best of luck with your store!

    Good quotes!

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