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Yet Another Reason I Don’t Make Plans

By now you would think I’d have learned not to get my hopes up. So many times I have made plans only to have them change at the last minute. It can be frustrating, especially if you’re the type who doesn’t like flying by the seat of her pants. Since that’s the way I do most things, it’s a rare occasion that I actually do have a game plan, and once in a while it would be nice to have it work out. There’s something to be said for spontaneity, for sure, but come on. Can’t a gal get a break?

We postponed our trip to Arkansas to get Sarah, so I didn’t get to spend her birthday with her, and she missed out on Christmas day with us. Instead we went the following weekend and had Christmas with extended family at my mom’s. Sarah was there for that, but we couldn’t get her to come home with us for the last week of her winter break, even though we promised to have her back by the weekend. Her reason? She just doesn’t like Georgia.

She seems to think that by refusing to come here, she can force me to go there. So far it has worked. But no more. I mean who’s in charge here?

Oh, I’m not really complaining. I know all too well that I’m not in charge. Thank God!

Many are the plans in a man’s heart, but it is the LORD’s purpose that prevails. ~ Proverbs 19:21

After that last act of defiance, I decided that I would wait for her to ask me to come see her, and I’m thinking that my answer will be “Well, I don’t really like Arkansas.”

Okay, maybe not, but I wonder how else she’ll realize that it’s not the best excuse. It’s not even a good one.

So, on to bigger and better things.

I haven’t shared with you that back in October, Lindsey and I attended a tent revival at the First Baptist Church down the street, which led to my joining that church a few weeks later. I’m lovin’ my ladies’ Sunday school class. And Bible study on Sunday evenings. And singing in the choir. It’s good to be home finally!

After choir rehearsal last Wednesday evening, we held officer elections, and I was “elected” alto representative. That should be interesting.

This morning after Sunday school, my teacher stopped me and said she thought I would be good teacher material. She asked me to consider leading the class from time to time.

I’m very excited about that! Lindsey asked if it meant that I wouldn’t be preaching at home so much since I’d have another outlet. Funny girl.

What it does mean is that I will be sharing what I’m learning with you, my faithful readers. It also means that once again, I have received confirmation that there is a very good reason for me to stay put.

Thank you for stopping by. Have a blessed week!



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Group Project

I did promise to share about a project that our Baptist Women (younger generation WMU) group took part in, so here it is.

I suggested that we get together and have a “quilting bee” to teach our daughters to sew. Several of the ladies were hesitant because many of them didn’t know how either, and only 3 of us had machines. But when I told them what I thought we should make, they all wanted to participate. I showed them the denim quilt I had made and told them how easy it was. All we needed was enough denim to make lap quilts for the seniors at the local retirement home. We asked all of our church members to donate old jeans, but only if they were unwearable. And boy did they ever. We had boxes and boxes full of worn out jeans, flannel shirts, and several old sheets. We were in business.

Everyone took home something to cut into squares, and we met together for two Saturdays to assemble them all. We had a fabulous time fellowshipping and working together to make those quilts. And y’all, I thought my quilt was cool. It was nothing like these. The ones we made were denim and flannel on one side and muslin or cotton blend on the other. Durable, but not too heavy. They were very nice.

The best part was delivering the quilts to the nursing home residents. The way their faces lit up when we presented their gifts was unforgettable.

It truly is more blessed to give than to receive.

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Odds and Ends

I guess I’ll start with the Ends.

Yesterday, I happened upon this website while I was catching up on news from Arkansas, and the war just got a lot closer to home. The young man mentioned in the forum was a member of my home church. I had known his mother only well enough to speak to her when I saw her, but my heart broke for her when I read the tragic news. Please pray for her. Her name is Linda.

My good friend and former neighbor, Doug, had been his 10th grade Sunday school teacher. He also recruited the young hero. I know he’s taking it hard. Pray for him also.

The news shook the whole town, I imagine. Beebe has a population of about 5,000. First Baptist Church has an average attendance of 400-500. It must have been an amazing sight when more than 300 members of the Patriot Guard showed up to run interference for the family by blocking their view of the handful of protestors from Topeka, KS. Beebe’s probably never seen anything like it.

Now on to the Odds.

How odd that a bunch of people who call themselves Christians would protest the funeral of anyone, much less a young man who died in service to our country. Could they be any more disrespectful? God does not hate people, He hates sin. ALL sin, including prejudice.

I will no longer be so quick to judge when I see a grungy dude on a motorcycle, and I will never look at a motorcycle gang the same way again.

Today’s news?

A young woman I work with has been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. She’s in her early 20’s and has a 2-year-old son. Please pray for Jeniece.


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