Grandma of 14, believer in The One True God, Jesus is my Lord and Savior. I can be found on Twitter as Lori Church, tho I don't check in with Twitter much. I write scriptures, events in my life/world as they pertain to God's purpose, and vent feelings (and thoughts) Ring in with your uplifting comments, please
Life is interesting. Sometimes when it rains, it pours. Yes? When it doesn’t: draught! First we found ourselves in our current trial and were trusting God, 6 months ago, for an Ohio trip to see our first grandchild graduate High School. Since then, the grandson has gotten a career started in rap music. But, God came through for us in a great, faithful way.
October 24 found us going back to Ohio to see hubby’s youngest son get married. We couldn’t afford this. We prayed and thought. We discussed till we were blue in the face. We made it happen. Blessings were and are all around us so we trust God will make up the finances. We know we will have the very bigggggest testimony after this year, than ever before!
Earlier we saw A. J. just sleeping. He had Dvd’s under him. We know we should abide and dwell peacefully in God’s care. That being said, I was going to entitle this fleas, Fla. and fleeing….Yes, we have and love our 8 indoor cats. We live in Fla. and have heard fleas are worse here. I recall having one cat in Ohio, back in the 1970’s, and he went outside and in again often. He slept with me and listened to all my tales and thoughts. Only now and again did my mother get him a grocery store flea collar which he promptly took off in never more than 2 days. Current day, we have a wooden lanai and a cat door so the “great 8” can come and go to the back porch (which is screened) whenever they like.
Now we used to live in the “city” and only had 2 kitties. The eldest found she was experiencing an allergic reaction to fleas and had a bare belly for a while. We took our bare bellied, black cat to the doctor. She got her shot and she was fine. We still have her. She is 13. In the last 4 years, we moved to the country. I did volunteering with shelters and rescuing and adopting. We got more kitties.
My title for next blog section will be Kids and Family. We know if you live with care for, feed, clean up after and get unconditional love from pets: they are your family.
I must take after my maternal grandmother who was said to always have wanted a cat farm. So, we “flea dot”, we bomb, and we have a separate can of flea spray for furniture. We also have flea shampooed the great 8 and have put flea powder on to the point we about surrender. No, that’s not the only reason we want to move to Ohio….Ahhhh, but we have one handsome red tabby who has more trouble with fleas than the others. He has a bunch of physical reactions. We drove him to the doctor months ago. He got meds. Recently, I just went and got some more meds from the doctor for him. The doctor lovingly said give him the pill every day for 2 weeks and then every other day for 2 more weeks. This is no easy task. It’s often comical. I reward him with a Temptation treat after, though. Yay!
Oh how great is Thy faithfulness! Thank You for Your amazing grace, even if I was the only person ever on the planet You created, You came to earth as a human and died for me: what extreme love!! Thank You….this whole blog, as is everything I own, is Yours. Be glorified in it. I’ll tell testimonies and opinions, but it’s all Yours. Thank You I have a home being prepared for me in heaven now. Thank You, You see the whole picture all at once, amazingly. You see the day You created heaven and earth and see me seated with Jesus at Your right side and see me praising You for all eternity in heaven, right now all at once. Wow!
Pause for musical interlude: thoughts of songs…Christian contemporary artist Mercy Me has “Greater” that’s worthy of going to youtube.com and hearing and pondering. Then be more encouraged by Francesca Battistelli’s “He Knows My Name”…Now that you are fired up, go back to find Mercy Me’s “Shake”. Enjoy. Remember, a merry heart doeth good like medicine……
Thank You we got through the brief court case, got the tenant out, sold some furniture and can sell the house now. We are on the mend. Thank You we realized being separated from the “forest” we could see the trees better. (2 Corinthians 6: 17 So come out from among, and separate yourselves from unbelievers, says the Lord, and touch not any unclean thing: then I will receive you kindly and treat you with favor….) Thank You for Your favor, God.
Are you the type of person who has a situation and has to resolve it right away? I am. Even though I know patience is a virtue, I can liken it to this poor example. The piece of paper has fallen on the floor. Some will see it and walk around it in haste thinking they will get to it later. Eventually, busy person will hurry out the door. This person, if living alone, probably thinks, “the paper will still be there when I get home and I can get it then.” I am not that way. Being a “waiter” (trying to maintain sanity in the waiting times…) and an observer (who is selectively available) I witness this and go bursurk. I start wanting details about the paper: who last read it, who dropped it and when will it be picked up, will it be tossed or filed? More than likely, I know I will have to pick it up and decide what to do with it. This is frustrating. I know I didn’t drop it. This frustration will grow and days later there’s a possibility for the lid being off the toothpaste being the instigator for the volcano to erupt. Everything for the last 10 yrs. will reappear. Yes, I have repented and asked God to help me with this. I can tell you, one yr. after being married to ADHD, there were some adjustments. Year two, there were adjustments and arrangements. Years 4- 8 there were trials with a capital T. This has been the hardest, most detailed year ever. We definitely know God will move us to Ohio. We will sell 2 houses and be up north closer to more family and grand kids. Hubby will settle down to one job for income and we will have time for hobbies, fun, ministries. When, WHEN is God going to answer this prayer of ours? Waiting. Yes, They that wait upon the Lord will renew their strength and rise up with wings of eagles, run and not grow weary, walk and not faint…(Isaiah 40: 31) Ummmm….God must be trying to make a Hercules out of me. (Ouch! Growing pains/strengthening pains)
I’ve decided no matter how saintly or Spiritually mature I believe others are, we all have faults, short comings, and insecurities. Many people are pushing themselves along in such a strong fashion, they don’t see the “walking wounded” sitting right beside them. This is a shame. There is a Christian contemporary artist: Brandon Heath, who sings “Give Me Your Eyes”.
I seriously thought I was the only one…. There are some folks who come to church regularly, looking “right” and the whole 9 yards, but when asked about their lives, some say, “I still haven’t found my niche.” They may also say, “I am between niches/ministries/careers.” Yes, some of these are over the age of 50. Hmmmm…
I have heard some say they hope they will make it to heaven one day. Our pastor has a saying, “Are you a million % sure, if you died today, you would go to heaven?” I want to ask, as they have been in same church services I have been in, what?!?!? Do you listen to messages? Are you thinking other things while sermons are spoon fed? Yes, wake up, folks, the time is short till Jesus’ return. (Matthew 24: 36) I know, “but of that exact day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.”
I know of some who are putting off future goals. I know of some who plan to write books and get published “one day”. We don’t know how much time we have here, we better do what we can and desire to do while we still can. Right? I wonder about myself. I was so excited when God gave me my hubby, I typed pages and saved about 10 or more pages of a future book I’d like to write. I’ve not written it yet. Hmmmmm….emotions….
Here’s our relationship in a nutshell. When my hubby was young, he was diagnosed with ADHD. When I was young, I was said to have still been in the play pen observing, till I was 5 and they sent me to Kindergarten. I did well there, amazingly.
We have been experiencing stress because of vehicles, finances, and our selling 2 houses. We broke down and agreed he would go over to the other house and sleep for a couple nights. (also to get some work done there) We came together in our Father’s house, Sunday, and heard just what we needed to hear for such a time as this. We have a great preacher who hears from God and is anointed.
I gave birth to two children. Both of them are grown and live in Florida.
Hubby and I live in Fla., currently, and are finding that waiting can wear on a person or people. We are trying to sell two houses at one time and asking God to re-plant us in Ohio. The house selling has only been officially in progress for 2 and a half months, but there have been other stressers in the mix. These have been hangin on for 6 months or so. Can you feel me? Ha! At the end of all this we will have Such a testimony for God like never before! Yes, we are reminded in Revelation 12: 11 we are over comers by the word of our testimony. Oh! and by the way things have been, I’m also reminded of the chorus of the Eddie Rabbit song: “I’m Drivin My Life Away”….but I refer to this as: “I’m waiting my life away”.(chorus of song, only)..Now don’t get too overly zealous about rebuking me.
Being an only child, I went to school, did pretty well, graduated High school and went off to college in Arkansas from Ohio. I’d had some “adventures” before but this really started great ones. I was going to be a music teacher and or, serve God singing and who knows what other capacities? After home-sickness, pining for boyfriend and not getting into the college chorus, I was back in Ohio quickly. Between the ages of 18 and 54 I did get my Assoc. in Theological and Biblical Studies eventually. I’d met and married, had divorces, children, seen deaths, and had a few jobs for income. They were short-lived….I’ve mostly been watching and waiting, listening and being available. (per my choice of availabilities) I have always attended church, Bible studies, and been in church choirs.
In my 55 years, I have been through more than many people go through in 2 life times. God is faithful! I can promise that, without wavering. I am thankful to Him, but waiting can be Tough!
If there is any thing I have been through, or a going through, that can help someone else who might be at their wits end, I want to gladly share my life and testimonies/ideas to possibly help.
I would like to divide this blog into sections. I suppose different pages will be under the different headings or sections. The sections are entitled, “About Me”, “God”, “Hubby”, “Kids/Family”, “The Great 8”, and “My Decisions/Emotions”.
Ideals I wish to accomplish through this blog are pointing people to God, sharing Bible verses, talking about yummy things to munch while in the “storms”, talk about pets/animals because they entertain and love us unconditionally, share books, (I enjoy reading) and to share ideas for quality time…whether alone or with your special someone.
I will put in a plug right now for a restaurant chain that’s been around awhile, but I went there for the first time today. I went to Moe’s Southwest Grill. I liked it. I’m not sure if hubby liked it as much as I did, but it’s a bit more than a Southwestern version of Subway. It was mid-day and I got the Band Camp. I can about tell you mine was better than my hubby’s. He got a big burrito. We shared the chips and I enjoyed the tomatillo salsa.