My Brother

My brother was talented, handsome, charming, funny, and easy to love. 

I was the oldest, he was the younger sibling. 

He went into the Air Force after he graduated from high school. When he came out of the Air Force, he was never the same.

Drugs had become a part of his life. 

Drugs or rather the desire for drugs controlled him. He did things we never ever thought he would do. He had become a different person. 

He would leave and stay gone for months and never contact my parents or me. It was pure tormental hell for us never knowing if he was dead or alive. 

Pray. We did. 

Cry. We did.

Anger. We felt it.

Families go through so much. 

Pray for one another!

Galatians 6:2  

Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.

Spring Dress

“Never did I think this would be my wardrobe of choice,”  Miranda said as she slipped the clergy robe over her cotton spring dress. She knew the clergy robe would get hot, so she wanted to make sure she did everything she could to remain cool. Heat affected her speech and she didn’t want any problems.

“Wow! Look at you! You look so official,” her dad said. 

“Do I?” Miranda questioned. “I don’t feel official. I just feel like a regular old me.”

Miranda’s family had been faithful members of the United Methodist Church in Shelby for generations. Her family had built and established the local church. Her grandparents, great and great, great grandparents were all members there. Just a stroll through the Shelby United Methodist Church cemetery revealed Miranda’s heritage.

Miranda Cook had not gone straight from high school to seminary school. She had chosen a much more twisted and troubled road. Rebellious and determined to make her own way she had blazed a road of contention and glory for herself. It wasn’t all doom and destruction. “There had been good times, great successes, but there had been an emptiness and longing that she could not be fill no matter how hard she tried.

“I’m just thankful y’all didn’t raise me Baptist!” she said to her dad with a smile on her face.

“Shut your mouth! Her dad said, “You know your Momma was a Baptist till she married me. She will wring your neck!”  Both laughed and they hugged each other.

Miranda’s son Jacob came into the room. “Oh, Momma you look so pretty!”

“Thank you, Jacob.”

“What is your first sermon going to be?” Jacob asks.

“God Full of Mercy and Grace.” Miranda replied.

Family

Have you ever felt like you must have been or are the worst parent in all time?

All of us have. The truth is, all of us have been bad parents at times, but at the same time we have given everything we have for our children.

I think back to my grandparents, I do not remember them ever once stressing over whether or not they were able to give me, my brother or all my cousins name brand gifts.

Never once did they try to attend every program, game or event we were in. The truth is we loved them without any of the fanfare.

We adored them for who they were, not for the financial things they gave us.My memories of my grandparents have no gifts, only love and heritage.

Family love and support were more important than anything else. Oh, how I long for those days again.

The Lose of Unconditional Love

I haven’t seen my cat, Miss Cookie in two days. 

She is an indoor cat, but we let her out from time to time because she loves the outdoors. Wednesday morning my husband let Cookie go out with our Yorkie, Lilly for her morning relief. Lilly returned immediately. Cookie has still not returned.

We have searched everywhere. We have posted online in hope someone has seen her. We have prayed, begging and pleading for her return.

Today is Friday and though I have great faith, I am old enough and have been through enough to know life is hard. 

I had been busy all morning, but when I came in this afternoon and my sweet, beautiful friend was not here to greet me. Grief overcame me and the tears of anger and hurt began to flow.

NO, life is not fair.

NO, everything doesn’t always work out—but my faith is still strong.

I don’t believe in God based on circumstances.

I believe in God because I know HE IS FAITHFUL!!

Finding Truth

There comes a time when you have to get honest with God and yourself.

YOU have to hear from God and search the word for the truth!

YOU have to know that you know!

Not because of what someone else told you, but because of what GOD did for you!

Me or Us?

Everything can’t always be about what you need or want.

If you are married, sometimes you have to pray and ask God to help you see what is going on in your spouse’s life. How can I be a blessing to them. What do they need from me? How can we be successful and fulfill God’s purpose for our family together.

If you are a single parent, what does your child/children need? Realize your children will only live with you for a short time. If you live to be 70, which is not old at all in today’s advance world of medicine—your child will only be with you 18 of 70 years. Make the most of that time. You will have plenty of time for you. The time you invest in your child will be a blessing.

If you are single with no children. Do you have parents, brothers, sisters, nieces, nephews, neighbors or friends who could be blessed by you? Like Paul, where are you suppose to be?

Your life is a gift don’t waste it only thinking about what you want.

What has God purposed for your life?

Jesus came to be a servant.

42 Jesus called them together and said, “You know that those who are regarded as rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. 43 Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, 44 and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all. 45 For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Mark 10

Are you willing to push me aside to do what is best for us, or others?

Rise Up

Your mind is the biggest battlefield that Satan will ever attack you on. He will do everything he can to discourage and defeat you through your own thoughts.

Jesus warns us of the tactics of Satan, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” John 10:10.

Be careful, dear friends who you listen to. Be alert, pay attention to whose voice you believe and listen to:

27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: 28 And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. John 10

If you aren’t careful, Satan will convenience you that you are defeated. Rise up in Jesus Name and refuse to accept the lies of Satan.

“Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw near to God and HE WILL DRAW NEAR TO YOU!”

James 4:8 “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7

RISE UP!

You will never be able to be a blessing as long as you keep accepting Satan’s lies!

Hot O’Clock

 Hot o’clock is already here and it’s just the middle of April! 

Georgia weather is awesome during the Fall, Winter and early Spring, but once mid-April strikes the temperatures start going into the high 70’s and low 80’s. From then on until October, hellish hot temperatures have no mercy on post menopausal women like me

By the time I walk from my back door just a few yards to my mom’s house next door,  I am as sweaty as an overweight professional wrestler after three rounds of wrestling! 

The good Lord knows there ain’t no need in me ever fixing my hair. It will be wilted by the time I get out of my car and click the lock button and start walking away.

I have a fan sitting on the side table next to my recliner in the living room, another one sitting on my desk in my office and a big cycling fan in my kitchen. And of course, I have a fan in my bedroom both in the ceiling and one on the floor aimed right at my spot in the bed! These fans are there year round. It can be 30 degrees out and I will still be hot! Isn’t that just sad. 

Both my mom and my aunt are cold all the time. It can be 100 degrees and they still will need a sweater and a blanket. SOOOOOOOO……I am looking forward to growing older and being colder. I can’t wait till I can complain about how cold it is!

Sally & George

His stiff lower lip and judgmental look of prideful indignation were familiar to her. Sally had seen it enough times to know George would not give an inch.  Once he had summed up his judgement upon someone or something, he was immovable.  He was unfazed by facts or emotions, his opinion was all that mattered. No one was smarter or wiser than him. No one!

Years of living under his controlling ways had not been easy, but it was comfortable to her; it was what she had grown up with-a controlling angry, emotionless mother. She had married her mother. George was like her mother controlling, unloving, hardworking, dependable and harsh. 

How can any young girl make healthy, wise decisions based on a life that has been filled with such twisted reality? She couldn’t and she didn’t. And so began the twisted tale of her life.

Keep reading to find out how God moves in this situation.