Wednesday, March 14, 2018

When Your Week Starts Out Like This...

...things can only look up!

Glad to be over the hump, not under it!


Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Where have I been?!?

Hard to believe that it has been two months since my last post!

I kinda thought I posted something back in January after my first date with The Umpire, but I guess I didn't.  Subsequent dates have been just as pleasant. But if  one thinks the five year age gap was hard to over come, try eleven years! I swear there are things that he has no concept of!

I wanted to post after Kit-Kat's Miss Alabama prelim, but I can't get the pictures from the official photographer to post. She did awesome and everyone around us agreed that she would have been a much better choice. There was some minor drama with folks that she said probably wouldn't bother to show up (mainly because one had to pay to attend), but I thought I handled it well. 

Despite being on track to be smokin' hot come summer, my bikini body is on temporary hold due to an abdominal injury. The searing pain from my belly button to my left hip suggested a hernia or torn ab muscle. Initial testing has ruled out an umbilical hernia (by the belly button). As I go through all the testing to determine the injury, I am having to sit out from the gym. It is killing me.

I have new "neighbors" as of Sunday.  Keelan and his girlfriend are boarding their horses in the pasture next door. I have only seen them once since they arrived but look forward to getting to know them.

I feel like there is something else I was supposed to mention today. but can't think of it.
That is gonna bug me all day long.
Oh well

EnJOY your day!

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Happy Birthday Tigger!

I really miss you buddy.
~Love Mom

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

End of the Year Check In

Well it is time again to post my annual end of the  year check in.

The holidays have traditionally been very depressing for me. However, this year was so busy, I didn't really have time to think, much less lament.

Christmas was very frenetic, and almost over scheduled. I had several places to be throughout the day and had to eat at every one.  I felt somewhat obligated to eat at each place and noticed that my energy was quickly waning.  I blew off my last activity, a party of one of my karaoke buddies, quite by accident. My one hour power nap turned into four hours and I missed the party!

I did have time to put together this little list to let you, Darling Reader, know where things are in my life right now.

I continue to "choose joy" every day. And sometimes that means "choosing Joy." And that is okay.

Financially, I am blessed. I have a roof over my head, clothes on my back, food on my table with a little money left over to be a little blessing to others and still have some fun.

I still don't miss the satellite.

I am comfortable in my own skin now. Of course, my new gym habit (3 times a week for over a year old now) has my skin fitting me better than ever. Ha Ha! I am stronger now than I was when I was 30. Along with the strength and toned muscles, I am improving my balance. My cardiologist is impressed with the obvious side effects: a healthier heart! I blew my very first stress test out of the water.

Speaking of the gym, I am a key holder now. They trust me. They have included me in their mission. I am making a difference in people's lives. I think before it is all over, I may become a trainer myself.

I have developed a great group of friends, who love and encourage me. My trainer and her husband, the girls in my toning and lifting classes, the friends I sing karaoke with every week, folks at my church. My bestie, now a grandmother, has been burning the roads up in the six weeks since the grandboy's birth, so I don't get to see her as much as I used to.

I go out with a great group of friends, singing karaoke almost every weekend.  I sing what I enjoy, mostly 70's pop.  "Desperado," "Annie's Song,"and "California Dreamin'" are currently crowd favorites. But my signature song is Natalie Merchant's "Wonder."  My favorite line is "I'm a challenge, to your balance. I'm over your heads, how I confound you and astound you." I try my best to applaud everyone who has the courage to stand in a roomful of strangers and sing. The applause is nice and many tell me that they can tell that I am having fun. Those in the inner circle tell me they are happy to see me having fun again.

Someone pointed out once, that I apparently can't cook, but I came to realize I actually don't LIKE to cook. So I decided to never cook again. I eat pretty well and have been pretty successful at keeping it healthy. I haven't cooked myself a meal in almost a year.  This week, however, my trainer announced that she wants me eating a strictly regimented diet, so I may have to bite the bullet and break out the crock pot.

So many things to look forward to in 2018.

EnJOY it!

Friday, December 8, 2017

I'm Dreaming of a White (Almost) Christmas...

December 8, 2017

Obligatory snow picture


Saturday, November 25, 2017

Iron Bowl 2017

The Auburn Tigers beat (former) #1 ranked Alabama 26 to 14.

And I actually got to watch THE WHOLE GAME!! That is kinda becoming a thing now. Jinx my @$$!

My Gym Family invited me to their home for the game. I had warned them of the "jinx" that had been foisted on me nearly 20 years ago. I cautiously watched the first half , standing half in the kitchen, half in the den. I would peep around the corner but would walk back into the kitchen when I was afraid things were going down hill.

As it turned out, I was worried about nothing. I grew more confident that I was not jinxing my team (however Lee Courso may have helped us out a bit by announcing he felt bama would be and finally was able to settle down on the couch.

 And now, I must watch every game there until the streak is over.  LOL

Hey, it's only crazy if it doesn't work!

There are a couple of things that must happen in order to keep the streak alive.

1) Flex, their 8 month old grandson, must also be present, as does nephew Stone. There was a moment that I may have traumatized the little Flex. Scoring our final touchdown, I screamed. Grandpa Phil simultaneously tossed the little guy into the air in an attempt to make him laugh. Flex gave me the stink eye for the remainder of the evening.
2) Trudi and I can not be out of the room at the same time. We learned this the hard way, thank you second half touchdown. Note to Self; Purchase all provisions prior to the game.
3) Phil has announced that we must all wear the exact same clothes we wore tonight. Yeah, okay, I get that.
4)We will also be eating the exact same food. The cheese dip and chips was meant to be a one time treat, as we are getting serious again next week. Oh well, we all make sacrifices, right?

After the victory, I texted all my other Auburn peeps in celebration of our victory.

Trudi and I hoped into the car to run down to the local coffee shop to purchase a celebratory cup of joe. Because sometimes it could be unnerving when it happened, I thought I'd better warn her about the Bluetooth feature in my car. I had just got out of my mouth, that when someone texted me, the music would stop and the car would ask if I wanted it to read my text, when my brother responded to my text.   What. a great time for a demonstration. My brother, trying to be funny, responded that I must have not been anywhere near a TV, but I happily informed him that I watched EVERY SINGLE DOWN.  He told me that he was impressed. I told Bluetooth that I was done.

"Wow....they really DO get on you about that jinx thing!" Trudi exclaimed, a little wide eyed. 

Yep...for twenty long years.

The aftermath in Auburn is still unfolding. The resulting "blizzard" is nothing short of spectacular!

Can't go to Toomers to be part of the fun, so I had a little fun of my own. I know the neighbors think that I am crazy.

Toomers in the day light is no less spectacular.

So I updated my photo as well.


Sunday, November 5, 2017

5 Signs of an Evil Heart

I came across this article today and felt I should share. So many people I know meet these criteria that I am seriously reconsidering some of my friends and acquaintances. You know who you are.

Sorry Leslie Vernick of the Association of Biblical Counselors. Because of the weird way set up the article, I am having to copy/paste it here instead of linking it here. Bonus: The blue text links back to a Bible app to show the corresponding Bible verse.  Pretty nifty, especially if you don't own a Bible.

So here goes:

1. Evil hearts are experts at creating confusion and contention.

They twist the facts, mislead, lie, avoid taking responsibility, deny reality, make up stories, and withhold information. (Psalms 5:810:758:3109:2–5140:2Proverbs 6:13,146:18,1912:1316:2016:27, 2830:14Job 15:35Jeremiah 18:18Nehemiah 6:8Micah 2:1Matthew 12:34,35Acts 6:11–132 Peter 3:16)

2. Evil hearts are experts at fooling others with their smooth speech and flattering words.

But if you look at the fruit of their lives or the follow through of their words, you will find no real evidence of godly growth or change. It’s all smoke and mirrors. (Psalms 50:1952:2,357:459:7101:7Proverbs 12:526:23–2626:28Job 20:12Jeremiah 12:6Matthew 26:59Acts 6:11–13Romans 16:17,182 Corinthians 11:13,142 Timothy 3:2–53:13Titus 1:10,16).

3. Evil hearts crave and demand control, and their highest authority is their own self-reference.

They reject feedback, real accountability, and make up their own rules to live by. They use Scripture to their own advantage but ignore and reject passages that might require self-correction and repentance. (Romans 2:8Psalms 1036:1–450:16–2254:5,673:6–9Proverbs 21:24Jude 1:8–16).

4. Evil hearts play on the sympathies of good-willed people, often trumping the grace card.

They demand mercy but give none themselves. They demand warmth, forgiveness, and intimacy from those they have harmed with no empathy for the pain they have caused and no real intention of making amends or working hard to rebuild broken trust. (Proverbs 21:101 Peter 2:16Jude 1:4).

5. Evil hearts have no conscience, no remorse.

They do not struggle against sin or evil—they delight in it—all the while masquerading as someone of noble character. (Proverbs 2:14–1510:2312:1021:27,29Isaiah 32:6Romans 1:302 Corinthians 11:13–15)

Do you know someone like this?

If you are working with someone who exhibits these characteristics, it’s important that you confront them head on. You must name evil for what it is. The longer you try to reason with them or show mercy towards them, the more you, as the Christian counselor, will become a pawn in his or her game.
They want you to believe that:

1. Their horrible actions should have no serious or painful consequences.

When they say “I’m sorry,” they look to you as the pastor or Christian counselor to be their advocate for amnesty with the person he or she has harmed. They believe grace means they are immediately granted immunity from the relational fallout of their serious sin. They believe forgiveness entitles them to full reconciliation and will pressure you and their victim to comply.
The Bible warns us saying, “But when grace is shown to the wicked, they do not learn righteousness; even in a land of uprightness they go on doing evil and do not regard the majesty of the Lord (Isaiah 26:10).
The Bible tells us that talking doesn’t wake up evil people, but painful consequences might. Jesus didn’t wake up the Pharisee’s with his talk nor did God’s counsel impact Cain (Genesis 4). In addition, the Bible shows us that when someone is truly sorry for the pain they have caused, he or she is eager to make amends to those they have harmed by their sin (see Zacchaeus’ response when he repented of his greed in Luke 19).

Tim Keller writes,

“If you have been the victim of a heinous crime. If you have suffered violence, and the perpetrator (or even the judge) says, ‘Sorry, can’t we just let it go?’ You would say, ‘No, that would be an injustice.’ Your refusal would rightly have nothing to do with bitterness or vengeance. If you have been badly wronged, you know that saying sorry is never enough. Something else is required—some kind of costly payment must be made to put things right.”1
As Biblical counselors let’s not collude with the evil one by turning our attention to the victim, requiring her to forgive, to forget, to trust again when there has been no evidence of inner change. Proverbs says, “Trusting in a treacherous man in time of trouble is like a bad tooth or a foot that slips” (Proverbs. 25:19). It’s foolishness.
The evil person will also try to get you to believe...

2. That if I talk like a gospel-believing Christian I am one, even if my actions don’t line up with my talk.

Remember, Satan masquerades as an angel of light (2 Corinthians 11:13–15). He knows more true doctrine than you or I will ever know, but his heart is wicked. Why? Because although he knows the truth, he does not believe it or live it.
The Bible has some strong words for those whose actions do not match their talk (1 John 3:17,18Jeremiah 7:8,10James 1:22, 26). John the Baptist said it best when he admonished the religious leaders, “Prove by the way you live that you have repented of your sins and turned to God” (Luke 3:8).
If week after week you hear the talk but there is no change in the walk, you have every reason to question someone’s relationship with God.

Can an evil person really change?

Part of our maturity as spiritual leaders is that we have been trained to discern between good and evil. Why is that so important? It’s important because evil usually pretends to be good, and without discernment we can be easily fooled (Hebrews 5:14).
When you confront evil, chances are good that the evil heart will stop counseling with you because the darkness hates the light (John 3:20) and the foolish and evil heart reject correction (Proverbs 9:7,8). But that outcome is far better than allowing the evil heart to believe you are on his or her side, or that “he’s not that bad” or “that he’s really sorry” or “that he’s changing” when, in fact, he is not.
Daniel says, “[T]he wicked will continue to be wicked” (Daniel 12:10), which begs the question, do you think an evil person can really change?