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One thing I’m learning after 50 yrs of living is to cut myself some slack, to loose myself from expectations of others and be who I truly am (the pretty and the seemingly ugly).
It’s always easy to show grace to others but much harder to extend it to our own self. I don’t know about you but I have times when I don’t handle things as I could, make stupid decisions, let my mind wander to places it probably shouldn’t and and and. All of us have “ands”. I had no idea how much I beat myself up! The Holy Spirit has been cleaning my house of “religion” and all of it’s expectations and false mind sets. I thought I was fairly free lol lol. I didn’t intend to go “there” but this is what is on my heart….
Life is a process!!! A life long one!! Our Papa embraces us all the way through the process. Every single believer experiences trials and troubles, I don’t care how much faith you think you have. Look at what Paul says in 2 Corinthians 2:8-9 while in Macedonia.
“We don’t want you in the dark, friends, about how hard it was when all this came down on us in Asia province. It was so bad we didn’t think we were going to make it. We felt like we’d been sent to death row, that it was all over for us.”
Well now, it doesn’t sound like Paul was exactly overcoming and staying strong through that situation.
Then there is Job. God bless Job!! If anyone had a right to complain and moan it was certainly Job and he did just that!
Yet in all of that and him even saying he wished he had never been born, this is what the Word says…..
“In all this did not Job sin with his lips.” Job 2:10
That is called grace y’all!! The grace of God really is amazing!
Our Papa knows we are human and is ever gentle and understanding with us.
“He knows our frame; He is mindful that we are but dust.” Psalm 103:14
Don’t expect yourself to be some kind of Wonder Woman or Superman! Be yourself, be the unique you that He created. Yes, we have failings, trials, and tribulations. Shake it off and keep going! Our Papa isn’t some score keeper in the sky checking on your behavior. He is interested in your heart. When you blow it, He still knows your heart. There is nothing of us that He isn’t already acquainted with and fully embraces.
Our life is a constant process of growth and hear this…. None of us are experts!
“Friends, don’t get me wrong: By no means do I count myself an expert in this, but I’ve got my eye on the goal, where God is beckoning us onward ~ to Jesus.”
Philippians 3:13
That is the message…. Keep your eyes on Jesus!
So join me in cutting yourself some slack. You are loved and completely accepted! He is faithful to finish the work He began in you….. And remember it’s His work! What a beautiful workmanship you are!

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 Pearl of Great Price

I look up to the sky
dancing clouds floating by
He made them for ones
such as you and I

Do you hear?
The breeze that softly blows by
Do you see?
The wondrous beauty all around
Do you feel?
His loving arms enfold you sound

You are the pearl He has come to find.

No matter of trial, hurt or scar
Nothing has kept Him bound
From discovering the beauty
He has in you found

The storms they have raged
The lions were uncaged
Yet His grace toward you was extended
as He gave all to find
The rarest of beauties
A pearl so fine
so delicate, so pure
One of a kind

Do you hear?
Do you see?
Do you know?
You are one He has sought
The pearl of great price

~kmw

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YOU

YOU

You
are justified

“And so, since we have been justified by his grace, we become heirs with the confident expectation of eternal life.”

~Titus 3:7 NET

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Horsing Around

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This is Mouse, one of our quarter horses.
I didn’t realize what a ham she is for the camera!!!

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So I had the brilliant idea that I would repaint some old outdoor furniture that had been rusting away for years.  The furniture was one of the many things we inherited when we bought the ranch years ago – so I’m not even sure exactly how old it is!  Well Savannah, my oldest, thought it was a brilliant idea too and said she would love to help me.

First step was sanding the furniture down.  I used one of our electric drills and bought the steel brush attachments to go with.  This I discovered was the easy part.  I had the three pieces done in no time!  Yeah for me!  Well the celebration I was soon to discover was a little premature.

Savannah and I chose  two lovely colors from our local mall, Wal-Mart.  The colors we choose were a Cranberry and a Caramel Latte – sounds yummy huh?  (I will keep the name of the company out of this post for reasons soon to follow)  So Savannah and I embarked on the task of spray painting the chairs.  As soon as we started spraying I knew something wasn’t right.  The paint was overly runny, coming out speckled (yes I shook and shook the silly  can) and the nozzle kept getting clogged.  To make a long story shorter I ended up with paint all over me!  Savannah “accidentally” sprayed my leg and my beloved Crocs!!  My can of paint got clogged – so I shook it and tried spraying and when it didn’t work I wiped the nozzle clean and silly me turned the nozzle toward me and of course then the paint decides to come out!  So I then had cranberry all over my chest and neck!  By the time I was finished and walked in the house I looked like an order of a Tall Caramel Latte with a splash of Cranberry.  That doesn’t necessarily sound good and let me tell ya it didn’t look good either!!

So I thought I would share some lessons learned the hard way on spray painting:

1.  Check which the direction the wind is blowing before you paint.  (I know to most this would be common sense – sigh)

2.  If you have someone helping you with your little project – make sure they are at least 10 ft away!!

3.  Wear gloves or make sure you pick colors that will color coordinate with your wardrobe because believe me you will be wearing it a while!

4.  Do not wear anything of value or that you want to keep.

5.  Have patience and keep your eye on the end result – that will help you get past all the frustration.

Lastly, just a little tidbit of knowledge I acquired during this project.  Magic Erasers work on human skin!!  Who would have known!!

PS ~ I posted a picture of the finished project.  No I didn’t want to post any pictures of the process.  This was humiliating enough without the pictures!

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Stages and Changes

This past Thursday my oldest, Savannah turned 20.  Twenty!!  In case you couldn’t guess I’m having a hard time comprehending I have a twenty year old.  Then to add fuel to my little fire, a dear friend gave me a book yesterday titled, “Hot Flashes from Heaven” (Help When Midlife and Menopause Meet)!!  I laughed when I read the title  and cast my eyes heavenward and said to God inwardly, “I know you’re enjoying this up there and thank you that I still have some sense of humor left!”  Because I’m thinking humor is going to be my “saving grace” through every stage of my life that is coming down the train track at me with lightning speed.

With each new stage in life comes change.  Change is inevitable – it is simply a part of life.  Yet don’t most of us fight against that change tooth and nail?    We frown at the first sign of wrinkles, age spots, grey hair and on and on it goes.  Whether it be physical changes in our body or change in life situations: change is change and it is going to happen no matter what we try to do to stop it.  So, instead of kicking against the pricks I guess the best thing we can do is embrace life to its fullest with all of its many changes.  So here I am embracing the hot flashes (though I’m thinking they aren’t from heaven), the insomnia, the wrinkles, mood swings (dear Lord help my family)…..the kids getting older, the prospect of having an empty home one day….  Yes here I am Lord, I embrace every change in my life and the challenges it will bring!   Thank you for your grace to bring me through victoriously!  Besides what is age but a number?  I still feel 20 inside though I am quite aware I don’t look twenty!  I just ask Lord that they don’t quit making Loreal Root Touch Up in medium ash brown.  That change I’m not quite ready to embrace.

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A Life of Surprise

Well I’m sitting here in my comfy chair listening to the Bee Gees, yes I just said the Bee Gees – I am a true die hard fan!  I’m taking a glance over of my life and thinking, “Wow!  What a surprise!”.   I would have never thought in a million years that firstly  I would be living in Georgia (being a homegrown Indy girl), secondly that I would be living in the sticks (being the burbs girl I once was) and lastly that I would be surrounded by animals of all varieties. From horses, cattle, buffalo and apparently chickens are on their way and those are just the ones we own.  This doesn’t include the rabbits, deer, coyotes, possums, raccoons, turkeys, beavers, otters, stray dogs, the neighbors dogs and yes even a bear that has apparently been spotted on the ranch.  (reptiles I will conveniently not list purely for the purpose of keeping my own sanity intact)  Yes what a life of surprise.  The transition from the burbs to the woods has been a fairly easy one.  We have been able to experience things as a family that we never would be able to living in town:  The honking of geese flying over the pond, the sun setting over the pasture, the birth of a new filly, the smell of freshly cut hay, canoeing or swimming in our favorite pond, and digging in Georgia’s red clay just to name a few.  Yes my life has been a surprise, one that I am quite grateful for.  As the Bee Gees sing, “The Wind of Change,”  it certainly has blown over my life and I’m quite enjoying the scenery.

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