Last week as I last shared our family had a fire in our pellet stove that caused the house to fill with smoke last Sunday evening. So I spent last Monday cleaning all the walls laundering all the drapes taking all the furnishing out to air out and cleaning all the walls. I had a company come in to clean to the carpets on Thursday. The house smelled even worse with the smoke damage in the carpets.
I finally broke down and called the Insurance company. They are coming out this morning to assess because I am concerned about the smoke damage in the furniture.
Of course I it is week later and I can still smell the smoke. However my family cannot. It could be just that I am over whelmed by the whole incident. You pay for Insurance and then you are fearful of using it. Our Adjuster said that there is ionizing equipment that can remove all the smoke from our furniture. My biggest consootcern is our grandson being in our home and being sick from the in the furniture.
When things happen that cause suffering it is hard to understand. God has a purpose for what he has planned out for our family. Personal ownership for bad decisions, Bryan’s ongoing cancer issues and debt all have been our struggles for since 2014.
God has not forsaken us. At times I have to remind myself that I am not my own. God redeems us and protects us. The fire and smoke could have come in the night with the loss of our family as we slept. Yet God protected us. Bryan’s cancer has grown us as a family to see the value of each day. Career changes has brought me back home and has helped me spend more time with God and family. Our debt will be resolved.
God has opened doors and closed doors in my life. He has taken me places I would have never known! I am so thankful for this. I have never taken the easy road in life. It is not my life plan! I challenge myself! Even thru all of what has happened God’s grace is sufficient.
Personally we all have dark days. Do not be deceived or manipulated to stay in the dark. PSALM 23:4 reminds us ” Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil for you are with me. PSALM 23:4
I own my hardships. God knows my heart and he knows my failings. He knows my nature. In tough times I have had to lean on him and not on me. I really stink at this. As I look back on things I decided without God! I have suffered!
As I close this blog today I am inspired to be excited for this day! Truly blessed.
We have a wood pellet stove in our home. We have enjoyed this stove. The stove really has reduced our fuel bills. Something went wrong last night and my daughter came running into my Master that is in the back of the house to tell me the stove was on fire. I went out to see what was going on to find the door of the stove was open and the house filled with heavy white soot smoke. we opened the windows to clear the smoke.
Well this morning the smoke is just as heavy. I called my employer to let them know I will be working from home on cleaning the house. Just checked website on smoke damage. I have decided on a combination of a mild detergent with baking soda and vinegar. well it is has not removed the smell. I covered the furniture in baking soda and damped it with vinigar. it seemed to work on the furniture. However the walls and ceilings still smell of smoke. More than half of the house was effected. The throw rugs in the livingroom I contacted a professional carpet care company who will come on Thursday and shampoo. All the drapes, blinds and throw pillows were taken out and laundered. All the wall hangings are on the patio with all the baskets that needed cleaned with mild soap and vinigar. I am so thankful that I am cleaning furnishings and that we did not die from smoke inhalation or worse in a full house fire!
God’s grace and love once again has prevailed. Even though it cost me a day of work we still have time to thank the Lord for this day and to rejoice in his glory.
Recently I have had to realize that shame is God’s way of humbling our hearts. We bring shame upon ourselves. It becomes apparent that in life it becomes hurt that can keep us from our goals of being closer to God.
As I grow in my life toward the woman God wants me to be, I have realized that my mistakes become shame. I read a note card that gave good life advice. it said do not go to bed angry, show up and stay late and think before you speak! Really good advise. We sometimes need to remind ourselves that sometimes what we start is not going to turn out just like we expected. However it might turn out better!
I have set some huge goals this year for my life. I look to the small victories that God will send me as I work toward these goals. However my goals mean nothing if they do not grow me toward God. Recently I have been humbled by new people who God has placed in my life. He sets our feet toward new directions! He asures me that I will be doing his work. It might be a co-worker, A family member, or a stranger that is placed in my life for his glory. I have learned to be thankful for all.
Being humble is when you realize what you have to say is not necessary! You become quiet and more willing to let others speak. Being humbled by what happens to me instead of torn down by circumstances. Learning to let go of strife and being ok with a new road. These are the things of growth!
As I write this, it is apparent to me that I am different! Different than I used to be. Why? Well it happened almost without my realization. All of the sudden when I would get in my car I did not want to listen to music. How I took time to think of others feelings more so than my opinion. All of the sudden I was wanting to read more and seek the scriptures to get a better understanding of what I needed for my life.
My staff laugh because they know I am walking into the building just as Franklin Graham comes on the radio right after Adrian Rogers. Why would they know this? Because I listen to Pastor Adrian Rogers everyday as I drive to work. I would love to listen to Franklin as well but I cannot. I have shared with all my team that I feed my morning drive with Pastor Adrian so when I am walking into the building I am equipped with the message and I try to pray to the Lord to allow me be a blessing to him as I conduct myself and how I treat my team!
The high standard of what I want my people to see in me is important. I need to be prepared to greet them with a solid mind and a Christ Centered behavior! I love it when I am able to wake early and read something amazing here on WordPress that inspires my heart. However being a morning person is not a NATURAL part of who I am. I like my sleep! When I do not wake early I miss on my time with the Lord. Oh I miss this!
I love spending time with God. As I grow in my walk this time is very important to me. I am hungry for learning. He truly restores me and help me meet the day. I love to close the door on my office and read my New Testament at work as well. If we want a time for God we have to block time out. I feel God working in me. I am growing because I am hungry for God. I am so thankful for this. Here is hoping that you can set time aside to be thankful to God and to spend time praising everyday!
Change is inevitable with every year our lives change. This year we saw our daughter marry and have her first-born. I remember being deeply in love with my husband and the night he proposed and yet this was 34 years ago. Oh how I have changed! When I look in the mirror I can still see that girl who said yes! All though life changes our outer being the inner being still feels young without boundaries. It is only when I am playing with my children I realize that the shell is getting older.
Age is not always a welcome visitor. Vanity of what and who we perceive who we are changes with each passing year. I guess that is why we need to focus on who we are today. Today I am a better person because I have accepted I cannot do this life without Christ. This was the best change I made. I will forever be thankful for accepting Jesus as my savior and my sister-in-law and best friend Lorie who was there who prayed with me as I accepted Jesus. Embracing this change has been a lot like to evolution of me going from a young woman to the older woman I am today.
When we decide to accept and be thankful for what God has done in our lives it becomes really fun to see where that change will take me. I am set apart in the body of Christ. But being set aside does not mean that the challenges and changes I will embrace will always be fully understood at the time of these changes. We have to open our hearts up to what God has in store. So Embrace change today
I awoke to the cell going of this morning. Haylie our middle daughter was letting me know that she was going to stay in town a bit and catch up with an old friend who is visiting and that she would need me to watch our grandson Jayson. I am not admitting it to her, but I never mind the time I have with our little man. The plan was to get out of bed and clean the house and spend time in fellowship. I still have been doing this, I feel like I took a trip the UK this morning, I was researching the category of FOOD on WordPress.com
A few things my readers my not know about me as I love food! When I travel I always research out the best places to try. I live in the State of Nebraska where we are proud of corn-fed beef! However being a survivor of a heart attack I have worked hard to cut back on this and eat more fish and poultry.
I actually love the challenges of trying new foods. I am a cook book fanatic and a Pinterest freak! I adore both the book in my hand and the online beauty of the recipes. I am very interested in how to eat for health. However giving up all goodies is a tough thing too. If you have been reading my blog I set four goals for 2018 in my post 2018 FOUR SET- GO! One of the 4 set goals was to cut refined sugars out of my diet and to get healthier in 2018. 2015-2017 was not good years for us personally. We lost family members and my husband was diagnosed with cancer. SO I thru myself into work!
As well as trying to control life instead of relying on God. My life has not been that of tranquility. But I am not looking back now! Enough! 2018 is all about going forward and seeing positive things happening!
the four goals I set are huge goals. I am not the type of person who sets goals and thinks I have arrived. It is about gaining success in an areas I am focusing. I think 4 areas is enough. What makes me happy is writing this blog. I am a twin and I must say y sister is the bomb. Cindy is a brilliant woman who is truly my rock! I can always rely on her to tell me just what she thinks! No holding back! Another bit about me. I am short! 64 inches tall is not tall! So being fat does not look good at a short woman! Another reason to go to the gym. Another reason to walk a lot in my job. Another reason to eat fish!
As I write this blog the smell of last nights cabbage burgers are still in the air. These are a treat for my family. Home made bread filled with cabbage, onions and good Nebraska corn-fed beef burger blended together to make pockets of pure yum! I am that woman who can taste something and without a recipe recreate it. I love to adapt my favorite cakes into granola’s that we then sell thru our granola company.
Today I am working on German Chocolate Cake Granola. the goal is to make it taste great with no refined sugars. We use a lot of coconut sugars and natural stevia in our blends I do not like fake sugars. We use real honey and maple as well along with natural sweetness of fruit. I will post later how this one turns out.
Best selling right now is our Carrot Cake granola. We ship a ton of this!
Well enough for now! I will be posting later on the success of this new granola.
I was thinking of all the brave people who triumph over great obstacles. David’s own people could not believe that he would defeat the Giant Goliath and help his people take back their land. And yet he did! His own brothers begged him to not go thru with this.
Yet David had prayed and was encouraged and sure of his decision. No one believed in David! Yet he was sure of his decision. He was brave against all obstacles. He was small, He was a Sheppard Boy, He was small, He was not a warrior, He was laughed at, He was told that he would die! Yet Goliath mocked him from a far, He even proclaimed to be God! He did not believe this little guy would knock him down and that the sword you demanded his servant to get would be the same sword David would use to take off his head with! David was victorious because he knew that God was with him. He knew that he would destroy the giant and that he would take back his land.
Being brave did not just happen. It was his faith! David knew that God would deliver him! In my life I have had brave moments! However never as brave as what God called David to do! He was in line with what God called him to do!
No matter our need for bravery God will be with us! Find comfort in knowing that God has a plan for your life!
Have you ever tried to help another and they just don’t see it! They act like they are on the same page only to not care about what you are trying to do! I have been working with a young man who is truly not helping himself. As an employer I want to retain employees by getting them on board with our goals.
Well just like that employee God gives us children as well. I can recall several conversations with my children about what they were doing or proposing that I did not agree with. So I would try to influence their thinking by asking them to consider my opinions. However that was never going to work! Because it would mean they would have to change their opinion. It is all about trying that becomes more of a compromise that will help both of us. A give and take!
Both scenarios are about two young people. My insight is from life! They have not lived to see failings. They both are still happy to rely on their families to get their needs met. The young man is not willing to change his conduct that will eventually lose him his employment. The child who thinks she is correct will find out she is not once she is on her own struggling with the reality of her life.
We can only try to get others to see the reasons why we still try! I believe that we all need someone in our corner. Who will be strong enough to tell us that we are wrong! Strong enough to fire us when it is necessary. Strong enough to be there from a distance asking them to consider a different approach.
Look at your life relationships and see if you see who has been the brave ones in your life! Who said “No you are wrong!” the Bible teaches that God cares for us. He will hold us accountable. “In an outburst of anger I turned my back on you but only for a moment. It’s with lasting love that I am tenderly caring for you.” Isaiah 54:8
As the above scripture reminds, we must know that he God has an opinion of our choices and he will be stead fast in his love to bring us back from our own errors.
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Snow covered corn fields are a regular site when it comes to living in the State of Nebraska. Our worlds revolve around farming and railroads. In my career I have driven past this old church several times. It is as if it is left there as a testament to the past.
Setting back with no sign of a road anymore. Just the shell of what used to be. Sunday Pot luck’s, Bible studies, moments of birth’s and wedding celebrations. Along with the passing of loved ones. the past of community.
The memories of this place, I am sure someone holds. We forget that just like this building we deteriorate and one day we will leave behind remittance of our lives.
Everything we are is being built up or torn down! As I grow toward God in my daily walk, it is evident that I have to think before I act. I have to wait on Gods wisdom. I have to be realistic about my own mortality. My life will end and tears will flow from those who have been part of my story. My story has been one of non belief to accepting Jesus as my savior. He took my sin and has me whole!
When we are forgiven it is done! the Bible reminds us not to focus on the past but to mindful of the day at hand.
“Lift up my eyes to the mountains. Where does my help come from?” “My help comes the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth. ” Psalm 12:1-2
This morning I awoke to my cell pinging! Not a ping but pinging a lot. I got the phone to see someone who started reading my blog was reading it in Nigeria. Now this is why my heart is singing praise and thanks this morning. Thanks Emeka Ofili you truly blessed my day! I don’t normally stop what I am doing in the morning to write! But this morning I felt compelled to mix my morning up because of the sounds coming from a phone!
When I started my blog I had no idea who would read it or if I could actually have anyone want to come back to see what Good Life For Half was about!
I learn each day about what is important. A year ago I was consumed in sin! I was living on the road trying to manage two jobs and not beating myself up daily about what I needed to do! I was running from my husband’s health issues. Bryan in May of 2015 had cancer on his face that turned out to melanoma. In stead of giving this to the Lord to work out. I became very afraid of the future. Satin loves to have us rely on our flesh.
I was being very carnal by not trusting that God would get us thru this without me taking on two full-time jobs. This was not of God! It was of me not trusting that God had Bryan’s plan! We sometimes do not realize what we are doing at the time but God did not take long to reveal himself to me! I continued to ignore my father and that sin resulted in me steeped in sin. I stayed in this sin until God brought me back.
As I grow in my walk I realize I cannot just make my own decisions. It has to be God’s will! We are to pray and wait on God to direct our steps. God does reveal himself. As a follower of Jesus we will naturally grow towards what God wants us to do! My husband reminded me recently that our heart and hands need to be in the business of God’s people in how we conduct our lives. My character has to be in line with what God has planned for my life.
So my decisions had outcome that truly was for the good of me. God took hold of my heart and did what was best for me. At the time I did not realize that he was removing me from things that were not in the best interest of what God has planned for me.
Today I look forward to walking with my God. Realizing that it is not my job to worry about anything and to focus on what God has in store for me.
Sin will make you sick, it will keep you from fellowship with God. Today I am still working toward my faithful walk with him.
“Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, And whose hope in the Lord. For shall be like a tree planted by the waters, which spreads its roots by the river, And will not fear when heat comes; But its leaf will be green and will not be anxious in the year of drought, Nor will cease from yielding fruit.” Jeremiah 17:7-8
Let us to courageous today in God’s loving plans! My God has taken me on amazing life adventures as he has revealed his true love for me. What a great day to sing thanks!