White Lace and Promises

White Lace and Promises

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Wednesday HodgePodge


Okay, so this is my second post of the day.  Only because I love Linda and want to be like her:)))

1. On Saturday July 4th America celebrates her Independence. (If you're not American, feel free to answer in terms of a national holiday in your own country) What is your favorite thing about the day? Your favorite food on the 4th? Do you fly a flag at your house? Fireworks-yay or nay? Any special plans this year? 

I'll be having a fun day with my newest baby and mom and dad.  (see my post) When my children were growing up, Maxway (ever heard of it?) was across the 4-lane highway from our church.  All the families of the church would gather every 4th after dark to celebrate together.  Maxway always put on a spectacular show of fireworks!

2. What's something you recently got for free?

Of course, a FREE bottle of Nerium.  Actually 4 free bottles of Nerium and 2 free bottles of Nerium Body FIRM because Nerium Gives Back!  Love it!  Can I tell you I love my business???

3. The Statue of Liberty, The Liberty Bell, The Washington Monument, or Mount Rushmore...how many on the list have you seen? I wish! They are all on my wish list! What is your favorite historical American monument, and why? I have no idea.  I'm just a country girl come to town as they say. 

4. When it comes to the news are you more ostrich (stick my head in the sand) or hog (they have room to take a whole lot in)? How much attention have you given the recent news reports regarding ISIS and the acts of terror they've perpetrated against those who do not share their beliefs or support their cause? 

I can be a stick you head in the sand kind of person.  I hate the news.  Don't watch it.  I must confess that when the news came about the Supreme Court's decision, I saw it first on Facebook.  I had to Google "What's happening today in the news?" to find out what this was all about.  Is that ignorant or what?  And to be honest, I have friends and family who are affected by this and I want to respond with grace and love as Jesus did.  I admit I sometimes don't. ISIS scares me.  I have to remember that "My Hope is built on nothing less than Jesus blood and righteousness.  I dare not trust this sweetest frame but wholey lean on Jesus' name. On Christ the Solid Rock I stand.  All other ground is sinking sand."

5. We're talking plain ice cream...vanilla, chocolate, or strawberry? Choose one. 

Chocolate, always!  But my mama's homemade Peach and Vanilla are what I remember about homemade.

6. Share a song you love containing the word 'stars' in the lyrics or title?

The Star Spangled Banner always brings tears to my eyes and chill bumps to the bone, but
God Bless the USA is my favorite.  I'm not sure it has "stars" in it or not. I pray He will continue to keep His Hand upon us.  We need to call out to him now as ever before.

7. Describe and/or say goodbye to June with an acrostic. 


( LOL) 
who knows what that means!

8. Insert your own random thought here. 

Just getting my feet wet in Nashville and having the time of my life with my children. Visiting churches and realizing that there are God's people everywhere.  Sunday morning I could barely find a parking lot in the church we attended.  In spite of what the devil means as harm, God is turning for good.  People are seeking God.  Some of my friends who are struggling with the choices they have made are wanting to change.  I am praying more than before.  God is good.  Satan is a liar and the Father of all lies.  

Oh yeah, let me show you a 10-day Nerium result.  This came from one of my best friends and is REAL, no photo shop here!

Only 10 days!
Can you imagine 30, 60 or 90 days?

Nerium is the Bomb!

Plans for the Fourth

My plans for the 4th?

I found the plates for 50 cents each at Bargain Hunt.
The cookie jar was orginally $9 and it was 50% off!

My Connor and Cora and mom and dad
will be in Chatty (Chattanooga).

My Harper and mom and dad 
will be with us. 
Holidays with my babies is all I ever wanted!

We'll probably be at the pool abit.
I'm hoping they are making homemade ice cream.
if you are listening! 

Maybe I'll make some cookies,

I paid only $2 for this at Tractor Supply.
Could not believe the decorative country stuff they had. 

There'll be candles burning.
I don't know about fireworks.
We'll make our own with all the fun, joy and laughter. 

I'm just ready to have 'em around the table. 

I tell you I feel such joy today.
My time with the Lord this week has been precious!
I wouldn't trade His Presence for anything!

Happy 4th!  


Monday, June 29, 2015

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall...

Mama used to say, "Buckle your seatbelts," when she had a long story to tell us.
She was quite a story teller.
So hold on and buckle up.

I ventured out today and found a new place to dig and plunder.  
Upon entering I was hit with a foul odor that almost turned me around.
It was a mix between a nasty trash dump and mold and mildew.

Some say it was under water during the Nasvhille 2010 flood.
Hey, but the thrill of the hunt will pull us junkers into some very strange and scary places.

I went to search for a couple of car seats. This place is like a salvage store 
that gets all the damaged boxes of merchandise from other retail stores. 

I didn't find what I was looking for but I did find this. 

The regular retail price was $20. (It's a small mirror) Their price was $8.
You are given an additional discount depending on the date on the item. 
It was dated 2/10/15 so I was hoping for a big discount.

When I went to check out, she said,"That will be 86 cents."
What??? You have got to be kidding.
It was a whopping 90% off. You can't find that kind of deal at Goodwill.

I like it. 
It's very Shabby Chic with the etching around it. 

I love mirrors.  

According to Wikipedia, a mirror image is a reflected duplication of an object 
that appears identical but is reversed.

While working with different youth groups, I would have them pass around a mirror and 
have them look at themselves. 

It's funny how some teenager guys liked what they saw and some of the girls passed the mirror 
quickly to the next person. 

That's not what I see today or maybe these girls are asking for validation. I'm amazed at all the selfies I see on facebook even of grown women.  Oh PLEASE!

But that's another soapbox.

When the mirror was back to me,
I'd ask these questions:

What do you see?
What do you want to see?
And what is going to take to get there?

Answers varied as did each individual.

It's amazing what you discover when you have a group of youth 
who have grown together, cried together, prayed together, loved and lost together. 

There's assimilation and trust that makes the group real with each other and 
not afraid of attacks from one another. A bond that is not easily broken.

There was always someone who would break down and admit they had failed God.
Sometimes we knew, sometimes we didn't.
Just one moment of vunerability and the rest of the group opens up.

A shy, self-concious 14 year old girl admits that she feels ugly or fat or too skinny.

"My daddy gets drunk and I'm scared.  Can I come live with you?"

"I did something really bad that no one knows about and I can't share with anyone."

"I went out with the guys last night and got drunk."

"I don't care if anyone likes me or not."  (so NOT true.)

Some things were shared alone, 
"I'm having sex with my boyfriend."  (I already knew. I just did.)"
"I had an abortion."
"I'm looking at girlie magazines." (There was no internet then.)
"I'm cheating on my boyfriend."
"I'm leaving home.  No one knows.  I've got to get out of there." (An abusive home)

The part I liked best was the answer at the end of the last question.
What do you want to see or Who do you want to be?

I've sat with teenagers on pews at church,floors at youth prayer meetings, on bunks in dorms, and around campfires at retreats. They don't usually see what I see.  They don't usually see their God-given potential.  They rarely see their beauty.

The Me I See may not be the real me. 
The Me You See may not be the real you. 
The Real You that God sees is wonderfully and fearfully made. That I know full well.
I've read Psalm 139. Read it.  You'll see!

God, help me to be the hands and feet of Jesus.  Forgive me when I judge what I don't understand.
May the reflection others see in me, be a reflection of You. 


Saturday, June 27, 2015

An Independent Spirit: PRIDE?

A few nights ago, after a day of running here and there
we came home and settled in for the night.
With kids and PJs on, to the sofa I dropped.

Ready for bed, I realized I'd left somthing in the car.

An exasperated Mr. H: "I'll get it."
He too was tired and ready for bed and a little irritated too.

You know how we women are sometimes.
HARD HEADED with a no-way-do-I-need-your-help attitude.

Me: "Oh, nooooo you want.  I've got it."

Stubborn and headstrong, I run down the stairs,
slide on wet algae from new sod
and skin up elbows and knees.

Yes, laugh!  It's okay.  I did too.
I'm sure those looking below did too.

That should have taught me a lesson, but Nooooooooo!

Here I am today, still stubbon, still hard-headed and still headstrong.

I enjoy my little journey around the area.

I shop Antiques shops and junk stores and consignment shops.
I mean, "window shop."

On the way home, I realized I need a "few" groceries.
No woman can go and pick up only one thing, 
thus 6 bags full including 
a gallon of milk, eggs, vitamin water(s)
and enough for three meals.

So again, what do I do???
Carry ALL bags up the appartment steps myself.
Out of breath and exhausted I fall in the door
and groceries spill everywhere. 

Mr. H:  "Why didn't you call me and ask for help?"

There are two things that I continually fight from within,
asking others for help and trying to do it myself before asking God.

"Carry each other's burdens and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ."
Galations 6:2

I'm okay with carrying someone else's burdens, 
why can't I ask for help when I need someone to help carry mine?

Somehow that independent spirit (is that what God calls PRIDE?)
transfers to my relationship with God.

Where is it that is says, 
"Cast your burdens on the Lord and he will sustain you?"
In other words, He will Carry You.

Ok, Lord, I'm listening.
You have my attention now. 

I'll trust in the ONE who made the rainbow
because I believe in HIS promise!