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So, after seeing this situation play out in my house for the umpteenth time, I decided to send my Dear Mother-in-law the following email (mostly for kicks ;-)):

Dearest Mother in law,

Just for future reference, please advise my children that whatever they would like to bring back to our home from yours needs to be dually  inspected and approved by me, their loving mother, first!

Now, I know it wasn’t your intention to sabotage my plans for a somewhat tidy house, when you said, “yes” to the sneaky little dears who asked you kindly for a big ole bag of Mardi Gras Beads (after I had already told them “no” at their Nana’s house for the same request, mind you), but I assure you: having them strewn ab the house everyday, feeling like the bad guy when I pick them up, and throw them away piece by piece, has been no picnic!

I say “piece by piece,” because that is what the whole bag has finally amounted to … small pieces of beads … since the necklaces were all carefully disassembled by my little Corps of Engineers, for the main objective of re-purposing them into “bead pups,” and other “jewelery” items.

While I love their creativity, and ability to keep themselves occupied with almost anything, I really dislike what happened when they got dis-interested in them …  ie allowing Miles and the dog to play with them. 

So now, the once isolated, plastic bead sink whole, which was their bedroom, has now expanded its territory and has grown to massive proportions, in what used to be known as: my home.

Anyway, all of this to say, in all future transactions, I would prefer to be the “bad guy” up front… at your house, which would help me to maintain whatever small sanity I have left,  if EVEN at the cost of their creativity. ; )

Thank you for your time and consideration in this matter, and I think we will both be pleased at the outcome of this compromise in all future endeavors!

Yours ever truly,

Sweetest Landfill-Inhabiting Daughter-in-law

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**By the way:  She responded quite well to this gesture and signed the contract I forwarded to her with delight 🙂 …lol… just kidding!  But, she did encourage me to throw them all out, without feeling any remorse whatsoever,  (that is, IF I can find them all!!…lol) and also that she supports my “authority” in this! Yay! SCORE!!!

Please share any similar experiences and how you handled them! I would be much obliged, if you did!! 🙂

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does your IMAGINATOR need a tune-up?

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*Since, I normally write about stuff inspired by scripture… today I decided to shake things up a bit and write about something that happens in my everyday life… and it just so  happens that this is what is called for in this week’s DPchallenge (Daily Post Challenge).  I like this theme, so I may try my hand at it again soon! Look out mundane… I’m running past ya!

While doing the laundry this morning, my eldest, Caylee, approaches me and proceeds to tell / show me the following:

“Last night, me and Brenna had a parade … This was one of the floats… cute, huh?! We also used the oatmeal and grits boxes … we put bead puppies on top and they threw cotton feathers!!”

This of course, explained the catastrophic state of their room this morning 8 / … lol!

At least they’re being creative, having a good ole time, and making memories, right?! Love my girls, and am so glad they use their imaginations everyday!!

Sometimes, I feel like my “imaginator” is broken.  Life just wears down on us Big people doesn’t it?  I often forget the times I enjoyed playing with rollie pollies,

finding images in the clouds,

and making clover necklaces.

So many great memories from when I was kid came from being outside in nature and not inside on the computer, watching t.v., or playing video games.  God has given us such a beautiful World to enjoy!

And he even gave us dandelions…to make wishes upon!

What is the point of this post, you may ask?  I guess, nothing really, just a post of gratefulness for the opportunity to wake up and be alive today!  Also… a reminder to keep using your imagination and to enjoy EVERY aspect of life!  Everyday! I don’t want to get so caught up in the “important” tasks of life that I forget the “little” things, which can in fact be the Big things if you choose your perspective, wisely ; )

Question:

What memories do you enjoy most from your childhood?

going Somewhere?

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Hello Again!

The following entry comes from today!  It is taken from two different passages (Deuteronomy 13: 12-17 CEV & Psalms 115:1-8 ESV), relating to the same thing: Idols.

For the sake of space, I’m only going to quote Psalm 115: 1-8, so please go back and read the other verses for clarity if you need to!

(Here is a link to the online source I use to read / listen to the Bible: https://www.youversion.com/sign-up?redirect=%2F)

Recap:

As a brief overview… in Deuteronomy Moses was talking to the people, advising them that if any choose to go astray and worship other “gods,” that they are to be stoned to death, regardless of who they are.  Picking up in the Psalms:

1 Not to us, O Lord, not to us, but to your name give glory, for the sake of your steadfast love and your faithfulness!

2 Why should the nations say, “Where is their God?”

3 Our God is in the heavens; he does all that he pleases.

4 Their idols are silver and gold, the work of human hands.

5 They have mouths, but do not speak; eyes, but do not see.

6 They have ears, but do not hear; noses, but do not smell.

7 They have hands, but do not feel; feet, but do not walk; and they do not make a sound in their throat.

8 Those who make them become like them; so do all who trust in them.

Ok, so what I’m getting here is that God despises all idols, and the people who ascribe to them.  They are despicable to Him, which makes you want to go, “Duh!” Right?! But, for some reason I’m seeing something new in these verses about idols, which I never saw before.

Let me explain, I’ve always understood “idols” to mean, “Anything in my life that takes me away from God… Anything that I spend more time with than God… Anything that takes precedence over God or His word in my life.”  Merriam Webster defines idol, as an “object of devotion.

In which case, I stand guilty of serving many idols- whether they be school, entertainment, children, friends, etc. the list can go on and on.  I have asked God to forgive me of this, and especially of my so-called, “innocent” addictions, such as facebook, Words with Friends, and even reading…you get the point.

WOW! But how true is His word when it says in verse 8: “Those who make them [idols] become like them; so do all who trust in them.”

Imagine that!  The idolator becomes “like an idol,” and in effect, becomes “idle.”  According to MW again: IdleInactive; spend time doing nothing; worthless; lazy.

Essentially, we / they (whoever you so choose to identify with), become unmoving … immovable.

That’s GOOD Somebody!

Have you ever felt like you had hands, yet you could not feel? Eyes, but you weren’t able to “see” what was right in front of you… the bigger picture?  Ears, but unable to hear that still, small voice of God in your life?  Feet that seem resolute to remain planted?  Or, a voice that no matter what, would NEVER be heard?

Good News:

In Christ, we are given: Purpose.  We are given a Mission.  We are given a Voice.  However, when we stop pursuing Him – our first love, that is – we move farther away from Him… we become, in essence, LESS real.

We become planted in the familiar, in the comfortable, in the seemingly “fun” world around us.  But, we are reminded in Hebrews 11: 25 that “sin is only fun for a season.”

So, while we are having “fun” ignoring God, the enemy is slowly tying our hands behind our backs, gently placing shackles on our feet, quietly setting a muzzle across our mouths, and discreetly putting a blindfold over our eyes.  Whispering the whole time, his cunning lies into our unguarded ears.

Eventually, we become so sedentary, we are as useless as a man-made idol (of wood, if you please).  We lose our purpose – our friendship with our one, true friend – our relationship with our beloved creator, Abba Father.

Just think about it a minute… how upset or hurt do we get when our loved ones, especially our “better halves,” choose NOT to pursue us… when they choose other things, activities, friends, or even work over us – we feel like, “Second Best.”

What is taking FIRST place in Your life?

Is God’s heart aching over your lack of perseverance in pursing Him?

Yes, sometimes (Oh, heck… MOST of the time, if I’m honest) it can be a struggle to FIND time (as if it’s lost…. another topic for another day… lol) to read His Word & Sometimes we read it, at least I do, so fast we get no meaning out of it at all – just the satisfaction of checking that little box off in our daily reading plan for that day.

How do you feel when your significant other is too busy to spend time with you or finds it too tiresome to connect with you in meaningful ways?  How hurtful is it when they just go through the motions with you…trying to appease you with a substitute of themselves? (You know… when their body is present, but they are quite far away)  Go ahead … Think about it.

We are made in the Image of Almighty God.

So, if you had to be honest … are you hurting God’s heart?  Are you forcing Him to literally BEG for your attention / affection today… or are you giving Him your best?!

Sadly, I’ve been in that first category too many times to count!  But, by God’s grace and compassion, He did seek me out and begged for my attention – When I finally {reluctantly, even} gave it all to Him – He made me ALIVE, AWAKE, and REAL again!

Question:

I’m ALIVE today… how about You?

*Original Spanish inspiration:

SALMO 115: 1-8 (TLA):

1Tú mereces alabanzas, Dios nuestro, y no nosotros; tú mereces alabanzas por tu amor y tu fidelidad.

2 Las otras naciones preguntan en son de burla: «¿Qué pasó con su Dios?»

3 Pero tú estás en el cielo, y haces todo lo que quieres!

4 Los ídolos de esas naciones son objetos de oro y plata; ¡son hechura humana!

5 ¿Y qué es lo que tienen? Una boca que no habla, y ojos que no ven;

6 orejas que no oyen, y narices que no huelen;

7 manos que no tocan, y pies que no andan; garganta tienen, ¡pero no emiten ningún sonido!

8 Iguales a esos ídolos son quienes los hacen y quienes confían en ellos.

… would you RISK it all? …

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Here is an entry from September 13, 2012, which showed me that sometimes, even our gifts must be fought for!

*Spanish Version from TLA can be found at the bottom!

Deuteronomy 1:8 (The Message Translation):

Look, I’ve given you this land. Now go in and take it. It’s the land God promised to give your ancestors Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob and their children after them.

It’s amazing to me how many verses I have read so many times and just skimmed the surface of the treasure that was hidden within!  Reading this verse really woke me up this time around!

*Now, I don’t do this every time, but I think it’s important to translate this passage word-for-word, so that you can see what I was seeing… so, here is my word-for-word, type translation from the Spanish version:

“Go in and Conquer this territory, since I promised Abraham, Isaac, & Jacob that I would give it to them.  I also promised that I would give it to you since you are their descendents.”

Ok, so get this… Sometimes, God has given us something in advance that we still have to claim.  What?! You mean, not everything God has chosen to give to me will be delivered to my front porch with a Big Satin Bow placed neatly on top?!?!

Recap:

So, God gave the Israelites this land… the Promised Land … flowing with milk and honey, as it were. Yet, in order for them to actually possess it, they had to literally, NOT metaphorically… FIGHT for it!

They had to want it…they had to want it real bad…they had to NEED it.

You see, God had originally promised it to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, along with their descendents after them.  However, the 1st generation wasn’t willing to risk anything to acquire what God had ordained for them to posses.  They were pretty cozy; they liked being spoon fed.  In other words, if God didn’t have it sitting on a platter with a cherry on top, they weren’t getting outa bed for it.
*So, I asked myself… Do I want to be like that? or am I willing to take a risk?*

Don’t get me wrong, the Israelites had at least a little reason to be afraid. I’m not condemning them for their lack of faith, b/c I might have been right there with them.

Humor me, and Imagine being an Israelite, just for a sec:

This guy named Moses leads you and a group of countless others out of Egypt where you were once enslaved.  That’s pretty AWESOME!  You don’t really know much about the guy, except that he believes he’s being led by God.  Well, he did help to free you, so you should probably follow him to this so-called, Promised Land, everyone is talking about… besides, where else are ya gonna go?

So, you start out on this trek through the desert, and it starts to get a little uncomfortable.  So, you do what comes natural to someone following the crowd  and not really on this journey b/c of your faith in God or b/c you personally believe Moses… You COMPLAIN… You QUESTION…You DOUBT…

…is this really what our God had planned for us? Really?! Shoot, at least as a slave, we could expect some consistency! (After all, who really wants adventure anyway?!)

This whole time they just keep feeding you this line about the Promised Land flowing with milk and honey, yadah, yadah, yadah… but you’re thinking it sounds a little too good to be true!  “What’s the catch?” (you want to know)

Well, upon arriving, it isn’t too hard to see the fine print…there are people ALREADY living there! There are people occupying the land “promised” to you.  Not to mention, they were BIG PEOPLE too…descendent of giants!

Whoa Now! — this is NOT what I signed up for! I knew this was too good to be true… I mean, why would God put us in a situation that will lead to certain death? This just doesn’t make any sense at all, you reason. Maybe they took a wrong turn… (Columbus did too, right?) This can’t be!

In life, sometimes  it seems easier to Doubt the validity of a claim, and ask, “Why do I need to fight for something God has supposedly already given to me?”  What’s the point of a gift you have to work for, anyway?

Long story short, God punished the Israelites with wandering for 40 years…which I’m sure some of them were fine with b/c at least “wandering” was somewhat safe and reliable with all that manna raining down.

Fast forward now to the next generation, where the verse is taking place…

They are back to this place where they were promised an inheritance, and they’re hungry…hungry for roots, for a place to call home…hungry for what God has promised them.  They’re DONE wandering.

Now all that’s left is to go in & TAKE what God has already given them.

It’s gonna take some sacrifice, yes.  It’s gonna be a BIG risk- EVERYTHING, in fact.  It’s not going to be comfortable or pretty or fit into a cute little box.  It’s going to be hard- it might even be a little bit scary.  It’s going to take Faith…everything.  ALL of you. ALL they had.

What I’ve learned:  Sometimes the gifts God gives us  aren’t wrapped in fancy wrapping paper or delicately placed in lovely tissue paper.

Sometimes…DON’T MISS THIS… they’re disguised.  They might be covered in Yuck- waiting to be cleaned.  It might be hidden like a needle in a hay stack…It might be old…It might be just past a couple of fire breathing dragons or sleeping giants…who knows!

BUT, I think, these gifts are the MOST desirable.  Otherwise, why would God go to such great lengths to hide or conceal them from everyone else?

Had the Promised Land not held giants – perhaps, someone else would have come in and conquered it, and perhaps God’s presence would not have been “necessary” for it to be done.

But, God HID it –he disclosed this gift…only to You– only to the Israelites did He reveal the Promised Land as up for grabs, and ONLY with His help and their faith, would they be able to take hold of this gift.

So, ironically– challenges should not be the only thing to deter us from something God has promised us.

Trust what He tells you. Believe Him– it’s His will that YOU take hold of all the treasure He has set before you!

But remember, it will only be yours if you are willing to follow and obey Him; regardless of the cost, or the way it looks to others, or the fact that you will literally have to RISK everything to do it.

So, I leave you with this simple question…

What gift has God been waiting for you to take hold of?

 

*Spanish inspiration…

Deuteronomio 1:8 (Traducción En Lenguaje Actual) :

Vayan y conquisten ese territorio, pues yo les prometí a Abraham, a Isaac y a Jacob que se lo daría. También les prometí que se lo daría a ustedes, pues son sus descendientes.

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