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It was not so long ago that I dreamed of being old enough to be a cheerleader . . . when I got to the fifth grade! LOL . . . but suddenly I was beyond fifth grade and in high school, dreaming of graduating and getting married.
This Saturday my husband and I will celebrate our twenty-second wedding anniversary. I can still remember the weeks of anxiously waiting to become Mrs. to My Love. What an exciting time that was . . . and it seemed like it would never get there! But, of course, it did . . . and here we are nearly a quarter of a century later(!) with a college-age daughter, two boys who are seniors in high school, and two younger daughters who will both be finished up with school within fours years. Mister has been at his job long enough that he can retire shortly after that.
It seems like only yesterday that my kids were playing out in the back yard in the sand box and on the playset. I remember days when my yard was littered with Little Tikes cars, a Mickey Mouse playhouse, a ride-on toy called Cappy, shovels, buckets, a Flyer red wagon, and Lord knows what else. I remember getting the boys two Lab pups for their fourth birthday, as well as getting Little Miss an American Girl doll for either her eighth or ninth birthday. Now we're watching them (and helping them a bit) buy their own cars, work their own jobs, and become responsible young adults and citizens (Little Miss will be voting for the first time this fall).
Prophetically, I wrote a poem several years ago about how quickly time passes and how things change before we know it. Little did I know that how true those words are and how, literally, my children would spend little time in the sandbox after that!
As I looked out the window today
Where the children like to play
The wind did bring to my ears
The children's laughter, joys, and tears
Past, present, and future on my heart,
Then I realized with a start -
All too soon the days will be
When no chldren the sandbox will see.
However then shall we fair,
with no noisy children there?
Babies today, grown up tomorrow
Such a thought, potential for sorrow.
But help us, oh Lord, strong to be!
Raising them up in service to thee!
Childhood lasts but for a spell,
Happy we'll be if in your presense they dwell.
The world needs those who would go,
Spreading the gospel to those who don't know.
Use the, Lord, send them please,
This is our prayer when on our knees.
Julia Faulkner/October 22, 2000
Life passes by so quickly . . . and our lives change at the blink of an eye. As much as we wish for things to stay the same, they won't . . . they don't . . . and they can't. If we all stayed our mothers' little darlings forever, who would there be to grow up and have the next generation? It makes the heart hurt nonetheless, and we have songs such as these to remind us.
So, hold them close, tie the apronstrings to their little hearts, lift them up constantly to the Lord in prayer, and be prepared to release them to the life God has chosen for them . . . to live their own lives . . . to allow them to make mistakes and not-so-great choices, and, ultimately, suffer the consequences of those choices . . . and to make you the proudest parent in the whole entire universe.
Excuse me while I go cry.
Love to you all.
Hi Y'all! Hope you had a marvellous weekend. What are you doing today? I think we are getting together with my family for some KFC at the park. Hopefully it won't be crowded by the time we get there. I would actually love to be in the mountains right now enjoying some of the picnic areas in the National Park. Oh well. Maybe soon.
Sorry that this last video is late being posted. I had wanted to post it Friday but was really distracted for some reason. And on Saturday we were gone for a good part of the day . . . and I was distracted. LOL . . . Sunday was Sunday, as usual, so I didn't get it posted then either. However, can I just say that this is one of those things that worked out perfectly? What better video could be played on a day when we remember those who have given their lives fighting for their country. Although, I think most people see it as a holiday to kick off summer. Yeah, I am guilty as charged.
Anyway, as I said last week, freedom isn't free. It costs dearly. Not in money, but in lives. As my Chick Magnets get closer to adulthood and consider the military as a career, I am ever aware of that fact. Especially with a war currently going on.
I have really been moved by my study of the history of the USA and the Constitution of the United States of America with my children. As I become older and more interested in history and government, I realize what a unique situation the birth of this nation was. Though we have had our troubles, and continue to do so, we have been so blessed with many rights because of men who wrote the Constitution wanted people here to be truly free and self-governed. And even though many of them were Christians and were champions for the right to worship God, they also recognized that people had the right not to worship God if they so chose.
But something is happening here. Our rights are becoming compromised by those who do not believe the Bible and there is the very real threat of from other religious groups who do not believe we have the right to choose to be Christians. People do not want to hear Truth any more and they will do what they can to silence it.
At this point in time, the threat to Truth comes in the form of the push for laws to be made to make it unlawful to preach Truth from the Bible. This may mean fines, jail time, or the eventual push to license preachers. Look at other countries where Christianity is not accepted, where it is hated, where Truth has no place and is squashed, and you will see what could happen to us. Look at the laws in those countries and you may possibly see what could happen here in this country.
Though our forefathers came to this country to escape the governments that controlled religion, and though they came here to escape persecution and death because of their beliefs, things seem to be swinging in that direction once more. How many years down the road are we talking? Who knows. But all things point in that direction. Let the right people be elected to office and it could happen in short manner.
Amendment 1 - Freedom of Religion . . .
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof;
In the United States of America, we know little of religious persecution in this age because we have been blessed with being born into a country that was founded on godly principals and the right to the free exercise of religion. But what if the day comes when we won't be allowed to preach the Bible? read the Bible? own a Bible? speak out against wrong and preach for living right? What if church services had to be held in secret in order to protect believers? I can't even begin to think of the freedoms we have in regards to religion that could be snatched from us at the stroke of pen all because others don't believe Truth.
One thing that the United States is known for is the championing of freedom, not only for herself but for others as well. Even though we do not wish for it to happen, the very real possibilty is that one day she will have no freedoms of her own. This great country may be humbled and brought low by her rejection of God and Truth. One day, we may be meeting behind closed doors.
John 20:19 Then the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, came Jesus and stood in the midst, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you.
Today, as we kick off that wonderful time of year we call summer, don't forget to thank God for those who have given their lives so that you might be free. Free to worship. Free not to worship. Free to openly preach the word on the streets or in the church. Free to live a life of peace. And ask yourself if you take freedom for granted because you've never experienced anything but living in freedom and peace.
Love you all!
Read my answers, then copy and paste to your blog, making sure to change the answers before posting. Can't wait to read about you! Please post a comment back here with a link back to your blog.
The Letter A
Are you available? Nope! Happily married for 22 years.
What is your age? 40
What annoys you? Um . . . redneck mothers who scream at their kids in the store.
The Letter B
Do you live in a big house? Sure, if only Mister and I lived here . . . not so big with seven people living here.
When is your birthday? September
Who is your best friend? Besides Mister, my bff is Laney and I've known her since 7th grade. How lucky is that!
The Letter C
What's your favorite candy? Whoa . . . Snickers and Milky Way . . . Sweettarts . . .
Who's your crush? My sweet love, Mister Bloomin' Life.
When was the last time you cried? A few days ago.
The Letter D
Do you daydream? Yes, mostly about Mister. :-)
What's your favorite kind of dog? Redbone coonhound
What day of the week is it? Thursday
The Letter E
How do you like your eggs? Scrambled
Have you ever been in the emergency room? Yes, mostly with my kids. The last time was when my son broke his leg.
What's the easiest thing ever to do? Judge others.
The Letter F
Have you ever flown in a plane? No, but I'd like to.
Do you use fly swatters? At my mom's, yes; here, no. We don't own one.
Have you ever used a foghorn? LOL, no! But maybe I should get one to wake up the kids every morning? HA!
The Letter G
Do you chew gum? Not much.
Are you a giver or a taker? Mostly a giver, but sometimes I gotta take just to keep going.
Do you like gummy candies? Yep! Laney and I used to go to the mall and buy them by the pound! LOL!
The Letter H
How are you? Right now, I'm tired and feeling a little overwhelmed by the number of projects I want to accomplish over the summer.
What color is your hair? Dark brown/reddish
The Letter I
What's your favorite ice cream? Moose tracks, turtle tracks, mint chocolate chip . . .
Have you ever ice skated? Yes. We used to have a rink down the road a piece. I have stitches from a little incident.
Do you play an instrument? Dulcimer, but right now I'm missing the strings off of both of mine.
The Letter J
What's your favorite jelly bean brand? Sweettart brand . . . oh my gosh! They taste just like sweettarts.
Do you wear jewelry? Yes, but very simple styles. My favorite is my cross necklace.
The Letter K
Who do you want to kiss? My Mister. Oh honey . . .
Do you want kids? ROFL! Depends on how they're acting at the moment . . .
Where did you go for kindergarten? Asbury
The Letter L
Are you laid back? No nearly enough . . . cause there is so much in life to be serious about.
Do you lie? Yes, but mostly it's just that I am not totally truthful about things. I've really tried to start being more honest about stuff.
The Letter M
Whats your favorite movie? Facing the Giants, Persuassion, Hope Floats, Princess Bride
Do you still watch Disney movies? Yep.
Do you like mangos? Never had one.
The Letter N
Do you have a nickname? Yes. Mister calls me Sunshine.
What is your real name? Julia Melinda
Whats your favorite number? Hmmmm . . .
The Letter O
Whats your only dream? That the entire world would be saved and nobody would have to go to hell.
Are you an only child? Nope.
The Letter P
What fear are you most paranoid about? Something happening to one of my kids . . .
What are your pet peeves? Um . . . when redneck mamas let their kids run wild in the store.
What's a personality trait you look for in people? Friendliness
The Letter Q
What's your favorite quote? Gee . . . look on the right side of my blog . . .
Are you quick to judge people? Yes, when I don't take the time to try to understand them and why they act like they do.
The Letter R
Do you think you're always right? Thankfully no, I do not. Only when somebody else is wrong! LOL . . .
Are you one to cry? Yes, when I am tired, stressed out, and worried. I also cry over movies, songs, books . . .
The Letter S
Do you prefer sun or rain? I always love the sunshine, but a rainy day snuggling with Mister is good too.
Do you like snow? Yes.
What's your favorite season? I absolutely love autumn and spring.
The Letter T
What time is it? 11:29 p.m.
What time did you wake up? Gee . . . about 7:30 I think.
When was the last time you slept in a tent? A few years back when Mister took me camping at Stone Mountain.
The Letter U
Are you wearing underwear? Right . . . .
Underwear or boxers? Victoria's Secret ;-) LOL . . .
The Letter V
What's the worst veggie? Greens . . . ick!
Where do you want to go on vacation? I would love to go to the mountains.
The Letter W
What's your worst habit? Procrastination . . .
Where do you live? Georgia, south of Atlanta.
The Letter X
Have you ever had an x-ray? Oh yes.
Have you seen the x-games? Not really.
Do you own a xylophone? Nope.
The Letter Y
Do you like the color yellow? Yes! My great room is yellow!
What's one thing you yearn for? More time with Mister. We've been way too busy lately. I also want my kids to always seek God's will for their lives.
The Letter Z
Whats your zodiac sign? Not that I care . . . but it's virgo.
Do you believe in the zodiac? Not one bit.
Favorite zoo animal? I love watching the gorillas.
HE DIED FOR US! We were His enemies . . . and many of us continue to be His enemy. And yet . . . there He is, willing to take us into God's family just by the simple act of turning to Him and receiving His gift by faith.
Did you listen to the words of that song? Did you really hear them?
If you have not thanked God lately for the place He brought you from, why not do that today? Why not do that right now? Thank Him for making bearing your shame, paying your price, making you whole, cleaning you up, making you royalty, and making you free! It should be something we do each and every day!
1 Corinthians 6:11
And such WERE some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.
Well, that's that. Not so funny as shopping at Victoria's Secret, but, my goodness! I never would have thought that a guy would be the one who would be giving massages at a small town spa salon. And what could I say? Nothing, considering that my husband and I had a couple's massage at Stone Mountain last year and he had a woman doing his. We were in the same room together, so it isn't as if he was alone in a room with another woman while mostly nude, though covered up.
You know, sometimes things in life are not always so cut and dried, black and white, or clearly right or wrong. So often there are many questionable circumstances and situations that come our way. It's hard to know if the choices we make or will make are the right ones. But I am so glad that God does not leave us to figure that out for ourselves.
On the other hand, many times we get caught in situations that we know are not right. I know now . . . and knew then . . . that I should have left the spa that day. I have nothing against massages, obviously, but the situation I was in really wasn't appropriate. I would have enjoyed it more if a woman had provided the service, but fear of offending this man kepting me from doing what was right. The Spirit that day was really prodding me out the door, but, as happens way too often, I quenched Him. I wasn't alone there that day. The Holy Spirit was with me, trying to guide me in the right direction. I say 'trying' because I wasn't paying much attention. I was too uptight about the whole thing.
So the next time you are caught in a situation you don't know how to handle, or if you find yourself looking for an answer to a seemingly unanswerable question, really be still a bit and listen for the still small voice, pay attention to the Spirit of God that lives in you and guides you, and make sure you apply the ASK principle: ask, seek, and knock on God's door. I guarantee He'll answer or I'll give you your money back. ;-) HA!
Until next time!
Well. That's enough of that topic. Surely it proved as just another example of how a mother has no privacy.
As I was writing about shopping at VS and the fact that my husband still thinks I'm one hot mama, even if I don't like my looks a lot of times, I remembered what God said when He sent Samuel looking for the next king over Israel:
I wish it could be different. I wish that man could see the heart instead of having to look only on what's on the outside. It would certainly make life much easier for all of us. On the other hand, I am grateful that God does see my heart.
I hope that what He finds there is a thankful attitude: thankful to be a wife and mother; thankful that He didn't leave me to die and go to hell; thankful for all of the good things He has done for me.
I would also hope that He would find love there: love for Him; love for a husband who sometimes makes me nuts; love for five kids who tend to keep my heart on pins and needles; love for friends and family that's there even when we disagree; and a love as big as His for lost sinners.
I would also like peace to be found there: a peace that comes only by faith in my Creator and Saviour.
Of course, I'd like for a desire to be be a faithful servant to be found there as well.
You know, I was just thinking: Jesus had no privacy either. And then He died for people who hated Him. Us whiney-butt mom's just need to remember that and deal with the fact that when you are a nurturer, when you care about, serve, and reach out to others, you will have little time for you.
There were many times when Jesus tried his best to escape His followers just to be able to eat and sleep.
A mother's life is like that, forever giving up food and sleep and whatever is necessary in order to see to the needs of the multitude . . . not matter how big or small her multitude might be.
And just like Jesus, her time with her multitude is limited. Eighteen, twenty, twenty-four, or however many years the multitude is at home, all pass by too quickly. She sends them out into the world to (hopefully) fulfill God's plan for their lives.
Just remember this the next time you are tempted to fuss and rant when you don't get the privacy and quiet you need. It's hard, I know. I fight myself every day over this, all the while lamenting the fact that I have college-age kids, young men who will one day be fighting the bad guys, and five teenagers.
Just remember: this is a period of your life that won't last long. Enjoy it.
Soon you'll be asking for grandkids because you miss having kids around.
Just don't take them to Victoria's Secret.
Love you guys!
And that's just the beginning.
Um . . . I can't even remember why I started this post in the first place. Hmmmm . . . Oh yeah! To tell you about my 'other' blogs and webpage.
I've been blogging for a few years now. I didn't even know what a blog was at first but then I was hooked. Yeah. Just another one of my many collections.
Actually, I've had my own domain for severl years now, but it's been hard to keep it up. I'm really pretty limited when it comes to things like that, and, God bless his soul, my husband is the one responsible for helping me with all of this stuff, but his job keeps him occupied so much. Some of it I've picked up fairly easily, but some of it . . . well, it's a sad story. No need to trouble you with it now.
Anyway, I just wanted to take a minute to share my other 'homes' on the internet. Blogger is the one I like best as it has more options and is easier to use. I don't know what I'll do with the others. I may eventually transfer all of the articles over here and delete them, but that'll have to wait until I've got more time. Which means I'll be an old lady with white hair and a girdle before it gets done. HA. So, for now, just head on over there to read my ramblgins . . .
That's all for now! I've felt rather 'blah' lately. Please pray for me. I really have been neglecting things lately because I just do not feel good. I would really appreciate it if y'all would come before the throne of grace for me. To be honest, writing really takes a lot out of me because, when I write something, I put so much into it. And I just don't have a lot to give right now and it frustrates me to no end.
Thanks! Love you guys and I appreciate that you would take time from your busy lives to swing by here.
Please note: When I asked my girls about to give me one word to describe what they think about me, I waited with baited breath to see if my husband would pipe in. And he did. And he said exactly what I thought he would say: hot. Yesssss.
And so. Here we are on our way. Right now we are on the other side of Atlanta. With two very talkative girls in the back seat. The apprehension over the trip has slowly subsided and I'm excited to be spending time with some of the youth and adults from our church. It'll be fun getting to know them better. And, really, all that stress and worrying about getting ready . . . well, for the sake of these kids, it's worth it. Who knows? Maybe God will do a work in the hearts of the adults there as well.
The best part of all is anticipating what God will do in their lives through this meeting. My prayer is that God will reach into the depths of their hearts and put a burning desire there to serve Him faithfully, to live a life worthy of their calling, and to make Him more important than anything.
And can I just say that, Praise the Lord, Thursday as I know them right now will soon be over!