Socks On A Rooster

Good morning!

i am frequently introduced to a new southern expression by the man I love. He’s worked in the South for years. Some of them make you want to slap your grandma. Oh, there’s one there. 🙂 Most are as nonsensical as can be. They just make me laugh.

This week’s favorite was, “Some days it’s like putting socks on a rooster”. If you’ve ever had an uneven toe nail or a rough heel that snagged your sock as you put it on your foot or tried putting shoes and socks on a toddler against their will, you can imagine the difficulty you would encounter in trying to put socks on a wild, kicking, and fighting rooster. An animal whose feet are clearly not made for socks with their sharp claws. Putting socks on a rooster basically means whatever the task, it would most likely be a very daunting and nearly impossible feat. No pun intended.

A rooster may be good for crowing.  For awakening the entire farm. But I’m pretty sure not so good at wearing socks. 

The next time you are scrambling at something, just picture yourself trying to put socks on that poor rooster  It will more than likely make you laugh. It may not help your situation in the least, but it’s sure to do wonders for your disposition.

Now that we’re on the subject of roosters and crowing, how many of you remember the story of Peter, Jesus’ beloved disciple? As Jesus was speaking to His disciples at the Mount of Olives, He told Peter he would deny Him three times before the rooster crowed. Peter denied such an accusation. He loved Jesus with all his heart! ♡  How many times have we, too, had a heart for Jesus yet before we knew it have denied Him? Maybe not in words, but in actions. That’s certainly not something to crow about!  😦

Let’s all make sure we do not allow our actions or words to deny our love, our belief, or our loyalty to Jesus. I can assure you, He will never deny us! In this world of constantly shifting values, let’s all make sure we take a stand for who and what we believe in. And don’t forget that southern charm, a little sweet tea never hurt anybody! ♡ 

1″Truly I tell you,” Jesus answered, “this very night, before the rooster crows, you will disown me three times.”         Matthew 26:34

Love and laughter, 

Sandy

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Treading Water

Good morning! 

This is me. Not really. But this is how I often feel. You could say I have spent the past decade of my life treading water. Trying desparately to keep my life and the lives of those around me afloat. My head above water. I’m all about wearing a smile. 🙂 Looking pretty on the outside.  All the while the inside is drowning. . 

I’m tired of treading water. Passively staying in the same place because it’s the path of least resistance. Because it makes everybody else happy. Because I’m afraid of failing. Again. I’m ready to climb in the boat and go to shore. And stand on my own two feet. 

I may not be able to walk on water. But Jesus can. And He did. Therefore I must lean on Him to keep me afloat. To continually breathe life into my worn out frame. 

Let’s all stop treading water and move forward with our lives.  Be productive. Catch hold of those life preservers. Those floatation devices our friends and loved ones throw out there to us for support. Trust ourselves.  Trust others. But mostly,  put our trust in the hand that can calm the waters. The one reaching out to save us. 

Put your hand in the hand of the man who stilled the water. Put your hand in the hand of the man who calmed the sea. Put your hand in the hand of the man from Galilee. 

He alone stretches out the heavens and treads on the waves of the sea.               Job 9:8

Love and laughter, 

Sandy

In Sickness And In Health

Good morning! 

I work in the PICU at a local hospital. The Pediatric Intensive Care Unit.  Intensive care was put into much more than just the occupied beds this past Sunday night. Great care went into helping pull off the event of the summer in the PICU. It was a first. It was a wedding.  And it went viral on Facebook. 

The first floor of the Children’s Hospital at Saint Francis became the venue for the joining of two 18 year olds. One being a .beautiful blushing bride. The other her boyfriend of two years, a patient who’s been in intensive care for more than a month fighting for his life battling cancer. His life that in his eyes was once incomplete. Until he asked her dad for her hand in marriage. He now has a reason to fight. A reason to live. In the name of love. In sickness and in health.

Let’s all fight for health. For all those battling cancer. For Swift. For his beautiful new young bride. All in the name of love.♡

 Beloved, I pray that all may go well with you and that you may be in good health, as it goes well with your soul.                      3 John 1:2

Love and laughter, 

Sandy

Simple Abundance

Good morning! 

I recently had this book recommended to me by not one, but two different ladies. Simple Abundance. I had to get it. It arrived in my mailbox on July 18th.  I took it to work with me that very evening. I love books. I couldn’t wait to begin reading it.  

I sat at my workstation in the wee hours of the morning when the rest of the world was at rest and opened my new treasure.  Without any care as to where it opened, as I opened the book, it fell open to reveal July 19th. To my surprise I found it was not a chapter book at all as I had expected,  but rather a daily devotional. And it miraculously opened to July 19th. Just one look at the computer time and date in the bottom right corner will reveal to you,  the book opened to the current date!

How cool was that? 🙂  It was no coincidence. It was a God incidence! What an excellent example of just that. Simple Abundance. I absolutely love those moments in life where the most simple thing can bring you to your knees at God’s abundance! ♡ A song on the radio at just the opportune moment. A call from a long lost friend right when you are thinking of them. Finding a $20 bill in your pocket at the end of your paycheck.  The list goes on. 

According to the author of this book, “Whatever we are waiting for, peace of mind, contentment, grace, the inner awareness of simple abundance,  it will surely come to us, but only when we are ready to receive it with an open and grateful heart.” 

Bring it on dear Lord! I’m ready!

Simple abundance is a matter of finding a balance between the energy that comes from knowing you have enough and the act of simple focus. 

In a time when we are bombarded with the abundance of material possessions, let’s all sit back and enjoy the simple things in life. Those things that money can’t buy, but remain priceless.  Health. Happiness. The beauty of nature. Peace of mind. God’s grace. Together let’s each find our simple abundance.

They will not be ashamed in the time of evil, And in the days of famine they will have abundance.                                     Psalm 37:19

Thank you Stephanie and Ginny for recommending this book to me! ♡ 

Love and laughter, 

Sandy

Assisted Living

Good morning! 

This is a shot of my dad’s new temporary home. ♡ Not too shabby! I stopped in to see him after work this morning.  We are both excited about his little stacation. Hopeful.:)

He’ll be spending his next 20 days here for physical therapy. Rehab.

His 86 year young body needs a little assistance with living. A little strength. Mark my word, it’s certainly not for his mind! It’s sharper than a tack! 

What area of your life do you need a little assistance with living in? A little help.

For me it is staying focused. Completing a task. Whatever it may be for you, just know Jesus is there to help. Just ask. He is there to lean on 24/7. He is there to carry you if you cannot walk. He will keep you on rhe right path.He can offer you nutrition for your spirit. Physical, occupational, and respiratory therapy for your body and soul. He can assist you with every aspect of your life.  His Father created it! 

Let’s all look to our Lord for our assisted living. And let’s be a little kinder, a little more patient with our senior friends. Let’s be quick to offer them a little assistance. Don’t forget, they  are the very ones that offered us assistance with our living when we were young.                  I love you daddy! ♡

Do not cast me away when I am old; do not forsake me when my strength is gone.                                                          Psalm 71:9

Love and laughter, 

Sandy

Change

Good morning! 

The past several weeks have brought about alot of change in my life. Not this kind of change, although it certainly could be put to good use.  

I’m talking about the kind of change that means to make or become different. 

My circumstances are forcing me to make some necessary changes in my life. Necessary,  but not exactly welcomed. They involve leaving a home of over fifty years for my dad, the home he built with my mother, and spending some money to do some restoration for me. Neither of whicn are in our comfort zone. It overwhelms me. Paralyzes me. I am so afraid of making a wrong choice that I don’t make any. And that IS a choice. A very poor one indeed. Life is about change. With it brings growth.

It’s all a part of the circle of life. Out with the old. In with the new. 

My father’s health. My home’s maintenance.  These things are forcing me to make some changes. Big changes.No more status quo. 

I can face those changes kicking and screaming or I can face them looking forward to a new adventure,  a change of surroundings. The choice is mine. 

On the bright side,  though I may fear the uncertainty that change may bring,  I am encouraged by God’s word that God does not change. No matter what changes life may bring my way, He remains the same. He always loves me. Always protects me.

As I face life’s changes I am thankful for my support system.  I find I do not have to do it alone. Family and friends have fallen into place to offer their advice, their help, and their prayers. Hospital staff have come beside me to explain rehab and insurance. Thank you to each and every one of you! 

 This is all new unmarked territory I am facing.If any of you are facing an aging parent, I encourage each of you to lean on your God. Lean on your family and friends. Take their advice. Many have blazen the same paths before you.  

You are facing change. With it the unknown.  Consider it a new horizon. Be excited. Motivated. Attitude is everything.  I have every intention to put a smile on my face, my big girl panties on my you know where, and a prayer in my heart . Then fake it ’til I make it.:) And get by with a little help from my friends and a whole lot from my God. I’m ready to embrace it. Accept the challenge.

Change here we come! 🙂

17 Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.           James 1:17

Love and laughter, 

Sandy

Rescued

Good morning! 

As I’ve shared,  this month is At The Movies at Lifechurch. Yesterday’s movie was The Martian.

It’s about a daring rescue mission to rescue a lost crewmember by the crew of the Ares III, a manned mission to Mars. A dust storm forced the crew to leave the planet. During the evacuation astronaut Mark Watney was struck by debris and lost in the storm. The last telemetry from his suit indicated no signs of life. With Watney believed dead, the remaining crew returned to their orbiting vessel without him. Watney later wakes after the storm and makes his way to the crew’s base of operations on Mars. He removes a piece of antenna from his suit’s biomonitor which caused the erroneous life sign readings and staples himself up. 

He is alive! He has the ability to choose. Life or death. He chooses life. NASA later finds he is alive.They delay in telling his crew. Once they are notified they unanimously decide to bring him home. In the meantime he then draws from his experience. He has the capacity to execute a plan. He’s a botanist so he grows potatoes in the most unusual way. He sustains his food source. 

He had people who cared about him and a God who loved him. With those odds, miracles do happen! 

Mark was rescued!

Have you ever rescued something or someone?  Or been rescued by someone?

Time and time again I am rescued. By my God.  From myself. My poor choices. My selfish desires. 

Jesus Christ conducted his very own rescue mission too you know. The greatest one ever. He came to earth to die for each and every one of us. He rescued each of us from death itself. He died for our sins. So He could bring you home. With Him.

Whatever it is you may need to be rescued from, I urge you to give it to God. He alone can save you. He will bring you home.  

 In Your righteousness deliver me and rescue me; Incline Your ear to me and save me.                                                    Psalm 71:2

Love and laughter, 

Sandy