Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Head Nut Speaking

"Hello, Head Nut speakin'?" 

Crazy greeting, huh? Believe it or not, but it does get used in my family. And often I'm referred to as one of the acorns that don't fall far from the tree or as another one in the bunch that's all cracked up. :) I guess we all get a little nutty at times. But this little acorn heard something interesting about her family tree this past week. Back in the 1820s at age 16 I had a relative receive a land grant in Texas. (And they couldn't get rid of us ;) ) He fought in both the Civil War and the Mexican War.

Learning this information kind of makes the past seem more real. What about you? What heritage makes you proud or makes history come alive for you?

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

For These Blessings

Happy Thanksgiving Week Everyone!
Like some of you, I've already had one Thanksgiving meal and have another one to look forward to on Thursday. This is a great time of year to count your blessings. So here's my top three...
  1. Jesus - Because of Him, I have a constant Friend who will never leave and an assured home in Glory.
  2. Family & Friends - I know I'm combining the two into one, but I'm very thankful for my immediate, extended and loving church family. 
  3. Health & Provision - I do not take the health and provision God has supplied me day in and day out for granted. It is an abundant blessing.
I know the list could go on and on and on because God is so good to each and every one of us, but I'll stop here for now. So what are you thankful for?

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Jesus Take the Wheel - My Momma's Miracle

Tuesday afternoon my mom was driving back from Houston. On and off the rain drenched I-45 and the parched Texas landscape. About 20 minutes from home, the unexpected happened.

The car hydroplaned.

Fish-tailing across the slick asphalt, she struggled to gain control.  The vehicle went from swerving to spinning. The world outside the glass whirred to an indistinguishable white. When the wheels hit grass, she gave up. Crossing her arms across her chest, she ducked her head and screamed to the top of her lungs, "JESUS HELP ME!"

The car slammed into the cables strung across the median. Seconds later, it stopped.

Opening her eyes, my mom found herself sitting on the shoulder of the road facing the oncoming traffic. Unhurt, she climbed out to assess the damage. The passenger side showed the indentations of the two cables, and the back tire was flat. Once she'd replaced the flat with the spare, she was able to drive home. (I'm shocked because no one stopped to help her. Not one person stopped to see if she was all right.)

He is true to His Word: God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble  (Psalm 46:1).

Thank You, Jesus, just doesn't say enough.

How about you? What miracles have you experienced lately?

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Good Read

Howdy everyone!

I had a good weekend by reading a good book. I was able to catch Love Finds You in Victory Heights, Washington for free on my Kindle for PC last week. I've now read (I believe) three of the Love Finds You books, and I've enjoyed every one.

This one is set in the WWII time slot. Goyer and Fleiss do a wonderful job of weaving romance, patriotism, and Christian values into a remarkable story. I hope you take time to read it yourself.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

The Creepy-Crawlies

This past week I've had multiple opportunities for my skin to crawl.
  • I was doing more research. This time on resetting broken arms. I watched a video online and before they could even pull on the dude's arm I was cringing. Ouch!
  • I went shopping one day. All was well and good (unless you count my feet hurting ;) ) when I got home that night. I load up my arms, grab the keys, and unlock the door. Did I tell you it was dark? Well, this "thing" drops down from above. I flicked on a light, and lo and behold there was a two-inch centipede wiggling on my floor. Not the innocent looking kind (if there is one). No, this was one of those spiky, could-have-landed-in-my-hair kinds. Yikes! You'd be proud of me - I didn't squeal or go searching for a paint can. :) I actually had shoes on this time. And now... let's just say he's creepy but no longer crawly. (I had to find a picture that resembled my bug. This pic is where I prefer seeing a centipede.)