Monday, November 28, 2011

Dun dun dun....

Yes its Monday. This has defintley been a Monday. One thing is I have planned on something and because of circumstance beyond my control these things did not pan out. It's frustrating when you depend on something, and some very important things depend on it. So since its almost the end of the day, I'm guessing it won't be solved until tomorrow.

Tonight is my last class until January. I have a presentation which I'm dreading. I'm not a fan of giving presentations. BOO! But it only has to be 1-3 minutes. Surely I can talk that long... I know I can. LOL

Thanksgiving was amazing!  We gave a surprise to my grandparents.
Oh I love my family!

There are still some fam I would love to see in GA, maybe the beginning of the year. Miss those guys! =)

Our Christmas tree is up! YAY! I have all my decorations out! LOVE IT!! There is just something about Christmas!

Well I must get ready. I might go ahead and leave for school. Get some stuff printed out. And maybe a 10 min nap =)

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Good Feelin' Tuesday!

Link up with me for Good Feelin' Tuesday! 

Today in honor of Thanksgiving, I'm posting a Local story

Love it when kids get involved helping! Teaches them about love, giving-showing them they are blessed to have what they do. 

This is just wonderful!

So our church's food pantry did not make the news, however I think God deserves to be praised for happened at Harvest Food Pantry Friday November 18th.  Thursday our Restorative Justice ministry made over 250 bags of groceries! Friday morning there were several here EARLY lined up waiting for groceries! We gave EVERY bag away along with turkey vouchers for a turkey from a local grocery store! We also had 40 new families come that had never been here! Glory be to God for providing and bringing these individuals to our food pantry! I am still giving out vouchers today, I'm thankful that this is my job! I've already cried with one, and got hug too! 

Lets remember to be thankful!! 

Monday, November 21, 2011

Monday, Monday

Yes, obviously "Saintly Saturday" was overlooked...I was enjoying a weekend with two of my good friends~ It was so much fun to be '14' again!

* Have to add something in here for Saintly Saturday...My grandparents. Bill and Sharon Lyman are two of the most wonderful people I know. I love them dearly. They were gracious enough (as always) letting my friends and I crash at their house. The loudness, the mess, the laughing. It was a blast. They are so entertaining. Between Grandpa's stories of his younger days.. to Grandma getting frustrated because Grandpa kept interupting her! They are always giving so much to their family, it would take me  a billion years to pay them back for how much they mean to me and have done for me. *

So here it is Monday!! AAHHH Yes its here!

Not much to write, need to be doing my projects for class tonight but I'm avoiding about to do them... Just after I blog. So because this is going to a relatively calm day I decided that I would just give you a glimpse into my fun weekend!

Ready for night in downtown Knoxville
 About to eat a yummy dinner!
 Here we are.. matching pjs and all
Awesome $3 hat I found at the flea market! 
 "Love is a battlefield" reenactment from 13 Going On 30! HAHA! The other didn't want a pic! =)
 Conversation was just fascinating! These girls love their phones
 Amy getting a Henna tattoo from a man with VERY shaky hands lol
Hanging out in The Village in Gatlinburg

Well that is it! See ya tomorrow!! Remember we are not promised tomorrow, be thankful for your loved ones and make sure they know you love them!!

Friday, November 18, 2011

Five Question Friday

Linking up with Mama M.

1. Do you have a go to song that always puts you in a good mood?

It called the "Happy Song" on a Brownsville Revival CD... I can't listen to that and not smile, clap , and jump =) When I went to my first Youth conference they played this song, it still brings back SOOO many memories! 

2. Are you a real Christmas tree kinda person or do you go with a real fake one?

I would love to have a real one-however they are just too much for one BR apartment. And my allergies.  So we own a fake one that is smaller but full and is easy-peasy to put up! 

3. What are you thankful for?

My husband, he is so amazing. I'm thankful for my relationship with God. Jesus is my everything!!

4. Which fashion fad from the past do you wish you could wear today?

Well, I actually I love FLAIRS!! I have always loved them. They came back in style when I was about 12- I've been in love ever since! =)

5. Do you wait until the "low fuel" light comes on before you fill up the gas tank? 

Yes, EVERYTIME!! Its just so painful anymore to pay these high gas prices!! =)

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Share Your World Thursday

Linking up with Jessica

1. Did you have a favorite blanket or toy as a kid? If do, do you still have it?
I did have a fav toy. It was a doll I named Ashley. She was always with me... I slept with her until and embarrassing age. I had her since I was 3, then when I was 18 she got left at an old house. Never got back to get her.  And I have my barbies... Which I still have. Saving them for our daughter one day. 

2. I love it when my ______ does_____.
I love when my niece says, "Lala, I love you" melts my hear every time!! 

3. Your at a ball park. You have $5 in your pcoket. You order...
A drink! Anyone who knows me well that I always have a water, tea, or coke in my hands

4. If you could have any celebrities 'voice' at the voice on your GPS, who would it be?
Probably Hugh Jackman or Johnny Depp... yeppers!!! =) I would use the GPS to get me to my job! HA!

5. Are you a messy sleeper or a neat sleeper?
I'm a neat sleeper... I usually sleep in the same position every night. 1/2 on belly/side, leg hiked up, one leg out from under the covers or no covers at all =)

Thoughtful Thursday

So here we are again for Thoughtful Thursday...

This last week has been a crazy one to say the least... During this crazy week a conversation with one of my dear friends has stirred me.. ruffled my feathers so to speak =)

When I was a teenager, learning about God and my walk. I was extremely hard on those that did not live up to standards of what I thought was the "right" way to live.  The bible speaks plainly about how he expects us to live. He wants us to live like Christ, period. In my young age I just had no room for error. In fact as hard as I was on people around me I was 100x worse on myself.

There was no compassion, there was only judging and condemnation. I loved, don't get me wrong. The choices that some of my friends and loved ones made were not right according to the word. But the way I received them or what my heart was saying about them was just as bad as their own sin. I wasn't showing Christ love.

I would get so angry with those who knew as much or if not more about God and his word, yet continued to live in the same sinful nature with no repentance. It angered me because I knew that they had a choice, and I wanted them to make the right one. (Or what I thought was the right one). Granted I was young, and still had to lots to learn. And I did.

Gone are the days where I let self-righteousness blind me to the real story behind the choices and the hurting that can't seem to break this sinful cycle. Gone are the days when I hear someone that is not living the way they know the bible ask of us and get angry. And Gone are the days where I feel I need to tattle to God whats going on... really? God is creater of the universe, he is alpha and omega.. He is omnipresent, I'm pretty sure he sees whats going on =0)

I love them. I love them until they can't stand it anymore =)... Because I am not God, and when I have a friend or a loved one that is struggling instead of knocking them down I will guide them to scripture and love them. Sometimes people need to know you are there, just to hug-listen-write them a note- LOVE them. Pray for them.

STOP worrying about their sin, and start wondering how you can serve them. How can you show God's love and mercy. Not wrath.
Last night in Jr High group we talked about Phillipians 4:8...
"Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things."

So let's dwell on these things Paul talks to us about. And examine your heart FIRST, let God handle the rest.

These are just some thoughts...

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

What I'm Loving Wednesday!

It's already Wednesday again!! I'm linking up with Amberly and now Jamie for WILW!

 I'm Loving that I got a task done at work! 

I'm Loving that Friday we are giving out our Thanksgiving bags and Turkey vouchers at HCF Food Pantry!

I'm Loving that my hubby has a job that has benefits... which enables me to take him to the Dr today

I'm Loving my sweet Abby

I Love that Josh love my crazy family as much as I do

I Love Bradley's Chocolate popcorn!! mmmm..

I Love that my dad CHOSE to be different then the abusive/mean/ungodly men before him in his family- He loves us and God with his whole heart.. And NOT once have I ever felt afraid of him. 

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Good Feel'n Tuesday

We have so much negativity around us... On Tuesdays I hope to add some light in all this darkness. There are miracles everyday... I am going to post a news article... video... or personal story about a miracle! Hope this brightens your day!! Be Blessed!! 

This is an amazing story!! Brought tears to my eyes!

Monday, November 14, 2011

Monday, Monday...

OK, so Monday has made it, and I know millions of people were dreading it. Honestly I was looking forward toward this Monday... I know crazy right? Well I'm off on Mondays and its usually my school work day, my running around, my cleaning day. However this Monday was going to be different because Josh was off with me.

****back up... the reason this is so exciting is because for almost a year straight Josh had EVERY Monday off. It was a designated day together. We would usually go out for breakfast and just spend the a nice , calm day together. Well when Josh got his new job in August, our Monday's were taken away. ****

So, after looking forward to this day you can say I was a little dispointed that Josh woke up SICK yesterday. So I tucked him back in and went on to church with out him. Which I do not like. But he was just feeling bad. So today I was hoping he was feeling better

Because after all this was supposed to be OUR Monday!? Well he still wasn't feeling all that great. I knew that I had class tonight... (Which I am writing this in right now ...hehe)...

Well we get up fairly early I have to make some calls for my boss who is out of town. Then I say right don't we grab a bite. So we finally get ready. I have a melt down. Either it was because of lack of food (it was noon and I hadn't ate... not a good idea) , hormones, or I have no idea =)

So after just venting to Josh (poor thing, he just let me vent and held me) I was like OK I felt better. I realized then I didn't have my wallet which had our bank card in it... yes, that triggered more tears. After we finally got food I did feel better. And after going home I did some cleaning. Then we just sat on our couch which I then fell asleep on Josh for a quick nap... It was SO nice.

Then I went to school... So that was my Monday. A true whirlwind of all different kinds of emotion. Happy-Frustrated-OK-Mad-Full-Happy-Sleepy-Bored.... Now I am home and content watching Natures deadliest.

Until Tomorrow... Nighty Night!

PS for your entertainment Monday! Monday!

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Saintly Saturday

So for Saturdays are going to be reserved for "Saintly Saturday" ... I will either share a story I find, hear, or expierence that features someone acting as a servant to people. Who put others before themselves...

So, my first one is going to be my great-grandmother. Vera Ester Pruitt, she passed away when I was 8 yrs old. I remember her funerial vividly. She made a lasting impression on me.

I've heard countless stories of this wonderful woman.Grandma Pruitt preached at her little church on her property. She would pick up strangers and feed them, no matter what they looked like or smelled like. She didn't care. She was about showing them that there was a savior who loved them.

She made such an impression her little town that when she would stop by the fast food places they would just take her checks, knowing they probably weren't good. (She thought if she had checks she had money heehee)

She reached out to my dad before he was saved, made him know she didn't like what he was doing but she loved him. Because she looked past his faults and seen an abused soul that needed love. Grandma Pruitt showed him Christ like love.

Grandma Pruitt always made me feel loved. She loved everyone with her whole heart. The last time she stayed at my house dad had cooked dinner for her. Her favorite recipe dad just made up. My tooth was hanging by a thread. Mom and dad were chasing me around the house to help me pull it out. I was hiding under the table, running for what seemed to me my life (HA!!!) ... Grandma Pruitt laughed and laughed. Then when it was time for bed I stayed with her on the pull out couch. She was tickling and we were giggling! I'm so glad I have the memory. I loved her so much!!

I know she is in Heaven now with her loved ones and one day I will see her again!  I hope when I leave this earth that I have a legacy like the one she left.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Five Question Friday

We I'm linking up with My Little Five for Five Question Friday:

1. What's the last thing you spent too much money on?
Probably on my birthday. I went a little over board. It was fun though.. =)

2. What celeb chef would you want to make you dinner?
Probably Paula Dean... hmmm I would love to be at one of her dinners! =)

3. Where do you hide things when visitors pop over or do you let them see the real deal?
My bedroom.When I'm cleaning in a frantic, I throw it all in the bedroom and close the door!! lol

4. Who is your oldest living family member?

In my immediate family it is my grandfather! I love him!!!
5. What is your favorite DQ treat and/or Sonic drink combo (ie: cherry vanilla Dr. Pepper)?
Oh I LOVE SONIC!! I love their slushes and I always get a sprite zero with cranberry... I loved the dipped cones at DQ!  
 So that concludes this message of the day =) Gotta get back to my school work! 

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Thoughtful Thursday

So I have seen on a few blogs lately that people have a theme for each weekday... Well I really like to blog but sometimes need some direction. So I decided to follow the bloggers out there come up with a theme for each weekday. Thursdays are "Thoughtful Thursday". This is just some thoughts maybe sometimes serious, sometimes funny...

So, something that has been on my mind consistently lately is- How do people see me?  

Everyone that knows me I'm pretty sure knows that Christ is the center of my life. Not religious hogwash (that is definitely a southern term I believe HA!) But an actual daily relationship with Jesus! I love him! I want to honor him, I want God to look at me and say "Well done good and faithful servant" ... All Glory goes to him! Please don't misunderstand, if I have offended you then I want to make amends and talk it out, but I'm not a person that depends on others feelings about me. I am who God made me, we all have our quirks. However, we still have choices and we choose how we 'use' our personality.

Ok, now, even if your not a christian, I have to believe that there are millions of people out there that want to be a decent person. A 'good' person. So ask your self - How do people see me? 

At our ladies meeting at church, our associate pastor brought up some very interesting questions that have had me thinking...

Am I a happy person with a positive attitude - or do people see me coming and avoid me like a plague?!!  

Am I being an effective witness for Christ? - Does anyone know I'm a christian, is my attitude matching my proclamation of being a Christian?

How do people feel when I leave them? - Uplifted or weighed down or maybe just exhausted

Do I bring out the worst or best in people? - Is there a lot of drama surrounding my life? Am I in a lot of arguments? 

Do I look to GIVE more or RECEIVE? - Where am I on the selfish scale? Have I volunteered lately? Or am I stuck on thinking of myself? 

These are very thought provoking. So I've decided to take action... we need as Christian especially  to think about our affect in our little world where ever that might be. My little world is in East Tennessee, so I'm watching, praying for opportunities to show Christ, so that HE may get all the Glory. I've already contacted several volunteering avenues that I'm going to jump right into, because its time that we stop proclaiming and doing. 

My new favorite verse is Philippians 4:5 "Let your gentle spirit be known to all men..." God is not like King Triton on the Little Mermaid, he is a loving father. He sent his son to die for a people who continue to ignore/ deny/ scoff at his existance. He knew they would, yet he still loves us. We are made in his image, lets show our gentle spirit.

This wraps up Thoughtful Thursday ... Until Tomorrow 

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Ugh... Today was one of those days where either I am just sensitive or people are being insensitive. So I decided to follow suit with my cousin Amberly and on Wednesday's will be dedicated to "What I'm Loving Wednesday"... It seems Wednesdays are are always crazy , so maybe this will help to get me in a better disposition.
  1. I love that when Josh and I get in a disagreement we both can apologize. I can be honest with him if he upsets me, then I can tell him and he ALWAYS says he is sorry
  2. I love that when I am in a bad mood I watch Roseanne, it helps some how
  3. I love that when a bad mood happens, all I have to do is walk to the building behind me and see my niece and nephew
  4. I love that I'm losing so much weight that I need a belt with all me pants =)
  5. I love that on Wednesdays I get to go to church, and after praise and worship I feel rejuvenated. 
  6. I love when Josh is off on Wednesday's!
That's what I LOVE <3

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Am I truly thankful?

This is a question I have asked  myself today. Some may know, some may not that Josh and I have been trying to get pregnant. Just trying naturally haven't went into the medicines and all that. I was diagnosed with PCOS when I was 15... its a very frustrating condition. It makes me late or nothing at all, which always gives me hope that maybe, just maybe we are finally pregnant. My heart has been crushed each time. This past summer, I really thought I was pregnant but after almost 3 mo. I started. It crushed me. God was teaching me something though. To trust in him. Even though I might feel week he is my strength. I accepted the fact that I may not be able to get pregnant  for whatever reason. Adoption might be the avenue we take, then maybe we won't have kids at all. That thought almost chokes me. However, I'm happy, I'm not depressed. I'll admit it is a struggle daily, but the 'Joy of the Lord is my strength'. I mean that. It's not something I'm spouting out, its from my heart. Last Friday I was having one of those really hard moments and God used someone to tell me to keep praying and trusting. They felt like God wanted them to tell me that at the exact moment I was about to go to the bathroom for a crying session =)  This person had no idea what I was feeling, actually I was at work. But God loves ME that much to do that for me, to make my heart feel better. It did. He is just amazing... 

So getting to my point about being THANKFUL... Yes, there are things in my life that I still want. But I'm truly thankful for my life as it is right now.

I have a great husband, wonderful (crazy) family, and the greatest friends. I'm part of a church that is so much more then just a building. God is doing amazing things in my life. I can't let my happiness depend on just this one thing. Is that desire still there? Of course, I would love to be a mom, but if I am or not I CHOOSE to be happy and joyful in the Lord.

Until next time... CHOOSE to be happy and make the best of what life gives you because if you look outside that ONE thing you will how life is full of blessings all the time