Tuesday, January 27, 2009

The armor......

Today, I am struggling.

I am struggling with lies. Lies that I am buying into.

Oh yeah, and I am paying big bucks for them.

You see, we are told that Satan is a deceiver and that we should put the whole armor of God on everyday.

"Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints"
—Ephesians 6:11-18

So why have I chosen to listen to his lies today?

He is so sneaky, he knows all of my weaknesses.....the secret issues that I have.

He knows that I struggle with self worth.......bad. He knows that I feel totally inadequate in so many areas of my life.

I know that God loves me just the way I am. Yet I forget it so easily. I forget to put on my armor. I forget that there is evil in this world that is waiting to drag me down! It is so very real, yet I forget just how real until I am in the place I am now.

Don't worry, I know that my Lord has made me a promise!! He has promised me that He will never leave me or forsake me.

My prayer for today is that I can be reminded of God's love and how unconditional it is. It truly is a gift that I have been given....and don't deserve.....yet He loves me so much that He gives it in spite of me!!

What lies do you buy into? How does it affect your walk with Christ?

I hope that you are remembering to put your armor on today!


Wednesday, January 21, 2009

What's new.......

Since I have once again been a blog slacker, I thought that I would update everyone on our lives.
I know, you can hardly contain yourself.

Remember how I blogged about my sweet, cute, wonderful puppy? Here.

Yeah, well, she ain't so cute and sweet anymore.

She is Satan's puppy.

I am ser.i.ous.

She has tore up everything in the city we live in. I believe that she could be responsible for global warming somehow.

I'm just sayin'.

Anywho, those of you who know me KNOW that I do have a love for dogs, so when we got Lucifer I mean, Lucy, I was sure that things would be wonderful.

How wrong I was!!

Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, I would like to enter Exhibit A:

Oh yeah, that was a hammock. My husband got this as a Father's Day present 2 years ago.

I'd like to see him sit on it now!!

You see the knee board in the back? Well, we live on the lake and that was under the porch. She drug that out too!

What a special dog. Look at her, you just KNOW that she is up to no good.
Guilty, that one.

So, we have already given her away. We are waiting on the person to take possession of her. If we don't she might possess us. She is like that, you know.

I have more to fill you in on, but I will save it for later.

I hope that you have had a wonderful week.



Monday, January 12, 2009

To be present.......

You know, we all do it. We make New Year's resolutions, only to have failed by the 2nd week in January!

Why? Why would we subject ourselves to such hurt when we know that we have such potential to fail?

After assessing some areas in my life, I realized that I was not going to fall for the same ole' trap again.......I was gonna make some resolutions, but they would be private. That way if I fail, you would never know!!

I am smart like that!!

But for some reason, here I am fixin' to pour my heart out to ya'll........again!

There is one area that I would like to be vocal about.

I want to say this so that if you know me you can correct me when I mess up.

My goal for 2009..........................................

drumroll please............................................

Is to be "present".

It may sound super simple, but it's not.

Let me explain exactly what I mean. You know when you are having a conversation with someone and you are making eye contact and hear the words coming out of their mouth?


You are not really hearing them?

I want to try really hard to hear everyone. Please know that I haven't been ignoring any of you (the people who know me IRL), but there are times when my plate is so full that I am thinking of a thousand other things when I owe you my undivided attention. For this, I am truly sorry. You deserve better than that, and I have often fallen short when it comes to being present for you.

I realize that I do this more often than I care to really admit. I do it with my kids, my husband, my friends........heck, I even do it with the TV!!

To the actors and production crew of Prison Break, ER, House and CSI,

I am truly sorry for not devoting the whole hour to you when you are a top notch show and your writers work really hard to entertain me!! I will promise to be totally enveloped in your show when it is on......I may be as big as a house for sitting on the couch watching all of these shows, but at least I am going to be faithful and watch your show how you intended. Sorry for all of the episodes that I have DVR'd and erased. I will be better, I promise.

A woman who wants to be "present"

Okay, now that little job is finished, but in all seriousness, I long to have total focus on a situation. I want to know and truly be part of all areas of my life. That is my goal for 2009.

I want to remember all of the good times that I share with everyone. Life is short. Stuff can wait. Embrace the here and now........it doesn't stay this way forever.

Thank you for following my blog and if you know me and I seem distracted.......remind me to keep my focus!


Friday, January 9, 2009

About that game.....

Just in case you fell off the face of the earth since last night..........

GATORS WON!!!!!! 2009 National Champs!!!!!!!!

I am so proud of the Gators! I am most proud of Tim Tebow and the excellent testimony that he carries! It is so nice to hear an athlete give all of the honor and glory to God.....and truly mean it!! What an awesome man of God!!

Way to go Florida!! You did it again!!


Thursday, January 8, 2009

Gotta love this boy.....

As I type this, I am watching the only thing on t.v. right now.

The Florida-Oklahoma game!!!!!!

You see, we here in this neck of the woods love us some football. Especially that of the Gator kind!!

To commemorate this special day, we had to dress Mr. Man appropriately. He got some great Gator gear for Christmas, and we had to make sure that he was decked out in it today.

Of course, we had to take some pics of this precious boy!!

He totally has my heart!!

That's the Heisman pose people, you can't make this stuff up!!
He is gonna break some hearts!!
As I finish this, the score is tied. I am gonna go so I can devote my full attention to this all important game!! Hope that you have had a great day and an even better one tomorrow!!

Monday, January 5, 2009

Where is the love.......

I have been a serious blog slacker! I have been so busy with all of the Holiday festivities that I have neglected my blog. I truly love blogging, and have given my reasons for why I do it.

I enjoy blogging for all of those reasons, plus many more that I have discovered along the way. I miss blogging when I am unable to do it.

But...............I am trying to find out where exactly this is leading me. I know that I have a few people that read faithfully, but I am unsure about the others...if there are any others!!

So, I would like to issue a challenge, if you will.

I would like to know who is reading!! I want to know about you, who you are and what makes you tick. What brought you to my blog and what keeps you coming back.

You can comment or you can e-mail me at

I just want to get some bloggin' love!! I hope that you enjoy my blog and keep coming back....I promise to give you the best of me!

Blessings for you and your family for a happy and healthy 2009,

Friday, January 2, 2009

Oh yeah, I'm still here......

For the three people who may read my blog, I am still alive and kickin'! Things have been very hectic around here, and I will update soon, I promise!

I hope that all of you had a very Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year!! We had a great time with both holidays, spending time with friends and family. We feel truly blessed for everything that God has allowed us to have.

I am on my way to a much needed hair appointment. My hair is past the middle of my back now!! It hasn't been this long in forever!! I am trying to grow out my hair to donate it and am excited that I can offer it to someone who needs it.

I hope that you have a great day today!