My New Etsy Store!! Hiatus is Over :)

After almost being on a year long hiatus (that’s a story for another day)… I’ve made a semi-big decision, for me anyways! Lol.

So here’s my big news! I’ve decided to take a leap of faith and open my very own Etsy store!!!

I’ve only put one item up so far, but more will be coming soon!

Please check it out and contact me for any requests!

Georgia Peach Queen Etsy Store

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God will never die


Over the years I have had the pleasure of meeting a lot of people.
I’ve also been to more funeral homes and funerals in my lifetime than I can even remotely start to try and count.  In fact, at a very young age my parents decided that it might be best for me to take a break.  Why you ask?! Because at the age of 2-3 years old, they found me walking around a coffee table with my baby doll saying, “Don’t she look good?”

Okay, so this may sound crazy for someone to do you might say… Well… not when you’re the daughter of a Southern Baptist Deacon.  Growing up watching my parents lead by example of how we should act, treat others, do out of respect has molded me into the woman that I am today, and I wouldn’t trade it for anything in this world.

I grew up knowing every day that I am loved, and I am the child of a King!

I learned at a very young age, that death is very real, and you are not promised tomorrow. How we handle the death of a loved one… or how we comfort a family that has lost a loved one that brings peace to our hearts.

Peace does not take the sting, the hurt, the shock or the emotional roller coaster away.  But we can find comfort in knowing that God promised to send a comforter to us.

John 14: 26 – “But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.”

We can find peace, comfort and rest in the arms of our Savior, Jesus Christ.

Today, a friend of mine from work told me about something her 5 year old grandson told her this weekend.  It is truly a profound statement!!! I cannot wait to see what God has in store for this young man as he grows up.

Here’s what he told her (get the tissues ready).

God’s heart will never break, meaning Grandmother that God will never die and God does not have a beginning, because he is God.

When we lose a loved one, our hearts are broken!!! Absolutely broken.  Even knowing that we will see them again, we are emotionally broken.

But what I believe he is expressing here is that we have him forever! He will never leave us alone, he will always be by our side. His heart will never stop beating because he is God!!!!!!

Who else loves us so much that he would send his only Son to this Earth to die on a cross for us.  And after conquering death and rising again on the 3rd day send us a comforter to be with us.  No one else could do what he has done, what he will do, and what he is still able to do today.

My prayer is that we humble ourselves and let God’s light shine through us.  That we may be a beacon of light to a lost and dying world. His grandmother shared that if all us adults could get our head around this knowledge the world would be a much better place to reside.

Matthew 18:1-5King James Version (KJV)

18 At the same time came the disciples unto Jesus, saying, Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?

And Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of them,

And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.

Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.

And whoso shall receive one such little child in my name receiveth me.

So please remember this as you close my blog for the day, that God loves us. When our heart is broken, he is the only one who can mend it, and his heart will never break.

Hope you got to the tissues in time. 🙂

 

* A special thanks to my friend for sharing her grandsons powerful and profound words of wisdom!!! *

 

Happy 1 Year Anniversary

Happy Anniversary to us (cha cha cha), happy anniversary to us (cha cha cha). As you may have guessed it… today is mine and the hubbies 1 year anniversary.  Woohoo!

Time has FLOWN by, and it has been another great year! As I’m writing this, this time last year I was saying prayers with my family and friends before walking down the aisle (at last) to my sweetheart.

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Surrounded by our family and friends like family for a word of prayer together, before the ceremony. I could feel God all around us! So many people lifting us up in prayer at the same time.  Woo! I’m getting Glory Bumps again just thinking about it!

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Grief & Healing

I have been away for a while… today marks 2 weeks since my grandfather passed away.  I loved him dearly.  We didn’t always see eye to eye on things, but that is normal with anyone, even family… it seems that as every day passes by, more and more memories are brought to my attention…

As a baseball/softball lover, you would always find my Pa-Pa at my softball games, cheering me on.  While I was pitching and while I was batting.  If you know me well, you know that pitching for Fastpitch Softball was my life… I lived it, dreamed it, and spent many many hours perfecting my pitches.  My Pa-Pa was always there when he could be, and if he wasn’t there, he was there in spirit.

I remember practicing one afternoon, when he had took me to practice.  I was so excited, and overjoyed at being on the mound.  When it came my time to bat, he was there cheering me on… even at practice.  I had made contact with the pitch and it was a foul ball… he was a lover of the sport and even at the young age of about 65, he was going to interact with the game.  I remember being so guilty of my Pa-Pa getting hurt.  I had fouled the pitch off, and he was trying to catch it..  With him trying to catch my foul ball, he fell and broke his glasses.  It broke my heart knowing that he got hurt because of me. It wasn’t until years later, that I realized, he never complained about having to get new glasses, or getting hurt… he was in his element.  His “girls” were his world.  He had given up many years before trying to catch for me…. Not to toot my own horn, but my love of pitching, had reached past his years.  He always told everyone that my pitching could whip anyone, especially any boy. He and my Granny had not raised some “sissy girls”.  We were brought up to take up for ourselves.

My Pa-Pa was always there for us.  Whether on the field or off the field.  It was a known fact “not to mess with his girls.”  You never get to old for a Pa-Pa to take up for you.  He always told me, “I may be old, but no one is going to hurt my babies.”

Today has been 2 weeks since Pa-Pa has left us, and gone home to be with his Lord and Savior and his other loved ones in Heaven.  I miss you as much today, as I did when you passed on.  Fridays are now very hard for me to bear with, but I know that he’s better off, and he’s now with my Great Grandparents and Uncle Shorty that have gone on before…

I remember cutting their grass for them, and he insisted that having “chewing tobacco” in my mouth would help me cut the grass. LOL.  I turned green, and about lost my breakfast and my lunch that day. 🙂

I drove by his grave on Thursday, and I was overwhelmed with pain.  I love him so much, and it doesn’t seem real that he’s gone.  I am grateful that I got to say I loved him, before he passed… but it doesn’t take the hurt away.  Only God can help ease my pain.  Shelby the “Georgia Peach Princess” is really taking his death hard.  She’s 5, but saw him almost every day of her life.  She has dreamed of him, and my heart aches for her.  In her lifetime, she has lost 3 Great Grandfathers.  I know that she will see him again, but until then, I pray that she finds peace and comfort in the Lord.

Tell the ones you love them every time you leave, because tomorrow isn’t promised.  Rest in peace Pa-Pa I will see you soon.  Until then, we will stay strong as you raised us to be.  Family is the main priority besides God.  Stay close to your family, and do all that you can with them, and for them.

Please pray for our family during our time of loss.  2 weeks seems like an eternity for us, but I know that our days are mere seconds to what he is experiencing now.

We love you Pa-Pa, and thank you for all that you did for us.  Our family is not the same without you, but you raised some strong willed girls, who aren’t afraid to take on the world.  Until I see you again, Shelby & I love you.

Every battle is not the same

During Bible Study we read about Joshua and his defeat over Jericoh.  And also about the defeat that they endured at the battle of Ai.  They felt so confident about their attack, since it went so peacefully at Jericoh.  Many at Jericoh probably thought that they had lost their mind.  However, their tactic is exactly what God had planned for them.  To march around Jericoh and shout on the last go around.  But that isn’t how he wanted the battle of Ai to go.  He had other plans.

This made me realize just how different each trial that we face, compares.

Why do we assume that each battle is to be handled the same? Why do we not ask God for guidance in each situation that we are faced with?

Many times when we ask God for guidance or strength we think that this is a “general” area.  Not each trial or tribulation that God sends our way is the same.  We need to ask for his guidance in EVERY situation that we face.

Just like when Moses was in the wilderness, and his people were thirsty. God told him the first time to “strike the rock”.  But the next time that his people were thirsty, God instructed him to “speak to the rock”.  However, he “struck the rock” once more, and his disobedience, caused him to never reach the Promised Land of Canaan.

Why do we think that when God gives us instructions, it is going to be “universal”?  Is it substantial enough for everything that we are going to face? Why do we not go to him for each problem that we are facing, and ask his guidance to bring us through it?

God never changes, but his mercies are endless.  Meaning that just like sheep, we are always in need of the shepherd.  Without our shepherd we would be lost…. clueless.

That is why we are compared to the sheep in the Bible, because we often stray from God’s will, and plan that he has for us.  Pray for each situation that God has in your life.  Pray without ceasing.  God yearns to hear from his children.

Without God’s direction, we would be like the lost sheep that the shepherd had to leave the 99 to find.

When God gives you instructions, learn… love… and trust his leadership and path.  But with every situation, seek his guidance.  For he will never leave you or forsaken you.

Abraham, Joseph or Jonah?

This is a very common question in our house. No, were not trying to name a baby boy.  Just getting that out right away.

Over our Bible Studies that we have, we have learned some of the characteristics of these men in the Bible.  Each one had a different and unique relationship with God. But what they did with their relationship is where their character was built.  Think for a minute about each of these 3 men.

Abraham

  1. After praying for a child for many years, Abraham’s wife Sarah bore him a child – being old in age.
    1. After having loved his son Issac for many years, God asked Abraham to offer him as a sacrifice.  (I’m going ahead and putting it out there – I know I wouldn’t have the same courage that Abraham did.  But Praise God we don’t have to do sacrifices anymore.)
    2. When it came time for the sacrifice to be made – God sent the sacrifice to him.  Faith, love and courage was proven to God out of old Abraham.  He DID as God instructed him.

Joseph

  1. His brothers were incredibly jealous of him.  So much that they took his coat of many colors dipped in the blood of the animal that they killed, threw him in a well and sold him as a slave. Then told their father that he was dead.
  2. After so much hate being shown by his brothers – he was still able to go on with his life.  A very prosperous life at that.
  3.  When he was finally able to see his brothers and father again… he FORGAVE his brothers.

Jonah

  1. Ol Jonah was a rebel.  God instructed him to go to Ninevah.  He went the opposite way. Silly silly man.
  2. God was not having that.  He sent a great storm, and in the end, Jonah was threw overboard.  And swallowed by a large fish. But, his journey did not end there.
    1. You cannot run from God – no way, no how, no time of the day.
    2. God was testing him.  He cried out to God – asked for forgiveness.
    3. When the large fish (whale) spit him out, he was close to Ninevah and went and did as God had instructed him to do in the first place.

So, why is this question so popular in our house?

Behavioral Change

When the Georgia Peach Princess starts acting out… I ask her, “Are you acting like Abraham and obeying me and your Dad like Abraham obeyed God? Or are you acting like Jonah, and disobeying?”  This really makes her think about the decisions she’s making or how she is behaving.  Most of the time (because, hey, we’re human) she says she’s acting like Jonah because she’s not listening.  That’s when the change begins.  I ask her, “Now what happened to Jonah for being disobedient?” She responds with “A whale swallowed him, and I don’t want that to happen!” So I ask her who would be a better person to have the characteristics of.  She proudly answers “ABRAHAM!!!! Because he listened to God, and I know that he wants me to listen to you the first time, not the second.”

Hurt Feelings

My sweet baby may sometimes have a rough exterior to her… those of you who have been around her, this is obvious.  However, she has an incredibly big and loving heart.  Who really cares for others.

So, what do you do or say when someone has hurt your precious little ones feelings?  This is my response… I remind her of the story of Joseph and the coat of many colors.  How his brothers, were so cruel and mean to him.  Then I ask her, what Joseph did to his brothers when he finally saw them again?  1. Did he scream and shout at them? 2. Did he throw a temper tantrum?  She says, “No Mama.”  Then, I ask just what he did.  This is when she is reminded that we need to forgive others, like Joseph forgave his brothers.

Also, of how God forgives us when we mess up or do something that would make him unhappy.

She is all but 5 years old, and is learning so much about God’s love and the compassion that he has for us.  I try to remind her that we need to learn some lessons from these 3 men of the Bible:

  1. Obey your parents, for this is one of God’s Commandments.
  2. Trust God, and be faithful. (Abraham)
  3. Do things the first time you’re asked to (Abraham) not the second time (Jonah)
  4. Forgive others when the do us wrong (Joseph)

I love having our Bible Study time together.  She is not the only one benefitting from the study time.  You’re never to old to hear about God.  As many times as I heard these stories growing up, I still take something new away from it every time we study.  Sometimes, it’s just a refresher course, and others it’s the “Aha” moment when God shows you something new.

Remember, while we discipline our child, we can also be teaching them life long lessons of how God works in our lives each and every day.

– Love & God Bless,

Georgia Peach Queen