Promises

I posted on my Facebook account some amazing news last month… September 4th, 2016 at 9:36 pm my sweet baby asked Jesus to come into her heart.

Whew! I cannot even begin to describe my emotions to you!  I had prayed and longed for this moment from the time I found out I was pregnant with her.  That God would lead, guide and direct my paths, and hers.

Last week when she was spending the night with my parents, she told my parents “Every night when Ma-Ma gets to me sleep, she has Bible study with me or sings me one of those ‘Ol Baptist Songs.”  When my mom told me she said Shelby wasn’t complaining about it. I said, “Well, that makes my heart happy, I must be doing something right.”

I love, and I mean LOVE having Bible study with her, she asks questions and is so intrigued by the people we are reading about, and remembers almost everything we study about.  Her favorite stories from the Bible so far are:

  1. Gideon and the wet and dry fleece
  2. Ruth & Naomi
  3. Sampson
  4. Joseph & The Twelve Tribes of Israel

Which brings me to my inspiration for this post thanks to Daily Prompt: Promises.  As some of you are aware of, we lost my Grandfather this month last year.  It’s hard to believe that he’s almost been gone a year.  There is not a day that goes by that I don’t miss him or think about him.  I even have a picture of him on my desk at work, so that I can see his smile (and remember) his laugh. Because when he smiled, he was always laughing. The kind of laugh that makes you smile yourself.

Last night as we were getting ready for bed, my sweet baby starting tearing up about missing her Pa-Pa. He would do anything for his girls, and he was always reading to my sweet baby.  Whatever she wanted him to read he would – he was an avid reader himself.

Today a customer came into work, and his last name was my grandfathers middle name. Doyle… not a name you hear very often.  I told him just hearing that name made me smile, and I thanked him for making me smile today.  When he left he said, “Goodbye Mrs. Doyle.”

No that’s not my last name, but I know that God promises us that he has angels watching over us.

Psalms 91:11 says, For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.”

I’m not saying that this man was an angel. But the Bible also says in Hebrews 13:2

Hebrews 13:2 “Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.”

But I know that every word of God’s is a promise to us.  And he never breaks a promise – EVER! What an awesome and mighty God we serve.

1 Kings 8:56 – Blessed [be] the LORD, that hath given rest unto his people Israel, according to all that he promised: there hath not failed one word of all his good promise, which he promised by the hand of Moses his servant.

I truly believe that now I have one of the most wonderful Guardian Angels watching over my little family.  I don’t think for an instance that it was just a “coincidence” that Mr. Doyle dropped by our office.  I believe with all my heart, that it was just a reminder from my Lord and Savior, that everything will be alright.

I hope this finds you doing well, and please keep my little family in your prayers. In just a couple of days it will be a year since our sweet grandfather left this walk of life to be with his Lord and Savior up in Heaven.  His life up there is only beginning, and we are left here missing him, but knowing that with God’s promises we will see him again one day.

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.

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