Wednesday, January 18, 2017

My New Mantra---I Am Enough!



This is my new mantra. I realize some people will never like me or the way I do things. I will never live where or how they think I should. I will never please them or be enough for them. I do good, I mess up. I fall and I rise again. My word this year is "always" and there is always going to be someone, something or both but I am enough for God and that's all that matters.


Until next time,
Pat




Monday, January 16, 2017

M&M's, not candy but Mission's And Me (lesson for my church kids)


     We have our annual Mission's conference in April each year.  We have a week of Missionaries coming in to share their hearts and fields.  We have a preacher or preachers who share why we should be involved in Missions and how we can be and yet never leave our homes.  This is one of my favorite times of year in our church.
     Our Pastor, Bro. JD Weido says that though we have a Mission's conference one week a year, missions should be in our hearts and lives, monthly, weekly, daily. April is coming up soon so I wanted to get the kids hearts looking towards missions now.  
     I am planning a special small lesson once each month starting with this month, January and leading up to April.  This past Sunday, we talked about what a missionary is.  We talked about though we can't all be missionaries we can be involved and each of us should be.  I asked them who should be involved in missions (m) and they said me (m).  To help them remember this I showed them a candy box.
Do you see why I shared this candy.  All kids recognize M&M.'s.  But I told them to look at the box with new eyes.  M&M= Missions and Me. And yes after they finally understood we just had to open the box and enjoy a few.

Now we know who should be involved in Missions and next month, we will learn how we can be. I hope you will be back here next month to see what we learned.

God bless til next time,
Pat



Friday, January 13, 2017

The Simple Woman's Daybook January 13, 2017

For Today


Looking out my window
I see a world before me and do they know Jesus 

I am thinking
When they look at me or listen to me do they see Him or do they go, No, thanks?

I am thankful
That I get to home school my grands, it is so wonderful to watch them learn and grow and to see the light go off when they finally get something to click in their mind

One of my favorite things
Is reading.  I love to read just for fun and also to grow in my life and relationship with God and others

I am creating
Nothing at the moment but will be working on some paintings, nothing fancy but just some basic sign type pictures

I am wearing
Blue workout pants and blue tshirt

I am reading 
When I first found out about this book and that I was going to be on the launch team, I just not sure.  I was thinking I am so overwhelmed now that I don't have time to add the overwhelming task of not only reading this but helping promote it too.  But in my opinion it is well worth the time to read. Kathi and Cheri want to show you five surprising reasons why you become stressed, why social media solutions don't often work, and how you can finally create a plan that works for you. I highly recommend this book and one place you can find it is here:


I am hoping
To learn to take time for me to restore my health mentally, physically and spiritually in 2017.  I am worth it and I am enough are 2 of my favorite mantras right now

I am learning
Sorry to repeat but I am worth it and I am enough

In my kitchen
nothing at the moment as it is grocery day
but a recipe I am wanting to try is

Sugar Free Caramel Crunch Apple Crisp


In the school room


  and 
These are google pictures but will soon be sharing more pictures of our actual activities and projects


In my garden
Nothing at the moment but promised the grands when spring comes we will make fairy gardens

Shared Quote
(from google)

A moment from my day


Closing Notes
I hope you enjoyed your visit and will come again, friends are always welcome.  If you would like to share your daybook or read others go here
Until next time,
Pat

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Would You Want To Be Your Friend?






     I was talking to someone recently and she said she wished she had more friends?  She told me she wished she had more but didn't know how to make new ones.  I asked her a question, "Would you want to be your friend?"  She asked me what I meant.

     I then asked her to think on these things:

1) Do you get out and go places to meet friends?  You are probably not going to meet a whole lot of people at your house
2) Are you friendly?  Do you smile at people?   Do you say hello?  Do you try to get to know others?
3) Do you approach people or always wait on them to talk to you?
4) Look for people that maybe have kids the age of yours or share an interest like reading or knitting or something like that.  Join a book club if you life to read or a support group for wives of police officers, military or something like that if it applies to you
5) Pray and ask God for a friend-don't laugh, someone gave me that advice once and guess what He did and we are still friends, many years and adventures later
6) Show yourself friendly---

     I don't have a lot of friends but I do have friends who stick with me through think and thin and they are a treasure.  So if you are looking for a friend, more that anything, ask yourself, would I want to be my friend.

Until next time, God bless,
Pat

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

WORD OF THE YEAR, 2017----"ALWAYS"


     For several years I have prayed and sought a Word for the year and the direction the Lord would have me go.  I chose the word "Rise" for this year but after a couple of weeks I realized this was what I chose and not of the Lord.  It was coming from pain and not somewhere I want to be anymore.
     I prayed and really sought the Lord and clearly felt the Lord leading me to the word, "Always".  As this year goes forward I will try to share some of what this word brings me to and what the Lord is teaching me.

     Today my daughter in law, Jenny, shared a song with me.  After I quit crying I felt such comfort and peace.  I am so excited as I face this journey with the Lord this year.  I am posting the link to the song so you can listen to if you wish. 
It too is called Always!


God bless until next time,
Pat



To Blog Or Not To Blog-I Think I Will Try Again



     I started blogging a few years ago when a lot of my friends were blogging.  Back then I mostly blogged about homeschooling and my family.  Then I tried several different ways to blog but was just never really happy and now here I find myself 6 months with no post......but hey this is not good bye and please stay with me here.
     I have decided to blog again and it may be about homeschooling as I am now homeschooling 4 grands.  It may be about family, books I read, thoughts I have, marriage, life after 50, my Lord and Savior or who knows.  Each post may be different.  I just want to blog for me and if you would like to join in I would be honored.
     So here goes, I will bring you up to date if you used to read here and if somehow you are new well this is who I am. I am married to my best friend Billy for 30 years.  We have 3 kiddos, one is married, is a police officer, and has made me a Mother in law and a Mamaw 4 times over,  Next is a daughter who is married and living in Oklahoma.  Lastly is our youngest who recently got a start on his law enforcement career by becoming a jailer at our local jail.  I homeschool my 4 grands and work with the 4 years through 6th graders at church.  I love redbirds, reading, trying to get healthier and getting closer to God.  So now you kind of know a little of who I am.  I hope you will join me here as you can and as I share a little of my life, Living Life With The Loves!

God bless,
Pat

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Time to Walk


Recently I have had to face and make some changes in my life.  Physically, I found out I am diabetic and combined with some health issues I already have, changes must happen.  Walking is something that I can start out slow and build up to. My Dr even said walking dvd's are okay as long as I am moving this body more.  Spiritually, I have not been doing too good with walking either.  After a visit or two with the Great Physician, I was told I need to walk more there too. So it is time for some changes and a time to walk.

Physically, a friend just gave me some very nice walking shoes so that eliminated my number 1 excuse for not walking.
Spiritually, I have been searching for God's leading and instead of being in The book, I got on facebook and this picture popped up.
Now, I don't think I will be walling in these shoes anywhere but I did find it interesting that they were multi-colored like the ones I was given.  Now I make not take the path anyone else would take in their walk but I am searching for and trying to find the one God has laid out for me.

God bless,
Pat