Friday, February 17, 2017

Journey Through Life:Date Night Conversations



I have been feeling down, depressed, overwhelmed and sometimes angry for awhile. I have tried so hard to get to a better place. I do better for awhile and then things start making me feel like I am suffocating again. I have tried to pray but sometimes I felt like I wasn't sure if my prayers were even reaching the Lord.


Last night Billy went on a date night for late Valentines since he had to work on the 14th. After we went to eat, we went to Walmart and bought each other something for a gift. We don't do traditional or big but we did have fun picking out the gifts.He wanted a 6 pack of Pepsi's and the first season of "Touched by an Angel" on DVD. I asked for "Bad Moms" on DVD and a "fake" fitbit/watch. He also bought me a teal colored frog cause I needed it,he said.



The best part of the evening though was this, we took a LONG drive, and we had a LONG conversation. We talked about a lot of different things, just light conversation at first and then the talk turned serious. We talked about some of the things we knew were bothering me and things I didn't know were bothering him. I won't discuss what we talked about as it was private but it was good. We now know more of what the other one thinks, feels and wants and not just what we think but what we now know. Some of these seemed tiny to me but were big to him and vice versa. I also learned the Lord has been listening to me all along but I was the one not really listening to Him. Our prayers are always heard, sometimes we just don't listen to what He says in return.
It was a very good conversation. It is also something we will periodically do again in the future. We agreed if we have something to say or ask we will make it a priority and we will discuss it. I have heard some women say their husband won't talk and maybe he won't but maybe he would if you would let him talk and you listen. I recommend couples do as often as they feel necessary for them cause things change as we change but if we don't talk about it, how do we know? Now maybe ya'll already do this and that is good. Maybe we once did but lately we haven't but we sure will continue with this in the future.

Until next time,
Pat

Saturday, February 11, 2017

My Walk With God

     
        I have recently thinking about my walk with God.  Now, I am not talking about me and God going out and taking a walk together.  I am talking about my relationship with God.
      I know I am saved but I seem to have gotten away from that close walk with God.  I started thinking what had changed,where was God?  God is right there where He always has been and always will be.  I am the one who has walked away.  I have changed.  I am tired, I am busy, I have so much to do.  My prayers are sent towards heaven even as I am headed in another direction.  I read my bible but it is usually as I am teaching school or hoping I don't fall asleep before I get done.  I have walked away.  
     This is the view down my street.  As I go out each day I have a choice if I go left or right and the direction I choose will determine where I end up.  As we walk through life we have choices about direction too.  We can go right and follow God or go wrong and not be where we need to be.  When we are not walking in the direction of God, what can we do to change directions?

   I know for me it is to prioritize and slow down.  I commit to too much, make excuses, and let myself get overwhelmed and I get off on the wrong turns and path.  The things I know that have helped me in the past to have a better walk is this:
  1. Pray before I get out of bed
  2.  Read my bible every day, make it a priority, not rushed and not how much but how read
  3.  Pray all throughout the day
  4. Pray when I go to bed
  5.  Be still long enough to hear the Voice of God and where He would have me walk.
    Where are you walking and are you satisfied with your walk?  If not, it might be time for changes.  I will be checking back in from time to time to let ya'll know where I am on my walk.  I would love to hear where you are too.

Until next time,
Pat 


Monday, February 6, 2017

Journey Through Life



I wrote about this "Journey Through Life" this morning.  I thought I would share here in case it spoke to anyone as it spoke to me in my quiet time this morning. 

 I was looking though facebook this morning and I saw the picture above.  I just kept looking at it.  I knew God was trying to speak to me through this picture.  I started having my quiet time and this is sort of what came from it. 

  I have been struggling with some stuff for a while and I keep thinking one day I will wake up and it will all be fixed and better. I realized in quiet time this morning though that is not going to happen. Some days will be better and some days people will say and do things that really hurt. That doesn't mean I failed though, I am me and they are them. Even if I fail or they hurt me or I have a really good day, we are all on a journey of life.

   Life is like a road with twists and turns and bumps and beautiful spots like in this picture. We just have to walk our journey as best we can holding Jesus hand.God said to me that,  I am walking on a journey every day and I need to just hold His hand as I walk like I held my Daddy's hands when I was a little girl  He will protect me if I let Him.  So I am going to try really hard to hold Jesus hand and keep  trusting Him more and people less and seeing where this road leads me. Yes there will be bumps, twists and turns but sometimes there will be those quiet beautiful moments but through them all Jesus has my hand on my whole Journey of Life.

Until next time,
Pat

Thursday, February 2, 2017

The Simple Woman's Daybook for February 2nd and Giveaway Winner


For Today(really tonight)


Looking out my window
I see a cold dark night that is too cold for me

I am thinking
I am going to keep blogging even if for me only.  I saw a quote today that said, Jesus had 12 followers and Hitler had 4 million.  I would much rather be closer to Jesus than Hitler so even if I only have a few blog followers I am okay with that, thanks everyone.

I am thankful
for my husband, he is so sweet, I found this on my laptop when I got up this morning

One of my favorite things
is to spend time with my grands and I get to homeschool them so that owrks out well

I am creating
Nothing but trying to create a plan so I can better keep up with my busy life and not miss bill dates, appointments etc

I am wearing
Blue workout pants and grey tshirt, my normal wear most days

I am reading 
trying to read the bible and not doing very well with that so not trying much else right now


I am hoping
to draw closer to God and to live in peace that I am in His will even if people don't think so

I am learning
that I have to get more organized cause I am going to lose it otherwise

In my kitchen
Leftovers now but supper was chicken fried steak, potatoes and gravy, mac'n'cheese and spinach


In the school room
We are doing all our normal subjects plus focusing on handwriting.  I told them if I cannot read it then it is wrong

In my garden
Nothing right now but am hoping my son or husband will make this for me for the spring

Shared Quote
(from google)

A moment from my day
One of my favorite parts of my day is a cup of sugar free hot chocolate at the end of the day


Closing Notes
I had a giveaway on my blog and the winner chosen by random.org is

Debbie 

so will get her prize to her ASAP

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

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Does Anyone? And a giveaway!



    


      Sometimes I wonder does anyone even read here.  I wonder if this blogs time has come and gone.  I sometimes think, well I will just write for me and use it like a diary of sorts.  I am just not sure what to do.  I really enjoy writing the blog but......
     I decided I am going to continue for at least the month of February and see what happens.  Since February is the month of love and my last name is "Love" and I am trying to decide if I love this blog anymore, I am going to to have a "Love" giveaway. All you have to do to be entered to have a chance to win is leave a comment on this post on my blog.  I will choose a winner from all the comments.


Until next time or until I choose a winner of the giveaway,
Pat

Monday, January 30, 2017

Things I am Learning in this Journey of Life!


   

I am learning through my storm that is not really what people think about me that is hurting me.  It is more what I think about what they are thinking.  How I care or ignore what they are thinking.  I am in a way without meaning to making the storm wilder and bigger.  Once I faced this, I started searching for ways to calm my inner storm.  

I started seeking God and His will and way for my life.  I have always been told the best way to find this is to talk to Him and to read His word.  Prayer is when we talk to Him and reading His word is when He talks to us. A few verses have really reached out to me so far.

God knows what He desires for me and my life.  He won't force it on me, but it is waiting there for me to reach out and receive.  I am learning to pray before I make decisions and see if they seem to line up with the future God has for me.


      

If I think on people that have hurt me and how hurt and upset I am then I tend to be in a down and out mood.  If I think more on how God feels about me, how I can serve Him and others I seem to do better.  It is for sure that when we seek to bless others, we too are blessed in the process.  When I read His word, seek to learn it and hold it in my heart, then when the devil attacks I can throw them back at him.  Eeyore from Winnie the Pooh is gloomy, he thinks, walks, talks and acts gloomy so he is gloomy.  Tigger is happy, bouncy and always moving around, he acts happy and he is happy. Sometimes the devil likes to alienate us from others and make us feel alone.  But Tigger, he is the only Tigger and he is just fine with that. If we are doing right and we are the only one, well as long as it is right with Jesus we are not really alone, cause we have Him.  He will never leave us nor forsake us.

One of the biggest thing I am learning is this, do something every day that leads you closer to God.  The closer I am to God the less what people thinks, including me , matters. I am getting ready to do a bible reading plan with my daughter-in-law in February.  I am doing a bible study on the "I AM" of the Lord.  What are you doing to bring you closer to God?

Until next time,
Pat


Saturday, January 28, 2017

Sitting in Daddy's lap!


     


    I decided to be open and vulnerable and share my heart on my blog page but going to share it here too to hold me accountable and to maybe help someone else too.
     I have been going through some things for a while now. Everyone thinks they know what I should do or say. I am going to be brutally honest here, I am so overwhelmed with all this that I don't know anymore. This is where I woke up this morning. 
     Then it hit me, I am listening to every one and no one. Remember when you were a kid and you would have a problem and you would try to listen to your friends and you sometimes ended up in a mess.
      Finally you would go to your Moma and Daddy and then you could just sit there, cry, and let them hold you. Then you would finally talk to them and they would help you. Well, this morning I realized I need to be listening to my Daddy and letting Him hold me a while. 
     You can pray and I appreciate it more than words can say and I really hope you will but if you don't mind I am also going to sit here in my Daddy's lap awhile. 

Until next time,
Pat