Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Keep Calm and Tuesday On - Absence Explained . . . Oops..

So, how did it happen that I missed out on 2 Tuesdays worth of blogging?  Well...lemme just tell yas... I've been in Colorado!
Apologia flew us out to work the CHEC homeschool conference, and while we were there, they graciously let us stay an extra week to visit some of our cousins who live up in Winter Park and Pueblo.  :)
If I could live anywhere in the US, it would most definitely be CO - in a HEART BEAT!

Explanations being made, I'm back home now after enjoying myself immensely out west, and am ready to settle back into a {somewhat} normal routine here at my home sweet home.  
Planning for the Summer - HERE I COME!

  {Best friends}

Winter Park

Some of our cousins live on an old retired dude ranch out in the middle of a canyon in Pueblo...pretty cool.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Keep Calm & Tuesday On ~ FRIENDSHIP


Just finished listening to this song on Pandora, and thought, "oh, how fitting!" 
In the not so far gone past, I struggled with not having any friends, and when I say struggled, I mean struggled!  It bothered me, I tell ya!
When I was younger, making friends was always easy for me, but as I got older and we moved from VA to NC, it started to get harder and harder. 
Ever seem like everybody is either much older or younger than you? 
Well, that's how I felt until I (finally) realized, 
"God has a good reason for this.  I bet that I have been put in this hard place in order to get closer to my family, and become more dependent on God before he gives me "outside" friends."

And do you know what?  I was right!  My family members became my bestest of best friends, and God became more real to me than ever before!  It was an amazing work that He did in my heart to make me refocus my thoughts from what I didn't have, to what he had already given me.  

Then, and ONLY then, did he bless me with what I had been longing for so badly;
That is why the song by Francesca Battistelli was so applicable to my thoughts today :)

"But when I fix my eyes on all that You are
Then every doubt I feel
Deep in my heart
Grows strangely dim
All my worries fade
And fall to the ground
Cause when I seek Your face
And don't look around
Any place I'm in
Grows strangely dim"

Until everything else starts to look dim in comparison to Christ, all of our longings and desires are simply going to eat us up, like they did for me.
Phlippians 4:11-13 sums it up perfectly:
"I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances.  I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty.  I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.  I can do everything through him who gives me strength."
Just 2 years ago, we became members of Burk Community Bible Church in Morganton NC, and not only did they teach the Bible, but they also taught their kids Biblically.  

They are a really neat bunch.

Happy Tuesday!  
(Wow, and I actually got this posted on Tuesday!  BONUS!!!)