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Battles..

Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a great battle.
Philo of Alexandria

It is so easy to forget that we are all wounded people…..fighting our own personal battles….in need of someone who will walk beside us to carry our sword when we are too weak to hold it up….be willing to jump in the trenches…..for better or worse…..fighting along side us….encouraging us…..praying for us……loving us where we are at….unmoved by why we got there in the first place….yet, mostly…..believing in us…..even when we are wrong…..knowing that, eventually, we will “get it”….and even if we never do “get it”…..we are still loved and valued……sometimes I forget. This, I must say, I am most ashamed of.

What battle are you engaged in today…..

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Nine words women use…

1.) Fine : This is the word women use to end an argument when they are right and you need to shut up.

2.) Five Minutes : If she is getting dressed, this means a half an hour. Five minutes is only five minutes if you have just been given five more minutes to watch the game before helping around the house.

3.) Nothing : This is the calm before the storm. This means something, and you should be on your toes. Arguments that begin with nothing usually end in fine. (Refer back to #1 for the meaning of Fine.)

4.) Go Ahead : This is a dare, not permission. Don’t Do It!

5.) Loud Sigh : This is actually a word, but is a non-verbal statement often misunderstood by men. A loud sigh means she thinks you are an idiot and wonders why she is wasting her time standing here and arguing with you about nothing. (Refer back to #3 for the meaning of nothing.)

6.) That’s Okay : This is one of the most dangerous statements a woman can make to a man. That’s okay means she wants to think long and hard before deciding how and when you will pay for your mistake.

7.) Thanks : A woman is thanking you, do not question, or faint. Just say you’re welcome.

8.) Whatever : Is a women’s way of saying “(bleeped out by list owner)”!

9.) Don’t worry about it, I got it : Another dangerous statement, meaning this is something that a woman has told a man to do several times, but is now doing it herself. This will later result in a man asking ‘What’s wrong?’ For the woman’s response refer to #3.Then you RUN!

Heavy sigh….I confess that I am guilty of 1-9…..Dustin’s girlfriend gave him this…..but, really, why was he showing me this? A copy is now taped to the middle of my fridge…..I haven’t laughed this hard at myself in a while……

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Let Me Know…..

What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail?
Marianne Williamson

Any thoughts……?

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Love it….

Why does the thrill of soaring
have to begin with the fear of falling.
-Mother Eagle-

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He’s Back…..

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Two nights ago…..Ontario Airport……freezing cold……at midnight…..bag in one hand….guitar in the other…..camera gear & laptop……all on his back…….hat on his head……waiting patiently…….I drove up……and picked up this rather scraggly- looking…..tired……skinny……coughing……man……who happens to be the “first love of my life”…….gone for over three weeks…..I missed him terribly……WELCOME HOME MY DALE!!

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When swelling and pride come, then empitness and shame come also; but with the humble – those who are lowly, (who have been pruned or chiseled by trial) and renounce self – is skillful and godly Wisdom and soundness.
Proverbs 11:2 Amplified Version

A long time ago….i stumbled upon this verse….or rather the Holy Spirit allowed me to find it….and it has truly been the cry of my heart…..
I desire….crave….am desperate for Wisdom in all areas of my life….but everyday….I really need it….to raise my sons….homeschool them……love them uncondtionally…..they are all at different places in their lives…..one travels, takes incredible pictures, plays a mean guitar…..one just graduated from high school and is trying to figure out what he is suppose to be….is in a band…..plays really, really loud drums….two are in high school….TWO HIGHSCHOOLERS…..one is five (that speaks for itself) and my little one is 22 months…..loud….gets into everything….really loud…..did I mention he gets into EVERYTHING……sigh…..I want to be there for all of them…..I want to hear what each of them has to say…..to be their greatest fan…..I feel pulled in every direction……tired…..yet, there is no time for rest…..I love them each so much…..enjoy each of their individual quirks……they are all so amazing to me……how did i ever get so blessed…..but

Nothing has pruned and chiseled me more than “momness”…..many nights I have cried myself to sleep…..I take my responsibilty to raise these boys seriously…..God has entrusted me…..to teach them and raise them in the way they should go….so that when they are on their own…..they will not depart from the God I have taught them about……and it doesn’t end when they turn 18…..It actually gets harder….or rather….now I get to let go….and trust God that He really is faithful…..that I can trust Him to watch when I can’t…..to help them when they are hundreds of miles away…..and even when they are in the next room….I feel so ill-equipped half the time….but I am grateful that this “mom-thing” is not about what I FEEL…rather it is about how desperate I am to lean on my Heavenly Father to help me…..give me strength….love….patience…..the ability to listen when I just want to go to bed…..to get up in the middle of the night to find the pacifer that Deke just flung across the room….in the dark…..crawling…..feeling the floor……sigh….cuz he can’t sleep without it…..did I mention that I am really, really tired….:)

All of this to say….that the pruning process…..”staying still” long enough for God to get to the heart of the matter…..is painful….and I have experienced it through the death of my only brother, divorce, singleness, loneliness, marriage, motherhood, etc….yet it brings a freedom….peace……and the “wisdom and soundness” that I so desperately need and want….I have felt another session of some major chiseling…..on the horizon…..and, I confess, that I really don’t want to sit still…..yet, I know I must…..it is out of His love and mercy….that He calls to me……So…..I crawl back….to sit in His lap…..and face to face…tell Him…..I’m ready…..

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