Thursday, May 21, 2009
Wishing all of you a blessed week... and please be careful if you are taking a trip. :) Will be keeping everyone of you in my prayers. Hugs, Janie
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Well I finished all the flower arrangements today. Gary also made the stakes. I have 7 saddles, 13 flower pots, and 2 hanging baskets. I am so glad that I started early. We will decorate on Saturday. I will be ready to do something fun. :) Maybe we can take the kids to the zoo.
Tomorrow (Thursday) I will get my hair cut. :) Friday I will load up all the flowers so they will be ready for Saturday morning. Sunday we will be in church and maybe we can go to the zoo in the afternoon; if not we can go on Monday. Wichita has a great zoo. They just got Tigers. Tuesday will be Assistant Living again. We really do stay busy.
Please be careful over the holiday if you have to travel. All of you are in my prayers. Wishing all of you a blessed week with lots of blessings. Prayers & Hugs, Janie
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Hope this finds everyone well. All are in my prayers.
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
I bought that little angel vase in the center at a garage sale for .25 cents. I wired it to the frame and put Styrofoam in center. All flowers are from LaBelle flower shop auction. Thank you for viewing. Prayers & hugs, Janie
Monday, May 11, 2009
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
2 Grandchilden are graduation from Junior High
And then last but not least... Memorial Day and making about 35 decorations for the cemetery.
Wishing all of you a early HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY, blessed, happy, and fun month. Will see all of you in June. Sorry but I won't be making any comments..... but that does not mean that you are not in my thoughts and prayers.
Saturday, May 2, 2009
Well needless to say... I have been on SingSnap. It has become very addictive when you like to sing. I use to tell everyone that I would rather sing as eat. lol Singing has slowed down for me and I have gotten lazy on practicing. Not as good as I use to be with age. :) I recorded 3 songs Thursday night, 3 songs Friday night, and 2 songs tonight. Hmmm They have a community there just like blogger has. lol The Lord only gives me the friends that He wants me to meet. I have met one lady 50 years old and her husband is a minister in Kentucky. The other lady is in her 50's also. One is Sherri and the other one is Sharon. Nice ladies. They have some good singers on there and I am always amazed at how good some of the older people are. haha! I use to think anyone over 35 or 40 years old was ancient!!! haha! Isn't it funny how we all change our point of view when we get older. We even realize that our parent were pretty smart!! hehe!
When the rain quits some I have got to make 25 decorations for the cemetery for Memorial Day. Hmmmm that will be a week long job non-stop. The Lord has been soooo good to me by letting me buy artificial flowers and vines at auctions for hardly nothing. I have 6 BIG plastic tubs full of flowers and vines. I bought about 30 medium sized plastic vases last month for $7.50. They will have to be staked down in the ground so they won't blow over.
This is kind of a long entry so will make another entry about something that happened today. :) All are in my prayers. Hugs, Janie
Friday, May 1, 2009
Monday, April 27, 2009
Friday, April 24, 2009
Thursday, April 23, 2009
Saturday, April 18, 2009
Things always go wrong. lol I had all the music for the funeral. We HAD to leave at 9:45 to make the 2 and sometimes 2 1/2 hour trip. Terry Ann took Carlie to school at 9:00 and pulled up at my step-dad's house at 9:43. lol We were leaving at 9:45. WooHoo!! Things looked great! We drove 11 miles and were stopped for road construction. We sat there for about 15 minutes. I made the statement that it was making us get there at 12:15 and the funeral was at 1:00. I told Terry Ann and Bill that we were where we were suppose to be at that time. As long as we were able to walk in at 10 till 1. I could always wear the jeans that I had on. lol We pulled into Coffeyville at 12:00. Wow! We made great time. We stopped and got a cup of coffee at the Quick Trip and Terry Ann said that she would like to go through a drive through and get something to eat. I pulled into a KFC and ordered. We sat there for about 15 minutes. Terry Ann said she thought we should just leave. (I have never done that before after ordering. lol) Bill spoke up and said... "It is 12:21 and if that funeral is at 1:00, you might want to get going." I pulled out of line and headed for Gary's mom's house. She passed away in 2004 and her home looks just like it did the day she passed away. I think her kids have finally thought about selling it this year. It is a older little house. It took me 10 minutes to throw on my slacks, change blouse, and change shoes. We got to the church around 10 till 1.
We were going to stop at my mother's grave site and my aunt had told me to stop by the funeral home and pick out a plant. I forgot all of that after the dinner at the church. I was going to go through town a certain way but there was road construction.... it got me side tracked while talking to Terry Ann and Bill. I just headed for home a different route?? No one said anything to me because they thought I was in a hurry to get home. I felt really bad about forgetting... but when I remembered I was standing on Bill's front porch!! lol
Hope all of you have had a blessed week. All of you are in my prayers. Hugs, Janie
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
The first song is "In The Garden", 2nd song is "On The Wings Of A Dove", and 3rd song is "Roses Will Bloom Again". The funeral will be at 1:00 on Friday. I will have to make a 2 hour trip there. We are having the furnace and air conditioning put in Thursday and Friday. Gary will stay home. Terry Ann and my step-dad Bill will go with me.
Hope all of you have had a blessed week. All of you are in my prayers. Love, hugs, and prayers, Janie
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Hope all of you have had a blessed week. All of you are in my prayers. God Bless, Janie
Monday, April 13, 2009
Saturday, April 11, 2009
This is the beginning: Hmmm videos would not load??
Well I hope this comes out alright... doing it html. HAPPY EASTER. HUGS, JANIE
Friday, April 10, 2009
Gary came around the front of us wearing his black western hat, jeans, and western work shirt (not really dressed fancy). As Gary passed him the guy said... "Are you a real cowboy?" I am snickering softly. Gary was kind of dumb fonded and really didn't know how to answer him. lol I spoke up and told him that Gary was a drugstore cowboy. The guy asked Gary a couple of questions. Then the guy tells us... "I am older than what I look. I am 33 years old. I just got out of prison. I have been in prison since I was 17 years old." That kind of makes you take notice when someone tells you that. lol I am sitting there wondering why he was in prison for 16 years. lol Then he said he was an artist. He said he could look at us and airbrush a picture of us in about 2 1/2 hours. He said that he could also paint animals... anything that he looks at. Hmmmm I am thinking the whole time he is talking to us. I seem to always try to analyze everyone that I meet. hehe
He noticed my turquoise watch and said that he had made turquoise jewelry and leather purses. He said that he donated things that he made to children's benefit and etc... and said... what good is $1000 to someone in prison? I asked if he knew anyone from around Coffeyville, Kansas and he named someone by the name of Collins. I asked about a Bill Collins that Gary knows and the guy said that one of his stepmother's was his daughter. He mentioned the small town where my Grandmother lived. One of the first things that I did was ask him his name. I will remember that name. I was glad that he did not ask our name. He then told us that he had just gotten a hair cut because his hair was in a pony tail and that the top was braided. As I was watching him I took in details of his face... slim, some decays in his front teeth, glasses, checks sunk in, and not good looking. He would have looked a lot better if he weighed 50 pounds more. I told him that our son was going to be 33 and did not look his age either.
Then he said something about someone taking care of his dad... or something to the effect about not worrying. He then said, "I accepted Jesus Christ and I am not the same person as I was when I went in prison." As soon as he said that a young woman came and told him that someone with her was wanting to go to Wal Mart. She had been sitting in the parking lot waiting on him. He smiled and told her he didn't have anything to do and what ever she wanted to do. He shook hands with Gary... and I extended my hand to shake hands with him. As I watched him walk away I could tell that he was really thin. Levis were half way new. Of course all kinds of questions were going through my mind.
I told Gary that neither one of us had on a cross or anything. I have a ring that is praying hands but it is so small that I don't think he saw that. I remember kind of keeping my arms folded while talking to him, just a habit of mine.
I started thinking about when I sang at the prison... that was around 1991 (I think??) so he would have been too young to be in there. Gary said he was more than likely at the jail in Hutchinson since he went in when he was 17. When I sang at the prison there was one young man that stood out... and I am wondering if it was 1991 that I sang there?? Wow! Prison could sure change some one's looks. My family threw a fit when I went into the prison to sing. I would not want to go sing there now. lol Lord had a reason; I just don't know why yet.
Well, wishing all of you a blessed Easter. All of you are in my prayers.
God Bless, Janie
Saturday, January 31, 2009
Monday, January 26, 2009
Saturday, January 24, 2009
"No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father."
Matthew 13: 30
Let both grow together until the harvest; and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them; but gather the wheat into my barn.
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If you grew up on a farm or with a garden, you learned to despise weeds. Hours in the broiling sun with a hoe in your hands help you sympathize with farmers who will do anything to get rid of the things.
Over the years the attempts to kill them have included some strong pesticides that killed not only the weeds but all good crops. The pesticides even endangered our health.
In truth, some weeds are quite useful, producing nectar for the bees, improving the soil's nutrients, even providing food for salads. In the divine plan of the Father, everything has its purpose.
Other "weeds" will show their true colors at the harvest. Jesus made that point in His parable. Our job isn't to identify those we may consider "the weeds" and judge them as such. Only He will judge who is gathered to heaven and who is tossed into the fire.
Lord, help me stay alert to avoid the "weeds" Satan is planting. Give me the wisdom to accept those "weeds" that suit your purpose.
(Written by:Steve Phillips (television sports director, Sevier Heights Baptist church, Knoxville, TN
Friday, January 23, 2009
Friday, January 16, 2009
Saturday, January 10, 2009
Discover Fresh Hope
Financial hardship is only one of many circumstances that can make people feel hopeless about life. Deteriorating health, broken relationships, or loss of loved ones can have the same effect. How do we cope, or help someone else cope at such times?
If we are honest, we have to acknowledge that we ALL face times when circumstances seem overwhelming, and God seems far away. We wrestle with doubt and despair. To make things worse, we feel guilty for having these negative feelings. During such times, the Psalms offer the comforting message that we are not alone. The psalmists were fellow strugglers who expressed not only praise and thanksgiving, but also sorrow, fear, and despair.
Psalm 42: 1-5
1. As a deer longs for streams of water, so I long for You, God. 2. I thirst for God, living God. When can I come and appear before God? 3. My tears have been my food day and night, while all day long people say to me, "Where is your God"? 4. I remember this as I pour out my heart; how I walked with many, leading the festive procession to the house of God, with joyful and thankful shouts. 5. Why am I so depressed? Why this turmoil within me? Put your hope in God, for I will still praise Him, my Savior and my God.
We understand that God is not confined to any one location, and we can worship Him anywhere. In ancient Hebrew culture, the temple was the center of worship and represented God's dwelling place. Worshiping there with other believers, the psalmist had felt God's presence most keenly. For some reason the psalmist could not go to the temple. Questioning his own feelings and telling himself to trust God reflect the experience of someone who knows God is in control but feels hopeless nonetheless. It is a conflict between head and heart, knowledge and emotion.
Psalm 42: 1-5 demonstrates that we can share candidly with God our pain and disappointment. He will not be shocked; He already knows our secret thoughts, and He sympathizes with our suffering. The verses also challenge us to seek God above all else. More than we need a solution to our problems we need God Himself. Drawing close to Him, we discover that we are not alone in our despair.
Depend on God's Faithful Love:
Psalm 42: 6-11
6. I am deeply depressed; therefore I remember You from the land of Jordan and the peaks of Hermon, from Mount Mizar. 7. Deep calls to deep in the roar of all Your breakers and Your billows have swept over me. 8. The Lord will send His faithful love by day; His song will be with me in the night--- a prayer to the God of my life. 9. I will say to God, my rock, "Why have You forgotten me? Why must I go about in sorrow because of the enemy's oppression?" 10. My adversaries taunt me, as if crushing my bones, while all day long they say to me, "Where is your God?" 11. Why am I so depressed? Why this turmoil within me? Put your hope in God, for I will still praise Him, my Savior and my God.
Underline the 2 questions in verse 9. Would you say the psalmist's question of God were bold, disrespectful, irreverent, honest, whiny, sincere, angry, legitimate? Does God welcome this kind of praying? Why or why not?
Although he questioned God's apparent absence in verse 9, the psalmist returned in verse 11 to the refrain that runs throughout these two psalms, expressing his "hope in God." Like the psalmist we may need to keep reminding ourselves in difficult times that trouble does not mean God is absent or doesn't care. Sometimes God uses tribulations to discipline us (not just to punish, but also to instruct). In the New Testament, the writer of Hebrews noted that God's discipline is an indication of His love for His children (Hebrew 12: 5-11). God's love is one thing we can count on no matter what we may lose or how our circumstances might change. When others turn against us, we can know that God is always for us. When we seek Him and honor Him, He loves us. When we disobey and disappoint Him, He loves us still.
Psalm 43: 1-5
1. Vindicate me, God, and defend my cause against an ungodly nation; rescue me from the deceitful and unjust man. 2. For You are the God of my refuge. Why have You rejected me? Why must I go about in sorrow because of the enemy's oppression? 3. Send Your light and Your truth; let them lead me. Let them bring me to Your holy mountain, to Your dwelling place. 4. Then I will come to the altar of God, to God, my greatest joy. I will praise You with the lyre, God, my God. 5. Why am I so depressed? Why this turmoil within me? Put your hope in God, for I will still praise Him, my Savior and my God.
Turning to God for justice when we are treated unfairly demonstrates that we believe God is just and is powerful enough to intervene and set things right. Because life this side of heaven isn't fair, we all become victims of injustice at times. At such times, we can wallow in self-pity and drown in despair. The better alternative, however, is to do what the psalmist did. He boldly petitioned God, the Judge of all the earth, to redress the abuses against him. Looking to our Refuge for deliverance from injustice raises us out of the pit of gloomy introspection and self-pitying depression.
Life doesn't always turn out the way we planned. Illness strikes. Death claims loved ones. Relationships become strained. We suffer losses and setbacks. Shifting circumstances can take us from a place of contentment to a place of despair without warning. How can we make a new start in life when we find ourselves in what seems like a hopeless situation? Consider these truths:
1. We find fresh hope by understanding our soul's desire for God. When we draw close to Him, we move toward hope.
2. We find fresh hope by relying on God's love. Even when we do not sense God's presence or see how He is helping, we can trust in His unchanging love and know that He is working for our good.
3. We find fresh hope by looking to God for guidance. When we are at a loss to know what to do, His light and truth will lead us.
Friday, January 9, 2009
Erick is doing well. Jennie called me when he got out of surgery. He had a broken leg and a broken ankle. They put plates and pins in there to hold everything together. The doctor said he will not be able to go back to work for 3 or 4 months. (But at least he will be ok. Very lucky to only have that amount of injuries from a motorcycle accident) When the car pulled out in front of him he tried to go around it...so instead of hitting the car head on, he hit in with the right side of his body (so it was his right leg and ankle that got broken) A couple days ago he had just borrowed some leather chaps,leather jacket, and leather gloves from his friend. So I'm thinking maybe the leather outfit helped too. Anyway, just wanted to let you know that he is doing well. Thanks for the prayers, Terrie
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Prayers needed for my son-in-law:
My oldest daughter Jennie in Arizona called me this morning all upset and crying. Her husband Erick got into a motorcyle accident on his way to work. He was going down a highway where the speed limit is 65mph and a car ran a stop sign and pulled out in front of him. (So, he hit the side of a car with his motorcycle while going about 65mph) Someone called Jennie from the accident scene, so she rushed down there. She said there was blood all over the place and Erick's clothes were all ripped up and his motorcycle was all smashed up and in pieces. They had Erick on a stretcher getting ready to take him by helicopter to the hospital. The paramedics told her that so far they knew he had a broken leg, but they did not know yet what other injuries he had because they were still examining him.
Jennie did say that Erick spoke to her at the accident scene (so that's hopeful that at least he was awake and coherent) He was wearing a helmet thank goodness. Anyway, when she called me this morning she was on her way driving to the hospital where the helicopter was taking him. I told her to call me back later to let me know what's going on. Will keep you updated....Terrie
I live in a double wide and have hallow doors in the house. They are very hard to clean without streaking. My manufactured home is a 1981 model. I used about 2 gallons of water to 1/2 cup of Spic and Span. It use to be powder but it is now liquid. The only place I could find it was Wal Mart. It is an old time cleaning agent. It has a nice unusual fragrance and not strong. I did not have to rinse either. I like 409 but it kills my lungs. Just thought I would share this. Wishing all of you a wonderful day with lots of blessings. Love, hugs, and prayers, Janie
Thursday, January 8, 2009
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Last night around 5:30 they were able to get her off the ventilator, she is breathing on her own. Her first words were water, food and mask (possible oxygen, don’t know what she meant). They removed 3 liters of fluid on Saturday, now she looks more normal. I have not heard any word as of this morning as to how the night went. She is not out of the danger yet, but things are much better. Her condition can be controlled with medication, rest. They say it will be at least a year before she regains much strength, we don’t care as long as there is hope and progress. Thanks each of you for all the prayers, God is good.
Love, hugs, and prayers, Janie
Sunday, January 4, 2009
Here are some photos of my bathroom. I made the design on the first photo. I cut some trim off of the bottom and put on the sides to make it look like a frame. Wow! I had about 6 inches left over when I was finished! I am tired! My walls look like pale yellow?? They are a soft rose beige. Have to get off of here and get ready for bed! Church tomorrow morning. Have to get up at 7:30... which is not long from now. Want to thank all of you for the prayers. Hope all of you have a blessed Sunday. In my prayers, Janie
Saturday, January 3, 2009
Well, here are photos of what they look like now with my wallpaper border design. I glued it over the place mat photo that was in there and it gave it a padded look. I will put photos on of my bathroom with the wallpaper border later. First I want to wash my bathroom walls! lol
Right now my house looks cluttered... but sometimes if a person wants to get something done... they have to let everything else go! :(
Hmmmm wonder what else I can put this stuff on?? hehe Hope all of you have a wonderful and blessed weekend. All of you are in my prayers. Love, hugs, and prayers. God Bless, Janie
Thursday, January 1, 2009
I remember my dad crying one day after he had heard me sing in a church. He ran out that church door that day... right in the middle of my song!! Later his girlfriend called and said he needed me. He sat there with a beer in front of him .... telling me that he didn't really need that beer... and he didn't really need anything; but he was not happy. I tried to explain to him what Jesus meant to me, but I was a new Christian. Later that night my uncle went by and my dad accepted Jesus Christ. Five years later my dad died from liver cancer. He had not drank for 5 years. He was so peaceful and said that if Jesus had to suffer then why shouldn't he. The morning he died my uncle told me that he raised up off the bed a little and said.... "Well, Jesus, that is You." Then he closed his eyes and died. Praise God I will see my dad again!! If there is a Heaven and Hell.... Hell is not pretty!! Gnashing of teeth, screaming, crying, and thrown into the lake of fire. I don't want anyone to experience that! So I sound like a hell fire preacher... that is fine with me! May the Lord let you remember these words and lay it upon your heart if you have not accepted Jesus yet. The Bible is like a history book and it is all written.
If anyone has a problem... listen to the song. God will get you through it. I couldn't live without God now... no way! Peace beyond understanding.
Wishing all of you a BLESSED year! All of you who comment on my journal are in my daily prayers. Love, hugs, and prayers, Janie