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Glorify God In All Things

I was faced with a situation yesterday that could have gone two ways.

I could have lost my cool, acted like a raving lunatic and said some not so nice things, which would not have changed a thing or I could accept that I couldn’t change the situation and handle it in a way that would glorify God.

Let me explain what happened:

Three weeks ago, The Capt. and I went to Rhode Island for a long weekend and we left our car at a parking place near the airport that advertised 24 hour surveillance and a safe place to park.

Upon our return, we noticed that the trim had been pulled away from the passenger side door and the leather on the airbag compartment had been slashed in 2 places.

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We had the manager come out to assess the damage. He gave us an incident report to fill out while he took pictures. He said that he would send the report to the corporate office and they would be contacting us in a few days. He also gave us the telephone number to the corporate office.

After about a week, with no word from the corporate office, I took my car to a body shop for an estimate. Luckily , the trim just needed to be popped back on, but, the airbag compartment was going to be approximately $2000.00 to repair.

I came home and called the corporate office number that we were given and talked to the owner’s secretary. I told her about the estimate and she said to scan and email it to her and she would make sure that the owners saw it, along with the initial report and pictures.

I promptly emailed the estimate and then waited another week. When I didn’t get any kind of response, I sent another email, inquiring as to when this situation could be resolved.

The secretary emailed me back, assuring me that one of the owners would be in that afternoon. She said along with the report we submitted and the pictures, that he would have to talk with the person that parked our car and check the surveillance cameras. She assured me that she would notify me as soon as she had an answer for me.

Another week has passed and now we are into the third week with no word from the owners. So yesterday morning I send another email to the secretary. This time I stated that my husband was getting impatient and the feeling that we were being ignored. I also emphasized how quickly I wanted this matter resolved.

I got an answer back quickly this time, but it wasn’t what I wanted to hear!

She emailed that the owners looked at everything and concluded that it was not vandalism but sun damage and they will not be helping with any repairs!

My blood was boiling! Did the sun pull the trim away from the window? Why wasn’t the top of the dashboard that gets the direct heat damaged? This car is housed in a garage, could the sun do that damage in just 3 days? And did the sun leave what appears to be a greasy palm print?

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While I was still hot, I called The Capt. and he wasn’t surprised by their answer. He told me it wasn’t worth the time and energy to fight with them. He said to make the decision to live with it or pay the deductible to have our insurance fix it.

I wasn’t completely satisfied with that solution. I was thinking of ways to get satisfaction. Maybe leave bad reviews or better yet, have my sister and brother in law picket the place. The very least I could do would be to send a scathing email giving them a piece of my mind!

Well, I sat on my couch and asked God to help calm me in this situation. I asked for guidance in how to handle this in a way that would glorify Him.

A peace came over me and I decided that I would send one last email to that secretary. I thanked her for her quick response, even though it wasn’t the answer that I was looking for and I also told her, very politely, that we would no longer be using their facility to park when we travel but that I would however, keep the owners in my prayers.

You see, the moral of this story is:
I have an automatic signature and link to my blog page attached to every email I send. So, anyone that gets an email from me can click the link to my blog, where I openly profess to being a child of God. How would that have looked if I had sent a blazing email just to make myself feel better?

And yes folks, they do click the link!
I just got a response back from that secretary. She said that she was so sorry that I didn’t get the answer that I was looking for but on a good note, she just checked out my blog and she loves it!

Glory be to God!

Hotline To Heaven

I have been seeing a lot of Bible emergency lists on Pinterest.

I love the idea so much, that I thought I would make a list to fit the needs of my grandkids.

I think that I am going to make this into a bookmark!

Hotline To Heaven:

These emergency numbers are more effective than calling 911

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When you are scared, call Isaiah 41:13
When you are angry, call Ephesians 4:31-32
When you are lonely, call Hebrews 13:5
When you feel depressed, call Psalm 27
When you were being selfish, call James 3:14-16
When you are sad, call John 14
When you were naughty, call Psalm 51
To get along with others, call Romans 12
Need reassuring, call Deuteronomy 31:8
Worried, call Matthew 6:25-34
When you don’t feel loved, call Romans 8:38-39
When you need to resolve a fight, call Matthew 5:9
Are you judging others, call Matthew 7:1-6
When you need to be comforted, call Isaiah 49:15-16
When you need to feel loved, call John 15:9-17
When you need confidence, call Proverbs 3:5-6
Are you stressed out, call Ephesians 4:26
Want revenge, call 1 Peter 3:8-9
Need to forgive, call Colossians 3:13
Did you gossip about someone, call Ephesians 4:29
When God seems so far away, call Psalm 13

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Alternate Numbers
For security……………………………………………..Call John 3:16
For assurance……………………………………………..Call 1 John 5:13
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All lines to Heaven are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week!

Blessings From God!

So many times in life, we fail to stop and realize just how blessed we are.

We seem to focus so much of our attention on money, bills, jobs, status, things, or anything that we think will make us happy, that we don’t see the blessings that God has put right in front of us.

Saturday, as the Capt. and I took Marley and our little grandson to the park, I saw God’s blessing for me that day!

As I followed behind, I had the biggest smile on my face and I realized just how lucky I was to be there on that beautiful day, spending time with the ones I love!

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Salvation belongs to the Lord; May Your blessing be upon Your people.
Psalm 3: 8

Praise God!

What The Bible Says About Love

I thought, what better day to talk about what the Bible says about love, than on the one day that we make it a point to celebrate Love!

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What is Love?

Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. 1 Corinthians 13:4-7

So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love. 1 Corinthians 13:13

What the Bible says about loving ourselves:

Whoever gets sense loves his own soul; he who keeps understanding will discover good. Proverbs 19:8

For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ does the church. Ephesians 5:29

What the Bible says about loving our spouse:

Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her. Ephesians 5:25

And so train the young women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and submissive to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be reviled. Titus 2:4-5

What the Bible says about loving one another :

No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God abides in us and his love is perfected in us. 1 John 4:12

A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another. John 13:34-35

Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins. 1 Peter 4:8

What the Bible says about loving your enemies:

But I say to you who hear, love your enemies, do good to those who hate you.
Luke 6:27

But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you. Matthew 5:44

And most importantly, the ULTIMATE LOVE!

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“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16

Happy Valentines Day Everyone!

What Does The Future Hold For My Blog?

Well, I can’t believe it, I have been blogging for a whole year now!

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For the past several weeks, I have been praying about what direction I should go with my blog.

I thought about monetizing it, which would mean that I would have to switch over to WordPress.org. I would also have to get more serious about networking and building relationships with other bloggers. I would have to devote much more time to my blogging than I do right now.

I also thought about giving it up altogether. I told my self, ” you did it for a year, just be proud of that!”

But, after weeks of praying about it, I am feeling led to keep things the way they are for right now.

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I am not sure that I will be posting as often as I did the first year, but I will still be sharing with you:

My DIY projects
My home
Delicious recipes
My Boston Terrier
My faith
Organizational skills
Thrifty finds
Family events
And my Pinterest pins

I feel that God is wanting me to keep this blog as is for now,
so I feel very blessed to have you as a follower and look forward to sharing with you for another year!

New Year’s Resolution

As I look back on my past resolutions, it has dawned on me that I set myself up for failure just by what I resolve myself to do.

You see, I have been choosing things that I thought, if I succeed, I would feel so much better about myself.

For the past 5 years or so, I think I have had the same resolution with the same miserable results.

I always say that I am going to lose weight. ” this is the year that I start eating right and exercising regularly. I am going to get healthy and then I will feel better about myself”.

I don’t think that I have ever gotten past February when I realized that I have already given up. And believe me, that is not a good feeling!

So, this year I am rethinking my resolution.

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I am taking the attention off of me and turning it on to others.

I have had so much fun and have felt so good this holiday season by doing the Random Acts of Christmas Kindness, that I have decided not to end it just because the holidays are over.

This year, my New Year’s Resolution is to always be aware of the needs of others. Also, I am going to try to be more patient and kind towards others.

For those people who are rude or pushy, I am going to treat them as if they are having a bad day, because there is a good chance that they are!

I am going to make up some packages to keep in my car to hand out to those people on the street with the “please help” signs.

I am going to keep some dollar bills in my wallet to hand out where needed.

I am going to try to smile more at the cashiers and waitresses and I am going to return those stray shopping carts to the cart return stations.

I have found that when you think of others first, that is when you find your true JOY!

Matthew 7:12 So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.

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May you all have a blessed New Year!

In The Arms of Jesus

My heart goes out to the families in CT.

I pray that they will be able to find some peace this holiday season in the midst of such sorrow!

The one true comfort is knowing that those precious children are in the arms of Jesus!

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My niece emailed me this poem and I thought I would share it with you.

Twas’ 11 days before Christmas, around 9:38
when 20 beautiful children stormed through heaven’s gate.
Their smiles were contagious, their laughter filled the air,
they could hardly believe all the beauty they saw there.
They were filled with such joy, they didn’t know what to say
they remembered nothing of what had happened earlier that day.

“Where are we?” asked a little girl, as quiet as a mouse.
“This is heaven.” declared a small boy. “we’re spending Christmas at God’s house.”
When what to their wondering eyes did appear,
but Jesus, their savior, the children gathered near.
He looked at them and smiled, and they smiled just the same.
Then He opened His arms and He called them by name.

And in that moment was joy, that only heaven can bring
those children all flew into the arms of their King.
And as they lingered in the warmth of His embrace,
one small girl turned and looked at Jesus’ face.
And as if He could read all the questions she had
He gently whispered to her, “I’ll take care of mom and dad.”

Then He looked down on earth, the world far below
He saw all of the hurt, the sorrow, and woe.
Then He closed His eyes and He outstretched His hand,
“Let My power and presence re-enter this land!”
“May this country be delivered from the hands of fools”
“I’m taking back my nation. I’m taking back my schools!”

Then He and the children stood up without a sound,
“come now my children, let me show you around.”
Excitement filled the space, some skipped and some ran,
all displaying enthusiasm that only a small child can.
And I heard Him proclaim as He walked out of sight,
“in the midst of this darkness, I AM STILL THE LIGHT.”

Regifting

My pastor was on vacation this Sunday so the family pastor filled in for him. His sermon was on regifting. He was speaking about families and how we raise our children is our legacy. We need to gift our children with the knowledge of the Gospel.

Well, that got me thinking! We ALL should be regifting!

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God has given us the greatest gift of all. The gift of salvation!

For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.
John 3:16

If ever there is a gift that should be regifted, this is the ONE!

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As Christians, we are called to witness to others:

Mark 16:15 says And he said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation.

And Romans 10:17 Tells us that faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.

So, this Christmas season, when you are making your Christmas list, don’t forget to REGIFT!

Keeping Christ In Christmas

Without Christ, there would never have been a Christmas celebration.

Christ is Christmas, a celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ!

So, from now until Christmas, I will be posting about how I am keeping Christ in Christmas.

The first thing that I do is to make sure that I always send out Christmas cards that reflect the true meaning of Christmas.

In the past, I have used Vistaprint to design my own cards. They would always send out offers to get free cards, you just pay for the shipping. I actually designed a very good card this year, I kept waiting for that good offer from Vista print, but I think that they are changing how they do things and I decided to just buy my cards this year for fear that I had waited too long to place my order and get them in time to mail out.

This card that I had designed was actually inspired by a sign that I had pinned on Pinterest.

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On the inside, I had this Bible verse:
And she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.
Luke 2:7

I did however, find some nice religious cards at the store that I am sending out this year instead.

So just remember, whether you make your own Christmas cards or you purchase them, these are good reminders to everyone you send them to, that the greatest gift of all is the gift of eternal life, given to us by our Heavenly Father, through the birth of his Son, Jesus Christ.

And to everyone that wishes me a Happy Holiday, I reply, with a smile,
” Merry Christmas”!