Saturday, January 19, 2013

Thoughts, Floods, & Promises

Do you ever think? Of course you do. 

I mean do you ever just think? How about for long stretches of time? Well, this thinking-thing is a hobby of mine and has been for as long as I can remember.

my best thinking face 

Sometimes to make this hobby more interesting I'll ask others,  "What are you thinking?"
I am and always will be completely mystified at anyone who responds with a simple "Nothing." 

Actually chances are good that I won't believe you if that's your answer.

Ryan (that's short for "my superhero husband") is well acquainted with this hobby of mine so he no longer ever says, "Nothing." when I ask, "What are you thinking?"

Here's an example from the other night:
Me:"What are you thinking?"
Ry: ________________________ (you can pretty much fill in the blank with whatever husbands say to make their wives blush).

Every once in a while Ry will throw a proverbial curve ball... the other night he asked,"Do you ever think about _______________?" (I actually can't remember exactly what he said)
Me:"No." My quick blunt answer was unsuspected.
Me: "Do you ever think about how we are going to decorate a nursery someday?" (No I'm not pregnant, no I don't know when we are going to have kids. Yes everyone I know and their dog are having kids and yes perhaps I frequent Pinterest so perhaps that's why I was thinking about such things...)
Ry: (equally as quick and blunt) "No."

Its night as I write this; I can't sleep. And I'm thinking about that conversation and Noah's Ark, because that's what I imagined I'd decorate a nursery with. Notice the past tense .... I've been reading about Noah in the Bible, and in this book called, Patriarchs and Prophets. Sure I've read it before but I'm just realizing, it's not the happy story one sees plastered in a nursery.

The other day the county that I live in had flood warnings, due to days and days of heavy HEAVY rain. Flood warnings aren't a pleasant thought either.

The good in Noah's story is the same good that is found in my story (and coincidentally your story) and that good is in God's promises.
They're so functional, those promises are, that I suppose they're worth plastering all over a nursery. God's promises are also something to fill your thoughts with.... 

Here's some verses worth thinking about:
Phillipians 4:8 "Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things."

Genesis 9:12-14 "And God said, “This is the sign of the covenant I am making between me and you and every living creature with you, a covenant for all generations to come: I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth. Whenever I bring clouds over the earth and the rainbow appears in the clouds,  I will remember my covenant between me and you and all living creatures of every kind. Never again will the waters become a flood to destroy all life.  Whenever the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and all living creatures of every kind on the earth.” 

Deuteronomy 6:5-9 "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates."

It's time for my scattered thoughts to come to a close... but before they do, may I just remind you that God has a proverbial rainbow for you, no matter the storm you're facing... God and I promise you that!

God is love,

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

The Perfect Hired Hand by Betty Rayl

The Perfect Hired Hand by Betty Rayl

The hardest working man around
Is one I thought could not be found.
When work needs done you'll find him there
With smiling face to do his share.

To fix the fire he'll pack in wood
Before you ever say he should.
He'll take the sheep back to the fold
Long before he's ever told.

He herds the cows, so big and mean
And if he's scared it's never seen.
When things break down, then you're in luck. 
With wrench in hand he'll fix your truck.
And he's the proudest guy alive
Whenever he's allowed to drive.

He'll feed the chickens, milk the cow,
If it needs done, just show him how.
And housework's not beneath his skill,
He'll fold the laundry with a will.

He'll grab the broom and sweep the floor,
Wash the dishes, and lots more.
Messy floors? Don't get up-tight.
The vacuum cleaner's his delight.

In doing chores, don't think he's slow.
He's atomic energy about to blow!
He's a "man of few words" as they say,
But his happy grin will cheer your day.

Doesn't smoke or chew, what can I say?
The hired man bathes every day!
When he gets spruced to go to town,
He's 'bout the best dressed guy around.
High stepping boots, new suit and tie,
The ladies think he's "quite the guy".

He does drink some, but still he's nice.
The bottle is his only vice.
This hired man's a dream come true,
And Ryan Dale is not quite two.

by proud Grand Betty Rayl, 1982

Here's the card that the poem was in...

That Ryan Dale is now 32 and my husband. My mother-in-law says it seems just like yesterday that Ryan was two...

I can't believe that my little nephew is already two... and I suppose before I know it he'll be 32... 

time flies...make the most of each day!!! 

Psalm 20:4 "May he give you the desire of your heart and make all your plans succeed."

Happy New Year and may God bless your time on this earth!!!!! 
Gods is love,