Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Sunny Side of Life

When my life seams gloomy, I have learned that thankfulness is the key that unlocks the door to the "Sunny Side of Life."

When I do not feel like thanking or praising the Lord, but I do it anyway, out of obedience to Him, He brings hope and healing. I do begin to feel the Lord's presence. I begin to feel joyful. 

I love this photo of my daughter enjoying a summer day. It reminds me how blessed I am to have my family, relaxing days summer sunny days, with peace and joy. 
Job 8:16

They are like a well-watered plant in the sunshine, spreading its shoots over the garden;
Blessings, Kathi

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

From Rejected to Resting In the Lord's Acceptance

The teachers at my school are here today, and I am not. Inservice began this week, and school starts next.

 I am here. God has given me this time. I need to rest. I am blessed. 
I do believe the sorrow I have had came from feeling rejected. God knows what He is doing. He will not reject me. He has already accepted me through Christ. There is so much more ahead. I need to remember this. He is with me. 

So resting is just what I shall do.
Ecclesiastes 3:1-11a
"To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:  A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;  A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;  A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;  A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;  A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;  A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;  A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.  What profit hath he that worketh in that wherein he laboureth?  I have seen the travail, which God hath given to the sons of men to be exercised in it. 
 He hath made every thing beautiful in His time..."

Blessings, Kathi

Sunday, August 23, 2015

I'm Still Crying. I Got My First 'B' In My Master's Course, And I Am Being Real...

I just want you lovely blogging friends to know, that it is not so simple to just quit crying, when you have been through a nine month trauma. It is day-by-day and step-by-step that we become whole again, through our walk of faith in Christ. I am not perfect and, no, this is not easy. The truth is I am trying to get over a difficult school year, in which people were insensitive and even cruel to me. Also, I have guilt because the truth is I am loved and I get to stay home and be a wife and mother. So many women would love to do what I get to do. My husband and children love me. I am keeping this real. In fact this photo of me is eight years old. It is the picture of me crying when my four kids entered public school instead of me homeschooling them. I am still struggling with the fact that I was not good enough. In truth, Jesus accepts me. He loves me even though I did not try very hard, at all,on my last Master's degree class. Honestly, my heart was not in it.  I have many things to improve upon. One is, to be more thankful to God. Another is to find my fulfillment in God, not in the thank-you's, likes on facebook, or comments & hits on my blog, but rather, that I rest in God alone, and that He, not me gets the glory. It's time for me to grow in grace. The other day, I was so excited because a parent mentioned to me that her daughter missed me. I was super excited over this, and hoping more parents would write me similar notes (this is like Gollum, always craving more). That is terrible. That means I am being fulfilled by worldly wiles, and not being fulfilled by God and His Word.  You know, Satan craved praise, thanks, being acknowledged, noticed and praised. Wow! I want to humble myself. I do not want to find joy and happiness apart from God. He alone will satisfy me, if I could just look to Him and wait on Him. He is faithful.
Colossians 2:7
"...rooted and built up in Him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness."
Blessings, Kathi

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Summer's Nearing the End

We had a hot and dry summer. I took advantage of the heat to dry nearly every load of clothes outside. My power bill was about $150 less this month. Not using the electric dryer saves $$.

A nice old man across the way told my son Garrett that we could pick the fruit from his trees. They look like big cherries, but they taste like plums. Yum! His mother lived in the home all her life. The house is over a 100 years old. I love this statue.  Garrett wants to plant the seeds. The yellow ones he is calling "Plerries," and the red ones, "Chums."I looked up the way to plant them, and they must be grafted. We will do more research and let you know.
                                              Psalm 1:3
"And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither, and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper."
Blessings, Kathi

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

My Disappointments are the Lord's Appointments

During the past school year I experienced, doubt, discouragement, humiliation, sorrow, and disappointment. I have heard it said that, "My disappointments are the Lord's appointments." In view of this, I will accept the Lord's invitation to take a detour with Him. I choose to trust Him for my future. Therefore...
In faith I will put on my party dress. I will give the gift of praise and thanksgiving to the Lord as I walk with Him down a new path. He will be with me.
Isaiah 35:8
"...And an highway shall be there, and a way, and it shall be call The Way of Holiness..."

Psalm 16:11
Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.

Psalm 34:8
 O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him."  

Blessings, Kathi


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