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My Protector February 27, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — marilyn4him @ 6:14 pm

As I was studying the Psalms of Ascent by Beth Moore last year, she had us memorize Psalm 121, not just a verse but the whole enchilada. To help me memorize it I wrote it down and kept it in my folder at work. I have all kinds of scripture memory verses on my desk to help me keep my mind in tune with Christ. Each day as I open my folder I read over the Psalm.

 
I lift up my eyes to the hills —
where does my help come from?
My help comes from the LORD,
the Maker of heaven and earth.

He will not let your foot slip —
He who watches over you will not slumber;
indeed, He who watches over Israel
will neither slumber nor sleep.

The LORD watches over you —
the LORD is your shade at your right hand;
the sun will not harm you by day,
nor the moon by night.

The LORD will keep you from all harm —
He will watch over your life;
the LORD will watch over your coming and going
both now and forever more.

The other night we were expecting bad weather during the night with possible tornadoes. After our town was destroyed last year around the same time by an F4 tornado I knew we better be prepared. That night I went to bed as usual. I prayed that the Lord would protect me and  my family. I slept like a baby. One reason I was able to go to bed was that my sweet husband stayed up watching the weather channel and listening for bad weather. I knew that if bad weather came he would wake me up and lead me to safety. The next morning when I got to work I read over the Psalm and realized that just like my husband who stayed awake to watch for storms so he could get our family to shelter if needed, that my heavenly Father is always watching over me and he never slumbers or sleeps. He will protect me from all harm. He is the maker of ALL things and holds the whole universe in the palm of His hand, so I can rest safely in His arms each night. I need not worry about anything, He will not let my foot slip. I encourage you to put Psalm 121 to memory. It will bring you comfort during the storms of your life.

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Disc Golf February 26, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — marilyn4him @ 10:44 pm

Today me, Randy and ‘Tanner wanted to get out and enjoy the warm day so we decided to go to Muse Park. We had never been there and we wanted to check it out. I knew the park  had a lake, so we took Tanner’s new remote control boat to play.

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 I also wanted to walk some trails. As we were about to start our walk I discovered something interesting. I called Randy over to see what it was, he came to see the sign that read “Disc Golf”.

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 We had never heard of it, but we are always up for a new game. We think hey we have some frisbee’s at home so we’re going to run home and get them and  go back and play. We call Dustin to see if he wants to play and he informs us that you have to have a special kind of disc to play. We  think hey we will run to the Dollar Store and get one, wrong, then we tried Wal-Mart they didn’t have any either. We then run to Dick’s Sporting Goods and find out that this is a serious sport. There are all kinds of disc for different speeds, and distances. Just like golf that has different clubs for different distances there are disc for the same reason. It can also be just as costly as golf. We couldn’t believe how much it would cost for us to each get a set of our own. We decided to buy one whole set and one driver disc each.

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We went back to the park and played 18 holes. It was so much fun. You start off with your driver and throw it as hard as you can to get as close to the basket as you can. Then you either use your driver again or the mid-range disc according to how close you got to the basket. Once you are close enough you use your putt-and-approach disc. The course was about a mile long inside the woods. You had to throw around trees, bushes, hills, ditches and all kinds of terrain. We felt like we had gotten our exercise for today. We will definitely play again.

 

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The Family Table February 22, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — marilyn4him @ 8:41 pm

You know in these days and times it is hard to get the family all together for a family meal. I know it is for my busy family. After years of ministry and homeschooling where we did have lots of time together to enjoy the family meal time, we just don’t get that privilege very often these days.

Randy is not pastoring right now, he is working at Sears where he works most weekends and an occassional Sunday. I work 3 days a week as a secretary and volunteer one day a week at Birth Choice as a counselor and teacher. We are also busy in our church. Dustin is a Senior in College and works at the college wellness center and sings in the choir at a church. Cody is a sophomore in college and a waiter at Outback. Tanner is still homeschooled. This has made it difficult to find time to be all together since our schedules collide most of the time. I didn’t even mention that both Dustin and Cody have steady girlfriends that they spend time with.

Well I was very blessed today. Kandace, Dustin’s girlfriend had come to spend the weekend with us. She lives about 3 hours away, so we don’t get to see her very much. Dustin took her to a ball at Union, so she was able to come for a visit.  Cody and Jessica  were also able to come, as well as Cody’s friend Preston. Since I realized everyone was able to be here on Sunday for lunch. I planned a good ole southern meal. I cooked homemade chicken dumplins, friend potatoes and onions, green beans, rolls, and strawberry bundt cake with cream cheese icing and fresh strawberrys on top. I did tell you I was from the south and we know how to cook some good food southern style. Which usually means lots of starches and very fattening. That is why it is soo good.

I had to start the meal on Saturday night and even skip Sunday school to finish it in time because Randy had to be at work by 1:00. This was cutting it a little short for us all to be together. He had to eat a little early so he was finishing up as we were starting. We almost made it all together.

I grew up going to my grandmothers for Sunday dinner when I was growing up. Then when I got married we started going to my moms. Now I guess it is my turn to start cooking on Sunday’s so my boys will come around. Does that mean I am getting old? I am thankful to my granny and mom that taught me how to cook and show love to my family by having them all join around the family table. It is a rare occassion these days for us, but I do feel blessed to serve these special people God blessed me with.  Do you have family meal time? If so is it on a regular basis, or like our family just a few treats here in there?

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I want to share a picture of Dustin and Kandace just before they left for the Ball. They enjoyed doing some ballroom dancing.

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Have You Ever Been To A Barn Dance?

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Friday night we had a barn dance for our appreciation dinner at Birth Choice. Yeehaw!!! It was actually in a horse barn. I am a southern girl through and through, since I am from Tennesee, and I have been called a Tennesee Bumpkin, but I have to admit I do not like country music and I especially don’t like blue grass.  Well that is exactly what we had for our entertainment while we ate one of my least favorite meals…barbecue….but one of my husbands favorites. I entertained the people around my table by making fun of the music and complaining about the food. I know that is not nice. It was all in fun. I ate the food anyway. Nobody I talked to liked that kind of music, so we had fun laughing about it. Don’t get me wrong they were good at playing and singing, it is just not my kind of music. Then after the meal they wanted everyone to grab a partern for some good ole fashioned square dancing. I set this one out. We laughed at all the brave souls who got out there and tried their luck at square dancing. It was hillarious. Then they switched to line dancing. I thought I would give this one a try. They taught us the moves and then we did the dance all together. I actually enjoyed it, so I stayed out for the next one too. Then I grabbed me a partner, my hubby, and we joined in on the square dancing too. We bowed to our partners and dosi dooed and bowed to our corners as we swung around to find our partner for another dosi do. I have to admit I have not had this much fun in a long time. I was so sore when I got home I couldn’t hardly walk.

Iffen youns is a lookin’ for a good ole fashion idie for a good ole time, I would suggist a hoe down or a barn dance. All youns need is yous a partner and a barn. You might jist rustle up some grub to go alone with it iffin yous wants to. This promises to be a swinging good time. Yeehaw!!!

Ya’ll come back now ye hear.

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A Glimpse of Spring February 12, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — marilyn4him @ 5:13 pm

 

On my way home from work yesterday I saw two little girls with their bikes lying in the ditch as they were picking buttercups. This brought back a flood of memories for me. I don’t know what it is about buttercups that makes me get so excited and filled with warm cozy feelings. I smile as if sunshine were on my face. I looked for other glimpses of my cherished buttercups on my home, I did see a few more bunches. It made my day. It was like a litte gift from God. A glimpse of spring.  I have to say that buttercups are my favorite flower of all time. I think it’s because they remind me of being a little girl on my grandparents farm. They had a field of buttercups out by their house.Me and my sister would run out to the field and pick a bouquet for our mom and grandmother. We would rush to the house with a big smile and say, We picked these for you.We would hold up a bunch of buttercups for each of them and they would smile and give us a big hug.

Today when I see buttercups I feel my grandmothers arms around me. She has been dead for ten years, but there are times I feel her as if she were still here. Buttercups are one of the things that brings back such sweet childhood memories of me and my sister with our mom and grandmother. Those were the simple days. We had a great time playing on our grandparents farm. We would play in the branch that ran through the field. Swim in the creek. Fish in the pond. Watch as our grandmother milked the cow, or gather the eggs.  I even remember a time when she picked up a chicken and rung its kneck to kill it so wer could eat it. They also had goats that we would chase around. We would play on my granddaddy’s farm equipment and pretend it was a carnival ride. I can rememember just sitting on the front porch swing for hours. Of course in the summertime we would get one of granny’s canning jar and poke holes in it and see who could catch the most fireflies (or lightening bugs). It is funny how a simple flower growing on the side of the rode can bring back a flood of memories.

My husband and  boys have always picked buttercups for me, because they know how much I love them. I squeal with delight with each bouquet. I proudly display them on the kitchen table and throughout the house. I also passed the torch to my two nieces. I took them to the same field that me and my sister picked buttercups and made pictures of them picking buttercups for their moms and nanny (my mom). It was a very special day. Then the next year the sweetest thing happened. My nieces run into the house with their hands behind their backs smiling the most beautiful smile and said, Aunt Marilyn we got you something. I was so thrilled when they each handed me some buttercups and said we know how much you love them and we love you. What a blessing a simple flower can bring.

What reminds you of a special childhood memory? I would love to hear your stories!

 

A Day of Remembrance February 5, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — marilyn4him @ 5:47 pm

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Today is the year anniversary of the F4 tornado that hit Union University.
You may think why would you want to reflect on something so devastating, and yes it was total devastation on the campus of Union University where my two sons attend college. The cause of remembering such a day is to remember that the Lord had his hand of protection on our campus. Even though 70% of the student housing was flattened and the cost would be $40 million in damages, not one single person was killed. If you could have seen the rubble that was once dorm rooms, you would not believe that one person could survive, but not only did one survive, but ALL. There were students trapped beneath the rubble including Matt Kelley who was trapped for 5 hours. Matt spent two and a half months in the hospital recovering, but today gives praise to the Lord who has walked each step with him along the way. Today, Matt is back to walking the golf course for the Union golf team. As Dr. Dockery looked at the rubble of his campus, he thought Union would be no more. Thanks to many volunteers and donations our Campus is not only back up and running, but better than ever.  God has great plans for Union and it’s student.

I too remember that day. I live only a few miles from campus. I remember being home alone as the tornado alarms were going off. Randy, my husband, and my son, Tanner, had ran to the store. Dustin was at campus. Cody was working near campus. I start calling trying to figure out where everyone was. Dustin gets home in the middle of the alarms going off. His piano student didn’t show so he came home. Randy is on his way home. The storm hits across the rode from the store that they just left. Cody is hunkered down at work, he heard the tornado as it passed by.  Dustin gets a call that Union had been hit hard. We want to go to help, but the radio announcer says, “DO NOT GO TO UNION”. We feel helpless. The next morning we get up to go see if we can help. We could not believe our eyes. We were not allowed to enter campus. It was too devastated. Hundreds of cars are scatter everywhere, debris is everywhere, it looked like a war zone. Again, we feel helpless. Not only was Union hit, but several homes and business were destroyed as well. We help our church clean up the yards of several homes. It was so hard to believe that one storm could cause so much destruction. It was also amazing that unless you were in the path you were safe. It was so odd how you could not even see debris until you came in view of the path. Our home was untouched. We didn’t even have a limb in the yard, yet a mile away it destroyed everything in it’s path.

Tonight Union holds “An Evening of Thanksgiving” it will feature a 250-voice community choir, plus testimonies from students and others whose lives were changed by the tornado. The service will also include a time of recognition for the “dedicated efforts of first responders, community and church leaders, contractors, construction workers and all who went above and beyond the call of duty to help rebuild and restore Union University.

My son Dustin will be one of the voices in the choir. I will try to get some pictures and maybe even a video tonight so you can share in our thanksgiving.

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Fear thou not; for I [am] with thee: be not dismayed; for I [am] thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness. Is. 41:10

 

Computer Crashed February 3, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — marilyn4him @ 5:37 am

 

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If you ever check my blogspot then you have noticed I have not posted anything new in a couple of weeks, the reason for that is that my computer up and died on me. We took it to the computer shop where we had it built, and they determined it was the hard drive. Thankfully it was covered under warranty. The bad news is we lost everything that we had…all the word documents, pictures, email addresses, resume’s, work, etc. Now we have to start over and try to gather all the information we lost. Who can even remember what all was on there to begin with. We will not remember it until we need it and then it can not be recalled.

That reminds me of my memory verse challenge that I have joined with Beth Moore and thousands of other Siesta’s. It is not too late for you to join us in memorizing 2 verses a month on the 1st and 15th.

 

Our minds are like a computer that stores up information for us to recall when we need it. That is why it is so important to hide God’s Word in our hearts. We also need to delete the junk that takes up space in our memory that can corrupt the good things that we put in. Sometimes the bad things that we try to forget pop up unsolicited. At times like this we have to take that thought captive and give it to the Lord. We need to be transformed by the renewing of our minds, and we do that by meditating on the Word of God. What we put into our mind is what will come out, just like what we put into our computer is what we can get out. The good thing about the Word of God is that it is living and active and sharper than any two edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow: it judges even the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.  If I hide the word of God in my heart it can not be deleted, I may forget it for a while, but when I need it the most, it can be recalled.