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“Don’t worry be happy…”

I hope each of you had a Merry Christmas and a blessed new year full of opportunities.
Lets be honest, how many of us worry about the things we have no control over or what I like to call the what-ifs of life? Do you see my hand, it’s higher than all the rest of the others. I am a worrier. I worry about the what-if, life never really throws my way. If there is a possiblity of something bad happening, I automatically start worrying over it, no matter what it is. “What if I get my heart broken?? What if I go into the hospital unexpectedly???”
I currently am reading Chad Eastham’s book,” The Truth About Guys” in there he states a profound thought, I think, “we don’t need to worry, because God has a better plan than our own. ”
One of my favorite passages is found in Matthew 6:25-36, it reads,
“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life ? “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. ”
It clearly states a promise , if we trust in God he will take care of us. He will provide for all our needs, big and small. What we will eat, drink and clothes to wear. The small worries are still there, although they shouldn’t be worried about it. The worry of going into the hospital unexpectedly or getting strep. If we do we shouldn’t be worried about it, God has a bigger plan. I would like to leave you with a question to ponder on from Chad Eastham,” what would our life look like if you didn’t worry?”

God bless,
MH

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Everything Happens for a Reason

I woke up that Thursday and all I knew is I would be going to co-op. For those of you who have no idea what a co-op is, I will explain. A co-op is a place homeschoolers can go to get a taste of public school, I went once a week on Thursdays. On this peculiar Thursday, I woke up and didn’t know later on that day I would be examined by an Emergency Medical Technician.

After co-op, my younger brother and I would be picked up by our friend’s, who also attended the co-op, mom. Upon entering the car, she told me she had bronchitis and a nap. Well, I could use a nap as well. She taking us home via a road that is not evenly paved and has some sharp curves in it. I guess I dozed off because I woke up to the bump-bump of the car running off the road. I remember seeing a tree on the side of the road and praying we wouldn’t hit it.  Then what happened seems like a blur now, we overcorrected and flipped over in the car three times. I recall turning over and thinking, ‘If we land upside down, how they (EMTs) will get us all out.’ There were 6 of us in the car; the three of us she picked up from co-op, her two younger son, who were asleep in the back seat.

When the car stop rolling over and landed right-side up, I looked over at the Mom and I saw fear in her eyes. I remember feeling like I didn’t really know what happened but by the look on her face I knew it was bad. I turn around and in the back seat I saw the little boys screaming/crying.

There is a point to my little rant. The point is everything happens for a reason. Since the death of Memaw, I have adopted the motto, ‘Everything Happens for a Reason’. There is a reason we were born, a reason we die, a reason why we make all those stupid mistakes, and there was a reason why we didn’t land upside down in the car. We don’t always understand why it happens, but God had a reason for it happening.  When something doesn’t go my way, I think, ‘It happened for a reason.’ We are all here for some reason; some of us may know the reason we are here and others are still trying to figure it out.

When we got out of the car, we walked to a nearby home to call for help.  When the Dad of the kids came, we went back to survey the damage. The windshield was all cracked and rolled back, (it actually looked kind of cool!) all the windows in the car we broken out, (accept one) and there was horse feed all in the car and on the road (before picking us up she went to get horse feed!). The most serious injury of the accident, was the moms arm had a gash on it. During our tumbling, her window was smashed and she gashed her arm on the road. I was hit on the top of my head with the fold down mirror on the passenger seat.

There is a reason, I am still here, 5 years later, to tell of my “Best Roller Coaster Ride!!”

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“Never Once”

This life is never easy. There are we when we get knocked down and beat out. Times when we doubt that God is even watching out for us. I know I have felt that way only twice up to this point in my life, but give me time I’m young. And both of those times, were when my grandparents passed away. My grandfather, Lea-Lea passed away two years ago, but the thought of his final days are still painful. I remember asking God, “Why?” And doubted his presence in my life for I don’t know how long. And my grandmother passed away recently, and since her eternal healing, I was on the wrong path. But it all turn-out where I found the path that would lead me back to faith, this life is too hard to do alone.
In Hebrews 13:5, “I will never leave you or forsake you.” What a great promise!! God will never leave us to navigate these rough roads alone. He’s always in the driver’s seat and we’re in the passenger seat. He’s always watching over us, no matter what!
Ten years ago, I had an experience that I will not soon forget…..
I was sound asleep, when I awoke to the shadow of a person on my wall. In the gold glow from my closet light, I saw what looked like the shadow of a man. I was scared stiff! I remember thinking it was my mom, but its outline of fizzy hair and manly stature told me it wasn’t.
I have believed for years (and will keep believing) it was Jesus Christ himself. Watching me while I slept. Thinking about that image in hindsight, the appearance of the shadow had the outline of how you Jesus is portrayed in Children’s picture Bibles. In the Bibles, he is pictured by the bare-footed Rabbi with the curly/fizzy hair that comes to his shoulders.
When I saw the shadow on the wall, I didn’t turn around, I was too scared. Now I think it would have been cool to turn around and see Jesus standing there, but if it was my mom, I would have been somewhat disappointed.
The words of Hebrews 13:5, hold a promise. They aren’t just words, it a promise.
“I will never leave you nor forsake you.”