Coffee, Girl Talk & A Fave From NY&CO

Happy Sunday! I know I shouldn’t say this, but I am so glad this week is over and a new week is about to begin! I feel so behind after having those nagging migraines and I am slowly digging myself out of the chaos and back to order. I think by Tuesday I will be all caught up and back on my schedule, now to edit pictures and make graphics! From some of your comments, I am not alone with work and housework piling up – I feel your pain!!

For the past year or so, Barry and I have been bouncing around the idea of buying a bigger home (since the kids seem to stay…SIGH!), so we have started the “looking” process. I’m not even sure if I would rather move or build on, but one way or another we definitely have to have more room. We were out looking at a few properties Friday afternoon and decided to run by one of Barry’s coworker’s house. He just retired from the magistrate’s office and had been diagnosed with cancer a while back. He had not been doing very well and we knew it was just a matter of time, so we stopped in to see him and his wife.

Barry got to see him and pray with him, but he was sleeping the entire time, but it made Barry feel better. Later that night we got the call that he had passed on. Needless to say, we are very saddened by this. Then on Saturday morning, I was reading on Facebook where a long time friend of mine had passed away with cancer. His was very quick after being diagnosed and he left behind a wife and two boys. I have seen death quite a bit in my lifetime just in my immediate family, but hearing of friends passing and seeing your friends pass like this never gets easier.

John 14:6 – Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

I said all this because, after our visit with Barry’s friend, I asked Barry pointedly if he had spoken to him about salvation. Barry is not as outgoing as I am in talking about faith, so sometimes me asking questions like that makes him uncomfortable. Barry told me that his friend was “good” and he didn’t really want to discuss it anymore. I then mentioned that we as servants of the Lord have a duty, especially to our friends and family members to ensure they are ready to pass from this life to the next in times like this.

Romans 1:16 – For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.

I know we should share salvation and what Jesus did at the Cross, and it can make for an awkward situation at times. But I would rather “know that I know, that I know” someone is ready to meet Jesus versus not knowing for sure.

We live in a world where many think that being good and believing there is a God will get you into heaven. That is not what the Bible teaches us, we must first be saved and confess that we are saved. We can’t say I believe in God but then live in a worldly manner. We must, in this day and time seek God, read the Bible, pray nonstop and be bold in the Lord. Sometimes this is hard to do, it’s hard to squeeze prayer and alone time in. But it is something we must find time to do and make it a priority, not only for ourselves but for our children, spouses, family members, friends, and acquaintances.

I find that I do better when I work from home, I can focus on my family, the Lord and still spread the joy of the Lord and what salvation has done for me. Not everyone has this opportunity and we have to work outside the home. I think back on my life when I was working outside the home and wonder just what kind of an impact I had on anyone when it comes to my faith. I have never been pushy, but I tried to be an example and failed miserably many times. MANY TIMES! Many times I failed ladies! And I knew I was failing and would start new the next day.

After this weekend, I have decided that I want to be a better example of what a Christian woman really is. Every day we should strive to be better and I know it is SO hard because life keeps kicking us (rather the devil keeps attacking us) and we get focused on the small things in life. Things that may not matter a month from now, so I want to try and focus on the here and now. Worry about the things I can change and not focus on things I can’t change. Lead by example to my family, to my children and my husband especially. I know that I am more spiritually minded than any of them and my focus should be on the life I am living in front of them. The life I live in front of thousands on Facebook and other Social Media Outlets, because I know if I put God first everything will be fine and work out for my good. I know that if God be for me, who can be against me?

One of My Faves From NY&CO

Outfit Details: Blouse // Jeans // Sandals // Coin Necklace

Thanks for stopping by the blog today! I hope you girls have a wonderful Sunday and a relaxing day. We have a busy schedule today, so I am off and running! XOXO

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  • Kelly Palmer

    Good Sunday morning! I am so sorry to hear that you and your husband have both lost someone close to you. I know that you are reaching people for the Lord through this blog and that is a wonderful thing. We never know how many people we are reaching just by how we treat people and they see Christ through us. I quite often ask my customers at work what their name is and tell them that I will be praying for them. Some are surprised that I would take the time to do that and you can see the appreciation in their eyes. One of my co-workers is of a different faith and she has asked me questions about Christianity. I noticed that after I shared my faith with her and our beliefs that I was hardly ever scheduled with her. I know that the devil doesn’t want her to see the truth and therefore is trying to keep her from hearing it but I will continue to pray for her and her family. We have become very close and enjoy working together every chance that we get. I know that God is working on her heart 🙂 We may not always see the fruit of the seeds that we plant in people’s minds and hearts but I know that my Lord is faithful!! I am so excited for you and Barry and will be praying that you find the perfect (snake free) home and that things will go smoothly. I hope that we both have a much better week ahead of us!

    • Beverly

      You are so right!! The Lord is using you!! Snake free sounds good. We have never had a problem with snakes and our little neighbor (8 years old) told me my next door neighbor was but by a black snake a few weeks ago. I was in shock-where are these boogers coming from!! I’ve been here almost 15 years and I’ve seen 1 snake. Ewwww lol

  • sandy

    Beverly they say that timing is everything and I know even though you were out looking at properties, God stirred you to Barry’s coworkers home so that the two of them could have one last time together. I wish that the WORD flowed as easily from my mouth as it does yours….your Sunday posts are so meaningful and really make me think on whatever topic you choose to talk about and today I know that I NEED to do much better about making time for the Lord every day and I need to make my daily devotions more of a top priority and not just “if I have time”. I am more like Barry in that I am not comfortable talking openly about Faith. And knowing how many times God answered my prayers during the time my kids were on vacation and we were watching their two little ones, I should be shouting from the rooftops of Gods love and watching over us. And you talked about focusing on the things that you can change and not worrying about the things you can’t change. Please keep reminding me of this because I have not learned how to do this yet. You referred to John 14:6…this was my Confirmation verse. Prayers that you and Barry look at your options of moving versus building on. I’m assuming you have the room to do that since you mentioned it. And Kelly…you are quite a bit closer to Beverly then I am here in Nebraska to help with the move 😉 It is church for us with my folks, I made dinner to take and have with them and then will be back home and probably work on bookwork since I got behind on that last week.

    • Beverly

      You know what Sandy, God is using you through these comments. A LOT of people read these comments and see what God is doing in all our lives. Thanks for the confirmation-makes me feel so much better. Happy Sunday!!

  • Johnna

    Your post hit home today and I appreciate it. I too fail miserably at showing His light in my life. This has reminded me of that and encouraged me to start over and try again. Thank you. Have a great day.

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