Monday’s Makes Me Smile – On Tuesday, too!

My friend, Stephanie, came to visit me for a few days and we’ve had a big time in my little city.  I sure have come to love and appreciate living in Cleveland, MS more and more as each year passes.  However… when an “out of town-er” from a big city comes to visit and you want to show her a good time, the activity options are somewhat limited.  The truth is that when friends are together, the activities don’t matter nearly as much as the laughter – so we’ve had plenty of that and pictures to prove it!

We put Stephanie up in our guest room… the one with a view of our pool. hahaha!

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But I made it up to her by taking her to a “real” pool later on.  :-)

One of the highlights of Stephanie’s visit had to be when I needed to stop by and see the local PoPo to pick up a paper.  I talked Steph into going in with me, and we ended up getting locked in the back area of the police station!  It became quite comical as I tried to imagine what I would tell James when I called to say I wouldn’t be coming home tonight… luckily, we were ushered out through a side door! ;-)  To document, this is my friend and the kind police woman.  My friend is praying heavily for our release! (jk)

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Last night we had dinner at an iconic restaurant here in town.  I was racking my brain trying to think of what we girls could do for fun after dinner, and since juke-jointing was probably not the best idea, all I could come up with was a walk around WalMart.  Seriously.  So that’s exactly what we did!  We combed through school supplies, shoes, and coke bottles looking for our names.  We both bought new colorful pens, candy, and celebrated when we found Stephanie’s personalized Diet Coke: {It’s an exciting life!}

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We didn’t find mine.  Instead, I felt like this picture:

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However, we did find this funny coffee pic, so it was almost as good as a coke bottle:

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I think Cleveland showed Stephanie a right good time… And that totally makes me smile… because after all… it’s the fellowship of the visit that counts!

PS: Here are a few extra funnies for this week:

 

 

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Last, but not least…Have you seen these girls and their videos yet?  I have laughed and laughed!!!!!  I think they have a good idea for cheap self-tanning and mosquito protection!

If you can’t see the video, click here. You won’t regret it! hahaha!

Click here if the video doesn’t show up on your email. ;-)

A blessed Tuesday and rest of this week to each of you my friends!  With love and thanksgiving for you all~

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A wise Word for Today

Summing it all up, friends,

I’d say you’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things

true,
noble,
reputable,
authentic,
compelling,
gracious—
the best, not the worst;
the beautiful, not the ugly;
things to praise, not things to curse.

Put into practice what you learned from me, what you heard and saw and realized. Do that, and God, who makes everything work together, will work you into his most excellent harmonies.”

Philippians 4:8-9 (The Message)

“You might not can keep birds from landing on your head, but you can keep them from building a nest in your hair.” That statement is so true to our thought life. In a time when there are so many negative things to focus on, the Lord reminds us to keep our focus on Him and His power, and things of Him that are good and true.

“You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you! Trust in the Lord always, for the Lord God is the eternal Rock.” Isaiah 26:3-4 (NLT)

Blessed Sunday to everyone…

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Saying Goodbye & What a Friend We Have in Jesus

This weekend many friends in our first place of ministry said goodbye to a precious woman not much older than I.  Mary Beth had a ruptured aneurism.  One moment she was fine, and the next… her family began preparing to release her to Jesus.  Mary Beth’s husband was the youth minister and James was the minister of education.  We lived across the street from each other, and she was one of my first friends in that town.

Then Sunday in Sunday School our class said goodbye to a sweet friend, Scottie, whose husband has a new job.  They moved yesterday.

Some goodbyes feel nearly impossible to survive.  All leave holes in our lives.

And in reality, only One can meet us in the voids left by loved ones we are missing.  Jesus.  He really is a Friend, just as much as He is a Savior.

The Hymn “What a Friend we have in Jesus” speaks great truth about Jesus, and even more so when you know the story behind the song.

It’s writer, Joseph M. Scriven (1819-1896) was 25 years old, in love and engaged to be married. The day before his wedding his fiance died in a tragic drowning accident. Heartbroken, Joseph sailed from his homeland of Ireland to start a new life in Canada. While in Canada working as a teacher, he fell in love and became engaged to Eliza Roche, a relative of one of his students. Once again, Joseph’s hopes and dreams were shattered when Eliza became ill and died before the wedding could take place.  Can you imagine the loss?

But history tells us that Joseph’s faith in God sustained him. Around the same time that Eliza died, Joseph received word from Ireland that his mother was ill. He could not go to be with her, so he wrote a letter of comfort and enclosed one of his poems entitled What a Friend We Have in Jesus.

Thirty years later the poem was discovered and shared, eventually becoming the beloved hymn used by God to minister to many.  Joseph never married, but spent the remainder of his life giving all his time, money and even the clothes off his own back to help the less fortunate and to spread the love and compassion of Jesus wherever he went.  The seemingly sad and obscure life of one man resulted in so many lives being uplifted, both in his own time, and now whenever the beautiful and comforting words of What a Friend We Have in Jesus are sung.

If you are experiencing a void and in need of a true Friend… You have One.  And the best news is that you don’t have to be perfect to “deserve” Him!  Matthew 11:19 tells us that Jesus is a Friend to sinners… a category to which all of us fit!

Because Jesus is All Knowing – Omniscient – we don’t have to be our “best selves” around Him.  He knows the “real me” – so we can be our real selves.   Because of Who He is (not because of who we are) His love for us and commitment to us doesn’t ever change.

Because He is All Powerful – Omnipotent – There is NOTHING that Jesus can’t do for and with us!  He is the friend with all of the tools and connections!  No one is more influential or powerful, or able to move mountains like Jesus can!

Because Jesus is All Present – Omnipotent – He is already in our day and needs ahead.  He is not waiting for us to settle down or settle in before He shows Himself.  He is already there – even in the places that we don’t want to go.  And He isn’t leaving when the going gets tough (or when we aren’t too pleasant to be around)!

Jesus is the best Friend any of us could ever ask for or imagine… What a Friend we have in Him.

 

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Joseph M. Scriven (1819-1896)

What a Friend we have in Jesus, all our sins and griefs to bear!

What a privilege to carry everything to God in prayer!

O what peace we often forfeit, O what needless pain we bear,

All because we do not carry everything to God in prayer.

 

Have we trials and temptations? Is there trouble anywhere?

We should never be discouraged; take it to the Lord in prayer.

Can we find a friend so faithful who will all our sorrows share?

Jesus knows our every weakness; take it to the Lord in prayer.

 

Are we weak and heavy laden, cumbered with a load of care?

Precious Savior, still our refuge, take it to the Lord in prayer.

Do your friends despise, forsake you? Take it to the Lord in prayer!

In His arms He’ll take and shield you; you will find a solace there.

 

Blessed Savior, Thou hast promised Thou wilt all our burdens bear

May we ever, Lord, be bringing all to Thee in earnest prayer.

Soon in glory bright unclouded there will be no need for prayer

Rapture, praise and endless worship will be our sweet portion there.

 

The full story of Joseph Scriven’s hymn can be read here.

Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.” ( John 15:13)

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