2017's Word of the Year

2017 word of the year- Enjoy- I will strive to relax and enjoy life more in 2017. My goal is not to get stressed about little details but to enjoy the things that God has given me, big and small.

Monday, July 16

Rebellious Teenagers

I have come to realize that sometimes we people who call ourselves Christians are really more like rebellious teenagers. I don't want to do what God wants me to? No problem, I sit in the corner and scowl and pout. Or I may slam the door to my heart. Or I may just what I want to anyway.

Last week I was visiting with a friend and she casually mentioned she'd just picked up a book from the library. As an avid reader I asked what she was reading. When she said it was "Fifty Shades of Grey" I have to say was more than a bit stunned. You see, we had talked about this book previously. She had said her friends at work were reading it and talking about it. I told her what I had read in reviews about it. For instance when you look it up on Google the first result is "mommy porn". We had talked about not reading things that were not pleasing to God. So when I suggested that she should not read this book she really got her nose out of joint. And in the end she said," I just want to see what all the fuss is about, I'll skip through the raunchy parts."

Doesn't that sound like a teen who says, "but all my friends are doing it"

God says, " Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things." Philippians 4:8

I will be the first to admit that I don't always do what God wants me to. But I am trying. And I am praying that my friend has second thoughts before she opens that book.

Stacey McDonald has written a very interesting article about this subject. Take a few minutes to go read it.

Monday, July 9

Summer Days

This has to be one of the hardest summers I ever remember.

We just finished up a two week period where the heat reached 100 or above every day. According to the weather service this is the driest year in history. We have had less then 4 inches of precipitation for the entire year. When you live in a farming and ranching community this is not the kind of news you like to hear.

My garden has done poorly this year, I lost some plants and had to start over. Things just don't seem to be thriving as they should. All except for the tomatoes. I may have tomatoes earlier than ever before. I did pick green beans on the 4th of July, a first for me.

I have always been the kind of mom who made their kids play outside in the summer. If it's hot I encourage them to play quiet games in the shade or if it gets really hot they will run through the sprinkler. This year I gave in and we have either been at the pool or in the air conditioned house most of the day. By the way I have been extremely thankful for a house that has central air.

The past few days have been cooler and it has been such a nice reprieve. I intend to enjoy every minute of it and make use of the cooler weather to catch up on some weed pulling! I live such an exciting life. (smile)