Tuesday, December 27, 2011

He did GREAT!!!!!!!!!!

     Well, he did GREAT!!!!!!!  No appliances for me. I received a small box with a wonderful Fossil watch in it. It is gold and silver to match my wedding ring. But the best present was what he said when he gave it to me. He said, “I remember you saying that your watch was too small you couldn’t read it anymore.” This just melted me.  You see I never know if he is listening to me. You all know I am not much of a hugger but he got a hug and a kiss for this one.
      Don’t you wonder about God that way?  Is he listening to me?  Does he see me down here?  He wants more for us then anyone in this world.  We just need to have faith. He gave us the greatest gift. He gave us the gift of salvation.

   Even though you're evil, you know how to give good gifts to your children. So how much more will your Father in heaven give good things to those who ask him?
Matthew 7:11

Monday, December 19, 2011

What did you call me???

      Growing up I had many nicknames.  I was tall and skinny so some of my family called me ‘slats’ because I looked like a bed slat.  I had one brother who couldn’t say Glenette so he called me Net. Twelve years later I had a brother who couldn’t call me Glenette, Net, or anything else polite, so he decided to call me Doe Doe. (I am glad he grew out of that stage.) Needless to say, I think most of us have that special name for those special people in our life.
      Yesterday Tim preached about the four names given to Jesus in Isaiah 9. (Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace)   I asked him which one of these names was his favorite.  He said Everlasting Father because he didn’t have a strong father and loved the way that God had become his father.
     I would have to say out of these names the one that touches me the most is the Prince of Peace. I hate to say this about myself, but I am the drama queen of my family. You can throw in a dose of PMS and First child syndrome and chaos is the result.  I believe that Christ has brought peace into my wild and crazy world.
     So let me ask you the same question.  What is your favorite name for Jesus?  If you haven’t thought about it; now is the time.

For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
Isaiah 9:6

Monday, December 12, 2011

The Gift Dilemma

     Last week I let Tim know that this year we were buying each other gifts. I did not want to give him any ideas or hints because I was afraid he would just pick the first idea and never give me a second thought.
     Well, I put this idea on face book and asked your opinion.  Many of you responded that you would definitely tell your husband what to buy or give him very strong hints. 
      While all of this was going on I went to spend a few days with my mom to help her do her Christmas shopping.  As I read your post I came to the realization that I should probably give him some hints or I would be left holding a gift card to Bass Pro.
     I walked into the house two days later and told him what the face book poll had said and that I would share my hints with him.  He looked at me with a grin and said,” I don’t need any help I have already decided what to get you.”
     Now I am a little nervous about what is to come.  I know he broke my toaster while I was gone. Maybe that’s the gift.  You never know with this guy.
     You know I love that with God I don’t have to leave him little hints about what is going on.  I don’t have to wonder if he is thinking about me. I believe he cares about every little detail.

…Your Father knows what you need before you ask him.
Matt. 6:8

Monday, December 5, 2011

Tim's Christmas Gift Search

     Tim and I had a discussion the other day about Christmas gifts. I told him that this year I wanted him to buy me a gift on his own.  You see for the past few years we have gotten something together. Buying a gift this way is ok but a little impersonal. I have to admit I was feeling a little put out because I buy all the gifts, wrap all the gifts, and cook all the food.  I felt like this year he could at least by this one gift.
     He slowly accepted the challenge. Now he is badgering me on what I want. I explained that I wanted something from the heart and if I told him what to buy that would be too easy.  He is now on the hunt. Last night he broke the can opener.  I explained that would not be an acceptable gift.
     I told the ladies at the clothes closet what was going on and asked what they would ask from their husband.  One lady shouted, “show me the money”.  One lady said, “ be careful you may end up with an appliance. “
     I know that this is all very trivial but I am excited to see how it all turns out.  Even if Tim buys me 10 passes to the bowling alley I know that he has been thinking of me.
     Isn’t it exciting to know that God has been thinking of us since the beginning of time? The gift he gave us is beyond compare.

For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord

Luke 2:11

Monday, November 28, 2011

The Target Lady

     Oh my goodness, I love the commercial with the target lady.  She is a hoot. For one thing she is so intense.  I also think her outfit completes her. I have even got Tim to stop fast forwarding to watch her commercials.  The whole black Friday business blows me away.  For one thing I am not real excited about shopping and to go in early to do it doesn’t thrill me either.  I do have to admit that I did go with Hollie one year in the wee hours of the morning.  We hit the Kohl’s down the street. We stood outside waiting with ten million other people for the doors to open.  Anticipation built as the clock ticked away. When the doors opened a mad dash was made for the item you wanted.  Hollie and I both ran for the items we wanted fearing they would be gone before we could get there. You would have thought this was a matter of life or death.  We met at the designated spot and headed to the check out where we were met by a line that went to the back of the store.  I stood in the line watching the people fly around the store like they were on fire. As we headed out the door my daughter said this is crazy.  We have never gone back to that dark hole called “Black Friday”
     Yesterday we visited another church while on vacation.  The pastor said that his family starts planning their shopping strategies as soon as the Thanksgiving meal is finished.  This made me start thinking. (And yes I missed the rest of the sermon)  I started wondering how long is long enough to give thanks before we start in on the wants. I mean, is one meal enough. You know I am talking figuratively. I have to say some times I forget the thanks and head straight to the wants.
     All the way home yesterday Tim and I started naming our blessings.  For one we are living in a house this year and not a camper. (Halleluiah)  We had more blessings then time.
     So let me ask you how long is long enough to say ‘Thanks”?
All day long we praise our God. We give thanks to you forever.
Psalms 44:8


Monday, November 21, 2011

Winter Wardrobe

     I love this time of year. I don’t really love the cold weather, the gloomy days or the falling leaves.  To be honest it has nothing to do with the change of season.  The reason I love this time of year is because I look better in winter clothes. I don’t know about you but winter clothes cover more area.  When you have a long neck, long legs,long arms and long body it is hard to stretch a pair of shorts that far.  Plus when you are my age there are more bumps and spots to see. You guys know there is more fabric used in winter clothes so less flaws to see. (I just wear a longer sweater to cover that unsightly bump that follows me around).
     Isn’t that how we are in our Christian walk.  We think we can just cover it up (our disobedience) and no one will be able to see it.  How silly can we be?  It is still there just hiding under everything else. The sad thing is that the most important person still sees it. Friends this week let’s deal with the hidden spots.

Create in me a pure heart O God, and renew a steadfast spirit with me. Psalms 51:10

Tuesday, November 15, 2011


    Babies, Babies, Babies, we have Babies everywhere. I just attended the first of three baby showers for this weekend.  We are growing our church through the nursery department.  It is awesome.
     As the gifts were open today I noticed a big difference in the items being shown off compared to the items I had for my baby shower.  You know I didn’t see one package of cloth diapers. They also have a lot more gadgets. The girl today got a stroller for two. The older child can either sit or ride. They even have plastic bags for the dirty diapers. (Why didn’t I think of that).
     As I look at the young people starting their families I get a little nostalgic.  I remember holding that baby for the first time, the excitement of friends coming to the hospital, the thrill of being a real family.  And then we got in the car to go home and Tim drove about half a block and stopped the car.  We had the baby seat setting between us in the front seat. (A long time ago)  He looked at me and said,” Now what do we do?” Reality sat in. We had been so excited about the baby coming we didn’t think about what we did with it once it got here.
     You know there is no way to prepare to be a parent.  You just do it. Every day is a new day with new challenges. As long as you don’t damage them then you got it covered. My mom once said,” You can’t hardly kill them”.  I guess we did all right.  Both of our kids survived their ignorant parents.
     With Gods great example as a parent everyone can have a great child.

Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.
                                                    Proverbs 22:6

Monday, November 7, 2011

Shake, Rattle and Roll

I felt the earth move under my feet.  I feel the sky tumbling down.  These are words to a song from my past. When people talk about the earthquake that happened Saturday night these words start going through my head.  I was lying in bed reading my book when the rumble started.  I thought Tim was doing something in the garage. I got up, in frustration; to tell him he was shaking the house.  When I stepped out of my bedroom he was sitting at the kitchen table with eyes as big as saucers.  We just sat there looking at each other saying what do we do now? We didn’t know whether to sit there or run. If we ran we did not know where to run.  I guess we are like most people when it comes to it we just sat and looked at each other. (We are also the people that go stand on the porch to watch a tornado.) I hope that if a disaster comes to our area someone will come to the Russell house and get us out.  We will either be on the front porch or sitting at the kitchen table.

You know one of these days the Earth is going to shake and the Eastern sky is going to open.  Jesus is going to come.  Will we be ready for that or will we just set and stare? I know I am ready that is why I can stand on the porch and watch.  How about you?

 For as the lightning comes from the east and is seen in the west, so will be the coming of the Son of Man.   Matthew 24:27

Monday, October 31, 2011


Well, I think I still have the mojo.  Yesterday we had a tailgate party for the youth after Sunday morning church. We were able to divide the kids into 6 teams to play flag football. One of the rules was that a girl had to touch the ball on every play.  Well guess what this old lady did.  You got it I signed up for a team.  I did pretty well for someone who was over the hill.  I caught one pass and deflected another pass.  Then I just scared a bunch of kids to death. (I am good at trash talk.)  I do have to say that when one of those big high school football players was coming at me full force I let him pass untouched. I realized I wasn’t ready to die for the game.
    After the game I got a lot of high fives and wows.  I asked the other lady teachers why they didn’t play and I got those girly responses. (I’m not dressed right, I am not athletic, I might mess up my hair)  What girls!!!!!
     You know, as we get older I see many people giving some of the same excuses when God asked them why they are not in the game. (I have already done my time, I don’t want to give up my time, I might get dirty).  Isn’t it sad that they will not get to feel the excitement of a “well done” from the Master?
     Make sure you are playing the game and not setting on the side.

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13

Yes, I am high on Aleve today?

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Nana Time

Being a grandma is a wonderful thing.  I set here at the computer with a 1 year old helping me type. Gage is visiting for a few days and it is bringing back memories that I had forgotten.  For one thing I watched Sesame Street twice this afternoon.  I have Cheerios on my floor. I am looking forward to bedtime.  There are some differences since I did this so many years ago.  I am not Mom I am Nana G.  I don’t have to worry about saying No.  I can set in the floor and play and not worry about if I am teaching him to be lazy.  I don’t have to do anything but spoil.  It is awesome. I love that I get to be the fun one. I think this is one of the great rewards of growing old and falling apart.

Ok, so I am going to have to pray hard for my kids because it is going to take them a week to work the Nana out of this little one.

Proverbs 22:6  Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn away from it.

Tim looked very funny jumping out of that swing at the park tonight.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011


     The other night we had some friends over to play a game of cards. We were having a lot of fun when we came to the end of the first hand I froze.  At the end of every hand you had to add the points in your hand to see who won the hand.  I sat there with a hand full of cards and I couldn’t put 1+1 together. I know I am not the sharpest knife in the drawer but I should be able to do this. I sat there dumb founded wondering what is wrong with me. (That was a rhetorical question) Everyone around me were adding theirs up and reporting their totals.  I began to sweat. I wanted to start using my fingers and toes. I couldn’t get any higher then the number 10. The scorekeeper finally looked at me and asked for my score. I looked at him with a panicked look and said I don’t know what do you think.  He smiled and politely added my cards.  On the next hand I started anticipating the end and started calculating in my mind. By the end of the hand I had my total ready. I wondered what has made this so hard.  As I watched the table I noticed that everyone started counting their cards out loud. It was a loud jumbled mess of numbers. I have an attention problem anyway and realized that anytime someone said a number my mind would skip there. 
        After thinking about the card game I realized that I have this problem in other areas of my life.  There are to many voices vying for my attention. (Spouse, Kids, Church, etc.) Sometimes I have to step back and listen to the only voice that matters.

“My sheep listen to my voice: I know them, and they follow me.  I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand.” John 10: 27-28

Monday, October 10, 2011

Fancy Pants

I have figured out a way to become rich. I believe that if I created a pair of pants that would fit tall fat bottomed women I would make a million dollars. As I search the store I can’t find any that fit.  God has blessed me with extra junk in my trunk, if you know  what I mean.  He has also blessed me with extra long legs. So when I go shopping it is hard to find tall fat bottom jeans.  I guess they think that all women that are blessed in this way are short.  They must also  believe that if they are tall they have little behinds.  Maybe someone in the fashion world needs to look at the real world.

I think in our Christian walk sometimes we get the idea that there is no way that God would want special things for me because I am the wrong size. (so to speak) Or they think, those things only  happen to the pretty perfect people in the world. As I look at Christ I see that most of the people he spent time with were just like me.  They had a lot of junk in their trunks. (Money problems, health problems etc.) He was still right there loving them.

I am glad that he likes this old, tall, fat bottomed, girl.  I am just the way he wants me.  (With a few extra pounds.)  Someone once told me,” He loves me warts and all.”

Thank God today because you are wonderfully made and he wants to spend time with you.

“I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful.” Psalms 139:14

What new item would you make for the world??


Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Show Me The Money

Tim and I took a trip last week to celebrate our 30th anniversary. It is really sad but we just couldn’t decide where to go or what to do. The thought of spending money just drives us crazy. Finally, my brother (the doctor) pushed us into going on a trip to San Diego. He and His wife had taken a trip there and really enjoyed it. He said you have saved the money spend it and enjoy yourself. Well, we bit the bullet, booked the tickets and headed down the road.

The weather was fantastic, the hotel was super fancy, and the beach was awesome. Every time I spent money I would send my brother a text “spending money now”. I know I probably drove him crazy but for some reason it made me feel better. I guess it made me feel better like someone was giving me permission to spend my own money. He was very encouraging. By the end of the week I didn’t feel bad at all about pulling out the old wallet. Now, Tim on the other hand, is still having heart palpitations over the whole thing. He breaks out in a sweat anytime he hears someone say will this be cash or charge. I have never met anyone as tight (cheap) as he is… accept maybe me.

Anyway, as I thought about our week I realized without the encouragement we would have missed the whole thing and maybe put it off until our 40th anniversary. (By that time I hope to be living in the retirement village and riding the bus on trips) You know in real life we all need a little push here and there. It is great to have people around us who know our weaknesses and love us enough to push us down the road. I am glad that God has put people like that in my life.

Have you had anyone encourage you? This week look for chances to be an encouragement to someone.

1Th 5:11 “Therefore, encourage each other and strengthen one another as you are doing.”

I hope to be updating my blog every Monday so check back in to see what is going on in this wacky world.

Come back and read me!