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

OH BABY

    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