Monthly Archives: March 2017

Our Daily Blessings

Happy Friday Ya’ll! I am very thankful for the blessings that I have experienced this week. This week was fun. There were challenges and there were joys. I noticed some of the little things and was able to take advantage of the really nice weather that we had yesterday. So, onto this week’s daily blessings

1) Having the windows open

Cat Sitting in an Open windowWe were able to open a few windows earlier this week. I have to say that I’m excited to see what late Summer, early Fall feels like with our 20 something windows open. Anyway, yesterday we had one of the kitchen windows open and were hanging out on the porch and Calico was hanging out in the window. She loved having the windows open.

2) Bright colored clothes

Bright Colored OutfitI have been very blessed with a lot of clothing. I am very thankful that I have multiple different outfits to choose from each day. I find it really nice that I am able to wear brighter colors when the sky is gray. I find that when it’s really dark and dreary out I like to wear something brighter; it seems to make my mood a little peppyer. I was able to do just that today.

3) Being able to listen to music

As I have said many times before. I love listening to music. I usually have some sort of music playing during most of my day. Today I was able to go upstairs and clean listening to some of my favorite songs. I was able to kill two birds with one stone; I cleaned my room and was able to get in a better mood.

What are some of the daily blessings that you have noticed in your life this past week? I’d love for you to share some in the commets below. Have a great weekend!

Until next time,

Bailey Sue

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Giving Yourself Grace

“And after he had dismissed the crowds, he went up on the mountain by himself to pray.”

~Matthew 14:23

An apple and a glass of water on a small tableI’ve been reminded lately that I need to give myself a little grace. Sometimes life gets really crazy and then it gets back back to normal. Other times life gets crazy and then we have to adjust to a new normal.

That’s what’s happening now. We moved in Novemeber; unpacked in record time. Then celebrated Thankgiving and Christmas. After the first of the year we jumped head first into a couple of really great opportunities. On top of that we have had to get adjusted to having extra chores and a brand new lay out of the house.

Now as we head into Spring which happens to be our busy season. I’m reminded of the simple truth that I need to give myself grace. I need to remember that just because most of the boxes are unpacked doesn’t mean that we have adjusted. Getting adjusted takes time. It takes a lot of trial and error; getting used to living life in this house and the myraid of new things that we will be able to expericence here that we didn’t get to in the old house.

Today I was able to just sit outside and chat. I didn’t worry too much about working. It was a really nice day and it was really relaxing to just sit and talk about life. Where we’ve been and where we are now. It always amazes me how God works in our lives. How it is that He gently reminds us that we need rest. We need time to rejuvinate and just be. After all even Jesus went  off by Himself in the middle of His crazy, busy, fulfilling days to pray.

We need to remember that every once in a while it’s okay to take life a little slower. We need to to know that sometimes we need to just take a step back and make sure to really take care of ourselves. Read our Bibles and pray, stay hydrated and exercise, and eat right and remember to rest. It’s not a crime, in fact Jesus encourages it (see Matthew 11:28-30).

Until next time,

Bailey Sue

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Wednesday Wonders!(:

Happy Wednesday ya’ll! You’ve made it to the middle of the week! There’s only two days until Friday, you can do this!

Because it’s Wednesday it’s time for me to share some wonders with you!

Let me first say that today was a good day. The sun was out most of the day, I’m staying hydrated, and I took lots of pictures. For some reason I seem to find writing and photography therapeutic. Anyway on to today’s wonders…

As I mentioned above the sun was shinng quite a bit today. It made for a few nice shadows.

Sunlight through the window

Shadow of girl taking a picture

A Pinecone and its shadow

**Spring is Springing!!**

I loved the weather today. It was so nice and spring-y. I loved some of the close ups I got of this daffodil.

Close Up of Daffodil

Daffodil

I hope that ya’ll have had a great week so far. I’d love to hear some of wonders from this past week. Feel free to share them in the comments below.

Until next time,

Bailey Sue

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Faith Like a Child

Children being goofyIt seems to me that young children have a very special gift. Very few people are able to hold on to this gift as they age. But when people are able to keep a firm grip on this gift it can really change the world.

What’s this special gift? It’s the gift of seeing. I don’t mean seeing in a physical sense; but seeing in an emotional way. Children have the very unique ability to see life through another lens. I’ve always wondered how they were able to do this. As I’ve continued to think about this I’ve come up with three reasons why I think that children are able to see things in this life differently.

1) Children aren’t afraid of other’s opnions:

Young children are blessed with the ability to live life. They don’t have a care in the world; thery’re able to just play and learn. Children are able to think of sweet quick-witted responses that make many of us adults stop and chuckle or really think deep thoughts. Children don’t worry about being able to keep up with those next door, they are thankful for what they have and see it as a blessing. I am always amazed by how little children need to be entertained. If you just watch I think that you’d be equally impressed with what their little minds can come up with.

2) Children don’t see stero types they see people

We have gotten into a bit of a sticky situation as humans. We have gotten into the habit of rating sin and placing people in boxes; categorizing them based on their actions or physical apperance and then assuming that all the people in the catagory are like that. The truth is that all humans regardless of race or religion or background are all children of God (Galatians 3:26). We all have sin (Romans 3:23). The thing about sin is that in God’s eyes lying is the same as murder. He doesn’t see any difference. To Him sin is sin; it’s just committed in different ways. Children have the unique abllity to see people as people.

3) Children are able to love:

Because children don’t worry about what others think of them and they see people as simply people they are able to love more easily. They are able to love more fully. Jesus said that the second greatest command is to love your neighbor as yourself (Mark 12:30-31). Children really seem to be able to truly love their neighbor.

“And calling to him a child, he put him in the midst of them and said, ‘Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.'”

~Matthew 18:2-3

Until next time,

Bailey Sue

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Friday Ponderings…

DaffodilsHey Ya’ll!

Ususally on Friday’s I list about 3-5 blessings from the past week. This week I’m going to share something different with you. This is not to say that there weren’t blessings. There were. But there’s something special that I’d like to share with you.

Today was a different kind of day. One that has occoured far too often in the last few years. It was a day of discussions. We talked about various things. Things that I need to work on, where I want to go in life, and things we wish we knew sooner.

Through all of this I have come to a couple of conclusions.

  1. God wants us to find joy where we are in life NOW.

I know that I have said this probably a thousand times before but it’s something that I am still trying to learn. So often I wish that I knew how to do this or had that new thing or looked like that T.V. personality. Something that I am continuing to be reminded of is that everyone’s life is different. God has a very different plan for each of us. And that’s okay. The earth would be a very boring (and stressful) place if we were all identical. Our job is to find where God wants us to be and to live right there. In the here and now. Making the most of every opportunity that we have (Eph. 5:16). He wants us to be content right where we are. Finding our joy and confidence in Hiim alone.

2. God really does want us to pray about everything.

The truth is sometimes this seems crazy. There seem to be SO many people suffering in this world that need prayer. Why would I pray about this seemingly small thing that doesn’t really seem to be that big of a deal when people are facing life changing health scares, cancer, and surgery on a daily basis. And the truth is that God does want us to pray about those things and these people. But He also wants to hear from us. What is going on in our neck of the woods. The big and the small of OUR lives. Even if it doesn’t seem huge. He cares about what we care about. And the best thing is that He is willing and wants to help us right where we are. Right here. Right now.

 After all of these discussions I decided to let Trinity out to play. I loved on her some and was able to put her collar on her without her jumping on me (a VERY rare thing. I have hardly EVER put her collar on her). And then we took her outside to play. Our backyard is somewhat of a muddy mess right now but it felt amazing out there. I was in shorts and a t-shirt and was very comfortable.

Trinity loves to play with the soccer ball. So we played with that for a while. Once she began to get tired Bradley threw me the ball and told me to hold onto it until he got over there.

Not really a big deal. Until the ball goes into the briers. Long story short, my hair got stuck on one or two of the branches. That wasn’t a very pleasent experience but I was able to free myself rather quickly and avoid too much embarrassment. Afterward I grabbed my camera to take a few pictures.

Muddy Boots

One of the very muddy spots in the yard…

briers

I got my hair stuck in here…

I guess I tell you all of that to remind you to live your life and to pray about even the smallest things. God cares about you and for you (1 Peter 5:7). Don’t ever forget that.

Until next time,

Bailey Sue

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Confidence In Him

“Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” ~ Hebrews 4:16

RainbowConfidence is something that I have struggled with for years. I have often wondered if I am good enough or if I measure up to society’s standards. I spent years just trying to fit in and wanting so desperately to feel as though I belonged and had friends.

As I have grown as a Christian, I’ve discovered that confidence comes not from others opnions of me or even what I think of myself.

Confidence comes from God.

It comes from knowing Who He is and Whose I am. We as Christians are called to stand out; to be different than the world that we live in (Romans 12:2). And that’s okay. God has a special plan for each of us, there is a purpose for our pain (Jeremiah 29:11, Romans 8:28).

I have also discoved the simple truth that we as Christians are part of the body of Christ (1 Corinthians 12:12). Because we are part of His body He has given us a special gift or talent, that He wants us to use to encourage others and glorify Him. Everyone has an important place in the body of Christ. WIthin His body there is no distinction, we are all ONE body, one family (Galatians 3:28,Glatians 4:4-7).

Even though at times it seems SO hard to accept or understand; I am begining to gain a sliver of understanding about the Holy, Loving God that we serve. He is holy and calls us to be holy as He is holy (Leviticus 20:26). The love that God has for us is truly undescrible. He loves us beyond measure and loves to bless us (Romans 5:6-8, 2 Corinthians 9:8)!

Another thing that I find SO hard to grasp is that He forgives us of our sin. All we have to do is repent of the sin and TRY to not commit this sin again (1 John 1:7,9) . He knows that we are human–that we mess up and that we sin (Psalm 103:14). But that didn’t stop Him from coming down to show us a better way. Jesus came down to earth to live a human life. He fully understands what living on earth is like and was tempted in every way that we are but He remained sinless (Hebrews 4:15). He offered Himself as a once for all sacrifice for our sin (Hebrews 10).

 Confidence is something that doesn’t happen overnight.

It is a continual process of replacing the Devil’s doubts with the Truth found in God’s word. Remembering how it is that He sees me is SO different than the way that the world sees me. I hope that you are reminded of that today.

Until next time,

Bailey Sue

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Wednesday Wonders!(:

Congratulations! You’ve made it the the middle of the week! So, let’s take a minute and focus on some of the wonders that we’ve noticed in this past week.

1) Home-made Fresh Cinnamon Rolls

Cinnamon RollsOn Saturday Mom made some cinnamon rolls. We have learned that if you make them smaller there are a couple of benefits. For starters you get more of them so they last longer. Another great benefit is that becasue they are smaller you can eat more of them with less guilt. That’s a win-win in my book!

2) Rain Puddles

As many of you know I am not a big fan of rainy days–especially rainy Mondays. This Monday was very cloudy and rainy. It was pouring down rain at times and storming. We were a little surprised when we saw a flash. Similar to the flash of a camera. Bradley thought that we had taken a picture and we thought that he took a picture. This wierd flash was followed by a very large clap of thunder. The good thing with all of this rain is that the sun comes out eventually and there are fun puddles to play in, or photograph. Take note of the vague shadow of the trees in the puddle.

3) The Bird out the window

Bird sitting on bird feederWe have a bird feeder that we haven’t yet filled with food outside the kitchen window. Quite often we get multiple birds sitting on the top of the feeder. I hear them chirping and run to get my camera or phone to get a picture. And it NEVER FAILS. I get to the window, put the camera to the window and I don’t even turn it on before the bird flies away. But not this time. Yesterday I was able to photograph the bird through the window! I love the added look of the blinds in the image.

What are some of the Wednesday Wonders that you have noticed in your life recently. I’d love for you to share some in the comments below!

Until next time,

Bailey Sue

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Living in the Here & Now

Bird sitting on bird feederI have a tendency to let my mind wander. Wander back in time to reveal past mistakes, failings, or wrong attitudes. This often times leaves me feeling regret or shame. Other times my mind wanders to the future. Wondering how I am going to afford this or that, what the next step should be; or wondering where I will be in 5, 10, or even 20 years.This kind of thinking more times than not leaves me with a feeling of worry or doubt. Wondering if I’ve accomplished enough, or fearing that I will never meet my goals or fulfill my dreams.

Something that I have come to realize, even if I don’t yet practice it as I should; is that there is a great freedom found in living in the here and now. The present.

Jesus says that when we come to Him, repent of our sins and follow Him our past mistakes are completely gone (Acts 3:19, 2 Corinthians 5:17)! In fact our sins are as far away as the east is from the west and God doesn’t remember them anymore (Psalm 103:12, Hebrews 8:12, Isaiah 43:25). If God can completely forgive and forget our mistakes, why can’t we?

Not only has God frogiven and forgotten our sin. He promises to use every bit of our past present, and future for our good (Romans 8:28). Yep, He promises that in the end everything that we have ever gone through will be for our good; to make us refined as gold (1 Peter 1:6-7). Perfect for our King.

We can rest fully secure in the fact that our past is GONE! Wiped away and forgotten. We are  a new person clothed in garmets of righteousness (Isaiah 61:10).

A little different story can be told about our future. We don’t have any idea about what will happen tomorrow, let alone 5 or 10 years down the road. But we personally know the God who does! We can relax knowing that God knows the plans that He has for us and that those plans are GOOD (Jeremiah 29:11).

 Rest in the fact that NOTHING CAN EVER SEPERATE YOU FROM GOD’S LOVE (Romans 8:38-39).

We also know that He promises to be with us and guide us every step of the way (Joshua 1:9, Proverbs 16:9 & 20:24). He will give us the courage and boldness we need to face the days ahead with laughter (1 Chronicles 28:20, Acts 4:29, Proverbs 31:25).

So, the question is how do we live in the present? I believe that we can live in the present knowing that the same God who forgives and forgets our past and holds our future is the VERY SAME GOD who guides us day by day in the here and now.

We declare these things that we know to be true. Over and over as may times as it takes for our brain to believe them wholeheartedly. We memorize these truths found in God’s Word. When we start dwelling on the past worrying about the future we tell the Devil that we just aren’t going there! Then we remind ourselves of these truths. Believe me, this won’t be easy. But over time, if we are consistent it will become easier to live in the here and now.

Until next time,

Bailey Sue

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Our Daily Blessings

Happy St. Patrick’s Day everyone! I have a little bit of an animal theme going with this week’s blessings. So, here we go!

1) Calico hanging out in the living room

Calico Cat sitting on a man's lapIn our old house Calico LOVED to be where ever we were. Most of our time was spent in the living room so she usually crashed on the couch or in Daddy’s lap while he lounged in the recliner. Once we moved here she seemed leery of the living room and wouldn’t venture very far into the room. The other day she came out and curled up in Bradley’s lap while he was in the recliner! It has taken her four months but she seems to be warming up to the living room! That is very good news becasue we’ve missed her out here.

2) Trinity getting her cone off

So, Trinity had her surgey March 2nd. When we picked her up we were told that she had to leave her cone on for 7-10 days. She LOATHED her cone. She was very limited not only in movement (she kept running into walls) but also what she could play with because she couldn’t hold her own toys. So she became a little depressed. She even began to eat her cone, which wasn’t a very good idea.

Shortly after her surgery we noticed that she started to develop an infection. We were able to cure it by placing some medicine on the incision 3 times a day and it cleared up on it’s own. But that meant that she had to keep the cone on even longer so that she wouldn’t injest the medicine.

Finally on Tuesday we were able to take her cone off! She was a happy happy dog. We let her go outside to burn off some of that built up energy. She just ran and ran with a big smile on her face. Now she can play with her toys and she’s even sleeping better!

Dog getting her chest pet

“Oooh that feels SO GOOD.”

Dog Running

FREEDDOM

3) Being able to get my ring repaired

I have a ring that was given to me by a very close family member when I turned 16. Since recieving this ring and getting it sized I have hardly taken it off. About 2 weeks ago I noticed that it felt like it was poking me. I didn’t think much of it until I took if off one day to put lotion on. Evidently, I had damaged the ring either when we moved or from moving fire wood. The back of the ring had flattened and the sizing joint had a small crack. I took it to get repaired and I got it back yesterday! The jewelers did a very nice job repairing the ring and even cleaned it so that it was really shiny when I got it back. I was also very pleased that they were a Christian organization. They had free encouraging booklets available and played Christian music (which made me VERY HAPPY).

What are some of the daily blessings that you have noticed in your life this past week? I’d love for you to share them in the comments below.

Until next time,

Bailey Sue

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Wednesday Wonders!!(:

Well, it’s Wednesday! That means that it’s time for me to share a few wonders from the past week! Ya’ll ready? Great! Here we go!

It got cold here in southern Ohio. We ended up with an inch or two of snow Monday Night. Tuesday it was cold but very sunny. It made for some nice shadows and an accidental weird angle shot that looked really cool.

Shadow of Tree in dusting of snow

The sun made a very cool shadow shining right through this tree.

Different Angle

As I went to rotate the camera to get a horizontal shot I accidently pressed the shutter. This is the really cool result.

Saturday  we had a bit of a lunar spectacular. The moon was absolutely beautiful. Here’s one of my favorite pictures.

Moon above tree

Saturday’s moon…

Yesterday was National Pie Day. I discovered that it was National Pie Day at about 5:30 last night. So, the debate was wether or not to make a Banana Cream Pie or have Dad buy a pie at the store. It was decided that it would be quicker if Dad bought a pie. So Dad bought a peach pie on his way home and we enjoyed it with whipped cream. It was really good!

Peach PieSince yesterday was REALLY cold we decided that soup sounded really good. And warm. So I made potato soup for dinner. The good thing about soup for dinner is that you have really good leftovers. I’ve rarely found a soup that doesn’t taste better the second or third day! (:

Potato Soup

Topped with sour cream and shreded cheese. It’s perfect for a cold night…

What are some Wednesday Wonders from your life? I’d love for you to share them in the comments below!

Until next time,

Bailey Sue

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