I have just received my first award. It is from Sue at http://hometotheworld.blogspot.com/ . Sue has been our family friend for several years, and one of the many voices of encouragement that helps me through this jigsaw puzzle called life. There are Some rules to accepting this award, so I am going to try and paste them here.
1) Say thanks and give a link to the presenter of the award.
2) Share "ten honest things" about myself.
3) Present this award to 7 others whose blogs I find brilliant in content and/or design, or those who have encouraged me.
4) Tell those 7 people that they've been awarded HONEST SCRAP and inform them of these guidelines in receiving it.
Yeah, it worked! The joy of learning from your children.
Can I be honest with you all, when I am barely honest with myself? I will try.
1: I am living proof that our God is a loving God. He is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow. It is but by his grace that I am even alive to write these ten things. Romans 3:24, Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.
2:I am an addict. I am unable to use moderation, as is evidenced by my 28 blog postings this month. My gardens have been an addiction, even to the point that my house and our families nutrition have suffered. (Way too many take-out meals because mommy has been playing in the dirt all day) Some of my addictions are silly, some actually dangerous (21 years) and some you would say "That is an addiction?" Romans 6:12 Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof.
3: There are two amazing people who have tried to teach me for 41 years. They were the best parents. Both of them came from families with abuse, and both of them were able to break the cycle. All six of us kids knew they loved us! and that love has grown even more to include the 19 grandchildren. Proverbs 17:6 Children's children are the crown of old men; and the glory of children are their fathers. Proverbs 31:28 Her children arise up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her.
4:I am a very rebellious person. Please do not tell me what I cannot do, because I will prove you wrong or die trying. By the same token, please do not order me to do something because it will only lead to disappointment! (for everyone). This rebellion has led me down some rocky paths, leading to some perilous situations, (See truth #1). But, it also has made me strong in my faith and in my resolve to protect my children from making the same mistakes. Proverbs 28:14 Happy is the man that feareth alway: but he that hardeneth his heart shall fall into mischief.
5: My universe is very small! I have cocooned myself in my little world to insulate myself from more pain. This is a mistake, and I am now working very hard to correct it. You see, when all you look at is yourself, it becomes very boring. My newest mission is to look to the needs of others. I have challenged myself this summer to take my eyes off of myself and see the needs of others first. 1 John 4:20 If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?
6: Coming to faith in Christ was not easy. I was deeply involved in things that were dangerous, and was fighting with demons at the tender age of 13. Even after my salvation, I was hard headed and went my own way for most of my 20's. When I came back to Christ, I was very much like the woman at the well. John 4:1-20 too long to quote
7: My husband is a good man- something I do not tell him enough if at all. He works and provides for our family, he spends time with his children, and he has been daddy to the one he chose for 15 of his 17 years of life. But these things I forget so easily. Proverbs 31:11 ( I fall way too short on this one) The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil.
8: Most of the time, my priorities are way out of order. Where they should be: God, Jon, My Sons, Others, I often find them in this order, My sons, others, God, Jon. (See Truth #7)- Ephesians 5: 21-33 too long to quote.
9: I am afraid for our country, for the world even, not because I am afraid for myself, but for all those lost souls who do not understand the truth. I have read the last chapter. I know how this story ends, but so very many people will fall for the lies being fed to them covered in pretty whipped cream.
1 Corinthians 11:14-15 And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.
10: When I became a mother, I prayed for wisdom. (James 1-5) My hope is that I can share the things that have made me strong in my faith with those who God has entrusted to me. I want to learn so much, but I do have a hard time putting what I learn into action (Truth #4) My favorite verse is Proverbs 4:7 Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all your getting, get understanding. But recently I have been shown follow up verses to both of these wisdom getting verses--James 1:6-8 But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord. A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.
So, there is the truth. That is the most honest I have been with anyone, including myself. I included the verses, not to show off, but because Jesus is the way, the truth, and the light. Without him, there would be not truth. I learned this the hard way.
Now, seven people? I don't know if I know seven people very well...
Can I give it back to Sue?
Wait, I will go check my list...
Gina @ http://ahandfuloflife.blogspot.com/ Cause even though she is so much younger, she is often my Titus 2 woman...
Tricia @ http://skippy-n-scoop.blogspot.com/ Her will to be a good wife has taken her on a journey of a lifetime into the arctic circle...
Kris @http://whatchadoingnowkris.blogspot.com/ Her grace throughout her battle with cancer has tought many life lessons to those watching...
Evy @http://yestheyareallmine-mom.blogspot.com/ DUH!
Amy @http://corbincrew.blogspot.com/ Any pastors wife should be lifted up daily.
http://katididscreations.blogspot.com/ Kati, my brand new friend for all the loving comments she leaves me.
http://lefahfkafaef.blogspot.com/ Glenda, I feel like I have known her much longer than 3 weeks (thanks mommy.)
Good enough? Sue, you are a dear, You have always been so encouraging to our family especially Darian and his music. I hope you are always part of our life. You make it so much nicer.
With much love to all,
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