Hope everyone finds themselves well this morning! I just finished doing "The Shred" so I am all warmed up and ready to go. I have had to resort to indoor exercising of late because Tigercub has decided to begin waking up with the sun. By the time it is light enough for me to run...I hear the pitter patter of little feet that are ready for their momma. Hopefully, as spring approaches, some of our cloudiness will go away and it will begin getting light earlier. I have a feeling I am gonna have to start back with square one on the running, UGH!
We have had a pretty good week around here. MORE snow on Tuesday night which meant all the schools were cancelled again. They were expecting several inches, we might have got one. I opted out of taking a snow day and made my kids do school. That did not go over well. They knew all their friends were out and they wanted to be, too. They didn't even want to go out and play in the snow...just wanted to skip school. I tried, for a short time to reason with them about how we would have to tack the day on to the end of the year, blah, blah, blah...they did not want to hear it. So, in the end, I was the bad guy...but we got school done! Someday they will thank me...or will go to therapy...or both.
We also celebrated Tigerfan's birthday yesterday. However, I discovered that I certainly need improvement. I BOUGHT a birthday card for him...I just forgot to write in it. I figure I have until this weekend when we take him and probably his momma out to eat for a group celebration (her birthday is the 30th).
As for the weekend, just the same ole thing. Basketball tonight and all morning tomorrow and birthday celebrations tomorrow night. As someone who loves things to stay the same, I should love that...but I am craving something different. Isn't that just like us! My sisters are going through some BIG changes right now, and perhaps that is where my longing comes from. I wish so much that I could be there with and for them. I long to bring them a meal, or watch their kids, or just commiserate with them when necessary. But I am 2,000 miles away, so I watch from a distance...and that is hard. I definitely need to learn a lesson in contentment...because while I sit in Tennessee and whine about the snow, I yearn for Idaho...which will have snow and cold long after we have pulled out the short sleeves. I guess it is not so much the place as a yearning for family, but the outcome is the same. A little twinge of discontent despite the fact that I live in constant blessing. God has SO much work to do on me!
Anyway, I look forward to visiting this weekend, it will probably have to tide me over for a couple of weeks, because next week, we are scheduled for a long overdue trip to Louisiana. I am so ready to do some visiting and am HOPING to even catch a little bit of time with CiCi! Fingers crossed.
For now, I will leave you with my Siesta Scripture Memory verse for the second part of this month. It is a little longer than recommended but a really essential verse to know. I am going to attempt to type it from memory. I have realized, these couple of weeks how my memory is failing me as I get older...there was a time that I could have just read this through a couple of times and had it...especially because it was already familiar to me...but I have struggled to keep the wording just right. Anyway, here goes:
"For it is by grace you have been saved through faith--and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God--not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works which God has prepared in advance for us to do." Ephesians 2:8-10
Okay, I did pretty good, had to fix a couple of words, but maybe in the 3 days I have left, I can get them. The important thing is really the message. And may I just encourage you...that if, by any chance there is one reading this that does not know that saving grace of our loving God, to please seek Him out. He longs for you to come to Him. He longs for you to know the peace that only He can bring. This world will always bring trouble and stress and sadness and frustration. But our Creator, God, longs for you to have more. He loved everyone of you enough to send His son to die for your sins. His desire is that no one should perish...but you MUST believe! Please take some time this weekend to seek Him out, ask questions, read His Word, the Bible or even contact one of the many ladies in this community that would love to share what a difference He has made for them.
I hope you all have a blessed weekend, be sure to check out Home Sanctuary for more Coffee Talk. By the way, I have a hard hitting blog post in me about toilet paper...if I can find time this week, I am totally posting it...and you DO NOT want to miss it! :)