Goodbye 2011

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2011 was the year that taught me I need to change and to reach for the stars that make up my dreams.

The last time I post I wanted to win NaNoWriMo for the first time. I try every year for the past six years.

Well I didn’t win.

I got behind and then BAM the facts of life hit me like an 18 wheelers.

My Uncle died. 

The Sunday before Thanksgiving. 

I had just seen him the night before, at our prayer meeting.  He and my Aunt left the next morning, heading to South Carolina to spend Thanksgiving with their “girls.”  The girls are adults, late 20 and early 30.  But they always said they’re heading to see the girls.

My Aunt said they had a great trip up there.

Their younger is expecting.  Aunt brought baby clothes.  Excited to show her, they headed into the guest bedroom.  As they were looking at the clothes my uncle settled on the bed. 

The dog came in.  Uncle reached over to pat her, tumbled off the bed with the biggest grin on his face.

E (my cousin) and Aunt though he was playing. 

Only

He fell to the floor died.

When they realized, E does CPR on him.

Her husband called 911.

The ambulance came, rushed him away.

His pulse never returned.

Mama being the closes to Aunt in age and everything decided to go up there early.  The funeral was the Saturday after Thanksgiving.

We arrived on Tuesday.

Two sleepless nights.

Thanksgiving came and went.

Even through E’s husband cooked us a turkey it didn’t feel like Thanksgiving.

Friday

The rest of the family arrived.  Crazy Aunts (my mama’s has 4 sisters and one brother. All married) Uncles and Cousins arrived.

Saturday

The funeral. (Blessed by God with his angels and everyone telling stories of Uncle.)

Everyone planned to go home the next day.

We never made it.

My Grandmamma who we all call Gran, had a stoke the night of the funeral. 

A massive stoke.

Doctors didn’t think she’s make it.

She slept

And slept

And slept for a week.

We decide to risk it and bring her home.

In the ambulance she woke up!  For the first 30 minutes Aunt T said (Aunt T is a nurse so she rode with Gran, all the way home.

My Uncle G (Mama’s only brother) set up Gran’s house with a hospital bed in her den.

Life twirled with each of us staying at Gran’s to do all the necessaries needed, feeding her through tube and the likes for a week.

And

Gran improved even more!

We put her in rehab for her recovery.

She feed herself ¼ of a fried chicken sandwich last night!

Goodbye 2011 I’m glad to see you go.

The Knots Prayer

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I found this picture on facebook on one of my friends’ wall, thought I share it here with you.
I can’t tell you how many times I felt this way over the years.
I hope y’all are having a good week, and if y’all have tomorrow off have a good, God blessed, long weekend.
If you have any thoughts please share.

God and us, beetles and Us

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“Theology is the study of God and his ways.  For all we know, dung beetles may study man and his ways and call it humanology.  If so, we would probably be more touched and amused than irritated.  One hopes that God feels likewise.”  Frederick Buechner, Wishful Thinking pg 91

I read this in my textbook for bible class the other day.  With its humor it left me thinking about it for the past few days.
For one thing I really hope God understand and knows us better than we know beetles.  I don’t think I’ll ever look at a bug the same way again. 
I want to know God with all my mind, body and spirit, not just know of God and his ways in a logical sense.  I want a relationship with God and want to maintain that relationship.

What about you?
What do you think about after reading this quote?

On the hunt- Halloween Day

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No, not monster hunting.

Job hunting.
All the joy that goes with it, also known as editing resume, writing cover letter, and making sure the people on your reference list know that they might get a call or email from possible future employers in the days to come.

At time like this I turn to the bible verse:
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.  Jeremiah 29:11
It keep the worrying at bay.

What did y’all do this halloween?

NaNoWriMo Coming Soon

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It’s time once again for NaNoWriMo.  Sorry this post will have nothing to do with God or the bible.  Other then the fact that I feel like God would like me to write.  I once read another writer blog post (Stuff Christians Like) that God told him that God sang when he wrote.  I really hope that God sing when I write too.

So for the 6th time I’m going to try to win NaNo.

A really good post about NaNoWriMo can be found here Prepping for NaNoWriMo 2011.

NaNoWriMo happening during the month of November every year.  It’s a month where writers all over the world sit at the edge of their chair and attempt to write a 50,000 length novel in 30 days.  Many have made it to the finish line, but many like me have yet to cross that line by 11:59 on November 30th.
This time I have set up a Facebook group with my wrimos friends for support.
I’m not trying to write a novel I have already started.  (this is against the rule really but every year I’m already writing a novel. I decided to start with word 1 this year and see if it bring me luck)
I’m reading Chris  (the creator) book titled “No Plot, No Problem.

For the next month NaNoWriMo will clutter this blog with a number of things like
Posts about my novel and how my writing going.
A word counter on the sidebar.
And who know what else

Right now I’m working on an outline

The Promise Part 2

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Yesterday I asked what does God’s promise or Jesus’s promise mean to you?
Here my answer:

If you had asked me as a child about the promise of a God.  I would have thought of the promise of the rainbow God’s gave to Noah.  At the time it just meant I would not have to worry about drowning from a world wide flood. 

I didn’t understand about Jesus.  I knew He love me because the Bible and my Mama told me so, but what that really meant I had no clue.

Now I’m older and a little bit wiser (and researching my Bible), God’s promise means three things to me.
1. He will never leave my side in the good or the bad times of my life.
2. The other Counselor, the Spirit of truth, also known as the Holy Spirit, that Jesus tell about in John 14:16-17 lives in me.
3. Because I follow Christ there’s more life with Him after death.

If you didn’t get the chance yesterday to answer the question what does God’s promise or Jesus’s promise mean to you, please post your answer in the comment or you have a question or more to add to my post feel free to also leave an comment.

The Promise

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This morning at our Wednesday’s prayer group, the song “Shout To The Lord” sung by Lou Fellingham played during “praising God” time. The line “Nothing compares to the promise I have in You” stood out to me.  I wondered what promise is she sing about?

I wondered that every time I heard about Jesus’s or God’s promise. What are they talking about?

So I asks you what does God’s promise or Jesus’s promise mean to you?
I’m going to give it some thoughts and check the Bible.  Will post my answer tomorrow.

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