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A Clear Vision For 2017

His hand is at work in your life right now like never before. 2017 will be a transformative year for you and your family.

I claim this for my family, and you should as well. I have seen tons of Facebook posts and memes over the last couple of weeks about how bad 2016 was, but I really can’t complain.

For the first time in my life, I was actually kind of sad to see the year change on the calendar. As I am aging, I am realizing how quickly this life is passing by. Little moments of clarity like this can sometimes be a bit overwhelming or down right scary.

My babies aren’t babies anymore, and I hardly recognize the older woman with gray hair and crows feet staring at me from the mirror. But still, I can’t complain. I’m alive. My children are alive. My husband is alive. And we are all doing well.

If 2016 was “bad” to you, take this moment to claim 2017 as yours. What is your vision for this new year? Do you have one? Is it clear?

If you do not have a clear vision for 2017, may I suggest prayer? Pray and meditate on it, and see what happens. There is a lot going on in this world today, a lot of very scary things, but God is never too busy to help you.

I hope and pray that each and every one of you has a blessed and prosperous 2017, filled with clear vision, health, and happiness.

DON’T FORGET TO CLAIM IT!!

Love, Crystal

 

Tackling Mt. Laundry; & Other Daily Ordeals

“Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.”     Isaiah 41:10

Yes. I just opened a post about laundry with a Bible verse. Don’t even laugh, you’ve been there as well. Come on now, don’t deny it.

You know the feeling I’m referring to; it’s been an incredibly long week, the days flew by and before you know it, it’s Saturday, you’re SOOO looking forward to  a warm, steamy, relaxing shower while the littles watch t.v., all cuddled up in their blankets and cozy pj’s.

The shower is on and billows of  steam are calling you,  inviting you to step in and allow the heat to melt the stress away..even for just a minute. Undressed and ready to escape into your own little sauna, you reach for a towel and lo…there are none!

You forgot to do the dadgum laundry, and apparently, the littles had a busy week of cleaning up spills with all of your clean fluffy towels!

This is the first of many times today you will have to remind yourself of your spirituality!

Standing in the laundry room, hoping with all hope that you will find a clean towel that has been left in the dryer, you realize that Mt. Laundry is taunting you: “You’ll never conquer me!”

*This is where the first scripture comes into play*  The one I use on average, 5 thousand or so times a day;

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Philippians 4;13

Huffing and puffing, desperately trying not to “lose it” while continually mumbling the verse under your breath, you begin tossing clothes in the machine.

Okay, so while the clothes wash you will just take this moment to catch up on other tasks that have been neglected. Off to the kitchen you go to refill your not big enough coffee cup  when there it is, a sink full of dirty dishes. Where did they even come from?!? You know you washed them all before you went to bed last night! ( One of lifes great mysteries. Everyone denies dirtying them while you slept.)

Still in your robe, you have washed the dishes, again, wiped down the cabinets, swept the floors, refereed sibling squabbles, fed the hungry masses, and so on. Oh yes, some of us live in a state of perpetual distraction. You look up and it is 3 P.M. What the heck?!

Do not hasten in your spirit to be angry, for anger rests in the bosom of fools.”  Ecclesiastes 7:9 

Remain calm momma, remain calm.

You forgot the laundry. Mt. laundry is laughing at you and you still haven’t gotten that steamy shower.  Ugh. After re-washing this mornings load, and finally attaining some clean fuzzy towels, you pass them out to the family and everyone starts their evening routine of bathtimes while you begin dinner.

He who has two tunics, let him give to him who has none; and he who has food, let him do likewise.”   Luke 3:11

We give of ourselves. That’s what we do. It’s the end of another day and finally, you get your shower. As you’re stepping out and attempting to dry off with a cold damp towel that was left lying in the floor by the bathrooms previous occupant, you smile as another scripture comes to mind:

The wise woman builds her house, but the foolish pulls it down with her hands.”  Proverbs 14:1

You made it another day and didn’t “lose your religion”  if you know what I’m saying.

Tomorrow Mt. Laundry. We will meet again tomorrow., but right now it’s time for cuddles and bedtime prayers.

 

Gatlinburg, you’re in our prayers..

I can not even begin too understand what emotions you must be experiencing. We have all followed the news closely over the last 48 hours, in horror and disbelief, at what was unfolding. There were many vacationers, from our small town, who were lodging in the cozy cabins of the Smokies, when the emergency evacuations started. 3d640883-cb54-4926-b53c-4610a7da6005

They kept us informed, as too what was happening all around them. How completely terrifying the rushed ride down the mountain was, with smoke and fire on every side. The feeling of not knowing if they would get down, and out of harms way in time. They told us, in real time, how hot it was in their cars, and of how the back of their throats burned from the smoke that was creeping in through every crack of the automobile.

They all made it home safely, each family with their own intense story to tell. I know this is something they will never forget, and the people here in Mississippi who love them are so glad they made it home safely. The firefighters and emergency personnel did an outstanding job.

So now, in the aftermath that I’m seeing on the news and social media, a painful realization hit me, our friends and family made it home, they experienced the terror on the mountain, but today they are waking up in their beds,, in their homes, while so many in those mountains now have no home to go to.

I know the vacationers realize this, and I’m not making light of what they experienced, not in the least.

I worry that, the residents of Gatlinburg might feel as though they are completely alone, all of the tourists disappeared and went back to their lives, sort of feeling, but to the wonderful people of Gatlinburg- you are now, and will continue to be on our prayers, for as long as it takes, until every single home is rebuilt, and every last business reopens their doors.

The Smoky Mountains have been a second home too so many of us, and your hospitality is unmatched! We love you!

“Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith.”        Galatians 6:2, 10 

 

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