Steps of Faith

Steps of Faith

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Prayers please for neighboring towns..  Tornados hit these areas last evening and has caused Much Destruction.  There have been deaths, many injuries, homes destroyed as well as businesses.  So much damage.  Prayers appreciated.

Shug

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Wow....I can't believe it.

I took my header photo while we were on our Canada trip.....gosh, it is so pretty up there.   

I added two words to this photo..... "simplify life"

Basically, because this is what I've been thinking about today.  


view out my window right now...  I HEART this!

to simplify life, it requires us to let go of some of our obsessions!
I'm speaking to myself here...

I will confess, that I am obsessed with making sure that EVERYONE around me is comfortable and happy!

I'm obsessed with making sure our home is comfy, cozy and decorated in a way that makes my heart happy.

I'm obsessed with daily routines.  I'm obsessed with being on time!!!

I'm obsessed with wanting everything to be perfect!!!

that's a funny one isn't it?  We all know that things are not perfect.  

However, I have reached a point in my life where the need for all these things seems to be on the back burner for me.

Is this an age thing?  Where we finally grow up and start to take life day by day.....stride by stride.  

Perhaps it is Contentment!!

Being content where I am in life.....being content with my being.   OR....is it realizing that I can't make things perfect.
I can't choose the happiness of others....I can not secure that in anyone but myself.

I can remember a time....not too long ago, when I could...sometimes would, go to town every single day.   I would spend hours shopping, looking, running errands...etc. etc.

Just yesterday....I was in the big city, and I had several things that I wanted to do.   Not that I had to do them....I just wanted to.
I found myself saying...."that is really not important, I think I'll just go home!"  

I literally talked myself out of going to Walmart, Target, to get a pedicure and eating lunch in town.  Wow..I can't believe it!!

My life really is simple....I just think I'm ready to simplify it a little more....

Happy Day to all of you!  
Shug





Monday, April 24, 2017

You know what happens in April and sometimes in May?   PROM!

Way back a few months ago, I posted about the book I made for Tucker to ask Emily to the prom.   


Of course.....she said YES.

This past weekend was the PROM date.

Here are just a few pictures of the evening.





These photos were taken on my phone.....the ones from the camera are much clearer. 

Although it rained on Saturday, it let up enough for me to grab some pictures....

I always enjoy seeing ALL of the kids pictures from the prom.  

Shug


Friday, April 21, 2017


 
Do ya'll see the cute little cafe in my header picture?  Oh my goodness....they have the BEST breakfast!   Grits, omelets, toast, beignets, and COFFEE!    I have eaten there 2 times in the past six weeks and I sure hope I get to go back again....SOON!!

Over the Easter weekend, our family visited Tyler and was able to spend three days, enjoying our visit with him and the area where he is located.  


Our accommodations were so nice!  Plenty of room for all of us...


Of course....Bowling is something I haven't done in YEARS.
do you see that score of 26?  That is mine!  My score did get a little better....like up to 33.   This was a family bowling event and we all had a blast.   The next day....I was pretty sore!



The kids had a wonderful time riding these go-carts!  I think we stood in line for about 45 minutes....just waiting for their turn.  


As you can probably tell....I took these pictures with my phone and they really did not turn out very clear.  


A good game of "Chicken foot" always brings lots of laughter to this group of folks.   They are all so competitive and determined to win.


This was our hostess at the Ihop.   Isn't she adorable?  
This place was very clean, but the service was not so great. 

I ordered unsweet tea and guess what....they were out!!!
I then ordered water and it came out after my pancakes!!



We had so much fun....the entire weekend.  Some of them went swimming and some got thrown into the pool.   And YES, the water was cold.  

I'm ready to go again!!

Shug





Monday, April 17, 2017

Prayer is strong and the power of prayer can change things.   I have a dear sweet friend, whose daughter is in need of our prayers.  
She has MS and is now fighting an acute episode.   Difficulty in walking, vision problems, and a slurred speech are just a few of the symptoms she is having.

Hal fell this past weekend and fractured a couple of her ribs (toward the back) and is having pain when she moves.      

Not only is she a daughter to one of my best friends.....but she and my daughter (Shan) were BFF's growing up.  These two girls were inseparable as kids and even through High School.  They were always together....getting into the best of mischief.   Even though they now have their own families....they still remain the best of friends.  

Let me use this little analogy.....   If we all throw a single pebble at a stone wall....the wall will remain standing.   It will not fall.   However, if all of our pebbles are pressed together as tight as a wrecking ball, the minute the big ball hits the wall, it will come tumbling down.   Now....lets apply this to prayer.   

"Again I say unto you, that if two of you shall agree on earth as touching anything that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in Heaven.   For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.  Matthew 18:19-20

Prayer is strong and when we all pray together, trusting God....mountains can be moved.  (Walls of illness can come tumbling down)   Hal is in need of a healing....please join me in prayer for her needs.   

I pray that each  Dr. that treats her, will first...seek God for wisdom in knowing what to do to help her.   God is able!!

Thank you in advance for joining me in prayer.  
shug

  

Sunday, April 9, 2017



I love to pour out my heart.....There are just so many things about life that I absolutely LOVE!  So very much to be thankful for.   

First of all, I'm so thankful for my wonderful husband!  He is simply the BEST.  Sam has such a loving heart and he is such a good man.   He loves me with all of his being!  He even spoils me...wink wink!!

I could fill a hundred pages and even more about the goodness of this fabulous Christian man that I am married to.  

We have such a precious, loving family as well.  If I didn't have anything else in the world but these Blessings, then my life would still be full of goodness and be complete.         

Smiles and laughs are a part of my every day!  Is it because I have no problems?   NO...far from it!  My life is just like any other...I have up and down days.  I have issues that come up...I have disagreements with others....Shoot, I have days when nothing goes well at all.   But, no matter what happens in my day...someone always delivers a special smile and it changes the entire outlook of any kind of bad day.

Most of us.....myself included....we usually post things on FB, Instagram, and even on our Blog about the good and the glamorous  things that happen to us.   As a reader myself...I sometimes view other peoples lives as being perfect.   No shadows are cast...only pure joy, contentment and sunshine.  Rich lifestyles so to speak.

This kind of perfection blinds us from what is really happening all around us.   We fail to recognize that many of our friends are really lonely and sometimes sad.   .....many of us are so busy and we are always working so hard to try to convince everyone that our lives are so full of adventure.  Don't get me wrong.... I'm not saying that when we have difficult days, that we should post that either.   NO one wants to constantly read about depressing thoughts and days.

However....I do believe that we sometimes paint a picture where we attempt to make others jealous.    We humans are built that way I suppose.   :(    :(     :(

I can post all of the pictures that I want to post that depicts a life of pure goodness.....but the truth is, a whole lot of "life" happens between all of my cool pictures, words and videos.  

I do have FB friends who only post with a PURPOSE!  what does this mean?  It means that they are not interested in their friend's cute pictures of grand babies.....and they could care less if so-in-so's child was accepted into a Division 1 college.   They certainly are not interested in finding out that I just bought my grandson a new pair of "Willie Nelson" socks.

These FB friends are strictly there to let others know where they stand on politics, community affairs, or perhaps gain a step ahead in their business deals.

All in all.....I would say that most of us are very selective when it comes to what we post.   It's our own gain that we are looking after. 

Next time you look at your social media.....do so with the attitude of      "I refuse to allow myself to be tortured by the wondering of why my life does not compare to the perfect looking life of my friends!"

As a bonus I will add this..............there are dozens of Apps out there that will give you a fabulous looking tan....or can reshape your face and body to make you look like a model.    Some people (not me because I'm not that tech savvy) know how to use these Apps to their advantage!    I suppose I need to work on expanding my wisdom to know how to use these Apps!!   LOL.

These are just some of my thoughts for the day....did you pay attention to my first couple of paragraphs?    My life looks great and it shows that I am truly loved.   I can easily see where someone who might be lonely, would read this in a way to where it comes across as if everything in my life is perfect.    Wrong again!  I am Blessed.....but aren't we All..

Shug   

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Today / Tomorrow

My feelings today are running a bit low!   I suppose it's just one of those kind of days.   I've been missing my dad terribly.  He passed away on Jan 23rd of this year and there are days when I miss him so much.   





Time passes so quickly, but it seems like just yesterday.

Life does pass on and we ALL  have different ways of dealing with our grief.  Mine is just so deep and it takes me a while......a while?  Who am I kidding....I still miss talking to my mom every morning,  and she has been gone for 11 years now.     My immediate family is so very close, but even they don't realize how much my heart hurts.  Losing someone that you love so very much is so very difficult! 

I know I'm not alone here.   We all have lost loved ones and this is not an easy thing for any of us. 

What do I do when I'm feeling low?   I cook and cook!

This afternoon, I have cooked a huge pot of homemade vegetable beef soup......A big tray of BBQ sausage.....a Fresh strawberry pie....and the crust is already waiting for me to make a coconut pie!

I wouldn't want to mislead anyone.   My strawberry pie is in the refrigerator right now.   The pie in my header pic is a borrowed photo......However, mine looks just as good.    LOL

I have baked beans in the oven and I'll finish off with a pot of creamed potatoes and a pan of cornbread. 

This helps my feelings.....but it really is not good for my aching legs.   Does anyone out there suffer with varicose veins OR Restless Leg Syndrome??   I have both!!  Argh!!

In about a month, I am having a procedure done on my right leg to help with the veins.  I've had it done before and it helped for many years.   Time to do it again.   As for as the RLS....this is so puzzling.  I will go for months and months at a time with no sign or agitation with this issue, and then all of a sudden it flairs up.  It's been bothering me for about a month now.  

As a matter of fact, I'm sitting here right now with my legs propped up....as I write this post.   

I'm pretty sure that my Sugar and caffeine are two things I need to CUT COMPLETELY OUT OF MY DIET.

I always say tomorrow.....but I guess I really need to get down to business and stop this horrible things from entering my body.

Although, this is not my best of days....I am still so very thankful for all of my Blessings....Tomorrow is a brand new day!

I even posted this on my FB page one day this week.....


I'm so happy that I came across this cute picture.  Truth is written and drawn all over this little picture.  

I guess it's time to finish that coconut pie...

later...
Shug






Monday, April 3, 2017

Let me tell you bout the Birds and the Bees

Let me tell you bout the birds and the bees....

Well....I've seen my first bumblebee of the season and I've also seen the first June Bug for the year.   Wow, Spring is moving right along.
I filled containers of Asparagus ferns, as well as some gorgeous Hibiscus today.  It's beginning to look Spring-E around here.

Several Red Birds have been out looking for their treats of sunflower seeds, and just this past weekend, we had two beautiful red headed woodpeckers jumping from tree to tree.

Spring is a spectacular Season!  Birds are singing, and new life is popping up all around.   Music is in the air with the buzzing of the honey bees.


New life is everywhere!  This little lady belongs to Trey.  It's the start to his dream of raising and selling cows.   


Isn't it amazing how Springtime and Nature gives us such a grand feast to complete our long waited hunger, for the fragrance of the season?  Did I mention that I love Spring?  I really do.



The Spring sunsets have been absolutely stunning as well.


I'll leave you all with this one last photo.  



A picture of me and Mylee Jo.    So many fun things to do in the Spring!!!

shug.








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