Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Just Plain Jane

No beautiful graphic.  What a shame!  Had one I really wanted to use to.  But I can't get on my PC.  And this old thing Pete uses is so slow.  Not to mention the AOL 7.0 signs off rather frequently.  So, I'm just gonna give you plain old words.  No decorations.

I am feeling a little better.  But not near as far along to feeling well as you'd think I'd be after being on antibiotics since July 3rd!  Been going into work this week.  The Payables girl up and left.  So, I'm doing the morning shift and the bright little college temp is doing the afternoon shift.  Want to thank you all for your kind words, prayers and well wishes!

Friday, my ole man turned another year older.  We had a relaxing evening visiting with a couple of  folks outside.  Then on Sunday, my little Bug turned 7 years old.  So my sister calls and says she is cooking supper for all the July birthdays that night.  (See, my niece Kelly, her daughter had one today!)  So we all went.  And it sure was good!!  Just plain country cooking.  But someone else's cooking!  That is always a wonderful treat!

Tuesday, I came in from work to find Bubba busy in the kitchen.  He was bleaching the sinks and wiping down all the coutertops and backboards.  Neatening and tidying as he went.  What a lift to have a cleaner kitchen!!  He told me,  "Mom, you have a hard job.  Trying to stay on top of all of this.  Cleaning and picking up after us."  Toasty warm Mama heart!

You know, I was fortunate...no blessed....to have the same pastor from the time I was 16 until I was 42.  His name is Robert Carter.  After all that time, he almost seems like an uncle to me.  Anyhow....he is plain spoken, country and has a warm sense of humor.  One of his favorite jokes to tell from the pulpit, was recently in Arcamax Jokes Email.  I want to share it with you:

Typical Jim
There was a man called him Jim, who lived near a river. Jim was a very religious man.

One day, the river rose over the banks and flooded the town, and Jim was forced to climb onto his porch roof.

While sitting there, a man in a boat comes along and tells Jim to get in the boat with him.

Jim says "No, that's ok. God will take care of me." So, the man in the boat drives off.

The water rises, so Jim climbs onto his roof.

At that time, another boat comes along and the person in that one tells Jim to get in.

Jim replies, "No, that's ok. God will take care of me." The person in the boat then leaves.

The water rises even more, and Jim climbs on his chimney.

Then a helicopter comes and lowers a ladder. The woman in the helicopter tells Jim to climb up the ladder and get in.

Jim tells her "That's ok."

The woman says "Are you sure?"

Jim says, "Yeah, I'm sure God will take care of me.

Finally, the water rises too high and Jim drowns.

Jim gets up to Heaven and is face-to-face with God.

Jim says to God "You told me you would take care of me! What happened?"

God replied "Well, I sent you two boats and a helicopter. What else did you want?"

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We think this gentleman is funny and foolish.  But we act just like him more times than not.  We cry and whine and carry on before the Lord asking for his help, but won't even bother to use the tools he blessed us with:  common sense, or health, or friends, or a strong back, etc.  Or we hear and see an answer but it doesn't fit the image of help we have pictured in our heads so we ignore it or refuse it.  We want the mighty, miraculous help like we see in the old testament.  Not the gentle, simple solutions.  Or maybe your downfall is quietly, patiently waiting and doing nothing.  Yes, we should watch.  Yes, we must pray. But these things are active verbs in thelanguage of the Bible.  Watching, while tending what needs tending and doing all you know to do.  Praying, not just in a quiet moment of solitude but in a conversational style that ever runs in our heads and hearts as the day progresses.

If you haven't given up on me, or rushed ahead of me, I've just gone over to the 10th Devotion on Marriage.

Time to mosey on out of here.  I just finished my supper while I was working on this.  Baby Lima Beans, Corn, Chicken & Dumplins, Fried Okra, and Hot Water Cornbread. 

18 comments:

  1. Happy BD to July BD's in your family!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Sorry you're still not feeling 100%! Will keep you in prayer.
    Nice words from son, huh? Know it warmed your heart! {{}}
    The joke I always find funny, have used it myself, & heard it used by many more! LOLL
    Have a good remainder of the week.
    Blessings, Sugar

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  2. I was hoping you'd feel better by now. I guess satan is working overtime. Nope! I didn't forget to capitalize the s in his name. I never do. He isn't worth calling attention too.
    Take care hon. Will continue to pray for you.
    Barb- http://journals.aol.com/barbpinion/HEYLETSTALK
            http://journals.aol.com/barbpinion/HOPEFORTODAY

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  3. I'm sure glad you're a little batter at leat!  Happy birthday to all the July babies!  Glad you're back.  Take care ()  Carolyn!

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  4. I absolutley LOVE that story! Always reminds me that God uses us to do his work.  Thanks for the uplifting entry Barbara!!!

    Kara :)

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  5. when is supper served???  Hugs from KY....Ora   PS...send that sweet Bubba over to my house when he is finished...will feed him good and make him an apple pie....after he finishes my kitchen....you lucky lady....LOLOL...

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  6. naturegirlfromnyJuly 20, 2006 at 5:37 AM

    Happy Birthday to Bug!  Sarah will be 7 on Sept 1st.  Linda

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  7. LoL Love that joke, but how true it is. AOL 7.0, I feel for ya.

    Brenda

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  8. I dont know if i like one thing you mentioned for dinner....of course thats because its all good for you! LOL
    Want to send Bubba over to my house to clean for me? Wow, what a great man he is!!! I wish you were feeling better by now. Are you back to work too soon?!
    hugs,
    lisa

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  9. Nothing taste as good as not having to cook it yourself!
    I hope you get back to your nornal self soon.
    Get to feeling better!
    Terrie

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  10.  
        BARBARA,
             MANY OF US COULD USE YOUR KIND OF WISDOM.      SAM

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  11. Hope you feel better soon barb, thinking and praying for you

    angelrose

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  12. You sure trained Bubba right. I haven't heard of anyone making hot water corn bread in a looog time. My mama made it often and served it with pinto beans. MMM good. Paula

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  13. Good story!  Dinner sounds good, too!  Especially the fried okra!  Wonderful son you have there.
    Lori

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  14. stillgodluvnladyJuly 20, 2006 at 5:25 PM

    Wow, Barbara -- it's so nice to meet a down home gal like yourself.  I'm happy to have found your journal.

    I live in Rockport, 30 miles north of Corpus Christi, but I was raised in Houston.  I've also lived in Phoenix and Sacramento.  I came back home to Texas to be near my mother who was dying.  She's gone now, but I've decided to stay here in Rockport.  It's a small coastal town and I really fell in love with it.

    Anyway, it's good to meet another christian on any day and I'm glad to make your acquaintance.

    Let's be friends,
    Andrea

    StillGodluvnlady@aol.com

    http://journals.aol.com/stillgodluvnlady/AndreasWeightLossJourney/

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  15. All that food sounds yummy Barbara (except the okra -yuk!)  Wish I could get my girls to clean like your Bubba.  

    Sorry you're still feeling under the weather.  Maybe a different round of antibiotics are in order?  

    Hugs,
    Gwynn

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  16. Good ole country cooking, now that sounds yummy! I hope the birthday celebreations were special times.
    Sorry to hear you aren't feeling well nice that someone is helping out with the cleaning, giving you a break. Hope you get well soon!!
    ~ Jenny

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  17. hope you are feeling better
    i liked that story so true
    ttyl
    <3, emily

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  18. You don't need graphics! The story of Jim is a perfect example of what happens when we don't recognize God working in our lives... it's like we're expecting bright flashes of light, background music, and a fog to roll in just like we see in the movies when a miracle happens. And thank you for coming by my journal and leaving frequent comments. I seldom respond, Barbara, but I do notice and appreciate your visits. I will try to reciprocate more often. Glad you are feeling better. It takes time. bea

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