Thursday, January 31, 2008

Random Thoughts & Happenings at the Ponderosa!


Normally, I would be at mid-week service at our church ,
at this time on a Thursday night.
But, my Honey's pager went off this afternoon.
He works for the local Police Department.
Here's an excerpt from a local News Briefing

"ST. AUGUSTINE, FL -- A neighborhood in St. Augustine has been evacuated and part of U.S. 1 is closed due to a SWAT situation.A man has barricaded himself inside a home in the North City Gates area, just north of downtown St. Augustine.The incident began before 4 p.m. when authorities went to the home to serve a warrant on a violation of probation charge.Sheriff David Shoar says the suspect threatened officers, closed the door to his home and armed himself with a handgun.Shoar says the suspect had a prior conviction of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.Authorities don't believe anyone else is inside the home.Investigators have made contact with the suspect by phone"

So, I am praying for my husband,
and all the men and women working to get this guy out safely.
I am praying for the guy to.

In the mean time, I'd rather not keep thinking about it.
So I thought I would try to gather some random thoughts and happenings,
and pull up a chair and a keyboard and visit with you all!
My Honey has a hard time sleeping at night,
because he has worked midnight shift for so long.
It doesn't help that sleeping with me lately,
is like sleeping with a human heater.
But, we have made a pact NOT to mention the "M" word,
that is rumored to strike women about my age.


We are also working together to change our eating habits.
It's so much easier to do while working together.
Towards that goal, several mornings this week,
he has used that early morning time,
to make me breakfast in bed.
He is such a keeper!


On another note, this past weekend I was sweeping the floors,
and mentally calculating (read worrying)
on various issues and challenges.

As I listened to myself, I made a determination to STOP.
Instead I decided to give thanks to God.
right then and right there,
outloud in my Laundry Room.

"Lord, thank You that life is sooo much more than paychecks,
paydays, raises, mortages, new tires.
It is so much more than vet bills, really cute blouses and shoes at Bealls.
I am so glad that You love me, and my husband, our sons.
Thank You Lord that Your hand of blessing is with us always,
leading and guiding, teaching and protecting.
Thank You Lord, that you made life about You,
about Love, Faith, Hope, Sweetness, Strength, Courage, Redemption.
Forgive me, Lord for making life about anything t
hat is just going to melt away one day.
One sweet day, when all things will be made new.
Teach me, Lord to be more focused on You, and what's eternal.
I Love YOU, Lord, and I really didn't need those shoes anyway!
I have got so much more important treasures around me."

"Do not gather and heap up and store up for yourselves treasures on earth,
where moth and rust and worm consume and destroy,
and where thieves break through and steal.
But gather and heap up and store for yourselves treasures in heaven,
where neither moth nor rust nor worm consume and destroy,
and where thieves do not break through and steal;"
Matthew 6:19-20
Love you guys!


Denise said...

Praying for your husbands safety, and praying for you dear.

Sharon said...

Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us.I thank God for protecting your man. For stepping into the situations that seem out of control. He is the leveler.

And I can go there with you on the whole thought process thing. God has been also dealing with me on just being what He created me to be. He did not create me to be the fixer of things in my life. The one who has to figure it all out.
He is teaching me so much right now. It is just in bits and pieces.But real soon I am going to see the picture HE is putting together.
I'm learning. I can hear Him now...phew! She is finally getting it. :)
I might be slow--but when I get it--I got it.

luvmy4sons said...

We are kindred hearts dear sister. I loved just hearing about your musings and your day. Hope all went well with hubby and that situation. That will build up your faith over time. Wow.

Irritable Mother said...

I am a Sunday school teacher at church and there is one song we sing with the kids that has this line in it, "Things change when I stop to thank You." I have found that statement to be soooo true! (And it seems you did in the laundry room, too!)

Nicki said...

praying for your husband, all is well??? I hope so!

Praise the Lord for you stopping right where you were and releasing it unto Him!! That's HUGE!!!! Not to let your mind "Go there".

freetofly said...

Hey, Denise! Thanks! Do you know they wrapped it up about the time I hit the publish button! Everybody is all safe!

Sharon, God is NO doubt Large & In Charge! I love being able to pray for all those pople that I use to work with & now my husband works with. & I KNOW God is with them! & Yes, He is teaching me, too! Here a little, there a little! Thank goodness! Hey, Our Pastor says it like this & I say it about myself all the time "I'm slow but I'm worth the wait"! LOL! I Love that saying! Fits me perfect!

Leslie, Thanks for that! Yes we are! :) I'm so glad!

Karen, that is SO true & has been on my mind all year...I have a post "brewing" on that topic!

Nicki, Yes! All is well! God was on the scene! & It REALLY did completely change perspective to do that!

To All:

The guy tried to tunnel out of his apartment, into the next door apartment. In theory not a bad idea, however, the apartment he went to was filled with SWAT! Ta-Da! Everybody went home safe! How about that? Thank you, Lord! For always hearing us & moving on our behalf!

Carole said...

So glad everything worked out for your hubby. God is good and people are goofy, that's all I have to say.

freetofly said...


That's just the plain truth, Girl! Some are just Goofy! ;)

Happy Ground Hog day!


What Does it Mean Anyway? "Free to Fly"...

Well, it's like this: Here are some of the Webster's Dictionary definitions of Free: a : having the legal and political rights of a citizen b : enjoying civil and political liberty c : enjoying political independence or freedom from outside domination d : enjoying personal freedom : not subject to the control or domination of another2 a : not determined by anything beyond its own nature or being : choosing or capable of choosing for itself...having a scope not restricted by qualification 7 a : not obstructed, restricted, or impeded ...Now, here are some of the Webster's Dictionary definitions of Fly:1 a : to move in or pass through the air with wings b : to move through the air or before the wind or through outer space c : to float, wave, or soar in the air ... a : to take flight ...6 : to work successfully ...Examples which apply from Websters: fly high : to be elated - fly in the face of or fly in the teeth of : to stand or act forthrightly or brazenly in defiance or contradiction of

What does this mean in my life? This means that in life we are meant to be free. While historically mankind has not always enjoyed the opportunity to fully appreciate what that means, we are so indescribably fortunate as to live in a time of the greatest spiritual, physical, financial and political freedom ever known. Freedom doesn't come cheap, nor does it come easy. But the best things in life don't come that way do they? As I write this I am struck by how this sounds like a political statement, and for me this is much more of a spiritual thing, but, same goes for that (political that is). Freedom doesn't come easy. And it's worth whatever fight you have to make to overcome in your life in order to live a life that succeeds. Now the questions is - what is success for you? What is your standard? In my mind what is needed is a definite target - because you can't hit and maintain a moving target. A stable, rock-solid, anchor with no variable, yet multi-faceted. Something pure, just and worthy. If you look at any web page of news you can see that our society is certainly lacking in this area. What a great time to live as a rebel! Nowadays to be a rebel, all you have to do is be willing to engage in the battle of life, while anchored to Christ!