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Rainy Mondays- A Good Day To Do Nothing

I think I’ve written about this subject before, but this is one of those days that I just can’t pass it up. It has rained all morning here in North Mississippi where I live and work. Just a lazy kind of day. There’s not much going on here at work either and that makes it even worse.

Actually, I’m usually pretty tired on Mondays. I attend a small church in my home town. As with most small churches, Sundays are extremely busy. I teach a class of adults ranging in age from close to 30 to my age, I’m 55.  Then during worship service I play bass in our praise team and sing. We use a variety of music in our church from the great hymns of the past, to some of the new worship music of the present.

After church there is lunch at my mom’s house, I’ve written about that before in a post titled “Sunday Dinner”. I do usually get a short power nap in before going back to church for praise team practice, and Sunday night services.

After church on Sunday night, our 2 daughters, their husbands and children all come to our house for Sunday night supper. Our 3 grandsons, ages 4, 2 1/2, & 6 weeks are something else. It usually turns into a 3 ring circus before we are through. My wife and I wouldn’t trade it for anything.

By 10 PM, I am ready to fall into bed. Monday mornings, come way too soon for me. Today is no exception. I am just having trouble getting motivated to do anything. I’ve got a project to complete this afternoon so I guess I’ll put a stop to my complaining and get on with it.

Don’t get me wrong, I really enjoy serving in my church. Sundays are such a blessing from God. But it makes for a long Monday.

 

Sunday Dinner

Cornbread, collard greens, macaroni and cheese...

Growing up in the south, some of the best times as a family were around the kitchen table as we shared a meal together. It was a time of great food, conversation and fellowship. It was also very loud. Why? Because everybody was talking at the same time usually. The number of conversations going on at any one time depended on the number of people at the table.

But the center piece of the table was the food. Not gourmet food either, but some of the best tasting, simple food you could imagine. Everything from fried chicken to fresh vegetables that had just been picked from the garden the day before. By the way, the chicken had run around in the yard the day before too.

Every Sunday, we went to my grandmothers for Sunday dinner. She always had a table full of food. She expected whoever showed up to eat all of it. Of course as soon as dinner was finished, we would place a tablecloth over the table with the food still on it.

The adults would go and sit in the living room for more conversation, all us kids would go out into the yard and run and play, no video games back then. Many times about middle of the afternoon we would slip back in the house, lift the corner of the tablecloth up, and get us a cold piece of chicken and a cold biscuit. There is nothing better.

The tradition continues today. Almost every Sunday after church, my family heads over to my mom’s house for Sunday dinner. Now its my mom and dad, my 2 daughters and their husbands, and of course our 2 grandsons who are always the center of attention. We are all trying to eat healthier these days, so we don’t have fried foods as much either. But there is still nothing better for Sunday dinner than good food, and good conversation.

 

That is one of my favorite childhood memories. What are some of your favorite memories? List them in the comments below.

 

Thanksgiving

I know every blogger writes a post on Thanksgiving. I didn’t want to be left out so I thought I would put down some random thoughts about Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving, like Christmas has become very commercialized in our culture in America. It has become the one week of the year that grocery store owners look forward too because of the increased sales and profits from that one week alone. I know this to be a fact because I spent several of my teenage years working for a grocer in my home town.

Thanksgiving is a day set aside for family. We as a family get together on this day and unfortunately it is one of the few times of the year that we are all together at one time and we all live in about a 60 mile radius of each other.

Thanksgiving is also about food, lots of food! As part of my decision to eat healthier I am going to try to not overeat today and yet still enjoy the day because I love food! Growing up in a family of cooks, even though I was a boy, I learned to cook and I love to cook and eat many foods.

Thanksgiving, like the name implies, should be a time of giving thanks for all of our blessings that God has given us. When I think about it though, we shouldn’t just set aside one day each year to be thankful for our blessings, we should be thankful each day for those blessings God so richly gives us. things we don’t even deserve yet e continues each day to pour them out on us.

Let me challenge each of you who reads this to be more thankful each day of our lives, not just one day each year.

New Years Eve 2011

Many people I know like to spend New Years Eve making plans or resolutions for the new year. I prefer to spend the night watching college football, which is one of my favorite sports to watch! However, I would like to take just a few moments and not only reflect on the year that was, but look forward to the new year to come.

2011  was a year full of events for my family and I. To begin the year, I changed jobs at the end of January going into an industry that I knew almost nothing about. The past 11 months of learning a new industry has been exciting, but it has been stressful at times. Not only that, but I had the joy and the responsibility of serving as Chairman of our group of Deacons at church. Normally that would not be too bad, but we were also at that time going through the process of finding a new pastor. We found God’s man for our church and welcomed Bro Chris Lewellen and his family to our church field in April.

Our youngest daughter Mandy and her husband John presented us with their first child, our second grandchild. One funny side note from the grandchild experience so far is that my wife and I raised two daughters while both our grandchildren are boys! I’ve told both Jennifer and Mandy that I don’t know much about raising boys. It’s going to be fun!

Of course with aging parents, there has been sickness to deal with and many other events that have taken place in our lives. When Mandy gave birth to Easton, she had to have a section, and developed a blood clot which went to her lung. We were afraid that she was not going to make it, but as I look back on this past year there is one constant through all of it. God was there with us!

It is so awesome to look back across  time and see the hand of God working in our lives and in the lives of others around us. God has been faithful to us in more ways than I can even begin to name. He has blessed me with a wonderful wife who loves me as I am, warts and all. We will celebrate 31 years of marriage January 24. He has blessed me with two wonderful daughters, two godly sons-in-law, and two grandsons who are full of energy. You grandparents know exactly what I mean.

As I look forward to 2012, I am reminded of a passage in Proverbs chapter 16 verses 1-9. The main point of the passage is this, We can devise all the plans and ideas that we can possibly imagine or think, but it is God who orders our steps, who blesses our efforts, who accomplishes His plan in the earth in us and through us.

I know this post has been long and somewhat personal, but it is my prayer that everyone who reads will realize that we can haphazardly make resolutions and plans for the coming new year, but it is God who blesses these efforts if they are in His will and plan. As Proverbs 16:3 says” Commit your actions to the LORD and your plans will succeed.” NLT

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