Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Cross Your Heart


It's official...hubby & I decided on a name for our new business...
"Cross Your Heart"

How fitting! This is going to be a long journey, of which we are just starting, but we are committed to seeing it through to the end. It's amazing to have a faithful partner that believes not only in you; but in your dreams too, even if we have no clue how it will end up - he has Faith in me...that's priceless!


Candye~

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

R.I.P Poke (AKA: Old Man)








On The Other Side


Poke was the horse that most only dream of
He was a faithful and kind friend
Although he never made us a dime
He gave us much more than money could buy

He was gentle and patience
And taught us how to do things right

He was my husbands best friend
Even right up to the end

He taught him to ride at a walk and trot
Until he was ready to let go & run a lot
He taught him to rope
And he was anything but a slow-poke



He taught him how to go the extra mile
To never give up and always keep his smile
He taught him to love and now how to let go
He just forgot to tell him it would leave a hole

He was the boss until he got too old
Then he had to let the young 'uns take control
Although he lost his speed, and try as he might
He just couldn't keep 'em in his sight

One things for sure despite his age
His heart was still too big to gauge

As he climbed in the trailer his head held high
He turned and whinnied one last time
For he knew he was taking his final ride
But I'm sure he told 'em...."see you on the other side"

R.I.P. Poke (Old Man) - We Love You & Miss You!!
(December 28, 2010)

Monday, November 29, 2010

Monday, November 29, 2010

hi-ho, hi-ho...off to work I go...time to get back into a routine, but not this week, because it's a short week....off to deer hunt with my husband on Wednesday!! I can not believe we only have 26 days until Christmas... it is amazing to reflect back on all that has transpired in this year! So many changes - good and bad - but changes all the same!

Today's Tip: Your words are as a sword...once a word is spoken you cannot take it back - no matter how much you wish and pray it was never said - not even by saying "I'm sorry" - so think before you speak!! Be kind and loving in all you do!

Today's Verse: Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good, For His lovingkindness is everlasting (Psalm 136:1)

Blessings,
Candye~

Thursday, November 25, 2010

~Happy Thanksgiving~




What a day! I am absolutely stuffed, and wasn't I just complaining about not liking the 3-sided mirrors in the dressing rooms in the stores...and then here I just ate until I look like the turkey we pulled out of the oven....doesn't make much sense, huh? Oh well, I am so glad that we are healthy and able to enjoy this holiday!

I cannot lie, I really miss my Mom, Dad & family and not being "home" with them for the holidays - but I'm grateful for the time we're able to spend with Ryan's family. It's been several years since we've been here for the holidays and you can tell he is really enjoying being here with his family. It's the simple things in life we often forget and take for granted! And, honestly, "home" is where the heart is and my heart is with my hubby...so I have nothing to complain about!

Have you ever really thought about what the word "thanks" means? "An acknowledgement of appreciation"... and "giving" ~ "the act of giving; to bestow; to entrust to another; to endure the loss of, sacrifice." When I read those definitions it made a few questions come to mind....How many times have you really given thanks until it became a sacrifice? How many times do you really appreciate what you have, outside of this one day a year? One thing for certain is life passes us by all too quickly (as we are just 30 days from Christmas), and it is up to us to make it a priority to stop and smell the roses. I know that's a cliche' but it is true. It is a fact that you cannot have too many priorities or eventually the list just begins to run together and you lose the meaning and purpose of a priority list.

I really believe that this day is more than just a day to eat until you can't breathe! It is a day to be grateful and appreciate what the good Lord has given you. It is a time to set aside all disagreements and disappointments and be a family (regardless of the miles between you)!

Ephesians 4:32 Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.

My prayer for you is that this day will bring you all much happiness and serve as a reminder to be grateful for all you have. Most importantly, regardless of what you're going through remember that Jesus died on the Cross for you, and whatever test you're going through only serves to become your testimony!

From my family to yours, may you be richly blessed beyond measure this holiday and throughout the year!

Blessings,
Happy Thanksgiving!!
Candye & Ryan~

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Your Prayers


There are many things that God expects us to do. But there are many other things that only He can do. And God expects us to call upon Him to do those things that are His "job." He even invites us to "come boldly to the throne of Grace" (Hebrew 4:16)

God gave you feelings so that you could light the alter of incense, so that you might burn about something to the point that when you add your believing to your feeling, it's like putting a match to incense. Your prayer then floats up to God as a sweet-smelling savor!

No two blends of incense smell the same. And the same is true for your prayer. The way you pray and the words you use and the intent of your heart are all about you. Don't pray someone else's prayer. Don't say to yourself, "Well, that prayer worked for her. Maybe it will work for me." God is looking for a prayer that comes up out of your passion, your desire, your emotions, your soul!

Do you really want to see God move? Really? Then touch God with your passion. Touch him with your feelings, with your getting up in the middle of the night and pacing the floor, with your tears that flow like a flood, with your groaning and wailing if that is what you need to do.

He is not swayed by your need. You may be broke, busted, and disgusted, but those conditions will not sway him. He is moved by a depth of your desire that is matched by the depth of your faith! It takes both. If there are any ashes still smoldering in your heart, any flickers of faith still burning in your spirit, blow on those coals. Fan them into a flame of desire, and call out to God.

Can you still feel? Then God can still be moved on your behalf. You may be weak. You may have failed. You may have sinned. But if you still have feeling toward God and you still have a desire in your heart to see Him move on your behalf, then God can still be moved.

You may not have what someone else has. You may not look like that other person looks. You may not have one another's talents or skills; but none of that matters. None of that moves God. He is moved by the feelings of your infirmities.

God is not moved by what you have, He is moved by how you feel about what you don't have and by what you need. He is moved by what you are believing for with your Faith. Put the flame of feeling to the incense of your prayers, and keep seeking God! It's not too late - yet! But don't wait...you never know when the time will come that Jesus will call us all home!

Hebrews 6:11,12 And we desire that each one of you show the same diligence to the full assurance of hope until the end, that you do not become sluggish, but imitate those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.

There is no right or wrong way to pray...You just need to make sure you do it! Prayer is powerful!

Blessings,
Candye~

Strengthened by Grace


"...it is good for the heart to be strengthened by grace..." ~Hebrews 13:9

My favorite song (this week) is by Point of Grace, "There Is Nothing Greater Than Grace"

I'm sure I'm not alone when I say, there are some days when it is absolutely a struggle to get through the day. Whereas I am a very positive upbeat person, I have my struggles just like everyone else. I like to think I always try to see the glass as half-full and am an optimistic; but there are some days when I am so overwhelmed that I could just literally sit and have myself a good cry. I'm sure you've had some of the same days and feelings.

I am honored that so many enjoy my daily posts on facebook and my blogs, but truth is, I'm simply strong enough to share what God puts on my heart and they are mostly for myself to keep me reminded that nothing is perfect but with the Grace of God we can make it through any test, trial or situation. I refuse to let the devil win...end of story!
The grace of Jesus is so powerful. No matter what troubles you may be going through, God is full of mercy and grace and forgiveness. There is truly nothing greater. But, you must pray to Him and ask for these things in His name; they don't happen automatically. Open up your heart and He will listen and give you everything your heart desires.

Blessings,
Candye~

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Love Yourself Today...


I'm declaring today... "Love Yourself Day"...

This is the day when you have to decide your worth and believe in it! Remember, God didn't make trash! He made you beautiful in your own way...now it is up to you to decide how you will use that beauty.

Wholeness comes when you turn to Him in your weakness, your pain, your suffering, and you allow Him to do for you what no one else can do. Only God can regenerate the human spirit. And only God can raise a person to spiritual maturity and wholeness.

Start appreciating yourself. Remind yourself, "I am valuable to God. I am somebody. Yes, I've been through some bad times; but the Lord touched me and loosed me and now I'm glorifying God and I'm not going back to where I came from."

Make a decision today to bury anything that has pulled you down, held you back, kept you in despair, limited you, deceived you, or made you vulnerable. Throw it into the coffin. Lower it into the ground. Declare it finished in your life for you have a fresh start waiting for you!

Learning to accept you just as you are may be one of the hardest things you have to do in this life - but if you submit yourself to God and give yourself to Him first - the rest is just a test! Whether you pass the test or not is solely up to you!

Psalm 37:3-5 Trust in the Lord, and do good; Dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness. Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He shall give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord, Trust also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass.

God has made you exactly the person He wants you to be. He has made you beautiful in His eyes and "crowned you with glory and honor." I want to encourage you to be wary about surrounding yourself around those who demands that you change things about yourself to conform to what they think you ought to be, to look like, talk like, act like, or dress like. You are better off sticking with what God created you to be than to substitute that for what some person tries to create. Another person can never create you to be as good as what God has made.

Time to stand up for what you believe in and love the person you are! To love you just as God created you! He created you with a purpose for a rhyme and reason...now it's up to you to discover your purpose and allow God to work through you for the good of him! Learning to love yourself, starts with learning to accept you -- just the way you are!! If you don't respect and love yourself then you can not expect anyone else will either!

Blessings,
Candye~

Monday, November 15, 2010

Special Note....For A Special Man


Happy, Happy Birthday to my wonderful husband of 17 years!! I thank God for him everyday and am grateful for every day he gives us together!


Happy Birthday Handsome!! Hope you have an AWESOME day!! I Love you!!

At The End Of Your Rope....


Often you hear people saying, "I swear, I'm at the end of my rope", or "I'm at my wits end."

Well, my friend, let me just remind you that when you think you're at the end of your rope, God is right there waiting on you! He will always provide another way and will never leave you hanging...but you have to Trust Him and have Faith! Whatever you are going through just remember, God brings us into deep waters not to drown us, but to cleanse us!

Trust me, I know what it is like to feel like you're out on the edge of the cliff with just a very frayed rope and told to "jump"! I don't always have the Faith I need but somehow God gently reminds me that he didn't bring me this far to just let me Go!! He brought me this far to use me and to continue to grow me! However, I have to trust Him and have Faith in Him! So, I usually jump and then as I'm airborne I'm praying!! The ironic thing is, the ending may not always turn out as I thought or hoped it would, but one thing I have learned is that if I'm submissive to God and it is His will, then it is always much better than I could imagine.

You see, when you feel your back is against the wall, remember, His was against the Cross - so your suffering is already paid. Now you just have to claim it!

Today's Verse: The word of the Lord came to me saying, "Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations." (Jeremiah 1:4-5)

My new motto for my marriage is this: "A woman's heart should be so lost in God that a man should seek Him in order to find her." The same should apply for a man. If we would lose ourselves in God and allow others to find us through Him, I firmly believe we would find ourselves living in a much different world; a much better world.

I've said it before and I'll say it again...Grace is what we live in, Faith is what believe in, but the Cross is what allows us to live to begin with!! Set your goals and standards high! If someone tells you they are too high, or your expectations are too high - never lower them! God would not want us to be bottom feeders but to be filled so we can feed others!!

Blessings,
Candye~

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Veterans' Day




For me...tomorrow is the unforgettable Veterans Day.... To me it is a day when we remember what "freedom" really is all about.




I think President Woodrow Wilson said it best: "To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with lots of pride in the heroism of those who died in the country's service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations"

To me...Veterans' Day is special. It is a day when I give thanks for men like my Father and Husband. Two great men in my life that have not only made a difference but who continue to serve to protect me. Even though they may not wear their uniforms daily I'm certain they wear them in their hearts! They are the reason I am able to pursue my dreams! They are the reason I am able to open my Bible in public. They are the reason I am able to vote! The reason I am able to write on this blog! They are my reason for giving thanks daily and not just on Veterans' Day! I am so honored to have these type of men in my life!

Thank you Daddy!! To me, You are a great man of courage, honor and respect! I could never repay you for my freedom! I will never forget your sacrifices! I am so honored to be called your daughter! Thank you for continuing to protect me, love me and give sacrifices for my freedom! Thank you for being the best Daddy in the whole world!! I love you so very much more than you could ever imagine!

Thank you Ryan! Thank you for serving our country and for being a part of my life. Thank you for your sacrifices and for all you do! I love you so much!

I'm asking, won't you take the time tomorrow to honor a Veteran? They deserve it....after all, they did sacrifice so much for the one small day of recognition they receive!

Blessings,
Candye~

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Daylight Savings!


Well, the weekend is quickly coming to a close & is almost over, and I've officially got the Sunday Blues!! Not only do we have to return to the world of "work" tomorrow...but daylight savings has set in and it's officially dark way too early!

On the bright side...had a wonderful week/weekend with hubby. Seems like we were non-stop with something planned every evening Thursday, Friday and Saturday of this week. Then church this morning, hubby went to the deer lease afterwards, I went to the office, grocery shopping and then back home. Doesn't sound like a lot but it's enough to wear you out and quick. The sad thing is - out of all of that - the part I dislike the most is putting up the groceries! Why, I don't know, but I do! (giggle) However, on my way home this evening, I did stop and pick up Sushi for hubby and I for dinner! Yummy! I'm absolutely addicted to that stuff!

We received a call from my mother-in-law today that her brother (Uncle David) had a heart attack this morning. Then another call from my father-in-law that his sister (Aunt Carole) had to have her leg amputated this last week. It just seems to be a day of bad news. But, the good news is - they're both still alive, right? Please keep them all in your prayers!

Saturday night was date night! I absolutely love having a date night - even after 17 years of marriage I swear this man still makes my heart skip a beat when he looks at me with that look (and not the one where I've seriously tee'd him off), but the one when he touches my hand and gives me that sweet look for doing nothing at all! We had a steak dinner, then went for ice cream; but the best part of all...we went to a school park and played on the swings, slid down the slide, and climbed on the jungle gym! Okay, clearly we're FAR from teenagers, but it was certainly a wonderful evening. We ended it by throwing a blanket on the ground and laid there looking up at the stars just talking about life - and nothing at all! I'd have to say, overall, it was probably the best night I've had with him in a very long time!! The hustle and bustle of life passed us by and we didn't miss it at all!!

I'm writing about this so hopefully you'll realize that regardless of your age or how long you've been married, you're never too old to stop and appreciate each other and do something fun. Life is a fast-track train these days...everyone is in such a hurry to get where they're going (including me); and sometimes you just have to stop and take the time to appreciate life with the one you love!

My grandmother told me a long time ago, 1) You can never take back the words after you say them, or the actions after you've done it, 2) Keep the "life" in your marriage or it will quickly die without warning, 3) If you love him, don't let him forget it, but don't smother him or like a candle the fire will burn out. All of these things are so true. Stop and take time to put the life back in your relationship - love with all you have in you - never underestimate the power of a simple kind jester or a loving touch. Sometimes, just a simple "thank you" goes a long ways....most of all, live for today because you cannot change yesterday and tomorrow may never come.

I'll leave you with this final thought. You know that feeling when everything feels right, and you don't have to worry about yesterday or tomorrow; but know that your best is always accepted, good or bad? There's a word for that....it's called LOVE!! Cherish the ones you love, hold them tight and appreciate the little things in life because in the end...that's all that counts!

Childhood is what you spend the rest of your life trying to overcome....Beginnings are scary, endings are usually sad; but it's the middle that counts the most. Try to remember that when you find yourself at a new beginning, in the middle or approaching the end. [Hope Floats]

"For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh." This is a great mystery, but I speak concerning Christ and the church. (Eph 5:31-32)

Be committed to your spouse and your God and let nothing separate you!

Blessings!
Candye~

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Relationships Are Fragile...



Relationships are fragile and we often take the ones we love for granted. We abuse them at times without even realizing it. It's always been said, "you hurt the ones you love the most." However, I honestly believe that is an excuse that we have all come to use and abuse. I know I have used it and I have heard close loved ones use it. But, I believe we need to stop using excuses and start putting into perspective the reality that often we get lazy and simply careless.

All too often we think we can get away with anything when we are with the people who love us; and a lot of times we do. A careless word; a negligent irrespectful act; simply laziness are all examples. While it is true that they will extend to us their utmost understanding, it is also true that they are but human beings after all, and will eventually grow tired and weary in trying to extend compassion and understanding to our "neglect and carelessness."

Carelessness and neglect can hurt a relationship more than intended slights or conscious arguments. However, they are often the burning bridge that create the carelessness and neglect. I've often wondered if relationships simply have their own life cycle. What I have realized is, it is up to us to tell how those phases of the cycle will occur. If we do not nurture the ones we love, care for them and take the time to develop them and keep them going, then the cycle will end all too soon. Same way with your relationship with God. If you do not nurture your relationship with God then how can you expect him to be there for you in your time of need.

I relate it to having a great performance horse. Your expectations of that horse is to perform at their maximum capabilities every trip out. You have to learn first that every great horse will have their moments of laziness and may even revert back to an old habit. But, you have to go back to the "foundations and basics" as a gentle reminder of what the expectations are, right? I mean, you wouldn't take a $30,000.00 performance horse and just because of one bad run throw him out to pasture and forget about him, right? No! You would take care of that animal, first checking to make certain there was no soreness or reasons for the way he just violated you out of a nice pay check. Would you be frustrated? Probably! Most likely you would even make a comment or two that could be hurtful or share your disappointment. But in the long-run, You would continue to nurture, train and care for that animal and keep trying. I mean, after all, you purchased that horse because you saw something great in him. Yes, your expectations were high, but you knew there would be a need to start off slow and develop and build a trusting/loving relationship with that animal.

Now, if your frustrations continue to grow, you may become careless and neglectful towards that animal. Your expectations are lowered and as a result if you do not take the time to maintain one and you run them into the ground, not feeding them properly and giving them all the nutrients they need to stay healthy and strong; then they will eventually stop performing and ultimately end up dying - just like a once healthy relationship. They too will give up. This is a bad combination.

When you first bought into your marriage or relationship, you seen something wonderful about that person. You seen a winner! You devoted to give your heart and soul to that relationship and vowed before God that you would honor, love, obey, cherish and protect, until death do you part. Well, now it's time for you to hold up your end of the bargain and do what you always expect out of them. Take care of and love one another. Nurture it and go back to the basics and the foundation and put the time and effort into maintaining the healthy balance required to stay a "winner" and healthy! Do not let laziness and others get in your way. Take time to balance out your relationship. Learn that the grass is not always greener on the other side....

Our relationship with God is just as important. It is the foundation to maintaining a healthy relationship with our spouse. Developing and devoting time to God is of the utmost importance as to learning how to develop your relationship with your spouse and loved ones. If you do not have a healthy foundation to grow from and to stand on then you cannot expect your relationships to be strong and healthy. You have to start with a daily walk with God learning his ways and striving to please him and not yourself. You have to learn to lean on God and not so much on your spouse or relationship for they too are weak and cannot bear the load at times. Learn to be an example for others and one that they will desire to have what you have.

"Be not deceived; God is not mocked; for whatsoever a man soweth, that
shall he also reap." (Galatians 6:7)
We must give God the respect that He requires and deserves. We need to learn to fear the Lord and obey his word. It is what will be the solid foundation of every aspect of our relationships. We need to get out of the ME mode and into the HIM mode. He knows what we're going through and sees what we are doing. We are not fooling Him.

Hopefully you will take care of your relationship first with God and then take care of what God has given you. Remember, it is much harder and costly to bring back a sick horse than it is to simply maintain a healthy one.


Blessings,
Candye~

Wednesday, October 27, 2010


All my life I have had a tremendous compassion for people hurting. Maybe it is because I have had my share of trouble too. When you have suffered, it makes you able to relate to other people's pain.

God has blessed me with wonderful parents, siblings, husband, nieces and nephews, and friends; and yet I still lack the ability to be a Mother, which is something I so desire to be. I may not fully understand the reason why, and maybe I never will, but I have the faith to know that I serve a God that holds tomorrow and knows the future; therefore I have to trust that all good things come to those who wait. You have to trust God that he has something bigger and better in your future than your own desires, regardless of how hard it is.

As a friend, I have found that I have a ministry of hugs. To some it may sound silly and maybe it's not much to others, but to those in need at that time, a hug is like a gift - surrounding someone else with love and kindness is worth more than some realize. It's a simple act, and costs nothing, but when wrapped with sincerity it is priceless! I may not be able to solve the world's problems or change how people treat each other, or take away their pain, but I can provide a hug! I can also let you know that a hug and a smile go a long ways to a person who is hurting.

I am trying to learn that everything happens for a reason and not spend so much time dwelling on the negative, but instead to focus on the positive. I also know that the touch of the Master's hand sets us free. The devil will try to destroy all that is pure and precious to us, but if we trust the Lord to guide us and deliver us then we will prevail.

I can tell you that regardless of what you're going through, what your past holds, or what you feel you have lost, He will give it back to you. If you will place your trust and faith in the Lord then you can lift your hands in praise. No matter what you have suffered, you can hold up your head. Regardless of who has hurt you, hold your head high. Forget how many times you've been wronged, what you have lost, hold your head high. You cannot change where you have been, but you can change where you are going!!

You are a survivor. Celebrate your survival. Instead of agonizing over your tragedies, celebrate your victory and thank God you made it. Then, after you have had some time to heal, use your experiences to help bring healing to someone else. Perhaps you, too, will have a ministry of hugs! Maybe even more!

Ezekiel 36:26-27 I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh! I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will keep My judgments and do them.

So, the next time you see someone in need....reach out and HUG them...it could be just what they need!

Blessings,
Candye~

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

John 3:16

I have come to realize more and more that the greatest disease and the greatest suffering is to be unwanted, unloved, uncared for, to be shunned by everybody, to be just nobody.

But what most forget is that we are all wanted, loved and cared for by Jesus. How much more do you need to be convinced than for Him to stretch his arms wide, be nailed to the Cross and die so that we may live!

John 3:16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life!


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Terrific Tuesday ~

Good morning!! Time to rise & shine!! Got my morning java & going out to battle my way through this horrendous wind!! ~~ It's Tuesday - which means we survived Monday!

Today's Tip: God gives you everything you need to help yourself so don't sit back and expect God to do it for you!!

So often we call upon the Lord to give us something but when he delivers we seldom act upon it and then complain because we think God didn't answer our prayers - when all along we were lazy with what he gave us! We take advantage of him and never ask forgiveness. My challenge to you is to do more with less! Praise God without asking for anything! Praise him in the morning, praise him in the noon time - Praise him just because he gives us a second chance every morning to make the best of the day before us! Remember, in the end, you control your own destiny and it's all up to you to do something marvelous with what he gives you!! What will you do with today?


Today's Verse: Those who seek the Lord lack no good thing (Psalm 34:10)

Blessings,
Candye~

Monday, October 25, 2010

FW: WHAT HAPPENS IN HEAVEN WHEN WE PRAY

WHAT HAPPENS IN HEAVEN WHEN WE PRAY? This is one of the nicest e-mails I have seen and is so true:  


  A person dreamed that they went to Heaven and an angel was showing her around. 


She walked side-by-side inside a large workroom filled with angels. The angel guide stopped in front of the first section and said, ' This is the Receiving Section. Here, all petitions to God said in prayer are received.  I looked around in this area, and it was terribly busy with so many angels sorting out petitions written on voluminous paper sheets and scraps from people all over the world. 

 Then we moved on down a long corridor until we reached the second section.  The angel then said to her, "This is the Packaging and Delivery Section. Here, the graces and blessings the people asked for are processed and delivered to the living persons who asked for them." I noticed again how busy it was there. There were many angels working hard at that station, since so many blessings had been requested and were being packaged for delivery to Earth.  

Finally at the farthest end of the long corridor we stopped at the door of a very small station. To my great surprise, only one angel was seated there, idly doing nothing. "This is the Acknowledgment Section, my angel friend quietly admitted to me. He seemed embarrassed."

 How is it that there is no work going on here? ' I asked. 

 "So sad," the angel sighed.  "After people receive the blessings that they asked for, very few send back acknowledgments" 

 "How does one acknowledge God's blessings? " I asked..

  "Simple," the angel answered. Just say, "Thank you, Lord."

 "What blessings should they acknowledge?"  I asked.

  "If you have food in the refrigerator, clothes on your back, a roof overhead and a place to sleep you are richer than 75% of this world. If you have money in the bank, in your wallet, and spare change in a dish, you are among the top 8% of the world 's wealthy. " 

 "And if you get this on your own computer, you are part of the 1% in the world who has that opportunity." 

 "If you woke up this morning with more health than illness ... You are more blessed than the many who will not even survive this day. " 

 "If you have never experienced the fear in battle, the loneliness of imprisonment, the agony of torture, or the pangs of starvation ... You are ahead of 700 million people in the world."

 "If you can attend a church without the fear of harassment, arrest, torture or death you are envied by, and more blessed than, three billion people in the world."

 
"If your parents are still alive and still married ...you are very rare."  

"If you can hold your head up and smile, you are not the norm, you're unique to all those in doubt and despair......." 

Ok, what now? How can I start?  

If you can read this message, you just received a double blessing in that someone was thinking of you as very special and you are more blessed than over two billion people in the world who cannot read at all.  

Have a good day, count your blessings, and if you care to, pass this along to remind everyone else how blessed we all are  


ATTN:  Acknowledge Dept.  "Thank you Lord, for so many wonderful blessings, for giving me the ability to share this message and for giving me so many wonderful people with whom to share it. "

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Thursday, October 21, 2010

~Christian Grace~

First of the Christian graces - humility. Second of the Christian graces - humility. Third of the Christian graces - humility



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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

In Loving Memory - Michael Williams...Loving Cousin


It's hard to believe that two years ago today our family lost a great young man! He was taken from us all too soon. Although it's been two years, the pain is still just as real today as it was then. Michael was a young 23 years old (just 10 days shy of turning 24) when he went to meet our Lord. Michael is my cousin and besides endless memories, he left behind a beautiful daughter, brother, parents and many, many loved ones!

To say Michael left a legacy would be an understatement. His early departure from this world left a whole in many hearts. He was such a kind, gentle soul, who loved everyone and everyone loved him! He enjoyed the sound of laughter, which mostly he created! He often was the contributor and author of many pranks and jokes at family functions; and he was the best cousin and friend anyone could ever have. Michael loved the sport of Rodeo and participated, with his family, in the sport since he was just a little man!



I'll never understand why God has a need to take the good ones so young in life, but I also know that we're not supposed to question God's will, right? Well, as humans it's obvious that we do not always hold up our end of the bargain and yes, we do question the likings of "life!"


More than anything I wish he were still here with us - but guess I'll have to settle with knowing he's watching over us!



Rest In Peace!!

October 30, 1984 - October 20, 2008

Loving Father, Husband, Brother, Son, Best Friend and Family Man!


I love you & miss you so very much.......even to this day I cry & laugh when I think of you!! I know you're watching over us...and probably shaking your head at us! Hope you and Kate are winning the rodeos together! You may be gone - but you're not forgotten!


"Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can
steal"


It's really true that when someone you love becomes a memory, memories become a treasure!



Angel Standing By

(By: Karen-Ashley Murray)


I gaze outside my window
And wish upon a star
I open up my heart
And let my thoughts drift afar

A tear rolls down my cheek
As I reminisce the past
You hardly got to live
Your life went by so fast

And all because someone else
Made a dumb mistake
I don't understand why it was
Your life he had to take

But now there's no way I can bring you back
No matter how hard I try
Because now you're up in heaven
As my angel standing by



(John 14:27) Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you; not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.


Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Your Vote Counts...


Okay... I've added a "gadget" to my blog... I'd like to know what you would be interested in reading more of. So please vote! Or feel free to send me an email (candyebell@yahoo.com)


I'd love to hear from you! :)


Blessings!

Candye~

Today's Tip:

Life isn't always what you expect or plan, but it is what you make it! Remember to have a forgiving, loving and cheerful heart! Make it count!!
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If God Examined Your Heart....


If God were to examine your heart what would he find? Would he find a broken one, a lonely one, a cheerful one, selfish...the list could go on, and on and on...
I can tell you, as for me, if God were to examine my heart he would find one that is full of love for him! And a heart that is full of love for my family and friends! But he would also find a little bit of selfishness, lots of cheer and occasionally...he would find a little bit of anger. Yes, you guess it - he would not find perfection - by far!! I'm guessing if your heart were to be examined he would find a lot of the same thing. None of us are perfect, nor does he expect us to be. Proverbs 4:23 "Keep my heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life"
However, he would find that I desire to live an honest, humble and "likable" life. Likable? Yes, I often find I spend so much time trying to please others, that I often forget about myself. I get ran over, chewed up and spit out; which in turn, after a while, causes bitter and anger and lots of disappointment to rise up to the surface and begin to clog my arteries. But who is to blame? Me! God gave us wisdom to use wisely! He gives us knowledge to know when to draw a line in the sand and say "enough is enough." What he forgot to install in me is a sense of 'when' to draw that line. I also have to continually remind myself that often people do not mean to be hurtful but it does happen. Also, you have to look inward and make certain you didn't misinterpret something causing more harm than intended. You have to learn to have a forgiving heart, because again, if he were to examine our hearts he would not find perfection.
I would encourage you to examine your own heart. Are you saving enough time for yourself and your family? Are you spending enough alone time with God to be renewed and refreshed daily in order to keep yourself on the right path? Life is literally flying by us with little to no warning. Some of us need to learn that life is not going to stop or stand still just because you have a broken heart, or a cheerful heart - but what it will do is keep ticking on...and it will not ask for permission or forgiveness.
1 Peter 1:22 "Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently."
Psalm 27:14 Wait for the Lord, be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.
Be courageous, and stand up for what you believe in; protect your own heart and make certain that you keep the blood flowing through it so that you do not allow the nonsense to clog your arteries. Isaiah 41:10 So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
Be a good steward, and one always with good intentions! Try to be mindful of others heart and that we are all unique and made in His image...but that no one is perfect...
Blessings,
Candye~

Monday, October 18, 2010

Wait For The Lord...


Some people think that real faith means having no feelings. But I believe that life without feelings is like a dry riverbed. Water is what gives the river activity and life. On the other hand, feelings that are out of control are like raging flood-waters. Just as a river must remain within its banks, you must express your emotions without allowing them to run rampant.

Emotional pain is to the spirit what physical pain is to the body. Physical pain warns you that something in your body is out of order and requires attention, that you are not well. Emotional pain also points to an area where healing or restoration is needed. You dare not ignore these signals, nor should you let them control you.

It is important to understand the difference between minor and major adjustments. The removal of a person from your life may be painful, but it is not a major adjustment. Whether you realize it or not, people are being born and dying every day. They are coming and going, marrying and divorcing, falling in love and falling out of love. You can survive the loss of people, but you cannot survive without God! He is the force that allows you to overcome when people have taken you under. His grace enables you to overcome! When you have completed the full cycle of survival, the experiences in your life will produce no pain, only peace.

The Lord is your defense. You do not have to defend yourself. When God has delivered you, do not stop what you're doing to answer your accusers. Continue to bless His name, because you do not want your attitude to become defensive. That is just what the devil would expect.

Today's Verse: "Wait for the Lord: Be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord" (Psalm 27:14)
Often times we want to take control and not wait on the Lord, which can create emotions to run like the rampant waters....but if we simply wait upon the Lord, then it will eliminate the unnecessary floodgates to be broken.
Blessings,
Candye~



Sunday, October 17, 2010

Obedience Always Brings Blessings


Time alone with God is simply amazing. There are no words to describe the feeling that abounds us when we find quiet time alone with God. As for me, it is as if all my worries and fears subside and I find a renewed strength that carries me from day-to-day without the burdens of yesterday!

Over the years, I've learned the key to success or abundant blessings are not always in the outcome, but in the trials and tribulations along the way. You see, without trials and tests your faith can never be tested or developed. Your faith cannot be embellished in God's favor and grace, nor can your strength be increased. You must learn to accept the bad with the good but understanding the key is to not settle. If you settle for the bad then that is all you will ever know and soon it will become your comfort. Understanding that God has a plan and that you are part of His plan is what will get you started. Knowing that God's plan for you is to not fail or suffer is when you will prevail!

"The Lord confides in those who fear him; he makes his covenant known to them. My eyes are ever on the Lord, for only He will release my feet from the snare." (Psalm 25:14-15)

I believe it is not a coincidence that God chose mountains to represent our problems, because they are huge; but if you start speaking words of faith to the mountains, in the authority of the living God and do not doubt, then the mountains will be moved! You do not just pray about your mountains you speak to them and command them to go! You have to command them to move! When you talk about something you magnify it, and make it worse; but when you talk to the problems you are commanding it to "get the behind me!"

My Today's Tip for my facebook account is: Don't focus on the size of the giant - but focus on the size of your God! Believe that He paid the price for your sin & guilt. Believe that He has washed you & made you clean. Have faith that He will reward you when you call on Him & it shall be done! I firmly believe that! I believe that if you have the "faith of a mustard seed" then nothing will be too big to overcome, even when you think it is impossible to climb that mountain.

Do not complain about what is not going your way! Do not grumble about what you believe is happening, change it by commanding the mountain to move and trust that God will give you the strength to move it! If you really want to be set free, and experience restoration, you've got to be in Him, because your healing comes in the Sabbath rest. Your healing comes in Christ Jesus.

Faith is what moves God & when you declare God's favor is when He will turn mountains into moe hills. My challenge to you is to start talking to your mountains and tell it to be removed!

There are times that God did not give me what I asked for...instead He gave me so much more! But only when I was obedient to Him. Often we have to simply know what a real blessing is! Otherwise, we will miss out on what he has in store for us and the rewards and blessings He has bestowed upon us. Obedience always brings blessings! Some of which are eternal blessings.

Truth is, some of the greatest blessings are going to be when we stand before Him. When we are obedient to God's calling, then we become a living vessel and blessing to others and to ourselves. Obedience always brings blessings chosen by God. He may chose to bless us through our obedience in a way we would not chose, but if we will put away our selfishness then we could see the blessings far above what they eyes could see. God blesses obedience if you will just walk down the path He has chosen for you. He will bless you in ways that are beyond our imagination!

Blessings,
Candye~


Sunday, September 26, 2010

One Day At A Time....

Psalm 31:1-3, 24 In You, O LORD, I put my trust, Let me never be ashamed; Deliver me in Your righteousness. Bow down Your ear to me, Deliver me speedily; Be my rock of refuge, A fortress of defense to save me. For You are my rock and my fortress; Therefore, for Your name's sake, Lead me and guide me.

Psalm 37:3-6 Trust in the LORD, and do good; Dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness. Delight yourself also in the LORD, And He shall give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord, Trust also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass. He shall bring forth your righteousness as the light, and your justice as the noonday.

Psalm 55:22 Cast your burden on the Lord, and He shall sustain you; He shall never permit the righteous to be moved.

I have decided that every day I am going to read the above verses and try my hardest to use it as my daily motto. I want to lead by example and not exception. I want to be the kind of person that God uses to do good and not harm. I want my family (especially my nieces and nephew) to want to mimic the life I live, not because it's something to be envious of, but because they see Jesus through me and the blessings he bestows upon me.

I want to truly learn to live "One Day At A Time" trusting in Jesus that I am living the life he chose for me. One day at a time is enough...don't look back & grieve the past, it's gone...don't be troubled about the future, it has not come yet...live in the present & make it so beautiful it will be worth remembering!

In today's world influences of the devil are all around us and often temptation is like the wind blowing throughout. Our youth of today are our leaders of our tomorrow. I want to be an influence on them. I want them to trust in Jesus and learn that there is nothing wrong with standing up for Jesus, but that there is mercy and grace abundantly in taking that stand!
My prayer today: One day at a time, help me believe in what I can be and all that I am. Show me the stairway I have to climb and give me the strength with every step required. Lord, for my sake, teach me to take life one day at a time living in your will!

Blessings,
Candye~

Inspirational Message

What an inspiring story...I do hope you will take the time to go to the link and read all of it!
(Click on the title "Inspirational Message" above to read the full story)

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Insurance Coverage


Well, the insurance adjuster came out yesterday to estimate the damage we sustained from the recent hail storm....almost $30,000 in damage! Yes, that is not a typo! Between the house, barn, shed, vehicles and horse trailer it all added up to A LOT!!!! On the positive side, thank goodness we were/are covered, but on the other side there is so much damage and clean up to do!

As I reflected on this last night it got me to thinking.......are you covered? We don't think about our personal walk with Jesus as a form of Insurance, when in reality it is! The best part of all.....your premiums are of no monetary cost to you! All you have to do is simply confess your sins with your voice and God forgives you in return you are INSTANTLY covered!!

I am so glad that I am covered by the blood of Jesus! He died on the Cross so that I could live life eternal and have the insurance needed to face daily trials and most importantly overcome them through his Grace and Love! We bring damaged goods to Him and He gives us a means to restore them and to walk away with peace in our hearts and best of all, at no cost to us!

Next time the Devil tries to damage you - just remember, you are covered, you have the best insurance ever....His name is Jesus! Just tell him "Devil get behind me....for I am covered by the blood of Jesus."

Today's Verses:
"Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." (Philippians 4:6,7)

"He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities: The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed." (Isaiah 53:5)

Blessings,
Candye~

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Character


I have truly been blessed. I know I say that a lot and some may wonder if I'm trying to convince myself or others; when honestly I am just simply reminding myself that God still loves me and that things could be a whole lot worse. I am a firm believer that you must fail in order to have grace, which in turn provides mercy and hope. It seems that this year has brought many trials my way, but I will not fret because I know my God is bigger than any trial I will ever encounter. The key is whether or not I allow him to take the reins and guide me or if I try to take over and place him in the Co-Pilot seat.

I am learning daily that even though the road is rocky, and the valleys sometimes seem long and deep, I know that I serve a God that forgives and loves me regardless of what I've done and He holds tomorrow, not I. This leaves me with no need for worry! In its-self, that is priceless. The Bible tells us, "Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go." (Joshua 1:9)

I am a firm believer that obstacles are put in your way so you can measure your true magnitude of strength and faith in God! I also believe he gives you Angels (family & friends) along the way to help you make it through those tough times, provide you with confirmation, strength and a shoulder to lean on as well. I have been so blessed with my family and the friends (true friends) he has graced me with. Life is a journey and the road you take is a choice - make sure you think long and hard about your choices; because the choices you make today are the outcome of your tomorrow.

I am so glad I am able to abide in God's Grace! More-so I am so glad he allows me to fall so I can pick myself back up and become better than I was before.

Today's Verses: "We also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; character, hope." (Romans 5:3-4)

"But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us." (Romans 5:8)

My prayer for you today is that you will look to God for your strength and comfort, that you know you're never alone - God walks with you daily! Remember, when you see only one set of footprints is when he is carrying you!

Today's Tip: Faith is daring the soul to go beyond what the eyes can see!

Blessings,
Candye~

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

God's Big Plan



Ever get frustrated when your plans are suddenly changed? Or, when your priorities are shifted without your consent? Well, my advice to you is, don't! It is probably for a very good reason, and part of God's master plan, that you're course was diverted.

I have been going through quiet the challenges of late and instead of getting frustrated I am trying to simply look for the positive in the change. I keep telling myself, "it just wasn't meant to be" and/or "that probably saved me a lot of money and heart aches". If we would stop complaining and start compiling thanks we may find that things aren't near as bad as we think they are.

Don't you think Jesus wanted to change his course on the way to the Cross? But instead he stayed faithful and endured the pain and suffering so we could have life eternal. So the next time you think you have it bad because life isn't going the way you "desire," just remember, when your back's against the wall - His was on the Cross!!

Quote for today: "When life veers you from the course you had planned out, re-evaluate your
priorities and maybe you'll find that what you have is better than what you had
planned! God puts us in specific places/situations for a reason! Sometimes
things have to fall apart to fall into place!"

John 3: 16 "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life!"

Blessings,
Candye~

Friday, September 3, 2010

Counting Your Blessings Through the Storms



It's been a while since I've written. It seems like so much has been going on and keeping me so busy that I simply have not taken the time to write. I admit, I've missed it and it's a way of relief for me and very relaxing. I really should make it a priority to write on my blog at least once a week. (Maybe that will become my New Years Resolution for 2011). (big smile)

You guessed it, today has been a very trying day for me. It seems that it has just been full of trials and tribulations! I have to remember, tests turn into testimonies, right?

Have you ever wished life offered you a mulligan? I sure do! For those of you who don't play golf, a mulligan is a chance to replay your last shot without a penalty, or a do-over! I can tell you there are some days when my mouth runs and my brain never engages, and I wish for a mulligan. But, sadly that's not how it works. Once it's spoken it cannot be taken back!

Some days when life tries to kick you in the teeth, I have found that my "mulligan" is granted when I remember that "when my back's against the wall, His was against the Cross." Somehow that always reminds me that at the end of the day, with God all things are possible! (Matthew 19:26)

If I'm blessed enough that He grants me a "mulligan" or a chance at tomorrow, I will start it by praising him and giving him the glory for all the blessings and wonderful things he has given me! Starting with the breath of life, the sight to see the sunrise, and the small things in life that we often take for granted or that most don't have!

Genesis 18;14 "Is anything too difficult for the Lord? At the appointed time I will return to you, at this time next year, and Sarah will have a son."

I just have to keep believing that tomorrow is another chance for a better day!!

He said to them, "Because of your little faith. For truly, I say to you, if you have faith like a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there,' and it will move, and nothing will be impossible for you." -- Matthew 17:20

I really should take my own advice. Just like what I posted this morning on my facebook wall, "When you feel like you're at your wits-end, just know that God's not through with you! He's got a work only you can do! It doesn't matter what you've done, Jesus died for you!"

Pray for me and I'll be praying for you!

Blessings,
Candye~

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

My Strength Comes From The Lord


Ever have those mornings when you really wish you could just pull the covers over your head and sleep the day away? That would be me today!
I'm exhausted! Seems as if there is never enough time in the day to get everything done! There are some days when I lay my head to rest at night and reflect on my day and I think, "Lord, what have I accomplished today?"
There are days when I could fill a list a mile long and other days when I simply cannot think of anything! But, then I'm gently reminded that those must be the days when I have accomplished a lot because my brain is in null mode!
There is one thing I am certain of, my strength to go on every day comes from the Lord! He is my strong tower! He is my lighthouse! Without him I am certain to fail! (Nahum 1:7)
I have been so blessed to have my niece spend the last couple of weeks with me. They moved to Texas earlier this year and it has definitely been a struggle for me. And, I know when she goes home this weekend I am going to be heart broken, but I will forever be grateful that I can say we've made some awesome memories these few weeks and I'll pray there will be many more to come.
We've been getting up and having Bible study of a morning. While I get ready for work I will give her scriptures to look up, she reads them and then we talk about the meaning! It's been more beneficial for me than her I'm sure. Nothing is more precious than to hear her try to pronounce some of the bigger words! She is really amazing! The greatest thing of all is her desire to want to read the bible and learn. The look on her face when we talk about them is amazing!
Now this morning is a little different, guess she is a little tired as I could not get her awake. I'm guessing she stayed up too late watching TV. This is how I'm able to write on my blog this morning! (ha) We'll catch up on the scriptures this evening. Funny how a child can teach you more than you're teaching them!
While I've had her here this week it's made my heart heavy for a friend who has recently lost her son. I watch my niece as she scrambles through the kitchen to help me cook or rumbles through the tack room to help saddle horses. It makes my heart full! Then I think of Tracy and how I pray for strength for her every day!
Live each day as if it were your last.... you simply never know when it will be!!
Philip 2: 13
Prov 10:29
Blessings!
Candye~

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

God's Grace....



For some reason over the last few days, I have been consumed with an overwhelming feeling and a desire to just give thanks for "God's Grace." I have always loved the song Amazing Grace and usually tears will gently flow down my cheeks when I sing it. Of course, that's nothing new considering I am a very sensitive & tender hearted person anyway.

But it got me to thinking, have you ever looked up the definition of grace? Grace: A characteristic or quality pleasing for its charm or refinement. A disposition to be generous or helpful; goodwill. Mercy; clemency. Divine love and protection bestowed freely on people. The state of being protected or sanctified by the favor of God. An excellence or power granted by God. A short prayer of blessing or thanksgiving said before or after a meal.

As you can see above the definition of grace is a blessing, a divine love, protection bestowed freely on people, sanctified by the favor of God. Being in God's grace is most precious. Then I find myself asking, if grace is so wonderful and such a blessing, why is it sometimes so hard to be "graceful" and live a Godly life?

Then I remembered the old word...Devil. See, the devil does not want us to be graceful or accepting of God's grace. He would rather us be miserable and live a sinful life. One where it is known to be the "easy road" vs. living for God. But truly, if you really think about what it means to be Godly it doesn't say we are perfect or sin free; it means we are good, honest, graceful, God seeking individuals trying to reach a destination.......Heaven.

I'm far from perfect and I have many flaws - but I am also trying every day to be better than I was the day before. To be graceful. To be kind. To be loving. To be all the things that I wasn't sure I liked about me before because I thought it showed weakness. I realize now, it's not weakness, but it's a gift from God to be able to love, forgive, seek to be better and to be humble. Does that mean I don't stumble and fall? No! What it means is that when I'm wrong I admit it, when I fall I pick myself back up, even if it's by using the hem of his garment as a lever to get on my knees and then on my feet.

Falling is a gift and part of the battle because it teaches us grace. It allows us to admit that everyday may be harder than the day before, but it also means that we have another chance, another opportunity to do better, to be better and to be a witness for God. That is my daily goal. That is my prayer!

Maybe God is placing 'grace' on my heart so I can finally realize that it's okay to be the sensitive & tender hearted person I am. That if I just walk in faith, follow his plan and give it my all - then I will be graced with His love, forgiveness, and most of all be blessed and have his blessings bestowed upon me.

I admit there are some days when the walk feels like a run on an uphill rocky mountain side with no place to keep a steady footing. I often feel like I am swimming in an angry sea without a life jacket and then all of a sudden I see the boat and then the lighthouse. That's God picking me up and letting me know he's found favor in what I've been trying to accomplish and that is to simply live closer to him and in his Grace!!

The picture for this post is one I took on Sunday when we were at the deer lease. The clouds were building and forming some of the most unique and amazing forms ever seen. I tried to capture them but they changed so fast. This picture is an example (for me) that even when you think you're lost and in a wide open space where you think there's no hope or any way out, just look up...there you will find God's Grace!!

Psalms 84:11 For the Lord God is a sun and shield. The Lord will give grace and glory; No good thing will He withhold from those who walk uprightly.

Blessings,
Candye~

Monday, July 12, 2010

Joy!


This year has literally flown by. It's amazing to think we are almost half way through the year and should be thinking about buying Christmas presents already. Yes, I said it. You know if we'd start early it wouldn't be such a panic come December 15th, which is when the majority of us start, including me! Oh I have good intentions, and around this time of year it hits me that Christmas will be here before you know it, and I always say I will not wait until the last minute to shop. Well, we all know how long that lasts.

But it reminds me of our life and our walk with God. We always have great intentions and think we will get on the straight and narrow sooner rather than later, and unfortunately, for some later never comes.

Why is it we let the hustle and bustle of life get in the way or at least use it as an excuse for why we don't do something? I know I am guilty of it. I always think, "I'm going to start that exercise program tomorrow," or "I am going to not let work get in the way of riding." Truth is, we all are living a busy life but we simply do not stop long enough to give God the glory he deserves or take the time to love our families like we should.

If you really think about Joy it means (J)esus first, (O)thers second and then (Y)ourself last. I know that seems contrary to what most have always told us. We often hear, "you really should stop and put yourself first sometimes," and that is true, we need "me time." However, if we really lived by the theory of JOY then I believe we would find more time for ourselves because you'll notice work isn't there at all. (HA) For me, that's my biggest time consumer.

I've digressed a little from my verse, which is the purpose of today's blog. When I think of Jesus and all he has brought me through I get joy that flows from the inside out. However, when I think of the times that I didn't let Jesus guide my life there is or was little joy there and what joy was there was only temporary and not everlasting.

Today's verse made me stop and think about how hard it is to be nice to those who are hurtful to you or your loved ones. I wonder how Jesus forgave the ones who hung him on the cross? One of my favorite sayings is, "When life isn't a bed of roses, think of who wore the thorns." Oh how hard it must have been and all the pain he endured for our transgressions that we may have life eternal. Yet we are so quick to hurt the ones we love the most or quick to temper when things don't quiet go our way. Yet we rarely think of one who wore the thorns and how he has already paid the price for us. It certainly gives you something to think about.

So the next time you want to be hurtful to someone or only good to those who are good to you (or not) - I challenge you to stop and think.....What would Jesus do?

Today's verse: If you do good to those who are good to you, what credit is that to you? Even "sinners" do that. (Luke 6:33)

I hope today's blog has helped you in some way to stop and think about where you are and where you're going? Is your journey in alignment with what God has in store for you - or are you simply going through the motions (most of which are hidden and buried deep inside) of daily life just trying to make it through one more day?
My friend, Jesus is your hope, your joy, your peace and the only comforter you really need. Won't you lay down your burdens at the cross and surrender all? Won't you take that walk with me and let Jesus guide your path? I promise, your journey may have bumps in the road, trials along the way, but in the end isn't Heaven where we're all destined to go? I know I am! I've set my GPS for due North and I'm looking up for my road map and the final address in my GPS is simply set for: Streets of Gold, city/state of Heaven!!

Blessings,
Candye


Monday, June 7, 2010

Purpose of Rain and Storms....


It's been quiet a while since I've posted anything here on my blog, as some of you may have noticed. It's been quiet a busy few weeks to say the least. I think about posting something daily and then life just simply gets busy and ... well, then another day goes by without a post - but certainly not without adventure and for anyone that follows me on Facebook knows that.


Last night I was having a talk with the Lord and asked him what I should write about. I can not tell you he answered, as sometimes I feel he is silent; but I can tell you when I woke to the thunderstorms this morning it was like he spoke saying, "It's the former rain, the latter rain together, and I'm not talking about the weather, its the holy ghost rain and it's falling down on me". For those of you that don't know, that's a spiritual song and one of my favorites. We used to sing it in church all the time.


When I started this Blog, I did it because I felt like God was calling me to share the gift he gave me (the gift of writing; okay, really the gift of gab, it just sounded better to say 'writing')! Truly, I want each post to touch someone, to reach out and provide help and/or a hug to someone in need. I want each writing to be from God. I cannot guarantee that. Although I pray about each Blog before I post it I simply just leave it up to God to do the rest!


It seems that I have a lot of friends going through some really hard times of late, whether it's loss of a loved one, spiritually, health issues, financially or marriage problems. This morning when I woke to the rain pelting on the windows of our bedroom, the thought hit me; "You cannot get to a rainbow without the rains."


Yesterday I posted on Facebook, "With all of the tests & trials you go through, remember that the word TEST is in TESTIMONY, so as you go through your tests, it will become your testimony. God will never drop you further than your knees." This morning I posted, "FAITH ~ F.antastic A.dventures I.n T.rusting H.im. Faith is daring the heart to go beyond what the eyes can see and the mind can understand! God is in control!"


Then I woke to the rain and the feeling that I needed to write about the storms that are passing through. See the key word is "passing through". God tells us, "This too shall pass!" Hosea 6:3 tells us, "Then shall we know, if we follow on to know the LORD; his going forth is prepared as the morning, and he shall come unto us as the rain, as the latter and former rain unto the earth."


Do you see a pattern here - Test, Testimony, Faith, Rain (storms) and rainbow (gift)? The Bible tells us to "walk by faith, not by sight" (2 Corinthians 5:7) Sometimes that seems like the hardest thing to do - almost like the blind leading the blind. But, if we'll have FAITH that he is walking with us and trust that he will see us through the storms, then we'll enjoy the beauty of the rainbow afterwards.

See, there is a purpose for the rain and storms. Often we cannot see it while we're in the midst of the storm and sometimes the tests/trials seem unbearable; but if we hold steadfast to trusting God then the rewards are great, and the gift of God is greater. We just have to keep our FAITH, stay strong in the Lord and trust Him that we're not alone! He's been there the whole time just waiting for you! All you have to do is to ask and look to him for guidance and direction to get through the storm so he can take you to your rainbow.


I hope you all have a blessed day!
Blessings,
Candye~


Sunday, May 23, 2010

Wild Ride!!!


Well....what a weekend I've had!! Let's just say it hasn't played out quiet like I had planned! :0)
It started Friday evening. When I got home from work, my wonderful husband, had my horses caught up, ready to load, and head to the arena to ride. Sounds good so far, huh?
Got to the arena, saddled all three, rode my "faithful" ButterBuns and then my new prospect, "Lefty". All was going great!! Then BAM! I got on my sorrel gelding, "Spike!" I've had "issues" (to say the least) with him being unpredictable for a while now. This wouldn't really be one of those times... (haha)
He was really wanting to work! Actually made a couple of really awesome practice runs when it all went South, and quick!
I have to laugh now because I've tried to think of many funny stories to tell as to why I'm stiff, can not move my head, or why I'm moving a little slow! Truth is, Spike used me as a stepping stone when I ended up off of him, under him, and then finally sitting behind the 2nd barrel watching him run back to the gate! Yep, you got it...I fell off!! WOW! It really hurts!
Guess it's true what they say, "what doesn't kill you only makes you stronger," right? (smile)
I was supposed to go to Oklahoma to work with an awesome friend (and horse trainer) with Spike, but couldn't quiet travel Saturday; so I ended up staying home (licking my wounds). Then had dinner with my husband and wonderful friends to celebrate a dear friends birthday. So for the majority of the weekend it was a really great weekend, despite the "bump" in the road!
So, all in all, the purpose of this blogging is to say this.... "You never know where life is going to take you. Just hold on tight, enjoy the ride, and know that bumps in life make you stronger!"
I am so grateful for my wonderful husband (who has so graciously and without complaint) taken care of me. I also appreciate all of the wonderful family and friends God has blessed my life with.
Blessings,
Candye~

Monday, May 17, 2010

The Power of Prayer


Have you ever really stopped and thought about the results or outcome of the power of prayer? I have been a believer my whole life. From as far back as I can remember, I can still hear my Granny Parsons and Granny Story praying.... the sounds of a godly woman praying for their family or for God's purpose and direction for their lives is absolutely the sweetest sound ever.

Praying is great but Prayer alone is not enough. You have to have FAITH that your prayers are being heard, and as hard as it may be it is so important that we pray for "God's will!" It is easy to pray for what we want but I will never forget what a Pastor said in church one time. He said, "you can tell God all day long what you want, but you have to ask him for what you want, pray for his will, and accept what he gives you; otherwise you will never see the prayers answered." That's really true.

I want to share something really special that's happened in my life in the last couple of weeks. Literally, I have seen the direct results of my prayers answered and that is an amazing feeling. Especially to consider it was not that long ago that I swore God had turned a deaf ear to me and could not hear me at all. But oh how different things are today. Since I've really been trying to give my all to God I have seen direct results of my prayers on two different occasions.
I had two friends ask for my help to pray for something or a situation for them. I gave them my word that I would take their requests to God in prayer and I did; but I also prayed for God's will.

I had a friend that had an injured horse. I won't go into exact details but I will share with you that he was undergoing major surgery the next day. I hit my knees and prayed for God to work a miracle (if it's his will) and to please help my friend know that the prayer was answered so she would know God was amazing and heard our plea. The next evening I received a text from her that the surgery went okay but it was too bad when they got in, so they did what they could and sewed him up. I could tell she was discouraged. I replied and told her to keep her faith and that to trust God. I tried to reassure her that He still worked in amazing ways and our timing wasn't always his timing. Let me tell you, I went to praying even harder!
I knew there was nothing too big for my God. And that is exactly how I prayed to God. (I often talk to him as if he's my friend sitting across the room from me; because he is my best friend).
A few days later I sent her an email and asked how her horse was and this was her reply, "Actually it looks really good, we were gone Fri, Sat and Sun; came home late Sunday night and I couldn't believe how much better it is! God must be listening! I found myself just staring at it this morning thinking WOW. Keep praying because its working. Thanks."

Can I just tell you - tears trickled down my cheeks as I gave praise and thanks to God for answering my prayers. You see, to some you may think it's just a horse, but to us he's a friend or family member! Regardless, it was an answered prayer! To this day I'm still praying for a full recovery - but mostly I'm praying for my friend!

On May 10th, another prayer request from a dear friend that is trying to adopt a baby. This isn't just any baby, it's a 5 mo old baby with a club foot and spina bifida. Some of you may have seen this prayer request on my facebook wall. That night I immediately began praying and almost immediately I had other friends that began to post they would pray too. Which was awesome! I began to seek God for guidance on how to pray. I did not want to just pray they would successfully adopt the baby but I felt like God was tugging at me to pray a different way. Maybe it's because I know his wife has MS (Multiple Sclerosis) and in my heart, maybe my prayers were really for her.

Just three short days later they posted the birth Mom said yes. I didn't stop praying because my friend (with MS) also posted that she was still not convinced. I kept praying. But the whole time I wasn't praying just for the adoption but praying for "God's will!" Today, May 15th (5 days later) they reported they are planning to bring the baby home in just a few weeks. Prayers were answered again!!

If we're sincere in our prayers and we go to God with a clean heart and ask - ye shall receive. It may not always be as perfect as the two answered prayers above, but it will be perfect if it's God's will!!

I'm FAR from perfect! Trust me, I'm my own worst critic, and I know I have many flaws, but I also know that every day I try to be the very best person I can be; and I always try to give more than I take. That's basically the motto I live by. Do I make mistakes? Absolutely. Will I continue to make mistakes? Most definitely. However, the one thing that is most certain is, I will always try to do better than the day before and try not to make the same mistakes twice.

I always start and end my day with prayer...and you know...rarely do I ask for anything for myself...but rest assured....I'm praying for you!

2 Chronicles 7:14 If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.

Matthew 6:8 ....for your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him.

One last thought...A family that prays together...is a family that stays together!

Blessings,
Candye~