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.

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 a family that stays together!


Saturday, May 8, 2010

For My Mother.....I LOVE YOU!!

Mother's Day is a "bitter-sweet" holiday for me. I'm so grateful and blessed to have the Mother I have, of which even at my age, still call her "Mommy;" but also so sad because I've lost my baby and can't hold her in my arms.

But, today is not about me, but about an Angel the good Lord graced me with, the one I call "Mommy." Although I live many miles apart from my Mother, and do not get to see her every day like I wish I could, I hope she knows she's in my heart and goes with me every where I go!

I have some amazing women in my life, from my Mother, to my Grandmother's and Sisters, even certain friends that are so special.

I don't even know where to start when I talk about my sweet Mother. I'm so very lucky I have a Mother that loves me unconditionally, no matter what I do or say she is always there to be uplifting, caring, forgiving and even stern when she needs to be. She is so sweet and Angelic. She was and is the foundation of our family. I can look back and just smile at all the wonderful memories in my life and in every memory, there is my Mother.

If you've had the opportunity to meet my Mother you'll know why I can write these things about her. She is the epitome of what a true Mother is and a Best Friend. She is beautiful inside and out!!

I can remember my Mother always saying, "If you don't have something nice to say, then don't say anything at all!" Even to this day I try to live by that motto. I can remember my Grandmother (her Mother) saying once, "Don't be doing something you wouldn't want to be doing when Jesus comes back." My Granny Parsons was taken from me when I was just 6-years old, way too soon. But I can remember her like it was yesterday. I'll admit, I loved her so much....and I know she loved me just as much. She was an Angel then and is one today in Heaven, watching over me and guiding me as I go through my days. These are the women I've had in my life as examples. That's why I am the way I am today. They instilled so much in me and forever I will be grateful. I am so blessed!

When I think of the word "Mother" and what mine means to me....

O= Optimistic
T= Thoughtful
H= Honorable
E= Enlightening
R= Remarkable

My Mother is unique, God gave her just for me
I get it from her the way we run a little late
But she taught me how to enter with grace
She dressed me in lace and put my hair in a bun
Even though she knew it wouldn't stay
Yes, it's true I may be a "daddy's girl"
But my Mommy knows she's my best friend
And always will be to my very end!
She's always the first to give me a break
But she lets me know when I've made a mistake
She's loving, sweet, and kind with the voice of an Angel
And she can always seem to make everything better
She is witty, fun, and caring all in one
She's always there to help me walk the mile
She never tires of me calling her name
And forever she takes the blame
She loves me unconditionally even when I know there are times
When she really wishes I would simply make up my mind.
She's thoughtful, kind, and caring, she never asks for much
My Mother's an Angel, sent to me from above,
I'm so glad He loved me enough to give me the very best!

My Mother is the one, when there are four pieces of pie for five people, she will be the one to say "I really don't care for this pie anyway." She's so giving and forgiving even when her heart aches. That's my Mother, simply always thinking of others instead of herself!

"Mother's hold their children's hands for a short while, but their hearts forever!"

Love 'em honorable
Be Godly in her presence
Because she is an Angel
If you Love your Mom
Make sure she knows
Don't ever let there be woes
The truth is - every day
should be Mother's Day
Because she is the reason
you are the way you are

Nothing beats a Mother's Love....the way she wraps her loving arms around you when you ache and all of the sudden the world seems to disseminate.

For my Mother - only she'll know what I'm referring to when I say, "When I try to see things your way I get a headache." Although that's not really true, it's a little something special just between us.

Thanks Mom, for everything you've done for me. For always being the lady and example you've set before me. For loving unconditionally and teaching me what it means. For giving me your all and for sacrificing so much just so we could have a nice life. You're more than I deserve but I'm so thankful, blessed and honored to call you my Mommy!

Happy Mother's Day! I love you more than you'll ever know!!


Thursday, May 6, 2010

Through A Child's Eyes....

Words can never even begin to express this week. All I can think of is, if my heart aches this bad I can never imagine what Tracy and Wiley must be feeling or experiencing. Although the day was beyond sad, it was beautiful! Almost 400 family and friends came out to support the family and celebrate the life of little Cutter (or "Cutter Butter" as his Mom calls him). Cutter touched so many people and the overwhelming support this week was proof!

It's awesome to see life through the eyes of a child! My goal is to have the spirit and faith of one! They never quit believing or giving their all, and more importantly if we would really listen they have a fascinating way of teaching us so much!!

It's unreal how fast life can turn and change and in the blink of an eye! All of the sudden, what was once complete and whole is now confused and empty. Whatever you do, do not let today slip away without taking time to listen to a child, learn a thing or two, and love like there's no tomorrow, because honestly it's not a guarantee. Life is not a given - it's a gift! Accept it, embrace it, forgive it and most importantly love it unconditionally!

Cutter Butter - go rest high on your big shiny John Deere tractor, give 'em all what you gave us down, laughter, and love! You may be gone physically but your spirit will live within us all forever more....and you'll NEVER be forgotten!! We love you lil man!


Wednesday, May 5, 2010

The Saddest Word, Goodbye

Cutter Proffitt
All Too Soon....
He was taken all too soon from us
To dwell in his heavenly home above
Although we'll miss him dearly and
our hearts will forever bleed with tears
We'll always remember his few short lived years
He was bright and smart and full of life
He was the epitome of joy yet full of strife
But always truly sweet as can be
and always carried a sense of peace
Forever we will morn our loss
And never fully understand why
We'll be grateful God lent him to us
If even only for a little while
His parents and friends forever we'll weep
As we carry the memory of our lil bo peep
Although taken all too soon
He now joins the rest of our children
high above the clouds
To be one of the special chosen ones
An Angel now sitting in the lap of Jesus
and laughing loud......
(Written by Candye Daughhetee for Tracy Proffitt, a loving mother and precious loyal friend!)

The Saddest Word, Goodbye

When God calls our children
to dwell with Him above,
We mortals sometimes question
the wisdom of His love.
For no heartache compares with,
the death of one small child.
Who does so much to make our world,
seems so wonderful and mild.
Perhaps God tires of calling
the aged to His fold.
So He picks a rosebud
before it can grow old.
God knows how much we need them,
and so He takes but a few.
To make the land of heaven
more beautiful to view.
Believing this is difficult
still somehow we must try.
The saddest word mankind knows
will always be Good-bye.
So when a little child departs,
we who are left behind,
must realize God loves children.
Angels Are Hard To Find!!
Author Unknown

Monday, May 3, 2010

In loving memory of Cutter Proffit (8 y/o)

Death is the one appointment I know we must all keep and for which no time is set, nor understanding is guaranteed; so make sure you love with all you have in you, because you never know when the clock will stop.

For my sweet friend Tracy - I love you and I'm so very sorry for your loss!

Details - Memorial Services for Cutter Proffitt, Thursday, May 6 @ 10:30 am

I cannot believe I am having to share this. For once in my l ife I am absolutely speechless. My sweet friend Tracy Proffitt lost her baby boy, Cutter Proffitt (8 years old), on Sunday, May 2, 2010, in a 4-wheeler accident. Details for the services are below:

Visitation will be held Wednesday, May 5, 2010 from 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm at Birzer Funeral Home, 203 N. 7th, Sterling, KS
The family will be there from 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm.

Funeral Services are Thursday, May 6, 2010 at 10:30 am
Sterling United Methodist Church
137 North Broadway, Sterling, KS 67579
Memorial Fund:
Sterling Grade School Playground Fund
% Birzer Funeral Home
203 N. 7th
P.O. Box 262
Sterling, KS 67579

Please keep them all in your prayers, my heart just aches for them, so I cannot imagine the pain they must be in. A wise friend shared with me today that, "Tears wash away the pain and waters the memories."

Matthew 5:4 Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be


Sunday, May 2, 2010

Be You!

A beautiful good morning to you's a cup of hot hello, a plate of crispy wishes, a spoon of sweet smiles & a slice of great success especially for you...and to top it off, smothered with lots of Jesus throughout your life to bring it all together and make it yummy!! Can you tell I woke up hungry this morning...hungry for Jesus! :0)

I had a wonderful time yesterday at the jackpot. Nothing beats great friendship and fellowship! I swear I have some of the best friends in the world. They make me laugh and are sincere and honest and charming! Best of all...some of them I only see at the jackpots and they are the same every time! That's how you know they're sincere!

That brings me to the purpose of today's blog..."the same every time!" Being YOU is so important and being sincere is even more important. Don't try to be something you're not or you will surely fail and others will notice it!

You can ask anyone, I very rarely have a "bad-day", but when I do everyone knows it! (ha) I do not try to hide it and be something I am not. I know I am human and life is just that, it's life! Come as it may, it's ever changing and evolving with or without my consent, therefore I misewell just accept it and go with the flow. Truly, I think it's because I've learned that my God is in control and if I accept his will for my life, then I cannot question it....okay, I should not question it. Remember, I'm human so sometimes I will but He knows it's just my way of having conversation with him! (ha)

I try to live life to the fullest every day! I try so hard not to take "life" and all of its' precious values for granted. I try to remember that "today could be my last day on earth" and live it as such. Yes, does that often leave me vulnerable and open to pain, absolutely! And, often I'm too sensitive and emotional; I love too hard and often get hurt; and sometimes stepped on, but in the end, I look at it this way, "I gave my all and loved to the fullest just as I believe Jesus would have". With most every decision or action I do, I try to always ask two questions: 1) What would Jesus do? and 2) Is this really how I would want to be remembered should it be my last action on earth?

If you take nothing else from this blogging today, I hope you'll remember....Life is short, live it to the fullest, have no regrets, love like it's your last day, laugh like you'll never see tomorrow, and dance like everyone watching and your life is the example they will want to mimic.

Psalm 27:11-14 (11) Teach me your way, O Lord, and lead me in a smooth path, because of my enemies. (12) Do not deliver me to the will of my adversaries; for false witness have risen against me, and such as breathe out violence. (13) I would have lost heart, unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living (14) Wait on the Lord; be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart; Wait, I say, on the Lord!