Monday, August 31, 2009


It's 11:58 and the need must be met.

Down on our knees we pray.

No pleading, no begging, no whining.

Just pure and simple childlike faith knowing God is faithful.

It's 11:59 with just seconds to spare - the answer.

"And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus." Philippians 4:19

Do you ever feel that is the story of your life? You have a need that must be met and God waits until the very last second to show up with the answer? I have felt that way many times in my life.

We have just experienced it again.

A few years ago our youngest son applied for disability, something we could have done when he was very young but we waited until he was 21. The process took 18 months. In those days you did receive retro pay but only small amounts every 6 months and one final payment at 1 year. We were very frustrated because we thought we needed the money. But wait was the order of the process.

Fast forward to January 2009 when my husband lost his job and applied for disability due to his kidney transplant and other health issues. There is no way we could make it 18 months for disability and certainly could not continue to support our lives on my income alone.

I bet you can guess what payment came to our checking account 3 weeks later - yes - Matthew's disability payment, 70% of which legally goes to rent and living expenses. It seemed it was the last hour and God came through. He met the need.

However, it doesn't last forever, and even though I took on two more part time jobs and worked as many hours as I possibly could, there still is just not enough to meet our daily needs. (You may be thinking that we live high on the hog but NO. We just have a LOT of medical bills due to the high cost of transplant medications and ongoing open wounds on my husbands legs.)

Continuing in prayer and trusting in God's faithfulness, we waited.

It's 11:59.59 - we need God to intervene - and of course He does.

My husbands disability was approved in 6 months - no retro pay - BUT the first monthly payment arrived on Wednesday - 3 days after I paid bills and depleted our 'surplus'.

Once again our faith was tested and challenged but once again we trusted and God came through. Faith grows in the midst of adversity and we are so thankful it does.

God does not always have us wait until the last possible moment to met a need. Sometimes he meets the need before we even know we have it. There are just times and circumstances when He desires for us to learn, trust, grow and depend on Him more.

Everything seems to go back to my life scripture:

"Consider it all joy, my friends, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything." James 1:2-4

Mature and complete is exactly where God is taking us. We are not there yet, but on our way.

What about you? Does God make you wait at times until the very last second for an answer to your prayers? Maybe he is just allowing you to grow in faith!

Considering 11:59.59 with Joy,

Sunday, August 23, 2009

First Time Friends at '50' ~ Fabulous!

It is so encouraging to have friends whom I've known for more than 30 - 50 years. Those girls I grew up with way back in the days when trick or treating was an all night event and we came home with pillowcases FULL of candy and homemade goodies that we really could eat. The ones that time and distance tried to separate but facebook and blogs have reconnected. The ones that know everything about me and still love me.

Then there are the ones you have known throughout your young married life and the years when you raised your children together. It wouldn't have been so much FUN going through THOSE years without some special girlfriends in your life. Communication with them may be different today but not a week goes by without connection of some sort and always plenty of laughs when we look at our kids now and reflect on how we got here.

And now, being mature and all grown up *giggle*, I have had the pleasure of making new friends.

Over the past year and a half I have met and made some wonderful new friends through this blog. I cannot imagine life not knowing these girls. One such friend made a trip to my home town this past week and I had the honor of having lunch with her.

We both turned '50' last year and are celebrating life through loving our families, blogging and being the best grandmothers on earth :) Oh, Yes we are!!!!

Meet my friend Connie from Connie Turned 50.

What a fun time we enjoyed talking as though we had known each other for years. Making our waitress wait forever for our order because we just didn't have time to look at the menu and then wait some more because we didn't want to leave.

Connie is sweet, down to earth, loving and a family girl. She is funny and genuine. I love her blog ~ all about family and life ~ please stop by and meet her some time, you will be glad you did.

Considering New Friends With Joy, Cindy

Monday, August 10, 2009

Time Won't Stand Still!

Somewhere in America

A precious angel

Went to her first day

of kindergarten

And a Nana cried


Considering All Things With Joy,

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Top to Bottom ~ It's All For HIM!

Some would say I have a prestigious job, Office Administrator for a medical pratice in the 5th largest city in the country. I can be found on any given day corresponding or chatting with the governor of our state, negotiating contracts with payroll companies, drug reps, or health insurance companies, or any one of a hundred other things including not so pretty things like cleaning up vomit when kids are sick.

But at the same time I hold the title of janitor. Due to our economy and the fact that my husband is no longer working, I can also be found cleaning a medical office 5 nights a week.

Along with those two titles I am also wife, mom, nana, sister, daughter, auntie, friend, ministry leader, teacher, etc, etc, etc.

So what's in a title? Nothing, well nothing as important as the following scripture.

Whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. Colossians 3:17

You can be sure that I have not mastered the above verse however God continues to develop His character within me and fine tune my attitude while honoring Him in all I do and say.

Whether I'm cleaning a toilet, playing with my grandchild, speaking to the governor or rooming a patient, I must always remember that I am to do it all for His glory not mine.

What about you? Where are you in your life today? Do you feel you don't have purpose? Do you feel like all you do is wash dishes, do laundry or clean up after people? Does your job lack a certain title that you have always wanted?

Be challenged and encouraged today: Whatever your title or lack of title - live a life that is pleasing to the Lord. In all you do or say - do it in name of the Lord.

Considering All Titles Joyful,

Monday, August 3, 2009

I can't believe we did this!

It was the fall of 2005.

Our last pet had passed away (still miss you Max).

We decided it was time to have a pool built and re-landscape our backyard.

I, being the picky perfectionist I can be, decided that we would NEVER have another pet.

I love my backyard by mostly I LOVE not have to pick up any pet mess, if you know what I mean. I also love not having to use a lint brush everyday before I leave my house for work.

But as you can see,
NEVER doesn't work and
perfectionism just needs to retire.

Besides, how could I say NO to our son after he won all those ribbons last week.
So, meet Sammy, a 4 pound, 1 year old Chihuahua/Pomeranian mix.
Spoiled rotten already.
Sleeps in his new bed On Top of our son's bed.
I guess I'll be getting the lint brush out again:)
Considering Sammy with Joy,