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Is Heaven Real?

... ugh!! Tonight, I'm TIRED!  But it's a good, I worked hard kind of tired. So, I'm going to try to be brief (but anyone who knows me knows that MIGHT not happen  -  I can write ALMOST as much as I can talk!!)
Last night as I laid my head on my pillow, my mind started to wander, away from God and satan got a little foothold.  I felt my heart start to race and my body start to shake, I was recalling "events" of the day on November 5 (not that recalling is BAD, but how I react can be - especially if I'm not focusing on GOD), so quickly, I realized what was happening and I gave myself a word picture - a picture of my little hand reaching up, up, up and putting my hand into a big, warm, loving hand, the hand of the Lord - and as I got this picture in my mind, my racing heart slowed, the shaking subsided and I drifted off to a wonderful night's rest - resting in the Lord.
This morning found us getting ready for school and Kajsa not feeling well, and I was again…

... leaning, day by day, moment by moment

... I've noticed that I've been marking time in "since such and such" in the past 3+ weeks.  Today it was 3 weeks ago, I said my last goodbye to my best friend . . . I remember it vividly, it seems like yesterday, it seems like years ago, all at the same time.  I KNEW it wasn't Rick I was talking to, yet it was the shell of his earthly body - the shell of the person I loved and shared my inner most thoughts, dreams, fears, desires, excitements, disappointments (you get the picture) with.  He, for those moments was still my Rickey, my best friend, my "bud".  And I remember promising him that I would take care of our girls for him, to do the best I could with the strength he had given me and with help from the LORD!  I was sad, very sad for me, for the kids, for the grandbabies, for his mama & daddy and mine, for our siblings and their spouses, nieces, nephews and friends.  Yes, there was great sadness, yet, even then, it was "tempered" with…

. . . so, how did he KNOW, how do we KNOW??

. . . at this point in our journey, and after reading our CHRISTMas card yesterday, some of you may be wondering, how did Rick KNOW he was going to Heaven?  You might be asking us, how can you rest assured that he IS in Heaven?
I would be failing my Lord and Rick’s legacy if I didn’t take a minute or two here to let you know how Rick (and we) have the assurance of eternity in Heaven after our time on earth is done (and how you can know the same if you aren’t sure)!
Simply put: “For God so loved the world that He gave His ONLY BEGOTTEN Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have eternal life”.  John 3:16
However, we can’t just end there, because I think there are some things that may be “assumed” if I just use this verse alone to point you to Jesus.
First of all, if I were able to talk to most (if not all) of you reading my blog, I’m thinking that the majority would say that they “believe” in Jesus, God, Heaven and Hell. There-in lies a problem because, James 2:19 says…

... JESUS is the REASON for the SEASON!!

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DISCLAIMER . . . if you usually receive a CHRISTmas card from us, this is the picture AND letter you will receive . . . !! ♥
"JESUS IS THE REASON FOR THE SEASON"
... a saying I have ALWAYS loved, but this year, it takes on a special meaning, and is more real than ever before.  This year, as we celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, we will be sad for us, but joyful in the fact that Rick will be celebrating Christmas together with the ONE who made Christmas possible!  Though our world was rocked on November 5, we still CHOOSE to trust in the LORD with all our hearts.  We received a letter in a sympathy card from a wonderful couple that we don't even know, in it was this phrase, "...Faith is not demanding what we want, it is trusting God's goodness in spite of life's tragedies!"  That is the place you will find "us girls" at this Christmas season.  Though we don't understand, we will continue to have faith, and trust in God&#…

"Rejoice in the day that I have made, for I am your steadfast Companion"

..... today, another Saturday.  Saturday seems to bring more reflection for me, what was I doing 3 weeks ago, RIGHT NOW?  The thought bounces around in my head throughout the day.  
Today dawned a bit dark and dreary, cloudy skies and slight rain drops.  The weatherman told me this yesterday, but WHY didn't I listen?  Today was the day we were going to get our CHRISTmas tree, we always get our tree Thanksgiving weekend, why didn't we make the time to go get it yesterday?  CHRISTmas will still come to us this year, we will just be finding a new normal in how we celebrate - different, to be sure, but still the BIRTH of our LORD and SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST - the REASON we have hope for the future!!  
Kajsa didn't care that it was drizzling outside, she still wanted to go and pick out our tree, so out she and I went!  She decided she didn't like our little walk so much when we stumbled upon the rib cage of what was most likely a deer, but she wondered WHAT had gotten to it??? . …

I don't have to know the answers, I just have to keep following the ONE who does - JESUS!!

.... I trust GOD because I don't understand HIM.  If I could wrap my brain around GOD, I wouldn't need Him!  :) 


:)  What a sweet truth in the "title" of this post and the above quote - both "stolen" from the walls of facebook friends!!


Such true words, even though, sometimes I'd LIKE to KNOW all the answers, it's o.k., I DON'T HAVE to, as long as I continue to follow the ONE (Jesus) who does! :)  That is a peaceful resting place to find myself in these days!  There are MANY times that I'd like to "know" the answers, to ask God, WHY, but, in reality, I DON'T know the answers and I will probably never understand the "why" until I reach Heaven's gate . . . and as long as I keep on following, it's o.k. not to know, to REST in God's grace and love and goodness, and to TRUST that HE sees the "big picture" while I don't/can't.


Along those same lines, I DON'T understand HIM and HIS ultimate &qu…

"Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted" Matthew 5:4

... "mourn" - to express sorrow or grief . . . "blessed" - blissfullyhappyorcontented . . . "comforted"  - to soothe, console or reassure ... this was the "verse of the day" on my cell phone for TODAY - Thanksgiving Day 2011 . . . the first real "holiday" in our "new normal" (not counting mine, Daila's and Ashley Beth's Birthdays - which have all already come and gone - and we survived all 3).  And though we do "mourn", we also do feel "comforted" (beyond human understanding) and "blessed" (more than you can ever know)! 

My reading today in my devotional stated: "Thankfulness takes the sting out of adversity.  That is why I have instructed you to give thanks for everything.  There is an element of mystery in this transaction:  You give Me thanks (regardless of your feelings), and I give you Joy (regardless of your circumstances).  This is a spiritual act of obedience - at times, blind…

In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, LORD, make me dwell in safety. Psalm 4:8

..... this day, where to begin . . . first of all, HAPPY BIRTHDAY DEAR ASHLEY BETH . . . YOU ARE LOVED ♥ . . . more than you will EVER know!! ♥
... to say today was a "good" day, seems actually an understatement!  Since it's LATE and I'm tired, I'm going to do the "abbreviated version"
... today, I'm THANKFUL for:
the wonderful co-workers I have - even though I spent part of the day today working, it was not a task I didn't enjoy, simply because of the sweet person I was working with!my wonderful friends - especially the 2 of you who I spent MUCH time on the phone with this afternoon and evening, thanks for LOVING Rick as you each did and for just being "here" for me!my mom & dad - thanks for EVERYTHING - again! sweet friends who send sweet cards that bring tears (but the GOOD kind) to our eyes - thank you for the BEAUTIFUL words of your memories of Rick ♥ your words will be forever treasured♥my in-laws . . . ALL OF YOU!! :) but, toni…

....God is our refuge and strength, an ever present help in trouble (Psalm 46:1)

.... this  was one of today's verses in the devotional that my sis-in-law got me "Jesus Calling - Enjoying Peace in His Presence".   Being close to Thanksgiving, today's reading was about thankfulness . . . "A thankful mind-set does not entail a denial of reality with its plethora of problems.  Instead, it rejoices in Me, your Savior, in the midst of trials and tribulations.  I am your refuge and strength, an ever-present and well-proved help in trouble."


Today, I (we) had yet another reason to "rejoice in our Savior" even in the midst of this trial and tribulation.  I had brought all of the "documentation" to the Social Security Administration back when I got the initial letter from them telling what they needed.  That day, they could not process our "claim" though as we had to wait for the official "phone interview" which was scheduled for today.  The lady, that day, did give me her "best estimate" of how m…

...faith is not demanding what we want; it is trusting God's goodness in spite of life's tragedies

Today was back to school and 6:15 a.m. came WAY TOO EARLY!!  When I got up, I asked Tessa if she'd slept well and she said, "yes, when I finally fell asleep" which was my exact situation last night.  As we talked we both determined that we were both o.k., we hadn't been laying in bed crying, we weren't feeling overly stressed or anxious, just "awake" . . . which makes for an EARLY morning and a long day!!  But it's good to know that GOD doesn't sleep, and HE was there with us, even in the wee hours of the morning (I finally fell asleep a little after 1:00 a.m. - and slept like a baby until the alarm went off).


Speaking of GOD being with us, and the encouragement He sends to us each day . . . Tessa came  home after school today, the rest of us stayed for the Jr. High basketball game (Taya had cheer practice, and Kajsa was cheering.  Tim, Rochet & Addie came up to the game and the games were good!  The 7th grade team won BIG and the 8th grade l…

...I can do ALL things through Him who strengthens me..

...on Sunday, we had plans to go to Marquette to Maddie & Lila's dedication service and Daila & Maddie's Birthday party to follow. On Saturday night, it began snowing so after some texting back and forth with Nick, we decided not to risk bad roads and we stayed home (Nick, Ashley & the girls will be coming down later in the week so we will have a little "party" then!).



Since we stayed home, we went to church where the passage of the day was from Philippians 4, regarding CONTENTMENT. As Pastor was preaching, 3 verses JUMPED out at me, 2 from the passage, and one a few verses before in the chapter:



Philippians 4:7 - And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus



Philippians 4:11 (b) - for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content.



Philippians 4:13 - I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.



We ended the service with the song, "Day by Day", which left a fe…

still more Birthday "spoiling"

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...on Saturday (the 19th), we were awakened at 9:30 a.m. (sleeping in was SO NICE) by knocking on our front door, we went to the door to discover Uncle Tim here to show us his deer that he shot at camp - important stuff! :)  He also told us that he'd be over at 1:00 to pick us up to go to Green Bay to pick up Rochet (his wife, my sister-in-law), and daughter, Addie.  We did a few things around the house and were ready to be off with Tim at 1:00.  We went to the mall to do some exchanges and a little bit of shopping - Tessa's friend from Lake Lundgren, Cody met us in Green Bay so he, Tessa & Taya went to the Christian bookstore while Tim, Kajsa & I went to the Lambeau Field Atrium for their tree lighting ceremony.  The signs we found said the tree was being lit at 6:45 so we wandered around for a bit, went to the Pro-Shop where Tim bought a "game day" program for Sunday's game and we headed towards the doors for the tree lighting - only to meet everyone co…

...firsts....

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...so, there are always "firsts" in the "journey to a new normal" and my birthday happened to be the "first" - first hurdle for us to overcome. November 18 came with the alarm ringing at 6:15 as so many days before . . . another morning, another day to face in the new life we are living, another day to CHOOSE to either serve GOD and honor Rick's memory or to challenge God's plan for our lives. I chose the first . . . . I will not dis-honor GOD or Rick's memory by doubting that God has a plan for our lives . . . and daily it is a CHOICE! :)
My beautiful girls awoke with greetings of Happy Birthday Mama which immediately lifted my spirits! :) When I got to school/work, the "spoiling" just continued!! :) There were so many Happy Birthday wishes and little gifts and words of LOVE that it was just AMAZING!! :)
I was initially taken "aback" when I received a bouquet of flowers that said "Happy Birthday, Love you Bud&qu…

...firsts....

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...so, there are always "firsts" in the "journey to a new normal" and my birthday happened to be the "first" - first hurdle for us to overcome. November 18 came with the alarm ringing at 6:15 as so many days before . . . another morning, another day to face in the new life we are living, another day to CHOOSE to either serve GOD and honor Rick's memory or to challenge God's plan for our lives. I chose the first . . . . I will not dis-honor GOD or Rick's memory by doubting that God has a plan for our lives . . . and daily it is a CHOICE! :)

My beautiful girls awoke with greetings of Happy Birthday Mama which immediately lifted my spirits! :) When I got to school/work, the "spoiling" just continued!! :) There were so many Happy Birthday wishes and little gifts and words of LOVE that it was just AMAZING!! :)
I was initially taken "aback" when I received a bouquet of flowers that said "Happy Birthday, Love you Bud&q…