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IN SPITE OF ME

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I was talking to a sweet friend this morning.

She was asking about some of the things I did with my children when they were small.

Just yesterday someone told me I was a good mother, they even went so far to say they thought I must have been a perfect mother.

I felt myself cringe.

Whenever I'm complimented on my mothering I feel that way.

I feel embarrassed because I know the truth.

I know my kids know the truth.

I made more mistakes than you can shake a stick at.

Most of you watched me and probably knew I was making mistakes.

The crazy thing is I made them because I was trying to do it right.

I though if I did this or had them do that or didn't let them do this of did have them do something else everything would be okay.

You know what made my kids turn into the man and the women they are today?

It was God.

He is so full of mercy and goodness and he has a place in his heart for mommas.

He listened all those nights I went to bed and cried because I had failed or I was scared an…

WE ALL HAVE A LITTLE OF THE GREEN EYED MONSTER IN US

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Have you ever known a jealous person?

Have you ever been a jealous person?

We're jealous when we want what someone else has.

We hear someone say something nice about another person and instead of hearing the other person complimented, we hear ourselves criticized.

Has anyone you considered in your circle been kind to someone outside your perceived circle and you felt as if you had been left out or overlooked?

It's been said that envy or jealousy is like drinking poison hoping the other person will die.

We can go so far with jealousy that it actually becomes resentment or even bitterness.

That's when we are not only upset we don't have whatever it is we want we don't want the other person to have it.

The problem or well I should say one of the problems with jealousy is it keeps us from focusing on what we do have.

It keeps us from seeing our own skills and abilites

It will damage relationships.

It will damage the relationship of the person we are jealous of and the …

GODS BUCKET OF GRACE

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I've been asked a few questions and I'm going to try to answer.
The most freeing thing I have ever learned is that everyone is not like me.
God uses people who think different and believe different than I do.
He uses all kinds of people to reach all kinds of people.
And it's none of my business who he uses or how he uses them.
If only I had known sooner.
Romans 14:4 says in a nutshell...Who are you to judge another man's servant? To his own lord he stands or falls.
You know what that means?
That means, mind your own business.
It's not up to me to decide who God is using and who he isn't.
I think about the Duggers from the tv show 19 and Counting and I think about the show Duck Dynasty.
Now talk about a vast difference in christian families, thats a vast difference.
Which one is more used by God?
Which one has reached the most people?
We don't know do we.
If we are clean cut churchy people we might lean toward the Duggers.
Now granted they had some bad thing…

ATTITUDE IS EVERYTHING

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For as a man thinketh in his heart, so is he.

Wow.

Did you read that.

The way you think is the way you are.

It's not only the Bible that knows that.

Countless, psychologists,  counselors, therapists and so many others know this.

You know this.

Attitude is everything.

The Bible gives us countless instructions about how to think and what to think about.

The problem is we don't do it.

It's like going to weight watchers and never doing the program.

The program works but it won't work if you don't do it.

I've been reading a book about self pity.

We all know it's a waste of time and we all don't like to be around someone who is always telling you how bad they are treated or how unfair life is.

No one ever admires that about anyone.

The first thing to do is to examine ourselves, God said, a man ought to examine himself, and as always, he was right.

We all know if we don't get real with ourselves we won't be able to see who we really are.

We will keep b…

WE AIN'T SMOKIN MOM, WE AIN'T SMOKIN

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My dad stopped smoking when he was 62 years old.

He started smoking when he was 14.

I love to hear him tell about the time he and my uncle Paul, dad's youngest brother were smoking in the barn.

Dad said they had got some cigarettes and matches and went to the barn and got down in a stable and started trying to smoke.

Pretty soon Grandma came into the barn and called out to them.

She said, "What are you boys doing back there?"

Dad said Uncle Paul jumped up and said, "We ain't smokin Mom, we ain't smokin."

That made my dad so mad.

He said it was just the same as running out and telling her
they were smoking.

I remember when I was in the fourth or maybe fifth grade and I tried to smoke.

Mom and dad were some place I don't remember where but my older brother, my younger brother and my best friend Cindy were there with me.

Cindy and I got the matches and cigarettes and decided to smoke.

We were pretty smart though, we got a cup and poured mouth wash in …

WE MAY VERY WELL BE LIVING IN FRIGHTFUL TIMES BUT WE DON'T HAVE TO BE FRIGHTENED PEOPLE

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I've never really been a fearful person.

I alway figured everything would be alright in the end.

I used to tell the kids to remember that even if it wasn't alright here, it would be alright there.

Alright there meaning in Heaven.

You would think that my confidence would grow with age.

You would think I would have been nervous our anxious when I was young and didn't know my LORD like I know him now.

But the opposite is true.

I'm more anxious now than I've ever been.

It's everything around me that I allow to make myself be that way because nothing with God has changed.

Somehow I have allowed the goings on around me to make me think God isn't capable or that he is not paying attention so I had better be on guard and be afraid.

I never was the kind of parent to stay up all night worrying about the kids.

I alway figured they would come home and they always did.

I didn't always think going to the doctor  was going to result in them coming in and sitting down …

CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES MADE WITH OATMEAL FLOUR

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Several of you asked about the chocolate chip cookie recipe the other day so here's the recipe.

It makes a huge bunch so I often half the recipe.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

5 cups oatmeal, the recipe didn't specify but I use quick cook oatmeal.
2 cups real butter, not margarine
2 cups sugar
2 cups brown sugar
4 eggs
2 tsp. vanilla
3 cups chopped nuts, I never use this many and sometimes I skip them all together.
4 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp. salt
2 tsp. baking powder
2 tsp. soda
1 ( 24 oz.) pkg. chocolate chip, I use milk chocolate but just use whatever kind you like best.

Measure oatmeal into a blender and blend until it becomes a fine powder, almost like flour. It might not be as smooth as flour but it will be very fine textured.

Cream butter and sugars together.
Remember softened butter will cream better than cold butter.
Also this isn't a quick done thing.
It takes longer to cream butter and sugar than you think.
You want to keep beating it until it gets light and …