Yep. It’s been a whiiiiiiile since I’ve done a Managing My Monday post! But I’m just going to jump right in. 🙂
Doug teaches via livestream on Mondays and Wednesdays, so that leaves me here with Isaac and the 2 dogs. Normally, I wouldn’t have to include the “2 dogs” part, but when 1 of those dogs is still a puppy…well, there’s a lot to manage there. So…I included them.
LexaBelle is adorable and growing so fast! She is well over 40 pounds now and super strong for a pup. She has something to “say” about everything – whether she needs to potty, or something outside made a noise, or she can’t find her toy, or she’s hungry…or sleepy…or stuck on the bed and afraid to jump down. You get the picture…she barks at ev.er.y.thing. We’re working on it, but whew – she is so much more vocal than any other dog we’ve ever had, and it’s testing our training ability, I can assure you!
Isaac is a dream to care for. He is so well trained now and understands when I tell him he’ll have to wait for Daddy to come home for something. I can no longer move him up in the bed or change/feed him. Doug does all those tasks. So Isaac has the patience of a saint, as long as I keep the Gaither, Little Einsteins and 3-2-1-Penguins videos rolling.
Every Monday, I handle Isaac’s payroll. I have to approve hours and submit codes via a couple different web sites now. It seems like the process changes every few months. Right now, Isaac only has 2 employees – Doug and Mrs. Julie. That keeps it pretty simple. We’d like to eventually add someone else to the roster for those times when Mrs. Julie can’t make it and Doug already has plans made. It doesn’t happen often, but it’d be nice to have a backup.
Over the weekend I made a yummy, healthy trail mix. I’d been buying a keto trail mix from Wally World, but it was $5 for a small container. I bought my own nuts, included a few extra things they didn’t have and removed stuff I didn’t like. Of course you can tweak it to your preferences. It’s really delicious and keeps me from sending Doug out for chips. 😉
I included pecans and walnuts (sprayed lightly with olive oil, salted and roasted), cashews, cocktail peanuts, and pepitas. I also added Lily’s sugar-free chocolate chips and some golden raisins. I realize the raisins pull it out of “keto” range, but I like them and used them very sparingly.
Monday’s also the day I start to work on our menu and grocery lists for the week. This is a task I am so not good at, but I keep trying. Doug’s at Publix right now, picking up the fabulous BOGOs and all our meat for the week. We shop at Walmart, too, via their Grocery app and website. We splurged for a year of Walmart+, so we get free delivery of our groceries each week. I don’t know if we’ll continue it beyond this year. We’ll wait and see what this next year holds, financially, before making that decision.
I did start my Monday in the Word of God today. It’s a really good place to start. 🙂 I’m going through this book right now. It has short undated devotions, accompanied by beautiful art and painted Bible verses. I’m really enjoying it.
During the holidays, I usually change my phone ringtone to something Christmasy – usually Carol of the Bells by The Celtic Women (because it’s beautiful and tickles my funny bone every time it starts playing.)
But for the New Year, I wanted something a little more meaningful. My phone doesn’t ring often, so when it does, I pay attention. This year, I chose a song by the McKamey’s called “I Keep Praying.”
It has really been a great motivator to me so far. There is so much going on that I need to pray about – in my life, my family, my church, my nation. There are so many things I can’t do anything about – except pray. I’m so thankful I have a Heavenly Father that hears me every time I lift my heart, mind and voice to Him in praise and supplication.
He knows me. And He hears me. What a precious treasure that is – for this Monday, and for every day!
Taken out of context, they fit right into the liberal Big-Tech & Media narrative.
But the Word has more to say on the subject of love than just pious acceptance and blissful ignorance of sin or wrong.
One who truly loves will correct those they love. If they don’t, it isn’t God’s love they’re mirroring. It’s only a neutered emotional response to the error and sin that is around them.
If our forefathers merely “loved one another”, they would’ve all died in prisons in England.
No, their love was powerful. Their love told the truth. Their love stepped out in bravery. Their love went beyond blithely ignoring the danger at their door. Their love risked life and limb to find a place to worship their God in freedom.
We live in the place they chose. And we are right at the door of losing the liberty they risked death for.
Make no mistake, my friend. If they control our discussion of politics, they will control our discussion of our God.
How long’s it been since your church was open for public worship?
Can we love those who are doing wrong? Yes! Can we love them when they are directing that wrong-doing at US? Yes, we can.
But are we restrained from speaking Truth while we love?
No, We Are Not.
Speak out, my friends! We may die in the battle, but our children may bask in the freedom our defiance brings about.
Just as Christ’s love led Him to His death, ours may do the same; but let us go out speaking the Truth, regardless of the consequences.
Gasping, barely-breathed, My cry reaches the ear of God. Not by my effort. I have no words. The pain has rendered me mute. My mind knows not what to pray. I merely groan, waiting, Hoping, not seeing, Needing a Daysman To bridge the space Between my heart and God’s. His Spirit within Searches my heart, Sees my need, Hears my cry, Knows the mind of Christ for me; And carries my heart’s true desire To the Mediator who hung ‘Tween Heaven and earth for me. They know – The Father, The Son, The Spirit – What I need. He works all things For my good. He uses the pain, The not-knowing, The groanings that have no words, To mold, To conform, To His image, The Three-In-One. The Godhead. The Christ Who is for me, Who freely gives me all things, Who is at His Father’s right hand Communing with His Spirit Who lives in me. The pain that makes me mute Begins His glory in me. The tribulation cannot separate me from Him. My cries are not unheard. When I can only groan, The Triune God Thunders on my behalf.
Oh give me the quiet that seeps into my soul, Where no voice is speaking, No pictures are streaming, No jets are screaming as they split the sky so vast.
Oh give me the peace that pours over my heart, Where no politicians are declaring, No car horns are blaring, No bluetooth is pairing as it connects to the net at last.
Oh give me the rest that flows into my brain, Where no thought is criticizing, No greed is fantasizing, No reflection realizing hurts that come from the past.
I want a hush for my hurried mind, A lull that refuses to bind The cares to my weary soul and finds A calm in the Words of my Saviour so kind.
Matthew 11:28-30 “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.
Through wisdom is an house builded; and by understanding it is established:
And by knowledge shall the chambers be filled with all precious and pleasant riches.
A wise man is strong; yea, a man of knowledge increaseth strength.
For by wise counsel thou shalt make thy war: and in multitude of counsellers there is safety. ~Proverbs 24:3-6
Here’s an idea:
If you are confused about face masks, vaccines and social distancing,
If you are feeling fearful about making the wrong decisions,
If you are troubled by the state of our economy,
Or if you are angered by the political manipulation you see in our country (on both sides),
Go Read Your Bible.
Spend some time in prayer.
Meditate on the truths of God.
It will HELP you.
Because while you will not find “corona” in the Scriptures, nor will you find a step-by-step “how to” on fighting viruses, you will find CLARITY, WISDOM and PEACE as you spend time there.
You will learn God’s mind and heart, you will see His power and His Word will comfort your heart and offer balance to your spirit. Your mind will begin to filter things more clearly, and you will start seeing light where before was only darkness.
Sometimes, God’s will for us personally or for our family, may run contrary to everyone else around us. He may lead you in a way that is not easy or that seems illogical to others. But if HE is leading you, He will be providing for you, too.
But how can you know what His will is for you if you don’t know what He is saying to you?
II Corinthians 1: For we would not, brethren, have you ignorant of our trouble which came to us in Asia, that we were pressed out of measure, above strength, insomuch that we despaired even of life:
 But we had the sentence of death in ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves, but in God which raiseth the dead:
 Who delivered us from so great a death, and doth deliver: in whom we trust that he will yet deliver us;
 Ye also helping together by prayer for us…
God delivered in the past and “doth deliver” even now. We can go bravely through this day, praying for those who are hurting around us…knowing that God can and will deliver.
Our faith in Him is not displaced. He is trustworthy. He is powerful. He answers prayer!