A Life Worth Living by Nancy Buxton

Archive for May, 2009

Is it Okay if I Just Ask Why?

Today was a day of stories.   I read a quote about the fact that the reason God keeps creating babies is because He loves stories.  Isn’t that statement so true?  We all have a story but they aren’t all as fun to tell as the stories I make up for my grandchildren.

Today I heard stories of tragedy, parents who are still grieving the loss of their son, trying to look on the positive side and yet the sadness in their eyes tell the story.  A father sad over the illness of his child and wondering why.  The story from my friend grieving because her friend died from a freak accident.  I saw someone in a wheelchair, what a story he has!  I saw the pain in his parents eyes as they watched him. I saw the tears when a mother told me she rarely sees her children and grandchildren, I felt her pain as the tears trickled down her cheek.  Stories, stories every where!

What I want to know is why does  God see fit to heal, or do something for  some?  Why is heaven so silent at other times?  How does God decide when to intervene? Are these fair questions?  I don’t care if they are fair or not I have a right to ask and so do you.

I am sorry to tell you I don’t have the answer, I sure wish I did.  What I do know is this, it is important to know what I believe and it’s important for you to know what you believe.  Write it down and read it over and over.

Here’s the catch sometimes what we think we believe, what we say we believe and how we live to show these believes  don’t add up, if you know what I mean.

Here is my belief, I believe that Jesus is the Lord of  Everything!  I believe He knows what He is doing!  I pray my faith in Him will show that I have hope and confidence enough to trust Him through it all.

As I listened to the stories today, I have to tell you I heard hope from every person.  The story maybe sad or right down awful but there was hope in every story. I praise Him again and again for His faithfulness unto all generations.

A PICTURE IS WORTH A THOUSAND. . .

 

Am I at My Wits-End?

Am I at My Wits-End?

A picture is worth a thousand words.  Can you tell I am floundering, I am going under, I am out of control, can you tell I am at my wits end.  Well, I’m not!  I may be out of control or at least behind in cleaning my office but I am not at my wits end.  Do you know why?  I can never be at my wits end when I have Jesus.

Do I ever doubt?  Yes!  I have doubts, sometimes I wonder will it all turn out just like I believe it will.  Will Jesus come back, ever?  Will he do what he says? Is the Bible totally accurate?  Is my church on target with what it teaches?  Do I have questions!

 It’s okay to doubt and to wonder.  But, I hope you have faith and I hope your faith is growing. I hope you will take a look at your story and find hope because with hope comes faith.

Sooooooooooooooooooo when you get to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on, because, faith makes things possible, not easy.

How About a Burger?

This is my friend Holly’s veggie burger recipe, it is really good.  The key is to make them thin, and “fry (yes I said fry) in plenty of oil” sorry.  It is just true these are not near as good when you skimp on the oil.

1 Can Worthington Burger

1/2 Onion chopped fine

4 Eggs ( you may use egg beaters)

6 T Oatmeal

2 T Flour

Garlic salt, Lowery’s Seasoning and any other seasoning you may like, mix seasonings with the above ingredients.  Let them fry until they are golden brown on the first side and then flip them over.  Remember thin and plenty of oil is the secret.

It’s motivating. . . .

Answered prayer is motivating, have you ever noticed that?  When He answers a prayer, it just makes me know I can keep on asking.  But, my prayers are not always answered as I see fit and I wonder why.

When my daughter was small we were talking one night just before she drifted off to sleep she said, “I can talk to Jesus in the dark, but not to God.”  I wanted tell her I felt the same way sometimes but I tried to reason with her about prayer.

I think it is important for us to check out what could possibly hinder the feeling that God is not listening.  The number one problem, I believe, is the fact that we don’t ask.  James 4:2 says, “You do not have, because you do not ask God.”

Have you heard the story of the woman to went to heaven and she was taken to her mansion and when she looked in her walk- in closet there she found thousands of lovely white boxes with huge pink bows on them.  She asked about the boxes and was told they were the gifts God wanted to give to her but she never asked for them.  Far fetched, I know, but it does make one think.

Be honest with yourself, just how often do you pray?  Do you ever say I will pray for you and then maybe once or twice utter a word or two and then move on.

How about this one: Unconfessed sin cuts off our communication with God.  Isaiah 59:2 says, “Your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden his face from you, so that he will not hear.”

I think God wants us to be honest, He expects us to be kind, considerate and to have a relationship with him.

As I study the subject of prayer, it just makes me know how important it is to come before the Lord.  To Adore Him, confess to Him, thank Him and then ask.

THE DRUM ROLL. . . . .

 

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This is Tuesday and a weigh in day, I walked into the  weighting  waiting room, I always feel kind of like I am hummmmmmmmmm, well ah, sick, that’s it someone not well.  In a way I guess I’m not I am overweight.  I show the consultant my food diary (well, not really I forgot it) but I told her, yes I have had 8 glasses of water every day, I have had my oil, I have had my vitamin, I have indeed followed the plan to a T.  I stepped on the scale and are you ready . . . . . 2 1/2 pounds OFF. . .that makes 6 1/2 in 9 days, not bad.

Tomorrow I get to add a little more variety like beans, nuts and strawberries.  I am looking forward to the variety but so far so good.  Thanks for your prayers, you are praying aren’t you?

What Do You Do With Those Unless Credit Cards?

A great way to recycle your cut-up credit cards

I found this little post at a blog that I visit now and then called Money Saving Mom.com, I thought you would get a chuckle out of this idea.

If you’re a Dave Ramsey fan like me, you probably have become quite adept at cutting up credit cards. Up until now, I’d never considered a way to recycle them, but this mosaic idea is brilliant. Not only is it a way to show your disdain for credit cards, but you can do it in a beautiful way!

Mosaic
photo from CraftStylish.com

Oh and if you are still sold on using plastic, you can read The Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey and you will know why you should cut up those cards forever and find freedom in using real money.

A Woman Called. . . .

Friends

Friends

Well I can’t tell you her real name, she may not like it, let’s call her Lou.  Lou is one of my best friends.  She is witty, funny, crazy, absent minded, very bright, struggles with her weight, loves Jesus, silly, kind, not always dependable (she wants to be), as you can see the list could go on and on.

Lou lives far away from me now, and we don’t talk often.  Our talking goes in spurts depending on what’s  happening in our lives.  The interesting thing is, we seem to be able to start right in where we left off.  Even when we haven’t  seen each other for 2-3 years we have no trouble talking, there’s no awkward moments between us.

One time Lou was visiting me and we were planting tulips, her hair kept getting in her eyes and suddenly she whipped out the duct tape and slapped some on the top of her head to keep that hair in place.  I was rolling on the ground with laughter. What a sight, one grown woman with duct tape around her face and the other rolling on the ground laughing so loud the neighbors were looking. We had just moved in to our new house, the neighbors still look at me with a questioning look.

Lou can make me laugh like know one else, you know the kind of laugh I am talking about, she actually snorts when she laughs–a very becoming trait.  When we  would get one of our laughing fits our kids would say, “there they go again,” and it was true we just couldn’t stop.

Here’s the scoop:  UCLA did a study on friendship among women, I find this study very interesting.

Friendships between women are special, they shape who we are and who we are yet to be.  They soothe our inner world, fill the emotional gaps in our marriage, and help us remember who we really are.  Actually they do even more.

Scientists think that hanging out with our friends can counteract the big stress most of us experience from time to time.  The UCLA study suggests that women respond to stress with brain chemicals that cause us to make and maintain friendships with other women. The chemical is called oxytocin and it is released as part of the stress responses in a woman, it buffers the “fight or flight” response and encourages women to tend children and gather with other women instead of fighting or giving up.  When a woman engages in tending or befriending more exytocin is released which helps with the stress. This calming does not occur in men, here’s why, when men are stressed they produce testosterone in high levels and testosterone reduces the effects of oxytocin. Estrogen seems to enhance oxytocin.

This little theory may explain why women outlive men.  Many studies have shown how important friendships are, it reduces the risk of disease by lowering blood pressure, heart rate and cholesterol.  One study found that people who had no friends increased their risk of death over a 6 month period and those who had the most friends over a 9 year period cut their risk of death by more than 60%. I don’t know how they figure this stuff out but I like the percentage

The Nurses’ Health Study from Harvard Medical School found that the more friends a woman has the less likely they are to develop physical problems as they age and the happier they are.  GET THIS. . .not having friends can be as bad for your health as smoking or carrying extra weight!

Sooooooooooooooooo my friends, make friends, keep friends and treasure your friends, they are adding years to your life, and they help make you healthier and happier.

As for my friend Lou, I called her early this morning to say that she left an odd message on face book, it just said “hello” and it was posted at 6:34 a.m.  After she got out of her sleeping fog, she informed me it was a virus and she would call me right back.  That was three hours ago and no call. . .that’s the way she is and I love her.

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