pOOr & pRoUd!

“A heart at peace gives life to the body, but envy rots the bones.”
Proverbs 14:30

Once upon a time, I would’ve been embarrassed to admit that at this stage in our lives, we don’t have most of what I believed would be necessary if we were to live out our golden years in comfort. My Chipper & I have worked extremely hard throughout our lives, and yet we have little to show for it.  But, you know what we’ve discovered? We lack absolutely nothing that we really NEED to fulfill the purposes GOD has planned for us. By letting go of my preconceived ideas about what I would require to live comfortably, we’ve been able to fully learn how to rely on our security in HIS riches and not our own. It’s been a terribly difficult battle to fight in a world where our success equals acquiring visible proof of our labors so that everyone else can see and verify.  But, I’m no longer sorry for the journey that we’ve traveled; truthfully I am quite relieved to finally stop obsessing about petty and insignificant things such as houses, cars, jewelry and designer clothes. I’m not saying that I don’t WANT them, I’m just saying, that I don’t have to have them to be happy anymore and that is worth more than one can put a price tag on. In fact, buzz over to you tube and give a listen to one of my absolute favorite songs, PRICE TAG by a British artist named, Jessie J.  Just type in her name and PRICE TAG.

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Health & Happiness,

Lis 🙂

iS tHis juNk EVER gOiNg to END?

Since my son and bonus daughter introduced me to the Walking Dead, I’ve become obsessed with..what would it be like if life as we know it on earth were to suddenly change? I’m not talking about the rapture here. I’m saying, if earth were to get overpopulated and we were attempting to set up colonies on other planets, or we got hit with a nuclear bomb or a flu pandemic made it’s way around the globe. GO WITH ME, people. I don’t expect this kind of thing to wipe us out-GOD will handle that according to his perfect timing. But, thanks to Netflix, Chipper and I have watched several cancelled series with this preface & it’s intriguing to imagine. If we woke up tomorrow without electricity, water, absent government & sparse population, what would happen? No Walmart, BP stations, schools, McDonalds, hospitals?  Watch JERICHO, OUTCASTS, SURVIVORS, FIREFLYyou’ll consider reserving a pantry shelf in case there’s a doomsday lurking in our future! 😀

Many are living through the worst economical times ever and the answer from them might be, no worse than what I’m stuck with now. This statement is without prejudice because I don’t endorse either of the 2012 Presidential candidates. My point is that we flourish under solid leadership and we’ve struggled in this area throughout history.  Proverbs 29:18 says-Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he who keeps the law, happy is he. We often restrict this verse to church campaigns, but it penetrates all facets of life, individually & universally.

Someone coined the phrase that from the moment we’re born, we start to die. Up until a few years ago, I laughed at that but, as I get older-my body & mind are showing the effects of a natural aging process, so I better understand the importance of embracing life for everything it’s worth while accepting that the quality usually diminishes with age.

Anti-aging is a new addiction. Botox lips, beach ball sized boobs, the fake hair, surgery to tighten up skin on your toes? I won’t travel too far here since I’m having cosmetic dentistry soon. My front teeth are turning black after some nerve damage and that’s just not happening!  I’m for maintaining within reason, but I don’t want to look plain silly. It’s sad to see people of all ages who are racking up debt, resorting to ridiculous extremes to obtain youth & perfection. For Heaven’s sake, we can’t stay twenty forever. It’s just freakishly unnatural to see these 68 year old men with skin as smooth as a baby’s butt! 😀

Can life as we know it, get any worse? Oh yeah.  Reality TV showcases who we are and gives a foreshadowing of things to come. What scares me is, with our brilliant discoveries, advancements in technology, medicine, global trade, we’ve become ARROGANT, completely RELIANT on what we can do so we flippantly flaunt this insane notion that we don’t need anything BIGGER than us. Well, one day, GOD is going to remind us again exactly who HE is & who we are. I fear that this entire world is facing more than just another lesson.

I pray that there are enough of us still getting on our faces before HOLY GOD, crying out to HIM with repentant spirits as 2nd Chronicles 7:14 says we must if our land is to be healed.  CHRIST followers have to strategize together & I’m not talking about buying chicken sandwiches on a designated day. Hey, I bought one, I’m not dissing the idea; but if you thought that was persecution, baby, you ain’t seen NOTHING yet!  The body of CHRIST must regain its vibrant, healthy status & the bottom is, turmoil is rampant in virtually EVERY church of EVERY denomination and we don’t stand a fighting chance at the rate we’re traveling. We are NOT strong enough, smart enough, rich enough, sly enough..we are NOT ENOUGH of anything to stand against the forces of evil.

Our ONLY hope is to believe what the WORD of GOD tells us HE will do..IF..we first do our part.  We still have the opportunity to blaze a trail on the most awesome adventure ever if we’re courageous enough to put on the FULL armor that HE designed for the  battle.  I want to be more than pretty or funny, smart, or talented. Sure I care about what I look like on the outside, but more than anything, I want to be a SOLDIER girl willing to do all I can to rally the army of the LORD!

wHiCh wAy dO i gO?

Question #1,111?  How do I stay disciplined to go against my natural instincts so that I can trust in hope deferred, things I can’t see? How do I walk in faith when walking in my flesh happens much more naturally?  Contrary to what many CHRISTians advise, I’m here to disagree-it AIN’T easy to deny self & take up a cross; anyone who teaches that it is (in my humble opinion) hasn’t studied scripture enough or they have trouble with interpretation. We wrestle NOT with things of this earth, but with evil principalities-powers WAY more complex than these imbecile minds can handle.

How do we make intelligent decisions if we’re not smart enough to know-we’re too stupid to be wise? 🙂 I could quote scriptures here, but most readers can conjure up plenty of verses to back up this statement so I’m jumping to the application.  Spoiler alert-We can love GOD with all of our heart & still make bad choices. I’m passionate about pleasing CHRIST, enough so that I’ve devoted my life to following after HIS heart but, I so identify with PAUL when he confesses in Romans 7:

14 The trouble is not with the law, for it is spiritual & good. The trouble is with me, for I am all too human, a slave to sin. 15 I don’t really understand myself, for I want to do what is right, but I don’t do it. Instead, I do what I hate. 16 But if I know that what I am doing is wrong, this shows that I agree that the law is good. 17 So I am not the one doing wrong; it is sin living in me that does it. 18 And I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature.I want to do what is right, but I can’t. 19 I want to do what is good, but I don’t. I don’t want to do what’s  wrong, but I do it anyway. 20 But if I do what I don’t want to do, I’m not really the one doing wrong; it is sin living in me that does it.

21 I have discovered this principle of life—that when I want to do what is right, I inevitably do what is wrong. 22 I love God’s law with all my heart. 23 But there is another powere within me that is at war with my mind. This power makes me a slave to the sin that is still within me. 24 Oh, what a miserable person I am! Who will free me from this life that is dominated by sin and death? 25 Thank God! The answer is in Jesus Christ our Lord. So you see how it is: In my mind I really want to obey God’s law, but because of my sinful nature I am a slave to sin.

Making godly decisions takes relentless practice, heaps of patience and an iron will to forfeit immediate pleasures for delayed gains. How do we achieve this goal? I don’t have all of the answers, but I DO know that in order to come anywhere close to the target, we must rely on the HOLY SPIRIT in every decision. We mature in decision making-one good decision at a time, hour by hour, day by day, week by week, month by month, year by year.

It’s said in Isaiah 28:10 It’s precept upon precept, precept upon precept, line upon line, line upon line, here a little, there a little.  We find a way to override what the human in us wants so that the GOD in us can shine.  Continuing to learn GOD’S principles by studying his WORD and committing myself to fellowship with other believers is a huge part of my own faith journey.

Life isn’t perfect! Skies aren’t always bright blue with fluffy white clouds. Personally, I can’t think smart enough on a clear days to make ideal choices 100% of the time, so what happens when stormy weather bellows overhead? I’ve learned not to base decisions on circumstances because hardly EVER is the RIGHT choice marked with GOD’S signature-This one’s for you, Lis! 

Note that I said HARDLY ever. There have been rare occasions when I did receive an answer easily. I’m still trying to sort out what I did differently during those times to merit a STRAIGHT answer. If I find out, I’ll share the wealth!

Psalm 77:19 is one of my favorite verses for this exact reason. GOD chooses impossible routes to leave NO DOUBT about who leads my way!  Your road led through the sea, your pathway through the mighty waters–a pathway no one knew was there!  I need the HOLY SPIRIT to help me catch a glimpse of HIS glory. Only then-do I find courage to walk HIS way.

I make the mistake many times of letting evil tamper with my thoughts. Whenever I permit lucifer to douse my hope or dampen my faith, the result’s always the same-I’m weakened instantly.  Walking in faith is accomplished only when I make the decision to leave the decision making to HE who knows me better than anyone else.

Hope & Happiness!

Lis 🙂

Someone in another country sent me an email recently about this particular post. They wanted me to know that the words had struck a chord in their spirit about how to deal with a neighbor down the street who isn’t necessarily a candidate for Neighbor of the Year award. As I read the note, I smiled, just to be reminded that GOD uses my thoughts to help my neighbors with THEIR neighbors. 😀

Dangerously Transparent

Months ago there was a story on the local news about five children, aged 3-12, who were removed from a home where they lived with no electricity in what cops described as unimaginable filth. The news footage seared my heart & made me ponder how theneighbors reacted when they heard the sordid details lurking behind their neighbors’ door.

I wondered why no one had called to report the squaller; surely somebody around the house knew there were kids were living there! Nope. What merited a call to authorities was the foul smell surrounding the place. Let me just go there.  What stinks to  HIGHEST HEAVEN-is the mindset-your trash is cramping MY style. That’s how most humans, we CHRISTians included, operate. If you want to mess up your life, fine! But you keep your crap to yourself!

 

Not that this is the ideal time to be…

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sUnDaY sEvEn thiNgS

So here’s my list of seven of the most memorable things to happen in my life in the past seven days.

1.) My sister, Lori is celebrating her forty something birthday today.

2.) Attended a sweet home-going of a man who showed such courage in the face of death.

3. Went to midnight premier of AVENGERS with my Chipper-something we’ve done since our kids were teenagers.

4. Ate at one of the best sushi bars I’ve ever been to for $5.99!

5. Found out that I will probably be including major surgery into my summer plans.

6. Received email from two strangers who were encouraged by my blog while walking through a dark valley. I love how GOD takes the smallest, most unlikely things we do and multiplies them in ways too big for us to comprehend!

7. Seeing this mobile pic of my daddy and The Ladybug pop up on Facebook a few minutes ago. The kids dropped in at his church unexpectedly today and the delight on his face says it all.

sLap mY cRooKed fiNger oUt of yOur faCe

Pet peeve #684people who don’t follow this advice-when you point the finger at someone else, don’t ignore the four pointed at yourself.  I KNOW, right? CHRISTians are the biggest offenders despite the fact that Jesus addressed it harshly in Matthew 7:5 Hypocrite! First get rid of the log in your own eye; then you will see well enough to deal with the speck in your friend’s eye.

SPOILER ALERT: Unless you’re in the mood for the TIME OUT CHAIR don’t read any further because that’s where I’m mulling this one over! Whenever I read this verse, it seems like my brain automatically begins composing a lengthy list of the self appointed judges who annoy the heck out of me..but that’s not how it turned out as I reread a book by Lisa Bevere on anger. GOD added a surprising name to my list. Lisa Ann Cribb Morgan. 😦

Lisa Bevere Be Angry but Don’t Blow It: Judging is an attempt to absolve ourselves of guilt.

I’m the girl who feels guilty about everything.  I apologize for things that I’m not involved with but when I am involved, admitting that I’m wrong is hard-ask my Chipper about that. It’s so stupid because I admire people who own up to fault. Don’t misunderstand-I will apologize when I’ve wronged someone but it takes a conscious effort especially if that person initiated the conflict between us. My internal voice responds in self defense fashion– How dare they say that to me. I don’t have to explain myself to anyone but GOD.  You do the same thing more than you want to admit; play the blame game.

Here’s the trouble that I ran into as I read the chapter on judging others. How often do I SILENTLY judge another person as a way to condone or lessen my own guilt? EVEN IF I DO IT SILENTLY it’s a trap lucifer sets time after time.  I’m often guilty of awarding myself KUDOS because at LEAST I’m NOT as arrogant as that guy and at least I don’t wear clothes as slutty as that woman and at least I read my BIBLE more than they do and at least I’m not as negative and at least I’m not as pious and at least I’m not as fake and at least I’m not as…BLAH BLAH BLAH

It’s just plain DUMB to prop up my ego by comparing myself to weak people. Spiritual maturity roars loudly-AT LEAST, humble your attitude so you can learn something you little HYPOCRITE!

Luke 12:2-3
There is nothing concealed that will not be disclosed, or hidden that will not be made known. What you have said in the dark will be heard in the daylight and what you have whispered in the ear in the inner rooms will be proclaimed from the roofs.

I’m glad that I’ve learned to listen-even if it hurts so good. 😀

wHo cAreS iF yOu’Re tiRed??

The most frequent excuse for throwing a tantrum is-I’m (they’re) so tired I (they) can barely keep my (their) eyes open. Ever noticed how parents and grandparents especially-pin a child’s bad behavior on the lack of a proper nap?  I’ve learned that a closed lip smile is an effective way to keep my opinion on the other side of spoken. 🙂

Alas comes The Ladybug & her 1st true tantrum. For badness sakes all she wanted was another spoonful of bananas. Poor baby was tired.  As I watched the clip of Annalise pitching a fit on Facebook I smiled and thought to myself-I’m one of them now! When Joshua (my firstborn & my parents’ first grand) was born, a lady who helped raise my sisters and me, gave Mama this advice-your grandkids are only GRAND to you so don’t bore the rest of us talking about them all the time. Nana didn’t mince words, she spoke the truth!

I began lightheartedly because I knew where we were going. Tired isn’t just about how this physical body reacts to exhaustion. If our emotions give out on us, it’s far more detrimental.

Lisa Bevere says in her book BE ANGRY BUT DON’T BLOW IT It is exhausting to live constantly on the edge of rage.

Ever walked on eggshells in fear of saying the wrong thing and sending someone to Planet Stark RAGING Mad? I’ve been the eggshell walker & I’ve been the cracked egg Sharing who I am today sometimes requires that I revert back to the dark years so that I can tell you how GOD restored me to my happy place.

We think of rage as one dimensional and it’s not. Good people can be filled with rage. I was. It became the single, most effective way I found to gain momentary release from that unrelenting albatross of emotional exhaustion. It’s actually quite difficult for me to think back to that time in my life because I no longer have rage episodes. But lingering memories of caged claustrophobia haunt me still. A RENEWED mind is a beautiful thing indeed, but I long for the day when I get a NEW mind-one that holds no recollections of the past.

As long as we JUSTIFY our emotions, we’ll NEVER overcome them. As long as we feel entitled to be angry because of what was done to us, we are captive. I fight daily..DAILY-not to go anywhere near that place anymore because I found out what life is like BEYOND it and man o man is it ever better!

Do you really want to live the rest of your life ANGRY all the time?

I’ve been doing ministry all my life without a ministry degree so going back to school-a woman in her fifties-to earn one stems from a desire to be the best guide I possibly can for those trapped in their own dark years. I read POKER faces with ease because I wore the mask. I’m grateful that someone looked deeply into my lying eyes, saw a troubled young wife & mother, and challenged me to unveil hidden secrets.  With her help and GOD’S grace, I got a new “Lis” on life!  (my Chipper came up with that one)

An arrow pierced someone’s heart unexpectedly today-I believe that because I didn’t plan to get so personal. If you see yourself in my self portrait, I pray for you to find strength and confront whatever causes you to foam up and explode. Have you been hurt by people who should know you better?  Are you overwhelmed by defeat, disappointment and broken dreams? Are you battling an addiction that started as an attempt to numb pain? Am I writing this for..you?

Did you muster up enough courage to confide in a person you trusted only to hear-everyone has things that have left them scarred. I’ll share a bad thing that happened to me so you won’t feel alone. Next thing you knew, they were telling you something trite & petty AS IF it compared to your burdens.

You LONG to have someone just listen. If you’re carrying an emotional garbage can filled with confusion, guilt, fear, paranoia-scared to death of emptying it because your pain might be minimized or dismissed altogether-listen closely here because I’m going to give it to you straight. Most people are not going to understand and it’s not wise to go out there and bare your soul to very many. But, I promise that if you’re serious about moving beyond the pain, GOD has someone waiting to help you. I know because HE gave me the right person when I was ready to deal with my own dark years.

The happy zone is possible if you’re willing to take the journey. Are you WILLING to take the road less traveled? Great!  Meet me here tomorrow then and we’ll at least get you pointed in the right direction!

yOu mAkiN mE mAd!!!

This is a phrase that our family uses quite often; it originated from a little girl in one of our most beloved pastorates.  I can still see Meghan with her hands on her hips, stomping her foot as the words left her lips. Him stole my money! My Chipper and I were in the fellowship hall with several others as Meg tattled on her brother and when she realized that her audience was more tickled at her storytelling than dealing with her big brother’s thievery, she pointed at us and stomped BOTH feet..you makin’ me mad!!  I doubt Meg remembers her tirade since she was about five years old at the time-but it became a family classic for the Morgans.

I just finished rereading Be Angry but Don’t Blow It (Lisa Bevere) and got a lot of practical advice that I missed the first time I read it.  I have a Kindle, but I much prefer books. I put sticky notes on the covers with pages to revisit and stick colored post it flags to mark pages with significant points. I’m pretty much stingy when it comes to my books.  Anyways the book has text boxes on most pages and I focused on those this time around.  I thought you might benefit from these cliff notes I took for myself.  If you’re a girl (or guy for that matter) somebody is always MAKIN YOU MAD! How do you handle being ticked off without going off?

Lisa’s book says: (her text boxes are red & italicized for my post)

Anger in and of itself is not wrong, but rage and fury escalate it into the dimension of the destructive.

Yes indeed.

Too frequently we live in a constant state of flare-up punctuated by brief interludes of happiness.

Some use this to describe symptoms of  Bi Polar Disorder or Manic Depression. If that’s the case, Prozac will one day be available over the counter because the majority of us can live this way if we aren’t careful. I am constantly dealing with my emotions to avoid the high and low effect.

When you go to sleep upset, you wake up upset.

I usually don’t go to sleep at all if I’m dealing with extreme anger. That’s why it’s so important for us to resolve issues, especially if the conflict is within the walls of our home. My Chipper and I make it a practice NOT to go to bed bitter. TOO many folks die in their sleep and I don’t want to stand before the LORD with a sour look on my face! 😀

Rage seeks punishment or vengeance at all cost

Heaven hath no rage like love to hatred turned, Nor Hell a fury, like a woman scorned.

William Congreve  The Mourning Bride

Don’t you know it! 😀 Just ask that Secret Service Agent’s wife who started the Colombia Prostitute scandal by POSTING pictures of her husband all over facebook. I don’t think she was considering the aftermath while she was slapping those photos up, do you? Positive proof of this poet’s words for real!

Let’s just leave it right there for now and I’ll share some more of Lisa’s book in tomorrow’s blog!

mOnDay mOnDay

Monday. People everywhere have started the week shouldering unbearable circumstances. Somebody is losing a loved one. Another is about to sign divorce papers. Parents anxiously await in a courtroom as a child is sentenced. Families are vacating their foreclosed homes today.  A man isn’t going to work; he lost his job last week. A single mom is filling out a food stamp application for the first time. Sigh GOD is great. But for many, life ain’t good right now.

How can we NOT worry when life falls apart? As I searched for something to share with you earlier this morning, the HOLY SPIRIT made sure that I found what I needed.  I genuinely desire to be transparent with you and so I will put this out there candidly; I’m not above seeking this kind of reassurance because I know firsthand what it’s like to have your world crumble.

The voice of the Lord flashes forth flames of fire
The voice of the Lord shakes the wilderness
the Lord shakes the wilderness of Kadesh
The voice of the Lord makes the deer give birth
And strips the forest bare
And in His temple all cry “Glory!”

PSALM 27:7-9

A splendid depiction of who THIS GOD is. I’m compelled to offer an apology for my feeble attempts to help THIS GOD out.  GOD, who fashioned the universe where things live and breath, move and float, shine and darken, bloom and wither. GOD, who made ladybugs and giraffes, crocodiles and kittens, peacocks and lizzards, man and babies. As if THIS GOD would ever need my input. Embarrassing. Unnecessary. Wrong.

There’s no force on earth or in hell with enough power to significantly alter the purpose THIS GOD has for HIS CHILDREN unless we willingly hand ourselves over. We will face gigantic trials & go through dark periods, but we mustn’t lose heart! CHILDREN of LIGHT will remain secure though the ground beneath our feet gives way. We are never abandoned even if everyone we rely on walks away.

HE HOLDS MY WORLD (AND YOURS) in HIS HANDS. Our Deliverer. Our Shield. Our Fortress. Our Guide. Our Strong Tower. Our VERY present HELP in TIMES of Need.

aNd oN tHe sEvEnTh dAy..

Seven is good number indeed.
GOD liked it. So does my baby girl, Jena. So much does my daughter like the number seven, it’s how we say I LOVE YOU. I was looking for a restful topic to post today & as I reflected back on my adventures this past 7 days, I thought it would be fun to designate Sunday posts to listing  7  of the most memorable things that took place in my daily life.. Why not make your own 7 list on Sundays, too?
1. My thirty three year old niece nearly died from a ruptured intestine and is recuperating after having part of her colon removed.  I saw her at Christmas & wondered if she was anorexic because she looked thin and sallow.  A conclusion that she was “dying to be thin” was spot on but DEAD wrong since we found out that she’s been suffering from CROHN’S Disease. The surgeon said he didn’t know how she was functioning & walking around because it had gone undetected & untreated for years.  I’ll be more vigilant in taking care of my body & when someone who looks sick says, I’m okay..just tired..I won’t be so quick to take them at their word.
2. My ER nurse/BONUS daughter (I don’t do IN LAWS) started a new job today. She decided that a change of scenery was in order & went for it. So proud of her for taking a leap of faith. She earns a new pair of sparkly girl power stilettos!
3. My Chipper & I spent each afternoon this week doing something together..just for us. I’ve fallen in love with my man of thirty two years all over again.
4. Desmond (NOT a pet..he’s my baby) was nearly killed because I didn’t put him on a leash to go potty. Little boys can’t be expected to resist chasing a ball into oncoming traffic. And to think I love Pet Semetary? Bwahahaha
5. After hearing about four kids in our county who died at the hands of a grandmother, mom, mom’s boyfriend, negligent dad, my Chipper and I have decided to renew our foster parenting license.  Being a granny doesn’t make me too old to continue as a foster mom. (In case you’re new to my blog, the two handsome boys in photo with me are our foster sons who lived with us while we resided in New Zealand.)
6. We joined Planet Fitness and my goal is to rock a swimsuit by vacation time at the end of June!
7. Mama got a brand NEW bag.  I’m a thrift/resale/Goodwill chick so about everything I wear but underwear has been gently used.  My Chipper looked at my bag yesterday & said it was harshly used & insisted on a new one. He asked if I wanted to hit the mall. If you don’t know me by NOW..you will Never never NEVER know me. We settled on BURLINGTON COAT FACTORY. Of course, he tsked tsked at my nothing tagged over $20. I muddled through GUESS, NINE WEST, TOMMY, LIZ before spotting this gunpowder gray XOXO.  With a penny to spare, I held it up & my dude nodded. Totally you.  I was so excited over it that I’d dumped the contents of my worn out one into it before we got back to the car. I gotta admit..sometimes new is really nice.
Hope & Happiness,
Lis:-)

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