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I’m breaking up with WordPress

It’s been almost a year since I relocated from my old blog over here to word press. I have weighed the options between the old and the new at different times. I really missed some features of my blogspot account but enjoyed some things about Word Press.

Today I was very disturbed when I realized there was a very awkward video advertisement playing on my site. After I contacted the server at Word Press and told them of my concern they replied I could upgrade and pay them $30 a year in order for them not to put any ads on my site.
I replied “I’m leaving Word Press”.

So Since I never shut down my blog at http://raisinpraise.blogspot.com/ I am moving home to that site.

The address is exactly the same except for blogspot instead of wordpress.
I will leave this site up for a week and then I am canceling it all together.
If you wish to continue reading you may do so at //raisinpraise.blogspot.com/

Thanks for your patience and so sorry for any inappropriate material that was played!

I am Blessed

We are entering the season that helps us pause to think about the bounty of the harvest. The history of our country.
Reflections on our blessings.

And I, Like you, feel blessed.

And I want to reflect on it because honestly it’s just too easy to see hard and injustice and forget about how my life has been blessed because of injustice.
I have not been treated as I deserve. And that my friends is something to be thankful for. For if it had not been for a merciful God, I would be far from him. If it had not been for his unconditional love I would be lost without hope.

So today I am thankful for an “unfair” God who doesn’t give me what I deserve.

And I’m also thankful for boys that are running around acting like baboons. Who challenge my rules. Who kiss me good morning and good night. Who make me laugh harder than anyone else. That means they can move their bodies, show compassion, have a funny bone and can think outside the box.
For girls that spill nail polish or ruin my stuff. Who giggle and talk too loudly with their friends. Who ask me questions about life and relationships. This shows me they are creative and carefree. They are developing friendships and learning how to relate.

I’m thankful for difficult people to love…because it makes me aware of how much I need Jesus. I can’t love them without his help. And He knows I have been difficult to love and still he loved me even to death.

I’m Thankful that he gives me this promise in Isaiah 43…. “WHEN I pass through the waters he will be With me. And WHEN I pass through the rivers they will NOT sweep over me. When I walk through the fire I will Not be burned.” The word When indicates we will all face high water and fire but He will be faithful to walk through it with us. That is indeed a high praise.

I am grateful for the love of my life who works hard for his family. And I’m grateful that I could have a disagreement with him yesterday after I came home from a funeral because that means he’s still here and alive and we could continue to practice forgiveness towards each other and I still had his warm feet to keep me cozy as I slept.

Today I am grateful for the harvest… For Apples and hot cider. Pumpkin pie and sweet potatoes with cinnamon and butter. For creamy mashed potatoes with some Sweet Corn. All blessings that come right from the earth.

I can’t help but feel lighter in my spirit as I think of all I have been given.
For shelter and food. For laughter and friends. For the Church and His Word.

When I start adding it all up it’s hard to stop.

Yes, there is no doubt, I indeed have been blessed.

Have you stopped to consider what your blessings are?

I’d love to hear how you feel blessed today.

~ On a side note…If an ad pops up here I did not post it and am a very unhappy wordpress blogger right now. I will most like go back to my old home in the next week. They seem to want to charge me if they don’t put ads on here. So I apologize for the inappropriate ad they had playing! ~ Rosyrose

Home… I just want to be home.

I wake with a stretch and a humph as I roll over to look at the time. I can feel my surroundings aren’t familar and realize even as my eyes are barely open that I am away from my home.I smell campfire on my clothes remembering where I am.

As I roll back to center I murmur..” I just want to go home”. And then the thought hits me like a thundering thud.

I’m not sure what home looks like anymore.

And I say aloud…” Although I’m not sure where home is”.

Transitions.
Are Hard.
And Messy.
And sometimes Adventurous.

They never seem to be what I dream them to be.

I am a romantic to the core. I want to be joyful. I want to think of positive. And lovely. But far too often life is nothing like that. Sometimes we are dealt things that are not pretty to gaze on and we must in Faith believe there is something larger that we can’t see. Something that is far reaching and preparing us for future hills and valleys.

As a child I knew nothing of hard. Life was cake. And I had all my needs met and most of my wants. I didn’t worry about bills,death,disease,housing and relationships. I just lived. And my problems were tiny although they seemed big to my little brain.
I keep wondering how God looks at us.
It’s hard to be us.
He knows it.
Because he formed us.
And he recognizes our eyes see here in front of us. And that’s why he tells us to trust Him. And believe. To walk by Faith.

But really to God our problems are tiny. In light of his knowledge and understanding my momentary troubles are easy peasy for him.
And while I wait for him to clear a way…. I will praise.

And believe that he knows exactly what my real home looks like.
I think he may just be working on it right now. And it’s going to be more beautiful than I could ever in my most romantic mind imagine.
I am trusting that he has my life figured out and when it jogs left instead of right I can follow the path knowing it’s for a greater purpose.

And As I hear of the death of another saint I can’t help but feel a bit of envy. They have finished strong and have now gone on to their final and ultimate home where there will be no more tears and disappointments. And we are left to mourn the loss of a loved one.
But while I’m here I want to live with the hope of a new tomorrow. A brighter day. Believing there is a place where I will finally be home.

And it will be grand.

Home.
I just can’t wait to be home.

editors note….Tonight we mourn the loss with our friends and our family as they say farewell to their sweet loved ones.

What are you here for?

First of all thanks so much for all your kind messages. Jason and I got away over the weekend with 3 other couples Relaxing,laughing, telling stories and laughing some more and also having some time of serious discussions of how we can pray for one another. It did wonders for our spirits. Your sweet words of encouragement and prayers meant so much as well!

This morning as I was still blinking sleep from my eyes I scrolled down across my Facebook page to see what had happened over the last 24 hours in the lives of those people I call my Facebook friends. It’s odd how this social media site has linked me with people from my past, present and some I hardly know. I like it most days. I am inspired, humored, unmoved, and sometimes troubled as I read down through my home page. It’s such a Hodge podge of ideas and feelings swirling around in cyberspace.

But today..

I was moved.

By a link to Francis Chan’s video on eternity.

And I realized once again how God can use anything including social media to proclaim truth.
I wanted to share with you what one of my FB friends shared.

Over breakfast the kids were spell bound as I repeated this example. It drives home the point that what happens here is but a blink of an eye compared to how and where we will spend the rest of our lives!

I press on toward the prize…Not looking behind or around me is my goal. To be invested for a higher purpose.

How about you?

Do you know where you will spend eternity?

Jesus made a way for us to spend it with him forever.
If you don’t know how I’d love to share with you his truth.
Message me and I promise to respond!

Hugs to you in cyberville!

Unmerited Favor

It’s still dark and my mind is focused on all that lays around me. I want my anxious thoughts to be still. I pray, “God it’s yours I am laying it at your feet.”

The children gather around the table with bowls of marshmellowy cereal. Our time of reading is from the book of Titus.
Once we, too, were foolish and disobedient. We were misled by others and became slaves to many wicked desires and evil pleasures. Our lives were full of evil and envy. We hated others, and they hated us.But then God our Savior showed us his kindness and love. He saved us, NOT because of the good things we did, but because of his mercy. He washed away our sins and gave us a new life through the Holy Spirit. He generously poured out the Spirit upon us because of what Jesus Christ our Savior did. He declared us not guilty because of his great kindness. And now we know that we will inherit eternal life.

“Kid’s”, I say, “this is grace. Grace means getting something we don’t deserve. And this tells us that while we were still sinning and doing horrid things Jesus came and freely showed us kindness. We don’t deserve any of this but he gave it anyway.

Can you understand what that means?

Let me give you an example.”

I shared with them a very raw and difficult example of something happening to us at this moment.
“We need to give as much grace and mercy as we have been shown”.
It made the little one instantly well up with tears. This decision effects her very much. I held her and cried with her.
It went against my son’s sense of justice and anger was shown.
I still am weepy as I type.
God has once again given us the opportunity to live out the very thing that we read. Not just hearers but doers of his Word.

Father today…
I am thankful that you count me worthy to be tested and tried. May I come forth as gold. Not to my glory but yours O God. You are the one who unselfishly and freely laid down your life while I was deeply entrenched in my sin. You are the one who showered your mercy on me while I didn’t deserve it. You are the one who pours your Holy Spirit out. You are the one who is preparing our hearts for eternity with you. I want to live my life for you alone. You know what’s best for us and we trust you today.
May it be as you desire.

Craftiness and other news

We had several big events over the past few months.

2 Birthdays and a wedding in the family.


We got to celebrate Jalen’s birthday over labor day at a water park in Cincinnati. It was HOT and a perfect time to be in the water. The rest of the weekend we spent at Ikea(heart heart) and hanging out.

Where J thought he should be the door greeter and tour guide for his brother in law. And anyone else who would listen….That man is crazy!
Allen seemed quite impressed and decided to stay.
I think I love this kitchen. What do you say? Think my new kitchen should be black or will that date too quickly?
This girl hit sweet 16 last week.
Time you are stealing away too quickly!!!
And my oldest brother’s son got married in the past couple of weeks…
New happenings for my family. First nephew to say I do.
This is my dad, brother and his son.
And we love his pick for a bride. She is the sweetest!
So we celebrated again this weekend with a reception for people who couldn’t make it to the out of state wedding.

Several months back I got this brainy idea to make them a coffee table with an old window that would lift up so it would be similar to a shadow box.
When we sold the house and started packing I kind of gave up the idea thinking maybe I’ll just give them a pretty plate.
But….
Yesterday when I woke up at 4 with J getting out of bed I said…
“Hey I printed out an idea of how that table could look..it’s down on your desk”.
And do you know what that fantabulous guy did?
He went out and built that table!
With stuff from his shop that we didn’t want to move ๐Ÿ™‚

The only problem was… We liked it so much we thought maybe a pretty plate would still be an okay gift ๐Ÿ™‚
I printed out some black and whites from the wedding and put them on display. But they can put whatever they want in there.
Just one more way to reuse old windows.

In other news…
We are starting the great move.
Today and the next 2 weeks.
I will be glad when these weeks are done.
This next weekend we will be having a Gigantic moving sale. If you know where we live come take a looksee! Tables, chairs, hutches, all kinds of household items. Out grown clothes and toys. I think Jason may have some things on there for men too!
You won’t want to miss it! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚
O happy day!

My rescue

Have you ever wondered why bad things seem to come in clusters?
Like if the car breaks down the washer will too. And the kids must start acting out as well?
What is that?

Do you think it’s just bad luck?
Or
Do you wonder if you’re doing something wrong?

It’s easy to go down that road…Oh so easy to go there.

Sometimes the circumstance I’m facing is because of my own bad choices.
But then again sometimes it’s not.
It’s just plunked there in my lap as an unwelcome gift and I would like to return to sender!

If I only knew who that sender was!
Sometimes if I’m honest I decide the sender is the one who controls the universe and then things get really dark.
Because if he is behind all these shenanigans I’m not laughing and I don’t think it’s funny. At all.

So how do I cope?

How do we not lose our faith when the valley of the shadow is looming?

How do I move forward when all I feel like doing is staying in bed with the covers pulled high and tight right over my bed head?

This is what I have come to discover… The truth is the one who controls the universe could stop this pain. I know it. I have seen him work. But sometimes he doesn’t do it the way I ask him to. And I don’t like it. Do you ever wonder if when Jesus walked on earth he chose not to perform some miracles? Like he looked at the one girl in the corner and said, “Actually you need to learn from your sickness so I’m going to let you go through this one”. That’s hard to imagine. But all through history people have gotten sick. They’ve experienced war and famine and heartache of unimaginable proportions. And where was he? That great healer we sing of and exalt. The one who holds the universe in his hands.

I don’t know answers to all those questions.
But this I do know.
He is here.
Now.
With us.
And he is accomplishing his purpose.
In my life.
And yours.
So when I faceย anxious circumstances that make me want to scream out….Not now! How can you do this to me or my loved one?
I have come to believe this now more than ever before…
He is not doing this to me. He is doing this with me.

He never promised us that here on earth he will take it away. But he did say he will walk it with us.
And that has become my hope I cling to in my valleys.
When it’s my own fault.
And when it’s not.
He is with me.
And if you are his…He is with you.
Know this today,
When you are at your weakest He has a chance to shine the most.

It’s the place we have the opportunity to let his glory shine. Not at the top of the heap but at the bottom. Not always with bells and whistles but sometimes just a quiet strength. A peace in the middle of the storm.
It’s really the place I found rescue.
And I believe he wants to do that for you too!