Day 91-Free Days- Paying the Price

My husband announced on Friday that he had volunteered to make the chili for a function at work, a cook off I think. This meant he also had to go out and purchase the ingredients to make two gallons of chili, not to mention a brand new 8-quart crock pot for it to go in. My cheap ass would have found another way, but not him. He believes in doing things the right way, even if it costs him extra. I’m sure it will be delicious, (we will be sampling it later 😉) and I’m also sure the crock pot will come in handy as we host family dinner so often. That’s not the point, the point is, sometimes volunteering also means paying the price. The price someone else did not want to have to pay, or spending time doing what others wouldn’t or couldn’t do. My husband is a kind and generous person, so none of this surprises me. I’m so glad he is in charge of the task, thinking of cooking in our shell of a kitchen right now makes my head spin! Hey, at least the stove still works but I’m glad we aren’t hosting a family dinner this weekend.

He also has surgery coming up on Thursday this week and is having to pay the price for the first doctor not getting all the cancer out the first time. Not to minimize it, but it is just basal cell carcinoma near his eye (thank God) and the micro surgeon plans on making sure she gets it all this time. In addition to that, he has to pay the hefty price to have the surgery done, something that wouldn’t be happening if the first doctor had done a better job the first time. I prayed for him today at church, then again later as I took a walk in the prayer garden close to my home. I wouldn’t have even known that place was there if our pastor hadn’t told us about it during the service today. I’m so glad I made it a point to attend church today, I always feel better about it afterwards. Please say a prayer for him and also my dad, as he has surgery the following week. I really appreciate it 😊By the way, we do have insurance, but the out of pocket is $1000 and his deductible is $2000 (nothing cheap these days) and he may have to pay more the day of surgery. 😒 I guess it could be worse, at least we are lucky enough to have insurance, that’s more than some people can say.

Day 40-Support a Cause Week-FUMCW Fall Festival

I’m going to talk a little but about my church today, well, it’s not really my church, I’m not a member, just a regular (sort of) attendee. I feel comfortable there and I like the pastor, Mike Love and have a friend Elise and her family that I sit with when we happen to be there at the same time. When she isn’t there, Mike’s wife Susan sits with me, which is so nice of her to do. It makes me feel like I’m cared about, and that’s important! I’ve thought about becoming more involved with activities and such and that’s where today’s post comes in.

Sept. 24 the church is having their Fall Festival. It begins at 7:30am and goes to 4pm. Besides stuff for sale and homemade goodies, there will be a quilt raffle by United Methodist Women. I’m sure there will be many opportunities to volunteer time and or donate things to sell as well as the opportunity to buy clothes, furniture, crafts etc.

I’m going to post the flyer, in case you can’t see the website and phone numbers-I’ll list them here. The church is located at 6112 Watauga Rd., Watauga, Tx. 76148  The phone number is 817-485-0312

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The website is http://firstmethodistwatauga.com

Check out their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/groups/firstumcwatauga/

Please join us for a fun filled day and consider volunteering or donating items for the sale. I plan to check and see what I have (scads of jewelry I’ve made) or bake some kind of goodies to bring. I might see what clothes we have that could go into the sale also and I’ll check the website to see where else I might be helpful.

That about wraps up Support a Cause Week, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t more out there to support. Look around, maybe your own church needs you or you would like to get involved with a different charity of your choosing. Giving from your heart feels good and so does volunteering your time when you can. I hope you all find one or more causes close to your heart that call you to some kind of involvement. Of course, we can’t give to everything, or be everywhere all the time, but doing a little here and there is better than nothing and I personally feel that it strengthens our relationship with God to give of one’s self in some kind of way. Have a great weekend and I’ll see you tomorrow on the patio. 🙂

Day 35-Free Days- Church and Family

I don’t always make it to church on Sundays, but today I did. It was a good message and I always feel better about my week and those I care about when I do attend church. I have been going with more regularity and I’m trying to decide if I want this church to be my home church, or if we want to go back to the church we belonged to when we lived in Alvarado many years ago.

Mike Love, our pastor, talked about self sacrifice and also about the journey of discovering God. He talked about the stepping stones in the journey:

  1. Asking if God is real
  2. Dicovering He is real.
  3. Deciding to commit to that belief and make sacrifices of your time and/or service
  4. Living your life for God

If I were to be asked the question, “where are you in your journey”, I’d have to say, somewhere between 2 and 3, which means I still have a long journey to make. I believe, and I’ve made sacrifices and commitments, but not the ultimate. I try to be a good human being, I’ve volunteered my time and given offerings to the church. I could do more. I’m just not ready yet to take that next step, especially when I’m unsure I feel “at home” in my church.

I did love the phrase he used along the way in his sermon; Let go and let God. I do. I have learned to do that because I realize now that prayer works. Maybe not always when you want it to, but it does. You just have to believe. I had three boys, I had many reasons to ask for prayer, believe me, not that they are the only reason I pray. I have learned that if you believe, you are not supposed to worry, you are to Let go and let God handle your burden. Let me tell you, I am so much less stressed since I started doing it.

Later on in the day, we had Dad and my brother Kevin over and we shared a meal and hung out a while. That also makes me feel good, to have my family around me, even if it’s just one day a week that we can all get together. Some of you know already that I try to spend almost every Wednesday with Dad. Sometimes my youngest son is here, today, this whole holiday weekend, he chose to be with us. I’m so proud of him and love him so much for that. He makes sacrifices to be with his family sometimes and that makes me proud and happy. He could have gone out with old friends last night, could have stayed with his roommates all weekend, but we got to spend time with him, and we are thankful. He starts a new and important job on Tuesday, we may not get another chance for awhile as he trains and becomes very busy. So I’m really cherishing this time with him this weekend.

With that being said, I’m going back, out with him and my hubby now, think about what is your sacrifice, and let me know in the comments. Have a wonderful Labor Day Weekend everyone. See you tomorrow on the patio.😉