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Change of Venue

 

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Thank you so much for following this blog.  Your comments and encouragement mean more than you know. And thanks to you, I have decided to expand my reach so I am revamping my web presence. My heart is still about leaving a legacy – the one God has called us to leave.

In doing that, I am bringing this blog down and moving all the information to my new site.  Please go to https://www.wendyrpoe.com and subscribe there.

You will be seeing blogs on faith like you have gotten here and some on family and more on the kinds of fun that inspire me (crafts).  So you may learn more than you ever wanted to know about things I like and enjoy!

With that said, why don’t you click on over and see the new and exciting changes!  There will be even more changes as we go forward.

Again, thank you, thank you, thank you!

Blessings,

Wendy

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Right All Along

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The older I get, the more I agree with this clip I saw on Facebook.  For the record, “OMG” in my book means “Oh My Goodness”.  Just needed to clear that up.

Isn’t it ironic how, even though our parents lived in a different era, they were right about most everything? Our pastor recently said that his mother told him growing up that people don’t change.  So true.  Even Solomon, the wisest man to ever live, said there is nothing new under the sun.

When my Mom would say, “Birds of a feather flock together.” She was right.  When she would say, “No, not everyone is doing it – because you’re not.”  She was right. God always has a remnant and I want to be counted in that, don’t you?  When she said someone was being mean because they were jealous, she was right.  We know the list could go on from here but I’ll not bore you with more. We get the point.

I can’t count the times I wish I could tell my parents, “Oh My Goodness, you were right!” I can recall many times that my parents would let me make my own mistakes.  Sometimes I would come to them and say, “Why didn’t you tell me?”  One time in particular my Mom just shook her head and said, “You wouldn’t have listened…”  I’m the last of seven children.  I got the impression she knew from experience that I probably wouldn’t have listened.

My Dad’s famous answer to “Why didn’t you tell me?” was “There’s no experience like bought experience.”  Oh, if I had a dime for all the ‘bought’ lessons…

While I would have to say that my parents were right about most everything, I must tell you that Jesus IS right about EVERYTHING.  So when He says not to do something, it’s for our good that we DON’T do it.  When He says to DO something, it’s for our good that we DO it.

For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments; and His commandments are not burdensome. I John 5:3

Do you ever feel like His commandments are burdensome?  I have.  But when I understand that His commands are for my good and His glory, the burden is lifted. When I am obedient to His will, His commands are not heavy.  When I trust that Jesus is ALWAYS RIGHT and I adjust to His Will, I don’t have to ask, “Why didn’t You tell me?” After all, He did tell us…

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Every Gesture Matters

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I often find that my intentions never reach the point of action.  Do you?  I saw the above clip and was reminded that no one knows our intentions, but the action of that intention turned into a gesture can go a long way.

I am a “touchy feely” person by nature.  That’s not always a good thing.  But, I’m always happy about that when I see a widow or widower because many people who live alone are seldom touched. That may not seem like a big deal to those of us who are still married or have children that live at home or near us.  But I have had elderly people tell me the impact a single touch can have because they are rarely touched.

How many times have you heard someone say, “I was about to…. and then…”?  Maybe it was “end it all and then I heard this song” or “give up and then he/she told me I could get through this”.  You know what I’m talking about.

Be reminded that every act of kindness, whether it was intentional or not, has an impact on the person for which it was given and often on someone who saw it. You never know if your word of encouragement reached a person in a deep way that you had no idea.  You  don’t know if that handshake, pat or hug warmed the heart of someone who misses physical touch.

Sometimes I think if I don’t do something “big”, then I might as well not do anything at all.  That is so wrong.

Jesus said in Matthew 25:40 “Truly I say to you, to the extend you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.”

Don’t underestimate the power you have in a person’s life with a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment or the smallest act of kindness.

Blessings ~ W

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Welcome Fall

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I love fall! (and spring) but it’s fall so that’s what it’s all about right now.  In Louisiana, we do not have much cold weather.  A few weeks out of the year is about it and those weeks are not consecutive.  But once we start having a few brisk mornings, I’m hooked.  Those close to me may scoff at that since more often than not I’m cold.  What can I say?  My thermostat is broken, but I digress.

I love the changing of the leaves and the crisp morning air as fall begins to come our way. I love to decorate for fall with all the warm scents and orange and red colors that can be out for two months! As soon as October rolls around and most folks are thinking about Halloween, I am thinking about Thanksgiving.  Seeing the colors change and the temperature drop remind me of what a blessing every single day is and it makes me thankful for Whom all blessings flow.

I don’t know about you, but as I watch nature change from season to season and see the beautiful colors across our landscapes, I see creation celebrating its Creator. The Master Artist!  Jesus Christ.

For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse.  Romans 1:20
Just this morning as I walked down my road, the sky was lit up in reds and pinks and orange as the sun climbed over the horizon.  It was breathtaking! Just as HE is breathtaking!
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No Place Like Home

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As you know, we have just returned from the mountains.  While we were out and about we looked for potential retirement locations.  As you can see, the area we were at was absolutely gorgeous. But…nothing really screamed at us.

We are listening for the Holy Spirit to speak as to whether or not we should move upon retirement.  Just the fact that both of us will entertain the idea is a monumental feat. At any rate, I have learned that you should keep doing what you know to do and not make any rash changes until you have a very clear answer from the Lord.  So we will stay put and serve right here at home.

I can say that traveling to southeast Kentucky and northeast Tennessee reminded me what an awesome God we serve!  He is the Master Artist.  I don’t understand how people can truly believe that “nothing” exploded and created this beautiful world that is perfectly suited for life.  I’m always amazed to see our great country’s landscape from deserts to mountains to lush green views like above.  Creation really does cry out that there is a God! Just  like the Bible says it does.

So, friend, if you are a fellow traveler remember, there’s no place like home!

“The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.”   Psalm 19:1 ESV

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Mountain Vacation

My husband and I are headed to the mountains tomorrow.  We are meeting up with my sister and brother-in-law for the week.  We have rented a cabin on a lake so the men can do some serious fishing while we girls have a little R&R.

As we drive about the country side, my husband and I are looking at the lay of the land for possible relocation after retirement (not many years from now).  So my thoughts are:

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a cute house in the middle of a lot of acreage.  Peaceful and serene with great Internet service, four seasons but not too cold and centrally located to wherever our adult children make a home.

My husband will be looking for something totally different.  His thoughts are:

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plenty of wild game.  Funny as that’s what he thinks about here at home, too! But then, I like our cute house in the middle of some acreage that is usually peaceful and serene.  I refuse to talk about our Internet service or the lack of four seasons.

For us, it will be fun to look around.  Usually, when we really look at other parts of the country, we are reminded of how grateful we are for where we live.  This may be much the same.  No matter, we are excited to be “getting away for it all” for a few days.

Blessings!

How lovely on the mountains Are the feet of him who brings good news, Who announces peace and brings good news of happiness, Who announces salvation, And says to Zion, “Your God reigns!”         Isaiah 52:7

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Working From Home

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Is this your idea of working from home?  If it is, you may not make it working from home.

I started working from home last November.  I was so scared this would be me and that I would have lost the great job I had prior to the work from home one as well as the new one.  My biggest fear was that I’d sleep in and/or become distracted by all the household things that need to be done. So I thought I’d share with you what works for me.

First, let me set the stage for you. I don’t have children at home.  I don’t have indoor pets. My husband is an out outdoors man, so when he’s not at work (every 3rd day), he is rarely in the house to distract me.

My routine – routine – routine – is as follows for the work week.

6 am – up and dressed then out the door to walk

6:45 am – settling into my comfy chair for my quiet time

7:20 am – breakfast

7:30 am – clean up and dress for work (now it’s jeans!)

8 am – online at my desk upstairs in my home office

I try to accomplish 2/3 of my day’s work before I stop for lunch and then the last 1/3 after lunch.  And, yes, I do take breaks during the day for a refill of Diet Dr. Pepper and  running to the bathroom.  Sometimes I throw on a load of clothes or fold a load of clothes.  I even manage to cook lunch or supper or both, too.

Can I just say, I LOVE WORKING FROM HOME!  For someone who has wanted to work from home for the past several years but was afraid to try it,  I’m so glad I did it!

Working from home is not for everyone, but if it is something you’re considering, go for it!