Try Something New Tuesday – Get Down on Your Knees and Pray!

“[The LORD replied,] “Look among the nations! See! Be astonished! Wonder! For I am doing something in your days– You would not believe it if you were told.”
‭‭HABAKKUK‬ ‭1:5‬ ‭AMP‬‬

Happy Tuesday!  Do you ever cry out to God like Habakkuk did when he said “O LORD, how long will I call for help And You will not hear? I cry out to You, “Violence!” Yet You do not save” (‭‭HABAKKUK‬ ‭1:2‬ ‭AMP‬‬)?  Do you ever wonder how such a wonderful God could allow violence to take place?

I can relate to Habakkuk.  When I was a child I was sexually abused and the abuser took that secret to his grave, never making things right with the family.  The family despises me because they think I brought them pain. I was able to forgive him and still have hopes of one day reuniting.  A few months ago my sister, who was also abused, started going through a divorce, and what took place so many years ago was brought up again.  I grew up in a church who protected my abuser and used scare tactics to save.  They literally scared the bejebees out of me.  When I was 14 years old, I was convinced God was going to strike me down dead.  I even wrote my parents a good-bye letter.  I was waiting to die and go to hell.

Today, we see violence everywhere, most recently the Las Vegas shootings.  So you may be asking “where are you God and why are you allowing this to happen?”  I understand this line of questioning.  The truth is God is not doing these evil things, and he is here with us.  He was with me when I was abused.  He was with me when I lost my family and friends. He was with me with I thought I was going to die.  He was in Las Vegas with those suffering and those helping.  Evil doesn’t come from God.  He gives us free-will, which is like a double-edged sword.  He also gave us Jesus, who forgives.  We all struggle with sin, but evil is all around us.  My family isn’t evil.  They are misguided.  The church wasn’t evil.  They had good intentions, but went too far in one direction with me.  I was probably more sensitive to what they were saying.  We will never know what was going through the abuser’s or shooter’s mind.  However, even if we did, it wouldn’t change anything.  We have to remember to talk to God.  He will help us through our struggles.

This morning, get down on your knees and pray for our world.  God bless you.

 

The Fall Tag

The Fall Tag

I was nominated by T. R. Noble author of Peeking Beneath the Rock for the Fall Tag.  Peeking Beneath the Rock is one Noble’s two blogs.  Her other blog is the Inside Cup.  Noble is an amazing and inspirational writer.  Take a few minutes to enjoy her work.

As the winds draw closer to our window,

and the leaves begin to fall,

it’s a reminder we draw closer,

together is better after all.

-T. R. Noble

Maggie of   Dreaming of Guatemala created the Fall Tag to “spread joy during this crisp season of autumn.”  The goal is to draw people together to celebrate the joys fall brings us, and to remember what has it brought us in the past.

1. What’s your favorite fall outfit?

I love to wear sweaters, jeans and boots.

2. What is fall weather like where you live?

I live in Florida.  It is often warm during the majority of the autumn season.  We went swimming over the weekend because the temperatures are still in the 90s.  Tonight, there is a crisp breeze.  Usually by late October to early November we begin having some cooler weather at night.

3. Your favorite drink to have in the fall?

I enjoy warm apple cider, especially on cooler days.

4. Does your family have any fall traditions? If so, what are they?

When I was growing up my siblings and I went with my dad to chop wood for the winter.  He did the chopping, and we loaded and unloaded the wood.  The autumn season was a time for carving pumpkins and making pies.

5. What are some activities and events you enjoy going to in the fall months?

As a child, going to the County Fair was one of the most exciting events.  We enjoyed the carnival, but it was also a time to submit canning, needlework, farm animals cooking, and plants for local judging.  As a teenager it was a time for holding hands and cuddling on the Ferris Wheel. Romances budded on cool evenings at the fair.  Several years ago our County stopped having a fair.  However, the National Peanut Festival is only about 40 miles from where we live, which is an even larger national fair.

As a teenager and when my children were teenagers, we went to a marching festival, where our local school band participated with other bands.  As a teenager and adult I have enjoyed a local fall festival that features a parade, local talent, carnival foods, and homemade crafts for sale.

Many of the autumns of my life were spent at football games.  Also during the fall we decorate pumpkins for Halloween.   Children and teens enjoy hay rides, and our churches join together for a large Halloween Festival along a City street called “Trunk or Treat”.

6. What’s your favorite fall scented candle?

My favorite scent is Spiced Pumpkin during the fall.

7. Tell us about one of your favorite fall memories?

Last year my husband and I unplugged from our electronics and sat outside by a fire pit on a few different occasions.  It was nice to hold hands by the warm fire on cool evenings.

8. What are some fall movies you enjoy watching?

It’s a family tradition at our home to watch the Walton’s Homecoming after Dinner on Thanksgiving. I also enjoy watching E.T.

Usually I buy books that have an autumn setting during the season.  What better way to spend an evening than curled up by the fireplace with a good book.

9. What’s your favorite fall treat?

My favorite treat is s’mores!  I also like carmel apples, corn dogs, chili and peach cobbler.  I have a weakness for fall comfort foods.

10. If you celebrate Halloween, what is the best outfit you’ve worn?

When I was 10, the college student who lived next door was an art major.  He made the coolest paper-mache mask, scary and realistic.  He let me wear it in a Halloween parade.  I put on a ripped up sheet with ketchup for blood.  I won the scariest costume contest!  The prize was a $10 gift certificate to Radio Shack.  It might as well have been a million dollars.

My nominees are:

Cooking without Limits

Ramblings from Jewels

New England Garden and Thread

A Farm Girl’s Life

Writing to Freedom

Rules:

Put the tag badge and rules in your post.
Answer the 10 fall-related questions.
Tag at least 5 other bloggers to join in the fun!

Remember to take time to enjoy the season!