Saturday, December 31, 2011

Lookin' Forward To A New Year And New Adventures

December 31, 2011

Wow--another few hours and 2011 will be over, and 2012 will begin.

Has anyone made any resolutions or set goals for the new year? As I stated a few posts back, I will work towards bein' more grateful to God and others. I'm also considerin' a few new experiments to post about.

First--along the lines of the Dress Experiment a few months ago--I'm considerin' a more lengthy experiment along those lines. I have been workin' on simplifyin' my life, and a recent study about minimizin' wardrobes has sorta caught my attention.

I was studyin' a project called Project 333, where you limit your clothin' to just 33 items for 3 months. I also found a project called Six Items Or Less, where you limit your wardrobe to six pieces of clothin', includin' outerwear, for one month. Now, it doesn't include underwear, accessories or shoes. I think even workout clothes are exempted from the challenge, so you wouldn't be goin' nuts tryin' to hand wash your undies every night.

I'm not sure what turn that experiment will take right now--but I'll let ya know when it begins.

Secondly--and I cannot BELIEVE I am even considerin' this--I am lookin' at a submission experiment. I have never been a totally submissive wife to my husband, and I know that has caused many a hard feelin' in our marriage.

So.....

I will be studyin' the scriptures to make absolutely sure of how I'll be required to respond to this challenge (and TRUST me, it will be a challenge for me--I'm very headstrong and independent). Then, after a LOT of prayer--I'll dive in. I'll also be studyin' sites such as LADIES AGAINST FEMINISM and TIME WARP WIFE.

Heh--no pressure, huh?

One last thing I'll be workin' towards is to lose the rest of the weight that I would like to get rid of. I have done well in keepin' off what I've lost and I only have about 20 pounds left to go. I also want to build up my muscle strength and firm up what's left.

(ya know that little hint of butt cheek that some women get in shorts? Well, since I've lost weight--I'm gettin' in long pants....)

MOVIN' ON!

Okay--so that is about the extent of my new year goals--oh--and I am tryin' to get another camera so I can show ya'll the beauty of my new home, as well as several step by step projects I wanna share.

Oh--almost forgot--around February, I will be puttin' some of my essential oil blends up for sale. I still need to figure out the orderin' and payment
details, but say tuned for more info.

Well, have a safe and wonderful New Years Eve, and may God richly bless you all.

Well, I still got chores--that don't change, no matter the year. Later ya'll.
© 2011 by Evelyn Edgett

Friday, December 30, 2011

Ready For Next Stage Of Movin' Process--Unexpected Blessin'--& Ninja Donkeys

December 30, 2011

Well, I have the cottage pretty well set up with the things we have already brought down--I can see the floor in my bedroom, and I found and repurposed the wood from an old entertainment center and some cinder blocks into a nice sturdy bookshelf.

I have found ways to cook without a lot of my usual tools. I must confess, it has been nice to not have to cook in one buildin' then carry the food to another--all I gotta do is take it outta the oven and set it over on a table.

I will miss my cast iron pans to cook with--but since I have a stove with a glass top--I can't use them. I will be able to bake in them, and I love the way cakes and cornbread turn out in cast iron. I did purchase three new FARBERWARE non-stick skillets for the top of my stove. They are workin' out pretty good.

Havin' a dresser for our clothes--one for EACH of us--has been takin' gettin' used to. I am so used to havin' all our socks in the same drawer, all our jeans in the same closet, etc--I find myself goin' to Brian's dresser to get MY socks.

I have very little to store in the attic, since I had been purgin' for so long. What I have been puttin' in the attic is stuff that is only used about once a year, like my big servin' platters or a big roastin pan.

So, everything is all nice and neat, everything in its place....

Yeah, that's gonna last.

We are fixin' to go up and get the last of our things, and then I'll have to begin the process all over again.

I don't mind really, in fact--I'm lookin' forward to one aspect of this next stage. When I bring all the rest of our winter clothin' down...

I'm gettin' rid of most of it.

Right now, we each have several sets of winter clothes, coats, thermals, etc. We had to have a lot on hand, since in the winter you can't always get to a laundymat, so if somethin' gets dirty, you just put it in a large basket to wait for the chance to wash it, and you grab another set to wear in the meantime.

Now that we have access to a washer and dryer--I can really pare down our winter stuff.

We did the same with blankets, because I learned that if someone gets sick and throws up on a blanket, or if you sweat durin' a fever breakin'--you need to have clean beddin' to replace the soiled things.

Now, we won't have that need for so many blankets, so I can purge out that part of our belongin's.

One unexpected blessin' we received in this move--I now have a HUGE upright freezer to use! I will be fillin' that sucker up wih meat and veggies as soon as possible, along with doin' a little ONCE A MONTH COOKIN'.

I'm still workin' on havin' a schedule of some type, and I have even made it outta bed before dark, snagged a wolf on a lead rope, then walked for a mile on the country roads. It was so nice, but Little Dove almost freaked out when she turned, looked back at a pasture, and saw three small donkeys stalkin' her! They are in a pasture with a flock of goats, since they make good protection for them. I told Dove that they were NINJA DONKEYS, since they were all black, and they silently slipped up on her.

Ever see a wolf roll her eyes like a teenager?

Another blessin' from this move is that the Redneck is more relaxed than he has ben in a while. Without all the cedar smoke from wood stoves up on the mountain, his asthma has not bothered him like it used to. He is breathin' better at night and sleepin' better. Heck, we all are, since his mom bought us all extra firm pillows for Christmas...ahhh...so nice...

Well, I got chores. Later ya'll.
© 2011 by Evelyn Edgett

Sunday, December 25, 2011

My Greatest Gift To Myself And Others This Year

December 25, 2011

This mornin', after a good night's rest in a comfortable bed in a warm home, sleepin' beside my Beloved, and after a simple breakfast, I took a hot shower. As I stood there, enjoyin' the warmth of water that I didn't have to haul, heat and pour into a tub--I came to a great revalation of what I can give myself and others around me this year....

Gratitude.

Yup.

Simple gratitude.

I had become aware of just how much people, includin' myself, take for granted every day. In fact, many folks consider things that I have had to work so hard for the past 6 years (like a hot bath) as bein' somethin' they deserve, that they are in fact OWED somethin'.

I'm not complainin' about the hard work that I have had to do for the past 6 years--far from it. In fact, I am grateful for the strength and ability to haul water and wood, or to walk 5 miles to church, or even to lift and haul 50 pounds sacks of feed on my shoulder. I'm grateful for the ability to shoot a gun in defense of my home and family, or in the procurin' of food for my table.

I'm grateful for the lessons I've learned about life, and how these lessons have strengthened my relationships with my family and with my Lord.

I'm even grateful for the hard, hurtful lessons--the betrayals of friends and others whom I trusted. Those lessons have taught me to be more prayerful in my choice of companions and enterprises to pursue.

I am grateful that I am NOT owed anything by anyone. To feel that you are owed somethin' by the world fosters an attitude of bitterness and laziness. This ia all my own opinion, but I feel that it is very true.

I don't have access to a Bible right now, but there is a scripture that talks about givin' thanks in ALL things.

Not even certain where I'm goin' with this, but I just wanna state that I'm grateful for every blessin' that comes my way--even the ones that don't look like blessin's at first glance.

So, this year, I'm givin' myself the gift of gratitude, not only to God, but to others around me.

To begin with--I wanna thank all of you who read my blog. I wouldn't need to work hard at what I say here if I didn't feel a responsibility to you, my 'bleaders'.

Well, I got chores. Later ya'll.
© 2011 by Evelyn Edgett

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Christmas Greetin's And Catch Up

December 24, 2011

Hey, ya'll--sorry I haven't been postin' the past couple of weeks, but if you recall, I mentioned a big project in the works a few weeks back. It's been keepin' me hoppin', and now I'm ready to let ya'll in on the big news.

We are movin' back to Texas for a while!

Yup, we are takin' a sabbatical from mountain livin' for a while, in order to allow me some breathin' room while I work on the book I told ya'll about.

God has been so good to us as we prayed about this big step in our lives. He has provided a good job for the Redneck, a 'cowboy cottage' for us to live in, and folks to stay at our homestead in the mountains while we are gone, to keep an eye on things till we return.

We had actualy been feelin' His leadin' in this direction for a long time--we just hadn't known how it would come about. So, we just decided to be ready to go, but still carry on with our lives if we stayed.

We will still be livin' simply, but with RUNNIN' WATER! Let's face it--simple livin' has nothin' to do with WHERE you live, but HOW you live. I've already been barterin' for services and things we need. I joined an EXTREME COUPON group, and I should be ready for my 'maiden voyage' to the stores soon.

The first meetin' for the book has been rescheduled for after the first of the year, which I'm grateful for, since I'm still gettin' the 'cottage' set up. I'm really gettin' excited about the book, especially since I will be workin' with my friend and mentor, Eleanor. I've known her for over 14 years, and she has some wonderful wisdom to pass on. I'm honored that she and I are workin' together on this project. I pray that our efforts result in a product that will enlighten and and enable women to start healin' in their lives, whether from emotional, spiritual or physical issues.

I need to get crackin', folks--still have a lot of things to do before Christmas Day. Obie gets to spend the holiday with his dad, and the Redneck and I have a quiet day planned. I'm makin' a ham with dressin', mashed potatoes and gravy, corn and punkin' pie. We rented a bunch of dvds and plan to just eat and REST.

Oh--almost forgot--on December 28, at 9est/8cst--TLC is showin' an hour long special called EXTREME CHEAPSKATES. It will feature four of the top cheapskates in the cuontry, includin'.....JEFF YEAGER!!!!

I have already begged neighbor to let me watch it on his tv. Check it out--ya might learn somethin'.

Well, I got chores. Later ya'll.
© 2011 by Evelyn Edgett

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Book Review In The Early Mornin'

December 11, 2011

It's early mornin', and while the rest of the household slumbers in their beds, I am wide awake. I thought I'd take the time to get some online work done.

So here I sit, wrapped snugly in a blanket, as I write a review of another of John L. Hoh Jr's books, IMMANUEL! GOD IS STILL WITH US! A Look At How Scripture Shows Us An Ever Present God.

I like this book because it provides scriptural evidence that God didn't just 'whip up' creation, toss it out there in the great wide universe, then sit back and as the Bette Midler song says, "watch us from a distance".

Instead, Hoh's book puts forth the statement that;

"When we realize God has deliberately created us and formed us, when we realize that He does provide for us and presrve us, we then realize that we are in the best care anywhere. For what craftsman does not take care of his product?"

I dunno about ya'll, but to be considered a product of a Master Craftsman, not just a random bit of DNA, makes me feel treasured. After all, everyone admires fine workmanship, with its loving attention to detail.

Howevr, with a human craftsman, once the creation of a product is completed, it is often sold off to others, and while the creator may stand by and watch in horror as his product is neglected, abused or even destroyed--OUR Creator keeps His hand firmly in our lives, no matter what happens, no matter even if we turn away from His love and care. He does allow us the free choice to be our own abuser, and in some cases, our own bringer of destruction.

But understand the following statement, with absolutely NO room for doubt--

He.

Is.

With.

Us.

Got that?

Good.

Hoh's book uses Scripture to show that Immanuel has been within our lives from the creation of the world and each person in it, His presence throughout history, His role in the provision of Salvation, and how He is with us throughout our own daily lives--even when He seems absent during our greatest trials.

I recommend this book as a good resource. It reads well, and the common sense arguments interwoven with scripture help to put forth and clarify many points that even I hadn't thought of in my studies.As one review puts it, this book is not an evangelism piece, but instead a fiath booster for the believer.

You can order this book through Amazon.

Well, I got chores. Later ya'll.
© 2011 by Evelyn Edgett

Friday, December 9, 2011

Scripture For A Former Post--Big News--And Two New Blogs For My List

December 9, 2011

The other mornin' when I posted about cuttin' away everything that wasn't what our family wanted in our lives, I didn't actually post a scripture that related to my theory.

It wasn't that I didn't have one in mind--I just couldn't recall which one I wanted to use.

Today, I'm postin' the verse that relates the most to what I was talkin' about:

Hebrews 12:1

"Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us." (NIV)

See what I mean now? Yes, the verse is primarily speakin' about castin' sin out of our lives, but it is also, in my opinion, talkin' about lettin' go of EVERYTHING that hinders us in our lives, be it a sin, an attitude, a negative person or an object that we need to let go of because it is takin' up too much room or time to maintain.

Now that I have that clarified--I wanna talk about the BIG NEWS.

I have a book deal!

Yup--gonna be writin' on a book with a friend about women's health issues as they relate to alternative medicine. We will look at the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health of women, and how aternative therapies can be used to aid in the maintenance of good health and the recovery from poor health.

Cool, huh?

We will start in on this project in January, since we both wanna be past all the Christmas (Yes, I said CHRISTmas--deal with it) holidays.

You will also notice that I have added two new blogs to my blog list--http://my50syear.blogspot.com/, and http://oilfieldwifeandacowboychurchlife.blogspot.com/. I think you will enjoy both of these women's point of view. I am especially honored to list An Oilfield Wife, since the blogger is my very own friend, Alyssa, whom you will recall from my posts about her baby daughter in the hospital. This is her first attempt at bloggin', so please be kind and constructive in your comments to her--or I might get over protective.....lol.

Well, I got chores. Later ya'll.
© 2011 by Evelyn Edgett

Thursday, December 8, 2011

More Purgin'--Kudos To Jeff Yeager, The Ultimate Cheapskate

December 8, 2011

Did more purgin' yesterday--and again found that I have already been doin' a lot of that. I only had a couple of things to donate, and they were simply memorabilia from years gone by. I'd hung onto them for sentimentality, and it was just time to let them go so they could do some good for someone else.

Yesterday I got a message from my buddy Jeff Yeager, author of THE ULTIMATE CHEAPSKATE'S ROAD MAP TO TRUE RICHES, and THE CHEAPSKATE NEXT DOOR (which *I* am mentioned in--TWICE). He has a third book in the works about repurposin' things that most folks would toss out.

Well, his message asked me if I would be willin' to talk with a reporter about Jeff's bein nominated as one of the 12 most popular financial gurus of 2011.

Normally I would have jumped at the chance and had a blast talkin' about my 'thriftology' philosophy. Unfortunately, I am in the middle of a big project--not just purgin'--and I had no idea what my schedule would be so that the reporter could call me and talk.

So, since I had to pass on that chance at fame (or would that be infamy? heck with me ya never know.), I decided that I would write my own little article about why Jeff Yeager is so popular with folks--at least my take on the subject.

www.gobankingrates.com has set up a poll nominatin' 12 of the most popular financial advisors for 2011. Jeff is one of them. Suze Orman, Dave Ramsey, and others are also listed. If you wanna vote for Jeff or any other of the nominees, just go to;

http://www.gobankingrates.com/savings-account/jeff-yeager-ultimate-cheapskate-expert

Okay--why do I think that Jeff is so popular with folks when it comes to the topic of savin' money? Well, my take on this is that there are two types of financial advisors.

You see, Suze Orman, Dave Ramsey, and many others are lookin' at the cut and dried, black and white aspects of debt reduction and generatin' income. That is important, yes, but it often just doesn't compute with folks like me, whose eyes glaze over durin' explanations of IRAs, 401ks, and the stock market. To me--those are all abstract concepts that don't make a bit of sense.

Look--I'm not stupid--I just haven't found someone who can make it 'real' to me in a way that I can grasp the concept and make it my own. It's like when I struggled with taxes for so long, until a wonderful accountant found a way to make it clear to me. Since then, I've actually ENJOYED doin' taxes, 'cause I UNDERSTAND them.

Jeff, on the other hand--deals with financial matters in a creative way--and NO, he doesn't suggest you do anything unrealistic with your checkbook!

Instead, he looks at the topic of frugality from the perspective of STOP FOCUSIN' ON WHAT YA AIN'T GOT--LOOK AT WHAT YA HAVE.

A lot of our financial problems come from a wrong perspective. We see a commercial for a CAPTAIN BILLY BOB WHIZ BANG WHAZZIT, and right away we think--I GOTTA GET ONE OF THOSE!

So we rush out and spend money we don't have on somethin' we don't need in order to impress people we don't even like....hold it--I know that's a quote from somewhere--I just can't think if who said it right now, never mind, you get the idea.

ANYWAAAAAYYYYY....Jeff encourages folks to look at their lives in a way that, as one article put it--"they can live comfortably on any income", and "make the most of what they have."

Hmm...sound familiar? I think if we look in the Bible, we will find many of those same ideas....

Philippians 4:11-12 "I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances.I know what is is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want."

1 Timothy 6:6-8 "But Godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing we will be content with that."

Hebrews 13:5 "Keep your lives free from the love of money, and be content with what you have, for God has said, 'Never will I leave you or forsake you.'


I'm not sayin' money is evil--it is a TOOL, just like a hammer or a wheelbarrow. You don't idolize your tools do ya? (okay--maybe you do if you're a guy in the CRAFTSMAN department at SEARS--but I'm talkin' NORMAL people here)

Jeff appeals to the creative side of my frugal nature. Seriously--why spend money to solve a problem when you can have fun doin' it creatively AND save money
at the same time?

I know that some people look at me like I am nuts when I do some of the things I do to save money, but I don't care what they think. I know that for every dollar that I don't spend of what my husband earns--that allows him the freedom to refuse to have to work overtime to replace it. That in turn means he can spend more time with us, his family.

What is all boils down to, Jeff Yeager proposes a return to a common sense ooutlook on life and finances. Life ain't 'stuff'.

Well, I got chores. Later, ya'll.
© 2011 by Evelyn Edgett

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Results Of First Day Of Cuttin' Away--My Christmas Decor

December 7, 2011

Well, the first day of cuttin' away revealed somethin' interestin'. As I began to purge stuff from our little home, I found out that I had been 'cuttin' away' already, and that there was not a lot in the big room that actually had to go. Oh, I did fill up several bags and boxes with stuff to donate--but they were really already things that had been designated as donations--I just hadn't gotten around to gettin' rid of them.

Today I will continue my purgin' in the big store room, where, actually, most of that stuff is hubby's gunsmithin' tools and books--so I can't decide about that stuff. I will either just box it all up and set it aside for him to go through later, or I will leave it all out and let HIM make all the decisions, period.

I don't 'do' holiday decorations--I stopped them when I got divorced years ago. Not from bitter feelin's or anything like that, no. I just realised that while they can be fun--they can also be a LOT OF WORK. As a suddenly single mom with a special needs son, homeschoolin', a job and buildin' my massage therapy practice--I figured I had better things to spend my time on than decorations that would just have to come down later anyway.

So, for a long time I just didn't put anything up. Oh, we enjoyed the decorations at other folks houses and I still have fun goin' to a mall and overloadin' on the sensory input of lights, music, and Singin' Fish on clearance.

But...come on, folks. Christmas is NOT about all that. It's about the birth of a SAVIOUR for all mankind, a baby in a barn Who would grow up to die for our sins and IF we accept His sacrifice--give us eternal life.

Eternal life or shiny ornaments.....? Hmmm....Hard choice? I think not.

No--I am not a Scrooge, and BTW, I LOVE the movie with Albert Finney. As I said, I like the tinsel and bows, music and food--oh YES, I LOVE THE FOOD!!

I like gifts and all that stuff--I'm just sayin' let's keep it all in perspective.

Wait--wasn't I gonna talk about my decoration? Oh yeah. Sorry, I have blod ADD.

These days, the only decoration I put out is a small, one piece nativity scene that I got from a friend who was gettin' rid of it years ago. It is a ceramic stable with the Holy family inside. It's about 10 inches high and wide, very simple and pretty. I set it on a table or cabinet, maybe with candles also, but that is pretty much it. I have had folks get on to me, sayin' I HAVE to have a tree for Obie. I got news for ya--Obie could care LESS about a tree--he would rather spend the time we would spend on puttin' up a tree doin' somethin' else. He loves to go to Christmas programs with music and singin', and he digs goin' to the mall to look at stuff like I do.

The Redneck? Well, he is like us in this matter. He digs decorations, but at home he wants to be comfortable, so he likes things just as they are.

I just realised--my way of decoratin' for the holidays is a way that I had 'cut away' years ago! I don't do it because it doesn't delight my family's heart--SO IT WENT.

Man, am I good at this or what?

Well, I got chores. Later ya'll.
© 2011 by Evelyn Edgett

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

What's Not An Angel In Your Life?

December 6, 2011

Again, I am amazed at what God uses to answer prayers in my life.

I have been workin' at makin' our family's life a bit more simple and serene lately, and even though I have put a lot of effort into this process, I've still been stymied as I've prayed, purged and packed away a lot of things.

I finally just said, "Father--HOW THE HECK AM I SUPPOSED TO GET ALL THIS DONE?
Every time I get close to havin' the time to do what needs doin', another 'crisis' comes up and I have to attend to that. How do I create the life my family needs?"

Then, as always--He answered.

With a story from days in Art History class in college.

It was a story about Michelangelo--you know, the dude who painted the Sistine Chapel and sculpted magnificent figures from marble? (Oh yeah--he was also a manic/depressive who liked to THROW said hunks of marble at his assistants)

Someone once asked him how he sculpted such an awe inspirin' angel from a hunk of cold marble.

He replied, "The angel is already there--I just cut away everything that isn't it."

Whoa--if that ain't scriptural--I dunno what is.

When that came to me this mornin' just before the alarm went off--I flipped.

IT WAS SO SIMPLE.

All I have to do is 'cut away' what isn't the life our family wants.

It's like this--if somethin' doesn't fit in with what God's Word says--it goes. If it doesn't fit in with what we love--not like or do because others do it and expect us to do also--it goes. If it doesn't just absolutely delight our hearts and minds--IT GOES.

Yeah, it's kind of like the Rock or Gem game, but even simpler, I think.

Ya just look at what you really want out of life--and you cut away what ain't that.

I explained the idea to Brian when he had enough coffee in him so his grey cells worked, and he likes it.

So, startin' this mornin', I will be 'cuttin away' a lot of stuff, and donatin' it. When I'm done--everything that is left should be what we want.

And then I'm gonna do it again.

And again.

Aaaaaaaand a few more times.

I'm gonna keep this process up until I know for certain that what is left is what we want.

But, you ask--suppose you give away somethin' you need or want later?

So what?

Trust me--there is a lot of 'stuff' that will be floatin' around out there, tryin' to find its way into my life. All I have to do is wait, and if I truly need or want somethin'--it will show up.

I figure the Bible and prayer are my hammer and chisel.

I guess another way to look at it is that a hunk of marble is only a cold, hard chunk--no life.

However, when a Master Craftsman puts His hand to it with love and expertise, He can bring life from what was just...there. I mean--if you ever get a chance to see a sculpture from a true artist--you will almost see it breathe and move in the light.

So basically, what I'm doin' is allowin' The Master Craftsman to wield His chisel in my life, and just let Him bring out the life that is underneath all the heavy 'chunks'

Hmmm..I think that's been goin' on all along--I'm just decidin' to stop fightin' Him when I feel the 'THUNK' of another piece flyin' off.

Well, I got chores. Later ya'll.
© 2011 by Evelyn Edgett

Friday, December 2, 2011

Restin' On A Rainy Day, And A New Poem

December 2, 2011

Ahhh....a quiet day at home, with the Redneck and Obie watchin' movies while I play online. Oh yeah--I have access to internet at home, well at least for a bit, thanks to a friend's web access. I gotta give it up on Sunday. But until then? I'M GOIN' FULL TILT BOOGIE ON THE WORLD WIDE WEB!!!!!! I've been researchin' frugal livin' and how to videos--readin' other folk's blogs and lookin' up scripture references. Brian just grinned when he saw that I'm able to do a lot of the stuff I don't have the ability to do normally. Heck, as long as he and Obie get fed and the house is clean-they told me to have a blast.

Will do, chief.

Okay, lately I've been workin' on more poems, and the Lord has been just blessin' my little words on paper. I know I say this a lot--but it just absolutely FLOORS me that God loves us so much, even though we are the biggest bunch of goof ups.

So, here is one of my latest offerin's up to our Father--if you like it--give Him the glory--if ya don't--talk to Him, He gave me the poem....{{GRIN}}

LISTEN UP
Evelyn Edgett
November 25, 2011

Ya know, God's in charge of this 'shivaree' we got goin' on down here.
So why is it when things don't go our way, we react with panic and fear?
Could it be that down deep we don't REALLY trust the LORD of all creation?
And that in our arrogance we believe we know better than Him how to handle our own situation?

"God, this is the way it's gotta be done!" we shout while kneelin' in prayer.
"I know Your word says come over here, but dadgum it, I wanna go THERE!"

We want God to do it the way that we want, the solution with a pretty red bow.
But that ain't how it works in the spiritual realm, and if you've read His book, then you already know.

That before He spoke the world into existence, He knew every day of our lives.
Whether we'd be rich or poor, cowboy or preacher, even if we'd be husbands or wives.

He even took the time to number every single hair on our head.
So why is it when trouble comes, we forget every word that He said?

He told us that we would have trouble, He never once lied about that.
He also said He would never leave or forsake us,
So the devil can just stuff that in his hat.

So folks, I'm here to tell you today--if you don't like what's in your life right now,
Stick your nose into His holy word, pay attention and read just how.
God's word says that everything that happens is for our good and for His Glory.
So shut up, quit whinin' and TRUST HIM.
Well that's it, that's the end of my story.

Well, I got chores.
© 2011 by Evelyn Edgett