Granny’s Kitchen Table

Goodness. It’s been almost a week since I made a trip back to my hometown to see my almost 99 year old Granny who was going to be meeting Jesus soon. I knew it was a trip to say goodbye to her. At least on this side of Heaven. I thank God for being able to say goodbye and I thank Him for telling me “you need to leave now!” I moved out of state this past summer and Granny wasn’t happy about it. I was the first one to move away from her and I know it was mostly because she was worried about my children and I being far from home. Of course, she knew we had to embark on our adventure and was proud of us. As her time on earth started to fade away, my family kept wondering what/who she was waiting for. I was able to head home earlier than planned and made it just in time. I told her we were happy, we were all doing well and we liked Kentucky.  Sure enough, 10 hours later she met Jesus face to face!

She lived a wonderful life over flowing with love for others and faith in Jesus. She believed in hard work and she worked hard every day of her life. She was humble, kind and genuine. She had a grateful heart full of thanksgiving.

She was feisty and always told you the truth even if it wasn’t nice but you knew she was being honest. Ya know how people say “kids say the darndest things!”? Well, Granny said the darndest things. She didn’t hold anything back but she was real with you. If she felt it or thought it, you knew it.

Her life wasn’t always easy but maybe that’s why she was full of grace, love and wisdom. She out lived 3 husbands, 4 kids, and grandchildren. She was the last of her siblings and many other friends that went before her. She lived through the Great Depression and many other hardships her generation was faced with.  She worked hard for what she had and provided for her 8 kids the best she could. Her life was extraordinary not because she was wealthy and lived an extravagant life but because she was humble, she loved and was genuine. Her kitchen table was always open and over flowing with care, love and food. Her faith was amazingly strong and I never knew her faith to waver.

There were many times I cried at my granny’s kitchen table, told her all of my problems, told her about life, good and bad and ate my fair share of chocolate cake. She always had the best advice and knew the right words to say. Sometimes words couldn’t fix anything but her presence alone could make any problem disappear and make all things right in the world.   After all, if she could go through all the waves of life that she did, I could do it too. I can only strive to do it as awesome as she did. There was always love and forgiveness at that table and never any judgement.

Even though there won’t be anymore talks at the kitchen table with the wisest person I’ve ever known, the memories and her legacy will live on. She gave me her best during my worst years, during the years I struggled to find who I am as a person and finding my way back to God. She was a big part of shaping me into who I am today and I am thankful for the 30 years I was blessed to have with such an amazing woman at her kitchen table.

It’s not about what you have but about what you have to offer that truly matters. The time spent at my Granny’s table is far more important than materials, money and gifts. Even though she did did buy me a really awesome pair of cowboy boots that must have started an uncontrollable shoe collection. Sorry, I just wanted to make you laugh!

Here is to (attempting and probably failing) living a life filled with all the wonderful qualities that made up my Granny!

Xoxo,

Hannah B. (2)

 

Are you eating from The Dumpster of Life or The Bread Of Life? 

Are you eating from the dumpster life offers us or are you eating from the bread of life Jesus offers us?

Let’s think about this. The world is full of garbage and we ingest a lot of it on a daily basis, even if we don’t mean to! It’s there, we hear it and see it all around us from advertisements, television shows, movies, books and even from the news and people. At first, the bad language, crimes, nudity, and anything that isn’t good and of God can seem innocent at first. But what if you are what you eat? Eventually, this life style will weigh down on your soul. Sometimes when we are around certain people, being caught up in a series, what’s going on in the world or whose keeping up with who, we can get off the path that God wants us on. We lose sight of Him. That’s the way the enemy works. Often he creeps in and starts small so that it’s subtle and we don’t realize it until we’ve been devoured by sin. It takes one bite of garbage.

1 Peter 5:8 Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. 

Now, let’s talk about the bread of life. Jesus is enough to sustain us and He is the only one that can fill our soul with the vitamins and nutrients our soul needs. He is the only one that can give us exactly what each of us needs.

John 5:35 Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.”

So what does this mean? We are obviously not physically living off this bread but it’s spiritual bread that gives us stamina to withstand the world we live in. It’s spending time reading the word of God, it’s time spent praying to Him and it’s allowing Him to fill every part of our mind, heart and soul. We have to be in constant communication and living our life with Jesus to survive the garbage that surrounds us. It’s how we can keep our peace even when most don’t understand how we still stand.

I have ate from the dumpster of life and I have ate from the bread of life and I will always choose the bread of life. I grew tired of searching for worldly things to fill my God shaped hole that only He can fill.

Philippians 4:8  Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.

Guard your heart and your mind and sit down at Jesus’ table. If you are out there, lost and eating from the dumpster – I am praying for You. It takes one bite of the bread of life to taste His all consuming goodness.

Xoxo,

Hannah B. (2)

Waves Of Life 

This week has been mentally, physically and spiritually draining. It seems that if it could go wrong, it did. Life is like the sea. The water can be calm and peaceful but the waves are going to come. Sometimes it’s little bumps and then it can be waves so fierce that you are knocked down and pulled under.

So how do we withstand these fierce waves?

Jesus.

Through prayer, reading God’s word, faith and trust in a mighty God, we can continue standing as the waves crash over us.

Its important to seek God’s kingdom first because it prepares us how to react during troublesome times and we will less likely react in a fleshly manner that could lead to sinful actions. If we are too caught up with the busyness of every day life, it’s easy to forget.

I didn’t handle much of anything this week. I learned that God already knew about my rough day or in my case a rough week and he already had a solution. Him. He is the only who could give you strength to continue standing as the waves of life bare down on you. The waves will come and they will pull you down if you are not ready.
Psalm 93:4 Mightier than the thunder of the great waters, mightier than the breakers of the sea– the LORD on high is mighty.

Xoxo,

Hannah B. (2)

Life Lessons From Saul 

King Saul was chosen by God to be a King and lead the Israelites because they demanded a king. In 1 Samuel 9:1, we are told that he was tall, dark and handsome and came from a well to do family but most importantly he was close with God. What more could a human ask for?

However, his favor with God changed when he disobeyed the Lord, became prideful, self righteous and began taking matters into his own hands.

As a king, he felt that he could do it on his own and that he had the best way. These were Saul’s sins that he never repented of until he realized it was too late. As harsh as this sounds, God gave up and quit speaking to Saul. He departed from Saul. In desperation, Saul consulted with a witch and rose Samuel from the grave to find answers to the doom he faced.

1 Samuel 16: Then Samuel said, “Why then do you ask me, seeing the Lord has departed from you and become your enemy?”

This would be such a grieving and painful moment not only for the person but for God. The thought of not having God in my life to talk to, to praise and to experience the love He can only provide me is absolutely gut wrenching. My heart hurts for Saul as I can’t even imagine my life without having God in it daily.

So how did Saul get to this point? Honestly, he lost sight of God and turned away from Him. He forgot what his Lord did for him to get him a crown.

He took one small step in the wrong direction and began a downward spiral leading to the Lord turning away from and becoming an enemy of God. One sin led to another and so forth until he was so sucked into his life of being king. He allowed pride to seep in and he had the mentality that he didn’t need God or he could do it his way and not listen to God.

Don’t you see how the enemy can use one small baby step away from God and open up a door that leads to a bottomless pit? The longer you stay in unrepentance, the further and harder you will fall. Do you really want to go there? To the point of being so desperate at the end and when you try to find Him, He isn’t there? I don’t. I’ve been there and it isn’t fun, maybe the path on the way down is but the landing isn’t. The best news of all is that it’s not too late, turn back to Him and repent of what you need to. God’s grace and mercy is there and He is waiting for you to come home. I promise that being pulled from that bottomless pit will be the most refreshing, fresh of breath air you’ve had in a long while. It may be bitter in the beginning but in the end it will be sweet. Just ask Him for His hand.

There are many lessons that can be learned from Saul and I encourage you to go back and read the story as I just gave a brief overview. I’ve learned a lot from his story and I hope you will too but let’s not be like Saul.

I hope this helps in some way.

Xoxo,

Hannah B. (2)

Waffle Brain

I’m beginning to think that I need to get my husband’s full undivided attention from now on before I talk to him.. otherwise I’m going to hear, “Huh?  What?  I’m sorry?” This will avoid me from having to repeat myself a gazillion times because he says he didn’t hear me but really I think it’s because he wasn’t listening.  Pretty sure he was in a different mental waffle box.. KWIM?  Men are like Waffles Women are like spaghetti.

Have you read this book?  If not, I highly recommend it.

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It taught me so much about the differences between the way Men’s brains work and Women’s brains. Sometimes I forget what I’ve learned and well, tend to want to rip my hair out. I mean, who really likes repeating themselves over and over every time they talk?

After further prayer and meditation on this subject, I was feeling pretty convicted.  I could really stand to offer more grace when it comes to things like this.  God offers me plenty of grace that’s for sure.  So as frustrating as it is to feel like I’m talking to a brick wall, I have to keep in mind that the process in which men think is a slight bit different than that of women.  And this may not entirely apply to every single human being but for the majority of us,  men tend to think about one thing at a time and ladies if your like me, tend to weave our thoughts like well, spaghetti noodles.  I can literally think about what I need to make for dinner while I’m working and carrying on a conversation at the same time.

So with that being said, I could save myself a lot of huffing and puffing and eye rolling and sarcasm which leads to an argument and then Ugh, an apology,  if I will learn to just offer grace and find another way to communicate with my husband from the beginning.  So here goes nothing… stay tuned, I’ll let ya know how I turn out.

Valerie