I was blessed to get to go to my Mom's for a short visit this week. We had a real good time. It's always good to spend time with her. I usually get to see a brother or two and a few friends. And this time was no different. There's always lots of laughter taking place. On Tuesday afternoon one of my sisters-in-law came to visit with us for a bit. Then later on Tuesday night another one of my sisters-in-law came for a visit and lots more laughs and fun was had. On Wednesday, we met a great family friend at Slappyz Restaurant and I had my fav. If you have read my blog much at all, and read about any of the other trips I have taken to my Mother's, you know I love frog legs and fried green tomatoes! That is a necessity for me when I go up there. My mother used to cook fried frog legs all the time. My brothers would go gigging and then they would clean the frog legs and she would cook them and then we would gobble them down!!!! It is a delicacy to lots of people. Now, I have to say, about the fried green tomatoes, I came up with a recipe last year that can't be beat. I have to say that mine are the best I have ever eaten. But Slappyz is a close 3rd with my Mom's being 2nd and hers was #1 until I found this recipe last year. My Mom had a fish sandwich with fries, which has gobs of fish strips on it and she doesn't eat it like a sandwich, she just eats it like a fish dinner and eating the bun as bread. And that is her fav meal at Slappyz. My friend got shrimp and fried green tomatoes and she really enjoyed it. After our meal was over we all came back to Mom's place and a couple of my brothers came and that was all it took to bring the roof down with laughter!!!!!! It so amazing how easy it is to find something to laugh about when you are with family and good friends. Reminiscing of the days gone by will always do it. That night we went to Mom's church. They was holding Revival this week and we got to go and that was an awesome time. Seeing a full house for revival was such a good sight to see. Also seeing people I had gone to school with. It really is funny how everyone but yourself changes. hahaha You know what I mean. I know you do. You have a picture of someone in your head form 35 - 40 years ago, and you know exactly who they are when you see them. Oh well, time has a way of catching up with every one us. Some people try to cover the years with product, other don't. I'm one of the one's that don't, any more. I am a low maintenance type person. My hair is the color God made it. I guess I figure if He seen fit to put a lot of gray/white in my hair, who am I to cover His handy-work. I used to pay good money to have highlights put in my hair and now God does it for free, can't beat that!!!
Back just after the last snow had gotten off the ground I was running to the garage for something and I always keep an eye on the back yard. Someone in the years past tossed out some crocus bulbs and other short blooming flowers like those that bloom early. So, I always keep my eyes peeled for the first signs of those sweet little pops of color and low and behold, my little crocus was in bloom and boy was it a beauty!!!!! I ran in and got my cell phone and took a pic of it and hoped to get more in a day or two when another bud would be open. Drats, I believe a rabbit snacked on it, because it started looking pretty sickly, so I didn't get any more shots of it. I hope you enjoy looking at what I did get though.
As I leave this afternoon, I leave you with this scripture: 2 Corinthians 5:7 For we walk by faith, not sight.
The Message Bible says it like this: 2 Corinthians 5:7 It's what we trust in but don't yet see that keeps us going.
We live in a day and age in which what we do see with our human eyes doesn't make much sense any more. Paul said that as long as we are in this tent; or our earthly body, we groan. I just have to say "Amen and Amen" to what Paul said. As long as we are in these tents and groaning, we will have to live by faith. Our goal can not be seen with human eyes, as long as we are in these "tents" that Paul called our earthly bodies. But......one of these days, when we are strolling the streets of gold, we will be walking by sight then, and ohhhh the sights that we will behold. If you know Jesus Christ as your Savior and Lord, I just pray that you will continue to walk by faith, just trusting each step you take to the Lord. I pray that we will all be reaching for the hand of someone that hasn't started to walk by faith yet and share with them why we walk by faith and live a life that is pleasing to God thru Jesus Christ.
This Bible verse comes from what is called the Resurrection Hope. This hope is what sustained Paul while he was still alive and writing and encouraging other believers along the journey of life which leads to the end goal: Heaven. Next Sunday is Easter Sunday. Without the Resurrection of Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior, we would have no hope; Resurrection or otherwise. So, I am so thankful that while it may look as if we live in a day and time in which there is no hope, let me tell you, my friend, my hope and your hope rests ONLY in the Resurrection of Jesus Christ! Without that, there is no hope! With Christ Jesus, we have HOPE and an abundance of it!!!!!! The cross is empty! The stone is rolled away and the tomb is empty! There's no grave stone!!! There's no death certificate anywhere, because death could not keep Christ Jesus in the grave!!! He is at the right hand of God the Father, just waiting for the Father to say, "Go get 'em, bring my children home"! On that day, in the twinkling of an eye, it will happen and from that day on we will be living by sight and what a glorious sight it will be! Friends, I hope you are walking by faith and not by sight. Live your life based on the Resurrection Hope and you will walk by sight, and what a glorious sight, in glory land. Not my promise, but the promise of God, the Father thru Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior.
Look forward to seeing you Easter Sunday, Ladybug!!! Sweetpea loves you!
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