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Yesterday my family and I went to Noah’s Ark located about an hour away from our home here in Wisconsin.

noah's ark sign

He not only provided the money to allow us all to go, but an absolutely beautiful day as well.  Mmmmmm…what a treat!

As I packed for our day of adventure, I decided to bring along an extra bandage.  My foot had been dry for a while and if it’s not covered with a bandaid at all times, it tends to crack and bleed.  It was feeling pretty good that morning…no signs of cracking but I covered it anyway just for protection and brought an extra along just in case.

Of course my original bandage fell off pretty much instantaneously, but the extra one was dry and safe back at ‘home base’… our meeting point throughout the day… waaaaaaay on the other side of the park.  My foot was fine so, naaaaaaaaah…wasn’t going to trek back that far just yet.

As the day went on, my foot was doing great and I actually never needed to re-bandage.  Sweet!  And as our fun in the sun was winding down, some of the kids went on the Quadzilla…a water tube slide where 4 people race to the bottom.

quadzilla

Too fun!

My daughter Sam was one of the racers and as she flew down the slide she somehow flipped her mat and when she got off the slide, she came over to sit down and noticed her knee was bleeding.

Ouch!

Somehow she skinned her knee on the ride and as everyone knows, most pool and water park rules state:

NO OPEN WOUNDS!

Hmmm…good thing it was at the end of the day AND that we just ‘happened to have’ that extra bandage.

“And what kind of bandage was it?” you ask…

Why, a Nexcare, extra large, waterproof bandage of course !  🙂

nexcare

the world’s most brilliant invention!!

“… for your Father knows what you need before you ask Him.”   Matthew 6:8

Godincidence

Isn’t it interesting when things just “happen”?

My daughter has been invited to join her cousins for a day of fun in the sun at Noah’s Ark today.

noah's ark sign

Noah’s Ark always promises (and delivers) a day filled with lots of water, laughter and crazy rides.  But there’s one catch…

Noah's Ark waterpark

A whopping $35.99 entry fee (which, of course, does not include any sort of lunch, snack, drink, etc…)

ouch.

Thankfully God knows all things and plans all things.

Sami has a check for $35 from Christmas that still needs to be cashed…  Perfect!!  Well, that covers the cost of the ticket, I’ll just have to send some snacks along with her.

And in God’s perfect timing, I got a text from Sam yesterday saying she ‘spied God’…

She has been staying with her Grandparents, helping my Dad take care of my Mom who just had hip replacement surgery.  Dad and Sam went to Subway to bring back supper, and in true God fashion, Subway ‘just happens’ to have a deal going on right now:

subway“It’s the 10-for-10 Monster Deal from Noah’s Ark and Subway. A deal so big it’s taking over summer!
Now, spend ten dollars at any Wisconsin Subway restaurant,
and you can get a voucher good for ten dollars off admission to Noah’s Ark, America’s Largest Waterpark!
No purchase necessary. See store for details.”

Sweet.

perfect timing

“Behold, He who keeps Israel Will neither slumber nor sleep.”   Psalm 121:4

God is always working.  He doesn’t need to rest, He doesn’t take a break and He certainly doesn’t take a day off for a holiday and this year’s Memorial Day proves that truth.

We have a cookout every year on Memorial Day and have since we moved into our house, for the past 7 years or so, and every year God has provided absolutely beautiful weather for it.

party

Which is great because we really don’t have the room should the party be forced inside.

We woke to a soft, cool rain on Monday morning…the forecasted high?  Not much more than 65° and good chance of thunderstorms.

Uh-oh.

We moved the food tables into our one-car garage which, Godincidently, was still pretty clean!  Praise Him for that.

We borrowed a bunch of extra chairs for inside but once people started arriving we quickly realized there would not be enough room.

But I tell you…thanks be to the only One who truly provides!!

That cool mist of rain that continued most of the morning??  God staved it off and dried things up a bit from about 1:00-4:00… EXACTLY the time people were at the house.  No it didn’t warm up, it remained quite chilly, but it was dry and guests came prepared with hats and gloves; gear warm enough to eat and sit outside.

A true answer to prayer.

“so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven; for He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.”   Matthew 5:45

God also showed great protection (and teaching) that day.

Our house, when the doors are open, has a fantastic cross-breeze.  But be sure the door stops are in place or the sound of loud bangs will be heard…and my daughter’s thumb found that to be the case.

With all of the commotion of food and people coming in and out of the house, Sami’s thumb found itself caught on the door jam as the heavy outside door slammed closed…not an hour after the party started.

OUCH!

Her thumb nail immediately turned purple then black and never really stopped hurting.  She was a real trooper and God clearly protected her.

The x-rays taken at urgent care showed no break and after the doctor ‘drilled’ a hole through her nail to release the pressure of the bleeding, she (and her nail) looked and felt so much better.

Sami

“And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.”   Romans 8:28

I’ll bet she doesn’t do that again!!

jammin' thumb

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If you have been following my blog for any amount of time, you know that I love to see God in the little things… at unexpected times… when our thoughts are somewhere else and God does something, be it ever so small, to bring us back…

That’s how He works, and to be one of His children…to realize He’s sending a little love or encouragement, a reminder or moment of clarity at just the right time… well, that’s just so exciting!!  Mmmmmm…it just fills me to no end!!

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I haven’t been writing many I Spy stories this year.  God placed it on my heart to read the Bible straight through and to stay on track by posting what I’ve read on this blog.  And so I have…however it has taken a lot of time and left not a lot of time to share God sightings… but I just can’t sit idly by any longer!!

God works in so many moments of the day…I see him so often and especially as I read through the Bible, it’s even more apparent how His timing is amazing and perfect!!

I was at a party earlier this year…many people were there and it was too much fun.  Much needed fellowship coupled with awesome food…oooh, we all had such a great time.  In fact, we ended up staying much later than I had expected.

You know what it’s like when you’re at a party… there is a certain amount of party etiquette.  It may even be a party you want to leave, but you don’t want to be the first one to go, so you wait.  Then when someone else makes their exit, it’s a perfect out!

Yet on the other hand… you certainly don’t want to be the last to leave a party either!

overstaying welcome

Well, a couple families left at one point, but it was still early and so the majority of us stayed and continued to talk.  A couple hours later, when I found myself starting to nod off, I realized how late it was and so I stood up to get going and the rest of the group followed my lead.

The following morning as I was reading in the book of Proverbs I read verses about sincere motivation and concern for others.  One set of verses even referred to overstaying welcome!

“Oh gees, we stayed too long!”  I thought.

A short while later I got a message from the friend who hosted the party and she mentioned how late she was up the night before.  What I didn’t know is that while the majority of us left when we did, a few didn’t.

They stayed…

and stayed…

My friend said that of course they had a great time with them, but it just got to be too late.

Boy did I laugh, and I just had to share the verse I read not an hour earlier…

Have you found honey? Eat [only] what you need, That you not have it in excess and vomit it. Let your foot rarely be in your neighbor’s house, Or he will become weary of you and hate you.”   Proverbs 25:16-17

 

med-records

Filing.

Not my favorite job.

Second to pulling.

At a dental office, pulling charts for the next day’s schedules is daunting.  Boring.  Terribly repetitive and mindless work.  But it must be done.

Yesterday as I slowly worked my way around the chart room, one of the patient coordinators interrupted me.  They were quite busy at the front desk and, really, unable to leave their computers for too long so she asked me to pull a chart for her.

I had just put down the pile I had been carrying and was at a good stopping place so it was a welcome distraction.

She gave me the name which, for the sake of HIPAA rules, was ‘Barney Rubble’.  I was in the vicinity of his chart, so I found the it, handed it to her without a pause and headed back to my pull list.

When I glanced at the next name on my list of charts to pull, I couldn’t believe what it read…

BARNEY RUBBLE

Exactly the chart I had just given away…it made me laugh.

‘He will yet fill your mouth with laughter And your lips with shouting.”   Job 8:21

God always wants to make Himself known to us.

And so often it’s not in larger than life, grandiose, miraculous acts… but so subtle that we don’t even notice.

Sometimes He just wants to remind us that He’s there.

But it’s when we keep our hearts and minds centered on Him…that He reveals Himself to us, even in a chart room.

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I am absolutely in awe.  I have been nominated for the Super Sweet blogging award!

ME!!

What a shock and incredible blessing!

I want to thank Carolyn for nominating me for the Super Sweet Blogging Award.  Please visit her blog: ABBA FATHER

The RULES for the “Super Sweet Award” are:

1. Give credit to the “Super Sweet” person who chose to nominate you.
2. Answer the “Super Sweet” questions.
3. Nominate a “Baker’s Dozen.” (13 blogs)

The Super Sweet questions:

1. Cookies or Cake?

Well, I was going to say cookies but then realized cake was also mentioned.  So I began thinking about chocolate frosting and how it covers cake, so I decided I should change my answer to cake.  Then I thought I could just put chocolate frosting on cookies and decided to go back to cookies, but then I realized I tend to prefer cookie dough to cookies anyway, so maybe I should go with cake.  But as I thought about cookie dough, actually I really like cake batter too…

So, my answer is YES.

2. Chocolate or Vanilla?

Again, there’s room for debate here.  Are sprinkles involved?

3. What is your favorite sweet treat?

Birthday Cake Remix from Cold Stone Creamery

Whew…that one was easy.

4. When do you crave sweet things the most?

Bahahahahahaha!

5. If you had a sweet nickname, what would it be?

Sugar Booger but I prefer Cole.

The Baker’s Dozen Nominees:

I appreciate these bloggers and want to acknowledge their ability to follow the Holy Spirit in inspiring, encouraging or teaching their readers.

1.  Lovebug’s World

2.  Full{her} Life

3.  Extra Ordinary

4.  Kelly Pankratz

5.  Journey of a Southern Gal

6.  Muddled Moms and Mercy

7.  Girls Growing with God

8.  Teagan’s Travels

9.  Shatterproof Ministries

10.  Walk by Faith Together

11.  Lessons from a Bald Chick

12.  7 Days Time

13.  Nizy’s Life Compendium

 

I’m reading slowly through the book of Job.  I have read the Bible all the way through a couple times now in my life [insert happy dance here]

but I have never done an in-depth study of Job.

I’ve always liked Job.

He puts things into perspective when I think I’m having a bad day.  I mean, the poor guy!  All within six verses, a matter of exactly 27 seconds of reading, announcements that come within a period of what could be only minutes of each other; he loses his livelihood and his family.  [Job 1:14-19]

In chapter two, Job is plagued with “loathsome sores” and the one person who is supposed to stand by his side “in sickness and in health” turns against him.  [Job 2:7-9]

Then there are Job’s friends…
Eliphaz the Temanite
Bildad the Shuhite
Zophar the Naamathite

Now I’m only in chapter six so I have only started reading in-depth the counsel of Job’s friends, more specifically Eliphaz who tries to offer words of help and encouragement by suggesting the reason he thinks Job is suffering.

But from what I’ve read so far, Eliphaz is only doing what we all do for our own friends.  We offer our best guess.  Our assumption of what might be happening.  We try to give our best counsel based on things we have experienced ourselves and what might apply to our friend.

I hear all the time how Job’s friends steer him wrong; they are insensitive and give horrible counsel.  Perhaps there will be much more to learn as I continue my study through Job, but as of right now they seem human to me.  They just seem like good guys coming to comfort and help their friend.

What kind of friend are you?

Please take a few minutes to take my friendship survey!  The results will help me see what qualities we find most important in a good friend and how many of us consider ourselves friend savvy.

Click here to take the survey!

Thank you so much for your help!!

 

“I had heard of you by the hearing of the ear, but now my eye sees you”   Job 42:5

“for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.”   Philippians 2:13

It amazes me, in a world where we are taught;

“It’s a dog eat dog world.”

“He who dies with the most toys wins.” 

“Ignorance is bliss.”

That God is able to work so mightily in people.

I have always been in awe of people who serve the Lord sacrificially.

People who think of others instead of themselves, offer their money to those in need, buy groceries for those who are hungry, provide transportation to those who don’t have a ride and give of their time to comfort those who are struggling.

My family has been the recipient of God’s provision so many times through selfless gifts and the generosity of others, it’s almost too numerous to count and had I not witnessed these amazing stories of God’s provision and faithfulness myself, I would have not believed them to be true.

It is a truly beautiful thing when people allow God to be seen through them, and it happened again tonight.

A dear friend stopped by our home tonight and in her arms she held overflowing bags of groceries.

“Aw, Isn’t that nice?” you’re thinking… but what floors me is that this woman is a single mom.  She’s raising a teen-aged daughter herself, and I can only imagine that the money she spent on us could have been used on her.

She felt God tug on her heart to help us.

She looked past what might be lacking in her own bank account; her daughter foregoing new nail polish or another want and instead carried gallons of milk to our front door.

I sent a quick thank you to my friend, and her response proved the love she has for Christ, and the work He is doing in her life:

“God is good. He gets the credit. I was just the worker bee.”

“There are different kinds of working, but the same God works all of them in all men.”         1 Corinthians 12:6 (niv)

“equip you with everything good that you may do his will, working in us that which is pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever.”   Hebrews 13:21

Do not underestimate how God is working in our lives.
He works mightily to get our attention.

Don’t miss an opportunity to be used!

Oh… and this is the song that was playing when my friend and her daughter arrived…

 

Psalm 139 teaches us that God is in control.  He knows all things, plans all things and there is no hiding from His knowledge and presence.

I love that and saw it clearly yesterday when I peed in a cup.

Yes, you heard me right.

God tends to reveal Himself in obscure ways… well, at least to me He does and most recently it has been in the bathroom.  (There will be more on that at some other most inappropriate time.)

Anyway, back to peeing in a cup.

I have had a stomach ache for quite some time, and recently went to the doctor to have it checked out.  I don’t seem to have any other symptoms; I won’t go into the unnecessarily extensive and picturesque list of symptoms asked of me, that is a clear visual you don’t need, so what you need to know is an ultrasound and more testing need to be done.

Before I left the doctor’s office, an ultrasound was set up for the very next day at the UW Hospital downtown, so I decided to kill two birds with one stone and scheduled to come in for the lab work an hour before heading downtown for the ultrasound appointment.

As I left and got into my car to leave, my cell phone rang revealing a number I was not familiar with.  I answered it and a nurse from the UW Hospital was calling to tell me there was a conflict in their schedule and I would have to move my ultrasound appointment to next week.

I had hoped to get everything done in one day but obviously I wasn’t able to, so I decided to keep the lab appointment at the clinic anyway. When I went in for the lab work the next day, I had blood drawn first and then headed into the restroom to pee in a cup…and that is where I spied God.

Had I not been forced to changed my ultrasound appointment, originally scheduled an hour after that one, I would have left the clinic and headed down to the UW Hospital but because I had lab work done and incidentally peed in a cup, I would not have had the required full bladder needed for an accurate ultrasound.

Because God is in control; knowing what would be needed and orchestrated it so that my ultrasound appointment was changed, I was able to have my lab work done and will now have the most accurate ultrasound test done next week.

This life is no accident; each moment exactly as it should be, each of us placed strategically.

In Psalm 139, God teaches us that very truth and also teaches that through whatever trial, He is the source of hope and comfort.

Psalm 139  ESV

Search Me, O God, and Know My Heart
To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David.

1 O Lord, you have searched me and known me!
2 You know when I sit down and when I rise up;
you discern my thoughts from afar.
3 You search out my path and my lying down
and are acquainted with all my ways.
4 Even before a word is on my tongue,
behold, O Lord, you know it altogether.
5 You hem me in, behind and before,
and lay your hand upon me.
6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;
it is high; I cannot attain it.

7 Where shall I go from your Spirit?
Or where shall I flee from your presence?
8 If I ascend to heaven, you are there!
If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there!
9 If I take the wings of the morning
and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,
10 even there your hand shall lead me,
and your right hand shall hold me.
11 If I say, “Surely the darkness shall cover me,
and the light about me be night,”
12 even the darkness is not dark to you;
the night is bright as the day,
for darkness is as light with you.

13 For you formed my inward parts;
you knitted me together in my mother’s womb.
14 I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.a
Wonderful are your works;
my soul knows it very well.
15 My frame was not hidden from you,
when I was being made in secret,
intricately woven in the depths of the earth.
16 Your eyes saw my unformed substance;
in your book were written, every one of them,
the days that were formed for me,
when as yet there was none of them.

17 How precious to me are your thoughts, O God!
How vast is the sum of them!
18 If I would count them, they are more than the sand.
I awake, and I am still with you.

19 Oh that you would slay the wicked, O God!
O men of blood, depart from me!
20 They speak against you with malicious intent;
your enemies take your name in vain!
21 Do I not hate those who hate you, O Lord?
And do I not loathe those who rise up against you?
22 I hate them with complete hatred;
I count them my enemies.

23 Search me, O God, and know my heart!
Try me and know my thoughts!
24 And see if there be any grievous way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting!

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