The Final Leg of Our Journey

by frazzledmama on January 22, 2015

When we left Hershey, PA, we headed south to visit with friends in West Virginia.  Along our way we encountered one more unexpected blessing.  We were driving along the highway and came to this town nestled in the mountains.  There was this awesome train station, and Mr. OverKill noticed that the engine on the train was an actual working steam engine.  We pulled off at the next exit and wound our way back around to the train station.  And there it was!  We had to run so we could see the train before it pulled away.  It was so awesome, Bubba was over the moon!!!

steam engine

I was able to get a video of the train pulling out.  It’s not the best, but we are glad to have it :)

After the train excitement, we finnaly pulled into our destination.  The last time we visited our West Virginia friends, they had snow, and the kids went sledding for hours on their back hill. They tried to duplicate that experience, sans snow….






They had a ton of fun “sledding” down the hill again.


Then, the kiddos raked leaves….


And then proceeded to jump in them :)


Silly kids!


We all had a great time visiting….


The only complaint heard was that it was time to leave.


We almost had a stow away ;)


As we headed home, we stopped by northern Georgia to visit Mr. OverKill’s grandparents.  Mr. OK travels to see them once a year, but the kids and I haven’t visited with them at their home for close to 7 years.


We had a great visit, and were glad to see how well the grands are doing.

Then began the long drive home, but we were happy to be headed south again.  It was a long 10 days, but jam packed with fun and memories!  We feel so blessed to have been able to take this trip.  The kiddos are already talking about our next vacay….DC!

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13 Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show by good conduct that his works are done in the meekness of wisdom. 14 But if you have bitter envy and self-seeking in your hearts, do not boast and lie against the truth. 15 This wisdom does not descend from above, but is earthly, sensual, demonic. 16 For where envy and self-seeking exist,confusion and every evil thing are there. 17 But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy. 18 Now the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.

Isn’t it interesting that James transitions from taming the tongue into wisdom?  They really do go hand in hand you know :) As I was studying for this devotional, I read through the notes in my study Bible and thought the author’s comments so interesting about the word “understanding.”  He said that the word understanding used here means a specialist or professional.  James is asking the question, “Who is truly skilled in the art of living?”  If we want to be skilled in the art of living, in addition to taming our tongues, we must have meek wisdom and as a result of that wisdom, good conduct.

Not everyone who claims to be a Christian has this type of meek wisdom.  You know the type, and James described them to a T here in verse 14.  As I studied further I learned that the person described as possessing worldly wisdom is filled with bitter envy and is self-seeking. When I looked back to see the definition of the original words used for “bitter envy” I found that it means bitter actually means harsh. Envy has several definitions that I found interesting; excitement of mind, fierceness of indignation, punitive zeal, and envious rivalry.  So here a a few pictures of what this “bitter envy” and “self-seeking” might look like. One might be an extremely harsh attitude towards those in sin, with a great zeal to see punishment rained down upon the guilty.  Another might notice a fierce indignation at any hint that that person might be in the wrong on any given issue. Finally, we might see a person intent on climbing an imaginary ladder of spiritual wisdom and authority in the church.  The end of that verse cautions against boasting in such wisdom and covering up the failures which will surely come from this type of wisdom.

The next verse caught me a little off guard, even though I’m sure I’ve read it many times before.  This type of wisdom is not from above but is “earthly, sensual, and demonic.”  I thought, whoa, sensual.  How is wisdom sensual?  I had to investigate further.  If you check around online for the definition of sensual, you will get exactly what you think you are going to get, “stimulating the sense, especially with regards to sexuality.”  Hmmm…So I did a little more digging and found that the original word used means, “of or belonging to breath, the principal of animal life, which men have in common with the brutes, the sensuous nature with its subjections to appetite and passion.” So, this type of wisdom is nothing more than that of our innate human nature, or our nature instincts.  Sensual wisdom is simply satisfying our flesh.

Ahhh…but the wisdom that comes from above is:

-Pure: Truly, certainly, surely, indeed, pure from carnality, chaste, modest, sacred

-Peaceable: Loving Peace

-Gentle: Suitable, equitable, fair, mild, gentle, a character trait of sweet reasonableness

-Willing to Yield: Easily obeying, compliant

-Full of Mercy: Full of kindness or good will towards the miserable and the afflicted, joined with a  desire to help them.

-Full of Good Fruits: Full of good works, acts, deeds

-With no Partiality: Undistinguished, unintelligible, without ambiguity

-With no Hypocrisy: unfeigned, undisguised, sincere

Finally, when we choose to pray for and pursue Godly wisdom, righteousness will be sown .  When we choose God’s wisdom, He will work righteousness in us, and in the people around us.    Our choices and actions will create an atmosphere of peace in our lives.

So, how do we get Godly wisdom?

We start, as with all things, through prayer.  We ask our Heavenly Father, and He is always faithful to give it to us, liberally and without reproach.

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Hershey Pennsylvania

by frazzledmama on January 5, 2015

When we left Boston, we decided that we would head south via Hershey, Pennsylvania.  In order to avoid driving through/near New York city again, our route took us through Scranton, PA.


I told Mr. OverKill that I thought it would be funny to get my picture with the “Scranton Welcomes You” sign from one of our favorite shows, “The Office.”  So, we found the sign and I got this picture.


Fans of The Office will know that this sign is part of the opening of the show.  Apparently, I wasn’t the only person with this idea.  The sign had to be moved to the local mall!  It was a fun pit stop, and then we were on the road again to Chocolate World.


If you’ve never visited Hershey, PA, and you love chocolate, you really need to stop by this free attraction….the chocolate…the smell…It was fun!


And the lamp posts, too cute!


After touring the facility, Mr. OverKill treated the kids to some chocolate.


It was a neat, quick stop as we continued to travel south, where good friends and family were expecting us :)

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