Do You Know Your Need?

by frazzledmama on September 26, 2015

Last week a dear soul walked into eternity.  I am certain that she had no idea that Wednesday would be her last few moments of life here on this Earth.

The morning that Aunt Chris walked into eternity, she liked a photo that I shared on Facebook.


Oh such truth!  And to think, Aunt Chris met Christ a mere few hours later.  Her passing has reminded me that we are not promised time here on this Earth.  It reminded me to be more patient with my children, family members, and even strangers…. Because, no one is promised tomorrow.  I don’t have a guarantee that I will hug them one last time.

You know what else I don’t know?  I don’t know if you know where you are going when you die.  We are all going to face that day, some sooner than others. And my question for you, dear reader is, do you know what will happen to your eternal soul when you die?  Do you have assurance of where you will spend eternity?

The Bible tells us that all men have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. ( Romans 3:23)

It also tells us that the wages or the outcome of sin is death. Eternal death separated from God. (Romans 6:23)

But then GOD…He demonstrated His own love for us that WHILE WE WERE STILL SINNERS CHRIST DIED FOR US!  (Romans 5:8)  How many people do you know who send a pardon for you while you were still in the ACT of breaking the law?

But, praise the Lord, if we confess with our mouth and believe with our heart that Jesus died for our sins, we will be SAVED…we will get to spend an eternity with the one who loved us more than we can comprehend. (Romans 10:9)

Jesus will not turn you away. His word tells us that “whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”  (Romans 10:13)  It doesn’t matter what you have done in the past, He longs to see you come to Him, to call His name, to believe in who He is, to ask forgiveness of your sins, and then to turn away from them.

If you ask, He will come into your life and change it radically.  He will transform you and work through you.  Oh…there is so much He wants to accomplish through you.

Psalms tells us to “Taste and see that the Lord is good.” (Psalm 34:8)  This verse always makes me think of my efforts to entice my children to try a new food.  Taste and see….try it, you’ll like it…. We know how great that lobster dipped in drawn butter tastes….but convincing a child to “try it, you’ll like it” can be hard, and sometimes their stubbornness causes them to miss out on a tasty treat.

That is our Heavenly Father’s plea…  taste and see.  Don’t miss out on the amazing flavor God will add to your life when you place that life completely in His loving hands.

Aunt Chris and Uncle Quinton

Won’t you taste and see that the Lord is good???

Will you stop right where you are and ask Him to save your soul?  I guarantee it will be the best decision of your life.  It will not be easy, but you will be blessed and counted as a Son of God.

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Building Memories in the Garden

by frazzledmama on September 5, 2015

This year, I am determined to have a huge, plentiful, beautiful, garden…as far as it is within my control.  I researched and planned, ordered seeds and baked the garden.  Then, I somewhat patiently waited for September to arrive so that I could get started on this seasons garden.


Today, finally the first Saturday in September, and I had a nice wide open spot on my calendar.  Time to plant the garden.  I recruited Bubba to build me a new trellis for growing cucumbers.  Once we had a materials list, we headed to the store to pick up some PVC pipe, lime, and a respirator.

I know, a respirator?  Well it seems that I have something blooming out in the yard that makes me feel like I have the flu every time I work out in the yard.  So, I decided that in the interest of my health, I needed to wear a respirator.

Get ready to laugh…..


Gram’s hat, my Ray Bans, and a respirator.  Doesn’t get much funnier than that!

I started tilling up the dirt so that I could incorporate my big three supplements to the soil, fertilizer, lime, and ironite. As I worked away I remembered one reason I love working in the garden.  It gives me time to think and pray.  So I was thinking and praying and realized that I was all alone…planting the garden.  There were no pudgy little hands begging to push seeds entirely too far into the dirt.  No eager volunteers hoping for a chance to man the rake or the hose :)

And then I was sad. 

For about 2.7 minutes.

That’s about how long it took for this girl to wander out and ask if I’d like some help.


Which was a huge help because my neck and shoulders have been giving me a fit lately.

Then, this guy came out and assemble the new “trellis” for the cucs.


Before I knew it, I had eager volunteers manning the rake and the tape measure.


Their slender, ever more adult-like hands carefully planted each seed with care and attention to the correct depth.


And my heart sang. 

Today was special and a memory that will warm my heart every time I step into the garden.

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A Legacy of Love

by frazzledmama on August 21, 2015


Early this morning I was driving in the car and I heard a voice the reminded me of my grandmother.  It was in a song, and the voice was saying, “Grandma will love you all your life.”  At which point I instantly dissolved into a puddle of tears.  Gram has been gone for nearly 3 years and it’s always amazing to me that simple things like a smell, a saying, a voice bring her back so vividly in my mind that my heart aches again missing her.

gram sleeping kids

My grandmother was an amazing woman.  And like the song I heard this morning, she did love me all my life.  I don’t ever remember a time that I couldn’t go to her.  Sure she’d slap me straight when I needed it, but I always knew she loved me.  She’d also just “pop by” when I was drowning in babies.  She had a knack of getting them to sleep…then she’d fold laundry.  I told you, she was a saint.  I miss her terribly, she was one of my best friends.  But I know she has left a lasting legacy in our family.  A legacy of family, a legacy of helping…a legacy of love.  I can only hope to leave such a legacy for my family.

Love you Gram!

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