Friday, February 26, 2010

Such a sweet story!

The Cab Ride

I arrived at the address and honked the horn.
After waiting a few minutes, I walked to the door and knocked...
'Just a minute', answered a frail, elderly voice.
I could hear something being dragged across the floor.

After a long pause, the door opened.
A small woman in her 90's stood before me.
She was wearing a print dress and a pillbox hat with a veil pinned on it,
like somebody out of a 1940's movie.

By her side was a small nylon suitcase.
The apartment looked as if no one had lived in it for years.
All the furniture was covered with sheets.

There were no clocks on the walls, no knickknacks or utensils on the counters.
In the corner was a cardboard box filled with photos and glassware.

'Would you carry my bag out to the car?' she said.
I took the suitcase to the cab, then returned to assist the woman.

She took my arm and we walked slowly toward the curb.

She kept thanking me for my kindness.
'It's nothing', I told her..
'I just try to treat my passengers the way I would want my mother treated'.

'Oh, you're such a good boy', she said.
When we got in the cab, she gave me an address and then asked,
'Could you drive through downtown?'

'It's not the shortest way,' I answered quickly..

'Oh, I don't mind,' she said.
'I'm in no hurry.
I'm on my way to a hospice'.

I looked in the rear-view mirror.
Her eyes were glistening.
'I don't have any family left,' she continued in a soft voice..
'The doctor says I don't have very long.
' I quietly reached over and shut off the meter.

'What route would you like me to take?' I asked.

For the next two hours, we drove through the city.
She showed me the building where she had once worked as an elevator operator.

We drove through the neighborhood where she and her husband had lived
when they were newlyweds.
She had me pull up in front of a furniture warehouse that had once
been a ballroom where she had gone dancing as a girl.

Sometimes she'd ask me to slow in front of a particular building or corner
and would sit staring into the darkness, saying nothing.

As the first hint of sun was creasing the horizon, she suddenly said,
'I'm tired. Let's go now'.

We drove in silence to the address she had given me.
It was a low building, like a small convalescent home,
with a driveway that passed under a portico.

Two orderlies came out to the cab as soon as we pulled up.
They were solicitous and intent, watching her every move.
They must have been expecting her.

I opened the trunk and took the small suitcase to the door.
The woman was already seated in a wheelchair.

'How much do I owe you?'
she asked, reaching into her purse.

I said

'You have to make a living,' she answered.

'There are other passengers,' I responded.

Almost without thinking, I bent and gave her a hug.
She held onto me tightly.

'You gave an old woman a little moment of joy,' she said.
'Thank you.'

I squeezed her hand, and then walked into the dim morning light..
Behind me, a door shut. It was the sound of the closing of a life..

I didn't pick up any more passengers that shift.
I drove aimlessly lost in thought.
For the rest of that day, I could hardly talk.
What if that woman had gotten an angry driver,
or one who was impatient to end his shift?
What if I had refused to take the run, or had honked once,
then driven away?

On a quick review,
I don't think that I have done anything more important in my life.

We're conditioned to think that our lives revolve around great moments.

But great moments often catch us unaware - beautifully
wrapped in what others may consider a small one.


Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Update on Kat's Mom

Please continue to Kat's mom! The doctor said that there is a chance that she will never fully recover from it! Please pray for a fast and full recovery!

~"Everything is possible for him who believes." Mark 9:23~

~Jesus looked at them and said, "With man this is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God." Mark 10:27~

In Christ,


My mom goes in for her check up today so please keep her in your prayers!!


Book Bomb!

Alex and Brett Harris, who are the authors of "Do Hard Things," are having book bomb for their new book "Start Here" (visit their website, The Rebelution, about purchasing their book)! I just learned what a book bomb is so if you don't know here is a brief explanation- A book bomb is were the someone sets a date were everyone is to buy a certain book. The object is to see how high you can get the book ranked as themmost bought book! I haven't purchased my copy yet but I am planning on buying it soon! I loved their first book and can't wait to read this one!
Go help them out!
The King reigns and His Son.

Monday, February 22, 2010

That's not all folks!

Sorry everyone for my long absence! I really have no excuse other than the fact I've been keeping very busy! As you read from Mac's post my mom is sick with the shingles and at this point has partial paralysis on her face. The paralysis should go away with the shingles but since she isn't able to close her eye very well it could result in blindness(only in the one eye). For a bit of humor.... we tease that she has one eye on us at all times! lol!! Please keep her and us in your prayers! She goes for an eye exam tomorrow so hopefully all will be well!!! AGAIN PLEASE PRAY FOR HER!!


Prayer Request

I just found out that my Gran bob (my daddy's dad) had surgery today. Something was wrong in his back so they removed a vertebra and put something in (I don't know that much about it as you can see! =D). Please pray for a fast recovery for him. Also, please pray for Kat's mom! She has the shingles right now! She went to the doctor again today and he said that her face would be breaking out with blisters real soon. She can't close one of her eyes because of the shingles and has to go see the eye doctor about how to help it, since there is a chance of blindness in that eye because it can't shut.
Please pray for both of them!
The King reigns and His Son,

Create in Me a Clean Heart

Create in me a clean heart
Oh God and renew a right spirit within me (2x)

Cast me not away from thy presence, O Lord
And take not thy holy spirit from me
Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation
And renew a right spirit within me

That is one of my favorite songs. Today it was really comforting to me since I was struggling with being joyful! I love it when I am in a difficult moment in life or even a awesome moment in life and a song comes into my head and makes the moment so much better! Does that ever happen to you or am I the only one? LOL
The King reigns and His Son,
Yes we are living! :) Sorry we haven't posted sooner! We have been struggling with what to post on! I have ideas but it is difficult finding the time. I have decided that this Joy challenge is more difficult than I had originally anticipated! I will post about my trials of this month at the end! I hope ya'll are having an awesome February! Don't worry I will be posting again soon!
The King reigns and His Son,

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Joy Challenge

Last month Jenna from Feminine Farmgirl challenged her followers to Love our enemies. She called it the Matthew 5:44 challenge
Matthew 5:44 "But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you."
Click here to read her challenge.
This month she challenged her followers to be joyful! Here is what you have to do:
1) Read and meditate on 8 verses in the Bible that relate to being joyful.
2) Copy or print 2 of the 8 bible verses and put them in a place that you'll see each day!
3) Journal one blessing per day that brings a smile to your face and reminds you of God's goodness and gift of joy.
4) Thank Jesus Christ for the joy that He has put in your heart. Pray that He will shine through the joy on your face and that He will use your testimony of JOY to bring others closer to Him.
5) Be prepared at the end of this month to post your thoughts, bible verses on Joy, and 5 blessings that made you smile!!!
~Don't forget to link back at her blog at the end of the month~
Click here to read the rest of the article.
I now challenge you to be joyful in all circumstances this month! It isn't going to be easy, but with Christ all things are possible.
Philippians 4:13 "I can do all things through Him who gives me power." I hope you will join me in this "Joyful' challenge.
In Christ who gives me strength

Christmas Catastrophes Finale

I was planning on writing each of these in its own post but since it is already February, I thought you might like us to move on! =D I will give you a brief overview, though, of what did occur! Sorry this took so long!
1. Here is your Science lesson for the day!
New Year's Day was my daddy's birthday, so my Omie Eva (my daddy's mother) made him a chocolate birthday cake with powdered sugar on top! We put candles in the form of how old he was turning and then lit them. As my daddy proceeded to blow out the candles, the powder sugar blew upwards and caught fire! We were not expecting that! My daddy's eyelashes were singed, his eyebrows were singed, and the tips of his hair were singed! We now know that powdered sugar is flammable! =D 2. I was working on Cd's that I was going to give my mother for Christmas and itunes erased them all!
3. We were straining out seeds of some berries that were going to become punch and they went everywhere, on the counters, on the floor, and all over my mother! (We had church at our house that night!)
4. I was traveling with my cousins to our grandparents' house and a tire bouncing down the interstate hit their car. This was my first, and hopefully last, wreck to ever be in! This was my cousins second wreck in 2009, so please pray that they will be able to get the parts they need for their van cheaply.
5. And last but not least, I was at my other grandparents' house watching a movie with my siblings and Kat and her siblings when the chimney box fell in! We had noticed it earlier in day that it was cracking but didn't think it would collapse!
I hope everyone is having a wonderful New Year!
In Christ,

Monday, February 1, 2010

Beautiful Elegant Designs!!

Hey Everyone!! I wanted y'all to know that there have been major updates on Beautiful Elegant Designs!! I invite you all to stroll on over there and take a look!! I would love your input for topics that you would like discussed (about style..etc.) Comments are of course welcome as well!!! Enjoy!!