Hi there! My name is Kelly. I'm a mother of 4 and a grandmother of 13 now! I've lived all over the country and even in Hawaii. Right now, I'm currently in Southeast Missouri. Throughout my adult life, I've wanted to find a forum of some sort that encourages other Christian women. I've found wonderful craft blogs, weight loss sites, motherhood sites, book clubs, etc. So I am going to try my hand at a blog that contains a little bit of everything. Grab a cup of coffee and let's chat!!

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Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Christianity in a Woman's World.

First things first, I want to thank you for indulging me and following my blog.  I know it contains a little bit of this and a little bit of that.  But that's kind of how I stay contained! =)

It's encouraging to be able to share back and forth stories about our children, husbands, animals, recipes, and decorations, etc.  But today, I feel strongly led to share a subject that relates to all these areas of our lives.  The best way for me to share the reality of Christianity in a woman's world is to share with you how Jesus Christ has become a reality in my own life.

I grew up just outside of Detroit, with all the trappings that entailed.  My mother's side of the family and my dad's side of the family were on separate planets, two totally different lifestyles..."peas and carrots", to be sure.  Without getting too detailed, it wasn't very practical to raise a child in the lifestyle that my mother lived in so, by the age of seven, my dad took custody of me and I started going to church.

Some things that happened to me, while living with my mother, were pretty hard for me to understand and come to terms with, but I always felt, even as a child, that there was someone there looking out for me.  Someone who I couldn't see, but who seemed to wrap me in a bubble of protection and love.  Even when things got really bad...I never felt alone.  I didn't understand what was going on, I was just comforted and felt a sense of peace.

After all these years, experiencing many ugly things to include dying in a motorcycle accident when I was eighteen, I had always felt that presence of being.  Most of that accident, as well as the few weeks following, I do not remember.  I was told that I was screaming in pain and they couldn't do anything else for me. I do not remember. My neck was broken in two places, my back broken in three places and my left leg was shattered.  I was told I'd never walk again.  I slipped into a coma for nineteen days.  When I came back to consciousness the only thing I felt was total peace.  No pain, just peace.  I didn't know where I was or what had happened, but I was ok with that because all I felt was peace.  No, I don't remember any "white lights" or what it was like on "the other side" but what I do remember, is peace.  The accident happened on November 4th, 1987.

Through the grace and healing power of Jesus Christ, I walked my graduation commencement that following June without any hardware or special appliances and I haven't stopped yet.  There was no humanly way possible that I could have recovered half of what I was able to do within eight months.  The only explanation I have to offer you is the grace and mercy of Jesus Christ.  Apparently, it was not my time to leave this earth.  I believe I was spared so that I could share my story with others who might want to know a personal Savior.  I realize now, that Jesus was always with me...even before I got "saved".   I wouldn't be where I am today or who I am if it hadn't been for Christ.  I want to share Him with you.  There is nothing to be afraid of, He took all my fear from me. 

HodgePodge Vol 87

1.  101 in 1001 challenge. Essentially you create a list of 101 things you want to accomplish or do in the next 1001 days. What's one thing you'd put on your list?

Finish condensing my storage unit to fit on a few shelves in my garage!! (Yes, it's taking some very creative thinking!)

2. How many remote controls do you have in your house? What's one item in your home you wish could be run by remote control?
There are 6 remotes that I can think of...1 for my air conditioner, 1 for garage, 2 for living room tv, and 2 for my bedroom tv.  (I've never been able to get a Universal remote to cover the garage or the air conditioner....so until they come out with one that might even do the dishes for me, I'll stick to my separate remotes.   I wish I had a remote control with only one button on it.... MUTE .... so I can silence the neighbors dogs at 5:30 in the morning.

3. What does having it all mean to you? Is it attainable?
"Having it all", to me, means all of my children and grandchildren in the same state so that all the grandchildren can grow up together.  I grew up in a fairly large family.  Getting together on the holidays was always chaos, but it is the heart and soul of who I am.  I want that for my children and their children.  Is it attainable? .... Well, it would be if it wasn't against the law for me to tie my children down so they don't move away.... Ok, I know....they must spread their wings and learn life on their own now... but it doesn't mean I have to like it....

4. What's your favorite movie soundtrack? 
Bram Stoker's Dracula, The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, and the current version of Phantom of the Opera.

5. Describe the best view you've seen from a rooftop?
One of the best views that come to mind is spending the night in Hollywood, California with my friends and renting a hotel on Sunset Strip, just to say we did it.  Hollywood at night, from the rooftops of a hotel....That was pretty amazing!

6. What's your least favorite thing about summer?
The record breaking heat...causing droughts...(in essence, doing away with most water sources that allows mosquitoes to breed)...and not being able to sit out in my backyard because of it.  Makes me feel like I'm living in a Convection oven...I lived in the Mojave Desert for 8 years, it wasn't nothing compared to this soup we have to breathe every day!  Where's the snow when you REALLY need it?

7. Our weekly Hodgepodge lands on the first day of August. In ten words or less sum up your July.
Stayed out of the hospital for once!
8. Insert your own random thought here.
There are 3 things in life you need: Fortitude, Tenacity and Guts. Fortitude to stand, no matter what, Tenacity to stick with it and Guts to deal with whatever is in front of you.