Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Stress Relief Idea #3

Never, ever, ever, run out of toilet paper and paper towels. Buy both every time that you go to the store until you run out of room to store it. There is no use stressing over toilet paper.:)

copyright 2011 by Kathy Robbins

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

I KNOW You DIDN’T Just Unfriend Me!!!

While perusing facebook one evening, I saw the following post from a friend:

"How many of you check the number of friends that you have on a daily basis, and then if the number has dropped, check your friends list to see who unfriended you? STOP IT!!!”

I really liked that post, because, well, I have been guilty of keeping tabs on my friend inventory and most other people have too. I don’t do it anymore though. I can’t say who has unfriended me or why. But I thought that I would write about who I have unfriended and why. I need to admit that just because I have unfriended someone, doesn’t necessarily meant that I don’t love them anymore. But sometimes, it does.J

Kathy’s Unfriended List Arranged by Personal Significance, Complete With Reason:

1. My Mother-I still love her but I didn’t love the fact that she would wait until she saw that I had logged onto Facebook and then put a post on my page saying, “call me. Mama”. No offense, but how embarrassing! Now, she posts on my son’s page saying, “Tell your Mama to call me.” He doesn’t seem to mind. (I hope she isn’t reading this.--Love you Mom!)

2. My Brother-He instant messaged me one time to fuss at me about something that my Mom had told him. He told me that she was giving him an earful. So, I explained my side of the situation and as soon as he logged off, I unfriended him. Once he realized it, he called her to tattle on me. She told him not to worry about it, because I had unfriended her too. ( I hope he isn’t reading this-Love you Bro!)

3. My oldest son-Time #1-We had an argument on our respective facebook pages.
Time #2- He got mad at me and wrote bad things about me on his wall.
Time #3- He used too much vulgarity on his wall after I had asked him to stop doing this. He said that it was his wall, not mine. He has since toned it down.
Must I add that he is a teenager? Enough said!

Status-We are currently facebook friends. I love you, Son!

4. My ex-husband- Really, it was hard to add him in the first place. There is just something creepy about having an ex-husband on your page. I think that he was more upset that I had unfriended him than he was about me divorcing him.

5. My former mother-in-law- This is even creepier than the ex-husband.

6. Former schoolmates who just won’t quit posting pictures from their cheerleading days from THIRTY years ago over and over and over: Pyramid #1, Pyramid #2, etc., etc., etc., ad nauseam. Hello! It’s over! Move on!!!

7. Friends who post pornographic pictures-KEEP YOUR SEX ORGAN OFF OF MY PAGE!!!

8. Friends who use excessive cursing and vulgarity.

9. Alabama Friend-One friend who is an Alabama fan said that she was about to start hiding the comments from all of her Auburn friends because she didn’t want to have to read all of our obnoxious comments during football season? Oh Yeah? Well, I just unfriended you!!! Ha!

10. Friends who show pictures or write things dishonoring Christianity. One guy had a picture of Jesus holding an automatic weapon. Another girl kept posting that she worshipped Satan. No thank you. I didn’t want her vibes on my page.

11. One friend who I love dearly, just to see if she would notice. ( I was feeling unloved). It took her a while, but she finally did notice and sent me a new friend request. We are friends again.

Who have you unfriended and why?

copyright 2011 by Kathy Robbins

Friday, August 5, 2011

A Gift From the Lord

This passsage is dedicated to my friends, Maria and Dan Harrington, and Jenny and Eddie Gelsone, who are expecting babies soon. May you continue to be blessed!

I was pregnant with my second son. Very pregnant. I had just left the doctor’s office after having my prenatal checkup. I was having to visit him weekly now, because I was very close to my due date. I had hoped that he would tell me that he was admitting me to have the baby. But that did not happen.

I was big, and ready to have the baby. When he told me that it wasn’t quite time yet, I felt a huge letdown. My hormones were raging and my emotions on a roller coaster. So disappointedly, I went to a restaurant to have lunch before making the two hour drive back to my hometown.

Reading while I ate was a deeply ingrained habit of mine. My current reading project was to read my bible. I had read all of it except one book: the book of Psalms.

The reason that I had saved this book for the last is that much of it is poetry and I usually have trouble understanding poetry. I prefer a straight-forward chronological story.

I really dreaded opening my bible and beginning reading. Typically, I read three chapters a day. If the passage was particularly interesting, I read more. But, I didn’t usually read more of the Psalms. Getting through this book was tough for me. I just didn’t want to read that day. Nothing was really going my way and I just knew that once I opened this book, nothing would be different.

However,  I also am aware that we sometimes have a war going on privately within us. Whether it is the devil trying to keep us from the word of God or whether it is our flesh, or a combination of the two, we have to persevere in order to receive a blessing. And sometimes, when we feel the most reluctant to enter into the word, or attend church or pray, that is when we most need to do that which we don’t want to do. For many times, that is when the biggest blessings await us in exchange for simple obedience.

So, with this knowledge, accompanied by my reluctance, I opened my bible to the place where I had left off the last time: Psalms 127. This is what I read:

Except the Lord build the house, they labour in vain that build it; except the Lord keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain.
It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrows: for so he giveth his beloved sleep.
Lo, children are an heritage of the Lord: and the fruit of the womb is his reward.
As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth.
Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them: they shall not be ashamed, but they shall speak with the enemies in the gate.

What a blessing for a woman with child to read! My anxiety was gone. I knew that I was receiving word that I was soon to deliver a blessing. What a beautiful gift from God on this day when I needed encouragement, both for my condition and for reading my bible. I would forever hold this particular Psalm dear to my heart.

I recommend that every man and woman who are expecting a baby to read this Psalm. Those of us who have older children need to read it regularly too, especially in times of frustration, as a reminder that the object of our frustration is indeed a reward from God.

copyright 2011 by Kathy Robbins

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Stress Relief Idea #2

Prepare for the morning the evening before. Set the breakfast table, make lunches, put out the clothes you plan to wear, etc.

copyright 2011 by Kathy Robbins