IT’S OFFICIAL!!!!!

We are residents of the great state of Wisconsin!

I am so excited to be able to finally say that!  This move seems like it has been in the works for years…but in actuality it has only been 2-3 months.  I started packing the end of March so all of our stuff has been sitting in boxes all over the house.  I am determined that I am not going to live in a sea of boxes for that long after the move.  So I have worked very hard to get things put away.  The only rooms I have left are both bathrooms, the office, and our bedroom.  Our bedroom is done except I have to finish the canopy on our bed and then it will be done.

Here are some pictures of what I have done so far.  I will share other pics when I get the rooms done.

This is a pano picture of a little room off of the living room that I have deemed the Reading Nook.  It has a huge window in it for tons of natural light to stream into the room.  I see LOTS of Bible studying going on in this area.  I can’t wait!

This is before I put the table in the room.

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This is after I put the table in the room.

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What a difference it made.  I have already studied God’s Word and blogged from this space and it feels amazing.

Here is a picture of the living room taken from the reading alcove.

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LOVE LOVE LOVE my new sectional!

And the kitchen.  I found it only fitting that in the DAIRY STATE…and I collect cows for my kitchen, that it was the perfect match!

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I had this table in the dining area which was actually ordered for the reading alcove but we had to wait for the arrival of the dining room table.  Some friends of our gave us the table and I recovered the chairs to match the wonderful placements that my mother made me for the new table.  Here is the table that currently resides in the dining room.

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As you can see it is coming together.  I love decorating and if I could figure out how to do it I would have a job doing just that!

Meanwhile there is so much going on in addition to that, that I can hardly keep my head from spinning.  Richard has started his new job as an Asset Protection Manager at Kohls department store.  He likes it but during his training period he is driving all over creation to different stores learning all kinds of policies and then at the end of the month he will be certified.  This is hard for me because sometimes he is gone up until 9:30 at night and I am used to having him around 24/7.  It will be an adjustment period for sure.

I have a big craft show coming up in July that I am trying to get hats ready for.  I have several new hats debuting in this show.  Big Hero 6 hats…Frozen…Ninja Turtles…and a few others.  Of course there will be Packers hats!  We have been told that if we are going to live here we will  have to become packers fans because they are die-hard fans here and they don’t mess around.  Kinda funny…our friends Patrick and Courtney are a house divided.  He is a Packers fan and she is a Bears fan.  It is kinda funny to watch them discuss it.  Really funny!

Well I will sign off for now.  More to come in the next week or so.  Also hoping to get back into my online bible study over at Seeking His Will.  More on that later.

Write soon I promise.

New Beginnings

Spoiler alert:  Warning this post may or may not have a tendency to be all over the place as seem to be my thoughts these days.  I think I will use bullet points….that may help me.  :)

  • If you have been hiding under a rock for the past few weeks…then you missed our exciting news!  We are moving to Wisconsin!  I am excited and both nervous to start this adventure.  I am excited for many reasons but the most important is that this is going to be a fresh start for our family.  A chance to move on with our lives and get out of a town that I have lived 50 years in and have not seen many changes.  Well that is entirely not true.  I have seen and experienced change in this small town living.  But the change has been for the worse.  Businesses pulling out and leaving their small town roots, being forced out by Wal-Mart breaking into the business world in 1978.  Small mom and pop businesses couldn’t compete with lower prices and quantity sales.  At the same time, it provided many needed jobs for the community.  Nevertheless, there are no opportunities for future in this town.  People are generally hurtful to one another and the  spiritual state of this town is….well lets just say satan has his hand in almost everything.  Don’t get me wrong…There is good here…..It is just hard to find.  And you have to actively seek it, which most are not willing to do.  It is simply too hard.
  • I have been restoring furniture like crazy.  I am really enjoying it!  I have never taken on such projects as this before….so it has been quite challenging.  Below is just a couple of examples of what I have gotten done.

Turned this……..

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into this…….

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It is going to go in the new entryway at our new place with family pics in it.  I still have to put the hooks on it to hang coats on but I think it turned out pretty nice.

This bench I have had for almost 20 years…..but just never did anything with it. Everything in our living room at the new place is either black, dark stain, or tan….so I wanted to add some color.  This piece is a work in progress.

Before……

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After…..

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I still have to distress it and put the wonderful decals on it that my friend Ami made for me….and eventually it will look like this……

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But with more of a distressed look!

My hope is to get this all done before we move.  I still have about 9 projects in the works.  I will post pictures of them as I get them done.

  • Even though I am excited about moving, I am sadden to leave friends and family behind in Missouri.  And the fact that I am moving farther away from my brother Jerry makes me even sadder.  The one good thing about that is I doubt I ever drive to his house again…..We will be flying and renting a car out there because somehow 29 hours of driving just doesn’t appeal to me. My very bestest friend Teresa is a different story.  I have a blog post started about what true friendship is and believe me when I tell you….it is taking me a while to write it because I can’t see to type to well through tears.  She is happy for us to be moving into this stage of our lives but sad that we are moving.  I will miss her so very much and I can’t seem to find words to convey what she means to me.  (I will leave that for another post.)
  • And then of course there is my mother.  I think she is truly happy that we are moving and getting out of my home town but still she is my mom and I will miss her deeply.  Fortunately we are only 8 hours away so we will get to see her often.  My new grandson, Owen, and his mom and dad, will be a reason why my mother may see me often.  :)  Hopefully we will be coming back every other month or so and bringing him to spend some time with us.  I miss him already and we aren’t even moved yet.  He is growing so fast and I hate to miss out on so much of his life, but I have come to realize I can’t live my life for someone else.  I have to live it for God and pray that everything else follows in accordance to His will.

More to come soon I hope.  Right now my brain is mush and I am in need of some hot tub therapy here at the hotel before heading back to Missouri in the morning.  We had to take a trip to Wisconsin for a job interview that went very well for Richard Friday.  So I will keep everyone posted as news arrives.

Much love to you all

In His love and service

Jeannie

Living As A Biblical Woman In An Un-Biblical World

Is that even possible?

As you can probably tell I have taken a very long hiatus from blogging.  I have hoped upon hopes to get back to it….its just that every time I sit down to write I always have some what of a writers block.  I always have work to do, lists to make, house to clean, errands to run…or the thing I blame it on the most…actual…out of the home…work.  Yes for the last year an a half I have worked outside the home at a local grocery store where I started as a cashier for the extra income and then evolved to a promotion of closing night manager and then now been moved and promoted to deli manager.  Most days I love my job.  But there are a few days that I literally miss being able to stay at home with Kelsey, (who now has a job and is working her way up the ladder at Wal-Mart) and be able to minister to women through mentoring, my blog, Facebook along with other means of communication.  So all of these things have kept me from what I really love to do and that is bringing the love of Christ to those who are in desperate need of it. (which I think at some time or another all fall into that category but you get what I mean)

So how do we live in this VERY un-biblical world as a Biblical woman?

I may not be able to tell others what they need to accomplish this, but I can tell you what works for me and hopefully you can apply some of principals I write about here and it will help you figure out a routine for you to become the Biblical woman that Solomon speaks of in Song of Solomon, or that Proverbs teaches about.

The first thing that is essential to living in this sinful world is to make sure you have a relationship with Jesus first and foremost.  If you are not sure what I mean by this feel free to email me and we can get into an in depth discussion about what it means to truly walk with Jesus.  Or you can read about it here.

In several places in the gospels during Jesus ministry it talks about Jesus retreating to the wilderness or mountains to be along and pray.  Even in the midst of healing and teaching He found he had to take time to be alone with His Father.  Even the night He was arrested in the garden, He went alone to the garden and prayed about his very death.  He knew that He knew He needed a personal relationship with His Father.  Quite frankly I don’t know how people go about there day and get through it without God in their lives.  My husband, being a preacher, says simply “They don’t.”  And I guess they really don’t.  They just merely exist on a plane that they know nothing else but sin.

For me this is a very important aspect of my daily routine.  I have found that in the last year and a half…and I am being completely honest and raw here…I have not read my Bible, prayed, communed with God the way I should.  I only pick up my Bible when I need to look something up, or as a witnessing tool.  I am ashamed to say that my walk with Jesus has suffered because of this very thing.  I have spent the last year making excuses for my lack of time spent with God.  And that is exactly what it is….excuses.  If you are not spending time with God in prayer daily or in His word daily, your walk will falter too.  Like me, you will not see it at first, but eventually you will wake up a year later and realize, what has happened to me.  Where is God?  Why did He leave me here all alone for the past year?  When in reality, it is us who has left Him.  He is waiting at the fork in the road that we left him at….just waiting for us to return to His plan for our lives.  Trust me when I say that this “alone time with God” is imperative to you walk with Jesus.  Hey if Jesus made it a practice of His daily life, then I want to follow His lead.

God longs to spend quiet time with us.  Some times when I come home from work all I want to do is vegetate on the couch and watch a movie or just play on my computer.  I think back on the times I used to spend with God and I miss it on a level that screams for attention in my life once again.

Lent is upon us.  And no I am not catholic…but I do observe lent, that is the forty days before Easter.  Each year, for those forty days I give up something that means something to me that shows reverence to God.  It is supposed to be something that means more to us than anything else.  Something that says “I love you more than ______ God.”  This year as many years that preceded this one, I decided to give up soda.  And this year, as many years that preceded this one, I have failed at this attempt.  I am not sure why I try something so hard and end up disappointing God and myself in such an epic way.  I just can’t do it.  I have come to that realization this year.

So this year I have decided to devote a large portion of my day whether it be at work or home, to God.  Simple as that.  I am going to get back to where I was before life got in the way.  I am sorrowful that it has taken me this long to realize this.  I need to renew my spirit in Him.  I need to be refreshed in my walk.  I have driven on that 6 lane super highway that leads to sin and destruction for to long.  I broke down last night a told God I had nothing left.  I felt totally drained.  There was nothing left to give to Him.  Every time I tried to do FOR God, the enemy stepped in and said you are to tired, just relax, God will wait.  This morning as I was cooking breakfast, God spoke to me and said “I know you are tired my child but if you will just give me the time and energy that it takes to love me and worship me, I will see that you have the energy to do what you need to do to get through the day.”   This was epic for me.  I had relied on my self for so long that I forgot exactly how God was there for me in the past and how I left him sitting back at the intersection of where His plan for my life continued.

When you are tired, you can find your rest in him.  Do what ever it takes o steal a few moments alone with God.  Pray often.  Even one lie prayers are music to God’s ears.  Take care not to pray for selfish reasons.  Pray in a way that asks something for you….like instead of praying “Dear God make these kids behave”, pray “Father I am out of energy today please help me to deal with the kids misbehaving.”  Trust me it is a much more effective way to pray.

God only wants us to be active in a relationship with Him.  He made us to worship Him and for His companionship and pleasure.  It is only when we are actively participating in that relationship will we feel truly blessed.

How do we live in today’s world as a Biblical woman?  Immerse yourself with His love, grace, and salvation.  He actively seeks your companionship…..so why not seek His?

In Spite of the Storm…

Jeannie Davis:

My husband wrote this blog today and I just had to share. I have missed his writing so very much. Sometimes he says things in a much nicer way than I “want” to so it is easier to let him speak for me.

Originally posted on Slice of Home, Slice of Life:

When I felt the call from God to move back to the small town of Brookfield, MO, I pondered to quietly ask several questions; the biggest of those was “Why?”

Of course, I knew the answer, no matter how hard I tried to deny it. The Lord was preparing my heart and life for one of the toughest challenges that I have ever had to face: and that was coming back to the place where I had began my downward spiral into drug and alcohol abuse and do the exact opposite: to lead those who were in the same gut-wrenching experience out of the darkness and into the Light of Jesus Christ…and to do that, I would have to completely sacrifice self.

So, twelve years, two pastorates, and many gray hairs later, the ministry still continues. There have been many joyfully led to Christ and baptized; several awesome tent revivals…

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The Micah Story

Some of you have asked about the post I put up on my facebook page this morning.  If you have known me but didn’t know that I lost a child 21 years ago….rather than explaining the whole thing again…LOL  I will just let you read about it here.

Micah….The beginning

Micah….Part 2

Micah…Part 3

Micah…Part 4

Micah….Part 5

The final Chapter

This was much easier than explaining to the countless people who have messaged me on FB asking me what happened.  Thank you to everyone for your prayers today.  I truly felt the presence of God through all of my friends today!

10 years…already?

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My dear Husband,

I can’t believe that it has been 10 years since we got married. How can I even begin to put words to the feelings that I have for you? What being your wife feels like? Can I even describe how you make me feel?

Do you remember when we were first dating? Remember spending every spare moment with each other and spending the moments we couldn’t spend together thinking about each other? Do you remember me falling asleep while talking to you on the phone? We would talk on the phone for hours after the girls went to bed and then I would look at the clock and realize I had to be at work in 30 minutes? Two O’clock came awful early on those nights. Smiling constantly at just the thought of getting off work and seeing each other? Do you remember the time you held me down and made me say I love you before you would let me up? The joy of just being in love and knowing you were loved back just as much?  Do you know what is better than falling asleep in your arms every night? Waking up in them every morning. I consider it a joy to wake up each and everyday and look at you and fall in love with you all over again. It is a blessing to fall in love all over again (after spending over 20 years apart), with you, but to fall in love with your best friend is rare and has far surpassed my expectations.

We have experienced so much over the last 10 years. The joy of being newlyweds, new jobs, the sorrow of the death of both of our fathers just 32 short days apart. The devastating death of your remarkable mother. Fostering children that weren’t ours.  Adopting so many of our children’s friends as our own.  We have experienced spiritual growth in ways I didn’t know possible, thanks to you entering into the ministry, and having 3 churches to call our home over the last 10 years. We have been through medical issues that I thought were hopeless. My back surgery and subsequent dependency on prescription medication, your surgery that we didn’t think possible without insurance, the trip to the ER thinking you were having a heart attack, my debilitating migraines that would land me in bed for days at a time, or at least unable to function for days and last but not least your ongoing issues with your ankle injury from the wreck that led you to Jesus.

We have experienced the joy of raising a child in the love and admonition of the Lord. I know you are as proud of her as I am. She is truly a child from and of God. I like the fact that even though we were not able to have a child (or two or three or four….) together, that we have 8 individuals on this planet to call our children. Five boys and Three girls are nothing to sneeze at! Even though you were not able to be with me when I had to say goodbye to our angel, Micah, I know that you loved her. The sorrow we have shared together for her has helped me re-enter the world as a productive mother and child of God. For that I thank you and love you more than you will ever know.

The last four years of our life have not been easy. Just seems to me that more than it being a 10 year mark,  more than “just another year in our marriage”, it has been an honest struggle in so many ways but an overall triumph for God’s honor.

This anniversary feels like….a quiet, subtle moment of gratitude. A gratitude to God’s Grace for seeing two imperfect humans through another year. A thank you for getting us through challenges faced. A thank you to you for humbling yourself and the strength you have displayed through some tough situations that we have seen in the last few years. I think we have both grown and learned a lot and I thank you for growing and learning with me instead of dictating to me how life should be.

To say that I love you doesn’t really begin to explain my feelings for you. Our love has grown deeper in Christ and deeper with each other. When we got married 10 years ago, neither one of us knew what the future would hold, but we were excited to finally get to spend our lives together after spending so many years apart, and many broken roads to find our way back to each other. When I think back to that day we were both so full of hope and excitement. Instead we got day after day of being talked about, people not understanding what we were about or what we were trying to do in leading others to a saving relationship with Jesus first and foremost, but also trying to give them a taste of what we have together and that they can have what we have also, if they just submit to Christ. As we both know I had major control issues when we were first married but God showed me how to let you lead in the fashion that he had intended a marriage to be. When I submitted to Him fully….THAT is when I started really living in our marriage. That is when I was truly happy. You were so patient with me and allowed me to find that path on my own, all the while staying grounded in Christ on your own. I think that the joys we experienced were made that much sweeter by the difficulties that we have faced.

That is one of the things I love most about you is how grounded you are in your faith. I love that in the midst of turmoil in our lives, I can lean on you and feel comfort and safety in your arms. You are my safe place. I can trust you with my life, the lives of our children, my crazy feelings, my fears, my dreams. And please know that you are so worthy of all of those things.

Today, on this special day I realize we are once again completely unaware of what the next ten years may hold. But as we continue to walk down that road I know that we will be doing it together and you will be right there holding my hand as we walk through the ugly treacherous valleys and then climb that huge hill back up to the top of that beautiful mountain. I could not imagine life any other way.

I love that we get excited about the same things. The simple things, fresh sheets on the bed, the smell of freshly washed clothes, watching an episode of The Walking Dead, Sharing a candy bar, going to the city lake and just sitting in silence reading our Bibles. I love you how you look at me with “that look” right before you tell me that you love me. I love that you call me on each break and your lunch hour and how we both almost cry when we have to hang up.  I love that you text me just to tell me “hope your having a good day at work honey” or just to see how I am doing.

I love you more than I thought ever possible. God has given me so many reasons to love you. You opened my eyes to show me that I was worthy of being loved by God and by a man who loved God.  You are my rock in all the hard times we face and I love you for being the caring person that you are. I know now that I will never have to go through “hard times” without you.

My words all fall way to short of expressing what my heart feels. You love me just the way God created me with every little imperfection. You see past my flaws into the pit of my heart and see all the scary things about me and you love me anyway.

We are so different but so much alike in good ways. You are way more selfless than I deserve. You are my best friend, and have been for over 30 years. I am so blessed that God chose you to be my husband. I am just so very sorry that it took so long for us to realize it. I am also blessed that you feel the same way.

I love our life together. I love you. I love the way you love me, the way you came into my life on your white horse to whisk me away from it all. I was not complete until you found me. And for that I will be eternally grateful.

In the book of Ruth chapter 1 verse 16, it tells us this:

“But Ruth said: “Entreat me not to leave you, or to turn back from following after you; For wherever you go I will go; And wherever you lodge, I will lodge; Your people shall be my people, and your God, my God.”  Ruth 1:16

I will follow you till the end of my days here on earth. If you reach the shores of Heaven before me, I will wait until we can be reunited again. If by chance I die before you….I will eagerly but patiently be waiting your arrival in Heaven so I can join the angels in that heavenly chorus singing Hallelujah!

I love you my dear precious angel. You are my whole world. Thank you for showing me the way. Thank you for simply being you. You are a treasure among all.

Your wife

Jeannie

My Life With You

I was looking through some pictures, newspaper articles, and other keepsakes.  It is so much fun to reminisce and remember things about my childhood, my children when they were little, and old family photos.  I swear I think I must have kept every paper my girls colored or art project that they did in preschool!

So I think the most cherished thing I found, (sorry my darling daughters, but he must come before my children in order for things to be right with the big man upstairs), is a letter from my husband.  It is a letter he wrote me on our 1st anniversary.

MY LIFE WITH YOU

There was a time….long ago…when the sight of your eyes captured my heart.

From across the hallway I stood, mesmerized by the glow of your eyes…your skin…your hair.

And I knew I was in love.

I tried in vain to let you know how I felt about you, my precious Jeannie.

From holding you close on the dance floors of the Cedar Cinema; both of us clinging to each other like we were the life rafts of each others souls in the midst of life’s storms…..

To barging in to the girl’s bathroom when you were crying, dismayed at the thought of your parents divorcing…

To listening to you intently, as you shared your hopes, fears, dreams, and your entire LIFE with me during our long pleasurable talks…

You opened up life to possibilities that I had only dreamed about;  you broke through the very essence of my soul.  When I was around you, I felt worth something;  I felt honored by your presence… most of all, I felt LOVED.

The years I spent apart from you, my love, were years of nothingness; years of anguish, grief, and strife that were my own personal living hell.  The  drugs and alcohol were only means of escaping the harsh realities that I had made for myself;  I wallowed in self-pity and thought that happiness was something that I would never truly embrace again…like I had when you were in my life those many years ago.

And now, for the past two years, God has blessed me immeasurably with your love and compassion and commitment to me.  And now, one year later, my heart is healed from those many years I spent without you as my wife…something that I should have done so long ago.

Thank you, Jeannie Marie Davis.  For loving me;  for being my best friend;  my soul mate;  my confidante;  my lover;  my helpmate….and most of all…my beautiful wife.

Love Richard

Isn’t he the best?  I really love this man more today than I did 30 years ago.  Is that even possible?  He makes me feel like I am the most important thing in his life.  He does that by making God the most important thing in HIS life.

I am so blessed to have him as my husband.  I cherish every moment we have spent together and pray that we have many more.

You are my whole world Richard Davis.  There are no words in the English language, or any other for that matter, that can express my love for you and what you mean to me.

I only hope and pray that out in this big world that there are couples that experience this kind of love!  It is the best!

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