NO that is NOT Coffee!

In all of my years of life, I have never had to live a day without clean water.

But that is exactly what happened to me the other day.

I woke up just like I do every other day – half asleep and heading for the coffee pot.

I turned on the water faucet and received nothing but air.

In disbelief, I tried again and again with the same result dead air – not even a dribble of water!

I quickly realized that this was how my life was going to start today – There would be no shower, no face washing, to toothbrushing, and this was really bad – NO COFFEE!!

I whined a little bit okay make that a LOT while I dressed, threw my toothbrush in my purse, and headed for work, stopping along the way at McDonald’s for breakfast and a nice hot cup of coffee!

A little while later while comfortably at my desk with freshly brushed teeth, and a hot cup of coffee in my hand I received a call from the water department informing me that during the night there had been a water main break but that now our water at home was back on and safe for bathing in.  They also said for the next 24 hours we were under a boil order for water used for drinking and cooking.

A few hours later I arrived home from work with the plan of taking that shower I had missed that morning on my mind but when I turned on the water I discovered that our water was now a nice muddy shade of brown!

Quickly deciding that shower would probably make me feel dirtier than I already felt that plan soon ended along with the decision that no amount of boiling in the world would make me feel comfortable to use the water coming out of my faucets for toothbrushing, cooking, or drinking! I also had mountains of laundry to do but figured my clothes would turn brown so that was also out today!

Brown water is not something that I am used to seeing coming out of my faucets and I bet you aren’t either.

Did you know that there are places where it is normal to have dirty water every day?

Did you know there are places where life is so poverty ridden that people walk for miles to get water… dirty water… and they carry it home and then they bathe in it and drink it?

Did you know that one of the most critical needs in the fight against poverty around the world is the need for clean water?

Did you know that every 15 seconds a child dies from a water-related disease?

Did you know that 4000 children die every day from easily preventable diseases?

Did you know that clean water helps children stay healthy and active in school so that they can focus on overcoming poverty?

Click here and check out these water facts -> water facts

For me, a day without water or dirty water is a once or twice in a lifetime occurrence so it’s hard for me to fathom that 35 percent of the world’s population does not have clean water EVERY – SINGLE – DAY! 

People shouldn’t have to go without clean water and WE can help to fix this problem. 

Would you please consider helping by going to Compassion International’s website to find out what you can do to help provide clean water?

Here is the link -> Clean Water for Life

For me, one day without clean water seemed like such a big deal and I still had access to ways to get what I needed.

Imagine if this were your life every single day…  no possible way to get the clean water you need so you have to give the glass of water pictured here to your children?!

Thankfully there is a solution and you can help make that solution happen!

 

Turn Signals are Optional

So yesterday on our way to church my husband was driving and we had a police car not too far behind us. In this area of town, the speed limit is so low that it is easy to accidentally go over. I then ‘reminded’ my husband of the low-speed limit and of the police car behind us, just as he suddenly switched lanes without using his turn signal.

I sarcastically added to my reminder the words, ‘Oh wonderful! While you are getting your speeding ticket the policeman can go ahead and add another ticket for changing lanes without signaling!”

My husband then informed me that when nobody was driving close to him that a turn signal was ‘optional’.

We then continued to ‘discuss’ (argue) about who was right or wrong on this matter. A couple of minutes later the signaling discussion was over and we passed a church. As we drove by I said, “wouldn’t it be nice if our church was this close to our house?” and then added, “but that is one church I will never go to,” and then we began talking about the beliefs of that churches denomination and how they followed a bunch of rules that were not actually in the bible. I then said something to the effect of I did not want to go to a church where I could not just be who I am.

Fast forward – We get to church, and the message is titled… ‘Judging Others’… I’m sure you can guess where this story is going… 😊

The Pastor starts right off with a joke about signaling when changing lanes while driving a car and something about signaling being optional. He then moves right into talking about how people who don’t go to a church will sometimes say they won’t come to this church or that church because of they think they are full hypocrites.

He wasn’t even into the message 2 minutes and my husband was elbowing me whispering, “what are the chances of that?”

The scripture used that day was John 8:1-11 – the one about the woman caught in adultery and how the teachers and Pharisees were trying to trap Jesus into saying something they could use against him. But instead of answering Jesus just wrote in the dust and then he said, “he who has never sinned may cast the first stone”. And then instead of stoning her everyone then turned and walked away. The pastor said one thing this made him think about how when someone asks us a question we are not obligated to answer and the next thing I know I am getting elbowed by my husband again because I am always accusing my husband of not directly answering my questions when he knows the answer will get him into hot water with me. I soon found myself whispering to my husband “You are just like Jesus!” my husband said “thankyou” and we both started laughing.

Enough said…

My lesson was learned big time today and God has a really great sense of humor too.

Happy Monday everyone! I hope you all have a great week!

Oh and before you leave check out this song by Lauren Daigle about the woman from John 8:1-11.

How God Sent Me a Message in a Pile of Yuk

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Warning… This post is kind of weird and maybe a little yukky…

A couple of weeks ago I was standing at the bathroom sink brushing my teeth when suddenly I heard this gurgling noise coming from the toilet.

It didn’t sound like a good sound and as I lifted to lid to investigate I realized that I was correct. The water in the bowl was bubbling and rising quickly to the top.  I turned off the faucet at the sink but the toilet continued to bubble up. I ran for a plunger and began yelling for my husband to come help save the bathroom from what I knew was most likely going to be a flood.

We were able to save the bathroom but after a lot of effort to unclog it, my husband realized that it was not gonna happen so he was going to have to call a plumber. Later that day the plumber came and spent 2 hours at our house unclogging the pipes.

Fast forward to today….

I was standing at the sink brushing my teeth when….

You guessed it! REPEAT of two weeks ago happened again!

Seriously??   I have been brushing my teeth all my life and have never seen a sink cause a toilet to overflow!…and now this was 2 times in 2 weeks!

My Husband came to the rescue again

He tried everything AGAIN

Nothing worked AGAIN

He called the Plumber AGAIN

But this time the plumber’s magic plumbing tools didn’t work. After about 2 hours of slinging nasty water all over my bathroom and hallway, the plumber said he couldn’t fix it and said he was going to have to call his boss who I guess must be his plumber…???

BTW who do plumbers call when they need a plumber??

Later that day the boss plumber came with some fancy water-jet-blaster-truck which sprayed from the outside of the house in…Ya… this story just keeps getting messier and messier! By the time he was finished I had to declare the bathroom as a hazardous waste contamination area (just my sarcasm but it sure felt like it) and there was a lovely pile of what looked like brown paper mache’ all over the basement floor. Gag… barf…  😦

That may sound like the worst of it but nope… the worst news of all is that the boss plumber put a camera in our pipes to see if he could find the problem and it was a big one. We live in a very old house and the verdict is that the pipes in our house are so old that they have disintegrated in places causing nothing to be able to get through.

Ugh! This was really ‘crappy’ news. But the good news was that he was able to unclog pipes BUT unfortunately, it is only a matter of time until they are clogged again so we have to replace them ASAP.

Oddly during all this, my husband who is the one who usually gets upset about this sort of thing seemed really calm …. but me on the other hand, the one who is usually calm about this sort of thing, started worrying about all the what-ifs and the cost of fixing it.

The night of the clog I had a class at church and then the next day I had to work so my husband was the one who had to clean up most of the mess. While I was at work I kept thinking about the mess in the house and starting to self-doubt as to if we are doing the right thing by moving here… etc.. etc… etc…

I should have known I have nothing to worry about now here’s the good part of the story –

When I arrived home my husband met me outside with a huge grin on his face and said, “look at what I found while sweeping up in the basement?” Then he placed a silver ring in my hand.

I recognized it! This was my ring I had lost 7 years ago!

The story of the ring – The house we live in used to belong to my husband’s parents and not long before his mother passed away I lost my ring at her house. I thought I had lost it in the bathroom but I had searched every inch of it and never find it. What I didn’t realize at the time was that it must have dropped down the drain or into the toilet.  Now 7 years later my husband had found it in that mountain of yuk in the basement.

This may not sound like such a big deal to most people but to me, this is huge… and not like you would think. This is not an expensive ring but what was written on it was worth more to me than you can imagine.

It’s a twisted band and there is a message engraved on it. – For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11

My husband and I had prayed a whole lot about the move to this house before we did it.  We both knew that moving here was what God wanted us to do.  It has been a lot of work getting here but also at the same time it has been fun and very rewarding to see how things have been coming out. We’ve had a few unexpected problems along the way but each one has turned out great and we really love living here. This house has felt like home to both of us since the moment we moved in.

I know that this life we are living is God’s plan and sometimes its hard to see the outcome of his plan when you are right in the middle of it.  But now (thanks to the reminder) I remember that as long this is God’s plan it will turn out good… because God is really really good ❤

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11

 

I’m Warrior, How About You? – Music Monday

I’ve had a lot on my mind lately but have been struggling to find the words to write about it so instead, I have remained silent. Today I have decided that I just can’t keep silent anymore and will let the words flow as they may… no corrections will be made so please forgive the typing errors.  Also – If you are alive and breathing then you’ve most likely seen or heard what I am getting ready to talk about and I have no idea what side of this you are on but hopefully you know me enough that what I write here comes from my heart and is said with love and that I am not trying to stir the pot in a bad way at all. Only love lives here on this blog ❤

Here goes….

Lately, the world seems to have gone a little crazy…make that a LOT crazy! People seem are so divided on everything and I’m really quite sick of it. Everywhere I turn I see people hurting others and making hate-filled comments on social media about everything you could ever imagine! I won’t bother listing them all here because I am sure you have already heard them all too.  If you can name it then I am pretty sure someone will most likely have a problem with it and say something negative.

Lately, it also seems like everyone is right… (according to themselves) And everyone who they think is wrong needs to be told publically about it in a mean way.

Am I right?… Or maybe I am wrong…

Does it really matter who is right or wrong?  We all have an opinion and we have a right to have that opinion, but is it really necessary to voice that opinion against one another all of the time?

What if we all just opened up our eyes one day and actually tried to really see the people we are around day in and day out as a fellow human being and then we just went ahead and loved them for who they are… no matter what they believe?!

Right now I have about 20 close people I know who are going through some very serious things in their lives. For them, there is a war going on right now and to them, it’s not against another person and it’s not about who’s right or wrong.  They have bigger fish to fry than that! So many are fighting very serious things right now, like the loss of a loved one, illnesses, drug and alcohol addiction, homelessness, seriously… I could list things forever and never end this list!  I’m sure you probably have a few of your own things that you could to add.

The struggle is real! and we all really need one another right now!

God didn’t put us here to go through things alone and he especially didn’t put us here to fight against each other!

What if we all just made the decision to become warriors FOR everyone else instead of only for our own agenda?

I’m not sure if today’s song goes with what I wrote today or not, but I really love this song and feel like no matter who we are…we all are… or we will be… warriors at one time or another in our lives. We all have struggles that we have to battle every single day.  I know I have been a warrior myself and hope I can say I am for others … No matter how hard we try there is always room for improvement.

Sooooo…..What do ya say, can we all be warriors for the same Team?

Let’s all give LOVE a try!

Here is the song, I hope you enjoy it and it makes you want to join me! – Warrior by Hannah Kerr

Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. 10 If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble. 11 Likewise, two people lying close together can keep each other warm. But how can one be warm alone? 12 A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken. – Ecclesiastes 4:9-12

I hope you have a wonderful day!

Terri Siebert

 

 

Eyes on Jesus and Another Music Monday

Hey there! It’s been a really long time since I’ve been here on the blog. In May my husband and I went on a cruise and we came home tossing around the idea of selling our home and moving into a home that we have been renting out since 2011.  We prayed about it and the next thing I knew we were caught iin a whirlwind of excitement. Our summer was spent cleaning up and restoring the home we were moving into and then moving. We have been in our new home for about 5 weeks now and we are just now about finished unpacking. YAY!

Anyway…I didn’t come here today to talk about the move, what I really came here for is to share a song with you.  -> Turn My Eyes by Bonray.

Yesterday in my pastor’s sermon he spoke about how different symbols or things bring back memories of things our lives. That got me thinking about a tiny blind spot that I have in my eye. Its been there for about 5 years now and I never really notice it too much, but during the times that I do notice I’m always reminded of the time that I lost my vision in that eye. It was a very frightening time for me and the only way I could have peace was to keep my eyes firmly on Jesus. I didn’t realize it at the time but now looking back I know that it was during that time I learned just how much Jesus loves me. He was with me every step of the way and I know now that he is here to stay. All I have to do is keep my eyes on him.

There is a whole lot more to the story and if you have been a reader of this blog for a while then you have heard the story before, so no need to repeat.  If you haven’t heard it then you can head to the archives and find it all there.

I hope you enjoyed the song and that you have a wonderful week.

Oh and one more thing before I go… Did you know that Jesus loves you and that if you are looking for peace all you have to do is call on him and he will give it to you?

It’s true.

Have a great week!

Terri Siebert