"Do not be anxious about anything but in everything through prayer and petition with thanksgiving present your requests to God. And the peace of God which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."
If you have ever done much fishing you probably know what the term "catch and release" means. For those of you who have not heard this term, it means that generally there are too many people fishing and too few fish so you catch and release. In some areas, only catch-and-release fishing is allowed so that there will be fish there for "everyone" to enjoy. Charlie and I have actually done this when we didn't feel like cleaning our catch at the end of the day (which usually means we didn't catch a lot of fish).
I'd like to take that thought of catch and release a little further. I am reading a book Same kind of different as me. It is about a relationship between a husband, Ron, and wife, Deborah, and her faith in action and a man by the name of Denver. But I can actually sum it up in one word - friendship.
Ron befriends a black man, Denver. Denver wants to know why Ron wants to have anything to do with him and Ron tells him that he wants to be his friend. Denver tells him that he knows all about "catch and release". He tells Ron "If you is fishin for a friend you just gon' catch and release, then I ain't got no desire to be your friend, but if you is lookin for a real friend, then I'll be one. Forever."
That really spoke to me. A Forever Friend. Do you have any? Are you a forever friend? In John 15:12-13 Jesus said "My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends." Some people are so busy counting how many friends they have that they forget to be a friend. To lay down your life for a friend means to lay aside your time. You make time for your friend. Their need becomes more important than yours. I have been told that if have five friends I am blessed. I believe that is true.
A friend knows your hurts. A friend can look through the outward appearance and know when you have a need. A friend is not afraid to hold you accountable.
I never am crazy about catch and release when Charlie and I go fishing. I figure if I have gone to that much trouble to get my stuff together to go fishing and spend a lot of time trying to catch something it is worth keeping. So I am thinking - I don't play catch and release with friends either. I want to be a forever friend.
I shared a couple of weeks ago about one of the toys I got for Christmas - my Wugsy. I also got another toy that I wanted to share with you. I received 2 Cricut Cartridges to play with. One of my hobbies is making cards so these new cartridges have been fun to use. It was like playing with paper dolls. Any of you remember that?
It was so much fun!
I am sharing one of the cards I made and the cartridges.
Another one of the adventures experienced during the holidays was disc golf. This was one of the things on their "to do" list while here. Now some of you made have already done this. For those of you who have not it's just like golf. You have putters and drivers based on the weight of the disc. There is a disc golf course in Valdosta at Freedom Park. Greg plays a good bit in Griffin so he was the Golf Pro for the day and Kelly, Dana and Charlie were the amateurs. I stayed home with Anna and watched the Barbie version of the Nutcracker - that was on my "to do" list - spending time with my granddaughter.
They had a great time including the disc being thrown into the "rough" or a water hazard in Charlie's case. Lots of special memories were made and stories to tell or exaggerate as the case may be but that is what it is all about - making memories.
Charlie and I don't often get toys for Christmas. This year we each got an "indoor/outdoor radio control flying insect" better known as a WASP. I wasn't too crazy about the product name so I renamed them Bugsy and Wugsy. We like to do that -- name things. Charlie's is "Bugsy" and mine is "Wugsy".
I am not especially coordinated but we had a great afternoon New Year's Eve playing with them. You are only suppose to fly these precious insects on a calm day and it was a little balmy. You will notice the results in a few of the pictures I am posting.
Everybody needs a toy on Christmas. I will have to remember that next year.
Charlie with Bugsy
Uh oh - My Wugsy in a tree!
I told you I was not too coordinated. She actually
Married to my soul mate, Charlie, 44 years. Mother of two daughters (Kelly and Dana). Gran to two precious granddaughters, Anna and Rebekah. Retired Educator. Loving this phase of my life. Praising God for His goodness and mercy. Can't wait to see what He has planned for me next.