Friday, October 30, 2009

Breakfast in a Shoe

The morning was miserable. It seemed FF was being disciplined from the time her little feet hit the floor. She was tormenting her little sister, dumping her toys out on the floor, falling out in temper tantrums and the last straw - touched the lampshade she knows better than to touch. Finally I was fed up! I put her into time out, handed her breakfast to her and let her know that she was not coming out of time out until I had finished my shower (which was taken VERY hurriedly). After showering, I walked back into the den and thought my sweet adorable child had returned. She smiled sweetly at me, handed me her shoe filled with her breakfast and said, "Look mommy, breakfast in a shoe!" Now here in South GA we have a restaurant called Macadoo's which has an awesome concept called Breakfast in a Cup. It consists of grits, eggs, sausage and cheese all mixed together in a cup. Add a little butter and a packet of salt and OH MY you have a treat! The girls at my work suggest I market the idea of Breakfast in a Shoe to some of our local shoe stores...

In the insanity of the morning I failed to see the Father's hand at work. I allowed my circumstances to get the best of me and I blew it by becoming frustrated. Once I repented, cleaned the breakfast OUT of the shoe, re-dressed my child and loaded up the car, we went to work. I was late going in and frustrated that my day just continued to fall off it's track. I failed to see God's hand at work orchestrating my day. I failed to take joy in the little things He had sprinkled all over my path. When I got to work (late) my co-workers were as usual smiling and joyful. One asked if I enjoyed breakfast in a cup, to which I answered, "I LOVE breakfast in a cup." "What about breakfast in a shoe," she asked? That is when I saw the precious size 4 shoes with a Nutri-grain breakfast bar in them. We ALL had a good laugh! The Lord has blessed me with a job that I love where everyone loves Him and each other as sisters in Christ. They blessed me in seeing the humor I had missed.

"The JOY of the Lord is my strength." Neh 8:10 (NIV) Joy is not the quick fleeting happiness that is temporarily felt when all things go right. As Americans we pursue happiness, but as Christians we should pursue the joy of the Lord. JOY is a deeper heart condition that rises above the circumstances and says, "regardless of the day I will praise your name Jesus and rest in YOU. I will allow You to order my day and Your joy to be my strength!" Through Him we can face anything (even breakfast in a shoe!)

Blessings this day and may the joy of the Lord be YOUR strength!

Monday, October 19, 2009


Joel 2:25-26
25 "I will repay you for the years the locusts have eaten—the great locust and the young locust, the other locusts and the locust swarm my great army that I sent among you.
26 You will have plenty to eat, until you are full, and you will praise the name of the LORD your God, who has worked wonders for you; never again will my people be shamed. NIV

October 17 was a busy day! All day long I had a nagging feeling I was forgetting something. I mailed something at our local post office and when I wrote the date commented to Lynn, the Saturday post mistress, that I must be forgetting someone's birthday, that the date rang a bell, but I just could not think of what it was. Later, my precious husband asked me to wait a minute, then he went into the next room to get something. He returned, knelt before me, and read to me the poem he wrote for me to ask me to be his wife on October 17, 2005...

By the summer of 1999 the "locust" had eaten everything. I was in a failing marriage with a man who was bi-polar. We were in the midst of our 6th move in 7 years. A year earlier I miscarried our first child during the 2nd tri-mester. Four months earlier he was admitted to the state mental hospital for attempted suicide and I had just gotten off the phone with his counselor who informed me that he had admitted to her another suicide attempt. I was devistated and beside myself. I went to the only place I knew I could find comfort, The Word. I opened my Bible and God gave me Joel 2:25-26. It was a very special promise that sustained me through a 2nd miscarriage and the eventual demise of my first marriage. I knew He was faithful and that He would restore! Obviously, I did not know when, how, where or with whom; but 10 years later the restoration is complete. On October 17 of 2005 God's BEST asked me to spend the rest of my life with him. In May of 2006 we made a covenant before Christ and all our friends to love, honor and cherish each other til death. In July of that year, the Lord blessed us with a pregnancy. Having lost 2 babies in my first marriage I just prayed that I would stay pregnant. My precious FF arrived 3 weeks early and very small, but she was born on the very due date of my first precious angel. ACE arrive in June of 2008. A marriage lost, a covenant lasting relationship found, 2 babies taken, 2 blessings returned. The restoration of the Lord is a beautiful thing and His attention to detail makes me weep with gratitude and thanksgiving. I praise Him for the wonders He has worked!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Welcome to the Campa Household Black Beauty

We bought a new car Monday...Pablo's was totaled out after hitting a deer (our 3rd deer in 3 years). His Camry was a great one! It had 300,000 miles on it and matched mine. When we began dating we laughed at the fact that we had the same car (he had a 2002 green Camry and I had a 2003 green Camry). We soon realized we had more in common than cars. We saw the Lord's hand at work and the beautiful way He had prepared us individually to become "His Guy" and "His Girl" so He could bring us together in His perfect timing to further His kingdom and to bring "the next generation."

We have named the new Camry black beauty. It is a great car and will serve us well for the next 8-10 years. God is good and His mercies are unfailing. He protects us and guides us! We were blessed that He led us to this new car and worked out the best deal for our family and situation! He is Jehovah Jireh and He has provided!