Friday, September 19, 2014

My BFF Is The Bomb Dot Com

Friday, September 19, 2014
Tell us about your best friend.

My best friend is more like my sister than my friend. It’s really funny how we even met. While job hunting, I was called for an interview for a position that was a front desk but would lead to a Recruiting position. When I went in, this girl was working the front desk. It wasn’t until the actual interview I found out they would bet letting her go because she was just a temp but they would keep her on to help me audit all the files in the back. I stole the job from my BFF. She has been there for me in the darkest times of my life, literally. She was there for me during my 20s, which, if you have read my blog ever, you know my 20s and I were not friends. Barb or B as I call her, is the most selfless, caring person I know. She has fed me, clothed me, put a roof over my head, has been a ride when I didn’t have one, she has been the only person who listened, the only one who cared and she is just amazing. I am not sure what my life would be like without her. She has recently begun a ministry and I am super proud of her. Check it out.

Until Next Time! Joni

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Comfort Foods

Thursday, September 18, 2014
Tell us about your comfort foods.

When you are from the South, food is a major component to everything you do. Food is the focus of every holiday and family gathering and if you come from families like my Nanny and my Grandma, they cooked enough that everyone could eat. Food may have been a big pot of beans, some fried potatoes and a big batch of corn bread along with some sweet tea to wash it all down. I feel like I have the best of 3 worlds: I am Southern, I am from a country family that believes that no one goes without eating and I was introduced to the world of Soul Food. My go to comfort foods that I make for myself would be any kind of cake, cookie or brownie. If I eat at my mom’s house, she makes this meal that her grandmother made which is tuna fish with purple onions, mustard and not mayo, fried corn bread and black-eyed peas. None of it is supposed to go together but it is magical, maybe because it belonged to my great grandmother. My favorite meal, my most favorite meal ever is a true soul food dish: ox tails, homemade mac & cheese, collard greens, hot water cornbread and either peach cobbler or banana pudding with sweet tea. So, as you see, comfort food depends on where I am and who is cooking. Comfort food is about the way food tastes but who makes it, the memories that are associated with it and the love that is poured into it.Until Next Time! Joni

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Heals My Soul

Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Name five things that heal your soul.
1.    The love, grace and mercy that is provided because of and through Jesus Christ
2.    A hard, meaningful hug from one of my children
3.    When I see a red bird on the days that aren’t so great and I know my Nanny is watching over me still
4.    My future sister-in-laws cooking

5.    A good, long, meaningful cry

Until Next Time! Joni

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Most People Don't Know This But........

Sept 16th: "Most people don't know this but..."

I secretly want to be high maintenance. I know that sounds crazy and compared to my mom and my sister, I am super high maintenance but really I’m far from it. I want to be the kind of girl that keeps up with the absolute new trend, have tons of make-up, never leave the house until I am 100% put together, take hours to get there, make us late to everything because I’ve changed clothes 500 times only to put on what I started with. I want to go shopping every week, have a closet full of designer labels, hair extentions, fake bake, just be a girly girl but I am far from that. I feel more comfortable in either jeans or sweats with a t-shirt. I would rather have my hair stacked on my head in a messy bun with very little make-up on. I loathe being late for anything, which Joseph and Lexi almost always make us late. It takes me 20 minutes to do my hair and most of that is blow drying. It takes me 5 minutes to put on the make-up I wear and while I will change clothes a few times, I don’t shop all the time nor do I have the latest fashions hanging in my closet. 

Until Next Time! Joni

The Birth Of Plum & A Little Giveway

I always knew God was calling me to do something but what? I knew for sure I didn't want anything to do with kids at all!!! It's funny how we are the ones who feel like we get to tell God how to use us, boy we are some proud creatures sometimes.

The first time I volunteered I was a married, teenage mother in her last year of high school. My teen parent group asked for volunteers for peer mentors and I felt compelled. 5 years later I was co-coaching a group of 4 year old soccer players and the list goes a little something like this:

1997 - Peer Mentor - Partners For Success
2002 - Co-Coach 4 year old Soccer
2005 - All Around Volunteer - Mission Arlington
2006-2008 - All Around Volunteer - Salvation Army Lancaster Corps
2007-2008 - Special Event Volunteer - Charity Church
2010-2013- Volunteer Firefighter - Rice Volunteer Fire Department
2010-2013 - Secretary/VP/Fundraiser/Member - Rice Volunteer Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary
2010-2013 - Volunteer First Responder - Cowboy Church, Ennis

And then this year something changed. This year God put the pieces in place for my best friend, Barb, to establish a ministry and not just any ministry but a ministry for young girls ages 11-17. You know the ones I said I didn't want to work with. It's funny how God has different plans for your life. He allows you to go through so much so that you can minister to others and so PLUM was born.

I will be posting much more about PLUM but for now, check out our Facebook page & a little giveaway.

Until Next Time! Joni

2 Peter 2 : What Reflection Do You See?


But also [ in those days } there arose false prophets among the people, just as there will be false teachers among yourselves, who ill subtly and stealthily introduce heretical doctrines even denying and disowning the Master Who bough them, bring up on themselves swift distractions

(2) And many will follow their immoral ways and lascivious doings; because of them the true Way will be maligned and defamed.
(3) And in their covetousness (lust, greed) they will exploit you with false (cunning) arguments. From of old the sentence of [ condemnation] for them has not bee idle; their destruction (eternal misery) has not been asleep.
(4) For God did not [even] spare angels who sinned, but cast them into hell, delivering them to be kept their in the pits of gloom till the judgment and their doom.
(5) And He spared not the ancient works, but preserved Noah, a preacher of righteousness, with seven other persons, when He brought a flood upon the world of ungodly [people].
(6) And He condemned to ruin and extinction the cities of Doom and Gomorrah, reducing them to ashed [ and thus ] set them forth as examples to those who would be ungodly.
(7)And He rescued righteous Lot, greatly worn out and distressed by the wanton ways of the ungodly and lawless
(8) For that just man living [there] among them, tortured his righteous soul every day with what he saw and heard of their unlawful and wicked deeds
(9) Now if all these things are true, then be sure the lord knows how to rescue the godly out of temptations and trials, and how to keep the ungodly under chastisement until the day of judgment and doom.
(10) And particularly those who walk after the flesh and indulge in the lust of polluting passion and scorn and despise authority. Presumptuous and daring self-willed and self-loving creatures! They scoff at and revile dignitaries without trembling
(11) Whereas even angels, though superior in might and power, do not bring a defaming charge against them before the Lord.
(12) But these people ! Like unreasoning beasts mere creatures of instinct, born only to be captured and destroyed, railing at things of which they are ignorant, they shall utterly perish in their own corruption in their destroying they shall surely be destroyed
(13) Being destined to receive punishment as the reward of their unrighteousness suffering wrong as the hire for their wrongdoing. They count it a delight to revel in the daytime living luxuriously and delicately. They are blots and blemishes, reveling in their deceptions and carousing together even as they feast with you.
(14) They have eyes full of hariotry,insatiable for sin. They beguile and bait and lure away unstable souls. Their hearts are trained in covetousness, they are children of a curse.
(15) Forsaking the straight road they have gone astray; they have followed the way of Balaam the son of Beor, who loved the reward of wickedness.
(16) But he was rebuked for his own transgression when a dumb beast of burden spiel with human voice and checked the prophet's madness
(17) These are sprigs without water and mist's driven along before a tempest, for whom is reserved forever the gloom of darkness.
(18) For uttering loud boast of folly, they beguile and lure with lustful desires of flesh those who are barely escaping from them who are wrong doers.
(19) They promise them liberty, when they themselves are the slaves of depravity and defilement - for by whatever anyone is made inferior or worse or is overcome, to that person or thing he is enslaved.
(20) For if, after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the full, personal knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they again become entangled in them and are overcome, their last condition is worse for them than the first.
(21) For never to be obtained a full personal knowledge of the way of righteousness would have been better for them than having obtained such knowledge to turn back from the holy commandment which was verbally delivered to them.
(22) There has befallen them in the thing spoken of in the true proverb, The dog turns back to his own vomit and the sow is washed only to wallow again the in mire.

(From NIV Version of Joyce Meyer's Study Bible For Women)
" 2 Peter 2:10 says that presumption is a treacherous trait of a person who walks after the flesh. We must always be on guard against presumptions. Presumption is behavior that is arrogant, overconfident and unreasonably bold. Presumptions causes disrespect and rebellious attitudes toward authority.

Presumptuous people talked when they should be quiet. they try to dictate direction to those from whom they should receive counsel. They give orders when they should be receiving them; and they do things without permission.

Presumption is a big problem and comes from a wrong heart. God does not want us to be presumptuous. He wants us to be humble. Eliminate presumption from your life and cultivate humility.

This one was kind of a rough one today. Did you find yourself asking if you fit in any of these categories? I found myself saying I fit in quite a few of them. I also found myself right in the Word that I needed to be because Lexi and I were just talking about false prophets and I wasn't sure where to find anything in God's Word. ~ yep, means I need to be in it more.

I am going to work on being more humble. I am going to work on having a better, closer relationship with God.



I find myself fitting into many of these categories that your Word warns us about. Help me to be humble Lord and to trust in you more, help me to not be boastful or prideful but still hold my head up with confidence. Lord, I want to live for you and not be cast out like the angels. Thank you for showing me right where to go for Lexi. It showed me I don't have the knowledge I need. Thank you for opening the doors for ministry in our lives Lord. Thank you God for everything you do including loving me despite how ugly I can be.


Until Next Time! Joni

Monday, September 15, 2014

Monday, September 15, 2014
Do you believe that time heals all wounds?

Unlike many people, I don’t believe that time heals all wounds. I think time makes things easier to deal with. See, the wounds are there. You can’t fix them. Yes, scar tissue might form but it doesn’t ever go away. The scar makes the wound easier to live with. The scar protects the wound with a thick layer of tissue that covers the wound and makes it stronger but the scar is still a reminder that the wound exists. Since you are forced to continue to live, once the scar has formed, you don’t think as much about the wound but you notice the scar which reminds you of the pain, the hurt, the process, the reason. So no, time does not heal wounds but we have to live with time and we cannot spend our lives dwelling on the wounds but reflect on the scar where the wound once was.

Until Next Time! Joni