Tuesday, June 25, 2024

Who's Joseph???

Sooooooooo my friend is telling us all in a group text the other day this really cute story about her son. The jist of the story is that he wanted his Auntie at church but she couldn't take him at the moment because she was praying with someone. So the little boy is like, I'm JEALOUS, like Joseph's brother's!!! And walks away!!!
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So you have to understand that in the moment that I read the story, I was in the middle of doing some stuff… I’m just thinking WHO is Joseph and WHY are his brother’s jealous???
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So all the other girls are writing back like, Oh wow! He's so funny! Too cute! What a cute kid! Annnnnd I'm just sitting there and in my head i'm thinking like, I don't get it!!! What is soooo funny??? 
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So then his mom writes in again and is like, The kid sure does know his Bible! Annnnnd it HIT ME...THE BIBLE...sooooooooooo I finally write my response, "And I'm sitting over here like, HOW AM I SUPPOSED TO KNOW WHO JOSEPH IS???"
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Yes, my friends, TRUE STORY!!! I read her lil story and thought, "I don't know any kids from her church!!! Joseph?! How am I supposed to WHO JOSEPH is, let alone his brothers??? BAHAHAHAHAAAA!!!
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Annnnnnnnnnnnnd YES PEOPLE, 
I DO KNOW WHO 
JOSEPH IN THE BIBLE IS!!!
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The story of Joseph is ACTUALLY one of my all time favorite stories...His attitude amidst his circumstances and the fact that you just NEVERRRR know what God is working out in the middle of YOUR MESS!!! What man meant for evil...GOD MEANT FOR GOOD!!!  
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Buuuuuuuut yeah… don’t be jealous like Joseph’s brothers!!! 
♥Mary Frances :)

Monday, June 24, 2024

Happy Monday!!!

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Weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeelllllll that'll preach!!!
Get me some WATERRRRR!!!
AHAHAHAHAHAAAA!!!
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A drama free church is a WELL HYDRATED CHURCH!!! Hee, hee!!! Imagine everywhere pastors just start passing out gallons of water to their saints!!!
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 Bahahahahahahaaaaa!!! 
Have a drama free week my friends!  

Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Happy Juneteenth!!!

On my own, as early as four years old, I can remember taking and interest in African culture and the civil war times…I would imagine being one of the ones to help free slaves, I had a black baby doll, black barbies and I dreamed of one day having a black friend…
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While I don't support all the political propaganda that comes along with this holiday, I do believe that it is representative of one of the greatest days in American history that should be remembered and honored!!!

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THE END OF SLAVERY 
IN THE USA!!!
People ask me WHY I would celebrate today when I’m white, I’m liiiiiiiiike, UH, cuz I don’t believe in slavery… liiiiiike DUH πŸ™„ 
It was a REPUBLICAN president that ended slavery!!!
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Growing up I loved reading the American Girl books! Annnnnnd you all know me, of course my favorite girl was ADDY!!! The story of Addy goes through her life as a child slave in the fields and then her life as her and her mom escape to freedom. 

I remember reading this series and there is a part where one of the slave drivers forces her to eat a worm for not picking fast enough in the field!I was sooooo horrified that they would do that to her... Buuuuuut the American girl series of slavery is really a very glamorized version of what actually happened!!!
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Always having an extra interest in the civil war era of American history, It wasn't until I read this book below, "To Be A Slave" that I realized just how dehumanized people in slavery truly were!!!


♥Mary Frances :)

Thursday, June 13, 2024

Is there a reason???

Sooooooooo my doctor referred me to a weight-loss clinic in Scottsdale and so I made an appointment and had a phone intake yesterday morning, where basically they go over their program with you and ask you your goals etc...
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So they start off my asking me if I was referred to them by someone? So I say yes, my doctor and then they ask me IF there was a REASON WHY my doctor had referred me to their WEIGHT LOSS program???
When they asked me this, I paused for a really long time, TRYING to figure out the correct answer??? I mean, this seemed pretty basic, buuuuuut I also graduated high school with straight Ds...soooooooo I analyzed it several times in my head buuuuuuut still could NOT come up with any other answer to this question than the OBVIOUS reason one would join a WEIGHT LOSS program...sooooooooo finally I say...
UUUUUUUUUUUUUH...
TO LOSE WEIGHT!!!
Liiiiiiiiiiike DUH!!! :P
The lady doing the intake starts laughing...I was liiiiiike I MEAN WHY ELSE WOULD I JOIN THE PROGRAM??? 
♥Mary Frances :)

Wednesday, June 12, 2024

Mary Did You Know???

Mary did you know??? IS Facts about Mary!!! 
That you MAY or MAY NOT already know!!! 
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"Did you know???..."
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What would you all guess MY FIRST WORD as a child to be???
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I'll give you ONE HINT with this picture below...
BTW: Look at this LIL flower, it's sooooo little annnnnnd soooooo CUUUUUTE!!!  isn't it just ADORABLE??? 
I could just kiss it it's sooooooo cuuuuuuuute!!!
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OMW!!! Did you guess FLOWER??? Yeeeeeesss my friends, MY FIRST WORD everrrr, according to my mother, was FLOWER!!! Quite fitting I must say if you know me!!! 
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"...Weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeelllll NOW YOU DO, annnnnnnnnd don't you FORGET IT!!!" (AIO BTV quote;)
I suppose you all could just call me...
Or NOT so-Little-Miss-Flower!!! Hee, hee!!! ;)
♥Mary Frances :)

Tuesday, June 11, 2024

AZ News Flash!!!

Okaaaaaaaaaay everyone I have SHOCKING NEWS...everyone take a deep breath before I share this with you all..are you ready for this??? No really...are you REALLY READY for this??? Okaaaaaaay HERE WE GO....
Its HOT...in ARIZONA!!!
(OMW...Like WOW!!!!)
SHOCKING RIGHT????
NOT!!!!!!!

But amaZingly...I keep hearing my fellow Arizonans sayin OMW its sooooo  HOT!!! I can't believe HOW hot it is!!! Can you believe it???? UH YEAH I CAN!!!!
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 Its A. THE SUMMER!!! and B. ARIZONA!!! Like helllllllllllllllllllloooooooooo!!!! We live closer to the sun than like ANYONE else!!! (I think...HAHA!!!;) The thing that gets me is that the people that seem to be the MOST shocked are like all the Arizonans themselves!!! I'm like ummmm do you NOT remember last summer and the summer before that and the summer before THAT??? We've lived here like ALL OUR LIVES!!!! (Of course these are the SAME people that are complaining about HOW cold it is when we ACTUALLY have nice weather!!!:)
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People keep asking me, SOOOOOO WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THIS HEAT WAVE??? I’m liiiiiike did you just randomly forget where we live????
I mean we live in ARIZONA!!!
 Its sooooooo HOT that....
•the birds have to use potholders to pull worms out of the ground.
•farmers are feeding their chickens crushed ice to keep them from laying hard-boiled eggs.
•the cows are giving evaporated milk.
•the trees are whistling for the dogs.
•WE can say 120 degrees without fainting.
WE can make instant sun tea.
•WE learned that a seat belt makes a pretty good branding iron. 
The 4 seasons are: tolerable, hot, really hot, and ARE YOU KIDDING ME??!!
•WE discover that in July, it takes only 2 fingers to drive your car.
•We've discover that you can get a sunburn through your car window.
•WE notice the best parking place is determined by shade instead of distance.
•hot water now comes out of both taps.  
•you actually burn your hand opening the car door.
•you break a sweat the instant you step outside at 7:30 a.m. before work.
•no one would dream of putting vinyl upholstery in a car or not having air conditioning.
•you realize that asphalt has a liquid state.
 
♥Mary Frances :)

Monday, June 10, 2024

BIG NEWS!!!

Okaaaaaaaaaaay you guys, I have really, really, really BIIIIIIIIIG NEWS!!! 
I finally, finally, finally, FINAAAAAALLLLY made it to my 40th birthday weight loss goal!!!! 1 month and 7 days short of my 41st birthday, buuuuuuuuuuuuuut I MADE IT!!!! FIIIIIINALLLLLY!!!!! 
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NOW ON TO MY NEXT GOAL!!!! Which is my 41st BIRTHDAY goal...which I actually think I'll make it to cuz it’s only 11 more pounds!!!! I know, MOST PEOPLE would pick 10 more pounds, buuuuuuuuuuuuut, clearly I AM NOT MOST PEOPLE!!! BAHAHAHA!!!! 
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My doctor said the average American gained 30 pounds during Covid, buuuuuuut you know me, i’m NEVERRRRRR just average so i gained 60!!! 😱 Soooooo I got the above average off now i just gotta get the next 30 that the average gained!!!!
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♥Mary Frances :)

Happy Monday!!!


Weeeeeeelllll… that’ll preach!!! Sometimes the best thing to do is just keep your mouth SHUT!!! Bahahahahaaa 
♥Mary Frances :)

Thursday, June 6, 2024

When i die…

What do you want to be known for when you die?

I read this question and decided to blog it!!! The question REALLY makes me think!!! What is the ONE thing I want to be known for?!?! Makin people laugh? Writing? Inspiring people? My blog? Losing weight? Being a good sister? Daughter? Friend? Saint of God? Being the world's most submissive wife??? ;) 
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I really wanna make a difference in this life! I want to do something for the Lord! I want to be a soul winner! I want to help hurting children! I want publish books!  I want to be a prayer warrior! I want to be a mother! There is soooo much that I REALLY want to do! Buuuuuuuut what is THE ONE thing that could sum all these things up?!?! 

A hurting friend told me one time that she really felt God sent her to live with us beacuase I'm such a loving person and God knew she needed A LOT of love....AWWW!!!  I know I am a very loving person…

Then it hit me...
LOVE...
I want to be known for LOVE!!! ♥♥♥ 
1. LOVING PEOPLE!!!
2. Sharing God's LOVE with people
3. LOVING GOD!!!

Above ALL ELSE, I want to be known for LOVING GOD!!!  I know that if I do that one thing, EVERYTHING ELSE will fall in place!!!  
And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.  (Deuteronomy 6:5)

I think that LOVE really is THE ONE thing
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What about you all? What do you want to be known for when you die? Write it down in the front of your Bible, date it and read it OFTEN!!! 

Wednesday, June 5, 2024

That kind of man!!!

I remember attending Bro. Donald Ikerd's funeral. His funeral was actually very uplifting. It had A LOT of Bro. Ikerd's humor woven into everything that was said. There was one point where they started playing clips his preaching. They played this one clip that was one of his last messages he preached before he died. He said in the message that he knew his ticker was about to stop ticking and that he would soon be going home, and as he talked to the saints his voice broke down and was beginning to cry. He talked about how he was gonna be leaving, but that there was STILL so many more souls to reach...so many people lost...who was gonna reach them??? And as I listened to him, I felt myself starting to tear up, not because of Bro. Ikerd's death, but because of his burden for the lost, even still, till his death. I just remember sitting there thinking like, WOW...this man is crying about dying...but ONLY because he wants to keep reaching the lost...WOW!!! And i’ve thought, THATS THE KIND OF MAN I WANT TO MARRY!!! A man like Bro. Ikerd! Not because he was a missionary or an incredible preacher, teacher and pastor, but becuase of his burden for souls. Thats how I want to spend my forever with a man, REACHING THE LOST!!!

Friday, May 31, 2024

Ugliest Christmas Sweater!!! LOL

Okaaaaaaaay so i'm like a HUGE fan of Ugly Christmas Sweaters...theyre just SO FUNNNNN!!! And I love being festive!!! Sooooooooooo I have to that this was pretty much the funniest-non-award-winning ugliest Christmas sweater everrrrr!!!
Best ugly sweater I've seen.:
Juuuuuust SOOOOOOO HILARIOUSLY WRONG!!! AHAHAHA!!!! I don't think they should have kicked him out, I mean come on, have a sense of HUMOR!!!

♥Mary Frances :)

Wednesday, May 29, 2024

Break Up Scripture!!!


Soooo I've come to the conclusion that I am pretty much the ONLY person I know that can be sitting there, intently reading the Bible and just BUST UP LAUGHIN!!! Now, don't think that I am making light of God's word, but I sometimes I just can't help but find HUMOR in it!!!  Yes, I admit, amongst my notes written on the page edges of my Bible are a few, LOL's...I mean, come on, sometimes God just makes you laugh!!! :)))))
So several years ago, we're on our way home from a conference and its pretty silent in the van. There are a few people quietly having conversations and everyone else is just dozing in an out of sleep and I just burst into laughter, and everyone looks at me and someone is like WHAT ARE YOU READIN??? I'm like, Oh the Bible!!!
They're Like okaaaaaaaay Mary!!! I'm like NO, you ALL gotta hear this, it's like totally, the ultimate break-scripture for all FEMALES!!! They're like, WHAAAAAT???? I'm like, YES, Like EVERY girl bursts out with these words when a relationship goes DOWN!!! I'm like, YES, LISTEN...
Psalm 116:11
"I said in my haste, All men are liars."
 HAHA!!! Don't deny it girls, you know WE'VE all said it or at least thought it at one time or another!!! Riiiiiiiiiiiight???? AHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHA!!!!
BAHAHAHAHA!!!!
♥Mary Frances :)

Tuesday, May 28, 2024

#1 Character Trait!!!


Soooooooo one of my friends gave me this link for a FREE character strength test… I looooooove stuff like this!!!!
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Soooooooo I took it aaaaaaaand guess what my #1 character strength is??? 
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Are you guessing????
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GUESS!!!
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.LOOOOOOOOVE!!!
I honestly was NOT surprised!! I know I’m a loverrrr!! Loving comes so easily and naturally for me and many people have told me before that I’m a very loving πŸ₯° person!!!! WHEN I love someone, it’s whole heartedly and with everything… I’m not a mediocre lover!!! That’s why I’m a kid magnet… they know where the fluffy teddy bear 🧸 is!!!
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  Put me in an orphanage in the Philippines for two hours and I’m attached to them just like that!!! My brother was liiiiiike how can you and that girl be attached in two hours??? I’m liiiiiike SHE NEEDS ME!!!  I could be her mommy!!! 
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#2 character strength is: humor
and weeeeeeelll…
 I think we ALL KNOW THAT ALREADY!!!! 



My biggest character weakness is: UH… prudence!!! That means basically thinking things through before making a decision or speaking or taking a risk…and then regretting it later on… only thing is that I usually neverrrrrr really regret it either… I’m just liiiike weeeeeeeeeellll that was awkward…Oooooops…!!!
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I think I can be summed up as, 
loving πŸ₯°, hilarious 
      AND cRaZy 😜!!!!

What do you think πŸ€”????
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Check out your character strengths  HERE

♥Mary Frances :)

Monday, May 27, 2024

Happy Monday!!!!

WEEEEEEEEEELLLLLLL, that’ll preach!!!!!!


♥Mary Frances :)

Saturday, May 25, 2024

Single Saturday!!!

"Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths." (Proverbs 3:5-6)


♥Mary Frances :)

Friday, May 24, 2024

The Highest Peak

The first time I hiked my big mountain, one of the specific things I remember is the further I hiked, the better the view was. I remember when I wasn't too far from the top, I stopped a lady coming down to ask her how much further the hike up was. She told me that it wasn't to much more and that before to long I would basically come to the top of the mountain and that the view was beautiful there, no need to try and go to the peak, she never did, it was just a waste of time since there was already a beautiful view.
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However, when I got to the spot that I knew the lady had described to me, I looked at the Phoenix Valley below me and it was indeed BEAUTIFUL, buuuuuuuut, I couldn't help but wonder what it would look like, from THE VERY TOP OF THE HIGHEST MOUNTAIN PEAK!!!
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So of course, I couldn't help but push myself for 15 more torturous moments UP the very steepest part of that mountain, till FINALLY I was on the peak!!! It was stunning!!! It was SOOOOO worth that extra hike up!!! I couldn't help but wonder about that lady coming down, WHY hadn't she ever gone ALL THE WAY UP??? WHY not to THE HIGHEST PEAK????
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As usual, I couldn't help but see the similarities between this and our walk with God! How often do we come to a place in our relationship with Jesus, where things are so good, that we don't push ourselves to go to the next level with him?! Think about those moments, those times in life, when we've come SO FAR in our walk with God, that when we look, the view with him is SO AMAZING, we think, HOW in the world could it get any better than this???
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BUT what if there's a higher peak that God wants to take you to? What if He has something MORE for you than what you already have? The last time I hiked this particular mountain, on my way up stopped to talk with a man who was resting with his young daughter. We got to talking and he was telling me how he's from Chicago, and there are NO MOUNTAINS THERE, everything was just flat. He was in such awe of the mountain and of hiking. He said that he had never done anything like this at all. He said that his wife and his older daughter had kept hiking up but that this daughter had enough and so he was just waiting with her. He was like, I mean, this right here is still so high and the view is so great, he'd never done anything like  this before and was still so thrilled with what they'd done.
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In my mind that man reminds me of how we are when we're first starting out in our walk with God. Everything we've done is SO NEW, and EVERY STEP TOWARDS GOD is indeed a GOOD THING!!! It's like how the view for this man was already so amazing and that's how it is living for God. Its like in Acts 19 when Paul talked to disciples, men that were ALREADY followers of Christ, "He said unto them, Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed? And they said unto him, We have not so much as heard whether there be any Holy Ghost." (Acts 19:2) These followers of Christ OBEYED and went that step further in their relationship with Jesus. They went to a higher peak!!
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What IF there is a higher peak that God wants to take you to in your walk with him? What if God has something more for you than what you already have? What if there is something you need to do or change or give up in your life that will bring you to that highest peak? I encourage you today to go further with Jesus. Make the sacrifice, PUSH yourself up the steep climb!!! Sure its ok, to be like that man and his daughter, to rest and take a moment to enjoy the view , BUUUUT DON'T STAY THERE!!! 
."Wherefore I put thee in remembrance that thou stir up the gift of God, which is in thee ..." (2 Timothy 1:6) " 
Go my friends...
 GO to THE HIGHEST PEAK!!!!
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And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart." (Jeremiah 29:13)
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Thursday, May 23, 2024

That Awkward Moment when...

You BELIEVE THEM!!!
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Okaaaaaaaaaaaay sooooo I have to explain this statement!!! I was remembering this time the other day and I just busted out laughing thinking about it!!! You know when someone has like shocking news and they are like, BELIEVE IT OR NOT...blah, blah, blah...etc..."  So this one time Someone said to me one time, BELIEVE IT OR NOT, (But there was a strong emphasis on the NOT, that I wouldn't believe it) I ACTUALLY WEIGH 250 pounds!!! I was like, 
Oh, Okaaaaaaaaaaaay...
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Buuuuuut I was thinking trust me sis
I BELIEVE IT!!! 
AHAHAHAHAHAHAHA Sooooooo there you have it,
 THAT AWKWARD MOMENT WHEN YOU BELIEVE THEM!!! BAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!! (Obviously I'm NOT judgin anyone's weight, buuuuut I would NEVERRR expect anyone to be shocked when I tell them how much I weigh!!! Liiiiiike my Asian doctor when she's liiiiiike, OOOOOH sooooo you've ALREADY HAD weight loss surgery- I see, wlll lets keep working on that weight loss then! gotta love em brutally honest Asians-she really is THE BEST DOCTOR EVERRRR!!! Her intelligence makes up for her brutal honestly bahahaaa)

Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Happy Birthday to…

Sooooooooooo I've long ago STOPPED doing birthday posts for people because then when you miss a friend or forget a siblings birthday it's just YA know!!! Plus my family, between, in laws, siblings, nieces and nephews, I'd be posting something almost everyday- maybe when I have my own kids ill do birthday posts for them, buuuuuut for the most part I don't do them anymore!!!
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HOWEVERRRRR,
I am making an exception to do this one post...BECAUSE...
BROTHER FOSTER, Husband to my longest childhood friend, editor of my book, and pastor of The Apostolics at Alburquerque The Apostolics at Alburquerque, just had a very significant, landmark birthday...
HE IS OFFICIALLY 40!!!
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ANNNNNND WHAT I REALLY WANT TO SAY TO HIM, (as his favorite sister in Christ)
IS THIS...
Congratulations on finally, finally, finally, FIIIIIIINAAAALLLLLLY...
BEING THE AGE...
YOU WERE BORN AT!!!.
BAHAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAA!!!!
BAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAA!!!!
BAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAA!!!!
BAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAA!!!!
BAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAA!!!!
BAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAA!!!!
BAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAA!!!!
BAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAA!!!

♥Mary Frances :)
P.S. I've waited about two years to write this post!!! LOL πŸ˜‡πŸ˜‡πŸ˜‡πŸ˜‡

Thursday, May 16, 2024

Would You Rather???

Soooo Sister Abbott does a question with the kids at LCA after devotions and before classes start and i thought I would share this one with you all!!! 
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Touch the palm of Jesus hand like Thomas to believe
OR Just believe???
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I KNOOOOOOOOOOOW the right answer is to say, 
JUST BELIEVE...
BUUUUUUUUUUUUUUT 
I gotta be honest...
 I SOOOOOO WANNA TOUCH THE ACTUAL PALM OF JESUS' HAND!!! 
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I know, i know, THE RIGHT ANSWER is JUST BELIEVE...annnnnd HEEEEEEEYYY...I'm ALREADY doing that!!! BUUUUUUUUUUUUT I'm just saying, to actually PHYSICALLY TOUCH JESUS???? YES!!!
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I am soooooooooo choosing TOUCH THE PALM OF HIS HAND!!! I mean I would literally NEVERRR shut up about that!!! I would see two people holding hands and I'd be like, soooooooo I know you guys think holding hands is great an all, BUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUT I ACTUALLY TOUCHED THE PALM OF JESUS!!! 
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No not Jesus at the taco truck... I MEAN JESUS...LIIIIIIIIIKE OUR LORD AND SAVIOR!!! YOU KNOW THE ONE THAT DIED FOR US???? YEAH, touched the palm of his hand, not to brag or anything-Jus sayin'
♥Mary Frances :)

Wednesday, May 15, 2024

New Job Opportunity!!!

okaaaaayyy soooo this is really funny...
Soooooo I applied for a job to make some extra money this summer at a kid's club in a gym. Basically the parents drop their kids off while they go work out! I figure this is a super easy job and only four hours a day and lets be real, KIDS are pretty much the ONE THING i'm really good at as far as career choices goes.

Sooooo apparently another manager got a hold of my job application and mixed me up with someone else and he called me and was like, Mary we’d like to get you started right away as a personal trainer and the starting pay is $21 and hour. 
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I was liiiiiike, UUUUUH… He’s like you’re not interested now? i was liiiiiike um  i thiiiiiink you got me mixed up with someone else!!!! I’m coming in for an interview, but with the Kids Club!!! Hahaha 

i should’ve accepted ... just for the FUN of seeing their reaction when I showed up for my first day as a trainer, buuuuuuut i didn’t wanna risk not getting the other job after they fired me as a personal trainer!!! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

CAN YOU IMAGINE ME AS A PERSONAL TRIANER???? I’d be liiiiiike, okaaaaaaaay i'd say we're going hiking today, buuuuuuuuuuuut, it's AZ SUMMER TIME soooooo... TO THE MALL EVERYONE!!!
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 SHOPPING πŸ›️ IS SOOOOOOO 
THE NEW CARDIO!!! πŸ™Œ πŸ˜‡ 
CARRYING  YOUR BAGS IS 
WEIGHT LIFTING!!!! 
(I bet I can lift MORE than YOU!!! ;)

♥Mary Frances :)

Tuesday, May 14, 2024

Do you ever wonder??? (Maryfranceswriting blog transfer from 2010)

Do you ever wonder?

It was just one of those days at work as a nanny. I had spent all morning chasing the kids as they tore the house a part. Finally, it was naptime. I put the little one down first in his crib. Then I told Ella to pick out a short story for me to read to her before her nap. She handed me Max Lucado’s book called, "Just In Case You Ever Wonder." I rolled my eyes to myself, I had read this story several years ago and was not at impressed by it. However, I was tired and just figured I would get story time over with. I tucked the 5-year-old girl into her cozy little bed, then sat on the edge and began to read to her…
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Long, long ago God made a decision- a very important decision. One that I’m really glad He made. He made the decision to make you. The same hands that made the stars made you. The same hands that made the canyons made you. The same hands that made the trees and the moon and the sun made you. So I am just sitting there like blah, blah, blah, whatever, totally not any more impacted by this story. It continues…
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God made you like no one else. If you looked all over the world – every city in every house – there is would be no one else like you. No one with your eyes, no one with your mouth, no one with your laugh. You are very, very special. And since you are so special, God wanted to put you in just the right home. All of the sudden I felt something tighten in my heart…
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God wanted to put you in just the right home. Where you would be warm when it’s cold, where you’d be safe when you’re afraid, where you’d have fun and learn about heaven. I’m starting to feel choked up… So, after lots of looking for just the right family, God sent you to me. And I’m so glad he did. I could hardly contain myself as I continued reading the story. It wasn’t the story so much in itself that was causing the emotional response, but because I know some children, that can’t relate with this story. I know some children, that don’t always have a warm place to sleep at night. There are some children that aren’t safe in their own home.
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My voice began to get all funny as I continued reading to this little girl… As you grow and change, some things will stay the same. I’ll always love you. I’ll always hug you. I’ll always be on your side. And I want you to know that, just in case you ever wonder. I know that there are kids out there that ARE wondering…
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On dark nights when you hear noises in your closet, call me. When you see monsters in the shadows, call me. On hard days when kids are mean and don’t treat you like they should, come to me. If your grades are bad and your teacher is mad, come to me. ‘Cause I love you. And I always will.
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I think of a wild little five year-old boy. He is so loud and obnoxious. He drives everyone crazy. But I wonder, at night, when he is scared and all alone, does he know that there are angels watching over him. I wonder who holds him close and tells him everything is going to be all right? I think of a 12-year-old girl, she gets up in the middle of the night, to watch someone else’s baby. I wonder when was the last time someone tucked her into bed? There are so many things, I just can’t help but wonder…
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In heaven you are so close to God that HE will hug you, just like I hug you. It’s going to be wonderful. I will be there too, I promise. We will be there together, forever. Remember that. Just in case you ever wonder.
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As I finish the book, I can hardly hold back my tears. The little girl looks at me funny, not to sure what is wrong with her nanny. I smile a little smile. Tuck her in as we say her bedtime prayers. Then I go into their living room. I sit down on their floor and I cry.
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What about these kids God? The Sunday School kids? The bus kids? I can't help but wonder...Who encourages them when they are sad? Who holds them when they can’t fall asleep at night? Who tells them to sleep with the Bible under their pillow when they have bad dreams? Who will fill in the gap of their parent’s? Who will tell them that they are loved? I just can’t help but wonder…
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As I sat there pondering, God told me, “That’s your job Mary!” He impressed upon me that, that’s us. That’s the church’s job. Our churches are the place where they will fell safe and warm. After lots and lots of looking, God chose our churches to be their home. A place where he knew they would be loved and taught about Him. I believe, that every child brought to church, is brought there on purpose, by God.
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I think about my little niece Mary Jo. God brought her out of such a horrible environment. She calls her old home, “The mad home” and our house is her “Happy home.” And I’m so glad that God brought her out of the horrible life that she was in, but still thinking about it, I can’t help but feel a sense of sadness. Because not every child gets “Their happy home.” There are so many children that are stuck in their “Mad home” till adulthood. But then I think, if only for a moment, we can give them that happy home. Church can be their happy home. Church can be the place where they can feel loved and taught the truth. Even if it’s only for two hours a week, we can make a difference.
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Often times these kids are NOT the easiest kids to love, I know that! They are wild and hyper and not used to discipline. Often they are dirty and sick with runny noses. Chances are they may smell and you will more than likely hear inappropriate things coming out of their mouths. These kids are NOT like our church kids. They are not naΓ―ve and innocent. By four-years-old, most of them have already been violated and corrupted by the sin of this world. It is an overwhelming feeling, to hold a child in your arms and know that at 26-years of age, you are more innocent, more naΓ―ve than that little child. Sometimes, it seems like there is just too much, to work through. Perhaps it would be easier to just give up. But, God called us.
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One night, my brother and I were dropping kids off at their homes. The last boy in the van was about 6-years-old. When we get to his apartment, he proudly walks to their front door holding the big, 3-dimentional, paper snowflake he had made in his class that night. I watch as he sets the snowflake down on the ground and reaches into his pocket for a key to unlock the door. There are no lights on and I don’t even have to wonder, I turn to my brother, “He is on his own tonight.” He finally gets the front door open, but a gust of wind starts blowing his snowflake. I watch as he goes chasing after his beloved snowflake and my heart breaks just a little. Here is a little boy torn between two worlds. Still enthralled by his little craft, yet the responsibility of an adult on his shoulders.
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On dark nights when you hear noises in your closet, call me.
When you see monsters in the shadows, call me…
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I think of one of a four-year-old in my mom’s class at church. She has a special prayer request along with the other kids in class. One little boy wants to pray for his Pa Pa. One little boy wants to pray that he finds his lost key. Another child wants to pray that one of the older ladies in our church feels better. This little girl just wants to pray that her mom will stop beating her sister. That’s the kind of home they these kids are coming from.
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Another part of the story says…
Most of all I’ll be here to teach you about God. He loves you. He protects you. God wants you to know about heaven. It’s a wonderful place. There are no tears there. No monsters. No mean people. You never have to say goodbye, goodnight or I’m hungry. You will never get cold or sick or again.
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Who will tell them about Jesus? How will they know about heaven? That’s our job... Just in case your wondering...they need you...they need me...they need us...Just in case your wondering. As I cried at work that day, I told God I’ll do it. I’ll hold them my arms no matter how bad they smell. I’ll dry their tears and wipe their snotty little noses. I’ll discipline them when they are bad and I’ll teach them about you every chance I get. I’ll be here God. Call me, whenever, wherever, I promise. Just in case you ever wonder.

Wednesday, May 1, 2024

I FORGOT!!!

OH SNAP 🫰 
I completely FORGOT that this year, 
2024, was a LEAP YEAR!!!
And on LEAP YEAR DAYS, February 29th, it’s acceptable for a WOMAN TO PROPOSE to the man…If i had known it was as leap year, I WOULD’VE PROPOSED!!!
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NOW I HAVE TO WAIT ANOTHER FOUR YEARS TO PROPOSE!!! 
WATCH OUT 2028!!! 
(unless i get a proposal before then!!!;)


♥Mary Frances :)

Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Odin Compliment #34213567891

Soooooo I said something about being thick and Odin says, Aunt Mary, you are NOT thick!!! I’m liiiiiike, ACTUALLY, I am!!! He is like, NO, you’re not!!! I’m like, I AM!!!! He says, Aunt Mary, NOOOO!!!! You are SKINNY!!!
SKINNY AS A STICK!!!! 
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I’m about to say AWWWWW…
Then he adds very, very low, WEEEEEEEELLLL, skinny as a really, really, REALLY BIG STICK!!! 
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♥Mary Frances :)

Thursday, April 11, 2024

My first selfie!!!

YES ITS TIME TO TELL YOU ALL ABOUT MY FIRST SELIE… i literally ACTUALLY remember it!!! Except back in the day they weren’t called SELFIES… it was just taking a picture 🀳 of yourself!!!
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SO HERES THE STORY…
The first time i took a selfie IS ACTUALLY the first time i thought i was pretty as well!!!! It was the summer after 5th grade and before 6th grade, now don’t get me wrong, i never thought i was ugly as a child, the truth is that i just never really thought to much about it either way. As a child people would FREAK OUT about my eyes… OH LOOK AT THOSE BIG BLUE EYES… buuuuuuut i couldn’t understand what the big deal was!!! I just never thought much about my looks either way…
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Then this summer day i looked in. the bathroom mirror πŸͺž at our house 🏑 out in Cave Creek AZ and i thought, HEEEEEEY IM PRETTY!!! I’m ACTUALLY pretty!!!! And i grabbed my mom’s camera πŸ“Έ and snapped a picture so i could see if it was real in the picture too!!!
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And when my mom got the film πŸŽ₯ developed i looked at my selfie 🀳 and i was liiiiiike OMW ITS REAL!!! I really AM PRETTY… it wasn’t just my momentary figment of my imagination… IM ACTUALLY PRETTY!!!! 😱 I was sooooooo surprised!!! 
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That summer my best friend at school was moving to a new school and i wasn’t going to see her anymore soooooo i gave her MY FIRST SELFIE 🀳 PICTURE as a goodbye gift… she literally has NO IDEA that picture is probably worth millions now 😜… anyways after she had been gone she called me and said that one of the boys at her new school saw my picture and thought i was as pretty and wanted to meet me, and she invited me to come to her new house 🏑 and meet this boy!!!
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My heart just exhilarated… A BOY ACTUALLY THOUGHT I WAS PRETTY!!! Buuuuuuut of course i did the right thing… oh that’s cool but i don’t like boys that aren’t Pentecostal! I told her! She was like, well that’s really narrow minded to feel that way! I was liiiiiike well it’s my belief! 🀷‍♀️ 
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And that’s pretty much been the story of my life Church ⛪️ guys don’t look at me but i still telll them worldly men… NO!!!! 


AND i have NO REGRETS being my NARROW MINDED, 
SELFIE-TAKING-SELF!!! πŸ™Œ 
After all, i don’t need a lot of guy attention BECAUSE…i’m ONLY MARRYING ONE MAN and that’s the only attention i really want!!!
♥Mary Frances :)
PS tomorrow you get to hear about WHO I FIRST HEARD THE WORD SELFIE FROM!!! HINT: It was a MINISTER!!!! 

Monday, April 1, 2024

Happy Monday!!!

This’ll preeeeeeeeaaaaaach!!!
A little while ago my pastor preached about how Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord. He talked about how a lot of Christians want to use GRACE as an excuse to sin. but what does Grace even mean ??? He said the Bible says that Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord and then the scriptures go into how he then proceeded to build an ark for the next 100 years!!! He said, for Noah, THE GRACE OF GOD looked a whole lot like WORK!!!
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Sometimes the answers to our prayers ARE A LOT OF WORK!!! Revival and evangelism and soul-winning is WORK!!!! God gives us all the ingredients buuuuuuut WE STILL HAVE TO DO THE WORK!!! We have to do the mixing, the baking and the clean up to get THE MIRACLE!!!!
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In JESUS NAME, let’s do THE WORK!!!
♥Mary Frances :)

Friday, March 29, 2024

Am I the only one…

THAT WONDERS IF…
Soooooo tonight at church ⛪️ we had foot washing and i i’m superrrrrrr ticklish and i was sitting there liiiiiiiike…
I WONDER IF ANY OF DISCIPLES WERE TICKLISH WHEN JESUS WASHED THEIR FEET????
Then i wondered if i was THE ONLY ONE that wonders that!!!
♥Mary Frances :)

Thursday, March 21, 2024

The Case Of The Missing Cookie πŸͺ Tray!!!

SOOOOOOOOOOO last Friday, I was making cookies for the kids when we went to go outreach and as I was cleaning up, and putting everything away, I could not find THE FOURTH COOKIE TRAY!!!
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I looked all over the kitchen, and I could not find it! I looked on every counter, the kitchen table, I checked the sink and then checked the dishwasher, pantry and fridge (It's me so you neverrrrr know what I'm capable of while daydreaming! I'm like and Alzheimer's patient with ADHD) and LO AND BEHOLD....
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THE FOURTH COOKIE TRAY WAS GONE!!!
MISSING!!!!
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I was thinking liiiiike this is just too weird...AND HOW IN THE WORLD AM I GOING TO EXPLAIN TO MY SISTER THAT I LOST ONE OF HER COOKIE TRAYS IN THE MIDDLE OF COOKING WITHOUT EVERRRRR EVEN LEAVING THE HOUSE????
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Just when I thought all hope for the fourth cookie tray was lost...
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BEEEEEEEEEEEEEEP!!!!
It was STILL IN THE OVEN!!! liiiiiiiiike DUH!!! 
OOOOOOOOOOOOPS!!!! 
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The last batch of pink cookies were DONE!!! IMAGINE IF I HAD NOT SET THE TIMER!!! We may NOT EVEN have a house left!!!!  And that my friends is...
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WHYYYYY you should always set the timer on the oven...
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Sooooooooo you don't burn the house down in search of...
 THE FOURTH COOKIE TRAY!!!

♥Mary Frances :)