Monday, July 30, 2018

That Awkward moment when...

*Repost with a new ending...


When your sitting on the floor in your mom's room talking to her annnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnd your looking up at her bookshelf annnnnnnnnnd your looking at all the stuffed animals on top of her bookshelf annnnnnnnnnnnd all of the sudden your eyes zone in on this certain stuffed animal...its an adorable little dog that looks VERY FAMILIAR...familiar because.....
So my sis takes it down for me to examine and SURE ENOUGH it IS!!! I was laughing soooooooooooooo hard I'm like MOM how did you get this??? I thought I had thrown it out or sold it in the yard sale?!?!? She's like  you probabley were trying to sell it and I snuck it out!!! Bahahahaha!!! That sounds like my mom!!! Who knows how many years he has been sitting up there and I never even KNEW IT!!!
She's like, its sooooooooooo CUUUUUUUTE!!! I'm like, I KNOW!!! I wanted that doggy sooooooooooooo bad!!!! He's a Boyd's from Hallmark and he is sooooooooo SOFT and CUDDLY!!!  She's like OH you can have him back if you want him! Here you want to take him? I'm like, Ummmmmmm NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!! AHAHAHAHA!!! Like I'm good MOM!!! The puppy from my ex is ALL YOURS!!!
Seriousley tho, I'm pretty sure that I'm the ONLY girl that finds stuffed animals from HER EX in her MOM'S ROOM!!! BAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!! I sooooooo LOOOOOOOOVE MY MOM!!!
♥Mary Frances :)
Annnnnnnnnnnd NOW it sits on the bookshelf in my room, IN MEMORY OF MY MOM!!!
Oh how I miss her, but treasure the memories and love I am left with...LOVE YOUR PARENTS my friends...they may annoy you at times, buuuuuuuuut one day they'll be gone, and you'll wish they were here to smother you!!! 
♥Mary Frances :)

Thursday, July 26, 2018

No rearview mirror!!!

"I'm shootin for the moon, an I'm in a spaceship, an this spaceship don't even have rear view mirrors, so that means I ain't even tryin to look back." 
My friend said this to me a while ago. It was a slightly ODD statement to say and yet, the AWESOMEST quote ever. I just loved it!!! Its like soooo ghetto, yet sooo profound. "...An this spaceship don't even have rear veiw mirrors..." <----- SOOO Ghetto...BUT sometimes I think we need to GET GHETTO!!!

Often times its the luxurious things in life that are holding us back in the kingdom of God! We have everything figured out just right. We're still in our comfort zone. We know all of our surroundings, we have our seat belts on, our seats just right, and our mirrors adjust perfectly. We're moving forward but we can still see behind us.
You don't need to see what's behind. Leave your past and just go. In the Bible, before destroying the City  in Genesis 19, God tells lot and his family, "...Escape for thy life; look not behind thee..." However, Lot's wife did look back and she was turned to a pillar of salt.
What did lots wife need that she looked back? The WHOLE city was being consumed by fire, what did she need??? NOTHING!!! When your buried in the name of Jesus, THERE IS NOTHING in your past that you need to look back too. Looking back to this old world will ONLY destroy you.
" But Jesus said to him, “No one, after putting his hand to the plow and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.” (Luke 9:62)
We need to leave behind the things that are holding us back. You don't need to look behind you living for God. There's NO REARVIEW MIRRORS on your way to heaven. Who cares if your spaceship is a little ghetto?! You don't need the fanciest transportation, as you travel this journey, you just need to GET TO HEAVEN!!!
All you need to do is get on the straight path, rip off those rearview mirrors and make up your mind...
I'm on my way to heaven and...
Shuttle on its back
 "I ain't EVEN TRYIN to look back!!!" 
"I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus." (Philippians 3:14)
♥Mary Frances :)

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Me too...MINUS!!!

Sooooooooo I'm UBERRRR excited in general about our church going to the Heritage Conference next week. The plan IS, leaving at 3 AM on Tuesday morning,  getting there for the Meet and Greet BBQ singspiration on Tuesday Eve, then Wednesday during the day, which ALSO happens to be MY 35th BIRTHDAY, (Not that it's a big deal or anything;)  we are going WHITE WATER RIVER RAFTING!!! I am BEYOND excited about this if you couldn't tell, everyone at my church knows that I have NOT SHUT UP about this for the last month...NO JOKE...I've literally talked about it more than the whole entire conference, they're like, is there a conference this year??? WE JUST KEEP HEARING ABOUT WHITE WATER RIVER RAFTING!!! Ahahahahahahaaaaa!!! 
You guys don't understand, I couldn't do this BEFORE my weight loss, AND NOW I CAN!!! This is WHY I lost weight, SOOOOOOOOOOO I COULD GO WHITE WATER RIVER RAFTING!!! (And horseback riding, and hiking and to run races and fit on ALL the crazy rides, and to not need a seat belt extenstion on the airplane to wear cute belts and cute dresses, oh annnnnnnnd also to be healthy and NOT to die on early death!!!;) THEN on Thursday in between church services to go to WHIT'S END...(that's ANOTHER reason I've lost weight, to go down Wooton's slide and not worry about getting stuck...ahahahaaaa!!!) Okaaaaaaaay I haven't gotten that officially approved yet, buuuuuuut I'm pretty sure I can PUSH it on through...hee, hee!!! 
Sooooooooooooo my good friend, Courtney Thaler, is joining our church group for this trip, which I'm absolutely ESTATIC about!!! Anywayz, she was texting me about some details of the hotel and such and then she's like, So do you just roll your clothes when you pack and then iron when you get there???I was like, 

♥Mary Frances :)

Monday, July 9, 2018

Are you dumpster diving???

A few years ago, we had a fellowship meeting with the Lacour's church in Cave Creek. During the service Bro. Lacour got up and was talking about NOT forgetting where God brought you from. And he was talking about how he STILL REMEMBERS where God brought him from. He STILL REMEMBERS as a child being so hungry that he would go dumpster diving for food. And I turned to the person next to me  and said, YEAH, I REMEMBER DOING THAT TOO!!! And the person sitting next to me said, WELL I STILL DO!!! So I started laughing and said...YEAH sometimes I still do too AND I don't need to either!!! (Okaaaaaay not FOR FOOD people!  Buuuut ya know sometimes ya just happen to come across a good item that is being thrown away! Like the dresser in my room, and the flowers hanging from my ceiling, my bookshelves...well you get the point...I'm a CHEAP GIRL!)
I really do remember though as a child going DUMPSTER DIVING as a family for food...we were THAT POOR growing up! We would pull up behind the Safeway grocery store and sometimes there would be all kinds of produce my mom would cook with, outdated bread that was still in the package, canned goods, Now you all know why i'm NOT scared of an EXPIRATION DATE...Hogwash I tell ya! If your hungry, YOUR HUNGRY!!! My mom always said, "Beggars can NOT be CHOOSERS!" You may be reading this right now and feeling appalled and DISGUSTED, but don't judge until you've been that poor that you didn't have a choice, till dumpster diving was your ONLY option.
Now if you go dumpster diving for food and you don't NEED to, you've got issues!!! Your probably never going to hear about Bill Gates going dumpster diving for food! Rich people don't NEED to go dumpster diving. But once you learn the trade its something you'll never forget and every once in a while you'll be like ME, whispering to my friend on Saturday, "Sometimes I STILL DO, and I DON'T NEED TOO EITHER!!!"
There was a time in each and everyone of our lives, when SPIRITUALLY we were SO DESPERATE that we would SPIRITUALLY go dumpster diving. A time where you found yourself a midst a HUGE mess in your life and you were scrounging around amongst all the muck of hopelessness and despair, TRYING to find something edible to fill the empty aching in your soul. Maybe I can find it on TV , a radio preacher an uplifting song, good deeds, anything to try and feed your soul and bring meaning to your life! We were DESPERATE!!! You found yourself like the Canaanite woman, begging for just the scraps. "And she said... yet the dogs eat of the crumbs which fall from their masters' table." (Matthew 15:27)

We were POOR! We were begging for just THE CRUMBS that were leftover from the blessings of God's table. However, we have overcome that kind of a life. We were drafted into God's kingdom! We were called to a higher life! We're chosen people! Living for God is a BLESSED LIFE!!! We have been adopted in to God's family! We are no longer beggars!!! We are no longer orphans! We are children of God! We are THE KINGS KIDS! We get THE BEST! We are royalty!!! Yet I ask you this question,
Our daddy is RICH!!! There is a feast of SPIRITUAL goodness that is laid before! A table that is spread with the good things of God and yet we don't eat of it. This food that has been prepared for us, its THE BEST there is! Our father has THE FINEST of EVERYTHING prepared for us! No generic brands for daddies kids! Its NOT Mr. Pibb, its Dr. Pepper! Its THE REAL DEAL!!! Its THE GOOD STUFF!!!This feast is not some ghetto Chinese buffet or even the elite Golden Corral. Each plate that is served has been specifically cooked JUST FOR YOU!  Because, daddy knows just what each and every one of his children needs! And yet each plate you push away, your to busy, your to tired other things fill your belly and after just few bites your done. 
Then all of the sudden life happens, problems, heartache and confusion come your way and suddenly your desperate. You don't know what to do, your hungry, your thirsty, OH if only you had eaten a little more of daddy's food. And you begin to search for it! You scrounge around for the leftovers that have been thrown into the trash because you wouldn't eat! Where's that scripture? Where's that preaching message? Your spiritually dumpster diving, AND YOU DON'T NEED TOO!!! Your RICH! Your the King's Kid! Your ROYALTY!!! You don't need to go dumpster diving,
King Saul was a SPIRITUAL DUMPSTER DIVER!!! "Then said Saul unto his servants, Seek me a woman that hath a familiar spirit, that I may go to her, and inquire of her..." (1Samuel 28:7) The king allowed himself to come to a place in his life that he was spiritually so desperate that he would go and seek answers from God through a witch. He never would have gotten to this place of desperation if he would have just listened to the man of God in his life. But he wouldn't eat when it was laid before him.
How twisted was this man's mind that he actually believed he could get answers from God THROUGH A WITCH???  But that's what can happen when you allow yourself to get desperate. When you allow yourself to become so spiritually deprived. You don't eat and then you find yourself in the middle of life crisis, Spiritually dumpster diving, and you don't need too!!! There is a feast, THERE IS A FEAST, a fine, well prepared meal that is spread before you!

Are YOU dumpster diving??? You don't need too!!! There's a feast awaiting you! You say, "oh I'm too tired, i'll just sleep a little longer"...NO, Get up and EAT...Its time to PRAY! "Well I think I'll just skip reading my Bible today"...
NO! EAT!!!
Your gonna need it for the journey! "Ugh, I'm just in a rotten mood, I think I'll skip church today"....NO you HAVE TO GO! Its the biggest meal ever...Stuff your face and then some... EAT!!! Don't let the feast, the well prepared meals go to waste..You've got to EAT!!! There's PLENTY! You can have all you want and there will ALWAYS BE MORE!!! Daddy keeps the storehouses stocked, just ask for MORE, He'll NEVER RUN OUT!!! Its TIME to give up your dumpster diving...
"Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever." (Psalm 23:5-6) 
♥Mary Frances :)

Thursday, July 5, 2018

LPC and Ginty 4th Of July!!!

Soooooooooo being the festive person that I am, I enticed my whole church to come Tuesday evening dressed patriotic, with promises of an XTRA treat to all that did!!!
Juuuuuuuuuuust about everyone participated!!! 

 Sooooooooooooooo cuuuuuuuuuuuute!!!

My sister and I made sour-patch-firework-sundaes for EVERYONE...
they turned out pretty BOMB!!! 
Started with breakfast with Kelsey at SUGAR JAMS
If you've never been to Sugar Jams, I'm telling you, YOU MUST GO!!! 

Soooooo some of my friends sent me pictures of them and they were wearing sweaters ACTUAL SWEATERS...I said I couldn't even fathom!!! Buuuuuuuuuuuut the bright side is that, WE DO GET TO GO SWIMMING!!!!!!!! Wooooooooooohooooooooooooo!!!!

Look at this handsome lil dude!!!!
Soooooooooo much cuuuuuuteness!!!