Quote of the Weekend 

This week I became an aunt for the tenth time on my side of the family. I’m honored to welcome Finley into our family. I hope she’s ready for this craziness. 

I also finally got to celebrate Rachel and Lauren’ s 14th birthday this week with lots of candy and Willow and Stardust. 

This was an Aunting week to be sure!

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Happy birthday Remi!

Today, a very special person in my life turnrd 2! Remi, I love your laugh, your smile, your affection. I loved how much you adore your big sister.  I find it funny how much you hate it when I have to tell you something sternly. It cracks me up how offended you get.  I love how spunky you are. I’m honored to be in your life  and I love you!

Quote of the Weekend

Here’s the cover of my first published story!

“Yggdrasil stood.

Her three roots reached past the end of the world Cthulhu occupied with dark dreams. Her branches towered above the heavens of the world Cthulhu blackened. From her would come the re-population of the world. What did she fear from this Old One?” – Ragnarok by Abby Jones

Dear readers, this is a quote from me and my freshly published flash fiction! I am now, officially, a published author. Thank you all for cheering me on for so many years. I want to say an extra special thank you to my family, who has supported me in this for seventeen years now. A huge thank you to Deanna Brown, Emily Shiflet, and Stephanie Florentino for graciously and enthusiastically responded to every thing I’ve written.  And to Leila Rose for giving it a good going over, and finding so little that needed fixing. I’m so happy, thankful, and excited right now. I hope this is just the beginning, and that I can start to find homes for all the little and big stories in my heart.

Here’s the links to get a copy, digital or hard:

Hard copy & digital: http://www.magcloud.com/browse/issue/1320455

 

Kindle edition: http://amzn.to/2uUat3I

Happy Independence Day

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Happy Independence Day America!

I hope everyone has a safe and happy holiday. We’ll be spending the evening with our church family eating brisket, making jokes about how much better the good ol’ USA is, and how much better Texas is than that, blowing things up, fellowshipping, and probably staying up too late. Holidays are a blessing from the Lord, a time to get out of the normal schedule and celebrate the temporary things of this life. Enjoy yours!

Going Home

 

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Courtesy of Lydia Muniz.

 

It’s a unique experience to be part of the same church for an extended period of time. Before Texas, our church changed several times due to moving. Now, I’ve now been a member of Heritage Baptist Church for over twenty years.

When you’re at a church for only five or six years, you don’t really get a chance to see who will rub you the wrong way. You don’t experience the pain of sinning against someone, or being sinned against, in the way you do when you’ve been in the same church with most of the same people for most of your life. You really only get to see the nice sides of people in that short of a space of time.

When you are able to stay put, by God’s providence, and you endure in a church, by God’s grace alone, you often see people at their worst and most immature. I cringe sometimes to think of the behavior some of my fellow church members have had to witness as I’ve grown up. I’m so thankful for their love throughout the years. But, that is the other side of the coin. Sticking around means seeing people grow up. It means watching saints learn to serve. It means seeing people come back. It means the opportunity to rub edges off one another. It means different levels of sanctification all fellowshipping together.

And, it means watching fellow believers die.

In our little church alone, we’ve had Glenn, Harry, Aunt Vi, Ron, and now Robert go home. Some of them went slowly with their family gathered round. Some went too quickly. We weren’t ready. Harry lingered for several days, never alone, always a handful of us gathered around him singing, reading, praying, just being there. Robert got his diagnosis and instead of six months to two years, it was less than two weeks. But, he didn’t die alone. Two of our ladies were with him.

These saints who have gone before are missed terribly. Something will catch the corner of your eye and trigger an old memory of one of them. You look for them, but they aren’t there. But we have hope. Oh fellow pilgrim, we have hope. We will see our brothers and sisters again. They are gathered together in heaven with Christ and they are waiting for us.

They have shed the last of sin, glorious thought. They have beheld our Savior, and they are together. Someday, we too will rejoin their ranks.

Being in a church year in and year out, Sunday after Sunday, unites you deep down because some of your dearest friends–and some who you didn’t really know well, but love–are up there. The people at work don’t understand this. Many of your friends and family don’t understand this. But that person in the pew next to you, they get it. They get the strange mix of boundless joy as one more saint crosses the finish line. They get the sense of longing you have for the rest promised in heaven. They know who it is you miss, because they miss them too. 

Our church hosted another small memorial service for another small member. It was a different memorial than some of our others, because, in a way, Robert had shut himself off over the last few years. The memorial service included a confession of that, given to one of our pastors before Robert passed. He asked us all to forgive him, which we all freely did. Despite that, he was one of us, one of ours. We loved him and forgave him. Some of Robert’s family came, some friends from work, many we didn’t know. The gospel was shared. Tears were shed. Hymns were sung, and we few, we happy few, rejoiced to know Robert was in Heaven. 

 

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