Wednesday, October 22, 2014

So Thankful For HIS Watch, Care, and Protection

No wordless Wednesday this week folks! I have to stop right now and publicly give praise to my heavenly father for HIS watch, care, and protection for me this morning.

I decided that after I completed a 30 minute run, I would take my bike out for a spin. It's been almost 3 weeks since I rode it, and I just felt like I needed the extra exercise.

I pulled out my driveway, and took a left, just as I have done countless times over the past 2 months. I went down to the end of the road, took another left, onto a main road, and went one mile to take another left on a cutover road.

The cutover road is a mile, maybe 2 mile long country road. On either side are fields, or woods.

I came up to the last field on this road, and heard a buzzing sound. I looked to my left and saw a very low flying, black helicopter. A VERY strange site for this back woods community.

I proceeded down the end of this cutover road, and got on another main road, that has me taking a left at the end of it, to get home.

I came to some bridges that are very close to the end of this main road, and noticed a stopped vehicle in a driveway coming up on my right. I kept pedaling, and just a little bit before I came up to this driveway, the vehicle pulled out and headed my direction

I noticed they were slowing down, and right before I passed them they waved their hand out the window for me to stop.

I didn't stop to begin with. I didn't recognize this vehicle, and I'm kind of paranoid when it comes to slow moving vehicles when I'm out biking alone. But something told me to stop.

The man in the vehicle said, "I'm not trying to scare you, but you need to be warned there is a man hunt going on up the road".  He said some people tried to break into a house, and the police were searching for them.

I thanked him for letting me know, and took off. My head was spinning. I didn't know whether I should keep going, or stop at someone's house to call my in-laws to come get me.

I picked up my cell phone to call Justin while still pedaling, to see that he had called me just a little bit before.

I dialed his number, but got no answer.

I heard the helicopter again, and saw it off to the right. With my head spinning and unsure of what to do, I reached the stop sign to turn left for home, and kept pedaling.

And pedal, did I do.

Terrified that someone might jump out of the woods after me, I was booking it.

I don't think I have EVER biked that mile so fast before. Or prayed so hard for protection either.

Praise the LORD, I made it home safely, with legs and lungs burning.

Justin returned my call 15 minutes after I was safe inside. He had been in a meeting, and was unable to reach the phone when I called him back.

I asked him why he had called. He was checking to see if I was planning on biking that day, and to let me know that it would be wise not to. (His boss/cousin received news of the incident and manhunt, and told Justin about it)

I laughed and said "Babe, I was riding my bike when you called, and I had the scare of my life!".

I praise GOD right now for getting me safely home. Whoever the police were searching for, could have easily been hiding along the road, ready to jump an unsuspecting passerby.

I prayed for the LORD to give my legs wings to get me home quickly, and HE did. And I am SOOO... thankful for that. :)

Have a wonderfully blessed day everyone! Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, October 20, 2014

I Cried, But Thankful I Went

Oh, how I love Mondays! I might be the only person in the world to think that thought, but it holds very true for me. Mondays around my house mean staying home, and cleaning, and did I mention staying at home? ;)
I especially feel grateful for this Monday, as it is the first day I have been at home all day in two weeks. I have either been at church, working, or out of town. There has not been the slightest need to rush around today. I even sat down a little while a go, and just sipped a glass of hot apple cider, put on the Sherlock Series 3 soundtrack, and stared out the window, at my chickens pecking and scratching around. :D
I mentioned a little while back that I was planning on going with my family to West Virginia to see my dad's branch of the family. While my mouth was saying I was going, my mind was screaming "no way".
I had never been away from my husband, since being married 18 months ago. And the thought of traveling over 400 miles away from him, didn't set well. (my family was even jokingly taking bets on whether I would actually go).
I went back and forth, and back and forth, on my decision. And trust me, there were quite a few tears shed trying to decide what to do... I knew I needed to visit some of my aging, and sick relatives, but I did NOT want to go without my sweet hubby. 
In the end, I decided on going. Thirty minutes before they planned on leaving. :P
Thankfully, I drove the whole trip. I think that if I had not, I would have cried the whole 8 hour ride there. The LORD worked that out perfectly. :D
Here are some picture of my journey in the mountains...
A lake me, my brother, and sister hiked around on Sunday...

The fall foliage was GORGEOUS!!!

There were some very tame dear living near this lake. I was quite killer to my brother and I to be so close to venison, and not be able to "harvest" it. :P
A state park overlook...

Brother, and sisters, being brother and sisters with grandma... :D
Left to right: Daddy, Mama, brother Noah, Moi, and sister Grace...
My walking path early Monday morning. I would be in such amazing shape if I lived up there...
I was able to take the Jeep off road, ad go up some pretty steep mountains. I got her good and muddy...
Another state park on Monday evening...

An old barn on our drive back home Tuesday afternoon...

I survived the trip, by calling Justin 3-4 times a day, and cuddling up to the stuffed frog he gave me on our first Valentine's day. :D

In the end, I'm grateful for the opportunity I had to travel, and visit family. I missed Justin terribly, and felt as if some part of me was missing quite a bit of the time, but the time I spent with my family is precious to me. :D

Have you ever spent time away from your hubby? How did you cope? Am I the only to cry about spending three days without their husband?

Have a wonderfully blessed day everyone! Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Changes: From With Her Hands to Shy Country Gal

I have been doing quite a bit of thinking about this little blog, I have been so blessed to have, for a bit now. And I have decided it is in need of some changes.

I have had this little space, with the same URL of since 2010. The title of the blog then was "Seeking HIS Guidance In All Things".

At that point in my life, I was not married and did not see marriage in my near future. As a matter of fact, I had no idea what the LORD held in store for my future. So, I wrote about how I was seeking the LORD's guidance, while HE showed me the path in life I would take.

Sometime during that time period, the LORD showed me HIS path, as clear as day. I was to become a "stay at home daughter", preparing myself for the possibility of marriage. And so the blog name changed again.

It was renamed "With Her Hands". I wrote about how the LORD was using my time as a stay at home daughter, learning to be as the Proverbs 31 woman...

 Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies.
 The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil.
 She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life.
 She seeketh wool, and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands. Proverbs 31:10-13
Two years went by, and I did marry the man of my dreams in April of 2013. I am now a mostly stay at home wife (I teach a preschool class, two half days a week).
And somehow this little blog has gone somewhat neglected.
I never meant to be so inconsistent with my blogging upon being married. It just happened.
When I did finally get back to blogging regularly this summer, I was at a loss on what to write. It's like something inside me was screaming to write, and share my thoughts, but there was something blocking me from doing so. So I have just been posting fashion, or recipes.
While I dearly love sharing those things, it's not what I want to spend all of my time sharing.
I considered a new blog, but voted against it.  So, I have changed the name of this blog, once again, to simply "Shy Country Gal" (that is what I am). (finally it matches the URL!!!)
I want to get back to sharing this life the LORD has blessed me with.
It is not an exciting, spectacular life, but GOD has given it to me. And I see HIS goodness in it EVERY DAY! And I want to share that goodness with others, so they can look, and see GOD's goodness in their own wonderful lives.
So you can count on some more personal posts, and much of the same old same old. Like fashion, or photography, or homemaking.
Things won't look HUGELY different around here. But hopefully, you'll see me a bit more. :D
So, welcome to "Shy Country Gal". My prayer is that you see GOD's goodness, in ALL that is said here. :)
Have a wonderfully blessed day everyone! Thanks for stopping by!
P.S. I am open to any post suggestions! Or if you have a question about me, ASK! I'd love to answer you! :D

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Wordless Wednesday: Our Wee Bit O' Fall Decor




Monday, October 6, 2014

Trash the Dress and Christ's Return?

Justin and I have been talking about getting some pictures taken of us, for several months now. We were not able to have engagement pictures done, or even really pretty bridal photos. We were blessed to have a friend of the family to take our wedding photos, completely free. I love those photos dearly. But I've always wanted some really sweet, kinda romantic photos of us in our wedding garb.
So, we decided to book a "Trash the Dress" beach photo session. And oh, how glad I am that we did...
We scheduled the photos originally on the 19th of September. But as fate has it, the weather was awful that day. High winds and clouds don't make great photography. So we rescheduled for the following Tuesday. But that day turned out to be rainy. Again we rescheduled for Friday, only to have to try again Saturday, because of more rain.
Finally there was a break Saturday, and we could finally get the show on the road...

It was quite funny though that entire week, having to be ready at any moment, for the weather to be just right. 
I rode around in my Jeep all week, with my wedding dress in the back, and Justin's shirt, pants, and tie...
There was one day, where I was feeling quite impatient towards the weather, and worked myself into a tizzy, wanting to get the photos done and over with...
Then a thought came to me. Rather, a passage of scripture, from Matthew 25...
25 Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom.
And five of them were wise, and five were foolish.
They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them:
But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps.
While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept.
And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him.
Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps.
And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out.
But the wise answered, saying, Not so; lest there be not enough for us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves.
10 And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut.
11 Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us.
12 But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not.
13 Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.

And I was convicted...
Am I living my life daily, watching , waiting, and being prepared for the day that my LORD and Savior will return for me?

Am I daily living for HIM, sharing HIS gospel?
Am I daily praising HIM?
Am I showing my love for HIM?
Am I just as ready, and willing to leave with HIM if HE called me home, as I am for a little photo shoot?

It's sad to say, but it took a photo shoot, to drive the concept of being ready for Christ's return, at ANY moment...
But that is how the LORD works sometimes. He uses daily life experiences, to show us HIS word, and clear path for our lives...

 Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh. Mathew 24:44

The lord of that servant shall come in a day when he looketh not for him, and in an hour that he is not aware of. Matthew 24:50

Praise the LORD for HIS everlasting patience in my faults!

Have a wonderfully blessed day everyone! Thanks for stopping by!

P.S. In case you were wondering, my dress in perfectly fine. I took it to be cleaned and preserved, and the lady asked if I had even worn it. I told her I had actually done a trash the dress session at the beach. She said she is going to tell her brides to start doing that before bringing them in to be cleaned! :D

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