YOU KNOW BETTER, BUT……

Sunday, September 4, 2016

50 IS NOT OLD | YOU KNOW BETTER BUT.....How many times have you done something that you know better, but still do? I think this is something that all of us can relate to in one way or another. I unfortunately can relate really well. I recently, (this week), had one of these moments.

My daughter is in visiting and she is attending a wedding in South Carolina. Since she flew in from Alaska, she had no vehicle to drive, so she took mine. We have an older car from Joe’s mother, that no one ever drives, so we could make do until mine comes back. One day Joe was going to play golf with some of his buddies, and he told me he would ride with them, so I could have his truck to drive. Sounds great, I like his truck, all except the part were he has no running boards. For me to get into the truck, I have to jump, crawl, and pull. Lol!

Everything was going good, until I needed to leave the house and go to the store. I pulled out of the driveway and stopped to get the mail. I eased the lid down, and looked inside to see if we had any mail. There was a spider under the pull down lip of the box, and when it crawled out, I jumped and let go of the lid. It fell down and hit the side of Joe’s truck leaving a scratch about 3 inches long.

I know all you gurls are cringing right along with me. What could be worse than putting a 3 inch long scratch on the driver’s door, right where he would see it every time he opened the door? Let me back up a little and tell you that I had already done a similar thing with MY vehicle. I looked in the mailbox and then started to drive off, the door fell open because I didn’t shut it really good and left a scratch down the side of my back door. Joe told me NOT to check the mail from the vehicle again. He told me to park the vehicle at the end of the drive and get out.

You can see my dilemma. Not only had I scratched his truck, but I did it by not listening to what he had told me. I tried every way to come up with a good excuse for how the truck got scratched. Maybe I tripped and scratched it with my keys, or Emersyn threw something and it hit the truck, or maybe I had no idea where the scratch even came from. But in the end, I told the truth and waited for the explosion. Nothing, he said hardly anything. I think he knew I had beat myself up all day over it, and he said that it was no big deal. The truck could be fixed, not to worry any more.

This all got me to thinking about the Lord. How many times have I done things He told me NOT to do? How many excuses have I made for my behavior? The problem is, I can’t hide from Him. He knows my every action! He knows my every thought!

I am glad that Joe didn’t get mad and forgave me for my actions. But more importantly, I am THRILLED that the Lord forgives me, and that He loves me! I am His child, and even though I am sometimes disobedient, He still welcomes me with open arms. I am thankful!!!!

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  • FunkyForty
    September 4, 2016

    Oh I love your story Tania, as much as we try not too I am sure we all have similar stories to tell.

    Have a wonderful Sunday!

    XX Yvonne
    http://www.funkyforty.com

  • Janet Batchelor
    September 4, 2016

    Love your heart Tania. We can all relate to that one:)

  • Mary Lu Belote
    September 4, 2016

    May God bless Joe for being an understanding husband and you for telling the truth to “face the music”. I hope I would have done the same in your situation. Thank you for sharing, Tania. Have a wonderful day!

  • nancy
    September 4, 2016

    Beautiful story, Joe must be a great man! 🙂 and it must be really safe knowing that someone up there loves you!

  • Lanita Anderson
    September 4, 2016

    Thank you for sharing – a great reminder for all of us! And what a blessing that we have the Lord’s love and forgiveness for those times when we either don’t listen, or are not obedient. Blessings to you this Sunday…..

  • Anita DeBoard
    September 4, 2016

    What a great devotional and so true. I’m so glad that the Lord has that big eraser to keep erasing our sins and forgiving us! I love your blog and can’t wait to read it every morning!

    • Tania
      September 4, 2016

      I too am thankful for that BIG eraser.

  • Gina D from McKinney
    September 4, 2016

    As a parent how many times have we forgiven our disobedient children and welcomed rhem with love into our open arms? How much MORE does our Father in Heaven welcome us into His arms? All we have to do is ask for forgiveness and He forgives ad completely forgets our disobedience and sin. What a wonderful thing! Thank you for reminding us of that.

    • Tania
      September 4, 2016

      I have forgiven many times, but I seem to have a very long memory. I am so thankful that when He forgives, He forgets!

  • Mary
    September 4, 2016

    Is there one of us who can’t relate to your story? Yes, I cringed along with you as I read what happened. And I share your worry about the possible consequences of telling the truth.

    It seems to me we can, in some tiny way, model God’s forgiveness, especially when I remember all the times I needed it. I’m thankful Joe did that. My father was a pretty good example of patience and forgiveness, which made me very lucky because Dad’s example made it easier to go to my Heavenly Father when I messed up.

    Hope you and your family are enjoying a relaxing weekend. Thanks for all the joy and inspiration you give us with your blog. God is surely working through you.

  • Cynthia
    September 4, 2016

    I so needed this today! Thank you for the reminder!

  • Amy
    September 4, 2016

    great story Tania, and a great reminder of God’s love for us. Have a blessed sunday

  • Knella (@knella)
    September 4, 2016

    That could be a story from my house, except I would be Joe. Let me be as calm and forgiving as your wonderful husband to MY husband that sometimes does things without thinking. 😊

    • Tania
      September 4, 2016

      Haha, I read this to Joe. I told him, she thinks you’re wonderful. You should have seen him grin. 😃

  • Mary
    September 4, 2016

    …..oh we are sooooo related! 😊

  • Tania
    September 4, 2016

    The truth is what’s best 😊

  • Sandy
    September 4, 2016

    This just reminds us to tell the truth and take the punishment. I always told my children to tell me what they had done because it would beat them home! LOL it worked they always confessed! I remember growing up my sister would lie and they would believe her I would tell the truth and the thought it was a lie! Good thought Tania!

  • Kathie/ SCMom
    September 4, 2016

    The truth will set you free!! I so believe in that saying. My husband always told our children that one lie leads to another and that the truth sets you free! I love that man of mine and he too has had to forgive me many times for messing up a car….Luckily he is in the car business and has access to people who have fixed my mess ups very quickly. God fixes our messes too…more than we deserve.

    • Tania
      September 4, 2016

      We had a customer in the store offer to fix the scratch before Joe got home, but I was afraid it would look worse that it already did. And then, he would know I tried to hide the mistake.

  • Loryl
    September 4, 2016

    Wonderful story. So true. Made my Sunday morning.

  • Wendy
    September 4, 2016

    Oh my….I had to read this to my hubby. This is so like me thanks for sharing.

    • Tania
      September 4, 2016

      I’m sure your husband could feel Joe’s pain. Haha

  • Karen
    September 4, 2016

    Great example and story !

  • Dede
    September 4, 2016

    I know what is worse than a scratch. Backing out your husband’s new pickup and knocking off the electronic side mirror. Only to rip off the other mirror two days later.

    • Tania
      September 4, 2016

      Oh my!!! He must really love you. You are still alive to write this. Hahaha!

  • Lisa
    September 5, 2016

    Happy Labor Day to you Tania….I’m behind on my emails as I have been visiting my oldest son this weekend who is away at college. Thank you for your sincere post and I really enjoy reading them on Sundays. The verse that comes to mind is “the truth shall set you free”. Enjoy your day. ~Lisa~

    • Tania
      September 5, 2016

      I kept saying that to myself, Lisa, as I was fessing up. I have to admit, after it was over, I did feel so much better.

  • Mindy Hayes
    September 5, 2016

    I love this post. I know I have done things the Lird said I shouldn’t snd not done things I should. Thank God His mercy and grace covers all and never fails!

  • Charlcy Green
    September 6, 2016

    What a good husband you have! And I’m proud of you for telling the truth – been there, done that! What a great God we serve! Loves us everyday no matter what!

  • sweetsouthernsass16
    October 12, 2017

    Tania, my husband had a ’69 Chevelle (sunshine yellow) that he had restored. He would never let me drive it but one day I convinced him I needed to drive that car to town. He gave in and low & behold someone hit me in the parking lot and LEFT. Crunched in the entire left corner panel. I for sure thought I was dead. Luckily he could fix it and he let me live. 🙂 I think it might have been the last time I drove that car. Can you imagine why? 🙂

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