Monday, March 27, 2017

It's Hard to Witness When Your Head is Always Down

After spending a week in the big city of Chicago, my heart is so full and yet so sad.  I enjoyed every minute of our vacation, except the quiet time. There was a large usage of free and public wi-fi everywhere. It was all over the city. It was even in the buses, trains, and subways. I was reminded of it by the quietness on the public transportation systems. I made a conscious effort to stay off of my phone hoping to engage in conversation with someone from Chicago. I kept hoping that I would sit by someone who would talk to me. If you know me, you know I love to talk. It was very hard to sit quietly. I imagined what a ministry would be like on the public transportation system. 

I asked my children when we got home how they felt like we could have been a better witness for the Lord in Chicago. 
They said, "momma we prayed before every meal".  
They said, "momma we were nice to all the waiters at the restaurants and staff at the hotel." They said, "momma we can lead by example since we were too fearful to interact with strangers."

As an adult if I was honest, it was too intimidating to begin conversations as I was out of my comfort zone. I have always heard not to look for the right person, but to be the right person, and they will come to you. 

We did make a new friend on the trip named Nathan. His business is making hand made leather journals. He noticed that Ian worked his Rubik's cube very fast and came over to talk to us about it. He was I must say, very cool! We made fast friends and he wrote in his weekly blog (Tom Sawyer Tuesday) about meeting Ian. We left an impression on him and he certainly left one on us. His hashtag is #getlosttofindyourself. 

I have looked for scripture to accommodate my thoughts this week in my blog but I couldn't find the appropriate ones. I found some inspirational ones. The main thing I wanted to say was that we should keep our heads up and our eyes focused on Jesus. 

Psalms 9:1 I will praise you, Lord, with all my heart. I will tell about the wonderful things you have done. 

Psalms 30:12 You wanted me to praise you and not be silent. Lord my God, I will praise you forever!

Wendy Griffin

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Time is flying by!!

  We have had two competitions. One was in February in Athens, GA and the other in Nashville, TN. Ian had a great time and did great!  He loved meeting new friends. Our next competition is in Huntsville, AL on April 8th. 
We also went to see Brody last night at his new group home. He is doing great!!!

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Thursday, December 22, 2016

The Griffin Adventures take on Disney World 2016

 Before we left town, we visited with PaPa Jim at his assisted living home. He has dementia so we visit for us now more than we visit for him. We took him his gift and I think he was looking for the peanuts I always get him. Oops. I forgot. I will make it up to him. We plan on driving all day and getting as close as possible to Orlando. I will keep you posted on here about our journey. 

We went by nanny's house to see her before we left. I think she should have come with us:) I cut and colored her hair this week and I think she likes it! 

We are loaded down and ready to take on four parks this Christmas. The fifth day we will go back to our favorite park. We have never been. Two years ago a friend gave us a ten day trip and we took Brody. We made it to the gate and he grabbed a girl by the hair. It was not good. Security held us for two hours and it proved to break us. We left, got our money back and drove to the coast. 

As soon as we put it in park, Bubba got a phone call that his mom had cancer. We drove back to TN that night and started another journey. We lost her in February of the year. Needless to say, we are ready to try this again. Prayers have been said and we are off. 

Atlee is the photographer, Ian is the videographer , Bubba is the iPhone specialist and I am the writer. Well, we will see. 

I hope you enjoy our adventures!
 
 Here we go....

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Lucky Buck Jewelry

Lucky Buck Jewelry has had a great year and for that we are very thankful.  Please continue to watch our page as we upload one of a kinds in January and February.  Blessings to you and yours!

I have a friend...


I HAVE A FRIEND, HER NAME IS TERESA.

 

Have you ever had a friend that you admired and wanted to be like? I have that friend and her name is Teresa.  Her mother taught her by example.  If I’m telling the story right, her mother worked a second job for 28 years and never spent the money on herself.  She spent it all on others who were in need.  What an incredible testimony!

My friend watched her mother give back all of her life.  I have always heard not to teach your children to share, but to give.  I have raised my children that way and just witnessed my son give away his favorite winter coat to a friend that liked it.  Sometimes that is hard to watch(when I just bought it)but so worth it for the recipients of the good will.  Your efforts are always rewarded.  Can you imagine how many people Teresa’s mom helped by her 28 years of giving back to the community?

The Bible tell us to help ease others’ burdens and to share our food and clothes…..

 

Isaiah 58:6-7 ERV “I will tell you the kind of day I want---a day to set people free.  I want a day that you take the burdens off others.  I want a day when you set troubled people free and you take the burdens from their shoulders.  I want you to share your food with the hungry.  I want you to find the poor who don’t have homes and bring them into your own homes.  When you see people you have no clothes, give them your clothes!  Don’t hide from your relatives when they need help.”

 

We have an opportunity today to minister to a family for Christmas.  Pulling together our resources, we took them out to eat at Cracker Barrel and then on to use their gift cards at WalMart.  My prayer is that the waitresses, the cashier at the store and the people standing in line felt the love of Jesus seeing someone making a difference.  To me the most wonderful gift of all, is spending time with one another.  Watching my daughter help one of the children at the store, cutting up pancakes, holding the baby, makes me wonder if she will be like Teresa’s mom giving so unselfishly her whole life.  My daughter posted on Facebook how thankful she was to spend the day with the family.  That filled up my love tank to the top.  The Bible tells us that we may never know when we are entertaining an angel.  I can’t get over the look on the lady’s face behind us in line at the store.  She thanked us three times for helping the family.  I know she was blessed by my friends generosity.  Not only did Teresa get the children gift cards, but she bought groceries as well.  Teresa is just like her momma and when I grow up, LOL, I want to be just like her.

 

Hebrews 13:1-3 ERV “Continue loving each other as brothers and sisters in Christ. Always remember to help people by welcoming them into your home.  Some people have done that and have helped angels without knowing it.  Don’t forget those who are in prison.  Remember them as though you were in prison with them.  And don’t forget those who are suffering. Remember them as though you were suffering with them.”

 

When I’m around Teresa, I want to share the Good News and I hope people see God’s grace in me.

 

Acts 20:24 ERV “I don’t care about my own life. The most important thing is that I finish my work.  I want to finish the work that the Lord Jesus gave me to do---to tell people the Good News about God’s grace.”

 

Prayer:  Dear Jesus, help us to see past our own wants to help others’ needs. 

 

Monday, October 3, 2016

Lucky Buck Jewelry

Dear friends and family, 
We will be heading out to Tennessee this weekend for the Goats, Music and More Festival in Lewisburg(our hometown).  We are excited to see all our friends and family.  Lucky Buck Jewelry has certainly provided us with some adventure this year as our business has nearly tripled. Please check out our improved web page www.luckybuckjewelry.com as we are so pleased with it. 
We are extremely grateful and thankful for the extra as I have not worked as much because of the Achalasia.  I have had four surgeries this year and have had some relief of the symptoms.  I am currently waiting on a response from a surgeon in New York.  Very few hospitals do the surgery I need next and even fewer accept my insurance.  I will be keeping you updated as we go, but until then if you will keep us in your prayers. 
Our next show is in Rome, Georgia at the Chiaha Harvest Festival on the 21-22nd and  then onto Franklin for the Pumpkinfest on the 29th. We have a show every week or weekend in November too.  We love this crazy schedule and the people we meet along the way.  Thanks for all your support.
Wendy

Lucky Buck Jewelry

Dear friends and family, 
We will be heading out to Tennessee this weekend for the Goats, Music and More Festival in Lewisburg(our hometown).  We are excited to see all our friends and family.  Lucky Buck Jewelry has certainly provided us with some adventure this year as our business has nearly tripled.  We are extremely grateful and thankful for the extra as I have not worked as much because of the Achalasia.  I have had four surgeries this year and have had some relief of the symptoms.  I am currently waiting on a response from a surgeon in New York.  Very few hospitals do the surgery I need next and even fewer accept my insurance.  I will be keeping you updated as we go, but until then if you will keep us in your prayers. 
Our next show is in Rome, Georgia at the Chiaha Harvest Festival on the 21-22nd and  then onto Franklin for the Pumpkinfest on the 29th. We have a show every week or weekend in November too.  We love this crazy schedule and the people we meet along the way.  Thanks for all your support.
Wendy

Saturday, August 27, 2016

As is.....

We may not be "new and improved" at 50 like we thought, but we're the best "as is" models I know!