I absolutely love to laugh and make others laugh. So, I’m starting off with a joke by my grandson, who will be turning 8 years old in a few days. Here it is:

Grandson: Papa, why did the chicken cross the road?
Me: To get to the other side?
Grandson: No, to go to the idiot’s house, of course!
Me: Oh, I should have known this.
Grandson: Knock-knock
Me: Who’s there?
Grandson: The chicken.
Me: Whaaaaat? [as I laugh at how he “got me” and the humor of this “groaner” joke]

I hope you had a chuckle or at least this made you smile.

This is what you can expect from joining in sharing my life with you. Some laughs in at least a blog post a week. Maybe every other week as I can really get myself booked up!

I invite you to sign up to be notified via email when I have a new post. And, I’ll be using this to let you know of cool, fun stuff I have plans of doing from this blog. Please go to the right and put in your email address. Go ahead and cross the road and knock on the door. You may be very surprised to find out who answers!

Now, what’s up with the title of my blog? Glad you asked!

In the Gospel of Luke (or I like to call him Dr Luke) there are powerful verses that always weighs much upon my thoughts when making decisions, “Is there anyone here who, planning to build a new house, doesn’t first sit down and figure the cost so you’ll know if you can complete it? If you only get the foundation laid and then run out of money, you’re going to look pretty foolish. Everyone passing by will poke fun at you: ‘He started something he couldn’t finish.’ “Simply put, if you’re not willing to take what is dearest to you, whether plans or people, and kiss it good-bye, you can’t be my disciple. Luke 14:28-30, 33 The Message

I don’t know how this speaks to you but I never want to look foolish or have people making fun of me. This certainly has happened as you’ll learn when you read my story. The depth of what Jesus is speaking of, and into my life from these verses, is much more substantive than being teased in school. I believe there are eternal consequences He is referring to here. Yes, to consider the cost is mighty.

I’d love to tell you more why I started this blog. Now that you’ve “knocked on the door” come on in and let me tell you.

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  1. Franklynn W. Ring says:

    Be blessed as you walk this journey, Carey! You are a man of great substance and I love you tons, my brother. God is an awesome God as he brings folks together. Thank you for staying in my life~

    • Frankie, you’ll never get rid of me! You are too dear and I count you as a sweet, sweet sister who I love dearly. Yes, God is so awesome! His love is like no other and I am so thankful He saved me and continues to do so daily. Thank you for your comment. You mean so much to me!

  2. Carey, your honesty is a gift to all. God bless you!

    • Thank you Michele. I’m glad this was a gift to you. I hadn’t thought of that when writing this (honesty being a gift) and really, it is a simple gift to give away. Not easy though. Jesus never said it would be easy. He did say His burden would be light though. I love the way The Message explains it: “Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me – watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” Mt 11:28-30

  3. Debbi Shertz says:

    Carey~ This is awesome.. just one more way of living a transparent and submitted life.. God is faithful in all things.. Bless you in this endeavor to share your heart and Gods love and mercy.. ♥

  4. Thanks Carey for your friendship, humor and inspirational words! You are a true blessing!! God Bless you!

  5. Thank you Carey, you are an inspiration to me, and a true friend! God Bless you!!

    • Julie, you are a true treasure in my life! I cannot imagine how lacking in laughter, crazy stories, and how you help me to see Jesus in everything as you do, if you were not my sis-in-faith and friend. God bless you and your family tons too!

  6. Your honesty, bravery, passion for Jesus, and total willingness to lay it all down have led you to this time and this place of freedom and reckless abandon. I am proud to stand beside you as we continue this journey together! I love you!

    • Thank you my love! I need you more than ever by my side as you give me strength I only could receive from you. Marrying you has always been one of my wisest decisions. I pray you always believe the words you wrote. I love you so much!!

      • Your honesty and passion inspire me and make me want to be all that Jesus wants me to be and your story is an encouragement to me and everyone else that we all can be! I believe I am a better person because of you and I thank God every day for bringing you into my life. I love you forever!

        • I love you forever and much of this I’ve done for us, for you, to save our marriage. I need you too babe and will continue to work hard to be the leader in our family God calls me to be so you feel this way all the days of your life, and more.

  7. Kimmy Lankford says:

    Carey, you are one of the neatest people I have ever met! I love how transparent you are and how open you are to letting God use you no matter what the cost. Your honesty is so humbling and refreshing. I am so excited to see lives changed through this blog!!!!!!! Thank you for being YOU!!!!!!!!!

    • Thank you Kimmy! It is a challenge to do this. I had some very wise counsel encouraging me and Jesus confirmed to me that this is what He wanted from me. I do believe many will find help from my story. Time will tell.

  8. Thank you for your willingness to be an open book for us to learn from. Blessings on your new endeavor! I look forward to reading your posts.

    • Crys, my life is an open book now. It has been opening up since just before meeting you in seminary. I will do all I can to continue this journey as a “closed book” is a life full of secrets, lies, bondage, misery. I will not return to that. I hope future posts will encourage, inspire, and educate you so you’ll be able to understand more what goes on in the life of someone struggling with SSA and be empowered to help them transform when they want so desperately to change!

Love to know what you think!

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