HOMEMADE HAPPINESS

“Now, if you want to tidy up in a hurry, think of your living room as a big clock.  Start at midnight, and then go around the room working clockwise toward the kitchen.  You’ll be done in two shakes of a lamb’s tail.”

–Betty White

I like Betty’s assessment of renovating a home, just because it requires selective focus and creative negotiation…which is a passion of mine.

When my Beloved spouse shared a dream from the Lord, he said without hesitation, “We shall stay in this house and renovate it to our liking one project at a time.”  WOW was my reply, and I began to formulate a list of projects.  Now, moving from pain management to selective renovations sounds good to me… besides getting back to driving and shopping.  After all, we will have fun working together to retrofit our oasis.

If renovating something about your life, I wish you the best!

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FOLLOWING GOD’S LEAD

“The Lord redeems the life of His servants, none of those who take refuge in Him will be condemned.”

–Psalm 34:22

One day driving down the highway I heard on the radio this quote:

“You cannot change a person’s heart; rather work on yourself to be the best person you can be.”  –Author Unknown

This thought still rings good in my heart.  How great is God’s Love.  He is always accessible.  If there is any inkling of discord with someone in your life, the Word encourages us to bear it with God’s peace and peace will envelop you both forever.

Following God’s promptings helps to have a change of heart and be able to sit in the warmth of sunshine, rather than being stuck, frozen in a dark place, don’t you think?

Bless you this weekend.

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BECOMING A GREATER LOVER OF LIFE

“A dream is what makes people love life even when it is painful.”

–Theodore Zeldin

I confess…my five-month disability has given me a new desire to becoming a greater lover of life.  I value more deeply everything that was temporarily taken from my existence.  Yet, God is always at my side and His love is unperishable.  He pointed out many details I should revisit and make better.  He assured me of my dreams to come true, a destiny I cannot yet define but the taste is in my mouth.  So, I will praise God louder, honor more each moment, guarding abundance and positivity rather than seeing lack. There is so much beauty, yearning and mystery to re-ignite, and writing will continue to spark my life with joy as you stay alongside me.

“True, we love life, not because we are used to living, but because we are used to loving.  There is always some madness in love, but there is also always some reason in madness.”

–Petrach

I’m going to love more…madly, will you join me?

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STAR GAZING

“This mystery…is Christ in you, the hope of Glory.”

–Colossians 1:27

The unknown can be frightening.  But when I gaze at the stars, I feel a wonder and reverence that only God can give.  This mystery is Jesus always present inside of me and the faith He gives becomes another mystery.  Jesus in me forever.

I’m anxious to go into the countryside midnight sky and look up at the stars knowing that God who made the stars lives in me too.

I wish you many twinkling stars to shine upon you.

BLESSED PALMS

“They led the donkey and colt out, laid some of their clothes on them, and Jesus mounted.  Nearly all the people in the crowd threw their garments down on the road, giving him a royal welcome.”

–Matthew 21:7-8

The blessed palms from 2 years ago still hang over a cross, but today I will bring home some fresh ones.

The people of Jesus’ time were poor and likely only owned one coat or two, so laying them down on the path to Jerusalem was an offering of sacrifice to honor Jesus as their Messiah.  How quickly their affections turned into a bloody Good Friday.

Today I offer a willing heart overflowing with an indescribable love for Jesus.  May you always feel his unconditional love and protection.

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