Before my Daddy went to Heaven, I had a lot of invaluable time with him. It wasn’t invaluable because we had deeply wise discussions because he had dementia and gradually lost his memories, recent first and then past. What made it so special was that I got to see who he really was inside and his spirit. He loved Jesus. I know this because even when all his memories were gone, he still talked about Jesus and going to heaven and expressed great morality in his limited speech. And I got to see the pure base of love that God creates in a heart that loves and serves Him long term. It was beautiful. And in being so close to Daddy as his physical body diminished, I saw a renewing and resetting of his spirit, almost like he could see Jesus sometimes and I believe he could. And in my arms, he transitioned over and it was the biggest blessing of my life. I want to keep other older people company who are suck in bed to comfort them and learn and love on them. Older people are such an extreme blessing and what they teach us is worth more than gold. ❤
So, my son decides yesterday to get up really early in the morning with me and walk with me to start the day. He is normally a night person like me and hard to get out of bed, so I was expecting the worst. Instead, he pops right up and is eager to go. Oy. So off we go and I am pleasantly surprised because I generally love walking time to enjoy God’s creation and talk to Him and just be quiet. I thought my chatty son would be a peace deterrent but instead he was pleasingly quiet with the sparce comment here or there. Lovely. So he will be joining me and we have more time together, and I thank God for that. Another happy place. Wonderful. 🙂
Let me tell you something. We are all united. We can act like we aren’t, we can get distracted, we can get mired down in details that truly don’t matter, we can be fooled by those who have a vested interest in our division. None of that changes the fact that we are united. I have readers in about 20 different countries and my heart feels good knowing how united and connected we rightfully and truly are. Here is how. We are all made on purpose by God Almighty. We are connected by our beginnings and the fingerprints we all share of God. So, my brothers and sisters, let us not forget our roots, our unity, our connectedness. And you are in my heart. Let us keep the spirit of unity no matter who tries to divide. Let’s not even hear the weasels and just love on each other. We got this. God is still our Father. Love you, precious!
I take a lot of pictures. Partly because I am an artist and extremely visual and partly because I have a horrible memory about specifics sometimes and like to have the pic to remind me of the details. It jogs the memory. And being so visual, it takes me to the very spot again and I can relive it in my mind. And as I went through so many beautiful pictures of so many varied events, from family vacations to my kids’ endeavors to my band family and gigs to my Daddy in various stages of decline to nature around us which is amazing to home improvements and so many things. I love to think back. Some things seem like they happened yesterday and some things hard to believe happened. I vaguely remember the year leading up to and after my Daddy’s death, so much was going on. I think what a blessing it was to have the band’s and gigs then for a creative outlet while caretaking and the slow plague of dementia. And now both bands are so different, one we have moved on from and one we are reworking and taking a break from. A pantry lives and breathes where there was a blank slate. Other major house changes are here now. People have moved out of and into our lives. We have traveled and relaxed in some beautiful places. And I see and remember. And I am super super blessed by it all. I feel so blessed to have been a part of so many great things, a part of my good family, a part of other people’s lives. We are so very blessed!
The best teachers in a child’s life are always the parents. That is always true. We model what they will automatically replicate in their own lives. Our moral character is their moral compass and what they will do. Their tendencies arise from our tendencies mixed with their personalities. Their willingness to lie and steal and cheat will be determined in largest part by our willingness to do so. Of course, we all have a propensity to do wrong and pride is present to fight against our teachability. So there is that. But largely, we provide their role model and they will be like us, for better or worse. Just a reminder that what we do and say matters and will be seen in our children. Even crazy peers cannot change our kids without their and ultimately our permission. So be who you want them to be and if they are not, check yourself out first. This is good news because as I draw closer to God, so do they so I can lead them to greatness in love by example. Such an opportunity!!
When I pray, I ask God to forgive any sins I have committed, whether I knew about them or unintentional and I forgive anyone who has sinned against me (just started that because it is happening more now). Then my heart is clean and right and in the proper humble attitude for prayer and I am suddenly transformed into the presence of Almighty God to talk to Him. And this can happen in a formal even or as I am cleaning the house or washing dishes or driving down the road. We are commanded to pray continually, which I take literally. If we are in a humble state of prayer and conversation with our Almighty Father God, we are much more likely to remember that we are always in His presence/vision and act right and say right. So we can talk to God about any and everything. We can praise Him, ask for what we need, love on Him. And we should to stay focused in this ever increasingly bad world. Then we will be ready when He comes back for us. And I am quite frankly looking forward to that. Heaven sounds good right about now. 🙂 ❤ I am sharing this to encourage you to be in an attitude of prayer and continuous running dialogue with your Heavenly Father God. He loves us so very much. Let’s obey Him and make Him pleased with us! ❤☺
So one of those little people on the field is my son. Closing ceremonies at Tiger Town Stadium today and his team (and all the North teams) were honored and recognized by being able to walk the field. No mention was made that their team was undefeated all season, but maybe they didn’t want to screw up next week’s games and then tournament/playoffs. So I cheered like a maniac for my wee little man way out there and then we watched a pretty great minor league team play ball. It was a great game! We had a blast, pretty amazing family time. And after the game was fireworks! So for half of what we would pay for movies, we had a much more fulfilling and fun family day! And to be frank, I prefer watching minor league ball to majors because more happens. 😉 So, support your local minor league baseball team’s and everyone wins! God bless America!!