I used to think this was a real thing: “ties that can never be broken”. Bonded for life. It is a romantic concept, pushed by corrupt Hollywood. Turns out those don’t exist. All ties can be broken. Nothing is fool proof. Every one can be broken. Every single one. This is not a doom and gloom thing but an awareness thing. If you want a bond to stay strong, you have to take care of it. It requires effort on both parties involved. Bonds need to be nurtured, cared for, attended to. You must invest time and maintenance on their upkeep. The tie to everyone or everything requires care to keep them strong. Even our tie to God. Yes, it is innate but we can still break it with our bad choices or refusal to accept Jesus as our Savior. But what sets God apart is His love and generous forgiveness to heal that broken tie the moment we humbly pray to Him for help with it. How beautiful is that! Nurture your bonds and take none for granted for they are valuable and worth every perceived inconvenience. Take care of what God has given you before it is lost. ❤
We all (Zach’s baseball team and family) got together for a pizza party and trophy handout and afterwards a kickball game. It was great fun! It has been raining nonstop for about a week, so it was a mud bog. A few minor injuries but lots of fun was had by all. I made vanilla cupcakes from scratch that they must have liked because there are only a couple left. And it was wonderful to get together and play without the pressure of a game (which they kept score of the kickball game anyway lol). And we all enjoyed it very much, having been together all season. Loved it. Baseball is underrated and fun with friends is too. Get together with someone, have them over, put the phones down and play, talk, whatever. It is invaluable experience. Makes all of life better. Church is the same thing for the same reasons but adds the dimension of spirit, so important. ❤
Friends from 72 Countries this month have found and read my blog somehow. That tells me people are searching for truth, hope and Jesus, for that is about all I talk about. And I find this to be very unifying and beautiful. I have never seen color or status on people (I am from a merger of missionary and farm families). I have been dirt poor and quite wealthy and had peace in God in both instances, with a little more joy in poverty than wealth somehow. My mom lived in Africa the first 8 years of her life, so color is diversity and beautiful to me. I myself am not white but a peachish- tan. Lol. So, I do not talk about color or status or fleeting/meaningless outward beauty treatments and dress or most other things. I speak about God, Jesus’ salvation He offers as a free gift, the Bible truths in verse, the church family and spiritual matters on the journey we are on togethwr with God. These things matter eternally. They are lasting truth with hope and love and faith and passion of God’s love for us. I love writing and love poetry and love people. I want people saved, as many as possible. But more than anything, I love God, love Jesus, love the Holy Spirit and my relationship with Him is the most important thing in the world to me. I would trade any amount of money and jewels and land and whatever the Lord would require of me to maintain my relationship with Him. It is the most important thing in my universe. God is everything to me. It permeates how I think, my service to others, my family care and support, my relationships, my everything. So praise God for blessing me with any good thing He provides and for the lessons that come from the bad. And I thank God for every bit of it for He knows and sees what is best and beautiful, loves me and wants the best for me in the long run. Eternity with God is my goal. And I want heaven to be packed. I want to see you there. We are so blessed! Praise God!❤
I know it seems like I am always with my kids, and I pretty much am. But today was special. My son was at his dad’s and my husband was working at church so Kathleen and I had a special day together. So after cleaning together (yes, we had to do real life first), we went swimming, drew together, watched a movie together, colored and chatted. I dismissed the phone and all tech and we hung out. Nothing extraordinary but what a precious treasure! She is a remarkable girl and it was a treasure to have a girls’ day. And I loved it. And I will make a day happen with me and my son soon because what a great way to show love to my children than just hang out for a day. So precious. And how cool it is that God, our Heavenly Father, longs for that time with us too. Such an extraordinary thought. We are so very blessed!❤
This spring break has been very productive. We have been working together on landscaping and garden installation. The back yard looks great and we did it as a team. So excited. In this way, we also are able to relax a bit. So much is accomplished without the running around and appointments and so on. Freedom is beautiful and oh how I treasure it. God also reassured me in my spirit that He is enough. And that, my friend, to me is worth all the gold in the world. ❤
We just returned from a week in God’s masterpiece, Gatlinburg. We found hiking trails in mountains by beautiful waters and wild turkeys and quiet time with God. There is no doubt that He keeps His eye there to just enjoy what He made without argument. It is beautiful and peaceful and full of His glory. You cannot be there an deny Him. You cannot help but be regenerated and invigerated. He is everywhere and more obviously there. Gorgeous!! And our whole family feels more relaxed and alive and ready for the rest of the school and gig year.😄❤
Family is strongest when God is the main focus of it. God designed family to be together and puts together family on purpose. It is the beautiful design for empowering His work and kingdom of love on this planet and giving us strength for eternity with Him. This is why evil attacks family. Evil wants to destroy everything God made and weaken and destroy everyone and everything. And evil gives nothing back. God, however, never stops giving. He is good and generous and rewards with blessings all family that focuses on Him and supports His design and each other as an extension of that. Family Strength is God’s design and help for us on this planet. And when we support our family and pray together and put God first, He gives us every tool we ever need. It is beautiful. Let nothing divide you from family and God will provide. Family Strength is our strength from God.