When All Else Fails, Talk About It

There is an unwritten stupidity in many of our heads that prefers to stew and mull things over and brood rather than having a potentially uncomfortable conversation. However, quite often the other party is not even bothered by the matter or at the least most often not to the same extent. Yet we brood and suffer and pity ourselves and fester in a darkness of our own making.

So, I have opted from now on to have those potentially difficult conversations here and now rather than decrease the years of my life over them when it may be avoided. Better a moment’s discomfort than a long drawn out death over it. Tired of that. Tired of keeping it in. I was not like that as a kid, and by golly I am tired of eggshells. I will walk rightly in the fruits of the Spirit so as not to harm anyone but I will not puss foot around anymore when a conversation needs to happen. Now that is proactive for everyone’s good. So much negativity and energy can be saved if real eye to eye conversations happen. So much good is done that way. And here is my new manifesto… Keep moving forward wisely but with fruit (of the Spirit). I will do the right thing as often as I can, every time if possible.😄❤

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Be Faithful, Dads

I was just thinking about my daddy. He passed two years ago now and I often remember him fondly. His greatest legacy was one of faith. He was faithful. Not just was he a faithful husband to my mom but he was all in, faithful to the core to his faith, his family, his country, his beliefs, his land. He did not stop being what he believed in my whole life. And that is why I am the way I am and believe so strongly in being faithful, being all in to God, my family, my country, my beliefs. It carries down.

Be faithful, dads. You are doing great. Even if you screw up a bit, just swallow that pride and ask forgiveness.. wives and kids are in general very forgiving… and keep being faithful. Or start today to make that legacy to pass down, it is never too late. Just please do keep working at it. You are the head of your house/family and families are why America is so great. You are vitally important to make or break everything, which is proved by how heavily society is attacking you. Be courageous, be all in and be faithful. Like my daddy, the best man who ever walked the earth (other than the God-man Jesus, of course).❤

A Matter of Integrity

When someone lies and commits a crime of slander or any other crime, no matter who that person knows or how much money or popularity or power that person has, they should still be responsible and held accountable and prosecuted and found guilty and punished. That, my friends is justice. America has been bought, friends, and our good President with of course God’s help is working to restore her to justice and greatness for God’s glory. And we need to pray and stand up for justice. And we as Christian Americans must do this because God’s grace and mercy have allowed us to escape the punishment of our spiritual sins. We who have been forgiven must forgive but we also must cry out for the wronged. It is unfair that those with the right connections or money get away with murder. Quite literally. We all saw it with OJ Simpson, the Clintons, so many others. It is a matter of integrity that we restore our justice system to justice and accountability to fairness for all. And God would bless efforts toward that end for it us what He stands for. We all need to pray. I am fasting and praying tomorrow along those lines even stronger alongside my posted prayers. Please pray with me. “Justice for all” still means something. There is an integrity we must get back to maintain or restore the backbone of this country and faith in God. Integrity still matters. We must stand against injustice.❤

Wake Up Call

God scheduled my neighbor to visit us today to practice taking blood pressures for her training to be a nurse. Gladly willing to help, I was surprised at the result. High blood pressure! I checked it myself and sure enough, it was very crazy high (168/132), like about to have a heart attack high. You must understand that for me, with normally very low blood pressure (90/70), it is more significant than someone who runs a bit high or even normal. It was a shocking wake up call.

With the dog’s heartworm treatment and us having to keep his heart rate down, I have been walking very little. Also, having achieved my weight goal of losing 50 pounds, I had started cheating lately a lot and eating unhealthy and salty food, like fast food grilled chicken (which I had just eaten before she checked me) etc. and chocolate.

So I confess and now see the immediate repercussions of such gluttony on my part. And if I don’t do something about it, I will regain the weight but more importantly be disobedient in maintaining my health for the Lord and the work He has me doing.

So, I repent from those horrible and irresponsible decisions and will be eating strictly Paleo nutrition and exercising at least once per day alone- until Blue’s heartworm treatments are finished- or with my kids and with Blue when it is safe to do so. And I will continue fasting and praying on Wednesdays. So here I go… awake, obedient and proactive.

And thank you, God, for the wake up call before I did have a heart attack!❤❤❤

Valentine’s Day Encouragement

I want to encourage all of you who are single, single again, struggling married, whatever. I just received today my first dozen roses, in fact first flowers of any kind from my husband of 9 years. It is never too late and sometimes ya wait, but by golly hang in there. Even though he gave flowers to other women, and that is part of why this is glorious, this was the first I ever received. And even though he has an illness and sin struggle, my marriage commitment was in sickness and in health, and sticking it out deepened my trust in God and lessened my trust in everyone else and that is a very good place to be. Only God should have our trust and worship and I get that so much now. No amount of easy days teaches you that to a livable extent. So hang in there. Draw close to God and He will reward you someday with blessings like these. And God loves you biggest and best and unconditionally all the while. I love you too.😄❤

Hidden Blessing Surprises Everywhere

I needed a ball gown for tomorrow for a fancy gig. Having lost 50 pounds, last year’s gown did not fit and I could not alter it again. So I found this little gem at the thrift store for $4.99. It was sleeveless (which would not work for a keyboard- playing dancing singer. So, as it was way too long, I hemmed it and took that fabric to make sleeves. I call it my fancy peacock dress. See why:

So what did I learn? That God blesses us with hidden gems if we look for it and put some work into it. And if you re-read that, it is a deep, amazing truth. That includes hidden gems within us and within other people. Sometimes you have to search a little, put in some time, work on it a bit and just bless it back. And all of a sudden, out pops a gold mine that was just waiting for someone to see its worth and bring it out. God is so very good, beautiful gem friend. ❤

Vested Interest

In marriage, we work out disagreements and forgive wrongs, even perpetual ones, because we have a covenant in marriage, we have history, we have children, we have a shared home, we have God as our head, we are vested. Any relationship with history is a vested relationship. We share something, have a tangible reason to be together in spirit. People in war together have this strongly because the common history is deeply powerful and meaningful. As Christians, we have that same vested interest, only with more at stake… our eternity. It is easy to think of the now, but history is a bond and tangible memory and purposeful commitment to remind us of our bond. And Jesus invested in us with great suffering and His blood, even death, before He resurrected (praise God!). He has a vested interest in us and we in Him. It amazes me how people are so apt to accept every stupid thought in the world except Jesus, the only way to be saved for eternity. But He is the only Savior vested in us and that is where our loyalties should continually lie. ❤❤❤