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. 🙂
My daughter was baptized today!! We celebrated with our church family and then with just us by going out to Golden Corral. She keeps talking excitedly about how she was baptized today! I love that excitement and her excitement was contageous. I had forgotten how to just celebrate being God’s and celebrate obeying Him. It is really a lot of fun being a Christian. Sure, there is opposition, sure evil wants to destroy us every chance they get, but so what. We are the victor here. God through our Messiah Jesus Christ won every battle we could ever have. We win too by humble obedience to Him. They cannot take our eternity with God away, no matter what. So let us celebrate with my daughter and just being God’s children. 🙂 ❤ ❤ ❤
Looking on the bright side, heaven is coming up on the horizon. And as dark and deceitful as this world can possibly get, that makes the light of truth in heaven that much brighter! And while Muslims expect their 72 virgins in paradise for killing a Christian or Jew, the reality is that murder unrepented of gets you a direct ticket to hell but the Christian and Messianic Jew goes straight to that heaven/paradise they were expecting where we are as pure as virgins and that is the sad ironic truth (sad for them, pretty amazing for us). Heaven is coming soon and even better, we have a secure, eternal relationship as adopted children of God Almighty!! Woo hoo! I can not stand the thought of people being lost, but everyone has their own choice to make and I am so happy to be on the winning, loving, peaceful, joyful side with Jesus Christ our Messiah. Oh how I love Him!!! ❤❤❤
Driving home from doing a consultation today, I passed many aggressive drivers, seemingly mad/bonkers/angry or on something and passed two accidents, which inconvenienced many. I yried to catch up on news and half of it was fake and the rest was bad. And I thought to myself, is the entire world mad now? Madness is everywhere. Serious turmoil you can feel is all around us on every side. But I have a secret. I want to tell you because I believe you would want to know. This secret is where I have found that madness ceases and peace and joy and love reign supreme and are not even touched by the madness. You ready for my secret, my fortress of solitude? It is somewhere you can carry with you. It is Jesus. His name is sweet to say and powerful to use. It is like a powerful sword that is really made of solidified honey. Speaking to God in prayer with Jesus’ name is my secret spot. No one can ever take it away, no one even knows you go there unless you tell them and absolutely anything may be discussed there, the throne of God, my Heavenly Father. That is it. My secret is now your secret. Madness ceases in God’s presence for He outguns it. Anger melts away, mourning hearts are comforted. He is coming soon and I am ready and want everyone to be ready. ❤
I started walking again in the early mornings before the kids are up. It is a good time to enjoy God’s nature, pray, contemplate life and get some exercise all at the same time! 🙂 It makes me happy to be back walking. It is like getting a jump start on the day. Nothing profound about it but sure is nice sometimes to just partake of the mundane. 🙂 Have a beautiful day! ❤
Here are the earrings my son bought me with his own money for Mother’s Day. My daughter drew me a picture that I could not get to focus because it was made from several artistic supplies and many things the reflected light weird, but it was beautiful. And my husband bought me two dozen chocolate covered strawberries from Edible Areangements. Now, let me tell you I do not think being a mom is worth celebrating, it is an honor I wear with pride every day since my first day of my first pregnancy. I cherish my role in life as my kids’ mom. I am a mom to many but only a couple came out of me violently. Lol One is in heaven waiting for me. But this day of gifts and honor warms my heart because this day I am shown appreciation for who I am and what I do and I feel very loved. It is nice to be loved. I am loved. Thank you, God, for my family. We made it through rough and smooth and I love our family.
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!