We opened one gift early, the gift of experience. We did a family Painting with a Twist class and painted these snow dudes. It is worth time and money to make a memory for us both and just have fun together. Yay! God blesses us more when we carve out time to mold and show value in our children. 😄❤
I am old enough to know that I could be a grandma now and yet I am a momma to a 9 year old.
I am old enough to know that even if I live to be an old age of 80, she will be in her 40’s when she experiences the loss of me. And if the Lord takes me sooner, she will be all the younger.
So I am old enough to know that I need to prepare her to rely on God for comfort and herself for taking care of herself with God.
I am old enough to know that my greatest gift and provision possible for my children is to exemplify and teach and train them to draw close to God and have that relationship with the perfect Heavenly Father who loves them even more than I can.
I am old enough to know that now matters and eternity matters. So I will love my children by teaching and showing them a beautiful relationship with Christ and I will have done the best I possibly can for them and also for God.😄❤
On a Lighter note, tomorrow we celebrate my daughter’s birthday with her friends. I praise and that God for my precious little darling. 😄❤
So, here we come into October and snowbirds are starting to arrive in Florida. So we gig again. We have spent all summer on new oldies songs and we are loving it. So we kick off our gig season with two outdoor gig, one October 19th morning at Faith Baptist Church’s fall festival and then October 27 afternoon at Cornfusion. Very cool.
And with every other weekend full of family birthdays, we are going to be flying. October is by far our busiest time of year- 3 birthdays in our house. Crazy. So, here we go, let’s get it started. May God bless us all on this journey!😄❤
As my son vacuumed the inside of the house, my daughter and I scrubbed thr fence and cleaned up the area. Then I sprayed sealer on the fence because that needed to be done. Also, I cleaned up the wall fountain and rehung that. It all took a while. And there was an interruption of church band practice (that started 30 minutes late).
What is my point?
Cleaning up takes a lot of time and energy. Keeping something clean takes less time but n sometimes is less practical. But either way, cleaning up yields great rewards and feels good afterward. And it was great to all work together as a family. Teamwork with active conversations with my kids was priceless. And we were able to pray together. (And I got to hear from my Aunt Rosie, which always makes my day.) And frankly, I am proud of my kids for their ability to look people in the eye and have a long conversation. I see so many kids who never have to pitch in and can’t get away from tech to even make eye contact or converse intelligently. Not a slam against kids trained badly but parents who don’t bother to train their kids.
We all have a past but today is our responsibility. What happened before does not have to be repeated or defeating. Just today choose to clean up. Just do it. Pull whoever you can into service with you and it will do all involved the world of good.
Do today beautifully. One day at a time live just for that day and always for God.😄❤
My son is about to turn 14. He still amazes me at the strangest times. We were walking to Circle K for a polar pop, as usual, and we were just chatting about shallow things, like his inline skates (which he is very into right now) and birthday plans and so on. Out of nowhere, I am compelled to tell him how proud I am of who he is now. He tells me “Sorry it took me a while to get motivated. You always tried to motivate me but it had to be my choice.” Amazing insight!
So, he elaborated without one word from me and said that we had been through a lot, and he hated it at the time and was angry but now he is so thankful because he understands so much about life and saw how God was always taking care of him. And he says he is way better off than any other guys his age because he gets how addictions and being selfish and all those things affect a family and not to do them on purpose. He continued that we can either be bitter or use that information to live smarter and better. He sees how much better of a person he is when he reads his Bible and prays and wants to keep doing that all his life.
I was amazed and teared up. God is good, friend. Keep showing them and loving them and let God bring them home. Praise God!😄❤
Recently, I have been blessed with hope from friends and my Great Aunts in high places. I am so blessed to have them. I do not people often because people are often times all about themselves and I think too much of myself as it is. I want and have (praise God!) friends who focus on God. That is where I want to be. I don’t want company in the dirt, I want to be lifted up into the air. I want to be closer to Jesus Christ, my Savior. Another source of hope was my fantastic devotional Jesus Calling. It point me to Jesus all the time and is worded from the Bible as a note to me from Jesus directly. And I have found myself randomly just blurt out “I trust you, Jesus” and that helps focus me on what is important. My strength is in the Lord, no matter how strong I am. I am just a little girl without the power of the resurrection and Holy Spirit. God is so good and I am so blessed to remind me of that. 😄❤