Kid’s First Performance

So, as I am allowing someone else who wanted to play the piano in the church band, I was freed up with time. And never fitting in at all sitting in a congregation, I asked where there was a need. And I am in children’s ministry. So now I am a 2nd and 3rd grade Sunday School teacher and am starting up a children’s choir. This morning we sang one praise song just to get our feet wet in front of the congregation. It was fantastic. The kids did great and the people encouraged them a lot afterward. That is the best thing you can do for your children… lovingly encourage them doing well and I might add what most adults are afraid to do. So that was beautiful. And Wednesday we start choir practice for the Christmas musical. I am super excited. Kids are amazing, even now in the midst of difficulties we never had. It is such an honor to work with them and help lead and encourage them and get really good truth lyrics locked in their heads to help with bad times. How many times God reminded me of truth from a song from childhood. To allow another generation to have that same luxury and experience is fantastic. I am super excited God trusted me with that. He is so good! ❤ 

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There Once was a Jasmine Fence

So our neighbors helped us rip out our imploded jasmine fence. The front, I took out yesterday and the long side would have taken Joe and I two days of hard labor and instead, we cut away between fence posts and Joe tied them off to our neighbor’s 4 wheel drive Suburban and she drove them panel by panel down to the pile in front. What a blessing!!! So now the sticks are all picked up and the jasmine is all in piles out front. Amazing. And soon (starting tomorrow), Joe and I will put up a fence. Steve can’t help because his knee blew out today, bless his heart, but thank God I can work. And my son has proven to be a good worker once we get past the protests lol. God is so good. I have two fewer walls of jasmine to trim!!!❤

God is So Good

“God is So Good” is the song I used to sing to my kids while nursing and rocking them to sleep. It is also encompasses my early morning and through the day. God is beyond good but He is the only one truly good. “Good” is a word people use when someone follows the rules and does the right thing. God defines what is right and cannot do wrong so good is His automatic mode. He is truly and beautifully good with love and holiness and power under control. He is incredibly and perfectly and naturally good and amazing.❤❤❤

Good Does Not Balance Bad

Doing something good does not offset or make up for something bad you do, even if you believe that to be true or have made such a habit of this balance game that you do it automatically. What makes up for doing something wrong, like stealing, lying, cheating, doing drugs, getting drunk, watching porn, getting off on someone other than your spouse, killing someone, hating someone, not doing or saying what you should, etc. is to stop doing it and not do it again. God forgives most willingly if you humbly ask Him but if you ask forgiveness and then do it all over again, are you sincere? It would be like my daughter as ask toddler writing all over the wall with crayons and then telling me she is sorry then doing it again when I walk out of the room. The next day, telling me she’s sorry then doing it again. As a mom, I would be sad that she was still doing it and would rather she not even ask me if she didn’t mean it and was just going to do it again. Now a toddler doesn’t get that at all but we as adults do. We need to reapect and honor God so much that we don’t risk doing anything that would make Him sad or disappointed or even worse angry. I would rather err on the side of caution than risk disrespecting Him intentionally. I do that enough unintentionally. And I work on all this. It is hard to keep up with it but thank God He also helps us do what pleases Him!! Woo hoo!!❤❤❤

Sidewalk is Poured!

So, the concrete for the sidewalk was ordered to arrive tomorrow and my husband and Joe (our handyman) and I were going to mix it and pour it in this heat, and it would have been an all day killer workout but horrible. And honestly, would have probably immobilized my husband (who has bad knees) for a few days. So, this was the anticipation. This morning, the neighbors (fixing their house up to sell it) had a little concrete work done around their pool. So, one conversation later, they are happy for the qork and have all the tools and can pour it today!!! So it is done now!!!! Praise God for providing!!! He is truly great and worthy of praise!!! One more major thing checked off the list and on to roofing and screening in the back porch!!! Woo hoo!!!! God is so good! God always provides!!! ❤❤❤

What Brings Great Joy

I wanted to pause from my quilting and just praise God from my heart for all the joys He has placed in my life. There are way too many to mention, but I need to give Him props and thank Him for a few that stand out. All my life I wanted to be a doctor (well since I was 9), and He fulfilled that passion for me. And as a professional woman, I wondered if I would be too old to have my own kids or adopt (both are beautiful and either would have sufficed) and He answered by allowing me to carry two beautiful babies. One I look forward to seeing in heaven, she would be 22 years old, maybe with children of her own by now, who knows but she will be my Heavenly blessing, as well as my twin brother and family up there already. Therefore, Heaven to be assured of and look forward to is a great blessing! The love of my life is a major blessing. I never thought I could love anyone so deeply and fully and know so well and click with so intrinsically. I didn’t think before meeting him that soulmates was a real thing. He has blessed my life. Of course also hurt me, so every good thing has its down side. I am blessed by growing up on a farm with a Christian family who took us to the best church. Oh how I loved that farm! Only another farmer can truly get that but the hard work was replete with rewards of bird in song, glimpses of foxes at play, skies that changed all the time, deer accepting you as a friend, dogs running with you in the field, the feel of dirt and long grasses, better than any bed, swinging on ropes to the rafters in the barn off straw bales, riding on the tractors or combine with Daddy, the smell of fresh air and taste of fresh vegetables. The list goes on. My spirit was the most free there outside on the farm. Mmmm. Let me just take that one in a minute. I have been blessed being able to homeschool our kids and have a husband supportive of that. What a difference it makes to spend time with your kids!!! I am blessed each time I sit down at the piano and can play anything I want to or write original songs. (My fantasy, ideal cabin has a piano, by the way. Lol) I am also blessed to do art, see art, teach art, just express myself, write, everything that shares passions and ideas with another person is beautiful. Anyway, I could go on all night, but this partial list is what God chooses to flood my heart with joy and peace and love and calm. Some blessings are worth thinking of and revisiting for better perspective and appreciation of life and God, and some are worth waiting for. ❤

Pessimism vs Optimism

For every good thing or situation is a bad thing (because evil wants to destroy good). And for every evil thing or situation is a good thing (because God is a generous with grace and blessings). Every single thing that happens has an element of good and evil because earth is a battleground between good and evil. It is that simple. The free will and choice comes when we can decide for ourselves which to embrace. And do not be deceived, you are always choosing between the two. There is good and evil. So along with that choice is our own decisions. Whether to embrace good or evil and then whether to focus on good or evil. Many a pastor have said there is no such thing as a pessimistic Christian. I believe that. When we choose God, the good, we choose goodness and focus on the good side of things, positive things that are mixed in, lessons, blessings, truth of who God is despite the curcumstance. We don’t suddenly forget there is bad there or ignore everything uncomfortable in our lives like pampered pets, but we choose to focus on God’s goodness and remain in worship through the storms. Optimism is a choice. I choose to bade optimistic. And nowadays, it is more and more rare to find so is more light n in the darkness than ever. Be a light with me! ❤