Garden Joy

Today I planted peas, carrots and radishes. We already have blackberry bushes growing and rosemary thriving. I also transplanted two ginger plants the birds were kind enough to plant in our yard. So God has been good to us. And very little in life brings me more sheer joy than working our garden. I was raised on a farm in Buchanan, Michigan and having a garden was my normal. I live it. It has taken me a while to Learn the stark differences to growing food in central Florida. Growing seasons are different, soil needs a lot of love constantly, bugs are incredibly resilient and prolific, so on. So these first few years are experimental but I am hopeful we will do well. I am watching a lot of youtube tutorials for our area. So may God bless our efforts and let’s see what happens. πŸ˜„β€

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Back to Back Gigs

Tomorrow we play a private party gig and Sunday afternoon we play a gig at Cornfusion in North Lakeland. So excited. And the guys must be too because they wanted an extra last minute practice today. So, as I sang and played the whole practice, it will be like 3 gigs in a row. Lol. But we are excited. I am not sure how many more years God will provide us gigs, but we will play until we can’t and have a busy season lined up. It is magnificent to make people smile and remember days gone by. It lifts our heaets and our band family just adores plating great, clean oldies music for people. It us even so fun to practice with our great group. One of many.blessings of God and I am so honored and blessed to be a part of it. Demos are here. https://www.smoothsentiment.us/demos.html so you can see us. We sure love it playing good music. Just sharing our joy and praying God blesses you with beautiful, fun hobbies also! This should be fun! πŸ˜„β€

Happiness is Overrated

Happiness depends upon others. Happiness is overrated. What gets me going and strengthens my step is joy. Joy is my strength whereas I have not been happy for some time. Sure, I have moments of happiness but these moments are fleeting in that I keep running into people. Lol. With so much evil in the world, can anyone stay happy? I think not. Moments of happy are about all you get. But joy is a characteristic and action of God that He provides all who humbly ask and call on Jesus for salvation. It is a gift. It is underlying contentment and peace and security set in faithful and consistent bliss no matter what is going on around us. No matter your environment, joy remains.

I have seen another really foolish phenomenon… people looking to another human being to make them “happy”. Ha! A human! If you have God’s joy gift, you know full well you are secure in God who is perfect and loves you securely, faithfully and unconditionally. That is what every person is wanting. A human (spoiler alert) is not perfect, is not faithful and loves pretty much themselves and you if you fit into their ideas of a good mate. So, obviously this is a lesson in futility and downright foolish really.

In steep opposition of this idiocity, we have a truly reliable source of joy in God. We have it. God gives it to us. And what a gift! And full of God, we need no one to make us “happy”, some theoretical concept that is as elusive as a mythological nymph. However, God will send you a partner to help in His work if your heart desires and He sees it is best for you. But He knows more than you so you must trust Him. In thr meanwhile, enjoy the extraordinary superpower of joy from God in His presence. You’ll find everything is easier and much more enjoyable.πŸ˜„β€

Going Off Script

With my preteens (4th and 5th grade kids), I went off script. I realized these kids had grown up in church with knowing all the words but not usually getting the meaning behind them. So dig deep and find out if they really get it or just the lingo. So I took the tiny word “joy” and did a search and we explored that word in the old teatament, in worship of Psalms, in wisdom of Proverbs, in the Holy Spirit and the new testament. And the kids had fun and learned so much! And now when people throw out the “joy” word, they gets its true meaning and that is priceless. To see actual joy in preteens is something very precious!πŸ˜„ Don’t be afraid to go off script with preteens. They love it.❀

A Boost for the Soul

When your soul needs a boost

And there’s nothing going right

And the dark creeps on in

Seems to engulf the light.

Give yourself a light boost

With an intentioned heart

And serve someone with joy

And relight your own light.

No longer wait for another to help

When your soul needs a boost, create one for yourself.

Create it with prayer and find someone to help,

Something that needs done and do it yourself.❀

A Beautiful Visit

When you need a rest, why not take one without any tech and with a friend or with family? Just a picnic or a visit and chat or just a road trip enjoying God’s scenery will do.

That is what we did today and it was beautiful! Lovely to see the last of my grandparents’ generation. I got to visit with the sweetest ladies, my Great Aunt Evelyne and Ellen, her roomate. They are in their 80’s and still full of life and spirit and love. Both are retired missionaries to Haiti, having worked together to minister and work an orphanage. My great aunt had never married and Ellen’s husband died some years ago. And our day with them was peaceful and encouraging and uplifting. People who neglect our forebears do themselves and these wise people an injustice. How beautiful our day!!! How we live them!!❀