Music Therapy at Last!

So after the stress and crazy cleanup of the hurricane, we are back in the saddle right now about to play some music! Woo hoo! Music therapy!!! Love the music and my band family. Everything means so much more. God is good like that. You realize who you love is right here all along plating music with you as a team and family. And who wanted to go already left and you you may miss them but you realize it was their choice and you can still live a full productive life with those who remain. “Love isn’t in the falling but in the staying.” When people don’t check in after a catastrophe, they had no intention to stay. It is liberating to know who is staying and who fell off. And we can happily get back to making beautiful and/or fun music! Rock on! Stay to love!❤

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Numbers are Only Part of the Story

People focus on numbers, and they only tell a part of the story. For instance, the scale is telling me the same number from three months ago but I am wearing a smaller dress size and people are telling me how I look skinny and good and healthy. Same number on the scale, just toned and muscular and healthier with much more energy. It does not feel anything like the same number. Age is another example. I have two friends that are around 55. One could pass for their mid thirties and one looks as though he would be retired by now. Genetics plays a roll, job stress, marital stress, financial stress all plays a roll (basically faith levels versus worry/stress levels. Also job driving versus hard construction makes ar difference. Same number. So don’t get locked into numbers, they only tell ar part of the story. Focus much more on obedience to God because He rewards that with health and vitality. It makes much more sense to do that. ❤

Expecting Jesus

When you are expecting our Savior Jesus Christ to come for us, it changes your focus. When you are eagerly anticipating eternity with God in heaven, it changes your earthly perspective and puts things in their proper perspective. Then bad things are just temporary inconveniences. Ugly things are shadows of evil you are about to leave behind. It all properly and rightly is about God and pleasing and worshiping Him. It lifts you to a higher level, a raised conscienceness, a better perspective. I see why Paul encouraged us to focus on the prize, heaven with God, and live that way. It is truly beautiful.❤

Sitting by the Lake

I am currently sitting by Lake Hollingsworth. As I sit here looking at the water and sunrise and feel the fence breeze and see the flags blowing regally about, it struck me why people pay so much extra to live on a lake. And having dropped my son off to serve and as I wait for the Warriors Walk to begin around the lake, I feel blessed to be here, to be alive, to have been blessed by our servicemen/women who fought off intruders upon freedom so we may enjoy ours as lived sit out here enjoying the lake in the open, not crouching in fear. We stand tall and free because they did first. We have courage and opportunity because they used theirs for us. And there could not be as lived more perfect day to ho n or them, honor life, honor courage, honor freedom. Great walk to honor our great men and women who served and serve us all. Thank you, God, for our freedom. Thank you, God, for our soldiers. God bless us all! ❤

Washing Windows

Fewer things I enjoy less than washing windows. Especially the outside of the house with ladders and cleaner to juggle. It is monotonous, boring, tedious, like counting rocks in a ten acre rock garden. So, I decided to make it a game, in true Mary Poppins style. Relying on my aggressive competitive nature, I am going to see how fast I can finish the windows and still get them spotless. I will make it fun. It will be fun. Muah ha ha. These windows will not defeat me. I will show them. ❤

Cleaning the Glasses

One of the joys (insert sarcasm) for me in turning 43 was a new, lovely (more sarcasm) fuzziness of things/words close to me. So now I have the luxury (yep, here too) of wearing reading glasses when I read or quilt, etc. Woo hoo! And one day, I put my glasses on to quilt and things were still fuzzy. I read and the words were fuzzy. So, assuming my eyesight was worsening, I started to be annoyed until I realized that my glasses had been smudged by fingerprints or some other obnoxious thing. I cleaned them and all was right again (or as right as possible having to wear reading glasses-Oy!). And I realized that we do that in life too. We see things flawed or skewed when in reality, we have some issues to clean up in the lenses of our minds. You see, how we view the world has everything to do with (directly proportional to) how much we clean up our hearts and minds. Truth is the great cleaning tool for this, found in the Bible, with a healthy heaping of love and prayer with God. When purified/cleaned, we see things differently, and our goal is to be so pure we see with the eyes of Jesus Christ. Then we understand what we need to do to help and why and how. This is a truly fantastic thing! ❤❤❤

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. ❤