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!!! ❤❤❤

God of Beauty

People think of God as all wise and all knowing (omniscient), all present (omnipresent), all powerful, all truth, loving, good, patient, full of grace and mercy, etc. And He definitely is all of those and worthy of lifetimes of praise on each characteristic. But my favorite feature of God, apart from His love and truth is His sheer perfect beauty. As an artist and art-lover, my eye is drawn to and deeply appreciates beauty. I adore beauty of character and gentility and patience and passion my love possesses. I tear up at beauty in nature and in my children and capturing moments in people. Art is appreciation of beauty and expression of beauty. And my little eye sees everything God has made as intrinsically, perfectly, etherially, exquisitely beautiful. He weaves beauty into His work. He could have made the world black and white but no, He chose rich beautiful colors, washing everything in passion. He made such beautiful details in a single cell that makes us up. And every artist knows that greater skill is required in making the details smaller, much moreso microscopic! So I have been praising God for His perfect and beautiful designs and passion He put into what He made. It is incredible and I am in awe of His magnificent beauty He has to be to put it into everything He made! Even me! Even you! God’s beauty is ubiquitous (everywhere)!!! Mmmmm! ❤❤❤

Psalm 116

Psalm 116:1. “I love the Lord, for he heard my voice; he heard my cry for mercy. 2. Because he turned his ear to me, I will call on him as long as I live. 3. The cords of death entangled me, the anguish of the grave came over me; I was overcome by distress and sorrow. 4. Then I called on the name of the Lord: “Lord, save me!” 5. The Lord is gracious and righteous; our God is full of compassion. 6. The Lord protects the unwary; when I was brought low, he saved me. 7. Return to your rest, my soul, for the Lord has been good to you. 8. For you, Lord, have delivered me from death, my eyes from tears, my feet from stumbling, 9. that I may walk before the Lord in the land of the living. 10. I trusted in the Lord when I said, “I am greatly afflicted”; 11. in my alarm I said, “Everyone is a liar.” 12. What shall I return to the Lord for all his goodness to me? 13. I will lift up the cup of salvation and call on the name of the Lord. 14. I will fulfill my vows to the Lord in the presence of all his people. 15. Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his faithful servants. 16. Truly I am your servant, Lord; I serve you just as my mother did; you have freed me from my chains. 17. I will sacrifice a thank offering to you and call on the name of the Lord. 18. I will fulfill my vows to the Lord in the presence of all his people, 19. in the courts of the house of the Lord— in your midst, Jerusalem. Praise the Lord.”

The Power of Praise

Jesus loves it when we praise Him. God says praise is a sweet incense offering to Him. It makes Him happy. Why? Why is there such power in telling Him what He already knows? Because in telling Him, we are showing Him our hearts working the way they are supposed to. That is beautiful and powerful! ❤

Praise Song

“I will praise You, Lord, forever. In the morning, I will sing Your praise, for You are good and mighty. All I do I want to give you praise. I will praise You. I will love You. Lord, I will give you praise.”

I wrote this song to Jesus when I was 13. It has the simple standard 4 chords, is simple melodically and most importantly, I mean the words. It has been my go to praise song for Jesus and I have written many others since and some about other things before it, but this was my first praise song, a cry and laugh of my heart. I am wanting to share it and will when I get some time to do a video. Been so busy lately. Until then, I have shared a personal part of me and am joyful and have peace that someone needed a praise song or some lyrics to get them started. Not deep but very very real. Praise can be as simple or as complex as you want it to be but in my heart of hearts, I know it is not the level of depth that God looks for in praise but a humble heart that really appreciates and honors Him and genuinely wants to worship and praise Him. Like on the way home from a very long day today, He blessed the kids and I with the most gorgeous sunset sky I think I have ever seen! His beauty and strength is so amazing and inspiring! He is so good! I love Him!

Back to Life After Death

I could have said “resurrected” but that is much too important a word spiritually, but it is sort of. Let me explain. I was dead for a while, having undergone vital losses at once, of course the most valuable being my daddy, and I was in a bit of a spiritual slump as well. Caretaking and watching the decline of the most important person throughout my whole life plus the whole rest of life is a challenge for even the most energetic and driven of us. There are human limitations on this superwoman after all. Lol And I withdrew from society after the Memorial services were over and I don’t remember most of it all. I left Facebook, Instagram, contacted as few people as possible, left a text me if you need me sign and hunkered down at home with my little family, going out when needed or when the kids needed and living quietly and cried a whole heck of a lot more than during my entire life before that. And meanwhile, God was drawing me to Himself and to my family and especially to my good husband who I had neglected during it all, poor love. And I can say that I am emerging from my cacoon a different but still recognizable person and in a few healthy months my superwoman cape should fit again and I will obey God with all my heart and take amazing care of my husband and family, practice more, write another book, record more original songs (my hubby bought me a new keyboard for such a thing), paint more, gig well and more and have fun in life. And most importantly, God is my number one priority as He is of far greater importance in life than anything else. He revived me and I give credit solely to Him in healing me and reviving me to life again. I had nothing left and He never left me alone and loved me back to life. What a mighty God we serve!!!

Narcissists Should Change

Among us Earthlings, we have really good people who love their maker God. We also have these selfish souls who have decided they are their own best gods and must have made themselves and made everyone else to exist for their benefit. These people are called narcissists. Narcissists take and never give, much like entitled parasites. They demand but never give. They insist upon their way, their praises, our worship and give back only more demands and enough of whatever we desire to get their way and hot one drop more. They shapeshift to keep from being found out, they lie and coerce and manipulate and require praise and worship in return. They appear perfect and make every effort to be charming and delightful and put up such a great front that everyone insists this is an amazing person. The perception of them changes as soon as they reveal their true colors and cold heart and have drained their forced worshipers of their life and energy and moved on to greener pastures, better, younger, higher energy, undamaged, strong so they can eat well and feed their egos anew. And until these people humble themselves before God and acknowledge Him as the One who should be worshipped (until they are forced to their knees on judgment day and it is too late), they will only be as temporarily happy ad their next conquest and will never know truth and God’s peace and lasting joy. They will continue to terrorize and bully and play these immature games until they draw their last breath. Narcissists need to change. For their sake and the sake of all of society. Our beautiful world is more and more polluted by these creatures and good people are unapologetically hurt every day. If change is not executed and true change only Jesus can bring, these folks will be required to continue being their own God into eternity and be separated from the real powerful God of the universe. And I don’t wish that on anyone.