God Bless the Hot Tub

So today is build dat for the back patio to become a sunroom which will house as new hot tub. Of course in FL, we rarely need the heater, but in winter we will use that too. And God has pouted out His blessings on us over and over, as it is costing about half of what we thought and we are doing a lot of things too. It is something to look forward ti, to be calmed and soothed by, to help alleviate muscle pain and aches Steve is experiencing. It will be an enormous blessing and pain reliever, Lord willing. So not much work on the quilt today, but there is a wonderful reason for taking a break and working elsewhere for the day. Thank you, loving God who provides!!!

Feeling Good Today

Missing my walk ended up being a good thing. Got some sweet time drawing with my daughter and a good talk with my son. And had some great time talking to the Lord Jesus Christ, my very best friend and only Savior, and doing art through quilting, mowing (got rained out yesterday), going to IHOP with my family for brunch, measuring out the back porch with my hubby and planning for them to start working on making a concrete slap patio a sunroom complete with hot tub. I am not sure how this day could have been better. And the most beautiful part of the day was that it was an answer to prayer. I have had several really difficult days, horrible even at times, hard days, ugly even in moments. So I talked to Jesus, my Heavenly Father, about this. I asked Him to help. I was not sure how exactly, but He knows my heart and what I need even before I ask Him. And He gave me a very good day today, a happy husband, a good daughter, a happy son, a wonderful day. This is how good God is and how wonderful it is to have such a beautiful personal relationship with Jesus. He is so much more than my Savior who died and arose to give me a way to be saved and assured of heaven, but He walks and talks with me as I humbly pray, He is my best friend, my confidant, my comforter, the peace and joy and love in my soul. I  so honored that He loves me. I am so honored to be His!! ❤❤❤

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. ❤

Elbow Grease

Step 10 of the pantry going in was scraping the popcorn off the ceiling (and tomorrow I paint it white). And the top cabinets are in and can be painted white tomorrow and then installed for steps 13-20. Lol Then we put up the tile backsplash (super excited about that) and hardware and all that’s left is the sink and faucet installation and we are done!!!! This is so much work but we are doing most of it ourselves so are saving money and it is beautiful!! I love projects that are beneficial for our family! Such a good feeling! Thank you, God, for the work, the change, the benefit and family time. God is so good!!

A Thankful Attitude

I read this excerpt this n morning in my devotions. It was written by Lucy C. Smith. It reads, “One thing is indisputable: the chro NJ ic mood of looking longingly at what we have not, or thankfully at what we have, creates two very different types of charactwr. And we certainly can encourage the one attitude or the other in ourselves.” 1 Thessalonians 5:18 says to always give thanks because God wants that. And all that thankfulness and contentment is in direct opposition and defiance even of the world and it’s “More for Me” attitude. The act of thankfulness and appreciation is a humble one, one that says “I am amazed that you saw fit to bless me so much, Lord, because I do not deserve such blessings.” The spirit of wanting more says the opposite, “I deserve more because I am amazing and should have everything I want that makes me happy.” I choose thankfulness and here is why. Humbling our hearts and being thankful is the only way to lasting happiness, peace, contentment, joy, and most importantly, pleasing the Lord. Being thankful is the key to surviving anything, it makes even the darkest path doable and light. It is truth and goodness in all things. There is never a situation without something for which to be thankful. Ever. It is as matter of focus of the heart. ❤ 

Thanking God

Everything in your life happens because God arranges it or allows it for some reason, either to benefit you or His kingdom. What He does or allows is always for good because He is good. Some things that are really good for you long term are very painful at the time. And of course some things are the result of other people’s bad choices. But even if someone does an unexpected evil toward you, God is perfectly able and willing to help you through and make it work very well and use the ugly to turn more beautiful. See, everything God touches or thinks about or breathes on transforms into beauty. He is love. So the moment we humble ourselves before Him and ask for Him to work, He is happy to do so and can work beautiful things in it. This is who He is. So, as a result of this interaction with us there is no excuse to be anything but grateful and genuinely thankful to God for all He works on our behalf. He is amazing!!! Thank you so much, God!!! I love you!!!

Buchanan Blessings from God

I had prayed and had, to be honest, given up on being able to go home to Buchanan Christian Church for my Daddy’s memorial service with our family and friends. From central Florida to Buchanan, MI is a lot of money and a lot of hours. And I get a call from the Preacher of my home church and he tells me the church wants to bless my family and help my mom and I get there. Mom cannot because of her medical history but I had prayed to go. And the my mom blesses me with help from Daddy’s trust for my kids to go too so my hubby didn’t have to take off work. (My husband has work so can not go.) So here is this amazing blessing poured from God through Buchanan Christian Church and my daddy’s trust to go honor him, my precious daddy, with our family and friends from home. I am so honored and blessed. I go up Saturday and leave Monday out of Chicago, so am just there for the day but it is a very special day on October 23rd at 3:00pm to honor my daddy, the best man that I know. Please come if you are able. All are welcome because that is how daddy was. Celebrated his life with us. And I thank God for my home church, the absolutely best church to grow up in. I miss them so much, but hard to attend from Florida. What a blessing. I am so thankful. May God bless my home church and strengthen and grow her for His glory!