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. ❤

A Beautiful Morning

All mornings are beautiful when you wake up with a clear conscious, count your blessings and focus on God. (In fact, you sleep better when those things are true of uour night too. Come to think of it, days are better if that is also true of tour day. Lol) But this morning was particularly beautiful. The sun was just as bright but hidden a tad behind a thin veil of clouds. There was a refreshing breeze that tickled my hair to fly around a bit. The birds were singing their morning praise and breakfast songs. Walking was sweet in conversation with the Lord, like walking with my best friend and Savior. I realized something exquisite, a new truth I had never fully embraced and indeed embraced it (sorry, that is between my Lord and I). And the walk was refreshing in every way. Getting back to the house, everyone was still asleep so I sat and rested on the porch swing, enjoying the mockingbird in our bistro vines searching out their breakfast. God is peace and joy. And if you walk with Him, you are too. I am ready for the day. I love you. Have a beautiful day! ❤ 

Around the World in One Day

Amazingly and humbly, I report to you, dear friend, that my little truth/encouragement blogs of late have been around the world in one day! And today, for the first time ever, more people read them in various parts of the world (and every continent except Antarctica- no one ever reads from there lol) than in my wonderful USA. It is amazing. 13 different countries! I am amazed always at how God works. He put art and music and writing and passion for beautiful creations of God in me, welded them into my being, forging me to write, to paint, to quilt, to play piano, to sing, to hike, to photograph, to teach children, to encourage. Then, as if that weren’t enough, He blesses me richly when I do what He designed me to do!! I am humbled by my Lord. I am amazed by Him and celebrating right now. And my goal is to share truth of God (the only eternal truth) and encourage people in their unique journey with God. I did not always have that goal. Once I wanted, being the extrovert that I am lol, wanted to share every thought in my head with the entire world but really more about me. This part year, God worked on my heart through many humbling and heart-breaking experiences, and He had molded my little broken but newly restored-by-Him heart into one that warmly beats just for Him. I write for Jesus, for God who I love with all my heart. It is His story I long to share, His handiwork I long to display, His truth I have to tell and His love I wish to share. You are never alone. I am never alone. And no matter what else goes on around us, God is peace and joy and love eternally and everything good when we humbly pray to Him and ask Him to save us then stay in prayer and read His Words, the Bible to strengthen us. Writing is something I have to do, I have no voice in the matter, but I celebrate God’s blessings on me today for only writing for Him. God is so loving good!! Praise God!! ❤❤❤

Progress

The tile backsplash is now up and cleaned /scrubbed. Touch up paint is applied. Next up tomorrow after church is the sink and plumbing going in (so nice to have a husband who can do plumbing and electric!). On the second project, after going swimming with them, my kids talked my ear off as I cut out about half of the fabric for my quilt. Cardboard templates rock, by the way, made it so much faster. This is going to be quite a project! So both projects are going beautifully. And it is slow and steady, do g what I can when I can. That is my new how I do life thing. I do everything I can just as soon as I can, prioritizing as I go. It works during busy seasons, which this is feeling like. Also, I expanded and planted my mom’s flower bed on the side of her house and that looks nice. She loves flowers but just can’t do it anymore. And that leaves me to close my little story with so much thanks to God for giving me strength and energy and the physical ability to do work. And I saw a great friend and caught up a bit and that was a wonderful boost. I am so thankful… and bonus down a few pounds. Little blessings! 🙂

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!!!

Thanksgiving Contemplations

My favorite holiday has always been Thanksgiving. Of course Christmas and Easter are right up there, but there is something extraordinary to love about a holiday where no gifts are exchanged and people are thankful for what they actually have. It is a beautiful and peaceful experience to have an entire day with family that you love (or some you love to watch and try to figure out) and do nothing but appreciate the moment, have a thankful spirit to God, watch a football game together, play games and of course eat really good food all day long. 🙂 It is a family day. And if you aren’t close to family anymore, it is a great day to extend your family and firm up some good friendships. The spirit of the day is appreciation and generosity and time. The best of the day is being in the moment. It is magical to not think or worry or contemplate anything but that day of thanks with friends and family. We have a myriad of distractions around us all the time, many of which are less than worthy of our thought. Thanksgiving is simplicity and peace amidst this chaos. It is taking time out of distractions to focus on all the blessings God has given and spend time with some of them. Of course it is also historical, in that we are honoring our spirit and endurance of our forefathers who survived here with help from our Indian brothers so we could enjoy freedom today. So there is also that grandiose tradition of America that we continue to celebrate and honor. And what better way to honor our distant past perseverance and neighbor’s generosity than to eat like there’s no tomorrow. 🙂 When I lived and grew up in Michigan, I had family on my mom’s side of the family and my dad’s side of the family, so we were blessed with two celebrations. And quite often, we had snow and were quite cosy together in the house. And my family can seriously cook! Now that I am far from my family, I miss that so much but have realized something. The spirit of appreciation is the same, though there is only my tiny family eating together and spending time together. We can still enjoy the moment and appreciate God’s blessing. And quieter is more peaceful. 🙂 I hope you have a beautiful Thanksgiving Day with tasty delights and meaningful moments free of distraction. I am thankful for you.