Prayer for Texas

We have had a lot of rain here in Florida but that is absolutely nothing compared to what our fellow countrymen in Texas are going through. Let’s join with them in prayer. 

Please, Lord God, help the people of Texas who have endured this hurricane and subsequent flooding. Please keep them safe and provide for their needs while the floods remain and help them recede quickly. Thank you for all that you do. We praise you for your greatness, Lord. In Jesus’ holy name we pray, amen.❤

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Blessings of a Beautiful Picnic

The day was beautiful, the company enjoyable, our family relaxed, the pool immaculate and perfectly refreshing, great BBQ was served, and all was fantastic. And if your young preteen or teen child needs direction, a service mi daet, respect and honor training, the US NAVAL Sea Cadets and Sea Bees is certainly the way to go. They learn so much, are trained in skills and leadership and respect God first, country second and authorities third, exactly as it should be. So glad we went and what an amazing day!!! Thank you, God, for it! You are the Giver of all good things!! ❤

Family Unity

Our family has together faced death of loved ones, rejection, people coming and maybe even loving us then leaving without a trace, wonderful vacations, difficult illnesses, good times, bad times. And no matter what, we are united and together. We are family. Unity matters. I want the same for our country. Only evil people or ignorant ones would not want that. Not everyone in our family always agrees, we often hurt each other, mostly without meaning to, but we often encourage each other and always love each other and stay together. United we stand and divided we fall. Catchy and very true. True for family. True for country. I love both. God bless us all. Keep praying. ❤ 

United We Struggle

All of us struggle with something. How do I know? Because we are all human and all still alive. There is a unity in our struggle, that which unites us. Would be beautiful if love is what united us and someday it will be but for now, we share the commonality of struggle. Sure some will take offense and say they have no struggle. I laugh and say either that is your struggle (denial) or you’re about to. No one is any better than anyone else. Just some of us are forgiven by God because we humbly asked Him to so are more equipped to handle the struggle ands learn the lesson faster. So let’s encourage and support and pray for each other for we are the same. And God will help us. Together. United we stand.

School with Shed and Fence

As a family project, we put up a shed and a fence and started a sidewalk (still working on that one). As many of my regular readers know, we homeschool our kids. And we took off a week of “regular” schooling to do these family projects of shed and fence. And we planned and measured and mixed and leveled and built and so on all together as a team/ a family. It was an amazing experience and I thought how wonderful it was for all of us to learn together and create and build. My kids learned so much more than a book can teach and they need to feel useful and nd learn these skills. So for your next family project, even if you keep it simple like changing a light bulb or fixing a leaky sink (we also had to do), involve your kids and show them how. You want them calling you to their home in the future at 3pm to bail them out? No way, you want them to be able to plan and think and do it themselves. This is how they learn. Plus it unites the family and brings a greater value to each member and the family team as a whole. 🙂

Things That Divide

Love is a whole, a unity, a common purpose for the benefit of everyone and for God. That sounds utopian or cheesy but it is true. How do I know? Because God is love and He is whole, united, purposeful and beneficial. Love is also good. So it is good to be whole, united, purposeful and beneficial for everyone and God. And this is always true, so it is true for countries, marriages, relationships, communities, churches. So what divides? Well, anything, even things that look good, that diminishes the importance of destroys the unity, whole, purpose, benefit for everyone and God. Pretty basic and simple, I think. Who would want to divide? Someone who pridefully wants their benefit to outshine everyone’s benefit is one. Distractions of entertainment or tech or social media or gossip or other distractions that draw you from the purpose and unity. The enemy of love or God is another. People who glorify their ideas above truth, whether because of mental problems or their own philosophies’ importance to them. The thing is truth is truth. And because love is good and whole and united and purposeful and beneficial to everyone for God, these thing provide what love provides, which is peace and joy and hope and self control and gentleness and faithfulness. It is beautiful when it works well. Thing that can divide marriages are lies, prideful self gratifications separate from your spouse, disrespect by treating yourself as more important than the feelings of your spouse, or arguments about money or raising children, etc. Things that can divide church are lies, marital division, denominations, gossip, traditions, dogma, false accusations, disagreements and personality clashes, or distractions, etc. Things that can divide countries are lies, separate government parties, misrepresentation, damaging media (more lies), false accusations, injustice, glorification of hate and evil, church division, marital division, etc. So there is a lot of work the enemy is putting in to dividing our marriages/families, church and country. But as damaging and successful as it seems that is, the cure is actually much much much stronger. Love is the answer. Being good and loving to each other is the start. Being united and whole and purposeful and beneficial to each other for God is the outcome. Overcome evil with the much stronger force of good. God, the most powerful and smart and loving force in the entire universe is on the side of good, love, unity, purpose. Choose to be good and kind and respectful in every relationship of your life, starting with your spouse then children then church then country. It is a choice. It is worth every effort you put into it. We cannot change anyone but we can change ourselves. We can love! Everything starts there.

The World at Small

Our world is changing so very much. I looked at my blog readers and realize that it consists of thousands of people all over the world and not just my American homeland. And I thought about how beautiful it is that though distance divides a little bit, words through technology bind and shrink those distances to I comprehension and for a moment of reading, we are in the same room sharing ideas. That is so very beautiful. I am amazed that we who love God or are searching sometimes for Him in the midst of current abuses of power and ugliness of the selfishness, we feel communion and solidarity with those who share that purity and pursuit of living better than we are seeing. And there is tremendous beauty and intense importance in the coming together and encouraging each other that this world is not the end game, that heaven is. And we share struggles and pray for each other and fine hole and joy and peace together in our common God. I have never considered myself anything but God’s little girl and I so love sharing words and ideas and encouragement and hope and joy and peace with others of God’s amazing design. So let us continue to encourage each other and stay strong together, knowing our God loves us, His children and gives us what we need when we humbly ask Him. That is the most beautiful thing ever. I love you!