A Surprise Gig Tomorrow

So, all of a sudden, we were called today to cover for a guitarist and singer that had to bail on the gig for work. That is unheard of… 2 people to bail out of a gig last minute. I mean, we even gig sick as a dog, but for work, ya gotta do it. So, they called us, our old buddies from an earlier band. And of course we are going to help them out. So here we go tomorrow at Old Town in Celebration/Kissimmee on the main stage. So n excited and wanted to give a shout of praise to God for turning the hurricane for us (whoo hoo, praise God!) and let you know that if you keep good contacts and musical relationships, we help each other and I am thankful for that. So, I am grateful and excited right now and wanted to share that goodness from God! No, back to work and getting my book ready and learning some songs. Come by tomorrow if you are around. Love you!😄❤

A Pop of Color

After school, I painted our window sills and door thresholds a dark red. Made all the difference n in our house that frankly was a bit drab. That little pop of color added so much interest, I was eager to come home from the game tonight to see it. It is amazing how something so seemingly little adds to morale. And this had come off another criticism and another being yelled at. And God calmed my spirit, gave me joy and peace and said to paint. This was a gift He gave me. And as I painted, I prayed. An apology came later as it sometimes does but I enjoy the colors God gave us. They are a gift. And no matter what happens, I am His and am at peace and joy. The color reminds me. Simple things make the world of difference as reminders. So beautiful. God is so good.😄❤

Band Practice Blessing

How sweet it is to get together and play music together!!! We have such a great band family. Some are with us, some just wish they were, but we love them all and hold them dear to our hearts. And oh how sweet it is to play music together!! Love my band family so much!! Thank you for yet another blessing, God!!! Everything good comes from God!! ❤

Smooth Sentiment Band

Once Upon A Yesterday

I looked back for a minute. My yesterday’s were like a dream, sometimes a good one and sometimes a nightmare, but a dream it was. I have never had that ability some possess of living in their past, living yesterday’s as though they were todays. My very vivid imagination and very vivid visual mind and thinking are so busy with now that they very rarely function in real time with past memories. I remember them but I can count on one hand how many memories are vivid, most are dreamlike, like that weird fuzzy cloud surrounding them they used to use on sit coms of old. I have some friends who have the uncanny ability to be present in the past and that fascinates me. It seems their imagination and memory is just as vividly real in yesterdays, even many yesterday’s ago as it is today and they almost prefer to live there sometimes. It is amazing. Generally for me, out of sight is out of mind. Great for being fully present in any current situation but horrible for remembering to take medicine if someone put it in the cabinet. Lol. God made us all so different. Recent past of course linger for me but only carries on so long and then memories are dreamlike snippets of good or bad or indifferent clips that happened a long time ago. The depth of my soul hold the spirit, connects deeply with those I love and they are always with me but the specifics (which are always rather overlooked truth be told) fade out. And I have a friend who can remember specifics of an incident or conversation seventeen years ago at a certain time and date like it was yesterday. My jaw drops every time. Not only can I not remember most of the time, but I think I would go stark raving mad if I did, my mind is so busy all the time with current situations and loved ones’ problems and care. So here is the point. God makes people to have different areas of focus for different reasons and important duties in His kingdom. God expects us to help each other and work with the gifts we are given for Him and other people and our own sanity really. No one is any better than anyone else and we must accept these differences within each other and appreciate them because together we are fulfilling our innate drive and God’s plan for all of us. We are here to worship and serve God together not do a series of comparisons. We are each made perfectly by are perfect God for what He made us for. Let’s appreciate each other. 

Precious Moments

Lately, I have laid to rest two very dear friends and my Daddy I love is fading fast. And it occurred to me just exactly how precious every single good thing is in reality. It is so very easy to see things as mundane and take them for granted and tomorrow they may not be here at all. Things happen just that fast sometimes. It is heartbreaking and devastating if you focus on the badness of all of that, the heaviness, the weight of it on your head and heart. However, one thing is I know I am so prayed for and that God has answered prayers of my loved ones still with me and has given me this perspective… be thankful for every moment, every second, every kiss, every touch, every dinner together, every cup of hot cocoa curled up in front of a movie together, every hand holding yours, every shared song, every time your band plays together, even for crappy practices, everything good. Value it. Cherish it. Take pictures. Be very thankful. Then, when bad things happen as they are bound to, we can have amazing memories and moments in time and prayers of appreciation for these things to lift us from the mire. And a life of appreciation brings about positive from an otherwise negative experience. Fortunately, my friends and soon my Daddy went to heaven and I will see them again and they are happy and whole and pain free right now. That is a positive. The positive, happy things HAVE to be the focus. Too much focus on the pain of loss or sadness or moments you will miss or regrets will destroy anyone. Appreciating the now moments, every single one, prevents regrets and keeps one positive and hopeful and in love with life. We have to do this to self preserve and to be amazing and strong people amidst hardship. Otherwise, what was the point? If we are destroyed with the first bad, how high can we hold our heads? How can we represent our Maker God that way? We are saying He is not enough for us. And He is. Really if all we had is ourselves and Him, we’re still good. Because He can make a whole other way, a new life, a new journey, a new journey partner. God can do anything He pleases, so let us thank Him for what treasures He gives us all the time and appreciate all this and we let His goodness, strength and creativity flow through us. Every moment. Pay attention to them. Love them. Live in them. 

A Day in the Life of a Visionary

When my day starts, I get up and thank God for the great day and walk the dog, thinking how amazing things look in the morning and how peaceful everything that God made is before everyone is up and about. I look at the sky, the clouds, the trees, focus is upwards. I will randomly look around and notices changes in the neighbor’s yard. Later when I mention it to my detail-oriented husband, he tells me that change I just noticed has been there for a week or more. It then amazes me both that he noticed it right away, that he noticed it and didn’t mention it to me and that I completely missed such an obvious thing. You see visionaries have a sincerely difficult time seeing the trees within the forest, whereas non visionaries often cannot see the forest through the trees. We visionaries are focused on the big picture and it requires great effort to attend to details or sometimes even to see them at all. Detail people amaze me because they notice everything and often keep these amazing discoveries under wraps. If I’d have noticed half that stuff, I would be so much in wonder at having been a part of so much daily life and living that I would tell everyone. I could never handle all that information. Those who can simply amaze me. I value people around me who can do easily what takes me a great deal of effort and concentration. Throughout the day I fumble and spill a lot (so have a lot is stained or torn clothes) because I’m focused on what has to happen in the next few hour, rest of the day and tomorrow for my goal to be attained. For example, I will forget that I just bleached the whites and lean over with my burgundy shirt and now have a white streak across my shirt because I was thinking of what I was making the kids for lunch. The here and now tends to allude me unless I am very purposeful. I have to click the planning off and decide to be in the present. I can do that pretty easily but I still have to do it on purpose. But when I am in the moment, I am all in. When I am in the future mode, I am all in too. In the details, I have to force myself and even then it is very difficult to retain my focus on it. I worked at a bank for a year of grad school. It almost drove me insane. Counting money and arranging bills to all face the same way and documenting every transaction on a different line and giving a separate piece of paper for every single transaction. I had to go running after work and then watch a movie to feel normal again. However, I could picture whole worlds and imaginary places and put myself there and believe it really could happen. I see what could be, see beyond the here and now. I can see the finished picture, how it will be, how it would be if we did certain things. The getting there from here and every step and ingredients required is not part of how the mind works. For that, I need people in my life that care enough to balance me and tend to the details. I can see the song and need help putting the notes together. I see the movie in my head already completed but need help with staging, set decoration, camera crews, special effects, transportation, etc. I sincerely believe Jesus Christ when He said that we can do anything with Him. There is no natural part of me that does not embrace that as truth. Anything can be done. How requires help from someone with detail savvy, and I believe that each other person alive also can do absolutely anything with God’s help. So, not only do I need help to appreciate a completed project, I firmly believe in my supportive friends even beyond what they believe in themselves. I noticed some of my detail friends are so good at noticing everything that they need me to help them do something with that and live life fuller. It is beautiful to see the little subtleties but they can become a distraction to where you focus on them and what might be out of kilter so much that you miss enjoyment out of just taking a huge breath and enjoying the experience of living right now and appreciating it as a part of God’s big picture. I, conversely, can forget that I haven’t changed my clothes after working in the yard before going out. I can appear sloppy. I do not intend to, it just comes naturally. Many of my detail friends won’t show themselves unless they are nearly perfect. Perfect exhausts me. Perfect, quite frankly, bores me. I want messy and natural and smelly. Then you know you are alive and living this amazing life God created you for. So, this is a peek into the life of a visionary, aka big picture person. I hope it has not been too random to appreciate. It is one of God’s many blessings and gifts to us to have diversity. How boring would life be if we were all exactly the same. I respect my detail oriented friends so much for their amazing abilities and I hope to promote acceptance of our faults to the goodness and benefits lying in the cracks of vision minded people. God allows us to compliment each other and work together for the good of His kingdom. Praise God!

Rest for the Soul

Picture ocean waves gently lapping up on a pristine sandy beach with clear blue skies everywhere you look- all on a beautiful island. It is a beautiful picture. Now imagine that you are stranded there for months with no hope of being rescued. The scenery is the same but the appreciation of that scenery changes and priorities change from enjoyment and worship to survival and hopelessness. Well, those of us stranded on the island by finances, work, school, family struggles, addictions, physical limitations, busyness, we all can choose to appreciate the scenery or be cursed by it. We can enjoy blessings or curses, whichever we choose to accept by doing one thing. Dramatic pause… Wait for it… Focus. Distractions of life, even big ones, are set before us to test us and challenge us to keep our focus on God our first priority. Really, the rest of it is just gorilla sand and nonsense. Life really isn’t complicated and we are bombarded with messages all day that make it seem so to sell you something you don’t need but now have to have. It is embarrassing how often we fall for it. We really don’t have to. We really don’t need to carry emotional baggage. We really don’t need all this technology. We really don’t have to accept so many responsibilities or additional work and busyness. We don’t have to do any of that. We can appreciate the world God made and worship Him. That is the excellent side of free will. Enjoy your day!