The Joy of Serving

My family just got home from Sebring, where my Great Aunts Evelyne and Ellen live and we had the joy of serving them! We got to spring clean their Florida porch top to bottom. We are exhausted but God gave us a beautiful day and it is still beautiful.

What a joy it is to serve! And we had a picnic lunch afterwards on that porch we had cleaned. How delightful to help as a family someone who cannot do these things themselves! What a great day!!!😄❤

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Remembering a Dream

I used to love the idea of a cabin in the woods close to the farm. It is still a beautiful thought. I saw one today being built step by step in the woods in Canada. It was sweet.

No matter what little dream you have, it is never too late to realize it. I may have to wait for heaven, but I am quite sure God has built what we have been passionate about for us, or something even better with that flavor. But dreaming is never bad. It gives hope, lightens thoughts, brings happiness.

The dream of helping troubled youth is still there also. And someday I may realize that dream as well. In the meanwhile, I play piano at church, teach Sunday school for women, homeschool my kids, be the best wife I can be for my husband and the Lord, and help wherever I can.

This is the deal. We work faithfully for the Lord with the bigger lingering dream in our minds and hearts and who knows. Keeping your ear to the ground and a bit of well timed blessings and sweat equity may find your hopes someday becoming a reality. Keep your dream. In doing so, you keep your passion. And in being faithful to God n in obedience, you prove you are worthy of that dream.❤

Gig Joy & Pain

We love gigging. It is how we met, is extra pocket money for us, is a shared music passion, is our only mutual hobby and really all we do together other than eat. So gigging with our band or at church is amazing to us, we live it. God gives us joy but we get our sheer happiness and bliss from music, the talent God gave us.

However, as we are not younger and younger but quite the opposite is in fact true, it is quite a pain to load and unload the equipment twice per gig, lots of gear and we carry for everyone. It is a lot, it is heavy, and it is time consuming. We try to minimize this by having our kids be our roadies (for a little pocket money). This helps but today that didn’t work because they were not here. And as my husband’s knees are needing replacement, I have the crux of the load. It is a lot of work.

But I have never been a stranger to hard work. And to be truthful (and please add dramatic pause for I am about to make a deep, poignant statement), you receive much fuller joy when you have to work for it, even if it hurts. When it costs something, it is worth more. When you work for it, it is sweeter.😄 ❤

When God Sneaks in an Answer to Prayer

I have to praise God tonight and thank Him for this weekend. I realize that He snuck in an answer to prayer. And I am here to say that as true as I am writing this, God answers prayers prayed, even those prayed over many years that you aren’t even sure of anymore but still you pray. And God loves sneaking in some love with an unexpected answer that is so so sweet! I really appreciate the love from God He showed with this answer to many prayers. So awesome is God!! ❤ ❤ ❤

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.😄❤

Realizing with Help that I Have Been Praying the Wrong Prayers

So, sometimes we need help. I asked a sister in Christ for help today. I generally just ask God for help. Today I was led to ask a sister in Christ for advice and received an encouraging true answer back in response. And it turns out my prayer has been ineffectual because I have been praying the wrong prayer. I thought it was one thing and it was something else. (I hate to be vague, but it is very personal but still want to share the praise.) In addition, she gave me great advice and actions to take aling with my prayer and fasting prayers. So I am over the top encouraged and am up for the long haul of a new prayer and action plan. And this is why we have a kingdom/church of heaven and not just individuals. Sometimes we need each other. Everyone has different gifts. And praise God for obedience in us and contrite hearts in us so we may do what He designed us to do and help each other out. Praise God Almighty!!! His design is perfect!!!😄❤❤❤