We all (Zach’s baseball team and family) got together for a pizza party and trophy handout and afterwards a kickball game. It was great fun! It has been raining nonstop for about a week, so it was a mud bog. A few minor injuries but lots of fun was had by all. I made vanilla cupcakes from scratch that they must have liked because there are only a couple left. And it was wonderful to get together and play without the pressure of a game (which they kept score of the kickball game anyway lol). And we all enjoyed it very much, having been together all season. Loved it. Baseball is underrated and fun with friends is too. Get together with someone, have them over, put the phones down and play, talk, whatever. It is invaluable experience. Makes all of life better. Church is the same thing for the same reasons but adds the dimension of spirit, so important. ❤
There are dear friends of mine who have walked away from my life, either in a move or a crisis or when they have followed into toxic controlling relationships or when they walked away from God and I reminded them too much of Him or whatever reason. And there are those who walk away for a bit and then walk back in. These people I love. And there are a very few that never walk away from you, die hard friends, closest friends and family. These people are my breath. I depend on these roots to temper my wild spirit and lean on more than water. So to these people, I love you dearly and am so blessed by God to have you in my life and do not ever hesitate to call me for anything in the world you need. I will get it done for you. I have great faith and no fear and have been called crazy a few dozen times and am strong as an ox and love you. So trust me when I say, I got your back. Whether you are my closest friends or family or freedoms in our Constitution in this great country of ours, I got you. I will help and defend you. To the first group, those who walked away, I still love you and am right here with open arms. My heart is big and has plenty of room and I forgive most readily, in fact already have. Love you all. Life is a journey, let’s walk together through it. 🙂
The story is common. We have experiences with many people all over the place. Sometimes it is a familiar face with words never spoken. Sometimes it is in depth conversations deep into the night for months or years. Sometimes it is a teach who keeps in touch because they cared about you more than your grades. Whatever the case, when circumstances change, it is very easy to get very busy where you are and lose touch. But do your very best to stay in touch with the valuables, those exquisite and beautiful supportive people who love you. I have lost too many in my many moves and I regret that. But sometimes we renew and revisit later when both are able again. For instance, tomorrow my kindergarten teacher is coming for a visit, happens to be in town far from her home. We have kept in touch and she is the most amazing woman of God! Never discount the power of God in providing you love and support when you need it and ask Him. Just today, I asked Him for a hug and tomorrow I will have my hug! God is amazing at providing. Never underestimate the power of God to put supportive and meaningful people into your life as well as those who need your help. Never take these beautiful people for granted. 🙂
So we finally were able to get rid of the junk van which has started this chain of productivity that has made me a happy girl. Now we can put aggregate in the driveway, which we have now. And today y son and I raked the yard and cleared the space and the whole family worked together to clear and measure and level off the base where the aggregate will go tomorrow to be the foundation of a new shed. And we have the shed in the modern assemble it yourself style and that will happen next. And then we will have a decluttered house! I am so excited about that. I love working together as a family on projects. We work well together and it is nice to work together toward a common, beneficial goal.that is the beauty of a family, focus on we and not just me and accomplishments wholesome things together. That is truly beautiful! Am tired but a happy sort of tired and now going to sleep, looking forward to tomorrow’s work together! 🙂
Peace is attainable by anyone truly looking for it in the right place. It will never be peace between all nations until the big day when Jesus Christ returns. And probably not between denominations who are filled with spiritually immature people. And peace will probably never happen between some family members who are unable to agree on some things. However, if you are talking about peace in your own heart and soul, that peace is incredibly attainable and tangible and fantastic. All I can do is tell you about my peace journey and hope you try it yourself if you haven’t found it yet. I used to think peace relied on everything fitting together smoothly and running perfectly according to my own ideas and plans. So if everything went my way and according to my plan, I was at peace. Now, it seems narcissistic and indeed is but without Christ’s teachings, we are naturally pretty narcissistic, aren’t we? And I see now that what I was calling peace was actually calm satisfaction at the moment or happy moments, as I just made the term up. Well, peace in my limited experience was lots of back to back happy moments or getting my way all the time. And of course, I was unknowingly setting myself up for failure because of several reasons I will share on the very nature of peace in reality. Also, I was making for a very bumpy emotional roller coaster in search of something I was going about all wrong. After many years of study and many prayers for wisdom and understanding, I see what this concept of peace really is. It is a surrender of yourself to your environment because you know that no matter what happens in this world, no one can change who you are in Christ and corrupt your living status in Heaven when this life ends. Peace is closely tied in with security and faith, knowing you are loved and realizing that God’s love and plan for you will never change ever for all eternity and that you will always be secure with Him. There is no true peace without this. True peace is intertwined with Christ and faith and truth and love and joy and patience and so on. One cannot have one aspect of God in a bucket to carry off. If God is there, He is all there or not at all. If one of His attributes are present, all of His attributes will be present also. If you want God’s peace, you must come to Him through his Son Jesus Christ who paved the way to God through His sacrifice. And when you have God’s peace, you also have His power and love and joy and patience and kindness and goodness and faithfulness and self-control. There are no halves with God. There is no true peace without Him, no matter who tries to say otherwise. And peace is a beautiful place to be, well worth the effort to not be the most important person in the universe. I would rather be humble with God and dripping with peace than pridefully away from God still searching for it. We all have to make that choice because no one else can make it for you. Peace is beautiful.
As a person who has moved around a lot, having called 15 different places “home” at one time or another (not including visits and vacations and mission trips), I have pared down “stuff” over the moves. The last thing you want to do when moving around is haul a bunch of “stuff” around. It gets broken, takes more time and energy, is more expensive, can get lost, etc. Stuff really weighs you down in so many ways. Needless to say, my holiday decorations were eventually dispensed with and given away, etc. So, we didn’t decorate for holidays like my mom did for some big holidays growing up, except a Christmas tree we got after moving into here, Lord-willing our last home. And without decorations, you don’t always remember to play it up a bit. Now, I am never going to encourage my children to adorn the house with rabbits at Easter or Santa Claus at Christmas because they have absolutely nothing to do with the rel meaning of those wonderful events. However, I am feeling strongly that we need to do some sort of celebrations of events for the kids to have warm snuggly feelings and traditional remembrances of those events we celebrate because of faith and family. And my dad’s stroke and the possibility of his going off to Heaven at some point in life (we’re never promised a day) caused me to remember Christmas at the farm house we lived in where decorations and warm fuzzy feelings inside warmed me despite the frosted window panes. There were birthdays always celebrated together with cake and ice cream, the opening of cards and presents and card games played. There were traditional meals celebrated with the whole family getting together over the most delicious food you’ve ever tasted in your life. These things, as I age, are now inspiring me to set up some of these traditions with my family and kids so some day they will remember their childhood and us (their parents) with warmth and fondness, especially on holidays. Other days are important, but it helps the memory to have rare, bigger events to latch onto. It’s a memory to hang your hat on and remember, “Yeah, that was great to celebrate together and know I was loved enough to be made a fuss over.”