Well, we celebrated another birthday this month… we have a 15 year old. I can hardly believe it! The years seems to fly right by, even when you’re totally engaged and holding on tight!
I wouldn’t want to go back the younger years, but I sure do miss them sometimes…
Those little hands holding onto my hair.
Those little feet learning to find their place in this world.
Those little smiles that light up the room when you walk in.
And those little squeals of laughter that just sound like liquid gold.
Yes, I hold every one of them tenderly and safely within my heart.
Yet, I look with excited anticipation to the years ahead.
These little boys are quickly growing into the finest of men, and I am so proud to be called their mom.
They make my heart swell with live and adoration. ❤️
But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it, and how from infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.
2 Timothy 3:14-15
Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.
Well, this week was so jam packed, I didn’t even get a chance to sit down and write. The last 10-14 days have kind of been like this, but this week, I didn’t have the extra to add words to the page.
So, today, I thought I might conglomerate them all as one. 😂 I thought the title turned out quite original (lol); now, let’s see how the blog will end up. Maybe great. Maybe a little less than good. But it really doesn’t matter. You can at least say I tried!
A few weeks ago, I threw a little dessert together that I thought I’d share. It’s pretty simple, and you can pick up most items at your local grocery store, and you can adapt it to your personal preferences.
I started with a simple lemon pound cake. I just happened to have Sara Lee’s lemon loaf. I added a couple of scoops of key lime gelato (I love Talenti Gelato!) and dropped a handful of strawberries, raspberries and blueberries on top. And then, I drizzled caramel over all this.
Oh, it was so yummy! Truthfully, because it was a cooler day right at the end of September, I was wishing I’d had this “grand thought” back in the summertime; however, that didn’t hinder my enjoyment one bit!
This one thought, of enjoying a “summertime dessert in the fall,” led me to thinking, sometimes, we can miss celebrating a moment we should be celebrating!
We can get so bogged down with past regrets or future ambitions that we aren’t present in the moment we’re living. Yes, we need to deal with the past at times, but we should be able to put it in it’s proper places. And we should be pushing forward toward those goals and dreams we have ahead, or we’ll never get beyond where we are.
Yet, if we are seeking so hard after those things ahead, or we become overwhelmed by the sorrows OR joys of the past, we will miss what is right before our very eyes!
So, take a moment today.
Breathe I deeply and exhale slowly.
Let your eyes focus and settle in on those things and those people before you.
Cherish the laughter; embrace the tears.
Walk through the days with purpose and diligence.
It’s not always about where you’ve been or even about where you’re headed.
Sometimes, it’s simply about where you are and who is there with you!
Now, go give yourself a treat today and have a whimsical fun day! 😊
Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls & hard work.
Thomas A. Edison
“Whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away.”
Soak it in deep, cuz you’re gonna need it to survive.
Not just to survive but to thrive.
Let the moon of His shadow light the way through the dark.
No matter the abyss of the unknown, the rays of His promise will chase away the haze.
The winds of this world blow hard, always wanting to knock you off course.
The waves of this culture devour fast, always seeking to destroy peace, joy, and clarity of mind.
Stay the course, son.
Never become distracted by what was, what is or what one day might be.
Keep Him at the helm, and you will find a steadier voyage.
Keep Him at the forefront of navigation, and you will find your destination not far ahead.
I may not always be present in form, but you can rest assured, I am always near your heart.
And you will always be held tenderly within mine.
“But even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on them. For we do not preach ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord, and ourselves your bondservants for Jesus’ sake. 6 For it is the God who commanded light to shine out of darkness, who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.”
Let the sun deepen the glow and bring strength to my soul…
My mind settles from all the distractions…
My eyes rest from all the blinding pain…
My ears relax from all the blasting rain…
Just breathe deep…
And my focus can return…
My vision can reform…
My hearing can be revitalized…
Just another minute… and another…
Just a little while longer…
And my heart can begin to sing again…
“But now ask the beasts, and they will teach you; and the birds of the air, and they will tell you; or speak to the earth, and it will teach you; and the fish of the sea will explain to you. Who among all these does not know that the hand of the Lord has done this, In whose hand is the life of every living thing, and the breath of all mankind?”
When you’re 14, entering High School for the first time, and you’re having to follow all the new rules, trying to make sense of it all, and to top it all off, you’ve got to wear a mask for 8 hours a day…
You just make the best of it and wear two!
It is what it is, and that’s all that it is.
Smile anyway, and let it brighten your day while bringing hope to someone else’s! 💗
Sometimes, you’ve got to capture the beauty right where you are.
You may have just exited a busy store and felt like a corralled calf trying to get through the one way door.
You may have just spent way too much money trying to get your college-aged son settled in his new place.
You may have just wandered down aisles for way too long feeling you’re about to suffocate following the rules of the mask wearing brigade.
You might have just hurried out the exit, gasping for air before a mighty headache settles in.
Sometimes, you’ve just got to look up.
You’ve got to look beyond the chaos, beyond the hustle, beyond the noise.
Look up and capture the beauty that is right in front of you.
Breathe deep. Breathe long. Breathe freely.
Remember Whose you are and rest assured, it won’t be long till He returns.
There is still Hope.
“And there will be signs in the sun, in the moon, and in the stars; and on the earth distress of nations, with perplexity, the sea and the waves roaring; men’s hearts failing them from fear and the expectation of those things which are coming on the earth, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. Then they will see the Son of Mancoming in a cloud with power and great glory. Now when these things begin to happen, look up and lift up your heads, becauseyour redemption draws near.”