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Peace, I love peace!

First let me say, I know nothing can be as huge as the sending of God’s only son to us as a great sacrifice and the pouring out of grace.  This was the most precious blessing we could ever receive.

I am reminded over and over that our JESUS LIVES!

I am absolutely overwhelmed by the blessings God showers down.

TODAY I got to see the power of HIS word.  I got to see prayers work almost as soon as they were voiced.  I got to see HIM at work.  It was an overwhelming feeling to know that God did that just for me.  My blessings today were many things, but the best gift was that of peace today.

I love peace.  I’m overwhelmed by the fact that He allowed peace to flow abundantly in my life today.  I just had to type it down!  I know, there are no details.  Just know, PEACE was what happened.

Peace, I love peace!

What are you wearing?

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What are you wearing today?  Khakis?  Tank top? Dress clothes? Casual?  Pajamas in front of the tv?

Ok, I’m not really asking for your physical appearance.  I’m actually not interested in that at all.

What I’m asking is your face, posture and tone saying…what are you wearing?

Are you bitter or angry?  Are you having that meeting in your mind of the crazies?  (believe me, I know of that meeting!)  Are you worried or anxious about something?  Are you sad about a situation or just because?

NO MATTER WHAT IT IS… You are wearing it.  Oh, you may the best actor/actress IN THE WORLD, but others can see it in your eyes and hear it in your tone.  If you harbor hate in your heart, it cannot help but flow out of some outlet.  We see it, it truly is obvious.

I know this, because I internalize things at times that I need to let go of.  I know what us humans do.  I’m human too!  Some think I’m happy-happy-happy, joy-joy-joy all the time, but to tell ya the truth, that ain’t the case.  I do admit as I’ve said before, I’m an obsessive optimist, but at times the optimism can’t sling the sword swift enough to slay the dragon of crazy in my mind.  I get down.  BUT I do get up again. (reminds me of a song…go to second 33 in the video below)

Even in my down times, I strive to get back up and put back on JOY.

I’m not trying to tell you what to wear like I do my 15 year old child, which may I say, I’ve pretty much given up on EXCEPT for sticking to appropriateness …  I’m trying to say, let’s fix our attitude before it oozes out of our face and other parts onto those around us like a poisonous gas. (ew)  We don’t want to taint those around us.  We don’t want to influence them to wear the ugliness of rejection or sadness.  We want to be encouragers and those who lift chins and point faces to the light.  Wear the attitude of gratitude and the smile of true happiness. Don’t be a poser.  Be intent and true and positive that no matter what battles are going on in your head, those things can be overcome and you can GLOW in your super duper new joyful duds.  Your face can wear the look of love.  Your posture can show others you are ready for company.  Your tone can be one of comfort and encouragement.

LET’S DO IT!

Whether you are wearing khakis or spandex (eeek!), wear happiness, love, peace and joy.

What are you wearing?

Thank YOU for peace.

MY FACEBOOK POST TODAY:

Life can get absolutely insanely chaotic at times, but there is always a still calm peace present when you know WHO made you. Just sayin.

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It is so true!  There has definitely been some chaos in my life recently, but I know MY GOD is real and therefore I make it, because HE is my strength.  How do people who don’t have His strength do it?  It’s a fact that a lot of them don’t.  I won’t get into that.  I know there are many arguments that could go along with that statement and I don’t write this blog for that.

I write this blog to reflect and remind myself of the wonderfulness this world has…and the WONDERFULNESS I am looking forward to when my life here in this world is done.

So, even in the craziness that sometimes seems like it’s being dumped on our head like a big ole bucket of paint…

I can say …sing even…

“It is well, with my soul…it is well, it is well…with my soul!”  because…

“What ever my lot YOU have taught me to say
It is well, it is well with my soul”

Thank You Lord for teaching me this and sustaining me through anything in order to have Your peace.  Amen.

I thank YOU

We got to see the Kingdom Heirs last week at Dollywood.  They were seriously my favorite.  Here is the song I absolutely fell in love.  It perfectly lists things I’m so thankful for!

SOOOOOOOOO MANY REASONS TO BE THANKFUL!

For the times YOU kept me safe and sound…

For drying my tears…

Keeping me steady…

PEACE LIKE A RIVER…

For peace like a river…

The OLD RUGGED CROSS…

setting me free…

supplying my need…

I thank YOU

Jimmy Knox

We are all dying. It’s not something we like to chat about.  No one starts out a conversation with a question like, “So, when do you think you will die?”  We just don’t talk about it.  For most, dying is not at the forefront of our brains.

I’m just like anyone else.  I don’t relish the fact that one day I will have to go through some kind of “episode” in order to pass from this world.  I’m not scared of what will come after my last breath is taken here on earth.  I am a bit apprehensive about how that last breath is taken though.  I think it’s safe to say that I’m not alone in that.

Whether we like to talk about it or not, dying is real and inevitable.

AND Some people do not have the luxury of thinking someday or somehow I will die…

Some people know that they are terminally ill.  They know that it will more than likely be sooner than later.  They are looking death square on.  Of course, they can’t choose the exact day or hour, but there’s not much guess work to the fact that it is eminent.

Oh, I know GOD is in control and He can heal them right here on this planet at any second.  I know HE has that power.  I also know we all have a story and some stories end with a terminal disease.  God does heal those too, though, if their heart is right.  He takes them home to be with him where there is no more illness or any kind of pain that accompanies it.   Gives me goosebumps thinking about it.

My brother is terminal.  He told me just a few minutes ago that it is confirmed that he will be going home from the hospital in the next day or so, assigned to hospice.  He has been through so many things in his life.  He has battled diabetes and all the difficulties that come with that.   He was in a horrible car accident about 20 years ago that left one of his arms less able than the other, one leg shorter than the other, not to mention many other struggles that came along with that incident.  He became blind due to complications with diabetes about 10 years ago.  Through all of this, he has lived in the home we grew up in, almost always alone.  He has battled depression and other things that come along with physical pain.  He truly has been a soldier.  He has fought for a long time and continues to do so.  Just within the last year, he found out on top of all he’s already endured, he has cancer.  The word cancer makes me angry.  I’ve seen it do ugly things to so many people.  Now it has my brother.  I hate to question why … but it’s so hard not to.  Cancer seems so dark to me.

We should not take for granted each day God gives us.  None of us know when we will have our last day here.  We don’t know when those around us will spend their last either.

Please pray for my brother and his comfort.  He has been in pain so long.  I know he doesn’t want to leave this world, but he also knows it will happen much sooner than he had expected.    He does know Jesus. As I said earlier, though, not many really want to think about the “episode” it’s going to take in this world to meet Jesus in the next.  Please pray for his peace.

Thank you in advance for praying for Jimmy Knox.

I CHOOSE.

This has been a lovely day. 

Well, in MOST parts. I had happy day wishes and neat gifts, a good breakfast, great church service, Papacitas, sunshine, rain, wind, good music, smiles… The happiness list is long. 

How can one event ruin a day? It can’t. I must continue to remind myself that IT CANNOT do that!  The devil wants it to, but I refuse to allow it. 

I won’t go into the ugliness of this day. Face it, if you look hard enough, you are sure to find some ugliness in every day. I choose NOT to do that. 

I CHOOSE!

I will grab all the happiness of this day and run, arms wide open, through a field of sunshine and sprinkles!!! 

I know, that sounds a bit crazy, but if that is what I have to imagine in order to give GOD all the glory for this day and rip any satisfaction the devil may think he deserves from it… 

Then THAT is what I shall do!!!

BECAUSE THAT IS WHAT…

I CHOOSE. 

Oh Happy Day to All!

And…

Happy Mother’s Day to all you Moms!

The D word.

I didn’t blog yesterday on THE DAY.  I knew I probably wouldn’t.  We are always busy going from one place to another.  Once we were home, I got into bed as soon as I could.  I believe I slept for about 12 hours! haha!  I don’t do that often at all!

Christmas was wonderful.  It truly was.  My face ached many times from laughing or smiling continuously–and not the fake smiling we sometimes do when posing for pictures–my face was truly feeling the event.  My side ached a little from it as well.  We had fun!

The event was a little different than usual.  We saw some family we hadn’t in quite a few Christmases…then there were some close ones absent for the first time.  This did not diminish the joy of the Christmas occasion, but it did make it somewhat different.  The ones separated from us missed out on another awesome time together.

Death did not separate us…but another D word did.

Death is inevitable, we will all do that someday unless, of course, Jesus comes before we die.  Either way, what a wonderful day that will be.  (Reminds me of a song…What a day that will be…when my Jesus I shall see…)

The other d word I’m referring to– although very inevitable– seems to happen in our world more times than not.  It creeps up into the happiest of circumstances and the most harmonious of families.  It works its way into joyful times and tears apart the best of friends.  The devil loves it, he dances in it…he creates it.

We call some of the television programs we watch the D word.  The d word can be described several ways.  Here’s one definition I found:

It is the specific mode of fiction represented in performance.  The term comes from a Greek word meaning action, which is derived from the verb meaning to do or to act.

Here’s another:

a composition in prose or verse presenting in dialogue or pantomime story involving conflict or contrast of character, especially one intended to be acted on the stage; a play.

I know these definitions refer more to a play or performance, but in our lives, they pretty much happen the same way.  A person creates some type of opinion about a person or a circumstance then acts out, most of the time negatively, on their opinion.  They create fictional dialogue and premeditate the outcome.

Most of the time this involves misunderstandings

which then lead to mis-communications,

throw in some name calling and lies

and wahhhh lahhhhhhh….

THE D WORD!

Yep, the ole D word…

But I’m just gonna tell you along with the stinky little devil… the D word DID NOT stop the celebration of our LORD, KING AND SAVIOR being born!  It didn’t stop the meal from being prepared, the hugs, smiles or big ole belly roll laughing!  It didn’t stop the bright eyes or surprises that good company or perfect hospitality brought.  It didn’t stop the true meaning of our CHRISTMAS STORY.  It didn’t stop it…it can’t stop it.   No matter how much the D word tries to invade, destroy and conquer… it has no power.

GOD sent us our power.  He sent us the hope for peace and happiness.  HE sent us THE REASON FOR THIS SEASON and the d word has no place in the unfolding of this story.  THE REASON for the season has victory over anything that comes with the d-word.  Jesus is peace, hope and love which are total opposites of the d-word.

HE IS THE REASON FOR THIS SEASON.

Pray for those who don’t look to HIM first.  (on all days of the year)

Pray for those who love the d-word more than the gifts HE brings.

Find VICTORY in what JESUS brought.

HE IS THE REASON FOR THE SEASON!

(not the d-word…not ever the d-word)

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PRAY ANYWAY

How wonderful an honor it is to me when people ask me to pray for them!  The more specific they can get about exactly what to pray for, the more I love to do it.  Not to say I won’t say a general prayer by any means…  I just think praying for someone especially when they ask you to is an awesome power God has given us.  No matter what circumstance, prayer is power.

What about those ones you know need GOD?

These are the ones you know  NEEEEEEED PRAYERS.  

You know that they seriously need to leave chaos behind and seek some peace in their life.  You see it by their attitude and their fruit.  Their fruit is rotten, stinky and full of worms.  Ew.  They are flippant and rude to others.  Their attitudes are sour, their disposition down and for the most part, they are just down right mean.  

What about THOSE?  

They are not asking you to pray.  

They couldn’t care less whether you utter their name to God or not.  

It’s doubtful they even believe in the ALMIGHTY, SOUL SAVING, ALIVE AND AMAZING GOD!   Whaaaaaaaat?  

Get this…THEY MAY EVEN HATE YOU FOR PRAYING FOR THEM!  ***superGASP!***

I admit that praying for these people is harder than the ones who ask earnestly for you to lift them up in prayer.  It’s harder to want peace for these people, because most of the time they have this cloud of negativity surrounding them that harbors and creates the very opposite of peace.  Most of the time, it messes your happy, positive cloud.   To me, I see their cloud as a call.  It’s a call that they need something.  They need some action…some intervention!  They need prayers.  BAD.   So, whether they like it, want it or hate that I’m doing it… I’m gonna…

PRAY ANYWAY. 

 

 

NO EXCUSE

Do you think you are TOO old or TOO far gone to be SAVED BY JESUS?  Do you think there’s no way you could do anything good or even if you tried, you might not like it?   Maybe your excuse has to do with how you grew up or where you lived.   Perhaps you blame others for not encouraging you or teaching you.

This is what was put on my heart today when I read/heard the parable below.  You may want to read it first.  So, here it is:

((This is JESUS talking, of course))

The Parable of the Vineyard Workers

Matthew 20: 1-16

“For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire workers for his vineyard. 2 After agreeing with the workers on one denarius for the day, he sent them into his vineyard. 3 When he went out about nine in the morning,[a] he saw others standing in the marketplace doing nothing. 4 To those men he said, ‘You also go to my vineyard, and I’ll give you whatever is right.’ So off they went. 5 About noon and at three,[b] he went out again and did the same thing.6 Then about five[c] he went and found others standing around,[d] and said to them, ‘Why have you been standing here all day doing nothing?’

7 “‘Because no one hired us,’ they said to him.

“‘You also go to my vineyard,’ he told them.  When evening came, the owner of the vineyard told his foreman, ‘Call the workers and give them their pay, starting with the last and ending with the first.’

“When those who were hired about five came, they each received one denarius. So when the first ones came, they assumed they would get more, but they also received a denarius each.  When they received it, they began to complain to the landowner:  ‘These last men put in one hour, and you made them equal to us who bore the burden of the day and the burning heat!’

“He replied to one of them, ‘Friend, I’m doing you no wrong. Didn’t you agree with me on a denarius? Take what’s yours and go. I want to give this last man the same as I gave you. Don’t I have the right to do what I want with my business?Are you jealous because I’m generous?’

“So the last will be first, and the first last.”

After hearing this in the DAILY AUDIO BIBLE reading this morning, I thought about how awesome it is that God doesn’t distinguish between young or old Christians.  He has plans for us no matter what our age.  AND WE ALL GET HIS UNCONDITIONAL LOVE, AMAZING GRACE AND WONDERFUL PEACE.

AND GUESS WHAT—If you are lost and don’t know Jesus, GOD STILL HAS PLANS FOR YOU!  Please don’t keep denying His love.  The sooner you do it, the sooner you can benefit from His gift. 

You may be like those workers who were hired later in the day (later in life –you come to know Jesus as your personal savior), but no matter–YOU ARE STILL A VESSEL GOD CAN USE–no matter what your age, what your past, what family you came from, house you live in or any other circumstance you have.

I’ve heard and read this parable before and even used it in a lesson before in Sunday School Class, but I haven’t had this speak to me this loud before.  So many people give the excuse of not coming to church by saying church is not for them or there are too many hypocrites in church.  That last one makes me giggle, because there are hypocrites EV ER Y WHERE… church is actually the best place for them to go.  Church can help you learn to be less hypocritical.  Duhh.  Anyway, there is no REAL valid excuse as to why you shouldn’t believe in Jesus.  Life is so much better with Him.  Life is still crazy, but with JESUS, the crazy doesn’t seem hard to bare.  HOW AWESOME IS THAT!?

The parable: NO MATTER WHAT YOUR EXCUSE is on why you can’t serve Jesus—get rid of it!  

You can receive HIS grace because he paid it all…and you get the benefits.

Thank You Jesus!

Shoe design :)

Yesterday toward the end of my “BLAH” day, I decided to go to our local Dollar General and find some shoes to doodle on.  I’ve been wanting to do this, but really wanted some white shoes.  I didn’t want to travel to another town (part of the lazy of my day yesterday), so I just got these kind of ugly grey shoes here in our little town.

Anyway, I visited the website BUCKET FEET the other day and was so inspired by all of the different designs.  It is a site where artists have created shoe designs and you can actually purchase them.  So cool.

That’s the main reason I wanted some white shoes–so I could really do a graffiti style work on them.  Art doesn’t always work out like you planned.  Another reason I love art!  Actually when I’m creating, I’m praying.  God allows me to have this talent and he guides my mind and hands when doing it.  It’s an amazing feeling!

Check out the product…

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I first decided to spray paint over some of the grey, because that background color was so dark and my markers (both paint and permanent) were not showing up like I wanted them to.  Out to the shop I went!  Once the shoes dried enough, I brought them in.

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Then, after getting the tops more developed, I moved to the sides.  It was like creating in my sketchbook (commonplace book), yet the background medium posed a little more of a challenge because of the texture and color–not to mention the shape of the artwork.

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I left the shoes last night knowing I would finish them up this morning.  After my morning walk, I got back in and touched up here and there.  Added a few hearts, words and textural lines.  I could probably add more, but I don’t want to take away from the design that is already there.

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I took them outside on my deck to take pictures.  Natural light is ALWAYS better.  Well, LOOK AT THIS PHOTO!  It was like God was shining His light on them.  Once I took the picture, the light rays poked back in behind the trees.  How awesome is that!?  ((Thank You Lord!))  The main message of my pair of shoes is “LOOK AT THE LIGHT,” because God is light!  That makes this picture even more special to me.

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And here they are from the top.  This is what I will look down on.  The comfort of these shoes aren’t super high (they were $6 at the dollar store–what could I expect!), but I’m pretty sure when I wear them–I WILL FEEL THE LIGHT as I do all the time.

Again, THANK YOU LORD!

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